July - August - September 2017

A Word From The Publisher

Kent Lower

Whew, it’s hot! Yes, summer is here, and it’s hot out there … and it’s a time for summer foods, summer comfort, and summer fun. But I’m not talking about the hot summer temp...

Celebrating Summer In The Forest

by Anna Bolton

Summer’s here and the warmer days, longer evenings, and long-awaited break from school mean it’s time for you and your loved ones to have some fun. But where should you go and what...

Summer Salads

by Stacey Moritz

When it comes to finding delicious fare that is perfect for beating the summer heat, bright, cool, and refreshing is what I crave. If you’re like me, then look no further than all ...

What's Best For Bees?

by Tina Mast

Bees and Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) have been in the news a lot recently. While the causes of CCD are still being studied and evaluated, we know part of the problem is pesticid...

Hurricane Safety And Preparedness

by Thomas Walters

With summer in full swing, we are in the throes of hurricane season. Thus, residents in hurricane-prone areas like ours are exposed to multiple messages for disaster preparation. I...

Driveable Destinations

by Jennifer Smart

Little Washington has water and wildlife the same way fairy tales have princesses and frogs. They’re just an integral part of the story. And like a good fairytale, the town’s perso...

Wedding Etiquette

by Gineen Cargo

Summer flowers are in full bloom, beautiful aromas are in the air, and wedding season is upon us. We all know what to expect at a wedding – food, open bar, and dancing, right? But ...

The Earlier The Better

by Dr. Jason Gladwell

Considering orthodontic treatment timing for children can often be confusing for parents. People are typically used to doing things the way they have always been done, and with int...

A Delicious Beach Vacation

by Holly Hopkins

Summer. You know, that time of year we all long for during the cold, dark winter months. Yes, that’s it! Luckily, for many of us, summer includes a beach vacation. Days of sun and ...

Summer Break Bucket List

by Margarita Cohen

The dog days of summer are here. The sun is shining, you’re spending more time outside, and the kids are ecstatic to be done with school for the year. But there is a catch. Without...

Your Child Has ADHD ... Now What?

by REX

You may have seen it coming, but it’s still overwhelming to hear: Your child has attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. He’s been getting into trouble at school, his gr...

Outdoor Decor

by Rhonda Benvie

Outdoor spaces have become an extension of indoor spaces. While providing a relaxing, comfortable atmosphere for enjoying warm summer days and cool autumn nights, they also add squ...

Going Gluten-Free?

by Sarah B. Stokes

Gluten-free … some say it’s a fad; but for some, it’s a matter of life or death. Gluten is a protein that is found in grains such as wheat, rye, and barley. And for many of ...

Disaster Prep For Your Pet

by Shannon Arner

Tis the season! Hurricane season, that is. Living in North Carolina, we are fortunate to experience all four seasons. Unfortunately, as soon as the summer temperatures begin to ris...

Vision And Learning

by Cassandria Warr

Vision is much more than being able to see 20/20.  In order for the visual system to work properly, the eyes must work well together as a team and the brain must be able to co...

Wise Watering

by Tina Mast

Improper watering is without a doubt the leading cause of plant death in the landscape. One of the reasons that watering is so misunderstood is that it can be difficult to tell som...

Sunscreens ... Not All Are Created Equal

by Collette Balbero, LME

So often, people return from their tropical dream vacations sunburned, and are confused as to why. I hear this all the time – “I used sunscreen the entire trip, so why did I get so...

Indoor Home Prep For Summer Comfort

by Todd and Cheryl Nelson

Summer beckons us outside – but sometimes the North Carolina summer temperatures drive us back inside, seeking a little relief from the heat. And while you may be summer-ready, is ...

Outdoor Home Prep For Summer Comfort

by Todd and Cheryl Nelson

I’ve just focused on getting the interior of your home ready for a pleasant, carefree season, but summer is about enjoying sunny days and lazy evenings outside. Here is a checklist...

Summer Grilling Made Simple

by Gregory Mack

Are you feeling the heat to plan the perfect cookout this summer? With kids out of school and weekends packed with trips to the beach or the local swimming pool, it can be difficul...

Acne ... The Dreaded Four-Letter Word

by Diane Mack

Acne … teenagers shudder at the thought of another break-out. Young 20-somethings wonder why all of a sudden unsightly pimples are appearing that didn’t show up during their...

It's Not Too Late

by Dr. James P. Martin

When most people picture a typical orthodontic patient, they are likely to envision a teenager or pre-teen with traditional orthodontic brackets/wires and colored elastics. It is t...

Summer Party Planning

by Monique M. Rogers

Who doesn’t love a party? Summer is the perfect time for the perfect gathering. With busy work schedules, calendars full of the kids’ extracurricular activities, etc., parties – wh...

Is Summer Only For Fun?

by Patti Fralix

How can it be summer already? Weren’t we just celebrating New Year’s? I am sure it is my age, but the months and years seem to just fly by. I am sure that some of you can identify ...