When Caring For Others, Keeping the Right Information Available Provides Relief

lorimartin head shotI was introduced to Lori Martin and her company, The Purple Martin & Co., after we discovered thatmy mother has Lewy Body Dementia. I knew I needed a way to guide my mother and anyfamily or friends that may be helping her!! They needed to know day to day information andmost importantly they needed to know all of my mother’s medications and medical history.

I was 2 ½ hours away with young children and I could not be there for her every day! I couldnot be at every doctor’s appointment or spend time everyday calling and communicating toeveryone! And if she were to have an emergency situation, my mother might not rememberher medical history, her prescription medications and her severe allergies!!

I met with Lori and explained my situation. She created notebooks for everything! We have a“Medical Notebook” and a “Home Notebook” that stay at my mother’s front door. Anyonecan see them and obtain important information about her medical history or learn vitalinformation for running her home. In addition, Lori suggested that I have one notebook containing it all! This way I would have quick access from a distance, if needed!

The notebooks are terrific and extremely helpful to everyone contributing to the care of mymother! I am not worrying as much and I am able to handle things from my home, efficiently.All of the friends and family that have helped mother have commented about how helpful andwonderful the Notebooks have been for them!!! We know they will avoid a lot of confusion and miscommunication. They will also save everyone a lot of time and stress in the future!!!  ~ Charlotte mom of two

Healthy Pathways


kimmoseleyKim Moseley says “being a Health Coach is a calling for me, not unlike a calling into the ministry. I believe in people and their potential to become all they can be.  I am a listener and love to hear peoples’ stories.  It energizes me to see people step outside their comfort zone at whatever stage of life they are in to undertake a new challenge in spite of obstacles like fear, physical or health impairments and life circumstances.  Coaching believes that people are capable of finding their own best answers and solutions in life.  My role as a health coach is to help clients peel back the layers in order to discover the answers from within and to uphold their optimal health vision, identify habits that don’t support that vision, and build new ones that do.

I have always strived to live a “balanced” life.  My balance consists of daily exercise, healthy eating, a high priority on family and friendships, community service, regular prayer and quiet time, time outdoors, reading, and eight hours of sleep.  Professionally, I have worked in the “helping” professions and most recently have had experience as a small business owner.

My educational background includes both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work.  My health coaching training comes from Duke University’s Center for Integrative Medicine. I have also completed the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, developed by Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn.
Wheel of Health

Kim L. Moseley, MSW, LCSW
Integrative Health Coach

I’m Not Sure I Can Afford an Organizer…

dreamingofshoesHiring a professional organizer is much like hiring a landscape architect or an interior decorator.   Organizing, landscaping and decorating are things that can be done independently, but often shouldn’t be.

Potential clients might hesitate to hire a professional organizer for the same reasons they balk at engaging a landscaper or decorator- they think they should be able to do it themselves and consider help in these areas to be an extravagance or admission of incompetence.

When it comes to organizing and streamlining your home, you know if this is where your talents lie.  If so, read no further. But if you struggle when it comes to taming your possessions, hiring a professional organizer might be the answer.

With Simplicity, you’ll be hiring professionals who bring not only their expertise, but also the womanpower to achieve sustainable results more quickly.  You’ll gain not just an organized home but also peace and mental clarity. Getting organized creates space in your life that allows for more spontaneity and flexibility. It’s an investment for your entire family, not a selfish indulgence.  All that’s to say, being organized should not be viewed as a luxury, but rather a necessity.

Professional organizing provides tremendous value.  Your space, your calendar, and your family are organized not just for the short run, but for the long haul, too.  Simplicity clients are armed with the tools and systems for maintaining their homes once the job is done.  We’ll check in with you periodically to make sure everything is continuing to hum.

For about the same price as a great restaurant meal for two with good wine, a pair of designer shoes, or a few spa services, you can have a half-day with a Simplicity organizer.   The restaurant, new shoes, and spa provide real but fleeting pleasures, while getting organized will bring real and lasting pleasures.

So, ask yourself this question, “Can I afford not to hire an organizer?”

Freshening Up the Spice Cabinet

savoryspiceBy Amy MacCabe, Owner – Savory Spice Shop Charlotte South End, Atherton Mill and Market

Ever wonder why some of your spices are not as flavorful as they used to be? Flavor in a spice is stored in the form of essential oils and as those oils evaporate over time the flavor and aroma goes with it. Ground spices have a limited shelf life of about a year and whole spices for about 2 – 3 years. Purchasing small amounts of spice at a time is always best practice to ensure you are getting the most flavors from the spice. Remember too, general rules for storing spices are to keep them in an airtight container, out of sunlight and in a cool, dry place. If your spices are near a window or stove consider moving them elsewhere to a pantry shelf, inside a cabinet or a drawer.

Does it sound like time for you to clean out the cupboard and replace your old bottles with freshly ground spices? If so, keep it simple by stocking up with your essentials and purchase spices for those special recipes as needed. To encourage you further, from January 21st through February 29th bring your tired, old competitor spice bottles to Savory Spice Shop (South End location) and get $1.00 off any new bottle. You do not need to buy an exact replacement for the bottle you contribute.

Savory Spice-Bring a Bottle Here are our top 10 pantry picks to get you started:

1.     Tellicherry Pepper – This black pepper is offered in a variety of sizes as well as whole for those who prefer to grind with a peppermill.

2.     Salt  – Pink Himalayan fine or La Baleine are wonderful alternatives to standard table salt

3.     Basil – European basil is an essential ingredient in Mediterranean cooking and pairs well with capers, chives, cilantro, garlic, marjoram, oregano, mint, parsley, rosemary and thyme. Practically everything is better with basil including but not limited to; tomatoes, corn, olives, mozzarella cheese, poultry, seafood, pasta, sauces and pizza.

4.     Oregano –  Greek Oregano has a milder, sweet flavor that matches well with thyme, basil, rosemary, sage and marjoram. Used extensively in Italian cooking and is often found in pizza, pasta sauces and many other tomato based sauces. Mexican oregano is a bit stronger, less bitter and less minty than the Greek species. It is widely used in Southwestern and Mexican cooking

5.     Cantanzaro Herbs – A perfect Italian blend hand mixed from garlic, lemon peel, marjoram, European basil, Mediterranean thyme, rosemary and Greek oregano. Goes well in pasta sauce, on garlic bread and pizzas.

6.     Tomato Powder – Just mix with water to create an instant tomato paste!

7.     Cinnamon –. Sprinkle on toast, pancakes, waffles or in coffee. Pairs well with pumpkin and other squashes and is a necessary ingredient in many curries. Savory Spice Shop has five different cinnamons to select from.  Ask us to explain the differences next time you are in the shop!

8.     Cumin – Use ground cumin in chili, tamales, marinades, barbecue sauces and burgers. It can even be used in some desserts, including cookies.

9.     Chili Powder – A convenient blend that replaces many individual jars on the spice rack. Don’t confuse this with ground chile peppers; chili powder usually contains chile peppers plus cumin, coriander, oregano, and many other spices.

10.  Vanilla Extract – A must have for bakers. This pairs nicely with desserts and surprisingly, it is also useful in tomato based sauces. Just a dash cuts acidity and will help bring the flavors to the surface.  Savory Spice Shop carries Madagascar, Tahitian, Mexican and double strength vanilla extracts.

Amy MacCabe
Owner – Savory Spice Shop Charlotte South End
Atherton Mill and Market
2000 South Blvd, Suite 150
Charlotte, NC 28203
Store: (980) 225-5419