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Tag: Lori Armstrong

Pay It Forward – Middletown Florist & Gifts

Middletown Florist & Gifts is locally owned and operated by Julie Willis, Ellen Munk & Mary Costa; creating and providing exquisite floral arrangements, delivery, local gifts and more. Middletown Florist & Gifts offers a beautiful website filled with colorful floral options—everything from spring bouquets to cherry blossoms to a unique designer’s choice arrangement. They even offer matching cards to accompany your bouquet.

Pay it Forward: Saucy Bowls and Juice

I am happy to present to you our twenty-sixth local business spotlighted in the Pay it Forward feature – Saucy Bowls and Juice.

Our recent Lake County business featured was Middletown Antiques and owner, Laren MacPherson, shared her 5 star antique and vintage shop with us all.

The catch is that I will not choose the next business to interview, but the current spotlighted business will choose who I will interview next. Local businesses will Pay it Forward.

Pay It Forward – Sister’s CoffeeHouse

Sister’s CoffeeHouse is a locally owned and operated custom coffee shop specializing in a variety of hot and cold drinks and mouth-watering grab-go breakfast and lunch options. They take pride in fresh ingredients and stress putting love in every custom order. Their delicious drinks range from Blue Raspberry Shakes to Caramel Frappes with sugar-free and Keto options available. How about a Lavender White Mocha with Blackberry drizzle?

Pay it Forward – Grillagan’s Island

I am happy to present to you our thirteenth local business spotlighted in the Pay it Forward feature – Grillagan’s Island. Grillagan’s Island is a locally owned and operated custom fast-serve restaurant specializing in a variety of grilled cheese sandwiches, fresh burgers, grilled chicken sandwiches, homemade soups, and salads with gluten-free and vegan options available.

Pay It Forward – Stitched Designs

Stitched Designs LLC is a locally owned and operated custom apparel, engraving, embroidery, logo design establishment that caters to and supports our local community – everything from headwear and t-shirts to signs for special events. They are located in Middletown and have achieved a high positive rating from their customers.

Pay It Forward – Barbecue By Biasotti

I am happy to present to you our tenth local business spotlighted in the Pay it Forward feature – Barbecue By Biasotti. Barbecue By Biasotti is a locally owned and operated barbecue establishment that caters to and supports our local community – they will soon be opening a restaurant in Middletown! Barbecue By Biasotti (BBB) earned the Best BBQ & Catering award in the Best of Lake and Mendocino contest.

Pay it Forward: Fixin’ It Up With Sandra

Our latest Lake County business feature was Gillian Gallagher, owner of The Angry Baker Kitchen Store, who chose to Pay it Forward to Sandra Campos, owner of Fixin’ It Up with Sandra. The catch is that I will not choose the next business to interview, but the current spotlighted business will choose who I will interview next. Local businesses will Pay it Forward. Fixin’ It Up with Sandra is a unique store offering homemade and hand-selected distinctive gifts – everything from homemade festive wreaths to room sprays to a wide array of homemade candles and more.

Pay It Forward – The Angry Baker Kitchen Store

I am happy to present to you our second local business spotlighted in the Pay it Forward feature – The Angry Baker Kitchen Store. The Angry Baker Kitchen Store is a boutique kitchen store offering unique gifts, expansive classes, gift registry and gift cards. Gillian has been known to create some mouth-watering temptations available at her store – everything from shortbread cookies to vanilla white chocolate cupcakes and much more.  

Pay it Forward: Infinity Consignment Boutique

Our local businesses deserve some love after the challenges from Covid-19 and our recent struggling economy. Every month two Lake County businesses will be highlighted through a unique series of questions. The catch is that I will not choose the next business to interview, but the current spotlighted business will choose who I will interview next. Local businesses will Pay it Forward.

How to Know the Difference Between a Heart Attack and a Gallstone Attack

Out of nowhere sharp pains struck the upper portion of my chest that brought me to my knees. I knew I suffered from a rare heart disease as my dad’s coroner advised me to seek the professional opinion of a cardiologist. Being further studies were still being done, I immediately called my doctor and more precise tests were done to narrow down the mysterious culprit.

Book Review: Bubbly Jock Jack and the Brash Bully

Author Lori Armstrong brings inspirational thoughts and a fresh perspective to a difficult topic of our time. She does a compelling job of addressing the fears associated with being bullied and presents a positive spin to something that, for so many, can be troubling and difficult. This is a must-read for kids and adults who deal with bullying, as well as those who bully.

6 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Rely On Anyone Else BUT YOU for Your Happiness

These days we are learning the importance of mental health. Being a good mother doesn’t mean surrendering your happiness for your child/children but balancing your genuine happiness. I think most of us have been there when we are exhausted from volunteering, being there for your kids, your spouse. There is a better way. Here are a few reasons you should start (if you are not already) discovering your own happiness.

When I Realized My Childhood Anxiety was More Than Just Being Shy – And How to Know the Difference

Social Anxiety is not as common as shyness. An individual suffering from social anxiety exhibits a wide range of physical and emotional symptoms that can either deliver mild distress or leave one feeling momentarily debilitated. It’s never too late to know the difference and make changes in our lives. If powerful negative thoughts are controlling your life, get help and talk with a professional or confidant. We have one life. Don’t let years pass by without being the best version of you.

Repurpose With a Purpose at the House of Throckmorton Jones

Lisa Jones greets me from the back room as her cheerful assistant, Kathy, leads me down the long hallway to a large room oozing with creativity. The professional and sturdy sewing machines are strategically placed throughout the room. These are not your grandmother’s Singers as these immense and elaborate seamstress tools display a more professional presence. I introduce you to Throckmorton Jones…What is Throckmorton Jones? Founding designer Lisa Jones will tell you it is a boutique, gallery, and atelier offering unique custom clothing and accessories for both men and women.

Why Your Age is an Asset & Not a Liability

Our lives are a beautiful set of stages, and no two stages or journeys are identical. Happiness is seen through a different lens for us all. If we are wise enough to embrace our failures as we age, we learn these mistakes are merely stepping stones to a better place. Keep learning. Keep moving forward. Never limit yourself.

A Treasured Keepsake and the Importance for Us All to Create One

My father left us all with a gift. A gift of celebrations we shared, mistakes we made and mistakes made by our ancestors. This treasured keepsake continues to teach me and my children the importance of keeping a journal and leaving a legacy, which can provoke a positive conversation. Although we cannot predict the future, we can certainly try to make the best out of this life and not tread on others.

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