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  • September 25, 2018 4:36 PM | Laura Waniuk (Administrator)

    Attendees of the VVBW Membership Open House got acquainted with new prospective members and caught up with friends. The event, hosted at the Doubletree by Hilton Vail, was an opportunity for the public to learn more about VVBW membership.

    Ladies who register for membership before Friday, September 28 will lock in at a lower rate for the year. Associate level is $110, Executive $345 and Corporate is $1045. After September 28 the rates will be at the new levels: Associate for $140, Executive $375 and Corporate is $1125. For more information on membership, please email info@vvbw.org.

  • July 18, 2018 8:48 AM | Laura Waniuk (Administrator)

    Attendees of VVBW’s July event learned the benefits of slowing down, developing a conscious appreciation, and recognizing and enjoying the present.  Hosted at Hygge Life in Avon, the evening included networking and a cozy, picnic style dinner.

    Hygge is a Danish word (pronounced hue-guh) used when acknowledging a feeling or moment as cozy, charming or special. It can happen whether you are alone, with friends or family, at home or out on the town.  Hygge Life Founder Alexandra Gove first discovered the concept while traveling Europe, where she was impressed with with the Northern European way of slowing down, being present and genuinely enjoying every day moments.

    Hygge Life began on the road in 2014 in an old 1971 Opel Blitz camper van painted blue. Alexandra and boyfriend Koen traveled Europe making and selling traditional poffertjes, a Dutch mini pancake. Then followed a blog, Hyggelife.com, focusing on people and things that inspired them and provoked hygge in their lives.  The blog eventually developed into an online store and then grew to include a brick and mortal establishment in Eagle Vail.  The Hygge Vail shop features items that Alexandra and Koen feel create hygge spaces, including textiles, sheepskins, candles and European vintage items.

    The group also received a helpful handout to help explain the concept of hygge, also known as The Hygge Manifesto. While it sounds like a very serious title, the Manifesto encourages the individual to live life well with ten concepts. Attendee Tracy Long embraced a few suggestions made during the presentation.  “I feel it has made my home time more relaxing and replenishing,” says Long.

    Atmosphere: Turn down the lights. Illuminate with candles.
    Presence: Be here now. Put down the phone and other distractions.
    Pleasure: A little indulgence never hurt anyone. Enjoy pleasures like cake, chocolate, a glass of wine or other enjoyable treats.
    Equality: Choose “We” over “Me.” Share the airtime.
    Gratitude: Take in every moment. This might be as good as it gets.
    Harmony: Live in harmony. Life is not a competition.
    Comfort: Take a break. It’s all about relaxation.
    Truce: No drama queens. Set aside the politics for another time.
    Togetherness: Build relationships and narratives. Get lost in remembrances, “Remember the time we….”
    Shelter: This is your tribe. This is a place of peace and security

    Hygge Life is located in Eagle-Vail and offers a collection of home décor items from artisans nearby and abroad that are chosen to inspire people to adopt the Danish way of living well.


  • June 20, 2018 8:50 AM | Laura Waniuk (Administrator)

    Shop on the perimeter of the grocery store was advice given by VVBW’s June keynote speaker, Christine Pierangeli, a certified master nutrition therapist. The most whole, nutrient-dense foods are found in these areas, according to Pierangeli.

    Hosted at the newly opened Doubletree at Vail, the event featured Pierangeli’s presentation on the “Foundations of Nutrition,” and also a delicious and healthy dinner for the attendees.

    There are no gimmicks or supplements to help eat a whole, nutrient-dense, real food diet, says Pierangeli.  As the owner of Profound Wellness of Vail, she offers one-on-one nutrition counseling, “pantry rehab” and menu planning services. Pierangeli originally spoke at VVBW’s January 2017 event, and was so well-received she returned for another event.  Attendees asked many thought-provoking questions and received a handout of the foundations of nutrition information.

    According to Pierangeli, avoid prepackaged and processed foods, which can include vegetarian items like meatless crumbles. Focus on whole fruits and vegetables as your main source of carbohydrates, avoid added sugar and limit refined carbohydrates as much as possible. And don’t even think about eating Aspartame, an artificial sweetener that has been linked to a number of health conditions and should be avoided.

    Other suggestions for healthy eating:

    Eat Healthy Fats/ Avoid Trans-Fats
    Ditch hydrogenated oils and look for extra virgin olive oil, avocado oil and coconut oil.  Avocados, nuts and seeds are excellent sources of “good fats.” Avoid conventionally-raised meats and buy grass-fed, organic meats. Helpful Hint: An individual serving of meat, poultry or fish should be the size of a deck of cards.

    Eat a High-Quality Protein with Every Meal and Snack
    Keeping blood sugar in balance is the key to sustained energy and feelings of well-being, and adding a little protein with every meal and snack is so important. Think veggies and hummus or apples and almond butter for snacks. Salmon and veggies or eggs scrambled with mixed vegetables for meals are great options.

    Eat Five to Seven Mini Meals Each Day
    Make sure to eat breakfast within an hour of awakening, which will get your metabolism revved for the day, help balance blood sugar levels, and prevent the afternoon sugar/caffeine crash. Remember this simple phrase: Eat breakfast like a King, lunch like a Queen and dinner like a Pauper.  BUT also eat some small snacks that include protein in between meals! Eating mini meals with keep the metabolism revved and the blood sugar balanced throughout the day.

    Eat a Rainbow of Fruits and Vegetables with Each Meal
    Fruits and veggies are loaded with antioxidants to fight free-radical damage and fiber for sustained energy and heart health.  These should be the cornerstone of your healthy regime.

    Drink At Least Eight 8 Ounce Glasses of Filtered Water Each Day
    Clean water keeps you properly hydrated and supports detoxification. Add a squeeze or slice of lemon for extra flavor and detox benefits.

    Buy Organic
    Buying organic eliminates pesticides, antibiotics, hormones and herbicides in your food. Organic also tastes better and provides more phytonutrients to support good health. Some items should always be organic, in order to receive the most health benefits. However, there are certain foods you can buy conventional. Helpful Hint: Check www.ewg.org for The Dirty Dozen (fruits and veggies to only buy organic) and The Clean Fifteen (fruits and veggies that you can be more lenient in buying organic).

    Eat Probiotic Foods
    A healthy gut microbiome is the key to good digestive health, which modulates immunity and helps fight disease. Good probiotic supplements can be found at some local grocery stores, pharmacies and health food stores. Probiotic foods include Kim Chi, miso, sauerkraut and Kombucha tea.  Helpful Hint: Ask for Kent at Vail Valley Pharmacy in Edwards for info on probiotic supplements.

    Drink Caffeine and Alcohol in Moderation
    The highs and lows of drinking too much coffee and alcohol are deleterious to hormonal balance and optimal health. Limit it to one to two cups of coffee a day and two to four drinks a week.

    You can view Christine Pierangeli’s “Foundations of Nutrition” handout here.


  • May 16, 2018 8:52 AM | Laura Waniuk (Administrator)

    According to Sarah Buckwalter of Organizing U, with a little motivation and a plan, you can organize any room in about 30 minutes. Buckwalter was the keynote speaker at VVBW’s May event, hosted at Sauce on the Creek in Avon. Attendees were motivated to declutter as she virtually guided them through each area of the home and office.

    Buckwalter suggested starting with organization supplies, including a camera to take before and after photos of the space. Photos can help you remember how you organized the space, especially once the clutter tries to return.

    • Storage boxes or bins
    • Trash bags
    • Markers, scissors, sticky notes
    • File folders
    • Notebook, or a pad and pen
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Label maker or labels

    Her helpful hints for the office included corraling your supplies, designating a bin for incoming mail, and processing paper pronto. Streamline your files, whether paper or electronic, and regularly file or scan archival papers.

    Garage or storage space can be tackled by starting small and purging as you go. Buckwalter advised sorting items into zones by category, including an area for items to be donated or sold. Most importantly, said Buckwalter, take action to get those items out of the garage.

    The kitchen is for cooking, so keep the counters clear and create easy access to items. Toss out expired and unwanted food, recycle bottles and cans, and weed out any containers that are cracked or missing lids. If you haven’t used that waffle maker in a year or two, it may be time to donate it.

    In this age of digital photos, there are still many of us who store negatives and hard copies of old photos. Buckwalter suggested tossing or deleting duplicates and bad photos, and share special photos with family or friends. Some people hold on to memorabilia with bad memories or no personal significance, and she suggested giving those items to individuals who will appreciate the gift.

    It can be easy to stay organized, said Buckwalter, but you must schedule time to stay on top of your organization systems. She offered the following tips.

    • Clean up as you go
    • Keep your systems simple
    • Make it easy to declutter
    • Get rid of unwanted items ASAP
    • Follow the one in, one out rule (How many t-shirts do you really need?)
    • It doesn’t have to be perfect.

    Sarah Buckwalter is the owner of Organizing Vail and a Certified Professional Organizer®.  Click here to contact her for expert home, office and move organizing services.


  • May 08, 2018 8:53 AM | Laura Waniuk (Administrator)

    Thanks to the generosity of members and friends, Vail Valley Business Women raised over $5,000 for the Vail Valley Business Women Scholarship. The VVBW Scholarship is given to young women graduating from Eagle County High Schools who intend to study business at a two or four year college. These young women have displayed leadership and achievement in their high school years, are deserving because of a financial need, or overcame challenging life obstacles.

    Five individual $1,000 scholarships were awarded by VVBW board members Jessica Woods, secretary, and Melanie McKinney, P.R. and marketing director, on May 3 at the YouthPower365’s Dollar for Scholars Program ceremony. The students attended Battle Mountain High School, Red Canyon High School, Vail Mountain School and Vail Ski and Snowboard Academy.

    Congratulations to the 2018 recipients!

    • Nicole Matthews, RCHS
    • Olivia Manula, VMS
    • Kendal Sego, BMHS
    • Kaitlyn Harsch, VSSA
    • Antonia Saucedo, BMHS


  • April 18, 2018 8:54 AM | Laura Waniuk (Administrator)

    Clear, concise and engaging storytelling was the key message at VVBW’s April event, held at Craftsman in Edwards.  Linda Perry of Soul Genius Branding spoke to a packed house on clarifying brand messaging.  According to Perry, good branding tells the story of how your product or service helps your target audience – not talking about yourself.

    The most important thing to remember is that your brand is not the hero of the story. Your customer is the hero.

    Following a simple framework called StoryBrand 7-Part Framework helps you clarify your message.  The heroine/hero of the story has a problem to solve. She meets a guide who gives her a plan that calls her to action. The action results ideally in success.

    • A character (the heroine)
    • With a problem or issue
    • Meets a guide (your brand)
    • Who gives her a plan
    • And also calls her to action
    • Resulting in success for the heroine
    • Or failure that could have been avoided with your product

    A critical part of this framework is the “call to action.”  Make sure you have an easy-to-find button or link on your website, ad or flyer that clearly shows how the heroine can get a quote, schedule a call or join the mailing list.

    Don’t confuse your audience with too much information, or worse, irrelevant information. For example, websites often bombard visitors with an overload of info on the main page. Perry’s analogy is that every piece of information you give about your company is like an eight pound bowling bowl, and people can only hold so many bowling balls at one time. You perceive that the information you give as a balloon – light and easy to handle. However, if the information isn’t simple, relevant information, it’s an information overload that will be dropped.

    Relevant messaging is how your customer, the hero, reaches success with your product. Irrelevant or secondary information is how or why you developed the product. And always remember - this is not the story of your brand. It’s the story of your customer.

    For more information on StoryBrand, contact Soul Genius Branding.


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