Greensboro · Holistic Health

Small Business Spotlight – Sonder Mind & Body

If you’re like me, you probably spend a lot of time connected to technology.   We work on our devices daily, sleep with them next to us, take them to the bathroom with us, and rarely have them out of sight.   Most of us realize this pattern isn’t healthy, but find it difficult to completely disengage from the devices that keep us organized, connected, and oftentimes stressed.  While I don’t have the solution to our “always on” societal demands, I was able to enjoy a new and relaxing experience this week that I hope many of you will be able to try as well. Continue reading “Small Business Spotlight – Sonder Mind & Body”

Fitness · Greensboro · Local Activities

Small Business Spotlight – The Cycle Loft Greensboro

This month I had the opportunity to try a HIIT class (that’s high-intensity interval training) at The Cycle Loft here in Greensboro.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been to the Chipotle right below it and didn’t even realize what was above me.  Serves as a good reminder to keep my eyes off my phone and on the world around me!

First impression:  I loved the calming and inviting interior.  The decor is perfect and made me want to stay and chill for a while after the class.  There are changing rooms, ample space to store your belongings and a nice seating area as well, as you can see below.  Water bottles are available for purchase, or there is a filtered water cooler upstairs as well. Continue reading “Small Business Spotlight – The Cycle Loft Greensboro”

Greensboro · Healthy Living

Abandoning Band-Aids And Embracing Functional Medicine

Healthcare Is Broken

Though traditional allopathic physicians arguably do the best that they can with the resources they’ve been given, we need better solutions to address the increasing instances of autoimmune disease and chronic health issues in our country.  The desire and duty to heal are present, but the treatment methods are severely lacking.  The way our healthcare system is set up, doctors often are not afforded enough time with each patient to determine the root cause of their issues, so they offer medications to treat symptoms instead of researching and performing more investigative testing to determine the cause.  I understand that pharmaceuticals are often necessary for acute and chronic health issues, but my gripe is with them being over-prescribed as a panacea, rather than only being used selectively when there are no other options to be explored in lifestyle modification.

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Greensboro · Local Activities · Small Businesses

Small Business Spotlight – Wine And Design Greensboro – The Perfect Creative Night Out

This week my husband and I were thrilled to be able to try a class at Wine & Design Greensboro.    We are always looking for fun new activities for date nights, and after a hectic workday, it seemed like the perfect way to unwind and express our creativity.

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We picked up a bottle of our favorite blackberry wine and headed over to the studio.  We signed in, then poured our wine (they provide cups, ice, and a corkscrew and you can also bring your own snacks if you’d like).   The studio is set up so that every seat has a good view of the instructor and example canvas.  We donned our aprons and enjoyed admiring all the artwork displayed around the studio as we got ready to start creating our own.

Ready to start painting!
Enjoying our wine
So many beautiful creations in the studio


The colors of paint we needed were already prepared for us along with the brushes, paper towels, and water jars.  Once everyone arrived, our instructor Renee gave us a brief introduction on what to expect and explained how to get started on our canvas while she turned on some mellow tunes to get our creative juices flowing.  She gave us the option to choose some alternate colors for our palette if we wanted to have a lighter background on our canvas, so having that flexibility was nice.

I was slightly nervous coming in because we were painting an Alpaca, and I’ve never painted or even drawn any animals other than stick figures.  Thankfully it was a laid-back, fun group in the class with us who were fully ready to embrace Wine Wednesday and just enjoy painting, no matter how it turned out.


My husband was excited to paint, as he was an Art minor in college!


Renee had us start by filling in the background on the canvas and showed us the best brush strokes to use.   The neck and jawline of the Alpaca were the only things traced onto the canvas for us, so we started on these next.  We used small strokes to add color to the neck, making it look like fur!  Renee walked around offering pointers and making sure we all felt satisfied with our progress.   After taking a short break to stretch and refill our wine glasses, we finished by filling in the face and eyes.   Adding the multi-colored hair was my favorite part since we got to add some unique character to our animal.   It was so interesting to walk around the room and see how different each Alpaca had turned out, showcasing our unique perspectives on canvas!   We finished up with a fun group picture of everyone holding their masterpieces.

This was our instructor Renee’s painting – the one we modeled ours after – she is so talented!


We are both so thankful to Missy for the opportunity to try this class and explore something new for a fun mid-week activity.  The classes are definitely set up for anyone to enjoy – no painting experience needed.   You can see how our paintings turned out below!  This would be a great place to go for a girls’ night out, bachelorette party, birthday party or a date night.  This studio is currently offering a special where you can bring a friend for free when you book a class, so it’s a great time to go check out the studio and create something fun like Allie the Alpaca!   I know I’m already looking forward to attending their Paint Your Pet class in August which benefits Break The Chain Kennel Kru.  What a great way to help out animals in need while enjoying some painting!


My Alpaca looks bewildered, but I love it!
My husband’s Alpaca turned out so well!


If you live outside of Greensboro, you can find a Wine and Design near you by searching here!

Have you ever tried a Wine & Design class?  I’d love to hear about your painting experiences!


The Planking Traveler