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Overheard in Asheville: Sears Leaving Asheville Mall

Asheville Mall Renovation

The rumor mill is alive and well, this time targeting the Asheville Mall. The mall on Tunnel Road is reported to be undergoing some extensive renovations in the near future, much to the delight of local shoppers. Until this year, Asheville Mall has not experienced any competition, but with the opening of the new Asheville Outlets May 2nd, the CBL owned property may be feeling pressured to step up their game. 

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5 KEY Essential Oils to Get You Through the Winter: A free workshop

Essential Oils for Winter

Stacy Vajta, the owner of The Everyday Lightworker will be hosting a free event, talking about 5 key essential oils that can be a powerful support in getting you through the winter in better health and a happy mood. 

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Thrifty Christmas: Favorite Secondhand Store to Christmas Shop At

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Thrift stores. What was once a lost and lonely place to shop has now become trendy and cool. With rappers boasting about popping tags and tv shows based on what you can "thrift-for-less", it just really leaves a broke girl with slim pickin's some times at the neighborhood junk shop. Also, this media frenzy has caused some thrift stores to raise their prices! Yes, you know who you are. With that all being said, I do want to share with you my Top 5 Favorite Local Thrift stores. 

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Classic Silhouette Girl

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Outfit details: Top: Victoria's Secret, Skirt: Thrifted (Goodwill), Shoes: Target, Belt: Vintage (

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Keeping A Toddler Busy: Busy Bags

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If you are a momma like me, you have a "To-Do" list made out every single day, but with a little one clinging to your leg, that list hardly ever gets accomplished. In my desperation to just be able to entertain my one-year-old and get some chores done around the house, I searched Pinterest and found a slew of things to make to keep my little one busy. They call them "Busy Bags" the greatest mom idea EVER if you ask me. Basically, you take a few household items, create a game or activity out of them and 'bada-bing' you have hours worth of fun. Forget going out and buying a brand new thirty dollar toy, try these!

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Preserve the Summer’s Produce Bounty from Asheville’s Local Markets

Fresh and local produce at the Farmer's Market in Asheville, NC. Photo credit Janet Bray

Asheville has a huge variety of markets featuring local, organic and fresh produce. Summer is the perfect time to put away these beautiful treats from nature through dehydration, canning, freezing, and cooking. But to start, you need to pick the best of the produce offerings. 

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10 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself in the Kitchen

10 Ways to Stop Sabotaging Yourself in the Kitchen

Many of today's adults, myself included, have missed out on a basic experience with food. We represent the first few generations who are so removed from food that most of us could not find familiar vegetables if they grew wild in our local parks. We have been raised on convenience foods, sold to our parents and grandparents as "time savers" that would allow them to spend more time with us. Over the years, this industrialized food system created a massive disconnect between our modern kitchens and what is good for our bodies, and we didn't even know it was happening.

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Learn to make Ukrainian Easter Eggs

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Studio A at Pink Dog Creative is pleased to announce pysanky classes in the River Arts District of Asheville, NC. In this workshop we will be making beautiful Ukrainian Easter eggs – pysanky.

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Make a local nonprofit SMILE when shopping online

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Asheville is very conscious about shopping local and supporting our local business owners and economy. However, not everyone shops local all the time - I am sure some of our residents may not shop local at all. Many people shop online to take advantage of great discounts and savings. If you are like me, your go-to website for price comparison and purchases is Amazon.com. This holiday season, don't feel guilty about shopping online when the situation calls for it, because now even when you shop through Amazon a portion of your purchases can support a local nonprofit. 

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Asheville Candle Company

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Have you ever walked down the streets of Asheville on a crisp fall day, wishing you could capture that essence in a bottle? A local company is working on doing just that, in candle form. I met with Frank of Asheville Candle, to experience these wonderful scents for myself and chat with him about this new local startup. Asheville Candles mission is to restore the art of candle making by using only farmers soy and a fine grade of perfume oils, creating scents that name specific local and streets of Asheville. 

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