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Pure Wow Lists Kitchen Shear Herb Scissors As Number 21 Under Home Essentials

( — August 28, 2015) Purcellville, VA — Pure Wow is a women’s lifestyle brand that is finding unique ways to elevate females everyday. With the creation of this list of Amazon products that are labelled essential for homeowners, the 

women’s brand attempts to find ways to solve problems around the home. Their list of thirty, provides answers for common and classic home conundrums. The top three items on the list include a cast iron skillet, adjustable tension rods and magnetic spice containers.

The Jenaluca Herb Scissors are a stainless steel kitchen shear that comes with five blades and a cleaning comb cover. The five blades are finely balanced to produce clean precision cuts every time. They assist in saving time in the kitchen because two chops from this shear equates to ten knife chops. That means it significantly reduces time spent preparing food, herbs and vegetables.

The cleaning comb cover is a convenient plastic end that makes taking care of a used herb scissors very easy. The comb pushes stubborn clinging herbs right off. If there are any pesky portions left in the blades then the user can simply rinse with soap and water. Another way to keep the kitchen tool clean is by placing to be washed in the dishwasher.

The kitchen tool is a must-have gadget because it can snip herbs into perfectly sized pieces. These can be placed right into pots or served on plates. The shear produces professional chef results with minimum mess and hassle. Herbs and spices will tend to keep their flavour better because the herb scissors can chop without bruising or tearing the stems and leaves of herbs and vegetables. Users can impress family and friends with the high quality of food produced from their kitchen.

The interior grip of the handle is manufactured with TPR which is better than silicone and provides a comfortable and soft material. TPR is lightweight, soft to the touch, anti-abrasive and recyclable.

According to Jenaluca, the kitchen shear is also a great gift idea especially since it comes in a beautifully wrapped package. The herb scissors can be used as a gift for wedding showers, hostesses, birthdays and as housewarming gifts.

Customers can buy with confidence because Jenaluca stands behind their product with a 100% lifetime guarantee. They will refund or replace the herb scissors should the purchaser wish to do so. Additionally on purchasing three or more of the product, customers can receive free shipping.

About Jenaluca LLC

The company provides superior kitchen utensils and accessories specially its multipurpose kitchen shear 5 blades and cover with cleaning comb herb scissors stainless steel. Jenaluce stands behind all its product with a 100% unconditional lifetime guarantee.

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Satisfy your Instagram envy with this new subscription box for your home

The first September/October box is designed for the home office. (Stacy Zarin Goldberg)

Ashburn designer Jennifer Wagner Schmidt styles an awesome vignette.

The owner of JWS Interiors, Wagner loves to play with her home accessories to create design eye candy that she posts on Instagram. In just over a year, she has amassed an impressive 53,400 followers largely by ’gramming photos of bouquets, books, trays, lamps, mirrors and more that she’s artfully arranged and rearranged in her home or those of clients.

Sneak peek on my glam master bedroom project. White lacquer, antique mirrors and grass cloth on wall Pic by @stacibeth2000 #jwsinteriors #interiordesign #glam

A photo posted by JWS Interiors (@jwsinteriors) on Jul 30, 2015 at 4:08am PDT

This summer, she used her styling smarts to launch a new business: Box of Chic, a subscription box of home accessories sent monthly. It is inspired by the success of Birchbox, the beauty-treats-by-the-month giant founded five years ago, which has shipped more than 9 million boxes of beauty, grooming and lifestyle products to customers. Today, goody boxes of curated stuff, whether pet products or healthful snacks, are available through dozens of subscription services.

The fast rise of her online profile encouraged Schmidt to package her taste. “I noticed that people really liked my work on social media, and they would comment on it and other bloggers started featuring my work,” she says. “There were beauty boxes but not a home decor box that was affordable and put together for the consumer by a professional decorator.”

My home. Do you love the details that count in decorating? Accessorizing your home is very important when it comes to design. Sign up today for our free newsletter/mailing list dedicated to accessorizing your home and receive occasional coupon codes as a thank you from @boxofchicstyle for signing up on Link in profile and sign up at the bottom of the page. It’s FREE and FUN! #boxofchicstyle #interiordesign #getonthelist

A photo posted by JWS Interiors (@jwsinteriors) on Aug 27, 2015 at 5:33pm PDT

Schmidt, 38, who has had a decorating business for nine years and writes the design blog JWS Interiors Affordable Luxury, says consumers are looking for inspiration and fresh new products. The Box of Chic mailings, which will contain between four and five items, cost $49 each plus $11.30 shipping and applicable tax. You order the box from She says sales are going “well,” especially after the box was featured on the “Today” show.

Each box is going to have a theme based on different spaces around the house, such as kitchen, bar or bedroom. The first September/October box is designed for the home office and includes a black-and-white pillow cover (just the cover, you provide the insert) that can be used on a desk chair, a “Mad Men”-inspired Zou Bisou Bisou gold polka-dot ceramic tray, three pink pencils, a gardenia candle and a tiny box of matches with a sunglass motif.

She says her subscription boxes will have an added attraction: photos of how she would arrange those accessories. “I’m going to take it a step further so people aren’t just getting a box of design pieces,” she says. “I want to show people what they can do with it in their own home.” There is also a list of her styling tips.

Schmdt says her holiday box, with an entertaining theme, can be pre-ordered and will start shipping Nov. 1. In 2016, she plans a full year of boxes.

“There were beauty boxes but not a home decor box that was affordable and put together,” says Jennifer Wagner Schmidt, founder of Box of Chic. (Sarah Bradshaw )

The September/October box includes a black and white pillow cover, a “Mad Men”-inspired Zou Bisou Bisou gold polka-dot ceramic tray, three pink pencils, a gardenia candle and a tiny box of matches. (Stacy Zarin Goldberg)

Here are six tips from Schmidt for styling Instagram-worthy vignettes in your home. “Play around with how it looks and have fun.”

1. Always use fresh flowers. Using one color and one variety is best.

2. Go with a minimum of five items. That’s a good number to begin with to complete a styled vignette.

3. Use varying heights. To create interest, contrast things such as a tall vase and low stack of books.

4. For maximum effect, incorporate opposites. Consider black and white; shiny and matte finishes; old and new items.

5. Be creative with books. Two to four books stacked flat on a table are a key element of vignettes. You can even use several stacks of books for larger surfaces such as a coffee table.

6. Keep it real. Feature a personal treasure that reflects you or your lifestyle.

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Beds, furniture will help neighbors is a website that provides local citizens a way to ask for help from their community and a way for the community to give back.

Current needs

A hard-working couple needs a used, clean couch for their new apartment. Although he works full time, it is for low wages and she is going to school. If you can help, please call My Neighbor in Need (MNIN) at 750-2542. The need number is 7129.

A young family needs a new or used, clean queen mattress and box spring and a new or used, clean twin mattress and box spring. Conlin’s Furniture can provide a new twin bed for a discounted price of $170. If you can help, please call 750-2542. The need number is 7156.

An elderly woman living on a very low income needs a clean, used loveseat for her apartment. If you can help, please call 750-2542. The need number is 7152.

A disabled man who is using milk crates for furniture needs a used, clean recliner. He has back problems and needs a chair that reclines. If you can help, please call 750-2542. The need number is 7160.

An elderly woman with medical issues living on a very low, fixed income needs a used, clean queen mattress and box spring. If you can help, please call 750-2542. The need number is 7163.

Recently fulfilled needs

Dear My Neighbor in Need,

“I know of someone in great need. He and his girlfriend have been homeless for a while, but are ready to try to turn their lives around and we want to help.”

My Neighbor in Need response,

“The couple came into the MNIN office and completed an application. Thanks to the caring individual who contacted us, the couple was able to move into an apartment later that day. And, thanks to several recent donors, they received a bed, some dishes, pots, pans and utensils. A You Rock award goes to the donors!”

Dear My Neighbor in Need,

“I have a friend who needs a working hospital bed. He has serious medical issues and can no longer use a standard bed. I have checked around and no one seems to have one that he can afford. I do not know where else to turn. Thank you.”

My Neighbor in Need response,

“MNIN verified the situation and called its partners to see if anyone had a used, safe bed. A donor contacted MNIN and contributed a working hospital bed. MNIN picked it up, made sure it was in working order and delivered it to the neighbor.”

Dear My Neighbor in Need,

“I need of some cat and dog food to hold me over until I get my disability check in nine days. Most of the time I can get by, but I had a setback and it took all of my money.”

My Neighbor in Need response,

“MNIN met with the neighbor and verified her situation. She said that she does not have anyone who can help her buy some pet food and heard about MNIN from the Great Falls Animal Shelter. Thanks to several organizations and Wal-Mart, MNIN provides free pet food through its Pet Food Pantry. She left with enough pet food for three weeks.”

MNIN would like to let everyone know that all of the need requests featured in last week’s Great Falls Tribune are being fulfilled this week. Thank you to all of the donors for helping a neighbor in need!

To help

If you would like to help, visit and click on the current needs tab. Find a need request and click on the fulfill this need button. If you wish to donate a different amount, please call 750-2542. Financial donations are made directly to the business that will fulfill the need.

Send financial donations to My Neighbor in Need, 525 Central Ave., Great Falls, MT 59401. Please write the need number on the memo line. Donations are tax deductible.

Donations also can be dropped off at the Give What You Can Community Thrift Store, 525 Central Ave., Times Square.

To get help

Request help at by completing a request a need form. If you do not have internet access, call 453-4357 or mail a request to P.O. Box 1788, Great Falls, MT 59403. Provide contact information and a description of the need.

All operational costs are underwritten by sponsorship from Montana Farmers Union. Please “like” the MNIN Facebook page for updates and the latest information.

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5 DIY Kitchen Renovation Inspirations

5 DIY Kitchen Renovation Inspirations

5 DIY Kitchen Renovation Inspirations

Posted: Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 am

Updated: 2:31 am, Mon Aug 31, 2015.

5 DIY Kitchen Renovation Inspirations


(Family Features) Whether you’re turning your home into a “homegating” headquarters this fall or looking to upgrade your everyday cooking, you can update your kitchen in just one weekend without the headache and mess of a full remodel. Here are five DIY ideas from the trend experts at Lowe’s and Frigidaire Professional that will fit any kitchen style and bring your Pinterest-worthy dream kitchen to life.

Everything and the kitchen sink

Farmhouse kitchens are growing in popularity, but whether you are going for a farmhouse look or something more transitional, a farmhouse sink can add character to any kitchen. Go for a classic white or find a farmhouse sink with a darker metal finish such as an antique copper single-basin for a unique touch that’s easy to install. It’ll be a dramatic focal point in your kitchen – and in conversation.

Don’t get voted off this island

At a party, everyone ends up in the kitchen. Easily swap in a large, distressed, vintage-inspired island to create a warm and inviting space where guests can gather so they don’t take up your valuable prep and cooking space.

Upgrade your cooking

New appliances make a huge difference. Go for professional-grade, sleek stainless steel appliances like the new Frigidaire Professional Collection that not only looks professional, but also offers features that will upgrade your cooking. The new collection was inspired by commercial kitchens and designed to fit existing spaces so you can achieve a professional look and feel without doing a full kitchen remodel. The front-control freestanding range offers a variety of uses to conquer any holiday meal, while the dishwasher can wash dishes in as little as 30 minutes, making clean up a cinch. 

Gray is the new white

From fashion to film, everyone is embracing shades of gray. In the kitchen, gray creates a bright, clean appearance that is calming and welcoming. The color also beautifully compliments stainless steel appliances, while contrasting cabinets and doors can add a level of dimension, bringing a contemporary design full circle.

It’s all in the details

Small changes can have a big impact on the overall look of any kitchen. Try pairing your sleek appliances with warm finishes and statement lighting, such as pendants, to create an intimate space. To minimize upkeep, select smudge-proof stainless steel appliances so your kitchen always looks sleek and clean. Focus on furniture and accessories that have a handmade, antique feel but also create efficiencies in the kitchen, such as an industrial style kitchen cart. Carts are multifunctional and can be used to prep, serve or store your wine and cookbooks.

Check out for more information on the new Frigidaire Professional Collection and for additional ideas on how to turn your busy kitchen into a space worthy of endless entertaining.


Monday, August 31, 2015 12:00 am.

Updated: 2:31 am.

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Rise Biscuits and Donuts set for major Triangle expansion

When Tom Ferguson opened Rise Biscuits and Donuts in 2012, he did it with the idea that he would eventually expand the brand.

He just needed to find the right team to help him.

With five new Rise restaurants opening in the Triangle this year and many more coming next year, Ferguson believes he’s found what he’s looking for to make the leap to franchising.

Ferguson, 50, Rise’s CEO, sought a corporate team and franchise owners who believed in both his product – handmade biscuits and doughnuts made with local ingredients – and the concept he’d established at the first quick-serve restaurant in Durham.

“They need to buy into the culture we set, the food, the vibe,” Ferguson said of his franchisees. “And … bring enthusiasm with that.”

He’s brought on seven people to operate the announced franchises, and his corporate team includes Chief Financial Officer Andy Seamans and Brian Wiles, chief operating officer and longtime Rise manager.

Along with putting the right people in place, one key to creating a successful franchise is to have documented processes and procedures that can be duplicated, said Daniel Prendergast, owner of The Entrepreneur’s Source, a Mebane company that helps connect people with franchising and other business opportunities.

“You have to have a viable business model that has been proven to be successful,” he said.

Here are three important factors in Rise’s recipe for success:

1. Finding the best ingredients for a franchise.

Those interested in becoming a Rise franchisee have to go through a process that involves supplying an application and financial statements and meeting one-on-one with the Rise team.

Potential owners must first apply to Fransmart, a Virginia-based franchise development company responsible for the launch of franchises such as Five Guys and Qdoba. Fransmart, in turn, vets those people and sends those who make the cut to Ferguson and his team.

“Then the tables turn,” Ferguson said. “At that point, we are saying ‘Are they a good fit? Do we like the location they want to go to?’”

Ferguson says about four to eight people apply each week, and a lot of them don’t follow through on the process.

After those people have been selected, they go through “Discovery Day,” which is when potential franchisees and Rise owners spend time together figuring out if they are a good fit for one another. So far, Ferguson said, 10 people have gone through Discovery Day at Rise.

Franchisees pay $30,000 to buy in to Rise. They also pay Rise 6 percent of sales and another 2 percent for marketing.

They are responsible for securing their own leases and covering their own construction costs, and can’t locate within a five-mile radius of another Rise restaurant.

2. Maintaining consistency.

To maintain consistency between the restaurants, each member of the corporate team has its own set of responsibilities when it comes to working with franchisees.

Seamans is in charge of finance, accounting and negotiations; Ferguson deals with directions, branding and development; and Wiles works with them on culture, training and products.

The three have been “very involved” with the Rise franchising process so far, and Ferguson says they have control over what franchise owners can and can’t do with the food they serve.

Rise doesn’t have its own brand of things like dough mix and coffee. However, franchisees must use local purveyors for certain ingredients such as fruits, vegetables and meats, which come from Firsthand Foods in Durham. Coffee comes from Bean Traders in Durham.

Menus will be the same at every location, but owners have the freedom to create one unique biscuit and doughnut each month.

“The underlying theme is to keep it similar,” said Shashin Desai, co-owner of Rise at Sutton Square in Raleigh. “But we will have our own flavor. We are from India and want to add some flavors and our own spices.”

Before launching specials, restaurants have to submit recipes, a list of ingredients and the cost to make the products. The information gets put into an accounting system so the company can see if the products are successful. But Ferguson says he trusts the ideas of his franchisees.

“There are a lot of kooky ideas out there,” Ferguson said. “There have been ones that I’ve thought would have been a dud and others that have been hits – macaroni and cheese biscuit, who would have thought?”

Food prices are the same at each restaurant and range from about 95 cents for a glazed doughnut to about $6 for a specialty biscuit.

Branding and marketing materials come from Rise corporate, and Ferguson and his team guide owners through the process of buying equipment such as pots, pans and doughnut friers.

Each restaurant is open from 7 a.m. until 2 p.m. daily, which Ferguson said will allow staffs to have a strong work-life balance.

3. Rolling it out.

So far, four ownership groups have been awarded Rise franchises in the Triangle. One opened last month and four more restaurants, including one that’s corporate-owned, are expected to open this year.

▪ Ty Gwennap and his father Tim opened the first Rise franchise at 1100 Market Center Drive in Morrisville’s Park West Village in August. It’s 1,550 square feet.

▪ Dowdy’s 1,500-square-foot Cameron Village restaurant should open in early fall, he says. It will have about five or six tables outside and be at the corner of Smallwood Drive and Daniels Street, behind Harris Teeter.

▪ Shashin Desai and friend Mehul Desai own other franchises in the Triangle, including Goddard School locations in Durham and Chapel Hill. Their 1,600-square-foot Rise is expected to open in October at 6325-33 Falls of Neuse Road, in Raleigh’s Sutton Square shopping center.

▪ Longtime restauranteurs Rick Robinson and Ken Priest plan to open their 1,693-square-foot Rise at 310 E. Main St., Suite 100 in Carrboro in November. It’s on the Libba Cotten Bikeway, which Robinson said will help attract customers. “Cyclists love doughnuts,” he said.

▪ Ferguson’s opening his second corporate-owned Rise in downtown Durham this winter, he said. “We’re officially the franchise owners,” he said.

The 1,000-square-foot place will be at 401-A Foster St., in the former DaisyCakes space.

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