Acupuncture, chiropractic, massage… for your cat… an integrative approach for your feline friends.

Ever wonder if conventional medicine is really the best approach for your health? How about your pet’s health?

Conventional medicine can certainly be a life saver and has its place, but for treating chronic conditions there are often better solutions. How about veterinary chiropractic care for pain management? Chinese herbal medicine to support organ function in the face of age related decline? Homeopathic remedies to bolster your cat’s immune system against a viral infection? The options can be overwhelming! This is why we practice integrative medicine at Corvallis Cat Care. Integrative medicine is the practice of combining conventional medicine with other modalities such as acupuncture, herbs, or chiropractic care. When you visit the doctors at Corvallis Cat Care, you know they have your pet’s best interest in mind, whether you are bringing your cat to see us in our 4th animal friend.

We will assess your pet and discuss your options with you, options that could range from a pharmaceutical intervention to an essential oil blend. Depending on the condition and the pet’s own preferences we can design a custom treatment plan for you that fits everyone’s needs. You can rest assured knowing that the most beneficial options available will be presented without having to worry about choosing the right modality yourself. If you have a preference for a particular form of treatment, whether conventional or alternative medicine, we will honor that and help you select the best treatments available as required by your pet.

If this sounds like the kind of approach that you want for your furry friends, contact today! 541-753-2287

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JessBFit- Find your true potential

I believe everyone has the ability to move well. At JessBFit I help people explore their potential and challenge their beliefs about fitness.

Everyone has the inherent ability to move well, feel strong, and be able to accomplish the things they need and want during their lifetime. Many people achieve fitness at the gym. But, working out at the gym is not for everyone. I strive to help people in that latter category get fit in their homes, in parks, on trails, at their office, and in playgrounds. I draw from a variety of training practices and experience in outdoor physical activity to design creative, fun and adaptable programs for individuals and groups to improve their overall fitness. Many clients come to me after injury, in pain, discouraged by their bodies, or bored with their normal fitness routine. I work with each one to design a plan to help move them forward, taking into account the things they like to do and the lifestyle they currently live.

One element of my training that has enabled me to develop effective programming for lots of different people is MovNat. MovNat is a system of teaching movement that is based on a handful of primal movement patterns, like crawling, walking and carrying. By teaching people how to move their bodies well, I am able to open doors to more complex and challenging movements. I teach mindfulness as we move, developing a strong sense of confidence in their ability to adapt and react to new environments. They quickly see familiar patterns from our classes emerge in their everyday life, like lifting and carrying construction equipment, climbing over a fence, and lifting their grandchildren.

The benefits of this training go much deeper. Better balance leads to an increased self of self-efficacy (yeah, I can do that!). Better mobility means better quality movement when lifting, carrying, and running so as to prevent injury. Better breathing and posture also increases confidence, and can reduce back pain. Students working in groups develop connections with each other, helping each other, noticing the progress and achievements of their peers.

If this type of exercise and training speaks to you. If you hate the gym, love the out doors and want to move better, live stronger and achieve your true potential call Jess Beauchemin at JessBFit Personal Training and Yoga. (503) 446-0803


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Simple, Green burial for me…

October marks the end of any remnants of summer and officially rings in the holiday season, the 90 day count down to Christmas has begun. Change is in the air. Many are thinking about change this season and as 2015 approaches, interesting conversations come up… especially in my family. My mother updates her will and burial requests 2-3 times a year. Recently, she told me she wants a simple, green, natural burial… that’s what she feels most comfortable with at this point. She is one of the multitude of baby boomers that will turn 65 this year. That’s right, if you were born in 1950 you will by a part of the massive bell curve bonanza of folks hitting 65 like a ton of bricks! Burials plans, mausoleums, family plots, headstones and crematoriums are a hot topic for the 55 and older crowd these days. Ellen McCarthy, of the Washington Post recently wrote that more and more environmentally conscious baby boomers are “Going Green” with their end of life plans. The 60’s are still alive and a non-invasive, filled with love, all natural burial is very popular these days. Many folks aging into retirement want a no-fuss funeral under a beautiful tree or in a rose garden. “Wrap me in a clean sheet and bury me under a tree. Don’t bother with expensive, toxic embalming chemicals.” Some say.. “Return me to the earth from whence I came… ashes to ashes, dust to dust, and all that…” literally, that’s what many retirees want when they pass peacefully on to the next stage. One young woman wrapped her mother in a saffron, silken shroud and buried her in a wicker casket lined with lavender.  She hoped the all natural fiber ritual would please her earth conscious mom and help her pass on  peacefully.

Here in Corvallis, Oregon, we are renowned for our eco-friendly culture and above average life-span. Green living runs deep here. We recycle, eat local, organic, sustainable and humanely raised and will travel long distances for happy healthy chicken eggs. Death is no different for this community. We want to be conscientious of the earth and compassionate toward our loved ones when we pass after a long and fruitful life. We know where we are going and we want to leave a small green foot print behind when we go.

If you are looking for a compassionate funeral home that can help you plan your funeral the way you would like it to be go see Barb Bang out DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home and Crematory As a family owned, licensed funeral home in Corvallis for more than 100 years, DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home and Crematory has developed a reputation for caring and dignified funeral service in this community.  They offer ALL preservation/ cremation options from green, eco-friendly to traditional burial funerals and celebrations of life services; complete pre-arrangements and pre-financing services.  Their on-site crematory ensures that your loved one stays in their care until they give them back to you, their family. Their staff specializes in brief, straightforward arrangement conferences so you can spend more of your precious time in the comfort of family and friends. Give Barb a call at (541) 754-6255  and plan how you would like to be returned to the earth.

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Welcome New Members!

With the new fall colors popping up all over Corvallis I would like to take a moment to welcome our new members to PEERS. We have grown rapidly in the past 3 months and we are so happy to incorporate three new businesses.

Elizabeth Schroff has joined our group and is representing her husband, Rick Schroff and Farmers Insurance.  Rick and Elizabeth  feel that as your personal agent, they believe in keeping you informed and aware of Farmers® insurance products. It is their mission to help each customer develop the right plans to meet their personal and professional insurance needs. Personally, I know Rick and Elizabeth to be dedicated and knowledgeable and to possess a tireless work ethic. They are also fabulous cooks and have a passion to selflessly serve this community and its needs. 

To speak with Rick and Elizabeth about your insurance needs go to

A long time friend has joined our group, Leading Floral.  They are a local Corvallis, Oregon florist that has proudly served the area since 1917. Their shop offers a lovely variety of fresh flowers and creative gift ideas to suit any style or budget. They are happy to assist customers with any local, as well as worldwide deliveries. If your neighbor down the street needs a pick-me-up on a bad day, or you want to surprise your sister with a custom bouquet they will work tirelessly to get it just right. They can match sorority colors for confirmation, build a masterpiece for your mother with all her favorite flowers, and will personally call you and re-deliver your order when a friend has been discharged from the hospital and is resting at home. You can be sure your gifts and flowers will get to the right place. If no one is home, they won’t just ring the bell and walk away. They call later to make sure the flowers were found and everyone is happy.

To place an order with Leading Floral online 24 hours a day go to

Finally, a purrrfect new member for our group, Dr. Erika Raines with Corvallis Cat Care. She is the veterinarian that almost wasn’t. After a brief crisis of personal mission in the first year of veterinary school, her career was saved by rediscovering Traditional Chinese Medicine and the amazing things that it can offer to our furry patients. She received her veterinary degree from Oregon State University in 2010 and has since become a certified veterinary acupuncturist, certified veterinary spinal manipulative therapist (animal chiropractor), certified veterinary tui-na (Chinese massage) therapist, and has taken a course in Chinese food medicine for pets. She also has integrated Chinese herbal medicine into her practice since the beginning. She has chosen to learn so many modalities because she is committed to creative integrative and complementary solutions for your pet’s health. Her goal is to provide solutions that work for your pet and for you. She understands the need for compassion and flexibility in feline medical care. Dr. Raines’ her clients have commented that they appreciate her calming presence when they are facing a crisis or difficult decisions with their pet.

Schedule an appointment for your cat with Dr. Raines today. Visit her at

I feel so blessed to welcome these fabulous ladies to our group. PEERS is about women helping women achieve success in business through an encouraging, supportive professional environment. We all work hard to help each other succeed. If you, or someone you know might fit in well in our group please don’t hesitate to call and schedule a visit to our group. Happy Fall.

Keep on smiling,

Cory Ann Imhof, President

Chiropractor at Heresco Chiropractic Clinic.

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PEERS Meeting April 10th

Good afternoon everyone!

It is BEAUTIFUL outside today and it’s only looking to get better through the weekend. 🙂

Well spring is here, hopefully to stay this time, and that means lots of activities are getting started. Valley Eye Care is gearing up for their annual Sun Show May 12th-19th. This is a great time to get a new pair of prescription (or non) sunglasses. Gotta protect those eyes! Christine [Red Stem] is in full garden and yard maintenance swing. If you’re looking to get some help this summer, better call her now before she’s all booked out. Susan [Let’s Get Comfortable] is looking for just the right client: Someone who is ready to make changes in their home or office and wants to collaborate with a design professional to make their space more comfortable. Speaking of making positive changes – It’s time to schedule a party with Michelle B [Arbonne International] for the best, cleanest, and eco-friendliest beauty products, supplements, and nutrition products to help yourself feel great this spring! …and who doesn’t want 35% off their first order?!


Do you think of cleaning when you think of spring? Michelle V at VS Restoration is ready to book your first …or maybe second if you have muddy fur babies, carpet cleaning of the year. VS Restoration as specializes in duct cleaning, which is very important for maintaining good air quality and minimizing fire hazards. Or maybe spring makes you think of taxes. Wha-wha. Yea, taxes are no fun, but fortunately you can still give yours over to Ilene at A&S Accounting. Her amazing staff will make sure that you get the best refund and that you’re covering all your financial bases. On that financial note did you know that local banks provide 325% MORE funding to small businesses than large national banks? April is Community Bank Awareness Month and we love our local community bank Citizens Bank! Maybe spring gets you thinking ahead to summer and travel. Don’t forget to use Peg at Pathfinder Travel. When things get crazy she’ll be there to sort out your travel plans, flights, and accommodations so that you can continue enjoying your vacation or get home on time from your business trip.

Spring is also when folks start getting excited for summer weddings! Amanda and Kate with Forks & Corks Catering and The Vue are pumped for wedding season 2014 🙂 Forks & Corks is a full service catering company that brings delicious appetizers, buffets, plated dinners, and desserts to all of your special occasions. Kate also manages The Vue – Corvallis, and the Willamette Valley’s, most contemporary all-seasons wedding and event venue! Let them help you say “I DO!” without worrying if the fruit punch is getting warm. But if your wedding planning is getting a little overwhelming then perhaps it’s time for a massage from Amy [Carefree Massage], or an adjustment from Cory Ann [Heresco Chiropractic], or building some better self-soothing tools with Michaela [Michaela’s Counseling]. Did you know that most people reinforce their fears or anxiety with mental pictures? Let Michaela help you turn those anxious or scary scenes into calm and positive imagery.

Our first presenter today was Anne Fahy with Remax Integrity.

Anne went first and decided that her time would be more of a Q&A session. There were lots of questions about foreclosures, short sales, sheriff sales, tax liens, reverse mortgages, trying to sell your house on your own, and what it means to pre-qualify a potential buyer. Anne has been a successful Realtor, even when the housing market crashed Anne managed to continue selling homes – this can be credited to her extensive experience and being willing to work hard for her clients. The number of referrals she gets from past clients, as well as our PEERS group, is testament enough to her skill and care.

“Anne was amazing to work with. My fiancé and I are first time home owners now thanks to Anne! She helped us through all of the steps we needed and provided us with written information to read through ahead of time to help us figure out the next steps. We were able to text her whenever we had questions and received very prompt responses! She even took time on a Sunday to show us the house a second time so that my parents could be involved with our decision making process. I honestly feel that she is the reason we were able to get this house. It was only listed for five days before we put in our offer! We owe her so much and couldn’t imagine having gone through the extensive process of buying a home without her to guide us!”  -online testimonial

If you’re looking to buy or sell contact The Fahy Team for a wonderful experience.

Our second presenter today was Lora with Initials Inc.

Lora always brings fun samples to show us during her presentations. Having two growing daughters she is busy with A LOT of activities. All of her Initials Inc products help keep her mobile, organized, and fashionable at a great price! Everything from weekend road trips, pool or beach time, arts & crafts, school backpacks and lunch boxes… plus cute purses and cosmetic cases. It’s also a fun way to get together with your girlfriends – gather at one of your houses, open some wine, and SHOP! What more could you ask for?

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PEERS Meeting April 3rd

Ok so this post is week late, but in this case I will say “Better late than never”.  …which reminds me of this Golden Girls scene. Silly Blanche.tumblr_mq28ojlBda1s8hnhko1_500


We had a lovely business meeting last week and will promptly share this week’s fun with you also. Christine is ready for SPRING! She has hired 3 new employees at Red Stem to help manage the heavy work load of bringing back your lawn and gardens. Girls On The Run is getting ready for their Annual Pasta Feed to help fund scholarships and the 3rd-5th grade girls have just started training for their season ending 5K. Speaking of running… the Corvallis Half-Marathon is coming up on April 13th and Cory Ann [Heresco Chiropractic] has been seeing A LOT of training related injuries. Maybe some of those folks need to get together with Jess [JessBFit], but they’ll have to hurry because she’s leaving for PARIS!!! Don’t worry she’ll be back.

Have you ever wanted to spend some time on a tugboat? Well here’s your chance: Westwind Tugboat Adventures! Peg from Pathfinder Travel has a great deal for you and will ensure that you have the best experience. But before you head off for a wonderful boating adventure make sure you see Oni [Balance Point Acupuncture] for some pins. Seasonal allergies that get out of hand can ruin even the best trip. 😦 Perhaps spending days on end on a tugboat isn’t your style. How about a girls night with Shelley [Altas Antiques], Lora [Inintials Inc], Michelle B. [Arbonne International]? Forks & Corks Catering would love to help you host with tasty treats and taking care of all the dishes. Need a location? Make it an event to remember with the panoramic view at The Vue in Downtown Corvallis. 031414 Headshots-7_WEB 012314 Vue Open House 0124_WEB

We have so many PEERS members that make great teams to serve our community. Anne Fahy [Remax Integrity] and Peg O [Citizens Bank] can help people with difficult situations find a house and mortgage plan that works for them. If you’re looking to sell your home Anne also work with Elaine Forrest [Simply Home Professionals] to prepare houses that need a little TLC for market and Michelle V [VS Restoration] is here with the finishing touch of freshly cleaned tile, carpet, grout, and ducts.  Now that I start thinking about it we have several members that can directly improve the quality of life you have in your home. …I guess we just really like making sure that people are happy where they live. 🙂

For the young Chris [Valley Eye Care] wants to remind everyone that a baby’s first eye exam is at 6 months – and it’s FREE! There are so many eye and vision issues that can be helped or corrected when caught early. Mary  and Janelle encourage everyone to establish good dental habits with their children by bringing them in every year for a check up. The dentist office shouldn’t be a scary place… Drs. Bugni, Laster, and Jensen are really nice. And for people of any age, but especially the older we get, Dian [dual member for Demoss-Durdan Funeral Services] reminded us all to plan ahead as much as possible. It’s a relief for your family and loved ones to be able to focus on supporting each other, rather than trying to sort out what they think you would have wanted.

On the business end of our business meeting we mostly discussed recruiting new PEERS members. So this is our call to action for all you ladies out there!!! If you would like to represent your own business or your employer in our lively group of women in business then please read our PEERS Meetings and About PEERS sections for more info. If you’re unsure if your business conflicts with another existing member please do not hesitate to contact our president Oni Holub – or our vice president Cory Ann Imhof– We would LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE to hear from you. …especially you younger ladies! Don’t be scared of the early hour, we’ll make it worth your while. 🙂

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PEERS Meeting March 13th

I know that it’s almost time for our next meeting already, but it’s still important that I tell you what happened last week… especially since we had a guest speaker. 🙂

Peg at Citizens Bank was excited to tell us about the opening of a new branch in Tualatin – this branch will be employed solely by loan officers who can help you with all your banking needs. Speaking of financial needs are you ready for the big April 15th deadline? If you’re having trouble filing your 2013 taxes don’t delay in getting help. Ilene [A&S Accounting] and her staff are working nearly around the clock to get everything prepared in time. Maybe all that money talk is making you tense. Sounds like a good excuse to get a massage from Amy [Carefree Massage]. She uses organic coconut oil for it’s smooth and non-irritating qualities.

Christine [Red Stem] is getting geared up for SPRING! Like many of us, she sees a big boost in business as the temperatures warm up and the sun comes out to play. You should already have your fruit trees pruned and be preparing your garden plot over the next couple weeks. GO! Spring leads to summer and that leads to weddings 🙂 The Vue still has some open Saturdays for 2014 – Call Kate to reserve your perfect sunset wedding. Forks & Corks Catering is also looking to fill some remaining summer dates. If you’re lucky you could get Kate for both of these services!  The change over from winner to spring also means that you can exercise outside (or under cover at the park) and not at the gym says Jess of JessBFit. Her fitness and yoga classes will get your prepared for your summer adventures. On that note: Girls On The Run is starting this week with 510 girls registered so far!!! WOW, they’re officially serving EVERY school in Benton County as well as schools in Linn, Lane, Marion, and Polk Counties.

When you think of designers do you think of someone who just tries to impose their own style on your space? Well that’s not how Susan [Let’s Get Comfortable] works. She uses her knowledge, training, and techniques to help you bring out YOUR style in YOUR space. Chris from Valley Eye Care wants you to beware of “Online Eye Exams”. The American Optometric Association (AOA) is also concerned about the risk regarding proper diagnosis and treatment of patients who receive delayed or improper care because of this false claim. You cannot have an eye exam without a Doctor of Optometry (OD) or an Ophthalmologist physically examining your eyes. In another area of the medial world Cory Ann [Heresco Chiropractic] is here to relieve pain, tension, and pressure for all the expecting mamas in the Mid-Willamette Valley. Do your partner a favor and take her to see Cory Ann her back and neck will thank you. 🙂 Maybe before it’s baby time you should contact Peg at Pathfinder Travel for the getaway of a lifetime. There are some seriously good deals happening right now that you can only get through your travel agent. Do it!

At this meeting we were lucky enough to have Barb from the Linn-Benton Community College‘s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) join us for a brief talk about their services and classes. A mostly grant funded program, the SBDC offers top business advice through their mentorship program, market research center, and classes. The SBDC uses a model of Idea, Explore, Launch, Stabilize, Grow, and Exit to describe the life cycle of a small business. They have topic specific seminars dedicated to each of these steps as well as 10 week classes to move you through the beginning processes to launch your own business. The MicroEnterprise series has been very successful and spawned the beginning of GROW Oregon (as well as two county specific GROW Benton and GROW Linn) to specifically help Oregon based businesses thrive in any economy. Many of their services are free to community members or on a sliding scale. Some classes are even directed at low-income families to help them explore business opportunities and check their feasibility before investing. Many of our favorite local businesses, and PEERS members, have participated in one or more of the SBDC classes or taken advantage of their services.

Our PEERS presenter was new member Michaela of Michaela’s Counseling. She gave us a general overview of her practice since she is new to us and opened the floor to Q&A. Michaela mostly works with people dealing with varying types of trauma. The emotional aspect of trauma is very complicated and can lay dormant under the surface for years after the event(s). Often the people that seek counseling lack the skill and tools to handle such experiences through not enough or too much nurturing in their formative years. Parents play a critical and delicate roll in the lives of their children. While we want to protect our children from harm and uncomfortable situations/feelings, keeping them from any struggle, challenge, or failure can leave them with zero coping skills as young/grown adults. They may be completely overwhelmed by they slightest unfairness or failure. On the other hand, not enough nurturing can leave children feeling helpless, unsupported, and abandoned. They might never take necessary risks as young adults because the risk seems too large when facing it alone. These same over or under nurtured people may also be highly sensitive. Presenting as hyper-emotional, numb, or with bullying (so sensitive that they have to control everything). When these people are part of a couple in need of counseling Michaela likes to work with them as individuals as well. Establishing common goals, boundaries, tool development all while maintaining each individuals integrity.

Michaela does not currently accept insurance and works with self-pay clients only. She does have a few slots (nearly at wait-list capacity) for her sliding-scale and offers a student discount.

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PEERS Meeting | March 6th

It was a very informative business meeting this morning with the ladies at PEERS. Yep, there’s A LOT happening for our group and for our greater Corvallis community.

Peg O from Citizens Bank shared some interesting statistics about the impact that women make on our economy. As buyers women tend to feel misunderstood by most industries, but heavily influence 85% of the purchases made in their homes. When thinking of women in business nothing is more prominent than home-party based businesses. PEERS members Lora [Initials Inc], Michelle B. [Arbonne International], and Shelley [Alta’s Antiques & Collectibles] are all home-party based businesses that support their families. Perhaps your home isn’t set up for hosting a house party or event… Let the folks at The Vue take care of you! Offering single floor partial day renting of this modern space could be just what you need for a corporate lunch meeting, swanky bridal shower, or brainstorming retreat. Or perhaps your house just needs a little TLC. Call Susan [Let’s Get Comfortable Interior Design] to help you get the most out of your space, then call Elaine [Simply Home Professionals LLC] to help get it done!

As tax season ramps up for the final push it’s important not to leave anything out. Did you know that non-cash trades are taxable? Call Ilene at A&S Accounting to make sure everything is correct and that you’re getting the largest return possible. We’re also getting close to the deadline for health insurance registration [Monday March 31st], which has brought many changes with it. Chris [Valley Eye Care], Mary and Janelle [Drs. Bugni, Laster, and Jensen’s dental office], Stefanie and Diana [Rice’s Pharmacy & Gift]; and Oni [Balance Point Acupuncture] all encourage you to get to know your new policy so that you are confident about your coverage. Cory Ann [Heresco Chiropractic] also wants you to know your policy, but more importantly she wants you to learn how to dance. Especially as we age learning a new, whole body, skill will help keep you vibrant, active, and improve brain elasticity. …and if you need some help with your balance, strength, mobility before and during your new dance lessons call Jess at JessBFit. Speaking of knowing your insurance policy did you know that adding renter’s insurance to your existing auto policy with Tara at Jeff Mills State Farm can cost less than $10/month? That coverage can save you a lot of headache if your house (or car!) is broken into, or damaged in a fire, flood, or natural disaster. Knowing what YOU want might be easy, but what about what one of your loved ones wants? The team at DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home is here to walk you through pre-planning for your final needs to make sure that everything happens just as you’d want it.

Spring is time for so many things in our lives. Did your carpet get really dirty from the soggy winter dragging mud into your house? Michelle’s team at VS Restoration are here to make them look like new. It’s also time to get active! Karen has spent the last week (or more?) gathering materials and organizing coaches’ boxes for the 2014 Girls on the Run (GOTR) season. She had a huge boom in Salem schools registration over the weekend and is also in need of THREE more coaches in the Salem area. Maybe it’s time for some re-branding for your business. Julie [Tobias Weiss Design] has a fresh eye for logos and letterheads. Or maybe the winter months were hard on you this year. New PEERS member Michaela [Michaela’s Counseling] is discrete. Her warm personality will brighten your day, while helping you build skills and tools for better self-care. Ooh, maybe Michaela will suggest a nice vacation! Peg W [Pathfinder Travel] has the perfect little get away for one… or two. Adorable bohemian-style caravan wagons are perfect for a low stress and intimate vacation.

Don’t let the prospect of selling or buying a house stress you out! Let Anne [Remax Integrity] help with her team and years of experience. The market is changing, not just in Corvallis, but nationally, and Anne’s team is here to make the process easy for you. But if it’s still getting to you, then you should really see Amy [Carefree Massage] for a nice chair or table massage. When you finally do sell or buy maybe you’ll get one of Lori’s [The Thank You People] greeting cards congratulating you. They’re available at Rice’s Pharmacy & Gift, The Book Bin, and soon to be on Nothing is better than showing someone you care. 🙂

The presenting end of our meeting was mostly a string of event announcements. Before we get to those Susan shared about her experience using the SCORE program to help with her business. Whether you’re an established business that needs some professional help in a particular area or you’re an emerging business just getting started the knowledgeable VOLUNTEERS with SCORE are a national group ready to help.

Amanda with Forks & Corks Catering and The Vue is excited to announce that both businesses (as well as her own Amanda Photographic business) made it to the final round of voting for Oregon Bride Magazine Best of 2014 awards. This is a vendor-only voting round and the winners will be announced at the awards party in June. If you’re a wedding industry vendor they would love your voting support – Voting ends Monday March 10th.

Friday March 7th – Karen’s Super Party! 6:30pm-9:30pm
At the Willamette Landing Club House.
Wine tasting with a 3-in-1 home party with Arbonne International, Initials Inc, and vintage jewelry with Alta’s Antiques & Collectibles.

Saturday March 8th – Chocolate Fantasy 7:00pm-10:00pm
At the Trillium Old School (Children’s Farm Home) 4455 NW Hwy 20 Corvallis. Annual benefit for The Arts Center. Forks & Corks Catering is the premiere CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE sponsor.

Sunday March 9th – Elks Lodge Breakfast (volunteers at 10:30)
Volunteer to serve breakfast to members of our homeless community.

Friday March 21st – Mazama Club Hike at Silver Falls Park
Car-pool leaves Corvallis at 9am for a full 8 mile loop seeing 10 waterfalls in the Silver Falls State Park with JessBFit.

Friday March 21st – Wine & Whiskers 5:30pm
CH2M Hill Alumni Center on Oregon State Campus – Annual benefit for Heartland Humane Society. (Alice in Wonderland Theme)

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PEERS Meeting | Febrary 20th

Good… almost afternoon.

It was a semi eventful morning just getting in the doors for our PEERS meeting. The rain was coming down pretty heavily and most of us had to walk (or run) from the back of the parking lot to the front door. But the rain, just like the snow, wouldn’t deter us from our regular gathering. 🙂

While a lot of areas in the Willamette Valley are experiencing some flooding it’s important to remember that the swelling of creeks and rivers can deliver a lot of healthy nutrients to the soil. Christine (Red Stem) is working rain, snow, or shine to prune trees and get your gardens ready for spring planting. Let her help you if you want a bountiful harvest this fall! But if when you see the rain all you see if muddy feet and soggy dogs then perhaps it’s time to book VS Restoration & Carpet Cleaning for a visit to your home. Michelle V. reminded us today that you can book your carpet cleaning right on their website. …fancy. Or perhaps you’ll take the opportunity to brighten somebody’s day with a greeting card. Lori (Thank You People) is excited to open up her Etsy store over the weekend. You’ll be able to purchase her cards there as well as at Rice’s Pharmacy & Gift and the Book Bin. There’s only one better way to say thank you and that’s with a massage from Amy (Carefree Massage). Does a member of your family have a care-giver? Amy reminded us this morning that this demanding task can be very physically challenging and a massage is a great way to refresh the people who help take care of us.

Speaking of Rice’s, Stefanie is excited for spring holidays – St. Patrick’s Day + Mother’s Day, but isn’t so excited about the allergies that come with living in a lush valley. Spring can also be the time for new outdoor activities, like coaching a Girls On The Run team :hint hint::, and there’s no better way to make sure you’re prepared than a new pair of sunglasses from Valley Eye Care, a fresh assessment and adjustment from Cory Ann at Heresco Chiropractic, and the proper coverage from Jeff Mills State Farm Insurance. By this time of the year we all start craving that outdoor time. It’s not just for the activities, but for the Vitamin D and good things we get from the sun… ::cough:: which you can easily get by coaching a Girls On The Run team ::ahem:: Susan (Let’s Get Comfortable Interior Design) can help set up your home with better lighting by designing some new schemes that include full-spectrum bulbs.

If you’re not into all that outdoorsy-ness then you better get things spruced up around your house for all the indoor entertaining that you’re sure to be doing. Elaine with Simply Home Professionals is here to help with wall-paper striping, painting, or whatever your home needs to look its best! Then you can have Michelle B. over for an Arbonne party and get 35% off your first order (awesome), or Lora for an Initials Inc girls night (awesome), or even Shelley for a jewelry night full of sparkles and bling (again awesome)! But maybe a refresh isn’t what your home needs, maybe it’s time to move on to a new home that’s better suited to all the parties that you’re having. Well if a quick sell is what you need, contact Anne Fahy (Remax Integrity) and she will get your started on the path to a new home.

But sometimes, no matter the season, things just aren’t going well. Are you waiting for a refund on that vacation you had to cancel? …has it been 2 years? Peg W (Pathfinder Travel) finally got the full refund for her clients after 2 years of paperwork. …the important thing here is that they got it. Do you know your spouse’s mother’s middle name? Do you know how to spell it? If that didn’t make your head spin then you’re more prepared than most of us. But even so, this information is necessary, and the most prepared families could use a hand when they’re grieving. Barb at DeMoss-Durden will help you prepare all of the paperwork and make future arrangements so that your family doesn’t have to when the time comes. To take the seriousness back down a notch… maybe you have to see the dentist, but you can’t find an office that has early enough appointments. The dental practice of Drs. Bugni, Laster, and Jensen is open early every Thursday just for you. Peg O would like to caution everyone from using a private or new company to wire funds domestically or internationally. Even a local bank with excellent customer service, like Citizens Bank, will not be able to help you recover those funds if the company isn’t reputable and “loses” your money. Domestic wires are only $15 and international wires $25 at Citizens! Since we’re talking about money let Ilene at A&S accounting save you some stress this spring (or really any time of year). Did you know that even if you can’t itemize on your federal taxes that you may still be able to on your state? Ilene can even look at past filings to get you a larger return based on inaccurate previous filings!

Today we had Amanda, newly reassigned to Forks & Corks Catering and The Vue, and Jess of JessBFit as our presenters.

Amanda started us off with a quick refresher on Forks & Corks Catering. Owner, Kate Lynch, used to be a member of our PEERS group, but business took off so well that she could no longer make it to our meetings. Forks & Corks Catering is a full-service, off-premises catering company that serves the entire Willamette Valley. Kate and her team are ready to take on any event, big or small, to bring a delicious amount of flare and beauty to your wedding or event. We all can remember the colorful and creative displays that we’ve seen when Forks & Corks is in charge of the catering and are excited to have them back in our group. Follow Forks & Corks Catering on facebook and instagram for current updates and fun photos 🙂 Amanda is also representing Kate’s newest venture – The Vue.
Just before the turn of the year Kate took over the management responsibilities at Corvallis’ newest wedding and events venue. It’s a match made in heaven. The Vue occupies the 5th & 6th floors of the Elements Building in Downtown Corvallis. Offering spectacular panoramic views of the Oregon Coast Range, The Vue is a modern space with a slight feel for industrial-chic that brings just the right amount of glamour to your event. From weddings to corporate events, holiday parties to fundraisers, this venue has everything you need to entertain your guests. Beautiful views and space aside, one of the favorite things that The Vue offers their clients is full set-up and break-down of the event. No more hanging out for hours before and after your wedding or awesome surprise 60th birthday party to take down tables and clean up. Nope, they’ll take care of that. Kate and her team want you to focus on having a wonderful time!

Forks & Corks and The Vue recently hosted an Open House event to show off what this venue has to offer. Amanda was there to photograph the event and was able to capture the elegance that is created when the best vendors team up for an celebration! Read more here. You can also follow The Vue on facebook and instagram!

Our next presenter was Jess of JessBFit. It can be a little bit difficult to write about Jess’ presentations because they tend to be very… demonstration based, and today was no different. Jess shared with us about a mindfulness and wellness based fitness system that she’s studying called MovNat (Move Naturally). We’re all aware of the whole foods movement happening with the way we eat, returning our diets to whole and basic foods that our bodies are ready to receive. This is the same idea, only with movement and fitness. MovNat is a progressive system, allowing a person at nearly any mobility level to engage it. This combined with its focus on mindful, fluid, and practical movement is something that appeals to Jess’ approach to exercise and fitness. Meeting people wherever they are, in terms of fitness and flexibility, to help them progress to higher goals something that Jess is known for among her clients. People often feel dread when it comes to exercise or going to the gym. Jess’ yoga and personal training is focused on setting short-term attainable goals week after week in order to reach longer term goals that once seemed impossible. You can check out some instructional videos that she made here.

Learning more about MovNat is taking Jess to PARIS, FRANCE in April (yep, we’re all jealous). We can’t wait to see what new skills she brings back to share with us.

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PEERS Meeting February 13th

Hello again.

It’s been a couple weeks since our last post and we’ve had some interesting weather to go along with it. This time last week Corvallis was being covered in about 18-24 inches of snow (four days) that cancelled our last meeting… followed by freezing rain (one day) that put a thick layer of ice over the freshly fallen powder. Corvallis pretty much shuts down when we get a couple inches of snow, so you can imagine what this did to us.

The most snow since 1988!

Fortunately for Willamette Valley residents we got a recent taste of this in early December and were better prepared for it. People shoveled their sidewalks and the city, slowly but surely with their single plow, got the main streets cleared.

We came back today with full force!

September is the most popular birthday month in the US, which means there are a lot of pregnant (to-be) mamas out there right now. Oni [Balance Point Acupuncture] is able to help women maintain a healthy pregnancy through her acupuncture practice; as well as help with fertility if you’re still trying. Christine with Red Stem Landscaping had her hands full with the off weather last week. While some trees “pruned themselves” others remained intact and it’s time to give them a proper trimming. We always love to see samples at our PEERS meetings and today Lora [Initials Inc], Michelle B. [Arbonne International], Shelley [Alta’s Antiques & Collectables], and Lori [Thank You People] all brought items to show-off or share. You’ll have to attend one of our meetings to see all the goodies these ladies have to offer. 🙂

The snow also left some people stuck at home. Elaine [Simply Home Professionals] was able to put her remodeling skills to work in her own home for a change and completely redid her laundry room. If you’re not looking to remodel, but perhaps just some early spring cleaning and reorganizing then Susan [Let’s Get Comfortable Interior Design] is who to call. Peg W. of Path Finder Travel kept some of her clients from losing out on their vacation plans when the weather halted their travel. Trip cancellation insurance is a MUST for all of your get-away plans, big or small, and having a travel agent can help you get refunds on those pesky non-refundable items as well. And if you’re not one to be held back by whatever mother nature throws at you then Jess [JessBFit] has some great personal training and adventures planned just for you! …and don’t forget your Vitamin D3. Our typically very overcast winters can leave people’s vitamin D levels a bit depleted and feeling blue. Cori Anne at Heresco Chiropractic encourages everyone to go pick up some supplements, perhaps at Rice’s Pharmacy & Gift, and take 2,000-5,000 units each day with something fatty (vitamin D is fat soluble) like avocado, cheese, peanut butter, or olive oil. Yum!

Valentine’s Day is tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than by having your carpets cleaned. Seriously. Michelle V. [VS Restoration] is offer 10% off to PEERS members, but will happily clean anyone’s carpet, tile, or grout at a competitive price. Maybe a more traditional way to celebrate would be with a lovey-dovey portrait …perhaps engagement ::hint hint:: portrait session. Amanda [Amanda Photographic] is quickly filling up for the spring and summer seasons, but is eager to share your love story through beautiful photography. Speaking of spring and summer Anne Fahy [Remax Integrity] encourages you to get your house on the market earlier, like right now, rather than waiting for warmer weather. The buyers are out, seriously right now, and want to buy. Plus there’s a whole process that could take the sale into the spring, get a head start with the Fahy Team. …And if you need a mortgage then we have just the bank for you. Citizens Bank has a wonderful team of dedicated members like our Peg O. This week Peg was able to get a loan approved for a new business after she had been put through the ringer at two other institutions. Working with a local bank, like Citizens Bank, really has so many benefits for yourself and the community.

I know that we’ve made the connection before, but it’s such a classic that I’m compelled to make it again: Death and Taxes. Barb [DeMoss-Durdan Funeral Home] kindly reminds us that everyone has a last day and that there is no better final gift to give your family than by having all of your arrangements made in advance. Which goes so nicely with tax season ramping up as we enter mid-February. Ilene and her team at A&S Accounting make this process as painless as possible, while helping you get the most back from the IRS. Hmmmm maybe I can also make a connection with the dentist. While going to the dentist is slightly more avoidable than taxes or our inevitable demise, making regular visits to your dentist can save you from uncomfortable cavities and other issues. The dental practice of Drs. Bugni, Laster, and Jensen are a full service office with excellent care to make your visit more pleasant.

If that last paragraph wasn’t enough let’s talk about insurance. hahaha… No really, Tara from Jeff Mills State Farm is here to get you the best coverage available for your car, home, and business. State Farm also offers life and health insurances, all to protect you when the unforeseen happens. Part of staying healthy to avoid using that insurance comes with exercise. Like participating in the Girls On The Run 5K coming up this June! Karen, Director of KidSpirit and GOTR (541-737-KIDS), is registering girls in grades 3-8 for the upcoming season and still looking for coaches, running buddies, and team sponsors. Get out there and RUN!

We also had a guest today: Michaela of Michaela’s Counseling will hopefully be joining our group later this month. Please check out our PEERS MEETING page for more details about visiting our group.

Announcements + Events:

Amanda Long with Amanda Photographic is stepping away from the photography slot in our group to instead represent a former PEERS member’s business: Forks & Corks Catering and The Vue. Amanda is scheduled to present next week so we’ll leave the details about Forks & Corks and The Vue until next time.

16th Annual Soroptimist Spring Tea + Auction

  • Sunday May 18th from 1:00-4:00 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center
  • Benefiting non-profits that improve the lives of women and girls.

Our presenters today were Amy of Carefree Massage and Julie of Tobias Weiss Design.

Amy gave a demo chair massage on a very sore Peg W from shoveling all the snow from her considerable drive way. While working on Peg’s middle back Amy explained how she approaches a new client vs a returning client – what she looks and feels for in their muscles. In this case Amy noticed that one side was much tighter than the other, but that didn’t stop her from working on both sides.  It’s important that your LMT works on you symmetrically since our bodies will often compensate with one side to protect the other. If they only focus on the side that hurts then you might feel lop-sided later. Water. Water, water, water, water… water. We should always be drinking water and keeping up our electrolytes so that we stay hydrated, but there is no more critical time that right before and after a massage. All that rubbing and digging breaks up old blood, lactic acid, and other chemicals that have been stuck in your muscles; once back in your system you want to flush it out quickly. Amy offers in-home or office chair and table massages for individuals or whole offices. $40/hr for chair or $60/hr for table.

Having Amy come in to your office is a GREAT way to show your employees how much you appreciate all their hard word. 🙂

Today Julie talked to us about logos. Oh yes, the dreaded logo that can make or break a first impression of your company; so much rides on this initial imagery. Julie showed us some logos that she had recently been commissioned for, a couple by ladies in our own group too, and explained her process. Sometimes people have a vague idea of what they want or don’t want in there logo. Other times it’s a blank slate, and still other times people have a very specific idea of what they want and just need someone with the skills to make it happen. Enter Julie. She usually leaves a meeting with a list of adjectives in her head or on paper that is her starting point for the design. Meeting with the client in person is something that she’s found to be critical to the collaboration process, even though sending sketches and proofs by email is easier, seeing her clients immediate reaction and hearing their voice gives her a much stronger sense of where to go next.

Julie is constantly thinking of those first adjectives along with asking the question, “Who is the audience?” to guide her creativity. When recently designing a logo for our own Jess of JessBFit, Julie knew that Jess’s main clientele were middle-aged women and that the design needed to appeal to them as well as Jess.  Luckily, Julie fits into this demographic as well as using her own experiences with Jess’s personal training made this logo extra fun. And of course the client doesn’t always like the design that Julie likes best… sometimes they’re on opposite ends, and they pick Julie’s least favorite design. It’s ok though because Julie will always deliver a strong design and image regardless of if it matches her personal style. She is happy to meet with new clients for brainstorming.

See you next week!

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