Pairing Tea with Chocolate

2014-03-17_22-54-27The Talking Teacup is a lovely place to sit and relax in a beautifully restored 250 year old farmhouse.  They have more tea on their menu that a bar has beer!  I hope you’ll visit their website and see some of the wonderful events that they have throughout the year.

Kathy Heck, the proprietor tells us about celebrating love and friendship with tea, chocolate and wine:

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or a cozy winter evening with friends, nothing says  romance or relaxation like chocolate and wine.

“When serving tea with chocolate, I usually suggest unflavored teas such as Darjeeling known for its light body with sweet flavor undertones or a more- robust Assam tea which has malty characteristics that pairs well with chocolate,” said Heck.

Chocolate lovers will find a variety of dessert tea blends with cocoa or chocolate bits on the winter menu to satisfy their cravings, including:

• Valentine Blend – fine China black tea with a romantic blend of chocolate and rosebuds
• Chocolate Cream – black tea with cocoa bits and chocolate flavor
• Chocolate Ginger – a full-bodied decaf blend of chocolate and spices
• Rooibos Chocolate Mint – blended with chocolate bits and peppermint leaves
• Rooibos White Chocolate Toffee – a decadent blend of toffee bits, white chocolate chips, and cocoa

Beat Cold and Flu Season With Healthy Teas

2014-03-17_22-51-25Drinking tea offers many health benefits thanks to powerful antioxidants contained in the tea leaves. Regular consumption of tea can help boost the immune system and increase hydration.

“Herbal and rooibos teas are best for cold and flu season, especially teas that contain ginger or mint to help settle an upset stomach or aid digestion,” added Heck.

Healthy tea infusions offered include:
• Digestive Helper
• Stress Blocker
• Sweet Lullaby
• Tranquility

The Talking Teacup & Gift Shoppe is located at 301 W. Butler Ave in Chalfont.

Robin Coppinger
Bucks County Women’s Journal


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Defining a New Standard of Beauty for Women

Great article from one of our contributors, Pamela J. Ginsberg, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist:

I have noticed lately a lot of press about how the fashion industry, Hollywood, and the media have such great power over the standard of beauty for women, but that it is based on photoshopping, retouching, and altering images that we see every day. This results in a standard that the vast majority of women can never achieve, and some of it is even biologically impossible!

Yes, we are bombarded by these images and by the damaging messages they send about perfection, weight, and ideal beauty. However, we do have some control over what happens in our own heads and in our interactions with others. Women have a tendency to undermine each other with petty gossip, social comparison, and putting each other down. We also undermine ourselves with negative self-talk, perfectionism, and not being able to celebrate our accomplishments without also finding a flaw. When we participate in these practices, we cooperate with these damaging messages from the media and from society.

Think about how you participate in this, with yourself and with others. Talk to yourself, and to your sisters, girlfriends, daughters, mothers, and female colleagues about paying more attention to stopping these practices. Make each other a promise to compliment each other, find and express the good, accept compliments with grace, and encourage women to be themselves. Encourage your female friends to be true to who they are and embrace their imperfections. Be more open about your own imperfections…it is really what makes you interesting and different from those around you. I find myself drawn to those who are open about their imperfections because then I know they are more like me. We are all flawed. We have scars, cellulite, a little too much belly or hip fat, and wrinkles, and we all make mistakes. Let’s make these things part of the conversation.

Let’s redefine female beauty to be about love, generosity, humor, acceptance, and grace. Let’s pay more attention to our physical and emotional health rather than our pant size. Let’s support each other and accept the milk of human kindness in the form of true friendship. This is true beauty.

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Pamela J. Ginsberg, Ph.D. is a licensed Psychologist in Doylestown. She has been in practice for over 20 years. She specializes in women’s issues, women’s health, women with cancer, grief and bereavement, relationships, and stress management. She is on staff at Doylestown Hospital and on the Board of Directors of The Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia. Dr. Ginsberg has worked with individuals, couples, and corporations to help people take control of their lives, make better life choices, learn good coping skills and decision-making skills, and live happier, more fulfilling lives.

Robin Coppinger
Bucks County Women’s Journal
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Strategies to Help You Find Your Valentine in 2014

12494099_s (1)How was your Valentine’s Day / weekend this year?  If you’re still looking for that special someone, and you would like to improve your chances of finding love, read on.

Dating – fun or not?  Our contributor, Gayle Crist, Dating Coach & Online Dating Expert, explains what to do:

Singles dread this time of year. Valentine’s Day can make them feel alone and sad. But, take heart (pun intended): it’s just one day, and there’s always next year. I wholeheartedly believe that, by following certain strategies, you can exponentially improve your chances of finding love. How? Read on for some tips from dating experts…

Gilda Carle, PhD, author of Don’t Bet on the Prince: How to Have the Man You Want by Betting on Yourself, says that getting to know yourself before you try to get to know someone else is the key to success. Here are 5 ways to do that:

1) Define your core values-Nothing matters more for long-term compatibility than finding someone who shares your core values—the tenets you grew up believing and that still define how you live your life. These include beliefs about children, religion, politics, money, decision making, honesty, integrity, fidelity, and commitment.

2) Understand your emotional needs-Understanding what fulfillment means to you is paramount in finding a partner with whom you can feel satisfied and happy. But don’t expect that person to “complete” you. If you’re looking for someone else to make you feel worthwhile or whole or to rescue you from a boring, unhappy life, you’re setting yourself and the relationship up for failure.

3) Identify your love pattern-Think about the people who bring out the best in you and make you feel safe, secure, and comfortable and seek lovers with traits similar to those people. Look not only for character and personality traits but also the ways they relate to you. Feeling at ease with each other is the recipe for a lasting partnership.

4) Test drive a potential relationship-Don’t make the mistake of believing that someone with the looks and personality you want also has the important qualities you need in a long-term relationship. In other words, don’t let your heart overrule your head. It takes at least 120 days for logic to return after the early weeks of infatuation, so it’s best to “date” rather than “mate” for 2-3 months before getting too serious.

5) Once dating, stop and do a 3-month checkup-No matter how good the relationship seems early on, it’s wise to step back at that 120-day point to honestly answer some tough questions about your date: Is he really as honest as I first thought? Does he have the same moral fiber as me? Does he really share my core values? If he does, it’s safe to become exclusive.

I did all 5 of these things in my most recent relationship, and it’s been the happiest, most effortless connection ever! I also followed every single piece of advice dating coach Melissa Darnay offers…

Author of Dating 101: The Instant Cure for Romance Blues, Darnay says singles can, as she did, find love in just 90 days by:

1) Dealing from strength by joining 2 or 3 online dating services at once. After being widowed suddenly, she did this, had 48 dates in 3 months, and finally met the right one. I joined 8 sites over 14 months and had 50 coffee dates, which led to my meeting my second husband.

2) Telling everyone you know that you’re seeking a partner. Let others know you’re available and looking and the type of person you like.

3) Making a good first impression. You never get a second chance to make that crucial first impression. So, if you’re not at your best or feeling well, put the meeting off.

4) Keeping first dates short. Go for coffee or a drink instead of a meal. That way, if things don’t go well, you’re not stuck with each other too long.

5) Being proactive. Get out and do things you like to find others with similar interests. Also: Switch it up and try different groups or singles activities every few weeks. This maximizes your chances of crossing paths with new people.

6) Don’t expect anyone to change. As Darnay says, “Remember: you can change a person’s socks, you can change their haircut, but you can’t change their core values—or yours.” If those values aren’t similar, the chances for a long-lasting match are slim.

If you or someone you know is looking for love, these experts say that following a strategy of knowing yourself and your needs/patterns is critical. But so is using effective dating tactics such as being proactive about online dating and getting “out there”, telling others that you’re looking, and making a good impression on that first short, but sweet date.

After almost 10 years of post-divorce dating, I know these tips work. I would not have met my current partner if I hadn’t:

- Stayed true to my core values (especially those most important to me such as family, politics, and optimism)
- Gotten clear about my relationship needs (and been strong enough in my self-esteem not to expect someone else to fill needs I could fill myself)
- Been proactive (I was the one who wrote the first email on I also ventured outside both our geographic comfort zones, since we each preferred to date people less than 25 miles away. Though we are 40 miles apart, things have worked out fine. So don’t be afraid to stretch your non–core value parameters a bit. Happy dating!

2014-02-17_11-20-19Gayle Crist, M.S., is a life coach and dating coach in Doylestown. As a life coach, she helps people navigate life transitions such as separation/divorce or set and stick to life goals such as writing a book or starting their own business. As a dating coach, she helps singles discover places to meet people their age, improve their confi dence for dating, and create profi les/choose the best websites for online dating. Gayle is also a motivational speaker, seminar leader, copy editor, proofreader, and author of the book How I Met My Second Husband Online at Age 50.


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Bucks County Chiropractor

Once you meet Dr. Jennifer Grozalis, you’ll be impressed by her energy and passion to, well, just help you.  I thought it would be a good time to post her services which the snow we just had, and the shoveling that probably has your back complaining a little today.  :)

SynergyNEWTOWN CHIROPRACTOR DR. JENNIFER GROZALIS likes difficult, challenging cases. That’s what her well-respected practice specializes in.

With a unique and highly effective approach to rehabilitation and healing, Synergy Rehabilitation & Chiropractic takes on sports injuries, chronic pain issues, and everything in between. Regardless of the type of injury or its cause, the goal is the same for the center and its professionally trained staff of 15.

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“I get so excited when I think about what we have developed. Our therapy combination is so unique. If the patient doesn’t respond to a particular treatment plan, we have the skills and tools to modify it until we find what works for that individual,” says Dr. Grozalis. In one dramatically successful case, Dr. Grozalis remembered, a woman came to Synergy after having knee surgery. She had been in physical therapy for three months, was still using a cane, and was battling excruciating pain. “Within two to three weeks, she had complete range of motion,” Dr. Grozalis recalled. “After one month, she no longer needed a cane and no longer had any pain.” To provide such total patient success, Dr. Grozalis and her skilled staff offer a wide range of the most sophisticated therapies to treat all types of concerns and conditions.

A large part of the rehabilitation process revolves around various types of muscle therapies. Dr. Grozalis is one of very few doctors in Bucks County certified in Active Release Techniques®, a massage-based therapy that incorporates specific exercises to restore range of motion and eliminate pain. The doctor is also certified in Graston Technique® which is instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that enables her to effectively detect and treat scar tissue and restrictions that affect normal function.  These techniques are also being used by NBA, NHL, NFL, and Major League Baseball trainers. Another unique and innovative therapy in which Dr. Grozalis is certified is Kinesiotaping. The Kinesiotape gives support and stability to joints and muscles while allowing a patient to move through a normal range of motion. It decreases inflammation and reduces pain. It is a nonrestrictive type of taping that allows for full range of motion and supports muscles in movement on a 24-hour-a-day basis, which is why it is so often used on pro athletes. For hard-to-treat disc herniations in the neck and low back, the Synergy staff performs Decompression Therapy, a type of gentle traction that takes pressure off the spinal nerves and relieves localized pain as well as referred pain into the arms and legs. Patients also benefit from laser therapy at Synergy, which dramatically speeds up healing time and promotes healthy cell growth. Professional sports teams have been using laser therapy for years to speed the healing process.

To treat injured athletes and get them back to their sport stronger than ever, Dr. Grozalis combines cutting-edge therapies. In addition to Active Release Techniques®, Graston Technique®, Kinesiotaping, and Neuromuscular Re-education, he also offers sports massage, PFS, chiropractic manipulation, and traditional physical therapy modalities such as ultrasound and electrical muscle stimulation.

Other massage-based techniques performed by the doctor and her therapists include: Neuromuscular Re-education, trigger point therapy/ myofascial release, lymph drainage, mastectomy and oncology massage, prenatal massage, hot stone massage, and sports massage.   Rehabilitation is performed in our office by combining traditional principles of physical therapy with unique and cutting-edge exercises on the Pilates reformer, chair, and ladder barrel. This therapy balances and retrains muscles in order to strengthen and stabilize the spine and extremities. Fusion Therapy works to heal patients suffering with chronic pain as well as athletes.

Dr. Grozalis says that former patients are the center’s best source of referrals. “Once they see the outstanding results, there is a lot of word-of-mouth encouraging others to try Synergy’s treatment programs.” From difficult-to-treat cases to acute and chronic sports injuries, Synergy has the tools and commitment for restoring their patients. That is why their chiropractic office truly is different.

Synergy Rehabilitation and Chiropractic is located at 105 Terry Drive, Suite 114 in Newtown. For more information, call 215-860-9798 or visit

Robin Coppinger
Bucks County Women’s Journal
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The Best-Kept Secret: Taking the Guesswork and Frustration Out of Furniture Buying

Bobby Huber of Oskar Huber Furniture & Design tells us what to look for in a sofa:

staff of Oskar Huber FurnitureAfter 86 years of helping people buy the right home furnishings for their needs, we have learned a few things about what the most-common mistakes are.  Buying furniture can be as overwhelming as shopping for a car. Being prepared with the right questions and insider knowledge will help you avoid making costly mistakes.

It’s your life; live the way you want to

Before heading out the door, sit down and think about your lifestyle. No matter what room you are shopping for, it is important to know how you live. It sounds funny, but buying furniture should fit your lifestyle, and you should not have to adjust to your furniture. Think about the space you are buying for; take measurements and know where the doors and windows are. Know how the traffic patterns of the room flow. Ask yourself: Do I do a lot of entertaining or have guests stay over frequently? Knowing the basics of your room and thinking about your lifestyle before shopping can go a long way toward making your buying experience more productive.

How to buy a sofa

When comparing sofas from store to store, your head can spin. There are so many options, and sometimes things tend to look alike. This is why it pays to be a savvy consumer. At Oskar Huber, we started in 1927 by making our own furniture, so we understand the many quality features that go into furniture. We use this knowledge to select the products we sell in our store. We only sell products that have met our quality standards and that we feel confident standing behind.

In life, you always get what you pay for. There are good sofas in our store for $800 or $900, and there are great sofas in our store for $2,000 to $3,000. What is important is that you know what you are getting, and we can help you understand the differences. Investing in a few key items will make your room come to life and will take the headache out of having to replace them in a couple of years.

“Pop the hood, look inside, and kick the tires.” Because some sofas look alike, it’s important to know what you are getting. So ask your sales associate these important questions:

1.  What are the cushions made of? Do they have a warranty and, if so, what is it? Many better-end companies allow us to offer you a lifetime warranty on your cushions against manufacturer defect and sagging. You can’t go wrong with a plush down-and-feather combo cushion, but a high-density foam cushion is just as comfy with a different feel and will last just as long. What is important is that the cushion moves and fits your body and springs back when you get up.

The back cushions on a sofa should be bagged and channeled, which will allow the filling used to stay in place over the life of the sofa. A blown fiber back can settle and look lumpy over time and will only continue to get worse, but back filling using a soft foam and fiber or down-and-feather blend is best.

2.  What kind of fabric is used? As with a great dress or that must-have purse, the fabric makes up the beauty of the sofa and is the first place you will see wear. You want to make sure you are getting a fabric that you can count on for its longevity and durability. Oskar Huber offers many fabulous fabrics that will stand the test of time, and we can help you choose the right fabric depending on your needs and wants.   It is also important to see how the fabric is tailored. Make sure the seams are tight and straight. Sometimes welting accents the edges, or maybe a French seam or top stitch is used.  On some lower-priced products, the welting and seams are loose, sloppy, and very wavy.

3.  How solid is the frame and structure? As with cushions, many better sofa collections will come with a lifetime warranty against defect. You want to look for a sofa that is built with kiln-dried hardwood and reinforced with corner blocks that are glued and screwed. Don’t be self-conscious about giving the sofa a “test drive”. Make sure the frame is solid, pull on the arms, feel down the side of the sofa, or sit on the arm. Today, many inexpensive sofas are made with cheap low-grade particleboard and dense cardboard to give shaping to the arms. You don’t want the sofa arms to feel loose or the sofa to rack (twist) when you tug on it.  The final part of the “test drive” is to sit on the sofa the way you will use it at home. Curl up in the corner or lay across it and put your feet up. You need to make sure that it’s comfortable for how you will use it at home.

Bobby Huber: Bobby Huber is a fourth-generation member of the Huber family. Not surprisingly, he has been around the business since he was a kid and worked in various parts of the business through college. Bobby is now sales manager of our Southampton, PA store and has the privilege of working with six women every day!

Great info to keep in mind when shopping for a sofa!

Robin Coppinger
Bucks County Women’s Journal
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Flu Shots – What’s the Answer?

In our October/November 2013 issue, Dr. Denise Chranowski, co-founder of 8 Weeks to Wellness, answers questions about whether or not to get a flu shot.

person giving a flu shotMany patients ask me about the flu shot.  I can tell you honestly that not one of the five chiropractors in our office has EVER had a flu shot.  That’s about 260 human years not receiving a flu shot.  We practice and believe in a holistic lifestyle.  That lifestyle follows the approach that the body is a self-healing, self-regulating organism.  Yes, we do occasionally get sick. But we inherently trust the wisdom of our bodies to heal us of our sickness.  Now, of course, for that to happen, we actually have to practice what we preach.  We have to eat right and exercise.  We have to get adjusted and we take our supplements.  We practice mindful meditation, and we get frequent massages.  Therefore, it is not just good luck that we rarely get sick and we more rarely get the flu—it’s good choices.

Dr. Dane, my partner and twin brother, frequently says that a motto he lives his life by is “you can’t have it both ways.”  So, if you choose to not eat right and to not exercise, if you choose to not get adjusted regularly or strengthen your peace of mind muscles through meditation and massage, well then perhaps you’ll feel differently about the flu shot than I do.  But, by getting a flu shot, you are saying that you prefer an outside/in approach. You believe in the medical approach to the treatment of disease.  So then you must ask yourself: “Does getting a flu shot actually prevent the flu?” The answer will surprise you.

8 weeks to wellness, Wellness Solution Centers, 121 Friends Lane, Suite 100, Newtown, PA, asks what if: you lost 27 lbs in 8 weeks without medication; you added 14 lbs of muscle, lost 15 lbs of fat and dropped yr cholesterol by 49 points without medicationIn October, 2005, the journal Lancet published a systematic review of all previous studies testing vaccines for the flu.   It showed that they are NOT effective in preventing the flu, “influenza-like illness,” or pneumonia in the elderly population.  Another article published in the Lancet in February 2005 concluded they could not find a single study that assessed reductions in mortality, serious complications, or even community transmission of the disease in the vast database of research papers that they searched.

I reached out to Dr. David Brady, a former professor of mine at Texas Chiropractic College and currently Vice Provost of Health Sciences at University of Bridgeport.  He had this to say about the flu vaccine.

“Other examples of concern and potential political and economic influences in the flu vaccination debate include when, in response to the supposed swine flu pandemic back in 2009, vaccine manufacturers rushed out the H1N1 vaccine and put it into mass production. Pharmacies and health clinics nationwide seized the opportunity to distribute the shots, handing them out to millions through various vaccine outlets and convenience-based H1N1 stations. Millions received the vaccine containing 25 micrograms of thimerosal, which is made up of approximately 50% mercury, causing the vaccine to contain over 250 times the EPA’s safety limit for mercury exposure. Cases of Guillain-Barre syndrome began springing up worldwide, a deadly nerve disease that government health officials admitted months later was linked to the H1N1 vaccine.”

Here’s the bottom line: rather than depend on an outside-in approach, such as a flu shot, to “get you” healthy, we advise an inside-out to get and keep your immune system strong so that you don’t get sick in the first place.  Get adjusted, exercise, practice meditation, eat a healthy diet, supplement with good vitamins, and get massaged.  That’s our approach.

Questions?  Contact Wellness Solution Centers

Wellness Solution Centers
121 Friends Lane, Suite 100
Newtown, PA   19103

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CoolSculpting® — The “Team Lam Difference”!

8-28-2013 11-04-57 AMWell, here we are, with 300 CoolSculpting® patient treatments behind us and many, many more ahead.

Why has Dr. Benjamin Lam’s CoolSculpting®  service exploded from two days a week initially to five days a week as of February?  We hear from our patients that it is the “Team Lam Difference”!

Our patients’ CoolSculpting® experiences are highlighted in the stories below.  Each had fatty areas resistant to diet and exercise. Each could go anywhere. But each chose Dr. Lam’s “Team Lam” CoolSculpting® difference…and each shares why.

The Team Lam Difference 

  • Customized individualized care and evaluation by Dr. Lam and his team 
  • Honestly matching the best procedure to the patient for optimal goal achievement affordably 
  • Highly skilled technical expertise in all aspects of  CoolSculpting® evaluation, customized treatment planning, and CoolSculpting® technique 
  • Realistic expectations – fully educate each patient 
  • Friendly, comfortable, and confidential service 
  • No surgery, no downtime, no medications with CoolSculpting® 

Now see why these patients chose Team Lam for CoolSculpting®:

Soccer Mom, two active children, always running: chose CoolSculpting® to get rid of that stubborn post-pregnancy belly. No downtime with CoolSculpting®!

8-28-2013 11-03-24 AMPost-menopausal career woman tired of growing muffin top despite constant dieting and exercise. Nonsurgical CoolSculpting® to the flanks to the rescue!

8-28-2013 11-03-07 AMTerrified by not fitting into the upcoming “mother of the bride” dress for an expensive wedding;  more terrified of surgical procedures; CoolSculpting® is the perfect fix for the full abdomen.  Affordable! No medications needed, drive yourself, no downtime with CoolSculpting®!

8-28-2013 11-02-30 AMI love my summer tops, but they don’t love me…what happened to my back and these bra area rolls? I need “Team Lam” CoolSculpting® for a noninvasive way to slim down my back!

So if you are ready to say good-bye to the bulges, please call 215-702-8600 to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Benjamin Lam.  Dr. Lam’s CoolSculpting® team, Stephanie and Linda, are also available to answer questions and facilitate your quotation, scheduling, and treatment at 215-970-1170.

8-28-2013 11-04-19 AMDr. Lam’s patients can consistently rely on his aesthetic expertise and expect to receive the highest standard of care for the full line of surgical procedures, facial injectables, and, of course, CoolSculpting® treatments.  Visit us at and like us on Facebook at Lam Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery.

104 Pheasant Run • Building A • Suite 123
Newtown, Pennsylvania
Call 215-702-8600
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