WOW Member News

  • 05/05/2018 9:55 AM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)

    By Julie Johnson, Financial Advisor

    Everyone loves makeovers. So what about one for your money? When is the best time to start YOUR Money Makeover? The answer is always the same – it’s NOW.

    We always like to begin with the 6 Steps to Financial Independence. What are the 6 Steps and how do you apply them? You didn’t ask but we were hoping you were wondering.

    We’ve got just the thing! We created a video, a website, and a bunch of tips just to answer such a question. 

    Check out our Money Makeover site – then let’s talk.

    Together, we can put a fresh financial strategy in place.

    Let’s see what a new financial ‘you’ might look like,

    I'm just a phone call, a text or an email away!  Julie Johnson 503-201-6815 or

  • 05/05/2018 9:38 AM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)

    By Jorji Jett, Wellness Educator

    A little belly bloat have you thinking twice about wearing a two-piece this summer?  Does occasional stomach discomfort or gas have you avoiding certain foods?  These common complaints could be a sign of an enzyme depleted diet!

    Why We Need Enzymes:

    When you lack the necessary enzymes to break down food, it sits in your digestive tract. Food that sits in your stomach or intestines too long has time to decay or create gas. Decay? YUCK!

    Without writing a dissertation about the many processes involved in the breakdown of “food” in our bodies, starting with the first bite all the way to the bathroom break, let’s concentrate on the enzymes responsible for breaking down the components of what we eat.

    Who’s Who: Enzymes Edition

    The pancreas is one of the heaviest hitters when it comes to a healthy digestive tract. Pancreatic enzymes help break down fats, proteins and carbohydrates. A normally functioning pancreas secretes about 8 cups of pancreatic fluid into the small intestines every day!  Enzymes made by the pancreas include amylase, protease, and lipase.

    • Amylases are responsible for breaking down carbohydrates.
    • Lipases break down fat.
    • Proteases break down proteins.

    These enzymes help your body to break down food into nutrients that are absorb in the digestive tract before gas-inducing bacteria has a chance to create problems.  Unfortunately, many of us make lifestyle choices that inhibit the production of these enzymes. Poor dietary choices and stress will lead to inflammation in your digestive tract. This inflammation interferes with your body’s ability to make enzymes. Without enough of them, your body can’t absorb the nutrients from your food.

    What Happens When We’re Low:

    Occasional belly discomfort is not the only side effect of decreased digestive enzymatic activity. If an individual is enzyme-deficient large protein molecules from food may be allowed to enter our bloodstreams and an allergic reaction can occur. Swelling, itching, and other allergy-related symptoms may improve with the use of enzyme supplements because food can be broken down into molecules that are small enough for our bodies to use, small enough to enter our bloodstreams without alarming our immune systems.  Another possible consequence of deficient pancreatic enzyme activity may be malnutrition, most often seen in the later decades of life. Malnutrition consists of deficits of fat-soluble vitamins and secondarily decreased bone mineral density due to impaired absorption of fat-soluble vitamin D. Therapeutic intervention, which may consist of supplementation of pancreatic enzymes and/or vitamins in aged individuals could contribute to healthy aging.

    Enzyme production naturally decreases with age, add on top of that- the standard American diet of overly processed foods, and it’s no wonder so many of us suffer the symptoms commonly associated with a lack of digestive enzymes.  Adopting a healthier lifestyle may help to restore enzyme levels back to normal and food enzymes are those we find in a colorful diet rich in raw vegetables.  Sadly, the process of cooking food destroys naturally-occurring food enzymes, making supplementation important. If you want an enzyme supplement that addresses a wider range of digestive issues, look for products that contain all three pancreatic enzymes.

    I would love to help you with supplements I have found that have helped me tremendously, so give me a call, text, or email me to learn more over a cup of coffee or glass of wine!   Jorji Jett 503.899.8017

  • 04/07/2018 11:23 AM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)


    Check out the Chehalem Valley Chamber's STEPS Program to offer summer internships to the next generation!   

    • If your business needs part-time summer help, the Chehalem Valley Chamber of Commerce will help you find the right high-school or college student for your needs
    • Our Steps Up program coordinates all aspects of your summer hire. We provide qualified candidates, will help you and your hire create a real Return on Investment for your business, and we even provide a half day of professional development for the students each week so that they learn the soft skills they need, as well as getting real work experience in your business.
    • Just contact the Chamber at 503-538-2014 or email and our Steps Up Coordinator will get back to you. You can also fill out the form at this link:
    • Applications are being considered and accepted through end of May

  • 04/06/2018 10:42 AM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our 2018-19 Cathy Stoller WOW Memorial Scholarship winners!!  (SEE PHOTOS HERE)  What an amazing night it was at the beautiful Stoller Family Estate with brilliant young women speaking to us about their many accomplishments and future goals. We want to thank the Stoller Family for graciously hosting the event and the amazing chef, staff, and overall service that we received. We felt like special guests in your Stoller home and we appreciate that!! A special SHOUT OUT to Kyle Stoller for attending the event with all of us wild WOW ladies. We were thrilled you attended and took part in our gesture to demonstrate our appreciation of your mother and the young women we hope to mentor in her honor.

    We want to thank the many WOW members that sponsored candidates (some even sponsored multiple girls!!) for this year’s scholarship. In total we had 20 amazing applications that were narrowed down to 12, then to 6, and yet again to the special 4 young ladies that presented to those of you in attendance at the event. Without the mentoring and support of our WOW members, these young ladies would not have the wonderful opportunity to be recognized with this scholarship. 

    Thank you Kristi Strickland for your ongoing commitment to tracking down previous year’s winners to give us updates on their lives and accomplishments!!! It is so exciting to hear what the young women are achieving in their lives each year.

    Finally, a special thank you to the Cathy Stoller WOW Memorial Scholarship Committee: Kelly Hagglund, Om Sukheenai, and Holly Hetrick. Your tireless work during “scholarship season” is outstanding and we appreciate you all endlessly. Stay tuned for next year’s scholarship event!!! Details coming soon to a newsletter near you...

  • 03/04/2018 3:58 PM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)

    By Jorji Jett      503-899-8017

    The Health Benefits Of Lemon Water Include Relief From Scurvy, Sore Throat, Constipation, Kidney Stones, Canker Sores, And Gum Disorders. It Also Helps To Lower Blood Pressure, Decrease Stress, Maintain Healthy Skin, And Promote A Healthy Liver. It Is Also Commonly Known To Aid Digestion, Reduce Calorie Intake, Help In Weight Loss, And Prevent Certain Types Of Cancer.

    Lemon Water Nutrition Facts

    Lemon water is derived from lemons which are a rich source of various vitamins and minerals. It contains water, protein, carbohydrates, and sugar. Lemons are a very good source of vitamin C and they also contain smaller amounts of different vitamins like thiamin, riboflavinniacinvitamin B-6, folate, and vitamin E. Lemons also contain various minerals such as ironmagnesiumphosphoruscalciumpotassium, and zinc. With all the important nutrients present in lemons, lemon water can be a very effective delivery system for many health benefits to people.

    Who Benefits From Lemon Water?

    It is beneficial for everyone except for those allergic to lemons. It should be consumed by anyone trying to live healthier, and it is a very good health drink, compared to the other carbonated and sugar-rich drinks that are available in the market which may not be as healthy as you think. Not only does lemon water rehydrate the body, but it also aids various bodily processes such as digestion.

    How To Prepare Lemon Water

    If you are already in relatively good health, add the juice of ½ a lemon in water and drink that twice a day. If you are overweight, then add the juice of 1 lemon into the water and drink it twice a day. Try to prepare and consume fresh lemon water quickly, rather than letting it sit or be stored in the fridge. You may also add salt or sugar to the lemon water if you need to improve the taste. You may also substitute sugar with honey. Lemon should be diluted according to your personal tastes. In order to help the body efficiently absorb the energy from the food you’re eating, add lemon water to your diet on a regular basis.

    Hope you find this valuable information and feel free to reach out anytime for more tips, or get together over coffee to review any special needs you may have.  Thank you fellow WOW family!  

    Jorji Jett      503-899-8017

  • 01/09/2018 5:07 PM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)


    When women gain weight, their first instinct is to cut calories. Often dramatically! This approach can quickly backfire.

    A significant calorie deficit will result in initial weight loss, but it’s often at the expense of your muscle mass and metabolism. If you skimp on protein, you lose muscle mass. If you skimp on good carbs, you can lose both body fat and muscle. If you skimp on calories overall, cortisol levels rise and this encourages your body to hang to all the calories it can get.

    What you lose depends on a few factors:

    • How active you are (Cardio burns muscle mass if overdone.)
    • How you space out your meals (Going many hours without eating promotes muscle loss.)
    • How much you strength train (It’s key while losing weight to keep the muscle on your body and promote fat loss.)
    • Your existing muscle mass and your metabolism (The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn, the faster you lose fat.)

    Here are a few tips to help you maintain muscle and keep your metabolic furnace burning:

    • No breakfast skipping! Eat within 30 minutes of getting up. You don’t necessarily need a big meal, but start your day with some protein. A smoothie or shake with protein works great if you can’t handle more food first thing in the morning or are crunched for time. Getting off to a good start is important because your blood sugar is low after a night of fasting and needs to get back in balance. And it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Aim for 20 gm of protein and 30 grams of good carbs at breakfast.

    • Eat more frequent meals. I recommend that my clients eat at least two snacks daily with 15 gm of protein and a healthy amount of fiber in addition to their regular meals. High protein snack ideas include: Greek yogurt, almonds, smoked salmon, apples with almond butter, raw veggies with hummus. Protein bars can be a good solution for on-the-go eating; however some are loaded with added sugar, so look for brands that have less than 7 grams of sugar.

    • Balance your carbs. Super-low carb diets are effective for weight loss in the short term, but are hard to sustain in the long run. Carbs are important for energy and keeping them balanced means you’re less likely to binge on the next sweet treat that comes your way. I recommend getting carbs from low glycemic index, unprocessed sources like root vegetables, sweet potatoes, steel-cut oatmeal, quinoa black beans and other complex sources.

    • Add weight training into your exercise routine. Muscle burns more calories and this also helps maintain bone health. Two days a week is all you need to see the benefits.

    No access to a gym? There are plenty of exercises you can do using your body weight. You can find a list of 50 here.

    please let me know if you are interested in more information by either emailing me at, or calling me at 503-899-8017!  

  • 12/11/2017 6:40 AM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)



    Even if you have iron willpower, the holidays are challenging when it comes to self-control and avoiding weight gain. In fact, the average American will gain between 1 and 7 pounds during the six-week span between Thanksgiving and New Years! In the name of holiday cheer + with wellness in mind, we want to arm you with a few healthy holiday habits to help you maintain + enjoy the festivities without stress.

    Drink Wisely

    High-calorie and sugar-loaded drinks such as hot chocolate and eggnog are very popular through the holidays.  So are alcoholic beverages that offer little to no nutritional value. Not only does alcohol add empty calories, but it lowers your inhibitions and self-control which can lead to more indulging than you originally planned! These indulgences in moderation won’t hurt, but the calories you drink combined with all that food can add up quickly.


    Instead of grabbing the first thing that comes to mind when you enter the party, think about which drink is really going to hit the spot.  Savoring a drink you truly want will leave you more satisfied and less likely to reach for another without thinking! You may also plan the nights that you will be indulging in alcohol and skip the nights that are not all that festive.

    Sipping on a glass of water in between holiday beverages will also help you consume less while keeping you hydrated! This is especially important if you’re drinking alcohol and eating high-sodium foods. if you have iron willpower, the holidays are challenging when it comes to self-control and avoiding weight gain.

    Don’t Skip Meals

    It’s easy to think in terms of “saving calories”, but that habit will do just about everything but help! According to the National Weight Control Registry, over 75% of those successful in maintaining lost weight eat breakfast, and those who skip meals are more likely to overindulge later and feel less in control when faced with high-calorie options!


    Instead of skipping meals to bank calories for later, plan your meals according to the activities you have planned for that day! If you’ve got a dinner party, plan a light but balanced breakfast, a lunch with fiber and lean protein, and a healthy snack right like a TLS Shake before you head out the door. Plus, planning your meals allows you to take your CORE to curb cravings all night long!

    Showing up feeling satisfied instead of starving will help you decide what you really want to indulge on, and can help you say no when you know you’ve had enough for one night.

    Manage Stress

    Family visits, travel, vacations, and holiday parties fill the holiday season. For most of us, that means our stress levels go through the roof! Unfortunately, that means the level of cortisol, the hormone released in response to stress, in our blood rises right along with it. This can cause an increase in stored belly fat, reduced self-control, and increased cravings for sugar and carbohydrates.


    If holiday deadlines, travel plans, and party planning are stressing you out, take a few moments to step away. Try finding a quiet space to do simple tasks such as breathing, stretching, take a relaxing walk, or doing yoga.  These can give you time to take your TLS ACTS to manage stress-related side effects, keep cortisol levels down, and avoid emotional eating!

    Keep a Schedule

    Food isn’t the only factor at play when talking about holiday weight gain.  Your schedule has probably been disrupted and you want to take time to catch up with the family you may not see that often, so you’ll probably find yourself less active than usual.  Sitting on the couch watching sports and catching up with family is a common holiday tradition, but inactivity coupled with heavy holiday foods can mean you’ll be carrying a few excess pounds with you when you leave.


    Did you know that ninety percent of National Weight Control Registry participants successful in maintaining weight loss exercise on average 1 hour a day? While an hour is best, getting even 20-30 minutes of exercise in the morning will ensure you get your daily workout, rev your metabolism, and make you more active throughout the day!  Plus, the schedule will help to create a long-lasting healthy habit that can double the odds of keeping the weight off.

    Portion Sizes Matter

    It’s not just what you eat, but how much you eat that makes a difference. Serving sizes have increased significantly over the years, and so have plate sizes! This can make it more difficult to practice self-control and determine how much you should be putting on your plate, especially when you’re looking at heavier-than-normal dishes that you may have never tried before!


    Try choosing a smaller salad plate instead of the larger dinner size, but not just because oversized servings won’t fit! Choosing smaller plates can actually make you feel fuller with less food because we feel like there’s plenty of food on our plate – and that’s usually the case. Be sure to fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables, leaving just half for meat and starchy foods.

    You can also control portion sizes by making your dish portions smaller! Whether you’re hosting the entire party or simply bringing a dish, try cutting it into smaller sizes or creating smaller versions (i.e. cake pops instead of cupcakes).  Not only will you + guests be tempted to eat less, but you’ll be able to sample more without going overboard!

  • 12/10/2017 7:41 PM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)

     A Big Thank You to all the WOW members that brought food, gift certificates and gifts for our adopted family!  I was incredibly blessed when so many members stepped up to the plate above and beyond the call of duty, that truly made me appreciate our community even more!  Please take a moment to review the women and the businesses that went above and beyond the call of duty:

     Betty Jo Vergets of Ace Hardware

    Shannon Johnson of Trees and Smockville restaurants

    Edie Salmon of Ken & Daughter Jewelers

    Celia Austin of Rain Dance Ranch Marketplace and Winery

    Betsy Fettig - Jac's Deli & Frozen Custard

    Desiree Neel of Allure Hair Design

    Sherrie McClure of Tame your Space, LLC

    Kelly Hagglund of The Kelly Group Real Estate

    Holly Hettrick - Holly Hetrick, Psy.D., LLC

    Sheila Blakeslee of Blakeslee Vineyard

    Cassandra Teegarden of Natalie’s Estate Winery

    Alina Blankenship of Bree Noa Publishing and Marketing

    Heather Lewis of Lewis Audio Video

    Jeanne Biggerstaff of Biggerstaff Virtual Business Assistant & Interrobang

    Linda Humphers – Retired

    Jill Paul of Oregon Health Authority

    John Kerekanich of Newberg Ford

    Meri Kerekanich of The Kelly Group Real Estate

  • 12/10/2017 7:39 PM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)

    The Christmas Surprise Extravaganza was a huge success, for those that could not attend, here was the itinerary for the evening:

     1st Stop – Rain Dance Ranch – 3:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. (20% off all items)

    26355 Bell Road, Newberg – Ken & Celia Austin - 503-537-4206

     2nd Stop – Hazelfern Cellars – 4:50 p.m. – 5:15  

    4008 NE Zimri Drive, Newberg – Bryan & Laura Laing – 503-928-1893

     3rd Stop – Adopted Family – 5:20 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. 

    Shauna, Dylan, Hunter & Micah’s home

     4th Stop – NW Fresh Seafood & Church – 5:55 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – Seafood Appetizers & Blakeslee Rose

    611 N Main Street, Newberg – Cathy Kassebaum – 503-538-4555

     5th Stop – Tinas Restaurant – 6:45 p.m. – 7:20 p.m.  Dinner

    760 N Hwy 99W, Dundee – Michael and Dawn – 503-538-8880

     6th & 7th Stop – Dayton Mercantile & Seufert Tasting Room – 7:40 – 8:10 p.m. ($5 coupon to Dayton Mercantile)

    303 Main Street, Dayton  - Teresa Shelburn – 971-241-9721 & Michelle Seufert – 503-864-2946

     8th Stop – Kelly Hagglund’s Home – 8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

    15880 NE Highway 240, Newberg – John & Kelly Hagglund – 971-219-4977

    Dessert by Luckee Dutch – Marilyn Van Grunsven & Angela Van Grunsven

    Entertainment by Sonja Haugen on Piano and Linda Holtgreve singer

    Carols and gift exchange

  • 12/10/2017 7:31 PM | Julie Johnson (Administrator)

    Calling All WOW Party Girls! 

    If your business offers services to enhance parties, weddings and celebrations, we would love to showcase you at the February Event!

    February 22nd - Party Central @ Laurel Ridge

    Contact Meri Kerekanich @ and we’ll get you a spot to display your wares & literature

    And we’re going to Party with Laurel Ridge wines & Party Foods as we learn how to enhance our personal and professional events!


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