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MARIETTA SQUARE ARTISTS MARKET: takes place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month from April through November. The open-air market is located on Mill Street from Church Street to the railroad tracks and is held in conjunction with the Marietta Square Farmers Market. The Artists Market is a juried exhibition showcasing the best local artists in a variety of mediums. Hours: 
9am to 2pm. KENNESAW FARMER’S MARKET: The Kennesaw Farmers Market will open for business this year on Tuesday, May 6 at 2753 Watts Drive (Adams Park Soccer Field Parking Lot). The market will be in operation every Tuesday through the end of October from 7 am to 1 pm, rain or shine. Sponsored by the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority (KDDA), the Farmers Market features a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown by local farmers, as well as fresh baked breads, cakes and cookies, landscape plants and flowers, and other assorted goods. For more information on the Farmers Market or to obtain information about being a vendor, please direct your inquiries or questions to Julia McPherson via email ( jmcpherson@kennesaw-ga.gov) or call 770-794-7075. SWIFT-CANTRELL CLASSIC 5K: Saturday, May 10th at 7:30am in downtown Kennesaw. Ready to go the distance? The Kennesaw Grand Prix is a series of six running events in Kennesaw that take place between May and November. Each 5K (3.1 mile) race benefits a local foundation or charitable organization. The fast, flat and USATF-certified road race course begins and ends in downtown Kennesaw, looping through Swift-Cantrell Park on a paved asphalt trail. Complete four of the six races in 2014 and receive a commemorative hoodie. 2014 Schedule Sat, May 10 - Swift-Cantrell Classic Benefits the Swift-Cantrell Park Foundation Sat, June 14 - Dream Dash Benefits the The Bill Thrash Kennesaw Teen Center Sat, July 12 - Faith Cline Elf Trot Benefits the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children (Faith Cline Memorial Fund) Sat, August 2 - Run for Wounded Heroes Benefits the Wounded Warrior Project Sat, September 6 - Great Locomotive Chase Benefits the Kennesaw Museum Foundation Sat, November 1 - Garden Gallop Benefits the Smith-Gilbert Gardens Foundation. For detailed information, please visit www.kennesawgrandprix.com MARIETTA GARDENERS PLANT SALE: The annual plant sale will be held on Saturday May 10, 2014 at Marietta First United Methodist Church in the back parking lot located at the corner of Polk Street and the 120 loop. Our members have started propagating plants for the May 2014 plant sale. We will be adding to the list of plants as we plan for the sale. Please check the page for updates on the details of the sale and the plants to be offered. The garden council will be selling Atlas gloves at the plant sale. The gloves come in small, medium, and large and in various colors.

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MARIETTA SQUARE FARMERS MARKET: Now open Saturdays and Sundays! The Marietta Square farmers market gathers an average of over 60 vendors on Saturdays and over 25 on Sundays, offering a variety of fresh, locally grown, seasonal produce, and garden products. The Marietta Farmers Market is open every Saturday morning—rain or shine—and on Sundays from 12-3pm from April through November. A little bit of “old town” south and fresh air awaits . . . with tasty lemonade, fresh foods—and much, much more—for sale at the local Marietta Square Farmers Market.

SWIFT-CANTRELL PARK BACKYARD CAMPOUT: Saturday, May 17th, enjoy camping under the night sky, along with backyard games, field activities, discovery stations, and campfire entertainment featuring professional storytelling, skits, stargazing, and s’mores. The registration fee is $15 per camp site (advance registration is required). A hot dog dinner and pancake breakfast is included in the registration fee. Only tent camping will be allowed. Pop-up campers, RVs, or open air sleeping will not be permitted. Each camp site is approximately 10’ x 10’. Participants will need to bring their own tent, which should not exceed the floor size of the camp site. Only one tent is allowed per camp site. A limited number of camp sites are available. All participants under the age of 17 must be accompanied in their tent by their parent/legal guardian or other family member over the age of 18. The Backyard Campout is hosted in partnership with Boy Scout Troop 002 of Kennesaw, and in support of the National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement, an annual effort encouraging children and families to experience the outdoors and connect with nature. Kennesaw’s Mayor is also proclaiming May 17 as National Kids to Parks Day, an annual nationwide day of play organized by National Park Trust. For more information (Continued on page 17) about the event, and to reserve a camp site, visit http://bit.ly/1hxPyXh.

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Hamlet & Hutch I was at my desk writing a short film script for The Georgia Film School, an 8 week seminar my company puts on annually for budding filmmakers. I own a video production studio in Marietta, Georgia and we produce films, commercials and just about any other type of visual storytelling you might imagine. When the phone rang, I had no idea it would set into motion an exciting and beautiful filmmaking journey that would include a cast and crew of about 100 professionals, greyhound adoption, a family’s struggle with Alzheimer’s and least of all Burt Reynolds… yes THAT Burt Reynolds. The call was from Cas Sigers, a young, up and coming screen writer here in the burgeoning filmmaking landscape of Atlanta. Cas and I have worked together on several commercial projects and often discussed working together on a film, so her call was no surprise, but her question certainly was: “ So Carelton, do you want to get together and make a dog movie?” I replied: “ A dog movie… funny you should ask, I happen to have a great dog story in mind!” It is no secret that my wife Eda and I are actively involved in one of the Greyhound groups in Atlanta, SEGA (Southeastern Greyhound Adoption). Our story surrounds a program we are involved in called Greyhounds Giving Back, where volunteers bring Greyhounds to hospitals and nursing homes for therapy. For everyone who participates in programs like these across the country, I know they can relate to how amazing the therapy is for all involved, patients, dogs and volunteers as well. But I digress, back to the movie… Eda and I shared with Cas several heartwarming stories of how the Greyhounds were able to bring joy to so many and especially touching were those surrounding Alzheimer’s patients. It is a genuine moment of happiness when at the very sight of a beautiful greyhound many residents who barely speak during the week, break out of their shells and tell stories about their own dogs and families with great enthusiasm. Sadly for many, the greyhound and volunteer are their only visitors, as some residents have no real family at all. Cas, Eda and I all knew there was a beautiful story here, ripe for the picking. I outlined a rough idea and Cas went to work on the screenplay. Two weeks later, I received the first draft of Hamlet & Hutch, a movie about a family struggling to deal with the impact of Alzheimer’s and how the unconditional love of a child and Greyhound serve to bring the family together.

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racing world. I’ll have to cut the synopsis short here in order to preserve the ending, but it is a beautiful family friendly film with a wide range of emotions and an uplifting lesson for all to share. So, with script in hand, we set out to cast the film. Being an independent project, we had a limited budget, but we knew one of the lead roles needed to be a well-known, immediately recognizable actor. Since Atlanta has become such a filmmaking center, we knew most of the roles could be filled by very talented local actors… but we needed a few big names to help the commercial success of the film. An easy choice was Teri Vaughn, a beautiful actress from “The Steve Harvey Show” and numerous film roles. Teri is Cas’ business partner, so we knew we had her in the bag. A surprise actress was Cassie Davis of Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne.” Cas and Teri showed her the script and the fun and funny role suited her to a tee, so she was in! But we still felt we needed another big gun. We decided that the lead male role of Hutch would be best, so we set out to find an actor willing to play the part of this proud and vulnerable character. After going through many candidates, negotiations and stress, at the very last minute, we made a deal with Burt Reynolds of “Smokey and the Bandit” and “Deliverance” fame. We are so thankful to Burt, as he made himself available on our modest budget due to the beautiful role that was so different from his typical charming, laughing Burt Reynolds persona. Burt is not young, and has lost a lot of his mobility due to his early stunt man days, but Burt Reynolds fans will not be disappointed… he still has it in the acting department. We are very proud to have him in the film. Casting the remaining “humans” was going great with the amazing local talent. Viewers will especially adore the child actress, Emma Lyle playing the part of Liv. Her effervescence is so powerful, everyone finds themselves smiling widely at nearly every scene she is in. But, we still hadn’t cast the role of Hamlet, the dog. We knew we wanted a greyhound, but there are very few professional trainers out there who work with Greyhounds. My wife Eda insisted that our own dog Turbo, the smartest of our six, was up to the task. I fought the idea tooth and nail since the dog appeared in so much of the film, I didn’t want to put that kind of pressure on my wife or the dog in the event he couldn’t do the many things the role called for. We contacted Jen Bachelor a friend and trainer who’s dog Seven had appeared in “Pain and Gain” the Mark Wahlberg and Dewayne “The Rock” Johnson blockbuster film. We knew her dog could pull it off, but the 10 days required of the dog to complete the film were more than her regular work schedule or our budget would permit… so, back to the conversation with Eda and our Turbo! Eda was totally confident and I warmed up to the idea and loved the thought of the role being played by our own Greyhound! Though I tried to hide it from Eda, I was plenty nervous due to the reality of knowing the cost associated with Turbo not being able to do everything called for by the role. We were on a tight schedule and didn’t have the luxury of doing take after take of anyone, including the dog.

The story takes place in North Georgia where a single mother (Tatum) and her 9 year old daughter (Liv, a budding actress) struggle to deal with the sudden presence of their Grandfather (Hutch) who has been forced to give up his Shakespearian acting career in New York and move in with the girls due to his early onset of Alzheimer’s. The family adopts a greyhound (Hamlet) and things seem to be going well until Hamlet ends up in the hands of unscrupulous thieves who make plans to return Hamlet to the dog

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Well as so often is the case, my wife couldn’t have been more right! Eda and Turbo knocked it out of the park! Eda was patient, calm and perfect as the handler and Turbo was nothing less than a star! He was a huge hit on both sides of the camera and made about a hundred new friends or should I say fans. One scene that stands out in particular was towards the end of filming where Turbo and Burt were sitting on the deck of a beautiful mountain cabin overlooking a magnificent view. The scene is a pivotal moment in the story where the stubborn and proud “Hutch” is confiding his deepest feelings to his new best friend “Hamlet” our Turbo. Burt was brilliant, showing his amazing talent for range, but shockingly was how Turbo responded as if he understood every word and subtle nuance of the scene. There were about 40 or so crew members crammed into the cabin and all were simply speechless at the wonder of the mo(Continued on page 27)

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Picture Mt. Vesuvius, Mt. St. Helens and any other volcanos you can think of erupting and that was the level of tantrum that exploded from the booster-chair at the end of the table. My wife looked at me from across the table with a look like, “Can we just give him some ‘cream’ to shut him up?� I telepathically let her know that caving was not an option and that sometimes being a parent was difficult but that if we caved on this the next thing you know he would be smoking cigarettes and hanging outside the pool hall trying to score some “cream� from one of those ner’-do-well milkmen that always claim to have an “extra� half-gallon that the store didn’t need and they would sell at cost. At least that’s what I thought I telepathed. From her look back I think she was saying, “What are you thinking?�

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The Amazing Healing Power of Touch by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. Some of the first psychological research I learned as a psychology student was the pioneering work from the 1970’s on attachment, conducted by psychologist Harry Harlow. Dr. Harlow investigated the power of physical contact with monkeys and demonstrated that in primates…and humans, the importance of affection and physical touch is critical in the development of healthy bonding and there is a “universal need for contact”. Others have advanced Dr. Harlow’s work to demonstrate not only the importance of physical contact to develop attachment, but that touch has important healing qualities. The benefits of physical contact with one another is something inherently known to everyone; and science is confirming what we knew in our heart. Touch is good! Skin is the body’s largest organ, and when its sensory receptors are stimulated, the hormone oxytocin – the one that makes you feel good – is released. At the same time, cortisol, the stress hormone, is reduced. Tiffany Field, Ph.D, director of the Touch Research Institute of the University of Miami, School of Medicine has studied the benefits of touch for many years. Dr Field has demonstrated that many forms of positive touch can help reduce pain, anxiety, depression and aggressive behavior…promote immune function and healing…lower heart rate and blood pressure, and improve airflow in asthmatics. Affectionate touch is one of the most effective ways of communicating intimacy in a romantic relationship. Self reports suggest that the amount of touching rises at the beginning of a relationship, peaks somewhere early in marriage, and then tapers off. Couples who are satisfied with each other tend to touch more. According to a recent article in the publication Psychology Today, “The true indicator of a healthy long-term relationship is not how often your partner touches you, but how often your partner touches you in response to your touch. The stronger the reciprocity, the more likely someone is to report emotional intimacy and satisfaction with the relationship. As with many things in relationships, satisfaction is as much about what we do for our partner as about what we’re getting.” One study from the University of North Carolina found that women who hugged their spouse or partner frequently had lower blood pressure. Another study found that men (between the ages of 40 and 70), reported that regular cuddling was more important than sex; and that the more men hugged and kissed, the happier they considered their relationships. Tactile sensation can help premature babies gain weight; accelerate recovery from illness, and calm fear. Science keeps confirming the positive effects of touch

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on quality of life. Psychologist, Matthew Hertenstein, PhD, director of the Touch and Emotion Lab at DePauw University asserts, “You can’t touch without being touched, and a lot of those same beneficial physiological consequences happen to me, the person doing the touching.” However, touch deprivation is a real thing and living in a largely touch-deprived Western society can have negative consequences. Dr. Hertenstein suggests “most of us, whatever our relationship status, need more human contact than we’re getting”. Compared with other cultures, Americans are not as affectionate. He states, “We live in a touch-phobic society that’s made affection with anyone but loved ones taboo.” In a world with real concerns about sexual harassment and abuse in schools and workplaces, touch has become villainized. Even in preschools, with those precious youngest, touch has become largely forbidden. Additionally, so much of our routine interactions are virtual – Facebook, e-mails, and texts, making physical contact rarer. Opportunities to experience physical contact with others are simply less available. Science and common sense tells us that the more you connect with others – on even the smallest physical level – the happier you’ll be; and during times of intense grief or fear, and ecstatic moments of joy or love – touch is simply the most effective language. To improve your health… find someone to hug today….or better….find two people to hug today!

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CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRIES: Yes, the Words DO Count. You CAN create a great resume and Barrett Gaines can help. What do you put in? What do you leave out? How long? What format? How about a cover sheet? Barrett is a Senior Corporate Recruiter at Altisource Labs, a global technology accelerator, and has a six year background in writing. Monday, May 19th, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church 189 Church Street Marietta, GA 30060 Track 25 Room 6:30 p.m. - Roundtable discussions followed by the presentation. For more information, please call Bob Sabin 770-795-9084 or Lee Pence 770-428-9350 or visit http://fpcmarietta.org/. GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES: Glover Park on the Marietta Square will again provide the perfect setting for the 2014 Concert Series. Beaumont Products, the makers of Citrus Magic® Air Fresheners, Pet Products, and All Natural Cleaning Products based right here in Cobb County, is the proud title sponsor of the “Glover Park Concert Series”. The Citrus Magic® Glover Park Concert Series will continue throughout the summer, with concerts scheduled for the last Friday night of each month through September (with the exception of the August concert, it will be held on the August 22nd). Friday, May 30th kicks off with Douglas Cameron & Orchestra (Big Band). For table reservations and other information, please visit www.marietta.gov/residents/parks/specialevents/concertseries.

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Rik: So I understand that you are now giving instruments away? Tell me about this program. Doug Ponier: Yes, free instruments! It’s simple: Sign up for as little as six months of lessons, and get a free instrument. Our motto is, “We don’t just want you to own an instrument, we want you to play an instrument.” So far between the three stores, we have given away over 400 instruments. Rik: But the instruments you’re giving away are the crummy ones right? Doug Ponier: Actually, no. The customer may choose any instrument in the store that costs $149.95 or less. And that’s just with the six -month program! Sign up for 12 months and get up to $249.95 off an instrument. Sign up for 18 months and get up to $349.95 off an instrument. Even if you pick out something more expensive than those numbers, you just pay the difference. You can get a fantastic quality instrument and save a lot of money on it. Rik: Why give the student an instrument? Why not sell the instrument and get them to sign up for lessons? Doug Ponier: We get a lot of parents who come in to buy their child’s first instrument but don’t sign up for lessons. I hear; “We want to see how it goes first.” Or, “We want to see if he/she is really interested, and then we’ll

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get the lessons.” Quite honestly, that’s a terrible way to look at it. Rik: Really? That’s exactly what I thought when I bought my son his guitar. Why is that such a bad idea? Doug Ponier: Is he still playing? Rik: No. Doug Ponier: I think you answered your own question. Let me put it this way: I could buy a book on how to build a deck and try to build a deck. But it would be a heck of a lot easier if I got my friend Joe, who builds decks for a living, to be right there next to me for guidance. Rik: That makes sense. Doug Ponier: Of course it does! My progress is going to be faster, easier and there will be less chance of mistakes, and I’ll enjoy the process more by getting professional help. Rik: So I should apply that same concept to making music? Doug Ponier: Exactly! And that is why we are giving away the instruments. We know that if you get proper help right from the start instead of “Seeing how it goes,” you are going to have a better chance of sticking with it. Don’t just own an instrument, Play an instrument!

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Mommy Moments

by Shasta Kaselak

This Ain’t Your Grandma’s Spring Cleaning It’s spring! The quickest way for me to tell is that, where I live, as soon as the temperature rises above the point where you can see your breath, the streets are lined with runners wearing shorts and short-sleeve t-shirts. A few brave souls go shirtless. In my mind, they’re jumping the gun, yet I get it. We’re all ready to ditch the old—the old body, the old sweaters— and start fresh. This is where I am going to challenge you to do something I do several times a year, but especially in spring. You’re going to ditch your old house without moving or spending a dime. It’s your grandma’s spring cleaning for our generation of mothers. I promise, it’ll give you a boost that rivals a long run, cup of coffee or glass of Sauvignon Blanc. The challenge is to revive your home. Here’s how. Start in the rooms you spend the most time in. For me, it’s my living room, kitchen and dining room. Remove everything from every surface. Lamps, photos, everything. While everything is off, you might as well clean the surfaces. It’ll make grandma proud. Now comes the fun part. Rethink. Put things in places you would never have put them before. Play. Don’t be afraid to put things in unorthodox places. Don’t be confined by where things are “supposed” to go. I put my bedside table in my living room, and my old bedroom dresser and mirror in my dining room. While you’re at it, rethink the lighting in your rooms. Lamps are your friends. Putting one in a new corner can instantly transform a forgotten, unused spot into a quiet place you can cozy up with a good book and your journal on a spring morning before anyone in your house is

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awake. Put a small one in your bathroom. It’ll take the shock out of flipping on the bright vanity lights in the morning. Now, steal from your kids. My boys’ bathroom had a white picture frame with a sailboat in it. I “borrowed” the picture frame, tore out the sailboat and replaced it with a family photo. It looks lovely in my living room. Sorry kids. If you have things left over, store them for later. When you get them out again, they’ll feel like new. My basement has a special spot where I store rotating decorations. I love to go down there and discover things I had forgotten about. It’s akin to the buzz you get form shopping, but it’s free. You may think this ritual has nothing to do with mothering, but it does. As women, we are inspired by beauty. It’s why we care so much about finding the right pair of earrings, planting flowers and picking the perfect shade of paint. When your surroundings are beautiful, your outlook is different and your spirit is lifted. You are a better mom. And who knows? Maybe it’ll give you inspiration to rethink meals and come up with a dinner that everyone will eat. OK- that’s pushing it for me too!

Shasta Kaselak, a former writer for CNN Headline News is a freelance journalist who writes about her most challenging job yet, motherhood. You may contact her at shastakaselak@gmail.com.

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My Top 9 Fitness Mistakes That Are Surely Holding You Back!

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The name of the game in fitness is results…period. The desired results can vary person to person. Whether the goal is to lose weight, get stronger, be better at a sport, or just get healthier; getting results is the ultimate goal. Getting results with your fitness program is not easy. If it were, everyone would be fit. People who fail to get the results they are looking for typically do so for one or more of the following reasons. Here are my top 9 fitness mistakes that are surely holding you back from the results you so badly desire: • Not learning proper technique - Using improper technique in the gym is a sure fire way to limit your results and more than likely get injured. If you are going to exercise make sure you learn proper technique on everything you are going to do first.

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• Not changing up their routine - Routine in fitness is the enemy of results. Have you ever been frustrated by plateaus? Well, stick to a routine too long and that frustration will surely continue. Variety is the spice of life and that is especially true in fitness. Be sure to change up your routine as often as possible. The aspects that can be varied are the type of exercises you do, the intensity with which you do them, and the duration of your workout. These three things should be changed at least every 2-3 weeks. • Not warming up properly - A proper warm-up will increase your heart rate, circulation, and range of motion. The result will be an increase in overall performance in your workout and a decrease in injury risk, meaning faster continuous progress. • Only doing cardio - Cardio is important. It helps keep our heart and lungs healthy and helps burn some extra calories. Exclusively doing cardio does not make a complete fitness program, however. When people want to lose weight it is very common for them to start doing cardio and go on a “diet”. More often than not this plan will fail. A complete fitness program will include resistance training to accompany the cardio. As for going on a diet… • Going on a “diet” - Even though it’s been beaten over our heads for years, calorie restrictive dieting is NOT the answer to long term fat loss. Calorie restrictive dieting instead leads to muscle loss, limited fat loss, and eventually to over-eating. A much better approach is to eat plenty of vegetables, plenty of lean proteins, a good amount of healthy fats, some fruits, and some starches (i.e. sweet potato). This type of eating helps you maintain lean muscle, burn a ton of body fat, and is much easier to stick to for the long term. • Skip training certain body parts - If you want to get the most out of your fitness program you cannot skip training the body parts that you don’t enjoy training. A complete program will train legs, arms, shoulder, back, chest, core, your cardiovascular system, etc. Ensuring that you are accomplishing this requires careful planning. This is where enlisting the help of a professional trainer can be extremely valuable. • Not being consistent - The biggest saboteur of fitness results is a lack of consistency. This applies to your workouts and nutrition. If you truly want to succeed long term you can’t have good weeks of eating followed by bad weeks or weeks where you are in the gym a lot and weeks where you don’t show up at all. You must eat well and train consistently week after week for the long haul. This doesn’t mean you can never slip up or never eat a cheat meal. It just means that missing workouts and eating cheat meals must be the exception and not the rule. • Not focusing on sleep and recovery - Results happen while you recover. Recovery mostly happens while you sleep. Therefore, not allowing for enough time to recover from workouts and/or not getting enough sleep will completely wreck your chances of getting consistent, longterm results.

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• Too much socializing while at the gym - Gym time is workout time. Save the socialization for your warm-up, your cool-downs, or the coffee house. When you are in the gym focus on your workouts and your results. If you are serious about your fitness goals you will make sure you are avoiding these 9 mistakes as much as possible. Doing so will enhance your chances of success greatly and help you avoid the frustration many experience when embarking on a fitness program. Jason Goggans, B.A., ISSA Specialist in Nutrition, ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, graduate of the University of Florida and fitness professional located in Marietta, GA. Goggans is the co-owner of Warrior Pride Fitness CrossFit on Dallas Hwy and has posted more information on his website www.WarriorPrideFitness.com. Or, call Jason @ (678)236-9739.

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Top 5 Landscape Design Tips by Doug Scott, Redeem Your Ground | Exterior Design Studio We’re finally starting to have some consistently beautiful weather…and if you’re like me, I’m sure you’re itching to get outside to enjoy as much of it as you can. But some of you may have some ground redemption to do before you can fully enjoy your yards. If so, you’re in luck…below you will find a quick run-down of my Top 5 Landscape Design Tips. Hopefully they will help you get outside and make the most of your time with your friends and family.

when up against the foundation of your home. Plants in the middle ground should be lower in height when mature than the background plants. This is also where you can have perennials, since when they are not in bloom or leafed out you will look right past them to your evergreen background plants. Lastly, your foreground is where you will plant your smallest plants and where you can add a bit of color. These can be annuals, smaller perennials or an evergreen groundcover. Each layer helps transition to the next.

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One of the primary questions you should ask yourself when coming up with a design for your yard is “What do I want to highlight…or hide?”. Typically in the front yard, standing at the street…you’d want to highlight your front door and how you want your guests to get there. By taking out the guessing game, you’ll create a much more welcoming space for them to enter into. In contrast, your design should also take into consideration those things you want to hide, for example: any utility boxes, unsightly (but necessary) storage, unattractive views, etc. In your backyard, it’s very similar…but instead of thinking of it from the street to your home, it’s the opposite – from your home to the spaces you want to see and not see…go or not go. 2. Think about what you want to see outside from your home. One of the most important things to consider when trying to optimize the value of your outdoor spaces – both functionally and aesthetically, is what you will see from your home. So walk around the inside of your home and pause at those windows and doors where you spend most of your time looking or walking through. Then design your outdoor spaces accordingly. 3. Allow the lines of your home to direct your design. When deciding where to place planting beds, plants, or hardscapes…whether immediately against your home or out in your yard, you should first look to see where the strong lines of your home are. For example, don’t just randomly stop your patio along the exterior wall of your home…do so where there’s already a corner or look up and see where your eave stops. 4. For plant material, think in terms of layers Think of your landscape beds in terms of a painting...where you have a background, middle ground, and foreground. The plants in the background should be higher and typically evergreen...particularly

I’ve been to some homes where I’m left a bit confused…not knowing exactly where to look or where to go. There’s a fancy plant here and a fancy tree there…and watch out, there’s another kind of plant here and another kind there. This often happens because the homeowner sees a plant that they’ve “just got to have” while checking out at the big box store. Don’t do it! With landscape design, less is very often more. Chose a few plants you want to highlight and provide visual interest in your yard…and use all the other plantings to draw your eye to them. Now with these tips in mind…get out there and redeem some ground! Doug is the owner and chief designer of Redeem Your Ground | Exterior Design Studio. Smyrna residents, he and his wife, Brittany, also write a family, home & garden blog – RYGblog. com, where they hope to help and inspire others to redeem their ground as well. Enter the chance to win an onsite consultation…a $250 value for free. Go to RYGblog.com and click on the “CONTACT RYG” link in the right-hand navigation bar and complete the form. It’s that simple.. Provide us your name, email address… and in the “Subject” line put “Our Town – RYG/May” and then YOUR ZIP CODE. May’s winner will be announced on Saturday, June 7th in our RYGblog Weekly Recap email.. If you haven’t already subscribed to RYGblog, we’ll do that for you as part of the entry process. (Note: Only 1 entry per household and only Our Town subscribers from the Smyrna/ Vinings and West Cobb areas are eligible to enter.)

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Stir in garlic. Cook just until you smell it, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, pan drippings parsley, sugar, pepper flakes, and salt. Simmer 15 minutes. Start boiling the water for pasta. Add about 12 cooked meatballs to the sauce and simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes to heat through. Meanwhile, cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Stir in the cooked pasta and toss well to coat. Before serving add ¼ cup fresh basil strips. Garnish pasta and meatballs with grated Parmesan cheese. ENJOY!

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