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Getting to know Fulton County Commissioner Liz Hausmann By KATIE VanBRACKLE


iz Hausmann of Johns Creek serves as the Fulton County Commissioner for District 3, which currently encompasses most of the area north of the Chattahoochee River. She is also the public policy coordinator for the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce. She describes Fulton County as being “at a crossroads” with exciting possibilities ahead. Hausmann recently took time out of her busy schedule to chat with Northside Woman about what drew her to public office and why she feels more women should become involved with their local community. Northside Woman: Was a career in public service your plan from an early age? Hausmann: Not at all. I grew up in Forest Park in Clayton County right outside of Atlanta, married young and had two children. But I was exposed to the world of politics at an early age. My mother was a teacher and served in 1978 as president of the Georgia Association of Educators. She was in regular contact with governors, state representatives and senators. My father was an Episcopalian minister, which is a type of public life as well. I grew up going to national Democratic political conventions with my parents. Never actually thought I would get involved myself, but it just sort of happened.

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How did you get your start in politics? I was always actively volunteering when my kids were young, as a team mom or PTA board member. I moved to Johns Creek in 1994 and within two years became president of my neighborhood homeowners’ association. That was when I really became active in the community. One of the first locally elected officials I met was Fulton County Commissioner Bob Fulton. He put me on boards and commissions, and I worked with him a lot before he passed away. I became involved with the Republican Party at his suggestion and eventually became the chairman of Fulton County’s Republican Party. In 2002, I joined the Fulton County Board of Education. Later, I served as the “get out the vote” chairman for the Committee for Johns Creek and was elected to the first Johns Creek City Council. During the first year of my second term in Johns Creek, Fulton

These days, there really is a need for good, level-headed women to take an active role in their community.” LIZ HAUSMANN County Commissioner Lynne Riley stepped aside to run for the House, leaving her seat vacant. What made you decide to run for Riley’s District 3 seat? Everything I had done prior to that seat becoming available gave me the experience to handle the job. I knew people all over the county, had been paying attention to the issues for 15 years, and I really felt there was a problem with Fulton County and its relationship with not only Johns Creek but all of the cities in the county. I wanted to work to help bridge that gap and improve those relationships. Fulton is a large and diverse county. What challenges do you face as the only commissioner representing the North Fulton area? Fulton County is very unique, and it is unpredictable. Some things seem to happen on a regular basis, like conversations pitting north against south or vice versa. You do expect some of that, but let me tell you, every time it happens I’m disappointed because if we are going to be one county, then we should respect all areas of the county. Sometimes I must state a different opinion because of the areas I represent. My goal is to have a county that is well run, as efficiently as possible, and that has an open dialog between all parts of the county and the cities within the county. But yes, it can be very difficult. You have to grow a thick skin and try not to take things personally, and that can be difficult. You have to remember to forge ahead even when people are fighting against you if you think it’s the right thing to do. Sometimes it can be tense, but overall

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Sunshine on a Ranney Day Roswell couple creates bedroom makeovers for special children By CANDY WAYLOCK


gainst the backdrop of a rain-soaked Atlanta summer, Holly Ranney and her husband, Peter, spread happiness with their aptly named Sunshine on a Ranney Day foundation. Founded two years ago from their home base in Roswell, the Ranneys have organized a charity that creates unique, personal makeovers for chronically ill children, or those with special needs. This summer, their most famous “client” was the Halstead family, whose son, Tripp, 2, suffered brain damage last October after being struck by a falling tree while at preschool in Dawson County. While Tripp’s makeover shined the spotlight on Sunshine and drew out hundreds of volunteers and local companies for what ended up being a whole home makeover, the Ranneys have worked on less high-profile, but equally amazing projects since completing their first project one year ago. Sunshine recently completed a renovation for Emily Bowman, the Kennesaw State student struck by a hit-andrun driver and left disabled. The makeover completed by the Ranneys and several other groups allowed the 20-yearold to remain in her family home while she undergoes therapy. “I am crazy busy ... holding a full-time corporate job and running a charity that has exploded and grown so very fast,” said Holly, during a rare break in her schedule. “We just celebrated our one year anniversary. It’s amazing how much we have grown. We started out with 200 Facebook followers and now have over 50,000 from all over 8 | | september2013

Top: Tripp Halstead and parents Bill and Stacey in the therapy room of their new home. Above: Harrison Glass was one of four children with special needs adopted by a 70-year-old caregiver. Each of the children received a bedroom makeover. Right: Peter and Holly Ranney.

the world.” Holly’s background in interior design and the furniture industry and Pete’s background in accounting and construction provided the perfect backdrop to a dream Holly always had to help children in need. “This dream was re-awakened every time I heard about kids and families in need of a comfortable bed, a spacious dresser, a fresh coat of paint on the walls,” said Holly, a native of Maryland who works for Rooms to Go Kids as a buyer. She learned families focus their time and energy on managing their child’s needs, so living space becomes a lesser priority. To date, Sunshine on a Ranney Day has completed six bedroom makeovers, is currently working on two projects and is reviewing the mountain of applications it receives each month for future projects. Holly said knowing she can’t help everyone is disheartening at times.

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which was donated to charities such as Child Development Association, Star House and Senior Services in North Fulton. With the addition of the tennis tournament, they hope to bring in more people and more donations. Keyserling has been planning this event since last October along with her co-chair, after-party chair and tennis tournament chair, all of whom are female. Keyserling says it wasn’t planned that way, it just happened.   “Some of the best female friends I’ve made are from the Roswell Rotary Club,” Keyserling said. She and the Roswell Rotary Club are very excited about the possibilities of this year’s fundraiser. “It’s hard to believe that that much fun can do that much good,” she said. The tournaments will take place Sept. 9 at the Country Club of Roswell. To find out more, visit ■


or 62 years, the Roswell Rotary Club has served its community through volunteeronly work by its members. Traditionally an all-male group, it wasn’t until 1991 that Roswell Rotary saw its first female member. Now, 21 percent of the group is female. In 2000, the first female Roswell Rotary president was chosen, starting a trend in female leadership that continues with Theo Keyserling (right), the first female to serve as chair of Roswell Rotary’s golf tournament fundraiser. “The Roswell Rotary Club is unique and if people come to visit, they will understand. It’s young, upbeat and vibrant. It’s big people with big voices that want to make a big impact – regardless of gender,” said Keyserling, who is proud to be at the helm of the 35th annual Aubrey Greenway Golf Tournament fundraiser and first annual Hagan Cup Tennis Tournament. “It’s going to be a record breaker,” Keyserling said. The golf tournament is the largest all-volunteer fundraising event in the state of Georgia. This year, they will be introducing a tennis tournament to the event. Last year’s fundraiser brought in $144,000,

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The story behind Cheeses & Mary at Broadwell Cottage Story & Photos By KATIE VanBRACKLE


fter 25 years of working on Wall Street, Mary Mayer looked out of her New York City office window one afternoon and realized, “I don’t belong here anymore.” Soon thereafter, Mayer retired and moved with her husband to Alpharetta where she quickly fell in love with the Crabapple area’s small town charm. She became a frequent shopper at Broadwell Cottage on Mid Broadwell Road, an intimate shop with handmade gifts, art and clothing inside and a shady garden complete with koi pond out back. Mayer soon developed a friendship with owner Jody Green. When Green discovered Mayer’s interest in food, especially her passion for supporting small local farmers, the idea was tossed around of hosting a farmers market outside the store on weekends. But Mayer didn’t want a Saturday-only job. “Why can’t there be an everyday farmers market?” she asked. Thus, Cheeses & Mary was born. Mayer set up shop on the back porch of Broadwell Cottage, where a small refrigerator houses a hand-picked selection of locally made artisan cheeses, crafted from the milk of cows, goats and sheep which are sustainably raised or certified natural. She also sells local jams, jellies, honey, oil and vinegars, salts and seasoning, artisanal meats, cookies and flatbreads. Broadwell Cottage is a drop-off point for Farmers Fresh CSA, a local community-supported agriculture program open to the public, which provides the fresh fruits and veggies Mayer is unable to stock during the week. Mayer is very selective about the goods she sells through Cheeses & Mary. She selects “small batch producers,” mostly in Georgia, and visits each farm personally to meet the farmer and learn as much as she can about each product. A training course at Atlanta’s Institut du Fromage taught her how to properly store and eat cheeses, and now she shares that knowledge at special Cheeses & Mary wine, food and cheese pairing events. “Raw milk cheese is a near perfect protein,” she said. “It contains minerals, enzymes, calcium, everything your body needs except Vitamin C and fiber. And because it’s 12 | | september2013

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• Toss baby spinach with seasonal fruits and Caly Road’s Chevré (goat cheese from a Sandy Springs creamery). Top with almonds and pink peppercorns. • Dressing: 4 ounces Chevré, ½ cup buttermilk, 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon local honey, and a pinch of salt to taste. Puree dressing ingredients in a food processor, then refrigerate until ready to serve. Mary Mayer says: “The dressing is smooth and velvety like cream— luscious enough to serve for dessert.” in its natural form, our bodies can easily metabolize it. Some people say that eating cheese just makes them feel good and there is science behind that statement. Cheese contains an opioid peptide that naturally satiates you. And there’s a reason Europeans eat cheese before and after their meals. Eating cheese before a meal will help you eat less during the meal, and eating cheese after a meal helps you break down the proteins you just consumed. “You could say that I’ve become intensely passionate about cheese,” she said with a laugh. “I like what I do and I believe in what I do.” Mayer’s husband, Jonathan, is the executive chef at the Country Club of Roswell and the couple enjoys entertaining and creating with food. Mayer is quick to share recipe ideas with her customers. “I cook with this watermelon chow-chow more than anything else,” she said, holding up a small jar from

Clockwise from top left: Double cream Camembert with rose wine jelly. Mary Mayer of Cheeses & Mary. Broadwell Cottage is a gift shop in downtown Crabapple. Cheeses & Mary products.

Fairywood Thicket Farms. “Marinate any type of meat in it for an hour, then grill and serve a dollop of the chow-chow on the side. It’s delicious.” Mayer goes on to say that farmer Kim Connor from Fairywood also raises therapy ponies and has wild elderberry bushes on her property down in Fairburn, Ga. Legend says fairies live in elderberries, hence the farm’s name. Each product at Cheeses & Mary comes with a sample and a story, and Mayer is eager to share them all. “I have a relationship with my producers and when I introduce customers to the food products at Cheeses & Mary, they then become part of that relationship. It’s important to know exactly where your food comes from,” said Mayer. To meet Mayer and try a sample of her cheeses and other products, stop by Broadwell Cottage during your next drive through Crabapple. Or look for her farmers market display just outside the garden gate during Crabapple Fest on Oct. 5. ■

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he annual American Association of University Women (AAUW) Book Fair will be held Sept. 23 through Sept. 29 during mall hours at Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road. More than 75,000 very gently used books will be available at bargain prices, most for $2 or less. There is no charge to shop except for opening night, Monday, Sept. 23, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., when the cost to shop is $10. Book fair proceeds provide scholarships for female students attending the Alpharetta campuses of Georgia State University and Reinhardt University.

The 2013-2014 AAUW North Fulton branch scholarship winner is Anuja Whitaker, a student in the professional MBA program at Georgia State University. She is a volunteer at the Drake House and is on the Board of Directors. She also volunteers with Bal Vihar, which she describes as being “dedicated to teaching children about the Indian culture and Hindi, its primary language.” In connection with that group, Whitaker and other volunteers founded a Hindi school, which now has 60 students from around the Atlanta metro area. Whitaker lives with her husband and two children in Roswell. ■

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unforgettable evening. Fashion models will include some well-known faces from the North Fulton community there to show support for the Drake Closet, a boutique that sells new and gently used women’s clothing, shoes and accessories as well as unique gifts. Proceeds benefit the Drake House, which offers emergency housing to women and children in crisis in North Fulton County. To register for the Girls’ Night Out Fashion Show, email thedrakecloset@ ■


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would last 16 years. It was Wilson who smuggled Miss Barrett out of the gloomy Wimpole Street house, witnessed her secret wedding to Robert Browning in an empty church and fled with them to threadbare lodgings and the heat, light and colors of Italy. As housekeeper, nursemaid, companion and confidante, she was with Elizabeth in every crisis – birth, bereavement, travel, literary triumph. And when Wilson’s own affairs took a dramatic turn, she came to expect the loyalty from Elizabeth that she herself had always given. Artfully weaving fact and fiction, Margaret Forster has uncannily captured the tone and passion of a classic Victorian novel – the intricate nuances of relationship, the social limitations of servitude and womanhood and the poignant bloom of affections injured and reborn. ■

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t’s a busy life…with a full-time job, husband and kids and now a booming jewelry business to carve into what precious little time Chardel Ehrhardt had to spare. But the Johns Creek mother of two wouldn’t have it any other way. “I always have balls in the air, but I am better under pressure,” she said, laughing. “Make a bracelet…put in the pasta…tie up a necklace, stir the salad. I love to multi-task!” Her creative collection of personalized, hand-stamped jewelry now adorns the wrists and necklaces of a growing customer base, drawn to the uniqueness of the metal art. And for the sports mom tired of the jewelry that screams “sports jewelry,” her signature piece – a beaded necklace with a personalized disc that can stack to combine names, numbers and sports items – is classy enough to wear away from the sidelines. “I started my business – Char-de-Lis – about two years ago and it has just blossomed into a fun, fulfilling business,” said Ehrhardt, a native of Louisiana who grew up just “over the bridge” from the Duck Dynasty crew. “The best part of this entire adventure is seeing my jewelry around town, [especially] at Friday night football games,” she said. Ehrhardt hails from a family of jewelry artists. Her sister-in-law designs jewelry and her mother had a jewelry business – Jangles, Bangles and Links. Growing up, Ehrhardt often helped her mom create pieces to sell. “Arts and crafts have always been a part of my life,” she said. “My mother and I would paint rocks we found at the creek and use shells from the beach to make treasures. I can be dangerous with a little paint and a glue gun.”

While she sells her jewelry year-round at home shows and through word of mouth, her annual Mistletoe Lane show each December with good friend Tara Lee has become a “must attend” for people looking for holiday gifts and jewelry. “I have turned my study into a little studio,” said Ehrhardt. “I make jewelry in the evenings and on the weekends, or anytime I walk past my studio…I’m always inspired to create something new.” After graduating from Louisiana State University in the mid-80s, she began a fashion career in Dallas, but soon moved to Atlanta after she began working for American Home Shield – a career she’s had for nearly three decades. In 1989, she married her college sweetheart, Jonathan, and the two are parents to sons Kirk and Reed, who attend Johns Creek High School and fill her days and nights with sports and other activities…and lend a hand when needed. “When push comes to shove, they all can string a mean bead,” said Ehrhardt, laughing. While she nurtures her creative side through jewelry, Ehrhardt also has found a way to make her jewelry matter beyond its function. “This business has allowed me to give back to the community as well,” she explained. “I have had shows to help raise money for ovarian cancer and breast cancer, to benefit schools and even for the Pi Phi [sorority] at UGA for their philanthropy efforts.” Her advice to other women who are looking for inspiration to start their own business? “Follow your talent, interest and passion as far as possible,” she said. “The greatest gift is putting a smile on someone’s face with something you’ve created.” To contact Chardel Ehrhardt, visit her Facebook page at Char-de-Lis. ■

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he leaves on Georgia’s trees may still be bright green at this point in the year, but wardrobe-savvy ladies on Atlanta’s Northside are already on the hunt for fallfriendly fashions, searching for the perfect jeans, jackets and even holiday dresses. For advice on the latest looks for fall 2013, Northside Woman turned to Shelley Caine, owner of e.k. taylor in the Collection at Forsyth, a high-end boutique carrying fashionably hip clothing, shoes and accessories. The store is celebrating its 15th anniversary this month with special events, sales and trunk shows. For a listing of events, visit So what’s new for fall 2013? Caine pulled together the following looks, featuring trends favored by multiple designers at recent New York fashion shows.

1. Embossed, printed or treated pants, leggings & jeans

To really update your look this fall, steer away from neutral bottoms and choose printed or embossed jeans and leggings for your casual wardrobe, perfect for the fashion-edgy woman in her prime. Choose darker colors like burgundy for fall. Make sure the textures and prints are muted, allowing you to use these “statement” bottoms with more outfits. I love the subtle silver paint treatment on these jeans. It gives the distressed look without actually having holes in the denim.

2. Leather accents

Leather accents are everywhere and on everything this season. This trend is easy to embrace no matter your age or size. Look for leather piping on skirts, shoulder caps on dresses or jackets, leather trim on leggings and leather bracelets and cuffs. If you see leather on a clothing item you like this season, buy it. It’s an easy way to look updated with this very classic material. I’m dying over this beautiful leather sash paired with this Joseph Ribkoff animal print sweater. The leather trim on the leggings pulls the outfit together. A unique element to the sweater is the band or skirtlet on the bottom that covers one’s bum in the most flattering way – a musthave when wearing leggings no matter what your age. I love Shelley’s rule at e.k. taylor: “Your fine china must always be covered.”

3. Spring’s lacy look carries over into the fall

The lace trend is still popular this fall. I love how 4 Love and Liberty uses this gorgeous cut-out lace to embellish this blouse. Very adult and fun, without looking “junior” or “old lady.” The muted animal print pants pair well with the cream-colored blouse to make a great statement without being over the top.

that I believe will carry through this year. Whether you choose long or short necklaces, this is a season must-have. Appropriate for a fun, funky casual look for the office. ■

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4. Peplum

More designers continue to celebrate the peplum by incorporating it in tops, jackets, dresses and skirts. If you rocked this look in the 80s and would like to try it again, choose smooth or subtly pleated peplum that sits at the natural waist and is at least five inches long to give you a longer looking waist. I love the watercolor print and the piping that gives this top more definition. It could be worn with a pencil skirt under a blazer as an appropriate workplace outfit.

5. Chunky, layered jewelry & tortoiseshell accents

Tortoise shell jewelry is a classic that can be worn casually and in the workplace. These neutral classic pieces can be paired with hot colors of the season – bordeaux, lotus (remember teal?) and navy blue. To counter the colored bubble necklaces of summer, the statement necklaces for fall are all metallic. Oversized metal links in a variety of finishes and colors are the hot look september2013 | | 19

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very once in a while in the healthcare business, we have an opportunity to meet a person or two who become the heart and soul of a service. I have had that pleasure at North Fulton Hospital. Three years ago, we took a long look at our women’s services and realized that we didn’t have a complete breast program. Yes, we had brand new digital mammography equipment but there is much more to a breast program than equipment. About that time, I was fortunate enough to meet Dr. Laura Rivers Pearson, a bright and enthusiastic young woman. She completed a fellowship at the USC Keck School of Medicine in breast oncology, having made the commitment to sub-specialize in this area. We hit it off immediately for two reasons: she had a vision of what a breast program should be to serve this community and she loved New Orleans – my hometown and where she did her surgery residency at Tulane University. She joined our NFH medical staff, and we began to look for another key person, a breast nurse navigator who would work side by side with her in the program. I don’t remember who found Micah Brown (though I will gladly take 22 | | september2013

the credit), but she was the perfect fit. She was a registered nurse who had worked on a surgical unit where breast cancer patients who underwent surgery were housed. She’d seen their fear and felt their emotional upheaval, and often it fell to her to help them understand the options available to them and what might be in store. Well, the rest is history. Micah became our breast nurse navigator. Recently, she was inducted with only a handful of other Tenet employees across the country into Tenet’s Heroes Hall of Fame. Together, Dr. Pearson, our outstanding radiologists and pathologists, Micah and our special group of mammography technologists have built a successful breast program that stands tall among all programs in our service area. It was recently certified as a Quality Breast Center of Excellence by the National Quality Measures for Breast Centers and is on the way to earning designation as a Breast Center of Excellence. On Sept. 20, NFH will sponsor its third annual Power of Pink luncheon, including a silent auction and fashion show. Micah and Dr. Pearson laid the groundwork and still do much of the planning for the event, which raised $25,000 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation last year. It has grown bigger and better … and more fun … every year. There are details elsewhere in this magazine, and we urge you to be part of it in 2013. ■ Debbie Keel ►


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Goodbye to summer By ELEXIS HAYS

us. If there were a convenient pole, like on Green Acres, we could possibly try climbing that. All in all, despite the mess, the chaos, uring the summer we move to it’s a simpler, happier way of life. The big our house at the lake, in a tiny news in our little town this summer is that little town, outside the technology the firemen have TWICE run the firetruck sphere, where I drink alarming amounts of into the firehouse. No murders, no white wine and lie in the sun until I grow political theatrics. My heart resounds with yet one more set of fine lines and wrinkles. joy to be in the dark about Weiner. (Now, In that tiny little house, I fail see? I just snickered to myself because miserably to achieve any of the sunI’ve been with teenagers all summer.) I’ve drenched fantasies I concoct all winter. enjoyed being out of the loop. I never ride into town to the In the end, I yell and scream, farmers market, on an antique bike and everyone cleans up. There with a handmade basket on the is vacuuming, dusting, front, to collect fresh vegetables endless loads of washing. still dewy with organic We clear off the dock, goodness. The wind has put covers on things and yet to whip through my turn off the lights. The long, gauzy skirt. My little house gives a big hair doesn’t flow in the urs! sigh and it looks as if we breeze. us yo d n e were never there. I do manage to s @ c editor an. Coming home, swing by Bojangles for nor thsidewom everything feels big. I’m butter soaked biscuits amazed that we need this occasionally, though, and can much room in which to live. now distinguish between generic I’m starting to feel the old pull inside and Nestle’s raw cookie dough with a 70 me again to clean out some closets, percent scientific accuracy while wearing find a calendar and organize us all. This a blindfold. morning, I caught myself yelling, for the I wear my swimsuit cover-ups as high first time all summer, to HURRY UP! I fashion. I think drawstring pants are the watched the traffic report. I regarded the bomb-diggity. By the end of summer, I giant pile of mail. I got a text from the find I closely resemble Orson Wells, in the library that I was late. And just like that, later years. we are all forced back into the real world My brain atrophies. I read smut and of school, schedules and shoes. fluff. I begin a blog in my head and then The real world sucks. ■ wander off in another direction. (Hey, look! A squirrel!) Friends bring their pontoon over and Elexis Hays is a licensed wildlife rehabiliwe idle away hours sunning like seals. tator who lives on a I issue the “be on good behavior” farm in Cumming with decree to all kids. They disregard it, and her husband Buddy all goes on as usual and we find that we (a.k.a. The Goose), like it that way. daughter Amelia There, we have no Internet. No (a.k.a. Cricket), son television. To make or receive a call, one Shep and WAY too has to go out the front door, stand by the many animals. Her street and position one’s self just right. blog: andapossumin Then, we yell and hope someone hears



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e’ve all seen that romantic comedy where cute boy takes cute girl home to his parents for the first time and there it is … his room preserved in time, complete with cowboy sheets and sports trophies. In this age of relocation, that is mostly a Rom Com fantasy, but what about when Junior or Princess leaves for college, the Peace Corps or the Big World? Do we leave their lair intact for their return? Their biannual visits? I say, “No way!” Rise up and claim your Mom Cave! How many years have we crammed our calendars, coupons, mail, Post-It notes or general stuff on that tiny

kitchen desk as we walk in the door? Think of that empty bedroom as new space for not only your stuff, but your soul. Maybe a cozy chaise lounge where you can read or watch Lifetime movies without judgment or interruption? Maybe a wine bar complete with yummy snacks? Consider the possibilities. You will be the envy of your friends and neighbors! When Junior and Princess return with bags and bags of laundry, they’ll be perfectly happy with a futon in the corner made up with clean sheets … we actually have to carve out a little space for them, after all! Another great bedding choice for a Mom Cave is a daybed with a pop up trundle that becomes a king size bed, creating a spare guest room. There’s a wealth of possibilities in convertible beds. Check out Ikea ( for lots of ideas on how to turn small areas into multi-purpose rooms. Ikea is also a great source for affordable shelving and tables for your desired creative spot. As exciting as all this sounds, when

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herstyle the reality of how to achieve this transition really hits and you are at a loss as to how to begin, call in a professional organizer such as Sarah Fisher at www.asimplespace. net. She will work side by side with you and give you valuable tips on how to maintain and continue carving out “me” space. Another great option is staging, not just a service for selling your home. A good stager will come in and use what you already have in new and unexpected ways. Who knew that basement sofa table would

make such a cool stream lined desk? No purchase is necessary. You leave home for a few hours to be pampered and when you return … voila! If you (and even Dad) are feeling sentimental and cannot bear to make changes to Junior or Princess’s room, you can always turn to a wonderful tool called Pinterest where you can design an imaginary retreat and visit it often. However, there is a warning; this site is highly addictive! Of course, there will be a time when

Junior and Princess visit and you must relinquish the remote and maybe feature their photos more prominently. But the Mom Cave is a space you deserve. Who knows? It may even encourage your fledglings not to return to the nest longterm. Hope springs eternal! As for myself, I enjoyed a few wonderful years of private space after my children left for college. Blissful years in my own Mom Cave ... and then came the grandchildren. Now, it’s a nursery … sigh. ■

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ome of my local clients are telling me how no one dresses up in the workplace anymore, and their beautiful suits just hang in the closet unused. Here are some ways to dress for success and show your individual fashion with flair.

Break up your suits

► Your beautiful St. John tweed suits need not hang forgotten in the closet. Pair your knit tweed jacket with this fall’s latest item, a leather skirt. Make sure it is knee length and in a neutral color for the workplace. Bridge the classic jacket and the latest leather skirt with a simple shell that incorporates the colors of both items. Keep your accessories neutral to add professionalism to this updated combination.

► The neutral-colored trousers from your tried and true Theory suit can be paired with a multi-colored blouse. Use the colors from the blouse to govern your choice of jacket and accessories. Pairing a colored jacket with different colored accessories works if the colors have the same intensity. Bold with bold. Pastel with pastel.

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Wear at least one structured piece with an outfit – dress trousers, tailored skirt or structured jacket. These can be paired with a flowing top or scarf. Never wear flowing tops with flowing skirts for work. You will look like a Stevie Nicks wannabe in a Fleetwood Mac cover band. (I actually know a singer for a Fleetwood Mac cover band. In this case, it is her work and is totally acceptable and encouraged.) Your structured jacket can be paired with a current cigarette pant (skinny ankle length pant) in a small geometric shape in neutral combinations such as black and tan or navy and white. Adding accessories in the same bold color can show individual style and help the outfit looked “pulled together.”

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unsung‘she’ro ▼ RANNEY, Continued from Page 8 “It’s heartbreaking to hear each story and know that we can’t help everyone,” said Holly. “So the only thing we can do is put all of our effort into working on the families that we do commit to, and continue raising money to help grow so our outreach expands.”   This summer was a bittersweet one for the Ranneys, as they celebrated the one-year anniversary of Sunshine and received national attention for their Halstead makeover, but also mourned the death of the child whose bedroom makeover was their first project. Mathew Majka was just 11 when he was diagnosed with a brain tumor in July 2011. Sunshine selected him for their first makeover, designing a military-themed bedroom after learning Mathew wanted to join the Air Force and loved all things military. Sunshine completed the makeover in July 2012. Sadly, Mathew died a year later on Aug. 7. “Mathew was so special to us, as he was our first makeover,” said Holly. “He always wanted to go into the Air Force, so we did his room as a military bunker. Tons of Air Force guys helped with that makeover and [fulfilled] his dream day of going on base and [taking a] private flight.” At Mathew’s memorial service, Holly said she understood the significance of her foundation, noting the majority of people who had helped with the room

Mathew Majka reacts to his new military-themed room. His makeover was the first completed by Sunshine on a Ranney Day.

transformation were there to honor Mathew. “It was at his memorial service that I realized, this is not our mission ... this was our calling,” said Holly. “My husband and I were meant to do this, and this will be our legacy.” A graduate of High Point University in North Carolina (“The furniture capital of the world,” said Holly.), she says she rarely is discouraged despite the sadness that often accompanies her projects. “Hearing people’s stories and seeing what each family goes through, makes me more determined to help,” she explained. “I have been so fortunate to have my health, an awesome husband who shares the same values and commitment that I have and the support from a variety of people and organizations. Every day is actually a good day.” Sunshine on a Ranney Day has also made her aware of the goodness in people who step in without asking and help

without direction. “When we make a phone call or send out an email to someone to see if they would help our project ... the response is amazing,” said Holly. “You see all of the bad news out there a lot, but there really are a lot of good people with huge hearts out there.” Such was the case with the Halstead makeover, which started with a new bedroom for Tripp and ended with a complete home makeover and national and international attention. Holly explains she originally contacted Bill and Stacy Halstead last year to create a room makeover for Tripp when he was able to go home from the hospital. But since Bill had redone Tripp’s room prior to the accident, a new makeover was not needed. As time went on, it became apparent Tripp’s medical needs would be better served in a new home. “I knew with all of their medical bills, expenses and just the daily stress that

they were going through, that our charity could make a huge impact on them by taking their [new] home over and making all renovations needed so that when Tripp was able to go home, it was ready ... stress free,” said Holly. Months of renovations and hundreds of people hours, donated labor and products later, the Halsteads moved into their new home over the summer. Holly said the media attention was overwhelming, but proved to be a positive, not a negative, in making the home a reality for the Halsteads. “A home makeover is not the only thing that resulted from the Halstead project,” said Holly. “Sunshine on a Ranney Day grew a whole new level of respect – not to mention the team that we [brought together] is now a permanent part of our charity and helping with all of our other projects.” While the results of the home makeover were amazing, Holly said Sunshine will focus primarily on bedroom makeovers to spread their resources farther and take on a home makeover once a year for a special project. Over time, Holly envisions a full-time staff for the business, and projects across the state and eventually the country. “I believe we have the passion, the hardworking mentality, intelligence and business smarts, respect, relationships and most importantly, the heart to help people,” said Holly. “With that, comes success.” ■ For more information on Sunshine for a Ranney Day, visit

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theinterview ▼ HAUSMANN, Continued from Page 6 the satisfaction far outweighs anything negative. There have been disappointments, such as the recent decision by the board to terminate the Cauley Creek water reuse contract in North Fulton. But there have been plenty of successes resulting in significant changes to the court system, the election board and the process for hiring civil servants in Fulton County. We are constantly dealing with declining revenues in Fulton, yet we still managed to get funding for a new senior center that opened recently in Milton, and three new libraries are currently under construction in North Fulton.

What do you do to shake off stress at the end of the day? I enjoy gardening, reading, riding my bike and spending time at Lake Lanier. But my favorite thing is playing with my two grandchildren. Any long-term plans to pursue a position in state government? People ask me that all the time, and it’s very flattering. But I’m focused right now on Fulton County. There’s so much going on and so many changes and possibilities ahead for the future. Do you have advice for other women who are considering running for public office? I think women are natural leaders. No offense to the men out there, but women are the backbone of most families. Both at home and in their work life, women are natural project managers and volunteers, and you can turn those skills into any sort of public service. Most women have the makeup in them already to hold public office – they just need to build their confidence level. Follow your heart and your instincts, do what you are good at and become involved with issues and organizations that interest you. These days, there really is a need for good, level-headed women to take an active role in their community and I welcome them to come on. ■

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Legislation was passed this year to create a new commission district for North Fulton, giving the area a second vote at the table. Ga. 400 will be the dividing line between the new eastern and western districts. Do you plan to run for the eastern district in 2014? The new commission district is long overdue and I’m glad that it’s going to happen. As for 2014, I haven’t made an official announcement, but yes, I am planning to run. I feel like we have such exciting opportunities with this new commission and I hope to be a part of it. I’m starting to see a lot of interest in the new district and have been contacted by many community members who are looking at it, and I think that’s fabulous. I have no way of knowing who will hold

that seat – their political party, age or gender. But I do know that they will have the perspective of North Fulton and that’s what we need.

At the end of the day, family still comes first. Liz Hausmann proudly shows a photo of her two grandchildren, the youngest born earlier this summer.

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Food Truck Alley in Alpharetta 5 – 9 p.m. Feast on the street every Thursday evening on Old Roswell Street in Alpharetta featuring six to eight rotating food trucks and live music. Stroll the streets, eat delicious food, listen to some great music and kick off the weekend a little early.

SEPTEMBER music, outside vendors and extended retail hours, face painting, free trolley and more.


Almost Heaven: John Denver’s America Through Sept. 22. Georgia Ensemble Theatre’s 21st season opens with a celebration of music by America’s beloved open-hearted troubadour, John Denver. Twenty-nine of Denver’s songs from the ‘60s and ‘70s such as “Rocky Mountain High” and “Sunshine on my Shoulders” are rediscovered and reinvented for the audience. Roswell Cultural Arts Center, 950 Forest St., Roswell. mainstage/


Alpharetta Farmers Market 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Every Saturday through mid October. Shop for farmfresh fruits and veggies, fresh flowers and plants, and all sorts of edible home goods including desserts, local raw honey, sauces and jellies. Old Canton Street, Alpharetta. Alpharetta Library Book Sale 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. The Friends of the Alpharetta Library hold a book sale on the first Saturday of each month. Free to the public, rain or shine. All proceeds benefit the Alpharetta Library. 238 Canton St., Alpharetta.


Roswell River Food Truck Weekends ▲ 11 a.m. to dusk. Some of Atlanta’s most popular food trucks serving up fun and deliciousness on the banks of the Chattahoochee River. Don White Park, 925 Riverside Road, Roswell. RoswellRiverFoodTruckWeekends


Leading Rider Challenge 8 a.m. The Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Bureau presents the Leading Rider Challenge featuring riders from all ages from metro Atlanta, Alabama and Tennessee competing in hunter, equestrian and jumper classes. The horse show is free and open to the public. Wills Park Equestrian Center, 11915 Wills Road, Alpharetta.


IronKids Alpharetta Youth Triathlon 7 a.m. Wills Park will once again host the largest youth triathlon in the country with more than 1,300 athletes competing in three divisions, junior (ages 6-8), intermediate (9-11) and senior (1215). The race start and transition will take place at Wills Park pool and parking lot at 1825 Old Milton Parkway, Alpharetta.

19 Grilling and Gridiron Tailgate Party ▲ 2 p.m. It’s a tailgate party to crown the Alpharetta Grilling Champion! Community groups and restaurants will set up tailgating displays and grills to create fabulous dishes. Attendees will sample all the creations and vote for the Grilling Champion—all hosted by the LionHeart School. An 8-by-12 screen will broadcast the UGA vs. South Carolina game free for all. Bracelets will be sold for $15 for grill tasting only or $25 for grill and beer tasting. Old Roswell Street, Alpharetta. Girls’ Night Out: Chocolate Desserts 5-8 p.m. Spend an evening making fabulous chocolate desserts at the Salud Cooking School inside Harry’s Whole Foods Market. Students will learn techniques for soufflés, ganache, rolling and shaping truffles, and rolling out tart shells. Students take home a selection of desserts made in class. A light dinner will be served. $55 per student $95 for a pair. 1180 Upper Hembree Road, Roswell. Alive After Five in Roswell 5 p.m. Be part of the street party that gained Canton Street official designation as a Georgia Great Street. Enjoy live 34 | | september2013

Forsyth Newcomers and Women’s Club Luncheon 11 a.m. All women in Forsyth County and surrounding counties are invited to join the Forsyth County Newcomers and Women’s Club, which hosts luncheons on the third Thursday of each month. Contact Linda Fitzwater at 678-947-6156 or Windermere Golf Club, 5000 Davis Love Drive, Cumming.


Power of Pink 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. North Fulton Hospital presents the Power of Pink luncheon, fashion show and silent auction benefitting the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Power of Pink seeks to celebrate survivorship by uniting the community. Country Club of the South, 4100 Old Alabama Road. PowerofPink


European Market on Milton Avenue Saturday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Enjoy a two-day Europeanstyle shopping experience unlike any other! Two enormous tents cover the streets of downtown Alpharetta, housing an eclectic gathering of merchandise including art, handcrafted jewelry, vintage furnishings and décor, clothing, garden what-nots and gourmet edibles. Admission and parking are free to the public. 35 Milton Ave., Alpharetta. Roswell Arts Festival 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22. The 47th Annual Roswell Arts Festival draws artists and craftsmen from across the Southeast to Roswell’s Historic Town Square. The event features fine arts, original crafts, children’s activities, festive foods and performing arts. Free with shuttles running from City Hall to Town Square both days.


AAUW Book Fair at Perimeter Mall Through September 29 during mall hours. The 54th annual American Association of University Women (AAUW) Book Fair will feature more than 75,000 gently used books in more than 50 categories, all at bargain prices. Book fair proceeds fund scholarships for women attending local educational institutions. No charge to attend. Perimeter Mall, 4400 Ashford Dunwoody Road. Shakespeare on the Lawn at Barrington Hall 7 p.m. seating, curtain at 8 p.m. Performances continue through Oct. 12. “Henry V,” presented by North Fulton Drama Club on the grounds of Barrington Hall, is set in war-embittered England when King Henry IV has died and his son must live down his wild past before ascending the throne. Free, donations appreciated. Reserve seats or bring a blanket and lawn chairs. Barrington Hall, 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell.


“Hallelujah Girls” at Cumming Playhouse ▲ 8 p.m. Performances continue through October 13. Hilarity abounds when the feisty females of Eden Falls, Georgia, decide to shake up their lives. The action takes place in the Spa-Dee-Dah, an abandoned church turned day spa where the friends gather every Friday afternoon. All seats $20. Cumming Playhouse, 101 School St., Cumming.

Avengers” on a large screen, beginning at dusk. Pre-show festivities will begin one hour prior with music, kids’ activities and theater-style concessions. Area restaurants will offer take-out.

The Drake Closet Fashion Show 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. To celebrate the opening of their new store in Alpharetta at 26 Old Roswell St., the Drake Closet is hosting a Girls’ Night Out Fashion Show at Gallery Events in Johns Creek. This fun night of food and fashion is sure to sell out quickly, so register early to save your seat! The $20 ticket includes the show, two drink tickets, appetizers and an unforgettable evening. 10700 State Bridge Road, Johns Creek. Email to register.


Movie off Main in Alpharetta: “The Avengers” 7:30 p.m. Bring your own blankets and chairs to view “The


YSC Tour de Pink ▲ 7:30 a.m. As Atlanta’s only bike ride for breast cancer, Tour de Pink allows participants to ride from 1 to 1000 miles, from short family rides and a survivor loop to professionally designed routes for the expert cyclist. 5K course for runners and walkers. All skill levels welcome. Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta. Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live! Museum Day Live! is hosted by Smithsonian Magazine during which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Museum Day ticket….for free. Roswell’s Southern Trilogy sites, Barrington Hall, Bulloch Hall and Smith Plantation are on the list (ticket grants admission to all three houses). Claim your free ticket online.


Sixth annual Polo for Parkinson’s 2 p.m. Enjoy an exciting day of polo at Chukkar Farm and Polo Club benefitting research and treatments for Parkinson’s disease. This is a public event for adults only. Gates will open at 1 p.m. and the match begins at 2 p.m. There will also be music by Roswell performer Ashley Harris, lunch by ‘Cue BBQ, an open bar, silent auction, raffles, champagne divot stomp and a best hat contest. $50 tickets, tables available. Chukkar Farm and Polo Club, 1140 Liberty Grove Road, Alpharetta.

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Crabapple Fest ▲ 10 a.m – 6 p.m. Crabapple Fest is new this year, combining the Milton Roundup and the Crossroads at Crabapple Antique and Arts Festival. Antiques and art from hundreds of vendors, music, games, rides and kids' activities, and, for the first time, beer and wine in the festival grounds. Downtown Crabapple, at the “five-points” intersection of Mayfield Road, Broadwell Road, Mid-Broadwell Road, Crabapple Road and Birmingham Highway in Milton.

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