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MOMS CLUB OF SMYRNA: Are you looking for a support group of other stay-at-home moms and their children? You have found it! The club is intended to be a resource for mothers at home to meet and learn from others. For more info visit, or email us at Our club is zoned for Teasley, Nickajack and Russell elementary school residents in the 30080 and 30082 zip codes.

MOMS CLUB OF SMYRNA WEST: MOMS Club of Smyrna-West is a national non-profit organization which offers support to stay-at-home mothers. Our chapter includes mothers of all ages, as well as those who work part-time, in or out of their home. We offer you the opportunity to share activities during the weekday with other moms and their children. MOMS Club plans a monthly calendar full of events for mothers and their children, including park play dates, playgroups, trips to local attractions, Mom’s Night Out and more. MCSW includes the King Springs and Norton Park Elementary School Districts. For more information please contact us

SMYRNA MOPS (MOTHERS OF PRESCHOOLERS): Smyrna First United Methodist Church’s MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group will now offer a Night Group in addition to its traditional program. Keeping up with the program demand and meeting the needs of working Moms, the Night Group will meet once a month on Wednesday evenings. All Smyrna-area Moms of kids age birth to Kindergarten are welcome, both SFUMC members and nonmembers alike. If you are interested in joining the MOPS Night Group, please contact or visit JONQUIL GARDEN CLUB: The Jonquil Garden Club meets every 4th Tuesday at the library in downtown Smyrna at 10:30 a.m. The objective of the Jonquil Garden Club is to beautify and preserve our environment by encouraging conservation and plantings, not only in our own gardens, but in public places as well. For further information regarding registration or inquiries about membership, contact Marilynn Parker at 770-949-6640. You may also want to learn more about the club and upcoming events at:

LIL’ LAMBS CLOSET: Lil’ Lambs Closet. First United Methodist Church of Marietta. Registration begins online at on January 29th for church members and February 5th for the public. Shop Early on Thursday, March 6th from 6pm – 8pm ($5.00 early shopping fee, Thursday only), Friday, March 7th, 9am-7pm and Saturday, March 8th, 9am-1pm. No strollers allowed on the sales floor. 56 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, GA 30064. (770) 429-7850, ext. 7858 or KINDERMART CONSIGNMENT SALE: KinderMart Childrens Consignment Spring Sale begins Friday, March 21st from 9:30am to 8pm., and Saturday, March 22nd, from 9:30am to Noon. Many items half off on Saturday. No strollers Friday 9:30-11. Smyrna First United Methodist Church 1315 Concord Rd. Smyrna, GA 30080. Great deals on spring and summer baby and children's attire, infant equipment, toys, books, games, sporting goods and so much more!

BORN AGAIN BLESSINGS CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: Children's and maternity clothes, shoes, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and more! Friday, March 21, 9am-7pm. Saturday March 22, 9amnoon. Preview sale: Thursday open to workers and sellers only. First time moms can sign up for early shopping privileges. Cobb County Civic Center. 548 Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info:

ATLANTA HOME SHOW: The Spring Atlanta Home Show, Georgia’s largest home show (, will bring together over 350 experts in the home remodeling and landscaping industries to showcase the latest products and services for homes of all sizes and styles. This year, for the first time, Landscape Designer Ahmed Hassan, original host of HGTV’s and DIY Network’s Yard Crashers will entertain attendees with the “Down and Dirty of my Life, Landscaping and Hosting a Reality TV Show”. He’ll speak Saturday, March 22 at 1 and 3 p.m. from the Reliable Heating & Air Home Show Stage, headlining a roster of exciting speakers who will appear throughout the three-day event. The show will be held at the Cobb Galleria Centre, 2 Galleria Pkwy., SE, Atlanta, GA 30339.

BUSINESS EXPO: an opportunity for local businesses to advertise and network their business with an established advertising company. The event is held at the Smyrna Community Center in the large gym on Saturday, March 29, 2014 from 10 am- 2 pm. This event features local businesses, entertainment, raffles and give-aways. Something for the entire family, FREE admission to the public. For information about becoming a vendor, call Gary Hill at 770-438-6961. 4/1/2014.


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Meet Beautiful Mikara Sloan!

“Mika” was born on December 27, 2013. Her parents, Nathan and Ticia Reed couldn’t have been more excited about their “belated Christmas gift”. Nathan works as a corporate tax accountant for Primerica and Ticia is an online merchant for The Reed’s have called Mableton their home since 2008. They look forward to Mika joining them in their favorite activities such as hiking in the North Georgia mountains, travelling to visit their families, attending fall festivals and occasionally going to a theater or a play.

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Our feature photographer this month is Porcha Key of Porcha Key Photography. Porcha specializes in custom portraiture of newborns, children and families. After many years of perfecting her style and technique, she launched her photography business in June 2011. Porcha enjoys spending time with her clients and getting to know them. She covers the metro Atlanta area and Northwest Georgia. Porcha loves paying attention to detail allowing her to capture the personalities of the children and families she photographs. Her newborn studio is in her Smyrna home. Porcha prefers location sessions when working with children and families to match their uniqueness. Porcha has lived in Georgia for the last six years, but is originally from California. She is a wife and mother to three perfect boys, ages six and under. Porcha can be reached at 404.661.4111


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Using digital technology to promote physician collaboration and sharing of the latest medical information, experts from WellStar and Mayo Clinic will work together to further enhance the delivery of healthcare for patients, allowing many patients to avoid unnecessary travel for answers to complex medical questions. “WellStar is home to some of the most accomplished and preeminent physicians in the Southeast,” says Robert Jansen, M.D., executive vice president and chief administrative medical officer of WellStar. “Working with Mayo Clinic through the Mayo Clinic Care Network offers our physicians a new resource to ensure the kind of innovative and leading care that patients have grown to expect from WellStar.”

“With WellStar we share common values, mission and commitment to consistently improve the delivery of healthcare to patients,” says Stephen Lange, M.D., southeast medical director of Mayo Clinic Care Network. “Working together, we can increasingly assure patients that they have access to the latest medical knowledge here, in their community. We're delighted to welcome this distinguished system to the Mayo Clinic Care Network.”

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Whether you have pre-diabetes, have recently been diagnosed with diabetes, or have had to live with diabetes for a while, this class is for you! The class is conducted by a Registered Nurse, and Registered Dietitian. Topics include signs and symptoms, monitoring, key test results, complication prevention, foot care, medications, balanced diabetic meals, carbohydrate counting, label reading, dining out and sick day management. The classes are held in the hospital’s cafeteria. Cost is $25.00 per diabetic student. A support person—without diabetes— may attend without charge. Fee is payable on day of class, by cash or check. Call 770-801-4616 or 770-438-4373 for more information or to register. You may also register on-line at Additional classes on: April 4, May 2, June 6, July 18, August 8, September 5, October 3, November 7, and December 5. EMORY-ADVENTIST HOSPITAL AT SMYRNA WILL OFFER A FREE CLASS ON “ADVANCE DIRECTIVES” ON TUESDAY, MARCH 11 AT 7:00 P.M.

No one can live according to a crystal ball, however we can be better prepared by having a Georgia Advance Directive for Health Care. Camille Lococo, Director of Case Management, will provide information on preparing an advance directive as well as provide materials to create the appropriate documentation. Please plan to provide the name, address, and phone number of the person you wish to designate to make health care decisions for you in the event you are not able to make them for yourself. Space is limited so please call 770-319-2025 to reserve your spot. EMORY-ADVENTIST HOSPITAL AT SMYRNA WILL HOST THE FREE CLASS “ARE YOU ERGONOMICALLY CORRECT?” ON TUESDAY, MARCH 25 AT 7:00 P.M.

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Stop Suffering with Allergies and Asthma

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In the past, people suffering with allergies or asthma could do nothing but live with attacks and allow their breathing problems to run their lives. Fortunately, this is not the case today. Due to advances in the field of treatment, chronic suffering is not necessary. Today, proper treatment can help people with allergy and asthma stop suffering and get back to their lives.

“Many people think they have to live with their allergies, but that’s not true,” says Dr. Eugene Hurwitz, director of the Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia. “In fact, there are many effective treatments available that could allow them to live allergy-free and feel better on a day-today basis.” The Center for Allergy and Asthma of Georgia offers two plans of action to patients—a short-term plan that quickly gets patients feeling better by providing immediate relief from sinus or allergy problems, and a long-term plan that gets to the root of the problem and provides lasting protection from recurring symptoms. Getting Conditions Under Control

Treatments designed to build immunity can eventually greatly reduce symptoms, and many times, eliminate the need for medication altogether. “We have so many different treatment options available to us now that almost all of our patients can get their conditions under control, allowing them to live a normal life relatively symptom-free with few sinus and allergy problems” Dr. Hurwitz explains.

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All types of allergic disorders, including hay fever, asthma, hives, insect sting allergies and food allergies are treated at the Center for Allergy and Asthma. After evaluating the causes of allergies, doctors and staff develop an individualized care plan for each patient. Treatment could include avoidance and medication or a series of allergy shots or allergy drops which can be given at home, both designed to build immunity to allergies. The shots are relatively painless, even for young children, and they can be used to treat environmental allergies, such as seasonal pollens, pet allergies, mold, and dust mites, as well as allergic asthma. Patients usually start with injections one to two times per week. As they build immunity, the shots are spaced every two weeks or once a month. “Patients experience an 80-90% reduction in symptoms and related problems such as sinus infections and allergic asthma. The results of the treatments can be life-changing,” says Dr. Hurwitz. Center for Allergy & Asthma of Georgia has offices in Hiram located at 5605 Bagwell Pkwy, Bldg 900, Popular Pointe Professional Center and Smyrna at 577 Concord Road. 770-459-0620 Additional locations in Carrollton, Villa Rica, Newnan, Douglasville and Peachtree City


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Best Parent Ever! by Mark Orler

When I was a child my parents enforced a much more Soviet-style of informational sharing in our household. We essentially grew up in a “need-to-know” basis only home and rarely were touchy subjects broached with any true honesty. My father utilized the Socratic Method when pressed and his answers typically left you feeling like you had been told something, but that it wasn’t an answer to the question? “Dad, where do babies come from?”

“Where did you go when Mommy had your baby sister?” “The hospital, it smelled funny.”

“So, your baby sister came from the hospital?” “That smelled funny, yes?”

“Bingo, there’s your answer! Good talk.”

Unfortunately, most parenting literature written since the Middle Ages when I apparently grew up, has prescribed a much more open approach to the discussions that we, as adults, must have when our children query us on subjects we would prefer to avoid. But as enlightened as we are nowadays versus the rock-eating Neanderthal Parents of my youth, my wife and I still approach these touchy discussions with vast differences.

My wife is of the school that you spell everything out in such detail and overkill using as much Latin as possible so that the question can never be raised again. Basically, you kill their curiosity with data. I call this the “Google” approach.

I sat around the breakfast table one morning and listened to her explain ad nauseam to our sevenyear-old the relationship between an egg and a hen and after an hour of details on the zygote, embryo, non-fertilization and the Garden of Eden our precious little girl looked over at me and said, “I guess scrambled will be fine Daddy.”

For the first few years of our children’s lives this approach has worked fine for my wife, and she has


often given me that “Best Parent Ever” look after many a lecture shared to our kids over a dinner table discussion that may have begun with such a simple question as “Why do I need to eat Brussels sprouts?” By the time we leave the table you can see the glossy eyes and agape mouths as each of them attempt to comprehend the complex digestive system in humans and why their colons are so very important in their lives.

The upside to this is that it has typically made our dinner’s much quieter events as most of the kids are deathly afraid of the knowledge that may be passed should they ask their mother anything, so they remain silent.

I, on the other hand, take an approach much closer to that of my father. Recently, we were watching the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi and our oldest posed a question that if her mother had received it would have been an invitation to a weekend lecture series complete with a Power Point Presentation and roundtable role-playing.

“Daddy, who are the ‘gay’ and are there any in Russia?”

“Well honey, did you see the Men’s Figure Skating last night?”

“Yes, Daddy, they had sparkly uniforms.”

“Bingo, there’s your answer!” BEST PARENT EVER!!!

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Being Organized is An Important Issue in Wellness by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

Being organized improves the ability to have a happier, healthier, more productive life. It is asserted that living with better organization improves peace of mind, confidence, and being organized allows more time for the most important things in life. When you live an organized life, you get things done faster. You spend less time looking for lost things and the ability to set and achieve goals is improved. It has been proposed that “the simple truth is that being organized can bring you more time, money, success and happiness” (Jiri Novotney, 2011). More organization decreases stress in daily life. Living with clutter creates unnecessary chaos and stress because it overloads the brain, creates conflict and drains energy.

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• Reduce, eliminate, simplify. Keep the necessary. Toss, donate, sell or give away anything not needed. Don’t allow purchases of new things unless there is a need for it, a place for it, and something it is replacing that can be eliminated. • Everything needs a home and things should be returned to its home immediately after use. This one habit saves lots of cleaning, sorting and organizing later.

• Drop the quest for perfectionism. These guidelines are goals to strive for but will never be met 100 percent of the time. Be patient and gentle with yourself

An alternative way of looking at this issue that does not involve a listing of specific changes in behavior is presented by Dr. Paul Hammerness, a Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and Margaret Moore, an executive wellness coach and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at the prestigious McLean Hospital, in their coauthored Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life. In this publication Dr. Hammerness describes the latest neuroscience research on the brain’s extraordinary built-in system of organization and Margaret Moore translates the science into solutions.

It is asserted that the brain has an innate ability to attain order and proposes six principles, or “rules of order” that allows this innate ability to manifest into a less hectic, life stressful, more organized life. These include: • Rule No. 1: Tame your frenzy. Too much negative stress damages the ability to focus and harms your health.

• Rule No 2: Sustain your focus. Identify one task and one task only. The brain was not intended to “multitask”.

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Helping Children Develop Healthy Anger by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP

Joy can bring giddiness and excitement. Sadness can bring pain and tears. Anxiety can bring agitation and misery. Anger is the emotion that can, if handled incorrectly, bring trouble. It is healthy to express anger in constructive ways but if anger is expressed through negative behavior, it will result in poor outcomes, including punishment, suspension, expulsion, separation and potentially returned aggression. Like so many other important concepts, anger management skills must be taught.

Anger is a natural and normal emotion but should be fleeting. To effectively deal with a child’s anger, a parent should remain calm and as always, model appropriate behavior. In dealing with an angry child, it is extremely important to avoid power struggles. Everyone wants their way all the time but maturing means learning to compromise and practicing acceptance. Power struggles typically evolve in an effort for the child to continue to engage his parent in the tantrum. The best response as a parent is to do absolutely nothing. Allow the child to be angry and sulk but don’t give him or her anything to which to respond. Trying to stop a child’s reaction may intensify the anger. Avoiding your own response of annoyance, irritation, sarcasm and guilt, typically allows for a quicker resolution.

In the pediatric population, anger can quickly dissolve into aggression. Children need to be taught to recognize their feelings of anger, frustration, disappointment and hurt. Giving a child permission to feel angry is as simple as telling him or her that it is okay to be angry or that you understand their feelings were hurt and they feel badly. By doing so, it may allow the child to verbalize feelings instead of acting them out. Families typically have clear rules for anger in the home. Slamming doors and screaming are generally not acceptable but having clear written rules and early intervention improves compliance and decreases aggression. During peaceful times, it is also helpful to ask the child if the aggressive behavior got what he or she was looking for. During the same conversation, walk through the steps to teach the child to slow down and take a deep breath, think about what should be done and proceed to proper action or with careful words and be sure to listen to your child and guide their decision-making.

Helping children to manage anger can be very difficult because one person can never control another. It is important to recognize that as a parent you are not responsible for how your child feels or behaves. You are only responsible for the way you feel and react to your child. Keeping children on regular schedules, encouraging daily exercise, and twenty minutes of sunshine a day makes for better stress management and responsiveness to situations that may arise. Teaching conflict resolution and the art of negotiation – something not done in the heat of the moment will enhance your child’s self-control and increase self-esteem. Limiting electronic use to less than two hours a day should prevent numbing of the mind and improve face-to-face social interactions. It is also helpful to teach children to take a break and walk away when there is a need to decompress. When a parent takes this action, instead of screaming or lashing out, the correct behavior makes for excellent teaching opportunities. 3.31.14


When faced with anger, positive reinforcement has its place. Reward a child when he follows the clear rules for anger. Praise behavior when the child walks away or takes a moment to calm before speaking. Positive reinforcement is especially needed for children who have a history of aggressive behavior. A reward system, such as a positive chart on the refrigerator, can provide extra incentive to help a child manage angry feelings safely and without leading to trouble.

Aggressive behavior must have immediate consequences with consistent follow-through. Time out, loss of privileges or even paying restitution through doing extra chores or volunteer work may curb the negative behavior. Verbalizing forgiveness to the child is extremely important in helping him or her move from feelings of guilt to feelings of hope that he or she can do better next time. This will also reinforce that the behavior was a bad choice but it does not define the child.

Irritability and volatility may be a response to a significant change, such as a move or a new baby. It is normal for a child to struggle with controlling anger at times but if your child’s anger and subsequent behavior persists or disrupts the family, seek counseling to help determine the underlying cause and to develop a behavior management plan for the whole family.


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Understanding Medical Clinical Research About Clinical Research

Clinic research is a branch of healthcare science that focuses on ensuring that medications, medical treatments or medical devices are safe and effective for people to use. You may have heard various terms to describe clinical research, such as clinical studies, clinical trials, research, protocols and trials. Clinical research is different from clinical practice. In clinical research, evidence and data is collected so that a treatment may be instituted. In clinical practice, physicians use treatments that have been established for certain diseases.

Clinical research involves a voluntary person or a group of people to determine whether medications, devices, diagnostic products, diagnostic procedures, forms of prevention or treatment regimens are safe and effective for human use. These modalities may be used to prevent, treat, diagnose or relieve symptoms of a disease, improve health, cure disease, or improve quality of life. Before trials are conducted with human participants, they are tested with laboratory animals such as mice or rats. Once they seem to improve the animals’ health, then the testing moves to humans through the development of clinical trials. Clinical trials are an important step in making these modalities available. Participating in a Clinical Trial

It is important to participate in research, if you can. Participating in a clinical trial allows you to play a more active role in your own health care. It also allows you to gain access to new treatments, while helping others by contributing to medical research. You can also impact the future and directly influence how healthcare is delivered on a national and international level.

Volunteers of all ages and ethnic and cultural backgrounds are always needed. Researchers are then able to learn how different people react to medications and other treatments because of the variety of volunteers. For example, researchers were able to learn that men and women have very different warning signs for a heart attack. If you are considering participation in a clinical trial:


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• Understand what a clinical trial is and how they are managed. There are several different types of trial in which you might participate. • Identify a clinical trial which will benefit you, and which will benefit from your participation.

• Determine if you are eligible for the clinical trial. Make sure you are aware of the criteria for the study. Criteria may include any of the following: Age; Gender; Race; Diagnosis; The type and stage of a disease; Previous treatment history; Other medical conditions; Location or Others Factors. Any of these criteria may be used to include or exclude a participant. • Understand the risks and benefits of participating in a clinical trial, and specifically the trial in which you are interested. Most trials have good outcomes, but be mindful that some trials may not.

• Be sure to meet with your trial's investigators and ask questions about your intended trial. One must understand the potential positive and negative outcomes of the study. Ascertain the cost to you (if any). Will hospitalization be necessary? How far will you need to travel? Make sure to have all of the answers and consider how participation will affect your daily life as well as your life in the long term.

• Be informed before you give consent to participate in the trial.

Where to Find a Clinical Trial In Which You Can Participate

Clinical trials take place across the world. The following websites can provide you with listings of current and future trials: • The U.S. Government and National Institutes of Health:

• The World Health Organization:

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In Manners of Speaking by Holly and Diana Parks “Do you think a child should be required to say ‘thank you’ and ‘please’ around the house?” “Hey, gimme some milk, Mom.”

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I looked at his big sister, completely ignoring him. “Did you hear something? Sounded like a fly buzzing around.” Used to this routine, she stepped into character. “No Mom, I didn’t hear anything.”

He tried again. “Hey Mom, I said I want milk.”

“Oh, there it goes again! I swear I just heard a fly buzz by making a really annoying sound.”

He rolled his eyes, catching on once again. “Mom, can I please have some milk?”

“Of course, sweetie. I’d be happy to. Why didn’t you ask earlier?”

For a child, consistency is the only way to develop a habit. Patterns are most easily formed during the sippy-cup stage, but you can’t expect your two year-old to differentiate between behavior inside and outside the house. If you want “please” and “thank you” to be second nature to your toddler at daycare or church, it should start at home. Once you brush aside the simplest lessons, the next level of etiquette claims the lowest rung, and before you know it, your teenager is wiping his mouth with the back of his hand, burping, and shoving his chair back from the table without so much as a “May I be excused?” In a culture of growing entitlement, basic manners require a child to take focus off him and, for a brief moment, acknowledge the efforts of others. For a parent, establishing expectations is essential to earning respect. Although manners are sometimes dismissed as being old-fashioned and unnecessary, they have less to do with formality than with not taking your family for granted. The people you love the most are often the ones you respect the least. Seems kind of backwards, right?

“Sometimes my husband and I disagree on our discipline, and we will argue about what is best in front of our child. Do you think this is damaging?” - Bull-headed in Vinings

“Hey Dad, Billy invited me to go play his new video game. Can I?”

Dad looked up from his iPad. “I don’t see why not.”

Mom forced an attention-grabbing cough and raised her eyebrows. “What’s it rated, honey?”

Their son kicked at the ground and muttered, “Umm, I think probably “E”…or maybe “M.”

Dad smirked as he slapped the cover shut over the screen. “Son, your mom and I need to discuss this. Why don’t you take the dog out for a walk?”

Presenting a united front to your children is not just for your sake; it benefits them as much as it does you. Children gain confidence and security from parents who stand together. In a world where 50% of all marriages end in divorce, children are sometimes unable to distinguish between a healthy disagreement and a marriage on the rocks. There is nothing wrong with plagiarizing the Bill Cosby show by pulling Cliff and Claire Huxtable’s “May I see you in the kitchen?”

Despite an upcoming generation accustomed to instant gratification, you do not actually owe your children an answer on the spot. Discussing differences behind closed doors, even when it involves decisions about the kids, also eliminates at least some of the masterful attempts to “play the ‘rents.” Although your kids will figure out who’s softer and who’s harder regarding child-rearing issues, there’s no reason to hand it to them on a silver platter.

The security parents give their sons and daughters by placing their marriage over their collusion or “cool” factor with the kids lasts a lifetime rather than a momentary high of siding with your son. Respecting your spouse leads to your children respecting you. Although he may not be able to go to that concert, or she may have to return the dress her mom thought was a shirt, everyone wins in the end. Look as if you’re reading the same book, even if you’re not on the same page. Diana and Holly Parks are a mother-daughter duo who have co-authored the book I Didn’t See Me Do It. Visit their website at or go to Amazon to order.


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Who would have guessed that what were once orange groves in the middle of hot steamy Florida would one day become the “hottest” tourist destination in the world.


Spend a week and see Harry Potter’s England or experience a ride or two on one of the huge water slides in the area. Then visit Space Mountain at Epcot or visit the giraffes at Animal Kingdom. There is so much to see and do here.

Yes, the once sleepy farm town of Orlando has become the theme park capitol of the world, bringing more than 53 million visitors per year to this happy place. Over 4 million of those are from foreign countries making Orlando one of the biggest international cities in the US.

In the 1960’s Walt Disney started looking for an East Coast location for his famed Disneyland which had opened in 1955. Although Disney himself died in 1966, the Walt Disney Company continued the project which opened in 1971.

Orlando was the perfect place for the park. In the center of two major highways, the weather was favorable and there were lots of flat cattle land and orange groves to buy. Added to the fact that the government of Florida created a special tax-free district to spur development, the Disney Corporation was ready to build.

Since then the Disney Corporation has created Disneyworld, Epcot, and Animal Kingdom. Then came the other parks...... Universal, with Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure and City Walk. SeaWorld, was next followed by Gatorland and Wet n Wild. Many smaller parks followed and the city now forms the backbone of tourism in the USA.

Near Orlando on the East Coast is Port Canaveral. The Disney Corp’s next idea was to create a cruise line in addition to its other attractions. Disney Cruises, located in Port Canaveral, allows you to sail for a weekend (as an extension of your visit to the park) or an entire week of fun, complete with the Disney characters. Many other cruise lines followed in establishing


Port Canaveral as a harbor and Central Florida is now a major cruise port in the USA as well.

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Orland also features wonderful hotels from the Waldorf to the Four Seasons, the latter of which also has some memorable golf holes to play. So while Mom is with the kids at the theme parks, Dad can be on the course enjoying a round of

And when you get tired of these activities, there is any other number of shopping centers and places to eat or have fun. Try Universal’s City Walk for entertainment and great restaurants. Universal City’s Walk is home to 10 restaurants, and equally as many party places for dancing and shows There are also many other hotels that dot the International Drive area. Marriott’s, Sheratons. Holiday Inns, Best Westerns and other hotels and rental condo’s for every budget.

As things go, for family fun, you can’t beat Orlando. From a sleepy little farm town to a huge megalopolis of fun and entertainment for the entire family, it’s hard to believe that so much has happened in 40 years. Orlando or bust….the best place in the world to have a great vacation. Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at Walker Adventures You can follow her travels by visiting Pam's blog at

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Shopping with Shelia real style for real women

9 FASHION MISTAKES MEN MAKE This month my colleague and men’s fashion expert, Rohan Malhotra, owner of The Image Alchemist, has agreed to offer his observations on some of the most common blunders men commit in dressing for success. Read on to find out what you need to avoid in order to project the right image. 1. Baggy pants never made it into the classic fashion territory and no one will take you seriously unless you pull up your pants!

2. In the era of sleek wallets and slim card holders, it’s almost criminal to have an overstuffed back pocket. Bulging back pockets detract from a polished silhouette.

3. Steer clear of odd shaped shoes. Too pointy or too squared does not say classic. Invest in wingtips, oxfords, and Derby or monk straps styles.

4. You aren’t 13 anymore! You can buy all the Burberry checked shirts and LV belts you want; but spending your hard earned money on clothes and shoes that feature prominent branding only tells people you are more concerned with status than substance. If you insist on being branded head-to-toe, opt for the subtle stuff. 5. Active wear should not be day wear. Trainers, tracksuits bottoms, and body con-lycra tees


should never leave the confines of your gym walls. Also, don’t consider donning your gym shoes on any other occasion even if they are in top notch condition. For a comfortable alternative, pick up a pair of slip-on loafers to wear with your jeans and tee look and invest in boat shoes to partner with shorts on a sunny day.

6. The most disgusting of all style crimes – pairing socks with sandals! Enough said.

7. Socks should always match the color of your trousers and not your shoes to give you a more streamlined look. 8. Wearing wrongly hued shoes with your exquisitely tailored suit and not matching the width of tie to the width of the suit lapels can be an image disaster. Here’s a good rule of thumb – thin ties with thin lapels and wider ties with wide lapels. As far as choice of footwear is concerned – if you are wearing black or grey then black shoes is the way to go. Try black, or camel with a navy suit.

9. Do not wear your clothes too baggy. You aren’t fooling anyone by adding excess fabric to cover that beer belly! For larger men loose clothing can make them look even larger and rounder. Look for clothes that fall comfortably over the body. Unsure of whether you are adding one too many Xs to the L? Try going one size smaller. Lastly, find a tailor and never let him go.

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REAL ESTATE IN OUR TOWN by Deborah Ratchford

WHY GOOD PHOTOS CAN HELP SELL YOUR HOME In today’s world where everyone is turning to the Internet to search for homes, it is so important to hire a professional photographer to beautifully showcase your home. These photos are the first impression for most buyers. A professional photographer can make sure the lighting is right, angle the lens to capture your entire space, and ensure your photos are high resolution so they look best on a computer screen.

In order for your photographer to capture great photos, staging and de-cluttering your home is a must. There is nothing worse than clicking on photos for a buyer and seeing personal items or a lot of clutter. If you want home- buyers to be able to envision their personal items in your home it is hard to do when your built-in bookshelves are covered with UGA memorabilia! Eliminate as many items that are not needed until after the photos are taken. Consult your Realtor® about hiring a professional stager if you feel you need assistance. A professional Realtor® can recommend a good photographer and stager who is part of their team.

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You might also want to consider installing higher wattage light bulbs in your rooms to make them appear brighter. Changing not only your fixture’s light bulbs, but also changing the bulbs in your lamps and ceiling fans will give your photos a high quality look and will be more inviting. Another easy way to brighten your room is to simply clean your windows and open up your curtains!

Your wall color and decorative accessories can make a world of difference. If you have two rooms side-by-side, consider painting them the same color. For example, painting both your kitchen and dining room a neutral color will make the space look larger and give it a more elegant feel. Be careful when choosing decorative accessories during the photo taking process. Use caution when choosing the right centerpiece on a dining room table, don’t over-do it. If your wall color is neutral, a splash of color will brighten a room in photos and make it more intriguing. If you are selecting flowers, I always recommend a yellow flower, as they are very charming and welcoming!

Lastly, make sure you have your hardwood flooring polished and/or your carpets cleaned prior to the photographer’s arrival. If time permits, you can do this yourself with little expense. When your home is being photographed, the floors attract a lot of attention, especially if your home is vacant.

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Being Organized is An Important Issue in Wellness Continued from page 15

• Rule No 3: Apply the brakes. When distractions interfere…stop, breathe and consider if the distraction is important enough to trump the current priority.

• Rule No 4: Access your working memory. The brain stores information in short term memory. By accessing this memory, problem solving is more efficient. • Rule No 5: Shift sets. This skill allows you to leave one task behind and go to a new one with fresh and productive focus.

• Rule No 6: Connect the dots. After the ability to tame frenzy and focus attention on one thing at a time. Distractions are managed and working memory is available when needed. The ability to shift focus to new tasks, take breaks to new ideas, insights and connections. Together these “rules of order” will not only help change habits of attention and the way you look at life. Instead of being stressed, there is calm control.

Research shows that improving the sense of organization in life – whether done with specific behavioral changes or “from the inside out” can improve a sense of satisfaction and effectiveness in daily life. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: www.marietta-psychologist.comor . You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 Your comments or questions are welcome.


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Nine Training Opportunities for Your Puppy by Amber Burckhalter

Last month, I wrote about 9 steps to enjoying a new puppy. This month, with spring around the corner and more sunny days to enjoy, let’s take a look at 9 training opportunities you have to reinforce a well-trained companion that are part of your daily routine. Remember, for training to be consistent and successful, experience has shown us at K-9 Coach, it must fit into your daily routine and here are a few simple ways to do so! Last, make sure you follow us on Facebook at K-9 Coach and Instagram at @k9coachatlanta for more weekly training tips, specials and behind the scenes footage.

Fetch - The old time favorite is a great way to reinforce behaviors like drop and come. Use two or more balls to encourage your pup to drop the ball in their mouth and give the “come” command as your dog runs to return to you for more play.

Dinner time - Every dog needs to learn self-control and when to leave things alone. Why not use dinner time, when you are least rushed, to reinforce these behaviors? Having your dog sit and wait while you prepare and place their meal for them is a great way to reinforce training while completing a task you do every day. Make sure you feed a high-quality food as well. Remember: poor quality dog food contributes to poor behavior. Petting when calm - Reinforcing behavior or pay for what you want to repeat, builds solid behaviors that are reliable even under duress. Quietly pet your dog when he is calm and quiet and he will repeat this behavior for the reward of attention. Quickly and easily you will get a calm companion.

Meeting strangers - Under-socialized dogs can often express behavioral issues. Getting your dog out and about town to meet lots of different people in quiet and calm ways can prevent the issues that develop in poorly socialized dogs. Take some of your pup’s favorite treats and have new people treat your dog when having people reach out toward your pup but allow her to make the first approach, treating and petting while she meets the new person.

Hide and seek - Dogs love to use all their senses and searching for you or another family member allows them to use their senses in a fun way. This fun game also teaches your dog to come


when you call him even if he cannot see you. Have one family member hide with a favorite toy or treats, the “hidden” family member begins calling your dog and then send Fido to find them. Reward heavily when they are successful.

Car rides - Who knew that a car ride was training? Well, it can be a great training adventure. Dogs that learn to ride in cars, wait at the door to get in or out of the car and sit or lie down quietly during the ride are much safer and more enjoyable. Verbally praise your pup when they are calm and make sure you leash them to teach them to wait to get in and out of a vehicle.

Family time - Yes, just spending time with the family can be a training experience for your dog. While the technical side of training is important, the relationship between you and your dog is even more so. Allowing your pup to just hang out with your family during down time builds a bond that you will need to call upon during technical training. Give your dog their own bed and chew toy and let them join you during movie nights.

Alone time - Every dog should be able to be left alone for brief periods of time. Dogs who are never alone may develop separation anxiety, a mild to severe anxiety disorder that some canine companions can suffer from. Help your dog develop independence by making sure they get alone time while you run errands, go to work or have a night out. Make sure you create a safe spot for Fido to wait for you with water and a bed. Long walks - Exercise is key to a well-mannered dog. Over 80% of the behavior issues we see at K-9 Coach can be tied to poorly or under exercised pups. Taking a long walk not only gets your pup properly exercised, it reinforces pack bonding and socializes your dog to their environment. K-9 Coach is committed to helping the families in our community have long and happy relationships with their dogs. Our services are designed to be both convenient and effective for you and your family. Take a look at our website and stop by for a tour of our newly remodeled facility!

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