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STYLE REPORT by Tara Hill February....the month of love. The month of passion... I met the most fantastic people from the community last month at our “Super Saturday/ Meet & Greet”. The ladies in attendance were fabulous and the local businesses that participated were amazing. After speaking to some of our community entrepreneurs, I was inspired by the LOVE and PASSION that they have for their businesses. Life gets so busy that often times we all lose “the passion and love” for our jobs, our hobbies and unfortunately ourselves...we start operating in “auto-pilot”...and I am guilty as well. “Live Beautifully, Dream Passionately and Love Unconditionally” That quote should be our life mantra! That is how we should not only think of life... we should think of ourselves! Waking up everyday and being your best self mentally and physically should be a priority. Trust me, I know it’s hard, some mornings are much harder than others but have you ever heard of the “Look Good Feel Better” program? The name is 100% accurate! Psychologists have done study after study on this theory and the answer is always the same. Attractive people are not only happier and healthier but also live longer. And remember when I say “attractive”, I mean well groomed and pulled together. We need to reclaim the love and passion for life and ourselves! I want you to be as inspired as I am (after that weekend)...put yourself first. If you didn’t do it last month, do it this month, buy a new outfit, get a new haircutfor no reason other than you deserve it! I asked a few of the ladies that happen to be in the business of health, wellness and beauty to share with us their why’s, their passions and maybe even a tip to help us get inspired too! Brenda Bugg, Jazzercise Owner I needed an activity that could withstand the “test of time”. Mentally and physically, I could not afford to get bored or quit. That is why I choose Jazzercise. It is more than my career (35 years, by the way). It has taken me through life, from a new mom, to the mother of teenagers to an empty nester. It has kept me healthy, happy and sane. Tip: Physical activity is so important. You must find something you love and that you can do forever! Katie Georgiana, Professional Make-up Artist “I’m so passionate about this business because I love to see the big reveal at the end of a makeover, seeing someone’s face light up, seeing how beautiful and confident they feel is what it’s all about. Tip: For a great makeup application, always cleanse and tone your face morning and night, it’s what’s underneath the makeup that makes makeup look good, good skin equals good makeup.. Samantha Morrow, Personal Hair Stylist My passion for hair goes back as far as I can remember. I used to take my mom’s Conair curling iron, turn it on low heat to style Barbie, Skipper and any other doll I could get my hands on. The secret to curling plastic doll hair was to use low heat. Fast forward twenty some odd years later, and I still feel like the same girl playing with hair only now clients leave with their heads held a little higher and walk a little taller. I love what I do; I’m excited I get to do it for a living. Tip: Regular trims are non negotiable, especially if you want to grow your hair out. Cut the damage before it occurs. Donna Georgiana, Mary Kay Beauty Consultant I love Mary Kay because it provides me with the opportunity to run my own business and to see other women feeling so happy and looking beautiful. Mainly I love that I get to meet so many wonderful people and build new relationships. Tip: My favorite new product is the lash intensity mascara that offers volume and length...high-end mascara at a very affordable price. I’m inspired by Mary Kay’s quote, “If you believe it, you can achieve it”! Tia Wowk, Massage Guru “Relax, Recharge, Reset” Beth Fore, Beauty Counter My favorite product is our Cleansing Balm. This do-it-all product is one of our best sellers, and it’s no wonder - this powerhouse product does so much, and one jar will last a LONG time. It can be used to deep clean skin, but it also removes waterproof makeup and can be used overnight as a hydrating mask. Best of all - I know that the ingredients are all SAFE for my family and me. I’ve even started using this to help heal skin irritations and as a deep lip moisturizing treatment. Tip: Unfortunately the beauty and personal care industry is virtually unregulated and the lotions, makeup, skin care, and other products we all use every day contain ingredients that are not necessarily safe for us. Take a minute and consider switching to safer products. Georgana Pierce, Rodan + Fields I LOVE helping people!! When a mama calls you crying because her baby finally has clear skin and is no longer embarrassed to go to school that’s worth everything! Or when a friend who’s had a cancerous tumor removed from her face changes the appearance of her scar without surgery, you know why it’s called “life changing skin care”! Tip: Exfoliation! A regular exfoliating routine will leave your skin looking fresh and healthy! Nicola Fuller, Stella & Dot, “Spend your time on the things you are passionate about. Work hard for something you love.” Happy Valentines Day and thanks to you all for inspiring me everyday! Always remember: Get Up, Dress Up, Show Up and Never Give Up!

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Karen Roberts was born in 1975 in Pensacola, Florida. She grew up in Marietta, Georgia and graduated from South Cobb High School in 1993. Karen always has had an interest in decorating and fashion. She went on to attend Kennesaw State University to peruse Studio Arts and studied Photography under Professor Barbara Swindell. She did her internship photographing for The Vinings Gazette newspaper. She opened her studio in 1996. Karen specializes in newborn and child photography and has a boutique studio in Smyrna, Georgia. Over the past 16 years she has been published in Photographer’s Forum Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, and recently was had an image chosen to be the International Ad for Holga Camera Company. She has won dozens of awards for her work. Her work has been shown on Good Morning America and 11 Alive News. Her fine art coastal photography can be found in beach homes from the East Coast to the West Coast. Karen feels grateful to have found her true passion in life. www.karenroberts.com

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Valentine's Day by Mark Orler I remember sitting in front of a stack of newly purchased Valentine’s Day cards meticulously categorizing each one trying to assign the perfect match in preparation for our elementary school’s card exchange. Having been forced to decorate shoeboxes with red, white and if you were brave enough to endure the mockery from your buddies, pink construction paper in preparation for the cards to come, it was critical that you send the correct Valentine message to each kid. All boys received cards filled with sarcasm for the holiday because even at the tender age of ten you just knew it was weird to want another dude for your Valentine. So cards adorned with cartoon skunks saying things like, “Happy Valentines you big stinker!” were the selection-du-jour for them. The girl’s cards, however, were exponentially more difficult. At that age girls fell into one of four distinct categories: Cooties, Weird, Friend and Fantasy. Cooties Girls warranted the most toned-down version of a card because you definitely didn’t want them thinking you had any Valentines-type feelings toward them but, you also didn’t want them thinking you were a jerk, because, well, women talk! They typically got something that had a cartoon chicken on the front saying, “Have a clucking-good Valentine’s Day.” Weird Girls were a little more complicated. Sometimes they could swing close to being a Cootie Girl and then other times they could pendulum into the Friend Girl category; it all depended on what kind of day we experienced during recess. So for them I would select cute insect-cards with bees, caterpillars or butterflies, saying something like, “Stick to me this Valentine’s,” or “I am here to ‘bug’ you this Valentine’s.” You wanted just enough creepy in their card to have plausible deniability should any of your buddies think you liked them. “Oh, so is Ramona your honey?”

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Fantasy Girls. In modern vernacular these would have been the one, or two, girls in the class that were “out of your league.” Even so, they always got the cards that were a size larger than the rest and because there were never more than a couple of them in the class, would have been purchased separately. They said things like, “Be Mine,” or “I’m Yours.” And, they would always be signed using my full name so that they would be able to practice writing their post-nuptials new one. I almost hate to admit it, but even after all the time I spent culling cards and assigning the most appropriate image and sentiment to every classmate, I inevitably came home and opened my pink (yes, I was that guy) shoebox only to enjoy a surfeit of skunks! Happy Valentine’s Day, you big stinkers!

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by James Floyd Kelly Back in May 2016, I wrote about programming options for kids, and I’ve since received a number of emails with more questions that I hope to answer this month. A few weeks backs, millions of kids across the world participated in an event called Hour of Code. You may or may not recognize the term ‘coding,’ but maybe you’ll recognize “programming.” Programming (aka coding) continues to be an in-demand skill in the workforce, and thousands of businesses and organizations are in need of skilled programmers (also commonly called coders) to fill good paying jobs. One of the most popular types of coding work involves the creation of apps that we all use on our phones and tablets.

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The Hour of Code is an annual event that encourages teachers and students to sit down and learn to code. There is no experience required, and anyone (child or adult) can point a web browser to hourofcode.com and get started right now. Many young coders learn using either online tutorials or books or a combination of the two. Your child may also be lucky enough to have access to a programming class at school. Coding Camps are also very popular these days and popping up all over. (I teach programming camps during the summer, and I can tell you that kids LOVE to create their own games, and they pick it up quick!) What do you need for your child to learn to code? A computer or laptop is best, but tablets will also work. An Internet connection isn’t always necessary, but many of the more popular ways to learn to code are online. I also always suggest having a stack of paper and colored pens nearby for brainstorming and drawing out ideas.

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If your child is under age 15 and has never programmed before, you’ll want to give serious consideration to having them start with Scratch. Scratch was developed at MIT, and it’s a free tool that teaches the basic concepts of coding. It’s colorful and works by connecting blocks together (similar to building with LEGO). Kids can create simple games as well as complex ones. It all depends on how deep they wish to dive into coding. Scratch has plenty of books available as well as online tutorials, so it’s just an outstanding tool for introducing coding. If you’re looking for some books, I cannot recommend highly enough any of the Scratch books from DK. I’m particularly fond of their workbooks (four in all, with more releasing next year) that are 40 pages each and offer full-color tutorials with complete step-by-step visual and text instructions; I use them in my own camps, and their low price (each workbook is only $6.00) allows me to let the kids keep the books at the end of the camps. Start with either the Coding with Scratch Workbook (http://amzn. to/2gEXAmF) or the Coding with Scratch: Games Workbook (http://amzn.to/2hROzb5) and then if your child is really enjoying coding move up to the lengthier 224-page Coding Projects in Scratch (http://amzn.to/2gOOzLk) or 224-page Coding Games in Scratch (http://amzn.to/2hzIWPG). For older students who may already be familiar with Scratch or coding in general, consider introducing them to Code Combat (codecombat.com), a free online training tool that teaches the popular (and powerful) Python programming language. Students program their warriors and wizards to fight monsters, avoid traps, and collect treasure. If you’re looking for additional resources, be sure to check out code.org and Khan Academy (khanacademy.com) for additional online programming tools and tutorials. James Floyd Kelly is a technology writer from Smyrna, Georgia who also teaches a variety of technology summer camps for kids. He and his wife have two young boys. James’ latest two books are Digital Engineering with Minecraft and The Ultimate iPad, published by Pearson. More information on his books and camps can be found at jamesfloydkelly.com

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Does Romance Matter in Relationships ?

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Valentine’s Day is intended to be a day for love and romance. For many it’s a day to honor a partner, a love, and a spouse. It’s a day to remember to pause to consider loving well by bringing tenderness and romance into this most important relationship. It is well established that long-term relationships take effort to be successful. One of the secrets to keeping love and passion alive is in putting forth the effort which is always shown when love is new. In those early days of courtship there is typically great effort to keep the other interested (otherwise the budding relationship dies). When one is newly in love, even the “cheesiest” of gestures can feel romantic. However, as this early infatuation passes, staying romantic can feel less comfortable. This phenomenon doesn’t mean love for a partner has diminished; but, when two people are committed by marriage, laziness and complacency can become significant problems.

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SMYRNA OPTIMIST CLUB: at the American Legion Hall on Legion Dr. each Friday morning at 7:00 am. Our program includes a breakfast and program of local interest. The purpose of the Optimist Club is to develop Optimism as a philosophy of life utilizing the tenants of the Optimist Creed which we recite at the close of every meeting. For further information check our web site at smyrnaoptimist.org VININGS VILLAGE CIVIC CLUB: The Vinings Village Civic Club meets on the first Monday of each month at various locations around Vinings. All of Vinings welcome! The VVCC sponsors numerous programs and special events of interest to the Vinings community. Vinings residents and businesses sharing a commitment to maintain the character and beauty of Vinings are encouraged to become members. For more information, please email viningscivicclub@gmail.org

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SIGNS YOU’RE READY TO MOVE There are many factors that play into the decision of whether you’re ready to make a move into a new home: Expenses, the needs of your family, and many other aspects play a role in making the decision as to whether you are actually ready to make that move. • Financially: Of course, you need to make sure you have the funds, and will in the future, to pay your desired mortgage rate to keep up with any needed home improvements, to pay taxes, and more. If you are able to afford a new home and all the expenses that come with it, then you should decide what size of down payment that you would be comfortable with. • Space: Are you at your wit’s end about finding enough room for storage in your house? Have you implemented all of the best organizational storage tricks you can find, only to remain out of room for all of your belongings? It may be time to upgrade. • Repairs and Upgrades: If you find yourself having to continually sink money into fixing necessary things in your house, it may be worth it in the long run to buy another home. • Family Size: If you are adding to your family, or certain family members are moving out, then you may need to change the size of your abode accordingly. Also, if your kids are school-age, you might desire to move to another (better) school district, which would also add value to that house when you sell it in the future. • Deteriorating area: If your current city and/or neighborhood is deteriorating with an an increasing crime rate or the presence of more foreclosures, it may be worth it in the long run to relocate now. Also, if your area has seen a steady decline in growth and popularity, you may get more money for your house if you move now as opposed to when your home value is less. • Vision: If there’s something you really want to upgrade, or change about your house, but it appears to be impossible, then you may be ready to move. • Changing Habits: If your time in the kitchen has changed, either cooking more or less, it may be time to evaluate the size of your kitchen that will fit your present or future needs. • Terrible Commute: If you absolutely dread your commute to or from work every day, you may need to move so that you can be less stressed and spend that time doing things that you enjoy. • If you’ve been putting it off: Are you procrastinating a move? Stop. Interest rates aren’t going to be low forever! Talk yourself out of any kind of unreasonable doubts or delays; you’re more ready to move than you think you are. • If your neighborhood/town doesn’t suit your needs anymore: Is your lifestyle different than the resources provided to you? You may be happier and more fulfilled elsewhere.

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Believe it or not, everything that you own does not need to be expensive. Shopping at thrift shops, flea markets and clearance centers, can often add unique items that reflect your style on a budget. It may take a little time, but many people find this pastime a very rewarding hobby.

RE-ARRANGE YOUR FURNITURE

Interior Designers will tell you that the placement of your furnishings is one key to creating visual symmetry in your home. It’s all about rotating and rearranging what you have. By moving your furniture away from your walls, you can open up your rooms by creating interesting angles and appeal.

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Lighting has an aesthetic appeal and the ability to set the mood and carry significant weight to the overall design of your home. Light fixtures, recessed can lighting, lamps and dimmer switches are all ways to layer your lighting in your home.

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A unicolor palette is especially helpful for decorating small homes or spaces. Neutrals, creams and beige tones brighten up a room and make it look larger. The last thing you want to do with a small space is emphasize the square footage. Very light-colored walls, floors and window treatments will accomplish this goal. This design trick can be used in any room you want to appear larger or make livelier.

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Hanging mirrors is one of the quickest and most budget friendly shortcuts to make. They have an amazing ability to bounce light, open up a room and have a nice decorative touch. Experts go as far as to recommend adding at least one mirror per room.

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Many people avoid placing area rugs in their home because they know they’re expensive. Rugs soften hardwood floors, add color, come in all sorts of designs and make a room feel warm and cozy. Do your homework before making a purchase so it’s the right size, style and material for where you’ll be placing the area rug.

PAINT ON A POP OF COLOR

One of the easiest and most practical interior design shortcuts is to add an unexpected pop of color. A coat of paint is the simplest and most economical way to enhance and transform a boring room. By simply painting the inside of a bookcase with a pop of color, you can instantly add depth and color. Fireplace mantles, closets, hallways and ceilings are other great places that pops of color can shine.

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Organization and properly stored items will not only make your home look neater and less cluttered, but it’ll make your life easier. Bathrooms and kitchens are perfect for wicker baskets to use to stow items that you don’t necessarily want to have on view. Shortcuts save you time and are the quickest way to get your end results when you’re balancing a busy lifestyle. By implementing these tips to collect, rearrange and upgrade, you will be pleasantly surprised with the end results.

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7. Groom Your Dog. A clean, well-groomed dog is happier and healthier. Also, dogs need conditioning to grooming such as nail trimming and blow drying. Because this helps your pup get used to examination by a stranger, this can also make veterinary trip less stressful. Our grooming team is happy to help you and your pup pick the best grooming routine for their coat and lifestyle. 8. Clean Up After Your Dog. Whenever you take your dog for a walk or to play outside, make sure you bring some bags to pick up after your dog. No one really wants to pick up poop but it is unsanitary and illegal to not pick up after you dog. Recycle your grocery bags as poop bags and make less waste! We trust that you are already great pet parents and that your pup knows you love him every day. So, share the love! Share these tips with friends, family, colleagues and especially children so that their canine companions will know that they are as cherished as your own. As always, K-9 Coach is available for you to help with and address any of your dog related needs. Established by Certified Canine Behavioral Consultant and Certified Pet Dog Trainer, Amber Burckhalter, K-9 Coach is Atlanta’s ONLY complete canine experience, providing industry-leading: Training, Playcare, Lodging & Grooming. K-9 Coach has been recognized as the Cobb County Small Business of the Year/ Voted: Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Dog Training, Boarding & Daycare, every year since 2008. Voted: Best of Smyrna/Vinings Doggy Daycare and an Angie’s List Super Service Award Winner every year since 2011.

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