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by Tara Hanover

Happy November my friends! This month is officially the kick off to the holiday season. So instead of an actual article I am going to give you a challenge this month. A challenge TO BE THANKFUL THAT YOU ARE YOU! But first a few questions… Why is it easier to give a compliment than to receive one? When you give a compliment, you mean it right? Don’t you think they do too? Why is it when someone gives us a compliment, we often argue back instead of just saying thank you?

“Compliments are gifts. Receive them and say THANK YOU!”

I know way too well how easy it can be to compare yourself to others. (Let’s not forget, I work in a make-up room completely surrounded by floor to ceiling mirrors. Talk about a self esteem killer). So let’s just agree, there will always be someone taller, thinner, smaller, smarter and prettier…but there is only ONE you and you are AMAZING!

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Of course, when I give you a challenge, I will gladly step up to the plate and do it along with you. So here goes. I have always been short, curvy, loud and have a face full of freckles. So naturally, I have always dreamt of being tall and thin with a beautifully clear, glowing, fresh face and a delicate sweet voice. But that was not the card I was dealt…time to be thankful. I am Tara. I am a great mother, a good wife and a kind and considerate neighbor. I am thankful that I am short because I rarely bump my head (and even though I am curvy, people still refer to me as petite).

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November experiences one of the most heavily traveled days of the year. Without exception, each Thanksgiving week we get to enjoy at least one news report from outside Hartsfield-Jackson Airport describing the volume of passengers that are going to be handled during the festive weekend and another where a “low-rung” news reporter is set out above the downtown connector describing in detail the congestion that is caused when a lot of cars attempt to use the same road. I am blessed that my extended family resides in close proximity to my own home and that neither the airport, nor the connector, get to enjoy my presence during this holiday travel time. However, in lieu of long lines, invasive body searches and interstates disguised as parking lots, I get to enjoy a different trip frustration…guilt. My holiday guilt trip usually begins right before Halloween with a single phone call. “Hi Mom, what’s up?” “Are you busy? Because I don’t want to bother you if you are busy…I don’t want to be a bother.” “You not a ‘bother’ mother, and I am not too busy to talk, again, what’s up?” “Weeellll…….” The conversation that follows usually goes into detail about how my sisters and their respective families won’t commit to anything and how she is just trying to get a “headcount” for Thanksgiving and then eventually gets around to the requested assurance that I won’t be ditching my parents for the Holiday Feast. “Mom, that’s like six weeks away? Do you really need a firm answer now?” “Well, yes, because Publix is having a sale on Turkeys this week and I need to know how many to get.” “How many did we get last year?” I ask. Knowing full well that the answer is two because that’s how many we buy every year. Two. “I can’t remember that far back!” Is her patented reply. “It was two mother!” I respond, “It’s been two since 1982…always T….W….O, two!” “Soooo, if I get two turkeys does that mean I can count on you and your family attending; because that’s a lot of leftover turkey if you have planned to go somewhere else?” We verbally dance like this for a while, but eventually I am forced to concede that if a second turkey is purchased, even if it is purchased ‘on sale’, or through some crazy BOGO offered by Publix, that my entire crew will be present at her table on Thanksgiving Day lest a leg, or thigh, be banished to the land of Tupperware. The guilt is small I will grant you, but apparently the price of a 13 lb. turkey is enough to sway me. I keep this in mind as I return home and inform my wife. “Honey!” I yell as I enter the kitchen, “Cancel the flight to Paris, it looks like we are, for the umpteenth year in a row, having Thanksgiving at my Mom’s house.” “Let me guess,” She replies, “You got ‘2-turkeyed.’” “Nooo,” I reply, “Cranberry sauce was mentioned too.”


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Englishman’s Fine Furnishings has been a principal fixture in the Atlanta home furniture market since 1991 specializing in quality English and European furniture. We recently got together with the talented folks at this family owned business to learn more about what makes them one of our area’s favorite interior home furnishing destinations.

OTM: Congratulations on celebrating your 25th year on South Atlanta Road! Can you describe how Englishman’s became established in the area and how you’ve grown along the way? ENGLISHMAN’S: Thank you, we’ve seen many changes over the years along South Atlanta Road. Michael Howarth, who moved from England in 1981 to run Kennedy Antique Auction Galleries, of which he was one of 4 partners, created Englishman’s in 1990. Michael broke away from the group and moved his location from Hills Avenue/Collier Rd to South Atlanta Road in 1992. In the late 90’s, Englishman’s went from being an auction house and antiques wholesaler, to focusing on handcrafted reproduction furniture, upholstery and custom -built items. OTM: What can you tell us about the Englishman’s team? ENGLISHMAN’S: Our founder, Michael Howarth and his wife Christine are still involved in the business, but much of the everyday workings are run by their eldest daughter, Anita, and by their younger daughter’s husband, Kevin. The rest of the Englishman’s team is made up of faithful employees that have all been with the company for over 12 years. Many of them live in the Smyrna area and enjoy the local events in Smyrna and Vinings, especially Food Truck Tuesday, Braves games and the Jonquil Festivals. OTM: We understand that you’ve recently remodeled your showrooms. That sounds like an exciting 404.351.4464 • 4880 S. Atlanta Road, SE • Atlanta, GA 30339 project and a treat for your customers.

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ENGLISHMAN’S: Yes, we have of our main showroom to create a more O PEN M ONDAY - F RIDAY 9 AM - 5 PM • S ATURDAY 10 AM - 4 PM welcoming and inviting feeling when you enter. Moreover, we’ve enhanced both buildings with glass doors so people can see what we have on display inside. We’ve also re-modeled our 2nd building with a fresh look featuring our soft furnishings, upholstered dining chairs and our vanity collections. opened up the front

OTM: What do you think makes Englishman’s stand out from the chain and big box stores in our area?

ENGLISHMAN’S: We are a family run business and we completely believe in the products we carry. Our mission is customer satisfaction and we want our clients to be truly happy with the pieces they purchase from us. We also believe it’s better to spend a bit more on quality furniture that can be enjoyed for many years to come.


Englishman’s offers a low pressure shopping environment, yet our sales staff is always available for personal shopping assistance. We can help with anything from finish choices to custom options, if needed. For years, we have proudly been carrying furniture made in England exclusively for Englishman’s, and feature imported antiques in our showroom. Our soft furnishings and upholstered dining chairs are made in the USA. Our upholstery collection consists of sofas, lounge chairs, ottomans, beds from twin to king size, and dining chairs. We have hundreds of fabrics to choose from, but customers can also use their own fabric if they choose. Size options and detail choices such as leg and nail head finishes are available on most pieces. Englishman’s is a one-stop shopping destination and we have everything you need to decorate your home with a wide variety of design and selection. We invite shoppers to stop by and browse or pick up an item or two for their homes or we are always happy to help with an entire room selection or remodel. In addition, designers can work with their clients in our showroom and show them a variety of options and styles. OTM: Are there any particular design trends that you love? ENGLISHMAN’S: At Englishman’s we love the classic and traditional styles made to work for today’s lifestyles. We have tables that can seat from 6 to 14 people using a mechanism that allows you to add a leaf or two. We enjoy selling furniture that clients will love and continue to use year after year. Our advice is to buy what you love, not what’s trending. When you purchase pieces that are an investment to your home and lifestyle, you will have them forever. We realize most people can’t afford to change out their furniture that often, so we suggest using trendy pieces as accents that you can move in and out when you are tired of them or they go out of style. OTM: We love your website! One of the things that caught our eye was that you can “custom build anything” from furniture to kitchen cabinets. Can you share more information about this? ENGLISHMAN’S: A great deal of our furniture pieces already come in a wide range of finish options, including a variety of hardware options, leg styles, and of course a wide choice of wood finishes. Many of the items in our showroom can be ordered to customize the size and finish. With the use of photos, sketches and blueprints we can typically get quotes back to customers in 1 to 2 business days. We also work closely with a custom cabinetry company to supply kitchen, bathroom, and other built-in cabinets for homes. OTM: Can you share a fun fact about Englishman’s with us that we may not know? ENGLISHMAN’S: With the growing film industry in Georgia, we are renting more and more items out to be used on sets of TV shows and movies. We are not at liberty to name the shows and films, but we get a kick out of trying to spot the pieces while watching. Englishman’s is located at 4880 South Atlanta Rd, Atlanta, GA 30339. They are open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and Saturday from 10am-4pm. Follow Englishman’s on Instagram, Facebook, & Twitter. Be sure to look for information on their upcoming Holiday Open House!

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So you’ve decided it’s time to buy a home, but what kind of home are you looking for? Style, stories, location, and price all factor in, but many people don’t consider another important element: age. The older a home is, the more likely it is to have deep-rooted problems that could cost you thousands after closing to fix. On the other side of the coin are newer homes. While new construction homes may not have some of the character and story attached to older buildings, they have much, much more. 1. Personalization: When you buy a new construction home, you can opt to get in at the start of the construction, near the end, or once it’s completed. The level of personalization depends on the stage you come in on. Regardless of the stage, you can work with the builder to customize the home before construction is completed. Whether this is choosing which builder-grade materials are used or negotiating for upgraded finishes, you can get your own personal touches in a home without lifting a finger! 2. Modern elements: An additional element that new homes provide is modern design. New homes come with features that are in demand for today’s lifestyles, including open floor plans, larger rooms, an emphasis on natural light, walk-in closets, and more. New construction homes are more likely to reflect your modern lifestyle than homes built ten or even twenty years ago.

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3. Efficiency: Add up new construction elements, new appliances, and new building codes, and you get greater energy efficiency! New homes not only have more stringent building codes aimed at increasing efficiency, they also have more efficient insulation and windows. All of these elements translate into you spending less on your utility bills every month, money that you would otherwise be spending in older homes with less efficient components and appliances. 4. Safe & healthy: New homes mean new technology: new wiring, new building materials, new alarms. New homes are even healthier, as they are built using low- and zero-VOC paints & building materials, yielding better indoor air quality. If you come in early enough on the build, you can even opt for “smart” technology that can allow you to automate everything including cable, internet, speakers, and alarm systems, and keep your home safer. No need to worry about bad electrical, hidden mold, or out-dated building materials when you buy new! 5. Maintenance: Newly built homes need less maintenance than older homes, since everything from appliances to materials are new. You’ll be spending less to maintain your home in the long run and, depending on your builder, warranties can keep you from having to do more than basic maintenance on your home for some time. 6. Amenities: Homes that are newly built are generally a part of planned communities, which frequently have amenities like parks, community spaces, etc., and are conveniently located close to transit, schools, and other local resources. Buying a home means buying the amenities nearby, so take into consideration what the neighborhood and surrounding area offers before deciding on a home.

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7. Timing: If you’re working with the builder from the beginning, new constructions take on average five months for single-family homes and six months for condos. However, if you come in closer to the end of the process, you can still get some of that personalization while also moving into your new home in under two months. If that may be even too long of a timeline, you can get many of the benefits of new homes without the cost of time by buying a fully-constructed new home. The plethora of options when it comes to buying a newly constructed home means that every buyer can find their perfect deal. 8. New home, no attachments: As a final mark in favor of new homes, builders aren’t like other sellers: they don’t have an emotional attachment to the home they’re selling. This means they make their decisions on only one thing — what’s best for their bottom line. This leaves a lot of space for you as a buyer to negotiate and get your ideal home when you buy new. If you’ve decided that a new home is for you, I have two fantastic listings in Smyrna that I recommend you consider. One is a 4 bed, 3.5 bath master on main at 1068 Bank Street, and the other is a 5 bed, 4 bath home at 1062 Bank Street with a full basement. These homes are built by Steve Pritchard and Pritchard Builders, one of the top Smyrna builders, and both are great examples of how buying new can give you modern amenities: open floor plans, flowing hardwood, gas cooking and double ovens, private wooded backyards, and more. Call today to get a free market analysis at (678) 570-4779, or visit me online at to get started!

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Every January, I set aside a few hours for what I call Unsubscribe Day. I’m not sure if you have the same issue, but between Nov 1st and December 31st, the amount of junk email I receive seems to increase ten-fold. Gmail is pretty good at catching most of the really horrible stuff, but I still get tons of emails from businesses and organizations that I never contacted, newsletters I never signed up to receive, and other miscellaneous communications. The general recommendation these days is to simply delete it and NOT go to the bottom of the emails and click the Unsubcribe option (if it exists). Most of the legitimate businesses and organizations that make it through Gmail’s spam filter do have the Unsubscribe option, however, and clicking on it and spending 30 seconds or so to uncheck a box or type in a short message stating you no longer wish to receive their stuff... it does work. I’m usually removed within a few days or so and the amount of junk mail slows for the first 6-8 months of the year. And then it starts to pick up again. I’ve done my Unsubscribe day for 3-4 years now, and it is effective. I highly recommend you try it in early January 2018. But there’s also a simple service you can start using today that can make a big impact in reducing the amount of junk mail you receive. Let me explain. How many times have you visited a website to make a one-time purchase or maybe to download a “free” PDF or read an article and you get the dreaded request for your email address before you can proceed? Happens to me almost everyday, and it’s quite annoying. Our email addresses are sold and shared and copied, and it’s no surprise we get so much junk mail. It’s time to fight back. Point your web browser to and you’ll be provided with a temporary email address that lasts... you guessed it... 10 minutes. Copy the address (and leave the window open), use it on whatever website or service is asking, and then flip back to the website. Any message sent to you will appear there, allowing you to open and read it and click the familiar “Click here to verify your email” message. You can even reply to the message or forward it. It acts like a real email address but will totally self-destruct when the timer reaches zero. Need more time? There’s a small button that resets the countdown to 10 minutes again. Use it as long as you need it, but just remember to click the reset button before it hits zero. Once it does, there will be no record of this email address, no way to recover it and, more importantly, no way for you to be contacted since you didn’t use your own email address. Does it really work? Yep! I’ve been using it for a few months and it is great. There are plenty of free temporary email services out there (just Google “temporary email


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K-9 Coach “University”by Amber Burckhalter to the wild west, with minimal oversight and virtually zero regulation in terms of care, credentials, etc… Quality of care standards are often unknown and customers are acquired based on marketing spin, e.g., we have the largest play yards, and not actual science.

The leaves are turning, pumpkins are on every doorstep and the Thanksgiving holiday is upon us. We at K-9 Coach have so much to be thankful and grateful for this year, including our clients, our employees and our vendors. As a small business owner, the ability to use our business as a force for social change and contribution to our community is an enormously crucial and exciting piece of who K-9 Coach is and what we are able to contribute outside of our own four walls. This month I take a look at where we are today and where we are heading. K-9 Coach was founded in late 2000 as a training and behavior modification company. Our training clients began requesting, more and more, that we offer additional services such as lodging and playcare. They wanted a place where their pups could play safely, receive one to one attention and where the basic tenants of canine behavior would influence the entire facility and experience. And when I opened our current location on South Atlanta Road almost 10 years ago, that was exactly what we offered and WOW did we grow! By 2009, K-9 Coach had become the first, and is still the only, company to ever receive Atlanta Magazine’s Best of Atlanta Dog Training, Best of Atlanta Dog Boarding and Best of Atlanta Dog Daycare in the same year! With this growth and recognition came more employees, more vendors, more space, lots more pups and more opportunities to impact and contribute to our community. As this was happening, the landscape of the canine profession changed and “competition” grew dramatically. The animal care industry is akin


Simply loving dogs is not enough and while we certainly want others to be successful, we worried about the lack of industry experience and knowledge and the negative impact this has on our community’s dogs. So, we established our own “university” and began developing and hosting educational seminars and conferences for our colleagues, competitors, rescue and other dog service organizations, as well as the general public. Since then, we have hosted nearly 100 separate educational seminars & conferences and have brought internationally acclaimed behaviorists and trainers such Suzanne Clothier, Ian Dunbar, Sue Pearson, Pia Silvani, Sue Sternberg, Victoria Stilwell, Judy Warth and Nicole Wilde. In concert with these developments, I have spoken all over the United States at various professional development conferences and seminars for women in the pet industry, professional trainers, behaviorists, animal care professionals, public advocacy groups and various professional business associations. The goal of each of these: educate and share knowledge so that people can experience a lifetime of reward with their beloved pups. K-9 Coach has long been an innovator in the field of canine care and training and we have been flattered to see so many take our original model and develop their own facilities and businesses! With such success and experience under our belts, we are ready to champion the next level of canine care for our clients and our community. We invite you to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and our website over the next few months as we unveil the next generation of full service care and as K-9 Coach once again proudly innovates and creates the best for your pups. You do not want to miss this! 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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november pets of the month Meet Ruskin, a silly and curious Scottish Fold cat with very small ears. He just turned 3 years old and is full of personality. He somewhat resembles an owl in the face. His nickname is “Rugskin” since he likes to lay stretched out resembling an animal rug skin.

Here is pic of our sweet baby girls, Courtney (L) and Cammie (R). Cammie is 2 years old and was found under a tree at the Smyrna Community Center and Courtney is 1.5 years old and was adopted. They just LOVE getting in to mischief as evidenced by this “oops, we got busted” look on their faces but most of all they love snuggling with each other and going on long hikes with their Mom & Dad.

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Have you ever heard someone refer to a woman as “just a mom”? Or maybe even heard a woman refer to herself as being “just a mom”? Well, I have and let me tell you something... There is no such thing! We moms, we are like freaking SUPERHEROES! There are few jobs in this world more challenging, exhausting, all-consuming, incredible, and life-changing than being a mom. Hello ladies! I’m Dr. Kimberly Huck, coming to you from Marietta. My husband Daniel and I have been married for 3.5 years and have an amazing 14-month-old son, Henry. I am 30 years old, a chiropractor, fitness studio owner, and toxin-free living educator whose true passion is encouraging and supporting other women as I share my experiences with you about raising a healthy family. My whole life I knew I was destined to be a mom. My own mother has told me stories of how when I was 3, 4, and 5 years old I would swaddle my dolls, take them to the grocery store with us, and carry them all around the store hoping the other customers would think she/he was a real baby! I started babysitting when I was 12, I nannied several summers during high school and college, and I’ve spent more hours than I can count with my 15 nieces and nephews. When I became pregnant in December 2015, I thought for sure I was the most prepared woman ever to be a mom. Then in August 2016, our sweet Henry arrived... And my world was rocked. All the babysitting, nannying, and doll swaddling in the world couldn’t prepare me for when the midwife left our home and there we were, 5 hours post-partum, with a tiny human in our arms. Fully our responsibility. As prepared as I thought I was to be the world’s perfect mom, I realized over those first few months that:

innocent has given me a completely different outlook on the way I want to live my life and the way I want to raise my children. So while being a mom is hard work, it is also the most rewarding “job” I could ever imagine. Through my pregnancy and Henry’s first year of life, I have found my passion to not only be the act of motherhood itself, but in raising a healthy child in a world that is filled with environmental, physical, and emotional toxins. From home birth to natural teething remedies to breast milk popsicles and healthy toddler snacks, I am so excited to share my natural mommying experiences and discoveries with you! My hope with this column is to be a resource and guide for all of you moms, soon-to-be moms, and future moms who don’t want to simply survive motherhood, but want to THRIVE through it and raise the healthiest kiddos possible! I do want to be clear that I definitely don’t have it all figured out. (I mean, does anyone?!) But I am hoping that my journey as a mom - the good, bad, and in between - will help encourage and support the rest of you in yours. Are there any areas you’d like support or guidance in? For any of you future moms reading this, is there anything I could share that would help you feel more prepared for motherhood? If so, please contact me, because I would LOVE to hear your thoughts, questions, or suggestions!

A. There is no such thing as a perfect mom

B. Having your own baby is nothing like the occasional nanny job

C. Mommying is TOUGH. It’s full-time, no vacation days, food in your hair, lots of coffee TOUGH.

Dr. Kimberly would love your feedback! Please email any questions, comments,

With all that being said, the past 14 months have been the best of my life. My son fills my heart with more joy than I ever knew possible. Experiencing the world through the eyes of someone so new and

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