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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF COBB-MARIETTA MARDI GRAS RUN: Save the date! Make plans to attend the 4th Annual Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run on Saturday, February 9, 2013 on the Marietta Square. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and its Community Partners. The 5K run will begin at 8 a.m., with the 1K beginning at 8:45 a.m. and the Tot-Trot at 9 a.m. Discounted price is $25 for runners who register by February 4. Cost is $30 starting February 5and on Race Day; $15 for Tot-Trot. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, call Run Chair Emily Katarski at 678.491.0148. You may view the course map and register on-line at KENNESAW VALENTINES PARTY: Saturday, February 9th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Don't miss out, and don't be late... for this very important date! It's down the Kennesaw rabbit hole, as the classic story of Alice in Wonderland comes alive for a very special Valentine's Dance party and dinner. Enjoy all your favorite tunes spun by a "Mad Hatter" DJ, plenty of dancing, family-friendly entertainment, tea-party decorations, "eat me" cookie treats, and fanciful fun. Say "Tweedledum and Tweedledee" and you just might get a photo opportunity with the White Rabbit, or Alice herself! All adults must be accompanied by a child, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Seating will be open for a buffet-style Italian dinner that will be served; however, tables will be reserved for parties purchasing six or more tickets. Advance tickets are only $10 per person, and can be purchased online at or at the Ben Robertson Community Center. Tickets can also be purchased at the door for $15 per person (based on availability, space is limited). Children two (2) years of age and under do not need a ticket; however they must sit on an adult's lap. 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144. Contact : Laurel Fleming, Special Events Coordinator,

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MARIETTA DADDY/DAUGHTER DANCE: The annual Daddy/Daughter Dance is open to fathers and daughters ages 5-12 years old, and features a fun afternoon with great music, dancing, and refreshments. Dress is semi-formal to formal. This is a great opportunity to make another magical childhood memory! Bring your dancing shoes and camera! Register early because space is limited and reservations are required. Registration and more information is available online at Sunday, February 10, 2013, FROM 2:30 -5PM. Tickets are $30, $5 for additional daughters and reservations are required. Registration deadline Feb. 8, 2013 or first 100 couples. Mansour Center, 995 Roswell Street, Marietta, GA 30060. For more information, call Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department at 770-794-5601. 5th ANNUAL INDOOR “FLEA” MARKET TO BENEFIT ANIMAL RESCUE: February 15th – 17th, February 22nd – 24th, and March 1st – 3rd at Uncle Bob's Self Storage, 1125 Roberts Blvd., Kennesaw, GA 30144. Don’t miss your opportunity to get GREAT bargains on Gently Used and New Items and Help the Animals! 100% of profits benefit homeless animals in our area by providing vetting and care. Graciously Sponsored by Uncle Bob's Self Storage of Kennesaw, GA – For more information visit: or E-mail ALL FOR KIDS CONSIGNMENT SALE: The spring/summer edition of the All 4 Kids Children’s Consignment Sale (West Cobb location) takes place on February 21-23, 2013 at Jim Miller Park (Cobb County Fairgrounds). The All 4 Kids consignment sale is billed as “Atlanta’s Biggest and Best Children’s Consignment Sale for over 20 years!” The dates are: Thursday, February 21st, 2013 from 9:30am to 7pm Adults who donate $5 cash for missions will be given early admittance on Thursday morning at 8:30am, (no strollers prior to 11am), Friday, February 22nd, 2013 from 9:30am to 7pm, and Saturday, February 23rd, 2013 from 9:30am to 1pm (many items are 1/2 off on Saturday). Accepting Cash, Debit ($1 fee), MasterCard and Visa ($2 fee). No checks. Jim Miller Park (Cobb County Fairgrounds), 2245 Callaway Road, Marietta, GA 30008. BORN AGAIN BLESSINGS CONSIGNMENT SALE: Children's and maternity clothes, shoes, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and more! Friday February 22, 9am-7pm. Saturday February 23, 9am-noon. 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 ACWORTH UMC PASSitON CONSIGNMENT SALE: Your children have outgrown their clothes from last year so it’s time to shop for their spring and summer wardrobe! Consign, shop and save at the Acworth UMC Spring PASSitON Consignment Sale on Friday, March 1 from 9am-6:30 pm and Saturday, March 2 from 9am-noon. Save even more on Saturday when many items are  price! Choose from gently used, quality clothing in infant, maternity, children’s and junior sizes, including school uniforms, dance, gymnastics wear, costumes & formals, shoes and accessories. Also includes strollers, furniture and accessories, children’s toys, outdoor toys, bikes, books, DVD’s and so much more! Go to or call 770-974-3312 for more information and to register to sell or work. PASSitON Consignment Sale is a ministry of Acworth United Methodist Church located off of Hwy 92 at Lake Acworth, 4340 Collins Circle, Acworth GA 30101. Proceeds benefit our music and children’s programs, as well as local and foreign missions. LIL’ LAMBS CLOSET: Children’s Consignment Sale. First United Methodist Church of Marietta . Shop Early on Thursday, March 7th 6pm – 8pm ($5.00 early shopping fee, Thursday only), Friday, March 8th 9am-7pm and Saturday, March 9th 9am1pm. Childcare available while you shop, by reservation (770) 429-7850 ext. 7860 (charges apply). No strollers allowed on the sales floor. 56 Whitlock Ave. , Marietta 30064 . (770) 429-7850, ext. 7858 or TOTS TO TWEENS CONSIGNMENT SALE: Sponsored by Northwest Atlanta Moms of Multiples. Everything you need for your family! Strollers welcome! Electronic tagging, so a much faster checkout! Open to the public on Saturday, March 16 from 9:00am-2:00pm at Sandy Plains Baptist Church, 2825 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, GA 30066. For more information email or visit Please bring in this ad for special admittance before the public sale either 7pm-9pm Friday, March 15 or 8:30am Saturday, March 16. specializing in family and children photography

DUE WEST TREASURE CHEST CHILDREN’S/TEEN CONSIGNMENT SALE: 3956 Due West Road, Marietta 30064. The sale is located at the corner of Acworth Due West Road and Kennesaw Due West Road in the Due West United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Admission is FREE and strollers are welcome. Sale dates are Thursday, March 14 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday, March 15 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, March 16 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Many items are  price on Saturday ONLY. Like us on Facebook! We offer high-quality items at greatly reduced prices. Find gently used children’s, junior’s and teen’s clothing, accessories and shoes. We also offer Formal Wear, school uniforms, baby items/furniture, electronics, books, CDs, DVDs, toys and more! For more information, find us at sale, or email us at Volunteer email is

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Miss Emery Frances Martin was born on June 9, 2012 at 1:28 in the afternoon to two adoring, loving parents and welcomed with a multitude of love and wishes from family and friends. To Jennifer and Jimmy Martin, she was truly a gift from God. Their sweet baby girl had no idea how many prayers had been bestowed on her and her parents. She arrived healthy and happy and in Jennifer’s words, “We stand in amazement by it all. There have been lots of miracles, along each step of the way. And she is a miracle, the newest member of our family, our pride, joy and delight!” To say that the Martin’s journey the past couple of years has been filled with joy and heartache and everything in between would be an understatement. Jennifer and Jimmy were married at the First Baptist Church in Marietta in July of 2010. This was especially poignant to them as both of their parents had been married in the same church, and they felt blessed to celebrate their union with family and friends. In November of 2010, the Martin’s were excited to learn that they were pregnant with their first child. They were thrilled that they had found out early enough so Jennifer could take all of the proper precautions. At six weeks an ultrasound was performed in early December and all reports were positive that their baby was healthy presenting a strong heartbeat. In January, as they approached the 3 month mark, another ultrasound was performed with unsettling results. They were told that their baby had a major defect that was “not compatible with life.” Visits to specialists at Northside Hospital determined that their baby girl had a severe problem with her lymphatic system known as Cystic Hygroma. Cystic Hygroma is a condition where the baby carries extra fluid that is caused by the body’s inability to drain properly. It is associated with many birth defects such as Down syndrome, Turner syndrome, and heart defects.

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On Oct 22 more than 225 walkers (family and friends of the Martin’s) gathered for the American Heart Association’s Cobb Heart Walk in honor of Rebecca Reese Martin gathering under the name of TEAM REESE. TEAM REESE raised $11,000 for the American Heart Association and while they walked they remembered her in their hearts and raised funds and awareness for a very special organization near and dear to them. Jimmy had walked in the AHA’s Cobb Heart Walk for years honoring his grandfather who suffered from heart disease. Jennifer revealed later that she had no idea that she was 2 months pregnant at that time. Happily, Emery Frances Martin arrived the following June to Jennifer and Jimmy Martin. Big sister, Reese was most likely smiling from heaven for the joy and love her family was surrounded by!

Jennifer and Jimmy opted to have an invasive test called CVS to determine what strain of Cystic Hygoma they were dealing with and also to determine if it was chromosomal or genetic. Terminating the pregnancy was something they refused to consider, so with their faith and God’s love Jennifer endured the test and through tears, sadness, and hope they waited for the results. The result from the CVS came in normal, but doctor’s needed to wait until the 20th week to test for other major defects not tested with the CVS. Unfortunately the diagnosis was Tetralogy of Fallot (a smaller pulmonary valve and right ventricle hypertrophy). Surgery would be required after her birth. Throughout the pregnancy the Martin’s felt blessed by all of the professional and expert physicians that they saw in the Atlanta area. The support from the March of Dimes, The American Heart Association, and the staffs at WellStar, Northside Hospital, and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta rallied behind them with expertise and care. Jennifer woke up early on May 14th and didn’t feel the baby move for 3 hours. They met their OB doctor at Wellstar’s Women’s Center at Kennestone and were completely devastated to learn that an ultrasound revealed that their little girl’s heart had stopped. Jennifer went thru the delivery and she and Jimmy said hello and goodbye to beautiful Rebecca Reese Martin weighing in at 1 pound, 12 ounces. Heartache and sorrow filled their lives, but they were buoyed by their faith in God and the tremendous outpouring of love and support from family and friends. They both knew this precious loss was something they would never get over and never forget.


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The Martin’s expressed their appreciation and gratitude to the American Heart Association by rallying TEAM REESE together and raised $11,000. Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US, killing more than 600,000 Americans each year. This is why we devote the entire month of February to raising awareness of heart health. February 1st, marks the 10th year of the American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement, 10 years of fighting to save women’s lives from heart disease. For more information on Go Red For Women and what you can do to make a difference visit

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Allison Maurer is the creative eye behind Allison Suzanne Photography. Photography has been a passion of Allison’s for over a decade.Combining this with her love for teaching, she competed a Master’s degree in Art Education emphasizing in photography at Columbia University.She has always had a particular interest in portraiture focused on newborns, children and families recognizing that a whole story can be told through a smile, giggle or glance.Through her work as a professional photographer Allison is always in pursuit of what she calls that “special real un-posed moment.” Always open to a new adventure, the native Detroiter relocated to Atlanta to teach Art in Cobb County. She quickly made herself at home and met the love of her life, Jeff, an Atlanta boy through and through. Allison and Jeff married and after seven years teaching to full classrooms Allison’s days are now spent teaching to a smaller crowd. Allison’s two step-daughters and 2 year old twins are keeping her busy as a full time mom. In between preschool, gymnastics, naptimes and play dates, she can be found traveling, organizing neighborhood get-togethers, sipping Starbucks or exploring the world through her camera’s lens.

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Do You Discipline or Punish? by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP Punishment controls behavior by using pain or unpleasantness to end a wrong behavior. Thousands of studies show that punishment teaches fear, aggression, and avoidance. Punishment is typically carried out in anger, frustration or in an attempt to establish dominance and immediate obedience. If your goal is to change a negative behavior, punishment should be the last tactic you choose. A high value is placed on obedience. Discipline helps teach children a value system and the benefit of doing what is right. It builds self-esteem, teaches responsibility and helps to develop self-control. One of the most important aspects of discipline is to do so respectfully. Do not scream at your child. Approach your child, make eye contact and talk to your child softly. Never call your child names or use cruel words – “You are such a disappointment.” Shaming, belittling or threatening your child will damage his trust and self-esteem. While it is very important to be swift and consistent in disciplining, try not to correct your child in front of others, including grandparents. This will embarrass your child and likely cause resentment, just as you wouldn’t want your boss to correct you in front of your peers. As always, set a positive example. If it is not appropriate for your child to scream at his brother or call him names, don’t lead by bad example. If you find it appalling that your four year old slapped her friend because she took her red crayon, be sure she is not being slapped or spanked as a discipline method in your home. Another tool to obedience is to teach and to practice. Children are not mind readers and were not born knowing how to clean their room, pick up their toys or clean off the table – especially to our particular liking. Tell your child why it is not acceptable, demonstrate the correct way to do the job and practice until they get it right. And of course, the power of praise will reinforce the great job that was done. Sometimes it is necessary to practice on your schedule and not theirs. Waking them at seven on a Saturday morning to practice cleaning their room can have more of an impact than 4 o’clock on a Thursday. Children are more likely to choose positive behaviors and choices when they see themselves as capable individuals and responsible community members. Parents using positive language can help children build that selfperception. Name concrete, specific behaviors your child is displaying. “I was really proud when you gently took your sister’s hand and walked with her through the parking lot” is more effective than “Good work.” It is equally important to use a warm tone and avoid being over sentimental. “Thank you for inviting your brother to play the game with you” is more appropriate than “You are mommy’s good girl.” As a bonus, your language helps those within earshot form a positive perception of your child, which further enhances your child's self-perception and promotes positive behavior. Being a good parent is a full-time job. Rewards can come slowly in the trenches of daily life. It is easy to get overwhelmed and exhaustion can lead to poor choices resulting in punishment, instead of discipline. No change comes quickly but even small changes in your disciplining methods will result in big changes in your child’s obedience and self-worth. Healthy Steps Pediatrics is helping to grow healthy children one step at a time. Call 678-384-3480 for your appointment today.

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If you’ve ever thought about going to a chiropractor but you’ve hesitated because you weren’t sure it was right for you please read on…

Everything. Take a look at what you’ll get….

My name is Dr. Amy Valente. I would like to show my heartfelt thanks to the community by celebrating the month of February with the announcement of Community Health Week. It’s my way of saying THANK YOU to the people who have been so helpful and mean so much. I hope this will benefit you and yours.

• A chiropractic spinal examination…. • A set of specialized X-rays to determine if a misalignment in your spine is causing your pain or symptoms…(NOTE: Nobody gives these kinds of X-rays FREE. They would usually cost $100)…

I have agreed to “give away” (to anyone who asks for it) $200 worth of my services for only $20.

• An analysis of your X-rays and spinal exam results so we can see what needs to be done to help.

That’s right - $20.

• Helpful literature that shows how your body works and why you experience pain…

In the years that I have been practicing I have helped many people in the North Georgia area feel better and live healthier, more productive lives through chiropractic care. I would now like to introduce you to the many benefits my profession has to offer. For instance, chiropractic care may be able to help you if you are suffering from any of the following conditions. • Low back pain • Neck Pain • Migraines • Sciatica • Herniated discs • Degenerated discs • Shoulder/arm pain And a whole host of other problems, ranging from TMJ to carpal tunnel. These symptoms can be caused whenever the vertebrae in your spine are out of alignment, because this “misalignment” directly affects your nervous system. Fortunately, if you are suffering from such problems or similar conditions right now, they may be relieved or eliminated by proper chiropractic treatment (commonly called “adjustments”). So if you’ve always wanted to “check out” chiropractic care and see what is in it for you, now is the best time because….. Right now $20 will get you all the services I normally charge my new patients $200 for!

• An in-depth private consultation about your health and well being.

• Answers to all your most probing questions about chiropractic care and what it can do for you…. The appointment will not take long at all. And like I said, we normally charge $200 for this (most of which just covers the cost of the set of X-rays). But now, as a part of this one time offer, you can come in and find out for certain if you need chiropractic care and how it can help you eliminate the pain you are feeling. Before you come in, though, you’ll probably want to know a little bit about me. So let me tell you….

MEET THE DOCTOR Prior to obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life University in Marietta, GA, I received my B.S. degree from Excelsior College. I am nationally and state board certified in Chiropractic and Physiotherapy.I am one of the few doctors in this area that performs specific Activator analysis technique for the treatment of degenerative discs, scoliosis, herniated discs just to name a few. I have happily donated my time to organizations such as MUST Ministries, YWCA (Domestic Violence Shelter for Women), and Ross Memorial. I am very proud to be a wife and mother of four boys and a member of Liberty Church in Marietta, GA.

DOES CHIROPRACTIC REALLY WORK Absolutely! When you come in I’ll provide you with studies that show why chiropractic is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof ” on how well chiropractic works is what our patients say about it.

ANKYLOSING SPONDYLITIS AND BACK PAIN Although Chiropractic care has been an enormous help to me and my family for 30 years when I met the doctor’s at NCS&N I was not currently under care. As I started getting adjusted again the relief was almost immediate! I was suffering from soreness, stiffness and sleepless nights. “Feeling better” affects everything in life and helps us cope with the daily stresses. I suppose I am most amazed by knowing that one’s spine has to do with every part of the body. God made us that way-“fearfully & wonderfully made” (Ps.139) Your Friend - Pastor Ron Mobley

Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. SCOLIOSIS When I first came into the office I did not know the extent of my health issues. After the exam, the doctor told me I had a scoliosis that affected my health in many different ways. Chiropractic has helped me to restore my physical balance and as a dancer that is very important! I also had numbness in my hands and now I can take notes without my hand going numb. Since I have been getting adjusted I have more energy and my heartburn and circulation has improved! I am happy to say that chiropractic is easier than I expected and not as time consuming as I once thought. Thanks! - Christine Pearce

GUARANTEE OF GREAT SERVICE Obviously we can’t guarantee results. No one can. But there is one guarantee we can give you and that’s a guarantee to accept your case only if we truly feel we can help.

LIMITED TIME OFFER TMJ & HEADACHES I was in a lot of pain when I started coming for my adjustments at NCS&N. I suffered with pain in my jaw and severe headaches. Now that I have been receiving chiropractic care my pain has decreased tremendously and I don’t have to worry about constant headaches. I can walk my dog without pain and my posture has gotten better. My husband is also very pleased with my progress. I am thrilled at how quickly I have improved due to chiropractic care and I love the positive caring atmosphere they have in the office. Thank you - Denine Wolden

KNEE PAIN/SLEEPLESSNESS The reason why I came into the office was because I was having knee pain and I was not sleeping very well at night. I am now getting 3-4 more hours of sleep at night and my knees have gotten a lot better. I interact more with my family and I can ride my bike with my granddaughter. I feel 100% better. The doctors and staff here at NCS&N really do what they say and are very professional and friendly. Chiropractic care really works great! Thanks - Thomas Weems

Obviously, with an offer like this we can’t afford to do it for very long. So we’ve picked the dates of Feb. 1st-15th. If you would like to take us up on our offer and see what chiropractic can do for you, all you have to do is call our office and set up an appointment. Call our 24 hour help line @ 678-574-5678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Introductory Examination during Feb. 1st – 15th.

I expect to get flooded with appointments for this event, so please call me as soon as possible to be sure that you don’t miss out. Thank you very much, and I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more productive life. God bless.

Sincerely, Dr. Amy Valente, D.C.

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LOSING WEIGHT CAN REDUCE YOUR HEALTH RISKS Valentine’s Day, February 14th, it is synonymous with chocolates, flowers, and hearts. Did you know February is heart health month? It is a month dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease and prevention. Being overweight or obese significantly raises your chances of developing heart disease as well as diabetes, which can double your risk for heart attack. Over two thirds of all Americans are overweight or obese. Losing weight can reduce your risks considerably. Being overweight or obese affects your body in many ways. Obesity may lead to high blood pressure because increased fluid levels in the body make it more difficult to pump the blood through the vessels. This causes the pressure in those vessels to rise and reduces circulation; this in turn weakens your veins and arteries putting you at risk for a heart attack or stroke. As your heart works harder to meet the demands of the body, it can become enlarged. If left untreated the chambers of the heart also enlarge in order to process more blood, pushing the heart to its limits. People who are overweight or obese are


more likely to develop diabetes than people who are within their normal body weight. Diabetes sufferers are 4 to 5 times more likely to develop heart disease than those who do not have diabetes. Heart disease is considered the most dangerous complication from diabetes compared to all known complications. Diabetes affects circulation and those who do not manage their diabetes effectively typically have high levels of lipids in their blood. These high levels of lipids can clog and harden arteries and lead to atherosclerosis. The biggest problem with diabetes is high levels of blood sugars tend to make the lining of the blood vessels rough making it easier for the plaque from the lipids to stick to the walls. If the person who is both overweight and a diabetic also develops high blood pressure, the pressure will put increased strain on the blood vessels and put the person at a higher risk for a heart attack or stroke. Losing weight can reduce these risks. Exercise and becoming knowledgeable in how to budget your caloric intake each day is an excellent start on your journey to a healthy heart. 30 minutes of exercise a day can help to reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, boost energy levels, improve circulation and muscle tone. Increasing muscle tone raises your metabolism allowing you to lose weight more efficiently. Consult your physician before beginning any exercise regimen. Learning how many calories your body burns each day allows you to budget your food consumption for a healthy lifestyle leading you to lose weight and make you more heart healthy. Synergy Medical Centers in Acworth, GA offers a physician supervised weight loss program that teaches the importance of lifestyle change to help you lose the weight in a healthy way and but to keep it off for life. If you have further questions please call Synergy Medical Centers at 770-975-1299 or visit the website at

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NEW YEAR, NEW YOU… RESOLVE TO BE GOOD TO YOUR BRAIN THIS YEAR An estimated 40 to 45% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions. Most of us resolve to become physically fit, fiscally fit, re-organized, re-energized and overall healthier, but in that quest we often forget one of the most important aspects of complete health – mental fitness and strength. If you don’t think you need a brain boost because you’re feeling young and fit and mentally strong, think again. A University of Virginia study shows that the average person's brain peaks at age 22! Even so, the brain has the ability to grow and change at any age, and there are proven ways to get your brain in tip-top shape, and in some cases, make it better than ever. The key is quality – quality nutrition, sleep, social life, and exercise, both physical and mental. When it comes to brain-boosting foods, it seems research uncovers a new super food every other day. Over time it’s become clear that many different types of foods are necessary for optimum mental functioning, including fluids, complex carbohydrates, proteins, beneficial fats, and various vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Some of the more important trace elements include Vitamin B-1 which enables the metabolism of glucose. Potassium, sodium and calcium are used for nerve cell signaling and metabolic reactions, and zinc is important for concentration and memory. Iron is essential for supplying oxygen to the brain. In one study women with sufficient iron in their blood performed cognitive exercises better and faster than women who were iron deficient. After iron supplementation, the formerly anemic women did five to seven times better on their cognitive performance. Unsaturated fats also protect the brain and buttress brain function, especially the polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids found in fish. Protein heightens attention and produces structural materials and transporters for the brain. Water, of course, is vital for brain function. Studies show that even slight dehydration slows the rate nutrients can enter the brain, producing short-term memory deficits, reasoning difficulties and other


cognitive problems. Keeping our brains optimally powered is also dependent on when we eat. The brain can’t store carbohydrates like muscles can so it requires a constant supply of glucose. Eating regularly ensures blood glucose levels don’t dip or surge causing concentration issues and other mental lapses. Eating breakfast is critically important. Results from 22 studies of school-age kids show that breakfast eaters have better memories, test scores and school attendance rates. Healthy friendships also prove healthy for your brain. Research from Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center shows having close friends and staying in contact with family provides protection against Alzheimer's disease. Other studies show people with extensive social networks are at reduced risk of cognitive impairment. Sleep supports your cognitive abilities and brain function by buttressing your brains ability to quickly process new information and concepts and to organize, store and recall memories. Physical exercise is extremely beneficial to mental function. The immediate effects are obvious – it gets the oxygen flowing to the brain. The long-term effects are impressive. Several studies show that people who exercise are less likely to suffer memory problems, and some animal studies even suggest that physical exercise can prompt the growth of new stem cells. Perhaps the most important aspect of resolving to have the best brain ever this year, is vowing to exercise it often. Puzzles, riddles, games and other mental exercises that keep the mind active and challenged can prevent cognitive decline, and the right type of intense brain training exercises can actually make you smarter. LearningRx specializes in this type of intense brain training. Personal trainers use fast-paced, game-like exercises to quickly improve cognitive skills like attention, memory, logic and reasoning, auditory and visual processing and processing speed. A recent study showed adults who went through LearningRx brain training improved brain function and gained an average of 11.4 IQ points. While at-home mental exercise programs are generally not intense enough to produce that type of gain, if you push your brain with tough mental challenges, it can make a difference. So as you ponder your New Year’s Resolutions, remember your brain, and resolve to treat it well. The brain’s amazing ability to grow and change throughout life means instead of growing old, the brain can simply grow – if we continue to challenge it through training and exercise, and nurture it with quality nutrition, sleep, exercise and friendships.

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That’s Romance… by Mark Orler February is a tough month for most men. The primary reasons are that hunting season has closed, it’s too cold to golf, football season is over, and nobody in their right mind wants to be out on a lake enduring the bitter cold just to fish. So truly, as a male human you are about as bored as you can be for 28-days straight, and then someone throws in Valentine’s Day in as a holiday just to add insult to injury. But why is this holiday so difficult for those of us with the XY package of chromosomes? Why is it that the Florists, Card Shops, Candy Stores and Jewelers all see that last-minute rush of maledominated customers throwing money at them attempting to fulfill a predetermined requirement that they somehow become mushy girly-men at the 11th hour for a universally accepted celebration of romance? I’ll tell you why, it’s because we are practical. That’s it, practicality trumps romance every time. Let me give you an example, the first night of my marriage my new wife and I checked into one of the fanciest hotels that I could not afford and were welcomed with a bed covered in rose petals and cinnamon-scented candles surrounding a garden tub filled with bubbles. I know this because at the time of my marriage I was pushing 200lbs plus and when I went to join in the fun of the garden tub many of the bubbles and supporting water exited over the sides, thus swamping the candles and sending a sickly smell of wet cinnamon and burnt bath salts wafting through our hotel room. And if that was not bad enough, the rose petals on the bed were so pungent and in such numbers that by the time I woke up the next morning I had what appeared to be red welts on much of my back and left side of my face where I had slept on rose petals that the bath salts had dissolved just enough pigment from them to leave residual tattoos. All of this could have been avoided if one sane man had mentioned to the hotel staff that A) water and fire don’t play well together and B) that sleeping on a “bed of roses” is just an expression, not a directive! A practical man would have had a room with the TV already tuned to ESPN, a plate of chicken wings set within reaching distance of the bed and maybe, just maybe, a little Barry White playing in the background just for the sake of ambience. That’s it. Why attempt to both drown and burn a couple simultaneously and then poison them with rash-inducing foliage? But that’s romance. It’s taking the man who says “there is a straight line between point’s A and Z” and trying to turn him into the guy who says “there is a straight line between point’s A and….ohhhh, look over there ‘a shoe store honey!’”

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The sad reality though is that, as I often tell my kids, sometimes you have to do things you are not fond of, but you do them because your mother tells you to. This just happens to be one of those times where I must remove all practicality from my mind and make the most important person to me in the whole wide world remember why she put up with a rose-stained guy who smelled like a burnt cinnamon tart for one more year!

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MARVELOUS MASTER BEDROOMS By Kimberly Herring Much more than just the place you sleep, today’s master bedroom should function as a truly personal in-home retreat. The private nature of this room invites the indulgence of sumptuous fabrics of varying textures or an exquisite oriental rug, which might be in jeopardy in other areas of the home. Filling its role as the room’s focal point, the bed may be dramatically sleek or elaborately adorned and should make a strong statement in the room’s interior while imparting an ambience of luxury and leisure to the homeowners. Nothing says custom grandeur more than exquisite bed coverings with lavish accent pillows. And contrary to what every “bed-in-a-bag retailer” would have us believe, beds with varying frames, box springs, and mattresses are not standard sizes. Custom design includes custom fitting, and here’s a gender-friendly tip: men are usually more comfortable in strong jewel tones rather than pastels, and with paisleys, solids and stripes rather than florals. Canopy beds with side curtains were originally designed to deflect chilly drafts in the days before homes were well insulated. Luckily, we’re now left with the legacy of this exquisite and intimate bed treatment. The lack of a real canopy bed is not a deterrent since the bed curtains can be hung from the ceiling, from a carved corona, or from ceiling mounted drapery rods. Even a small bedroom can enjoy this romantic treatment by draping only the head of the bed. Possibly more than in any other area of the home, window treatments here need to be both beautiful and functional. Providing there is a nice view, the window treatments should be designed to completely clear the windows when opened. Styles, fabrics, trim, hardware, and fabrication techniques can vary tremendously to satisfy both function and beauty.

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A small love seat or chaise positioned at the foot of the bed can serve a dual role as a comfy nest for reading and as a rest for folding back the bed cover at night. If space is at a premium, try two easy chairs facing each other with an ottoman between. Today’s flat screen televisions are much easier to camouflage as not to interfere with the bedroom’s design as past models. A beautiful wall cabinet can serve to encase the master bedroom television or if you still have one of the older convex model televisions an armoire can serve the same purpose. Either option will need to be carefully situated if the bed is draped and canopied so that the side drapery doesn’t interfere with viewing. Ideally, the television will be equipped with remote headphones so that the viewer will not disturb the person reading or sleeping. Side tables for the bed are growing even larger to provide storage and table top space for the accessories of this user-friendly ‘nest’. The two bedside tables needn’t be identical, but should reflect the personal needs of the individual sleeper. In fact, current styles don’t call for the traditional ‘bedroom set’ at all, but invite creativity and better functionality with individual pieces that work well together. Deep, rich wall colors create a sense of tranquility as well as a hint of drama in a bedroom. Rugs, draperies, tapestries, upholstered walls, furniture, and plants all can act as important sound absorbing elements to provide an intimate setting or solitude. A large framed floor-length mirror can add interest as well as serve for dressing purposes. Lighting must also be carefully selected. Lamps with fairly heavy shades and three way switches allow for reading and task lighting while offering a low setting to soften the mood. A wonderful master bedroom, even with minimal extra square footage, should be used as an integral part of your living space. Make it personal, cozy, functional, and private and you’ll find yourself retreating there more often than ever before.

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I don't know about you, but I gained a few lbs. (pounds) this holiday season. While attempting to shed the unwanted pounds I may be tempted to throw on a baggy T-shirt and some loose sweat pants to hide my extra flab. But we all know that bulky clothes just make us look bigger. If you are trying to lose weight or just want to look a little slimmer, check out the tips below. No dieting necessary!

• If you carry your weight in the top half of the body, avoid the ice cream cone look by balancing the bottom half with a slightly wider straight leg pant. No skinny pants or jeans. • Avoid cap sleeves or puffed sleeved blouses and tops. • Try sweaters with a looser weave that don't cling. Avoid chunky or ribbed turtlenecks.

• Be fitted for a bra. Wearing a proper-fitting bra will lift your breasts and thin out your middle section.

• If you have a thick neck, trade out choker necklaces for longer chain necklaces.

• Stand up straight. When you slouch, your midsection will automatically appear heavier.

• Don't let your hair make you look heavier. Choose a hairstyle that doesn't add bulk. Face framing layers that sculpt the face are better than a short, blunt cut that adds width.

• Wear dark colors. All dark colors, not just black, can make you appear slimmer. Think navy, charcoal grey, burgundy, dark red or forest green.

• Trade the thick, knit muffler for a slim cashmere scarf.

• Dress monochromatically. One color creates an elongated silhouette which will make you appear taller and slimmer.

• Don't settle for ugly shoes when you can find comfortable, attractive shoes. If you have wide feet and thick ankles avoid thin heels and shoes with ankle straps. Try a stacked heel or wedge. • Do not wear leggings in place of pants with a big top or sweater. • Don't chop your leg length off by wearing shoe- booties or short boots with skirts and dresses. • If your sweetheart gives you a big box of chocolates on February 14th, take it to the office and share it with your co-workers.




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Overcoming Obstacles and Changing His Life…And You Can Do It Too! About 3 years ago I got a call from one of my boot camp clients asking me if I was available to do some personal training for her husband, Matt Burton. She said he had been working out on his own and had gotten decent results but that his results had plateaued. In February of that year I began training Matt in his home gym 3-5 times a week. During my first meeting with Matt, we discussed his background and some of the challenges he faces in his efforts to lose weight and get fit. Matt was like many other husbands and fathers. He owns his own business (Narwhal Capital specializing in asset management), travels a lot, has five kids, and to say his life is hectic is a huge understatement. When he wasn’t working he was attending sporting events, shuffling kids to school, helping them with homework, spending time with his wife, etc. Talk about obstacles…he had them! Due to this chaotic lifestyle he, like many others in his situation, had completely let himself go. It’s not easy to find time to exercise when you are keeping that kind of schedule. One day Matt looked down and realized that he weighed more than he ever had (260 lbs) and was less active than he ever had been. He was completely unhappy with the way he looked and felt. Fed up with what his physical life had become, Matt began working out on his own and was able to lose 20 lbs. That was the point, however, that he plateaued and became increasingly frustrated. Sensing the frustration, Matt’s wife Mary, reached out to me for help.

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year old whippersnapper. He’s 45 years old! So, what was Matt’s secret. It’s simple. He made a decision to make himself and his health a priority. He decided that to be the best father, husband, and business owner he could be he needed to take care of himself first and that’s exactly what he did. No matter what he had on his plate he was always in his basement (sometimes at 5:00 in the morning) ready to not only workout but to give the workout everything he had. He tackled his workout sessions like he tackled everything else in life…with 110% effort and it paid off big time! That’s really all it takes. You must decide to make it a priority. When you decide to make exercise and your health a bigger priority than most other things in life then very few things will get in the way. Exercise needs to be like brushing your teeth, non-negotiable. That’s what Matt did. He didn’t say “I don’t have time to exercise”, he found time. He didn’t say “I’m too tired to exercise”, he pushed through and made it happen. Matt realized that those excuses were just that, excuses. Also, when life did throw him a curve ball and he “fell off the exercise wagon” so to speak, he jumped RIGHT back on when he was able. As Matt puts it “maturity in anything is not measured in how many times you fail or succeed, but in the time it takes you to return once you fail. I am not a machine – I just learn to get back on it as soon as possible.” Matt is truly an inspiration to me and the people around him. It’s safe to say that by accomplishing what he accomplished, with the obstacles he had in his way, Matt changed more lives than just his own….and you can do it too.

During my first session with Matt I realized the kind of individual I was dealing with. Matt turned out to be unbelievably motivated, unbelievably driven, and highly competitive…a personal trainer’s dream client! Once Matt made the decision to change his life and get his health and fitness under control there was no stopping him. He had achieved so much success in every other facet of his life, but now it was time to turn a little of the attention to himself and his health.

So when you feel like that deck is stacked against you and you don’t think you have the time and/or energy to properly take care of yourself just think of Matt and let his story inspire you. I know I do.

After about 7 months of training, Matt lost 61 lbs, 21% body fat and 7 inches in his waist alone! He accomplished all of this while still running a successful business, still having to be a father of 5 kids, still having to travel, and still having to be a loving and supportive husband. Today Matt weighs 200 lbs, is 15% body fat, and has a 33 inch waist (see before and after pictures in the ad below). He feels great, looks great, and has become an inspiration for so many people….oh and Matt’s not some 26

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HOW A COUPLE MANAGES CONFLICT PREDICTS SUCCESS IN MARRIAGE by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. When celebrating Valentine’s Day each person can recommit to a better marriage by improving the important skills of conflict management. Marriage is not easy; and even good, committed people will inevitably find areas of disagreement or conflict. Research shows how a couple navigates inevitable differences are predictive of the overall level of happiness and marital success. John Gottman Ph.D., a psychologist and marital relationship expert, can predict the long-term success or failure of a relationship with 94% accuracy by watching the first three minutes of a couple discusses an area of disagreement. He bases his predictions on the success or failure of repairs attempts, and the use of destructive communication styles. Dr. Gottman has discovered that in all conflict, successful management involves skills – skills that anyone can develop – to improve a marriage. Dr. Gottman’s research can be found in his best-selling book, The Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work. To summarize Dr. Gottman’s extensive writing: the use of softened startups, the ability to accept influence, the use of effective repairs, the skills to de-escalate the intensity of conflict, the ability to sooth intense emotional responses, and the ability to compromise are the critical skills involved in successful conflict resolution.

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Softened startup describes effectively bringing up a topic for discussion in a way that is respectful and productive. If issues are initiated in a positive way, it is much more likely the discussion will be successful. Dr. Gottman’s research has revealed that discussions invariably end on the same note they begin. If you start an argument too harshly at attacking your partner verbally, you will end up with at least as much tension as you began with. To begin discussion of a potentially difficult issue the following skills are important: • Be concise. Describe the complaint, be brief, and then stop. • Complain but don’t blame. Complaining in ok but criticizing is not. • Start with an appreciation of something positive. Think of a time when the issue was better and give an appreciation of your partner’s actions at that time. • Make “I” statements instead of “You”. This helps avoid criticism and encourages the discussion to be about requests about needs and desires. Focus on how you’re feeling and not on accusing your spouse. • Describe – don’t evaluate or judge. • Be polite and appreciative. Just because you are in conflict, does not mean that your respect and affection has to diminish. Maintain warmth and emotional connection even during a difficult conversation. Repair attempts are important when disagreements become unproductive or begin to become negative. The ability to stop is a repair attempt because it de-escalates the tension. It is any statement or action that prevents negativity from escalating out of control. Repair attempts can be an apology, a joke to lighten the mood, or many other actions that decrease the overall tension. Soothing involves the ability to calm and quiet when in conflict. Research shows that in serious negative encounters, the autonomic nervous system in engaged and the “fight or flight” impulses are triggered. Being able to sooth is essential to the ability to stay engaged in a positive and productive way. If this soothing is not possible, a time out (of at least 20 minutes) is indicated before the discussion can be successfully continued. Some couples fear conflict because of the belief it indicates something is wrong or missing in the marriage. This is simply untrue. Some conflict is inevitable and when managed in respectful and effective ways, disagreements do not damage the friendship and bond of marriage.

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Saying Goodbye t o Savannah... “Life is a series of dogs”- George Carlin

One dog in my series was “Savannah”, a beautiful 13 year old, white German Shepherd. We were introduced in the fall of 2009 when I began dating my boyfriend. She was quiet, but attentive. Watching her bathe in the sun, she was so full of life...but when she tried to stand and walk, you instantly saw the frustration and discomfort. Savannah had a condition all too familiar to her breed, called Degenerative Myelopathy or DM, a slowly progressive disease that affects the spinal cord and a dog's ability to walk. In December 2009, she seemed to be taking a turn for the worst. My boyfriend and I were faced with what most pet owners dread and even it “time”? As we struggled with that decision and considered the affect Savannah’s passing would have on his 7 year old, we decided to bring home a Labrador Retriever puppy offered to us by a good friend. Whether it’s plausible or not, we feel Savannah knew we were considering the end and even “replacing her” with the puppy; she rallied back with a rather sudden “recovery” of sorts. She began eating better, walking better, generally just seemed to be feeling better and happier. We enjoyed another year with the gentle soul who maintained her position as the matriarch of our now 3 dog family. She both loved and disciplined the new arrival and with watchful eye would sun herself at the dog park while the little one played nearby. I feel our pets can teach us many lessons about life, both living it & leaving it, if we would only choose to listen. Savannah welcomed each day bright-eyed and excited. She was happy just being near those she loved. When she didn’t feel well, she laid patiently and quietly, rarely whining or complaining-she disliked being a “bother” and she preferred to keep trying to do things on her own. Time began to catch up to her and in December 2010 when she no longer had the ability to get herself up, it was obvious that we needed to make a decision.

by Nikki Harris

As we toiled over when, where, and who would do it...the euthanasia that is...we prayed she would hang in there for one more Christmas.

Savannah was one of those dogs with horrible anxiety when going to see the veterinarian. It was sheer panic...drooling buckets, incessant shaking and hair falling out in clumps was just the tip of the iceberg. We couldn’t imagine putting her (or us) through that stress in the last moments of her life, so when we learned of a service that specializes in euthanasia done in your home, we were grateful. I had heard a thousand times from people that we would know when the time was right. On December 8, 2010, Savannah did let us know it was her time. It’s so difficult to explain, we “just knew”. We were able to schedule an appointment for the in-home euthanasia that fit our schedule, allowing us to gather friends and family to stop by for a visit and say their goodbyes. Savannah seemed to enjoy the extra special attention...the hugs, kisses, belly rubs by the fireplace while lounging on her favorite dog bed...& the popcorn (her favorite). We took pictures by the Christmas tree, told stories, laughed, cried and cried some more. When Dr. Amy Crowder and her assistant from Sweet Dreams In-Home Pet Euthanasia arrived, they didn’t even seem to mind that we had a house full and they waited patiently until we were ready to begin. They had prepared us well and we knew exactly what they would do during the procedure, but it was still comforting as they talked us through this difficult moment, step by step. It couldn’t have been more calm and peaceful. Dr. Crowder and her assistant were so kind and helpful as we cried, they gently offered reassurance, presented us a clay paw print for remembrance and very respectfully took Savannah with them for our requested private cremation. Now just over two years later, Savannah is still greatly missed. Our memories of her bring smiles and our love for her is forever. I’m sure I’m not alone in never wanting to say goodbye...I have no choice in that, but we felt good knowing we were able to choose the way we said goodbye. Making a decision to euthanize a pet is not easy. There are many resources to assist you in determining what the best options are for your individual needs and situation. Please consult your primary care veterinarian for support and to help answer any questions you may have. Defining "Quality of Life" - by Moira Anderson Allen, M.Ed. The Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement, Inc. Non-profit organization dedicated to helping people grieve the loss of their pet. - Pet Loss Support Page -

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The Real Estate Market by Deborah Ratchford

GETTING OFF ON THE RIGHT FOOT… SETTING THE RIGHT PRICE TO SELL YOUR HOME If you're selling your house, one of the first steps you'll take is setting an asking price, a maneuver that requires the ability to find the perfect balance between attracting solid offers and ultimately receiving top dollar. If you're working with a Realtor or other industry professional, you'll probably hear talk of fair market value, which typically means the highest value an educated buyer will pay. Fair market value is usually not the asking price. Many agents will begin by conducting a competitive market analysis of your house and give you an estimate of the fair market value of your home. The analysis takes into consideration comparable home sales, typically over the last year, taking into consideration similarities and differences between the other homes and yours. It will also consider the housing market in your area. If you're in a hot seller's market, like several communities throughout metro Atlanta, you'll have the advantage. Over the last several months, the market has been gaining steam, and the seller is in the driver’s seat. In some areas, the average number of days on the market went from 30 days to 7 days or less. This is great news for sellers, but you'll still want to be careful and avoid pricing your home too high, which almost always means your house will stay on the market longer. As you work with your agent and set your price, you'll want to ask yourself (and your agent): • What are the facts relative to my house for this market? Be careful when you consider pricing to focus on the factual data available versus emotional connections. • What are the market conditions for your specific neighborhood and community? Not all communities are created equal in this market. And, not all neighborhoods within a community are created equal. It can be a complex equation to get your price just right. • How does my house stack up against the competition? This one is very tricky. It’s often helpful to take a step back and view your house as if you were an incoming buyer. Your real estate professional can also help you evaluate this. Your agent, as well as friends, relatives, and neighbors, can assist you by pointing out your house's advantages and disadvantages from a more objective viewpoint. • Am I being realistic? You absolutely want top dollar for your investment, but be careful to separate this from the emotional attachment you may have to your home. Also consider your motivation for selling your house. Here are some other things to thoughtfully consider as you evaluate putting your house on the market:


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Some upgrades and home improvements warrant being included in your asking price consideration. Kitchen renovations, bathroom renovations and some others should be factored in. Some are lifestyle additions that you and your family enjoyed while you are living in the home. Also, the more personal the improvement—a swimming pool, a sunroom, purple floors—the less likely it will be viewed favorably by potential buyers. While you may be able to recoup some of your investment, it won't give you 100 percent of what you paid. Your real estate agent can help you evaluate what return percentage you can expect on your home’s improvements. Another common issue is that your home may have lessened in value since you purchased it – which is the case for many homeowners in today’s market. Some sellers’ want to recoup as much of their original investment as possible with housing sales trending upwards. This can be a slippery slope. Make sure you have objective, comparable and recent data – sold comps, pending sales and other data - to prove what the true market value is. Research shows that listing your house for as little as 1%-3% above market value can actually reduce the buyer’s perceived bargaining power causing your house to stay on the market longer. Evaluate and be honest about your priorities. Are you more concerned with selling quickly or getting the most money possible? Unfortunately, this is a case where it is one or the other, rarely is it both. You'll also want to contemplate your price and determine – objectively - whether you would pay that amount if you were a buyer. You can reach me via cell, email, Facebook or Twitter and let me know if I can assist you with a free, personalized market analysis for your home.

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Grab your mask and beads! The 4th Annual Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run is Saturday, February 9, 2013 on the Marietta Square. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and it's Community Partners. The 5K run will begin at 8 a.m., with the 1K beginning at 8:45 a.m. and the Tot-Trot at 9 a.m. Discounted price is $25 for runners who register by February 4. Cost is $30 starting February 5th and on Race Day; $15 for Tot-Trot. For the third year, the Junior League is teaming up with Shoes for the Cure for a shoe drive. ALL shoes are welcome. There will be drop-off bins available. Packet pick up will be held at the Big Peach Running Company in Kennesaw on Wednesday, February 6th and Thursday, February 7th from 5 to 8 p.m. We hope to see you there! After the race, you can continue the festivities at home with these delicious recipes from our Junior League cookbooks that can be purchased online at Crawfish Fettuccini Southern On Occasion, page 229

garine in a large saucepan for 15 to 20 minutes or until tender, stirring frequently. Add the flour, and mix well. Cook, covered, for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the crawfish and parsley. Cook, covered for 15 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the Velveeta cheese, half-andhalf, relish, garlic, salt, black pepper, and red pepper and mix well. Cook, covered, over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the fettuccini and toss to mix.

3 medium onions, finely chopped 2 medium green bell peppers, chopped 1  cups margarine  cup flour 3 pounds crawfish tails  cup parsley flakes 1 pound Velveeta cheese, cubed 2 cups half-and-half 2 teaspoons jalapeno relish 2 cloves of garlic, minced salt and black pepper to taste red pepper to taste 1 pound fettuccini, cooked drained freshly grated parmesan cheese to taste Cook the onions and green peppers in the mar-

Spoon the crawfish mixture into 2 greased 3-quart


baking dishes. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 30 minutes or until brown and bubbly. This recipe with serve a crowd. Reduce the recipe by 2/3 to serve an average family. To serve eighteen Okra Creole Southern On Occasion, page 229 1 pound fresh or thawed frozen okra, cut into 1/3-inch slices 2 tablespoons safflower oil 2 ribs celery, finely chopped 1 small onion, chopped 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, coarsely chopped  medium green bell pepper, finely chopped

1 teaspoon sugar  teaspoon salt Freshly ground pepper to taste Cook the okra in the safflower oil in a skillet over medium-high heat just until tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in the celery, onion, tomatoes, green pepper, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. May add 1/3 cup water if vegetable mixture appears too dry. Simmer over low heat for 1 hour or until all of the liquid has been absorbed, stirring occasionally. Serve immediately. To serve eight

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S-LIFT FACELIFT SHORT SCAR FACELIFT S-Lift, also known as the short scar facelift, is a surgical face-lifting procedure that focuses on the lower two-thirds of the face to reverse unwelcome signs of aging. By permanently suspending and tightening muscles in the lower face and neck, the S-Lift significantly improves the appearance of sagging jowls, neck skin. This softens deep nasolabial folds and restores definition to the cheeks and jaw line. Wrinkles, grooves and excess facial and neck skin disappear with this minimally invasive procedure. The S-Lift is an excellent option for patients with mild to moderate sagging of the cheek and neck skin. S-Lift is ideal for the younger patient with minimal excess neck skin. S-Lift incisions are hidden behind the ear and in the hairline. The procedure can beautifully re-contour the neck & chin without distorting the hairline. The procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia in the office. After you are anesthetized and prepped in sterile fashion, the surgeon will make the incisions and work through them to separate the skin from the fat and muscle below. If there is significant neck fat and jowling, the surgeon will perform neck liposuction to improve the contour of the neck and jawline. After undermining, the deep, loose layer of tissue is pulled up using sutures to tighten. The loose neck and cheek skin is then pulled up, excess skin is removed, and the resulting defect is sutured in place. The incision is about one-half the length of a traditional facelift incision and extends from your temporal hairline to the ear. Mild pain and discomfort, swelling, bruising, puffiness, numbness and paleness are all normal and to be expected after the procedure. These issues clear gradually over several days, however some bruising will take 2-3 weeks to resolve. Typically patients are presentable and able to return to work in about two weeks. You will not be able to perform any strenuous activities until healing is complete-2-3 weeks at least.

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2305 Alexander Farm in Marietta 5/2.5 Brick home located in the Hillgrove High School district. Two-story foyer, open floor plan, move in ready, large open kitchen, breakfast area, separate dining & living room, large master bedroom with trey ceilings, master bath features separate vanities, whirlpool tub, separate shower and tile flooring. Large deck for entertaining, large landscaped fenced in backyard. Convenient to The Avenues at West Cobb, Historic Marietta Square and Kennesaw Mountain $230,000


671 Manor Ridge in Mableton 4/3 Wonderful renovated home that includes a new kitchen with brand new GE appliances including refrigerator. New, updated bathrooms. Refinished hardwood flooring. New water heater and newer roof. Extra large family room with large brick fireplace. Master with walk in closet. Great backyard is fenced in, level, with shade trees. Oversized new deck. Don't miss this great renovation with all these brand new features! $149,000


720 Bank Street 3/2. This updated four sided brick home features 3 bedrooms and 2 full bathrooms. Updated kitchen features granite countertops and tile flooring. Spacious, separate dining room. Refinished smooth ceilings throughout. Tile flooring and wainscoting in the very large breakfast area. Hardwood flooring in living room, dining room, and bedrooms. Brick fireplace in living room. Convenient to Smyrna Market Village, I 285, Parks, Shopping & Dining. $170,000

D SOL 4585 Oakland Terrace 4/3 Large home full of upgrades! Hardwood flooring throughout. New kitchen features granite countertops, tile backsplash, BRAND NEW stainless steel appliances, and a great island. Large bedrooms. NEW bathrooms feature granite counters and tile flooring. Large finished basement includes full bedroom and full bath. Level, private, fenced backyard. $148,000


6331 Rooks Pass 4/2.5 Immaculate home in great condition with open floor plan and hardwood flooring in the kitchen & foyer. Large kitchen featuring stained cabinets, granite counters, tile backsplash, an island, a breakfast bar, & breakfast area. Large family room with ceiling fan & fireplace. Separate dining room, family room, and bonus room. Very large master that leads to a private bath that features a double vanity, separate shower, garden tub, and walk-in closet. $250,000



306 Windswept Way.

4/2.5 Wonderful home with open floor plan. Large kitchen with hardwood flooring, stained cabinets, gas cooking, breakfast bar, and breakfast area. Large two story great room with wall of windows, ceiling fan, and brick fireplace. Separate dining room and living room. Large master with trey ceiling, and private bath that has double vanity, separate shower, whilpool tub, and walk in closet. Large secondary bedrooms. Large fenced in back yard. Great schools $225,000


4855 Hickory Mill in Smyrna 3/3.5 - This home features a large open floor plan that includes hardwood flooring and large windows. Kitchen features granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Separate dining room, living room and a large two story great room. Bathrooms feature modern tile and granite counters. Home sits on a large, very private lot. $375,000



3608 Lakeshore Drive in Smyrna 3/1

4 sided brick ranch full of upgrades! Hardwood flooring throughout. New kitchen features granite countertops, tile backsplash, and BRAND NEW stainless steel appliances, Large bedrooms and updated bathroom that features granite counters and new tile. New thermal pane windows. Large, level, private yard. Enjoy the sunset over the lake from your front porch! Don't miss out and the seller says, make an offer. $125,000

West Atlanta St. Two Large Lots asking $80,000 for both. An old restaurant is on one lot and the second is a large parking lot. This is perfect for a warehouse or large commercial storage facility. Great price for this commercial property. $ 80,000 for Two Commercial Lots Close to Marietta and Smyrna


4963 Lewis Rd. 5/5 Incredible Craftsman home w/easy access to I-285. Bright and awesome gourmet kitchen w/upgraded Bosch appliances, granite counter tops, huge walk in pantry, mud room, beautiful great room w/coffered ceiling & double sided fireplace, rich hardwoods, sep. dinning room, master ste w/sitting room & fireplace, large master closet and bath, 3 bedrooms, 1 w/private bathroom, 2 w/Jack and Jill access, finished basement w/media rm, bar room, play room, huge back yard and great deck. There is so much to mention you will have to see it to appreciate it. $469,000


3571 Herren Dr. in Smyrna 3/2 LAKE FRONT HOME

Large, very private lot (1.414 Acres) on a 27-30 Acre Lake (Cindy's Lake). Property is fully-irrigated from the lake, Electrical sub-panel next to the lake in case of a future dock and 2 boats are included: a pedal boat and a Field & Stream fishing boat with a marine battery and trolling motor. This home has a new roof and gutters, new energy-efficient windows and doors, new lighting and plumbing fixtures, new cabinets and granite, hardwood flooring throughout,12' X 12' covered deck off of the master bedroom overlooking the lake,12' X 24' uncovered deck off of the living room overlooking the lake, new LG stainless steel appliances, large walkout finished basement with new carpet, alarm system, 2 fireplaces, extra attic insulation, storage shed, termite bond paid through September 2013, and it’s a Smyrna address with no city taxes. $289,000

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2389 Oakwood Way in Smyrna 3/2 Gorgeous home, Newly updated with granite countertops, glass tile backsplash, matching Electrolux appliances, travertine flooring, built-in microwave and pantry. Open floor plan with vaulted ceilings in the great room and dining room with updated light fixtures, double side granite fireplace, hardwoods and carpet. Master on main features vaulted ceilings, plantation shutters & master bath features large shower with oversized shower heads, tile flooring & double vanity with granite counters. You will enjoy entertaining on your covered deck and fenced backyard. $255,000


260 Manning Rd. 3/2 Large Updated kitchen with granite counters, tile back splash, and stainless appliances. Large great room with brick fireplace and built in shelving. Large bedrooms and spacious bathrooms. Private court yard and 2 car garage. Great location to shopping, restaurants, and The Marietta Square. $80,000



517 Sheritan Way in Smyrna 4Br. 2Bath & 2 Half Bath. Very nice home in a quiet s/d cul-de-sac. Updated kitchen with top of the line GE stainless appliances and tiled flooring. Large living room with stone fireplace, separate dining room, and large Sunroom. Large master with remodeled master bath has double vanity, separate tiled shower and whirlpool tub. Awesome master closet.... must see. Large bonus room is perfect for an office or game room. In ground pool is heated from the solar panels, also a new solar blanket for the pool. Pool liner is 6 years old. New 60 gal water heater, and new AC. $275,000 We interviewed several realtors before listing with Deborah Ratchford. From the very first time we met her, she was a plethora of local market knowledge and experience, exuding the confidence we needed to see to sell our home. Deborah priced our house at a fair market value and told us it would sell in less than 3 months. As Deborah stated, it did sell in less than 3 months. From day 1 of the listing Deborah and her team ran an aggressive marketing campaign to get our home the attention it needed to sell. Little did we realize how lucky we were in selecting her when it came time to negotiations. We really wanted to sell and Deborah wanted top dollar for us! She very carefully negotiated top dollar for us without sending the buyer away. We can’t thank Deborah enough for all of her expertise!!! Alan & Heidi Gray Deb Did It Again! As first time home buyers, we could not have asked for a better agent than Deb. She was great to work with throughout the entire process. She explained the steps in buying our first home in great detail-before, during and after-she was always helpful. And, when it was time to make an offer, we were educated and ready. You could tell that she truly cared and wanted to find the perfect home for us and our new addition (coming soon!). Thanks, Deb! Dusten and Erika Coty


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Our Town Monthly West Cobb Feb 2013  

Family Lifestyle News Magazine

Our Town Monthly West Cobb Feb 2013  

Family Lifestyle News Magazine