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THE WEST COBB AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE JANUARY 2013


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SANDA GANE EUROPEAN DAY SPA COWBOYS & ANGELS PARTY: Come and Get all TEX-Y at Sanda Ganè European day spa’s Cowboys & Angels party. Join us on January 13, 2013 between 4pm and 7pm and let us indulge you with great food while you explore the latest WANTS & NEEDS in beauty and fashion. The event includes Francesca’s Fashion Runway Show; Drawings for: Lace Cosmetics Make-up Applications; Scalp Massage Treatments; Hand Treatments; OPI TEXAS Nail Color Application; Dry Styling; FREE professional photos... and lots of prizes at surprises. Please RSVP by January 10th to 770.514.2020. Don’t be a LONE STAR, bring your friends for extra tickets for prizes and give-aways!

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CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRIES: How To Use LinkedIn To Land That Perfect Job! Our presenter, Jeff Sheehan is a marketing and social media consultant at Sheehan Marketing Strategies for many businesses, professionals, and non-profit organizations. With over 137,000 followers on Twitter, he has been recognized as one of the top 5 people in the world to follow for sales/marketing related information. He is a well known speaker in the Atlanta area on the use of personal branding and social media for the job search and has assisted several thousand individuals over the past several years in this area both through career ministry work and in face to face meetings. Jeff will show you how to create a LinkedIn profile, and how to search LinkedIn for job prospects. Monday, January 14th at The WareHouse First Presbyterian Church 68 N. Marietta Pkwy Marietta, GA 30060 6:30 p.m. – Help with resume, interviewing, networking, and career assessment, followed by the presentation. For more information, please call Bill Lins 404-558-1579 or Bob Sabin 770-795-9084 or visit http://fpcmarietta.org. 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, e-mail Run Chair Emily Katarski or by phone at (678) 491-0148. You may view the course map and register on-line at www.marietta5k.com. KENNESAW VALENTINES PARTY: Saturday, February 09, 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 -- where up is down and everything is off-kilter. 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 www.kennesaw-ga.gov/pkrec or at the Ben Robertson Community Center beginning January 2. 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, lfleming@kennesaw-ga.gov. 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 info:www.bornagainblessings.com

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BOOK, CD, AND DVD SWAP: Drop off your gently used hardcover or paperback books, music CDs and DVD movies on Thursday, January 10 or Friday, January 11 from noon to 8:00 p.m. at the Ben Robertson Community Center, and receive a ticket redeemable for the same number of books, CDs and/or DVDs during the "open swap" on Saturday, January 12th. Books must have the front and back covers intact and be in good condition. CDs and DVDs must be in their original cases and fully operable. Please do not bring any magazines, software, record albums, VHS or cassette tapes, adult content, unauthorized or illegal material. All items remaining after the swap will be donated to a local charity. This is not a book sale. It is a FREE media swap. Items will not be available for purchase. VOLUNTEER AT THE SWAP! Assistance is needed during the event with receiving, sorting, counting and bagging items. Volunteers must have the ability to bend, stoop, stand and lift up to 20lbs. Location : Ben Robertson Community Center, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144. Contact Lindsey Mullaney, Recreation Programs Coordinator, lmullaney@kennesaw-ga.gov.

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Meet the Boon Family Kasie and Taylor Boon are originally from Austin, Texas and moved here as newlyweds six years ago for Taylor’s job. Kasie told us, “We knew we'd be living in the Atlanta area, but to be honest, when it came to what area specifically, we sort of threw a dart at the map. We are so thankful it landed on Marietta! We love our community and we know God foresaw this as the perfect place to put down our roots and raise our girls.” Lilly Kate is three years old and they welcomed beautiful Annie on November 4th. Taylor is the Sales Director for The Boon Group, an insurance company specializing in government contractors, and Kasie is the Executive Director of the Ovarian Cancer Institute. Kasie, Taylor, Lilly Kate, Annie and Georgia (their dog) join Our Town in wishing you a very happy, healthy 2013!

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Registration for new students begins Thursday, February 14th Need more information? Call 770-427-2166 Visit our website: www.fpcmarietta.org 189 Church Street . Marietta, GA 30060 PAGE 8

Holly Lauer is a portrait photographer who captures the timeless images of children and families. She works on-location at local parks, client’s homes, and around Marietta. Every session is different, unique to you and your family. “Photography has always fascinated me. I love capturing the connections between siblings, friends, and family members; what connects them and what is precious to them, those memories that they will treasure for years to come. I love that each session has a story, a mood, a moment in time to be treasured! I love the challenge of pulling a shy child out of their shell and capturing their personality.” She also enjoys photographing events for the Junior League of Cobb Marietta, Children’s Birthday Parties, and her most recent obsession: newborns. Holly and her husband Tim, have 3 girls - Annie, Ava, and Sophia. To view more of her work, or to contact her, visit: www.hlauerphotography.com

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Each year more than one million children become collateral damage in their parent’s divorce. While I understand ending a marriage and dividing a family is a gut-wrenching decision, helping your children through the divorce and its aftermath MUST be top priority! Taking Care of Yourself Divorce is stressful and being a single parent can be overwhelming. Depression is common and it is necessary to minimize its effects by staying on routine, getting good rest, eating healthy and exercising regularly. Avoid pursuing mundane tasks, such as watching TV just to “zone out.” Seek counseling or medical advice as soon as possible as needed. Express your emotions with a peer of the same sex – not with your children. Aligning yourself with your children can develop an “us against the world” mentality and that will lead to hurt and trust issues. Expressing yourself to an opposite sex adult can be easily misinterpreted as a romantic interest instead of a caring ear. If you don’t have an adult you can go to for emotional support, consider a recovery support group. Set realistic expectations for yourself. You no longer have a partner to share the parenting load. Don’t try to do everything, just the important things. Take advantage of carpools, pick up a healthy meal and don’t over-extend your schedule. Taking Care of Your Children Many children think they had something to do with the divorce. It is extremely important to set the record straight. It may be necessary to give a kid-friendly explanation and to repeat why you chose divorce. Be truthful and respectful of your spouse, while avoiding blame. Tell your children that you love them and your feelings for them haven’t and will not change. It is extremely important that you be patient. Your children may seem to understand one day and be confused the next. Reassure them as often as you need too. Reassure them that both parents will be part of their lives and that things won’t always be easy but that they will work out. Your children must learn to cope with their new and changing circumstances- where they will live, will they have to move, who they will be with on holidays, can they still go to gymnastics, etc. Listen to your children’s feelings and schedule regular time with your children to talk about how they are feeling. Put your own emotions aside to keep from losing site of theirs. This should simply be a time of listening and understanding. Keep your word. Being a reliable and predictable parent will help to rebuild your children’s trust. Keep your promises and do your best to be on time. This is extremely important in lowering anxiety- theirs and yours. Taking time for positive touch –hugging, rocking, hand-holding, even cuddling in bed to read - can provide security and help to restore trust. Children don’t get spoiled by too many hugs or comforting words. Resist the urge to drop routines and lavish them with gifts or let them break rules. When life calms down, you may have great difficulty with unruly behavior. Finally, be nice. If you have nothing nice to say, say nothing. Don’t put your children in the middle or use them to send messages back and forth. Communicate civilly with your ex and take negative discussions away from the children. If it is hard - work on it!! Remember, your children didn’t ask for this. Healthy Steps Pediatrics is helping to GROW healthy children one step at a time. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about your growing family.

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Bring in 2013 with New Year’s Trivia

It’s the end of another year, and time to celebrate! As one of the year’s most festive holidays, New Year’s is an age-old tradition which gathers friends, family, neighbors and even perfect strangers to ring in new beginnings. It’s a time where resolutions fly with the confetti and memories of the year are shared, in both its trials and successes, with hopes to start anew.

The holiday has its origin among the ancient Babylonians, who are said to have started the tradition of resolutions — returning all possessions which had been borrowed throughout the year — some 4,000 years ago. Celebrated worldwide, the New Year offers universal traditions of fireworks, singing and a special midnight kiss. The United States’ tradition of dropping the New Year’s ball in Time Square has stayed true, as well as others including Scotland’s celebration with Hogmanay — a traditional cake given on New Year’s — and Italy’s tradition of wearing red underwear as a signal of good luck.

Atlanta has the famous Peach Drop. Here are some FUN FACTS about it:

The first Peach Drop was in 1989 at Underground Atlanta and has become a world-renowned event as well as a favorite Atlanta tradition.

Weighing in at more than 800 pounds, the peach weighs almost as much as an average adult horse. It is made out of fiberglass and foam, and measures 8 feet tall and is 8 feet wide.

Before making its annual decent, the peach undergoes a full makeover—being painted and refurbished each year!

The first headline act to perform at the Peach Drop was the Robert Ray Orchestra in 1989.

Some of the headliners to hit the stage at Peach Drop have included Morris Day & the Time, Collective Soul, Sister Hazel, Edwin McCain, Lonestar, Miranda Lambert, Julianne Hough, Kansas and Tito Jackson.

When the countdown begins, it takes the peach 58 seconds to descend the 138 foot tower of lights to its resting place at the bottom.

Peach Drop is the largest New Year’s Eve celebration in the Southeast.

Peach Drop is viewed live on television by millions of people around the world!

The Peach Drop was originally created by Urban Festival, Inc, the management company of Underground Atlanta and Entertainment Design Group.

Over 100,000 visitors are expected to ring in the New Year at Peach Drop 2013.

Here are a few FUN FACTS about New Year’s: •

The Romans dedicated Jan. 1 to Janus, the Roman god of gates, doors and beginnings. The god was said to have two faces, one looking forward and the other looking backward.

Firecrackers and noisemakers are a tradition dating back centuries, said to have first been used to scare away evil spirits for the New Year.

The tradition of the New Year’s Baby comes from the ancient Greek tradition celebrating the fertility god who was allegedly reborn each year.

The most common New Year’s Resolution is to lose weight. About 60 percent of all Americans will establish that resolution.

“Auld Lang Syne” is sung at midnight to toast in the New Year. The song was composed by Robert Burns sometime in the 1700s. The term means “old long ago” or “the good old days.”

Dec. 31, 1907, saw the very first ball lowering in Times Square. The first New York ball was 700 pounds and five feet in diameter. The ball was made from wood and iron. Today, the round ball designed by Waterford Crystal weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is bedazzled with 2,668 Waterford crystals.

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“Attention Sciatica And Low Back Pain Sufferers…” Could One Hour With Our Doctors Give You The Answer To Your Disc Pain? Now, in Acworth, GA, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. & Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. have what may be the most important breakthrough in non-surgical back pain treatment. Before and after MRI studies have shown disc bulges shrink in size – even with the most painful cases of L4-L5 & L5-S1 herniations. If you’ve had disc problems for years, recently injured your back, or you’re suffering with sciatica, you must hear about these new studies. Scientific studies tell us that spinal discs are responsible for most of the aches and pains people suffer from. Discs act like a cushion between our backbones and allow for a space at each level so the nerves can exit the spinal column. When these discs get injured or wear out from bad posture, they begin to degenerate and cause pain. Bulging and herniations begin to form, pressing on the nerve roots. If the herniations occur at L4-L5, they can severely compromise the large sciatic nerve, causing muscle weakness, tingling, and severe pain. The most common invasive treatment for disc herniations is surgery. This costs quite a bit of money. Even with health insurance the patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000-$15,000, and sometimes more. The recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with all surgery. But here’s the biggest problem… there is a high failure rate of back surgery. One medical study found that on average, 53% of L5-S1 back surgeries fail to produce relief of symptoms (International Orthop 1987.) Before You Go Under The Knife And Opt For Spinal Surgery… You should seriously consider a less invasive approach called spinal decompression. Non-surgical spinal decompression is a new technology that has been proven to reverse disc herniations. It creates a vacuum effect on the disc, which pulls the disc back into its normal position and brings in a fresh blood supply to promote healing. Do You Have A Disc Problem? If you experience any of the following in your back or neck, chances are your pain is due to a disc bulge, herniation or degeneration: • A vice-like squeezing feeling in your back • Sitting causes back or leg pain • Stabbing pain at the belt line or in your neck • Can’t turn over in bed without hurting • Numbness in your toes or fingers • Fire down your legs • Searing pain radiates into your arm • Prickling in your leg or toes Finally, Some Good News…… If you’ve been suffering with back pain or arm/leg pain caused by a disc bulge, disc herniation or squashed or compressed discs. Until recently, the only advice for many of you suffering in pain was to try what you’ve been told:

• Try exercising • Try physical therapy • Try pain medications • Try muscle relaxers • Try pain shots • Try dangerous back surgery • Just live with it If you’re like most, none of these have worked for you or you are afraid of what could happen if you do try some of these. Exercising makes you hurt more, pain medications and muscle relaxers cover up the problem and give you side effects. Pain shots can cause more pain, don’t work or don’t last very long or FIX the problem, back surgery didn’t work, or made you worse. Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones that back surgery actually helped, but now the problem is back with a vengeance. Whatever your situation, you owe it to yourself to check into a Breakthrough Computerized Non-Surgical Treatment for back pain and sciatic or leg pain caused by a bulging, herniated or squashed disc or discs. It has helped hundreds of people who were suffering just like you. This new treatment machine we are calling “the squashed disc machine.” How “Good” Discs become “Bad” Discs Over time the discs in your back tend to get squashed or compressed, especially if you’ve played certain sports when younger or have a job that requires lots of sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time. Car accidents, lifting things, very physical jobs just to name a few. It’s kind of like a cookie with cream filling, and the cream filling will start to ooze out from between the sides of the cookie if pressure is applied on top of the cookie (like gravity on our spines). Eventually this happens to a lot of us. Statistics show over 80% of Americans will suffer with back pain some time in their life. Spinal decompression treatments are very gentle. In fact, every once in a while I even catch a patient sleeping during treatment! How Does This Machine Work? Haven’t you ever had the thought…”Gosh, if somebody could just pull me apart… I would feel a whole lot better.” Yeah, we know you have. And it kind of makes a bit of sense. Well someone else, actually a medical manufacturer, back pain specialists, neurosurgeons and engineers have come up with just that. A machine that gently pulls you apart, stretches the disc to a certain point that causes a drop in pressure inside the disc (like a little vacuum in the middle of the cream filling) causing the cream filling to suck back in! You’ll simply lie on your stomach or back, whichever is comfortable, and then a specialized belt is gently put around your waist. We’ll set the machine to focus on your problem area – then the advanced decompression computer system will do the rest. Most patients feel better with just a few treatments, and best of all

there will be no dangerous drugs, no invasive procedures, and no painful exercises. Does Decompression really work? Absolutely! When you come in we will provide you with studies that show why decompression is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof ” on how well decompression works is what patients say about it: Just Listen to What Our Patients Had to Say: “I came into the office with neck, low back and knee pain. I had been suffering with this pain for 33 years. The pain had gotten so bad I could hardly move. When I came to the office my neck pain was a 9 on a 1-10 scale (10 being the worse) and now is a 0. My back pain was a 10/10 and is now a 1. I am so happy with the success I have had with my treatment. I now have more self approval and I am more confident.” Thanks, Dennis Duckworth “I had been suffering with back pain for years when I first started treatment. I had sharp pain that would shoot up my spine and to into my right shoulder. It hurt to walk or lift anything. I can now stand for longer periods of time, walk without much pain at all and have more mobility. I already feel 70% better and have not even finished my treatments yet. The staff here is very friendly and they care about my well being. I would recommend people in pain to just come into the office and do it.” Your friend, Marilyn Godwin “Before I started getting spinal decompression therapy I was having severe pain in my low back and numbness down my leg constantly. I had been suffering with this for 3 years. I had two nerve abrasions, multiple steroid shots in my back, pain killers, PT and water therapy and nothing worked. After the first spinal decompression treatment I could stand up straight with very little pain. I can now sleep through the night and exercise again. I am 90-100% better and I am so thankful I found this office.” Thanks, John Ratledge As you can see, spinal decompression has a high success rate with helping disc herniations, sciatica, and back pain. In just a matter of weeks you could be playing golf, enjoying your love life, or traveling again. Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again With my “Decompression Evaluation” we’ll be able to find the problem and then get to work on it. Think of how you’ll feel in just a few short

Dr. Erin Arnold weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living, feel tight joints rest, relax, free up, muscles tied in knots will become more supple and strength in your muscles may increase. You’re able to live life like a normal person again, without back pain – able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and finally get a good night’s rest. The Single Most Important Solution To Your Sciatica and Back Pain It’s time for you to find out if spinal decompression will be your sciatic and back pain solution. For 15 days only, we’re running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression. What Does This Offer Include? Everything we normally do in our new patient evaluation. Just call before January 15th, and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your health and well-being where the doctor will listen…really listen…to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination. • A full set of specialized x-rays to determine if a spinal problem is contributing to your pain or symptoms. • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • An extensive review of your MRI. • You’ll get to see everything first hand and fin out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, like is has been for so many other patients. Until January 15th, you can get everything listed here for $20.The normal price for this type of evaluation including x-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking us up on this offer.

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Lifestyle Change: Losing Weight Successfully with Synergy Weight Loss Clinic Losing weight is not brain surgery, but it might as well be for many of us trying to get to the goal we have set for ourselves. Ask yourself, would you attempt to build a house without blue prints or put together an Ikea bedroom set without at least trying to look at the directions first? Life-long weight loss should be no different. So many people look at losing weight as a “Diet”; however, the first three letters in the word are not exactly motivational. Losing weight and keeping it off requires knowledge, commitment, and perseverance, it requires a lifestyle change. Your body burns calories for energy. The main purpose of eating is to supply your body with the energy it needs to take on your daily tasks. Many of us have made food a main source of entertainment, a way of filling the void of a boring day, or a way to comfort us on a bad day. Knowing how many calories your body requires to supply your daily need for energy is crucial in losing weight and keeping it off. In addition to knowing how many calories your body burns you must also know how many calories are in everything you put in your mouth, and never overlook the liquid calories from the latte on the way to work. Many people when deciding to diet restrict themselves to only specific foods. Sometimes those restrictions are as constricting as eating only cabbage soup or tuna and yogurt for weeks. These diets may help you to lose the weight but once you go back to eating your favorite foods the weight will come right back leaving you frustrated and tired. The trick is to learn to eat the foods you like, but learn what a serving size is, and how many calories are in each serving. Next you must learn to budget those foods within the number of calories you burn every day. Sometimes in order to enjoy a favorite food a smaller portion needs be eaten or a recipe needs to be altered to eliminate a high calorie ingredient. This knowledge is key to not only losing the weight but keeping it off for the rest of your life and being healthy. When losing weight keep in mind that your body is going to put up a fight to stay where it is. That is its job, homeostasis. When restricting calories your body will want the calories it burned back. It will tempt you with larger serving sizes and forgettable trips through the drive through. Keeping a journal of ALL calories can help to keep you on track, as well as Medically Supervised Weight Loss with the use of FDA approved appetite suppressants. Medically prescribed appetite suppressants

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allow you to slow down and consider what you will eat, taking the time to plan, weigh, and measure your foods instead of grabbing the closest form of nourishment vowing to do better tomorrow. Planning, weighing, and measuring your food will create new habits leading to the lifestyle change you need to keep the weight off. Teaching you how many calories to eat a day in order to lose weight safely is something that a Medically Supervised Weight Loss clinic should do for you. You should always consult a physician before beginning any weight loss regimen. Synergy Medical Weight Loss is a local Medically Supervised Weight Loss clinic dedicated to helping you to not only lose weight but make a lifestyle change that will keep you healthier in the New Year and beyond. For further questions please contact us at 770-975-1299

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This is my favorite time of the year! A time where we all think of how we will start anew with a clean slate and make positive changes in our lives. Don’t you enjoy reading about all the self-help tips that are so prevalent every New Year? Resolutions abound as we think about de-cluttering our homes and our lives. Perhaps it’s a resolution to begin a healthier lifestyle. Maybe, it’s adding one or two fantastic ideas to our bucket lists. Whatever your New Year’s resolutions are, I hope that one of them might be creating an even more beautiful home in 2013! We all know that nothing happens without a plan – so I’d like to encourage you to start your own comprehensive detailed decorating plan to help you create a fresh new look for your home! What should be included in your decorating plan? Everything that needs to be done, including timing priorities and budget. It’s vitally important to write down everything and be as specific as possible. These design tips should serve you well as you move towards an updated look for your home: • Start a file or notebook of magazine pictures of rooms that you like. In the event you decide to enlist the help of an interior designer, by reviewing your file, your designer will be able to quickly understand the feel that you want for your home.

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• Involve your interior designer at the very beginning of your project. Doing so will help you avoid the costly mistakes that many homeowners make. The most successful decorating projects are those where the decorator and homeowner are very candid with each other regarding tastes, priorities, budget, timing and goals. • Your first goal should be to design your home to suit the way you and your family actually live. Analyze all the rooms in your home, are some of them underutilized and some just exhausted from use? Maybe, its time to relocate and rearrange some activity centers and redirect some traffic patterns. • Be realistic when determining the amount you plan to invest in the project. If you haven’t redecorated in several years, you may need to acquaint yourself with today’s pricing to determine your budget range.

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• Resist the urge to repaint your interior as the first step in your new look. There are myriad beautiful paint colors to compliment your final fabric selections but painting your walls first will severely limit your choices in fabric selections. Color schemes should flow smoothly from room to room, especially in the adjoining living areas. This means some detailed attention needs to be paid early to the long range overall color plan. • Forget matching sets of furniture and monochromatic “safe” schemes. A far more interesting look is a room of complementing wood pieces and companionable fabrics in exciting complementary colors. • Something slightly whimsical in every room will ensure that your rooms don’t take their new look too seriously. Lamps, area rugs, candles and other accessories are all opportunities to keep rooms feeling light and welcoming. Use many different textures, materials and surfaces. Combinations of metals, woods, glass, woven reeds, fabrics, ceramics and stone will provide depth and interest to your decorative theme. • Insist upon good lighting. A well-planned room will have lighting at varying levels and intensities appropriate to the activity of the area. Close attention should be given especially to task lighting for activities such as reading, dining, and cooking and desk top work. Lastly, evaluate your present furnishings and decide what you would like to keep, eliminate, and re-do. Write down the various items in your notebook. What will be your overall color-scheme? Does the carpeting need to be replaced? Which room do you want completed first? Knowing this information will prove valuable in working with your interior decorator. And remember – no matter what your lifestyle – your home should be a reflection of your tastes and interests! Making your home a more beautiful place is one New Year’s resolution that you and your family will be pleased you kept for years to come! Kimberly Herring is a Design Consultant and Owner of Decorating Den Interiors. She can be contacted at 678-727-3013, kimherring@decoratingden.com and www.kimherring.decoratingden.com

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KEEP THIS YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS • Weight Loss • Exercise • Reduce Stress • Stop Smoking • Manage Pain • Feel Happy • Manage Diet • Decrease Toxicity • Increase Energy • Decrease Anxiety • Live Healthy

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Five Secrets to Permanent Weight Loss TURN YOUR BODY INTO A FAT BURNING MACHINE by Dr. Vince Cocca DC Being overweight is the single most common causes of chronic disease. Among developed countries, the United States has the most obese and overweight people. The Centers for Disease Control notes that being overweight increases the risk of many diseases and health conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and some cancers. Today you have two choices regarding your health. You can do the same things you’re currently doing, or you can try something new. The choice is yours.

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Low Calorie & Low Fat Diets Don’t Work A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition revealed that calorie intake alone was not sufficient for weight loss. Most people believe that you can only lose weight by cutting calories, fat, or by starving yourself. Calories are the measurement of energy in food. If you take in more energy than you need, the body will convert it into fat. If you consume fewer calories than you need, it will break down fat to energy and result in weight loss. Research has shown that your body will adjust to a lower calorie diet however, the weight will return.

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Hormones affect not only your weight but also your metabolism The three glands that most relate to your weight are: • Adrenals • Thyroid • Pancreas The Adrenals secrete Cortisol, which is related to weight loss, and energy. Cortisol converts fat into sugar. When there is a problem with Cortisol, weight loss can be difficult. The Thyroid is also involved with weight gain and fatigue. It regulates the conversion of sugar to energy. People with slow thyroids have trouble losing weight, have dry skin, and feel tired. The Pancreas affects your weight by determining if food is converted to energy or fat. Insulin is released in the pancreas to regulate blood sugar. If there is a lack of insulin, simple sugars do not go into your cells and your blood sugar rises, resulting in weight gain.

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You must exercise to be healthy and lose weight Exercise builds muscle mass which is where metabolism occurs. Metabolism determines how fast or how slow you convert food into energy. Since metabolism occurs in muscle tissue, the more muscle mass that you have, the more metabolic activity that occurs. If there are not enough metabolisms – food becomes fat. Women have a 10% slower metabolism than men, and that’s why they have more of a problem with weight gain and are slower to lose weight. Exercise is movement; it could be dancing, tennis, or taking a walk. Therefore, to lose weight and be healthy, you must look at how active you are and what you are doing to increase muscle mass.

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Get out of pain! One main reason people choose not to be active is the amount of pain they experience. A report found that 89 percent of Americans had “some sort of pain for one month or more”. If the cause of your pain is not apparent, such as a recent fall, it may be due to undetected nerve damage, which also interferes with metabolism and normal digestion. The combination of pain and a slow metabolism can contribute to weight problems. Integrated Health Solutions of Marietta (a Multi-Disciplined based practice) considers every aspect of your health, in order to design a program to restore your health. Each person should be consulted to determine the program that would work the best for them.

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Eat Naturally To be healthy you must eat and drink things that are healthy for you. Stay away from any junk foods that are processed. Junk foods deplete your body of micronutrients simply through digesting them. To replenish these we must take in a high amount of fruits and vegetables. The accumulation of stress and lack of nutrients results in the formation of an enemy to the body called “free radicals.” A free radical is an atom that has been altered in the body. Vegetables and fruits are the primary source for micronutrients that can destroy free radicals. Free radicals can damage cells, proteins and DNA by altering their chemical structure. Over time, free radicals destroy your body.

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Some Unexpected News by Mark Orler My wife told me a funny joke the other day and it went something like this, “Knock, knock.”

our loving threesome by one. With the third there were muted congratulations, dry-eyes staring back over crossed arms saying, “okaaaay, you are good with three….right?”

“Okay, who’s there?”

And as I lay there in my mystical state of unconsciousness, with my ears soaked in dog-slobber, I smiled at the image of God and his Angels shouting with glee and streaming tears of joy at the thought of blessing our family with another soul, and that surely there would be a reality show in our future to help defray the costs of all these blessings that God had heaped upon our union.

“I’m pregnant.” Wait, did I say “funny,” because what I meant to say was frighteningly hilarious! As in I couldn’t pick myself up off the floor I was laughing/ crying so hard? I can’t remember all the details, because quite honestly it got real fuzzy before I blacked out, but I vaguely recall seeing something in her hand as my knees buckled and I began to fall that had two happy Plus-Signs that were 99.9999% positive that we were going to welcome another child into our lives in 2013. And I even think that one of the little signs winked at me as if to say, “see that, you are not too old.” In my semi-dream state on the foyer floor, while our dog was licking my ears in an attempt to bring me back to the world of the living, I vaguely recalled the previous reactions to this type of news and how different the responses had been. With our first child there were jubilant shouts, tears of joy and prideful pats on the back when we knew that we were going to be blessed with a baby. With our second child there were hearty salutations, misty eyes and supportive hugs at the thought of being given the opportunity to expand

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Visions of overcrowded Minivans, multi-tiered bunk-beds and waves upon waves of diapers, wipes and runny noses crowded my thoughts to the point that I could barely hear my wife through the cacophony of images and sounds saying, “get up mister, it’s not like you have to do anything for the next nine months.” And there it was, through all my self-centered whimpering and wining I had forgotten to see the unabashed joy that was on the face of the person who was truly going to bear the brunt of this little miracle. I separated my face from the tongue of my dog and rose from the floor to give her a long reassuring hug letting her know that we were together in this and that if God saw fit to add to our number then he surely must see something in us that we don’t, but that maybe we should. In conclusion, as we enter into a New Year of promise, expectation, commitment and birth, we should resolve not to neglect those who stand beside, behind and in front of us when needed. Even when they literally floor you with unexpected news, no joke! Mark Orler is a full-time husband, father and part-time observationist. Mark can be reached at mlorler@yahoo.com

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Dos • Listen more than you talk. Ask questions of the people you meet -- and then listen to what they have to say. They’ll appreciate it, and eventually some of them will ask you about yourself.

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• Greet people with enthusiasm. • The effect of a smile is powerful - use yours. • Make the effort to remember people's names. Do be afraid to ask them to repeat it if you did not hear it the first time. People love hearing their own names. • Bring business cards. Bring plenty of cards but wait until you’re asked for one before you hand it out. • Mingle. This one should go without saying, but the temptation to hang back with friends or others you already know can be strong. Resist it -- you’re there to meet new people. • Dress for the occasion. At most networking events, people are there to meet potential clients, vendors, etc. Dress like a professional and project professionalism at all times. • Follow up promptly and personally. Send a quick email the next day to the people you met (and whose cards you got) to thank them for the interaction. • Keep it short. When asked about what you do, give a short version of the answer. It’s always better to leave people wanting to know more! • Get prepared. Create a tip sheet or article you can send to people you meet who express interest in your field, especially if they’re specific to one of your areas of expertise.

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Don’ts • Don’t interrupt. Never interrupt a conversation already in progress just to introduce yourself. Wait for a break in the conversation. • Don’t hand out cards uninvited. Wait until someone asks for it. Not everyone will -- but enough people will. • Don’t automatically add people to your mailing list. Don’t harvest the email address and add them to your list unless you’ve gotten permission -- that’s spamming. Instead, casually ask during conversation, if appropriate, whether the person would like to get your email newsletter. • Don’t forget the non-verbal parts of your image count, too -- make eye contact and use a firm handshake. • Don’t push your product or service. That can come across as pushy and unattractive. Wait until you’re asked about it. • Don’t treat the event like a social occasion. That means: professional attire, professional business cards, and no inappropriate behavior. Forming business connections and contacts through networking events can create valuable relationships and resources. It behooves one to master the art of winning friends and influencing people. Make 2013 your year for personal growth and improvement.

Happy 2013!

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You Can Get Help for a Painful Bunion Bunions are one of the most common problems that foot and ankle surgeons see on a daily basis. While exact statistics are debated, there is no question that millions of people each year suffer from painful bunions that alter or hinder their normal daily activities. What exactly is a bunion? A bunion is a deformity within the foot that most people perceive as a large bump at the base of the big toe. The deformity, coined by the Latin term “hallux valgus,” literally means the turning outward (valgus) of the big toe (hallux). While the deformity appears on the outside of the base of the big toe, a bunion actually is caused by an abnormality of both bone and soft tissue allowing the first metatarsal (the bone adjoining the big toe) to drift to the inside of the foot creating a painful bump. What causes a bunion? There are several theories about what causes a bunion, including poor-fitting footwear, biomechanical abnormalities (e.g. flat feet), inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, neurological conditions like cerebral palsy and a family history of bunions. There is a natural tendency to blame “bad shoes” as the vast majority of bunions do occur in females. While some doctors support this claim, there is insufficient evidence to blame inappropriate footwear as the sole cause for developing bunions. For most people, a family history and/or specific foot type, such as flat feet, play a large role in the development and severity of a bunion. How do I know if I have a bunion and can I do anything to prevent one?

While most people recognize a large painful bump at the base of their big toe, bunions may not always look so obvious. Typically, most individuals with bunions experience pain that is worse with certain shoes and with specific activities. As the bunion deformity progresses, muscle imbalances can contribute to hammertoe deformities which also can cause pain. Conservative treat-

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by Mike Laur, DPM

ment for bunions includes better footwear and activity modification. While there is no proven measure to prevent the natural progression of a bunion deformity, most foot and ankle doctors believe that proper footwear with good arch support is the best way to prevent further progression.

When is surgery needed to fix a bunion? When a bunion continues to cause pain and limits an individual’s activities despite conservative measures, surgery can be performed. There are a variety of ways to correct a bunion surgically and most include realignment of both bone and soft tissue in order to fully correct the deformity. Bunion surgery also can improve the appearance of the foot. If you think you have a bunion, or if your bunion is causing pain, make an appointment with a foot and ankle specialist. He or she will evaluate your condition and explain which type of procedure will help your foot both feel and look better.

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The Trauma and Challenge of Surviving Marital Infidelity by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. Recent news headlines expose the stories of powerful people experiencing marital infidelity. General David Petraeus is the most recent in a long list of the famous (presidents, political candidates, clergy, entertainment and sports stars), which face the challenge of healing marriages after the trauma of marital betrayal. Of course, infidelity is not exclusive to the rich and famous, and each instance leaves a marriage haunted with questions of why and how to heal. While this may be uncomfortable, it is important to confront the denial that “it could never happen to us”. It feels safer to assume that only bad people have affairs or only people in bad relationships. The truth is that without a commitment to ongoing open communication about needs, desires, fears, and disappointments, any marriage can be vulnerable to infidelity. Dr. Don-David Lusterman, a psychologist and author of “Infidelity: A Survival Guide” who has studied relationship betrayal identifies different categories of infidelity. Chronic infidelity involves a recurrent pattern of betrayal. These individuals tend to require many conquests and often have personality issues; as opposed to an affair being the result of marital issues. Those who aren’t chronic betrayers may be susceptible to an affair because they are not aware that something is lacking in the marriage and get caught up in the excitement of the affair without awareness of the impact their actions will have until too late. Most infidelity occurs when good people find themselves in situations where loyalty and reason are overwhelmed by powerful emotions. Research by M. Gary Neuman, author of “The Truth about Cheating” has shown that people cheat for emotional, physical or circumstantial reasons. However, most times infidelity is not about sex. He found that 8 percent of cheating men said that sexual dissatisfaction at home contributed to their cheating, while 48 percent said the primary reason had to do with emotional dissatisfaction in the marriage. Neuman states: “We focus on the sex when we should focus on letting the emotional energy glow outside the marriage. The sex is just a symptom of taking the emotional connection further.” Couples’ therapists find that the most important predictor of healing after an affair is the capacity for both members of the couple to take some responsibility for what happened. This can be difficult if you are the person who was betrayed. Yet it is a step that must be taken if the relationship is to be saved. While the person who strayed in 100 percent responsible for their behavior; the marriage relationship is a shared responsibility. If the betrayed partner decides to stay, Dr. Lusterman believes marriages can survive an affair. Lusterman states the 75-80 percent of those who are willing to commit to improving the quality of the marital relationship achieves better marriages. There are specific recommendations to couples struggling with the overwhelming aftermath of betrayal. • Survive. Take good care of yourself. Don’t look to alcohol, medications, or food for comfort. • Don’t judge yourself for your choice to stay in the marriage. Everyone is sure their responses to difficulties until they are faced with the issues. When it’s your marriage, your kids, and your home, many people decide to try to save the marriage. • Don’t judge yourself harshly if your early reactions are messy. Learning about betrayal is devastating. • Be open. This is a time for honesty. Knowing what has happened is an important part of unraveling deception. Questions should be answered honestly and completely. However, this does not imply that every “gory detail” should be disclosed and discussed. • Find good help. Find a well-trained couples therapist to assist in the development of better communication skills. • Strive to forgive. However,this is not an easy step and it can’t be done quickly. Both partners need great patience. • Avoid humiliating your partner. At some point you have to decide whether you want revenge or a relationship. You can’t have both – at least not for very long. • Isolate the times when you talk about the betrayal, and make sure there are positive couple distractions to remind why you want to be with your spouse. Rebuilding trust is difficult and takes time. However, trust and forgiveness isn’t just essential to relationships; it’s necessary for a happy, meaningful life. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: www.marietta-psychologist.com. You may reach her at (770) 428-6698 or LeisaB@mariettapsychologist.com. Your comments or questions are welcome.

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BULLYING: WHAT KIDS DON’T TELL YOU Kids can be cruel. They pick on other kids. Believe me, growing up with the first name “Shasta”, I’ve received my fair share of taunting and bad jokes. Still, bullying is different, and I thought my first-grade son would tell me if he was being bullied. I was wrong. For at least two weeks another first-grade boy punched my son Harrison twice every day, and Harrison didn’t say a word to me, my husband or teachers. I may never have known about the daily punches, except that I witnessed it with my own eyes when I volunteered for lunch duty at his school. It was quite shocking because the boy—we’ll call him Joshua—harassed Harrison right in front of me. He knew who I was and didn’t care that I was standing five feet from him. As any parent can imagine, the protective mama bear in me awakened. That afternoon, lunch was nearly over. Harrison was finished eating, but he was still sitting at his lunch table because his class hadn’t been dismissed yet. Joshua had been dismissed from his table and was standing in line next to my son’s table. Suddenly I saw him start to pound on my son’s table and physically cower over and lunge toward my son. Harrison slid as far away from Joshua as he could and said, “My mom is here today so you can’t do it.” My mind started reeling, “Do what?” I wondered. It didn’t take long to find out. It all happened in an instant, and I had to think fast. I walked over to the boy and told him to keep his hands to himself. I asked Harrison what happened, and he said, “He hit me.” I asked if this had happened before, and he said, “Yes.” My heart sank into my stomach, but before I could find out more, Harrison was dismissed and out the door. I weaved through a sea of first-graders to find the school staff member who oversees the lunchroom and told her what happened. She immediately made the boy apologize to me and to Harrison. When I left the school, I was in shock. I couldn’t believe what I saw, and I couldn’t wait for Harrison to get home so I could ask him more questions.

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The story gets stickier. We know Joshua and his family. They live near us, and I’ve taken him to Vacation Bible School for the past two summers. Given the connection, when I left school that day, I worried about how his parents would view this. Looking back, I wish that thought hadn’t crossed my mind, but before I knew the extent to the bullying, it did. When Harrison came home that day, I found out that the punches were so regular that Joshua named them, “Harrison’s morning punch and Harrison’s afternoon punch.” Harrison said he hadn’t done anything to provoke Joshua. The mama bear was more than just awakened; it was unleashed. I emailed Harrison’s teacher, and the guidance counselor talked with both boys. Since then, Joshua hasn’t hit my son, but I’ve been bothered that Harrison never told me about the bullying. Why? Hadn’t we told him a million times that he could tell us anything? Hadn’t we created a safe environment in our home where he knew we would love him unconditionally, no matter what he told us? That night, Harrison couldn’t explain why he hadn’t told us. My husband explained to him that we are on his team; we’re there to help him through tough situations. He shouldn’t have to navigate them alone because he has a mom and dad who love him. My husband also reminded him something we always preach, “Stand up for yourself by saying NO if someone is doing something you don’t like. Then, immediately tell an adult.” Harrison said he understood. He promised to share things with us in the future, but will he? I don’t know. All I know is parenting is hard, and I’ve learned not to take for granted that my son will be an open book. I need to keep my eyes and ears open, and it doesn’t hurt to volunteer for lunch duty every now and then.

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Instead, go into this New Year’s fat loss battle with your eyes wide open and a stiff upper lip determined to succeed no matter what it takes. Know that the road will be bumpy and filled with ups and downs but don’t let that stop you. Know that there will good days and bad days but do not give up…we ALL have them. Know that the journey will be long and somewhat arduous but on the other end you will experience a level of happiness and satisfaction that few will ever know. This is because you will have peace of mind knowing that you worked your butt off, did it the right way, and accomplished what few (maybe even you) never thought you would. You must also go into this journey KNOWING you will succeed. There are few things in life as powerful as a positive outlook. If you start your pursuit of fitness thinking you’re going to fail…you probably will. If you are convinced you will succeed, however, once again…you probably will. As Henry David Thoreau once put it, “If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavours to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” So, this New Year’s go ahead and resolve to get fit and healthy in 2013 but please do not let it end up being empty words on a sheet of paper. Set a goal, decide whether you really want it, grit your teeth, get determined, stay positive, be unstoppable, and work your derriere off until your goal is accomplished and you are living the life you have always imagined. Best of luck and Happy New Year! Jason Goggans, B.A., ISSA Specialist in Nutrition, ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, graduate of the University of Florida and fitness professional located in Marietta, GA. Goggans is the co-owner of Warrior Pride Fitness on Dallas Hwy and has posted more information on his website www.WarriorPrideFitness.com. Or, call Jason @ (678)236-9739.

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Basal Cell Skin Cancer Three and half million Americans will be diagnosed with skin cancer this year. A skin cancer develops when skin cell’s DNA becomes damaged. The defective DNA allows the cell to continue to grow, produce more damaged cells, and spread through the body. The best way to protect yourself from skin cancer is to protect your skin from UV light by avoiding tanning beds, wearing sunscreen on a daily basis, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding midday sun. Unfortunately, even the most avid sunscreen wearers may still develop skin cancer. The most common type of skin cancer diagnosed today is basal cell carcinoma. What is Basal Cell Carcinoma? Basal cell cancers make up 80% of all skin cancers. These cancers are called basal cell, because they arise from cancerous cells in the lowest, or base, layer of the skin called the epidermis. Basal cells are usually located on an area of skin which is frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, scalp, arms, hands, and chest. A basal cell cancer may start as a small shiny pink or red bump or may appear as a sore that just won’t heal. These cancers are usually very slow growing, and may even be visible for months before diagnosis. Luckily, basal cell cancers generally are easily treated and only rarely spread. Early detection and treatment is the best way to prevent the spread of basal cell carcinoma. How is Basal Cell Carcinoma treated? Basal cell skin cancers may be treated with several different techniques, but usually require excision, or cutting the lesion out of the skin. Since it can often be difficult to determine where the skin cancer ends, a special procedure has been developed to ensure all cancer cells are removed before the patient is sent home; it is called Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery allows for a very precise excision to conserve healthy noncancerous tissue. Patients are often left with unnoticeable scarring in even high risk locations, such as the eyelid, ear, nose, and fingers. Also, since the cancer is visualized and all cells are removed, recurrence rates of basal cell cancers treated with Mohs surgery are extremely low at only 1%. The entire process takes as little as a few hours, and can safely be performed in an outpatient setting. How is Mohs surgery done? The following diagrams may help you visualized exactly how Mohs surgery is performed.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! HAPPY NEW HOME! The holidays are over and the New Year’s resolutions are upon us. Most people have resolutions about their physical health which is great! But, what about a fiscal resolution? You may want to consider a resolution to take more control of the opportunities presented to you. If so, now may be the perfect time to “run” the numbers on your home and “exercise” your right to “move”. Yes, these statements include quite a few puns, but, seriously, it’s a great time to take advantage of low interest rates, low inventory and put your home on the market. Please see the most recent real estate statistics from my independent research group. It is telling a really great story for families who have been waiting for the perfect time to sell their current house and look for their next dream home. Let’s talk about some facts that may identify now as your opportunity. First, this chart demonstrates how median sale prices for homeowners have risen sharply for the second straight quarter. Almost a 12% increase. This doesn’t mean your home is instantly worth 12% more. We’ll talk about pricing next. There are a couple of reasons for sales prices rising including less distressed homes inventory - foreclosures and short sales - on the market. And, lower overall inventory which is driving solid offers from buyers. This is good news for homeowners who may have been sitting, waiting to sell. There are indications in the market that seem to be saying the time is now! Another key factor is that only 31% of the houses on the market are priced right to sell and get the homeowners the best return. This doesn’t always mean the highest price. Also, as you can see from the demon-

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Winter Cheese Soup Southern on Occasion, page 219 ½ cup margarine 1 cup minced carrots 1 cup minced yellow onion 1 cup minced celery ½ cup flour 3 cups chicken broth 3 cups half and half 2 pounds velveeta cheese, cubed 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh parsley chopped tomatoes minced jalapenos Heat the margarine in a stockpot until melted. Add the carrots, onion, and celery. Sauté until the vegetables are tender but not brown. Add the flour, stirring until mixed. Cook until the mixture turns a light brown, stirring

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Resolution #1: I will eat less and exercise more. Too many nights on the couch, too many dog biscuits and too little time running around the local dog park has made me a little, well, fluffier. I don't think the old "I'm-just-big-boned" excuse will work anymore. I resolve to bug my owner to take me out to the doggy park several times a week. Resolution #2: I will beg less I've got begging down to a fine art – he's putty in my paws – but it sure is demeaning. I promise to reserve the begging for worthwhile things, like going out to the park and T-bone steak. Resolution #3: I will recognize the difference between furniture and fire hydrants. I promise not to treat the furniture and walls the way I do fire hydrants. It drives my owners batty and has no lasting benefit for me (they clear away the scent almost as fast as I can "deposit" it.) Resolution #4: I'll stay out of the cat's litter box. I vow to resist the urge to snoop around the cat's private lavatory – even though it's a lot of fun and really makes her go nuts. Resolution #5: I won't bite the vet anymore. I'll remember that the vets and their staff are just trying to help in their own, inscrutable way, although they really know how to push my buttons with those needles! Resolution #6: I won't steal food as much. I won't go out of my way to steal food; although all bets are off if they make it really easy for me. Resolution #7: I'll introduce myself in more appropriate ways. In other words, I'll focus above the waist when introducing myself to humans. Somehow, I get the feeling my normal greeting methods invade their private space. Resolution #8: I'll do better "holding it" until morning. When nature calls, I'll steel my resolve to wait for my normal morning walk, unless special considerations apply. I'll decide what those special considerations are. Resolution #9: I'll bark at the mailman less. Even though it works to put him in his place, I'll try not to exercise my authority over him and other delivery people, although my self-esteem does get a boost when they retreat. Resolution #10: I'll tolerate those homemade bandannas more. My owner has gone to a lot of trouble to make these things, so I'll just put up with the way they feel and the taunts of the other dogs.

Annie is a cat from the new cat rescue center “Half the Way Home”. She and many others are available for adoption at www.halfthewayhome.org. Annie is a 3 year old orange Tabby. Orange Tabby females are not common. Most orange Tabbies are male cats. Anne loves people including children. She is fine with dogs and is leash trained. Annie has tons of personality and loves to be boss kitty at her foster home. She is hoping her new family will find her soon so she can go home and enjoy family life once again.

Suzanne Newsom, D.V.M. and Cardi

Winston Junior, English Setter, Labrador Retriever, Male, 2 years old, 62 pounds. “I am a beautiful dog and will be a best friend to any person, including children. Hope you like to cuddle, because I do. My energy level is pretty high so I need an active family who will keep me exercised. I'll fetch anything. I'm a Setter, so I love being outside with my people. I like other dogs, however, when it comes to my toys and bones, I can be selfish. I am eager to please, learn very quickly, ad will make a wonderful best friend. No cats please. Please stop by Pet Smart Saturday between 11am and 4pm off Barrett Pkwy in Kennesaw to visit with me. Check out www.mostlymutts.com to learn more about how to adopt me.”

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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

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2389 Oakwood Way in Smyrna 3/2.5 - 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

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276 Mossy Way in Kennesaw 5/2.5 Large Traditional home on a large private wooded lot. Spacious bright white kitchen with tile flooring, granite counters, tile backsplash, Island, breakfast area, and black appliances. Hardwood flooring upstairs and downstairs. Separate dining room. Great room with marble fireplace, built in shelves, and large windows. $300,000

3139 Milford Chase 4/2.5 Great home in very good condition. Fresh paint in and out. Home with Hardwood flooring on main level and upstairs. Don't miss the 4th bedroom on the third level up. Spacious kitchen and separate dining room. Large great room with Fireplace and ceiling fan. Large bedrooms and bathrooms. 4th bedroom/gameroom/office on the 3rd level up. Large deck and great level fenced in back yard. Must see $145,000

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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

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

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2247 Major Loring Way 4/2.5 Very nice open floor plan with two store great room features ceiling fan and tiled fireplace. New Kitchen with granite counters, tile back splash, matching freezer/Refrigerator, and built in microwave. Master on the main level, private bath has double vanity, sep shower, whirlpool tub, walk in closet, and heated flooring. Large guest bedrooms, additional bonus room. Extra large patio, wooded private back yard. Must see. $220,000

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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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Our Town Monthly West Cobb January 2013  

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