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


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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. 

The Bullington Family has called Historic Marietta home for the last 10 years. Sarah and John both grew up in different parts of rural Georgia and were drawn to the small town feel of the square. Sarah works as a Speech-Language Pathologist in her own practice, Open Door Pediatric Therapy. John is employed as a Senior Solutions consultant with Oracle. Charlotte(7), Mae (5) and Thomas (3) love Marietta, too! Their favorite part is the 4th of July parade and watching the fireworks from the front yard with all of their neighbors and friends! Charlotte and Mae are both students at Westside Elementary and Thomas is a pre-schooler at First United Methodist Weekday Preschool. The Bullingtons love riding bikes, climbing Kennesaw mountain, and travel. They are members of Marietta FIrst United Methodist Church.

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“Finally Free from Arthritis Pain Without Drugs and Harmful Side Effects” Living with arthritis pain can affect every part of your life. It keeps you from enjoying the good things in life – time with grandkids, playing golf, even working in the yard. It would be nice to get out of bed – just one morning – without pain. Every time you try and push through the pain…like standing or walking for a long period of time…you pay for it for the next 2-3 days with even more pain. Do you have any of the these Arthritic problems? • Osteoarthritis • Rheumatoid arthritis • Bursitis/tendonitis • Degenerative joint disease • Lumbar disc problems • Aching pain in the arms or legs Pain Pills Are Not the Answer Do you remember the Vioxx scandal? It was a medication designed to relieve arthritis pain…but like all drugs, it had side effects. After years of use worldwide, the makers withdrew it from the market because of the overwhelming evidence it caused heart attacks and strokes. There’s a time to use pain medications, BUT not before seeking a natural way to correct the CAUSE of the problem! Ask yourself … after taking all these pain medications…maybe for years…are you any better off ? Pain Is Not Just ‘Old Age’ Have you had one doctor after another telling you this is just the natural process of the body getting older - that you should expect to have arthritis. Sure, if you don’t take care of your damaged joints now, as

you get older they will be worse (which is why you shouldn’t wait any longer to see if I can help you.) However, old age is not the cause of your arthritis. I’ll venture to say all 360 joints in your body are the same age, yet arthritis and joint degeneration has not affected every one of them – only your previously injured joints that never healed properly. My name is Dr. Amy Valente owner of North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute. Over the past six years since we’ve opened the doors, I’ve seen hundreds of people come in suffering with arthritis and leave the office pain free. I’ve made it my mission in practice to help those suffering with chronic pain like you. “I only wished I had found you sooner” I hear this too often, so I decided to do something about it and run this ad. Just call before July 15th and you’ll get my “Arthritis Evaluation” for only $20. • An in-depth consultation about your arthritis where I will listen…really listen. • A complete nerve, muscle and spinal exam to find the “cause” of your problem. • A full set of specialized x-rays to look for joint degeneration (arthritis)… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $200). • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so I can show you how to fix the problem. I’ll answer all your questions about chiropractic and arthritis pain. The appointment will not take long at all and you won’t be sitting in a waiting room all day either. To take me up on this special offer, you must call before July 15th.

Call today…Phone 678-574-5678 Feel the Improvement and Say “Yes” to Life Again Listen to what someone else has to say about it… “I sought out care at North Cobb Spine and Nerve for the pain and stiffness in my neck. The pain had been bothering me for about 4 months. I was unable to turn my head from side to side, which made driving difficult. Before seeking treatment I had tried multiple muscle relaxants and antiinflammatory medications. Since starting my care I have improved 100%. The pain in my neck is gone and I am now able to turn my head with no pain. What surprised me most was that I have also had fewer headaches. The staff here has treated me great and always show genuine concern about my well -being. Thank you, Diana T When I came into NCS&N I had a lot of knee pain. I was not sleeping very well and I couldn’t do the things I wanted to do with my family. Now that I have been under care I can ride my bike with my granddaughter, I sleep 3-4 more hours at night and I can exercise twice as much as I could before. I can’t believe how great it really works! I feel 100% better” -Thanks, Thomas W With my “Arthritis Evaluation”, we can find the problem and then correct it. Think of how you could feel in just a few short 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. Feel muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase.

Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you’re preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future. You’re playing golf again -- hitting longer drives, smoother putts, and lower scores… without pain. Arthritis can be successfully treated. Healthy, pain-free living should be yours. Please call our 24 Help Line at 678-574-5678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Arthritis Evaluation before July 15th. We can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute is located at 3451 Cobb Pkwy. Suite 4 in Acworth. (On the corner of Mars Hill Rd. and Cobb Pkwy) I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more joyful life. Sincerely, Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. P.S. The only real question to ask you is this... Life’s too short to live in pain like this. Call us today and soon I’ll be giving you the green light to have fun again!

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HOW TO SHOP WHEN YOU DON’T HAVE TIME TO SHOP What do you do when you feel like you have the urge for something new, but no time to shop? Everyone's busy! The following solutions may help to keep you feeling good when time is tight.

1. Shop your closet. You already have a boutique; spend time putting three outfits together this week. Mixing up what you already have, can feel just as exciting as buying something new.

2. Shop trusted consignment stores. If there's a consigner that seems to consistently reflect your taste and the sizes fit your body, ask the store owner to call you when that person has brought in new pieces.

3. Shop while you're traveling, but only if you stick close to your style formula. Some things bought in Ecuador might look great in Ecuador, but when you get them home, you may have a "What was I thinking" moment. If you travel with a companion to larger cities and have time on your hands, shopping can actually be relaxing. Even if you just window shop, when you get back home your eyes will be able to edit what's in the stores much faster because of your earlier shopping field trip.

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5. While you're at the airport, pick up a fashion magazine from another country. England's Harper’s Bazaar, French Elle, or Australia's Vogue are great choices. Start a style file by tearing out things that appeal to you. When you get home, hand them over to your image consultant or stylist and ask her to help you interpret the looks in your price point.

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If You Want to Look Like an Athlete, You Better Train Like One! I often hear people say “I want to lose weight and tone up” as their fitness goals. When people say that they typically mean they want a smaller waist and defined muscular arms, legs, back, butt, etc. Most people I work with are not looking to be “runway model” skinny. They want to look healthy, toned, fit, and strong. Whether they realize it or not, when people say they want toned muscles they are really saying that want to look like an athlete. Most athletes are lean, muscular (not necessarily big muscles, but defined muscle), and strong. That’s the look most people are searching for when they go to the gym. Then again, why wouldn’t they? Seeing a lean, muscular physique is seeing the human body in its finest form. The problem is that many people want to look like an athlete but do not train like an athlete. So, what exactly does it mean to train like an athlete? First, let me tell you what it doesn’t mean. Athletes aren’t spending endless hours on the elliptical or stationary bike and skipping out on the resistance training. They aren’t exercising then going home and filling their gullets with unhealthy and counterproductive foods. They aren’t going to the gym to socialize and waste time. They don’t find one routine they are comfortable with and stick with it for months. Instead, athletes lift heavy weights (relative to their size and strength) and work out hard for short bursts of time, pushing their body harder but for short duration. Cardio is necessary but instead of slow steadystate cardio (like that mentioned above) they endure intensive interval cardio that gets their heart rate high and keeps it there for a short time followed by recovery time.

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Short, intense, full body workouts that include lifting weights get you a lean, defined, muscular, athletic physique. This style of training will also give you strength, power, endurance, stamina, and improve performance in every aspect of your life. Athletes also change up their workouts often to avoid plateaus. Changing up your workouts can be uncomfortable. Athletes find a way to be comfortable with the uncomfortable. They continually try to push themselves to new limits by running faster, lifting more weight, increasing intensity, etc. Athletes don’t just train like this sometimes, or only when they “feel like it”, or only when the weather is nice, or only when swimsuit weather is rapidly approaching. Athletes train hard and bust their behinds year round only taking enough off days to recover properly and get back in the gym. Granted athletes are athletes and they are training for a specific sport and most of us are not. They still look amazing and have physiques many want to emulate and strive to attain. To do so we must work hard like them, eat like them, be committed like them, and do so on a consistent basis all year long. So, is that lean, toned, athletic look something that you’ve been searching for but so far have found difficult to accomplish? If so, I implore you to get rid of your stale routine and start training like an athlete. Get out of your comfort zone begin pushing yourself to new limits and watch what happens. If it sounds daunting and intimidating always remember…No one ever said it would be easy, they just said it will be worth it. 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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SUMMER WEIGHT LOSS SECRETS! Get Rid of Cellulite Once & for All Swimsuit season is HERE! The layers come off and your body reveals all that happened all winter long. But it’s okay! Forgive yourself and start over. You can still turn things around with these weight loss secrets and have a slimmer summer! Plus as you lose the weight, you can also experience more energy, a better mood and lose that pesky cellulite. The answer is to improve your relationship with your body and to think more seriously about how you’ve been treating it!

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Do You Know the ABCDE’s of Skin Cancer? Skin cancer is a very prominent problem today. Most people do not think of their skin as a major organ. We fail to give our skin the same attention given to other major organs. For example, we often have a regular physical exam with an EKG, but how many of us have had just as many preventative skin cancer screenings? ‘Young, golden and tanned skin’ is often promoted today. Unfortunately, tanned skin can mean excessive exposure to the sun which can ultimately lead to skin cancer. There are three forms of skin cancer; basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. All three types of skin cancer can occur in men and women of all ages – even children. Dogs can even be prone to skin cancer! An annual skin cancer screening is recommended to prevent skin cancer. It is also important that you learn to check for any changes in moles. Learning about skin cancer and preventing it is as easy as learning your ABCDE’s: Basal Cell Carcinoma: Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. BCC can show up anywhere on the body and is most commonly found on the face, especially the nose. BCC is most often described as a “pimple that will not heal.” It is usually small (less than half a centimeter), is “pearly” in color and may bleed. Treatment is based on the size, location, and type of BCC. Dr. John Kayal is a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon with expertise in treating skin cancer in difficult areas such as the eyelid, lip, nose, ears, hands, and feet. Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common skin cancer. SCC can also appear anywhere on the skin, however it is often found on the face and back of the hands. SCC is described as a red, scaly plaque that will not go away. It usually scabs over with dry skin and although the dry skin will peel off, the SCC always comes back. Treatment of this type of skin cancer depends on the size and area of the body. Early diagnoses and treatment of SCC is vital to a good prognosis due to the fact the SCC has a higher tendency to metastasize to other body organs without treatment. Melanoma: Although melanoma is the least common skin cancer it is the most dangerous. Melanoma can be genetic or can be caused by sun damage. Your prognosis and treatment depends on the thickness of the disease which can be determined on a biopsy read by a board certified dermatopathologist. Annual skin exams by your dermatologist and monitoring changes in your own skin can detect melanoma. Monthly skin exams can be performed at home by following the ABCD’s. A stands for asymmetry; asymmetry is when a mole has a different appearance on one side compared to the other. B is for borders, checking the borders of moles are important. Most moles are round in nature, however when the borders of the mole become jagged or irregular, it raises suspicion. C is for color; the color of a mole is can be controversial. The key to checking the color of a mole is to look for any change from a lighter to darker color or if there appears to be different coloring with-in the mole itself. If you do see any changes whatsoever, you should schedule an appointment with your dermatologist. D stands for diameter or the size of the mole. The larger the mole, the more suspicious it becomes. Anything over 6mm, the size of a pencil eraser, is a cause for concern. Once again, a change in size could be a cause for concern. It is recommended that you see your dermatologist should this occur. E stands for evolution, if the lesion becomes raised or changes as it evolves over time, it should be examined. You should watch for any new mole, any changing mole or a skin lesion that will not heal. A sun screen product containing a minimum 30SPF rating should also be worn daily on all areas of the body exposed to the sun. If you do see any changing moles, persistent lesions, or just want to schedule a preventative skin cancer screening, be sure to call Dr. John Kayal. If you are diagnosed with skin cancer and actual surgery is recommended, it is very important that you are treated by a board certified, college trained Mohs surgeon such as Dr. John Kayal. Now you’ve learned the ABCDE’s of skin cancer! Be sure to call Dr. John Kayal to schedule a skin cancer screening or for any concerns about your skin!

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“Honey, Can You…?” by Mark Orler There is an old saying that states, “ You will capture more flies with honey than you will with vinegar”, and while I don’t have a “fly” issue that would require the need to bait them with a sticky-sweet goo for any reason, I do have four kids. Like many of you fellow suburbanites, we live in an area where our children are free to roam the confines of our yard with relative ease where it is incredibly easy to lose track. “Hey, where’s the one that still wear’s diapers?” During the winter months, this is not a big deal as they tend to herd around each other for warmth, but in the summer as the days get longer and they begin to smell funkier, we tend to give them more “pasture” time where they tend to meander; into streets, into cranky neighbor’s yard, into the weird guy’s van etc. Thus the “honey” analogy, as in “Honey, can you build the kids a playhouse so I can keep track of them and keep them out of Mr. Grant’s van?” Much like the house in the Hansel and Gretel this structure was designed for the sole purpose of luring little bodies into its domain and then snaring them until dinner. (Of course, we are not planning on eating them. Did I mention the smell?) And in typical “my wife” fashion none of the off-the-shelf domains that you could purchase at our local Mega Mart would do. Because and let’s be honest here, those gaudy Made-In-China Plastic mini-monstrosities will look like they belong at the top of a garbage heap instead of your back yard in just a couple years. No, my wife designed a neo-classical mini-house that would be American Made and built to last. And by American-made I mean one particular American…me. Thus, I spent four weeks with a Skill Saw and my trusty Thumb-crushing hammer to construct the greatest “honey” trap I could to lure our wandering kids from death’s door at the end of our driveway. The structure is built on elevated posts so water will never destroy its foundation. It has a pitched roof covered in asphalt shingles so not a drop of rain will spoil their imaginative play. It is vented to capture any wafting breeze to cool their foreheads so that their brows suffer no sweat during their time in the structure. The windows are double paned so warm light enters while bugs cannot. It is, in a word, RIDICULOUS. By the time I added up all the Home Depot and Lowes receipts, after my finger and thumb had healed enough to operate a calculator, I gave my wife the total cost of our new “children’s prison.” “YOU SPENT WHAT? We could have sent them away to camp for the entire summer for that much money.” She was right. I was so distraught over the financial drain Casa Kid-dom had caused that I was almost tempted to call Mr. Grant to let him lease some space in our yard for his van to defray the cost…but he smells too much like vinegar.

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Honesty is More Than a Virtue – It’s Good for You by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. Honesty is a uniquely important human quality which has been valued and celebrated for all of recorded history. The Roman goddess Veritas was known as “the mother of virtue”; Confucious considered honesty to be “the essential source of love, communication, and fairness”; and the Bible’s Old Testament prohibited “bearing false witness.” However, some assert that in our current culture, the commitment to truthfulness is no longer assumed. There is an acceptance that students (and even teachers) cheat in our schools; and there is a placid acceptance than politicians and business leaders will “color” the truth to meet their goals. The “Science of Honesty” project was presented at the American Psychological Association’s 120th Annual convention in August, 2012. This research conducted by lead author Anita E. Kelly, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Notre Dame, found that telling the truth when tempted to lie can significantly improve a person’s mental and physical health. Dr. Kelly asserts that Americans average about 11 lies per week, and that when participants in the study purposefully and dramatically reduce lies, there was significantly improved health. The study also revealed positive results in participants’ personal relationships, with those in the no-lie group reporting improved relationship and social interactions.

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Other researchers have confirmed significant benefits to becoming more honest. These include: improved relationships, better physical and mental health, lower levels of stress, improved sense of peace, improved character and reputation, and better sense of trust from others. When you are more open and honest in your relationships there is an improved sense of connection and feelings of love. Honesty improves relationships because it allows problems to be addressed and solved. If issues are avoided, there may be less conflict in the shortterm but in the long-term the unresolved issues will interfere with the connections and sense of happiness in the relationship. However, brutal full disclosure is both unnecessary and unkind. Relationships require a delicate balance of honesty and compassionate restraint from criticism, cruelty and contempt. In important relationships, it is essential to express feelings by avoiding criticism and rather focus on complaints or a request for change. If you are frustrated with an untidy spouse, it is better to express “I don’t like it when you leave your dirty clothes on the floor and I really want you pick up after yourself ”; rather than “honestly” label them an “inconsiderate jerk”. Honesty should be expressed with respect for the other, with appreciation for the point of view of the other. Friendships, family, and work relationship all suffer whenever dishonesty is discovered. Dishonesty causes many significant problems. It is a vicious circle as one dishonest act typically leads to another. Dishonesty is a manipulation of others and eventually will always catch up and cause problems in relationships. It is only when we reveal ourselves fully that the deepest, purest, most soul-nourishing love can be exchanged. Once trust is damaged with dishonesty, it is a difficult and painful process to rebuild. While it clearly can be accomplished, it is not easy. Building trust is not an instant process and it can take weeks, months, or even years to develop. As the popular saying expresses: “Honesty is the best policy”. Not just because someone in authority asks for it….. not because you will likely be caught in deceptions. Honesty is important because it is the path to the most intimate and fulfilling relationships and because it has many emotional and physical health benefits. 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@marietta-psychologist.com. Your comments or questions are welcome.

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GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY

Our Town loves that there are so many people in our communities that give their time and effort to support people in need. Here are just a few things folks have been doing and plan to do to show their support and goodwill! Join in on the fun while giving back to your COMMUNITY. ATLANTA’S 30TH ANNUAL RIDE FOR KIDS SUCCEEDS! by Caroline Karnatz The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation hosted its 30th annual fundraiser “Ride for Kids” on Sunday, June 2nd in Alpharetta and Dahlonega, Georgia. Donations for the 2013 Ride totaled over $161,000. Ride for Kids is a road ride in which volunteer motorcyclists carry pediatric brain tumor survivors (called “STARS”) either on their motorcycles or in sidecars along scenic road routes. The Ride raises both awareness and money for researching pediatric brain tumors, one of the deadliest forms of childhood cancer. “Every dollar makes a difference,” said Mary Ratcliffe, the Foundation’s Vice President of Marketing and Communications. “There are kids out there that need your help, and you might think there’s not much you can do, but there absolutely is. We’re making a difference, but there’s so much more to do. We encourage everybody to get out there and do their part, because it makes such a huge difference to our Stars and their families.” This year Stars and their drivers began at North Point Mall in Alpharetta, Georgia and rode to Lumpkin County High School in Dahlonega. Riders received a police escort during the Ride, which closed down Georgia 400 so Stars could safely enjoy the Ride. Ride for Kids originally began in Atlanta in 1983 and has branched out to many states. The Atlanta Ride for Kids occurs annually the first Sunday of June and celebrates its 30th annual ride this year. The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation will continue to hold events throughout the year. For more information about the Ride For Kids, visit rideforkids.org or call the PBTF at 800-253-6530 GOVERNOR’S TOWN CLUB GIVES BACK™ 5TH ANNUAL PLAY FOR PINK TENNIS TOURNAMENT AND INAUGURAL GOLF SCRAMBLE The GTC Gives Back 5th annual “Play for Pink” tennis breast cancer fund raiser event will be held on

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Friday August 16 and Saturday August 17 at the Governors Towne Club Tennis Center in Acworth. The 2-day event includes Ladies, Men’s, Mixed Doubles and Juniors play. The cost to participate is $ 40 for adults and $ 20 for juniors. For more information, contact Gwen Buller at 678-787-3574, gwenbuller@bellsouth.net, or visit www.GTCgivesBack.com The 1st annual GTC Gives Back “Play for Pink” Golf Scramble will be held on Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Governors Towne Club Golf Course in Acworth. All proceeds go to the GTC Gives Back local charitable efforts in the fight against breast cancer. The 4-man scramble features a demo by 8-time long drive champion Kevin “the bull” Bullard and a chance to win a new Cadillac ATS with a hole-in-one. The range opens at 8:00 am and the shotgun start is at 10:00 am. The cost to participate is $125 per person or $500 a foursome. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Julie Henry at GTCjulie@att.net. To volunteer or to register your team, contact Mendy Iaconne at GTCmendy@gmail.com ACE OUT CANCER - FUNDRAISER AND TENNIS MIXER IN MEMORY OF OUR FRIEND AND NEIGHBOR KELLY DONAHUE Non-tennis players and tennis players alike can attend Ace Out Cancer on Saturday, September 28th, from 6 pm to 11 pm for a fun night of fundraising and tennis. Ace Out Cancer will be held at the Legacy Park Community Clubhouse and Tennis Pavilion in Kennesaw, GA. Ace Out Cancer 2012 raised over $10,000 to support Kelly Donahue and her family and to raise awareness about lung cancer. Kelly lost her courageous fight against lung cancer on June 3, 2013. Ace Out Cancer 2013 is being held in honor of Kelly. 100% of the proceeds will go to Kelly’s children and to support Lung Cancer Awareness. The event will include a live band, a silent auction, an adult tennis mixer (must be 21 years of age or older), and numerous raffles. The entry fee for this great cause is a $30 donation per player, a $50 donation per couple or a $20 donation per non-player. To request a registration form or to make a donation, please email lpaceoutcancer@gmail.com or call 678.350.4114 or register/donate online at www.aceoutcancer.org. Please wear white in support of lung cancer awareness.

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5 TIPS TO A SMOOTH HOME LOAN PROCESS by Jackie Lippold So, you have been shopping for a home and finally found the one of your dreams! You are emotionally invested in this home and can’t wait to make it yours! The offer is accepted and you are thrilled…………and then your agent says, “I will let your lender know we are under contract!” Oh, no!! Here it comes. It is the dreaded part of the home buying process, the mortgage. Has the mortgage industry changed in recent years? Yes. Has it become more involved? Yes. Does that mean that it has to be a difficult or a miserable experience? Absolutely not! The lender wants you to have a great experience with the lending process. You are one of the best referral sources they could have. So, how do you make it a great experience? Prepare yourself upfront. Here are some key tips to keep in mind when you are getting ready to shop for a new home: 1. Have your funds to close in order. Don’t leave this to the end of the loan process. Your lender needs to show you have funds to close before you can get final approval. If you need to liquidate anything, start that process immediately after going under contract so that it is completed well before your closing date. Try not to move money from one account to another, as your lender will need to track movement of large deposits. If you have any questions, always ask your loan officer before making a change. 2. File your taxes. This seems obvious but there are a lot of people who don’t file their taxes – even when they are due a refund! Your lender needs to compare your tax returns with what is on file with the IRS and make sure they match. If you have not filed, it may take up to 8 weeks for the IRS to process them and have your tax transcripts available. This could cause delays in your closing or potentially kill the sale. 3. Return any loan documents to your lender in a timely manner. Your lender will need both a list of required financial documents as well as a loan package showing the terms of your loan, etc. Both need to be returned as quickly as possible as the clock is ticking once you go under contract. Any delays in returning these items could cause delays in your closing.

4. Make sure the documents you are giving to your lender are legible. While technology is great, some of the most difficult documents to read are the ones being sent as a picture through your smartphone! Scanning or faxing your documents provides much clearer copies. 5. Keep the lines of communication open with your lender. Be sure to check in with your loan officer throughout the process. Be sure to ask if they need anything else from you. If your lender is communicating with you during the loan process, you should not have any surprises at the last minute, which could jeopardize your closing. Your lender is here to get you to the finish line and put you into the home of your dreams. So, find a lender that you are comfortable with and who wants to be a part of your team. There is nothing more exciting than buying a home and it should be just as exciting at the end of the process as it is at the beginning! Jackie Lippold is a Loan Officer with Starkey Mortgage, 125 Town Park Drive, ste 200, Kennesaw, Ga 30144 770.200.2800, 678.6868, jlippold@wrsarkey.com www.LoanswithJackie.com This is not a guarantee of financing. All borrowers must meet certain underwriting guidelines and credit criteria. Rules and Regulations may apply. EQUAL HOUSING LENDER

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REAL ESTATE IN OUR TOWN

by Deborah Ratchford

KEEP YOUR ENERGY BILLS LOW WHILE TEMPERATURES RISE The days of summer are upon us here in the “Hotlanta” area. It may be sweltering outside, but there are many things you can do to keep your home cool and save energy (and of course, money) during these hot months. Here are some energy saving and cost cutting tips for summer: 1. Set your air conditioning units to 78 degrees. For every degree lower than 78 degrees, you add 3-5% to your energy bill. 2. Change your air conditioning filters every 4-6 weeks. Dirty filters limit airflow and cause the unit to run much less efficiently. Keeping the filters clean can lower your air conditioning unit’s energy consumption by 5-15%! 3. Seal your ducts. Leaking ductwork accounts for approximately 25% of cooling costs in an average home. Have your ducts tested and have any leaks (or blockages) repaired by a qualified and licensed HVAC technician. 4. Install window shading. On a typical home, windows account for nearly 50% of heat gain inside. Untreated windows will allow about 20 times more heat into your home than an equal amount of insulated wall space. While keeping the heat out, the right shades also protect your furnishings and floors from fading and discoloring. 5. Insulate and cool your attic. Have a licensed contractor determine whether or not you have the proper level of attic insulation in place. Once you do, you will begin saving money that very day. Keeping hot air from building up in your attic is very important in keeping your summer cooling bill under control. Installing a solar-powered attic fan can help keep your attic cool without any additional energy costs, and that makes it a true winner. Tinted film on your attic window can also help lower the temperature. Check with your HOA about what color tints are acceptable. 6. Fill in the gaps. Check your windows and doors for gaps or cracks. Fill them with caulking or weather stripping to keep the summer heat outside, where it belongs! If your windows need replacing, be sure

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to go with Energy Star rated products. 7. Install ceiling fans. Ceiling fans can actually make you feel up to 8 degrees cooler and they are relatively inexpensive. Most ceiling fans circulate air up or down, so make sure your fan is blowing air down in the summer. 8. Use of appliances. Avoid using the stove and oven on extremely hot days. Opt for the outdoor grill or the microwave instead. Avoid placing appliances that throw off heat like televisions near thermostats. Run your dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer during off peak hours (early morning or later at night) when temperatures are cooler. When using the dryer, be sure to run full loads and clean the lint screen after each use. 9. Plant some trees. Planting a few shade trees around your home can save you money and improve your home’s energy efficiency while boosting its curb appeal. Trees will block your home from the sun’s rays that would otherwise warm the exterior walls and increase the temperature inside the home. 10. Don’t forget the water! Water consumption, along with water bills, increase during the hot months. Be sure to monitor local weather forecasts and override sprinkler settings on days when rain is forecasted. Also, capture the rain! Invest in a 50 gallon rain barrel. The savings in water can be huge, and the extra water can come in handy for watering those plants, flowers, and vegetable gardens. Check with your HOA about where rain barrels may be kept on your property.

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Fight and Prevent Disease A balanced diet that represents all the food groups will be rich in vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and other important substances that help us fight and prevent disease. Indeed, most of the major chronic illnesses seen in North America today, including heart disease, diabetes, and cancer are all attributed in part to an unhealthy diet. We need to eat well to maintain healthy cardiovascular, respiratory, and immune systems, and to prevent the ill effects of chemicals and trans fats found in processed foods.

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Mental Alertness Many of the foods we eat today are high in calories and fats, but offer little other nutrition. This means that we may feel a quick boost in mental alertness immediately after a meal, but this dissipates quickly and leaves us feeling fatigued and lacking focus. On the other hand, healthy diets are rich in foods that gradually release energy so we benefit from increased mental alertness throughout the day.

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The 4th of July is a special day offering family and friends a host of traditional activities to help celebrate our nation’s birthday! There are always firework displays, concert options, and the enjoyed combination of food and fun for all. This month we encourage you to invite your family and friends over for your 4th of July celebration and try the delicious recipes below as you prepare your July 4th Barbecue! Copies of the JLCM’s cookbooks, Georgia On My Menu and Southern On Occasion can be ordered by visiting the JLCM website www.jlcm.org. All proceeds from these awardwinning books go directly to the JLCM.

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Back Porch Lemonade Georgia on My Menu, page 34 1 cup granulated sugar 1 cup water 8 cups cold water 1 1/3 cups fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon lemon zest, grated fine Lemon slices and fresh mint leaves for garnish

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pet of the month Tungsten is our very affectionate 1 year old kitten. He loves to play with his best friend, our dog Brandon, and boss around our two older cats at our home in Powder Springs. If you would like your pet to be Our Town’s Pet of the Month, please send a photo with a short bio to: Our Town Magazine, 109 Anderson Street, Suite 109, Marietta, GA 30060 or email it to info@ourtownmonthly.com PLEASE SPECIFY WEST COBB EDITION

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