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The West Cobb Area’s Family Lifestyle News Magazine JUNE 2010


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Feature Photographer Cynthia Billingsley Lisa Butler of Cherry Berry Studios Contributing Writers Bob Sabin Lindsey Weber Shasta Clark Shelia Frey Charles M. Pesson, MD Jason Goggans Pam Walker Dara Hosch, MD, FAAP Karen Hartley Gen Wright Leisa Bailey, PhD Dr. John Kayal

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FIRST FRIDAY ART WALK/JAZZ FRIDAYS: Art Walk is a free self-guided tour of the Marietta Square’s eclectic art scene. Galleries, museums, cultural venues, restaurants and boutiques host artists within their businesses from 6pm to 9pm on the first Friday of every month, rain or shine. Look for an official Art Walk banner in the window to identify the participating venues. Choose your own route, or begin from our Art Walk Headquarters tent in Artists’ Alley. With the exception of July, you can enjoy Art Walk every first Friday of the month through October 1st. For more information, please call 770-427-5377. KENNESAW FARMERS MARKET: The annual Kennesaw Farmers Market is open for business from 7am to 1 pm at 2753 Watts Drive (Adams Park Soccer Field Parking Lot). The Market will then be in operation every Tuesday through the end of October. Sponsored by the Kennesaw Downtown Development Authority (KDDA), the Farmers Market will feature a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs and plants grown by local farmers, as well as baked goods, jams and jellies and other locally produced items. For more information on the Farmers Market, or to obtain information about being a vendor, please call 770-499-0874 or 770-794-7075. MARIETTA FARMERS MARKET: Shop for all fresh, locally grown produce and garden products in Historic Marietta Square. The market has an average of 58 vendors and hundreds of customers each week. The Market is open Saturday mornings from 9am to noon. For more details or updates, contact Johnny Fulmer at 770.499.9393. BIKES AND BAR-B-QUE “POKER RUN MOTORCYLE RIDE” AND BBQ LUNCH : Saturday, June 5, 2010 Mission: DAD will host a 45 mile fundraising motorcyle ride and BBQ lunch departing from The Walker School parking lot at 10am. It will be a “Raffle Run” where participants pick up raffle tickets along the route. Riders turn in their raffle tickets at the end of the ride for a chance to win prizes! The Walker School is located at 700 Cobb Parkway NE, Marietta, GA 30062. Mission: DAD is a grass roots movement to raise awareness of diabetes, Diabetic Alert Dogs, and Transparent Living. Register NOW at or on site at 9am. The cost is $25 per motorcyle, $10 per extra rider and includes t-shirts. Lunch is from Wallace Hickory House BBQ and will start at 11:30. It is open to participants and to the community at an additional charge. Please come out and support this worthy cause! KENNESAW OUTDOOR MOVIE SERIES: The first film in the City of Kennesaw’s outdoor movie series is, Monsters VS Aliens, June 12th, at Swift-Cantrell Park. Admission is FREE. For the best seating, arrive early (after 6pm) and bring your blanket or chairs. There will be free inflatables, games, face painting and plenty of giveaways. Food and beverages will be available for purchase on site. The movie will begin at dark. Parking is available at Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway and overflow parking is available at Kennesaw Elementary School, 3155 Jiles Rd. For more information, visit, or call 77.422.9714. SOUTHERN MUSEUM OF CIVIL WAR & LOCOMOTIVE HISTORY: Summer Camps at the Museum! June 15th or 16th Workin’ on the Railroad and June 22nd or June 23rd Civil War Soldier Camp. Reservations can be made up to a week in advance. For more information, call 770.427.2117, ext. 3173 or visit BREW WITH A VIEW AT THE STRAND THEATRE: June 18th, 19th, and 25th, from 6 – 10pm. Meet with friends and enjoy a beverage and an incredible view of Glover Park and Kennesaw Mountain from the popular Cobb Terrace on The Strand’s rooftop. No cover charge. Beer, wine & cocktails are available for your refreshment. Cash and credit accepted. 18+ to enjoy the view with friends. 21+ to enjoy alcoholic beverages. The Strand IDs. For more information call The Strand at 770293-0080 or visit GO SKATEBOARDING DAY: Every year on June 21st, skateboarders around the globe celebrate the pure exhilaration, creativity, and spirit of one of the most influential activities in the world by blowing off all other obligations to go skateboarding. The event will be held at Swift-Cantrell Park, 3140 Old 41 Highway, Kennesaw. Enjoy skating, contests, food, prizes, vending and more. Additional details will be announced online at as the event draws closer. GLOVER PARK CONCERT SERIES: The place to be on the last Friday of every month, now through September. The concerts are free of charge with a limited number of tables that can be reserved. Reservations for tables are on a first come first serve basis and may be reserved the first working day of each month. June 25th, brings Soul Purpose (oldies). There will be a bonus concert on June 26th with the


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TEEN BOOTCAMP AT LOST MOUNTAIN PARK: For teens age 12 – 18 who want to improve athletic performance, gain speed and strength, or lose weight. From 10:30-11:15am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday. For more information call Jason at 404.452.5208.

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Cobb Symphony Orchestra. Bring a picnic dinner (beer and wine are permitted). Join others and participate in the table or blanket decorating contest sponsored by Coldwell Banker West Cobb. The winner will take home a picnic basket full of goodies! For more information, call 770.794.5601. CITY OF KENNESAW CONCERT SERIES & FIREWORKS: Bruce In The USA is scheduled to perform as part of the City of Kennesaw’s 2010 Summer Concert Series. The popular open-air concert series features a wide array of talent under the stars. Musical genres range from R&B, rock and pop to soul, jazz and country. The American Flyers will kick-off the series at Kennesaw’s historic train Depot on July 3rd, at 8 p.m. Admission to all concerts is FREE, food and beverages will be available for sale on site. FIREWORKS show after sundown as the City of Kennesaw presents its annual pre-Independence Day celebration in the sky. Tables are available and must be reserved in advance. The Depot is located at 2828 Cherokee Street in Kennesaw across from the Southern Museum. For more information or to reserve a table, visit or call 770.422.9714. MARIETTA 4TH OF JULY FESTIVAL, PARADE AND FIREWORKS: Come out and celebrate America’s independence a day early as the City of Marietta hosts the 2010 Fourth in the Park celebration beginning on July 3rd at 10am. The Independence Day celebration begins with the Marietta Freedom Parade that starts at Roswell Street Baptist Church and ends at North Marietta Parkway. After the parade there will be free live concerts and entertainment, museum tours, food, arts and crafts, carnival games, and of course fireworks. For more information, call the Marietta Parks and Recreation department at (770) 794-5601. NORTH COBB JUNIOR WARRIOR FOOTBALL: North Cobb Junior Warriors will be holding registration for the 2010 Football season at North Cobb High School on Saturday, July 17th and Saturday, July 24th from 9:00am until 12:00pm. The North Cobb Junior program is a member of the Georgia Middle School Athletic Association which consists of 32 teams throughout North Georgia. Practice will begin on Monday, July 26th. If you are an upcoming 5th, 6th, 7th or 8th grader, don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to be a part of the North Cobb Warrior program. For more information, please visit

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Cherry Berry Studio belongs to two sisters born and raised in West Cobb. Cynthia Billingsley and Lisa Butler have turned a passion for photography, art, fashion, and relationships into an exciting business over the last 5 years. They specialize in creating timeless reflections of life that represent a client’s own personal style. Lisa and Cynthia provide not only real memories to put on your wall at home but also a fun and specialized experience. “We are honored to help you capture the beauty of your life in a portrait that lasts forever”.

The family had been in ministry in Northeast Ohio for 8 years and then moved back to the South to start a new church called Christ’s Church at Cobb. The church currently meets at Pine Mountain Middle School, but they are excited about opportunities to move into a more permanent space soon. Jeff is the lead minister at CCC. Although his favorite role is being a husband and dad. Lisa is a stay at home mom who loves hanging with her kids, partnering with Jeff in the life of the church, and treasures laughing and learning with friends. Madison, who is 8 years old, loves all things “horses” and has enjoyed taking riding lessons at Mud Creek Ranch. Macy will be 7 years old in a few weeks, and she has just completed two years of ballet with The Spirit of Dance. Both girls attend Still Elementary. The family vacations each summer at a time-share in Florida and are counting down the days until vacation is here again!

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Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blues Just when we were getting used to being empty nesters… our youngest has come home for the summer break. Yes – it was an adjustment after he left for college, and I wrote about it last fall. Several times a day my wife and I would talk about our concerns and wonder out loud what he was up to – usually concerned about the worst. However, we’re relieved to know that he hasn’t gained the “Freshman Fifteen” by eating five meals a day. How could he eat that often if he doesn’t get up much before noon? Soon after he was gone, we started planning new activities. My wife is doing yoga regularly, we have gotten season tickets to the Atlanta Beat, and we are both riding bicycles somewhat regularly. Yes, we are enjoying our time together without kids for the first time in almost twenty five years. But school is out and unlike our older son who went off to be a camp counselor after his freshman year, this one has decided to come home for ninety two days. But who’s counting? I remember my first summer home from college. Coming home after being on my own for nine months was a bigger adjustment for me than for my folks. At least I thought so. It seemed to be easy for my dad. “Cut your hair and be home by midnight.” “What?” I asked in a shocked voice. “I’ve been able to come in whenever I want for a whole year and its taken ten months to grow hair to my shoulders.” (Since he didn’t mention the moustache, I think my lip growth was a little too subtle for him to notice.) “Welcome home,” replied my dad in a nonchalant tone. Now, I have to be that dad. I could lay back and let him have free reign as he does at school. His mom tried that at spring break. Didn’t work out well. One weeknight in March while I was away on business, the youngster brought some friends home and asked to go in the hot tub (which is conveniently situated right outside our bedroom for monitoring). Sometime around four am, she kicked everyone out and sent them home. Needless to say, she didn’t get much sleep that night and swore that this wouldn’t happen all summer.

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So now we are trying to figure out whether we should ground him now, or just set the restrictions so tight that he won’t want to spend another summer here – let alone after he graduates. Is it ironic that I am bemoaning how to deal with older children in the summer? I could wish for the good old days. Ten years ago, preparing for summer was a BIG task. Shortly after Christmas my wife and I would start evaluating camps. We would mix and match according to when they were offered; Gymnastics camp, soccer camp, art camp, drama camp, cooking camp and overnight camp. Then we would schedule which camps were to be attended during what weeks for three different children, pay deposits and arrange car pooling. Today – the time invested in preparing for summer includes these words: “Get a job,” and, “Be home by midnight.” Actually, having one or several of the kids home at summer can be enjoyable. They tell us some of their college stories. Some on purpose, some inadvertently, and then there are those we just don’t want to know about. We can see them maturing in to young adults more every time they come home. But our youngest is still our kid, and by golly, he’s going to do what I tell him to when he’s living under my roof. How’s that for a dad speech?

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You Will Be Amazed! Our April Open House was a Huge Success. Thank you Acworth! Many families joined us and were very pleased with our multicultural, print rich, home environment. We teach a love of learning by allowing children to experience their own stage of development and assisting them to feel successful without pressure. Sensory interaction and first-hand discoveries are essential to each child’s stage of development. The Jillian School is a “Boutique” type child care center. Your child will thrive with our creative curriculum and intentional play.

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A BAM! POW! Kind of Life If my life were illustrated in comic strip boxes there wouldn’t be many frames with the words “BAM” ‘POW” or even “EUREKA!!” bursting from the middle of colorful explosions. . Most days, I would never want to read a comic strip of my own life. It would kind of be the same thing over and over with the exception the color of my tshirt—pretty boring. I think most of us would agree we all want a life of excitement, but somewhere along the way we settled for a routine, a collection of habits, the daily grind. Now, I am a fan of structure.—without it, I’d never get anything done. But without some spontaneity, creativity, and risks— I’d never get anything worth having. The best things in life are never the result of playing it safe. So I’m wondering, what if we made adventure a habit? I’m not talking about monthly skydiving trips or seeing how long you can drive with your gas light on before you really run out of fuel (but my record is two days). I’m thinking about a smaller, baby-step of an adventure. I get really nervous when I meet new people. You probably wouldn’t know it, because I can keep a conversation going by keeping the other person talking about themselves. But if they begin to ask about me, I can feel my heartbeat quicken a little. Like I said earlier, I don’t have many “BAM! POW!” stories to entertain people with—from my perspective anyway. So here’s my BAM! POW! moment: When I meet someone new I try to keep talking to them even if I’m forced to talk about myself.


I know it sounds stupid, but it really does make life more exciting. I would have missed out on some great friendships and hilarious stories if I didn’t hang in there for a BAM! POW! moment. What’s your BAM! POW? Inviting your neighbors over for dinner? Going to the gym a couple times a week? Writing a letter of apology? I want to escape from the daily grind forever—so if I can find a way to put a little BAM! POW! in the everyday, maybe that’s a start. Maybe if I make a habit of living adventurously, instead of mindlessly, I’ll begin to have escapades that rival those of comic book heroes. I firmly believe the decisions we regret the least are often the ones where we risk the most. Adventure is right here, in the everyday, if we choose it. So, this little wallflower is putting on her cape and boots to save her world— one conversation at a time. Lindsey Weber can be reached at

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ONLY $20 TO ANYONE WHO NEEDS HELP BUT HAS NEVER BEEN TO A CHIROPRACTOR BEFORE (Or Hasn’t Been In A Long Time) Dear Friend, If you’ve ever thought about going to a chiropractor but you’ve hesitated because you weren’t sure it was right for you please read on‌ My name is Dr. Amy Valente. I would like to show my appreciation for the warm welcome the community has shown me by announcing Community Appreciation Week. It’s my way of saying THANK YOU to the people who have been so helpful and mean so much. I hope this will EHQHÂżW you and yours. I have agreed to “give awayâ€? (to anyone who asks for it) $200 worth of my services for only $20. That’s right-$20. In the years that I have been practicing I have helped many people in the North Georgia area feel better and live healthier, more productive lives through chiropractic care. I would now like to introduce \RXWRWKHPDQ\EHQHÂżWVP\ profession has to offer. For instance, chiropractic care may be able to help you if you are suffering from any of the following conditions. • Low back pain • Neck Pain • Migraines • Sciatica • Herniated discs • Degenerated discs • Shoulder/arm pain And a whole host of other problems, ranging from TMJ to carpal tunnel. These symptoms can be caused whenever the vertebrae in your spine are out of alignment, because this “misalignmentâ€? directly affects your nervous system. Fortunately, if you are suffering from such problems or similar conditions right now, they may be relieved or eliminated by proper chiropractic treatment (commonly called “adjustmentsâ€?). So if you’ve always wanted to “check outâ€? chiropractic care and see what is in it for you, now is the best time because‌.. Right now $20 will get you all the services I normally charge my new patients $200 for! What does this include? Everything. Take a look at what you’ll get‌. • An in-depth private consultation about your health and well being. • A chiropractic spinal

examination‌. • A set of specialized X-rays to determine if a misalignment in your spine is causing your pain or symptoms‌(NOTE: Nobody gives these kinds of X-rays FREE. They would usually cost $100)‌ • An analysis of your X-rays and spinal exam results so we can see what needs to be done to help. • Helpful literature that shows how your body works and why you experience pain‌ • Answers to all your most probing questions about chiropractic care and what it can do for you‌. The appointment will not take long at all. And like I said, we normally charge $200 for this (most of which just covers the cost of the set of X-rays). But now, as a part of this one time offer\RXFDQFRPHLQDQGÂżQGRXW for certain if you need chiropractic care and how it can help you eliminate the pain you are feeling. Before you come in, though, you’ll probably want to know a little bit about me. So let me tell you‌. MEET THE DOCTOR Prior to obtaining my Doctor of Chiropractic Degree at Life University in Marietta, GA, I received my B.S. degree from Excelsior College. I am nationally DQGVWDWHERDUGFHUWLÂżHGLQ Chiropractic and Physiotherapy. I am one of the few doctors in this DUHDWKDWSHUIRUPVVSHFLÂżF Activator analysis technique for the treatment of degenerative discs, scoliosis, herniated discs just to name a few. I have happily donated my time to organizations such as MUST Ministries, YWCA (Domestic Violence Shelter for Women), and Ross Memorial. I am very proud to be a wife and mother of four boys and a member of Liberty Church in Marietta, GA. DOES CHIROPRACTIC REALLY WORK Absolutely! When you come in I’ll provide you with studies that show why chiropractic is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proofâ€? on how

well chiropractic works is what our patients say about it. NECK AND SHOULDER PAIN :KHQ,ÂżUVWFDPHWRVHHP\ doctor I was having problems in a few different areas. Before I started chiropractic care I could not sit at my computer for as long as was needed for work. Now I am able to work for hours without pain. My posture has improved, my sinuses have improved and ,FDQÂżQDOO\JHWD good night sleep! I was amazed with the results. 7KHRIÂżFHLV a pleasant atmosphere and I travel over an hour for my appointment and it is well worth the drive! Cheryl Gipson HEADACHES AND DIGESTIVE ISSUES I came into the clinic after meeting the doctor at an educational event she came to at the learning center. I was suffering with digestive issues and severe headaches. Since I have been getting adjustments I can do more things and go more places without having to worry about my stomach issues. I have more energy and have less pain which makes my family very happy! Getting chiropractic adjustments has changed my life and the way that I listen to my body. Cindy Vochatzer-Murrillo LOW BACK PAIN, HIP PAIN AND REFLUX Chiropractic care has helped me with many different issues. For a very long time I suffered with hip pain and low back pain from an injury from the service. Since receiving care from the doctor I can stand and sit for long periods of time. I USED to suffer from UHĂ€X[HYHU\GD\0\V\PSWRPV have gotten a lot better and I am even off of the daily medications I used to take for it. I have learned the importance of a healthy lifestyle and I am able to participate in more activites! Mike Creech SCOLIOSIS :KHQ,ÂżUVWFDPHLQWRWKHRIÂżFH I did not know the extent of my health issues. After the exam, the doctor told me I had a scoliosis that

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affected my health in many different ways. Chiropractic has helped me to restore my physical balance and as a dancer that is very important! I also had numbness in my hands and now I can take notes without my hand going numb. Since I have been getting adjusted I have more energy and my heartburn and circulation has improved! I am happy to say that chiropractic is easier than I expected and not as time consuming as I once thought. Thanks! Christine Pearce GUARANTEE OF GREAT SERVICE Obviously we can’t guarantee results. No one can. But there is one guarantee we can give you and that’s a guarantee to accept your case only if we truly feel we can help. LIMITED TIME OFFER Obviously, with an offer like this we can’t afford to do it for very long. So we’ve picked the dates of June 1-15th. If you would like to take us up on our offer and see what chiropractic can do for you, all you KDYHWRGRLVFDOORXURI¿FHDQGVHW up an appointment. Call our 24 hour help line @ 678-574-5678 and tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Special Introductory Examination during June 1-15th. ,H[SHFWWRJHWÀRRGHGZLWK appointments for this event, so please call me as soon as possible to be sure that you don’t miss out. Thank you very much, and I look forward to helping you get rid of your pain so you can start living a healthier, more productive life. God bless. Sincerely, Dr. Amy Valente, D.C.

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Mommy Moments Observations from a Regular Mom by Shasta Clark When your child is talking about fire trucks for the millionth time, and you have a dozen other things on your mind, stop, look him in the eye, and listen. He will feel significant and loved, two gifts that will stick with him for the rest of his life. Why does Hollywood market superheroes to 4-year-olds, yet rate superhero movies PG-13? The most important part of parenting isn’t patience, building high self-esteem, or even showing love. It’s showing your child grace. When you’re in your pajamas making breakfast, crank up music and dance with them.



Children take a lot of time and energy, especially when they are young. But you have to prioritize your marriage before your children. If you don’t, you’ll be moving out of your house minutes after the kids do. Each of your children gets a different set of parents. Just make sure each set includes you and your spouse, not external influences. Love them most during their unlovable moments. Don’t introduce your children to the world. The world will come knocking soon enough. Becoming a parent, you have to choose who you are and what you believe in. You may think you’re sitting on the sidelines figuring it out, but you’re not. Indecision is actually a choice that you are passing down to your children. When our children are young, it seems as if we’ll always carry them everywhere, but we won’t. Someday they’ll grow too big to sit on our laps. If we could know the last time we’d hold our children, we’d squeeze tighter and never want to let go. If your child is tenderhearted by nature, don’t treat it as a flaw; treat it as a gift to be nurtured. Be silly and laugh with your children.

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Fleming Carpet Showroom manager, Leslie Brix has years of experience in helping customers with their flooring needs. She encourages clients to bring in fabric and paint swatches o help with the design decisions. Ervin and Baughan sing her praises, “Leslie is the ultimate expert. Her extensive service experience and expertise help guides our clients in making the right choices for their living areas. Along with Fleming’s other sales people, our showroom is designed for customer satisfaction.” Fleming’s installation crews have years of experience and make sure that their customers are fully satisfied with the end results. This is apparent when we checked the web for comments on their products and service. Five star results with comments on superior products and service stand out. It’s no coincidence that much of their new business has been generated through referrals and word of mouth.

ager, Showroom Man x, ri B e li es L t of Sales, , Vice Presiden siness Manager Todd Baughan troller and Bu on C , in rv E and Chris Thirty nine years ago, Al and Saundra Fleming of Marietta opened Fleming Carpet Distributors, Inc. to cater to the builders in our growing community. Fleming remains at the helm of the company, but day to day operations are driven by long time friends, Todd Baughan, Vice President of Sales and Chris Ervin, Controller and Business Manager. Fleming Carpet has been a trusted name in flooring sales and service for years in our community. As with most businesses, changes have occurred over the years, but excellent customer service has always been their motto. In the fall of 2007, Baughan and Ervin sensed a change in the new construction market. Although their large core builders, such as Traton Homes remained a huge part of their business, the smaller builders were having trouble surviving. After much consideration, the team determined that in order to succeed in this ever changing market they would branch out and build a state of the art showroom to cater to the retail customers in the area. In 2008, Fleming Carpet renovated their 5000 square foot showroom to be more customer-friendly and feature some of the most trusted and respected names in the business. Carpet, hardwoods, and tile by Mohawk, Shaw, Anderson, Armstrong and Mannington are displayed throughout the showroom. Here customers can view actual installed flooring products, walk on them and get a feel for the aesthetic they will be living with. Fleming Carpet co-branded with Mohawk and became a Floorscapes Dealer. Introduced in 1999, a Mohawk Floorscapes store is an independent, locally owned store whose retailers are committed to servicing the flooring consumer. Each store, specifically selected by Mohawk, features the best and most complete product lines available. Floorscape stores create an easy-to-shop environment for the consumer. The store staff receives training from Mohawk’s premier training academy, Mohawk University. Floorscape retailers like Fleming Carpet also partner with Mohawk to receive technical training, engage in partnership programs with other flooring manufacturers, and take part in special warranties. Every morning, Fleming Carpet crews gather at 6:30 am to prepare for that day’s installation. The warehouse is an impressive display of 20,000 square feet of carpet aisles, unfinished and prefinished hardwoods, ceramic tile and more. Ervin explained, “We stock a large inventory of popular products that are routinely ordered. In most cases, because we are so close to Dalton, we are the first stop for the carpet and flooring giants’ trucks each day. Due to this proximity, turnaround time for products that are special ordered from the factory is very quick.” Visit the Experts and Compare Most of us have visited the local big box stores that carry everything from lumber to paint to flooring. You take a look at the samples on display, talk to a salesperson and make your decision. Often there is somewhat of a surprise when the total price is revealed. Hidden add-on costs and high installation charges are often factored in giving most customers sticker shock! With Fleming Carpet, they take the time to educate their customers. There are no hidden costs or surprises and their customers are advised of all of the expenses that will incur. The folks at Fleming Carpet urge you to compare price and quality with their competitors, because they


Trends in Flooring We asked Baughan and Ervin about new trends in flooring. Ervin’s praise for an innovative carpet product manufactured by Mohawk in partnership with Dupont called SmartStrand was revealing, “This carpet is incredible. Not only is it superior in its softness, but Mohawk has introduced a Lifetime Stain resistance warranty. SmartStrand is a revolutionary product that provides exceptional durability and we are proud to offer this to our customers.” Hardwood flooring is timeless and anyone who has it in their home realizes what a pleasure the right choice provides. Baughan told Our Town, “The trend that we see in hardwoods leans to more hard scraped woods. Companies and customers are also choosing designer stains and richer, darker colors. Hardwood flooring increases a customer’s home value and can be a very practical surface for a main living area. We cover all of the options in hardwoods with site-finished flooring and also pre-finished woods. Our manufactures also offer durable laminate flooring that looks exactly like real wood, is very kid friendly and is perfect for a basement or high traffic area. We have so many choices to offer to our customers and it’s our job to help them find the best product fit.” Tile has also come along way. Technology has created porcelain tiles that look like real stone which consumers love. Fleming Carpet carries glazed ceramics, travertine, glazed porcelain, mosaic and glass and metal tiles that are available in countless sizes and shapes. The possibilities are really endless with all of the colors, shades textures and finishes that are available. With the real estate market in its current condition, the folks at Fleming Carpet see many people making the choice to update their current homes with new flooring products which in turn adds to the value of their properties. Nothing can give a home a face lift like new carpet, hardwoods or tile. Baughan said, “Instead of putting their homes up for sale, we’ve seen a huge resurgence in the remodeling market with flooring. It gives their homes a great facelift while adding value.” As for the future, Ervin and Baughan would like to continue to develop their total design center and assist West Cobb residents in their flooring needs. Another possible retail location may also be in the stars, but for now they continue to concentrate on growing their commercial and retail business and making sure that customer satisfaction is king. Fleming Carpet Flooring and Design Center is located at 1190 Kennestone Circle, Ste 130 off of Cobb Parkway in Marietta. 7770.420.3009

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Fun in the Sun??? Bathing suit season!!! Three words that strike terror into the hearts of most women. I can just hear the ‘Jaws’ soundtrack in my head as I’m writing this. The angst of the fitting room, florescent lighting, cellulite, varicose veins..... Yikes!!! It’s almost enough to make us want to move to the North Pole. Ok, now that we’ve gotten that out of our system, let’s face our fears and go swimsuit shopping. We need to shop for swimsuits like we do our other clothing, looking for the suit that will show off our assets and minimize those less than perfect areas. Here are some tips for finding the right suit for your shape. The hourglass (Equal or almost equal bust and hip width with a defined waist) Your best look is a one or two-piece with high-cut styling and asymmetrical or diagonal lines. If you have a tummy, look for a long tankini that covers the stomach, or a one-piece with a spandex lining that flattens the belly. Bold prints on a dark background that keep the eye moving and ruching or side-shirring on a suit in a dark but flattering color help camouflage this problem area, as well. Avoid strapless styles and low-cut legs that shorten the line of the body. The triangle (Narrow shoulders and full hips and thighs) Suits with wide set straps and scoop necks or detail along the bust line draw attention upward. A Deep-V, halter-style one-piece with a seam under the bust and high-cut legs or printed tops with solid bottoms balances out your top and trim your hips. Avoid high necklines and low-cut legs. The Wedge (Broad shoulders and narrow hips and flat bottom) Look for swimsuits with an underwire top with a wide band for support, a full cut halter style, racerbacks, bra-sized tops and a high or square neckline minimizes and supports the bust. Avoid lots of


detail along the bust line and strapless or skimpy tops with no support. The Rectangle (Upper and lower body are equally wide with few curves) Add the illusion of curves with vertical patterns and stripes, shirring, belted or ruffled bottoms or wrap detailing. Avoid strapless or skimpy suits with no support. Don’t forget the importance of purchasing suits in colors that are the most flattering to your skin tone. This is a time when you usually do not have on a lot of makeup, so make sure your suit color enhances your coloring. Do not neglect the impact of a cute cover-up (one that you can wear all the way to the edge of the pool) and flip-flops or sandals to complete your look. And a pedicure is a must! I recently came across some attractive Bifocal Sunglasses made by a company called twoeyes. They come in 100% UV protection and your choice of 4 magnifications. 1.5, 2.0, 2.5, 3.0. No more squinting to read or wearing a pair of sunglasses over your indoor glasses. (Available on the HSN website) So before heading to that chamber of horrors, known as the dressing room, arm yourself with knowledge on how to accentuate your assets and find a suit that flatters you. Put on some self-tanner, try on several different sizes and brands, move around, sit down, and twist from side to side, making sure everything stays put and remember no one has ever died from seeing themselves in a bathing suit - as far as I know.... Shelia Frey, owner of Signature Image Consulting, will help you discover your personal style and give instruction on creating your individual look. Her goal is to add value to women's lives by positively influencing the way they view themselves. To maximize your personal potential, contact Shelia at or 770-893-8944.

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The Importance of Physical Therapy By Charles M. Pesson, MD If you’ve ever had a sports injury, or any form of debilitating orthopaedic condition, you know that physical therapy can be a very important part of the treatment process.

Treatment in physical therapy can involve more traditional techniques such as stretching, massage and basic exercises, or the use of highly sophisticated equipment such as ultrasound machines for muscle stimulation. Hydrotherapy is another form of physical therapy that makes use of water as a means of reducing the strain and stress on the body that can be caused by exercises that are typically performed on land. Physical therapy can be effective in treating arthritis, general stiffness or joint pain, and is extremely helpful in improving post-surgical outcomes. In general, physical therapy also has a beneficial effect on your overall health and fitness. One important thing to keep in mind is that each individual is different and therefore has different bodies, patterns or movement, habits and limitations. Because each person is different, rates of healing are different as well as experiences with physical therapy. The therapy that worked for your neighbor may not work for you and therefore it’s important to remember to be patient, diligent, and compliant with the specific rehab program that your physician and your therapist build for you. It may be tough at first, but you’ll soon see all your hard work paying off! Dr. Charles Pesson is an orthopaedic surgeon with Pinnacle Orthopaedics. Get to Know Pinnacle. Call 770-944-3303 or visit for a complete list of services, physicians and locations near you.



Physical therapy is considered a conservative treatment method and is often one of the first measures an orthopaedic surgeon will prescribe when treating a patient. Physical therapy focuses on pain relief, promoting healing and restoring function and movement associated with an injury. Although many patients may that think they know how to exercise properly and manage their own pain and rehabilitation, physical therapists are specialists skilled and educated specifically in proper rehabilitation methods. They work closely with the patient’s referring physician in order to develop a rehab program designed specifically to each individual patient.

Physical therapy can encompass everything from pain relief, increased strength and flexibility, proper postural alignment, regaining movement or range of motion, endurance training, relaxation and stress relieving techniques, to more simple balance and coordination training, proper walking, education, safety awareness and development/implementation of a home exercise program.

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Here is Another Secret to Fat Loss and the Body of Your Dreams! by Jason Goggans One of the first things I tell people when they ask me how they can get fit or lose weight is to find someone who you want to look like then do what THEY do to look that way. That means train, eat, and dedicate yourself like they do. Well, this month’s article addresses one of the secrets that almost all successful fat burners adhere to. Before I let you in on this secret I want to address another topic first. One of the biggest keys to fat loss is consistency. That means once you find a workout and nutrition program that works, you must work that program. That means you have to follow-through. You can’t adhere to the program here and there or whenever it is convenient for you, you must adhere to it every day of your life. That’s just reality. If this seems overwhelming, well, that’s where this month’s secret comes in. As one of my very dedicated and most successful clients puts it, to achieve fat loss success you must guard your time. You must guard your time with the same vigilance that you would guard anything else important in your life. Guarding your time refers to scheduling time, everyday, to focus on your health and fitness. This means schedule your time to workout every day and do it at the same time every day. You must also schedule time to focus on your nutrition. That means preparing meals, packing meals if you are going to be on the go, food journaling, etc. Once you have scheduled your times, guard them with all of your might. The time you schedule cannot be changed, negotiated, or altered in any way. If you allow yourself to, you can ALWAYS find things you “need” to do other than exercise and prepare healthy meals. It is very easy to say, “Well, laundry is backing up and I really need to do that now, I’ll exercise later”. Once laundry is done then it’s time for the kids to come home from school, next thing you know it’s dinner time and you have missed yet another day of exercise.

When you schedule your time to workout, and you don’t let anything get in the way an amazing thing happens: You actually workout…and do so consistently. When you workout consistently another amazing thing happens…you get real, body changing results! So, if you desire success, fat loss success, then you MUST break out the Blackberry, I-Phone, or even the antiquated paper calendar that’s hanging on the wall and schedule yourself some “me” time. Write the time everyday that you will workout, prepare and pack meals, and food journal. Then guard that time with your life. Some of you may be thinking that being that anal about workout times seems a little selfish. I say, so what? It is okay to be a little selfish sometimes. Especially when your health and happiness are on the line. I have a feeling that the people closest to you will understand if not deeply appreciate it. To achieve real fitness and fat loss results it is best to dedicate 8-9 hours a week to your health. That’s 5- 6 hours of exercise per week and spending 2-3 hours on your nutrition. Sound like a lot? If so, then consider this; there are 168 hours in a week. If you take 8-9 hours for your health and fitness that leaves 159-160 hours to do everything else that you want/need to do. So…no more excuses. Get to scheduling! I promise it will pay off big time!

Jason Goggans, B.A., ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, graduate of the University of Florida and fitness professional located in Kennesaw and Marietta, GA. Goggans is the owner of BodyBack! Women’s Fitness Boot Camps and has posted more information on his website, Log on to receive a copy of Jason’ s latest report, “10 Quick Ways to Weight Loss… How to Look and Feel Better FAST!” or call Jason @ (404) 452-5208.



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When I told everyone I was off to Amman, Jordan, they thought I had lost my mind. “Why would you travel to a Muslim country now, when radical factions are doing everything possible to destroy our way of life in the USA?” I had been there before and loved it. Jordan is an ancient country where historic ruins and desert castles litter the landscape from north to south. Here I had heard the romantic story of an American woman who loved her man so much that she gave up her citizenship to become the Queen of this little known nation in the center of the Muslim world. Queen Noor, originally Lisa Najeeb Halaby, the daughter of an airline executive and politician from Washington DC, graduated as an Architect and Urban Planner from Princeton University, Then in 1978, she met and became the 4th wife of Hussein bin Talal, better known as King Hussein. She has since symbolized all that is good in Jordan. Jordan and its Kings have always been crusaders for peace in this turbulent region. Amman, the capitol, has been the seat of several peace conferences over the years. I guess that is why even today with Hussein’s son on the throne, one feels so safe in this amazing country. You can walk freely down streets and be greeted by groups of school children returning from a day of classes. Everyone is always glad to see you and say hello (and trying to practice their English).


Aside from the shopping and museums in Amman, there is so much more to see and do in this small country. Just a few hours from the capitol, the famed entrance of Petra is now one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. It is an amazing feeling to ride a horse through that dark crevasse and then break out into the sunlight right in front of the Treasury, I almost felt as if I was the first person on earth to uncover this spectacular sight! I kept looking for Indiana Jones chasing close behind me! The ancient city of Petra stretches out in front of you and two days is never enough to see it all. You can spend the night in any of the deluxe hotels at its entrance, or you can trek into the interior and with special permission, pitch a tent under the desert stars to have the real desert experience...Bedouin style! There is also a Bedouin Experience in Wadi Rum. A mountainous desert south of Amman, Wadi Rum is also the property of its Sheikh who is chauffeured around in his modern Mercedes Benz, while he greets the tourists who arrive by camelback. He has created quite an empire of Bedouin tents where you can spend the night Bedouin style. In the evening by a large bonfire he brings out the local Bedouin brew and with the stars overhead, the dancing begins. Drumbeats and voice sing ancient songs that echo across the desert. The Sheikh also performs a Bedouin marriage ceremony for his guests. He claims that he has wives all over the world and then states, “You” have just become one of them!” There are so many desert experiences in Jordan. Lawrence of Arabia crisscrossed this country during his travels and there are many desert castles that he visited, now mostly in ruins, each one as mysterious and wonderful as the previous. Throughout Jordan, 4 x 4 tours cross the desert, scuba dive in the spectacular waters of the Gulf of Acaba or kayak in hot springs that carve the steep canyons leading down to the Dead Sea. There are modern spas and seaside resorts and deluxe hotels throughout. Remember please, that all things American are loved and appreciated in Jordan. So, as I head out for my trip to this wonderful land, I thank Queen Noor and her husband for creating such a wonderful and friendly country to visit...the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. Pam Walker is a Virtuoso travel consultant and can be reached at You can follow her travels by visiting Pam’s blog at or

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By Dara S. Hosch, MD FAAP • Cobb Pediatrics, PC Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that is essential for proper calcium absorption. New evidence shows that low vitamin D levels are associated with serious health problems. Therefore, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently recommended that all children including newborns receive at least 400 international units (IU) of vitamin D each day. Recent medical journals claim that children may need as much as 1000 IU per day. This article will review the importance of vitamin D, give sources of vitamin D, explain reasons for low vitamin D and list health problems that can result from a vitamin D deficiency. Doctors have known for years that vitamin D is essential for strong bones and teeth. However, low vitamin D is linked to an increased incidence of upper respiratory tract infections, asthma and eczema. Studies have concluded that inadequate vitamin D in infancy increases the risk for Type I Diabetes. Recent scientific research shows that vitamin D may play an important role in preventing and treating the following health problems: multiple sclerosis, thyroid disease, insulin resistance, cardiovascular disease, cancer and cognitive impairment in adults. The bottom line is vitamin D is vital for good health. Vitamin D is most efficiently obtained from direct sunlight upon skin. Therefore, vitamin D deficiency is more prevalent in those parts of the world where it is too cold or culturally inappropriate to expose skin to sunlight. Darker skin tones, obesity and sunscreen impair the skin’s ability to absorb vitamin D from the UVB rays of the sun. Health guidelines to protect our bodies from harmful rays may also deprive our bodies of this important nutrient. Playing outside is a great way for children to burn energy, get fresh air and soak up some vitamin D.


Natural dietary sources of vitamin D include eggs, liver and some types of fish. It is also added to many dairy products. Milk, yogurt, soy milk, tuna fish and eggs are good sources of vitamin D for growing children. However, it takes 32 ounces of milk a day to reach the recommended daily allowance. This much milk can be constipating for some children. Breast milk is generally better for babies than formula but it is lower in vitamin D. Babies who are exclusively breast fed should receive a vitamin D supplement. A multi-vitamin is recommended for all children who do not get at least 400 IU of vitamin D per day. Some people have difficulty obtaining vitamin D from their diet because of their food choices or impaired fat absorption. The following is a list of conditions that may result in inadequate dietary vitamin D: cystic fibrosis, short gut syndrome, Crohn’s disease, milk allergy, lactose intolerance, strict vegetarian diet, celiac disease and pancreatic insufficiency. The liver and kidney play an important role in converting Vitamin D to its active form. Because of this, patients with impaired kidney and liver function can develop a vitamin D deficiency even if they receive the recommended amount. Symptoms of vitamin D deficiency are subtle and often missed. Bone pain, muscle weakness, leg bowing, and easy fractures are well known symptoms but most patients with low vitamin D have no symptoms. If your child is at risk for a vitamin D deficiency, talk to your pediatrician. A blood test for 25-hydroxy vitamin D will help your doctor determine if vitamin D levels are within the normal range (30 to 74 ng/ml). To keep your children healthy, encourage them to drink their milk, take a vitamin and play outside everyday.

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Outdoors-the new room addition! The line between indoors and outdoors continues to blur as many of us want to take our indoor comforts and solitude

Your outdoor space should accommodate your needs throughout the year. Do you entertain outdoors? What will your seating needs be for your larger parties? Do you spend time outdoors in the evenings? Is the outdoor grill seasonal or all year round? Do you want to have your family meals outdoors? Will you need weather protection? Outdoor furniture has greatly evolved from the folding, vinyl strap versions of the past, to beautiful pieces made of teak, steel, rattan, and wicker. Many pieces look just like indoor furniture but are constructed and designed to stand up to the outdoor elements. Outdoor fabrics resist fading from ultraviolet rays, mildewing from damp conditions and odor absorption. These fabrics are a must for any upholstery or drapery that will be used outdoors or in a screened-in location.

outdoors. This concept is becoming more realistic as many manufacturers of home products develop more and more appliances, furniture, lighting and accessories that can be used indoors or out.

Creative lighting can help you create a space with increased ambiance and functionality. Incorporate various types of lighting in your space. Landscape lighting, ceiling fans and decorative side lighting are great ideas. Torches or tiki lighting can also be charming.

People are driven to find peaceful sanctuaries as a prescription for our stressful lives. Outdoor patios and porches are becoming more sophisticated and refined, and are becoming a living extension of the indoor spaces.

Remember to create a space that is perfect for you and your needs. This is a space where memories will be made so consider it an important investment. I like to call an investment like this an emotional anchor: a space where your family gathers, shares and remembers forever. Can I help you create your outdoor space?

Creating an outdoor space has many elements-landscapes, design, stonework, carpentry, outdoor furnishings, lighting and accessories are all essential elements in your overall plan. As you begin the process, be sure to include the entire family. You will be amazed at the wish list that you come up with.

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Shrimp Etouffee ¾ cup butter 24 large shrimp, peeled and deveined 1 green pepper, chopped 1/3 cup flour 2 cups heavy cream ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper ¼ teaspoon paprika 2 tomatoes, seeded and diced Salt and pepper Cooked rice Melt ½ cup butter in a fry pan. Add shrimp and cook a few minutes but not all the way. Remove shrimp and add peppers. Saute about three minutes. Add the flour and stir until smooth, then add cream. Use a whisk and cook over low heat. Add cayenne pepper and paprika. Add shrimp and tomatoes. Cook a few minutes then add remaining butter. Serve over rice. Chopped Salad with Pepper Dressing Pepper Dressing 1 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon drained rinsed capers 1 tablespoon freshly cracked pepper 1 teaspoon lemon juice Salad: 1 head iceberg lettuce, coarsely chopped 2 tomatoes, seeded, chopped To prepare the dressing, whisk the mayonnaise, capers, pepper and lemon juice in a bowl until mixed. To prepare the salad, mix the lettuce and tomatoes in a salad

bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Serve immediately. When cutting iceberg lettuce with a knife, serve immediately as the edges will turn brown. Bassano Asparagus 3 pounds asparagus, trimmed – salt to taste 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil Juice of 3 lemons Pepper to taste 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley 6 hard-cooked eggs, finely chopped Cook the asparagus in just enough boiling salted water to cover in a skillet for 3 to 5 minutes or just until tender-crisp; drain. Whisk the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a bowl. Stir in the parsley. Pour over the asparagus, tossing to coat. Arrange the asparagus on a serving platter. Sprinkle with the eggs. Serve at room temperature. May be prepared 6 to 8 hours in advance and stored, covered, in the refrigerator. Bring to room temperature before serving. Hawaiian Sweet Potatoes 2 cups mashed sweet potatoes or 1 lb13 ounce can ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup sugar 2 eggs 1 cup milk 1 cup coconut 1 teaspoon vanilla Topping: 1 (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple with juice

1 large jar maraschino cherries with juice ¾ cup sugar 2 tablespoons cornstarch ¼ teaspoon red food coloring Cook potatoes and salt until tender. Drain, mash and add remaining ingredients. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Topping: Mix all ingredients and bring to a boil. Cook and stir constantly until mixture is thick. Cool and spread over cooked potatoes. Hershey Bar Cake 2 sticks margarine 2 cups sugar 2 ½ cups all purpose flour 2 teaspoons vanilla ½ teaspoon soda (mix with flour) 1 cup buttermilk 4 eggs 1 (1-pound) can chocolate syrup 6 small plain Hershey bars Melt chocolate bars in syrup over low hear. Cool. Cream Sugar and margarine. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each one. Add cooled chocolate, then floor and milk alternately. Add vanilla. Bake 1 ½ hours at 300 degrees in a lightly greased and floured Bundt pan. All recipes mentioned above can be found in the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta’s nation award winning cookbook, Southern…On Occasion or Georgia on My Menu. You may purchase this online at

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Container Herb Gardening I absolutely love the smell of fresh herbs. However, buying fresh herbs at the grocery store often made my wallet cry, so I would pass them up. Often times I didn’t buy enough or they would spoil before I could use them. Container herb gardening can give you an abundant, ready available supply of fresh herbs. Container gardening doesn’t require a lot of space and your containers can be placed inside your kitchen for easy access. Growing herbs in containers is the perfect gift for gardening friends and great for cooking too. Take a look at these 3 tips to make your herb garden successful and flavorful. Tip #1 Select the herbs you want to grow. Choose from basil, oregano, rosemary, sage, thyme, parsley, mints and dill. All are easy to grow in containers, require very little maintenance, and are adaptable for a wide variety of dishes. Plants such as lavender and yarrow spread quickly and can take up a great deal of space, so these are ideal for container herb gardening in small batches. You will want to select herbs that you will actually cook with. Because fresh herbs are full of flavor and not diluted, the amount used in recipes is substantially smaller when substituting for dried herbs. One tablespoon of fresh herbs equals about one teaspoon of dried herbs.

Tip #3 Container herb gardening provides the mobility necessary to protect your herbs from bad weather and seasonal conditions, as well as hungry animals and insects. Inside, you can place your containers in the right location for the herbs that you are growing. Most herb plants require similar growing conditions: a minimum of six hours of sunlight per day. Plants may need full sun, partial sun or partial shade. For example, parsley and thyme like to be in a sunny spot. Plants will only receive what you give them; therefore, you will be able to regulate the pH, nutrients, nutrient strength, water amount, and light amount. This makes it important to research the plants you will be growing so you know what they need to survive. Hopefully with these tips your knowledge and vision has expanded and you can see that the possibility of creating that special herb container garden. You will be able to incorporate your 5 senses; touch, taste, smell, feel. What you will hear is everyone applauding the wonderful flavor or smell you have created. Using these 3 tips for a successful container herb garden will have you well on your way to herb heaven.

Tip #2 Seeds or budding plantings’ are viable options. Growing herbs in a small garden is quite affordable, especially if you start with seeds. It’s best not to skimp on seeds of good quality and to spend a little more to get good results. Remember seeds can spoil just like any other natural food product. Remember to check the dates on the seed package to ensure your seeds are fresh. If you decide to purchase plants to start your container garden, it is a good idea to plant them at the same height. If you plant them too deep, they make choke or suffocate due to all of the soil overhead. Also check to see if your plants have become root bound. If you see roots coming out of the drainage holes, it’s time to replant them in a larger container.

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Father’s Day Gifts by Gen Wright Shopping for Father’s Day was a lot easier when we were kids. A nice hand-made card or a lump of clay that nearly resembled a bowl was enough to have him smiling and thanking us. As adults, we don’t get nearly the same leeway. While Dad doesn’t expect anything fancy, we still want to wow him with our appreciative gifts. The best way to do this is to pick something unique from a wide array of personalized Father’s Day Gifts. When you’re shopping for the best gift, remember that the sky’s the limit on what you can personalize for your father. There are options available for every type of person, from business oriented to the travel loving. Vast selections of personalization ready products are available at your local specialty stores or online. All you need to do is decide what type of gift is best for Dad. Business Oriented Fathers If your Dad is constantly on the go, with clients, meetings and business trips, he’ll appreciate a fine quality business accessory personalized with his name or initials. These gifts may be simple, but they will allow your father to add a personal, professional touch to his business interactions. And, best of all, every time he receives a compliment on his stylish accessories, he’ll remember you.

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The Origin of Father’s Day Father’s Day originated in Spokane, Washington in 1909. While listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in Church, Sonora Louise Smart Dodd thought there should be a holiday to honor her father, Henry Jackson Smart and other fathers around the world. Sonora’s mother had died, and she was raised and nurtured by her father. In her eyes, her father was the most wonderful, courageous, loving and selfless man. Sonora celebrated the first Father’s Day on June 19, 1910. Fourteen years later, in 1924 Calvin Coolidge proclaimed the third Sunday in June as Father’s Day. In 1972, President Nixon established a permanent United States observance of Father’s Day to be held on the third Sunday of June.

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Complicated Lives Can Come With Anxieties by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D. Life is complicated and anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. Some experiences of anxiety are an expected part of life. However, when anxiety becomes extreme it develops into a disabling disorder. Anxiety disorders are mental health conditions that include excessive amounts of nervousness, fear, worry, or dread. Anxiety disorders are the most common psychological difficulty and one that affects over 40 million adults in the United States. Anxiety disorders may be caused by life changes, stress and tension; medical factors; genetics; brain chemistry; substance abuse; or a combination of these issues. Whatever the cause, anxiety disorders are serious and painful. There are different types of anxiety disorders, with different symptoms. • Generalized anxiety disorders (GAD) involves ongoing excessive worry about nonspecific issues. GAD sufferers often feel afraid and worry about health, finances, family, work or potential misfortunes. The fears are typically unrealistic and there is a sense that the worst will happen. • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is an anxiety disorder characterized by thoughts or actions that are repetitive, distressing, and intrusive. OCD suffers usually know that their compulsions are unreasonable or irrational, but because they alleviate anxiety, are very difficult to control or stop. Other disorders that are thought to be related to OCD include trichotillomania (compulsive hair pulling), and compulsive shoplifting. • Panic Disorder involves intense and sudden periods of fear or even terror. There is typically an abrupt onset that involves physical symptoms such as racing heart rate, difficulty breathing, shaking, chest pain, hot flashes or chilling and an intense sense of fear. Panic attacks are not medically dangerous, but they are terrifying. • Phobias are intense fears and avoidance of situations (flying in a plane, driving on the interstate) or of things (bugs, heights). Phobias typically cause people to avoid the things that are feared.

• Social anxiety or phobias are where there are extreme levels of discomfort in social interactions. The fear is typically about being negatively judged by others or a fear of public embarrassment or humiliations. • Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is an anxiety disorder resulting from a past trauma (such as military combat, rape, a serious accident or other extreme encounter). Symptoms include flashbacks, hypervigilance, nightmares, or extreme fear. Avoiding circumstances that make you anxious might help you feel better in the short term. However the relief is only temporary and every time something is avoided, it becomes harder to face. Typically concerns that the anxiety will return becomes problematic and most often leads to a gradual progression where more and more situations are avoided. Therefore, avoiding anxiety provoking situations actually results in the further development of an anxiety disorder. When an anxiety disorder is significantly interfering with life, professional assistance is important and should be explored. Medications can be very helpful in the treatment of anxiety disorders. These medications are commonly prescribed by physicians (family practice, OB-GYNs, or psychiatrists). Psychotherapy or counseling is helpful by exploring the root causes of the anxiety and to teach the behavioral interventions that are helpful with anxiety. Training in relaxation techniques, meditation, and breathing exercises really can help with the intense discomfort of anxiety. Learning how to manage stress in life and not over committing is important. Looking after physical health is helpful. This includes eating healthy meals, getting regular exercise, and getting enough sleep. Additionally, a trained therapist can develop a systematic treatment plan to challenge the irrational belief systems that develop with anxiety. Anxiety disorders are highly treatable, yet only about one-third of those suffering receive treatment. While reaching out for professional help is never easy, most people who seek treatment for anxiety experience significant relief and an improved quality of life. Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: You may reach her at (770) 4286698 or Your comments or questions are welcome.

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What is Melasma? Melasma is a very common skin disorder that presents as a dark discoloration (hyperpigmentation) of the skin. Dark-brown patches appear on sun-exposed areas of the face, particularly the cheeks, bridge of the nose, forehead, upper lip, and chin. It is most frequently seen in people with darker skin tones, including those of Hispanic, Asian, African, Indian, or Middle Eastern descent. Melasma is seen in both men and women, but about 90% of those affected are women. What causes Melasma? Although the exact cause of melasma is unknown, there are many factors that have been known to trigger or worsen the condition. Pregnancy, oral contraceptive use, hormone replacement therapy, certain antiseizure medications, and chronic sun exposure have all been associated with melasma. What is the treatment? Sometimes melasma may fade within several months after stopping the use of birth control pills, hormone replacement therapy, or after delivering a child. If melasma does not fade gradually, there are a number of treatment options. There are a variety of creams available to treat melasma. Some of the most commonly used creams to treat melasma contain the active ingredient hydroquinone, a “bleaching” chemical. Some creams containing hydroquinone in a 2% concentration are available over the counter. A dermatologist may be able to prescribe hydroquinone in higher

concentrations of 3-10%. Many preparations of hydroquinone may also contain ingredients such as tretinoin, glycolic acid, and topical steroids which may enhance the skin-lightening effect. Other lightening agents that have been used to improve the appearance of melasma include azelaic acid and kojic acid. A dermatologist may also recommend a chemical peel, microdermabrasion, or laser surgery treatments. These cosmetic procedures may be successful in treating melasma, but they should be performed under the care of a dermatologist in order to prevent any potential complications. How can Melasma be prevented? Avoiding sun exposure and using a daily sunscreen are the two most important factors in preventing melasma. Melasma may worsen with even brief sun exposure such as walking to and from the car, driving, and even sitting near a window. Therefore it is essential to protect the skin from the sun daily. Sunscreens that provide broad-spectrum protection (protection from UVA and UVB light) are the best options. Find a sunscreen that includes a physical block such as zinc oxide or titanium oxide, with an SPF of 30 or higher. A new FDA approved sunscreen with Mexoryl SX has been shown to be effective on sensitive skin.

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Cisco is a Catahoula Leopard dog. He is 8 years old and loves long walks and riding in the truck.

Bubba is a 1 1/2 year old yellow lab. Santa brought him for our daughter, Kaylee in December 2008. He is the most faithful, loving dog we have ever had.  He LOVES to fetch tennis balls. Yes, ballS !  He carries two balls in his mouth and will fetch them only when you throw both balls!  Bubba and Kaylee are the BEST of friends!

This is almost 3 year old Maddisun Lathrop and her best friend, Mojo, playing “king of the rock!” Mojo is a Mastiff/ Boxer mix, almost 5 year old puppy! He loves following Maddi around in an attempt to sneak snacks, or runs from her during one of her many energy bursts! 

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