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BORN AGAIN BLESSING CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: Children’s, juniors, and maternity clothes, shoes, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and more! Friday August 11, 9am-7pm. Saturday August 12, 9am-noon. Preview sale: Thursday open to workers and sellers only. First time moms can sign up for early shopping privileges. Riverstone church, 2005 Stilesboro Rd. NW, Kennesaw, Ga 30152. For more information go to: LIL’ BLESSINGS FALL/WINTER CONSIGNMENT SALE: Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2958 North Main Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Friday, August 11th from 9am – 7pm, and Saturday, August 12th, from 9am – 1pm. Registration for selling is open now! 770.427.3109.

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KENNESAW FARMERS MARKET: NOW through October, rain or shine, from 3:30 to 7:30pm at Kennesaw’s Depot Park. Sponsored by the KDDA, the Farmers Market features a variety of vegetables, fruits, and herbs grown by local farmers, as well as fresh baked breads, cakes and cookies, landscape plants, flowers and other assorted goods. For more information on the Farmers Market, check out the Kennesaw Farmers Market Facebook page. For vendor information or support, call Julia McPherson at 770-794-7075 or email

PIGS & PEACHES BBQ FESTIVAL: Adams Park, 2753 Watts Drive, Kennesaw, GA 30144. Friday, August 25th from 6-10pm., and Saturday, August 26th from 10am-10pm. Now in its 17th year, the festival features two days of non-stop music, good eats, cold beer and interactive family-fun. Scheduled performers include Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter SHAWN MULLINS, Atlanta-based rock trio KICK THE ROBOT, and others. For more information, visit

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COBB COUNTY RODEO: August 25th, at 8pm, Jim R. Miller Park, 2245 Callaway Rd., Marietta, GA 30008. With events in bareback riding, bull riding, steer wrestling, tie down roping, team roping and barrel racing, (not to mention the trick riders and the rodeo clowns!) the Cobb Classic Rodeo has proven to be a night of excitement and fun for rodeo fans of all ages. For more information, call 404.625.4890.

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Jason and Tara met after college and have been married for 10 years. They have two children, Jayden (6) and Cruz (4). Jayden is going into the first grade at Bullard Elementary and Cruz will be in Pre-K at EaglePointe Preschool. Jayden is on a competitive gymnastics team at Gymnastics Academy of Atlanta (GAA) in Kennesaw. Cruz wrapped up his first soccer season this past spring and is looking forward to playing tee-ball next.

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Driving in Mykonos is a bit crazy. It seems like there is no order in the roundabouts. How do you know who has the right of way? Everyone goes at once,” my husband mentioned to our taxi driver. “Yes, it is crazy. Whoever gets in first has the right of way,” he responded. I was already feeling a little nervous about our plan to rent a motorbike for our 3 day stay in the Greek isle. Mykonos was the final stop on our trip across Greece. We had come to the country for a conference my husband was attending in Athens. We had been advised by one of our Greek colleagues not to miss visiting some of the islands while we were there. I agreed that this was a wise plan. My researching of Greek islands was a bit overwhelming at first as there are so many beautiful places to see. There are regional planes and ferries that connect mainland Greece and the islands so getting around is quite easy. I planned for us to fly from Athens to Santorini and then ferry from Santorini to Mykonos. Surprisingly, there were direct flights from Mykonos back to Manches-


ter so we didn’t even need to return to Athens. By the time we arrived to Mykonos, I had already fallen in love with Greece. I had heard that Athens itself wasn’t very nice, but I disagree. It has a different feel than other European capitals: I would say it’s a cool mix between gritty (lots of graffiti) and charming (plenty of outdoor cafes and cute bars). The history in the city is unbelievable. The ruins of the Acropolis (built in the 400s BC) sit on top of a hill that can been seen from anywhere in Athens. When we were there, Europe was experiencing a heat wave and the temperature at the Acropolis was 106°F! We flew from Athens to Santorini and basically as soon as the plane reached cruising altitude, we began our descent. From runway to runway, it was under an hour. We stayed in Oia, the most recognizable city of Santorini: Home to whitewashed buildings and blue-domed churches. Oia might be one of the few places in the world that actually looks as beautiful as its Google images. The main activities seem to be passing through high-end shops and watching the sunset. Tourists from all over the island take buses to Oia each night to watch the sunset over the water. To get to our final stop, Mykonos, we took a SeaJet ferry. In 2.5 hours we were disembarking on one of Europe’s favorite playgrounds. It’s popular to rent motorbikes or four wheelers to get around the island, which is exactly what we did. Despite the unruly chaos in the roundabouts, motor biking was great fun. We covered a lot of ground and got used to hopping on the bike for dinner in town. My favorite stretch of road was from Mykonos Town back to our hotel. The road went alongside the ocean and the lights from neighboring towns reflected off the water. Of all my travels around Europe, I know these were moments I will never forget. Kelly Dean is a Marietta native and former Miss MHS. Kelly lives in northern England with her Spanish husband. Her travels through Europe have taken her as far as Turkey and Morocco, with many mishaps and laughs along the way. Currently, she is working in the International Student Recruitment Office at Lancaster University.

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Happy August everyone! I hope that you all are enjoying your summer as much as I am! Being outside in the sun just makes me happy. I have a question for you. Do you think that happy people not only look better, but feel better as well? I think so…and so do many others...scientists, universities and the media. As a matter of fact, David Bowden wrote an article titled, “Look Good: How Your Style Strengthens Your Self Confidence”. He claims that one of the best, most immediate and effective ways to feel better on the inside is to look better on the outside. The article was quite lengthy but his 4 main facts were: 1. When you dress better you feel better about yourself. 2. As a natural consequence of feeling better, you project this positive feeling outward to other people. Essentially, you behave the way good-looking people behave: confidently. 3. This leads people you encounter to think “He or she certainly acts like a good-looking guy or woman so he/she must be.” They then treat you like a good-looking person. 4. Being treated this way by others affirms your own positive feelings. Subconsciously you think, “I really must be good-looking because other people are treating me so.” Makes sense, right? Another amazing organization that believes in this concept is the National Cancer Society. They formed the “Look Good, Feel Better” Program in 1989. This is a program that helps people going though cancer learn how to take care of themselves (hair, skin and nails) during the process as it can wreak havoc on your body inside and out. Clearly they know doing someone’s hair or showing someone how to apply an eyebrow doesn’t take away the actual pain of cancer, but you’d be surprised at how it makes the process a bit easier and helps the patient not feel like a patient. You see looking good actually helps you feel better if only for a moment. I was able to volunteer for the “Look Good, Feel Better” program years ago and it was an amazing process. Helping others feel good about themselves is THE MOST rewarding part about my job. I have currently been asked to be a contestant for “Dancing with the Stars of Cobb County” for Loving Arms Cancer Outreach. This organization helps people going through (or have gone through cancer in the past 18 months) with everything from bills to wigs. It is an amazing organization and I encourage you to spread the word. For more information visit I’d love to see you at the event on September 16th or at any of my upcoming fundraisers between now and then. Please feel free to visit my “Dancing with the Stars of Cobb County” page to vote or attend. A man named George St-Pierre once said, “If you look good, you feel good. If you feel good, you do good”. I would say he was 100% correct! Remember, no matter what life throws your way-

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Quick and Easy Back-to-School Lunch Tips from CHOA Strong4Life A nutritious lunch can keep your kid’s engine running smoothly throughout the school day. Check out our top five lunch hacks—they’ll save time and money, plus give kids a boost just when they need it most.

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Keep Everything Cool To keep a cold lunch cool, freeze a clean, wet sponge in a sealable plastic bag for an inexpensive ice pack. Or freeze a plastic water bottle (pour a little out first because it’ll expand) to keep lunch cool and give your child an ice-cold drink.

Make Mini-Meals Save money on those prepackaged mini-meals by making your own (healthier) version. Pack low-sodium deli meat turkey slices, reduced fat cheese, whole-grain crackers, grapes and baby carrots in a sectioned plastic container. Or give him a mini-pizza with mini whole-wheat pita, marinara sauce, part-skim mozzarella cheese, bell pepper strips and mandarin oranges. And don’t forget water to drink! Quick and Quirky Quick, quirky and delicious! Packing a healthy lunch that tempts the taste buds is easier than you think. Here are a few of our favorite ready-to-go lunch ideas: Pack salads in tall plastic containers by layering a little dressing on the bottom, toppings in the middle, and lettuce or spinach on top. Just shake and eat! (Moms and dads love this one as much as the kids!) Keep a few grab-and-go lunches handy by freezing a few PB&Js. Here’s a helpful hint ... to keep bread from getting soggy, spread nut butter on both slices of bread, with jelly in the middle.

What to Pack? Keeping the right containers on hand makes packing lunch a breeze. Use small plastic containers or foil muffin tin liners to keep dips and sauces separate. For an easy reminder to pack a variety of foods, use a divided container. Feeling Fun and Festive

There’s nothing more special than an opportunity to add a little personality to your child’s lunch. And even though you won’t be there to see, you’ll love the idea of putting a smile on his face at lunchtime. Use cookie cutters to turn sandwiches, cheese, fruits and veggies into fun shapes. Draw a smiley face on a banana or orange peel. Or leave a special note for your child in his lunchbox. It’ll make his day.


The Cobb EMC Community Foundation recently awarded 14 scholarships to local students across Cobb EMC’s service territory. Each recipient will receive a $5,000 scholarship, which can be applied to any accredited two or four-year university, college or vocational-technical school. • Grace Albright of Etowah High School

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The recipients were selected from over 215 eligible applicants, and they are accepted in undergraduate degree programs at accredited and technical institutes. Chattahoochee Technical College, Emory University, MIT, University of Georgia and Yale are among the colleges the recipients will attend this fall. The annual scholarship was created in 2014 and is funded and administered by the Cobb EMC Community Foundation, a third-party foundation, set up to administer and distribute the funds collected through Operation Round Up.

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still “free.” Then I had to spend another $350.00 on an electric-trolling motor and massive battery because paddling is for idiots. However, when I attached the motor to the back of the boat, the wooden transom disintegrated into a cloud of dust and termite corpses so I had to add another $25.00 just in parts…I donated the labor. Then, I determined that the boat’s two seat posts were rusted through and I replaced them with brand new posts and mounts. Let’s just round that down to $50.00 in parts. Again, donated labor. Many have heard the phrase “there are no free lunches” uttered to them at one time or another in their lives. The saying is meant to explain the simple economic premise that one cannot receive any goods or services at zero cost. It is a warning to the doe-eyed youth that somewhere during any transaction where “free” is advertised, there are strings present that inevitably lead to some cost.

Once I had that installed I took the kids for a brief trip on the lake and realized that big-fat daddy and big-fat battery stuck in the back of the boat tended to make the kids all roll downhill during water operations. So, I re-positioned the 60 lb. battery midway on the boat and redneck-engineered a reverse wiring harness to the transom so nobody would trip over exposed electrical wire while fishing…$100.00.

A perfect example would be that “free” mini-computer you use to text your friends your every move. Never mind that the “free” phone was attached to a contract that locked you into a price structure that is higher-than-average and that any extensions over your “data limit” would be penalized at a monetary rate that would be the physical equivalent of a beating by a Roman Centurion.

I also had to install five fishing-rod holders because none of the kids wanted to bait their own hooks, (worms are Icky!) and having them secure while untangling lines, re-baiting, distributing snacks and other fatherly duties became a necessity. Figure another cool $100.00.

I re-learned this “lunch” lesson recently when I was talking to a friend of mine and happened to mention that even though my house is within spitting distance of a great fishing lake, I had never taken my children out because I lacked a boat. “Dude,” he replied, “I have an old Jon Boat I haven’t used in ten years that you are welcome to have if you want?” “Are you sure?” I asked. “Yeah, it may need a little TLC, but if it gets it out of my yard and off my wife’s gripe list,” he volunteered.

All totaled my “free” boat has cost me a frosty $1,000.00 and countless hours in the garage making repairs. But it’s all worth it, right? Let me just say that the first time I took all the kids out fishing, one threw their rod in the water and exclaimed they would never come back, another got a hook stuck to their leg and announced fishing was “too dang dangerous” and a third refused to wear their life jacket and has been banned from the boat until they get a better “attitude.” So as I go out on the lake by myself in my “1,000 dollar free boat” for a few hours just to justify the expenses to my wife I think, “Totally worth it!” Now if I can just find the lunch she packed for me.

“Wow, a free boat!” I thought. My friend didn’t have a trailer for the boat, so I purchased one off of Craig’s List for $300.00 because dragging it behind the minivan appeared to have an adverse effect on the hull. No big deal,


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What it looks like Day after day your child complains of headaches before school. She stays home and feels fine by lunch. Yet the next school morning, the symptoms are back. Your child expresses extreme fear, tantrums, and refuses to go to school. These may be signs of “school refusal.” It is more serious than just a slow-to-warm child who hesitates to leave you in the morning. How often and when it occurs According to Wanda Fremont, M.D. writing in American Family Physician, 1% to 5% of all children experience school refusal at some point in their school career. School refusal should be dealt with early, since it can have long-term effects on children’s educational, emotional, and social development. School refusal is most common when a child first enters elementary school or during the transition to middle school – times of big adjustments. It can be associated with trauma or change at home; for example: moving, divorce, or a new baby. It is often accompanied by anxiety and/or depression. How it differs from truancy School refusal differs from truancy. • With school refusal, children want to stay in the perceived safe environment of home with their parents. Children are usually willing to do their schoolwork – just at home. • With truancy, children do not want to stay home, they often do not do their schoolwork, and delinquent behavior is frequently present. So what is a parent to do? Work with your child • Listen to your child – Help him to put words to his feelings. He needs to express his emotions in a supportive, non-judgmental environment. Reflect back what you think your child is saying. “It sounds like you feel afraid about getting on the school bus.”


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• Ask questions – and really listen to the answers. Gentle open-ended questions are best. “Do you like your teacher?” may seem like a reasonable question, but it forces the child to focus on the teacher, who may not be the problem.

• Get a thorough medical exam – Rule out any possible physical conditions that could be causing or affecting Memberyour SIPC child’s behavior. • Talk to your child’s teacher and/or guidance counselor – Build a partnership with school personnel to address the issue. They can give you feedback on things happening at school that might influence the problem, such as bullying or challenges with class work. Together you can come up with a plan to help your child feel more comfortable in school and help integrate him back into the classroom. • Consider family counseling – especially if there are issues or big changes within the family. Set up home to promote attendance • Make sure your child has enough sleep and a good breakfast – Dragging through the day tired and/ or hungry could make anyone want to stay home. (Continued on page 29)


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THE SCIENCE OF BEAUTY – THE CRAZY WAY YOUR SKIN BEHAVES IN YOUR 20’S, 30’S, 50’S AND BEYOND by Eliana Ocheseanu – The Skin Whisperer The beauty industry has moved from the back of salons into the mainstream, thanks in part to the Kardashians and the baby boomers who want to look as young as they feel. Every day a new magic ingredient makes its appearance in the news and on every shelf of every spa, salon and supermarket. This leaves us, the consumer, a little bit more confused on what to buy and what works best for our skin. The answer is simple- the skin is a leaving breathing organism. If you give it the right food and hydration it will be happy. If you don’t, it will be thirsty, hungry and angry (pretty much just like us). As we age, our skin also goes through many changes throughout the decades.

“Hormones drive the changes in our skin as we age” What drives the changes in our skin as we age are our hormones—from puberty, pregnancy, menopause and even stress. Our skin glows when estrogen becomes the dominant hormone in our bodies. It keeps our skin plump, firm and smooth by increasing collagen and elastin, the building blocks of healthy skin. But when estrogen declines—during the week of your period, as you age and as menopause approaches—you can still take steps to help skin smooth out, firm up, and glow on. Here’s how:

IN YOUR 20’S What happens: Estrogen peaks during your 20s, giving most women their best-ever complexion: luminous, taut, and even-toned. Throughout the month, estrogen masks the sebum-producing effects of testosterone, but when estrogen dips the week leading up to your period, newly dominant testosterone makes its presence known in the form of breakouts and blemishes What to do: Use a gel cleanser to get rid of the excess oil. Spend a minute to properly cleanse your skin and to give time for the product to emulsify all that oil. Rinse well and apply a toner to keep your PH balanced. Always moisturize with a water-based moisturizer. Never skip the moisturizer, as the skin will compensate the dryness on the surface by producing more oil.

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IN YOUR 30’S What happens: In your 30’s estrogen levels start to dip, causing the decrease of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid. Cell turnover slows, too, and skin bounces back less easily from inflammation. How it looks: Dryer, thinner skin, more obvious traces of expression lines on the forehead and around the eyes. This is the beginning of age spots and an increased flaring of inflammatory conditions like rosacea and occasional acne. What to feed it: Now is the time to start your anti-ageing regimen especially at night when the skin rests and repairs. A mild glycolic or salicylic chemical exfoliator will help get rid of the dull, dry cells on the surface and increase product penetration. Look into serums and moisturizers with vitamins, especially A and C that are powerful antioxidants that prevent environmental damage to your skin.

“Time to buy a good serum” IN YOUR 50’S AND BEYOND What happens: Estrogen comes to a halt during menopause and testosterone takes center stage. You’ll lose a third of your collagen within the first five years of menopause, and with it your skin’s bounceback, moisture and glow. Inflammation also peaks, making skin more vulnerable to damage from sun, (Continued on page 29)


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LIFE UNIVERSITY ADDING NEW ON-CAMPUS HOUSING AND DINING FACILITY New state-of-the-art residential and dining facility set to accommodate anticipated growth of undergraduate and graduate enrollment by 2020

paying on our current bonds were reduced dramatically,” notes Dr. Riekeman on the bond sale. “Life U was recognized for its financial stewardship by the strong demand from the financial markets, and this is a testament to our vision for the future.” As part of construction for the new facility, approximately half of the old Commons buildings on the southeast side of Barclay Circle (South Cobb Dr. entrance) will be taken down. LIFE currently has one additional on-campus student housing facility (LIFE Village Retreat), as well as the main campus eatery (Socrates Café). The new facility is expected to accommodate approximately 362 students. In comparison, the LIFE Village Retreat currently accommodates 300 students.

Construction is commencing shortly on the Life University (LIFE) campus for a brand new, 99,000 square-foot campus housing and dining facility anticipated for completion by fall 2018. As part of the University’s 20/20 Vision established in 2006 by its Board of Trustees, this new facility will increase living, dining and recreational/leasure facilities to accommodate an anticipated growth in both undergraduate and graduate enrollment in the next few years. Also a part of the 2020 Vision strategic plan, the University’s goal is an enrollment of 3,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students by 2020. LIFE Chancellor Guy Riekeman, D.C., made an announcement to University faculty, staff, students and alumni last week indicating that this facility project was set to proceed following a strong response by investors when the University offered their bonds for sale to the market. “Our interest rates we’ve been

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“This project, which is the first of three proposed, was over a year in planning and development,” explains LIFE Executive Vice President of Finance Bill Jarr. “It involved a great team who spent countless hours in an effort that will result in a pivotal moment for the University as it fulfills our Board’s directive to grow both our undergraduate and graduate student enrollments. The idea of a live-on university campus is an exciting one.” Additionally, LIFE President Rob Scott, D.C., Ph.D. had this to say regarding the bond refinancing and the newly planned addition to the campus in Marietta, “This is an exciting time for the future of Life University as we continue to fulfill our institution’s 20/20 strategic plan, enhance the campus culture, improve the student experience and expand academic and athletic programing. The new student housing and eatery that we will start construction on immediately will be a significant addition to our campus.”

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The alarming need for mosquito control has been a passion of mine for several years. I started MOSQUITO LADIES as a priority for protecting the public from the outbreak of mosquitoes. My company helps eradicate mosquitos around your home and property. MOSQUITO LADIES provides the most effective and convenient method for managing mosquitos and other biting insects in your yard. You can sleep well knowing that our service provides a shield of protection for your home. All of our products are EPA regulated and approved for use in residential applications. MOSQUITO LADIES pride ourselves in going above and beyond what is required. We currently provide for homes, schools, playgrounds, outdoor spaces, golf courses, country clubs, day cares, etc. While consistently listening to the Florida epidemic that evolved from other countries, I realized the seriousness of this effort within our communities. From October 2015 to January 2016, there were almost 4,000 cases of babies born with microcephaly in Brazil. Prior to this , there were just 150 cases per year. The suspected culprit is a mosquito-borne virus called Zika. Officials in Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador and Jamaica have suggested that women delay becoming pregnant. And the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has advised pregnant women to postpone travel to countries where Zika is active. Mosquitos in Georgia are out in full force thanks to our warm winter and rainy weather, giving mosquitos a head start multiplying in our foliage and creeks. Calls have started rolling in for mosquito spraying with our company since the temperatures have started to heat up in Atlanta. Our customers have requested information on the dos and don’ts with these pesty bugs and what they can do for prevention, as well. The process starts with eliminating standing water and clearing heavy foliage. Keep your foliage trimmed. Make sure your gutters are cleansed after we have a heavy rain. Once a week, items that hold water like tires, buckets, planters, toys, pools, birdpaths, flower pot saucers, and trash containers should be emptied and scrubbed, turned over, covered or thrown away. Mosquito season typically starts in May and ends in October. but weather is also a big factor and it could last well into November. Public health leaders have reported two pregnant women in Georgia that have been infected with Zika. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is keeping a close eye on the numbers of Zika cases across the country. In Georgia, there are now 51 travel-related cases and two of those patients are pregnant. One of those cases was sexually transmitted. Pregnant woman and their unborn children are our priority. PLEASE CALL MOSQUITO LADIES AT 770.896.6299


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a variety of artistic disciplines. The evening comes alive as performance, dance, culinary and visual Art permeates every corner of the charming Historic Marietta Square. During this free, self-guided walking tour guests will enjoy gallery openings, live music, original photography, painting, sculpture and more on display along the sidewalks throughout town. Art lovers will also enjoy late night shopping at the many one-of-a-kind boutiques. MARIETTA FOOD TOURS: The Marietta Square Food Tour takes you on a 3 hour guided tour of 7 locally owned and operated eateries. The walking tour allows you the unique ability to explore Marietta, all while gaining knowledge about its history, culture and architecture, at the same time savoring the appetizing culinary selections available on the bustling square. Every Saturday from 11am – 2pm. For more information, please visit POP-IN FOR POP CULTURE: Every 2nd Tuesday at The Marietta Museum of History, Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060. Pop-in from 5-8pm and explore different topics of pop culture from the 1950’s and 60’s. All activities are FREE with regulare admission. For more information, please visit MARIETTA FARMERS MARKET: Our Town’s #1 Farmers Market every Saturday and Sunday from 9am. The market has an average of 60 vendors on Saturday and 25+ on Sunday. Market customers have lots of variety to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, if ever, available from the grocery store. Customers can also take home many live garden, yard and culinary herb plants, not to mention fresh squeezed lemonade. The Marietta Square Farmers Market will again be located on the Historic Marietta Square, taking up residence on North Park Square, between Shillings Restaurant and The Strand Theater. For more details or updates contact Johnny Fulmer at 770.499.9393. EMAIL US WITH YOUR EVENTS! INFO@OURTOWNMONTHLY.COM. Deadline is the 15th of the month for the following month’s issue.

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Advice to the New Bride

After the fanfare from the wedding subsides and the bags are unpacked from the honeymoon, it is time to figure out how to make the new marriage prosper. New couples have to learn how to live together and combine two lives into one while still maintaining some individuality. Every new bride can use some advice, and although I am not an expert, I have gained some wisdom in thirty-seven years of marriage that I would like to share.


Be willing to change plans, try something new, go somewhere different, or meet someone new. Be open to new things and don’t be afraid of a little change. Living with someone is going to require give and take. Talk behind his back, but make sure it is positive. Let people know what an amazing man you have. Save your complaints for your best friend or your mom.


It is so sad to see two people tearing each other down while listing each other’s faults. Be each other’s best friends and be the one who is always there with support and unconditional love.


There are certain things that my husband does that drive me crazy, but if I brought up everything that annoys me, it would cause all sorts of issues. Let the small stuff go. Pick what your battles are and try to ignore the rest.


This should probably be number one because it is so important. Laugh at your mistakes and try not to take life too seriously. Laughing together is the best medicine. Being married does not mean that you have to try to become someone else or be interested in the same things that your husband likes. Keep doing the things that you feel passionate about and share your experiences with your husband without expecting him to engage in them.



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My husband sometimes says things that I interpret differently than what he actually meant. Before you react to something that was said, check for understanding. It is a good idea to take a few minutes before reacting to anything. Give yourself time to assess the situation.


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