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MARIETTA SQUARE FARMERS MARKET: Every Saturday from 9am to noon. The market has an average of 60 vendors and hundreds of customers each week. Market customers have lots of variety to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, if ever, available in grocery stores. 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 information, please visit

LIGHTS OF LIFE: A Holiday tradition started by Life University since 1989. A visual treat that the whole family will enjoy. Now, through December 31st, every night rain or shine. Sunday through Thursday 6pm to 10pm, and Friday & Saturday from 6pm to 11pm. For cost and directions, please visit MARIETTA SQUARE CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING: Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for the kick-off to the holiday season Thursday, December 5, 2013. Festivities start at 5pm in Glover Park in the Historic Marietta Square. Local school choruses will perform Christmas carols as children visit with Santa in the gazebo until 8pm. Santa will light the giant Christmas tree at 6pm. Schedule: 5:20pm – Santa Arrives 6:00pm – Tree Lighting

SANTA IN THE SQUARE: After kicking off the holiday season with the Marietta Square Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa’s Workshop opens in Glover Park in Marietta Square. Bring the kids to visit Santa’s Workshop on weekends in December, 2013. Photos with Santa are available, and afterward visitors are encouraged to visit the shops and restaurants surrounding the Square for fun holiday gifts and great food and drinks. Free parking is available in the Cobb County parking deck on Cherokee Street. Handicapped parking is also available near the Square. Photos with Santa are available. For more information, call the Marietta Parks and Recreation Department at (770) 794-5601.

KENNESAW, A DAY WITH SANTA: Saturday, December 7th. Santa's arrival begins at noon with a parade on Main Street featuring costumed characters, designer floats, marching bands, and live reindeer pulling Santa's sleigh. The entertainment continues with a holiday host of activities, live music and dance performances; along with a seasonal variety of food vendors, crafts, gift and general merchandise near the Depot. Children's activities include FREE snow tubing down "Depot Hill", a FREE snow playground, FREE and pay-to-play inflatables, trackless train rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, and much more. Festivities will conclude with a Christmas tree lighting program which begins at 5 p.m. 2828 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144,

CAFÉ NOEL: Enjoy a night of entertainment as Powder Springs First United Methodist, in conjunction with the City of Powder Springs, hosts Café Noel. This Christmas themed musical variety show will be Saturday, December 14th at the Patricia C. Vaughn Cultural Arts Center in downtown Powder Springs, 4181 Atlanta Street, Powder Springs, 30127. There will be two performances, 5 and 7:30pm featuring local noted talent and offering a variety of desserts and beverages in a café atmosphere. All proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to support Christian Aid Mission Partnership (CAMP). For reservations and tickets, visit or call 770.943.5130.

FAITH KLINE ELF TROT 5K: December 14th at Kennesaw First Baptist Church, 2529 J.O. Stephenson Avenue, Kennesaw, GA 30144. The run begins at 7:30 am at Kennesaw First Baptist Church and ends in Downtown Kennesaw. The race runs down Main Street to Swift Cantrell Park, makes one loop around Swift Cantrell Park and returns to downtown Kennesaw. Women, men, boys, and girls are invited to run, walk or stroll a 5K (3.1 miles), or participate walking or running in our Merry Mile! This run benefits the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children. For registration and additional information, visit

12th ANNUAL TOTES 2 TOTS SUITCASE DRIVE: sponsored by Georgia Cancer Specialists (GCS) and Northside Hospital, will take place Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Twenty-seven GCS offices across Georgia – including 19 in Metro Atlanta – will participate in the drive, which delivers new or nearly new backpacks and kidsized suitcases to foster children in Georgia. To participate in Totes 2 Tots, simply drop off a new or nearly new bag on Friday, Jan. 17, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the nearest Georgia Cancer Specialists office. For a list of participating locations, visit or, or call 1-877-716-CARE (2273). Financial donations may be made securely online at

CAREER TRANSITIONS MINISTRIES: All Your Questions Answered On How to Get Hired NOW! In today’s employment marketplace a job seeker needs to use many tools to succeed. But how does one know which tools are more useful than others? How does a job seeker get the interviews they want? Is there an easier way to start networking? With all the competition out there, how does one defeat their competition? If you want the answers to these questions and more, you won’t want to miss our presentation on December 9th by Bill Lins CPC. A free business portrait by professional photographer, Al Eckford, is offered at this meeting. Monday, December 9, 2013 at First Presbyterian Church 189 Church Street Marietta, GA 30060 6:15 p.m.- Free business portraits, festive food and social hour, and presentation. For more information, please call Bob Sabin 770-795-9084 or Lee Pence 770-428-9350 or visit 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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Three- year old Regan is featured on our December cover with Santa Claus sending holiday greetings to Our Town readers. Mom and Dad, Piper and Daws Sims moved to Marietta from Duluth in 2008. The couple wanted to be closer to Daws’ parents who also lived in Marietta. Reagan was born in June 2010, and little Kylie joined their family on October 4th of this year. Piper told us, “We are so blessed that both girls are healthy and happy.”

As a family, they enjoy spending time outdoors and traveling. The beach is their favorite destination, but they also enjoy visiting the mountains when they are able to get away. Piper and Daws both work as consultants and are able to telecommute from home most of the time. This allows them to spend more time with their children and they are both grateful for this.

Reagan loves the playground, swinging, sliding and running. She also loves to play with her friends at her pre-school, all of whom are currently referred to as her “best friend.” She is very inquisitive, and is now enjoying her role as big sister.

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You know those moments when you’re at your wits end with your kids? Then just before you throw in the towel and pack your bags, you get a glimmer of hope that keeps you from running away? I had one of those moments during this holiday season. As much as I love Christmas and Thanksgiving, my glimmer of hope didn’t come while we were stringing lights or baking pumpkin pies. It came when we were trick-or-treating.

Every Halloween, I remind my kids at every house to say thank you. It exhausts me that I have to continually remind them to show gratitude. Why can’t they just remember? Better yet, why can’t their hearts be so full of appreciation that gratitude is a natural response?

This year one of my children got candy then, before he stepped foot off the porch, he bellowed, “I hate that kind.” Part of me wanted to crawl under their giant-sized Snoopy blowup lawn decoration, but secretly I didn’t blame him. The people handed out the reject candy, the kind that even sugar-loving children leave sitting in the bottom of their buckets after they’ve picked out the Kit Kats and Reese’s Cups. I talked to my son about how to graciously accept all the candy, even the rejects.

A few houses later, he did it! He said thank you to a few people who passed out rejects. I considered it a glimmer of hope because, most of the time, he is utterly ungrateful. And frankly, I don’t know what to do about it. I don’t have the answer to transform an ungrateful little heart that whines and complains about everything into a thankful one.

When I say my child complains about everything, I’m not exaggerating. When I’m cooking dinner, he walks through the kitchen and says, “Yuck! What stinks?” Even when I’m making his favorite meal, he complains that he’d rather have something else, “Pizza with potato chips and ice cream sundaes for dessert? Aaaahh, I wanted tacos.” When I buy him a toy, he gets home, unwraps it and says, “I should have gotten the other one.” Then he whines for 10 minutes because I won’t take him back to the store to exchange it.

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This is the same kid who, of all my children, is the first to tell me how much he loves me, the first to smother me with kisses and hugs when I walk in the door, the first to show compassion to a friend who is being left out. He’s the one who makes me belly laugh, and the one who livens our home with his spunk and spirit. Without him, our family would be quite dull.

I’ve tried all the regular remedies, but they haven’t worked. You can force a child to say thank you, but you can’t force him to feel empathy so that he recognizes a good deed and genuinely expresses appreciation when someone does one for him.

When I was a kid and I complained about eating cabbage rolls my mom made from scratch, I’d get the “There are starving kids in Ethiopia” speech. But that won’t cut it with my son, and it never worked for my generation either. A kid growing up in rural Ohio has no clue where Ethiopia is, let alone why the kids are always starving there.

It frustrates me because I believe that giving thanks is essential to contentment. When we give thanks, we simply cannot be self-focused. It’s impossible for gratitude and ungratefulness to cohabitate in the human heart. And I desperately want my son’s heart to be full of thanksgiving, not his selfish desires. The hardest part about having an ungrateful child is it takes all the fun out of doing things for him. When a child says, “Thank you, Mom,” you’ll happily spend your entire Saturday sitting outside in freezing rain at soccer tournaments then spend your last dollar on ice cream for the team. But when he whines, you start to resent doing even the smallest things for him. As a writer, it feels unfinished to end this column here, without a pretty bow about my revolutionary parenting technique that cured my son of his ungrateful heart. But often times parenting takes years to see results. As the old adage says, parenting is a marathon, not a sprint. Along the journey, we hold on to the glimmers of hope that pop up unexpectedly, even if they are as simple as a “thank you” for reject candy.


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Life, in general, is full of advice. When you are pregnant, the advice is voluminous. Advice comes from pregnancy and childbirth magazines, books, family, friends and your obstetrician’s office. Not all advice is good advice and weeding through it all can be overwhelming.

So here’s more advice from a busy pediatric practice about your beautiful bundle of joy. First, breast is best. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the United States Surgeon General, breast milk is the best nutrition for your baby. That said, breastfeeding is not an easy task. Like everything in life, practice makes perfect. New mothers need plenty of rest, good nutrition and water, as well as emotional support while learning to breastfeed. It takes approximately 6 weeks for mom and baby to find their rhythm. Mom will have good milk supply, the soreness should have diminished and mom will be better able to enjoy nursing her baby. The baby will become an efficient feeder in less time. Breast milk’s benefits for the baby include easier digestion, fewer allergy risks, less constipation, less obesity, less diaper rash, improved immunity and a stronger mother-baby relationship. The benefits for mother include lower cost, greater convenience, faster recovery, less post-partum depression, reduced risk for breast cancer and higher satisfaction. Don’t hesitate to ask for assistance from your pediatrician or a lactation consultant. Breastfeeding is not the best situation for everybody and there should be no guilt in bottle-feeding. Babies thrive with commercially made formulas. Cow’s milk, soy, lactose-free and specialty formulas are available. Consult your pediatrician to find what formula works best for your little one. No matter the nutrition source, watch the baby for sucking on hands, rooting or crying to indicate readiness to feed and the relaxation that occurs with a full tummy.


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“Attention Sciatica And Low Back Pain Sufferers…” Could One Hour With Our Doctors Give You the Answer To Your Disc Pain? Now, in Acworth, GA, Dr. Erin Arnold, D.C. & Dr. Amy Valente, D.C. have what may be the most important breakthrough in non-surgical back pain treatment. Before and after MRI studies have shown disc bulges shrink in size – even with the most painful cases of L4-L5 & L5-S1 herniations. If you’ve had disc problems for years, recently injured your back, or you’re suffering with sciatica, you must hear about these new studies. Scientific studies tell us that spinal discs are responsible for most of the aches and pains people suffer from. Discs act like a cushion between our backbones and allow for a space at each level so the nerves can exit the spinal column. When these discs get injured or wear out from bad posture, they begin to degenerate and cause pain. Bulging and herniations begin to form, pressing on the nerve roots. If the herniations occur at L4-L5, they can severely compromise the large sciatic nerve, causing muscle weakness, tingling, and severe pain.

The most common invasive treatment for disc herniations is surgery. This costs quite a bit of money. Even with health insurance the patient is left with their own portion of the bill, in excess of $10,000-$15,000, and sometimes more. The recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with all surgery.

But here’s the biggest problem… there is a high failure rate of back surgery. One medical study found that on average, 53% of L5-S1 back surgeries fail to produce relief of symptoms (International Orthop 1987.)

Before You Go Under The Knife and Opt For Spinal Surgery… You should seriously consider a less invasive approach called spinal decompression. Non-surgical spinal decompression is a new technology that has been proven to reverse disc herniations. It creates a vacuum effect on the disc, which pulls the disc back into its normal position and brings in a fresh blood supply to promote healing.

Do You Have A Disc Problem? If you experience any of the following in your back or neck, chances are your pain is due to a disc bulge, herniation or degeneration: • A vice-like squeezing feeling in your back • Sitting causes back or leg pain • Stabbing pain at the belt line or in your neck • Can’t turn over in bed without hurting • Numbness in your toes or fingers • Fire down your legs • Searing pain radiates into your arm • Prickling in your leg or toes

Finally, Some Good News… If you’ve been suffering with back pain or arm/leg pain caused by a disc bulge, disc herniation or squashed or compressed discs. Until recently, the only advice for many of you suffering in pain was to try what you’ve been told:

• Try exercising • Try physical therapy • Try pain medications • Try muscle relaxers • Try pain shots • Try dangerous back surgery • Just live with it

If you’re like most, none of these have worked for you or you are afraid of what could happen if you do try some of these. Exercising makes you hurt more, pain medications and muscle relaxers cover up the problem and give you side effects. Pain shots can cause more pain, don’t work or don’t last very long or FIX the problem, back surgery didn’t work, or made you worse. Or maybe you were one of the lucky ones that back surgery actually helped, but now the problem is back with a vengeance. Whatever your situation, you owe it to yourself to check into a Breakthrough Computerized Non-Surgical Treatment for back pain and sciatic or leg pain caused by a bulging, herniated or squashed disc or discs. It has helped hundreds of people who were suffering just like you. This new treatment machine we are calling “the squashed disc machine.”

How “Good” Discs become “Bad” Discs Over time the discs in your back tend to get squashed or compressed, especially if you’ve played certain sports when younger or have a job that requires lots of sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time. Car accidents, lifting things, very physical jobs just to name a few. It’s kind of like a cookie with cream filling, and the cream filling will start to ooze out from between the sides of the cookie if pressure is applied on top of the cookie (like gravity on our spines). Eventually this happens to a lot of us. Statistics show over 80% of Americans will suffer with back pain some time in their life. Spinal decompression treatments are very gentle. In fact, every once in a while I even catch a patient sleeping during treatment!

How Does This Machine Work? Haven’t you ever had the thought…”Gosh, if somebody could just pull me apart…I would feel a whole lot better.” Yeah, we know you have. And it kind of makes a bit of sense. Well someone else, actually a medical manufacturer, back pain specialists, neurosurgeons and engineers have come up with just that. A machine that gently pulls you apart, stretches the disc to a certain point that causes a drop in pressure inside the disc (like a little vacuum in the middle of the cream filling) causing the cream filling to suck back in! You’ll simply lie on your stomach or back, whichever is comfortable, and then a specialized belt is gently put around your waist. We’ll set the machine to focus on your problem area – then the advanced decompression computer system will do the rest. Most pa-

tients feel better with just a few treatments, and best of all there will be no dangerous drugs, no invasive procedures, and no painful exercises.

Does Decompression Really Work? Absolutely! When you come in we will provide you with studies that show why decompression is a preferred method of treatment. But what provides the best “proof ” on how well decompression works is what patients say about it:

Just Listen to What Our Patients Had to Say:

“I started at North Cobb Spine & Nerve Institute for pain in my low back that traveled down my right leg. The pain felt like a burning sensation down my leg and numbness into my toes. I was unable to walk my normal 5 miles. Since starting the spinal decompression therapy I am now able to walk again without any pain. The pain and numbness down my right leg is completely alleviated. I was surprised to find that I am even sleeping better at night and that the tension in my upper back has also been relieved. The staff here has treated my great and is very caring!” Thanks, Bill Norman “My initial reason for coming to North Cobb Spine & Nerve was for the need to get rid of the pain, numbness and tingling sensation in my left hip and leg. The spinal decompression treatment has greatly helped relieve that pain and numbness. I am now able to walk straight again, without pain and my posture has also improved. My family has noticed also that I am feeling better. I am now able to do things with them without dragging behind. The atmosphere and care here at North Cobb Spine & Nerve is very caring, nice and helpful. The most amazing thing about the care is how soon I noticed the difference in myself!” Thank you, - Deborah McGrew “When I began treatment at North Cobb Spine and Nerve I had agonizing pain in my neck and I could not feel my right arm. This had been going for so long that I thought my case was hopeless. Since I have started decompression therapy movement in my arm and hand have been restored. I know longer have numbness in my arm and I can turn my head from side to side without pain. My energy has been restored and I can now play with my kids! I am so amazed after 30 years of pain I feel 100% better!” Thank you, - Colleen Sleszynski

As you can see, spinal decompression has a high success rate with helping disc herniations, sciatica, and back pain. In just a matter of weeks you could be playing golf, enjoying your love life, or traveling again.

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Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again With my “Decompression Evaluation” we’ll be able to find the problem and then get to work on it. Think of how you’ll feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living, feel tight joints rest, relax, free up, muscles tied in knots will become more supple and strength in your muscles may increase. You’re able to live life like a normal person again, without back pain – able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and finally get a good night’s rest.

The Single Most Important Solution To Your Sciatica and Back Pain It’s time for you to find out if spinal decompression will be your sciatic and back pain solution. For 15 days only, we’re running a very special offer where you can find out if you are a candidate for spinal decompression.

What Does This Offer Include? Everything we normally do in our new patient evaluation. Just call before December 15th, and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your health and wellbeing where the doctor will listen…really listen…to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination. • A full set of specialized x-rays to determine if a spinal problem is contributing to your pain or symptoms. • A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. • An extensive review of your MRI. • You’ll get to see everything first hand and find out if this amazing treatment will be your pain solution, like is has been for so many other patients. Until December 15th, you can get everything listed here for $20.The normal price for this type of evaluation including x-rays is $250, so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking us up on this offer.

Here’s What To Do Now: Due to the expected demand for this treatment, we suggest calling our office at once at 678-574-5678.

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by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

“Each day offers us the gift of being a special occasion if we can simply learn that as well as giving, it is blessed to receive with grace and a grateful heart.” We are entering the annual season of giving – and a time to examine how well you allow yourself to be given to. “Receiving” by fully accepting gifts with grace, gratitude and appreciation of the gesture of being given to; is an important part of relationship. Receiving a gift is half the exchange - it is the complement of giving and just as important - and sometimes more difficult. To embrace being given to with grace may require suspending, at least for a time, the sense of independence, of being strong, and selfsufficient. Additionally, accepting from others requires an acceptance of self-worthiness and the sense we deserve the kind efforts of others. For many, the art of receiving gracefully is a real challenge.

Most would rather give than receive because giving offers such natural and genuine satisfaction. However, it may be selfish not to let others help. Work towards allowing yourself to be given to - - and give the gift of receiving well. The result of not being good at receiving is that we deny others the pleasure of feeling valued; we deny them the joy of giving. Offering gracious acceptance honors the giver. Sometimes the nicest thing we can give someone is to let them be the thoughtful one. Receiving well is a kind of generosity. If compliments, gifts, or other kindnesses, cannot be accepted and embraced fully, these expressions of love are blocked. The proverb of “it is better to give than to receive” has great truth; however, the ability to receive is equally as important as the ability to give.

Parents and known etiquette instruct on the importance of making eye contact, expressing gratitude and then writing a note of thanks are a part of graceful receiving. However, etiquette covers only a part of receiving a gift well. The deeper difficulty is in embracing and really welcoming a gift.

Some guidelines to follow to express appreciations for the precious gifts we are given:


• Accept graciously and say “thank you” genuinely

~Sarah Ban Breathnach~

• Resist the “knee-jerk” reaction to reciprocate

• Resist the urge to decline a gift or deflect a compliment

• Enjoy the gift or compliment

• Examine your negative reactions to understand this issue better

When appreciations are expressed graciously to compliments, offers of help, or other gifts you strengthen relationship bonds, create a life where people want to give to you as much as you give to them. A balance reciprocal life is healthier for all.

Psychologist, Dr. Melissa McCreery offers the following exercise to improve the ability to gracefully accept from others: “Make a daily practice of listing three gifts you received every day, noting the little or the big things. Look for the gifts you were given all day and notice whether you allow yourself to really receive them. We’re not talking expensive jewelry. It might be the coffee someone made for you or the email a friend sent or the way your partner didn’t point out that irritating thing you did. It’s how your colleague washed the coffee mugs. As you practice this, you’ll get better at catching it in the moment – and letting the gifts really sink in.”

As we enjoy this joyous time of seasonal giving, work towards offering the “givers” in your life the joy of your gratitude and appreciation.

Happy holidays to all! 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) 428-6698 or Your comments or questions are welcome.

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Have you shied away from dresses? Do you think they are for others and not for you? Maybe it’s time for a change! The ease of slipping into a dress, adding a few accessories and running out the door makes dresses a must-have wardrobe option for any season. If a dress fits well and flatters your coloring, there is no easier way to get dressed. I’m here to help you choose a dress and determine the few items you’ll need to pair with it in order to create an outstanding outfit. • If the neckline is very detailed (ruffled, draped, or beaded), avoid a necklace and keep the earrings simple.

Explore a range of color in your dresses.

• The little black dress is for you if black is truly a flattering color on you. Otherwise choose your best neutral color to create your own version of the LBD like navy blue, dove gray, pewter, taupe, brown, charcoal, or French blue.

• A wrap dress that creates a deep Vneck can use a dainty chain with a simple pendant. Add bangles on the arm for more impact.

• If you have a favorite bold color that looks great on you, wearing it in a solid dress can be a showstopper.

• If you’re attracted to a red dress but are nervous about the intensity of the color, choose one in coral, tangerine, berry, or rose. Fabrics create the tone for your dress.

• Wool crepe or matte jersey fabrics look smooth on the body and don’t wrinkle.

Your dress needs the right bag.

• If your dress isn’t a work dress, don’t wear a workbag.

• If you fall in love with a linen dress or a silk shantung dress, know that these fabrics will wrinkle quickly.

• If your dress is super simple, go for an exciting bag. Consider one with studs, sequins, chains, or patterns.

• If you want a dress to be more flirty, choose one in chiffon. It will move with you and create fluttering patterns. The shoe can add spice or be understated.

• Always keep a clutch handy in one of your neutral colors. If your dress or jewelry is getting the most attention, your handbag can stay in the background.

• If your dress is heavily patterned or lacy, keep the shoe simple. Try a nude pump.

• If a dress feels too feminine for your personal style, tough it up with a knee high boot.

• When wearing a solid colored dress, add personality in a fanciful shoe—brightly colored, metallic, or patterned.

Don’t forget the outer layer.

Jewelry choices will depend upon the neckline.

• A belted dress with a jeweled neckline is a great canvas for a statement necklace. Go big!

• A fine cashmere or silk cardigan sweater is an easy addition to a sleeveless dress.

• A silk blazer that repeats the line of the dress adds polish for evening occasions.

• A trench coat that has sheen to it, or a silk trench coat, is a great all-around choice for many dresses.

A figure flattering dress can make you look polished and pulled together. Wouldn’t a dress be a good choice in your wardrobe, especially for the Holiday season?

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Do you have problems with spider veins? These veins are small clusters of red, purple and blue veins, mostly found on the face, thighs, calves, and ankles. Spider veins are different than varicose veins which are larger, darker in color and they tend to bulge. Varicose veins can also be painful, whereas spider veins are typically asymptomatic. They can begin at any age and affect over half the population of women.

So you might ask yourself how you got these veins to begin with. Spider veins can be produced from a variety of causes, a few of these can include heredity, pregnancy, weight gain or fluctuation, standing for long periods of time, and certain medications that affect hormones. Spider veins may be permanent. In some individuals, who develop them during pregnancy, for instance, they may disappear on their own. Treatments

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or chemical solution into the actual vein using a very fine needle. The treatment sessions last about 15 minutes and the veins actually disappear before your eyes. There may be some slight bruising noted at the sites of injection, however this is minimal. It may take more than one treatment session, depending on the extent of your spider veins. Two types of solutions are commonly used in sclerotherapy.

Hypertonic saline

You may have heard of the “saline” injections. This solution is very hypertonic salt water that causes the cells lining the blood vessel to become irritated and inflamed after which the body breaks down the damaged vein and absorbs it, ultimately eliminating the problem vein. The number of treatments needed varies from patient to patient depending on the size and quantity of veins to be treated. Subsequent treatments are usually scheduled every four to six weeks to allow time for the body to respond to treatment. After one month optimal results should be seen. Recurrence of the same vein treated rarely occurs, however, new “spider” veins may form in other areas requiring subsequent treatment. Saline injections may cause crampiness or muscle aches at the site of injection. Polidocanol

In addition to hypertonic saline, Dr. Kayal uses a new solution called, “Polidocanol,” which has a similar mechanism, but is much better tolerated. Polidocanol is now approved by the FDA for use in sclerotherapy. No pre-treatment patient preparation is needed and most patients describe minimal discomfort. Post-operative compression socks or thigh-highs are recommended for one to two weeks following the procedure. This is a type of treatment for “spider” veins, and small to medium size varicose veins. Sclerotherapy is a series of injections of a saline


Prior to having sclerotherapy done you will need to have a consultation with your physician. At this time your practitioner will decide if sclerotherapy is the right treatment choice for you. To schedule a free consultation with Dr. John Kayal, please call (770) 426-7177

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My wife and I were sitting around the kitchen table the other evening looking at all the toy catalogs that the children had been so kind to place in front of us with particular pages earmarked just in case we hadn’t heard them in last few weeks when we looked at each other and said, “When did this become all about THIS?”

I could almost hear my parents giggling with joy in the background as I reiterated to my wife that she had spoiled our children rotten and that the “stuff ” of Christmas was not the stuff that covered the glossy pages getting in the way of my ham sandwich. I dodged the American Girl tome that was hurled at my head as she reminded me that she was “The ONLY parent in this household who has ever heard of a Christmas Budget and that it was ALWAYS a certain MAN at the table who blew through that amount and ruined our mutually-agreed upon spending limits!” I looked over at little Johnny in the high chair slurping on his bottle of milk and said, “Dude, you have got to get a grip on your spending!”

But like every other year it will be the week before Christmas and I will take an assessment of the cornucopia beneath the Orler tree and will surmise it “lacking.” I will then make a rush to some Big Box where I will melt the numbers off a few credit cards and get to enjoy the repeated phrase from my wife Christmas morning, “Wow, Santa sure did go overboard this year, I bet the Elves are going to have to have a garage sale to cover all this. “I sure hope Mrs. Claus doesn’t force him to sleep with the


Reindeer over this.” She won’t.

So where does this insatiable need for “this” and “stuff ” come from? Where in our DNA is it coded that want and need will never be equal and that Apple and Walmart will merely replace the idols of Baal and Zeus? The question answers itself. Even when every need was met for man there was the want for more that inevitably followed the greatest lie ever told, “You deserve this.”

It appeared that mankind was doomed to spiral into oblivion based on that lie until a lonely parent sat around the table and thought to Himself, “What more can I give?” But instead of attempting to fill that void with the fodder of temptation He gave a gift so precious that earning it or repaying the debt wouldn’t even be conceivable, much less possible.

I know I will overspend on Christmas. I know I will try to give my children more than they deserve, and I know that in January I will sit down with all my debt and debate whether or not I made the right choices…I am just blessed that my Father doesn’t look back on his gift giving and do the same. God Bless You this Christmas and every day thereafter and if you feel like it, thank Him. Mark Orler is a full-time husband, father and part-time observationist. Mark can be reached at

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Decking the halls with boughs of holly is not always a joyful tune. The holidays seem to appear quicker than ever, as the years go by, and sometimes getting into that decorating spirit can seem like you’re the one horse pulling an open sleigh through deep snow.

In the spirit of holiday giving, here are a few sensible tips that may make your decorating tasks a bit merrier. Start by engaging your sense of color. I am a firm believer in building on what you already have. After all, you have created a room that you like, so build on your visual sense for your holiday decorating. Selecting holiday arrangements that complement your room’s overall look and feel will give the room even more personality, and make it a holiday happening.

Simple touches carefully placed can make a wonderful impact. For example, a plain white fireplace mantel can be transformed into a dramatic visual with just an arrangement of greenery accented with warm festive colors and the glow of candlelight.

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Let us help you have the design of your If your home has a rustic or country style, building on that for the holidays can be easy by simply focusing on bringing in natural elements from the great outdoors! What says country more than bringing a tree inside and adding some greenery to complement the room’s woodwork? Greenery strategically placed around the house, especially doorways, creates an inviting atmosphere and stimulates the sense of smell with a woodsy aroma. A few decorative holiday pillows placed on seating areas throughout the home will add to the seasonal flair. Using white lights creates an instant winter wonderland appeal. Remember to keep it simple! The goal would be to make your country look a Christmas country look!

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Modifying existing accessories can always make for sensible stress-reducing holiday touches. Do you normally have a pair of bowls on your dining room buffet? They can be perfect for holding holiday themed accents. Do you normally have a small decorative lamp or two on display? Consider changing the lampshades to shades that have more sparkle or metallic qualities that would add more of a festive feeling to the space. Making a holiday centerpiece for your dining room table also can be simplified by using glass decanters, vases or other containers and filling them with ornaments, ribbon, greenery, bells or other holiday items. Ornaments also can be displayed on a cake stand, nested with leaves, or suspended in a grouping hung with ribbon. Keeping it simple, engaging your senses, and building on what you already have can make trimming the house for the holidays a more joyful, peaceful and relaxing time. Kimberly Herring is a Design Consultant and owner of Decorating Den Interiors. She can be contacted at 678-727-3013, or

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(Continued from page 10) in contact with the baby. If they are sick with a fever or cough, they should not enter the home until they have been free of illness for at least 24 hours. Due to the lack of immunity, a fever and illness is a big concern in a newborn. If the baby feels warm, take a rectal temperature. It is the most accurate. If the temperature is above 100.4, the baby must be seen immediately at the pediatrician’s office or emergency care.

Finally, a baby should be put on their back to sleep. Since the American Academy of Pediatrics instituted the “Back to Sleep” program, there has been a significant decrease in the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). Babies should sleep on a firm, well-fitted mattress with no pillow or fluffy stuffed animals in the crib. Co-sleeping is not recommended because of the fear of suffocation from being trapped in bedding or under a parent.

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The Family that Trains Together… by Jason Goggans

There comes a point in life where you’ve had enough. You know something needs to change. Whether it’s your health, finances, your spiritual life, your relationships, etc., we all reach that breaking point somewhere along the way. That’s exactly what happened to the Hackworth family about a year ago.

Beyond the numbers Stuart says getting fit has made him and Shana happier, enabled them to reconnect in their marriage, and set a great example for the kids. In fact, their two older daughters have joined our Warrior Pride Kids Class! Exercise is now expected in the Hackworth house. It’s become a part of their everyday family life.

Unhappy with how they looked, felt, and the poor example they were setting for their children, the Hackworth’s decided that they had to make a change…and that’s exactly what they did.

Stuart says the key to their success has been making changes together. They enjoy the friendly competition and holding each other accountable. They push and motivate each other, while not letting the other person slack. While the Hackworths have had a lot of success with these lifestyle changes, Stuart admits that it hasn’t been easy. Shana gets up at 5:00 AM to get to the gym for the 5:30 AM class, gets home from working out just in time to see the kids off to school, then gets herself ready to arrive at work by 8:00 AM. Stuart gets up with the kids, gets them ready for school, heads to Warrior Pride for the 7:30 AM class, and then heads to work himself. It makes for a busy day, but the dramatic changes they have seen make it worthwhile. They both also love the camaraderie and awesome support they’ve received from the new friends they’ve found in fellow crossfitters and trainers at Warrior Pride Fitness.

In March of 2013 they reached out to Warrior Pride Fitness for help. After only seven months of training, eating right, and making themselves a priority Shana has lost 11 lbs, 9 total inches (4 inches in the waist), and 11.2% body fat! Stuart has lost 18 lbs, 8 total inches (3 inches in the waist), and 11.09% body fat! (See their before and after pictures in the ad below). Stuart said he had a really great moment when one of his kids gave him a hug one day and said “I can put my arms all the way around you now!”

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Stuart Hackworth was working countless hours at his job and was constantly on the road, traveling two to four days a week. His wife, Shana, was also working a demanding career while raising three young daughters. With Stuart away all the time there was simply no way to consistently fit exercise into her life. Also, with Stuart’s travel schedule he found it difficult to squeeze in regular workouts. As a result of all this chaos, the Hackworths found themselves frustrated, overweight, unhealthy, and completely out of shape. Can you relate?

Stuart decided to make a career move that allowed him to be home and more present with his family. Once he was no longer traveling and they could no longer make excuses for why they didn’t put fitness as a priority, he and Shana both came to the realization that they could no longer continue the unhealthy lifestyle they were living.

It’s definitely a commitment, but they have made it a priority, and that really is the secret. While making a career change may not be realistic for many, making changes in your life and making exercise and health a priority is realistic. You just have to want it and realize how important it truly is. As the saying goes, “No one ever said it was going to be easy, they just said it was going to be worth it”.

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REAL ESTATE IN OUR TOWN by Deborah Ratchford

MARKETING YOUR HOME DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON It’s the holiday season and you have a house to sell .Would it be best to wait until after the New Year before listing it? Not in today’s market ! Here are 11 good reasons why you should list your home during the holiday season.

1. Buyers who look at homes during the holidays are serious and ready to make a decision.

2. There is less competition during the holidays. Serious buyers have fewer homes to choose from over the holidays, as most sellers take their homes off the market. Selling now means more money for you! 3. The number of houses on the market will dramatically increase come January, so waiting to list will mean more competition and less money for you.

4. Homes show better when they’re decorated for the holidays. Buyers are more emotional during the holidays and are likely to spend more money on a home that they like.

5. Buyers have more time to look over the holidays. With time off from work, they often view homes during the weekdays. 6. Taxes are one reason many are looking to buy during the holidays. Many of these folks


are looking to get a tax break before the end of the year.

7. January is traditionally a month when employees start new jobs, so waiting until spring to buy is not an option for them. Having your home on the market during the holiday season, allows you to capture the sale.

8. While your home is on the market during the holiday season, you still have the option to delay your close or restrict your showings during those six or seven days to celebrate the season.

10. Sell now for more money, and we can provide a way to delay your closing and/or extend your occupancy until early next year.

11. By selling now, you have the opportunity to be a non-contingent buyer for next year when more houses will be on the market for less. This could allow you to sell high and buy low!

From everyone at Keller Williams Realty Cityside and the Deborah Ratchford Real Estate Team, we want to wish you a very Happy Holiday Season! Please call us at 770-874-6382 for any of your real estate needs!

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Hampton Place Beef Tenderloin Southern On Occasion, page 187 Yield: 16-20 Servings 1 (4 to 5 Pound) Beef Tenderloin, Trimmed 2 Cups Soy Sauce 2/3 Cup Dark Sesame Oil 7 Cloves of Garlic, Minced 2 Tablespoons Chopped Gingerroot Coarse Salt and Pepper to Taste Place the tenderloin in a nonreactive dish. Whisk the soy sauce, sesame oil, garlic, and gingerroot in a bowl. Reserve half the marinade. Pour the remaining marinade over the tenderloin, turning to coat. Marinate, covered with plastic wrap, in the refrigerator for 1 hour; drain. Rub the roast with salt and pepper. Place in a roasting pan. Sear the tenderloin at 500 degrees for 20 minutes. Reduce the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven. Let stand for 10 minutes. Return the beef to the oven. Bake for 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Let stand for 10 minutes. Continue the “in and out” process until the desired cooking time is consumed. Bake 17 to 18 minutes per pound for rare and 20 to 22 minutes per pound for medium. Let stand for 15 minutes before slicing. Heat the reserved marinade in a saucepan and brush over the beef. Cut into thin slices. Serve on yeast rolls with horseradish sauce. May be prepared 1 day in advance and stored, covered, in the refrigerator.

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The holiday season is a perfect time of year to invite family and friends into your home. What better way to host your guests than with southern inspired dishes! While we all love family-favorites, it also is nice to introduce new traditions. This year, try a new recipe from one of the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta’s (JLCM) cookbooks, Georgia On My Menu and Southern On Occasion. Both of the JLCM’s cookbooks make excellent hostess gifts, and can be purchased in time for holiday parties by visiting the League Website at

Dissolve orange gelatin in boiling water; add cranberry sauce and blend well. Add plain gelatin. Add remaining ingredients and stir just to blend. Spray an 8-cup mold with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mixture into mold. Chill. When mixture begins to gel, stir to distribute nuts evenly. Continue to chill until firm. Holiday Toffee Southern On Occasion, page 188 Makes 2 Pounds 1 Cup Sugar 1 Cup Butter 1 Tablespoon Light Corn Syrup 3 Tablespoons Water 1 (5-Ounce) Package Sliced Almonds 2 Cups Milk Chocolate Chips Combine the sugar, butter, corn syrup and water in an iron skillet. Cover over high heat for 10 minutes or until caramel colored, hardball stage, stirring constantly and in 1 direction. Stir in the almonds. Pour onto a greased baking sheet and spread evenly with a spatula or wooden spoon. Sprinkle with the chocolate chips. Let stand until the chocolate begins to melt; spread evenly. Freeze for 1 to 2 hours or until set. Break into bite-size pieces. Store in a box or tin at room temperature.

Congealed Coca-Cola Cranberry Salad Georgia on my Menu, page 56 Yield: 8 Servings 1 (16-Ounce) Can Whole Cranberry Sauce 1 (3-Ounce) Package Orange Gelatin 1 Cup Boiling Water 1 Envelope Gelatin, Softened in ½ Cup Cold Water 1 (20-Ounce) Can Crushed Pineapple,

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