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THE WEST COBB AREA’S FAMILY LIFESTYLE NEWS MAGAZINE FEBRUARY 2014


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JUNIOR LEAGUE OF COBB-MARIETTA MARDI GRAS RUN: SAVE THE DATE - The 5th Annual Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run will be on Saturday, February 8, 2014 on the Marietta Square. All proceeds benefit the Junior League of Cobb-Marietta and its Community Partners. Visit www.marietta5K.com to register and get detailed information.

KENNESAW VALENTINE’S DANCE: Mermaids, pirate captains and Parrotheads are all invited to attend a very special, deep sea “Enchantment Under the Sea” Valentine’s dance party at the Ben Robertson Community Center on Saturday, February 8 from 6 to 9 pm. Partygoers will experience an "ocean front" getaway full of fun, feast and adventure. Enjoy all your favorite tunes spun by a dread pirate DJ, plenty of dancing, character entertainment, games, prizes, memorable photo opportunities, an "all-you-care-to-eat" dinner, along with decadent desserts. It's the perfect date night with your son or daughter, or make it an entire family outing! All adults must be accompanied by a child, and all children must be accompanied by an adult. Seating will be open; however, tables will be reserved for parties of six or more. Tickets are $10 per person, and can be purchased online at www.kennesaw-ga.gov/pkrec, or at the Ben Robertson Community Center beginning January 2. Advance purchase is required. Tickets are non-refundable after January 31. Children two (2) years of age and under do not need a ticket; however they must sit on an adult's lap. The Ben Robertson Community Center is located at 2753 Watts Drive in Kennesaw. For more information, call the Kennesaw Parks & Recreation Department at (770) 422-9714. 23RD ANNUAL LITTLE MISS COBB COUNTY PAGEANT: The event will take place at Southern Polytechnic State University, 1100 South Marietta Pwky., Marietta, Feb. 8th, 9:45 a.m. Six beauty titles will be awarded for ages 2 yrs. through 18 yrs. Separate talent search for ages 8 through 12 yrs. Information: Gene Phillips, 770-435-6378 and http://www.misscobb.com/. Chloe Esslinger, age 4, daughter of Chris and Traci Esslinger of Smyrna, will be among last year's winners on hand to crown the new Cobb County Sweethearts. Winners will be public relations ambassadors for Cobb County during coming year.

MARIETTA DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE: The annual Daddy/Daughter Dance is open to fathers and their daughter’s ages 5-12 years old, and features a fun afternoon with great music, dancing, and refreshments. Dress is semi-formal to formal. This is a great opportunity to make another magical childhood memory! Bring your dancing shoes and camera! Register early because space is limited and reservations are required. Registration and more information is available online at http://www.mariettaga.gov/city/residents/parks/specialevents/daddydaughter. Sunday, February 9th from 2:30pm to 5pm at the Mansour Center , 995 Roswell Street Marietta, Georgia 30060. For more information, call Marietta’s Parks and Recreation Department at 770-794-5601. Cost: Tickets are $30, $5 for additional daughters, and reservations are required. Registration deadline Feb. 6, 2014 or first 100 couples.

CAREER TRANSITION MINISTRIES: How To Handle Money Issues When In Transition. It can be a rough financial road when you’re seeking new employment. So what kind of financial steps can you take to help ease the journey? Lee Pence is President of AAMS Pence Financial Advisors, and he’s got some concrete ways to make your dollars go further. Monday, February 10, 2014 at First Presbyterian Church 189 Church Street Marietta, GA 30060 Track 25 Room 6:30 p.m.- Help with resume, interviewing, networking, and career assessment, followed by the presentation. For more information, please call Bob Sabin 770-795-9084 or Lee Pence 770-4289350 or visit http://fpcmarietta.org/. The Support Group for Career Transitions will meet after the presentation in Room 049. For more information contact Becky Cameron (404) 797-8950 and rcameronbeckyc@gmail.com

LIVE HEALTHIER WITH DIABETES: The YMCA is enrolling participants with type 2 diabetes and 18 years or older into a study conducted by Stanford University to determine the effectiveness of diabetes self-management workshops. Developed and tested at Stanford University, a Better Choices, Better Health®-Diabetes workshop can help participants understand how to eat with diabetes while still making it enjoyable, monitor and manage blood sugar and design own self-management programs. This workshop is offered as part of a research study conducted by Stanford University. The study is funded by the National Council on Aging. Not all participants in the workshop will qualify for the study, but may take the workshop anyway. The next workshop will meet on Tuesdays from 9:30-12:00 pm, beginning February 18 - March 25 at the Northwest Family YMCA, 1700 Dennis Kemp Lane, Kennesaw, GA 30152. To register, please contact Jennifer Rewkowski at 866-202-1926.

ACWORTH UMC PASSitON CONSIGNMENT SALE: Consign, shop and save at the Acworth UMC Spring & Summer PASSitON Consignment Sale on Friday, February 28 from 9am-6:30 pm and Saturday, March 1 from 9am-noon. Many items are ½ price on Saturday!

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Meet the Guynn Family

Brian and Ashley are both graduates of Kennesaw State University. They have been married for 12 years and moved to West Cobb in 2004 where they started their family. Brian is an Atlanta native and Ashley is from Mobile, Alabama. Campbell is 9 years old and a 3rd grader at Vaughan Elementary. His favorite activities are golf, tennis, playing with Legos and his friends. Anna Lauren is 7 years old and a second grader at Vaughan Elementary. She loves ballet, animals, art and playing with her friends. Brian has performed on the stage in local theater productions, and he looks forward to getting back on the stage again soon. When Ashley is not busy with the kids and work, she can be found baking in the kitchen. The entire family enjoys spending time at the beach, and you will find them there whenever they get the opportunity.

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Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School

for the Holidays” at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre as well. This past December, members of ComPAny 2014 performed at the “66th Annual Great Tree Lighting at Macy’s at Lenox Square,” which aired live on WSB Channel 2. During the academic year the group is invited to perform at several Cobb County events, including the “Teacher of the Year Pep Rally.” ComPAny closes their season in May with a final performance at The Art Place on Sandy Plains Road in Marietta. While this seems like a prodigious schedule in itself, most of them also take online classes while all of this is going on. One ComPAny mother, Jennifer Wilkes, laughed, “They actually see Frank (Timmerman) more than they see their families.”

In late December following the Christmas holidays, Timmerman gathers his troops in ComPAny and shuttles them to New York City for a week of intense classes and training with some of the leading instructors and teachers on Broadway. During this week, their 10-hour days consist of intense focus on choreography, vocals, dance, and more. Timmerman told Our Town, “ We are so fortunate to have these great connections in NYC. Space is rented at Ripley-Grier Studios, and the kids work their hearts out during that entire week. In the evenings, we hit several Broadway productions. This year we were able to see “Pippin”, “Motown: The Musical”, “Cinderella” and “The Glass Menagerie,” a real treat for the ComPAny!” Broadway Bound and More

A record number of students are currently performing on Broadway this season. Timmerman says, “Broadway is a dream come true for many of our theatre alumni. This year we are proudly represented by eight CCCEPA students in Broadway productions.” They include Billy Tighe in “Pippin,” Cody Williams in “Cinderella,” Justin Patterson in “Annie,” Cary Tedder in “Big Fish,” K.J. Hippenstill in “Book of Morman,” Nathen Madden in “Chicago,” Ryan Breslin in “Newsies” and Carlos Valdes in “Once.”

ComPAny 2014 with Frank Timmerman, Program Director Cobb County Center for Excellence in the Performing Arts, the magnet program at Pebblebrook High School, is set in the heart of Cobb County. Established more than 27 years ago as the first magnet program in the Cobb County School District, CCCEPA has not only made its mark in our little corner of the world, but is recognized as one of the premier performing arts training programs in the country! A Look inside the CCCEPA programs

At CCCEPA there are four areas of concentration for majors: vocal, dance, drama, and technical theatre. A large percentage of the students actually “double major or minor” and take classes in three areas of concentration rather than two. Students study in their major concentration for two class periods each day. In addition, many of these kids work late into the evening crafting their talents and taking online classes in order to focus on more training during the school day. The program consists of 300 -350 students who attend Pebblebrook High School, which is also home to over 2000 Cobb County students. The energy of the program lives in the halls at Pebblebrook!

-The vocal program includes the Pebblebrook chamber choir, select choirs such as 18 Voice, solos, classical, musical theatre, music theory, piano, and piano theory. The dance program incorporates hip-hop, jazz, classical ballet, modern dance, conditioning and enrichment. The Drama program comprises internal timing, projection, emotive studies, cold readings, improvisation, Shakespearean study, monologue study, traditional and contemporary plays, classical theatre, comedy and musical theatre. The Technical Theatre program consists of concentration in set construction, lighting, sound, costume and stage management.

As you can imagine, the students enrolled at CCCEPA are not only talented, but their academics play an important part of their success in the program as well. Students are required to maintain a minimum GPA to participate. Program director, Frank Timmerman told us, “ The students who are enrolled in our programs are talented and driven. Early on, they recognize what they need to do to get the most out of CCCEPA. From day one, college and further study after graduation is encouraged. Because of our reputation, our graduates are accepted into a host of prestigious colleges and universities. We have many former students who have enrolled in the Juilliard School, the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and the University of Michigan, to name a few. To date, CCCEPA students have been awarded $16.5 million in college scholarships. Last year alone, $4 million was awarded in scholarships to CCCEPA graduates.” ComPAny 2014

Each year more than 100 students audition in May for a spot in ComPAny for the following academic year. Twenty+ talented scholars and performers are chosen for ComPAny. Their work begins the week before school starts in the fall and ends in May of that school year.

ComPAny begins their performances in the fall at the Miss Cobb County Pageant and the North Georgia State Fair. In October they present their own weekend production at the Jennie T. Anderson Theatre. This year’s presentation was titled “Déjà vu.” In December, they joined other performers for “Home

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Timmeran adds, “ We are represented in productions and performance art all over the world. Our graduates include students performing in ballet, opera singers, choreographers, playwrights, conductors and teachers. We’ve earned a reputation in New York and around the country as one of the top training programs for young performing artists.”

Auditions for the 2014-2015 Academic Year

Each year, CCCEPA travels to the 24 middle schools in Cobb County to audition talented rising 9th grade students for the magnet program. To be considered, a student must prepare a one to two minute presentation in acting, technical theatre, dance or vocal music. CCCEPA is looking for well-rounded students with solid academic records. Their goal is to train, develop, and nurture talented young artists for successful careers in the performing arts through extensive training programs. All students must be residents of the Cobb County School District to be eligible for the program. Cobb County eights graders interested in auditioning for CCCEPA should speak with their middle school counselors and also to refer to the CCCEPA website www.cccepa.com under the admissions tab for an admissions form, admission calendar and further information about the audition process. Cobb County high school students and students not enrolled in a Cobb County middle school should contact Frank Timmerman, program director, to schedule an audition on the Pebblebrook campus. Auditions are held each year from November through June.

Our hats are off to the Cobb County School district for having a vision 27 years ago to establish and develop the CCCEPA magnet program at Pebblebrook High School. With hard work and dedication from the students, community visionaries and school leaders, they have put this extraordinary program on the map throughout the country and the world!

Photos courtesy of Al Eckford of Ally Shots.

e winter production of the season for CCCEPA will be LES MISÉRABLES presented as part of the Encore Series at the Cobb Civic Center’s Jennie T. Anderson eatre on February 13, 14, and 15th at 8pm and February 16th at 3 pm. Tickets are available through the Jennie T. Anderson eatre Box Office at 770-528-8490 and at www.ticketmaster.com. Cobb County Center for Excellence of the Performing Arts at Pebblebrook High School is located at 991 Old Alabama Road, Mableton 30126 770-819-2521

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Probiotics - More Than A Gut Feeling by Mary B. Hammock, MSN, CPNP

In the human body, one can find more than 500 types and more than 100 trillion bacteria living throughout the digestive, urinary and genital systems. The predominant bacteria are considered “friendly” and necessary to maintain good health. Friendly bacteria aid in breaking down food, absorbing nutrients and vitamins, metabolizing medications, enhancing the immune system, and fighting off harmful overgrowth of “unfriendly” bacteria. Maintaining a balance is essential to good health but the typical American diet includes many processed foods, resulting in the intake of fewer natural probiotics. In addition, stress, lack of sleep, antibiotic overuse, other medications can shift the balance in favor of bad bacteria.

More and more Americans are turning to probiotics to maintain the proper balance. Probiotics are defined as live microorganisms similar to “friendly” bacteria that will benefit its host. Probiotics have been commonly used in other developed countries for decades – added to beverages, foods and through supplements. The first intentional use of probiotics was to prevent spoilage in food preparation. Probiotics are naturally found in yogurt and cheese, as well as fermented foods, including sauerkraut and pickles and high-quality dark chocolate. Through demonstrated safe use in food preparation, probiotic use has evolved and research is demonstrating the many, many benefits of probiotic intake on health.

The best case for probiotic therapy has been in the treatment of diarrhea. Studies show that probiotics reduce antibiotic-associated diarrhea by 60%. Probiotics also reduce traveller’s diarrhea and many viral diarrhea syndromes are dramatically shortened. Probiotics have also been used to manage lactose intolerance. Clinical trials are on-going in the study of probiotic usage in people with Crohn’s disease and irritable bowel syndrome. These disorders are so frustrating- frustrating to treat and frustrating to live with. Several small research studies show that certain probiotics may help maintain remission and prevent relapse. Probiotics are being used in maintaining urogenital health. Probiotics are helpful in preventing common problems, including bacterial vaginosis, yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Studies are still underway to determine if probiotics can be used alone, without antibiotics, in the treatment of urinary tract infections. Lactobacillus is the most common form of probiotics. It is being used for skin disorders, including fever blisters, canker sores, eczema and acne.

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Probiotics are being used to boost the immune system. Lactobacillus is being used to prevent the common cold, and to prevent respiratory infections in children in daycare. It is also being used in the treatment of high cholesterol, Lyme disease, hives, allergies, especially food allergies and food intolerances. Mothers who take probiotics during pregnancy and during breastfeeding may help their children to have fewer allergies and skin problems.

It is believed that those who use probiotics daily will be much more responsive to treatment therapy, should an ailment arise. Also, there is a risk, however slight, to those who are immune-compromised and their healthcare providers should be consulted prior to starting probiotics. When looking to buy foods with probiotics, read the label. The label should tell what probiotics are contained in the product, how many live microorganisms are in each serving, the product’s expiration, how much one can take, where the product should be stored for maximal product survival, and where to seek more information. Many dieticians recommended a dose between 1 billion and 3 billion bacteria per day and between 5 billion and 10 billion per day when treating illness. Probiotics are generally low cost, low risk and potentially very beneficial.

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“Finally, You Can Sleep, Work, And Play Without Pain Again!” HOW TO GET RID OF NECK PAIN AND DISC HERNIATIONS WITHOUT SURGERY If you're suffering from neck pain, arm pain, or numbness in the hands, this may be the most important article you ever read about your health. This is, quite frankly, a vital message regarding your future health.

It's about what is perhaps the most revolutionary treatment ever used for neck and arm pain. Even pinched nerves and disc herniation’s can be successfully treated with this amazing therapy. You can recover. Joyful, pain-free living should be yours.

My name is Dr. Amy Valente & I understand what it feels like to live in pain, because I see it every day. I’ve seen hundreds of people with neck problems and headaches leave the office pain free.

When cushions in your neck joint, called discs, get injured or wear out, they begin to degenerate and cause pain. Bulging and herniation’s begin to form, pressing on the nerve roots. The most common invasive treatment for disc herniation is surgery. 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. In addition, the recovery time and missed work can be anywhere from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with all surgeries.

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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 care 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 S.

I sought out care at North Cobb Spine and Nerve for the pain and stiffness in my neck. The pain had been bothering me for about 4 months. I was unable to turn my

head from side to side, which made driving difficult. Before seeking treatment I had tried multiple muscle relaxants and anti-inflammatory medications. Since starting my care I have improved 100%. The pain in my neck is gone and I am now able to turn my head with no pain. What surprised me most was that I have also had fewer headaches. The staff here has treated me great and always show genuine concern about my well -being. Thank you, - Diana T.

Until February 15th, you can get everything for only $20. It’s time for you to find out if spinal decompression will be your neck, arm and headache pain solution.

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Spinal decompression treatments are very gentle. In fact, every once and awhile I even catch a patient sleeping during sessions. The normal price for this type of evaluation, including x-rays, is $250 so you’re saving a considerable amount by taking me up on this offer.

Call today and we can get you scheduled for your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening.

Our office is located just off the loop near Wal-Mart, just a few minutes from you. When you call, tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Decompression Evaluation so she can give you proper credit for this special offer. Sincerely, Dr. Amy Valente.

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Numerous Benefits of Yoga How to Choose the Perfect Class

Let’s begin to explore the numerous benefits of Yoga, as well as explore how to choose a perfect class for you in order to begin your path of wellbeing. The benefits of a yoga practice are numerous, too many to completely list in one article and may be unbelievable at first glance. To experience these benefits, one must venture into a yoga class. • Yoga increases flexibility. • Yoga reduces stress.

• Have fun • Increase range of motion, fitness • Calm your mind • Meet new friends • Relieve your stress level, & happy hormones • Smile often • Decrease aches & pains • Get a better night’s sleep

• Yoga strengthens muscles.

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• Yoga improves posture. • Yoga lubricates the joints.

LAYC is pleased to be Acworth and Kennesaw’s Community Wellness Centre offering many styles of yoga to begin your path to wellbeing in 2014. Gentle, Restorative, Vinyasa, Pre-Natal, Aerial and bodyART yoga classes are offered daily.

• Yoga improves depression. • Yoga quiets the busy mind. • Yoga increases efficiency of the breath. • Yoga promotes self-care. • Yoga lowers cortisol and adrenaline levels. • Yoga improves sleep.

These are only some of the benefits of yoga. With the holiday rush behind us and the children back in school, February is the perfect time for us to begin to develop a habit of taking better care of our minds, bodies and spirits. If you could experience one or many of these benefits in an hour - sense of a calm mind, better sleep, less aches and pains, increased range of motion and all around better health, would you? One way to experience happiness in your body is through the practice of Yoga in a private or class setting. Yoga is defined as Unity, a practice to connect one’s mind and body through a series of poses, breathing exercises and rest. The benefits of a yoga practice can be felt immediately during class and often follow you through your day.

As the class begins students are guided to begin to ease the racing of the mind, clearing out negative thoughts, and begin to relax. Slowly warming the body to begin postures, the body responds by beginning to allow the range of motion to increase as pain begins to float away. The yoga teacher guides students through a series of poses designed to calm the mind, decrease discomfort in the body, increase range of motion and tone the body. You may immediately feel a sense of calm, peace, joy and excitement as you move through the session. As the breath begins to deepen, the stress decreases in the body and the mind releases the running thoughts of the day. As the class winds down you are guided into a resting pose called Savasana by lying down on your mat. Here the body and mind are joined together to enjoy deep rest. After resting for 5 to 10 minutes, the teacher will slowly begin to guide you to a seated position to end the class. The smiles begin to spread through the class as the mats are rolled up and the students continue their day.

Different benefits continue as you leave your class feeling more confident, focused, calm and ready to face the day’s demands. The emotional benefits of practicing yoga begin to show up as compassion, empathy, joyfulness and patience. We learn to exercise compassion with ourselves and our bodies as we embark on our new path of well-being. This may increase our ability to empathize with others in our lives bringing about ease and calm in our relationships.

With all of this yumminess that benefits the yoga student on and off the mat, inand out of the class setting, you may begin to think, “Wow, this is something I am willing to try. How do I find a class?” Choosing the right yoga class and teacher is easy. Begin your research on the internet to discover a yoga studio in your community and ask a friend or coworker to join you. Confirm the studio you have chosen has certified yoga instructors with the Yoga Alliance, the governing body of yoga professionals.

Explore the style of class you would like to try, such as Hatha, Gentle, Prenatal, Restorative, Vinyasa or Aerial. The studio should have descriptions of the class offerings and you may venture to take a few different classes to determine which is the best path for you, your schedule and fitness needs. Most studios offer group classes as well as private sessions. You may find that a private lesson is the most comfortable way to begin exploring yoga.

As a beginner student your main job is to show up. Sign up for class, open your mind and explore something new. Allowing the benefits of yoga to find you is easy. What’s not to love about that? Contributed by Kelli Carraway, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 and Jane de Albuquerque, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, co-owners of Launch Awareness Yoga Centre, 3450 Acworth Due West Road, Suite 390, Kennesaw, GA 30144 770-975-4795 • www.layc-yoga.com

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BUD-GET by Mark Orler

On occasion I get asked to speak to different groups about subjects relating to family, faith and fatherhood and typically these are presented in lighthearted atmospheres where my feeble attempts at humor are at least politely appreciated, if not shared.

But recently I was asked by our local congregation to give a class on Family Finances. At first I thought it was someone else’s feeble attempt at humor, or they needed an example of “What Not to Do” but I was surprised when more than 20 young couples showed up to listen to my take on the role of money in a Christian families household. What came out of that series of classes both educated and emboldened me on the subject of fiscal household responsibility and as a lovely bi-product made my wife’s life miserable.

Here is what we learned. First, money is not evil, however, loving it can put you on an interstate whose destination would make Florida in July feel like the North Pole. I am reminded of a quote from a movie called “The Jerk” where Bernadette Peter’s character has just learned the depth of their family’s financial woes and says, “I don’t care about losing all the money, I care about losing all the stuff.” There is an atmosphere of “stuff envy” that has corrupted our lives and has been enabled by “easy credit” and “creative financing” to a point where families are financially drowning underneath their stuff because we have bought into the fallacy of Rent-toOwn vs. Save-to-Own. Second, there is an entire financial class in the book of Deuteronomy that should be taught in every High School. The foundational principles shared in those chapters would create much more stable households and would enhance both your faith and fiscal peace. Regardless of your religious background, honest rules like “don’t lend money,” especially to near-do-well brother-in-laws needing that loan on their new Harley to be co-signed, have a bigger punch when you can quote chapter and verse.

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College campuses are awash with credit card companies signing up our young people for cards that will inevitably cause them distress, and there is usually only one guy holding up a Bible in the quad trying to get our kid’s attention drawn in another financial direction…he has the right idea.

Thirdly, a Budget is not a four-letter word…literally! One of the best quotes from my wife when I asked her about whether or not we had “budgeted” for a particular purchase she reminded me of a conversation where she said, “BUD, you better let me GET that!” Therefore, the answer was yes.

And finally, what made my wife’s life so miserable is that I shared all of her ingenious ways of cutting costs around the household so that now she is constantly fielding emails and calls about family meal planning, pro-active grocery shopping and high-end consignment to the point where she would have preferred remaining a “silent” partner in all this. But like I told her, “It’s not the stuff I love, it’s the person who bought it.” So there are chocolates and Flowers in this month’s “BUD-GET.” Mark Orler is a full-time husband, father and part-time observationist. Mark can be reached at mlorler@yahoo.com

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When a Girl Scout knocks on your door or you see them at your local supermarket selling the world’s most beloved cookies, please remember what is actually behind the cookies- a world that helps girls to learn and grow! And we know that you will enjoy those Thin Mints and Tagalongs too!

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An exciting new approach to becoming more sustainable began this month at MUST Ministries, according to Dr. Ike Reighard, President and CEO. After months of research and strategic planning, MUST Ministries opened a 4,600sq.-ft. thrift store to help fund the organizations commitment to helping area residents move from poverty to stability.

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Research Shows Romantic Love is a Basic Human Need by Leisa A. Bailey, Ph.D.

Dr. Sue Johnson is a clinical psychologist and researcher in the field of couple therapy. She presents and writes on attachment and bonding, the science of love, and interventions to repair relationships. She has just released her latest book: Love Sense: The Revolutionary New Sceince of Romantic Relationships. The book presents new scientific evidence that humans are not only capable but are meant to mate for life. Dr. Johnson explains that romantic love is an attachment bond, just like that between mother and child, and in her newest book she presents how to develop a “love sense” – the ability to develop satisfying, long-lasting relationships. Love Sense is a wonderful book that presents Dr. Johnson’s research and has been embraced by the most gifted and respected professionals in the field of couple therapy. Dr Johnson states that her research has determined that the first and foremost instinct of humans is neither sex nor aggression (as Freud believed). Rather, it is to seek contact and comforting connection. Dr. Johnson asserts that “the need to depend on one precious other – to know that when we ‘call,’ he or she will be there for us – never dissolves. In fact, it endures from cradle to grave.”

John Bowlby, an English psychiatrist proposed that humans are inherently disposed to love a few precious others who will hold and protect. This drive to bond is innate, not learned. Babies enter the world small and helpless and require years of nurturing and guarding before becoming independent. Dr. Johnson has identified that as adults, “we simply transfer that need from our primary caregiver to our lover; and that romantic love is not the least bit illogical or random, but actually an ordered and wise recipe for survival.”

In Western culture dependency is a dirty word insisting that healthy adulthood requires emotional independence. However, close connections to others is one of the strongest predictors of happiness, associated with lower levels of anxiety and depression and makes one more resilient against stress and trauma.

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Humans need emotional connection to survive and thrive. Humans are happier and healthier when close and connected to others. Consistent emotional support lowers blood pressure and bolsters the immune system. Dr. Johnson asserts: “Emotional dependency is not immature or pathological; it is our greatest strength.”

Dr. Johnson writes in Love Sense: “It is understood that a love relationship is now not only the most intimate of adult relationships; it is also often the principal one. And for many it is the only one. The American Sociological Review reports that since the mid-1980’s, the number of Americans saying that they have only their partner to confide in has risen by 50 percent. We live in an era of growing emotional isolation and impersonal relationships.” Given the incredible need for connection and attachment, Dr. Johnson identifies the essential question in intimate relationships as “Are you there for me?” This question is replayed in many ways throughout the span of an intimate bond.

She asserts that a secure bond has three basic elements: • Accessibility – you give me your attention and are emotionally open to what I am saying;

• Responsiveness – you accept my needs and fears and offer comfort and caring, and

• Engagement – you are emotionally present, absorbed, and involved with me.

When these elements are missing, alienation and disconnection take over, and the relationship bond is damaged. Dr. Johnson offers an approach to couples therapy called Emotionally Focused Therapy that is designed to help couples learn to open up, send clear messages, and respond to each other on an attachment level. The skills change the level of emotional engagement and allow the couple to truly “be there” for each other.

I am hoping all find the ways to enjoy connection and bonding with their Valentine this year!

Dr. Bailey is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with a private practice in Marietta. You can learn more about her by visiting: www.marietta-psychologist.com. You may reach her at (770) 4286698 LeisaB@marietta-psychologist.com. Your comments or questions are welcome.

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Does High Intensity Exercise Scare You?

It Shouldn’t and Here’s Why… by Jason Goggans The more research that is done and the more empirical data that is obtained the more it’s becoming obvious that high intensity exercise is by far the most effective type of exercise when it comes to burning body fat and building a high level of fitness. High intensity exercise boosts metabolism, rapidly improves cardiovascular capacity, builds lean muscle, and salvages lean muscle. High intensity exercise is effective for almost any fitness goal you may have. Some examples of high intensity exercise are sprints (running, biking, rowing, etc), interval work, shortening rest breaks during your workout, and so on.

While the amazing effectiveness of high intensity training is unquestionable, it doesn’t make much of a difference if you are scared or intimidated to do it. I know for a fact that there are people out there for whom just the thought of high intensity exercise invokes visions of passing out, getting hurt, or puking in a trash can. These same people steer clear of the most beneficial style of training to avoid those undesirable consequences. Who can blame them??

But are the consequences a reality?

If you begin a high intensity exercise regimen irresponsibly those things are a possibility. When you begin a high intensity program the right way, however, it is safe, effective, and potentially life changing.

The key is to find the intensity that is right for you. The proper intensity is different for everyone. For someone who hasn’t worked out in years maybe a light jog is intense. That’s okay. The idea is to start from wherever you are at today and slowly progress from there. Maybe increase the light jog to a slightly faster run, then over time start adding some sprint intervals, and so on. If you work out at the gym you can start by shortening your rest breaks between sets and continuing to shorten them more and more as your fitness improves. Just be sure you are at least getting enough rest to maintain proper form and stay safe.

My goal with this article is to simply take away the fear of high intensity training. Yes, it can be hard. Yes, it will challenge you. Yes, you will have to learn to push yourself. These are the things that will elicit the amazing results discussed above. What you do not have to do is push so hard you throw up, or so hard you get hurt, or so hard you pass out. That’s just silly and unnecessary. Take a responsible approach and high intensity is safe and extremely effective. So, fear no more!

If you are interested in beginning a high intensity workout routine but are unsure how to do so responsibly you can always seek the help and advice of a fitness professional. Most qualified trainers should be able to set you up on a reasonable progressive plan that will keep you safe and get outstanding results. There are also numerous online resources out there as well.

Jason Goggans, B.A., ISSA Specialist in Nutrition, ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer, CrossFit Level 1 Trainer, graduate of the University of Florida and fitness professional located in Marietta, GA. Goggans is the co-owner of Warrior Pride Fitness CrossFit on Dallas Hwy and has posted more information on his website www.WarriorPrideFitness.com. Or, call Jason @ (678)236-9739.

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LIL’ LAMBS CLOSET: Lil’ Lambs Closet. First United Methodist Church of Marietta. Registration begins online at http://www.lil-lambs.org/ on January 29th for church members and February 5th for the public. Shop Early on Thursday, March 6th from 6pm – 8pm ($5.00 early shopping fee, Thursday only), Friday, March 7th, 9am-7pm and Saturday, March 8th, 9am-1pm. No strollers allowed on the sales floor. 56 Whitlock Ave., Marietta, GA 30064. (770) 429-7850, ext. 7858 or www.lil-lambs.org.

MARIETTA HIGH SCHOOL THEATRE PRESENTS GREASE: Come see the Marietta High School Theatre Department's production of GREASE, presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. and Warner Brothers Music! All performances are on stage at the Marietta Performing Arts Center, Thursday, March 6th, Friday, March 7th and Saturday, March 8th at 7:00 pm and Sunday, March 9th at 2:00 pm. Reserved seating tickets ($12) are available at www.bluedeviltheatre.com and general seating tickets ($10/$8 students) are available at the box office one hour prior to each performance. The Marietta Performing Arts Center is located at Marietta High School, 1171 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064. Questions? Contact the MHS Drama Booster Club @ boosterclubmhsdrama@gmail.com

DUE WEST TREASURE CHEST CHILDREN’S/TEEN CONSIGNMENT SALE: 3956 Due West Road, Marietta 30064. The sale is located at the corner of Acworth Due West Road and Kennesaw Due West Road in the Due West United Methodist Church Family Life Center. Admission is FREE and strollers are welcome. Sale dates are Thursday, March 13 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.; Friday, March 14 9:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and Saturday, March 15 8:00 a.m. – 12 noon. Many items are ½ price on Saturday ONLY. Like us on Facebook! We offer high-quality items at greatly reduced prices. Find gently used children’s,

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junior’s and teen’s clothing, accessories and shoes. We also offer Formal Wear, school uniforms, baby items/furniture, electronics, books, CDs, DVDs, toys and more! For more information, find us at duewest.org/community/consignment sale, or email us at duewesttreasurechest@yahoo.com. Volunteer email is treasurechestvolunteer@yahoo.com.

BORN AGAIN BLESSINGS CHILDREN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: Children's and maternity clothes, shoes, toys, nursery items, baby equipment, furniture and more! Friday, March 21, 9am-7pm. Saturday March 22, 9am-noon. Preview sale: Thursday open to workers and sellers only. First time moms can sign up for early shopping privileges. Cobb County Civic Center. 548 Marietta Parkway, Marietta. More info: www.bornagainblessings.com REFORM JEWISH CONGREGATION NER TAMID OF WEST COBB PURIM CARNIVAL: Reform Jewish Congregation Ner Tamid, which holds Shabbat Services, Religious School and other activities at various West Cobb locations including Marietta and Acworth, will have its annual Purim Carnival on Sunday, March 16, from 11:30am to 2pm at Mountain View Prep, 2320 Baker Road, Acworth. Starting with the Megillah at 11:30am sharp, it will continue with all games plus bouncy house, hair spraying, face painting, tattoos and a Costume Contest! Entrance fee of ONLY $12 per child. Parents FREE!! Food will be served at an extra cost: (cash only). For more information about Congregation Ner Tamid, founded in 2006, visit www.mynertamid.org or call 678-264-8575.

12th ANNUAL SPRING CHICKEN RUN: A Race Against Hunger 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run/Walk, Tot Trot. 5K is Certified Peachtree Qualifier. Saturday, March 22, 2014 @8:30am at Macland Presbyterian Church, 3615 Macland Road, Powder Springs. Register online @active.com; in-store @bigpeachrunningco.com; or by mail at www.SpringChickenRun.com For more info contact carla@springchickenrun.com

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Still trying to stick to your New Year’s Resolution of maintaining a healthier lifestyle? Join the Junior League of CobbMarietta (JLCM) for the 5th Annual Marietta Mardi Gras 5K Run on Saturday, Feb. 8 on the Marietta Square at 8 a.m. Visit marietta5krun.com for more information or to register. All proceeds benefit the JLCM and its Community Partners. For an extra push to get you going, the JLCM cookbooks, Georgia On My Menu and Southern On Occasion, offer a variety of recipes that will help you stick to your 2014 goals. For more delicious recipes like the ones below, purchase a cookbook by visiting the League Web site at jlcm.org/cookbook or one of these local retailers: Doodlebugz, The Chandlery, Cottonwood Gifts, The Local Exchange, and The Keeping Room.

Charlie’s Caesar Salad Georgia On My Menu, page 71 Yield: 4 Servings 2 Cloves Garlic 1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar 2 Tablespoons Lemon Juice 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste 1/3 cup olive oil 1/2 cup box seasoned croutons 1 medium size head of Romaine lettuce 1/3 cup Parmesan Cheese, grated Break garlic in large wooden salad bowl. Add vinegar and lemon juice; soak for two hours. Remove garlic from liquid and rub sides of bowl. Dice half of one clove and leave in liquid. Add egg, olive oil and anchovy paste. Tear Romaine into one inch squares. Toss with croutons and sprinkle with Parmesan Cheese. Add Pepper to taste.

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Brussels Sprouts with Red Grapes Southern On Occasion, page 201 To serve four to six 12 Brussels Sprouts 30 Seedless Red Grapes 1/4 Cup Melted Butter Trim the bottoms of the Brussels Sprouts and make a slash in the shape of a cross in the bottom of each one. Place in a steamer basket. Steam over boiling water for 12 to 15 minutes or until tender. Add the grapes. Steam for one minute. Spoon into a serving bowl. Drizzle with the butter.

Honey Chicken Southern On Occasion, page 328 Yield: 4 Servings 4 boned chicken breasts 1/2 cup honey 1/4 cup butter 1 teaspoon curry 1/3 cup yellow mustard 1 teaspoon salt Cooking oil Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Melt Butter in small pan. Stir in honey, curry, mustard, and salt. Set aside. Brown chicken in frying pan with a little oil. Drain oil. Put chicken in casserole and pour mixture over it. Bake for 30 minutes.

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REAL ESTATE IN OUR TOWN by Deborah Ratchford

ATTENTION ALL BUYERS!!!! IT IS TIME TO GET OFF THE FENCE AND PURCHASE A NEW HOME. INTEREST RATES ARE ON THE RISE!!!!

In 2012 interest rates fluctuated between 3.4% and 3.5%. 2013 brought an entirely different story. In July buyers were struck with ever-changing interest rates that eventually spiraled out of control towards the end of the year. This began with the announcement from the Federal Reserve stating that they would withdraw funding of their bond purchasing program. This program was created to keep interest rates low as many loan borrowers were expecting. The Federal Reserve has been hinting at ending bond purchasing for months with speculation that this will come to fruition in September 2014. However, borrowers should not lose hope. Interest rates are still at an all time low. Buyers and sellers should make their move now if they are planning on buying or selling in the near future. 2014 will still be a healthy home buying year with plenty of opportunities to purchase and sell a home. There are still opportunities to obtain loans with a good down payment. Interest rates will more than likely rise during 2014. Sources are predicating that rates could creep back up to 5% towards the end of 2014 and into 2015.

We feel that rates will continue to rise as the economy continues to improve. With that in mind, interest rates may be a factor in qualifying for a home loan and buying power. There are many knowledgeable lenders in the market place and I would be happy to recommend a reputable lender to help you explore what your options are. My team would be happy to assist you with any of your buyer or seller questions. Please feel free to give us a call at 678-570-4779. We would be happy to be a resource concerning areas, prices, or any question you may have about Real Estate and the entire process. We would also like to invite you to visit our website at www.debsellhouses.com

Deborah Ratchford Keller Williams Realty Cityside 678-570-4779 debratchford@kw.com

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Filling In the Gaps of Time “Fillers” have revolutionized the way we treat lack of volume and wrinkles. Few other products produce results as dramatic, cost-effective and immediate as fillers. The top cosmetic “fillers” are Sculptra, Restylane, Juvederm, and Perlane. Whether your volume loss is in the lips or the cheeks these products work great in reducing those signs of aging.

TYPES Restylane

Restylane is composed of hyaluronic acid. Although it is a natural substance found in all living organisms, the version used in Restylane is non-animal based. In dermatology, it is used to provide volume and fullness to the skin. When the filler is injected into the deep dermis, it adds volume and fullness to smooth facial wrinkles and folds. It then integrates into the tissue and binds to water molecules to help maintain volume. Restylane is very safe, a natural product, and does not require pre-treatment allergy testing. Areas that are well-suited for treatment include the fine lines between the cheek, the upper lip, and number “11” lines between the eyebrows. The effects of Restylane can be seen for six months or longer. Restylane does not have an anesthetic mixed into the gel; therefore some providers suggest using a numbing agent prior to the procedure. Perlane

Perlane is part of the Restylane family of products and was approved by the FDA in 2007 for the treatment of moderate to severe facial wrinkles. Perlane works very well for the lines from your nose to the corners of your mouth (nasolabial folds). It is made from hyaluronic acid that has been slightly modified to last longer than that produced by your own body. It has larger particles designed for deeper injection than Restylane. Juvederm

Juvederm is a non-animal hyaluronic acid in the form of a clear gel. Unlike other fillers, its density is customized for each treatment area. The mixture of different densities helps you achieve your desired appearance. With Juvederm, you don’t have to worry about an allergic reaction and is safe to use instantly without pre-testing. Hyaluronic acid occurs naturally in the body and dissolves naturally, with time without leaving any trace. Areas that respond best to Juvederm include the fine lines on the forehead, “crow’s feet”, between the eyes, corners of the mouth, cheeks, chin, edges of the lips, and the lips. The duration of its effects vary from individual to individual, but most patients find that it lasts over 9 months. Sculptra

Sculptra is an FDA-approved filler for use in HIV-lipoatrophy. It has microparticles of poly-L-lactic acid; this substance has been used for years in reabsorbable sutures used in surgery. Sculptra works by providing a gradual increase in dermal thickness of the treated area. It takes longer to produce visible results than some of the other fillers (such as Restylane) and may take a few weeks to see changes. However the results last longer. Sculptra has been known to last two years whereas other fillers last approximately six to nine months. Sculptra is applied in “layers”, which means that more than one treatment may need to take place. Sculptra is commonly injected around the eyes and cheeks to restore fullness in these areas. All of the cosmetic fillers discussed are wonderful products and, all work great as “lunch time” procedures for decreasing the signs of aging. The price is dependent on the amount of filler used. Radiesse

Radiesse helps restore fullness and smooth out the signs of aging. What makes Radiesse truly unique is the ability of the product to act as a scaffold under the skin, providing structure and stimulating your own natural collagen to grow. The production of natural collagen continues for several months, which extends beyond the initial effect of Radiesse. In many patients, the results may last over two years. Side Effects

The most common side effects are redness, swelling, and bruising at the treatment sites. These effects are temporary. Contact Us If you are interested in a free cosmetic consult concerning fillers or any other cosmetic procedure, please call Dr. Kayal, certified Dermatologist and Moh’s surgeon, in Marietta (770) 426-7177.

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Breakfast with Brooke One Girl’s Kindness Outshines Her Challenges By Caroline Karnatz

When Brooke Williams met Santa Claus one morning in mid-December, she asked about the North Pole, reindeer and the elves. When Brooke, 9, years old, isn’t envisioning a certain red-nosed reindeer, she likes to play with stuffed animals and jewelry. Brooke is a seemingly normal child, even though she is fighting a pediatric brain tumor.

Doctors diagnosed Brooke with a stage four astrocytoma in February of 2011. Despite a mixture of chemotherapy and other medicines (one of which only 20 children worldwide are taking), her prognosis remained dire. Armed with newer research, her doctors changed her protocol and Brooke is able to spend more quality time here with her family.

In an effort to grant Brooke an escape from the daily struggles of fighting a brain tumor, the North Landing Homeowner’s Association invited Brooke to join their “Breakfast with Santa,” a morning dedicated to mingling with friends, family and Santa. Donations from the Harrison High School SkillsUSA team and community members provided early Christmas presents for Brooke.

After breakfast, when Santa and his Helpers brought in the gifts for Brooke, she asked if he brought anything for her parents. Brooke’s kindness touched the parents and volunteers in attendance as she repeatedly reminded Santa that her little brother, Dre, could play with her toys too. “Brooke put others ahead of herself, shining like a star”, said Bill Phelps, event participant.

In fact, Brooke is a Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF) “star” – that’s what the foundation calls the children it aims to help. As the world’s largest non-governmental funder of childhood brain tumor research, the PBTF is on a mission to find a cure for the 13 children diagnosed with a brain tumor in the United States every day.

The PBTF will continue to help children like Brooke’s throughout the year. For more information about the PBTF, including ways you can help, visit curethekids.org.

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