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10 Working Out with a Buddy 12 Style Report 14 The Silent Struggle of Motherhood 16 What’s Cookin’? 18 85th Annual North Georgia State Fair


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LIL LAMBS CHILDRIN’S CONSIGNMENT SALE: Marietta First United Methodist’s fall

consignment sale is September 7-9. Quality children’s clothing, toys, books and more at great prices. $5 preview sale from 2:00 – 8:00 on Thursday, regular sale hours are 9:00 – 7:00 on Friday and 9:00 -1:00 on Saturday. Many items ½ price on Saturday. Visit lil-lambs.orgfor more information.

WILDWOOD BAPTIST CHURCH COMMUNITY MARKET AND FAIR: September 9th, from 9am-3pm, 4801 Wade Green Road, Acworth, GA 30102. Bring the whole family and enjoy a day of shopping, eating and a whole lot of fun! For more information, please contact wildwoodfair@ or call (770) 499-1580. MARIETTA STREETFEST: 13th Annual Hubcaps and History Classic Car Show! Original, restored

and “in process” classic cars, motorcycles and some specialty vehicles will fill the south side of the Square Saturday, September 16th from 9am – 9pm., and Sunday, September 17th 11am – 5pm. ocus on the family with many free activities including arts & crafts booths, a kid-friendly activity zone, the Toy Box Trot fun run and the Marietta Grassroots Music Festival. Each year, the festival draws more than 20,000 people to the Marietta Square, amid a variety of local shops, dining options, and historic sites. Festival Map & More Information:

CANDLELIGHT VIGIL: The National Alliance on Mental Illness - Cobb County (NAMI Cobb)

in partnership with AKA Rho Zeta Omega Sorority is hosting a community forum on suicide prevention awareness and a candlelight vigil at the Marietta Square on September 21, 2017 in observance of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm Speakers Panel Forum in the Marietta City Council Chamber at 205 Lawrence Street. 8:30 pm to 9:00 pm Procession to Glover Park for a Candlelight Vigil to remember our loved ones who have died by suicide and honor those who live with a mental health condition. Visit the NAMI Cobb Website at for more information.


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nesaw’s Downtown Development Authority is partnering with local food trucks in Kennesaw’s Depot Park, from 5:30 to 8:30pm, weather permitting. Patrons will be able to purchase food to grab-and-go or to enjoy while picnicking in the park. Check the Dinner at the Depot Facebook page for details!

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

al acts on the last Friday night, through September on the Marietta Square. The concerts are free but if you are looking for a “front-row seat,” a limited number of tables can be reserved for a fee. Table reservations are taken on a first come basis (and will sell out quickly) on the first working day of each month beginning at 8:00 a.m. Blankets are welcome in the park but no personal tables are permitted. Bring your picnic dinner (beer & wine are permitted) or dine in one of the many restaurants in the downtown area. Free parking. September 1st presents GRAPEVINE (Mowtown).

MARIETTA SQUARE ART WALK: The 2017 season of Marietta Square Art Walk, every first Friday of every month through November. Art Walk celebrates the vitality of Marietta’s diverse cultural Arts scene with artists, businesses, and organizations representing a variety of artistic disciplines. The evening comes alive as performance, dance, culinary and visual Art permeates every corner of the charming Historic Marietta Square. During this free, self-guided walking tour guests will enjoy gallery openings, live music, original photography, painting, sculpture and more on display along the sidewalks throughout town. Art lovers will also enjoy late night shopping at the many one-of-a-kind boutiques.

MARIETTA FOOD TOURS: The Marietta Square Food Tour takes you on a 3 hour guided tour of

7 locally owned and operated eateries. The walking tour allows you the unique ability to explore Marietta, all while gaining knowledge about its history, culture and architecture, at the same time savoring the appetizing culinary selections available on the bustling square. Every Saturday from 11am – 2pm. For more information, please visit

POP-IN FOR POP CULTURE: Every 2nd Tuesday at The Marietta Museum of History, Depot Street, Marietta, GA 30060. Pop-in from 5-8pm and explore different topics of pop culture from the 1950’s and 60’s. All activities are FREE with regulare admission. For more information, please visit www.

MARIETTA FARMERS MARKET: Our Town’s #1 Farmers Market every Saturday and Sunday

from 9am. The market has an average of 60 vendors on Saturday and 25+ on Sunday. Market customers have lots of variety to choose from including heirloom tomatoes, fruits and vegetables that are rarely, if ever, available from the grocery store. Customers can also take home many live garden, yard and culinary herb plants, not to mention fresh squeezed lemonade. The Marietta Square Farmers Market will again be located on the Historic Marietta Square, taking up residence on North Park Square, between Shillings Restaurant and The Strand Theater. For more details or updates contact Johnny Fulmer at 770.499.9393.

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Children’s helps get young athletes safely back in the game after concussions. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta treats more than 2,000 children and teens each year who suffer from concussions. With fall sports season underway, Children’s will see all types of athletes, ranging from high school football players to youth cheerleaders. The pediatric concussion team at Children’s specializes in treating head injuries of all severities, and tailors each patient’s treatment plan to meet their specific needs. Even if athletes use or wear equipment properly and follow the game rules, head injuries can happen. When they do, it’s important that the athlete be held out of participating in sports and possibly school, until he is evaluated and cleared by a medical professional trained in concussion management. If a player sustains a second concussion before he has fully recovered from the first injury, there can be severe consequences. It’s important that kids who have suffered a concussion take the time to recover.

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SCIATICA, BACK PAIN, AND HERNIATED DISCS! The conditions this amazing treatment has proven successful are: • Sciatica • Disc Herniations • Lower Back Pain • Numbness in the Legs and Feet • Radiating Hip Pain • Neck Pain Finally, there’s a treatment to conquer back and leg pain without dangerous medications or painful surgery. My name is Dr. Amy Valente, owner North Cobb Spine and Nerve Institute. I understand what it feels like to live in pain, because I see it every day. I’ve seen hundreds of people with disc herniations and sciatica leave the office pain free. When cushions in your back joints, called discs, get injured or wear out, they begin to degenerate and cause pain. Bulging and herniations begin to form, pressing on the nerve roots. The most common invasive treatment for disc herniations 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 any where from 3 to 6 months, not to mention the obvious severe risks associated with all surgeries.

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Here’s what our patients have to say: I took a fall in May of 2017 which put my hip an inch out of place. Eight weeks later it was still bothering me and I had significant tingling in my legs. It was impossible to take normal strides and every step was excruciating. After coming to North Cobb Spine and Nerve my pain level has dropped from an eight on a scale of 1 to 10 to a one! I can now step sideways, backwards, and take care of my responsibilities around the house. When I look back at my previous quality of life, I was not sure that I wanted to live another year, but now I want to live another ten years! The atmosphere and care at North Cobb Spine and Nerve is the best. Everyone is pleasant, professional, and cares about each and every patient. All the women are very knowledgeable and use excellent teamwork to provide me with the best care I have ever received. I would be proud to have any of them as a daughter! Yours in health, Patrick Dawson

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Wow, the hustle and bustle of summer has quickly come to an end. Can you believe that September 22nd marks the first day of fall? I don’t know about you, but I have no idea where summer went or even what I did, but I feel like I could use some beauty sleep…Holy Moly-I am exhausted!

Speaking of “Beauty Sleep”, have you ever wondered where that saying originated? The dictionary says this about Beauty Sleep: Sleep considered to be sufficient to keep one looking young and beautiful. WebMD wrote an article titled The Truth About Beauty Sleep. The very first paragraph states, “When it comes to your beauty routine, sleep may be the closest thing there is to a fountain of youth. Your body repairs itself and recovers while you snooze, and that leads to a long list of benefits for your looks. The key is to get enough shut-eye -- 7 to 9 quality hours each night.” Oh, ok, no problem. I will do just that…between work, kids, life and stress! EASY PEEZY, right? HA! How many of us are lucky enough to get 7-9 hours of sleep EACH NIGHT? I feel sure not many of you said a resounding “ME”! So if you are in the same boat as I am and you survive on very little sleep and lots of caffeine, let me share a few tips with you. DRINK PLENTY OF WATER: Not only do you sleep better if you are well hydrated, but your skin will also look better. *If your skin tends to be extra dry and dehydrated use a humidifier as you sleep to restore the skin’s moisture. SLEEP ON YOUR BACK: If you tend to favor one side you may be creating wrinkles. Repeated pressure on your skin can cause lines that don’t always disappear after waking. CHANGE YOUR PILLOW CASE OFTEN: Cosmopolitan Magazine put it best when they said a dirty pillowcase is a “ bacteria nest for eight hours a night”. YUCK! Keep your hair off your face-Excess oil is never good for the complexion. STAY AWAY FROM SALTY FOOD AND ALCOHOL AND USE A THICK OR SECOND PILLOW: This will keep the excess fluid from collecting around your eyes. REMOVE YOUR MAKEUP: Sleeping with make-up can cause clogged pours. Your skin needs to breathe at night. EXFOLIATE AND APPLY A GOOD MOISTURIZER & EYE CREAM: Moisturizers and eye creams hydrate, reduce fine lines and plump the skin but nothing will happen unless you remove the old skin cells by exfoliating first. *Be aware not to over exfoliate and watch the sensitive eye area. FACE MASKS: There is a facemask on the market for any skin issues you could ask for from hydrating to unclogging pores to smoothing out fine lines. You can have a spa treatment as you sleep and a bonus: It’s way more cost effective at home. Betty White once said, “Get at least 8 hours of sleep, 9 if you’re ugly”. Ouch! Clearly she was joking... However if she saw me some days she’d probably say, “Sorry, there are just not enough hours in a day for the amount of sleep you need”.

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Please join me as I dance for a cause supporting cancer patients in our community: Dancing with the Stars of Cobb County for Loving Arms Cancer outreach on September 16th 2017 at the Renaissance Waverly Galleria. I want to thank CLAHVAY DANCE STUDIO in Smyrna for allowing me to use their fantastic venue to practice for DWTS. They specialize in Cuban dance and their motto is: Feel, move, inspire...Dance! I encourage you to visit and express yourself through dance with them.

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The Silent Struggle of Motherhood Understanding Postpartum Depression and Postpartum Anxiety

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Up to 20% of American women experience symptoms of postpartum depression (PPD), making this the number one complication after giving birth. What is now being called PPd’s “cousin” is Postpartum Anxiety (PPA), which 1 in 10 new moms may experience. Both illnesses are classified under a greater umbrella known as Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and can often go undiagnosed and untreated due to a woman’s misunderstanding of what she is experiencing, shame for experiencing it, or fear of asking for help. Different from “baby blues” (which lasts up to 2 weeks postpartum and resolves on its own), these symptoms can arise anywhere within TWELVE months postpartum. In an effort to create more awareness around this very important issue, here are some need-to-know facts.

Symptoms of Postpartum Depression • Feeling overwhelmed (think: “I may NEVER be able to do this mom-thing”) • Difficulty bonding with your baby or finding yourself saying, “I’m not meant to be a mom” • Irritability, anger, or lack of patience with everyone/everything • Feeling weak, defective, worthless • Trouble eating/sleeping or you eat/sleep too much as a way to feel better • Feeling sad to the core, lonely, unlovable, unworthy of your baby/partner’s love • Difficulty concentrating, focusing, or feel like you are in a fog • Thoughts of running away, driving off the side of the road, or ”disappearing” to make those feelings go away. If this is how you are feeling it’s important to recognize that this is the ILLNESS talking. Do not act on this. Let someone know immediately. • You are afraid that if you ask for help, you will be judged, or have your baby taken away

Symptoms of Postpartum Anxiety • Racing thoughts, difficulty turning your mind “off ” • Inability to sit down/relax, and feel like you must be doing something at ALL times • Constant worrying about your baby’s health/wellness or fearing something bad will happen to baby or other people you love • Feelings of “going crazy “or “losing your mind “and having difficulty putting these emotions into words • Fear of being alone with your baby because some of your thoughts are disturbing (What if I hurt my baby?) • Find the need to check things constantly: Baby sleeping/breathing, safety of your loved ones, locks, plugs, stove, etc. • Trouble sleeping despite how exhausted you are • You are afraid to reach out for help for fear you will be judged or your baby will be taken away

Who is at Risk for Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders? There is a combination of nature vs. nurture that contributes to risk for developing a mood disorder either during pregnancy or postpartum. Certainly a family history of mental illness might make one more susceptible, coupled with a significant chemical and hormonal shift associated with pregnancy and birth. However, there are several external factors such as a traumatic pregnancy, prior fetal loss, stressful life events or childhood trauma that may increase one’s risk. It’s important to note that one does not have to have a history of depression or anxiety pre-pregnancy to experience a perinatal mood or anxiety disorder. It can happen to anyone.

If You or Someone You Know is Struggling: The key for women and their partners is to remember that you are not alone, nor are you “abnormal”. You haven’t done anything wrong. Plenty of women experience depression or anxiety during pregnancy or postpartum. The danger comes, however, when these go untreated. Often, counseling is recommended, talking with a professional who can hear your concerns or symptoms, validate them, and teach you new/alternate ways of coping with them. Sometimes, medication is recommended. Despite what many people think, there are certain medications that are safe to take during pregnancy or while nursing. Too many women are struggling with these problems alone, afraid to ask for help. Hopefully these facts have helped clarify what postpartum depression and anxiety can look like, while giving hope that they are very much treatable and temporary! Kristin Mize, LCSW is a Maternal Mental Health Specialist. Her office is located at 2655 Dallas Highway, Ste 310 in Marietta. Follow her on FB Kristin Mize, LCSW for great information, resources, and live broadcasts every Monday for the latest and greatest


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Having spent most of the last half-decade in Europe, I am no stranger to culture shock. Culture shock is a phenomenon experienced when individuals go to live in a foreign place and find themselves uncomfortable with the social norms of their new environment. It includes things like changes in foods/eating routines, social interactions, and unfamiliar customs. The same is true for reverse culture shock, when an individual returns home and they find themselves struggling to adapt back into their native routines. I can say in my first weeks back, I have experienced a bit of reverse culture shock. One of the first things I have noticed is the fact that I am freezing inside every building. Is it really necessary to crank up the AC so high that you need to wear winter clothes indoors in the middle of summer? We didn’t even have AC in England! Going to the grocery store in the US for me is like going to Disney World. It’s huge! We had a little grocery store literally right across the street from where we used to live in England that had just a few aisles with all the essentials. To give you an idea, there were probably 7 or 8 cereal choices. American grocery stores have like 200! Or at least that’s what it seems like. It’s really overwhelming in there. Another big difference is just the sheer distance of everything in the US. To get anywhere, it requires endless amounts of driving. My husband jokes that we Americans live in our cars. My first experience with the I -75-285 connector was a brutal reminder. About Kelly: Marietta native and former Miss MHS, Kelly Dean has recently returned from living in northern England with her Spanish husband. Her travels through Europe have taken her as far as Turkey and Morocco, with many mishaps and laughs along the way. Currently, she is looking for her next adventure here in the US. Kelly can be contacted at https://www.

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Lemons and Baby Ruths by Mark Orler

Each year we have taken the family down to Florida to remind the Floridians just how blessed they are that we live far away from them; and this year was no different. The weather reports for the week were terrible, but we decided to risk it anyway. Just another instance of making lemonade out of lemons, I guess.

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Fall is in the air and the month of September is full of events and family fun activities in Metro Atlanta and North Georgia. We’ve gathered a list of fun things to do in our little corner of the world- check them out. There really is something for everyone!

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Jasper, GA - Sep 1 to Sep 3, 2017. Enjoy three days of family friendly fun: jeep trails and obstacles, live music and a bonfire, helicopter rides, show and shine, and much more! The JeepFest is an annual event that is sponsored and operated by the Pickens Sheriff ’s Office.


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Tony Arata and Danny Mitchell Alpharetta, GA - Sep 1 to Sep 2, 2017 A concert experience like no other at the Chukkar Farms’ Home By Dark 2017 Concert Series. Home By Dark delivers original music, storytelling, hope, laughter, and evidence that “A Song Can Change Your Life.” Starts at 8 PM. Ticket prices start at $22.14.

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Marietta, GA - Sep 2 to Sep 4, 2017 One of Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events. Art displays, artist market, the famous painted pots, historic walking tour and more. It has taken place on Labor Day weekend at Historic Marietta Square and Glover Park since 1986. Free admission with plenty of free parking.

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We begin a new feature this month by sharing a slice of one of our advertiser’s lives by asking them 10 Questions. Bernard Nolan, window cleaner by day, artist by night and a darn good family man shares some of his insight and words of wisdom with Our Town. We hope you enjoy!

TEN QUESTIONS WITH… BERNARD NOLAN, SKILLFUL SQUEEGEE Who Doesn’t Love Clean Windows? We do that’s for sure! Windows that open up to the outdoors and bring in a beautiful blue sky and a brilliant green landscape to remind us of what a magnificent world that we live in. We also appreciate the folks that know how to deliver that perfect view into our homes. Bernard Nolan, owner of Skillful Squeegee, consistently receives rave reviews for a job well done and clean windows are his business. How long have you lived in Kennesaw? We moved here from Savannah 12 years ago to start Skillful Squeegee. Some of my customers may remember some of the early photos that we ran in Our Town. Our oldest was only 6 months old at the time – time really does fly!

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What do you love about the area? West Cobb is a great place to raise a family. Everyone is so friendly and my customers are wonderful. I’ve had several customers ask me to bring my kids over to play with their grandkids while we are cleaning their windows. They even send cards and gifts when they see a new baby boy in our ad! They have all been just great about spreading my name out there, which I really appreciate. What was the most unusual job that you did for a client? Early on, when Skillful Squeegee was starting out, I would do almost anything. This included carpentry/ woodworking, stone masonry, bathroom remodels and even a pole barn. What I like the most is how the working relationships have turned into friendships. I have watched kids grow up, get married, watched parents become grandparents and I’ve even seen people lose their spouses. Having been a part of all of that is a blessing. The average number of windows that you clean in a day? We average around 250-300 windows a day in peak season. Any tips to keeping windows clean? Don’t spray your windows with a hose because it will make hard water stains on the glass. Be careful with pressure washing too close to your windows, because it will break the seal and cause foggy glass. Soft wash pressure washing is best. Make sure you schedule your pressure washing first- then window cleaning so the chemicals don’t sit on the glass too long. Also don’t let painters scrape paint overspray unless they wet the glass with soapy water first. Using cheap razors on non-lubricated glass will scratch it. The perfect way to spend a Saturday? Our favorite Saturdays have been spent paddle boarding and kayaking on Lake Acworth and Allatoona with our boys. I like to bring my 3 older boys mountain biking. It gets the boundless energy out -somewhat. The best thing about having 5 boys? They are the funniest people! They make us laugh all the time. My wife says, “Boys love hard” and they do. They give the best hugs. When chores need to be done, it doesn’t take long to run through a list around here. It’s fun teaching them how to be capable, godly boys. Who is the artist in the family? You or your wife, Jen - or both of you? We met at SCAD in Savannah and we are both painters. After 8pm we usually head to the studio and paint as late as we can. Jen is currently showing at the Salzmann Gallery on the Marietta Square, and I have a piece showing at the Cobb Museum of Art until mid September. Check out our art at:, Last book read or movie seen? The Bible is foremost in our house and we read it every night after dinner. We are huge book people and are actually running out of room in our house. The boys eat books. The most recent book I read was Cumberland Island, Strong Women Wild Horses by Charles Seabrook. It’s about the history of Cumberland Island and is fascinating. Jen just finished A Leading Spirit in American Art: Will Merrit Chase by Ronald G. Pisano. Chase is not very well known but singlehandedly shaped American art. A great trilogy we are reading the boys is the Wilderking Trilogy by Jonathan Rogers. Best date night spot? Caper’s in Kennesaw on the bar side to hear the piano. We love the food and atmosphere. They are customers of mine and also great people. A gallery opening or art show afterward is a must!


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THE SCIENCE OF BEAUTY Food for Your Skin By Eliana Ocheseanu , The Skin Whisperer

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With the rise and wide spread appeal of Pintrest, many of us have discovered the guilty pleasure of “do it yourself “ideas. While it works great for lamps and Christmas decorations, when it comes to skin care most of the DIY information is nonsense. Do you remember the movie “War of the Worlds” when Tom Cruise spent a full hour and a half trying to save humanity from the aliens? And in the end, humanity saved itself. I’m not a big fan of Sci-Fi movies, but I will watch anything with Tom Cruise in it! Just like everyone else that weekend, I bought the popcorn and sat in the dark room watching the move. Of course, I can’t remember any of it except at the end when all of the aliens started dropping dead from an onset of bacterial infection, “Slain after all man’s devices had failed, by the humblest things that God, in his wisdom, has put upon this earth”… For thousands of years, our bodies have developed protection mechanisms by creating lines of defense to keep bacteria out and away from our major organs. Our skin is the first line of defense in that daily battle. How does skin care work? After the active ingredients are extracted from plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables, every molecule is measured on a Dalton scale. Everything over 500 on the Dalton scale will not breach the protective barrier. These molecules have to be micronized and reduced to a size that will allow them to pass through. Once inside, they must be able to act fast before being destroyed by the other defense mechanisms in the body. Cosmetic labs have created a delivery system to accompany each molecule and help target its delivery.

Eat Food for Healthy Skin My mom pretty much let me eat what I wanted, providing I had my daily dose of greens, veggies, fruits and teas –I grew up in Eastern Europe and we are big on tea (we pretty much will dry any herb and drink it at some point in the day). To this day, no matter what fancy creams I use, I make sure my diet is rich in minerals, vitamins and omega oils.

“My mother always said, “Eat your vitamins.”

Nutritionists say eating certain foods that contain the right vitamins and minerals, will have a beneficial impact on your skin. Eating healthy and taking vitamins for your skin will slow down the ageing process without having to invest a fortune in skin care.

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Missing out on just a few nutrients every day can have a dramatic impact on your appearance. Dry skin can be linked to a lack of vitamins A and E and a deficiency of essential fatty acids in your diet. The best source of Vitamin E is an avocado. In addition, avocados contain compounds that may protect the skin against sun damage. UV damage to the skin causes wrinkling and blotchiness. Vitamin A is synthesized by our bodies from foods that are rich in Beta-carotene. Beta-carotene gives fruits and vegetable their red or orange colors. Fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel and herring, are excellent foods for healthy skin. They contain rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids that are important for maintaining skin health. Omega-3 fatty acids are necessary to keep skin thick, supple and moisturized. In fact, a deficiency in omega-3 fats can cause dry skin. In addition, the omega-3 fats found in fish reduce inflammation, which can be the cause of redness and acne. They my even make your skin less sensitive to the sun’s harmful UV rays. (Continued on page 28)

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The Do’s, Don’t’s (and Maybes) of Choosing Cabinets and Countertops in Your Kitchen Remodel As homeowners, we like options. That is, until we have too many; then options become chores (and no one likes chores). To prevent your search for cabinets and countertops from devolving into “choredom,” it’s important to whittle down your alternatives using a set of criteria that reflects what is most important to you in your remodel (i.e., style, availability, dependability, etc.). If you’re uncertain on which factor to base your decision, the safest (and smartest) lynchpin is cost. Once you’ve established a price cap, it will be easier to navigate things like construction and style. The world of kitchen cabinets and countertops is flooded with every style and sub-style imaginable — and the last thing you want to do is invest in a trend that will be painfully outdated within the next year. So, to avoid the terminally trendy (and to find a cabinet-countertop combo that’s as breathtaking as it is useful), here are some tips to follow while planning your update. Let’s Start With Cabinets Frames or no frames? Custom? Semi-custom? Stock? The choices can be overwhelming. This quick rundown will help take some of the guesswork out of choosing your cabinets-to-be. • Framed cabinets are suited for more traditional kitchen styles. Framed cabinets have a 1-1/2 inch frame, or “face,” at the front of the cabinet box. This is where the doors are hinged. • Frameless cabinets are suited for more contemporary designs. These cabinets have a hidden frame, offering greater accessibility to the contents of the cabinet. In frameless cabinets, doors are hinged on the inside of the box, making hinges less noticeable than hinges on framed cabinets. Once you’ve decided on a frame (or lack thereof), it’s important to establish how you want your cabinets constructed. • Stock cabinets are found in big box stores. While stock cabinetry is the cheapest route, it’s important to be aware of the potential quality and measurement issues that sometimes arise with prefab cabinets. • Semi-custom cabinets come in a general style and offer customization of basic finishes/ sizes. Semi-custom cabinets can be a great compromise in price and flexibility. • Custom cabinets are created from the ground up to meet your exact specifications. While custom cabinets look fantastic, the price tag will be substantially more than any other alternative on this list. • Details, details, details… While looking at cabinets, it pays to keep tabs on the following telltale signs of quality (or lack thereof). • Hinges: Regardless of style, your hinges should be both durable and adjustable. Having adaptable hinges allows you to align the doors and frame (or overall box in the case of frameless cabinets). • Floating Panels: Make sure your cabinet’s panels (exposed sides and doors panels) are floating (not glued) in a deep groove set in the cabinet’s frame. The lack of adhesive allows the panels to expand and contract with temperature changes — thereby avoiding cracks or serious frame damage. *(P.S. Sometimes it can be difficult to determine whether a cabinet has floating panels just by looking. Be sure to ask a professional to inspect the cabinets before making a purchase) • Drawer Slides: Drawers supported by side-mounted slides are much stronger than a single, bottom-mounted slide. And Now for the wood… As a rule, it’s a good idea to avoid exotic or heavily design-oriented cabinets. For most homeowners, a solid mix of functionality and subtle good looks is the ticket. Fortunately, there are a variety of wood types that have become time-honored staples among homeowners: • Maple is great for both traditional and contemporary designs. • Cherry mixes well with other woods and is exceptionally durable. • Oak is extremely durable and does well with finishes (dark or light). • Pine has a long, continuous grain that offers a rugged look. High-pressure laminate and Thermofoil are also becoming popular choices for homeowners looking for an alternative to (sometimes pricey) wooden cabinets. (Continued on page 28)


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When I say “countertops,” you say “granite.” Or do you? If you mention countertops to a homeowner, it’s a safe bet that the next word out of his or her mouth will be “granite”— and for good reason. Aside from being visually stunning, granite is a durable, lasting option that hasn’t wavered with the trends. But, as alternatives to granite increase in quality, predictions are pointing to a lull in granite-mania. While granite may be becoming common, there are additional countertop choices that are becoming popular in their own right: • Laminate: Today’s laminate isn’t the bubbled Formica countertop you had growing up. In fact, there’s an almost endless supply of attractive laminate options that look like a wide variety more expensive countertop materials (for a fraction of the price). • Marble: Like granite, marble is a classic choice for high-end countertops. But, unlike granite, marble is highly susceptible to stains and etching, which can be pretty upsetting after shelling out the cash to have it installed. • Quartz: Silestone or CaesarStone (the brand names typically associated with quartz) are the “plug-and-play” alternatives to marble and granite. While quartz is still expensive, it doesn’t require the sealing or constant maintenance that other materials do. • Butcher block: In terms of value, it doesn’t get much better than butcher block. While upkeep is a must with these countertops (oiling is required every six months), the price-toimpact ratio makes them extremely attractive to many homeowners • Solid Surface: It’s all fun and games until something gets scratched — a lesson many solid surface (or Corian) countertop owners found out the hard way. While solid surface has been a popular choice in the past (and still looks great today), many homeowners have turned to other alternatives because of the potential scratching. • Stainless Steel: If you’re a serious cook (or just like the sleek look), stainless is a great choice. While stainless is practically indestructible (wine, beets and acidic liquids are no match), avoiding scratches and smears (finger prints and small crumbs become immediately apparent) can be difficult • Granite: Granite is still king for a reason: it looks great, it doesn’t require massive amounts of upkeep and when compared to other natural stones (slate, soapstone, quartz), its costs are reasonable. While granite’s popularity has been waning slightly, it’s adoration among homeowners still soars. Courtesy of


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THE SCIENCE OF BEAUTY Food for Your Skin By Eliana Ocheseanu , The Skin Whisperer • Continued from page 26

Acne – Dr. Fulton, a well- known acne specialist noticed that all of his acne patients had one thing in common: a Zinc deficiency. More evidence is now emerging of the importance of eating zinc to help fight adult acne. Zinc helps your body repair itself and is vital for skin renewal. Foods rich in zinc include red meat, oysters and nuts. Lines or wrinkles - Wrinkles have been linked to the lack of vitamins A, C and E along with selenium and zinc. Vitamin C helps your body build collagen, a protein that is the main connective tissue in skin. Less collagen means more sagging. Vitamin C is also an essential antioxidant that fights damage already done to your skin. You can find large amounts of vitamin C in citrus fruits, kiwi, black currants and red peppers. Tomatoes are also a great source of vitamin C and contain all of the major carotenoids, including lycopene. Beta-carotene, lutein and lycopene have been shown to protect the skin against damage from the sun and may also help prevent wrinkling. However, carotenoids need fat to be absorbed, so be sure to pair tomatoes with something like cheese or olive oil. Not all of us like it, but broccoli is full of many vitamins and minerals important for skin health, including zinc, vitamin A and vitamin C. It also contains lutein, a carotenoid that works like beta-carotene and protects the skin from oxidative damage.

Green tea will force your fat cells to commit suicide…

In addition to literally forcing your fat cells to commit suicide, Green Tea contains catechins, a group of powerful antioxidants that protect skin against sun damage and reduce skin redness, as well as, improve the hydration, thickness and elasticity of skin. By following a good skin care regiment, investing in monthly facials and coloring your refrigerator with all these great foods, your skin will show that healthy glow you deserve. And remember, an ounce of preventions is worth five pounds of care.

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AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Month by Amber Burckhalter

September is the American Kennel Club Responsible Dog Ownership month. So, what exactly is “responsible dog ownership”? Ask ten people and you are likely to get ten different answers. This month, we take a look at the top five steps you can take to be the responsible dog owner your pup and your community need you to be. 1. Health - Canine disease and illness can vary from annoying to devastating, as we have recently seen in the case of the canine flu outbreak that struck Atlanta. As an owner, keeping your dog healthy, vaccinated and free from parasites is a serious responsibility to not only your own dog, but also the community in which your dog lives. Keep your dog’s vaccines up to date, feed them a high-quality food, make sure you are giving monthly heartworm preventative, have them groomed regularly and, if your dog is ill or injured, make sure you see your vet. Sick dogs are not only a problem for you, but for our community. 2. Training & Socialization - The statistics on abandoned dogs in shelters and rescues vary, but it is widely accepted that most abandoned dogs are untrained. Dogs should at least understand basic direction like “sit” and “stay.” In an emergency situation, these cues could save your pet’s life. By training and socializing your dog, you greatly reduce the chances of your dog developing behavioral problems, getting lost or ending up in a shelter. K-9 Coach offers private, group and inboard training to help you and your family have a forever dog and build a lifetime of great memories together. 3. Leash - While we all wish that our dogs could safely roam freely and play outdoors, the reality is that containment laws exist and are important. Keeping your dog on a leash is crucial to their safety and the safety of others and helps avoid an unwanted call from animal control. Make sure you check your fence and gates periodically to keep your dog from accidentally escaping your yard and, or getting injured. Never take your dog off leash in a public location: remember not everyone loves dogs and not all dogs are friendly. 4. Exercise - Part of your pup’s needs include physical and mental exercise. Many issues owners have with their dog’s behavior can be directly attributed to a lack of exercise and too much energy. We often refer to too much energy as negative energy. Run, walk and play games with your dog every day and make sure to provide plenty of mentally stimulating toys. Some ideas include fetch and frisbee, of course, but also games like hide and seek, soccer, water-based games (for those who like to swim), long walks with play breaks, etc... If, like so many families these days, it is hard to find the time, join our award winning playcare and take home a tired, happy pup at the end of the day. 5. Identification - Do you remember the last time you checked your dog’s tag and collar? Often, we put a tag and collar on our pups and forget to occasionally check that the identification is still adequate or even legible. Tags get lost, printing fades and collars get worn out or outgrown. Replace the collar and tag as needed and for an added layer of protection, speak to your veterinarian about microchipping your dog. Microchips can help get your pup back home safe if they get lost and are not wearing any identification.


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Canton, GA - Sep 23 to Sep 24, 2017 32nd annual event. Over 200 arts & crafts vendors, concession stands and entertainers. Children’s area with rides and activities. Free parking and shuttle services. Presented by the Service League with proceeds serving needy children. Location is Boling Park.

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