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About the Cover: The Brooks Family Family Focus: Car Safety Tips for Kids of all Ages Community Spotlight: Yummy Jars for Matthew Calendar of Events Fitness: Should You Indulge In Keto Snacks? Health: The Benefits of Good Posture Finance: Questions about Taking Social Security Seasonal: Five Holiday Myths Busted Gardening: Successful Transplanting Home Décor: Decorate for Fall with Fresh Flowers Faith: Benefits of Gratefulness Feature Photographer: April Estes Pet Spotlight: Acworth Pet Adoptions Crossword Puzzle What’s Cookin’: Bacon Wrapped Pork Tenderloin

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ith Thanksgiving around the corner, gratitude is in the air. Everything is ripe for the picking, and it’s times like this that we can really appreciate the friends and family who have remained in our corners. Gratitude comes natural when you realize that the same family who was there with you while you did the work is also ready to help you partake in the celebration of your fruitful harvest. So, as we prep for honoring our persistent and unyielding work, remember to show your gratitude for the people who’ve been there through times of both work and celebration! This season, we’re celebrating family by shining the spotlight on the Brooks family, Paulding County’s own. Eddie and Kerri Brooks are two Paulding County locals who have decided to share the love they have for the area by raising their own family here. They are the parents of Easton and Avery Kate, who are both 8 and 7 years old respectively. October 18, 2018 marked ten years of marriage for Eddie and Kerri. To celebrate a decade of being in love, the couple took a well-deserved trip to Punta Cana in the Dominican Republic.

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Since 2007, Eddie has worked for Cobb EMC where he operates as a First Class Lineman. Eddie is truly passionate about what he does and has recently been preparing for the possibility of having to head out of town to assist with the Hurricane Michael restoration. Avery Kate and Easton look up to their dad and the work he does, mostly because he drives “a really big bucket truck.”

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The couple both work in the community with Kerri dedicating her time and skills to LGE Community Credit Union, where she’s served for the past 19 years. She also serves on the LGE Community Outreach Foundation Committee where she collaborates with other committee members to raise money for several non-profit organizations in the area.

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The couple’s origin story begins as many love origin stories do. A mutual friend just knew the two of them were meant for each other and was bent on playing Cupid. The two chatted it up on the phone for a while before they even looked each other in the eyes, but once they finally laid eyes on each other, they were smitten despite Eddie being a good 45 minutes late. Sparks flew, and the love birds have been inseparable ever since.

The kids are also super active within the community as well. While Easton loves to play golf with his dear old dad, Avery Kate enjoys playing on the Dirt Diva’s 8 and under softball team, where Eddie is also the head coach. Eddie also enjoys mountain biking among other nature-loving activities. The family thrives outdoors! Whether they find time to hike a path in North Georgia, hunt for waterfalls to frolic in, or trek up the infamous Kennesaw Mountain, the Brooks family finds the time to make it happen and explore the good ol’ outdoors together. Cover Story Continued on Page 28


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or many parents, you buckle up your kids and off you go to day care, school or the park. You trust their car seat or booster seat will keep your child safe should something happen, but are you sure the seat you installed months or years ago is truly secure? Heidi King, deputy administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges parent to follow these simple tips to ensure kids stay safe in the car at every age. The right car seat is the best protection in a crash Every 33 seconds, a child under 13 years old is involved in a car crash, according to NHTSA data. Even more startling: Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1-13. One of the most common mistakes parents and caregivers make is moving children to the next car seat too soon. No matter their age, you need to make sure the car seat you use is the right one for your child’s age, as well as their size (based on their weight and height). Newborn to 3 years (infant and rear-facing car seat) The youngest passengers should remain in a rear-facing car seat until they reach the maximum weight or height of their seat. This positioning better absorbs the force of an impact, making it a better option for small passengers whose necks and spines are still developing. In fact, car seats have been shown to reduce fatal injury by 71% for infants (under one year old) in passenger cars. Keep in mind, even if your child’s feet touch the back of the vehicle seat, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ready for a forward-facing seat. Parents should not move their toddlers into a forward-facing car seat until they’ve hit the maximum height or weight limit of their current car seat. 4-7 years old (forward-facing car seat) At this age your child will likely use a forward-facing car seat with a harness. One critical step for installing this car seat correctly is making sure to secure it with its tether, not just a seat belt. The tether is an adjustable strap with a hook that can be found at the top of most forward-facing car seats. When you secure the tether to the tether anchor in your vehicle, it keeps the car seat from moving forward in a crash, helping protect your child from head and neck injuries.

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Additionally, always make sure the chest clip is secured across the chest rather than on the belly. These clips have a tendency to move down, so it’s up to caregivers to align it properly. Make it a habit to always slide the clip up to the appropriate place after buckling your child in to their seat.

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Kids should stay in a booster seat until they are big enough to sit properly with the lap and shoulder belt securely buckled. That means the lap belt is snug across their upper thighs, not their stomach, and the shoulder belt is snug across their shoulder and chest, not their neck or face. “Tweens” and preteens (seat belt) Once your child is big enough to ride safely without needing a car seat or booster seat, keep in mind the back seat is still the safest place. All kids 13 and under should ride in the back, even if they try to convince you the front is the “cool” place to be. For more advice and to find a car seat check location near you, visit NHTSA.gov/ TheRightSeat. (BPT)

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ummy Jars for Matthew was started by Dawn Hart in the fall of 2016 to give her a sustainable income so she could stay home with her son Matthew. Matthew is a fun-loving, six year old little boy who LOVES trains, people, dancing; and he’s fighting pediatric brain cancer. The Yummy Jars are quick and easy! By mixing a few staple ingredients with the mix in the Yummy Jar, you’ll be make something “yummy” for your family, while helping Matthew’s! Every other month, they will email their newsletter or post the upcoming flavors on their Facebook page - Yummy Jars for Matthew. The newsletter lists the current flavor offerings to pick from and the dates they are available. There is no minimum if ordering during these times. They also offer their entire year’s menu at any time, but a minimum order of four per flavor selected applies.

and White Chicken Chili. So now is a great time to get on their mailing list. The Hart family moved here from Seattle in 2014. In addition to operating “Yummy Jars for Matthew,” Dawn is a homemaker and homeschools her children so they can all be together. Her husband Jayson teaches 9th grade Geography at Paulding County High School; and, they have two more children – Henry, age 10 and Libby, age 8.

The Yummy Jar’s options change throughout the year. There are special ones for Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl, Easter, Mother’s and Father’s Day, End of School and more! For the month of November they are offering their Thanksgiving/Fall Jars including: Any Fruit Cobbler Pumpkin Protein Pancakes Pumpkin Oat Walnut Cookies Sugar Cookies with M&Ms Peanut Butter M&M Cookies Peanut Butter Banana Trail Mix Jambalaya White Chicken Crockpot Chili


The Christmas menu will be available mid-November, but their most popular Christmas Jars are Toffee Blondie Bars, Fudge Nut Brownie

Making the jars is definitely a family affair for the Harts. Dawn decides on the flavors, then makes and decorates the jars. Jayson does all of the shopping and deliveries.

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Henry and Libby help Dawn bag and tag things, and Matthew loves to help stir and make cute little videos about each flavor. In one of her blogs, Dawn shares, “I do know that God always knew that Matthew was going to need me, however long that may be for. He always knew just how to put my personality to good use. He had a plan and was maneuvering it every step of the way. He calms and molds my dreams when I ask Him. I am so thankful to be home. It is a privilege and blessing.” The Yummy Jars make great gifts and can be ready in as little as 24 hours. They can be picked up at Russom Elementary, Paulding County High School, Mars Hill Community Church or near their home off Cedarcrest in North Paulding. The jars are $10 each, or 3 for $27, or 12 for $100, and can be paid for at www.paypal.me/ ourlittlematthew. For more information or to sign up for their newsletter, email Dawn at thefamilyhart@gmail.com or visit them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yummyjarsformatthew/. If you aren’t interested in the jars, they also have an Amazon Wish List at Dawn Christine Hart.


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Secret Santas for Foster Children Needed Email PDFCS at Paulding.Foster.Kids.Christmas@gmail.com to learn how you can create excitement in a child’s life this Christmas! Paulding Gymnastics UPCOMING Events! l Parent’s Night Out – Nov 10 and Dec 8; Saturday 7pm-11pm l Toddler Time every Friday 10am-12pm l Terrific Tuesdays every Tuesday 10am-12pm. 106 Greystone Power Blvd., Dallas. Questions or to Register? 770-445-5525 Flea Market for Murphy Harpst at Hope Church November 3rd; Saturday 9am – 4pm Come shop for Antiques, crafts, clothing and food. For more info email pamela@ placeofhope.org. Hope Church: 1970 Charles Hardy Pkwy in Dallas. Christmas Open House - Christmas is our Business November 4, 11, 18; Sundays 12pm – 6pm; 149 Mary Wallace Way, Dallas November 17; Saturday 11am – 4pm; 5743 Brookstone Drive, NW, Acworth December 1; Saturday 11am – 4pm; 91 Renner Path, Dallas December 2, 9, 16; Sundays 12pm – 6pm; 149 Mary Wallace Way, Dallas FREE Admission. Beautiful designs at THREE locations. Questions? 678-457-4434 GiveMas – ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree at the Shack’ November 9; Friday 7pm at The Pizza Shack in Seven Hills Enjoy live music from the Dallas Martin Band. Choose an ornament from the GiveMas Tree and put a smile on a Foster Child’s face this Christmas! Sponsored by Paulding Chamber’s Empowering Women. Questions? 770-445-6016 2019 Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Training Applications Due November 9; Friday by close of business Become a 2019 Master Gardener Extension Volunteer. For an Application call 770443-7616 or visit www.ugaextension.org/paulding to download the application. Refugee Camp at Pickett’s Mill Battlefield November 10; Saturday Reenactors demonstrate how Refugees would travel, eat and live if fleeing from Sherman’s advancing army. Call 770-443-7850 for information. Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association (TOTA) Meeting November 10; Saturday 10:30am at the Funk Heritage Center in Waleska Keynote speaker – Anita Finger-Smith - “Those Who Didn’t Go.” Meetings are free and open to the public. www.gatrailoftears.com 3rd Annual Alternative Baseball’s All-Star Game November 10; Saturday 2pm at New Georgia Ballpark Baseball game featuring teen/adult players (with autism and other special needs) playing alongside past/current professional ball players including former Braves All-Star catcher Johnny Estrada, Big League veteran pitcher Brian Moehler, former Yankees relief pitcher Colter Bean, and more! (Participants subject to change.) New GA Ballpark: 5885 Villa Rica Hwy, Dallas. Questions? www.AlternativeBaseball.org Love Life & Shop Christmas Boutique for Paulding Pregnancy Services November 17, Saturday, 10am – 3pm Fortified Hills Baptist Church, Dallas Enjoy Christmas shopping with local arts, crafts and retail vendors. Photos with Santa, face painting, caricature drawings and more. Vendor space still available. Contact christy@pauldingpregnancy.com for more information. ‘Lights of LIFE’ at Life University in Marietta November 22 – Thanksgiving Day through December 31 – New Year’s Eve $10 per car – Friday/Saturday/Sunday; Nov. 22-25 and Dec. 14-31; 6pm-10pm $5 per car – Monday – Thursday 6pm-9pm; $20 per bus regardless of date. Petting zoo, train and pony rides, concessions. Questions? LIFE.edu. 13th Annual Hiram Christmas Tree Lighting November 30; Friday 6pm – 9pm in Olde Town Hiram Live Music with…Babbie Mason! Free, family event; Sip and Shop; Petting Zoo; Horse & Carriage Rides; Pictures with Santa. Free shuttle from Hiram Elementary, Ground Lutheran Church & Silver Comet parking lots. Questions? 770-445-6016. Events continued on pg 22

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ith so many people jumping onto the “ketogenic diet” bandwagon right now, more and more people are starting to wonder if this diet plan is for them. Even if you are not on a ketogenic diet, you would be hard pressed not to have seen keto specific food now popping up in your supermarket.

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health The Benefits of Good Posture By Robert Finn


aving good posture is an important part of remaining healthy. It helps you avoid back pain and premature wear on your bones, improves lung performance, and much


What is good posture?

Posture is the form that your body takes when you are sitting, standing, and laying down. Maintaining “good” posture is positioning your body so there is less strain placed upon your body’s muscles and ligaments when in these positions. It requires your body to be as close to its natural shape as possible. So if you are sitting down, this would mean:

n Keeping your chin up and looking forward n Keeping your shoulders back (not slouching) n Bending your knees at a right angle n Keeping your feet flat on the floor n Keeping your back straight enough that all 3 natural curves of the spine are present.

Sitting with good posture distributes weight more evenly across your muscle groups - helping you avoid neck, shoulder and back pain. It also allows you to comfortably work for longer periods and avoid some serious long-term health problems. Having a chair with lumbar support will help you maintain good back posture.

What are the benefits of good posture? Protects your future health

Having good posture will keep your joints correctly aligned, protecting the joint surfaces from abnormal wear-and-tear. By preventing this type of wear-and-tear, you can lower your risk of various illnesses including arthritis and postural hunchback.

It makes it easier to breathe

Posture affects breathing because it changes how much room the diaphragm has to move. If you are slouched in a chair or while walking, the diaphragm cannot contract or expand as easily, preventing you from taking deep breaths. As soon as you correct your posture, you will immediately notice how much easier it is to breathe. This is a particularly useful benefit for anyone who has a health condition that affects their breathing.

Can help prevent back pain

Developing good posture can eliminate back pain caused by stressed muscles and poor joint alignment. It does so by actively reducing the strain placed on the muscles and joints by spreading weight across the entire body. This ensures that certain muscles or joints are not overworked or damaged. Over time, having good posture will even improve the alignment of your spine, which will improve the condition of your back and reduce the risk of back injuries.

Improved physical performance

Good posture requires the use of more muscle groups. Not only does this reduce the chances of straining a single muscle, it can lead to an improvement in overall physical performance. Having the ability to engage muscles more evenly will help you perform better during daily activities and any sports that you play.

Strengthens the core

If you have already made improvements to your sitting posture, you will have noticed that your abdominal muscles feel more engaged. Your abdominals will be “sharing the load” with your back muscles as they keep your torso stable. The more you improve your posture, the stronger your core will get, thus improving the alignment of your spine, reducing stress on your back muscles, and improving your mobility.

Improved digestion of food

Sitting or standing with good posture will ensure your internal organs are in their natural position. This makes it easier for the body to digest food and perform other important functions like maintaining good blood circulation.

Can improve your mood

Researchers from the University of San Francisco have discovered that having good posture can help improve a person’s mood. They found that improved posture could also increase energy levels and reduce the risk of mental illnesses like depression. Improving your posture can deliver some amazing benefits to your health and lifestyle. If you are interested in developing good posture, talk to a chiropractor or general practitioner.


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finance Questions to Ask Before Taking Social Security Contributed by Roberto De Jesus of Edward Jones Investments - Dallas/Acworth


ocial Security can be an important part of your retirement income. So, before you start making decisions about your payments, you’ll want to know what questions to ask. Here are a few to consider:

How soon can I start collecting Social Security? You can begin receiving Social Security as early as age 62. However, your payments, as well as the survivor benefits payable to your spouse, will be significantly lower than if you wait until your full retirement age, which is likely to be between 66 and 67. Can I wait until I’m past full retirement age to begin collecting payments? Yes. Your monthly benefits will continue to rise until you reach 70, at which point they will max out. Which is better: taking smaller payments for more years, or larger payments for fewer years? There’s no simple answer to this question. If you are in good health and have a family history of longevity, you may decide it’s worth your while to wait as long as possible before collecting benefits. Also, if you enjoy working and don’t immediately need the Social Security payments, you may choose to wait. On the other hand, if your health is questionable, or if you would rather retire than continue working, you might want to start taking payments earlier. And, of course, if you simply need the money to help support yourself, you may not be able to wait. Additionally, don’t forget potential implications for your spouse. Since the survivor benefit is based on the size of your retirement benefit, it may make sense to delay and maximize your retirement benefit, which could help provide the maximum benefit for your surviving spouse.  If I’m still employed when I begin taking Social Security, will my monthly checks be reduced? If you’re working, and you start collecting benefits before you reach full retirement age, your payments could be reduced if you earn more than the Social Security earnings limits, which are adjusted each year. Once you pass your full retirement age, though, you can earn as much as you like without having your payments reduced  (although they could still be taxed). Will I be taxed on my Social Security benefits? Social Security benefits can be taxable at any age, whether you’re employed or not. To understand your tax liability, consult with your tax advisor. Can I claim Social Security benefits based on my spouse’s earnings? Yes, you may be eligible for Social Security benefits based on your spouse’s earnings and Social Security record. This benefit is available if your full retirement benefit is less than half of your spouse’s full retirement benefit. The spousal benefit is only available if your spouse has already filed for benefits.  These aren’t all the questions you may need to ask about Social Security, but they can give you a good idea of what you should know before taking action. So, take your time, get the professional advice you need, and make the right choices. You’vecontributed to Social Security your entire working life, so you’ve earned the right to maximize your benefits. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by Roberto De Jesus, your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor. 678-574-5166

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f all the holiday prep and bustle is giving your inner Grinch a migraine, you may find yourself in very good company! A recent Coinstar survey, conducted among 2,000 adults, uncovered some of these hidden attitudes toward the holidays. The findings revealed truths behind the following myths we often cling to when it comes to the holiday season. Myth No. 1: Regifting is in poor taste Many people have a secret stash tucked into drawers and stuffed way back into closets: Presents from the past they don’t really want but the guilt is too strong to let them go. If you think regifting is a tacky solution to lightening the load, here’s a good secret you should know. Nearly two-thirds of us (65 percent) do it anyway, according to the survey. So if you can picture your aunt’s wide grin when she sees that over-the-top holiday sweater, by all means, wrap it up and give it to her. She’ll commend you for your excellent taste and your holiday budget will also give a tiny gasp of relief. Myth No. 2: Sticking to a holiday budget is just too hard After past failures to make a holiday budget, you decided it’s just easier to close your eyes and dive into a credit

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coma until January. Because it’s impossible to keep up with the unexpected extras that keep popping up: added gifts, events, replacement decorations, holiday attire and food. Here’s a reality check. Some 68 percent of people stick to a holiday budget. Maybe past failures can be chalked up to not having enough information to create a good plan. Look back on last year’s bank and credit card statements to help you make a better plan for this year. Myth No. 3: Adding spare change to your budget doesn’t add up These days, you think pocket change won’t even cover the cost of a cup of coffee. Which is why you may not be in the habit of counting on your change to fill out your holiday budget. Remember this: Most people who cash in spare change have more than they think, and according to the survey that’s about $78 on average. So don’t discount the power of pocket change. Grab a container and explore the nooks and crannies of your house just to

see what you find. Check handbags, car consoles, spare change jars, dresser drawers and sofa cushions. With this new cash stash, you can easily knock out an item or two on your budget. Myth No. 4: Family time is what the holidays are all about No better occasion than the holidays to spend quality time with your family, eating a delicious meal, followed by opening gifts in the soft glow of the fireplace and twinkling lights. If picturing your extended family in this idyllic holiday scene is more than a stretch of the imagination, you’re not alone. One in five people say they’d rather bow out of the family, gift-giving celebration. In fact, they’d prefer to spend time with friends, be alone or go to work. But for those who enjoy family time, holidays are perfect for making new memories. Myth No. 5: Gift-giving comes from the heart Ideally, every single gift is a pure expression of love and generosity from the giver, right? Wrong. You probably have a competitive gift giver in your group. And maybe it’s even you! One quarter of Americans confessed to getting into an altogether different kind of holiday spirit when it comes to buying presents. They want to be the one behind the most talked-about, flashiest or best gift at the gathering. Whatever the motivation, keep on giving. (BPT)

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all and early winter are the best time to relocate large trees and shrubs. Moving established plants from one location to another can change your landscape without costing you money. Nurseries use tree spades to dig large trees from a field-grown nursery. Unfortunately this is not the kind of equipment a home landscaper can rent for a weekend. The roots of trees and shrubs grow beyond the amount of soil a home gardener can move. To keep most of the roots within a small area, plants should be root-pruned in the spring or fall before transplanting. Plants moved in the fall (October or November) should be root-pruned in March. Those moved in spring (March) should be root-pruned in October or November. Root-prune after the leaves have fallen from deciduous plants in the fall or before buds break in the spring. To root-prune, mark a circle the size of the desired ball around the tree or shrub. Next, dig a trench just outside the circle. Cleanly cut larger roots and backfill the trench with the available soil. Water the area to settle disturbed soil and provide adequate moisture.

the planting hole will not provide any benefits to newly planted trees or shrubs. Most studies show amendments can create drainage issues and cause poor root establishment.

Roots within the pruned area grow many new fibrous roots, and form a strong root system within a confined area. If not rootpruned, larger plants may die from transplant shock because of root loss.

When moving the plant to its new home, lift trees and shrubs by the root ball. Never carry a tree by the stem. This can damage underlying bark tissues. Place the plant in the hole and backfill with existing native soil.

To move trees with soil attached to the roots, trim the root ball to the proper size and shape with a spade. Avoid loosening the soil around the roots by cutting the large roots with hand or lopping shears and the small roots with a sharp spade. Next, undercut at an angle of about 45 degrees to loosen the root ball from the soil and sever remaining roots.

Maintain constant moisture, not saturation, of the root ball. Add 2 to 3 inches of mulch to help conserve moisture, moderate temperature extremes and reduce weeds. Keep mulch away from the trunk of the plant. Would you like to learn about researched based gardening practices? Maybe becoming a Master Gardener Extension Volunteer is for you! Ask yourself these questions: Do I want to learn more about plants, growing things, and gardening? Am I eager to participate in a practical and intensive training program? Do I look forward to sharing my knowledge with people in my community? Do I have enough time to attend the training & complete volunteer work?

Prepare the new site before transplanting a tree or shrub. Have the soil tested and follow recommendations. Don’t use fertilizer that contains nitrogen for the first year after transplanting.

For more information about becoming a Master Gardener in Paulding, contact the Paulding County Cooperative Extension Office at 770-443-7616 or find the application for the 2019 class online at www.ugaextension.org/paulding. The deadline for applications to the 2019 class is November 9, 2018.

Dig the new hole 50 percent wider than the soil ball to loosen the surrounding soil and ensure good root establishment. The root system should be at the same depth it was before it was moved. Research has shown that adding soil amendments to



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s the weather gets cooler and the turning to fall colors occurs outdoors, it reminds us that Thanksgiving is just around the corner. For many, it’s time to think about planning a lovely Thanksgiving meal for family and friends and it is the perfect time to refresh indoor spaces to reflect the change of seasons. Taking care to update your home for fall is easy when you let yourself get inspired by nature. Think of the rich and lovely colors of fall flowers and bring the outdoors in. Adding fresh cut flowers and other seasonal plant elements inside is an easy way to cozy up the feel of your home. Let your inner decorator go wild with these easy fall flower decorating tips. Despite the onset of cooler weather, the garden may still offer many flowers that make great fresh cut fall flower bouquets. So look to your own garden or even your favorite florist shop for inspiration. Hardy chrysanthemums, autumn joy sedum, vibrant sunflowers and autumn asters are all good fall cutting flowers. Use sharp pruning scissors to cut flowers and immediately place the stems in water. Also remove leaves that would be under water in a vase. Replace water in the vase every two days to guard against bacteria buildup.

Where flowers are placed in a room also has tremendous decorating impact. A simple trick is to create focal points with flowers. Consider placing an elegant arrangement on an entryway console, welcoming guests indoors. Dress up a living room mantel with beautiful autumn flowers for instant wow appeal. And nothing is more inviting then fresh cut flowers beckoning guests to the dining room table for a lovingly prepared Thanksgiving feast.

another simple idea to spruce up a room for fall. Potted flowers and plants can quickly cozy up indoors spaces too. Imagine three equally spaced clay pots of chrysanthemums bursting with color atop a kitchen harvest table. A grouping of potted chili pepper plants on the kitchen counter is another lovely reminder of fall’s beauty. Remember, grouped arrangements create greater visual impact. With ease, now you can bring the hues of autumn indoors with fresh cut flowers, fall foliage and potted plants. By using these simple decorating tips you will instantly add warmth and beauty to your indoor spaces. Moreover, family and friends will marvel at the extra effort taken to make each room feel and look so inviting.

Think outside the box when it comes to the container used to display flowers. A brimming bouquet of fall flowers placed in a favorite antique glass water jug, a fish bowl, a cherished footed vase or even tea cups for smaller arrangements are all thoughtful options.

And whether you are the fortunate recipient of a florist designed Thanksgiving arrangement or you are using home grown stems, remember to keep flowers out of direct sunlight. Also move flower arrangements to a cool place at night. These simple tips will help keep flowers looking fresh, longer. And fresh flowers are always in style no matter what the season.

On your next autumn stroll, collect fallen tree branches and use them to enhance a bouquet of fresh cut flowers. This addition will add a modern touch while also providing height to the arrangement. Tree branches in a glass vase filled with fall gourds, (no water needed), is

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This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it. Psalm 118:24 ESV


ere’s a revelation, God does not owe us anything. He has already given His life as a ransom for our sins. Somehow we believe we deserve more and better. In our western culture and particularly with the millennial generation, there seems to be a sense of entitlement. We enter into sin when we begin to complain about our circumstances. I am not discounting heartache and hardships. I know firsthand about getting dealt a “bad hand” in life, but sometimes you have to play the hand you were dealt. There are a lot of people who are angry with God, and displeased with their lives. It is okay to work out your anger with God, but don’t stay there!

exchange these weights for peace, which in turn causes thanksgiving. Keep a daily gratitude journal or say verbally out loud at least (5) things you are grateful for. Counting your blessings instead of counting your woes can lead to improved health, relationships, emotions, and career. It will even improve your relationship with God.

What if we started focusing on what is right with our lives, as opposed to everything that is wrong with our lives? Our attitude about ‘things’ is actually more important than what happens to us. You may be thinking, “How can I be grateful when my life is a mess?” This may be true, but there is ALWAYS something to be grateful for.

loss. WEBMD reported that gratitude can help boost feelings of belonging and decrease feelings of stress. Emotionally, gratitude can foster positive emotions, make you more relaxed, and even more resilient. Gratitude has been linked as well to being less self-centered, increased self-esteem, healthier marriage, more and deeper friendships, increased energy, and improved work performance such as time management and goal achievement.

There are even benefits to being grateful, such as improved immune system, feelings of connectedness, a positive outlook on life, boosts your well-being, and benefits your cardiovascular system. Being grateful protects you from negative emotions that can come from extreme

Life is continually filled with distractions and circumstances that can cause us to not focus on what God has done for us. If we are not mindful to refocus our attention to our blessings, bitterness and anger can seep in. When we shift our anxiety and burdens to the Lord, we


“Let us thank God heartily as often as we pray that we have His Spirit in us to teach us to pray. Thanksgiving will draw our hearts out to God and keep us engaged with Him. It will take our attention from ourselves and give the Spirit room in our heart.” - Andrew Murray (18271917), South African born missionary and minister. Colossians 3:17 ESV - And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 ESV  - Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Psalm 136:1 ESV - Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever. Contact Stephanie through www.StephanieReck.com

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pril Estes is a native of Paulding County and has been married to her high school sweetheart for 16 years. They are blessed with four beautiful children who have become the inspiration and heartbeat of her business. April graduated from Kennesaw State University in 2002 with a BBA in Finance. She spent several years in her career until the birth of her first son. Although she always had an interest in photography, this is what altered her career path. She became passionate about the opportunity to be able to preserve and capture every sweet little moment. The emotions that can derive from a photograph are what inspired her to pursue the industry so that she could help bring that happiness to others. She began classes at the Showcase School of Photography and officially opened her own photography business in 2008.   Reflective Images Photography is in its tenth year of business and April has been blown away how God has blessed her. The opportunities her career has unveiled and the many friendships she has developed through this journey have been such an encouragement of God’s provision and plan for her life and her business.    April is an on-location photographer and offers sessions for whatever is special and dear to your heart. Whether you are growing your family, about to send him off to college or preparing to walk her down the aisle, April would love the opportunity to capture these important milestones and memories so they can be cherished forever.   To contact her about booking a session, please visit www.reflectiveimagesphoto. com or email reflectiveimagesphotography@gmail.com   

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This family loves doing a variety of activities that allows them to spend fun, quality time together. The Brooks family also delights in camping, fishing, and boat trips together, attending Braves games and roaming the Battery at SunTrust Park, rooting for the Georgia Bulldogs and Virginia Tech Hokies, and traveling to spots like the beach, Legoland, and Disneyworld for fun-filled family vacations. Like other families, the Brooks family maintains a special Thanksgiving tradition in which they participate in MUST Ministry’s Gobble Jog on the Marietta Square each year. Every year since 2010, with the exception of 2011, the family has made their way to the Square to share their gratitude with thousands of other families in the community. This year the family plans to do the same. They’ll hit the Square and spend the rest of their special day indoors, surrounded by delicious, home cooked food and family!

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My name is LADY (DOB ~09/12/2010), a female Brown Marble Tabby and White Maine Coon mix, and I’d love to go home with you! You see, my former owner died after a sudden illness and the family didn’t want to care for me and my three partners. I was placed with FFRS and have adjusted quite well. I’d love to find new ‘fur’ever home where I could be the center of attention. I tend to be somewhat nonchalant, but then I do have times where I can be affectionate. I think I just need to find that right person! I get along with other cats, but I’m not sure about dogs but could probably co-exist once I become comfortable in my new surroundings. Won’t you give me a second chance at a loving home? I promise I’ll provide you with years of love, loyalty, and companionship. I am spayed, up-to-date with vaccines, negative for Feline FIV/FeLV, dewormed, have received flea preventative, and will be microchipped and eligible to receive a 30-day free trial of pet health insurance at the time of adoption. My adoption fee is $125.

Sherry pulls from about ten different animal control shelters in GA, some of which have kill rates as high as 98 percent! These dogs come in need of love and medical care, both of which they receive through this devoted team of volunteers. Sherry’s rescues are fully vetted and vaccinated, micro-chipped as well as spayed or neutered. If you have room in your heart and home, please consider opening it up for one of the many dogs in need of love. The team is also always in need of foster parents as pups wait for their forever homes. If you cannot adopt or foster, please consider giving this season to help save more lives. Visit www.acworthpetcoadoptions.com for more information on how you can make a difference!


Visit the team and adoptable dogs at the Acworth Petco on Cobb Parkway! Check our website for adoption days! Here are a few precious dogs desperately in need of loving homes. Adopt please!

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10 slices bacon  approximately 10 ounces 1 pork tenderloin  about 1 pound 3 Tablespoons yellow mustard ¼ cup brown sugar ½ teaspoon salt ¼ teaspoon black pepper Instructions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 degrees C). Spray a large baking dish or a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray (line with aluminum foil first for easy clean-up if desired). 2. Pat pork dry with paper towels and place in prepared dish. 3. In a small bowl, make a sauce by combining mustard, brown sugar, salt, and pepper. Stir, stir, stir until the sugar basically dissolves into the mustard. 4. Set aside 3 tablespoons of sauce to use right away. Leave the remaining sauce in the bowl, cover, and set aside to serve with pork later. 5. Baste about 2-3 tablespoons of the sauce onto the pork. 6. Wrap bacon around the pork, slightly overlapping each slice and tucking the ends under the tenderloin. 7. Bake 20 minutes or until cooked to 135 degrees F. Remove from oven and baste with pan juices. 8. Return pork to oven and bake an additional 10 minutes or until done (about 145 degrees F or 63 degrees C). Keep an eye on your pork because cooking times may vary. I have had slightly larger tenderloins that take a bit more time to cook through. 9. Tent with foil and allow to rest for at least 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with reserved mustard sauce on the side or baste with the reserved sauce just before slicing. Cook’s Tips: l If you’re serving a family of 4 (or larger), I suggest doubling the recipe and baking two tenderloins side-by-side on the baking sheet. One 1-lb. tenderloin will probably not be enough for a hungry family! l Don’t forget to set aside some of your mustard sauce for serving. You don’t want to contaminate the whole bowl of sauce when you baste the raw meat, so be sure to pull out about 3 tablespoons into a small dish and keep the rest for later. l Line your baking sheet or baking dish with foil for quick clean-up! l When wrapping the bacon around the pork, make sure to overlap each slice of bacon slightly. This ensures full coverage! You also want to tuck the ends of the bacon under the pork so that everything stays in place. l If cooking the bacon wrapped pork tenderloin on the grill, be sure to use kitchen string to tie the bacon onto the tenderloin. l For the Grill: cook pork over medium-high heat for 35-45 minutes.


Blaire Lonergan was an ivy-league educated attorney who changed her life after the birth of her third son. To simplify things for her family, she started with mealtime and ‘The Seasoned Mom’ was born. For more family friendly recipes visit www.theseasonedmom.com. Recipes and images belong to TheSeasonedMom.com and are used with permission.

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