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Remember Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s extravagant flower display at their wedding? It must be fabulous to have a royal head gardener at your beck and call. A girl can dream, right? But I wake up and realize I don’t have royal money. For my second marriage, I may be better served to do th…

The wedding night and the honeymoon conjure so many expectations for special sexy moments. In fact, for most couples, the reality doesn’t come close to the hype; and for some, damaging disappointment can haunt a relationship for years. For a better shot at happiness, it’s time to replace the…

Buying your first home is one of the most exciting and overwhelming experiences you will have. Although it can be stressful and expensive, let this be your go-to guide for decorating your new space!

As a bride-to-be with my April wedding fast approaching, I am all too familiar with the stress of planning a wedding this year. The costs of weddings are increasing at an exponential rate, and it can be difficult to find ways to make your dream wedding a budget-friendly one. Here are a few t…

When adding an animal member to your family, there are a myriad of choices and considerations to ponder. What species is the best choice? What resources are required, and what are the costs involved in caring appropriately for that animal? Are you willing to commit to the animal for the enti…

For Alpharetta resident Kolleen Riddick Losch, fitness doesn’t just start and stop at the gym. It’s a way of life.

Ahhh…spa! Start off the New Year and a new you with a luxurious spa treatment. Atlanta’s Northside has a multitude of wonderful spa retreats, and now is the perfect time to treat yourself. Here are three spa resorts that are sure to please every taste and style.    

Female empowerment. Those words, expressed different ways, have been around for a long time, but the actualization of female empowerment is hitting its stride these days — especially in the workplace. How can you find your voice, ride this wave and ensure you are heard, whether in your caree…

The most popular New Year’s resolutions tend to be centered around health and fitness. While that’s important, this is also the perfect time to take a deep dive into your finances to stay on track for the upcoming year.

The New Year is traditionally a time for reflection and a time for change. It’s a time when we think about how to make the coming year better than the one before. Typically, people vow to stop smoking, lose weight or begin an exercise program, and all too often, these plans don’t last beyond…

As we embark on a new year, it’s time to set goals and resolutions for ourselves. Have you ever thought about making a resolution to simplify your home? As time goes on, our homes tend to accumulate too much clutter. A simple home doesn’t mean it is cold and sterile though. Your home should …

Can you believe some of the best garden advice I ever read was found in an article about eyebrow microblading? The article was written by supermodel, business woman and multi-hyphenate Veronica Webb, who serves up realness on her lifestyle blog Webb On The Fly. In it, she was sharing her str…

Traditional Western medicine typically focuses on treating a single disease to mitigate effects, rather than bringing the body, mind and soul into a state of enhanced well-being. There is little emphasis on supporting lifestyle change and a stronger emphasis on pharmaceuticals and surgery. C…

In an attack, most people do not have easy access to a weapon, so it is crucial to know basic self-defense skills. In Forsyth County, the sheriff’s office is working hard to help the female population defend themselves in case of an emergency.

The remnants of spider webs and scarecrows may still be lingering outside, but at Scottsdale Farms in Milton, the end of October marks the start of the Christmas holidays.

2018 has been a (fill in the blank) kind of year. The fact that you survived all the crazy thrown your way the past 12 months means you fully deserve a gift worth having. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, or you observe my favorite holiday called “Because I Felt Like It” …

The holidays are such a special time of year, but for many of us, family time means stress time. Most families find they have the same stress points every year. Whether you are the host or the guest, you can probably predict where the problems are going to come from, based on experiences fro…

It’s very easy to overspend going into the holidays, and I’m here to keep your budget happy. Below are tips to consider before you shop that will help you save money on your gifts this season:

A juicy food treat may be something your pet might enjoy for the holidays, but it has the potential to wreak havoc. The aftermath of too many treats, or treats that are simply too rich, could be a trip to the veterinarian for vomiting, diarrhea or worse.

We’ve all done it….bargaining for every bite our child takes….every meal a power struggle.  As parents it’s difficult to follow the advice of countless pediatricians, psychologists, and nutritionists that tell us to present a variety of foods to our children, in small quantities, and leave i…

Pinecrest Academy hosted two Empty Bowls dinners Nov. 8 and Nov. 10 to raise money for the St. Francis Table at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Soup Kitchen in Atlanta.

Catherine Black wakes up each day knowing she will likely make a difference in someone’s life.

When Joyce Bone was 28 years old, she was standing in the detergent aisle at Walmart debating whether the bottle of Tide would push her budget over the limit.

In September, I traveled to Houston, Texas, to witness the On the Run II tour, starring Beyoncé and Jay-Z. While entering the stadium with my cousin Mimi, I was stunned at how many tour buses filled the parking lot. It was a reminder of the pre-planning that goes into a phenomenal show.

So many op-ed articles are written about being Thankful during this time of year with a lot of the same old tried & true reasons to be thankful ~ we all know what they are.  But what are we really thankful for and how do we instill in our children to be thankful for the right things in l…

From October to January, we have a major holiday every month. Just as we do with each event, our pet family members also experience unique stressors or hazards.

For some couples, the only thing worse than the same old boring sex is the idea of proposing something new. They have so many concerns. Will my partner think I’m weird or too kinky? Will they wonder why I’m asking, or where I got the idea? Will they get totally turned off?

At some point in our lives, most of us will experience taking care of aging parents. It can be difficult to realize that you will be the main decision maker over their lives moving forward, especially when they have always taken care of you. When that time comes, it is important to discuss a…

Georgia is an agriculture state, with bountiful fall crops to enjoy just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday. Why not try some of Georgia’s delicious side dishes, like collard greens, corn bread pudding and maple sweet potato cups to give your meal a “Southern twist” this year?

From a designer’s mind, investing in your home should be at the top of your list. It is so important to love the way you feel In your home, and too many times, I have heard people say, “I am embarrassed to have anyone over to my house.” Life is short. Life is hectic. Your home should be your…

Thousands of women will not have to fight breast cancer alone, thanks to support from those involved with Tennis Against Breast Cancer, including local survivors who participate to spread hope.

Are you a Helicopter Parent?  Are you a Hummingbird Parent?  Are you a Free Range Parent…or the new term given to us parents…A Lawnmower Parent ?

Cumming resident Mary Ellen Blanchard Warta is a household name in the swimming world. In 1989, 15-year-old Warta broke the world record for the 200 yard short course, and held it for over 10 years. She was inducted to the Georgia Aquatic Hall of Fame in 2012. She has other accolades and awa…

As a longtime educator, Shelby Steinhauer knows the path to success in school, and ultimately life, begins inside the pages of a book. Within the pages, the world unfolds – teaching lessons, prompting questions and making the unfamiliar familiar.

Like us, our aging pets are susceptible to many different cancers. Cancer cells are constantly being produced every moment we live and are removed by the immune system. As this capability declines with age, abnormal cells survive, reproduce and cause the diseases we broadly refer to as cancer.

Most people respond to a cancer diagnosis with just one objective: how to survive. But there’s more to life than just survival; thriving through cancer means reclaiming those parts of life that bring us joy – including sex!

It’s time for pumpkin patches! Visit Burt’s Farm and Uncle Shucks Farm, in Dawsonville just off Ga. 400 or Jaemor’s Farm in Alto, GA just off Ga. 115S to Ga. 52E/Ga. 283N to US 23N. All three farms are terrific fun!

Fall is by far my most favorite time of the year. I just love when the crisp air starts rolling in and the leaves begin to change color. As the weather transitions from summer to fall, it is time to add those simple touches of fall accents to your decor. See below for my easy tips on adding …

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