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The holidays are near, and shopping is in full swing, both online and at major retailers, malls and shops. But if you’re still looking for unique holiday gift ideas for the special people in your life, try shopping at local holiday markets. It’s a fun, relaxed shopping experience, where you …

The holiday season is known for many things: cheerful décor, music, holiday fun, religious observances and family gatherings, just to name a few. But this special time of year doesn’t only bring “Joy to the World.” For many of us, it also brings stress. Shopping, cooking, entertaining and ju…

None of my poultry patients are ever likely to require a presidential pardon to avoid ending up on the holiday table. Most are kept for eggs and truly become pets. I see a lot of chickens and ducks, with a smattering of turkeys and guinea fowl. Many are aging hens with names like Fiona and R…

Pinecrest Academy sophomore Kate O’Rourke knew from age 3 that she wanted to be a singer, and with her recent original debut album release, this teenager is on her way to fulfilling that dream. 

It’s very easy to overspend going into the holiday season, when our spirits and attention focus on things like gift-giving and giving back to charity. To keep your budget happy, consider these tips before you shop. It will help to save money on your gifts this season.

During this month of gratitude and thanksgiving, one local charity group is drawing people to the table in the spirit of giving back to their community. 

Hidden text messages, a phone that is always locked, a password changed – are these signs of an affair? If you are the one surreptitiously communicating with an attractive friend, does your partner have any grounds to object?

Financial discussions with your spouse or partner can be a heavy subject, especially for those couples who don’t share the same financial habits. Whether you’re newly married or have been married for a number of years, it’s important for both partners to be on the same page when it comes to …

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it is time to plan for visitors and all the entertaining that will take place. Planning for guests can be overwhelming, but creating a welcoming Thanksgiving environment doesn’t have to be. 

Pet health insurance is a complex topic with many variables. With the cost of optimal care and advanced diagnostics, it is definitely something to consider. The first question to answer is, should you insure your pet at all? 

Recently, my friend Mae Lin roasted a chicken for dinner and graciously shared the meal with me. A few nights later, she took bones left over from the chicken and used them as stock seasoning to make soup, which she also shared. If you think the point of the story is, I have generous friends…

Years ago, I went on a tour of China with my parents. Of the many impressive sites I witnessed, one still stands out — the pharmacy. Filled floor-to-ceiling with fresh and dried herbs, pharmacies in China have a far different look than those in the United States. I was reminded of them when …

One of the main areas in the home that my clients reach out to me about is the kitchen. The kitchen has become the center of the home in recent years. As older homes are being updated, many people are looking to make changes in their kitchen to make it function better for their families. Whe…

Halloween’s approach makes me think of costumes and the broader topic of dog clothes. Clothes exist for all variety of pets, from cats to ferrets to lizards. The challenge of actually dressing those animals is much greater than dressing dogs, so my focus will be on canines. Yes, I will confe…

Not that long ago, I was a student in college. And every year, my parents and I faced the dread of completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as FAFSA. The purpose of FAFSA is to determine how much your family will be responsible for contributing to college education…

That’s what the traditional wedding vows say, but no one really knows what “in sickness” will mean for them and their partner, until they experience it. Even a short-term, common illness like the flu upends established roles and routines and the way two people relate to each other. Someone w…

When Karen Escobar began experiencing debilitating bone pain in her pelvis several months ago, the fitness trainer and co-owner of CrossFit Zanshin in Peachtree Corners was determined to find the cause of these painful episodes. 

Broadening children’s minds about different cultures is critical in today’s world and a goal for many parents. It prepares them for an increasingly diverse society, bolsters cultural intelligence, encourages them to respect differences and builds strong relationships within their communities…

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and we aren’t talking Christmas, ladies. The September issues of all your favorite style magazines are on newsstands, and Fashion Week in New York is upon us. This year, we plant lovers will not be left out of the excitement. Here’s to our very own f…

Did you know that everyone in the world can fit into four basic behavioral styles, and that your behavior style shines through when you communicate? If you want to be more influential and persuasive, it’s crucial to know how you come across to others. So, how would knowing your own style(s) …

A law that went into effect over the summer will soon help identify at an early age and assist Georgia students with dyslexia and other learning disorders. 

Grapes in Georgia’s vineyards have been growing all summer, and they’re now fully grown, brilliant in color, ripe and ready for harvest. For wine growers, harvest is the most exciting time of the year, because this is when grapes are turned into wine. Commonly referred to as “crush,” the gra…

Remember the iconic “I’ll have what she’s having” scene in “When Harry Met Sally?” 

Insurance is a tricky business. What kind do you need? What about coverage? What if you aren’t covered? When buying home and auto insurance, consider these common mistakes that could be costly in the long run.

Although not a natural segway for most non-veterinary people, Fall makes me think of the state of the world with antibiotics. We see many animals in Fall and Spring with allergy and secondary bacterial infections of the skin and ears. I am faced with the dilemma of responsible prescribing nu…

Carefully chosen window treatments can change the look of any space, while adding beauty and function. Whether you choose to install custom drapery panels, custom fabric roman shades or natural woven shades, your home will have a thoughtful, finished look. Every option serves a different pur…

South Vietnamese refugee Tran Bui Smith knows the value of hard work, sacrifice and freedom, and she believes that it creates both an obligation and an opportunity to help others. 

A bathroom renovation is a great way to increase the value of your home, but where do you begin? Is an update possible without the cost of a major renovation? I think so! Here are some ideas for updating your bathroom in a budget-friendly manner.

Summer is nearly over, and it’s time to shift gears, buy school supplies and fall clothes and send your children back to school. Why not enjoy that last blast of summer by going on a fun field trip before the family settles into school-year routines and schedules? 

I recently took a two-day course from personal color and style consultant Wendy Jacobs with House of Colour. After all of these years, turns out I’m not fashion deficient. I just lacked the education that comes with knowing my correct color palette and style profile. Just as I was making rec…

There are many reasons why couples tend to have less sex after they have children. Some of these reasons tend to go away as babies move into childhood. But one impediment to intimacy just gets worse as the children get older: the worry that somehow the children will know what mommy and daddy…

As many of us who cared for classroom pets in our own experience, animals can assist in children’s learning. This benefit has been recently confirmed by research. In my July 2018 Northside Woman column, I detailed the physical and psychological benefits of animals to humans of all ages. Anim…

We have a multitude of clients who are approaching or who have just turned 50, and many of them all have the same questions. When will they be able to retire? How should they handle transitioning their kids to college? Are they making the right financial moves? This month, we are breaking do…

Adelle Hart had been on a personal journey to find her purpose in life when the Alpharetta resident woke up one morning, convinced that she had discovered it. 

Maria Fundora is a firm believer that even a small group can unite in a single voice to make an impact on the lives of its neighbors and those far beyond. So when her mother died suddenly of pancreatic cancer in 2007, Fundora became a leading local voice in the fight against the disease. 

Classic and enduring, navy blue has stood the test of time when it comes to decorating. In fact, navy can be considered a neutral, as it pairs nicely with any color and is extremely versatile. Here are some thoughtful ways to add navy to your home.

Are you interested in becoming successful with a newly acquired skill? First, think about why you invested your time, money — or both — to gain that skill. Was it to advance your career or hone a desire to just become better in an aspirational area?  Either way, you should take stock to see …

As founder of the University of Virginia, architect of Monticello, third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson’s name is synonymous with the Fourth of July. While these are some of the things that made Jefferson a household name, he is…

The sexual problem women report most often is lack of libido. Women “want to want,” but they say they just aren’t feeling it. Men want women to want them, and feel that something must be wrong if the woman in their life doesn’t crave sex the same way they do. 

The Fourth of July is always a fun day to celebrate America’s independence with parades, flags, fireworks, music and delicious barbecues with family and friends. It’s also a wonderful time to remember our military and show our gratitude by giving back service for the red, white and blue. The…

Former state Rep. Lynne Riley of Johns Creek was named state treasurer by Gov. Brian Kemp in May, a move that makes her the first woman to lead Georgia’s state treasury. 

Having just returned from a long weekend with my dog in Brevard, North Carolina, I can truly attest that animal family make wonderful travel partners. Like children, however, we need to be aware of certain accommodations for their safety and comfort.

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