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It’s March, and you know what that means: wedding season is in full swing. Other than choosing what to wear, the next big decision to make is what to give the happy couple. Here are a few gift ideas that will be a hit and ensure your gift will be remembered forever:  

Weddings are a huge life event, typically shared with important loved ones. For some of us, this means our animal as well as human family. In 1995, when I said “I do,” our wedding party included my Yorkshire Terrier, Meme, also known as "Small Dog,". She was definitely as precious to me as h…

If you are planning your wedding, you know that finding the right place for the big event is important in creating the memories you will cherish forever with family and friends. The state of Georgia offers many romantic places that could fit your personal style and needs, not only on your sp…

With more people working from home than ever before, several of my clients have been asking for help in designing a home office space that is not only functional, but stylish too. It is important to have a work environment that inspires you and allows you to get down to business. Creating a …

A lingerie shower for the bride — what a fun idea! Yet many women approach the idea of wearing lingerie with mixed feelings at best. Women are uncomfortable in sexy lingerie for a variety of reasons. 

Your voice is a big part of your overall presence. We talk a lot about body language, however in terms of message credibility, about 30 to 35 percent of how you are perceived centers around your voice. Here are some areas to consider as we move toward engaging and building trust with our aud…

Birthdays are one of the most exciting and memorable parts of childhood, but some families are not always able to provide a special celebration when times are tough. Now, one local nonprofit chapter is looking to change that reality by making sure all children get to celebrate their special day.

Cumming resident Amye Phinazee can best be described as courageous, spiritually faithful, passionate and resilient. Diagnosed with cystic fibrosis as a child, the 25-year-old has earned her stripes not only as a person living with CF, but as a crusader for CF research and a voice for more aw…

With metro area students’ winter break approaching for the Presidents Day holiday Monday, Feb. 17, it is a great chance for families to jump in the car for a three-day weekend adventure. This road map for fun highlights unique and interesting places to see right here in Georgia, and offers o…

Planning a nursery is an exciting part of expecting a new baby. This is a space where as a parent, you spend a lot of time. Follow my tips on pulling together a nursery that you will love spending time in, even if it is at 2 a.m. 

On Dec. 19, 2019 the U.S. Senate passed the most sweeping retirement bill since the Pension Protection Act of 2006. The new SECURE Act, which stands for “Setting Every Community Up for Retirement Enhancement,” made big changes to assist in the ever-changing landscape of retirement planning i…

In an earlier article, we considered whether a relationship outside marriage can be considered “cheating” if there isn’t any sexual contact. We concluded that emotionally intimate relationships are a betrayal if a non-spousal relationship includes sharing intimacies that a spouse believes ar…

Great relationships don’t just happen; they are developed. One way to kick off your new year’s relationship resolutions is to create a relationship vision together. This is an exercise for two, developed by John Gottman, a psychological researcher and clinician who studied couples for decade…

According to Inc.com, dieting was the No. 1 new year’s resolution going into 2019. Believe it or not, after dieting and eating healthier, saving money came in at No. 4 on the list. Here are a few tips to start off the new decade, so you can save more money in 2020. 

Women are often trained to think that small is beautiful. Whether it’s buying jeans a couple sizes too small (remember the muffin-top?), teetering on too-tiny shoes or downplaying our own accomplishments, we’re often more comfortable when we hide or make ourselves small. We need to think dif…

The new year is a time to start new habits and new hobbies. It’s a time to commit to health and wellness for both you and your pets. Dog sports are an endeavor that can meet this need. Sports encourage bonding, physical activity and promote health for both animal and human family members; an…

It’s a new year. In fact, it’s a new decade. The start of a new year is the time when we reflect on the past year and make resolutions to change our lives for the better. Some of the most common resolutions are to lose weight, exercise more, save more money, learn a new skill and spend more …

When it comes to designing beautiful spaces in homes, it is easy to dismiss or ignore the laundry room altogether. Doing laundry is not an enjoyable activity, but it is unavoidable as we spend hours each week washing, drying and folding.

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.

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