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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.

Did you know that Georgia is nicknamed the “Hollywood of the South?” With more than 1,500 movies and 20 television shows made here since 1972, Georgia is now the No. 1 film location in the United States. The state’s generous tax incentive programs have generated in excess of $ 9.5 billion in…

Ask any parent what is their worst fear, and the fear of outliving their child would undoubtedly rank No. 1. For Kevin and Anne LeMoyne of Milton, GA., their worst nightmare became their reality on Sept. 12, 2017.

For Babysitting 101 Plus founder and CEO Barri Zehner, the teenage babysitting job has evolved from simply watching someone else’s children to reflect the accountability demanded in today’s world. 

Summer has officially arrived, and you may be gearing up for pool parties, barbecues and spending as much time as possible enjoying the warm weather. Now is the perfect time to give your outdoor living space a facelift before hosting your family and friends for the summer fun. 

It’s a general rule of thumb that parents want the best for their children, and they want their kids to achieve more than they achieved. However, we’ve seen a trend over the years where parents are helping their kids to their own retirement’s detriment. Here are four ways that the help your …

Why is it that vacation sex is usually so much better than sex at home? On vacation, sex is more spontaneous, more enthusiastic and even more frequent. It’s so much easier to get romantic when you’ve left behind work, worries and responsibilities. 

Girrrrl…I need your help!” My friend Alanna was on the phone, and I could hear the anxiety in her voice. Turns out she wasn’t having a code red emergency; it was the code green type — the plant type. 

I did a short survey for this article, and by short, I mean gathering information from one person — my Mama. The question, “What is the best garden gift you ever received?” Her answer: that one time I installed an iron arch with akebia vines in her yard. My Mama, and perhaps yours too, doesn…

Just like the city that grew up and all around it, the Alpharetta Farmers Market has successfully made the transition from small-town draw to suburban icon, attracting vendors and visitors from throughout the region each Saturday from April through October.

When creating spaces for any home, the master bedroom is often the last on the list. Often, it is forgotten altogether. With our busy schedules and demands, the bedroom should be a dedicated space to recharge and unwind. As a busy mom myself, I like to refer to my bedroom as my refuge. Here …

Whether you believe the Earth is warming up, cooling down or hurtling toward a Black Hole in a galaxy far, far away, the bottom line is if you live on this planet, you play a small role in keeping it spinning.

No one wants to be forgettable on purpose. If you give forgettable presentations, then no one is going to buy your idea, product or service, right? A boring presentation doesn’t just cost you a sale. Think about how much time you put in, just to get in front of a prospect to present. And don…

Mother’s Day is almost here, and it’s time to think about a gift for her. There are so many things you can buy these days with just a click of a button. But if you want a unique gift for your mom, just click on Explore Georgia’s Things to Do website at https://www.exploregeorgia.org/things-t…

Tipping service industry professionals is something most of us have done our entire adult lives, yet, “How much should I tip?” is a question most of us either ask or have asked on a regular basis. This month, I am laying out a guide on how much you should tip and the best way to tip. 

Every year, the streets of downtown Alpharetta are covered with colorful artwork from dozens of local and national artists during the three-day Alpharetta Arts Streetfest. 

Parenting in animals takes many forms, depending on the species and situations. When we think of dogs and cats, our most common companions, we think of devoted mothers solely shouldering the burden of child care and nurturing with little help from others. (Sound familiar to any moms out ther…

If you’re a new mom, congratulations! You are embarking on one of the most satisfying, joyful adventures a human being can experience. It’s also one of the most exhausting, frustrating and all-consuming — so all-consuming, that the effort of parenting, especially for new parents, can leave l…

Over the past two decades, Rhonda Haran has climbed the ladder of real estate success, navigating each rung through hard work, lessons learned and the guidance of mentors. 

How many of you have inherited a beautiful antique, or perhaps a mid-century modern piece of furniture? Blending traditional and contemporary styles can be difficult; but whether your look is clean and modern or a rustic farmhouse chic, embracing those different styles can make your home mor…

The state of Georgia is known for producing stunning flowers each spring, and the 26 public gardens you can visit along the North Georgia Garden Trail highlight the season’s beauty in full color. Three of those gardens are just a short drive from the Northside, making it easy to get out and …

My parents’ yard is darn near a scene straight out of “Bambi.” Located in an urban environment, it sits on two acres and is filled with trees, shade and bustling wildlife. You can hear birds singing and the squirrels making whatever that sound is they make to each other. It would be an all-o…

The tax filing deadline this year is April 15, and that date is fast approaching. To help you make the most this tax season, consider these tax-saving deductions and time-saving hints.

So many couples who have been together for a while find that the frequency of sex has dwindled to the vanishing point. Their lives are so full of activity that they just tumble into bed exhausted every night, too tired for anything but sleep. And who can get really turned on while flossing y…

Have you ever agonized when your pet was ill or injured because you did not know how to help? Have you encountered an injured animal and felt helpless because you don’t know how to intervene safely? What would you do if your pet suddenly ceased to breathe, or if your retriever had a tennis b…

The realization the house you’ve called home for years is now too big, too much to handle or simply too lonely can affect people in very different ways.

With all of the new construction popping up in our area, it is no surprise that empty nesters are downsizing. Whether moving into an upscale townhome, condominium or a single-family home community, singles and couples are ready to leave the large yards and square footage aside to enjoy an ac…

You’ve worked hard. At this age, you may be an empty-nester, planning to retire soon, and you may have always dreamed of traveling. Well, now is the time to make those travel dreams a reality. With the list of new and affordable international destinations continuing to grow, the entire world…

Pets and people are living longer these days, and we all seek to have both quality, as well as quantity, in those later years. The challenge is how to accomplish this. 

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