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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.

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…

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