An attractive Southern belle lined with blooming dogwoods and fragrant azaleas, Atlanta bears the distinction of being as some call it - a small town trapped in a big city or perhaps more accurately, a collection of small towns. In any event, this “capital city of the New South” was surprisingly far more lush with greenery than we envisioned. What was not unexpected were the abundance of historic sites, commercial enterprises, burgeoning art scene and of course, Southern hospitality. It’s a city that has been known by many names over the years (it was once called Terminus and Marthasville), but…
With flowers in bloom, pollen released by plants and increased pollution; there are more irritants than ever in the air. This makes it hard for most people with asthma hard to breathe. One way to help simply manage your asthma is to follow an action plan to help you to track your symptoms, ultimately keeping you or your child out of the doctor’s office or hospital. According to a recent study from the University of Southern California, children with asthma who were exposed to higher concentrations of particles were more likely to develop bronchitis. One of the best ways to…
Back and better than ever before! Pacific Symphony takes audience members to the edge of their seats for the film that gave the world one of its greatest movie heroes – Indiana Jones! Relive the magic on the silver screen with the great original adventure, “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” featuring Harrison Ford as the intrepid, renowned archaeologist and expert in the occult, with John Williams’ thrilling score to the full-length film performed live by the Symphony. The compelling storyline brings together a profound religious-archaeological icon, the Ark of the Covenant (basically a means for speaking to God) and the…
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Pets of the Month

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Boss is an affectionate pup with tons of love to give!  At only 6 months old, he is well mannered and plays well with the other dogs.  Snuggles and kisses are his very favorite things.  Take him home and he’s sure to fill your life with fun!   One year old Cecily is a real sweetie of a rabbit who is looking for her new home! Easy to handle, Cecily loves to be pet.  She can be a tad shy at first but warms up quickly. Cecily has great litter box habits and would make a wonderful friend for someone…
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DIY Origami Bookmarks

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A Fun Craft to Do With Your Grandkids! Kick start the new school year with this month’s back-to-basics crafting project! These homemade Origami bookmarks will certainly keep the kids’ book reading homework in order! Teachers can make this a fun class assignment for the students or parents use this for a creative family night with the kids! WHAT YOU NEED: Card stock or scrapbook paper: assorted colors Card stock or scrapbook paper: black, white, pink Scissors Glue stick Hole punch Steps: Select card stock color and cut into a 6” X 6” square Fold in half to make a triangle…
Are you 40, 50, or 60 years old? Do you wish you had the “spring in your step” that you had in your younger days? How about being as strong and fit as you were in college or back in your 20s? I’m here to tell you that this is ALL possible and I am living proof.  I’m sure I have met many of you, but for those I have not met, my name is Paul Fetters and I will turn 60 years old later this year. I have four children ranging in age from 20 to 25 years old.…
What’s the house really worth? Before the Internet, consumers had few resources to gain insight into what homes were selling for. They could talk to neighbors, call a real estate agent, or manually search through public records. Today, however, consumers can turn to one of the many Web-based home valuation sites for a price estimate of almost any home in the country. As useful as they may seem to buyers and sellers, you have probably discovered by now that the price estimates on websites are usually not very accurate. For people who are going to buy or sell a home this year,…
Paying homage to an icon, this reinvented Newport Beach restaurant offers a new generation of connoisseurs a world-class culinary experience In the months since the new Ritz Prime Seafood opened its doors to a new generation of culinary enthusiasts, much has been written about how this reinvented restaurant stacks up against the iconic Newport Beach establishment from which it draws inspiration (founded by Hans Prager in 1977, The Ritz enjoyed a 30+ year run as the go-to special event venue before closing its doors in early 2014). Where the throwback dining institution was characterized by Old World charm and three-martini…
RAYA and 180blu offer inventive dishes, hand-crafted cocktails and unparalleled, awe-inspiring views Here in South Orange County, we’re pretty lucky to live so close to the coast and have an abundance of wonderful dining destinations to choose from. But for inventive cuisine coupled with awe-inspiring ocean views, there are few establishments that rival RAYA and 180blu. Both reside in The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel - RAYA boasts a bright, open space with floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the Pacific while the aptly named 180blu is an outdoor lounge/deck situated 150 feet above Salt Creek Beach, defined by the same breathtaking 180 degrees of…
WE SERVICE WHAT WE SELL!! It’s always easy to tell a Bostonian. The accent, the big personality, the dry sense of humor can be amusing – even alarming – for we sensitive Southern Californians. But the Bostonian’s tendency to tell it like it is can be more than valuable in certain situations… say, for instance, when buying a car. Meet John Paradise, a Boston transplant who seventeen years ago brought little more than his young family and his interest in cars to San Clemente, just to give life in the snowless part of the country a try. “A try” turned…
To truly end the stigma surrounding mental health, it’s important to understand the truths behind the causes, symptoms, and treatments of these disorders. It’s imperative to dispel the myths surrounding these illnesses in order to eradicate the fear and misconceptions so prevalent in families. Debbie Hutchinson, Psy.D., Manager of Outpatient Behavioral Health Programs and the Psychiatric Emergency Team at the Laguna Beach campus of Mission Hospital, identifies the following as common misperceptions about mental health: 1. Children with a mental illness are more prone to violence. When a tragic and violent crime occurs, people are too often quick to blame mental illness as…
There’s no doubt that cancer patients can benefit from massage therapy. In fact, bodywork can serve as a nurturing healthcare option during the stressful, doctor appointment-ridden time of oncology management. “Cancer treatment places a heavy toxin load on the body, which massage can help eliminate,” says Gayle MacDonald, author of Medicine Hands: Massage Therapy for People with Cancer. “However, too much too fast may be more than the client’s body can comfortably handle. Skilled touch is beneficial at nearly every stage of the cancer experience, during hospitalization, the pre- or post- operative period, in the out-patient clinic, during chemotherapy and…
You are not alone. I get these questions all the time. Most people about to turn age 65 get tons of information mailed to them and because it is so overwhelming, they may just push it off thinking they are still working and don’t need to address this information now. Or they may decide to attend local “Medicare 101” meetings only to walk away a bit overwhelmed or in some cases with the wrong information. I recently met with a new client that told me she had been advised that because she was still working, she was not allowed to…
Whether it’s research for a novel, a play or inspiration for a painting, artists of all types have always traveled the world for both knowledge and inspiration. Because of their exploration, windows to the world were opened to the masses long before world travel became common. The information exchanged exposed cultural, racial and sexual differences, opening the eyes of both the explorer and the explored. The artist, whether on site in new surroundings or after returning home, will inevitably use their artistic license, which may create a slightly skewed interpretation in their work. The observer or patron becomes a part…
As high temperatures continue, many adults and their families will hit the beach, water park or pool to cool down this summer. With swimming comes the risk for ear infections. According to the Mayo Clinic, an ear infection is most often a bacterial or viral infection that affects the middle ear — the air-filled space behind the eardrum that contains the tiny vibrating bones of the ear. Because the ear canal is dark, warm, and can hold water, it makes it a perfect environment for water-loving bacteria and fungus to grow. This can be exceptionally true in the summer because…
Jul 02, 2016

DIY Chalkboard Serving Tray

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The summer season is in full swing and so are the parties! Maintain your Hostess with the Mostess title with this Chalkboard Party Tray. It’s the perfect way to serve up goodies at your next gathering! WHAT YOU NEED: Wood board (we bought a 10’ piece of 2x10 at Home Depot & had it cut into 4 pieces @ 2.5’ each) Wood stain Large foam brush Rag or paper towels Chalkboard spray paint Painter’s tape Finishing spray (we used Satin finish) Sand paper (or electric sander if available) Gorilla Glue Gel Drawer pulls Steps: Sand the board until smooth. Using…
Tragically, the term “See Something, Say Something” and its call to action are focused these days on defending ourselves against acts of terrorism right here, where we live. But the concept the term expresses applies to other things against which we must defend ourselves, our friends, neighbors, and loved ones. One such thing is the growing problem of Elder Abuse. Elder Abuse takes many forms. It can be physical, emotional, sexual, or financial and can include neglect, abandonment and criminal activities such as swindles and cons. Much elder abuse is a combination of several of these forms. The results can…
Situated on the California-Nevada state line, South Shore is one of those fantastic year-round destinations Asnowy wonderland in winter and a water enthusiast’s dream in summer, there’s never a bad time to visit the spectacularly scenic South Shore of Lake Tahoe. Split by the massive, magnificent alpine lake in the middle, both the north and south shores are easy to navigate and offer an abundance of outdoor (and indoor) attractions and activities year round. Our family has always been partial to the south side of the lake and some of the best memories we’ve made over the years have been…
In 1957, Walter Bregman completed a two year stint in Germany with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, and began his professional career stateside as a media research analyst with the Leo Burnett Company. 45 years later, Mr. Bregman concluded his professional career having been Worldwide President of International Playtex, Inc., Vice President of E & J Gallo Winery, Chairman and CEO of two different ad agencies and the Founder, President, and Owner of the Cormorant Beach Club. He authored Spray the Bear; Reminiscences from the Golden Age of Advertising, co-authored Seven Friends, Sixty Years Later and My Box of Chocolates,…
Just over the bridge from San Diego, Coronado is a small, quaint, tree-lined retreat characterized by beautiful, rarely crowded white sand beaches, a rich, romantic history and laid-back, small town atmosphere. Although locals refer to it as “the island,” Coronado is really a peninsula connected to the mainland by a finger of land called the Silver Strand. With wide leafy streets lined with Victorian homes and Southern California beach bungalows, the island is small enough to walk almost anywhere (it’s only a mile from the San Diego Bay side of the peninsula to the Pacific Ocean). Once we parked upon…

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