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Pampering Your Summer Skin

Featured in John's Creek Lifestyle Magazine and citylifestyle.com In today's fast-paced world, both my summer skin and my friends decided we needed a break from our hectic schedules to indulge in the local med spa we had all been hearing about. With relaxation, advanced skincare, and bonding during our girlfriends' day out as our priorities (oh, and to be kid free!), we decided there was no better way to rejuvenate both our skin and our souls from the non-stop of the past few months than treating ourselves to a specialty facial treatment. As we stepped into t

Keyed Into a Quick Getaway

Published in Johns Creek City Lifestyle and citylifestyle.com Over the past few years, many of us have had the urge to go a world away, but not physically be a world away. So when I was looking for a quick weekend getaway that would only be a couple hours flight from Atlanta, but still feel like a remote tropical oasis, I keyed in on the Florida Keys. Paradise was definitely found between the ocean, abundant wildlife and palm trees at Playa Largo Resort & Spa. A retreat awaits those looking to slow down, less than an hour ride from the hustle and bustle o

Recharging on Savannah's Waterfront

Featured in Alpharetta City Lifestyle and citylifestyle.com Having historical gems like Savannah just a quick drive away is a bonus of living in Atlanta. Hearing that the riverside area had been recently transformed in Plant Riverside District, I grabbed a foodie friend and headed there for a weekend to recharge. Since we were just there for a few days, we decided to pack it all in by hitting the entertainment and nightlife right outside our door and just a trolly away. So pack a bag and grab a friend or family, because you’re in for surprises around ev

Where Racing Lives

Published in Johns Creek Lifestyle Magazine and online at citylifestlyle.com If you had asked me a few months ago if I was a racing enthusiast, my answer would have been, racing to where? But after a quick getaway to Cabarrus County, NC with my teenage son, my answer is now a thundering YES! Just a quick 4-hour car ride from Atlanta, lies Cabarrus County, aptly tag-lined with “Where Racing Lives." With my son having a need for speed as a motor sports fan, and me having a need for history, nature, and a little shopping, it’s the perfect weekend getaway. There were plenty

Spring Splendor in Beaver Creek, CO

Featured in Alpharetta City Lifestyle and citylifestyle.com When most of us think about Beaver Creek and the Vail environs in Colorado, we think about skiing in the winter, right? But with endless trails, a bustling restaurant and shopping scene, gorgeous waves of wildflowers, stunning surprises from nature around every corner and activities and events galore in the summer, peak season is now year-round. If you’d like to be in the middle of all of the action, Beaver Creek Lodge is the absolute ideal place to stay. Another Kessler property serviced by Ma

Sounds and Waves at The Hilton Sandestin

Published in Perimeter North Lifestyle and citylifestyle.com Every year the white powder sands, turquoise waters and promises of an easy drive getaway lure my friends and me to find a little fun and relaxation in Florida, especially to destinations like The Hilton Sandestin Golf and Resort that offer it ALL. What do we typically want? Luxurious spa (check). Magical sunsets (check). Expansive beaches dotted with full-service loungers (check). Top-rated restaurants on property or close by (check). Gorgeous rooms with balconies (check). Fruity drinks with um

Four Legged Neighbors

This month, and pretty much every month, our community’s hearts grow bigger with every wag, sit, stay, and roll-over we witness from our four-legged friends. With many pet-friendly places in and around Dunwoody and Sandy Springs, it’s common to find families and their pet side by side enjoying the fresh air on the tree-lined sidewalks or going for a stroll at the Dunwoody Nature Center or one of the many parks or green spaces. With the twists and turns of the new normal in 2020, pets have enjoy

Grandma’s Rolling Pin

Maybe it was the sprinkle of magic only her Grandmother’s rolling pin could conjure. Or maybe it was the timing of when she started her homemade pie business – the week before COVID shook our nation and the globe. Creating and delivering pies and baked goods was in high demand, instantly transported us to better days with one bite. No matter the secret, after meeting with Courtney Cutcher it’s clear, rolling out homemade comfort and love isn’t just in the pies she bakes, it’s within her as well

VETted History in Dunwoody

Dunwoody has a rich history. We can see it in the preserved farmhouses and towering ancient trees that line the streets in our community. And sometimes you can just feel the rich history, the small-town appeal, layered in a growing and constantly improving community. You can also hear about it from people like veterinarian Dr. Douglas Morgan, who opened Dunwoody Animal Hospital 49 years ago and shares stories about our city's past, as well as tales from his impressive personal and professional

Boys Becoming Men

As a parent, it’s been interesting to see how we've redefined our roles over the past several months during the pandemic. Many of us can now add Teacher’s Aide, Flattening the Curve Explainer, Tech Trouble-Shooter, Short Line Cook, Squabbling Referee and Marie Kondo Certified Wannabe to our resumes. However, it’s not just the adults who have taken on new responsibilities. Kids have had to grow up quickly to help pitch in. To celebrate our men's issue, we thought we’d share an inside look at how

Thanking Givers

Every opportunity we get, we pause to thank people in our community who make giving a priority. And during this month of Thanksgiving, we put our hands together and thank these Lifestyle Publications Givers. Julie is co-founder of a private foundation to fund curriculum, teacher training and certifications outside the budget for Atlanta Public Schools. She chairs the Grants Committee for University of Georgia’s Parent Leadership Council to support student organizations. She lives in Historic Br

Thanks for Giving

Every opportunity we get, we pause to thank people in our community who make giving a priority. And during this month of Thanksgiving, we put our hands together and thank these Lifestyle Publications Givers. Madeline gives back to the swimming world as a US Swimming Administrative Official and as the Swimming Commissioner for the recent 2019 Maccabiah Games at the JCC. She lives in Buckhead, is a realtor with Harry Norman, has three grown children and started a Facebook page for Atlanta Swim Mo

Magical Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen

Discovering Magic in Mexico at the Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen There’s something incredibly magical about the Mayan Riviera. The see clear-to-the-bottom aqua colored water and bustling town of Playa del Carmen displaying local flavor, international fashion, and fresh cuisine at every turn calls to me. Loudly. Just the thought of warm weather layered between sweeping cool breezes brings back some of my favorite memories, not just for me, but for most anyone that has ever visited thi

Bravo for the Royalton Bavaro

The quick trip to the Dominican Republic that recharged my soul. There’s just something about the color Caribbean blue… The sight of it fills my soul and recharges my entire body instantaneously, especially when lucky enough to view it in person, toes in sand, waves slowly rolling up on the beach while lounging in a private cabana. Being a mom, most of my vacations are go, go, go instead of slow, slow, slow – and do not involve a private cabana, sadly. So when I found myself in need of a MAJOR r

Eco-Friendly Must-Haves

Local writer and mom Laura Phelan shares her picks for earth-friendly finds. 01 Circle A Lettuce. I love to eat from local sources and first discovered this amazing lettuce at a farmers market. We have them deliver to our house in winter. CircleALettuce.com 02 Native Deodorant. Our entire family uses this deodorant and as a mom I don’t have to worry about chemicals. There’s a new teen scent we’re ordering for the girls next! NativeCos.com 03 Savannah Bee Company. Hands down obsessed with the

Splendor in St. Augustine

It’s wonderful to travel to a historical city like St. Augustine, the old city that seamlessly fuses the past with the present.  It’s even better to travel to a city reinvigorated with elevated restaurants, one-of-a-kind boutiques, and water and sailing adventures. It’s a city full of pirates, art, and stories still to be written. I decided to go there last summer as a quick weekend getaway from Atlanta, and was lucky enough to stay at the Historical Casa Monica Resort & Spa, which shines

Squeezing In a Healthy 2019

It’s a fresh start to a New Year.  And if increased or continued health is a new priority, but SQUEEZING in the extra time and energy (and creativity!) to help make that happen is a struggle, consider the benefits of juicing. Enter Dunwoody local fave Press Blend Squeeze – Superfoods and Juicery. This local business can help add a little healthy to both your diet and life while handling the prep work, too. I asked the family-based business owners, Matt and Nicole, what some of the benefits of

Fit Fun in the New Year

The New Year is here, and with that many of us focus on starting out 2019 with the goal of improved fitness and health.  Diet, exercise, meditating and twisting ourselves into a state of eternal (well at least for 15 minutes) bliss is definitely on the brain.  But this year, adults aren’t the only ones who should be focusing on fitness in the coming year, the kids can get in on the goal setting as well! With that in mind, we’ve enlisted the help of Erin Murray, fitness teacher with Move and Lea

Home and the Holidays

Take one look in Diane Johnson Interiors’ Johns Creek store, and it’s as if every single one of your creative dreams has magically swirled into reality. The holiday magic… the intricate hues… the way Diane Johnson herself has curated some of the most beautiful gifts and items that would help any home or hostess shine… It’s almost like the elves themselves visit at night to help create the holiday perfection that draws many devoted fans to catch a glimpse of Johnson’s keen eye for what most anyon
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