By Alex McCray

If you’re like me, you are always somewhere between being a meal preparation master or scrambling through the freezer desperately hoping one more frozen dinner is buried within its depths. Enter the Atlanta-based meal delivery company Dinner A’Fare. When I say they make dinner easy, I mean easy. Whether you’re cooking for just yourself, you and your honey, or a family of four, a delicious homemade dinner can be on the table in 15 to 30 minutes. A claim I put to the test (and it passed with flying colors).

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The process begins with the fun part: Look through Dinner A’Fare’s monthly rotating selection of 15 meals and choose your favorites. Then select your delivery date and sit back and relax. Convenience and time efficiency are a constant theme with this company. Can’t be home on delivery day? Simply leave a cooler by the front door to keep the ingredients fresh until you arrive.

Each meal comes with the needed amount of ingredients already chopped and prepared for you. All you have to do is put them together. The majority of dishes I tried like the Blackened Chicken Tacos with Chipotle Ranch, and Pork Tenderloin with Coconut Lentils and Spinach, involved minimal work, like stovetop sautéing or baking in the oven. There’s no skimping on flavor either. The chipotle ranch added a creamy hint of spice to traditional tacos and the powerful coconut flavor enhanced basic ingredients like spinach and lentils. The dishes are quick and tasty, an appreciated combination. Not to mention, the meals are all delivered fresh but are also designed to be kept frozen until you’re ready to make them. So there’s no pressure to cook them all back-to-back. Meaning you won’t waste food if you decide to grab a last minute dinner with friends.

If you’re ready to try new recipes, take dinner off your to-do list, or check out how they can make preparing your holiday dinners a breeze, visit dinnerafare.com to get started.

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David Whiteman, M.D., F.R.C.S. | Southern Plastic Surgery  SouthernPlasticSurgery.com | 770.622.9100

Dr. Whiteman

Dr. Whiteman

Although every woman ages differently, it’s a fact that our figure can be significantly changed by pregnancy, weight fluctuation, and natural aging. It’s only natural to pine for the trimmer, pre-baby body of your youth. Unfortunately, as we age, it only becomes more difficult to rejuvenate our figures with diet and exercise alone. That’s why I offer my unique Mommy Makeover procedure.

By combining a tummy tuck (using my signature Scarpa fascia waist enhancement technique), liposuction, and cosmetic breast surgery, the Mommy Makeover is designed to provide comprehensive, long-lasting body contouring results for women trying to rejuvenate their appearance and regain their younger figure.

Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 11.10.27 AMDuring the procedure, abdominal muscles are tightened, stubborn excess fat is removed with liposuction, and the breasts are augmented, lifted, or reduced depending on the patient’s aesthetic needs. To help patients complement the results of their Mommy Makeover, I recommend that they undergo Viora ReactionTM skin tightening treatments at Laser Lights Cosmetic Laser Center. Viora uses RF energy to help achieve healthier, firmer skin by stimulating the production of collagen and elastin fiber. The consultation phase is especially important for Mommy Makeover patients due to the highly customizable nature of this combination procedure. To schedule a Mommy Makeover with Dr. David Whiteman, please contact Southern Plastic Surgery.

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Stumped on what to pack for lunch? Try these easy out-of-the-box healthy lunch ideas by Chef Megan McCarthy of healthyeating101.com in partnership with United Healthcare.

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Dr. Louisa S. Berman | Specializing In Prosthodontics|
Maple Drive Dentistry | MapleDriveDentistry.com | 404.237.0497

Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 5.05.49 PMDr. Louisa Berman has been changing lives by transforming smiles for 20 years. As a Prosthodontist, a dental specialist recognized by the American Dental Association, Dr. Berman specializes in the restoration and replacement of missing teeth with natural, esthetic, and functional makeovers. This is accomplished through cosmetic dentistry, veneers, and smile designs as well as with total tooth replacement using implants and bridges.

In need of a younger looking appearance? Dr. Berman offers Full Mouth Reconstruction, which addresses collapsed creases at the corners of the mouth, offers better ability to chew food, and can provide relief of tender jaw muscles and headaches. Even denture wearers can experience a smile transformation by placing natural looking teeth correctly in their smile line or giving patients the freedom to have a fixed restoration by placing implants with the TEETH IN A DAY procedure.

Screen Shot 2017-09-20 at 5.06.10 PMCosmetic dentistry done with a focus on function can last a lifetime. As a prosthodontist, Dr. Berman is uniquely qualified to help determine the best, most functional and esthetic treatment options customized to match the desires of the patient. She can design cosmetic plans to fit most budgets and offers complimentary smile consultations.

Contact our Smile Concierge at Maple Drive Dentistry (404.237.0497) to schedule a cosmetic consult and customized smile imaging today. Facebook.com/MapleDriveDentistry

Credentials: American College of Prosthodontists, International Academy of Facial Esthetics, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Pierre Fauchard International Academy

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Dr. DiFrancesco
DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery | DrDiFrancesco.com| 404.377.3474 

Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 5.13.00 PMDr. DiFrancesco is a board certified Plastic Surgeon and fellowship trained in Oculoplastic surgery. Dr. DiFrancesco has published several papers on eyelid surgery including her latest chapter on fat grafting and complications of the periorbital region.

Eyelid surgery improves the appearance of the eyelid by removing or repositioning fat, excess skin or muscle. is will refine and rejuvenate your puffy eyelids and crepey or loose skin.

Upper eyelid surgery may also correct droopy eyelids, commonly caused by a condition known as ptosis. Early signs of ptosis include difficulty with peripheral vision, especially at night.

For those who want periorbital rejuvenation without surgery, nonsurgical rejuvenation has become increasingly popular. At a lower price point, and with less downtime, Botox, fillers, fat grafting, Micro-Needling and chemical peels can be performed alone or in combination to give you that refreshed look.

Screen Shot 2017-09-19 at 5.13.14 PMTo see if you’re a candidate for surgical or non-surgical eyelid rejuvenation, call today for a consultation. Contact DiFrancesco Plastic Surgery to schedule your makeover consultation. 404.377.3474

Info@DrDiFrancesco.com, DrDiFrancesco.com, 1800 Howell Mill Rd NW Suite 400, Atlanta, GA 30318

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Chef MeganBy Chef Megan McCarthy, UnitedHealthcare of Georgia

 Back to school means back to sports for many kids in metro-Atlanta. According to Dr. Linda Britton, medical director of UnitedHealthcare of Georgia, kids aged 4-13 should drink approximately 6-8 cups of fluid a day — more and more often when they are physically active in hot weather. Skip the juice and soda. Fruit water is a great way to make sure kids who “don’t like water” get the fluid they need to stay healthy and high-performance.

 

Recognizing Dehydration

If your child has a fever, diarrhea, or vomiting, or is sweating a lot on a hot day or during intense physical activity, watch for signs of dehydration. These include:

  • A dry or sticky mouth
  • Few or no tears when crying
  • Eyes that look sunken
  • In babies, the soft spot (fontanelle) on top of the head looks sunken
  • Peeing less or fewer wet diapers than usual
  • Dry, cool skin
  • Irritability
  • Drowsiness or dizziness

Here are some refreshing ideas from UnitedHealthcare of Georgia to keep kids hydrated:

 

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Dr. Ken Anderson
Anderson Center For Hair | AtlantaHairSurgeon.com| 404.256.4247 

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 5.06.57 PMDr. Ken Anderson of the Anderson Center for Hair has specialized in thinning hair and hair loss exclusively for nearly 15 years. His commitment to helping people change their lives by restoring their hair as well as their confidence, self-image, and excitement for life has been experienced by thousands of patients through his career.

Although sometimes considered a taboo topic not to be discussed by those who suffer from it, Dr. Anderson understands there is a deep psychology behind hair loss and hair restoration.

Screen Shot 2017-09-18 at 5.07.05 PMIn order to provide his patients with the most satisfying results Dr. Anderson has built a highly experienced, highly dedicated team, utilizes the best technology available, and goes above and beyond the standard of care at every step of your restoration process. One of these state-of-the-art pieces of technology, the ARTAS Robotic Hair Transplant System, cannot be found anywhere else in Georgia.

The ARTAS System uses advanced robotics to rapidly and accurately select and harvest individual grafts for transplant. This level of consistent quality is impossible for any human to achieve with handheld methods. After harvesting, Dr. Anderson’s skilled and artful eye determines the placement of the grafts for maximum impact and a natural and timeless look.

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This state-of-the-art technology eliminates the guesswork and fatigue of handheld methods and the plugs, scars, and sutures of traditional methods.

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PRADEEP K. SINHA MD, PHD, FACS
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Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures today. The advanced technique involves reshaping the underlying framework of the nose to produce a natural and harmonious contour that enhances the beauty of the face without looking “overdone.” Since 1997, rhinoplasty has been the cornerstone of Dr. Pradeep K. Sinha’s practice in Atlanta, providing consistently excellent results to patients from all over the world.

Nasal surgery is extremely complex given the number of structures that must come together flawlessly to yield the desired result. Dr. Sinha works meticulously to not only achieve the desired three-dimensional cosmetic result but also to maximize breathing functionality. To yield consistently outstanding results, Dr. Sinha takes the time to ensure every patient’s procedure is customized for their specific needs. The years of training and practice allow Dr. Sinha to continue to produce excellent results for his patients.

As a Double Board- Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Sinha has performed over 5,000 nasal procedures in the past 26 years. His office features personalized consultations with everything from the latest 3-D imaging to a fully licensed ambulatory surgery center.

 

Screen Shot 2017-09-15 at 3.44.19 PMDr. Sinha continues to teach advanced cosmetic techniques to physicians from all over the world and has appeared in virtually every regional and national “Top Doctor” list published in the last decade. Schedule a personal consultation today and let the compassionate staff at Atlanta Institute for Facial Aesthetic Surgery provide professional and personalized care to help you put your best face forward.

 

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“You never regret the mornings you got up early,” says Kelsie Chandler, a bikini and figure competitor at House of Payne. With the help of House of Payne, this lead vocalist gained the confidence and stamina she needed to rock out onstage with her band, Party On The Moon. It was a combination of cardio training alongside weight lifting that made her the total package. If you have what it takes, follow Kelsie’s lead and let House of Payne help you reach your fitness and lifestyle goals.

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Not just a show, but a culturally-inspiring experience

By Annie Paschal

The visual spectacle that is LUZIA, A Waking Dream of Mexico by Cirque du Soleil
opens with a parachutist skydiving into a dreamlike trance where the adventurer
experiences Mexico in a whole new light. What follows is a miraculous illusion filled with vibrant primary colors, pouring rain, and stunning imagery.

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The sun rises over a majestic mountainscape and breathes life into 10 different acrobatic acts. From aerialists to contortionists, the spectacle offers an abundance of enchanting circus entertainment. LUZIA will be the 17th show Cirque du Soleil has brought to the big top at Atlantic Station.

Showing a deep appreciation for Mexican culture and heritage, Otomi print, a traditional customary South American pattern, was used throughout costume designs. The show’s Artistic Director Gracie Valdez says,“A lot of research and development went into the structure and maintenance of those ideas.” Everything from set design to technological innovation allows for the creation of the imaginative outfits, props, and scenery. From blooming flowers on a dress to an intense rain shower filling the stage, Cirque du Soleil has once again outdone itself.

In a series of visual surprises and showstopping acrobatic performances, LUZIA takes audiences on an artistic journey. A combination of traditional and modern influences, the sounds and people of Mexico are heard and seen in each vivid scene (think smoky dance hall to arid desert).

We sat down with two of the freestyle soccer performers. The first is Venezuelan-born Laura Biondo who has been playing soccer since she was 10. And after playing for two professional major league teams in Italy, it was easy to see why she is a natural fit for this role. Her signature trick—which she holds the 2013 Guinness World Record for—is called the “clipper.” It involves kicking the ball up and bouncing it on the heel of the foot. But Laura takes it a step further—the leg bouncing the ball is twisted behind the standing leg! “It’s very exciting and surreal that I get to share my passion with the audience and show them a different side of soccer,” Laura boasts.

Abou Traoré is Laura’s partner in the show. Abou got his start in Guinea, playing street
soccer with friends. At 8, his family moved to Paris where he began training seriously and playing in semiprofessional clubs. So when Cirque du Soleil approached him about performing, he gladly obliged. “I love dancing. I try to mix soccer with dancing,” Abou says. His favorite routine requires him to balance a ball on his head. And to make it look even more magical, he grabs his chin and pulls his head from side to side and up and down—all while not toppling over.

In the story line, Abou and Laura meet on the streets of Mexico to kick a soccer ball around, show off, and bond over a love of the sport. The energy between them is like that of siblings egging each other on to do better, yet still maintaining a slight level of competition.

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The show continues with everything from a captivating serenade in Spanish to a fast-paced juggling act and much more. The crowd will be mesmerized as performers paint images with the water from the rain curtain.

Originally planned to appear in Atlanta for only four weeks, the show will now spend a total of 10 weeks in Midtown. “We always have a warm reception. We always have amazing audiences … we couldn’t help but extend the run,” says Gracie.

See all the acts under the big top in Atlantic Station from Sept. 14-Nov. 19. Tickets start at $35 and can be purchased through CirqueDuSoleil.com.

Photography by Matt Beard. Costumes by Giovanna Buzzi.

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