Dr. Natalie Elliott from Atlanta Counseling Institute is here to give her best advice about how to spice things up once you are an empty nester!

Natalie Elliott


Q: How can parents expect their sex lives to change when the kids are out of the house? 

A: It is hard to crank an engine that had been sitting idle for too long. Don’t wait until the kids are gone to rekindle the romance. Start now. An empty house is not going to create a romantic life that doesn’t already exist.

Q: What tips can help parents connect better during this time?

A: Select a new activity or hobby to participate in, such as hiking, dancing, or taking an art class together. When you have focused on the kids for too long, sometimes you forget how to talk to each other in a way that connects you. Adding an activity will help the bonding and the conversation, which will deepen your connection.

Q: What issues in the bedroom might surprise parents during this time?

A: Couples are often surprised by the fact that their bodies are different. Many couples develop a sexual dance over the years: I do this, you do that, and presto — fireworks. Often in later years, the “this and that” no longer produce fireworks, and couples feel lost. At this stage of the game, couples really have to slow down and relearn what touches excite each other now. Forget sex at 20. Sex at 60 is better.

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Give your daughter the gift of “girl power” at Prissy Tomboy Athletics’ Adventure Challenge Camp Day. On October 25, girly-girls and tomboys ages 12 to 15 will get the chance to have an exciting adventure, while building confidence and friendships. The camp day was created in an effort to empower teen girls through physical fitness and knowledge. prissy tomboy
The camp day will start off with a challenge course that is designed to help girls improve their team-building skills and sportsmanship. The participating girls will get the opportunity to challenge themselves mentally and physically, while at the same time have a ton of fun.
From there, the girls will be separated into specifically targeted junior and senior panel sessions, 12 to 14 year olds in the junior session and 15 to 17 year olds in the senior session. These panel sessions will cover topics like nutrition, exercise, college recruitment tips and maintaining a healthy outlet and will be led by professional female leaders with diverse backgrounds.
The day will also include a calming yoga session led by Roswell Yoga Life and a Prissy pamper session that will include a one-on-one beauty session with makeup artists from Soda Salon.
This Adventure Challenge Camp Day is the first of its kind in Atlanta, but Prissy Tomboy Athletics has plans to host several more over the coming year.

Early bird tickets are one sale now through October 11 and can be purchased here.

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By: Stephanie Walsh, MD

When your child eats right, her body grows stronger, her brain becomes more alert and she is generally happier. Healthy eating habits provide lifelong rewards, in terms of both improved health and happiness. Getting kids to think beyond mac ‘n’ cheese, however, can be a real challenge. healthy kid

The good news is that you have the ability to change your family’s habits. Kids are imitators; when they see us eating right, they follow suit. That doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy occasional treats – just do so in moderation.

Next, minimize power struggles by understanding the “Ps and Cs.” It’s a parent’s job to plan, prepare and provide nutritious foods. It’s a kids job to choose whether, what and how much to eat.

Help kids eat well at every age! 

Infants/Toddlers: Recognize Hunger: 

Children instinctively know when they’re hungry, so follow their lead. Help kids stay tuned in to their hunger cues by:

  • Breastfeeding. You can’t overfeed an exclusively breastfed baby, so feel free to nurse when and as long as the baby wants.
  • Trusting you toddler’s appetite. If your toddler is growing, she’s eating enough.
  • Seeing the big picture. Your child’s diet balances out over several days.

Elementary School: Plan Ahead, Get Kids Cooking 

Busy schedules call for advanced meal planning, but it doesn’t have to be a total chore.

  • Involve kids in planning/making meals. They’re more likely to eat foods they prepare.
  • Stock easy, quick meal options like frozen veggies, whole-grain pasta and low-fat cheese.
  • Use snacks as mini-meals, not filler. Keep healthy, grab-and-go foods accessible.

Middle School and Beyond: Reinforce Healthy Habits

Parental influence still matters!

  • Eat together and at home whenever possible, and keep modeling good habits.
  • Don’t restrict foods; likely it will backfire.
  • Praise your child’s healthy behaviors and choices, not their weight

One of the best means of changing your family’s habits is you. for more tools and support, visit www.strong4life.com.




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Dr. Brian Maloney from The Maloney Center for Facial Plastic Surgery answers a reader’s question about how to get thicker eyelashes.



Q: As I get older, I’ve noticed that my eyelashes are thinning. I don’t want to bother with lash extensions, but I have heard of Latisse. What is it, and what does it do?

A: Latisse is a prescription treatment used to grow longer, thicker and darker eyelashes. It is an FDA-approved solution that is applied nightly to the upper lash line. What my patients like best is that the improvement is made to their own lashes. The solution works gradually, and while you may see longer lashes after just four weeks, results continue to improve up to 16 weeks. Once the desired look is achieved, I have patients apply the solution two to three times a week for maintenance.

Do you have questions for our doctors? If so, please email them to editorial@bestselfatlanta.com. 

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Pineapple House Interior Design‘s Katie Moorhouse is here to give you her best advice on how to change up your living space once the kids are out of the house.

Katie Moorhouse


Q: How can parents expect their home décor to chance when the kids are out of the house? 

A: Homes stay cleaner once parents become empty nesters. It is easier to keep things in place once busy schedules, homework and muddy shoes are not factors!

Q: What are some updates empty nesters could consider for their living space?

A: Review your interests, and literally make space for them. Perhaps this means converting the old playroom or basement into a theater, home gym, mediation zone, sewing center, dance floor, wine cellar or craft room. Parents have grown just as their children have, which makes this an exciting opportunity to refine and redefine.

Q: If it is time to downsize, how can parents start the process?

A: Downsizing is a great way to start a new phase of life. Evaluate your possessions and consider your children. What would they want, use, need or enjoy of your furniture or personal effects? Do you have things that no longer have any sentimental or useful value to you? Many organizations welcome donations. Getting rid of clutter will make your home much more attractive and energizing. Plus, it will prepare you for a future relocation.

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Triathlons are no joke – all that running, biking and swimming are not for the faint of heart or the weak of body. download (2)On Sunday, September 28 in Atlanta, a new type of triathlon aims to challenge your mind as well. The Wanderlust 108, also known as a “mindful triathlon,” still includes a 5K run, but it swaps the cycling and swimming for a mediation session and a 90-minute yoga class. The 5K course winds through Piedmont Park before the mediation and yoga portions take place, led by Sage Rountree, an expert in yoga for athletes, and Atlanta yoga teachers Neda Honarvar and Octavia Raheem. Early bird tickets start at $48.

Details: www.atlanta.wanderlustfestival.com

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Dr. Sachin Lavania from North Fulton Pulmonary Specialists answers a reader’s question about having a chronic cough.

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Q: I don’t smoke, but I’ve had a cough for several weeks now. What could be the cause? 

A: In non-smokers, three main diseases are usually responsible for a chronic cough. The first is asthma, which can start in childhood or adulthood. Asthma can be associated with allergy, exercise, non-allergy, or just manifest as a cough with no other associated symptoms. The second cause is postnasal drainage, which irritates the lining of the upper and lower airways and results in sore throat and cough. The final possible cause is gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), or heartburn. GERD occurs when stomach contents travel upward into the esophagus and irritate the nerves of the esophagus that can trigger the cough reflex.

Do you have questions for our doctors? If so, please email them to editorial@bestselfatlanta.com 

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By: Susan Nethero 

Most of us are looking for long-term benefits of exercise, but many women don’t recognize the harm that results from a bouncing, unsupported bust. Breasts need support.

Eighty percent of doctors recommend sports bras to reduce stress on the breast ligaments, but also to delay the long-term sagging of breasts. Breasts without proper support move up and down four to seven inches in a figure-eight pattern – ouch! Being properly fitted in the correct size and style will reduce that uncomfortable breast movement up to 74 percent.

Many sports bras “support” through compression – simply pressing the breasts against the chest wall. This results in each breast moving as a solid block, and it damages root tissue at the base of the breasts, causing premature loss of elasticity. Finding the right sports bra that lifts and truly supports during exercise is crucial, but what should you look for in a good sports bra? Seamless Running Sports Bra

Cup size. Instead of a compression style sports bra, look for a sports bra with cup sizes. At Intimacy, cup-sized sports bras come in size B to H cup, with different styles designed for level of workout intensity.

A firm band. Ninety percent of support comes from a firm band to hold the bra in place, so be aware of the firmness of the band around the body.

Seams. Seamed support in the cup distributes the pressure and weight of the breasts.

Adjustable straps. When you’re doing rigorous exercise, you’ll want to tighten the straps more than if you’re just going for a walk.

Moisture-wicking fabric. Fabric that is anti-microbial is a good idea, too. These features will help prevent chafing and rashes underneath the breasts.

When you get the right style and the right fit, you will feel more confident no matter what workout you choose. Start supporting yourself today!



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As we enter sweet potato season, it’s tempting to to add them all in a sweet potato casserole. Before you do that, try this healthy, simple soup from local catering company Epicurean Endeavors. With just the right blend of spices and natural sugars, this dish will help you save the sweet potato casserole till Thanksgiving.

vegan sweet potato


1 tbsp. grape seed oil

1 small yellow onion, diced

3 tbsp. minced ginger

1 tbsp. curry powder

1 lb. sweet potato, peel and diced

1 small apple, peeled and diced

3 sprigs of fresh thyme

5 cups vegetable stock

1/2 cup coconut milk

2 tbsp. pure maple syrup

Salt and pepper to season


Heat the grape seed oil in a pot over medium high heat.

Add the onions, ginger, curry powder, sweet potato and apple, seasoning with salt and pepper. Cook contents for five minutes, stirring continuously.

Add the thyme and vegetable stock to the pot. bring contents to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.

Allow everything to cook until the vegetables are tender. This will take approximately 30 minutes. Remove the thyme sprigs and use an immersion blender or food processor to purée the soup until smooth. You can reserve some of the sweet potato and apple for garnish, if you choose.

Finish the soup by stirring in the coconut milk and maple syrup. Check seasoning and add salt and pepper to taste.

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Prostate cancer awareness is taking center stage next week in all 421 of Georgia’s high schools, under the Friday night lights no less.

In a collaboration between the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition and the Georgia High School Association, the week of September 26 has been named “Blue Week” in an effort to bring prostate cancer awareness to the forefront in Georgia.

Bill Buckley, the director of the Georgia Prostate Cancer Coalition, states that each high school will support the GPCC at their football games on Friday night. Each player will have a blue ribbon decal on their helmet and will wear a blue wristband.

But it won’t be just the players getting involved, the referees will be using blue penalty flags, there will be blue ribbons stenciled on the fields, all jumbo screens will display the blue ribbon throughout the games and their will be informative announcements made about prostate cancer.

Together through “Blue Week,” the GPCC and the GHSA hope to make the people of Georgia more aware of what exactly prostate cancer is and how it can affect you.

Both organizations plan on making this a yearly tradition. “This will be an annual event in the month of September for all high schools in the State of Georgia,” says Buckley.  ”GPCC feels this is a great way to bring awareness to prostate cancer to the men and women of our State.”

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