Dear partners and friends of Best Self Atlanta,

October is officially here. And with it came Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Only a few of us have not been affected by this disease at some point in our lives. Whether a friend, a family member or you personally have been diagnosed, the numbers surrounding breast cancer are overwhelming. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, and in 2014 alone, an estimated 220,000 American women will be diagnosed. More than 40,000 will not survive the together

As a business owner and individual, I want to help. But sometimes, I don’t feel like my individual contribution will make a difference. That is why I am asking you to join me—let’s Band Together Against Breast Cancer so our small to medium-sized businesses can come together and make a difference.

The symbol of the initiative is the hot pink headband, and 100 percent of the proceeds benefit Susan G. Komen Greater Atlanta to help local women with breast cancer treatment and education. A $250 donation from you will give you 25 headbands for your company, co-workers, friends and family.

Your business (you or a representative from your company) will be invited to participate in a group photo shoot, where we all sport the pink headband. The photo shoot will take place at the Concourse Athletic Club on October 9 and the group photo will be shared on our extensive social media networks and in an upcoming issue of Best Self Atlanta. The shoot will be followed by a networking party that will feature drinks and light bites.

To make our deadline for the photo shoot, become a Give-Back Partner by October 7. Just reply to to let us know you want to Band Together with us.

Together we can make a difference for women in Atlanta who are fighting the battle with breast cancer. So let’s Band Together Against Breast Cancer today!



 Sherri Adair

Publisher and Owner, Best Self Atlanta Magazine

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Hit the road this weekend for two great causes. On Sunday, head to the Mall of Georgia to take part in the 3rd Annual Great Gwinnett Road Run. gbccfThis 5K and Fun Run benefits the Georgia Breast Cancer Coalition and the family of Alyssa Tucker, a 10-year-old girl from Buford who has been diagnosed with sarcoma, a rare form of soft tissue cancer.

The Mall of Georgia invites runners and walkers of all levels to participate in this fun-filled event. The 5K kicks off at 8 a.m. outside of the mall’s food court, with the Fun Run following at 9 a.m.

The entry fee is $30 per person, and there is a family discount rate of $85.

Details: 3333 Buford Drive,

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Enjoy the whimsy and beauty of Cirque du Soleil right here in Atlanta. One of their newest touring shows, Amaluna, will be performed under the blue and yellow big top at Atlantic Station, starting October 3. amalunaThis show, the group’s 33rd production, celebrates the power of women by transporting the audience to a mystical island governed by Goddesses and the lunar phases. Plus, the cast is 70 percent female and is accompanied by an all-female band. Tickets start at $35 for adults.


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Here at Best Self, we believe that together we can make a difference. But when and where can your efforts make the most impact?ribbon

Look no further than our 30 Days of Pink blog series in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout the month of October, this blog will feature local breast cancer awareness, fundraising and education events and initiatives. From runs and races, to fashion shows and health screenings, we will be talking about them all so you can participate and raise awareness for women’s health.

Below are the links to our 30 Days of Pink posts so you can follow along and get involved in the fight against breast cancer. Have a happy 30 Days of Pink!





Day 1                     Day 11                    Day 21

Day 2                     Day 12                    Day 22

Day 3                     Day 13                    Day 23

Day 4                     Day 14                    Day 24

Day 5                     Day 15                    Day 25

Day 6                     Day 16                    Day 26

Day 7                     Day 17                    Day 27

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Day 9                     Day 19                    Day 29

Day 10                   Day 20                    Day 30

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To kick off our 30 Days of Pink blog series, we thought, “Why start with just one event, when we could start with a whole weekend?” So we chose to Paint the Mall Pink!

Celebrate women’s health and raise awareness for Breast Cancer Awareness Month at Town Center at Cobb’s third annual Paint the Mall Pink weekend-long event. Paint the Mall Pink kicks off on Thursday and doesn’t end until Sunday afternoon.

The event starts with a bang on October 2 with the Pink Window Display Contest. Throughout the weekend, participating stores in the mall will go all out to decorate their store windows with pink displays. paint the mall pinkThen photos of the stores will be put on Town Center at Cobb’s Facebook page so shoppers can vote and pick their favorites. The contest will close at 6 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Then on Thursday night, Spirit Girls Night Out begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Center Court of the mall, giving ladies the chance to put on their favorite little black dress and have a good time. The event includes free health screenings provided by WellStar, goody bags, door prizes, a fashion show and beauty demonstrations.

But the pink fun doesn’t stop there.  Glow the Mall Pink Midnight Madness 5K will be held on Saturday, October 4. Runners and walkers are invited to glow the night away at this late-night race. There will be a huge after-party to follow with dancing, food and music.

And last but not least, the mall will host a PINK OUT on Saturday, October 4. Shoppers are encouraged to wear pink and take advantage of the complimentary health screenings that  WellStar is offering in the Center Court of the mall from 2 to 6 p.m.

All of the Paint the Mall Pink events are free to the public, excluding the entry fees for Glow the Mall Pink Midnight Madness 5K. So spend your weekend shopping while raising money for breast cancer research at Town Center at Cobb!

Details: Town Center at Cobb, 400 Barrett Pkwy,

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Online exclusive recipe from Jennifer Harris, owner of Gluten-Free Go-To Guide

Gluten-Free Turkey Sausage Strata

gluten free strata


  • 4 slices gluten-free bread, chopped small
  • 1 ½ c. eggs (add a drop or two of water)
  • 1 lb. sausage, cooked and drained
  • 1 c. cheese, shredded
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • ½ c. Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 ½ c. milk (milk substitute)
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Pre-heat oven to 325°. Spray 13×9 pan baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Layer the bread until it covers the bottom of the dish.
  • In a medium bowl, combine eggs, milk, ½ cup of cheese, salt and pepper. Blend until frothy. Pour egg mixture evenly over the bread. Next, add in the onions followed by the cooked sausage. Top with additional shredded and parmesan cheese.
  • Bake for 55 to 70 minutes or until inserted knife comes out clean. Let stand ten minutes before serving. Serves 12.

Chopped tomatoes, spinach and broccoli also work very well in this strata. You can also substitute coconut milk and vegan cheese, and the results are outstanding. When picking out gluten-free bread, use a plain bread (white or whole grain) and stay away from gluten-free rye because it tends to overpower the other ingredients.

This recipe can be made the night before and baked the next morning. It serves 12 and goes well with a side of freshly chopped fruit, yogurt or hash browns.

For more gluten-free tips and help eating a gluten-free diet, visit Jennifer’s website at

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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




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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.

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