Grab some friends and hit these local spots for some retail therapy:

Grand Opening of Dress Up Boutique’s New Store
Jessica Shops hosts the special event celebrating the opening of Dress Up Boutique’s new store.  Enjoy refreshments and over $1,000 in giveaways from 6-9p.m. at their new Town Brookhaven location. The best part? Take 20% off any purchase for the night.
Details: 305 Brookhaven Avenue, Building B., Suite 1190, Atlanta, GA, (404) 812-7018, www.shopdressup.com

 

 

Beauty Bash at exhale
Exhale spa is celebrating beauty in a big way and you won’t want to miss out on all of the goodies. Beauty Bash participants can expect complimentary mini spa therapy treatments, swag bags, hors d’oeuvres, a trunk show and much more from 6-8 p.m.
Details: Loews Hotel, 7th floor, 1065 Peachtree Street, Atlanta, GA,  (404) 720-5000, www.exhalespa.com/beautybash

 


Girl’s Night Out at 3226
Enjoy light bites and libations as you check out the racks at this unique Buckhead store. Enjoy 20% off of Koral LA jeans, Show Me Your MuMu, Inhabit and Elder Statesmen. Plus pineapple martinis, wine, apps and more!  6:30-8:30p.m.
Details: 3226 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA , www.thirtytwotwentysix.com

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The average American consumes about 3,400 milligrams of sodium a day – more than twice the 1,500 milligrams recommended.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recently launched Sodium Swap Challenge – think you’re game?

Kick-off your own Sodium Swap Challenge:

  • Track your consumption of breads and rolls as well as cold cuts and cured meats
  • Check food labels and look for lower sodium items
  • Keep a daily log of how much sodium you’ve shaved out of your diet
  • Target your daily consumption to stay within the recommended 1,500 milligrams of sodium each day

 

 

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His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a spiritual leader and humanitarian, is the inspiration behind the Non-Violence: No Higher Calling movement.

He will be leading a free public talk and guided meditation on April 3, 7 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Chapel at Morehouse College. This movement is powered by the Art of Living Foundation, a non-profit organization that carries on Sri Sri’s mission.

830 Westview Drive, Atlanta, GA, www.iahv.org, www.nonvio.org, www.artofliving.org

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west coast workoutGood old fashioned lunges work wonders from the calves all the way up to the butt. Tammy Stokes of West Coast Workout recommends her Hollywood Lunges, which can be found in her book, “Live Your Healthiest Life: Mind, Body & Soul.”

This workout is comprised of six moves to get your legs looking their best. After creating the shape you desire, Tammy says you can go a few steps further by using body scrubs, dry brushing and hydrating with your favorite leg cream. The book is $21.

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Family is the cornerstone of life, providing a firm foundation of support and love.

Bev O’Reilly, the founder and CEO of Christa’s Connection, created this DNA service to provide an easy and precise way for people to discover biological family members.

1227 N. Peachtree Pkwy., Ste. 126, Peachtree City, GA, (800) 919-FAMILY, www.christasconnection.com

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Atlanta’s doctors provide answers to all your medical questions.

One Best Self reader asked: When should I take my child to his or her first dental appointment?

Brent E. Herrin, DMD of Herrin Pediatric Dentistry says: The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends a child’s first dental appointment by age one or six months after the eruption of the first tooth. There are many reasons why this is a good idea. Seeing children this early decreases the chances of cavities by providing parents with oral hygiene instructions and tips. A cleaning and fluoride treatment helps strengthen the teeth, making them more cavity resistant. The child also becomes more comfortable in the dental setting with earlier visits.

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Scrub up and sugar off at Sweet Peach Wax & Sugaring Studio. Treat your legs to the ultimate indulgence with a green tea body scrub, which works to dissolve dead skin cells, leaving legs refreshed and soft.

Follow up this service by sugaring off that unwanted hair. Less painful than waxing, the sugar grains adhere only to the hair, not the skin, leaving behind a smooth surface. Great for bikini areas, Brazilian, legs and arms.

776 North Highland Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA, (404) 875-5700, www.sweetpeachwax.com

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Grab your dog and head to Der Biergarten’s “Barks and Beers.” Starting with a kickoff event on March 23 from 4 to 8 p.m., the German restaurant invites you and your four-legged friend over every Saturday to enjoy the beautiful patio.

Five dollar half liters of the beer Weihenstephaner Hefe will be served, and proceeds will benefit the Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (GASPCA). The GASPCA will also have dogs available for adoption at the event.

300 Marietta St., NW, Atlanta, GA, (404) 521-2728, www.derbiergarten.com

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50 Cents. Period., founded in 2010 by Atlantan Lorrie King, helps girls in developing countries who miss school each month because of their periods. Just 50 cents buys a month of sanitary supplies for a needy girl, allowing her to stay in school.

Beyond reaching out to countries like Nepal, India and Uganda, they also work on a local level. They have begun a program called “Period at Home” in partnership with World Relief Atlanta, which supplies newly arrived refugee women and girls with a six-month supply of sanitary products.
www.50centsperiod.org

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By David Martin

By using these last few weeks of cold weather to take charge of having your best legs, you’re sure to have an active, successful spring and summer sports season. You’re also more likely to look, feel and play your best when it’s time to pull out the golf shorts and tennis skirts.

Venous health issues are not just about zapping those embarrassing varicose or spider veins because they make us look older than we are. There are also valid health reasons to have a diagnostic ultrasound, especially for competitive athletes.

Oftentimes people wait until “irregular” veins are causing real pain to take care of them, but we also recommend that they call a venous health expert any time there is concern about:

• Tired legs
• Heavy legs
• Burning, itching or tingling skin on the legs
• Swelling
• Restless legs

Many athletes don’t realize their legs were feeling heavy, or even hurting, until after they have been through the screening process and have had treatment. (Most treatments are covered by insurance.) Without heavy legs dragging them down on the golf course, tennis court, dance floor or hiking trail, many weekend warriors are better able to compete at a higher level, in addition to gaining greater enjoyment of life and the activities they love.

Taking care of vein health now helps make sure you’ll be on your “A” game in warm weather and beyond, so you keep the competitive edge of having great legs for life!

David Martin, CEO/President In 2002, David Martin, RN, CRNFA founded VEININNOVATIONS as the first facility of its kind in Atlanta to offer every available technique for the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose/spider veins. A decade later, they are widely regarded as the leader in office-based treatment of venous disease.

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