Growing up in Hawaii and Arizona meant I spent a lot of time outdoors.  I love the beauty and intrigue of the ocean and the desert.  Naturally, I was thrilled when I discovered a new product line that uses ingredients indigenous to Arizona’s Sonoran Desert, my old backyard!

Sia Botanics Prickly Pear Collection, uses the cactus’ antioxidants to fight free radical damage and detoxify the skin. I never imagined that one day Prickly Pear would be touted as the next pomegranate or acai nature cure.  Its juice and seed oil contains high levels of betalains, a class of super-antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and speed cellular turnover. The products help fight the good fight against aging without the help of sulfates or skin-irritating fragrances.

The packaging is beautiful and the company is passionate about skin care.  The Prickly Pear collection, contains five products for just $100 but there is a variety of products to meet all skincare needs.

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Thrill-seekers can gear up for some fast, flying fun as they take on Serenbe’s new challenge course. To foster teamwork, leadership, problem solving, communication and fun the course offers nine different levels of zip lines and various team-building exercises.

Whether you’re looking for an activity to unite your employees and colleagues or want to just have fun, don’t be afraid to zip through Serenbe. $49 per participant.

Details: 10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road, Chattahoochee Hills, GA, (770) 463-2610,

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Get the motivation, helpful advice and knowledge you need to kick off this new year in a healthy way.

Owner of West Coast Workout studio, Tammy Stokes kicks off her special event Live Your Healthiest Life on Jan. 13 from noon to 2:30 p.m.

This one-day event will include cooking demonstrations, weight loss secrets, stress reduction techniques, beauty secrets, fitness techniques and more. Come on over to West Coast Workout studio in Buckhead. Tickets are $100

For more information call (404) 467-0602 or visit the West Coast Workout studio’s website

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By Neal McSpadden

The first impression that you get upon walking into Soho restaurant in Vinings is warm and welcoming. It is no accident that Soho is the neighborhood destination for the Vinings crowd that wants good food and friendly company. While I was there, I saw several people walk into the bar area and run into friends already there.

Beef and Crab Cake Sliders

One of the unique things about Soho is their menu. Every restaurant says their menu is special, but in Soho’s case it is actually true. It’s unique in the sense that there is something for everybody.

The picky eater who wants his food prepared only one way can choose from burgers, sliders, fish, and chicken with standard side items, while the adventurous eater who is up for anything has Wagyu beef carpaccio and elk tenderloin as selections.

Fried Quail

Fried Quail

My favorite was the southern fried quail. It is close enough to a typical fried chicken to please the picky eater, while at the same time it has a hint of spice and that slightly different flavor of the game bird to interest the adventurous eater.

Soho might be the perfect destination for your party when you want something that will please everyone and still be fantastic.

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Organize your plan to achieve happiness and success in the New Year!

Whether you call them goals, priorities or New Year’s resolutions, almost everyone has them. Some of us even go a step further by making a resolution to change, but not everyone sticks to it.

Before you can set your resolutions in motion, begin to assess what it is you really want to change in your life. This could be anything from getting more fit to saving money or spending more time with loved ones. Once you understand what you want to change, you can begin forming a plan on how to make your resolutions a reality.

The interactive resolution journal in Best Self’s January issue will not only help you organize your goals, but also help you set up a plan to achieve them. So get a pen and start planning your best self for 2013!

Check out the resolution journal in our digital issue!  Or pick up your own copy at our various locations around the city


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In case you missed Best Self Atlanta Magazine’s January cover girl Kat Carney’s interview this morning  on CBS Better Mornings Atlanta, she spoke about her new show “The Weigh We Were” and gave some great weigh loss tips including:

1. Keep a food journal

2. Make sure half of your plate consists of vegetables

3. Cut down on high calorie beverages

4. Start walking!

To watch the complete Better Mornings interview with Best Self Atlanta Magazine’s January cover girl Kat Carney click here!

Read more about Kat Carney and her amazing weight loss journey by picking up a copy of Best Self Atlanta Magazine’s January issue.

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By Iman Naim

celebrate the holidays with lift up atlantaMake a child’s Christmas special by participating in a Christmas Carnival and toy drive on December 22 hosted by Lift Up Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that benefits homeless women and children.

The carnival festivities include food, games, prizes, face paintings, clowns, magicians, plays, balloon twisters and more. There will also be a silent auction with donated products and services.

Toy sponsors have also joined in on the Christmas spirit by buying toys for the children and their mothers. The carnival will take place  from 2-4 p.m. at the Pinckneyville Community Center in Norcross. Admission is $6. Toy and winter wear donations are welcome!
Pinckneyville Community Center, 4650 Peachtree Industrial Boulevard  Norcross, GA 30071, (770) 417-2200

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Best Self Atlanta’s December issue is packed full of wonderful beauty tips – here are just a few from local experts:

best self brings you beauty tips from local expertsDid you know?
When you’re looking for dramatic results, the best thing is to go prescriptive. Look for free radical scavengers and collagen boosters like vitamin A (Retin A), vitamins C and E. You can enjoy the benefits of anti-aging through oral supplements and topical serums like Revisions Vitamin C Serum 30%.
Alethea Tinkle – Bella by Alethea Medspa

Two products everyone needs to combat signs of aging:
A daily sunscreen with high UVA/UVB protective factor
A medical grade antioxidant with stabilized L-ascorbic acid over 15% – this is clinically proven to correct existing damage, firm/re-texturize skin, lighten discoloration, prevent free radicals and stimulate collagen.
Jill Barron, spa director/licensed aesthetician – Gardner Dermatology & Med Spa

Beauty Secret
To keep your mineral foundation looking flawless all day, spritz a toner on after you apply. This leaves your skin with a beautiful, dewy finish and sets the makeup to perfection!
Lyn Ross, L.M.E. President – Institut’ DERMed

Make yourself a priority

Whether it’s taking a yoga class, getting an airbrush tan or turning off the alarm clock, find out what makes you look and feel your best and make it happen.
Tiffany Terranova, owner – RAW Bronzing Studio


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Best Self Atlanta’s December issue is packed full of great fitness and nutrition tips – here are just a few from local experts:

A great way to reduce calories and fat and to add a healthy bonus of gut-friendly probiotics is to replace that dollop of sour cream with a spoonful of plain greek yogurt.
Allison Wildenburg, ND  Natural Health Atlanta

When it’s cold, we tend to eat more just to keep our body temperature up. You can find warmth in foods like avocado, quinoa, chicken breast and fish. Eat as if you’re on an island and you’re seeing snow outside.
Dovett Quince, Celebrity Trainer – Body Sculptor, Inc.

Kick up a fuss
Whether you are a hard-core swimmer or a boot camp devotee, incorporating Pilates into your workout routine helps keep your muscles loose and flexible, and allows your body to recuperate while still working your muscles.
Stability Pilates & Physical Therapy 

Just say no
Keep it simple:  avoid sugar and flour!
Linda McIver-Duxbury, Nurse Practitioner & President – 2UMedical Weight Solutions

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Tony and October Gonzalez speak to Best Self Atlanta about family, health and what the future holds for them.

For Atlanta Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez and his wife, October, the NFL is just the beginning of their very big life.

This dynamic couple has used their celebrity status to bring attention to a number of causes and organizations that are close to their hearts, and through it all, they’ve managed to put family first.

Now that Tony’s football career is coming to a close, they have big plans for their next chapter.

Read more about Tony and October in Best Self Atlanta’s December issue.

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