Zoo Atlanta - BSA 1016

Trick-or-treat at Zoo Boo Town from October 22–23 and 29–30 while learning about more than 1,500 animals from around the world during Boo at the Zoo. Explore the zoo and collect treats along the way, make your way through the inflatable corn maze, dig in to Halloween games and crafts and boogie down to the live party DJ Little Beat. Support their gorilla conservation project by donating your old cellphone to be recycled and get an extra treat.

Details: zooatlanta.org

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Radio Roasters - Whiteny Ott - BSA 1016

Imagine opening your front door to a box of freshly roasted coffee beans from around the world. Based in Decatur, Radio Roasters offers a monthly subscription box crafted for coffee lovers. The company carefully selects single-origin coffee from green coffee growers, ready for roasting and nationwide delivery. Their affection for small batch roasts means every box is filled with plenty of variety.

Details: 3172 E. Ponce de Leon Ave., Scottdale;

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Fernbank Museum - BSA 1016

The new Fernbank® Museum of Natural History’s WildWoods experience brings a fresh perspective for curious minds. Explore the largest old-growth urban forest in the country in this completely outdoor experience. Hands-on exhibits encourage encounters with the stunning flora and fauna throughout the nearly 10 acres of woodland. Learning fun for all ages includes resources for teens and ‘tweens in Adventure Outpost.
Details: fernbankmuseum.org

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madeinnature.com - BSA 1016



Whether you’re fueling up for a fall hike at one of the local state parks or simply preparing for a full day of errands, Made in Nature™ snacks like Figgy Pops™ will power you on with a blend of organic figs, tart cherries, walnuts and cacao nibs covered in coconut. Those craving a crunch can chow down on their Organic Kale Chips in a variety of flavors.

Details: Goodness Grocery, 4500 W. Village Pl., Smyrna;

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Best Self Atlanta has new developments taking place, including changes within our editorial department.

Alexandra McCray has been promoted to Associate Editor. Alex has been an integral part of our editorial team over the last 18 months, in charge of all department content, general editorial submission requests, social media, “Over 40 and Fabulous”, “Best Of” and many other content-related projects. We are thrilled to welcome her in her new role at Best Self Atlanta. 

Katherine Michalak will be stepping back from her role as Managing Editor to become a regular contributor to Best Self Atlanta.  We will miss seeing her everyday, but are so happy that her rich and beautiful storytelling  and in-depth reporting on important topics will continue to be a part of our 2017 editorial content.

For daily editorial assistance, press releases, social-media updates and contest information, please contact Associate Editor Alexandra McCray at amccray@atlantabestmedia.com; general questions and submissions can be sent to editor@atlantabestmedia.com

We are also proud to welcome Kim Cooper to our team as an account executive. She comes to us from our sister publication, Atlanta Home Improvement magazine. We are extremely excited to have her on board!

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House of Payne Personal Training shares 3 key components for creating your best self inside and out.

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STARTPlanners - BSA 2016

Despite the latest technology, I still feel gratified writing out (not typing) my daily plans and goals. I’m currently hooked on these STARTplanners, available in three styles, designed to meet a variety of needs or professions. Each planner contains goal-setting sections to track projects thoroughly—everything from finances to health to date night. The original design, “Hustle,” is a daily planner for the everyday organizer. The “Legit” planner offers an entire year of weekly content and is formatted to help beginner planners and students balance school, work and extracurricular activities, as well as monthly budgeting. The lightweight, compact “Fancy Pants” version packs it all into a snap-close binder that’s perfect for the on-the-go user.

Details: startplanner.com

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Days slowly grow shorter and leaves begin to crinkle as the calendar flips over to autumn. A crisp night calls for a warm bowl of this fresh, homemade French onion soup made from a recipe courtesy of John Szymanski, executive chef and food safety manager of The Kroger Co.  

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1 Tbsp butter

2 lbs Vidalia or sweet onions,
sliced julienne

½ cup sherry

2 qts chicken stock

¼ tsp fresh thyme, chopped

Sliced baguette – ½” thick

Swiss or Gruyere cheese as garnish


Sauté onions in butter in large stockpot until browned. Deglaze with sherry and let reduce. Add stock and thyme and simmer one hour. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Make croutons by placing baguette slices on a sheet pan, then baking in 350oF oven for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

Ladle soup into serving bowls or crocks. Top with two croutons (optional) and sprinkled cheese; place under broiler two additional minutes until melted. Sprinkle fresh thyme leaves over top as garnish.

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Tammy Stokes - The Spa at Mandarin Oriental - BSA 1016

Visit the Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta on November 4 for the Fall Detox Retreat with Tammy Stokes. Gift yourself a day of rejuvenation that includes a healing combination of tonics and superfoods, stress-reduction workshops and fitness classes. The program winds down with access to all of the spa’s facilities and a choice of any 50-minute spa treatment to leave you feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the season.

Details: $285; 3376 Peachtree Road NE, Atlanta; mandarinoriental.com/atlanta

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Babysitting Training - BSA 1016

Babysitting can be a great way for teenagers to earn extra money, but it also means taking on a huge responsibility. The Safe Sitter® program offers middle school-aged students the quality training necessary to become nurturing and knowledgeable babysitters. The day-long workshop covers injury prevention, babysitting as a business, babysitting ethics, basic CPR and first aid, behavior management, personal safety and more. Classes are held at a variety of locations around Atlanta, so check the Safe Sitter website to find one near you.

Details: safesitter.org

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