The Fatherless Daught Project Launch - Randolph McDow - BSA 0616

For many, Father’s Day is a way to celebrate the love, support and impact fathers and father figures have on the lives of their children. However, for countless women, it can be a solemn reminder of a “missing piece” — of the scraped knees, heartbreaks, dances and walks down the aisle that were endured without the presence of a dad.

In their book The Fatherless Daughter Project: Understanding Our Losses & Reclaiming Our Lives, Denna D. Babul, RN and Karin Luise, PHD (pictured right) open up about facing that paternal void and how they, and other women, redirected their energy to overcome those many years of pain. The Fatherless Daughter Project seeks to empower a new generation of girls and women by teaching them that the absence of a father figure does not have to define them.

Denna and Karin knew that this father-daughter disconnection was rampant—whether through divorce or death, incarceration, emotional withdrawal, addiction or other reasons. In writing and researching their book, they became inspired to create a tangible way to help women heal from this absence. In September of 2015, they launched The Fatherless Daughter Project (TFDP) nonprofit here in Atlanta. Through mentorship programs, scholarships and support resources TFDP hopes to help women manage the issues surrounding their loss and move forward into a life filled with confidence.

Details: fatherlessdaughterproject.com

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There’s something about a sweet treat that always hits the spot, especially a nice cold cone after a run on a hot summer day. Every second Tuesday of the month, Shake Shack and Highland Runners invite runners to take a tour of Atlanta on foot through their Shack Track & Field community runs. Runners who don Shack Track & Field performance shirts for the 3- to 4-mile runs will receive a complimentary post-run drink or cone of frozen custard.

Details: 3035 Peachtree Rd., NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30305, facebook.com/shacktrackandfield

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On June 25, Catapult Acting Studio’s Erik Lingvall, named 2015 Readers’ Choice for Atlanta’s favorite acting coach by Backstage, joins Bonnie Wallace, author of the Hollywood Parents Guide and mom of Disney star Dove Cameron, to present a workshop called “The Art of Successful Stage Parenting” at SCADShow theater. Understanding professional strategies helps to manage the action from behind the scenes—whether that’s stage, screen and studio, or even high-level sports and academics.

Details: catapultacting.com 

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Fitness goals no longer have to take a back seat when it comes to traveling for work or play with the new Westin and FitStar by Fitbit® collaboration. Westin guests now receive a complimentary 30-day trial of the premium version of the popular FitStar Personal Trainer app upon check in. With the app, guests can tap into the special “Stay Fit with Westin” session, a workout meant for small spaces and to relieve common traveler body discomfort, custom-created by Westin’s national running concierge, Chris Heuisler.

Details: westin.com/fitstar

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Mosquito

News headlines have buzzed with warnings about Zika virus ever since the Brazil outbreak last year.

According to the CDC, the virus is spread primarily by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito.

The symptoms are usually fever, rash, joint pain and conjunctivitis. Early data shows serious complications are caused by infection during pregnancy. While reports in our area remain low, protecting the whole family from mosquito bites is always a great idea. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Summer Safety Campaign has a few tips for using insect repellent effectively:

  • Check labels on repellent to make sure it’s safe for kids
  • Apply to bare skin only
  • Apply sunscreen first, then repellent
  • Spray on your hands first—then apply to face, avoiding mouth, nose, eyes and irritated skin
  • Reapply as needed

Details: cdc.gov/travelchoa.org/summersafety

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We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

We engaged the Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out the editorial contributions from Steve Hightower of Steve Hightower Hair Salon & Day Spa at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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A farm-to-table menu delights chefs and diners alike, but now the Atlanta Botanical Garden takes the approach to a different level—garden-to-table. Walk through the spectacular display of the city’s horticultural gem and then take a seat in its new restaurant, Linton’s. Created by Chef Linton Hopkins alongside his wife and co-founder, Gina, Linton’s offers garden-to-table creations for lunch and dinner, presented by Executive Chef Jason Paolini. This divine culinary experience offers a spectacular menu that reflects the majesty of the venue and its harvest.

Details: lintonsinthegarden.com

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Still on the hunt for a fitting Father’s Day gift? Popular laid-back lifestyle clothing brand Life is Good® puts a new twist on their classic crusher tee with their beloved graphics featuring cute and clever word play, like “Daddy Shack,” “Grill Sergeant” and “Lawn Ranger.” Add a copy of Life is Good, written by company founders Bert and John Jacobs and Dad will be feeling the power of positivity in no time.

Details: Kinnucan’s Specialty Outfitter, 1380 Atlantic Dr. NW, Atlanta, GA 30363, lifeisgood.com

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We certainly know that people all over Atlanta are living their best lives over the age of 40, because we hear their stories of personal growth and giving back to others each year during our Over 40 & Fabulous! contest.

We engaged the Over 40 & Fabulous! Advisory Board of experts on topics including volunteerism, fitness, hair care and cosmetic procedures. They provided professional advice on how they got into their fields, and how they’ve grown throughout their careers and personal lives to help inspire us to live our best lives as well.

Check out the editorial contributions from Dr. Candance Kimbrough-Green of Dermatology Consultants at bestselfatlanta.com or by watching the video below.

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Prepare yourself for a colorful transformation at the Color Fun Fest 5K & Carnival on June 18 at Turner Field. Run through a 1.8-mile course while being showered with color from vibrantly tinted (and completely safe) cornstarch powders—tackle the course multiple times for extra splashes! After the run, stay for carnival attractions, games and more. Proceeds benefit the Just Care More foundation’s efforts to give needy kids a summer-camp experience.

Details: colorfunfest5k.com/Atlanta

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