As we gear up for our 6th annual Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, we have decided to check-in with our previous winners to see what they are up to now.

Nominations for this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest are open now until March 1st.

PyramidSince becoming our 2011 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest winner, Kim Bearden is still the co-founder and executive director of the Ron Clark Academy, where she also teaches language arts.  To date, over 33,000 educators have now visited RCA to observe there classes and attend workshops to learn better ways to promote student engagement, increase rigor, and create a climate and culture for success.

Kim continues to be booked as a keynote speaker for Premiere Speakers Bureau, and has spoken to thousands of educators across the country and around the world. On top of that, she has received several professional honors—most recently the UGA Outstanding Alumni Award in March.

In the summer of 2014, Kim released her first book, “Crash Course: The Life Lessons My Students Taught Me.”

The same summer that her book was released, Kim’s family began a significant new chapter.  In “Crash Course,” she shared how her time in Soweto, South Africa, had a transformative affect upon her life and her understanding of gratitude.  So powerful was the impact that, in June of 2014, three beautiful twelve-year-old boys (Sisipho, Sabelo, and Phakamani) from Soweto joined the Bearden family, and they simultaneously began the seventh grade as students at the Ron Clark Academy. Kim says their three sons (now fourteen years old and thriving) have taught her family countless lessons about love, understanding, and race, and she believes that their lives will have a profound impact upon this world.

To learn more about Kim Bearden and our other 2011 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners, check out our June 2011 issue.

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As we gear up for our 6th annual Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, we have decided to check-in with our previous winners to see what they are up to now.

Nominations for this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest are open now until March 1st.

Molly Hopkins (left) and Cynthia Decker (right)

Molly Hopkins (left) and Cynthia Decker (right)

Since Cynthia Decker was a part of our 2012 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, she and co-owner Molly Hopkins were chosen to star in Lifetime’s Reality TV series the Double Divas. The show followed their lives through the crazy world of running a lingerie boutique in Atlanta, GA! After reaching millions of women all over the world through two season of the show, Molly & Cynthia decided to launched a direct sales program where women all across the U.S. have come to train at LiviRae to learn how to run a mobile business venture in their hometown. We’re on year two of this program and we expect big things to come!
In the last two years Cynthia & Molly have taken LiviRae Lingerie’s custom fit technique on the road to help launch each of the new sales representatives as well as support local non-profit organizations across the U.S. LiviRae Lingerie has been to Virginia, North Carolina, Nebraska, Alabama, Oklahoma, Missouri and Maryland, helping hundreds of women find the perfect fitting bra!
In addition to that, LiviRae has also teamed up with I Will Survive, Inc. a local non-profit organization focused around breast cancer awareness through education and funding in lower income communities. They’ve set up in-store fundraising events, clothing drives and more, all in support of this cause that is near and dear to their hearts.
To learn more about Molly Hopkins, Cynthia Decker and our other 2012 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners, check out our June 2012 issue.
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To celebrate National PB&J Day (February 12), Georgia’s triumvirate of PB&J, Georgia Grinders Premium Nut Butter, H&F Bread Co, and Emily G’s Jam of Love, got together to create the Ultimate Gourmet PB&J; a mouth-watering PB&J French Toast Sandwich.

Georgia’s Finest Gourmet PB&J French Toast Sandwich

For French Toast:

2 slices H&F Co. Challah Bread

1 egg

2 tbsp. milk

pinch cinnamon

pinch brown sugar

 

For Sandwich:

Georgia Grinders Creamy Peanut Butter

Emily G’s Triple Berry Jam of Love

Powdered Sugar

 

Directions:
Place a skillet over medium heat and spray with cooking spray.

In a shallow bowl, whisk together the egg, milk, cinnamon & brown sugar.  Lightly dredge each piece of bread through the egg mixture.  Don’t coat too much or you won’t have enough egg.

Place bread in the skillet and cook for two minutes. Turn bread and cook for two minutes more and then turn again and cook for two minutes.

Remove the bread from skillet and transfer to plate.  On the side of the bread that is fully cooked (the side that was cooked twice on one side), spread peanut butter, then spread jelly on the other piece of bread on the fully cooked side.  Sandwich together and return to skillet. Reduce heat to medium low and cook sandwich on each side for approximately one minute until golden brown.

Remove from skillet, cut sandwich in half and serve.  To with powdered sugar and ENJOY!

Find all the ingredients needed for this sandwich stop at Lucy’s Market in Buckhead.

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As we gear up for our 6th annual Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, we have decided to check-in with our previous winners to see what they are up to now.

Nominations for this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest are open now until March 1st.

Eddie & Cledra Wedding Photo Shoot

Since becoming one of our 2012 Over 40 & Fabulous! Top 10 winners, Cledra Gross, formerly Cledra Mccullers, says over the years she has learned to take the despair of disappointment and the pain of heartbreak and let it transform her. The loss of her father reminded her to live each day fully and with gratitude and pure joy.

One of the greatest lessons she has learned has been when it comes to love. Many women and men who find themselves looking for a life partner over the age of 40 can relate to the difficulties Cledra faced when she turned to online dating. After being stood up countless times and even being told she had a better chance of winning the powerball than finding true love over 40, Cledra was on the verge of giving up. She decided to give it one last shot and created an account on Black People Meet. After scrolling through perfectly posed photos she came across a profile that caught her eye. After hours on the phone and a fantastic first date Cledra and her future husband instantly clicked and have been together ever since. Together they now lead Relevant Life Ministries in Marietta. There Cledra uses her life experience to minister women about love, loneliness and looking forward to the future.

To learn more about Cledra Gross and our other 2012 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners, check out our June 2012 issue.

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For social entrepreneur and humanitarian Brittni Adams, luxury handbags are more than a fashion statement—they hold the capacity to change lives. Every sale of a handbag from Adams’ Whitby collection goes toward funding the education of a young girl in Haiti and putting her on track to a better future.

Profits from a Whitby bag sale sponsor one girl for a year of schooling as facilitated by a partnership with Atlanta-based initiative The 410 Bridge organization. That sponsorship covers her enrollment fees, school meals, health check-ups and uniform; she can focus solely on continuing her education and chasing her dreams. As a student, she’s empowered to build a better a future away from the oppression around her.

 Whitby Graphic

And the girls get to be part of the process. Once they are in school, their drawings, through the magic of digital printing, are transformed into a one-of-a-kind fabric used to line the inside of the handbags. For the handbag owner, the playful pattern serves as a constant visual reminder of the little girl benefitting from the purchase. This connection enhances part of the Whitby mission, for women to learn new ways to help “carry the weight” of other women.

Joe Murray Photography-Whitby Handbags

Concerned about the growing impact of “fast fashion” (a term in the fashion community to describe the quick translation of catwalk trends to department store shelves), Adams has committed to producing Whitby handbags in fair-wage factories with environmentally sound practices. Whitby handbags boast a classic, solid construction made with couture-quality leather that is designed to last for years. Add a true investment piece to your wardrobe while also investing in the future of a deserving population. As Nobel Prize laureate and women’s education activist Malala Yousafzai proclaims, “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.”

Details: Bags start at $1295, whitbyhandbags.com; 410bridge.org

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This weekend the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers will go head-to-head in Super Bowl 50. Try these easy and delicious cocktails to make your Super Bowl party a winner.

The Kick Off

The Kick Off – 1800 is the go-to tequila for an effortlessly cool, masculine cocktail and is renowned for being expertly aged and consistently smooth 100% blue agave Tequila. Whip up this 1800 cocktail to get the big game started!

1.5 oz. 1800 Silver

0.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice

0.5 oz. Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

0.5 oz. Lime Juice Cordial

0.25 oz. Green Chartreuse

Shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled rocks glass.

The Half-Time ShowThe Half-Time Show - We’re half-way through the game and Beyonce and Coldplay are ready to take the stage. Enjoy this delicious Santera Tequila cocktail. It’s light and refreshing while you dance along during the show.

2 oz Santera Blanco Tequila

1.25 oz Fresh Lime Juice

1.50 oz Mint Simple Syrup*

3 Lime wedges or wheels

1 Fresh Mint Sprig

Club soda to top

In a shaker, combine tequila, juice and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously. Fill a Collins glass with fresh ice and add lime.

 

Broncos Blitz

The Touchdown - You’re team just scored and it’s time to do a victory lap. Cheers to your team with this cocktail from Hangar 1 Vodka, made in the Bay Area from fresh grapes and grain.

1 oz. Hangar 1 Mandarin Blossom Vodka

1 oz. Sweet Vermouth

¾ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice

½ oz. Simple Syrup

2 dashes Angostura bitters

Seltzer Water

Add ingredients except seltzer water in a cocktail shaker. Briefly shake with ice and strain into an ice-filled Collins glass. Top with seltzer.

(recipes courtesy of Santera Tequila)

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From February 2–7, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is making a magical return to the Fox Theatre stage as part of the Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta 2015/2016 season.

Beast, a spoiled prince who has been cursed by an enchantress, must learn the true meaning of selflessness and love in order to break the spell that binds him and his palace servants. Belle, a girl with an affinity for books and who is from a provincial French town, just might be the key to unlock the curse—but can Beast learn to love and be loved in time?

Directed by Rob Roth, this classic love story, starring Brooke Quintana as Belle and Sam Hartley as Beast, unfolds with vibrant costumes, breath-taking sets and cheeky humor. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s classic tunes from the 1991 movie (with added lyrics by Tim Rice) and stunning visual choreography will delight audiences.

To purchase tickets visit foxtheatre.org

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As we gear up for our 6th annual Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, we have decided to check-in with our previous winners to see what they are up to now.

D_BarronNominations for this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest are open now until March 1st.

Since becoming one of our 2013 Over 40 & Fabulous! top 10 winners, Doug Barron is still the Executive Director of the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA), a Sandy Springs based nonprofit whose mission is to provide educational and awareness initiatives that will empower women of all ages, their families, and the healthcare community to recognize the risks and symptoms of ovarian cancer and the importance of early detection and treatment.

Through annual signature events such as the Shaken, Not Stirred Gala and The Teal Trot 5K the nonprofit has been able to able to raise almost a million dollars over the past two years to expand their programs and outreach across the state.  Through these education and awareness programs an estimated 2.75 million people will see the GOCA logo and words ovarian cancer.   There is no test for ovarian cancer.  Education and awareness is the key to early detection and treatment which is so vital to surviving this horrible disease.

For more information about GOCA and our programs please visit GaOvarianCaner.org.

To learn more about Doug Barron and our other 2013 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners, check out our June 2013 issue.

 

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This Valentine’s Day, forget gazing into your lover’s eyes over dinner, instead opt for a romantic getaway to what some say is the Caribbean’s “best kept secret,” Harbour Village Beach Club.

Beachfront Suites Walkway - Habour Village Beach Club

From now until February 29, Harbour Village Beach Club is offering couples a special “Romance Package.” This exotic escape package offers a seven-night stay in villas looking out on tropical beaches with crisp white sand. Couples can explore abundant local gardens, indulge in aromatherapy massages, enjoy a scuba experience, and have unlimited access to kayaks and paddleboards. Relax and reconnect with your significant other while swaying in beachfront hammocks and sipping from glasses filled with Épernay champagne. For those that like a touch of the traditional, a candlelight dinner is included courtesy of the La Balandra Beach Bar & Restaurant.

For more information on Harbour Village Beach Club visit harbourvillage.com

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As we gear up for our 6th annual Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, we have decided to check-in with our previous winners to see what they are up to now.

Nominations for this year’s Over 40 & Fabulous! contest are open now until March 1st.

Kim VaughnSince winning our 2013 Over 40 & Fabulous! contest, raising awareness and funding for the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation continues to be Kim Vaughn’s focus.  She became an advocate for the Foundation after being diagnosed with the disease shortly after the birth of her first child in 1988.  She has served as a national spokesperson and board member of the Foundation and currently focuses on fundraising.  On May 1, 2016, the Foundation will hold its ninth “Sip for Sjögren’s” fine water tasting event, an event which Kim has served as chair of since its inception.

In addition, Kim continues to coach and mentor her pageant clients to help them achieve high levels of self-confidence and poise through honing communication skills and earning scholarship money.  As a former teacher, she believes that education is the key that unlocks a lifetime of opportunity.

She recently had the privilege of working with Betty Cantrell as she prepared for Miss Georgia.  In September 2015 in Atlantic City, Betty became the second Miss Georgia to win Miss America.

To learn more about Kim Vaughn and our other 2013 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners, check out our June 2013 issue.

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