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In an age where you can get a subscription box for just about everything it’s about time your teeth got in on the action too. Boka box brings dental health to your doorstep by delivering high-quality toothbrushes, natural toothpastes and floss right to your home. Every three months, you receive a fresh new brush to keep those pearly whites strong and bright. Customize your box to fit your family so the kids get more excited about brushing when they start getting mail for their mouths. And for every Boka brush purchased the company donates a toothbrush to those in need through their partnership with the nonprofit Surge, which brings water and sanitation solutions to global communities in need.

Details: loveyourboka.com

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My Forgotten Self

The book, My Forgotten Self: A Story about a Girl, A Powerful Encounter and A Universal Message, follows Tiev, a playful young girl who embarks on a journey to find out what it really means to follow your dreams.  After Tiev’s well-intentioned family dismisses her lofty ambitions, she meets a being called “I am,” who helps her discover her true self. Written by Family psychologist Lynyetta G. Willis, PhD, Forgotten Self reminds parents that children surrounded by hope, love and encouragement are empowered to reach their full potential.

Details: myforgottenself.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.
Doug GradySince becoming one of our 2011 Over 40 & Fabulous! Top 10 winners, Doug Grady has continued to help others reach their highest potential through his international speaking tours in Toronto and Vancouver, his personal development program, 40 Days of FOCUS, and his widely read and endorsed book, The Ripple Effect.

Doug’s faith has continued to play a large role in his life. He recently developed and facilitated 40 Days of FAITH as a small group for Covered Bridge Church, along with creating a Men’s Ministry.  He has also participated in several mission trips to Ecuador to build homes for those in extreme poverty.

In her personal life, Doug recently married his wife Allison Kusic (now Allison Grady), attended his 25th Homecoming at Tulane University and had bilateral total hip replacement surgery.

He is now looking forward to speak on the 2016 Secret Knock lineup, one of Forbes magazine’s top five conferences for entrepreneurs.

To learn more about Doug Grady 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.

Bruce Salzinger

Since becoming one of our 2011 Over 40 & Fabulous! Top 10 winners, Dr. Bruce Salzinger has continued to pursue his passion for philanthropy. Over the last several years he has become greatly involved with Gear For Goals (G4G), a 501c3 charity organization that is a division of Dreamweaver International. Bruce has been helping the organization to collect “gently used” sporting equipment and musical instruments by accepting donations at his office (405 Pharr Road Northeast, Atlanta GA 30305) and consolidating the donations for shipment to Kenya, Dominican Republic and many others where they are well received. He is also helping the organization in their mission to partner with houses of worship and porting organizations such as little leagues, soccer leagues, etc.
To learn more about Gear for Goals visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/GearForGoals. To learn more about Dr. Bruce Salzinger 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.

Nana and Annabel

Since becoming one of our 2011 Over 40 & Fabulous! Top 10 winners, Maria Walden-Sullivan has launched the philanthropic initiative, Operation We Appreciate Ladies of Our Troops (WALT) in 2014. WALT provides wedding dresses and other elements for a wedding to women in the military (active and reserve).  This was formed in honor of Maria’s father, Walt Kaczmarek, and all he did for Maria’s family and the country while he served in the Navy.  Maria says the ultimate goal of Operation WALT is to give back to the military in some way.

In the summer of 2015, Maria and her family welcomed the arrival of her granddaughter, Annabel.  Most recently, she is preparing for the launch of her of her online dating business, iDate, an online dating resume/profile service to help the professional dater find true love.

To learn more about Maria Walden-Sullivan and our other 2011 Over 40 & Fabulous! winners, check out our June 2011 issue. To learn more about Operation WALT and how to donate email maria@idoandimdone.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.

MasseySince becoming one of our 2011 Over 40 & Fabulous! Top 10 winners, Caroline Massey King Yost has successfully launched her own marketing and public-relations firm, called Massey Marketing & PR, which assists businesses both big and small in reaching their marketing potential.

Family still remains one of her top priorities. and Caroline and her new husband, Jim, continue to be inspired by the positive attitude her eldest daughter, Julia, has maintained through four neurosurgeries as she learns to walk while recovering from a spinal-cord injury.

Always one to pay it forward, Caroline also volunteers with an inner-city school mentoring program through her church, Buckhead Church.

 

To learn more about Caroline Massey King Yost 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.

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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