The annual back-to-school rush can become an unorganized mess. Keep everyone at the top of their class with this activity schedule board project from Lynn Lilly, founder of the Craft Box Girls. There’s room to note everything from homework and home chores to practices and playdates.

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- 8 x 10” Frames

(shown here with 5)

- Roll of Cork

- Decorative

 Scrapbook Paper

- Staple Gun

- 3 Feet of Rope or Twine

- E6000 Glue

- Command™ Strip Hook

 (holds up to 4 lbs)

- Scissors


1. Remove glass and backs from each frame.

2. Lay out your design on covered

flat surface.

3. Using the frame glass as a template, trace an 8×10” rectangle onto cork and cut out. Repeat for each frame.

4. Now, trace that 8×10” rectangle on back of each piece of scrapbook paper. Cut out.


5. Flip each frame over, insert the scrapbook paper with the design facing outward. Next place the cork in the frame and then place the frame back on and secure.

6. Lay frames facing up onto the flat covered surface, arranging in your desired formation.

7. Spread the E6000 glue along the sides and firmly press sides together, holding in place for 1–2 minutes.

8. Allow the frame formation to dry for 45 minutes.

9. Using the staple gun, secure

the rope to the back edges of each frame.

10. Secure it on the wall with the Command™ Strip Hook, following package instructions.

11. Title each frame using small sheets of paper, markers and tape.


Lynn Lilly - CatMax Photography - BSA 0816Armed with a glue gun and confetti, author and DIY expert Lynn Lilly inspires women and youth across the country to live a creative lifestyle through, CBG TV on Apple TV, her weekly television segments on NBC’s Atlanta & Company and her brand-new book, Screen-Free Crafts Kids Will Love. When Lynn is not crafting, you can find her teaching workshops, hosting DIY events across the country and spending time with her husband and three dogs.



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Urbana Wellness Spa - BSA 0816

A new spa-oasis now calls The Shops of Buckhead home. Urbana Wellness Spa’s combination of holistic healing, aesthetic rejuvenation and pampering creates a one-stop-shop destination for relaxation. In addition to traditional spa services, guests can enjoy Reiki energy healing, yoga and meditation classes, as well as a tea lounge featuring more than 100 international loose-leaf teas and a signature tea ceremony. Join their membership club for your pick of services each month and exclusive discounts.

Details: 240 Pharr Rd. Atlanta, GA 30305;

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Tails on Trails - BSA 0816

Georgia State Parks & Historic Sites challenges hikers and their four-legged companions to venture the trails with their dog walking club, Tails on Trails. Hikers who tackle all seven trails earn a t-shirt to proclaim their bragging rights and pups receive a bandana to show their participation.

Details: Tails on Trails membership card $15,


1. Red Top Mountain, Acworth

Take in the scenery on this light hike along the 1-mile White Tail Trail loop through a hardwood forest that ends overlooking Lake Allatoona.

2. Fort Mountain, Chatsworth

With easy access from the campground, lower guest cottages and day-use area, the 1.1-mile Lake Trail loop makes for a great activity on a nature-filled weekend getaway.

3. Don Carter, Gainesville

Enjoy the 38,000 acres of beauty within Georgia’s newest state park on the 1.5-mile Lakeview loop, taking its name from the area where the Chattahoochee River meets Lake Lanier. Or, keep it breezy by walking in the shade of the forest on the 1.5-mile Woodland loop.

4. Fort McAllister, Richmond Hill

Far to the east, the 3.1-mile Redbird Creek Trail loop cascades through salt marshes and coastal wetlands under a blanket of Spanish moss.

5. F.D. Roosevelt, Pine Mountain

The 3.2-mile Mountain Creek Trail loop weaves a scenic route through Georgia’s largest state park. Get there around sunrise or sunset and you might see a deer grazing in forest glades or hear a woodpecker searching for a snack.

6. High Falls, Jackson

The breathtaking waterfall view and chance to cool off in the Towliga River rewards a moderately difficult 1.5-mile Falls Trail loop through hilly forests.

7. Sweetwater Creek, Lithia Springs

Whether on the 2-mile Red Trail loop or 5-mile White Trail loop, explore the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company, abandoned and destroyed at the end of the Civil War.


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As part of their 25th anniversary summer tour, Dave Matthews Band recently stopped by Atlanta. Inspired by Georgia’s signature fruit, DMB Head Chef Fiona Bohane created an original recipe for a summer treat using sweet peaches and Dreaming Tree Crush wine, aptly named after one of the band’s classic hits.

Serves 6–8 people

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Ingredients for Filling:

1 pint blueberries

3 lbs fresh peaches, peeled and sliced

1/2 cup light brown sugar

2 Tbsp cornstarch

2 Tbsp white wine

1 pinch salt

Ingredients for Topping:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup sugar, plus 2 Tbsp

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ginger

1 pinch salt

6 Tbsp cold unsalted butter, cubed

2/3 cup kefir, buttermilk or heavy cream, plus 2 Tbsp

1 tsp vanilla extract


Directions for Filling:

1. Place all ingredients in a pot

2. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally until mixture comes to a simmer and the liquid becomes clear, 5–10 minutes

3. Turn off heat and carefully transfer to an 8 x 11-inch glass or ceramic pan

Directions for Topping:

1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

2. While filling heats, mix together all dry ingredients—pulse in food processor if available. Add the cubed butter and pulse until incorporated, with no large chunks of butter visible

3. Transfer to a bowl, add 2/3 cup kefir and vanilla and gently stir with a wooden spoon until batter forms

4. Using a spoon or your hands, drop biscuits on top of filling. The topping covers most of the filling, but leave a small space between the biscuits to allow the heat to escape

5. Brush tops of biscuits with reserved kefir and sprinkle with remaining sugar

6. Bake for 40 minutes, until nicely browned and biscuits cooked through

7. Allow to cook for at least 30 minutes

8. Serve with ice cream

Recipe courtesy of Fiona Bohane, head chef for Dave Matthews Band



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House of Payne Personal Training client, Orlando Sablon shares tips that helped him get into great shape at age 53.

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Marietta Eye Clinic

When it comes to pediatric eye care, it’s best to start making routine eye exams a priority sooner rather later.

“Between ages 3-4 is ideal because at that age they’re still young enough that if we catch something it’s quite treatable,” says Charles Ho, MD, of Marietta Eye Clinic. He stresses that routine eye exams are critical for children, because the reliance solely on symptoms to determine when to see an eye care specialist can lead to common eye problems going overlooked.

Dr. Charles Ho - Marietta Eye ClinicIn newborns Dr. Ho says he often sees nasolacrimal duct obstruction, which prevents tears from draining. For older children, poor development of one eye, amblyopia, can be a common issue. Amblyopia can cause farsightedness, nearsightedness, astigmatism and/or a difference in the power of the eyes, called anisometropia. Due to the fact that amblyopia is caused by a deeper level of lack of visual development, it is not correctable with glasses or contacts. For most other common pediatric eye conditions treatment options can include eye patches, glasses, prisms within glasses and sometimes eye muscle surgery as a last resort.

When the time comes to select an eye care provider for children Dr. Ho and his pediatric optometry team member Katerin Ortiz, OD, both suggest looking for an ophthalmologist certified by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology Society (AAPOS) or an optometrist who has completed a pediatric residency.

Sponsored by: Marietta Eye Clinic| (770) 427-8111 |

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Gentlemen, the time has come to pick products designed especially for you. Popular U.K. men’s grooming brand ManCave has traveled across the pond to the U.S. Free of parabens, sulphates and synthetic dyes, ManCave’s FaceWash provides deep cleaning without stripping skin of moisture. Green tea, willow bark and spinach provide antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Plus, ManCave products are never tested on animals, so you can feel good inside while looking good outside!

Details: The Vitamin Shoppe, 3261 Peachtree Rd.,Atlanta, GA 30305;

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AMER - Dan Durnell - BSA July 2016

Brian Lewis, in partnership with the late David Durnell, adds a new cocktail bar, AMER, to Atlanta’s Inman Park neighborhood. “AMER” in French translates to “bitter,” reflecting the bar’s drink list, which focuses on bitters and Italian amari. The partners are also known for their successful Atlanta restaurant, BOCADO—Lewis carried on with the AMER venture after Durnell’s untimely death in February of this year.

Details: 299 N. Highland Ave., Atlanta, GA, 30307;

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Dr. James (Jim) Robinson (1)- BSA July 2016

How Do Primary and Secondary Brain Tumors Differ?

A: Primary brain tumors originate from cells within the brain, but seldom travel outside of the brain and into other parts of the body. Secondary brain tumors (also called metastatic brain cancer) occur when cancer develops in another part of the body and metastasizes (spreads) to the brain. Metastatic brain tumors are typically more common than primary
brain tumors.

—Dr. James (Jim) Robinson, MD, of Brain Expert, PC

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Lanier Islands Sunset Cove - BSA July 2016

Summertime brings lazy days made for fun and adventure, so why wait until the weekend to make a splash? Located inside Lanier Islands’ LanierWorld, Lake Lanier’s Sunset Cove is making every day of the week a day to celebrate.

Masterpiece Mondays: A team of artists from Masterpiece Mixers leads this spin on popular sip-n-paint classes. Take in scenic views while creating your own masterpiece with step-by-step painting instruction—for artists of all abilities.

Volleyball Tuesdays: Snag a spot on the sand and put your volleyball skills to the test at pick-up games that are as fun to watch as they are to play.

Wine Wednesdays: New this year, this class teaches techniques for pairing delicious food and wines.

Throwback Thursdays: Catch a movie under the stars on the 50’ x 80’ high-definition Spectacular Screen. Enjoy classic flicks, such as “Grease,” the original “Ghostbusters,” “Field of Dreams” and more.

Low Country Boil Fridays: Lounge lakeside to feast on this coastal classic—steaming shrimp, sausage, red potatoes and corn on the cob.

Along with weekly events, the fun at Sunset Cove doesn’t stop when the sun goes down. Stick around after dark to enjoy Full Moon Parties, featuring jugglers, fire breathers, glow-in-the-dark fun and live music on August 20, September 17 and October 15.


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