Pew Researching Parenting

In a world of Internet mom shaming and polar opposite parenting styles, the question comes down to: when it comes to the title of “good parent,” whose opinion really matters anyway? According to a recent Pew Research poll, 93 percent of parents said the opinion of their spouse or partner matters the most, while the opinion of the people in the community came in last at 45 percent. So, let’s put an end to #mommywars.


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The youngest yogis bring a special toy onto the mat with AZIAM Girlz, the World’s First Yoga Doll™. The flexible figure dolls have a full range of motion, allowing them to contort into every yoga position imaginable. Created by celebrity yoga instructor Alanna Zabel, AZIAM Girlz dolls encourage yogi mamas and their kids to enjoy their passion and practice together.


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CacaoFor some, folding back the wrapper on a rich piece of decadent chocolate can be a euphoric experience. For sisters Kristen Giorgi and Laura Naples, the artists behind NG Collective Studio, that indulgent chocolate provided them with a creative muse of the most delicious variety. Kristin Hard, master chocolatier and owner of CACAO, invited Giorgi and Naples to join in a unique collaboration, using chocolate as their medium. This eclectic meeting of the minds has produced culinary delicacies such as salame di cioccolato (chocolate salami), chocolate bars with fennel-orange spice and an Italian-inspired truffle collection with flavors such as fig balsamic, campari and espresso, just to name a few. Made with 60 to 70 percent dark chocolate, the full NGC Studio CACAO collection can be found (and tasted) at CACAO Buckhead.

Details: 3035 Peachtree Rd NW, Suite A150 Atlanta, GA 30305;

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Wine and Chocolate

If you make conscientious decisions about how your food is cultivated and processed, there is no reason to compromise those principles when browsing the wine racks. We sought out Ian Mendelsohn of Vine & Tap for information about choosing organic wine, and he connected us with Hardy Wallace of Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines and Eric Crane, Advanced Sommelier and Director of Training and Development for Empire Distributors.

Navigating the world of organic wine can be tricky since, unlike food, there are no federal requirements to include a list of ingredients on the wine label. According to Wallace, that means there are around 200 additives (yikes!) that could be added to your wine without you ever knowing. However, don’t judge a wine by its label. Terms such as “natural” and “sustainable” are more often used as a marketing ploy to pique shopper interest than to provide accurate information. Crane advises to look for organic or biodynamic certifications, which indicate that the grapes were grown without chemicals or pesticides and the wine was produced in an environmentally friendly manner.

If you’re still unsure, strike up a conversation with a trusted sommelier or vintner, and they’ll lead you to the right wines for you. To start you on your way, here are some suggestions from the local pros:

Ian Mendelsohn:

  • Some Napa Valley picks: For a white, the 2012 Semillon from Dirty and Rowdy Family Wines, and for a red, the 2010 Robert Sinskey POV

Hardy Wallace:

  • From Italy: “Wines of Radikon. They primarily produce ‘orange wines’ (whites fermented on their skins like a red wine). The Radikon wines take the casual drinker down the rabbit hole into another dimension of wine.”
  • From California: “Everyone should try the wines of Forlorn-Hope. Each bottle is dubbed ‘another rare creature.’ Matthew Rorick makes wines primarily from grapes and places you have never heard of.”

Eric Crane:

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Ritz-Carlton Buckhead

All month long, the Ritz-Carlton Buckhead is offering decadent spa services that take pampering to a whole new level. Revive your complexion and your senses with the Sweet Red Rose Facial, which uses sweet red rose petals, honey and lemon to bring back your glow. Or, get your whole body in on the action with the Sweet Escape, which begins with dry exfoliation to slough off dead skin and continues with a hydrating warm chocolate truffle body mask followed by a full body Swedish massage with vanilla lotion. Lastly, treat your feet to the Chocolate Covered Pedicure, which includes a strawberry-based exfoliation, a chocolate mousse for deep hydration, a classic pedicure and warm stone massage.


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Somewhere between five and 20 percent of people in the U.S. will come down with the flu this year. If that doesn’t make you want to reach for the hand sanitizer, then we don’t know what will. But it can take more than keeping hands clean. Cleansing the nasal passages also relieves congestion and the swelling that can harbor bacteria or infection. The new SinuCleanse Micro-Filtered Nasal Wash System clears tap water of any microorganisms and then rinses out nasal passages safely with a gentle flush.


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Go Red with Macy's


In honor of American Heart Month, Macy’s is once again inviting you to go red with them in collaboration with the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women® campaign. Go Red for Women seeks to provide women with knowledge and tools to protect their heart health. From February 3 to 8, shoppers can support the Go Red campaign by purchasing an official Red Dress pin ($3) to receive an exclusive discount on most items throughout the store. All sales of the red dress pin benefit Go Red for Women.


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Dr. Carl Kihm, DPM Village Podiatry CentersQuestion: I have a bunion. Do I need surgery?

Surgery can be needed for patients struggling with regular pain, limitations in function or footwear and conditions that are progressively worse or causing deformity. These patients must be assessed individually to determine their best surgical options. Mild deformities can be corrected with a bone shaving and cutting procedure to realign the big toe. The correction is maintained with pins or screws as the bones heal, and patients are generally able to walk the same day of the procedure. –Dr. Carl Kihm, DPM of Village Podiatry Centers

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Steak and Seasoning

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, gourmet online grocer Sherman and James will deliver the makings for a romantic meal directly to your home. They specialize in ethical seafood and grass-fed meats, offering some of the best steaks you can buy anywhere, including the top restaurants in Atlanta. Also available for delivery are a few local collections of Southern artisan products, such as Georgia Olive Farms olive oil, flavored salts and handmade pastas and sauces. Delivery and packaging is included along with hand-written individualized gift cards and free shipping on every order.

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Art Papers Art Auction - Ben Rose Photography

Is your cell phone handy? Because, you’re going to need it for ART PAPERS 17th Annual Art Auction on February 27. Thanks to a partnership with 501 Auctions this year, this sensational event will introduce mobile bidding to add to the connoisseur experience. Browse works from over 200 local artists and celebrate the thriving Atlanta art community.

Details: BoBo Intriguing Objects, 1235 Chattahoochee Ave NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318;

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