By Flannery Keck

Stone Summit workout picAs I strapped into my harness and chalked up my hands at Stone Summit Climbing and Fitness Center, I have to admit—I was quaking at the end of my carabiner. (That’s the fancy climbing clip, for those of you who haven’t made your first foray into indoor rock climbing.) The intimidation factor didn’t last long, thanks to Stone Summit’s helpful, supportive staff at their Atlanta location. A day-pass price of $18 includes equipment rental, so they handed me a harness and a pair of climbing shoes. After I and a few other newbies got our gear in place and filled out liability waivers, we were given a thorough safety talk and were ready to jump in—well, on.

The upstairs section of the gym offers easy 5.6- or 5.7-level climbing routes with an automatic belay from above, making it a great place to start. The rope stays taut, helping you feel secure as you climb up, and the upstairs walls are only about 25 feet high. After a few confidence-building runs up these, I heard the gym’s main section calling my name.

A more experienced friend who had passed the belay test agreed to hold my rope and cheer me on from below as I tackled a much taller 5.7 climb. By keeping my eyes on the various hand and footholds rather than the distant floor, I made it to the top in a matter of minutes, exhilarated. The only real physical challenge was in my legs and fingers—meaning you don’t have to be Superwoman to succeed at this workout—and the adrenaline from the height made it my most exciting gym visit in months. Even if rock climbing isn’t for you, the gym’s fun atmosphere, yoga and Pilates classes and cardio machines make it a great place for whatever workout you choose.

Details: 3701 Presidential Parkway, Atlanta, GA, (678) 720-9882,

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Sure, you know what to do with a cucumber or tomato, the standard summer garden fare. Seasonal Spotlight: MushroomsBut did you know mushrooms are also in season now? Specifically you can find chanterelles, brown oysters, black trumpets and other mushroom varieties growing wild in the summertime for a unique, tasty complement to your summer menu.

Basic prep: Use a damp paper towel to wipe any dirt from the mushrooms. Trim the stems, and chop the rest of the mushroom. Sauté the mushrooms in a skillet over medium heat with a little butter and olive oil until lightly browned, for about five minutes. Season to taste with herbs like oregano or seasonings like garlic powder, and enjoy as a simple side dish.

Step it up: Give burger night a twist by swapping your beef patty for a Portobello mushroom cap. Remove the stem, scoop the gills out with a spoon, and stick it on the grill with your favorite seasonings.

Find it: Cosmos Organic Farm, Honeycreek Mushrooms and other vendors have mushrooms available at The East Atlanta Village Farmers Market. Stop by 561 Flat Shoals Avenue every Thursday through December from 4 to 8 p.m. If you want to find some yourself, attend a mushroom walk with the Mushroom Club of Georgia on August 8 or August 23. Find more details and sign up at


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Beauty expert Jessica Dauler shares her pick of the month.

Sun protection is paramount in my daily skin care routine and not reserved only for a beach or pool vacation. Jane Iredale has some fantastic SPF-based products that combine skin care with sun protection. Here are my favorites:

jessica's pickPurePressed Base Mineral Foundation – It’s a 4-in-1 foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen with light diffusing properties that can help skin look flawless. $52

Powder-Me SPF – This powdered sunscreen is always in my purse for quick touch-ups. Use on body, face and scalp for UVB/UVA SPF 30 protection. It’s also chemical-free and water resistant for 40 minutes. $47

HandDrink – Unprotected hands are first to show signs of aging, so try replacing your regular hand lotion with this effective broad-spectrum sunscreen. SPF 15 keeps hands looking and feeling good with a hydrating, never-greasy formula. $29

All products are available online or in select boutiques and dermatologist offices.

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The Frye Company, known for their craftsman leather goods, Frye Company boot will open its Atlanta flagship store in Ponce City Market on August 6. The store will feature the latest looks for both men and women from the Frye fall 2015 line, which will include handbags, classic Frye cowboy boots, on-trend ankle boots and motorcycle-inspired boots. Stop by this spot on your next shopping spree, and you’ll join icons John Lennon, Jackie O. and others who love this classic brand.

Details: 675 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA,

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Jeanne McDanielJeanne McDaniel from The Nutrition Source, LLC shares her best advice for smart snacking.

What is a healthy number of snacks for kids? 

A good rule is for a child (and adults) to eat every two to four hours. For most children this will mean two snacks per day.

What are you favorite easy, healthy snacks for kids?

I always recommend that a snack be a healthy carbohydrate with a protein source, and the less processed, the better – no artificial flavorings or colorings. Some examples are carrots or other veggie sticks with hummus, fruits with nuts or seeds, or organic popcorn with a piece of string cheese.

What if kids always seem to want a snack?

If children are asking to eat more often than every two hours, then a parent should try to figure out if the child is just bored or are they truly still hungry. My trick is to offer only a vegetable if they are complaining of hunger but have eaten within the past few hours. If they are truly hungry, then they will take my offer!

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Legos & Local BeerBuild and Brew  On August 6 from 6 to 8 p.m., challenge your creative abilities with barrels of provided LEGOs while sipping on locally brewed beer. You might even win a free MODA membership if MODA social media followers vote for your design as the best! Purchase your tickets in advacne for $10 if you’re a MODA member, $15 for non-members.

Details: 1315 Peachtree St NE, Atlatna, GA (404) 979-6455,

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Kwavi Agbeyebe, certified weight loss coach , shares the best fitness advice around town.

Kwavi Agbeyegbe, Augst Best FitnessNow that I’m in my 40s, what can I do to get the most from my workouts? 

To have a successful workout, you need to have energy. Eating non-fuel food or not eating anything before you exercise will leave you feeling sluggish. You may even experience cramps during your workout.

Eating nutrient-dense foods is a great way to nourish you body and get in optimal shape for a workout. Meals and snacks such as avocado, Greek yogurt,protein smoothies, oatmeal, peanut butter, trail mix, berries, bananas, carrot sticks, grape tomatoes and grapes are excellent foods for fuel.


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Marietta Eye ClinicDr. Katerin A. Ortiz from Marietta Eye Clinic answers a reader’s question about vision.

My child is near-sighted. Is there anything I can do to stop his vision from getting worse? 

The old tale that children should eat carrots to have good vision is correct. Carrots are high in Vitamin A, which is essential for good vision, as are all green vegetables. Another tale that children should not wear their glasses because their eyes will get weaker is false. Studies have shown that not wearing your glasses increases the prescription faster, so your child should wear his/her glasses as directed.


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Pickled Shrimp_ Nature's Garden ExpressLooking for a creative beat-the-heat appetizer for your summer entertaining? Look no further than this easy pickled shrimp recipe from Nature’s Garden Express. A few minutes of prep result in a tasty payoff the next day, and it’s perfect for a party.






1 lb. medium or large shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 Tbsp. seafood seasoning or Old Bay

1 tsp. Nature’s Garden Cajun Seasoning

1/2 tsp. Nature’s Garden Pickling Spice

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice

2 Tbsp. white balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup flat parsley leaves

1 Tbsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

6 fresh bay leaves

1 sweet onion, sliced lengthwise

Fresh rosemary and thyme


Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil with the seafood seasoning. Add the shrimp and cook until done and pink, about 2 minutes.

Remove shrimp and cool in ice water to stop the cooking process, then drain.

Add the Cajun seasoning and pickling spice to a bowl and stir in the oil, lemon juice, parsley, salt, garlic, bay leaves and herbs.

In glass jar or bowl, mix the shrimp and onions, then pour over oil mixture.

Cover and chill overnight before serving.

- Courtesy of Nature’s Garden

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Dr. David W. JonesDr. David W. Jones from Kaiser Permanente of Georgia shares his best advice  about sleep.

How much sleep do kids really need? 

Ensuring that your child has a consistent bedtime routine and gets and adequate amount of sleep is important. Preschoolers should get 11 to 12 hours of sleep, school-age children need at least 10 hours, and teens should aim for nine to 10 hours.

How can parents tell if their child isn’t getting enough sleep? 

Mood swings, headaches and drowsiness during the day are common signs of sleep deficiency. Some children may become inattentive, experience feelings of sadness or depression, or earn lower grades in school due to lack of sleep.

Are naps a good idea for kids after school? 

Naps are a natural part of sleep for toddlers and preschool-aged children. If an older child needs a nap, it may be an indication that their nighttime sleep is inadequate or interrupted.

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