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The past few weeks have been a time for celebration and reflection. Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine, a publication I started in 2011 and sold in 2005, celebrate its 10-year anniversary on August 17. When I walked through the door to that event, I began to reflect on my life as it was 10 years ago and all that had transpired in those 10 years. The years have been packed with life’s highs and lows… the success of Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine, and now, Best Self, my amazing kids, friends and family – and the lows… divorce and the loss of my mom. Overall the world has changed a lot!
Ten years ago was before 9/11, social media, Smartphones, and the economic downturn. Oprah was still on TV! All of this made me think, wow, what will the next ten years have in store for this world, my children and for me? After feeling overwhelmed for a minute, I quickly concluded the only thing I know for sure is change is in store. Overall, life is good and it is important to celebrate the good things in our lives every day. And with that said, I bring you My Best List.
La Fais Do-Do – Event Facility: This beautiful and unique New Orleans – inspired event facility is owner by my friend, Marie Andujar. Le Fais Do-Do is a French term that literally means to “make sleep,” but in Cajun culture, a fais do-do is a big party where dancing and festivities last long into the night. This facility is wonderful for weddings, proms, anniversaries and all kinds of events large and small. Located in the Chattahoochee/Howell Mill Industrial district with plenty of parking, it is a great place for whatever you are celebrating. Details: (404) 387-3027, www.lefaisdodo.com
Whole Foods Market/Three Wishes Wine: This is good wine at a great price! It is the Whole Foods Market version of Trader Joes’ Two Buck Chuck. It comes in three varieties: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, and is made from California grapes in environmentally friendly glass bottles. It costs around $3 a bottle and is perfect for any celebration. Details: www.wholefoodsmarket.com
Arden’s Garden Detox: After ‘celebrating’ you may want to try the Two Day Detox from Arden’s Garden. It is a unique blend of fresh juices that helps cleanse, detoxify and rejuvenate your body. These fresh citrus juices supply you with minerals, antioxidants and more than 100% of the recommended daily allowance of essential vitamins. Drink one gallon of detox each day – as much distilled water as desired – and remember, no food! If you take prescribed medication, please consult your doctor before consuming grapefruit juice. Details: www.ardensgarden.com
Staff Pick – Dona Halliday: Deep SOULutions Deep Conditioner: If you’ve started the journey of once again wearing your hair in its natural state you’ll know that the right products make all the difference. I instantly fell in love with this product, with its scents of lemon grass, coconut oil and other natural blends that reminds me of home, (St. Kitts). It restored moisture to my hair, leaving it so soft with great curl definition. 8 oz. jar – $9.95. Details: www.naturalgirlsrock.com