Rootology - BSA 0516Sneezing, congestion, runny nose or itchy, watery eyes—allergy symptoms can cloud any day. Rootology’s blend of 13 herbal extracts offers nasal and sinus support as well as relief of some symptoms … naturally. Ingredients such as Magnolia Flower, Xanthium Fruit, Cinnamon Twig and Licorice Root help to open nasal passages and relieve headaches without drowsy side effects. So silence your sniffles and enjoy time outside among the blossoms!




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Pet SelfiePut your pet in the spotlight and snap a selfie of the two of you together for our third annual Best Pet Selfie contest. From May 15 to May 31, email your pet selfies to us or upload them to our website. Then, from June 15 to June 30, vote on Facebook for the cutest pics. The top three winners (determined by total votes on Facebook) will receive pet-pampering prizes and a cash donation to a favorite pet-related charity.

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By David Martin, RN,  President and CEO,VeinInnovations

Screen shot 2016-05-16 at 4.08.00 PM“Thank you for helping me sleep” is not the response most people think physicians hear after patients receive treatment for varicose and spider veins.  And yet, very often patients note that until they’ve had treatment, they did not know how much their vein issues were impacting their sleep quality.

Science indicates links between Restless Leg Syndrome symptoms and Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). About 10 percent of the population suffers from an urge to move the legs during sleep, along with uncontrollable jerking and/or pain. For some, this lasts all night, leaving them unable to rest.

Sleep deprivation has been linked to congestive heart failure, depression, high blood pressure, digestive issues, and infertility. During normal sleep, stress hormones are not released, allowing the heart rate to stay at a restful level. When sleep cycles are disrupted, stress hormones wreak havoc with insulin levels; the heart is stressed, and hormones that control hunger and appetite are adversely affected.

Many people who think they have RLS—even some who are diagnosed and given medication—may be suffering from CVI. In CVI, one-way valves in leg veins have failed, whether from heredity, pregnancy, injury, or lifestyle. Without the one-way valve to stop the downward flow, blood flows backward and pressure builds in the veins. Moving the legs helps pump blood upward, relieving the pressure and pain.

If you have any symptoms of RLS, an ultrasound of your legs —with you standing up—can determine if your symptoms are caused by CVI.  If so, our minimally invasive, in-office procedures take less than an hour, and require little or no downtime. These treatments are likely to be covered by your insurance, and are also likely to bring relief, again, if the problems are caused by CVI.

The tie between lack of sleep and a host of health problems is irrefutable. If your legs keep you from getting your rest, for health’s sake, have an ultrasound of your legs. The varicose veins that keep you from wanting to wear shorts may be the cause of your sleeplessness as well as heaviness, pain, and swelling. Treatment can help you sleep, feel, and look better, giving you great legs for life, and living!

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blluemade - BSA 0516Functional elegance for every life—that is what Alex Robins and Lilly Lampe had in mind when creating their new Atlanta-based clothing brand—blluemade. Named for their love of denim, with its rich indigo color and vintage workwear aesthetic, every blluemade piece is produced here by Atlanta’s own Factory Girls. Made with high-quality, sustainably sourced Belgain linen, blluemade garments are not only durable, but also wrinkle resistant due to the quality of fibers used. This first collection features blluemade’s six signature staples, including dresses and jumpsuits.


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Dr. Deborah Kowalchuk - Resurgens - BSA 0516

Q:Can a lack of arch support impact more than just your feet? 

A :Flat shoes with no cushioning or arch support fail to absorb the forces transmitted to the foot with each step—which may increase the forces through your joints leading to pain in the ankles, knees, hips and back, or allow the foot to pronate abnormally causing tendon and ligament injury. Comfortable shoes with cushioning, a stiffer sole and some arch support help improve alignment and maintain the heel in neutral, which will decrease the forces through other joints,according to Dr. Deborah Kowalchuk of Resurgens Orthopaedics.


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Emily Giffin - First Comes Love - Ballantine Books - BSA 0516New York Times Bestselling Author Emily Giffin, presents her latest book, First Comes Love at the Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. on June 30. As part of the a Page from the Book Festival, the author event will include a conversation with local media personality Mara Davis, Q & A, book signing, wine, door prizes and photo booth. First Comes Love tells the tale of two sisters as they explore the meaning of family, forgivness, following ones heart.

Details: tickets $28 – 33 (ticket price includes a first edition copy of book),


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Some of Sandy Springs’ best culinary creators come together for one night at Food That Rocks: A Celebration of Sandy Springs, presented by TasteATL and Taste of Atlanta, on May 14. Under one big tent, this all-inclusive event offers food, wine, beer and cocktails by over 25 local restaurants and entertainment by local musicians. Proceeds will benefit Sandy Springs-based charities such as Second Helpings, Ian’s Friends Foundation and the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance.


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The Gosling’s Dark ’n Stormy® Classic is the latest addition to the Symetra Tour, Road to the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) 2016 schedule. Held at the Atlanta National Golf Club from May 16 to 21, this 54-hole tournament awards the winner $15K, with $100K in total purse prize. This event will be the first time the LPGA has played in Atlanta since 2006.

Details: 350 Tournament Players Dr., Alpharetta, GA 30004,

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One in four children in Georgia don’t have enough to eat. Without the small security of free or reduced lunches at school, summer can often be one of the hardest times of the year for these children.

 The Taste of the Nation tour is just one of the ways Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry® campaign makes strides in achieving its goal of ending child hunger in America. The tour returned for its 2016 Atlanta stop at the Georgia Aquarium. Surrounded by stunning aquatic life, more than 50 of the city’s most revered chefs (Karatassos, Rathbun, Gillespie and Hopkins just to name a few) and restaurants served up a variety of bite-sized delicacies such as black truffle potato gratin, pork belly tacos and creamy crab bisque.

TON-Marc Murphy.Pano Karatassos.Ed Roland. George McKerrow. - Ninh Chau- BSA 0516

While wine and whiskey flowed, over 1,000 guests enjoyed musical performances by Ed Roland of Collective Soul, Joe Gransden Quartet and pint-sized powerhouse Angelica Hale.The live auction got a rocking kickstart when Roland auctioned off the very guitar he used to perform that evening. Other lucky guests laid claim to live auctions items such as an exclusive two-night stay at the St. Regis in New York City, a Big Green Egg complete with a private cooking class by Chef David G. Rose and a dinner party for 12, and a takeover over of popular Atlanta brewery SweetWater for the winner and 50 of their closest friends. Hailed as one of Atlanta’s hottest events of the season, Taste of the Nation has raised more than $10 million since 1989 to provide healthy and nutritious meals to hungry children. Learn more about No Kid Hungry’s efforts at


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In honor of Mother’s Day,we asked readers to share heartfelt thoughts about magnificent and marvelous Mom. Here are a few of those sentiments. Moms, you are the BEST!

Shelby Guntenberger - BSA 0516Johnetta Kearns

“My mom is the ultimate, very best mom (and grandmother ‘JaJa’ to my two boys) because she is selfless, kind, tons of fun, an amazing cook and has such a giving soul. Her love for her family and others is something I treasure and I want to do my best to model her as a person and as a mom.” —Shelby Gutenberger








Lindsey Roberts and Lisa Roberts - BSA 0516Lisa Roberts

“My mom is my best friend! I am getting married next month and our printer couldn’t print our invitation envelopes last minute. I was panicking. So my mom stayed up for TWO nights straight and hand-calligraphed every single envelope. She is the most loving, selfless person!”— Lindsey Roberts 







Laura Schilling - BSA  0516Laura K. Schilling

“My mommy is so nice and is the best mommy in the entire world. She will do anything that she can to help us with homework and if we are sick she will do whatever she can think of to help us get better. My mommy takes us to very cool places and makes sure we have different experiences, like racing with dolphins, petting sharks and visiting a disappearing island in the ocean. We love our mommy so much when she wakes us up in the morning she sings a different theme song to each of us so that we wake up with her singing happy words. She is awesome! She loves to travel and so do we. We are so lucky!” —Eli (7) and Adi (3) 



Inez Adamson - Sylvia Small - BSA 0516Inez Adamson

“My 94-year-old mother is one of the most giving people I know. She quit school early to help support her family. When her mother needed a home, she brought her into our family. When my dad had a stroke, she took care of him for 10 years. I respect her tremendously!”—Sylvia Small

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