Monthly Archives: December 2014

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With the Christmas tree up and the house decorated, it just felt like a day for holiday treats— and I always love a good excuse to make some yummy, fun baked goods with the kids — so we decided on gingerbread men. They are, of course, free of gluten/grain and refined sugars. They can even be vegan if you want. With the help of the kids, we had fun making some of the messiest cookies you have ever seen… but boy, were they good! Now, to eat the head first or the feet? >>

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Two years and $100,000 from now, Georgia State’s School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will know a lot more about how Atlanta’s favorite project is shaping the city. The two organizations are building a team of more than 20 specialists on topics like public health, air quality, and the built environment, and that dream team will proceed to interview more than 400 BeltLine area residents to learn more about everything from physical activity levels to changes in crime. Paul Morris, president and chief executive officer of Atlanta BeltLine Inc., says, “We have the opportunity, and the obligation, to positively impact each unique neighborhood around the Atlanta BeltLine. Our job is to create a healthy, vibrant environment for everyone by building the foundations to work, learn, play, and shop near where they live.”

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Yep, you’re busy. Things are hectic. There’s shopping and baking and holiday parties to attend to. You’re wrapping up end-of-the-year work projects and there’s just way too much. But you have 10 minutes. No, really, you do. Just 10. And in those 10, Brookhaven Fitness Studio co-owner Rachel Moncayo will take you through a routine of breath work, relaxation, toning, and conditioning that’ll leave you feeling calmer, bendier, and all around better. It’s great not just for the holidays but for any time you’re pressed for time but want to get a little movement. Take 10! >>

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It seems like parents spend a lot of time thinking about gifts for each of their kids individually, but we have found a ton of value in giving at least one whole-family gift: something that promotes time together doing something we enjoy. Last year, we bundled some soccer balls, a soccer goal, a skateboard, baseball mitts and balls, and the slack line materials into the family gift, and we’ve been using the heck out of all of them. With time running out for holiday shopping, here are some great gifts to encourage your family to spend time together doing something fun! Thoughtful choices for the whole fam, this way! >>

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It’s the end of the year, so everybody and their mother has predictions about what’ll be hot in 2015. (For what it’s worth, my mom says 2015 will be all about stick figures on the backs of minivans, that nice young man down the street, and pants that don’t show off your butt, but she might be a little off.) Most notably, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has revealed its ninth annual survey of the 20 hottest fitness trends of the next year. Take a look at what a few different sources saw in their crystal balls, then vote on which trends you think will be hottest in 2015. Vote on your picks. >>

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Beekeeping. Canning. Blacksmithing. Maybe you don’t aspire a Little House on the Prairie lifestyle, but there’s something to be said for embracing the heritage skills that kept our grandparents alive. The Homestead Atlanta teaches a sustainable approach to life through hands-on educational workshops on a wide range of subjects. No, you probably won’t quit your day job to make horseshoes, but you just might reconnect with the sense of pride that comes from making something with your own two hands. Want to know more? Bust out the butter churn for this week’s Friday Five with resident aspiring homesteader Kimberly Coburn, Founder and Executive Director of The Homestead Atlanta. Wanna learn some wood carving skills? Sure, you do! >>