Friday, April 5, 2013
This weekend get out to a night of fashion, art, music and entertainment at the Uniquely Us Kids & Teens Fashion Show; or silent and live auctions, food, music and performances by a Special Olympics Gymnastic Team at a Special Olympics Fundraiser.
Uniquely Us Kids & Teens Fashion Show What: Uniquely Us Kids & Teens Fashion Show is delivering a night filled with Fashion, Art, Music and Entertainment. The venue will be filled with exciting products and give-a-ways. When: Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Where: City of Smyrna Community Center, 200 Village Green Cir SE, Smyrna, GA Cost: $5 Special Olympics Fundraiser What: The American Legion Post 160 of Smyrna will host its 25th Annual Fundraiser for Special Olympics-Cobb. The event will be held at Post 160's office. Smyrna-Vinings and Cobb residents are invited to join the American Legion family and enjoy silent and live auctions, food, music and performances by Special Olympics Gymnastic Team. When: Sunday, April 7, noon to 6 p.m. Where: …
Friday, March 15, 2013
With so many flashy claims on food product boxes and packaging, it can be hard to tell which claims really mean you’re buying a healthy product, and which offer more hype than help.
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by Ian Lee, HealthCastle.com With so many flashy claims on food product boxes and packaging, it can be hard to tell which claims really mean you’re buying a healthy product, and which offer more hype than help. According to dietitian Gloria Tsang, founder of nutrition network HealthCastle.com, some claims splashed across grocery store packaging mean virtually nothing in terms of health benefits – even though they’re designed to create a healthy impression. "There is very little regulation over how manufacturers are allowed to use certain claims," Tsang said in a press release. "That means you have to educate yourself about which claims are actually meaningful so as not to be fooled into paying too much for products with no added benefits, …
Saturday, March 9, 2013
Eating organic is good for your health and it's good for the planet. But sometimes, it can be hard to find. Here's where to get the best organic foods in and around South Cobb.
Did you know that eating conventional produce increases your risk of pesticide contamination by 30%? And chowing down on non-organic chicken and pork increases your risk of exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria by 33%? This is all according to a 2012 Annals of Internal Medicine report. If you're not already sold on the benefits of eating organic, consider this: organic foods may have more nutrients than their conventionally produced counterparts. Organic broccoli, for example, has higher levels of antioxidants and vitamin C than the traditionally produced variety, found a 2012 Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture study. There’s also evidence of more heart-healthy omega-3s in organic poultry and dairy. So eating organic is…
Monday, January 7, 2013
This week Frugal Family offers simple, easy-to-keep-New Year’s tasks that have immediate impacts on your health and budget. Take a look at tips to save on power bills, cut back on bad habits, shop smart, save time and money on food and improve your health
This is the time of year for making resolutions to improve our lives. With the best intentions and lots of hope, we usually find ourselves failing miserably and feeling guilty in short order. Most of the time the failure to succeed is because we set our expectations too high. If we can’t save a set amount of money each month for that cruise, how do we expect to turn financial savvy overnight? Just as it took years to develop bad habits like overeating or smoking, it is going to take time to undo them. A much more productive way to reach our goals is by taking small steps in the right direction, things we can succeed at today and feel a sense of accomplishment. Attaining a goal creates confidence and allows us to tackle the next, harder …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Do you plan to spend more on holiday gifts this year? If you’re the average shopper, one survey says you probably will.
If you’re the average shopper, chances are you may be spending a bit more on gifts this season than in years past. Earlier this month, American Research Group reported that its phone survey earlier this month showed that Americans plan to spend an average of $854 on gifts this holiday season, up nearly a third of last year’s average of $646. That’s also the highest average since ARG’s 2007 survey, when survey respondents’ average was $859—that amount fell by about half in 2008. Here are the average amounts of planned spending survey takers have reported since 2002. Year Average Spending Percent Change 2012 $854 + 32% 2011 $646 - 2% 2010 $658 + 58% 2009 $417 - 3% 2008 $431 - 50% 2007 $859 - 5% 2006 $907 - 4% 2005 $942 - 6% 2004 $1,004 + 3…
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Tips for getting the presents they want without having to hoof it from Buckhead to the North Pole.
Sunday, November 25, 2012
Santa’s awesome, but he doesn’t always deliver the hottest toys of the season on demand to Buckhead, no matter how nicely we ask. If the kids – or wannabe kids – in your life happen to have their hearts set on presents that are hard to come by, it can be torturous running from store to store only to find what they really want just isn’t available. Whether your little girl has her sights on the latest Lalaloopsy, your son wants a Hot Wheels R/C Terrain Twister or that “big baby” in your life is yearning for a copy of Halo 4, here are some ideas on how to track down what’s in demand without putting miles and miles on your vehicle in the process: Tips for Shopping in Town If you hate ordering online and love the gratification of being able to…
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
The following five tips will help you navigate Black Friday while keeping your sanity and feelings of good cheer.
Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, is the busiest shopping day of the year in the United States. It is a bargain hunter’s dream starting at the crack of dawn (or before). As much fun as it may be, Black Friday can also be stressful and not for the faint of heart. This week Frugal Family shows you how to maximize and enjoy this kick-off to the holiday season. We also did some research to identify the best deals so you won’t be camping out at the wrong stores. The following five tips will help you navigate the day while keeping your sanity and feelings of “Good Cheer." 1. Make a game plan that includes a shopping list and budget. It should include names, sizes and preferences of those you give gifts to along with the amount you plan …
Monday, November 19, 2012
Not in the mood to cook this Thanksgiving? Here are some selections of Thanksgiving dinner specials from local grocery stores and restaurants, including Publix, Chicken and the Egg, Magnolia Thomas Restaurant, Ted’s Montana Grill and Cracker Barrel.
This year, why don’t you consider a new Thanksgiving tradition? Save Mom from slaving over a hot stove for days and take her out! The very suggestion may create emphatic “Nos” from some; but on behalf of Moms everywhere, I am suggesting that for just one big holiday give Mom, as well as the rest of the family, an opportunity to be able to eat and enjoy. I’ll bet her level of gratitude would increase greatly and give her more energy to buy Christmas presents on Black Friday. Wink, wink. There are many tasty ways to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner without Mom’s help and still maintain important Southern cuisine traditions. Both Kroger and Publix offer complete family dinners unde $60. Chicken and the Egg, Magnolia Thomas Restaurant, Ted’s Montana …
Want a great deal? You may have to spend part of your Thanksgiving to get it. Tell us what you think about retailers pushing the start of the holiday shopping season onto Turkey Day.
Looking to grab some great Black Friday deals? Better be prepared to scarf down the turkey and put away the pumpkin pie quickly. It’s becoming a tradition for the holiday shopping season to start well before the Thanksgiving leftovers are gone. But your holiday food might still be warm by the time retailers offer the first “Black Friday” deal. Take, for example, Walmart. The retailer is rolling out its first Black Friday deals Thursday—that’s Thanksgiving night—at 8 p.m. Not to be outdone, Target is inviting customers to grab its Black Friday deals at 9 p.m. Thursday. The early deals means those hoping to save money during their holiday shopping will be spending part of another holiday heading to stores, fighting the crowds and waiting in …
Sunday, October 7, 2012
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which means a variety of pink products will be hitting the shelves. But, do your pink purchases always go towards the cause?
Sunday, October 7, 2012
A wave of pink is flooding stores everywhere, as retailers participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month. For the savvy shopper, it's an opportunity to donate to a good cause while snagging unique, pink-hued items. But before you plunk down your green for some pink, the nonprofits behind Breast Cancer Awareness Month want you to check the label. Jenna Glazer, director of development for Young Survival Coalition (YSC), a global organization dedicated to helping young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer, said that buyers should be on the lookout for a label or tag that tells where the money from the purchase goes. "If you walk into Bed Bath & Beyond and see something with a pink ribbon and no information about where the money is going…