Last month Bert’s Big Adventure surprised families with a trip of a lifetime. After careful consideration, as well as sorting through hundreds of applications, the Bert’s Big Adventure selection committee chose 13 children and their families to be a part of this year’s trip. The 2018 families arrived at the Renaissance Concourse Atlanta Airport Hotel to kick off day one of their magical journey and from there the organization embarked on the 16th annual trip to Walt Disney World®. Two special families from this year’s trip include Zy F. from Fairburn and Khairi B. from Hapeville. Bert’s Big Adventure is a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families. To qualify for Bert’s Big Adventure, a child must be between the ages of 5-12 years old and live in “The Bert Show” listening area, prove financial need and have never been to Walt Disney World®. To date, Bert’s Big Adventure has served nearly 200 children and their families through its trip to Disney, Fairy Godparent volunteer program and Reunion Adventures.
Shannon James Elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Aerotropolis Atlanta Alliance
Dr. Tanisha McGlothen and Dr. Andrea Lewis served as Co-Chairs. Dr. Kyra Harvey received the Outstanding Community Service award and Dr. Gwendolyn Middlebrooks was the recipient of the Distinguished Alumna award. Juliet Hall served as Mistress of Ceremonies and entertainment was provided by the Anointed Pace Sisters. Photography by KO Photography
“Home is where the heart is” has been used for ages to get people to reconnect with “home,” i.e., family. As much as we may love the people that live there, if we’re honest with ourselves, home has become quite stressful. A study conducted by the American Psychological Association states that women are more likely to report having a great deal of stress, and almost half surveyed have experienced more stress in the past five years. Men have mastered the art of reducing stress in the home by retreating to their man-caves for hours and some, even days (not in my house)!
As East Point’s newest beauty locale, Opulence Nail Bar & Boutique is bringing a chic twist to the typical nail salon mold. From its name to its offerings, Opulence is gaining ground by focusing on the indulgent side of nail and skin care, along with fashion. When entering the salon, clients are welcomed by well-trained and enthusiastic nail and skin care professionals whose mission is to beautify them through a pampering touch and sanitary services that are sure to relax— only disposable equipment and implements sterilized using Barbicide, disinfectants, and a medical grade UV sterilizer are used. Now, this spa-like retreat, which even hosts events and bridal parties, wouldn’t be complete without its boutique. The boutique carries contemporary clothing and accessory lines, including HOBO bags and Alice & Trixie along with Spanx and Lotti Dotties jewelry.
The small living room of this 500 sq. ft. apartment has been transformed into a chic entertaining area for a college student in her first apartment. Anchored with a black backdrop and a functional white sofa, the space is accented in gold and soft pink. Pattern and texture has been added with pillows and a fluffy rug. A gallery wall highlighted by a pineapple mirror adds whimsy and word art curated by owner Ashleigh Esprit lifts and empowers her daily. The perfect space for relaxing or hosting friends for an evening of fun!
It’s been nearly a decade since the Great Recession delivered the worst housing crash in modern memory. But these days, the fallout feels squarely in the rearview mirror. Markets have bounced back with fervor, and confidence is skyrocketing. From Charlotte, North Carolina, to Stockton, California—and everywhere in between—homes are flying off the market at record prices, and buyers are still clamoring to get in the game.
I am such an early bird. I learned many years ago that how you begin your day can have a great impact on your attitude and accomplishments throughout the entire day. Successful individuals understand that creating morning rituals can help them reach their daily goals on a consistent basis. They truly embrace discipline and routine. In the early hours of the day, it is vitally important to have “self-care.” I tell my clients that self-care is divine care. Your mornings can really be a sacred time that you can have by yourself before the demands of life take over. You may have to wake up 30 minutes to an hour earlier, but it is well worth it. Do not check text messages, emails or social media, rather be committed and intentional about how you spend the first hour of your day and your personal care. Consider taking this time to exercise, pray, meditate, journal write or repeat affirming thoughts, all of which will prepare you for optimum success.
Located in the Cascade area of Atlanta, the Milk and Honey Restaurant is sure to fulfill all of your brunch needs! The décor and environment of the restaurant paired with the delicious food make this a must-see place to go when in Atlanta.
Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Aerotropolis Atlanta presented a State of Aerotropolis Breakfast to update the community on the progress of the project. Shannon James was recently named Chair.
It all starts with inspiration—the love of furniture and interior design, the appreciation for fabric textures, metal works and wood crafting. When you look within the elements as art forms, the enlightenment of open spaces is best used as blank canvases. The few impressions of appreciation developed at the start of HollandLuxe. Created by Camille Banks, HollandLuxe is essentially a one-stop shop for home furnishings and design needs. Since 2009, she has manufactured custom furniture pieces, designing each piece according to clients’ individual styles and tastes. The integrity of her artistic form was gifted to HollandLuxe by artisan Arthur Bailey, who taught a mandatory difference in delivering quality.