Brand New Year, Brand New You!

Five, Four, Three, Two, One! As we begin 2020, a new decade, we set goals for what we want our future selves to be like and look like. We take a glance back at where we have been and what we have done, and we try to remember to extend ourselves grace. January is a … Continued

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

So, you know this is my favorite time of year. Not JUST because if the gifts (mainly because of the gifts), but because people are generally nicer, more giving, even a pleasure to be around.  The holidays scream “Let’s be nice to each other for at least a month!” I don’t know about you, but … Continued

Happy Turkey Day! 

As November rolls around, we’re anxiously awaiting the approach of Thanksgiving, the holiday season and time spent with our loved ones. The winding down of the year always brings about a time of reflection for us—remembering everything we’ve done or accomplished in months past; looking back on turkey disaster stories, mornings watching the Thanksgiving Day … Continued

Food, Glorious Food!

 Are you hungry, South Fulton? We’re sure you will be when you read—or should we say devour—this issue, the most drool-worthy one of the year: the Foodie issue! We spent the last few months scouring the streets in search of the most delicious bites South Fulton has to offer, and we found more than enough … Continued

Happy Fall and Happy Birthday to me! 

Hey Guys! September is by far my fave month of the year, second only to December.  I get gifts in both months, so you can see the trend here.  🙂  But seriously, I’m stoked because it’s my 45th birthday, and I’m celebrating by having a bomb Fashion issue this month.  First, don’t you love this … Continued

School’s (Not Soup) On!

Hey #SoFu! I can’t believe it’s time for back to school AGAIN. It’s as though we go through this every year. Well I guess we do, but it doesn’t make it any more tolerable. The summer seems to fly by, like a car on the racetrack, merciless. Just running over whatever is in its way. … Continued

#SoFu Guide to Summertime!

Summertime is a magical season. The kids are out of school, the sunshine seems never-ending and there’s no shortage of adventures that await. For many, summer evokes fond memories of childhood—camps, family vacations and swimming until your fingers are shriveled like prunes. We also celebrate our nation’s independence this month!   In this issue of … Continued

It’s the “Dudes Issue!”

Ok, gentlemen! You have waited patiently for your turn. Last month, we brought you our Ladies issue– it is ladies first, after all– and this month, we present our “Dudes Issue,” celebrating all things masculine.  Of course, there’s Father’s Day on June 16 (check out our Favorite Guy Things in the Parting Thoughts section) but … Continued

The Future is Female!

Hey Y’all, Every year when May makes its welcomed return to our calendars, we can’t help but sing the line from The Temptations’ “My Girl” that goes, “When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.”  This month brings with it an abundance of joy—bright blue skies, a rainbow of flowers and, of course, … Continued

Keep It Green!

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of nature springing to life! Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, pollen is floating and children are playing outside as the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer.  This month at South Fulton Lifestyle, we bring you our Eco issue in honor of Earth Day on April 22. … Continued

Home Sweet Home!

Hey Y’all, “Home is where the heart is.” It’s a common phrase meaning that our homes are a central place in our lives—where we rest our heads, nourish our bodies and make fond memories with loved ones. It’s the epicenter of our worlds, where we start and end each day, and where we keep our … Continued

Curating Creativity

 Hey Y’all! February—it’s the shortest month of the year, but there’s definitely no shortage of exciting things happening here in beautiful #SoFu. When thinking of ideas for our Arts + Makers issue, we were inspired by the talented local creatives who beautify our community with their work. Whether it’s local theater performances, the Atlanta arts … Continued

Bring on the New Year!

Hey Y’all! January marks the beginning of not only a new calendar year but also the opportunity for setting personal goals. Perhaps you’ve resolved to exercise more regularly, take up a new hobby or volunteer at the local animal shelter. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and tips and tricks … Continued

Eating and Enjoying Everything in Moderation for the Holidays

Ahh Springtime. Oh wait, it’s December. Right. Ahhh, Christmas. ‘Tis the season. Outside of my birthday, December is my favorite month. The lights, the music, people seem nicer…Doesn’t that make for a great time?  As a child, I used to think about all the things I could get on Christmas. As an adult, I think … Continued

Thank You For Your Service!

Hey South Fulton! Happy Autumn! This is the season of gratitude! I think most of you know that I was married to a Marine, God rest his soul. (I love a man in uniform!) But I’m not sure if I have shared with y’all, my close personal friends, how deeply the military has affected my … Continued

Confessions of a Foodie World Traveler

If I could get paid to travel around the world and taste the best food the earth has to offer, I’m pretty sure I would take that opportunity today—like right now! My signature activity when I travel is to find out what the area is best known for and eat that dish as many times … Continued

Go Michelle! It’s Your Birthday!

I love that song, and I love it even more when it’s my birthday month: September. September to me is the best month of the year, for a couple of reasons: 1. The birthday thing. 2. It marks the beginning of fall, which often falls on my birthday. So it’s kind of a win-win for … Continued

Shark Week Has Got Nothin’ on This!

Hello South Fulton, I had the most amazing, breathtaking experience. As a gift from the Home Depot Foundation and the Travis Mainon Foundation to surviving military families, my son, sister and I were able to spend the night at the Georgia Aquarium. We were blessed to roll out our sleeping bags in front of the … Continued

Happy Summer, South Fulton!

Happy Summer, South Fulton! We all know how hot it is out there, so I’m happy to share some “beat the heat” tips! Despite the heat, summer is the time to get outside or get away. Some of my line sisters and I recently returned from our annual trip, and it was exceptional! We had … Continued

Nothin Beats a Handsome Guy in a Suit!

Hey Y’all! Michelle may be torn, but I’m not. The Dudes issue is without a doubt my favorite. It was my pleasure to meet the gentlemen at the new Solis Hotel and watch as these power players made connections and “money moves,” as the kids say. (Gosh, I sound old!) Shannon McCollum, photographer to the … Continued

Owning Your Opportunities

I get torn between my favorite issues, the Women’s and the Men’s Issue, for obvious reasons. However, since it is May, I’ll say THIS is my favorite, at the moment (smile!). It’s been an interesting season for women—lots going on, namely the #metoo movement. You guys know we like to keep it light around these parts, so … Continued

To the Great Outdoors in Search of a Greener Me

Get Out There!

One of the good things about social media is that you actually have to leave the house to get that perfect shot. I was blessed enough to have a spiritual experience on my first and likely last hike up Stone Mountain on a TAPS widow retreat. Something about being up that high makes you feel closer to God, and…

Home is Where the Zen is!

“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…

Share the Love!

 Hey Y’all,  February is the month of love. And it’s with love that we bring you the Makers issue! SFL writer Regan Toomer brings you a conversation with Miko Branch, one of the founders of Miss Jessie’s Natural Hair products. In addition, we give you 24 hours in the life of Lenna Turner, owner of TopHalf Boutique and a member…

Refresh and Reset Your Fitness Routine

 Happy New Year, Y’all!  New year, new beginnings! It’s my pleasure to unveil some changes from our corporate office that will ensure the South Fulton Lifestyle magazine you have come to love over the past two years has a fresh new look! I hope you enjoy the new layout and this month’s Active theme.  As much as it’s a cliche…

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

 Season’s Greetings, South Fulton!  It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Not just because it’s one of my favorite seasons of the year, with a chill in the air and everything aglow with sparkly lights, but because it’s the Annual Best of South Fulton Award season! It’s truly a delight to honor the small business owners that work so…

Happy Veterans Day!

In this issue, we salute those who have served and placed their lives on the line by spotlighting those in our community that are small business owners. Inside, you will find an Army vet who is a local Jimmy John’s franchisee, a Marine-turned-roofer, a limo and car service that specializes in customer service owned by a pair of Army vets…

Let’s Hear it for the Home Team!

Whoever said that ATL is not a sports town needs to come join us in this century and get with the times. In the span of a few weeks, the Hawks published their schedule along with plans for a complete renovation of Philips Arena. I visited the impressive new SunTrust Park, I experienced the electricity that is being a fan…

Women: Beyond Phenomenal!

I am of the persuasion that the infallible God I serve was really on His A-game when He created woman! No, I’m not a feminist, womanist or any of the other labels that may surface with this statement. I’m simply a proud woman who just happens to believe that there is something truly special about what I call “us girls.”

Ready or Not!

Y’all, School bells? Already? It seems like we just celebrated graduations and last day of school parties together. There are not enough lazy summer days anymore. Look outside! It’s blazing and the mercury is not dropping anytime soon. The water temperature at the beach is probably perfect. What happened to my plans to find a porch swing, a glass of…

Now Boarding!

Hello South Fulton, Y’all know how I love to travel. And to kick off the summer every year, I meet my sorority sisters in different locations, sans husbands and kids, allowing for just sisterhood and relaxation. Last year we went to Puerto Rico. This year we journeyed to California wine country: Napa, Sonoma and Santa Rosa. We drank lots of…

June 2017 Lifestyle Letter

Bold. Brilliant. Brave. Beautiful. Could I possibly go on? Of course, I could! Even so, there still would not be enough words in any dictionary (traditional or urban) to express my whole heart when it comes to the important role of men in our communities. They’re our husbands, our guys or simply our “boo thangs.” They’re our fathers, our sons…

Celebrate Good Times!

It's Spring! Springtime always signifies fresh starts. And if you love celebrations like we do, then you will definitely raise a glass for this issue. We recognize the graduates setting out on new life adventures with 10 high school seniors from around South Fulton ready to spread their wings. The festivities continue with our wedding and engagement feature where we…

Where I Belong

Well, hello there! You have no idea how excited I am to share these felicitations with you! It’s been a long time coming, but I do believe I am right where I belong. And the feeling is almost unexplainable. If you had the opportunity to read “Sisters in the Entrepreneurial Spirit,” last month’s cover story featuring me and Michelle Taylor…

I’m So Glad We Had 
This Time Together…

Wow! Time really does fly, whether you’re having fun or not. Well, as much as I have fun in just about everything I do, it’s not that much fun to hand over one of my most prized possessions: South Fulton Lifestyle Magazine. Yep, I said it. My time here has come to an end. This is where you start crying…

Here’s to Eating Dessert First!

Hey Y’all! The passion for food is the focus of this issue in the month of love! We even feature a real-life love story about South Fulton’s own Dutch family. There’s a lovely engagement story and a fashion piece about African trends. You’ll also find this issue filled to the brim with articles and photos that will make your mouth…

Fitness Can Be Fun!

The new year is a time for new beginnings. Look at our cover model, Pierre. He’s been in the game a while and just keeps coming back, a new version of himself. In addition, there are the kids from IDareU. They are perched on the edge of their future, with college and career in their view. The future looks bright.

A Christmas Wish

Gee Whiz! It's Christmas! It’s said that it’s better the give than receive and at this time of year, when we celebrate God’s greatest gift to the world, Jesus Christ, there is truly a joy in serving others. It is my pleasure to bring you a story of some of your neighbors, Vincent Cain, Dyan Matthews and Cookie Smoak, each…

Welcome to the Lifestyle Publications Family!

I just flew in from Kansas City and my arms are so tired! I attended my first corporate training and just like when I left D’Lor Spa I came home relaxed, excited and rejuvenated. This is a company that feels like family, rooted in faith, and committed to each local community. I don’t have to tell you that our own…

The Best 
of the Best!

The Votes are In! And the winner is…As award season is ramping up, we at South Fulton Lifestyle say why should the Hollywood types have all of the fun? South Fulton is one of the nation’s best kept secrets and our beloved readers know it! Thousands of you voted and chose your favorite local hot spots from restaurants to doctors.

How Many People Read My Letter? 

Now that I’ve got your attention, let me just tell you: I love the great outdoors. Actually I don’t. Unless the great outdoors involves a stocked RV that looks like a penthouse on wheels, fully equipped with satellite TV, awesome food, a hot shower with body sprays, a Big Green Egg, comfy bed…you see where I’m going here. I actually…

Just Keep 

Y'all know the old adage that you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Sometimes you're too busy "adulting" to try something new. I was fortunate enough to hang out with about twenty other military widows at a retreat here in our beautiful city of Atlanta. A staycation of sorts. It was a pleasure to play hostess and take the…


According to Tim Cahill, “A journey is best measured in friends, rather than miles.” I'm sitting in the airport on my way back from my annual girlfriend's getaway with my sorority sisters, full from the experiences that we shared. This year’s destination was Puerto Rico but over the past sixteen years we have done Vegas, Houston, D.C., and Chicago just…

Somebody’s Got to Do It

Sometimes I can’t believe my job. I’ve shared with you before, and it bears repeating, that this job is a labor of love, especially when the issue is about the men in this area. It was tough to interview some of these guys, each one more delightful than the next, and each one so very committed to our community.

Long Live Love

I sit here writing this letter reminiscing. It was five years ago but it feels like yesterday. On a rainy Wednesday night, our family and friends gathered downtown. The rooftop venue overlooking the Aquarium and Centennial Park was surrounded by a thick layer of fog. Omar and I were getting married after being together for nearly seven years. My hair,…

April Showers…

It’s Spring, a time for growth and rebirth. With all the rain we’ve had in SOFU the past few weeks, I’m certain that we are in for one beautiful season. Everything is blooming, birds are chirping, and it’s time to get outside and experience all that this area has to offer.

Chasing Childhood Dreams

Can I pose a question? When you were a kid and someone asked you what you wanted to be when you grew up, what did you say? The answers of our South Fulton Lifestyle staff were telling, if not surprising. Donna, our amazing, patient, Sales and Office assistant wanted to be a teacher. And our hardworking advertising salesperson, Stephanie, envisioned…

A Love Letter 
to South Fulton

It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the one-year mark of bringing you the very best that South Fulton has to offer. The more I explore all of the treasures of our community and as I am enlightened by all there is to see and do, the more I fall in love with this area all over again. We…

Resolutions, out.
Healthy lifestyle, in.

Happy New Year, South Fulton! I’m going to forego the resolutions list this year. Instead, I think I’ll take the first steps toward these simple lifestyle changes: 1. Be healthy. 2. Choose happiness. These are two choices I think we could all use a bit more of in our daily lives. While simply stated, each of us could use some…