I See 2020

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

Where Did the Time Go?

I often ask myself, “Where did the time go?” around this time every year. Busy lives can make time pass by so fast. Soon, my daughter will be going off to college, then off into the work world and making a family of her own. Whew! Can I please slow down? Lately, I’ve been taking time to smell the roses … Continued

Remembering Experiences and Connections

As November rolls around, we’re eagerly 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, Smyrna Vinings? 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 in search of the most delicious bites Smyrna Vinings has to offer, and we found more than enough material to fill … Continued

We Love Style

In the magazine world, the September issue is the most anticipated arrival of the year. It’s the unofficial first look at this season’s fashion trends and predictions for the upcoming year. It’s the issue fashionistas can’t wait to get their hands on. So it is with much excitement that we present you, dear reader, with … Continued

It’s a Dog’s Life

Dogs are truly dedicated best friends to their companions. They keep us company, protect us, talk to us—at least my schnauzer did. Most importantly, they love us, and we love them too. This month’s issue is mainly about our favorite furry friends. There’s even a treat for them too. The new school year is upon us, and I have … Continued

Sweet 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: sleepaway camp, family vacations and swimming until your fingers shriveled like prunes. We also celebrate our nation’s independence, host parties for our friends and … Continued

Men Leading by Example

There are so many men leading by example. Flip the pages to see a few of them right here in the community.  We salute all of the fathers; June 16 is your day. Happy Father’s Day! There are so many leaders in our community. We have only scratched the surface. This month we interviewed doctors, restaurant owners and CEOs. All have … Continued

Kind Women

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, the celebration … Continued

Going Green

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of nature springing to life after a long winter’s nap. Birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and children are playing outside as the weather gets warmer and the days grow longer. This month at Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle, we bring you our Eco issue in honor of Earth Day … Continued

“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 most prized possessions. This month, we bring you … Continued

Curating Creativity

February might be the shortest month, but it is by no means short of excitement. I am happy to announce a change to the title of the magazine.  “Smyrna Vinings Lifestyle” has been on many readers’ radar for quite some time.  I’ve had lively discussions with several people about including the booming city of Smyrna … Continued

It’s a New Year and a New Me!

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 more in your community. Whatever your goals may be, we hope the people, places, recipes and tips and tricks in this issue … Continued

For Auld Lang Syne

As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun. And time sure has flown by this year as we can’t believe we’ve put together the final issue of Vinings Lifestyle in 2018! It seems like just yesterday we were sitting down to write our January letter to all of you—talking about resolutions and renewal—and … Continued


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

F Is for Foodie

F is for “foodie,” a person with a particular interest in food. Someone who’s always up for trying new places and has a refined but adventurous palate. And this month at Vinings Lifestyle, we’re all about feasting with foodies as we just scratch the surface of all the fine eats and drinks the “locals” have to offer. … Continued

I’m Feeling Stylish. How About You?

We’ve all had that moment when our closet is full but we can’t find a single thing to wear. Whether it’s too big, too small, or just plain last season, the perfect outfit can be difficult to find. It’s no wonder, too. Our style is the first thing the rest of the world sees, and … Continued

Celebrating Family

When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your mornings with: the husband or wife who makes you breakfast, the toddler who wakes you up before sunrise or the drooling pup in the kitchen just itching for a full dish of food. Maybe it’s the people you share … Continued

Dog Days

Ahhhh, summer. Time for backyard pool parties and family vacations. Time for kids to run after the ice cream truck when the telltale sound of its music turns onto your street to secure the perfect sweet treat to beat the heat. For the loud explosion of fireworks on the Fourth of July, the shriveled fingertips … Continued

Dear Gents,

We told you your time would come, didn’t we, guys? Since the May issue was all about the ladies, we thought it was only fair the June issue of Vinings Lifestyle be dedicated to the gents of our community.  While we will celebrate the dads in our lives on Father’s Day, June 17, you don’t … Continued

To Strong Women

Though May is traditionally a time to celebrate mothers, at Vinings Lifestyle, we want to take this chance to recognize all of the strong ladies in our community. From activists, entrepreneurs and CEOs to artists, teachers and, yes, mothers, these women are changing our community’s landscape and influencing its future. In this month’s feature article, … Continued

Eco Chic

Spring has finally sprung! As the last dredges of winter make their way out, and we can finally begin to stop and smell the roses, it’s also a good time to remind ourselves to take the time to appreciate our beautiful planet.

Home Is Where the Heart Is

 The concept of home is different for everyone.  For some, home is where the family is. It’s the place where weekends were—or still are—filled with baby snuggles, bedtime stories and Saturday morning cartoons. The place where the smell of bacon and pancakes fills the air on Sunday mornings, "do your homework before you go outside" is a daily mantra and…

The Maker Movement

When you think of the word “maker,” what comes to mind?

A New Year’s Change

Welcome to 2018. If you’re flipping through these pages and are wondering whether you’re in the right place, you are! With 12 fresh months at our feet, we’ve opted for a new year of renewal, reflection and change here at Vinings Lifestyle.

A Season of Giving

As we turn the page of this year’s calendar to December, it seems like it was just yesterday we were singing carols, unwrapping gifts and toasting to 2017. Now—as unbelievable as it may seem—it’s time to do it all over again.

A Time to be Thankful

Thankful: it’s a word that gets tossed around a lot this time of year as November arrives and 2017 begins to draw to a close. And although it typically marks the winding down of the year, November is also a season of beginnings. This month begins the season of giving and the season of receiving. It begins the season of…

Fall into October

The changing of the colors from vibrant, summery greens to autumnal yellows, rusty oranges and dark reds. The shorter days spent at school and outside and the cooled-off weather after those dreaded dog days of summer.

Drumroll, Please

September is a time of transition. The summer is behind us, and the kids are back in school. Believe it or not, we start thinking about the holidays right about now. 

Businesses are either gearing up for the fourth quarter or are planning to wind down. Well, the Vinings Lifestyle staff has been busy working on the 2017 Best of…

If You Can Read This, 
Thank a Teacher

With the celebration of local men in June and all of our adventures and fun in July, this summer has already been quite an eventful one. We had so much fun; it’s hard to believe it’s almost time to end. But, as the song goes, school’s out for summer (we’ll just go ahead and skip that next line declaring school…

Explore. Dream. Discover.

Dive into the pages of any good adventure book—or into the screen of a movie at the local theater—and you’ll quickly be immersed in captivating stories. You’ll be pulled into worlds of wizards fighting dark magic, pirates trying to seize control of ghost ships, a quest for revenge on a whale, a 1,100-mile hike for self-discovery and healing, the visit…

A Great Month to be a Guy

As June arrives, we realize we’ve nearly made it through half the year—and wonder how that could be possible! This summer is bound to be one of the most unforgettable summers ever. The opening of SunTrust Park has created a buzz that everyone is excited about. The Braves are at home on Father’s Day, so make it a great day…

Here’s to Strong Women

Washington Irving, the 19th-century American author known for stories such as Rip Van Winkle and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow once wrote: “A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us,…

Eye-Opening Experiences Traveling

Traveling this summer? I plan to go somewhere fun. What about you? I can’t figure out if I want to do something local or go international. Traveling is such an eye-opening experience in many different ways. I obtained my bachelor's degree from Hampton University in Virginia and my master's degree from the University of South Carolina. You would not think…

Welcome to Spring!

When we think about the spring season, we think about many things. We think about beautiful blooming flowers and freshly cut grass. About the warmer weather, longer days and the beautiful melodies of songbirds back from their winter migrations.

28 Days of Love

So here we are—February. We survived the holiday season, we rang in the New Year and now we get to celebrate the shortest month of the year, the month of love and the knowledge that spring is just a hop, skip and a jump away. A lot happens in February. This month, we celebrate historically and culturally significant events such…

A Community Resolution

The beginning of any year brings a lot of new things. A new start, a new outlook and, of course, a New Year's resolution...or several. Some of the most common resolutions include resolving to eat healthier, to get to the gym more and, overall, a goal for better physical fitness.

The most 
wonderful time of the year!

This really is the most wonderful time of the year. We may not have snow but Vinings has oodles of holiday cheer. From millions of lights decorating city streets, homes decked out with every kind of inflatable known to man, and holiday music blaring from every store speaker, it's hard to not get wrapped up in the magic of the…

No place like home.

It's a cliche for a reason: there really is no place like home. The home my family and I live in now has seen first steps, happy reunions with friends and family, and many loud, joyous parties. It has survived the Terrible Twos times four, some home improvement projects that didn't quite improve anything, as well as the time someone…

Bottoms up.

October is one of the most beautiful times of year in Georgia. Mornings are crisp but not cold. Afternoons are pleasantly warm, not obnoxiously hot. There is also so much to do and you don't have to go far to do it. You can go apple picking and wine tasting and still be home for dinner.

The Best of Everything!

This month's Vinings Lifestyle Magazine was put together by you! You nominated your favorite businesses in 43 categories. You voted to make sure your favorites won. You spread the word on social media and got others to vote too. And when all was said and done, over 30,000 votes were cast, making this one uber-successful inaugural Best of Smyrna/Vinings issue!

Goodbye Summer!

Summer is too short. Going back to school at the beginning of August seems a bit cruel, but that's the price we pay for being able to hit the pools before Memorial Day. Now that school is in session (or soon will be) for most kids, it's time we all get back to our regularly scheduled programming. However, just because…

Three Cheers 
for Summer!

Summer is here and the living is easy! Yes, it's hot. Yes, it's humid. And yes, there are mosquitoes as big as some compact cars around every bend. But I love summer! I love the way the sun warms my skin the moment I step outside. I love the smell of summer rains that go away as quick as they…

Happy Father’s Day!

June is celebration time at my house! We celebrate both my husband's birthday and Father's Day, as well as the freedom that the lack of school schedules gives us. I love this time of year! I love the balmy summer nights spent sipping a frosty drink, and I even love the sweltering summer days (all the better to stay at…

The Road Less Traveled

Traveling is one of my most favorite things to do. I love exploring new spaces and tasting the local flavors of places near and far. Whether I was in France or the Caribbean or on one of the lesser traveled roads of Georgia, I've relished the adventure of travel. Now, I mostly travel with my family of six in tow,…

The Best of Everything!

Life in the Vinings area can easily be a batch of contradictions. It is exciting to hang out with hispters at Hotel Indigo's bar but the area also boasts a serene, almost reverent environment at the Silver Comet Trail. Our area is full of growing families and those whose children have already grown and flown away. Vinings is both spicy…

Art is all around us.

Art really is all around us. It is in the messy stick figures our kids proudly bring home from school. It is in the art we admire at local craft shows. It is in the beauty of the bright spring days March has in store for us. The trick is to open our eyes to the art of life.

Live to Eat!

Happy February and welcome to our annual "Food" issue! It is one of my favorites because I am one of those people who live to eat. I was a foodie before I knew what a foodie was! It was fun this month to learn more about some new restaurants in our area and try some delicious dishes throughout Vinings and…

Welcome to 2016!

January is a time of renewal. It’s a time when anything is possible. It’s a time for resolutions big and small. At Vinings Lifestyle, we are thrilled to start another year with you! And we resolve to continue bringing you the best, most interesting information about our diverse community.