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…

July Contributors

Aubry Canales is a custom portrait photographer based in Vinings. She specializes in family concept editorial sessions. In addition to photographing families and individuals, Aubry has also worked on impressive and innovative shoots for Delta Airlines, CNN, and the SEC. She is married with three children.

Chef’s Table at Cobb Galleria

Executive Chef Nicholas Walker is a hidden gem in the Atlanta culinary scene though he serves 100,000 guests each year at Cobb Galleria Centre. He recently hosted a Chef’s Table for area influencers showcasing cuisine inspired by his Georgia roots. Check out this drool-worthy food! (More information:

The Smyrna Team Hosts Client Appreciation Event

Recently, The Smyrna Team hosted a client appreciation event at SkyZone in Kennesaw. Current and former clients spent the afternoon jumping for joy. The Smyrna Team sponsors client appreciation events several times a year to continue their relationship with clients who often become friends.

Around Town

This Spring, Smyrna 5th graders Riley Davis and Jonathan Fairgrieves, competed in Georgia Tech's Inventure Challenge. Their second place finish in the elementary division, as well as winning the People's Choice award, earned them a ticket to compete in Washington DC on the national level.

Ignoring it Won’t Cure it

Ignoring anything will not make it better. It will almost certainly make it worse though. While men are often reluctant to go to the doctor, there are many reasons why they should. “A lot of men’s diseases can be treated if there is early detection,” says Dr. Thomas Emerson, M.D., a urologist with WellStar Medical Group. “But it’s important for…

6 Essentials for a Super Summer

As the editor of Vinings Lifestyle Magazine and a writer and blogger in my own right (, companies often send me products to review with hopes I like the products and tell others about them. Some products miss the mark. Others are nice but not notable. And then there are the ones that are fantastic, standing out in sometimes astonishingly…

The Island Less Traveled

San Juan, the capitol of Puerto Rico, is one of the world’s greatest cities. A bustling commercial center, the city is ablaze in neon signs from hotels, restaurants, dance halls and shops. The highlight of this city is Old San Juan with its narrow cobblestone roads leading to the Castillo San Cristóbal fort built in 1793 by the Spanish to…

Be Insta-Fabulous this Summer

Summer is fun, flirty and usually a season to remember. And summer fashion can be the same! Though the temperature will soar, looking cute is always in season. Check out these seven summer trends pulled from the fashion-forward depths of Instagram to be fashion-ready for any occasion this season.

Host The Best Backyard Bash Of The Summer

It's summer. Don’t bother turning on the stove or setting the dining room table. It’s time to enjoy every minute of the long days of summer. Fire up the grill and get outdoors to eat, drink, and party. It's that time of year when impromptu gatherings with friends are welcomed without the stress to impress. Casual and fun is the…

Blackberry and Cornmeal Upside Down Cake

This recipe is the quintessential summertime dessert. It brings one of summer’s best fruits, blackberries, together with a cornmeal cake, almost reminiscent of cornbread, but softer and sweeter. It’s a casual dessert and easy to prepare, yet it is beautiful with a bit of a wow factor. It’s perfect with a scoop of ice cream after a family barbecue, or…

Unexpected Outdoor 
Fun in Smyrna

Summer is officially here, and with the warm Georgia temperatures comes a need to soak up the sun. Luckily, Smyrna is rich with outdoor opportunities. Sick of going to the same place? Here are four unexpected places to spend time outdoors in Smyrna.

Beat the Heat

Outdoor fun in the sun is imperative in the summer. The days are long, the sun is hot, and it is the perfect time for extended vacations, maybe even a trip to the lake or the beach. While fully enjoying all that summer has to offer, here are a few tips to beat the heat and stay safe this summer.

Lessons from the Swamp

Georgia is called the ‘Adventure State’ because of the variety of its destinations from the Appalachian mountain highlands to the sandy beaches of the Golden Isles. One lesser known gem is the seven hundred square miles of Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge – the largest swamp in North America.