Goodbye Summer! 3

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 the kids are back in school, that doesn’t mean summer is over.

August can be a great time to hit the beach for a weekend. Smaller crowds and more affordable prices can make it very enticing. Read the story “Summer Isn’t Over Yet” for some fantastic beach options in Georgia, Florida and Alabama. Also check out the A+ back to school finds in “School Bus Approved”. And read how Smyrna is on the vanguard of dual language education in the appropriately-named article, “Si!”.

I recently spent a whirlwind two days in Washington DC to attend the United State of Women Summit where education was widely discussed. Speakers included the President, First Lady, Vice President, and tons of celebrities including Oprah Winfrey! It was fascinating to be around so many women doing impressive things in our country and around the world. I was honored to just be in the room with them. It was an outstanding addition to my summer vacation!

Even though I miss the looseness of summer, there is some comfort to getting the kids (and myself) back on a routine. I hope you find your own comfort this month too. Until next month, I’ll see you cheering on the players at the BB&T Atlanta Open and cooling off with the Peach Cobbler Blast milkshake at Lolli Bop Sweet Shop!

In My Bag

Here are three things adults can use to help them through the dog days of August. The first is BedFace sheets, an accessible luxury bedding brand that offers over 28 million (yes, million) color combinations in year-round, breathable fabric. Let these sheets inspire a good night sleep! Sheet sets starting at $97,

Add a touch of sweetness to the long, hot days with Savannah Bee Company’s Raw Acacia Honeycomb. Acacia honey is well-loved for its mild taste and incredible clarity. Having it in honeycomb form makes for a special gift (maybe to yourself)! Starting at $12.70,

No matter if you already have impressive culinary skills or you are a cooking novice, check out the classes at The Cook’s Warehouse in East Cobb. From a cooking fundamentals class series to a class on back-to-school quick fix dinners, there’s something for everyone this month. Classes starting at $49,