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.