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  • FurnitureFamilies

    Buying a Piece of Furniture Helps Families in DeKalb

    Have you ever heard about or shopped at a Habitat for Humanity Restore? It’s a non-profit organiza-tion owned and operated by Habitat for Humanity International. The Habitat ReStore Doraville location accepts tax deductible donations of new or gently used household items and building materials. Proceeds from items sold at the store go to Habitat for Humanity DeKalb, where families can purchase affordable housing.

     

    Imagine buying quality items ranging from appliances, furniture and flooring to home decorations, lighting and plumbing supplies for a good price. Then, imagine that the items you buy will go toward sup-porting Habitat for Humanity for DeKalb families who have opportunity to live in decent and safe homes. There are three ways to connect with this ReStore; as an individual or business you can donate quality items, as a consumer, you can find needed household items for your home or you can volunteer. Either way you are contributing to your community. As a valuable member of the community, they are always looking for quality items as well as people who are interested in volun   Read more...
  • Mentor

    Be a Hero – Mentor a Child

    Helping to turn a young life around may be simpler than many people realize. That’s because you can volunteer to be a mentor, share your life with a child and make a real differ-ence. Children need someone to look up to, someone to whom they can confide their challenges and struggles.

     

    Why Be A Mentor: Consider the statistics. On the one hand, one in four public high school children drop out before fin-ishing school. On the other, young adults who were at-risk for falling off track but had a mentor are 55 percent more likely to enroll in college. Yet, “by some estimates,” reports Dr. Phillip Levine, Professor of Economics at Wellesley College, “as many as nine million children have no caring adults in their lives.” By volunteering, you can be that role model. Your personal involvement, your love and care, can be the greatest gifts you can give a child.

     

    How to Be A Mentor: Mentoring is the heart and soul of all the programs at Kars4Kids, a registered nonprofit Jewish organi-zation which, together with Oorah, its sister charity—and over 1,650 volunteer mentors—h   Read more...
  • PetsStormSeason

    Six Tips To Keep Pets Safe During Storm Season

    While no one is immune from the devastation of a natural disaster, preparing before a storm hits is key to keeping everyone in your family—including your pets—safe.

     

    Here are six ideas to keep in mind for your pet as you map out your disaster preparedness plan. • Have your pet microchipped. In the event of an emergency—natural or otherwise—you want to en-sure your pet can get back to you if you’re separated. Collars and ID tags, though important, can break or detach. Microchips—computerized and scannable implants about the size of a grain of rice—are more fool-proof since they’re inserted under your pet’s skin.

     

    • Bring your pets inside at the first sign of danger. Disasters can be disorienting for pets, and they could run away or hurt themselves reacting to loud noises and strange changes to their landscape. Also, rain, flying debris and high winds pose a danger.

     

    • If you have to leave, keep your pet with you. Leaving your pets behind during a natural disaster is never a good idea because they could escape or become exposed to a number of life-threatening   Read more...
  • SpicingUp

    Spicing Up Traditional Southern Fare

    As a born and bred southerner, I love cabbage, carrots and bacon – LOTS of bacon. In recent years, however, my home in Decatur has welcomed a wealth of Indian restaurants and those rich and varied flavors have become favorites. To satisfy both cravings at once has been a recent goal until I created a dish I call “Cabbagetown Meets Mumbai.”

     

    Like most of the food I cook, this recipe involves fresh vegetables and plenty of flavors. It also means preparing the basic ingredients separately followed by a quick process of combining them all in one large skillet or pot. The result in this case can serve as a one-skillet meal or a hearty side dish with other meats or starches.

     

    Begin with your carrots which give a nice sweetness and wonderful color to your main ingredient, the cabbage. Cut them on the diagonal [or buy the already cut carrots] and cook in lightly salted water. Carrots are dense and take longer to soften than most vegetables so they need to cook for about fifteen minutes. Once they have softened, drain and set aside. While the carrots are cooking, cook four strips of thi   Read more...
  • PoinsettiasPerfect

    Poinsettias for a Perfect Holiday

    No matter what Christmas decorations I use, it just wouldn’t be a real holiday season without a vivid red and green poinsettia. My devotion to this plant never wavers. Even in some years when there is no Christmas tree in my house, there is always at least one poinsettia. One year, I even bought a five foot tall poinsettia, strung small white lights on it and used as a tree substitute.

     

    The ubiquitous poinsettia even gets its own National Day each December so I can’t be the only fanatic. The plant, however, hasn’t always had such a pervasive presence. Coming in colors ranging from white to pink, mottled, and deepest scarlet, poinsettias were not found on every table, mantel or shelf until the late 20th century. Even so, it has had a long history as an important plant which might make it seem like it has been used in homes forever. The ancient Aztecs used this plant native to Central America as a source for dyes and as a medicine to control fevers.

     

    The unique and decorative nature of the poinsettia was quickly noticed by the Spanish colonial officials. They used it for Christma   Read more...
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