THE CLUB AT CHOPS

The Club at Chops essentially got its start because Buckhead Life Restaurant Group founder Pano Karatassos wanted a private space where he and his friends could dine and smoke.

It was the late 1990s, when the laws regarding smoking in restaurants were changing, says Brian Fogarty, the club’s general manager. Back then, there was a smoking area in Chops Lobster Bar, one of Buckhead Life’s premier restaurants. […]

WORDS OF WISDOM

REFLECTIONS FROM FIVE LOCAL MOMS AND DADS ON WHAT IT’S LIKE TO BE A PARENT

There’s no one way to parent. Learning from others along the journey is priceless. We talked to some experienced area moms and pops to get their insights.

KATIE CASHIN

Katie Cashin lifts 9-month-old daughter, Tyler.

Katie Cashin owns the Barre3 exercise studio in South […]

PLANNING THE PERFECT PARTY

The recipe for a successful kid’s birthday shindig

One of the best parts of being a kid is celebrating birthdays. Some parents like to go over the top when planning a baby’s first few, putting on fancy affairs that rival a wedding in terms of cost and preparations. Others prefer a simple event with friends and family. No matter how you choose to celebrate, here are some […]

GET IN GEAR

The essentials you need for your new bundle of joy

irst comes love, then comes marriage and, before you know it, a baby carriage. Prepping for a new baby can be overwhelming, especially if you’re a first-time parent. You know you need a car seat (they won’t let you leave the hospital without one) and a crib (the baby has to sleep somewhere, right?), but what about […]

PICKING THE PERFECT PEDIATRICIAN

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE CHOOSING YOUR CHILD’S DOCTOR

The bond between parents and their child’s pediatrician is one of the most trusted partnerships in parenting, and one people typically intend to hold onto for at least 18 years. Since metro Atlanta is home to a wealth of well-respected and highly qualified physicians, how do parents handle making this crucial decision for their new baby?

Physicians and […]

GETTING YOUR SHAPE BACK AFTER BABY

Six key steps to shed the new-mom weight from local fitness pros

From the moment you hold your newborn in your arms, you know life will never be the same. And you may feel the same way about your body! Fortunately, it’s possible for new moms to get back in shape post-delivery. It just takes time—and some patience. “Remember, your body is still recovering from the motherload […]

SOLVING THE DAY CARE DILEMMA

TIPS FOR CHOOSING THE BEST CHILD CARE FOR YOUR LITTLE ONES

Sandy Springs resident Michelle Miller was anxious about finding child care since, according to friends she trusted, the best programs had limited availability. So three months before her son was to be born, she started looking for the best options.

Miller asked friends and fellow parents, and used online searches to narrow her list down to five […]

NO-WHINING DINING

SIX KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANTS THAT ADULTS CAN ALSO ENJOY

There are kid restaurants and there are adult restaurants. For parents, the challenge is to find ones that combine both aspects: good food, along with a guilt-free environment in which the staffers—and fellow diners— understand that wee ones are messier, louder and often need a little more attention. We found six local spots that perfectly fit the bill, offering […]

AVOIDING POST-BABY PARTNERSHIP PITFALLS

EXPERTS REVEAL WHAT IT TAKES FOR NEW PARENTS TO STAY CONNECTED

Having a baby can bring great joy to a couple. It can also be a time of great stress in the relationship. “Children can be ruthless in their demands for attention,” says Gerry Lane, a licensed marriage and family therapist practicing in Buckhead. “The couple has to have the ability to escape from their children from […]

BRINGING UP BABY

A NEW PARENTS’ SURVIVAL GUIDE

There’s a saying that goes, “The littlest feet make the biggest footprints in our hearts.” If you’re a parent, you know just how true that statement is, and the endless joy and smiles a baby can bring. But let’s face it, having a youngster in the house also has its challenges, especially for first-time moms and dads. There are the late-night feedings, […]