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VestPac: The Ultimate Hydration Pack

VestPac: The Ultimate Hydration Pack

Mar 21, 2016

Just in time for season, we’ve found a lightweight hydration system from VestPac. Designed in Jackson Hole, this pack features a climate control 3D airmesh in the hydration panel for unbelievable airflow and rugged elastic straps to ensure a snug fit. The shoulder straps are free to move side to side for a custom fit while the waist strap is designed to be worn directly below the chest line for maximum support and comfort. These packs move with your body, eliminating any chance for bouncing or rubbing.  Each model holds different amounts in the BPA free reservoir. The high flow hose and 360 degree bite valve with positional clip make it easy to take a drink. These VestPacs wick moisture away from your back and chest providing a cooling effect which makes it perfect for paddle-boarding, fishing, festivals, marathons or kayaking. The slim design is soft enough to wear over bare skin or a bikini top, yet strong enough to last a lifetime in the sun, snow and surf. The difference in comfort is like night and day. Some of the styles also have pockets with security flaps, a key ring holder, and a large zippered pocket.  This allows for a place to put the gadgets we just couldn’t live without like our phones and iPods.  They even offer waterproof phone/MP3 player cases and earbuds/wraps that are completely water and sweat proof. VestPacs are designed to provide the best possible performance for every situation. You can wear these innovative products all day without feeling tired or sore.  It offers a solution to having one custom made pack for many different uses. VestPac is currently offering free shipping on all orders of $50 or more. For more information and to purchase, visit...

OTP vs. ITP

OTP vs. ITP

Oct 29, 2014

By Michelle Knapp So it may not officially be a rumble, but can’t we all just get along? We’re talking about the usually friendly debate between ITP’ers and OTP’ers. We would be lying if we said we have not, at least once, had to hear the joke: “Did you bring your ITP passport” for when we have ventured into Atlanta. Or this one: “No, I can’t go to that Taco Mac, I only go to the original.” Please, it’s time we all acknowledge OTP as a viable destination. Maybe you won’t be relocating there, but there is no reason not to visit. Don’t get us wrong. We are well aware that Atlanta is a thriving, cultural hub, even referred to as the “Hollywood” of the South. And we love the many offerings that the city has to offer: fine dining, theater, professional sports, world class museums and the aquarium. Nothing compares to seeing a performance at the Fabulous Fox Theater. And every out-of-town member of my family has gotten a tour at the World of Coke. But wait… doesn’t OTP (specifically OTP North) offer similar amenities, plus great public schools and less traffic? Is it really that much of a negative just to reside outside of the 285 loop? We have award-winning restaurants, with new establishments opening almost weekly. Thanks to the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, we can see nationally-acclaimed performances without having to go too far. And the charm of some of these smaller, local theaters can be a very pleasant alternative to fighting your way downtown. We don’t have the Chastain for outdoor concerts, but the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta puts on a great show, too. And if you haven’t seen the development of OTP cities such as Marietta, Roswell, Woodstock, Acworth and Alpharetta, then you are missing a large part of Atlanta Culture. These are thriving, vibrant streets that bring unique, chef-driven restaurants, independent boutiques, and entertainment opportunities to the suburbs. There are events all the time such as First Fridays, Art Walks, Food Truck night, and many other various festivals. The Braves coming OTP in the future is sure to make Cobb County a destination area for sports...

Stewart Cink Plays Manna Golf Classic

Stewart Cink Plays Manna Golf Classic

Aug 6, 2014

Mr. Stewart Cink, PGA Professional, makes a second appearance at the Manna Fund Golf Classic, scheduled for September 15, 2014 at St. Ives Country Club.  Manna Fund, Inc., is a 501-c-3 program that provides life-saving treatment for individuals who struggle with recovery from their eating disorder. Because eating disorders, particularly anorexia, are the number one killer of adolescent females between 15-24, Manna Fund has helped the eating disorder community by providing help for those who cannot afford the intensive treatment that is not often covered by insurance.  Manna strives to give the recipients 90 days’ worth of care, which can cost $90,000+.  Most insurance doesn’t cover for this length of time, and many families have to come out of pocket to pay for such treatment to save their loved one’s life.“I’ve heard many times, from hospitals and therapists, that Manna Fund has become an integral part of the recovery process, as there are so many individuals who cannot obtain adequate treatment for their eating disorder,” reports Dr. Genie Burnett, Founder and Executive Director of the Manna Fund.  “Without our treatment facility partners who have reduced their fees for our program, we wouldn’t have been able to place 18 people in treatment so far.  I’m also thrilled that Mr. Cink has agreed to join us again, as his presence helps us to reach many people out there who would not otherwise understand that eating disorders can affect anyone – male and female – at any age.”Manna Fund is trying to raise $100,000 through this tournament – enough money to place up to three or four individuals in treatment.  You can support this effort by sponsoring the tournament or donating through their website. Just click on the...

2014 March Madness Bracket Challenge

2014 March Madness Bracket Challenge

Mar 16, 2014

With Selection Sunday upon us in just 5 hours it is time to get ready to enter your brackets on both the ESPN and CBS challenges and of course all of the office pools across the world. We have a small bunch of trash talkers that could possibly win a hat. Click the images to go right to both of our online challenges. We will also be taunting all that are connected to Facebook for extreme public humiliation.

NEVER OPEN THE DOOR FOR A STRANGER

NEVER OPEN THE DOOR FOR A STRANGER

Jan 7, 2013

“Never open the door for a stranger.”  These are words that all of our parents have told us; however, speaking the words is not enough.  We need to role play with our children in order for them to be prepared for the unexpected.  If Mom is in the shower and Dad is not at home (or perhaps your child is at home alone and waiting for you to arrive from work) and a stranger knocks at the door, what are kids to do?  We used to tell kids to be quiet and the stranger would go away.  Today that may not be the wisest strategy. Many times strangers are casing neighborhoods out; when they think no one is at home, they break in.  Most of the time when “strangers” see that children are present, the strangers run away — which is a good thing.   They are primarily interested in robbing the home, not harming the children.  So a good strategy for the child to use in a situation like this is to scream through the closed door, “My dad said he doesn’t want any.  Go away.”  When they hear that the person will go away for two reasons: They think Dad is home, and they realize Dad is in a bad mood.  So the strangers do not want to come in.  They’ll move on to another home in the neighborhood, leaving your child alone. Does your child know what to do in a similar situation?  Have you role-played the above situation with your child?  Take the time to do this; give your child the decision-making skills he or she needs to handle situations with unknown people. By: Larry Bullard – Appalachian Karate Academy Atlanta 404-644-2973...

15th Annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

15th Annual Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

Sep 20, 2012

Held on October 17-20 at Road Atlanta, the 15th Annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda will be an epic battle in all five classes of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. The prestigious 1,000-mile (or 10 hour) season finale on October 20th could determine the 2012 ALMS champion drivers and manufacturers. There is so much to see as the GT battle is more intense and competitive than ever. Grey’s Anatomy star, Patrick Dempsey’s newly formed team will be competing, and Petit Le Mans will field the final round of the 2012 European Le Mans Series adding even more International teams to an already impressive lineup! Road Atlanta is recognized as one of the world’s best road courses. The multi-purpose motor sports facility is situated on 750 park-like acres in the rolling hills of Northeast Georgia. Located 35 miles north of Atlanta, Road Atlanta’s facility is utilized for a wide variety of events, including professional and amateur sports car and motorcycle races, racing and driving schools, corporate programs and testing for motorsports teams. In addition to Petit Le Mans, Road Atlanta is host to major events like Superbike Showdown and is home to the Skip Barber Racing School and the Saab Aero Academy. So if you’re looking for something different to do in Atlanta, this is a thrilling event with friends or even for the whole family. For a complete event schedule, click here. WHEN: October 17-20 WHERE: Road Atlanta 5300 Winder Highway Braselton, Georgia 30517 Ph. 1-800-849-RACE TICKETS:  Purchase 1 Day: $60, 2 Day: $70, 4 Day: $80 or VIP here. Kids under 12 get in...