5 Birmingham foodies including Chef Clayton Sherrod & Kathy G on how to cook healthy (and delicious) for the holidays

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Kathy G’s cranberry brie appetizer. Stay tuned to Bham Now for the recipe! You can also find Kathy G’s recipes in her cookbook “Food, Fun & Fabulous.” Photo via Kathy G and Co.

Cooking and eating healthy around the holidays can be tough—the pie! the cookies! the casseroles!—but it doesn’t have to be impossible. We spoke with a few Birmingham foodies about staying healthy during the most wonderful time of the year. 

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What you need to know about Highland Park’s new Community Garden and how to secure a plot

Fall looks good on you, Highland Park Garden. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now 

I’ve been watching the construction of the Highland Park Community Garden for a while now. As a former resident of Birmingham’s Highland Park, I’m pumped to see this community garden open in one of my favorite neighborhoods. 

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Want to calm baby on the go? Check out the Lullabuddy, created in Birmingham

Mae Robertson with her grandchildren. Photo via Lullabuddy 

I’ll admit it–I’ve been facing a conundrum lately. My 14-month-old is going into a full-on revolt when I put him in his carseat. I’m sure other parents can relate. So when I heard about a potential portable soothing option for baby, the Lullabuddy, I had to investigate. Here’s more about this musical gadget and the Birmingham resident who created it, Mae Robertson.

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Black Warrior River. East Lake Park. Cahaba River. How The Nature Conservancy in Alabama is protecting Birmingham waterways

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Jason Throneberry, director of freshwater programs for The Nature Conservancy, explains freshwater mussels ecology to visitors to the Cahaba River. Photo via The Nature Conservancy

Do you love Alabama lakes? Did you know they are actually rivers? Alabama is connected by a vast network of rivers and streams that are a life-giving force, sustaining human and ecological communities here in Birmingham and across the state. Find out what The Nature Conservancy in Alabama is doing to protect our most precious natural resource.

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Shoppe owners open new home store and café, General, in Forest Park

General in Forest Park. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now 

Mark Thompson and Jay Draper, the owners of Birmingham’s beloved garden store, Shoppe, have opened General in the former Silvertron location. As a Forest Park resident, I had to walk over and check it out! Get the details below.

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Team behind The Essential opens Bandit Pâtisserie in Homewood

We tried the croissants this morning. So. Good. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now 

Kristen Farmer Hall and Victor King, the duo behind award-winning Birmingham restaurant The Essential, opened Bandit Pâtisserie in Homewood this morning. Of course we had to stop by and sample the goods. Learn more about it below!

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Want to help make healthcare more affordable? Check out this job opportunity at Encompass Health

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Cody Carter, Elizabeth Box and Jimmy Neeley of Encompass Health. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

National Health Care Supply Chain Week happened earlier this month. This week provides an opportunity to recognize the integral role supply chain professionals play in delivering high-quality patient care. This industry might also be the key to lowering ever-rising healthcare costs. We spoke with some of Encompass Health’s supply chain team in Birmingham to learn more about it–and got the scoop on a job opportunity available.

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Get to know the Battle Mafia, the badass team behind Battle Republic. They’re hiring!

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Battle Mafia. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

Battle Republic in Homewood is introducing a brand new workout concept to the Birmingham area. We heard they have some amazing coaches and staff (known as the Battle Mafia), so we wanted to get to know them a little and learn what Battle Republic means to them. Check it out below.

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Building a better Birmingham: meet the team shaking things up at Orchestra Partners

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Friendly competition. Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now

If you live in Birmingham, you’ve seen the work of Orchestra Partners across town. This real estate development firm is a little different from the rest, focusing on historical buildings and breathing new life into Birmingham’s core neighborhoods. Learn more about their team and the work they’re doing to make Birmingham a better place to live!

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X marks the spot: 13 spooky Birmingham places to check out. FREE map included!

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Abandoned coffins. Photo via Josh Box of Underground Birmingham

A chill is in the air and Halloween is upon us, Birmingham. What better way to celebrate than to go explore some of Birmingham’s very own spooky spots? Below is a list of places where things go bump in the night… get a friend, hop in the car, and check them out, if you dare! 

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7 fall events for dog-lovers in Birmingham, including #MakeADogsDay at Greater Birmingham Humane Society October 22

Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society on Facebook

Do you have a special furry four-legged friend in your life? Are you looking for one? Do you just love dogs? If so, these seven events coming up this fall in Birmingham might be for you.

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What to do with your baby or toddler for Halloween in Birmingham

This mummy is ready for Halloween. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now 

Halloween is almost here! It’s time to get out the costumes and candy, Birmingham. Wondering what to do if you have a little one that’s not quite ready to trick or treat just yet? Check out the options below.

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