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28.4.16

Mothers Day plans? Watch Joy! #JoyInsiders

If you are trying to plan a great Mothers Day weekend, why not include a movie night?
You could plan to watch it, or add it to a gift basket or something.  The opportunities are endless.  
I have not seen Joy, featuring Jennifer Lawrence, yet, but I plan to do so at some point...  maybe even this mothers day for me!   Just wanted to share for any of you looking for suggestions!  


JOY
JOY is the wild story of a family across four generations centered on the girl who becomes the woman who founds a business dynasty and becomes a matriarch in her own right. Betrayal, treachery, the loss of innocence and the scars of love, pave the road in this intense emotional and human comedy about becoming a true boss of family and enterprise facing a world of unforgiving commerce. Allies become adversaries and adversaries become allies, both inside and outside the family, as Joy’s inner life and fierce imagination carry her through the storm she faces. Oscar® Winner Jennifer Lawrence * stars with fellow Oscar® Winner Robert De Niro, **, Bradley Cooper, Edgar Ramirez, Isabella Rossellini, Diane Ladd, Virginia Madsen, Elisabeth Röhm and Dascha Polanco. Like David O. Russell’s previous films, Joy defies genre to tell a story of family, loyalty, and love.

27.4.16

Native American Festival in South Georgia @chehawpark

It seems like Spring Break starts at different times for different zones.  Some started their spring break back in February and some are just now finishing up their break now. We had a stay-cation for ours this year.  It is just too much to try and plan to go and do when everyone else is going and doing as well.  Well, we did actually go somewhere, just not your typical spring break destination, we went back to my hometown to visit my parents.  It is Albany, Georgia and for those that go to the beach, you could totally swing through on your way home and stay a day or two.  
Anyways, we were there to visit and that's when I spotted it.  ("It" being the tee-pee's that are placed throughout the city.) It is an advertisement for the yearly tradition of the Indian Festival that is held at our local zoo. I thought it would be fun to take Broxton to see it, since I had not been since my teenage years.  I was lucky enough to get media passes to go and now I get to tell you about it. 
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The Indian Festival is held one weekend in April each year at Chehaw Park.  Friday is normally filled with Field Trips (notice the bus in my photo) but we were welcomed just the same.  

The Festival is held inside the actual zoo.  You drive through until you get to the parking area for this event.  Then, head towards the totem poles!  

One of the tee-pee's that are at the main entrance.  This festival is so much more than just entertainment.  It is an educational experience to see how they live and operate on a day to day basis.

This was the first family to start the dancing for the day.  It was a mom, dad and their 3 children.  The dad did most of the talking and explaining of what was going on. The mom and the kids did the dances and customs.  I loved their dress and of course had to ask if it was as heavy as it looks.  (They answered YES, but obviously the kids weren't AS heavy...) 

Broxton enjoyed seeing the soldiers and the items that they brought to show.  Things like grenades, ear cleaners (*they didn't have q-tips back then) writing utensils and more.  This was an actor there recreating the role of General Oglethorpe.  So, as I said...very educational and informative. 

Seeing the different tee-pee's were so neat to me. I did have to ask why they used the design they do (like the triangle shape) and was told it was to help keep cold air out during the winter and to let air circulate around during the summer.   

They had several different tribes represented each day.  I hate that I do not remember the tribe this was, but at one point they had all the males call on different children to come and join them for their particular dance style.  Broxton was THRILLED to get to go out there.  

The clothing that they wear are the real deal.  No costume shop find here.  I did have to ask if it was as hot as it looked, since we were in SOUTH GEORGIA and I was sweating in just shorts and a shirt.  I don't think I have heard so many people say yes in agreement at one time!  (As hot as they were, it was beautiful to see the different designs.)

From the headdress to their shoes, each authentic item was outstanding. Tell me you don't think they look hot and heavy?  Could you wear this in the heat and not get hot????? 

This was actually the man in charge of talking and running the whole thing.  I guess you could call him a host or an emcee or something.  I don't know the exact title, but they were all walking around and you could get your photo with them.  Some did change from their traditional clothing to clothes more appropriate to every day wear and the temperatures, but all were great with photos all day long.  

At this point, we were learning how they made the rafts / canoes for being on the water and fishing.  This guy was so nice to take plenty of time to talk to Broxton and answer all his questions.  He even gave Broxton a souvenir (alligator tooth) when we left.  

Demonstrating how they would make items for riding on the water.  they would make a fire in it and keep the fire going, while also using axes /knives and what not to carve away at the inside of a tree.  

This was my favorite part of the day.  They had a game of  North American Stickball and called on any of the kids to come out and play with them.  Basically you have 2 sticks that you use to catch the ball.  You then have to throw it (with the sticks) to a pole.  If you hit it between these two markers, you win points... Here is the thing... Women don't have to use the sticks and its a free for all.  Men have to use the sticks and can not be overly aggressive towards the women. It was normally a men vs women game if women were playing. 
Another cool thing about stickball?  It was used to solve disputes between neighboring villages.  They did not fight one another, but would settle the argument between a game.  Wish more things were settled this way...  It was fun to watch and Broxton loved playing.  I wish they had local games, as I would totally go and see one. 

There was so much to see and do and we really had a great time. I hope we are able to make it back again next year.  Like I said, it is in South Georgia so you should totally try and go. 
Next time we are back home, we will try and visit the zoo. 
 (Zoo admission is covered with entrance to the festival, but we had to get back home to Atlanta.)  

*Thanks to Chehaw for the opportunity to attend.  

26.4.16

THE Perfect Mothers Day gift- Origami Owl

In the age of the internet, it seems like I am always hearing about this and that online.  For me, I have to see things in person (or know someone who has had a personal experience with it,) it is always just in the back of my mind.  I don't remember when I first heard of Origami Owl, but I tell you this... I did think it looked cute, but jewelry that was affordable must be cheap quality.  At least that was what I told myself.  My opinion changed when I was able to review the Origami Owl collection!
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For Easter, I was sent a beautiful Easter locket to check out the Origami Owl line and I am sharing with you now, so that you know it holds up.  Even when you have a baby trying to chew on it and everything else these days.  
To say I was impressed with it would be an understatement. 
Origami Owl is a "charm necklace," that would be the easiest way to describe it to me.
You can order a necklace already made (Like my Easter necklace above.  Look at the Origami Owl website to see the gorgeous Mothers Day necklaces!  I really want the Thank You Mom one!!!  LOVE IT!!!)  
If you want a custom made necklace, it seems pretty easy to do.
I have a big neck (*just throwing it out there, we all know I am not a little person by any means.)  So I was concerned that the necklace would not fit.  It not only fit, but also came with three other loops to make it adjustable to be the length that best suits the wearer! (The chains range from $12-$22 each.)    
Then you pick out the locket you would like.   (Again, affordable.  Ranges from $20 -$58) 
Now, the fun part... The charms that go inside.  It appears like 7 is a good number of charms to go inside to "tell your story" but also not overcrowd.
These charms are $5-$12 each and get this... they even have some collegiate teams represented!  
You can also make bracelets and even add additional touches, such as personalizing it with an inscription and even more accessories!  

I was trying to get a couple shots to show you just how pretty this is.
I really do think I want to make one to wear year round.
My 7 charms for the first one?  
Silver Mom  
Ladybug 
Georgia Bulldogs
Cross and Heart 
Camera 
Basketball
Infinity 

This would make a wonderful Mother's Day gift!!!  You could custom make one, or you could grab one already put together!!!  Easy as anything.  Just a warning, once you get one, you will want more!!  

What charms would you pick?  
What charm would you like that you didn't see?

Mall of Georgia is your Summer Destination!

I received this email and wanted to let you know what was going on at the Mall of Georgia this summer.  When I think of the mall, I tend to think of window shopping or going to grab what I need to get in and out.  (At least that is how it was at our local mall back home.)  Now, the malls up here  puts on all sorts of fun events and it can be a planned trip for more than just shopping.  Here are two cool things getting ready to happen at the Mall of Georgia this summer:




Photo Credit - Jason Braverman 

Lights, Camera, Action! The sights and sounds of FREE outdoor family entertainment are set to return to Mall of Georgia! The community shopping center’s eighth annual Movies Under The Stars summer series, presented by AutoNation Mall of Georgia and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, is back beginning Saturday, May 28. Local families and friends are invited to meet on the lawn at the Village Amphitheatre every Saturday evening through July 30 to enjoy a complimentary cinema and concert showcase.
As part of the summer series, local bands take the stage at The Village Pavilion from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. and the feature film shines on a 35-foot big screen at The Village Amphitheatre starting at dusk around 9 p.m. Guests can also enjoy a variety of fun games, jump time in bounce houses and summer snack concessions, including Skip’s Hawaiian Shaved Ice, popcorn, cotton candy and more. As always, shoppers are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs to get cozy for the music and motion picture production!
With family flicks like “Minions,” silver screen classics like “Grease” and rockin’ tunes from The Woody’s and Brent Gafford Band on the lineup, this entertainment series is the perfect way to spend summer nights with family and friends!

The music / movie schedule is as follows**
  • May 28: The Woody’s / “Minions” (rated G)
  • June 4: J. Kyle Reynolds / “Jurassic World” (rated PG-13)
  • June 11: Line 6 / “Hotel Transylvania 2” (rated PG)
  • June 18: Brent Gafford Band / “The Avengers 2: Age of Ultron” (rated PG-13)
  • June 25: Foxes & Fossils / “Kung Fu Panda 3” (rated PG)
  • July 4: Mall of Georgia’s 14th Annual Star Spangled Fourth event (special program)  - See below for more information.
  • July 9: Fire & the Knife / “Grease” – 1978 Original (rated PG)
  • July 16: Fly Betty Band / “5th Wave” (rated PG-13)
  • July 23: Dean Taylor & The Better Days / “Alvin and the Chipmunks – The Road Chip” (rated PG)
  • July 30: Beau + Luci / “Star Wars Episode VII – The Force Awakens” (rated PG-13)
** Please note there is no “Movies Under The Stars” program on Saturday, July 2 due to the July 4th event. 

Photo credit belongs to Jeff McPhail
 Mall of Georgia’s 14th annual Star Spangled Fourth event is set to return on Monday, July 4! Presented by AutoNation Mall of Georgia and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Independence Day bash will offer a variety of patriotic fun for the entire family, including children’s rides and inflatables, live music, food and beverage concessions, a special Movies Under The Stars presentation of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” on a 70-foot big screen and – of course – the largest fireworks display in the county!

WHAT: 14th Annual Star Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia
Celebrate red, white and blue at Mall of Georgia with live concerts, outdoor movie, fireworks and more for the entire family!
WHEN: Monday, July 4
  • 5 p.m. – Kids Zone opens; FREE concerts begin in the Village Amphitheatre
    • 5 – 7 p.m. – Ants Trippin
    • 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. – The Woody’s
  • 9:30 p.m. – Singing of the National Anthem by Mallory Green
  • 9:35 p.m. – Fireworks display
  • Post-fireworks screening of “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2” (rated PG-13) in parking lot across from Dick's Sporting Goods
WHERE: Mall of Georgia, 3333 Buford Drive, Buford, GA 30519

25.4.16

Mom's Night Out - Town Center at Cobb May 5th

Mom's Night Out?  Sure!!!! 
I received this email and wanted to share... 
If you have no plans, here is a great Mom's Night Out for you!!!
Town Center at Cobb celebrates Mother’s Day with Mom’s Night Out on Thursday, May 5 . Free event focuses on fashion, beauty, shopping and more!

Town Center at Cobb prepares to pamper moms with an evening of fashion and fun. Mom’s Night Out celebrates motherhood with a stylish shopping experience on Thursday, May 5 from 6-8 p.m. in the Sears Court. Town Center at Cobb will provide goodie bags for the first 250 women to register, along with entertainment, food samples, door prizes, interactive tabling, fashion presentations and more! Attendees will also receive a special gift with the purchase of $100 or more at participating retailers, while supplies last. Plus, two lucky ladies will be selected to receive flash makeovers from stores like Aveda and Macy’s in the mall.

WHAT:

Mom’s Night Out 
Festive evening includes flash makeovers for two lucky moms plus entertainment, food sampling, door prizes, interactive tabling, fashion presentations and more

WHEN:

Thursday, May 5 (6-8 p.m.)

WHERE:

Town Center at Cobb
400 Barrett Pkwy.
Kennesaw, GA 30144

HOW:

This event is FREE and open to the public; the first 250 guests to register will receive a complimentary goody bag

For more information, visit www.simon.com/towncenteratcobb

22.4.16

Evenflo Sip N Seek Adventures

When you have children, you get to experience things all over again as far as the joy and amazement of everyday things.  Having Broxton (age 7) and now Savannah (age 8 months) I get to see so much wonder in their eyes and it is amazing watching both of them with all that life brings us.  It is especially wonderful to watch the big brother share his excitement with his little sister, I really lucked out with how great he is with her!!!  
Another adventure in the land of parenthood?  (I know many parents can relate to this one!) SIPPY CUPS. You have to find the perfect one.  The child has to like it and it has to serve many functions...  top two? One, it has to work for YOUR child to use... and two, it CAN NOT LEAK!!!!  
We were thankful to have been given an opportunity from Evenflo to take their new sip n seek cup on an adventure and we took them up on the challenge!   
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Evenflo®  TripleFlo™ Sip & Seek ™ Cup
10 fluid ounce 1 pack; SRP: $4.99 at Babies‘R’Us, Meijer and HEB
10 fluid ounce 2 pack; SRP: $9.99 at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and Target.com

·         BPA-Free Polypro Cup with twist-on lid
·         Cups feature colorful characters that appear and disappear with the twist of the cup’s outer wall
·         Cup designs feature a dinosaur, mermaid, unicorns or space theme
·         Three adjustable TripleFlo™ rates for stage-based drinking that can be changed by rotation of the valve
o   Slow, medium and fast + closed off
o   “Close-off” position makes cup leak-free – perfect for on-the-go
·         Insulated double wall keeps drinks cooler for longer
·         Cup can be fully disassembled for thorough cleaning
·         Dishwasher-safe

We tried one time to take the cup to the aquarium, but her current stroller doesn't have anywhere to put a cup, so she was frustrated and kept dropping it.  We then were able to go to the Indian Festival back home (more on that later, stay tuned... good times!) and finally snapped a few photos! What age did you introduce the sippy cup to your kids?  I don't remember what age we started with Broxton, but I do know he was strong willed and refused to take it.  I don't remember what age he finally decided to go for it, but it was later than sooner.  This time around I figured we would start her off sooner and see if we had any luck. We have several sippy cups in the house (gifts and what not) so we started around 5-6 months. As of now, she still doesn't drink out of them often,but she does try and gets frustrated when you take it from her if she isn't ready to give it up.    
We headed to the Indian Festival at the Zoo back home.  Evenflo Sip N Seek in hand, ready to go!  I love that it is not just a cup but with the sip n seek design, we can use it to play "peek a boo!" as well.  Another plus?  It holds 10 ounces, so it will last for a while!
Mental note, make sure to grab one of those things you can wrap around the cup so if it falls, it doesn't hit the ground. As we all know, life with a child is not always smiles, this was the result of the cup falling and her not being able to get it fast enough.  No worries, she calmed down once the cup was back in her hands for a few minutes!  
We had to throw the cup in the back of the stroller when we were on the move.  I did not notice any leakage, so I was impressed with that!!!

I have a few more adventures to share, so let me know if you spot evenflo in  any of those pictures!!!

Thanks to evenflo for the opportunity to make these memories!!!


21.4.16

Kidz Bop Kids releases new CD and tour dates!

If you have been here before, you know that Broxton is a HUGE fan of Kidz Bop.  He has been begging me to let him meet the "kidz bop kidz" and as soon as I can, I will.  Anyways, I wanted to give you a heads up...   They have just released a new list of tour dates for the 2016.   (Keep reading, they have a new c.d. out as well!) 

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KIDZ BOP’s “Life Of The Party” 2016 Tour Dates
Initial Spring and Summer Tour Dates
More Dates To Be Announced Shortly

DATE
CITY
THEATER
Apr-23
Austin, TX
The Moody Theater
Apr-24
San Antonio, TX
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
Apr-29
Rockford, IL
Coronado Performing Arts Center
Apr-30
Milwaukee, WI
Riverside Theater
May-1
Madison, WI
Capitol Theater
May-6
Minneapolis, MN
Pantages Theatre
May-8
Ralston, NE
Ralston Arena
May-13
Freehold, NJ
iPlay America
May-14
Williamsburg, VA
Busch Gardens
May-20
Englewood, NJ
Bergen Performing Arts Center
May-21
Concord, NH
Capitol Center for the Arts
May-22
Northampton, MA
Calvin Theatre
Jun-4
Langhorne, PA
Sesame Place
Jun-5
Langhorne, PA
Sesame Place
Jun-10
Clearwater, FL
Capitol Theatre
Jun-11
Orlando, FL
Plaza LIVE
Jun-12
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Parker Playhouse
Jun-17
Melbourne, FL
King Center for the Performing Arts
Jun-19
Jacksonville, FL
The Florida Theatre
Jun-23
Liverpool, NY
Leon Festival
Jun-24
Morristown, NJ
Mayo Performing Arts Center
Jun-25
Providence, RI
Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
Jun-26
Boston, MA
The Wilbur Theatre
Jul-9
Clarksburg, WV
Veterans Park
Jul-24
Bethel, NY
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Aug-17
Harrisonburg, VA
Rockingham County Fair
Sep-9
Louisville, KY
The Louisville Palace Theater
Sep-10
Huntsville, AL
VBC Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
Sep-11
Nashville, TN
Ryman Auditorium
Sep-23
Virginia Beach, VA
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Sep-25
Charleston, SC
Charleston Music Hall


***  Just added new dates!  
KIDZ BOP’s “Life Of The Party” 2016  Summer Tour Dates
DATE
CITY
THEATER
Jul-16
Wallingford, CT
Toyota Oakdale Theatre
Jul-17
Brooklyn, NY
Coney Island Amphitheater
Jul-23
Atlantic City, NJ
Boardwalk Hall
Jul-24
Bethel, NY
Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
Jul-30
Hershey, PA
Giant Center
Aug-6
Rochester Hills, MI
Meadow Brook Amphitheatre
Aug-7
Chicago, IL
FirstMerit Bank Pavilion
Aug-13
Raleigh, NC
Red Hat Amphitheater
Aug-14
Charlotte, NC
Uptown Amphitheatre
Aug-27
Saratoga Springs, NY
Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug-28
Darien Center, NY
Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Sep-18
Camden, NJ
BB&T Pavilion


As I mentioned, he really wants to see them in concert, but unfortunately they have no dates near us.  At least I can let him jam to their new cd until we can get him to a show!!! This is our music to listen to on the many adventures.  We have loved the greatest hits and I know it will be in the rotation for a while to come!  


 
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