Greeting 2017 by ‘Celebrating Simple’

December 23, 2016

The New Year always has me looking at my life, taking stock of where things stand and where I want them to be. I can’t help but acknowledge life’s wins and losses, especially as my age now hovers closer to 50 than 40. My body and mind still think I’m 27, but my real age says otherwise. The last couple years have been rough ones. After six years, I’m only now coming to terms with the loss of my dad and the changes I see in my mom. I’ve accepted […]

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Chinese Lantern Festival at Centennial Olympic Park (Ice Skating, Too)

December 14, 2016

If you want a different way to celebrate the holidays in Atlanta, head down to the Chinese Lantern Festival at Centennial Olympic Park. It’s the first event of its kind and ties into the park’s 20th anniversary. The event runs from December 9th until January 15th, from 6pm until 11pm tonight, and tickets are $18 for adults and $14 for kids (with special discounts available for students and seniors). Combo packages are also an option. The Georgia World Congress Center Authority (GWCCA) is behind this bright new tradition. The South […]

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#RogueOne: A Star Wars Story Review (No Spoilers)

December 13, 2016

  Before you read this entire review, you should go into it knowing I’m not what many consider a ‘hardcore Star Wars freak’. Sure, I have a thing for Han Solo, like the rest of the gals around the world, and I know who Luke’s father is. I’ve watched all the movies, but not over and over the way many do. I just happen to be lucky enough to be included in an early showing for media and thought others might like my takeaways of the film. I worried going […]

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Behind the Scenes with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall

December 11, 2016

Seeing the Rockettes’ Christmas Spectacular is, well, spectacular, but equally impressive is the opportunity to peek behind the curtain, so to speak, to see how it all gets done behind the scenes. My lucky family was given that opportunity on a recent trip to New York City for the holidays. A friend of a friend happens to work on the technical side of the show, and when she heard seeing the performance was part of my mom’s bucket list trip, she offered to show us around. We already knew a […]

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Springfree Trampoline: Perfect Gift for the Kids and YOU! (Review)

December 5, 2016

(Note to readers: The East Cobb Springfree Trampoline store is having a Family Holiday Party on Saturday, 12/10, that you’ll want to be sure to check out. You can find out details at the event invite here. As part of my partnership with them, I was given a trampoline to put to the test, but not compensated otherwise. As always, my opinion remains my own. My daughter says it passes the test with flying colors. My thoughts on the product are in the review below).  Springfree Trampoline. This is not your […]

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You Never Outgrow a Need for Family: Adoption in the US

December 1, 2016

(Note to readers: This is a guest post I’ve agreed to share with readers on a topic very close to my heart. I come from a family of 10 children–5 biological and 5 adopted. I can tell you firsthand the difference you can make in a child’s life.)   When you think about children what is the first thing that comes to mind? Smiling, laughing, hugs, happiness? Those are all great words to describe the way that kids make us feel. They make us feel loved, appreciated and needed. But what […]

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Six Flags Over Georgia #HolidayinthePark–Time to Celebrate!

November 30, 2016

During the holidays, Six Flags Over Georgia becomes so much more than an amusement park packed with thrill rides. This time of year, the park itself becomes the thrill. With millions of twinkling lights greeting you to your left, your right, even above your head, you can’t help but light up with holiday cheer, as well. And if that’s not enough, there are more than 15 holiday-themed sections, 7 live holiday shows and more than 24 rides and attractions. We attended as part of the media night and barely had time […]

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Heroes and Villains Fan Fest Comes to Atlanta This Weekend

November 14, 2016

There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love heroes and those who love villains. Ok. Maybe there’s a third group made up of those of us who love our fair share of both.  No matter which group you fall into, you’re going to want to get to the Heroes and Villains Fan Fest (HVFF) this weekend at the Georgia World Congress Center (Nov 19-20). It’s hosted by the guys who founded the Walker Stalker Con (which is wildly popular among zombie and horror fans). Essentially, the […]

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Little House on the Prairie Laura Ingalls Doll and Giveaway

November 7, 2016

As a child, my sisters and I would count down the minutes until the next “Little House on the Prairie” would come on TV. My mom and dad would be sitting in the living room in front of the one television set we owned, and my sisters and I would be lined up, just outside the room, waiting for the opening music to start, so that we could time it to run across the living room in the same order that the Ingalls girls would run across the prairie on […]

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Macy’s Pink Pig: Atlanta Holiday Tradition

October 27, 2016

There are certain things about living in Atlanta you just come to embrace: shows at the Fox, direct flights to anywhere in and out of Hartsfield Jackson Airport, and the Macy’s Pink Pig during the holidays. It’s part of a beloved holiday tradition for several decades in Atlanta. It debuted in the ‘50’s as a children’s ride (the old version was a cart suspended in air and now hangs at the Atlanta History Center as part of the Atlanta in 50 Things Display). Priscilla – the original Pink Pig – […]

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