Dave Mullins on the making of LOU, a new Disney Pixar Short

February 27, 2017

There’s a new animated short Pixar movie, called LOU, that will play at the beginning of the Cars 3 moving (being released in June), and I personally am just as excited about LOU as I am about Cars 3. I recently got to hear from Dave Mullins, the man behind the short movie, about what it took to bring the idea to creation. He explained that John Lasseter, the Executive Producer of all Pixar movies (since Monsters Inc in 2001), requires every Pixar film to have heart and entertainment, right […]

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Furniture for Great Prices: Underpriced Furniture Review

February 24, 2017

(Note to readers: I was compensated for my review of the store. As always, my opinion remains my own. #ShopUPF #sponsored)  If you’ve lived in Atlanta for any stretch of time, odds are you’ve seen the commercials for Underpriced Furniture (“Saves You Money!”). It’s one of those lines that you can’t get out of your head after hearing it. But to be brutally honest, I always thought that really meant ‘cheap’ (as in not well-made, instead of cheap—as in what a great deal!). So, I hadn’t made my way over to […]

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2017 Atlanta Baby and Child Expo Plans Party for Parents #AtlBabyExpo

February 20, 2017

New parents and those who are ‘expecting’ won’t want to miss the annual Atlanta Baby and Child Expo, planned this year for April 29th at the Atlanta Sheraton Downtown. The event runs from 11am until 2:30pm. This annual event has established a reputation as  THE event of the year for anyone expecting a baby, or couples with little ones. The Atlanta Baby and Child Expo is well-known for its fun, party atmosphere. There’s a fashion show, Cravings Corner, thousands of dollars in prizes and one-of-a-kind vendors with products and services that you will […]

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Cool Future Cars Highlighted at Detroit Auto Show: Concept Cars

January 15, 2017

Autonomous may be the hot topic in automobiles these days, but flashy and funky are also taking center stage at auto shows this year, with concept cars that will thrill the kid in you. From a VW van that truly deserves the nickname Dream Machine (ala’ Scooby Doo and Shaggy), to a Lincoln Navigator tailor-made for James Bond’s lifestyle, the cars of the future make it clear we have plenty to be excited about. These photos show just a few of the cars of the future recently highlighted at the Detroit […]

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Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Site in Atlanta: What You’ll See

January 15, 2017

No visit to Atlanta should be considered complete without a stop at the historic National Site that includes Martin Luther King’s birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and his final resting place, the Center for Nonviolent Social Change. The first thing most people come across is the International World Peace Rose Garden. It’s located in front of the Visitor’s Center.  It’s worth taking the time to walk all the way around, reading the various poems written by Atlanta children and put on plaques at the base of the roses. It is […]

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What Would You Do in an Autonomous Car? The Volvo Research Project

January 13, 2017

As autonomous (self-driving) cars take center stage at all the auto shows around the nation, kicking off with the Detroit Auto Show this week, one automaker is taking the wheel on what many other brands have ignored to this point: how we, as riders in those cars, will react to taking a back seat, so to speak. Volvo Cars is launching a test of sorts, putting a Swedish family, the Hain’s (seen in the photo below), in a Volvo XC90 that they’ll be driving on the roads of Gotherburg in […]

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Detroit Auto Show: Buckle Up for the Ride

January 8, 2017

I’ll be spending the next couple of days in an auto lover’s dream…getting a front row seat at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit. This is the Super Bowl of car shows, so to speak, and even though I can’t quote you engine size or years and styles of all the classics, I can tell you my heart starts racing at the idea of what I’m going to be part of over the next few days. I’m the daughter of an auto mechanic. He’s gone now, but […]

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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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