Thursday, December 18, 2014

RUN, RUN, RUN to The Stinky Cheese Man at the Center for Puppetry Arts

These fairy tale spoofs will amuse kids and adults, alike!

WHAT:     The Stinky Cheese Man by Paul Mesner Puppets of Kansas City, MO

Based on the wildly popular book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, Jack (of Beanstalk fame) guides us through this humorous collection of twisted fairy tale parodies, including Chicken Licken, Cinderumpelstiltskin, a duckling who really is just ugly, and a man made of stinky cheese instead of gingerbread!

An audience favorite, Paul Mesner Puppets has previously performed several popular productions at the Center, including “The Dinosaur Show” and “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by A. Wolf.” To learn more about the company, click here.

The State Ballet Theatre of Russia’s Award-Winning Dancers Bring the Holiday Season to Life Sunday, Jan. 11 at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre



The Fox Theatre presents The State Ballet Theatre of Russia's production of Swan Lake on Sunday, Jan. 11 at 3:00 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$55 and will be on sale at 10 a.m., Friday, Dec. 12 at www.FoxTheatre.org, by calling855-285-8499, or at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more at (404) 881-2000.


This full-scale production, based on Russian folklore and German legend, is about a prince named Siegfried who falls in love with the Swan princess, Odette. She is a swan by day, but a young woman at night. She is under a magic spell which can only be broken by a man who will promise to love her for eternity; Siegfried makes the promise. However, he is tricked by the magician who cast the spell. The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents 50 of Russia’s brightest ballet stars to bring this romantic tale of true love to glorious life.


Founded by legendary dancer and former Prima Ballerina of The Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Maya Plissetskaya, The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents one of the greatest classical ballets of all time, described as “full of enchantment” by The New York Times.


The company of distinguished dancers, now under the direction of award-winning dancer and Moiseyev dance company soloist Nikolay Anokhin, has showcased the unparalleled art of Russian ballet to countries throughout the world. Choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, capture the spirit of the season and prepare for a night of wonderment and magic. Set to Tchaikovsky’s musical score, this timeless ballet makes for a Holiday tradition the entire family can enjoy.


Photo credit: State Ballet Theatre of Russia

Sunday, December 14, 2014

X Out Review

This is a sponsored post on behalf of X Out™.
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No more hassle, no more drama – X Out™ incorporates a built-in compliance measure to help teens recognize the recommended two minute wash time for best results and to achieve clear skin.


Each bottle of X Out™ Wash-In Treatment has a QR code that teens can scan with their Smartphones to be automatically directed to the X Out™ Daily Distraction (dd.xout.com), where a new two-minute video will be available each day. 





Whether it’s a video full of fashion tips, sports tricks or straight-up comedy, X Out™ teens will be ahead of the class, with continuously updated video content selected just for them, exclusive access to the Daily Distraction and most importantly, blemish-free skin! X Out™ should be massaged into the skin for 2 minutes so the medicine can effectively soak into your pores. It can also be used as an overnight spot treatment or left on as a mask for 10 minutes, and washed off with warm water. Read the directions to be sure you are using it correctly!


The term “Wash-In” refers to the way X Out™ actually washes the medicine deep into your pores to help kill the bacteria that causes pimples. The X Out™ Wash-In Treatment contains the proven acne fighting power of benzoyl peroxide (8.5%) along with smooth beads to help exfoliate dead skin cells. X Out™ is dermatologist tested, non-comedogenic and is paraben and sulfate-free, so it’s suitable for all skin types. X Out™ can also be used as a spot treatment by dabbing a small amount on a pimple, or as a 10-minute treatment mask.

 
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“I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Influence-Central for X Out. I received samples of X Out to facilitate my review and a thank you item for participating.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Give the Gift of Sweet Dreams to At-Risk Children in Need this Winter

For the fifth year, Atlanta-based Carter’s Babies and Kids is proud to partner with the Pajama Program’s “One Million Good Nights” campaign to donate 100,000 pairs of pajamas to children in need.  The Carter’s pajama donation drive comes at a critical time as December marks “Danger Season,” the time of year when temperatures begin to drop leaving underserved children in need of warm sleepwear and comfort.  


Many of these children have been abused, abandoned or neglected and live in group homes, shelters or temporary housing without adequate heat. The gift of a new pair of pajamas can provide children in need with a glimmer of hope and a feeling that someone cares about their well-being.  Every child deserves to sleep in their own pjs every night! 


Did You Know?

·         1 in 5 American children live in poverty – a higher rate than any other developed country except for Romania. (2013)
·         The average age of a homeless person in the United States is 9 years old. (Open Door Mission)
·         Each year, over 800,000 children and youth in the United States experience homelessness. (Source: U.S. Dept. of Education)
·         More than 16 million children in the United States – 22% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level. (Source: National Center for Children in Poverty)
·         More than 3.5 million people are homeless every night, and 1.35 million are children. (Source: National Coalition for the Homeless)

 

Carter’s will be supporting Pajama Program’s One Million Good Nights campaign through in-store donation bins.  You can donate a new pair of PJs through December 31, 2014 at any of the Carter’s stores in the Atlanta area.  For more information, visitwww.carters.com/carters-pj-program-2014.html


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

10 Reasons to Visit Holiday In The Park at Six Flags Over Georgia This Season


With more than one million LED lights Six Flags Over Georgia is the latest attraction in Atlanta to debut this holiday season. “Holiday in the Park®” is an all-new holiday event at Six Flags Over Georgia with Santa waiting at the North Pole. The park is beautifully transform into a winter wonderland with dazzling Christmas trees, exclusive holiday shows and many of the park’s most popular rides now through January 4, 2015 on select days.


Our Six Flags Over Georgia family is proud to present a holiday spectacular sure to create memories for guests of all ages for years to come,” said Six Flags Atlanta Properties park president Dale Kaetzel. “Holiday in the Park, coupled with the largest expansion in park history with the all-new Hurricane Harbor water park, has made for a special 2014 season, with many more special celebrations to come.”


If you have been thinking to visit Holiday in the Park at Six Flags Over Georgian here's out top 10 favorite things about it:



A Main Street Christmas park entrance experience with a light canopy featuring 165,000 lights, more than 15,000 feet of garland, artificial snow and a huge Christmas tree with holographic ornament technology;

Monday, December 8, 2014

UC Berkeley Study Suggests Our Brains Are Wired For Kindness

Humans are, at heart, altruistic - or at least we are according to psychology Professor Dacher Keltner, of the University of California at Berkeley who has produced a cheering video to explain why.

  
"Most people think that Darwin had this idea of survival of the fittest and that it’s really the most ruthless and bloodthirsty who really thrive and survive. That is not Darwin’s view of human evolution at all. He really felt that sympathy is the strongest instinct that humans have".   Dacher Keltner
Greed is good. War is inevitable. Whether in political theory or popular culture, human nature is often portrayed as selfish and power hungry. UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner challenges this notion of human nature and seeks to better understand why we evolved pro-social emotions like empathy, compassion and gratitude.


We've all heard the phrase 'survival of the fittest', born from the Darwinian theory of natural selection. Keltner adds nuance to this concept by delving deeper into Darwin's idea that sympathy is one of the strongest human instincts — sometimes stronger than self-interest.

FEATURING: Dacher Keltner, professor of psychology and founding faculty director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley. 
 

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Announcing an Hour of Code with Anna and Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen”


We are so excited about the the unveil of a new Hour of Code tutorial that girls will love. Thanks to Disney Interactive, Code.org’s signature tutorial for the 2014 Hour of Code features Disney Infinity versions of Disney’s “Frozen” heroines Anna and Elsa!



In this one-hour activity, you will learn to write code to help Anna and Elsa create snowflakes and magical “ice craft,” while also learning logic, math and cultivating creative confidence. Then, you can share your creations online or with friends. 





Celebrities and technologists, including Polyvore CEO Jess Lee, app developer and model Lyndsey Scott, Microsoft engineer Paola Mejia, and model Karlie Kloss (a beginner who’s learning to code herself), will provide short video lectures to guide students. The girl-power theme of the tutorial is a continuation of their efforts to expand diversity in computer science and broaden female participation in the field, starting with younger students.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton Holiday Cards and Pet Donation Drive


Looking for a new holiday tradition to start with your family this year? Here is a wonderful idea that will lift the spirits of all the sick and injured patients at Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton.

Make a holiday card for sick and critical pets at their hospital. They will hang these thoughtful cards in the hospital during the holiday season, as well as post them on their social media pages.

Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton are caring and compassionate with every pet that comes into their hospital. Here is your chance to show a little TLC to each sick pet they have hospitalized. Partner with your church, classroom or scouts group to show the love you have for pets. They have even provided a little template for you; make sure they know who created each card so they can give a shout out on their Facebook page! Going on now until the end of the year!


The Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton is located at 900 Mansell Road, Suite 19, Roswell Georgia, 30076. You can mail them or personally drop them off during our emergency hospital hours. You can view all cards sent to our clinic on our Facebook page at: 


The Animal Emergency Center of North Fulton is also hosting their 1st annual "Pets Helping Pets," a Pet Canned Food and Pet Supply Donation Drive supporting Fulton County Animal Services-LifeLine Animal Project, a nonprofit shelter that the emergency clinic partners with on sick or injured stray animals in need medical attention. They then go to the Fulton County Animal Shelter facility for adoption or their foster program for continued care.

From December 1st through January 1st, we invite the public to come to our facility and donate new unopened canned pet food or new or gently used supplies at a collection bin located by the front desk of our clinic.

The animal shelter needs cat litter, canned pet food, soft dog treats, cat treats and a variety of other items. A list of suggested donation items will be available at our clinic's location and on our Facebook page. If you are not local and would like to make a donation, here is their donation link 
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Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Melting Pot Presents Christmas Founde Dinner and a Show


The holiday season begins with the return of Atlanta Ballet's Nutcracker The Fox Theatre. Bring the whole family for an enchanting and memorable event that keeps the spirit of the holiday season alive, starting at only $115 per person!

The Melting Pot have the best seats for highly anticipated shows at The Fox Theatre, including THE NUTCRACKER and MICHAEL W. SMITH & AMY GRANT CHRISTMAS! If you're looking for a date night, family outing or Girls Night Out, The Melting Pot have amazing dinner-and-show packages including a three-course fondue experience and premium seats at The Fox Theatre!


ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT!
UPCOMING DINNER & SHOW PACKAGES

Space is very limited!

The Nutcracker
Saturday, Dec. 13 at 2 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 14 at 2 p.m.
Dinner is immediately following the show
Seating is within the first 15 rows of the Orchestra Section
Package is priced at $115 per person

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Win Tickets For Idina Menzel LIVE at Delta Classic Chastain Park Amphitheater


SINGLE TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2014 AT 12:00P.M.
ASO Presents welcomes Idina Menzel to Delta Classic Chastain on Friday, July 24, 2015


Idina Menzel Tickets Are the Perfect Holiday Gift!

Her voice can be heard as Elsa in Disney’s global box office smash Frozen, in which she sings the film’s multi-platinum song “Let It Go.” She performed the song at the 86th Annual Academy Awards and the song went on to win the Oscar that night. Idina made history as the first person with both a Billboard Top 10 hit and a Tony Award for acting. 
 
She currently stars as “Elizabeth” in the original Broadway production If/Then, by Pulitzer Prize-winning team Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey. Of her performance, New York Magazine affirmed “Idina Menzel sings beyond anyone’s idea of reasonable vocal or emotional limits. She blows the roof off of the theatre,” while Variety described her “tear-the-house-down voice and commanding personality.” Menzel received her third Tony nomination for the role and performed “Always Starting Over” from If/Then at the 2014 Tony Awards.

Menzel reached superstardom on Broadway with her Tony Award-winning performance as Elphaba, the misunderstood green girl, in the blockbuster Wicked and in her Tony-nominated role as Maureen in Rent. Menzel also appeared as Sheila in the Encores! production of Hair and starred as Amneris in Broadway’s Aida.

In London, she originated the role of Elphaba in the West End production of Wicked and received the WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Actress in a Musical. Other Off-Broadway credits include Michael John LaChiusa’s musical See What I Wanna See, directed by Ted Sperling at The Public Theater, the pre-Broadway production of Rent, and The Vagina Monologues.

Lauded for her strong yet emotional performances, Menzel recently concluded a highly successful international tour, concluding with a sold-out performance at Radio City Music Hall. Accompanied by world-renowned symphonies, she played to sold-out audiences and demonstrated why she is one of the great performers, earning her second WhatsOnStage Theatregoers’ Choice Award for Best Solo Performance in 2013. The Denver Post dubbed her “The Streisand of her generation,” while The New York Times praised her as “an entertainer with a phenomenal voice…Diana Ross with ten times the stamina and lung power.”
As part of her tour, Menzel’s live concert at The Royal Conservatory in Toronto, Canada was recorded for her CD and DVD, Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony, led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch. The concert aired internationally, including a PBS special in the United States.

A skillful songwriter, Menzel also performs and records her own music. Her albums include Barefoot at the Symphony, I Stand, Here, and Still I Can’t Be Still



Menzel’s latest album, Holiday Wishes, was produced by Walter Afanasieff and includes the original song “December Prayer.”

IKEA’s soft toy heroes have returned to help kids go to school!



Our friends at IKEA Atlanta are hosting a toy/donation drive for CHOSEN ABILITIES in the month of December in their exit/lobby area. This local organization is a 501c3 that provides educational and training services to individuals residing in low-income communities! Toys collected will be used to provide a new unwrapped toy at their annual Christmas program.

The Soft Toys for Education campaign aims to provide quality education to vulnerable children living in poverty in developing countries. Since the campaign started, donations from the annual IKEA Soft Toy Campaign have totaled $ 90.4 million** (€67 million), helping more than 11 million children in 46 countries enjoy their right to a quality education. The donations help UNICEF and Save the Children train teachers in childfriendly teaching methods, improve child protection systems, supply education materials, and increase school attendance rates.




All children should have access to a quality, basic education, no matter which part of the world they live in. Buying a soft toy or children’s book at IKEA Atlanta can directly benefit children served globally by UNICEF and SAVE THE CHILDREN as well as locally by CHOSEN ABILITIES RESOURCE CENTER.” Deidra Cunningham, Public Relations – IKEA

New soft toys join the team
Every year for the campaign, IKEA creates a children’s book based on IKEA soft toy characters. In this year’s book, The Frog Prince, young readers visit the fairy-tale forest and learn about the special bonds of friendship. The book is written by award-winning Swedish author Ulf Stark and illustrated by Silke Leffler.
This year’s new soft toy friends from The Frog Prince fairy-tale world are:

  • TOSIG: the silly frog
  • LILLGAMMAL: the red-hooded rebel
  • PIPHARE: the wise hare
  • KATTUGGLA: the sweet owl

Investing in children’s education is the most powerful way to help them escape poverty. Through IKEA’s Soft Toys for Education campaign, we have been able to improve the education of more than 11 million children through our partnership with Save the Children and UNICEF. Access to a quality education is key to help them create a better future for themselves and their families,” commented Per Heggenes, CEO IKEA Foundation”.



Friday, November 28, 2014

Spread Holiday Cheer With Straight Talk Holiday Devices #StraightTalkCheer

*This is a sponsored post by Straight Talk Wireless.


With the average smart-phone plan costing nearly a one hundred dollars a month a lot of people are looking for ways to lower their bill, especially during the holiday season. This Christmas we are adding a touch of holiday cheer with Straight Talk’s holiday devices. I have been using a Straight Talk phone for the past couple of months and I am very impressed with how easy was for me to set it up. The coverage was my biggest fear since I'm always on the go covering events, but not once have this phone failed me. I can take pictures, videos, and post them immediately no matter where I am. Data in unlimited but I like to keep it off and only use it when I need it. This has always been a habit of mine, since I tend to be connected to WIFI most of the time.


If your little ones asked “Santa” for a new phone this year, Straight Talk phones are your best option. Since they are prepaid, if they loose them, you will not be forced to add one or two more years to your contract, which is the regular policy for most carriers. Straight Talk has a huge variety of both android and Apple iPhones at very affordable prices. In fact, they now carry the new iPhone 6 which is one of the items on our Christmas wishlist and the adorable iPhone 5c in bubble gum pink that teen girls love so much.


Straight Talk provides nationwide coverage on America’s largest and most dependable networks for half the cost. When you switch to Straight Talk Wireless, the only difference you’ll notice is the savings. With the money you save by switching to Straight Talk, you can afford to treat yourself and your family to some extra holiday fun this season and spread the Straight Talk cheer.

With great deals on the latest devices and wireless plans, Straight Talk has the best gifts for your family’s holiday wish list that won’t blow your budget. Switch and save with Straight Talk’s no-contract $45 30-day plan with Unlimited talk, text and data, which is up to 10 more data than other $45 plans. Check out all the available devices and start shopping for the perfect gift here: www.straighttalk.com/shop.

Disclosure: This is  sponsored post on behalf of Straight Talk Wireless. I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

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