Tuesday, August 23, 2016

A Christmas Story, The Musical playing at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre for one week only: November 29 – December 4


Tickets on sale September 18

This holiday season, for the first time in Atlanta, one of America’s favorite Christmas movies comes to life on stage in a hilarious, large scale Broadway musical, at the Fox Theatre from November 29 – December 4 as part of the 2016/2017 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta season.

A Christmas Story, The Musical chronicles young and bespectacled Ralphie Parker as he schemes his way toward the holiday gift of his dreams, an official Red Ryder® Carbine-Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle (“You’ll shoot your eye out kid!”). 

An infamous leg lamp, outrageous pink bunny pajamas, a maniacal department store Santa, and a triple-dog-dare to lick a freezing flagpole are just a few of the distractions that stand between Ralphie and his Christmas wish. Chock-full of delightful songs and splashy production numbers, A Christmas Story, The Musical, has proudly taken its place as a perennial holiday classic for the whole family.

Tickets go on sale Sunday, September 18.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta presents final weeks of ‘XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness’



Feature exhibit encouraging children to explore and express emotions closes September 5

School is back in session, which means feelings are front and center for the start of a new year! While kids adjust to the hustle and bustle of fresh beginnings, now is the perfect time for families to head to Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s exploratory exhibition XOXO: An Exhibit About Love & Forgiveness before it closes on Monday, September 5! 

Offering an introspective look at the power of emotion and its impact, children will explore these feelings through 14 different engaging experiences including a response wall, story puzzle, empathy blocks, a reflection table, art making stations and more! Each of these brightly colored spaces is designed to help children understand, appreciate and express how they feel in an interactive, hands-on environment!

Monday, August 1, 2016

Easy No-sew Recycled Dog T-shirt DIY For Your MVP (Most Valuable Pooch) #MyPetMyStar

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As an avid animal lover, and Georgia SPCA volunteer I'm thrilled to be able to partner with Kroger and Purina Dog Chow Natural, for today’s Easy No-sew Recycled Dog T-shirt DIY. Dogs and cats are blurring the lines between “pets” and people. People like me, consider dogs and cats as individuals. My “pets” play an unique role in my family. They are part of our emotional life and their role is much deeper than just companionship. They are family and will always hold a special place in our hearts.

Having four "pets" at home can add up quickly, especially if you are also bringing dogs and cats from the shelter to foster. In order to save some money I have learned a few tricks and today's DIY is one of my favorites.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Get Ready For Back To School With Campbell Savings and Two Great Recipes #CampbellSavings

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It's hard to believe that July is almost over and Back-to-school is just a few weeks away, unless you have a kid in Marching Band like me, then you are already back! You see, marching band kids start school two weeks earlier. The practice 8 hours a day rain or shine. With the horrendous heat wave that's plaguing our region, I'm always concerned about my kid passing out due to the oppressing heat. He is required to bring lunch and a one gallon jug to school everyday, so making sure he stays hydrated and eats healthy is a must, but that's just half of the battle. When a marching band kid comes home they are basically crawling through the front door and they are hangry! Yes, hangry, a mix between angry and hungry to the point of starvation. So this savvy mom always have a quick, easy and kid friendly recipe that saves the day.


Now, if you love shopping at Walmart like I do, for a limited time they are offering online coupons that you can print at home to help you save on great Campbell products for back-to-school. Some of the coupons you can print are:

Monday, June 20, 2016

Easy Spanish Paella With Chicken, Duck Sausage and Seafood #RecetasParaMomentos

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Easy Spanish Chicken, Duck Sausage and Seafood Paella

Hay una receta para cada momento especial con Kroger!
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There’s a recipe for every moment we value with Kroger!


A few weeks ago, my local Kroger had a “Taste of Spain” event and for the first time they were selling paella kits. I was so excited to see the “paelleras” displayed as soon as you entered the store, because for the longest time, I've been wanting to make Spain's most famous dish: that sumptuous combination of saffron rice, chicken and shellfish known as paella. I mean, coming from a Puerto Rican household were rice is part of our daily diet, I questioned how complicated could it really be?


The reality is that making Spanish paella sounds easy, but it takes a bit of practice to master. Making paella is similar in concept to risotto, but with the added bonus that the trick is not to stir the rice. Cooking a paella requires high heat for sautéing and then moderate to low heat for simmering. The flavor base of the paella, sofrito is traditionally a mixture of onion, garlic and fresh grated tomato. Make sure it's well cooked to give the paella a rich deep flavor. Paellas need to be cooked with a good amount of oil. The oil helps keep the starchy rice grains separate and carries the flavors of the sofrito through the dish. If you are using an electric cooktop or if your burner is too small your paella could tend to cook more on one side than the other, so if this is the case, you must rotate the pan for even cooking or finished it in the oven.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Atlanta’s Top Latino Chefs Host Puerto Rican Heritage Celebration at JP Atlanta




Renowned Latino Chefs Julio Delgado, Hector Santiago, Carlos Casals and Pablo Colon partner on heritage dinner to benefit Ser Familia

Atlanta, Ga. (May 31, 2016) – Join downtown Atlanta’s newest dining destination JP Atlanta and Executive Chef Julio Delgado for a Puerto Rican heritage celebration as he joins forces with Atlanta’s top Latino chefs for an unforgettable evening filled with festive music, food and drinks. On Sunday, June 12th, Chef Delgado will team up with chefs Hector Santiago of El Super Pan, Carlos Casals of Cherokee Country Club and Pablo Colon of Ritz Carlton Atlanta to treat guests to a global dining experience with a Puerto Rican-inspired four course menu and wine pairings. A portion of proceeds will benefit Ser Familia, a local charity that strengthens, revitalizes and equips the local Latino community.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Center for Puppetry Arts sets sail with 'The Little Pirate Mermaid'


Center for Puppetry Arts creates swashbuckling fun for all ages! Argh, matey! Flap your flippers, and get ready to make a splash! The Little Pirate Mermaid sails into the Center for Puppetry Arts, June 7 – July 17! Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s whale of a tale, audiences are invited to take the plunge and see this exciting marionette adventure featuring a bountiful ocean of puppets, unique characters, original music, stunning stage effects and bubbly action! This pirate adventure is recommended for sailors ages 4 and up!


Tropical Smoothie Café® Asks Public to Nominate Deserving Families to Attend Camp Sunshine At Sebago Lake



Children With Life Threatening Illnesses and Their Families Offered Much Needed Escape

ATLANTA, GA – To help celebrate their 10-year partnership with CampSunshine at Sebago Lake, Tropical Smoothie Café announced the launch of “Share The Sunshine” campaign to identify and send deserving families to the upstate-Maine camp that offers a fun experience to children with life-threatening illnesses. Camp Sunshine is the only program in the nation offered year-round with the distinction of having been designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program includes on-site medical and psychosocial support.

Typically, it takes about $2,500 to cover the costs of sending a family to Camp Sunshine,” said Jennie Hong, Senior Director of Brand Marketing and Strategy for Tropical Smoothie Café. “We’ve been supporting Camp Sunshine through nearly $4 million in donations over the past 10 years… but we wanted to do more. That’s why we’re asking everyone to please share stories – either their own, a friend’s, or a family member’s in the hopes of giving them a much-needed bright spot in their lives.”



To make a nomination and help Tropical Smoothie Café share the sunshine, fans can simply go online to www.TropicalSmoothieCafe.com/ShareTheSunshine to submit a family’s name and share a story of why they could benefit from a Camp Sunshine Trip. 


Tropical Smoothie Café will select at least ten families from the submitted nominations to attend the camp. Selected families will be notified following the completion of National Flip Flop Day, which takes place on Friday, June 17th. National Flip Flop Day has become an annual tradition in the Tropical Smoothie Café system where Jetty Punch, a strawberry banana smoothie, is given away to everyone who walks through the cafe doors in flip flops from 2p – 7p. All the brand asks is that guests make a donation to the Camp Sunshine effort. Last year the brand raised $1 Million and looks forward to another successful year on its tenth anniversary.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Review: ‘Beautiful – The Carole King Musical’ has great tunes and that loving feeling the audience craves


Grammy® Award Winner for “Best Musical Theater Album” of 2015

The national touring production of Beautiful - The Carole King Musical opened Tuesday  at The Fox Theatre. Before she was Carole King, superstar—she was Carole King, teenage songwriter.  Her music would become the soundtrack to a generation. She fought her way into the record business as a teenager and, by the time she reached her twenties, had the husband of her dreams and a flourishing career writing hits for the biggest acts in rock ‘n’ roll. But it wasn’t until her personal life began to crack that she finally managed to find her true voice.

BEAUTIFUL tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than BEAUTIFUL music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.


#‎BeautifulOnTour‬ was dazzling, nostalgic and sentimental. It is truly an emotional musical with fascinating characters and incredible performances. The musical has great tunes and that loving feeling the audience craves. The show discography is absolutely remarkable. I recommend everyone who's contemplating to see it, to not think it twice and buy tickets before it's too late. Without trying to sound cliched, the show is truly beautiful! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Global Youth Safety "Teen Driving Risk Awareness Month"


As a parent of two growing teens I dread the day one of them asks me to let them get a drivers permit. Is not that I don't want them to drive or be independent, is just that I don't think they are aware of how many things can go wrong while driving. Teaching teens how to drive is a big step and can be nerve-wracking, specially for over protective moms like me. Encouraging teens to adopt safety rules such as use of seatbelts, passengers, curfews and dealing with distractions like cellphones is crucial if you want to keep them safe on the road.




For Global Youth Safety Month The Bluebird Patch has partnered with DriveitHOME™, an initiative of the National Safety Council, designed by and for parents of newly licensed teen drivers. DriveitHOME™ offers free resources parents can use to help their teen build experience to become safer drivers. It also is a place parents can share their ideas for keeping teens safe behind the wheel. Recent research has shown that parent management of the early independent driving experience of novice teens improves safety outcomes.

Steer Your Teen Down the Right Road” is an interactive presentation examining the risks teen drivers face, including common distractions such as young passengers, reckless behaviors and bad habits that can lead to crashes. The presentation is based on materials from DriveitHOME.org, the free online resource developed by the National Safety Council for parents with new teen drivers. Just like DriveitHOME.org, “Steer Your Teen Down the Right Road” offers practical coaching tips for parents, encourages them to be good role models and stresses the importance of supervised practice.



You will need Microsoft PowerPoint installed on your computer. Select the Windows (approx. 269MB) or Mac (approx. 628MB) version and be sure to download the support materials to help you promote and evaluate your event. They We also offer the presentation preloaded onto a USB drive along with all the support materials and printed presenter’s handbook. If you would like to request a physical copy, please email us at parentinfo@driveithome.org. A PDF version of the presenter’s handbook will be available shortly. Please check back soon!



Teen Driving Facts and Statistics

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Broadway’s Newest Smash Hit Beautiful – The Carole King Musical Premiering At Atlanta’s Fox Theatre For One Week Only: May 24-29


Producers Paul Blake and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announce that the Tony & Grammy Award-winning Broadway hit Beautiful—The Carole King Musical, about the early life and career of the legendary and groundbreaking singer/songwriter, will premiere at the Fox Theatre for a limited engagement from May 24-29 as part of the 2015/2016 Fifth Third Bank Broadway in Atlanta Series.



Tickets start at $33.50 and are available at by visiting www.FoxTheatre.org/beautiful, calling 1-855-285-8499 or visiting the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308). Group orders of 10 or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000. Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice. For more information, please visit www.BeautifulOnBroadway.com or www.BroadwayInAtlanta.com.

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical will play at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre May 24-29. The performance schedule is as follows:
Tuesday-Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday  1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.


Carole King might be a native New Yorker, but her story of struggle and triumph is as universal as they come – and her music is loved the world over,” producer Paul Blake said. “We know that audiences throughout the country will embrace this show just as Broadway and London audiences have.”

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Afternoon Delights: Cafe con Leche and Raspberry Madeleines #SienteGlade


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Madeleines are a sweet buttery french pastry or “tea-cookie” that pairs spectacularly with your “cafecito” (coffee). These precious tender little cake-like cookies are baked until golden crisp, in special molds, that give them a delicate shell shape. They are thick in size, but light, soft, and smooth in texture similar to a sponge cake, and are loaded with a rich decadent buttery flavor. Madeleines are easy to make, and once you get the hang of it, you will be obsessed making them for parties or giving them away as gifts. They literally take 15 minutes to bake!




INGREDIENTS
  • 4 large eggs, lightly beaten in a 2-cup measure
  • 1¼ cups sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour, plus 2 Tbs. for molds
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 2½ sticks unsalted butter, cut into 12 pieces
  • 1 cup of raspberries
  • A pinch of salt
  • The zest of one lemon
  • A few drops of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • A few drops of pure vanilla extract
  • Confectioners’ sugar, for sprinkling
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