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.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

I Met Paula Deen and She is AWESOME!


On Monday November 10, Celebrity chef Paula Deen visited Atlanta to promote her live cooking show, Paula Deen Live!, presented by Springer Mountain Farms Chicken. Paula Deen Live Holiday Edition! will be at the Atlanta Symphony Hall at Woodruff Arts Center this Sunday.

I was so lucky to be invited the meet and greet event at the Guy Gunter Showroom House. I was so curious so see her cooking live and interacting with bloggers and media. I always wonder is she really that nice? Yes she is! Paula is such a beautiful spirit, as soon as she enters the room everyone smiles. She is very affectionate, kind, and a very down to earth person. She acknowledges every single person in the room and makes the effort to connects with them one by one.


Her husband Michael was there too and it was so wonderful to see how much love they have for each other. They make a great couple, and I don't think Paula would be able to do all she does without his support. Paula not only talked about her cooking show, but she sat on the table with the rest of us and shared personal stories and family pictures.

Did you know Paula is a huge animal lover? She rescued an injured baby squirrel back in Savannah. She named it “Earl” and hand fed the little guy with a mixture of oatmeal and milk supplement for almost three months. By then the squirrel was so used to be with Paula and Michael that when he was finally released to the world, the little guy came running back as if “Hey! What's going on? I like it here!”.


It's clear that Paula is a very nurturing person and she puts love in everything she does. Her recipes are so comforting and it is the type of food that gives you a hug from the inside out.

Paula Deen is launching a new online network with new cooking shows and recipes added daily. You can also go beyond the kitchen in EXCLUSIVE reality shows, watch all the classic Paula's cooking shows, and get money saving tips and tricks that make meal planning easy, affordable and delicious. 




We had a Q&A at the end and I deeply regret not telling her what was really on my mind, but I will do it now. 


Paula, I am so glad you are back! I miss watching you cook and listening how to make the perfect meal in that thick southern accent of yours. I wish you all the happiness in the world. Chin up! You are awesome! 

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Where The Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak In His Own Words And Pictures Opens November 16 at The Breman Museum


And now," cried Max, "let the wild rumpus start!”

Bring the whole family to the opening of the exhibition Where The Wild Things Are: Maurice Sendak In His Own Words And Pictures and stay for a day full of fun family activities!

For over fifty years Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are has delighted and captivated readers both young and old. This exhibition celebrates Sendak’s life and work by showcasing his most famous pieces through preliminary sketches, finished artwork, and interactive displays. All of this is told through the words of Sendak himself, intimately connecting artist to art. 



The exhibition aims at promoting an appreciation of the creative genius of Maurice Sendak and his art by highlighting the importance of early childhood reading as it relates to language development and literacy. The exhibition also emphasizes art as an important and effective tool for children and adults alike in coping with stressful situations that arise in every day life. New sections of the exhibition have been developed through partnerships with both the 
Atlanta Speech School’s Rollins Center for Language and Literacy and the Georgia Art Therapy Association.

12:00 PM - Reading Time with the PJ Library
2:00 PM - "The Music Class" live in concert
3:00 PM - Costume Parade 

*Plus, Face painting, create your own monster activity in the gallery and Incredible Falafel food truck!


Entrance to this event is Free for Breman Museum members, $15 for adults and $9 for children 4 and up*, so become a member before the Wild Things arrive! Tickets will be available at the door on the day of the event, or you may visit the museum's website and fill out the form below to reserve your spot today. 

*No coupons or other promotional offerings will be accepted on the day of this event


Win a Hallmark NorthPole Gift Pack #NorthPoleFun

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Hallmark.
All the myths and stories from your childhood are true ... NorthPole is real, and it's bigger than you think and more fun than you can imagine!

This year, our friends at Hallmark are specially delivering products that help build anticipation for Christmas. They are doing several product tie-ins with it's new “Northpole” movie and has set up a separate NorthPole website with a fully loaded gift gallery.


Products we love: 1. Cozy Coaster Set, 2. Cozy Mug 3. Red Stitchery "Make Happy Happen" Magnetic Memo Pad with Pencil,  4. Snowflake Hostess Set5. Little Elf Apron, 6. Sweet Treat Elf Nutcracker


For the first time ever, kids can bring a little piece of Northpole home and enjoy the same products used by elves in Northpole, including: Santa Connections, Kitchen Magic, Family Fun, Kid Stuff & Books, Gifts to Go & Holiday Home.



Northpole1820.com offers a never-before-seen glimpse into Santa's magical city called Northpole. It was founded by Santa and Mrs. Claus, and there are elves who live there that have families just like ours. The whole city is powered by magic snowflakes that are created when children from our world share Christmas togetherness with their families. 

For parents, the site is a fun introduction to Northpole, demonstrating products just as elves use them every day. For mom and child together, it's magic - complete with daily countdown activities, fun facts and a chance to see how elves live, play and share their anticipation for Christmas.
  

Some of our favorite items at NorthPole Gift Gallery are:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Support Historic Oakland Cemetery On Georgia Gives A Day #MyOakland


Historic Oakland Cemetery is proud to be a part of Georgia Gives Day this Thursday, November 13, and has a goal to raise $10,000 that will go toward preserving, restoring, enhancing and sharing the unique history within Oakland's 48 acres.

Your contribution on Georgia Gives Day will help Historic Oakland Foundation continue its mission of preserving, restoring, enhancing and sharing Historic Oakland Cemetery, a beloved Atlanta landmark.To learn more and make a donation, please click here.




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Operation Christmas Child Now Collecting Gift-Filled Shoeboxes To Share With Needy Children Around The World



Operation Christmas Child is the world’s largest Christmas project of its kind. It uses gift-filled shoeboxes to share God’s love in a tangible way with needy children around the world. Since 1993, Samaritan’s Purse has collected and delivered more than 113 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in over 150 countries through Operation Christmas Child.

How does it work?
Individuals, families, churches, and groups fill empty shoeboxes with gifts of toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and notes of encouragement. During National Collection Week, Nov. 17-24, Samaritan’s Purse will collect the gift-filled shoeboxes at more than 4,000 drop-off sites in all 50 states and Puerto Rico.
Operation Christmas Child also offers the opportunity year-round to pack personalized shoebox gifts online. Go to samaritanspurse.org and click on Operation Christmas Child to select toys and gift items, write a note of encouragement, and “pack” them in a shoebox.
Shoebox gifts are prepared for overseas shipment at nine major processing centers across the United States—Atlanta; Baltimore; Boone, N.C.; Charlotte; Dallas; Denver; Honolulu; Minneapolis; and Southern California.
Samaritan’s Purse will deliver the gifts to children in more than 100 countries on six continents.
How To Pack A Shoebox
  • Use an empty cardboard or plastic shoebox (average size). You can wrap the box, lid separately, but wrapping is not required.
  • Decide whether your gift will be for a boy or a girl, and the age category: 2-4, 5-9, or 10-14. Download and print the appropriate boy/girl label. Mark the correct age category and tape the label to the top of your box.
  • Fill the box with a variety of gifts that will bring delight to a child (see Gift Suggestions below).

Stone Mountain Christmas Is Back With New 4D Movies and Incredible Live Performances

Atlanta's Most Heartwarming Christmas Celebration
November 8 - January 4 

Christmas at Stone Mountain Park is back with new shows, new 4D movies, festive music, snowflake funnel cakes, new holiday characters and over two million lights. Start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime for your kids...and you. My family had the chance to preview all the new things the park has to offer and we were blown away with the attractions.


Here's what to expect if you are visiting this year:

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Win Tickets for Paula Deen Live at Atlanta Symphony Hall November 16


Come see Paula's live show at the Atlanta Symphony Hall in Atlanta, GA on Nov 16 and get a heaping helping of Paula's recipes, some good old-fashioned fun and lots of laughter. Join Paula as she demonstrates how to make her favorite seasonal dishes, shares family stories and plays cooking games with her fans. Some lucky audience members will even get to join Paula on stage! Want to win two tickets? Leave us a comment below and register your entry on our giveaway widget. A random winner will be selected on November 13, 2014!


Thursday, November 6, 2014

World Of Coca-Cola Armed Forces Appreciation Deals



Did you know The World of Coca-Cola offers free admission to members of the Armed Forces (active duty, reserves and retirees) year-round. 

In honor of Veterans Day, they are going one step further to show their gratitude and support for the men and women who serve our country. Starting Saturday, Nov. 8 through Sunday, Nov. 16, members of the Armed Forces may also purchase up to four half-price general admission tickets for their friends and family.

To take advantage of this special offer, military members and retirees can present their valid Armed Forces ID cards at the World of Coca-Cola ticket windows. 



Fernbank Science Center Teacher Appreciation Night November 13



On November 13, Fernbank Science Center is having a science teacher appreciation night. If you're a science teacher from anywhere, at any level, the center is welcoming you to come get a quick tour and presentation about what we have to offer. There will also be door prizes and giveaways of extra teaching materials and supplies.


Fernbank Science Center to Host Compost Event


This Saturday from 10 until 1, Fernbank Science Center master gardeners are having a composting event. There are actually two separate events, one of them open to the public and kid friendly, from 10 to 1, and the other one a training workshop for gardeners interested in composting, which is also free but which needs to be RSVP'd via "signup genius" website or you can also RSVP by calling the Science Center directly.


Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Donate to Boxes of Beauty Get Special Discount to The Children's Museum of Atlanta



Bring in any 10 travel-sized toiletry items and receive $1 off each ticket to the Children's Museum of Atlanta. They will be collecting items all month long and donating them to teenage girls in shelters and group homes. Each box will be decorated in the Maker's Space and then filled with the items donated! The Museum is partnering with the non-profit Boxes of Beauty on this project. Learn more about them here.


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