Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Feeling Blue! My Struggle With Asthma



This past week has been extremely difficult to update the blog due to a recent diagnosis of adult-onset asthma.  This is something that is completely new to me and I feel so lost when it comes to figure out what should I do (or not) to avoid experiencing a recurring asthma attack. 

My children are so scared every time they see me  out of breath. They are constantly asking me "mommy are you okay" and it kills me, because as a parent you never want to be the cause of stress of your child. Having asthma is scary. I feel like a have a bag of bricks on my chest and it's so incredibly frustrating. 

I'm noticing my asthma get's worse at night? Not sure if this is typical or not but I need to start doing some serious reading and find the best way to fight this. On the positive side papa bird and the little bluebirds have step up  to the plate, especially in the "chores" department, which allows me to rest as much as I can. 

I still need to have more tests done but I promise I will keep you updated. If you have any tip about asthma management please share it with me. At this point I'm willing to try anything!

Beauty Redefined! Lupita Nyong'o Is PEOPLE's Most Beautiful





It's official! Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong'o has crushed all the beauty stereotypes at one of the industries with the most narrow beauty standards on the planet. She covers the 25th publication of People magazine and as the "Most Beautiful" woman of 2014. 

An excited Lupita says its a major compliment; "It was exciting and just a major, major compliment and especially, I was happy for all the girls who would see me on [it] and feel a little more seen." she said 
 

At Essence’s Black Women In Hollywood Luncheon, Lupita Nyong’o told the audience: “I remember a time when I too felt unbeautiful. I put on the TV and only saw pale skin, I got teased and taunted about my night-shaded skin. And my one prayer to God, the miracle worker, was that I would wake up lighter-skinned. The morning would come and I would be so excited about seeing my new skin that I would refuse to look down at myself until I was in front of a mirror because I wanted to see my fair face first. And every day I experienced the same disappointment of being just as dark as I was the day before. I tried to negotiate with God, I told him I would stop stealing sugar cubes at night if he gave me what I wanted, I would listen to my mother’s every word and never lose my school sweater again if he just made me a little lighter. But I guess God was unimpressed with my bargaining chips because He never listened.” 

I think God did listen after all. Sometimes not getting what we wish for is a wonderful struck of luck!
 
Photos by People Magazine!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Prize-winning author, dies at 87




BREAKING! Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel Prize-winning Colombian novelist, and the man praised as the most popular Spanish writer since Cervantes has died at his home in Mexico City, Mexican media reported. In 1967, his novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" sold more than 30m copies and he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. Some critics in Latin America said it was the most important book in the Spanish language since Don Quixote, and the American author and critic William Kennedy called the novel "the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Nominate Your School For A "School Crashers" Makeover!

Georgia United Credit Union Presents “School Crashers”

Georgia United is committed to our schools and communities and is partnering with Star94, 790 the Zone, and 11 Alive to present School Crashers – a school makeover contest! Nominate your local school through Georgia United’s convenient online application and your school could be the lucky recipient of a major improvement project or the winner of a grant.

Much like the home improvement shows, if you have an idea for a needed improvement at your school’s playground, commons areas, media center, cafeteria - you name it – don’t keep it to yourself.


 Clickhere to nominate your school     
 Clickhere to read contest rules and regulations!



  1. You can nominate any school for a “School Crashers” makeover grant, whether or not you currently attend that school.
  2. All Nomination Form fields must be completed to be considered and nominations must be received on or before April 30, 2014.
  3.  Submit your application online by clicking on the link above and completing the online form on Georgia United’s website or mail a printed copy to: Georgia United SCHOOL CRASHERS, 6705 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097
 Questions? Contact Georgia United’s Marketing Department at 770.476.6409

Strong4Life Egg-Cellent Ideas for a Healthy Easter Breakfast

  

EGG-CELLENT EGGS!

From chocolate to marshmallow to jelly to the real thing, nothing says Easter time (and springtime!) like eggs. But unlike their candy counterparts, real eggs are packed with high-quality protein, more than a dozen vitamins and minerals, and antioxidants. They’re also super budget-friendly—just 17 cents each—feeding a family of four for about $1.36.

At Strong4Life, we’re egg-cited about real eggs, from their powerful proteins to their vital vitamins to their cheap cost. Eggs are great for breakfast, but they’re also egg-stra versatile. From lunch, to dinner, to snacks, these little protein powerhouses can make their way to your family’s menu and they’ll be scrambling for more! 
 
Children’sHealthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life dietitians hatched the following ways for you to serve eggs to your own little chicks, so let’s get crackin’!

  • Add leftover or Frozen Chopped Veggies to Omelets
Our favorite mix-ins are spinach, broccoli, bell peppers and mushrooms.
Tip: Let kids choose their own mix-ins and they’ll be scrambling to the table!

  • Make it Mexican!
Create a burrito, taco or quesadilla with scrambled eggs, salsa and a whole-wheat tortilla.
Tip: Add shredded cheese after cooking for a good dairy boost.

  • Hard-boiled Snacks
Add hard-boiled eggs to your salad or serve with fruit as a snack.
Tip: Hard-boiled eggs pack a quick and easy pick-me-up in kids’ lunches.

  • Brinner”
Egg-cite your kids by serving eggs for "brinner" (breakfast for dinner)!
Tip: Thanks to their protein, eggs keep us feeling full and energized, no matter when we eat them...breakfast, lunch, snack or “brinner!”

  • Get creative!
Give kids some cooked eggs, sliced vegetables, 100% whole wheat toast and a few cookie cutters. Then step back and let them create their own edible masterpiece!
Tip: When kids have fun custom-making their own nutritious food, they’re more likely to gobble it up.

  • Microwave
Short on time? Microwave eggs in seconds. Coat a microwave-safe coffee mug or small bowl with cooking spray. Add 2 eggs and about 2 Tbsp. low-fat milk. Beat until blended. Microwave on high for 45 seconds, stir, and microwave another 30-45 seconds. Done!
Tip: Add a slice of deli ham to cooked eggs for even more protein.

 

**SAFETY NOTES**
  • Uncooked eggs may contain bacteria, like salmonella, that can make you sick. Be sure to store eggs in the fridge and cook them all the way through before serving.
Tips: Never serve kids eggs with runny yolks, like sunny side up.

  • If you plan to eat your decorated Easter eggs, use food safe methods (like natural dyes, or stickers), and don’t eat eggs that have been out of the fridge for more than two hours.
For more nutrition tips visit the HealthyEating section on Strong4Life.com.

11Alive Celebrate Kindness Contest


Vote for the local charity you want to win $10,000!


I absolutely love how much of friends at 11Alive news do for our community. Atlanta is full of great people doing amazing things and it's time to say thank you! 11Alive and Chicken of the Sea are giving away $20,000 to 11 local charities to continue their great work. How much each charity wins is up to you!

Starting on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, you can vote for the charity of your choice. You can vote once per day until Wednesday, April 23, 2014. The charity that receives the most votes will win $10,000! The other ten charities will each receive $1,000! The winner will be announced LIVE on 11Alive News on Thursday, April 24, 2014!

 Click here to cast your vote to your favorite charity! 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bluebird Patch TEENS "My Top 5 Reasons Why Should Should See the Lion King at The Fox Theatre"


Fact: "The Lion King" has been more profitable than all six "Star Wars" films combined. But at first, almost no one thought it would work.

Childhood memories. They are the beginning of our unique journey through life. Think back, what is your favorite childhood memory? Is watching the Lion King one of those memories? 

Well, if so then I got something for you! The Broadway musical the Lion King is here in Atlanta! This past weekend I got to experience something that I have never experienced before. 



These are my top 5 reasons of why you should go see Lion King the Musical at the Fox Theatre:


  1. It feels like the movie itself has come to life right in front of your eyes! Everything feels so real. The actors come down the aisles in their costumes and just dance and sing right in front of you!
  2. The costumes, carved masks and intricate makeup are beautiful and it really transports you to the gorgeous vistas of the African savanna.
  3. It brings back childhood memories. Like I said before, childhood memories are a big part of your life. The things that
    you should cherish and love all start with your childhood.
  4. It is family friendly and children will definitely enjoy it. Parents, I highly recommend taking your children with you to see the show. It will give your child a fun brand new experience that he/she will have never seen before.
  5. The theme and moral of the story is something that every human being can relate. Life and all the changes we experience as we search for our place in life. The story teaches that no matter how much those changes may scare us, we can not run from our responsibilities forever. It is only by facing the past, ghosts and challenges and being brave that we may find true happiness. 


The Lion King takes center stage at the Fox Theatre on April 10 through 27, 2014. This three-week run of The Lion King in Atlanta is part of the Fifth Third Bank’s Broadway in Atlanta 2013-2014 series.  In Atlanta, THE LION KING will play Tuesday through Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday evenings at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday evenings at 6:30 p.m. as well as matinees on Saturday at 2:00 p.m. and Sundays at 1:00 p.m.  Premium Ticket Packages, which include a prime seat location, a commemorative souvenir program and an exclusive merchandise item, are also available. Tickets are available at the Fox Theatre Box Office (660 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta, GA 30308), online at www.foxtheatre.org or by calling 1-855-ATL-TIXX. Orders for groups of twenty (20) or more may be placed by calling 404-881-2000.




Legoland Discovery Center Atlanta Seeks Local Children To Compete For A Spot On 2014 Special Panel

CALLING ALL KIDS: JUNIOR CONSTRUCTION EXPERTS WANTED


LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is seeking a new team of Junior Construction Panel members for 2014. Joshua Bohn, the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta’s master model builder, is looking for fellow creative minds to join his specialized team. Junior Construction Panel members will access to special events, provide insight on future events at the attraction and be part of a group of opinion-leaders who will lead LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta into the future.

We have had so much fun with our Junior Construction team,” said LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta master model builder Joshua Bohn. “Now we’re excited to recruit a brand new group of children to be a part of this special club and help us plan activities for the upcoming year. I’m looking for a team of talented and passionate young people to bring their creativity and innovative perspectives to the LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta experience.”

How to Apply for a Spot on the Junior Construction Panel

Better World Books Gifts Atlanta Community with 50,000 Books on April 19

KIPP STRIVE Academy and Better World Books co-host free book giveaway

ATLANTA (April 11, 2014) – To celebrate World Book Day and thank the community for its support, Better World Books will give away 50,000 children’s books to kids in Atlanta and the surrounding areas. The assets for this giveaway come from Better World Books’ Book for Book™ program, a philanthropic initiative that identifies communities in need and provides them with gently used, pre-loved books. Better World Books’ co-host, KIPP STRIVE Academy, is opening its doors to book lovers and beginning readers alike in the Atlanta area on April 19, encouraging families to come together to celebrate the importance of reading.

Better World Books tapped a student group from Emory’s Goizueta Business School to determine a location for this giveaway with the greatest impact potential – targeting areas with reading and literacy needs, as well as lower-income families with school-aged children. The group chose the Atlanta University Corridor (AUC), and solicited KIPP STRIVE Academy to serve as the event partner based on similar missions to educate and empower communities with little access to educational material.

We are so thrilled to co-host this 50,000 book giveaway event with Better World Books,” said Christy Harris, KIPP STRIVE Academy’s principal. “A donation of this magnitude will have such an impact on our local community, and we’re glad to open our doors for this event.”

Better World Books loves being part of this community, and it means a lot to us to be able to provide the books for this giveaway,” said John Ujda, Better World Books’ Chief Literacy Officer. “Making literacy and books accessible to all readers is the foundation of our company, and we’re thrilled that the Book for Book™ program is making an impact in our own backyard.” 


 
Book for Book™ by Better World Books from Better World Books on Vimeo.


Event details:
Date: Saturday, April 19, 2014
Time: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. (or as long as the books last!)
Location: KIPP STRIVE Academy, 1444 Lucile Ave. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
*Parking available in the lot surrounding the campus.

The Co-op: Successful Performers Through Creativity Launches Kickstarter Campaign


Creative Opportunities for Optimal Performance (CO-OP) a program to foster success through creative performance skills in youth.


Create It Theatre” is a program designed to teach children how to become successful performers in life through creative theatre. This year they are expanding their 10-week program to a nine month after school curriculum called “The CO-OP."  The CO-OP is Creative Opportunities for Optimal Performance where we designed “games” that will teach creativity, confidence, and promote success through performing arts.

The CO-OP is a creative theatre-based program that enables youth (ages 5-14) to create their own production through interactive stories and games. The youth creatively put together stories to make characters come alive. Because it is totally from their imagination and creativity, the youth can modify characters as the production goes along and add more of their own personality.
The CO-OP was inspired by the popular creative theatre program, used by hundreds of young people (ages 5 and up) around the world. In creating the CO-OP, they redesigned the creative process of the theatre program and added more language to make them developmentally appropriate for all ages, carefully designing creative games to match each age children’s cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development.
The Co-op has one rule which is to deliver excellence because anything less would be unacceptable and anything more would be unrealistic.


The Co-Op is currently doing a Kickstarter campaign to help them assist in raising capital to expand their Create It Theatre program to a 9 month after school curriculum. The purpose is to gain accreditation, building location, permits, licenses, and hire more instructors. We will have an entire building and program dedicated to training youth to be successful performers in life. To pledge this campaign please visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/603819633/the-co-op-successful-performers-through-creativity

Fifth Third Bank (Georgia) Partners with the Gwinnett Braves to Launch Annual Strike Out Hunger! Food Drive



Local Bank Aims to Collect Enough Food Donations to Feed 5,300 Families to Help Celebrate “Fifth Third Day”


Kennesaw, Ga. – Today, Fifth Third Bank (Georgia) announced it is going to bat with the Gwinnett Braves – to launch Strike Out Hunger! This community food drive will run from April 18 through May 3 (“Fifth Third Day” on 5/3) and is aimed at collecting enough products to feed 5,300 families in the Atlanta Metro area.

Members of the community are encouraged to donate non-perishable food items – such as canned fruits and meats, peanut butter and boxed cereal – to participating Fifth Third Bank financial centers. While supplies last, the bank will give baseball game tickets to those who make a contribution to the food drive, courtesy of the Gwinnett Braves.

We believe that a continual investment in our community can make a meaningful impact. Each year, the bank recognizes its employees, customers and the communities it serves on the third day of the fifth month – or 5/3 on the calendar,” said Randy Koporc, president of Fifth Third Bank (Georgia). “We’re proud to be working with top-notch organizations like the Gwinnett Braves, Kennesaw State University, the Augusta GreenJackets, the Atlanta Community Food Bank and the Golden Harvest Food Bank to help families and children in need throughout the Atlanta area.”

After the month-long food drive, the bank will deliver food donations to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which will in turn feed thousands of families.

The need for food in our community continues to increase, and the donated items will directly help people here in our own backyards,” said Bill Bolling, Founder and Executive Director of the Atlanta Community Food Bank. “Each year, we distribute more than 45 million pounds of food to help feed the food insecure through our network of more than 600 partner agencies throughout metro Atlanta and north Georgia. We are humbled that Fifth Third Bank has once again focused on contributing to our efforts to fight hunger and provide hope.”

The Gwinnett Braves are proud to team up with Fifth Third Bank to help answer a vital need of our community,” said North Johnson, General Manager of the Gwinnett Braves. “The Atlanta Community Food Bank does a tremendous job in providing food to hungry children and families, and we are glad to do our part in helping keep those food banks stocked.”


To take part in fighting hunger and receive tickets to the Gwinnett Braves vs. Lehigh Valley Ironpigs on Saturday, May 3, 2014 at 7:05 p.m., residents can drop off food donations at financial centers in AlpharettaAtlantaDuluthLawrencevilleLoganville,Roswell, and Norcross from April 18 through May 3.

** Disclosure: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Offer available only at participating Fifth Third locations. Offer valid April 18, 2014 – May 3, 2014. Donations may be made during regular business hours. Limit one ticket per donated item with a maximum of four tickets per person. Offer good only while supplies last.

Food collection bins are set up at all 32 Fifth Third financial centers in the following counties: Columbia, Richmond, Fulton, DeKalb, Gwinnett, Walton, and Cobb. Location addresses are available at 53.com.


An Evening with Jennifer Senior, All Joy and No Fun Coming to Atlanta History Center April 23rd!


Thousands of books have examined the effects of parents on their children. In All Joy and No Fun award-winning journalist Jennifer Senior now asks: what are the effects of children on their parents? Senior tackles this question, isolating and analyzing the many ways in which children reshape their parents' lives, whether it's their marriages, their jobs, their habits, their hobbies, their friendships, or their internal senses of self. She argues that changes in the last half century have radically altered the roles of today's mothers and fathers, making their mandates at once more complex and far less clear.

She draws upon multi-disciplinary research to discuss the timeless strains of parenting as well as the those that are brand new. As an active, modern parent, I am sure this is a subject matter with which you are very familiar!

I encourage you to attend and to share this lecture with you friends and readers. It will be held at the Atlanta History Center on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 8:00 pm. Admission is inexpensive at $10 for nonmembers, $5 for members, and free for AHC insiders.  Guests to the lecture receive 25% off of the featured book. Find out more at AtlantaHistoryCenter.com/Lectures.


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