Thursday, November 19, 2015

Top Ten Ways To Find Your Holiday Cheer At The World Of Coca-Cola

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the World of Coca Cola in Atlanta. The interactive home of Coke launches its holiday celebration today with lights, photo opps galore, meorable gifts, a letter-writing Coca-Cola Polar Bear and more.“The World of Coca-Cola is a favorite holiday destination for fans of all ages from around the world,” said General Manager of Retail and Attractions for the World of Coca-Cola Russell Jacobs. “We are always planning new ways to surprise and delight our guests, and we’ve put together a list of our top ten reasons to spend the holidays with us this year.”

Guests can:
  1. Mail friends personalized letters from the desk of the Coca‑Cola Polar Bear inviting them to the attraction
  2. Give a one-of-kind holiday gift that friends and family will always remember
  3. Savor the season with signature beverages like Gingerbread Coke and Mistletoe Flow starting the Friday after Thanksgiving
  4.  Snap and share selfies with the Coca‑Cola Polar Bear and Santa Claus using #WOCCHoliday
  5. Get the star treatment with personalized VIP Guided Tours
  6. Give back with a gift from the 5by20 artisan collection, which benefits women entrepreneurs around the world
  7. Ooh and ahh over the thousands of holiday lights and larger-than-life ornaments in Pemberton Place
  8. Learn the real story behind the Santa Claus image we know and love, originally commissioned by Coca-Cola in the 1930s
  9. Share favorite holiday memories of Coca‑Cola with other fans from around the world
  10. Give the gift of happiness all year long with a World of Coca-Cola Annual Pass

To learn more about the World of Coca-Cola’s seasonal celebration, visit

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Six Flags Over Georgia Holiday In The Park Opens November 21!

Looking for a memorable experience with out-of-town relatives? There’s no better place than Six Flags Over Georgia Holiday in the Park! Their magnificent shows and street entertainment provide all of the best holiday tunes to get you into the Christmas spirit. 

Experience our festive shows, dozens of Christmas trees, more than one million LED lights and meet Santa Claus. Stroll through Peppermint Plaza, the North Pole and snowy Main Street Christmas (with a little help from a snow machine)! Walk through a mistletoe tunnel or journey back in time to simpler days of Christmas past with Retro Christmas USA. 

To buy tickets, check schedule and plan your visit please visit:

Monday, November 16, 2015

Support Our Troops During The Holidays With Marie Callender's Comforts From Home Project

Home Is Where You Feel Happy and Cozy After a Long Journey

Marie Callender’s creates homemade meals and desserts made with high-quality ingredients and signature special touches that your family can slow down and savor together. 
When you are a military family like us you know you do everything within your reach to send comforts from home to your soldier no matter how far they are. Sometimes is the smallest gestures that bring them the biggest joy. 

This is why we are so happy to see how Marie Callender’s announced the return of the Comforts from Home Project, a partnership with the United Service Organizations (USO) that’s dedicated to bringing the heartwarming feelings, flavors, and favorites of home to those who miss it most.

To help bring the comforts of home to the brave men and women of the U.S. military, Marie Callender’s donation to the USO will provide electronics, sports gear, books, games and more to troops stationed in remote locations around the world.

From September 1, 2015 through January 29, 2016, consumers can help give to the USO Operation Celebration program by entering the on-pack code from one of the more than 51 million specially-marked Marie Callender’s frozen meals or desserts at

Each code entered online equals a $0.50 donation to the USO. For every entry by 1/29/2016 of an 8-digit code found on participating products, Marie Callender’s will donate $.50 to the USO Operation Celebration program. Guaranteed minimum donation: $100,000. Maximum donation: $300,000. Limit 5 code entries per person/computer each day. Valid in U.S. Only. 

The USO Operation Celebration program is dedicated to provide a "home away from home" for our deployed troops stationed around the world to make sure every holiday, small or large, is celebrated.

The program ensures that our troops have a place to celebrate every holiday, with or without their families, bringing the comforts of home that can often be taken for granted, such as seasonal meals, company, entertainment and a chance to relax away from the stress of active service.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Sweet 15 Rustic Birthday Party Highlights

A quinceañero is one of the most important celebrations for fifteen-year-old Latina girls. It represents the rite of passage of a young girl to womanhood. For Latinas from Puerto Rico like us, this is an old and revered tradition that is constantly evolving. Aesthetically, the quinceañera resembles a wedding. It is an extravagant event that encompasses many aspects of a marriage ceremony: the family, the dress, the dance, the cake, the gifts, the fancy venue, and lets not forget the glorious food.

It's no secret that quinceañeros are often as costly as a wedding and many families use this opportunity to flaunt their wealth and social status. Planning a quinceañero or "Sweet 15" can be stressful especially when you want to follow the tradition but since we are anything but traditional we took a different route. When planning for this event we made a list of all the things we dislike like about quinceañeros and one thing was crystal clear, we didn't want the big puffy dress, or the overly formal ceremony. We wanted a birthday for a modern quinceanera, something the kids would actually enjoy. Kids these days hate formality so keeping it casual was crucial. 

We drove around Duluth, Lawrenceville and Suwanee and checked out a few venues but we were quickly discouraged when we saw all the “extra” fees we needed to pay (on top of the basic rental fee). So after a lot of disappointments, and almost calling the whole thing off... I decided to give it another try and use Yelp to help me find an affordable venue.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

One Night Only! Shaping Sound Dance Reimagined November 17 at The Fox Theatre - Giveaway


and the Fox Theatre are pleased to announce that North America’s hottest new dance show — SHAPING SOUND — will perform one night only at Atlanta’s Fox Theatre, Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, priced at $39, $49, $59 and $100, are on sale at, by calling 855-285-8499, or at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more by calling 404-881-2000. Experience the exhilarating collaboration of North America’s newest dance visionaries as they mash-up music genres and dance styles in an explosive dance theater experience perfect for all ages.

Under the Artistic Direction of Emmy Award Winner, TRAVIS WALL, and co-created with NICK LAZZARINI, TEDDY FORANCE and KYLE ROBINSON, SHAPING SOUND is an electrifying mash-up of dance styles and musical genres brought fully to life on stage by a dynamic company of contemporary dancers. After rising to fame on “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With The Stars”, these dancers – some of the best talent on stage right now -- starred in their own reality TV show, Oxygen Network’s "All the Right Moves."

Monday, November 9, 2015

Family Friendly Thanksgiving Shows at the Fox Theatre You Don't Want To Miss!

Looking for something to do with out-of-town guests and the out of school kids during the week of Thanksgiving? The Fox Theatre has a list of family-friendly shows to keep the entire family happy.

Kickoff the holiday season with a great lineup of shows, including:

Cirque Dreams Holidaze – Nov. 25 & 27! Now in its 7th year of multiple simultaneous touring productions, Cirque Dreams lights up the 2015 holiday season with its critically acclaimed holiday stage extravaganza… Cirque Dreams Holidaze, a new cirque show…Broadway musical… and family Christmas spectacular all in one!

Why Stone Mountain Christmas Is The Best Family Christmas Destination in Atlanta!

I remember my first Christmas at Stone Mountain. We just moved to Georgia, and were feeling downhearted, due that all of our family and friends were overseas. Spending Christmas in a new city with small children can put a lot of pressure to a young couple. You always try to make sure your children are happy and healthy, specially during a time where you are supposed to celebrate with your loved ones... but you can only do so much.

I'm thankful Stone Mountain Christmas helped us forget about all the things we left behind and showed us all the beautiful things awaiting us. The beauty about Stone Mountain Christmas is that it transports you to a place full of magic, love and Christmas cheer. This is the perfect place to take your family for a holiday getaway. 

You can watch live shows, ride a train, buy gifts, take pictures with Santa, build a snowman, zoom down the 400-foot hill all together in family-sized tubes, or just go alone as a single rider. Is just a great place to start a new tradition and create memories that will last a lifetime for your kids...and you. Oh, and all the pictures you take here always come out looking beautiful because it is such a gorgeous place.

This year you can enjoy the glow of more than two million lights, festive music and visits from some your favorite holiday characters.  In addition you can:

Music & Arts Upgrade Your Sounds November Deal You Don't Want To Miss! #MusicArtTips

There’s little doubt that learning to play a musical instrument is great for developing brains. Learning a musical instrument is a superb opportunity for children to express themselves creatively while picking up a new skill. My son joined the school band during sixth grade and I love seeing how much this experience has changed him. 

He now has less feelings of anxiety, has a greater control of his emotions and is more focused and attentive during his classes. His ability to memorize and remember information is off the roof. Is almost as if playing an instrument has all of the sudden optimized his brain. He loves music so much that he joined a second band (pep band) and guess who is always traveling back and forth making sure that is on time for the games or school concerts? Yep, me.

High school awaits next year and he already made the commitment to join the marching band. He plays the flute, and normally this is the kind of instrument that you need to buy or rent since wind instruments require you to blow through them and any remnants of food or sugar from beverages are blown through your flute. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Shine On Your Wedding Day With Our eBay Rustic Boho-Chic Wedding Guide

Love isn't something you find. Love is something that finds you.
Loretta Young  

The say your wedding is the least important day of your marriage but it is definitely that one that you will remember the most. You see a wedding is one of those autobiographical memories in your life that imprints in your brain automatically. This memory is not part of you, but actually a piece of you, for better or worse. You may forget many visual details, but you will never forget the emotions and feelings you experienced that day. When you are planning a wedding the only rule you need to remember is that there are NO RULES so might as well have fun with it. 

I love Boho-chic weddings because of their organic, ethereal yet romantic feel. Boho-chic weddings are whimsical, vintage-inspired, super chic and unpretentious. 

They are perfect for dreamers and lovers of all things non-traditional. I created my first Boho-Chic wedding guide on Ebay to help you find all those special details you need to recreate this theme at your wedding.  On this guide I talk about finding the perfect dress and how to stay on budget by using eBay to buy your wedding supplies.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Aurora Theatre Children’s Playhouse To Host Free Day Of The Day of The Dead Celebration

Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a holiday celebrated throughout Mexico & Central America and acknowledged around the world in other cultures. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died, and help support their spiritual journey.

Conceptually, it is a hybrid, owing its origins to both prehispanic Aztec philosophy & religion and medieval European ritual practice. Scholars trace its origins to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl. In ancient Aztec ceremonies, both children and dead ancestors were remembered and celebrated. The Aztecs would bring offerings of food to altars in honor of the dead. They would also place small clay images that were supposed to represent the deceased on these same altars. When the Spaniards arrived in the 16th century, they brought the Christian Holiday of All Soul’s Day with them. This was a Roman Catholic holy day commemorating the dead in general as well as baptized Christians who were believed to be in purgatory. 

Move For Moms 5K Race November 8 at Piedmont Park

A 5K race for those who would like to run, and 1K walk for walkers, families, and stroller enthusiasts!

What is Move For Moms?

Move For Moms! is a Fun Run to promote maternal mental health. This event is located in Atlanta’s beautiful Piedmont Park, and includes a 1k for walkers, families, and stroller enthusiasts, and a 5k for those would like to run a longer distance. After the race, refreshments, food, a post-race raffle, an awards ceremony, and family friendly games are all provided as part of the fun.

This event is organized by Project Healthy Moms of Mental Health America of Georgia.  Mental Health America of Georgia is a nonprofit organization, and Project Healthy Moms is a subset of the organization dedicated to raising awareness, reducing stigma, and promoting resources for women suffering from postpartum depression and other maternal mental illnesses.

The purpose of this event is to raise awareness about postpartum depression and other maternal mental illnesses. Maternal mental illness affects nearly 20% of women who become pregnant, and these illnesses can have a drastic impact on the health of the whole family; consequently, Mental Health America of Georgia believes maternal mental health needs to be discussed openly and without stigma. We hope that this event will provide families with information about postpartum depression and other maternal mental illnesses, and will encourage the community to rally together to support the mental health of our mothers.

Move For Moms! is a family-friendly event, and we would love to see you there. Bring your family, bring your best-decorated stroller, bring your running shoes—there is something for everyone! Everyone is welcome to attend to show love for our mothers. Maternal mental health touches all of our lives, so please come out and enjoy the park, support the cause, and help us Move for Moms!

Georgia SPCA Volunteer Celebrates His 100th Birthday Helping the Animals

Suwanee, Ga (October 27, 2015) - The Georgia Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Georgia SPCA) is excited to announce that one of its longtime volunteers, Charlie Yaeger, will be celebrating his 100th birthday at the upcoming pet adoption event held at PetSmart’s Lawrenceville location (875 Lawrenceville-Suwanee Road) on Sunday, November 1st from 11 am - 3pm.

Charlie is a retired aircraft engine designer who has lived all over the United States before settling in the Atlanta area to be closer to his children after the passing of his wife, Madeline.  Charlie and his family have been ardent supporters of the SPCA and animal welfare causes. He has always had pets, mostly dogs in his life, including a rescue, a black lab puppy who has gone down as the most memorable family pet. Charlie lives independently, still drives a car, and loves to participate in pet adoption events and other shelter activities where he feels he can be of any help. He attributes his longevity to a positive attitude, inquisitive mind, caring heart, and childlike soul. Oh - and a love of singing and dancing to Big Band music.
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