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!
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 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, the free online resource developed by the National Safety Council for parents with new teen drivers. Just like, “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 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, 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 or

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!

  • 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

Monday, May 9, 2016

5 reasons Why You Should Switch For Data And A Movie with Walmart Family Mobile Plus #DataAndAMovie

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If you have a family like me that loves family movie nights and uses their cell phone devices as their primary data source, there's a new mobile plan from Walmart that's perfect for your busy lifestyle. Walmart Family Mobile PLUS Plan now comes with Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE plus a free movie on VUDU every month ($7 value) per line for $49.88. Seriously, $49.88 for an unlimited plan plus a free movie every month, it doesn't get better than that. There are so many things I love about this new unlimited plan, but I narrowed them down to five, to help you make an informed decision. 

Top 5 Reasons To Sign Up For a Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan

1. Affordable no annual contract or credit check cell phone planWhen you switch to Walmart's  Family Mobile PLUS Plan unlimited plan, you get a T-mobile family plan with no annual contract and no credit check. These plans are free from restrictions like forcing customers to sign up for auto-pay or jump through other ridiculous hoops.

2. Unlimited Talk and Text: No more worries about overages! With Walmart Family Plus Plan PLUS you can talk and text all you want. If you have teens this is a must. The text addiction in teens is real ya'll so you better have them on unlimited plans.

3. Larger data bucket of 10GB of 4G LTE data helps you stay entertained: We are a heavy social media users so the beauty of this plan is that we can Snapchat, Instagram, Spotify, check our twitter and Facebook and watch all of our favorite YouTube videos wherever and whenever we need to. Now the best part of this plan is that it has a Data Saver that helps data last up to three times longer compared to normal video streaming. It's similar to T-Mobile's Data Maximizer or Binge On service that helps each user save as much as they can. The Data Saver feature may be switched off at any time if the users wants to watch a video at a higher quality.

4. It's the only mobile plan that offers a new release rental from VUDU movie:  VUDU by Walmart lets you to rent or own the hottest new releases and watch them on any compatible device - TVs, tablets, smartphones and more! If you are on the $49.88 Unlimited Talk, Text and Unlimited Data w/10 GB of 4G LTE Plus VUDU rate plan, you can receive a monthly coupon code for a free movie rental up to $7.00! Once you receive the coupon code from Family Mobile via text message, simply create an account on vudu to redeem your coupon code.

For mother's day we watched the 5th Wave! I have been wanting to see it for the longest time and thanks to Walmart I got to see it for free. I love movie nights with the kids. We are so busy during the week that we barely have time to do things together. Sundays is the perfect day to sit back and relax and watch a movie at home. I like to close all the blinds and make the room dark and cozy. I can't enjoy movies at home if the living room is too bright. The kids grabbed their favorite snacks, and snuggled with me on the couch. 

True story, the movie was so intense that I couldn't help but eat all the salted caramel chocolate gelato that was on my fridge. I didn't share it with anyone, but no one dared to complain because it was mother's day. Oh the joys of been the Queen Mother! I use our ROKU to stream our movie but if you have Chromecast it will work perfectly. Walmart Family Mobile helps me relax and unwind with the people I love the most, my family! 

5. Affordable mobile devices and starter kits: Now Walmart Family Mobile helps you save even more money when it comes to setting up your service. For the first time ever the starter kit will be on rollback for $19.88 (from $25). The offer lasts until July 7th. 

Some of the cool phones they currently have are:
  • Cool Pad Rogue- $19.88 (Rollback from $39.83)
  • HTC Desire 626s- $129.00
  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime -$129 (Rollback from $149.00)
  • LG G Stylo - $179.00 (Rollback from $199.00)
  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime - $79.92 (Rollback from $99.92)
  • Alcatel Fierce XL- $99.88 (Rollback from $119.00)
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to your local Walmart for current pricing.

Which one I chose? The Walmart Family Mobile Samsung Galaxy Core Prime Smartphone!!

It has a 4.5" display for enhanced viewing. With a 768 x 480 resolution, it delivers quality gaming, videos and pictures. The rear-facing 5 megapixel and front-facing 2 megapixel camera lets you capture those precious memories. It has Bluetooth compatibility for hands free use. The internal memory of the Android Lollipop smartphone is 8GB to allow storage of apps, games and more. A headphone jack and USB input gives you added versatility. The 1.2GHz quad-core processor lets you surf the web, visit social media sites and download your favorite applications. Adaptive fast charging ensures it is ready for use when you are. It has a talk time of up to 14.8 hours and a standby time of up to 342 hours to keep you connected. It also has an ultra-power-saving mode, adaptive fast charging, talk time up to 14.8 hours, and a standby up to 342 hours. 

Want more info on Walmart Family Mobile?

Visit their website and follow Walmart mobile on Twitter!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Subscribe to Our Events On Facebook

Did you know you can subscribe to our events? If you’d like to be informed about upcoming metro Atlanta events and festivals, please like our page and subscribe on our Facebook page and be the first one to know. You can also import the events to your calendar! How fantastic is that?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Six Flags Over Georgia Expands Family Offerings With Bugs Bunny BoomTown

Six Flags Over Georgia has become one of the best year-round amusement park in the south. With the addition of Hurricane Harbor, a multi-million dollar water park inside Six Flags Over Georgia and the recent addition of Bugs Bunny BoomTown, a new re-themed kids area that features seven new attractions, including an interactive water ride, twisting swings, flying ships, a junior Ferris wheel, a climbing playground, a truck-driving adventure, and an up-and-down drop tower, Six Flags Over Georgia is now one solid attraction that you don't want to miss.

These new additions to the park offer hours of fun with rides the entire family can enjoy together. We recently visited the park as as they unveiled the new area and met 7-year-old Symeon from Make A Wish Georgia, he was named Honorary Park President For a Day. Symeon was presented with the Key to Six Flags, while acting as Honorary Park President. He helped open Bugs Bunny Boomtown, shadowed Six Flags Atlanta Properties Park President Dale Kaetzel throughout the day, talked with guests, answered questions and brought smiles to all. 

From Metro Atlanta, Symeon has been associated with Make-A-Wish Georgia for more than two years. He is an avid fan of Six Flags, always making his way to the Gold Town Racers GoKarts each time he visits the park. He was diagnosed with cancer, but has since been declared cancer-free.

“Symeon is one of nearly 7,000 amazing kids we’ve granted a wish to in our 21 years of serving Georgia children facing life-threatening medical conditions,” said Make-A-Wish Georgia Marketing and Communications Vice President Amy Alvarez. “Wishes are a movement powered by an incredible community like Six Flags at a time when a family needs it the most. We feel luck to have partners like Six Flags who are willing to create lifelong memories for our kids long after their wish.”

Bugs Bunny BoomTown rides include:
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