Monday, October 17, 2016

Bluebird Patch Teens Spooktacular Guide To Halloween - Atlanta Edition


Haunted houses, escape games with live zombies, haunted forests and more! 

Autumn has always been my favorite season and with Halloween just around the corner, it adds lots of excitement into it. As we transition into the holiday season, we realize how much fun it can be to do things working up to these events. Halloween isn’t all about the free candy, it is about the experience you get from it as well. I think what I like the most about Halloween is the opportunity to have a fun night out with friends, have a good scare and laugh so hard until it hurts. I love going to Pumpkin Patches and I'm a total chicken when it comes to haunted houses, but this is the year, I decided to embrace my fears and go for it. So I made a list of the best and spookiest haunted houses, escape games, and cabins you can try this Halloween. I already have my eye on one that I can't wait to do this weekend!


Name of attraction: Netherworld Haunted House

What to expect: Netherworld is a walk-through haunted house filled in complete darkness. The famous haunted house includes special effects, creepy monsters, and terrifying actors. If you love to be scared, this is the place to go!
Place: 6624 Dawson Blvd, Norcross, GA
Date: Open September 23-November 4, 2016.
Time: Sunday-Thursday: 7:30-10:30 pm Friday and Saturday: 7:00-Midnight
Cost: September 23 and 24th and all Sundays – Thursdays except Halloween:
• All other Fridays & Saturday and Halloween:
• Speed Pass: $55 Any Night – Front of the line access to both MONSTERS & MELTDOWN

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Netherworld Helps Spread The Anti-Bullying Message With The ‘DON’T Be A Monster’ Campaign


Frankenstein and Friends Empower Young Teens to Take a Stand against Bullying


ATLANTA: The nationally-acclaimed seasonal attraction, NETHERWORLD Haunted House, has partnered for the fourth year with the “Don’t Be A Monster” anti-bullying campaign. The campaign begins at Atlanta area schools inviting students to enjoy engaging presentations from monsters and staff members of NETHERWORLD, while they discuss how to take a stand against bullying.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Bert's Big Adventure Now Accepting Applications for 2017 Families!


Bert’s Big Adventure, a nonprofit organization that provides a magical, all-expenses-paid, five-day journey to Walt Disney World® for children with chronic and terminal illnesses and their families, is now accepting applications and nominations for children to join the magic on their 2017 trip! 

In order to qualify, children must be between the ages of 5 and 12, be diagnosed with a chronic or terminal illness, and have never been to Walt Disney World®.



The Bert Show Kicks Off Annual Big Thank You Campaign


 ALL The Hits Q100’s Morning Radio Show Community Gives Thanks to US Troops 

ATLANTA — Give a ‘Big Thank You’ to our troops this holiday season with the help of The Bert Show. ALL The Hits Q100’s morning radio show is kicking off their “Big Thank You” campaign this fall, giving thanks to all the men and women that serve our country. 

The annual effort aims to provide every active service member deployed outside the United States with a handwritten Thank You letter on Thanksgiving Day. “This is an ambitious goal, but that’s why we need the entire Atlanta community to help,” says Bert Weiss, host of The Bert Show. 



“We know how important it is to make sure the sacrifices made by the men and women in our military and their families are recognized which is why we want every single person deployed outside the United States to receive a handwritten thank you letter from home to open at mail call on Thanksgiving.” 

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Atlanta Speech School debuts new video as part of a movement to stop the illiteracy epidemic


Video shows the impact of how adults talk with children

The Atlanta Speech School, one of the nation’s most comprehensive centers for language and literacy, is calling for a change in the ecosystems of schools to encourage brain development and literacy. As part of this call to action, it has launched a compelling new video titled “Every opportunity,” which demonstrates how changes in adult behavior, both inside and outside of the classroom, can enhance a child's approach and her ability to learn.


“Everyone a child meets throughout the day can make a difference – all the difference,” said Comer Yates, Executive Director of the Atlanta Speech School. “Every time a child is ignored, or yelled at or silenced, a teacher takes away what is possible. As the video exemplifies, each of these moments can be missed opportunities to empower a child and develop their vocabulary.”

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

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyPetMyStar #CollectiveBias

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.
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