Thursday, October 30, 2014

Offender Locator Lite App Lets You Keep Your Family Safe From Sex Offenders This Halloween

Research indicates that more than 2,000 children may be reported missing in a single day and 1 in 5 girls and 1 in 10 boys will be sexually victimized before adulthood. This is why on Halloween night it is critical you don't go out trick-or-treating without verifying sex offenders in your neighborhood. 

You can check this information online (click here if you live in GA) or if you are visiting unexpectedly a different neighborhood you may want to download Offender Locator Lite app by ThinAir Wireless.

This is a FREE app that lets you utilize the GPS function on your iPhone to find registered offenders living near your current location. You can view registered offenders who live near your friends by simply selecting a name from your iPhone contact list. 

Enter your home address or any address to find registered offenders living in that area. Enter the name of any registered offender in the U.S. and find out instantly where they reside and offenses committed.

This application is extremely simple to use!

Download the app here

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Regal Cinemas Recipe For Hope $2 Dollar Movies to Benefit Atlanta Community Food Bank

Be the first to see Regal Cinemas Avalon 12 - a new state of the art theatre!

They'll be having preview nights from where the money raised will be going charity--and November 3 - 5 benefits ACFB! Grab your family and enjoy a night of $2 Movies, $2 Popcorn & $2 Soft Drinks!

“Regal’s Recipe for Hope,” a three-day movie viewing experience at the new location of Regal Cinemas that will benefit the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Movie titles and times are available below.

Fun & Spooky Gwinnett Halloween Events You Don't Want To Miss

There are 52 fun Halloween events happening in Gwinnett this week!

Click on Explore Gwinnett logo for full weekend calendar listing or click here.

You may also view our full list of events at:

Santa Claus is Coming to Zoo Atlanta

 On Nov. 29., jolly St. Nick will be hosting a cookies and photos party at the zoo

Be here when Santa makes his first stop – Zoo Atlanta! Bring the little ones for a personal visit with Santa and a professional photo. Warm up with hot chocolate and cookies, and kick off the holiday season with costume characters, festive crafts, animal encounters, music, and games.

Space is limited.
Register online by Friday, November 28 to reserve your space. 

Reservations are available in one of four time slots:
  • 8:30 a.m. (Members only)*
  • 10:30 a.m.
  • 12:30 p.m.
  • 2:30 p.m.

Details here:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Must Watch: USAF Air Force The Wings of Blue Parachute Team Epic Parody Of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off"

We are a proud Air Force family so when I stumbled with the USAF Air Force Parachute Team, the Wings of Blue, parody of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off” I just couldn't help but laugh hysterically. This awesome video was made for the 1 Nov 2014 Air Force vs. Army football game. I think this is by far one of the best Shake It Off parodies ever filmed. Go Air Force! Thank you for making us laugh. Now go beat Army and keep making more videos!

Ashley And Brian Mccann Host The Brian Mccann Rally Celebrity Softball Game Benefitting Rally Foundation For Childhood Cancer Research

New York Yankees catcher Brian McCann and his wife Ashley will return as the honorary chairs for the Delta Air Lines Double Play fifth annual Brian McCann Rally Celebrity Softball Game. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research (Rally). The McCanns have been spokespeople for Rally since 2007.

The Brian McCann Rally Celebrity Softball Game, presented by Jet Sports Management, Ashley and Brian McCann and the Chipper Jones Family Foundation, will take place Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. at the Gwinnett Braves Coolray Field. On-field activities with celebrities will begin at 11 a.m., and the first pitch will take place at 12:00 p.m.

Tickets for the Brian McCann Rally Celebrity Softball Game are $10 for adults, $5 for students and children under 10 are free. The family-friendly event will include a sports memorabilia silent auction, food and merchandise for sale.

Non-Profits We Love: Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog


Massachusetts Vest-A-Dog is an independent, all-volunteer, non-profit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to provide support for Massachusetts Police Dogs. Their primary goal is to insure every Massachusetts K-9 has a bulletproof vest. 

While law enforcement agencies provide bullet-resistant vests for their human officers, they are unable to fund vests for K-9 officers. As K-9s are trained to give up their lives to protect their partners and all of us, they believe it is every bit as important to protect them. 

A bulletproof K9 vest ranges from $1006 to *$2400 each (handler/dept choice). All K9 vests will also protect against blunt force trauma if kicked, punched, or struck with an object, like a bat. 

The photo of the adorable puppy wearing the Boston Police Department bulletproof vest above that melted the internet is part of the Vest-A-Dog 2015 Calendar! A $10 donation per calendar, plus S&H, includes a FREE Window Decal!

Learn more/donate @ *Like them on @ Facebook:

Photo credit: Jonathan Kozowyk and David Shilale

What's Happy This Week: Muscle Shoals Middle School Video Promoting Individuality & Acceptance

You cannot have a happy life if you cannot accept yourself for who you really are. Self-acceptance is the most important factor in our ability to live a happy life, and is the one habit that we often practice the least. The teachers and students of Muscle Shoals Middle School made a remarkable online video to spread the message of acceptance and embracing individuality not just at Middle Shoals, but everywhere. Muscle Shoals Middle School Principal Matthew Carpenter said the project resulted from brainstorming sessions of how to promote messages of positivity for the school.

"We live in a very diverse world and we encourage the importance of embracing it," he said. "We hope this helps move in that direction.

The message behind the video is the importance of understanding human differences and embracing those differences in order to create a positive and caring school culture and climate.

The message preceding the video ends with a three word mantra that everyone who views it should take away with them.
"Be kind. Always."

If you were in the video, what would your sign say? Let us know in the comment section.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Parents Beware! Halloween Treats Are Full Of Tricks!

Did you know that one pumpkin full of Halloween candy can have as much as 365 teaspoons of sugar?  That’s equivalent to the amount of sugar in 12 double scoop vanilla ice cream cones or 11,000 calories! Despite all the candy, Halloween can actually be a great opportunity to teach your kids about moderation and balance. But how do you do it?  The experts at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s Strong4Life believe no food is ever off limits and that everyone can take part in holiday festivities (including Halloween candy). The trick? It's all about the Ps and Cs: It’s the parents' job to planprep and provide and it’s the children’s’ job to choose:

1.       Plan Ahead: Before you know it, little ghosts and goblins will be at your door yelling "trick-or-treat!" What will you be handing out? Plan ahead and consider how you can provide healthier options. Think pretzels, stickers, pencils, plastic spider rings, etc.

2.       Provide Healthy Options: Giving out candy is OK, but try to select candies with nutritional value like chocolates (the darker the better) or candies with nuts. Pick the five you think are healthiest and then let your kids choose which candies your family should provide at the door.

3.       Prep a Meal in Advance: Sending kids out trick-or-treating on a full stomach decreases the chance they will want to binge on their goodies when they get home, so plan ahead an easy meal, like a bowl of whole-wheat pasta or a quick peanut butter and banana sandwich. Select a couple of meal ideas and ask your kids to choose which one they would like to eat. You can even prep the meal the night before, which will leave you more time for family fun!

4.       Provide Expectations: Talk to your child in advance so you can set expectations about how many pieces of candy will be eaten Halloween night (we recommend between three and five). Let your kids choose the ones they want to eat. When they are part of the process it's easier on everyone.

5.       Plan a visit from the Switch Witch: What do you do when you want your kids to enjoy the fun of Halloween without eating their body weight in candy? Call in the Switch Witch! 

    The Switch Witch visits while children sleep on Halloween night and takes their candy and leaves behind a prize. (Click here for more SwitchWitch tips.)  The Switch Witch isn't a well-established custom—yet! So you’re free to make up rules to suit yourself. If the Switch Witch sounds too scary for your little one, you can always name her the Candy Fairy.

Keep your little ghosts and goblins eating healthy and moving all year long by visiting and download Children's Healthcare of Atlanta's HalloweenChecklist to help your family have a safe and healthy Halloween.

Win Tickets For Nickelodeon’s The Frest Beat Band Concert on November 9 at The Fox Theatre

Calling all the little Bluebirds!

The Fresh Beat Band, Nickelodeon’s preschool music group and stars of the Emmy Award-winning TV series of the same name, are back on the road for a brand-new nationwide concert tour and perform at the Fox Theatre on Sunday, November 9 at 5 p.m. The show will feature Kiki, Marina, Twist and Shout performing the band’s greatest hits including “Bananas,” “Here We Go” and a remixed version of “Great Day,” plus new songs including the pop classic, “Walk Like An Egyptian.”  Tickets range from $30-$40 and are on sale this Friday, August 8 at, by calling 855-285-8499, or at the Fox Theatre Ticket Office.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Straight Talk Wireless® And Driver’s Edge Kicks Off National Teen Driver Safety Week with Safe Driver Initiative Event at Six Flags Over Georgia

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Straight Talk Wireless. I was compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for young people aged 15-20. An average of ten young people are killed and more than 800 young people are injured every day in car crashes. Straight Talk Safe Driver Car Connection device can teach safe driving habits and help keep your teens safe!  

Straight Talk Wireless, the leading US no-contract cell phone service provider and Driver’s Edge, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching young drivers what is not being taught in traditional driver’s education, held a behind-the-wheel event in Atlanta, GA to honor National Teen Driver Safety Week. The event is part of Straight Talk’s ongoing Safe Driver Initiative, which recently reported that parents are texting while driving more than teenagers (33 percent vs. 24 percent) – and these new drivers (80 percent) view their parents as the most important influence on their driving habits.

Hundreds of families received crash course in the perils of distracted driving at behind-the-wheel. 

As a Straight Talk Tester, I was invited to attend the media event and interview the amazing crew of Drivers Edge

Drivers Edge program is typically offered twice a day, with each session educating approximately 75 to 100 students. The students’ parents are encouraged to attend and observe as well. After attending a program, Driver’s Edge contacts each student at 12 and 24-month intervals to monitor driving experience following course completion. 

Drivers Edge does not have a program in the state of Georgia. They are actively looking for sponsors so they can, not only bring the program to every single state, but to make it a mandatory license requirement.

Driver’s Edge includes, among other components, the following elements:

• Written tests designed to measure students’ driving knowledge before and after completing the course;
• Classroom and behind-the-wheel defensive driving instruction on skid control,evasive lane changes, anti-lock braking skills and panic-braking techniques;
• Understanding the dangers of impaired and distracted driving, along with the dangers of mobile phone use in the car;
• Interaction with local police to get a better understanding of the job they face every day and how that makes our roads safer for all of us; and
• Instruction on proper car maintenance and the things all drivers should know about their cars.

The Straight Talk Safe Driver event provided a one-of-a-kind experience that tested the driving skills of teens and parents with and without distractions such as texts and phone calls to calculate their personal “Distraction Score.” The course was aided by the help of Straight Talk’s Safe Driver Car Connection, a device that blocks incoming calls and texts while the car is in motion.

There are so many features I like about this device that are not “officially” listed. I'm going to mention then one by one and explain why this is device is more than a way to manage, monitor and maintain your vehicle.

1. It is the best way to locate your vehicle if it ever gets stolen.

Imagine yourself going out to run some errands. You get out of your car, and when you come back your vehicle is no longer there. What do you do? Call the police and give a description of your vehicle? But where is it? With Straight Talk's Safe Car Connection you can tell the police exactly where your vehicle is. Imagine how fast the police can retrieve your vehicle with this information.

2. It can be a lifesaver during a carjacking.

There is nothing that scares me the most than pumping gas while my kids are in the car. I always fear someone will jump out of nowhere and do a carjacking. We all have seen this happening so many times on the news. Some stories have deadly endings, so I can only imagine how these parents are feeling right now. How they wished they could have done something different, or if there was anything they could have done to prevent such tragedy. Can you imagine facing a similar situation? What is the first thing that will come to your mind? Me? Where are my kids!!!!! Now imagine having this device and been able to locate your vehicle in real time? Having that information in a situation like this, priceless!

3. It can help emergency personnel during an accident.

It's 2am and it's raining when all of the sudden you loose control of your vehicle and your car goes down a ditch. Now imagine been trapped in your vehicle without the ability to move or get out. Your family panics because you never made it home and they can't locate you. Now imagine how different this scenario will be if you had this device installed. Your family could locate you and send emergency personnel to rescue you!

4. Best way to help enforce safe driving behaviors in teens

You have a teen that's starting to drive and you wonder how safe  he or she is behind-the-wheel, when you are not in the car with them. You know teens, they love telling you one thing and do something completely different behind your back, but not with this device. With Straight Talk Safe Driver Connection, there is no room for distracted driving or speeding. With the help of an app you can check your teens driving behaviors in real time. Catch them speeding and remove driving privileges. As simple as that!

Drivers Edge mission is to save lives by making our highways safer through comprehensive hands-on youth driver education. They believe in the importance of educating both young drivers and their parents on the responsibilities and potential dangers of operating an automobile. Their goal is to provide young drivers, regardless of social or economic status, with a free program to develop the necessary skills to respond to a variety of hazardous driving situations because this type of training needs to be available to everyone, not just those with means.

If Drivers Edge comes to Atlanta next year, my teen would be 15 by then, so I will most definitively take her to meet the crew and take the class. They are really nice people and you can tell how much they love what they do. 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Lift Up Atlanta Seeks Help From The Community For Thanksgiving Food Drive

It's almost that time of year.  Where we gather with family and friends and chow down on some delicious and savory holiday dishes.  I love this time of year. A lot of people are not as fortunate to have all the delicious food at their fingertips. Lift Up Atlanta ( goal this holiday season is to feed 300 needy families this Thanksgiving and they need YOUR help to do this.

You can get together with your family, friends, co-workers, church or group members and neighbors to collect Thanksgiving food items such as canned vegetables and fruit, macaroni and cheese, potatoes, onions, cranberry sauce, stuffing/dressing, aluminum baking pans, apples, oranges and any food you would like to eat on Thanksgiving.

They also need $20 gift cards for the turkey or ham and any perishable food items.  You can donate the gift card or donate on our website Lift Up Atlanta is in need of medium boxes and bags for the Thanksgiving "baskets".  Please donate if you have them.

Volunteers are also needed to help sort, organize and distribute to the families on November 15th at Scotty's Thrifty Storage, 3120 Medlock Bridge Rd, Suite 100, Building K (in the rear of the business park), Norcross, GA.

You can sponsor one family or just donate whatever you can to make the basket. You can either drop off your items at their sorting party at Scotty's Thrifty Storage, 3120 Medlock Bridge Rd, Suite 100, Building K (in the rear of the business park), Norcross, GA for sorting and distribution or drop off at one of the following locations beforehand.

You are free to sign up to volunteer on the following link

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