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How to Build a Resume That Stands Out Visually To Help Your Teen Land Their First Job

Creating a captivating resume that sparkles bright enough to catch an employer's attention is an art on its own terms.


With the ramp up pressure kids experience at school and the need to sign up to too many extracurricular activities, it’s no surprise how the number of teens employed have been declining over the past decades.
There are many benefits (and risks) of adolescent employment. The decision to allow your teen to have an after school job should be a well thought-out family decision based on how well they can manage responsibilities, time management and money.


But if your teen is ready to take the plunge the first thing they need to figure out is how to build a resume that stands out even if they don’t have any work experience.


But where to start? How do can you create a snapshot of your ambitions, show your strengths and interests and captive an employers attention?
This is the part Canvas comes in and rescues the day. If you are unfamiliar Canvas, this is a graphic-design t…

First Lady of Georgia Sandra Deal Partners with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® to Celebrate Reading at Peachtree Elementary,Wednesday, February 24

Circus-themed pep rally recognizes third graders who excelled in reading achievements over past two weeks
ATLANTA – Feb. 22, 2016 – In celebration of a two-week Reading with Ringling competition that took place at Peachtree Elementary School, the entire third grade class will receive a special visit from Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®’s famous clowns for a circus-themed pep rally on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016.
Most notably, the pep rally will feature Sandra Deal, First Lady of Georgia, who will attend to congratulate the students on their reading accomplishments. Mrs. Deal will read University of Georgia football star Malcolm Mitchell’s popular children’s book, “The Magician’s Hat,” to students during her visit.
Faculty is tallying up the total number of pages read over the past two weeks in order to determine the winning classes. As an incentive, the top three performing third grade classrooms to be announced at the pep rally will be rewarded with a field trip to Ringling Bros. a…

Atlanta Science Festival Releases STEM-tacular Schedule of Events

100 Science-Related Activities to Take Place Across Metro Atlanta in March

Curious people of all ages will be in for a fascinating and mind-bending scientific adventure during the Atlanta Science Festival, held March 19-26 and culminating in a free, Exploration Expo in Centennial Olympic Park.
This year’s festival offers 100 STEM/STEAM activities over eight days that will take place at more than 50 Atlanta locations. Experiments, performances, discussions, workshops, tours, tastings and more will connect scientists, teachers and entrepreneurs with those interested in the role science plays in today’s world. 
Festivities will conclude on Saturday, March 26, at Centennial Olympic Park with a family friendly event jam-packed with hands-on experiments, mind-blowing demos and a full lineup of science-oriented live performances. The Exploration Expo is open to the public from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and admission is free. 

Easter ‘hoppenings’ planned at Atlanta-area Simon centers

Welcome spring with eggs-citing events at Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb
ATLANTA (February 17, 2016) – Easter is just a hop, skip and a jump away! To help families get into the spring sprit, Atlanta-area Simon centers are hosting basketfuls of fun events and activities. Children can hop on over to Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, Sugarloaf Mills and Town Center at Cobb to hunt for hidden eggs, participate in themed crafts and even grab a photo with the Easter Bunny himself!

Atlanta Chamber Players Launch Crowd-Funding Campaign for March 13th Free Concert

Raising Funds for Educational and Outreach Activities, Including a Performance with Guest Artist Morris Robinson
ATLANTA, February 18, 2016 – The Atlanta Chamber Players (ACP), currently celebrating their 40th Anniversary Season, have launched a crowd-funding campaign (https://www.power2give.org/campaigns/364) to support education and outreach initiatives in partnership with the City of Atlanta Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs. The Office of Cultural Affairs has offered a one-to-one match for every dollar raised in the campaign through the power2give online platform through March 15th.

Over the next month, the ACP are planning to raise $4,000 from individual donors, to be matched by an additional $4,000 from the City of Atlanta. Essentially, donors’ gifts are doubled by giving during the power2give campaign! The funds raised will help pay for the educational programming as well as the costs associated with the free community concert on Sunday, March 13 at 4pmin Sister’s Chapel at Spel…

Georgia Aquarium Camp H2O Announces 2016 Dates

Camp H20 is a day camp located at Georgia Aquarium for children grades one through six. Each age group (groups listed below) provides campers with hands-on learning experiences within Georgia Aquarium’s educational facilities and with some of the leading marine biologists in the world. Kids will have the opportunity to learn about marine habitats, explore aquatic animals, gain new skills and make new friends – all inside one of the number one aquarium in the U.S.

Bluebird Patch Teens: "I and You" Review

Well hello there Bluebird Patch teens! I'm thrilled to share with you my thoughts on “I and You” a highly sentimental and compelling play at the Aurora Theatre. Written by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Aurora’s Director of Education Jaclyn Hofmann, I and You chronicles the unlikely relationship formed by popular jock Anthony and chronically ill Caroline, when he shows up to her house unexpectedly with waffle fries, a beat-up book and a homework assignment to explore Walt Whitman’s poem “Song of Myself.” 




As a teenager, I can personally relate the current high school struggle of homework and group projects. Throughout the day, many emotions come between the two characters, both good and bad. As the story progresses we find many shocking things about both characters and let's just say the ending of the play will leave you speechless. I don't want to spoil it for ya, but the play has a twist worthy of a Nicholas Spark book. I'm telling you this play is a masterpiece. Y…

Children’s Museum of Atlanta announces programming for February

Families can enjoy fun and educational programming all month long!
ATLANTA (February 4, 2016) – February is here, and Children’s Museum of Atlanta invites families to enjoy a month full of fun programming, special events and new exhibits! Children can embark on a thrilling jungle adventure with the “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion” exhibit, join in on various activities featuring Black History Month, participate in a celebratory dragon parade for the Chinese New Year and much more. Below is a schedule of exhibit information and special programming for February 2016.

Feature Exhibit: “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion”
Available February 6 – May 31, 2016
Adventure awaits with the newest feature exhibit at Children’s Museum of Atlanta! Mystery of the Mayan Medallion, an educational traveling exhibit created byThe Museum of Discovery, invites little archeologists to embark on a quest to uncover coveted secrets of an ancient Mayan kingdom. Visitors will venture deep into the Mexican rainforest…

Celebrate the month of love with Aurora Theatre! Sweet Valentine’s Day programming and more in store

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (February 4, 2016) – Lust over laughable comedy nights, pulse to the passionate rhythm of Latin music and celebrate a true valentine to youth, life, love and the beauty of human connection in the smash-hit I and You! While Cupid draws his arrow and sweethearts prepare for the perfect date night, don’t forget to add Aurora to the love list for head over heel events guaranteed to create heartwarming memories!  Special Valentine’s Day Programming

Teatro Aurora:Sangria, Tapas y Flamenco February 13 at 7 p.m.
This Valentine’s Day is going to get physical! Pulse to the passionate rhythms of Caló Gitano Dance Company as Teatro Aurora presents Sangria, Tapas y Flamenco on Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. A perfect evening of food, fun and romance with a side of Latin flair, guests will have access to a full bar and other menu items available. Held at Stars and Strikes’ private event hall, the evening is sure to be muy caliente!
Tickets are $30 for individuals, $50 for couples and $15…

Gwinnett Braves to Host “Throwdown Games” Powered by Better Baseball

Fourteen local high schools to play at Coolray Field from February 25-27
LAWRENCEVILLE, GA – From February 25-27, the Gwinnett Braves and Coolray Field will host the “Georgia High School Throwdown Games,” powered by Better Baseball. Fourteen local high schools will play in two doubleheaders and a tripleheader during the seven-game, three-day event. Shiloh and Duluth kick off a doubleheader on Thursday, February 25 at 4 p.m., with Grayson and Lanier battling in the nightcap scheduled for 7 p.m. Central Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge get another twin bill started on Friday, February 26 at 4 p.m., with Dacula and Norcross to follow at 7 p.m.

Have a Manwich Monday With Our Easy Coffee-Rubbed Manwich Pulled Pork Latin Style Tapas

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


Mommin ain't easy, especially if you have teens at home. Yes, they are more independent at this stage but they still need you as much as when they were little. Monday is the “less-thrilling” day of the week at home mainly because it represents that the weekend is over and a full week of work awaits us. However, science says Monday is the day that statistically people tend to change something about themselves. On Monday's we are more likely to consider (or actually start) something new like trying a new recipe, tackle a new home project, or finally sign up for that gym membership you have been contemplating for weeks. 
Manwich Monday is a great way for you to start your week, with a tasty, easy-to-make family meal around the dinner table! Manwich is a hearty sauce with a sweet and tangy taste and it also has the kid-stopping power, as your children will need both hands to enjoy this …