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Monday, September 21, 2015

Atlanta Girls Night Out for SAHMs & WAHMs!

For the first time in a decade, the number of stay at home moms is UP. Just because we stay at home doesn't mean we don't have personal & professional goals.

RSVP for this awesome vision board event & panel discussion to support work at home & stay at home moms.

Cost is 
Includes light bites & mocktails + all your supplies.

Saturday, October 17 from 4-7 pm 
First Alliance Church ~ Fellowship Hall 
2512 North Druid Hills Road NE 
Atlanta, GA 30329

RSVP & purchase tix here

Sunday, September 20, 2015

#LEGO Americana Roadshow at North Point Mall

We were invited to a cool behind the scenes guided tour at Northpoint Mall yesterday.  Led by Andrew Little, the Tour Manager, we got to check out all of the large scale models that were built by LEGO Master Builders! There was a fun scavenger hunt to do, and when completed, the kids on the tour got an official LEGO Americana Roadshow poster at the LEGO store.

The detail that goes into these models is impressive.  To look inside the Lincoln Monument model and see a LEGO Abraham Lincoln - wow!

The Liberty Bell is built at 1:1 scale - David was excited to see one model that was the actual size of the original.

But his favorite model was the Capitol building.  It's beautiful! Again - the detail the builders put into these models is just incredible.

The LEGO Americana Roadshow will be on display at North Point Mall in Alpharetta until October 4.  If you have kids who love LEGOs, this is worth the trip! (Heck, adults will love this too!) The models are located in three areas of the Mall, and each has a informative sign with information about the model.

Here is the list of the Americana models on display:

· Capitol Building
· Independence Hall
· Jefferson Memorial
· Lincoln Memorial
· Old North Church
· Statue of Liberty
· Supreme Court
· Washington Monument
· The White House

There are also other LEGO models upstairs in the mall that you can check out.  We loved this Mt. Rushmore model!

Next weekend, the LEGO store will offer a FREE Make and Take mini LEGO landmark. (I believe you get to make a mini White House).  It will be offered Saturday and Sunday, September 26th and 27th from noon - 4 pm.  You will find this activity at the Upper Level West Court Entrance at North Point Mall in Alpharetta.

Visit the mall on Facebook or this link for more information about the Tour or next week's #LEGO Make and Take.  The next, (and last) stop on this tour is Oct 17-Nov 1 Christiana Mall in Newark, DE.

Thanks to LEGO & North Point Mall for having us out for this fun event!

We received a tour of the Roadshow and goodie bags from LEGO in exchange for sharing the information about the LEGO Americana Roadshow.  No other compensation was received. 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Try Evolution Fresh Inspired by Dannon Greek Yogurt ~ available at Kroger!

Evolution Fresh™ Inspired by Dannon® Greek Yogurt combines mild and creamy greek nonfat yogurt with delicious fruit on the bottom!! It is available in 4 different flavors: Blueberry, Black Cherry, Pineapple Passion Fruit and Raspberry Blackberry.

This is my favorite - I love anything pineapple!

It's even sold in clear packaging so you can see the quality ingredients that go into each spoonful.  Evolution Fresh™ Inspired by Dannon® Greek Yogurt is a creamy, delicious and satisfying treat that your family enjoy.   Make it into a sweet parfait with some granola, or just enjoy as a quick breakfast or snack!

There are no added flavors, artificial sweeteners, colors or preservatives. Only 7 - 9 ingredients!! It is as simple as that.

You can find all four flavors at your local Kroger Co. Store.

Which one would be your favorite to try?  Leave a comment below and share!

I received this product for free from Bzz Agent in order to provide an honest review here on my blog. My opinions, as always, are my own and not influenced by receiving these samples. 

Saturday, August 29, 2015

FREE Disney stick family decal for your car!

We are counting down the days til my son and I head to Florida for a homeschool trip with some other k12 families for Disney!  David gets to take a really cool class about Animation at Hollywood Studios, and then we have 3 other days at the parks.  Can't wait!

I've been scouring the internet for tips, recommendations and more for this trip.  We haven't been to WDW since 2007!  I want to have a great time and plan everything we want to see, do, and try!  I'll have more posts about this after we get home, but this freebie I discovered is too good not to share right now, and it's for a limited time.

Visit this link to design your own Disney stick family decal.  You get to pick the hats, clothes, wands and other accessories, add pets if you 'd like, and you even pick the park for your background! Then Disney will print this and mail it right to you.  The best part about this? It is totally, completely, FREE!!

Whether you have an upcoming Disney vacation or you are just dreamin' of Disney, you can make one for your family

Here is the one I made for our trip - my husband is staying home this time, so I just put my son and I on our decal, and of course,  David wanted his kitty on there, too!

Did I mention this is FREE?!

I'd love to see a screen shot of your design once you finish - leave it in the comments if you would like to show yours off!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Giveaway: The CW's The Vampire Diaries & The Originals

Do you like watching The Vampire Diaries and/or The Originals on the CW?  If so, you will want to read this post and enter my giveaway at the end!  You might find yourself hosting a watch-party at home with your friends if you win! :)

First – we have four blogger exclusive interviews with the creator of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, Julie Plec. These super fan videos feature Julie confessing her favorite moments & top 5 episodes from the recent seasons of both The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season and The Originals The Complete Second Season.

Secondly – we’ve included a fun “Viewing Party Eats: Recipes to Satisfy Friends & Enemies” downloadable PDF that’s sure to impress your guests. With index card recipes and party-ready place cards included, we’ve made it easy to prep some snacks to satisfy during your marathon watch-party.

About The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season

The Vampire Diaries continues its sixth season with more delicious drama to sink your teeth into. In season five, after a passionate summer with Damon, Elena headed to Whitmore College with Caroline, not knowing Bonnie sacrificed her life for Jeremy’s. Meanwhile, Stefan and Caroline’s friendship deepened as they stood up to the Travelers, a nomadic witch tribe driven to strip Mystic Falls of magic and cast out its supernatural residents. In the shocking season finale, Damon, fearing he would lose his loved ones on the crumbling Other Side, made a huge sacrifice to bring them all back — with catastrophic and heartbreaking results. Season six follows the characters’ journey back to each other as they explore the duality of good versus evil inside themselves. Matt Davis reprises his role as Alaric Saltzman, recently returned from The Other Side. Plus, the season will make you misty-eyed as the departure of a major character will turn lives upside down and leave us asking what happened to Mystic Falls.

Own The Vampire Diaries The Complete Sixth Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015 .
Contains All 22 Episodes From The Sixth Season Plus Two Featurettes, An Audio Commentary, The 2014 Comic-Con Panel, Deleted Scenes, And A Gag Reel

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About The Originals The Complete Second Season

As Original vampire-werewolf hybrid Klaus Mikaelson returned to the vibrant, supernaturally charged city of New Orleans in season one, he was stunned to learn — along with his siblings Elijah and Rebekah — that Hayley, a werewolf, was pregnant with his child, and his vampire protégé, Marcel, whom the Original siblings had thought long dead, was ruling the French Quarter. Soon, a bloody war escalated between vampires and witches — the stakes raised by powerful teenage witch Davina and by Klaus’s bond with Cami, a student with a painful past — and a ruthless pack of wolves seized the opportunity to stage a violent coup. Now, in season two, a new status quo must be adjusted to, as the newly empowered werewolves control the city. Klaus struggles with weaknesses as Elijah desperately tries to save Hayley — now a hybrid — from a vicious spiral of self-destruction. Meanwhile, with the re-emergence of several Mikaelsons, “family is power” takes on new meaning.

Own The Originals The Complete Second Season on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD September 1, 2015
Contains All 22 Episodes From The Second Season Plus Never-Before-Seen Featurettes And Much More!

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On September 1st come back to take a new "Could You Be a Supernatural Being?" Quiz - the above app will be automatically updated with a new quiz experience, so be sure to take both!

Thank you to Warner Bros., who will provide either The Vampire Diaries Season 6, or The Originals Season 2 (prize will be chosen at random)to one of my readers!  This is a great giveaway, and I hope you will enter to win, and then share it with your friends as well! Thanks for your support of my blog, and good luck! (enter to win via the Rafflecopter Widget below by completing the mandatory entries and any of the optional ones you'd like to complete as well).

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Fun Fall, Y'all! at Jaemor Farms

Yesterday David needed to get out and have some fun, so we decided to take a drive up 985 to Jaemor Farms in Alto, Georgia.  We LOVE visiting their farm market and getting some delicious produce and homemade goodies.  Yesterday didn't disappoint.

We always get fresh produce here.  Right now there are peaches, sweet potatoes, melons, peppers, plums, corn, onions and apples, to name just a few of the pickings.   We just got a couple of things: sweet potatoes, gala apples, and avocados.   Then we wandered around the crowded market and picked up a few more items - Cheerwine for David,  some apple cider doughnuts, and a small loaf of cheddar jalapeno bread. Yum!  Then made our way to the concession stand at the back for David's favorite - a cup of homemade strawberry ice cream.

This mama got a fried sweet potato pie.  Didn't need it, but I sure did want it! It was delicious.  They have a bunch of other flavors - apple, peach, cherry, blueberry, and chocolate cream.  Try one, they are good for the soul!

Here's a peek inside our bag. Including our snacks, I paid less than $15 for everything!

With Fall fast approaching, Jaemor Farms has their Fall offerings schedule to put on your calendar. 

Starting Sept. 12 they will offer these attractions:

Corn Maze (open 9/12-11/8), Hay Rides, Pumpkin Train, Petting Zoo, Duck Races, Farm Slide, Apple Cannon, U-pick pumpkins (in October), Farm Skee Ball, Concessions and more! 

September hours are Saturday 10 am - 10 pm, Sunday 1 pm - 6 pm 

October/November hours: Friday 10 am - 10 pm, Saturday 10 am - 10 pm, Sunday 1 pm - 7 pm 

The maze and u pick pumpkin patch will be open Monday - Thursday 10 am - 6 pm October 12-29  
 (last ticket sold one hour before close) 

There is a $14 all access pass for ages 3 and up that includes the corn maze and all attractions! 

This is Jaemor Farms 10th season of Fall Fun, so check them out! 

They are located at 5340 Cornelia Hwy Alto, GA 30510.   


Here are a few more pics from yesterday.  I didn't take any inside the market - it was packed!  And I almost forgot - you can get applewood smoked BBQ while you are there.  Make sure you go hungry! (Click on pictures to see larger view)

Friday, August 21, 2015

Back to School Giveaway~Orkin Household Pests 101 Back to School prize pack!

It’s back-to-school time and class is in session! Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home.

But Back-To-School doesn’t just mean for the kids. Orkin knows that moms are on the go more than ever and wants to make sure you’re all set when driving the kids to soccer practice, racing to make it to school on time and just maybe getting a minute for yourself!

At Orkin, we use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that's right for your needs. To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

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• Class is in session! Orkin is back with Household Pests 101 – featuring some of Orkin’s scientific knowledge of pests. The Orkin Man is here to help you #LearnWithOrkin so you don’t get schooled by pest problems in your own home.
• Watch the “Bite Back at Mosquitoes” video, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with those pesky home invaders.
• Download the “Protect Your Home” Checklist for valuable tips on keeping pests at bay.

Check out the great Prize Pack Orkin wants to give one of my readers!

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Thursday, August 20, 2015

Atlanta-area Pollo Tropical openings!

Earlier this year we tried Pollo Tropical for the first time and WOW did we ever love their fresh, tasty food! I'm really happy to share that the new location in Buford, by the Mall of Georgia ( 3385 Buford Drive) has opened and it is fabulous!

The Woodstock location opened on  Aug. 19 at 188 Molly Lane, with a grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Aug. 21. (*tomorrow*)

The Marietta location opens Sept. 2 at 680 Johnson Ferry Road, with a grand opening celebration from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sept. 4.

Grand opening celebrations will feature calypso bands and spin-and-win prizes, and an interactive charity challenge where contestants will compete for first- and second-place prizes of $500 and $300 to go to their favorite charity. The first 100 guests at the festivities will be entered into a raffle for the grand prize of Free Chicken for a Year* and receive a free meal coupon, redeemable on a future visit.

Pollo Tropical’s menu centers on its signature flame-grilled chicken and also includes Mojo Roast Pork, Grilled Tropical Wings and made-from-scratch sides like rice, beans, Caribbean corn souffle and balsamic tomatoes. The Tropical Lite menu offers tasty, lighter options that range from 340 to 510 calories and are built around the core Caribbean flavors of the Pollo Tropical menu.

At Pollo Tropical, savory island spices, herbs and citrus juices are blended into rubs and marinades that enhance the flavors of its fresh dishes. The famous Saucing Island® brings on the flavor – and a little heat – with 10 signature sauces including Curry Mustard, Guava BBQ, Pineapple Rum, Cilantro Garlic and Spicy Poyo-Poyo. To complement its menu, Pollo Tropical also offers a variety of island-inspired beverages, ranging from Caribbean beers to coconut water.

The 3,400-square-foot restaurants will be open from 10:30 a.m. to midnight daily, and will feature indoor and outdoor seating for more than 90 guests, with limited table service and a convenient drive-thru. Guests can receive a coupon for either a buy one, get one free small TropiChop® or $3 off a family meal by signing up for the Pollo Reward$® loyalty program.

My family and I had lunch at the Buford location over the weekend and it was so delicious. Everything is fresh and a nice change from the usual restaurant fare around here!

I had the chicken, bacon, avocado wrap with Caribbean corn souffle.

I tried their BBQ sauce and also added some of my favorite, the Pineapple Rum sauce.  To. die. for!!

While I'm talking about sauces, here is their awesome sauce bar!

David tried a Chicken Quesadilla wrap with mac and cheese as his side.  He added Curry Mustard sauce to his wrap and proclaimed it delish!

My husband had their BBQ pork sandwich with fried yuca as his side.  He tried several sauces and peppers with his.

I also made sure to take a few pictures of the new restaurant in Buford - it makes you feel like you are close to the beach!  The tropical colors and light, airy space make a wonderful getaway for a fast lunch or dinner.

I'm loving the mason jar lights!

Don't judge, but we even went back for lunch yesterday! I know - twice in a week! The Buford location is close to us, and some days, homeschoolin' families just need to get out of the house. :) Yep, this place will be a favorite of ours, I know...

To celebrate the three new locations in Atlanta,  Pollo Tropical wants to give one of you a Pollo Tropical swag bag with coupons!  I also have a few coupons from the grand opening to give away, so there will be a couple of winners for those, as well!

Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below for your chance to win.  Good luck!

Friday, August 14, 2015

THRIVE Premium Nutrition Giveaway!

My friend Heather just started her THRIVE business, and she is super-excited about how it's changed her life so far.   She is offering a fabulous prize for one of my readers -  a 5 day trial of the THRIVE program!

 The THRIVE Experience is an 8 week premium lifestyle plan, to help individuals experience and reach peak physical and mental levels. You're going to live, look, and feel Ultra Premium like never before!  Results from the THRIVE Experience are high impact, and can slightly differ for everyone – depending on which areas of your lifestyle need the most help – and depending on your 8 week goal. Whether your goal is to lose weight, get in the best shape of your life, or simply be the best you can be, we know the THRIVE 8 Week Experience will get you THRIVIN' in all areas of your life! Individuals on the Experience will enjoy premium support and benefits in the areas of:
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THRIVE by Le-Vel is something that's hard to explain, and challenging to describe... it's something that can only be experienced.

If you like what you've seen here, visit her website for much more information, or to sign up for free as a customer or promoter!  Heather is also offering a fantastic incentive through August 22nd:   
New customers or promoters who order $150 or more (kit that contains 1 month of lifestyle capsules and mix plus orders the DFT) I will give them $25 cash back.  

Le-Vel is also offering this special offer that goes perfectly with Heather's offer above!

Enter below for your chance to win a five day THRIVE trial that Heather is giving away! We have lots of easy ways to enter! :)  **One of the mandatory entries on the Rafflecopter widget is to leave your email for Heather to create a free customer account for you.  This is no way obligates you to purchase anything! **  


Friday, August 7, 2015

FREE Homeschool Health/Anatomy/Science downloads

These are awesome online resources  that you can print and use for your students!  They are available for free until 8/31/15 so hurry and download yours!