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Summer FUN in Atlanta

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Summer Fun in Atlanta

Summer 2015 is (un)officially under way, now that the kiddos are out of school.  So here are some awesome ideas to add to your summer fun in Atlanta – to keep them entertained, and also to help keep them stimulated, and avoid parking their brains over the summer.  Not all of these are strictly limited to the Atlanta area, so make sure to check them all out and see what YOU can cross off your summer bucket list.  Click on the pictures for further details.

Summer Fun in Atlanta – Master List

Got something to add?  Please contact me and I’ll look in to it.Summer Fun in Atlanta

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--Barbara

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Saying Goodbye to Kindergarten

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Saying Goodbye to Kindergarten

It seems like it was just last week I walked my little girl in to Kindergarten.  And yet now, in a blink of an eye, she  was saying goodbye to Kindergarten.  While I knew she was more than ready to start Kindergarten, I still knew this year would be filled with many “new”s: she started a new school, venturing away from the preschool where she was already well-known; which also means she made new friends, whom she embraced with her big heart and they she; new teachers, all of whom she seems to like, her classroom teacher the most!

In the last nine months, she’s become an even stronger reader, mastering even more sight words, gained more confidence as a reader, began to experiment with spelling, finished writing her own book, began formerly learning Spanish, learned how to skip count by 2s, 5s, and 10s, learned how to add numbers in her head, almost mastered shoe tying (gonna keep that on our summer checklist!), and grew by leaps and bounds in ways I never imagined!

I’m not sure what it is about Kindergarten in our present culture that invokes such sentimentality, but I will gladly testify to its strength.  We weep when our babies start Kindergarten, whether they do so as the king of the hill in a preschool setting, or as the littlest guys in an elementary school setting.  We weep because Kindergarten signifies that our little babies are no longer our little babies, and that, with each step they take towards their school, they take a further step away from our safe and comfortable arms, away from our safe world where we can control and protect them.  They take a step further towards leaving the proverbial nest.

Saying Goodbye to Kindergarten

My little girl can now be considered what she calls a “grader”.  Wow.  How on earth do I have a first grader on my hands?!  That I’m not sure, but I do know that, as I watch my little girl grow up -a girl with a heart bigger than any ocean- I’ll mourn the loss of each previous stage, watching small slivers of her childhood slip away, while also celebrating the little person she is becoming.  And she is quite a cool little person.

So, here’s to a wonderful year in Kindergarten, to all the excitement this summer may hold, and to the wonders that await us next year in first grade.

Saying Goodbye to Kindergarten

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--Barbara

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Create Your Taste & Feel Fancy at McDonalds

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This post was created in partnership with McDonald’s.  For participating in this campaign, I received a form of compensation.  All thoughts, opinions, and bad puns are my own.

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So recently I went out and ordered an amazingly-delicious, customized burger, and had it served to me at my table, along with the rest of my meal.  I customized my burger with pepper jack cheese, grilled mushtrooms, caramelized grilled onions, chili lime tortilla strips, fresh sliced ripe tomato, crisp green leaf lettuce, and a creamy garlic sauce.  The entire dining experience was overall fantastic.  And guess what?  It was at McDonald’s.  Yep.  McDonald’s.

Actually, it was at the Chamblee-Tucker location, which is where MANY years ago, my friend and I went to every week after diving practice.  We would come in with wet hair and our sweat pants and sweat shirts so frequently, the lady behind the counter would see me and simply say “number three with Mr. Pibb!”

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Needless to say, this newly-renovated location was a far cry from the McDonald’s I frequented in my high school days.  You’ve probably seen a newly-renovated McDonald’s in your area, too, right?  I walked in to a sleek new design, and found the kiosks from which I could order my custom-made burger.

Create Your Taste McDonalds

The whole experience was pretty easy, and it was all laid out for me on the kiosk screen.  I was able to customize which burger I got (1/4 pounder, or a 1/3 pounder for an additional charge).  I had the option of adding bacon for an additional charge, and for some reason unbeknownst to me, I declined.  I’m going to blame it on the shiny new machine distracting me, mkay?

Actually, I chose the “specialty builds” route, with a burger already made up, because perhaps I was also feeling a bit lazy. The SoCAL Style burger comes with white cheddar (but I chose pepperjack), guac (which I omitted because I’m weird like that), chili lime tortilla strips, tomato, lettuce, garlic sauce – served on a toasted artisan roll.  I opted to add caramelized grilled onions and grilled mushrooms to the mix, since those are my go-to add-ons.

McDonald's Create Your Taste Kiosk

HolyMaryMotherOfBurgers, was that an ahh-mazing burger!  In all honesty, I wasn’t feeling so hot that day.  I’d come down a few days beforehand with strep throat (oh yay me!), and although the antibiotics had kicked in, but still wasn’t 100% and still felt like I had razor blades in my throat every time I swallowed.

McDonald's Create Your Taste burgers

I digress.  Did I mention the adorable baskets in which the fries were served?  Yeah, they were pretty darn cute.  And it’s McDonalds fries, so you know they were ridiculously delicious!

These burgers, and this entire concept, was well worth it!  There are currently six locations in the metro area offering the Create Your Taste experience:

    1. 965 Dawsonville Hwy, Gainesville, GA 
    2. 2501 Thompson Bridge Rd, Gainesville, GA 
    3. 1125 Merchants Dr, Dallas, GA
    4. 2049 N Cobb Parkway, Kennesaw, GA
    5. 1105 Northside Dr, Atlanta, GA
    6.  3396 Chamblee-Tucker Rd, Chamblee, GA
    7. 5350 McGinnis Ferry Rd, Alpharetta, GA
    8. 3183 Frontage Rd, Gainesville, GA
    9. 4111 Austell Rd, Austell, GA

Would you like to try out one of these new burgers? I’m giving away a $25 Arch gift card, so one lucky winner can try out a new Create Your Taste burger at McDonald’s. To enter, first comment below, telling me how you would create your own burger. Then, fill out the form below. Good luck, y’all!

McDonald's Create Your Taste giveaway

$25 McDonald’s Arch Gift Card

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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7+ Great Toddler Action Books

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Toddler Action Books

In my continued effort to share good books to promote literacy, I have a list of cute little toddler action books that my kids have enjoyed over the years.  By “action book”, I mean books that have flaps to lift, doors to open, pop-ups, etc – anything tactile to get a toddler engaged in the story at -ahem- hand.  Do you have any favorite action books you’d add to this?

Toddler Action Books

  1. Hop, Dance, Jump: Action Words and Fabulous Flaps by Maureen Roffey – This dandy little book is one of my son’s current favorites.  It’s got flaps to lift up, and flaps to lift down, with action words and (near) opposites on every page.  Each page depicts a character doing one action, you lift or lower a flap, and she’s doing the opposite, or near opposite: laugh/cry, sit/stand, walk/run, etc.
  2. The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle – One of my all-time favorite children’s authors is at it again.  This adorable story, with repetitive phrases tells the tale of a very busy spider spinning his web.  On each page, your child can feel the spider web, and watch in wonder as the busy spider’s web grows.
  3. What Makes a Rainbow: A Magic Ribbon Book by Betty Ann Schwartz – Your toddler will enjoy watching the rainbow grow, as they turn the pages of this colorful book!
  4. Ten Chirpy Chicks and Ten Little Ladybugs by Debbie Tarbett – These delightful books, just two out of a whole collection, help a child count backwards from ten, and allow for counting, touching each chick or ladybug as you go, and watch each one disappear as you turn the page.
  5. Where is Baby’s Belly Button? by Karen Katz – Well, you’ve got to lift the flaps to help baby.  That belly button won’t find itself, in this delightful playful book.  You can also check out Karen Katz‘s other interactive books for tots.
  6. Spot the Dot by David A. Carter – The toddler book based on the popular app.  Yep, a book based on an app – but your kids will LOVE it, and stay engaged!
  7. The entire Bizzy Bear series by Nosy Crow – With chunky sliders to push and pull, this robust little board book is perfect for active toddlers. Rich in visual detail and with touches of humor, it is sure to become a classic in the family library.


 

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--Barbara

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Gymboree Coupon Codes + Crazy 8

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Gymboree Coupon Codes

I have a few Gymboree coupon codes AND Crazy 8 coupon codes to offer up, good for 20% off your entire purchase.  All I ask is if you use the code, please comment below to let us know which one, so others will know.




Gymboree Coupon Codes:

  • 111WV9R6QW88238 exp 5-3-16
  • 113QVBSJMV89488 exp 5-31-16
  • 119R33GZVQ89310 exp 8-2-16

Crazy 8 Coupon Codes:

  • 111WVMQPKC84275 exp 5-3-16
  • 113QT6C7SD85102 exp 5-31-16
  • 11B7VB9T6C86924 exp 8-2-16

Janie and Jack Coupon Codes:

  • 11JC7JHQ7C86932 exp 5-3-16
  • 11WJKDL4MV82340 exp 8-2-16

Also, make sure to sign up for Gymboree Rewards, so you can STRETCH your dollars even further.  You earn a point for each dollar you spend at Gymboree stores.  Points are redeemable for reward certificates, which are used towards future purchases.  A few of the perks of joining their rewards program include:

  • Members only discounts, direct mail offers and events. Plus, early access to events & promotions.
  • Free class pass plus $20 off enrollment at Gymboree Play & Music (for new members only)
  • $5 rewards certificate for every 250 points earned

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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