How to Save with the Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves Discount TicketsAs a member of the #BravesBloggers, I was recently treated to a game and a tour of Turner Field, as well as a bag full o’ swag.  However, all opinions, reminiscings of childhood days, and random ramblings are 100% my own.

I’ve been in Atlanta all my life.  I remember going to Braves games before they were good.  (Does Dale Murphy ring a bell?)  I come from a LONG line of Braves fans: my mom was at the World Series game at Atlanta-Fulton County stadium in ’95 when they won.  My grandaddy faithfully watched games all season long, again this was back before they were “good”.  And I watched the Atlanta Braves become a powerhouse basically through the span of my teen years.  My family attended games at their inaugural season in Turner Field in 1997, so it’s only fitting that I partner with the Atlanta Braves this summer in their final season at The Ted. (I’m not hip.  Do people still call it The Ted??)

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As an Atlanta native, The Braves are intertwined with the culture fabric of summers in Atlanta to me.  Tailgating at Turner Field should be part of your summer bucket list, even if you only check it off once or twice.  Even if the Braves aren’t as hot as they were in the 90’s, they are still an integral part of our hometown lore.  I mean, just look at the Chicago Cubs, they’ve been stinking it up for over 100 years, but going to Wrigley Field is a part of Chicago culture.  (….unless, like my Chicago-native husband, you had a White Sox hat affixed to your head for years during your childhood.  But that’s a story for another day.)

I digress.

Being Atlanta’s FRUGAL Mom, I’m frequently asked about ways to save at local events and attractions.  It’s a huge part of who I am and what I do.  So when folks heard I was an Atlanta Braves Blogger this season, the question I heard most was about Atlanta Braves discount tickets.  SO, I wanted to share some awesome little money-saving tidbits with y’all.  But this goes beyond just discount tickets for Atlanta Braves games.  I want to show you how to save even once you’re INSIDE Turner Field.

Ways to Get Atlanta Braves Discount TicketsWays to Get Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets

  • Show your military ID – All active, retired, reserve, and veteran military personnel as well as first responders may enjoy 50% off upper box or outfield tickets to all remaining regular season 2016 Braves home games, just go to GovX.com.
  • Use your college ID – For select games during the 2016 season, students with a valid college email address can purchase an Upper Box ticket and get one free, just go to  here to register your email address!
  • Sportsclips $8 Mondays – Get a Terrace View seat in Sections 224L-230R or 223R-229L for only $8 every Monday, for a savings of up to 70%!
  • Coca-Cola $12 Tuesdays – Sit in the Club Pavilion in Sections 321R-337L for only $12! This special Tuesday deal saves you up to 40%!- Sit in the Club Pavilion in Sections 321R-337L for only $12! This special Tuesday deal saves you up to 40%!
  • Gas South –  If you’re a Gas South customer, you can not only score discount tickets, but you can also get two FREE tickets to an Atlanta Braves game.  You can also save up to gas-south.com/offers Sunday through Thursday all season long.  You’ll need to have your account information handy (such as your latest bill) to verify that you’re a Gas South customer.
  • Subway – Yep.  Subway. If you buy a medium drink and get the specially-marked cup around the metro-Atlanta area, there’s a peelie on there for $10 off tickets to an Atlanta Braves game.  You’ll go to the website listed on the peelie, and enter the discount code.  The code is good for up to four tickets, which means you can save up to $40!  Not bad for the price of one drink, huh?
  • Goldstar – Enjoy tickets for $21 each for Friday night Fireworks for June 24 and July 1 through Goldstar.   Want to go when the NY Mets are in town June 23, 25, or 26?  On Thursday the 23rd, there’s a bobble head giveaway, on Sunday the 26th (as always) kids run the bases before the game, and on Friday the 25th, some guy name Flo-Rida is performing.  😉  There’s also discount tickets for when the Miami Marlins are in town, as well as the Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, and the Cleveland Indians.
  • Also, check out places like Shopper, Stubhub, SeatGeek, and more for savings.

Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets - Things to do at Turner Field

Once you’re actually IN Turner Field, there’s tons of family-friendly activities to do, many that are free!  For starters, there’s The Sky Zone at the very top of the stadium – just follow the stairs all the way up to the very top!  You can sit on some cool coke-bottle shaped oversized chairs, “run the bases” on the psuedo small field, or just admire the magnficent view of the city AND the game, all in one spot.

Perhaps the very best feature for families bringing small kids is the CHOA Hope and Will’s Dugout, which includes the Tomahawk Treehouse.  Yep.  There’s an actual playground at Turner Field!  The Dugout will sometimes have tee balls and opportunity for kiddos to participate in a small game.

Also, did you know every Sunday home game, kids get to run the bases on the field?  If you’re a Kids Club member, your kiddos get to go to the front of the line for this experience.  There are two Kids Club membership options: the FREE membership gets you a passport, lanyard, BOGO ticket offer and stickers for every Atlanta Braves home game attended throughout 2016.  For $25, you get everything included in the basic membership, PLUS exclusive gifts and offers such as BOGO ticket offer and passes to the VIP Batting Practice Experience.  This is a great value if you plan to frequent home games this season with your kids.Atlanta-Braves-Discount-tickets_kids-club

My number one tip for savings once you’re in Turner Field: BYOB.  Well, bring your own soft-sided cooler.  Yep, you can bring your own food, snacks, and drinks inside.  You may NOT bring alcoholic beverages, nor glass or aluminum drinks.

However, I do recommend you try some of the new cuisine available at Turner Field this year, including the new Burgerizza, which is exactly as it sounds: a 20 oz burger, FIVE cheddar slices, and bacon (BACON!), pressed between two Freschetta pepperoni pizzas. My personal -and unexpected favorite- is the “Tater Tot Chop”, which starts with a layer of tater tots pressed in a waffle iron, loaded with bacon (BACON!), melted cheese and jalapenos, topped with a second tater tot waffle and served with Coca-Cola-infused ketchup.  Trust me, you won’t regret trying these dishes at least once!  Also, kids can enjoy a “Sandlot Snacks” kids meal, which include a hot dog, Welch’s fruit snack, and a kids’ beverage with a souvenir cup.

Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets - Great Grub at Turner Field

Two of my blogger friends and fellow #BravesBloggers have must-reads for Turner Field: Lindsay, of Redhead Baby Mama has a fantastic list of must-see offerings at the stadium, and Kecia of Momerish shares a list of kid-friendly things to do while you’re there.

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Cool Things to do While Visiting Greensboro

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Huge thanks to Lindsey of And The Kitchen Sink for guest posting on frugal-friendly tips for traveling to Greensboro.

I have lived in Greensboro my entire life. There’s just something about this city that keeps calling me home. In my years of living here, I have visited and experienced almost everything there is to do here. There’s so much to do here you couldn’t possibly do all of it in a day, in my opinion these are the best bangs for your buck!
Visiitng Greensboro

Attractions

Greensboro Science Center

A lot of this sciences are geared toward younger audiences, I would be lying to you if I told you that I didn’t go to the Science Center for my 19th birthday. This is personally one of my favorite places in Greensboro, and I would highly recommend it to anyone visiting the area. Greensboro’s Science center is the only facility in the whole state that offers an accredited science museum, zoo, Omnisphere theater, and aquarium all in one place.
Science Museum- The museum has exhibits that range from fossils and dinosaur footprints, extreme weather galleries, small reptiles, even an educational exhibit filled with interactive displays that take you on a tour of the body’s main systems. From now until June 5th you can see the exciting bodies revealed exhibit. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Atlanta Baby and Child Expo 2016 {giveaway}

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Atlanta Baby and Child Expo 2015 logo

The Atlanta Baby and Child Expo is fast approaching! I had such a delightful time attending in years past, and am super-excited about it’s upcoming return.  Also, I’m happy to offer tickets to give away, too!  (see details below)

Atlanta Baby and Child Expo 2016:

The Atlanta Baby and Child Expo is considered THE premier event for expecting and new parents in the Southeast.  We bring in the ultimate in parenting and baby products and professionals.  It’s an elite experience, intimate in setting and not overwhelming.  It’s a party for expectants, new parents, grandparents and their family and friends. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Turning Seven, Painting Pots, and Surprise Parties

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I am now the mother of a seven year old girl.  While she will forever be my littlest Peanut, she is certainly growing up.  Like many modern mamas, I posted on my personal FB page, gushing over how amazing she is, and how proud of her I am, and yet, how I wish to hold on to every last piece of her seemingly fleeting childhood.All Fired Up Party Review

But the truth is, I’m darn proud of the young lady she is becoming.  With each transition to the next stage, I mourn the small and little pieces of her that slip away, while also welcoming the new she brings to our world.  It’s bittersweet, at best, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

So, in all her squirrely-ness surrounding her birthday, she started telling us a few months beforehand that she’d “never” had a surprise party.  You know, in all of her (almost) seven years of living.

Around the same time, I got an invitation from the good folks at All Fired Up to try out one of their locations.  Opportunity knocks, y’all.  So, after asking my daughter in a very casual off-hand way if she would be interested in going to a place like this one day, she eagerly concurred.  …and the plan just fell in to place from there.

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I knew I didn’t want to do another indoor playground party, as we had done that every year since she turned 3.  My son’s fourth birthday, which is days before Christmas, was celebrated with friends with a very small (on-the-cheap) party (basically, a glorified playdate with three school friends), which was perfect for him.  So the opportunity to mix-it-up for her 7th birthday sounded refreshing.

Our experience with the Alpharetta location of All Fired Up, from start to finish, was absolutely fantastic!  Since it was a surprise party, we planned for my daughter and my husband to “run errands” in the morning, and then meet up at All Fired Up at 10 minutes after the hour.  So, my mother- and father-in-law came with me and my son about ten minutes early to get things set up, and welcome our party guests as they arrived.  Samantha kindly let us in early and helped brief us on the party, and helped us get set up.  The staff remained friendly, helpful, and patient throughout the entire party.

As the party guests began to arrive, they were greeted warmly and shown which pieces they could pick from for painting during the party.  They took the time to help them make their selections, and then wrote their names on the bottom of their pieces for them.  There was a wide variety of choices, which was great, since my 4 year old son wanted something “boy-ish” to paint (his words, not mine, I swear!).  Most of the other guests were girls ranging from age 6-8, as well as my 3 year old niece.

All Fired Up party review - Boy-ish pottery

Once the guest of honor arrived, and the stun of the surprise faded for her, she also picked out what she wanted to paint, and the party hosts got things under way.  The staff walked the girls over to the paints, showed them the large paint selection, and explained how to use the tiles available to put little dabs of paint on so they could paint their pieces.

All Fired Up party review - paint selection

While the guests worked on their pottery, the staff came around to have them sign a special “happy birthday” plate for my daughter.  We were able to take it home that day, and bake it in the oven.  She now has a great token to remember this occasion for years to come, and it’s a practical piece we can use each year on her birthday!

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As the girls completed their pottery, the staff happily took their pieces so they could be fired, and made a note on their sheet for our party list, so it would be easy to quickly match the piece with the child upon pickup.  When most of the party guests had completed their pieces, the tables were tidied up so we could sing and serve cake.

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P.S.  If you’ve never experienced a double-layer cookie cake from Sam’s Club, your life is incomplete.  That’s all I’ll say on the matter.  😉

The entire party lasted about 90 minutes, but it was the perfect time for the kids to gather, celebrate, and have fun.  I’ve found in the past, there was an awkward time period during parties where folks linger and shuffle around, not really sure what to do.  This did not occur here.

All in all, I was super-pleased with the service we got from the staff at All Fired Up, and we will certainly return for another party, or simply another outing.  Everyone came away raving about the experience, and it was such a relief to have a relatively easy party for my daughter.

All Fired Up party review - pottery pieces

If you’re looking for a new place for birthday parties, casual get-togethers, and even summer camps, give All Fired Up a try – you won’t be disappointed.  They’ve got three locations in the Atlanta area, including Marietta and Emory, along with the Alpharetta location I attended.  You can even sign up your kids for art camp over spring break or during the summer.  Furthermore, they have creative art classes for both adults and for kids.

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And, of course, I wouldn’t be Atlanta’s FRUGAL Mom if I didn’t tell you about their frequent painter program, which rewards you for -you guessed it!- frequent visits.  Ask your location for further details.  Oh!  And All Fired Up also offers fundraiser opportunities for local schools, churches, and organizations – what a great way to think outside the box for a good cause.

Thanks again to the wonderful people at All Fired Up for a fantastic birthday part for my daughter! Check them out on Facebook, Pinterest, and join their mailing list to stay abreast of upcoming events and specials!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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2016 Atlanta Summer Camp Guide

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Atlanta Summer Camp Guide

Yes, spring has yet to sprung, technically speaking – but we all know summer will be here before we know it.  And when the kids are out of school, you’ll want your share of activities and places for them to go.  So start gathering ideas now so you can make these important decisions before things get filled up.  Here’s my Atlanta Summer Camp guide, as well as camps for spring break around the metro area.  Don’t see one?  Let me know, and I’ll include it. 🙂 [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Day Out with Thomas is Coming!!

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My little boy, who perpetually has trains on the brain, was delighted when we surprised him with a trip to Day Out with Thomas® back in May.  It was a day trip up to Chatanooga, complete with a chance for the whole family to actually ride Thomas.  We met Sir Topham Hatt, to boot!

Thomas the Tank Engine™ is celebrating friendship at Day Out With Thomas®: The Celebration Tour 2015, and families across North America are invited aboard! Little engineers everywhere are invited to join Thomas when the #1 Engine pulls into Cordelia, GA October 16-18 & October 24-25 for Day Out with Thomas: The Celebration Tour 2015.  (GA. Veterans State Park  2459 Hwy 280 West at Cannon Road, Cordele, Ga  31015) [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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Free Things to Do in Atlanta

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Free Things to Do in Atlanta

Having fun in Atlanta doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg!  You already know about all the great free and frugal ways to beat the heat in Atlanta, as well as great indoor places for kids – but there’s so much more to this wonderful city.  So, without further adieu, I give you …wait for it…

Free Things to Do in Atlanta

One of my favorite spots, the Woodruff Park Reading Room is an amazing outdoor learning adventure. Located in the North side of the park, the Woodruff Park Reading Room is filled with carts of books! It’s the perfect spot for a picnic lunch while reading a book, and truly is the ideal activity for kids of all ages.

Another educational stop your trip should include is the Federal Reserve Bank. Quite possibly the only time you’ll ever see one million dollars all in the same place, this museum will teach the kids – and you! – about the Federal Reserve, how they control the money supply, and basically the overall importance of a federal reserve system.

On Tuesdays, you can tour the Governor’s Mansion, which is pretty cool if you ask me! Learn about the history of Atlanta while seeing how the governor lives.

Every Wednesday starting at 5:30PM, May through September, you’ll get to experience Wednesday Wind Down at Centennial Olympic Park. There’s always something happening at Centennial Park. Take a look at the calendar of events to help plan your trip. Don’t be surprised if it’s busy on a nice summer day, though – this park gets over 3 million visitors each year!

Take a free guided art tour through Castleberry Hill, and be impressed with the art studios and paintings – all without spending a dime. Castleberry Hill was one of Atlanta’s first neighborhoods to be reconstructed after the Civil War.

On Thursdays, you can take a trip to the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center for free admission to neat programs and lectures. This place is filled with gorgeous modern art, and would make the perfect addition to an educational field trip around the city.

Tour where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, and learn about the Civil Rights movement, all for free at the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site.

One place that’s considered a “must visit” by locals is the Atlanta’s Children Museum! The entire family will have a blast at this interactive museum. Admission is free the second Tuesday of the month.

Did your favorites make the list?  Do you have any additional spots to add to the list of free things to do in Atlanta?  

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--Barbara

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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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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

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--Barbara

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Painting with a Twist

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Painting-with-a-Twist_Buckhead-bannerThis is a sponsored post written on behalf of Painting with a Twist in Buckhead.  I’ve received a form of compensation in exchange for promotion; however, all opinions and bad puns are completely my own.

As a mother, I think it’s important to find ways to do “grown-up” things with other grown-ups, without a hint of kids around.  Ok, fine, sometimes I consider a trip to the grocery store good escape…  But now Buckhead has another great place for you to escape: Painting with a Twist.  Here, you can paint on a canvas, enjoy good music, wine or beer, and create unique, personal masterpieces they can take to their homes or gift to others. The artwork ranges from landscapes, abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of animals, iconic buildings and florals. [Read more…]

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--Barbara

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