What to Wear for Your Family Photo Session

What to Wear for Your Family Photo Session

I don’t know about you but I always stress out when trying to figure out what we will all wear for a family photo session. I was so grateful when Sarah Trulove decided to share some tips on what to wear. These tips were so helpful for me as I planned for my upcoming session.

With further ado – I give you Sarah with Trulove Photography and her 5 best tips on what to wear for your next family photo session…

Don’t Be Matchy Matchy

It’s best to coordinate, not “match”. For instance, avoid the everyone-in-jeans-and-a-white-shirt thing. Instead choose a color palette that works well in your home (because that’s where you’ll be hanging your new family pictures) and have everyone wear some combination of those colors.

Props

Consider bringing your child’s favorite stuffed animal, or a blanket (in your color palette) for everyone to sit on, flowers for a little girl to hold or put in her hair, or your family dog are always great additions to a family photo. Just make sure that whatever you bring coordinates with the overall look and feel of your location and style goals!

Accessorize

A fun scarf, hat, headbands, jackets, jewelry, etc. can help bring out you and your family’s personality as well add an additional note of completeness to a photograph. You can also use accessories to tie the colors together. For example, if one person is wearing a light blue striped shirt, you could put a light blue headband on your daughter or light blue blow tie on your son to tie the color palette together.

Don’t forget to consider shoes! Ya’ll, shoes can make or break an outfit, and they WILL be in your photographs. Consider the terrain of your location! Bring flats to walk in if you’re going to have to walk a bit before getting to the perfect spot. Then switch to your heels.

Again, make sure anything you choose works with the colors of your outfits and location choice, and make sure to choose accessories and shoes that are complimentary but that don’t steal the show. You want your family to be the subject of your photograph, not the enormous glittered bow on your daughter’s head 😉

Be You

Last, but not least, don’t stress too much about your outfits being perfect, and don’t try to make your 5-year-old wearing something totally adorable but WAY itchy. Having happy smiles in your family pictures is more important than perfect outfits and that includes yourself. Don’t overcomplicate things and stress yourself out. Just pick outfits that work for your family’s comfort and personality and if you’re able to make them coordinate perfectly… well that is just icing on the cake!

Do you need to schedule a fall photo session? If so, check out the upcoming mini sessions that Sarah has planned! You can sign up for a spot on her website – www.trulove-photography.com


For some tips on what’s in this Fall, check out a recent post that It Is What’s We Do wrote:

 


Sarah Trulove is a local family and senior photographer, yogi, wife & creative. While photography is her passion, she also loves to paint, run, read, eat & sip coffee in the morning sunshine. When she started her business, she focused mainly on weddings only to realize that families are where her heart is. She’s always loved children, holds a degree in social work and child advocacy, and volunteers with children in foster care alongside her photography business.

Connect with Sarah and Trulove Photography: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Office Phone: 678 856 6313

Corn Mazes Near Cumming GA

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Corn Mazes Near Cumming GA

It’s Corn Maze Season!!  We’ve always been lucky to have a few corn mazes near Cumming GA. {QUICK TIP – Be prepared to sweat doing the corn mazes. Bring water! If it’s a particularly cool day, that might be an ideal day to get lost in a corn maze}

No matter if you are taking the kids, going on a date, or just up for a challenge – a good corn maze is a lot of fun! We have compiled a list of some of the closest to Cumming GA & Forsyth County.

Note:  Mazes are typically on the weekend and weather permitting.  We link directly to the location so you can check with them for their operating schedule & weather delays. 

Warbington Farm
Open:  September 16th – November 4th
Address:  5555 Crow Road, Cumming GA 30041
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Uncle Shucks
Open: September 9th – November 19th
Address:4520 Highway 53 E Dawsonville, GA 30534
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Southern Belle Farm
Open: September 23rd – November 25th
Address: 1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, Georgia 30252
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Buford Corn Maze
Open: September 1st – November 12th
Address: 4470 Bennett Road, Buford, GA 30519
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Colonel Cob’s Corn Maze
Open: September 23rd – November 25th
Address: 797 Macedonia Church Rd, Oxford, Georgia 30054
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Rock Ranch
Open: October 7th – November 4th
Address: 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga.
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Jaemor Farms
Open: September 9th – November 5th
Address: 5340 Cornelia Hwy. (Hwy 365), Alto, GA 30510
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Pettit Creek Farm
Open: September 5th -November 1st
Address: 337 Cassville Rd, Cartersville, Georgia 30120
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Corn Dawgs
Open: September 22nd – November 5th
Address: 955 Leone Avenue, Loganville, GA 30052
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Yahoo Farms
Open: September 23rd – October 31st
Address: 4729 Waleska Highway 108 – Jasper, GA 30143
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Uncle Bob’s Pumpkin Patch and Tricky Crop Maze
Open: September 24th – November 5th
Address: 3781 E. Happy Valley Cir, Newnan, GA 30263
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Enchanted MAiZE
Open: September 29th – October 29th
Address: 271 Chattanooga Valley Rd Flintstone, GA 30725
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Big Springs Farms
Open: October weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Address: 2100 Sugar Pike Rd, Woodstock, GA 30188
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Poppell Farms
Open: October 7th – November 5th
Address: 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, GA 31555
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Lane Southern Orchards
Open: October 1st – 29th
Address: 50 Lane Road, Fort Valley, GA 31030
Click here for more information

For even more Corn Mazes in Georgia, check out 365 Atlanta Family’s round-up by clicking here.

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10+ Things To Do Beyond Jumping at JUMP TNT

10+ Things To Do Beyond Jumping at Jump TNT

Jump TNT, located in Johns Creek, has tons to offer Forsyth County! Whether you need a rainy day activity, a new sport to start, or just a place to go and get some wiggles out – Jump TNT is the place for you. They have way more than just trampolines to jump on.

Morning/Afternoon Preschool: Jump TNT offers two preschool options for children that are ages 2 – 5 years old. In these classes, an instructor will lead the class through different games and jumping on the trampoline, You can learn more about Tiny Roos & SporTykes by clicking here.

Mommy & Me Class: The Mommy & Me class is called Koala and Mommy. It’s for children from walking to 2 years old. The class runs 45 minutes and is instructor led. During the class, you will help your “Koala” tumble and jump.

Home School PE Program: The Homeschool PE program offers 1 1/2 hour classes on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:30 – 3:00pm. Homeschool students will get to experience tumbling, trampoline, cheer tumbling, and Ninja Zone. For more information on this awesome program, click here.

Cheer Tumbling Class: The tumbling classes consist of stretch, warm-up, tumbling drills, and progression skills including, but not limited to, cartwheels, walkovers, handsprings and multiple tumbling passes up to double fulls. The Jump TNT facility offers a full 9 panel spring floor that tumbles into a foam pit, 40-foot Tumble Track to a 16-foot resi mat, as well as full length rod floor for straight tumbling.

Trampoline & Tumbling Recreational Class: The Recreational Tumbling Classes have students work on 3 gymnastics events – trampoline, double mini trampoline, and power tumbling. During each 1-hour class, students will start out with stretching and warm up, then rotate through each piece of equipment. The class size ratio is 8:1. It is great for both girls and boys from ages 5 and up.

NinjaZone Classes: I think that the biggest perk of the NinjaZone class is that they have a 6:1 ratio. So the classes are small yet powerful! It’s a fast paced class that combines gymnastics, martial arts, obstacle course training, and free form movement. Perfect for active boys ages 4-11 with lots of energy. They learn to tumble, kick, and flip off walls. The coaches’ job is to run them till they’re tired and THEN teach them skills.

Cheerleading Program: Jump TNT offers recreational and all-star cheerleading programs. It is their goal to instill in each cheerleader the value of integrity, hard-work, leadership, dedication, and team work while building skills.

Open Jump Times: Kids need a safe & fun way to get all the exercise they can these days! Our well trained staff will oversee all areas of activity. Our professional coaches will have organized games (such as dodgeball) for those who want to participate, or kids can work on skills or just have fun on our equipment. Our facility has 2 in-ground competition size trampolines, Eurotramp Double Mini Trampoline, 40-foot tumble track, full length rod floor for tumbling, full spring floor, and foam pit play! {Tip: You will need to check their online calendar for open jump times.}

Trampoline & Tumbling Team: Do you have a child interested in a new sport? Competitive trampoline and tumbling might be perfect for them. Jump TNT offers a pre-team program that your child would do to prepare them for moving up to team.  Click here to learn more

Convenient Class Times: Jump TNT has class offerings in the morning, afternoon, and evening. You can easily find a time that works best for your family. To review all their class offerings and times, click here.

Birthday Party Place: I like to call Jump TNT the “worry free” birthday party place because as the host you won’t worry about a thing! Jump TNT will take care of everything. The kids will have a blast. Party packages start at $160. Click here to check out their birthday party packages.

Other Gathering Parties: Graduation, End-Of-Season Sport Parties, Boy or Girl Scout Gatherings, etc. – Jump TNT can make your party one of the best you’ve had. Their parties start at $160 and go up from there depending on how many kids are attending and what type of party you want to have. Click here to review the packages they have.

Free Trial Class: Mention Cumming Local and receive a free trial class. This way you can “try out” the gym before signing up for a class or program.

What Others Are Saying About Jump TNT:

“This gym is amazing! I have never met more encouraging and supportive coaches. The owner is very friendly and will go out of his way to answer any of your questions. He even let my daughter join the team for a week before seeing if we wanted to commit. If you have a gymnast who is burnt out but still enjoys tumbling, then I highly recommend this place!” -Marie

“By far the best trampoline and tumbling gym around. The coaches are all AWESOME! The facilities are new and clean and safe, and our athlete LOVES it here! Your child needs to try this gym out.” -Josh

“Tumbling and Trampoline at a wonderful gym with great staff and atmosphere. Focus on fun, good sportsmanship, and personal growth. Athletes given a lot of positive re-enforcement and feedback from their coaches. All new equipment in a new gym space. Lots of rec classes to choose from as well as opportunity to join competitive team. My daughter loves it there, and has consistently improved and gained new skills and enjoys being part of the team. We wouldn’t want to go anywhere else!” -Debbie

Jump TNT has a 5-star review online. You can read those reviews here: Facebook | Google | Yelp

More About Jump TNT:

Coach Jim (Founder & Director) shares his story of how Jump TNT became what it is today…

This program became a reality as a result of being laid off from the corporate world in August of 2009. As a former high school and college gymnast, I have always wanted to do something with the sport of Trampoline for a long time. I now have the opportunity to share this sport with others. I used the Kangaroo as my logo because of how strong and high these animals jump which represents both Power Tumbling and Trampoline.

Now that I had the vision, I needed a gym to put in the program. After sharing a small place with a cheerleading gym in Johns Creek, for 6 years, it was now time to open our own facility and grow this sport!

Fitting in well with the Australian theme, Outback Steakhouse became one of our first sponsors. Soon after their grand opening in Roswell and Suwanee, SkyZone was a perfect fit as a sponsor as well. And then Get Air Trampoline park followed. All have been wonderful to work with and I encourage you to visit them as well.

We offer Recreational classes for boys and girls ages 4 and up, pre-team, and we also have a very competitive Team by invitation. Come check us out. I’ve always said -“If you love to JUMP, then you will LOVE this sport!”

Connect Online with JUMP TNT: Website | Facebook 

Why Title Tags Are Important For Your Blog Growth

Why Title Tags Are Important For Your Blog Growth

So you finally finished your blog post and are thinking of that catchy tittle. In most cases, your page or post title will be automatically used for the title tag, but could be missing some big SEO opportunity!

Writing a powerful title tag could mean the difference between being skimmed over versus getting those clicks on social media and search results. Your target audience is already searching so make it easier for them to help them find your content! By understanding the small updates you can make for on-page SEO, you can grow your blog traffic and reach more of the right people.

So let’s go over the basics. What is a Title Tag? Why is it different than a blog post title?

A title tag tells search engines what your web page is about.

It tells people what your page is about when they see the result in a search engine. People will decide whether to click on your link based on your title tag and meta description (which we’ll get into later).

It’s often considered the most important piece of on-page optimization.

Depending on the platform you’re using, your blog post title or landing page title might be automatically used as your title tag, but they don’t have to be the same. You can add extra information to your title tag that might not work well in your blog post title.

Your Title Tag is displayed in your search engine results.

How to Write Powerful Title Tags

Make your tags easy to read and then consider search engines. Search engines are the ones that are ranking your links but you also want people to click on them!

Keep your most important target keywords towards the front of the tag.

Make sure your tags are about 65 characters max- ideally would be about 45 which includes spaces and any punctuation.

And the biggest thing? DON’T keyword! What do I mean by that? An example would be if you were talking about how to lose weight with a health coach and your keywords would be fat loss, health coach, cleanse, detox. First- don’t repeat any keywords. Second, some of these related keywords may make your page look spammy and won’t help you rank well in Google.

Good Examples could be Health Coaching in Chicago, IL. This is a great homepage tag because it explains what, where and who when people are searching for specific areas and topics.

Tweaking your title tags

Once a website is ranked on the first page of a search engine, then you can tweak the title tag accordingly to try and improve your click through rate for the page. Keep in mind that adjusting the title tag at that point could lead to an improvement in conversion, but possibly a decrease in ranking if any keywords or locations are removed.

When the title tag is changed on the website, it will take some time for it to be adjusted in the search engines. Google and other search engines must re-crawl the website and adjust the display, which usually takes 7-14 days depending on the authority of the website and the last time that it was crawled.

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If you’re still feeling unsure of how to get started, I’d suggest reaching out to a company that knows the ins and outs of SEO, title tags, link building and more. I’m talking about RankCrew . Rankcrew is founded by Dan Anton and him and his team do wondrous things for their clients including helping them rank as high as possible in Google. They offer different packages depending on where you and your website are at and signing up is free! Their link building service is manned by experienced veterans of SEO experts who know the importance of building quality links. They also offer help 24/7 so you never have to wait to get your questions or concerns answered!

Getting your blow ranked doesn’t have to be difficult when you’re working with the right team and knowing how to help boost your traffic. By using these key ideas for your title tags, it’ll be sure to start putting your blog out there for people to use, view and take notice on!

Tips From Sanford And Son Junk Cars: How To Spot A Lemon

Tips From Sanford And Son Junk Cars: How To Spot Lemon

Most people know lemon to be a juicy fruit. A lemon is far less appetizing to new car owners, however. To them, a lemon is a newly purchased automobile that isn’t performing up to the standards they were promised upon purchase. Are you thinking that you perhaps purchased one yourself? There are a few tall tales that could help solve your story! Here are a few to think about:

  1. Strong Smells – When it comes to evaluating a car, it is best to use all of your senses. Don’t just rely on what you can see with your eyes. Trust your sense of smell as well. If you test drive a car and end up smelling something funny, pay attention. It is likely a sign that something is leaking or burning, or both, underneath the hood. Sometimes the smell is obvious such as the smell of burnt oil. Other times, it is more difficult to identify exactly what a particular smell is. But the bottom line is that if the car is functioning properly, you should not smell anything from the car. Any weird or unusual scent is a tip off that something is not as it should be with the car – notably the engine. And that is never good. At the very least, a strong smell should prompt you to investigate further underneath the hood.

  2. Uneven Tire Tread – Tires on a car tell a story. If a car has been properly maintained, then the tires should have been rotated regularly or all season tires should have been swapped out for winter tires. These events should have ensured that the tread on the tires wore evenly. If the tread wear on the tires is uneven, or worse on certain tires than others, it likely indicates that the tires were never rotated or changed with the advent of winter or arrival of spring. This should be a sign that the car was not properly cared for. Worse case scenario, uneven tire wear could indicate that the car needs an expensive front end alignment job. Either way, uneven tire tread is never a good sign on a car regardless of its age.

  3. Lock and Window Problems – Automatic windows and door locks are standard in most vehicles today. And those windows and doors that slide down and open with the touch of a button are powered by the car’s electrical system. If there are any problems with the windows or locks, it likely is an indication that there is a problem with the car’s electrical system. Should a window only roll down halfway or the door not lock and unlock as it should, then it could be a sign that there is an issue with the electrical system in the vehicle you’re considering. And while there may only be a problem with one window at the moment, chances are the issue will only worsen with time. Plus, you’ll likely have to pay a mechanic a lot of money to try and identify the exact problem with the car’s electrical wiring. Checking the automatic windows and locks yourself is a simple test you can do to identify a potentially complicated problem.

  4. Interior Damage – Some mess and wear and tear in a used car is to be expected. But when the wear is excessive, it should sound an alarm in your mind. We’re talking about things such as frayed and damaged seat belts, sagging gas and brake pedals, missing knobs on the dashboard, ripped seat cushions with stuffing bulging through, missing head rests and so forth. These are signs that the car you’re looking at has not been maintained, or, worse, been abused by its owner. Beyond the obvious mess, excessive interior damage in a car shows that the vehicle was not maintained and that it likely has problems beyond what you can see with your own eyes.

  5. The Buyer Themselves – Body language and behavior are always good indicators. And when it comes to someone who is trying to sell you a car, you should be able to tell from their behavior whether they are trustworthy and on the up-and-up. Is the person selling the car willing to answer your questions? Does he or she seem evasive? These are all important and needed information, and it should be no problem for you to get it from the seller. If it is a problem, then that is a sign that the person you are dealing with is not to be trusted, and neither is the car they are selling. Turn and walk away.

One way to always ensure that you are getting the best value and an great car is by going to Sanford and Son Junk Cars. They service all around the Atlanta area and pay your car in cash right there on the spot! No need to worry about if the car is damaged- they will work to get you the best price possible. With well educated, friendly and certified employees, you are sure to have a great experience with them.

Top Fall Trends From It Is What We Do

Top Fall Trends From It Is What We Do

I’m thrilled to introduce you to Morgan, our Fashion Editor. Today she is sharing the top Fall trends to be on the lookout for. Morgan and her friend Ashley, run a new local fashion and lifestyle blog. You can follow along at It Is What We Do

Hi everyone! I am so excited to be over here on Cumming Local today!

Today I am sharing some fun fall trends with you all since fall is just around the corner. I am sure most of us are ready for things to cool off here in Georgia.

The cooler weather is what I am looking forward to the most, but the clothes are another thing I get really excited about. Fall clothes are my favorite! The options are endless because you can switch things up with layers and incorporate a lot of fun items into your outfits.

Many of the items I am sharing are great basics to have on hand in your closet. They are practical pieces to add to your wardrobe as we transition into another season. There are a lot of new trends for fall and I want to show you how easy it is to incorporate some of them into your closet. You may have a lot of these items already.

Jeans

First up are jeans. Jeans are my absolute favorite thing to buy! A good pair of jeans is something you can wear almost daily and you will not regret taking the time to look for the right pair. Everyone’s shape is so different. It can take a lot of trial and error to find the right pair for your body type, but once you do it is worth it!

Don’t just settle and buy a pair because they kind of fit. Get out there and find the right ones for you. The options are endless, so you do not have to spend a lot for good quality anymore. If you are going to splurge, jeans are a great piece to splurge on, since you can get so much wear out of them. Jeans are something I am willing to spend more on if I find the right pair.

Shoes

Next up let’s talk shoes. I live in booties through the fall and winter. There are some great brands that make such comfortable shoes, so you will be able to wear them all day with no discomfort.

Mules are another big shoe trend this fall. What I love about mules, over a basic pair of flats, is you do not run the risk of your shoes rubbing the back of your heel. The right pair of mules will provide a lot of style and comfort to your outfits!

Shoes are another piece that are worth the splurge if you know you will wear them all the time. Again, like jeans, there are so many options that you don’t have to spend a lot if you don’t want to.

Jackets

Fall here in Georgia is gorgeous and we are lucky that it doesn’t get too cold. Layering is the key in dressing for fall. Lightweight jackets, cardigans, and scarves are the perfect items to have on hand to keep warm throughout the season. Options are endless and the best part is these are pieces you do not have to break the bank on.

Sometimes we think for a jacket we have to spend a lot. If you need a heavy winter coat, yes you might need to spend more. For fall, a lightweight jacket will do the job, so you can have a little more fun and branch out. Try a military style jacket or a lightweight leather jacket. You would be surprised at how reasonable prices are on these items.

I hope some of these tips you find helpful as we go into fall. Everyone’s style is different so don’t follow a trend just because it is popular. Stay true to what you love and only invest in pieces you know you will get a lot of wear out of.

For a really trendy piece that you might only wear a few times find a cheaper option. I also try a cheaper option if I am trying out a new trend that I am not sure if I love yet. Fashion and clothes can be so fun! Don’t be afraid to try new things. You might be surprised at how your style can transform if you are willing to have fun with it!

Thanks for letting me share with you all today!

Morgan and Ashley
It Is What We Do
www.itiswhatwedoblog.com
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Morgan Brock has been married to her husband Jeremy for 12 years and is mom to two boys, Bennett and Walker.  She graduated college with a degree in Finance but never loved working in that field.  She has always had a love for fashion and shopping.  Her goal is to help people find great clothes that they love and feel confident in. She finds so much joy in that.  She is also a frugal shopper, so she loves sharing where to find great deals.  Her belief is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to look your best!  All of this led Morgan and her best friend, Ashley, to start a fashion and lifestyle blog.

To read more about our contributing writers, click here. 

Balancing Life Is A Lie And, Yes, There’s a Better Way

Balancing Life

Balancing Life Is A Lie And, Yes, There’s a Better Way

Let’s have a little fun. Stand up. Pull one foot back to your butt until you can feel a nice stretch in the front of your thigh. Make sure your free hand is not touching anything. Now stand there for 5 minutes. If you foot touches the ground or if your free hand touches anything, you failed.

A simple quad stretch seems, well, simple. You just need to stand on one foot. But it’s not as easy as it sounds because it requires balance. And balance is a tricky thing.

Balance is such a nice sounding word. It actually sounds kinda peaceful. But balance is difficult. It requires an even distribution of weight so you can remain steady and stable.

While doing your quad stretch (Yes, I am trusting you that you actually did it.), you may have actually been balanced for a moment. But then something happened…
• You moved ever so slightly.
• Your child bumped you.
• You looked in a different direction.

And you had to put your other foot back on the ground or grab something with your free hand. You were balanced but then you lost your balance. You failed, and now you’re a failure.

That’s how life feels sometimes. Okay, a lot of times.

We feel like a failure because we cannot balance work and family and everything else. Even if you happen to achieve balance for a moment, balance is not sustainable. You cannot live life with one foot off the ground. As soon as life changes or shifts, you lose your balance and have to work to achieve balance again.

Have you ever stopped and wondered who made balance our goal in life? I’m pretty sure it was some marketing guru who knew he could sell a lot of product because it would sound so appealing…a balanced life. Ahhhhh. I honestly don’t know who imposed this lie on us, but we can create a new goal. A new way to measure whether we’re winning. Let’s do it!

There are so many demands and responsibilities coming at us, we need a way to manage our lives. What if we could live life with both feet on the ground? Wouldn’t it be nice to quit living life with only one foot on the ground…or trying to just have one foot on the ground?

Instead of living a balanced life, what if we learned to lean into what is in front of us (the important) and what has to be done by us (the urgent)?

Balance says treat all things equal. Distribute the weight of life equally. But all things are not equal.

Leaning means turning your attention to what is important and/or urgent. When what is in front of you has your attention, you can see the meaning in what you’re leaning into. Leaning creates meaning.

Leaning is looking at all of your demands and responsibilities and deciding what or who you need to lean into first. You give that thing or person your attention and energy. Then you lean into the next thing or person. Then the next.

Leaning allows you to plant both feet on the ground and handle what or who needs the most attention. It gives you permission to not lean into the other things and people who need you…until it is the right time to lean into them.

An important part of leaning is having a place to come back to. Your center is where you return to after you’ve leaned. Your center is most likely your health (emotional, physical, spiritual), faith, and spouse…The most important areas of your life.

You lean away from your center because you have to. You come back to your center because you need to.

There is a better way to manage life that leaves you feeling less guilty and like less of a failure. There is a way to manage your life in a way that allows you to give your energy to the right things and people at the right time. Start leaning. Stop balancing.


Casey Ross has been married to Julie for over 20 years and is the dad to one daughter and two sons. Casey and his family share some common loves: the Atlanta Falcons / United / Hawks, Mexican food, Hilton Head Island, and just about any kind of competition. Julie and Casey mentor engaged couples, lead married small groups, and lead small groups called Starting Point at their church. If Casey is not at home or work, you can probably find him at Chick fil A enjoying a Frosted Coffee and a Diet Dr Pepper or working out.

Connect with Casey Online: Blog | Twitter | Facebook 

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Cumming Greek Festival 2017

Cumming Greek Festival 2017

Cumming Greek Festival Returns for the 13th Anniversary!

The Cumming Greek Festival celebrates its 13th year of bringing a taste of the beautiful Mediterranean paradise to Cumming and North Georgia!

The 13th Annual Cumming Greek Festival starts Friday October 20th at 3pm and goes to Sunday, October 22nd at 5pm.

Sts Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox parish sponsors this wonderful event each year on their beautiful 16 acres right on Bethelview Rd. and this year the Festival celebrates 11 years as one of the largest volunteer festivals in Forsyth County with fun and fellowship for this family friendly annual event.

Each year a portion of the money raised goes to local charities in Forsyth County such as The Place and Jessie’s House. Our parish is committed to our local community and helping those in need!

All your favorites are back! Home made Greek Pastries (get them early. These sell out fast!). Authentic Greek food like gyros, souvlaki, pastichio, dolmades, and lamb are on the menu along with so much more! There’s even a wonderful baklava sundae that is always a big hit with the kids! Music, dance, and great food make the Cumming Greek Festival THE destination in North Georgia.

Great shopping will be available from all our vendors this year as we add merchandise from Greece and local vendors with something for everyone! And back this year is our children’s area featuring a fantastic petting zoo for the kids!

One of the highlights of the Festival is also the informative Church tour that happens every day of the Festival. Our joy in our beautiful “village” created especially for the Festival flow out of the beauties of our ancient and timeless faith. Our Church Tours and lectures add so much to the experience of our festival.

The 13th Annual Cumming Greek Festival promises to be our biggest event ever and something the whole family will enjoy. Make your plans now to attend and enjoy this outstanding community event! OPA!

For more information go to www.cumminggreekfestival.com!

Things To Do: Labor Day Weekend in Forsyth County 2017

Labor Day Weekend in Forsyth County

Who’s ready for a 3-day weekend?!? There are several fun things going on around Forsyth County this long weekend.

Here’s a few things on our list:

FRIDAY: Take the family out for Friday Night Lights at a High School Football Game. For schedules at the Forsyth County High Schools, click here.

FRIDAY – SUNDAY: IPRA World Championship Rodeo – Pull out your cowboy / cowgirl boots & head over to the Cumming Fairgrounds. Friday & Saturday @ 8pm, Sunday @ 7pm (Tickets for sale 2 hrs. prior to showtime) Ticket Prices – $15 for Adults, $10 for Ages 5-12 and 4 & under FREE. Click here for more information

SATURDAY – MONDAY: Saturday is opening day for Buford Corn Maze (Open Noon–10pm on Saturday & Sunday and 10am-7pm on Monday). They have a kid’s play area, activities, concessions, and much more! You can learn more by visiting their website.

MONDAY: Labor Day Doughnut Dash 5k/10k/Half Marathon– Join North GA Running Company for a morning of fun & fitness. The race will start and finish at Dutch Monkey Doughnuts. Proceeds from the event are going to the Rally Foundation (Childhood Cancer Research). For more information on this foundation, visit their website. Click here for more race information.

MONDAY: Unlimited Play at Stars & Strikes – For $9.99 a person, you can pick a package (either unlimited bowling and free show rental or unlimited video game play) and play from open to close! Click here for more details. 

MONDAY: LaBOOr Day Halloween DIY Camp – From 10am-Noon, the kids will be making all sorts of Halloween DIY related crafts to add to your decor! For just $40, children 5+ will make multiple projects that morning! Sign up to reserve your spot at pinspiration.com/classes or call the studio at‭ (470) 253-7251‬.

All Weekend Long:

Cumming Aquatic Center – This will be the last weekend that the aquatic center will be open. Click here for more information.

Old Atlanta Splash Pad – Enjoy the last weekend of the Splash Pad (Friday – Sunday, closed Monday) – click here for more information.

Rainy Day Ideas – Just in case your plans get rained out, we have plenty of indoor options. Check out our guide by clicking here.

Outside of Forsyth County:

Stone Mountain Park – They are having a special fireworks show with the laser show. Read about a recent parent experience at Stone Mountain. And for more details on hours for Labor Day weekend, click here.

Sky High Hot Air Balloon Festival – Callaway Gardens is hosting this festival from Friday to Monday. Click here for more information.

Gibbs Garden – This place is gorgeous! Over Labor Day weekend they have a few activities. Click here to view their Facebook page for more information.

Lanier World – Total family fun here! To learn all about what they have, click here.

DragonCon Parade – For more information about the parade and what to expect, you can read this great post from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family.

Feeling like getting away for Labor Day weekend? Check out this great post from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family!

*As always, errors and omissions are possible (although certainly not intentional) and events may change. Links and phone numbers have been provided so you may confirm any information.

Where Can I Find My Forsyth Magazine in Forsyth County?

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Where Can I Find My Forsyth Magazine in Forsyth County?

For the past seven years, My Forsyth magazine has been delivered to homes throughout the county. Each issue has 22,000 copies printed and distributed in the area (mail and rack distribution). Don’t be left out! My Forsyth Magazine is a great publication! I have enjoyed reading a copy of the magazine for the last few years. It’s not your normal publication in a local community. It’s an editorial magazine with plenty of impeccable reading material including but not limited to subject matters of healthcare, real estate, lifestyle, coupons, and much more!

One question that I receive repeatedly is – “where can I find a copy of My Forsyth Magazine?” So, today I am answering that question for you!

Three Ways to Get Your Copy of My Forsyth Magazine

  1. You can subscribe to have My Forsyth Magazine delivered to your mailbox by entering your information here.
  2. You can download a copy of the magazine digitally by clicking here.
  3. You can pick up a copy at the following locations around Forsyth County:
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at The Collection
  • Physician Offices (at Northside Forsyth campus)
  • Slope’s BBQ on Highway 20
  • Lakeside Pharmacy
  • Lenny’s Subs
  • Palapas Mexican Grill at Windermere
  • Rick Tanner’s Bar and Grille at Vickery Village
  • The Biscuit Barn
  • Sexton Hall Senior Enrichment Center
  • Dream Dinners
  • Kroger Stores:
    • 5665 Atlanta Hwy, Alpharetta
    • 2325 Bethelview Rd, Cumming
    • 2655 Freedom Pkwy, Cumming
    • 1595 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming
    • 6001 Cumming Hwy, Sugar Hill
    • 3651 Peachtree Parkway, Johns Creek
    • 11877 Douglas Road, Alpharetta
    • 400 Peachtree Industrial Blvd. Suwanee
    • 12870 State Highway 9, Alpharetta

More Information About My Forsyth Magazine:

The mission of My Forsyth magazine, a publication of Market Complete LLC, is to provide readers with stories and information about their communities and its people. Each month, 22,000 copies of your community magazine are distributed via direct mail and throughout local businesses as part of our rack distribution. We welcome your comments, stories, and advertisements.

The viewpoints of the advertisers, columnists, and submissions are not necessarily those of  Market Complete LLC. The Publisher makes no claims as to the validity of any charitable organizations mentioned. My Forsyth is not responsible for errors or omissions. 

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