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New Kindermusik Studio Opens in Cumming, Georgia

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

New Kindermusik Studio Opens in Cumming, Georgia

Kindermusik uses award-winning, research-based curricula and world-class educators to provide engaging musical learning experiences during the years most critical to brain development.

After completing a comprehensive training program that incorporates education in child development and music concepts from Kindermusik International, Erica Culbertson has received her Kindermusik license and has opened a studio named Growing Musicians LLC in Cumming. (Classes are held at Cumming First United Methodist Church.) Now trained to tap into the different developmental stages and learning styles of children, Culbertson is poised to bring the power and joy of music-based learning to the children and families of Forsyth County, and make available the long-lasting and far-reaching benefits to all areas of development – physical, cognitive, social and emotional. Culbertson says, “In addition to the full-brain benefits Kindermusik offers, classes are playful and fun — allowing children and their parents or caregivers to socialize and make friends.”

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

Since 1978, more than two million families in over 70 countries have enjoyed Kindermusik music and movement classes, beginning as early as their first infant months. Classes involve a mixture of singing, instrument play, dancing and movement, storytime, and other activities that help young children and their families discover how music can enrich their lives and build a strong foundation for a lifetime love of learning.

Psychologists, neuroscientists, and experts in early childhood development have demonstrated that music does more for children than bring them joy; it helps their brain make the connections needed for virtually every kind of intelligence. Kindermusik’s curriculum is built on this research.

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

A few key benefits to the classes:
• Activities are designed to develop and strengthen a child’s physical and neural functions, social-emotional skills, early literacy, early math, and much more.
• The style of the class allows for parent/child bonding moments. This bonding boosts learning. Music and movement classes can spark learning in young children, and when done in conjunction with a parent, can help build bonds between parent and child.
• Parents are granted access to Kindermusik Online to continue the musical play and learning at home or on-the-go, as well as provide valuable resources for great parenting.

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

“Kindermusik classes give parents the opportunity to engage in safe, fun and developmentally appropriate music-and-movement experiences with children ages newborn to seven,” said Scott Kinsey, President of Kindermusik International. “Our educators are our most vital asset to the success of Kindermusik, and we welcome Erica to our Kindermusik community.”

According to a 2005 Harris Interactive poll, 99 percent of Kindermusik parents would recommend the program to other parents. Parents are encouraged to enroll or try a preview class at the new Kindermusik.

Kindermusik Cumming Georgia

About Kindermusik International:

Kindermusik International is the world’s leading provider of music, movement and literacy programs for young children, enjoyed by more than two million families in over 70 countries. For more than 35 years, Kindermusik has helped children and their families discover how music can enrich their lives and lay the foundation for a lifetime love of learning. Kindermusik offers developmentally-specific educational programs for children ages newborn to seven. Kindermusik curricula is taught by the best educators in the best schools and studios world-wide. Visit Kindermusik.com to learn more about Kindermusik early childhood programs and music classes for kids.

Connect with Kindermusik at Growing Musicians LLC:
Website: www.GrowingMusicians.Kindermusik.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/GrowingMusiciansLLC
Instagram: www.instagram.com/growingmusicians

10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

10 Things to do this Fall in Forsyth County

10 Things to Do this Fall in Cumming GA & Forsyth County

Hands down – Fall is my favorite season. I love the weather, the pumpkin flavored everything, football snacks, and much more! And as we thought about it there are a lot of fun things to do in Forsyth county this Fall. So we have put together a list of 10 Things to Do in Forsyth County this Fall.

Here is our list in no particular order:

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1. Go to a High School Football Game:  These games are full of energy and a really fun evening to support our local teams. The tickets are fairly inexpensive and the kids think they’re at a big game. For updated schedules, click here.

 

2. The Cumming Fair:  Oh how much fun the Fair is! The annual Cumming Country Fair & Festival will be in town in for 11 days. This is a MUST DO! Click here for information on the 2017 Cumming Country Fair!

Kinsey Family Farm

3. Kinsey Family Farm:  The Kinsey Farm is opens September 30th for its Fall & Pumpkin Season.  They’ll be open for all their Fall Activities until October 31st.  This is one of our family favorites every Fall season.  Click here for more information.

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4. Warbington Farms:  Don’t make the mistake of associating Warbington Farms with strawberry fields only.  They have lots of fun pumpkin activities and this year they’re offering a CORN MAZE too!  Plus fall activities like Pumpkins, Hay Rides, Petting Zoo, Farm Fun, and so much more!  Click here for more information.

5. Fall Festivals:  This season is FULL of festivals at churches, schools, and businesses through Forsyth County.  Our calendar is already packed with lots of events going on but as we get closer, more and more will be added.  Click here to view the Calendar of Events.

And if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

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6. Drive around: This sounds silly but it’s so much fun to simply drive around and check out the leaves. The leaves so beautiful this time of year. This was an idea from our high school student intern and contributing writer, Christina. Read more of her ideas by clicking here. 

7. Haunted Fun:  As we get closer to Halloween there will be plenty of fun Haunted Houses to visit here in Forsyth County. We’ll definitely have a list ready to go as it gets closer.  And again, if your church, organization, or business has an event you want to share with the community click here to submit your event.

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8. Pumpkin Picking:  Sure you can pick up a pumpkin almost anywhere, but make it special – try one of the local “pumpkin patches” & help support a local organization, ministry or business.   As the season comes into full swing, pumpkins can be purchased at Kinsey Family Farm, Warbington Farms, and also Cumming First United Methodist Church and Midway United Methodist Church have “patches” in their yards too.

9. Forsyth County Playgrounds:  Personally, I feel that Fall is the best time to be outside. Nice cool breeze, sun shining, it’s not too hot but not too cold.  This fall we would love for you to enjoy this weather at some of the Forsyth County Parks.  Click here for a listing and for some personal thoughts on some of them too.

10. Fall Fun at Your House: There are plenty of super fun things to do at home this Fall. Rake up the leaves to jump in & play, bake fall treats, make some fun fall crafts with the kids, decorate some pumpkins, camp in your back yard or make a fun fort in the living room.  Just spend time together and enjoy one another! Check out our All Things Autumn Pinterest Board by clicking here. Need snack ideas for days spent watching football? Here’s some for you!

BONUS IDEA: Travel just a little further north for some great Apple Picking or get lost in a Corn Maze!  Apple Picking | Corn Mazes

ANOTHER BONUS IDEA: Find 40+ things to do this Fall all over Georgia from our friends at 365 Atlanta Family. Click here

What would you add to this list?

Disclaimer: We do our best to provide accurate, useful information about events, activities and small business within Cumming & Forsyth County. Information (including times and locations) is gathered from various sources. We always attempt to confirm details before published. It is possible that details change or we are given inaccurate information. Whenever possible we link our articles to the source and strongly urge you to confirm details before you go. Cumming Local is in no way responsible for any problems that occur while participating in activities recommended on this site or for any errors & omissions.

Photo sources: Leaves, Bench at park

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
Click here for more information

Uncle Shucks
Open: September 9th – November 19th
Address:4520 Highway 53 E Dawsonville, GA 30534
Click here for more information

Southern Belle Farm
Open: September 23rd – November 25th
Address: 1658 Turner Church Rd, McDonough, Georgia 30252
Click here for more information

Buford Corn Maze
Open: September 1st – November 12th
Address: 4470 Bennett Road, Buford, GA 30519
Click here for more information

Colonel Cob’s Corn Maze
Open: September 23rd – November 25th
Address: 797 Macedonia Church Rd, Oxford, Georgia 30054
Click here for more information

Rock Ranch
Open: October 7th – November 4th
Address: 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga.
Click here for more information

Jaemor Farms
Open: September 9th – November 5th
Address: 5340 Cornelia Hwy. (Hwy 365), Alto, GA 30510
Click here for more information

Pettit Creek Farm
Open: September 5th -November 1st
Address: 337 Cassville Rd, Cartersville, Georgia 30120
Click here for more information

Corn Dawgs
Open: September 22nd – November 5th
Address: 955 Leone Avenue, Loganville, GA 30052
Click here for more information

Yahoo Farms
Open: September 23rd – October 31st
Address: 4729 Waleska Highway 108 – Jasper, GA 30143
Click here for more information

Uncle Bob’s Pumpkin Patch and Tricky Crop Maze
Open: September 24th – November 5th
Address: 3781 E. Happy Valley Cir, Newnan, GA 30263
Click here for more information

Enchanted MAiZE
Open: September 29th – October 29th
Address: 271 Chattanooga Valley Rd Flintstone, GA 30725
Click here for more information

Big Springs Farms
Open: October weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday)
Address: 2100 Sugar Pike Rd, Woodstock, GA 30188
Click here for more information

Poppell Farms
Open: October 7th – November 5th
Address: 1765 Hyma Poppell Loop, Odum, GA 31555
Click here for more information

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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Apple Picking Near Cumming GA

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Apple Picking Near Cumming GA

It’s apple u-pick season in Ellijay and North GA!!   We have a list of a few places to pick your own apples near Cumming, GA. Maybe a day trip and hitting all of them is the best plan?

Note:  U-pick is typically on the weekend (although the orchard may be open every day) and always weather permitting.  Activities and offerings at each farm vary.  We link directly to the orchard so you can check with them for their operating schedule & weather delays. 

  1. Mercier Orchards
    Scheduled Opening: Open now
    Address: 8660 Blue Ridge Drive, Blue Ridge GA 30513
    Click here for more information
  2. BJ Reece Orchards:
    Scheduled Opening:  Open now through October 29th
    Address:  9131 Highway 52 East, Ellijay GA 30536
    Click here for more information
  3. Hillcrest Orchards:
    Scheduled Opening:  Open now through October 29h
    Address:  9696 Hwy 52 East, Ellijay GA 30536
    Click here for more information
  4. Red Apple Barn:
    Scheduled Opening: Open now through October 29th
    Address:  3379 Tailscreek Road, Ellijay GA 30540
    Click here for more information
  5. Panorama Orchards: (Note: you can’t pick them here but you can buy delicious fresh apples and other goodies)
    Scheduled Opening: Open now
    Address: Hwy 515 South, 63 Talona Spur, Ellijay, GA 30540
    Click here for more information

Don’t Miss Out On These Apple-Themed Events:

Georgia Apple Festival
Dates: October 14th – 15th, October 21st – 22nd
Address: Ellijay Lions Club Fairgrounds, 1729 South Main Street, Ellijay, GA 30540
Click here for more information 

Apple Festival Parade
Dates: October 21st – 10am
Address: Downtown Ellijay
Click here for more information 

Apple Arts – Arts & Crafts
Dates: October 14th/15th & 21st/22nd – 9am-5pm
Address: Downtown Ellijay
Click here for more information 

There are LOTS more Apple-Themed events in Ellijay. Click here to see all of them.

Last but not least, be sure to check out the 10 Best Places for Apple Picking  in Georgia from 365 Atlanta Family.

2017 Cumming Fair in Forsyth County

2017 Cumming Fair in Forsyth County

It’s that time of year once again for the Cumming Fair & Festival which begins on Thursday, October 5th and ends on Sunday, October 15th. This year marks the 23rd year for the fair that began as a 5-day fair and now has grown to an 11-day event!

Just thinking about the fair makes my mouth water for all the delicious fair food – cotton candy, fresh popcorn, funnel cakes, giant turkey legs, and don’t forget about the deep fried Snickers or Oreos. The calories eaten at the Fair don’t count, right?

We can’t forget about the rides and games! The famous James H. Drew Exposition returns with the world’s most progressive midway. The Cumming Fair & Festival brings over 40 rides and numerous games. It really is fun for all!

Don’t miss out on the 11 days of family fun!

 

Dates: October 5-15, 2017
Times: Monday – Thursday, 4pm – 10pm
Friday, 4pm – Midnight
Saturday, 10am – Midnight
Sunday, 12:30pm – 9pm
Location: The Cumming Fairgrounds

*No Alcohol, Pets, or Coolers Allowed

Admission Prices:

10 Years Old and Under: FREE
11 Years Old and Up: $7
All Parking: $5

Learn more about the rides (and ticket prices), local entertainment, Heritage Village, ground acts & concerts on the Cumming Fair Facebook page.

Once again, a great line up & some great specials are being offered:

*subject to change – accurate at time of publishing – verify all information here*

Thursday, October 5th:

  • FREE Admission compliments of Northside Hospital-Forsyth
  • $20 Pay One-Price Rides (unlimited rides – $20/ person)
  • School Scarecrow & Giant Pumpkin Competition Awards Ceremony 7pm

Friday, October 6th:

  • Concert: Kellie Pickler in Concert at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Saturday, October 7th:

  • FREE Admission & rides from 10am to 11am (all ages)
  • $30 per person for unlimited rides. All Ages. 11am to 3pm (must purchase 11am to 3pm – valid all day)
  • 2017 Miss Cumming Fair Pageant, 10am-1pm.

Sunday, October 8th:

  • Senior Citizen Day – FREE Admission for ages 55 & up.
  • Free Admission & Rides for Students (18 & under) with coupon – 12:30pm to 2pm
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)

Monday, October 9th:

  • Student Night – FREE Admission 18 & under.
  • $15 Unlimited Rides (all ages)

Tuesday, October 10th:

  • Unlimited rides for $20 (all ages)
  • Concert: Gene Watson at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Wednesday, October 11th:

  • FREE Admission Compliments of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (all ages)
  • $20 Unlimited Rides (all ages)
  • Marvel Superheros Shows – 5pm & 7:30pm
  • CHOA Parade at 6pm

Thursday, October 12th:

  • Concert: Thompson Square at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Friday, October 13th:

  • FREE Admission after 9pm with a valid High School Football Ticket Stub (Please note: The ticket stub must be for 10/13/17)

Saturday, October 14th:

  • FREE Admission AND Rides (all ages). 10am – 11am
  • Unlimited rides for $30 per person. Must purchase b/n 11am – 3pm but valid all day.
  • Chainsaw Carving Auction: 7pm Show
  • American Bull Riding Tour: 8pm Show

Sunday, October 15th – Last Chance to Visit the Fair!

  • FREE Students Admission (18 & Under) and Rides with school coupon. 12:30 – 2pm.
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)
  • American Bullriders Tour: 6pm
  • Heroes Day: All Law Enforcement, Firefighters, First Responders and All Active, Reserved or Retired Military are admitted FREE with Valid ID.

All information believed to be accurate at time of posting. For official information, please visit The Cumming Fair online.

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!

Kinsey Family Farm: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

 

Kinsey Family Farm: 2017 Fall Pumpkin Season

Fall in Forsyth County means it’s time to make a stop at Kinsey Family Farm! This year’s opening is Saturday, September 30th!

Make a morning or an afternoon out of the fun on the farm – not only can you pick out the perfect pumpkin, but you can also enjoy a hayride, feed the catfish or farm animals, shop in the Fall Harvest Shop, and definitely get some great “pumpkin” photos with the family!

You’ll find all sorts of pumpkins in all shapes and sizes! Kinsey Farm has delicious “pie” pumpkins and gourds too.

Fall activities include:

  • Hay Rides: $3 per person (children 2 & under are free). Hours vary. Check their fall activity page for information.
  • Barn Animals & Fish Feeding: These are HUGE and my kids have always loved feeding them in the past! You’ll also find an animal pavilion to feed the farm animals as well.
  • Picnic Area: There is no charge to use this area, so bring your own lunch or purchase some snacks and drinks in the concession area and enjoy a meal or snack on the farm. We always enjoy the caramel apples and boiled peanuts! (Note – they are nut-free until October 1st)

And don’t forget to stop in the Fall Harvest Shop before you leave. You will find apples, honey, salsa, jams, preserves, fall decor & MUCH more!

Fall Hours From September 30th – October 31st:

Monday – Friday: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday – Sunday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm

Visit the Kinsey Family Farm Fall Activity Page for More Information.

{Tip: Kinsey Family Farm is one of our favorite places to take pictures. It’s absolutely gorgeous there! See pictures below for an example…} 

More Information:

Kinsey Family Farm
7170 Jot-em Down Road
Gainesville, GA 30506

770.887.6028
Kinsey Family Farm Online
Kinsey Family Farm on Facebook

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.

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