Backyard Movie Nights: A Weekly Occurrence Because of Mosquito Joe

Backyard Movie Nights

Backyard Movie Nights: A Weekly Occurrence Because of Mosquito Joe

At our house, we are all about making memories during the summer. We have a unique situation because I (Rachael) work from home and my husband, Greg, is a teacher. For 5 1/2 weeks of the summer, we are all home together. This arrangement has had its challenges in years past, but this year has been different. The kids are getting older and we are able to do more things that we couldn’t before. This summer instead of going on a vacation, we decided to use some money to invest in items that will be used to make memories. One of those items was the equipment to do outdoor backyard movies. And after our first backyard movie night, the kids declared this MUST BE a weekly occurrence!

My favorite part is we are doing all cherished movies from Greg and I’s childhood. Movies like Lady & the Tramp, Free Willy, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Peter Pan & many others are on our list. If you have a movie suggestion, please comment on this post and let me know! There is nothing better than our classic childhood movies!

In years past, we would never be able to do this. We had a serious mosquito problem that kept us from enjoying our backyard. You see we have a little creek behind our property that is a breeding ground for mosquitos. And well, mosquitos also love our blood so we all get destroyed if they are around. That was until we discovered Mosquito Joe and decided to prepare for spring and summer this year! Mosquito Joe’s motto is Make Outside Fun Again and that is exactly what they have done for us. Now we can sit outside for hours without getting a single bite. It’s quite amazing!

How Does Mosquito Joe Work

Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control treatment to residential and commercial customers. Their technicians are trained mosquito control experts dedicated to one thing: getting rid of mosquitoes so that you can enjoy being outside again. Outfitted with the latest gear and backed by the coordination of a top-notch support staff, their technicians in the field get the job done swiftly, thoroughly and professionally.

Take a look at their services to decide which one best suits your pest control needs:

  • Custom Barrier Sprays: Barrier spray mosquito treatments work right away – and keep working for weeks.
  • All Natural Treatments: An alternative to our barrier treatment, our all-natural service, repels mosquitoes immediately but has less adhesive properties than our synthetic spray.
  • Special Events: Your party, barbecue, wedding, reunion or any other outdoor event should be remembered for the good times, not the mosquitoes.

For more information or to get a personalized quote for your property, contact North Georgia Mosquito Joe at 770-809-3708.

Special Offer

I am excited to have a special offer to share with you, my readers! For your first spray, the cost would be $44.99 (up to 1/2 acre lot). All you have to do is register online and use the promo code –  cumminglocal.

How To Set Up Your Own Backyard Movie Night

First things first, you will need to buy a projector and a screen. Based off of price and reviews we choose the Vankyo projector and a portable 100-inch screen. It was super easy to set up. The projector can be hung from a screw or you can use the portable stand. We chose to hang the screen from a screw on our deck stairs. The projector was set up on a small stand and lifted up with books. The projector we purchased has connections for a kindle fire stick, HDMI cable, USB, or DVD cable. The options are endless to watch movies outdoors with this equipment!

QUICK TIP: We plan to purchase this projector stand to use for future movie nights.  It will make it easy to change the height of the projector. 

As I mentioned before, we are doing classic childhood movies. Here are the ones we have on our list:

  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Karate Kid
  • Back To The Future
  • Sandlot
  • Annie
  • The Never Ending Story
  • Mary Poppins
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Dumbo
  • Peter Pan
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Matilda
  • Flipper
  • Free Willy
  • Robin Hood
  • land Before Time
  • Duck Tales
  • Bed Knobs & Broomsticks
  • Pete’s Dragon

What classic movies would you add to our list?

More About Mosquito Joe

As a family owned and operated local mosquito control business, Mosquito Joe of North Georgia cares deeply about investing our time into helping cultivate strong, healthy families in the Cumming, GA area. By treating your home for outdoor pests such as mosquitoes, fleas & ticks; we create an environment that fosters quality time outside.

Our three-week recurring mosquito spray treatments for your yard will break the breeding cycle and also provide a preventive barrier for effective mosquito control. Let us help you create family memories and traditions that will last a lifetime with our professional mosquito services.

Call our office today at 770-809-3708 | Connect with us online

Food Truck Events Forsyth County GA

Food Truck Events Forsyth County

Food Truck Events Forsyth County GA

I don’t know about you. But I’ve been a little confused as to which food truck event is on what week and where it is. Now I do have them all loaded into the website calendar, but I still wanted to know what is what. That’s why I decided to make this Food Truck Events in Forsyth County GA round up. It’s for me and it’s for you! My hope is this will be helpful to you! I also went ahead and included some other food truck events near Forsyth County & Cumming GA.

And if you have any other food truck events to add, please contact me and let me know!

Food Truck Events in Forsyth County

Food Trucks ‘N Foco

Location: Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard
Dates: Third Monday of the Month (May 14th, June 18th, July 16th & September 10th)
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Follow the Facebook Page for Weather Updates

More information – Food Trucks in Forsyth County {2018}

Food Truck Friday

Location: School Street in downtown Cumming
Dates: First Friday of each month starting May 4th
Time: 5-9pm
Details: Food trucks, music, art exhibit at the Brannon-Heard House, and more.

Follow the City of Cumming FB page for Weather Updates & Participating Food Trucks

Fridays at the Fairgrounds

Location: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road
Dates: Third Friday of the Month (June 15th, July 20th & August 17th)
Time: 6-10pm
Details: Food trucks, live music, vendors, cruise-in car show, burnout contests, kids’ inflatables and activities, hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), and more. $5 admission fee for ages 13 and up; kids 12 and under are free!

Follow the Facebook Event Page for Weather Updates & Participating Food Trucks

Food Truck Events Near Forsyth County

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley

Location37 Old Roswell St, Alpharetta, Georgia
Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 5-9pm
Details: This year, Food Truck Alley XL is bringing new food trucks to the rotation, jumbo games, and elevated music entertainment curated by Matilda’s to Old Roswell Street every Thursday evening. Grab a picnic blanket or your favorite lawn chair and come join in on the fun in Alpharetta!

Follow the Facebook Page for Weather Updates & Participating Food Trucks

Duluth Food Truck Fridays

Location: 3167 Main St, Duluth, Georgia 30096
Every Friday night from May to September 
Time: 6-9pm
: Duluth is the place to be every Friday night from May-September, 6-9pm, as Food Trucks take over Downtown Duluth along side Fridays-N-Duluth! Experience exotic flavors in a mobile vending setting with amazing local cuisine while listening to live entertainment on the Festival Stage and in Parsons Alley.
Website | Facebook Page

Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays

Location: Taylor-Brawner Park – 3180 Atlanta Rd, Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Dates: Every Tuesday from May 1st to September 25th
Times: 5-9pm
Website | Facebook Page

Suwanee Food Truck Friday

Location: Town Center Park – Buford Hwy & Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd, Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Dates: First Friday of the month
Times: 5:30-9:30pm
Details: Food Truck Fridays are BACK! Food trucks open at 5:30 pm and run until 9:30 pm (or until the food runs out), with live music beginning at 7 pm. Food truck line-up varies; check for the most up-to-date information.
Website | Facebook Page

Food Truck Events are part of our downloadable e-book, full of summer things to do. Download your FREE copy today!

Rachael Walkup has lived in North Georgia all her life. Since 2006 – The Walkup family has made Forsyth County their home. Along with being a wife and mom, Rachael is an avid blogger, social media expert, and owner of Her time is spent promoting local events and small businesses in North Georgia.  With a background in Marketing and Sales, coupled with her experience in Project Development and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Rachael offers consultations and classes to help clients reach their fullest potential.

Students Say “Libraries Rock!” With New Summer Reading Prizes

summer reading

Students Say “Libraries Rock!” With New Summer Reading Prizes

Schools and librarians are working hard this month to help students prevent the dreaded “summer slide,” by encouraging them to register for the Summer Reading Fun program at Forsyth County Public Library.

Studies show that reading over the summer can help students retain more of what they learned during the school year and perform better when school starts again in August. A study from Dominican University even suggests that children who participate in summer reading programs have better reading scores by the end of third grade than students who did not participate.

“We even encourage preschoolers who can’t yet read independently to sign up and track the books that parents and caregivers read with them because it helps the child acquire early literacy skills and it sets them up for success when they get to kindergarten,” says Programming Manager Tracy Walker.

Over the last month, the library’s youth services team visited local preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools to lead assembly programs and talk with students about exciting changes to the summer reading program. This year’s summer reading theme is “Libraries ROCK!,” making for some very musical – and often hilarious – stories, skits, and puppet shows.

“Summer Reading in Forsyth has changed dramatically this year and the response we’ve already heard from students, teachers, and even parents, has been wonderful,” says Walker.

Instead of paper-based reading trackers, the library adopted new software that allows patrons to track their reading online. Rather than choosing one book for setting and reaching a summer reading goal, patrons can now earn points to exchange for new books, as well as a variety of other prizes.

“We want to encourage our patrons to read, but our new program also appeals to different learning styles and inspires extended learning in music, art, languages, physical activity, and helping others. These are all things you can do or learn about – for free – at the library,” adds Walker.

Registration for the summer reading program is open now on the library’s website at www.forsythpl.organd patrons of all ages are welcome to sign up, earn points, and win prizes.

When readers in preschool and grades K – 12 reach 100, 250, and 500 points, they can choose from such prizes as a small Frosty from Wendy’s, an action pass from Stars & Strikes, a Laser Quest pass, a new book, or other prizes while supplies last. Upon reaching 500 points, these participants are also entered in random drawings for such grand prizes as an eReader, Horseback Riding Adventures from Gold City Corral, Urban Escape Games passes, or a mountain bike or cruiser bike donated by Zaxby’s.

Adults who reach 500 points can enjoy the prize-winning fun, too. Adult readers will be entered in random drawings for one of several grand prize gift baskets, theater and movie tickets, services from local businesses, and eReaders.

Library leaders have been building relationships with sponsors and soliciting donations since January. Their work is evident in the nearly $30,000 worth of prize donations received from 34 local businesses and book donations from the FCPL Friends & Advocates, the non-profit organization that operates the Friends Bookstores inside the Cumming, Post Road, and Sharon Forks Libraries.

“We’re very fortunate to have a community that believes so strongly in the power of education and the importance of literacy that they’re willing to contribute so generously to the summer reading program. We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from each of our donors and sponsors,” says Walker.

Aside from registering for summer reading, it’s become a tradition for families to begin the summer with with the library’s series of Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnivals.

The Cumming Library’s Carnival will be held at the library on Wednesday, May 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will feature performances from Cameron’s One-Man Circus and balloon art from Once Upon a Fiesta, in addition to kid-friendly carnival games and prizes.

The fun continues on Thursday, May 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as the Hampton Park Library’s Carnival also celebrates the start of summer with circus performances, balloon art, and games.

Once again the Post Road and Sharon Forks Libraries are teaming up to present a Kick-Off Carnival on Friday, June 1 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Forsyth Conferece Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming. The event will include two family-friendly acrobatic performances by Barely Balanced, plus Mr. Michael from The Learning Groove will appear in concert at 5:00 p.m.

Admission to each of the Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnivals is free and all ages are welcome to attend. Space at the acrobatic and concert performances will be limited and early arrival is recommended.

Following the Kick-Off Carnivals, Forsyth’s libraries will present more than 400 programs before school starts again in August.

“There’s something for patrons of all ages at each of our libraries year round, but especially this summer,” explains Walker. “We’ve got a new summer book club for parents of elementary and middle school students and local celebrity angler Ken Sturdivant is teaching a series of eight classes on fishing in Lake Lanier. We’ve scheduled musical performances and art programs for children and adults, special events just for tweens and teens, plus we’ve gone all-out with the storytimes and science-based programs our young patrons love.”

Walker encourages patrons to pick up a Summer Program Guide for their preferred library branch, or check the library’s online events calendar to sort and view programs by age and location.

For more information or to register for Summer Reading Fun, please

Summer Things To Do In Forsyth County

Events at the Forsyth County libraries are part of our “65 Days of Summer” e-book. Download your copy right here – 65 Days of Summer.

Summer Day-Ventures at Pinot’s Palette

Summer Day-Ventures at Pinot’s Palette

How does 3 hours of screen-free creativity where children can explore the artist within and learn new painting techniques in a pressure-free environment sound? I’d say it sounds pretty fabulous to me! Pinot’s Palette Summer Day-Ventures are designed for children 5-11 years old, though siblings are very welcome to join in the fun as we create a painting, craft project and play games based on the theme of the day. They plan a craft and games based on same/similar themes to challenge the campers to keep thinking creatively. There’s a theme for every week and a new painting each day. All art supplies provided. You are welcome to sign up for a day, two days or three days!

This year they have also added an Early Bird Special for signing up for an entire set of sessions. If you signup before May 15th using the Early Bird links listed in the registration section, you get a substantial discount over 3 sessions!

Weekly Themes & Dates:

Multi-Day Discount

For 2 day signups, please use Discount Code SUMCJC218 to get $5 off per session. for 3-day signups, please use Discount Code SUMCJC318 to get $7 off per session. These codes are NOT stackable with early bird pricing. They are intended for use when signing up for individual sessions.

Have questions? Please contact our studio (770.783.1783 or anytime!

Pinot’s Palette opened for business on May 6, 2009. Our first location was a cozy, local studio in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, TX. Being a new concept, we started small, with the hopes of hosting a wine and painting class three nights a week.

Before long, word spread, and now we have paint and sip franchise locations from coast to coast and internationally.

Together, we’ve created over one million paintings with our customers. And while we haven’t counted the corks, our guests have enjoyed plenty of wine with friends along the way.

We love being your go-to spot to relax, unwind and let loose. From date nights to birthdays and bachelorette parties, our paint parties are a unique way to celebrate all of life’s special moments – even if the occasion is just called “Friday.”

Connect with Pinot’s Palette Online: Website | Facebook

Pinspiration DIY Makers Summer Camp 2018

Pinspiration DIY Makers Summer Camp 2018

Join Pinspiration in June and July 2018 at Pinspiration Georgia, located at Vickery Village. During DIY Makers Summer Camp, they will keep the kids nice and busy while you work, shop and get stuff done! Every day of camp has a different theme and matching DIY Pinterest craft and activities. This camp is perfect for ages 5-12. Sign up here.
Did you know that Pinspiration has been voted as the Best Day Camp? It has!  Makers Gonna Make is a slogan you will hear tossed around in Pinspiration and it’s the perfect description. If your child loves to craft, then DIY Maker Summer Camp is the place for them.
At camp, boy and girl campers will learn to build their own Pinspiration-Inspired project. They don’t have one particular project each day but, rather, let the kids choose from a variety of fun do-it-yourself theme (Pinterest-inspired) options. The main project choice is something more substantial, such as the project in the “Kids Makers” section of the website.  In addition, the campers will create several smaller projects each day. Wood projects such as signs and art crate totes are good main project examples.

The DIY Makers Summer Camp is wildly popular, award-winning and child-focused. They tend to keep class sizes small so we get a ton accomplished and the kids have a lot of fun.  We have options that appeal to both boys and girls from about age 5-12 years.  Each day of camp is $45, regardless of number of days enrolled.

Registration Details:

1. To register for camp, follow this link: DIY Makers Summer Camp.
2. Choose dates you would like to attend camp.
3. Complete emergency waiver by downloading here or fill out on first day of camp.

What Others Say About Pinspiration:

“Definitely a fun place to go! The staff is extremely helpful and the store itself is a pinterest paradise! My granddaughter and I had a blast splatter painting our canvas. I will certainly be back!” 

“Pinspiration was very welcoming. They have so much to offer for all ages. We will most definitely go back. Thanks to the whole staff.”

“We had a fun and relaxing time creating today. Tiffany and the staff were especially helpful and encouraging so that my daughter came away with a beautiful project as a result. Would love to do again!”

More Information on Pinspiration:

Pinspiration’s hip studio allows customers access to a variety of high-quality art supplies and tools.  The Pinspiration staff provide the tools, materials and a clean, inviting and inspiring place to put it all together.  Customers can create their own idea on the spot or they can choose from an array of ever-changing monthly project menus based on the most popular “pinned” social media projects and current craft trends.  What’s more, Pinspiration has it’s own wine/beer bar and party room!  Pinspiration is a world-class venue for planning truly memorable and entertaining events.

Connect Online: Website | Facebook | Instagram
Phone: 470-253-7251
Location: 5806 N. Vickery St., Cumming, GA 30040

2018 Summer Camp Stipe Studio Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid!

2018 Summer Camp Stipe Studio Presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid

Registration is NOW OPEN for their Summer Camp offerings.

Introduce your children to the Atlanta film and television scene at Stipe Studio’s Summer Camps! Stipe Studio is located in the heart of Vickery Village, offering training in Acting and Singing for both Film/TV and Theatre!

Registration is NOW OPEN for Stipe Studio’s summer camp! They also have registration open for time slots to audition for the summer performances. Auditions will be held on May 14, 15, 16 between 2:30-7:00pm. Click here to get your 10 minute audition slot!

The one week Musical Theatre camp will be held in the Village of Vickery with performances Friday nights in the Village. Free show for the community!

Also – come check out a show…

Stipe Studio presents Disney’s The Little Mermaid on Friday, June 8th, Friday, June 15th, or Friday, June 22nd all shows at 7pm in the Square of Vickery Village!

Musical Theater Camp Details

Location: Stipe Studio in Vickery Village 5930 Odell Street Ste 210
Cumming, GA 30040

Choose your week of camp:

  • June 4-8 (High/Middle School Week)
  • June 11-15 (Middle/Elementary School Week)
  • June 18-22 (Middle/Elementary School Week)

Times: Each week the camp will run from Monday through Thursday 10am to 3pm and on Friday from 2pm to 7pm with the final performance at 7pm on Friday in Vickery Village.

Price: $225 (Pay through Venmo to “StipeStudio”)

Registration: Ready to register your child? Reserve your child’s spot and  Sign Up Here today!

What Others Say About Stipe Studio:

“There is no better place to educate your children about the arts than Stipe Studios. Debra and Sarah have helped my daughter in more ways than I can explain, from landing an agent, to national commercials, to preparing for feature film auditions, these women are top-notch, well-versed and current at their craft. More than any of this, Bella is at home when she is at the studio, with people that love the same things she does. She can be herself, play and imagine. It is a positive and encouraging environment, and we couldn’t be more blessed to have found it!” -Kendra Yantis

“Our daughter started her journey with Stipe Studios at age 8 during a Summer Workshop.  The encouragement, professional instruction, shared passion, and theatre fun that Debra and Sarah provided inspired our daughter tremendously.  Now 1.5 years later, she has secured an agent! Debra was instrumental in the process of acquiring an agent and continues to be contributory to our daughter’s success.  We are thankful to have such a valuable resource locally to assist us on this adventure!” – Robin McPherson

​More Information about Stipe Studio:

Stipe Studio’s mission is to train and inspire students through the arts. They offer audition taping and coaching for Film/TV, private coaching in acting and singing, acting classes, and summer camps.  Stipe Studio is equipping talent for stage & screen. Check out their website to pursue your dreams.


Connect with Stipe Studio Online: Website | Facebook | Instagram

You will find all Stipe Studio’s summer camp options in our 2018 Summer Camps for Kids guide.

Create Memories Together on a Family Cruise

Create Memories Together on a Family Cruise

Planning the perfect vacation for everyone in the family to enjoy can be daunting. The younger kids want energetic playtime. Older kids want to do something new and different, but still want to sleep in. Dad wants good food. And Mom wants it to be easy and memorable. What one trip can meet all those requirements? A family cruise!

Family cruising is a very popular way to vacation. According to Cruise Line International Association (CLIA), nearly one third of all cruisers in 2017 sailed with their children aged 13 and under. Also, 40% of cruise travelers say they chose a cruise for their vacation because of the amenities available specifically for their children. After the trip, 9 out of 10 parties traveling with children report they were satisfied with their vacation.


Let me tell you why I love taking the family on cruises:

  • Explore the world. On their first cruise, my youngest son said, “We go to bed in one place and wake up in a whole different country!” It’s so convenient to unpack once and visit several places in just a few days’ time. On a 7-night Caribbean cruise, you can visit Mexico, Grand Cayman, and Jamaica. On a 10-night Baltic cruise, you can visit Germany, Estonia, Russia, Finland, and Sweden. On a 7-night Mediterranean cruise, you can visit Spain, France, and Italy. Imagine exploring these amazing destinations with the kids!
  • So much is included. Accommodations, all-day buffet, dinner in the dining rooms, parties on the pool deck, live music all day, a variety of recreation options, child care centers for toddler through 11-years old, designated tween and teen activities, are all included in the cruise price. Things that can be added to a cruise reservation at an additional cost: shore excursions, beverage packages, onboard wifi, spa visits, specialty dining, and casino visits.
  • Excellent customer service. Every day, your room steward will clean your stateroom. Every night, he’ll turn down the room, prepare your beds, and leave towel animals for you. You can have the same wait staff in the dining room for every meal, and they’ll get to know your preferences and dietary needs. Childcare counselors are educated and trained to make sure your kids have a fun and safe experience.
  • Something for everyone. My husband likes to be active when he vacations. On a cruise, he competes in every ping-pong and free throw tournament. I like to nap and read on a vacation. You’ll find me on a heated lounge chair in the spa enjoying the ocean view. My kids (11 & 13) like to hang with new friends. They’ll spend their days at sea in the tween lounge, movie theater, or sports deck. We all come together for dinner and the nighttime entertainment. And we enjoy shore excursions together. On our last cruise, we swam with dolphins in Cozumel—amazing! I love that cruising gives us the perfect balance of independence and family time.
  • Special activities for families.Disney Cruise Line offers fun Star Wars and Marvel themed sailings, plus a pirate night with fireworks and Halloween and Christmas parties seasonally. Royal Caribbean provides meet-and-greets with DreamWorks characters on many of its sailings. Royal Caribbean is also the only cruise line that offers Autism-friendly ships, providing extra assistance for families with children on the spectrum.

For every family, the number of vacations we’ll be able to take together is limited. Make the most of the time you have by choosing a vacation destination where you’ll explore new places, try new foods, experience new adventures, and create lasting memories together. With family cruising, you’ll be able to do all of that and more.

For personalized help planning your cruise, contact your travel agent. Need an agent who specializes in Disney and Universal destinations as well as cruises? Email me at

Jessica McKee 

As an Authorized Disney Travel Planner, and a mom to two tween boys, Jessica has fully experienced every thrill attraction and enjoyed everything Star Wars at Walt Disney World. She knows how to save the day with the Marvel heroes at Disneyland. And she knows the award-winning service and relaxed fun aboard the Disney Cruise Line. Plus, outside of Disney destinations, she’s even cast a magical spell with Harry Potter in Universal Studios. And she loves helping other families create magical memories of their own.

Fabulous Summer Dance Camps At Footprints Dance Alliance

Fabulous Summer Dance Camps At Footprints Dance Alliance

Registration is open and filling up quick for the summer dance camps at Footprints Dance Alliance!

Footprints Dance Alliance has excitedly rolled out their fabulous and fun summer dance camps! Registration is NOW OPEN online and at the studio (Located at 4335 Bethelview Road Suite 108, Cumming). Register early, as these camps are completely full every summer and fill VERY QUICKLY! And feel free to share with your friends and family.

Footprints Dance Alliance has summer dance camp offerings for boys and girls ages 2 to 18.

  • Mini-Camps Ages 2-6
  • Discover Dance Camp Ages 7-18
  • Company Intensive Ages 7-18 (Required for all students who wish to audition for the 2018-2019 Footprints Company)

The cost is $25 to “hold your spot” and if you register before June 1st, you will receive a $10 discount on your remaining balance! Tuition will be due and invoiced for all camps on June 1st.

Full Summer Dance Camp Details:

Mini-Camps (Ages 2-6) 9:00 AM-12:00 PM $175/dancer and $75/sibling

Get ready for a week of Faith, Fun and Footprints ! This summer camp will incorporate dynamic daily devotions, crafts, dance games, Ballet, Tumbling, Story Time and MUCH MUCH MORE! The week of fun will end a parent presentation and demonstration of everything the dancers have learned all week! Please pack a snack and a lunch everyday!

  • Sizzling Summer Sampler   June 18-22
  • Mickey, Minnie and Me   June 25-29
  • Pretty Pretty Princess  July 9-15
  • Under the Sea  July 16-20

Discover Dance Camps (Ages 7-18) 12:00-3:00pm $175/dancer and $75/sibling

This is the PERFECT camp for dancers looking to fall in love with dance! This camp will include dynamic devotions and techniques training in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Musical Theater! This is a wonderful opportunity to decide what style of dance you love the mos! t! Please pack a snack and a lunch everyday!

  • Discover Dance I   June 18-22
  • Discover Dance II  June 25-29

Nothing But Ballet (Ages 7-18) 12:00-3:00pm $175/dancer and $75/sibling

Let the incredible Miss. Taylor encompass you in a fun filled and faith driven Ballet only dance camp! You will learn new technique, fine tune existing skills and learn variations! Daily devotions will also occur every day! Please pack a lunch and a snack!

  • Nothing But Ballet  July 16-20

Company Intensive (Ages 7-18) 9:00 AM-3:00 PM $300 /dancer

Have you been interested in joining the Footprints Company? This is your starting point! Join BRAND NEW guest instructors and your Footprints Faculty Favorites in this intense “boot camp.” Students will be taking Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary and Acrobatics. This camp is REQUIRED for all students auditioning for the 2018-2019 Footprints Company. MUST BE REGISTERED BY JUNE 1st! No early bird discounts apply to this camp. REGISTER FOR Nothing But Ballet in addition to this camp for only $50!

  • Company Intensive  July 26-28

Registration Information

Ready to register? It’s easy. Click here to head to the parent portal. You will create an account (under First Time Here) and then click on “class registration.” There you will be able to add the camp of your choice. You can always register by stopping by the studio.

More About Footprints Dance Alliance:


Footprints Dance Alliance is dedicated to training the next generation of dancers to be catalysts for Christ. We use Biblical philosophies, principles, scripture and values to lead our dancers to not only a future in dance, but also a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. We are not a church, but we are a place where people can come to feel loved, accepted and lifted up in their daily lives. Although we enjoy helping our students explore their Faith, we do not discriminate or follow any particular doctrine or denomination. We merely love as Christ loved and work to create a positive and uplifting atmosphere where every student has the chance to be both challenged and successful! We also make sure that our students are always modestly dressed and use age appropriate and conservative music and choreography. We spend a tremendous amount of time making sure that we are honoring God with our bodies and our choreography at all times. We use dance as a way to move our audience and Glorify God.

Connect with Footprints Dance Alliance Online: Website | Facebook

Bliss Mama Wellness & Dream Dinner Cumming: The Mom’s Dream Package

Mom’s Dream Package

Two amazing local business owners and mothers have teamed up to create a fantastic Mother’s Day package. And of course I’m so happy to share all about it with you. Husbands – this year you can hit your Mother’s Day gift out the park!

Introducing Bliss Mama Wellness & Dream Dinners – located in the heart of Cumming GA and servicing the fabulous women of our county. One day Jennessa and Leslie were having lunch and talking about how they could be better together. And this idea came up of pampering local moms with a Mother’s Day dream package.


Bliss Mama Wellness

From Bliss Mama Wellness, you will receive a Mama’s Time Out Spa package. Which I can tell you from experience that is is AMAZING! You can read more about my experience in this article – “5 Reasons Mama Needs A Time Out”

This 90 minute Spa service  includes a full body massage, mini facial and sugar foot scrub. Regular price $125. Spa Gift certificate is valid through May 2019.

And please note – We will have a limited number of service reservations available for Mother’s Day weekend, May 12.  If you wish to schedule for this date, we urge you to call ahead ASAP.

Dream Dinners

Ok let’s talk about dinner for a minute. Have ever thought about the fact that you have to figure out what you are having for dinner 30 nights a month? I know it’s a struggle and I meal plan! But I have to say that I love what Dream Dinners does for Forsyth County. And I experienced preparing meals there and of course I have an article for you to read – “My Experience At Dream Dinners “

Dream Dinners

From Dream Dinners you will receive the following meals:

1.  Chateau Chicken with Almond Butter Sauce: A French inspired entree with smooth, buttery, toasted almond sauce drizzled over the top of golden chicken breasts.  Easy, elegant and light.

2.  Firehouse Three Cheese pasta with Meatballs: Kid favorite dinner presented in a pan for the easiest dinner prep ever!  Creamy ricotta cheese is blended with Italian seasonings, savory marinara sauce, penne pasta and juicy meatballs then topped with a mozzarella and Parmesan blend.

3.  Gaucho Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Garlic Asparagus Spears: Grilled to perfection, this seasoned pork tenderloin kicks up the flavor when topped with mild chili butter.  Paired with garlic asparagus spears for a beautiful, well rounded plate.

And as a bonus you will also get 3 ready to bake Gourmet Chocolate Chip cookies!

​Please note: There will be no substitutions or changes in sampler package. And the dinners will be pre-prepped, but cooked at home. Also each dinner serves 3. For us it has always been enough for 2 adult and 2 small kiddos. Dinners MUST be scheduled for pickup between May 3-12, 2018.

How To Order

Aren’t you ready to be pampered and have 3 meals taken care of it? Send this link to your spouse or loved ones so they can order for you –! This package would normally be close to $200 but they are offering it for $155. And if you’ve never been to these businesses, this will be a great opportunity to experience them both. You won’t regret it!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms!

More Information about Bliss Mama Wellness & Dream Dinners:

We offer massage therapy, spa services, skincare, waxing, health coaching, life coaching, counseling and more. We serve women of every age and stage, including specializations in pregnancy, postnatal care, fertility treatment, fibromyalgia, arthritis and much more!

Connect with Bliss Mama Wellness Online: Website | Facebook

Address: 110 Samaritan Dr. Suite 202, Cumming, GA 30040 | Phone: 770-722-2711


Dream Dinners provides meal assembly service, making dinner time less stressful for you! Attend a session and make your own meals or choose our Made 4 You service and just pick them up!

Connect with Dream Dinners Online: Website | Facebook

Address: 539 Lake Center Pkwy, Ste 500 Cumming, GA 30040 | Phone: 770-887-4141

Explore i9 Sports Summer Camp Options

Explore i9 Sports Summer Camp Options

It should be no surprise that we are big i9 Sport fans. We love i9 Sports because of their excellent sport programs during the fall, spring, and winter. But – did you know they have summer programs too? Well, they do! This summer, i9 Sports is offering 5 fabulous sessions of a Multi-Sport Camp. Your children are sure to have a blast with i9 Sports this summer!
All 5 sessions of the Multi-Sport Camps are being held at Windermere Lodge, located at 4444 Frontnine Drive, Cumming, Ga. 30041. They offer a full or half day option for each session.

What To Expect At i9 Sports’ Summer Camps

During the Multi-Sport camps, your child will enjoy sport activities like Flag Football, Basketball, Soccer, Kickball, Swimming and even sliding down the water slides at Windermere Lodge! See photo below

i9 Sports Summer Camps

Here are the 5 sessions available for i9 Sports Summer Camps:

Multi-Sport Summer Camp – Session 1
Dates: June 11th – 15th
Times: Full or half day (Full day 9am-3pm, 1/2 Day 9am-12pm)
Ages: 5-12
Click here for more information 

Multi-Sport Summer Camp – Session 2
Dates: June 18th – 22nd
Times: Full or half day (Full day 9am-3pm, 1/2 Day 9am-12pm)
Ages: 5-12
Click here for more information 

Multi-Sport Summer Camp – Session 3
Dates: June 25th – 29th
Times: Full or half day (Full day 9am-3pm, 1/2 Day 9am-12pm)
Ages: 5-12
Click here for more information 

Multi-Sport Summer Camp – Session 4
Dates: July 16th – 20th
Times: Full or half day (Full day 9am-3pm, 1/2 Day 9am-12pm)
Ages: 5-12
Click here for more information 

Multi-Sport Summer Camp – Session 5
Dates: July 23rd – 27th
Times: Full or half day (Full day 9am-3pm, 1/2 Day 9am-12pm)
Ages: 5-12
Click here for more information

Register today, space is limited!

You will find the i9 Sports Multi-Sport Summer Camps on our 2018 Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County guide.

Connect with i9 Sports: Website | Facebook