Grub Burger Bar: A Family Dinner Out and A Date Night

* As of May 16th, this contest has been closed. Congrats to Bert G!*



Grub Burger Bar had it’s GRAND OPENING here in Cumming GA on May 3rd at 11am. I am so happy that this new burger place is open. I was offered the opportunity to go to Grub Burger Bar on May 2nd for a sneak peek and to try the food and drinks. It was a great experience! The staff was wonderful, the food was delicious, and the atmosphere was just fantastic. You can’t ask for anything better in a restaurant.

For the Family:

Right when I walked in I knew my kids would love this place. It’s got a great vibe. As I walked up to order, I noticed they have some great options for the kids at an excellent price. All the kid’s meals are $5 for either a burger, chicken fingers, grilled cheese, or macaroni n’ cheese. It comes with a side and a drink. The restaurant does have a lot of high tops around the bar area. But they also have an excellent covered patio with tons of regular tables as well as booths inside. 

Grub Burger Bar also have tons of delicious milkshakes! What kid doesn’t love that? And their shakes are considered lactose-free.

For the Date Night:

One thing I love about this restaurant is how perfect it is for Forsyth County. It can be great for the family. But it can also be an awesome place to take your significant other out on a date. The exposed brick and industrial lighting give it a cool factor.

Grub Burger Bar has a full bar with anything from beer and wine to spiked milkshakes and everything in between. Here’s a fun option – have everyone order a different burger and then split them into fours. That way you can try more than one burger. I tried the Bacon Love #9, Guacapotle, Jive Turkey, and Greek To Me. Hands down my favorite was the Guacapotle. But they were all really good.

On Monday-Friday from 3pm-6pm, they offer “Happier Hours.” During this time they have drink and food specials. You can learn more by visiting them in person.

Gluten Free?

Since I’m gluten free, this was the best part about my meal. They can and are happy to accommodate a gluten free person. The one downfall is that their menu isn’t labeled with what is gluten free and what’s not. However, their staff is knowledgeable and can help you choose what to order that’s safe. The buns they use are made from Pure Knead’s. Mine was soft but yet toasted perfectly. Also all of their plain flavored milkshakes are gluten free. I had salted caramel and it was amazing!


In summary, I have to encourage you to go try this new restaurant. I know you will enjoy your meal and the service! And to encourage you to go, I have a gift certificate for a complimentary milkshake or fries.

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Learn More about Grub Burger Bar: 

12507270_950427731710995_8374375215156410142_nThey are passionate about great food, great drinks and great hospitality. They believe in fresh ingredients and big flavors, delivered by caring, friendly people. And they know that a lively environment makes it all feel and taste better. At Grub they use quality, fresh, and differentiating ingredients.

snaps-0166Their buns are baked from scratch every hour. They grind their signature blend of chuck and brisket in-house daily. All of their sauces and dressings are homemade. And they are proud to source local when possible.

Connect with Grub Burger Bar:

The Collections at Forsyth
410 Peachtree Pkwy, Ste 204
Cumming GA 30041

Phone: 678.341.5689

Click here to review their menu

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Disclosure: Grub Burger Bar provided Cumming Local with a complimentary meal in order to provide this review. I was not compensated for this post. All of the opinions are my own. 


Day Out with Thomas: Parent Review


Day Out With Thomas: Parent Review

Cumming Local is so grateful for contributing writers! This guest blog post is from one of Rachael’s very best friends, Ashley. Her family recently took a trip to Chattanooga for the “Day Out with Thomas” experience. Ashley’s boys are 9, 4 1/2, and 19 months old. This exhibit is open for 2 more weeks. It’s not too far of a drive from Cumming GA & Forsyth County. Go check it out while you can!

We purchased our tickets on the Tuesday before we attended that Saturday. They sell the tickets on a timed schedule and then within each time by the train car. There is no perk for being on the different cars. We were on train four and it was the same thing as train one. There are a certain number of seats per car and time slot so when we purchased our tickets the only time slots available were 5:30 and 6:30 in the evening. They start as early as 9:30 and run on the hour with 6:30 being the last train.

It is about a two hour drive from our home in Cumming GA to Chattanooga. The drive was really not bad at all and of course we watched Thomas movies all the way there and back to enhance the experience for our kids.

They recommend you arrive an hour before your train ride and you get in line to board 20 minutes before. We purchased 5:30 tickets and arrived at 4:30. It was plenty of time to see most of what we wanted. When you arrive they give each child a piece of paper that they are to get three stamps on when they visit different areas of the train yard. The problem is that some of these are timed experiences.


The first ‘stamped’ activity is at the ‘Imagination Station’ tent. This is where my boys got their choice of train tattoo. There were also train displays, but there were not nearly enough trains for people to play with so we got our tattoos and stamp on our paper and were on our way.

The second ‘stamped’ activity was seeing Sir Topham Hatt. Because it was 4:45 he wasn’t there and no one was there to stamp our paper. To see Sir Topham Hatt: 9:15 to 6:15 on the hour. He is only there for a short while to take a photo with.

The third ‘stamped’ activity was hearing a story or watching a video. It is upstairs. We were a couple minutes late and she had already started reading (Got there about 4:50). The boys weren’t that interested in the story, but there was a sweet lady at the back that stamped our papers. NOTE: there are bathrooms in this room. To see the Thomas Video: 9:15 to 5:15 on the hour. It is just a short 10-15 minute video. To hear a Thomas story read aloud: 9:45 to 5:45 on the hour. Think librarian story time reading a couple Thomas books that takes about 10-15 minutes.

After we left the storytime we headed to the bouncy, putt-putt, and petting zoo. The bouncy is only for 5 and under which was a bummer. My 9 year old couldn’t do it and my 4 year old didn’t want to do it without big brother so that was an unfortunate bust. On to the petting zoo. My kids always get a kick out of these. My 19-month old loved petting all the goats.


A lucky-for-us now tip-for-you: As we were at the petting zoo we heard Thomas’ whistle (all of us Thomas the Train lovers or parent of lovers know this sound well). So we ran over to the track and got to watch Thomas come in. Then they had a platform that you could get your picture made with Thomas behind you. It was 4:50 and we were first in line for the pictures (way before the entire train deboarded to get their picture made). So my tip is: I would head over to the jumpy/petting zoo area about 10 minutes before the hour.


They tell you to get to the train to stand in line about 20 minutes before the ride. You stand in line by your train car number. As I mentioned we were train number four. The order you are in line is the order you will load the train which means the order you get to pick your seats. Since we were needing 4 seats we wanted to make sure we were able to sit with each other. No food or drinks are allowed on the trains (so make sure not to buy your ‘carnival’ snacks right before your train time because they won’t allow you to bring it on). There are also no bathrooms on the train so take those potty breaks with plenty of time before to get in line. (We did have my youngest sippy cup and bag of fruit loops on the train that he did snack on). The train left at 5:35 and we were back at 6:00 – so it’s about a 25 minute ride. Another tip for you: Sit on the side of the train you loaded from and sit as close to that door as possible. The view out that side of the train is way more interesting (stalled train cars, houses, bridges, etc.). The other side is woods the whole way. Also, sitting close to the loading door means you are the first ones off. The train is air conditioned which is a nice reprieve. A conductor walks through the car and hands out a blank, black and white, certificate. We threw these away, but some kids might think they are special. They also had a photographer going around the car taking pictures. (more on how to order pictures later).


After the train ride is when we decided to let the boys get their snacks. There are refreshments like cotton candy, ices, hot dogs, and other carnival-type food.  We then decided to get one more picture with Thomas. This was at the front of the Thomas (so directly face-on). I read on the sign that you could give them your camera as long as it was ready to go and they would use your personal device. So we waited in line to get this picture (to myself I was thinking it would save me from having to purchase the other one that I tipped you on). Unfortunately, when we got up there for the picture she said we are allowed to use our own cameras, but she could not take them. I needed to have someone else take our picture. So my tip: Coordinate with another family (even if it is a stranger) to hop out of line to take your picture and then you can return the favor.

By the time we were done with the picture we realized Sir Topham Hatt was back out (it was 6:20) so we went over there, but were in no moods to stand in another line. We went around to the exit, let the boys see him and got our third and final stamp.

We headed to the merchandise store (where you turn in your paper for your prize). The prize was disappointing to the boys, it was a Thomas clapper. Exactly what parents want to hear all the way home, Ha! My four-year old asked why it wasn’t a train. I understand why it wasn’t a train, but something more useful would have been nice. There is a great selection of Thomas the Train trains, sets, cups, towels, shirts, and anything else you can think of in the merchandise store. My tip: there are four very nice Thomas the Train tables with a good number of trains at the back of the merchandise store that my boys were able to play with easily. So if you want a break in the shade (but are prepared for the tears when they have to walk away) go play on these train tables.


The last thing I would say is that our crowd was not big at all. We really didn’t have to wait for anything. I asked a staff member when we left if this was typical crowd size or if there were busier time during the day. She said the first two and last two train rides of the day were the least crowded, but the times in between were extremely ‘crazy and crowded’. Those were her words. So initially, I was a little worried and concerned having our experience later in the day, but the weather was beautiful and the crowd was lite and I think it worked out perfectly.

Would I recommend the Day Out With Thomas experience? Absolutely! If you have a Thomas the Train lovin’ child that lives in your home the expression on their face and absolute joy is worth every penny. Yes there were some disappointments along the way, but overall it was a wonderful family outing!

FYI: This is the same train ride you take if you have ever done the Polar Express with the Tennessee Valley Railroad.


P.S. I got a lot of compliments on my shirt (My shirt says “Outnumbered #boymom) while I was there. I was able to secure a 60% discount code just for CummingLocal readers if you are interested in BoyMom, GirlMom, or even ‘Best of Both World’ shirts, hats, and more. Just go to: and use the promo code: 3l (that is a lower-case L)

Ticket Information:

Tickets are $21 per person that is age 2 or older. Under 2 is free (but do not get your own seat). There is a $4 fee per ticket as well. Everything else I have mentioned is included with the train ticket – the only other thing you purchase when you are there are snacks, drinks, and any merchandise you choose to buy.

The pictures they take are through JED Photography. You can stop at the tent to view the pictures (they give you these little tickets with passwords on them that they scan). There is a little discount if you order at the event and they print them on the spot. Our last pictures had not been uploaded yet so we didn’t want to wait. You can order everything up to 14 days after online for the same price (and you can text them for a 10% off coupon).

To see the nation-wide tour schedule CLICK HERE. We attended the Chattanooga, TN location (CLICK HERE to go straight to purchase tickets) which is open 4/30, 5/1, & 5/7. My review would still be applicable to any location since it’s the same thing that travels to all locations.

Disney On Ice Frozen in Duluth GA


Disney on Ice Frozen in Duluth GA

Cumming Local was given the opportunity to review the current Disney on Ice presents Frozen through complimentary tickets from Feld Entertainment.  



We love to surprise our kids. And this night was an opportunity to do just that. We threw them in the car after a quick dinner and headed to Duluth. Infinite Energy Arena is only about 40 minutes from our house. So it’s not a bad drive at all.

When we pulled into the parking lot, my son began asking all kinds of questions. But we said “soon you will know!” After we got them out of the car and picked up our tickets, we told them that we were seeing Disney on Ice Frozen. And that means that it’s on an actual ice skating rink. They were so excited! This is the look of total excitement…


Once we got to our seats, the fun really began! The start of the show included tons of well-known Disney characters coming out. Characters like Buzz, Woody, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, the princes, and much more! But the best part was when Mickey and Minnie came out to introduce Frozen. The called it One of the Greatest Love Stories Ever Told. Once Disney on Ice Frozen started, it was captivating. Even my husband and I found ourselves lost in the show. My children (ages 4 and 6) were in a trance the entire time. They couldn’t take their eyes off the show!


The Disney on Ice Frozen show was about 2 1/2 hours long (that includes a brief intermission). But it really did keep all of our attention the entire time. There is humor, excitement, sadness, and action. If you are on the fence about getting tickets to any of the Disney on Ice shows, we say go for it! Your kids will love the show and so will you!

Once we got in the car and got buckled up, Selah was asleep before we even got out of the parking lot. Now that’s a sign of a great show!



Disclosure:  Cumming Local was provided with complimentary tickets to attend a performance in order to facilitate a show review.  But as always, doesn’t change our opinions.

Traveling with Kids: Sanity Tips

The following is a post from Contributing Writer Jenny Reed. Jenny, through her business – Our Cruise Planner, helps her clients in Cumming and nationwide take the vacations of their dreams. Jenny is also a former Cast Member at Disney World in Orlando Fl – she can most definitely help your family find the magic of a Disney Vacation!  Let Jenny take the hassle out of your next getaway – on land or at sea!

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Traveling With Kids:  Sanity Tips

Traveling with your children can be a fantastic way to bond with them, show them the world, make memories to last a lifetime, and feed your family’s sense of adventure. On the flip side, traveling with your children also means having to sit for a long time in a vehicle or an airplane and listening to “Are we there yet?” repeatedly.

Here are a few tips to keep you sane during this journey:

1. It’s All about Music or Books
– Music soothes the savage beast. And it works on kids too! Load your music players and car CD changers with music the whole family enjoys. Also with the huge market of kid books out there, there is a tremendous number available as audio files. These stories last for hours and will keep your child entranced for some time.

2. It is Snack Time
– Food is fuel especially on a road trip or flight. Try to stay away from sugary snacks but provide healthy items like fruit and whole grain snacks. Freeze juice pouches and keep in a small cooler as they will thaw out in time for a refreshing snack break.

3. Create Car Games
– Stay away from the held kind of game, instead create the kind that use their imagination. These can include “I Spy with My Eye” or license plate games such as counting to see how many different states you can find, or try to make a sentence with the letters in a passing car’s license plate.

4. Break out the Puzzle Books
– Puzzle books are great because they take the child’s attention away amount of time in car or plane, and generally have big enough print to be able to read easily in a moving car. Try to avoid reading books, unless on a plane, the small print with the moving car could equal a sick child.

5. Try Using Clips for Good Behavior
-Each child is assigned a clip and it goes up on your visor at the beginning of your trip. If the child has good behavior the clip stays up. However – if there is fighting, screaming, or anything else that you don’t allow on car rides then you take their clip down. At each stop whoever has their clip up gets a small reward (like a candy bar, soda, etc.). Positive rewards seem to work well especially on a long trip! 

6. Plan Your Trip Wisely
– Try to leave as early as possible on a car trip, bring your child’s favorite pillow and they’ll sleep for the better portion of the trip. Also, get the kids involved in the vacation planning as well such as highlighting on a map where you will be traveling.

7. Make Frequent Stops
– This isn’t really realistic when you’re flying, but is a must option in the car. Take this extra time as it can make the trip more bearable for children.   Getting out stretching their legs and looking at the scenery is sometimes all they need to get them through to the next stop. Also, stopping at the state visitor’s centers is a great way to learn fun fact about the state and the region. Pack a picnic and make an adventure out of it!

There are always times during a long trip where everybody gets a little antsy, even the adults. Try some of these tips on your next trip and everyone will arrive happier and less stressful.

If you happen to be headed to Disney World, check out Jenny’s Magical Disney Tips.

Connect with Jenny of Our Cruise Planner:

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Phone – 678.947.5115


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My Experience at Dream Dinners

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My Experience at Dream Dinners

Tonight I had my first experience with assembling a whole month worth of meals at Dream Dinners. I thought it would be helpful to share about my experience for those of you who haven’t been before. Dream Dinners is an innovative solution to the daily question of “what’s for dinner?” Their mission is to help you easily, deliciously, and cost effectively bring the homemade meal back to the family dinner table. Leave the time consuming shopping and prepping to them, so you can focus on enjoying dinner again. Using Dream Dinners will definitely save you time, money, and worry about putting dinner on the table every night.

My son, Finn (age 6), loves to help me in the kitchen. So when the time came for me to go in to assemble my month of meals, I brought him along. I thought he’d enjoy putting all the meals together and I was right. He loved it!

STEP 1 – “Preparation” When we first arrived, we were greeted by some very friendly faces. The staff at Dream Dinners is wonderful, friendly, and helpful. We started by getting our aprons on, washing our hands, and getting our supplies (freezer bags and instruction cards) together.

Dream Dinners

STEP 2 – “Assembly Then it was time to start assembling our meals together. Each refrigerated station was labeled very well. There was a recipe card and all the ingredients are color coded for us. Super easy! Finn had no problem doing all this himself. Everything goes neatly in freezer bags with an instruction card. We spent about 7-10 minutes at each station.

Finn at Dream Dinners

STEP 3 – “Completion and Check out” After we had assembled all of our meals, we alerted the staff. They helped us to gather all our meals and make sure we aren’t missing anything. They also showed us to the Finishing Touch freezer where there were sides, soups, and desserts. We looked through to see if we wanted to add any of those to our order. I did add a few sides because that’s less I have to worry about when I grocery shop. Then we just packed up our cooler, said our goodbyes, and headed home!

Want to know the best part? It’s this…

Dream Dinners

A freezer packed full of meals! Thank you Dream Dinners! 

Connect with Dream Dinners:

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

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Also, if you’d like to try out Dream Dinners – I’m hosting a Girl’s Night Out event there on March 14th. Click here to learn all about it and register before it fills up!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions expressed are my own.

Devotional for Moms by Karen Stubbs


Devotional for Moms by Karen Stubbs

This is an update from one of my contributing writers, Karen Stubbs:

Hello Moms!

It’s finally here! My devotional book, Moments with God for Moms, is now available for purchase!

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Whenever I have a Q&A or sit with moms this question always comes up: “How do I find time for my quiet time with the Lord?” We all know the words “mom” and “busy” go hand in hand, so I wrote a devotional book just for moms to help them reflect on God’s word and connect with him daily.

In Moments with God for Moms, each day includes a passage of scripture, thoughts about how the scripture relates to a mom’s world, and a prayer. Why did I include a prayer? I’ve found that sometimes as a mom, I know I need to pray, but I just don’t know what to pray. So, I included a prayer to get you started.

We have also created a set of Wisdom Cards for whenever you need encouragement. These cards are perfect to place beside your bed, at your makeup area, or by your sink, because sometimes we just need a pick me up, whether in the middle of the day or at 3:00 in the morning. What a fun gift for a friend too!

My prayer is that this book would draw you to your Heavenly Father and encourage and inspire you as a mom. I hope that you will start incorporating God into even the smallest aspects of your life and ultimately invite him to have a front row seat in your life and your world.

You can purchase “Moments with God for Moms” through the BOAW website, by clicking here. Also – for all your LOCAL friends, Karen will be at Heavenly Dove on Saturday, 2/27 from 10-Noon. You can meet her, pick up a book, and have her sign it!

About Birds on a Wire:

Birds on a Wire is a ministry designed to encourage moms and equip them with Godly practical advice so that they will be able to parent with confidence and feel confident in their ability as a mom. As a mother of four I know firsthand how difficult raising a child is in today’s society. A mom can feel isolated, ill-equipped and unsure of herself and her mothering skills. BOAW pulls alongside moms to give practical advice and assure them that their heavenly Father is with them in this journey. If you have little ones or teenagers or any age in between, join us on this journey of motherhood.

About Karen Stubbs:

Karen Stubbs is the founder and leader of Birds on a Wire, a ministry designed to equip moms through truth, encouragement and community. Karen is the wife of Greg Stubbs, they have four children, Kelsey, Emily, Taylor and Abby and reside in Cumming, Ga.

Connect with BOAW and Karen:

Do We Need To Pack Those Extra Pair of Shoes?


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Do We Need To Pack Those Extra Pair of Shoes?

Travel Tips from Jenny Reed of Our Cruise Planner

You’ve planned the family spring break or summer beach trip and now all you have to worry about is what to pack.  Packing can be a challenge for families so below is a list of suggestions to help make the process easier.  These tips should help you and your family travel a bit lighter for your trip!


  1. Make a list and lay out your suitcases.  This is a sure fire way to not forget anything. If you start your list the week before travel, you have time to add things as they come to mind. Laying out your suitcases several days before you start packing allows you to drop items into the suitcases as you see them around the house.   This will help you to pack essential items.


  1. Plan your outfits.If your family is not hiking a mountain, you all don’t need hiking boots. When traveling with your family, you will often have an idea of what activities you need to prepare for.  Get the children’s input as well. Go through each day and plan the outfits based on the travel schedule; clothes can always be shuffled around or supplemented if plans change. This is an easy way to make sure that you don’t return home with clothes that your family never wore.


  1. Pack a few gallon size zip lock bags. These can be used many ways!   One is to keep an extra set of clothes packed for the little one in your backpack when visiting Disney!    Push all of the air out of the bag just before zipping closed to make it  easy to store.


  1. Prepare with layers.   Traveling to several destinations, or during times when weather patterns are unknown, can be tricky. By planning multiple layers you can adapt your clothing throughout the day or as weather changes.


  1. Limit your shoes, and don’t bring new ones.  Shoes take up a lot of space. Try to pick just a couple pairs of shoes for each family member that matches multiple outfits. Also, don’t bring new shoes on vacation. Most likely you or your child will only get to wear them once before they start hurting feet and then they are only taking up valuable real estate in your suitcase.


  1. Use carry on size toiletries.  Packing only the essential cosmetics and toiletries can significantly cut down on luggage. Full size shampoos and conditioners can be bulky or messy, and you don’t need a six month supply of moisturizer or shaving cream. Try bringing sample sizes or invest in bottles that fit the carry on requirements. These can be found at most drug stores and are inexpensive and reusable.


  1. When in doubt, leave it at home. If there is only a chance you or a family member will need it, don’t bring it. This sounds basic, but it’s a mistake many make. Remember, the worst case scenario is you end up needing an item you didn’t bring.   Don’t forget that there are stores in almost any destination you will be traveling to. This is also a fantastic way to shed those last few items that won’t fit in your suitcase. More often than not, you won’t miss them!

Bonus tip:   Need a comprehensive and reusable travel to-do list?   Visit the following link that includes a check list of essentials at


Travel Planner in Cumming GA

Jenny Reed – Our Cruise Planner

Jenny Reed has been traveling the world since she was a little girl. She turned her love for travel into her own business over 14 years ago. From cruises to escorted tours to customized travel plans, Jenny has helped her friends, family and clients in the Cumming area and nationwide take the vacations of their dreams. She shares her passion for travel with her customers and does not charge a service planning fee. For Jenny, the best part of her job is creating travel plans so people can escape their busy lives even if it’s just for a little while!



Connect with Jenny:

Email – Jenny@OurCruisePlanner
Website | Facebook  | Twitter
Phone – 678.947.5115


Birds and Braves Golf Classic 2016

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Birds and Braves Golf Classic 2016

I’m excited to announce the third annual Birds on a Wire (BOAW) golf tournament and primary fundraising event – Birds and Braves Golf Classic!  It’s an awesome opportunity to share BOAW with the Atlanta Braves Alumni, businessmen, and husbands. It gives them a chance to experience this amazing mom’s ministry – all while playing an unforgettable round of golf.

Please consider supporting BOAW – we are offering corporate sponsorships, golf foursomes, and hole sponsorships.

The event will be held on May 23, 2016 at Laurel Springs Golf Club in Suwanee, GA

Here are ways to support Birds On A Wire:

  1. Corporate Sponsor
    If you would like to be a corporate sponsor, please click here.
  2. Golf Foursome
    To sign-up for a golf foursome, please click here.
  3. Hole Sponsorship
    Our goal is have 100 hole sponsors for the tournament.  If you would like to sponsor a hole, please click here.

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About Birds on a Wire:

Birds on a Wire is a ministry designed to encourage moms and equip them with Godly practical advice so that they will be able to parent with confidence and feel confident in their ability as a mom. As a mother of four I know firsthand how difficult raising a child is in today’s society. A mom can feel isolated, ill-equipped and unsure of herself and her mothering skills. BOAW pulls alongside moms to give practical advice and assure them that their heavenly Father is with them in this journey. If you have little ones or teenagers or any age in between, join us on this journey of motherhood.

About Karen Stubbs:

Karen Stubbs is the founder and leader of Birds on a Wire, a ministry designed to equip moms through truth, encouragement and community. Karen is the wife of Greg Stubbs, they have four children, Kelsey, Emily, Taylor and Abby and reside in Cumming, Ga.

Connect with BOAW and Karen:

Tips to Stay Well this Winter, Naturally by Dr. Kristin Marchman

Natural Ways to Keep Your Family Well

Tips to Stay Well this Winter, Naturally by Dr. Kristin Marchman

As a chiropractor and mom to two little boys, I am constantly researching ways to keep my family healthy, especially this time of year.  The key to health is creating a foundation that allows the body to express pure wellness, which in turns helps increase immunity to fight disease. Staying active, eating right, drinking plenty of water, and getting adequate rest must come first.  If your body is not taken care of to begin with, anything you put into it will not work as effectively.

Chiropractic care is a great way to keep your immune system functioning at its optimal level.  It is common knowledge that chiropractic helps with back pain and headaches, but it goes much beyond that.  The spine and nervous system are in direct correlation with the immune system, so keeping your spine aligned helps to keep you and your family healthy.  It’s as simple as that.

What we put into the body is of utmost importance.  In addition to a healthy diet, there are a few other immune boosters that we can add to our regimen, especially this time of year.

Whole Food Supplements 

First are whole food supplements.  I recommend a base multivitamin as a start, specifically one that is catered to your gender and age group, because it’s impossible to eat a perfect diet and get the nutrients we need every single day.  During the colder months, it is especially important to add extra vitamin D3 and vitamin C to your daily intake.  Be sure to choose whole food supplements so they are properly absorbed and easily digested.  Innate Response is my trusted brand for most vitamins.

Essential Oils

Let’s move onto essential oils.  Essential oils are the life blood of plants and have amazing therapeutic benefits to our bodies.  There are many essential oils that have become staples in my home, but the one I recommend most for it’s immune boosting benefits is thieves oil.  This blend of oils was actually used in the 15th century by thieves (hence the name) in order to avoid catching the Plague from those the they were stealing from.  That same blend of essential oils is what makes up Young Living’s thieves blend.  Thieves can be diffused into the air or rubbed onto the bottoms of the feet to increase immunity and help fight illness. In addition to thieves, there are many essential oil blends that can help with issues you may come across in your home (respiratory, digestive, etc). If you are interested in becoming a wholesale member and getting oils for your family at a discounted rate, I would be happy to help with that. Click here for all the information.

Other Supplements

Bio-active silver hydrosol is colloidal silver at the purest form.  This natural antibiotic is the first thing I reach for when I wake up with a sore throat.  It works like broad-spectrum antibiotics against bacteria, viruses, and protozoa in the body.  Unlike pharmaceutical antibiotics, it does not lead to resistance and has none of the negative side effects.  It can be taken orally as well as through the ears (it’s great for ear infections in children), nose (for sinus issues), and even eyes (it does wonders for pink eye).  It is safe for children as well, so when I know my 4-year-old son has been exposed to an illness, he automatically gets a dose of silver.  It has done wonders for our family and Argentyn 23 is my trusted brand.  Garlic mullein oil and coconut oil are also proven natural antibiotics that are used in my home.

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade elderberry syrup is another great addition to your winter wellness regimen.  Black elderberries contain high levels of vitamin A, B, C, and antioxidants, which increase the effectiveness of the immune system.  When mixed with other natural immune boosting ingredients, elderberries have been shown in research studies to effectively fight the flu and other diseases. My favorite homemade elderberry syrup recipe is:

  • 2/3 cup black elderberries
  • 3 1/2 cup water
  • 2 T fresh ginger root
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 cup raw honey
Pour water into medium saucepan and add elderberries, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves.  Bring to a boil, cover and reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until liquid has reduced by almost half.  Remove from heat and let cool enough to be handled.  Pour through mesh strainer into glass jar or bowl.  Discard elderberries and let liquid cool to lukewarm.  Add 1 cup of honey and stir well.  Pour syrup into mason jar or 16 ounce glass bottle.  Store in refrigerator.  Take 1 teaspoon daily for children and 1 tablespoon daily for adults.  Take weekends off.  If sick, take normal dose every 2-3 hours until symptoms are gone.

These are my most trusted natural immune boosters to help you and your family stay well this winter.  All of these (except elderberry syrup) can be ordered through Vickery Chiropractic for a discounted rate.  You can click here for ordering instructions. Here’s to staying healthy this winter, naturally! 


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Monster Jam 2016 Atlanta GA: A Review

Monster Jam Atlanta GA 2016

Monster Jam 2016 Atlanta GA – January 9th 2016

Cumming Local was given the opportunity to review the Monster Jam 2016 at the Georgia Dome through complimentary tickets from Feld Entertainment.  Greg and Finn attended the show together on a Daddy/Son Night. 

This past weekend, Greg and Finn attended the Monster Jam show at the GA Dome. The best way to describe it is with Finn’s words…”Best night EVER!” Needless to say he had a blast. The show is pretty loud, we learned last year that they needed to wear noise canceling headphones. Wearing the headphones totally helped that!

Monster Jam 2016 Atlanta GA

Here’s what Greg had to say about the event: “Monster Jam 2016 was awesome! From the first moment we showed up at the Georgia Dome it was non-stop action! It started with the fireworks to grab our attention and didn’t stop until the final event Our eyes were glued to the trucks! Each event provided its own unique experience. If two massive trucks racing is your thing, you will love the racing event. Or if you prefer creativity and watching the monster trucks do tricks, then freestyle would be your event. Or maybe you just like the whole thing, like us! No matter what you like, it was is a great show for any age to enjoy from start to finish (including adults). I would definitely recommend this show to my friends and family.”

I will say that it was a late night. The guys didn’t get home til close to 11:30pm. But it was worth it. Here’s a picture that Greg snapped on the way home. Do you think you had fun or what?


Event Details:

There is one more show to go:

  • Saturday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Ticket Information:

Tickets start at $25 and are available through

Disclosure:  Cumming Local was provided with complimentary tickets to attend a performance in order to facilitate a show review.  But as always, that doesn’t change our opinions.