Forsyth Central Stage Presents Pippin


Forsyth Central Stage Presents Pippin – October 20th and 22nd

The following post is from Christina LaPlaca, a high school student and part of the Honors Mentorship Program at Forsyth Central. 

Just as usual, the Forsyth Central drama department is pulling out all of the stops for their One Act show, Pippin! Whether it be tumblers flipping their way across the stage, or magnificent stage presence lighting up the theater, this musical will surely make its mark.

While Central has taken more of an intensely realistic route in years past (as is shown with the Miracle Worker and Elephant Man), this stunningly hilarious performance is sure to knock you off of your feet, and leaves no room for disappointment. From brilliant young actors like Parker Davenport, to the awe inspiring vocalists, Kealy Ford, Peyton Ashley, and the marvelous Joseph Signa, this Pippin performance will surely go down in Central’s history as the most unique and fun One Act ever produced.


It presents the tale of a young prince, endlessly searching to find his true meaning in the world. Through many trials and mishaps, Pippin finds himself in many sticky, unfulfilling situations, all leading to a grand finale that you will never forget.

Please note – There are a couple of moments in the show in which cursing is evident, so this may be an activity that you may want to take your middle or high school student to. Other than that, however, this show will leave you breathless, with new twists and turns around every corner. The ensemble’s performance, especially in regards to their singing, was spot on throughout the show, and always kept me on the edge of my seat.


All in all, I would highly recommend Pippin to anyone, and i’m truly excited to see what awards this One Act can come home with!

The show dates are: October 20 and 22. Come and experience the magic!

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets


christinalaplacaChristina LaPlaca is part of the Honors Mentorship Program at Forsyth Central High School. She recently shared some fact about herself. You can read that article here.

To learn more about Christina and our other contributing writers, click here.

Things to do for Early Release in Forsyth County

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Things to do for Early Release

Don’t forget – it’s time for another round of “Early Release Days” in Forsyth County Schools.  Looking for some things to do?  Students will release early on both Wednesday & Thursday.  And then Friday, 10/21, school is out!

We’ve put a great list of ideas together for you, but also don’t forget check out our round-up of Fall Fun in & Near Forsyth County and there’s always the option of sleeping in to save up energy for the weekend because it’s going to be jam packed full of FUN – check out our Calendar of Events to get a head start.

If you’re looking for some ways to spend a long afternoon with the kids, we’ve put together a little round-up to help you get started … hope you enjoy!

Enjoy Time Together

Let the Kids Enjoy an Indoor Playcenter

Enjoy a Sweet Treat Together

 Special Events 

Check the October Events article for any special events on Wednesday, Thursday & Friday. Plus get a head start on the weekend!

So, those are just some of our ideas. Do you have any? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Photo Source:  D Sharon Pruitt

Parent Review: Disney On Ice Presents Follow Your Heart


Last weekend we surprised the kids by taking them to Philips Arena to see Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart. We love to surprise them with these shows. And this one was a BIG surprise because we got to drive to the big city of Atlanta. A big city is magical for their eyes to gaze upon.

Traffic was TERRIBLE and it took us about an hour and a half to get there. Good thing we gave ourselves some extra time otherwise we would have been late. Nonetheless, the drive was enjoyable as they spent the whole time guessing where we were going.

As we arrived, we told them we were seeing Disney on Ice and they screamed with excitement. Once we got to our seats, the show started with a bang. I love how these shows grab your attention immediately no matter your age.

The show starts with Mickey and his friends then Riley and her emotions from Inside Out. And from there it goes to Beauty and the Beast, Tangled, Aladdin, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and many other Disney favorites.


You may remember that a couple weeks ago, I got to interview the prince from the Beauty and the Beast segment. It was a great interview. If you’d like to see what I asked him, you can read my interview notes – right here. Of course, I was excited to see the Price Adam and Belle portion of the show! It was a beautiful dance to one of my favorite songs – “Tale as Old as Time.”


After a brief intermission, we return with Finding Dory. My kids LOVED that movie so they were adoring this part of the show. What I find fascinating about these Disney on Ice performances is the props. They do such a great job of creating the show before your eyes on ice.

We also saw a segment on Frozen. And of course, you can’t forget about Mickey and Minnie as well as all their friends! Overall, it’s an entertaining show that your kids will really enjoy. And let’s be honest – Greg and I enjoyed it as well!

More Information on Disney On Ice:

doi_new-wide_logo-2Follow your heart straight to adventure at Disney On Ice! Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into your hometown!

Connect with them online: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

Disclosure: We were provided tickets to the show. But my opinion is 100% my own. 

An Interview with Mr. Mitch Young


An Interview with Mr. Mitch Young at Forsyth Central High School

The following post is from Christina LaPlaca, a high school student and part of the Honors Mentorship Program at Forsyth Central. Recently she sat down with Mr. Young to interview him about the positive changes he is making at Forsyth Central High School.

youngWhen Mitch Young came to Forsyth Central High School, he ambitiously sought to completely change the county’s perception of the school. Through hard work, dedication & many pep rallies, Mr. Young has written his way into the hearts of the students, faculty, and parents associated with the high school.

It was a pleasure interviewing Mr. Young, and I have featured below some questions that he insightfully answered.

What inspired you to step into the roles of leadership and administration?

Boy, that’s a great question! Honestly, what inspired me is when I went to work for a couple of different leaders who really made a difference. You kind of go along through your teaching career thinking that principals are there to handle discipline, and you don’t really think much about it. I, myself, worked for a couple who were not very positive people to work for, just thinking that it was the norm. Then I went to work for a couple of folks who embodied the attitude of the entire school, helping me to believe that you really can make a difference. When I saw that it was possible, and I knew that I loved both teaching, teachers, and of course the students, I knew that helping to create a culture that was supportive of these people and ideals would be the best, most positive thing I could do.

It’s very obvious how much you love this school and its environment. What’s your favorite part about being involved with this particular campus, its faculty, and its students?

Without question, the number one thing that makes me excited to go to work every day is that we really do have a sense of community. Not every high school has that, and with this county growing so rapidly, those schools have had to create a sort of community within the walls. Here, we really are a part of the heart of Cumming, and the culture at school has carried that on. I know that it’s kind of an old-school thing, but we have teachers that hang out together and a student body that is less “cliquish”. Intangibles like this have come about due to the fact that this was the first, original school. I came from a small town, where the whole town was tied around the school. For me, Forsyth Central is a throw-back to that.

What plans do you have to make Forsyth Central High School the best school in the county?

Gosh, the biggest thing, I think, that the climate of the school helps us to keep an ear out for what the students’ and teachers’ needs and wants are, and to aid us in making them happen. It helps make this school a place where everyone wants to be. We want teachers who want to teach here, students who want to go here, and parents who want to send their kids here. That really drives our climate. In regards to our culture, we are really working hard with our feeder schools, like Cumming Elementary and Otwell Middle School, to try and raise the expectations within our school, and even beyond graduation. We urge them to think about how we should be helping students to receive acceptance from flagships like UGA and Georgia Tech, whether they plan to attend or not. I’m not saying that everyone has to go there, but when the acceptance rates go up, then we can tell that our classroom practices are more rigorous. We can tell that teachers are really pushing our students more, and that more students are choosing to take the Advanced Placement route (which is the best preparation for college). Throughout all of this, though, we want also to see graduation rates improve, because without a high school diploma, it’s like a death sentence in this day and age. So, kind of in a nutshell, everything we are striving for is aimed towards those goals.

What are some exciting changes that you and your team have already made in your time here at FCHS?

One thing, for certain, is that we’ve been very loud about our pride at this school. I think that there has always been a sense of pride here at Central, but it’s been a very old-school type of quiet. We’ve done a great job of cheerleading how great our school is. What Mrs. Dugan, one of the teachers here, has done on social media, for instance, has helped enhance the image of the school. We’ve also gotten our chorus out there in the community; our sports teams even have a community service project that gets them out to serve others. I believe that these instances now serve a more intentional, positive purpose in the lives of our students, faculty, and our school. This new building on campus really captures what we were trying to go for, which is a student-centered facility that brings everyone together. We want to remember that we open the doors every day for students, so our policies should line up with our goal with making this the place where kids want to be and where parents want to send their kids.

How do you think the students will benefit/ have benefitted from these changes?

Forsyth Central should be the one place where students can go where they know that they can feel safe, can be given equal opportunities with their teachers and administrators, and can be a place where you can safely experiment with who you are. I think we’ve done a good job of that. I mean, you still have to go to class, you still have to pass certain tests and all, but we wanted to shift everything off of all of that stress and pressure, and place it on the entire experience of school. That’s why every year we keep some traditions while also trying some new things. Our student population changes. The new building, itself, exemplifies the changes within the student body; we have plug-ins around every corner, because we know that today’s student always needs to recharge their devices. They have high top tables to eat at, and a brand new media center to study in.

Any words of advice for the parents of upcoming freshmen and anyone else who is visiting the site?

Parents and students really need to come see the school, because if you aren’t from this area, or haven’t been involved in a while, you won’t know of the extreme difference in perception that Central has gathered. It is so much better than what people think it’s going to be when they get here. If they really want to know what’s going on at this school, they need to talk with students who go here and parents who have had their children go here. That will help them get a much better insight as to what this school is about.

What advice do you have for upcoming high school students?

The number one thing that I would tell any rising freshman, is that they have got to get plugged in. When you get to high school, no matter where that is, the kids that continuously get into trouble and have issues in the classroom are those that aren’t involved with anything. Join a club, try out for a team, join band, get involved in drama; there is something for everybody. Get plugged in, and your high school experience will be so much better.

With all of the stresses and anxieties we high schoolers experience, it really does comfort us to know that our faculty and administration are on our side and want to help us succeed. Mr. Young has gone above and beyond any expectations for a standard principal, and has fought for ways in which our educational environment can be a more comfortable, enjoyable place. Because of him, there is no doubt that Forsyth Central High School is rising to greatness.


christinalaplacaChristina LaPlaca is part of the Honors Mentorship Program at Forsyth Central High School. She recently shared some fact about herself. You can read that article here.

To learn more about Christina and our other contributing writers, click here.

Favorites Places to Eat in Cumming {Teenager Edition}


Favorite Places to Eat in Cumming {Teenager Edition}

The following post is from Christina LaPlaca, a high school student at Forsyth Central. Her list is in no particular order. 

We all have those days when we’re hungry and don’t know where to go or what we’re in the mood for; or maybe it’s your kids whose stomachs are growling. Whatever the case may be, sometimes, we just need a list of options. Well, if you’re like me and are always hungry (and not always for the healthy foods, either), then you and your family might just appreciate this article more than most…

Cheeseburger Bobby’s

A classic, juicy burger on your mind? Then stop by Cheeseburger Bobby’s off of exit 14! Here, they have the most delicate burgers, crisp fries, and even soft and creamy custard to top it all off. This restaurant is one of my family’s favorite burger places; we’d eat here every day if we could! Come see what it’s all about!

Visit them online: Website | Facebook

Mr. Swiss

Sometimes when you’re running late in the mornings, breakfast just skips your mind. One way to quickly curb your appetite is to stop by Mr. Swiss and grab a biscuit; if your child goes to Forsyth Central High School, Otwell Middle School, or Cumming Elementary, then this restaurant is even within five minutes of your stop. They have many delicious options, and even have a place to sit down and enjoy your meal if you have the time.

Visit them online: Facebook

Sal’s Place

Right in the middle of the Cumming square, this quaint pizza shop, locally owned, is the jewel of the city: Sal’s Pizza Place. Here, you can get anything from subs, to pizza, to other Italian food, all at a fair price. It the best place to be after the Friday Night Lights at the high schools, and an even better place to take your family for a simple, light-hearted lunch.

Visit them online: Website | Facebook


This tasty, inexpensive delicacy is a great place if you and your family are looking for a nicer lunch, and can even be accommodated for fancier events. Osaka, a Japanese restaurant located on Buford highway, has been known to host both teenagers after prom, and families after church on Sunday. They can make arrangements to sing for birthdays, and will make any event a hit with their delicious hibachi grill.

Visit them online: Website | Facebook

Los Rios

Is there anything better than cheese dip and tacos? I think not! I suggest you get over to Los Rios right away. Don’t let the location fool you. This place is the gem of all Mexican restaurants. The food is great. The service is fast. And the price is just right! If you are going for dinner then you can expect a wait on the weekends! As a bonus, Los Rios was rated the best Mexican in Cumming GA on the Best of Forsyth.

Visit them online: Website | Facebook

Dairy Queen

Open rain, shine, snow or scorch, Dairy Queen always accommodates everyone with any tasty frozen treat whenever they want. This is a great place to take your family and simply enjoy time together, and it is never out of season!

Visit them online: Website | Facebook

christinalaplacaChristina is part of the Honors Mentorship Program at Forsyth Central High School. She recently shared some fact about herself. You can read that article here.


To learn even more about Christina and our other contributing writers, click here.

Top Ten Football Snacks Ideas {UPATED}


I love snacks. And football season is one of my favorite times to snack. There are all kinds of great recipes out there. I even have a WHOLE pinterest board dedicated to snacks! You can visit it if you want by clicking here.

The last time I shared my favorite snacks for football season was 2 years ago. So it’s about time to update that list!

Here’s our {updated} list of the top 10 DELICIOUS football snack ideas:

(These are in no particular order)


1. Artichoke Dip in the Slow Cooker: This dip is always a party pleaser. What I like about it is that it stays warm in the crockpot til the last bite!

2. Cream Cheese Trio Appetizer: This looks pretty on a spread of snacks and it tastes delicious!

3. Ham and Cheese Sliders with Mustard Dipping Sauce: These could even be a lunch or dinner if wanted. The kids love them too!

4. Cookie Dough Dip: I’m not a sweet snack person. But I do really love this one. It tastes just like chocolate chip cookie dough!

5. Cream Cheese Bean Dip: This dip is smooth and yummy. You can choose how spicy or not spicy you want it.

6. Touchdown Taco Dip: I love this Pampered Chef recipe! It’s served warm. Sometimes I add ground beef with taco seasoning as well.

7. Skinny Chicken Enchilada Dip: Green chilies aren’t spicy but super flavorful. I think they make this dip delicious!

8. Meatball Sliders: Again this one can be a lunch or dinner and the kids love it.

9. Sweet n’ Spicy Sausage: We love these sausages. You can keep them warm in a crockpot.

10. Salami Cream Cheese Bites: Salami, green olives, and cream cheese. Need I say anything more?

So those are our 10 favorites snacks for football season right now. I realized after putting this together, I must have been craving cream cheese. Cream cheese does make everything better!

What might you add to our list?

Top Nine Things To Do With Your Teenager This Fall In North GA


Things To Do With Your Teenagers In North GA

The following post is from Christina LaPlaca, a high school student at Forsyth Central. Her list is in no particular order. We hope you enjoy this list of things to do with your teenager in North GA this fall!

Cumming Country Fair


Every year, just as the leaves begin to turn and the air begins to chill, the Forsyth County Country Fair rolls around! Taking place at the Cumming Fairgrounds, this magical event is often the highlight of many teenagers’ year. This is where they can hang out with their friends, ride some uniquely wonderful rides, pet a few farm animals, and, most importantly, eat fried, sugary junk: all in the spirit of fall!

This year it opens on Thursday, October 6. There will be free admission all day and for all ages, and unlimited rides for only $20 per person. Throughout the span of the rest of the fair, there will be many themed nights that will adhere to the interests of teenagers, including Student Night, Football Friday Night, and much more!

Topgolf in Alpharetta, Georgia

Ever wanted to do a unique, yet equally fun activity to bring your family together? Have you tried to get your kids to take an interest in golf, but have always come up short? Whatever the case may be, Topgolf in Alpharetta is the perfect fit for your family-night-out! With three levels of the building all facing one, ginormous course, this creative way to golf is the perfect balance between leisurely bonding and playful competition. Each hole is marked with a large, easily recognizable target, so even those who have never tried the sport can find a way to play.

Enjoying Nature

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Want to be active while also enjoying yourself? Well, one way is to visit the Sawnee Mountain Preserve in Cumming, Georgia! Here, you can take your pick of trails ranging from a fifteen minute hike, to an hour long excursion, both reaching the top of Sawnee Mountain. Any one of these beautiful pathways will encapsulate the subtle beauty of nature, eventually escalating to the breathtakingly striking view at the very top of the mountain. Here, you can watch the sun rise over the horizon, pause for a lunch break at the historic “Indian Seats”, or even gaze at the marvel of an angelic sunset. There are places in which teenagers would even be able to utilize their ENOs (that’s a hammock for those of you who don’t know), which is a highlight in and of itself.

Horseback Riding Tours


We all crave adventure, but never seem to be able to fit it into our schedule. Little do you know, though, a tiny taste of excitement is in your own backyard! At the Blue Springs Farm in Cumming, Georgia, you and your family can come together for a day of fun experiences. Not only do they specialize in professional equestrian training, but they also offer horseback rides purely for enjoyment.

Spa Day!


{Photo courtesy of Bliss Mama Wellness}

Sometimes, we all just need to let off a little steam, and with school back in session, your daughter might need some relief as well. Taking some relaxing time to yourselves may be just what you need to sit back and simply refresh and de-stress. Click here for spa locations in Cumming GA.

The Netherworld


Let’s be honest, for each and every teenager, fall is the equivalent to the returning of two principle things: the obvious Pumpkin Spice latte from Starbucks, and Halloween. For the majority of these kids, this exciting holiday represents a time not only of tasty treats and sugar-rushes, but also imminent suspense that can electrify the atmosphere. In the Netherworld, the creeping monsters and exhilarating live actors create a portrayal of terrifying mayhem. This haunted house opens on September 23, and runs through November 5. Go get your scare on while you can!

Visit a Corn Maze and a Pumpkin Patch

Corn maze

With fall comes the inevitable need for pumpkins, so why not have some fun in the buying process? Right now, you can win tickets to visit Buford Corn Maze. Click here to enter that giveaway!

And there are several pumpkin patch options in Cumming GA. You can visit Kinsey Family Farm or Warbington Farms. They both are opening soon!

Click here for the schedule: Warbington Farms | Kinsey Family Farms

Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival


For most of this generation, music is not only represented the upbeat, trendy songs that come on the radio, but it’s also an outlet of self-expression that attaches itself to the heart of teenagers everywhere. One way in which you and your family can celebrate the magical effect music can have is to visit the Wire and Wood Songwriters Festival in Downtown Alpharetta. At this event, popular artists (as well as local talent) will be showcased singing some of their original songs and will be giving an inside look into the behind-the-scenes aspect of the musical world.

Just Drive Around


While this may seem too simplistic to captivate the attention of your teenagers, simply driving around and watching the leaves change colors can prove to be a thoroughly enjoying bonding experience. As you coast about the beautiful landscape that is Northern Georgia, you can take time to reconnect with each other and spend quality time together. Sure, we teenagers may seem to want nothing more than to groan and whine at the thought of having to actually get up and do something with our parents, but the truth is, we really do ache for close relationships for the ones who have given us everything; sometimes, we just don’t know how to go about it. By giving that extra little push, you can help your children grow in their relationship with you, while also having a beautiful backdrop to help set the mood.


Christina is part of the Honors Mentorship Program at Forsyth Central High School. She recently shared some fact about herself. You can read that article here.

To learn even more about Christina and our other contributing writers, click here.

The Secret to a Healthier, Safer Pregnancy That Many Women Don’t Know About


The Secret to a Healthier, Safer Pregnancy That Many Women Don’t Know About

The following is a post from Contributing Writer, Dr. Kristin Marchman. Dr. Marchman is a Licensed Chiropractor at Vickery Chiropractic in Cumming, GA.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve recently looked around and spotted a lot of pregnant women. Either it’s that time of the year or it’s the fact that I’m pregnant and my belly makes me notice every other woman with a pregnant belly that I pass. Regardless, there are a lot of us out there, so I feel it is only fair to reveal my biggest secret to help pregnant moms-to-be achieve the healthiest, safest pregnancy possible.

The secret is receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy.

Many women I see in my office didn’t even realize they could see a chiropractor while pregnant until a friend or family member told them. And still others simply don’t know the benefits f chiropractic care during pregnancy. You’re probably assuming this recommendation is due to the lovely aches and pains we women endure throughout our pregnancies. Yes and no. Lower back pain, sciatica, and headaches are all conditions that benefit greatly from chiropractic care, whether a person is pregnant or not. However, there’s more benefit than that for all of us pregnant moms out there.

Chiropractic care aligns the spine, pelvis, and hips in order to prepare the body for labor. Would you ever run a marathon without making sure your body is ready? Of course not. So, why would you try to have a baby without making sure your body is prepared?

We as women are blessed with bodies that are designed for childbirth. We don’t have to push a special “I’m pregnant” button when the time comes. Our hips begin to expand on their own, making way for the little miracle that is growing within us. In a perfect world, we would stay in proper alignment throughout the entire nine months. However, due to repetitive motions, sleeping patterns, and the expansion that is occurring naturally to prepare for a baby, misalignments occur that put our bodies into a position that is often not optimal for childbirth.

Pelvic and sacral misalignments can cause major disruption in the body of a pregnant woman. If the baby has limited space within the womb, he or she may not be able to get into the proper position for delivery. This often inhibits the mom’s ability to have a non-invasive, natural birth.

The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint of the baby, and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.

Chiropractors can choose to take a course to become certified in the Webster Technique, which was one of the first things on my “to do list” after graduating from chiropractic school. You can find the Webster Certified chiropractor nearest you by searching here.

I am not the only one endorsing chriropractic care for pregnant women. The American Pregnancy Association lists the following benefits for chiropractic care during pregnancy based on scientific research:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Prevent a potential cesarean delivery

There it is, my secret to a safer, healthier pregnancy, from one pregnant mom-to-be to another!

Connect with Dr. Marchman:

Dr. Marchman is dedicated to providing optimal health to her patients through chiropractic care. She is certified in the Webster Technique for pregnant women, a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. While Dr. Marchman specializes in pregnant women, children, and athletes, she welcomes patients of all ages and from all walks of life.

Connect with Dr. Marchman online: Website | Facebook | Phone: 678.947.4449

To learn more about Dr. Marchman and other contributing writers, click here.

A Mom’s Comparison of Kroger’s ClickList & Walmart’s Grocery Pickup


A Mom’s Comparison of Kroger’s ClickList & Walmart’s Grocery Pickup

Today’s post is from a friend of Cumming Local’s – Catherine Lorence. She spent some time this summer shopping through Kroger’s ClickList and Walmart’s Grocery Pickup Service. She has some great insights to share with you about both experiences.

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to take advantage of a couple of pretty fantastic grocery services we have available in Forsyth County. As a mom, I find myself constantly trying to figure out the most optimal times and ways to grocery shop with my two kids and work within my monthly food budget. And when they are both home with me every day of the summer, those optimal times are fewer and farther between. Fortunately, there are two grocery stores close by that have completely changed the way I shop, and have proven to be “game changers” in my world. Here is an honest parent review on Kroger ClickList and Walmart Grocery Pickup with a list of Pros and Cons for each. I hope you will find this helpful if you decide to participate in the ever-growing online grocery shopping trend.

  • Online Experience

For both stores, the concept is simple. I log on to the store website and create an account. Once logged in, I immediately see a home page that features a list of items I have previously purchased (a real time saver when purchasing staple items week after week), weekly sale items, and a search feature. Occasionally I have to search for items, but the search features are simple to use and I’ve not had any trouble finding anything. Additionally, both stores keep a column on the right side of the screen of the items that have been added to my cart. This helps me keep a running total of my grocery bill as I shop. One reason I have particularly enjoyed having the online cart is that I can add items throughout the week as I see I need them.

  • Checkout Time

When completing my order, I simply check out online and select a convenient time to pick up my groceries. Both stores send an email confirmation with my order details. The emails contain instructions on how to edit my order (if needed) and where to go to pickup the groceries.

  • Grocery Pick Up

When it is time to pick up, both Kroger and Walmart have designated parking spots and a phone number to call to let them know I have arrived. A friendly associate comes out to my car with my groceries, they review the order with me, load them in the back and I am on my way home. It really is that simple!

Here is a list of the Pros and Cons:

Kroger Click List

Kroger ClickList


  • Easy process to log in, find items and create my order
  • After each order, I’m sent an online survey. Completing the survey adds 50 fuel points to my Kroger Plus account.
  • When purchasing produce, I have the option to specify quantity in number of pieces. For example, I can indicate I would like to purchase 6 apples instead of guessing how many pounds I need to buy.
  • Each item in my cart has a “Special Instructions” section beside it. So if I need the shopper to know I only want ripe avocados, I can make a note of it there.
  • No impulse buying in the store! I stick to my list and that equals money saved.


  • Only offer next day or later pick up times. No same day pickup!
  • Pay with credit card at the curb instead of online when checking out. This adds a little more time to the pick up process but nothing major.
  • The service has a fee of $4.95 each time. The first three times the service is free, but then the $4.95 fee is tacked on to the bill.
  • Can’t pay with cash

Walmart Grocery Pickup

Walmart Grocery Pickup


  • Easy process to log in, find items and create my order
  • I was emailed an online code to use for my first visit, which gave me $10 off my first order.
  • The service is free to use!
  • Same day pick up is available (if I want to pick up within 30-90 minutes of placing the order, there is a small fee)
  • Pay online when I check out which makes the pick up process that much faster
  • No impulse buying in the store! I stick to my list and that equals money saved.


  • For certain produce, I can’t indicate the number of pieces I want to buy. I have to enter the weight for items like apples, and that can take some guesswork without knowing the size of the apples in stock.
  • Can’t pay with cash

For me, I love both grocery services and I don’t think you could go wrong with either one. However, I give the slight edge to Walmart Grocery Pick Up because that is where I’m seeing the biggest impact on the bottom line of my grocery bill each month. I hope you will find yourself just as excited to give both a fair shake and decide for yourself which best suits your family.

Note: These locations are the Kroger located at 2325 Bethelview Rd. Cumming, GA and Walmart located at 5455 Atlanta Hwy Alpharetta, GA 30004. Not all locations offer these services.

Happy Shopping!

Introducing Christina, Honors Mentorship Program

Introducing Christina, Honors Mentorship Program

I’m very excited about this 🙂 I applied to be part of the Forsyth Central Honors Mentoring Program last year. And I’ve been waiting for a student to be interested in pursuing a career in writing. For the 2016-2017 school year, I have been matched up with Christina LaPlaca. She is going to be a great addition to my contributing writers for Cumming Local.

Help me to give her a warm welcome to Cumming Local!

I interviewed Christina last week. Below are some of the questions I asked her…

Question #1 – Tell me about yourself.

ChristinaLaPlacaMy name is Christina, and I have spent my entire life here in Cumming, Georgia. I enjoy singing, acting, various sports, and yes, even school. (I take a distinct pride in being the self-acclaimed dork I am today.) My love for Jesus, though, has to take first place in this race of self-expression. Without Him, nothing would seem right.

Question # 2 – Where do you see yourself in five years?

Honestly, I hope I’ll have a plan by then. As of right now, I’m only sure that I’ll be in college; even so, I still don’t know what I’d like to study! I’ll most likely continue my involvement with Simple Charity (a Christian club I adore) at whatever school I choose to be a part of, and hopefully I’ll be on my way to graduating!

Question #3 – What is a favorite pastime of yours?

Well, whenever I get to enjoy free time, I’d like to say that I sit in the loveseat next to the fire, sip on a warm cup of tea, and read a heart-warming novel. But while I do that from time-to-time, let’s be honest: I’m a teenager. My pastimes include watching TV and snacking on anything I can find. Don’t get me wrong, I love a captivating story as much as the next person, but when Criminal Minds is on, nothing can deter my focus.

Question # 4 – Who is an inspiration of yours?

I know this may seem cliché, but my mom has been, and forever will be, my hero and inspiration. She has pushed her way through some extremely trying times, while still remaining strong enough to be my rock. She puts others before herself, and never rests until she knows that everyone around her is alright. She showers my family with love and attention; my mom is my best friend.

More information about the Honors Mentorship Program:


The Honors Mentorship Program is a course that focuses on the student. In this program, students embark on a year-long journey of an internship in the career/field of interest that they are passionate about.

Watch this video for a look into the program.

Within this program, students are challenged to communicate effectively with their mentor and co-workers in their internship, but also when it comes to communicating and presenting their capstone project to a relevant community group

For more information, please visit the Honors Mentorship Program website.