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 Bobbies

A classic, juicy burger on your mind? Then stop by Cheeseburger Bobbies 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

Sawnee Mountain_2

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.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History: Parent Review

Fernbank Museum of Natural History

So my 4 year old is coming up on his third year of being obsessed with dinosaurs. Last year he only wanted to go to the ‘dinosaur museum’ for his birthday instead of having a traditional party. He’s been begging to go back since so we ventured back out today.

It is a good hour drive from Cumming, so plan accordingly regarding your commute. Also, take it from someone who goofed today, there is NOTHING to eat around the museum – nada! My boys were starving for lunch when we left and I had planned to run through a trusty CFA on our way home and we were out of luck. So bring snacks or pack a lunch. There is a diner in the museum, but it is typical museum high-priced food.

I will say the museum is very ‘mom’ friendly in that there are true changing tables for babies (not just the kind you pull down from the wall in the handicapped stall of the bathroom), nursing rooms, and is very stroller friendly. However, I wouldn’t consider all the exhibits to be ‘kid’ friendly – or maybe ‘pre-k kid’ friendly (see below).

The most breath-taking part of the whole place is the ‘Giants of the Mesozoic’ that takes up the entire Great Hall. It can be seen from all vantage points during your entire visit.

On the main floor is the ‘Georgia’ exhibit. It has a lot of animals on display that we quickly walked by. It leads to the only dinosaurs on exhibit (five large ones). That’s the only exhibit on the main floor.

We headed downstairs for the exhibits that change seasonally. Right now there is a ‘Creatures of Light’ exhibit and ‘Wild Music’ exhibit. The light exhibit is completely dark and then they have on display replicas of different organisms that ‘light up’ (mushrooms, fireflies, jellyfish, etc.) The boys thought this was pretty cool. The music exhibit you have to put headphones on for each display and maybe it’s just me but that grosses me out. Then a lot of the displays were broken which was disappointing. They had a jam room with lots of buttons and instruments and maybe two things worked.

We moved onto the ‘Sensing Nature’ exhibit which has been there for years. A lot of the displays are broken or don’t make sense and it’s not geared for young ones. There was no way for me to read the instructions and make it work fast enough to keep the attention of my kids. The only thing they enjoyed about this exhibit was a balcony that you can look over to see the dinosaurs again.

The last thing was the NatureQuest exhibit. Which is actually a fun playground-type atmosphere for the kiddos. My boys spent the most time here and loved seeing the real alligators, turtles, and snakes. There are a lot of nooks and crannies hidden around this room so make sure to explore it all. You can also pick up a scavenger hunt list at the front to help you explore all the areas.

We did not choose to see the IMAX movie (they offer two different shows that also change seasonally), but if I had older children I would have.

Overall, we spent not quite two hours at the museum. I think they enjoyed it and had fun. But I will say as a parent to drive an hour there, an hour back, and spend $34 for tickets (and one of us was Free!) it’s not an outing I’m looking forward to doing again really soon. They do have a new WildWoods outdoor experience opening up late summer (this will be a permanent exhibit) that did look pretty cool and the new ‘World’s Largest Dinosaurs’ exhibit will be open September thru January. So, both of those things may just lure us back this fall. Something always does.

One last tip I’ll provide – Fernbank offers an awesome date night experience if you are ever in the search for something. Every Friday night from 7-11pm they have Martinis & IMAX. It’s makes for a fun and unique date!

Southeastern Railway Museum – Parent Review


Today we have a parent review from Ashley Jansen. She and her younger boys recently visited The Southeastern Railway Museum

My family has been a big fan of the Southeastern Railway Museum for years now. My now 9 year old son had his 2nd birthday party there where we rented the party car and it was fantastic!! I took my 2 year old and 5 year old and his friend this past week. The museum opens at 10 a.m. and we got there right at opening to avoid the heat. Although a lot of the rail cars are inside a warehouse-type structure, it is not air conditioned. We left on the west-side of Cumming and it took us a solid 40 minutes to drive there.

There is a historic diesel train ride that the boys loved. The train whistle blew many times and we even lucked out with a real long train drive by on our ride. You are on the train for about 20 minutes. The current departing times for the train are: 10:40, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30, and 3:10.

Unfortunately, the park train ride is under repair (with the rains earlier this spring the train got flooded) and will not be back working until after Labor Day. When it is working, this small (think fair ride) train ride was so fun – went pretty fast and took three really long loops around the track.

The tip I would provide is to get there as close to 10:00 as you can. Tour the train cars in the warehouse (which took us right up to the 10:40 train ride). Ride the train. Tour the remaining buses and train cars under the pavilion. We were in the car heading home about 11:45.

Some of the trains take some climbing to get into. The 5 year olds were fine doing it on their own, but I was lifting and carrying my 2 year old throughout. I would not say it is handicapped accessible in that those in a wheel-chair or that need assistance walking there is no other way to see the inside of the cars without climbing the stairs. It is stroller friendly in that there are sidewalks around all the cars, but again to get the child into the train car you would have to climb up with the child in your arms.

Please note they are only open Wednesday thru Saturday from 10:00-5:00. Adults are $10 (65+ is $8). Children are $7. Under 2 is Free. Train rides are $3 per person (under 2 is Free).

Everyone who works there is a volunteer and are so friendly and helpful. They love to answer questions and talk about the trains to the kids. They started offering a preschool program the second Thursday of every month. The details can be found on their website if you are interested.

I highly recommend this outing! My son said on the way home, “Mommy, I loved that place. It was so so fun!”

More About Ashley:

AJAshley Jansen is wife of 14 years to Mark and mom to three boys, Hamilton (9), Luke (5), and Garrett (2). Originally from Texas, she has lived in Forsyth County for the last 13 years. She loves Mexican food, watching football and baseball, reading a good book, making Excel spreadsheets, and prefers candy over chocolate and Dr. Pepper over Coke.

She and her husband are active in Browns Bridge Church serving as adult small group leaders, 2to1 premarital mentors, and GroupLink connectors. She also serves as Coordinator of the local Cumming class of Community Bible Study and on the Advisory Team of Titus2 Mentoring Women. She is a recent breast cancer survivor, but still prefers purple over pink.

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

How Facebook Changes Impact the News You Receive From Cumming Local


How Facebook Changes Impact the News You Receive From Cumming Local

Have you ever wondered why you aren’t seeing more posts from Cumming Local in your news feed?

Facebook announced a few weeks ago that it is tweaking it’s news feed algorithm to emphasize more posts from friends and family. This means that over time you will see less posts from pages that you like. Why am I sharing this with you? Well, that’s because it impacts how you see posts from Cumming Local. Over the last month, I’ve had a several readers reach out and ask why they aren’t seeing Cumming Local posts in their newsfeed.

So, I thought it would be helpful if I give you some step-by-step instructions on how to guarantee you will see all of Cumming Local’s posts.

Take these quick steps to be sure you still get Facebook posts from Cumming Local in your news feed.

  1. Go to Cumming Local’s Facebook page and make sure you have liked it.
    On your mobile device, click on “Following” and you receive three options. If you’d like to see every post from Cumming Local, click “See First.” If you’d prefer to see what the Facebook algorithm serves you, click “Default,” and Facebook will show you posts based on how often you engage Cumming Local’s content (by engage it means how often you like or comment on a post).

    On desktop, you can find the “See First” and “Default” options by clicking on the small arrow right next to the Like button.


  2. Set up your notifications.To manage your notifications on your mobile device, click on the “More” button and then click down to “Notifications.” There you can select which notifications you’d like to receive on the page.

    On desktop to edit notifications, click on the small arrow to the right of the like button and select either all on or all off. You may also choose to receive specific notifications, such as videos and photos. To do so, click on the pencil next to the notifications button to select which post types you’d like to receive notifications for.


My hope is this will help you understand how to not miss any posts from Cumming Local. You can also subscribe to our twice weekly newsletter that is emailed out. Click here to subscribe. Also, one quick note – this information goes for any business pages that you like on Facebook. So you can use these same instructions to set them up as well.

And if you have any problems with this or still have questions, you can send me a message on Facebook or email me at info@cumminglocal.com.

Medieval Times Atlanta: Parent Review

Medieval Times Atlanta: 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 experienced Medieval Times. Ashley’s boys are 9, 4 1/2, and 20 months old. They chose to hire a babysitter for the 20 month old. And they were glad they did. 

I will say Medieval Times is a little pricy. We chose to go ‘all out’ and do the VIP option which we thought was completely worth it, but the regular tickets would provide just as nice of an experience if you were needing to be a little more budget friendly.

The food was actually pretty good, but just remember there is no silverware given – you eat everything with your fingers or from the plate. So the soup you drink from the bowl, the baked potato you pick up and eat. This is one of the main reasons I’m glad we left the 2 year old at home. Also, the seats are normal chairs – we did not ask if there were booster seats or high-chairs, but I did not see anyone else using one.

I would highly recommend you take their advice on getting there early because the seat where you sit is given out based on when you get there. You can reserve the ‘type’ of seat (i.e. we reserved a VIP seat), but the ‘quality’ of seat you get is based on when you are in line to check-in.

You get a picture made as soon as you walk in (ours was made with the princess – I wish now we would have requested the sword in the stone which would have been more ‘boyish’). After our picture we took the time to go to the gift shop and purchase a souvenir for the boys. I’m glad we did this before because it was pretty packed after the show. We were able to let them keep their souvenir swords on the floor under our chair during the show.

The show was very entertaining and kept both of my boys very engaged the entire time. It was such a pleasure to see the excitement and watch the experience through their eyes.

Overall, I am so pleased and impressed with our experience and felt it was money well spent. The boys are begging to go back again, but we will need to space the cost of this experience out by at least a year.

Location/Ticket Information:

Location: Atlanta Castle – 5900 Sugarloaf Pkwy Lawrenceville, GA

Tickets: $54.95 per adult and $36.95 for children 12 & under.


Note: There are a lot of different specials available as well. All seats $30 on Wednesday and Thursday; Free Royalty Upgrade; Summer Fun Savings Adults $35.95 and Kids $29.95 (everyday but Wednesday and Thursday due to previous special); and a Father’s Day special where Dad is free 6/13-19.

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