Winter Music Lessons with Music Authority

Try Something Different This Winter: Learn To Play An Instrument

Did you know that research has shown that both listening to music and playing a musical instrument stimulate your brain and can increase your memory? If you are looking for something different for your child or yourself this winter – why not check out the winter music lessons at Music Authority.

Music Authority offers lessons on many different instruments and to students of all ages.  From the future Rock Star, just starting guitar at the age of seven, to the adult who always wanted to learn piano but never had the chance – they have the teacher just for you!  Their instructors are fun, engaging, and professional educators.

Pricing & Special Offer

Private lessons and classes are $105 per month.  If you mention this article you will receive $15 off your first month’s tuition.

Benefits of Music Lessons

  1. Physical Skill Development: There are a few instruments like drums, that help to progress coordination and motor skills because they requirement movement from your hands, feet & arms. Some other instruments can help develop ambidexterity. And hey, who wouldn’t just love to have that skill?!
  2. Academic Improvements: When you understand beat, scales & rhythm you are learning to divide, recognize patterns & create fractions. As you can see – math and music go together. As time goes by, memorization takes place in the form of short-term and eventually long-term memory.
  3. Discipline and Patience Refining: A great lesson for children to learn is delayed gratification. Many instruments will have a learning curve to start playing them. Leaning to play an instrument also teaches perseverance as you wade through hours, days, weeks, etc of practicing to be made perfect.
  4. Self-Esteem Booster: Learning how to take criticism is an important life skill. In the end, it does make you better to turn negative into positive feedback. Also, learning how to play an instrument publicly will aid in confidence to do public speaking.
  5. Aids in Social Skill Development: Communication, teamwork, collaboration are all experiences that will take place in a group lesson format. These social skills are imperative for a child to learn. And what better a place to learn these social skills than to be learning how to play an instrument as well.

Don’t take it just from us, take a moment to read Jackson’s story of how music changed him for the better in this article –  Music Makes A Difference.

Learn more about Music Authority:

MusicAuthority-LogoMusic Authority is a single location music store and music school in Cumming, Georgia, just north of Atlanta. It sees 500 students each week and contracts with almost twenty instructors.

Aside from private lessons, Music Authority offers two Rock Camps, two Showcase Bands, two large Rock-Style concerts, a String Ensemble, a Jazz Ensemble, an adult Choir, a Teens-Only New Year’s Eve Concert, and monthly Student Jam Nights, Open Mic Nights, and Adult Jams. In August Music Authority will be open its own intimate fifty-seat performance venue.

On any given weekend Music Authority alumni can be seen playing music in small and large venues from Savannah to Los Angeles. Since 2002 Music Authority has touched the lives of thousands of students, the young and shall we say the young at heart.

Connect with Music Authority online: Facebook | Website

Overcoming Four Things People Dread About Weeknight Dinner

Weeknight Dinner

Overcoming Four Things People Dread About Weeknight Dinner

When you look back over the year, how do you feel your meal times went? I think every year we can improve. Meal times are super important for your family’s growth. It’s a perfect time to connect as a family. During our dinners, we use the time to share highs and lows with one another.  The questions in this book always make for good conversation as well.

I am thrilled to introduce my friend and fellow blogger, Tiffany from Eat at Home. On her website she shares meal plans, tips, and lots of great recipes to incorporate at your home. Her goal is to get more families around the dinner table. For the next few weeks, she will be sharing some tips and giving away some free downloads. Today, I am sharing week one…

Week One

In this video update, Tiffany has shared some simple solutions and strategies for cooking, clean-up & compiling family members. To watch week one’s video, click here.

Weeknight Dinner

Also, I have an announcement about Eat at Home for 2018…

NEW FROM EAT AT HOME: A No Flour/No Sugar plan will be available in 2018. No Flour/No Sugar plan will have five meals each week, plus one “salad of the week” that can be used as lunches, side dishes or an extra dinner.

Get a head start by downloading these snack ideas: 85 Simple No Flour/No Sugar snack ideas.

I’ve already downloaded my copy of the snacks and I am LOVING it! It’s helpful to have a handy list as my guide. Next week, I will have another free download from Eat at Home! But for now, make sure you keep an eye out for the next blog. It will include a video titled “Four Types of Recipes to Master for Easy Weeknight Dinners” plus a free download – “Let’s Eat: 8 Simple Dinner Recipes.”

i9 Sports Winter League Registration Deadline: Oct 31st

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i9 Sports Winter League Line Up

i9 Sports has just opened up registration for their Winter League. Their winter line up is including: Flag Football, Indoor Soccer, and Basketball.

Registration will be open until October 31st.

The winter season is a great time to play flag football, basketball, or indoor soccer. This season is only 5-7 weeks long. There will be no games or practices from December 23rd to January 7th.

To learn more about i9 Sports, check this out – An Experience with i9 Sports.

i9 Sports Forsyth County

Below are all the details on the i9 Sports Winter League Line Up:

Flag Football (Ages 4 – 14 Boys & Girls)


When: Sunday
Where: South Forsyth High School – 585 Peachtree Pkwy, Cumming, Ga. 30041
What: 7-week league starting December 3rd


Click HERE to Register

Indoor Soccer (Ages 3-6 Boys & Girls)

i9 Soccer

: Sunday
Where: Friendship Christian School – 3160 Old Atlanta Rd. Suwanee, Ga. 30024
What: 5-week league starting January 14th


Click HERE to Register

Indoor Basketball (Ages 5-14 Girls & Boys)


When: Saturday
Where: Friendship Christian School – 3160 Old Atlanta Rd, Suwanee, Ga
What: 7-week league starting December 2nd


Click HERE to Register

Learn More About i9 Sports:

i9 Sportsi9 Sports offers an alternative to the hyper-competitive, win-at-all-cost culture that pervades most kids sports leagues today.

Through the i9 Sports Experience, we offer families an experience that focuses on fun, safety and convenience. Our mission is to help kids succeed in life through sports.

Connect Online with i9 Sports: Website | Facebook | Twitter

10+ Things To Do Beyond Jumping at JUMP TNT

10+ Things To Do Beyond Jumping at Jump TNT

Jump TNT, located in Johns Creek, has tons to offer Forsyth County! Whether you need a rainy day activity, a new sport to start, or just a place to go and get some wiggles out – Jump TNT is the place for you. They have way more than just trampolines to jump on.

Morning/Afternoon Preschool: Jump TNT offers two preschool options for children that are ages 2 – 5 years old. In these classes, an instructor will lead the class through different games and jumping on the trampoline, You can learn more about Tiny Roos & SporTykes by clicking here.

Mommy & Me Class: The Mommy & Me class is called Koala and Mommy. It’s for children from walking to 2 years old. The class runs 45 minutes and is instructor led. During the class, you will help your “Koala” tumble and jump.

Home School PE Program: The Homeschool PE program offers 1 1/2 hour classes on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:30 – 3:00pm. Homeschool students will get to experience tumbling, trampoline, cheer tumbling, and Ninja Zone. For more information on this awesome program, click here.

Cheer Tumbling Class: The tumbling classes consist of stretch, warm-up, tumbling drills, and progression skills including, but not limited to, cartwheels, walkovers, handsprings and multiple tumbling passes up to double fulls. The Jump TNT facility offers a full 9 panel spring floor that tumbles into a foam pit, 40-foot Tumble Track to a 16-foot resi mat, as well as full length rod floor for straight tumbling.

Trampoline & Tumbling Recreational Class: The Recreational Tumbling Classes have students work on 3 gymnastics events – trampoline, double mini trampoline, and power tumbling. During each 1-hour class, students will start out with stretching and warm up, then rotate through each piece of equipment. The class size ratio is 8:1. It is great for both girls and boys from ages 5 and up.

NinjaZone Classes: I think that the biggest perk of the NinjaZone class is that they have a 6:1 ratio. So the classes are small yet powerful! It’s a fast paced class that combines gymnastics, martial arts, obstacle course training, and free form movement. Perfect for active boys ages 4-11 with lots of energy. They learn to tumble, kick, and flip off walls. The coaches’ job is to run them till they’re tired and THEN teach them skills.

Cheerleading Program: Jump TNT offers recreational and all-star cheerleading programs. It is their goal to instill in each cheerleader the value of integrity, hard-work, leadership, dedication, and team work while building skills.

Open Jump Times: Kids need a safe & fun way to get all the exercise they can these days! Our well trained staff will oversee all areas of activity. Our professional coaches will have organized games (such as dodgeball) for those who want to participate, or kids can work on skills or just have fun on our equipment. Our facility has 2 in-ground competition size trampolines, Eurotramp Double Mini Trampoline, 40-foot tumble track, full length rod floor for tumbling, full spring floor, and foam pit play! {Tip: You will need to check their online calendar for open jump times.}

Trampoline & Tumbling Team: Do you have a child interested in a new sport? Competitive trampoline and tumbling might be perfect for them. Jump TNT offers a pre-team program that your child would do to prepare them for moving up to team.  Click here to learn more

Convenient Class Times: Jump TNT has class offerings in the morning, afternoon, and evening. You can easily find a time that works best for your family. To review all their class offerings and times, click here.

Birthday Party Place: I like to call Jump TNT the “worry free” birthday party place because as the host you won’t worry about a thing! Jump TNT will take care of everything. The kids will have a blast. Party packages start at $160. Click here to check out their birthday party packages.

Other Gathering Parties: Graduation, End-Of-Season Sport Parties, Boy or Girl Scout Gatherings, etc. – Jump TNT can make your party one of the best you’ve had. Their parties start at $160 and go up from there depending on how many kids are attending and what type of party you want to have. Click here to review the packages they have.

Free Trial Class: Mention Cumming Local and receive a free trial class. This way you can “try out” the gym before signing up for a class or program.

What Others Are Saying About Jump TNT:

“This gym is amazing! I have never met more encouraging and supportive coaches. The owner is very friendly and will go out of his way to answer any of your questions. He even let my daughter join the team for a week before seeing if we wanted to commit. If you have a gymnast who is burnt out but still enjoys tumbling, then I highly recommend this place!” -Marie

“By far the best trampoline and tumbling gym around. The coaches are all AWESOME! The facilities are new and clean and safe, and our athlete LOVES it here! Your child needs to try this gym out.” -Josh

“Tumbling and Trampoline at a wonderful gym with great staff and atmosphere. Focus on fun, good sportsmanship, and personal growth. Athletes given a lot of positive re-enforcement and feedback from their coaches. All new equipment in a new gym space. Lots of rec classes to choose from as well as opportunity to join competitive team. My daughter loves it there, and has consistently improved and gained new skills and enjoys being part of the team. We wouldn’t want to go anywhere else!” -Debbie

Jump TNT has a 5-star review online. You can read those reviews here: Facebook | Google | Yelp

More About Jump TNT:

Coach Jim (Founder & Director) shares his story of how Jump TNT became what it is today…

This program became a reality as a result of being laid off from the corporate world in August of 2009. As a former high school and college gymnast, I have always wanted to do something with the sport of Trampoline for a long time. I now have the opportunity to share this sport with others. I used the Kangaroo as my logo because of how strong and high these animals jump which represents both Power Tumbling and Trampoline.

Now that I had the vision, I needed a gym to put in the program. After sharing a small place with a cheerleading gym in Johns Creek, for 6 years, it was now time to open our own facility and grow this sport!

Fitting in well with the Australian theme, Outback Steakhouse became one of our first sponsors. Soon after their grand opening in Roswell and Suwanee, SkyZone was a perfect fit as a sponsor as well. And then Get Air Trampoline park followed. All have been wonderful to work with and I encourage you to visit them as well.

We offer Recreational classes for boys and girls ages 4 and up, pre-team, and we also have a very competitive Team by invitation. Come check us out. I’ve always said -“If you love to JUMP, then you will LOVE this sport!”

Connect Online with JUMP TNT: Website | Facebook 

Why Title Tags Are Important For Your Blog Growth

Why Title Tags Are Important For Your Blog Growth

So you finally finished your blog post and are thinking of that catchy tittle. In most cases, your page or post title will be automatically used for the title tag, but could be missing some big SEO opportunity!

Writing a powerful title tag could mean the difference between being skimmed over versus getting those clicks on social media and search results. Your target audience is already searching so make it easier for them to help them find your content! By understanding the small updates you can make for on-page SEO, you can grow your blog traffic and reach more of the right people.

So let’s go over the basics. What is a Title Tag? Why is it different than a blog post title?

A title tag tells search engines what your web page is about.

It tells people what your page is about when they see the result in a search engine. People will decide whether to click on your link based on your title tag and meta description (which we’ll get into later).

It’s often considered the most important piece of on-page optimization.

Depending on the platform you’re using, your blog post title or landing page title might be automatically used as your title tag, but they don’t have to be the same. You can add extra information to your title tag that might not work well in your blog post title.

Your Title Tag is displayed in your search engine results.

How to Write Powerful Title Tags

Make your tags easy to read and then consider search engines. Search engines are the ones that are ranking your links but you also want people to click on them!

Keep your most important target keywords towards the front of the tag.

Make sure your tags are about 65 characters max- ideally would be about 45 which includes spaces and any punctuation.

And the biggest thing? DON’T keyword! What do I mean by that? An example would be if you were talking about how to lose weight with a health coach and your keywords would be fat loss, health coach, cleanse, detox. First- don’t repeat any keywords. Second, some of these related keywords may make your page look spammy and won’t help you rank well in Google.

Good Examples could be Health Coaching in Chicago, IL. This is a great homepage tag because it explains what, where and who when people are searching for specific areas and topics.

Tweaking your title tags

Once a website is ranked on the first page of a search engine, then you can tweak the title tag accordingly to try and improve your click through rate for the page. Keep in mind that adjusting the title tag at that point could lead to an improvement in conversion, but possibly a decrease in ranking if any keywords or locations are removed.

When the title tag is changed on the website, it will take some time for it to be adjusted in the search engines. Google and other search engines must re-crawl the website and adjust the display, which usually takes 7-14 days depending on the authority of the website and the last time that it was crawled.

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If you’re still feeling unsure of how to get started, I’d suggest reaching out to a company that knows the ins and outs of SEO, title tags, link building and more. I’m talking about RankCrew . Rankcrew is founded by Dan Anton and him and his team do wondrous things for their clients including helping them rank as high as possible in Google. They offer different packages depending on where you and your website are at and signing up is free! Their link building service is manned by experienced veterans of SEO experts who know the importance of building quality links. They also offer help 24/7 so you never have to wait to get your questions or concerns answered!

Getting your blow ranked doesn’t have to be difficult when you’re working with the right team and knowing how to help boost your traffic. By using these key ideas for your title tags, it’ll be sure to start putting your blog out there for people to use, view and take notice on!

Tips From Sanford And Son Junk Cars: How To Spot A Lemon

Tips From Sanford And Son Junk Cars: How To Spot Lemon

Most people know lemon to be a juicy fruit. A lemon is far less appetizing to new car owners, however. To them, a lemon is a newly purchased automobile that isn’t performing up to the standards they were promised upon purchase. Are you thinking that you perhaps purchased one yourself? There are a few tall tales that could help solve your story! Here are a few to think about:

  1. Strong Smells – When it comes to evaluating a car, it is best to use all of your senses. Don’t just rely on what you can see with your eyes. Trust your sense of smell as well. If you test drive a car and end up smelling something funny, pay attention. It is likely a sign that something is leaking or burning, or both, underneath the hood. Sometimes the smell is obvious such as the smell of burnt oil. Other times, it is more difficult to identify exactly what a particular smell is. But the bottom line is that if the car is functioning properly, you should not smell anything from the car. Any weird or unusual scent is a tip off that something is not as it should be with the car – notably the engine. And that is never good. At the very least, a strong smell should prompt you to investigate further underneath the hood.

  2. Uneven Tire Tread – Tires on a car tell a story. If a car has been properly maintained, then the tires should have been rotated regularly or all season tires should have been swapped out for winter tires. These events should have ensured that the tread on the tires wore evenly. If the tread wear on the tires is uneven, or worse on certain tires than others, it likely indicates that the tires were never rotated or changed with the advent of winter or arrival of spring. This should be a sign that the car was not properly cared for. Worse case scenario, uneven tire wear could indicate that the car needs an expensive front end alignment job. Either way, uneven tire tread is never a good sign on a car regardless of its age.

  3. Lock and Window Problems – Automatic windows and door locks are standard in most vehicles today. And those windows and doors that slide down and open with the touch of a button are powered by the car’s electrical system. If there are any problems with the windows or locks, it likely is an indication that there is a problem with the car’s electrical system. Should a window only roll down halfway or the door not lock and unlock as it should, then it could be a sign that there is an issue with the electrical system in the vehicle you’re considering. And while there may only be a problem with one window at the moment, chances are the issue will only worsen with time. Plus, you’ll likely have to pay a mechanic a lot of money to try and identify the exact problem with the car’s electrical wiring. Checking the automatic windows and locks yourself is a simple test you can do to identify a potentially complicated problem.

  4. Interior Damage – Some mess and wear and tear in a used car is to be expected. But when the wear is excessive, it should sound an alarm in your mind. We’re talking about things such as frayed and damaged seat belts, sagging gas and brake pedals, missing knobs on the dashboard, ripped seat cushions with stuffing bulging through, missing head rests and so forth. These are signs that the car you’re looking at has not been maintained, or, worse, been abused by its owner. Beyond the obvious mess, excessive interior damage in a car shows that the vehicle was not maintained and that it likely has problems beyond what you can see with your own eyes.

  5. The Buyer Themselves – Body language and behavior are always good indicators. And when it comes to someone who is trying to sell you a car, you should be able to tell from their behavior whether they are trustworthy and on the up-and-up. Is the person selling the car willing to answer your questions? Does he or she seem evasive? These are all important and needed information, and it should be no problem for you to get it from the seller. If it is a problem, then that is a sign that the person you are dealing with is not to be trusted, and neither is the car they are selling. Turn and walk away.

One way to always ensure that you are getting the best value and an great car is by going to Sanford and Son Junk Cars. They service all around the Atlanta area and pay your car in cash right there on the spot! No need to worry about if the car is damaged- they will work to get you the best price possible. With well educated, friendly and certified employees, you are sure to have a great experience with them.

Aquatic Survival Lessons at Swim Kids of Georgia

Swim Kids of Georgia

Aquatic Survival Lessons at Swim Kids of Georgia

I know, I know. You are reading this headline and thinking…Rachael, why are you talking about swim lessons? Don’t you know it is the end of August!

But stay with me for a minute – I know the kids are back in school and the pool and lake time is limited. However, I want you to think back over the summer.

How did you feel at the pool with your kids this summer? Were you at peace knowing they would survive if you happen to look away for a second? Or did you live in a constant state of fear this summer?  Or maybe your kids were good with swimming but they could use some technique lessons?

Today, I’m imploring you to look into what Swim Kids of Georgia has to offer. They have saved over 11,000 lives over the last 30 years with their unique survival aquatic techniques. I was able to spend some time with Nadyne, the brains & instructor behind Swim Kids of Georgia, last week talking about what Swim Kids of Georgia provides. Spending time with her was absolutely refreshing. I meet a lot of small business owners and Nadyne was one the most passionate business owners I’ve met with.

Let me give you some personal background – My 5 years old daughter, Selah learned to swim last summer with my help. But this summer, I discovered that she was an anxious swimmer. She could swim but when she got into where she couldn’t touch, the freak out began.

I decided to sign her up for some private lessons at Swim Kids of Georgia. To my surprise, after just 2 lessons from Nadyne, Selah was no longer anxious. I was very pleased with how Selah progressed. And now she LOVES swimming! She even has told me she wants to do swim team next summer. Selah will start swim stroke training with a swim coach at Swim Kids of Georgia soon. I will also say that any of the coaches at Swim Kids of Georgia work great with every age of child including babies and special needs children and adults.

Why Survival Aquatics?

Swim Kids of Georgia teaches more than swim lessons. The coaches at Swim Kids of Georgia teach water safety skills that can be used for life. And it starts with survival. Whether you are around the lake, have a pool in your backyard, or just spend time at the pool in general – survival is key. You never know when an accident might take place. Drowning is the leading cause of death in the US and it is 100% preventable with survival aquatics.

Remember – It’s not just about being comfortable in the water, it’s being able to swim and survive. Empower your child with the skills needed to safely enjoy the water.

How Does the Program Work?

Initial swimming lessons with Survival Aquatics are one-on-one, approximately 10 minutes in length, usually 4 or 5 days per week for 4-6 weeks. Each swim lesson builds upon the previous day’s lesson, so there is measurable progress each week. Every child is different and will graduate to different levels at different times. That’s what I like best about this program – it’s individualized. The coaches take their time creating a relationship with the child and teaching them personally. There are many next steps that can be taken as well such as – group classes, stroke school, etc.

What Do Others Say About Swim Kids of Georgia:

“Our 5 year old son had no fear of the water; however, he would sink and not swim. We had tried everything and everywhere. Within 20min he was actually SWIMMING! He then progressed quickly during his first Session with Nadyne and her team. We are VERY Pleased and now he LOVES swimming. He has continued to do so and is almost ready to be on a Swim Team in less than a year of learning. We recommend anyone with a child to skip the others and go straight to SwimKids! – Bethany Johnson

“I would not trust anyone other than Nadyne, Mariann, and the SwimKid’s team to teach my kids to swim. My son started with SwimKids when he was 17 months old and it has been such a blessing to our family. Our son loves the water, loves his lessons, and looks forward to getting in the pool with his teachers each week. We always attract attention at our neighborhood pool or water parks with others parents and kids commenting on his ability to swim at such a young age. I love the peace of mind that comes with knowing my son can swim float swim in a sea of kids wearing water wings and life jackets.” – Rebecca Smith

Special Offer:

Mention Cumming Local at the time of registration and receive $100 off!

Survival Aquatics

Learn More About Nadyne Siegel-Brown at Swim Kids of Georgia:

Nadyne has been teaching aquatic survival since 1987, dedicating her life to saving children from drowning. Her focus is on teaching infants, toddlers and young children proper survival skills and educating parents and caregivers on the layers of aquatic protection. Her passion is contagious, and most of her young students develop a love for swimming, which translates to a lifelong sport for health and well-being.

A message from Nadyne: Growing up in Central Florida, water has always been a huge part of my life. In 1986 I was introduced to aquatic self rescue for infants and toddlers when I enrolled my 18 month old in such a program. I was a water baby and that’s what I wanted for my son. Watching Jacob’s aquatic transformation inspired me to become an instructor. Searching for a gentler and more comprehensive approach to teaching swimming, Aquatic Specialist of Atlanta and then SwimKids of Georgia was born. Today, I am continuously honing my skills by learning new and innovative ways of teaching swimming from other instructors in the aquatics field. My young students never cease to amaze me with their aquatic abilities and their love for the water.

Over the years, I have received calls and letters from parents whose children have experienced an aquatic accident. Whether at a pool, lake, or hot tub, parents are incredibly relieved to find that their children have saved themselves. “The lessons really work!” It also gives me great pleasure to see so many of my students move on to competitive swimming both on summer and year round teams. The satisfaction gained from working with these children is the reward for all my efforts, and I look forward to waking up and going to work every day. I want to thank you for your interest in SwimKids of Georgia home of Infant Aquatic and I hope that you will take the steps to give your child the edge that could possibility save his/her life.

Connect Online with Swim Kids of Georgia: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram


Fall Registration Is Open For CDA Dance Classes

Fall Registration is OPEN for CDA Dance Classes

Cumming Dance Academy (CDA) has been a leader in dance education for over 14 years in the Forsyth, Dawson and North Fulton areas. They are committed to teaching only the highest quality in dance as well as implementing a Personal Development program into each class; CDA has become well known for their expertise in raising successful, confident and determined young people.

Fall classes may have already started at Cumming Dance Academy, but that doesn’t mean its too late to register. You can still sign up today!

Fall schedules can be found by clicking here.

“The atmosphere is family oriented, combined with spectacular shows and costumes, and a warm environment to help the girls thrive and grow into confident young ladies. The facility itself is always clean and well managed. I would recommend Cumming Dance Academy to anyone interested in introducing their child to the arts, as well as providing a fun outlet for exercise and creativity.” – Jolie D.

Why Register at Cumming Dance Academy?

Excellent Instructors: Instructors at CDA are either college graduates of prestigious dance programs, have performed professionally, have trained under CDA’s Artistic Director in the CDA Teacher’s Training Program and/or have degrees from an accredited college in the form of education or theater arts.  CDA follows a graduated syllabus for students ages 2 and up, which was created in 1998 by Owner/Artistic Director – Niki Jernigan-Watkins.

Personal Character Development Program:  CDA proudly offers a POWER WORD each month in each class.  Students discuss the importance, meaning and how they can use their POWER WORD to better themselves.

Great Prices and Schedules:  CDA follows the same scheduled closings as Forsyth County Schools, with the exception that classes are held on Early Release days, MLK & President’s Day.  CDA actually teaches 34 weeks of classes per season, building in two extra weeks in the event of inclement weather or unexpected closings.  CDA’s prices are competitive and discounts are offered to both siblings and students who take multiple classes.

For a Very Fair Make-Up Policy:  Sickness, vacations, and missed classes are expected and CDA has made it easy to make up for missed time!  All missed classes may be made up in another classtime of similar level – without a time limit!

Great & Convenient Locations:  CDA’s locations are centrally located within the heart of Cumming & Forsyth County and Dawsonville. CDA’s studios feature large dance spaces with advanced sprung floors, sibling playrooms and free wi-fi.  CDA’s 2nd location (CDA II Performance Academy) is located just two blocks away from our main hub.  With 3 studio rooms, closed circuit tv monitors and additional space for students to wait – without a doubt, CDA has provided its students with state of the art facilities.

Parent & Student Comfort is Important  Construction wasn’t complete of Miss Niki’s dream custom building before considering the student families that would be frequenting each week.  The large lobby area’s are complete with viewing windows, observation doors, cubby holes for dancers bags, water fountains and an information flat screen with all the current updates.  Convenient restrooms for families and a sibling playroom equipped with movies and toys to entertain siblings while they wait are a bonus to families who choose CDA.  CDA also offers a convenient In-House Dance Wear Boutique, “Tutu’s & Tap’s” and can supply all of your dance wear needs.


    • CDA I (Office & dancewear boutique) is located at 419 Tribble Gap Road, Cumming, GA 30040.
    • CDA II (Performance Academy) is located at 230 Elm Street, Cumming, GA  30040.
    • CDA North (Dawsonville)  192 Dawson Village Way Suite 150, Dawsonville, GA 30534.

CDA Dance Classes

More About Cumming Dance Academy:

A family oriented studio that has been a fixture in the Cumming community for over 14 years.  We pride ourselves in knowing each individual child and accommodating their needs throughout their education with us. CDA has become well known for their expertise in raising successful, confident, and dedicated young people.  We have seen dancers grow from small ballerina’s to graduating high school seniors traveling onto the next stage in their dance lives.  Once dancers join us at CDA, they stay!  We are a family here at Cumming Dance Academy, Inc.

Connect Online with Cumming Dance Academy: Website | Facebook

Using the PLAtime Box to Connect with Children

Using the PLAtime Box to Connect with Children

In the craziness of this busy fall season – how do we set aside and protect time with our kids? Personally, we try to have a family night every Friday or Saturday. During this time, we have dinner together as a family and afterwards we will play some sort of game (hide and seek, board games, or cards). A couple months ago, I stumbled upon a local company making these PLAtime Boxes. They were so kind to bring me one to check out. I incorporated the activities from the box into our family time and we absolutely loved it! I felt the concept was super unique and allowed us to easily connect as a family. And I’m so excited to share about how YOU can use the PLAtime Box to connect with YOUR children as well.

“Let our Fall PLAtime box help you infuse relational rhythm into your routines! You set aside the time and we maximize your time by handling the planning and preparation.”

The Fall PLAtime Box Contains:

  • 7 planned activities
  • All supplies needed for each activity
  • Instructions for each activity
  • A dozen extended play options


When we used the PLAtime box, I realized that this made things so much easier for me. I didn’t have to plan a thing. I didn’t have to buy anything else. And I didn’t have to gather additional items in my home. I was able to sit down with the box, pull out an activity, read the instructions, and start connecting with my kids right away!

So if you are anything like me – then you are wondering…”how does it box work?”

How Does the PLAtime Box Work:

1. ORDER: You order your box by clicking here. PLAtime has provided you with $5 off coupon. Make sure you enter the promo code: CLFALL17. {Please note – This promo expires September 15th.} 

2. EXPLORE: When the box arrives, take some time to familiarize yourself with the box and its contents. Then go ahead and set a 20-30 minute time to use the box each week moving forward. You will only use one activity per week in that window of time.

3. CONNECT: When the set time comes, you simply sit down in the living room with your family and follow the instructions on the card. You can also visit the PLAtime Blog for more ideas on how to use this system with multiple children in the home as well as how to boost sibling relationships using the activities.


Two Things to Keep in Mind:

  • The concepts are the product – not the items! The items are not a toy to keep child occupied but they are extremely common items used to build relationships. Think of it this way – the items are more like props to highlight the fun side of parent who may have otherwise been too tired to use their imagination. (Sounds like me after a long week!)
  • This box will make saying “yes” to relational play time easier because it is more interesting for you as the parent. And you don’t have to do anything except follow instructions.

Ok – are you ready to order? I can’t wait to use this Fall PLAtime box with my family. Be sure to let me know what you think!

Click here to order the Fall box

INSIDER INFO: Coming soon – An Emotions Box! Use our Emotions Box strategy to teach the children in your life emotional vocabulary. Then move beyond words into practical trial and error to find their personal favorite activities to manage their own emotions. The emotions box is set up with 4 vocabulary building activities, 1 self evaluating activity designed to be repeated at least once, and over 20 calming play options.

More Information About PLAtime:

PLAtimeAt PLAtime, we see and feel the struggle to carve time and energy to really connect personally. We recognize the urgent obligations of each day. Using items that are not necessarily toys, we connect parents and kids by simplifying PLAtime while simultaneously stretching imaginations & developing strong neural pathways.  We equip parents to routinely include PLAtime with mealtimes, bath-times, friend-time, school-time, and sports-time.

Connect Online with PLAtime: Website | Instagram | Twitter

Enrolling Now: Exceptional Childcare at Kiddie Academy Cumming

Kiddie Academy Cumming

Kiddie Academy Cumming is Enrolling Now!

A mother who passionately wanted to provide better childcare options in her community founded Kiddie Academy in 1981. The first location was in Baltimore County, Maryland. Since 1981, Kiddie Academy has continued to grow and develop. At Kiddie Academy the focus is on learning, creativity, compassion & character. They like to say that amazing starts here.

The exciting news that we are sharing today is that Kiddie Academy is coming soon to Cumming GA. This will be the third location in Georgia and first in Forsyth County. They are conveniently located at 450 Brannon Road, Cumming, Georgia. This location is close to the Collection at Forsyth.

Enrollment Offer:

And they are already enrolling students right now! If you enroll before 9/30/17 you will receive 3 weeks of free tuition. For more information on this offer, call them at 470-253-7114.

Kiddie Academy Cumming

10 Questions to Ask When Choosing Child Care:

1. Is the schedule of daily activities posted and current?

2. Does the center encourage use of outside area for learning activities as well as free play?

3. Are there leaning centers in the classrooms that allow for different types of play such as: art, library, blocks, dramatic pay, science, technology, etc?

4. Is there adequate shade available outside where the children play?

5. Is parent feedback sought and used in making program improvements?

6. Is there a daily method of communication between the teachers and parents?

7. Does the facility appear to be orderly and clean, void of clutter?

8. Does the cost of care include nutritious meals and snacks? Are menus posted?

9. Does the center have low staff turnover?

10. Does staff appear lively, smiling, and interacting in a positive manner with children?

These questions were provided by Kiddie Academy. For more questions to ask, download the “Checklist PDF” by clicking here.

Kiddie Academy Cumming

Why Parents Choose Kiddie Academy:

Highly Trained Professionals: You can rest assured knowing the staff has been highly trained and is up to date on licenses and certifications. The staff is also extremely attentive and enormously admired.

Curriculum: “Life Essentials® is an overarching philosophy that includes our programs and techniques. From family style dining to character education, our developmentally appropriate curriculum gives your child a full day of learning no matter what he or she is doing. Some of the best learning happens without your child knowing it.”

Highest Safety Standards: Kiddie Academy is proud of the safety standards we have put in places They are of the utmost highest. Your child’s safety is their number one priority.

Catered Lunch and Snacks Served Family Style: They serve snacks and a catered lunch in a family style environment where children and teachers can connect over a meal.

Open Communication Between Parents and School: From newsletters to calls, our staff is committed to keeping the conversation open.

Uniformed Preschool: The children wear uniforms at Kiddie Academy Cumming. We will give four polo shirts for the first year of enrollment (two during registration and two in the fall season).

Kiddie Academy Cumming

More About Kiddie Academy:

We realize that there are many childcare and daycare options available. Only Kiddie Academy provides the kind of care that focuses on days filled with learning and fun, the key ingredients of our Life Essentials® curriculum. We are also a nationally networked franchise, which ensures strict standards and a consistent experience for your child.

Why standards-based learning is important.

Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials curriculum focuses on social and emotional character education, and physical and cognitive outcomes which are aligned with state preschool learning standards. These standards are based on skills, knowledge and abilities that children achieve through developmentally appropriate activities and experiences.

The Life Essentials curriculum meets or exceeds the requirements of each state.

Connect Online with Kiddie Academy Cumming: Website | Facebook

Address: 450 Brannon Road Cumming, Georgia 30041
Phone: 470-253-7114