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

The Top 5 Lawn Care Myths Debunked by USA Land Care

The Top 5 Lawn Care Myths Debunked by USA Land Care

The Top 5 Lawn Care Myths

Debunked by USA Land Care

Let’s talk some lawn care truth before the lawn care myths. We all want to have the greenest grass on the block, right? If you want to have the greenest grass, then you need to take care of your grass. Ways to take care of your grass includes, but are not limited to: cutting weekly, watering, and feeding the lawn. USA Land Care can help you with the feeding of your lawn. And we would love to give you a free quote for our maintenance program. Today we thought it would be fun to debunk some common lawn care myths that are floating around.

Lawn Care Myths

#1 – You need to water your grass heavily during the hot summer months.

During the summer months in Georgia, we will get summer showers in the afternoons. You need to make sure you are paying attention to the weather. If it’s a good soaking rain, then you may not need to water your grass the next morning. Over-watering can create shallow roots and under-watering can dry out the grass roots. We recommend that you water in the very early morning because when you water later in the day, the water is just evaporating. We also recommend that you water 2-3 times a week. The goal is for the yard to get 1 inch of water per week.

Lawn Care Myths

#2 – All grass is created equal

The truth is that all grass is not created equal. Do you know why? Well, we are going to explain it to you. First of all, it starts with the soil and all soil is not created equal. Soil contains all different types of nutrients. For this reason, before we start treating a lawn – we will do a complex soil pH test to find out what nutrients the lawn needs. Secondly, there are many different types of grass that grow in our area. You can email us at usalandcare@usalandcare.com to obtain a time for us to do a soil pH testing. We will take a sample of your soil and send it off to a lab. Once the results come back, we will go over them with you as well as complete a plan to move forward with.

Lawn Care Myths

#3 – You should bag your clippings.

Most people think that it’s best to bag your clippings after you cut your grass. But that’s actually not true. The rumor mill tells us that grass clippings contribute to thatch in your yard. The truth is that grass clippings are mostly water and they decompose rather quickly. They also provide some good nutrients to the fresh cut grass and the soil. 

Lawn Care Myths

#4 – Lower your blade to cut your grass very short like a golf course.

The golf course grass is cut super short so it only makes sense to cut your grass short too, right? Actually no! The proper height actually depends on the season. And don’t think a shorter cut yard means less cutting. Grass that is cut too short is more susceptible to weeds, drought, and even heat damage. And you don’t want to leave your grass too long because then you open it up to disease and an ideal habitat for insects. Here is a good rule of thumb – you never want to remove more that 1/3 of the total grass length. To find exactly what length to cut your grass, you can search by your specific grass type. During summer, it’s best to let your grass be a little longer so it can hold on to moisture. 

Lawn Care Myths

#5 – The most important time to fertilize your yard is in the spring season.

There are actually two times a year that are very important to the health of your grass. The first time is late spring just before your grass kicks into full gear. And the second time is late summer or very early fall. And you are in luck because we can help you with this. With our maintenance services – we will help control weeds, fertilize the grass, control lawn disease, and much more. Contact us directly to get a free and personalized estimate.

We hope you have enjoyed these top five lawn care myths being debunked by USA Land Care. If you are looking for a lawn care service, USA Land Care would love to be your company. With over 20 years of experience, USA Land Care will exceed your expectations and get your yard gleaming as the greenest on the block!

USA Land Care Offer:

When you call for a personalized quote, be sure to mention you heard about USA Land Care from Cumming Local. As a Cumming Local reader, you will receive $25 off your first treatment. 

More About USA Land Care:

We have been in business in the Cumming, Georgia area since 1997. We have grown to be a true competitor in the lawn care industry. Over the course of two decades, we have added new staff members with proper certifications, as well as new equipment that allows us to keep our costs down for our customers.

It is our duty to ensure the health and beauty of your yard and to do so in a way that you are 100% satisfied. Our goal is to transform your yard into part of your home. Enjoy inviting family and friends over with confidence, knowing that your yard is gorgeous!

Connect with USA Land Care Online: Facebook | Website

NOW ENROLLING for Fall Dance Programs at Footprints Dance Alliance

Fall Dance Programs at Footprints

NOW ENROLLING for Fall Dance Programs at Footprints Dance Alliance

It’s hard to believe that we are already thinking about all things fall. But the reality is that back to school and fall programs are right around the corner. Since we are talking about fall, let’s talk about the fall dance programs at Footprints Dance Alliance. Whether you are looking for a new sport for your child or you have been looking for a new studio to join, we think Footprints Dance Alliance is the place for you to call home!

Why Choose Footprints Dance Alliance?

At Footprints Dance Alliance – their focus is on faith, family, and dance. They work to perform with purpose for His glory. In a culture where the focus is not any of those things, Footprints offers a safe environment for their dancers. {Disclaimer: Footprints Dance Alliance is not a church, but they are a place where people can come to be loved, accepted, and lifted up in their daily lives.} Footprints Dance Alliance also makes sure that their students are always modestly dressed and only uses age appropriate and conservative music and choreography.

As a mom of two kids, this concept of providing a fun and safe environment is very important to me. My daughter is 5 years old and going into Kindergarten. And I can’t wait for her to start dancing at this fabulous dance studio. And the fall dance programs at Footprints Dance Alliance is a great place to start.

Fall Dance Programs at Footprints

Fall in Love with Footprints Freebie Classes:

Exciting news – your children can do a free trial class through their Footprints Freebie Classes. In August, they will have several options for your child to attend:

  • Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo (Ages 6-7): August 14th 4:30-5:30pm
  • Creative Movement (Ages 2-3): August 15th 4:00-4:45pm
  • Ballet/Tap Combo (Ages 4-5): August 16th 4:00-5:00pm
  • Ballet/Tap/Jazz Combo (Ages 8-9): August 17th 5:30-7:00pm

Cumming Local Special Discount:

Offer: Register before August 1st and receive the registration fee waived ($25 Value) and 10% off the first month’s tuition (tuition offer available until September 2nd)

How to Redeem: Use Promo Code LOCAL17 on the online registration page

See what others are saying about Footprints Dance Alliance:

As a former faculty member turned Dance Mom, I highly recommend Miss Bonnie (the owner/director) and her outstanding instructors. They choose music and costumes that are uplifting and appropriate for children, and encourage the dancers to use their talents for a higher purpose than just competing and performing. The recitals are fun and well-directed, and the studio environment is welcoming and friendly. – Darcy P.


This studio is more than a place to dance. It’s home to some of the most talented, passionate dancers lead by the inspirational and gifted, Bonnie Dixon! If you’re looking for a dance studio that focuses on strong technique, excellent showmanship, and operates in a professional manner with integrity, then Footprints is for you! -Jaime T.

fall dance programs at footprints

More About Footprints Dance Alliance:

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

Connect with Footprints Dance Alliance Online: Website | Facebook

Unique Gifts Worth Giving From Naturally Curated

Unique Gifts Worth Giving From Naturally Curated

From the most conscious brands…In a perfectly packaged experience

Weddings, birthdays, new babies, graduations, retirements, mother’s day, father’s day…the list could go on and on with all the gift giving times. And I don’t know about you but as the years pass it gets harder and harder to come up with a great gift idea. I will confess that most of the time I settle for giving a gift card. Yet I always think there has got to be a better way! Today it’s an honor to introduce you to Naturally Curated. A new local company being run right here in Forsyth County. And as you know I have a deep love and passion for sharing about local businesses.

“Naturally Curated’s mission is to provide quality products and a unique experience for our customers.” – Elizabeth Hood, owner & operator

Quality Products: We deliver the best products we can find!  We seek out natural, local, organic, American-made, fair trade and eco-friendly products, as much as possible.  This same philosophy is applied to our office practices and packaging, too!

Unique Experience: Our goal is to build long-term relationships.  We want you to be excited about your purchases, understand the product benefits, and expand your knowledge of clean living and eco-friendly practices.  We would love to help you individualize your purchase and make the process simple; we are here to support you and those you care about.

Discount Offer for Cumming Local Readers

I’m pleased to offer a special discount code for you to use. This code will give you 20% off your order.

The promo code is CUMMINGLOCAL20.

You will need to enter the promo code at check-out. This offer is valid until July 31st.

Now that you have been introduced. What’s the next gift you need to get? Give Naturally Curated an opportunity to provide the perfect, unique & quality gift for your friends, family, or business partners.

Insider Information: Naturally Curated has gifts already put together on their website. But they can also create customized gifts. You can reach out to them directly for more information on this. Whether you need a meaningful gift for your employees or a special gift for a friend going through chemo or your father-in-law’s retirement, Naturally Curated will take excellent care of you.

Check out Naturally Curated today! 

As a mom of two little ones and a wife to an executive husband, Elizabeth knows it’s important to make informed purchase decisions. Decisions that help keep her family healthy, and her house a place of respite for our bodies (that get bombarded with toxins daily). Her goal is to help your family and friends also make informed decisions that result in a better quality of life. This is her passion. That’s why she offers quality products and a unique experience.

Connect Online with Naturally Curated: Website | Facebook | Instagram 

Summer Learning Tips from Pinecrest Academy!

Summer Learning Tips from Pinecrest Academy!

Research has shown that most students risk some degree of learning loss in the summer months. But the end of a school year doesn’t have to mean that learning stops. The relatively unstructured days of summer are perfect for family activities and adventures that keep learning fresh and practice necessary developmental skills, all while having fun together.

Below are a few suggestions for some fun summer learning:

  1. Develop and Practice Essential Skills. Summer provides great opportunities to teach kids important life skills, like how to read a recipe, sort laundry, tie their shoes, make a grocery list, load the dishwasher or write a letter. Being able to follow several steps in a process is an essential developmental skill that translates to success in school. Make a list of three new skills that your children could learn this summer, and challenge them to follow all the steps to success!
  2. Read, Read, and Read. Kids lose an average of two months of reading skills over the summer, but there are many ways to prevent this by incorporating reading and writing into your summer plans. If you are traveling this summer, have your child help you plan the trip by researching the place you will visit, plot the trip on a map, and act as a tour guide by providing the family with fun facts along the way. Choose a read-aloud book that both you and your child will love, and read a little together each night. Stop along the way to predict what will happen next. Discuss the plot, unfamiliar words, and the choices the characters make. These reading comprehension strategies will make your child a stronger reader and provide some sweet “together time.”
  3. Break out the Board Games and Puzzles. Board games and puzzles are excellent ways to develop critical thinking skills! Teach your kids those board games you loved as a kid, especially the ones that involve word or math skills. Pop some popcorn and break out Scrabble, Uno, Boggle, or Monopoly. For a fun twist, use the same game boards, but have your child make up new games and come up with new rules. Puzzles are also great for learning and practicing fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, shape recognition, and patience. See how many puzzles the family can do in one summer!

Keeping brains engaged with summer learning will insure both a fun summer with your kids and a “brain boost” as they enter the new school year!

Laura Kelley is the Dean of Students for 3rd-5th Grade and a 5th Grade Teacher at Pinecrest Academy. She is also the mother of four Pinecrest graduates. Laura can be reached at lkelley@pinecrestacademy.org.

More About Pinecrest Academy:

Pinecrest Academy is a private Catholic school serving Pre-K through 12 students. We provide an atmosphere of academic rigor and critical thinking, while offering personalized attention in a Christ-centered environment of faith and reason

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Disclosure: This blog post was originally published on the Pinecrest Academy website.


Tips From The Cole Team: How to Get Your Home Ready To Sell

Cole Team

How to Get Your Home Ready To Sell in Forsyth County

The following post is from Cole Team Real Estate. Today they are sharing their tips on how to get your home ready to sell! If you or someone you know is looking to buy or sell, call the Cole Team. Let their family move yours!

Get your home ready to sell with some simple tips from the real estate team you voted best in Forsyth County 3 years in a row, the Cole Team! With over 45 years of experience selling homes, these ladies have gathered a proven list of to-do’s to help you get your home ready to sell quick and for top dollar.

TIP #1: First Impressions Count: Make Buyer’s Want a “Second Date” Before They Open the Front Door

  • Spruce up your yard with new pinestraw/mulch
  • Color your front porch with potted plants
  • Give your lawn some love – trim & prune plants and mow the lawn
  • Paint and clean the front door
  • Polish or replace the front door knob
  • Powerwash the driveway and siding
  • Clean and/or paint your mailbox or invest in a new one, if needed

    TIP #2 – Let Buyer’s Visualize Living There – Create a Model Home Experience

  • De-personalize your home – pack up those family pics
  • Clear off your countertops – less is more!
  • Neutralize your paint – say goodbye to bold colors
  • Clear the clutter to make your space look bigger – spend time staging rooms
  • Pack it up! Keep closet floors free of items
  • Rent a storage unit
  • Donate items you don’t need to a Local Charity.
  • Find a hidden spot for pet bowls, crates, litter boxes, etc.
  • Add light spa-like scents throughout home

    TIP #3 – Win the Beauty Contest & Make Your Home Irresistible

  • Wash your windows and keep screens off
  • Maximize the light in your home – open shades or drapes to let the sunshine in
  • Use Mr.Clean Magic Eraser to remove minor spots and scuffs on walls
  • Show off pretty wood floors and tile – use rugs sparingly
  • Tidy unfinished basement and garage
  • Clean out gutters
  • Make sure all light bulbs are working

    TIP #4 – Work With The Pros

  • Utilize professionals to make sure your home is ready to find its new family
  • It’s your biggest investment – choose a team with experience and a strong track record to reach the right buyers and negotiate the best price for your home

More about the Cole Team:

Cole Team

The Cole Team, Meriellen Cole Arenz and Stephanie Cole Patterson, is a full-time mother/ daughter led team with over 45 years of experience dedicated to tenaciously protecting their client’s interests. They epitomize integrity, energy, hard work, and creative service in every detail of a real estate transaction. They have earned respect in the North Atlanta community not only for their unparalleled professional track record and high ethical standards but for being an honest, hard working team that does absolutely everything in their power to ensure their client’s success. They have worked in every aspect of the industry representing sellers, buyers, and investors in the residential market. To learn more about this mother/daughter team, watch this video.

Connect with the Cole Team online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Phone: 770.316.3110

Once Upon A Child Cumming Ga & Forsyth County

Save BIG with Once Upon A Child Cumming!

I’m thrilled to be able to share with you all about Once Upon a Child in Cumming GA. If you haven’t been to Once Upon a Child Cumming – I recommend you go check them out ASAP! Last week, I had the opportunity to go by the store with some clothes and toys to sell and a list of items to buy. Before I go into my experience, let me share with you an excellent video (that the owner, Steve, filmed) which gives you a sneak peek into the store:

An Experience at the Cumming Store

Like many of you, we did a major spring cleaning a few weeks ago at my house. Most of the things we didn’t need anymore, I donated to the local charities in Forsyth County. However, there were a few things that I thought I might be able to sell. I gathered them up and headed to Once Upon a Child (located across from Kohl’s and Target at Market Place Blvd, Cumming). Upon arriving I was greeting by friendly staff, who gave me plenty of instructions. While I waited for them to look through my clothes and toys, I browsed the store. The biggest thing I noticed is that the store is organized beautifully. My favorite part was the shoe section. IOt was incredibly easy to find my children’s sizes and it just looks nice all organized that way in bins. Here’s a photo-

All of the clothes were organized by gender, size, and then color. This store was perfection to me because of how I like things nice and neat. But I thought the organized by color was an added bonus. If you are looking for a red shirt, it’s easy to find them! Bows – did I mention the bows? They are also a GREAT deal at $1.99 a piece!

The toys section was also easy to look through. All of the toys and books are organized by type – learning, musical, etc.

About this time I was called up because they were done looking at my stuff. To my surprise, they took a little over half of it. Note – it wasn’t a lot of stuff. But I earned around $20! Once Upon a Child has reasonable prices as well. I was able to purchase 2 pairs or flip flops (name brand and with tags), sunglasses, shorts, and a few shirts using my credit plus $4. Now that is a DEAL!

Daily Deals

Speaking of deals, Once Upon a Child has daily deals all through the week. Be sure to follow them on Facebook to be reminded of them.

Wacky Wednesdays – They always post the special on their Facebook or Instagram accounts. But it could be anything from $5 off to 25% off and everything in between.

Contests – Currently, they are running a contest to win a $100 gift card for mother’s Day. Click here to enter

Once Upon a Child

More About Once Upon a Child Cumming:

It has always been Steve and Beth Warres’ dream to open a children’s store. Beth has been a second grade teacher for many years and Steve has owned many restaurants throughout the years. Together they create a friendly customer environment that focuses on great service. Their pledge is to be the best customer service store in the market.

Once Upon a Child Cumming strives to offer a fun and convenient way to sell any gently used items. Whether you’re buying or selling, they would love to help you find what you’re looking for. They offer cash on-the-spot for items they select that meet current style as well as safety and condition standards. They maintain high merchandise standards by thoroughly inspecting all toys and equipment for any safety recalls.

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Location: 1562 Market Place Blvd Cumming, GA 30041 (Located across from Kohl’s and Target)
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Pilates and Wine Tasting Event at Studio Lotus {Spring}


Studio Lotus is Hosting a Pilates and Wine Tasting Event on May 19th

We’ve hosted several Girls’ Night Out events at Studio Lotus with Talk of the Table. They have been so successful that Studio Lotus is having them quarterly this year!

The event is open to everyone. So, bring your girlfriends or make it a date. Either way you are in for some fun! Studio Lotus and Talk of the Table have teamed up to make a great night out! We will start with a Pilates class and then a special wine tasting from Amy at Talk of the Table. Be sure to call Studio Lotus Forsyth to get registered TODAY!

Event Details:

Date: Friday, May 19th
Time: Instruction beginning at 6pm (Note: please arrive approximately 15 mins in advance)
Cost: $20* (includes private party event, a Pilates class, wine tasting from Talk of the Table, and lots of FUN!)
Location: Studio Lotus Forsyth – 410 Peachtree Parkway, Suite 4106, Cumming, Georgia 30041
Registration: Call Studio Lotus Forsyth to reserve your spot with payment – 770.888.0048

*This is a discounted rate for the Cumming Local readers, courtesy of Studio Lotus and Talk of the Table. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Space is limited and this event is expected to sell out! So definitely book EARLY!!*

This Night Out is Brought to you by:

Studio Lotus

Studio Lotus Forsyth

Phone: 770.888.0048
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Talk of the TableTalk of the Table

Phone: 678.965.4003
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To Register:

Space is limited and should be reserved in advance.

To reserve your spot and register for the May event, please call Studio Lotus Forsyth at 770.888.0048.

Let them know you want to sign up for the Night Out Event on May 19th.

They’ll accept your payment over the phone and reserve your spot!

Hope to see you there!