Five Health Reasons To Do Functional Fitness

Five Health Reasons To Do Functional Fitness

You’re driving and get stopped at a red light. You’re thirsty and remember your water bottle is in the back seat. Being careful not to take your foot off the brake, you quickly wrench your back sideways and reach for your water bottle.

Pop. Followed by searing pain. You just threw your back out…

Has this happened to you?  I think something similar has happened to all of us at some point in life. I’m here today to explain how you can keep it from happening again. It’s two words – “Functional Fitness.”

Although the term functional fitness might seem overused in the fitness industry today—ad nauseam—there’s a reason for it.

Here’s a quick explanation of what we mean by functional fitness: It’s a way of training that forces your muscles to work together, as opposed to in isolation. In other words, it mimics the way your body needs to move during day-to-day activities in life.

We’re not saying isolation strength training is a bad thing. Bodybuilding-style lifting is definitely going to help you gain strength. But that kind of strength doesn’t lead to fluid coordination in your movements, and it will likely only hinder your mobility if it’s all you’re doing.

Basically, through training functional movements, we’re trying to get you moving the way you were able to when you were a child or even a toddler.
Think about how easy it is for a baby to get down to the floor and stand up again, and to get down and stand up without using their hands. Or remember when you were a kid and going across the monkey bars was fun? But now you hang from a bar and your joints immediately ache?

That’s what we’re trying to eliminate. We’re trying to make playgrounds fun again for you, and the best way to do this is to practice in the gym what you’re going to see in life in a way that will make life feel easy, and more importantly fun, again.

#1 -Better for your joints

Training multi-joint, multi-muscle groups puts seriously less strain on your joints than isolation work. Again, this doesn’t mean you can’t also do isolation work, but isolation on its own is much harder on your joints. Functional movements, on the other hand, will help strengthen your joints. It will also help you steer clear from joint-related injuries, like arthritis, bursitis, and tendinitis.

#2 – Better for bone density

Osteoporosis and low bone bass are considered a public health threat in the U.S. today. Close to 44 million men and women above the age of 50 suffer from osteoporosis in the U.S. alone. Weight-bearing activities and strength training are particularly good for maintaining bone density to help fend off the dangers of losing bone mass as we age.

#3 – Better at protecting from acute injuries

The hypothetical reach for your water-bottle in the car situation is less likely to happen if your body is accustomed to moving like that on the regular. From lifting your hands over your head to pulling and pushing, to squatting, hinging and carrying, training functionally helps your body be OK with doing all of these things in the real world.

It means your back won’t be shocked when you lift a heavy suitcase onto a conveyer belt at the airport, or you reach over your head to put a heavy bowl away in the cupboard.

Like the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it…We’ll make sure you keep using it.

#4 – Better at the leisure activities

So you want to go hiking, skiing, swimming with your kids and grandkids, but you’re scared you won’t be able to keep up on the ski hill and will spend the day either feeling guilty because you’re holding them back or skiing alone.

What we do here will prepare you physically and build your confidence to not just go skiing with your grandkids, but to keep up with them!

#5 – Better at life

When you’re functionally fit, you won’t need to worry about getting too old to handle the stairs in your house. You’ll be able to help lift a couch to vacuum underneath it. Carrying groceries won’t ever be a concern. In short, we’ll help keep you out of assisted living and old age home situations.
It goes without saying, this means you’ll live a longer, and more importantly, happier and more fulfilling life.

Contact us about starting your functional fitness plan today!


Jill Thornton is a mother of two, wife, and gym owner. Her passion for helping others is infectious!  She channels her passion for fitness from her athletic background as the co-owner at Cumming Strength and Fitness located just west of downtown Cumming. To learn more about Jill, click here.

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Healthy Back To School Habits From Dr. Marchman

The start of the school year brings many changes, one of which being a significant change to family schedules. It is not uncommon for these changes to throw us off track in terms of our healthy lifestyle habits. Here are some tips to help keep your family on track as this school year begins.

1. Don’t skip breakfast. Studies show that kids who eat breakfast score higher on tests, concentrate better, solve problems more easily, and have better muscle coordination. For adults, benefits include enhanced vitamin and mineral intake, weight control, increased mental clarity, and greater production at work. If you are running short on time in the morning, here are some quick options:

  • Oatmeal topped with nuts or raisins
  • Low-fat yogurt with sliced fruit or a banana
  • Whole-grain toast with almond butter

A fruit and vegetable smoothie that can be put in a to-go cup (put the ingredients in the blender the night before so all you have to do is add your frozen items and zap it in the morning)

2. Pack lunches together the night before. Allowing your child to be part of the process and decision making means they are more likely to be happy with the selections and will be more likely to eat it. It also gives you an extra set of hands to get things done, all while empowering them. It’s also one less thing you have to worry about in the morning. Pack yours while you are at it! Some ways to keep it fun:

  • Cut fruit into fun shapes
  • Have a themed lunch like certain colored foods for holidays
  • Present food differently like putting chunks of fruits, veggies, and a protein on a wooden skewer
  • Fast options: turkey and cheese roll-ups; almond butter and banana sandwiches; yogurt, fruit, and granola; leftover pasta; whole grain crackers with cheese and fruit

    3. Stay active. Running from one activity to the next leaves little time for meals as a family and homework, let alone unstructured play. Carefully consider the activities your children are involved in. Plan family time around physical activity such as bike riding, hiking, or playing soccer in the yard. Limit screen time for your children to one to two hours a day. There are all sorts of benefits that come from being active for both old and young, but a few big ones come to mind: improved energy, improved mood, enhanced learning and memory, improved concentration, better sleep, increased immune function, decrease risk for disease, and improved weight control.

4. Write everything down onto a calendar or planner. Fitting in your physical activity can be a challenge as well as finding time to prepare healthy meals. Putting all activities and obligations on a master family calendar allows you to see where you can carve out time for your own activity, as it’s so important to practice self care. Get creative. Maybe it is running around the field while your child is at soccer practice. Maybe it is taking turns as to who does drop off so you can hit the gym first thing in the morning. Maybe it is taking turns with a friend watching each other’s kids so that you can each get some physical activity in or have time to prepare dinner.

5. Get enough sleep. This goes for the entire family. Sleep is just as vital to us adults as it is to growing children. Sleep is important for learning and memory. Not getting enough sleep can lead to irritability, impatience, the inability to concentrate, and a decrease in productivity. Additionally, sleep deprivation alters immune function. Getting enough sleep leads to a happier and more efficient environment, so that your family is better able to face the challenges that a new and busy routine brings.

6. Use essential oils. From valor for those first day of school jitters to thieves for immune support to a focus roller to help your child stay on track, oils are a huge tool for back to school season. To learn more about essential oils, check out this page. You can also follow Dr. Marchman’s oily Instagram page at @dropsofhealth.

7. Get adjusted. Getting your spine aligned helps you function better, mentally and physically. And who couldn’t use a little mental and physical boost once school is back in session? Adjustments are safe and effective for the entire family and regular adjustments can make a huge difference in the overall wellness of your family.

Hopefully these tips will help you maintain your healthy lifestyle habits with the start of the school year. Here’s to a happy, healthy year for your family!


Dr. Kristin Marchman loves serving the Cumming community and assisting in educating about health and wellness.  As a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and Georgia Birth Network, 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. 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.

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5830 Clarion Street, Suite 101, Cumming, GA 30040 | 678.947.4449​

Fancy Nancy-themed Disney Junior Play Date on Saturday, August 18

Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets and Town Center at Cobb invite the community to “Fancy Nancy”-themed Disney Junior Play Date events. Aimed to entertain and delight children of all ages, the events at each center will take place on Saturday, August 18.

Disney Junior’s animated family comedy “Fancy Nancy”, which debuts July 13, centers on Nancy, a high-spirited six-year-old whose zest and enthusiasm for all that is exquisite –including language, nature, art, and color – transforms the ordinary into the extraordinary. Excited to experience what the magnificent world has to offer, Nancy uses her ingenuity and resourcefulness to exemplify that even if life doesn’t always go as planned, it’s important to make the most of each day and encourage others to do the same. Watch the new series on Disney Junior to join the fun!

During the “Fancy Nancy”-themed Disney Junior Play Date event, families will participate in a variety of activities including photo booths, craft projects and more. The fun begins at the centers during the following dates and times:

  • Mall of Georgia: Saturday, August 18 from 2-4 p.m. in Von Maur Court
  • North Georgia Premium Outlets: Saturday, August 18 from noon-2 p.m. in Sundial Court
  • Town Center at Cobb: Saturday, August 18 from 1-3 p.m. in Center Court

    Simon has created a national collaboration with Disney Junior to launch Family at Simon with Disney Junior Play Dates in approximately 100 Simon Malls, Mills and Premium Outlets across the country. Disney Junior Play Dates will be held quarterly featuring a different Disney Junior character to coincide with key shopping periods.

    About Simon

    Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

Top 3 Photo Shoot Locations Near Cumming

Top 3 Photo Shoot Locations Near Cumming

One of the number one things clients ask when they book a session with me is, “do you have any location recommendations?”

Well of I course I do, and even better I am going to share my top 3 favorite spots to shoot around the Cumming area. These places are all great for professional portrait sessions, personal photos/taking pictures of the kiddos, as well as great spots to practice if you’re just learning to shoot!

Anderson Sunflower Farm

The Anderson family grows two large fields of sunflowers every summer on their farm at the corner of Hwy 9 and Shiloh Rd. They also set out some really cool old trucks, tractors, and other farm-esque props for everyone to use. There are even an old barn and a beautiful fence that make wonderful backgrounds as well. Not only is it an awesome photography spot, but its also a fun family outing. The farm allows you to pick and purchase your own sunflowers, they are pup friendly, and they also usually have some local honey, jams, etc available for purchase!

Fees: They charge professional photographers $35/session and $10 admission for the general public. The farm is also open for professional photography sessions in the off-season. Just give them a call to let them know you’re coming and bring the $35 session fee.

Poole’s Mill Bridge Park

Technically located in Ball Ground, GA about 15 minutes from Vickery Village, Poole’s Mill Bridge Park is a great photography spot and has tons of different options for backgrounds. There is a covered bridge, a creek, and tons of seasonal foliage and trees. This park is open to the public and there is no fee to shoot there.

Birmingham Park 

Birmingham park is somewhat of a secret gem hidden on a dirt road in the heart of Milton. This park is full of overgrown fields and beautiful abandoned barn-like buildings. This park is also open to the public and is free for photography!

Drive all the way to the dead end and park in the little gravel lot. To the right, you’ll see a dirt road off to the side. Walk down that road/trail to find the fields and old buildings. I would highly recommend bringing a pair of tennis shoes/boots for walking because the trail can get muddy if it has rained recently.

 


Sarah Trulove is a local family and senior photographer, yogi, & creative. While photography is her passion, she also loves to paint, run, read, eat & sip coffee in the morning sunshine. When she started her business, she focused mainly on weddings only to realize that families are where her heart is. She’s always loved children, holds a degree in social work and child advocacy, and volunteers with children in foster care alongside her photography business.
 
In addition, to photography, Sarah is opening Village Yoga this summer in Vickery Village! 
Connect with Sarah: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Office Phone: 678 856 6313

Flavors by Julie: Malva Pudding Happiness

Malva Pudding Happiness

A little over 18 years ago, while visiting friends in the Peachtree City area, we decided to find a unique place to dine. We found a small restaurant that featured South-African food. We all enjoyed our entrees along with the time we shared together. When it was time for dessert, which I typically don’t order, I was offered a pudding named Malva, a sweet pudding of Cape Dutch origin. It contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized texture. A cream sauce is often poured over it while it is hot, and it is usually served hot with custard and/or ice-cream. I was told that many South African restaurants offer it. Some restaurants add ginger, brandy, and dates. So I ordered Malva pudding and became an instant fan.

Malva pudding remained in my mind as one of the best desserts I’ve ever had. A little over three weeks ago, while having lunch with one of my closest friends, I was pleasantly surprised when the waiter listed the desserts available at an Italian restaurant I had never visited. Imagine my surprise when the first item mentioned was Malva Pudding! An Italian Restaurant in Johns Creek featured the one dessert I loved and had not found anywhere since 1997.

“Our food will bring back memories” is Rosamia Ristorante Italiano’s slogan. How true that was for me. The restaurant features homemade delicacies including a nice range of Italian plates. The ravioli is delightful, and three choices are available: Portobello mushroom in sage Panna; Butternut with Amaretto di Saronno Sage butter; and, Ricotta with Erbe; Pomodoro or Bolognese. Pasta lovers can choose from Spaghetti, Penne, Farfalle, Linguini, and Capellini. Gluten-free pasta is available and for those who enjoy a bit of spice, all pasta can be made arrabbiata (spicy).

Their menus are available online if you want to peruse their offerings. The restaurant is small, though I consider that a plus. Reservations are always suggested and can be made by calling 770-772-6456 or via email at rosamiaitalian@gmail.com. The memories that lunch at Rosamia brought back to my mind, and heart, are simple – a quiet, lovely time when my husband (now deceased) and I enjoyed the company of great friends while feasting on a fabulous meal in Peachtree City, and the best dessert I’ve ever had – Malva pudding. I would have never thought my heart would be so happy to find it again. And yes, my tummy was very happy too!

Rosamia Ristorante Italiano
11730 Jones Bridge Rd
Johns Creek, GA 30005
770-772-6456
www.rosamiaitalian.com


Julie Brennan has been publishing My Forsyth magazine since 2010. She volunteers as part of the Kick It Up and REACH programs for MentorMe North Georgia, South Forsyth High School Culinary School Program, and the Forsyth County Schools College and Career Development Program. Julie was born and raised on the island of Vieques, Puerto Rico. We like to refer to her as the Forsyth Foodie full of local flavor!

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4 Things Dads Can Say And Do To Make Back To School Better

4 Things Dads Can Say And Do To Make Back To School Better

Back to school!

Those three words affect everyone in your house. When those words appear in stores and on screens some parents and kids jump up and down in celebration. And other parents and kids run and hide and pretend it’s not happening.

It’s happening. It is time for your kid to go back to school. I’ll give you a moment to jump up and down or run and hide.

During transitions like this, dads offer a different kind of perspective. We see things differently. Our family hears us differently. A dad’s voice is important and needs to be heard during the back-to-school season.

Your child and spouse will play off of you. They will see going back to school, their teacher, their classmates, the school, etc. better if they sense you being positive about these things.

Your words are meaningful to your family. So here are four things you can say that will make a positive difference as your child goes back to school:

1. “You are a good learner and a good friend.” Over-communicate how much you believe in your child’s ability to learn and be a great friend to their classmates.

2. “I love you and am cheering for you no matter what.” Make sure your child knows you love them and are cheering for them this school year…no matter how this school year goes. Your love does not depend on their performance at school.

3. “What was your favorite / least favorite thing about today?” Ask specific questions about how their day went. Avoid “yes” and “no” questions.

4. “Heavenly Father, I pray for…” If you pray, pray out loud with your child about their friends, teachers, schoolwork, recess, bus ride, homework, locker, _____ (whatever they’re anxious about). Don’t worry about praying out loud…you can’t mess it up.

But don’t just use your words. Use your actions. Here are four things you can do that will make back to school better this year:

1. Celebrate! Get some ice cream, go to dinner, buy a cake, throw some confetti…do something fun to celebrate your kid going back to school.

2. Drive. When possible, drive your kid to school and/or pick them up from school. The conversations that happen in the car are priceless.

3. Rest. Give your kid some down time after school. Remember, school is their version of work.

4. Help. Help your kid with homework. Yes, there will come a point when you don’t understand what they’re doing, but help until then.

Dads, a combination of your words and actions can make back to school better this year. And if you need a little extra motivation, back to school means the start of football season!


Casey Ross has been married to Julie for over 20 years and is the dad to one daughter and two sons. Casey and his family share some common loves: the Atlanta Falcons / United / Hawks, Mexican food, Hilton Head Island, and just about any kind of competition. Julie and Casey mentor engaged couples, lead married small groups, and lead small groups called Starting Point at their church. If Casey is not at home or work, you can probably find him at Chick-fil-A enjoying a Frosted Coffee and a Diet Dr. Pepper or working out.

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Back to School in Forsyth County 2018-2019

Back to School Round-UP

Back to School in Forsyth County 2018-2019

Whether you’re in the “boo-hoo” club or the “woo-hoo” club, there’s no denying it … it’s almost back to school time in Forsyth County!  The school bell will ring in just a matter of DAYS now, so it’s time to get ready for all things back to school.

Here’s our run-down:

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  • Shop for School Supplies: We have some tips for you to make shopping easier as well as back to school drives at local organizations. Click here to read more.

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  • Get Ready for Some Back to School Traditions – make back to school fun with these ideas to capture the moments!

Back to school tips for kindergarten moms

  • Read Up – if you’re sending off a kindergartner this year (like me), be sure to check out this article.  It’s an oldie but a goodie!

  • Enroll today at the Kiddie Academy of Cumming: They are offering a huge promo for their ones and twos class. Check this article and then call them ASAP!

  • Looking for a private Christian school? Check out what Horizon Christian Academy has to offer for the new school year. We recently shared an article all about why your child will flourish there.

  • Stepping Stone Montessori School: If you are looking for a unique schooling option for your children, this may be the place! They are enrolling for infants through 3rd grade. Visit their website or call them 770.205.0317 for more information.

  • Schedule a Back to School Adjustment – Be sure to keep the kiddos backs aligned and ready for a great school year!  I’ll be doing that with our friend and website sponsor Dr. Marchman at Essential Wellness.  Give her a call and let her know Cumming Local sent you!

  • Register for Fall Sports – It may be 90+ degrees outside but it’s also the time to plan ahead and get the kids signed up for Fall Sports!  Our website sponsor, i9 Sports has a full line up to take advantage of!  Click here to get started. If you want to get a peek into what it is like doing sports with i9 Sports, read this article from one of our contributing writers.

Fall Dance Programs at Footprints

  • Register for Fall Dance programs – Footprints Dance Alliance has some great offerings for the fall. You can even attend a freebie class to see how you like the studio before classes start. For more information on their programs, check out their website.

Dream Dinners Cumming GA

  • Fill your Freezer with Meals – Let’s face it fall nights are super busy. So why not make dinner easier by filling your freezer with Dream Dinner meals! Click here to read about the Dream Dinner experience.

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  • Enjoy just a little more fun – On of our favorite deal sites is stocked full of great savings right now!  So squeeze in one more night of fun before school starts and go ahead and plan for some fall fun as well!  Click here for the latest deals.

Auto Insurance Premium

  • Lower Your Auto Insurance – Find out how to lower your auto insurance premium with these tips from Craig at Southern Way Insurance Agency.

  • Sell Your Home or Buy a New Home – The Cole Team would love an opportunity to help you sell or buy a home. Read a recent article they did about how to get your home ready to sell – click here. Call Stephanie or Meriellen at 770-316-3110 for more information about selling or buying!

  • Have An End of Summer Adventure – Use any of the 100+ ideas in our downloadable and free e-book 65 + Days of Summer. 

So here’s to a great 2018-2019 School Year … Enjoy the last few days of summer and enjoy those first few days of school too!

Georgia Glamping Company: 6 Reasons To Experience Glamping This Year

6 Reasons To Experience Glamping This Year

Every summer we try to do a few activities or trips that we consider to be an adventure. In summers past, we have been to Chattanooga, Great Wolf Lodge, Putt-Putt Golf in Helen &  many others. This summer one of our adventures was glamping with The Georgia Glamping Company. Let me ask you a question – What do you know about the popular term – “glamping?”

“Glamping is a portmanteau of glamour and camping and describes a style of camping with amenities and, in some cases, resort-style services not usually associated with “traditional” camping.” {Via Wikipedia}

I’m so thrilled to be introducing you to the FABULOUS Georgia Glamping Company. They are a locally owned and operated small business right here in North Georgia. I met the owners several months ago and it’s such a joy to have the privilege to work with them. You may be asking yourself “Why do I want to experience glamping?” Well, I have 6 reasons for you to ponder on!

Our 6 Reasons To Experience Glamping

#1 – Very Little Effort Required

If you have ever done traditional camping then you know exactly what I’m talking about. Think about how long it takes to pack for a camping trip then unpack at the campsite then set up just to eventually tear down then repack only to head home and yes unpack the car. Oh my, I’m sweating just thinking about it. With Georgia Glamping Company, everything is set up for you. You simply pack clothes, food, and any other essentials you may need. When you arrive at the campsite, everything is ready for you! On our glamping trip, we were very impressed with the attention to detail. When we arrived – the diffuser was diffusing, the hanging lights were on and ready, and the a/c was running.

#2 – Treasured Memories

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”

Kid’s need to explore the great outdoors more often! That’s why camping is such a fantastic experience. There isn’t a tv or technology to play with. It’s simply family-time and the great outdoors, which is full of adventure. During our glamping, my kids loved being explorers in the woods. Their time was spent fishing from the bank of Lake Lanier, scavenger hunting, catching fireflies, roasting marshmallows, and much more! The nice thing about glamping is that you can use up every minute of your time to make memories because you don’t have to unpack, set up, or tear down. We made plenty of memories I will treasure on our glamping trip.

#3 – Comfort

I’ll be honest and transparent with you – I’m not a camper. I don’t like bugs. I don’t like being hot. I don’t enjoy roughing it. I’m not a lover of sleeping on the ground. When I found out that glamping includes an a/c or heating unit, a queen bed off the ground, and a fridge – I was totally sold! The Keurig coffee maker was icing on the cake for me! Truth be told, we glamped in the summer heat of July in Georgia. We did still deal with bugs and we were hot when we first went to sleep. However, we all got cold before morning. Isn’t that amazing!? We can hardly wait to glamp in the early fall season.

#4 – The Food

Seems crazy that food would be a reason to go glamping. But let me be clear – I do love some camping food. Everything tastes better cooked over a fire or charcoal. Hot dogs, hamburgers, scrambled eggs, sausage, roasted marshmallows…is anyone else getting hungry!? We packed supplies to have hamburgers and hot dogs for dinner, s’mores for dessert, and sausage and pancakes for breakfast.

#5 – Save Money

If you aren’t an avid camper, glamping allows you an opportunity to save money. Let me tell you how I put this together. In order to have all the supplies for camping – you would need a tent, sleeping bags, flashlights and much more. When you add in the cost to rent a campsite, you are getting into the hundreds of dollars. If you don’t go more than 4-5 times that year then you haven’t paid for the supplies. For example, we would probably only camp 1-2 times a year. Therefore it makes sense for us to just do glamping. In the end, we saved money because we haven’t purchased all the supplies needed to set up a good campsite. I know that we could rough it and spend way less, but remember what I said earlier – I’m not a roughing it kinda girl.

#6 -Relaxation

Georgia Glamping Company provides 2 hammocks for your campsite. Do I need to save anything more after that fact? All four of us (yes, even the kids) loved relaxing in the hammocks. It was so nice to lay there in the shade, swing from side to side, and watch the beautiful sun peeking through the trees. It was a gorgeous view.

A Few Tips For Your Glamping Experience

  1. If you will be glamping by Lake Lanier, you will want to pack swimsuits, kayaks, and/or fishing equipment.
  2. Three things we forgot, that I think would have been helpful, are aluminum foil, platters for food to come off the grill, and hand soap to wash our hands. There is running water at the campsite.
  3. Pack some games to bring along. We brought cards and Trouble to play just in case of rain. However, we didn’t end up playing anything except a scavenger hunt through the woods.
  4. Bring flip-flops for everyone. Those were nice to have when you were hanging around the campsite. It also made it easier to take your shoes off and put them on quickly when going in/out of the tent.
  5. Water. Pack lots of water. I packed a dozen water bottles, which I thought would be enough. But, it wasn’t. We ran out just after breakfast. It was fine for us because we headed home. I would have liked to have a few extra bottles. Better to pack too much than not enough.
  6. Depending on where your campsite is you might want to bring headlamps to walk to the bathroom. We used a good ole flashlight but I do think the headlamp would have been fun for the kids.
  7. Tick spray is very handy in Georgia! We used a combination of Doterra eucalyptus, lemongrass, and TerraShield mixed with water. If you are in need of these oils, let me know and I’d be happy to help you.

Reserving Your Glamping Experience

Are you ready to reserve your glamping experience for your family or even a date weekend? Currently, Georgia Glamping Company is reserving at the following campgrounds: Shady Grove, Shoal Creek, Unicoi, and Vogel. Their pricing starts at $129 per night and goes up from there. For more information and to look for a date, follow this link to their website. 

You can also email them directly at info@gaglamping.com.

Happy Glamping!


Georgia Glamping Company was an idea that we had while driving back from spending a long weekend at the beach, in a hotel with noisy neighbors. We talked about the idea of getting the family out of the fancy hotels, away from their technology and have them experience the outdoors much like we did when we were kids. We dreamed of unique, one-of-a-kind getaways where people can explore on their own terms.

We believe that luxury and comfort should not be sacrificed while enjoying the great outdoors. So we decided to venture out and open Georgia Glamping Company.

Connect with Georgia Glamping Company Online: Website | Facebook | Instagram

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Psalms 19:1

Give Your Children The Opportunity To Explore And Learn This School Year {2018-2019}

Kiddie Academy Cumming: Give Your Children The Opportunity To Explore And Learn This Fall

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.” ― Henry David Thoreau

I love that quote from Henry David Thoreau. I love it because I agree with what it says. Children need to explore. I believe that the Kiddie Academy gives them that opportunity. The environment at Kiddie Academy is a perfect place for your child to explore and learn this fall. Find out more about their philosophy and don’t miss the special (yet limited) fall registration promo listed below.

If you are interested in learning more, Kiddie Academy invites you to come by their upcoming open house:

When: August 4th from 10am-1pm
Where: Kiddie Academy of Cumming, 450 Brannon Rd, Cumming, GA 30041

 

Kiddie Academy’s Philosophy

At Kiddie Academy,® they believe caring and learning go hand in hand. That is why their teachers strive to deliver the most comprehensive learning and supportive environment possible. Children will learn throughout the day, including playtime, because the opportunity to learn is always present.

Kiddie Academy empowers exploration and adventures with:

  • activities that engage your child’s interest and abilities
  • nutritious meals in family style dining
  • focus on kindergarten readiness for our preschool and pre-k students
  • the Life Essentials® curriculum

Life Essentials® is Kiddie Academy’s proprietary developmentally appropriate curriculum and supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help better prepare children for life. Life Essentials gives your child a happier, healthier, more well-rounded foundation for the future. In other words, what children learn at Kiddie Academy will help to prepare them for school and for life.

At Kiddie Academy, children learn from the time they enter our academy until they leave. Throughout the day, children interact with their peers and teachers in small and large groups. They have the opportunity to learn and to discover in their developmentally appropriate learning centers, as well as outside on our age-appropriate playgrounds.

Kiddie Academy understands that two & three-year-olds want to be independent. They want to explore, touch and mimic their peers and teachers. Kiddie Academy took all of this into consideration when developing the Exploring My World curriculum.

Fall Registration Promo Offer

Registration is open for the fall season and Kiddie Academy has a special offer to share with you! Enroll in the One or Two-Year-Old classrooms by July 31st, 2018 & receive $1000.00 off. You will need to mention the promo code “Local.” {This offer is good for the first 30 people to register.}

To learn more, schedule a tour and/or enroll contact Kiddie Academy of Cumming today!

Call: 470-253-7114
Email: 
cumming@kiddieacademy.net


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

5 Reasons Your Child Will Flourish at Horizon Christian Academy

5 Reasons Your Child Will Flourish at Horizon Christian Academy

Founded in 2000, Horizon Christian Academy has seen incredible growth over the past 18 years. Located just one mile north of downtown Cumming, Horizon Christian Academy’s permanent location is situated on a 33-acre campus.

Horizon Christian Academy believes in enriching the lives of students today so they will enrich the lives of others tomorrow. By providing a Christ-centered, non-denominational education, Horizon Christian Academy focuses on individual student growth and community service.

If you are currently in the planning mode for the 2018-2019 school year we would love for you to consider Horizon Christian Academy. And to help you with your decision, HCA has provided 5 reasons why your child will flourish at our school.

#1 – Smaller Class Sizes

On average, the classes at Horizon Christian Academy have 13 students. Research shows that children will thrive in smaller classrooms. HCA believes that smaller class sizes reduce the chances of a struggling student to go unnoticed. Smaller class sizes also allow students and teachers to build strong bonds, which is something the staff at HCA values highly as it promotes better communication and therefore greater results.

#2 – Graduates Enroll in Prestigious Universities

Horizon Christian Academy has a 100% graduation rate and our Academic Deans work with each student individually with the goal of achieving HOPE eligibility upon graduation. Horizon graduates have attended Universities such as Johns Hopkins University, Penn State, UGA, UNG, University of Illinois, UC Davis, UCLA, Belmont, SCAD, Georgia Tech, Berry College, Auburn University and others.

#3 – Wide Range of Extracurricular Programs

At Horizon Christian Academy, you will find a wide variety of extracurricular programs such as competitive fine arts, academic, and sports teams. HCA has been the regional host of the National Rube Goldberg competition annually since 2015. We were the State Runners-up in the GICAA One Act Play in 2017. Horizon has had three consecutive years of individual state champions in essay writing at GICAA State Literary Competition.

Below are the GICAA State Championships:

  • Math Bowl and History Bowl (2017)
  • Varsity Boys Basketball (2014, 2016, 2017 seasons)
  • Varsity Boys Soccer (2017)
  • Middle School Geography Bee, Spelling Bee, Quiz Bowl, and Chess teams all qualified for state competitions

#4 – Your Student Receives Individual Attention

Students at HCA have the unique opportunity to be a “big fish in a small pond.” Students meet regularly with Academic Deans to discuss goals in the areas of academics, social growth and leadership, community service and other areas of interest. At HCA, students can participate and become leaders in a variety of activities and organizations that will help them achieve these goals. Each year, new clubs and organizations are born out of ideas that students bring to our administrative team. Two of our newest endeavors are a fishing team and a marketing team.

A critical time for our students to receive this individual attention is in their junior and senior years of high school. Our Academic Deans guide our students from the very beginning of their junior year as they begin to make decisions for life after high school. Students receive one-on-one counseling through the entire college application process at the beginning of their senior year. Whether their goals are larger universities, technical schools or military service, we commit to connecting our students with the best information and assistance to help them achieve success post-high school.

#5 – Community Engagement

Horizon Christian Academy is actively engaged within the community. Each grade level will go out into the community throughout the year to serve in a variety of ways. The HCA senior class focuses on servant leadership and attends Catalyst Conference at Infinite Energy Arena each year as a part of leadership development. As a school we have partnered with the following organizations in service to our community: Bags of Love meal delivery, Special Olympics, Abba House, Keeping Forsyth Beautiful, The Oaks at Hammonds, The Place of Forsyth County, and Fill Ministries (Meals on Wheels).

Want to know more? Horizon is having an Open House on July 15th and would love for you to come! Below is more information:

What: Get To Know HCA
When: July 15, 2018 2pm-4pm
Where: Horizon Christian Academy, 1270 Sawnee Drive, Cumming 30040

RSVP by clicking here 

“Our three kids are thriving at Horizon! They did great in FOCO public schools. We had nothing but positive experiences in the schools our kids attended. But our kids (two in the elementary school and one in the high school) have thrived academically, socially, and spiritually at Horizon. They have been given opportunities that have stretched them in great ways. I am so impressed by the teachers and the administrators. They have created a culture that feels like a family, truly cares about each kid, and stresses academics. We love the small class sizes. If you’re looking for a different kind of school and education, check out HCA. It’s refreshing to watch our kids go to a school where the goals are not standardized test scores and just getting to the next grade. Our kids are challenged academically and are actually learning skills that make them better at home and out in the world.” -Casey & Julie Ross

“We are so grateful for the impact the teachers and the administration made in our kids lives” -Stephen & Amanda Weed


 

More About Horizon Christian Academy

Home to approximately 225 students and 45 full and part-time staff members, Horizon Christian Academy offers a Christian-educational experience serving Forsyth and surrounding north Georgia counties. Horizon continues to be fiercely committed to the complete development of students, both educationally and spiritually, making it the perfect home for families seeking an all-encompassing education driven to foster a Christ-like character in the lives of their children.

Connect with HCA Online: Website | Facebook | Twitter

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.” Colossians 3:23