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Forsyth County Fall Favorites: A To Do List You’ll Love

Forsyth County Fall Favorites

Hopefully, I’m not the only one who LOVES the fall season. I mean really loves the fall season. I love everything about it – the crispness in the air, pumpkin spice everything, football, hoodies, apple picking, corn mazes, and so much more! As I thought about my favorites, I thought it would be fun to put together a “To Do List” for this fall. This isn’t just any type of to-do list, it’s one that I think you will LOVE!

Enjoy During Specific Dates:

Warbington Farms

Visit Warbington Farms: Open from September 15 – November 3, Warbington Farms is home to all kinds of fun on the farm! They also have a lot of special events so make sure you check their website to see what is coming up.

Fall Break: This year, Forsyth County’s Fall Break is set for September 24-28. If you need plans or ideas of things to do, be sure to check out our School Break Survival Guide.  And hopefully, you will not just survive but thrive through fall break!

Play at the Park: This community fun-filled family event is a must go to on September 29 11-8pm. Everything from over 100+ vendors to food trucks to live music to riding in a tethered hot air balloon can be experienced at Play at the Park. Check out our two articles: Insider Tips to Read Before You Go  & Play At The Park Event Details

Visit Kinsey Farms:  Kinsey Family Farm is open for the fall season from September 29 – October 31. As a family, we always get our pumpkins at Kinsey Family Farm every fall. We love having a caramel apple and searching for the perfect pumpkin. Once we are home we carve it together and toast up some fresh pumpkin seeds. YUM!

The Cumming Fair: Yes! The Cumming County Fair & Festival is in town from October 4 – 14. Be sure to check our article for the daily special schedule and attractions –> All The Details You Need To Know About The Cumming Fair. 

Cumming Greek Festival: OPA! It’s time to experience the Greek culture through food, music, dance, and shops at the Cumming Greek Festival. This year it runs from October 19-21. Check our article for some insider tips. {The article will be linked soon}

vickery village farmers market

Vickery Village Farmers Market: Ever since the market opened, I have gone by weekly to get some of my groceries. I can’t help it, I just love supporting the local farms. This farmers market runs on Thursdays from 9-12pm until Dec 20th.


Enjoy Anytime:

Go To A High School Football Game: Being under the Friday night lights is so much fun for the whole family. We have links to all the school’s schedules in our article – High School Football in Forsyth County.

Hike Up Sawnee Mountain To Indian Seats From Visitors Center: In early September, we decided to take a hike from the Visitor’s Center off Spot Rd. First of all, let me tell you that this was a very hard hike. Our whole family went (kids ages 6 and 8) and made it to the top and back down. But afterward, we were totally exhausted! Check the online map to plan your hike. Also, even though it was a hard hike, the 400 calories I burned and the view from the top was worth it.

Forsyth County Parks & Recreation

Hike Up Sawnee Mountain To Indian Seats From Bettis Tribble: Now this is a MUCH easier hike. We can do it round trip as a family in about an hour. It’s still a nice workout but it’s much easier for the kids. Check the online map to plan your hike. And make sure to bring a camera, the view is gorgeous at the top!

Check Out The 20+ Playgrounds in Forsyth County: Can you believe we have over 20 parks and playgrounds in Forsyth County? We love taking this list with us and trying to visit as many as we can in one day.

Go Apple Picking: Take a road trip up north and go apple picking. Freshly picked apples are delicious! There are many places to choose from. {Tip: Make sure you check Groupon before you head out. Sometimes there is a Groupon to save you some money}

Go Through a Corn Maze Challenge

Glamping: Glamping during the fall is all the rage right now. Also, Georgia Glamping Company just added a new leading lady – Roxy the Retro. You can read about her by following this link. Now if you are ready to book your glamping trip, make sure you take a moment and read about our experience & tips with Georgia Glamping Company.

Head To The Library Nearest To You:  We have four excellent libraries (Cumming, Hampton Park, Post Road, and Sharon Forks) in Forsyth County. Every day, they have activities going on for children, teens, and adults. Check their calendar to see what’s going on today.


Enjoy At Home

  1. Make caramel apples together
  2. Bake a pumpkin pie
  3. Have a fall themed baking competition with your family
  4. Rake up the leaves and then jump in them
  5. Plant bulbs for next spring
  6. Carve a pumpkin
  7. Bake fresh pumpkin seeds
  8. Go for a walk together as a family
  9. Play football in the backyard
  10. Have a picnic outside
  11. Make a fall wreath
  12. Eat some candy corn
  13. Have a family game night outside
  14. Camp in your backyard
  15. Drink some warm apple cider

Download A Printable Copy By Clicking Here –> Forsyth County Fall Favorites

I created a bucket list for you to download and print out. You can use it as a checklist this fall. Hope you enjoy! Happy Fall, Rachael

 


Rachael Walkup has lived in North Georgia all her life. Since 2006 – The Walkup family has made Forsyth County their home. Along with being a wife and mom, Rachael is an avid blogger, social media expert, and owner of CummingLocal.com. Her time is spent promoting local events and small businesses in North Georgia.  With a background in Marketing and Sales, coupled with her experience in Project Development and Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Rachael offers consultations and classes to help clients reach their fullest potential.

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Things To Do Forsyth County {Weekend Edition}

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Things to Do Forsyth County For The Weekend Of October 12-14

Happy weekend! We finally have some fall temps here in Forsyth County. Hallelujah! Today, I am sharing the best things to do this weekend in Forsyth County.

PS – The Cumming Fair is coming to a close this weekend! Check our post for the full schedule and deals.

-Rachael

QUICK REMINDER – if you have an event or activity coming up, make sure you add it to Forsyth County’s community calendar. You can do that by clicking here.

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17 Ways to “Fall” into Fun at the Library

It may not feel much like autumn here in our corner of the world, but make yourself a pumpkin-spiced coffee and start marking your calendar for a season full of fall fun at Forsyth County Public Library.

Here’s a peek at what’s in store for those who love creating fall crafts, listening to spooky music, and curling up with a spine-tinglingly good book:

From the Sublime to the Spooky
Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30 p.m.
Sharon Forks Library

Part of the Music to Your Ears music appreciation series with Dr. Esther Morgan-Ellis of the University of North Georgia, this program shares sublime pieces by Antonio Vivaldi and Joseph Haydn, as well as music that will give you goosebumps!

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley’s ‘Dare to Scare’ and the Questions It Continues to Raise
Thursday, October 4 at 6:30 p.m.
Hampton Park Library

Lyn Froehlich of the University of North Georgia presents the first of two discussions about this creepy classic in our series on The Great American Read.

Science Fiction: Aliens, Animals, and Artificial Intelligence
Saturday, October 6 at 3:30 p.m.
Post Road Library

Dr. Austin Riede of the University of North Georgia will lead a discussion of the allegorical representations of animal, alien, and artificial life in our favorite science fiction books in our series on The Great American Read.

Adult Crafting: Felt Owls
Sunday, October 7 at 2:00 p.m.
Sharon Forks Library

Create a felt owl to decorate your home for fall! No crafting or sewing experience necessary.

Community Arts and Music: Spooky Spectacular
Sunday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m.
Sharon Forks Library

Get in the mood for Halloween with spooky songs and music in this family-friendly concert presented by the South Forsyth Middle School Chorus and other student musicians.

Día de los Muertos with Coco
Wednesday, October 17 at 1:30 p.m.
Post Road Library

Make Día-inspired crafts, play games and watch the Disney Pixar movie Coco (Rated PG).

Frankenstein Rocks!
Friday, October 19 at 2:00 p.m.
Cumming Library

Literature students from the University of North Georgia will join tweens and teens in grades 4 and up for a celebration of literary monsters. Create your very own painted rock monster masterpiece!

Murder at Skull Manor Costume Ball
Friday, October 19 at 5:15 p.m.
Sharon Forks Library

Teens in grades 6 – 12 are invited to wear their favorite costumes and help us solve the mystery of the Murder at Skull Manor.

Random Fandom: Haunted Library Maze
Friday, October 19 at 7:30 p.m.
Post Road Library

Teens in grades 6 – 12 can share their favorite chilling fandoms, tell scary stories in a deserted library, and explore our “haunted” library. Feel free to come in cosplay for your favorite fandom!

Ghost Hunting 101
Saturday, October 20 at 5:30 p.m.
Hampton Park Library

Learn about the methods and devices used during paranormal investigations from Southeastern Institute of Paranormal Research, then go on a ghost hunt in the library! Adults 18+ only, advance registration required.

Adult MakerDay: Clothespin Wreaths
Sunday, October 21 at 2:00 p.m.
Post Road Library

Create a reversible clothespin wreath using holiday-themed scrapbook paper and decorate your space for both fall and winter!

Outdoor Survival Skills with Mark Warren
Tuesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Sharon Forks Library

Mark Warren is author of Secrets of the Forest and director of Medicine Bow, a primitive school of earthlore. Our discussion will cover plant identification and medicinal uses, fire creation techniques, tracking animals, and other survival topics.

Trick-or-Treat Storytimes
All FCPL branches

Between October 25 and October 31, each branch will host Trick-or-Treat storytimes for young readers to wear their costumes and join a costume parade. Check the Event Calendar at www.forsythpl.org for specific dates and times.

TechLab: FrankenToys
Thursday, October 25 at 4:30 p.m.
Hampton Park Library

Explore circuits, robotics, programming, and animation as children ages 7 to 14 embrace their inner mad scientists and transform old toys into something new!

Library Haunted House
Friday, October 26, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 27, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sharon Forks Library

Dress in your Halloween costume and prepare for a screaming good time as you wander through spooky rooms packed with literary scares! The whole family is welcome to attend this program, but be warned, you will be spooked. Younger children may want to wait outside.

Harry Potter and the Party at the Post Road Library
Sunday, October 28 at 1:30 p.m.
Post Road Library

Wizards and Muggles of all ages are invited to catch the Hogwarts Express and join us for a celebration of all things Harry Potter! Dress in your house colors (or Death Eater best) or any costume from the Potter-verse for our costume parade.

Frankenstein: Monster and Myth
Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30 p.m.
Post Road Library

Dr. Melissa Schindler of the University of North Georgia presents the last of our discussions about this creepy classic in our series on The Great American Read.

After all that, if you’re still in search of fall fun, please visit the 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten Story Walk on the Scarecrow Trail at Warbington Farms, 5555 Crow Rd, Cumming. Our staff adapted the classic tale of The Three Little Pigs and built scarecrows representing the pigs and the big, bad wolf. If you like what you see, you can vote for the library in the Warbington Farms Scarecrow Trail contest while you’re there.

If you have questions about any of these programs, please visit the Ask Us desk at any Forsyth County Public Library branch or visit www.forsythpl.org.

South Forsyth High School Character Breakfast On Oct 20th

South Forsyth High School Character Breakfast On Oct 20th

South Forsyth High School’s DECA chapter is hosting a character breakfast with pancakes and activities to support a local charity, Bert’s Big Adventure. All profits will be donated to the charity in efforts to send children with terminal and chronic illnesses to Disney World.

This event will take place at Haw Creek Elementary School on October 20th, from 9-11am. The cost for the event will be $10 per child at the door. Parents and children under 2 are free with paid siblings. In addition to a pancake breakfast, there will be activities and games for children of all ages. Around a dozen of the most popular princesses, Jedi, and other fairytale characters will be in attendance to meet, color, and play with the children. If children want to be transformed into a prince or princess of their own, magical makeovers will be provided for $5, with full hair and makeup.

South Forsyth DECA would like to recognize the community members and local businesses who will be supporting the event, and we encourage families to support these charitable businesses. The Bach to Rock Teacher Band will be playing magical music throughout the event. Other sponsors for the event include Dream Dinners, i9 Sports, Card my Yard, Da Vinci’s Donuts, Pinspiration, and Rachel Dodd Photography.

Find the event on Facebook for more information and reminders about this event. The entire South Forsyth DECA community hopes that any family with small children will attend to support this incredible cause.

 


Bert’s Big Adventure is an organization established in 2002 by the radio show “The Bert Show.” The charity supports children with terminal and chronical illnesses by fully funding a trip for them and their family to enjoy a vacation at Walt Disney World. These families are often too busy and need to focus on other things, which leaves them no time or funds for a family vacation, which is where the organization comes in. The charity creates a community of families who are bonded through their shared experiences who create memories to last a lifetime.

Cumming Tailgate And Watch Party UGA vs FLA

Cumming Tailgate And Watch Party UGA vs FLA

North Fulton’s hottest ticket for October will be the Cumming Tailgate Party, sponsored by Troncalli Subaru of Cumming. We will be hosting a tailgate and game watching event for the University of Georgia Bulldogs vs the Florida Gators football game on October 27, 2018. The event will be held in the courtyard area at the Lakewood 400 Antique Mall in Cumming.

This will be an outdoor event complete with large screen outdoor LED TV, cornhole contests, DawgTalk broadcast on-site, music, game gear booths, and fun and games for all ages.

Gates open at 10:00am for folks who want to arrive early and set up their tailgate (Tailgate Spots are limited) and bring your own supplies just as you would on game day. Plenty of pre-game action and fun-filled tailgating with friends in an open air environment.

More Information and Tickets are Now Available Now

www.cummingtailgateparty.com or www.EventBrite.com (Search Cumming Tailgate Party) and Must Be Purchased in Advance. Tickets are just $10 per person or $50 for a Tailgate package (4 Tickets plus 10×10 tailgate spot).

TICKETS ARE LIMITED, SO REGISTER EARLY

About Taco Entertainment:
Taco Entertainment plans and hosts sporting events, on-site broadcasts and live stream video production services in North Metro Atlanta area.
Contact: Joel “JT” Thompson: tacoentertainmentllc@gmail.com
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About Georgia Bulldogs vs Florida Gators
The Florida–Georgia football rivalry annual rivalry game between the Florida Gators and the Georgia Bulldogs. The game was first played in 1915, and has been played every season since 1926, except for a war-time interruption in 1943. This match-up between SEC opponents is one of the most prominent rivalry games in college football, and has been held in Jacksonville, FL since 1933, with only two exceptions, making it one of the few remaining neutral-site rivalries in college football. The game attracts huge and has earned it the nickname of the “World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party”, although that name is no longer used officially.

Preschoolers Will Have A “Doggone” Good Time At Early Literacy Event

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Preschoolers Will Have A “Doggone” Good Time At Early Literacy Event

Leap into Literacy, a local partnership formed to help Forsyth County preschoolers develop early literacy skills for kindergarten launches into action next week for the second year of storytime and parent education programs.

The 2018 – 2019 series begins with a visit from Biscuit, the beloved book character created by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, in the cafeteria of Cumming Elementary School on Tuesday, October 9 at 5:30 p.m.

Families with preschoolers are invited to Leap into Literacy with Biscuit to enjoy dinner provided by a local donor, stories and songs in English and Spanish, and to practice simple early literacy activities. Children will have a chance to meet Biscuit, take a photo, and even receive a free book, while supplies last.

Admission to the event is free and advance registration is not required. While the program is designed for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, children of all ages are welcome to attend with a caregiver.

“Leap into Literacy is a partnership between Forsyth County Public Library, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia Highlands Medical Services, and Literacy Forsyth that started because we recognized that local families need help preparing their children for success in kindergarten,” explains Tracy Walker, Programming Manager at the library.

The program is designed to reach families with children from birth to age five with a series of four free early literacy events each academic year. The events include a storytime or puppet show program designed for preschoolers, a nutritious meal, and education activities that give parents and caregivers the ability to continue early literacy practices at home.

Other organizations agree on the importance of early literacy in preparing children for success in kindergarten.

The library just received a Community Impact Grant from the North Georgia Community Foundation in support of Leap into Literacy. Thanks in part to the grant, the Leap into Literacy with Biscuit event on October 9 will include demonstrations, hands-on activities, and take-home materials delivered in English and Spanish.

“We want to help families understand the importance of practicing the five basic skills of early literacy – reading, talking, singing, playing, and writing – with their children. Leap into Literacy events give parents tips on how easy it is to include those skills in their everyday routines at home,” explains Walker.

Leap into Literacy partners also want to help families with young children access other free and low-cost services in Forsyth County. Information about literacy, education and health services from the library, Forsyth County Schools, Georgia Highlands Medical Services, and Literacy Forsyth will also be available at Leap into Literacy with Biscuit.

For more information on upcoming early literacy events, including the next Leap into Literacy event in December, please visit www.forsythpl.org.

What I Love About Attending Horizon Christian Academy

What I Love About Attending Horizon Christian Academy

Each Horizon Christian Academy student’s story is unique to them. Today we want to highlight one student who joined the Horizon family during the spring semester of 2018. Carter Bennett is a senior at HCA who has seen tremendous growth since transitioning from public school and was so excited to share his experience at HCA.

One of the pros of public school for Carter was the opportunity to make connections with various groups of students. While the student body of Horizon Christian Academy is diverse, it certainly does not have the numbers that a typical Forsyth County public school has. “The students at HCA really do show Christ’s love. Everyone feels really welcomed.” Carter says.

With a smaller student body comes smaller class sizes, a feature Carter genuinely enjoys. “Teachers are able to give one on one attention when a student is struggling.” he said, “In public school the classes were big and it could be hard to get help if the teacher is trying to get through a lesson.”

Carter is really thriving in the smaller class setting and has even seen his GPA rise since switching to Horizon. “It’s hard to stand out in public school. I don’t feel like I just blend in at HCA.”

In addition to more one on one attention in class and through the 412 program, Horizon gives high school students and parents the option to choose advanced placement courses and even dual enroll during their last years in high school in order to complete core classes before they graduate. Some HCA students have graduated from high having completed a full year of college core classes and are able to start college taking sophomore courses.

Carter, like so many other HCA upperclassmen, has chosen to take advantage of the dual enrollment option. He is currently taking 4 courses at Truett McConnell University and plans on taking more classes next semester, putting him ahead of a majority of his peers when he begins college.

Horizon doesn’t only offer a rigorous college preparatory education; they also have an outstanding lineup of extracurricular activities. Carter Bennett is active in football, baseball, and the one-act play.

Students can also participate in cross country, basketball, seasonal plays, marching band, cheerleading, and volleyball. As a large portion of the student body, one of Carter’s favorite after-school activities during the first semester is to attend the varsity volleyball games when the Lady Warriors play at home.

With such an active student body and a staff that is focused on educating the whole student, academically, spiritually, and athletically, it’s no wonder students and parents love Horizon Christian Academy. If you and your student are looking for a school that specializes in giving each student the attention they need to succeed, contact the friendly admissions office at Horizon Christian Academy to learn how you can become part of the HCA family.


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

Tuesday Talk: Let’s Talk About Botox By It Is What We Do

Tuesday Talk: Let’s Talk About Botox By It Is What We Do

Hi, Friends! Ashley here from It Is What We Do and today, I am getting pretty candid with you all! Have you ever thought about Botox?  Maybe you’ve just been curious or had questions about it? Well, I am sharing my experience first hand with you!

Yes, I do get Botox.

I usually go every four months for my injections and typically, I get the same exact thing every time.  Mainly for these forehead lines that will not go away.  There are some great skin creams available, I have a box full of them but nothing worked quite as I wanted it to on these lines, aka valleys.  So, a little over two years ago, I thought I am going to give it a try.

Who Does It?

Let me first start out by saying, I go to a Cosmetic Dentist who is skillfully trained in Botox and we go back about 10 years.   So, when I found out she started offering it, I gave it some thought and made the appointment.  If there is anyone I would try this with, she was the one.  Having full faith and trust in her was the biggest factor for me in taking that first step.

I knew I didn’t want to look frozen or unnatural. I just wanted a little touch up on my forehead and while I am at it, let’s tackle those crows feet!  To say I was a bit nervous was an understatement, I HATE needles.  Probably like the majority of people, that thought alone made me anxious.   Let me just say, these are tiny needles.  It’s not 100% painless just a little uncomfortable.  I would compare it to tiny pinches here and there.

What happens during the procedure?

It is pretty quick.  I am usually in and out in less than 10 minutes or so.  When I go in, they put numbing cream on the areas I will have the injections.  Once it sets after a few minutes, she will have me make faces-smile, eyebrows up, frown, etc. to see where the trouble spots are.  She marks them and grabs the syringes to go to work.  Here come the tiny pinches all over my forehead, then she moves to my eyes.  I get very little around my eyes, just right where my crows feet are to tighten up a little.

As I mentioned, the majority are in my forehead.  Once she is finished, I am all done (And she’s quick!). There is no downtime afterward.  I am right back to tackle my day!  The results will appear within a few days and can take up to 14 days to see the full effect.

Side effects can vary.  Obviously, it depends on the patient and these can include mild bruising, occasional headaches, and mild soreness. I have had a couple of small bruises from the injection. Nothing major, just light bruises that fade within a few days.  That’s the worst effect I have experienced which wasn’t bad for me at all, especially once I noticed the results.

How much does it cost?

If considering Botox, you are in complete control over how much you have.  You can customize the amount to your specific needs and to your budget.  My Dr. charges per unit, so depending on how many units used, the cost can vary from patient to patient.  The average cost per unit ranges $10-$20.   I would plan on spending at least a couple hundred dollars and it can go up from there.

Please note: I am in no way a professional and this is just based on my personal experience.  Due diligence is so important to find the right provider and checking with a dr. to confirm one is a good candidate.  Ask questions!

My provider is Dr. Ashley Curington with North Atlanta Center for Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry, located in Buford.  I highly recommend her! She would welcome any questions you may have. She also has a helpful link on her website that can be found HERE.

I am really pleased with my Botox experience and absolutely love the results.  I hope this has helped provide a little insight into the procedure and please feel free to ask me any questions!

I am also happy to share before and after pics!


Learn More About It Is What We Do

Ashley
I graduated with a Marketing degree and I have always loved every aspect of it. From branding to product merchandising, I take interest in every step along the way. I am thrilled I am able to share my love of shopping and fashion finds with each of you while partnering with one of my best friends! I have been married for 12 years and have two children, a boy, 8 and girl, 12. We love to travel so along the way, I will also share some of my favorite destinations, places to stay and travel tips or recommendations.

Morgan
I graduated with a Finance degree.  I was always good at math, so this was a major I gravitated toward because for me it all clicked.  Entering this field, I found myself a little unsatisfied. So, once I had my first child I left corporate America and have not missed it at all!  Fashion has always been a huge love and interest of mine.  I really enjoy sharing things I love with others.  It is even better doing this with my best friend.  I have been married for 12 years and have two boys ages 7 and 5.  They keep me busy, but I love being able to be home with them.  I hope to share with you all ways to fit functional and affordable clothing into your life!

We love to shop and we love to travel. We try new products and look out for the perfect pieces to add to our closet. It’s time to bring the best to you. Stick with us to help you through work, wife and mommy life.

It’s What We Do.

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“I Am One” Clubs & Just One Africa

“I Am One” Clubs In & Around Forsyth County

Just One Africa truly believes in students and their ability to change the world. At the heart of all that we do you can find this to be true over and over again as we partner with students and their incredible teachers locally and nationally. Just One Africa was founded on the belief that each person CAN change the world for someone, just one person at a time. We work hard to model that in the local school systems through our “I Am One’ clubs.

What is an “I Am One” club exactly?

Ask any one of our students and they would tell you that it is a way for them to have fun with their friends while also changing the world…one bead at a time. Our clubs are at numerous schools in Forsyth and Fulton County, and we are constantly growing and being asked to be at other schools. We believe that every student has the capacity to change the world and we work to give them the tools to create change the world through volunteering with our recycled paper beaded projects. We don’t just want to share global problems or tell them our story, we want to invite them to actually be a part of changing their world locally and globally.

For every recycled paper bead bracelet or ornament that you purchase from Just One Africa, there is an amazing story woven within, and the students get to be a part of that story. While our Masai mama friends make the beads in Kenya, the beads come back to the U.S.A. and are cleaned, cut apart, strung, and assembled by a middle or high school student. This gives the student service hours but also instills in them that they can change their world. These products are then sold at events, online, and in stores with 100% of the proceeds going back to our Clean Water Program in Kenya. How cool is that?

Lately, our clubs have been taking a break from stringing bracelets and have been stringing beads on wire for our handmade ornaments with the beautiful paper beads that change the world. They do such an incredible job and it is so amazing to see them create change before or after school, once or twice a month.

Just One Africa is about equipping people to make the world a better place and what better way to do that than to invest in the next generation, support their teachers and give them all the chance to re-make the world in a tangible and world-changing way by providing clean water as they string beads.

If you have any questions about our “I Am One” clubs, please email info@justoneafrica.org. If you would like to purchase one of our world changing bracelets or ornaments you can shop in our online store: shop.justoneafrica.org

 

2019 Monster Jam® Tickets Now On-Sale

2019 Monster Jam® Tickets Now On-Sale

The Most Family-Friendly, Action-Packed Motor Sport in the World with Four-wheel Racing, Two-wheel Skills and Freestyle Competitions comes to Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the Second Year February 23 – 24

Monster Jam®, the unexpected, unscripted, and unforgettable family- friendly motorsport announced today that tickets are now on sale for the 2019 Atlanta events – its second year to dirty the still-shiny Mercedes-Benz Stadium. The 2019 season will bring a new level of high-flying, four-wheel excitement to the entire family with racing, two-wheel skills and freestyle competitions at the jaw-dropping Mercedes-Benz Stadium on Saturday, February 23, and Sunday, February 24. Atlanta Monster Jam 2019 tickets go on sale to the public Tuesday, September 25 via Ticketmaster.

Monster Jam drivers are trained, world-class male and female athletes who have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete, but the vital dexterity to control 12,000-pound machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds up to 70 miles per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motorsports action seen around the world. Now across all Monster Jam events, fans in every city will have the chance to vote for the winner in the two-wheel and freestyle competitions by real-time, in-stadium fan voting on their smartphones.

The following trucks are scheduled to appear in Atlanta: Grave Digger, Dragon-Ice, Monster Energy, El Toro Loco, Whiplash, Megalodon, Jester, Kraken, Black Stallion, Overkill Evolution, Overboard, Black Pearl. *Trucks/drivers subject to change.

Fans also have the opportunity to get up close and personal to the Monster Jam trucks and drivers by purchasing a Pit Party pass that allows them early access to the event for photo opportunities and autographs.

WHEN: Saturday, February 23 at 7 PM
Pit Party Early Access starting at 1:30 PM Pit Party from 2:30 PM – 5:30 PM
Sunday, February 24 at 3 PM
Pit Party from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM

WHERE: Mercedes-Benz Stadium – 1 AMB Drive, Atlanta, GA 30313
TICKETS: Tickets start at $20, Pit Party Early Access starts at $35 per person (SAT ONLY) General Pit Party Passes start at $20 each

Tickets & Pit Passes will be available for purchase online at Ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or in-person at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium box office.

**ticket prices subject to change – venue/ticketing fees may apply.

For more information on a Monster Jam near you, please log onto MonsterJam.com or follow us via our social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.


About Feld Entertainment, Inc.
Feld Entertainment® is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live touring family entertainment experiences that bring people together and uplift the human spirit. Properties include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Sesame Street Live!, and DreamWorks Trolls The Experience (coming Fall 2018). Across the brand portfolio, Feld Entertainment has entertained millions of families in more than 75 countries and on six continents. Visit feldentertainment.com for more information.

5 Tips For A Happy Family Photo Session

5 Tips for a Happy Family Photo Session

Humidity, wardrobe malfunctions, fussy kiddos, miserable parents. There are so many factors that can make your annual family photo sesh a total nightmare.

I’m sharing 5 tips on how to have a successful family photo session, so this year you and the fam can actually look forward to your photoshoot instead of dreading it!

  1. All about timing.
    Tired hungry kids are not going to be happy campers any time, but especially not during a photoshoot. Make sure everyone gets a good night’s rest the night before, and if your children are still napping make sure to schedule the shoot so as NOT to miss that oh-so-important naptime! It’s also a good idea to avoid scheduling your photo session too close to bedtime. Definitely make sure no one skipped a meal (including yourself!), and always bring a few snacks to the photo shoot just in case!
  2. Stop telling your kids to say cheese.
    It’s a habit. We all do it. Telling your kids, especially toddlers, to say cheese usually only gets that weird unnatural sort-of-growling looking smile. Instead, do your best to make your children laugh. Maybe tickle them a little, tell their favorite joke, make funny sounds, dance like a weirdo behind your photographer. Do whatever you have to do, just don’t say cheese!
  3. Candid is sometimes better.
    Keep in mind that everyone doesn’t have to be looking at the camera for every picture. We often get stuck on this notion that eye contact with the camera is best, but in my professional experience often the pictures parents fall in love with most are the ones where the whole family is laughing and playing with each other, looking at each other, being candid. The in-between moments are the sweetest, they’re authentic, and they show your, your children, your family’s personality. So, loosen up and enjoy your family during your session. Try not worry too much that your two-year-old isn’t looking at the camera 😉
  4. Bring water and a small towel
    Always bring water, especially if its hot outside, and if anyone (ahem, Dad, cough) has a tendency to collect droplets on their forehead bring a towel to help mop them up between pictures. You’re investing in artwork to hang in your home and cherish forever, and you want to make sure everyone looks happy and dry in the pictures on your walls 😉 PS- If your hair has a mind of its own, it might be a good idea to throw some hairspray and a brush in your bag as well to hopefully help keep your hair in line!
  5. Don’t bribe the kids…but maybe bribe Dad.
    The kids will just be thinking about their treat or toy or whatever you promised them the whole time and will be upset that it’s taking so long to get it. Dad, however, might be more willing to cooperate if there’s a steak dinner or a round of Top Golf coming. Dads, I know photo sessions aren’t your favorite, but for just an hour put on your happy face and smile for the camera! These pictures will be important to your kids when they are all grown up and you will love being able to look back at your happy little family 🙂

Cheers!
Sarah


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 opened Village Yoga this summer in Vickery Village! Learn more about Village Yoga on their website
Connect with Sarah: Website | Facebook | Instagram | Office Phone: 678 856 6313
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