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.

Connect Online with Dr. Marchman at: Facebook | Website

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

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.

Connect with Casey Online: Blog | Twitter | Facebook 

To read more about Casey and our other contributing writers, click here.

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:

forsyth county schools

  • 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.

back to school traditions

  • 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.


  • 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

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

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

City Of Cumming Music Fest: 5 Reasons You Must Attend

History will be made in the City of Cumming on July 21st. Have you gotten tickets to be part of it yet? Don’t know what I’m talking about – please let me enlighten you! 37 Main presents the FIRST ever Music Fest at the Cumming Fairgrounds on July 21st! In our opinion, there are 5 reasons that you must attend this super fun event. Be sure to check out our VIP ticket offer at the bottom of this post. And we hope to see you there!

Five Reasons You Must Attend

# 1 – Great Music 

The music at this event will be so amazing. Everything from Eagles to 90’s pop-rock will be covered by the bands playing. Some of the bands we have set to play are: Alter Eagles (A Tribute to The Eagles), 84′ (A Tribute to Van Halen), Boogilicious (A Dance, Funk, Disco Band), Drop Tailgate (Todays Biggest Country Music RADIO Hits), Grand Paradise (Styx Tribute), 2AM (The ultimate 90s Tribute), and many others!

# 2 – Kids Enter For Free

If you have a family, you must bring them along for the kid zone area and exposure to great music. Please note – kids 12 and under will be free before 4pm and only $10 after 4pm.

# 3 – Food Trucks & Wine/Beer

Who doesn’t love food trucks? Music Fest will have a variety of food trucks available to eat at. They will take cash or credit. The confirmed food trucks so far are:  Big House BBQ ATL, The Deep South Biscuit Co. Food Truck, Cousins Maine Lobster, The Patty Wagon, Philly Connection, Mac the Cheese {Comfort} Food Truck, Let’s Taco ‘Bout It, Repicci’s Italian Ice & Gelato of Atlanta, Kona Ice Athens

# 4 – All Day Entertainment – Dancing & Karaoke 

It’s a FULL day of fun at the Cumming Fairgrounds. The doors open at 11am and the last band finishes playing at 10:45pm. Almost 12 hours of fun! There will be lots of dancing and opportunities for karaoke on the stages. Take a look at the schedule for more information on the time for that.

# 5 – Free Parking

There will be FREE parking for everyone! Between the kids being free and the parking being free, the only cost is your tickets and food.

Peek Into The Schedule

Stage 1:

11:00AM Doors Open
11:30AM – 12:10PM: Drop Tailgate
12:30PM – 1:10PM: Boogilicious
1:30PM – 2:05PM: Madam Company
2:25PM – 3:15PM: 84 A Tribute to Van Halen
3:35PM – 4:20PM: Blizzard of Ozzy
4:40PM – 5:10PM: 2AM Ultimate 90’s Tribute
5:25PM – 6:00PM: Nevermind the Nirvana tribute band
6:15PM – 6:45PM: THIN ICE
7:05PM – 8:30PM: Head Games – A Tribute to Foreigner
9:00PM – 10:45PM: AlterEagles

Stage 2:

12:00PM – 2:00PM: #KARAOKE
2:30PM – 3:00PM: The Twotakes
5:00PM – 6:00PM: Grand Paradise

Ticket Information

  • General Admission: Arrive anytime between 11am – 10pm, this ticket doesn’t allow re-entry. General Admission tickets are $19.99 a piece.
  • VIP Package: Arrive anytime between 11am – 10pm, this ticket does allow unlimited re-entry. VIP tickets are $60 per ticket {Get 10% off by using the code ‘cumminglocal’}.
    • The VIP Package includes:
      • In and Out all access pass
      • Festival T-Shirt
      • Two Adult Beverages
      • Complimentary premium meat tastings provided by Bentley’s Butcher Shop
      • Exclusive VIP viewing areas and private bars
      • Free bottled water provided by #essentia
      • Preferred parking

 Purchase your tickets

Follow 37 Main on Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | RSVP on the Facebook Event

Come to see us in the kid fun zone on July 21st!

Backyard Movie Nights: A Weekly Occurrence Because of Mosquito Joe

Backyard Movie Nights

Backyard Movie Nights: A Weekly Occurrence Because of Mosquito Joe

At our house, we are all about making memories during the summer. We have a unique situation because I (Rachael) work from home and my husband, Greg, is a teacher. For 5 1/2 weeks of the summer, we are all home together. This arrangement has had its challenges in years past, but this year has been different. The kids are getting older and we are able to do more things that we couldn’t before. This summer instead of going on a vacation, we decided to use some money to invest in items that will be used to make memories. One of those items was the equipment to do outdoor backyard movies. And after our first backyard movie night, the kids declared this MUST BE a weekly occurrence!

My favorite part is we are doing all cherished movies from Greg and I’s childhood. Movies like Lady & the Tramp, Free Willy, The Wizard of Oz, Annie, Peter Pan & many others are on our list. If you have a movie suggestion, please comment on this post and let me know! There is nothing better than our classic childhood movies!

In years past, we would never be able to do this. We had a serious mosquito problem that kept us from enjoying our backyard. You see we have a little creek behind our property that is a breeding ground for mosquitos. And well, mosquitos also love our blood so we all get destroyed if they are around. That was until we discovered Mosquito Joe and decided to prepare for spring and summer this year! Mosquito Joe’s motto is Make Outside Fun Again and that is exactly what they have done for us. Now we can sit outside for hours without getting a single bite. It’s quite amazing!

How Does Mosquito Joe Work

Mosquito Joe provides mosquito control treatment to residential and commercial customers. Their technicians are trained mosquito control experts dedicated to one thing: getting rid of mosquitoes so that you can enjoy being outside again. Outfitted with the latest gear and backed by the coordination of a top-notch support staff, their technicians in the field get the job done swiftly, thoroughly and professionally.

Take a look at their services to decide which one best suits your pest control needs:

  • Custom Barrier Sprays: Barrier spray mosquito treatments work right away – and keep working for weeks.
  • All Natural Treatments: An alternative to our barrier treatment, our all-natural service, repels mosquitoes immediately but has less adhesive properties than our synthetic spray.
  • Special Events: Your party, barbecue, wedding, reunion or any other outdoor event should be remembered for the good times, not the mosquitoes.

For more information or to get a personalized quote for your property, contact North Georgia Mosquito Joe at 770-809-3708.

Special Offer

I am excited to have a special offer to share with you, my readers! For your first spray, the cost would be $44.99 (up to 1/2 acre lot). All you have to do is register online and use the promo code –  cumminglocal.

How To Set Up Your Own Backyard Movie Night

First things first, you will need to buy a projector and a screen. Based off of price and reviews we choose the Vankyo projector and a portable 100-inch screen. It was super easy to set up. The projector can be hung from a screw or you can use the portable stand. We chose to hang the screen from a screw on our deck stairs. The projector was set up on a small stand and lifted up with books. The projector we purchased has connections for a kindle fire stick, HDMI cable, USB, or DVD cable. The options are endless to watch movies outdoors with this equipment!

QUICK TIP: We plan to purchase this projector stand to use for future movie nights.  It will make it easy to change the height of the projector. 

As I mentioned before, we are doing classic childhood movies. Here are the ones we have on our list:

  • Chronicles of Narnia
  • Karate Kid
  • Back To The Future
  • Sandlot
  • Annie
  • The Never Ending Story
  • Mary Poppins
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  • Dumbo
  • Peter Pan
  • Swiss Family Robinson
  • Matilda
  • Flipper
  • Free Willy
  • Robin Hood
  • land Before Time
  • Duck Tales
  • Bed Knobs & Broomsticks
  • Pete’s Dragon

What classic movies would you add to our list?

More About Mosquito Joe

As a family owned and operated local mosquito control business, Mosquito Joe of North Georgia cares deeply about investing our time into helping cultivate strong, healthy families in the Cumming, GA area. By treating your home for outdoor pests such as mosquitoes, fleas & ticks; we create an environment that fosters quality time outside.

Our three-week recurring mosquito spray treatments for your yard will break the breeding cycle and also provide a preventive barrier for effective mosquito control. Let us help you create family memories and traditions that will last a lifetime with our professional mosquito services.

Call our office today at 770-809-3708 | Connect with us online

Food Truck Events Forsyth County GA

Food Truck Events Forsyth County

Food Truck Events Forsyth County GA

I don’t know about you. But I’ve been a little confused as to which food truck event is on what week and where it is. Now I do have them all loaded into the website calendar, but I still wanted to know what is what. That’s why I decided to make this Food Truck Events in Forsyth County GA roundup. It’s for me and it’s for you! My hope is this will be helpful to you! I also went ahead and included some other food truck events near Forsyth County & Cumming GA.

And if you have any other food truck events to add, please contact me and let me know!

Food Truck Events in Forsyth County

Food Trucks ‘N Foco

Location: Forsyth Conference Center at Lanier Technical College, 3410 Ronald Reagan Boulevard
Dates: Third Monday of the Month (May 14th, June 18th, July 16th & September 10th)
Time: 5:30-8:30pm
Follow the Facebook Page for Weather Updates

More information – Food Trucks in Forsyth County {2018}

Food Truck Friday

Location: School Street in downtown Cumming
Dates: First Friday of each month starting May 4th
Time: 5-9pm
Details: Food trucks, music, art exhibit at the Brannon-Heard House, and more.

Follow the City of Cumming FB page for Weather Updates & Participating Food Trucks

Fridays at the Fairgrounds

Location: Cumming Fairgrounds, 235 Castleberry Road
Dates: Third Friday of the Month (June 15th, July 20th & August 17th)
Time: 6-10pm
Details: Food trucks, live music, vendors, cruise-in car show, burnout contests, kids’ inflatables and activities, hot air balloon rides (weather permitting), and more. $5 admission fee for ages 13 and up; kids 12 and under are free!

Follow the Facebook Event Page for Weather Updates & Participating Food Trucks

Food Truck Events Near Forsyth County

Alpharetta Food Truck Alley

Location37 Old Roswell St, Alpharetta, Georgia
Dates: Every Thursday
Time: 5-9pm
Details: This year, Food Truck Alley XL is bringing new food trucks to the rotation, jumbo games, and elevated music entertainment curated by Matilda’s to Old Roswell Street every Thursday evening. Grab a picnic blanket or your favorite lawn chair and come join in on the fun in Alpharetta!

Follow the Facebook Page for Weather Updates & Participating Food Trucks

Duluth Food Truck Fridays

Location: 3167 Main St, Duluth, Georgia 30096
Every Friday night from May to September 
Time: 6-9pm
: Duluth is the place to be every Friday night from May-September, 6-9pm, as Food Trucks take over Downtown Duluth along side Fridays-N-Duluth! Experience exotic flavors in a mobile vending setting with amazing local cuisine while listening to live entertainment on the Festival Stage and in Parsons Alley.
Website | Facebook Page

Smyrna Food Truck Tuesdays

Location: Taylor-Brawner Park – 3180 Atlanta Rd, Smyrna, Georgia 30080
Dates: Every Tuesday from May 1st to September 25th
Times: 5-9pm
Website | Facebook Page

Suwanee Food Truck Friday

Location: Town Center Park – Buford Hwy & Lawrenceville-Suwanee Rd, Suwanee, Georgia 30024
Dates: First Friday of the month
Times: 5:30-9:30pm
Details: Food Truck Fridays are BACK! Food trucks open at 5:30 pm and run until 9:30 pm (or until the food runs out), with live music beginning at 7 pm. Food truck line-up varies; check for the most up-to-date information.
Website | Facebook Page

Food Truck Events are part of our downloadable e-book, full of summer things to do. Download your FREE copy today!

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 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.

Students Say “Libraries Rock!” With New Summer Reading Prizes

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Students Say “Libraries Rock!” With New Summer Reading Prizes

Schools and librarians are working hard this month to help students prevent the dreaded “summer slide,” by encouraging them to register for the Summer Reading Fun program at Forsyth County Public Library.

Studies show that reading over the summer can help students retain more of what they learned during the school year and perform better when school starts again in August. A study from Dominican University even suggests that children who participate in summer reading programs have better reading scores by the end of third grade than students who did not participate.

“We even encourage preschoolers who can’t yet read independently to sign up and track the books that parents and caregivers read with them because it helps the child acquire early literacy skills and it sets them up for success when they get to kindergarten,” says Programming Manager Tracy Walker.

Over the last month, the library’s youth services team visited local preschools, elementary schools, and middle schools to lead assembly programs and talk with students about exciting changes to the summer reading program. This year’s summer reading theme is “Libraries ROCK!,” making for some very musical – and often hilarious – stories, skits, and puppet shows.

“Summer Reading in Forsyth has changed dramatically this year and the response we’ve already heard from students, teachers, and even parents, has been wonderful,” says Walker.

Instead of paper-based reading trackers, the library adopted new software that allows patrons to track their reading online. Rather than choosing one book for setting and reaching a summer reading goal, patrons can now earn points to exchange for new books, as well as a variety of other prizes.

“We want to encourage our patrons to read, but our new program also appeals to different learning styles and inspires extended learning in music, art, languages, physical activity, and helping others. These are all things you can do or learn about – for free – at the library,” adds Walker.

Registration for the summer reading program is open now on the library’s website at www.forsythpl.organd patrons of all ages are welcome to sign up, earn points, and win prizes.

When readers in preschool and grades K – 12 reach 100, 250, and 500 points, they can choose from such prizes as a small Frosty from Wendy’s, an action pass from Stars & Strikes, a Laser Quest pass, a new book, or other prizes while supplies last. Upon reaching 500 points, these participants are also entered in random drawings for such grand prizes as an eReader, Horseback Riding Adventures from Gold City Corral, Urban Escape Games passes, or a mountain bike or cruiser bike donated by Zaxby’s.

Adults who reach 500 points can enjoy the prize-winning fun, too. Adult readers will be entered in random drawings for one of several grand prize gift baskets, theater and movie tickets, services from local businesses, and eReaders.

Library leaders have been building relationships with sponsors and soliciting donations since January. Their work is evident in the nearly $30,000 worth of prize donations received from 34 local businesses and book donations from the FCPL Friends & Advocates, the non-profit organization that operates the Friends Bookstores inside the Cumming, Post Road, and Sharon Forks Libraries.

“We’re very fortunate to have a community that believes so strongly in the power of education and the importance of literacy that they’re willing to contribute so generously to the summer reading program. We’re grateful for the support we’ve received from each of our donors and sponsors,” says Walker.

Aside from registering for summer reading, it’s become a tradition for families to begin the summer with with the library’s series of Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnivals.

The Cumming Library’s Carnival will be held at the library on Wednesday, May 30 from 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and will feature performances from Cameron’s One-Man Circus and balloon art from Once Upon a Fiesta, in addition to kid-friendly carnival games and prizes.

The fun continues on Thursday, May 31 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. as the Hampton Park Library’s Carnival also celebrates the start of summer with circus performances, balloon art, and games.

Once again the Post Road and Sharon Forks Libraries are teaming up to present a Kick-Off Carnival on Friday, June 1 from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Forsyth Conferece Center, 3410 Ronald Reagan Blvd., Cumming. The event will include two family-friendly acrobatic performances by Barely Balanced, plus Mr. Michael from The Learning Groove will appear in concert at 5:00 p.m.

Admission to each of the Summer Reading Kick-Off Carnivals is free and all ages are welcome to attend. Space at the acrobatic and concert performances will be limited and early arrival is recommended.

Following the Kick-Off Carnivals, Forsyth’s libraries will present more than 400 programs before school starts again in August.

“There’s something for patrons of all ages at each of our libraries year round, but especially this summer,” explains Walker. “We’ve got a new summer book club for parents of elementary and middle school students and local celebrity angler Ken Sturdivant is teaching a series of eight classes on fishing in Lake Lanier. We’ve scheduled musical performances and art programs for children and adults, special events just for tweens and teens, plus we’ve gone all-out with the storytimes and science-based programs our young patrons love.”

Walker encourages patrons to pick up a Summer Program Guide for their preferred library branch, or check the library’s online events calendar to sort and view programs by age and location.

For more information or to register for Summer Reading Fun, please

Summer Things To Do In Forsyth County

Events at the Forsyth County libraries are part of our “65 Days of Summer” e-book. Download your copy right here – 65 Days of Summer.