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 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.

10 Things You Must Know About the Cumming Greek Festival

10 Things You Must Know About the Cumming Greek Festival

The Cumming Greek Festival celebrates its 14th year of bringing a taste of the beautiful Mediterranean paradise to Cumming and North Georgia! The 14th Annual Cumming Greek Festival starts Friday, October 19th at 3pm and goes to Sunday, October 21st at 5pm.

Sts Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene Greek Orthodox parish sponsors this wonderful event each year on their beautiful 16 acres right on Bethelview Rd. and this year the Festival celebrates 14 years as one of the largest volunteer festivals in Forsyth County with fun and fellowship for this family-friendly annual event.

Here’s What You Need To Know About The Cumming Greek Festival

#1 – Motto: The motto of the Cumming Greek Festival is “bringing more than just Greek culture to you.”

#2 – Fundraiser: This festival is a big fundraiser for the church but it’s also an opportunity for them to give back. Each year a portion of the money raised goes to local charities in Forsyth County such as Forsyth County Police Lodge #82 – Cops & Kids, Forsyth County Firefighters Benefits Fund, Literacy Forsyth & other non-profit entities! The parish is committed to our local community and helping those in need! They are also having a big fundraiser this year. You can enter to win by purchasing a $30 raffle ticket. All the information can be found by clicking here

#3 -Hours: This year the Cumming Greek Festival is on October 19th – 21s. The hours are Friday 3-9pm, Saturday 11am-9pm, and Sunday 12-5pm. Admission is $2 per adult and kids 12 and under are FREE.

#4 – Greek Culture: Attending allows you to have a unique opportunity to experience the richness of Greek culture. You will experience this through the food, music, dancing, and shops!

#5 – Greek Food: The food is so delicious! The cooks at the Cumming Greek Festival know the inside secrets to fine Greek cuisine. You can expect to see menu items like gyros, souvlaki (pork and chicken kebabs), pastichio (Greek lasagna), dolmades (grape leaves stuffed with rice), and lamb.


#6 – Greek Desserts: Did I mention dessert yet? Oh boy – let me tell you about the two best items in my personal opinion. The first being the baklava sundae. And the second is the Loukoumades, which are homemade Greek-style donuts drizzled with honey. YUM! Are you drooling yet? I am!

#7 – Greek Shopping: After you are full, make sure to walk through the market. You can find a full list of vendors for 2018, by clicking here.  The various gift stores are a shopper’s paradise, filled with a variety of Greek items like authentic Greek sailor hats, clothing, ceramics, books, icons, jewelry, gold, and handcrafted items.

#8 – Church Tours: Want to really experience Greek culture? Take a church tour! Personally, we love talking with Father Barnabas every year.

#9 – Greek Entertainment: The entertainment was one of our family’s favorite things! They had various dancing groups that performed as well as a live band. We love dancing the night away, OPA!

#10 – Children’s Activities: There is a children’s area with some activities as well. The activities that you can expect to see are a petting zoo, inflatables, and crafts. {Quick tip: make sure you bring cash for these activities}

BONUS: I know that with all the construction, you are wondering about the parking. Follow this link for all the details on parking. 


The 14th Annual Cumming Greek Festival promises to be our biggest event ever and something the whole family will enjoy. Make your plans now to attend and enjoy this outstanding community event!

For more information go to!

6 Insider Tips You Need To Read Before Attending Play At The Park

6 Insider Tips You Need To Read Before Attending Play At The Park

Play at the Park is a community festival that features kids’ activities, live entertainment, vendors and food trucks. This event is brought to you by Forsyth County Parks & Recreation and the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce.

When: Saturday, September 29, 2018
Time: 11am to 8pm
Where: Fowler Park – 4110 Carolene Way

For more details all about Play at the Park, head over to our other article: Play at the Park in Forsyth County. 

Without further ado, here are our S I X insider tips to make Play at the Park even better for you and your family…

  • The Schedule:

Vendors & Family Entertainment: 11am – 5pm

Food Trucks: 11am – 8pm

Tethered Hot Air Balloon Rides: 6pm – 8pm {Weather Permitting – see section on hot air balloons for more information on this.}

  • Shuttle Rides:

I didn’t know this so I’m assuming you might not know either! But there will be shuttle rides offered from 11-5pm to and from the parking lot. Isn’t that so fabulous? I think so! The shuttle is located at the Rec Center & Food Pavilion for pick up and drop off. {Tip: If you want a shuttle ride back to your car, make sure you get to the shuttle before it closes at 5pm. Also, please know that the event doesn’t end until 8pm (only the shuttle closes at 5pm)}

  • Entertainment & Food:

I’m excited to fill you in with a little secret – There will be over 100 participating vendors for entertainment.  {Tip: Make sure you bring cash. Some of our vendors will only accept cash. So, you will want to make sure you are prepared!} The vendors are coming in from three different categories:

     Arts & Crafts: A few examples of some you will see are Disney Princesses, Handmade Local Jewelry Makers, Henna Art, Sand Art & Much More!

     Business Vendors: A few examples that you will see in this category are Rucker Pet, Sheriff’s Office (doing a Touch-A-Truck display), Kiddie Academy (providing Face Painting), Cumming Smiles Dentistry (providing a petting zoo), and many more!

     Food Trucks: The following food trucks will be at Play at the Park – Cousins Maine Lobster, Big C’s Chicago Kitchen, Big House BBQ, Grubbin’ Out, Philly Connection, Gotta Have It, The Carnival Truck, Deep South Biscuit Co. Also, the following dessert trucks will be in attendance – Repicci’s, King of Pops, Daddy O’s Ice Cream, Kona Ice, Sweet Jeanius, Not As Famous Cookie Co

  • Hot Air Balloon Rides:

If you have ever wanted to experience a hot air balloon ride, but you were too afraid to do a full one – this is YOUR chance! First of all, if you hear nothing else but this – that would be just fine…the ride completely depends on the weather. The balloons will not fly if there is any wind.  Let me repeat. The balloons will NOT fly if there is any wind. {Tip: Because of this information, my tip is to fully disclose this information to your children. We don’t want anyone walking away disappointed and not knowing this information. Please share with your friends!}

  • Save Time:

There are two ways you can save some time before you attend Play at the Park. First, familiarize yourself with the map of the event (Download Here). That way when you get there you know exactly where you want to go! Secondly, make sure you are following Play at the Park on Facebook. They will share important information ahead of time so you might want to read up. 

  • Bring Cash:

We live in a world where we don’t need to keep cash on hand. However, for this event, I recommend you bring some cash. Especially if you want to do the hot air balloons. I know for a fact they will only accept cash. {Tip: Bring cash just in case you want to participate with a vendor that only accepts cash}

 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.

All The Details You Need To Know About The Cumming Fair {2018}

2018 Cumming Fair in Forsyth County

It’s that time of year once again for the Cumming Fair & Festival which begins on Thursday, October 4th and ends on Sunday, October 14th. This year marks the 24th year for the fair that began as a 5-day fair and now has grown to an 11-day event!

Just thinking about the fair makes my mouth water for all the delicious fair food – cotton candy, fresh popcorn, funnel cakes, giant turkey legs, and don’t forget about the deep-fried Snickers or Oreos. The calories eaten at the Fair don’t count, right?

We can’t forget about the rides and games! The famous James H. Drew Exposition returns with the world’s most progressive midway. The Cumming Fair & Festival brings over 40 rides and numerous games. It really is fun for all!

Don’t miss out on the 11 days of family fun!

Dates: October 4-14, 2018
Times: Monday – Thursday 4–10pm, Friday 4pm – Midnight, Saturday 10am – Midnight, Sunday 12:30 – 9pm

Fair Admission:
Ages 10 and under FREE
Ages 11 and up – $7.00 {Click here for details on the advance ticket sales}

{Please note: there is no re-entry. Also, admission is cash only. There will be an ATM on site}

Parking: General Parking – $5 & Handicap Parking Available – $5

Location: The Cumming Fairgrounds

*No Alcohol, Pets, or Coolers Allowed

Learn more about the rides (and ticket prices), local entertainment, Heritage Village, ground acts & concerts on the Cumming Fair Facebook page.

Daily Attractions:

The daily attractions are taking place at different times/days. Please scroll down and review each of them. {TIP: If I know my family wants to see a particular show, I make sure it will be taking place on the day we go. Then, I put it on our calendar so I don’t forget. These attractions are typically fun to watch. We loved watching Lady Houdini last year!}

The Full Schedule:

Thursday, October 4th:

  • FREE Admission compliments of Northside Hospital-Forsyth
  • $20 Per Person For Unlimited Rides (all ages)
  • School Scarecrow & Giant Pumpkin Competition Awards Ceremony

Friday, October 5th:

  • $25 Per Person For Unlimited Rides (all ages)

Saturday, October 6th:

  • FREE Admission & Rides from 10am to 11am (all ages)
  • $30 per person for unlimited rides. All Ages. 11am to 3pm (must purchase 11am to 3pm – valid all day)
  • 2017 Miss Cumming Fair Pageant, 10am-1pm.

Sunday, October 7th:

  • Senior Citizen Day – FREE Admission for ages 55 & up.
  • Free Admission & Rides for Students (18 & under) with coupon – 12:30pm to 2pm
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)

Monday, October 8th:

  • Student Night – FREE Admission 18 & under.
  • $15 Unlimited Rides (all ages)

Tuesday, October 9th:

  • Unlimited rides for $20 (all ages)
  • Concert: Confederate Railroad at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Wednesday, October 10th:

  • FREE Admission Compliments of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (all ages)
  • $20 Per Person For Unlimited Rides (all ages)
  • Marvel Superheros Shows – 5pm & 7:30pm

Thursday, October 11th:

  • Concert: Trace Adkins at 8pm (free w/ admission)

Friday, October 12th:

  • FREE Admission after 9pm with a valid High School Football Ticket Stub (Please note: The ticket stub must be for 10/12/18)

Saturday, October 13th:

  • FREE Admission AND Rides (all ages). 10am – 11am
  • Unlimited rides for $30 per person. Must purchase b/n 11am – 3pm but valid all day.
  • Chainsaw Carving Auction: 7pm Show
  • American Bull Riding Tour: 8pm Show

Sunday, October 14th – Last Chance to Visit the Fair!

  • FREE Students Admission (18 & Under) and Rides with school coupon. 12:30 – 2pm.
  • Bring 7 non-perishable canned goods and receive one FREE Adult Entry (Benefits the Feed the Hungry Forsyth, Inc.)
  • American Bullriders Tour: 6pm
  • Heroes Day: All Law Enforcement, Firefighters, First Responders and All Active, Reserved or Retired Military are admitted FREE with Valid ID.

All information believed to be accurate at the time of posting. For official information, please visit The Cumming Fair online.

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