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

Blue Ridge GA: Top Places To Stay & Things To Do

Blue Ridge GA: Top Places To Stay & Things To Do

Blue Ridge GA is located in the North Georgia Mountains just about an hour and a half from Forsyth County. Did you know that more than 40 percent of the Blue Ridge GA is in the Chattahoochee National Forest? In Blue Ridge GA you will experience gorgeous mountain beauty, exhilarating hikes, whitewater rafting and much more. You may even want to add a ride on the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway to your to-do list. If you have never been to Blue Ridge GA  or you haven’t been in a while, this article will come in handy. We have laid out all the best places to stay and the best things to do.

Whatever you do, we hope you enjoy your visit to Blue Ridge GA! 

Places To Stay

Using Vacasa to book your cabin is the best route to go. You can find cabins from $89 to $620 a night. You just have to browse the available cabins that meet your budget and size needs. We have a few cabins to highlight that we think are just picture perfect!

The Sweet Spot

There’s no better way to explore the beauty of Georgia’s Blue Ridge Mountains than from the comfort of this beautifully decorated vacation rental. Enjoy a serene wooded setting, tranquil water views, a beautiful back porch with a fireplace, and a full game room, plus a peaceful location that’s only a short drive from the town of Blue Ridge proper. Everyone will enjoy the best of both worlds with this home. Fish for bass and bream in the semi-private pond (catch and release only), stretch your legs with a hike or explore the woods on horseback. You’re also close to McCaysville Park on River Street, the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway, and the Georgia-Tennessee state line, providing you with plentiful options for day trips. Start each morning out on the porch swing, where you can savor a cup of coffee and listen to the gentle sounds of wildlife. When you’re not out exploring, challenge your traveling companions to a game of Ping-Pong or foosball in the game room, curl up on the sofa with a good book, or relax by the outdoor fireplace on the back porch. You’ll also enjoy free WiFi, a fully equipped kitchen, and a large back deck with a gas grill and beautiful views of the pond below.

Find a date by clicking here or calling 706-258-3286

Leatherwood Lodge

Reset to Mountain Time with a retreat to this exceptional three-bedroom recently built cabin in the mountains of Georgia! Perched high above the treetops of the Chattahoochee National Forest, with a stunning view of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this beautiful home combines a tranquil, away-from-it-all atmosphere with modern comforts like a private hot tub, game room, and satellite TV.

Leatherwood Lodge is tucked away in a quiet corner of the Blue Ridge. With ziplining, whitewater rafting, hiking trails, and horseback riding around every corner, this home is a dream come true for nature-lovers and adventure-seekers. But it’s also the perfect spot to slow down, take in the 360-degree views, and savor the moment – whether that’s with a lively conversation around the firepit or a relaxing soak in the private hot tub. Boasting a beautiful wood interior and huge windows gazing out across the forest, this home is mountain living at its finest. Spend summer evenings outside on the wraparound deck with a cocktail or glass of lemonade, challenge your friends to a game of pool or foosball in the game room, or curl up in front of the gas fireplace with a movie on those cold winter nights. Free WiFi, central A/C, and a private washer/dryer provide all the comforts of home, while the fully equipped kitchen makes it easy to fix a hearty meal at the end of the day.

Find a date by clicking here or calling 706-258-3286

R & R Retreat

Perched high on a hillside and surrounded by breathtaking mountain views, you’ll find plenty of space to unwind at the R&R Retreat. With three levels of room to relax, read, talk, and play, this dog-friendly cabin (dogs are allowed with an additional fee) is wonderful for retreats, family reunions, and more. This cabin sits 11 miles from downtown Blue Ridge’s dining and shopping. You’re surrounded by great options for whitewater rafting, canoeing, kayaking, golfing, and other outdoor activities, too. Take in the mountain views back at the cabin from the porch swing or the comfortable rocking chairs. Warm up by the seasonally available outdoor wood-burning fireplace and make s’mores on the deck. Watch the fireflies from the lower porch’s hot tub to end the evening.

Find a date by clicking here or calling 706-258-3286

Jack Bear’s Cabin

Leave behind your worries and stretch your legs in Georgia’s breathtaking mountain country. This Blue Ridge cabin lets you enjoy fishing, hiking, and more, with modern comforts like a private hot tub and free WiFi waiting at the end of the day.

Tucked away in a quiet neighborhood with the river across the street and down a path, you’ll be far from city stress and loud noise. Trade in skyscrapers and traffic for hiking, fishing for trout and swimming in Blue Ridge Lake. After a long day out, lounge on the hammock on the deck and warm up by the outdoor fireplace.

Find a date by clicking here or calling 706-258-3286

Rich Mountain Bungalow

If you’re heading to Blue Ridge for a rejuvenating break from the day to day, come to settle in at this quintessential cabin in the woods and revel in your own private hot tub, an outdoor firepit, lovely mountain views, and more. And you’ll be happy to know that you can bring along two dogs, as well, for a small nightly fee! You’ll be located near the Aska Adventure Area, so head out for a hike or fish for trout whenever you like, or kick back in one of the Adirondack chairs around the firepit while you imbibe a glass of wine or roast marshmallows.

Find a date by clicking here or calling 706-258-3286

For more cabins, check out Vacasa for booking made easy! You can also call them locally at 706-258-3286.

Things To Do

We recommend a minimum of 2-3 days in Blue Ridge GA because there is so very much to do. However, the most important thing we can share with you is to use the time to RELAX! If being in nature brings you peace, this is the place for you. If doing adventurous activities bring you happiness, this is the place for you. If having some wine on a back porch gazing at the mountains brings you joy, this is the place for you! There is truly something for everyone. We have listed our top 20 things to do in Blue Ridge GA:

  1. Watch a sunset at Brasstown Bald
  2. See 4 states from the observation deck at Brasstown Bald
  3. Ride the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway (Only April through December)
  4. Discover many waterfalls like Heron Creek Falls, Fall Branch Falls, Despot Falls, Benton Falls & Raven Cliff Falls
  5. Visit Mercier Orchards
  6. Walk across the Toccoa Swinging Bridge
  7. Whitewater rafting on the Oconee River
  8. Take a canopy tour and zip line through the forest
  9. Go hiking on the following trails: Appalachian Trail, Springer Mountain, Blood Mountain
  10. Watch a sunset on the Appalachian Trail
  11. Check out the lakes/rivers and go fishing for trout,
  12. Fish for Trout at the Chattahoochee Fish Hatchery
  13. Go tubing on the Toccoa River
  14. Take a guided tour drift fishing on the lower Toccoa River
  15. Check out the 100 miles of shoreline on Lake Blue Ridge
  16. Visit the Swan Drive-In Movie Theater
  17. Ride Horseback on any of the mountain trails
  18. Take a scenic drive in the mountains
  19. Visit a local winery or restaurant
  20. Check out the Blue Ridge Mountain Arts Center

What would you add to this list of the top places to stay & things to do in Blue Ridge GA?


More About Vacasa:

The team at Vacasa has made it our top priority to make the world of vacation rentals a simple, stress-free experience for both owners and guests. Vacasa offers professional rental management for more than 8400 vacation homes in some of the most desirable vacation destinations in the U.S., as well as Central and South America. From laid-back beach cottages along the Oregon Coast to luxury ski chalets in Vail to tropical getaways in Belize, Vacasa offers just the right retreat for any guest.

In today’s busy world, a vacation is a precious opportunity to relax and reconnect with loved ones. Spending that valuable time in a real live home can be especially rewarding, from cooking breakfast together each morning to relaxing by the fireplace every night. Our mission is simple: to make vacation rentals easy.

Vacasa offers the unique combination of professional management in privately-owned homes, making it possible for our guests to enjoy a one-of-a-kind vacation experience without compromising on service and convenience. Our team of passionate hospitality professionals is the finest in the industry, with each Vacasa team member (from housekeepers to reservations agents to local managers) working hard to ensure that each home and every guest is well cared for.


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

How SwimKids Of Georgia Saved Sabine’s Life

Sabine started swimming at SwimKids of Georgia before she could walk. At 14 months she was taught to close her mouth and open her eyes under water, look for a hand target and flip on her back to float. She started kicking and walking at the same time about 2 weeks after her first lesson with Coach Nadyne.

“Bini” was comfortable in the water and enjoyed her time at swim lessons. Nadyne expertly taught Sabine to utilize the swim-float-swim method and the little girl had equal parts caution and confidence in and around the pool.

After several ear infections, Sabine had to take a break for a couple of weeks to have surgery. That was followed by a trip to South Africa which meant swimming lessons would be put on hold for two months.

While on vacation, Sabine enjoyed the warm summer weather on the South African coastline and spent most of her time on the beach building sand castles and eating ice-cream. Being the youngest of her cousins and family members her adventurous spirit prompted her to follow their lead. While enjoying a picnic next to the Blind River in Dana Bay (pictured at the bottom), Sabine, her brother, and cousin would run and jump into the shallow end of the river where it mouthed into the Indian Ocean. This was fun and the kids laughed as they each made a giant splash when sitting in the water.   The laughter was however very soon replaced with a panicked scream. There were only two kids visible and they were both frantically looking around for Bini. “Help” yelled Miguel. “Bini, Bini where are you, yelled her brother Julian. Sabine had ventured into the deep end of the river about 12 feet from where the grown-ups were sitting. Anyone that has ever been separated from their kid can tell you that seconds feel like hours. From under the dark water a smiling little faced popped up on her back floating, “I swimming” said Sabine. She flipped on her tummy and kicked to grab the hands of her cousin. “Again”, said Bini, “Let’s jump again”.

Sabine was 23 months old at the time and SwimKids of Georgia saved her life. Had it not been for the valuable life skill she had learned at 14 months this story could have been a very different tale with a very grim ending.

On behalf of the Meyer family, we would like to thank Nadyne and SwimKids of Georgia for making our kids safe around water. This is one of the biggest, most precious gifts I have been able to give my two children and urge all parents to invest in their children to learn how to float and swim-float-swim from a very early age.


Learn More About Nadyne Siegel-Brown (Owner) at SwimKids of Georgia:

 

Nadyne has been teaching aquatic survival since 1987, dedicating her life to saving children from drowning. Her focus is on teaching infants, toddlers, and young children proper survival skills and educating parents and caregivers on the layers of aquatic protection. Her passion is contagious, and most of her young students develop a love for swimming, which translates to a lifelong sport for health and well-being.

A message from Nadyne: Growing up in Central Florida, water has always been a huge part of my life. In 1986 I was introduced to aquatic self rescue for infants and toddlers when I enrolled my 18-month-old in such a program. I was a water baby and that’s what I wanted for my son. Watching Jacob’s aquatic transformation inspired me to become an instructor. Searching for a gentler and more comprehensive approach to teaching swimming, Aquatic Specialist of Atlanta and then SwimKids of Georgia was born. Today, I am continuously honing my skills by learning new and innovative ways of teaching swimming from other instructors in the aquatics field. My young students never cease to amaze me with their aquatic abilities and their love for the water.

Over the years, I have received calls and letters from parents whose children have experienced an aquatic accident. Whether at a pool, lake, or hot tub, parents are incredibly relieved to find that their children have saved themselves. “The lessons really work!” It also gives me great pleasure to see so many of my students move on to competitive swimming both on summer and year-round teams. The satisfaction gained from working with these children is the reward for all my efforts, and I look forward to waking up and going to work every day. I want to thank you for your interest in SwimKids of Georgia home of Infant Aquatic and I hope that you will take the steps to give your child the edge that could possibly save his/her life.

Connect Online with SwimKids of Georgia: Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

“The world is covered with water and I can’t believe how many people can’t swim. I want to change that. That’s how I change the world – one swimmer at a time.” – Nadyne Siegel-Brown

New Weekly Specials At Nido Cafe That You Must Experience Often

New Weekly Specials At Nido Cafe That You Must Experience Often

Recently, I did a poll on my instagram account asking readers to share with me their favorite place to go on a date. It was almost unanimous for Nido Cafe, located right here in Vickery Village of Forsyth County. We really are so lucky to have such a fantastic place to go to anytime we want. It’s not just for date nights. It is the perfect place for friends or couples to gather. We also have taken our kids and they enjoyed it as well! Most of us only think about Nido for coffee and breakfast. But their lunch and dinner offerings are exceptional as well.

Have you heard of the fabulous new weekly specials at Nido Cafe? If not, please let us enlighten you! There are 6 things you need to know that’s new at Nido for June. And we hope you will take advantage of these excellent specials.

  1. New Summer Hours: Nido Cafe has instituted some new summer hours. And they are effective immediately. The new schedule is: Sunday to Wednesday 7:30am–2:30pm, Thursday–Saturday 7:30–9:30pm.
  2. Thirsty Thursdays: Every Thursday starting at 7pm, you will be able to listen to live music from Billy Wilkie on jazz guitar. Also during this time, Nido offers their excellent Sangria pitchers for two on sale for $6!
  3. FUNdue Fridays: All famous fondues, both cheese and chocolate are half price. Friday is the ideal time to grab some wine and fondue. {Please note – this offer is available from 2:30-9:30pm}
  4. Seafood Saturdays: All seafood items are half price all day. Some of our favorite seafood items on their menu are Crab & Avocado Salad, Crab Cakes, Smoked Salmon Salad, or the Seafood Paella. {Please note – this offer is available from 2:30-9:30pm}
  5. Special Events & Parties: Wednesday evenings will now be reserved for special events – look for info coming soon on wine tastings, wine and cheese pairings and much more! You can also use the evenings they are not open to the public to reserve Nido for your own private party. This means it’s available Sunday – Wednesday afternoons and evenings! (Please note: semi-private parties during our regular business hours may also be available.) Click here for details on holding your event at Nido.
  6. New Food Items: One of my favorite things about Nido is that they are constantly adding new items to their fabulous menu! This month it includes: Shrimp Ceviche, Smoked Salmon Salad, BLT, Coffee Ice Cream Pie. How fabulous do all of those sound? Now the real question is which do you try first?

Those new weekly specials at Nido have me wanting to go on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Ha! Ha! But I’m serious! Also, I will say If you have never been to Nido Cafe for a dinner service, I do recommend you try it out. My husband and I had a great experience dining on the patio. You can read about our experience and opinion on why you should go to Nido for dinner on this article – Nido Cafe: 5 Reasons To Go For Dinner This Weekend


More About Nido Cafe:

We all like to eat. Not just eat though, we like to escape and feel like we have left the country for a few hours. Food and wine can take you on a journey. We like that journey. It makes us happy when Atlanta traffic gets us down. So we look for a place to roll in, tell stories that likely aren’t true and laugh until its time to go home. So we built this place because we want to hang out here. Somewhere cool.

At Nido you can experience something different and cool. So – come for breakfast and have a strawberry, basil and brie sandwich. Or maybe come for lunch and have lobster stuffed mushroom caps and a Spanish white wine. You could also come for dinner and have lamb lollypops with a red wine from Rioja that makes your toes curl. Or maybe just maybe you want hot ooey gooey chocolate chip cookies with a shot of ice cold milk. The point is you just need to get here for one reason or another. Once you get here you will understand what its all about. We can wait to serve you!

Address: 5755 Clarion Street, Cumming, GA 30040
Phone: 678-341-9695

Connect Online: Facebook | Instagram

Hours:
Sunday – Wednesday 7:30am – 2:30pm
Thursday – Saturday 7:30-9:30pm.


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

Introducing The New Vickery Village Farmers Market

vickery village farmers market

Introducing The New Vickery Village Farmers Market

We are so excited to announce a NEW Farmers Market in Forsyth County! Vickery Village Farmers Market opened on May 17th. This new fabulous Farmers Market is held every Thursday from 9am to 12pm in the Vickery Village Courtyard (5855 South Vickery Street, Cumming, GA 30040) until October 11th. Please note – This event is rain or shine.

{Also, as an added tip from me to you – you will want to go on the early side (closer to 10am) because it possible farmers might sell out of their products.}

  • What: Vickery Village Farmers Market
  • When: Every Thursday from 9am-12pm (May 17 to October 11)
  • Where: Vickery Village Courtyard – 5855 South Vickery Street, Cumming, GA 30040
  • Good To Know: If possible come early for the biggest selection. And stop by the Bramberi Farms booth to pick up your free Vickery Village Farmers Market recyclable shopping tote. Limited to the first 150 customers!

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Vickery Village Farmers Market Mission

The mission of the Vickery Village Farmers Market is to provide access to fresh, high quality, locally-produced and healthy food products to the local community. All products offered at the market will be produced by local farmers and vendors and grown or produced using
organic practices to the extent feasible.

The market standard incorporates the principles embodied under the Certified Naturally Grown (CNG) guidelines. Farmers that have received their CNG certification or USDA Organic certification will be given preference as well as those located in Forsyth County and within a 50 mile radius of Vickery Village.

To keep up with upcoming events, check out their facebook page – Vickery Village Farmers Market.

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Participating Farmers

If you are anything like me, then you want to know who will be there and what will they be carrying? Below you will find a preliminary list of the farmers that are planned to be there. Also, you should know that this list will continue to grow and as it does, we will add more farmers.

We grow vegetables, herbs and fruits with nutrient density as our goal. We focus on utilizing natural methods of agriculture that establish and build soil.

All of our products are organic and free from toxins and harmful chemicals. Each recipe is hand crafted in our very own kitchen. We ensure that you’ll experience joy from trying our products.

Growing fruits and vegetables for our community using organic practices and sustainable methods.

At Bramberi Farm we are dedicated to the production of Naturally Grown Berries, managing the crops and the entirety of the farm with sustainable agricultural practices.  Our Berry Production Practices have been accepted as Certified Naturally Grown to ensure you get the most wholesome berries on the Market.

Hydroponically grown lettuce greens including but not limited to Baby Kale, Cilantro, Bibb Lettuce, Baby Romaine, Spring Mix, Basil & Arugula. 

We bake yeast breads, sweet breads, muffins, cookies, cinnamon rolls, brownies, dips, using all natural or organic ingredients. We mill our most of our grains and some of our products are gluten free.

Cane Creek Farm produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year. With a focus on supplying seasonal produce to local families and restaurants, we offer strawberries and lettuces in the spring; squash, eggplants, and tomatoes in the summer

Leilani’s Gardens grows year round produce from cool weather vegetables to warm season vegetables. We also grow flowers like annuals, perennials, containers, herbs, succulents.

We provide fresh seafood to the Atlanta area and North Georgia Mountains. Straight from the coastal waters to your table! Some of the seafood you might expect to see available is black grouper, bay scallops, clams, catfish, mahi mahi, red snapper and much more!

We carry all kinds of gluten free baked goods that you wouldn’t know are gluten free!

At Great Harvest, we specialize in baking with whole grains including Montana Red, Summer White, Spelt, Rye, Durum and Kamut. Whole grains are a true super food offering the greatest nutritional bang for the bite. And we’re experts at making our whole grain bread taste phenomenal.

Sausage World’s entire menu of handcrafted artisan sausages includes something for everyone. From Argentine Chorizo Criollo to Swedish Korv Potato to Vegan Burger, we have an international flavor to spice up your menu. Endless possibilities begin with Sausage World! Our line of artisan-made products can be used in creating an assortment of gourmet meals. From appetizers to main dishes, Sausage World products deliver the quality and freshness you need to create delicious dishes.

Bliss Mama Wellness & Dream Dinner Cumming: The Mom’s Dream Package

Mom’s Dream Package

Two amazing local business owners and mothers have teamed up to create a fantastic Mother’s Day package. And of course I’m so happy to share all about it with you. Husbands – this year you can hit your Mother’s Day gift out the park!

Introducing Bliss Mama Wellness & Dream Dinners – located in the heart of Cumming GA and servicing the fabulous women of our county. One day Jennessa and Leslie were having lunch and talking about how they could be better together. And this idea came up of pampering local moms with a Mother’s Day dream package.

 

Bliss Mama Wellness

From Bliss Mama Wellness, you will receive a Mama’s Time Out Spa package. Which I can tell you from experience that is is AMAZING! You can read more about my experience in this article – “5 Reasons Mama Needs A Time Out”

This 90 minute Spa service  includes a full body massage, mini facial and sugar foot scrub. Regular price $125. Spa Gift certificate is valid through May 2019.

And please note – We will have a limited number of service reservations available for Mother’s Day weekend, May 12.  If you wish to schedule for this date, we urge you to call ahead ASAP.

Dream Dinners

Ok let’s talk about dinner for a minute. Have ever thought about the fact that you have to figure out what you are having for dinner 30 nights a month? I know it’s a struggle and I meal plan! But I have to say that I love what Dream Dinners does for Forsyth County. And I experienced preparing meals there and of course I have an article for you to read – “My Experience At Dream Dinners “

Dream Dinners

From Dream Dinners you will receive the following meals:

1.  Chateau Chicken with Almond Butter Sauce: A French inspired entree with smooth, buttery, toasted almond sauce drizzled over the top of golden chicken breasts.  Easy, elegant and light.

2.  Firehouse Three Cheese pasta with Meatballs: Kid favorite dinner presented in a pan for the easiest dinner prep ever!  Creamy ricotta cheese is blended with Italian seasonings, savory marinara sauce, penne pasta and juicy meatballs then topped with a mozzarella and Parmesan blend.

3.  Gaucho Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Garlic Asparagus Spears: Grilled to perfection, this seasoned pork tenderloin kicks up the flavor when topped with mild chili butter.  Paired with garlic asparagus spears for a beautiful, well rounded plate.

And as a bonus you will also get 3 ready to bake Gourmet Chocolate Chip cookies!

​Please note: There will be no substitutions or changes in sampler package. And the dinners will be pre-prepped, but cooked at home. Also each dinner serves 3. For us it has always been enough for 2 adult and 2 small kiddos. Dinners MUST be scheduled for pickup between May 3-12, 2018.

How To Order

Aren’t you ready to be pampered and have 3 meals taken care of it? Send this link to your spouse or loved ones so they can order for you – www.blissmamawellness.com/mom! This package would normally be close to $200 but they are offering it for $155. And if you’ve never been to these businesses, this will be a great opportunity to experience them both. You won’t regret it!

Happy Mother’s Day to all the Moms!


More Information about Bliss Mama Wellness & Dream Dinners:

We offer massage therapy, spa services, skincare, waxing, health coaching, life coaching, counseling and more. We serve women of every age and stage, including specializations in pregnancy, postnatal care, fertility treatment, fibromyalgia, arthritis and much more!

Connect with Bliss Mama Wellness Online: Website | Facebook

Address: 110 Samaritan Dr. Suite 202, Cumming, GA 30040 | Phone: 770-722-2711


 

Dream Dinners provides meal assembly service, making dinner time less stressful for you! Attend a session and make your own meals or choose our Made 4 You service and just pick them up!

Connect with Dream Dinners Online: Website | Facebook

Address: 539 Lake Center Pkwy, Ste 500 Cumming, GA 30040 | Phone: 770-887-4141

Pinecrest Academy Summer Camps Are Open to All

Pinecrest Academy Summer Camps Are Open to All

At our house, we love the Pinecrest Academy summer camps! Their camps build virtue, confidence and friendships while teaching new skills in a fun, safe environment. They offer sports camps and specialty camps for children ages 5 and up. And all the summer camp counselors have undergone background checks and our camp directors are CPA certified.

Last summer, my son did the Paladin Basketball Camp. He loved it so much! As his mom, I felt that it was a rich experience for him – he made new friends, learned new skills, and had tons of FUN!

Take a look at all the awesome camps they have planned for this summer. I’ve listed them out by category. Hope this helps you as you plan!

Summer Camp Offerings:

Special Interest, Just Plain Fun, and Spanish Camps

  • Camp Altius (Grades 1st – 6th ) June 4 – 8, June 18 – 22 ($225 per week)
  • Summertime Fun Camp (Ages 5-10) June 11 – 15 & July 9 – 13 ($200 per week)
  • Driver’s Ed (Ages 15 – 16) June 11 – 15 ($450)
  • Spanish Camp (Ages 5 – 10) June 18 – 22, June 25-29, July 16 – 20 ($215 full day/week)
  • Game Camp for High School (High School) June 18 – 22 ($110/week)
  • Challenge Girls Overnight Summer Camp – Write Your Story (Grades 5th – 9th) June 10 – 16 ($510 until 4/15, $550 after) (Register here)
  • Conquest Boys Overnight Summer Camp – Camp Kingdom (Grades 8th – 9th) June 4 – 8 ($215 until 5/1, $245 after) (Register here)
  • Conquest Boys Summer Camp – On Fire (Grades 5th – 7th) June 11 – 15 ($215 until 5/1, $245 after) (Register here)

Athletic Camps

  • NIKE Boys Basketball Camp (Ages 9 – 15) May 29 – June 1 (Register here) ($255)
  • Learn Archery Camp (Ages 9 – 17) June 11 – 15 & July 9 – 13 ($160/week)
    Coach V’s Sports Performance Camp (Grades 1st to 7th grade) June 4 – June 8 & June 25 – 29 ($185/week)
  • Pinecrest Girls and Boys Basketball Camp (Grades 1st to 8th grade) July 9 – 13 & July 16 – 20 ($185/week)
  • Paladin Soccer Academy (Ages 5 – 12) June 25 – 29 ($120)
  • Pinecrest Middle School Volleyball Camp (Middle School) July 16 – 20

Fine Arts

  • Pinecrest Academy Summer Band Clinic (Grades 6th – 8th) June 11 – 15 (Register separately) ($249)
  • Girls Art & Science Camp (Grades 1st – 5th) June 18 – 22 ($160)
  • Fun Kids Art Camp (Kinder – 2nd Grade) July 16 – 20 ($150)

Math, Computer and Science Camp

  • Drobots Intro to Drone Flying Missions (1st – 2nd grade) June 11 – 15  ($350/week)
  • Drobots Intro to Drone Coding Games (1st – 2nd grade) June 18 – 22  ($350/week)
  • Drobots Ultimate Drone Obstacle Challenge (3rd – 5th grade) June 11 – 15  ($350/week)
  • Drobots Drone Superhero Missions (3rd – 5th grade) June 25 – 29  ($350/week)
  • Drobots Drone Mission Mania (6th – 8th grades) June 18 – 22 ($350/week)
  • Drobots Drone Racing & Obstacle Course Challenge (6th – 8th grades) June 25 – 29 ($350/week)
  • Rocketry and Aeronautics Camp (Ages 10 – 15) June 4 – 8 & June 11 – 15 ($190)
  • Robotics Camp (Ages 10 – 15) June 18 – 22 ($225)
  • Coding + STEM Camp (3rd grade – 6th grade) May 29 – June 1, June 4 – 8, July 9 – 13, July 16 – 20 ($150/week)
  • Introduction to Engineering (Ages 10 – 15) June 4 – 8 & June 11 – 15 ($175)

Register for any of the camps online by clicking here

You can also read more about these camps by downloading the summer camp brochure. You can do that by filling this link: Summer Camp Brochure 2018

Summer Camp Before/After Care:

Pinecrest will also be offering Beforecare and Aftercare options for all summer campers this year! The summer camp coordinators, Ryan Weingart and Jonathan Oshinski, will escort each camper to and from their camps. They will be located in the Lower School Gym when it is available, otherwise campers will go to a classroom on campus. Pinecrest has three options to offer this summer:

Please note: Before and Aftercare take place every week and are open to all children that attend our camps.

Beforecare 
Fee: $50/week
Time: 7:30am – 9:00am

Aftercare 
Fee: $100/week
Time: 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Aftercare Extended
Fee: $150/week
Time: 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Registration Information:

Registration is OPEN NOW. You can register online by clicking here. 

Please note: a few of the camps require registration through another website. If you don’t find the camp you were looking for on Pinecrest’s registration page, then look back at this post. You will find a unique link next to the camp for those specific registrations. 


 Pinecrest Academy is a private Catholic school conveniently located in Cumming, South Forsyth, just minutes from Alpharetta, Johns Creek, Milton and Suwanee. We serve families of all faiths seeking a Christian education for their children.

To learn more about our educational philosophy, please visit our website or connect with us on social media – Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

You will find the Pinecrest Academy Summer Camps on our 2018 Summer Camps for Kids in Forsyth County guide.

Mosquito Joe: Preparing for Spring & Summer

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Mosquito Joe: Preparing for Spring & Summer

Let me set the stage and scene for you. You are in a fabulous mood. The sun is shining. The air is crisp. The sky is blue. It’s just a fantastically beautiful day. So you head out to your back yard for your kids to run off some energy. Then what happens? Well, in my house – the kids turn around requesting something. I’m thirty. I’m hungry. And the list goes on and on. Those requests I can manage. What I can’t manage is the amount of times my daughter, in particular, comes and says – “can we go inside? I keep getting bit by mosquitos.” And even though the day is glorious and I really want to stay outside, we reluctantly come inside and have to enjoy the outside just by open blinds.

I know this scenario doesn’t just happen to me! You’ve had a similar situation happen a time or two yourself. And I’m a big believer in oils. We have used those to repel. And they do work but they need to be reapplied often. Wouldn’t it be nice if the yard could be covered in repellant?

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Introducing Mosquito Joe

I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to introduce Mosquito Joe and their excellent service to you. I’ve already signed up. Because we do deal with a good bit of mosquito issues especially in our backyard (due to a nearby creek).

I want to share with you three things I have learned about Mosquito Joe’s.

1 – Mosquito Joe’s motto is to make outside fun again.  I love that their heart is around family time outdoors. They truly want you to not have to worry with mosquito bites while you play outside this spring and summer.

2 – The way they work is by spraying barrier spray. These treatments are done every 3 weeks. Their trained technicians treat the yard using a backpack sprayer so the spray is accurately distributed. After about 30 minutes, your yard is ready to be played on.

3 – Their products are all-natural. They will not damage your yard or anything in your yard (like playgrounds, fences, etc.). In case you are interested, here is what they had to say when I asked about what makes their product all-natural?

All of the barrier spray chemicals we use are synthetic forms of pyrethrins called pyrethroids. Pyrethrins are insecticides that are derived from a naturally occurring compound called pyrethrum found in the chrysanthemum flower. Pyrethroids are used in numerous commercial products that consumers use to control insects such as household pets insecticides, pet shampoos and sprays, and even lice shampoos applied directly to the scalp. The standard barrier spray treatment is effective on other pests such as fleas, ticks and some flies as well.

As you are preparing for spring & summer (which is right around the corner), I recommend you to give them a call for a price quote to treat your yard. The peace of mind knowing your yard has been treated will allow you to have an even better time playing outside this spring and summer.

Special Offer

In even better news, I have a special offer to share with you! 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.


More About Mosquito Joe

As a family owned and operated local mosquito control business, Mosquito Joe of Northwest Georgia cares deeply about investing our time into Mosquito Joe of North Georgia | Mosquito Sprayhelping cultivate strong, healthy families in the Cumming, GA area. By treating your home for outdoor pests such as mosquitoes, fleas and 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