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Giveaway reminder and Boardroom Grand Opening!

8 Apr

Remember that this Thursday, April 12 at midnight is the deadline to register to win a deluxe men’s haircut package worth $60 at The Boardroom.  Comment HERE to enter!

Also that day, you are invited to the Grand Opening of the Brighten Park location where there can enjoy refreshments and check out the salon.  See details below:

 

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Giveaway! ~ Boardroom Salon for Men

3 Apr

Boardroom Salon for Men opened its second location in the Atlanta-area on March 9th. The new location is located at Brighten Park, a shopping center at the intersection of North Druid Hills and Briarcliff Roads, just off I-85 and near Emory University.

Before I set about to offer you or the man (or little guy) in your life the chance to experience the royal treatment at The Boardroom, I decided to take my big little man in for a treat to see for myself.  Spoiler alert: he LOVED it!

The salon is luxurious and the customer care superb.  Cold beverages (including beer) are offered as part of your service and care and time are taken to greet you and converse about the style you are seeking and what might work best for your hair type.  A custom cut, a spa-like wash and condition, and then a unique and flattering style are all a part of the Boardroom experience.

Check out the photos and decide for yourself if this isn’t the coolest option for a modern man’s haircut out there!

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Thanks to Boardroom manager TK and her staff for a wonderful afternoon with my son.  Be sure you say Amber sent you when you visit.

Comment below before midnight on April 7th and let me know what your vote for my son’s next hair-style should be to enter a giveaway just for my readers. One lucky randomly chosen winner will receive The Benchmark, which includes a haircut plus 15 minutes of relaxing spa services (a value of $60!!!).

Wife Swap is searching for Modern Families in the ATL!

2 Apr

Have you ever wondered if the grass is greener on the other side of the fence?

Do you want to see what you can learn from a family or teach a family that is different than your own?

Do you need to take a break from your family because you feel under appreciated?

Wife Swap is searching for all types of modern families in the greater Atlanta area. Your family does not need to be the “traditional” mother/father nuclear family, they are looking for all types of families.

And GUESS WHAT? There IS COMPENSATION FOR FAMILIES SELECTED FOR THE SHOW and there is a $250 finder’s fee if you refer a family that makes the show! Just make sure the applicants mention your name to the casting directors!

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If you and your loved ones are ready to embark on a journey that will ultimately strengthen your own bond as a family, please apply TODAY at wifeswapcasting.com 

 

 

Black Thumb, Love Plants

15 Feb

I adore being outside.  The fresh air, the sunshine, or even the cool humidity of a misty rain.  Nature is my thing and that’s why living in Atlanta’s fairly temperate climate is such a good fit for my family.  The other thing I love about being outdoors is the opportunity to enjoy flowers, plants, trees, and all things living.

Unfortunately, I do not have a green thumb.  I am aware of the benefits of live plants for mental and physical health.  Truth be told, even if my house had great natural light, I would probably still struggle to keep plants and flowers alive.  But, at my house which is surrounded by dozen of huge hundred year old trees, I have almost zero percent chance of plant survival success.

That’s where artificial plants that appear real and are attractive and fit in with my decor come in.  Until recently, I was convinced that all “fake plants” looked like they were purchased in the clearance aisle of a big-box chain store.  Then, I came upon the products at PermaLeaf® and I was floored by the options on the website, and I couldn’t wait for the piece I chose to be delivered.  I got it yesterday- on Valentine’s Day!- and it was a real treat.  The plant looks even better and more natural in person, in my opinion.  What do you think?

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I love canvas!

9 Feb

If you’ve ever been to my house, you know I am a photo junkie.  I have photos of my kids printed on different materials as the primary wall decor in my home.  I love that there is no glare from glass covering the image and even better that canvas is so lightweight.

Well, as you can imagine, when Photowall contacted me to see if I’d like to check out one of their products, I was all over it.  At first, I tried an image that unfortunately did not have a high enough resolution, so I was initially disappointed.  Next, I tried an image that was a photo of my husband and me.  The resolution was great, but I had a particular wall in mind for the canvas and is would require a pretty large size.  I almost clicked “order” when my husband (both jokingly and seriously) asked, “do you think anyone really wants to look at an almost lifesize image of the two of us on the wall?”.  Thank goodness he caught me because when I realized how ridiculous it would have been, I couldn’t stop giggling.  So, instead of trying to find a photo to have printed, I changed gears all together.

In addition to the traditional sites that allow you to print your own images on canvas, Photowall has some super cool wall murals and canvas options.  Once I dug into those, to be honest, I couldn’t choose.  Did I want a landscape, a piece of art, something contemporary, or an architectural image?

Once I found this artistic skyline image of Atlanta, I was IN LOVE!  I have lived here for nearly 15 years now and I love this city.  Even if I move someday, I will always treasure my time here and the fact that my boys were born in Georgia.

I was completely impressed with the entire ordering process from start to finish.  Simple, efficient, and a fast response time from customer service when I needed to make an adjustment.  Also, the product arrived quickly and in great condition.  I’ll be honest, I hadn’t read the fine print and didn’t realize the frame was a DIY thing until it arrived, which intimidated me at first, until I watched the following video.  Then, I was like, OKAY, LET’S DO THIS!  Less than 5 minutes later the canvas was ready to be hung and I realized that it is super sturdy and it was kind of a fun experience to assemble it myself.

Here are the photos of the print hanging above the couch in my basement family room.  I think it looks great and am super excited to have something honoring this great city decorating my home.

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What do you think???

If you’d like to connect with Photowall, check out the following links:

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To get 20% off your order within the next 30 days, use the coupon code AtlantaMomCampaign2018 (just for my readers!).

New device alerts parents via Bluetooth if backseat of car becomes too hot/cold & reminds parents not to leave baby in car

5 Jan

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Using low energy Bluetooth and advance patent pending technology, eClip is able to detect when you walk more than 15 feet from your car by alerting you through an interactive app on your Smartphone. The eClip also monitors the temperature in the back of your car to keep it safe and comfortable for your baby.

Why the eClip?

Accidentally leaving a child in the car happens too often to loving families each year. Since records were taken in 1998, more than 700 young children have unnecessarily died by being forgotten in cars. Fortunately, this is a tragedy we can help prevent.

How does eClip attach?

Setting up eClip for daily use is extremely easy and only takes a few seconds. Simply attach eClip to a car seat, regular seat belt or diaper bag. You can attach it to even more places with the accessory strap that is included in the box. The on/off switch is designed so a child cannot accidentally turn it off and there are no small parts that pose a choking hazard.

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Click here for the company website: http://elepho.com/eclip

Click here for a video demonstrating eClip: http://buff.ly/2rjIqvL

Winter Hair Care for Kids- Managing kid’s hair in the cooler temperatures

15 Nov

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It’s time to prepare for the upcoming holidays and the upcoming winter weather. As cooler temperatures enter our neighborhoods, many of us increase the heat in our homes. While this keeps us warm, it ends up drying out the hair and leading to breakage. This happens for both kids and adults, but kids need a little more help from Mom and Dad to prevent hair from drying out. Here are some tips for caring for your child’s winter hair.

1. Start with a light, easily manageable haircut
It is recommended to get a trim every six to eight weeks to prevent breakage. At the start of winter’s peak—end of November, early December—I recommend getting your child’s hair cut so the ends are fresh, and the style is easily manageable. You want to avoid heavy styling in the cold months so having a simple hairstyle is best. My favorite winter hairstyles for girls are short to medium length Bobs and for little boys I recommend a Fade or an easy Crew Cut.

2. Invest in hair care products
Year-round you want to have quality haircare products, but this is especially important during the cooler temperatures. Invest in a quality shampoo and conditioner, detangling spray and a leave-in conditioner.
I recommend Original Sprouts Natural Shampoo, Leave In Conditioner and Miracle Detangler. You can find these products in your salon—ask a hairstylist at your haircutting appointment—or similar products
at the grocery store.

3. Think about your plate
Often times we forget that what we eat affects our hair. The best vitamins and minerals for hair moisture, shine and health are found in fish (salmon, preferably), leafy greens and nuts. Try to add salmon into the weekly rotation and consider adding a few greens to your child’s lunch or dinner. Nuts are easy add-ons in lunches, trail mix or other snacks. These easy swaps will help nourish your body and
your hair!

4. Avoid over styling
I mentioned this above but it’s worth repeating: heavy washing, drying, combing, braiding and excess hair accessories can lead to more breakage. Washing too often or not enough can dry out hair. Aim for every other day or so, but go with what works best for your family. Also remember that after washes
you don’t want your child to go outside with wet hair—it will make them too cold and increase the risk of catching a cold. It can also lead to hair breakage. Try to do washes at night before bedtime for best results.

5. Detangle hair before and after each styling/wash
Detangling hair not only makes washing and styling easier, but it also prevents messy knots, which leads to breakage. If your child’s hair is dry, spray it with water or a hair solution to get it a little wet. If wet, use a conditioning solution or detangling spray. Use a wide-tooth comb to gently comb through the hair, moving from the ends to the roots, until all the knots are out and hair is smooth.

6. Monitor and keep lice at bay
Kids often share hats and coats are frequently hung next to, or on top of, other coats making it easy for lice to spread. In the winter, make sure you are checking your child’s hair every one-two weeks to see if any lice have found their way onto your child’s head. I also recommend using Fairy Tales Rosemary Repel lice prevention line of products to repel lice away. Original Sprout Shampoo and Conditioner also contain Rosemary to repel lice.

Hair care is often forgotten about when temperatures drop, but it is an important part of overall care and appearance, and it is important to teach our children about it while they are young. I hope these tips will help your family combat the winter chill while keeping your hair in great condition.

About the Author
Grace Small is the mother of three young adults. She has lived in Kennesaw for over 20 years. Grace owns and operates the Cookie Cutters Haircuts for Kids salon in Kennesaw with her husband Las. The salon is located at 1615 Ridenour Blvd. in Kennesaw. When she’s not in the salon, Grace enjoys participating in community activities with local schools and day care centers, as well as with the local Business Associations. She also enjoys the outdoors and exploring the beautiful Atlanta parks.

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Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Awarded “No Baby Unhugged” Grant

2 Nov

Huggies Awards Four New No Baby Unhugged Grants to Support Hospital Hugging Programs and their Impact on Premature Babies

 The grant program continues its mission to help every baby, including those in the NICU, get the hugs they need to thrive.

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On October 26, 2017, Huggies awarded four hospitals with $10,000 No Baby Unhugged grants to help support or establish volunteer hugging programs, which provide much-needed physical human interaction for newborns in neonatal intensive care units (NICU). These four recipients join an additional seven hospitals that received No Baby Unhugged grants earlier this year.

 

“We truly believe in the powerful impact that hugs and the human touch can have on babies’ growth and development, especially for those born premature and in the NICU,” said Giusy Buonfantino, president of Kimberly-Clark Baby and Child Care North America. “A cause close to our hearts, Huggies is continually committed to providing hospitals with the resources needed to help grow these programs, and ensure the babies who benefit from them thrive.”

 

The four hospitals receiving grants in October include:

  1. Brigid’s Path – Kettering, Ohio: This grant will allow Brigid’s path to launch a new hugging program, which will be Ohio’s first newborn recovery center for infants suffering from Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
  2. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta – Atlanta, Georgia: Resources from the grant will support their expanding hugging program, which has seen an increase in volunteers. The hospital is also home to the “ICU Grandpa” who recently gained notoriety for his dedication to holding babies.
  3. Rush University Children’s Hospital – Chicago, Illinois: Funding from the grant will help supply additional mannequins for training new volunteers, printed educational materials, enhancements to the cuddler environment, and more.
  4. St. Vincent Healthcare – Billings, Montana: The No Baby Unhugged grant will help launch a new volunteer hugging program and add another level of therapy care that focuses on education and addresses diversity amongst patient population.

 

“Brigid’s Path is Ohio’s first newborn recovery center for babies born drug-exposed and a place where the hugging program will have such a huge impact,” said Jane Snyder, Director of Development, Brigid’s Path. “This Huggies No Baby Unhugged Grant will help us maintain a volunteer program that focuses on hugging, cuddling and skin to skin contact for our NAS babies.”

 

To be considered for the next round, interested hospitals are encouraged to fill out an application on the Huggies website by December 8, 2017, with the announcement to come in January 2018. For those interested in supporting the program, visit Huggies.com/NoBabyUnhugged to become a Huggies Rewards Member and in turn, Huggies will donate $5 to support volunteer hugging program grants for hospitals.

The responsibilities and Rewards of Being a Caregiver

16 Oct

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National Family Caregivers Month is an ideal time to reflect on both the responsibilities and rewards of being a caregiver.

Being a caregiver is deeply challenging. Especially when those we’re caring for cling fiercely to their independence, resisting support and insisting on remaining independent even when this is no longer a safe option.

Melanie Merriman, hospice expert and author of Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging, knows this all too well from her experience caring for her fiercely independent aging mother.

Torn between the need to protect her mother’s safety on the one hand and preserve her autonomy on the other, Melanie and her sister struggled every step of the way to find solutions that gave their mother the assistance she needed without wounding her pride or damaging their relationship. Paradoxically, her mother’s desire for independence actually created a greater strain on Melanie and her sister.

In the process, Melanie learned a lot about how to how to strike this delicate balance, and would be happy to share the lessons with your audience:

● Let yourself be human. Start by acknowledging the fact that there is no foolproof recipe for caring for an aging loved one. There is no such thing as perfection. Even professionals such as hospice care experts get caught up in minutiae and bickering when caring for their own family members. All you can do is simply do your best.

● Pay close(r) attention to the signs of aging. Some signs of aging are so small they’re barely detectable. Most of the ones you need to watch out for signal a step back from everyday life. Is your loved one canceling in-person meetings? Is she refusing to drive to unknown places? Is she skipping meals here and there? All of these can be signs.

● Be more realistic about the consequences of aging. This is tough, but crucial. Even though your father is eighty-eight and still wins the annual bridge tournament at the rec center up the street doesn’t mean this will go on forever. It’s easy to sink into rosy thinking about those we love. It’s necessary to remember that aging and decline are universal processes that we must prepare for.

● Start discussions long before it feels like it’s time. Being proactive means talking to your aging loved one months or even years before it feels “right”. As we age, mental faculties can go. Changes in health can happen quickly. It’s best that everyone discuss the game plan long before it’s needed.

Taking these steps can help improve well-being during what Melanie has dubbed “the tightrope of aging”—the stage between active independent living and end-of-life.

About the Author:

Melanie Merriman is author of Holding the Net: Caring for My Mother on the Tightrope of Aging. She is also the co-author of Merriman’s Hawai‘i: The Chef, the Farmers, the Food, the Islands, a cookbook with stories about chef Peter Merriman. Melanie has spent much of her life as a research scientist, hospice consultant, and foundation grant evaluator—driven by a passion to illuminate, understand, and find meaning. Melanie and her husband Klein split their time between South Florida and Cape Cod, MA.

DENNY’S KICKS OFF THE SEASON OF GIVING WITH ANNUAL NO KID HUNGRY® FUNDRAISER

13 Oct

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Nearly one in six children in America struggle with hunger and go without the proper food and nutrition they need on a daily basis. In an effort to help end childhood hunger, Denny’s is teaming up with No Kid Hungry® for another year, helping give back a little this holiday season. Now through Dec. 3, more than 1,600 Denny’s locations nationwide will work together to help fight childhood hunger across the country – to-date, the brand has donated more than $4.3 million to the cause, helping provide 43 million meals to kids in need.

As part of this year’s fundraising efforts, guests visiting participating locations can make a $3 donation to No Kid Hungry and receive $12 worth of redeemable Denny’s coupons in return. There will also be various ways to support the cause online: users visiting ‘Denny’s on Demand’ – the brand’s new online and mobile ordering platform – will be able to make a $1 donation with any order placed, or make a donation of their choice through www.dennysnokidhungry.com. The diner will also offer an interactive donation option that will take place outside of its booths: The Grand Slamoji. Every time a user comments on the diner’s “No Kid Hungry video” on Facebook using their favorite breakfast emoji combinations, Denny’s will donate $1 to the cause, up to $25,000.

“No Kid Hungry is an organization that is near and dear to our hearts, and at Denny’s we are proud to once again help raise awareness and funds to end the fight against childhood hunger in America,” said John Dillon, SVP and chief marketing officer for Denny’s. “No child should have to worry about when and where they may get their next meal, even more so during the holidays. This year’s campaign serves as a great way to team up with our guests as they gather around our booths with family and friends to share in this season of thanks and giving.”

Guests visiting their nearest Denny’s to make a donation or enjoy a great meal will also have the opportunity to experience its new holiday-inspired menu “Flavors of the Season.” The festive new lineup includes a mouthwatering choice of sweet and savory Pancake dishes including the New Pumpkin Cream Pancake Breakfast, the New White Chocolate Raspberry Pancake Breakfast and New Cranberry Orange Pancake Breakfast, each served with two eggs, hash browns and a choice of two strips of bacon or sausage links. The diner will also offer its traditional family favorite, the Turkey & Dressing Dinner, featuring tender carved turkey breast, savory stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce.

Guests are also invited to enjoy a holiday treat with a deliciously sweet dessert such as Cinnamon Sugar Pancake Puppies® served with cream cheese icing, or the New White Chocolate Raspberry Milk Shake. Denny’s will also offer its classic Pumpkin and Pecan pies, available by the slice or whole throughout the holiday season.

For more information about Denny’s No Kid Hungry fundraising efforts, please visit www.dennysnokidhungry.com. Guests can order online or find out more about Denny’s seasonal menu, available all day, every day through Jan. 3, 2018, by visiting www.dennys.com.

 

About Denny’s Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating over 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, New Zealand, Mexico, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Guam, the United Arab Emirates, Chile, Curaçao, El Salvador, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Philippines. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram or YouTube.

 

About No Kid Hungry®

No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, eat healthy summer meals, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Join us at NoKidHungry.org.

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