Celebrate Spring Break at Six Flags Over Georgia

Spring Break is fast approaching, and with that comes finding activities for your children to do.  If you are not one of those traveling to soak up the sun, then we have the perfect place for you to go and create memories that will last long after the tan fades.  Six Flags Over Georgia will celebrate no school with its annual Spring Break celebration, April 1 through 9. Featuring 12 high-thrilling coasters and more than 40 rides and attractions, Six Flags Over Georgia is the best destination for thrilling fun.

Along with the park rides and attractions, Six Flags Over Georgia Spring Break will also feature:

The high-flying, gravity-defying BMX Bike and Stunt Show, with multiple ramps and bike tricks daily; and Super Hero Cape-A-Palooza with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA). For every cape purchased at our special Super Hero Cape tent at the front gate, Six Flags Over Georgia will donate a children’s youth cape to CHOA on April 3 and 4.

If you are going to head to one of favorite theme parks, be sure to check out Drops of Doom VR! North America’s first-ever permanent drop tower ride with a virtual reality experience, Drop of Doom VR, is now available for a limited time only at Six Flags Over Georgia.  Don’t miss your chance to experience this.

The park is open daily for Spring Break April 1 – 9 and on weekends through May 14. Daily summer operation begins on May 20. For more information and park hours, visit www.sixflags.com/overgeorgia

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Six Flags Over Georgia will hire 3,100 employees during the 2017 season. Hiring for the summer season is currently underway. Applicants must be at 16 years of age or older and apply online at www.sixflagsjobs.com. If found qualified, applicants will be notified by park management to schedule an interview.

Tuna Recipes for a Quick and Easy Lunch

 

What do you pack in your lunches?  Are you trying to include more healthy options?  Tuna is an excellent source of protein and it has essential vitamins and minerals that your body needs. The American Heart Association recommends eating fish  at least two times (2 servings) a week.  Check out two great recipes that feature Starkist Tuna.

Honey Barbecue Tuna Sliders

Ingredients:

2 pouches (2.6 oz.) StarKist® Kid’s Creations™ Honey Barbeque

4 slider buns

2 slices cheddar cheese

Directions:

Place 2 slider buns on a plate.

Top each with half of the tuna from one pouch.

Top each with a half a slice of cheese.

Place top of bun on the cheese.

Repeat with the other sliders and tuna.

 

 

Mediterranean Mini Tuna Cakes with Pesto

Ingredients

4 (2.6-ounce) pouches Tuna Creations Ranch

3 oil packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped

1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon drained capers

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs

3 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup prepared pesto sauce

Directions

Combine the tuna, sun-dried tomatoes, cheese, onion, parsley, capers and eggs in a bowl. Mix well and divide the mixture into 12 portions. Form each into a 2-inch diameter by 3/4-inch thick cake. Place the breadcrumbs in a bowl and gently dip both side of each tuna cake in them to coat. Transfer cakes to a baking sheet.

 Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium. Add the tuna cakes and cook until golden, 3-1/2 minutes. Carefully flip each tuna cake and cook 3-1 1/2 minutes longer. Transfer to a baking sheet covered with paper towel and drain. Transfer to a serving platter and top each with a dollop of pesto.

 

Disclaimer:  No compensation was received for this post.  Recipes were provided by Coburn Communications.

 

Captain Underpants is Coming to the Big Screen

I love my job!  I have been an elementary school teacher for 20 years.  During that time I have come across several authors that have made their way into the hearts of my students and me. From J.K. Rowling to Lemony Snicket, the excitement of reading and escaping to another place has created a generation of readers.  I can’t even begin to tell you just how many times I have to tell students in my classroom to put the book away.  Seriously, if I had to tally up in a week all the different “behaviors I have to deal with, telling kids to put a book away during instruction would be rated high.  We have such an avid group of readers at my school!

Dav Pilkey, the author of Captain Underpants, is one of their favorites, and I can’t wait to share with them that their beloved character is coming to the movie theaters June 2.  DreamWorks Animation and 20th Century Fox have released the first trailer for CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE! Based on the worldwide sensation and bestselling book series and starring Kevin Hart and Ed Helms CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE tells the story of George and Harold, who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

 

I know my students are going to love this movie!  Truth be told, so am I!  Did you ever have a favorite children’s author?  Was there a book that you wanted to come to the big screen?

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Celebrate World Puppetry Day with a Local Twist, Saturday, March 18

 

World Puppetry Day is a global holiday established by UNIMA (Union Internationale de la Marionnette), the international puppetry organization. It takes place every year on March 21, but puppet fanatics can celebrate with the Center for Puppetry Arts on Saturday, March 18 with a number of free activities celebrating global puppetry traditions.

A highlight of this day will be the unveiling of the Center for Puppetry Arts’ own Tiny Door from Tiny Doors ATL. Tiny Doors is a free art installation found all throughout Atlanta, with the goal to “inspire curiosity and exploration by highlighting neighborhoods and landmarks that make Atlanta unique.” The door will be placed on the Spring Street side of the Center. This will be the 11th door on the Tiny Doors map, and the first one to be permanently installed in Midtown. It will feature a tiny interactive marquee as well as a tiny ramp representing the Center’s accessibility to all. Following the door’s ribbon cutting, visitors will be treated to a concert by The Tiny Doors—a puppet-sized version of The Doors—as well as a tiny champagne toast.

 

Onstage during the World Day of Puppetry festivities is The Dragon King, presented by Tanglewood Marionettes of Ware, Mass. Other activities include Puppet Pop-up Carts, Tale Time book readings in the Museum, tours of the Jim Henson and Global collections and a special puppet workshop featuring a Tiny Door shadow puppet.

The schedule is as follows:

•11 a.m. – The Dragon King in the Downstairs Theater

•11 a.m. – Worlds of Puppetry Tour (museum and tour admission required)

•Noon – Free activities begin – Guild walk arounds and shadow Tiny Door puppet building in the atrium, guild workshops on the 3rd floor, tiny door ribbon cutting

•Noon – Puppet Pop Up cart on museum conservation starts in Henson Creature Shop (ongoing from 12:00-3:00, museum admission required)

•Noon – Create-A-Puppet Workshops open (paid admission/ticket required)

•12:15 p.m. The Tiny Doors in concert •12:30 – Tale Time in gallery – The Beckoning Cat, by Koko Nishizuka – read by the Bunraku case (museum admission required)

•1 p.m. – The Dragon King in the Downstairs Theater

•1 p.m. – Jim Henson Collection Tour (museum and tour admission required)

•1:15 p.m. – The Tiny Doors in concert

•2 p.m. – Tale Time in gallery – Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott – read by the Africa section (museum admission required)

•2:15 p.m. – The Tiny Doors in concert

•3 p.m. – Puppet Pop Up cart ends

•3 p.m. – The Dragon King in the Downstairs Theater

•3 p.m. – Free activities end

•5 p.m.  – Museum closes


Center for Puppetry Arts

1404 Spring Street NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
Museum-only admission is $10.50 (nonmembers) and free for Members. Admission is required for events taking place inside the Museum.

All-inclusive tickets for The Dragon King are $10.25 (Members) and $20.50 (nonmembers) and include admission to the show, the Worlds of Puppetry Museum (with the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts in the world as well as a Global Gallery), and entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make and decorate their own Chinese Dragon Marionette and perform with it on our classroom stage. Tickets can be purchased online at www.puppet.org or by calling 404.873.3391.

Smurfs Return to the Big Screen

There are so many things that make me remember my childhood.  As a child of the 80s, I was apart of a generation that had so many wonderful things.  One of those things was those beloved little blue creatures that lived in a tiny village.  I recall many days watching Papa Smurf helping his clan of Smurfs to learn life’s valuable  lessons.  As many iconic 80s stars and shows return to the entertainment world, I knew it would not be long before my beloved Smurfs would return as well.  And boy did they do so in a big way. They returned by making their way to the big screen!  With two movies already hitting the big screen, Smurfs and Smurfs 2, the Smurfs are now they are set to make their 3rd appearance on the big screen with Smurfs: The Lost Village.

In this fully animated, all-new take on the Smurfs, a mysterious map sets Smurfette and her best friends Brainy, Clumsy and Hefty on an exciting and thrilling race through the Forbidden Forest filled with magical creatures to find a mysterious lost village before the evil wizard Gargamel does.  Embarking on a rollercoaster journey full of action and danger, the Smurfs are on a course that leads to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history!

Smurfs: The Lost Village Arrives In Theaters Everywhere Friday, April 7, 2017!

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Yes, Minivans can be COOL! The 2016 KIA Sedona SXL is class and luxury rolled into one awesome vehicle!

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My family got to check out the 2016 KIA Sedona SXL.  This was quite a new adventure for us as we have never had a minivan before.  As a football, baseball, and soccer mom, I am kind of angry with myself for not checking one of these out sooner!  This minivan is the mother of all minivans!  As a matter of fact, I was told this is like the limo of minivans, and he was certainly not lying.  It has every bell and whistle you could possibly think of.  There is just so much to tell you!
Before I get into all that, I have to tell you I was a little intimidated just by the sheer size of this minivan.  As someone that has only driven sedan sized cars, I was taken back when I took over the driver’s seat. It’s not that the vehicle itself is this LARGE thing, it is just that I am not familiar with driving larger vehicles.   I just kept thinking to myself…”Oh my goodness, are you going to be able to see when driving this thing?  Can you back out of spots in this thing?  How in the world are you going to be able to turn your head and really get a good view of what is coming?”   Words can’t even begin to express the anxiety that took over me as I set the thing in drive and started out.  That was short lived!  It took me about five minutes of driving before I realized, I had it all under control!

The Kia Sedona is so much more than a minivan!  There is just so much to this impressive vehicle that sets it apart from others, that it is hard to know just where to begin!   So I will start with how roomy it is.   With enough room to seat 7 comfortably, you are going to be able to tote everyone and almost anything you need to.  Plus, the middle seats recline.  Not only do they recline and have a foot rest; but also, the middle seats have the ability to move from left to right.  Got something you need to put in the minivan and it won’t quite fit through the passageway?  No problem!  How about letting people exit the vehicle easily?  The ability to be able to move the seats easily allows you flexibility.  Someone wants to sit in the back and they are first to get out will not be an issue in this minivan!

Another awesome feature of this vehicle is the memory driver’s seat position.  The Kia Sedona will set itself to the driver.  Just how does that work?  Basically, you set up ahead of time your seat position. From that point on whenever you enter the car with your key-fob, the car automatically knows who is driving and it sets itself to that seat position.  With two key-fobs, you and your significant other can have your own pre-sets.

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Second row seating in the KIA Sedona speaks for itself! These seats are amazing! They move forwards and backwards and side to side. They can recline and have an extendable foot rest. These seats are like having one if those lazy boys in your vehicle!

Second row seating in the KIA Sedona speaks for itself! These seats are amazing! They move forwards and backwards and side to side. They can recline and have an extendable foot rest. These seats are like having one if those lazy boys in your vehicle!

 

Below you will see some of my favorite features of the Kia Sedona.

 

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When using the navigation system, the directions appear right in your direct view as the driver.

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The KIA Sedona has a drop down mirror that allows you to see the action in the backseat. No need to turn your head around to deal with kids or carry on a conversation or having to adjust your rear view mirror. This fabulous mirror gives you the entire view of the car. Great thinking KIA!

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What do you want or need to see as a driver? You gotta choice in the 2016 KIA Sedona.  Use your steering wheel to adjust what you want to see on your dashboard by simply clicking through.

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The controls in the middle console are awesome! The VIEW button allows you to use the 360 degree camera. The 2016 KIA Sedona has a 360 degree camera that allows you to see from all angles. This makes parking and reversing so much easier!   You can also set your driving mode and take advantage of the heated steering wheel.  You can even set the roomy captain’s chairs in the front to heated or cooled!

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Confession time!  Sometimes my husband gets really frustrated with me because I do not straighten out the wheels when I pull into a parking space.  It is not that my parking is crazy or bad.  Quite the opposite! I pull in nicely, but I don’t take the time to straighten out the wheels.  Need another reason to LOVE the 2016 KIA Sedona?   Check out the photo above! If your wheels aren’t lined up, no worries.  Just check the two sets of lines provided on the screen.  It  clearly shows you TWO sets of lines so you can easily reverse.  The yellow lines show you the course you are on with the current placement of your wheels.  The blue shows you where you should be.

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Could they think of anything else to add?  of course they did!  A compass! Might not sound like much, but it is! Knowing your direction at all times can be quite useful.

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Love the ease that the KIA Sedona offers. Literally everything is at your fingertips! The Sedona comes equipped with an Infinity stereo sound system. It produces a high quality sound throughout the entire vehicle.  Everything is easily accessible right here in the center dashboard.

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It even has a dual touchscreen. Being able to keep the navigation up while doing other things like changing the radio station is important.

With a 3.3L DOHV CVT V6 engine and 6 speed automatic transmission with sportmatic, we fell in love.  The SXL starts out at a base price of 39,900 and comes equipped with alot of sweet, standard features such as:

First Class Lounge Seating

Heated steering wheel

Heated 2nd row seating

Drive Mode Select

Active Eco System

The Infinity® Audio System

Tri-Zone Automatic Climate Control

Blind Spot Detection System

Front &Rear Parking Assist

Rear Seat Entertainment System

  

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Upscale Lodging in Chattanooga, Tennessee

 

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Living in the southeast has its benefits especially when you want to travel.  With so many places within driving distance from Atlanta, I can experience almost anything I want to.  One of our favorite places to get away to is Chattanooga, Tennessee.  It is a short drive that allows you to maximize the most of your trip whether it is just for the day or overnight.

Chattanooga is unique in that it offers tourists a WIDE variety of things to do and places to visit.  I know most of us that know this area think of such things as Tennessee Aquarium, Rock City, or Ruby Falls as the things for people to experience.  What you may not realize is that there is so much more to do than just those attractions.  Now if you have not been to these places, you need to make a point of seeing these iconic attractions.  The breathtaking views of Ruby Falls are something you do not want to miss!    But just like so many southern historic cities, Chattanooga has undergone its own rebirth and has become more than just a tourist location.  Chattanooga is becoming a city that attracts everyone from millennials to families.

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The Chattanoogan hotel now stands in the place of an old foundry.  In case you did not know a foundry is a workshop or factory for casting metal, and today you can see iron architectural accents throughout the hotel.    Spacious and comfortably furnished rooms,  The Chattanoogan has luxurious amenities including a fully equipped fitness gym and spa facilities, multiple dining options on site and a large swimming pool.  If you are looking for an upscale and yet affordable lodging destination, you HAVE to go to The Chattanoogan.  It is the perfect place for both couples and families because it offers you the best of both worlds.  Located in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, this hotel offers stunning views of Lookout Mountain and is within walking distance of nearly everything you would want to experience. The Chattanoogan provides luxury and a hospitality that can’t be beat.  Here are our top reasons for making this your go to lodging destination.

Location, Location, Location

The Chattanoogan is an urban hotel that provides the ideal location for travelers and business oriented visitors.  The Chattanoogan’s close proximity to the free electric shuttle means it is easy and convenient to get around the city.  It is within walking distance to nearly everything you would want to visit in Chattanooga including the Tennessee Aquarium.  Lookout Mountain, Rock City, and Ruby Falls are all within a very short drive from this hotel as well.

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Hotel and Rooms

Impeccably designed-we were impressed the moment we entered the doors of The Chattanoogan.  You will immediately notice the elegant décor.   You are surrounded with luxury, and that ambiance fills the room.   With a stunning lobby filled with modern furnishings and a gas fireplace,  you will want to just sit here and relax with a cup of coffee or your favorite drink.  Complimentary fruit-infused water and coffee is available in the lobby.

The hotel is geared towards both families and couples, and you will appreciate how The Chattanoogan has added in the extra details to make this feel like an escape from your busy life.  With 199 rooms and suites, this upscale hotel provides clean and comfortable rooms.  We were given a room with a King bed.  It was spacious and well furnished.  The modern furnishings and city views make for a room you will not want to leave.   After all, with a desk and adjustable chair,  blackout curtains,  flat screen HDTV with cable, in-room Keurig coffee maker, and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, you won’t have to wander far from your room if you are looking to relax.  The plush Chattanoogan robe is a bonus for lounging around like a celebrity.

All guests receive complimentary WiFi, and a business center provides guests with complimentary computer and printer services.

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 Dining

With three amazing dining options, The Chattanoogan is sure to tickle your tastebuds in some fashion.

The Foundry, The Chattanoogan’s upscale lounge, offers a delicious menu of appetizers, salads, sandwiches and light entrees.  With a full bar offering top of the line liquors, handcrafted cocktails, and a large offering of domestic and international wines, this is the perfect place to unwind.  Catch the game of one of their flat screens televisions or enjoy a game of billiards or shuffleboard.  Friday and Saturday night you can check local musicians providing entertainment.

Broad Street Grille  offers a menu of delectable regional cuisines featuring prime meats and sustainable seafood.  Our experience at the Broad Street Grille was amazing.  They offer relaxed nightly dinners,  award winning Sunday brunches, and affordable lunch buffets and delicious breakfast buffets.  Although we did not  dine at the chef’s table, our dinner was OUTSTANDING! The  pastas are house made and the produce comes fresh from local growers.  As you can see from the images above, our food was aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.  The taste was out of this world!  Seriously, my husband is a chef.  He has gone to culinary school and when he took his first bite of the  8oz Center Cut Filet Mignon, he simply sat back in his chair and savored every single moment.  Trust me, it takes ALOT to impress him,and the chef blew him away!   Whether you are a local or a tourist in the city, you will want to visit this restaurant.

Stroud’s Sidewalk Café, open Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 3 pm, is the perfect place to get your morning dose of coffee including espresso, cappuccinos, and lattes.  My husband and I ate there twice, once for breakfast and another day for lunch.  Their breakfast menu includes freshly baked jumbo muffins, Danishes, fresh fruit and organic granola parfait. Lunch consists of hand crafted sandwiches, healthy salads and freshly made soups.   It is the perfect place to pick up something light and head back to The Chattanoogan’s rooftop terrace to enjoy.

The Spa

 

The Chattanoogan has a full-service spa, which means the possibilities are endless for you as the guest!  With a wide array of rejuvenating spa services and therapeutic body treatments in a tranquil environment, you are going to experience the best because they truly hired one of the best to manage their spa, Jen LeBaron.  With over 15 years experience, Jen is excited about pampering guests with an amazing experience using the finest products.  She carefully crafts each guest’s treatment with hand picked therapists.

Recently, I had the privilege of spending a morning indulging in what could easily be one of the best spa treatments I have ever had, and  I knew it was going to be a memorable experience when I walked through the doors!  I enjoyed the March special, Get Rid of Dry Skin Facial and Back Treatment .  This treatment consists of a facial that is customized to suit your specific skin care needs using the latest advances in natural, organic skin care.  Dead skin cells are rapidly exfoliated for immediate improvement in skin clarity and texture.  Organic grape stem cells, kombucha, spirulina, seaweed and tea extracts nourish, tone, soothe, improve skin tone and combat the visible signs of aging.  Included in this special was the custom purifying back treatment designed to deep cleanse, gently exfoliate and hydrate skin with natural botanical extracts and organic ingredients.

My experience was heavenly! My therapist was every bit as skilled as she was personable, making it easily the best spa service and experience I’ve ever received.  The attention to detail was impressive, from the heated table right down to the peach Bellini I was served at the close of my treatment.  The Spa at The Chattanoogan just might be Chattanooga’s best kept secret!

Spring Break Specials

The Chattanoogan hotel is a great place for you to escape to this Spring. Whether you are looking to escape with just your significant other or a car full of kids, the Chattanoogan can help you plan the perfect escape. Located within walking distance of the downtown Chattanooga attractions, they offer a variety of packages that can be tailored to fit your needs. Right now they are offering the perfect getaway that showcase Chattanooga’s top attractions and the city’s most celebrated hotel. The Benchmark Hotel® and recipient of dozens of awards and accolades is offering for the first time The Ultimate Spring Break Adventure Package. The package is a three-night and four-day getaway for families and includes:
· Overnight accommodations in adjacent rooms (one king room and one double room, ideal for families)
· Daily breakfast buffet at the hotel’s Broad Street Grille
· Nightly valet parking for one vehicle
· Daily bike rental for the entire family
· Use of fitness facility and indoor pool
· All taxes and gratuities
· Two adult and two children passes to the following attractions:
Tennessee Aquarium
Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater
Creative Discovery Museum
Chattanooga Zoo
Rock City
Ruby Falls
Incline Railway
Hunter Museum of American Art

For more information or reservations, call (423) 756-3400, toll free (877) 756-1684, or visit The Chattanoogan’s Website at www.chattanooganhotel.com.

Disclosure:  We were provided with accommodations, dinner, spa treatment for our review.  All opinions presented are 100% our own.

Images were provided by Leigh Anne Borders and The Chattanoogan.