Easter Egg Hunts at Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites March 2016

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Pack a picnic and your camera to celebrate Easter in Georgia’s State Parks & Historic Sites. Large families can take advantage of picnic shelters and group shelters for an all-day affair. For more ranger programs, visitwww.GaStateParks.org/events and the parks’ web pages.  Information on cabins, yurts and campsites can be found at GeorgiaStateParks.org or 1-800-864-7275.

Coastal Georgia

Easter Egg Hunt at Hofwyl-Broadfield

Saturday, March 12, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Historic Site – Brunswick, GA

Children 10 and younger are invited to bring their baskets and join in on our Easter egg hunt. There will be separate hunting areas for age groups, with games and crafts before and after the big search. The Easter Bunny will be in attendance to greet children and pose for photographs. $5 – $8. 912-264-7333.

Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 26, 2 – 3 p.m.

Fort McAllister State Park – Richmond Hill, GA

Join an old-fashioned Easter Egg hunt in historic Fort McAllister while soaking up low-country scenery. $1 for children ages 2-4 and $2 for children ages 5-12. $5 parking. 912-727-2339.

Metro Atlanta

 Egg-citing Hike Hunt

Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Panola Mountain State Park – Stockbridge, GA

Peter Cottontail is leaving lots of eggs hidden on our nature trails. Can you help us find them all? Bring your basket and be ready for the hunt. Ages 2 and younger, 3-6, and 7-12 will have their own trails to search for eggs and prizes. We will start the egg hunt at 10 a.m., leaving plenty of time for story-time and crafts before lunch. $2 plus $5 parking. 770-389-7801.

Middle & South Georgia

Night Eggstravaganza

Friday, March 18, 7 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

F.D. Roosevelt State Park – Pine Mountain, GA

Bring your basket and flashlight for a nocturnal candy egg hunt. Have your picture taken with Roosevelt Bunny, visit the animal petting coral, and make a craft. There are three field hunts separated by age: 3 and younger, 4-6, and 7-9. Meet at the Liberty Bell Pool on Hwy. 354. $4 plus $5 parking. 706-663-4858.

Baskets, Bunnies and Eggs

Saturday, March 19, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Mistletoe State Park – Appling, GA

Ages 3 – 10 can create their own Easter baskets and go on a kid-friendly egg scavenger hunt through the woods. Afterward, visit with rabbits from the 4-H Bunny Club. $2 basket program plus $5 parking. 706-541-0321.

Easter Eggstravaganza

Friday, March 25, 8:30 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, March 26, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Little Ocmulgee State Park and Lodge – Helena, GA

Bring your flashlights for a Friday night egg hunt along the trail (ages 10 and younber). On Saturday, start the Easter weekend with a rousing game of Easter bingo, followed by Easter crafts and live baby animals children can touch. $1-$5 plus $5 parking. 229-868-7474 ext. 6052.

A.H. Stephens Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A.H. Stephens State Park – Crawfordville, GA

The Easter Bunny has hidden eggs, and they are waiting for you. Children bring your own basket, join the fun and search for a few. Little hunters will have their own small patch, and if we are lucky, there may be a surprise visit by the Easter Bunny. Donations appreciated. $5 parking. 706-456-2602.

3rd Annual Glow-N-Dark Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 26, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

High Falls State Park – Jackson, GA

Egg hunts are no longer just for the day. More than 4,000 glowing eggs will fill the day use area. Join in before the hunt for carnival-style games and s’mores. Registration is required and space is limited. $5 plus $5 parking. 478-993-3053.

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5th Annual Easter Egg Roll and Egg Hunt

Sunday, March 27, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Roosevelt’s Little White House Historic Site – Warm Springs, GA

Bring your Easter basket and camera for a fun day set in the Little White House grounds. The 3-5 year old group will begin at 1:00 p.m. The 6-8 year old group will begin at 1:30 p.m. The 9-11 year old group will begin at 2:00 p.m. $9 – $14. 706-655-5870.

Easter Eggcitement at the Bend

Saturday, March 26, 1 – 3:30 p.m.

Chattahoochee Bend State Park – Newnan, GA

Bring your baskets and camera because 1,000 candy- and prize-filled eggs and the Easter bunny will be here. Age groups 0-4, 5-8, 9-12. After the hunt, get drawing in the sidewalk chalk art contest. Chalk is provided. Ages groups 4-8 and 9-13, prizes for each age group announced at 3:30. Free finger painting for all ages. $3 for egg hunt, $3 for chalk contest. $5 parking. 770-254-7271.

Easter Egg Hunt at Kolomoki

Saturday, March 26, 3 p.m.

Kolomoki Mounds State Park – Blakely, GA

All ages are welcome to join us at the Visitor Center to hunt Easter eggs and take pictures with the Easter Bunny. Ages will be divided by 0-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-11, and 12 and older for the hunt. Be on the lookout for the golden egg which holds the grand prize! $2 plus $5 parking. 229-724-2150.

Twilight Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, March 26, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Laura S. Walker State Park – Waycross, GA

Bring your flashlight and join us for a fun egg hunt in the dark. We will have two egg hunts, one at 7:30 p.m. for children ages 0-5, and the second at 8:30 p.m. for all ages. Come early to enjoy the park’s new 1,500 boardwalk at the lake. $3 plus $5 parking. 912-287-4900.

Adel Easter Egg Hunt and Little River Festival

Saturday, March 26, 1 p.m.

Reed Bingham State Park – Adel, GA

Bring your basket for an Easter egg hunt during the park’s annual Little River Festival. Enjoy bounce houses, music and kids’ activities, along with raffles and prizes. Kids will be divided by age, up to 12 years old. $5 parking. 229-896-3551.

Northern Georgia

 Old Fashioned Easter

Saturday, March 26, 1 – 4 p.m.

Elijah Clark State Park – Lincolnton, GA

Participants will dye eggs from natural dyes made at the park. We will have old timey games like egg toss and egg rolls, with prizes. Create a burlap Easter bunny. Bring your camera to take pictures of your family with our live bunnies. End the day with a guided, moonlit canoe paddle 8:30 – 10 p.m. Call for reservations. $5 plus $5 parking. 706-359-3458.

Zoom! Zoom! The Mazda 6 Grand Touring paints the town red!

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I am fortunate enough to be able to review many cool things as a blogger.  From hotels to restaurants, my calendar stays pretty busy.  One of the things I enjoy the most is the opportunity to check out new cars.  I love being able to experience them as a blogger because I get to view them from different perspectives!   From looking at it through the lens of a parent to just an individual, there is a lot to consider about your next automobile purchase and having a true reflection from a regular person is important!

Recently I had the opportunity to check out one of the coolest vehicles, the Mazda 6 Grand Touring.  What an amazing ride!  As a current owner of an older model Mazda 6 GT, I was able to see how far they have come and I can honestly tell you I walked away even more impressed!

As you can see, this is one sleek looking vehicle.  It is equipped with the Mazda SKYACTIV,  a series of technologies developed by Mazda that increase fuel efficiency and engine output. One of the things we noticed immediately was the gas mileage in this car:  32 MPG- 28 City 40 Highway!  Incredible!

The Mazda 6 also has this cool feature called the i-ELOOP which stands for “Intelligent Energy Loop.” So what is that exactly?  Good question!  Basically it has to do with your alternator.  The alternator in your car uses up energy from the engine to operate.  This will, in turn, consume more fuel.  With the i-ELOOP the alternator is free-wheeling.  This means that there is no drag on the on the engine which means that you can save on fuel.

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There are a lot of great safety features in the Mazda 6 as well.  With 3 cameras located behind the rearview mirror, the Mazda 6 has your back.  Beginning with the backup camera, this allows you to see clearly what is behind you.  The side mirrors also alert you to cars around you so avoid merging into them.  The LDW (Lane Departure Warning system) also helps keep you safe as it alerts you when you are swerving into the next lane to help you avoid an accident.

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The center console is very nice in the Mazda 6 as well.  The knob type joy stick allows you to control the touchscreen.

 

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The Mazda 6 Navigation system and HUD are a great asset to this vehicle.

The Mazda 6 is equipped with a with TomTom- based navigation system (noted in the TOP portion of the photo below).   Overall we were pleased with the navigation system and its display.  The only negative we had is that you can’t use it when the car is in drive.  In order to set it, you must be in park.  Honestly, while I may find that a negative, truthfully  it is a great thing!  When you are driving you should not be concerned with any type of visual displays such as phones or screens in your car.  That is why I love the HUD in the Mazda 6!

 The HUD (Heads-Up Display) or Active Driving Display (noted in the BOTTOM portion of the picture below) is located above the dash of the driver.  It is a reflective screen that can be moved to adjust to the driver’s height.  The screen provides the driver with a digital view of the car’s current speed.  The numbers are easy to read and do not interfere at all with the driver’s view of the road.  This allows you to focus on driving and not worrying about looking at your dash to determine your speed!

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Another cool feature of this car is the headlights.  Having reviewed the Mazda CX-5 earlier this year, this is one feature that I love since we live in the rolling hills right outside of Atlanta.  The lights in the vehicle turn with you as you turn through corners and curves allowing you to visually see what lies before you.  This is such a great feature to have especially when you live where we do.  It helps aid in spotting lurking animals, and it helps you see the winding roads ahead of you.

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Overall, the Mazda 6 Grand Touring is a great sporty vehicle that drives extremely well.  It has strong performance and great fuel economy!   If you are looking for a sporty vehicle that has some zoom-zoom, you gotta check out the Mazda 6 GT!  It is a great value for the money!

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He Named Me Malala

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I am an educator.  I teach 5th grade to a group of wonderful students.  Do they really realize just how good they have it?  I often wonder if they truly know how precious their education really is.  When I reflect on the movie He Named Me Malala or the journey that Malala took upon herself, I am absolutely blown away.  She is such an inspiration and a powerful voice for the education of girls.  When I try to begin to tell the story of Malala to my students, I am met with faces that just can’t seem to fathom the idea of being shot while going to school.  They simply can not wrap their minds around the injustice that happens throughout our world.  Things that we take for granted are things that others pray will open up for them.
The movie He Named Me Malala will air on National Geographic channel Monday night at 8 pm EST/7 pm Central time.  I would love for you to join me and watch this inspirational film.  If you have children, have them watch with you just so they can have somewhat of an understanding of just how precious their education truly is.
HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.
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Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman) shows us how Malala, her father Zia and her family are committed to fighting for education for all girls worldwide. The film gives us an inside glimpse into this extraordinary young girl’s life – from her close relationship with her father who inspired her love for education, to her impassioned speeches at the UN, to her everyday life with her parents and brothers.

“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.” 

Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

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An Adventure in a box, that’s what Peach Dish is!

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This week we are cooking up some delicious meals from PeachDish for our “date nights.” Described “as an adventure in a box,” PeachDish helps you prepare mouth-watering and fulfilling home cooked meals for two. When you order a PeachDish box, you are sent recipe cards and ALL the ingredients for 2 dinners .  All you have to do is make the time to prepare the food!

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So how does PeachDish work? 

Each week PeachDish offers 8 dishes to choose from ranging from vegetarian to an animal-protein based.  You select the recipes that appeal to you and then you sit back and let PeachDish do the rest for you.  They work with a variety of suppliers to bring you the freshest and best ingredients to prepare your special meals.  Check out their suppliers here!  With suppliers like Serenbe  Farms to Springer Mountain Farms, you know you are getting the very best!  Meals are shipped out from Atlanta, Georgia , and they offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

One of the things that I fell in love with instantly is the care that they take in packaging your meals.  Everything is labeled and neatly packed.  I am telling you, they make it SO EASY for you to cook these extraordinary meals in your own kitchen!

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For our review we selected the following two recipes:

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Beef Hot Pot with Asian Greens, Ginger & Potatoes
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Curry Spiced Chicken with Saffron-Barberry

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I am looking forward to reporting back to you with the results!  I know you are going to fall in love with them just like we have!
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Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

Pay It Forward Tuesday Project Linus

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For several years our K-Kids club at my school has participated in making blankets for Project Linus.  It is a project that our students tend to really enjoy.  Students bring in fleece fabric and we work to measure, cut, and tie these special blankets knowing that it will go to a greater cause.

You might be asking…What is Project Linus?

 “On Christmas Eve, 1995, an article titled “Joy to the World” appeared in Parade Magazine. It was written by Pulitzer Prize winning photo-journalist, Eddie Adams. Part of the article featured a petite, downy haired child named Laura:

“Laura has unusual compassion for others,” Charlotte Barry-Williams of Oceanside, California, says of her daughter, who was diagnosed with leukemia in 1993. “I guess part of the reason is that she has experienced so much pain herself.”

A special “blankie” has helped Laura, 3, get through more than two years of intensive chemotherapy. She takes it to the hospital with her when she goes for treatment. When she was first diagnosed, 97 percent of her bone marrow contained cancerous cells. Although chemotherapy has helped eradicate the cancer, she has had to endure nausea, high fevers and the loss of her hair. An allergic reaction at one point caused her to lose vital signs.

“She doesn’t understand what cancer means,” her mother says. “She’s a very joyous and happy person, very curious.” Her mother hopes Laura can start preschool next spring.

After reading the article, Karen Loucks decided to provide homemade security blankets to Denver’s Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center, and Project Linus was born.”

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Their mission is simple!

Provide love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”

Provide a rewarding and fun service opportunity for interested individuals and groups in local communities, for the benefit of children.

So, do you want to become a “blanketeer?”  I think this is a great project for the Pay It Forward Tuesdays!

http://www.projectlinus.org/volunteer/

Zootopia in theaters March 4

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My family LOVES going to the movies!  There is just something about the big screen and the time spent with loved ones that means so much.  It is priceless!

What I find truly neat with the movies that are coming out nowadays is that offer activities for kids/families leading up to the big release day.  What a great way to connect with your child beforehand and learn new things.  Since Zootopia features a wide variety of animals, there is a lot of learning that can be done with this film.

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Click here for more family fun activities including coloring, fun facts, and more!

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The modern mammal metropolis of Zootopia is a city like no other. Comprised of habitat neighborhoods like ritzy Sahara Square and frigid Tundratown, it’s a melting pot where animals from every environment live together—a place where no matter what you are, from the biggest elephant to the smallest shrew, you can be anything. But when rookie Officer Judy Hopps (voice of Ginnifer Goodwin) arrives, she discovers that being the first bunny on a police force of big, tough animals isn’t so easy. Determined to prove herself, she jumps at the opportunity to crack a case, even if it means partnering with a fast-talking, scam-artist fox, Nick Wilde (voice of Jason Bateman), to solve the mystery. Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Zootopia,” a comedy-adventure directed by Byron Howard (“Tangled,” “Bolt”) and Rich Moore (“Wreck-It Ralph,” “The Simpsons”) and co-directed by Jared Bush (“Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero”), opens in theaters on March 4, 2016.

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Genre: Animated Comedy/Adventure

Rating: PG

U.S. Release Date: March 4, 2016

Voice Cast: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jason Bateman, Shakira, Idris Elba, J.K. Simmons, Nate Torrence, Jenny Slate, Tommy Chong, Octavia Spencer, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Alan Tudyk, Tommy “Tiny” Lister, Raymond Persi, Katie Lowes, Jesse Corti, John DiMaggio

Directors: Byron Howard, Rich Moore

Co-Director: Jared Bush

Producer: Clark Spencer

Composer: Michael Giacchino

Harlem Globetrotters Celebrate 90 Years and a Giveaway!

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS CELEBRATE 90 AMAZING YEARS

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 Celebrating 90 years of providing smiles, sportsmanship and service to millions of people worldwide, the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will bring their unrivaled family show to The Arena at Infinite Energy Center (formerly The Arena at Gwinnett Center) in Duluth on Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 2 p.m., and 7 p.m., during their 90th Anniversary World Tour.

 Save $8 per ticket here. 

Must purchase three tickets or more to qualify for the offer. Valid online only on select price levels, while supplies last.  Offer ends at 11AM on MAR. 5. No Password needed with link.

They will also be at Phillips Arena March 12 and March 13 at 1 p.m. each day.

Save $7 per ticket.

Must purchase three tickets or more to qualify for the offer. Valid online only on select price levels, while supplies last.  Offer ends at 11AM on MAR. 5.  No password needed with link.

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On the court, the Globetrotters’ 90-year celebration will feature some of the greatest athletes and entertainers on the planet. With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Maddox and Sweet J Ekworomadu* – the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.

 

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Do you want to see the Harlem Globetrotters?  We are giving away a family 4 tickets to see them perform on March 5 at 2pm at the Infinite Energy Center.

Giveaway open to Atlanta residents.  Ends February 26, 2016.

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