Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween and CONjuration Con

Happy Halloween!  My daughter and I will be spending the evening at CONjuration Con.  Hubs & son will be home answering the door for the kiddos.  We hope you're evening is as Spooktacular as ours!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PSA: Atlanta History Center events in November #FreeDay #DayoftheDead #Familyfun #DiaDeLosMuertos @AtlHistCenter

Join the Atlanta History Center on Sunday, November 2nd, from noon to 5:00 pm for the annual celebration of Day of the Dead. It’s a free admission day, including access to the entire campus as well as festival activities. Enjoy authentic Mexican food, decorated altars honoring lost family and friends, and a full day of dance performances and artist demonstrations. More information HERE.

The Atlanta History Center’s newest temporary exhibition American Sabor: Latinos in U.S. Popular Music opens on Saturday, November 15th, with a full day of activities that celebrate Latin music and dance. This date also marks the beginning of the Ford Free Admission Weekends, held in conjunction with the American Sabor display. Guests can enjoy free admission on November 15th and 16th, December 13th and 14th, as well as January 17th and 18th courtesy of the Ford Motor Company Fund. More information about the exhibition and accompanying programs HERE.

Also this month, the Atlanta History Center hosts the Southeastern Indians Heritage Program on Saturday, November 22, from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. Visitors learn about the Southeastern Indians’ culture and history through demonstrations, activities, and discussions led by Native Americans. More information HERE.

Never forget the monthly programs designed with the younger history buffs in mind! Homeschool Day this month focuses on WWI and is held on Thursday, November 6th, from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This month’s Magic Mondays, held on November 10th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm, takes the little ones out to the farm where they help with preparing for the approaching winter months. More information HERE.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Disaster preparedness - check your cabinets @SaveTheChildren #BePrepared

On the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy's landfall, I thought I'd share a bit more with you about disaster preparedness.

I'll admit, I'm not the best at preparing in advance for most things.  I have, however, developed a means of keeping items on hand so that if something does happen, we're at least mostly prepared.  Just for example, I have a supply of bottled water on hand at all times.  Now, it doesn't sit there just taking up space.  It gets used (usually by my son and I at karate) and it gets replaced.  I also am big on stocking up on canned/dry goods.  It makes meal preparation considerably easier when I don't feel like preparing, but it also becomes my emergency supply.  I have first aid kits everywhere: in my car, in my bedroom, in my kitchen.  I have to replace supplies on those regularly (which is a good thing) but they are ready to go.

Fortunately for me, my kids are now old enough to know the plans without having to do too much teaching or reminding.  They each have cell phones with family member numbers plugged in.  They both know what they're allergic to as well.  When they were younger, we kept the plans simple and easy and just reminded them on a regular basis.  It's probably time for us to go over it all again, though.

I also have a large supply of pet food on hand.  It's not easy to transport, but it's stored in a dry container.  I also have milk jugs that I've saved to fill with water for the pets in the event of emergency as well.  This keeps their supply and ours separate so I don't have to worry about having someone go thirsty.

If you'd like an easy check list to follow, you can find one on the Save the Children website:

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Time Lapse Tuesday #cattoy #octopus #playing

I was playing with Time Lapse on my iPhone Saturday. It's very short, but funny. Best $1 raffle ticket I've ever spent (for the cardboard cat toy).


Monday I played a bit more. I wasn't able to stand longer than I was as this was just prior to the Aquarium opening. But, I did catch the GPO out and about.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Halloween Costumes #fun #thrifting

My daughter is still undecided on costumes.  She's actually supposed to do a book character for tomorrow at school, plus something magical on Friday for Conjuration Con.  She'll end up pulling something out of her closet and meshing it into something interesting.  I, on the other hand, have mine ready to go.  I'll show it off at CONjuration Con this Friday, but I'll give you a preview hint:

It's pink.. very pink.. I have a wig to go with it and a wand.  All thrifted for less than $10.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Preparing for the unthinkable @SaveTheChildren #Lassie #disaster

With all that's going on lately, I thought this would be something good to share.  This gives you the weekend to start thinking about it and what you can do.

-          Save the Children’s recent poll shows that 49% of U.S. parents don’t feel the very prepared to protect their children from disaster.

-          51% don’t think their child’s school or child care center is very prepared either. 

-          A whopping 74% of parents don’t think the federal government is prepared to protect their kids should disaster strike!

See how our state does in protecting children from disaster while they’re in school or child care. -           check the map:  (I think you'll be surprised.)

Look and find out if you're prepared:

Thursday, October 23, 2014

PSA: Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Lights Up Atlanta, November 13-December 28 @CtrPuppetryArts #puppets #PSA

ATLANTA (October 22, 2014)You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen, but do you recall – the most famous reindeer of all? Celebrate the season with the return of a holiday tradition, Rudolph the Red-Nosed ReindeerTM at Center for Puppetry Arts, November 13-December 28. Directed by Jon Ludwig and based on the beloved 1964 stop-motion animated special, the festive family classic rings in the most wonderful time of the year with an unforgettable holiday adventure! 

Hermey the Elf, Yukon Cornelius, the Abominable Snow Monster and all the other merry misfits join Rudolph and Santa for a seasonal spectacular that can’t be missed. Through the use of rod and body puppets, skilled puppeteers present the timeless tale of acceptance that has inspired audiences and become an Atlanta tradition. 

This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Center’s production of the favorite holiday adventure, as well as the 50th anniversary of the classic TV special. “I saw the first TV broadcast in 1964 and thought they had created it just for me. Here they were showing a couple of misfits making it through the world. I felt, ’There are other misfits like me.  I’m not alone!’” reflected Jon Ludwig. He continued, “I have always loved this story. Apparently, there are a lot of others who love it too, but that makes sense as the story is about Rudolph and Hermey finding their place in the world, and realizing that everyone has a purpose. That’s what the holidays are about: family and community.”

New this year, the production will tie in with the national #ShineBright social media campaign, which is a celebration of uniqueness. Led by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, the campaign unites the Center for Puppetry Arts with other nationwide partners, who are using the Rudolph story as a platform for teaching important lessons about diversity and tolerance.

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is recommended for ages four and up and will be performed in the Mainstage Theater, November 13- December 28. Half-price previews will be offered November 11-12, 10 a.m. & 11:30 a.m..

The show schedule is as follows:
·         November 11-25
o    Tuesday- Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
o    Saturday: 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
o    Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
·         November 26-30
o    Wednesday: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
o    Friday- Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
o    Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
*The Center will be closed on Thursday, November 27 in observance of Thanksgiving Day
·         December 2-14
o    Tuesday- Friday: 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
o    Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
o    Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
*Sunday, December 14 will include an additional 5 p.m. performance
·         December 16-21
o    Tuesday- Wednesday: 10 a.m. and 12 p.m.
o    Thursday- Friday: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
o    Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
o    Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
·         December 23-28
o    Tuesday- Wednesday: 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and 2 p.m.
o    Friday- Saturday: 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
o    Sunday: 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
*The Center will be closed on Thursday, December 25 in observance of Christmas Day

Tickets include Museum admission and entrance to the Create-A-Puppet Workshop (or To-Go Kit), where children can create their own King Moonracer rod and string puppet to take home for the holidays.