Learning Activities with Alpha-Bits #sponsored #alphabits

Disclosure: I am a member of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network and this is a sponsored post. I am being compensated by Post Alpha-Bits cereal for sharing this information, all opinions expressed are my own.

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Breakfast is a very important start to the day.  I like to make sure that what I feed my son is both nutritious and that he enjoys it.  I recently had the opportunity to review Alpha-Bits cereal.

I was happy when I learned  that Alpha-Bits cereal have 20 grams of whole grains as well as 12 essential vitamins and nutrients per serving.  Included in this are Zinc and Iron which are nutrients that support healthy brain development which is very important to me as a mom to a pre-school kid.

My son Devin just turned 5 and he is so eager to learn how to read.  He is constantly working on his spelling and asking me to teach him how to spell new words.  Devin is so proud of himself as well should he be.  He is learning so much.

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Devin had such a good time learning as he ate his breakfast so I decided to do another activity with him.  With it being the holidays, Devin encounters so much family that he doesn’t always see.  So, I decided to work on a family tree with him so he could really grasp who was who.  He learned to spell their names using Alpha-Bits . You can see how we did this below.

FAMILY TREE ACTIVITY:

-Draw a tree branches
-Write out family members names on branches in proper linear order
-Then locate the letters of names using Alpha-Bits cereal and glue them underneath

Devin's Alpha-Bits Family Tree

Devin’s Alpha-Bits Family Tree

As we know children sometimes play in their food so why not make breakfast or snack time a learning moment.

There are so many different letter/word activities you can do with your little ones using Alpha-Bits.

Watch below video to see more learning in action.

Disclosure: I am a member of the Mom It Forward Blogger Network and this is a sponsored post. I am being compensated by Post Alpha-Bits cereal for sharing this information, all opinions expressed are my own.

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High Museum of Art’s Thanksgiving Weekend Family Fun Activities (Ticket Giveaway)

After you’ve stuffed yourself with Thanksgiving Dinner and Shopped the midnight Black Friday sales bring your family to the High Museum of Art for some family fun. On Friday November 29, 2013  the High Museum of Art is celebrating the holiday weekend with a family fun event from noon until 5pm.

Bring your little cowgirl and cowboys out and let them learn what skills are needed to survive in the Wild Wild West.  During the mini workshop artisans, crafters, makers and survivalists to demonstrate everything from canning to metalsmithing, hide tanning, and yarn spinning. There will also be lively music.

While you are there be sure to enjoy the exhibit, “Go West!”  that inspired this family event. ”

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The High is the exclusive venue for Go West!, from November 03, 2013 – April 13, 2014. The exhibit features masterpieces and historical treasures drawn from the unparallel collection of the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyo.

The exhibition covers 100 years of Western art from 1830 to 1930. The exhibition has 257 objects which include paintings, drawings, sculpture, photographs, frontier firearms and rare objects from 19th century Plains Indian life.

For High School Children here is another great event that ties in with the Go West! exhibit

ArTLab: Go West!
Nov. 30; Greene Family Education Center
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At this event, teens can improve their technique and understanding of a particular medium by choosing between a photography class taught by artist extraordinaire Juliana Thomas and a multimedia class taught by artist and all-around good guy, Joe Tsambrias.

Photography: Design an Old West photo shoot, then use natural dyes to put a vintage tint on photographs.

Multimedia: Make block carvings and print “Wanted” posters like those used in the Old West to nab train robbers and horse thieves.

Ticket information: $20 per session. For high schoolers only. All levels are welcome; supplies provided.

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Sprint Gets Mobile with Atlanta Moms #SprintATL

We live in a connected world thanks to technology and mobile devices. But there are a few things that get on my nerves about smartphones and tablets.

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First: My husband is always on his phone.  Now, I will say that he is a busy man.  He is building a business, he’s always dealing with clients, and he’s been focusing on teaching people how to make affordable mobile phone videos, so I get it… He has to use his phone! But, when it’s time for family time, it’s time for family time.

Second: As soon as you buy a phone, it seems like it’s time to upgrade it, but if you’re in a contract, you can’t get a new phone without spending a bundle.  These phone companies are running serious game.

What’s worse than having no bars?  It’s like having no phone. I’m now sure about your community, but Atlanta has plenty of hills, and areas that seem to be in dead zones. It’s utterly frustrating at times.

Now I’m not going to bash by current mobile provider, but recently Sprint rolled out the red carpet for us Atlanta mom bloggers so we could learn more about how it is improving service in the metro area.

A group of us were treated to a birds eye view of Atlanta while we toured one of Sprints  cell towers in the Buckhead area of Atlanta.  We got to see first hand how Sprint is improving coverage here.  They have more than 1000 towers. Some of them are situated on church steeples, which I didn’t know. It makes sense though since the height is needed to get maximum coverage.

I really enjoyed my day out with the Sprint folks.  They are encouraging everyone to practice safe mobile habits, and even have a new Android app that is designed to help you find your phone if it’s lost or stolen, and it can even wipe the data.

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Here are some tips from the carrier to enjoy a safe mobile experience:

Tips for Smarter Smartphone Usage

With smartphones being critical to everyday life, there are a few basic steps that Sprint and Lookout recommend:

  • Set a PIN or passcode. It’s the first line of defense to keep private information private if a phone is lost or stolen.
  • Don’t lose it. Tuck away a smartphone in a zipped pocket or bag when walking in public places.
  • Practice safe surfing. Take extra care when browsing websites or clicking on links from a mobile device – the small screen size makes it especially tricky to determine a safe link from a fraudulent one.
  • Be cautious when downloading apps. To minimize the risk of picking up a malicious application, only download from official apps stores, read app reviews, and check the developer reputation before installation.
  • Keep it safe. Download an app like Lookout to help locate a lost phone, or lock & wipe the data if it cannot be recovered.

I’m hoping to get my hands on a Sprint phone in the future and share my thoughts about the product.

For now, I’m off to make my next call. I have my own clients (real estate)!

 

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Review of Graco’s Little Lounger (Vibrating/Rocking Seat)

Recently I gathered at the home at one of my fellow blogger buddies Krystyn who was hosting a Graco event to give myself and other bloggers the opportunity to review and learn more about Graco’s Little Lounger, which is one of their newest products in their “Soothing” category.

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The Little Lounger™ is two products in one: a rocking seat and a vibrating lounger. In rocking seat mode, calm baby with the gentle back and forth motion of the rocking seat. Then, flip down the Rock Locks™ and the seat becomes a vibrating lounger with 2-speed vibration. The ingenious seat has multiple recline positions, so that it’s easy to find just the right position for baby’s comfort. When you’re not using it, Little Lounger folds compactly to store or travel, and a cute toy bar will keep baby occupied.

The Little Lounger retails for $79.99 and is sold at Babies R Us, Target and BuyBuybaby.

What I love most about this product is that the Graco Little Lounger can create valuable time for mothers with infants. Baby can rest comfortably while reclined at the angle that they most enjoy.  The product Rock Locks™  feature transform the rocker  into a stationary vibrating lounger so you know baby is safe and won’t tip themselves over if you look away.  Now that the baby is nice and relaxed and occupied gazing and playing with Toy bar, mom can take a few minutes for herself.

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In case you don’t know what to do with the few moments you have to yourself.  You may want to try Yoga.  At the event I learned some really relaxing simple seated Yoga moves that can help relieve tension.  Yoga is definitely a great de-stressor.

Moms will have peace of mind while taking time for themselves because they now their babies are happy and comfortable.

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post I received item for review purposes as well as monetary compensation for writing this review.  All opinions and words express are my own.

 

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What a Freakin Fabulous #StyleChat with Clinton Kelly

Macy’s at Lenox Mall recently hosted a #stylechat with Clinton Kelly and it was freakin fabulous.  I attended the event with my mother and I was looking forward to get a few style tips. My mother already has fabulous style but she wanted to learn more about the trends for this Fall.

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One thing I wasn’t expecting to get from the #stylechat was a good laugh.  I never realized that Clinton Kelly was so funny.  From the beginning of the event to the end he had  the ladies in the audience laughing.

Clinton had lots of style tips for women on fall trends, the importance of wearing proper fitting pieces as well some big no no’s in fashion.  The biggest no no in fashion that he mentioned was that if you have thick ankles that you shouldn’t wear shoes with straps around the ankle because it only makes ankles and legs appear bigger.  He recommends that if you want a shoe to look sexy, sleek and chic you should wear a shoe with a color that is very close to your skin tone.

The holidays are coming and that means lots of parties.  Clinton says remember that the holidays are all about fun, so remember to stand out and shine. What better way to shine then SEQUINS, SEQUINS, SEQUINS.  So find a dress, blouse or bag with lots of SEQUINS and Shine baby!

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Also remember to really amp up your jewelry, make sure that you wear a big statement piece on at least one part of your body.

I learned a lot at this event, and it’s given me a lot to think about when shopping and dressing for events.  If you needs some tips too, reach out to Clinton on twitter.

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Disclosure:
 I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for sharing this information about this Macy’s event. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

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Learn What to Wear with Clinton Kelly #stylechat #HelpMeClinton

What do I wear for my body type? This is a question that I am constantly searching for the answer to.  I am quickly learning that things that I love may not be the most flattering. For example I love stripes however horizontal stripes aren’t my friend.  My mother recently pointed out that with me being thicker in the middle that they just make me look wider.  Wow!…nice to know. ;) She suggested that if I want to wear stripes that I look for pieces that have vertical or diagonal stripes.

Clinton KellyI have always found it challenging to find things that look great on my body.  I was excited when found out that Clinton Kelly, co-host of TLC’s “What Not to Wear”  was going to be visiting Macy’s in my local area and sharing tips on head-to-toe dressing.  Finally I am going to get the help I need.

Join me at Macy’s Lenox Square for an evening of food, fun and fashion. Learn What to wear.  Clinton will be showing women of all sizes how to dress for their body type.  He will also be talking about the hottest beauty trends and fashions for the season.

When: November 8, 2013 at 6pm
Where: Macy’s Lenox Square

If you can’t make it to the event but need some fashion advice just type your question into your favorite form of social media and include #HelpMeClinton and he, or one of the style experts on his team will respond to you with helpful advice or tips.

 

Disclosure: I am a member of the Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for sharing this information about this Macy’s event. However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

 

 

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Returning to Fit from Fluffy #HerbalMagic #Sponsored

Over the past few years I have really packed on the pounds.  It is so easy to do.  For me going to Fit to Fluffy happened very quickly.  I would say it all began when I stopped working full-time to be a stay-at-home mom.  Although I was busy tending to my family I did very little else.  Also because I was tending to a newborn I found it hard to balance tending to baby and tending to myself.  So of course baby comes first. So I often waited to eat until late at night when I knew my baby would be sleep a few hours so I could really relax and enjoy my meal.  Food was a comfort thing fore me. Then since the experts say sleep when the baby sleeps I would then immediately crawl in bed as I was swallowing my last bite.  So not good I know.

I have found that over the next years I still continued to eat late and eat foods that weren’t that nutritious because they were fast and heck quite delish if you ask me.

Once again the year is close to an end and I am realizing that I haven’t met my weight loss goal and it is disappointing.  Everyone is always telling me if you want to change your body, you have change your mindset.  I really sometimes think my thinking of “this weight loss is impossible” is really helping block my success.

I have recently begun a new fitness regimen  and I have been going consistently even when I am feeling to lazy to go.  What I am finding once I am their is that I am happy I went and that I am stronger than I give myself credit for.

Now that I have my fitness plan successfully in place.  I now need to focus on a healthy low calorie diet in order for me to reach my goal.  Starting this week I  will reduce my daily caloric intake to 1200 calories a day.  I will also make 4 out of the 7 days meatless days.  I am a very big red meat eater so this is a major step.  I also will be cutting out some of my faves which are soda, cheddar cheese, pasta, and white bread.

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I recently learned of Herbal Magic Nutrition Centres and they focus on healthy weight loss.  In fact they talk about stubborn belly fat, which is my main trouble spot.  They have weight loss programs that target that area and help you lose belly fat for good.

I am really considering joining because I like that they have personalized support, use natural products and you get to eat real food.  Eating real food is important to me because if I am going to cut back I want the calories I do be to be tasty. :)

I know I want to be healthier and I know what it is going to take.  So now my mind has been set straight, I realize that no matter what I need to continue to make strides in order to reach my goal.  I KNOW WHAT I WANT AND I KNOW IT IS POSSIBLE!

I will be fit again!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post,  I am Niche Parent Network blogger. I am being compensated for sharing this information however all words and opinions expressed are my own.

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Hispanic Heritage Month 2013 @Macys #HHM13

October is Hispanic Heritage Month, and Macy’s celebrated with a fiesta with Dora The Explorer in the children’s department.  Dora came to say, “Hola” to all her friends at Macy’s Lenox Mall.  The energy was high with excitement from kids waiting to see Dora and take a picture with her.

Dora did not disappoint as she made her grand entrance dancing in to rhythmic Latin music.  The crowd was definitely enjoying these high energy tunes dancing along with her.

Hispanic Heritage Month is a great time to celebrate Hispanic and Latino American heritage, and learn more about how the hispanic culture influences and enriches our nation and world.

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The kids enjoyed Story Time with Jackie Edwards who specializes in Latin Story telling, She read the new book “Dora’s Chilly Day”.

Kids also had opportunity to get their faces painted and they designed their own “Backpack, Backpack”.  Devin really enjoyed spending the afternoon with Dora and it seemed like the other children did as well.

 

Disclosure: I am a member of Everywhere Society and Everywhere provided me with compensation for sharing information about this Macy’s event.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.

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Fall Festival On Ponce (October 19-20, 2013) #Giveaway #FestivalOnPonce

The season of the year between summer and winter is one of my favorites. Fall is a great time to spend outdoors with your family. The colorful changing leaves always lift my mood it’s such a beautiful image to take in. Also the weather is cooling off but it’s not too cold so you may not even need a jacket. There are so many different things you can do with your family like hang out in the park, visit a pumpkin patch, collect leaves and even roll around in them. There are also lots of community activities, in fact the Fall Festival on Ponce will be taking place soon.  It seems like such a fun time with lots to do. I definitely plan on checking it out.

Atlanta Fall Festival on Ponce October 19-20 + $110 Prize Pack Giveaway!

The Festival on Ponce has taken place twice a year since 2011 in the gorgeous Olmsted Linear Park. The park itself was first proposed over 100 years ago in 1893 by its namesake, Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr., one of the nation’s most well known designers of parks and public spaces at the time. His other works include the famous Central Park in New York City, the breathtaking Biltmore Estate in Asheville, and our nation’s Capital Grounds. After a century of constant use, the park began to decline until the Olmsted Linear Park Alliance was established in 1997. Since then, OLPA has worked tirelessly to ensure the park is maintained and preserved for future generations. Olmsted is made of up of six different sections, each just as stunning as the next. When you visit the park during the festival weekend, you’ll see just how beautiful the space is, and how much work has gone into making it a beautiful area for metro Atlanta residents.

olmsted linear park The Fall Festival on Ponce is a free two day event taking place October 19th and 20th, and will feature over 125 painters, photographers, sculptors, leather and metalworkers, glass blowers, jewelers and crafters. The Festival will also offer artist demonstrations, live acoustic music, a Street Market, children’s inflatable play area plus a variety of local food trucks. In the middle of the park there is a lovely playground area that kids of all ages love, and a large grassy field that is perfect for kicking back and relaxing in this beautiful fall weather.

festival on ponce picnic Festival on Ponce When: Saturday, October 19th 10-6; Sunday, October 20th 11-6 Where: Olmsted Linear Park, 1451 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, Georgia, 30307 Food trucks: 10+ local food trucks and vendors Live music: Over 10 local bands and artists Local artists: 125+ booths (participating artist list) Cost: Free admission Parking: Free in designated areas, please keep in mind that this is a residential area when looking for parking Children’s Entertainment: Inflatables, sand art and face painting (activity tickets are required) Pets: Dogs are welcome to join in the fun too, just be sure to bring a leash and pick up behind them! For more information visit www.festivalonponce.com

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Seriously, President Jimmy Carter was at Festival on Ponce last year!

This is always an awesome festival and great way to spend the afternoon with your family. You can spend the whole day strolling through the artist booths, munching on local food, listening to music and letting the kiddos play on the playground. Be sure to bring a blanket for lounging on the grass and a frisbee to toss around. Don’t forget to share all your fun festival pictures online using hashtag #FestivalOnPonce!

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***Giveaway Alert***

The folks over at the festival have even given me and several other awesome Atlanta bloggers a $110 Festival Prize Pack to give away to one of our readers! It includes $50 in Artist Bucks, 2 lunch vouchers (meal and drink), and up to 4 children’s bracelets for unlimited inflatable play! The giveaway ends at midnight on Thursday 10/18, use the form below to enter.

(If the form isn’t showing up, click on the text below that says “a Rafflecopter giveaway” )

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Want more chances to win? Be sure to follow the Festival on Ponce on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, as they’ll be giving away $50 in Artist Bucks to spend at the festival every day!

Disclosure – I was compensated for promoting the festival and giveaway. As always, all opinions are my own.

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CARE 20th anniversary in Atlanta #ticketgiveaway

CARE is celebrating 20 years in Atlanta with an Art exhibit, “Through the Eyes of a Girl.” This exhibit will be held on October 11, 2013 in Atlanta at Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery and feature Artwork from schoolgirls around the world. CARE asked girls from Georgia, Ghana, Honduras, India and Madagascar to share their story through art.  If you ask me… What better way to tell your story than through creativity of art.  Through their own art, the girls opened their imaginations and gave us a glimpses of their lives and daily struggles. Art is a universal language that can be interpreted by all.

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CARE is Atlanta’s hometown humanitarian organization connecting us to the world a in the fight against poverty.  CARE’s work is present  in 84 countries around the world.

CARE not only responds to emergencies in other countries, they  also educate children, advocate on behalf of the people with legislature empowering the community and helps safeguard Mothers and families in terms of health and income issues.

Join CARE in their celebration

Event details:

What: Come see the unveiling of CARE’s new art exhibit while enjoying international cuisine and the music of Willie Ziavino and C.O.T Band.
Date: 
Time: 7:00 PM – 10:30 PM
Address:
Mason Murer Fine Art Gallery
199 Armour Drive, NE
Atlanta, GA 30324

Purchase tickets here.  I hope to see you there

CARE has generously offer to provide (2) tickets ($100 value) as a giveaway to one of my lucky readers.  If you want to learn more about CARE and are a lover of the arts enter giveaway below.

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(Giveaway open to readers 18yrs and older, winner will be chosen and notified on October 8, 2013 at 11:59pm)

Disclosure: I was provided tickets to this event by CARE in exchange for sharing information about this event

 

 

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