Monday, January 15, 2018

Atlanta Botanical Garden - Valentines in the Garden!

Toast your Sweetie with Decadent Desserts, Exotic Orchids!

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day by enjoying cocktails, dancing, and desserts in the most romantic setting in town – the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where in February fragrant orchids set a romantic mood with their exotic backdrop.

Valentines in the Garden, set for 7 – 11 p.m. on Saturday, February 10, will offer decadent chocolates and other scrumptious sweets while guests sip cocktails from cash bars, dance to live entertainment, and explore Orchid Daze by night.  The annual plant exhibition, from February 10 -- April 1, features tropical settings lush with exquisite, fragrant orchids throughout the Fuqua Orchid Center, home to one of the largest collections of species orchids in the United States.  

For ticket information, visit

Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show!

Flower show features designers Bruno Duarte and James Farmer

Renowned floral designers and entertaining gurus Bruno Duarte and James Farmer will share their sought-after expertise on Saturday, Feb. 24 during the Atlanta Botanical Garden Flower Show.

With the theme Ingenue: A Toast to Georgia’s Film Industry, the show, set for February 23 – 25, includes juried competitions in Floral Design, Horticulture, and Photography as well as a professional Landscape Design division (Registration details at

In addition to the competitions, the event, which benefits the Garden’s International Plant Exploration Program, will feature Duarte, an internationally known floral designer,  and Farmer, a Georgia floral and interior designer, and lifestyle author.
Duarte grew up surrounded by flowers on his family's farm in Madeira, an island paradise off the coast of Morocco that’s known as the floating garden and home to rare species of flowers from around the world.  It's there that his passion for orchids and all things floral began.

Duarte’s approach to floral design is both sculptural and emotional, blending together organic materials and found objects to create works of art.  His floral studio in Toronto is often mistaken for an art gallery, where weekly window displays are created to showcase his artistry.

His exceptional craftsmanship and innovative design techniques have captured the attention of socialites and celebrities such as Renee Zellweger, Patti LaBelle, and Sir Elton John.  When not in his studio, he can be found designing in front of a live audience, appearing frequently on local and national television programs, and at home and garden shows.

Born and raised in the South, Farmer is a professional garden, floral and interior designer; author; and lifestyle expert.  He is the author of the books A Time To Plant; Sip & Savor; Porch Living; Wreaths For All Seasons; A Time To Cook, Dinner on the Grounds; A Time to Celebrate; and A Place to Call Home.

In addition, Farmer is an editor-at-large for Southern Living and a frequent guest on television and radio shows.  A skilled and entertaining speaker, he masterfully guides his audience through the art of elegant garden living.

Tickets to hear both speakers are $50 and can be purchased at show. For more information, call 404-591-1730.      

Center for the Puppetry Arts - Rainforest Adventures!

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Prepare for a wild adventure beneath a Brazilian treetop canopy, courtesy of toucans, anacondas, sloths, and more!
Playing January 23-March 4, Rainforest Adventures is an up-close look at a day in the life of animals living in one of the most amazing, mysterious places on earth.  Explorers of all ages will experience Brazilian-inspired music as they come face-to-face with more than 30 exotic plants and animals that inhabit the Amazonian ecosystem.  A mischievous howler monkey leaping from tree to tree, bats beating their wings in a glorious evening ballet, a keen-eyed harpy eagle searching for its next meal, and pink river dolphins playfully exploring the waterways create a vibrant escape to the tropics as the Amazon Rainforest comes to life! 
Center for Puppetry ArtsCo-written by the Center’s Artistic Director Jon Ludwig, with Stephanie Kaskel Bogle and Raylynn Hughes, Rainforest Adventures features numerous puppets performed in a Czech Black style by puppeteers Brian Harrison, Jake Krakovsky, Emily Marsh, Tim Sweeney, and Anna Claire Walker.  As part of the Czech Black tradition, puppeteers dress in black from head to toe and manipulate puppets in a tight curtain of light in front of them, ultimately allowing them to disappear behind the light.  Hidden from sight, puppeteers are able to create dazzling, complex movements of all kinds with the puppets and props, sometimes with three or four puppeteers working together to execute a single movement.  The scenery as well as all of the puppets were designed and built by the Center, and many of the puppets were built to scale making them the same size as their counterparts in the wild. 
Recommended for ages 4 and up, Rainforest Adventures is presented in the Mainstage Theater, January 23 – March 4 with reduced-price previews on January 23 and 24 at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
On Sunday, January 28, Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a series of activities that will allow them to be eligible for all four STEM patches in a single day.  Scouts will explore the science of the rainforest ecosystem, technology behind puppet performances, engineering used to design some of the puppets in the Worlds of Puppetry Museum exhibits, and the math skills utilized to build a puppet in the Create-A-Puppet Workshops™.   Activities will take place from 12 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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The Center for Puppetry Arts will continue its dedication to programming for patrons with ASD on Sunday, February 11, with sensory-friendly modifications to the performance as well as in the Museum and in the Create-A-Puppet Workshops™.  The Center will also provide a quiet room, social stories, noise-reducing headphones, and fidget toys for guests who need those resources.  For details, visit
Regular show times are as follows:
·     Tuesday-Friday:  10 a.m. and 11:30 am.       
·     Saturday:  11 a.m. and 1 pm.
·     Sunday:  1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Center for Puppetry Arts

Tickets are
$975 (Members) and $19.50 (nonmembers).  The Family Series All-Inclusive Tickets include admission to the performance, Worlds of Puppetry Museum (with the largest collection of Jim Henson puppets and artifacts in the world as well as a Global Gallery), and the Create-A-Puppet Workshop™, where guests can make and perform with their own Pink River Dolphin marionette.
Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling 404.873.3391.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day December 15 - Mall of Georgia to Celebrate!

Shoppers are invited to revel in Mall of Georgia’s National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Friday, December 15 from noon – 2 p.m.
Festive patrons can visit with Santa, enjoy tasty holiday treats, and participate in children’s crafts in the Von Maur Court – as well as take a photo with Santa for extra laughs!  Participants can also stop by Guest Services any time on December 15 to show off their attire and receive a complimentary Savings Passport that includes discounts from over 30 retailers.  Macy’s, Charming Charlie, Francesca’s, Claire’s, and Forever 21 have an array of best (or worst) ugly holiday sweaters to wear to this jolly event!
National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Holiday event with ugly sweaters, festive fun and photos with Santa!
Friday, December 15, 2017

Noon – 2 p.m.            
Mall of Georgia – Von Maur Court 

3333 Buford Drive
Buford, GA 30519              
For more information, visit

Visit for Santa photo pricing information.
This event is open to the public!
Mall of Georgia is currently undergoing exciting renovations – including a newly reimaged premier dining destination called ‘The Dining Pavilion,’ as well as enhancements to The Village, the center’s outdoor entertainment area.  The renovation project is anticipated to be complete in early 2018.
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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Target - Today is the Day - 10% Off All Gift Cards Today!

Today is the day!

Once a year, Target runs a sale on their gift cards.  You can buy up to $300 in Target gift cards, broken out however you wish.

Plus shop through Mr. Rebates and get an additional 2% off.  The only thing that would make this deal any sweeter is if Target gave us the 5% Target REDcard discount on gift card purchases.  :)

This deal is good for today, Sunday 12/3, only.  So stock up!

Happy shopping!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Disney Cruise Line - Cyber Week Sale - Save Up to 25% on Select Sailings!

Think a Disney Cruise is out of your budget?

Take a peek at this sale on a limited sailing!

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Save up to 25%

on prevailing rates as quoted on for select

7-Night Caribbean Cruises
For Verandah staterooms with Restrictions (Category VGT) on the 7-night sailing on Disney Fantasy on 3/17/18. Taxes, Fees and Port Expenses of approx. $106 per person not included. Other savings also available for different sail dates.

Valid for new bookings only. Full payment is required at time of booking for all Guests and is nonrefundable. Full legal names of all Guests are required at time of booking and no name changes are allowed. Specific stateroom will be assigned at a later time, based on availability.

Book through 12/1/17
*Click on any of the Contact Us buttons for a **FREE** Magical Vacation Quote!

Mall of Georgia - Breakfast with Santa!

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Gwinnett County’s premier shopping destination welcomes little ones for a jolly holiday breakfast with the man in the red suit
It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Santa and Papa Elf will be making a special appearance for Mall of Georgia’s Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 2.  From 8:30-10 a.m., families are invited to enjoy breakfast, holiday festivities, and story time with Santa and Papa Elf in The Dining Pavilion.  The event is **FREE** to Family at Mall of Georgia members and $5 for adults to attend.  Guests who are not already members may sign up for Family at Mall of Georgia at Guest Services or the Breakfast with Santa event. 
Breakfast with Santa

Holiday event to feature festive fun with breakfast, crafts and story time!
Saturday, December 2, 2017

8:30-10 a.m.               
Mall of Georgia – The Dining Pavilion 

3333 Buford Drive
Buford, GA 30519                   
For more information, visit
FREE to Family at Mall of Georgia members and $5 for adults.
RSVP is required. Please RSVP to   
Mall of Georgia is currently undergoing exciting renovations – including a newly reimaged premier dining destination called ‘The Dining Pavilion,’ as well as enhancements to The Village, the center’s outdoor entertainment area. The renovation project is anticipated to be complete in early 2018.
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