Sunday, April 23, 2017

Tickets Now on Sale! Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour!


Mother's Day Weekend Tradition Features 10 Private Sites
For celebrating Mother’s Day, there’s no better place to explore than the ten breathtaking gardens featured on the annual Gardens for Connoisseurs Tour Saturday and Sunday, May 13 - 14.
Benefiting the Atlanta Botanical Garden, the tour spotlights private home gardens in metro Atlanta, including Buckhead, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, and Midtown.  Featuring a range of styles and sizes -- from tranquil woodland settings to intimate urban oases, the professionally designed to “gardener’s gardens” – the event will delight both green thumbs and the “garden curious” alike.

Tickets for the self-guided tour, held rain or shine each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., are on sale at www.atlantabg.org and at select area retailers.  They are $28 in advance (garden members $22) and $35 on days of the tour and are valid both days.  For information, visit
atlantabg.org

Friday, April 21, 2017

Mall of Georgia Adds Four New Stores!

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Area’s largest shopping and dining destination welcomes Amazon Pop-Up, Avia Nails, Billy Beez, and Brooklynn’s; Artful Living, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, and Sunglass Hut reopen while Journey’s, Journey’s Kids, and Swarovski Crystal undergo remodels

Mall of Georgia management is pleased to announce the additions of an Amazon Pop-Up, Avia Nails, Billy Beez, and Brooklynn’s to its extensive retail and dining roster.  These new offerings will join recently reopened Artful Living, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics, and Sunglass Hut in the Southeast’s largest shopping destination.  Journey’s, Journey’s Kids, and Swarovski Crystal are also scheduled to undergo remodels this spring.  
Shoppers will have the chance to experience the full range of Amazon devices such as the Echo, Amazon Fire TV, Fire tablets, Dash Button, and Kindle at the Amazon Pop-Up – anticipated to open in April.  In the kiosk located on the Lower Level in Center Court, shoppers will have access to Amazon experts on site to help navigate, recommend, and set up Amazon devices.  The shop will also carry Amazon compatible accessories.
Slated to open in late June in a 4,229-square foot storefront near Forever 21, Brooklynn’s will offer women shoppers a versatile selection of bohemian, classy clothing, and accessories.  The retailer will carry everything from special-occasion dresses, casual active wear, high-end denim, game day attire, and more.
Billy Beez, the leading choice for kid’s entertainment, indoor play, and birthday parties, is scheduled to open later this year.  Families will find an array of activities ranging from slides to sport courts, tunnels to towers, ball blasters to bouncy trampolines, and plenty more fun in the 20,949-square foot space located on the Lower Level near Haverty’s Furniture.
Specializing in nail extensions, manicures, pedicures, and waxing services, Avia Nails is scheduled to open its doors in April.  Measuring at approximately 1,063 square feet, the shop will be located on the Lower Level next to Von Maur.
Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics recently completed an expansion project in its storefront located on the Upper Level near Belk.  The renovation increased the space from 620 square feet to 2,282 square feet and will allow the retailer to significantly increase its product offering.  Providing shoppers an eclectic assortment of gift, jewelry, and home accessory options, Artful Living recently relocated to a 1,135-square foot storefront on the Lower Level near Von Maur.  High-quality eyewear retailer Sunglass Hut underwent a remodel and is now open on the Upper Level near Abercrombie for shoppers to stock up on their summer shades.  
To better serve the needs of shoppers, Journey’s, Journey’s Kids, and Swarovski Crystal will undergo remodeling this spring.  Shoppers can keep an eye out on Mall of Georgia’s website and social channels for reopening details.  For a full retailer roster and more, visit simon.com/mallofgeorgia

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Matilda the Musical Brings Laughter to Midtown



Last night, my companion and I had the sheer delicious pleasure of attending, "Matilda the Musical," at Atlanta's Fox Theatre.

Being quite familiar with the mid-1990s movie, we were filled with anticipation to see the musical adaptation and what kind of young talent it would produce for us.  I am happy to report that we were not let down.  Not only did this play meet our expectations, I believe it raised the bar even higher.

Matilda is the story of a young girl born to an unruly and horribly rude and obnoxious family.  When we meet Matilda, she is school age and her Parents enroll her in school where a horrible head mistress, Miss Trunchbull (an aging and former Olympic disc-throwing star) runs the show.

As in the movie adaptation of Ron Dahl's book, we watch precious and brilliant Matilda outwit the horrible adults around her while also befriending and falling in love with her school teacher, Miss Honey.  It the classic story of a young girl with no one to love her winding up with her own loving family in the end.

The stage set is amazing.  There is a huge library set that is used throughout the musical, as well as the school room setting, and Matilda's home.  I loved the way the musical used the alphabet throughout the show.  If you go, remember to take note and watch all the many ways, the alphabet is presented and used.  I believe it's a true witness to children and that first schooling experience of being introduced to the alphabet and learning to read.


Now - the characters.  Who hasn't seen this film a million times and had a love/hate relationship with Miss Trunchbull?  The incredible Dan Chameroy plays the mean and abusive headmistress.  Listen.  He could not have duplicated her any more perfectly.  His voice, his mannerisms, his facial expressions.  Everything.  You must see him to believe it.  He had our audience rolling with laughter.  Such a timeless and iconic film character.  (Ron Dahl is always great at creating iconic literary figures.  Think Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.)



Other fantastic characters in this musical are of course Matilda's parents - a Father who sells (dishonestly) used cars and a flamboyant, want-to-be ballroom dancer Mother, neither of which have the time or desire to know anything about or love their little daughter Matilda.  Matt Harrington and Darcy Stewart are both wonderful in these roles.  And, as a delicious little side note - you must see Matlida's Mother's Italian ballroom dancer teacher, Rudolpho.  He is so funny and charismatic.  Truly had us in stitches.  Loved him!  Thank you, Stephen Diaz, for bringing this character to life.



The character of Matilda is played by three different young actresses for this tour.  On the night we visited, Matilda was played by ten-year old Jenna Weir.  Previous experience includes the Toronto production of Matilda as well as a variety of tv credits.  

I think the thing that is so amazing to me with each of these productions that have children in them is the level of talent they possess.  These kids are 9, 10, 11 years old, and they are dancing to tightly-choreographed numbers, singing, and memorizing what must be books of dialogue.  How in the world do they do it?  Astonishing!




And speaking of musical numbers, the soundtrack for this musical was great.  Even though we didn't know any of the numbers beforehand, each one was relevant and wonderful.  Tim Minchin has done a great job with the music and lyrics.




One other thing I always like to mention is about the play in relation to taking children.  Our showing had a lot of kids in it.  This musical is perfectly fine for your littles.  No profanity or nudity.  Just a lot of good belly laughs.  In fact, at the end of intermission, Matt Harrington (Mr. Wormwood) came out and gave a disclaimer to all the children in the audience not to replicate anything they saw in the play.  Perfect!

Matilda plays The Fox Theatre through April 23.  Tickets are $33.50 - $128.50 and may be purchased though foxtheatre.org/matilda or by calling 1.855.285.8499.  Need a sneak peek?  Take a look at a production number from the 2013 Tony Awards:


NatureBox Spring Sale!



Guys.  I am seriously in love with NatureBox.

No, wait.

I am SERIOUSLY in love with NatureBox.

Two months ago, I ordered a starter box, based off some wonderful internet reviews.  The box came, and everything in it looked delicious.  I think my starter box was around $20 (?) or so.  I can't remember now...

Some people may think that's too much for "snacks," but I wanted healthy snacks, and I didn't want to waste time doing research.  This seemed perfect for me, and unlike Graze, where they automatically ship you a box for $15 (ouch) each month, NatureBox only ships when you order.

NatureBox is a subscription service.  You pay $5 a month, and that $5 is credited back to your account.  So far, I've only eaten 2 out of the 10 snacks that were in my starter box.  (I use the snacks at work for those long afternoons when you start to get the munchies.)  ...and quite frankly, I can't wait to get to the others.

Right now, NatureBox is having a Spring Sale.  A selection of yummy-looking and sounding snacks are on sale for 25% off with the code SPRING25, and as always, shipping is **FREE** when you reach $25.

I am excited.  Check out some of the yummy treats on sale.  If you'd like to order some of these yummy, healthy treats while they are sale, visit the NatureBox website.  If you order through the clicks in this blog post, you will receive $20 worth of product for **FREE!**

Why turn down free food?  Go ahead.  Click.  Savor.  Enjoy.


Maple Sea Salt Almonds

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Pretzels

Cinnamon Yogurt Mini Grahams

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Simon Centers Continue More Than Pink Drive

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Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, and Town Center at Cobb announced today this Spring 2017 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.
As part of a pledge to donate $1 million each year in 2017 and 2018, more than 180 participating Simon Malls, The Mills, and Premium Outlets nationwide will be participating in a range of activities during the months of April and May. 
“It has been wonderful to see the positive response that the More Than Pink movement has generated over the past year,” said Shelley Korenbrot, Director of Marketing and Business Development at North Georgia Premium Outlets.  “Our shoppers, retailers, and employees have embraced the opportunities we’ve offered to support Susan G. Komen in its tireless efforts to reduce breast cancer deaths, and we look forward to continuing that momentum this year.”
Visitors to the Atlanta-area Simon centers will notice pink themes throughout the properties and staff will be decked out in pink accessories.  Shoppers are invited to enjoy the following More Thank Pink activities and deals at Lenox Square, Mall of Georgia, North Georgia Premium Outlets, and Town Center at Cobb:
  • Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza
    • Discount Card Program:  In exchange for a $10 donation to Susan G. Komen, shoppers will receive a Discount Card providing 15% to 25% off one item at participating Lenox Square and Phipps Plaza retailers.  All Discount Card donations will go to Susan G. Komen and be available for purchase through May 31.  Cards are available at Guest Services located near Coach at Lenox Square and at Guest Services located near Lilly Pulitzer at Phipps Plaza.
    • Gift with Purchase:  Now through May 31, shoppers will receive a gift with purchase when making a donation of at least $10 at Guest Services located near Coach at Lenox Square and at Guest Services located near Lilly Pulitzer at Phipps Plaza.
    • Race For The Cure:  Shoppers are encouraged to run with a purpose at Lenox Square’s ‘Race For The Cure’ event on Saturday, June 24.  Attendees will have the option to run/walk a one mile or a 5K route and can visit bit.ly/LenoxSGKRace17 for more information and to register.
  • Mall of Georgia
    • Discount Card Program:  In exchange for a $10 donation to Susan G. Komen, shoppers will receive a Discount Card providing 15% to 25% off one item at each participating retailer.  All Discount Card donations will go to Susan G. Komen and be available for purchase through May 31.  Cards are available at Guest Services located on the lower level in Center Court near Old Navy.
    • Gift with Purchase:  Now through May 31, shoppers will receive a gift with purchase when making a donation of at least $10 at Guest Services located on the lower level in Center Court near Old Navy.
  • North Georgia Premium Outlets
    • Discount Card Program:  In exchange for a $10 donation to Susan G. Komen, shoppers will receive a Discount Card providing 15% to 25% off one item at each participating retailer.  All Discount Card donations will go to Susan G. Komen and be available for purchase through May 31.  Cards are available at Guest Services located in the Food Pavilion.  Discount Cards can also be purchased at Vince Camuto, Papaya, and UGG Australia at the center.
    • Free Entertainment:  Shoppers can enjoy live music from DJ Crazy Mike on April 15, April 29, May 13, and May 27 from 1-4 p.m. while enjoying enormous savings at participating More Than Pink stores.
  • Town Center at Cobb
    • Discount Card Program:  In exchange for a $10 donation to Susan G. Komen, shoppers will receive a Discount Card providing 15% to 25% off one item at over 30 participating retailers.  All Discount Card donations will go to Susan G. Komen and be available for purchase through May 31.  Cards are available at the Mall Office located behind Chick-fil-A on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Sunday from noon – 6 p.m.  Discount Cards can also be purchased at Brooklynn’s and Fashion-to-Figure in the mall.
As of April 2017, Simon has raised $441,667 in support of Susan G. Komen, all generated through the support and participation of shoppers, retailers, and employees.
*From October 1, 2016 to September 30, 2018, Simon is proud to support Susan G. Komen® and, with the help of generous shoppers, will guarantee a contribution of at least $1,000,000 for each year of the program in connection with its various fundraising initiatives, including its discount card program, promotion of Komen’s Race for the Cure®, and promotion of Komen’s Do-It-Yourself fundraising platform.
About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management, and development and an S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG).  Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe, and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales.  For more information, visit simon.com.
About Susan G. Komen®
Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease.  Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50% in the U.S. by 2026.  Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment, and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide.  Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life.  That promise has become Komen’s promise to all people facing breast cancer.  Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN.  Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.


Sunday, April 16, 2017

Target - Furniture on Sale!



Now is the time to save on outdoor living:

Remember to use your Target RedCard and to shop through a cash back site for additional savings!

If you aren't familiar with cash back sites and what they do, visit our page to learn more and sign up.


*Affiliate Disclosure:  I am grateful to bring you content free of charge. In order to do this, please note that when you click links and purchase items, in most (not all) cases, I will receive a referral commission.  Your support in purchasing through these links enables me to keep my blog publishing with less worry and less hassle. Thank you!

Target - Save 20% on Outdoor Living!



Now is the time to save on outdoor living:
Remember to use your Target RedCard and to shop through a cash back site for additional savings!

If you aren't familiar with cash back sites and what they do, visit our page to learn more and sign up.


*Affiliate Disclosure:  I am grateful to bring you content free of charge. In order to do this, please note that when you click links and purchase items, in most (not all) cases, I will receive a referral commission.  Your support in purchasing through these links enables me to keep my blog publishing with less worry and less hassle. Thank you!