Thursday, August 22, 2019

Atlanta Botanical Garden - FALL FUN!

Enjoy the cooler days and nights of October at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, where fall serves up a harvest of fun events.

Throughout October, both the Atlanta and Gainesville gardens will be stuffed with more than 100 scarecrows created by artists, designers, schools, businesses, and families for Scarecrows in the Garden.

Participants compete for prizes in one of two design categories:  professional and nonprofessional.  Registration is open from August 5 through September 6.

On Thursday evenings at the Atlanta garden, visitors may explore the scarecrows under the glare of flashlights (which they are encouraged to bring) during Fest-of-Ale.  Each week, from 5 - 9 p.m., the beer fest features a variety of fine specialty ales at cash bars and live musical entertainment.  On the night of October 24, check out the Great Pumpkin-Carving Contest.

For youngsters, harvest-themed activities will be on tap on weekends from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and on Sunday, Oct. 27, they can wear their favorite costumes for a day of treats and activities during Goblins in the Garden, held at both gardens from 10 a.m  - 4 p.m.

Scarecrows in the Garden is sponsored by The Home Depot Foundation.  For more information, visit

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Pike Nurseries - Free Classes to the Public!

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Pike Nurseries is providing local communities with an excuse to get outside and get hands dirty during free gardening classes taught by Pike Nurseries’ team of experts!
Southeastern Native PlantsAugust 22 and 24 at select Pike Nursery locationsFREE!
Guests are invited to discover what vegetation is native to the southeastern region with the certified plant experts at Pike Nurseries. In this class, participants will learn how to achieve an easy and efficient landscape with low-care plants that thrive in the local environment, while supporting pollinating species and wildlife populations.
Southeastern Native Plants schedule:
·     Thursday, August 22 at 6 p.m. – West Cobb
3431 Ernest W Barrett Pkwy NW Marietta, Ga. 30064
·     Saturday, August 24 at 10 a.m. – Holcomb
2955 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Alpharetta, Ga. 30022
·     Saturday, August 24 at 10 a.m. – Ballantyne
12630 N. Community House Rd. Charlotte, N.C. 28277

For more information on the gardening classes and other events offered at Pike Nurseries, please visit

Fox Theatre! Christmas Tour!

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This fall, Chip Davis, founder and creator of Mannheim Steamroller, will celebrate the 35th Anniversary of his annual Christmas concert tour, making it the longest running consecutive concert tour in the entertainment industry!
Davis’ hallmark tour will begin on November 11, 2019 and run through December 29, 2019.  Two traveling ensembles will hold performances in cities across the country.
Mannheim Steamroller will be at the Fox Theatre for two performances on Sunday, November 24.  Tickets are on sale now at, the Fox Theatre Ticket Office, and 855-285-8499.  Ticket prices start at $45, plus applicable fees.  Single-event access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus will be available for purchase on top of the show ticket. Marquee Club passes are $65 per person and include an enhanced pre-show through post-show experience with complimentary food and non-alcoholic beverages.
“I remember when I came out with my first Christmas album in 1984 followed by our first tour.  Back then, many in the music industry said focusing on Christmas just wouldn’t work,” said Davis.  
“Now, 35 years later, we are still going strong. I want to thank our fans for making us part of their holiday tradition. Today we often see multi-generational families join us during the holidays each year.”
Davis founded his own record label, American Gramaphone, which went on to become one of the industry’s largest independent record labels.  A Grammy Award winner, Mannheim Steamroller has sold more than 40 million albums, 29 million in the Christmas genre.  Their holiday CD’s have become synonymous with Christmas and occupy top positions on Billboard’s Seasonal Chart every year. 
This year’s show will feature all of the favorite original classic Christmas hits from the first Mannheim Steamroller Christmas album, along with multimedia effects in an intimate setting.  Davis will direct and co-produce Tour performances with MagicSpace Entertainment.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis is co-produced by MagicSpace Entertainment. The company is headed by Lee D. Marshall, Joe Marsh, John Ballard, and Steve Boulay and has been producing and presenting national tours, Broadway shows, concerts, and museum exhibits worldwide for over 35 years. They have an office in Park City, UT.
About Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller
From his longtime home in Omaha, Nebraska, Mannheim Steamroller creator and founder Chip Davis makes innovative music inspired by the sounds of another age.  This former teacher and jingle writer founded the music industry’s largest independent recording label, American Gramaphone, in 1974 when industry
executives said Davis’ innovative 18th century instrumental rock sound would never sell.
In addition to a Grammy Award, Davis is largely credited with establishing the New Age music category.
His first Christmas album in 1984, revolutionized the making and marketing of holiday music, the album’s success made Christmas records a “must do” for all music artists.  With more than 29 million Christmas albums sold, Davis is the #1-selling Christmas artist of all time with Elvis coming in at a distant 17 million holiday records sold.  Having 19 gold, 8 multi-platinum and 4 platinum-certified records, Davis is among an elite group of music artists with this number of RIAA records. He is also one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the music industry, offering a rich array of lifestyle products on including hot chocolate, food, apparel, and novelty items.  His latest achievement is creating a cutting-edge psychoacoustic technology that is being used in major medical institutions such as Mayo Clinic.

Aurora Theatre - HOT August Programming!

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Audiences and families in the greater Atlanta area invited to enjoy laughs, tricks and more!

Lawrenceville Ghost ToursThere’s no shortage of good times at Aurora Theatre this August!  Georgia’s fastest-growing professional theater is lining up some of the best comedic talent for adults in need of a laugh-filled night out, from Dad’s Garage to The 3 Wise GuysDan Mengini, Steve “The Nice Guy” Mingolla, and Vinnie Coppola.
Young theatergoers can also get in on some educational, magical, and wholesome fun with several shows from Aurora Children’s Playhouse, including Cirque du Todd, Phenomenal Physics, and The Flying Turtle and Other Animal Folktales.  Families can also head to the main stage for the soaring, thought-provoking Stephen Schwartz musical Children of Eden or get spooked on the Lawrenceville Square during Lawrenceville Ghost Tours.
From serious to scary – and everything in between – there’s a slew of entertainment at Gwinnett’s favorite theater this August!
Special August Programming
The 3 Wise GuysFriday, August 23 and Saturday, August 247:15 p.m. and 9:15 p.m.Tickets from $15
3 Wise Guys Those who love to laugh are invited to a hilarious, fast-paced show with three of the area’s best headlining comedians!  The 3 Wise Guys is a collaboration of talents:  Dan Mengini’s honest comedy will keep attendees laughing for a lifetime; Steve “The Nice Guy” Mingolla’s act is clean and never mean; and Vinnie Coppola is a true comic’s comic – his real secret weapon is his persona. 
For more information and tickets, please visit
Aurora Children’s Playhouse
Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Tickets $7

Aurora Children’s Playhouse brings together the best children’s performers in the region to showcase their artistry for parents and children.  Featuring puppeteers, magicians, storytellers, and musicians, these 45-minute shows are intended to give children their first theatrical experience through a lively production, sure to capture the attention of the whole family!  For more information, visit
Cirque Du Todd
Saturday, August 10
Cirque Du Todd

Marvel at some magic with Todd Key, an extraordinary talent with amazing skill in the art of juggling.  A legendary fixture at Renaissance Festivals in North America as a part of the act The Zucchini Brothers, Key hones his solo show Cirque Du Todd especially for children and families.  Attendees are sure to be awestruck and entertained, as a man balances upon a small, thin board, performs rope tricks, interacts with the audience, and juggles the ten most dangerous objects in history – all while keeping everyone laughing.  For more information, please visit
Cirque Du ToddPhenomenal Physics
Saturday, August 17

Prepare to be amazed by the force, as this show by Big Thinkers Science Exploration explores the whirring world of physics!  Audiences can learn to defy gravity and make water levitate, gain a new perspective about inertia with some “skate board science,” observe awesome flashes of heat as energy is converted from potential to kinetic, and more!  This physics show is truly ph-abulous!  More information available at
The Flying Turtle and Other Animal Folktales
Saturday, August 24

Families are invited to travel the world with storyteller Barry Stewart Mann, exploring tales of animals from as close as the Cherokee mountains and as far as China and Australia.  Ever since the beginning of creation, humans have been fascinated by and told stories about animals that have helped to explain the natural world, to entertain each other, and to teach basic values.  This show features a series of lively retellings of a diverse array of folklore, replete with playful puppets, colorful costumes, props, and plenty of audience participation and volunteer opportunities sure to have audiences feeling companionship with Earth’s four-legged and winged friends!  For more information, visit
Continuing in August…
Children of Eden
Through September 1
Tuesday – Saturday at 8 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Telling the tale of the Book of Genesis in two acts, this family-friendly masterpiece with book by John Caird and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz covers the story of creation and the great flood – all while examining the complex love between parents and children.  Audiences of all ages will appreciate the musical twist on these famous stories!  For more information and tickets, please visit
Lawrenceville Ghost ToursLawrenceville Ghost Tours
Fridays and Saturdays at 8:30 p.m.
Adults $12, Children $9

For years, the Lawrenceville Ghost Tours have told tales about Gwinnett County’s spookiest spots.  Guests can take 90-minute guided tours around metro-Atlanta’s oldest city and hear stories of its history and paranormal activity.  The tour begins and ends at Aurora Theatre and runs May through September, with tours continuing every night in October.  To purchase tickets online, please visit or call 678.226.6222.
For more information or to purchase tickets for events, call the Box Office at 678.226.6222 or visit

Monday, June 17, 2019

MyPillow - A Deal You Cannot Turn Down!

Hi friends,

I stumbled across a deal today that is simply too good for any of you to pass up!

Today on Zulily, they are having a FREE SHIPPING sale on MyPillow products!  If you have never tried one of these pillows, let me tell you that they are possibly the best pillow we've ever used as a family.  They arrive flat in a box, and feel "lumpy" when you first get them out of the package.

But - don't let that deter you.  They hold their shape, support your neck beautifully all night, wash and dry perfectly, and are super comfortable!  I bought my first ones a few years ago, and I have never regretted it.  (What I did regret was not getting them for every bed in the house!)

I originally bought a mixed, double set (one medium and one firm), but I loved the firm pillow so much, I ordered two more today from this sale.

Zulily often restocks and has MyPillows in stock, but today we are getting a chance to stack some coupons.  My total out of pocket was $16 for each pillow.  Quite an excellent price for any pillow, but to get a $100 MyPillow for that price is like finding gold in Dahlonega (site of the first U.S. Gold Rush)!

Here's how the deal works.  (Keep in mind, this is just for the double-set of pillows.  Zulily also offers the mattress topper, sheets, travel pillows, and pet beds from MyPillow as well.)

  1. First, visit Rakuten and log in.  (This will give you an additional 1% off your purchase at Zulily.)
  2. Once you are on the Zulily site, visit the Zulily MyPillow sale page (or you can click our link here and go directly to Zulily).
  3. Choose the product(s) you want and place in your cart.
  4. Use the code SUNSHINE 23 to get an additional 20% off your MyPillow products.
  5. No code necessary for FREE SHIPPING, so proceed to payment and check out method.

Voila!  That's it.  Zulily is even offering a two-month payment choice today, so I was able to purchase two pillows for only $18 today (the second $18 will be billed next month).

I hope you enjoy your new MyPillow products as much as I have over the past few years!  If you make a MyPillow purchase, please come back to visit us and leave a comment below with how much you love this brand as well!

Happy Monday friends!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

IKEA Unveils Two New Summer Sales!

Ikea has some exciting details about two upcoming sales this summer:
  • The IKEA Kitchen Event
  • IKEA Summer Sale

There’s no better time for IKEA fans to build their dream kitchen at an affordable price than this summer with the IKEA Kitchen Event!
IKEA FAMILY members will receive 10% off kitchen purchases between June 19th and July 28th* in-store and online at  Plus, IKEA shoppers have the ability to make a purchase today and pay over time with the IKEA Projekt credit card.
And the savings go beyond the kitchen! With summer in full swing, customers can visit their local IKEA to enjoy up to 50% off select items in-store June 26 - July 7, 2019 with the IKEA Summer Sale.
In addition, IKEA FAMILY members can take advantage of the following special FAMILY offers in-store and online June 26 - July 7:
Interested in becoming an IKEA FAMILY member? Sign up now at
For more details, inspiration and/or to book your FREE kitchen planning appointment, IKEA fans can visit and

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Atlanta's Fox Theatre Kicks off the 2019 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival!

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Atlanta's The Fox Theatre presents the 2019 Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival with a screening of Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” for the film’s 30th Anniversary.
This family favorite will return to the venue with a sing-along component for all to participate in!
After opening night, the festival will include early and evening shows including “Saturday Morning Cartoons,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “Mary Poppins” sing-along, “The Princess Bride” and the 80th Anniversary of “The Wizard of Oz.”
Discounted tickets for these films will go on sale Friday, June 7, at noon for $8 until June 30. General admission tickets will go up to $10 after June 30. Guests will also have the opportunity to purchase tickets at the door for $12.

Tickets are on sale now at Single-event access to the Marquee Club presented by Lexus will also be available for purchase for select films for $40 per person. Marquee Club access will include private entry, locally sourced food from film-inspired menus, meet-and-greet opportunities with movie characters, adult and kid-friendly movie-themed beverages, rooftop access, private bars, and restrooms and more!
As in previous years, Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival will showcase films on its impressive 26-by-56-foot screen. Patrons will enjoy movies under the Fox Theatre’s distinctive blue sky with twinkling stars and fluffy clouds. For select showings, guests will have the opportunity to attend a magical pre-show experience, which will include a sing-a-long with a vintage cartoon and performances on the world-renowned “Mighty Mo” organ.
Sunday, July 14 @ 2:00p.m.       

Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” sing-along, 30th anniversary
Sunday, July 14 @ 6:30p.m.       
“To Kill a Mockingbird”
Sunday, July 21 @ 2p.m.             
“Mary Poppins” sing-along
Saturday, July 27 @ 10a.m.         
“Saturday Morning Cartoons”
Saturday, July 27 @ 7:30p.m.     
“The Princess Bride”
Sunday, August 25 @ 2:00p.m.   
“The Wizard of Oz”, 80th Anniversary
Specialty Movie Ticket Pricing
·     “Disney’s Little Mermaid” sing-along screening – Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the show.

·     “Mary Poppins” sing-along screening – Tickets are $15 in advance for $20 on the day of the show.

·     “Saturday Morning Cartoons” – Tickets are $5 now through the show date.

*Additional fees may apply. Guests must purchase tickets at the Fox Theatre ticket office or at


The club will not be open for “Saturday Morning Cartoons”. Activations for “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Princess Bride” will be announced at a later date. Special kid-friendly opportunities in the Marquee Club presented by Lexus for both sing-alongs and The Wizard of Oz are outlined below, with more details to follow closer to the date of each viewing.
Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” - $40 per person
Club attendees will enjoy a meet-and-greet opportunity with a magical mermaid princess, adult and kid-friendly “Under the Sea” specialty drinks, and movie-themed menu items. Club amenities include early, private entry with expedited security, premium bars, rooftop access, and private restrooms.
“Mary Poppins” sing-along - $40 per person
Club attendees will enjoy a meet-and-greet opportunity with a Mary Poppins look-alike character, adult and kid-friendly “Spoonful of Sugar” specialty drinks, and movie-themed menu items. Club amenities include early, private entry with expedited security, premium bars, rooftop access, and private restrooms.
“The Wizard of Oz”- $40 per person
Club attendees will enjoy a meet-and-greet opportunity with Wizard of Oz look-alike characters, adult and kid-friendly specialty drinks, and movie-themed menu items. Club amenities include early, private entry with expedited security, premium bars, rooftop access, and private restrooms.
Parking Pricing
While spaces are available, select Lanier parking lots surrounding the Fox Theatre will offer discounted $5 parking for Coca-Cola Summer Film Festival patrons. For more information, please visit

Special Movie Tours:
All film festival dates will have a 60-minute movie tour that start 2 hours prior to each film. There will be no Movie Tour prior to “Saturday Morning Cartoons”. Admission to Movie Tours will be $20 per person. * Additional fees may apply. Guests must purchase tickets at the Fox Theatre ticket office or at
Movie Tours Schedule:
"Little Mermaid" sing-along
Sunday, July 14th             

"To Kill A Mockingbird"
Sunday, July 14th
4:30 p.m.    
"Mary Poppins" sing-along
Sunday, July 21st
12 p.m.

"The Princess Bride"
Saturday, July 27th
5:30 p.m.
"The Wizard of Oz"
Sunday, August 25th
12 p.m.
To purchase tickets or get additional information, please visit