Sunday, July 29, 2012

Pike Nurseries - Keep Your Lawn Hydrated This Summer!


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It’s summertime in Atlanta, and the living is…hot! As homeowners are anxious to protect their yards from the elements – and protect their wallets from sky-high water bills – Pike Nurseries offers expert tips on smart watering.  Most homeowners actually overwater their lawn and garden.  Experienced green thumbers and budding landscapers alike can take the guesswork out of gardening with waterwise gardening, and make their luxe summer lawns the envy of the neighborhood.

Waterwise Tip #1: Water in the early morning to reduce evaporation 

·   Water between the hours of 6:00 – 10:00 a.m.
·   This will cut evaporation, saving you money and conserving water.

Waterwise Tip #2: Switch from overhead sprinklers to soaker hoses

·   Soaker hoses conserve water by dripping water right to the roots of the plant.
·   Snake the soaker hose throughout the garden placing it about a foot away from the base of shrubs.

Waterwise Tip #3: Adjust timers on automatic sprinklers 

·   Most sprinklers are programmed to water too often. Set your timer to water longer for a deep watering
·   You want to water until right before you start to see run off
·   If plants show signs of stress such as wilting or yellowing add another watering to your schedule

Waterwise Tip #4: Use water wands with a trigger 

·   When watering container gardens, hanging baskets or other small areas use a water wand with a trigger.
·   Allows you to water only the plants and not the pavement or ground between plants.
·   Make sure to water each plant thoroughly so water penetrates to the root system.
Waterwise Tip #5: Reduce lawn watering 

·   Most homeowners water their lawns too much. Reduce your total watering by as much as 50% - lawn will be healthier and just as lush and green.
·   This may mean skipping one lawn watering each week.
·   Never restart the entire automatic watering cycle to water a dry patch - select the appropriate station and run manually.

Waterwise Tip #6: Mulch to conserve soil moisture 

·   Using mulch in your garden reduces weed germination, retains moisture and reduces the need for watering.
·   There are a variety of mulches to fit any look:
o   Cedar Mulch
o   Colored Mulch
o   Pine Bark

Waterwise Tip #7: Adjust watering seasonally

·   Adjust the time and frequency of automatic sprinklers seasonally
·   Turn automatic sprinkler system off during rainy periods.
 
Plant Type
Watering Time
Small Shrubs
(4 feet or less in height)
One minute/5 gallons
Large Shrubs
(4 feet or taller)
Increase watering time by 15 seconds for each foot of height
Trees
Apply 2 gallons for every inch of trunk diameter (measure 4.5 feet above the ground)
Flowers
5 Gallons of water per 10 square feet/1 minute at medium pressure














ABOUT PIKE NURSERIES

Ever committed to its customers’ gardening success, Pike Nurseries takes pride in taking the guesswork out of gardening. Offering superior knowledge, quality and selection in a friendly, caring environment, Pike Nurseries has been an Atlanta icon for over 50 years. Founded in 1958 by Pete Pike, its ability to adapt to market conditions and community needs has made it a respected Southern institution. As Atlanta’s oldest garden chain, Pike Nurseries has 16 retail locations in the Atlanta, GA, Greensboro, GA and Charlotte, NC areas and employs the most certified garden experts. Now led by CEO Mike Kunce, Pike Nurseries looks forward to continued growth as it keeps Georgia and North Carolina beautiful, one landscape at a time.



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Carter's - New 20% Coupon!


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There is a new 20% coupon out from Carter's.  You can visit the Carter's website to download it.

It is good for 20% off your next in-store purchase of $40 or more.

*Expires 8/1/12.



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Bath & Body Works - Sales & Specials


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Her are the latest sales at Bath & Body Works:
  • $1 Shipping with a Purchase of $25 or More - Exp. 7/29/12
  • 3-Wick Candles - 2 for $20 (exp. 7/29/12)
  • Paris VIP Tote - $20 with any $30 Purchase (exp. 7/29/12)
  • Anti-Bacterial Hand Soap - 5 for $15 or 7 for $20 (exp. 8/1/12)
  • Aromatherapy Body Cream - $8 (exp. 8/2/12)
  • Signature Collection Body Care - Buy 3, Get 2 **FREE** (exp. 8/2/12)
  • $10 Off Any Purchase of $30 or More - Use code LOVETEN (exp. 7/29/12)
  • **FREE** Shipping on Orders of $50 or More - Use code LOVETEN (exp. 7/29/12)
  • Mini-Candles - 2 for $5 (exp. 8/2/12)
  • American Boardwalk Candles - Buy 1, Get 1 **FREE** (exp. 8/2/12)



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Groupon - The Wiggles Tickets, Pets, Carpet Cleaning, House Cleaning, More!


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Here are today's Groupon deals:
  • Good Mews Animal Foundation - $10
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  • Omega Carpet & Janitorial Services - $45 (Save 85%)

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  •  The Wiggles at The Fox Theatre - From $10

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*All Groupon deals' expiration dates vary.  Please read the details on the deal(s) you are interested in.  There are always way too many Groupon deals to list!  Please click on any of the pictures above to see all the daily offerings.
 


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Best Buy Deal of the Day Items - Gateway Desktop, PNY Memory Stick, and Memorex PartyCube!


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Here are today's Best Buy Deal of the Day items:
  • Gateway Desktop Computer w/6GB DDR3 Memory & 1TB Hard Drive - $379.99 today only
  
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  •  PNY 16GB MicroSD Memory Card - $12.99 today only
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  • Memorex PartyCube Sound System - $44.99 today only

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 *All items have **FREE** shipping and can be returned to your local Best Buy store.


*Click on the Best Buy logo above to view and/or purchase.  All items only available for 24 hours.
 


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Banana Republic - 40% Off Select Styles!


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Banana Republic is having a sale - up to 40% off select styles.  Sale ends tonight at midnight.

Click on the BR logo above to start shopping. 



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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Medieval Times Unveils New Show at Atlanta Location!


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Hear ye!  Hear ye!  Calling all Lords and Ladies...

Yes, that is how we were greeted last Wednesday when my children and I were invited to attend a very special preview of the all-new Medieval Times dinner show.  We were so excited to attend this preview at their Atlanta Castle (located in Lawrenceville at Discover Mills shopping mall), as it was their first all-new show since 2007!  My boys and I had been years earlier to a summer version of the show, but it was typical kids' fare food (pizza and a juice box) and a shortened one-hour show.  I was really excited to see the two-hour show in its entirety and to see what kind of food we would be served.  My boys, ages 12 and 15, were basically excited to witness fighting and to eat anything put in front of them.  Oh, the joys of teenagers...but I digress...


When we arrived at the Castle, we were handed "seating passes," (i.e., small laminated cards) and royal "crowns" (see above) with our Knight's color on them.  Our cards and crowns were Black and White -- yes, we had the Black and White Knight!  We were then ushered over to meet the Princess where we had our picture made with her.  (There are two entrances; one side has their picture made with the King, and the other side has their picture made with the Princess.  You may want to see if this is normal when you attend a show and pick the entrance you enter through if you want a particular Cast Member's picture.)


 After having our picture made, we were free to roam about the Castle until we were called for seating inside the arena.  It was fun seeing some of the Castle's winged creatures along with watching a few lucky little boys getting Knighted!  We were also treated to meeting a local artist, Matthew Miller, who free-handed a medieval painting!  This guy was seriously talented.  I had a brief moment to chat with him and learn about his background.

As I walked around the Castle (the largest of all nine North American castles at 87,000 square feet), I was amazed at the attention to details - signs for Lords and Ladies; full Suits of Armor (available for purchase); tapestries; and a giant fireplace, with a roaring fire.  Of course, there were also plenty of souvenirs for families to purchase and take home to remember their time inside the Castle.


I barely had enough time to finish exploring before a royal announcement was made - time to head into the Arena.  Everyone was called according to their color and the Knight they were cheering for.  As my boys and I headed inside and found our seats, we were greeted with our tableware and Bill of Fare for the evening.  Remember...all food at Medieval Times is served utensil-free, meaning it's food you can eat with your hands!



Soon after being seated, we were introduced to our server who took our drink orders.  I like that you are served as the show begins and progresses.  Dinner is timed out precisely...from the Tomato Bisque soup and garlic bread being brought out during the opening performance of The Liberty Horse to coffee and apple turnovers being brought out at the end of the show.

You are never idle for long; you are always eating and/or cheering on your Knight throughout the two-hour performance, making the time fly by quickly.  (This is always a great advantage with children in tow.)  One side note here:  Be careful of your neighbors.  I was seated next to a younger child, who was so into the show and cheering for his Knight that he kept hitting me in the head with his flag and light stick all night!

To keep this review from running on forever and to leave you with a bit of mystery, I won't go into details about the show.  I'd much rather you experience and discover it on your own!  This show has been two years in the making, and it won't disappoint.  There are plenty of friendly competition events between the Knights, as well as what we all came for -- the jousting. ...and don't turn your back because there is a twist in this show at the very end!


To sum up our family's experience at Medieval Times' Atlanta Castle, I'd say this was a perfect family outing for both dinner and entertainment.  If you'd like to visit Medieval Times but feel as if cost might be a hindrance to you and your family, make sure you contact Medieval Times about specials, coupons, or offers.

I believe that when you factor in length of this show, along with your dinner and personal talent interaction, it actually turns out to be a pretty good deal and well worth the cost of admission.  To find out more, you can visit the Medieval Times website.

If you want to keep up, specifically, with the Atlanta Castle, you can visit their facebook page.  But, don't be sad if you aren't in the metro Atlanta area; Medieval Times has plenty of locations around North America.  You can find out more about their locations, their show, and their Bill of Fare (special dietary needs can be addressed) on the website linked above.



*Thank you again to the wonderful folks at Medieval Times' Atlanta Castle, who so graciously gave my family and myself the opportunity to visit their castle on premiere night.



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Monday, July 23, 2012

Target Daily Deals - Lego Star Wars, MS Office, Yahama Home Theater System, & More!


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24850_Shop Daily Deals at Target.com. Always Free Shipping.


Here are today's Target Daily Deals:
  • Lego Star Wars Imperial Shuttle 10212 - $249.99 today only
 
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  •  MS Office for Mac Home and Business 2011, 1 Pack - $162.99 today only
 
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  •  Rookie Blue: The Complete First Season (4 Discs)- $19.99 today only
 
 
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  •  Yahama Home Theater System Speaker System, Black - $189.99 today only
 
 
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  •  Our Generation 18" Doll Collection - $14.99 today only
 
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 *Remember, all Target Daily Deals are only available for 24 hours or until they sell out.  All items ship for **FREE** and can be returned to your local Target store.

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