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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Our Trip to the Georgia Aquarium (Captured in Photos) #GeorgiaAquarium @GeorgiaAquarium

Did you know that the Georgia Aquarium has attracted more than eleven million visitors? 

The Aquarium has dedicated twenty-five percent of the gallery space to educating students of all ages who visit the Aquarium. 

Explore the world’s largest and most engaging aquarium and add to your adventure with guided tours, special exhibits and more. Buy online! Save time and skip the line!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

*CLOSED* Win 2 Hatwalk Garden Party Tickets to the 3rd Annual Derby Brunch! $80 Value! #Giveaway #Charity #Give

Need a show-stopping chapeau to wear this season for a Mother's Day Brunch or Derby celebration? The Hatwalk E-Boutique is now open, which provides unique, handcrafted hats and other luxury items just in time for the 3rd annual Derby Brunch Hatwalk held Saturday May 11th, 2013 at Villa Christina. Accessible via, this online destination features one-of-a-kind hats suitable for all occasions from church to a ladies tea.

Congratulations Mechelle of Atlanta, GA you won the Garden Party & Brunch Tickets giveaway 

Want to win 2 Hatwalk Garden Party tickets on May 11th, 2013 at Villa Christina? 

Includes: Garden access only; Passed hors d'oeuvres, Beverages and Dessert; Hatwalk Goodie Bag; Vendor Marketplace; Live Jazz Music and Garden Activities.

Here's how to enter to win: 

1. "Like" this post!

2. "Like" the Derby Brunch Hatwalk on Facebook

3. "Like" Married with Two Boys on Facebook.

4. Leave a comment below, along with your email address. 

* CLOSED * Winner will be announced on 4/30/2013. 

About T.R.I.P. (Travel. Rebuild. Inspire. Progress.)
Since 2006, T.R.I.P. volunteers have hosted service projects in more than 20 communities nationwide, including Atlanta, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans and New York. By bringing teams of professionals and volunteers to areas devastated by natural disasters, urban blight and poverty, T.R.I.P. has been able to address matters of homelessness, hunger, safety and education across America. The Derby Brunch Hatwalk and Hatwalk E-boutique are the primary  fundraisers for T.R.I.P., which  support  the organization’s mission and  work in transforming communities of color through service, travel and volunteerism. 
Visit to view this year's Hatwalk E-Boutique merchandise. For more information about T.R.I.P or the Derby Brunch Hatwalk, please contact Valencia Walton at 678-884-4008 ext. 704 or email

Monday, April 22, 2013

Crafting Bowls for Change #Bowls4Change

Join New Leaders Council - Atlanta on Saturday, May 25th from 11am - 3pm for a community-based food and art celebration, Crafting Bowls for Change! This one-day event will help raise funds in support of Wholesome Wave of Georgia and New Leaders Council – Atlanta.

For additional details, please visit:

To purchase your tickets for the event, please visit:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Awards $100,000 to The Children's Museum of Atlanta

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation Awards $100,000 to
The Children's Museum of Atlanta

ATLANTA – April 16, 2013 –The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has generously given The Children's Museum of Atlanta a two-year, $100,000 grant in support of its two community-based outreach programs, Connected Learning…Connected Communities and Access It!  In their sixth year, these community programs fulfill a great need for outreach and educational programs in specific Atlanta neighborhoods.  The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation has been essential to The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s ability to fulfill its mission through partnerships with these communities.

The Connected Learning...Connected Communities outreach program was created in 2007 and provides educational programming that is intimately woven into the fabric of seven Atlanta neighborhoods: Pittsburgh, Adair Park, Mechanicsville, Vine City, Boulevard, Old 4th Ward, and English Avenue. Each month, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s Imaginators – their dedicated troupe of professional actors and educators – visit with children at 26 participating schools and child development centers to share enlightening and fun educational content that aligns with the Georgia Performance Standards.  A strong emphasis on literacy is incorporated into the programs.

A “Museum in a Box” customized curriculum toolbox is delivered to each school involved in Connected Learning…Connected Communities. These teacher toolkits enable children to experience the life lessons and learning skills incorporated in each of the Museum’s feature exhibits. Each “Museum in a Box” is developed based on the Museum’s feature exhibit learning concepts and is complete with curriculum plans and materials. Free admission for field trips and events and free transportation to the Museum aboard The Children’s Museum of Atlanta’s bus – Imagine It! Express – is available to the Connected Learning…Connected Learning schools and child development centers.

The Museum’s Access It! program provides free and reduced Museum admission to low-income families and Title I schools. The program increases access to high-quality early learning opportunities in school settings for children from low-income families. It also provides an experience that can strengthen family bonds and provide a safe environment for play and learning.

Like children's museums throughout the world, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta exists to support the very simple but profound truth that young children learn through play. The Museum offers children the opportunity to use all of their senses in a unique and interactive way, while developing their knowledge and understanding of Reading, Social Studies, Math, Science, Language, and the Arts. Together, these specific outreach programs typically reach more than 28,000 children annually. In addition to regular visits and curriculum materials, the Museum provides play and learning sessions and cultural experiences for children and their families.

“Through these programs, the Museum has taken the concept of outreach to a deeper level, reaching not only young children, but the adults in their lives as well,” says Jane Turner, executive director of The Children’s Museum of Atlanta. “Thanks to the generous support from The Arthur M. Blank Foundation, the Museum will continue outreach and community partnerships that ensure children of all backgrounds and abilities will find ways to play and learn about the world in which we live.”

“The Museum provides unique, entertaining, and educational programming for young minds to explore,” said Blank Foundation President Penelope McPhee. “As leaders in early childhood education, children's museums engage infants, toddlers, and children through play to help foster critical thinking and creativity. Exhibits and programs provide children with tangible interactions that challenge them to accomplish small and large feats.”

To capture the special partnership with The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta, and the Connected Learning…Connected Communities program, the Foundation recently produced a “Stories of Impact” video that illustrates the deep connection that has been built between these community neighborhoods and the Museum. To see more about this partnership and its impact:

About The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes positive change in peoples’ lives, builds, and enhances the communities in which they live. The Foundation seeks innovative solutions that enable young people, families, and communities to achieve results beyond what seems possible today. Formed in 1995, the Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, green space, and the arts, and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons.

The Children's Museum of Atlanta is a smart place to play and a non-profit organization offering a family-friendly space filled with interactive, educational exhibits and programming for children ages eight and under. The Museum’s mission is to spark imagination and inspire discovery and learning for all children through the power of play. The Museum’s four permanent learning zones consist of bright, creative, hands-on exhibits that are designed to give children an opportunity to learn through play. The Children's Museum of Atlanta also offers parties, memberships, field trips, summer camp, and private events.

For more information or to support The Children's Museum of Atlanta, visit their website at or call 404.659.KIDS [5437]. 

Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission: Ages 1 to 100:  $12.75 plus tax ; children under 1 are free. The Museum is located in the Lucky Marietta District at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW Atlanta, GA 30313.

Funding for The Children’s Museum of Atlanta is provided by the Fulton County Board of Commissioners under the guidance of Fulton County Arts & Culture. 

Mother's Day Brunch at Georgia Aquarium

Join Georgia Aquarium for its annual Mother’s Day Brunch in the Oceans Ballroom on Sunday, May 12.  Wolfgang Puck Catering is preparing a lavish buffet sure to be the most exquisite fare she’s tasted all year. Seating will begin at 11 a.m.  No other Mother’s Day brunch invites families to dine in front of the tranquil Ocean Voyager window or interact with the beluga whales and then spend the day visiting the Aquarium. 

The buffet will feature dishes such as Black Pepper Crusted Prime Rib of Beef, Made-to-Order Omelets, Mascarpone Stuffed French Bread with Apples and Spicy Candied Pecans, and a vast selection of assorted pastries, prepared to the high standards of Wolfgang Puck Catering. This meal wouldn’t be complete without a taste or two from our assortment of decadent desserts from the Chef’s Selection of five desserts. Tickets for members are $45 for adults and $20 for children. Tickets for guests are $66.95 for adults and seniors and $14.95 for children (3-12). Ticket prices include general admission to all six permanent galleries of the Aquarium, the Aquarium’s live AT&T Dolphin Tales show, Deepo’s Undersea 3D Wondershow and even access to the temporary gallery featuring: Frogs – A Chorus of Colors.

Souvenir photographs to commemorate this special Mother’s Day experience are available to purchase. This memento will serve as a reminder for years to come of this special occasion.

Guests of this unique Mother’s Day Brunch are welcome to enter Georgia Aquarium at any time before or up to the seating time. The Aquarium opens at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 12. The AT&T Dolphin Tales show times are 12p.m., 2:30p.m., and 4:30p.m., so please plan accordingly.

Please plan to enter the Aquarium at least 15 minutes prior to your brunch seating time. We cannot accommodate parties that arrive more than one hour after their seating start time, please plan to allow yourself time for Aquarium entry.

For more information and to make reservations, call 404-581-4000 or visit

Friday, April 12, 2013

Learn More About "Project Identity" at Morehouse College: A Summer Program for Middle and High School Male Students



  • On the campus of Morehouse College
  • 3-Week Day Program for rising 6th through rising 8th grade middle school male students
  • Starts June 3, 2013andendsJune 21, 2013
  • 9:00am - 4:30pm Daily (extended care offered)
  • Registration Fee due with application: $25
  • Tuition: $1,100 (Tuition covers lunch, class materials and field trip fees)
  • Registration Deadline May 29, 2013
Project Identity’s Summer Institute – Middle School offers an exciting opportunity for middle school male students to enjoy accelerated learning, sports and activities on the historic campus of Morehouse College. During the 3-week day program, Summer Institute – Middle School offers expert instruction in the arts, sciences, mathematics and additional topics specially selected for the interests of middle school male students. By bringing together students with similar abilities and diverse backgrounds, the program creates an environment of growth but also challenging, but most of all, fun. 

All students who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion.

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership and Personal Development
  • Mad for Math
  • Science Exploration
  • Nutrition/Health
  • Chess
  • Field Trips and much more


Program participants are supervised throughout the program by a team of carefully selected and trained Project Identity Summer Mentors who are current Morehouse College Students. Mentors chaperone students in class, and to and from classes, meals and will receive the personal attention they need.  Project Identity staff members are also on-site each day for the entire program.


Monday – Friday
Commuter Student Drop off - 8:45am
Classes in Session - 9:00am - 12:00 noon
Classes meet every morning for 3 hours. Summer mentors escort students to and from class.
Lunch – 12:15pm - 1:00pm
Lunch is served in Chivers dining halls. Students are supervised by Summer Mentors.
Afternoons - 1:10pm – 4:15pm
Afternoon classes and/or sports activities are in session.
Student Pick up - 4:30pm

Parents should plan to drop off their student on campus at 8:45am and pick them up at 4:30pm. The drop off and pick up location will be disclosed when participants are accepted. Students on campus after 4:30pm will be assessed a Extended Day fee. 

Field Trip
There is a field trip scheduled for the last Friday of the program. PI staff and Summer Mentors chaperone field trip.


  • On the campus of Morehouse College
  • 3-Week Residential Program for rising 9TH  through rising 12TH  school male students
  • Starts July 8, 2013and ends July 26, 2013
  • Registration Fee due with application: $25
  • Tuition: $2,200
    • Tuition covers room and board
    • Official class materials
    • 24 hour supervision and field trip fees
  • Application Deadline: June 29, 2013

PROJECT IDENTITY Summer Institute gives rising 9th  through rising  12th grade minority male high school students an exciting glimpse into academic college life.
Open to in-state and out-of-state students, this 3-week residential program replicates the college experience with an intense curriculum and enrichment activities to assist in developing their academic, social and leadership skills. Located on the campus of one of the nations largest, private liberal arts college for men, Morehouse College, Project Identity Summer Institute – High School believes that students succeed when given the tools they need in order to pursue higher education.
PROJECT IDENTITY Summer participants experience being independent by living on campus and learning in a structured and supervised environment.

Summer Institute – High School students live together in a residential housing and participate in an intense curriculum. Participants are taught by faculty and are also involved in enrichment activities including preceptorials on various subjects relating to college life and everyday life experiences, community service activities, and field trips.
Program Requirements:
  • Must be a male rising 9th through rising 12th grade student in high school
  • Applicants must have sound academic ability
  • Preferably have taken the PSAT/SAT, or ACT
  • Two letters of recommendations from school counselors or school personnel
  • Official school transcript
Applications and materials must be received by the deadline listed. Applications will not be considered for admittance unless returned completed with all required materials by deadline. Incomplete applications will not be considered for acceptance. 

Mail application and all required materials to:
Morehouse College
c/o Project Identity
830 Westview Drive, S.W.
Atlanta, GA  30314

Georgia Teaching Fellow Shares His Experience: Where Do I Go from Here?

Where Do I Go from Here?
by Darold E. Footé, Ph.D.

When I was finished my doctoral research on the achievement gap in the southeastern United States, I started looking for a way to put what I’d learned through academics into practical use. I wanted to join the movement to diminish the critical academic deficit that students in low income areas face. I was regularly asking myself, “Where do I go from here?” and was searching for options. Ultimately, I decided that I wanted to make a concrete difference by becoming a teacher.

After a conscientious investigation of many certification programs, I found Georgia Teaching Fellows and its branch in Atlanta. It was by far the most credible platform to launch my teacher preparation campaign.

I chose Georgia Teaching Fellows as my pathway to teaching because of it offers significant resources, is a structured and highly selective program, provides innovative training for teacher excellence, and has a data-driven, rigorous approach for academic achievement outcomes. This is exactly what I needed. My empowering experience began with an intense, professional interview. After I was accepted into the program, I relocated from Puerto Rico to Atlanta to begin my summer training program.

Summer training was a full immersion process into the discipline of classroom education. I learned how to maintain high expectations for my students both in the quality of their academic work and in their behavior. I received an introduction to several different learning theories. I was exposed to a plethora of literary and technological resources and a structured format of quality instruction. What I appreciated most as a learner was that the program hosted a constructivist approach to training; our sessions were hands-on, collaborative, and based on authentic experiences. It was not too long after the program began that I realized that I was in the right place at the right time. There’s no better feeling for an educator.

I successfully completed the summer program and was immediately hired as a sixth grade, Special Education teacher of English Language Arts. I was prepared for this opportunity because of my intensive training with GTF.
As a special educator, I have several different responsibilities. I teach five different classes. Two of my classes are resource classes; for these, I am the lead instructor working with a small group of students who need lots of individual attention. I also do some team teaching with another English teacher in a larger classroom setting. Team teaching is a great opportunity for students with special needs to be integrated in a traditional classroom setting, but still get the differentiation support that they need to be successful.
Because of the rigorous training, practical help, and unlimited exposure I still receive from GTF’s teacher coaching staff, I am experiencing success as an educator. I am constantly encouraged knowing that I have not simply been cast into the professional sea of teaching to sink or swim. I benefit from current, frequent classroom visits, on-site coaching, classroom evaluations, numerous emails, and the accessibility and prompt responses from site staff. The only way I could fail in this professional endeavor would by through deliberate choice. As a result of the quality of the ongoing support from GTF staff, my success an effective educator is inevitable. Thanks, Georgia Teaching Fellows!

Darold E. Foote', Ph.D.
Language Arts Educator
Fulton County School District

Looking for a meaningful career in education? Georgia Teaching Fellows seeks career changers and recent college grads to become teachers in Greater Atlanta.  To learn more and apply, visit .

The Next Application Deadline is April 15, 2013.  Admissions into the program are on a rolling basis until April 22, 2013. 

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Happy Birthday To Us!

Happy Birthday to my twin brother, Joshua! xo

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Parenting Magazine & Natural Child World Contest! #ecotot

Do you know a child or teen who is committed to saving our Planet?

Natural Child World and CPF are teaming up to find children/young adults who are leading their peers and making positive environmental impacts in their communities. The top Eco-Tot story will be featured in the July/August issue of Natural Child World magazine!

Follow link to submit YOUR story:

About Captain Planet Foundation: The mission of the Captain Planet Foundation is to give the next generation of environmental stewards an active understanding and love for the natural world in which they live. Our unique program of funding and supporting hands-on environmental projects is designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth around the world as they work individually and collectively creating environmental solutions in their homes, schools and communities.

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The Premium McWrap is the perfect meal! Yum! #McWrap

    I'm so very excited that beginning in April 2013, the new Premium McWrap will be available at McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. Yep, nationwide! The McWrap is part of a new entrée line and will be a permanent offering on the McDonald’s menu. Yum! Did you know that McDonald’s Premium McWrap combines fresh vegetables, a juicy chicken breast filet and tasty sauces in a warm tortilla, bringing customers a new flavor experience at McDonald’s? The Premium McWrap starts at 350 calories, is a meal-sized wrap and will be available on the Extra Value Meal menu

    The Premium McWrap is the perfect meal for anyone looking to unwrap a fresh, new experience. All Premium McWrap varieties come with grilled or crispy chicken, spring greens and shredded lettuce in a warm tortilla wrap.  Premium McWrap will be available in three flavorful varieties – Sweet Chili Chicken, Chicken & Bacon, and Chicken & Ranch.

o Sweet Chili Chicken McWrap: sweet chili sauce, creamy garlic sauce and sliced cucumbers
o Chicken & Bacon McWrap: creamy garlic sauce, bacon, cheddar/jack cheese and tomato
o Chicken & Ranch McWrap: ranch sauce, seasoned rice vinegar, cheddar/jack cheese, sliced cucumbers and tomato
    McDonald’s is committed to giving you more delicious choices to feel good about in the months and years to come. Regardless of your dietary needs, you’ll find nutrient-minded choices at McDonald’s.


Tuesday, April 02, 2013

McDonald’s Partners with Coke Zero @FinalFour #McDMomsATL

Get in the game at Bracket Town refreshed by Coke Zero this weekend. Coke Zero will be offering fans a chance to sample products, compete for prizes, and much, much more. 

McDonald’s has partnered with Coke Zero and the NCAA to bring exciting deals, contests and activities to Greater Atlanta during the 2013 NCAA Men’s Final Four. 

Right now, customers who purchase a large soft drink at any Greater Atlanta McDonald’s restaurant will receive half-price admission to the Bracket Town fan experience at the Georgia World Congress Center from April 5 – April 8, 2013.
Bracket Town attendees can additionally visit the McDonald’s Slam Dunk area, where they can lay down their best dunks, win prizes, get autographs from NCAA legends and more! 
  • Cartoon Network takes you through an interactive experience with your favorite characters Ben 10 and Adventure Time! Check your vertical jump. 
  • Children ages 8-16 may participate in one of the NCAA POWERADE Youth Clinics taking place throughout the weekend.
I was able to attend a media sneak preview of Bracket Town today and can't wait to bring hubby and the boys back this weekend! We hope to see you there!

For more information, please visit: