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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

All-Star Little League Baseball Superstar - Roland Grimmett

Roland Grimmett, Sandtown, Atlanta, Georgia
Video by: Joshua Marable

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta to host Let’s Read. Let’s Move. Event

The Children’s Museum of Atlanta to host
Let’s Read. Let’s Move. Event
The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will host event addressing literacy and childhood obesity

ATLANTA, May 28, 2013 – In partnership with the Mayor’s office, Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students, First Book, Jumpstart for Young Children, and the Corporation for National and Community Service, The Children’s Museum of Atlanta will host a Let’s Read, Let’s Move event on June 1, 2013 to kick off the Mayor’s Summer Reading Club.

This event is also part of the First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama’s summer initiative to create opportunities for Americans to use service as a tool to promote physical activity, healthy eating, and to prevent losing academic ground during the summer.

Let’s Read. Let’s Move. will offer several opportunities for guests to participate in kid-friendly movement activities as well as exciting book readings. Guest appearances will include Mayor Kasim Reed as he reads the brand new book Amari’s Adventure. Miss Gail and her Crazy Cartoon Band will perform a dancing, singing, moving, and jumpin’ show for the children. Local Chef Damaul Mitchell will demonstrate healthy cooking ideas for children and their caregivers. The festivities will continue with a reading of The Monster Who Ate My Peas by Imaginator Jerry G. White, a reading of Don’t Go Out in Your Underwear by children’s author and storyteller Babs Bell Hajdusiewicz, and a fun, interactive lesson in gardening and healthy foods from Truly Living Well. Children attending the event will receive a free, age appropriate book (while supplies last).

This unique event is a remarkable example of strong collaboration among partners at the federal, national, state, and local levels to leverage resources that promote and celebrate literacy and movement for all children. This significant event increases public awareness of the importance of reading and exercising while showing kids that reading and healthful living is fun.

Museum hours: Monday through Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Admission is $12.75 plus tax for ages 1 – 100; children under 1 receive free admission. The Children’s Museum is located in the Lucky Marietta District at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW.

The Children's Museum of Atlanta
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]. 

About The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club
The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club is a new program for all children ages birth to eight and their families that will take place in locations throughout the city of Atlanta this summer.  The Mayor’s Summer Reading Club partners are working with targeted programs to distribute copies of the books at no cost to children, and we will urge schools and early education programs to introduce the story to children. Then the fun begins! Throughout the summer, libraries, summer programs, museums, farmers’ markets, and other institutions in Atlanta will hold “club reads” to model research based methods of reading books with children and will host enrichment events based upon the stories.  The books will come to life as children enjoy arts and crafts activities, drama exercises, and other hands on activities designed to make the language in the stories meaningful to children.

About Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students
The Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS) was established in 2010 to help business, civic and government leaders maximize the economic return on the state’s investments in early care and learning. Guided by a growing body of research documenting the high-dollar return on investment associated with early learning and care, GEEARS is working to position Georgia as a national leader in ensuring that all children enter kindergarten prepared to succeed and on a path to read to learn by third grade. GEEARS is an independent successor group to the United Way’s Early Education Commission chaired by Dennis Lockhart, the Head of the Federal Reserve of Atlanta and Beverly Tatum, the President of Spelman College. 
Learn more at

About the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS)
CNCS is a federal agency that helps more than 5 million Americans improve the lives of their fellow citizens through service. Working hand in hand with local partners, CNCS taps the ingenuity and can-do spirit of the American people to tackle some of the most pressing challenges facing our nation.  CNCS staff and volunteers work and invest in thousands of nonprofit and faith-based groups that are making a difference across the country. CNCS includes AmeriCorps, Senior Corps, the Social Innovation Fund, the George H.W. Bush Volunteer Generation Fund, and more. 

About First Book
First Book has distributed more than 90 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout the United States and Canada.  By making new, high-quality books available on an ongoing basis, First Book is transforming the lives of children in need and elevating the quality of education. For more information, please visit them online or follow their latest news on Facebook and Twitter.
First Book Contact: Brian Minter of First Book, 202-639-0115,

About Jumpstart
Jumpstart is a national early education organization working toward the day every child in America enters school prepared to succeed. Jumpstart delivers a research-based and cost-effective program by training college students and community volunteers to serve preschool-age children in low-income neighborhoods. Through a proven curriculum, these children develop the language and literacy skills they need to be ready for school, setting them on a path for lifelong success. Jumpstart is also a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. Learn more at

Friday, May 24, 2013

Crafting Bowls for Change - Community Event! 5.25.13 11-3pm #Bowls4Change

Tomorrow is the day we've all been waiting for! Crafting Bowls for Community Change, a one day soup sharing benefit to increase food security in Georgia, will be held at Wheat Street Garden, Atlanta's premiere urban farm. 

Support healthy living on Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 11AM - 3PM at Truly Living Well Farms located on Hillard Street. 

Please purchase tickets here: 

Follow #Bowls4Change on Twitter! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Try the Premium McWrap only at McDonald's! #McWrap

If you missed my post in April about the McWrap then that's OK, because I'm talking about it again this month too! Need a quick meal on the go? Want something that's quick and easy to eat?  

The new Premium McWrap is now available at McDonald’s restaurants nationwide. Yep, nationwide! The McWrap is part of a new entrĂ©e 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, May 21, 2013

Divas' Closet of Atlanta A One-of-A Kind Fun & Festive ShoppingExperience

Shop in the closets of some of the most fashionable women of Atlanta at Divas' Closet including Ne-Yo's girlfriend Monyetta Shaw, actress and owner of Emerlyn & Ester Boutique.

ATLANTA, GA (May 21, 2013) Have you ever dreamed of shopping in the closets of some of Atlanta’s most stylish trend- setting women? Well, your dream has come true. Fashion forward women and upscale boutiques will come together to sell some of their most stylish gently worn and new clothes, jewelry and accessories in one of Buckhead’s most exclusive boutiques. On-site stylists will be available to help you shop and members of the “Divas Closets” Glam Squad will make sure you fashion lovers are totally satisfied.

On Saturday, May 25, this "pop up" shop will be located at Peter Maxfield Boutique, 2859 Piedmont Road, 8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. The host, Justine Boyd has rented the whole boutique. It's not a consignment shop but a one day event. There will be music, hors d'oeuvers, libations, makeup artists and the GLAM Squad in full force making sure you are a happy buyer. And don’t forget about the networking and fun.

Shoppers pay $20 to have access to closets of these stylish women, buy quality items at a good price and an opportunity to win a couple of door prizes i.e. spa treatment and cologne.

Remember there are 10 Divas who vary in size and style so there will be a diverse selection of clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags and more. A percentage of sales will be donated to the YWCA of Greater Atlanta Cascade House Women's Shelter.

Confirmed Divas include: Monyetta Shaw, actress, owner of Emerlyn and Ester Boutique and girlfriend of Grammy Award Winning R&B Artist Ne-Yo, Justine Boyd, Carolyn Young, Evern Cooper Epps, Paulette Lewis, Cheryl Taylor and Waketta Rosser Danglesdesigns.

GLAM and FAB meet for a fun festive one of a kind shopping experience.
For more information contact Justine Boyd at 404-328-6338 or facebook page Divas Closets of Atlanta.

Media Contact: Diane Larche’, Larche’ Communications LLC, 404 273-3227,



We're celebrating the @RedTricycle_ATL launch with 17 awesome giveaways from Atlanta's best!

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4 Tickets to Tree Top Quest
$300 Child Portraiture Session from Kate Byars Photography
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Family Membership to Southeastern Railway Museum
Family 5 Pack to AREA 51 - Aurora Cineplex and The Fringe Miniature Golf
1 pink and 1 green Highchair Organizer
The Music Class, Fall Session
Build your own bday party for 6 at Hippo Hop
$200 B. Baby Braithwaite Gift Certificate
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4 Pair of Babiators, 2 original, 2 polarized
$200 Family Photo Session with Deana Levine Photography
Southern Sitters & Nannies Annual Membership
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$300 Youth Technology Center Gift Certificate

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Friday, May 17, 2013

Built Ford Tough. [Video] #GoFurtherATL

Buying a full-size pickup? Here are some hard facts to think about: 
  • The F-150 can tow a heavier trailer (11,300 lbs.) and haul more cargo (3,120 lbs.) than any of its competitors.* 
  • The F-150 has a fully boxed frame that’s the foundation of all this great capability. And it’s engineered and tested to withstand more punishment than you could ever subject it to. 
  • The F-150 is Built Ford Tough® to come through with the capability you expect in this full-size pickup from Ford, day in and day out.
Thanks to Malcolm Cunningham Ford Lincoln, I was about to test-drive this F-150 around town! Located in Atlanta, GA, Malcolm Cunningham Ford is proud to be one of the premier dealerships in the Atlanta Metro Area.

From the moment you walk into their showroom, you'll know their commitment to customer service is second to none. They strive to make your experience with Malcolm Cunningham Ford Lincoln a good one, for the life of your vehicle.

Whether you need t purchase a New Ford or Ford Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, Used Cars & Trucks, Arrange Finance, Schedule Service or Buy Ford Auto Parts, this is the right place, your local Ford Dealer in Atlanta GA.

For more information, please visit:

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Let's Move Atlanta! @UWFitness #UnitedWorldFitness

Chick-fil-A Foundation Offering Need-Based Summer Day Camp at Morehouse College

Try a new sport with Chick-fil-A in upcoming Power Camp 2013! The Chick-fil-A Foundation is partnering with Fellowship of Christian Athletes to invite youth near Atlanta to Morehouse College for some new opportunities in sports.

Darrlynn Brister, spokeswoman for the Chick-fil-A Foundation reported that a day camp, Power Camp 2013, is being held where kids can try some non-traditional sports, and get training from accomplished athletes from high school to the pros.

Three camps are being held: June 10-14, June 17-21 and June 24-28. All camps will take place at Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Registration for Power Camp 2013 is now open. To sign up, visit one of the following organizations: Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club, Raising Expectations, Castleberry Hill Neighborhood Association or Pheonix Boys Association.

The camp is offered to youth from all neighboring communities in and around Atlanta.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Two Thumbs Up for the 2013 Ford Escape! #GoFurtherATL

I'm still 'over the moon' excited that I had the opportunity to partner with Ford to test drive the new 2013 Ford Escape! This SUV is not only fantastic, but features really awesome technology that made me feel safe traveling around the city with our two boys, Roland and Joshua. 

As a busy mom on the go, having a spacious and safe car is a true dream! When searching for a new car, safety should always be the top priority. 
Last month, was Driver Distraction Month which is driving while engaged in other activities such as, using a cell phone, texting, eating, or reading. Thousands of people die each year because people continue to use their cell phones while driving. The technology in the Ford helps you keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Although, I didn't have a chance to pick you up for a ride in the 2013 Ford Escape, I wanted to share these great safety features:
  • Do Not Disturb feature: When hooked up to SYNC, this new feature blocks incoming phone calls or text messages from a Bluetooth®-paired mobile phone, diverting calls into voicemail and saving text messages on the device for viewing later. But unlike turning the phone off, drivers can still make voice-activated outgoing phone calls and the SYNC 911 Assist™ feature can make a call in case of emergency.
  • SYNC with MyFord Touch offers multiple ways for customers to manager and control information through voice commands, menus accessed through controls on the steering wheel and touch screens. Upgraded system includes new look, making phone, navigation, entertainment and climate controls even easier to use 

Seeing the 2013 Ford Escape for the first time!

Ford Do Not Disturb on MyKey
  • With Active Park Assist, parallel parking is virtually stress-free and hands free 
  • BLIS (Blind Spot information System) with Cross Traffic Alert – displays an alert in the side mirror when a vehicle is detected entering a blind spot. Cross-traffic alert warns if traffic is detected approaching from the sides, such as when Escape is leaving a parking space in reverse
  • Curve Control – the first Ford SUV to automatically slow the vehicle when it is cornering too fast.
Doesn't that sound awesome to you? Plus the Escape has the hands free liftgate which makes transporting sporting gear and packages a breeze for moms-on-the-go. Our oldest son saw the trunk pop open on it's own and screamed, "magic."

Test drive a 2013 Ford Escape! There are several great dealerships in the area! 

Malcolm Cunningham
5675 Peachtree Industrial Blvd  Atlanta, GA 30341

Wade Ford
3860 South Cobb Dr SE  Smyrna, GA 30080

Allan Vigil Ford
6790 Mt Zion Blvd  Morrow, Georgia 30260

Come back and share your experiences! For additional information, please visit:

Me & "Blueberry"

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Happiness Mom Twitter Party 5/9/2013 @ 9PM Follow #WorldofCokeMoms

Join us on Twitter for a Happiness Twitter Party 5/9/2013 at 9PM - 10PM!

Follow @sojournerruth #WorldofCokeMoms

Tell us you're coming here:

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Got Carpet Stains? Rent a BISSELL! #Bissell #BigGreen #Springclean @bissellclean

Knock, Knock! Who's there? BISSELL! I was so thrilled last week when the great folks from BISSELL dropped off the BIG Green machine at my front door. Little did I know how awesome it would be getting rid of my carpet stains. Here's a video that compares the cleaner with another popular product out there:

Why call carpet cleaners when you can rent a BISSELL? Get professional results in your home with this innovative machine that uses power brushes to eliminate dirt and has a tough stain tool that makes cleaning hard-to-reach areas, like stairs, a cinch. The professional deep cleaning formula is amazing! Other cool features include:
  • Cleans in both forward and backward passes for a faster clean
  • Rotating PowerBrush gets deep down in carpet to eliminate stains & capture dirt
  • Large capacity tanks are easy to fill, empty & clean
  • Tough Stain Tool is great for stairs & upholstery
  • Flow indicator monitors water & solution level
  • Built-in measuring cup on clean tank
  • Long reach house gets in tough corners, upholstery, stairs and tops of shelves and cupboards
  • Request warranty information
BISSELL makes a pet version carpet cleaner too! Check out:

Stain here!

Stain Gone!

Mama's Little Helper!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

3rd Annual Derby Brunch Hatwalk Segment on CBS Better Mornings #DerbyHatwalk

The Derby Brunch Hatwalk is right around the corner on Saturday, May 11 at the beautiful Villa Christina. Yesterday, we had a blast strutting our stuff for charity on CBS Better Mornings in Atlanta.  We posed for the camera as details regarding this wonderful charity event were discussed. 

The Derby Brunch Hatwalk event on Saturday, May 11 begins at 10 a.m. and a welcome beverage will await guests. The event ends around 2:15 p.m. so you will have more time to shop in the Hatwalk Vendor MarketPlace this year than before. Valet parking is available upon arrival.

Need a hat? The Hatwalk E-Boutique is open at So if you are still looking for the perfect hat or Mothers’ Day gift, feel free to browse the online store. Some of these items will also be available on-site at the event. 100% of all sales benefit T.R.I.P.

The Derby Brunch Hatwalk raises much–needed funds for T.R.I.P. -- a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization created to rebuild communities of color in need. Upcoming volunteer opportunities in Atlanta or visit our web site can be found at 

The Derby Brunch Hatwalk will take place – rain or shine. Although many of the activities are scheduled to take place in the garden, there will be a rain contingency plan. So “Mother Nature” shouldn’t let us down – it is Mother’s Day weekend for goodness sake!

Check out the video link from yesterday's Hatwalk segment on CBS.  

There's still time to purchase tickets for this wonderful event. Join us and celebrate Mother's Day at the 3rd annual Derby 
Brunch Hatwalk:

Fun pics from our CBS segment on Better Mornings in Atlanta! 

Saturday, May 04, 2013

Canongate Golf Hosts 2nd Annual Junior Golf Expo

Canongate Golf Hosts 2nd Annual Junior Golf Expo
Free Event to Educate Parents on How to Get Kids Playing Golf

WHO/WHAT: To celebrate the official start of its 2013 junior golf program, Canongate Golf is hosting a free Junior Golf Expo at its Georgia National Golf Club and its Bentworth Golf Club. These free events serve as an opportunity to introduce kids 5 and up to the game of golf and to develop current junior player’s games through Canongate’s series of summer camps, Get Golf Ready program, junior competition and more.
As a way to introduce the game to kids, the Junior Golf Expo’s will also feature fun activities including golf lessons and sports specific training and movement stations. Canongate instructors will also be on hand to fit juniors for golf clubs. The Expo’s will also have bounce houses on site, as well as an appearance by “Scratch” the Canongator.
WHEN:                    Saturday, May 11, 2013  
                                  10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
                                  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.
WHERE:                   Saturday, May 11, 2013
                                    Georgia National Golf Club        
                                    1715 Lake Dow Road                                    
                                    McDonough, GA 30252                                 

                                    Bentwater Golf Club
                                    100 Golf Links Drive
                                    Acworth, GA 30101                       

MEDIA                       Colleen Murphy
CONTACT:                (404) 214-0722 x109
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About Canongate
Canongate Golf Clubs is a unique community of golf clubs consisting of 22 private clubs in the metro-Atlanta area, five in Houston and two in the Denver area.  For more than 45 years, Canongate has provided the ultimate in golf variety and value.  Canongate members now have access to 22 different clubs, with 25 championship courses available for their enjoyment. For more information about Canongate Golf Clubs, visit  To follow Canongate Golf on Twitter visit and go to to become a fan on Facebook.  

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Crafting Bowls for Change at Wheat Street Garden #Bowls4Change

May 1, 2013                                                                                                          

Contact: Sojourner Marable Grimmett          

Crafting Bowls for Change at Wheat Street Garden

ATLANTA - May 1, 2013 – New Leaders Council – Atlanta, Truly Living Well Center or Urban Agriculture (TLW), and WonderRoot will host Crafting Bowls for Change, a community-based food and art celebration on Saturday, May 25, 2013 from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Wheat Street Garden, 75 Hilliard Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30312.  

Crafting Bowls for Change is a one-day event to raise funds in support of Wholesome Wave of Georgia and NLC -Atlanta. TLW’s partnership with Wholesome Wave allows every SNAP, WIC, or SFNMP dollar spent at its farmers market to double its value when purchasing healthy locally grown produce. Each year the New Leaders Council - Atlanta trains the next generation of progressive leaders in Georgia and works to solve problems like food insecurity in underserved communities.

"As the founding City Council sponsor of Truly Living Well's Wheat Street Urban Farm and the New Leaders Council, I am delighted to see these two groups partnering with WonderRoot to increase Atlantans' awareness about food deserts and food insecurity. District 2's Boulevard corridor, the host neighborhood for this event, has the highest concentration of poverty in the southeastern United States. I am hopeful that Crafting Bowls for Change will help us place a glaring spotlight on the reality of poverty and hunger in the neighborhood that raised Martin Luther King Jr.", stated New Leaders Council Honorary Chair and City Councilmember Kwanzaa Hall.

Community leaders and members are invited to share a simple and delicious meal of soup served in a handcrafted bowl at Wheat Street Gardens on Saturday, May 25th. In exchange for a cash contribution, guests receive a bowl as a reminder of those struggling with food insecurity in our city, nation and world. Wholesome Wave, SNAP and food security information will be available at the event. Participants are invited to take part in garden tours, family garden activities and crafts, and volunteer opportunities.  Open to the public, tickets are $40 for entry and include soup prepared by local chefs, an artist made bowl and a chance to win a TLW CSA subscription or a garden class. To purchase tickets for the event, please visit:

Truly Living Well and New Leaders Council - Atlanta are proud to partner with Wholesome Wave of Georgia to increase food security in Atlanta and support progressive leadership in our community.

To purchase your tickets for the event, please visit:

For additional details about the event on Facebook, please visit:  

Follow the event on Twitter: #Bowls4Change

About New Leaders Council Atlanta
New Leaders Council (NLC) works to train and promote the progressive political entrepreneurs of tomorrow — trendsetters, elected officials and civically-engaged leaders in business and industry who will shape the future landscape.

About Truly Living Well
Truly Living Well, a 501(c)3 based in Atlanta, works to engage the community in developing local food systems through education and food production.  In addition, TLW demonstrates urban agriculture as a sustainable and economic solution for helping people to eat and to live better.  TLW has strategically located its farmers' markets in areas that have had little or no access to fresh, healthy produce, providing a valuable service in our community. 

About Wholesome Wave Georgia
Wholesome Wave Georgia believes that all Georgians should have access to good, wholesome and locally-grown food. Our goal is to increase access to good food for all Georgians while contributing to the local food economy. By doubling each federal or state nutrition benefit (SNAP, WIC, SFMNP) dollar spent at our partner markets, we leverage existing government food nutrition programs to encourage shopping at local farmers markets.

About WonderRoot
WonderRoot is an Atlanta-based non-profit arts and service organization with a mission to unite artists and community to inspire positive social change. By providing production facilities to Atlanta-based artists and coordinating arts-based service programs, WonderRoot empowers artists to be proactive in engaging their communities through arts-based service work. We believe that art is an agent of change and that by empowering people with the means to create art, we are in turn empowering people with the means to create change.