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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Encouraging African-American Moms to Breastfeed Their Babies #ItsOnlyNatural

From your grandmother to your girlfriends, everyone has an opinion about breastfeeding. Do it (to bond with your baby), don’t do it (nursing is painful). It’s easy. It’s hard. Where will you breastfeed—in public or in private?

Despite the proven health benefits for both mother and baby, less than 2/3 of all African-American babies are ever breastfed, compared to more than 3/4 of all babies at the national level, accordingly to newly released data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Breastfeeding is beneficial for both baby and mother; it reduces the risk of several diseases and illnesses, lowers health care costs, and benefits the environment.

The reality is it’s up to each mother to make the decision to start breastfeeding, but it’s up to all of us to find ways to encourage women to breastfeed and support their efforts even through the rough patches.
  • Who’s in? Your breastfeeding support network. It really does take a village to raise a child but family members aren’t the only ones who can support a new mom—rely on coworkers, WIC offices, peer counselors, child care providers, and new mom groups to help meet your breastfeeding goals. Dr. Sahira Long gives her firsthand experience.
  • How to work through new-to-breastfeeding jitters. Watch Michelle’s story.
  • Breastfeeding as a single mom. Hear how Patrice and Letisha used their support network.

Monday, July 29, 2013

McDonald's and Six Flags Offer Exclusive Discounts to Benefit Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities @AtlantaRMHC @ARMHC


Atlanta, July 29, 2013- McDonald’s and Six Flags Over Georgia have teamed up this summer to benefit Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities (ARMHC). Discount coupons are available while supplies last at participating McDonald’s restaurants in the greater Atlanta area that offer up to $20 off of admission to Six Flags Over Georgia through October 27 and $10 off admission to Six Flags White Water through September 2. The coupons can be redeemed  online at or at any ticket window.  A portion of the ticket sales  go directly to Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities to benefit families of sick and injured children. 

“Six Flags is proud to make such a huge impact on the lives of families with children
who are sick or injured,” says Emily Murray, Manager - Public Relations of Six Flags Over Georgia. 
Over the last 17 years, the partnership between Six Flags and McDonald’s has raised nearly $1 million to fund the operating costs of Ronald McDonald Houses across the southeast region, including Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina. 

About Six Flags Entertainment Corporation:
Six Flags Entertainment Corporation is the world’s largest regional theme park company with $1.1 billion in revenue and 18 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada. For more than 50 years, Six Flags has entertained millions of families with world-class coasters, themed rides, thrilling water parks and unique attractions including up-close animal encounters, Fright Fest 
and Holiday in the Park.

About Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities:
ARMHC is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to serving the needs of children by providing temporary housing and support services to families of critically ill and injured children being treated at local hospitals. The two Atlanta Houses have provided a home away from home to more than 42,000 families since the first Atlanta House opened in 1979. For more information about ARMHC, please visit or call (404) 315-1133.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

McDonald's Store Grand Opening! Win Prizes Too! #myQPflavor @McDonaldsATL

I've been blogging for McDonald's for nearly two years and there's nothing more exciting than to be a part of a new store grand opening! Operator Chris Johnson's store is located: 2071 N Druid Hills Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30329. 

Chris has organized a wonderful store opening on Saturday, July 27 at 1 p.m. and you're invited! Yes, you and all your friends! The event will include massage therapists giving free massages, face painting and food giveaways.  The Atlanta Silverbacks, a professional soccer team will be at the store with their mascot to sign autographs and take pictures, along with Ronald McDonald! 

While you're at the grand opening be sure to try McDonald’s new Quarter Pounder offering with three new Quarter Pounder flavors for every personality, including:

    • Bacon & Cheese
    • Habanero Ranch
    • The Deluxe
All of the new Quarter Pounders come with all new thick cut Applewood smoked bacon and fresh produce. The bacon is thicker, better bacon and tastes great with all three of the Quarter Pounder flavors. The new burgers are perfect for consumers looking for burger variety and high quality, customized toppings.

Nutrition information for all Quarter Pounders and other national McDonald’s food and beverage menu items is available in a variety of ways: Mobile Phone App,, My Meal Builder on, Nutrition brochures, select product packaging, trayliners in restaurant and our toll-free phone line (1-800-244-6227).

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Right Place Right Time: Optimize Health and Increase Wealth

By LaShaundra Hamberlin

Genesis Pure is an organic nutritional company whose products are formulated by a naturopathic doctor. This company is unique because we have the highest quality products in the marketplace today. The products allow your body to function at an optimal level while doing absolutely no harm. On the business side, you don't have to deliver products to your customers, they arrive straight to their front door. This is a 4 1/2 year old company, so you are investing in a company that's on the ground floor. Financially, you are receiving 70 percent of the companies wealth based on a study that Harvard Business School conducted. It's very common for people to hit Diamond level in this company in just 28 days, which brings in an extra 200,000 a year. This is all because they saw an opportunity, got in at the right time, and began to work this business. This company is going places. It will go on to be a billion dollar global company. Today is your day! You are in the right place at the right time.

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Thursday, July 18, 2013

TURBO in theaters now!

Wow, that snail is fast! Ryan Reynolds, Paul Giamatti, Michael Pena, Luis Guzmán, Bill Hader, Richard Jenkins, Ken Jeong, Michelle Rodriguez, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Dogg, and Samuel L. Jackson are all staring in the new movie Turbo!

Thanks to 20th Century Fox for inviting my family to a private screening of Turbo, which opened in 3D this week nationwide!

Turbo is a snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world. His obsession with speed has made him an oddity and outsider in the slow and cautious snail community. Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he’s living, and he gets that chance after a freak accident leaves him with the power of incredible speed. The newly turbo-charged Turbo embarks on an extraordinary journey to achieve the impossible: racing against the best that the Indianapolis 500 has to offer. Joining Turbo is his dedicated pit crew of racing snails – a ragtag group of trash-talking adrenaline junkies tricked out with shells that look like mini-street racing cars. Turbo is the ultimate underdog who achieves the impossible by refusing to let his limitations get in the way of his dream.

Friday, July 12, 2013

TURBO food truck at the Atlanta Street Food Fest #ASFF13

If you have Saturday afternoon open, be sure to attend the second annual Atlanta Street Food Festival in Piedmont Park starting at 12:00pm with the official TURBO Taco Truck.

Great news is that the event is FREE, but if adults purchase the $10.50 ticket they have the opportunity to try out a FREE Turbo taco as well as a few other perks (cocktail anyone?). Kids 12 and under are free anyways so they can enjoy a Turbo taco regardless. There is a limited supply, but we they're ready to feed 500 peeps with free tacos!

Even better news, a portion of the ticket sales benefits the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

Stomach happy: check

Heart happy: check

Purchase your tickets in advance and receive a discounted wristband at the time of your arrival. Your wristband will allow for one dollar off of each menu item over six dollars. In addition, wristbands are good for one free cocktail from Bombay Sapphire, the exclusive spirits sponsor of the Atlanta Street Food Festival.

There will be one very special food truck in attendance: 20th Century Fox will debut Dos Bros, the taco food truck from the new DreamWorks Animation film Turbo. Dos Bros will be slinging tacos for the first 500 fans and posing for photo-ops with visitors throughout the day.

To purchase tickets and to view more information on the Atlanta Street Food Festival, please visit You can also stay up to date with the latest information about the Festival on the Facebook page, and by following @StreetFestATL and using the hashtag #ASFF13.