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Thursday, June 25, 2015

2015 Fourth of July Celebrations Around Atlanta

Things to do on the Fourth of July around Atlanta.

Enjoy Independence Day with family and friends at Wills Park in Alpharetta. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn behind Alpharetta Community Center, located at 175 Roswell Street, Alpharetta, GA 30009. For more information, call (678) 297-6143 or email  

The Legendary Fourth of July at Lenox Square, located at 3393 Peachtree Road. N.E., Atlanta rings in its 56th year with a bevy of blasts. Gump Fiction, a Charlotte-based quintet, will play the greatest hits of the 1990s starting at 6:00 p.m. Party on the Moon, a massive show band specializing in high-energy danceable tunes, will perform at 7:45 p.m. Look up for the fireworks around 9:40 p.m. For more information, call (404) 233-6767 or visit

Centennial Olympic Park’s 4th of July Celebration will offer fun and entertainment for the entire family, including free music and Atlanta’s number one fireworks display. Come relax on the Great Lawn and celebrate Independence Day with Centennial Olympic Park. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.  For additional information, visit:

Come celebrate the Fourth of July at Hutcheson Ferry Park, located in Chattahoochee Hills. Enjoy the parade in Serenbe at 10:00 a.m., then come celebrate in Hutcheson Ferry Park from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. with a picnic from one of the two food vendors or bring your own food and drinks!  At 6:30 p.m. enjoy the concert by Tara Winds! Click here for the flyer.

Attend the largest Independence Day Celebration in South Fulton County, "Salute to the Red, White and Blue," located in Downtown East Point. The celebration is held across from the East Point MARTA station and East Point City Hall. The carnival and event begins at 3:00 p.m. and the fireworks start around 9:30 p.m.

There are two great ways to celebrate 4th of July in Roswell this year! Barrington Hall’s Inaugural “BBQ & Bluegrass” from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., located at 535 Barrington Drive, Roswell. Barbecue, beverages and desserts will be available for purchase from the Mill Kitchen Restaurant and Bar. Live music will be provided by the Smokerise Bluegrass Band.

Roswell’s Annual July 4th “Extravaganza” beginning at 5:30 p.m., with fireworks at dark
Sweet Apple Elementary School12025 Etris Road, Roswell. The City of Roswell will once again host a huge community celebration of our nation’s Independence Day. Enjoy giant inflatables, carnival games, food trucks, face painting, and other fun, family-friendly activities. Admission is free.

Start Independence Day in Dunwoody by attending the metro area’s largest July 4th Parade, complete with floats, marching bands, and after-the-parade family fun activities. The parade begins at 9:00 a.m. at Mount Vernon Road and Jett Ferry Road, proceeding west on Mt. Vernon to Dunwoody Village, with spectator points all along the route. On Sunday, the festivities continue in Sandy Springs, located at the Concourse Corporate Center Lawn (5 Concourse Parkway – next to the King & Queen buildings). Bring a picnic and a Frisbee, enjoy music from the band, Shiloh and as the sun goes down, enjoy a spectacular firework show. Music begins at 7:30 p.m. with the fireworks beginning at
9:45 p.m.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

19 U.S. Women Bloggers Support 5M Women Entrepreneurs by Sharing Coca-Cola's #5by20 Initiative

Empowering women, improving lives. I'm excited to join 19 women bloggers from across the U.S. today to support The Coca-Cola Company's 5by20 initiative. 

5by20 is The Coca-Cola Company’s global commitment to enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the company’s value chain by 2020. 

Join us today by following #5by20. 

Watch this video: Marlene encourages women to work together to create beautiful crafts and an improved environment in the Amazon. ➡️

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Fulton County Schools Offers Free Summer Meals to Children

This summer Fulton County Schools is serving free meals at more than 30 school locations across the county as part of its annual “Summer Feeding Program.” Any child under age 18 may come and eat a summer meal.

The program is part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s efforts to curb child hunger. Each summer, the USDA partners with local organizations like Fulton County Schools to provide free meals to children when school is out for the summer. Nationwide, more than 3.2 million low-income children participated in the summer feeding programs last July.

To locate summer feeding sites in your neighborhood please visit Fulton County Schools’ summer feeding locations and serving times also can be found at

Friday, June 12, 2015

The World of Coca-Cola Celebrates 25 Years of Sharing Happiness

ATLANTA--()--The World of Coca-Cola turns 25 this year, but the Home of Happiness has already received its gift: being able to share happiness with more than 23 million guests who have walked through its doors. The attraction is celebrating this milestone and its role in downtown Atlanta’s revitalization by:
“We are so proud to call Atlanta home for 25 years, create moments of happiness for millions of guests and bolster tourism in Atlanta”
  • Offering a special anniversary promotion
  • Opening a new exhibit in the Pop Culture gallery, Kiss the Past Hello
  • Honoring the Coca-Cola bottle that started it all with a special exhibit, ticket offer and more
  • Inviting guests to “Share a Coke” in Pemberton Place
A Special Offer for a Special Milestone
The Home of Happiness is inviting everyone to enjoy a special anniversary offer this Memorial Day weekend. All day Sunday, May 24, guests can enjoy two general admission tickets for $25, a savings of 20 percent. These specially priced tickets can be purchased at walk-up ticket windows beginning at 9 a.m. on May 24. The tickets will not be available online, and will only be valid for admission Sunday.
Kiss the Past Hello: Celebrating 100 Years of an American Icon
The World of Coca-Cola isn’t the only one celebrating a milestone. This year also marks the 100th anniversary of the iconic Coca-Cola contour bottle. In recognition of this milestone, Coca-Cola Design invited creative minds from around the world to recreate iconic Coca-Cola artwork from the last 100 years. Now the attraction is sharing the anniversary love and featuring artwork chosen from those submissions in a new exhibit in the Pop Culture gallery, Kiss the Past Hello. This special exhibit will be open through May 2016.
“The World of Coca-Cola celebrates Coca-Cola year-round, so it’s special that we get to share a milestone along with the iconic bottle that started it all,” said Russell Jacobs, General Manager of Retail and Attractions for The Coca-Cola Company.
More on the Bottle That Started It All
Kiss the Past Hello isn’t just a new exhibit at the World of Coca-Cola. It is also the title of a new collectible coffee table book from Assouline Publishing. The book commemorates 100 years of the Coca-Cola bottle’s influence on art and popular culture and is available in The Coca-Cola Store at the attraction.
World of Coca-Cola guests can learn even more about the iconic contour bottle in 100 Years of the Coca-Cola Bottle – A Global Celebration, a special exhibit that recently opened in the attraction’s central atrium. The exhibit features more than 50 Coca-Cola art bottles from around the world, each one capturing a distinctive aspect of its home country’s culture and traditions.
Those interested in learning more about the contour bottle can also take advantage of a special offer to visit the High Museum’s exhibit The Coca-Cola Bottle: An American Icon at 100Both attractions are offering a bounce-back promotion, so anyone with a ticket to the World of Coca-Cola or High Museum can receive $3 off general admission to the other attraction. The offer is available May 24 through June 19 at walk-up ticket windows only.
Share a Coke and Cheers to 25
The celebration doesn’t end the weekend of the attraction’s anniversary. World of Coca-Cola guests also can plan to celebrate the anniversary with the Share a Coke program. Back by popular demand, Coca-Cola is swapping out its iconic logo on Coca-Cola®, Diet Coke® and Coke Zero™ packaging for 1,000 of the most popular names in the country. In honor of the attraction’s anniversary, those who want to personalize their own mini-cans and enjoy music, entertainment and a selfie photo station may visit the Share a Coke experiential tour at Pemberton Place Friday, May 29 through Sunday, May 31. The full Share a Coke schedule can be found at
25 Years of Calling Atlanta Home
The World of Coca-Cola was established in 1990 at Underground Atlanta and moved to Pemberton Place in 2007. Guests come from more than 75 countries, all U.S. states and the District of Columbia each month.
“We are so proud to call Atlanta home for 25 years, create moments of happiness for millions of guests and bolster tourism in Atlanta,” said Jacobs. The attraction has positively impacted the tourism industry in its hometown city and state, with a $28.9 million total annual impact on Atlanta’s economy and an annual impact on Georgia’s economy of $35.8 million.
“The World of Coca-Cola is a true Atlanta icon, drawing visitors from all over the globe,” said William Pate, President and CEO of the Atlanta Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We congratulate the World of Coca-Cola on its 25th anniversary and look forward to celebrating many more.”
For additional information about the World of Coca-Cola’s anniversary, including the special offer, please and follow #WorldofCocaCola25 on social media. For a timeline of the attraction’s 25-year history, visit
About the World of Coca-Cola
The World of Coca-Cola celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015. During that time, the Atlanta attraction has welcomed guests from six continents, more than 80 countries, all 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Join 23 million people who have visited the Atlanta attraction and experience the history of the world's most famous beverage brand at the dynamic, multimedia home of the 129-year-old secret formula for Coca-Cola. Get closer than ever before to the vault containing the secret recipe, view more than 1,200 never-before-displayed artifacts and get a behind-the-scenes look at the bottling process. Take a trip around the world in a thrilling 4-D movie experience and tempt your taste buds with more than 100 beverages from around the world before taking home a complimentary commemorative glass bottle of Coca-Cola.
The World of Coca-Cola is located in Pemberton Place, adjacent to the Georgia Aquarium in downtown Atlanta, and is accessible via the Peachtree Center or CNN/World Congress Center MARTA stations. Consumers with questions may call 1-800-676-COKE or visit our website at to purchase tickets. Follow us on Twitter or find us on Facebook at


World of Coca-Cola
Jacquie Wansley, 404-676-3886

Thursday, June 11, 2015

5th Annual International Dare to Aspire Conference

We are on a mission to inspire and empower as many women and Mom-preneurs as we can. Visit to learn more about the 5th Annual International Dare to Aspire Conference in Atlanta this weekend. 

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Prevent MRSA With HIBICLENS Antimicrobial Soap


Sports are a great way for our kids to stay healthy, make friends, and learn life lessons. With every soccer practice and basketball game, we build family memories and experiences that last a lifetime.

We also know that sports can get physical at times. And we can usually treat bumps and bruises with ice, adhesive bandages, and rest. But there’s a more serious, difficult to treat, and potentially fatal infection that has been increasing in rates in recent years, affecting athletes of all ages: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

MRSA is a skin infection that is known as a “super bug”. The scary detail is that MRSA is resistant to antibiotics; and it is invading youth sports.


Once only found in hospitals, MRSA outbreaks have spread to youth locker rooms and beyond. In fact, 50 percent of schools have seen MRSA outbreaks (according to the 2010 NATA Survey of Athletic Trainers).

Locker rooms make the perfect location for MRSA. They don’t get sanitized or cleaned often in the first place - plus the infection lurks in the dirty, wet clothes.

Even a high five can spread infections. Athletes in heavy physical contact sports, like wrestling or football, are particularly at risk.

Youth sports aren’t the only ones in danger: the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League (NFL) experienced a mass Staph outbreak at their facilities in 2009. At least six players were affected by the infection, which caused one player to retire and sue the team for negligence.

If Staph can occur in locker rooms with million dollar athletes and state of the art technology, then consider what it means for your child who uses a middle school locker room.

The easiest way to combat MRSA is to prevent it in the first place. HIBICLENS can help.


HIBICLENS protects your children from all the germs that they will come in contact with during their sports career, including MRSA.

On average, your child will come in contact with 300 surfaces every 30 minutes, and will be exposed to 840,000 germs according to the 2011 Tork® Report.

200,000 people are hospitalized every year with the flu, including 10 percent who are under the age of five (according to the CDC). HIBICLENS kills the virus before it reaches you and your children’s immune system.

Gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin, HIBICLENS requires application only once every 24 hours. Apply it every morning and enjoy your day worry-free for the rest of the day. HIBICLENS is convenient, long lasting, effective, gentle, and works immediately on contact.

Playing youth sports is one of the best childhood experiences our kids can have. HIBICLENS can help your young athlete have the best experience, in a safe manner. Celebrate your children’s touchdowns with peace of mind. With HIBICLENS, you can “bring home the memories, and not the germs”. Take the first step to protecting your family today with a money-saving coupon and more information at