The kids and I checked out a new local Atlanta organic cookie shop that specializes in luxury cookies called A Haute Cookie. Check out our thoughts.
This past weekend I attended the Pinners Conference in Atlanta, GA. This was my first time attending the conference and I had no idea what to expect. I knew that there would be crafting and I’d registered for a couple of classes that I was excited for. But I still wasn’t prepared for what turned out to basically be Disney World for crafters.
I have a confession: Pizza is my favorite food. I’m a New Yorker and have high expectations of pizza so I typically go with what I know around Atlanta. Today Mini and I ventured out and tried MOD Pizza in Decatur.
We were originally heading out to grab something from the grocery store and to get our nails done. The line at my new favorite salon was a bit long so we decided to grab some food. Signs I’m raising mini right: pizza is also her favorite food.
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After I had Mini, I became a runner. Like most new moms, I wanted to lose weight but I set the goal of running with the intention of weight loss being a by product. One of my favorite things to do was obstacle course races. In fact, I tried to ask my now husband out on a date to do one–he declined though now he’s completed 3 with me. I was so excited to see that the Kids Obstacle Challenge was coming to town so Mini could finally participate!
See, Mini would come with me to all my races and sit on the sidelines with whomever I could get to watch her. I remember her telling me that she wanted to do one and I couldn’t wait for the day that she was old enough to register her. And now she is. I kept it a secret from her until the day before because i knew she would drive me crazy with her anticipation to run.
Kids Obstacle Challenge
We opted to do the non-competitive race only because we had ballet early the morning of the race. I had another surprise for Mini–her bestie, play sister and my bonus baby was going to be doing it with her! My best friend and I got the dads to do the race with them so we got to sit on the sidelines this time cheering.
I got the download of the race from Mini once she caught her breath from running. It was a total of 2 miles and the obstacles started out with the ball pit. She said it was pretty challenging to make it through the pit but they did it. There was lots of climbing but the most important thing was that she didn’t fall. It took them about 40 minutes to complete the race and they loved every bit of it–especially the mud pit that was waiting for them at the end.
There was a really challenging hill at the end and they conquered that easily! Now I will say that Mini’s uncle David is in the Army and I could see how his coaching made the course doable for them. Either way, I was grateful that it wasn’t me getting muddy–this time.
This was a lot of fun for the kids. It wore them out physically and made lots of memories for them. The sponsors were pretty great too. We got to try these new Lara bars that were pretty tasty. They weren’t dry or chalky like many protein bars. And Natalie’s Juice was there. When I tell you that their lemonade is exactly what you need on hot Atlanta days, i mean it! The biggest sponsor was Razor–my kids LOVE their scooters and I love how many options they have that are inclusive of their age range.
Overall, this was a great day. I can’t wait for them to come back to Atlanta so I can do the run with them next time!
Are you ready to have a family adventure with the Kids Obstacle Challenge?
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It’s that time of year again! That’s right–it’s baby time!
The 2018 Atlanta Baby & Child Expo
The 2018 Atlanta Baby & Child Expo is happening this weekend, April 21, 2018, and it’s the place to be for all the mamas and budding mamas in the Atlanta area. From 11am until 2pm in the Fox Theater Ballrooms, moms, babies, and kids will have the run of the place. If you’ve never been to one of these before, you’re in for a treat. The 2018 Atlanta Baby & Child Expo is the place to be for pregnancy preparation and parenting products.
This event offers the following:
- Sweet swag bags awarded randomly to celebrate our fabulous attendees!
- Experts sharing their wisdom on all things baby!
- Door prizes worth thousands of dollars (including car seats, strollers, and many of the products on display at the event!)
- The opportunity to find out about new products you won’t see in the bigger stores!
–From their website
Why The Atlanta Baby & Child Expo?
This event is put together by Desiree Miller of StressFreeBaby.com–a local to the Atlanta area. She’s been putting this expo on for the past 8 years. As a mom herself, she knows many of the things that pregnant and already moms need. The Atlanta Baby & Child Expo has also been recognized as “Atlanta’s Best of” for Event Planning for 2016, 2017, and 2018.
So Who’s Going To Be There?
That’s the real question, right?
Oh, and of course I’ll be there!!!
Fun piece of information: When I started my first mommy blog The Mommy Memoirs, it was pediped that gave me my first sponsored posting. I had no idea you could make money blogging until I was approached by a woman in the bank I used to manage. She sent me a pair for Mini who was just about 1 at the time and I reviewed them for her!
I know you’ll want to be in the mix with ALL these amazing vendors so be sure to grab your tickets here ASAP:
I’ll see you guys this weekend!
If you’re Atlanta and you’ve never experienced Buford Hwy you’re missing out big time on culture and experience. Today the girls and I ventured out there to learn about Thai rolled ice cream making with I•CE•NY and experienced the deliciousness that is rolled ice cream made in front of your eyes.
I•CE•NY In Atlanta
We got a little lost heading there because I got so interested in all the other stores around it but after a quick U-Turn we made it. When we got there, they were closed ☹️☹️but the owner was there and he opened just for us. Yes, so that means we got a private showing of Thai rolled ice cream and how it’s made.
How To Make Thai Rolled Ice Cream
Without going into too much detail, they make the ice cream right in front of you. You choose your base flavor, add some mix-ins and toppings. Here’s a short video from my Instagram story showing you how it’s done:
Chatting With The Owner
Because I had the opportunity to have some one on one attention from him, I was able to unofficially interview him. This chain started out in NY by a friend of his and he brought it down to Atlanta. When I asked why he chose this area on Buford Hwy he said he loved this area which is populated by many first generation Asian-Americans. He’s seeking to change the face and impression of the area making it more marketable to the masses. I love his pride in his race and people as well his desire to spread his culture.
The girls and I had a great time as we sat chatting with the owner of this location as well as Dan from The Ice Kitchen located in Kennesaw. If you’re in Atlanta you need to check out the Thai rolled ice cream craze that’s hit!