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    Calling Fellow Pizza Lovers! Have You Tried MOD Pizza?

    We’ve driven past MOD Pizza many times without stopping then we finally did. Guys, they’re doing pizza different and I’m 100% here for it!!!

    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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    The Atlanta Kids Obstacle Challenge

    I received compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

    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!

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    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.

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    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.

    The Race

    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.

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    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.

    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    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.
    The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered! The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!The Kids Obstacle Challenge offers great family fun for those who are super athletic and those not so athletic! Check out a review of the one in Atlanta here and then get registered!

    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?
    Check out their next stops here and get registered!

     

    Are You Coming? The 2018 Atlanta Baby & Child Expo

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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.

    It's here! The 2018 Atlanta Baby & Child Expo is happening this weekend and you'll want to be in the mix once you see the list of vendors that will be there! Check them out here and then grab your tickets.

    So Who’s Going To Be There?

    That’s the real question, right?

    WSB-TV is a media partner so they’ll be there. MumbelliBRITAX and BBox are sponsoring the event. The vendors list is pretty long but it includes the following:

    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:

    2018 Atlanta Baby & Child Expo

    I’ll see you guys this weekend!

    Experiencing Thai Rolled Ice Cream in Atlanta

    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.

    Have you experienced Thai Rolled Ice Cream? If you’re in Atlanta you have check out I•CE•NY on Buford Hwy!

    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.

    Have you experienced Thai Rolled Ice Cream? If you’re in Atlanta you have check out I•CE•NY on Buford Hwy!

    How To Make Thai Rolled Ice Cream

    Have you experienced Thai Rolled Ice Cream? If you’re in Atlanta you have check out I•CE•NY on Buford Hwy! 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.

    Have you experienced Thai Rolled Ice Cream? If you’re in Atlanta you have check out I•CE•NY on Buford Hwy! 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!

    Have you experienced Thai Rolled Ice Cream? If you’re in Atlanta you have check out I•CE•NY on Buford Hwy!Have you experienced Thai Rolled Ice Cream? If you’re in Atlanta you have check out I•CE•NY on Buford Hwy!

    Kicking Off the Holiday Season With Santa’s Toy Factory

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    The North Point Mall has partnered with Mattel to introduce a new holiday adventure that will be memorable for the entire family. Santa’s Toy Factory will open on November 11 in the center court area of the shopping center.

    It seems like it was just yesterday that I was making my list for Christmas which included all the latest items from Mattel and Barbie® . Am I dating myself or do you guys remember when the Barbie® Fold N’ Fun House was released for the first time? Now I get to be in the receiving end of all these lists! North Point Mall is a great place to fulfill the items that I’m sure my girls will be asking for since it has all the stores that they love.

    Here’s a bit more about Santa’s Toy Factory:

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    Santa’s Toy Factory is designed to empower creativity through an interactive, immersive experience to meet Santa. Within the 1,600 square-foot space, young guests will have the opportunity to “test” new toys in Santa’s Factory before they get delivered to all the boys and girls on Christmas morning. After they “test” the toys, they visit different stations to digitally design, build and paint toys from Mattel’s iconic brands including Barbie®, Hot Wheels®, and Thomas & Friends.. The grand finale, of course, will be meeting Santa himself for photos and to share their holiday wish list.

    “We are proud to be partnering with Mattel to bring this new, one-of-a-kind holiday concept to life,” said Nick Nicolosi, general manager of North Point Mall. “We are always looking for ways to introduce new brands and experiences to our community and can’t wait to showcase Santa’s Toy Factory this holiday season. We know our guests will embrace it.”

    The experience with Santa’s Toy Factory is free-of-charge and photo packages begin at $39.99. To make reservations to ensure quicker access, please click HERE. If you’d like more information, please visit www.VisitSantasToyFactory.com. North Point Mall is located at 1000 North Point Circle and is home to a plethora of high-quality tenants including American Girl, Lego and the Disney Store.a.

    The holiday season is here! And what better way to kick it off than with Santa's Toy Factory visiting North Point Mall! Be sure to check it out!

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    Check out these One-Day Special Events Too!

    You Can Be Anything Barbie

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    November 12, 2017
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Center Court

    Thomas and His Super Station


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    November 25, 2017
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Center Court

    Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage

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    December 7, 2017
    12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    Center Court

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    Disclosure: I’ve partnered with Bloggin’ Mamas & North Point Mall to share these free family events with my readers, and am being compensated for this partnership. All opinions expressed are my own.