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Friday, March 29, 2013

Chick-fil-A Leadercast App & Event details!!

I've got something really special to share with you all today.  This is great information about the upcoming Chick-Fil-A Leadercast.  It's a great one-day leadership event where you can learn from some of the top leaders in the business world! It's perfect for the anyone: the small business owner, mompreneurs, or the CEO of a huge company - everyone will learn something from this fabulous event!  It's going to be held LIVE in Atlanta and broadcast to hundreds of locations around the world! The message?  Strengthen your leadership by simplifying your life.  SIMPLY LEAD...  It's  coming up on May 10, on for more details!

Full. Our lives are full of things that we think will grow our businesses and increase our influence. We are busy - and that may, unknowingly, be holding us back.  What if there was potential impact in simplifying our lives so our leadership could thrive? Leading in a complex world requires simplicity to cut through the clutter. Saying NO to what may seem good could help increase your capacity to live your life to the fullest. Join us at Chick-fil-A Leadercast as we learn to Simply Lead.

Check out the Chick-fil-A Leadercast App below for all of this: 

•    What’s Your Leadership Style Quiz! Everyone is born with the power to influence and although it may not always feel like it - we are ALL LEADERS in our own way! The question is... what type of leader are you? 

•    7 Tips to Lead Simply! Simplicity enables leaders to cut through the clutter and make the best decisions possible. Read these 7 tips to simplify your life... and remember, it’s the decisions you make that define the leader you become!

•    Find a Location! Chick-fil-A Leadercast will be broadcasted to hundreds of locations around the world! Enter your zip code to find a broadcast location near you - or join us at the LIVE site in Atlanta May 10, 2013! 

Speakers for this year's event include: 
•    Jack Welch, Former Chairman and CEO of General Electric
•    Andy Stanley, Best-selling leadership author and communicator
•    Mike Krzyzewski, Head men's basketball coach, Duke University and Team USA
•    John Maxwell, Best-selling author and leadership expert
•    Dr. Henry Cloud, Best-selling author and leadership consultant
•    LCDR Rorke Denver, Navy SEAL and star of the 2012 movie Act of Valor
•    Sanya Richards-Ross, 2012 London Olympic gold medalist, track & field
•    David Allen, Best-selling author of Getting Things Done and productivity expert
•    Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State (2005-2009), via exclusive Simply Lead video interview

2013 Chick-fil-A Leadercast Promo from GiANT Impact on Vimeo.

This is a great opportunity to hear from some great speakers and learn to SIMPLY LEAD!  Hope you can attend, either the live event, or one of the many broadcast locations.  Leadership skills are essential in today's world, so I hope you can take advantage of this opportunity!

Have a Blessed Easter weekend,

Disclaimer: Chick-fil-A supplied these links and the app to me along with a pack of Leadercast goodies for posting this application.  Any opinions given are, as always, my own!  

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring FUN Break at Stone Mountain Park!

Stone Mountain Park , Georgia’s No. 1 attraction, extends its Spring FUN Break event to two weeks of family-friendly shows and entertaining attractions to accommodate metro Atlanta school Spring Break calendars.

Spring FUN Break (SFB) begins the adventure with Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The 4-D Experience. The 12-minute sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth engages guests through a 3-D film featuring spectacular 4-D special effects. Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson) partners with his mom's husband (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) on a mission to find his grandfather (Michael Caine), who is thought to be missing on a mythical island. Together with a helicopter pilot (Luis Guzman) and his beautiful daughter (Vanessa Hudgens), they embark on an amazing voyage and find incredible beauty amidst grave danger.

Another new beginning at SFB is the opening of Campfire Grill. Half dining experience and half adventure, Campfire Grill embarks guests onto a camping trip where diners can hear the rustle of the woodland creatures, spot the soft glow of fireflies and almost feel the warmth from the campfire effects. At Campfire Grill, tables are called campsites, guests are campers and servers are camp counselors. “Campers” are tempted with signature menu items such as Campfire Skewers, Coca-Cola®Infused Ribs and warm Brownie S’Mores. The littlest campers can explore the paw prints on the tables and floors and create their own animal track crayon rubbings.

Returning to SFB is the popular Wildlife Wonders’ Animal Babies show. From a baby otter to kangaroo and bunnies, animal experts immerse guests in an educational and interactive animal encounter. After the show, kids can ask the animal experts questions and even touch some of the animals.
The Wake the Bear improv show also returns to SFB. Families in the audience steer the on-stage action when campers return to base camp only to realize it has become a favorite napping spot for a bear. The campers recruit the audience to help them drive the bear away and regain their campsite.
Plus, kids won’t want to miss April Fool’s Wacky Wonderland. The Easter Bunny and the April Fool teamed up to offer a dance party, crafts and other spring-time activities. The Easter Bunny will make appearances during the full two weeks of the SFB event. Also, younger spring breakers will love to clap and laugh along with a fearless adventurer as he tells of the remarkable expeditions during Adventure Tales storytelling.
Stone Mountain Park’s Adventure Pass guarantees a full day of fun with access to all of the Spring FUN Break activities plus all of Stone Mountain Park’s attractions such as the new Journey 2: The Mysterious Island – The 4-D Experience, Geyser Towers®, Sky Hike®, the Summit Skyride, the Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, The Great Barn®, Scenic Railroad, the Antebellum Plantation & Farmyard and Memorial Hall Museum. Families may conclude the day with the Lasershow Spectacular in Mountainvision®. The Lasershow will be featured nightly during Spring FUN Break, March 30 - April 13 at 8:30 p.m.
Stone Mountain Park offers a variety of value-priced options for families to enjoy the park and the special SFB activities.
Adventure Pass
$28 Adults/$22 Children 3-11 (tax not included)
Includes all of the SFB activities and other popular attractions such as the new Journey 2: The
Mysterious Island – The 4-D Experience, Geyser Towers®, Sky Hike®, the Summit Skyride, the
Great Locomotive Chase Adventure Golf, The Great Barn®, Scenic Railroad, the Antebellum
Plantation & Farmyard and Memorial Hall Museum.
Mountain Membership Annual Pass
$56 Adults /$44 Children 3-11 (tax not included)
Pays for itself in two visits. An annual pass lets families come again and again throughout the
year to take advantage of the park’s attractions, special events and exclusive discounts.
Family Value Pass
$125 for a family of four (tax not included).
Saves families 30 percent. Sold exclusively online, pass includes Adventure Passes, meal tickets
and complimentary cups with unlimited refills all day.
Families may also enjoy great vacation and staycation accommodations right inside the Park at two Marriott hotels. Family Escape Packages, beginning at $189 a night, include a one-night stay at the Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort or Stone Mountain Inn, 2-day Adventure Passes and breakfast.
Listed in Frommer’s 500 Places to Visit with Your Kids Before They Grow Up and cited by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as one of “35 Natural Wonders in Georgia You Must See”, Stone Mountain Park is located 16 miles east of downtown Atlanta. To get to the park, take I-285 to Exit 39B, Hwy. 78 East. Stone Mountain Park is Exit 8 on Hwy. 78. More information on Spring FUN Break, Stone Mountain Park attractions and hours of operation is available at or by calling 770-498-5690.

Sounds like a blast, doesn't it!! Hope to see you there over Spring Break!! 


Monday, March 25, 2013

How to know if your student athlete is at risk for sudden heart failure

Have you seen those heartbreaking stories of teen athletes who suffer sudden heart failure during a game or match? The idea of seemingly healthy students who die playing a sport they love is terrifying. We've had several here in Atlanta, and as the mom of a little boy who has played soccer, basketball and other sports, I find myself worrying.

So when I received information about this free live Q and A to help active families understand the risk factors of sudden heart failure in student athletes, I wanted to share it with all of you too. This is a free, live, on-line Q and A where you can ask questions in real time. It’s a chance to talk to knowledgeable and experienced doctors and get answers right on the spot.

 The Q and A takes place April 9th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST with Jeffrey Towbin, MD and John Lynn Jefferies, MD from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

***Did you know?  If defibrillation is administered within one minute of collapse, the survival rate for sudden heart failure goes up 90 percent. “Timing is key to survival. Waiting even 10 minutes to defibrillate drops the chances of survival to 10 percent,” says John Lynn Jefferies, MD.***

Additional Facts: Top 5 risk factors for sudden heart failure in student athletes:
1. Family history of sudden death.
2. Fainting or family history of fainting.
3. Family history of arrhythmias or heart muscle disease.
4. Participation in sports (particularly sports that require a burst of activity like basketball, hockey and football).
5. Athlete has gone through puberty (an athlete’s body is stronger at this point and has power during the burst of activity).

Hope you will join us for this important, informative Q & A.  Let's learn how we can  keep our kids safe!  Please RSVP below.


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

CLOSED ~ Giveaway ~ The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Good morning, friends!  Here is another fabulous giveaway!!

 This week, up for grabs is a copy of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Blu-ray Combo Pack!

J.R.R. Tolkien’s epic adventure follows the journey of Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an amazing quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug. Approached out of the blue by the wizard Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo finds himself joining a company of thirteen dwarves led by the legendary warrior, Thorin Oakenshield. Their journey will take them into the Wild; through treacherous lands swarming with Goblins and Orcs, deadly Wargs and Sorcerers.

From Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” the first of a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpiece The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien.

Check out the interactive app below!   There are several fun activities including: 

Are You 100% Hobbit Quiz! What has a tendency to be very brave, is around 4 ft. tall with sharp eyesight, little to no facial hair, and loves cake? If you thought we were talking about you, then you might be a Hobbit Indeed! Take the quiz to find out just how much of a Hobbit you are!

Creatures of Middle-earth! Hobbits, Elves and Dwarves are just a few of the magical creatures that call Middle-earth home. Check out vital stats and unique features about each one!

The Hobbit Handbook! Our Hobbit Handbook includes everything you need to throw the best viewing party in Middle-earth right at home!

If you don't see the contest entry form from Rafflecopter,  click the read more link....

ALSO, I have disabled anonymous comments due to a huge surge in spamming on my blog, so you will need to have (or make) a free google account when you leave a comment.   Choose google from the drop down box and it will prompt you from there. Remember,  leaving a blog comment is almost always a mandatory entry, and that means if you skip that, you are not eligible for the prize drawing.  So please make sure to do that!  Thanks for stopping by and entering the giveaway!!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

2013 Georgia Renaissance Festival B1G1 deal!

The Georgia Renaissance Festival – Voted a Top 20 Event in the Southeast!  28 Years of Amazing Days and Crazy Knights!

Atlanta – For just great fun, immerse yourself in an old world adventure that’s just a stone’s throw away from your backyard!  It’s the 28th Anniversary of The Georgia Renaissance Festival, April 13 through June 2, 2013, Saturdays and Sundays plus Memorial Day, 10:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Opening Weekend, April 13 & 14, Buy One Adult Ticket and Get One FREE!  Offer valid at the gate or online now at

You’ll be amazed by the sheer size of our magnificent 32-acre 16-Century Kingdom!  Here you’ll find Knights in shining armor and Maidens Faire, King Henry VIII and his Court, and a World Bazaar full of elaborate treasures created by over 150 artisans who perform demonstrations of their crafts.  Feast like royalty on hundreds of gourmet delights including our popular giant roasted turkey legs washed down with frothy ales served in 4 jolly pubs!

 Endless entertainment awaits with 150 thrilling shows daily featuring juggling, music, comedic storytelling and feats of incredible physical skills!  Your whole family will enjoy our Royal Petting Zoo and the thrilling rides in our unique medieval amusement park!  The original extreme sport – The Jousting Tournament of Kings, and the magnificent highflying Birds of Prey and Animal Show are not to be missed!Don’t miss a rollicking good time at The Georgia Renaissance Festival, where the good life is festive and the parking is FREE!

Click, purchase and print discount tickets on-line The Georgia Renaissance Festival is a Top 20 Event in the Southeast, located at I-85 and Exit 61- Peachtree City / Fairburn.  Regularly priced tickets include tax and are available at the festival box office.  Adults $19.95, senior 60 $17.95, Youth ages 6-12 $8.95, 5 years of age and under get in FREE.  For more information call the Festival Hot Line (770) 964-8575.

(Watch for my review coming in April after we attend the Festival!)

Monday, March 11, 2013

CLOSED ~ Giveaway: Return to Nim's Island Blu-ray Combo Pack!

 IMPORTANT UPDATE! If you couldn't access the app last week to take the quiz, so you didn't leave a comment below, you must do that now in order to be entered in the giveaway. That is a mandatory entry. App is working now, so please take the quiz and leave me a comment! : )

 Another fun giveaway for y'all!  I am SO behind on my giveaways, so there will be plenty of them coming up!  This week,  you can enter to win a Return to Nim's Island Blu-ray Combo Pack!

I'm excited to announce Return to Nim’s Island will be premiering on Hallmark Channel March 15th 2013 at 7/8C!

Return to Nim’s Island, the sequel to Walden Media’s 2008 box office hit Nim's Island, picks up the story a few years later with 14-year-old Nim (Bindi Irwin) more determined than ever to protect her island and the animals that call it home. With ruthless resort developers and greedy wildlife poachers threatening the existence she loves, Nim realizes she and her animal pals can’t defend their home alone. To save her island, she is forced to combine forces with an outsider: Edmund, a runaway from the mainland. Only with his help does she stand a chance of stopping the villains from dismantling her world.

Return to Nim’s Island marks the debut of Walden Family Theater, presented by Walmart and P&G: The new destination for family entertainment, exclusively on Hallmark Channel.  

PLUS! You can pick up your very own copy of Return to Nim’s Island on Blu-ray & DVD exclusively at Walmart Stores just 4 days after the premiere. (Or enter to win it here!)

Check out the fun app below to:

*Discover Which Adventurer You Are Quiz! Whether you’re a fearless explorer, a precocious castaway or an unexpected hero, Nim'’s Island is an adventurer’s paradise. Take the quiz to find out which Nim’ adventurer you are!

 *7 Awesome Family Activities! You don’t have to travel to an exotic island or faraway land because, adventures happen everywhere! Download and share these awesome family adventures that will transport you all to your next, unforgettable journey.

*Postcard from Nim’'s Island! Postcards from a faraway island! Share these funny postcards from Nim's Island with your friends & family!