Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Atlanta Spring and Summer Festivals You Don't Want To Miss

It is finally festival season! I'm ready to spend my weekends hanging out with my kiddo enjoying the sun, music, and art! Here are some of the best festivals that Atlanta has to offer this spring and summer. Some of these festivals may be outside of Atlanta but are still fun to attend. There are of course other festivals that are not listed, but I have chosen to list the family friendly festivals with children's areas. Have a look below and please click the links for more information. 

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1. Inman Park Festival April 28-29, 2018 -  There will be vendors, and artist market, food, kids activities and a parade happening on Saturday at 2pm.

2. All About Kids Expo  April 28, 2018 10am-3pm (Outside of Atlanta) - I haven't heard of this festival before but it looks fun! There will be a family fun zone as well as vendors for daycares, summer camps, healthcare and education.

3. Smyrna Jonquil Festival April 28-29, 2018 (Outside of Atlanta) - I miss this festival every year! Hopefully I can attend this year. There will be music, vendors, food, and a children's area.

4. Decatur Lantern Parade May 11, 2018 9pm (Outside of Atlanta) - We went to our first lantern parade last year for Halloween and it was exciting! You can find pre-decorated lanterns at the Dollar Tree or blank ready-to-decorate lanterns at Party City. I think we will decorate our own lanterns this year to take to the festival!

5. Chastain Park Arts Festival May 12-13, 2018 - This art festival happens twice a year and I have heard good things about it. There will be arts and crafts, music, vendors, and a children's area. Free to attend.

6. Old Fourth Ward Arts Festival May 26-27, 2018 - One of my favorite festivals! There will be great music, beautiful artwork, food, vendors, and a children's area.

7. Atlanta Jazz Festival May 26-27, 2018 - If you are in town for Memorial Day Weekend, you have to attend this Atlanta favorite! It features jazz legends on multiple stages at Piedmont Park. There is also a kids area! Free to attend.

8. Roswell Lavendar Festival June 9, 2018 (Outside of Atlanta) - I've been attending this festival for the past 2 years and it is always a blast! There are all day yoga classes, vendors, music, food, and activities for kids.

9. Virginia Highland SummerFest June 9-10, 2018 - The kids area at this festival is awesome! The music and vendors are great too.

10. Atlanta Ice Cream Festival July 28, 2018 - This is probably my daughter's favorite festival! This festival is usually packed, so go early in the morning. The kids fun zone is nice also.

11. Piedmont Park Arts Festival August 18-19, 2018 - Festivals at Piedmont Park are usually always fun and include a kids area. This festival will also have various types of art for sale, live music and food.

12. Grant Park Festival August 25-26, 2018 - Grant park is one of my favorite parks but I've never attended this festival. It looks nice though! With 2 music stages, food, vendors, and a kids area, I think I'll make my way over there this year.

13. DragonCon Parade September 1, 2018 10am - Technically not a festival but this parade is not one to miss!

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Pull out your planners mamas and fill up those calendars! There is no shortage of FREE fun this spring and summer in Atlanta. I'll be updating this list as more information become available. What are your local plans for the warmer months? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.


      

April K.
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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

9 Must Haves For New Moms

So you're pregnant or just welcomed a new baby, congrats! I remember being pregnant and registering for everything under the sun for my new little squish. I knew exactly what I wanted and needed for her and my family and friends were able to get those items for me. But guess who I forgot to register for, me! I truly did not realize that I would need a few essentials to make my life a little easier for the postpartum time period. I'm sharing the items that saved my new mom life, have a look.

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Reusable Sanitary Pads - These are a MUST. Nobody warned me that my privates would be so irritated from wearing a disposable pad daily for weeks!! Save your vagina and get cloth pads. They are so comfortable that you almost forget you are wearing them. Just rinse the pads in the sink under cold water before throwing them in the washer machine.

Washable Reusable Bamboo Nursing Pads - These nursing pads were one of the best gifts that I received. As a first time mom, I had no idea how much my breasts would leak breast milk! You will have to change your nursing pads multiple times a day. Reusable nursing pads were good to have so I didn't have to buy disposable pads over and over again.




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Contigo Purity Glass Water Bottle - It was really convenient to have a water bottle by my bed. I think I was exhausted for about a year after my daughter was born lol, so not having to get up often to get water was great.

Snack Bars - Again, you aren't going to want to keep getting up over and over again, especially in your first days after having baby. So keep some snack bars by the bed to eat in between meals.



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Nursing Nightgown - I wish I had a nightgown or two specifically for nursing. I had no idea these were a thing lol. I mainly slept in my big tee shirts and when it was time to feed, I just removed my shirt. Had I known about nursing gowns, I probably would have had one for every day of the week. There were many cold nights where I'm sitting the the bed topless and freezing lol. Don't be like me,  pick up a few nursing gowns!

Ring Sling Baby Carrier - When I first had my daughter, I still had my dog (he passed recently). And I quickly realized that I didn't have anything to hold my daughter in for a walk around the neighborhood. The stroller was too complicated to pull out for a quick walk, so I ordered a sling. A sling is great for quick trips to the store, a casual walk outside, and even in home use for soothing baby while getting chores done.

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Even though I had experience caring for infants, I didn't have experience caring for my own infant, 24 hours a day! Here are a few books that were life savers for me:
1. Caring for Your Baby and Young Child, 6th Edition: Birth to Age 5- I still refer to this book and my daughter is 4 years old now.

2. The Happiest Baby on the Block; Fully Revised and Updated Second Edition: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer

3. The Wonder Weeks: How to Stimulate Your Baby's Mental Development and Help Him Turn His 10 Predictable, Great, Fussy Phases into Magical Leaps Forward


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I can honestly say that if you are about to give birth, you NEED everything on this list. If I had to re-do my birth experience over again, I would have these items before  my daughter arrived instead of scrambling to order them when I got home from the hospital while in a daze from pain medications lol. You can see the full shopping list HERE or click the pictures to see more information n the products. Do you have anything that you would add to this list? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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Wednesday, February 28, 2018

How To SLAY Being A Stay At Home Mom

Being a mom is one of the best "jobs" ever. Although it is not a salaried position, I still take pride in and try to be the best stay at home mom that I can be. I've already given you tips to adjust to stay at home mom life because the adjustment is not always easy. Now, I would like to share with you how to SLAY stay at home mom life which basically means how to live your best SAHM life. 


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1. Find activities and events in your area. A quick google search, or even events on Facebook can help you find activities to participate in. You can also look on your local library website for free kid friendly events.

2. Visit playgrounds often. I like to take my daughter to different playgrounds but we do have a few that we visit more often than others. Taking your child to different playgrounds helps to determine which playgrounds your child likes best and which playgrounds are good for certain times of the year. There are shadier playgrounds for the summer months, and playgrounds with no shade for sunny winter days. There may be playgrounds that you visit at the last minute because it is close by your home or a playground that you like to make a day of.

3. Once you find activities that you and your child like, plan your days and use a planner. Will you go to storytime on Mondays and art class on Wednesdays? What day will be your playground day? If you have activities planned for specific days, children begin to look forward to those days especially if it is something they really enjoy doing.

4. Make mom friends. I am a naturally friendly and talkative person and I tend to make friends easily. However, adult friendly encounters take nurturing to evolve into friendships. Check out this post on finding and keeping mom friends.

There are only a few tips but I have found these to be the most helpful. Are you a new or veteran stay at home mom? Do you have any tips to share? Let me know in the comments! Until next time.

April K.
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Monday, February 5, 2018

9 Books About Love For Kids

The day of love is almost here! My daughter and I read books throughout the day, but I like to save the books about love for bedtime reading. It makes night time cuddles extra special! I wanted to share a few books that I love reading to my little lady and you will enjoy reading them too! Check them out below.

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I hope you check out some if not all of these books. Shop the entire book list HERE.  My favorite is You're My Boo and Love you Too. What love books do you adore reading with your littles? Share in the comments below! Until next time.
April K.
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