Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Atlanta FREE Kid Friendly June 2017 Happenings!

Summer, summer, summertime! *Insert fruity drink on the beach pic here lol.  There are lots of fun, free events planned around the city for the month of June. Check out some of my top Atlanta free kid friendly event picks below.


Atlanta FREE Kid Friendly June 2017 Happenings Events

1. Home Depot Kids Workshop - Home Depot has a free monthly kids building workshop. It happens on the first Saturday of the month and this month is June 3, 2017 from 9am-12pm. Check out the Home Depot website to register for your closest store.

2. Summer Reading Kickoff Party - Join the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System as they kick off the Annual Summer Reading Program with an exciting celebration at Woodruff Park. June 3rd, 10am till 2pm.

3. Virginia Highland Summer Festival - There will be a 5K run, music, food, and a kids area. June 3rd, 10am-11pm and June 4th, 10am-6pm.

4. The Wonderful Wizards of Raw Weekend - This is an amazing event, I went for the first time last year. There will be vegan food, speakers, film screenings, and community dance celebration. Check out the website for full details. June 3rd through June 4th, times vary.


5. Roswell Lavender Festival - I attended this festival last year, I blogged about it HERE. There will be food, vendors, and entertainment. There were children's activities last year but I went alone and had a great time. June 10th, 10am till 5pm.

6. Red Oak Lavender Farm Festival - I am excited about this festival. This event takes place in Dahlonega, GA, but I think the drive will be worth it. Entry into the festival is free however there is a fee for parking and a fee for some of the activities. This place will make for beautiful pictures so don't forget your cameras. June 10th, 10am till 5pm.

7. Atlanta Streets Alive - Atlanta car free Westside is happening again this month. Last month was a washout, so we hope to be able to attend this event. This event is located on Howell Mill Road and Marietta Street. There will be vendors, a bicycle parade and lots of fun. June 11th, 4pm till 8pm.

8. Juneteenth - A weekend long parade and music festival. There will be food, vendors, and activities for children. June 16th through the 18th.

9. Old 4th Ward Arts Festival - Vendors, food, children's play area, and live music. June 24th, 10 am till 5pm and June 25th, 11am till 5pm.

Is your calendar full yet? I know mine is! I'm most excited about the Lavender Farm Festival. Until next time.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

4 Habits of Happy Stay At Home Moms

Becoming a stay at home mom can be very enjoyable. It can also be very overwhelming. Stay at home moms have more free time than most which can lead to wondering minds. " If only I had an beautiful home like hers," " Her children are always dressed so well." I wrote a post entitled Comparison where I spoke about comparison being the thief of joy. All families are different and comparing your life to someone else's can make you feel awful. Here are a few steps that I am taking to remain a happy stay at home mom.


Four habits of happy stay at home moms the daily april n ava

1. Be Grateful - The grass is always greener on the other side, or so we think. Sometimes, it can be hard to find things to be grateful for after having a rough day/week with our children. It helps to say out loud or write down things that we are grateful for to remain appreciative and to bring more positivity to our lives. I like to write a daily thankful thought in my planner, it can be as complex as "I am grateful for my family" or as simple as " I am grateful for my high speed wifi" lol.


2. Social media break - This ties into being grateful. Social media has a way of making us feel unhappy with our current situations based on what others are showing as their best situations. Taking a break helps stop the comparison to others. Try "unplugging" on the weekends and see how it makes you feel.

3. Exercise - Exercise releases happy hormones, and makes us look great! If you aren't able to workout at a gym, there are awesome workouts on YouTube that you can do at home. Wake up earlier than the kids if you have to, just try to squeeze in a 30 minute workout daily to feel your best!

4. Self care - Everyone online is talking about self care lol. Self care is important, it reminds me of the quote, " You can't pour from an empty cup." I definitely know when my cup is empty, I
get annoyed easily and exercise helps with that. Also talking to and hanging out with friends, alone time, and binge watching Netflix are a few of my versions of self care.

Mom life is hard, but I want to encourage specifically stay at home to make the most of the life that they are living. I don't have all the answers, I am learning along the way, and I am hoping to inspire others.  What are some of your happy mom hacks? Leave me a comment below! Until next time.

April K.
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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Ava's Playground Adventures: Oakdale Park

Ava's playground adventures is BACK!!!
It's spring time, the weather is nice and we are headed out to play! I wanted to share with you all a new playground that we frequent often. Oakdale Park  was remodeled a few months ago and is better than ever. Ava lovingly calls this "the big playground" now. It was really small before and she didn't really like playing here.

Ava's playground adventures oakdale park smyrna ga

There are 4 swings and even a couple two seated swings. Ava loves when we are on the two seated swings and would swing the whole time we are there. The younger kids playground is so cute and it even has shade! There is a sound machine that plays animal sounds when you touch it and also a piano.

Ava's playground adventures oakdale park smyrna ga

Ava's playground adventures oakdale park smyrna ga


The larger playground is the best and Ava's favorite. There are monkey bars, 3 slides, climbing ropes, ladders, everything you can think of!

Ava's playground adventures oakdale park smyrna ga

Ava's playground adventures oakdale park smyrna ga

Oakdale Park is a fun park now, Ava asks to go all the time, and she never used to ask to play here. . Shade is still limited as there are no trees around, so when it starts to get hotter, we will have to head to shadier locations. Stay tuned for more fun playgrounds, we go to playgrounds often because we love being outside. Until next time!

April K.
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Monday, May 8, 2017

6 Items Moms Need for Enjoyable Outings

Spring time is here! With Spring comes chirping birds, sunshine, and more time spent outdoors. Ava and I are always on the go. I have discovered a few necessary items that help make our outings more enjoyable.  This isn't everything that I take with us but these are what I think are the most important items to have. Check them out below!

The Daily April N Ava 6 Items Moms Need for Enjoyable Outings

1. Backpack -  Backpacks are great because they keep your hands free. I picked up this  backpack from TJ Maxx and I love it. I like to use this particular bag for longer outings. It is big enough to hold all of our things, the straps are comfy, and it has zippers so nothing can fall out. I also have a smaller backpack for short outings.

The Daily April N Ava backpack Vera Bradley

2. Blanket - You need a great blanket! I have a heavy duty waterproof blanket for full on picnicking, and I have a cutsey bohemian blanket for sitting while I watch Ava play. ( My mommy made this blanket!) The boho blanket is small enough to fit in my bag and comes in handy when seating is limited at the playground. 

The Daily April N Ava bohemian blanket

3. Sunscreen and bug spray - No one can have fun if they are getting sunburn or bit by mosquitos. I love this bug spray by California Baby, it smells yummy and actually works!

The Daily April N Ava bug repellent sunscreen california baby

4. Reusable food storage - Our Life Factory water bottles come in handy when we are out as they can be refilled. Reusable food storage is good to have also, if we don't finish our food, I can close the container back up and not have to throw anything away. This also reduces our trash as I am working on becoming zero waste.

The Daily April N Ava life factory water bottle reusable zero waste

5. Good walking shoes - Your feet will thank you! I have a cute and comfy pair of Areosole sandals that I could walk in all day.

6. Carrier or Stroller - Kids tend to get tired faster than adults. I made the mistake of going on a walk without my jogging stroller or carrier and never again will that happen! I think I heard " Mommy, I'm tired" enough to last a lifetime! So depending on where you are going, have a carrier or stroller with you.

I hope you found this list helpful. It seems like a lot of items to have to carry around but I'd rather be prepared than not. What are some things that you take on your daily outings? Let me know in the comments below! Until next time.

April K.
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Monday, May 1, 2017

Atlanta FREE Kid Friendly May 2017 Happenings!

Happy May! April was an exciting month. I had a birthday and our weekends were packed with fun activities that Ava and I both enjoyed. I'm bringing you more free kid friendly events around Atlanta.

1. Home Depot Kids Workshop - Home Depot has a free monthly kids building workshop. It happens on the first Saturday of the month and this month is May 6, 2017 from 9am-12pm. 
The Daily April N Ava Atlanta FREE Kid Friendly May 2017 Happenings Events Georgia
Check out the Home Depot website to register for your closest store.

2. Free movies at Candler Park - May 6, 2017 beginning at dusk, stop by Candler Park to watch Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them.

3. Chastain Park Arts Festival - May 6th, 10am till 5pm and May 7th 11am till 5pm. I haven't been to this festival yet, but I have heard great things. There will be artists, vendors, and of course a children's area.

4. Decatur Lantern Parade - May 12, 2017, 9pm. I've never been to a lantern parade but they seem really fun. This one starts pretty late but it has to be dark to see the lanterns. I'd suggest baby wearing if you can, I feel like it would be really crowded for a stroller.  You can pick up a lantern from the Dollar Tree or even a pack of lanterns from party city and decorate them.

5. Sweet Auburn Festival - May 13th 12pm till 9pm and May 14th 1pm till 8pm. The Sweet Auburn Fest is an Atlanta classic, I remember going to this when my dad when I was much younger. There will be vendors, food, and great music.

6. Mom & Me Mother's Day Fun - Atlantic Station has fun free activities for holidays, I have taken Ava to do free crafts for Halloween, St. Patrick's, and Easter. On May 13th, 1pm till 3pm, there will be free family friendly crafts in Central Park.

7. Kirkwood festival - May 20th, 10am till 8pm. Happening at Bessie Branham Park there will be a 5k run, music, food, vendors, and more.

The Daily April N Ava Atlanta FREE Kid Friendly May 2017 Happenings Events Georgia

8. Let's Read Book Festival for Children of Color - May 20th, 11am till 4pm. A book festival created to encourage reading in children of color. Admission is free and prices of books will vary. Click the link for the address.

9. Jazz Festival - Another Atlanta classic! This festival has been around for as long as I can remember. It is a FREE, 3 day long festival at piedmont park. Have a look at the official website for details for each day.

10. Caribbean carnival - May 27th, 10am. Celebrating the Caribbean culture with food, vendors, and a parade starting at noon. There is a few festival and also a few paid events, so be sure to click the link to see more info. The Caribbean festival is always fun!

Pull out your planners mamas and jot down these fun events. Ava and I are stopping by all of these! Until next time!

April K.
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