Monday, December 28, 2009

Kid Friendly Hot spots that even Tweens will love

So have you ever had one of those weekends when the kids have loads of energy and are climbing the walls? well how about a jaunt out of the house and a little gastronomic excursion! oh's a win/win get a break and the little crumbsnatchers get to eat and be merry...and then for me and my toddler we like to end the day at the "jumpy places"...but that's a separate on to hot spots for the kiddies up to always if you have a best kept little secret then please hit me up and share!

Tween Hot spots:

300 Atlanta! 2175 Savoy Dr. Atlanta, GA 30341 phone: 770.451.8605 fax: 770.451.2015 (the daytime is a tween delight)

Rock climbing:
Atlanta Rocks! Intown1019 Collier Rd NW, Ste A Atlanta, GA 30318404-351-3009

Jousting show!
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament Discover Mills Lawrenceville, GA 30043 (866) 731-9313

Laser Tag:
LaserQuest 3650 Satellite BoulevardDuluth, GA 30096-4590(770) 814-8801

All inclusive:
Dave and Busters Discover Mills and Marietta (stick to the nite they close for grown up fun only)

Wildfire Paintball 3725-C Stone Mountain Hwy Snellville GA 30039770-982-8180
Wildfire Paintball Conyers2051-B Hwy 138 NEConyers GA 30013770-817-0521


Thumbs up Diner various locations around the city
really laid back breakfast spot with an amazing variety for even the most finicky eaters..closes at 3 pm

Radial Diner - 1530 Dekalb Avenue Atlanta GA 30307
cool little hip diner with fantastic pancakes..closes at 3:30 pm

Social House 1663 Howell Mill Rd NWAtlanta, GA 30318-7660 (404) 350-1938
sweet little slice of heaven on howell mill to Flip Burger boutique..try the chicken and waffles, fried green tomatoes, salmon hash, and classic breakfast..closes at 3 pm most days..

Highland Bakery 655 Highland Avenue, #10 Atlanta, Georgia 30312404-586-0772
super cute breakfast spot..don't miss the sweetpotato pancakes..closes at 4 pm

All Day fun

IKEA Restaurant
441 16th StreetAtlanta 30363404-745-4532

Miss Katie’s Sideboard Restaurant Stone Mountain Park U.S. Highway 78 East, Exit 8 Stone Mountain, GA Great option for eating if you are visiting the park for the day

Dakota Blue 454 Cherokee Ave SE Atlanta, GA 30312Phone: (404) 589-8002
Great low key place in Grant Park to get your mexican on

The Varsity 61 North Ave NW (404) 881-1706
Greasy, fun favorites include the chili-cheese steak (a diminutive hamburger with chili and American or pimiento cheese), crispy batter-fried onion rings and a defiantly messy slaw dog. Wash it all down with the locally renowned FO, or frosted orange, and finish with a fried apple pie.

The Fickle Pickle 1085 Canton Street, Roswell 30075 770-650-9838
Hours: Open seven days a week from 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
The restaurant is in an old home, so it doesn’t feel like the same old place. The kids will love checking out all the action – watching other people definitely makes for an interesting pastime. The kid’s menu has tons of variety. Each meal comes with chips, a cookie and drink, and is only $4.95. Red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing and chewy cookies will complete your meal, but be sure to order them with your meal – they tend to sell out of the crowd favorites.

Osteria 832 832 N Highland Ave NE (404) 897-1414
Great low cost place in Va Highland to get your italian on

Nothing but Noodles 6080 Roswell Road 404-943-0091

OK Cafe 1284 W. Paces Ferry Road N.W. 404-233-2888
A modern day Southern spin on the diner, the OK Cafe may not have a children's menu per se but kid-centric choices abound.

Crescent Moon 174 W Ponce De Leon Ave 404-377-5623
This neo-retro diner offers free dinners for kids on Mondays.

Dave & Buster's 4000 Venture Drive Suite 15 Duluth , GA 30096 770/497-1152
Kids are not allowed after 9 pm

Downwind Restaurant inside the Dekalb Peachtree Airport-Main terminal in the lobby
Clairmont Road Best Burger in Atlanta- Great Patio with a AMAZING Atmosphere!

6623 Roswell Rd NE Ste GAtlanta, GA 30328 (404) 256-3546
2270 Holcomb Bridge Rd Roswell, GA 30076 (770) 992-0781

Favorite Chain Restaraunts:
Johnny Rockets
Cracker Barrel
Sweet Tomatoes
Mimi's Cafe
Red Robin
P.F. Chang's
Cici's Pizza
J. Christopher's
Texas Roadhouse
Ted's Montana Grill
Joe's Crab Shack
California Pizza Kitchen
Olive Garden
Macaroni Grill
Ruby Tuesday

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Places to Have a Slam Bam Partay!

Hey yall! Your girl has been off the scene for a minute....I have had a flurry of parties that I have been planning and attending during this fun Holiday season..Like you, the months between October –January are a blast of pumpkins, thanksgiving prep and feasts and holiday parties…and this year is wrapping up with a blast..

I planned my Man’s birthday party and we had a blast! 75 guests ate, drank and danced the nite away at a Super Soul 70’s costume party Halloween nite..It was at one of the sexxxiest event spots in town – Utopia Martinis and Tapas lounge.

I have another event underway for one my dearest friends to celebrate her big 4-0 birthday in December which happens to be the day before my bday! Lastly, I am working with one of my cousins on a “Singles Explosion”. It will be a big mixer for all the Sexxy Atlanta Singles. More details to come…

In planning all these soirees, I realized something. Atlanta has some of the best party spots in the entire Southeast! Here are a few of my faves. Shout your girl out if you have others to suggest!

Private event spaces

Le Bam Studio
1540 Monroe DriveAtlanta, GA 30324
404- 512-0329

Utopia Tapas and Sushi Lounge
Includes...Shangri-La Ultralounge and ICE Niteclub -Located inside!
840 Marietta StreetAtlanta, GA 30318(404) 898-8788

Halo Lounge
817 West Peachtree Street
suite E-100
ask for is a bit tucked away and one of the best kept secret event spaces in the city...and oh mama is the decor it...drinks available.. i recommend you bring in your cake only kitchen space to cater your food...

595 North Event Venue and Lounge
595 North Ave
Downtown Atlanta GA 30318

Brunch Spaces

Chocolate Pink Café

Chequers – 20.95/brunch

Space Atlanta


Johnnycakes - Castleberry Hill

Tavern on Rainwater


Riverwood – Alpharetta

Via Restaurant – the ambience is amazing!

Serpas True Food @ Studioplex
659 Auburn Ave NE#501Atlanta, GA 30312
(404) 688-0040

Café Circa

Public party spots that have VIP rooms

2077 Northlake Pkwy
Tucker , Ga 30084

Metropolitan Bistro
1455 Pleasant Hill Road
Duluth GA 30044

1570 holcomb bridge road
Roswell GA 30076

Taboo 2
6075 Roswell Rd NeAtlanta, GA 30328404-255-4911

Ambience 5580 Memorial Drive
Stone Mountain GA 30083 404.968.9696

Luckie Lounge
375 luckie street
Atlanta GA 30313

1008 Brady AveAtlanta, GA 30318404-872-4621

Café 529
529 Flat Shoals Ave NEAtlanta, GA 30318404-228-676952

Cool ambience!

Straits Restaraunt
793 Juniper St NEAtlanta, GA 30308-1326(404) 877-1283

Havana Club
3112 Piedmont Road
(Next to Sambuca)
now you know you

Whiskey Blue
3377 Peachtree RdAtlanta, GA 30326-1009(678) 500-3190

Hotels with Flair!

Hotel Palomar Atlanta Midtown
866 West Peachtree Street, NWAtlanta, GA 30308
Reservations: 866.945.6285
Direct: 678.412.2400
you really must see this Kimpton Hotel property to fully grasp how sexxy it is..zebra rugs..see thru fireplace..modern decor done with just the right touch of style and class..every city i travel to i check to see if there is a kimpton property available...yum!

The Glenn Hotel
110 Marietta Street
Downtown Atlanta 30303
the rooftop bar is freakin amazing! ok..i'm

Hotel Indigo
683 Peachtree St NE
Atlanta GA 30308
Front Desk: 404-874-9200
Reservations: 877-270-1389

The Ellis Hotel
176 Peachtree Street NW
Atlanta GA 30303
Reservations: (866) 455-1154
Telephone: (404) 523-5155

“Diverse” crowd – prepare for a wild nite!

Door 44 – buckhead

Café 529 – Peters Street

Dugan’s – Memorial Drive

Luckie Lounge

Havana Club

Noir – Castleberry Street


Opera – Downtown


Georgia Freight

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Fab Frocks for Fashionistas with Flava!


Kaleidoscope Boutique
252 West Ponce de Leon Avenue, Decatur 404-378-1214

Tags by Kandi Burrus 4500 West Village Place Suite 2003Smyrna, GA 30080 770-693-6811

Chelsea Parkes 227 Sandy Springs Place NE Atlanta GA 30328 404-256-3344

Seven 74 Accessory Boutique 482 Edgewood Ave SE Atlanta GA 30312 770-452-4191

Tribeca Downtown 66 Peachtree St NW Atlanta, GA 30303-2320 404- 522-6699

Wild Seed Boutique 225 East Ponce De Leon Avenue, Decatur, GA 30030(404) 371-9453‎

Taken from another Atlanta Fave "The Sunday Paper"!

Little Five Points

447 Moreland Ave. 404-880-0402.
Not always noticed because of its house-like appearance (which was once actually a public library), this cutting-edge store offers various hard-to-find labels. Although it has some great pieces of clothing, it’s the perfect place to fulfill anyone’s sneaker fetish. The carefully selected limited-edition footwear brands are absolutely amazing and include rare brands such as Nike QS, Adidas Consortium and Vans Vault. If you want a one-of-a-kind sneaker, this is where it’s at!

Stefan’s Vintage Clothing

1160 Euclid Ave. NE. 404-688-4929.
The oldest vintage store in Atlanta (dating back to 1977), Stefan’s takes you back in time with its varied selections of clothing made from the 1900s through the ’70s. This classic boutique is filled with ’30s-style evening gowns, ’50s-style bowling shirts and bell-bottoms. It also carries a timeless collection of both men's and women's clothing and accessories. The shop’s so popular, SP readers have voted it Best Vintage Store in Atlanta for XX years in a row!

Vinnie’s Styles

1120 Euclid Ave. 404-549-2183.
The staff in this store doesn’t play around when it comes to men’s denim and tees, Vinnie’s specialties. Offering hot urban attire with brands such as Paulie’s, Brooklyn and Born Fly this place is sure to have all the men jumping. It sells more women’s attire on its website, so the ladies can look just as fly as the fellas.

The Pink Zebra Boutique

1140 Euclid Ave. NE. 404-551-5108‎.
We love this funky little place! If the zebra print on the outside isn’t inviting enough, then just wait until you walk inside and find a friendly staff and fun jewelry. It offers a world of unique accessories, a wide variety of funky shoes and don’t even get us started on the handbag selection. Purses galore!

Virginia Highland

Bill Hallman

792 N. Highland Ave. 404-876-6055.
Crisp and cool are the perfect words to describe this trendy decently priced boutique. Designer Bill Hallman offers a great collection of his line, as well as brands like Diesel and Seven. The trendy shop also stocks all the new hip labels of the moment.

Mooncake Clothing Co.

1019 Virginia Ave. NE. 404- 892-8043.
We love this place for its pretty but scavenger-hunt appeal. Here you’ll find a myriad of pieces—from some that harken old English to bridal dresses to trendy lightweight jackets. The variety is appreciated by any shopper looking to stand out in a crowd, and “the moon girls” create a fun and friendly staff who provides an eye for eccentric and electric items.

Honey Butter

1037 N. Highland Ave. NE. 404-815-1077.
The feel of this little shop is like a long walk in closet full of funky surprises that you will catch no one else wearing (yes!). Fun tops, dresses and shoes are everywhere. Toward the back of the store are adorable accessories and home decor to brighten your home. The warm, pleasant colors create a calming atmosphere to browse the racks for hours.

Excerpts from the

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


Hello Dahlings:

I have FANTASTIC new website has launched! Thanks to the very gifted services of my web designer Ron Akins, he has created

Please bear with me as the website is under construction so that we can offer you the very best Web-Suite experience for all your Entertainment needs. Think of ATLBROWNGIRL as your own fun coffee shop experience! Stop by, get you a cup of whatever you love, sit back, put your feet up and log in....I intend to link you to all the fun, funky and cutting edge things our beautiful city has to offer.

Please continue to check out my new website for updates and soon you will be able to sign up for my FREE email subscription.

In the coming months I will be traveling around hat in hand to my fave restaraunts and entrepeneurs so that they can introduce themselves to you and offer you exciting offers to woo you and offer you my subscribers special offers and deals so that you can have the inside scoop on what's HOT in the ATL.

It's my job to keep you informed of the latest greatest and proven favorites in our favorite city...

I will continue to give my Positive Postings..if i don't post on a spot you're curious about let me know..I promise to check them out or tell you privately why they are not Hot Hot

Trust me I got you!

I appreciate your loyal support and love. Keep our city alive by continuing to support local businesses and write across your heart!



Monday, August 10, 2009


Have you ever heard of a gym just for the wee ones? Me neither..but lo and behold NEXGYM is here and it is amazing! I had the great pleasure of stopping by on my way to a day of back-to-school shopping for my rising in your mind's eye...a full service gym..complete with tot-sized workout equipment..boogie boards hooked to Wii equipment...exercise bikes that are hooked to video gaming machines and the faster you pedal the more points you can win...and are you ready for this: a rock climbing wall! did i say amazing?! so imagine my joy when i stopped thru and they said for "9.99 an hour (2 hrs max) i could drop off the little sportsman and go and do my shopping whine-free...can you hear my tires as i squealed out the parking seriously my little fella loved it! i mean he absolutely loved it...and he fell asleep on the way home because he was exhausted after his "workout" and the improptu indoor soccer game with his newfound buds...and he said (in that sweet baby/i'm growing into big boy voice"Mom...don't forget Parent's nite out is August 29th".....ahhhhhh...NEXGYM i think i'm in know the deal people..ATLBROWNGIRL has quite discriminating tastes..if i say go..RUN don't walk to this new fave hotspot...and tell Tekisha the owner i sent you in...your kid will have a great time!

NEXGYM of Mall of Georgia
3480 Financial Center Way
Suite (910) - next to Toyrs R us
Buford GA 30519

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Kiddie FUN!

Where did the summer go? if you're like me we love the summer! it gives parents time to relax after the hustle of the school year and allows school kids to relax, cut loose and let some air blow thru their ears as they enjoy summer know i'm old school about play..i believe kids gotta have it..and that does not include inside gaming activities…if it’s raining, Wii is cool…. but go outside! And because we don't have a backyard and due to urban living we have very little greenspace for our kids to run and my solution is i ride out! my tot and i have covered the city in search of the very best kiddie as a salute to the disappearing days of summer try to hit as many of these places as possible before the cool of fall hits and you can’t hang out during the day…eating ice cream and letting it dribble down your chin? Priceless! Lol…remember i have separate posts for "Adventures for Big Kids" "Aquatic Adventures" and "Jumpy places" to focus on these extra fun experiences..but for the smaller kids here's my picks:

Outdoor fun:

American Adventures
All day fun appropriately tot sized. Bring your walking shoes

Six Flags - Thomas Town
It can be a snooze unless you combine with the other fun stuff on the park like Skull Island..

Dixieland Fun Park - Fayetteville
Just enough to get the little ones out and running around and enjoying being outside and the few rides..for the real fun retire inside to the indoor climbing structure, get a hotdog and watch your kiddie go wild with the other little rascals

Yellow River Game Ranch
Your tot will LOVE the cute little animals that are so tame and will let you pet them…

Zoo Atlanta

Wild animal Safari- Pine Mountain
Is there anything better than seeing real live animals in their natural habitat, all the while you are behind the comforting plate glass of a moving bus? Lol…go! It’s amazing..I haven’t had more fun since Disneyworld’s Animal Kingdom

Outdoor Playgrounds

Centennial Park's playground - play in the fountains! * Brook Run Park *Dresden Park *Holcomb Bridge *Tanglewood Park - Canton*Mayor’s Grove Playground at Piedmont Park

Aquatic Centers

Mountain Park Aquatic Center 1063 Rockbridge Road, Stone Mountain 7770.564.4650 Super cool outdoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry, two giant waterslides, river channel, bubble bench, vortex, and water play structures.

Browns Mill Aquatics Center 4929 Browns Mill Rd Lithonia This sparkling new attraction has several neat features including aTot Pool, Lazy River and Leisure Pool

Lenora Pool 4515 Lenora Church Road Snellville 770.982.5309 Outdoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry, a giant waterslide, river channel, and water play structures.

West Gwinnett Park & Aquatic Center 4488 Peachtree Industrial Blvd Norcross 770.417.2281 Outdoor leisure pool with zero-depth entry, two giant waterslides, river channel, bubble bench, vortex, spray bar, and water play structures.

Indoor activities – for rainy days:
Imagine It! The Children's Museum of Atlanta
275 Centennial Olympic Park Drive NW 404.659.KIDS (5437)

Interactive Neighborhood for Kids (INK) - Gainesville 999 Chestnut Street 770-536-1900

Maxx Fun Family Entertainment Center 1100 Shannon Mall, Union City. 770-774-9500.

Fernbank Museum of Natural History 767 Clifton Rd. NE, Atlanta 404-929-6300

Indoor playgrounds
The Mall at Stonecrest • Discover Mills • Mall of Georgia• Arbor Place Mall • North Point Mall

Jumpy Places

Jumping Jeronimo! 770-552-2772
1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Ste. 240, Roswell

Jumpin’ Jamboree
2534 Royal Place, Ste. E, Tucker 770-496-1200

Monkey Joe’s

Leapin Lizards Fun and Party Center 185 Sams Street Decatur Georgia 30030 404) 371-9700
Decatur’s brand new indoor play and party center featuring over 10,000 square foot of bouncing inflatables, giant slides, obstacle courses, toddler exploration area, concessions, two large private party rooms, free WI-FI and computer access.

The Jumping Bean 504 Amsterdam Avenue Amsterdam Walk Atlanta GA 404.897.3646
A clean, colorful bounce house in midtown offers a nice alternative to the bigger chains. Very well suited to smaller kids.

Bounce-n-Bob’s 404-634-4964
1936 Briarwood Ct. (I-85 and Clairmont), Atlanta

IKEA (you can check your baby into the playroom for 90 minutes to play while you shop in Atlantic station or within the store)

For the Wee Ones:
Little Gym
various locations in the area

Gymboree various locations in the area

Imagine-It - the Children's Museum by Centennial Park has a special section for really young kids. It's back behind the water section. It has a variety of fun things, safe and clean.

Atlanta Kids Zone Call the Director as there is a nominal per hour charge to come play at their indoor playground in the evenings.

Stonecrest Mall (I-20 exit Turner Hill Rd) has an indoor play area in front of JCPenny's. It is all padded and mostly enclosed. It can get pretty crowded with bigger kids on the weekend though. There is also a train for a few dollars that drives around the mall - very fun!

Leapin Lizards has a separate section for 3 and under...

Northpoint Mall in Alpharetta. they have a great soft play area. it's best to go early in the day.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Neighborhood Hot Spots: Cheshire Bridge

i know what you're thinking....Cheshire is just not visually stimulating..i mean it is a strip of businesses and restaraunts that is is stripped down to it's boxers...and i mean that literally based on some of the peep show businesses that are still hanging on in the although it ain't visually stunning there are some culinary surprises on Cheshire Bridge..places that you can tiptoe to if you are in the Emory corridor for lunch or dinner with minimal effort...and you can take a culinary tour around the world without ever leaving Cheshire did you know they just finished a "Tasting Tour of Cheshire" complete with a little trolley bus to spirit you around to different businesses? how cool! so do yourself a favor and ske-daddle over to Cheshire if you have a bit of time to hang out....and keep my list of faves handy..and as always i would LOVE to hear from you if there are any that i left off..until then Happy trails and good eating...and Viva Cheshire Bridge!...mama loves


Landmark Diner
2277 Cheshire Bridge Road N
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 636-8240

Las Margaritas
1842 Chesire Bridge Rd
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 873-4464

The Original Pancake House
2321 Cheshire Brg Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 633-5677

Rusto's Pizzeria & Pub
2100A Cheshire Bridge Rd
Buckhead GA
(404) 325-4104

Nakato Japanese Restaraunt
1776 Cheshire Bridge Rd
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 783-6582

Varsity Jr
1085 Lindbergh Dr NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 261-8843

Woodfire Grill
1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 347-9055

Nino's Italian Restaurant
1931 Cheshire Brg Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-6505

The Red Snapper Seafood Restaurant
2100 Cheshire Bridge Road N
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 634-8947

Rhodes Bakery
1783 Cheshire Brg Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 876-3783

Taqueria del Sol
2165 Cheshire Bridge Rd
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 321-1118

Colonnade Restaurant
1879 Cheshire Brg Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-5642


Enat Ethiopian Restaurant
1999 Cheshire Bridge Rd N
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 685-9291

Roxx Tavern and Diner
1824 Cheshire Brg Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 892-4541

Bamboo Luau's Chinatown
2263 Cheshire Brg Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 636-9131

Alfredo's Italian Restaurant
1989 Cheshire Bridge Rd
Atlanta, GA 31136
(404) 876-1380

Taverna Plaka
2196 Cheshire Brg Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 636-2284

Rain Thai Restaraunt
2345 Cheshire Bridge Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 325-6963

1740 Cheshire Brg Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 873-1577

Return To Eden – Neighborhood Organic Market
2335 Cheshire Brg Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 320-3336

Cooking School Ursula Knaeusel
1764 Cheshire Bridge Road N
Atlanta, GA 30324
(404) 876-7463

Monday, August 3, 2009

Ways to Save. Tips to tighten your belt in an Uncertain Economy

i'm sure by now you've figured me out..i love to hang out in the city and enjoy all that our wonderful city has to offer..but just like the rest of America i'm also concerned about being smart about spending these days...i like to find innovative ways to save money so that i can funnel more fun money to do the things my family and i like to do which is explore all the hot spots in the in the spirit of these times i offer something a little different on the blog this month...great ways to save money so you can have a little something extra in your pocket to have a fun...if you have innovative ways that you do as a single or perhaps as a family to save money, please feel free to post a comment. i'd love to hear from you!


*I only go to the ATM once after payday. i take out enough cash for the week and keep it in an envelope..when we run out, we wait till the next payday to hang out

*we go to alot of free stuff..festivals...parks and shopping malls to just hang out

*i fill my gas tank once a week

*i buy gift cards for amazing restaurants at

*we buy late model cars at discount car lots..Carmax is awesome!

*i have a budget that i prepare 3 months at a time..i earmark only a certain amount for "fun money" each payday

*we buy our cars at the end of the model year or the last few days of the year and drive them till we pay them off

*we have a discount car insurance (Geico is way cool)

*we use a babysitter who charges a flat rate fee rather than per hour

*i never buy breakfast during the week. i make my own coffee and cook my own muffins, bring fruit, yogurt, granola, english muffins, oatmeal for a healthy breakfast..i save the weekends for a splurge for brunch!

*i try new places at lunch when typically the menu options are much cheaper

*i search the web for special days when special places (Fernbank, Imagine IT museum, Zoo atlanta) offer discounts

*i grocery shop once a month and buy in bulk from major discounters (I am a big fan of super Walmart)

*i shop for papergoods and cleaning supplies at family dollar and big lots

*i only shop for furniture at major discount retailers (Rooms to Go outlet and Big lots have quality furniture at a steal)

*we book Vacation packages thru Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia..typically you can save a bundle if you book airline tickets, the hotel and rental car as a package

*we take vacations off season

*everytime i break a big bill i save all the singles and deposit them in a savings fund at the end of the month

*i love to shop..but i only shop at off-price discount chains (the designer brand selections are amazing..but you have to dig)

*i shop off-season..on the regular i shop for winter clothes when they are slashed to make room for summer clothes and vice versa..i peruse the fashion magazines to stay in touch with what will be trendy for the season and buy accessories to keep my wardrobe fresh...

*my new clothes purchase are minimal..but shoes..well erra that's another shop my fave designers (liz claiborne flex, dr. scholls, tory burch, steve madden, aerosoles at outlets and at the major stores during their seasonal sales)

*i typically buy fragrances once a season and i love body oil! 1/8 the price of major cologne brands

*everytime i have loose change i save it in a big jar and cash it in at my credit union and deposit the total in a savings fund

*i believe in managed health employer has an HMO that i am a member of and i find the absolute best doctors in network and pay a flat rate for deductible visits..visit my primary care dr for everything...and pay rock bottom prices for dental visits...

*i take natural supplements to stay healthy...i also eat reasonably well, floss like a fiend and get plenty of rest to cut down on seasonal ailments and surprise visits to the dentist..and i am religious about hand sanitizer..germs live everywhere and it only takes a sec for you to catch something

*i pray, meditate and exercise to cut down on's amazing the ailments that everyday stress can cause! the mantra i chant is "this too shall pass"

*i ask my doc for samples of prescriptions during drs visits to cut down on visits to the pharmacy

*you have a checking account that is fee-free right? no? run to your local credit union! lol

*i have a Health Savings fund thru my employer that i use for pre-tax dollars..when i pay my deductible for any prescriptions or dr visits the fund pays me back by depositing the amount back in my checking account

*i also have a Dependent care account thru my employer..same concept using pre-tax dollars..all after school care monies i pay are directly deposited back into my checking account at a time i choose

*i set my kid's expectations low for toys..before we enter the store he repeats the rules "No means no...when it's time to go, it's time to go..and no whining and crying for anything" ..try it...the little ones get it really quickly.. lol....

*Repeat after are your

*i have one major credit card..we plan major purchases and pay them off within 30 days before the interest kicks in..repeat after me....installment agreements with interest are evil unless in emergency yes that includes big screen tvs

*i estimate all the tax deductions i'm entitled to upfront (i have very smart tax accountants on my speed dial) and get all my money from Uncle Sam upfront in my tax refund is minimal and i love to "break even"...many may argue with me...if you disagree fine...plan to use your tax refund for that major purchase you've been salivating over like that flat screen tv instead of putting the purchase on a credit card and paying for it for the next 5

*i wait until tax free weekends once a year to buy major computer purchases

*i utilize budget billing for all my utilities..esp the power bill and gas co

*we bundle services thru our cable company for phone, dsl and cable services

*i work out at monthly gym fees! i even use the neighborhood pool if i need a change of pace

Repeat after me..the Dollar store is your

Perfect Party Places for Young Knaves

i love little boys...perhaps because i have 2 boys...i have a goddaughter that i adore and spoil rotten...but my area of expertise is certainly the young knaves..there is nothing more exhilirating than getting a group of 10 or so young boys under the age of 6 in a room together and feeling alive with the spirit of youthfulness...are you buying any of this? i didn't think seriously though..i love love love hanging out with the little guys..they are so easy to to run and play..cupcakes...and perhaps something to run, jump over or climb on...and they are good! so without further ado i introduce to you, my top Hot spots for the little rascals...and of course they all have my 5 year olds stamp of trust me...i'm from the

Karate Kick Miami Circle

Malibu Grand Prix

Mario Andretti Speed Car Racing

Laser tag in Pleasant Hill (may be too intense for youngsters under 6)

Skate boarding at Discover Mills

Dave and Busters

Bowling parties

Young Chefs Academy in Toco Hills

More to come....


Outdoor Adventures in Kiddieland - Awesome Apples, Pumpkin Picking and Delicious Dairy Farms!

With fall coming, one of my very fave things to do is go out to one of the local farms and go ahuntin’ for a pumpkin. Sound corny? It is! But great fun…lol….Many of the local farms in the area bring in extra revenue by having berry/apple picking in the summer and pumpkin patches in the fall.

For all the cityfied cynics….Have you ever done a hayride? If not get thyself there! The kids love ride a tractor trailer, everyone jumps out and runs wild trying to get the best pumpkin, you jump back on and end up back at the start for homemade icecream, apple cider or some other delight..and normally there is a petting farm of grab your overalls (ok you really don't have to wear and welcome Fall by heading out to one of the local spots to get your Pumpkin patch on! You have plenty of time to prepare as the pumpkins are just now growing and will not be available till mid-late September….CALL AHEAD TO GET THE OPERATING HOURS…

Hillside Orchards. Old Hwy 441 South, 18 Sorghum Mill Drive, Lakemont Ga 30552, 706-782-2776
Head up to Ellijay area to Hillside orchards, a nice drive, and lots of fun things to do once you get there, great apple cider, donuts homemade on site as well! Opens mid September…

Burt's Pumpkin Farm. 4801 Highway 52, Dawsonville, GA 30534, 706-265-3701 or 1-800-600-BURT
It is very child friendly and has hay rides. Also, about 15-20 minutes away there is a great place to go for apples/apple cider/individual fried apple pies, etc. - it's called Panorama there are several apple places near Burt's to buy apples if you want to do it all in one day, but the most kid friendly is Burt’s farm…Opens September 1st

Berry Patch Farms. 786 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock, GA 30188, 770-926-0561
Hayride and pumpkin patch. They have picnic tables for lunch and a LITTLE petting zoo. They have farm animals and hayrides (all free) and blueberry and blackberry picking in the summer. Closed for 2 weeks in August..Pumpkins start early September…

Washington Farms. 5691 Hog Mountain Road (Hwy.53), Watkinsville, GA 30677 (706) 769-0627
Washington Farms opens up their Athens/Watkinsville Farm for pumpkins in late fall…. Kids love the pumpkins, hayrides, a petting zoo, regular play ground, a corn maze, and the cow train which was a hit with my little ones. They are not open on Sundays, though, so you would want to go early on a Saturday or not too close to Halloween or it will get crowded. Opens late September for pumpkin picking…

Cagle's Dairy Farm. 362 Stringer Rd., Canton, GA 30115 (770)345-5591
They show how they fill milk containers. Let you feed calves. Hay ride through the farm with a sheep dog demonstration. The hay ride stops at the pig race. They race for chocolate milk. There is a victory garden, original from WWII, that is explained. Last year there was a big bouncy for the kids. Extra fee for a pony ride. You can buy sausage sandwich and BBQ sandwich. Purchase already picked pumpkins. A fun little country store. Okay you see I enjoy the experience at Cagle's Farm

Uncle Bob's Farms. 3781 E. Happy Valley Circle, Newnan, GA 30263770-253-8100
Tractor-pulled hayrides, Choose pumpkins from their extensive store area, or roam the fields to find your own. Their store also carries lots of other farm products and homemade, as well as Halloween/fall decorations.Additionally, there was a haybale maze for small kids, cornstalk maze for bigger ones, puppet show (cheesy, but the kids liked it), spinning demonstration (the farmer's wife spun hair directly off the bunny's hind end while it sat on her alp, which made an impression on me if not the kids), and if I remember correctly bees & honey demo (although that might have been at another farm, I'm not sure). It was a nice drive out there, as well. Opens for pumpkins late September….

Southern Belle Farm. 1658 Turner Church Rd. McDonough, GA 30252 (770) 898-0999
They have a hayride thru the pumpkin patch. Opens late September...

Look at the Georgia Organics website ( Their directory has farms listed. Directory is online and you can pick up a hard copy at Whole Foods. New directory released occasionally.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Cool Places to Hang out this Summer

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New World of Coca-Cola
Get fizzy at this museum full of Coke paraphernalia and sodas from around the world to taste. You can also view a 4-D movie and a fully functioning bottling line.
Located at 121 Baker St. in downtown Atlanta. Open 7 days a week. Most days from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Call ahead to reserve tickets at 404-676-5151 or online at

Georgia Aquarium
Swim with the whale sharks, view millions of fresh and saltwater fish, and check out the marine life that frequents the rivers and lakes of Georgia. Plus, catch a 3-D movie and stop by the touch pool to discover a few animals up close.
Located at 225 Baker St. in downtown Atlanta. Summer hours are Sun.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri., 9 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sat., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Call ahead to reserve tickets at 404-581-4000 or online at

Imagine It! The Children’s Museum of Atlanta $$
Explore the depths of your child’s imagination at this hands-on museum. It’s best for kids 8 and younger – they can hang out “Under the Big Top” to learn about health and much more.
Located at 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr. NW in downtown Atlanta. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 404-659-5437 or visit

Zoo Atlanta
Go wild with warthogs, kangaroos, lions, elephants, gorillas and pandas at the zoo. Kids will love riding the carousel, train and playing in the Wild Like Me indoor playground.
Located at 800 Cherokee Ave. SE off I-20. Open 7 days a week. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. For more information or to purchase advance tickets, call 404-624-9453 or visit

Atlanta Botanical Garden
Discover 21 collections of flora at the 30-year-old facility. The favorite destination for your kids will be, no doubt, the two-acre Children’s Garden; here youngsters can play in the fountain, tend to veggies, perform on stage and more.
Located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in midtown Atlanta. Summer hours are Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call 404-876-5859 or visit

High Museum of Art
Fine art doesn’t seem stuffy at this family-friendly art institution. Kids will love making their own creations in the spirit of the masters in the Greene Family Studio, and you’ll love the quiet and grown-up feeling of a visit.
Located at 1280 Peachtree St. in midtown Atlanta. Tues., Wed., Fri., Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thurs., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 404-733-4444 or purchase advance tickets online at

Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Step back in time while you discover the first Georgians, dinosaurs and Georgia’s natural history. Kids will love the hands-on fossil experiences, IMAX movies and, this summer, they’ll love learning about penguins and polar bears in the museum’s temporary exhibit.
Located at 767 Clifton Rd. NE in Atlanta. Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 404-929-6300 or visit

Atlanta History Center
There’s plenty to see both indoors and out at this 18-year-old, 33-acre facility. Home to six permanent exhibits, Tullie Smith Farm, Swan House, two playhouses and gardens, as well as multiple traveling exhibits, there’s something for everyone here.
Located at 130 West Paces Ferry Rd. in Buckhead. Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sun., noon-5:30 p.m. For more information, call 404-814-4000 or visit

Stone Mountain Park
You’d better be up early to take advantage of everything this 50-year-old Atlanta staple has to offer – from Ride the Ducks, antebellum plantation and night-time laser show to hiking (or riding) up the mountain, camping and fishing on the lake and splashing at the water park. New this summer, Sky Hike; a trek through the treetops complements the other highflying attractions at the park. Located on Highway 78 East, Exit 8 in Stone Mountain. Open 6 a.m.-midnight, attraction hours vary. For more information, call 770-498-5690 or visit

Chattahoochee Nature Center
Celebrating 30 years, this wildlife and horticultural attraction teaches kids about conservation and nature. You can canoe, hike, have an animal encounter and more alongside the beauty of the Chattahoochee River. The Interpretive Center, due to be completed next spring, will teach kids about three separate areas of our watershed (river, wetland and forest) through hands-on exhibits.
Located at 9135 Willeo Rd. in Roswell. Mon.-Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 770-992-2055 or visit

Six Flags Over Georgia $$$$
For classic amusement park fun, Six Flags is the answer. With more than 30 rides, the new Thomas Town play area, and shows galore, there’s something for everyone in the family – from the bravest thrill seeker to the littlest adventurer. Also enjoy the park’s wet fun at Skull Island.
Located at 275 Riverside Pkwy. in Austell. Open seven days a week during the summer. Closing times vary; Opening times: Sun.-Fri., 10:30 a.m., Sat., 10 a.m. For more information, call 770-739-3400 or visit

White Water
Despite the drought, water fun is plentiful in the three kid areas, 17 family rides and thrill rides for the older members of the family. As home to one of the largest wave pools in the Southeast, White Water is definitely a place to get wet. The Captain Kid’s Cove is the place to hang out with little ones – you’ll find water sprayers, mini-slides and a family-friendly wave pool in this area.
Located at 250 Cobb Pkwy. North in Marietta. WW open Sun.-Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call 770-948-9290 or visit

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Playground Picks - The New Social Hotspot for the Kiddies! :-)

A kid needs to cut loose sometimes you know what i mean? if you think about little one has been in school since he was 2 years old..all that structure is wonderful..he's only 4 and he can hold a conversation with the best of them...knows his numbers, letters, colors, etc...but i love that he's a boys boy..he loves to play! when school is out he throws down that backpack and loves to run like a wilderbeast outside and cut believe in old school know when you ran outside in the summer with your buds..perhaps in the front street, sidewalk or if you were lucky in your backyard, neighborhood or down in the country with relatives and other cousins your age...i grew up on old school playing..building forts, making mud pies (and eating them)...stringing plants together and making light/green light...mother may i...kickball..jacks and jumprope...and my older brother had a basketball goal in our huge backyard so you know we had the most popular house on the point is i like to give my kid as many opptys for old fashioned playtime as we know nowadays its not prudent to allow your kid to roam the the next best things are playgrounds, which are all the rage on the kid social's my picks..enjoy!

Top Playground Picks: Indoor

During the cold of the winter, indoor play areas are the perfect places to take your kids. Two of my faves are the areas in North Point Mall and the Mall of Georgia.

Mall of Georgia’s Kidgits Korner. 3333 Buford Drive, Buford. This soft play area is designed for the toddler age group. Climbing and sliding are the main attractions here. There are benches for the parents, as well as stroller parking. There’s also a small library for all to enjoy. 678-482-8788.

North Point Mall Children’s Soft Play Area. 1000 North Point Circle, Alpharetta. Specifically designed for children under 42" tall, the play area has a heroes theme, with firefighters, a fire truck and an ambulance as well as a slide and a bridge to climb over and through. All are built with soft materials to protect against falls. The play area also has plenty of seating for parents plus stroller parking. 770-740-9273.

Top Playground Picks: Special Needs

Children’s Playgarden. Ephesus Church Road, Douglasville. This playground in Clinton Nature Preserve features an airplane structure that allows children who use wheelchairs to access slides and other play items. Swings with back support, musical instruments, a covered playhouse, tot area and sand play area round out the other playground amenities. Water misters are also available for the really hot days. All of the equipment on this playground is wheelchair accessible.

Unity Place. 143 Ozora Road, Grayson. Located in Bay Creek Park, this playground has a wheelchair accessible sandbox and play area. The slides use ramps to reach the top. Swings with mesh backing are lower to the ground, so they are easily accessible for special needs kids. 770-822-8840.

All Children’s Playground. Willowbend Road, Peachtree City. This playground features a rubberized surface that allows wheelchairs easy maneuverability. To ensure that every child can have fun, the entire play area is connected by ramps and bridges, and a tot lot is available for younger kids. 770-631-2542.

Top Playground Picks: Outdoor play!


Brook Run Park. A true kiddie hot spot. multiple playgrounds for big and little kids and lots of space for dogs (or little kiddies) to run. A must do!

Chastain Park. Amazing! play on the equipment or walk the trail around the park. If the ball fields nearby are empty, your little ones can poke around there and kick/throw a ball around.

Stone Mountain

Stone Mountain Park. Swings, winding wooden steps and various sized slides there’s plenty to entertain even the most active child. There is so much to do at Stone Mountain Park that often we forget about the playground there. But it's a great place for the kids to run around and play, especially the little ones who may not be able to take part in some other activities or who don't want to stand in line.


Piedmont Park. Open spaces for running, paths for bike riding, fishing, birdwatching and great playgrounds.

Va Highland

Cunard Memorial Park. After a tree fell on the family car and killed a mother and her 2 sons, the community rallied together and built this playground. What a beautiful way tribute.

Orme Park. 795 Brookridge Drive NE, Atlanta. This playground is situated in the heart of the Virginia-Highland. This shady playground – truly a neighborhood gem – has a little something for everyone, including swings for toddlers, older kids and parents, picnic tables, a playscape with a telescope feature, slides and monkey bars and the ever-popular sandbox. The park also features a nature area, perfect for walking the family pet or just exploring on your own.


Best Friend Park. 6224 Jimmy Carter Boulevard, Norcross. This 43-acre park is home to an aquatic center, tennis center and community building. The pool provides an interactive play center and there is a separate swing area. The playground features slides, climbing structures and more. 770-417-2212.

Jones Bridge Park. 4901 East Jones Bridge Road, Norcross. The playground has three wooden play stations with a swinging bridge, a big twisty slide, monkey bars, climbing poles and more. A swing set and sand volleyball court add even more options for play. A shaded area with benches and picnic tables is close by for parents to watch their children play. And if you’re the proud parent of an angler, there’s a fishing hole here, too! 770-417-2212.


Centennial Park. Baker Street and Centennial Olympic Park Drive, Atlanta. Less than a block from the children’s museum is a hidden gem of a playground in Centennial Olympic Park. Kids can hop, skip and jump on two playscapes. The playground features three slides, a bridge, a zip line and several towers where children can play tic-tac-toe and peer through Plexiglas windows. The bouncy ground covering is sure to cushion any falls. Benches for parents ring the play area. 404-222-7275.

Atlanta Botanical Garden Discover 21 collections of flora at the 30-year-old facility. The favorite destination for your kids will be, no doubt, the two-acre Children’s Garden; here youngsters can play in the fountain, tend to veggies, perform on stage and more. Located at 1345 Piedmont Ave. NE in midtown Atlanta. Summer hours are Tues.-Sun., 9 a.m.-7 p.m. For more information, call 404-876-5859 or visit


Chattahoochee River Park. 203 Azalea Drive, Roswell. Situated along the Chattahoochee River, the park offers a relaxing scene with plenty of covered resting spots for a picnic lunch or small gathering. A popular spot on the playground is a tiny bridge overlooking a stream that flows into the river. Kids can toss rocks into the stream or watch for fish jumping in the Hooch. In the play area the equipment includes swings, slides and mini climbing walls. 770-641-3705.


Clarence Duncan Memorial Park. 6000 Rivertown Road, Fairburn. The park’s playground equipment includes teeter-totters, swings, a swinging bridge, monkey bars and more. Benches and picnic pavilions are located close to the playground so parents can sit in a shady area and watch their children play. If you’re bringing a picnic, throw in some extra bread for the pond’s ducks. The park also features hiking trails and an indoor pool, so bring your swimming suits along. 770-306-3136.

Howell Mill Road

Ellsworth Park. Howell Mill Rd. at Collier Rd. NW, Atlanta. There’s lots to explore in this fenced-in area: a fort-like play structure with two slides, climbing wall and interactive features, swings for toddlers and older kids, spring toys, two spinner bowls and a teeter-totter. For moms, it’s a great meeting place for mom’s groups, play dates and picnics. And, all of the play equipment rests on recycled rubber material, which is bouncy and wheelchair accessible. 404-817-6734.


Hurt Road Park. 990 Hurt Road SW, Austell. This playground offers something for all ages. Bucket swings and sand play will occupy the little ones while older kids tackle the monkey bars, slides, tic-tac-toe, tunnel and a swing set of their own. Parents can watch their children play while relaxing on a shaded bench. 770-528-8890.


PlayTown Suwanee. 425 Main Street, Suwanee. This 10,000-square-foot multi-level wooden wonderland is a treasure trove of things to do, including six slides (even "wavy and twisty" ones), a vertical tunnel, several bridges, swings, ladders, a rock climbing wall, chin up bars, and rings. In addition, there is a bus, castle, rocket, ship, playhouses, sand box and a hidden phone system. 770-945-8996.


Promised Land Playground. 2450 Lower Roswell Road, Marietta. Constructed entirely of wood, the 10,000-square-foot playground readily inspires imaginative play. The entire play area is connected with bridges or elevated walkways, each leading to a castle-like area. Speaker boxes allow communication between different areas. Around the wooden complex are two swing and slide areas – one for toddlers and another for older children. A layer of wood chips provides ample cushion below. 770-971-2323.

East Cobb Park 3322 Roswell Rd Marietta, GA 30062-5561 multiple age-appropriate play structures, bike/walk trail around the park, clean restrooms, a babbling stream for wading, plus plenty of open space for picnicking and kicking a ball - what more could you ask for?

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Places where the (Straight) Chocolate Men Mingle

I'm spoken for :-)....however I have lots of girlfriends that ask me..where do the good chocolate men hang out? Well you know since I get around the city a lot I've noticed that there are some places that the fellas gravitate toward…so here's my picks…fellas if you beg to differ let a sista know and I will add your spots for the Best places Where the Fellas Hang:

The Barbershop @ the West End Mall

Busy Bee Café

Barleys esp Back in the Pool Room

Manhotspots like:
--Home Depot
--Publix and Kroger in the refreshing "spirits" aisle :-)

Luckie Lounge

South Dekalb Mall

Really cool chocolate sports bar on Camp creek

Strokers (ok stop giggling..there are lots of nice guys that come to this spot strictly for errra..the entertainment because they are single)

Cactus Car Wash on Ponce

Any event held by the 100 Black men of Atlanta

Events held at Morehouse including:
--Film Screenings
--Cultural events
--Political rallies

Any event held by the Kappas or Ques in Atlanta

TJ Maxx in the Men's section (esp the Buckhead location)

Perimeter Mall Food Court

Fox Sports Grill

Events held at:
--Alliance Theatre
--High Museum
--Woodruff Arts Center

Borders books in the Magazine section

The National Black Arts Festival - OMG it's a man candy store! :-)

Gladys Night's @ Stonecrest Mall

Cafe Circa on Edgewood Avenue

V-103 Car and Bike Show

The Velvet Room

Happy Hour @ Uptown Restaraunt downtown

All Syman Baby parties including the ones held at:
Taboo 2
Pearl Bistro
Echelon 3000

Ole Skool sundays @ Hairston's

Berean Church on Covington Highway in Stone Mountain

Jumpy places!

Everyone that knows me well knows i love myself a good jumpy place...i mean my little one loves a good jumpy play centers provide a safe and fun environment, with giant slides and themed areas, for your kids to bounce off their extra energy. they are perfect go-to spots during rainy, cold, or extra hot days so your kids won’t be stuck inside, doing handsprings off your a parent it is amazing..your kid runs around like a banshee, with reckless abandon (like a kid should be able to do from time to time)...and you get to sit, fart around on the computer using their free wi-fi..sip a latte and munch on kid snacks guilt free(yum!)...My 5 year old's eyes roll back in his head after a visit and it is Naptime USA on the car ride home..ahhhh..what better way to spend a weekend my gift to every mom with a an active toddler to around age 7 is run don't walk to my picks for the area's best!

Fave spots:

Monkey Joe’s
1019-B Collier Rd., Buckhead, 404-351-1818; 3190 Reps Miller Rd., Norcross, 770-734-9774; 700 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Roswell, 678-381-0400; 5805 State Bridge Rd., Duluth, 770-729-1959; 7442 Douglas Blvd., Douglasville, 770-577-6446; 50 Barrett Pkwy., Marietta, 770-792-2244.

1936 Briarwood Ct., Atlanta.

Jumping Jeronimo!
1570 Holcomb Bridge Rd., Ste. 240, Roswell

Jumpin’ Jamboree
2534 Royal Place, Ste. E, Tucker

Leapin Lizards Fun and Party Center
185 Sams Street Decatur Georgia 30030 404) 371-9700
Decatur’s brand new indoor play and party center featuring over 10,000 square foot of bouncing inflatables, giant slides, obstacle courses, toddler exploration area, concessions, two large private party rooms, free WI-FI and computer access.

Specialize in birthday parties

Pump It Up!
Cumming, 770-886-5151; Dallas, 678-309-1872; Marietta, 770-794-5867; McDonough, 678-432-2025; Suwanee, 678-714-4505. Open jump hours: Tues -Thurs 10-8 Mon Wed Fri 10-5 Sat/sun - private parties only

4479 Atlanta Rd., Smyrna
Open jump hours: Mon-tues 10-6 Wed-thurs 10-8 Fri 10-6 Sat/sun 9:30-11:30 (flunctuates according to party sked)

For the wee ones:
The Jumping Bean
504 Amsterdam Avenue Amsterdam Walk Atlanta GA 404.897.3646 A clean, colorful bounce house in midtown offers a nice alternative to the bigger chains. Very well suited to smaller kids.

Inflatable party rentals:

I've not been..but here they are fun!
Cream Puff’s Jumpy Place
610 B Patrick Industrial Dr., Winder (Off Highway 316).

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Neighborhood Hot Spots: Historic Roswell

Where do I start? what a cool way to spend a day hanging out with your girl? funky little boutiques, antiques, art galleries and one-of-a kind restaraunts make this little sliver off Holcolmb Bridge and Canton Street tops in my book. While you're there don't forget to check out these quirky little spots that will have you rubbing your stomach for more:

The Fickle Pickle Café (the red velvet cupcakes make me swoon)1085 Canton Street
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 650-9838
Mon., 11 am - 3 pm;
Tues. - Sat, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., 5 pm - 9 pm.
Quaint, eclectic café in an 1890s Victorian house. Serving gourmet sandwiches, salads, wood-grilled hamburgers and our famous fried Cajun pickles. Patio dining, carry-out and catering Special events facility. $$

Greenwood's Restaurant (the fried chicken will make you forget your grandma's)1087 Green Street
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 992-5383
Wed - Thurs., 11:30 am - 9 pm;
Fri. - Sat., 11:30 am - 10 pm;
Sun., 11:30 am - 9 pm
Founded in 1986. A wonderful dining experience with American home-style cooking. Uses only fresh ingredients, supporting sustainable agricultural practices. All vegetables are meat and dairy free. Top off your home-cooked meal with fresh-baked pie and homemade ice cream. $$-$$

The Swallow at the Hollow (bbq, the best sweet tea and some of the best grassroots country in the area)

1072 Green Street
Roswell, GA 30075
(678) 352-1975
Wed. - Thurs, 11 am - 2:30 pm and 5 - 9 pm;
Fri., 11 am - 2:30 pm and 5-10 pm;
Sat., 11 am - 10 pm; Sun., 11 am - 9 pm
Barbeque restaurant and Country music venue, featuring delicious home-cooked specialties from hickory smoked meats, sausages, macaroni and cheese and fresh breads to yummy chocolate chip banana pudding. Fun! $-$$

Artisan Foods, Bakery and Cafe (new to the area and everything is fresh and delicious!)1169 Canton Street
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 998-1169; Fax (770) 998-1171
Tues. – Sat., 7 am – 4 pm, serving breakfast and lunch
These graduates of the Art Institute of Atlanta and have now opened their own place to showcase their culinary talents. Artisan Foods fills the former Mittie's Tea Room space on Canton Road in Roswell. the food is fresh delicious and artful..they work really hard to give you their best

Diesel Pizza and Pub (yes this is the sister rest to the one of the same name in Va Highland)994 Alpharetta Street
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 641-1080

The Roswell Teahouse (adorable!)
108 Magnolia Street
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 643-5813
Fax: (770) 592-8868
Tues. - Sat, 11:30 am - 4 pm
A teahouse with healthy flair. Choice of 60 different loose-leaf teas and a wide selection of cast-iron teapots and accessories. Lunch and afternoon tea. Visa, MC, AMEX, Disc. $$

Clays' Cafe (what a cute spot)
982 Canton Street
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 998-1573
Cute little coffee shop tucked away in Roswell..yummy cakes and and sandwhiches. The patio is great in the summer wi-fi

FEATURED HOT SPOT FOR JULY: Will @ Urban Body Studios

OMIGOD..this man is a miracle worker...he's a massage therapist extraordinaire..there's nothing your girl loves more than a spa visit...and the benefits of a relaxing massage is not only therapeutic but essential for balance in this very hectic life we live...from bad posture due to hunkering over a computer screen all day...sports injuries...or the everyday stress of walking in high heels...ladies and gents alike can benefit from massage therapy...if you have back, hip, neck or chronic pain in other areas massage therapy may just be the answer to all your ailments....

Urban Body Studios is located conveniently right off PONCE DE LEON..behind "Paris on Ponce" and across from City Hall east...Urban Body is one of the area's premier workout don't be surprised if you see local celebrities and sports stars there...and they have a full array of classes, a full service gym with personal trainers....and next door is the salon and spa....AHHHHH amazing! the salon has hair and facial services and on the reason for this post MASSAGES!

If it's your first time don't be shy! Tell Will and he will make your experience a definite must do again...i love Will's professionalism..and his massage therapy room is private, soundproof and the music is created to put you in a soothing napping only uses the best...and has the most extensive array of aromatic oils i've ever encountered...his table is heated for those cold phobes like myself and his technique is is the best i've experienced in my travels around the states and the carribean in search of perfection in a Spa visit...i am unabashedly addicted to massages so i speak with authority..RUN DON'T WALK to see Will....and tell him ATLBROWNGIRL is singing his praises from the roof! You will thank me for this i

Will Humphrey
Urban Body Studios Spa and Salon
730 Ponce de Leon Place
spa and salon

Monkey Joe's Madness there such a thing as Parent Nirvana? I believe Monkey Joes is wi-fi..available terminals to log in if you are without your and snacks cream for the kiddes and BEST OF for those rambunctious rascals to run and play rain or shine....what bliss...they are open from morning to nite and the staff are all friendly and amenable to kids running and playing with reckless abandon...It is the premier jumpy place in the area and enough locations to please even the most discriminating Suburban Mom....if you have a kid from 5-9 yrs old who is full of energy there is no better place to while away a Saturday or Sunday afternoon..Be sure you tell them ATLBROWNGIRL sent you by!

4023 Lavista Rd Ste 230
Tucker, GA 30084
(770) 270-6292

700 Holcomb Bridge Rd. Suite 200
Roswell, GA 30076
(678) 381-0400

5805 Statebridge Rd. Ste. 600
Duluth, GA 30097
(770) 497-9887

2283 Browns Bridge Road Ste. 1
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 536-0200

5055 Post Rd.
Cumming, GA 30040

7442 Douglas Blvd.
Douglasville, GA 30135
(770) 577-6446

182 Banks Crossing
Fayetteville, GA 30214
(770) 461-7529

Barrett Parkway
50 Barrett Pkwy. Suite 111
Marietta, GA 30066
(770) 792-2244

1152 Auburn Road, Bldg 4
Dacula, GA 30019
(770) 682-5437

354 Newnan Crossing Bypass Suite A
Newnan, GA 30265
Coming Soon

Warner Robins
4993 Russell Pkwy. Suites 370-410 & 520-570
Warner Robins, GA 31088
(478) 333-6336

2453 Airport Thruway
Columbus, GA 31909
(706) 507-5480

368 Fury's Ferry Rd Suite 2
Martinez, GA 30907
(706) 922-5867

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Neighborhood Hot Spots: Cheshire Bridge

ok, ok..i know what you're thinking....Cheshire is not visually stimulating..i mean it is a strip of businesses and restaraunts that is is stripped down to it's boxers...and i mean that literally based on some of the peep show businesses that are still hanging on in the although it ain't visually stunning there are some culinary surprises on Cheshire Bridge..places that you can tiptoe to if you are in the Emory corridor for lunch or dinner with minimal effort...and you can take a culinary tour around the world without ever leaving Cheshire did you know they just finished a "Tasting Tour of Cheshire" complete with a little trolley bus to spirit you around to different businesses? how cool! so do yourself a favor and ske-daddle over to Cheshire if you have a bit of time to hang out....and keep my list of faves handy..and as always i would LOVE to hear from you if there are any that i left off..until then Happy trails and good eating...and Viva Cheshire Bridge!...mama loves


Landmark Diner
2277 Cheshire Bridge Road NAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 636-8240

Las Margaritas
1842 Chesire Bridge RdAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 873-4464

The Original Pancake House
2321 Cheshire Brg Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 633-5677

Nakato Japanese Restaraunt1776 Cheshire Bridge RdAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 783-6582

Varsity Jr
1085 Lindbergh Dr NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 261-8843

Woodfire Grill 1782 Cheshire Bridge Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 347-9055

Nino's Italian Restaurant
1931 Cheshire Brg Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-6505

The Red Snapper Seafood Restaurant
2100 Cheshire Bridge Road NAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 634-8947

Rhodes Bakery
1783 Cheshire Brg Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 876-3783

Taqueria del Sol
2165 Cheshire Bridge RdAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 321-1118

Colonnade Restaurant
1879 Cheshire Brg Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 874-5642


Enat Ethiopian Restaurant
1999 Cheshire Bridge Rd NAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 685-9291

Roxx Tavern and Diner
1824 Cheshire Brg Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 892-4541

Bamboo Luau's Chinatown
2263 Cheshire Brg Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 636-9131

Alfredo's Italian Restaurant
1989 Cheshire Bridge RdAtlanta, GA 31136
(404) 876-1380

Taverna Plaka
2196 Cheshire Brg Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 636-2284

Rain Thai Restaraunt
2345 Cheshire Bridge Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 325-6963

1740 Cheshire Brg Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 873-1577

Return To Eden – Neighborhood Organic Market
2335 Cheshire Brg Rd NEAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 320-3336

Cooking School Ursula Knaeusel
1764 Cheshire Bridge Road NAtlanta, GA 30324
(404) 876-7463

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Neighborhood Hot Spots: Historic Norcross

I love historic neighborhoods that have a modern know the type places..cobblestone walkways...shopowners that holler "howdy!" as you come in the door..eating places where the owners and waitstaff know your little one and i hang in these type areas of town all the time..i have my top faves and thought i would share with you....first out of the chute is Historic is the type place that takes you back in time..(in a good way lol)..the houses are absolutely gorgeous..there are craftsman stunners and historic houses that have been lovingly restored...beautiful bungalows and all other types of goodies inbetween...the neatest thing of all is it is a bonafide community feel..the townfolks walk to the shops and restaraunts from their home and the kids all know each cool is that? my fave restaraunts are listed as follows:

Mojitos - cuban

Dominicks' - italian

Paizano's - (Kissing cousin to the chi-town institution) - italian

Bleu House Cafe - lunch and sandwich spot

Norcross Station Cafe - the menu is amazingly diverse

Northern Star Coffeehouse - cool spot to kick back, have a cup of joe and enjoy the free wi-fi

Thrasher park - trust me the kiddes will love this hot-kiddie spot

Run don't walk to this best kept secret in the Atlanta metro is quite tucked away but easy to find..right off Peachtree Industrial/Medlock's the neighborhood website..

Happy Trails!

Friday, June 26, 2009

A Few Sizzling Hot New spots to try

Ziba's Restaurant & Wine Bar
Neighborhood: Grant Park

562 Boulevard SE Atlanta, GA 30312

Waterhaven 75 5th St., Atlanta, 404-214-6740
In the space formerly occupied by the Globe’s. Warm inviting spot that specializes in fresh fare from local farmers. Italian greens done up Southern or sweet, slightly seasoned, ightly fried squash blossom, grilled eggplant. Yum! Joe McCarthy is the owner so tell him ATLBROWNGIRL Sent you by...

Sweet Auburn Bistro
Anybody been yet? Give your girl a shout out!!
171 Auburn Avenue Suite PAtlanta, GA 30303 Downtown Atlanta 404-525-5810

Whiskey Blue unveiled summer menus of small bites and signature drinks. Find remixes of old stand-bys (black truffle pizza w/ fontina cheese, french fries w/ sriracha-spiked mayonnaise) and tropical adult beverages (Guava Sin, Papaya Daiquiri) to unwind over. Cabana included. (3377 Peachtree Rd. NE, 678.500.3100)

Eros World Tapas Bar 2160 Monroe DrAtlanta, GA 30324 (404) 549-2433

Dogwood Restaurant 565 Peachtree St, Downtown Atlanta, GA 30308
404- 835-1410
Do I need to say more than "Grits Bar"?? Hey now! lol...for down home fans this is it in a fine dining atmosphere..Not to be missed..

Corey McDaniel
this brotha is one of the most talented artists in the city..his artwork takes you back to a time when EWF was playing in the basement, velvet paintings hung on the wall, and the finest sista was the one with the biggest afro and Earth love this cat's work..check him out at Apache Cafe where his artwork titled "Foreplay on Canvas" is definitely images that evoke a feeling in your soul...THIS IS A MUST SEE!

Ole Skool Saturdays...
It's the best old school party in the city! They have it once a month in different hotels around the city. Sometimes they bring in acts like Whodini, Suga Hill Gang, Dougie Fresh. And the people come! There are usually thousands of people, mostly working, professional types.

Dolce 261 19th st NW Atlantic Station 404-872-3902
Celebrity entrepeneneurs are behind this sexxy new Italian restaraunt tucked in the corner of Atlantic Station. Hottest spot to see and be seen

Canvas.Art.Bar.Lounge 170 Northside Drive Castleberry Hill Atlanta 30313 404-522-5615
Wildly hip urban art lounge for sipping, sampling tapas and checking out the hottest artists in the city

STIR at Art on 5
quoting from the website "....S.T.I.R. (Sounds Thoughts Ideas and Rhymes), held at Art on 5 Gallery (2001 MLK Drive Suite 530) allows Atlantans to mix up their weekend nightlife routine and awaken their senses to quality urbane entertainment...." Atlbrowngirl says: It is like a Red bull to all your palates...the food was delish ( the art was amazing and music was jamming ( and also included a mix of comedians and spoken word artists...STIR occurs every month and is sponsored thru at an inconspicuous gallery space right off MLK..this little slice of artistic heaven has some of the most amazing paintings done by many of the hottest urban artists her in do not walk to check out this next event or just stop by the gallery at

Diesel 870 North Highland Ave. Atlanta, GA 30306 404.815.1820
This new hotspot just opened in Va Highland in the old "dish" spot...Omigod the bbq burger, black-eyed pea hummus, fried green tomatoes and fried poundcake is mouthwatering. Tell your waitress Kat that you heard about them on my blog. She's awesome and will take good care of you!

Flip Burger Boutique 1587 Howell Mill Road, 404-352-3547,
Richard Blais the top chef who has gained rockstar status here in atlanta has another venture set to open in December. Gourmet burgers with put your elbows on the table good eating. check it out and holla at your girl...

Take 2 Sports Bar and Grill 4634 Rockbridge Rd Pine Lake, GA 30072 (404) 781-1200
a new Caribbean/American fusion restaraunt in the tucked away little city of Pine Lake right off Rockbridge music some nites..Have you been? please send me a shout-out on your experience...

Fish Bowl Asian Bistro 10930 Crabapple Rd Roswell, GA 30075 678-461-8765
tucked away spot on in roswell down holcomb bridge in a cute little strip mall...some of the best sushi in town...stunning decor

Ambience - An Upscale Restaraunt and Bar 5580 Memorial Drive Stone Mountain, GA 30083 404-968-9696
this beautiful dining experience is located in an unassuming spot on memorial drive between an endless array of used car lots and fast food Jazz Bands, standup comedy, Happy-Hour Karaoke and 30 plus dance and R&b on sats with a dj spinning...the kitchen is open till 3 am and the bar till 4 am...what else do i need to say for you to get thyself to Ambience?

Harry Bissett's Buckhead 360 Pharr Road Atlanta 404-425-5995
This Athens institution, has opened a restaurant in the heart of Buckhead offering the same New Orleans style seafood cuisine and "something for everyone" fun-ness. Live jazz, great patio with big screen, brunch on the weekends and lunch served daily

255 Tapas Lounge 255 Peters St Castleberry Hills, Atlanta, GA 30313 (404) 522-2612
black owned spot where hip meets urban grunge..the food is definitely a step up from bar food, but still casual..i enjoy the cool feel and the range of folks at the bar are never dull..try the turkey or crab mini sliders and garlic fries..yum!

The Feed Store 3841 Main StreetCollege Park, GA 404.209.7979
the new Southern menu has something to please every palate to include shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoesThe menu is very "new Southern" with new twists on Fried Green Tomatoes and Shrimp & Grits. yum!

El Tesoro 129 Church St Decatur, GA 30030 (404) 377-9797
cozy little house in Downtown Decatur that sells delicious drinks.the tacos, salsa and dip are delish!

Pearl Restaurant & Lounge, 253 Peters St., Atlanta, 404-523-2121
Futuristic look and way cool seafood menu tucked behind the unassuming Baltimore Crab & Seafood in Castleberry Hill. Do know that the service and the food at Baltimore crab is hit or miss

Home 111 W Paces Ferry 404-869-0777
Wildly popular Celebrity chef brings a delicious down-home feel to this Southern inspired menu

No Mas Cantina 180 Walker St Castleberry Hill (404) 574-5678
Breathtaking interior at this hip restaraunt serves killer guacamole and mexican inspired dishes..may not be the most authentic spot but great atmosphere

Haven 1411 Dresden Drive 404-969-0700
Great addention to the Brookhaven neighborhood featuring Hip New American menu with a cool ambience

4th & Swift 621 N Ave NE Ste B Atlanta, GA 678-904-0160
Newest addition to the Old Fourth Ward neighborhood; Modern comfort food and drink, lively conversation and southern hospitality includes huge scrumptious portions

Aquaknox 3280 Peachtree Road inside the Terminus Bdg 404-477-5600
The pricey place to impress that special someone with delicious seafood. this ain't a put your bib on bubba and let's crack some crabclaws..dress to impress

Steamhouse Lounge 1051 W Peachtree St Midtown 404-233-7980 Don't even try to come in here being cute as this is put your elbows up on the table lowcountry seafood grub. the menu runs the gamut from fried baskets and platters, burgers and sandwiches to messy yummy entrees that will have you picking and peeling shrimp while belting back a brewski

Spice Market inside the W Atlanta Midtown 188 14th Street NE 404-549-5450
An exhausting array of Asian food by popular NY chain

Steel Restaraunt and Lounge 950 West Peachtree Street 404-477-6111
Pricey Pan Asian restaraunt in the hot new W Peachtree area. Gorgeous decor

Straits 793 juniper street 404-877-1283
Luda's new spot. Pan asian inventive menu with a spectacular setting

Maxim Prime 110 Marietta Street inside the Glenn Hotel 404-469-0700
The Glenn Hotel's sexxy younger sister comes complete with inventive Steakhouse fare and a sizzling hot rooftop deck for enjoying after dinner drinks..can be $100+ with drinks, app, and dessert