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Saturday, June 28, 2014
There are a host of 4th of July events in Middle Georgia this year. Which one(s) are you planning to attend? Here is the list: http://sellingwarnerrobins.com/2014/06/4th-of-july-celebrations-in-middle-georgia-2014/
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Monday, October 07, 2013

The Georgia National Fair in Perry GA

For me, the fair always conjures up memories of cotton candy, clowns, and plenty of family fun. Fortunately, the Georgia National Fair in Perry GA has arrived to help bring back those memories and create new ones.  

From Oct. 3rd-13th, 2013, Perry will be bustling with activity as the 24th Georgia National Fair runs its 11-day annual event.  

This years theme is "There's Magic in the Fair!" and visitors who attend between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. each day will be entertained and amazed with a myriad of concerts, rides and games, exhibits, nightly fireworks, lots of food, horse shows, livestock, petting zoo, street entertainers, and a plethora of vendors selling their items.


Georgia National Fair Prices

Adults pay $10.00.  Kids 10 and under get in FREE with a paying adult.

Military and their immediate family members get in FREE on Oct 7th (with military ID cards). 

Come out on Oct 8th and the gate admission is only $8.00 for adults.

Seniors pay only $8.00 and groups of 20 or more adults pay $9.00. Check at the gate for advance pass prices.

Parking is FREE.

Ride Armbands are $20.00 daily and are good for unlimited rides (some restrictions apply).

Come out on Terrific Tuesday (Oct 8th) and pay only $16.00.

Single tickets are $1.25 and sheets cost $12.00 (12 coupons), $24.00 (26 coupons), or $60.00 (65 coupons)

The rides (60+) start up at noon during the week and 10:00am on the weekends. They run until 9:00 p.m. each day.

Georgia National Fair Entertainment

Concert performers include Grammy Nominee Hunter Hayes (Oct 5th), Justin Moore (Oct 12th), Thompson Square (Oct 12th), Colby Dee, The Atlanta Pleasure Band, Redhead Express, and a host of other talented performers in a variety of genres.

Other entertainment includes a circus, Hatfields and McCoys high dive show, ShenaniGuns! comedy wild west show, mutton bustin', nightly fireworks, petting zoo, sea lion shows, pig racing, story tellers, human/animal stunt shows, and plenty of gifted singers and performers. There is truly something of interest for every family member!

For more Georgia National Fair information contact the event staff at 478-987-3247 or by e-mail at cellerbee@gnfa.com.

As always, Middle Georgia events are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist, Anita Clark Realtor.

Photos provided courtesy of GNFA.

The Georgia National Fair in Perry GA

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Friday, June 28, 2013

With the 4th of July right around the corner, and BBQ grills ready to be fired-up for a day of grilling, it got me thinking...what do Georgia Family readers like to eat on the 4th of July?

So, do share...what are your favorite 4th of July meals, treats, or dishes?

 

 

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Saturday, March 09, 2013

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Consignment Sale - March 13th-16th, 2013

The Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Consignment Sale will be held this week (March 13th-16th, 2013) in Centerville GA.  Show up early to ensure you have the best opportunity to pickup a bargain or two!   

MOPS seeks to meet the needs of moms of children from birth through kindergarten. They achieve this by bringing moms together to share ideas, provide encouragement, build relationships, get tips and gain knowledge from other moms, as well as experience God's love.


When: March 13th (Wed) - 16th (Sat), 2013

Where: Eagle Springs Community Center, 102 Eagle Parkway in Centerville GA

Cost: FREE!

Hours: See schedule below

  • Wednesday - Drop Off from 5:30pm-8:30pm
  • Thursday - Drop off from 9:00am-12:00pm
  • Thursday - Consignor/Volunteer Pre-Sale at 6:00pm-8:00pm (get in early (5:30pm) with a $5 donation)
  • Friday - 9:00am-7:00pm (get in early (8:30am) with a $5 donation)
  • Saturday - Half-Price Sale from 8:00am-12:00pm

Proceeds will help support the Caring Solutions Crisis Pregnancy Center, provide MOPS scholarships (to those who cannot afford to attend meetings), and to supplement Warner Robins MOPS childcare costs.

For more event details, contact the Warner Robins MOPS staff at wrmops@gmail.com.


If you are looking to get involved with, or just want to try out Warner Robins MOPS, they meet the first and third Wednesday of each month (Sep-May) from 9:30am-12:00pm in the Southside Baptist Church Student Center. Refreshments are provided.

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Photos provided as a courtesy by the Warner Robins MOPS staff!

Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) Consignment Sale - March 13th-16th, 2013

 

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Middle Georgia Events: Peaches to the Beaches Yard Sale, March 8-9, 2013

Consumers looking for a unique thing to do in Middle Georgia on either/both March 8th-9th, 2013, need to participate in the Peaches to the Beaches Yard Sale!

Held on the second Friday and Saturday in March each year, Highway 341 becomes home to Georgia’s Longest Yard Sale.

This event, appropriately named “Peaches to the Beaches” passes through nearly 25 participating communities from Perry to Brunswick.

Free to the public, and open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, buyers are sure to find an assortment of wares along this 220 mile stretch of road.

For die-hards who not only love yard sales but want an opportunity to win some great prizes (grand prize is a a weekend getaway to Jekyll Island), the "Shop Till You Drop" contest is the perfect solution.  

Interested vendors and participants who want more event/contest details should visit Golden Isles Parkway Association, Inc..

As always, Warner Robins GA local events are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist, Anita Clark.

Middle Georgia Events: Peaches to the Beaches Yard Sale, March 8-9, 2013

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Wednesday, February 06, 2013

The 8th Annual Macon Film Festival in Macon Georgia

If you love seeing a good movie then the 8th Annual Macon Film Festival in Macon Georgia is the event for you.

The red carpet will be rolled out on Feb 14th-17th at the Cox Capitol Threare, The Douglass Threatre, and 567 Center in Macon GA.  

Over 100 film screenings are planned as are several awards in various film categories and over $10,000 in prize money.

Prices:

  • All Access Pass – $100 (includes priority seating and admission to after parties)
  • Screening Pass – $50 (after parties not included)
  • Day Passes – $10 (good for all daytime screenings)
  • Evening Passes – $15 (good for all nightime screenings)

For specific film details call the Macon Film Festival Headquarters at (478) 256-3809.

As always, Middle Georgia community information is provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist, Anita Clark, (478) 960-8055.

The 8th Annual Macon Film Festival in Macon Georgia

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Monday, November 26, 2012

The 55th Annual Robins Regional Chamber Christmas Parade in Warner Robins GA

Middle Georgia residents...make sure you clear your calendar on Saturday, December 1st, 2012 at 10:00.  Why?  Because the 55th Annual Robins Regional Chamber Christmas Parade in Warner Robins GA will be in full swing.  Themed "The 12 Days of Christmas", the parade will start at the Houston Road and Watson Boulevard intersection and proceed east to the Warner Robins City Hall.

This years Grand Marshall is up-and-coming Nashville recording star, and Georgia native, Colby Dee.  With over 200 entries in numerous categories, there are bound to be several crowd favorites again this year.  Fortunately, the category judging will be handled by the  Warner Robins Civitan Club, so your only requirements are to bring the entire family, show plenty of community spirit, and enjoy the 2012 Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade!

For more event details, call (888) 288-9742 or check out the event online at warner-robins.com.

As always, Warner Robins GA community events are provided as a courtesy by your .

The 55th Annual Robins Regional Chamber Christmas Parade in Warner Robins GA

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Friday, September 28, 2012

The 2nd Annual International City Fall Festival in Warner Robins GA

The 2nd annual is back for a repeat performance and is shaping up as a fun event in Warner Robins GA this Saturday. So, clear your calendars on Sep 29th from 9am-6pm near Commercial Circle in downtown Warner Robins.

With arts and crafts, great food, plenty of music (Colby Dee heads the list), a bbq contest (categories are beef brisket, chicken, pork ribs, and pork shoulder), a children's area, numerous vendors, and plenty of other activities to keep the entire family entertained. The 2nd Annual International City Fall Festival in Warner Robins GA will be the place to be!

Hosted by the Warner Robins Downtown Development Authority (WRDDA), who has taken the lead in aestethically improving the downtown Warner Robins area. Come out and see what they have already done, get involved in this event, and have a hand in shaping the future of our city.

For more specific details, call the event coordinator at (478) 238-3656.

As always, Houston County GA community events are provided as a courtesy by your .

 

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

2012 Georgia Golden Olympics in Warner Robins GA

Calling all 50+ seniors!  If you have a thirst for competition, want to stay fit, and/or just want to get out and have some fun, then the 2012 Georgia Golden Olympics are the perfect event for you! Held in Warner Robins Georgia on September 19th-22nd, come on out and compete or show your support by rooting for your favorite Olympian(s)!

This is one of the qualifying events for the 2013 National Senior Games that will be held in Cleveland Ohio on July 20th - August 1st 2013 so a big turnout is expected. This is the 30th Anniversary of the GGO so get to your favorite venue early and enjoy the festivities as the competitors showcase their athletic talents.

With several age divisions and ability levels there is no reason not to compete. Medals will be awarded to the top 3 contestants in each event and age category and all participants get a t-shirt, 2 meals, and a certificate showing their participation.

Come out and cheer on your favorite "senior" in one of the scheduled events below:

  • Archery
  • Badminton
  • Basketball Free Throw
  • Basketball 3 on 3
  • Billiards
  • Bowling
  • Checkers
  • Clock Golf
  • Cycling
  • Field Events
    • 50M Run
    • Discus
    • Hammer Throw
    • High Jump
    • Running Long Jump
    • Shot Put
    • Triple Jump
  • Football Throw
  • Frisbee Throw
  • Golf Tournament
  • Horseshow Toss
  • Horseshoe Tournament
  • Race Walks
  • Racquetball
  • Shuffleboard
  • Softball Throw
  • Softball Tournament
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Track & Road Race
  • Volleyball
  • Wheelchair Race
  • Wii Bowling

For a complete list of the event rules, check out the 2012 Official Rule Book for the Georgia Golden Olympics.

If you would like to volunteer, please signup online as a GGO Volunteer. GGO Sponsorships are also welcomed...check out the sponsorship brochure for more details.

For more details, contact the event coordinator at (770) 867-3603 or goldenolympics.ga@gmail.com.

Middle Georgia events provided as a courtey by your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist, Anita Clark Realtor

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Things to do in Perry Georgia: 24th Annual Perry Dogwood Festival

Things to do in Perry Georgia: 24th Annual Perry Dogwood Festival

What better way to spend a beautiful middle Georgia spring weekend than at the 24th annual Perry Dogwood Festival. This weekend, Carroll and Jernigan Streets in downtown Perry GA will be the place to be. FREE admission on both days too.

Clear your calendar on April 14th (10am-6pm) and 15th (noon-5pm) for arts and crafts, contests, food, local entertainment, and a bunch of other fun events.

Things to do in Perry Georgia: 24th Annual Perry Dogwood Festival

Some of the featured highlights include:

  • 5K road race ($20 registration)
  • Pancake breakfast ($5 per plate)
  • Performances by the Perry Idol finalists
  • Motorcycle Poker Run ($30 per bike)
  • Local entertainment
  • A dessert contest ($5 entry)
  • Softball tournament
  • Kids rides
  • Miss Dogwood Pageant
  • Costumed dog parade

Please contact the event coordinator, Bonnie Giles, at (478) 987-1234 or via email at bonnie@perrygachamber.com for specific details.

As always, Houston County Georgia local events are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist, Anita Clark.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Things to do in Middle Georgia: Peaches to the Beaches

Things to do in Middle Georgia: Peaches to the BeachesAnnually since 2005, on the second Friday and Saturday in March (9th and 10th), Highway 341 in Georgia becomes home to Georgia's Longest Yard Sale.

This event, appropriately named "Peaches to the Beaches" passes through nearly 25 participating communities from Perry to Brunswick.

Free to the public, and open from 8:00am to 6:00pm, buyers are sure to find both trinkets and treasures on the 220 mile yard sale.

Interested vendors should follow the Golden Isles Parkway link for more details.

As always, Warner Robins GA local events are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist, Anita Clark.

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Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The 4th Annual Cantrell Center 5K & Fun Run is this Saturday, Feb 25th in Warner Robins Georgia. Race day registration starts at 7:30am at the Cantrell Center for Physical Therapy and Wellness on 405 Osigian Blvd. The 5K starts at 8:30am and the 1 mile fun run begins at 9:15am. This event is a USATF-Certified Course and a Run and See Georgia Grand Prix Race.

Things To Do In Warner Robins: The 4th Annual Cantrell Center 5K & Fun RunPrizes for both males and females include:

  • 1st Place – $500
  • 2nd Place – $250
  • 3rd Place - $100
  • Overall Masters $250
  • 1st Place Lower Extremity Amputee $250
  • Trophies for top 3 finishers in each age group
  • Ribbons for 1 mile fun run participants
  • Pre-registered participants receive a 5K T-shirt (not guaranteed for registrations after 2/10/2012)

Online registration forms, team information, get fit information, and a host of other information can be found by following the Cantrell Center link.

Although there will be plenty of serious runners (the 2011 winner finished in 14.47!), this event is definitely geared for all fitness levels.

Whether you are new to exercising, an experienced runner, or just want to be part of something worthwhile and fun, the 4th Annual Cantrell Center 5K & Fun Run will encourage and motivate you to get fit in 2012.

As always, Warner Robins Georgia local events are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist – Anita Clark.

Photo used with permission of Jen Zamora, Cantrell Center Wellness Administrative Supervisor.v

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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Santa Claus is Coming to ColdwellBanker SSK in Warner Robins GA

Santa Claus is Coming to ColdwellBanker SSK in Warner Robins GASanta is making a special appearance tomorrow (Sunday the 11th) from 1:00pm to 5:00pm at ColdwellBanker SSK (470 S. Houston Lake Road) in Warner Robins GA.

This event is FREE!

Bring the family and get your photo taken or just come out and enjoy the yummy refreshments. All pre-registered children will get a gift too.

This is yet another way your ColdwellBanker SSK family says THANK YOU for allowing us to serve your real estate needs this past year.

Local events are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist, Anita Clark Realtor.

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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Things to do in Warner Robins GA: Visit the 2011 Yuletide Market

Things to do in Warner Robins GA: Shop at the 2011 Yuletide Market

What better way to finish your Christmas shopping than to pickup something made by a local vendor? Visit the Warner Robins 2011 Yuletide Market and that becomes a distinct possibility.

Clean up the kiddies so they look cute as a button when they get their photo snapped with Santa!

With door prizes, holiday meal demonstrations, and raffles, this event is suitable for the entire family.

When: Saturday, December 3rd

Where: Potemkin Village Clubhouse, 710 Elberta Road

Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Cost: Free for the entire family!

Contact: (478) 390-8883

As always, Warner Robins community information is provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist, Anita Clark.
 
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Sunday, November 13, 2011
Things to do in Perry GA: Visit the Mistletoe Market

Things to do in Perry GA: Check out the Mistletoe Market The Perry Georgia National Fairgrounds & AgriCenter is hosting the 2011 Mistletoe Market next weekend(Nov 18-20). Entertainment, food, gifts, and Christmas joy awaits!

With 96 vendors gearing up to dazzle you with their offerings, getting a special gift for family and friends just got a lot easier.

Mistletoe Market special guests include TV Personalities Mark Ballard and Myron Mixon. Music will be provided at various intervals by local talent.

Things to do in Perry GA: Check out the Mistletoe Market Tickets are $4 in advance (online) or $5 at the door.

Mistletoe Market hours are as follows:

Friday, November 18th: 9am -7pm
Saturday, November 19th: 9am - 6pm
Sunday, November 20th: 12pm-5pm

Call 478-952-1610 for tickets or email the 2011 Mistletoe Market event coordinator for more details.

The 2011 Mistletoe Market is sponsored by the Perry GA Women's Balvaunuca Club who have been serving the community since 1980. Mistletoe Market proceeds assist local charities.

As always, Perry GA community events are provided as a courtesy of Anita Clark, your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist.

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Saturday, November 05, 2011

4th Annual Houston Springs Arts and Craft Show

4th Annual Houston Springs Arts and Craft Show

While I no longer have the time to create arts and crafts for shows like this, I do have time to actively participate by attending and supporting local vendors who have worked hard at mastering their craft. I hope you do as well.

So, if you are looking for a unique piece to finish decorating a room or are are putting the finishing touches on your Christmas shopping, the 4th Annual Houston Springs Arts and Craft Show is is the event for you.

When: Nov 19th (Saturday) – 9:00am – 3:00pm

Where: Houston Springs Adult Community, Perry GA

Cost: Free

For more details, contact the Houston Springs Community Center at (478) 988-4144.

As always, Perry GA Community Events are provided as a courtesy by your Perry Real Estate Specialist, Anita Clark.

 

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Things to do in Houston County GA: Pumpkin Pickin’

Pumpkin Pickin in Middle GACooler weather, yards littered with leaves, and the quiet crisp air on a sunny Saturday morning are all excellent indicators that Autumn has arrived. Another good reminder is the Jack-O-Lanterns that are starting to adorn front porches and lawns.

Whether you are looking for pumpkins for Halloween or just want to be festive, here are a few of my favorite locations here in middle Georgia to check out before they sell out!

Our Cotton Pickin’ Christmas Tree Farm, Hawkinsville GA - Don’t be fooled by the name, this place has gourds galore this time of the year! Pick your own pumpkins, let the kids climb the hay mountain, or have a hot drink and relax a little. Why not take the entire family and build a few lasting memories. Located at 120 Cordele Highway, they are open 10:00am to 5:30pm 7-days a week. For more information call at (478) 230-3646.

Lane Southern Orchards, Fort Valley GA – With a corn maze, hay rides, and a neat gift shop, this is the ideal place to spend a few leisurely afternoon hours. With all the things to do and see, don’t forget to go out and pick a couple of pumpkins before you leave! Located at 50 Lane Road, their hours of operation are Wed, Thu, Fri & Sun – 12:00pm-6:00pm and Sat from 9:00am-10:00pm. You can also call them at (478) 825-3362 or (800) 27-PEACH.

As always, Houston County community information is provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Real Estate Specialist, Anita Clark.

Make sure you sign up for community updates on my Warner Robins Blog so you don’t miss any future happenings in Houston County GA!

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Corn Maze Days at Lane Southern Orchards, Fort Valley Georgia

Lane Southern Orchards - Courtesy of Anita Clark RealtorA visit to the Corn Maze Days at Lane Southern Orchards is the perfect outing for a school field trip, visiting relatives, or an inquisitive family wanting to get involved in the community. Get lost in the corn maze, take a hay ride, get a bowl of peach ice cream, check out the gift shop, or do all of the above…the choice is yours.

Hours of Operation

General Public – 12:00pm-6:00pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday. Open 9:00am to 10:00pm on Saturdays.

School Groups – 10:00am-2:30pm Monday-Friday. Reservations are required.

Cost

Ages 3 and under are free

Corn Maze only - Ages 4-11 are $7 and 12+ is $10

Hayride – Ages 4-11 are $3 and 12+ is $5

Both Corn Maze and Hayride – Ages 4-11 are $9 and 12+ is $13

Lane Southern Orchards - Courtesy of Anita Clark RealtorIn addition to this event, Lane Southern Orchards caters to tourists, groups, and families looking to tour the packing house, sample the peach cobbler, or peruse the shop for trinkets. No matter when during the year you arrive, they always have farm fresh grapefruit, oranges, peaches, and pecans available.

Lane Southern Orchards is a 4th generation family operation. They have 2,100 acres of pecans, 2,700 acres of peach trees, and grow over 30 varieties of peaches each year.

The company was founded in 1908 as the Diamond Fruit Farm by John David Duke. The original packinghouse was build in 1942 and is now a state-of-the-art facility.

If you’re visiting middle Georgia, new to the area, or a long-time resident, Lane Southern Orchards is certainly worth visiting.

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Saturday, September 17, 2011
Local Military Discounts - Courtesy of the Robins Chamber of Commerce

Local Military Discounts - Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce

Robins Air Force Base and surrounding military installations

If you are active duty, retired military, or a current DOD civilian, the Robins Regional Chamber of Commerce has been working diligently to re-establish the local Military Discount Program on your behalf.

Follow the link for the current list of local military discounts.

Also included are regional and national discounts, from nearly 200 vendors.

Happy Shopping!

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Discounts for Military Personnel and Family Members

Discounts for Military Personnel and Family Members - Courtesy of Warner Robins Real EstateActive duty, reserve, retired, and disabled US veterans...The below list represents nearly 300 stores and services that offer discounts to you and your immediate family members. 

This list is constantly evolving so please verify with the store/organization before assuming the discount is still available.  As always, you need to present your military ID to receive the discount.  Participation by business owners is at their discretion. 

  • 1-800Baskets.com - 15% off
  • 1-800Flowers - 10% to 15% off
  • 1-800-PetMeds - $5 off
  • 511 Tactical - Discount varies
  • Abercrombie & Fitch - Discount varies
  • ActionVillage.com - 40% off
  • ADT Security - Discount varies
  • Aeropostale - Discount varies
  • AfterbodyLabs.com - 10% off
  • AirTran - No baggage fee
  • All State - $100 off deductible
  • Amazon.com - 10% to 75% off
  • American Airlines - Discount varies
  • Amtrak - Discount varies
  • Anna's Linens - 10% off any in-store purchase
  • Apache Spirit Ranch - 10% off
  • Appalachian outdoors - 15% off
  • Apple - Discount varies
  • Applebee's - Discount varies
  • Arby's - Discount varies
  • Ashford.com - Free shipping
  • Ashro - 11% to 70% off
  • AT&T - Discount varies
  • Athleta - 15% to 70% off
  • Auto Zone - Discount varies
  • Avenue - 37% to 60% off
  • Avon - Discount varies
  • Avis - 5% to 30% off
  • Back Yard Burgers - Discount varies
  • Banana Republic - 10% to 60% off (varies by location)
  • Barnes and Noble - 6% off regular price plus free shipping
  • Barnhill's - Discount varies
  • Bass Pro Shops - 10% off
  • Bath & Body Works - Discount varies
  • Beach Camera - Free shipping
  • BeachHouseFL.com - Discount varies
  • Bed & Breakfast Inns - Discount varies
  • Best Inns and Suites - Discount varies
  • Best Western - Discount varies
  • Beyond Blossoms - 20% off all flower orders throughout the year
  • Big 10 Tires - Discount varies
  • BikeBandit.com - 2.5% rebate on all orders
  • Bloomingdales - 25% to 65% off jewelry
  • Blue Nile Jewelry - 10% online purchases (Reference Code: MILCOM11)
  • Blue Star Museums - Free admission (ends 9/5/2011)
  • Bobbi's Bargains Galore - 30% off entire order
  • Bojangles - Discount varies
  • Bon Ton - 15% to 75% off
  • booksonline.com - Discount varies
  • Buckle - 10% off, free shipping
  • Budget - Discount varies, up to 25% off time and mileage
  • Budget Truck Rental - Discount varies
  • Burger King - Discount varies
  • Busch Gardens - Discount varies
  • Buy.com - Discount varies
  • Buy Costumes - 10% to 80% off
  • Cabela's - Up to 65% off (online shopping)
  • Campmor - 10% to 50% off
  • Candlewood Suites - Discount varies
  • Captain D's - Discount varies
  • Carl's Jr. - Discount varies
  • CBR - Discount varies
  • Century Novely - 5% to 40% off
  • Champs Sports - Discount varies
  • Checker Auto Parts - Discount varies
  • Cheryl's - Free shipping
  • Chevy's Fresh Mex - Discount varies
  • Chickdowntown.com - 37% to 77% off and free shipping
  • Chick Fil A - Discount varies (location dependent)
  • Chipotle - Discount varies
  • Ci-Ci's Pizza - Discount varies (location dependent)
  • Clarion Inn - Discount varies
  • Cobb Tuning Accessports - 10% off and free shipping
  • Comfort Inn - Discount varies
  • Command Arms - 10% off rifles and handguns (ends 7/19/2012)
  • CompUSA.com - 10% to 50% off
  • Computers for Soldiers - Discount varies (active duty and family members only)
  • Copeland's Sports - Discount varies
  • Cross - Discount varies
  • Culligan Water - Discount varies (location dependent)
  • CVS - 30% off immune support products
  • D.S.W. Shoe Warehouse - 10% off
  • Dairy Queen - 10% off (location dependent)
  • Days Inn - Discount varies
  • Dell Computers - Discount varies
  • Denny's - Discount varies
  • Department of Goods - 40% to 86% off
  • Dexclusive - Discount varies
  • Dick's Sporting Goods - Discount varies
  • Diesel - Discount varies
  • Dillard's - 20% to 75% off
  • Discount Watch Store - Discount varies
  • Discovery Channel Store - Discount varies
  • Disney Resorts - Discount varies
  • Disney Store - 20% to 65% off
  • DIRECTV - Discount varies
  • Disneyland/Disneyworld - Discount varies
  • Dollar Car Rental - Discount varies
  • DRJAYS.com - 10% to 50% off
  • Drugstore.com - 20% to 60% off Eco-Friendly products
  • Dunkin' Donuts - Veterans advantage members save 10% on all online orders
  • Editors Closet - 10% to 85% off
  • Endless Pools - $250 off
  • EntirelyPets.com - 10% to 42% off
  • ESPNSHOP.com - 20% to 75% off
  • eWatches.com - 30% to 70% off and free shipping
  • Expedia Cruise Ship Centers - 10% off (active duty or active reserve only)
  • Express Clothing Store - 10% off
  • Extreme Outfitters - 10-20% off miiltary gear, on-line and in-store
  • Eyeware - Discount varies
  • Fashion 58 - Discount varies
  • Fatbikez - 10% off
  • Fingerhut - 20% to 70% off
  • Florsheim - 20% off
  • Ford - Discount varies
  • Forzieri - 20% to 50% off
  • Fossil - Free shipping on orders over $100
  • fromyourflowers.com - 25% off
  • Gander Mountain - 20% to 60% off at outlet and free shipping
  • Gap - 10% discount
  • GbyGUESS.com - 15% to 70% off
  • Geico - Discount varies (state dependent)
  • GiftTree.com - 10% off
  • Ginny's - 12% to 68% off
  • GM - Discount varies
  • GNC - Discount varies
  • Golden Corral - Discount varies
  • Golfsmith - Free shipping
  • Graveyardmall.com - Free shipping
  • Greyhound - Discount varies
  • Haber Vision - 60% off
  • Hammacher Schlemmer - 20% to 60% off
  • Harley Davidson - Discount varies
  • Hawthorn Suites - Discount varies
  • HEADEE - 20% off
  • Healthcheck Systems - Free shipping
  • Hertz - Discount varies
  • Hickory Farms - Discount varies
  • HipHopBling.com - 60% to 91% off mens items
  • Holiday Inn - Discount varies
  • Holiday Inn Express - Discount varies
  • Home Depot - 10% off, in-store
  • Home Shopping Network - 20% to 65% off clearance items
  • Hooters - Discount varies
  • Host Gator - $9.94 off new accounts
  • HP - Discount varies
  • Hyatt Regency - Discount varies
  • Hyundai - $500 off 2011 Sonata
  • iAmmo.com - 10% off
  • IHOP - 20% (location dependent)
  • Imax - $1 off movie tickets
  • ISZY Billiards - 10% off
  • Java Cafe - Discount varies
  • JCPportraits - Free 8x10 and 50% off
  • Jewelry Discount House - 40% off and free shipping
  • Jiffylube - 10% off
  • Jimmy Jazz - Discount varies
  • JOANN.com - Free shipping on orders over $50
  • Jockey - 10% off
  • JOMASHOP.com - Discount varies
  • K&N Intakes - 5% to 10% off
  • KarmaLoop - 10% to 60% off
  • KenmarWatches.com - 15% off
  • Kids Foot Locker - 20% to 50% off
  • KFC - Discount varies
  • Kodak Gallery - Discount varies
  • Kohl's - Discount varies
  • Kragen Auto Parts - Discount varies
  • Kranich's - 10% off
  • Kristi Trailers - Discount varies
  • LegoLand - $10 discount on 1-day admission
  • Lerner - 15% off
  • Little Tikes - 10% off
  • Long John Silver's - Discount varies
  • Longhorn Steakhouse - 10% off
  • Lord and Taylor - 20% off
  • Lowes - 10% off
  • Marathon Seat Covers - 10% off
  • Marriott Hotels - Discount varies
  • Melrose Jewelers - Discount varies
  • Meritline.com - Free shipping
  • Military.com - Discount varies
  • MilitaryToGo.com - Discount varies
  • Monster.com - Discount varies (resume and cover letter packages)
  • Morris 4X4 Center - Discount varies
  • Mountain Gear - 20% to 75% off deal of the day
  • MrWatch - 10% to 50% off
  • Mwave.com - Free shipping
  • MyJewelryBox.com - 20% off and free shipping
  • National Geographic - 15% to 70% off
  • NFLshop.com - 20% to 60% off
  • Nike - 10% off
  • Oakley - Discount varies
  • Old Navy - 10% to 50% off
  • Omaha Steaks - Free shipping on orders over $58
  • Online Shoes - 8% to 60% off and free shipping
  • OpenTip - Discount varies
  • OPSGEAR - 15% off
  • Orange Onions - Discount varies
  • Orvis - Discount varies
  • Overstock - Free membership and discount varies
  • PacSun - 15% to 50% off
  • PBteen - 20% to 30% off
  • Peoples - 30% to 50% off
  • Perry Ellis - Discount varies
  • Piperlime - 30% to 70% off and free shipping
  • ProFlowers - 25% to 50% off
  • Prudential - Discount varies
  • Quizno's - Discount varies
  • QVC.com - Free shipping
  • Radio Shack - 10% to 50% off
  • Radisson - Discount varies
  • Raising Cane's Chicken - Discount varies
  • Ramada - 15% to 30%, depending on availability
  • Red Robin - Discount varies
  • Reeds - 10% to 60% off
  • Regal Movie Theaters - Matinee prices for all show times
  • Relic Brand - 50% to 60% off
  • Ripley's Attractions and Museums - Discount varies
  • RITZPIX.com - Discount varies
  • RoadRunner - $25 off
  • Rocawear - Discount varies
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory - 10% off
  • S & K Men's Wear - Discount varies
  • Sally Beauty Supply - Discount varies
  • Samsonite - 15% off
  • Scraps of Darkness - 10% off
  • Sea World - Discount varies
  • Sears - 20% off portraits
  • Sesame Park Place - Discount varies
  • Sesame Street - 25% to 40% off
  • Seventh Avenue - 10% to 70% off
  • SHinDigz - 40% to 77% off
  • Shoe Carnival - 10% off
  • ShopEcko.com - Discount varies
  • ShopNBC - Discount varies
  • Sierra Suites - Discount varies
  • Six Flags Mountain Magic - Discount varies
  • Sizzler - Discount varies
  • Sleep Inn - Discount varies
  • Smooth Fitness - Discount varies
  • Smoothie King - 15% off
  • Sonic - Discount varies
  • Southwest Airlines - Discount varies (not available on all flights)
  • Spencer's Gifts - Discount varies
  • SportsLegacy.com - 22% off and free shipping
  • SportsMemorabilia.com - 10% off, use on-line code mili10
  • Sprint Business - 15% to 20% off
  • Stauer - Discount varies
  • Staybridge Suites - Discount varies
  • StefaniBags.com - 4% to 64% off
  • Surf Fanatics - 20% off
  • Suunto Watches - Discount varies
  • Swarovski - 30% to 50% off
  • Swiss Outpost - 20% to 77% off
  • Taco Bell - Discount varies
  • Tactics.com - 10% to 65% off
  • Tanga - Discount varies
  • Target - 30% to 65% off womens apparel
  • TaxBrain - 20% off
  • Texas RoadHouse - 10% off
  • TGW.com - Discount varies
  • The Finish Line - 20% off (location dependent)
  • The Franklin Mint - 10% to 70% off
  • The House Boardshop - Discount varies
  • The Knot Wedding Shop - 15% to 75% off
  • The Limited - Discount varies
  • The Little Gym - 15% off
  • The Melting Pot - Discount varies
  • The Soap Bakery - 25% off entire order
  • The Sportsman's Guide - 10% to 79% off
  • The Supply Sergeant - 15% off
  • Think Geek - Discount varies
  • THMotorsports - 5% to 10% off
  • Timberland Outlets - 15% off
  • Toledo Sword - 30% off (active duty)
  • Tommy Hilfiger - 20% to 70% off
  • Torrid - Discount varies
  • Toyota - Discount varies
  • Travelodge - Discount varies
  • U-Stor-It - 20% off
  • Under Armor Outlet Store - 10% off
  • United Artist Movie Theaters - Matinee prices for all show times
  • USCAV - 10% off
  • Vera Bradley - 10% to 60% off
  • Verizon - Discount varies and free shipping
  • Veterans Advantage - Discount varies
  • Walgreens - Free Shipping
  • Watch Co - Free shipping
  • Wendy's - Discount varies
  • World of Watches - Discount varies and free shipping
  • Wyndham Hotels - Discount varies
  • Zales - 10$ off orders over $100
  • Zaxby's - 10% off

THANK YOU for your dedication, sacrifices, and outstanding service to our nation!  Happy Shopping!

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Friday, July 08, 2011

Free Veterans Job Fair in Perry GA 31069

Free Veterans Job Fair in Perry GA 31069, Courtesy of Warner Robins Real EstateIf you live in Middle Georgia or are contemplating a move here and need a job (or a better job), the Georgia Fairgrounds and Agricenter in Perry GA will host a Veterans Job Fair on July 21st from 10am to 3pm.

Open to the public, the event is expected to draw nearly 80 employers, higher learning centers, and resource agencies. The fairgrounds are located at 401 Larry Walker Parkway.

Transitioning veterans, with specialized training and leadership skills, may find this the perfect opportunity to discuss their skill set with various employers.

All applicants should bring multiple copies of their resume and be prepared to complete job applications and on-the-spot interviews (if necessary).

This event is co-sponsored by the Houston County Career Center (HCCC) and the Middle Georgia Employer Committee.

Anyone wishing to find out more details should contact the HCCC veterans unit at (478) 988-7130.

As always, Houston County GA local events are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Realtor.

Call me at (478) 960-8055 or visit my Warner Robins Real Estate website to learn how I can help you buy or sell your first, next, or last home in Houston County Georgia.

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Saturday, July 02, 2011

Things to do in Middle Georgia this Summer, Part IV

This installment picks up the pace a little and was created with adrenaline junkies in mind. If you have nerves of steel or just like to have some serious fun, both parents and kids alike will find something they enjoy on this list. All events/venues are within 2.5 hours of middle Georgia so there's no excuse not to make a day of it while summer is still here.

Things to do in Middle Georgia - Courtesy of your Warner Robins RealtorScreaming Eagle Zip Line Canopy Tours, Whitesburg GA- With over 7 miles of zip lines, some reaching speeds of 60 miles per hour, as well as challenge lines, canopy zips, traverses, and other cool aerial highlights this is the ultimate thrill seekers adventure. This is challenging, and you will exert yourself, so anyone with physical limitations will want to call for details before making the trek to NW Georgia. Other amenities include birds of prey shows, hiking, horseback riding, kayaking, skeet shooting, and even a spa to rejuvenate after a full day of fun. Prices vary so call (770) 834-9149 for the latest information.

Skydive Atlanta, Thomaston - The old saying, "why jump out of a perfectly good aircraft", doesn't apply here. Everyone gets the opportunity to capture some air by jumping at 14,000 feet, free-falling at 120 miles per hour for over a minute, then catching your breath for the next 5+ minutes as you slowly descend back to Terra Firma. All first-time skydivers must jump tandem with an instructor. There are age and weight restrictions so please call or email at (800) 950-JUMP or info@skydiveatlanta.com.

Tybee Island, Tybee GA- This place has family fun written all over it. Whether you like to frolic in the surf, people watch as you tan, shop for local treasures, or just hang out, Tybee is the place to be on a hot summer day. If sitting still isn't your thing, rent a jet ski, kayak, canoe, or parasail and hang ten up and down the coast. Just 25 minutes from River Street, an excursion to historic Savannah provides an outlet for fantastic cuisine, nightlife, and old world charm.

Things to do in Middle Georgia - Courtesy of your Warner Robins RealtorChattooga River Whitewater Rafting, Clayton GA- With class II-IV rapids, the river is both a scenic trip through the forest and a mouth dropping, fist clenching ride for the ages. It's impossible to stay dry, so be prepared to get drenched. This is about as close as you'll ever get to guaranteed fun for the entire family. Be part of the 40th anniversary celebration by calling (800) 868-7238 for rafting options, specials, and other details.

The Appalachian Trail, Springer Mountain GA- Lace up the hiking boots, slide into the backpack, and have your camera handy for some of the most breathtaking views you'll ever want to see. If you're real adventurous, make it a long weekend and walk the entire 75.6 miles of the trail that winds eastward through Georgia. The trail is well marked and both water and bathroom spots are periodically available. Request more information by contacting the Georgia Appalachian Trail Club via email at webmaster@georgia-atclub.org.

With summer in full swing, it's time to put a little adventure into your life and enjoy all that Georgia has to offer. Be on the lookout, the next installment of Things to do in Middle Georgia is coming soon...

For more Middle Georgia summer ideas, check out the fun below.

Things to do in Middle Georgia this Summer, Part I

Things to do in Middle Georgia this Summer, Part II

Things to do in Middle Georgia this Summer, Part III

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Warner Robins Independence Day Celebration - Courtesy of your Warner Robins RealtorWith the 4th of July right around the corner, many will be firing up the grills, watching parades, spending time with family, and checking out the fireworks. 

For Warner Robins Georgia residents, we will begin our holiday weekend on July 1st with the 29th Annual Independence Day Celebration by the Band of the Air Force Reserve with special performances by Robin Meade and Wynonna Judd.

The FREE concert and fireworks will be held at McConnell-Talbert Stadium.  Gates open at 6pm and the concert starts at 8pm.

No better way to start a long weekend in Houston County GA then with a free concert and plenty of fireworks.  See you there!

 

 

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Things to do in Middle Georgia this Summer, Part III

Things to do in Middle Georgia - Courtesy of your Warner Robins Realtor Things to do in Middle Georgia - Courtesy of your Warner Robins Realtor

Now that school has been out for nearly a month in middle GA, and you’ve explored the local sites and sounds, are you ready to venture out a bit, taking the kids on some cool day trips less than 2 hours away? If so, bring your sunscreen, plenty of water, and put on your happy face.

Wild Adventures Theme Park, Valdosta GA – Come check out the animals, survive the rollercoasters, enjoy the family rides, get wet at Splash Island, and watch world famous entertainment (including Casting Crowns and Dolly Parton). The park is open 10am – 8pm (daily) and Splash Island is open 11am – 7pm (daily). Call (229) 219-7080 for specific event details and pricing options.

Massee Lane Gardens, Fort Valley GA – Nestled amongst the pines is 9-acres of camellias and other exotic plants, a garden greenhouse, koi pond, and the gorgeous rose gazebo. Nature lovers will be amazed and kids can explore or learn as they go. Open 10am-4:30pm (Tues-Sat) and 1pm – 4:30pm (Sun). Call for information at (478) 967-2358.

Jimmy Carter Museum, Plains GA – Come see where the 39th President of the U.S. grew up, wander through the museum, tour the town, ride the train, perhaps see someone famous. Additional information can be obtained by calling (229) 824-5373).

Atlanta Braves Baseball, Atlanta GA - Take the family to see an upcoming Braves game and root on one of the best teams in Major League Baseball. Come early and tour the Braves Museum and Hall of Fame, take in the game from the Outfield Pavilion,
and let your kids go wild in the Fun Zone. Guaranteed to be fun for the whole family. For schedule, pricing, and special events contact customer service at (800) 653-8000.

Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta GA – Check out the Summit Skyride, be adventureous on the Sky Hike, see the spectacular man-made display carved into the mountainside, ride the scenic railroad, and stay for the best lasershow you’ll ever see. A full day of activities await. Call (800) 401-2407 for details.

For more Middle Georgia summer ideas, check out the fun below.

Things to do in Middle Georgia this Summer, Part I

Things to do in Middle Georgia this Summer, Part II

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Thursday, June 09, 2011

With some luck, $100 will buy you a $350,000 dream house in The Tiffany Community of Warner Robins Georgia this summer. Yes, a dream home for only $100!

Local builder Jeff Liszewski and a host of electricians, plumbers, and sub-contractors have been volunteering their time since April in support of St. Jude Children’s Hospital. The money raised (6,000 tickets will be sold) will go to support research for children’s cancer.

The 3,200 square foot home will be open to the public on July 9th and the raffle will be held on August 14th.

Tickets purchased by June 17th qualify for a 55? LED HDTV and Home Theater System.

Call 1-800-254-5010 or follow the link to Reserve Your Dream Home Tickets.

St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway - Courtesy of your Warner Robins Realtor

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Thursday, June 02, 2011

Hosted in Byron and Fort Valley starting June 3rd and running through June 11th, the 25th Georgia Peach Festival is once again gearing up to show why Georgia is known as the Peach State!

The festival truly does cater to everyone, evident by the vast array of events scheduled. A few include:

  • Things to do in Middle Georgia: Check out the 25th Georgia Peach Festival5K Road Race
  • Downtown/Farmers Markets
  • Fireworks
  • Historical Society Luncheon
  • Kids Activities
  • Live Entertainment
  • Miss Georgia Peach Announcement
  • Parade
  • Peach Eating Contest
  • Poker Run
  • Worlds Largest Peach Cobbler (11ft by 5ft and 8in deep!)

For more details or to sign up as a volunteer or vendor, call (877) 322-4371.

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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Things to do in Middle Georgia this Summer, Part II

One more week and kids in Middle GA will be singing, "schools out, schools out for summer!".  Ok, maybe that was my generation but it still holds true...kids will be home which means you need a plan to keep your sanity and keep them occupied.  Below are several day trip outings you can take right here in our area that will be both fun and educational for kids of all ages.

Warner Robins Museum oThings to do in Middle Georgia: visit the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation - Courtesy of your Warner Robins Realtorf Aviation -With nearly 100 aircraft, 4 buildings of artifacts and displays, a flight simulator, and a host of educational programs, this is an all day event.  Bring a lunch or eat at the cafeteria and definitely wear comfortable shoes.  Admission is free but call ahead at (478) 926-6870 for specific details on events or hours of operation.

Georgia Music Hall of Fame -Visit the Tune Town exhibit, Coca-Cola Drugstore, the hands-on Music Factory and check out all the displays in this fascinating ride through Georgia music history.  Open every day of the week, call (478) 751-3334 or (888) GA-ROCKS for more information.  

Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Area - Boating, fishing, swimming, picnicing, and a host of other outdoor activities await.  Come for the day or camp out.  Call (478) 474-8770 for admission, camping, picnic, and pavillion rates.

Things to do in Middle Georgia: visit Johnny G's - Courtesy of your Warner Robins RealtorExplore a Local Library - Take the young ones to story time, teach the older kids library skills, or just grab a book and make it a morning/afternoon of literary entertainment.

Go Golfing -10+ courses in Houston County, and many more in Macon, get a cart (or walk) and teach the kids to play.  The links await!

Johnny G's - With go karts, crazy golf, batting cages, toddler areas, jumpers, arcade games, laser tag, and a host of other activities, this is the hot spot for kids who can't sit still.  If you're lucky, you might even see live wrestling with the stars of Rampage Pro Wrestling.  Call (478) 329-8002 for hours of operation. 

For more entertaining summer ideas in Middle Georgia, check out Things to do in Middle Georgia this Summer, Part I.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

 

Things to do in Middle Georgia this Summer

Summer is quickly approaching, which means the kids will be out of school and looking for adventure. Why not wear them out on outings exploring Middle Georgia? Here is the first installment in a series of fun, educational, and even odd things to do in Middle Georgia this summer.

Cannonball House and Museum – Aptly named because a Union shell landed in the front hallway during the Civil War. Tour the house and let the kids explore the museum. Show up on June 25th and experience the re-enactment of a 19th century wedding. Open Monday-Saturday this summer from 10am – 5pm. Call (478) 745-5982 for special events, tour schedule, and prices.

Georgia Sports Hall of Fame – It’s the largest state sports museum in the country. If it’s relevant to Georgia sports, you will find it here. Check out the displays, watch a movie, or relive great moments in sports history. The GSHF is open from 9am-5pm Tuesday-Saturday each week. Call (478) 752-1585 for more details.

Ocmulgee National Monument – Hiking trails, bicycle paths, a wetlands boardwalk, temple mound and earth lodge, and museum exhibits make this fun for kids of all ages. This year ONM celebrates their 75th Anniversary, come out and be a part of history. ONM staff can be reached at (478) 752-8257.

Warner Robins Recreation, Parks – With playgrounds, picnic areas, swimming pools, walking trails, and sports fields/courts, you are sure to find exactly what you need for a day out with the kids. Click the link for a list of local parks or call the Warner Robins Recreation Department at (478) 929-1916 for more details.

Georgia Children’s Museum – Perfect for younger kids, there is much to see and do. Check out KidsTowne, Little Learners Loft, have fun with arts and crafts, and even enroll your kids in the summer enrichment camp program. Contact the Georgia Children’s Museum at (478) 755-9539.

The Playground at Amerson Water Works Park – With a host of playground activities, your kids will come home happy and tired. Bring a picnic lunch and make it an all afternoon event. Call ahead at (478) 722-9909 to make sure special events are not scheduled.

Make this summer a memorable one for your kids by keeping them active. Learning, playing, and having fun are just a stone’s throw away.

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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Swimming Classes Offered in Warner Robins GA 31088

Swimming Lessons in Warner Robins GA 31088 - Courtesy of your Warner Robins Realtor

Summer is nearly here, bringing sweltering heat, and oodles of kids wanting to go for a swim. Parents, please take this opportunity to make sure your children (or yourself for that matter) learn basic water skills so a fun water event doesn't turn into a family tragedy.

Sponsored by the American Red Cross, swimming lesson signups are now being accepted at the Warner Robins Recreation Department, for everyone age 3 and up.

Cost is $30 for Warner Robins residents, $60 for Houston County residents, and $100 for everyone else.

Call (478) 929-1916 for more details.

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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Middle Georgia residents, come on out to Jailhouse Park and Main Street in Byron GA this Saturday (May 7th) for the annual Battle of Byron.  This family fun event was started in 1979 to help spur community improvements and has morphed into a wonderful city wide affair.

When they say there is something for everyone, they mean it.  Events include:

  • Battle of Byron, Byron GA 31008 - Byron Real EstatePatriotic Parade (9am)
  • Bed Race
  • Mud Volleyball
  • Car Show
  • Motorcycle Show
  • Banana Relay
  • Ice Cream Churn-Off
  • Purty Feet Contest
  • Men's High Heel Races
  • Tug of War
  • Pie Eating Contest
  • Tricycle Races
  • Arts & Crafts
  • Kids Corral

...and a host of other fun events as well as great food and music. 

For more details, contact the event coordinator at (478) 954-4592.

As always, Byron GA local events are provided as a courtesy by your Byron Realtor.

Visit my Byron Real Estate website or call me at (478) 960-8055 for all your Byron Real Estate needs.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Things to do in Perry GA: Participate in Relay For Life

Things to do in Perry GA: Participate in Relay For Life - Courtesy of your Perry RealtorHouston County Georgia residents...Come on out to the Georgia National Fairgrounds in Perry GA at 6:30pm on May 13th and participate, donate, and/or root on those who will be walking in the Houston County GA Relay For Life event.

This years event runs from 6:30pm on May 13th to 6:30am on May 14th.  Join up with one of the 123 already registered teams, start your own team, or walk individually. 

Like all Relay for Life events, you will get the opportunity to Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back. 

Celebrate those who have beat the disease by cheering them on as they ceremoniously take the first lap...the survivors lap.

Remember those touched by and lost to Cancer during the Luminaria Ceremony that starts after dark.

Fight Back by committing to personally fight against Cancer by getting checked out by your doctor, join a cause, donate, or do something else in the effort to conquer this disease.

Relay for Life is an American Cancer Society sponsored event whose goal is to raise awareness, save lives, and generate funds to help in the fight against Cancer.  Participating teams will walk or run around a track or prederminded path for up to 24 hours with at least one team member always on the track.  

As always, Perry GA local events are provided as a courtesy by your Perry Realtor.

Visit my Perry Real Estate website or call me at (478) 960-8055 for all your Perry Real Estate needs.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

One of my goals this year was to live a little greener.  You know, being a bit more conservation minded so future generations can also enjoy our planet.  Here are 8 easy (and cheap) tips to jumpstart your own green efforts.

  1. Tips for going green - Courtesy of your Warner Robins RealtorUse rechargeable batteries.  Between remotes, wall clocks, and gizmos/gadgets you will not only save money long-term on battery purchases but will also keep them out of landfills.
  2. Heat or A/C only the rooms you use.  If you have unused rooms, close the vents and doors for more efficient use of resources.  Added benefit: saving $$$ on your utility bills.
  3. Install a low-flow shower head and shorten your shower time.  Easy ways to conserve water and lessen the environmental impact.
  4. Start using Compact Flourescent Lightbulbs (CFL).  According to EnergyStar, if every home replaced just 1 light with a CFL we would "prevent 9 billion pounds of greenhouse gas emissions per year, equivalent to those from about 800,000 cars". 
  5. Recycle used products.  Nearly every community has a recycle center, use yours.
  6. Opt out of unsolicited mail. Save a tree and eliminate junk mail. 
  7. Buy/install a programmable thermostat.  Pre-program it to regulate the temperature when you want it most.  Cost savings on both energy consumption and equipment use.  
  8. Use reusable bags for shopping (if creative, make your own). 
  9. Bonus (a little more expensive): Replace an existing appliance with an Energy Star rated model.
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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Things to do in Warner Robins GA: Change The World One Step At A Time 5K Run/Walk

Things to do in Warner Robins GA: Change The World One Step At A Time 5K Run/Walk - Courtesy of Warner Robins HomesChances are most of us do not personally know someone who has had Malaria (Thank God).  But, if you did, what would you do to help your friend, family member, neighbor, or kid across town? 

If you live in Warner Robins Georgia, on May 7th you can participate in a 5K run/walk sponsored by the World Wide United Methodist Campaign whose theme is "Imagine No Malaria".   

What: Changing the World One Step at a Time 5K Run/Walk

Where: Trinity United Methodist Church, Warner Robins GA

When: May 7th 2011, 7:30am registration / 9:00am 5K race start

Cost: $20 (adults) and $15 (students)

For younger kids (up to 12), in parallel with the 5K event, there will be a Biking for Bibles event and those who preregister will receive a t-shirt.

For more event details contact the event coordinator at (478) 284-8990.

While we are relatively safe here in North America, nearly 1 million Malaria deaths are recorded by the World Health Organization each year.  Passed to humans by mosquitos, children and pregnant women (primarily in Africa) are most sucectable to this potentially fatal blood disease.  

As always, Warner Robins GA local events are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Realtor.

Visit my Warner Robins Real Estate website or call me at (478) 960-8055 for all your Warner Robins Real Estate needs.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Things to do in Warner Robins GA: Friends of the Library Old Book SaleThink back to a time when Kindles, Nooks, and other E-Book readers weren't common place.  Remember?  You know, when books had paper pages.  If you can recall that time, then you are in for a treat this weekend in Warner Robins Georgia.

That's right, the 7th annual Friends of the Library Old Book Sale is back and bigger than ever.  With over 90,000 used books available for sale, there is sure to be something for everyone.  So whether you are a casual reader, page turner, or a self proclaimed book-worm, come on out...you will find something worth reading.

When: 10am-8pm (Thursday), 9am-8pm (Friday), and 9am-3pm (Saturday)

Where: Georgia National Fairgrounds, Georgia Building, in Perry GA

Cost: $5 admission on Thursday and free on both Friday/Saturday

On average, book prices will be 50 cents to $3 with rare books costing a bit more. 

The event raises money for all the Houston County GA Libraries.  Last years event raised over $39,000.

For more event details contact the Friends of the Library Old Book Sale coordinator at (478) 923-0128.

As always, Warner Robins GA local events are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Realtor.

Visit my Warner Robins Real Estate website or call me at (478) 960-8055 for all your Warner Robins Real Estate needs.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Things to do in Perry GA: The 18th Annual Peach Blossom Cluster Dog Shows - Courtesy of Warner Robins Real EstateLooking for a doggone good time this week?  If so, come on out to the Perry GA Fairgrounds on April 14-17 for a tail wagging howl at the moon good time.  That's right the Peach Blossom Cluster Dog Shows are back for the 18th year and better than ever.  Check out the lineup of events...
  • 4 days of ALL BREED Obedience, Rally, and Agility
  • 3 days of ALL BREED Conformation
  • 1 day of Breed Specialities
  • AKC and Breed Judging Seminars
  • Clinics for Eyes, Heart, and AKC Chips
  • Agility Trials and Herding Introduction

Many more fun and informative events are scheduled so come out and enjoy man's best friend at his/her best.  Woof!

For more event details contact the Georgia National Fairgrounds & Agricenter at (478) 987-3247.

As always, middle GA local events are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Realtor.

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Thursday, April 07, 2011
Things to do in Warner Robins GA: Yellow Ribbon Expo for Military SpousesSponsored by the Georgia National Guard, Warner Robins GA will host its first Yellow Ribbon Expo on Saturday April 9th from 8am-3pm at the American Legion located at 1345 Radio Loop in Warner Robins (across from the Ramada Inn on Watson Blvd).

The event will educate spouses of deployed military members (any branch) on the benefits they are entitled to while their loved ones are serving overseas. 

With 26 organizations such as the Dept of Labor, Military One Stop, Robins Federal Credit Union, Transition Assistance, Tricare, and Veterans Affairs present, spouses can get the most current information on topics important to them.

Childcare as well as both free breakfast and lunch are available.  Contact the event organizers at (478) 201-1286 for more details.

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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Oh yeah, you know it's springtime in middle Georgia because the 23rd annual Perry Dogwood Festival is on the horizon.  Next weekend, Carroll and Jernigan Streets in downtown Perry GA will come alive as fun fills the air! 

Perry Dogwood Festival - Perry GA - Perry Real Estate

Clear your calendar on April 9th (10am-6pm) and 10th (noon-5pm) for arts and crafts, food galore, and a host of fun events.  Some of the featured highlights include:

  • A 5K road race ($10 pre-registratrion and $15 day of the race)
  • Pancake breakfast ($5 per plate)
  • Performances by the Perry Idol finalists
  • Motorcycle Poker Run ($20 per bike and $5 for additional hands)
  • Local entertainment by Homeless Hill
  • A dessert contest ($5 entry)
  • Adult softball tournament
  • Miss Dogwood Pageant
  • Fine Art Show
  • Old West demonstration
  • For younger kids: pony rides, bouncy house, and face painting among many activities
  • For youth+: bungie jump (yikes!), a rock wall, and a host of other events to keep them busy

Admission is free but contact the event coordinator, Bonnie Giles, at (478) 987-1234 or via email at bonnie@perrygachamber.com for specific dates and times.

Perry Dogwood Festival - Perry GA - Perry Real Estate

As always, Houston County Georgia local events are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Realtor.

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Saturday, April 02, 2011
First-Time Home Buyer Tips - Courtesy of your Warner Robins Realtor, Warner Robins Real EstatePurchasing a home is a huge investment, most likely the largest you will make in your lifetime.  You are nervously optimistic, have followed your Realtors advice and are pre-approved, and you have narrowed your home choices down to your top 2-3 favorites...price, location, upgrades being nearly equal, how do you decide which home to place an offer on?

To ensure your future love nest is everything you envision it will be, below are a few first-time buyer tips that can help you pick the right house.

1. Drive through the prospective neighborhood in the AM, early afternoon, and in the evening.  Each time slot will give a different perspective on how busy the area is, the traffic congestion, and the noise level.

2. Visit the schools, during school time.  No better way to see how a school operates then to see organized chaos in action.

First-Time Home Buyer Tips - Courtesy of your Warner Robins Realtor, Warner Robins Real Estate3. Drive to and from work via the property locale during your normal work hours.  A 10 mile trip can be a 40 minute drive, one way, are you ok with that?

4. Stop and talk with the neighbors.  But, be warned...even good intending neighbors can give the wrong signals so apply your filters as necessary.

5. Check with your state sex offender registry and your local sex offender site, if available.  In Georgia, start your sex offender search here.   

6. Visit SpotCrime or another online crime source to see the activity in your future neighborhood.

7. Take a close(r) look at the surrounding area.  Is there a highway, active train tracks, or other distraction close by?

Most of all, take a deep breath and enjoy your house hunting experience.   

As always, first-time home buyer tips are provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Realtor.

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Monday, March 28, 2011

If you're a Veteran or know a Veteran, the websites below provide a wealth of information related to Veterans benefits, eligibility, where to apply, and how to appeal.  God Bless you for your service! 

Veterans Benefits, Eligibility, Applications, and Appeals - Warner Robins Real EstateAmerican Gulf War Veterans Association
Board of Veteran's Appeals
Center for Minority Veterans
Center for Veterans Enterprise
Center for Women Veterans
Compensation Rate Tables
Department of Veterans Affairs
Directory of Veterans Service Accreditation Organizations
Disability Examination Worksheets Index
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
Forms and Records Request
Geriatrics and Extended Care
Guidelines for Chronic Pain and Fatigue
Health Services Research & Development Service
Homeless Veterans
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans
Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings
Mental Health Program Guidelines
My HealtheVet
Online VA Form 10-10EZ
Prosthetics Eligibility
Public Health and Environmental Hazards 
Public Health/SARS
Publications Manuals
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans
VA National Hepatitis C Program
VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War
Vet Center Eligibility - Readjustment Counseling Service
Veterans Benefits Administration
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information
VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group
Vocational Rehabilitation
VONAPP online
Web Automated Reference Material System (WARMS)
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center - New Jersey
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site

As always, Veterans information is provided as a courtesy by your Warner Robins Realtor.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

The old adage, you only get one opportunity to make a good first impression, definitely applies in real estate.  As a homeowner you have nurtured your house, crafting it into your own personal oasis, yet if it is cluttered it may give potential buyers a sense you have neglected the property.  Whether you live in Warner Robins GA, Austin Texas, or anyplace in between, keeping clutter to a minimum will enhance your opportunity to sale.  

It took years to collect all the knick-knacks, tchotckes, and keepsakes so having a plan to streamline your home is the key.  It is a guarantee, buyers will look in, under, behind, and around every space in the home so every effort should be made to give your home a more spacious look and feel.  Here is a de-clutter guide to simplify the process. 

Start in the kitchen

Remove, discard, or give away seldom used and mismatched appliances, utensils, pots and pans, silverware, and crockery.  Clear off countertops, stovetop, and de-personalize the outside of the refrigerator.  Clean out cupboards, drawers, the pantry, and refrigerator, reorganizing like items together to save room and show the space potential.  Only keep what is absolutely necessary. 

Tackle the bathroom

Clear off countertops and remove or put away all personal items.  Use drawer organizers to give a tidy appearance.  Minimize items in the bathtub or shower, using a caddy if necessary to keep products together.  Frayed, torn, stained, or old mats and towels should be discarded.  Streamline the medicine cabinet ensuring all outdated products are disposed of.  Buyers love a clean bathroom so clean as you go so your de-clutter efforts are not wasted.   

Bedroom, bonus, dining, family, and living rooms

Visible clothes, shoes, magazines, books, and toys should be put away, donated, or discarded.  Over-sized or out-of-place furniture and exercise equipment should be removed or relocated.  Knick-Knacks need to be kept to a minimum, as do personal effects such as photos and trophies.  Store all valuables and remove offensive articles.  Remember, buyers want to see less of you so they can picture more of themselves in the room. 

Closet clutter

Clothes should be hung up or folded in baskets or storage shelves.  There should be space between hangars and the shelves should be sparsely filled.  Remove as much out-of-season or infrequently worn items as possible.  Shoes should be neatly arranged whether hanging or on the ground.   

Garages, carports, and sheds

These areas are notorious for clutter buildup.  All broken, unused, and outdated tools, devices, and materials should be given away, sold, or discarded.  To maximize space, use shelving to store common and often used items.  Less frequently used things get placed in cabinets or bins.  Neatly display your wares for practicality and clean all visible surfaces. 

Outside the home

This is the first thing new buyers see so make sure it shines.  Clean out flower beds and gutters, clear off porches, and keep lawn manicured.  Mulch where needed, sod or seed bare areas, and roll up or put away all hoses.  Add, replace remove, or fix shutters, borders, mailboxes, and planters.  Paint as necessary and ensure kids toys, if present, are in a designated area.  Trash must be picked up and refuse cans stored out-of-site. 

The key to de-cluttering a home is to start early and cover one area or room at a time.  If it is a large space or congested with “stuff”, break the effort up into manageable chunks so you do not get distracted, frustrated, and quit.  Find a system that works (i.e. sort, decide, act) and repeat that method throughout the house.  When in doubt, minimize to maximize!

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Saturday, March 26, 2011

It is Moving Day!  Four words that suddenly have you all tied up in knots.  Did we take care of THAT?  Is IT resolved?  Are THEY on their way?  WHO is doing that?

Moving Day - Courtesy of your Warner Robins Realtor - Warner Robins Real EstateYou have been prepping for this day and are still not prepared as you would like.  Rest assured, it is a day filled with adventure, stress, excitement, apprehension, sorrow, and a host of other emotions.  Luckily you only have 1,001 things to do, right?!    

Here are a few tips to help you minimize the stressors so you can focus on the important things. 

1. When possible and practical, hire professional movers.  They do this for a living so let them.  Your back, legs, and mind will thank you. 

2. Clearly label boxes and tag furniture.  Putting things away at the new house is tough enough without having to relocate boxes or search for items.   

3. Keep the kids and pets preoccupied.  They want to help but the last thing you want is a child getting injured because they are in the way.  This is a good day to let them stay with a friend or visit a relative.

Moving Day - Courtesy of your Warner Robins Realtor - Warner Robins Real Estate4. Enlist the help of friends/family (if moving yourself) - The more help you have the quicker the move will be. 

5. If you have hired out, be present for the pickup and delivery.  Check the movers inventory sheets, ensuring all items are accounted for.  If possible, give the movers a pre-inventory list with serial numbers, make, and model of your key possessions.  

6. Coordinate with the neighbors.  It is a courtesy and you will need space for the moving truck(s) or friends/family vehicles.  Most neighbors are happy to oblige so give them a heads-up to keep tensions at a minimum.

7. Start/stop all essential services such as mail, utilities, and insurance.

8. Provide refreshments.  Water, snacks, lunch, etc. are always appreciated.

Moving Day - Courtesy of your Warner Robins Realtor - Warner Robins Real Estate9. Either hand-carry or send valuables via registered/insured mail services. 

10. Prepare a must-have kit for the new home.  Items such as alarm clocks, box cutters, change of clothes, pain relievers, snacks, disposable dishware, extension cords/batteries, linens, medications, basic tools, cleaning supplies/trash bags, pet food, toilet paper, work gloves, and toys for the kids should be handy. 

11. Do a last minute walkthrough to ensure you have not left anything behind.  Lock the doors and windows, turn off thermostat/lights (if applicable), and clean if necessary. 

Moving is stressful but with a little organization and preparation you can make it a fun experience for the family.  So, which box is the tv remote in again?  

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Your Warner Robins RealtorHave you noticed…the home buying process is like trying to have a baby.  Inter-personal interaction, quickly followed by hope, queasiness, angst, and finally joy.

Agent/buyer conception is where ownership anticipation and home search repetition reign supreme.  Can we look in both the mornings and evenings?  How about all day?  Agents will clear their calendars and assist anytime their services are needed.

Found your dream house?  Welcome to the euphoric “can’t believe this is about to be our home” stage where six-leaf clovers and lottery wins are possible.  It’s perfect for us.  Nothing can possibly go wrong, right?

Your Warner Robins RealtorBut wait…negotiation problems, issues with the home inspection, and appraisal anxiety quickly turn your future love nest into a room spinning, stomach churning, nausea induced train ride…destination unknown.

Finally, issues resolved.  Woot, woot, this baby will soon be ours.  Did we ask for the fridge?  Will Suzie Condo come with all her fixtures?  Sure hope the seller leaves Johnny Craftsman’s gutters.

Huh?  Wrong letterhead, missing documents…underwriting has hit a snag; closing delayed!  No worries, our agent is like the Oak Tree in the front yard…strong, firmly planted, and able to withstand banking/lawyer storms…she’ll save the day!

Your Warner Robins RealtorSigning day.  Aren’t they the cutest eaves you’ve ever seen?  Such strong columns! With a 2-year home warranty, this baby is healthy!  Life is good.

Unbeknownst to our intrepid homeowners, the terrible twos, adolescence, and the dreaded teenage years are just a cracked foundation away.

Looking for a professional real estate agent to lead you through the home purchase life-cycle? Call a local Realtor® today!

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Disney on Ice Winners
Disney on Ice - Princess Classics Winners

Congratulations to our winners of the Disney on Ice Princess Classics Giveaway listed below. Each winner will receive 4 tickets for their family's use. Your tickets will go out in the post tomorrow.

Thank you so much for participating. 

Dana Butler of Bonaire
Cynthia Clinard of Macon
Kristie Etheridge of Macon
Patricia Meservey of Macon


Employees and affiliates of Georgia Family Magazine are not eligible. 
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My child's favorite Disney character is Minnie.
COMMENT BY YAYA AT 10/1/2010 4:56 PM
My daughter loves ALL of the disney princesses but her favorite is Aerial.
COMMENT BY TIFFANY AT 10/4/2010 8:47 AM
My daughter loves all of the Disney Princesses! Her most favorite is Jasmine. She really likes her gold shoes.
COMMENT BY KHORIANDRE WATKINS-WARE AT 10/5/2010 6:11 PM
My son loves Donald best.
COMMENT BY JANIS WHITE AT 10/6/2010 6:01 PM
My 7 year old daughter Chloe absolutely loves Cinderella and frequently tells me that she will marry a prince too!
COMMENT BY ANGELIQUE SUMMERS AT 10/6/2010 6:10 PM
My daughter loves all the princesses but especially Ariel... she just loves her beautiful long red hair and thinks that prince Erik is mighty cute too!
COMMENT BY JULIETTE AT 10/6/2010 6:41 PM
My 4 year old daughter Alanna loves any kind of princess, especially the Disney princesses. Her favorite is Cinderella, which she plans on being for halloween this year.
COMMENT BY ASHLEY HOLLAR AT 10/7/2010 9:26 PM
My daughter Aubrie loves the Little Mermaid! She has a costume that she dresses up in constantly, and says she's Ariel!
COMMENT BY AMANDA BEAM AT 10/8/2010 9:42 AM
My 4 year old granddaughter loves Tinker Bell.. Wanted to go to Disney World but didn't make it. Hopefully we'll win!! YaYa
COMMENT BY LOU ANN STATON AT 10/8/2010 9:54 AM
My daughter is 11 years old but her favorite Disney character is Minnie Mouse.
COMMENT BY MS RICH AT 10/8/2010 7:35 PM
My daughters favorite character is Belle
COMMENT BY KETHERIDGE AT 10/9/2010 12:49 PM
My daughter favorite Disney character is Jasmine.
COMMENT BY DRRAIN AT 10/11/2010 2:00 PM
My son LOVES Mickey Mouse.
COMMENT BY MOM2BOYS AT 10/11/2010 9:34 PM
my childs favorite disney character is snow white.
COMMENT BY WENDY AT 10/12/2010 8:57 AM
My 8-year-old has dressed up as each princess for Halloween!! Her favorite is Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) because she has the pink dress.
COMMENT BY BUTTERFLIES4297 AT 10/13/2010 10:59 PM
My daughter LOVES Cinderella!
COMMENT BY TASHA H AT 10/14/2010 6:27 AM
My daughter is totally in love with the Little Mermaid. That's what she's going to be this Holloween!
COMMENT BY QUEENPRICE AT 10/14/2010 6:31 AM
Chloe LOVES Ariel. With her red hair she often gets told that she favors her.
COMMENT BY ABBASGIRL98 AT 10/14/2010 2:57 PM
My little girls favorite Disney Character's are Snow White and Cinderella.
COMMENT BY BEKAHANDBRISMOMMY AT 10/14/2010 8:20 PM
My 2 year old daughter Brianna LOVES Tinkerbell!!!!! She just had a Tinkerbell birthday party and that is what she is going to be for Halloween!
COMMENT BY ABBYF AT 10/14/2010 8:44 PM
My two little girls love Cinderella and Belle off of Beauty and the Beast. They have always wanted to go see Disney on Ice. This would be an awesome surprise.
COMMENT BY JC JENNY AT 10/14/2010 9:57 PM
My granddaughter, Kylie Beth, doesn't have a true favorite character yet but she leans toward Cinderella (cause of her blue dress) and Tinkerbell. She would so enjoy the Disney on Ice show!
COMMENT BY JENXY21 AT 10/15/2010 12:11 PM
Rachel absolutely loves every single one of the princess'. She insists her favorite princess in Snow White yet she runs around in a Cinderella outfit :)
COMMENT BY CRICKET31054 AT 10/16/2010 10:31 AM
My girls absolutely love Cinderella!
COMMENT BY CPSENTER AT 10/17/2010 1:59 PM
My grandson's favorite character is Mickey. His birthday is Dec 09, he will be 2 yrs old, this would be a great present for him.
COMMENT BY ZBRADSHER AT 10/18/2010 1:02 PM
My granddaughter Cinderella and my grandson loves Mickey Mouse.
COMMENT BY CATHY AT 10/18/2010 8:54 PM
My son loves Woody and my daughter likes Ariel.
COMMENT BY AVONSAHM AT 10/19/2010 8:01 AM
My daughter Jada's favorite character is Tinker Bell.
COMMENT BY LEILANI_AMBER AT 10/19/2010 8:13 AM
My son's favorite character is Goofy.
COMMENT BY NIKKIE4172 AT 10/19/2010 8:19 AM
My son Vincent is almost 2 and his favorite Disney character is Mickey Mouse everyday he wakes up and does the hot dog dance with the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse!
COMMENT BY SANTA069 AT 10/19/2010 9:46 AM
ny daughters love almost any character that has a beautiful dress, but they have taken a strong liking to princess tiana and ariel the mermaid. they absolutely adore them!! im beginning to want to open a restaurant! lol
COMMENT BY LORI AT 10/19/2010 12:20 PM
My daughter loves Ariel! Every night she sings in the bath tub with her Ariel mermaid doll.
COMMENT BY CINDY AT 10/19/2010 3:53 PM
My two year old daughter Jordyn loves Mickey Mouse. Although she can not pronounce his name real good she will say HOT DOG! and I know what she is talking about. She loves Mickey Mouse Club house and dances from the time the show comes on until it goes off, but she still sings afterwards like it was on.
COMMENT BY JHAZIE06 AT 10/19/2010 6:51 PM
My son loves Mickey,
COMMENT BY JO ANN AT 10/19/2010 6:53 PM
Macy loves Mickey Mouse
COMMENT BY SPIERCERPH AT 10/19/2010 7:21 PM
The girls at my house like Minnie Mouse!
COMMENT BY MKPEACH AT 10/19/2010 7:45 PM
Our Harmoni loves "her girls" she carrys them around everywhere she goes. She even has them in the tub. Right now she loves Tinkerbell the most.
COMMENT BY TRICIA AT 10/19/2010 8:39 PM
My daughter's favorite princess is Snow White!
COMMENT BY TARITA AT 10/19/2010 9:11 PM
My three year old daughter loves Minnie Mouse!
COMMENT BY LYNNE AT 10/19/2010 9:27 PM
My little girl Payton is two years old and her favorite Disney character is Mickey Mouse.
COMMENT BY TBERKNER AT 10/19/2010 11:17 PM
My daughter loves anything and everything disney but Belle is her favorite.
COMMENT BY RIPINMYJEANS AT 10/20/2010 8:13 AM
My son absolutely loves Mickey!!
COMMENT BY LATONYA AT 10/20/2010 10:00 AM
My 6 yr old daughter loves Tinkerbell!
COMMENT BY MOM OF 5 AT 10/20/2010 10:26 AM
My little girl's favorite character is Ariel!!!
COMMENT BY ERIN R AT 10/20/2010 1:47 PM
My 2 year old loves Tinkerbell.
COMMENT BY CINDILU AT 10/20/2010 10:46 PM
My daughter is 5 years old and she loves all of the Disney Princess characters.
COMMENT BY DANDAN AT 10/21/2010 9:29 PM
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Thursday, November 04, 2010
Disney on Ice - Princess Classics Winners

Congratulations to our winners of the Disney on Ice Princess Classics Giveaway listed below. Each winner will receive 4 tickets for their family's use. Your tickets will go out in the post tomorrow.

Thank you so much for participating. 

Dana Butler of Bonaire
Cynthia Clinard of Macon
Kristie Etheridge of Macon
Patricia Meservey of Macon


Employees and affiliates of Georgia Family Magazine are not eligible. 
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Wednesday, June 09, 2010

There is another reason that I fear summer - sunburns. 

 

I come from a family with skin so pale that we’re almost albino.  We have exactly two skin tones – ghostly white and fiery red (after a few minutes in the sun).  Have you seen the new spf 50 sun blocks?  That’s not enough.  I’m looking forward to spf 100.  I want something that’s going to be so effective blocking the sun that it will be as if I’m going out at midnight.

 

I don’t want to give you the wrong impression – we’re not vampires.  We do like to go outside during daylight hours– we just can’t stay out for more than a few minutes without starting to do our boiled lobster imitations.

 

What I really need is a full body bathing suit – something that covers me from my ankles to my neck.  That way I wouldn’t have to worry about sunburns (and I wouldn’t have to think about the few extra pounds that I might possibly have put on last winter though I’m still not admitting to anything).  I think surfers have the right idea – this year I’m going to wear a wet suit.  Maybe I’ll even start carrying around a small surf board to complete the look. 

 

You can laugh now, but after you try on a few bathing suits, you might start thinking that it makes sense.  So look for me at the pool this summer.  You’ll know me – I’ll be the pale one wearing the wetsuit with a smile on my face.

 

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

I recently read a survey that listed Making a Presentation as the number one fear of adults.  They’re wrong.  I don’t know what men’s biggest fears are but I can certainly tell you the number one fear for women.  It’s not spiders, it’s not mice, it’s not even that slimy clump of hair and goo that you have to pull out of the bathtub drain when the water won’t go down.  The biggest fear is trying on bathing suits. (Admit it – just thinking about it is probably making you nervous.)

 

My husband doesn’t understand the trauma that women feel when we consider going to buy a new suit.  He can’t understand the difference between buying shoes and buying a bathing suit. It’s easy for him, when summer starts, he just pulls out last year’s bathing suit, tries it on and if it doesn’t fit any more, he goes out and buys a new one.  He looks at a few and fifteen minutes later he has a new bathing suit. 

 

In fifteen minutes, I haven’t even decided what size I’m looking for.  (I’m sure that the sizes get smaller every year – that’s the only explanation I can think of when the size that I wore last time I bought a bathing suit doesn’t fit anymore.) I’d prefer going shoe shopping any day – after all, I don’t have to worry that my feet look fat.

 

The worst part about buying bathing suits is trying them on.  I have to get undressed in front of a fun-house mirror with a 200-watt light bulb exposing every cookie and cupcake I ate over the winter (including the ones that I only licked the icing off to save calories).  Just thinking about it gives me the shivers that only a chocolate bar can soothe.

 

Over the years, I’ve developed some rules for bathing suit shopping:

1)      Put it off as long as possible.

2)      Don’t go shopping right after you eat – that tiny bite of cake you have for dessert can make the difference between a size 10 and a size 14.

3)      Don’t go shopping right before you eat.  It will ruin your appetite.

4)      Don’t go shopping if you have anything else you can possibly do instead such as scrubbing out the inside of the chimney or painting the roof.

5)      Never, never, never go shopping with a small child who is likely to loudly say things in the dressing room like, “Mommy why is your skin squishing out of the side of the bathing suit?  Is it supposed to look like that?”

 

Even though I dislike it, I eventually have to give in and buy a bathing suit otherwise I’ll never get into the water this year to cool off.  Once I get over the shock of buying a bathing suit I’ve got to deal with my second biggest fear – wearing shorts in public.

 

Remember - keep laughing!

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Every year my family asks what I want for Mother’s Day. I never tell them what I really want because I know I’ll never get them. For example, what I really wanted for Mother’s Day was an elegant dinner at a restaurant where I have to get dressed up and put on perfume. I’d like it to be so fancy that there is no kid’s menu.
 
What I actually asked for was a dinner out. What I got was a dinner at the local pancake restaurant.  It’s my daughter’s favorite place and she is convinced that it’s my favorite too. It’s not actually number one on my list, however it has cheap kid’s meals, fast service, paper placemats to color and it’s close enough to the house so that I only have to hear, “Are we there yet?” once or twice. What more can you ask for in a dining experience?
 
The other thing I really wanted for Mother’s Day was a weekend at a luxurious spa complete with a manicure, pedicure, facial, and daily massages. Oooh, that sounds so nice, I’m getting relaxed just thinking about it.  Instead I actually asked for some fancy bath soap and a chance for a nice soothing hot soak. What I got was about ten minutes of quiet in the bathtub before I got interrupted over and over again. “Mom, where are my socks?” “Mom, where are the scissors?” “Mom, where are the band aids?” That one got me out of the bath in a hurry.
 
Don’t get me wrong; I love all the presents that my family gives me. I especially love the presents that my seven year old daughter makes for me: the I Love You Mom pencil holder, the picture frame studded with colored macaroni, the bead necklaces. (I remember making ashtrays for my mom when I was little, but I guess that’s not politically correct anymore.)
 
My favorite present, though, is one that my daughter can’t make and can’t buy at a store. My favorite present of all is when my daughter gives me a giant-squeezy hug and I hear her say, “You’re the best, Mom.”
 
So when my daughter asked me what I wanted most of all for Mother’s Day, that’s what I told her. Actually there’s something that I want more than that, but I know I can’t get it. I want it more than any fancy dinner or weekend away at a spa. What I really want is a way to put some extra giant-squeezy hugs in a box and save them for when my daughter is fifteen and thinks I’m a complete idiot. When she runs into her room to be alone, I’ll be able to open my little box of hugs, take one out and remember one of the best things about being a mom. ;-)
 
Reminder -We want to hear about the funny things your kids have said. Send your short funny stories to GeorgiaFamilyMagazine@GMail.com, and we’ll post some here for you to enjoy. You may also attach a photo if you wish. (Please let us know if we can use your name or just initials.)  
As a special incentive, one random submitter will get a personally autographed copy of my book, “Annie Clark and The Pearls of Wisdom” (with your name or your child’s name). Thank you.

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

MomBites

Funny Things Kids Say

By Laura Browne

 

We need more laughs in our lives. Being a mom is not only fun, it’s funny. If you’ve ever had a child say something totally hilarious (especially at the wrong time), you know just what I mean.  

When my daughter was almost finished with kindergarten, she sadly told me that she didn’t want to graduate. She loved her teacher and her class. I tried to make her feel better by telling her how much fun she would have in first grade. Then she looked at me very seriously and explained, “But Momma, I’ve already learned all I need to know.”  

We all have our favorite stories of the funny things our kids say. Now it’s your chance to share those funny moments with other moms. Send your short funny stories to GeorgiaFamilyMagazine@GMail.com, and we’ll post some here for you to enjoy. You may also attach a photo if you wish. (Please let us know if we can use your name or just initials.)  

As a special incentive, one random submitter will get a personally autographed copy of my book, “Annie Clark and The Pearls of Wisdom” (with your name or your child’s name).  

Visit this blog again soon to look for your funny story and read what other moms send in. I’ll share my stories and ideas in future blogs. 

To start you off right, here’s a recipe for smiles:

Mama’s “Fool-proof” Spaghetti Sauce    

  1. Assemble: 2 large cans tomato puree, 1 fresh clove garlic, 1 medium onion, 2 teaspoons oil, 1 small sprig of parsley, 1 teaspoon oregano, 1 teaspoon basil, ¼ cup red wine.
  2. Look for large pot with lid.
  3. Realize that pot has been used as a temporary house for the hamster while its cage was being cleaned.
  4. Find a medium pot with lid.
  5. Chop the onions and sauté in oil.
  6. Look for garlic press.
  7. Empty out the junk drawer on the kitchen table to find the garlic press.
  8. Look in the kid’s toy chest to find the garlic press.
  9. Find the garlic press and try to scrape the play clay out of it.
  10. Smell smoke.
  11. Realize that you’ve forgotten the onions on the stove.
  12. Frantically wave a Martha Stewart Living magazine at the smoke detector before the smoke alarm goes off.
  13. Take two aspirin after smoke detector does go off.
  14. Throw out onions.
  15. Light a cookie-scented candle that you bought to support your child’s school.
  16. Realize that the house now smells like smoky cookies.
  17. Briefly think about making home-made cookies for desert. Fortunately, quickly come to senses and abandon idea.
  18. Give up on garlic press and look for dried garlic.
  19. Find a jar of spaghetti sauce in the back of the cupboard and put it in the pot.
  20. Add the parsley, garlic, oregano and basil.

23) Heat until bubbling.

24) Drink the wine. 

Come back again soon and let’s share some laughs.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Teens Caught Sexting Face Porn Charges

While most teens don't begin having sex before age 17, many have become blasé about other aspects of "sex" thanks probably to the tens of thousand of hours they spend with risque movies, videos, and music. Is it any wonder that those same teens feel casual about putting provocative images of themselves on their electronic gadgets. Although there have been reports of sextexting as far back as 2005, recently, we hear of more and more incidents in the news.

Risque photos of Miley Cyrus hacked from her cell phone were posted online. Ex-boyfriends circulate nude pictures of the girls they were dating. In Alabama, the authorities arrested four middle-schoolers for sexting.  A growing number of teens have gotten into serious trouble for sending sexual images on their cell phones. According to USA Today, “Police have investigated more than two dozen teens in at least six states this year for sending nude images of themselves in cellphone text messages, which can bring a charge of distributing child pornography. Authorities typically are notified by parents or schools about so-called ‘sexting.’”  Juvenile Court Judge Thomas O’Malley (Ohio) has not decided what to do with the teens caught trading nude pictures of themselves. He mentions that if the 17-year-old girl is convicted of a child-porn charge, he says, she would be a registered sex offender for 20 years.

“It’s absolutely becoming a bigger problem,” says Michelle Collins of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children. Of the 2,100 children the center has identified as victims of online porn, she says, one-fourth initially sent the images themselves.

It’s possible that pre-teens and teens don’t complete understand the enormity of this risky behavior. Once a text or photo goes electronically, it’s out there forever, and as lawmakers debate penalties, more than embarrassment might be the result of those reckless decisions.

What is “sexting”? Sexting, according to Wikipedia, is a risque new communication trend where cell phone users—typically teens—create and exchange provocative, sexual images of themselves using their cell phones’ built-in digital camera. The term has been around for a while, and a survey from the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy suggests that one in five teens have “electronically sent, or posted online, nude or semi-nude pictures or video of themselves.” And more than a third of teens surveyed say it is common for photos like these to be shared with others.

What are some steps a parent might take to protect a teen? The Consumer Reports electronic blog offers these tips:

* Outline the risks. Make sure they understand what can happen if they engage in such risky behavior. It’s not only embarrassing, but it can open them up to much greater dangers—such as online bullying. (Ask your daughter what will her “boyfriend” do with those pictures of her once they “break up?”) Make sure they know that once such pictures are sent out from their cell phone, there’s no telling where those images will go or who will ultimately see it.

* Consider getting your teen a camera-less cell phone. That might reduce your kids’ risk of temptation to take and share embarrassing self-portraits. But be aware that your kids can still be at risk. (Their peers—and others—can still take embarrassing shots if your kids fall victim to peer pressure.) And even a basic phone can still receive—and forward—sexting messages.

* Disable attachments on text-messages. Some cell phones and cell service providers can limit what can be sent and received via text-messaging. Check the manual that came with your child’s cell phone and contact your wireless service provider. If you can’t disable attachments, consider turning off text messaging and go with a voice-only plan.

* Spot checks. Go over your monthly cell phone bill and look for unusual patterns such as a rise in the number and frequency of text messages and a spike in “data traffic.” Also, make it a policy to physically inspect your child’s cell phone at random intervals. Look in the cell phone’s memory (including any removable memory card slots), text-messaging “inbox” and “sent” folders for risky images and messages.

* Remember, sexting can do lasting damage. Images can spread like wildfire. And while your kids might think some pics aren’t “porno” or “sexy” or “a big deal,” as those already-charged teens are discovering, passing around what can be legally considered “kiddie porn” is a crime that law enforcement pursues vigorously!

For more on privacy issues and staying safe online, be sure to check out Consumer Report’s Guide to Online Security, which features a section on protecting your kids.

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