5 Must-Do Valentine’s Day Events in Atlanta

Spend this Valentine’s Day having fun with your favorite people with these fun events around the city!

 

2/13 Self Love: Valentine’s Day Event 

Head to Politan Row in Midtown for some self-love activities on! Spend the evening practicing yoga, talking about healthy boundary setting, and group journaling. Refreshments will be provided so leave all your cares at home! Open to all.

 

2/9 Candlelight: Valentine’s Day Special ft. “Romeo and Juliet” and More

Candlelight concerts bring the magic of a live, multi-sensory musical experience to awe-inspiring locations like never seen before in Atlanta. Discover Valentine’s Day-inspired music at The Trolley Barn under the gentle glow of candlelight featuring the Edgewood String Quartet!

 

2/11 Valentine’s Day Ornament Workshop

Guests will create a 6” hanging terrarium featuring Valentine’s Day decor. Select your air plants and finishing touches to make your creation uniquely yours. The PlantHouse crew will be there every step of the way to provide instruction, assembly tips, and plant care advice! There’s no better way to celebrate the season of love! 

2/11 Valentine’s Day Couples’ Sunset Hike

Take your relationship to new heights! Join a Park Ranger to watch the sunset over Metro Atlanta from the top of Panola Mountain! This hike is limited to couples only and is an 18+ event. Expect photo opportunities, a campfire, and s’mores!

 

2/14 Red Top Valentine’s Day

Spend the evening at Red Top Brewery in Acworth and enjoy dinner and live music!

10 Things To Throw Out At The Start Of A New Year

Kicking off 2023 by cleaning out your home is the perfect way to start the new year with a fresh slate! Follow the checklist below to get rid of items in your home you might not have remembered are old, unnecessary, or unusable.

 

Old, tired pillows.

The ones you sleep on might be comfortable, but what about the ones in your kids’ rooms or guest bedrooms? They could probably stand to be replaced.

 

Half-burned candles.

If you haven’t lit it in a year, it’s time to toss it. ‘Nuff said.

Old winter clothes/accessories.

Planning a ski trip? Take the time to throw out what you don’t pack – it’s likely you won’t need it again! Also, throw out clothes you didn’t wear during the holidays or prior. If you haven’t worn them in the last few winter months or year before, it’s time to donate them! 

Old or unnecessary food in the pantry/fridge.

Go through and look at expiration dates on condiments in the fridge – toss what’s old and/or not something you use. Toss random items in your pantry out, too. Maybe it’s an old bag of croutons that have gone stale that you used for a party once! You’ve definitely got something in there you can clear out.

Extra mugs.

Better donated, we say! If you don’t use them throughout the week or when you have company, it’s time to take them to Goodwill!

 

Old towels.

Either add these to the ‘dog towel’ pile in the linen closet or toss them and get some nice new ones. It’s amazing how good new towels feel! 

Games and toys with missing or broken pieces.

 

Old restaurant menus, business cards, expired coupons, and the like.

Clear out that junk drawer where old mail goes to die! It’s time.

 

We hope this helps you jump-start your cleaning routine for the new year. Happy 2023!

5 Sides That Will Outshine Your Turkey At Thanksgiving

While turkey is usually the most important part of Thanksgiving, we LOVE a good side dish. So, we put together a list of our top 5 most delicious and unique sides for you to try this year. 

 

Squash & Carmelized Onion Tart

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/squash-and-caramelized-onion-tart

 

This one is so unique, yet a crowd-pleaser every time! So heart and delicious. 

 

 

 

 

 

Roasted Carrots With Ayib and Awaze Vinaigrette

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/roasted-carrots-with-ayib-and-awaze-vinaigrette

Cooked carrots are underrated. We said it!

Potato Leek Au Gratin

https://themodernproper.com/potato-leek-au-gratin 

A classic you”ll make every year.

 

Broccoli Cheese Casserole

https://themodernproper.com/40-best-thanksgiving-side-dishes 

This one is great for the kiddos, but it’s also something you can make any day, not just for Thanksgiving! 

 

 

 

Brussels Sprouts With Cranberry Mostarda

https://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/brussels-sprouts-with-cranberry-mostarda 

This one is more of a gourmet-style side dish and we love that about it!

Remember that our schedules fill quickly this time of year. Book yours with us ahead of time so that your home will be clean for guests during the holiday season (and after they leave too!). 

 Photo credits to the attached linked websites. 

10 Things To Add To Your Self-Care Routine

Practicing self-care is so important! Use these ideas to add to your current routine, or start yours with them. Taking care of yourself and your mental health is something you should prioritize, even when you are busy. 

 

– Create something without an agenda! Paint, knit, start a journal, and so on – with no deadline!

– Try a new recipe. It sounds simple, but really do some research into one that you can add into your rotation that you’ll love again and again is really helpful and fun. Or try going vegetarian for a month!

– Rearrange your furniture! Switch things up a bit. 

– Learn something new, like a new language, how to edit and take good photos, take care of plants, etc.

Treat yourself, if you’re able. Buy a massage, get your nails done, or splurge at the mall.

– Plan a trip, itinerary and everything! Plan out the restaurants you’ll eat at, the places you’ll visit, and so on. 

– Set screen time limits for yourself.

– Organize an area in your home, like your desk, your kids’ playroom, closet, etc.

– Try breathing exercises – they’ve been shown to reduce stress and anxiety in many studies.

– Laugh! Put on a comedy, go to a stand-up show, or watch a recorded one on tv.

Back-to-School Organization at Home

Staying organized at home is so important, especially if you have kids in school. It shows and teaches them the importance of staying organized and will help you AND them keep up with their work and supplies. Follow along for some great tips to stay organized at home as your kids head back to school this fall.

Create or designate a homework station.

Doing this will give your child a place to go to when they get home from school and need to begin their homework. Even if you don’t have an extra desk for them at home, show them how to clear off some counter space or the kitchen table! 

Keep supplies in one organized location.

We’d recommend purchasing a rolling cart or shelf for supplies like pencils and markers, paper, etc to put near the homework station!

Keep a calendar of school events, tests, soccer practice, etc on the fridge.

You can even make it color-coded, too. Just make sure it’s easy for your kids to read and understand. 

Designate a bookshelf for books and workbooks.

Have your kids use one shelf or bookshelf for the school-related books and workbooks! This will make staying organized when they go to pack their backpacks every morning.

 

Hang or place a whiteboard in your child’s bedroom to help them plan their outfits.

Each night or each Sunday, plan outfits with your child so that there’s no scrambling in the morning!

 

We hope this helps you as your kids go back to school this fall! All our best for a great school year.