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You can definitely tell that fall is here in Atlanta. The leaves are changing, cooler weather has rolled in and there is a flood of festivals, attractions and events. We all love this time of year because we can enjoy the outdoors without suffering the heat and humidity. With that being said, Atlanta stacks the calendar with things to do for people of all ages. We have events for children such as Boo at the Zoo  and for adults we have Netherworld, one of the scariest haunted houses in the world. Here are some of my favorite events and those that I am most looking forward to.

Netherworld: We all hate to be scared but at the same time, secretly we enjoy the thrill. I figured why not get into the spirit by attending the 3rd scariest haunted house in the world and dragging my friend along. I will tell you that we are definitely in the spirit now! This giant house in Norcross featured 200 animated monsters, and employs almost 100 live actors to scare the crap out of any willing participant that walks through the door. The long drive added to the lure as we felt as though we were driving straight into a Stephen King movie. In the dark hallways we held hands like little girls and at one point my friend was actually crying and yelling at me for making her do this. She swore she would never speak to me again. Luckily we survived the witches and blood thirsty monsters and have a true understanding as to why it was featured on the “Travel Channel’s “Best Halloween Attractions for 2014”. I made a deal with my friend to attend whatever event she chose. That deal is leading us to a craft beer festival!

photo courtesy of jesuitcrusader.org

photo courtesy of jesuitcrusader.org

Georgia Craft Beer Festival: This one I can’t speak about from experience but I can’t wait to go! This event is boasting over 30 breweries, endless food trucks and more than 100 craft beers. This is the perfect event for all types of beer drinkers! We are going to taste all the local and seasonal beers you could ever consume in one day all in one place. This event is on held on the 25th in Candler Park. General admission covers the live music and the beer we will be sampling from brewers like Blue Tarp Brewing Co, Monday Night Brewing and Atlanta’s most popular Sweetwater Brewing Co. Sounds like a great idea right?  Probably not the best thing to do the night before a big race! That brings me to my next must do event!

Atlanta 10 Miler: One thing this fall weather brings is race after race throughout the area! This is a new run that is only in its 2nd year and the second part in the Triple Peach that is held on the 26th. I did this race last year in preparation for the Thanksgiving Half Marathon. What I remember of this race last year was the perfect weather, 8 miles uphill, and feeling sorry for the marathoners that had to finish 26.2 with all those hills in the last 10 miles. Not to mention a great run up the properly named Cardiac Hill! This may not sound fun to many of you but it is a great run that starts at Atlantic Station and travels through residential Buckhead and finishes with a run down our beloved Peachtree Road. No worries, there is also a 5K, miles of locals cheering you on and Halloween decorated areas to make the time fly by! Any runner out there knows that the one thing you want after a race, FOOD!

Cardiac Hill

Photo courtesy of atlantasrunnersblog.com

Taste of Atlanta: You may have not been to this in the past but you surely have heard about it. Last year I attended this after the race and it was a perfect ending to a very long day! This is the 3 day food fest that features over 90 of the best restaurants from all over the Atlanta area, located in Midtown’s Tech Square. Here you will find many of Ford Fry’s restaurants like JCT Kitchen, The Optimist and No. 246. Not to mention the sampling of restaurants like Bartaco, Rosebud and Iberian Pig! It’s not just food either. They have a ton of different activities including a Barcraft Competition featuring some of the best mixologists around, live music and a Big Green Egg Grilling Experience! With all of the amazing restaurants in the area, this is the best way to sample them all and pick your favorite!

Bartaco

There is an unlimited amount of things to do in Atlanta this time of year. Hopefully you will get out and explore as I did and experience everything this great city has to offer!

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Get ready Houston the wait is over… The Original Greek Festival is back! There is nothing I love more than a cool front and some amazing Baklava. You will be able to experience the people, food and music. Come out and embrace this wonderful culture.

Located at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in the heart of Houston parking may be a little tricky, but worth it. The festival runs from October 2nd-5th and operates throughout day/night.  Also, what is great about this event is that part of the proceeds from the Greek Festival have helped many charitable organizations in the Houston/Texas area including Star of Hope Mission, Houston Area Women’s Center and many more. They have even partnered with Greeni Recycling in effort to recycle as much as possible during the weekend event. Last year they recycled 10,000 lbs of garbage.

Make no excuses and come join me this weekend, you won’t regret it!

 

 

Photo Courtesy of  http://greekfestival.org/

Photo Courtesy of http://greekfestival.org/

Thursday, October 2, 2014
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Friday, October 3, 2014
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Saturday, October 4, 2014
11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Sunday, October 5, 2014
12:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral
3511 Yoakum Boulevard
Houston, Texas 77006

713.526.5377

For more information please visit The Original Greek Festival website.

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I was in Pier 1 Imports the other day picking up my new dishes and what did I see? Fall decorations AND Halloween decorations…already. It felt like when Hallmark puts out Valentine’s Day cards in October and grocery stores put out Easter candy in February. I shook my head and giggled slightly. I may or may not have thrown in an unnoticeable eye roll. But then it hit me. It’s almost fall and technically Halloween, the way this year has flown by, will be here before any of us realize it. Then the excitement set in. I love fall. Like seriously love it.  If it was something I could marry, I would.  The last few mornings I was able to walk out on my patio and feel that slight chill in the air that makes me so content with life.

So what I am going to do is give you a little fall, a little early. That way you’re prepared and fall into the spirit (get it?!).

Fall Decor Idea

Chevron Painted Pumpkins Photo Credit : www.interiorsbystudiom.com

Chevron Painted Pumpkins
Photo Credit : http://www.interiorsbystudiom.com

Now either we are ourselves or have that one Aunt who changes out the decor for every season and every single holiday. Whether you do or not, you can certainly appreciate adding just a touch of the season to your home. It can be the tiniest shift in your decor to a wall-to-wall makeover. Hey, who are we to judge? Southern Living has awesome ideas from tablescapes to small touches of things you can do to incorporate fall themes into your home. Stay classy, Southern Living. I personally am obsessed with painted pumpkins like the ones above. They make me feel fancy.

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Solana Beach Pizza Port photo credit to pizzaport.com

Solana Beach Pizza Port photo credit to pizzaport.com

So if you’ve lived in Northern San Diego for a while, you know you’ve heard of Pizza Port.  Since moving to San Diego 12 years ago I had heard the name over and over and had even seen their signature beers all over the place.  Only recently was I finally able to dine at Pizza Port and if definitely met expectations.  My first expectation was that it would be crowded, so we showed up early.  There was a small line when we got there, but by the time (more…)

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When you leased your apartment, one of your favorite features was the beautiful swimming pool and now that summer is here, you are excited to finally have the opportunity to use it. A fun and relaxing day at the pool can quickly turn into a nightmare if you or those around you are not following proper pool etiquette. As a competitive swimmer growing up and a pool manager for 4 years, I have seen my fair share of do’s and dont’s around a pool deck.

Photo provided by Camden Boca Raton

  Photo provided by Camden Boca Raton

 

With that being said, I have come up with a quick list to help you have a safe and happy summer pool side:

Save the Running and Jumping for the Track Field-

There are people of all ages at the pools at times. Be cautious of little kids that might not be as stable on their feet. Pool decks become very slippery when wet so to avoid any accidents, limit the amount of running and jumping inside the pool area. A stubbed toe or skinned up knee can put a damper on your summer fun!

Photo provided by Camden Copper Square.

Photo provided by Camden Copper Square.

Guest Limit-

The typical standard for Camden communities is 2 guests at the pool with the residents. The pools at our communities are designated for our residents first and for most. We want to make sure to not over crowd the pools with non-residents. Also, make sure that your guest know the pool rules and abide by them. With that, also keep in mind how your music and voices can travel. If you bring a portable radio, keep the music level to a moderate level to not disturb the residents around you.

Photo provided by Camden Gaines Ranch

Photo provided by Camden Gaines Ranch

Clean Up- 

Make sure when you are done for the day that you clean up the area around you. A member of the Camden maintenance staff will clean up the pool area in the morning before the pools open but be mindful that trash and messes attract ants and bugs. You wouldn’t want to come to the pool and find that the table, chairs and pool deck are cluttered with trash and messes. Help us keep our Camden pools beautiful!

Photo provided by Camden Amber Oaks

Photo provided by Camden Amber Oaks

No Glass Bottles-

My biggest pet peeve is when people bring glass bottles to the pool. I feel like people do not realize how dangerous it is when glass breaks on a pool deck. Broken glass and bare feet make for a painful combination. Also, did you know that if a bottle breaks and pieces of glass go into the pool, you have to empty all of the water out to pool to collect all of the broken pieces? Please bring your beverages to the pool in plastic cups or aluminum cans!

pool 6

Photo provided by Camden Main & Jamboree.

It is hard to believe that summer is almost half way over, so get out to your community swimming pool and enjoy yourself! Just remember these helpful tips to make the summer pool experience a happy and fun one!

 

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I can think of many wonderful things to do in the City of Fort Lauderdale, after all it is a beautiful part of South Florida to visit. From the sunny beaches to the swampy marshes, you can never run out of places to see and have fun.  Below are some of my personal favorites. (more…)

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Dream picnic from thetrentonline.com

My two favorite things: the outdoors and eating.  I can’t believe I never put the two and two together in my head but this just spells out picnic.  A picnic is such a cost effective fun way to enjoy the outdoors and take some time to just sit and take it in.  From my experiences I would like to share a few tips for easy enjoyable picnicking.

1)      For starters, keep it simple!  Some of the simplest snacks (more…)

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