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Play with a Purpose: This Year’s Best Toys

  the goods: It’s that time of year—when children’s eyes glow in wonder at every (infuriatingly well-placed) toy commercial and Target endcap. They’re making their lists and checking them twice, that’s for sure. But before you go camping out in a parking lot to score the latest whatnots, you may want to consider getting the most bang for your gift-giving buck. (And, no, we’re not talking about the “bang” that comes with your kid shooting his eye out.) See, the list of toys you’re soon off to buy could actually be the most important teachers you allow into your child’s life all year. It’s true: “Play builds the foundation for a lifetime Read the full article…

If your wardrobe is in need of a little seasonal boost, we’ve got just the thing. We’ve rounded-up a few of our favorite fashionable finds that will help you celebrate the season in style whether you’re dancing the night away at a swank Christmas party or lounging around the tree, munching sugar cookies.  Go red! No matter how festive your office Christmas party, no one will be thinking about the Big Guy In Red when you show up wearing this sweet and sexy frock. (Pair it with an eye-catching statement necklace for a polished, party-perfect look.) Source: Now Diva Boutique Don’t forget to sparkle:  Add some sparkle to your holiday ensemble with this pretty circle stone bracelet. Source: B. Watts Read the full article…

We don’t need to sell you on the Christmas fun at Lake Lanier Island or Stone Mountain. But how about a pancake breakfast with Santa or free horse-drawn carriage ride? We’ve compiled a list of our favorite local Christmas events guaranteed to jolly up your holidays.  What: A horse-drawn carriage ride and free pictures with Santa. Win-win! Where: The Avenue at West Cobb and East Cobb When: December 10 & 17, 3 to 7 p.m. at the West Cobb location. December 12 & 19, 3 to 7 p.m. at the East Cobb location. Click for more info on the the West Cobb event. Click for more information in the East Cobb event. What: Stuff Read the full article…

Raising Habitual Givers | Holiday Parenting Tips

by elizabeth

My 5-year-old daughter Mia and I spent this morning at Publix. This is not an uncommon occurrence, but today, she was buying.

We were on a mission to buy non-perishable items for families in need as part of Mia’s school’s “Caring & Giving” drive. She had done chores at home for weeks to earn money just for this day, and I have never seen her chuck green beans into the cart with such glee.

’Tis the Season of Giving: Three Charities to Get You Started

by suzanna

the gig: We all know the saying, “It is better to give than to receive,” and the old adage is especially near and dear to our hearts this time of year. What better time than Christmas to do something to make a very real difference in the lives of others? To get you started, here are three charities committed to making lives better the whole year ’round.  1. One Warm Coat Being warm and dry during the coldest winter nights is something most of us take for granted. But for many in need, facing freezing temps can be a matter of life and death. That’s where One Warm Coat comes in, an organization that Read the full article…