Top 5 Things to Do in Atlanta

Atlanta is a city full of excitement and adventure. Many people do not realize how much Atlanta has to offer. Even though Atlanta is a huge city it has more forestry than any other city in the country. It also has a lot of tourist attractions that are more than tourist traps, they are worth the time. Here are 5 amazing things you can do in Atlanta.

  • Check out the nature parks.Atlanta has some of the best nature can offer. It’s amazing how in Atlanta you can be in a residential neighborhood and feel like you are in the middle of the forest. Here are some nature and wildlife parks you can visit while in Atlanta.
    • Georgia Aquarium- Everyone who visits Atlanta always brags about how amazing the Aquarium is. Here you will see 70 habitats and thousands of marine animals. Few aquariums have whale sharks, manta rays, beluga whales, dolphins, and sea otters, but here you can sell all of these species. The aquarium even offers a brilliant 3D animated show telling an important story about conserving and protecting animal’s natural environment. This aquarium has so much to offer it is definitely not something you want to miss.
    • Atlanta Botanical Gardens- These gardens feature some of the most magical flowers you will ever see. From the rose gardens to the tropical gardens you will be rejuvenated after viewing some of the most beautiful fauna that Atlanta has to offer. The Earth Goddess is definitely a huge wow factor here and you do not want to miss seeing her. While you are there stop by the amazing café and have a light meal. The food is absolutely delicious.
  • Visit some museums. Atlanta offers a wide variety of museums. From art galleries, history museums, observatories, and specialty museums there will definitely be something for everyone.
    • College Football Hall of Fame- This museum is sure to be loved by any fan of college football. Here you can test your skills on a replica field or even record yourself commentating for a pregame show. This museum won’t be for everyone, but it is definitely unique and fun.
    • High Museum of Art-This building is a piece of architecture that you must see. It is a brilliant porcelain-enameled building that is both exquisite inside and out. The museum has over 11,000 pieces and has a brilliant glass atrium. This is definitely a visit for those who love art.
    • World of Coca-Cola- We’ve all tried Coca-Cola, most of us know about the secret formula. This museum offers an interactive tour of the history of Coca-Cola. You can see how bottling works, get super close to the secret formula, and watch a 4-d movie. As tempting as all those offering are, they museum offer an amazing 100 flavors from across the world. If you are a fan of Coca-Cola this is definitely something you don’t want to miss.
  • Check out some sights and landmarks- Being the birth place of Martin Luther King there are definitely some spots to check out in regards to the civil rights movement. However, there are also some places that are so magical that you just have to see them.
    • Fox Theatre-This theatre hosts a variety of shows through the years, however its design is what you need to see. Recently restored, this theatre has a very 1920’s style to it. The architecture of this building is absolutely gorgeous. The theatre feature “Might Mo,” a classic organ that has over 3,600 pipes. This is definitely something you do not want to miss.
    • Center for Civil and Human Rights- This museum focuses on an important part of all of our lives and history. The museum is incredibly interactive and if you decide to go in after admiring the brilliant architecture you will definitely feel a connection. The outside of the museum has brilliant architecture that is very unique and definitely worth stopping by to see
    • Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site- This site is actually three attractions in one. Start at the visit center and move through the places where Martin Luther King Jr. grew up, where he preached, and the memorial site of his burial. This is definitely a place to honor such an amazing man and see the life that he had while he was fighting for civil rights.
  • Take a food and drink tour. Atlanta is known for its delicious southern cuisine and its delicious sweat tea. While visiting you should definitely try out some of the amazing food offered throughout the city. The best way to experience multiple dining options is to take a food and drink tour. Here are a few favorites:
    • Atlanta Food Walks- This tour takes you through historic downtown and offers you samples of 15 different tastes at 7 different restaurants. You will hear about the amazing history of Atlanta and the evolution of their food.
    • Atlanta Brews Cruise- If you want to try some amazing beer then definitely try out the Atlanta Brews Cruise. You will get to see the brewery and try some amazing beers.
  • Try an exciting activity. Atlanta is a place to explore. There are multiple activities you can join throughout the city to sightsee or ever work up some adrenaline. Here are the favorites.
    • Nascar Racing Experience– If you love Nascar or you just want to drive fast this is definitely something you need to try. You can either drive the car which can hit up to 150 mph or you can ride with a professional who can get you to 170 mph. Either way that’s really fast and definitely worth the try.
    • Peach Pedaler-So many people miss out on the Peach Pedaler and it is such a good time. This company does guest tours on a 15 passenger pedal powered bike. So not only do you get to see the amazing sights of Atlanta, but you get to meet some really awesome people as you all work together to pedal the bike.
  • As a piece of good advice, to enjoy Atlanta and all the amazing places listed here, I recommend you get a limo service and one we use and can advise is Will Chambers Limo, click here for the website.

Atlanta is an amazing city and whatever you choose to do you are going to find amazing adventures, good times, and amazing eats.

Spring Cleaning

Everyone dreads spring cleaning. It seems like an impossible task, especially with work, kids, and all the other challenges life gives you. Here in America it seems that everyone wants to hire people to do their cleaning, however, sometimes that doesn’t work out that well.  Recently, we hired a company to clean our carpets and I cannot tell you how terrible it was. They gave a quote of $125 for four rooms. I think that was great. Then they get to my house began telling me all the reasons they had to add charges after they’d done all the work. By the time they were finished I paid $326.48. I was shocked, but I needed my carpets cleaned because I have a stepson who has severe allergies and it is a necessity to have my carpets cleaned twice a year. I normally had done it myself, but decided to hire one of the local companies. I can assure you I will never make this mistake again.

Do not let these issues happen to you. You do not have to hire expensive cleaners. You get can everything done on your own. Yes, it does take a little bit of effort, but it is definitely worth it. If you start to think about hiring someone to do your cleaning for you, make a list of how much you would spend and what you could buy with that money. That will definitely encourage you to do your own spring cleaning. Here’s a Checklist to ensure that you can accomplish all of your spring cleaning on your own:

  • Windows
    • Start on the outside of the house. It’s spring you want the sunshine to shine through after a long winter. Most people only clean one side of their windows, but it is important to clean both sides. So start on the mostly forgotten side and you will have no problems getting both sides of your window done.
  • Bathroom
    • Vacuum or Sweep first. This is important. Your bathroom has curves that you often forget about when you are rushing to clean. For those really hard to reach spaces use the attachments that come with your vacuum.
    • Clean the rest of the bathroom as you would normally. Make sure that you go through all your drawers and cabinets to get rid of unwanted items.
    • Use a nice refreshing smell like citrus to make the bathroom smell of the new weather coming.
  • Kitchen
    • Make a list of everywhere you have not cleaned during the winter. These area are the spaces between your stove, under your refrigerator, the top of the over hood, inside of the dishwasher, window molding, light fixtures, and underneath any counter top appliances. This will help you get your kitchen clean and you will be proud know that you have gotten all the hard clean to spaces clean.
    • Go through your pantry and get rid of anything that has expired. Check you sauces, canned food, spices, or any other dried packaged food. This will allow you to have additional space for new food, which is always appreciated in the kitchen.
    • Reorganize your cabinets. Yes, it is time to stack those pots and pans back to the way they used to be. It will be so much easier when you are cooking to find what you are looking for. Make sure your silverware and cooking utensils are organized. If you do not have adequate space for everything then stores like the Dollar Tree sell adorable containers that work great for organization. You do not have to shop at expensive stores to organize your home. Organizing your kitchen will enable you in the future to save time by not having to search for stuff.
  • Dining and Living Room
    • Get rid of the clutter. It is time to see the surface of your coffee table again. Get rid of all that junk mail and old magazines that you have been saving. There is no need to keep that clutter around. You will find it easier to relax in a home with little to no clutter.
    • Make sure you dust all your pretties. We love to decorate, but we hate dusting all our decorations. This is the best time to go ahead and get all that dust off of everything. It’s much healthier and it will lower any triggers for asthma in the room.
  • Bedroom
    • Clean out the closet and the drawers. It’s time to look at everything you have not worn in the past year and get rid of them. Do not allow your mind to tell you that you still need the black dress you have not worn for the past 10 years. It is time to donate that pretty little dress to a reputable charity or you can sell it and buy yourself a new black dress. It is important to make sure that you make room for the new clothes you will get yourself this year. Make sure that you organize your closet and drawers so everything is easy to find.
    • Clean your bedframe and headboard. If you have a wooden headboard use a polish to shine it up and make it look new again. You will feel great when you go to bed seeing a shiny headboard.

None of us love cleaning, but it is a simple task. I know there are times where I think when will I ever have time to clean. I look at everything I have to do and think, well maybe I can do it tomorrow, but then more things happen and the house kind of piles up. It happens to all of us. It is definitely nothing to be ashamed of, but spring cleaning will give you a renewed sense of love for your home. Sometimes a home can be a refuge from the storm waiting outside and if it isn’t in top shape it can just seem like one more thing to accomplish. So go ahead and tackle spring cleaning. I promise you will not regret it.



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