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Posted on August 23, 2017

Atlanta Life: Candlefish

Atlanta/ Travel

I love discovering awesome places to go and things to do in the very same city that I live in.  As much as I like to travel,
having so many cool options without having to get on a plane makes you feel like all of your city taxes that come out of your check might be worth something.  A few months ago, one of my good friends put me on to an amazing spot where you can make your own scented candles, CandleFish.Read More

Posted on July 2, 2017

Atlanta Life: American Girl Bistro

Atlanta/ Travel

American Girl stores are all across America, but only a few lucky states have the featured bistro. The bistros are restaurants located inside of the retailer that have an American Girl theme that provides the ultimate American Girl experience. If your daughter has even the slightest obsession with the American Girl brand, it’s in your best interest to find the nearest bistro to make her dreams come true.


As a parent, my favorite part of the experience is that if your child doesn’t have an expensive American Girl doll or has left hers at home, like my forgetful child, they will provide one of your child’s choice to use.

What I did find surprising, was that the food was actually pretty good!  They had great food options for the children as well as the parents.

My daughter’s favorite part of the experience was the “Decorate a Cupcake” option on the dessert menu.

American Girl Bistro from Joi Light on Vimeo.


Here’s a few tips before you go:

  1. Make a reservation.  The bistro has different operating hours than the retailer, so you want to be sure it’s not a wasted trip.
  2. Check your budget.  Some might consider the menu items to be a pit pricey, so you want to be sure you’re prepared financially.  I would say that the food cost was very similar to a TGIF restaurant or a Ruby Tuesday.
  3. If you’re celebrating a special occasion, don’t be afraid to tell your waiter/waitress, they might have something special up their sleeves for different occasions.

Posted on April 25, 2017

Atlanta Life: The Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Show

Atlanta/ Beauty

We’re back with another edition of the Atlanta Life segment!  This past weekend I attended my first Atlanta Hair Show!  Don’t judge me, I’ve been here a little less than two years folks!  My first hair show was the 20th Annual Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Show and it was beyond amazing!

The Taliah Waajid World Natural Hair Show is a staple in the black hair community. Whether you’re natural, inspiring to wear a natural style, or simply infatuated with all of the amazing things that black hair can do, this is the event for you!

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Posted on April 6, 2017

Atlanta Life: Barnsley Resort

Atlanta/ Travel

Hey guys!  I  have to say that I just love the ‘Atlanta Life’ segment on my site.  I get to explore the city and share some of my favorite spots with you all.  Today’s spotlight is on the infamous, Barnsley Resort.Read More

Posted on March 18, 2017

Atlanta Life: Tiny Towne

Atlanta/ Travel

My daughter had been under the weather with a bug going around at school, yikes!  She had finally regained some energy, but I wanted her to take it slow and the playground just seemed too overwhelming.  I scrolled through Groupon and saw “Tiny Towne” in Norcross, only about 15 minutes from our house with an excellent deal and a new place for us to try.Read More

Posted on February 20, 2017

Atlanta Life: The Atlanta Beltline

Atlanta/ Travel

There are INFINITE, BOUNDLESS, TONS of things to do in Atlanta.  But my favorite things to do here in Atlanta, are free.  One free place that’s at the top of my list is The Atlanta Beltline.

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Posted on December 26, 2016

Lanier World Winter Adventure-Lake Lanier

Atlanta/ Travel

One of the advantages of living in the South is not having to search high and low for activities to do in the winter.  However, it is difficult, with warmer weather, to make it FEEL like winter time.  I feel that Lanier World Winter Adventure accomplishes that!  Read More

Posted on December 7, 2016

One year in Atlanta down, how many more to go?

Atlanta/ Mommy Life/ Uncategorized

I am convinced that most of Atlanta is seen from the inside of your vehicle.  I heard the traffic was bad prior to, but I was not prepared.  According to Google,the definition of ‘traffic’ is vehicles moving on a road or public highway.  I’m wondering how much emphasis is supposed to be put on ‘moving’, because when I get on 285, my Waze app seems to think that 5 miles equals 45 minutes.  Each freeway, or “highway” as they call them down here, is pretty much a parking lot where the whole city is attending the same concert at 7am.  Perhaps the President has a condo in Buckhead that I’m not aware of and his security detail holds up traffic at 3pm.  Or perhaps, there are warnings of an alien invasion and everyone is trying to escape all at that the same time, this time is usually 5pm.  I say this to say, traffic is unpredictable in regards to a specific time, but yet predictable that it will always be there.  If you gain anything from this article about your future transition to Atlanta, you MUST reside in the same area that you work in.  The traffic is the part that contributed to the latter half of this title.

Now for the first half of the title.  This is an amazing place to raise children, network in any field, explore the rarities of the combination of city and country life, and possibly become the next reality star that everyone loves to hate.  Coming from a city with deplorable housing and road conditions, an inadequate school system, and a crime rate that is comparable to Iraq, one could say I am slightly bias.  However, being well-traveled and this not being the first state I’ve transitioned to, I am STILL impressed.  Our first year here was dedicated to finding our garden and planting our seeds.  This year, I am beyond EAGER to see what grows.


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