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Christmas fantasy - park, forest & lodge in xmas lights

I love this time of year there are so many festive events going on around Atlanta. Seeing all of the beautiful lights is one of my favorite things to do! Driving through neighborhoods and seeing the creativity people have and the different decorations really set the tone for the season. I also love going to the bigger light displays and activities that are available in the area.

Lake Lanier’s Magical Nights of Lights is so much fun! It is hard to believe that this is the 20th year for the event. The drive-through light display with miles and miles of lights is what brings most people to the Magical Nights of Lights, but there are many other things to do while you are there! There is a Holiday Village that has marshmallow roasting, a holiday shop, a live nativity, an ice skating rink and more.  The Magical Night of Lights runs through December 31st.

Another Atlanta favorite is Stone Mountain Christmas. Over two million lights illuminate the park. There is Wonderland Walkway where you will see the Snow Angel and her Toy Soldiers and a parade every night! New this year is a 4-D experience Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas. There are music and performances to enjoy and Santa of course.  The Stone Mountain Christmas runs through January 4th!

There is so much to do at both places and it is sure to be fun for everyone. Gather up friends and family and spend an evening enjoying the festivities that only come around once a year!


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I hope you all had a fantastic weekend! It started off with a wonderful Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby’s International holiday party for me and my great co-workers. I truly work for a wonderful company and love my the AFH family!


Bob and Jenny Pruitt (CEO and co-founder), David (President and co-founder) and Stephanie Boehmig.

The rest of the weekend revolved around showing properties to clients and time with my wonderful family!

On Friday I shared a Pinterest board with you about ideas for hosting a New Year’s Eve party at home. Today I have a video for you with ideas for hitting the town on New Year’s Eve. Obviously there are many more than I could include in the video, so look for some websites with more suggestions at the end of the video or follow these links to Atlanta.net and Open Table!

See you on Wednesday, when I will have a great property to share with you!

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We are in the season of holidays! Has your mind wondered to New Year’s Eve yet? Some people like to go out while others prefer something closer to home. Today I thought I would share some ideas for hosting a party at home. Next week I will give you some ideas for places to go around Atlanta to celebrate.

I put together a board on Pinterest where you could see some different theme ideas and color schemes. I think I am in love with the gold and glitter ideas!

new year's ideas

Hang some iridescent bulbs and set the table with a glittery table cloth.

What’s your favorite? Check out these ideas and leave me a comment about which is your favorite! Be sure to Pin a few!

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Can you believe the end of the year is upon us? We are already halfway through November! I was starting to feel the holiday spirit then

holiday events marietta, alpharetta, cumming

This beautiful home on Maple Avenue is one of many on the Marietta Home Pilgrimage.

saw a post on the Alpharetta Convention and Visitors Center’s Facebook page that really sent me into holiday mode! The Roswell and Alpharetta Holidays Along the Divine guide is out and it has over 120 events for you to enjoy throughout the holiday season! Everything from open houses to parades to shopping guides! If that won’t put you in the holiday mood, I don’t know what will! Click here to see the full brochure. You can also enter a contest to win a $100 gift card. 

I started checking out other area sites to see if there were any more events to add to my calendar. Marietta has announced the Pilgrimage Home Tour and Cumming has numerous things on their calendar. You could fill everyday with something if you wanted to. I am sure more will be announced in the next few weeks. You can always check any one of the numerous Patch sites – Alpharetta-Milton PatchMarietta Patch and Cumming Patch to find events along with the city sites.The Alpharetta, Ga, Marietta, GA and Cumming,GA websites are all full of current information and calendars.

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food trucks

A fun crowd always turns out for Alpharetta Food Truck Alley!

Tomorrow night is the final event for the year and it is sure to be the biggest!  Food Truck Alley is located just down from 37 Old Roswell Road and will be open from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24 for the last event of the 2013 season.

Tailgate Atlanta will be there showing Thursday night’s football game and Primrose School of Alpharetta will host a bounty of kids activities. The largest food truck line up of the year is also happening! All of these trucks will be there!

Tex’s Tacos

WOW! Food Truck

Happy Belly Truck

Ibiza Bites

Smiley’s Street Eats

Genki Noodles and Sushi

Mighty Meatballs

Champion Cheesesteaks


Buen Provecho Truck

Mobile Marlay Food Truck

Yum Yum Cupcake

King of Pops

Vintage Frozen Custard

American Cookie Company

While this may be the last Food Truck Alley of the year, there will be many other events in Alpharetta over the next several months. You can always check Awesome Alpharetta or Alpharetta Patch for a calendar of events. As I mentioned in this post and this post checking out local events are some of the best ways to see a new neighborhood and community!

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atlanta haunted houses

Haunted houses around Atlanta.

How about a little Friday fun?  How many of you LOVE haunted houses? Most people have strong opinions one way or the other. Haunted houses around Atlanta are open through Halloween, and people will be flocking to them. And by the way, I was gonna put a picture here from one of the haunted houses, but I didn’t want to spook anyone who strongly dislikes them! 🙂

Here is a list of some of the most popular and well known around Atlanta. Even you are not a fan of haunted houses, follow the links to find out the back-story set up for each house. They are always entertaining!

Netherworld Haunted House – This haunted house has been voted the number one haunted house by USA Today and Yahoo in the U.S. and it is right around the corner in Norcross.  There are two different haunts at Netherworld. Admission starts at $22 for one, $28 for both and $50 for both and a pass to the front of the line. Visit their site for more  information and to buy tickets in advance!

Containment Haunted House – The Containment  is new this year and is the only large scale haunted house inside of the perimeter. It is a 25,000 sq. ft., quarter mile maze at Atlantic Station. Click here to buy tickets.

Paranoia Haunted House – So don’t follow that link unless you really like haunted houses! Paranoia is located in Roswell and also has two scare venues and a jump to the front of the line option. Tickets start at $20, find out specifics and retrieve a coupon here, Paranoia does not sell tickets in advance.

Folklore Haunted HouseAt Folklorev(per their website), you’ll be greeted by creatures who you thought only existed in another world or the afterlife.. but those are just your nightmares crawling to life. There are several different ticket options and add-ons. Click here to find out more and to purchase tickets.

Creepers Haunted House – Creepers has returned to Smyrna after a five year hiatus and is sure to scare the socks off of you. Tickets are available online at various price levels.

Have a great time if you venture out to one these scare events!

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Every once in a while it is fun to talk about the little things everyone can do to brighten the home you have instead of finding a new home. Maybe you made your dream home purchase this summer and your furniture and accessories feels a bit outdated.

Here is where all the great thrift stores in Atlanta and some DIY blogs come into the picture. I saw a great photo series on HGTV’s website earlier this week that showed some great modern revamps of some old furniture.

Headboard old

Headboard 2

Isn’t it amazing what a vibrant paint color will do!

So where can you go to get some ideas for furniture you already own?  First take a look at the rest of the HGTV photo series, it has some great before and after shots! Then look at the DIY page on Centsational Girl’s blog, the Live Love DIY blog, Better After and of course Pinterest.  You will certainly find some great ideas!

Don’t see anything around your house? Then first check out one of the many thrift or second hand shops around Atlanta. There are a plethora of Goodwill’s and they always have hidden treasures and a quick Google search of thrift or furniture consignment stores will give you and endless supply of resources!

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