Monday, April 25, 2016

Loupe Led Magnifying Glass Review

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We have a lot of pastimes some of which include exploring nature, stamp and coin collecting, rockhounding and playing with maps. All of these activities require a specialized piece of equipment which has been around since 400 BC. It hasn't changed much over the years...until now! The Loupe Led Magnifying Glass with 3 interchangeable lenses is a new, innovative magnifying glass that meets all your needs.

This set comes with a high quality case to help you protect your equipment, 3 interchangeable lenses, a cleaning cloth so you can safely clean your magnifying glass, a cleaning brush to help you clean hard to reach areas, such as the changing lenses connections, assuring a longer product life, and a credit card magnifier so you can easily have access to a magnifier on the go.

2.5x, 5x and 16x interchangeable magnifiers are included. The lenses are so easy to switch...even a child can do it. Simply push the 2 release buttons and the lens pops right off. With this feature you will NEVER have to worry about not having the right lens for the job. The lenses are top quality and provide you with a clear, sharp image. The powerful LEDs can easily be turned on and off using the handle switch. We especially liked this feature because we often go out on night excursions and we were still able to explore nature even in the dark! the magnifying glass also has a great non-slip handle making it comfortable and stable to hold...especially for littler hands. Everything fits safely and securely into the carry case so it is easy to transport if you are on the go like we always are. I can just toss the magnifying glass bag into our hiking bag and we are ready to go explore nature or hit up rock, coin or stamp expo!

Best of all your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you are not satisfied with your purchase they will give you a full refund. So you can buy this product with absolute confidence.

Check out Gwyn's YouTube video below:

Friday, April 22, 2016

ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camp Discount - S.T.E.A.M. education: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math!

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Here is another awesome camping promotion for my readers in the Atlanta area. Do you have a kid that loves science, robots, engineering or art? Than the ROBOTS-4-U camps are the perfect fit!

ROBOTS-4-U summer camps are now enrolling!!!! At ROBOTS-4-U fun, thinking & learning comes to life! Campers will have a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment. Right now my readers can SAVE 55% OFF with Code: ATL6015 but hurry this offer EXPIRES SOON! Camps start at $299.99 (regular pricing) for 1/2 day sessions.

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- Hands on Learning, Self-Paced. Beginners to Expert!
- 1 week (5 days) long
- Days: Monday to Friday Times: 9:00-11:30a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.
- CAMPERS RATIO: 1 Instructor to 16 participants
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Girl Scout Summer Camp Discount

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Summer is just around the corner and if you haven't been thinking about summer camps yet now is the time to get started.

At Girl Scout summer camp, the adventure is high and the fun is big! Spend your summer trying new things, exploring the great outdoors, making incredible memories with awesome new friends, and SO much more. Come ready to play, explore, discover, and have the time of your life. It's going to be EPIC. You don't have to already be a Girl Scout to join the adventure. All girls are welcome! Get more info now at!

All of Girl Scouts of Historic Georgia's summer camps foster cooperation, self-reliance, and an appreciation of nature and the outdoor environment. Through carefully designed and chosen activities, girls thrive and grow in the Outdoor Girl Scout Leadership Experience. The wide variety of camp programs offered allows a girl to do more of the things she enjoys and also try something completely new. All programs are open to girls in K-12 grades without regard to race, color, ethnicity, creed, national origin, ability, Girl Scout affiliation, religion, or economic background, as set forth by Girl Scouts of the USA, Inc.

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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

FREE Family Fun In Blairsville Georgia

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We are very excited about our upcoming camping adventure in Blairsville, Georgia. We will be staying a secluded, 300 acre privately owned campground called Trackrock. They offer tent camping, cabin and RV/Popup options. And they have a wide variety of outdoor entertainment including fishing, swimming, hiking and more. But the city of Blairsville offers a whole host of other fabulous sites to see, which we definitely are planning on hitting up before and after out camping trip. Check out all these fun FREE things to do in Blairsville!

(after our trip I will come back and update this post with further information as well as photos of our adventures)

About Blairsville:
Blairsville, the county seat of Union County, was incorporated on December 26,1835 and remains the sole incorporated community in the county. At the heart of Downtown Blairsville is the Historic Union County Courthouse, constructed in 1899, and now home to everything from the Union County Historical Society and Friday Night Concerts to a military museum and dollhouse collection. Nearby is the Blairsville City Hall (formerly the "old" jail built in 1934). Both historical buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places.  In 2011, Blairsville was designated as an official Appalachian Trail Community. This designation recognizes Blairsville for its part in promoting awareness of the Appalachian Trail as an important national and local resource.

  • Track Rock Gap - The Track Rock Gap rock art and stone landscape sites on the Chattahoochee National Forest were created by Creek and Cherokee people beginning more than 1,000 years ago. Be sure to print decoders from the website.
  • Lasso the Moon Alpaca Farm - Visiting Lasso the Moon is a fun, educational and tactile experience. They are committed to sharing their knowledge of alpacas and all that comes with raising and breeding them to folks interested in learning more about these fuzzy, gentle beings. They want their visitors to have a hands on experience. They will show you the fiber both on and off the animal,explain what they look for in their show string and share with you the fun things you can do with fiber to create beautiful end products. They will be real with you. Sharing both their good experiences and our challenges. No fee is charged however they do accept donations! Appointments are NEEDED!
  • Byron Herbert Reece Farm and Heritage CenterThe home of acclaimed poet and novelist Byron Herbert Reece, the Farm is a place to learn about the man, to learn about rural life in Appalachia in the mid-20th century, and a place to enjoy the beauty of Wolf Creek and the surrounding mountains. There is a fee for adults, but kids 12 and younger are free. 
  • Blood Mountain - Blood Mountain is the highest peak on the Georgia section of the Appalachian Trail and the sixth-tallest mountain in Georgia, with an elevation of 4,458 feet. This 4.3 mile out-and-back Blood Mountain trail hikes the Byron Reece and Appalachian Trails to incredible summit views near Helen, Georgia.
  • Mountain Crossings - 
  • Meeks Park - This is a nice little park in the heart of Blairsville and features walking trails, a playground, skatepark, disk golf and swimming pool (fee).
  • Helton Creek Falls - The Helton Creek Falls Trail is an easy 0.2 mile hike that leads to a beautiful waterfall.
  • Sleepy Hollow Enterprises - Arthur Millican Jr. is a former Disney artisan now relocated to the small community of Blairsville, in the beautiful North Georgia Blue Ridge Mountains. His working experiences include years at Disney as an artist and model maker, and later consulting and design services for Dollywood, Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch and many other commercial parks and real estate developments world-wide. 
  • Vogel State Park - ($5 parking fee) - One of Georgia’s oldest and most beloved state parks, Vogel is located at the base of Blood Mountain in the Chattahoochee National Forest.
  • Union County Historical  Society MuseumAdmission is free at both the Courthouse Museum and our Museum of Mountain Life.  A small donation is always appreciated for museum upkeep.
  • Brasstown Bald -  Brag to your friends that you've been to the top of Georgia's highest peak at 4,784 feet! Reach the summit via trails or shuttle bus. Visitor Information Center open weekends in April-May, full time Memorial Day-October, based on weather. 
  • Lake NottelyLake Nottely Reservoir lies in the state of Georgia on the southeastern edge of the Georgia River watershed, nestled in the mountains and valleys of the Chattahoochee National Forest. The Lake Nottely lake is 20 miles long and has 4,180 surface acres at normal summer pool elevations.
  • Misty Mountain Railroad - (Frugal fun - $2 kids 6-16, $5 adults, under 6 FREE)  This huge model train museum/exhibit started out as three hobbyists' escape. Tours are offered M, W, F at 1:30 pm and Sat. 1:30pm and 4pm and Sun. 2:30 pm. 
  • More Appalachian Trails - A few of the trails I highlighted above but there are many more to explore.

Be sure to also check out these awesome festivals Blairsville Arts, Crafts & Music Festival (May), Blairsville Scottish Festival & Games (the second weekend in June) and the Butternut Creek Arts & Crafts Festival (in July), Mountain Heritage Festival (September).

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Ruins (Georgia)

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One of our favorite ways to learn about history is through experiential experiences. And thankfully Georgia is full of historic ruins for us explore and observe. Every year we find more ruins to explore, and some are in the most unlikely of places, like in the middle of a busy city. Here are the top 10 ruins you need to visit in Georgia. Many of these ruins are mills that Sherman burned during his march through Georgia. These ruins are a fun, unique way to teach children about the history of Georgia, the Civil War, and life during the 1800 - early 1900's. We have visited all but 3 of these ruin sites (but the other 2 are on our list to visit soon).

Many of these sites are also located in State and National Park properties and you know I am a huge supported or our parks systems! Don't forget that April 16 through 24 is National Park Week! Many of the National Parks will have events going on like tours, etc. Check each parks website for more information!

  1. Sweetwater Creek State Park - Take a short hike down to the river to see the ruins of the New Manchester Manufacturing Company. These ruins might look familiar and that is because as several movies have filmed here, like the Hunger Games. This 5 story  textile mill which produced cotton yarns and cloth. It employed 60-70 people supported a town of 200 people. But on July 9, 1864 the factory buildings and the company store were burned to the ground by Union soldiers. The ruins are fenced in to preserve their history. During your visit be sure to ask about a Ranger led tour of the ruins. 
  2. Old Mill Park - Nestled in downtown Roswell you will find Old Mill Park which boasts several ruins. This is one of our favorite places to explore and splash around in the Summer. On the Old Mill Park side of the river which is the area closest to the parking area (owned by the city of Roswell) you can explore the 30-foot dam and millrace that was constructed on Vickery Creek in the mid-to-late 1830s to supply power for the mills. You can also check out the 1853 Machine Shop which is the only extant building left of the original 1839 Roswell Manufacturing Company. If you cross over the pedestrian bride to the other side of the river you will be on Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area property (NPS Property). Here you can find the ruins of Allenbrook, an antebellum home constructed between 1845-1857. And Laurel/Ivy Mill. This woolen mill was burned by federal troops in 1864, during the Atlanta Campaign. Women operatives of the mill were sent north after Roswell’s capture so that their skills would not benefit the Confederacy. The mill stood from about 1855 until 1864 and then was rebuilt by Barrington King and his son, James Roswell Kin. You can view a map of historical areas in Roswell here
  3. Sope Creek Park - This is another Chattahoochee River National Recreation area (NPS Property). The Marietta Paper Mill is an amazing site to explore. They are tucked into a high-end neighborhood just outside Atlanta. There are over 3 miles of hiking and mountain biking trails to explore. The multi-story ruins were destroyed by Union troops during the Civil War. Make sure you walk across to the other side of the river too to view a few more ruins. 
  4. Fort Mountain State Park - It's no secret we love exploring state parks and the ruins are definitely one perk. This is the second state park on the list that features some unique ruins. The mysterious ancient rock wall stands at the highest point of the mountain. The 855-foot-long wall is thought to have been built by early Indians as fortification against more hostile Indians or for ancient ceremonies.  It is definitely worth the hike.
  5. Cumberland Island NPS - Revolutionary War Hero General Nathanael Greene purchased land on Cumberland Island in 1783. Following his death, his widow Catherine Greene, constructed a four-story tabby home that she named Dungeness. Thomas Carnegie and his wife Lucy began building another Dungeness on the original foundation in 1884. The Carnegie's Dungeness burned in 1959 and today only the ruins remain on the site. 
  6. High Falls State Park - Visitors can hike along the river’s edge and through hilly forest to the remains of a hydroelectric power plant foundation.  In the early 1800s, this area was a prosperous industrial town with several stores, a grist mill, cotton gin, blacksmith shop, shoe factory and hotel. High Falls fell from prosperity in the 1880s when a major railroad bypassed it.
  7. Lullwater Park - Lullwater Park offers multiple scenic walking and running trail loops nestled within Emory University’s North Decatur campus near Atlanta. The Lullwater Trail passes the Lullwater House mansion, skirts Candler Lake and crosses a span bridge to explore a mill beside a tumbling spillway waterfall. The 1920's two-story powerhouse tower is constructed in a octagonal shape. It now stands open to the sky above, ivy climbing skyward across its stone walls.
  8. Arabia Mountain NPS - Not only can you find ruins at this fabulous National Park Site you can also explore the exceptional ecological wonders. As you explore the large granite outcrop be on the lookout for the evidence of quarrying activities. You will find industrial debris left on the mountain and abandoned structures once used by workers for storage, offices and shelter.  The ruins of quarry buildings are found interspersed throughout the park and metal spikes that were used to split the granite are still embedded in the rock.
  9. Rope Mill Park - Located just North of downtown Woodstock is a park with hiking trails, bike trails and historic ruins. For the best view of the ruins cross over the bridge, and take the unpaved hiking trail to the right. On the banks of the Little River are the remains of a grist mill from the late 1840s. In the 1870s it it evolved into a cotton and wool yarn mill. Eventually the mill produced cotton rope that was used for well rope and plow lines. The mill was constructed out of wood orginally and replaced by brick in 1903. In 1949 it closed in anticipation of the construction of the Allatoona Dam. 
  10. Ivy Creek Greenway - We stumbled upon this place by accident, well not really by accident we were on the hunt for a geocache that is in the area of the Woodward Mill ruins. You can reach these ruins by taking the Ivy Creek Greenway. There are multiple access points, we generally start at the Gwinnett Environment Heritage Center. I haven't found a lot of information on these ruins but it is a great and totally worth mentioning. The kids love taking a dip in the ater here. There are some nice water cascades and an old rusted water mill, which is all that remains of the Woodward Mill.

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