Family Valentine’s Party | Halcyon | Alpharetta, GA | 02/12/2022

This was my first visit to Halcyon, and I now wish I lived in Alpharetta so that I could attend practically every event they do.

Parking was considerably easier than anticipated. A parking garage is located across the street from the event site. There was plenty of parking space available. We arrived on the fourth floor and headed down the stairwell. Taking the elevator was also an option. It was also convenient that they had a couple of people directing traffic there. Oh, and PARKING IS FREE!

We followed the crowd as they led us towards the busy party area. A lovely lady greeted us and handed us some adorable event brochures shown above. I wish there was also a map included.

We decided to start with Mickey and Minnie, who were posing for photos from 12:30 until 2:30pm. The line was long, but it moved quickly. It was good that there was a lady assisting you with snapping shots with your own phone.

It was also wonderful that while I was holding our place in line, my brother took my baby to play in the sandbox, which was packed of kids and grownups having a good time.

He also had the opportunity to play in the ball arena, which was quite dangerous. Children can be rough, and they were kicking balls in the faces of children by accident, and some would purposely kick them out of the area, hitting people standing in line nearby.

At one time, I was smacked in the face while standing outside watching my child.

On the back of the pamphlet, there was a list of shops in the vicinity that were running offers.

We stopped by Holmes Slice, a pizza restaurant, to purchase a box of pizza baked from scratch and cooked in a wood-burning oven.

I appreciated how they asked for my phone number so they could text me when the pizza was ready.

The wait was only approximately 10 to 15 minutes long. The pizza was delicious! There was only one slice left in the box when we finished.

On-site, there was a FREE photo booth, which was fantastic!

Both inside and outside of the small trailer, there was a setup. We began by capturing shots with our mobile phones on the setup outside. We were assisted by a lovely lady in line. Then we were ushered inside, where a worker snapped photos of us with our own devices before we gazed into the box to pose for photos as the timer counted down, just like a standard photo booth.

On our way to the puppy play area, we stopped by “It’s A Sweet Life’s” cart for some chocolate coated oreos and red velvet cake.

I can say one thing about this event: there were dogs EVERYWHERE. That day, around one-third of the population was made up of dogs, haha. They were all nice to see too.

The event was enjoyable. I’d love to return to Halcyon whenever possible! There’s so much we haven’t done, so many shops and locations we haven’t yet seen. Hopefully, the next event will have a map so I can make more direct stops or I will personally have more time to explore.

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Valentine’s Day Events for The Family in Atlanta, Georgia (2022)

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Atlanta with a lunch date, a party, movies, and more.

Lunch Date with Your Little Cupid

Date: Sunday, February 6, 2022
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Venue: The Melting Pot
Location: All four Atlanta-area Melting Pot locations (Atlanta, Duluth, Kennesaw and Roswell)
Prices: $19 for children 12 and under, $29 for ages 13+
Reservations: Space is limited – make your reservation today!

Treat your little cupid to a wonderful treat to show how much you love them! To celebrate Valentine’s Day, you and your little heartthrob can dine on a three-course fondue feast. What makes this deal even more enticing? If you bring a nurse or healthcare professional, you can enjoy ENDLESS Chocolate Fondue to make THEIR day!

CUPID’S THREE-COURSE MENU INCLUDES:

FORGET-ME-NOT CHEESE FONDUE 
Creamy cheese fondue to share. Your choice of Classic Cheddar, Classic Alpine, Spinach and Artichoke, Fiesta or Wisconsin Trio cheese.

SWEETHEART SALAD

Your choice of our fresh Caesar, California or Melting Pot House Salad.

CUPID CHOCOLATE 
The perfect ending to this culinary journey.  Your choice of any of our chocolate fondues to share.

  • You can add a “Melt Your Heart Petite EntrĂ©e” for the discounted price of $20 per person.

Family Valentine’s Party

Date: Saturday, February 12, 2022
Time: 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Halcyon
Location: 6365 Halcyon Way Alpharetta, GA 30005
Prices: Free event; some activities extra.
Reservations: No pre-registration needed.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with your family at Halcyon. Enjoy brunch or lunch in the Market Hall or one of their restaurants, then join everyone on the Village Green for a live performance, meet Minnie and Mickey, visit the Furkids puppy kissing booth, make crafts, and much more.

  • Live Performance by Pop Violinist Michelle Winters (a Halcyon family favorite!)
  • Meet and Greet with Minnie and Mickey (12:30pm – 2:30pm)
  • Furkids Puppy Kissing Booth
  • Valentine crafts with Board & Brush, Buff City Soap and more (extra fee)

Valentine’s Day Drive-In

Date: Monday, February 14, 2022
Time: 5:30pm – 10:00pm
Venue: Lawrenceville Depot District
Location: 400 N Clayton Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia 30046
Prices: Free event.
Reservations: Registration information will be announced on Monday prior to the event date. Registration for Happy Feet will be LIVE at 8 AM on February 7th. Registration for Funny Face will be LIVE at 3 PM on February 7th.

There’s a lot of love in the air! Bring your girlfriends, family, or a special someone to the Depot District in Downtown Lawrenceville for a Valentine’s Drive-In Double Feature, which includes Happy Feet and Funny Face. There will be food trucks on-site selling convenient delights.

8 Fantastic Tours to Choose From in Atlanta, Georgia (2022)

Explore Atlanta’s bus, trolley, electric car, segway, food, helicopter, night, and bike tours.

Sightseeing Bus Tour

Discover Atlanta’s wonders on this half-day sightseeing bus trip, which includes stops at Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park and Ebenezer Baptist Church. As you drive to Krog Street Market, Ponce City Market, Atlantic Station, and other locations, your guide will provide insight on the city’s history. Additionally, see beautiful residences in the Buckhead district.

Due to Covid 19, The CNN and indoor portion of the MLK stops are currently closed.

Duration: 5 hours
Group Size: 20 max
Ages: 3+
Food: Lunch at the CNN Center (at your own expense) – temporarily closed.
Parking: $7 – $12
Pricing: $59 ages 3 – 12, $69 ages 13+
Reservations are required: Reserve your spot online at www.atlsightseeingtours.net or call (1-800-279-9160).

Cool Things to Know

  • The bus is stroller and wheelchair accessible, although there is no lift for them, therefore a folding stroller and wheelchair are recommended.
  • You’ll be able to relax in the comfort of an air conditioned coach that accommodates 23 people and features wide windows and reclining chairs.
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • Each seat has two outlets underneath for mobile charging.
  • The shuttle will let you off only at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Site, the Beltline/Krog St Market, the Ponce City Market, and the CNN Center (Closed Temporarily).
  • You will walk for roughly 20 minutes on the Beltline and 45 minutes around the MLK Memorial Site. Bad weather means extra time at additional stops if walking isn’t possible.

90 Minute Trolley Tour

The Peachtree Trolley is the ideal way to visit the sites and get to know the South’s Capital. From Centennial Olympic Park, the trolley will deliver 90-minute fully-narrated tours of Atlanta’s “Must-Sees”.

Duration: 1h 30m
Group Size: 26 max
Ages: All ages.
Pricing: $20 ages 17 and under, $36 ages 18+

Cool Things to Know

  • Service animals are permitted on the trolley.

90 Minute Electric Car Tour

You visit places such as the Historic Inman Park, Sweet Auburn Avenue, Old 4th Ward Neighborhood, Midtown Atlanta, Downtown Atlanta, and much more!

Duration: 1h 30m
Group Size: 5 max
Ages: 8+
Pricing: $25 ages 8 – 17 and under, $36 ages 18+

Cool Things to Know

  • Service animals are permitted in the electric car.
  • For your city trip, you will travel in an eco-friendly and comfy electric automobile.
  • In Midtown, you’ll discover the city’s hottest restaurants, bars, and clubs.
  • You will visit Inman Park and the Old Fourth Ward, two historic neighborhoods in Atlanta.

Sightseeing Tour By Segway

This Segway tour enables you to enjoy the outdoors while covering more land than walking. Learn to ride a scooter with your guide and then see the city’s landmarks including Ebenezer Baptist Church, Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site, and Oakland Cemetery.

Duration: 2h 30m
Group Size: 24 max, 8 per tour guide.
Ages: 14+ – Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pricing: $59

Cool Things to Know

  • A 20 – 30 minute training session will be held before to the tour to assure your comfort on the Segway.
  • You will be riding a two-wheeled, self-balancing electric scooter.
  • You get to cruise through Cabbagetown and Oakland Cemetery, one of Atlanta’s greatest green spaces with an incredible view of the city’s skyline.
  • The tour will take place regardless of weather conditions. Ponchos will be given for those who need them.

History and Food Tour

On this walking tour of Atlanta’s Grant Park, you’ll get a taste of Southern cuisine. Try meals like hog belly toast and fried catfish at neighborhood restaurants. In addition, you’ll get to see historic homes and Oakland Cemetery.

Duration: 2h 30m
Group Size: 10 max
Ages: All ages – Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pricing: $55 ages 0 – 10, $80 ages 11+
Lunch: Included

Cool Things To Know

  • This tour is great for foodies who are visiting Atlanta for the first time.
  • Stately Victorian mansions and the old Oakland Cemetery can be seen here.
  • The tour includes eight food tastings and one alcoholic beverage from three locally owned eateries.
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • The tour is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
  • Service animals are permitted on the tour.
  • $5.00 of your ticket purchase goes to support the Historic Oakland Foundation.
  • You can look out at the skyline from a beautiful patio.

SunTrust Helicopter Tour

Prime Atlanta provides the most elite and memorable tour experience in Atlanta. This tour is incredible for a variety of reasons, including private rides, unforgettable views, and excellent customer service.

Duration: 15m – 1h
Group Size: 3 max
Ages: All ages – Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Pricing: $215 – $699 for 2 people, add a 3rd person at a discounted rate.

Cool Things To Know

  • Water and aviation headset rentals are included in the price of the tour.
  • The tour is stroller and wheelchair accessible.
  • This is a private tour/activity for a small group. Only your group will be allowed to take part.
  • Infants must sit on an adult’s lap or in an infant seat which is provided.

City Lights Night Tour

Seeing Atlanta’s impressive buildings and structures lit up against the night sky will be an experience you’ll never forget. View Atlanta lit up in elegant white or, on special occasions, in a rainbow of colors. This City Lights Tour is going to give you a real treat. Make no mistake, there will be plenty of chances to get a good picture.

Duration: Up to 2 hours 15min
Group Size: 14 max
Ages: All ages – Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Parking: $10 – $30
Pricing: FREE for ages 4 and under, $45 ages 5 – 12, $55 ages 12+

Cool Things To Know

  • You’ll be able to relax in the comfort of an air conditioned/heated vehicle.
  • Bottled water is provided as part of the tour.
  • There will be 1-2 photo stops.
  • The tour is stroller, but not wheelchair accessible.
  • Service animals are permitted on the tour.
  • The tour operates in all weather conditions.
  • View stunning panoramic views of the Atlanta skyline.

Guided Bike Tour

Bicycle Tours of Atlanta introduces you to the culture and hot spots that make this city such a great place to live, work, and play! Along the journey, you’ll most likely come into contact with local artists, street performers, and neighbors.

Duration: 2h 30m
Group Size: 16 max
Pricing: $65

Cool Things To Know

  • All tours provide the bikes, helmets, drinks, and snacks!

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17 New Year’s Resolutions to Get You Ready for 2022

It’s a new year, which means now is the perfect time to introduce a new you! The year 2022 is nearing, and it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.

It’s a new year, which means now is the perfect time to introduce a new you! The year 2022 is nearing, and it’s time to start thinking about your New Year’s resolutions.

Maybe you’ve had difficulty in the past keeping your New Year’s resolutions. However, you have another opportunity to try—and New Year’s Day is an excellent time to do so! If you’re looking for some inspiration, check out this list of 17 New Year’s resolutions. Whether you want to lose weight or learn to love yourself more, manage your money better, or strengthen your relationships with friends and family, you can choose from these 17 doable New Year resolution ideas.

Strive to exceed expectations and use this new year to pursue your dreams, whether it’s learning how to start a business or simply trying therapy for the first time to overcome a breakup. Whichever path you take, there are countless opportunities to live a happier and healthier life in the new year.

1. Begin a Journal

Keep a record of your thoughts, feelings, and dreams. There are numerous advantages to keeping a journal. It can aid in the reduction of anxiety, the creation of awareness, and the regulation of emotions. Furthermore, when you look back on it later in life, you’ll find it both humiliating and endearing.

2. Send Greeting Cards

Create joy in someone’s life by leaving them with a heartfelt note. You can even personalize greeting cards with your own artistry, fragrances, and even gifts!

If you want to make the gesture even more meaningful. I recommend acquiring some stamps and an address book. Consider how surprised they would be to get a beautiful greeting card from a loved one in the mail.

3. Make a Bucket List for Movies

Every year, there are a slew of films that you don’t want to miss out on seeing. Make a “bucket list” of all of the movies that you really want to watch that are coming out this year and put it on your calendar.

4. Take a Break from Social Media

It is possible to reduce the feelings of anxiety, wasted time, and procrastination that can be brought on by excessive browsing on social media if you take a break from it.

To make it more challenging, choose a day of the week, once a week, when you will not be able to access any social networking sites for the entire day.

5. Spend Less

Stop all non-essential expenditures for a day, a week, or a month. Effective use can help you save more.

6. DIY: Make Something Extraordinary

Getting started on that home improvement project you’ve been putting off is easier than ever in the new year. Doing something creative can be calming, fulfilling, and enjoyable!

7. Begin a Workout Challenge

Instead of rushing to sign up for a gym membership, think about how often you’ll actually use it. Particularly if you’re paying for it. Instead of going to the gym, why not just do it at home?

You may have a specific goal in mind, such as becoming more flexible or losing some belly fat. Concentrate on just one thing at a time. Starting a fitness challenge is a good way to get started. So many free online resources are available to help you achieve your individual physical goals.

For most challenges, you must complete a short workout every day for the entire month. It’s easy at the beginning, but as the days go on, the difficulty increases.

8. Every Month, Read a Book

Is it possible to read a book once a month for the next 12 months? Yes!

If you’d like to be recommended books to read, an Amazon Prime membership entitles you to receive an email at the start of each month with at least five suggestions. You have the option to purchase one of the five for free!

9. Increase Your Water Intake

The temptation to reach for coffee, soda, tea, or anything else sounds more exciting than plain water. Increased H20 consumption, on the other hand, is the key to radiant skin, a more balanced diet, improving the body’s ability to bounce back after a tough workout, and a slew of other benefits. Just to reiterate, increasing your water consumption is always a good New Year’s resolution to make.

For some individuals, the recommended eight glasses of water per day may seem excessive. But that is all it is: a recommendation. Why not make a more realistic aim of drinking at least one or two full bottle of water per day?

10. Schedule Your Appointments

How long has it been since your previous visit to the dentist? What about your most recent visit to your primary care physician? What about your dermatologist or OB/GYN? To avoid having to think about it, schedule your appointments at the start of the year and put them in your calendar right away.

11. Increase Your Vegetable Consumption

Although there are numerous health benefits to eating veggies, the majority of us do not choose to do so. So, if you can’t eat your vegetables, why not drink them?

The V8 brand’s “Healthy Greens” is one vegetable juice I recommend. It’s made out of a mix of green veggies with green apples added for sweetness.

12. Take More Walks

Walking is good for your health and happiness.

Walking 30 to 2 1/2 hours a day is suggested, but fitting that into an already hectic schedule can be difficult. Instead, once or twice a week, go for a stroll for at least an hour. Try to take in some different sights each time you go.

13. Schedule Your Car Washes on a Monthly Basis

Your automobile will always appear clean if you schedule regular car washing. The key is to plan things ahead of time and schedule them on your calendar so that you actually make time for them.

14. Make Time for Meditation

Mental health and wellbeing are just as critical as physical health, if not more so. In the new year, make a conscious effort to give your mind the same amount of TLC as you do your body. Calm, Headspace, and Liberate are all apps and programs that can assist you in getting started!

15. Visit a New Place

If you’ve been putting off your vacation plans, now is the time to start planning—or at least saving.

16. Consider Using Therapy

Everyone needs support from time to time. Even if you don’t feel like you’re stuck or going through anything major, finding a therapist can be extremely beneficial. There are a variety of options available, including phone therapy, virtual video calls, in-person therapy, and even text chat.

17. Cross Something Off Your Bucket List

What is something you’ve always wanted to accomplish but never had the time or money to attempt until now? Do it!

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