Easy Money $avings Challenge!

 

Hello Beauty Pies!

Guess what?!!  It’s Money Mayweather.  Naaaah, it’s just Me.  But I am challenging you all to make 2016 your time start making your Money work for you!

I have always been a Girl with Champagne Taste.  However, being a Single Mother with real life bills and situations causes my budget to usually floats somewhere between tap water and Pink Mascato 😆   Therefore, I am a very crafty Frugalista!

About 3 or 4 years ago a co-worker / friend of mine Roberta Dean introduced me this 52 Week Money ChallengeYou know how much I’m into Girl Power!  and since it’s my desire that all women succeed,  I decided to share this Challenge with you on Women Power Wednesday!

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Spring Break / The Best of the New Old South!

 

City Market  (Trolley Stop #2)

I’m originally from Florida, so we have traveled to Florida on Vacation a million times! Therefore, needless to say my Daughter is burned out on Disney and Universal Studios!  So last year, for my  Daughter’s Senior Year in High School she asked to go somewhere different, other than the usual Spring Break Spot of Panama City Beach (PCB).

So in true Go 2 Rose  fashion, I began to look for somewhere different to Vacation.  I came across the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans, which turned out to be an awesome experience!!  This year is my daughter’s first year in College (Spelman) and for her Winter Break we traveled down to Miami, FL.  For Spring Break we wanted to do something different, so we headed down to Savannah GA for a truly different and unique experience!

 March is a great time to visit Savannah because Savannah holds one of the largest  St.Patrick’s Day  Celebrations in the Country and they start celebrating about 2 weeks in advance! They even turn all of there fountains in the  city green!!  How cool is that?

                     💚💚The fountains were turned Green to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day💚💚

So the first stop on our Trolley Route that we decided to get off on was City Market.  This is a very diverse and unique  little area of Savannah that is home to a mixture of historical monuments, family owned restaurants, shopping boutiques, and modern and hip bars. 

My daughter and I spent a lot of time in City Market.  We stopped for some sweet treats and ice cream at the Savannah Candy Kitchen; where they make The Best Ever!!! Pralines and Taffy and hand out FREE samples!  This little Candy Shop also has a quaint little ice cream parlor where we enjoyed classic flavors of ice cream (Savannah Food Review Coming Soon)

We walked through the City Market square taking in the historical monument sites such as the Haitian Monument for Haitian Slaves who fought in the American Revolution. We made our way across the street to the First African Baptist Church. (as seen on RHOA) Where we paid a small Tour Fee of $7.00 for adults ($6.00 for Students)  The Tour Guides walk you through the church while giving you the historical facts of how this church was the very first African American Church in the United States.  How this church was built by slaves, was apart of the underground railroad system to help assist slaves to there freedom, and how the church later became an important meeting place for Civil Rights activist.(African American Guide to Savannah Coming Soon).  We made our way around several little shops and stopped by  Byrd’s Famous Cookies (Where they also give away FREE samples) on our way back to our Trolley Stop.

Now we did take another trip back to City Market the night before we left to go back to Atlanta. The night time is just as eclectic as the day time with everyone from Families with Kids, SCAD Students, 30’s and 40’s crowds, as well as plenty of Senior Citizens.  However the night Crowd was much larger and the streets were much busier!!  For example the Pizza Shop had a very small steady flow of Customers during the mid-day.  However, the line and wait for tables were very long on Saturday night.  We had to wait a good 45 min to get our take out slices of Pizza!  (Savannah Food Review Coming Soon)  The streets lit up with Bars on wheels,  green neon glow in the dark necklaces, and were lined with Green TuTu wearing young women and men everywhere!  Very fun atmosphere I must say!!🎆🎆🎆

 

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Trolley Stop 2 City Market

 

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Delicious Sweet Treats at the Savannah Candy Kitchen😋

 

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Monument of Haitian Slaves who fought in the American Revolution

 

 

Fun Activities to enjoy in Savannah!

 

First African American Church Established in North America

 

Part 1 Spring Break 2K16

The Best of the New Old South!!

Keep calm and Trolley on!

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Hello Love Muffins!

So this year is my daughter’s first Spring Break from College and I was lucky enough to have her still want to vacation with me (-:

My daughter is very passionate about our African American Culture and History, so I searched for something that we could do to not only have fun but to also pay homage to our History.  I found the perfect place right here in Georgia!  Savannah that is!

This City has everything in my opinion!  Southern Charm, Eclectic, Full of history, and surrounded by gorgeous views of water!

There was sooo much to do and see in Savanah that I couldn’t fit it all in just One Post!  So starting today.  I will be posting a series of Me and my  Daughters adventures of the New Old South!!

So lets begin!  My very 1st recommendation is to schedule a Trolley!  Savanah has very narrow streets, lots of traffic, and scarce parking! So getting around by car near some of the main points of interest can be a night mare!

 We scheduled with Old Time Trolley Tours. This Trolley Company has the option of choosing an All Day Tour Regular Price $32.00 per person (on sale now for $28.80 and 12.50 per Child  (on sale now for 11.25).  Along with several other Tour options such as Night Haunted Tours…. boohaha!

Savannah Haunted Lady

In my opinion its worth every penny! I ordered my tickets online at   www.trolleytours.com ….printed them out,  parked my car FREE at the Welcome Center (located  at the 234 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd), and Hopped on a trolley, that has 16 stops around the City of Savannah.  The stops are near Historical Sites, Parks, Restaurants, and several Hotels.  The tour is guided and comes with a pamphlet to advise of which stops to get off on, for a particular attraction or restaurants.  The Trolley runs every 15 minutes so you can get off and do what ever you would like to do at one stop and then get back on the trolley and head to another stop. This made getting around Savanah very easy!

Although I feel like Old Time Trolley Tours was an excellent choice for me and my daughter.  While on the First  African Baptiste Church Tour, another Tourist advised us that there is another Trolley Company called Oglethorpe Grayline.  This Trolley Company is a little less expensive for there On and Off Tours at $25.00 per person.  Plus Oglethorpe Grayline Tours offer a free service that allows you to call them to find out the exact time of the next Trolley at your pick up stop!  I think that I’m going to try them out on my next visit to Savannah!  You can research them at www.oglethorpetours.com

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Empty Nester Organization Tips (Part 1)

Hello Dolls and Divas!

I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted. That’s because I’ve been so busy getting my Daughter off to the #1 HBCU College in America.  Spelman College that is!  #ProudSpelMom.  Once I got my daughter off to school, I decided to start getting my life back, and the first step was getting back my organization!!!!

For the past 3 years, my life has been really hectic! I had to take care of my terminally ill father, who later died of Cancer, my job of 13 years was surplused, I ended a 5 year relationship, I started a new business, and on top of all of that, I was getting my daughter through High School and prepared for College.  Needless to say organization was put on the back burner, and what was once my Dad’s room turned into my storage room AKA  “Hoarder Central”.  However, while getting my daughter packed for college, I decided that I would began a Purge and start my organization process.

The Purge: So I started in My Father’s old room “Hoarder Central”  I separated all of the junk from things that I would keep. I actually went through each room in my home and did a mass purging. I then called a local (Metro Atlanta) Junk Removal Company called Good Riddance Junk Removal.  I would absolutely recommend this Company to anyone who’s looking to haul away a large amount of stuff!  They came in and took all of my unwanted items, such as clothes and furniture.  I did not have to lift a finger!  This company also goes through the unwanted items to determine what can be donated or what needed to be trashed!  When I tell you I got rid of a whole lot of stuff!  I mean it! They hauled off Couches, Beds. TV’s, tables, clothes, shoes, toys, junk, and the list goes on and on! Over 10 years worth of accumulation in a 3 bedroom / 2 bathroom home with an attack. The Owner  of Good Riddance, even came back to spray and kill a huge Wasp Nest that I had in hedges as a courtesy.  Very nice Young Man!  Most of what was left in my Fathers old room (after the Purge) was Christmas type items, boxes of my daughters old elementary art work and Misc. household items.

Before Pics My Dad's old room became the storage room...

Before Pics
My Dad’s old room became the storage room…
“Hoarder Central”

Before Pics My Dad's old room became the storage room

Before Pics
My Dad’s old room became the storage room
“Hoarder Central”

Before Pics My Dad's old room became the storage room

Before Pics
My Dad’s old room became the storage room
“Hoarder Central”

                Storage Solutions (Below)

Organized Christmas Décor in Remixed and New Large Plastic Bins in Dad's old room (now storage room)

Organized Christmas Décor in Large Plastic Bins in Dad’s old room (now storage room)

Organized Dad's old room (now storage room) with Lots of Plastic Storage Bins!

Organized Dad’s old room (now storage room) with Lots of Plastic Storage Bins!

kept sentimental keepsakes such as my dad old records neatly tucked away in his old closet (now storage room)

kept sentimental keepsakes such as my dad old records neatly tucked away in his old closet (now storage room)

The Recycle: I recycled my daughters old toy box and used it as a Christmas Decoration Storage Bin and I purchased a few other large plastic containers to store away other Christmas decorations and items.  I also recycled several of my daughter’s Steralite Plastic Containers (previously used to store hair bows, crayons, dolls, and toys) placed them in my bedroom closets and labeled each drawer.  Great for storing office supplies, craft supplies, and little odds and ends.  Although I purchased a few new  over the door shoe pocket “thingy-poohs”  I also reused my daughter’s over the door shoe pockets  “thingy-Poohs” as jewelry holders.

recycled my daughter plastic storage drawers and used to organize supplies inside my closet

recycled my daughter plastic storage drawers and used to organize supplies inside my closet

recycled my daughter plastic storage drawers and used to organize supplies inside my closet

recycled my daughter plastic storage drawers and used to organize supplies inside my closet

Turned over the door shoe storage bags into accessory storage bags

Turned “Over the Door Shoe Storage Bags”  into accessory storage bags

VH1 Christina Johnson’s Amazing Me, Amazing Life Overnight Retreat

Hello Dolls and Divas!

I am super excited and so grateful to announce that atlantago2rose will be a media guest and teamblingzz.com will be a sponsor of such a Positive Girl Power Event!!! Christina Johnson of the VH1 Hit TV Series “Atlanta Exes”  will introduce BFLY Coaching with her Amazing Me, Amazing Life Overnight Retreat “Getaway”. This retreat will be an exclusive live event and will give women a chance to be person to person with Christina and other TV Personalities. This “getaway” is perfect for young ladies looking to learn life’s secrets to have an amazing life. This is an event that you don’t want to miss!!   RSVP now at www.christinasjohnson.com

Christina Johnson

Amazing me Amazing Life!

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31 Promises to Speak Over Your Life! (Day 1 Declaration)

Hey Dolls and Divas!

My great Friend Tarrah, who I consider a Sister recently advised me about a book that she read called ” I Declare” by Joel Osteen.  Since I trust Tarrah with my whole heart and Soul, I decided to purchase the book and read it for myself.  Wow!  I am so very glad that I did!  I would advise everyone to go out and get this book!  I am already on Day 7 but every Soul Search Sunday I will share with you a Declaration…starting with Day 1…..Starting today!

So this book has an introduction before the Day 1 Declaration, which had some very powerful and important points here are just a few of my Favorites:

I will declare, “I’m blessed.  I’m strong. I’m healthy. This will be a great year.”  When you do that, you are blessing your future.

You give life to your faith by what you say. All through the day we should go around saying, “I have the favor of God.  I can do all things through Christ. I am blessed. I’m strong.  I’m healthy.” When you do that you just blessed your life.

Instead of speaking Negativity in and over your life, when you wake up in the morning say out loud ” This is going to be a great day. I’m Excited about my future. Something good is about to happen to me.”

Even when things don’t look to be going your way, speak Victory in your life! ” I know when one door closes God will open up another door.  What was meant for my harm, God will use to my advantage. I’m not only coming out, I will come out better off than I was before.  I’m blessed. I’m healthy, I’m strong. I’m valuable. I’m talented. I have a bright future.”

Sick in your body? Speak good health over your life! “I am getting better and better, every day in every way. I’m improving. My health is coming back.”

Speak who You are in God!  Every morning say ” Good morning you beautiful thing.  (or) Good morning you handsome thing.  Good morning, you blessed prosperous, successful, strong, talented, creative, confident, secure, disciplined, focused, highly favored child of the Most God” Get it in the inside!  Speak faith over your future!

A few scriptures that the book referenced were: Joel 3:10….Proverbs 6:2….Proverbs 18:21(the power of life and death are in the tongue)

Day 1 Declaration

Day 1 Declaration

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I Declare

4th of July Events in the Atlanta Area!

Hey Dolls and Divas!!

It’s that time of year again!  The 4th of July!  Time for Fun, Food, Family, and reflection of Freedom!  Are you in the Metro Atlanta Area and looking for something to do this 4th of July Weekend?  Well Your atlantago2rose has got you Covered!

I have to start off with an Event that is being hosted by my Very Own Church Family Linked Up Church!   Linked UP Church is hosting a FREE night of family fun. Night of Freedom will kick-off Independence Day weekend and will be held on Friday, July 3, 2015 from 7 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the Mable House Amphitheatre located at 5239 Floyd Road Mableton, Georgia, 30126. Gates will open at 6 p.m. The evening will consist of fellowship, food and fireworks. A full concession stand will be open, however attendees can bring their own food, coolers and blankets. No grills or chairs will be allowed in the venue. A fireworks display will light up the sky immediately following the concert. This is a free event and it open to the public.

Special performance by: Tye Tribbett

Special performance by: Tye Tribbett

There are Several other Fun Events happening in the Metro Atlanta Area.  Anywhere from  Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park …….

Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park

Fireworks at Stone Mountain Park

To  a Celebration of Brew at the Georgia Aquarium……

Red White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

Red White and Brew at the Georgia Aquarium

To a Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square….. 

Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square

Legendary 4th of July at Lenox Square

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Product Alert!!!!

Hey Dolls and Divas!!

As a teen, I never really experienced acne issues with exception of a few pimples during “That Time of Month”  However,  during my pregnancy and after I had my daughter I experienced Horrible Acne.  After trying everything under the sun (including prescription Meds) I found this product at Walmart for $21.00 GREAT DEAL for all that you get!!  Anti – Acne Cleansing Wash, Corrective Toner, Maximum Repair Strength Lotion,  and Retinol Complex Repair!!  Worked excellent for my Acne!  I’ve since switched to another regiment because, I no longer have major acne issues. However, I still purchase Acne free for my daughter and I often use the Retinol Complex because Retinol is a great Anti-Aging ingredient! 

All Sounds Great?!?  Well I have even Greater News!!! The Local Five Below on  Hwy 92 in Woodstock, GA In the Super Target Shopping Center has Acne Free for ONLY $5.00!!!!  That’s a $16.00 Savings!!!! Not sure if the other Five Below stores in your area has them in stock but its well worth the call to check….Oh and I was a little leery about the Acne Free being so cheap. Therefore, I checked the expiration date and NO it’s NOT EXPIRED!

……SEE:  acne2

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Rose’s Obsessions / Neiman Marcus

Hello Dolls & Divas!

Sooooo  my #1 Obsession is Neiman Marcus (NM)!  My sister introduced me to this fancy Atlanta Department Store waaaay back in the 90’s while I was a Poor College Student.  We visited NM during the Holiday Season and that’s when I became completely obsessed with the Neiman Marcus Liquor Cakes!  These super moist Minuature bundt cakes are a peice of Heaven in Atlanta!  AND even better!  The NM Associate advised my Sister and I to come back the day after Christmas when everything would be 1/2 off!  Great for a College Poor College Student!!!  Well now I am the Mother of a Soon To Be Poor College Student and I still visit Neiman Marcus every Christmas Season (day after Christmas of course) to purchase my Neiman Marcus Liquor Cakes. These Cakes come in an assortment of Rich Flavors such as Chocolate Champagne, Lemon Vodka, Vanilla Rum, Irish Wiskey, and more...

Go2Girl Tip: The Company that actually bakes these delicious cakes for Neiman Marcus is the Yahoo Baking Company out of Texas.  You can order Sweet Treats Direct from Yahoo Baking Company at  www.yahoocake.com

Neiman Marcus Liquor Cakes

Neiman Marcus assorted Liquor Cakes available in stores during the Holiday Season

…..You may also Purchase similar Liquor Cakes  on discount throughout the year at Neiman Marcus’s Last Call.

Neiman Marcus Cordial Cakes

Neiman Marcus Cordial Cakes available at Neiman Marcus Last Call