Conversations with Coca-Cola: Celebrating Women

  When I was invited to the Conversations with Coca-Cola conference in Atlanta, GA, I was torn.  It was set to take place during my family's summer vacation in Atlanta, GA.  We were heading there anyway, but I was hesitant to leave my family while on holiday. On the other hand, I was intrigued.  Coca-Cola is a brand that I have known all my life and one that I highly respect. Here they were inviting me to a conference, along with other bloggers who I know and value.  However, as you know, here on the Culture Mom, I don't often push products, Read More


Exploring the Life of Martin Luther King with My Kids in Atlanta, GA

When I was growing up in Atlanta, GA, I was taught to emulate Martin Luther King, Jr.  He was a man who never backed down fighting against racism and he  dedicated his life to achieving equality and justice for all Americans of all colors.  I was highly aware of who he was and how much he had changed the world I was growing up in. I want my children to have the same knowledge, so on our recent trip to Atlanta, I took them for a visit to the King Center, an amazing museum dedicated to his life and work.  The complex which spreads over a few blocks Read More


Bringing Anne Frank into the Modern World

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On my recent visit to Atlanta, my mother told me about an ongoing exhibit sponsored by the Georgia Commission on the Holocaust, Anne Frank in the World.  A long-time admirer of what her name has done to raise the profile about the truth of the Holocaust, I immediately Googled it and discovered it’s the world’s largest Anne Frank Exhibit.  I thought about taking my children, as my daughter recently read an easy version of the diary and is keenly interested in Anne Frank and her fate, but I decided that at ages 7 and 9, they are still too young to face the Read More


Summer Camp Away From Home

A few months I made a decision to send my kids to the camp I grew up at this summer.  It is still possible to visit  my mother who is still living in the house I grew up in, which may or may not be for much longer.  I have very vivid, happy memories of my time at this one camp and I wanted to give the same experience to both my kids: singing on the yellow bus that took me back and forth to camp, canoeing, archery, horseback riding, cooking, camping out in the woods, being a good enough swimmer to make swim team.   Most of all, I remember the Jewish Read More


A Knock at the Door

Imagine you're sound asleep, lying next to your mother who has just come home after spending two weeks in the hospital.  You're both in a deep sleep when you waken to the sound of loud banging.  Not just loud banging, but LOUD banging on the front door.  You jump up, look at the clock to see it's nearly 1am and run into the hallway to see what's going on.  Your mother slowly wakes up, too, groggy from medications and an infection in her lung that's slowly beginning to heal. Before I continue, please note that this is a true story.  This happened to me Read More


Family Travel Bliss at the Ritz Carlton Buckhead

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Our recent visit to the Ritz-Carlton, Buckhead, one of the premier luxury hotels in Atlanta was truly magnificent. Honestly, there is no other way to describe it. It was such a good family travel experience for all of us.  From the moment we arrived, we were treated like royalty by the staff and that treatment continued throughout our entire stay. I had stayed at the Ritz in other cities, primarily for work, and had good experiences, but this was my first time with my children. We needed a diversion, and we needed to relax.  Our visit at the Ritz was Read More


little birdie, a New Resource for Insider Child-Friendly Tips

Little Birdie

I'm always looking for child-friendly deals, aren't you?  That's why I was glad to hear about little birdie, a newresource for insider tips for local, kid-friendly deals.  little birdie will be landing in two great cities - NYC (where I live) and Atlanta (where I was born and raised) - in early March.  Parents (expecting or with children 12 years or younger) in those cities will be the first to experience these deals with savings up to 90% off on kid-friendly activities, dining and so much more. To celebrate, little birdie is holding the Feather Your Read More


Atlanta’s Coca-Cola Museum

On our last day in Atlanta, we went to explore the history of coca-cola at The World of Coca-Cola, located right across from the Georgia Aquarium.  The museum is located at 121 Baker St. and is open on Mon.–Sat. 9 a.m.–6 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m.–6 p.m. The entry costs are $15 adult, $9 child, $13 senior. Read More


Atlanta’s Center for Puppetry Arts

The other day my kids and I went on a tour of Atlanta's Center for Puppetry Arts.  We were escorted by Jeremy Underwood, the museum's Curator of Exhibits.    Not only was it interesting, but it was informative - not only to the kids, but to myself, and quite unforgettable. I used to go to the Center as a child.  I remember being shuffled off in a school bus to watch amazing puppet shows and make puppets in their puppetry workshops.  I am thrilled to have taken my own children at such a young age to experience the Center for Puppetry Arts, and I hope Read More


The Extraordinary Georgia Aquarium

We paid a visit to the remarkable  Georgia Aquariam in Atlanta today.  Being a native who now lives in NY, I must admit that I was really really, impressed.  I have been curious about the aquarium since it opened in 2005.  Located in Pemberton Place, right across the way from the Coca Cola Museum, it's one of the world's largest aquariums.  I have been to the NY Aquarium and the aquarium in Baltimore, and others around the country.  I have to say that the GA Aquarium outdoes them all.  With more than 8.5 million U.S. gallons of marine and fresh water Read More