Chick-Fil-A Offers Backstage Home Office Tours!

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We’ve always been huge fans of Chick-Fil-A, but now since we’ve been on the backstage home office tour, we are even bigger fans!  I had no idea that they even offered these tours, so I’m excited to tell you about them!

You have a choice between the Original and the Deluxe tour.  On the Original, you can learn the history of the Chick-fil-A founder, Truett Cathy, and the core values of the company with a visit to the History Museum.  This tour is FREE!  The Deluxe offers this plus you can experience Truett Cathy’s office, take a quick shuttle ride to see new product development in “The Kitchen” and visit the “Hatch” innovation center.  It is $15 per person.  Both require reservations.  You can find more about that HERE.

We took the Deluxe tour along with some other Chick-Fil-A mom bloggers today.  It was a ton of fun!  During the tour, we were even allowed to sample some top secret new items that will be rolling out next year!  How exciting is that!  I wish I could tell you about them, but I’m sworn to secrecy :-)

The Story of Chick-fil-A®  and founder, Truett Cathy, encompasses the BIG 3 ideas:

  • Treat Others Right
  • Make Smart Decisions
  • Maximize Your Potential

Throughout the tour, you’ll see these ideas expressed.

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Chick-Fil-A has a huge warehouse called the Hatch Innovation Center that they use for training.  In this warehouse, they actually have 3 prototype working restaurants for training!  These were pretty neat to see!  Everyone was bustling around making sure that everything went smoothly and finding out ways to make the restaurants work more efficient.  They even had a fake drive-thru where they used trikes instead of cars.  We could see a lot of the neat ideas that are being tossed around at Chick-Fil-A from future restaurant designs to uniform ideas.

On top of everything in the warehouse, EVERYONE was so happy!  All of the employees were genuinely happy!  We even witnessed a group of employees sitting down for a Bible study together!  How many other jobs offer that!?  Our tour guide told us that they have miles of walking trails throughout the campus and also a fishing pond.  If someone has a bad day, they are free to go for a walk to clear their head or even go fishing!  Working out at the wellness center is also an option.  My husband was about ready to switch jobs 😉  He especially wanted to work in the kitchen where they sample food daily and work on creating new an exciting menu item!  We were able to sample the new Greek yogurt that is rolling out right now and it was very good!  Twice the protein and half the sugar!


We loved seeing all the fun cars and even the Batmobile in the “Moo-Seum”.  So many beautiful collectable cars!  Up in Truett Cathy’s office, we heard stories about the Cathy family and the kids were even invited to sit at his desk.  The flag was given to Truett from soldiers in Operation Enduring Freedom.  So much history, so many interesting facts!  I think we will have to take another trip just to have time to see everything in more depth!


Of course, no trip is complete without taking a picture on their billboard!  Don’t worry, this was on the ground, not up in the air!

Big thanks to Chick-Fil-A to having us out for the day!  We had a great time!  Can’t wait to come back!

Again, if you’re interested in taking a FREE Original or $15 Deluxe Tour, visit their website.

Bountiful Baskets are Back in Georgia!

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I’m so excited y’all!  For about 5 years, my family has participated with Bountiful Baskets here in Athens.  It has saved us so much money at the grocery store and I love knowing that we have fruits and veggies each week.

If you haven’t heard about Bountiful Baskets, you’re in for a treat!  For $15, you get a basket full of fruits and veggies!  $25 for organic!  You see that picture above?  YES!  Only $15!  Incredible!

To see if there is a Bountiful Baskets near you, visit their website.  Ask me if you have any questions!  I don’t get anything from sharing about this, I just want you to save money like I do!

Peel and Stick Chalkboard Sticker Only $6.85 (Was $17.98!)

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Perfect for the school room!  Amazon has this Fancy-fix Vinyl Peel and Stick Chalkboard Sticker with 5 Free Chalks 17.7 By 78.7 Inches down to ONLY $6.85!! This would be a great addition to a classroom or kids room!  You could probably even cut it to use in multiple places!

  • EXPRESS YOURSELF: Use our convenient peel and stick chalkboard sticker to express your creativity with chalk!
  • EASY TO USE: Simply peel the vinyl chalkboard off of its paper backing and then stick to a smooth flat surface.
  • DURABLE: Manufactured out of a strong vinyl material for long lasting quality.
  • LARGE SIZE: Each roll is 17.7in. x 78.7in. to give you plenty of room for writing menus, sweet messages, to-do lists and more!
  • FREE CHALK: We’ll send you 5 FREE regular chalk sticks with your purchase so you can start your writing or drawing as soon as you receive your chalkboard sticker.

Kindle: When Sinners Say “I Do” Only $1.99!

If you’re looking for some new reading material for your Kindle, I’d love to recommend the book, When Sinners Say “I Do”.  Right now the Kindle version is only $1.99.  This is a great read!

Marriage is the union of two people who arrive at the altar toting some surprisingly large luggage. Often it gets opened right there on the honeymoon, sometimes it waits for the week after. The Bible calls it sin and understanding its influence can make all the difference for a man and woman who are building a life together. When Sinners Say “I Do” is about encountering the life-transforming power of the gospel in the unpredictable journey of marriage.

Dave’s writing style embraces the reader as he speaks honestly, and sometimes humorously, about sin and the power of the gospel to overcome it. He opens the delightful truth of God s word and encourages the reader to see more clearly the glorious picture of what God does when sinners say “I do.”

Meal Plan Monday


Woo hoo!  It’s Monday and I’m feeling GREAT!  That’s because my husband finally had 2 days off in a row now that the trial is done.  It was great to have him around again and the kids were thrilled.  We spend the weekend pretty much just chilling at the house catching up on stuff.  Since it’s Monday, I’ve gotta come up with my meal plan!  This week we are actually eating out more than usual because of different things going on.  Here goes:

Monday: Dinner out with church friends

Tuesday: Dinner at a friend’s house

Wednesday: Dinner out on way to see Cirque du Soleil

Thursday: Poppyseed Chicken, salad

Friday: Steak, broccoli with cheese, sweet potatoes

Saturday: Dinner out at the National Night Out

Sunday: Crockpot lasagna

Have you tried any new yummy recipes lately?  Leave me a comment and tell me your favorites!  I love trying new stuff!

*HOT* Moby Wrap Only $7!!!

This one is sold out.  There are a few down to $19.95, which is still an excellent price in my book.

Holy cow!  If you are expecting, you will want to grab this up NOW!  Lowest price ever!  Amazon has the Moby Wrap MLB Edition Baby Carrier for ONLY $7!!! Yes, you read that right!  I paid almost $40 for my wrap!  Moby is one of my favorite wraps, especially for newborns!

  • Uses your entire back, as well as your shoulders, to carry the weight of your baby
  • Moby Wrap is a wide piece of fabric that is wrapped over both shoulders
  • There are no buckles, snaps or other fasteners
  • Includes easy to follow instructional guide
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Athens Teacher Reuse Store 2015

Another great event for teachers is back this year!  This time with a new location!  If you are a public, private, or homeschool teacher in Athens-Clarke, Madison, Oconee, or Oglethorpe counties, you can participate!

Saturday August 15th at 1005 College Avenue, Athens, from 9-12.  I recommend getting there early for the big stuff!  We’ve gotten some great items before!  More details below:


Athens: National Night Out – August 1, 2015

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Great news!  They are having this fun event again this year:

National Night Out is designed to: 

  • Heighten crime, and prevention awareness;
  • Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs;
  •  Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and
  • Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.


Join the Athens-Clarke County Police Department
Saturday, August 1, 2015
Bishop Park
705 Sunset Dr. Athens, GA 30606

Activities of National Night Out Include: 
Various Divisions of ACCPD
Car Seat Safety Check by ACCPD Traffic Unit
UGA Crime Prevention Unit
UGA Bomb Unit
ACC Fire Department/Fire Prevention
The Cottage
Project Safe
Free Food
Balloon Figures
Home Depot Work Shop
Inflatables for Children
Back to school giveaway (limited item quantity)

Amazon: Sylvania 7-Inch Portable DVD Player Only $39.99 Shipped, 40% Off Lifestraw Products!

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Today’s deals on Amazon are great!First off, they are offering a 7 inch portable DVD player for only $39.99 shipped, down from $69.99!  That’s a whopping 43% off!

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Next up, they are offering up to 40% off select Lifestraw products!  This is something I’ve been wanting to get for our emergency kit, so I’m definitely grabbing a couple!

  • Award-winning LifeStraw has been used by millions around the globe since 2005
  • Removes minimum 99.9999% of waterborne bacteria (>LOG 6 reduction) and surpasses EPA standards for water filters
  • Removes minimum 99.9% of waterborne protozoan parasites (>LOG 3 reduction) and filters to an amazing 0.2 microns
  • Filters up to 1000 liters of contaminated water WITHOUT iodine, chlorine, or other chemicals
  • Comes in a sealed bag, perfect for storing for emergencies