Loganville’s Foggy Bottom BBQ

A year ago this week we made our big move from South Carolina to metro Atlanta.  It’s been a crazy year full of adjustment, but also a little adventure as we’ve explored and ventured out on a side of Atlanta we were fairly unfamiliar.  One way to really get to know an area is through local restaurants and we’ve found some really great ones over the last year! Starting today I’m going to share some of our favorites throughout the next week so that you can check them out when you are traveling through the East-side of the ATL!

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First up is Foggy Bottom BBQ, a hidden gem, right here in Loganville.  We lived in SC for five years and NEVER found a place with BBQ we really enjoyed, so when we first ventured into Foggy Bottom it was with extreme caution.

Y’all, we have thrown caution to the wind, and Foggy Bottom is by far one of our favorite local spots to take friends and carry out for family gatherings at the house!

Established in 2012 as a BBQ competition team, Foggy Bottom has grown into a popular eatery for the locals.  I can’t think of a time we’ve ever dined in where they weren’t busy! Despite being busy, the service is always prompt and friendly with the staff more than happy to answer your questions or suggest something different to try.

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You can find all of your BBQ favorites here from pulled pork to smoked wings; french fries to collards; banana pudding for dessert, and portions so generous you’ll most likely need a box to go!

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I carried my girl friend, Tammie and daughter, Madeline here just before the holidays and Tammie realized in a hurry why Foggy Bottom is one of our favorite stops.

Check out what we enjoyed, then add Foggy Bottom to your plans next time you are in the Atlanta area.

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I love the way Foggy Bottom does their fried pickles… spears instead of rounds!  So much better!!

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The pulled pork is so juicy (but not fatty at all), you don’t alway need to add a sauce, BUT I love mixing a little spicy with the original.  I love having collards with mine and the fries are the perfect amount of crisp!

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Smoked wings with mac & cheese and baked beans … Even the wings are cooked to perfection and not overdone!

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The banana pudding is perfect for sharing because you are going to be so full after eating your main meal!  It’s the perfect ending to a southern BBQ meal!

Another menu favorite of ours (which I didn’t photograph on this visit) are the homemade pork skins.  Audley can eat an entire serving by himself!  You’ll never eat pork skins from a bag again!

BTW, Foggy Bottom is located off of HWY 78 about 16 miles from Stone Mountain Park headed towards Athens and well worth the drive to check it out!

Foggy Bottom BBQ

85 Ray Road

Loganville, Ga 30052

770-466-8228

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Staying Stylish with Candace Cameron Bure

While in college I loved flipping through fashion magazines and talking with some of my girlfriends about latest styles and makeup. We would dress up, do our makeup and head out for dinner; a stroll through the conservatory at the Opryland Hotel, or walk through downtown Nashville. I didn’t have a lot of money to invest in clothes, but it was always so important that I looked and felt my best whenever I was out in public.

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I couldn’t afford a Laura Ashley jumper, so I made this blue plaid one to wear in college…. Saved a fortune!

Times have certainly changed. Casual and fun conversations with the girls about style and makeup have morphed into convos more about being exhausted, teenagers and husbands. I miss the innocent chats that led to girls night out and were so stress free! I oftentimes I think as women we’ve let our style go out the window.

Pajama bottoms in public, ill-fitting clothes not made for a body type, your husband’s oversized tee-shirts, and dressing down more and more instead of taking pride in our appearances.

Y’all, I actually saw a woman get out of her car and walk to the ATM in her bathrobe and house slippers just over the weekend!

I get it.

After raising four kids, all who were heavily involved in sports and youth group while my husband traveled for work, I totally get the desire to dress down and let yourself go. I’m tired, your tired, we’re always rushed, but whether we like it or not, we live in a society that judges based on appearances (it’s been that way for 100’s of years, and is not new by any means), and for that reason I want to look my best.

And y’all, some days my best is a coordinating workout outfit (even if I’m not going to the gym), with a light touch of makeup, or LuLaRoe for a quick run to the grocery or the pick-up line at school.

The struggle is very real, but as long as you are making an effort, you can feel pretty good in just matching workout attire.

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Reading Candace Cameron Bure’s new book Staying Stylish reminds me of those times past with girlfriends talking about what to wear, what looks good, and how to wear makeup. Her laid back writing style is conversational, encouraging and uplifting.  It’s also like hearing from a friend as you read through each page.

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Candace is the perfect choice for a book on this topic for ladies of all ages.  Married for 20+ years, raising three kids, a Hallmark channel movie regular, and now helping her husband run a winery Candace knows how busy life can be, yet she always looks amazing!

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In Staying Stylish ideas are offered to help you build your own style outside of pajama bottoms and ill-fitting clothes.  From t-shirt basics to a night at the theater Candace shares affordable (and a few spurges) to help you build your own style that is appropriate for all occasions!  She even offers tips for traveling well, which is always a challenge for me!

Once you have ideas to update your wardrobe, Candace tackles skincare, hair and makeup.  While I love makeup, I do not wear it everyday but without a doubt I spend time on skincare, both morning and evening.  In my opinion I would rather invest in taking care of my skin now, than want to spend 1000’s on it for facial procedures when I’m 50. Besides, when you take care of your skin, not only do you look younger, but when you do wear makeup, it goes on much more evenly and look so much better!

Finally Candace tackles health, fitness and feeling good from the inside out.  I’ve learned from experience that taking care of yourself matters.

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Y’all, who is going to take care of you, because you’ve neglected yourself?

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From healthy eating to fitness, several great tips and ideas are shared that will inspire you to make little changes; changes you can even introduce to your family.  Self care isn’t just physical and Candace touches on that as well.

To close out her book, Candace touches on ways to nourish your spirit as well.  As wives and mommas we know how our spirit get tired affecting our daily living with the family. From encouragement in our prayer lives to tips for managing stress Candace has found an easy way to encourage us all.

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I am so excited to give away one copy of Candace’s book here on the blog to close out February!  All you have to do to enter to win is leave me a comment on this post sharing a way you practice self-care in your life.  That’s it!

The book will be coming from the publishing company to you, so it will be 4-6 weeks after I announce the winner.

And if you want to share the giveaway I would appreciate it as well!

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Holiday in the Park Presented by Six Flags Over Georgia

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas; everywhere you go…

and that includes Six Flags Over Georgia as the park now stays open select days from now until January 3 to celebrate with you and your family!  In its fourth season, Holiday in the Park is known as one of the Best Christmas Events in Georgia, and definitely something everyone in the family will enjoy.

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Just before Thanksgiving I was given the opportunity to visit Six Flags with my blogging gal pal, Tami, where we enjoyed a festive evening filled with sounds of the season, twinkling lights galore and live shows full of cheer and delight!

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So what all can you do while at Holiday in the Park?

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***Enjoy the lights!  From the moment you enter the park at the Main Street entrance you are met with the first of millions of colorful LED Christmas lights that form a canopy between the buildings, then wrap around the buildings, to draped between attractions.  The 25 Ft Christmas tree and gazebo in the front of the park makes a perfect location for family photos.  Don’t miss the lighting of the tree at 6:00 each evening.

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***Take whirl on your favorite roller coaster and enjoy the different themed areas as you walk through to find it.  My favorite was the Retro Christmas area… I’m such a traditional old soul. Tami and I rode the Goliath (It’s been years since I’ve been on a roller coaster!) and then took a ride through the Monster Plantation.

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Some things you never outgrow!

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***Catch a show!  From carolers in the front of the park to stages with entertainment, you’ll find something to fit everyone in the family, and I promise you’ll be singing along.

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***Visit with Santa and other Warner Bros. characters.  You’re never too old for Bugs and Daffy!

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For someone living in the Southeast, a weekend get-away would be fabulous during the holidays.  Atlanta is full of adventures to enjoy and an evening in the park under the holiday lights is a perfect way to cap it all off!

If you have been slow in finding your holiday cheer this season, take the family to Six Flags this year and enjoy the holiday mixed with rides and entertainment all in one place!  I’m sure it’ll become a holiday tradition for you all.

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Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party

It’s  beginning to look a lot like Christmas and I am sooo excited!

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Last week I was invited to accompany my gal pal Tammie for a return trip to Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom to attend Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for media night.

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 Naturally I was very excited as I am that crazy person who walks around humming Christmas carols, and always looking for things to do to make the season even merrier!

{Sorry Tammie!}

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Party goers get into the holiday spirit as carols are playing throughout the park, festive decorations galore add to the magic Walt Disney is know for, “Mickey’s Most Merriest Celebration” live show at Cinderella’s Castle that’ll have you singing all season long, the fabulous Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade featuring gingerbread men, elves, reindeer, toy soldiers and a special appearance by Santa Claus, cookies, chocolate and other sweet treats, a spectacular fireworks show and characters all through the park for photos and greetings!

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The excitement and magic is contagious and I promise you will become that person that walks around humming carols all season long as well!

Check out a few images from our fun evening in the park!

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Y’all, I’m such a fangirl!

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Every little girl loves to meet a prince and princess!

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Can we discussed the amount of lighting goals in this one picture?!

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If you would like to attend Mickey’s annual party for yourself, it is open on specific nights between November 9-December 22 throughout this season. Beginning at 4:00 in the evening and lasting well into the night, tickets to Mickey’s party are a separate entry fee to Magic Kingdom.  Once purchased, you enter a park transformed into a spectacular holiday scene that only the staff at Walt Disney can imagine! It’s fun to dress up in festive attire or even attend in your Christmas pajamas!  With younger children plan to go early so that they can enjoy the magic before exhaustion overtakes them.  Lines could be long for character greetings so stay merry and go with the flow.  If you are a couple or have older kids planning to attend, wait and go later in the evening.  The live show plays every hour, there are two parades (an early and a late), as well as fireworks.   Of course there are the rides and several restaurants to enjoy as well as the magic you can only find at Disney World.

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