Smith Family Smoky Mountains & Dollywood Trip!

By Peggy Smith for The Aha! Connection

I read somewhere that the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most-visited park in the nation. With over 800 miles of trails, forests, waterfalls, and scenic views, there’s no doubt why.  Between the park and its surrounding tourist-friendly towns of Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville, there’s truly something for everyone here. … Read More »

Lunch with Lauren Pantry List

One of my biggest pet peeves is having to run to the grocery store more than once a week. I’ve heard that many of you have to make multiple trips and that is one of the factors in making mealtime so stressful. You may open a recipe and see that you don’t have a minor (or major) ingredient and scrap it altogether or get in the car and spend 30 minutes trying to find buttermilk.… Read More »

The Teal Pumpkin Project – Audra has a teal pumpkin!

by Audra H Anders for The Aha! Connection

I have food allergies and it stinks.  I aged into these allergies so thankfully never had to pilfer through baskets on Halloween for gluten free candy as a child.  However, I can certainly sympathize with kiddos who have food allergies.  Therefore, at my house we offer non-edible treats PLUS the regular amazing candy treats!  … Read More »

Travel Tuesday: Noteworthy travel news, earn up to 90,000 miles for future travel and LOW Delta SkyMiles deals!

by Danielle Garrett of PlanIt Travel Designs for The Aha! Connection 

The U.S. travel ban on vaccinated foreigners entering our country is scheduled to be lifted this November!  Do you have relatives overseas that have been waiting to visit you?  Well, it looks like they may be able to travel to the U.S. just in time for the holidays. … Read More »

Prep Food Junction – Literally A Hidden Gem


I was having a day that required tacos and rallied some adventurous friends to try out Let’s Taco Bout It. I dropped the address in Waze and went on my way, past that weird abandoned cylinder building at spaghetti junction, and ended on the frontage road of 85 facing the Big Green Egg building. I pulled up into what can only be described as a food hall in the form of an office park known as Prep Food Junction.… Read More »

Audra’s 4 Latest Reads!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Long before we planned a trip to Italy, my family planned a beach trip.   We’ve been on the gulf coast together all week mostly watching the rain and the waves out the window of our rental house.   Being at the beach in the rain is better than not being at the beach, plus it gave me plenty of time to read.… Read More »

Places to Check Out @ Lunch with Lauren

Ready for a few places to try this week? If you don’t want to cook dinner, just need a lunch out, or want to try Dunwoody’s newest bottle shop, keep reading.

Antiguo Lobo
5370 Peachtree Rd Suite A,
Chamblee, GA 30341

Open for lunch and dinner, except on Tuesdays. 

My husband and I enjoyed a nice day date at Antiguo Lobo in downtown Chamblee.… Read More »

Kids & Cell Phones: What Parents Need To Know Recording

In case you missed the Kids and Cell Phone Safety class, Savvy Cyber Kids has recorded it and you can access it HERE.

Or you can check out more information and resources at www.savvycyberkids.org.

Zoom in on September 9th at 7:30 pm with the Aha! Connection and Savvy Cyber Kids as founder Ben Halpert walks parents through ways to keep kids with cell phones safe. … Read More »

The Caribbean: Evolving Vaccine Requirements

by Danielle Garrett of PlanIt Travel Designs for The Aha! Connection 

One of my favorite Caribbean Islands, Turks and Caicos, recently announced you must be fully vaccinated to visit their island (this applies to ages 16 years and older).  This may seem extreme to some, but I suspect we are going to see a growing number of islands make this same decision. … Read More »

Italy – Audra’s Re-Cap and three fave things!

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

I’m not normally so forthcoming about my personal life and family trips but I just couldn’t help sharing Italy with everyone.   Here’s why:

  1. I wanted everyone to realize Danielle Garrett of PlanIt Travel Designs actually does plan all of my big vacations and she is amazing.   This time my brother and I decided to let our parents oversee all the decisions and Danielle worked with Mom and Dad to plan the PERFECT trip for us.  
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Where’s Audra? She’s in …. Open to Find Out!

by Danielle Garrett of PlanIt Travel Designs for The Aha! Connection with a little help from Audra who traveled all the way across the world to take photos for this giveaway 🙂

She’s in Rome!  Angela Rodda was randomly chosen as the winner of everyone who guessed Rome from her gorgeous photos below!  Angela has won a $25 Giftcard from Village Burger!… Read More »