Vacation with Lauren: Asheville, North Carolina!

by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

Our family was lucky enough to take a summer getaway to Asheville, North Carolina. My husband and I had visited many years ago, but we have never been with our children. Since it was really a trip for my husband, I opted to stay in a VRBO about 20 miles from Asheville on a 40-acre horse farm and not a hotel downtown.… Read More »

Travel Tuesday with Danielle ~ GLAMPING…IS IT FOR YOU?

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

How do you define glamping?  It can mean different things for different people.  I read several definitions, but my favorite is from the Urban Dictionary…”satisfying your craving for the outdoors and your penchant for a good meal, nice glass of wine and a comfortable bed.” Read More »

Local Teen, Maria Deirisarri, wins Halcyon’s Got Talent Competition

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

Local teen, Maria Deirisarri, recently won a talent competition at Halcyon’s Got Talent last Saturday, singing “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé .  Her mom, Beatriz, is a friend of mine and is also the head designer at Jewelry Artisans!

Maria has been in training since age five and has released four songs: Blindfolded, I T I L U (I think I am in love with you) and Te Necesito, in English and Spanish.… Read More »

Worth the Drive: Roosevelt’s Little White House

By Christina Mimms for The Aha! Connection

Just south of Atlanta lies an important piece of American and presidential history – Franklin Roosevelt’s Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga. A drive here makes for an easy day trip from Atlanta and a glimpse into a time capsule of sorts with its significance.

Roosevelt learned of Warm Springs and its therapies for polio patients in 1924, long before he was elected U.S.… Read More »

Peggy and Audra Visit CrossFit Dunwoody

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection

I first visited CrossFit Dunwoody in April of 2019.  Much has changed since then.  First, the owner, Glenn, has gotten a haircut, a wife, and will become a father in October!  Probably more noticeable are their new digs…. CrossFit Dunwoody vacated their space in the Dunwoody Village shopping center now occupied by Village Threads and moved about 100 yards away into the out-parcel that used to be Jiffy Lube. … Read More »

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Lately at Lunch with Lauren ~ New El Azteca • C&S • Yummy Non-Alcoholic Drinks • Fried Chicken • MacNCheese • Macaroons • El Capitan

Recent excerpts from our Lunch with Lauren Facebook Group by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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July 5:

Tomorrow is National Fried Chicken Day, so that means marinating your chicken today. I marinate chicken overnight in buttermilk, cayenne, paprika, salt and pepper. But some people like to brine chicken.… Read More »

Unusual Plant Blooming in Audra’s Home Town

by Audra H. Anders for The Aha! Connection     

This post is for those who love plants and gardening!

My dad sent me this note along with the photos he took of the Century Plant blooming in my home town!   I thought it was cool enough to share!

from my Dad:

Unusual plant blooming in Opelika on corner of 3rd Street and 5th Ave (Rocky Brook Rd.)Read More »

Travel Tuesday with Danielle ~ CHECK YOUR PASSPORT!

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

First, before you read another word, grab your passport (and each family member’s passport) and look at your expiration dates!  I have had more people than ever before dealing with expired passports.  People are coming out of Covid ready to travel, but some are realizing their passport is expired and it is nearly impossible to get one in under a month. … Read More »

Travel Tuesday with Danielle ~ FRANCE 2021

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

Last week, with all three of our kids not home, my husband and I found ourselves on a flight to France!  The requirements to enter France for a vaccinated traveler looked so easy!  BUT, since it was my first-time entering Europe post-Covid, I was half waiting to be stopped at every checkpoint. … Read More »

Book of the Week & Giveaway: Code Breaker Girls by Local Author Jan Slimming – Book Signing Saturday at Enchanted Forest!

Dunwoody Author, Jan Slimming,  will be signing copies of her debut publication at The Enchanted Forest Dunwoody (July 10th 12-2pm). The Enchanted Forest Gift Shop is located at 5580 Chamblee Dunwoody Road, Dunwoody (in the Publix shopping center).

You can win a copy by leaving a comment on our website or Facebook post!   Winner will be announced on Friday, July 9, 2021.… Read More »

Travel Tuesday with Danielle (from France!) – TRAVELERS CAN NOW ENTER ITALY MUCH EASIER, ESPECIALLY THE VACCINATED!

Note from Audra:    I didn’t think Danielle would be able to give us a Travel Tuesday since she is currently in FRANCE!  However she told me this morning she’s on the high speed train from the French Riviera to Paris with great WiFi so knocked it out!   I’ve had so much fun following her on Instagram with her daily updates/beautiful photos from France this week. Read More »

Travel Tuesday with Danielle ~ Europe Continues to Open to American Travelers


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

Fifteen months after Europe closed its borders to the U.S.,the European Union (EU) announced last week a recommendation to begin allowing entry to U.S. citizens. However, it is up to each country to determine their specific rules for entry into their country.  Besides Croatia, Greece, France, Spain, Iceland and Italy who are already open, below are some of the latest country updates. … Read More »

Lately at Lunch with Lauren ~ Juneteenth Food • Build Your Own Poke • Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog • Fresh Peeled Garlic and So Much More!

Recent excerpts from our Lunch with Lauren Facebook Group by Lauren Townsend for The Aha! Connection

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6/18/21:  Here are some ways to partake in Juneteenth this week

6/15/21: 

Build-your-own poké bowl doesn’t require that much cooking, but definitely some prep work. I make sushi rice in the rice cooker; cook meat or heat up leftover meat, and dice tofu.… Read More »

Where Audra’s green thumb likes her to take it shopping!

One positive from quarantine is that my inherited green thumb had a chance to learn and grow! My parents, my maternal grandfather and my paternal grandmother passed down my insane love for gardening. It’s been a joy to have extra time to spend in my yard. Here’s how this is a post for the community. I shop (too much) for plants but wanted to share a few places I buy plants in case you want your green thumb to get working!… Read More »

Travel Thursday with Danielle ~ 5 REASONS TO AVOID USING AN OTA (ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCY)

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

You may be asking “what is an OTA”?  An OTA (online travel agency) is a website or online service that sells travel products to customers (flights, hotels, etc.)  There are many of them, but a few of the big names are Expedia, Travelocity, Orbitz and Hotels.com. … Read More »