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2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

2 statewide sweepstakes help parents pay for kids' college

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Georgia parents have two new opportunities to begin saving for their kids' college educations.

The Path2College 529 Plan is giving significant college contributions to two lucky Georgia children through its Newborn Sweepstakes and Destination College Savings Sweepstakes.

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal is an advocate of the latter program, which she helped launch during her Read Across Georgia tour last month.

RELATED: Sandra Deal, Path2College to launch college savings initiative

Through the Newborn Sweepstakes, one Georgia baby born between Jan. 1, 2011 and Dec. 31, 2011 will be awarded $5,529 toward a Path2College 529 Plan.

Add Your Artistic Glitz, Glam... Mix With Lots of Fun

Add Your Artistic Glitz, Glam... Mix With Lots of Fun

Adding bling or subtle gems to accentuate your beauty on your wedding day is a must. Donning a lovely necklace, bracelet, and earrings will increase the brilliance of your look and those of your bridesmaids. To achieve that special flair, I visited Pamela Fox, U Design Jewelry independent representative, at her jewelry design studio in Douglasville… and what a treat! When I walked in, my eyes were greeted with an amazing selection of colorful Swarovski crystals, freshwater pearls, glass beads, and wooden beads.

Pamela provided expertise in ways to creatively add glitz to your big day in a memorable, exciting way… 

  • “The bride can come in and create jewelry to complement her gown,” she says. Bring in a photo of your gown to help you design a set of jewelry that will suit the style and color of your dress.

Money-Saving Tips to Create a Beautiful Bouquet

Money-Saving Tips to Create a Beautiful Bouquet

Have you ever given thought about your wedding bouquet? Colors, style, and beauty all matter! Recently, I met with Lori Cowie, owner and chief creative officer of Frances Florist in Douglasville, Ga. In addition to teaching me how to create my own wedding bouquet, Lori gave some helpful tips for brides to save money on theirs…

  • To cut costs, choose flowers that are in-season at the time of your wedding. You can surf the Internet to discover what blooms during the season of your big day.
  • Select flowers from nature, and ask your floral designer to arrange them.
  • From January 1 – February 28, flowers are triple in price. As a result, if you’re planning your wedding during this time, be prepared to pay a higher cost.
  • Make sure that your florist is reputable and has experience. In the long run, this may save you money and headaches.

Caught on Camera… Treasured Wedding Photography Tips

Caught on Camera… Treasured Wedding Photography Tips

Wedding photographs are timeless pieces that help tell the story of a couple’s beginning. How often have we gazed at a photo of dear loved ones on their wedding day? Personally, I have watched my grandparents cheerfully grin as they pulled out the old photo album to take a brief moment back in time. Full of pride, they show off their pictures from back in the day, which include beautiful black and white wedding snapshots.

With this in mind, capturing the precious moments of the day you say, “I do,” is significant. You, too, will probably share the story of when you and your fiancé became one. I talked with photographer John Barker of River City Images Photo and Video. John has shot 600 weddings over the past 18 years. He offers his suggestions on preparing for your ceremony and reception photos…

  • Before searching for your photographer, think about what type of photos you want.

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National Doughnut Day means FREE DOUGHNUTS

National Doughnut Day means FREE DOUGHNUTS

So today is National Doughnut day so that means free doughnuts.

Krispy Kreme - The one the only the original Krispy Kreme. One free doughnut of selected kinds.

Let the Pre-Wedding Celebrations Begin! Remember “This” While Prepping for Your Rehearsal Dinner

Let the Pre-Wedding Celebrations Begin! Remember “This” While Prepping for Your Rehearsal Dinner

Pre-wedding celebrations are all the rave leading up to your big day. Bridal showers, bachelorette and bachelor parties, and rehearsal dinners offer exciting breaks to unwind between the wedding planning anxieties. 

Let’s discuss a less talked about event that shows your bridal party how much you truly care—the rehearsal dinner. Usually held the night before the wedding day, this is a special event that tends to be cut way too short due to overtime in ceremony rehearsal.  

Gabe’s Downtown catering coordinator, Michelle Pethel, shared some key points when prepping for your rehearsal dinner. Gabe’s Downtown, owned by Tammy and Gabe Toups, offers classic upscale Louisiana fare in a casual setting. The restaurant may even compliment your rehearsal dinner needs seamlessly.