So You Want To Be A Blogger? Don’t Miss The Type-A Parent Conference In Atlanta! #typeacon

What does it take to be a blogger? What is it that you do – and how can I get started? These are just a few of the questions that my friends have been asking me lately. Whether the questions are inspired by special media invites or simply finding ways to connect with a broader set of like-minded individuals online, blogging can certainly deliver some fun results!

The Type-A Parent Conference is a wonderful opportunity for new and veteran bloggers to learn how to do it right. From networking opportunities with sponsors and event attendees to hands-on workshops, the Type-A Parent Conference offers a little something to suit the needs of everyone.

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I attended the 2013 Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta, and had the most wonderful time. I learned about new laws regarding disclosure, updating the look and feel of my blog through simple code changes, and even connected with some sponsors that have really helped to inspire my work over the past year – and I’m attending this year to learn even more!

If you would like to attend, purchase your pass today from Eventbrite. It’s a simple process, a great price, AND you will be able to attend this fabulous conference in September. (And I get a small commission!) FOR 24 HOURS ONLY, USE CODE: BLOGPARTNER TO RECEIVE 25% OFF ADMISSION! 

But don’t just take my word for it… Check out these pictures from previous Type-A events:

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Will you be attending the 2014 Type-A Parent Conference in Atlanta? I’d love to see you there! 

I will receive a small commission for each ticket sold through my affiliate link – and even if you choose to purchase from another site, I hope that you will still attend. All opinions about the Type-A Parent Conference in this post come from my personal experience at last year’s event. 

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Looking Good And Feeling Better In Nashville, TN! #LGFB25

My mom and I recently took a road trip up to Nashville, TN for the SURVIVORVILLE Convention and expo. The purpose of SURVIVORVILLE, also known as the National Women’s Survivors Convention, is to bring together cancer survivors and co-survivors to teach and inspire each person through a series of seminars and festive events.

My mother, a fairly recent cancer survivor, was able to receive a makeover from the fabulous folks at Look Good Feel Better. Now in it’s 25th year, the Look Good Feel Better organization has helped thousands of cancer warriors to look and feel their very best. It was such a treat to see my mother’s transformation – but even better to see her beautiful smile once again!

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Beautiful, right?

We are both beyond thankful that organizations like Look Good Feel Better exist, as well as the entire SURVIVORVILLE event. I encourage each of you to help spread the word about the Look Good Feel Better program. I fully believe that these organizations are doing wonderful things to help uplift those of us that have been touched by cancer.

If you’d like more information about Look Good Feel Better, please visit the website, follow on Twitter, and read my earlier post outlining the program.

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Family Travel In Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach is a family travel destination that until recently, I had only heard of in passing. Most travel for Georgia residents (at least in the areas that I grew up in) emphasized the beaches of Florida. I was happily surprised to discover the beauty and adventure that a Myrtle Beach family vacation could offer!

Each morning of our trip, Danger and I would wake up before the sun and go for long walks on the beach. She collected a few shells and I cleared my mind while listening to the soft crash of the waves and tinkering splash of our footsteps along the ocean’s edge.

We visited the Crown Reef Resort, a newly-renovated resort at the southern end of the beach. The resort offers a nice little waterpark, open year-round, and an assortment of dining and recreational areas.

We ventured off-property to explore the surrounding area, too. Nathan, the 13-year-old, enjoyed a game of MagiQuest at Broadway At The Beach, a large shopping and entertainment district in Myrtle Beach. It was fun watching him zip from one section of the room to another, on a quest for all things magical.

My family and I also enjoyed a round of mini golf at Jurassic Golf. It was one of the better courses that I’ve played on, especially with the dinosaurs and brightly colored steam at night.

There are many restaurant choices in Myrtle Beach, but one big style really stood out: Calabash Seafood. The term ‘calabash’ refers to the style of cooking, not a restaurant chain.

We also found a few Krispy Kremes in the area, and just had to stop in one morning for “Hot Doughnuts Now!” It’s a family tradition for us to get hot doughnuts at least once on any beach vacation, and a tradition that Danger is more than happy to adopt.

We really enjoyed our time in Myrtle Beach, and I would happily visit again for my next beach vacation.

Have you visited Myrtle Beach? What is your favorite area attraction or restaurant? 

I received a complimentary trip to Myrtle Beach to share my opinion with the readers of this blog. All opinions come from my personal experiences. 

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Lessons From Our Pursuit Of Happiness

I am a firm believer that a curious mind is one of the most important qualities I should nurture in my child – if not the most important. So when I tell you that we’ve been living out of a suitcase for weeks now, it’s only natural to conclude that we’ve been doing a lot of exploring.

We’ve explored new cities, like Myrtle Beach, SC:

Myrtle Beach family travel

and Nashville, TN:

Nashville family travel

We’ve learned things from books (stacks and stacks of homeschool books)

and discovered things about people:

Happiness

I am determined to make this Classic Mommy site the best representation of our lives and our stories as possible, all in the hopes of connecting with other people with similar stories. You don’t visit this blog for a bunch of sponsored junk – and I don’t like creating that type of content, either.

Please stick with me as I transition the look and feel of this blog to something that works better for all of us. And if you’re not already, follow my Instagram feed for an inside peek at all things Bradshaw. (We are about to embark on a trip to Washington, DC and Maryland, and I plan to update my feed regularly with images of ‘Merica!) 

What have you discovered lately? 

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My Summer Streaming Playlist on Netflix #StreamTeam

Let’s all take a moment to welcome SUMMER – the hottest, sunniest (and most uncomfortable!) season for those of us in Atlanta. The weekend BBQ cookouts and lightweight fabrics are almost exciting enough for my mom friends to forget that with summer comes summer break… and with summer break comes less “me time” and more “kid time.” Of course, those of us that choose to homeschool never really seem to have enough time to simply kick up our feet and relax.

This summer is different, though. Somehow I’ve managed to finish a book. And not just any book, but the captivating story that inspired the “Orange Is The New Black” series on Netflix! I’m not going to lie – I am perfectly fine with my newly discovered interest in women’s prison drama, and all the hilarious antics that ensue when a group of women are forced to spend time together in close quarters.  Continue reading

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Sonesta ES Suites Orlando: A Charming Property In The Heart Of Orlando #familytravel

My family and I recently had the opportunity to travel to sunny Orlando, Florida for National Travel and Tourism Week. Orlando is one of my absolute favorite family travel destinations, and it’s no wonder why: there’s so much to do and see!

Of course, being a popular family travel destination offers many perks besides the theme parks and attractions. Orlando offers so many incredible hotel resort properties that are an attraction by their own right. The Sonesta ES Suites Orlando is one such property that my family and I were able to experience on our most recent trip to the city.

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Share Your ‘Moment of Happiness’ And You Could Win Four Tickets To The World of Coca-Cola! #Atlanta

Earlier this month, I gathered together with some of my favorite Atlanta mom bloggers in the Bottle Cap Suite at the World of Coca-Cola to kick off the launch of the new app “World of Coca-Cola Explorer.”

The app pinpoints your exact location within the World of Coke, and then offers special facts, photo opps, and more to make your visit even more fun and informational. Before our visit, I downloaded the app to see how it would enhance this attraction’s experience. I was quite surprised at how different the World of Coca-Cola experience could be, all because of a simple app!  Continue reading

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6 Tips For Visiting Hurricane Harbor With Kids!

Would it be completely cliché to say that Hurricane Harbor is the coolest addition to Six Flags Over GA? It is also the largest expansion in the history of the park, adding new thrills and chills to Atlanta’s sole theme park.

With 10 new slides and a 38 thousand square foot wave pool, it’s no wonder why this new addition has been so highly anticipated. Best of all? It’s FREE to enjoy with your Six Flags admission! Take a peek: Continue reading

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Maleficent – Is Disney’s Newest Villain Flick Fit For Kids?

Danger and I recently attended a 3D screening of the new Disney movie “Maleficent.” I’ve noticed that a lot of people have been describing the movie as ‘magnificent’ – a fun play on words, and certainly one word that comes to mind for me, as well. But my review can be summed up in another word: unexpected.

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“Maleficent” explores the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the classic “Sleeping Beauty” and the elements of her betrayal that ultimately turn her pure heart to stone. Driven by revenge and a fierce desire to protect the moors over which she presides, Maleficent cruelly places an irrevocable curse upon the human king’s newborn infant Aurora. As the child grows, Aurora is caught in the middle of the seething conflict between the forest kingdom she has grown to love and the human kingdom that holds her legacy. Maleficent realizes that Aurora may hold the key to peace in the land and is forced to take drastic actions that will change both worlds forever. 

The writers did a fabulous job of exploring the “Maleficent” story and character. Angelina Jolie didn’t just portray Maleficent – she was Maleficent.  Continue reading

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Simple Food Swaps For Busy Moms + ZonePerfect Giveaway!

Being a mom is a complicated thing. A mom spends so much time taking care of a child’s needs that she often neglects her own. For me, this is often reflected in my eating habits.

I spend quite a bit of time preparing food for my daughter to eat. She eats a healthy, balanced vegetarian diet. In fact, most of her meals are organic. As for me, well – when I remember to feed myself – I usually just throw together whatever is easy and available.

For the past few months, I’ve been participating in the Blog Forward challenge with ZonePerfect. I’ve switched out many of my unhealthy snacks and meals with ZonePerfect nutrition bars in an attempt to regain control over what goes into my body.
Food is fuel for the body, and I want to eat good food to feel my very best.

Healthy Cooking Swaps

Did you know that it is easy to make a few simple swaps in your diet to accomplish your diet and nutrition goals? Take a peek at a few easy changes that you can make:   Continue reading

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