Posts Tagged: dahlonega

Where I Found Beauty This Week

“Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.”  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


My mom’s birthday.  Happy Birthday, Mama!


A field trip to a pottery painting place called “Mug Me” in Dahlonega, Georgia.



A day of gratitude for those whom have served our country and protected our freedom.  Past, present, and future; they will forever receive my thanks.


Wishes were made on historical (leafy) sidewalks, old staircases that hold the footprints of our past, and open fields of hope, imagination, and dreams.


Small Business Saturday

Thanks to American Express for sponsoring my writing today about small businesses. American Express is presenting Small Business Saturday, a way to honor the local merchants who are the backbone of the economy, this Saturday, November 27. They’re offering statement credits to people who shop at small businesses, advertising for small-business owners, and donations to Girls Inc. for “Likes” of the Small Business Saturday page on Facebook. Join the celebration by clicking the “Like” button and then visiting the Facebook page to learn more about the program and read the terms and conditions that apply.

Being the owner of my own small business, I wholeheartedly support other small businesses; especially local ones.  They are crucial to our community.   They make us unique.  They add a human quality to a world that is easy to succumb to big conglomerate business.   Small business make up the backbone of this country.  Without [us] so much is lost.

I live in a fairly small town in northern Georgia.  There are many local small business that I truly love.  Traveling to the town just north of us, there’s a town square that’s filled with these awesome businesses that add to the quaintness of that particular town.   There’s a General Store, jewelers, craftsmen and women, an old time Barber Shop, as well as restaurants, candy shops, and a great little ice cream shop that our children always beg to go to.

In our town, though, one of my favorite small businesses is GA Mountain Candles.   The first time I went into their store front it was to find a gift for a friend.  I was instantly drawn to their products, because I am very picky about my candles.  I’m definitely not partial to those candles whose name rhymes with “hanky” —those really strong ones that you get at, say, the big mall, that are really over-priced.    GA Mountain candles are hand poured, soy candles, that have an even burn, and don’t smoke.  Best of all the business was the idea of two moms!

Here are a few words from one of the moms who created this wonderful product:

“When I would buy a candle I wanted the scent to overwhelm my house or at least know that it had been lit.  I wanted my money’s worth, but when I would light my candle I wouldn’t get the results I wanted.  All I wanted was a good scent, “was that to much to ask”?  Secondly, the wax would always tunnel down the middle eventually I would have to throw my candle away because I couldn’t reach the wick.   Then one day we were offered a deal from another company to wholesale their candles, but that was the same old same old “expensive candles very little scent”. I told my daughter-in-law at the time, now my partner, “lets do it,” and she was thinking the same exact thing. We were tired of bad candles that were always so expensive and “who could afford that?” So we decided lets make a candle that people would enjoy and could afford. That’s when GA Mountain Candles was born in a kitchen from two moms wanting a good deal and something we could be proud of.  It is our passion every minute of every day we are always thinking about candles and what can we do to be the best.”

I am lucky to have friends who own their own small business, too. From online toy stores, to beautiful home made baby products, to knitted wonders, to gorgeous photography, and so much more. I believe in supporting them and cultivating entrepreneurship as much as possible!

So, on November 27th, won’t you come together, in support of all the small businesses we love. Join the movement and help spread the word with a click.

Small Business Saturday

I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

“And the Rocket’s Red Glare….”

Early in the day, on the Fourth of July, I took the kids up to Dahlonega, GA to walk around and enjoy the Kids Zone.  We’d wanted to see the parade, but were there way too early, so we decided that we’d just come back for the fireworks show at nightfall.

I had recently wrote a post about taking pictures of fireworks.   So, on Saturday night I was prepared to take some great shots at Sparks in the Park, but our super.secret.awesome parking spot was blocked off by the police in our town.  I was forced to park in one of the local school lots, and our view wasn’t the greatest.  Add to that the fact that as I was setting up I realized that I forgot my remote shutter release.  I didn’t even think I’d get anything decent.  I did, however, get a few that I liked, but only one that I loved.

I was determined to capture some more fireworks in Dahlonega.  We got to the North Georgia College & State University’s Drill Field around 8:20pm.  It was packed.  The sea of red, white, and blue was amazing.

We hung out, Davey ran around, and we enjoyed some Funfetti cake cookies while we waited for the show.

Night fell upon us rather quickly….

Soon thereafter, over the speakers, one of my favorite renditions of The Star Spangled Banner filled the air.

Then….BOOM!  BANG! OOOH!  AHHH! {View the whole set on Flickr}

Oh, and, I did not forget my remote shutter release!

“Johnny, you rosin up your bow and play your fiddle hard.”

Bear in the Square

{See the whole set on Flickr}