Mom’s Night Out – Mia’s Pizza and Eats

Last week I had the pleasure of getting together with a few other local bloggers that live out in the sticks North of Atlanta. Most of the meetups I attend are in Buckhead or Midtown Atlanta, so an offer to get together close to my own house was a rare treat. No long commute back home before I can crawl into bed. Score!

Our mini meetup was organized by the lovely Mandi, from Cumming Local. If y’all remember, Mandi also organized the get together where I let my inner artist shine! Anywhoooo…we all got together to check out a fun family friendly restaurant called, Mia’s Pizza & Eats.

Owner’s, Mike and Clori opened the restaurant in 2009 and named it after their precious daughter, Mia. Our group was not only joined for dinner by Clori, but also the cute, pajama wearing, Mia, made the occasional appearance too. We happily chatted away learning about the origins of the restaurant, while feasting heartily on freshly prepared creations like the Mia Tomato Mop, a phenomenal goat cheese and marinara dip and some warm spinach artichoke dip. After appetizers, we were treated to a variety of pizzas, sandwiches, and calzones. Mia’s dough is made fresh every day in their kitchen and you can tell! It was all delicious!

Check out this adorable tiger pizza they offer on their kid’s menu!


Photo courtesy of Clori

After dinner, Clori arranged for some desserts to be brought out for us. Of course we were all stuffed, but trust me when I say we all made a little bit more room in our tummies to try some cheesecake, cannolis, and frozen oreo ice cream pie, all made right there at the restaurant!  I swear, you could have rolled us all out to our cars after this meal! I have to give a HUGE thank you to Mike and Clori for hosting our meetup. The food was over the top and the evening was delightful.

To further foster Mia’s family friendly atmosphere, they are partnering with Cumming Local to sponsor a FAMILY NIGHT OUT event that includes a discounted menu, kids’ crafts, favor bags, and giveaways. The event is free to participate (except for price of food ordered), but participants must register here and receive a ticket. The first 40 people to sign up get “swag bags” filled with coupons and certificates to area businesses. How awesome is that?!

FAMILY NIGHT OUT DETAILS
When: Monday, October 24th
Time: 5:00pm – 8:00pm (drop in)
Where: Mia’s Pizza &  Eats – 911 Marketplace Blvd, Cumming GA 30022
Don’t forget you must register in advance for this event HERE.

As an extra special treat from Clori and Mike, I left with a $20 gift certificate to Mia’s Pizza & Eats to offer up to you all! Make sure you keep and eye out next week, or go ahead and subscribe to my blog, so you don’t miss the announcement details of the giveaway.

By the way, did you know October is national Pizza Month?  If you need an excuse to eat pizza (not that my family ever does, especially on a Friday after a long school/work week), then this is it!  To celebrate Pizza Month, Mia’s is also featuring some weekly specialty pizzas featuring local ingredients.  YUM!

Mark your calendars for the FAMILY NIGHT OUT event and get your stretchy pants on to make your way over to Mia’s Pizza & Eats to chow down on some amazing Italian food!  Hopefully, we’ll see you there!

You can find Mia’s Pizza and Eats on Facebook here or on Twitter here.

Girl’s Night Out…Painting the Pumpkin Orange

Y’all should know by now, that I am a pretty social gal! I love meeting online friends in real life and will jump at any opportunity to do so. When I saw fellow GA Social Media Mom, Mandi of Cumming Local post on twitter about a Girl’s Night Out at Glazed & Fired,  A Paint Your Own Pottery & Painting Studio, I was all in!  My creativity gene is relatively limited when it comes to originality, but I can paint a pre-made ceramic piece with the best of them.

Imagine my surprise though walking into the studio and seeing this.

It seems my creative talent was going to be put through a more difficult test.
We were going to be painting this fun harvest pumpkin.
Too cute, right?

So I listened carefully to the Art Instructor, Jeanne Matey.
“Make a semi squished kind of heart shape.”
Done.

The instructor made it look so easy, but I persevered through my own doubt in my ability, and kept working on my masterpiece. I have to admit it came out pretty good.

I am definitely no Van Gogh, but I do think it’s nice enough to hang in my entry way to kick off the Fall decorating of the house. The evening was great fun. Everyone enjoyed the cupcakes, gift bags, and multiple raffle drawings scattered throughout the evening. Personally, I most enjoyed just being out and not having to hear the word “Mom” 30 times and hour.

Many thanks to Mandi, Cumming Local and the numerous sponsors below for providing the raffle prizes and contents of the gift bags. It’s always fun to participate in a social event, and then also leave with some extra goodies. I can’t wait to check out more local businesses in my area.

Event Sponsors:
Glazed & Fired – Paint Your Own Pottery & Painting Studio
Jeanne Matey – Art Instructor
Simply Cupcakelicious – A cupcakery & more!
a*muse | studio – Creative Consultant Adriane Winchester – Rubber Stamps, Paper Crafting & More!
Arbonne – Independent Consultant Layla Kelling
– Educating Others about Health & Wellness
Digital Memories by Debbie Koehler
– Portrait Photography services for Families, Maternity, Children & Newborns
Mia’s Pizza & Eats
– Local Pizzeria serving a Variety of Foods all made with the Freshest Ingredients
Miche Bag
– One Bag … Endless Possibilities
Mountain Cottage Soaps – Handcrafted Soaps, Bath & Body Products
ninetyone10 – Offering Handmade Gifts from Hairbows to Eco-Friendly Snack Bags & Sandwich Wraps
Southern Woman Resale
– Resale Boutique for Maternity & Plus Size Clothing
Stella & Dot – Independent Stylist Geraldina Murtagh – From runway to your everyday, Stylish & Trend-Setting Jewelry
Studio Lotus – Pilates Studio offering Apparatus, Mat Classes, Tower Classes Kettlebell & Redcord Training
Trinkets & Treasures by MiMi – Fashionable Jewelry & Accessories

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Disclosure – I paid for my own ticket for the Girl’s Night Out event. I was not asked to blog about the sponsors, but wanted to share them and remind everyone to check out their own area for local businesses. By supporting local businesses and start ups, we can all make a difference. I’ll get down off my soapbox now.

3 Musketeers and Friends…a Match Made in Heaven

Last week I had the good fortune to spend an evening out without my children. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my kids, but as individuals, we parents also deserve some time to socialize on our own.  Occasionally I need to reconnect with who I am as a person, and to be not be seen as the mom of Baby and Jed.

Some great social media friends were hosting an event for 3 Musketeers, and we were invited out to try the new formula with richer chocolate taste.

Let me get this straight.
You want me to come out to chat with some friends AND eat candy?
Where do I sign up?
You know you are thinking the same thing.
Admit it.

So thanks to 3 Musketeers, Desiree from Mommy Reporter, Alicia from The Mommy Insider and Caleb from What Now Atlanta hosted a LIKE UP here in Atlanta!  A bunch of us met at Two Urban Licks for fun snacks, a few raffle giveaways, great conversation and of course tweeting with the #3Musketeers hashtag.  Which on a completely separate note, I was misspelling the first half of the night. Immediately followed by the #BloggerFail hashtag. Oy.


*Photo courtesy of the lovely Ann from Mundane Magic.
Pictured L to R Alicia, Caleb and Desiree.

Major highlight of the evening was the beignets made with the new formula 3 Musketeers. They were amazing! Look at the smiles on our faces.
Can you say Sugar High?


*Photo courtesy of the lovely Ann from Mundane Magic.
Pictured L to R Ann, your truly, and Desiree.

There’s nothing better than a good friend, except a good friend with CHOCOLATE
–Linda Grayson

Sugar Coma Festival – Spring 2011

Love all things sweet?  Then you would have loved the Sugar Coma Festival – Spring 2011 Edition!  Shameeka Ayers (aka The Broke Socialite) put on a super sweet affair and I was there to enjoy every lip smackin’ bite.

30 plus vendors were gathering in an open gallery to sample their treats.  I needed to be there.  I had previously attended The Broke Socialites Sugar Coma Redux and knew that this event would be even more awesome.

Being a Sunday I was a little worried. I try and give DH a little free time since he is with this kids all week while I am at the office. When I registered for the event, I saw children were welcome, and up to age ten they were free of charge. Problem solved. DH was able to enjoy a kids free day watching the G Braves, while I wrangled had the children with me.

I did get a few minutes to scarf down some bite sized cupcakes check out some vendors sans kids.

Elegant Event Sitters sponsored an out of the way area complete with crafts for kids. Baby and Jed both enjoyed icing and decorating cookies and coloring adorable cupcake shaped cards.

There were cookies by Tank Goodness Atlanta, which by the way is a business that will deliver warm cookies and cold milk to your door.

There were cake pops and cupcakes for miles! Lenox Cupcakes even had a Bacon Maple Cupcake and of course I had to try it!

There was cotton candy by Crave Cotton Candy Factory.

And OH MY there was ice cream High Road Craft Ice Cream & Sorbet and The Pop Shop.

Many of the vendors are still building their businesses. They rent space in commercial kitchens as opposed to the traditional brick and mortar store fronts. They need us to support them. I could go on for hours attempting to describe all the delicious flavors that I sampled, but I would not due their creators justice.

However, I think this picture sums it all up quite nicely.


Disclaimer

I bought a ticket to this event.
All sampling and tastings were included in the price of the event.
If you don’t get yourself a ticket to the next event you might end up kicking yourself.

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