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About Me & My Family

In July 2011 I quite my full time job to become an on the go, stay at home, homeschool mom. I have two children and we live in Georgia just north of the hustling and bustling city of Atlanta. Our family motto is, "the world is our classroom." We love to learn and explore together as a family. When we are not on an adventure I enjoying writing reviews, blogging, scrapbooking, crafting, geocaching, watching movies with my husband and photography. Read more about our homeschool journey on our blog, http://www.kathysclutteredmind.com.
Our Family's Travel Personality
adventurous, energetic, spontaneous, easy_going, artsy
We Just Got Back From
Panama City Beach
Our Favorite Vacation Spot
Anywhere but home
A Place We'd Love To Visit
Favorite Vacation Memory
Playing with Jellyfish in Panama City.
Worst Travel Moment With My Kids:
I don't really have one, yet.
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October 29 2014
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The Southern Hollywood Film Tour | kids travel, kids activities
The Southern Hollywood Film Tour
201 McIntosh Trail,
Peachtree City,
Georgia 30269
"Star struck"
Movie buffs don’t have to travel to Hollywood anymore to experience a star-studded tour. The film industry has been booming in Peachtree City over the last several years and the Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau offers families the chance to see some main stream television and movie film locations on the The Southern Hollywood Film Tour.

We are a family who loves movies and television…maybe a little too much. We have an extensive movie collection and rent movies from Redbox just about every week. So a film tour in our home state was right up our family’s alley.

Tours leave from the Peachtree City Convention & Visitors Bureau and may be scheduled Monday through Friday from 9 am - 5 pm and on Saturdays at 2 pm. The 2 hour tour is family-friendly and great for both adults and children; however children ages 12 and over would benefit more from the experience. Tour prices are $22.50 for Adults, $20 for students/seniors and $15 for children ages 4-12. Group rates are available!

Movie enthusiasts are driven around to a multiple film and television locations by a knowledgeable tour guide. Our guide was John Hartnett. John was absolutely amazing and answered all of our questions. He gave us the inside scoop on films past, present and future. And he tailored the tour to meet our family’s interests. There were several opportunities where we were able to get out of the van to stroll around and take photos.

The large air-conditioned van offered plenty of comfortable, roomy seating. The windows were large and clean so even when we weren’t able to get out of the van we were still able to get fantastic photos. There were several points during the tour where our guide played short video clips on a small monitor, depending on where you are sitting this can be hard to view due to glaring.

The tour starts in the visitors bureau where you will have the opportunity to get some photos with cardboard cutouts of your favorite “Walking Dead” stars. You can even sit in the golf cart from the movie “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Afterwards you will head to the amphitheater where scenes from “Joyful Noise," starring Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton were filmed.

Next you will board the tour van and head to various sites where hit television shows and high budget movies were filmed. Some of these include:

-Drop Dead Diva
-Sweet Home Alabama
-The Walking Dead
-Fried Green Tomatoes
-The Fighting Temptations
-The War
-Driving Miss Daisy
-and more….

The beautiful, historic town of Senoia is known worldwide for its television and cinematic successes. More than two dozen television shows and movies have been filmed in Senoia and they even have their own Walk of Fame.

The tour has a layover in Senoia for a about 30-45 minutes giving you plenty of time to walk the streets of the town of Woodbury (as it’s known in The Walking Dead), snap photos, visit the Official Walking Dead store and museum or grab a snack or souvenir from one of the many quaint shops.

Make sure you take your good camera, because there are lots of great photo ops. I also suggest taking along some beverages, snacks and activities to keep younger children busy. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and tell your tour guide what movie and film interests you have.

Enjoy the picturesque views and experience the lavish lifestyle of a Hollywood film star on The Southern Hollywood Film Tour. The tour offers something for everyone and is guaranteed to be a memorable experience.

Disclosure: “This review is based on a complimentary Southern Hollywood Film tour. I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.”
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October 29 2014
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The Great Georgia Airshow | kids travel, kids activities
The Great Georgia Airshow
7 Falcon Drive,
Peachtree City,
"Take to the skies"
Take off and hit the skies with the most popular festival in Georgia and one of the most highly regarded aviation events in the nation. This was our family’s first ever air show and we were all really excited.

Every Fall in Peachtree City planes, helicopters and hang gliders take to the air to perform amazing stunts for spectators. This event offers something for everyone and is the perfect way for families to spend a weekend together.

Spectators can catch shows Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and a special show Saturday evening from 4:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Shows include top-tier fliers like the AeroShell Aerobatic Team, Twin Tiger Air Shows, Vertigo Airshows, B-25 Killer Bee, Prop and Rotor Aviation Otto and more.

Our family viewed the Saturday night show from the comfort of the VIP Top Gun Chalet. During the night show there were 6 performers, one of which was a jet powered schoolbus by the Indy Boys. Each performance was very patriotic in nature and included fireworks, smoke, sparks or fireballs. My 7 and 8 year olds eyes were glued to the sky as they watched planes, a helicopter and even a hang glider zoom, flip and light up the night sky above them. Each performance was introduced by an announcer who also included back stories on the planes, pilots and teams. The performances were amazing and there were several times I found myself in tears, mostly because of the patriotic nature. After the last performance there was an amazing ½ hr state of the art firework display. It was one of the best firework displays I have ever seen!

There are numerous general seating areas and VIP seating areas. And spectators may bring their own blankets and lawn chairs. All seating areas are located along the runway so there are really no bad views. However if you are looking for shade and guaranteed unobstructed views, VIP seating is the way to go. The Top Gun Chalet offers viewers direct flight line seating, tables and chairs with tent coverage, a full buffet meal if attending Saturday or Sunday and Hors d’oeuvre’s and dessert for night show ticket holders. All drinks, including beer and wine (limit 2 per person on alcoholic drinks) are complimentary and snacks and desserts are served throughout the day. The Chalet Village also has their own private restrooms and exclusive entertainment options.

VIP admission is $35-$150 per person and general admission is $15-$75 per person. The best value is the family 4 pack for $75.00 (1 event only).

In addition to the amazing sky shows there are also a variety of activities for families on the ground.

Children will have a blast in the Kid Zone where they can hop on aviation-themed inflatables, burn energy on the many bouncy houses, summit the rock-climbing wall and bounce away on the spider bungee jump. They can even get their face painted.

The Interactive Zone will appeal to every adult’s inner child. There is an adult rock climbing wall, mechanical bull, zip line, monster truck rides, archery tag, and tethered hot air balloon rides.

And adrenaline junkies will love the Adrenaline Zone where they can try out simulated skydiving in the wind tunnel. And even take a simulated ride in a Vietnam era helicopter or WWII War Bird.

If you are not feeling competitive or adventurous then you can just take a stroll to view the many static plane displays scattered throughout the grounds. Or just sit back, relax and enjoy the live music. There are numerous seating areas, a food court, atms and vendors located throughout the grounds as well.

Because this is an outdoor event it is weather permitting. Coolers, food and beverages are not allowed, but there are several food and beverage options on the grounds. The event is stroller friendly. There is ample parking located in various businesses around the air field and buses will transport you to and from the parking lots.

This air show is a can’t miss family event. It is perfect for the entire family and offers something for everyone. It is easy to see how it was named a Top 20 event by the Southeastern Tourism Association.

Disclosure: “This review is based on a complimentary visit to The Great Georgia Airshow I received no other compensation and these opinions are entirely my own.”
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October 29 2014
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Peachtree City Pathways and Geocaching | kids travel, kids activities
Peachtree City Pathways and Geocaching
201 McIntosh Trail,
Peachtree City,
Georgia 30269
"Seek the treasures along the pathways"
Peachtree City’s 90-mile network of multi-use paths are an outdoor enthusiast’s dream come true. The serene paved pedways enter twine through the city connecting nature preserves, parks, neighborhoods and shopping centers and offer fun for the entire family.

Since the paths are paved they can be navigated a variety of ways including walking, running, cycling, roller blading and the most popular option aboard a golf cart. The majority of the trails wind through wooded areas so you are provided with lots of shade along the way. If you are visiting the area there are several places where you can rent bikes and golf carts. Golf cart rentals average $40 a day!

My children had their first ever ride on a golf cart during our visit and had a blast, especially when their dad hit the bumps. Traveling the paths via a golf cart enabled us to cover miles of paths in just a few hours. Even if we were only going 15 mph.

There are a variety of activities for families along the path network including numerous parks, the Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, playgrounds, golf courses, nature trails, ponds, lakes, a BMX track, recreation complex’s, a dog park, shopping and more. But our favorite activity along the path system and the activity that we spent over ½ a day enjoying was geocaching. Geocaching is basically treasure hunting with a GPS, visit www.geocaching.com to learn more. Geoaching is a fun activity for all ages, even adults will love the thrill of the hunt. Peachtree City has over 300 caches hidden around Peachtree and the 90-mile path network. It is truly a geocacher’s paradise and totally takes geocaching to a whole other level. During our visit we were able to snag 7 caches while also soaking in the beautiful views and wildlife. We saw turtles, deer, snakes (beware of venomous snakes), hawks and more.

It is easy to get lost on the paths so definitely make sure you stop by the visitor center to pick up a pathway map before heading out. Also make sure you packs snacks, water, a camera, gps unit (if geocaching), binoculars and anything else you may need for your expedition. Of course if you forget something you could always stop at one of the many stores along the route.

With over 90-miles of paths you are bound to have a fun filled day. Best of all it’s free (unless renting a bike or golf cart), year round fun. The paths are the perfect destination for a family vacation activity, educational fieldtrip, Sunday stroll or weekend getaway.
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April 27 2014
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Legoland Discovery Center | kids travel, kids activities
Legoland Discovery Center
3500 Peachtree Rd. NE,
Georgia 30326
"Build Memories At Legoland"
LEGOLAND Discovery Centers are like a mini theme park and there are 15 fun attractions. Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours at LEGOLAND, though you are welcome to stay as long as you like. We stayed about 3 hours during our most recent visit because it was an extremely busy Saturday, but the last time we visited it was during a weekday and we stayed about 5 hours

After we checked out the awesome life-size LEGO minifigs out front we received our tickets from the very friendly staff. You can also opt to purchase activity packs for $4. Activity packs include puzzles to solve and spaces to collect stamps. They come with LEGOLAND Discovery Center Lanyard and Limited Edition Pop Badge

Our first stop was the LEGO Factory tour. Because it was a Saturday there was a little bit of a wait but there were more life-size minifigs to keep the kids busy. During the tour you will learn how LEGO bricks are made. There is a mock factory set up where kids can push buttons and turn cranks. They can even step on a scale to see how many bricks they weigh. After the tour is over each kids gets a special commemorative brick.

The next stop is the Kingdom Quest Laser Ride...even mommy and daddy had fun on this one! On this ride you aboard a chariot and are armed with a laser gun, which you use to shoot ogres, rats and cats in order to rescue the princess. At the end you can compare your scores to see who is the bravest knight. After you get off the ride you can opt to purchase your family's souvenir photo from the ride. If you go on a day it's not too busy the kids can easily ride the rides over and over again!

Our next stop was MINILAND! This is such a fun interactive exhibit. In this exhibit you get to take a tour of a miniature version of Atlanta, built out of nearly 1.5 million LEGO bricks!! You get to see the city come to life during both the nighttime and daytime. There are buttons the kid's can push to make create sound effects and make items move. It was so much fun naming the Atlanta landmarks and buildings. My kid's were very excited to see their two favorite buildings the King and Queen built out of LEGO bricks.

We left MINILAND through the Stone Mountain tunnel and headed directly for the next ride Merlin's Apprentice. This ride will give you a workout as you pedal your flying machine to make it rise high into the sky. Because of the spinning mommy and daddy stayed off of this one but we had fun building at the brick tables while we waited for the kid's to finish their journey. This ride is always such a hit and the kid's always ride it multiple times.

Next we started some family friendly competitions at the Build and Test Tracks. There is a table filled with bricks and wheels so you can design your perfect vehicle. After you are confident you have built a speed machine it's time to race!!! There were lots of adults joining in the fun at this station. Our LEGO building extraordinaire's beat us each and every time.

After the competitions ended it was time for a break for mommy and daddy. So we sent the kids into the Fire Academy and Construction Site which is a soft play area for kids only. This area features soft building bricks, a slide, climbing wall, secret tubes and more.

For LEGO loving girls there is the LEGO Friends Olivia's House play area which has a karaoke microphone, play kitchen and of course LEGO bricks for building fun!

The 4D cinema is definitely a must. This is my personal favorite. There were 3-4 different movies that run every 15 minutes. You will experience wind, rain, lightening and more as you enter the world's of your favorite LEGO characters! We have seen every show and they are all amazing. Our family's favorite is probably LEGO® LEGENDS OF CHIMA™!

Think you have what it takes to build a tower that will withstand an earthquake? You can find out at the Earthquake Tables. This is also a blast. We each built a tower on the building platform then pressed the button to make the platform vibrate. Only the strongest building will survive!

Other attractions include LEGO Master Builder Academy, DUPLO Village (for little ones), LEGOLAND Discovery Center Shop, Birthday Rooms and coming soon LEGO Ninjago Laser Maze (my son is begging to visit again once this is added).

Throughout LEGOLAND Discovery Center you will find LEGO brick building stations as well as more fun life-size minifigs and LEGO sculptures.

If you plan to spend several hours at LEGOLAND the admission fee is not unreasonable, but if you are only planning to visit for an hour or two you may want to look for coupons or arrange a group visit to get a discount.
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April 27 2014
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Fernbank Museum of Natural History IMAX Theater
767 Clifton RD,
"Leaping Lemurs"
Island of Lemurs: Madagascar is brought to you by IMAX and Warner Brothers Pictures and was directed by Drew Fellman (writer and director of 2011 IMAX documentary Born to Be Wild). This IMAX show will be showing until August 14th. This amazing documentary journeys to a place that is on my travel bucket list, Madagascar. The film highlights the incredible, true story of nature's greatest explorers, lemurs. Did you know that lemur means, wondering spirit?

The film is about 45 minutes long and takes you on a breathtaking journey around the remote island of Madagascar. During the trip you will learn about the sacred creatures that make their home there as they leap, sing and dance their way into your heart. One of my favorite actors is the narrator for the journey, Morgan Freeman! Freeman gives the lemurs a voice throughout the film making it fun and entertaining! The cinematography was breathtaking and the soundtrack was fun and upbeat. The film is rated G so it's perfect for the entire family!

Throughout the documentary you will follow Dr. Patricia Wright, a passionate scientist, as she works towards preserving a life for these magnificent creatures through amazing conservation techniques. Several different species of lemurs are discussed during the film including the endangered Bamboo Lemur. Did you know there are 60 species of lemurs?

You will not only learn about the lemurs and how the castaways arrived millions of years ago on the island, but you will also learn about the ever changing landscape and the people who inhabit the special island. Did you know that lemurs have adapted over the years to survive the diverse habitats on the island?

As a homeschool mom I loved how educational the film was. It incorporated history, science, geography, the importance of conservation and more! Both children learned a lot from the film and were oohing and ahing the entire time. Visit the official Island of Lemurs: Madagascar website for FREE educator and activity guides, downloads and more!

This film will bring to life these living treasures and their surroundings without ever leaving Atlanta!