by Frank Griffin
With minimal effort, families can come together and build enduring memories.
Here are some ideas for activities in the Birmingham area. And remember, the point is to bring the family together, explore new possibilities, have fun, and of course build wonderful memories.
Take a Cooking Class Together
Taking a cooking class as a family is an incredibly great way to build lifelong memories. You will acquire a skill that will last forever, learn about new cultures, and have fun in the process.
You can go to this link (https://www.thumbtack.com/al/birmingham/cooking-classes/) to find a wide range of chefs from Birmingham that provide cooking classes in your home or another setting.
Yoga for the Family
Just like cooking, this is one skill set with lifelong benefits. The great thing about this activity is many yoga studios have introductory packages for the whole family that are affordable. Village Yoga is one of the many places you can try. http://villageryoga.com/
Visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens
If you really want to escape while still in the city, visit the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. First of all, it is free (but you can always support them because they do great work), and it provides 67 acres of incredible gardens. You can make a day of it and learn more than you bargained for.
Here is their website https://www.bbgardens.org/gardens-culture.php#Bruno
If you feel inspired by your visit to the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, you can start your own garden with flowers, vegetables, and herbs. This brings all of the above activities together. The Oak Street Garden Shop has been around for 25 years. It has everything from seasonal plants and flowers to garden shrubs, herbs, and vegetables. Here is their website http://oakstreetgardenshop.com/
Go on a Hike as a Family
Going for a hike is another opportunity to bond as a family while appreciating nature. Ruffner Mountain covers 1,038-acres, and it is one of the largest privately held 501 (c) (3) urban nature preserves in the country. Just like the botanical gardens, the trails are free but the experiences it provides are invaluable. Here is their site: https://ruffnermountain.org/
Making memories with your family doesn’t require an expensive activity. The most important thing is to spend time together.
By: Kaneshia Sims Hudson
Have you heard? Style maven, Felicia Todd, is launching her very own online boutique, Sasee Chic, LLC. Launching December 1st, 2017, www.shopsaseechic.com will offer stylish yet affordable jewelry and accessories for the everyday woman.
“I’m so excited to announced the launch of the SaseeChic Boutique”, said Todd.
“It’s really amazing to see how the SaseeChic brand has evolved. I remembered starting out as a plus size blogger and simply wanting to encourage women to be the best “YOU” can be. It was important for me to illustrate Confidence not only in my message but through my style as well”, Todd continued.
To celebrate the grand opening everyone will receive 20 % off towards their first purchase. Simply use code: 20%OFF, code is only valid December 1st.
To learn more about Felicia Todd pleae visit her on the web at www.ShopSaseeChic.com or send her an email at Contact@ShopSaseeChic.com
by Frank Griffin
So, why do New Year’s resolutions have such a low success rate? There are many reasons, but setting unrealistic expectations with all or nothing goals with little wiggle room are in most cases the biggest culprits.
If you look at each day as a new year and commit to goals that are realistic by making small changes, you can accomplish almost any goal. And instead of making resolutions, you can do other things that will help build your confidence throughout the year and years to come.
Here are some steps you can take to help you achieve the goals you set for yourself every day of the year. And remember, January 1 is not the only beginning, each day is a new opportunity for a new beginning.
Declutter the Environment You Live in – Whether it is your house, office or the things you do throughout the day, take an inventory and discard everything you don’t need. This will let you enjoy your home, place of work, and the people you interact with. [Read more…]
By Laurrel Allison
It’s that time of year again! Love and friendship is awesome and all. But why not show the depth of your care with a gift or two? Birmingham is chock full of shops that can meet your holiday expectations.
By Laurrel Allison
Thanksgiving can oftimes be a warm and bustling time of year for the family. Many families spend hours in the kitchen together preparing the perfect meal. But there are many reasons plans could change. Perhaps you don’t feel like cooking this year. Maybe there are only a few of you around for the holiday. Whatever the case may be, there are awesome choices in Birmingham for special Thanksgiving meals. Don’t be afraid to dig right in!
The holidays are fast approaching, and along with the many joys they
bring, high levels of stress are also part of the season.
Increasingly, buying gifts is one the biggest contributors to this
stress. If you really want to enjoy the spirit of the holidays, here
are some ways you can do it without buying gifts.
Your Thanksgiving Host To-Do List
Are you responsible for hosting Thanksgiving this year? Few things are more stressful than cooking an impressively large meal for several dozen people. Follow this to-do list to help keep prep-work under control:
Clean Your Entertainment Space [Read more…]
Vegan and Vegetarian Restaurants in Birmingham
Are you struggling to find vegetarian and vegan options in the city? Eating out can be difficult when you aren’t sure where to go. To help, we’ve compiled a list of our favorite eateries in and around Birmingham that serve delicious vegan and vegetarian dishes. You should note that even restaurants popular for meat often have vegetarian menu items.
Single in The Magic City
Meet LaTonia Williams
photo credit: LaTonia Williams
LaTonia Williams is an Alabama resident living near Hoover, a suburb of Birmingham, Alabama. As a mother of three, Williams understands how hard it can be to meet people. Here are a few questions we asked Williams:
What is one reason you think it is hard to date in Birmingham?
Williams: Despite its size, Birmingham is fairly small. It’s easy to cross paths with someone who has already crossed paths with someone else in your circle. Those people are certainly off limits, as are those who are married, too old, too young or have criminal records (or just seem to be just plain crazy). Sometimes it just seems easier and less complicated to remain single.
What do you love about living in or near Birmingham?
Williams: Being in a big city that still has a small city feel; the fact that there is always something going on and something to do.
What is something you wish you could see come to Birmingham?
Williams: Dave & Busters and an aquarium
Williams has lived in the Birmingham area for the past twelve years. She is thirty-seven years old.
If you have young children – or simply don’t like being scared – Halloween can be a difficult holiday to celebrate. Fortunately, there are several Halloween traditions that don’t involve being scared. Try these four methods of celebration for a scare-free Halloween with your family:
Clever Ways to Make a Halloween Costume at Home
Are you looking to make Halloween costumes for your family at home this year? We’ve all been there. Store-bought costumes are overpriced and frustrating, while crafting an eye-catching costume from home can be difficult without a sewing machine and experience. To make the process easier, take advantage of these five proven methods:
By Laurrel Allison
It’s easy to miss Birmingham when you go away for a while, whether it’s for college or vacation. If you have friends or children who are currently off studying, what better way to remind them of home than to send a care package? But it can’t be just any care package. You’ve gotta choose the right items in order to successfully lift keep homesickness at bay.
By Laurrel Allison
Football season has already kicked off. Whether your go-to war cry is “roll tide” or “war eagle”, there is something for everyone if you check the right place. Get the proper items for game day to ensure that you have some good eats as well as fully represent your team.
The 45th Annual Greek Festival is set for September 21-23, 2017 from 10:30am-10:00pm in downtown Birmingham. The Birmingham Greek Festival began in 1972 and is one of Birminghamʼs oldest cultural food festivals and most highly anticipated southeast event. The festival is an act of love of Birminghamʼs Greek
“Over the course of the interview process and indeed over the last decade of his service to the Birmingham Museum of Art, Graham has proven himself. We look forward to the possibilities his leadership will provide in elevating the Birmingham Museum of Art to even greater heights, as he builds on Gail Andrews’ incredible legacy.”
Following Gail Andrews’ retirement announcement, the Board of Trustees assembled a group of key stakeholders to form a Director’s Search Committee. The committee enlisted the help of global executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to conduct a national search. The comprehensive, months-long search yielded a large number of qualified candidates, and the committee ultimately narrowed the pool to two individuals for final interviews.
Upon completion of the interview process, the Director’s Search Committee unanimously agreed upon one individual as the most qualified candidate for the position and made a recommendation to the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees then voted on, approved the recommendation, and appointed Boettcher as the seventh R. Hugh Daniel Director of the Birmingham Museum of Art.
“I’m thrilled to serve as the BMA’s next director and lead the institution in the coming years, especially as we explore new and dynamic ways to engage and serve the public,” says Boettcher. “I am grateful to the Board for extending to me this opportunity, to my predecessor Gail Andrews for her exemplary dedication to the museum, and to the BMA’s exceptionally talented staff for continuously striving for the highest standards of excellence.”
Graham C. Boettcher was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington. He received a B.A. and Ph.D. from Yale University, and an M.A. from the University of Washington. Boettcher was previously a curatorial fellow at the Yale University Art Gallery, and held research fellowships at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, and the Terra Foundation Summer Residency in Giverny, France. He joined the Birmingham Museum in Art in 2006, as the Henry Luce Foundation Curatorial Fellow in American Art. Upon completion of his fellowship in 2008, Boettcher was hired in the newly created position of Curator of American Art, which was endowed that same year. After six years as the William Cary Hulsey Curator of American Art, Boettcher rose to Chief Curator and, in February 2016, he was promoted to The James Milton and Sallie R. Johnson Deputy Director.
Boettcher will assume his new role on September 20, and Andrews will stay on until October 6 to facilitate the transition.