Service dogs are more than the average highly trained house pet; they save countless of lives every day. From helping the blind to detecting a diabetic's rapidly changing blood sugars, service dogs are almost a essential medical accessory to a disabled person's life.
My daughter is planning on training a puppy (with some help!) for her diabetes, which would mean we'd have to take the dog everywhere we go.
So I can hear you now - but I want to take Rover anywhere with me too!
But having a service dog is not as easy as it seems - and faking one could land you with a hefty fine and jail time.
So here are some things about service dogs, and some do's and dont's when you see one.
By Georgia law, a “Assistance dog” (aka Service dog) means a dog that is or has been trained by a licensed or certified person, organization, or agency to perform physical tasks for a physically challenged person. This however isn't always the case, as many people train their service dogs by themselves - this is often called "owner training", and they have the same rights as any organization or agency dog. (This is also the road that we are taking!)
Service dogs, by law, have to be with the owner everywhere (and yes I mean EVERYWHERE); to school, to the mall, to Six Flags, to the pool, to work, to your friend's house, to that fancy expensive resturaunt, to the movies, to the quick 10 minute stop to Walmart, EVERYWHERE.
This may cause a fuss with people, who don't think a dog should be anywhere else but the backyard - but they don't understand that this dog is here to save a life, not to just come to Red Lobster because you decided just because.
Some places will try to turn a Service dog team away because they 'don't allow dogs'.
Denial or interference is misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature punishable by a fine not to exceed $2,000.00, imprisonment for not more than 30 days, or both.
Did you know that Emotional Support Animals (ESA) and Service dogs are NOT the same?
Here's a handy chart to explain!
There also, as the chart shows, NO offical certification for a Service dog (or a ESA). If you see anyone or a website claiming to certify your dog as a ESA or a Service dog, RUN- it's a SCAM!
ESA's need a doctor's note while Service dogs do not (but its recommended to get one in case of problems, like if someone attacks your dog).
Service dogs aren't just for military vets - they're for anyone who needs the help they give. Service dogs save many, many lives, and will be known as a wonderful friend and medical assistant to anyone who needs one.
The summer comes with a lot of necessities you'll tote everywhere. From going to the beach to the additional groceries from your kids being at home, we all need a little more help.
We have teamed up with Piper Layne Bags to host a giveaway for their Utility Tote! This bag is perfect for carrying your necessities to the local pool, your groceries in from the car or items for a picnic in the park!
Piper Layne has been creating bags for over half a century and decided to bring cute fun prints just for women. Not only did they want great prints and patterns, but they wanted functionality. The Utility Tote has sturdy handles to carry on your shoulder OR with my hands on each side. The tote is made of high quality durable, double-layer material is machine washable too!
To enter - please complete the Rafflecopter giveaway below!
Also, just for our Housewives in the City readers we have a second special prize just for you. If you just have to have one of these gorgeous prints, you'll receive a FREE Cooler Tote with your order! Just add it to the cart and type in code COOLINTHECITY at check to receive this $24 value.
The cooler insert is perfect for your frozen groceries, trips in the car, picnics and more. Make sure you have everything cool this summer in your fun print Piper Layne Tote!
Summer is here! Time to hit the pool and the beach in style -- But what about your hair? Along with summer comes chlorine and extreme heat, which is bad for your hair.
Here are some ways to take care of your hair during these hot months.
1. Cover up!Use a scarf or hat to cover your head when you’re out in the sun. Not only does this provide extra UV protection, but it also helps your scalp to retain moisture. A hat reduces damage caused by wind, especially if your hair is prone to tangling, and protects colour-treated hair.
2. Put your hair up in loose, comfortable stylesA messy braid is ideal for keeping your hair under control and minimizing exposure to the sun. Tight hairstyles can be damaging because they tend to pull and tear hair, especially if your hair is dry from the summer heat.
3. Wash less oftenFrequent washing strips your scalp of its natural oils, which in turn stimulates additional oil production and makes you feel the need to wash it even more. Try just rinsing in the shower after a day at the beach or pool, and see if that gets rid of some extra oil. Use a homemade or natural dry shampoo, such as cornstarch, in place of regular shampoo to go a bit longer without washing. Another quick fix is to dab a cotton ball soaked in witch hazel along your scalp to dissolve excess oil.
4. Reduce the heatTry to blow-dry your hair as little as possible. It is already exposed to a significant amount of heat on a daily basis in the summer, and it will probably air-dry quickly anyways, so give the blow dryer a break and go au naturel if you can. Avoid flat-irons, too, as they will do further damage to already-dry hair. Plus, a sleek hairstyle only makes that frizz stand out more.
If you live here in Atlanta, you'd know that summer has many days filled with rain, rain, and mre rain.
With a large family of six like mine, that equals to bored kids that can easily get on everyone's nerves - which is why I looked for some DIY activities to keep everyone entertained. These ideas were a blast, and here I am to share with you some that were favorites.
One, is a good old board game. We have many games stashed from years of traveling in the military, from Candy Land to classic Monopoly (give or take a few missing pieces.) This might keep them at bay for a while, but with those living in the now, this might get boring pretty fast.
For those with older children or teenagers, Cards Against Humanity is a good option for good uncensored fun. My kids LOVE this game and we all enjoy it for a good laugh. For those considering, this game can get offensive and VERY innapropreate, so I don't reccomend playing with small children.
Another is crafts! We love making things, from tshirts to drawings, so this fit into my family's idea of fun almost immediately. Tshirts are often made in our home, almost every day, and they love showing off their creations at Six Flags or around the corner at Walmart. I love seeing them so hapy about their creations - and it boosts their confidence too!
With these few ideas, rainy days aren't a problem here at the Bowen household. We find ways to have fun, let it be designing a tshirt or laying around watching tv. Sometimes it's not how you spend the day, but who you spend it with; and I'm happy with my family rain or shine!
I would like to introduce everyone to my youngest daughter, Jaelyn. Jaelyn is 4 years old and loves music, watching cartoons on YouTube, and Mickey Mouse. She's very bossy ( as all four year olds are!) and has her Dad wrapped around her finger.
At first glance, Jaelyn looks as normal as a toddler can get.
But Jaelyn can't talk, or walk as "normal" toddlers can. And that's because Jaelyn has Retts Syndrome.
Jaelyn was born October 26th, 2012 in Savannah, Georgia. Everything was "normal"- until Mother's Day the next year, when she stopped doing things a 6 month old was supposed to do. After almost a year of testing, Jaelyn was diagnosed with Retts Syndrome; a neurological disorder that effects mosty girls. Even though Jaelyn is nonverbal and non walking due to Retts, she is extremely smart - smart enough that she's exceeded her special need's cirriculum!
Some facts about Retts Syndrome are:
1)Retts Syndrome effects mostly girls and very rarely in boys.
2)Retts Syndrome is rarely inherited - its mostly genetic. The probability of having two children with Retts is very low.
3)The skills mostly effected by Retts is Speech and Gross Motor Skills; like walking and using your hands.
Jaelyn has changed my family's way of thinking and treatment of special needs children. We're very sensitive of the words we say (the word "ret@rded is now banned in our household,) and we've learned that anyone could be special needs, even the ones that don't "look" the part like Jaelyn.
And she also taught us the best lesson of all: That you should love someone no matter what they have or how they look.
theres never a dull moment in atlanta! Ayo & Teo Dance Around Atlanta in the Official Video For “Rolex”
If your like me your teenagers are dancing around to the hit "Rolex" and are excited to see the video for the hit song. Appropriately, Ayo & Teo can be seen dancing with friends all throughout Atlanta, while wearing one of the more popular fashion trends as of late, face masks. Hometown hero Usher also makes an appearance in the clip, which is sure to only elevate the popularity of the already oft-played record.
In speaking with The FADER on the aesthetic, the duo revealed, “We’re excited about the video, it’s all ages and we just had fun shooting it. It’s one of the most hype videos of the year – a lot of youth, energy, and dancing. The song wouldn’t have gotten made if we didn’t want the Rolex so if you really want something, you just have to go out there and get it.”
Mall of Georgia honors freedom and fun with 15th annual Star Spangled Fourth
Annual Independence Day celebration features cinema showcase, live music and the grandest firework display in Gwinnett!
Mall of Georgia’s 15th annual Star Spangled Fourth event is set to light up the skies on Tuesday, July 4! Presented by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, the Independence Day bash will offer a variety of patriotic fun for the entire family, including children’s rides and inflatables; live music; food and beverage concessions; a special Movies Under The Stars presentation of “The LEGO® Batman Movie” on a 70-foot big screen; and – of course – the largest fireworks display in the county!
WHAT: 15th annual Star Spangled Fourth at Mall of Georgia
Celebrate red, white and blue at Mall of Georgia with live concerts, outdoor movie, fireworks and more for the entire family!
WHEN: Tuesday, July 4
3333 Buford Drive, Buford, GA 30519
For sponsorship and vendor information regarding Mall of Georgia’s Star Spangled Fourth event, please contact Teresa Holloway by calling 770.271.8458 at THolloway@Simon.com.
Blue Man Group - Making Waves, the national touring exhibit supported by Harman/Becker Automotive Systems and created by the Boston Children’s Museum and Blue Man Group and powered by JBL®, will open at Children’s Museum of Atlanta on June 10. The 1,500 square foot exhibit - designed to bring together science and art - will take the whole family through a multi sensory exploration of sound that provides an opportunity to play together while discovering the fun of music.
Onstage, the Blue Man is one part inquisitive child, one part trickster, and one part superhero on a journey of discovery. Throughout Blue Man Group - Making Waves families are encouraged to learn, play and explore with the same curiosity as these renowned performing artists.
“This interactive exhibit based on the well known and contemporary performing group will have children and parents alike enthralled in the color and sound created within the space,” said Jane Turner, executive director of Children’s Museum of Atlanta. “Blue Man Group – Making Waves does such a great job of teaching kids how the elements of science and art come together to create music in a way that disguises the fact that they’re learning.”
Co-founder of Blue Man Group, Chris Wink says, "After years of being able to express ourselves creatively on stage, it has become increasingly important to us to develop experiences that encourage and expand the creative development of others-particularly children and their parents. We're very excited to see this exhibit come to life with JBL technology, and who better to demonstrate the true value of understanding quality sound than Harman."
At the Slide-u-lum, Build-u-lum, Sand Drum and Theramin children will have an opportunity to see, feel and create sound. At the PVC Station visitors of all ages will have a chance to play the unique Blue Man Group instruments, while learning how sound works and the whole experience culminates in the JBL®-equipped Surround Sound Theater where engineering genius combines with a short musical piece by Blue Man Group to illustrate the elements of sound.
The exhibit will be at Children’s Museum of Atlanta through September 4.
Peachtree Rides Carnival at Sugarloaf Mills now through May 7
Rides, games, tasty treats and more!
Sugarloaf Mills invites the community to enjoy the warm weather and come out to the Peachtree Rides Carnival now through May 7. Rides, games and tasty treats – there is something for everyone!
WHAT: Peachtree Rides Carnival
Enjoy fun rides, games, and tasty treats with friends and family!
WHEN: Now through May 7
Monday - Thursday 5 p.m.-10 p.m.
Friday 5 p.m.-11 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 2 p.m.-11 p.m.
WHERE: Sugarloaf Mills – Sears Outlet parking lot
5900 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, Ga. 30043
HOW: Tickets will be available for purchase at the carnival entrance gate. Guests will have the option to purchase unlimited ride bands for $25, single tickets for $1.25 or 25 tickets for $25. Each ride typically accepts 2-4 tickets.*
*Pick up $5 off unlimited rides coupons at the mall management office - valid Monday through Friday 5-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 2-7 p.m.
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta to hire nearly 100 positions during job fair on May 5-6
Family friendly attraction hiring for full-time and part-time positions in guest experience, retail, food and beverage, janitorial and admissions
LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Atlanta will host a job fair for nearly 100 full-time and part-time positions on Friday, May 5 and Saturday, May 6 from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. As one of the city’s leading family-friendly attractions, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Atlanta is seeking hard-working, welcoming and enthusiastic applicants to join the team at one of the most fun jobs around! On-site interviews will be conducted for positions available in guest experience, retail, food and beverage, janitorial and admissions.
Interested candidates must be 18 years of age or older and are encouraged to bring a copy of their resume and cover letter. Applicants must apply in advance by visiting http://po.st/6OBbTU.
HI, I'm Kathy Bowen. I'm a California native but after being married to a now retired soldier I've lived all over the U.S. We finally settled in Atlanta 2 yrs ago. I have 5 beautiful children that keep me busy. Atlanta has such a great history and my family loves to get out on weekends and explore the city. I look forward to meeting you all at our monthly Girls Night Out and hear all about your journeys.