Get our e-newsletter

Get ready for Back to School with Georgia’s Tax Free Weekend


Head back to school in style this year with the Back At It shopping event! Town Center at Cobb, in collaboration with Teen Vogue’s 2nd Annual ‘Back-To-School Saturday’ initiative, will provide savvy shoppers with exciting fashion shows and special discounts to help teens and tweens put their best fashion foot forward this fall. On Saturday, August 10 from 2-4pm, Town Center will host a social shopping experience that’s sure to please every trend-setter!

Guests will be able to see ‘up close and personal’ the latest fashion trends for the back-to-school season with a fashion show featuring styles from PacSun. Swag bag giveaways and product sampling are also on the event menu, along with fun entertainment. Event attendees will receive a Teen Vogue and Simon Malls Trend Guide, featuring fashion tips to achieve the trendiest looks of the season. Local teen and up-and-coming pop star Katie Belle Akin will give a special performance immediately following Back At It, at 4 pm. DJ Steve will also be on-site to entertain shoppers.

Plus, take advantage of exclusive coupons and discounts from participating retailers to snag everything on your back-to-school shopping list.

Town Center at Cobb is located at 400 Barrett Pkwy, Kennesaw,30144, Call 770.424.9486 or find them on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for more information.


LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

How to survive your freshman year in high school


Freshman year is a crucial time in your life. You have finally grown out of middle school, and it is now time to hang with the big kids. These simple tips will help you get through that oh-so-stressful freshman year, and maybe even make an impression!

  • Make good first impressions, especially on teachers. The impressions you make during the first week of school affect your entire high school career…with most teachers, if they get it in their heads that you’re a good student early you won half the battle. Be sure to be on time for every class during this short period of judgment. When all of your teachers hand you those syllabus papers to get signed, try to bring it back the next day. Even though it is easy to forget, try. When dealing with your fellow classmates, be yourself. It is important to earn the respect and companionship of your peers early on in the school year.
  • Find a group of people to sit with at lunch–as soon as possible. Your lunch break does not need to be a lonely experience. If you spot some of your middle school friends gathering at a table, join in. Also, eat lunch–your body needs energy to perform.
  • Find someone who you can follow to class; like a stalker. If Ashley or Josh are in both your first and second periods, then they can help you find your way to your next class. It can’t hurt to have your own personal tour guide. If your classmates are as lost as you are, at least you won’t be lost alone.
  • Do not procrastinate. The sooner you get things done, the more time you will have to do the things you like to do. No matter how much you would love to plop down in front of the TV after a hard day, try to get to work as soon as possible.
  • Keep your friends for survival. Do not let go. Friends are the life jackets in the shipwreck of high school–without them you could sink. Everyone needs someone to lean on and someone who cares. Stick with those who know you best and like you for who you are.
  • Accept change. Accept change in your friends, in your school, in your teachers, and most of all, in YOURSELF! High school is a huge part of your life, and from here on out, there is no going back. Do not try to keep things from changing, because change can be good!
  • Study, study, and study! Many people find flashcards helpful studying tools. Flashcards are one of the most efficient ways of studying because by making them, you have already begun to absorb the material. Writing down the questions and answers on note cards helps the information stick in your brain just long enough to take that pesky midterm.
  • Be involved in  extracurricular activities. Fall activities are always a plus because they allow you to meet new people and make new friends before school even begins. High school is a great time to figure out what you are interested in, and follow your interests through clubs and sports. These activities are also a crucial part of your college application. As more and more people apply to colleges every year, institutions become more focused on the smaller details, such as your extracurricular activities.

(Reprinted from “How to Survive Your Freshman Year in High School,” WikiHow,

A Prayer for School Children


Father of all mercies
We ask that you would bless
the youngest and littlest of learners,
the most helpless and powerless of persons,
with Your infinite and loving mercy,
granting them the strength to learn, concentrate,
and act in love towards
their teachers and fellow students.
We also ask that You would watch over them,
at home and at school
and give them proper direction
so that they may learn
of Your wonderful virtues.
We ask this in the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen

David Bennett


Photo of the Day – Send us your Back to School pictures!

photo (15)

East Cobb parents and students stocking up on Back to School supplies at Target. Are you ready to go back to school?

We want to see your Back to School photos! Email jpg images to

Shop the Back to School Girls Night Out at Ivy Lane

ivy lane

iv>Shop the Back to School Girls Night Out at Ivy Lane on Sunday, July 28, 2013, 6 pm – 9 pm.

Enjoy gourmet cupcakes from Gabriel’s Bakery plus a 15% shopping discount when you bring a $10 school supply donation. Space is limited. Please RSVP before July 24th to or call (770) 578-0506.
Select new school outfits, collegiate apparel and gifts and show your school spirit with local school t-shirts and accessories. Raffles and giveaways all night.
Ivy Lane is located at 3605 Sandy Plains Road, #185, Marietta, GA 30066 in the Publix shopping center. Visit them online at


LIKE THIS BLOG? Then you’ll love our newsletter! Click HERE to sign up for our weekly e-newsletter and be a neighbor in the know!

Back to school savings are TAX FREE this weekend!

School Supplies 3

Shop tax free school supplies this Friday and Saturday.

Have you resisted buying school supplies all summer? Well, procrastinators rejoice – thanks to the upcoming tax holiday it actually pays to wait one more day. For the first time since 2009, Georgia is participating in a tax-free weekend this Friday and Saturday, August 10-11. Combining the tax savings with back to school sales can add up to major deals for East Cobb shoppers.

This weekend only, shoppers will enjoy zero sales tax on items like clothes, computers and school supplies.

The following items will be tax-free August 10-11:

  • Clothing and footwear with a sales price of $100 or less per item
  • A single purchase, with a sales price of $1,000 or less, of personal computers and personal computer-related accessories
  • General school supplies to be used in the classroom or in classroom-related activities with a sales price of $20 or less per item

The exemption does not apply to:

  • Clothing accessories, jewelry, handbags, umbrellas, eyewear, watches, watchbands, cellular devices, furniture, computer-related accessories designed for recreational use, items used in a trade or business or for resale or rentals
  • Sales in theme parks, entertainment complexes, public lodging establishments, restaurants or airports.


Chime In graphic

What’s on your back to school shopping list? Click “Chime In” to comment on our Facebook page. We’d love to hear from you!

Stressed Over School Starting?


Need some tips for taking the stress out of school year chaos? This free SOS Workshop is for you!

On Sunday, August 19th from 3-4:30pm, at Whole Foods in Merchants Walk, a panel of East Cobb Health Care Professionals will share strategies to help you and your student enter this school year with less stress. Discover practical tips for managing time, anxiety, health and nutritional issues.

Learn how to:

  • Transition smoothly into the new school routine
  • Get out the door on time with everything ready to go
  • Reduce those dreaded homework wars
  • Achieve and maintain healthy posture and spine safety
  • Protect the back from heavy book loads
  • Practice simple breathing techniques to prepare for success
  • Balance blood sugar, and fuel the brain with healthy snacks
  • Improve focus with proper nutrients
  • Strengthen the immune system through nutrition


Panelists are:
Linda Diamond, Professional Organizer, Captured Clutter…organizing therapy, LLC

Dr.Justin Fierro, Chiropractor, HealthQuest Chiropractic

Amy Head,MSW, LCSW, ACE, Counselor, New Perspectives for Life, LLC

Susan Palace, Weight Loss Coach and Yoga Instructor, Susan Palace Wellness, Inc.

Elizabeth Yandle, Health Coach, Hole in the Rug Enterprises

This FREE event will be held in the Whole Foods Community Room at Whole Foods Merchants Walk. Seating is limited and light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Susan Palace at 770-997-0062 or


Back to School BOGO at Coggins



Save on shoes this back to school season with a sale at Coggins Shoes for Kids. Through August 8, buy one pair, get one pair 40% off at Coggins Shoes for Kids, 2207 Roswell Road.

Savings applies to in-stock, regular priced footwear only. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Not valid on prior purchases. 40% off lesser price pair(s). No rainchecks.

Sale ends August 8, 2012

Back-to-School vaccines recommended for young, old

In light of new vaccine recommendations this year, parents of all students, whether new or returning, should make sure their children receive the required vaccines.

According to Cobb & Douglas Public Health officials, this year’s requirements are a little different and nearly every age group is affected.

“We want to ensure that every student, whether just starting elementary school or entering college, is fully protected,” said Karen Thomas, District Immunization Director, Cobb & Douglas Public Health.

As always, children entering kindergarten, or those who are new to Georgia this school year will need an Immunization Certificate, Georgia Form 3231 and a Dental, Vision and Hearing Form 3200. Additionally, children entering the 6th grade need two doses of chicken pox vaccine, if they have not had chicken pox disease and, two doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella).

However, the Meningitis Vaccine booster has been added for 15-19 year-olds. The booster was added when data suggested that protection provided by the initial Meningitis Vaccine, normally given to 11 to 12  year-olds, only last about five years, instead of the previously thought 10 years.

According to the Center for Disease Control, that means college freshmen who live in dormitories, and teenagers 15-19 who are at increased risk of getting Meningitis, may be unprotected at a time when they are at highest risk for contracting the disease.

As a result the CDC now recommends that adolescents receive two doses of the Meningitis Vaccine. The new recommendations state that adolescents who receive the first dose of Meningitis Vaccine at 11-12 years of age should receive another dose at 16 years of age.

According to Thomas, there is one more thing parents can do to ensure children are properly protected this year.

“We encourage parents to bring students in before the back to school rush. After getting children vaccinated, we suggest that parents also check with their physician or visit local public health clinic to see if they are in need of Hepatitis A or Hepatitis B Vaccine.”

Individuals who need this or any other vaccines are encouraged to talk to their primary care provider or contact Cobb & Douglas Public Health at 770-514-2349. Appointments are not required at the Marietta Public Health Center to be vaccinated. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Back to School is around the corner. How will you prepare?

Pencils-largeAugust has arrived and the school supplies are flying off the shelves.

We’re looking for the best back to school tips out there – from the tried and true to the latest and greatest, tell us how you plan to send your kids back to school with the tools they need to succeed.

Share your comments below or email them to The best tips and tricks just might make it onto our blog.