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Affordable Mother’s Day gift guide
Whether you are shopping for a mom, sister, aunt, grandmother, or friend, these gift ideas are affordable and sure to wow. Succulents are all the rave and the perfect gift for anyone with a green thumb. Re-pot them or pot several together to make the gift even more special. Crafty? Try your hand at creating string art or transferring a favorite photo onto wood for a very heartfelt gift. Beaded bracelets are trendy and can spell out a special name or meaning. A memory frame or box is another gift that can easily be pulled together on a budget, but shows a special person you care. Not crafty? Compile a box of sunshine for your special lady. Fill it with lots of favorites or choose a variety of yellow gifts for those sunshine feels.
Following dreams with Elaine Burge
I recently had the pleasure of getting to know Georgia native and professional artist, Elaine Burge. She’s as bright and full of energy as her gorgeous paintings. Her artwork can be found at ElaineBurge.com or follow her on Instagram @elaineburgeart to see more of her creations.
A Little Bit about Elaine
Born and raised in Georgia, she loves country living. She describes herself as having a ton of energy, which is one reason the slow pace of country life is so perfect for her and her family. “I love the animals that surround us and the wide open spaces” that change so drastically from season to season.
The Art Start
Elaine has always been creative and inspired by her surroundings. She started painting as a way of income in high school – first as a muralist, then as a muralist painting scenes behind miniature train layouts. She launched Elaine Burge Art in 2011.
Turning a Dream into a Career
Elaine says, “I always dreamed of it (painting professionally), but didn’t know it was possible until my husband told me he believed I could; and so I did! It was his faith in my ability to succeed that gave me the courage to pursue my passion.”
Weighing being a people-pleaser and giving myself what I need creatively can be a challenge.
Being my own boss – I don’t like to be told what to do.
Favorite Piece of Artwork
I don’t have a favorite… It’s always the one that has the freshest paint on it, I think.
A bride named Gia reached out to me and asked if painting her wedding would be something I would consider doing. I said why not? I painted her gorgeous ceremony on the lawn in front of the Swan House. It was such a moving experience that I knew I had to have more!
Where do you find inspiration?
Honestly, there isn’t much that I can’t find inspiration from. My spontaneous creations are kind of therapy for me, where I can let my hands work and my mind relax. It just happens! I love textiles, nature’s color palettes and the way that painting is an outlet for my energy. I feel that I pull inspiration from things I see on a daily basis… like the way the sun hits the grass at a certain time of day… the way a quilter lines up locks of color and sews them with such care… the juxtaposition of a structured fence against a chaotic scene full of splashes of color.
I think the way that you live your day is the way that you live your life… I cannot remember where that quote is from but just to be sure to make today count because your life is made up of a bunch of todays!
If you could only paint with once color forever, what would it be?
It would be Golden Acrylic’s teal.
What advice would you give an aspiring entrepreneur?
Go for it! It’s harder not to do it if that is what you want. You are the only one holding you back.
What is your favorite thing about Georgia?
There is so much to love, but I think the pace of life, specifically in this area (Riddleville), is my favorite.
Supporting Black-owned small businesses in Georgia
Buying from Black-owned shops, restaurants, and brands is just one of many ways you can support a community that is essential to Georgia’s culture and economy. We rounded up our favorite small, Black-owned businesses across Georgia that offer everything from jewelry and trendy apparel to baked goods and more—below are 19 Black-owned shops and restaurants throughout Atlanta, Savannah, and Albany you can start supporting today.
Boutiques + Markets
the beehive – Atlanta
Deez Jazzi Jewelry – Savannah
Just Add Honey Tea Company – Atlanta
Albany Fish Company – Albany
Back in the Day Bakery – Savannah
The Flint – Albany
Good Times Jazz Bar and Restaurants – Savannah
The Grey Market – Savannah
Le Petit Marche – Atlanta
Popbar – Atlanta
Sisters of the New South – Savannah
Sublime Doughnuts – Atlanta
Tropical Taste Restaurant – Albany
Who’s Got Soul Southern Café – Atlanta
Auntie Renee Story Teller – Atlanta
Brave + Kind Bookshop – Atlanta
Footprints of Savannah Walking Tours – Savannah
Kuumba Storytellers of Georgia – Atlanta
Medu Bookstore – Atlanta
TikTok trending recipes of 2021
Have you tried any of the trending recipes on TikTok? These are the ones that sparked our interest and have us wanting to get it the kitchen to try them all.
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Netflix & chill
Netflix and chill took on a whole new meaning in 2020. With most movie theaters still not re-opening, we’ve compiled a list of the top movies to stream this spring!
Godzilla vs. Kong | HBO Max on March 31
Coming 2 America | Amazon Prime on March 5
Concrete Cowboy | Netflix on April 2
Jack Snyder’s Justice League | HBO Max on March 18
Mortal Kombat | HBO Max on April 23
For the Family
Raya | Disney+ on March 5
Tom & Jerry | HBO Max on March 5
Cruella | Disney+ on May 28
The Kid Who Would be King | Disney+ on April 16
Oldies but Goodies
The Color Purple | Hulu on April 1
Legally Blonde | Netflix on April 2
Night at the Museum | Disney+ on April 1
Mad Max | Amazon Prime on April 1
Madea’s Big Happy Family | Netflix on April 1
Napoleon Dynamite | Hulu on April 1
Five things to do during spring in Atlanta
It’s finally spring, which means it’s the return of (mostly) sunny days, warmth, and all the ventures that come with it. Tired of being cooped up? Here are five ways to end the winter woes and enjoy spring in Atlanta:
Dine on a patio
Springtime is prime patio weather. Atlanta offers some of the best patios to choose from, and nearly every neighborhood has a restaurant with a patio—some with skyline views. Whether you’re looking for fine dining or a relaxed environment, there’s something for every palate. Ladybird Grove & Mess Hall is one of our favorites. The camp-themed eatery, self-nicknamed “home of the three-day weekend,” is located on the Beltline, so it’s the perfect way to start—or end—your trek. The patio has fire pits, lounge chairs, and tents for private parties. Empire State South in Midtown is another fan-favorite, boasting a massive covered patio equipped with a bocce ball court—perfect for spring days. JCT Kitchen rounds out our top picks. It has sensational views, live music and is an excellent spot to kick back and relax. All three Atlanta localities have incredible food, and honestly, you can’t go wrong with any of them.
Picnic in the park
Nothing is more serene and nostalgic than relaxing in a park with a picnic basket in hand. With dozens of places to choose from, you can’t go wrong with a classic picnic during spring in Atlanta. Some of our favorite parks include Piedmont Park, Freedom Park, and Historic Fourth Ward Park—so there’s plenty of room to find the perfect, shady spot. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even head up to North Georgia, where there are plenty of hiking and picnic spots.
Unleash your adrenaline
Six Flags Over Georgia offers thrills to unleash your adrenaline with heart-stopping, stomach-dropping roller coasters and other thrill rides to test your limits. Not into roller coasters? There are several family-friendly rides! You must reserve your visit, and tickets are as low as $34 for a single day. The park is open on weekends through May and opens fully after Memorial Day.
Visit the Botanical Garden
The Atlanta Botanical Garden is quintessential when it comes to celebrating the start of spring in Atlanta. It’s the perfect way to view exquisite, blooming flowers and embrace the warmer weather. There are numerous events held each month that cater to everyone’s interests. Whether it’s an orchid care course, an art class, or a garden party, the Botanical Garden offers something for people of all ages. If you want to stroll through the gardens, you can do that too! Admission is only $21.95 for adults, so it won’t break the bank.
Ride a bike
Riding a bike is a fantastic, environmentally friendly way to get out and explore. If you want to experience the city, the Beltline is your best bet. Biking along the Beltline is a fantastic way to view street art, enjoy local eateries, or switch up your exercise routine. Don’t have a bike? No problem! There are various bike rental shops near the Beltline, with some charging as little as $5 per hour. If you’re looking to get a break from the hustle and bustle, the Silver Comet Trail is a terrific option. The trail is 61 miles long, beginning in Smyrna and ending at the Georgia/Alabama state line, so it’s one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Georgia’s natural beauty.
We’re eager for spring’s return and everything that it brings. Grab a group of friends, your brunch buddy, or whoever, and get out and enjoy Atlanta’s most incredible season.