Aortic Pump

Robotic hand holding a skull, computer illustration.
Robotic hand holding a skull, computer illustration.

I think there’s a fault in my code

instead of fuzzy warmth I feel deep cold

the kind that’s found on the ocean floor

and the pressure is just the same though it feels like more

I’m not a computer with whizzing and whirring sounds

instead I speak a language brought from underground

from the core of me and the depths of my soul

I have an aortic pump instead of a black hole

and my wishes and my wants are not the same

I want to escape the rat race instead of play the game

I want a rocking chair and raindrops on a tin roof

I want poems and love songs and to dance and groove

to the energy of nature and the flow of the world

I want to remember what it was like to be a little girl

I want to dance in the rain but sleep through the storms

I want a cozy fireplace and coffee that’s always warm

but here I am next to you in a black and white world

with boxes and sharp edges that cut your fingers curled

around the frame trying to hold on for dear life

to prove you can fit into a box as dark as night

so put on your dress suit and your high heels and go

clicky clacking down the pavement as though it knows

that every sound is torture of this manmade jungle gym

swimming in a crowd of faceless human shaped (wo)men

I am not a robot nor a well oiled machine

I am not from a factory with a face that’s nice and clean

I have acne and bruises and bumps where they shouldn’t be

I have emotions and tears and am simply just me

I think there’s a fault in my code

but I try to hide it so the programmer won’t know

I go through the days and play my part

I hold my breath and dream of a new start

it’s time to turn my aortic pump into simply just “heart”

– E. Lexi Abbott

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Christmas in July at 3 Oaks Farm!

Yesterday (23 July 2022) was Christmas in July at 3 Oaks Farm! Vendors of all kinds came out and set up shop for attendees to shop handmade, small business items and stock up for Christmas!

Along with these vendors they had a cornhole tournament and ice pops on the back lawn. There was even an antique car show in the field next to the barn that was going on at the same time, as well!

3 Oaks Farm – A Place for Events!

3 Oaks Farm is a lovely venue located at 3565 Tallant Dr, Cumming, GA 30028 that has a beautiful barn, acres of picturesque land, and a friendly team to make your event or even wedding the best that it can be!

Their team of professionals make having an event at 3 Oaks Farm as easy as can be! They are responsive, friendly, and want to make your event last in the memories of you and your guests…forever!

Christmas in July

At the venue were several vendors comprised of small businesses that work hard day in and day out to bring you handmade goodies that will brighten your house and your life! Here’s a list of who was there and a little bit about them. You can find these vendors year round for lovely gifts and experiences! They are arranged alphabetically so be sure to scroll through them all!

Small Businesses Mentioned:

Abbott Health & Fitness

Eric Abbott of Abbott Fitness in his booth set up for Christmas in July at 3 Oaks Farms
Eric Abbott of Abbott Fitness

Eric Abbott runs Abbott Health & Fitness! A certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor with experience as an instructor at Orangetheory and following his own fitness routine in his private life, Eric is a positive and energetic teacher to get you on track to your best and healthiest life! Check him out at his website at exerciseeric.com or at his Instagram.

If you act now, you can join his FREE virtual training event coming up in August 2022! Go to his website to learn more!

BeeCasso Crafts

Keeping bees is all the buzz with BeeCasso Crafts! Hosting pollinator classes, selling liquid gold, and offering general education on one of the most important pollinators on the planet, BeeCasso Crafts are in buzzness! Check them out on Instagram or join their group on Facebook!

Beeloved Art

Speaking of bees! Beeloved Art is the bees knees! A momma of two wild boys and the product of 8 generations born and raised in a small southern town, this woman knows how to take nostalgia and memories and freeze them in time in her ornaments and art! Check her out at her website beelovedart.co as well as on Facebook and Instagram!

Cindy’s Cafè & Corks

Wine a little or wine a lot, it doesn’t matter to this crafter! Cindy creates adorable cork and wine-themed products from bottle aprons to corkaments to wall hangings! These cute and fun keepsakes will remind you to take a sip of life! Check her out on Facebook!

DJ Designs

Dj Designs is a sign…to buy a sign! Donna Snyder is a lovely woman who spends her downtime bringing you custom and handmade creations! creates custom and handmade signs, wreaths, doorhangers, home décor, and more! Check her out on Facebook and Instagram and order one today!

Glittered Grits

A small town momma with a dazzling business plan, Glittered Grits specializes in glitter tumblers, t-shirts, home décor, and other handmade crafts! Her tumblers are beyond cute and will make any drink that much more special! Check her out at glitteredgrits.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

Houndstooth Knives

If you thought that Houndstooth Knives makes knives…then you’re pretty sharp because they sure do! Custom crafted for a personal touch that will follow you through whatever project you’re using them for, Houndstooth Knives creates cutlery for cooking, hunting, crafting, and more! Make sure to check them out on Instagram!

King of Pops

Beat the heat with a good old fashioned popsicle! King of Pops made an appearance outside with the cornhole tournament to provide refreshing relief via popsicles for anyone who wanted a respite from the sun! King of Pops is a franchise so check them out at their website at kingofpops.com.

Koozles Candle Co.

These soy wax CANdles will have you rethinking old fashioned lighting! Chelsea takes empty beer cans and shows the world the meaning behind upcycled! She even gives classes on candle making so that you can make the craft your very own! Check her out on Instagram.

Love Well

A reminder to love others and love them well is the motto for this small business! Their t-shirts are comfortable and come with the reminder to love those and the world around you! Find them at their website lovewellco.com and on Instagram and Facebook.

Maggie’s Chic Designs

Polymer clay earrings, tumblers, and designs, oh my! Maggies Chic Designs will keep you on your toes to rush and collect every little thing from her shelves! Items are handmade and one-of-a-kind so be sure to act fast! Find her on her website at maggieschicdesigns.com and on Instagram and Facebook.

Material Memories

As we travel to places and events, one thing that almost always seems to make it home with us is a brand new t-shirt! Before you know it, they have collected into piles in the dustiest parts of your attic or basement. All these memories, just sitting there…never fear! Material Memories takes those t-shirts and creates cozy quilts that you can use again and again to keep warm from fuzzy memories and a fuzzy blanket! Check out Nancy Abbott of Material Memories at her website and on Instagram and Facebook. (Website designed by E. Lexi Abbott! Order yours TODAY!)

Merrilyn’s INKspiration Café

If you’ve ever seen a homemade card and wonder how it was made, this crafty woman can tell you just how to make it! Not only does she craft beautiful cards for all occasions but she teaches classes on how to make them, too! You can find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Pink Daisy Designs

Pink Daisy Designs is THE place to get custom engraved wood products and other cute wood products! She has cutting boards, door signs, earrings, crafts, and more! Check out this lovely lady on Instagram and Facebook.

Puppy Presents Designs

Now presenting…Puppy Presents Designs! Hand sewn and always made with the idea of keeping prices low, these cute leashes and collars give the perfect spark of color to your canine companion! Check her out on Etsy.

Reimagined Home Décor

Reimagined Home Décor does just that! Reimagining wooden trays, candleholders, and more, Laura Hilly uses her creative imagination to make sure that nothing goes to waste that doesn’t have to! Find her and her crafts on Facebook and Instagram.

ResQue Rubs

This husband and wife team makes barbecue with a purpose! Their rubs not only help you cook like a professional chef in the comfort of your very own kitchen but a portion of proceeds go to FurKids animal shelter! Check them out at their website resquerubs.com as well as Facebook and Instagram.

Southern Escentuals

Free smells and luxurious suds are the benefits of lathering up with Southern Escentuals! Their candles are made of soy wax and contain woodwick candles that add a comforting fireplace crackling sound along with the calming aroma of her beautiful candles! Check out her website and find her on Facebook and Instagram.

Sweet Sassafras Boutique

These lovely ladies run their own boutique. Named after the plant that gave root beer it’s start, this sweet boutique offers cute clothing in all sizes! They are located in Dawsonville, Ga. Find them at their website and on Facebook and Instagram.

Top KNOTch

Clothing and gifts for busy babes, Top KNOTch is a husband and wife team who run their small shop in Cumming, Ga. Check out their cute clothing and accessories on their website and on Facebook and Instagram.

Vitae Gourmet

Michael Gagnon is the genius behind the sauce at Vitae Gourmet! His all natural hot sauce is delicious and can add a lift to your favorite dish or pack a full on punch! It all depends on you and the heat level that you prefer. Check out his glorious concoctions at his website vitaegourmet.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

Wit and Bubbles

To end this list with a bang, please meet Helena! The brains behind the Wit and the maker behind the Bubbles, her business makes gloriously named AND crafted soaps to give your life some lather. Be sure to rinse and repeat to discover every special scent! Find her at her website witandbubbles.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

See You Around The Farm!

Thank you so much for scrolling through, be sure to shop local and support small businesses! Also, be sure to book a venue tour of 3 Oaks Farm to see how you can make your event, or even your wedding, the best that it can be!

Don’t Fall Behind This School Year!

Calling all students, parents, and teachers! Don’t fall behind the curve and start strong this school year by putting support systems in place NOW.

Contact me TODAY to discuss a tutoring support plan for your student to help them with reading, writing, grammar, and study skills!

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Wedding Websites!

Hello and happy Thursday everyone! I am excited to announce that I am now offering WEDDING WEBSITES!

Specifically, I am offering a website specifically curated for YOU about YOUR wedding!

Photo by Jeremy Wong on Pexels.com

How It Works

First, you’ll reach out to me (E. Lexi Abbott) and talk about your wedding! You’ll tell me all about how you met, how you feel about one another, and other specific questions I ask as part of my secret recipe for creating the perfect post for you and your life partner!

Next, you’ll send me photos from your wedding! These can be photos your photographer gave you or that you and your guests took by yourselves.

Then, I will use these photos and the information you provided me with to create YOUR custom website page on your own free website to have and share with loved ones both who couldn’t make it and who were there!

Why You Should Order

It’s one thing to have a wedding registry website or even a dedicated Facebook page or group…but it’s a whole other thing to have a custom curated webpage that will remain forever with the ability to add onto later!

Not only do you not have to spend extra brain power trying to think of what to say and how to say it…you will be able to have me come to your wedding and speak with you and your loved ones IN PERSON to get specific quotes, information, and record special moments that only being there at the wedding itself could allow for!

What if my wedding hasn’t happened yet?

Even better! I not only help to write your vows (ask me about my past clients) I can also come to the wedding in person and be there to ask questions and be a fly on the wall to capture all the special moments that happen in between photographs!

Photos might speak 1000 words, but I write exactly what those words are and MORE!

What if my wedding already happened?

Also no problem! Just give me a call and we’ll have a warm conversation that recalls your wedding day and all that it entailed! Give me the phone numbers of your loved ones and I can call and chat with them, too, in order to get the inside scoop on the biggest day of your lives (so far!)

Hold Your Wedding at Lilly Creek Farm!

Yesterday, I had the absolute privilege to be invited to attend a wedding at Lilly Creek Farm in order to create a special surprise for the now newly wedded couple and, boy, was it an absolute blast!

This venue has it ALL for a luxurious and yet beautifully simple barn wedding from the barn itself to the many opportune places for photos to a special spot near the lake to say those famous words, “I Do!”

This article will be highlighting this beautiful venue and wonderful team as well as some favorite ideas of mine that were implemented in the wedding yesterday evening!

Book a tour TODAY as they schedule their events way in advance!

Bridal party and bouquets

Parking

Lilly Creek venue

When you drive onto the property, you are greeted by a gravel road. As you progress, there is a fenced in parking area immediately to your right with plenty of space for family and friends alike!

After parking, it’s just a short walk (1-3 minutes depending on your pace) to the barn and wedding area!

A happily married couple outside of the barn at Lilly Creek

There is also a small area for parking for those who are unable to make the walk to the barn from the parking area.

The Barn

Immediately visible as you walk up the short gravel way is the barn. This lovely white barn stands tall against the beautiful blue skies of Lilly Creek Farm and sports a chalk board with the last name of the couple to be wed on it.

First dance in the barn!

Inside the barn you are greeted by tall ceilings with white draping swaths of fabric coming from the rafters. Those beautiful touches along with a candle planter above where you first walk in and the other side of the barn and rustic chandeliers make for a simply gorgeous setting!

Table set up inside of the barn.

Tables can be arranged however you want inside of the barn for guests to enjoy seating. The beautiful wedding I got to attend had round tables planted around the main area of the barn and rectangle tables fashioned into a U-shape by the far end of the barn for the wedding party to sit with a space left between them and their guests for dancing the night away!

Directly to the left and right when you first walk in are two lovely little spaces. The one to the left was used for catering and the one to the right was used for the cake and for the DJ to set up.

Further down the barn there are two rooms along the side.

Bridal suite at Lilly Creek Farm
Groom’s Suite at Lilly Creek Farm!

Bridal Suite

The room to the left is the Bridal Suite and had plenty of space for relaxing and plenty of areas for make-up and hair. The room allows in tons of natural light and is a lovely place for the bride and her bridal party.

Groom’s Suite

The room to the right is the Groom’s Suite and has a tv, a big card table in the middle, plenty of snacks and drinks, and is a very relaxing environment to calm the nerves of the groom.

On the right of the barn there is a concrete patio with a bar area, some cornhole bags to throw, and a seating area complete with available firepits.

A celebratory toast!

The patio is the perfect place for guests to hang out while waiting for the ceremony to start, before dinner, and during the reception. It exudes a calming atmosphere and invites guests to lounge and talk and laugh and have a great time!

Photography

A couple share a kiss by the lake.

Did I mention that Lilly Creek Farm is a BEAUTIFUL place?

A bride in the forest surrounded by wildflowers

They have tall fields, forests, a lake front, and plenty of other little areas to take the most spectacular day of photos imaginable! These photos include beautiful lighting and a sense of wonder that make the bride and groom stand out more than ever.

A groom kisses his bride in the field at Lilly Creek Farm!

The comforting surroundings make it easy to relax and have just as much fun taking the pictures as it looks like you did in the pictures afterwards! Those smiles aren’t forced, they’re real!

Lakeside Ceremony

There are plenty of places that boast a lakeside ceremony, but is it comfortable? Is it easy to set up at? Is it the perfect place to forget the stress of the day and enjoy the moment right then and there when you promise yourself to the one you love forever? At Lilly Creek Farm that’s EXACTLY what they offer!

Lakeside wedding ceremony stage.

Directly in front of the barn and across the walkway there is a beautiful deck built on the side of the lake with a roof for shade. Behind where the bride and groom stand there is a fountain placed further back in the lake to make for a beautiful backdrop that, before now, you could only dream of.

The guests are seated on the grass on both sides of the walkway and there are permanent canopies placed above them to help protect guests from the sun and light rain.

Night time wedding ceremony.

During the ceremony, the wedding party will walk out through the large, now open, barn doors and make their way down the walkway and up on the platform in front of their guests. It is a beautiful time and the decoration possibilities are endless! You can truly make your ceremony your own!

PLEASE NOTE: A wedding ceremony could also be held in the barn or really wherever you want! The lakeside ceremony platform is just used very commonly! 🙂

Staff

A beautiful venue is only as effective as the team that works behind the scenes and let me tell you, the team at Lilly Creek Farm is spectacular! Their communication and flow in working together is unmatched and they pay attention to every little detail to ensure that your ceremony will be the best that it could possibly be!

Shelby, the current coordinator, ran around like MAD making sure that every little thing was perfect from the catering area, to the cake, to the seating, to releasing the guests for food, to the ceremony and organizing and directing the wedding party, to the reception and making sure that the drinks, lights, place settings, parking, and everything in-between was in perfect harmony. She definitely knew what she was doing and with her on your side, you know everything will be alright!

Behind Shelby was the rest of the staff. As mentioned before, their ability to communicate and run everything seamlessly was a wonder to watch!

Maria – Owner of Lilly Creek Farm

Maria, the site owner, even made an appearance to ensure that the wedding was running the way it should be. She is a supportive and calming presence who knows when to step in and when to let her staff do what they do best! She checked in with everyone from the DJ to the photographer to the staff running the event and was seen often near Shelby to lend a hand.

Conclusion

The day itself was an absolute joy, but this post isn’t about that wedding specifically. This post was to highlight how lovely, gorgeous, calming, and spectacular this venue is and I’m pretty sure I proved it!

Lilly Creek Farm books far in advance so be sure to make an appointment to tour the venue TODAY and see for yourself what a spectacular place this is for YOUR wedding!

Thank you, Maria, for the invite and thank you Lilly Creek Farm staff and coordinators for your hard work and dedication!

Until next time, stay learning, stay exploring, and have a wonderful day!

Electric Evolution

silhouette of man in space
Man in cosmos

clicking, whirring, flashing lights

hotter days and colder nights

spinning Earth and radiating Sun

a world where the course is being run

evolving energy

in higher beings

forgetting where we came from

making new meanings

electricity currents

power the world

a flip of the switch

and we’d all swirl

back to darkness and murk

having forgotten our birth

from dust we came

and to dust we will go

I just hope that one day the world will know

what it is to be actually connected

and not hidden by invisible walls

one human race

where individuals evolve

to love one another and uplift and connect

to remember what it is to breathe life in a creative breadth

so wide and large

that it spans past the globe

and out into the cosmos where time has slowed

one day we will go there

in the blink of an eye

we’ve only just begun to thrive

let’s build a new world with the breath of life

we carry inside

– E. Lexi Abbott

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Atlanta Grill Company Event

This past Saturday, a friend and I had the distinct pleasure of coming across the Atlanta Grill Company Fire Show 2022! Outside the store located in Roswell (GA), there were pop up tents with companies of all kinds, both big and small, giving free samples in order to promote their products!

Fire Show 2022

Walking over from the TESLA dealership, we walked up the hill towards the store…and towards the yummy smells!

Past a stationed cop car were over a dozen different vendors, some with their own tents and some underneath a giant tent that was erected in front of the store! Here’s a couple of the vendors that we met:

Zeke’s BBQ

Zeke owner of Zeke's B-B-Que
Zeke, owner of Zeke’s B-b-que!

Zeke is the owner and creator of Zeke’s B-B-Que!

Inspired by “well over 100 years” of family tradition, Zeke has spent his whole life trying to master his family’s sauce recipe.

After trying for YEARS and hosting family BBQ’s, he finally not only got the knack for his family legacy, but added a few tweaks of his own, also!

He officially launched in 2013 after competing professionally at the Kansas City Barbecue Society circuit, also in 2013!

Now, he caters to family’s in the Metro Atlanta area and, let me tell you, his special recipe tastes amazing!

Business card of Zeke's B-B-Que
Zeke’s B-B-Que business card!

He had some dry rub chicken wings and drums with a bottle of his sauce for people who wanted to try that as well! It is zingy, full bodied, and absolutely delicious!

His catchphrase is “Creating ZADDICTS Everywhere, One Happy Belly At A Time!”

Myron Mixon

Myron Mixon of the Fire Show 2022
Myron Mixon and his sauce!

Across from Zeke, with a giant banner up and a custom apron, was Myron Mixon and a team of cooking fanatics! He was selling his sauce and giving samples of delicious BBQ to eat it with!

As it says on his website, he is the acclaimed, “Winningest Man In BBQ!”

He has been on cooking shows as both a competitor and judge, hosts classes, sells products, and has his delicious line of BBQ sauces ready to go for whatever your cooking needs may be!

Unicoi Preserves

Clark Neal part of husband-wife team at Unicoi Preserves, LLC
Clark Neal of Unicoi Preserves!

A husband and wife team, Suzy and Clark Neal are the minds behind the machine at Unicoi Preserves,LLC! Surrounded by the Chattahoochee National Forest, they fell in love with nature and wanted to can the feeling they got from being surrounded by it…so they did!

They make original recipe gourmet fruit spreads, inspired by their love of food and wine! I personally tried some of their cherry jalapeno jam with some cream cheese, smoked by Clark himself, and with some of Lane’s Sweet Heat rub sprinkled on top! It was a fantastic burst of flavor! This fantastic partnership truly succeeded in their mission to create a tasty, organic product sourced from local farmers!

Lane’s BBQ

Ryan Lane owner of Lane's BBQ
Ryan Lane of Lane’s BBQ!

Lane’s BBQ began in 2013 when Ryan Lane, the owner and creator of the business, started to sell his BBQ off the pit at a roadside produce stand!

Lane’s BBQ catered for a few years before jumping into the creation game and cooking up some of their very own seasonings and sauces! Now, they are worldwide and are included in the USA, Canada, Australia, and the UK!

Their mission is to encourage fun and socialization around the table, bringing people together with delicious food and experiences!

Bear and Burton’s W Sauce

Bear and Burton's W Sauce at Fire Show 2022
Bear and Burton’s W Sauce!

Bear and Burton’s W Sauce is a whole new take on Worcestershire sauce! Not only is it easier to pronounce, but it adds a whole new dimension of flavor to an age-old recipe!

Another family legacy turned small business, Burton’s mother got the original recipe from “Nana”, her mom! Burton’s childhood was filled with occasional trips to the supermarket to buy pounds and pounds of onions, vinegars, spices, and other ingredients in order to make huge batches of the sauce at one time!

This lovely sauce would permeate the air and anything around it, so the windows always had to be wide open to help reduce the impact! But, boy, did it smell good! So good, in fact, that Burton’s close friend, Bear, tried it and loved it so much he brought it home to his wife, Jenn! They loved it so much that Bear insisted they bottle it…and so Bear and Burton’s W Sauce was born!

The product officially launched in late 2021 and is already making tracks!

PK Grills

PK Grills market team at the Fire Show 2022
PK Grill team

This team’s story is quite interesting! Originating in Tyler (TX), the PK grill was a huge hit but then quickly went out of fashion. That was until 45 years later when it was discovered again in Little Rock (AR) at a garage sale by Paul James, a local attorney. He fell in such love with it that he began to mass produce the grill again!

Fire & Smoke rubs and marketing stickers from PK Grills team!
Fire and Smoke BBQ rubs

Now, this team partners with the Fire and Smoke Society to promote their products while using the PK grills at BBQ cooking competitions across the country!

Their products and cooking method create absolutely delicious steaks, burgers, chicken, and anything else you can throw on a grill! So the next time you’re wanting to try a new grill…keep an eye out for the PK Grill!

All’s Well That Grills Well!

In conclusion, the event was an amazing success for the Atlanta Grill Company and was a ton of fun to attend! The food was delicious, the vendors were extraordinarily wonderful, their stories were interesting and inspiring, and the event was an absolute joy to stumble upon! Next year, I will definitely be keeping an eye out for the Fire Show at the Atlanta Grill Company in Roswell (GA)!

5 Reasons Why You Might Consider Hiring A Tutor

When should I think about hiring a tutor for my student?

Throughout school, students struggle with several areas. Sometimes their struggle points remain consistent throughout their school years, sometimes it changes every year or two. As a parent, you’re naturally going to be concerned for your child and their learning, but when is the right time to find some extra help via a private tutor? There are several reasons! Let’s take a look at five of them below:

1) Their grades are dropping in a certain subject area.

Sad student showing a failed exam to camera at home

The most common and surefire way to confirm that your student is struggling in a particular academic subject is by their grades in school. That’s the whole point of the grading system, is to point out where your student is struggling SO THAT they can go get extra help and know to focus more on those struggle areas.

The specifics of this reason is looking for a trend. One bad test does not mean your student doesn’t understand the subject as a whole and is struggling, but trending downward grades would be something to raise an eyebrow at.

2) They have expressed worry about their knowledge in a particular subject.

A student talking to her mother.

Even without grades as a reflection, if your student is constantly worrying about their knowledge level in a certain class then it might be time to look at a tutor!

Confidence is key and other than learning basic knowledge that it takes to become a functioning member of society, our school years are there to help us learn HOW to learn so that we can continue learning and growing the rest of our lives.

If your student is expressing concern about their knowledge in a subject area, getting them extra support would not only prevent their grades from falling but would also help bolster their confidence and, therefore, prepare them even more for the world after school!

3) What should take them one hour takes three.

A frustrated student with his head in his hands while trying to complete homework.

When it comes to homework, students will work at their own pace. Sometimes it takes a bit longer than the teacher intended, but when it takes HOURS longer, that’s a sure sign that your student is struggling in a particular area.

Whether that area is ability to focus, ability to work on their own, or the subject itself…if your student is spending their evenings at the kitchen table with their head in their hands, it’s time for some extra support!

4) They are ahead of the curve.

A student confidently completing a math problem on the whiteboard.

Sometimes, school just isn’t teaching students fast enough! While some students take longer to process and learn, others zoom ahead! The downfall of this is a feeling of apathy or anxiety when they have nothing to do or are underchallenged.

While it’s wonderful to be labeled a “gifted” child, time and time again this label, and the fast paced learning that causes it, teaches your children that they should already know everything and leads to issues later in adult life.

Overall, it’s better to continue to challenge them! Hiring a tutor to teach them things beyond their grade level will not only help them stay focused and engaged in their learning, but will allow them a better chance at tougher subjects in the future and will NOT allow them to get comfortable knowing “everything”!

5) Their aspirations exceed what is currently on the table.

Little boy thinking an aspiration and looking up

Some students grow up to work on construction, others grow up to be financial advisors, and others grow up to be astronauts! If their current level of schooling isn’t putting them on track for where they dream to be one day, getting a tutor to help give them extra knowledge and credentials might be a good way to go!

There is no such thing as unskilled labor. Every job requires skills and experience. Some of these skills and experience are expected to be attained BEFORE they go into an entry level position at their dream job…especially in today’s world. Getting extra help to push them further and allow them to gain those credentials won’t only help them in the short run with their grades at school but will be giving them skills they will rely on YEARS in the future!

Conclusion

Teacher with students smiling.

There are several reasons why you might consider hiring a tutor to get extra support outside of the classroom. Schooling is meant to provide the very basics of education and classrooms are getting more crowded and teachers are more overwhelmed every year! No matter your reason for wanting to hire a tutor, we are here to help!!

E.L.A. Tutoring flyer.

If you find that your student is struggling in writing, specifically, please feel free to reach out to me at E.L.A. Tutoring! I have a knack for meeting your student where they currently are and helping them to grow to be the best writer they can be! VISIT THE E.L.A. TUTORING PAGE to find out more or MESSAGE ME TODAY!

Have a fantastic day and stay learning!

Tie The Knot at Ivy and Oak Wedding Venue!

Last week Sunday (15 May 2022) I had the outstanding privilege to be invited to Ivy and Oak’s first ever open house! I got to enjoy a spot on their beautiful patio behind the wedding barn and introduce future brides, grooms, and their families to my vow writing services and poems!

As with the other open houses I have had the joy of attending, I will be talking about the venue, the event itself, and end with a list of the other vendors who attended!

The Venue

Found in the hills of Jasper (GA), this lovely little wedding venue is directly off Antioch Church Rd and nestled between HWY 515 and Route 136! The venue itself is very compact but very beautiful! The barn and bride’s house is immediately within view and once your foot hits their grass, you’re in paradise!

Wedding Barn

The wedding barn is an intimate and spectacular area with a patio directly off the back and a separate room for a bar/drink area. The barn is painted white and has very high ceilings and a beautiful interior. The light coming into the barn from the large windows and open doors make for magical photography moments.

There is a seating area directly outside the barn for couples to get married outside with the barn as a shady and timeless backdrop for the photo memories of your first kiss as a married couple!

Bridal House

Another amazing feature of this lovely little venue was the bridal house! Inside were areas specifically designated for the bride and her wedding party to get ready before the wedding. The atmosphere was so calm and lovely and would be sure to steady a nervous bride’s nerves before the biggest moment of her life!

The Open House

The open house itself was an absolutely wonderful time. The vendors who attended were so friendly and excited about their respective businesses and uplifted one another throughout the whole event!

I had such a wonderful time interacting with the other vendors and sharing what we do and why we love it so much. Not to mention, the event runners are absolutely fantastic people and made sure everything ran smoothly and that everyone had a good time!

The event attendees were also super sweet, and I could tell they were having a great time hanging out. The venue feels so CALM, I cannot express how relaxed this place makes you feel. It is perfect!

E. Lexi Abbott – Vendor Set Up

My area consisted of a table on the patio. I was given 4 chairs and was instructed to set up my booth facing outwards so that event attendees could walk around the circle and meet all the vendors one by one!

SERVICES:

As far as weddings are concerned, I offer vow writing services as well as custom poems to capture your big day! If you’re interested, please message me and I will be happy to work with you!

Wedding Service Professionals

At this event there were professionals to fill every single need you might have for your perfect wedding day! Bakers, flowers, saving those flowers, finding the dress, vows (E. Lexi Abbott!), hair, candles, and even fireworks and signage! So many professionals brought their personal flare to this event! Find out more about them and what they do below!

Flowers

Southern Sage Jewelry

This lovely lady takes the flowers from your special day and saves them forever! Her products include shadowboxes and resin coasters, earrings, candleholders, and SO MUCH more! Check her out on Facebook and Instagram

Brenda’s House of Flowers

A florist with an eye for detail and a mind for style, this lovely lady will be sure that you have the perfect flowers for your wedding day! Check them out at their website!

Baking/Food

Dainty Dozens

Dainty Dozens cakes, cupcakes, and sweets booth at the open house!

Dalaziah AKA Dee is an absolutely fantastic and bubbly personality! Her mini cupcakes will have you coming back for more and her wedding cakes are out of this world! This woman knows what she’s doing when it comes to taste! Check her out on Facebook and Instagram and find her website here!

Sisterly Sweets

Sisterly Sweets is a family business run by 3 sisters! Tabetha is the baker behind the delicacies, and she has an eye for creativity and flavors! Check them out on Facebook and Instagram!

Larev Baking Co.

Larev Baking Co. is a home-based custom cake company located in Canton, Georgia. They specialize in wedding and special occasion cakes! They are a super sweet family, and their baking is divine! Check them out at their website!

AV Gourmet Fine Catering

Alexis Valentine is the chef of AV Gourmet Fine Catering and he is a fantastic cook! One look at their page will have you drooling! This catering company knows how to make your event taste as good as it looks! Check out the official website here!

Bridal

Anna Christine Bridal

Every bride has to say Yes to the dress before her big day, but many find that process daunting and more than a little emotional! Ease the emotional burden by checking out Anna Christine Bridal! She is a lovely and supportive woman who has beautiful dresses in inclusive sizes! Unlock your inner goddess and say YES to Anna Christine Bridal! Find her on Facebook and Instagram!

Photography

Lei B. Photography and Boudoir

The booth set up for Lei B. Photography along with Lei B. herself!

This lovely woman not only takes beautiful photos for your big day or special occasion, she makes you feel good while doing it!! A wonderful photographer with a passion for boudior, a session with her will boost your confidence and leave you with lovely pictures to enjoy for years to come! Check her out on Facebook, Instagram, and her official website!

Kanella Photography

The booth set up for Kanella Photography along with Kanella herself!

This soon to be mother knows the importance of capturing special moments! Her photos capture the brightness that life has to offer and her easygoing personality will calm your nerves when prepping for your big day! Check her out on Facebook, Instagram, and at her official website!

Extras

The Plaid Picnic Company

The vendor booth set up for The Plaid Picnic Company

Sometimes the best memories are made with the simplest of ideas! Plan a picnic event for your bridal shower, wedding photoshoot, or other special occasion! Ella, the sweet woman who runs this company, is a creative and lighthearted soul who loves helping her client’s make memories that will last forever! Check her out on Facebook and Instagram!

Chandler Candles LLC

Chandler Candles LLC at Ivy and Oak Wedding Venue!

Candles light up the room, the world, and your life if you pick the right ones! Chandler Candles LLC look to make your fairy tale dreams a reality with their stylish and wonderful smelling candles! You can even customize your candle holders and cases to fit your business or event! Check them out on Facebook and Instagram!

Bride Lights

The booth set up for Bride Lights at Ivy and Oak Wedding Venue!

What’s life without fireworks? Bride Lights offers fireworks and signage services! Light up your event and end it with a BOOM! You can find out more information by checking them out on Facebook and Instagram!

Hair By Anna Claire

The vendor booth set up of Hair By Anna Claire

This lovely lady helps tame your hair, and therefore your stress as well, on your big day! Book her for beautiful bridal and brides maids looks as well as for other special occasions! Find her on Facebook and Instagram!