Roe’ing for a Cause: Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia

LuLaRoe clothing is one of the year’s most popular clothing brands for women and girls, and today, women in Macon have the opportunity to shop LuLaRoe for a good cause.

Today, Thursday, November 17th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., there will be a LuLaRoe clothing pop up sale at 915 Hill Park, Suite 100C, in Macon, hosted by LuLaRoe consultant Kayla Blades and benefiting the Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia.

LuLaRoe's Carly dress
LuLaRoe’s Carly dress

The Crisis Line and Safe House of Central Georgia is a non-profit organization that provides support to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. They provide a broad range of services, including legal and financial help, planning assistance and shelter for families needing to escape abuse, access to counseling and support groups, and community education programming.

The Crisis Line and Safe House operates through a combination of local, state, and federal grants, as well as through donations made by members of our community. Their services are free to families and individuals in need. Purchases of LuLaRoe clothing items made through today’s sale, which also be available on Facebook at LulaRoe Kayla Blades, will benefit the Crisis Line and Safe House and families in our community.

LuLaRoe leggings come in sizes to fit little girls up to the curvy woman, and each pair is buttery soft.
LuLaRoe leggings come in sizes to fit little girls up to the curvy woman, and each pair is buttery soft.

LuLaRoe is popular for many reasons: their clothing is beautifully designed in a wide range of sizes that can fit most women. Their fabrics are soft, especially their leggings, which are often described as “buttery,” and rightfully so! They also come in awesome patterns: from holiday themes to fanciful “hobby” designs (like bicycles, books, and animals), and lots of geometric patterns.

The LuLaRoe Nicole dress comes in a variety of patters and fabrics, perfect for work or weekend wear.
The LuLaRoe Nicole dress comes in a variety of patters and fabrics, perfect for work or weekend wear.

One of the most popular design trends for women is pattern mixing, and LuLaRoe saleswomen are excellent at helping you find the right patterns to make a great outfit.

Today is a great opportunity to try on LuLaRoe in person, and support the work of the Crisis Line and Safe House in their mission of helping make Central Georgia families safer.

The pop up sale is today, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 915 Hill Park, Suite 100C, in Macon. Hill Park is located at the bottom of Coleman Hill, off Spring Street. If you can’t come try on clothes, check out the Facebook page, where you can shop November 17-18 to benefit the Crisis Line and Safe House, at

For more information about the Crisis Line & Safe House of Central Georgia, please visit

Second Impressions consignment sale in full swing

Isobel models a little girl's dress, for sale at Second Impressions.
Isobel models a little girl’s dress, for sale at Second Impressions.

Second Impressions consignment sale is open, today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Parkway in Macon.  Second Impressions is a gently-used clothing and toy sale for children, but they also have maternity clothing and a small selection of newborn necessities, like high chairs.

Macon Community News visited at the close of business Friday night, and the variety of clothing, toys, books, and other children’s items was impressive. Many of the items were still in their original packaging, and there were clothing items with original tags still on them. There were also lunchboxes, notebooks, and other school supplies for sale.

Parking and admission are free, and sales tax will also be free on qualifying items, including all clothing and school supplies.

Sam checking out one of the tables of toys at Second Impressions.
Sam checking out one of the tables of toys at Second Impressions.

Tomorrow, Sunday, July 31, 2016, many items are half-priced; these will be specially marked. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the sale will end at 6 p.m. The sale will be closed from 2-3 p.m. while the staff mark the special dollar deals. When the sale re-opens at 3 p.m., specially marked items will be sold for $1 each.

Bargain hunters, early Christmas shoppers, and families on a budget will find great deals on nice clothing and toys. While you are out enjoying tax-free shopping, add Second Impressions to your “must go” list.

There are a wide variety of toddler and preschool toys available at Second Impressions.
There are a wide variety of toddler and preschool toys available at Second Impressions.

Events this week Thursday July 28 to August 3, 2016

Highlight of events in and around Macon and Middle Georgia for the week of July 28-August 3, 2016. This weekend includes Bragg Jam events for those who love live music and arts.

Thursday July 28, Bibb County Schools are hosting an Elementary School Open House from 4 PM – 7 PM at the respective elementary schools around the county. Parents and students are urged to visit their 2016-2017 classrooms to meet teachers and learn important information for the upcoming school year. Visit the Bibb County School website to see more information about supply lists and policies such as the dress code.

Streetline Camp Drums and Dreams Percussion Showcase will perform at Macon Terminal Station from 5:30 – 7 PM.  The fundraising event includes a spaghetti dinner. Camp Drums & Dreams is a collaborative initiative between StreetLine Percussion, Inc. and Neighborhood Academy.  Tickets are $5.

Concert on the Lawn at Colosseum North Hospital, 400 Charter Blvd in Macon, featuring The Grapevine. Concerts starts at 7 PM and runs until 9 PM.

Friday July 29, Second Impressions Consignment Expo kicks of for three days in the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower Pkwy from 10 AM to 7 PM.

Christian rock band Disciple will be in concert at Christ Chapel in Warner Robins with special guests The Persuaded. Tickets are available online and are $10-15.  Venue location is 2288 Moody Rd, Warner Robins. Concerts runs from 6 – 10 PM. This a family friendly event.

The Medical Center of Peach County will be hosting Free Movie Night at the hospital at 1960 Ga Hwy 247 Conn in Byron from 8 – 10 PM. Tonight’s feature is the touching Disney movie UP. Be sure to bring your blankets, lawn chairs and picnic baskets. This is an outdoor and family friendly event.

Bragg  Jam
The extremely popular music, arts and children’s festival returns Saturday July 30th in Macon. Events include music, arts and crafts and will be hosted in several venues around Macon. Image courtesy Bragg Jam.

Saturday July 30, The big event this weekend is Macon’s Bragg Jam. Venues throughout downtown (mostly around 3rd and Cherry) will host music and art events. Concert Crawl tickets are $30-$75 and can be purchased online. See their Concert Crawl schedule for times and locations of events.  There are over 20 stages, including Twangs, The Hummingbird, Cox Capitol Theater, Crazy Bull, Spark Macon and many others.

The Bragg Jam Arts and Kids Festival goes from 10 AM to 2 PM in the Cherry St. Plaza between the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and Tubman Museum buildings. This is a free event for all members of the family. Activities include music, face painting, sand art, and other crafts. Music will be tailored to be safe for kids and food trucks will also be available.

The sales tax free holiday starts up to aid families buying school supplies for the new school year. Be sure to read Jim Bealls’ column about maximizing your savings.

Second Impressions Consignment Expo continues and runs from 10 AM to 7 PM at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower.

Sunday July 31, Second Impressions Consignment Expo finishes up at the Anderson Conference Center at 5171 Eisenhower. The expo runs from 9 AM to 6 PM and the last three hours will feature many items on sale for $1 or less.

The Georgia two day tax free holiday continues and ends today.

Monday August 1, It’s the first day of school for Bibb County Students. Check with the Bibb County Schools website for more information.


Applying Intentionality to Shopping Georgia’s Sales Tax Holiday

First the facts; Saturday July 30th and Sunday the 31st is the state of Georgia’s first sales tax holiday of the year. This first tax holiday is focused on clothing, computers, and school supplies. The second sales tax holiday will be September 30th through October 2nd and will be for Energy or Water efficient products.

Jim Beall
Jim Beall of Beall Financial Planning, Inc., 2207 Ingleside Ave. in Macon.

This weekend’s primary focus is for getting kids ready to go back to school but that does not limit the sales and purchases to just school supplies or kids size clothing. All clothing including shoes with a sales price of less than $100.00 is tax free during the holiday. Clothing accessories such as jewelry, handbags, watches or eye-wear are not included. Computers, accessories, and peripherals and most software for home and noncommercial use with a price of less than $1,000.00 is also tax free. School supplies purchased for noncommercial use with a sales price of $20.00 or less per item are also included in the sales tax holiday. The full details of what is covered can be found at the State of Georgia’s Department of Revenue website GA Sales Tax Holiday PDF

Intentionality is a mental or physical state of being deliberate or acting with purpose. It is preparing in advance for what you want to achieve. In this case maximizing your limited resources of time and money. Start before you head to assess what clothes you and your family will need for school, work, and any fall sports activities that your family will participate in and start a list. Have you gotten a list of supplies from your children’s school? Go ahead and get that list and print it out to take to the store along with the list of clothes you need along with the sizes you need. You’ve got your list now determine the store or stores you need to shop at to get what is on your lists. What you will want to avoid is buying stuff that is not on your list. People who shop without a list will generally buy more and spend more than those shopping from a list. They also will end up with a lot of impulse purchases that sit around unused or unworn cluttering up their house and closets.

If you are taking your kids shopping with you for their back to school supplies assign them specific items from the list for them to pick out. With younger children give them some control over pens and pencils and other small items this is an ideal time to teach them how to compare prices, work within a budget, and the difference between a want and a need. When going to a store prep them for exactly what you are shopping for and that you are only buying what is on the list. You are priming them for what to expect at the store and it helps them and you resist the many ways stores use your brain against you through your senses to spend more. Older kids are starting to develop their own senses of style and preferences give them more freedom to choose their clothes and school supplies but also give them a strict budget. You are preparing them for life and it’s never too early or late to develop good spending habits.

Shopping intentionally is as simple as assessing what you need, making the list, determining which stores will have what you need and preparing yourself mentally before entering the store to only buy what is on the list. One last thing, if you find that store that has a great deal on the shoes that meet the dress code let your friends know before they drive all over town looking for them.

Amazon Prime Day deals keep coming

Today is Amazon Prime Day, a day when Amazon Prime members get ridiculous discounts on everything from electronics and jewelry to clothing and accessories.

Admittedly, last year’s Prime Day was a bit of a disappointment. This year, though, Amazon has clearly stepped up their game. Amazon products, like the Kindle, Echo, and FireTV are available at great prices.

Other awesome deals can be found across the site. The best part is that many of the biggest deals start at 7 p.m.

If you’ve thought of joining Amazon Prime, now is the time. Not only will you get great pricing and delivery on items purchased through Amazon, their streaming abilities for music, movies, and t.v. can’t be beat.

If you are already a Prime member, get on Amazon and start grabbing deals. When they go, they’re gone.

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