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5 Ways To Show Mom Just How Special She Is

Mothers Day


1.  Treat her to a spa day.

Who doesn’t love an opportunity to relax, unwind and indulge? Give mom an upscale spa experience she won’t forget, A Moment’s Peace Salon & Day Spa delivers every time.

 2. Make her home shine

Thank her for all she does by cleaning her house from top to bottom while she puts her feet up and enjoys some much-needed rest. Here’s a printable house cleaning checklist.

 3. Take her on a surprise adventure

How about a Tennessee Wine Tour? Enjoy area vineyards and wines without worrying about the drive. Sit back, relax and let Grand Avenue do the driving while you have her undivided attention.              

4. Walk down memory lane

Put together a scrapbook just for mom. We found one that we love from A Beautiful Mess with a step-by-step guide to creating an awesome, personalized gift using recycled materials and your favorite photos.

 5. Take her to brunch

How does Applewood smoked bacon, crab shooters and country ham wrapped beef tenderloin sound? Kitchen Notes (Omni Hotel) has a Mother’s Day brunch 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM. Mom will love the vintage interior designed with repurposed materials that include décor discovered from local antique stores and flea markets.

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What is your role as MOH?

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Today’s MOH might be a Maid of Honor, a Matron of Honor, or a Man of Honor. Whichever applies in your case, you’ll be playing a very important role on the wedding day! Here are some of the responsibilities you need to know:

Financial. Being a MOH means you’ll be investing in things like your attire, travel fees, hosting a bridal or wedding shower, and gifts for the happy couple. These things can really add up, especially if it’s a destination wedding. It’s perfectly within your right to ask for contributions from the rest of the wedding party for things like the shower, which can help offset the cost.

Emotional. You’re going to be a sounding board for the bride and will likely have to support her through what she thinks are dire decisions or impossible family interactions, which can sometimes lead to you taking on her stress. Just remember that this is only for a limited time and you’re there to help her through planning the biggest day of her life.

Physical. Being the MOH generally means a lot of running around. You’ll probably end up helping the bride shop for her gown and accessories, the wedding party’s attire, her wedding invitations, and any number of other things. You’ll also likely go with her to a wedding show or two and possibly attend vendor appointments with her. Do your best to keep your schedule available for her, especially close to the big day.

Critical. As the MOH, there are several essential tasks for you to handle on the wedding day. You may hold one or both of the rings during the ceremony, as well as the bride’s bouquet and any note cards she may have. You’ll make sure her gown and veil look perfect for every photo. You and the Best Man will likely serve as witnesses and sign the marriage certificate. Then there will be your speech during the reception and possibly collecting all of the gifts for the couple after the event ends. On top of everything else, your job is to make sure the couple has an amazing day. Pretty important, to say the least!

Being a MOH is truly an honor and one of the best ways you can support the happy couple. Hold onto your patience and perform every task with love. That way you’ll all enjoy the big day!

APRIL 28, 2016 BY SUSAN SOUTHERLAND Via Head Over Heals - Perfect Wedding Guide 

Airlines Looking to Make Window or Aisle Seats a Costly Luxury

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If you're planning a summer flight and have your sights set on a window seat or aisle seat, you should prepare to cough up some extra dough.

More and more of the major airlines are now considering those economy seats a luxury and are looking at new ways to charge passengers for them.

Scott Mayerowitz, an airline expert with the Associated Press, told ABC News today that passengers on low-cost carriers like Spirit Airlines had to pay for seat assignments in advance or risk having the airline put them in whatever seat is available.

Other airlines have followed suit, charging fliers in some way for a good seat. Southwest, which doesn't assign seats, recently increased the price of its early boarding by 20 percent. It now charges passengers $15 each way to board the plane first to improve their chances of getting a good seat.

 The New Way Some Airlines Are Pricing Tickets, Under the Radar

 Some Major US Airlines Hike Fares By $3 One-Way

With Delta's least expensive option, basic economy, fliers cannot select their seats until 24 hours before they travel -- just around the time when the most coveted aisle and window seats are inevitably taken by people who paid a higher fare.

"American Airlines and United are following Delta's lead on this and will be launching their own basic economy fares in coming months although they haven't yet released the details of those plans,” Mayerowitz said.

He said travelers using the big airlines like American, Delta or United would likely have a harder time finding seats because airlines were reserving more seats in the front of the plane for elite members or those willing to pay extra.

"Regardless of what fare you book," Mayerowitz said, "if you book only a few weeks before your trip, the only seats left are those middle seats or the ones next to the bathroom. ... Fliers should just keep checking and checking airlines websites. Especially at that 24-hour-before-departure time, make sure you check in and look at the seat map. That's when a lot of elite fliers get upgraded and their seats open up and you can jump on in and snag those."

Travel experts said that there was one way to improve your chances at a better seat, though -- and without having to pay up.

When consumers book their flights, experts suggest entering the information, which automatically emails the traveler when an aisle or window seat opens up. 

ABC News' Rebecca Jarvis and Kelley Robinson contributed to this story.

How Nashville Became Music City

From its very beginnings, Nashville grew from a foundation built on music. Music has been the common thread connecting the life and soul of the city and its people. And visitors have ventured here to experience the music that weaves such a fundamental pattern in the city’s cultural, business, and social fabric.

Nashville’s earliest settlers celebrated in the late 1700s with fiddle tunes and buck dancing after safely disembarking on the shores of the Cumberland River. Nashville’s first “celebrity,” the noted frontiersman and Congressman Davy Crockett was known far and wide for his colorful stories and fiddle playing.

As the 1800s unfolded, Nashville grew to become a national center for music publishing. The first around-the-world tour by a musical act was by the Fisk Jubilee Singers from Nashville’s Fisk University. Their efforts helped fund the school’s mission of educating freed slaves after the Civil War – and also put Nashville on the map as a global music center. In fact, upon playing for the Queen of England, the queen stated the Fisk Jubilee Singers must come from the “Music City.”

In 1897, a group of Confederate veterans chose Nashville as the site of a massive reunion. The event was held at the former tabernacle that would later become known as the Ryman Auditorium. So many former Confederate soldiers poured into town that a new balcony was built inside the tabernacle to accommodate their great numbers. It was dubbed “The Confederate Gallery,” a designation still visible today as the Ryman continues to host an array of musical events.

Before even the Ryman became known as the downtown home of the Grand Ole Opry, it already enjoyed a national reputation. Enrico Caruso, John Philip Sousa, and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra gave roof-raising performances there that earned the Ryman the nickname “Carnegie Hall of the South.” The Ryman’s unrivaled acoustic qualities continue today – it has received Pollstar magazine’s prestigious “Theater of the Year” award consecutively for the past five years as the best auditorium in the nation to experience live music.

In 1925, the establishment of radio station WSM and its launch of the broadcast that would be called the Grand Ole Opry further secured Nashville’s reputation as a musical center and sparked its durable nickname of “Music City.” The Opry, still staged live every week, is America’s longest-running radio show. They are celebrating their 90th anniversary in production this year. It ignited the careers of hundreds of country stars and lit the fuse for Nashville to explode into a geographic center for touring and recording. The modern-day empire of Music Row, a collection of recording studios, record labels, entertainment offices, and other music-associated businesses, populates the area around 16th and 17th Avenues South.

Nashville has also long been known as the “Songwriting Capital of the World.” Songwriters from all over the world come to Music City to learn the art and share their passion of songwriting. The famous Bluebird Cafe showcases songwriters performing their original music in an intimate “in-the-round” setting that was created in Nashville and allows them to share the stories of inspiration behind their songs. Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), which fosters the art of songwriting and works to protect writers’ rights, is headquartered here. The annual Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival puts these songwriters somewhere they’re not use to being, in the spotlight. Over the course of five days, more than 300 songwriters perform at venues around town.

In recent years, cable television has broadcast Music City’s stars and music to the world. CMT and GAC have taken country music to a new level of acclaim and recognition. The gospel music series hosted by Nashville’s Bobby Jones on Black Entertainment Television is now cable’s longest-running program. And recently, the city hit primetime with the ABC show “Nashville,” which has brought a new wave of fans to the city and its music.

Over the years, Nashville has also become a hub for pop, rock, bluegrass, Americana, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, blues, and soul music. Rolling Stone recently gave Nashville the title of “Best Music Scene.” Artists like Robert Plant, Kid Rock, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Bon Jovi, and Michael Bublé, among many others, have come to Music City to write and record. Names like Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, Taylor Swift, Kesha, Michael McDonald, Keb’ Mo’, Sheryl Crow, Paramore, Hot Chelle Rae, and Jack White have chosen to call Nashville home. The vast number of recording studios, music publishers, record labels, and studio musicians continue to draw in musicians of all genres. In fact, Nashville has the highest concentration of people working in the music industry per capita than anywhere else in the world. These musicians are the city’s greatest spokesmen, sharing their love for the city and its music with the world.

Live music can be seen and heard every day and night of the week in Nashville. The world-famous honky tonks, located on Broadway, offer free live music 365 days a year. And with more than 150 music venues around town ranging from large arenas and concert halls to small clubs, featuring nearly every genre of music, it’s easy to see why this is the city that “music calls home.”

Music festivals and events fill Nashville’s calendar throughout the year. From large festivals such as the CMA Music Festival and Bonnaroo to events like the CMA and CMT Awards, Nashville continues to be a place for the biggest names in music to perform.

Nashville proudly proclaims itself to be Music City and is making strategic efforts to continue to foster young musicians and entice musicians of all genres to write, record, and live here. The Music City Music Council was formed to strategically grow and strengthen Nashville’s creative community.

There’s truly no other place in the world like Nashville. Its connection to music is unequalled, and its reputation as Music City has been consistently proven for over 200 years. Welcome to the city where music is written, recorded, and performed every single day. Welcome to Music City.

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Nashville Events and Outreach

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Nashville being named one of the 10 fastest growing cities, not   only with tourist but Nashville locals will always be able to find something to do. Besides being the home of over 20,000 music industry jobs coming in at the top are healthcare jobs. You can always find adventure downtown Nashville which not only includes Broadway, Printers Alley but also The Gulch for top restaurants, variety of bars, horse drawn carriage rides, peddle bars and more. The beginning of April is starting with many exciting and fun events in the city. Fashion Week is April 5 – 9 and includes fashion shows that take place in different venues. April 5 – 9 there will also be The Tin Pan South which is a Songwriters Festival and showcased in area local bars and venues. April 9 is The Cherry Blossom Festival. The Cherry Blossom Festival is a festival that celebrates the arrival of spring and the blossoming cherry trees that symbolize the ongoing friendship between Japan and the United States. The festival includes live music, art and authentic cuisine.

Along with the fast growing city with new businesses, loft apartments and restaurants the homeless population continues to grow and has reached nearly 5,000 in the homeless community. Most have become homeless due to losing jobs, their home, even their parents along with many other situations. Nashville has many non-profit and other organizations that have come together to help them get back on their feet as well as survive in the outdoor environment.  Beautiful Eyes Ministry every Tuesday night cater in hot food from local restaurants, provide donations of clothes, tents and survival needs as well as focusing on building relationships, mentoring and connecting with possible employers that Beautiful Eyes Ministry works closely with to get them employment. They also visit local camps to check on the homeless community in dangerous weather. People loving Nashville is a similar ministry that meets at the same place but on Mondays. The Oasis Center focuses on teens ages 18-25 and offers warming shelters, activities and a place to go for different events. These three organizations are just a few of many but with almost 5000 homeless, the need is high and Nashville needs more help.

Nashville is growing so fast that many new restaurants and bars have recently opened and are coming soon in 2016. Something for everybody is around town. This will not just be the downtown Nashville area but close by, you will find original places in SoBro, The Gulch, 12 South, Germantown, Hillsboro Village, Midtown and Edgehill Village. On the way to dinner you will notice new hotels, loft apartments, boutiques and many new bars. Nashville locals are quite proud of what their city has to offer, from all the above listed to museums, parks, music venues and of course our beautiful views throughout the city.
So next time you find yourself complaining you have nothing to do just go outside and take a look around at this beautiful city and while you’re at it… when you pass that homeless person, share a smile and make their day. We are known for being so nice so let’s continue to show people what we are about.

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Virgin Australia- April 1

Virgin Australia has launched a “Kids Class” – an adult-free cabin for junior travellers only.

After check-in, security check and immigration, young travellers can take the trunki (ride-on suitcase) service to the gate.

When boarding, junior travellers will receive storybooks instead of newspaper. Cushions have been installed to avoid vibrations from the person kicking the seat behind.  

The safety card is chewable and the meals are served in plane shapes. There is also a “teddy menu” for those flying alone. When it is bedtime, cabin crew read a bedtime story, and bubbles fill up the cabin.

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St. Patrick's Day

Make a plan before you party:

Designate Grand Avenue as your driver this St. Patrick’s Day

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Fact: St. Patrick’s Day Is Dangerous

  • Widely celebrated across the country, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest holidays due to the number of drunk drivers on the road. The St. Patrick’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16to 5:59 a.m. March 18) from 2010 to 2014 saw the loss of 266 lives due to drunk-driving crashes.
  • In 2014, alone, 29 people (28% of all crash fatalities) were killed in drunk-driving crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period.
  • During post-party hours, between midnight and 5:59 a.m. March 18, 2014, nearly half of crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.
  • Drunk driving kills more than 10,000 people each year in our country, and every single one of those deaths is preventable.
  • Pedestrians are at risk, too. Pub crawlers: Keep an eye out for cars. Even a sober driver is a risk if you are drinking and walking. Designated drivers: Be on the alert for impaired walkers who may not obey the street signs.

 Plan Before You Party

  • Before celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this year, decide whether you’ll drink or you’ll drive. You can’t do both.
  • Designate a sober, reliable driver to get you home safely from the party.
  • If you’re planning on driving, commit to staying sober.

Important Things to Remember

  • There’s no such thing as “OK to Drive.”  Play it safe and never drive after having even one drink. Remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.
  • The rate at which alcohol affects you varies and is often based on factors such as alcohol content, body weight, food consumption, and how fast you drink your alcohol.
  • Walking home from the bar after a night out partying? That can be dangerous, too. In 2014, 35 percent of the pedestrians killed in crashes had BACs of .08 or higher. Get a sober friend to walk home with you.
  • If you see someone driving drunk, call 911 when it’s safe to do so, and give a description of the vehicle to law enforcement. With one third of all crash fatalities in the United States involving drunk drivers, it is your business. Getting drunk drivers off the roads saves lives.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive drunk or ride with someone who is impaired, help them make other arrangements to get to where they are going safely. If a friend is drunk and wants to drive, take the keys away. Don’t worry about offending someone—they’ll thank you later.

Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving…and It Will Cost You

  • What does drinking and driving cost? It depends: Are you talking cash, or are you talking your life? Drunk driving can kill you, your loved ones, and other innocent road users. Commit to driving sober every drive.
  • The average DUI costs about $10,000. Wouldn’t you rather pay for a taxi?
  • Drunk driving can result in jail time, the loss of your driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car or motorcycle towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. In fact, depending on your line of work, you could be fired for driving under the influence.

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The Madness of March Charity Bracket

College basketball bracketologists, the time has arrived!

It’s time to start thinking about filling out your NCAA men’s tournament bracket. And this year, what better way to jump into the fun — and to help your favorite school, church or charity in the process — by joining The Madness of March Charity Bracket presented by The Sports Fund of The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

All it costs is a fully tax-deductible $20 entry fee to join in the fun and to help Middle Tennessee nonprofits and those they serve. The bracket’s winners will earn major bragging rights and will help their favorite charities earn a bundle. Learn more and register today.

About The Sports Fund
As a permanent endowed source of funding, The Sports Fund distributes funds to nonprofits and community programs in Middle Tennessee that work proactively to prevent a range of issues facing children, such as childhood obesity, gang membership, teen pregnancy and high school dropout rates.

Grand Avenue’s Carl Haley is a part of The Sports Fund Advisory Committee which is comprised of community members who understand the importance sports can play in a young person’s life. The committee includes business leaders, former athletes, educators, and professionals from all walks of life.
"Grand Avenue is committed to helping a variety of organizations, from local charities to well-established foundations supporting myriad causes"

 - Carl T. Haley Jr. 


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SNOW DAY, Now What?

Tennessee is in a state of emergency as this winter wonderland falls upon us and you’re probably thinking, “SNOW DAY”. As children, we dreamed about this day-everyday throughout winter and today we’re adults with a snow day, now what? Don’t get discouraged I have five things to make this the “Best Snow Day Ever”. So, get out of bed and get ready for some fun!
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1.)    Coffee/Hot Chocolate

Start your morning with a fresh cup of something warm while you’re still in your pajamas. For once, you’re not pouring a cup and running around getting ready for work or heading out the door. Sit, relax, watch the snow fall and enjoy that hot tasty beverage. Maybe even add a little something extra, you are an adult and it is a snow day.

2.)    Workout

Just because you have the day off doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get a workout in. Today is the day to try one of those many at-home workouts you’ve been pinning to boards on Pinterest and never tried. Or try a free online Yoga or Pilates workouts to find your inner peace. If that doesn’t sound like fun to you, move all of the furniture out of the way and have a dance party! Just move!

3.)    “Do you wanna build a snowman?”

Today is the day to answer “Yes” to every child’s theme song for the last two years. If you have kids or not, we are never too old to bundle up and go outside for a little fun in the snow. Nashville is covered in fresh powder that packs perfectly for building a snowman or having a snowball fight. Even your dogs would enjoy going outside to play.

4.)    Take A Nap

Yes, you are allowed to take a nap. When do we ever get to take a nap at work? Today is the day to crawl back under the covers and sleep in the middle of the day. Plus, cold and flu season has taken its toll and resting is good for your health.

5.)    Cook/Bake

You have more time than you ever do to make a pot of chili, bake cookies or try a new recipe. As long as you have everything you need in your cabinet, you’re set to go. If you’re light on groceries and need an idea try these Flourless Peanut Butter cookies by “Tasty”

Your house will smell amazing and you’ll be so happy you finally spent a little time in the kitchen.

Now, who’s ready to have fun on their snow day? Get going, be safe and have fun!

New Year's Fun Facts

Before we close 2015 and begin a New Year here are some fun facts and traditions about New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day around the world.

New Year’s Eve
• Make New Year’s Eve plans with your family and closest friends. It is believed that the first people you see when the New Year begins will either give you good luck or bad luck. I suggest you keep your enemies far away.
• Time Square New Year’s Eve Ball was first dropped in 1907 and was a 700-pound ball made with 25-watt bulbs made of iron and wood. Today, the ball weighs 11,875 pounds, is 12 feet in diameter and is made with 2,688 Waterford Crystals.
• 1 million people will gather in New York City’s Times Square to watch the ball drop. 2,000 pounds of confetti are dropped on the crowd.1 billion people will watch on TV.
• 44 percent of American adults plan to kiss someone at midnight, 61 percent say a prayer and 22 percent admit to falling asleep before midnight.
• In Columbia, Cuba and Puerto Rico, some families stuff a large doll, called Mr. Old Year, with memories for the past. He is dressed in clothes from the outgoing year and set on fire at midnight to burn away the bad memories.
• 360 million glasses of sparkling wine is consumed by Americans during the holiday season.

New Year’s Day
• The traditional New Year’s song, “Auld Lang Syne”, means “times gone by”.
• In Italy, people wear red underwear to bring good luck all year long.
• Traditional foods eaten on New Year’s Day are legume and leafy greens for money or fortune, pork for progress and prosperity and ring-shaped cakes and pastries to celebrate the year coming full circle.
• The top resolutions for the New Year are weight loss and physical activity, stop smoking and financial or career goals. 25 percent of Americans give up on their resolutions by the second week of January.
• According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, more vehicles are stolen on New Year’s Day. Grand Avenue encourages you to leave your cars at home locked up and book transportation instead.

What are your traditions for the New Year?
Grand Avenue would like to wish you a safe and Happy New Year!!!
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