Autumn Equinox Playlist

The Autumnal Equinox is tomorrow, and we created a Spotify playlist to get you in the mood for cozy sweaters, crisp mornings, and pumpkin spice everything. 

We hope you find yourself listening to our Autumn with the Birds playlist the first time you pull out your fuzzy socks and start your first fire. Enjoy! 

Redecorating for Fall with Adelene Simple Cloth

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If you're anything like us, a new season is just a reason to switch up our interiors to match the change in weather. We summon the great HGTV gods and suddenly we've got an accent wall, our current fixtures have suddently got to go and we're looking for any excuse to add a pop of color.  One thing you can bank on here at BOFC is that we will be adding to our Adelene Simple Cloth pillow collection this fall. The neutral colors are the perfect addition to a comfy living room, just in time for crisp autumn weather!

Adelene starts with the same two bases – Sturdy Girl and Sturdy Boy. From there, you can select an array of patterns and colors to match your inner Property Brother. The best part of Adelene Simple Cloth? These fabrics are buttery to the touch yet durable enough to withstand regular use. 

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Here are three simple ways to freshen up your home for fall with Adelene’s collection

  1. Redecorate your patio with new colors and textures. While they aren’t weatherproof, they make a beautiful and cozy addition to your backyard seating. Just be sure to bring them inside!
  2. Having a fall gathering? Check out Adelene's table top collection. Talk about making your guests swoon.
  3. Spruce up your couch or bed with a new geometric pattern. The neutral color mixed with subtle pattern makes for the perfection addition to any room or bedding.

Music Midtown Survival Guide

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Tatum is giving us her pro tips for a successful Music Midtown weekend! Read up:

Alright all you music lovers out there, who’s ready for Music Midtown at Piedmont Park this weekend?! With amazing artists like Bruno Mars, Mumford & Sons, Young the Giant, Judah & the Lion, and SO many more, it’s nearly impossible to have a let-down of a weekend. Here are some foolproof ways to make sure you get the most out of Music Midtown (or any music festival):

Plan out your day.

Take a look at the schedule to ensure that you are making the most of your time at the park. Bands will be playing two at a time, so you will need to pick and choose who you see, as well as how you will get from stage to stage. We recommend to grab a map upon arrival so you don’t need to use your phone’s battery each band’s play time and stage name. 

Find a meeting spot.

Guys, this is so important. 99% of the time, you won’t have great cell service in the park. Before you and your crew split up to see different bands, grab a drink, or check out the merch stand, find an easy meeting spot to meet back up at before the next show. In the past, we’ve used water-filling stations, food stands, or info booths, but you’ll quickly find your own!

Pack a bag the night before.

My friends call me “mom” for a good reason; I always have everything you need within arms reach. In my fanny-pack (make your jokes now, but I’m prepared), there are bandaids, sunscreen, chapstick, tampons, tissue (the TP runs out quick, y’all), and a charged battery pack. Your needy friends will the thank you in the end.

Water.

You don’t want to the be the person who takes off early because of heat exhaustion or passing out. Bruno Mars won’t forgive you. Bring an empty water bottle in your backpack or fanny-pack to fill up at water stations around the park. A good time = staying hydrated = water.

Put your phone down.

Live in the moment. We all know that you want your followers to see what ~amazing~ hippie outfit you got from Free People and how many killer bands you got to meet, BUT those moments won’t last long. Take a couple pictures of your crew and the shows, then put your phone in your pocket so you can dance and sing with everyone who loves music just as much as you. You will also waste your battery by the end of the day, and not be able to get an Uber home. Rookie mistake. 

How to Help with Hurricane Disaster Relief

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As three hurricanes continue to affect the Gulf coast, we are disheartened by the level of devastation and historical flooding caused by the storm. Hurricane destruction left a huge impact on the communities in Houston, New Orleans, Florida, Puerto Rico, and other cities through the gulf. Flooded homes, destroyed buildings, and so many families left injured and/or homeless. Let’s help our friends affected by Hurricane Harvey and Irma. Here are some quick and easy ways:

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Starting in Flint MI, this couple now moved to help Houston TX. This Saturday Sept 9th, they will be packing a two semi-trucks filled with supplies, food, and other necessities for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. You can help by dropping goods off at 4950 Peachtree Industrial Blvd, Atlanta GA 30341. Another way to help this organization is donating to their GoFundMe page.

SPCA of Texas

For you animals lovers wanting to help our four-legged friends, check out the SPCA Give page. You can provide any dollar amount you choose, which will provide vaccinations, shelter care, food, etc for these Houston animals.  

Texas Forever Tee-Shirt

Chip & Joanna Gaines, famous for their HGTV show “Fixer Upper”, has created this helpful (& cute) tee to aide disaster relief efforts. 100% of their proceeds are donated from the purchase of this shirt until September 30th. 

Happy Hippie

Started by pop-sensation, Miley Cyrus, Happy Hippie is using the money donated at this time to support the American Red Cross, Best Friends Animal Society, and the Greater Houston Community Fund. 100% of these donations directly benefit those in need.  

Texas Diaper Bank

Every year, the Texas Diaper Bank helps the lives of 15,600 babies, seniors, and the disabled. You can donate once, or select a continuing donation that occurs monthly.

Last Minute Labor Day Weekend Ideas

School’s back in session and summer’s coming to an end, but there’s one more long weekend before the start of fall! We’ve rounded up some last-minute ideas for Labor Day weekend so you can make the most of your last long weekend of the summer.

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1. Street Eats on the Square

Begin your holiday weekend with some treats from Atlanta’s food scene. From 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on September 1st, Colony Square will be filled with food trucks. Grab a picture with friends, or even just of your food, post it on Instagram with the tag #reimagineCS for a chance to win a special prize.

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2. Art in the Park (Marietta)

This free fine arts festival will take you away from the city and into downtown Marietta. Starting September 2nd through the 4th, view works of more than 100 artists ranging from graphic art to pottery. Shop around the artist market and be sure to let the kids wander down the children’s art alley.

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3. AJC Decatur Book Festival

Fill your weekend with book signings, author readings, poetry slams and writing workshops at this independent book festival. From September 1st through 3rd, bestselling authors will be among us at Decatur Square for a festival that brings out the inner bookworm in all of us.

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4. Chick-fil-A Kickoff Games

No, you’re not reading that wrong. Although the NFL season hasn’t started yet, there will be two college football games held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Alabama and Florida face off on September 2nd followed by Georgia Tech and Tennessee on September 4th.

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5. Big Peach Sizzler 10k

An Atlanta Labor Day tradition, this 10k raises money for cystic fibrosis research and has us feeling fit already. Run 6.2 miles through Chamblee, Brookhaven and end in Buckhead where you can celebrate your big finish with a post-race party.

Best Piece of Career Advice You’ve Ever Received

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We're kicking off the week with some Monday Motivation from the team at BOFC:

Tatum: One of my best friends from high school would always tell me: "Don’t get overwhelmed trying to make your dream life happen in the blink of an eye. Find the steps you need to take, then accomplish them one by one. You’ll feel more accomplished, motivated, and proud of yourself when you see how far you’ve come.”

Sara: Whenever I'm feeling unmotivated to reach my own goals or jealous of someone else's success, I remind myself of this quote, "You can't have a million dollar dream with a minimum wage work ethic."

Christina: Have one “Epic Fail” a week! The status quo won’t get you far in happiness or success; Dream big and challenge yourself to do things that aren’t easy or don’t come naturally to you. That’s when the magic happens.

Jessi: My mom always told me when it comes to your job and career that comparison is the thief of joy, so I try to use that to stay focused on doing things the Birdie way as opposed to following someone else's path.

Caroline: Dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Of course, don't wear a suit when everyone in the office is wearing jeans and sneakers.

 

Judgment Day Exhibit by Nabil Mousa

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Syrian-born, Atlanta-based artist, Nabil Mousa, has curated an exhibit with interactive art to engage conversations about the effect 9/11 has had on our society. Judgement Day is meant to ignite powerful conversations about the social and religious tension and misconceptions that cause deep-rooted conflict in the post-9/11 world. His exhibit features multi-paneled graffiti displaying scriptural text and insightful commentary about how the nation can open their hearts and mend together. 

“I hope to promote healing through my artistic expression,” said Mousa. “My intent is to utilize this piece as a vehicle to bring people from different backgrounds and voices together to find peace through understanding.”

Judgement Day will be on display by appointment from August 27-September 9, 2017. On September 10-11, his art will be open to the public. Experience Judgement Day at Gallery 874, located at 874 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd, Atlanta, GA 30318. 

Mousa will also be signing copies of the book Nabil Mousa: Breaking the Chains at both the Judgement Day exhibit at Gallery 874 and his second exhibit of Celebration of My Heritage at Gallery 7. 

5 Fun Facts About the Solar Eclipse

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The first total solar eclipse over the continental US in almost 40 years will make its appearance later today. Although Atlanta isn’t in the path of totality, we’re still expecting a 97% partial eclipse. We can work with that. Here are some more fun facts to impress your friends and coworkers with as you wait for the eclipse to arrive.

1. A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon completely blocks the sun and casts a shadow, called an umbra, on Earth. Only those in the path of totality with experience a total solar eclipse.

2. Solar eclipses can produce a phenomenon called “Bailey’s Beads,” where peaks and valleys on the surface of the Moon allow beads of light to shine through despite the Moon blocking the Sun.

3. The difference between a total eclipse and an annular eclipse is how far away the Moon is from the Earth. In a total eclipse, the Moon is close enough to the Earth to completely block out the Sun’s light. During an annular eclipse, the moon is farther away from the Earth, which makes it appear smaller and unable to block out the Sun entirely.

4. This is the first time a total eclipse has crossed the US from coast to coast since 1918, which means 14 states, including Georgia, are in the path of totality.

5. Because of the moon’s slowly increasing orbit, solar eclipses won’t be around forever. The moon will move far enough away from the Earth that it will no longer be big enough to completely block out the sun, but don’t worry that won’t happen for another 600 million years.