Books, Children's Book Review, wellness

Children’s Book Review- Captain Fantastic and the Chocolate Planet

In the newest release in the series by author Tommy Balaam, Captain Fantastic and his four-legged friend visit a planet made of CHOCOLATE and CONFECTIONS! What kiddo doesn’t dream of living in a world made of candies and treats!? The super duo think they have landed on the best planet in the universe. They explore from Cookie Dough Cove to Mount Honeycomb underneath marshmallow clouds. It seems to be a dream come true!

Lifestyle, Writing, Podcasting, Military Life, Inspirtation, North Carolina

Foodie

I like to eat, y’all. All the foods. All the fun places to eat food. All the hidden away, country backroad spots. All the fancy cafes and tapas bistros. All the dives and diners. Just give me the food. Look here for some of my favorite spots and recipes— for a little food inspiration: Dandelions… Continue reading Foodie

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Edible Landscapes Are Fun!

I love to garden. I’m no expert gardener nor a perfectionist. But I’ve always loved to put my hands in the dirt and reap the benefits of what grows. I like to have fun designing an edible landscape around my home mixing flowers, herbs and veggies throughout my yard. When the first tomato 🍅 ripens I can pluck it from the bush along with a handful of fresh herbs— rosemary, basil, sage— along with a few greens, spring onions, and walk a few feet to my kitchen to mix up a delicious dish 🥗 homegrown in my edible landscape.

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Dandelions ARE delicious— and super healthy!

For years I’ve read about the health benefits of the dandelion— a common spring and summer weed most of us ignore and discard without further thought or concern. The dandelion is a super antioxidant that grows naturally in on our lawns and truly deserves a whole lot more love than it receives! Research supports ingesting dandelion could possibly fight off diseases, superbugs, cancer, Alzheimer’s and the list goes on. In addition it is said to possibly help increase energy and boost metabolism. With all the free time I have around the house these days (thanks to Covid-19) and a plentiful bounty of dandelions popping up in every nook and cranny of my yard, I decided to do some foraging and give this edible green machine a try. Let me tell you, I was so pleased with the outcome and thrilled I finally gave this superhero weed a try. I was so impressed, I want to share with y’all some ideas of how you can prepare dandelions for your next meal and afternoon tea.

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Children’s Book Review- “Something’s Eating the Garden” by Pam Fries

Pam Fries, an award-winning artist and illustrator, has published a lovely children's picture book titled Something's Eating the Garden.
The gorgeously illustrated book features an amazing garden adventure with a child and Papa. Papa discovers that something is eating his garden and the child tries to solve the mystery by guessing who the creature culprit could be.

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Seth’s Wish is Magic.

“It’s awesome. They really help. How do you even describe something so wonderful!” -Kenneth, a man who benefits weekly from the support he receives at Seth’s Wish.

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Yoga, Brunch and Bookclub- YES, Please!

What better way to spend a day than in mindful reflection! Caring for your body and soul, eating delicious food and drinking blissful adult beverages while discussing thought provoking literature surrounded by fabulous company— AND in a beautiful setting?

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Carolina Renaissance Festival

-Huntersville, North Carolina 👑 #CarolinaRenFest My lady family and I attended the Carolina Renaissance Festival last weekend in support of my cousin Ivy Mackinson— a talented thespian in the Charlotte area, who is a performer with the annual festival. When I was told we would be attending, I had no clue of the festival's magnitude… Continue reading Carolina Renaissance Festival

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A Day at Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom, Farmers Market

This past Sunday, I was invited by Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau along with other local, and North Carolina based bloggers, to spend the day at Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom to check out all of the establishments new improvements to their wildly successful business.

To say I was impressed is putting it lightly.
This veteran owned and operated business is top-notch— and so much more than just a brewery.

It is a community.

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Cape Fear River Trail: Part of the East Coast Greenway

While North Carolina is enjoying a dip in sultry July temps, head out to the beautiful Cape Fear River Trail in Fayetteville, NC (conveniently located near I-95) to take in some fresh air and natural scenery.