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

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.

The sweet (and curious) child imagines different animals— like an elephant, giraffe, pig or even a crocodile— nibbling on the garden plants.

But to no avail none are the guilty party!

With each turn of the page, the reader is greeted by whimsical, bright and beautiful, full-page illustrations.

It is a delight to the senses and will help create a curiosity of the outdoors, animal life and vegetables for every young child! A wonderful educational tool, for sure.

The Washington State author Pam Fries, published the book soon after the passing of her husband who the character “Papa” was based around. They were together for 40 years, and the book gave her purpose and a place to remember the legacy of her husband.

She has 5 beautiful grandchildren, a dog and many chickens!

Pam enjoys speaking to schools and Women’s groups, creating breath taking art— and working in the garden.

For more information you can follow her here:

https://www.facebook.com/Pam-Fries-AuthorIllustrator-315272125744988/

Instagram @pamjfriesartist

mightylionpress@gmail.com

https://www.mightylionpress.com/mighty_lion_press.php

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

Monica Fullerton- Founder of Spouse-ly, Air Force Spouse, Momprenuer, Connecting the Military Community

Monica Fullerton, Founder of Spouse-ly, http://www.spouse-ly.com

Listen to my inspirational and informative conversation with Monica Fullerton of Spouse-ly here on Hodge Podge Podcast:

https://anchor.fm/jalisonpaulyahoocom/episodes/Monica-Fullerton–Founder-of-Spouse-ly–Milspouse-and-Mompreneur–Connecting-the-Military-Community-ebfesi

Las Vegas, Nevada-

Spouse-ly was founded by Monica Fullerton— a determined Air Force military spouse, who wanted to make a difference in the military community that would benefit all military spouses, service members and veterans all over the U.S. 🇺🇸

SHOP HERE 👉: http://www.spouse-ly.com

Along her military journey she met many talented individuals who own and operate small businesses or have a passion to start one.

After researching social media groups where people asked for certain products or services, it was at that moment she realized how great the need was to create a company that provides a large platform for people to support Mil/Vet spouse & service member owned businesses all over the United States.

http://www.spouse-ly.com

That’s when Spouse-ly was born, a one-stop marketplace shop to buy & support Military/Veteran owned businesses. On Spouse-ly you can find both products & services, creating a true one-stop shop.

http://www.spouse-ly.com
http://www.spouse-ly.com

Spouse-ly is unique in that it provides an option to search for local products and services.

The company’s mission is to continue to provide ongoing resources, training, support, and marketing to help everyone grow to their fullest potential whether they are buying or selling on Spouse-ly.

When you shop on Spouse-ly you are truly supporting talented individuals through a company designed to be inclusive and supportive of the military community.

SHOP & SUPPORT MILITARY/VETERAN SPOUSE & SERVICE MEMBER OWNED BUSINESSES ALL OVER THE UNITED STATES.

SHOP HERE 👉: http://www.spouse-ly.com

For more information on Spouse-ly, look here:

http://www.facebook.com/spousely

http://www.instagram.com/spouse.ly 

Email: support@spouse-ly.com 

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

Seth’s Wish is Magic.

Fayetteville, North Carolina

Never have I experienced a place like Seth’s Wish in my forty plus years.

When you enter through the door you are immediately affected by the buzz of energy, genuine care, concern and love that envelops this humble organization.

It is filled with…

Warmth,

Kindness,

Laughter,

Respect,

And MAGIC.

http://www.sethswish.com/

“I’m not homeless. I come here to— try to help— that’s a blessing. Spread a positive message.” -Arthur, a Seth’s Wish regular and very kind man who loves to help spread positivity to those struggling.”

I recently spent a couple of hours volunteering with this amazing organization and was overcome by the respect and attentiveness given to each individual who walked through the door.

Seth’s Wish started in 2014 when Seth Wofford (Lindsey and Noah Wofford’s son), then age 9, met a man named Steve who lived behind his school whom the family visited for months, and carried on countless conversations. Seth made a wish to be able to help Steve and others like him.

Seth’s Wish earned a 501(c)3 status in October 2015 and its founders along with managing director Stacy Graybill along with volunteers have been working hard to carry out their vision. 

Unfortunatly, Steve— the inspiration behind the agency— passed away in 2017, but the organization continues to serve others in honor of him, and the impact he had on Seth’s heart.

The organization strives to create an inclusive community for individuals facing homelessness, poverty and food insecurity by providing basic needs such as delicious hot meals, hygiene needs, clothing and so much more in order to help these individuals thrive.

During my time volunteering, I spent some time talking with folks who frequent Seth’s Wish. The overall mindset was that they would be lost without this safe haven.

“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.

Lindsey Wofford, founder, and Stacy Graybill, managing director, spoke with me recently on Hodge Podge Podcast about their mission to help feed and care for those struggling in our community.

Listen to our impactful and inspirational conversation here: https://anchor.fm/jalisonpaulyahoocom/episodes/Seths-Wish–Helping-the-Homeless-and-Hungry-ebaa5g

Here are some ways YOU can help Seth’s Wish:

CONTACT SETH’S WISH HERE:

http://www.sethswish.com/

https://www.facebook.com/sethswish/

344 S. Cool Spring St. Fayetteville, NC 28301

Phone: (910) 476-6613

Email: audley79@msn.com

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Sunday Brunch and Shopping Downtown Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville, North Carolina-

Sunday Fundays

Sunny ☀️ Sunday afternoons call for much needed time with the greatest of friends. Slowing down the pace to prepare for the week ahead through hilarious chatter, eating delicious food, taking in the sights— and a bit of local retail therapy 🛍 on the side.

This is exactly what my Sunday looked like and it was the best medicine this gal could ask for!

Some dearest friends and I gathered Downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina for a ladies day out and brunch at the beloved Blue Moon Cafe 🌚 where we were treated to the tastiest delicacies and beverages.

https://www.facebook.com/310bluemoon/

Blue Moon Cafe is such a charming little spot in the heart of Hay Street with a perfect Sunday brunch ambiance. To say we enjoyed every morsel, sip and giggle is an understatement.

After such indulgence, we took to the sidewalks for a walkabout in the Cool Spring Downtown District where adorable shopfronts greet you and say, “Come inside and take a peak!”

https://www.facebook.com/CoolSpringFAY.org/

And so we did!

Our first stop was Southern Alternative boutique where we found the cutest of popular women’s fashion trends— from unique accessories 👛 to hats 🎩 to shoes 👠 to flowing spring dresses👗 that made each of us long for the longer, warmer days ahead.

https://www.facebook.com/southernalternative/

Ooh, LA LA indeed! You can also shop Southern Alternative online here: http://www.SouthernAlternative.com

Once we had our clothing fix, we emerged and found our way back on the street side where (to our delight) we were greeted by the nicest gentleman and his amazing blue and gold macaw, Marco.

You just never know who you will run into downtown!

And, what is an historical downtown without a classic bookshop?

Luckily ours has a quintessential bookstore, City Center Gallery & Books, where we perused the shelves of new and used books— as well as beautiful art.

https://www.facebook.com/citycenter.galleryandbooks/

To keep up the pace, our tribe decided it was time for a cup of Joe.

The Coffee Cup is the perfect little stop to fuel up on a huge selection of gourmet coffees ☕️ and espressos. The shop also has a nice selection of tea 🍵.

https://www.facebook.com/thecoffeecup/?ref=br_rs

I have a huge sweet tooth so I could not resist ordering a slice of cheesecake by Blue Pineapple 🍍 Bakery 🧁 to go along with a tasty latte.

https://www.facebook.com/bluepineapplebakery/

The last stop on our ladies Sunday outing was The Wine Cafe which houses the BEST selection of wine! The wine seller was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. She helped me choose a perfect red blend to share with my friends the next time we gather.

All in all it was a fabulous day out and about in our lovely city!

The next time you are looking for an ideal spot to spend your Sunday head downtown Fayetteville and tell them I sent you!

For more information on everything Fayetteville has to offer, go here:

https://www.facebook.com/fayDTA/

And here:

https://www.facebook.com/VisitFayettevilleNC/?ref=br_rs&fb_dtsg_ag=AQyg8BlajDkmjhGrmqysYA_5WaijkyCFzE9c7BSnXS3eKQ%3AAQxkaEVQ8_NTyjXfiF8lMn9Lj5dQgxqGyp_XyQusoR6Sbw&jazoest=28439

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband and son.

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

Yoga, Brunch and Bookclub- YES, Please!

Guiding Wellness Institute

Fayetteville, NC

Did you say—

Yoga✅

Brunch✅

AND,

Bookclub✅???

Say no more, I’m there!

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?

That pretty much sums up the experience I had last weekend at Guiding Wellness Institute.

The holistic wellness center is masterful in curating monthly events that incorporate wellness practices into perfect weekend outings appealing to the young and old, single or betrothed, hardcore yogi or novice.

All are welcome!

AND all will enjoy!

I attended the Yoga, Brunch and Bookclub this past Sunday which fell on Valentines weekend and made for a fabulous Galentines outing!

A 60 minute gentle flow vinyasa yoga class was taught by GWI CEO Kelsey Timas. The lantern lit studio paired with beautiful acoustic music playing in the background and Kelsy’s fluid class instruction kept each student engaged and made for a perfect yoga experience.

Following yoga, guests were treated to a gorgeous brunch prepared by Brittany Moore, GWI Holistic Wellness Coach.

During our brunch, attendees engaged in an enlightening conversation regarding the Bookclub pick—Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel Eat, Pray, Love. It was lovely to reflect on a book focused on self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-growth and self-healing.

Overall the experience was wonderful and although most of those who attended the event met as strangers, I feel confident that we left as friends.

Mark your calendars for the next Yoga, Brunch and Bookclub May 3, 2020 from 11am-2pm.

For more information, go here: http://guidingwellness.com/

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Creator and Host of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the award-winning children’s travel and adventure picture book, Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

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

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 and the thousands of Renaissance enthusiasts who would be attending— as well as the caliber of highly talented performers.

I was completely shocked to find an entire Renaissance themed village set in a Sherwood-ish Forest 🌳 off a country road on the outskirts of Charlotte in Huntersville, NC.

I was impressed to say the least!

And could not believe I’d never heard of this magical place prior.

From the adorable structures to the amazing musicians, comedic jesters and more, it is surely a sight to behold and a real crowd pleaser! There is plenty of yummy food for all tastes as well.

Today is the last day of festivities for the season which runs each fall weekend from October through November.

If you’ve no plans today, put this place on your agenda!

Cook up your best Maid Marian or Robinhood costume, and spend the day in a lovely outdoor venue!

Ride a camel! 🤗

Hug a pirate! 🏴‍☠️

Dance with a darling mime!

It’s perfect for children and families with tons of attractions and performances to hold the attention of young tots.

And anyone who enjoys lovely nature, Knights jousting while riding horseback, fun shopping as well as a pint of cider or ale.

If interested in attending, look 👀 here👉 https://www.carolina.renfestinfo.com/

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of the Award-Winning Children’s Picture Book Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.

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

Zombie Walk— Fayetteville, NC

Fayetteville, North Carolina-

Zombie Walk— an amazing Halloween-inspired event which draws thousands of zombies 🧟‍♀️ and onlookers— occurs each year on Hay Street in the heart of Historic Downtown Fayetteville conveniently located off I-95.

https://m.facebook.com/events/699055680599266?ti=icl

The creepy and creative citywide tradition has lured my family (and friends) into its monster mash over the past several years— and we absolutely love this ghoulish time.

Last night, we attended the 2019 event where Hay Street turned into a frighteningly fun festival with artisans, entertainers, live music, food, and spooks galore with 12,000 attendees!

Scroll below to checkout some of last night’s highlights of Zombie Walk 2019!

US Army Rock Band

Fayetteville Artist Saundra Rubiera

Fayetteville Artist Hannah Locklear

A nod to “Stranger Things” at The Sweet Palette

– Alison Paul Klakowicz

Host and Creator of Hodge Podge Podcast and Blog

Author of Mommy’s Big, Red Monster Truck

https://www.amazon.com/Mommys-Big-Red-Monster-Truck/dp/1525530178

http://www.alisonpaulklakowicz.com

Alison Paul Klakowicz is an Eastern North Carolina native, children’s book author, blogger, podcaster and creative writer. She is a military spouse who resides in Fayetteville, NC with her husband, Adam, and son, Mak.