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Local Happenings- December 13-20

Wilmington, Hampstead and New Bern Its the weekend, which means it’s time to kick back and have some fun! Check back every Friday for upcoming events

Cape Fear Festival of Trees https://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher-tickets?fbclid=IwAR28l6z5WWKv8GTlk36QL5Q5stgNmSbOlhC7qKUYS3ueE5ahbVWp31QF_dY

Marina Village Holiday Market 12/13 https://www.facebook.com/events/422074625367969/

Merry Little Christmas Festival @ Poplar Grove Plantation 12/13-12/15 https://www.facebook.com/events/1011716545853066/

A Living Nativity 12/13 6pm-9pm https://www.facebook.com/events/492879564913147/

Women’s Climb night @ Wilmington Rock Gym https://www.facebook.com/events/572921276561626/?event_time_id=572921309894956

ELF the musical @ Thalian Hall https://www.facebook.com/events/2344453002549948/

William H. Craig Race for Life https://www.facebook.com/events/2219006958317966/

Christmas Belles: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration https://www.facebook.com/events/2379694228979618

Kindness Matters: Teen/Tween Yoga Class https://www.facebook.com/events/964414700603854/

Toys for Tots Comedy Show Charity Event https://www.facebook.com/events/1140968849426152/

Seaglass Christmas Tree Class https://www.facebook.com/events/2672587456136203/

Let me know if you would like to add your own event each Friday!

coffee, Food, Hampstead NC, holidays, lifestyle, local events, mom life, Wilmington NC

Local Happenings for Wilmington and Hampstead- December 6-8

Its the weekend, which means it’s time to kick back and have some fun! Check back every Friday for upcoming weekend events

Cape Fear Festival of Trees https://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher-tickets?fbclid=IwAR28l6z5WWKv8GTlk36QL5Q5stgNmSbOlhC7qKUYS3ueE5ahbVWp31QF_dY

Friday December 6, Rusted Root at The Reel Cafe https://www.etix.com/ticket/v/14505/reel-cafe?fbclid=IwAR1FoDOxsadD9AgfATF9prt5QFvbn-79HjTiO8OzuJh4Bgf697SMhW1Rr4U

Merry Little Christmas Festival @ Poplar Grove Plantation https://www.facebook.com/events/1011716545853066/

Ugly Sweater Party @ Salty Turtle Beer Co. https://www.facebook.com/events/530013127812337/

Live music at Riverfront’s Downtown Farmers Market https://www.facebook.com/events/3171018892972325/

Holiday Flea market @ Brooklyn Arts Museum https://www.facebook.com/events/2370121853032048/?event_time_id=2370121856365381

Holiday Market @ Tidal Creek https://www.facebook.com/events/740121489732762/

Let me know if you would like to add your own event each Friday!

mom life

Local Hot Spot of the Week

Just stopped in to a new local coffee shop this morning and had the best Peanut Butter Cup smoothie with chocolate protein. Just Brew It is locally owned and operated and offers fresh coffee, teas, baked goods and smoothies with a laid back atmosphere.

Do yourself a favor and stop in. The staff was super friendly too. What a great addition to Hampstead, NC. https://www.facebook.com/jbicoffee/

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Local Happenings for Wilmington and Hampstead- November 22-24

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Its the weekend, which means it’s time to kick back and have some fun! Check back every Friday for upcoming weekend events

Cape Fear Festival of Trees https://www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher-tickets?fbclid=IwAR28l6z5WWKv8GTlk36QL5Q5stgNmSbOlhC7qKUYS3ueE5ahbVWp31QF_dY

Hampstead Kiwanis Park Turkey Trot https://its-go-time.com/hampsteadkiwanisturkeytrot/?fbclid=IwAR3KwndRpxy0C__sV5qjLDgT5CeOYkpqKMSs90Q0b57gVdp7UYCMgK2lyLE

Art for the Masses @ UNCW https://www.facebook.com/events/515655832537199/

Santa Arrival and Holiday Show @ Mayfaire Town Centre https://www.facebook.com/events/821292181634226/

RISE: A night of Worship @ Coastal Community Baptist https://www.facebook.com/events/2479818922139712/

Pinnochio @ Wilson Center https://www.facebook.com/events/442776196338616/

Family Climb Night @ Wilmington Rocking Climbing https://www.facebook.com/events/294334174556891/?event_time_id=294334197890222

Pet adoption Fair and Food Drive https://www.facebook.com/events/539437130001611/

Live music at Riverfront’s Downtown Farmers Market https://www.facebook.com/events/3171018892972325/

Holiday Pop Up Boutique @ Topsail Middle School https://www.facebook.com/events/2231207243845629/

Let me know if you would like to add your own event each Friday!

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Wilmington and Hampstead Restaurants for Thanksgiving

Don’t want to prepare your Thanksgiving meal this year? Let someone else do the cooking for you. Here are several local restaurants cooking it for you this year!
  1. Henry’s Restaurant 910-793-2929
  2. Bluewater Waterfront Grill 910-256-8500
  3. Sweet and Savory 910-256-0115
  4. Bridge Tender 910-256-4519
  5. Casey’s Buffet 910-798-2913
  6. Village Cafe 910-821-1234
mom life, valentines day

Valentines Day: Why Do We Celebrate?

 

 

Every year around this time, my husband and I have the same conversation. The conversation usually starts with me asking what the point of Valentines Day is, and why do we actually celebrate this day? He, being the romantic that he is, thinks I’m pretty cynical about this day. He actually likes Valentines day and buys me beautiful flowers, which I do actually love and appreciate. Today, I decided to do a little research about the controversial day of February 14 to find out exactly how it started.

According to similar articles on History.com and NPR, it seems that the reason we celebrate is possibly based on legend of Catholic St. Valentine secretly marrying couples after Emperor Claudius II had forbidden soldiers to marry. It was his belief that love and marriage made the men weak. Another theory, is  that the Christian church decided to place Valentines Day in the middle of the month to “tone down” the Pagen celebration of the Lupercalia festival. Eventually, it seems the days became intertwined. Shakespeare (imagine that) ended up writing a love letter to his “Valentine” which possibly caught  on, establishing cards and love letters. It’s all very interesting really but does it denote an actual day or chocolates, over priced flowers and heart shaped stuffed animals?  I suppose my gripe has to do with the commercialism and the expectations of one day. Shouldn’t we be showing love and appreciation everyday? Do we really need another commercialized holiday to show someone that we care?

So, after my research, I’m not sure if I’m any less cynical about Valentines day.  Am I solo in this? What do you think? Should Valentines day be a big deal? Do you love it or hate it?

If you’re curious about Valentines day, check out the history of how  Valentine’s day came to be.

Happy Valentine’s Day from cynical me.

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coffee, mom life, recipes

Kick Off Your Day with My Version of Butter Coffee

A few years ago I heard about bullet proof coffee or butter coffee from an old co-worker. His description of the ingredients included the brand of bullet proof coffee beans, MCT oil and ghee. If you are like me and a coffee enthusiast, a big cup of coffee in the morning is what you need to get your day started. At first I thought, “butter in my coffee, that’s gross and fattening.”

However, after a little bit of research, I decided to give it a try.  I ended up trying out a version of butter coffee, it was okay. I used coconut oil and regular butter. Eventually, I went back to my cup of joe with a ton of flavored creamer because it was easier. Also, I cut corners in the recipe so I don’t think that I actually got the health benefits or flavor that are intended.

So, the other day I was in Whole Foods and stumbled upon this, Bullet Proof, Brain octane Oil. It was was looking at me straight in the face and said, “hey remember that butter coffee from a few years ago?” Since, I am on a new health kick and thought it would be a good alternative to my chemical ridden coffee creamer, I put it in my cart.

I thought it would be cool to share the recipe because honestly, I’m hooked. It’s tastes so much better than that creamer I’m used to. The process is a little daunting at first but the taste is so worth it! Once you get the routine down it only takes a few more minutes before you get your caffeine fix.

Ingredients

  • Brain Octane oil,  You can substitute coconut oil
  • Ghee (clarified butter)
  • freshly brewed coffee
  • Ground CinnamonButter Coffee ingredients

The ingredients to magic coffee

Step 1:                                                                                                                                                   Brew Coffee to your liking and add to blender, you can also use a submersion blender if you  like but it could get messy.

Step 2:                                                                                                                                                        Add 1-2 tablespoons of ghee to hot coffee.

Step 3:                                                                                                                                                        Add 1 tablespoon of MCT Oil to freshly brewed coffee (I used the bullet proof brand although, their are other brands available) coconut oil is another option. You may want to start off with a smaller amount to acclimate your body.

Step 4:                                                                                                                                                      Sprinkle cinnamon to taste.

Step 5:                                                                                                                                                        Blend for at least 30 seconds until frothy.

Pour into your favorite coffee mug and sprinkle with cinnamon if you like.                           Sip, and enjoy.

Combined ingredients Butter coffee

Butter coffee

Butter coffee with cinnamon

Let me know what you think of this recipe with your comments. Enjoy your day!

Disclaimer: I am not a nutritionist or a doctor.Just an advocate for healthy living and and mind body wellness. As always check with your doctor when adding supplements to your diet. This blog is personal opinion and developed from my own personal research.

books, mom life

Bookworms: Some Excellent Reading

 

Do you love to read?  I could sit all day relaxing and reading a good book. Here are a few of the most recent and favorites over the past few years. Check out some of the titles and leave a comment with some of your favorite books. I am always looking for something new to read.

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 Favorite Fiction Books and Memoirs

  1. All the Light We Cannot See: Anthony Doerr
  2. In a Dark, Dark Wood: Ruth Ware
  3. The Woman in Cabin 10: Ruth Ware
  4. The Hypnotists Love Story: Lianne Moriarty
  5. Behind Closed Doors: B.A.Paris
  6. Big Little Lies: Liane Moriarty
  7. The Alchemist: Paulo Coelho
  8. Adultery: Paulo Coelho
  9. Truly Madly Guilty: Liane Moriarty
  10. The Gold Finch: Donna Tartt
  11. The Glass Castle: Jeannette Wells
  12. Love Warrior: Glennon Doyle Melton
  13. Carry On Warrior: Glennon Doyle Melton
  14. The Help: Kathryn Stockett
  15. Beautiful Boy: David Sheff
  16. A Man Called Ove: Fredrik Backman
  17. Night: Elie Weisel

For the Love of Yoga

  1. How Yoga Works: Gesne Michael Roach
  2. Wheels of Life: Anodea Judith, PH.D
  3. Light on Yoga: B.K.S. Iyengar
  4. Meditations From the Mat: Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
  5. Living Your Yoga: Judith Lasater
  6. The Yoga Bible: Christina Brown
  7. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga: Deepak Chopra & David Simon

Lifestyle

  1. The Happiness Project: Gretchen Rubin
  2. How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids will Talk: Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  3. The Four Agreements: Don Miguel Ruiz
  4. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff & It’s All Small Stuff: Richard Carlson, PH.D

If you’re looking for a good series to read with the kids I recommend the Harry Potter series. My daughter and I are currently on book 4, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling