Boozy Shamrock Shake

Boozy Shamrock Shake – Adults Only St. Patrick’s Day Treat

St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. What’s not to love? It’s a lot of fun! The McDonald’s Shamrock Shake comes out of retirement, it’s a great excuse to have a cocktail or two, there are awesome parades in very Irish cities like Boston, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, (wait Philadelphia? Yes! Philadelphia had it’s first St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1771!) and it doesn’t hurt that I look amazing in green. ūüėČ I’m lucky enough to be married to a true Irishman. We met 24 years ago, fittingly, in a dive Irish pub in Port Chester, New York. I was joking with the bartender about being Irish–trying to get a free drink–and he pointed to Colm and said “He’s from Ireland, maybe he’ll buy you one”. I started …

Carolina Sweet Tart

Carolina Sweet Tart

After we got¬†engaged Colm and I talked a lot about where to get married. We had no family in Connecticut (we didn’t move to North Carolina until much later) and I really didn’t want to go back to Iowa to get married when most of our friends were out East. Colm joked that we should get married in Belfast (Northern Ireland, where he is from). And I said “Yes, we should! That would be amazing!” We arranged a trip to Ireland that February to make plans. Colm told me he knew the perfect place¬†to have our wedding,¬†Belfast Castle. We would¬†be¬†in Belfast on Valentine’s Day so Colm surprised me with reservations at¬†their wonderfully extravagant prix fixe dinner. A friend of Colm’s worked at the castle and arranged for us to have …

Purple Passion Potion #5

Purple Passion Potion #5

Many moons ago, when I was in college, there was this “totally awesome”¬†drink made out of Everclear called Purple Passion. It came in a 4 pack or a 2 liter bottle, tasted a little like grape soda on steroids and was very popular with college girls (of legal drinking age, of course) because it didn’t have a super strong taste of alcohol. The bonus was you only needed a couple drinks to feel buzzed. It made a resurgence in the mid-90’s and again in 2014, but they changed the recipe and it was never as good as the original. I was feeling very nostalgic for Purple Passion the other day looking through some old photos, so I decided to set out and recreate the recipe. I didn’t have any Everclear …

Simply Perfect Prime Rib Roast | Ninja Cow Farm #gottobeNCbeef

Simply Perfect Prime Rib Roast | Ninja Cow Farm

Disclosure: ‚ÄúSimply Perfect Prime Rib Roast | Ninja Cow Farm‚Ä̬†is a post sponsored by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and¬†Consumer Services. Although¬†I was¬†supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.¬†I only recommend products or services I believe in and use myself. Growing up in Iowa, in rural Iowa to be more precise, it’s pretty hard NOT to be a carnivore. Iowa is ranked 7th in the states for cattle production and 1st in hog¬†production (North Carolina is 2nd). Although I grew up in town, I was a country girl at heart (still am!).¬†My best friend lived on a farm¬†and I spent as many weekends as I could with her, helping with her chores and riding horses every chance we got. In my …

High-Flying Fun at Sky Zone

Disclosure: “High-Flying Fun at Sky Zone” is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in and use myself. For a unique and memorable birthday party, or for the end-of-the-year team celebration, bring your group to Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park. Soar higher than ever before as you bounce across Sky Zone’s ¬†patented, all-trampoline, walled playing courts. The¬†wall-to-wall trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes. This innovative trampoline park offers a variety of activities for everyone to enjoy including Open Jump, allowing guests to leap, bound and soar and play Ultimate Dodgeball, a friendly and healthy dodgeball competition. In addition, …

Back to School Shopping at Northlake Mall

Back to School Shopping at Northlake Mall

Disclosure: Back to School Shopping at Northlake Mall¬†is a sponsored post. Although I was compensated by Starwood Retail Partners with a payment, product, or something else of value in exchange for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.¬† It‚Äôs that time of year again! (Need a little help with your back to school shopping? Enter to win a $50 Northlake Mall gift card using the form at the bottom of the post.) I don’t know about you, but I started the count down to back to school¬†about two¬†weeks after my kids¬†last day of school.¬†Summer usually drags on FOREVER. Although with our recent move, this summer seemed to fly by. Now everywhere you look you are reminded that school is starting soon (if it hasn‚Äôt already). Back to …

DoorDash ‚Äď Food Delivered Directly to Your Door

DoorDash – Food Delivered Directly to Your Door

Disclosure: ‚ÄúDoorDash – Food¬†Delivered Directly to Your Door‚Ä̬†is a sponsored post. Although I was supplied products and/or compensated for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only recommend products or services I believe in, and use myself. While I absolutely¬†adore¬†Spring, especially in North Carolina (achoo–aside from the allergies) this is the busiest time of the year for me. Between robotics meetings and tournaments, Environmental Club, Science Club, and all the other after school activities, I spend more time in my car than I do at home. It’s especially difficult to get dinner on the table at a decent hour. And after all that running around I usually don’t feel much like cooking! Before our only options were pizza delivery or running out once again to pick …

Mom Matters ‚Äď Building Your Child‚Äôs Confidence and Self-Esteem

Mom Matters – Building Your Child’s Confidence and Self-Esteem

Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post. Although I was¬†compensated by Charlotte Parent¬†to attend and promote the luncheon¬†Mom Matters – Building Your Child’s Character and Self-Esteem with a payment, product, or something else of value in exchange¬†for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own. I only¬†recommend¬†products and events that I believe in. Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Charlotte Parent Mom Matters luncheon to hear Katie Overcash and Jen Band speak on¬†Building Your Child’s Confidence and Self-Esteem.¬†As a mom with five daughters I was very much interested in these topics and I was not disappointed. Katie Overcash, LCSW,¬†is recognized in the community for years of experience in facilitating self-esteem groups and camps for adolescents and working with adolescents who engage in self-injurious behavior. Katie’s …