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Creative and Cost Effective Valentine’s Day Date Ideas

Are you looking for some last minute ideas for Valentine’s Day that won’t break the bank? Look no further!  Here are some fun ideas for partners and families to spend some quality time together.

 

  1. Cooking is love!  Pick a theme, hit the store for the ingredients and cook a romantic meal at home.  It’s cheaper and can be much more fun than going out!
  2. Snuggle up and have a movie marathon with popcorn!  
  3. At home karaoke – all you need is a music and a mic!
  4. Attention Gamers!!  Have a video game night at home!
  5. Having a game night is sure to be fun for all!   
  6. Are you into fitness?  Hit the gym together for a workout and / or hot tub / indoor pool time.  Finish it off with a healthy smoothie.
  7. Grab a blanket and some snacks and head to a local park or your backyard for some star gazing.  Check out this constellation map!

 

Enjoy the day! WE LOVE ALL OF YOU!!

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Start The New Year Off Right With These 2019 Events

For many, a New Year means a fresh start, a new beginning and a time to start a new set of goals and resolutions. Many of those goals are surrounded around health and wellbeing, tranquility and self awareness to be the best person they can be.

A great way to start the New Year off on the right foot is by doing some healthy and mindful activities. The Triangle area is full of these great things to do to kick off 2019 on the right foot. Take a look at the events below, and enjoy the start of your New Year.

 

Mindful Bodies New Year’s Day 1/1/19 (1980’s themed) Dance Fitness Party
January 1 @ 10:00am
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mindful-bodies-new-years-day-1119-1980s-themed-dance-fitness-party-tickets-49503639719?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Commitment Day
https://www.mylt.life/events/commitment-day.html

Fleet Feet Resolution Run
http://www.fleetfeetraleigh.com/events/resolution-run

First Day Hikes at NC State Parks
https://www.ncparks.gov/first-day-hikes

Local First Hikes:
Jordan Lake: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Falls Lake State Recreation Area: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – 10:00am
Eno River State Park: Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – 2:00pm

Kwanza Fest 2019
Tuesday, January 1, @ the Durham Armory
http://aadekwanzaafest.wixsite.com/kwanzaafest

First Walk
Tuesday, January 1 @ 10-11am, White Oak Creek Greenway (Cary)

New Years Day 8K Run (Durham)
Tuesday, January 1 @ 1PM
https://www.carolinagodiva.org/index.php?page=nyd-run

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2018 Raleigh Area Holiday Markets

Tis the season for Holiday shopping! Make sure you celebrate with some local fun this holiday season and visit the multiple Raleigh area Holiday Markets this season! Here is a list of 2018 Raleigh area Holiday Markets:

DURHAM ART WALK HOLIDAY MARKET
Saturday, November 17th to Sunday, November 18th
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham
Free
https://www.facebook.com/events/2056133857940573/

ANNUAL HOLIDAY CRAFTS FARE AT NC STATE
Saturday, November 17th, 2018
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Crafts Center, Thompson Hall, 210 Jensen Drive, Raleigh
$3 per person, $5 per family, free for NC State students with ID
https://www.facebook.com/events/726960447658358/

HOLIDAY ART MARKET (DURHAM)
Saturday, November 17 @ 10am and Sunday, November 18 @ 1pm
Durham Fruit and Produce Co
305 S Dillard St, Durham, North Carolina 27701
https://www.facebook.com/events/317947079017537/

HOLIDAY MARKET (FALLS RIVER GREENWAY CLUB , N. RALEIGH)
Sunday, November 18 @ 1-4pm
1300 Falls River Ave Raleigh, NC 27614
https://www.facebook.com/events/304739496783322/

THE CHRISTMAS CAROUSEL HOLIDAY GIFT MARKET
Friday, November 23rd, to Sunday, November 25th
Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
$5 to $9
https://www.facebook.com/events/2016243941772087/

TINSEL TOWN HOLIDAY MARKET
Saturday, November 27 @ 4-8pm
The Hasentree Club
7305 Village Club Dr, Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587
https://www.facebook.com/events/274801406487491/

THE HOLIDAY MARKET @ QUAIL CORNERS SHOPPING CENTER
Saturday, December 1 @ 10am-2pm FREE
https://www.facebook.com/themarketatquailcorners/

WAKE FOREST HOLIDAY ARTISAN MARKET
Saturday, December 1 @ 9am-3pm
Wake Forest Renaissance Center
405 Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587
https://www.facebook.com/events/1301695073267564/

THE HOLIDAY HILL MARKET
Satuday, December 1 @ 10am-4pm
The Mill
146 S Main St, Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina 27526
https://www.facebook.com/events/1679898392121859/

SCANDINAVIAN CHRISTMAS FAIR
Saturday, December 1st
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
$7, free for kids 12 and under

CAROLINA INN HOLIDAY MARKET
Sundays, December 2, 9 and 16
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Carolina Inn, 211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill
Free

ST. NICHOLAS EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKET
Friday, December 7th, and Saturday, December 8th
Friday: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Holshouser Building at NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Boulevard, Raleigh
Free

GEEKCRAFT EXPO RDU 2018 HOLIDAY MARKET
Saturday, December 8th, and Sunday, December 9th
Saturday: 10 a..m to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street, Durham
Free if you register on eventbrite. Or $2 at the door.

LOCALLY MADE MARKET HOLIDAY
Saturday, December 9 @ 12-4pm
The Mayton Inn
301 S Academy St, Cary, North Carolina 27511
https://www.facebook.com/events/2228851077349493/

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10 Ways To Make Guests Feel At Home During The Holidays

I love the holidays! Guests visiting makes the house come alive. Sometimes it is easy to worry if your guest will feel comfortable. I love to make little touches to help my guests feel at home when visiting so they can truly enjoy themselves.

Here are some tips to help you during the holiday season to be sure your guests will feel at home during their stay with you:

  1. Clean and declutter your guest room. Giving your guest some personal space can help them feel comfortable and sleep well in a new place.

 

  1. Give the house a good cleaning but don’t worry about aiming for perfection. Often we want things to be perfect when our guests come but all that happens is that we make our home feel cold and unapproachable. We want our guests to feel at home and that means we should make our homes relaxed and cozy.

 

  1. Set out extra blankets to snuggle with. Winter is chilly and throws blankets and extra pillows make your home cozy and feeling warm.

 

  1. Use a diffuser to make your home smell pretty. Holiday scents are always a great option. Look for a fragrance that is safe for kids and sensitive individuals.

 

  1. Leave snacks and drinks in a place that makes it clear to your guests that it is meant for them so they don’t feel uncomfortable asking for something they need. A quick reminder for them to “make yourself at home” will also help with this!

 

  1. Provide your guests with a few things to keep them entertained. While most likely they will use what device they bring with them things like books, magazines, and games they can do if they have trouble sleeping is always a good idea. If children are coming as well, be sure to put a box of toys and games to help keep kids entertained.

 

  1. Give your guests the Wifi password so they can connect online without using up data because they forgot, or feel uncomfortable, asking for it.

 

  1. Bake a treat or make their favorite food for dinner. This is a great way to make everyone, kids especially, feel at home when visiting. There is nothing like a batch of fresh baked cookies to start a conversation and get a kid to feel at home.

 

  1. If you have a closet in the guest room where your guests will be staying, offer them some spare hangers to hang their clothes. Also, offer an iron if they need it. Packed clothes wrinkle no matter what you do to pack them, and this gesture can mean a lot!

 

  1. Put out extra bath and hand towels in the guest bathroom, as well as some spare travel bottles of shampoo and soap. You can pick them up at most stores for under a dollar, and in the event they forgot to pack these types of items with them, this offering is very sweet and keeps the guest from having to ask for these things when everyone is rushing to get ready in the morning.

 

Enjoy the holidays, and enjoy your company. It always goes by so fast, so soak it all in and capture those precious moments.