We are so excited to share photos from our photographer, Diamond Edge Photography. They are local and do an amazing job! Diamond Edge Photography is a full-service photographer, specializing in portrait sessions and wedding day photography. Focusing on tangible products such as framed prints, heirloom albums, and wall decor, for images you can't wait to display in your home or office! Visit their website: diamondedgephotographync.com for more information. See sample photos of their incredible work below!
It's finally here! Vacation. That feeling that you get when 5pm finally gets here and you're officially on vacation. No responsibilities, no worries, nothing for the next 9 days. It's been a long time since Wesley and I have taken time off and gone away just for fun. There's almost always some kind of business involved. Now, we're very fortunate for these business trips because we've gotten to do and see some pretty cool stuff - like meeting Mila, Emma and Katie Stauffer at Toy Fest. Yes, that is probably the highlight of 2018 for me so far. LOLOLOLOL. But, it will be so nice to get away, forget about work, forget about school (most days) and just relax. That's something I'm working on. I get bored easily and I really cannot stand to be bored, so we will see. We've got our beach chairs, we've got our tent, we've got our towels, we've got our bathing suits. Somehow I still feel like I'm forgetting everything. Packing for me is a huge process. I'm so nervous I'm going to forget something and then the morning of, a switch flips and I suddenly have this 'I'll just buy it there' mentality.
We're headed to North Topsail. We've never been there before and we've only been to the North Carolina coast once, so we are all excited to check it out. We've got a fishing charter booked and other than that, we have no plans. That's very unlike us. I'm a planner. Hardcore. I like itineraries and reservations, but this time we're going to freestyle- if you will.
Booking a house that fits all of our needs was no easy task. Some of the family burns easily, so a covered porch with a view was important. Some of us just want to get a tan without a bunch of strangers around. None of us wanted a loud, crowded beach. We needed at least three bedrooms, four beds, two bathrooms, a stocked kitchen, the list goes on. Did I mention how hard it is to find a house that seems to have comfy furniture. I'm not a fan of wicker, but I can get on board with the beach vibe. I cannot however get on board with thinking that is comfy to lounge on for an entire week. Well ladies, I found the "perfect" house. So, say a prayer that this house is as perfect as the pictures and reviews. ALWAYS read the reviews. Stay tuned for lots of vacation pictures on our Facebook and Instagram!
You can count on Gaston County Housewives in the City to provide you with all of the information for fun activities this Fourth of July. Mount Holly kicks things off tonight, but you can visit at least five shows if you want. So for those in Towns that don't have their display on the 4th, you can understand why. I love that they give you the option to visit numerous displays and make it a fun weekend for everyone! *SHARE THIS POST, so no one misses out!*
Thursday, June 28th - Mount Holly - Come out for music, food trucks and the kids zone starting at 5:30 and Fireworks starting at 9 pm!
Friday, June 29th - Stanley - Stanley is hosting the state tournament again and that means a great show for all! Extra parking and shuttles to the park are available at Stanley Pentecostal Holiness Church. The fireworks will take place at Harper Park. Be there early if you want room for a chair. This show is always a good one and will start around 9pm.
Saturday, June 30th - Cramerton - The Independence Day Celebration will take place at Centennial Center and Fireworks will begin at dusk. Join Cramerton again on the 4th from 12-2 for the Great American Splash, with games, music, food and more!
Tuesday, July 3rd - Cherryville - Located at the mini park on Main Street, you'll find food vendors, a band and fireworks at 10 pm!
Wednesday, July 4th - Belmont - Red, White and Belmont is the theme this year! Lots of activities to keep you busy from 4pm until Fireworks start. Show support to local business and grab dinner before you get settled in to wait on the show! Rivermen Brewing is only a short walk from Stowe Park ;)
Wednesday, July 4th - Gastonia - It's going to be a PARTY in Gastonia! Food trucks, beer & wine vendors, and of course - a great fireworks show!
Wednesday, July 4th - Kings Mountain - Head up to Kings Mountain for the Revolutionary 4th Celebration and witness what they describe as an EPIC fireworks display.
**Click the Town/City for a direct link to event information**
I've had an ebates account for probably close to two years but had never used it. Shame.on.me! I've been using it now, with the extension on my chrome browser, for about three weeks. I've already earned almost $30 back on just five purchases. It takes literally no effort to use. Your browser will prompt you to activate the cash back when you visit a site. Just make sure it stays on when you are completing your purchase. Sometimes, when I use coupon codes it comes off but often I can add it back. I got my first check after my very first purchase for $3. It doesn't seem like much, but it is $3 I did not have and the purchase was one I would have made regardless.
I'm all about finding ways to save and earn money back. This is the fastest, easiest way to earn back money you have to spend anyway. If you don't have an ebates account, sign up HERE!
To say I'm excited for Kickoff to Summer is an understatement. I'm over-the-moon to be bringing an all-inclusive women's group to Gaston County. Housewives is so much more than our name. Every woman is welcome at our FREE events. Whether you work 9-5 or are a stay-at-home mom. Whether you are 25 or 55. We welcome YOU! Get your FREE ticket here.
There are so many good things to be said about our first host venue. Rivermen Brewing Company is one of my favorite Belmont spots. With a great location in the heart of Belmont (just behind the post office), there is always plenty of parking. The service is fantastic. The beer is delicious and the food is great! We are so excited to spotlight this fantastic location. There's no longer a need to drive to Charlotte for a brewery visit, we have one right here in Belmont!
You can expect nothing but the best from this five-star vendor lineup! Scroll all the way through for an introduction to these amazing vendors!
Meet Ellen! Ellen Johnson with Thirty-One will be joining us in June, but you can take advantage of the May specials NOW by shopping here! I've shared some of my favorite items below. Take a look and don't miss $10 totes with a $35 purchase!
ELI LEVI DESIGNS!
I am so excited to introduce Amber from Eli Levi Designs! This is a unique opportunity to make one of her fun wood projects for your front door and leave with it that night! So bring your girlfriends to Kickoff to Summer, paint and have a great night with us. You can browse Amber's projects on her Facebook and she will bring your project with her for your painting pleasure! Contact Amber for more details!
Chante McCombs has some seriously amazing prints and solids in her inventory. She carries all sizes and she can even help you pick the perfect outfit for Kickoff to Summer! Join her VIP group to get early access to her inventory or shop with her at our GNO event.
YOUNG LIVING - ESSENTIAL OILS
You are going to want to stop to hear Lori Cipriano's story and why she loves Essential Oils. Come meet her and hear how this product took her worries away! Shop early by clicking here.
GARRISON LAW, PLLC
Meet Brittany Garrison! She is the owner and managing attorney at Garrison Law, PLLC. Brittany chose to relocate her office from Charlotte to Belmont because of the small-town feel that reminds her of her hometown - Yadkinville. She prides herself on providing honest, efficient service to people in the community. While her office is now in Belmont, Brittany still serves Gaston County and the greater Charlotte area, in areas such as: traffic and criminal law, divorce, child custody and support. We are so excited to welcome her to Belmont and for you all to meet her at GNO!
Stop by and spin the wheel to WIN a Gift Card and Free Beauty Experience featuring May Kay's latest advanced line of skincare! Abby Voorhees from Mary Kay will be with us at Kickoff to Summer!
Oak Ridge Dental Arts
Oak Ridge Dental Arts Belmont will be joining us for Kickoff to Summer at Rivermen - Girl's Night Out + Networking! Come out and meet Haley & Leslie to learn about all of the services they offer. I'm an #OakRidgeDental patient and this short video is a great example of why I chose Oak Ridge!
Oak Ridge offers: Teeth Whitening, Dentures, Implants, Cosmetic Dentistry, Family Dentistry, Invisalign and more!
Oak Ridge has locations in: Belmont, Mountain Island, Davidson, Rockwell, Stanley, Uptown Charlotte and I was so excited to see a coming soon sign in Sherrills Ford so my family can experience the Oak Ridge experience too!
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Two for Lips (Mandy James and Abbey Lazarou) are independent distributors for SeneGence. SeneGence has amazing long lasting makeup as well as a variety of skincare, however they are known for LipSense! An amazing lip Color that last from 4-18 hours without showing up on your coffee cup! I don't even buy other brands after getting hooked on LipSense!
THE JAM: CLT
Meet Gina Rhyne, aka Moody! She has been dancing for fitness since 2007 and she has a fun and exciting class that will make you forget you are burning calories! Join her every Wednesday at the Cramerton Rec Center for - "The Beat Box".
OMNI WELLNESS CENTER
Omni Wellness Center is a state of the art, award winning, chiropractic, and wellness center. Utilizing chiropractic care, our doctors treat the body as a whole, focusing on all factors that contribute to the specific condition. We treat a wide variety of complaints including typical muscle, joint, bone, and nerve problems, as well as less common problems that are seemingly unresponsive to other types of care. Our comprehensive approach to wellness care uses a variety of chiropractic techniques, therapies, acupuncture, nutrition, and/or rehabilitation. We integrate well with local health professionals and feel a collaborative approach is the best way to serve our patients.
Being an extreme-'couponer' seems like a lot of work that I just don't have time for, but I promise you can save money without spending all Sunday clipping coupons from the paper. Here's how:
I'm a huge fan of online shopping. I don't really like to try clothes on in the store anymore, so I order online from retailers that offer free shipping and then I return what I don't want. I know, I end up in the store anyway, but I feel like trying something on at home gives me a better feel for how I'll feel in it when I get dressed in the morning. If I try something on and I don't LOVE it, I know I won't wear it and back to the store it goes.
There's a lot to love about online shopping. I love that it is so easy to add and subtract from my cart without creating a mess for store employees - I literally can't stand people who just dump stuff back somewhere other than where it belongs. It helps me keep my budget in check. If I've got $100 to spend on clothes, for example, I might find 15 things I like and it is much easier to add them all to my cart and go back and take out the items that aren't as appealing as the rest.
Above all else, I love that you can find a coupon for darn near ANYTHING you buy online.
RetailMeNot is my go-to for coupon codes when shopping online. It is where I most often find valid coupon codes. Even if it doesn't come up first in my Google search, I look for the retailmenot link. It sorts valid coupons from expired, which keeps you from trying tons of expired codes, getting frustrated and giving up. Keep in mind, that some retailers take expired coupons. Some only in-store and not online, but don't count out all expired coupons, just don't try those before trying valid codes.
Google is where I start and even though I jump straight to Retailmenot, sometimes I don't find a code. Give it a Google. Sometimes retailers even have their own page with codes. If those options fail, I usually look for coupons.com, etc. in my search results. I order NOTHING without giving a fair search for a coupon.
Ebates is my new favorite! I added the extension to Chrome on all of my devices and in just three orders over the weekend, I got back $15! The best part, I bought SALE items and applied COUPONS + got my Ebates money back! It takes no more than 5 minutes to dig through coupon codes and check for the best deal and I saved over $100 off retail prices between sale, coupon and cash back! Use a credit card that offers rewards and you'll add to my savings! You can earn $10 from Ebates by joining via this link. Then add the extension to your chrome and you can choose from a PayPal deposit or a check! When you visit a site that gives Ebates cash back, just click "activate" on the pop up. It's THAT easy. FREE money you otherwise would not have had. I'm only mad at myself for not doing it sooner! Kick your coupon game up a notch by browsing Ebates retailers and checking their prices vs. competitors. Make sure its still a better deal but factor in the Ebates! I urge you to add the extention, because I've been a member for a year and that entire year, I gave up free money!
You can also save $10 on your Walmart grocery order by creating an account via this link!
I'm as guilty as anyone for being excited to have a holiday off, but this Memorial Day I challenge all of you to remember that tomorrow is about more than just a day off, a BBQ or a day for the lake. It is a day to remember and honor those that paid the ultimate price while serving our Country. I'm proud of my friends, my family and the many men and women that serve our Country every day. I know that I'm not cut out for it and it takes a true, selfless person to dedicate their life to fight for our freedom. So, while you enjoy time with family and friends, while you shop those Memorial Day sales, I hope you take the time to remember and honor those that fought to award us these freedoms.
If you've been following me for the last month, you know that my boyfriend and I have been taking a social media marketing class at the library. It's been way more intense than I ever thought and we finish up next week. I've learned so much more than I thought I would, already being an avid social media user. The analytics that are available are just insane! While the class itself has been incredibly helpful, the library has been an amazing resource by itself. Libraries today are incredibly under-utilized, so if you haven't looked into the Gaston County Library or even the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library to see what they have to offer, I highly suggest you do so. There are classes offered all the time, resources for businesses, computer rentals, workshops, children's programs, you name it.
I'm registered to take a photography workshop in June and the Librarian at Mountain Island helped me find a class to take to learn about graphic design. The best part - all three are FREE! Assuming we pass our social media class, we will receive a certificate from Boston University for FREE! This specific certificate was funded by the library and they don't pass on any cost to me. The strategic social media marketing certificate is positive for my resume, helpful in running our business and an asset in my blogging endeavors with HITC and it won't have cost me a dime! The graphic design class is from UC-Boulder and again - FREE! What I've learned is that you can take courses online, via the "audit version" and it won't cost you a penny! You won't get a degree and most of the time won't get a certificate, but you will learn something new, from home, completely online, for absolutely no cost. Want the certificate? Most of the courses I've seen offer a certified/verified version for $150-250. That's not terrible if you're looking for a part-time job and want a little bit of expertise!
So where do you find these classes? Well, I was skeptical of some, so I asked the Librarian! The course we are currently taking for social media is through edX. Graphic design I found via Coursera and I'm sure there are others out there. Now remember, NEVER put your credit card information in anywhere. If it asks for it, there is a chance at some point it won't be free. If you never put it in, you don't have to worry about missing fine print. Keep your eye out and if it says "free trial", shy away from that. You are welcome to get the certificates that are offered (I'm ALL about certificates, I'm kind of a nerd in that regard), but remember that most of the time you get the same or most of the same information in the audit version for free, so if it asks you if you want to upgrade or purchase the certificate, you CAN say no.
In my teenage years, I never would have envisioned a time where I would say "Mom, you are my best friend", but here we are. At 25, my mom is my very best friend. Things that I never thought I would want to share with my mom, she's the first one I call. The good, the bad, the ugly, my Mom is my go-to person. She's the kind of mom that everyone should have. She's kind, loving, and supportive, but she's not afraid to tell me when I'm wrong. Every daughter should have a mom that can be her best friend, but can also tell her like it is. We all need that honesty sometimes. My mom is THAT mom. She's the best mom. She sacrifices for me and for my brother, even with us both 'grown up' and on our own. Very few days go by that I don't talk to my mom.
I look back at all the times my mom said, "One day you'll see I'm right", and she was. She still is. She gives the best advice and even when I go against it, she supports me, and then comforts me when I was wrong and she was right. I regret all of the difficulty I caused her in my teenage years. I wish that I had better control over how difficult I was, or a time machine to go back and be kinder to her, or at least to tell her that in just five years we would be the best of friends.
So, this year I vow to not just call my mom, or text my mom, or even just visit my mom, but to make memories with my mom. To take trips with my mom. To take my mom on adventures. To give back to her just a fraction of what she has given to me, in my life. To show her in every way that I can that she's the best mom, that I love her and appreciate her and that I wouldn't trade her for anything or anyone.
Your mom sacrifices for you 365 days a year. Your mom loves you 365 days a year. Your mom thinks about you, wonders what you are doing, wonders how you are doing 365 days a year. Take the time to love your mom, to think about her, to ask how she's doing, to ask what she's been doing, to ask what you can do to help her, what you can do to make her week better, 365 days a year. It doesn't take much, in today's world. A text message, a phone call, an email. Regardless of your situation, tell her you love her and you're thankful for her and don't wait until Mother's Day to do it. Make sure she knows that you aren't just thinking about her because your iPhone told you to.
I love you, Mom. Yesterday, today, tomorrow and on Mother's Day.
I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be bringing Housewives in the City to Gaston County! I'm a resident of Mount Holly. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!