I read blogs or social media posts all the time about the moms who work and don't feel like they are doing it all right. Lately, I've been struggling. We don't have kids and yet somehow I can't keep up. I'm a terrible "housewife" and we don't even have children making a mess to use as a legitimate excuse. It's just the two of us, and yeah we make a mess.
Today for example: head to a morning meeting, get to work, have about 30 minutes then head out to run my meals on wheels volunteer route, pick up the first something to eat at 11:30, go back to work, eat at my desk, get a good amount of work done and feel fairly productive, 5:15 rolls around and I'm headed out the door, give Wesley a call to see what he wants to do for dinner. Dinner has been a challenge since his position is mobile and he could be anywhere in the Charlotte region at the end of the day. It almost always works out that he is somewhere in Matthews, Indian Trail, etc. way down 74 and has a ton of traffic between him and home. We're grateful for his job, so don't think I'm complaining, but planning anything in the evening is now very much a struggle. I go pick up dinner, get home, have to get his reheating so it is ready for him, get ready for a group chat for school, participate in said group chat from 7-8:30 pm, throw the laundry in because let's be honest, it is piling up everywhere at this point. Somehow I have to get the rest of my homework done. Believe me, I know that's on me. I didn't NEED this degree, but I wanted it. I function so much better when I'm in school, so I went back for this second Master's degree. I'm almost through or I feel like I might give up.
So, how do you do it? How do you juggle the laundry, the dishes, the kids, the boss, the coworkers, the rest of the family, the school work? HOW DO YOU MOMS DO IT?!
I frequently take on too much. I realized I don't have hobbies anymore. I like to work. So, I take on more and more and more and yet, I don't feel fulfilled. So what is missing? Would I feel better if I could manage the work-life balance? I love my friends and I feel so guilty when I forget to text them back. How do you not let work get in the way of life? It's part of it, right?
Work-Life balance was the number one topic of interest from survey respondents after the last Professional Women's Association lunch hosted by the Gaston Regional Chamber. I know I'm not alone. I just want you to know, neither are you.
Thanks for joining us for a fun night out at LunaHombre in downtown Belmont! We had so much fun and we cannot thank our guests, vendors and host venue enough for supporting our mission to connect women to new friends and support local business!
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Corie Martin with LipSense
Jen Wilson with KEEP Collective
Tina Moose with doTerra
Ella B & Co Boutique
Megan Slate with Norwex
Marci Miller with Color Street
I never order anything online without looking for a promo code. Yes, I've got the Honey extension. Yes, I've got the eBates extension, but that is not always enough. Yesterday was a perfect example as I tried to order an edible arrangement as a thank you gift for someone. Edible Arrangements is overpriced as it is, the cost of delivery is ridiculous when the place is just down the street and none of the promo codes ever seem to work with "selected items". So, I started googling. Refusing to pay full price with no rewards. I did the email sign-up which said 15% off your next order. Well, the fine print is pick-up only, certain items only....what a rip off, but bait-and-switch story for another day.
In my search I came across Coupon Cabin. I was unaware that they also had an extension and a cash back program, so I was quite pleasantly surprised when the cash back was 18%! I earned over $20 back on my order! Then, I set my payout preference to Amazon e-gift cards where I'll now earn an extra 10%!
While my experience with Edible Arrangements was not great. I feel much better knowing I'll get $20+ back in Amazon credit to use toward something else I will inevitably need anyway. It's not quite as good as the instant gratification of a coupon code, but technically more rewarding than any of the coupons, had I selected an item I didn't really want to purchase just because I could use a promo code.
Be a smart shopper!
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We always say we are going to do things differently in the new year. Well, I thought that "No Time Like the Present" was the perfect motto for my new AR Workshop Belmont clock! As a bit of an AR addict, I've made most of the projects that I would want, so I was so excited to see these new clocks and blanket ladders as AR options! I think I'll be making another for upstairs, but I just loved this clock!
This project was an ebony stain with antique white paint over top, I selected two shades of blue for the numbers and border and a gray for the pattern. I'll install the black hardware before I hang it up tonight.
Check out the AR Workshop Belmont project calendar here!
We are so excited for 2019 and cannot wait for all of the fun Girls Night Out events to come!
Join us on February 21st at LunaHombre in Downtown Belmont, from 6-9!
Sip on wine, snack on a special small bites menu and shop with our awesome vendors.
LipSense with Corie Martin
DoTerra Essential Oils with Tina Moose
Norwex with Megan Slate
Jennifer Henneman your Magic Mouse Travel Expert
KEEP with Jennifer Wilson
and introducing our newest Boutique partner - Ella B & Co!
We have swag bags for the first 25 guests and we are so excited for the Ella B & Co tote that those 25 guests will get to put their swag in! Take a look!
You can also join us on April 18th at Nellie's Southern Kitchen!
More details coming soon, but we promise you will want to save the date!
I was so excited when an ad for Door Dash popped up in my newsfeed. Then I found a promo for $1 deliveries for 30 days. Super exciting, right? Wrong. I decided to place my first order when I was on my own for dinner one night. I started an order from the local Chinese restaurant. What I get there is usually about $14. When I got to the cart, I double-checked the delivery fee and then noticed the total. The deliver fee was in fact $1, but my order total was $23 and change.
While the increased cost was displayed in the food items, the fact of the matter is that having the food delivered was going to cost me an extra $9! For $9 I would get out of my pajamas and drive myself 2 miles up the road.
So does the restaurant charge the service a higher rate than they charge me walking in? Or does the delivery service tack on extra money to cover mistakes in their pricing? Either way, we can't be sure that we aren't being mislead.
I cannot stress enough the importance of being an informed consumer. Check your receipts. Check your cart when you shop online. Then check the order confirmation too. Be cautious and know where your money is going!
At Home by Ashley Furniture arrived in our region several years ago, but I just made it in for the first time over the weekend. My first impression - overwhelming. Pictured above is the Pineville location, located behind Carolina Place Mall. This place is H-U-G-E, HUGE! It is very much like a HomeGoods in that there are many random things and not necessarily two or more of everything, so the hunt is real. However, the organization is MUCH better than a HomeGoods or Marshall's. Everything is in categories with clear signage hanging from the ceiling. They have tons of furniture (not cheap), decor, seasonal items, pillows, rugs, paintings, photographs, organization, kitchen utensils, dishes and silverware, cups and mugs galore. The selection was overwhelming.
My favorite find was the tobacco baskets, also pictured above. The square basket on the bottom shelf was $29.99. Not too bad, but after a quick look at Hobby Lobby, the same basket was on sale for $24.99. Had they not been on sale this week at Hobby Lobby, these would have been a good deal (LINKED BELOW).
My thoughts on At Home: an overwhelming amount of items, organized well, at moderate to slightly over-priced, but an interior decorator's dream.
My advice: Always compare prices before making a purchase, but certainly on standard items. Use the Amazon app to quickly scan barcodes on name-brand items to see what they are selling for online. Sometimes Amazon is a better deal, but sometimes it is not. Give the item a quick Google and check the shopping tab to compare prices from other retailers. If you're in a hurry, or the store with the better price is not in your immediate area, don't drive and spend more in gas than the few dollars you will save by purchasing there instead. SHOP SMART.
At Home Pineville address: 11415 Carolina Pl Pkwy, Pineville, NC 28134
I am so excited to have finally ordered the Cricut Explore Air 2 and for such a good deal too! Like with any purchase of significance, I did all of my research, waited for sales, checked prices and compared bundles. After all of this research, I just ordered my new Cricut in mint (pictured above). With a retail value of $419 - I found the bundle to be the best bang for my buck. I had the original Cricut, so I already have tools and mats, but like with anything, the mats are worn and why not start fresh when the extra accessories are such a good deal!
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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!