This time of year, the kids get excited because of all the Christmas light displays. It’s a great way to spend an evening with the kids just looking at the light shows in your area. Below is a list of the light displays in the New Bern area. So grab some hot chocolate and popcorn buckle the kids up in the car and enjoy a fun night and exciting night. The looks on the faces of your kids will tell it all. Merry Christmas 2018
Colonial Christmas in 2018
Meanwhile, at Tryon Palace, a faithful recreation of North Carolina’s last colonial headquarters and first state capital, these events:
Masquerade: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration: Saturday, Dec. 8 & 15, at the Governor’s Palace, Historic Grounds, Commission House, Stanly House, Dixon House, 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace in 2018 for it’s 38th installation with beautiful new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. See the event page for more details and tickets!
Holiday Kickoff Movies: Saturday, Nov. 24, at the North Carolina History Center; noon and 3 p.m. The showing at 12 o’clock, noon, will be Muppet Christmas Carol (G). And the showing at 3 p.m. will be Elf (PG). Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for kids.
Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Décor: Wednesdays Nov. 28- Dec. 19, at Governor’s Palace, 9:30 a.m. Join the tour of the Governor’s Palace and focus on the decorations for the upcoming “Masquerade: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration”. Hadley Cheris, Try Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, will lead a tour of the first floor of the Governor’s Palace, describing the special items used in the decorations and the “Four Elements” theming of the pieces. Tickets are $10.
Chamber Music by Candlelight: Nov. 30, at the Governor’s Palace, 7 p.m. (Palace doors will open at 6:30 p.m.). Join the Brierwood Ensemble of Wilmington, N.C., as they perform at Tryon Palace. This event offers the unique and rare opportunity to enjoy the Council Chamber in the Governor’s Palace, gently lit by candles and decorated for the holidays.
There’s no denying it, the holiday shopping season is upon us! Even with Black Friday and Cyber Monday behind us, those of us shopping for the holidays will likely be out looking for sales and deals for the next few weeks. However, don't let the pursuit of the perfect present be a reason to let your guard down when it comes to safe shopping.
Gift cards are always a popular present. After all, who wouldn’t be excited about buying something for themselves that suits their individual wants and needs and can be used at their convenience? (It’s important to note that under North Carolina, gift cards purchased for a specific store or restaurant (not a generic gift card, for example, that can be used for any business in a mall or a Visa/MasterCard gift card) are valid for 4 years. Under federal law, they are valid for 5 years but may be subject to certain fees in the fifth year.) Buyers and recipients should remember to always treat a gift card like cash—if you lose it, it’s not replaceable. And if the store goes out of business, generally there is no recourse if the gift card has not been redeemed.
Although convenient, gift cards are also frequent targets for scammers. Gift card vendors have become better at preventing theft by, for example, requiring PINs or other extra steps before making a purchase, but these tactics are not foolproof. Be especially wary of emails, pop-up ads, or websites offering FREE gift cards. These enticements could be an attempt to steal your personal information, release malware into your computer, or otherwise get you to disclose your financial information (like a credit card number).
Even those racks and racks of gift cards in the grocery stores could be tampered with by thieves. If you do purchase one of these cards, ensure that its outer packaging is completely intact, so that no one could have copied the card number or scratched off the PIN that may appear on the back of the card. Better yet, buy gift cards directly from the company’s website or physical store.
While on the subject of purchasing gifts online, which many shoppers do these days, be sure to directly type the retailer’s web address into your browser. Just conducting a web search for a company that you’re interested in may send you to a fake or look-alike website. Also, when making any purchases online, make sure that the address in the top of your internet browser begins with https and not just http. That extra “s” at the end means that the website has secured your personal information through encryption or some other means.
Remember: Thieves DON’T take a holiday. Happy—and safe—shopping!
North Carolina at 1-877-5-NO-SCAM (1-877-566-7226) or (919) 716-6000.
We are really looking forward to our next event on December 13th at the Brown Pelican from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. https://www.facebook.com/Brownpelican.net/
Your sure to have a good time with this group of ladies while you eat, drink, mingle and shop with new friends. Never a dull moment with this group of ladies.
Here is a sneak peak at some of our vendors for those last-minute holiday gifts.
You may have heard about Trades of Hope but have not had an opportunity to meet Bethany Kenyon yet. We are so happy that she will be joining us.
"We are empowering women around the world out of poverty + creating an entrepreneurial opportunity for the modern American woman through socially selling ethically crafted accessories + home decor"
You can find Bethany online at:
And in person at our Girl's Night Out!! 🙌💝
A big welcome back to Michele Douglas with 3GenFashion. If you didn't get a chance to meet them last time, be sure you check out their holiday fashions. Prices are reasonable, and the clothes are super cute! The ladies were so excited about their items we received several emails after the show on how to get a hold of them.
They are three generations of women, each with different styles, sizing, age, height, etc. We are real women here to show you what our fashion looks like, no matter what your age.
Follow them on Facebook and Instagram to see all the latest fashions
Check out their website!
Welcome Michelle and 3GenFashions
Do you find that, once Halloween is over, you find yourself thinking about Christmas? I start thinking about Christmas right after Halloween. It doesn’t matter that my family is thinking about Thanksgiving right after Halloween. As I attempt to avoid eating too much leftover Halloween candy, I begin to anticipate decorating the house, putting up the tree, baking cookies, shopping, and wrapping presents. Here’s my list of top ten signs you’re obsessed with Christmas:
5. You started a holiday count down in October. You quickly become the ‘go-to person’ when a friend is curious about how many days remain until Christmas.
6. Buddy the Elf is your spirit animal.
7. Your holiday baking and Christmas shopping lists are completed before Thanksgiving. 8. Before you know it, you have a list of things you want to do so you don’t miss any of the excitement during the holidays, such as; making snow angels, going ice skating, finding light festivals, and writing Christmas cards.
9. When Thanksgiving arrives, you don’t have to worry about those Black Friday sales. You already have your gifts purchased and wrapped for everyone. In some cases, gifts have been purchased the previous January.
10. Once Thanksgiving is over and everyone else is starting to feel the pressure of the Holidays you are sitting back and singing Christmas music out loud and spreading the Christmas Cheer.
Blake Shelton is not just any 42-year-old country music singer, “Sexiest Man Alive 2017”.
Blake is one of several music singers who have gone into the Alcohol business. In March 2017 Blake launched his own Vodka Brand called Smithworks. The vodka is made from corn grown right in Blake’s home state of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. It is bottled in Fort Smith, Arkansas. It’s an American made vodka that is distilled three times then filtered through charcoal for a nice smooth taste.
Smithworks vodka is perfect on the rocks or added to a mixed drink. There is a recipe created to Honor Blake Shelton called a “sip my country ale” which is a takeoff of one of his songs “Kiss My Country Ass”. The ingredients for the drink are simple in a mason jar you add lime wedge 2 parts of Smithworks vodka and 5 parts of ginger ale. Its something you can sip while hanging with friends on your front porch just like in the heartland.
Smithworks vodka is currently sold in 5 states, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Blake was quoted as saying “I grew up in Ada, Oklahoma and was raised on the values of hard work, humility and an appreciation for the simple things that make up a good life. As part of the Smithworks family, I’ve been involved in the development of the brand and I’m excited for everyone to finally taste what we’ve been crafting. At its core, Smithworks celebrates that moments in life are better spent with good people and great drinks.”
For more information on Smithworks vodka you can visit their office site.
The Holidays are approaching, and many people start to feel the stress of it all. Sometimes its hard to get a handle on it all. For some reason this is the time that we are supposed to be enjoying time and laughing with family and friends. Some people have a hard time with managing it all and keeping everything under control. This is a very busy time for most people with all the parties, shopping, cooking, cleaning, and entertaining.
With some preparation you can avoid some of the stresses of the holidays and end up enjoying them instead.
To eliminate some of the stress during the holidays.
6. Plan ahead, make a schedule what things you need to accomplish during this time. Make sure to use a calendar and mark your days for shopping, baking, visiting with family, friends and any activities you want to do. Plan your menus and make a shopping list to not forget anything. This will help with any last-minute confusion.
7. Focus on what’s important. Learn to say no. Sometimes people say yes, and they really mean no. This will just make you feel resentful and overwhelmed. Family and friends will understand if you can’t participate in
8. Stay healthy. Don’t let the holidays become a free for all. Remember eating healthy and getting plenty of sleep shouldn’t go away just because it’s the holidays.
9. Take time for yourself. Make sure you set enough time aside for yourself without distractions. Find things to do that reduce stress in your life instead of adding it. Read a book, get a message, take a walk or have a nice long bath.
10. Seek help if you need it. Sometimes we forget that we need help. If you find yourself feeling persistently sad, anxious, physically drained, irritable, hopeless, unable to sleep and can’t keep up with your routine chores maybe you need help. Go see your doctor or a mental health professional.
Every year we as parents must deal with the same thing when it comes to Halloween candy. What to do with it all. No one wants to throw out candy. Here are a few ideas that might help you decide how to use the candy you have left over from Halloween.
Throughout the year, add it to milkshakes, sundaes, ice cream and plain cookie dough. (For a quick milkshake, add mini Butterfinger or Snickers bars to ice cream or frozen yogurt and milk—maybe even throw a banana in there, too!). Some candy tastes very good frozen, then when you have that craving just take a piece and enjoy it.
Bake it into cakes
Try peanut butter cup cookies or brownies with fun size candy bars inside. Or just put it on top of cakes and cupcakes or stir it into icing. For more great recipes see
DIY trail mix
Open bags of little candies like M&Ms and make your own trail mix by adding pretzels, nuts and dried fruit.
4 cups popped popcorn.
¼ cup cocktail peanuts.
¼ cup of mini pretzels
¼ Halloween candy
½ cup white chocolate chips.
1 teaspoon shortening or coconut oil or Honey
Thanksgiving is right around the corner why not use some of it and bring it to the table.
Remember how your mom used to make yams with marshmallows? Well why not try and use the candy corn instead.
Pair it with wine
Chocolate and wine go together we all know that. So why not pair some of that chocolate candy with wine. The chocolate, caramel, nuttiness of Snickers go great with tawny ports and the cookie-like Twix goes well with a smooth Scotch, suggests StarChefs.com, among other ideas.
Make homemade flavored vodka. This is one of my favorites. I take the jolly ranchers and add it to vodka and let it sit. Then I use it to make Jell-O-shots for parties.
Just drop it in a bottle and let it soak for a while to make your own homemade, creatively flavored alcohol.
How many of us got to a coffee house to get flavored coffee? We here’s an idea. Take a piece of chocolate add it to your coffee and you instantly have an easy mocha.
Make an advent calendar for November
Put candy in Dixie cups and cover with tissue. On the tissue, write numbers 1-30, and place the cups sideways on a large poster board to form a calendar. Let kids punch through the tissue to get their treat each day. For more detailed instructions and photos, check out Alphamom.com.
Use it for holiday décor.
Groups like Operation Shoebox, which supports our troops, will gladly take donations.
What every you do with it just make sure you don’t throw it out. There are so many different things you can do with left over halloween candy. Be creative and enjoy it.
It’s starting to get cold outside and soon you will be looking for that warm scarf, hat or beanie. Well if so MaryAnn Nettie Reed Strobel will have her latest creations for you. Think about that football game you need to go to but also want to stay warm. MaryAnn has many accessories to choose from to help with the weather. Plus they make beautiful gifts for anyone on your list. You can start your shopping early with one of Maryann’s beautiful pieces.
DJ SETH FELDER will bring the music for the evening. He will have everything you need to get your jam on. Whether you like HIP Hop, 80’s, 90’s or anything that just gets you moving. He can have you out on the floor dancing, singing and just enjoying yourself. DJ Seth can make an occasion a fun experience.
Look out for Michele Douglas of 3GenFashion, her clothing is where versatility meets comfort. Her unique fashions will bring your wardrobe up to speed. You can easily dress up for work and then dress down for after work. The fashions will flatter any body type and make you feel beautiful.
This month’s charity is Bethany Pedaling Richards, with the Bike Box Project. They are back to challenge everyone again with Bernin’ to the Beach...Ag3ain.
This is a police escorted ride that will leave New Bern and end at the circle of Atlantic Beach. You can take and join us. …. about 12 mph. There will be 4 rest stops along the way, so you can hydrate, stretch and maybe even win a prize. After the 40-mile bike ride there will be a free lunch. If you cant ride back to New Bern there will be a bus to get you back so no worries. You can sign up at the “Girls Night Out” event or you can go online at www.bikeboxproject.org to register.
What is the bike box project?
The Bike Box Project is a 501 (C) (3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to raising funds for Parkinson’s research. Donations collected go directly to the Michael J Fox Foundation and to local patient’s needs. Contributions are deductible in accordance with current tax law. Our tax ID is 46-0659905.
Go to: www.bikeboxproject.org
to sign up for this popular event!
“Girls Night Out”
What comes to mind when you hear “Girls Night Out”? The first that comes to my mine is “Yes, I am in”. Let’s face it we all lead very busy lives, have families, a career and other social commitments.
Research after research has showed that women benefit from social activities with other women. These types of gatherings can help you increase your sense of belonging, make you happier, reduce stress levels, make you more self-confident, your self-worth, help you deal with things such as divorce, illnesses, job loss, death of a loved one, and any traumas you might be experience.
There are many reasons why you should have a regular Girl’s Night Out. Here are just a few, just because your important, maybe you need to blow off steep, have an adult conversation, laugh a little, sometimes you might just need a new perspective on things. What ever it is make sure you schedule that “Girls Night Out” and go out and enjoy it.
Make sure to schedule it on your calendar just like a routine doctors appointment.
Hi 👋 My name is Laurie and I am a Social Media Marketing Manager based in New Bern, NC. I am married to the man of my dreams, a mom and in love with my adorable grandson, Noah. I love checking out new local restaurants, festivals and events while searching for great places to host monthly Girls Night Out. You can usually find me checking out all things live music, the best hospitality in town and working on my campaign to bring Bonefish Grill to New Bern-it's going to happen!!