Check out the images of our evening! thanks Jennifer Chaput Photography for capturing all the fun!
We had a fabulous turn out for our Wise Man Brewing Girls night out in April! If you weren't able to join us make sure you check out the wonderful vendors who were there and check out the images from the evening below!
Check out the images of our evening! thanks Jennifer Chaput Photography for capturing all the fun!
Can you believe it's May already!?!? I used to hear people say how fast the year was flying by and think to myself "it's no faster than any other year...." but as I get older I think time REALLY DOES speed up somehow!
I was presented with a challenge for the month April to determine, and blog about, the top 5 places in our city. You may have seen me post on facebook or Instagram asking for your input, but I decided there's just no way to narrow it down to even the top 5! Instead, I've decided to start a new series right here on the blog with my top favorites....I don't know how many it will end up being, we'll just continue until I run out of places I love! :) As the days, and months, and years pass by faster and faster this is my way of making sure I take time to slow down and enjoy the little moments, the "mundane" places, and the wide variety that our city has to offer! join me as I "wander" through our city and find new, and old, places to add to this list of "must-do's!"
Where do I even start this series?
As a mom of 3 boys, much of my life revolves around them, so let's start there....
For Christmas this past year my husband and I tried to help our family gift "experiences" to our children rather than more "things." One suggestion we passed along was a family membership to the Children's museum (now called Kaleideum). This has been one of the BEST gifts! My boys ask almost daily if we can go and there is SO much to explore there! With various programs and changing exhibits throughout the year, it never gets old!
Camel City BBQ Factory
Another family favorite is Camel City BBQ Factory! With 3 children 5 and under it's often hard to get out for a family dinner that doesn't involve someone in tears or upset at SOME point during the meal. Camel City BBQ Factory is our answer to this! This place is delicious (the BBQ pulled pork cheese fries are a must every time we go!) there's something for everyone (counter service down stairs, full service upstairs, and an arcade with picnic table seating on the top tier!) and in the heart of downtown it's the perfect place for a family stroll post dinner!
Winston Salem Dash Baseball
Another must-see is the Dash baseball team when they are in town! The beautiful new stadium makes for a fun night out for the whole family! We love to go on their Chick-fil-a nights where we can get 4 seats, 4 dash baseball caps, and 4 chick-fil-a sandwich vouchers for $32! For our family, that's a great deal! With views of the downtown skyline from every seat, fireworks following many home games, free parking with the shuttle, a kids zone full of bounce houses and games for the kids, you can't beat the experience (even when the Dash lose....which does happen from time to time ;) )
Those are just a few of my family favorites here in Winston! What would make it on YOUR family favorites list? Stay tuned for the next post and my next few favorites!
With the days finally getting warmer I can't help but think of summer on the horizon! With summer comes so many fun things....lightning bugs, baseball games, pool days, camping out, vacations, and SO much more. As a parent, one of the thoughts in the forefront of my mind is keeping my kiddos busy and entertained those summer months while school is out. A great option for many parents is summer camp! Whether you're interested in providing an outlet for your kiddo's energy, a way to meet new friends and be social, a way for them to hone in on a skill or interest, or simply a few hours a day to get some errands accomplished without kids in tow...Winston Salem has many options for summer camps in varying interest categories! Here are a few of my top picks for our area!
Mad Science of Central Carolina
Messages written in secret code? Incredible rockets that soar through the air? Bubbling potions and lasers? It's not the plot of the latest Hollywood sci-fi movie-it's all a part of a Mad Science summer camp adventure! With many camps to choose from in exciting themes such as forensics and robotics, Mad Science is on a mission to inspire the next generation of scientists with unique, interactive and hands on summer camps that spark imaginative learning!
Mad science camps offer a unique opportunity for children ages 4-12 to explore the wonders of science through group activities, active games and hand on projects like robot building, catapult construction and gooey slime creations! They'll even be inspired by the ideas of famous scientists and use their imaginations to create their own amazing inventions!
*Full and half day options available at various location across the triad!*
Visit centralcarolina.madscience.org to view the full calendar of camps along with descriptions of each of the camp themes.
Register online or by calling the office at (336) 784-1818.
Check out past Mad Science camps on their Facebook page.
Early Bird pricing available through 4/30 and sibling discounts available with code MULTI17 at checkout
Winston Salem Girls Chorus-Summer Sing
Does your daughter like to sing and make music? THIS is the summer camp experience to attend! Camp highlights include singing, handbells, creative movement, a Camp TalentShare, and final Sharing Concert. Girls will also have the opportunity to audition for the Winston-Salem Girls Chorus.
Camp is open to girls ages 8-14 for the week of July 31-August 4 and is held at Centenary United Methodist Church in Downtown Winston Salem.
You can find registration and pricing information here.
YMCA Camp Hanes
Since 1927 Camp Hanes has been creating memorable outdoor experiences for the young and young at heart. The “400 Acre Memory Maker” provides opportunities for personal growth for campers and guests through their resident camp and day camp programs. Camp Hanes is committed to building relationships while accepting and encouraging people to explore who they are in an environment which is safe, supportive, challenging and fun.
Explore their website to discover all of the ways you can make lasting memories at YMCA Camp Hanes this summer.
Tell us about your business: I was born and raised in Winston Salem, NC, home of Texas Pete, Krispy Kreme, and the Dixie Classic Fair! I received my undergraduate degree in Communication Disorders from Appalachian State University in 1998, and completed my Master of Arts in 2000 from Appalachian State as well— GO APP STATE! I have worked with children and adults (ages 1 -101) with various speech, language and swallowing/feeding disorders, but my passion is working with the pediatric population. My motivation to start my own speech therapy private practice was simply that I wanted more flexibility. I wanted to make it easier to juggle my family and work, and not be married to strict schedules. I put in many, many hours to get the business where it is today, and had no idea what I was getting into when I started. If someone had told me, or even given me a blueprint, I would have been paralyzed with fear, and never even attempted business ownership. Doing this blindly was the best thing for me!
Describe yourself in 3 words: Motivated, committed, and supportive
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement? I love being a speech therapist, but I believe my greatest professional achievement has been co-founding and operating our non-profit, The Speech Bus. A colleague/close friend of mine decided to co-found this organization to help meet the language/literacy needs of underserved preschool aged children in our community. We are able to provide this service because of generous donations from the community (100%). We run the entire operation with no compensation, and take hours and days off of work to make it happen, but what we get in return can't be measured in dollars and cents! Although, we are certainly open to funding /grants to allow us to do more!
What are your professional goals for the next six months? Over the next 6 months my goal is to continue to strengthen the therapy business, and to grow and expand The Speech Bus.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? I can think of many things I would want to do involving kids, but if I take them out of the equation, I think I would love to be a lawn care specialist! I know nothing about grass, and want nothing to do with pesticides, fungicides, herbicides, or insecticides, but I LOVE being outside, love the smell of fresh cut grass, and it's great exercise (self-propelled mower, of course!)
How do you maintain a work/life balance? This is an ongoing process... maintaining that balance is like a never ending science project! When something doesn't work, I shift and try something else!
What websites do you visit every day? Almost every day, I visit CNN, Clinic Source (for online documentation), and medicaidprograms.org... wow... didn't realize how boring I am!
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city? I love walking at Reynolda Gardens, favorite place to eat is Senor Bravo, and right now my favorite destination is wherever my kids are! We spend lots of time/weekends playing YMCA sports-- always fun!
What is your goal for retirement? My goal for retirement is to be able to do so! Seriously, I think I will work/volunteer until I can't. I want to relax and smell the roses, but I also feel like I should serve as long as I am able to. I also hope to be financially able to have fun with future grandkids, enjoy my family, and spend lots of time in the mountains and the beach!
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company? A wise friend once told me, "Too much analysis causes paralysis...". I would say, lace your Nike's up and JUST DO IT!
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THanks for joining us for Our February GNO at BJ's Brewhouse! Check out the slideshow at the end of this post for a recap of the event!
Take a moment to visit the sites of our lovely vendors from the evening!
Special Thanks to Sabrina Short with Dream Capture Photography for capturing our evening for us!
Whether you're much for football or care about either team in the Super Bowl this year (I mean....it's not the panthers so I have no real vested interest myself) one thing's for sure...it's a great excuse to do some good snacking! I've scoured some of my favorite websites (thanks pinterest for helping me organize all these great ideas!) for the best recipes and put together a round-up of ideas for you! Please share some of your favorite ideas in the comments, I'm always looking to add to my recipe file (or pinterest board!)
and of course.....you've got to show a little bit of team spirit on the snack table:
What's your must have snack for game day? do you prefer sweet? Salty? savory? full meal or finger food? I'd love to hear your opinions! Thanks for stopping by, and enjoy your game-day weekend however you choose to spend it!
If you missed our Girls Night Out at Foothills Tasting Room last week you missed a fabulously fun evening! But don’t fret, check out the recap of the evening below. Jennifer Chaput Photography spent the evening with us capturing all the fun! You can also check out our vendors below! Thanks for joining us and I look forward to seeing you all in February!
Jennifer Chaput Photography-Featured photographer
The holidays are quickly approaching and I don't know about you, but I am a LONG way from being finished with my shopping! When you shop local you are supporting a neighbor, your community, and a family in our area! Here is our very first round-up of local businesses and vendors that you can snag some gifts from this holiday season (or maybe snag something for yourself!)
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