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Hi, ladies! I'm Katie and I'm your new Director of Marketing + Events for Charlotte Housewives. I can't wait to meet you all in person over the next few months, but wanted to introduce myself now. I've lived in the Charlotte area since the end of 2004. We've lived all over the area: Mooresville, Sherrills Ford, University, Uptown and now in Mount Holly just barely outside of Charlotte. I love this city and I never plan to leave.
I love to travel. App State Football is my #1. Luke Kuechly will always be my LB. Any super bowl without Tom Brady is a good one. I'm literally a professional student at this point, working on degrees 4 & 5 simultaneously. I will never turn down good ice cream. Benny Pennello's is the best pizza in CLT.
I'm not new to the Housewives in the City brand, and certainly not new to Charlotte. I've been running the Gaston County chapter of HITC for almost two years now. That's so crazy to think about! I fell in love with the community of women supporting women when I attended a Charlotte Housewives event at The Broken Spoke three years ago and the rest is history! There are so many things to love about Housewives in the City:
I love the community of women we build within our city. New friends, new business connections. It's truly something special. I've seen so many groups of women at our events and hearing them say that they met at a Housewives in the City event makes all of the hard work that goes into running one of these groups totally worth it! Our events aren't like all the others. You don't have to come just for professional connections. We cater to ALL women. Stay-at-home moms looking for friends, professional women looking to broaden their sphere of influence, retirees looking to get out of the house and have some fun. No matter who you are, you're welcome with us!
I love the way we support local businesses. We travel to different venues every month to give you the opportunity to experience new restaurants, hangouts and entertainment venues, to help bring awareness to the amazing venues we have right here in the Queen City. We also partner with new featured businesses every month, helping connect our audience with local businesses that offer the products and services you need, right here in our community. I'm big on SHOPPING SMALL and SHOPPING LOCAL. As a small business owner myself, I know how hard it can be to do it all on your own. That is why, with Charlotte Housewives, it's my mission to bring awareness to the amazing female-owned businesses we have here in Charlotte.
We're just a group of women, supporting other women, supporting our community and having fun doing it.
We're back! Charlotte Housewives is officially relaunching this Tuesday at The Broken Spoke! We hope you'll joins for friends, fun, food, drinks, shopping, swag and more! It's totally FREE admission and we've got the entire upper loft just for us. Register for free by clicking the button below. We can't wait to see you there!
"THERE ARE PEOPLE BEHIND THOSE NUMBERS"...when those words came out of Gayle King's mouth on CBS This Morning yesterday, they really hit home. As the family member of a deployed soldier, every headline hits home, but that one especially. You hear 3,000 troops being deployed, on 18 hours notice, but are you thinking about what they are rushing out the door and leaving behind? Families, pets, sometimes secondary careers. No matter where you stand when it comes to our political climate, please remember our troops and their families. Please remember that your support as they fight for our freedom is important. They don't make the decisions where or when, but they have to go. Sometimes without being able to tell their family where, sometimes without being able to even take a phone and sometimes without knowing when they'll be back. So please, support our troops every chance you get. With your heart, with your words. Every thought and every prayer matters.
PEOPLE and NBC invite you to catch an advance screening of #BluffCityLaw on 9/10 in Charlotte! RSVP here: www.gofobo.com/eiuhK15775
Come view an advance screening of Bluff City Law, a new legal drama starring Jimmy Smits on Tuesday, September 10th at 7:00PM at AMC Park Terrace!
Want to join us for the preview?
Get Your 2 Tickets on Gofobo: http://www.gofobo.com/eiuhK15775
We have a LIMITED number of RSVP slots so grab yours NOW. This will be a limited preview. Typically there are more tickets provided than seats so please arrive early to ensure a seat in the theater.
The series premieres on NBC on Monday, September 23rd at 10PM.
Come kick off the end of summer at Legion Brewing! Legion Brewing hosts the final of three Friends of Summer events this month. The Legion Jam Fest will feature the release of the Pineapple Juicy Jay and live music from the Abbey Elmore Band, Swim in the Wild and more. This event is free and family and dog-friendly. Live music will be outside only, but beer and food are available inside and on the patio.
DATE: Saturday, August 24
TIME: 5 to 11 p.m.
Legion Brewing Plaza Midwood
1906 Commonwealth Ave
Charlotte, North Carolina 28205
For more information about the event, click here.
Staycation: a vacation spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions.
I've decided for Mother's Day from this day forward, I want a hotel staycation. It's not that I don't love my children and husband but there is something relaxing about being alone to read, have a meal, sleep in the entire bed or even work in peace.
However, I cannot take the credit on this idea. My friend, Miranda in Charlotte, did the same staycation last summer. You can read her review here. Earlier this year she hosted a giveaway that included a boudoir session from the same photographer that she used and I entered. Funny thing is that I won. When I spoke with Lauren Villa with Lauren Villa Boudoir, she mentioned a handful of hotels we could use to keep it a secret. So I contacted the same hotel Miranda used because the post she made basically sold me.
So yeah, basically I copied my favorite local influencer because she - well - influenced me.
To start things off, I arrived later than planned because of tornado warnings and crazy winds. Pulling up to their valet made it easier. It’s only $6 extra per night so it’s not a massive splurge and the gentleman who assisted me both days was so nice at helping me with my heavy bags. The front desk quickly checked me in and sent me on my way up to the top to one of their Penthouse suites.
When I first walked in, the room took my breath away from the small details of the glass mirrored accent wall to the TWO balconies. The Dunhill Hotel was opened in 1929. The details are beautiful and full of history. Not to mention the marble flooring in my room are original to the hotel! Although they are continually remodeling, the goal is to keep the architecture true to the original design.
When I got in, I rummaged through some of the areas in the room and quickly found that my room had a handful of books about Charlotte and of course some super soft robes. After I glanced through a few, I decided to lay down for a bit on the fluffy king size bed before I headed down for dinner.
After a short nap, I headed down to have a small bite at The Asbury. I ordered a large glass of red wine and the NC Beef Blackboard. I know that I will never turn down a great piece of steak! I worked a little while I waited and really took in the solo dining - including the people watching. There were groups around me having a great Friday night out in such a relaxing spot that it amazed me how we were both enjoying very different Friday nights in the same spot while both enjoying the atmosphere.
I grabbed another glass before ascending upstairs for the night. I decided to take in the night on the patio facing uptown. It was the perfect weather outside so I changed in my pjs and listened to the music below.
This was my first night alone since Milie was born and I was ready for uninterrupted sleep! Although she sleeps through the night, I constantly wake when I think I hear her stirring around so I shut all the curtains, turned down the lights and let the fluffy pillow top King consume me.
I woke up ready for my photos with Lauren. I was so sad I couldn’t fully experience the grand rain shower because I had extensions put in the day before so I ran down and grabbed a shower cap! Still not the same but it worked.
We then spent the morning doing a fun boudoir shoot which I'll share more about at a later date. Because I gifted these for a partial wedding gift, I wasn’t able to share my staycation with y'all before I told him why I went to the Dunhill other than to have a night away!
This feature was written in conjunction with The Dunhill Hotel and Asbury. Opinions and experiences are my own. No monetary or personal gain was traded with Lauren Villa Boudoir outside of winning the session through another giveaway. All opinions are my own.
About Face Charlotte Presents “The Future is Now” for Charlotte SHOUT! May 9
Installation designed to inspire people to build a future where all children have the opportunity and support to realize their dreams
About Face Charlotte is no stranger to social awareness projects used to inspire those around them to connect with others. Beginning on May 9, for Charlotte SHOUT! they will be displaying their latest project, The Future is Now, featuring portraits of 250 students from four Charlotte Mecklenburg schools across the city by printing them and wrapping them across the exterior of the main branch of the public library uptown. The project was made possible through the generous support of the ReEmprise Fund and Center City Partners. “The mission of About Face is to raise awareness, stir hearts and provide opportunities for people to work together to build a caring, connected community,” says About Face Co-Founder, Hannah Blanton. She adds, “Our current project focuses on children, who literally are the future of our city.”
The children featured within the project are from all over Charlotte and reflect a diversity of ages, ethnic backgrounds and abilities. For The Future is Now project, the children were interviewed by Dr. Susan Campbell, the Child Advocacy Lead for About Face Charlotte. “We talked to the children about things that are important to them: what they look for in a friend, what they hope to be when they grow up, ways people make them feel important and loved,” says Dr. Campbell. She adds, “Regardless of their circumstances, their answers were similar — all children want to be around people who are kind, who they can trust and who make them feel safe. They all have big dreams for their futures.”
The Future is Now is created in partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Charlotte Center City Partners and Share Charlotte. Additionally, The Future is Now is an Inside Out Project Group Action. “My creative goal in doing The Future is Now was to use the power of art and image to bring awareness to issues affecting our community,” says Programming Lead, Dana Endsley. She adds, “By showcasing the beautiful faces of 250 children in Charlotte we are asking people to spend some time really seeing our children, hearing some of their wishes and wisdom and then exploring ways to help all children on the path to their future.”
“My mom and my grandmother were both teachers, so the education and the wellbeing of children has always been close to my heart,” says About Face Co-Founder and Creative Lead, Scott Gardner. “With this project, we hope to inspire the city of Charlotte to love all children as if they were their own, and invest in their future.”
To see The Future is Now project, visit the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library at 310 N Tryon St.
About About Face Charlotte:
About Face Charlotte is a photographic and storytelling project that connects people to people in our community, elevates compassion and empathy and encourages ongoing acts of love and altruism. Founded in 2015, About Face Charlotte was created by photographer, Scott Gardner and gallery owner, Hannah Blanton. What began as an idea turned into a passion project and now is becoming a social movement. Learn more about what they do at aboutfaceclt.org.
Connect with About Face Charlotte on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
About The Inside Out Project:
Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images are made into posters and sent back to the projectʼs co-creators, for them to exhibit in their own communities.
Posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window, to a wall of an abandoned building, or in a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and be made available online at insideoutproject.net.
The Inside Out project is a creation of the artist JR, recipient of the 2011 TED Prize (watch JR's TED talk here).
About The TED Prize:
The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $1,000,000 and the TED community’s resources and expertise to spark global change. The award offers support to build a project's core infrastructure quickly - so that others can add their own collaborative action. The first TED Prize was awarded in 2005, born out of the TED Conference and a vision by the world's leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and entertainers to change the world - one Wish at a time. What began as an unparalleled experiment to leverage the resources of the TED Community to spur global change has evolved into one of the most prestigious prizes. A TED Prize winner is a rare and powerful combination of someone who knows how to capture the imaginations and make a measurable impact, a visionary and a pragmatist, a dreamer and a doer. From Bono’s the ONE Campaign (’05 recipient) to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (’10 recipient) and JR’s Inside Out Project (’11 recipient), the TED Prize has helped to combat poverty, take on religious intolerance, improve global health, tackle child obesity, advance education and inspire art around the world. For more information on the TED Prize, visit ted.com/prize.
My son was out of school most of last week because of the dreaded Flu and Strep combo! So I wasn't anticipating Friday getting a paper stating they were to make a Valentine's Day Box by Tuesday.
So I sent my son to check through Google for some ideas. Most were way, way out there. I wanted something easy but really fun and unique. Previous years we just threw stickers on a box but since I am embracing this stay-at-home-mom life, figured we should try to put some effort into it.
We settled on a Lego box. This was *not* my original idea but there are about 30 variations on Pinterest so I don't know who to give absolute credit to. It took us a 10 minute trip to Walmart and about 15 minutes of crafting for the perfect cute box.
Also, don't tell Hayden but we're totally keeping this for next year because I'm never crafting a Valentine's box again!
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Super easy! If you're like me and want a fun simple craft with minimal effort, this was a very easy one! It's good for boys and girls alike and Hayden really enjoyed picking out his Lego color since there was over 50 colors he could choose from.
I'm Katie and I'm so excited to be the new director of the Charlotte region of Housewives in the City! I'm a resident of Mount Holly and currently run the Gaston Co Region. I absolutely love traveling, sports and I'm always up to learning something new. I cannot wait to meet all of you!