Lots of opportunities to celebrate this Fourth of July! Our proximity to Charlotte gives us options for some of the country's biggest fireworks displays, and we have the benefit of our small-town celebrations right here. Whether it be Mount Holly's early celebration or grabbing a spot with 75,000 other people at SkyShow, there will be lots to take the kids to see this year! We've compiled a list for you, but as a perk of our blog, check out these event links:
Gaston All American Fair
Charlotte Motor Speedway
BB&T Ballpark SKYSHOW
Red, White & Belmont
Harper Park - Stanley
Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens Butterfly Bungalow kicks off this week! Visit the Garden from May 25th through September 6th to check out the Butterfly exhibit which covers the life cycle of the Butterfly. The exhibit will cost an extra $3 for each non-member, in addition to the garden admission rates.
There is a very long list of reasons why I back the blue. I studied Criminal Justice in undergrad and it has always been my passion. I have three mentors to thank for that. As a high school student, I participated in the local Explorers program. I stayed in the program much longer than is "allowed" and continued to be involved throughout college. It was largely due to the relationship I built with the Deputy leading the program. His family became my family. All three of my mentors showed me the compassion, skill, attention and dedication that it takes to be a LEO.
Those mentors are my friends and throughout college and my adult life, I've come to be friends with several others that serve in law enforcement. One of my very best friends is a probation officer. Then we moved to Mount Holly and our neighbor was a K9 Officer. We loved his K9 and his family.
When we moved to North Carolina in 2004, Mooresville was home. Shortly thereafter, we moved to Catawba County, but Mooresville was still my "stomping grounds". It's where my first job was, where many of my friends were, where I shopped and hung out.
While the population has grown a lot since 2004, it's still a great little town.
Last weekend, that great little town lost a good man, Officer Jordan Sheldon. A man that was protecting and serving, like he chose to do. A man that gave his life protecting his community.
The outpouring of support has made me cry numerous times this week. I'm grateful for the positive comments, prayers and well wishes for his family. For the thousands of community members that attended his memorial service, stood along the procession route today and sent prayers from across the country.
While I pray that no other officer ever loses his or her life again, I know that won't be the case. So, I also pray that the support carries on long after we begin to heal from this tragedy. I pray that the community will continue to support our officers in good times and bad times. I pray that there will be a constant display of appreciation and that we never need another tragedy to bring us together again.
We will never forget, Officer Jordan Sheldon.
Register now for our Anniversary Bash! We're planning an EPIC celebration and you do not want to miss the FREE swag, prizes and more!
Get ready! It's almost that time of year, where Live Nation makes concert tickets affordable and you can snag tix to great concerts for only $20! That price includes all taxes, fees, etc. so what you see is what you pay and THAT is worth it alone. Live Nation is pulling out all the stops with this year's line up too: Alessia Cara, Backstreet Boys, Brantley Gilbert, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Florida Georgia Line, Hootie & the Blowfish, Jason Aldean, J-Lo, Luke Bryan, Mary J Blige, Miranda Lambert, Nelly, New Kids on the Block, Papa Roach, Pentatonix, Rascal Flatts, Sara Bareilles, Shinedown, Thomas Rhett, Wiz Khalifa, and so many more. No matter what type of music you enjoy, you'll find something.
Be thinking about your friends and family and snag some of these $20 tix as gifts! You'll be a hero!
Video courtesy of https://ncw.livenation.com/
Mark your calendar now for our upcoming events! We can't wait to check out these new venues, share new vendors and have so much fun this summer!
I've shared Ebates with you all in the past, but this quarter is a perfect example to share again! This quarter, $85.68 is coming back to me on purchases I was going to make either way! I scope out deals and try to be strategic about when I order. I use Ebates as if it were a coupon, just keep in mind you have to wait on your quarterly check to come to see the savings. I bought a new "work bag" from Macy's when they did 12% cash back on April 1st. There was NO WHERE I could get the Michael Kors bag for less than MSRP and no coupons to work on designer products at any of the stores that carried it, so I waited, searched, waited some more and BAM - 12% cash back on April 1st. I'm getting $49 and change back on just that one order.
Mother's Day flowers....already ordered (don't tell my Mom). $7 back and free shipping. A pretty sweet deal to think of mom in advance.
Looking for a specific item? Compare prices at different retailers first, then look at the Ebates option and you'll be surprised that sometimes a few extra dollars now will save you a much larger percentage overall!
Gaston County is becoming so much more than 'the place next to Charlotte'. We've had several exciting announcements this month! Here's what we want you to know:
A total of 35 new vacation cottages are coming to the Crowders Mountain State Park area, the Gazette announced just yesterday. Starting with 14 cottages in the first phase, the all brick-and-wood cottages will be 'tiny-home-sized', from 350-800 square feet.
Gaston County School and Belmont leaders broke ground on the new Belmont Middle School this week. The school is expected to open in 2021. Set to cost roughly $34 million, the school will be 155,000 square feet and serve 1,000 students to start.
1Mission Coffee Company is occupying what Stanley residents know as the Train Depot. The Coffee Shop supports missions in Haiti and gives 10% back to the Town of Stanley for revitalization efforts. We've visited and WE APPROVE!
Best of Gaston voting has started! Here's just a sample of the businesses we're voting for (you should check them out!):
Eyewear Center - Belmont Eye
Optometrist - Dr. Rachael Wruble, Belmont Eye
Bakery - Queen Bee Bakery
BBQ - Kyle Fletcher's
Brunch - McAdenville Table & Market
Burger - Sammy's Neighborhood Pub
Business Lunch - Webb's Custom Kitchen
Caterer - McAdenville Table & Market
Country Cooking - Nellie's Southern Kitchen
Deli - Will's Doggn' It
Dessert - Queen Bee Bakery
Dinner Under $10 - Pita Wheel
Family Restaurant - McAdenville Table & Market
Fine Dining - Woodshed
Fired Chicken - Nellie's Southern Kitchen
Hot Dog - Will's Doggn' It
Local Coffee Shop - Floyd & Blackie's
Mexican - La Fuente
New Restaurant - McAdenville Table & Market
Outdoor Dining - Nellie's Southern Kitchen
Pizza - Portifino's
Salad Bar - Woodshed
Steak - Woodshed
I've posted before about how much I love EC products, so I thought it was even more important to share my honest review of the EC Seasonal Surprise Box. Boxes like this are always hit or miss, but I really expected more from Erin Condren. First of all, the box shipped way later than the advertisement that made me buy it said. When it did finally arrive, I expected to be overwhelmed with excitement about the goodies inside, but I was quite disappointed. The best thing in the box was a gorgeous, colorful umbrella, but that's not really why I ordered an Erin Condren box! I got a few rolls of washi tape and just a few other items, none of which am I likely to use and none of which I would feel comfortable including in a gift to someone. The point of these 'surprise' boxes is to get a good value of items at a heavily discounted price. I don't think that is what EC did here. I won't order another EC surprise box. I'd rather just wait on a coupon code and pick out my own items!
A friend recently purchased the Revlon One Step Hair Dryer and Volumizer and recommended I check it out. Little did I know at the time that this neat little device is a GAME-CHANGER! The only negative about this sweet device is that it is a bit bulky. I have some carpal tunnel in my wrists, so by the end they are a little tired, but I tell you it is WORTH IT. My hair is softer already! I've used this two days in a row and I'll be honest (as I always am with you), I do NOT do my hair regularly. 4/5 if not 5/5 days I was leaving the house with wet hair. The old days of scrunching with gel were the best because it was socially acceptable to have wet, hot-mess hair. It now takes me 10 minutes to fully dry and style my hair, all at once. I have very thick hair. I get it thinned when I get it cut because I shed so much and it is so heavy. So 10 minutes to dry and style my very thick, medium-length hair. The best $54 I've spent this year, hands down. Amazon seems to have the best deal, taking arrival time into account. You can also find this at Target and it is on-sale online, so if you have a red card and can use the sale, you can probably get a tiny bit better deal.
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!