I'd like to start out with a huge thank you to all of those who attended our very first Girls Night Out event in Greenville at A.J. McMurphy's! Considering this was the first Housewives in the City event in Greenville, NC, we still had a great time networking, shopping and socializing with other women from the area! Our Holiday Sip & Shop was a blast; holiday swag bags, adorable Christmas elves, the amazing space and atmosphere of A.J. McMurphy's and our Featured Photography Lia Biscardi with ScapePhotographyUS was there to capture it all!
Our vendors are who make every Girls Night Out such a success! We only have 9 more days til Christmas, be sure to get that shopping done with these great ladies!
Trades of hope | bethany Kenyon
Bethany is thrilled to partner with women from around the world, in addition to being a wife, mother, and educator. Her work with Trades of Hope is both fun and fulfilling - AND she gets to wear some beautiful jewelry while she does it! She wants everyone to know about Trades of Hope, fair trade, and sustainable business. Together, we can help others rise out of poverty and keep families intact.
Scentsy | Christy M. Foreman
Christy is an Independent Consultant with Scentsy, and let me just say, she is our go-to Scentsy lady! She knows her stuff and is a regular vendor with the New Bern Housewives in the City. Get your home and car smelling right with Christy!
Pure Romance | Penny Pollard
The gorgeous and super fun Penny Pollard who is a Director with Pure Romance, joined us just in time for those Christmas stocking stuffers and holiday parties! You can shop the best in bath, beauty, and bedroom accessories OR book a party on her site!
ScapePhotographyUS | Lia Biscardi
Lia, a local educator, specializes in portraits and canvas art. She is the owner of ScapePhotographyUS and has a passion for travel photography, where she can meet new and interesting people. She was wonderful from start to finish!
When my best friend dropped me, I felt devastated! This was written by Harriet Lerner Ph.D.The Dance of Connection.
A greeting card depicts a young woman telling her female friend, "I'll always be there for you." Inside the card is the postscript, "unless, of course, I have a date."
The message takes me back to my college days when my friends and I put more real energy into our discussions about men than into all other subjects combined. But even back then, the stereotype didn't hold water. Schmoozing with my friends is what sustained and nourished me, as it does now.
Friendship rarely becomes a nest of extreme pathology. I've yet to receive a letter that says: "Dear Harriet: A close friend insults and degrades me, and sometimes hits me. I love her and I don't know what to do." If a friend behaves terribly or evokes awful feelings, we don't just dream of escape—we get out.
But friendship is not without it's wrenching moments. Probably everyone has felt hurt or deeply disappointed or betrayed by a friend at some time, or dismayed to recognize mean-spirited feelings of one's own.
When I was sixteen my best friend dropped me for another girl because I wasn't "deep" enough for her. I felt devastated, my confidence crushed.
A boy might reject me because I wasn't cool enough, or pretty enough, or "his type." But this girl was my soul mate. When she dropped me for another best friend (whom I imagined to be far more complex and interesting than I was) the injury and loss were immense.
What a relief to be grown up, to longer take rejection so personally and to have best friends instead of one best friend. I treasure my friends, I count on them, I call them terms of endearment like "sweetums" and "honey-bunny." Sometimes I get judgmental. But when my own self-esteem is intact, I am simply amazed by who they are, their limitations and vulnerabilities only adding to my appreciation of their uniqueness.
I resonate with the words of Anais Nin, "Each friend represents a world in us."
Here's my advice about friendship:
1 Move toward having a number of "best friends" as well as friends who are more peripheral than others but who still count.
Each friend contributes something unique in the way of wisdom, support, and just plain good times. Having a community of friends will help you to not overreact to the limitations of any one friend. When we depend on one person to meet all of our needs, that person can't help but disappoint us.
2. Understand that friendship will evoke (and can survive) feelings of anger, envy, competition, and the entire range of emotions that make us human.
Indeed, our friendships suffer not from these "unacceptable feelings," but from the denial of them. For example, if you're not in touch with the fact that your friend is suddenly getting lots of money and recognition for her work, you risk acting out by ignoring or devaluing her work. (This doesn't mean you can't keep your feelings to yourself, when appropriate).
Despite the difficult challenges of friendship, Novelist Alice Adams puts it most succinctly: "I think women know how to be friends. That's what saves our lives."
What a great time of year for the kids. This time of year a great way to spend quality family time with all the hussle and bussle of the holidays is to take the kids out and look at the Christmas lights displays in the area.
Christmas in River Hills
610 River Hills Dr.,Greenville,NC 27858 US
20,000 lights with 9 years of experience lit from December 1-January 1 5:00pm-10:00pm.
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Updated for 2017
Winterville Wonderland564 Stillwater Dr, Winterville, NC 28590, USA
40,000 lights with 10 years of experience lit from November 26-January 1 5:30pm-9:30pm.
38 Sir Dillons Lane,Tarboro,
NC 27886 US
1,000,000 lights with 16 years of experience lit from December 5-December 31 5:00 pm-11:0 pm.
No Scrooge's Allowed 900 oak grove rd,Rocky Mount,NC 27804 US
75,000 lights with 5 years of experience lit from December 1-January 1 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.
The Toke Family Light Show 900 Oak Grove Rd, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
12,000 lights with 6 years of experience lit from November 1-January 1 6:00 pm-9:00 pm.
Hoveland House of Lights913 Leeward Dr.,Trent Woods,NC 28562 US
100,000 lights with 19 years of experience lit from December 1-December 31 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
So pack the kids in the car buckle them up and grab some hot chocolate and popcorn and enjoy the night. The expression on their faces will melt your heart as a parent. Enjoy!
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.
Hi, I'm Laurie!
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!!