A big thank you to all who attended our Girls Night Out event at Outback Steakhouse. We had a fun night of networking, socializing, shopping. It was great meeting so many local women.
Our Featured Photographer was Ashley Rescott Photography and she was amazing.
We had swag bags, giveaways and cute Christmas elves. Holiday sipping & shopping success!
It wouldn't have been a Girls Night Out without our wonderful vendors. Please support our featured businesses. Here is how to find them! Make holiday shopping fun this season. 🎁
Mandy Brady is a Rodan & Fields consultant that knows how to make you look and feel great. Fall in love with your skin again with Mandy
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Tasha Carodine is an Independent Consultant with Paparazzi. Jewelry doesn’t make you beautiful it just enhances what’s already there. I love helping you feel bold and confident.
Tracy Morgan (and her husband) have delish wine gummies. With so many flavors and combinations, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for. 😋
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She specializes in portrait photography, offering cake smashes, children, families, couples, seniors, and boudoir. I also offer elopement and courthouse wedding sessions. You will love her energy and smile 📸
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Here is a blog I was reading this morning that I thought was worth sharing. 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."
We are so excited to introduce Mandy Brady to our ladies. Mandy is a Rodan & Fields consultant who will be joining us at The Outback Steakhouse in Jacksonville on 12/11/18 for our
“Girls Night Out Holiday Sip & Shop Social”
I am sure by now you have heard about the Rodan and Fields skin care line. Both men and women are going crazy over it. Fall in love with your skin again. Get that clear young-looking skin back. Mandy will be happy to help you.
Are you Looking for a great place to take the family to see Christmas Lights in the Jacksonville area? Its a great way to spend quality family time during this busy time of the year.
November 30-December 2, 2018 at two locations:
Riverwalk Crossing Park, December 1
Jacksonville Commons, Nov 30-Dec 2
Sledding, Ice Skating, Gingerbread Contest, The Olde Towne Candy Shoppe, Pet Photos with Santa, Santa's Workshop, Hay & Pony Rides, Flotilla, Entertainment, Arts & Crafts Show, Children's Games and Activities, and more!
Jacksonville Transit will provide free shuttle service between the two locations on Dec 1 from noon to 7:30PM.
Pack the kids in the car and enjoy buckle them up grab some hot chocolate and popcorn and enjoy the evening with the kids. Its a great way to spend quality family time during this busy time of year. I am sure the expression on the faces of the kids will tell it all. 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.
We are so excite about our featured photographer Ashley Rescott of Jacksonville, NC. She will be joining us at the OutBack Steakhouse on Tuesday December 12th. for our "Girls Night Out Holiday Sip & Shop Social.
Make sure you come ready to have your picture taken. Ashley will have her camera and be ready to take pictures. Remember the quote "A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words", and Ashley will be ready to show you have right it is.
Check Ashley out on the links below:
www.facebook.com/ashleyrescottphotography www.facebook.com/boudoirbyashleyrescott instagram.com/ashleyrescottphoto
HELLO Jacksonville, NC
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 helping small businesses grow! 🙌