I'd like to send a big thank you to all who attended our Holiday Sip & Shop Girls Night Out event at The Brown Pelican this week. We had the bar packed, full of networking, shopping and holiday spirit! Lots of swag, raffled giveaways and of course, our cute Christmas elves that kept the night going!
Mandy is a Rodan & Fields Independent Consultant that knows how (and LOVES) to make you look and feel great! Being an example of the product herself, she is always looking forward to seeing and celebrating the results of her clients. Live better in your skin with Mandy!
Charmaine with Young Living Essential Oils is also an example of the product. She is so sweet and dedicated to inspiring and educating others to obtain a healthier lifestyle through oils and oil infused products. She even teaches FREE oils classes, incorporating lots of fun while learning about wellness with essential oils!
3GenFashion is a business Michele launched with her family, "we are 3 generations of women, each with her own style for her age, body-type and height, here to show you how our clothes offer "Fashion for the Ageless."' The clothes are adorable, prices are reasonable and every design really is made for every single body type and age!
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!
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.
The Jasmine Tasty Thai food truck was also at our Girls Night Out serving up some deliciously authentic Thai food out back! Great food, very friendly and awesome pricing!
Here is a blog I was reading this morning that I thought was worth sharing. When my best friend dropped me, I felt devastated.
Its 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 Brown Pelican on 12/12/18 in New Bern to show you her products.
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.
This time of year, the kids get excited because of all the Christmas light displays. It’s a great way to spend an evening with the kids just looking at the light shows in your area. Below is a list of the light displays in the New Bern area. So grab some hot chocolate and popcorn buckle the kids up in the car and enjoy a fun night and exciting night. The looks on the faces of your kids will tell it all. Merry Christmas 2018
Colonial Christmas in 2018
Meanwhile, at Tryon Palace, a faithful recreation of North Carolina’s last colonial headquarters and first state capital, these events:
Masquerade: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration: Saturday, Dec. 8 & 15, at the Governor’s Palace, Historic Grounds, Commission House, Stanly House, Dixon House, 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. This famed North Carolina tradition returns to Tryon Palace in 2018 for it’s 38th installation with beautiful new decorations and heartwarming holiday vignettes illuminated by the magical glow of candlelight. See the event page for more details and tickets!
Holiday Kickoff Movies: Saturday, Nov. 24, at the North Carolina History Center; noon and 3 p.m. The showing at 12 o’clock, noon, will be Muppet Christmas Carol (G). And the showing at 3 p.m. will be Elf (PG). Tickets are $6 for adults, $3 for kids.
Discovering Tryon Palace: Holiday Décor: Wednesdays Nov. 28- Dec. 19, at Governor’s Palace, 9:30 a.m. Join the tour of the Governor’s Palace and focus on the decorations for the upcoming “Masquerade: A Candlelight Christmas Celebration”. Hadley Cheris, Try Palace Gardens and Greenhouse Manager, will lead a tour of the first floor of the Governor’s Palace, describing the special items used in the decorations and the “Four Elements” theming of the pieces. Tickets are $10.
Chamber Music by Candlelight: Nov. 30, at the Governor’s Palace, 7 p.m. (Palace doors will open at 6:30 p.m.). Join the Brierwood Ensemble of Wilmington, N.C., as they perform at Tryon Palace. This event offers the unique and rare opportunity to enjoy the Council Chamber in the Governor’s Palace, gently lit by candles and decorated for the holidays.
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 👋 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!!