Have you planned what you’re doing for Mother’s Day yet? As a restaurant lover of Eastern NC, my favorite Mother’s Day go-to is brunch. Surrounding everyone’s favorite lady with friends and family, what greater gift can you give?
This year, I’ve actually opted out of making reservations for Mother’s Day brunch and am planning to treat her to a family brunch at home with the help of Hello Fresh. Hello Fresh is offering a first ever Mother’s Day Box (brunch and/or dinner!) Brunch includes 3 entree recipes and a bonus drink, while dinner includes a special 3 course meal. At $18.99 for 4 servings, I’d say this is a steal. No worries, I’m already stocked on the champagne and OJ. Get yours here!
We are also happy to help one of our favorite charities whenever we can. Welcome Bethany Pedaling Richards and The Bike Box Project back to Girls Night Out.
From Bethany: Finding out years ago that my father has PD, I attached a donation box to my bicycle and began pedaling towards a cure. In just 4 years I have raised over $50,000! My goal is to pedal to every small town USA, spreading awareness and raising money to support people in the community with PD and to help fund research to eliminate PD.
Donations collected go to assisting people locally with Parkinson’s Disease and to the Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s research. Over 5 million people worldwide have Parkinson’s Disease. Thank you for your consideration in contributing to this important cause.
Click to Donate http://www.bikeboxproject.org 🚴♀️
"A mission to raise awareness and funds for local needs of people with Parkinson’s Disease and for Parkinson’s Research"
FOUNDED BY BETHANY RICHARDS
Our local celeb!
Some of you may know (I did not until this year) that April is National Stress Awareness Month, and has been since 1992! The purpose is still spread public awareness of both the causes and cures for our modern stress epidemic. Yes, epidemic. After a little research while stress had hit an all time peak for me, I found some pretty interesting findings from Stress Management Society. “According to the Mental Health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.” Yes, I know we aren’t in the UK, but imagine how similar these studies are to US adults. Stress is probably one of the greatest public health challenges of our time and is not only a significant factor linked to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety (duh) but is also linked to physical health issues like heart disease and insomnia.
So I turned to one of my favorite blogs/podcasts (The Confused Millennial by Rachel Ritlop) for some help. Lo and behold, I found exactly what I was looking for with a blog titled “10 Quick & Easy Ways To Cut Stress From Your Life ASAP” yes please! But instead of listing all 10 (I will leave the link to the full blog here,) here are the 5 things I decided to turn to to get out of my own little depressed funk I found myself in that was most definitely brought on by stress.
1. Run Your Fingers Through Your Hair
“The scalp has so many nerve endings and I’m going to assume most of us forget about on a daily basis. While it can be comfortable to throw your hair up in a messy bun or ponytail and forgetting about your scalp all day, try mixing things up this month! Take a minute or two each hour to get in there and really massage. If you can, close your eyes, breath deeply, and notice how you feel afterwards. It’s a great way to bring fresh energy into the cranium and is often an area we neglect!”
2. Ask For Help
“Sometimes we can’t do all the things by ourselves – as much as we’d like to. The truth is, people need people. We need community and support in order to reach our fullest potentials and reduce stress...Asking for help is a healthy habit and a sign of strength.”
Oxytocin! You never realize how important human touch is until you need it, like actually need it. “Oxytocin is a feel-good chemical in the brain that’s been known to strengthen positive traits like trust and generosity and reduce things like anxiety and depression.”
4. Incorporate Nature as Much as Possible
I know for me, being outside even just for a little bit tends to reset my mind. Get out there and take a walk, get on a boat, go for a bike ride. “If you can’t get outside every day consider ditching the fluorescent lights in your office and opt for natural light and crack a window! Another way of bringing nature is to spring for some house plants to re-oxygenate your space.”
5. Dance It Out
Dancing is the go to in my house when me or my one of my friends are feeling down or are overwhelmed by something out of our control. Pump some loud music and just get moving, you have no choice but to feel happy once you get into it. Kick the sitting habit!
I hope these tips help you like they did me. I encouraged you to take a look at The Confused Millennial blog!
Until next time -Brittany
We are so excited to share the line up of Girls Night Out for the rest of the year! Mark your calendars, you won't want to miss out on what we have planned!
We've all been there, being crazy excited to attend a themed party/social but having no idea on what to wear to fit the theme. This was my exact dilemma when we decided on the Denim & Diamonds Ladies Night Out Soiree theme. Somehow I managed to leave my BeDazzler back in the 90's, what a surprise right? So I turned to my most trusted app when it comes to outfit ideas, Pinterest! Below are some of my favorite options to find some Denim & Diamond inspo!
No matter which outfit you choose to gain some inspiration from, you're bound to rock the look. Remember to have fun with it!
See you Wednesday! - Brittany
Let's start this week off with the awesome lineup of vendors we have for Girls Night Out this month!
Woo! We'll be having Mandy Brady with Rodan & Fields joining us this month! If you haven't met Mandy, you'll be excited when you do. She's the sweetest and so passionate at her product!
She's all about bringing education and quality skin care products to you! A little goes a long way in terms of skin care and simple changes can make all the differences in the world.
She typically brings along a few samples to share and some of the most popular Cash and Carry items on hand. Ready to start chatting about your skin?
Let's give a big welcome to Charmaine Teets Moberly with Young Living Essential Oils! Charmaine is ready to answer all of your questions and show you how essential oils can change your life.
Follow her page:
Scents of Healing
Oils are awesome!
We will have the lovely Abby Trusnovec joining us this month with LipSense! I met her last month and she is SO knowledgable of all her products. You can ask this beauty guru anything, I promise she'll have an answer!💕
Have yet to try LipSense? Come meet Abby, you won't ever look back!
We heard you were in need of some new accessories for spring! Luckily for you, the lovely Ashlee Lewis is going to be joining us as our Paparazzi vendor this month! Seriously, $5 jewelry? What's not to love?!
Everyone's fav Scentsy lady, Christy Moore Foreman, will be bringing all the good smells with her to Texas Steakhouse!
If you have never tried or need a refill on the best smelling fragrances around then this is your chance!
"Fragrance shapes your story. It captures moments like pages in a journal, and we offer 95 scents to set those memories free! Explore our fragrances and share your story, your way"
Keep an eye out for ideas on what to wear to this Denim & Diamonds themed Girls Night Out coming later this weekend! I'll see you on Wednesday! -Brittany
Our Spotlight Charity is The Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center! If you aren't familiar with The Journey of Hope, they serve those who have been touched by cancer by providing support and resources that focus on the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. From a chemo care package for a patient's first day of treatment, to providing transportation to and from the treatment center - Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center does so much for those in our community and we are so glad we were able to partner with them and learn about their upcoming events!
Are you or someone you know a survivor? Journey of Hope is inviting all cancer survivors out for their Journey of Hope's Cancer Survivor Day - June 1, 2019, 11AM at Garber United Methodist (4201 Country Club Rd.) here in New Bern! They will be providing meals and a inspiring atmosphere for all to enjoy!
Ladies, we had such an amazing time at our event last week at the Bern Bar! It's definitely one of our favorite spots to have our events (mostly because Adam, the owner, rocks!) Our vendors, charity, sponsors and awesome marines who came out to help serve our ladies made the night that much more fun! We had about 40 ladies come to show support to our local businesses and learn lots about the Journey of Hope Cancer Center! The Swag Bags from Belk were a huge hit and we look forward to working with them for future events! Pinecone Home and Garden Center even reached out and sponsored beautiful flowers for some giveaways! Please feel free to reach out to any of our vendors and sponsors!
Huge thank you to all of you who came out and congrats to all of our giveaway winners! Enjoy these great shots from our photographer, Nicole!
TGIF! Am I right?! We are five days away from our Shop til You Drop Girls Night Out Networking Social which means we are finalizing our little details and are excited to share what we have in store for you this month! For starters, Girls Night Out will be at the Bern Bar, Wednesday March 20 from 5-8! We will have Journey of Hope Cancer Support Center joining us as our Spotlight Charity, Robin Warren will be sharing information about what they do and how they support patients in our area. We will also be having Swag Bags sponsored by Belk here in New Bern, we are helping them promote their Fit for The Cure event on April 12! I will be writing up a separate post about how you can make a difference and participate in this awesome program! Below are our vendors for Girls Night Out this month with links attached to reach them.
Look forward to lots of shopping, complimentary appetizers, sipping on some wine samples and tasting yummy desserts! We'll see you next Wednesday at the Bern Bar!
Fit for The Cure is a one-of-a-kind program where Wacoal, with the help of Belk, stages one day bra fitting events with knowledgable and devoted bra fit specialists in Belk department stores across the nation!
Housewives in the City, New Bern and New Bern Belk have teamed up to promote their Fit for the Cure event on April 12 in hopes to make it the most successful one yet! They will be providing Swag Bags for Girls Night Out, Wed. March 20 with details about Fit for The Cure and how every one of us can help make a difference!
Here's how it all works!
1. Go in to our local Belk located in the New Bern Mall for a complimentary bra fitting
2. For every bra fitting, Wacoal will donate $2 to the Susan G. Koman (no purchase necessary!)
3. Wacoal will then donate ANOTHER $2 for every Wacoal bra purchased at the event!
4. With every $80 purchase, you'll receive a free (and adorable) tote bag
5. And when you spend $125, you will receive a coordinating cosmetic bag!
Grab your girls and we'll meet you at Belk, Friday, April 12!
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!!