Raleigh Housewives is back and I'm so excited to meet you all! 💜
Hello! I'm Carli, a girl originally from Ohio, who could not be more proud to call Raleigh home the last 12+ years. By day, I work at SAS Institute but when I'm not working, I'm a mom to an amazing boy and 2 dogs. I'm a graduate of Endicott College (Beverly, MA) where I majored in hospitality/event planning and minored in English.
In my free time, I love to be active! You can find me running, biking, hiking, yoga, dancing or playing sports such as tennis, golf, volleyball or basketball. I call myself a 'tomgirl' since I'm an avid sports fan and can hang with most males in sports conversations yet I love shopping and a spa day! I love to travel, shop, crafty projects, as well as go to sports games, concerts, and parks.
I was the original Housewife of Raleigh years ago and am excited to be back in this role! I've known the founder of Housewives in the City, Andrea Khoury, since middle school and could not be more proud of her accomplishments. I'll be hosting monthly girls nights out, sharing fashion, makeup, fitness, recipe, travel, and mom tricks as well as events in the area.
What would be your dream profession?
My dream profession would be to own a womens clothing boutique. Fashion is my passion in life and I love helping others dress to their fullest potential. My other dream would be to open an animal rescue!
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
I live my life by organization and planning. I am always looking to the future to fulfill my time in the most efficient way. As a mother with a full-time career, prioritizing comes natural to me.
What are some of your favorite things to do in the Raleigh area?
I love Raleigh because there is always something to do! Not only are the beaches and mountains a short drive away, but the city also has so much to offer. Raleigh has a variety of parks, lakes, music venues, sports teams, universities, food halls, shopping malls, restaurants, bars, local shops, flea markets, farmers markets, museums, movie theaters....the list is never ending!
What are 3 things people may not know about you?
1 - I'm a type 1 diabetic who was diagnosed at age 13. I'm always striving to live a healthy lifestyle.
2 - I played college tennis and taught tennis professionally. I also played 3 sports in high school. Athletics are near and dear to my heart!
3 - I'm a vegetarian. I gave up eating meat and love trying new foods daily!
Our January Girls Night Out event was at Carolina Ale House in Wake Forest.
We've hosted our monthly Girls Night Out events at several other Carolina Ale House locations but this was our first time at the Wake Forest location so we were super excited!
If you weren't able to make it out on event night, please take a look through our list of fabulous vendors that joined us!
Our next event is at Buffalo Brothers in Wake Forest on February 21. You can always see a list of our upcoming events on our Facebook events page. See you soon!
Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources wants you to have a healthy heart! Celebrate American Heart Month with us and receive a free Fitness Room Pass for the month of February.
Fitness facilities are located at the following centers:
Simply stop by the location you are interested in working out at and fill out the paperwork to receive your free fitness pass. Offer ends February 28.
For more information, contact
Wake County Public Libraries and the Wake County Veterans Services Office are teaming up this month to show the love to local armed forces members through the Valentines for Veterans program. This year, the popular program has a new twist--an educational component for children.
“Valentines for Veterans gives the community an opportunity to honorthe men and women who have sacrificed so much,” said Ann Burlingame, deputy director, Wake County Public Libraries. “Inaddition to crafting a personal valentine for a veteran, this year children will be able to attend programs to learn more about why ourveterans are so important to our country.”
Children’s programs will take place at our regional libraries. Acomplete list of dates and locations is available here.
Adults can also get in on the fun! Head over to the Express Library on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, to make your own valentine. Douggy Johnson II, director of Wake County Veterans Services, will be on hand to answer any questions.
Valentines for Veterans is a long-standing national event that gives residents the opportunity to show gratitude for the services rendered by the country’s veterans.
To find out more, contact Sarah Lyon, library experience manager at Wake County Public Libraries. For information on Wake County Public Libraries locations, programs and services, visitwww.wakegov.com/libraries.
About Wake County Public Libraries
The mission of Wake County Public Libraries is to promote the love of reading and to foster the pursuit of knowledge for the residents of Wake County. In fiscal year 2018, our 22 libraries were visited more than 3.43 million times, and 235,251 people were active library cardholders.
Apollo 11 Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the lunar module Eagle on July 20, 1969. Armstrong’s first step onto the lunar surface, and now-famous exclamation “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” was broadcast on live TV to a worldwide audience. Learn more about the history of human endeavors to reach the Moon, including the Apollo landings, present-day orbiters, and future projects that will help prepare for a possible lunar colony, when the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts Astronomy Days, Saturday, Jan. 26, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 27, noon–5 p.m.
From telescope crafts to astrophotography, dry-ice comets to rocket launches, this free event is for space enthusiasts of all ages. Featured speakers and topics this year include:
Astronomy Days is presented in collaboration with the Raleigh Astronomy Club. Astronomy Days exhibitors include NC State University, Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI), CHAOS (Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society), Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and SAS Curriculum Pathways. For more information about Astronomy Days, visit www.naturalsciences.org or contact Kari Wouk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.707.9879.
Astronomy Days also serves as the launch for “LiftOff NC: Apollo and Beyond.” This series of events celebrates the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon and features festivals, exhibits, lunar- and star-gazing parties, films and documentaries, model rockets, space camps, musical performances, educational programming and fun activities through December 2019.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh (11 and 121 W. Jones St.) is an active research institution that engages visitors of every age and stage of learning in the wonders of science and the natural world. Hours: Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., and Sunday, noon–5 p.m. General admission is free. Jason Cryan, PhD, Interim Director. For more information, visit naturalsciences.org.
The Wake Forest Police Department has scheduled its first Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events (CRASE) class of 2019 on Thursday, Jan. 31. The session will take place from 6:30-8:30 p.m. inside the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre, 405 S. Brooks St.
There is no cost to participate, but registration is required at www.wakeforestnc.gov/civilian-response-to-active-shooter-events.aspx. Class size is limited to the first 100 people to register. Please note: Every participant must register individually - one person per form. On the evening of the class, attendees will be required to show proof of registration prior to entering the Renaissance Centre.
Led by Wake Forest Police Lt. L. Danforth, the session will teach participants what to do if confronted with an active shooter event.
Designed and built on the Avoid, Deny, Defend (ADD) strategy developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, the class will provide strategies, guidance and a proven plan for surviving an active shooter event. Topics will include the history and prevalence of active shooter events, civilian response options, medical issues and considerations for conducting drills.
For more information, contact Lt. Danforth at 919-795-7300 or email@example.com.
Did you resolve to be more active in 2019? Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space is here to help you achieve that goal. And best of all--you can do it without setting foot in a crowded gym.
Wake County has 10 parks and nature preserves located throughout the county. From mountain biking and hiking to paddle sports and disc golf, you’ll find a variety of ways to get your stepsin, enjoy the outdoors and keep that promise you made to yourself at the stroke of midnight.
“If you’re looking for a fresh start in 2019, this is the perfect time toexplore our parks and preserves,” said Chris Snow, director ofWake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. “We’ve got openareas to play, trails to hike or bike, and opportunities for the entirefamily.”
Wake County also offers a variety of special programs, which nearly 10,000 people attended in 2018. Here’s a sampling of what’scoming up in January:
Discover the Park: Walk in the Woods
Saturday, Jan. 5, 10 – 11 a.m.
Crowder District Park
Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call our park home. Help collect data for our Natural Resources Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. All experience levels are welcome. This free program is for ages 14 and older, and registration is not required. Crowder District Park is located at 4709 Ten Ten Road, Apex.
Nuts About Squirrels
Friday, Jan. 18, 11 a.m. – noon
American Tobacco Trail
In honor of Squirrel Appreciation Day, come learn all about our familiar, furry friends. Take a short hike, learn to pick out a squirrel’snest and nibble on one of the creature’s favorite snacks--sunflower seeds! Pre-registration is required for this free program. Meet at the New Hill Parking Area at the lower picnic table (1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Road, Apex).
Hoo-Hoo, Who’s There?
Friday, Jan. 18, 2 – 3 p.m.
Harris Lake County Park
Hoo-hoo, who’s that owl? Listen to the story “All About Owls” by Jim Arnosky, hear amazing facts about the owls that live in this part of North Carolina, and practice your “hoo-ing” to learn their calls. Pre-registration is required for this free program. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Harris Lake County Park is located at 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill.
Recreational Adventures: A Poppin’ Good Time
Friday, Jan. 18, 2 – 3 p.m.
Historic Yates Mill County Park
Celebrate National Popcorn Day at Yates Mill. Learn about different varieties of corn and what gives popcorn that unique “pop.” Take part in a creative popcorn-themed craft, and enjoy some fresh- popped popcorn. This is a free program for all ages, but pre- registration is required. Historic Yates Mill County Park is located at 4620 Lake Wheeler Road, Raleigh.
Saturday, Jan. 19, 11 a.m. – noon
Historic Oak View County Park
Explore the buildings and features of Historic Oak View, including hands-on interactive activities for kids, during an educational and engaging History Hike. The tour is free, but pre-registration is required. Historic Oak View County Park is located at 4028 Carya Drive, Raleigh.
Family Wildlife Series: Night Prowl
Saturday, Jan. 19, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Blue Jay Point County Park
Join staff on a nighttime exploration of the park. We’ll practice usingour senses to compensate for the dark, so plan to keep your flashlight in your pocket! This free program is for all ages, but pre- registration is required. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh.
Monday, Jan. 21, 1 – 3 p.m.
Lake Crabtree County Park
Check out another Squirrel Appreciation Day event, and learn all about our most commonly seen mammal. We will spy on the always-entertaining grey squirrels that abound in the park, and staff will answer all your gnawing questions about habits, habitats and the perils squirrels face. Preregistration is required. Lake Crabtree County Park is located at 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville.
To see a list of upcoming programs and events, visitwakegov.com/parks.
These are some of our favorite New Year's Eve events. View a full list here.
RaleighWRAL First Night Raleigh (Fayetteville Street) - Downtown Raleigh's largest New Year's celebration features nearly 100 performers in over 35 venues throughout downtown starting at 2 p.m. There will be a Ferris wheel, neon pop-up roller rink and more fun before the acorn drop and fireworks.
Raleigh's Ultimate New Year's Eve Party at Isaac Hunter's (414 Fayetteville St, Raleigh) - At midnight, ring in the New Year and enjoy a complimentary champagne toast while watching the Giant Acorn Drop from Isaac Hunter’s famous Fayetteville Street patio.
New Year's Eve at Raleigh Beer Garden (614 Glenwood Ave, Raleigh) - Enjoy a party in the climate-controlled event tent at the back of the Raleigh Beer Garden. Your ticket purchase includes all of your food and drinks, party favors and a countdown toast at midnight.
NYE at Little City Brewing (400 W North St, Raleigh) - VIP tickets include a full buffet and a premium open bar package including beer, wine, beer, craft cocktails and a champagne toast.
NYE at The Architect (108 E Hargett St, Raleigh) - Tickets include party favors and a champagne toast at midnight.
NYE at Level7 (101 Park at N Hills St, Raleigh) - Enjoy live entertainment featuring Awkwardly Friendly at this rooftop bar at the AC Hotel in North Hills. There is also no cover charge.
No Fuss, No Frills NYE Party (Boxcar Bar and Arcade, 330 W Davie St, Raleigh) - Enjoy a relaxed New Year's Eve celebration all day at Boxcar. Doors open at noon and there are drink specials all day, no cover charge and a countdown to midnight.
14th Annual New Years Eve Bash (City Limit's Saloon, 901 Tryon Hill Dr., Raleigh) - Doors open at 9 p.m. for this bash that will include DJ Smoore and the Funky Bunch.
The "Best View in Town" New Year's Eve Celebration (Residence Inn's 10th and Terrace, 616 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh) - This rooftop party will include a midnight toast, hors-d'oeuvres and fun!
Back to the Future New Year's Eve Party (Alamo Drafthouse, 2116 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh) - Hop on your hoverboard, don your favorite decades attire, and join Alamo for this interactive movie party featuring movie props, collectible goodies and a radical recreation of the Enchantment Under the Sea dance in the lobby. The doors open at 8:30 p.m., followed by the film screening at 9 p.m. After, there will be a lobby party with a champagne toast at midnight.
NYE Boodle Fight (Mofu Shoppe, 321 S. Blount St., Raleigh) MOFU is hosting a meal fit for a king with dishes like suckling pigs, roasted duck, grilled lamb, octopus, squid, shrimp and whole fishes, cheeses, traditional Asian desserts, fruits, chocolates and more.
Rockin' Raleigh New Year's Eve Countdown (The Junction, 327 W. Davie St., Raleigh) - Tickets include three premium drinks, heavy hors d'oeuvres, a personal mini-champagne bottle at midnight, pizza buffet, cheesecake and dessert bar and more.
A Mad Hatter's NYE Party (Neuse River Brewing, 518 Pershing Rd, Raleigh) - Travel down the rabbit hole at this party featuring DJ JD Silverthorne and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight.
NYE at Level-Up Kitchen and Barcadium - Ticket includes a full buffet, free play on cabinet games and a bar package including beer, wine, craft cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight.
New Year's Eve at Watts & Ward (200 S. Blount St., Raleigh) - The craft cocktail bar is ringing in the new year with live jazz from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.
New Year's Eve Through the Decades (Kings Bowling, 141 Park At North Hills St, Raleigh) - There will be a live DJ mixing beats from every decade, lane packages and more fun.
NYE at Coglin's (226 Fayetteville St., Raleigh) - There will be a champagne toast at midnight and a complimentary New Year's Eve gift to the first 50 people through the door.
Whiskey Kitchen New Year's Eve - Ring in the new year with live entertainment, dancing and champagne.
New Year's Eve Gala- All four floors of the Nature Research Center of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will be open and will feature passed hors d'oeuvres, gourmet food stations and amazing dessert displays, open bars on every floor with premium liquors, wines, craft beers, custom cocktails and champagne, DJs, ambient performers and a live band.
Durham, Chapel Hill and CarrboroGlow Up in 2019 at Unscripted Durham (202 Corcoran St, Durham) - Glam yourself up a glitzy night featuring disco balls, dancing, photobooths, a DJ and champagne toasts.
NYE at Alley Twenty Six (320 E Chapel Hill St, Durham) - Reservations are open for a three-course prix fixe dinner starting at 5:30 p.m. Cocktail pairings are available at an additional cost.
New Year's Eve Party at Ponysaurus Brewing Co. (219 Hood St., Durham) - The brewery will be celebrating New Year's Eve with music from Carolina Soul and a giveaway for a year of free beer.
Keep it Durham, Durham (Fullsteam, 726 Rigsbee Ave., Durham) – Close the year in style and start 2019 off right at Fullsteam with food trucks, a dog walk, jazz and tarot card readings.
What the Funk NYE 2019 (Beyu Caffe, 341 West Main Street, Durham) - This party at Beyu Caffé features food, drinks, and dancing. Go VIP and get a seated ticket which comes with a seat at a table, glass of champagne for a New Year’s toast and access to the buffet.
Talulla's Bollywood NYE 2019 (456 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill) - Enjoy this non-stop dance party featuring drink specials, belly dance performances and a champagne toast at midnight.
Ellis Dyson and the Shambles NYE Party (The ArtsCenter, 300 G E Main St, Carrboro) - Local old-time favorites Ellis Dyson and The Shambles, joined by singer Katharine Whalen, ring in 2019 with a foot-stompin' set of Squirrel Nut Zippers songs for audiences both young and old.
View a full list of events here!
When the holiday season comes to an end, Christmas trees take on a second life in Wake County as the mulch that adorns the trails at our parks.
Through the Happy Trails Christmas Tree Recycling Program, Wake County residents can recycle their Christmas trees into mulch that will improve trails at parks around the county. Just drop off your tree at one of our designated waste and recycling convenience centers or county parks from Dec. 26, 2018, until Jan. 27, 2019.
“This program is a true win-win for Wake County residents and our parks,” said Chris Snow, director of Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. “Last year alone, we recycled 5,242 trees and created more than 105 tons of mulch that fortified and beautified our trails for the new year.”
The following convenience centers are open for tree drop-offs from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., seven days a week:
The following Wake County parks will accept trees from 8 a.m. until sunset, seven days a week:
Blue Jay Point County Park – 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road, Raleigh
Harris Lake County Park – 2112 County Park Drive, New Hill
Lake Crabtree County Park – 1400 Aviation Parkway, Morrisville
Green Hills County Park – 9300 Deponie Drive, Raleigh
All decorations must be removed before recycling Christmas trees.
Please note that all facilities will be closed Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.
Since 2012, the Happy Trails program has collected more than 27,938 trees and produced about 558 tons of nutrient-rich, aroma-filled mulch to improve Wake County’s park trails.
The program is a partnership between Wake County’s Solid WasteManagement Division, and the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Department.
For more information, contact Solid Waste Facilities Manager Grant Jones at Grant.Jones@wakegov.com or 919-856-6436, or Blue Jay Point Park Manager Ben Wittenberg at Ben.Wittenberg@wakegov.com or 919-870-4329.
The Wake County Solid Waste Management Division provides waste disposal and recycling services to residents and businesses in Wake County. The division manages 17 waste facilities including a landfill, waste transfer station, residential waste and recycling convenience centers, household hazardous waste and multi-material recycling drop-off facilities. To learn more, visit www.wakegov.com/recycling.
The Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts will host a “Back to the ‘50s Sock Hop” on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 7-9 p.m.
Put on your blue suede shoes or pink poodle skirt and get ready to “rock around the clock.” Dance the night away to your favorite 50's tunes spun by DJ Randy "Sting" of 1st Choice Customized DJ Services. Emcee and special music by Roseann McFadden
Ice cream floats and other special treats will be available for purchase at our concession stand.
Advance tickets are $10 plus tax and $13 plus tax at the door.
For more information or to purchase your tickets online, visit www.wakeforestrencen.org/tickets-events.
Hello! I'm Carli, a girl originally from Ohio, who could not be more proud to call Raleigh home the last 12+ years. By day, I work at SAS Institute but when I'm not working, I'm a mom to an amazing boy and 2 dogs. In my free time, I love to stay active working out, playing sports, traveling, crafting, attending a sports game/concert, or shopping!