We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful town! There are so many amazing things to do here. Here is my list of some of the things I love about Wilmington, North Carolina!
Safety for real........
Okay..Okay.. we do need to take hurricanes serious. Its not just a couple days off work and party till it passes. They can be very serious. I am not going to get into the nitty gritty of being prepared for logical things that can happen. I will leave that to WECT and their Hurricane Survival Guide
If i am really being honest, as a mom, hurricane parties are not what they used to be. Now, I have a little human to keep safe. Children often feed off our energy so I have come up with a few ways to keep my sanity and help my children get through whatever mother nature throws our way.
Tip #1 Ready To GO Bookbags
We all know that we do not tend to worry about hurricanes until they are a 3, but we do have to worry about flooding. Having an emergency book-bag ready to go can save time...and possibly a life. Here is what to add:
Flip flops (so you will have dry shoes when you get to your destination)
Bottle of water
2 cans of pasta with an easy open top
Diapers and Wipes
Favorite book and toy
Most importantly a zip lock bag with a family picture and an emergency card with everything someone might need to help your child. See my picture and you can download the emergency info file below!
Side Note: Monica Casion with the CUE Center for Missing Persons states in her children's book, Safe and Found, that the color blue is the only color not found in nature. So, put something blue on your child. Searchers are trained to easily spot this color and will go and investigate what it is.
Tip #2 Lights, Games, & Wine
Kids+No Power=Crazytown, but adding glow sticks (from the dollar store) is a fun way to pass the time and can be a lot safer then lighting a bunch of candles. If its dark, think of all the childhood games we used to play like lava and hide-n-seek. These require no electricity and can be fun playing with glow sticks! Making a fort in a safe place can keep everyone protected, but keep things fun without all the worry. ( I found this glow stick ball at the Family Dollar for $1!)
What about the wine you ask?.......... Oh, that's just for you..... tip: they sell canned wine and they fit great in a cooler!
Tip #3 After the Storm Local Secret
Here is the best thing about a hurricane! If you get up really early after the storm has passed and head to the beach you will find the coolest stuff! I love collecting all the shells found after a huge storm!!! SSHHHHH.... this is a local secret!! eekk but it is seriously amazing!
Please make sure is it safe to be on the roads before heading out!
Summer Boredom Busters
Now that we are a couple of weeks into to summer, I'm sure you are starting to hear "I'm bored" from your kiddos. I'll be posting fun, easy, and cheap activities to do at home throughout the summer!
As a Pre-K Teacher, I have learned a few busy, yet productive things to do that will keep your child's brain busy.
First up: Exploring Electronics
Dig through the garage and closet and pull out all of your old electronics or appliances. These items do not have to work. Get the toolbox out and let the kids take whatever you have found apart.
The kids will be entertained for hours
You have just cleaned out a bunch of stuff you needed to get rid of anyway
It's a win-win!
See the picture of children in one of my classes last year! They took apart a VCR and it still had a VHS tape in it. They also took apart a receipt printer. They had no idea what it was! HEHE
Dear "Single Moms",
Please stop ruining Father's Day for all the amazing fathers in the world. Father's Day is Sunday and I am dreading seeing my media feeds flooded with memes about "single moms doing double duty" or "Happy Father's Day to all the singe moms."
As a new single mom myself I understand just how hard it is raising little people alone. The thing is most women who are calling themselves a "Single Mom" are NOT single moms!!! If you are lucky enough to have your child's father in their life, supporting them, spending partial weeks at their home, paying child support, and attending school and recreational activities. You are a single co-parent. When you post all about mothers on Father's Day it's disrespectful. You don't see single fathers doing that on Mother's Day.
The really hurtful part is when true "Single Moms' see this. You see, a true single mom is someone who does not have their child's father in their life. Think about the mothers raising children alone because their father passed away, lost parental rights, are hospitalized, or incarcerated. These mothers dread holidays. we have to explain, over and over again to not only our little ones, but teachers, friends, and everyone else who are usually just trying to do something nice like make a craft for dads or doing special celebrations. We have to plan ahead, doing something special with our children, making sure teachers know to make something for an uncle or grandfather, and prepping our answers for questions our children will start asking because Father's Day has been talked about everywhere for weeks.
True "Single Moms' would do anything to have a co-parent or their child's dad back. Father's Day just turns into another day of grieving all over again and wishing you could go back in time.
So, STOP ruining Father's Day for the amazing fathers in the world. Let them have their day. If you are a true "Single Mom" join me in celebrating the amazing men in our life who play a significant role in our child's life. Let's face it, we know we can not do it alone and usually seek out role models so our children can gain positive experiences from men.
I will be celebrating my father Cliff! Not only is he an amazing dad, he is an even better PawPaw. I am lucky to have such an outstanding male role model for my son. I can't wait see all the things they will learn together.
A Single Mom
Today is National Donut Day, but did you know there is a REAL reason behind the day? It is not just a marketing day for donut companies!
During my visit this morning at The Donut Inn, Mark told me all about it and I had just to learn more!
Salvation Army “Doughnut Girls” served along the front lines during WWI and WWII, giving soldiers free coffee and doughnuts.
National Donut Day was started in 1938 in Chicago to honor of The Salvation Army “Doughnut Girls.” This unofficial holiday is celebrated the first Friday in June.
Visit the Salvation Army's Website for more information and to see pictures.
Let's Talk The Donut Inn......
It was a busy early morning at the shop! They had about 20 dozen boxes of pre-ordered donuts ready to go, and a bunch of locals rolling in and ordering as fast as they could pack them! I had a awesome chat with the owners who told me the secret to their donuts....are you ready for it?!!
Community...... They love our community and want to be apart of as much as they can. They donate all goods at the end of the day to local charities and support other nonprofits in different ways. Did you know you can even have a donut birthday party????!!!!! HOW AWESOME IS THAT!
Fresh Daily Donuts..... their bakers arrive at 2:30am every morning and start baking away. All their donuts are baked fresh using real ingredients.... no pre-made dough here....
I love this "mom and pop" shop and you will too! Go check them out and tell them I sent you over!
Here is their link The Donut Inn
There is a new group on Facebook called Adopt a City of Wilmington Firefighter. An Amazing lady I know, named Norma, is on a mission to show our city's firefighter how much we care about them.
Norma's best friend is a WFD firefighter. Norma said "what they do goes way beyond fighting a fire."
I asked Norma why she wanted to do this and she said "personally, they don't get enough recognition. They go to suicides, fires, car accidents, and all sorts of calls that are dangerous. They watch people suffer and die. The reason I did this was to say thanks and for random people to help, too."
I couldn't agree more with Norma. I've adopted one! As, a daughter of a retired WFD Captain, I have seen first hand everything firefighters do.
Help Norma on her mission by spread the word about the group; join in and adopt one, too!
CLICK HERE FOR THE GROUP LINK
To all of The City of Wilmington Firefighters, Housewives in the City, Wilmington THANKS YOU for everything you do!
Y'all! This is an amazing theater! I cant even describe the screens they're incredible! This is a state of the art movie theater that you will not want to miss out on. The seats are big, cozy, and recline. The best part is you don't have to get up and move if someone in the middle of the row wants to leave!! We had a great time and thanks for having us. Check out our pictures of the evening.
The Pointe 14 Theater at Barclay Information:
14 Screen Premium Movie Theatre. The theatre features 4K Laser, 3D & 2D auditoriums, Dolby Atmos Sound Systems, luxury club seating and gourmet concessions.
2223 Blockbuster Road
Wilmington, North Carolina
Facebook Page Click Here
Movie Listing Click Here
I know what you're thinking...... "But I'm not a housewife!" Luckily for you you don't have to be!
Housewives in the City is our brand. We are a network marketing group connecting ladies of all types to other amazing ladies and businesses! We have all heard the sayings "build your tribe" or "it takes a village". Well it does! We provide a fun and unique way of networking. Did you know we are in 36 major cities across the country?! YES, 36! Our events are amazing! Go....Explore our website and see all the awesome stuff my sister cities are doing!
I will be hosting FREE monthly Girls Night Out + Networking Socials (also called GNO)! We will have some amazing vendors, giveaways, samples, and lots of other cool stuff. So, whether you are wanting to make new friends, meet up with old friends, build your business, share ideas, or just get out of the house for a stress free & fun evening, We will have something for everyone. Make sure you like our Facebook page to see when our events will be. ( our launch event will be posted very soon!!!)
I can not wait to mix, mingle, and network with Wilmington's most amazing ladies!
Hey y'all! I'm Tabatha, a Wilmington native, mom, teacher, and doer of all the things! I have a little guy named Jude and we love everything about our little big town! I love the beach, downtown, parks and all the NEW stuff popping all over town! I enjoy volunteering, everything Tarheels & LOVE LOVE LOVE Azalea and River Fest! I really enjoy going to concerts, shows, and our many local events! I enjoy being the go-to-gal for information on local happening and connecting others! .
I can not wait to see old friends and make new ones with all the amazing ladies in our town. Stay tuned for some exciting stuff I have in the works for you all!
PS.... GO WILDCATS