Live + Love Moment: Being Spontaneous

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Remember when you were in your 20’s and you were spontaneous? Remember when you could drop everything in a moment’s notice? Spontaneous road trip? Falling in love with someone who was completely wrong for you? Moving to a new city? Becoming friends with a stranger?

Marriage came soon after, and maybe you still were spontaneous at times. Impromptu picnic? Woke up and decided to drive to the beach? Last minute dinner plans with your besties?

Next, children were in the picture. Being spontaneous just flew out of the window. Forget it. Picking up and just being seems impossible. Having a kid on board requires planning. Scheduling. And let’s be honest. You are way to tired to even think about being spontaneous.

Being spontaneous in your 40’s is a bit different. Basically, being spontaneous is a person living an open, natural, and uninhibited manner. That sounds appealing to me. A nice break from my calendar and everyday commitments. The opposite of spontaneous is being boring. Being on auto-pilot. People say that when you become 40 years old, you just don’t care what people think of you any more. This naturally will lead you to become more open and natural. I am there having just turned 40 last month.

Recently, I was asked to join a good friend and her friends to go to Kinston, NC to eat in the famous restaurant and PBS darling, Chef and the Farmer.

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I know many people would have said no because maybe they are uncomfortable being around people they really do not know. I looked at my over scheduled calendar and sent a text to my friend saying no, I can’t go because of scheduling conflicts. I basically have to be a driver this evening shuffling my kids around to activities. My husband had a professional continuing education class on the schedule. There was no way I could make it work.

I really wanted to follow Tina Fey’s advice, “Say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards.”  But I knew it would take a miracle to be able to go on this adventure.

And then it happened.

Five minutes later my husband called me and said his class was canceled. Immediately, I said you have kid duty tonight. I am going on a road trip.

So as we get older you still have to plan in terms of handling responsibilities.

But being spontaneous can happen if you want it to.

I did not even think for a second that I would be going on this road trip with women I do not really know, let alone letting one of them drive (people who have control issues would have said no just because someone else is driving). Were we crazy for wanting to drive an hour and a half to a destination where we have good restaurants in our town? Some people think so. But I really do not care what they think.

This is what happened, that might not have happened if I stayed in town. First of all, I made some new friends after this road trip. Friends that were acquaintances (practically strangers), but after spending over 7 hours with them, they are friends now.  Sure, I was friends with them on Instagram, but well you know there is a difference between virtual “friends” and “present” friends.

I went to Mother Earth Brewing, and discovered a beer that I actually would drink. Normally, you would not find me at a brewery. But this a time I went with the flow.

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Next, I went to the Chef and the Farmer. I had really, REALLY good food that I shared with a group of foodies. And do not let me start with the amazing dessert I had there, salted caramel apple crisp with rosemary ice cream. And since we are all social media consultants, no one minded taking pictures of food while we talked.

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On the drive back, I saw the most amazing lightening storm that was ahead of us. I mean really cool watching mother nature do her thing on that drive. And I got home late on a week night. After 1am. Totally worth it!

When was the last time you did something spontaneous?

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Event | Southern Women’s Show – Raleigh

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The Southern Women’s Show will be in Raleigh once again, this time celebrating its 30 year anniversary from April 24-26. With beautyfashion, and special guests, I know this is a fun event whether you are planning a girl’s night out or a mother-daughter day.

I plan on taking my teenage daughter on Sunday. I pretty much can say let’s shop, and I know she will be interested. This is a great way to check out all the spring trends and shop the booths. This might be a good time to do a mommy-daughter makeover at Belk makeup counter. We might be able to catch a fashion show. Or watch the master hair experts give someone a new look!

But what I really, REALLY know is my daughter LOVES the special celebrity guest that will be appearing, Randy Fenoli from “Say Yes to the Dress.” So I am pretty sure she will be actually be excited about hanging out with me a for a little bit.  Randy will be on the Fashion and Entertainment stage on Sunday, April 26 at 2pm.

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For those of you who have younger girls, you will want to come earlier on Sunday. If your girls are obsessed with Frozen (and what girl is not under the age of 5 years old), well you need to come and meet the Snow Sisters. They will appear on the Spotlight Stage at 1:00pm on Sunday for a story and sing-a-long, followed by a meet and greet.

For more information on admission tickets, hours, visit http://www.southernshows.com.

Review + Giveaway: Earth Fare

I know most of us get so excited to know about new grocery stores that are opening up in our area. Well, get excited for the new Earth Fare that is opening on March 25th in Morrisville, North Carolina. And there is a giveaway to one of my lucky readers.

As part of the celebration for the grand opening, I was given an opportunity to tour the new Earth Fare before opening day. I was excited about this opportunity, because I had been in an Earth Fare before and had no idea where to start. This tour was going to give me the confidence to be able to shop in there again. Ready to learn?

One thing you don’t have to worry about is whether Earth Fare’s products have any of the dirty ingredients that is not good for you. Which means when you shop their aisles you can do so with confidence. They read the food labels for you, so you don’t have to worry about it. Their food philosophy is pretty simple.

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The labels in the store say it all. If it is a square label, it is conventionally grown item. If it is a circle label, than it is organically grown. Earth Fare is a big supporter of local and family farms, and offer the 100 Mile Committment. Local can mean anywhere in a 100 mile radius from that store, and you will see an additional label with a red sign. There are also products that are local to a particular Earth Fare store, and these are known as their family products.

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Of course, shopping at Earth Fare there are going to be products that you might not recognize compared to a conventional grocery store. That is why Earth Fare has a policy that I love which is Try Before you Buy.  So next time you are in the store, go ahead and try something you are not sure about. If you see something in an aisle you want to try, find an employee to help you open it up to sample. Or if you are in the loose bulk food section, and you want to try these look alike M&M’s, known as chocolate rainbow drops…well go ahead.

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These are Earth Fare’s version of M&M’s. Because of course, having real M&M’s would not fit in Earth Fare’s food philosophy. These yummy chocolate covered candies are made made with vegetable and fruit juice to give it some color.

In the store you will also find fresh peanut butter grinder, fresh honey or agave, health and wellness section, a prepared food section, hand rolled daily sushi, pizza, fresh smoothies and shakes, bakery, seafood and meat department, and I can keep going on. A lot to see. A lot to try.

Have I convinced you try it out yet? Earth Fare is giving a $50 gift card to one lucky winner.
There are two ways to enter, both done through Rafflecopter:
1) Mandatory entry: Leave a comment telling me why you want to win
2) Optional entry: Like my Facebook page

Contest ends Saturday night at 11:59 PM EST. Good luck and happy entering!

Click here to enter! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Fine Print: Open to US Residents. Please check the list of Earth Fare locations to make sure one is available near you before entering. Giveaway ends Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Earth Fare is providing one Hummus Mama reader a $50 gift card. In exchange for my review I was also given a $50 gift card. All opinions expressed in the above post are 100% my own.

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