Event | Southern Women’s Show – Raleigh

Raleigh Southern Women's Show

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.

Earth Fare Review and Giveaway

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.

Live + Love Moment

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Live + Love moments are easy when spring is in the air! Happy first day of spring! Take a moment to smell the roses my friends. Enjoying the simple things in life will make you so happy if you just take a moment to live + love. Here are my moments from this week.

Pretty blooms are taking shape on my magnolia tree. I planted this tree when we first moved into our house years ago. Mind you, I am not a gardner. And every year when I see my magnolia blooming it reminds me that spring is around the corner.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am not a big fan of rain. But seriously, I just spent 40 minutes blow drying my hair. I took a moment to try out food from a food truck. Yes, in the rain and waiting for food from Pie Pushers and Bam Pow Chow! This was a moment for me. But truly what brought us out was my son’s school Exploris in downtown Raleigh was hosting a STEM night. We also got to see the Beta Box that was at the school for the week. My son was so excited to tell me all that he learned about the most current 3D technology!

Lucette Grace. Such a pretty name. Such PRETTY desserts. This contemporary patisserie says that it “is a starting point for your day, an escape in the middle, and a reward at the end.” If that does not sound like a live + love moment to enjoy. My daughter and I got to enjoy a moment at this downtown shop, but brought home some treats for the boys. This salted caramel brownie was so yum!

The month of March is full of birthdays. Including mine, which I love to celebrate. What better way to live + love than to be with good friends. ALWAYS, taking time to spend it with good friends makes me happy. We spent it at Second Empire’s tavern. Thankfully we were in a private room, because our group of twelve can be loud! I love how the restaurant prints out the menu’s with a special birthday message and a signature from the chef. We also took a tour of the kitchen and met the chef personally which was a nice touch.

Do you take a moment each day to bring joy to your life? Need a reminder? Follow me on Instagram, where I will bring you daily reminders to have your own live + love moment.

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