romenade on Providence Shopping Center for Promenade on Providence #Movies on the Green Event!

Free Portraits, Movies on the Green and Trick ‘r Treat Family Event on October 24th at Promenade on Providence Shopping Center [Charlotte event & Giveaway]

This post is sponsored by Portrait Innovations. Compensation was received in exchange for sharing this promo and giveaway. Charlotte area fans… (everyone else skip down to the bottom of the page for a chance to win $100 Portrait Innovations Gift Certificate good at any Portrait Innovations location!) Join the fun on Friday, October 24th for a FREE event at Promenade on Providence Shopping Center (10844 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277) for a Halloween edition of Movies on …

KateFree Portraits, Movies on the Green and Trick ‘r Treat Family Event on October 24th at Promenade on Providence Shopping Center [Charlotte event & Giveaway]
Mary Lambert Heart On My Sleeve

New Music from Mary Lambert: Heart On My Sleeve [music review]

If you’ve never heard of Mary Lambert, you will shortly. Her album Heart On My Sleeve dropped on October 14th and it is phenomenal! If you feel like the name is familiar but you can’t quite place it, let me give you a little refresher… she wrote and sang the hook on this 2012 Macklemore & Ryan Lewis song… and it transformed her career! After struggling financially and personally for years, the 25 year old …

KateNew Music from Mary Lambert: Heart On My Sleeve [music review]
Margarita Monday - Pomberry Margarita [recipe]

Margarita Monday – Pomberry Margarita [recipe]

When I was in my 20s I could stay out until 4 am closing the bars in NY (crossing the border from CT because the bars there closed at 2 am) and get up at 7:30 every morning for work. We used to take turns being the DD (designated driver) and had a lot of fun getting the “boys” to buy us drinks. NOW that I’m…. ahem [no longer in my 20s], I find it very …

KateMargarita Monday – Pomberry Margarita [recipe]
Surprise Ride [review & giveaway]

Surprise Ride [review & giveaway]

Surprise Ride is a subscription service geared towards kids ages 6-11 that sends fun and educational hands-on activities that foster creativity and imagination! The company was started by two sisters Donna and Rosy, and they have been working hard to create a lasting impact on the lives of children, beyond the latest toys or technologies. Surprise Ride is continuing to expand, gathering publicity on various platforms and facilitating exciting partnerships. In November 2013, Surprise Ride was featured …

KateSurprise Ride [review & giveaway]
Copycat Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

Tasty Tuesday – Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte [recipe]

It’s that time of year again… you know what I’m talking about, no, not sweater weather (at least not here in NC yet), but Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte time! I don’t actually drink coffee, at all! I don’t like the smell, I hate the taste… I don’t even like tiramisu, lol. But my oldest daughter LOVES to go to Starbucks and I NEVER take her… so I decided to create a copycat Pumpkin Spice Latte recipe just …

KateTasty Tuesday – Better Than Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte [recipe]
Adults Only! Discovery Place Opens it’s Doors for the Over 21 Set! Science on the Rocks: Fright at the Museum

Adults Only! Discovery Place Opens it’s Doors for the Over 21 Set

I work from home AND had five kids at home this past summer break… This combination does not mix well! To keep my sanity I had to discover all the fun places to take the kids. The Discovery Place was a popular destination with my clan. There is so much to do and you can’t possibly see everything in one trip. We have the most fun running around playing with the exhibits. While I love bringing …

KateAdults Only! Discovery Place Opens it’s Doors for the Over 21 Set
The Great Pumpkin Fest at Carowinds

Enter to Win Carowinds “The Great Pumpkin Fest” Tickets [Giveaway]

Congratulations Jerusha! Hope you enjoy your visit! The Great Pumpkin Fest Carowinds puts the WEE in Halloween! They have brewed up some spooktacular kid friendly fun this Halloween with the Great Pumpkin Fest! From 10 am to 5:30 pm Planet Snoopy is transformed into a street party of frightful fun for children and their families. You will discover activities that are fun-scary, not scary-scary… The Great Pumpkin Fest runs Saturdays & Sundays from Oct. 4 – Nov. …

KateEnter to Win Carowinds “The Great Pumpkin Fest” Tickets [Giveaway]
BakeitFun Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mat

Tasty Tuesday – Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever! [recipe & review]

I love to bake. I don’t do it as much as my kids would like, but when I do bake, I do it well! (Bread and cookies are my specialties, they never last longer than a few minutes in the house unless I bake when the kids aren’t home, lol). This is my favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe of all time. And it was the perfect recipe to test out my new BakeitFun Non-Stick Silicone …

KateTasty Tuesday – Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe Ever! [recipe & review]
Be Strong when you are weak, Be Brave when you are scared, Be Humble when you are  victorious, Be Badass everyday

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Museum Day Live!

Don’t miss Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! Free admission on September 27th at over 1000 Museums

My family and I love to attend local happenings. Events, festivals, parks, museums, aquariums… anything that we can do that is fun, interesting and inexpensive. With a family of 7 we can’t go just anywhere due to admission costs. I have to search out sales, Groupons, free days, etc., so that we can visit places that we normally wouldn’t be able to, like the Sea Life Charlotte/Concord Aquarium. Last year was the first year we participated in …

KateDon’t miss Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! Free admission on September 27th at over 1000 Museums