Thanks to our little family vacation in Wrightsville Beach this week, I had the chance to witness a little bit of filming for the new movie adaptation of Nicholas Sparks novel, “Safe Haven.” Anyone who knows me, knows I love Nicholas Sparks. LC (Landyn Carter) is even named after a character from his book and we’ve been able to meet him several times at book signing here in Charlotte, NC. When I heard “Safe Haven” was filming in Southport, NC (about a 40 minute drive from Wilmington) I HAD to go! I love Josh...

When Britax came to me about an upcoming ABC Show I’ll be attending with some information on upcoming events and promotions, I was so excited! It’s always exciting to hear about what’s new with your favorite brands, but even more exciting when they’re as HUGE and awesome as Britax and they want you to host a giveaway too! Who doesn’t love to win awesome stuff from trusted brands!? Last year, Britax introduced its baby carrier. This versatile and ergonomic carrier comes in a few different colors to fit your...

As we get ready to watch Emily Maynard this evening in her final hours as The Bachelorette, I wanted to give a little recap of some of the most memorable moments of this season. We’ve met Shelly the egg, Emily and Chris bobble heads, we’ve heard Ryan speak with a stick up his (you know what!) and have seen Mr. Big Bucks roll up in all his helicopter joy. Now we are about to witness Emily profess her love….. or so we think? I still think she ends up with no one and if she does find herself wearing a ring at the end of...

The Men Tell All last night was way less than I expected it to be. I expected cat fights, tears, and drama.. lots and lots of drama. Oh wait…. we were watching The MEN Tell All, not The Women Tell All. I think the most interesting and fun part to watch last night was Kalon’s crummy apology right AFTER he said he wasn’t sorry for anything he said and he didn’t regret any of it. Really Kalon!? However, did we really expect anything more? Emily even called him out and told him it was a “LOAD of bull****!”...

Last night’s episode of The Bachelorette¬†was almost devastating to watch. To see the heartbreak Emily felt sending one of those guys home and making sure she is doing the right was so sad. I seriously felt for her and I’m sure it’s so much more difficult for her, because she knows what it’s like to be one of those three guys. She knows what feelings they have and the heartbreak they must be feeling to find out so far into the game after sharing so many special moments with her how they all feel. For the first...

Yesterday, Lavery turned 1! We celebrated with friends and we had a great day (despite the party being held outdoors in 100+ degree heat!) We decided to share the party with some friends, because two of Lavery’s buddies share the same birthday and another a week later. To accommodate both a girl and a boy party, we went with a picnic theme and then chose a different book to represent each baby (although the two boys shared the same book.) Overall, it turned out great even with the insane heat wave hitting our area right now! Who...

Last night we got to see Emily interact and meet with Chris, Arie, Jef, and Sean‘s family. We saw Emily get grilled by Arie’s mother who hardly spoke any English, laugh with Sean’s family, get to know where Jef came from, and get a beatdown by Chris’s sister. The episode began with Emily greeting Chris in Chicago. I’m sorry, but it was clear even before seeing any of the other families, Chris was going home. She just didn’t seem to have that connection with him even though he told her he loved her....

On July 1, 2011 at 8:55am I set eyes on my beautiful daughter for the first time. Today, she is a whole year old and I absolutely cannot believe it! We have watched her grow in the last year and there has been no greater joy (aside from watching our little man grow up) in my life. She is my sweet little angel and I am so blessed and thankful God gave me you Lavery Elizabeth. Smash cake photo taken by the lovely and talented FireWife Photography!   More later along with some birthday party pictures! WE LOVE YOU LAVERY!!!! ...

Big news hit Hollywood today when Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes announced they would be divorcing after almost six years of marriage. I know I’m not the first person to relay this news (and will certainly not be the last,) but I still wanted to write about my thoughts. As a mom and celebrity lover, I wanted to talk a little bit about why I was not so surprised by this news (even though admittedly at first I wasn’t sure I read the headline right.) This came as a shocker to many, even myself, but now that I’m thinking about...

Last night’s episode could have been one of this season’s most talked about and drama filled episodes of the season. What’s that you hear? Drama on The Bachelorette? I think everyone would agree this season has been pretty mild compared to others and ABC totally played off the whole Arie and Cassie relationship as much as they could…. until they DIDN’T FILM the conversation that took place between Emily, Arie, and Cassie! REALLY ABC!? You didn’t feed off of this story as much as you could?! So what’s...

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