Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day!! I hope everyone is celebrating the women that raised them. I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted… (since Feb) but I’m back and ready for action :)

75 Things to do in Raleigh, NC and surrounding areas

Want a great list of 75 things to do in Raliegh, NC and surrounding areas?

Then look no further! People always ask me what is there to do in the area? What is it that drives more than 15,000 people to relocated to the area each year?

  • Great schools? Yes
  • Great climate?  You bet
  • Low Property Taxes?  Absolutely

There are way more fun things to do in the Triangle than what this list offers. Please feel free to add on as you see fit.  I hope you find this list of 75 Things to do in the Raleigh, NC helpful.

 

  • Watch at Duke/UNC/NCSU basketball game
  • Watch NCAA Tennis at Cary Tennis Park
  • Go hiking at Umstead Park in Raleigh
  • Go on a Ghost Tour in Raleigh
  • Play laser tag, go-karts, and batting cages at Frankie’s Fun Park
  • Watch a concert on the lawn or the 4th of July Fireworks at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary
  • Eat great steak at Ruth Chris Steakhouse
  • Don’t miss Lazy Daze Festival in Cary
  • Watch a movie on the lawn outside the NC Art Museum  Raleigh
  • Rent a kayak at Bond Park
  • Ride your bike down the American Tobacco Trail from Apex to downtown Durham
  • Have drinks on the balcony of Top of the Hill overlooking downtown Chapel Hill
  • Check out an exhibit at the NC Museum of Natural History, Raleigh
  • Feed the ducks at Sarah P Duke Gardens
  • Don’t miss one of the many Carolina Railhawks soccer games
  • Have one of your friends invite you for a round of Golf at Preston, MacGregor, or one of the many private golf courses in the area.
  • Hike the Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve in Cary
  • Enjoy a spa day at SkinSense day spa
  • Buy fresh produce at the NC Farmer’s Market in Raleigh
  • Create pottery in north Raleigh
  • Watch the Carolina Hurricanes play at the RBC center, Raleigh
  •  Have Sunday Brunch outside at La Farm Bakery in Cary
  • Pick fresh strawberries at Jean’s Berry Patch in Apex
  • Shop at the Smithfield Outlets just outside of Raleigh
  • Take your dog to the dog park in Cary off of Maynard Road
  • Have a picnic at one of the many parks in the area
  • Eat eastern NC BBQ from Dixie Belles BBQ in Apex or The Pit in Raleigh
  • Pet the belted cows at the Fearrington Farm, Chapel Hill
  • Go to Marbles IMAX theater
  • See an exhibit at the Nasher Art Museum, Durham
  • Go shopping at the brand new Nordstrom’s Rack in Durham
  • World Beer Festival in October (Durham) or May (Raleigh)
  • Go boating at Jordan Lake
  • Pick up a custard at Goodberry’s
  • Eat at Foster’s restaurant in Durham
  • Attend Festival for the Eno, fourth of July week, Durham
  • Buy local produce Saturdays at the Cary Farmer’s Market or at Carpenter Village
  • Eat at Mitch’s Tavern, the bar used in the movie Bull Durham, Raleigh
  • Catch a Durham Bulls baseball game, Durham
  • Follow the seasons change at the JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh
  • Stop by the NC State Fair in October, Raleigh
  • Watch a summer outdoor concert by the NC Symphony orchestra
  • Listen to live music at Fridays on the Front Porch The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill
  • Go to the Ballet
  • Go to the PNC arena for a concert
  • Attend a cooking class at Southern Season in Chapel Hill
  • Go to a comedy show at the famous Goodnight’s Comedy Club
  • See a touring show or concert at the new Durham Performing Arts Center
  • See a show at the Morehead Planetarium, UNC
  • Walk the 2 Mile Loop at Apex Park
  • Walk the Trails at Bond Park
  • Free live concerts in Raleigh Thursday Nights in the summer (“Alive after 5”)
  • Get a great workout at Lifetime fitness, or Fitness Connection
  • See local artists featured at the 2nd Friday artwalk, Carrboro
  • Buy freshly imported Italian foods from Capri Flavors, Morrisville
  • Get breakfast at Big Ed’s City Market downtown Raleigh
  • Watch some movies at the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, Durham
  • Paddle boat under the stars at Lake Jordan
  • Play golf at one of 27 area public golf courses
  • Watch independent movies at the Galaxy in Cary
  • Check out Mama Dip’s in Chapel Hill and have some amazing fried chicken
  • Check out Broadway plays at the DPAC in Durham
  • Save some money at the Blue Ridge dollar theater
  • Relax over a brunch at German bakery Gugulhupf, Durham
  • Check out Holly Hill Day Lilly Farm in Montcure
  • Enjoy a day at the local winery
  • Spend some time at Kids Together Playground in Cary
  • Take a spin on the New Hope Valley Railroad during Halloween
  • Take the Historic Oakwood Tour during the Christmas holidays in Raleigh
  • Catch Fist Night in Raleigh on New Years
  • Go on a walking food tour
  • Play tennis at Cary Tennis Park
  • Swim laps at the Triangle Aquatics Center in Cary
  • Take your friends to play paint-ball in Durham (groupons are usually available)
  • Check-out the area publications for more information on a weekly basis!

That said, there are so many things to do in this area and it’s a great place to call home.  Enjoy!

7 Things To Do In December If You Want to Buy or Sell a home in 2013

True Confession: I set a handful of New Year’s Resolutions every single year. Why? They work for me – I’ve got probably a 75 percent success rate. Some of this is in the science of setting the Resolution the right way in the first place, including the preparation.

Here’s my secret: I always get started in December. I like to use my holiday down-time to plan things out, gather up the resources or do the research I need, figure out what my challenges are likely to be and make a plan to deactivate them, set appointments with any professional I need to get on board to make my goals happen and even get some momentum built up with my new eating program, workout plan, financial goals or career endeavors.

I aim to be like that old Marines commercial – by January 1, I’ve already done more than most Resolution-setters do all year!

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And I’d like to help you do the same. Let’s boost the chances that your home buying or selling goals for 2013 will be successful by devoting a little time in December to getting things lined up and in motion. Here is my short list of tasks I would put on my December to-do list if I wanted to buy or sell a home next year:

1. Handle your credit horrors. Maybe you don’t have any credit horrors – kudos to you! But let’s get real, this year will be a year in which many post-foreclosure, post-bankruptcy, post-layoff Americans will find themselves sufficiently recovered, post-recession, to get back into the real estate market and buy a home. If you count yourself among the number of 2013 wanna-be buyers who experienced a financial glitch of any degree during the recession, December is the right time to start pulling your credit reports and doing a damage assessement and control campaign.

  • Visit AnnualCreditReport.com (the only website through which you can access your government-mandated free reports) and order your own credit reports from all three reporting bureaus.
  • Review them all, line-by-line, checking for errors and discrepancies. It is extremely common for paid-off accounts to still be reporting as delinquent, for foreclosed mortgages to still be listed as open and past-due and for bills that were settled in collection to be reported as behind. Follow the instructions to dispute any such errors you see.
  • When you talk with your mortgage broker (see #4), go over the reports with them again, getting a read on precisely when your foreclosure, bankruptcy, delinquencies, gaps in employment or other credit woes will be sufficiently “seasoned” (i.e., long ago) to allow you to qualify for another loan, and get their advice on any action items, like paying a particular debt or set of credit cards down to $X amount will be important for you to complete before you try for a legitimate pre-approval next year.

In fact, this last point applies to everyone – whether or not you think you have any dings on your credit report. It’s essential to get clear on any of the work you’ll need to do to optimize your credit standing now, as the payoffs, disputes and other credit work that can move the needle on your score may take some time.

2. Purge. It’s time. Time to get rid of all that things you know qualify as clutter – all of the stuff you know buyers won’t want to see when they tour your home, and all the stuff that you won’t want to move to your next place. If you donate your junk before the end of the year, you might be able to get a receipt and deduction for the taxes you file in 2013. And tax break or not, getting all that stuff out of your attic, your closets, your shelves and your rooms will clear up loads of mental space and energy, minimize some of the overwhelm latent in the prospect of moving – and might even surface a few things you can sell to boost your down payment savings or your home staging budget.

Clutter clearing gets overwhelming when you simply lack the time, in the face of everyday urgencies, to invest a few hours or days to go deep, pull out all the minutae and memory-laden How better to spend those wintry days between Christmas and New Year’s than to clear out the clutter in your home – and your mind?

3. Plan your prep. If you’re thinking of selling your home in 2013, now is a great time to start organizing your list (or spreadsheet, or Evernote file) of home preparation tasks that need to get done before you put the place on the market. Things like painting, carpeting, landscaping and other preparation tasks can be less taxing and less disruptive to your life if you have plenty of time to collect bids, sock away the cash to cover the costs and arrange projects at your family’s convenience or during off-seasons, when contractors might be wiling to charge a bit less.

Talk with your agent before you put a plan in place; they can help you make good decisions which projects to do (and which to forego), as well as choosing finish materials and colors that will appeal to the broadest segment of buyers – to boot, they often can refer you to the most cost-effective contractors in your area for these sorts of pre-listing projects.

3. Save. More. There’s no such thing as saving too much cash up for your down payment. If you have a home to sell, you have no idea how much you’ll take away from that transaction until it closes. And even if you’re currently renting, having maximum savings set aside allows you maximum flexibility in terms of selecting homes, competing with other buyers, covering closing costs (which can run as high as 3-4% on average for an FHA loan) and even handling post-closing repairs, appliances and property personalization.

4. Collect your gift money. Buyers who get gift money from a relative to apply toward their down payments are often subject to seemingly strange and definitely invasive documentation requirements – the most onerous of which is to produce copies of the gift GIVER’s bank accounts proving the source of the funds. If you know Mom, Dad, Granny or Aunt Bernie is going to chip in some cash toward your down payment in the Spring, consider asking them to go ahead and give it to you now, so you can put it in your own accounts and begin “seasoning” it as yours, which will help you avoid all those documentation demands.

Your benefactor should check with their financial and tax advisors to be sure the gift is structured so as to avoid any tax implications, before they give it.

5. Connect with an agent and a mortgage broker – stat. Don’t wait until the month before you want to buy or sell to ring up your trusty agent and initiate the conversation. Pick up the phone and {give me a call} ask questions like:

  • Whether your market is a buyer’s market or seller’s market, and how that translates into what you can and should expect when you plan to buy or sell next year
  • Whether there are any area-specific timing issues you should factor in as you map out your timeline
  • What – given the specifics of your financials, your savings, any past credit or other issues you have – you should be doing now in terms of paying bills down, settting savings targets, and such
  • What changes, if any, you should plan on making to your property before listing it
  • What sort of property you can get for your money in the areas you’re targeting as a buyer, and what kind of money you can expect to command for your property in your local market (this, obviously, will change over time – even over the few months or so between now and the time you list your home, but it still helps to have a general ides of the current market values).

6. Go Open House hunting. If you’re selling next year, it’s essential to get a real-life read on what the competition’s like, everything from what sorts of houses in your area are listed at various price points to what your target buyers are going to be seeing on their way into or out of your house. There’s no reality check on your own home’s preparation and staging – its overall readiness for listing – like putting on a buyer’s shoes and taking a tour through similar homes in your area. And there’s no time for this reality check like right now: when Open Houses are still a-plenty, you have more time to attend them, and you still have plenty of time to process your takeaways and incorporate them into your own property preparations.

Open House hunting is also helpful for those who have home buying on their 2013 to-do lists. It’s the only way you can start understanding how to decipher the listings you see online into a reality-based set of expectations about a property. It’s also the best way to get indoctrinated deeply into the realities of what you get on your local market at various price points, and it’s the most impactful strategy for starting the process of negotiating compromises with your co-buyers.

7. Think hard about your deductions, if you’re self-employed. In the wake of the recession, most mortgage guidelines for self-employed borrowers changed, so that your income for purposes of qualifying is assumed to be the average of your last two years’ Adjusted Gross Income, as reported on your federal income tax returns. That means lenders calculate your income after all your business-related and other deductions, not before.

So, yes, this does mean that maximizing your deductions may impact your ability to qualify for a home loan in 2013. But them’s the breaks – better to know this before you file your tax return, in the event it might change something about how you file. Loop your tax advisor, business bookkeeper and mortgage broker into your decision-making process about your 2012 taxes before filing, if you’re self-employed and plan to buy or refinance your home next year.

 

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Sell Your Home Fast

Marketing Plan For Your Home

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Does Your Current Marketing Plan Have You   Feeling A little Caged In?

 

 

 

 My Goals:

  • Obtain the most money for your home.
  • Sell the home FAST without making many sacrifices.
  • Reduce your stress and save you time.
  • Protect your best interests and avoid pitfalls.
  • Minimize the inconveniences of selling.

The Basics:

  • Professional Photography
  • Professional Videography
  • Lockbox
  • MLS Entry
  • Sign
  • Color Brochures

Websites & Blogs:

My Main Websites:

My Company Websites:

  • www.FonvilleMorisey.com – One of Raleigh’s most popular home search sites.  Listed with us, your home will be featured anytime a potential buyer enters specifications in which your home offers.

Your own Webpage:

Created just for your home using your home address and makes the perfect landing page for all print & internet advertising!

Online Classifieds:

I invest heavily in internet marketing because over 90% of buyers find their home ONLINE!   I market  your home to over 500 websites for MAXimum exposure!

Vflyer:  Clean appearance & includes the ability to utilize html to create the perfect Craigslist, BackPage & blog ads.  Syndicates to Ebay Classifieds + many other sites.

Postlets:  Similar to Vflyer but, with a different group of sites to which your listing will be syndicated and is owned by one of the most powerful real estate aggregate sites, Zillow.

Real Estate Shows:  Virtual tour with strong search engine abilities, syndicates to YouTube & several other sites.

RealBird:  Rich in search engine optimization with incredible traffic and a presentation that your buyers love viewing–mobile search optimized too.

YouTube:  Videos placed here rank very well in the search engines and your home tour will be place here as well.

Google Plus:  Helping YOU reach your home selling goals with the world’s most powerful search engine.

IDX & Social Media:

IDX (Internet Data Exchange):  Syndicates to ALL major brokerage franchise sites + individual agent sites who wisely choose to share their listings to expand the sellers’ exposure.  IDX is the foundation on which all of our home search tabs on all of our home search pages are built.

Realtor.com:  I go the extra mile and provide the enhanced version of Realtor.com to my seller clients.  This allows your listing to be one of the featured properties when a buyer searches for a home that fits your criteria.

Facebook More Exposure

Twitter Reach out to  “followers”. Twitter indexes in Google and other search engines.

LinkedIn:  A major social media site, often overlooked by real estate agents, that provides maximum exposure for agents serving relocation clients to the area.  Our relocation clients frequently find our homes for sale here.

In summary, this is just a snippet of what you’ll receive when you hire me (Your Real Estate Wonder Woman) to get your Raleigh / Triangle home SOLD!  I’ll give you the full run-down when we meet–we wouldn’t want the competition seeing all of my secrets, now would we?!

Contact me for an appointment today! Whether you are selling in Raleigh, Cary, Morrisville, Apex, Durham, and more…  I’d love to help you successfully reach your Triangle real estate goals. Call now 910-333-4690

Communities in Holly Springs, NC; Being Added

I’ve held off long enough! It’s time to add some new communities in Holly Springs, NC to the Communities Page! Is it a pain in my butt?? Absolutely. But that just goes to show the dedication I have for you :) lol. Ok well that, coupled with the fact that the communities page is currently looking pretty dismal with only 2 uploaded (don’t look at me… I’m ashamed!)

I decided to switch it up a bit, and upload a few nice subdivisions over in Holly Springs. Why? Because we can’t have Raleigh stealing all the thunder, now can we.

So go, stop reading this, and check out the new uploads. Let me know what you think, and if you know of a good community to add (whether it is in Holly Springs or Raleigh, or anywhere really within the Triangle) just leave a comment and let me know. :)

Enjoy…

Complete dinner recipes: Baby Back Ribs, Sweet Potato Casserole, and more

Ugh… sorry Raleigh NC. Your Real Estate Wonder Woman has been slacking!! Between getting deals done (which is always a good thing), messing around with these kids, and Halloween; I haven’t had the chance to update the blog. Which I KNOW has made you miserable! Yeah, ok, well maybe not that far but still, an apology is warranted in this case.

So you made it through Halloween. (I will post pics of my crazy kids) Now we are officially in November! Woo-Hoo. Thanksgiving  aka Turkey Day. What a treat… unless you are like myself and the only one cooking for a giant amount of people… then it becomes less of a treat and more of a pain. I’ve always said I would start posting recipes on here ( I love cooking)m so in honor of it being the first day of November, I will add my first dinner recipe post. I’m actually keeping it simple and posting exactly what I’m making for dinner tonight :) I know. Ingenius!!

On tonight’s dinner recipe menu we have : Slow Cooker Baby Back Ribs, Corn, Honey Roasted Red Potatoes, Spinich, and for dessert; Sweet Potato Casserole. Yes I am bringing out the big guns tonight!

Now this may be bit difficult to follow only because I usually don’t use exact measurements. I cook from the soul so I sprinkle till it feels right lol. But I’ll try my best to make it easy to follow :)

Slow Cooker Baby back Ribs: Serves 8

Ingredients: 4 lbs of pork baby back ribs; Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Apple Juice, Water

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rinse the meat off then set in a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle seasonings over the meat on both sides. After seasoning stick the meat in the oven. Leave in for 15min then flip the meat and leave it in for another 15min. When the meat is done put it in the slow cooker (on High) and add half apple juice and half water. Add enough to cover a little more than half of the meat. Take your Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce and pour about half the bottle in the slow cooker. Put on the lid and cook for about 5-6hours. To thicken the sauce during last 30min ajar the lid slightly. Also when the ribs are done in the slow cooker you can stick them in the oven and broil for a few minutes to carmelize the sauce and brown the ribs.

Corn: Can of Green Giant white and yellow corn; sugar; butter

Drain the can of corn. Pour the corn in a small pot on the stove. Add a 1/4 tablespoon of butter, and sprinkle maybe 2 tablespoons of sugar. ( I never measure it out). Stir and cook on medium heat. It comes out fantastic.

Honey Roasted Potatoes: About 6-8 medium red potatoes; 2 tbs diced onion, 2tbs melted butter; 3 tbs honey, 1 teaspoon dry mustard; salt; pepper

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Pam your 11×7 baking dish. Quarter the potatoes and then cut them again ( to make sure they are bite size). Place potatoes in a single layer in prepared dish, and top with onion. In a small bowl, combine melted butter, honey, mustard, salt and pepper; drizzle over potatoes and onion. Bake in the preheated 375 degrees F oven for 35 minutes or until tender, stirring halfway through the cooking time.

*Tip* You can use foil as a liner to help with clean up. Also be sure to sprinkle enough salt and pepper to cover all the potatoes ( not a ton) Just a soft sprinkle over the tops then mix. And make sure you stir halfway through so that the tops don’t get dry.

Spinich: Easy. Can of spinich. Pour in a pot, add seasoning salt, pepper, garlic, cayenne and onion powder. (Sprinkle to taste) Heat over medium heat.

Sweet Potato Casserole: 3 large sweet potatoes baked, cubed; 1/4 cup white sugar; 2 eggs, beaten; 1/2 teaspoon salt; 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon; 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg; 4 tablespoons butter, softened; 1/2 cup evap.milk; ½ teaspoon vanilla extract; 1/2 cup packed brown sugar; 1/3 cup all-purpose flour; 3 tablespoons butter, softened; 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375. Bake Sweet Potatoes for about 1-1.5 hours. When you remove them cut in half and they should fall out of its skin. If not scoop out the insides. In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, white sugar, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish. In medium bowl, mix the brown sugar and flour. Cut in the butter until the mixture is coarse. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown.

** Tip** Depending on the size of S.P you use you may need to reduce the milk. You don’t want the dish to be too runny.

 

Well Raleigh NC that is it. Those are my dinner plans for tonight :) My kids and fiancee better love me, because I don’t cook like this for just anybody! Hope you enjoy and let me know how your’s comes out!

 

 

 

 

Free family fun in Raleigh :)

Raleigh/Durham, I don’t know if you’ve realized this, but October is almost over! It feels like it just started :/ We are that much closer to the end of the world (if you believe in that whole Mayan calendar thing), and I haven’t even taken my brood  to enjoy any fun fall activities (aside from the fair). Hay rides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, haunted houses, all of it just sitting there, waiting for me to visit. With the month almost gone I decided to do a little research to see exactly what kind of  family fun I could find in Raleigh. I found a few neat things, but then I decided I wanted to find all the free things and share them with you. I mean who doesn’t like free. My daughter has known that was one of my favorite words in the dictionary since she was 4. I don’t care who you are, where you are, or how much you have; Everyone likes the word “Free” :) So Raleigh here’s my Free family fun list. If you know of anything else please add it below in the comments.

FREE FAMILY FUN IN RALEIGH

Zoe halloween costume

Scary skeleton girl 2010

  • Howling Halloween Fun– Oct 30th. At East Regional Library in Knightdale. – Dress in your favortite costume for trick or treating, stories and crafts. starts at 6:30pm. Check out the library website
  • Youth Fall Fest– Oct 27th. Kids with inflammatory bowel disease can enjoy activities while their parents talk to medical staff and other parents. Hosted by Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America. Registration is required. From 9-11:30am at UNC hospital, NC Cancer Hospital conference rooms 1 and 4. See their website for more info.
  • Halloween at Western Wake Farmers Market- Oct 27th. Kids can wear a costume and enjoy a Halloween treasure hunt. 8am-noon. Morrisville Halloween
  • Creepy Crabtree- Oct 26th. Learn about bats, snakes, and spiders. Make crafts and listen to ghost stories. Tour the park after dark. 4-8pm. See more

*** Honorable Mention***Marbles Kids Museum, in Raleigh, is hosting a Kooky Spooky Halloween Party, a chance to play and be creative, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday. You’re invited to attend dressed in costume to join in on the night’s spooky activities, which include wrapping mom or dad like a mummy, a Monster Mash dance party, and mad scientist glow-in-the-dark lab experiments. Pre-purchase tickets for the event at the museum’s welcome desk or online for $8 for museum members and $10 for non-members. Tickets may also be bought on-site the day of the event for $10 for members and $12 for non-members. For more information, visit www.marbleskidsmuseum.org. It’s not free but it is cheap, and fun for the family.

So I meant for the list to go in chronological order. But I started writing before I started thinking I guess lol. So consider it as a brain exercise. Start at the bottom for events that are coming up soon. The higher the event on the list, the more time you have to plan. I think I will try my hardest to get over to the Fall Fest at the NC Art Museum. I mean. Food Trucks. One location. What more can you ask for?!

Amazing Artistry

Ok, So apparently I must be getting old. It’s 10:18pm and I feel like its 2 in the morning. There was a time when I could stay up all night, do a speech in the morning, then come home and continue on with my day; still without sleeping. Those days are long gone… and thank God!! I mean my kids hate nap time and going to bed, but in all honesty, bed time is truly one of my favorite times of the day! Who doesn’t like getting into a nice, soft, comfortable king size bed, with no children in it the kids in it lol. I won’t lie, even though I like them in their own room, I enjoy the snuggles of my babies at night. So you might be wondering to yourself… Real Estate Wonder Woman… What does this have to do with selling my home?! The answer is…. Nothing. lol. Tonight I just wanted to share a picture with you. To make a long boring story into a short boringstory :) My beautiful mother decided to purchase a shirt for me. This isn’t just any shirt, but actually a work of art (no literally). The man behind this masterpiece actually paints your photo onto your shirt. He is not only a great artist but from our phone conversation, a really down to earth person as well. In honor of him I have dedicated tonight’s post to Amazing Artistry. I would like to find more artists that do unique work. If that is you let me know and I would love to feature you (and wear around your work :) So here is me…wearing ME :)

Real Estate Wonder Woman Shirt

The picture doesn’t do the shirt justice. I was standing awkwardly and smushed my face lol

Yes, the picture quality is sub par. And yes, my face is slightly smushed because of the way I was standing. So the shirt really isn’t being done it’s due justice, but it still looks great even with me destroying its beauty lol. So thank you Michael Cox and if anyone wants a shirt with their own face on it let me know. I’ll give you his number. You have to admit it is very original!

Good night all Ya’ll in Raleigh/Durham/Triangle

p.s (like my southern twang?? I can pretend right?)

 

The Raleigh State Fair 2012: Aftermath

Ok so as promised here are a few pictures from my adventure with the Raleigh State Fair 2012 last night. It was fun (as previously predicted) and although I truly did not want to remove myself from the comforts of my home, I got up and made it happen. Home buyers in Raleigh Durham, this is just a small taste of what you have to look forward to next year :)

Some Highlights of the night were:

-I won my daughter a goldfish… about 3 min later she drops the bag, it bursts, and there’s a fishy squirming on the ground! A crowd gathers to watch this poor fish struggle for air water, as I try my best to douse it with the contents left in the bottom of the bag. ( Um, yeah I wasn’t about to pick up a fish) But have no fear the nice lady from the carnival saved the day. She picked that little bugger up like a guardian fish angel and threw it in a different tank. We ended up getting a replacement.

-I ate funnel cake :) But I could not bring myself to spend $7.00 on a hotdog!! I mean come on Raleigh State Fair! I’m sorry but for $7.00 I can buy the whole pack plus some buns and a coke lol. Which actually took me to my next point… I ended up going to the store at 10:30pm because I was hungry and needed hotdogs, buns, and a coke (to be more specific it was Pepsi that I drank but who cares) lol

-My son and I played a wack a frog game and Mommy won him a prize. :) It was the smallest prize on the stand but I won it fair and square. Let me be proud :)

-Raleigh State Fair 2012 ended with some great fireworks. I loved being able to watch them with my kids… well one of my kids… the other left me to get on one last ride lol. O well all’s well that ends well.

Other than that it was a great time it was pretty much the average watch the kids go on rides, while I stand back and take pictures. Nothing too crazy, and I missed the pig action! Aw shucks, guess I always have next year!O and you’ve been warned… Some of these pictures are scary… You might want to cover your eyes

check out the Raleigh State Fair website to learn more about next year’s events.

Last day of the State Fair in Raleigh NC

The North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh North Carolina has come once again. And in case you’ve been living under a rock and didn’t know the dates, it was from Oct 14- Oct 21. If you haven’t been to the fair yet, I suggest getting a move on. I personally have been avoiding it like the plague. Long lines, horse poop, pig races… It just hasn’t done it for me. I will admit though as a city girl, the idea of seeing pig races is one that is intriguing, but it hasn’t been enough to make me want to get up and drive the (1mi) distance to the fair. I’ve put it off long enough though. If I don’t make it today I will be in deep pig poop because my 8 year old will be on me like white on rice. The 2 year old could care less ( I like that kid :) but Zoe, O she’s another story. Not to mention I managed to finagle my way out of it last year. I am absolutely positive once I get there we will have a blast. It’s just getting that motivation to go is the hard part. I’ve got exactly 2 hours before we head out so wish me luck :) I plan on eating as much deep fried nasty as my body can handle :) If you’ve gone to the fair you should post some pics. I know I will as soon as I get back.

So if you see your Raleigh Real Estate Wonder Woman walking around… be sure to say “Hi” and point me in the direction of a great food stand.