Chinese Lantern Festival at Koka Booth Amphitheatre #NCChineseLanternFestival

The Chinese Lantern Festival Koka Booth Amphitheatre is live through Friday, January 12th, 2020! you've got to go! If you follow my sons and me on Instagram, you saw all of our activity when we visited the NC Chinese Lantern Festival! Here's more!

NC Chinese Lantern Festival #KokaBooth

You've got a perfect way to kick off 2020 and enjoy Winter! The NC Chinese Lantern Festival at Koka Booth is one of our favorite Winter activities!




Take a look at some of this year's creativity because every year is different and so spectacular! They out do themselves each year! We fell in love with the different displays. The creativity of the displays is incredible.


We look forward to this every year. It has truly become a highly sought after Triangle tradition. 



The Chinese Dancers acrobact acts are amazing - look at what he is doing! Adding these chairs himself in front of us! Children of from ages 2-92 will enjoy this talent! 



Happy to be here with our family! 


We all had fun with the color changing eagles wings!



Koka Booth Amphitheatre does a wonderful job of hosting and making you feel right at home enjoying the displays! Koka Booth has ample parking and attendants to guide you. 

Carolina Mama and Family! #TerrelTribe #NCChineseLanterns
Love was in the air at the "Marry Me" Diamond Rings display! We loved it! 
Fun for everyone especially those of us married many years. :) 


Boulder Mt. Man sang I "I'm think I'm going to marry you...!"


Our son, Stant, found the exercise bike! Taking a water break! When the bike is activated, it 
powers the elephant lights!! Super cool! He powered this up! 


More beauty on the water! By the huge dragon! 


Hilt found the light up swing rings! Happy place. 


I liked the ring theme, lol. These were so cool!



The dragons are fiesty! :) Too fun!  


We hope you get to visit and start your own tradition! 



There is truly something special for everyone! Get tickets here:  Chinese Lantern Festival Tickets!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure:  This post is sponsored by Koka Booth Amphitheatre/NC Chinese Lantern Festival. All opinions are our own. Go see the Lanterns! You'll love it! 

Breakfast Egg Sausage Protein Muffins




Introducing you to our favorite hot breakfast!  



Most mornings are quick here! I like to make sure my men are well fed for their days. This is the most requested breakfast in our home. Seriously, they ask for the "Egg Bake" or the Egg Bake Muffins! :) Isn't that cute! I'm always happy to whip these up. They freeze well and they keep in the refrigerator - but never long. 



These are really simple to make and your family will love them. We have added spinach and cheddar cheese to mix it up. I'll share my recipe here so you can enjoy! 


Add a little Goat Cheese with Herbs. :) 




Breakfast Egg Sausage Protein Muffins

12 eggs 
1/2 cup half and half (or favorite milk)
Sea salt and black pepper 
Cayenne (if desired, add a few dashes)
1 pound breakfast sausage 
1 medium yellow onion 
1 1/2 multi-colors bell peppers chopped
1 1/2 shredded cheddar cheese (or favorite cheese)

Preheat oven to 375  
Line muffin tins with my favorite new silicone muffin cups





In grill pan on stove, sauté sausage, onion and peppers; set aside. In mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half and salt and peppers. 

Spoon the sausage mixture into the muffin cups evenly, usually covers the bottom of the muffin cups. Then, pour egg mixture into the muffin cups evenly, fill about 3/4 full; and then sprinkle cheese on top of each egg muffin. 

Bake for about 20-25 minutes. They will be puffed up, they settle down when cooled in pan. Then, they can easily be removed from the silicone cups and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container. They can be frozen in a freezer bag and warmed up in the oven in the mornings. 


Hope you enjoy and please let me know if you have questions! Bon appetite!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

Best Vegetarian Lasagna Eggplant, Spinach, Keto, Paleo #glutenfree

Hey, Y'all! It's been a while since we have talked about one of our favorite things - Recipes! Even though I share more real time over on my Instagram, I wanted you all to have this best recipe in a convenient place for you to make it as often as we do or will!



When we were newlyweds, I was vegetarian and this was one of our favorite Italian recipes! A vegetarian magazine that I likely got from Vegetarian Times magazine or some other cookbook. Recently, I remembered how much we loved it and decided to recreate it.








As most food bloggers do, I had it re-created in my head before I could get home to write it up! I did what I encourage you to do - get in the kitchen and try. Don't overthink it or question yourself.

*Remember My "Mixing with Mali" 3 Favorite Rules for Good Cooking: 

1) Cook what you like! 
2) Use ingredients you like; and 
3) Don't be afraid to try and go with your own instincts! 
Enjoy! 

We call this the vegetarian lasagna, gluten free, pizza lasagna! :)


Best Vegetarian Lasagna! 

1 Eggplant, sliced in circles (not lengthwise)
5 -6 .oz Spinach
4-5 garlic cloves, minced
Olive oil
28 .oz Glen Muir Marinara Sauce (our favorite)
12 .oz Mozzarella Cheese chredded
16 .oz Ricotta cheese
1 egg
3/4 c. Parmesean Cheese grated
parsley
Sea Salt
Pepper
Cayenne
Basil
Rosemary
Thyme



*Preheat Oven 375 degrees. Use an oblong pyrex dish.

First prepare items as stated above, slice, mince, grate, etc. :) For all of my spices, mix to taste. Whatever you like add it. I add a lot of cayenne and pepper. Add what you normally would and enjoy.

In small bowl, mix ricotta cheese, egg, 1/2 c. parmesan (reserve 1/4 for the top) add parsley and mix evenly.  Add spice, salt peppers, and herbs to taste. Stir well and reserve. In cast iron pan, grill/sautee eggplant in olive oil and add sea salt and pepper. Set aside. Then, sautee spinach and garlic in olive oil. Reserve in pan.



Basically, layer in the pyrex. Start with the eggplant, marinara sauce,  ricotta mixture, marinara, spinach and garlic, marinara, top with mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes covered and 10 minutes uncovered. Or, until hot and bubbly where the cheese has melted.

We love this! We hope you enjoy. If you have any questions, please let me know. And please let me know if you try this and how you like it!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

Top MiniVan Toyota Sienna XLE Perfect for Family and Fun

Introducing the Toyota Sienna XLE! This is the Toyota Sienna XLE in Predawn Gray Mica. Toyota has the most unique and beautiful colors for their stellar vehicles. We had a week to explore in this incredible luxury minivan. So, we hit the road to Washington, DC! 


The drive to DC was so smooth and comfortable. Doesn't the Wahington Monument look fabulous against the Toyota Sienna Minivan! 


Of course, I shared the fun on Instagram


Here you can see the sleek new look of the Sienna. So modern, luxury and functional. You can see
we were loved using the sunroof! :) 


Look how much we got into the trunk portion of the Sienna! We loved how super spacious this minivan is. We even have our cooler in here. 


My sweet cousin, Sarah, posed with me the morning we left. So fun! Thanks for supporting the blog Sarah! 


This represents the fabulous sound system. We loved a smarter drive due to the Entune 3.0 Audio App! This was so helpful and simple to download and activate. We loved the Apple CarPlay and the iPhone compatibility! 


Check this out: Driver Easy Speak! The boys LOVED this feature when Dad was talking with them on their speakers! :) Very convenient and helpful actually. 


This reminds me of the mirror technology to let us know when something is close! This is such a helpful feature! There are 8 airbags for safety. The Birds Eye View Camera with Perimeter Scan was incredible! This really helps you see your panoramic surroundings for a safer ride! 


Carolina Mama happy and loving a beautiful ride in the Sienna with the sunroof open! :) 


My Boulder Mt. Man enjoying driving his Terrell Tribe. So fun! 



Here we all are comfortable and ready to head back to North Carolina! This reminds us of our happy and comfortable trip in the Toyota Sienna XLE! 


Another fun cousin siteing! Cousin Matt seeing us off after our visit to their beautiful home. 







Happy at home with this beautiful minivan in our drive. 



There is also Wi-Fi Connect with Verison. So you can enjoy these tech benefits on the go! 



The 5 USB ports were so very helpful for our Terrell Tribe parents and teen sons need a lot of USB ports! :) 



Our trip was so relaxing and full and blessed with family and fun! This about sums it up. 
If you follow on Instagram Stories, you saw our family selfie! This is a final snap I got upon our return. Both of the boys had so much room to lay down and relax - sleep! :) 


I hope you loved our family update! We loved our time with the Toyota Sienna XLE. We hope this answers your questions and helps you make a decision to enjoy a Toyota Sienna! 

Thank you Toyota for an amazing ride!

Warmly, Carolina

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Toyota. All opinions are our own. 

REVIAN RED Scalp Care System: Renew Regrow and Regain Healthy Fuller Hair

Hey y'all! Let's talk about Fashion and Beauty this Friday! A little self-care! I am so excited to share with you my six-week trial experience with REVIAN Scalp-Care, healthy scalp care system.

As a Fashion Blogger, I love sharing the best beauty products so that you can enjoy not only fashionable products but attainable beauty. 



"REVIAN RED is a company that is bringing together Light Science and Life Science to help re-activate your body’s natural renewal through the use of precise light. Our first light-based product is REVIAN RED indicated for androgenetic alopecia, or pattern baldness for men and women.  This FDA-Cleared combination wireless cap and first-of-its-kind controller app deliver unprecedented hair growth. Our soon to be released clinical trial results will show that we have superior results to popular drugs and other hair growth devices for this hair loss problem. See more at revian.com or amazon.

Spoiler alert, I LOVE the REVIAN Scalp-Care system. It has been a wonderful experience from the first shampoo.  I shared on Instagram, too. REVIAN RED is tagged there, too. 

As a Mom of teenagers, I have experienced changes in my hair like most of us. Whether you have hair loss, postpartum hair changes or day to day damage. REVIAN Scalp-Care is fabulous and affordable hair care, self-care system. 


 Here are the steps I took with the REVIAN Scalp Care System:


1) Reviving Shampoo to cleanse and fortify my hair;
2) Repairing Conditioner which gave volume, fullness and much-needed moisture; and
3) Renewing Serum did nourish and stimulate growth for me! Yay!

*The steps were so easy to follow because I regularly use shampoo and conditioner. The serum step was super easy. When I brush my teeth in the morning and evening, I massage a few drops on my scalp.

For me, I added these to the front where my hair sees the most damage from ponytail holders, clips and brushing. It was simple.




What I love about REVIAN Scalp-Care:

One of my favorite things is that this amazing healthy scalp care is fragrance-free. Pretty amazing considering all of the science behind it. I LOVE that I don't have a strong fragrance scent when I walk into a room.

There is a science to healthy hair, REVIAN  has perfected this in these great ways:

1) Naturally derived;
2) Dermatologist tested;
3) Paraben-Free, Fragrance-Free, Sulfate-Free, and Gluten-Free;
4) FDA approval and
5) Never testing animals


Here's what I shared on Instagram Stories: @CarolinaMama!  You can follow REVIAN RED on Instagram @revianred 











For those seeking more healthy scalp hair help from REVIAN RED with the scalp cap in 10 minutes a day and with their APP:



You can find this product at REVIAN RED! I hope you get to try it and see healthier hair, fuller hair and more beauty in your own self-care routines! #RevianScalpScience #beauty #healthyscalp

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by REVIAN Scalp-Care. All opinions are my own.