Jarrett Bay Clothing, Beaufort, NC Madras Plaid Women's Long Sleeve Shirts

Jarrett Bay Clothing, of Beaufort, North Carolina offers custom designed clothing for Coastal Living! Ideal for everyone!

Jarrett Bay Clothing has an array of beautiful madras plaid with seersucker lining, long-sleeve shirts for women.  The pearl buttons with the Jarrett Bay logo are so stylish. I absolutely am loving these fashionable shirts for Summer and beyond. Let me tell you about it...

Here is a little more information about Jarrett Bay Clothing Co.

JARRETT BAY CLOTHING CO.Heritage, passion and craftsmanship earned us the distinction as the most revered custom sport fishing boat builder in the world. We're bringing the same mastery to our clothing. No cutting corners. No compromises. That's the Jarrett Bay way. We launched our first t-shirt designs in 1986, the same year we launched our first boat. Even then, we had the vision of stylish performance that would transform into what is today Jarrett Bay Clothing Co

Again, these are my favorite, favorite! This is no ordinary shirt.  In fact, I am tired of the "boyfriend" shirts that are sloppy and masculine. With the Jarrett Bay Women's shirts,  you will see the feminine details. Here is the Fuchsia shirt which is my favorite.

Here you can see these are a gorgeous color pattern. They are light-weight which is so perfect for Southern Summers.  I have the Fuchsia and the Aqua. It is difficult to choose a favorite as I love both! The Aqua is a beautiful color for Summer. I love that white and blue denim pair nicely with it.

Women's Long-Sleeve Button Up, Double Pocket Madras Shirt in Fuchsia.  There is even a pretty Navy Gingham Checkered option. Love this one, too.

You know, I love Maxi Dresses. So, look at this beautiful Jarrett Bay Striped Maxi Dress.  You can find more of the Jarrett Bay Maxi Dresses here. 

Check out the beautiful options at Jarrett Bay Clothing.  And join me for a fabulous and fashionable Summer!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Jarrett Bay Clothing, Beaufort, NC. All opinions are my own. 

Monkey Joe's, Raleigh, NC "It's Like A Banana Ocean!"

Welcome to a Guest Post by friend, Christie Funchess.  You all remember Christie from our 
Winning the Food Lion Frugal Cook Off together. We had great fun. It is a joy to 
Welcome Christie!
She will share about her experience at Monkey Joe's, Raleigh, NC. 
Christie is a Mom of 6 children, including 5 girls and 1 boy.  

Monkey Joe's Raleigh, NC 

"It's like a banana ocean!!"

Monkey Joe's Raleigh, NC

We were thrilled to be invited to visit the Monkey Joe's here in Raleigh. what a privilege to visit and "test it out!"  Are you serious? Yes, please. 


"It's like a banana ocean!!" The first words that came from my seven-year-olds mouth as she jumped into the first bounce house at Monkey Joe's. It was really great to take my six children to Monkey Joe's and see the five older girls loving all of the fun! It was wonderful for them to be so active and having such a great time playing in the 'Banana Ocean!" 

And the excitement did not end. Bouncing, climbing, giggling, playing, and more bouncing.


From my kids perspective, they had a spectacular time. So many bounce houses and arcade games to choose from. There was non-stop excitement from the time we walked in the door.


Side note: it's super hard for a non-photographer to get good pictures of bouncing kids ; )

They loved the huge slides. And I do mean huge.


My almost two-year-old especially loved the Clifford car and carousel.


I loved so much about the experience. First of all, I felt completely safe. Everything was clean, rules were posted clearly, and the staff was always around to watch and help out. As a mom with a baby in a stroller as well, I loved that I could easily maneuver around the attractions and keep my eyes on everybody at once.

There were areas especially for smaller kids and toddlers. And how genius were the massage chairs for adults? = ) Now, the parents can relax a little. 


We loved the snack shop as well. Here is a picture of the girls enjoying Pizza! :) They really worked up an appetite with all of the bouncing and playing! 


The staff were so generous to let the girls try out the menu. = ) Everything was a hit - pizza, pretzels, nachos. I loved too that the sides were easy, simple snacks that the kids might see at home. (not all sugar) = ) And free water to stay hydrated for all that bouncing - so thoughtful!


So if you asked me if Monkey Joe's was a good place to take the kids? I'd say absolutely! For Family Fun, Birthday Parties, a rainy day, an after-school surprise, a play date with other kids - Monkey Joe's is perfect for safe, get-the-wiggles out fun. The Carousel was so exciting for all the children! 


You can read more on their website about parties, events, their safety and sanitizing systems - I was honestly impressed. Of course, as a mom I read up on everything before we went. = )

Thank you so much to the wonderful staff at Monkey Joe's for such a treat. You guys get two thumbs up for sure! Thank you Carolina Mama for sharing such a fun opportunity with my little people!

Most of all, thank you Lord, for the many surprising gifts of grace you give every day!


Thank you to Christie! You can read more of Christie's writing on her blog at Little Steps, Big  Picture. 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Monkey Joe's, Raleigh, NC. All opinions are our own. 

Haley and the Hound, For Living the Good Life #MadeInUSA #ParkerTunic

Greetings from Haley and the Hound, Morehead City, North Carolina on the Crystal Coast.   Haley and the Hound is all about helping you define Living the Good Life. With the most stylish, versatile and comfortable apparel, Haley and the Hound keeps you fashionable. Let me tell you about it.

It makes me so happy to share with you one of the most beautiful and stylish North Carolina brands. Like many things, word of mouth is the best marketing. So, I was thrilled when my girlfriend's response to my "love your adorable top" was an excited, "Haley and the Hound!"

Quickly, I became a customer of Haley and the Hound. Now, I get to share with you. I love, love, love the fact that Haley and the Hound is Made in the USA! There is something authentic about made in America!

The Resort wear is beautiful and nautical. Since it is so fashionable and comfortable, it can take you from poolside to dinner table. I love the beauty and elegance. This styles are so classic and yet casual.

Here is another look at my Parker Tunic in Starfish Aqua.  I do adore it!

Here is a beautiful look at the Sleeveless Shirtdress in Blue Floral.  Enjoy a beautiful and polished appearance with this light and cool dress. 

 When you go to the Haley and the Hound website, check out the Look Book for more fun looks like these Chippendale Shorts and this Julia dress. You'll find all kinds of ideas for pool parties, picnics and BBQs and more!

How fun are the nautical Tee Shirts. I LOVE this one, The Dog in Pearls!  So awesome that they are 100% SC grown and spun cotton and custom dyed! Printed in NC!  In college, we always wore Pearls with our Tees, so this is a favorite for me!

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!  Also enjoy the Haley and the Hound SALE page for some super deals now!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Haley and the Hound. All opinions are my own. 

The Produce Box, Raleigh, NC #EatLocal

Welcome to The Produce Box!  This our first The Produce Box!  We chose a basic Harvest Box! WE LOVE eating North Carolina grown produce! And we love no chemicals and freshness!  I was so delighted when The Produce Box contacted me and said invited me to try out their service. We did! We're hooked! 

The Produce Box, Raleigh, North Carolina

This is our first The Produce Box!! To say we are smitten is an understatement! We love the produce and the service!  You can see our favorite things in this Harvest Box! Organic Kale, Spinach, Tomatoes, Sweet Potatoes, Strawberries, Green Onions and Green Bib Lettuce!


Here at Carolina Mama Blog, we LOVE all things North Carolina, and one of the epitomes of North Carolina homegrown goodness is The Produce Box!  We LOVE their LOCAL produce policy The Produce Box is a well run company with a system that is fantastic to navigate! They have organic options! Look at this beautiful batch of Organic Kale!


We tried it out and were pleasantly pleased! In fact, we're now Customers! We've ordered again and we plan to continue since we had such a positive experience. The Produce Box is exactly what we have been looking for in the fresh and local department. 

"The Produce Box delivers fresh, local produce and specialty products like meats, cheese, bread and a lot more to homes and offices all over North Carolina. We bring the farmer's market to your door! You can choose what you want to order and skip a week if you need to anytime. We help our members support over 70 local farmers and give back to their communities. In the past two years, we have purchased more than 2 MILLION pounds of produce from North Carolina! Our members are helping change the food system - one table at a time!" 

My son made this delicious FRESH The Produce Box Salad!  Everything on this salad is from The Produce Box. We added the Eggs. Although, you can order fresh local eggs in your box, too! 


My absolute FAVORITE feature of The Produce Box is that YOU choose your your selection each week!  Simply SIGN UP / REGISTER for The Produce Box. 

Then, the FUN happens! 

The Membership for the year is simple and reasonably priced at $18 per year which is paid when you sign up.  That's just $1.50 a month.  Once you have signed up for the year, you get to choose your favorites each week! If you are traveling, no problem, log on and choose the Skip Week option. It is that simple. You can even go through the year in once setting and choose all of your Skip Weeks. Love this! Then, if your plans change, no problem, again! You can just add in your favorite choices for that week. Save it and you are all set with your order. This is so customer friendly! 

Once you sign up, The Produce Box will send you an email (the Friday after you join) with your first week’s menu. The weekly menu features new boxes and individual items depending on what is available and in season. Then, you get to choose your items! You can choose a box and then add or subtract items from that box customizing it to your need or want! 

The choices are abundant and feature a variety of local specialties.  We cannot wait to try this week's Goat Cheese with Herbs from Hillsborough - right here in the Triangle! 

The Produce Box delivers Recipes with your box! That way you can use for your veggies in creative and tasty ways! 

I absolutely LOVE this video on how to Zest Citrus! I love Lemons, Limes and any citrus! So, this was something that truly helped me with my cooking! I plan to add the Lime Zest to my new Avocado Salad Dressing! :)  Yum!  

SIGN UP TODAY!!!  Enjoy your Local Produce! 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by The Produce Box. All opinions are my own. 

Perfect Nutella Rice Krispy Treats, It Wasn't Always This Way

Nutella Rice Krispy Treats by CarolinaMama®

Tonight, I'm Rocking the Nutella Rice Krispy Treats!  It wasn't always that way.  This may seem trivial, y'all. Let me tell you, as a young (younger) Mom, Boulder Mt. Man and I were raising Toddler Twins and I struggled with the Rice Krispy Treat. I didn't know that Esther had so much to do with my Rice Krispy Treat making abilities. 

The worst of it is that I literally judged my mothering skills and commitment by my Rice Krispy 'talent!" Seriously, I struggled with the basic Rice Krispy! I know it seems crazy since I won the 2014 Raleigh Frugal Cook Off with Food Lion and all. Then, why did I ever make a too sticky batch of Rice Krispy treats!? I remember crying over Rice Krispy Treats that were so sticky and no matter what I did, they were stuck to my clean and well-buttered hands. It was like a quick sand I couldn't get away from it, no matter what.

God only knows, and I have to tell you, He also knows He had a lesson for me to learn. It makes tonights perfect little Nutella Rice Krispy Treats all the sweeter. Tonight, these are the BEST Rice Krispy Treats in the world. They were hard earned so to speak.

Tonight is different!

In all seriousness, it is interesting to me as a Mama of these precious 15 year old! twin sons, that I worried about Rice Krispy Treats when these boys were toddlers. Where was my heart?  To be honest, I think I was inadvertently allowing the enemy to intimidate me. Furthermore, I was allowing a simple thing like getting Rice Krispy Treats perfect to indicate my mothering to our twin sons.

All of the time took my mind off of why I made the boys Rice Krispy Treats in the first place. It took my focus off of why I want to be a great Mom at all.

So, weather you are a new Mama or a Mama to teens like me, just know that the little things do not matter. I could have broken out a spoon and fed the boys the rice krispy and they would have been thrilled! It wouldn't have mattered and I would not have been distracted with the perfection of my confections.

Recently, my son and I had a night out to see our local homeschool friends put on an incredible Esther Musical Play through the Spiritual Twist Productions. It was a blessed night and I was reminded of God's call on me through Esther 4:14.

Remember with me one of my most defining "Mom" verses, in those same "young Mom years," I was moved greatly by our Pastor Jeff Clark's Mother's Day sermon on Esther 4:14. "Esther, maybe you are called to the kingdom for such a time as this." 

For some reason, as a Mom, now, Esther totally made sense to me. God spoke to me in such away like I had never heard in Esther.  For Such a Time As This. 

In fact, maybe that Mother's Day was the turning point in my perfect Rice Krispy world i.e. my perfect mothering world. As our Pastor now, will tell you it is something about which he has taught us much. So, maybe it took me a while... yet, I am SO very grateful because of tonight, I didn't even expect my Nutella Rice Krispy treats to be perfect. :)

Then, I would have had time to be so very grateful for the moments we had sticky Rice Krispy Treats or perfect Nutella Rice Krispy Treats!

What are you struggling with in the perfection and expectations department of your mothering or life? Remember what matters "for such a time as this."


National Women's Health Week with Solis Mammography #Greensboro #NC

In honor of National Women's Health Week, I am sharing something near and dear to all of us. With the help of Solis Mammography, I am helping share about the importance of our wellness decisions in women's health. Let's take our Confusion and change it to Clarity. 

In a letter from the President / CEO of Solis Mammography, James Polfreman, he clarifies early detection in women's breast health:

"Solis Mammography is on a mission to educate women about important decisions about breast health. Solis believes that saving lives is job one and quality of life runs a close second. 

Solis presents six (6) facts that help women decide for themselves:
a) mammography is the closest thing we have to a cure;
b) Twenty precent of the women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in 2015 were under the age of 50;
c) The average size of a tumor found through self-exam was that of a walnut, the average size of a tumor found through mammography was pea sized;
d) When you find a tumor earlier, your choices are better, less invasive or aggressive and less expensive; 
e) Insurance companies still pay 100% of 2D mammograms starting at age 40;
f) 3D mammography provides an excellent upgrade to 2D mammograms helping radiologist have an even clearer image of breast tissue. 

Peace of mind and overall wellness come from getting the facts at your annual mammogram. 
  • According to the American Cancer Society, the 5-year survival rate is 100 percent for women diagnosed with stage 0 and 1 breast cancer."

Solis Mammography - the nation's largest independent provider of breast cancer screening and diagnostics.  Solis Mammography has multiple locations across the US including Greensboro.  Additionally, this year Solis Mammography is celebrating its 30th Anniversary. 
There has been two major recommendations to when a woman should begin her mammogram -- this has become confusing and complicated for women -- which it should not be. 

Women should begin their mammograms at 40 because early detection is the healthiest!!! 

Check out Solis Mammography Greensboro here.

About Solis Mammography: Solis Mammography is a specialized healthcare provider focused exclusively on providing women an exceptional mammography experience. Headquartered in Addison, Texas, Solis Mammography currently operates 29 centers across four states – Texas, Arizona, Ohio and North Carolina. The company operates both wholly owned centers and multiple successful joint ventures with hospital partners. Solis Mammography provides a complete range of highly specialized breast health services, including screening and diagnostic mammography (2D and 3D), computer-aided detection, breast ultrasound, stereotactic biopsy and ultrasound-guided biopsy. For more information, visit www.SolisMammo.com, like us on Facebook, follow us on Pinterest, and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Convenient - Solis has multiple locations, so finding a center and scheduling your appointment is easy. Solis provides: Easy-to-make appointments via phone or computer, walk-in appointments are also available. Use the online appointment calendar to quickly book your appointment - choose the time and the day that work best for you. Click here to schedule.

This message is to myself as I need to make my annual mammography a priority! :) 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Solis Mammography.  All opinions are my own. 

Spring Is Here and Scotties Facial Tissues Are Here With You

This Spring has been beautiful and lovely! We love this time of year and we celebrate by spending as much time outdoors as possible.  There is one thing, along with the milder temperatures.... Scotties Facial Tissues knows that with beautiful Spring ... 
Scotties New Logo

... comes an earlier and fierce on set of allergies this year! Admittedly, here in North Carolina the pollen has been a battle to contend with this Spring.

Scotties Facial Tissues to the rescue!  Scotties say, "We feel for you!"

The itchy watery eyes and the stuffy nose are the absolute worst – but Scotties is here for you! They have a solution to our allergy challenges! 

Scotties has the everyday comfort that you need for your family. They also have the strength and softness for when symptoms are at their worst. For even the worst symptoms, try Scotties 3-ply, or 3-ply with aloe for the extra strength you need.

We love the 3-ply Aloe tissues! 


We love that Scotties sent us a fabulous care package of their Aloe 3-ply Tissues just in time for the height of the NC allergy season. So, do you have a need to stock up! Don’t have time to run to the store, Scotties will deliver to you! Check out their amazing deals and delivery! 

Scotties are now on Amazon.com, visit Scotties here!

We all know how helpful home delivery is so go enjoy getting stocked up your favorite Scotties Tissues!

Also, we LOVE Scotties commitment to our environment! Here is their commitment to everyone: 

"Consider it our pledge to you and our environment, for today and all of our tomorrows. For every tree that Scotties uses to create its products, we will plant three more trees in its place. In the past 50 years, J. D. Irving, Limited has planted over 944 million trees."

"Scotties is the brand of facial tissue you can trust to deliver kitten-y softness, strength and value in every sheet. As always, our products are environmentally considerate, and we are dedicated to responsible forestry, so you can feel good about supporting Scotties."

Thank you Scotties!  Remember check out their amazing deal on Amazon.com! If you are a Prime Member, that's FREE Shipping to your home and that's what I call getting stocked up! Happy Spring! 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Scotties®. We love Scotties® and their commitment to our environment. All opinions are my own.