Knifty Knits by Timmy - Knitting Lessons and Creations

You may recall my son is an accomplished knitter. Welcome to Knifty Knits by Timmy.  He continues to create beautiful handmade knitted scarves and hats. 

Knifty Knits by Timmy
Sashay Scarf
Meet Timmy: 
My name is Timmy I have been knitting for 5 years.  I learned from my grandmother
and I am happy to teach y'all How to Knit: Basic Knitting. I am 13 years old and I love basketball, RC cars and knitting!!! I love working with people. I teach Kntting Classes for people ages 12 and up. We learn casting on, garter stitch, and binding off. In my class, Hot to Knit: Basic Knitting, you will learn to make a scarf using these three stitches. All you have to bring is US size 8 Needles and Red Heart yarn size 4 medium. 
Here are some of my creations. This is the Sashay Scarf. It is my most popular scarf.  You can order one by emailing me at carolinamama1@gmail (dot) com. 

Knifty Knits by Timmy
Double Garter Cowl Neck Scarf 
I love to knit and I know you will also.  Please let me know if you have questions or would like to purchase an item.



I am so proud of my son sharing what he loves to do!  Thank you for your support and have a great day.

Warmly, Carolina Mama

Toyota Sienna 2015 RoadTrip Test Drive

We LOVE working with Toyota and were so excited when Toyota asked us to Test Drive the new Toyota Sienna 2015.  We'll admit it, we love the swagger wagon.  We are mini van people. We love out swagger. Seriously, I have always loved the convenience and efficiency of the sliding minivan door. So there my personal opinion that is all my own may be biased because I love that.

The Toyota Sienna 2015 is so spacious our growing boys loved it immediately.  So, naturally, we took off on a road trip to the Beach. #roadtrip We love living so close to the Carolina Coastline.

We packed all of our gear, the Body Surfing Boards, Ice Chest, Umbrella, Chairs, Beach Bags, Kites … all the things.  It all fit so nicely in the Toyota Sienna. 

I love the Driver's Seat….

She looked so pretty at the beach. We love the Salsa Red Pearl. 

This Swagger Wagon was so comfortable for us.  We love how open the front is and the sunroof 
added to this visual "Mommy Like." 

       Take a look at my view from the Driver's Seat. Love this view of the Toyota Sienna. So pretty and spacious! And the mileage in town and on the highway is fabulous!


Now, getting down to business, LOVE the cup holders, the SUB charge and 
the GPS Screen, Stereo, and all.  The best is that this is very user friendly. 

Seats up to eight passengers

Whether you’re head of the car pool or head of the family, you'll have room for everyone in Sienna. On 8-passenger models, the versatile center seat in the second row folds upright to form an additional seat. Now you don't have to leave anyone behind.
Now, that's awesome!  Room for 8! With School starting and carpooling, and 
sports practices, the Toyota Sienna makes room for many! 8 to be exact! 


He is Toyota's shot of the Salsa Red Pearl MiniVan. Love it! Toyota won the 
National Highway Traffic Safety 5 Star Safety Star Award! 

"Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's

 (NHTSA's) New Car Assessment Program ("

We LOVE when Toyota says, "Let's Go Places!"  

Tell me about your Minivan? Are you a Toyota Sienna Driver? Check it out and enjoy the benefits in many ways.  "Let's Go Places!"

Warmly, Carolina Mama

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

Rayovac Battery Warranty and Guarantee is the Best

Our boys have "grown up with Rayovac!"  I consider that a privilege.  I have loved working with Rayovac as a Rayovac Power Blogger. Our boys have always had the best and long lasting Batteries due to Rayovac's quality products. 

In fact, this is our lovely Rayovac Power Blogger Battery Basket. We love having the rechargeable batteries that we need and the smart phone charger and rechargeable options. It is great peace of mind to have these long lasting warranties and guarantees.  Rayovac Flashlights have a Lifetime Warranty. 

Rayovac Power Blogger Battery Basket
Rayovac has an incredible and generous - as in life time guarantee generous - Rayovac Guarantee which is the Best Protection for your most important Tech Devices.  The Rayovac Guarantee is wonderful assurance for your best products, toys and/or devices.

We love all of the options at Rayovac and the quality guarantee. 

Here is a link to the Rayovac Warranty on their website. 

The Rayovac True Meaning of Guarantee Working Behind the Scenes Press Release gives more details this fabulous guarantee and warranty. 

Rayovac Promotions

You can follow the Rayovac Facebook Page and engage on Twitter: @rayovac. Look out for Coupons on the Facebook page. And enjoy the benefits of the Rayovac Guarantee! Remember Rayovac Lasts Longer. 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Rayovac. I am a Rayovac Power Blogger. All opinions are my own. 

A North Carolina Summer

Every Summer I think we can somehow capture it all - the sunshine, the rain, the sweet peaches, the sunrises, the sunsets, the beach, the mountains, etc. -  in a bottle and make it last forever. This Summer has launched and run - barefoot, of course - more quickly than ever.  This post is a random sharing our our Summer from the latest pictures on my iPhone. Or, Instagram.  So you know, real life, no staging. :) 

We savor the moments. Lots of family and friend time. 

Date nights have been a lot of fun this Summer. I am thankful for any time we can get together. 

The Happy Couple

Here is one of the many Sunsets that I randomly took and share because they are so beautiful and peaceful… we have spent many a Summer night watching the Sunset wherever we are. A lot of the times we are sharing a great sunset right in our own backyard, barefoot while chasing fireflies.

Our children are blessed with great friends and a fun community at our church. It helps 
that the Middle School Pastor is fun and plans nights like this for the children. 

My guys hanging out after wearing themselves out. 

I even had a little television appearance. This was so fun to be a Guest on 
The Joy Sutton Show in Roanoke, Virginia. 

My Family got to join me on the trip and we had such a great time at the 
Joy Sutton Show studio. 

We loved getting away to the Blue Ridge Mountains. It made us reminiscent of our 
last trip to Colorado to see the Rocky Mountains. 

Here is the Roanoke Star. The world's largest illuminated, man-made star! :)
It was beautiful and we even had a picnic there. 

We spend a lot of time road tripping. 

    Our boys play a lot of Pool Basketball…we love it. We also play as a family. And yes, this year, this year 13 for our boys, they beat Mom!  So they do grow up.

Our Peach Harvest kicked out our sweet Summer!  We LOVED harvesting our 
peaches together as a family.

They made amazing breakfasts. 

My Homemade Peace Pie was so delicious and pure tasting. I used as few 
ingredients and our fresh peaches, skin on and we loved it. 

We shared with our incredibly kind and fun neighbors! 

We all contributed - "many hands make light work." 

We loved continuing our Restaurant Reviews and promoting all things North Carolina. 
That included our visit to Chuy's Raleigh this Summer. 

Fashion continues on all Summer. However, most days included my Lands' End Swimsuit and a fun BJ's or Fresh Produce Swim Coverup.  Some fun Summer Fashion days like this…. yes, Tieks, always.
These are Ballet Pink.

There were even Summer days that included a little accidental dressing alike for 
a Starbucks date!  Including Starbucks Green!  Preppy Green. Oh, Happy Day! Fashion! 

Bowling with Friends!

Mom, hanging out waiting with Dad and the Boys to wrap up this fun activity! :) Fun! 

Milkshakes with Friends. :) Smiles all around. 

Did I say a lot of fun Summer days at the pool! 

Oh, we love biking by the Lake! :) 

More, family selfie fun!

Everyone voted this our best Gumbo by my Mississippi friend, Toni! Nothing like great seafood on a Summer night.

More of this fun! Can you tell I am obsessed with our boys, our Summer, Life! 
This NC Life! 

Our boys playing digital Chess at the Liberty Library.  This was such a great experience to tour this new library and be on Liberty's campus again.

My Familia! 

Here we are Peach picking' in our back yard! 

 Kayacking! We love being active.

More "What I Wore" Fashion! :) 

NC Symphony A Night of John Williams Music.  Memories of a lifetime. 

My Super Summer Look.

My Birthday Cake. 

Daddy spent his Father's Day weekend getting the boys their new Mountain Bikes! 
Happy, happy, happy Guys! 

Happy Father's Day to the awesome-est Dad was good! Great! 

These faces say it all…. 

Thomas Road Baptist Church, Lynchburg, Virginia.

And in bright news, Starbucks changed is straw to a preppy lime green, 
leaving the long lived preppy kelly green to retire. We adapted and love her. :) 

  More date time with my best friend. I love hanging out with him. Oh, this was a family dinner so this is taken by one of our Teens! :)

Post dinner smiles after fabulous Mexican food in Roanoke at 
La Carreta's. My cousin's daughter goes to Liberty and gave us this fun 
recommend. Great Mexicana and fun atmosphere. 

                                                 Crazy Indoor Pool Basketball with Dad!

We loved visiting Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. Such a blessing and 
high tech place. The new Library is outstanding. 

My Instagram 'addiction'  hobby continued throughout the Summer and I love this quote I recently found there. "Don't be afraid to be Amazing!" Andy Irwin Great quote!


My precious Cousin and her husband were in town so a fun breakfast out with one of my favorite cousins and girlfriends was a Summer morning highlight!  Add a little Flying Biscuit, Raleigh, and everyone was happy!!!

We loved canning our Peaches together! Sweet tastes of Summer. 

Hope you are having a Happy Summer everyone!

Warmly, Carolina Mama