CUR|EAT Curate, Create, Eat Innovative New Restaurant APP in iTunes APP Store

Love, love, love that the new CUR|EAT innovative new restaurant app is now in the iTunes App Store! Think of it as Spotify for Restaurants! That's right all of the best curated award-winning, independent, classic restaurants in 60 cities empowered by users who create their own lists! This restaurant loving, food blogger is totally inspired! Downloaded! Loving it! Here's all the scoop... ! 




[Raleigh, NC, January, 9 2017] – CurEat – the innovative new restaurant app designed to help residents and travelers discover a great place to dine and drink – is now available in the iTunes App Store here. CurEat will provide trustworthy, curated lists of award-winning, independent and time-honored restaurants in over 60 cities across the United States, and empower users to create and share their own lists.
Created by entrepreneur, world traveler, and passionate diner, Steve Mangano, CurEat fills a void in the dining app world, now dominated by negative, customer-driven reviews and inferior restaurant lists. With a backgroung in the hospitality industry, Mangano’s inspiration for this app is the direct result of his desire to more easily discover “the place” to eat while traveling as well as help support independent restaurants. “While there are a plethora of food apps on the market, there is a dearth of quality apps in this industry. This restaurant app is designed around positive endorsements, with reliable and up-to-date content provided by the restaurants themselves. It will cut through all the clutter to give you a curated list based upon your tastes.”
A sophisticated, sleek, clean app, CurEat seeks to provide minimal but meaningful information to streamline the decision-making and discovery process for the consumer, based on location.  In essence, it enables users to discover the best place to eat in just two clicks. Restaurants not included in the app are chains, enabling the smaller independently owned locations to have prominence and a direct consumer channel.
A core feature to the app includes making lists of restaurants that you like and would recommend to friends and family. The app allows you to easily make your lists for different cities and to share them via text messages or emails to friends. Lists can reflect any topics that you choose, such as the best places for fried chicken in the country or where to eat with kids. The lists each user makes allows the app to further refine your restaurant tastes and curate more places for you to discover, based upon those findings.
Upholding its local principles, CurEat collaborated with Oak City Labs for the app development, and Purpose Ux for the technical design.
A unique quality to CurEat are the CurEaters, representing a cross-section of each community, including prominent chefs, bartenders, creative and artisan craft-makers and tastemakers that have an influential presence in the area. CurEaters will have a larger platform in the app to show different parts of their business and their city proffering a local, personal insight to an area thereby giving the traveler a more authentic experience when exploring the region. CurEaters in the Triangle include:

Ashley Christensen: Poole’s Downtown Diner, Fox Liquor Bar, Beasley’s Chicken + Honey, Chucks, Death & Taxes
Charlie Deal: Dos Perros, Jujube, Juju Durham
Cheetie Kumar: Garland
Daniel Benjamin: lucettegrace
John May: Piedmont
Kevin Barrett: Dram & Draught
Lionel Vatinet: La Farm Bakery
Marjorie Hodges: North Carolina Museum of Art
Nation Hahn: Jamie Kirk Hahn Foundation
Rochelle Johnson: Ponysaurus Brewing, The Cookery, Dashi
Ryan Hurley: Vert & Vogue
Scott Crawford: Crawford & Son
Sean Lily Wilson: Fullsteam Brewery
Victor Lytvinenko: Raleigh Denim Workshop
Wyatt Dickston: PICNIC Durham

Ashley Christensen of AC Restaurants states about the ease of sharing and making lists of restaurants she frequents: “I’m honored that guests and friends count on me for restaurant recommendations when they travel. CurEat allows me to curate thoughtful lists that can be easily referenced, and added to.”

The apps ease of use makes it a favorite with chefs, such as Scott Crawford of Crawford & Son in Raleigh: “I have never found a restaurant app I would care to use until CurEat.”

Mark your calendar for the CurEat launch party at the 21c Museum Hotel in Durham on January 13th from 5 – 7 pm, with proceeds from the event donated to the Food Bank of NC.  For every list posted off the app onto social media for the launch weekend with the tags @cureatapp and #CurEat, CurEat will donate $1 to the Central and Eastern Food Bank of NC. One dollar feeds one child five meals and CurEat’s goal is to reach 10,000 meals. All are invited to make a reservation for the event by emailing rsvp@cureatapp.com.  Find the app in the Apple store here.
No chains. No reviews. Just good food. Follow CurEat on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for up-to-date information @CurEatapp. More information can be found at: https://cureatapp.com/.
About CurEatA restaurant app designed to help you find the best place to dine and drink, quickly (within two clicks) based upon your location. Providing trustworthy, curated lists of restaurants from local and national experts, the app allows users to create and share personal selections of restaurants. CurEat is a sophisticated, positive outlet for showcasing unique, local businesses and leaders, both in and out of the culinary industry, and enables you to identify the restaurants you frequent. No chains, no reviews, just good restaurant recommendations.

About Steve ManganoWith the creation of CurEat, Mangano fuses his love of the culinary world with his entrepreneurial spirit by creating positive community experiences that enhance business and urban development. Mangano received a degree in hospitality management from Florida International University and an MBA from University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.  His hospitality background led him to work for Hilton Hotels in Miami, NYC and the greater New York area. Additionally, he has worked with Fortune 500 companies and international clients and started his own national consulting company. Mangano has ties to all three triangle cities: his urban revitalization projects in Durham, including partnering to bring the award winning boutique hotel, 21c Museum Hotel to Durham; his alma mater in Chapel Hill; and his family living in Raleigh.

BurgerFi Grilled Cheese Burger Melt Limited Time Through January 29th

BurgerFi Grilled Cheese Burger Melt is all you ever want in a Grilled Cheese Angus Burger Melt! :) Again, we had another fabulous and filling visit to BurgerFi Renaissance Place! Oh, my goodness! We all four loved the variety of burgers and fries.


BurgerFi Grilled Cheese Burger Melt by BurgerFi©

BurgerFi invited us to check it all out. The evening after Christmas was a perfect time to try out the latest All-American Burger, the BurgerFi Grilled Cheese Burger Melt! We had so much fun! Here we are enjoying the convivial local NC BurgerFi. 


We loved their convivial decor! There's something about twinkle lights that make even great burgers greater! :)



Okay, that's all on decor. Now, let's talk burgers! 

The featured Grilled Cheese Burger Melt is made of Natural Angus Patties, Caramelized Onions, Aged Swiss and American Cheese in between three riddled buns. This new menu item is available through January 29th! Hurry you'll love it!


My Boulder Mt. Man loved this deliciousness. He enjoyed all of the different cheeses. He also loves the BurgerFi Parmesan Herb Aioli Truffle Fries. They are pretty much a meal alone. Here is his happy tray! :)  I just can't even really explain it. He said just show you this. ;)



Or, this! Here is the real deal with the Grilled Cheese Burger Melt. 


Just in case you wonder, here is the aftermath. So, I'd like to share he truly enjoyed it! 



One of our athletic teens loves a classic Cheeseburger. He was crazy for the BurgerFi Double Cheese Burger! He's straight up Ranch Dressing and Regular fries. He was completely happy and his tray looked like the above tray once he finished. 

BurgerFi Double Cheese Burger by CarolinaMama©

We love BurgerFi's commitment to sustainability.  No hormones, anti-growth hormones, recycling. They do it! We even love the huge energy saving fan in the main restaurant! It's a total feel, good great place to enjoy the best Angus Burger ever! "BurgerFi Honest Food!"

CarolinaMama and Family BurgerFi NC by CarolinaMama©

Hope you get to visit a BurgerFi soon! It would be a wonderful way to bring in the New Year! Enjoy!

Happy New Year 2017!

Cheers!

Warmly,
CarolinaMama

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

Mom Boss Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids and Success #BookReview

Mom Boss is all about Balancing Entrepreneurship, Kids and Success by Nicole Feliciano.  As you can see, I enjoyed reading it at the Beach recently. As if the beach in not inspirational enough, Mom Boss was even more motivation for me as I was rejuvenated at the beach. 


Mom Boss, Topsail Beach, NC by CarolinaMama©

Mom Trends has been a fabulous resource for moms and an amazing partnership for social media influencers. I have been delighted to work with Nicole at Mom Trends on various projects. So naturally, I wanted to be a part of sharing about Nicole's first book, Mom Boss!

Since it is Holiday time, I'll jump ahead and let you to know you can still order in time for Christmas. Note: You can still order on Amazon and receive Mom Boss in time for a Christmas present! FREE Shipping on Amazon Prime.  And Kindle is under $9!

The author of Mom Boss, Nicole Feliciano, is a successful #MomBoss at Mom Trends where she is Founder and CEO. Mom Trends shares the latest on fashion trends and mom news in this boutique media brand. Here are some of the reasons I think you'll love Nicole's book.


MomBoss by Nicole Feliciano

Nicole candidly and informatively lets us know why being a success in your Mom business is not only okay, but wonderful for you, your family and those with whom you work. Immediately, Nicole dispels the "Mom Guilt" with its own Mom Guilt chapter outlining how counterproductive it is. 

Mom Boss by Nicole Feliciano


One of my favorite things is the "Like A Boss" Quiz in the book. My sons and I took it. We loved answering the questions and learning how our personalities effect what kind of Boss and Business Leaders we are! This book can be for everyone. As a mom of teens, I want my boys to know all the inside of how to be successful businessmen in whatever field they choose. I'll let you take the quiz and learn about yourself. This was rewarding and I have already referred to this section a few times since reading it.

Nicole interviews other successful Mom Boss businesswomen and shares their tips on getting organized, finding your tribe and more.

As I set new goals (yes, I love goal setting and list making and the New Year always fuels that in me),  Mom Boss is helpful in keeping me focused on my own business and new business plans for 2017.

Nicole even has a chapter "Fail Fast." I love how she teaches that "there is a lesson to learn form every loss." Personally, one of my favorite things I love about Nicole and following and working with her when I have opportunity to, is that Nicole is a positive leader. She teaches from a positive light. As a positive person, I appreciate this virtue.

"You can learn just as much from failure as you can from success." 
Nicole Feliciano "Mom Boss"


You'll want to learn from Nicole by reading and studying her book, Mom Boss. I am so excited to use this as a workbook with my plans and goals for 2017. There is even a "Notes" page after several chapters where you can make it personal.

Of course, as soon as I started reading Mom Boss, it went everywhere with me! :)

Mom Boss by Nicole Feliciano photo: by CarolinaMama©
                               
Nicole talks real numbers. It is hard to get someone as successful as she is to talk about the actual numbers of various expenses in the industry and how to budget and face your financial side of business. I am thankful Nicole has shared this.

My Mom taught me gratitude and gratefulness! I love that Nicole values being grateful and has concluded her book with a chapter on Gratitude! Remember, kindness pays off. For example:

"Never underestimate the power of a kind word and encouragement
to build customer loyalty."  Nicole Feliciano "Mom Boss" 

I hope you get a chance to read Mom Boss and Join the Movement! :)  You'll be glad! All the best on your own Mom Boss and entrepreneurial endeavors!


Warmly,
CarolinaMama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by MomBoss. I enjoy working with Mom Trends and wanted to be a part of this Mom Boss book campaign! All opinions are my own. 

NC Chinese Lantern Festival Visits Koka Booth Amphitheater for the 2nd Year Cary, NC

This Summer, we were all so thrilled when the Koka Booth Amphitheatre announced the return of the NC Chinese Lantern Festival!  Last year's NC debut festival left its indelible mark so we've all been anticipating the return.

I was delighted to be invited to the NC Media Opening on a perfectly chilly Fall, soon-to-be-Winter, night! I have all of the pre-views for you so that you can go ahead and book your own tickets and enjoy the show!

With an entrance like this, everyone wants to attend! We loved this authentic Chinese entrance to the Festival!

NC Chinese Lantern Festival 2016 Koka Booth Amphitheater
by CarolinaMama©

We loved all of the fun exhibits. We goofed off a lot which led to plenty of giggles!  And I still stand in awe of our boys who are looking like men! This parenting is spectacular and surreal. 



The entrance was gloriously lit with these beautiful lanterns. 




Just look at these beautiful and creative lanterns! We loved all of the primary colors! They are so vivid! 



Here are the gorgeous Tulips! We loved this row of Tulips. Every area of the path is lined with beautiful lanterns. 


We loved all of the details of Under the Sea the beautiful fish and jelly fish. 


Here is another beautiful view!



Here is a fun view of the Lions and Safari exhibit. Look at the cute and vibrant Palm Trees. 


Rawr!! Our "Tigers" loved the Lions! They were pretty magical. 


 My Daddy loved Owls! Look how colorful these little Owls are!  I wanted to hug them.





The Pandas were darling! They are on a tandem slide. Our boys had to have a photo with them. They are quintessentially Chinese! 


How about Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! A little Disney Magic is always celebratory! 


One of my favorites were the Swans. The Twin Swans! Are they not gorgeous!  They were reflecting on the lake.  


The Santa and the Reindeer was a favorite Exhibit for Christmastime!  Now, Dancer, Prancer, Rudolph! 


Here we are one happy family at the Rainbow Lantern Exhibit! It was a cold night with warmth in our hearts for the beauty and family time spent together! 



And Koka Booth Amphitheatre helped keep us warm with the hot cocoa and heaters! So, wrap up, go and have a magical and memorable time at the NC Chinese Lantern Festival this year tickets are available here! 



Thank you Koka Booth Amphitheatre for hosting this fabulous event! 


Warmly,
CarolinaMama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Koka Booth Amphitheater and the NC Chinese Lantern Festival. All opinions are my own. 

My Appointment to TWR Headquarters Speaking Hope Around the World #TWR360 #TWR360APP

"The Gospel must first be published (communicated) among all nations." Mark 13:10

As I reflected on this year, I realize how thankful I am for an amazing 2k16. God had a big surprise in store for my family and me. The journey has been phenomenal.

This Summer, I had the most incredible experience. After much prayer and pursuing, I was appointed to the TWR International (formerly Trans World Radio) Staff as a Writer and Social Media Specialist with the Marketing and Communications Team!

TWR Headquarters, Cary, NC by CarolinaMama©

I am so thankful that the Lord has called me to merge my vocation, Writing and Social Media Marketing with my Ministry work in one amazing call with TWR International.

This statement represents God call for me, "for such a time as this." The door has been opened for me to follow my passion and joy in writing and social media. This calling has set me on the path to use my writing and my voice to serve the Lord during this season of my life.

In August, I joined a team of Appointees and other TWR staff to train for our new roles as we join this ministry. Here is my group including: our awesome Appointee Coordinator, Anne White, Trainer Extraordinaire, Eileen Bettig, the Incredible Mark and Debbie Blosser Appointee Coaching Team,  Tyler and Jennifer Church, Appointees to Visual Media and John Blausey. I was humbled to train for a week with others who share the vision and call. We were a crazy bunch. We had a lot of fun and learned so much.  


Elieen traveled from the Netherlands to train us. She kept us engaged and laughing amongst the overwhelm at all the new information and logistics.


Like true Southerners, TWR fed us well. Comfort food, snacks, stories and laughs were a regular occurrence. The Churches are from the Pacific Northwest and I think we sort of shocked them with one of our hottest weeks of the Summer. They were good sports, even Jennifer, who is expecting their firstborn in 2017. They probably felt like they were already on the mission field here with the temperature challenges.  The Blossers have been missionaries for 34 years around the world so they took on Cary with what seemed to be their usual stamina. 

Here we are on our first night enjoying usual Southern comfort foods and community. 



The Blossers are amazing messengers and servants. They were recognized for their many years of service as TWR Missionaries as they enter their new role as Pre-Service Training Coordinators. As I am beginning my journey with TWR, I was in awe of this couple, as they wrap up their many years of foreign mission service. I couldn't help being nostalgic about how quickly the time does go and we must make our time and work here count for Christ.



Here I am on campus for my first day of training. So, a selfie was in order.



We wrapped up our week with none other than a feast at City BBQ! All of the great BBQ, Slaw, Sweet Tea, Hush Puppies and more. They will surely remember us here in Cary long after they return to their homes around the globe. 



My role is a US Missionary role so I am in the midst of raising support as if I were a foreign missionary. This allows more work to be done through TWR for the kingdom of God. Friends and Family have so graciously offered to be a part of our prayer and support team. We are grateful and humbled at your partnership with us. Personally, I am reminded where God leads He will provide. If you would like to be a part of this ministry spreading the gospel around the world, we cherish each prayer and financial support.

Let me tell you more about TWR International.

"TWR is Speaking Hope to the World in 230 languages and dialects. TWR exists to reach the world for Jesus Christ. Our global media outreach engages millions in more than 160 countries with Biblical truth. For nearly 60 years, God has enabled TWR to help lead people from doubt to decision to discipleship." 

This alone had me breathless. I am so thankful and thrilled to be a part of the Marketing and Communications Team which will directly get the gospel into the hands of so many around the world. It will get Christian media into the hands of the lost spoken in their native younger, and to those leading and teaching around the world.

Our calling at TWR: 
To reach the world for Christ by mass media so that lasting fruit is produced.

Our TWR Mission Statement:

     The purpose of TWR is to assist the Church to fulfill the command of Jesus Christ to make disciples of all peoples, and to do so by using and making available mass media to:
  • Proclaim the gospel of salvation to as many people as possible.
  • Instruct believers in biblical doctrine and daily Christ-like living.
  • Model our message through our corporate and cooperative relationships.
One of my favorite things is TWR 360! We are so overjoyed with the success and availability of the TWR 360 FREE App!  TWR 360 is a powerful media tool for ministry and lay persons around the world. This tool is available in over 160 languages where people can hear the gospel, training and even worship in their native tongue. You can download it now for FREE. Please feel free to share it with others. It is useful for ministry, lay persons, churches and people everywhere!

"TWR 360  breaks down barriers of language and accessibility so users can download, stream and read abundant Christian media resources to grow in their daily walk with Christ."

It has been exciting to pursue and accept this eternal calling and be able to use my writing and speaking skills more specifically for God's glory.

Of course, as a Blogger, Writer, Social Media Influencer, Mom, etc. in this space for 10 and a 1/2 years, I wanted to share my TWR appointment with you, my online community some of my first readers and followers. So you don't worry, I will still be here at Carolina Mama sharing my favorite foods, fashion, fitness, family and faith with you all here! Yay! The mission and vision compliment each other so I am happy to continue in this space with you all.

I invite you to join me as a prayer and / or prayer and financial partner in this ministry. I'd love to hear from you. Here is my TWR Staff page: Malise Terrell where you can visit and learn more about TWR, my work and where you can commit to partner in pray and /or prayer and financial support in this calling. We look forward to seeing God's provision. And getting to work soon at TWR!

We also look forward to hearing from you!  Primarily, we are excited to share the Gospel of Hope around the world.

Take a look at this TWR media offering as one of the many tools to share the gospel with every nation. 



Thank you so much!

Blessings and prayers,
Malise Terrell
CarolinaMamaBlog.com
@CarolinaMama


Adorable Kids Interviewed for the Job of Santa for a Day #SantaForADay #LandsEndHoliday #contest

We are so excited that it is about time to see Santa! With Lands' End, we've got the cutest contest and the most Adorable Kids Interviewed for the Job of Santa for a Day!  We are ready! 
With Christmas only 5 and a 1/2 weeks away... let's have some fun while we decorate, shop and prepare! 






You Could Be #SantaForADay - Participate in the Social Campaign for a Chance to Win: 
From November 17 – December 20

Lands' End is hosting the #SantaForADay social campaign on Twitter. Each day, a unique Santa interview question will be asked from @LandsEnd. Answer the question using #SantaForADay #LandsEndHoliday and #contest to be entered for a chance to win a $100 Lands’ End gift card.
*Winners announced daily and will be selected at random. All the best to the Winners!


You know it's true, Santa’s shoes are undeniably tough to fill. However, there are some adorable kids that are up for the task! Lands’ End interviewed potential Santa candidates from Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Dane County and they shared just how they would approach the job of being Santa, should he be unable to fulfill his jolly duties this holiday season. Watch and share their #SantaForADay story. 


Without further delay, here's the cutest "Adorable Kids Interviewed for the Job of Santa for a Day!" You're invited to participate in the #SantaForADay Social Campaign and share the video/post via your social channels




Remember to use the #SantaForADay #LandsInHoliday #Contest 

Good Luck To The Winners!

Enjoy and Have fun! 

Warmly, 

CarolinaMama 

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Lands' End. We have a long love of all things Lands' End! All opinions are my own. 

Hanna Andersson Holiday Party Family and Friends Discount, Giveaways, Treats and more

You're invited to join me as I Host a Hanna Andersson Holiday Party! 
Hanna Andersson© Holiday Family Outfits 

I am so excited to serve as a Hostess for this special Holiday Party. We've been Hanna Andersson fans and customers since our Twins were Tikes! I think we were in the original Happy Hanna Stripes Christmas Family Matching Pajamas! That takes us back to our Mississippi days!  #HannaJams have come a long way in their style offerings since then - the same great quality prevails. However, looks at these adorable Peanuts© Hanna Jams! 



Hanna Andersson© Holiday Peanuts Pajamas

 If you are new to Hanna Andersson, Hanna Andersson is a clothing store that has Swedish roots, outfitting babies, children and families for some matching family styles. The clothing is focused on organic cotton and quality styles. They are known for their original, amazingly comfortable and beautiful whimsical Pajamas and Long John sets! Thankfully, the store is now a national chain and #HannaJams are available at The Streets of Southpoint. 

Here's my favorite outfit by Hanna Andersson for Moms right now! LOVE this Sigrid Striped Dress in all the most comfortable organic cotton! Notice the Maguba Sweden Clogs in Black Suede! I adore these. They are so comfortable and stylish. 





You're Invited to Join Us! It will be an awesome Holiday Fun!  Here is the scoop: 

Where: Hanna Andersson Store at The Streets at 
             Southpoint
AddressThe Streets at Southpoint, 6910 Fayetteville Rd.
                Durham, NC 27713
When:  Saturday, November 19th, 2016 
Time:   9am-12pm 

Party Plus!: At the event, friends will receive an extra 20% off their entire purchase, enjoy refreshments and treats, can enter to win free #hannajams and will receive kids holiday activities to take home! 

Hope to see you there! 


Warmly, 
Carolina Mama 

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Hanna Andersson. All opinions are my own.