Ford Escape, the Perfect Family Escape Family Travel "Ford, Go Further!" #FordEscape2017

Welcome to our happy place!  On the road for family travel and enjoying working 
with the amazing Ford Escape!

CarolinaMama and Family Ford Escape Jekyll Island, Georgia 

Let's be honest, we LOVE the sunroofs in the Ford Escape! 
The Ford Escape is a perfect family travel, everyday vehicle, and getaway vehicle. We loved driving the Ford Escape as a family travel and driving test drive review experience. 

CarolinaMama and Family with Ford Escape Jekyll Island, Georgia

First of all, isn't she lovely! The new Ford Escape is a gorgeous car! 
Look at the space and beauty exteriorly. 

We've shared our Ford Escape reviews before and our experience was the same - we LOVE it! 
Our family has grown to know, rely upon and trust Ford. So, naturally, we loved working with Ford again. having the extra space that a family can enjoy the Ford Escape. 

We love having the extra space so our family can enjoy the Ford Escape. 

We love the beauty and size of the Ford Escape! I'll be honest the beautiful Ruby Red is gorgeous, as well!

Let's look inside! Here we go! It's gorgeous! 

Look at the space and how gorgeous the interior is. The black leather seats were so comfortable
and smooth. 

This is my favorite view!  The Ford Escape is spacious! It has all of the details to
make it so comfortable, functional and safe! 

Even the seatbelts are simple and perfect. The boys like the console that lowers with extra
cup holders. This makes the whole care so convenient and comfortable. 

I really liked the space in the front. The navigation is perfect. 
The sound system is all wifi and Sony Sound System. 

We love the user-friendly sound system! The screen is a great view and the system was simple to use.
We love the audio commands. GPS took us where we were going! "Going back to Georgia...!"

Admiring her in an ordinary parking lot....! :) 

The gasoline mileage was terrific for travel! 

Happily and comfortably, we arrived at our destination. 

Look how nicely our gear for a family of (4) fit into the Ford Escape Trunk. We even brought our four boogie boards with us. You know we love to get ou on the water! 

Parked in the shade of the beautiful Spanish Moss trees while my sweet Boulder Mt. Man 
gets all the things we need! 

She looked gorgeous on the shore and by the St. Simons Island Lighthouse! 

We hope you experience a Ford Escape soon! Here's the latest on the Ford Escape 2018! 

We highly recommend the Ford Escape, again! Being a Ford family for so long and having enjoyed each Ford Escape experience including our latest here, yes, you deserve a Ford Escape experience! :)

We were so happy when we arrived! :)  It was a smooth ride and a great family road trip! #familytravel

Warmly, Carolina Mama

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

Forever My Girl Movie Release January 19, 2018 #forgiveness #forevermygirl

"Forever My Girl" movie "Find Your Way Back Home"

We love movies! We also love family-friendly movies. This can be a challenge. I get jazzed about a clean, fun and thought-provoking movie! I'm excited to work with Forever My Girl media to share about their new movie releasing this Friday, January 19, 2018. 

Introducing the family-friendly, PG movie, Forever My Girl!

"Forever My Girl tells the story of music super-star Liam Page (Alex Roe) who left his bride, Josie (Jessica Rothe), at the altar choosing fame and fortune instead. However, Liam never got over Josie, his one true love, nor did he ever forget his Southern roots in the small community where he was born and raised. When he unexpectedly returns to his hometown for the funeral of his high school best friend, Liam is suddenly faced with the consequences of all that he left behind.  Forever My Girl is an uplifting romantic film about second chances.  It releases in theaters on January 19th."

This movie is set in New Orleans and it shares about forgiveness, love, romance. Family! It looks great. My advice to teens is to look for enduring and endearing love, not a physical "romance" that focuses on perfection. 

Forever My Girl quotes: "Remember the first time you met your loved one, and the butterflies you had during that first date?  At some point during your courtship, you felt something different in your heart and you knew this person was special.  This film would love to send you on a romantic evening away from the chaos of life and the busy schedules we have."

It sounds incredible! I'm excited to experience this movie. What about you? Are you going? 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Forever My Girl media. All opinions are my own. 

My TWR Appointee Update - Writer and Social Media Specialist

Hey y'all! I'm so excited to share with you my TWR (formerly Trans World Radio) story in the video. Our TWR MOTION team created a video of my story and call to TWR. I'm so happy to share it with you and update you on my appointment to the TWR  Marketing and Communications team as Writer and Social Media Specialist.

Please touch base with me if I can share more information. We are praying for our prayer partners and monthly financial supporters. Once I am 100% supported, my work with TWR begins! Thank you for your thoughts prayers, support, and consideration. God Bless You!

Malise Terrell: Missionary With TWR from TWR on Vimeo.

"For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth." Acts 13:47

Warmly, Carolina Mama

Driftwood Bistro - Best Family Seafood Restaurant on Jekyll Island, Georgia

Driftwood Bistro Jekyll Island, Georgia Carolina Mama and Family
Summer 2017

"Driftwood Bistro is a unique casual “low country” restaurant experience in a relaxed yet sophisticated island resort atmosphere. Let us treat you to the best food and service on beautiful Jekyll Island."

The trees on Jekyll Island are breathtaking. Known for the Driftwood, we were so thrilled to learn about a local hot spot for seafood and dining, the Driftwood Bistro! Love their driftwood logo. 

We love the low country atmosphere of trees and simple spaces. 

We were immediately drawn to the Driftwood by a local artist. You can acquire your own original piece at the Driftwood Bistro when you visit. Look how unique these are! 

The restaurant is decorated with the driftwood artwork and in a coastal theme with palm trees, sea shells and this bald eagle print. 

We are seafood lovers so we started with a couple of shrimp appetizers perfectly and lightly
coated with a delicious seasoning that complimented the fresh shrimp. 

We were greeted by the owner, Dan Dickerson. He is the kindest and most hospitable owner and server! That's right, Dan will be serving when you stop by for a visit! He believes in being 
a part of the restaurant and serving his customers. He made us feel so welcomed. 

Photo opp! Yes, we got the boys to get a few quick and cute pics of Dad and Mom! :) 

We had a delicious salad with homemade blue cheese dressing. Boulder Mt. Man and I love homemade blue cheese and this one was perfect. 

My dish was a fresh caught seabags with capers and a delicious light sauce that was tasty and 
perfect with this light white fish. 

My Boulder Mt. Man loves crab cakes so he ordered the Wild Georgia Crab Cakes! He had his accompanied with slaw and a squash casserole which is a southern favorite. It was one of the best I have had. I am so glad that he shared it with me! I loved it! 

Our cheeseburger lover was thrilled - this one was "perfect!" And the fries were "to die for, too!" :) 

We must remember the Hushpuppies! This is maybe the 3rd basket so they did the trick! :) 

Our other son loves perfectly fried shrimp! He had his first cheesy grits! So proud of him 
always trying new things. We love cheese grits and he hasn't tried them. This was 
a great time. His favorite are classic grits. However, his Dad loved the cheese grits !:) 

The decadent chocolate warm Chocolate Lava Cake was a treat! We devoured it! 

They also have a specialty of Augusta's "Now Famous" Bread Pudding that is like no other! This recipe was from a family member's Grandmother! So cool! Even though I'm a New Orleans girl, bread pudding is not my thing. I did try this one and I was glad I did! Everyone liked it! 

The Driftwood Bistro is located at the "Villas by the Sea!" Isn't it gorgeous with greenery, ferns, oak trees, Spanish moss and more. Another great photo opp - this one of the boys! :) They 
loved chilling in the mega chaise! 

Then Dad jumps in! :) 

Family fun Villas by the Sea at the Driftwood Bistro restaurant! :) I love summer! :) 

Our turn, summer love! 

When you're on Jekyll Island, go to Driftwood Bistro and eat all of the seafood, talk with Dan and enjoy! You'll be glad! Thank you for hosting us, Dan and Driftwood! We'll hope to be back soon!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

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

Best Savory Sugar-Free Sweet Potatoes for Thanksgiving and Forever

This Thanksgiving is extra special because I finally mastered the organic North Carolina Sweet Potatoes! :)

Really, we are so grateful this Thanksgiving weekend. God is beyond what I can explain in his love and mercy! We have been blessed immensely and I wanted to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Now, for the best Sweet Potatoes! Seriously, through my 2017 Journey 2 Health, I've learned so much and have been so elated to learn so many new things health wise that include eat well, move well and live well!

So, I was challenged to make the delicious traditional Sweet Potatoes without sugar or maple syrup or white flours, etc. I accepted and am so grateful! This recipe is on our forever list! Remember how healthy sweet potatoes are for you.

Get the whole rSavory Sugar-Free Sweet Potatoes recipe and details here at Journey 2 Health were I shared the article originally.

Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Journey 2 Health as I am a J2H Team member! All opinions are my own. 

Butterball Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway

Thanksgiving is coming!! We're working with Butterball again! You know that means a Butterball Turkey Giveaway!

We love Butterball. We're customers all year long! Butterball is delicious and also, they help you cook your turkey to perfection!

Butterball is committed to being a comprehensive resource for your Thanksgiving Turkey! Check out the How-To Video Page here!  All of the How-Tos are listed: How to Choose, How to Thaw, How to Roast, Stuff, Brine, etc. your turkey to perfection!

I love the Calculators & Conversations Thawing: "This Thanksgiving, don’t waste time trying to figure out how to convert measurements, how much turkey to buy or how much time is needed for thawing and cooking. Making your time in the kitchen more efficient!" 

Enter the Giveaway for (1) Butterball Turkey Coupon valued at $20! 

1) Leave a comment below of your favorite Thanksgiving Turkey dressing recipe! 

2) Tweet this Giveaway! 

3) Leave a comment on the Carolina Mama FB page of your favorite Thanksgiving dessert! 

*Contest ends November 15th at Noon EST.  (The coupon will be sent with a tracking number. No resends will be granted.) All the best! 

An early Happy Thanksgiving! I know we are already planning our recipes! Chocolate Pecan Pie is always in the rotation! Mommy's Cornbread Oyster Dressing is #1! :) 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

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

Goodbye Christopher Robin Premiere October 13th, 2017 and Giveaway

We LOVE Winnie-the-Pooh! All the bear family! Even more exciting to share this fabulous news: 

The true story about Winnie-the-Pooh! GOODBYE CHRISTOPER ROBIN, a film that takes us to post-war England and the lives of the Milne family.  A.A. Milne, an author, and veteran of The Great War suffering from PTSD becomes inspired by his son to create characters that we all know and love today.

The film’s initial opening will be Friday October 13th. 

The film explores the ways we heal, and the sometimes complicated bond between children and their parents – especially when the child shares a spotlight alongside a treasured icon.
GOODBYE CHRISTOPER ROBIN stars Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Revenant, Unbroken), Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, Suicide Squad) and Kelly MacDonald (Brave, Nanny McPhee).  It is directed by Simon Curtis (My Week With Marilyn, Woman In Gold) and written by Simon Vaughan and Frank Cottrell Boyce (who you may or may not know wrote famous children’s book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang).

We cannot wait to see it! Just for our fabulous Pooh obsessed readers, there's a Giveaway! 

Enter to Win: 

Winnie-the-Pooh Journal and Winnie-the-Pooh Tote Bag! :) 

(1) Leave a comment below of your first Winnie the Pooh memory! 
Bonus Entry: Tell us your favorite character or scene from the book - share on our Carolina Mama Facebook Page here! 

*Contest closes at 4pm EST Monday, October 16th! All the best! 

My friend, Danielle Smith, is on the way to NYC for the media premiere. Follow Danielle on Instagram for more details! :) 

Enjoy the movie and all the best on the Contest! 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Goodbye Christopher Robin films. All opinions are my own.