K and N Ventures for Classic Fashion Design for One of a Kind You

With all of my fashion love, I am so excited to write this dress review for designer extraordinaire, Kathy Shimmield of K&N Ventures: Shop Designer Fashion! Her styles really caught my eye and I was so happy to get to collaborate!  I love this look! The Blue and White Tropics dress was perfect and stylish for our beach trip! Everyone needs a K & N Ventures dress! Or, outfit!

Carolina Mama K & N Ventures Jekyll Island, Georgia

K & N Ventures: One of a kind designs, for the one of a kind you! 

Kathy's designs are classic with a modern element! I love her fashion sense for Mom Fashion! Here I am enjoying a luncheon out with my family on St. Simon's Island, Georgia! This dress was perfect for a dressy little luncheon! I was comfortable and classic for time!

Carolina Mama and Family at St. Simon's Island, Georgia!

My eye immediately drew to the "Blue and White Tropics" A-Line dress with palm leaves! It was perfection for our beach trip! Here I am at the St. Simon's Island Lighthouse in my beautiful dress with palm trees! :)

Another design I loved was this one, again, it has the beautiful classic neckline with the jewel neckline, knee length and sleeveless. This one is the Simple Black and White Stripe dress. 

Here is another picture where I am enjoying the Palm trees in my 'Tropics" dress! It was ideal! Let me point out how I styled the dress! I loved the white pants under the dress. For me it gives it a fun look with my fuchsia platform shoes! 

Hopefully,  you will get a chance to purchase a K & N Ventures Dress or other wonderful fashion design on her website! You will love the unique styles!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by K &N N Ventures! All opinions are my own. 

Market at Main Downtown Lynchburg Top Lunch

During our visit to Lynchburg, Virginia earlier this summer, we were hosted for lunch by Market at Main.  We loved our Sunday lunch in beautiful and vibrant downtown Lynchburg! 

We love the architecture and character of the older restored buildings. 

Market at Main, Lynchburg, Virginia 
Market at Main gives you a warm welcome from the minute you spot it! 

The plantation fans were a beautiful step back in time and the food and pace was very urban and all American. 

We loved that we did not need a reservation or to wait for a table. The Market at Main has a lot of seating and a lot of lunch options. We loved the casual setting during lunchtime. 

Let me be clear from the beginning, I couldn't get past the Jalepeno Pimento Cheese Sandwich and Sweet Potato Fries with Pickle. I know my favorites and a good old southern pimento cheese sandwich was perfect this Sunday afternoon.

 The classic cheeseburger was loved by our cheeseburger fan! He also enjoyed the homemade ranch dressing.

The boys were in a grill kinda of mood. one of the boys ordered the Liberty Flames Burger! 

"The Liberty Flames Burger: Our Lynchburger Topped with a Crispy Onion Ring, Provolone Cheese, Chipotle Sauce, Lettuce and Tomato."

The Blackwater Creek Tuna Salad: Warm Tuna Salad and Melted Cheddar Cheese Served Open-Faced on Top of Rye Bread was incredible, too! Again, we loved the southern favorites! 

The setting in downtown Lynchburg is really relaxed and exciting. There is a lot to do! We love the Piano scene! Our son entertained us right on Main Street! How fun is that! This mama loved it!

If you are in Lynchburg to visit Liberty University or Lynchburg College, you should take advantage of all of the beautiful and fun things to do downtown. We hope you get to visit the Market at Main for a home cooked meal! You'll love it!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Visit Lynchburg and Market at Main. All opinions are my own. 

Depot Grille Lynchburg - Downtown's Favorite Steak and Seafood

Depot Grille, Lynchburg, Virginia 

Depot Grille Lynchburg is a sought out destination in downtown Lynchburg by the James River! We love all of the vibrance and activity there! The Depot Grille is a Virginia Historic Landmark since it is a restored train depot!

Depot Grille, Virginia Historic Landmark 

"Depot Grille is located on Lynchburg’s Historic Riverfront. The Depot Grille features fresh fish and great steaks along with a wonderful selection of seafood and pasta dishes. From crab legs to buffalo burgers, there is something on the menu for everyone. Fresh steamed vegetables and a wide selection of side dishes enhance entrees, sandwiches and lite bites. 

Daily specials compliment our menu ranging from liver and onions through duck, lamb and pork with fresh interesting soups always available. The railroad antiques and the charm of the old N&W Depot building make the perfect setting for a smoke free dining experience."

The restaurant was rather spacious so there was no wait for a table for (4) even on a night with a huge downtown festival. There were a lot of people seated and still room to get seated upon arrival. There was a nice wait staff that served us in a very timely and friendly manner. 

It was fun to look at all of the train memorabilia throughout the restaurant. This was a special private dining room with lots of train decor and historical photos.

Here are more train and historic treasures in the restaurant. 

The boxcar seating looked very original! Even down to the numbers! 

The front view opens out to the James River, there is a lot of outdoor seating. The outdoor seating was full so we had a table inside. My husband and son parked the car which was challenging with the downtown festival. It was worth it! :)

The homemade sour dough rolls and honey butter were a great start to the meal. 

Oh, the games and fun brothers have! That Twin bond is the best! 

All of the delicious meals arrived! They are voted 3rd Best Burger in Lynchburg! See the reason!
This was a favorite with the BBQ and the Bacon!  

Cheeseburger and fries for the all-American meal!

An incredible, fresh and spicy Southwest Chicken wrap! 

Our family meal photo! We have to share the Terrell Tribe memories! :)

Depot Grills is known for their seafood! The Crab Cake and Slaw meal was delicious as well! Boulder Mt. Man and I share meals so we both tried different meals! It's like two dinners for the calories of one! :)  My parents started this tradition! 

The homemade desserts were delicious! The Red Velvet Cheesecake was very tasty and unique. 

The Peanut Butter Chocolate Pie was a favorite for our family! 

This was our view after dinner that night! The sunsets in Lynchburg by the James River are magnificent!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Visit Lynchburg and Depot Grill, Lynchburg, Virginia. All opinions are my own. 

Papa Murphy's BBQ Chicken Pizza Summer Specialty

This review post was compensated by Papa Murphy’s and KC Masterpiece. All opinions and
statements remain 100% my own. #SummerAt425 #Ad

Papa Murphy's Pizza is a family favorite! The reason is simply put in the Papa Murphy's story:

"Fresh made. Fresh baked. Fresh pizza.At Papa Murphy's, we are Fresh Fanatics. Our stores do not have freezers. We come in early to make our dough from scratch, grate our 100% whole-milk mozzarella every day, and hand slice our veggies." 

BBQ Chicken Papa Murphy's Pizza

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Papa Murphy's latest specialty pizza is just in time for summer - the BBQ Chicken Pizza which features KC Masterpiece®, will arrive in over 600 locations nationwide on June 26th. The BBQ Chicken Pizza is available through August 27th, 2017.  It’s the perfect pizza to grill on these hot Summer days.

Papa Murphy's pizzas are great for grilling! Or, it's a quick 12 minutes to bake in your oven at 425 degrees. Look at ours - it's pizza perfection. This is one hearty pizza!

Last Friday night, we make a quick stop at our local Papa Murphy's Pizza and picked up there amazing take and bake pizzas for family movie night! Boulder Mt. Man and I love BBQ Chicken Pizza so this BBQ Chicken Pizza was at the top of our list! Here is a close up so you can see the rich ingredients that are abundant on the Papa Murphy's BBQ Chicken pizza! We loved the KC Masterpiece® Premium Blend BBQ Sauce. It has no preservatives, no artificial colors, no artificial flavors, no high fructose corn syrup, is gluten free, and kosher.

The new Barbecue pizza is outstanding! It is filling and fresh with homemade ingredients that are abundant making this pizza very filling. We love the quality pizza ingredients. We ordered the special deal Thin crust pizza also. It was a delicious variety with the BBQ chicken pizza. The Thin crust had lots of veggies on it. Papa Murphy's offers a pan pizza, stuffed pizza and gluten free pizza. Lots of options for everyone! 

Papa Murphy's take and bake pizza fits perfectly into our summertime dinner routine for family movie night! With the take ‘n’ bake pizza, you can heat up the oven and bake at home for the fresh homemade flavor without all of the baking effort! This is so handy on a Friday night! 

Papa Murphy's Pizza have these Tuesday and Friday deals rolling right now! Check your local store for the best deal that is active for you now. Here is a sample of our local deals on my last visit. 
[offers may vary from store to store or week to week.]

We love that you can watch the staff make your pizza fresh at Papa Murphy's! So I quickly got a photo of our two pizzas: The half and half is on the left and the famous and seasonal BBQ Chicken Pizza is on the right! Remember, get yours while the BBQ Chicken lasts - until August 27th!

I had to capture a glimpse of our take and bake items for the night!  You can see, we got the ready to bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough!  Dessert made easy! Movie and pizza night is stress free for Mom with everything available at Papa Murphy's for pick up and baking at home! Look at our haul! :)

We love that you can make up your own pizza at Papa Murphy's! We also tried the Very Thin Veggie pizza. LOVED it! It has a cream white sauce. We chose to have half and half: so half of our sauce with their legendary marinara sauce and half with the white cream sauce. It was no problem and the same price. We enjoyed both flavors! Customize your pizza and it's no problem!

Here is my favorite the Veggie Thin with the White sauce, spinach, mushrooms, and tomatoes! 

One of my favorite things about Papa Murphy’s is their mission: Dedicated to bringing families together through food people love.

You can follow Papa Murphy's socially and keep up with their seasonal items and deals here:

Facebook: @papamurphyspizza
Twitter: @papamurphys
Instagram: @papamurphys
Pinterest: @papamurphys

Enjoy and Happy Summer!

Carolina Mama

Glasses Shop for Latest Styled Glasses with Quality Product and Delivery

Glasses Shop asked me to review their glasses and being a glasses wearer since 6th grade, I was all in especially when I saw their uber cool mirrored sunnies! Read ahead for a special coupon code for your favorite eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses from Glassesshop.com.

I brought my son on board as he is our newest eyeglasses wearer in the family! 

GlassesShop.com is such a simple way of shopping for eyeglasses online! My teenager loved choosing his favorite prescription sunglasses. The process was simple and the glasses looked just like when we chose them online!

We are having so much fun with them! My favorite is the North Carolina Crepe Myrtle tree! Here is one of my favorite the Biloxi matching and reflecting in my own prescription sunnies! :)  How fun is that! :) 

The tint and view is amazing! I love the quality of these relatively inexpensive sunglasses online. I adore looking chic and fashionable at the pool! So you know, here we go! :) Mom life looking good thanks to Glasses Shop! 

You can see how helpful it is for our outdoor summer swimming lifestyles to have great sunglasses that are prescription so no double glasses poolside! Expect to see these this summer! We love them!

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Also, Glasses Shop has a lot of super hip and trendy frames for you to choose from and enjoy! We also have a special code for 50% OFF!! Yes, this special coupon code is GSHOT50 for you to enjoy eyeglasses and sunglasses with FREE lenses only through the Glassesshop.com website, with the exception of on sale frames. Go shop and enjoy!

Let me know what you choose and how you like them! In the mean time, we'll be enjoying the view! Thanks for the great products Glasses Shop!

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: As mentioned above, this post is sponsored by Glassesshop.com. All opinions are my own! 

UNC Children's Hospital Top 10 Best Children's Hospitals in America

Expertise and empathy are the hallmarks that distinguish 
UNC Children's Hospital! 

One of my immense privileges of my journalism work was being asked to join the UNC Children's Hospital Influencer Advisory Board. We have many ties to UNC Children's Hospital including being an alumni child. This was such a natural connection.

We all met and toured the hospital recently and I was more awestruck by the excellence that is UNC Children's.  I'll share some of the things I learned that day and you'll see my inside photographs of the hospital and the amazing pediatric specialty programs that are offered there.

UNC Children's Hospital Influencer Advisory Board

Foremost, the U.S. News and World Report just announced that UNC Children's Hospital Named Top 10 Best Children's Hospitals in America in nine clinical categories! I know why!

UNC Children’s has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals" with nine clinical categories honored, up from seven last year.

UNC Children's Named to "Best Hospitals" List
click to enlargePulmonology was ranked in the top ten nationally.

For the ninth year in a row, UNC Children’s has been named to U.S. News & World Report’s list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals.”

1) UNC Children's is the only NICU in the State of North Carolina with a March of Dimes Support Specialist. This is such a fabulous resource for moms and families who experience premature deliveries. NICU - neonatal intensive care unit for all children 18 years and under

2) There are NO visiting hour restrictions for parents of NICU babies. Isn't it wonderful parents have full access to visit their babies at UNC Children's! They are open all the time including siblings of the baby. The only exception is during flu season siblings are restricted. As I Mom, I think this is so comforting to have 24 hour access to visit your baby. During the stress and schedule changes that can be happening to an NICU family, open door policy is a blessing!

There are 47 NICU beds available and there are 800 visits a year to the UNC Children's NICU unit.

These knitted hats for for the NICU babies. Look how tiny! There are ministries where knitters donate hats and socks to keep the babies warm. Here is the perspective of how small the premie babies can be.

3) The special infant care clinic follows up with families after their child's stay.

4) Pediatric Anesthesia helps manage the pain in every unit of the hospital. Designed for the children and the expanded service offers a "Child Life Specialist" to the patient. Relationships are built as the children are prepared for surgery. The gap is bridged for the medical procedure.

5) ONE VOICE - usually the Child Life Specialist communicates with the child. They even plan Birthday parties. Recently a Graduation party was planned and celebrated a patient in the hospital for her graduation.

6) The only Children's hospital in North Carolina with 24 hour ER department making all of these services available 24 hours a day.

7) The largest Children's Heart Center in North Carolina.

8) There is a certified school in the hospital at UNC Children's which helps long term care patients continue their schooling at their own pace with individualized training.

There is a certified principal on staff.

The Hospital school keeps it fun and creative! Here is a 

9) The hospital has a Library at the school for patients to research and check out books as needed.

10) The Jason Clark Teen Activity Center allows the teens to have a place to hang out and have fun together and even play basketball! Here we checked it out, too!

Moms had to play a little basketball while at UNC! :)

Lisa, our blogger who helped create the UNC Influencer Advisory Panel, and I got a little competitive! :) So fun!

11)  The Robbie Page Play Atrium is a beautiful and cheerful play area for the children. We enjoyed visiting and seeing all of the fun things available to the children during extended care.

Look how bright and cheerful this is! The children can have some creative play just like the Children's Museum while at UNC Children's Hospital! 

There is a simulation of the Carolina Hurricanes hockey rink donated by the Carolina Hurricanes that is available in the play atrium. 

I was so happy to know the children have this opportunity! They even have music lessons available if the children are interested! My musician mom would love this! 

They have to give me a time limit at "playing basketball at UNC!" :) 

CarolinaMama Playing UNC Basketball 

The teens and children always get excited when the Carolina Hurricanes are involved! 

Throughout the hospital you will see beautiful paintings and art to brighten every possible way the lives of the children and families getting treatment at UNC Children's. 

This New Orleans native certainly appreciated the jazz murals! 

The North Carolina Zoo was visiting the hospital the day of our tour. Take a look! This was fun and educational.

There is an onsite Cafe with many hot meal options, a salad bar, sushi, American fare, Italian food and more! This is helpful to families to have meals available in a food court fashion so they do not have to leave the hospital to get healthy and hearty meals. 

We loved this art work that is at the cafe level of the hospital. 

The views at the hospital are beautiful! Here you can see the beautiful UNC campus from the hospital's generous windows! 

 This was a view from the 6th Floor.

Thank you all for reading and hearing all about the excellence, expertise and empathy that is UNC Children's Hospital Chapel Hill.

I am excited to be on the UNC Children's Influence Advisory Board with everyone. My friend, Leigh of Hindsight Blog, and I are thrilled to be working together again! We even did a little carpool together! We had some great catchup time! 

 We had a great lunch by Merritt's Chapel Hill! The famous BLT (Bacon Lettuce and Tomato) sandwiches! They were prefect!

Merritt's Chapel Hill BLT on Sour Dough

We are thrilled to share all of this great news available to children, parents and caretakers of North Carolina children. If you have any questions for us, please comment below or email me and I will help get you some answers! 

Keep an eye out for the UNC Children's Hospital 5K Walk fundraiser that our family will be participating in this Fall to raise funds for the hospital which is a non-profit receiving very few funds from the state. Please consider joining us! It will be a fun and worthy cause! 

Warmly, Carolina Mama

FTC Disclosure: I am a member of the UNC Children's Hospital Influencer Advisory Board. All opinions are my own. I only align and accept opportunities that I am likeminded with and that I can fully support! I am honored to be a board member.