Fresh Produce Sportswear Fashion Review

Fresh Produce Clothing of Boulder, Colorado is Made in the USA! Let's be honest, how many clothing companies can say that these days? How many companies in general. Not many.

Their clothing is very resort, everyday and casual comfortable. As you know, I have been FP fan since 1990. I adore their clothing and they have only gotten better with the years and seasons updates.

I chose this fabulously versatile and comfortable: Wrap Me Up Dress in Truffle.

Wrap Me Up Dress | Truffle

Fresh Produce is...

"Now in its third decade, Fresh Produce continues to be primarily Made in the USA and has grown into a $50 million company with one of the most original, refreshing and captivating casual, resort and sportswear lines in America. Known and loved by women ages 6 months to 60-plus for lush colors, year-round sensibility, simply inspired design and coastal comfort, Fresh Produce continues to delight customers around the globe. Fresh Produce can be found in Nordstrom, Walt Disney resorts and stores, and over 800 specialty boutiques and resort retailers. Plus, company-owned stores and factory outlets are scattered throughout the country, including exclusive seashore resorts in North America and the Caribbean."

My next favorite Fall choice was this Knit Coastal Wrap Cardigan in Oyster. I could wear this piece every day. Here is is with a dress on the FP model (left). Look at all the cool Women's cardigans. Of course, here in the South, this Lightweight Cardigan would be awesome.

On the right, I am with my girlfriends Jen of One Moms World and Lisa of Mommyality on our Central Coffee chat in Charlotte for the conference pairing the Wrap with the Swing Capri Black Pant.

The Swing Capri ... "spirited Swing Capri is a modern, slip-on-and-go style with slimming side panels and smooth flat waist panel. Relaxed yet refined. "

These pants feel awesome. They are already going to be the go-to pant for me for Fall. This Inspired V-Neck T-Shirt is perfect with the combination. See how cute! :) I love a white tee! The form fit of this one is so flattering and comfy. And it is plenty long - actually the perfect length. Thank you FP.

These Short-sleeve Tops are awesome too.

These Made in the USA :) Here is a real-life view of my Wrap Me Up Dress at the Aloft Charlotte Uptown at the EpiCenter. This dress fit the hip hotel perfectly. :)

Next on my list are the Party Dresses. You know me Party Dresses, dresses, dresses.... :) That what I love about my Wrap Me Up.

Of course, I adore most of the items on the Fresh Produce site. Go check them out and even "like" the Fresh Produce Facebook Page for more details and sales.

Warmly, Carolina Mama

*Fresh Produce Clothing sponsored this post and my clothing to the Women of Faith Conference Charlotte. I have been a happy Fresh Produce Clothing Customer since 1990. :)

Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitener - After: It Works

It works!!  Here are my After Pics of the Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitener!   These are Untouched!  Both were taken outside on my iPhone.  No changes, no photoshop. :) I am happy!


My experience with the Crest 3D 2 Hour Express Whitener is awesome.  I loved it!

They are:

-simple to use;
-just takes 2 hours;
-not messy;
-do NOT hurt your teeth; and
-They WORK!

Years ago, I tried the Whitening the Dentist does where you order the retainer and fill it with gel and wear it over night.  (Not so much.)   And yes, they left your teeth super sensitive!  These were perfect.

My teeth were whiter for my Conference in Charlotte!  Try them yourself.

Get yourself some Crest Coupons!  These will save you $7.  You'll be glad.  Have you tried teeth whitening?

Crest offers you a Box of Whitening Strips Giveaway!  Contest open to US Residents with a valid Email address listed in the comments below.  Contest open until Monday, October 3rd at 8pm EST. 

Enter Once for Each Step You Complete:
1) Leave a comment below stating why you would whiten your teeth;
2) Tweet the link to this post so your readers and friends can enter; and
3) Share this on your FB wall and leave a link with Carolina Mama Facebook Page. 

Warmly,  Carolina Mama

*This post was sponsored by One2One Network and Crest 3D 2 Hour Express Whitener.  My time was compensated, the opinions are my own.  Love it! 

Market Raleigh Restaurant

My family and I had a fabulous invite to dine at Market Restaurant in Downtown Raleigh for Sunday Brunch. What an amazing experience in every way. Every thing offered here is from North Carolina, so it is really fresh and better yet, locally grown.

We got to speak with Chef Chad, and he was extremely personable and just a lot of fun. Check out my interview with Chad.

The servers were very friendly and knowledgeable about everything on the menu.

The music volume was just right, a somewhat beachy theme to it. It is a very family friendly atmosphere, and they even have a great deck to sit out on on those cooler days or evenings. The menu does change every 2 to 3 months, which is a great reason to keep going back to see what new concoctions Chef Chad has created!

Boulder Mountain Man, my sweet husband, loved visiting with Chad and talking about Boulder, Colorado. :)

We really like Chad's philosophy, taken off the front page of his website:

"Market Restaurant is committed to serving whole, all-natural, unprocessed foods from local sources. We make every effort to support organic and sustainable farming practices while providing our guests with the best experience possible. Healthy food, prepared fresh, from local seasonal ingredients."

Market Raleigh Restaurant lives up to that philosophy. The food was incredible, especially the New Orleans style French Beignets. That was a true treat, lightly drizzled with the honey from the bees out back! We want to go back sometime and just have some Beignets and Coffee, and we won't have to go all the way to New Orleans to do it!

For those of you in the Raleigh-Durham area who are looking for a very nice place to eat, look no further than Market Restaurant. If you have not been, you are in for a very special treat. If you have been, the same applies. This type of restaurant is hard to come by as far as the combination of great fresh food, locally supplied and laid back family friendly atmosphere. It really is a relaxing place to be, and we cannot wait to go back sometime in the near future. They even feature local artists. This is great because they are right adjacent to Peace College Raleigh.

You know, Boulder Mountain Man and I are big time coffee lovers, and the coffee served there was phenomenal. Right out of Hillsborough, NC, by the name of Joe Van Gogh.

Check out their website for Sunday Brunch dates on the Market Raleigh Facebook Page. The Sunday Brunch dates are not to be missed. The awesome food, coffee and ambiance! Here is a look at my Seafood Crepe with a Locally grown salad and herbs. mmmmmmmm

Chef Chad is recognized as a "Local Hero" in the Spring 2011 issue of Edible Piedmont!ef Chad is recognized as a "Local Hero" in t

We loved Market Raleigh! Hope you get a chance to go! Have you tried it? Go and enjoy! :)

Warmly, Carolina Mama

*This post was sponsored by Market Raleigh. We loved the restaurant, people and the food! Opinions all our own.

Warmly,Carolina Mama

Rayovac Rechargable Mobile Device Charger - At WalMart Today

Today, I cannot contain my excitement about the newest Rayovac invention! Rayovac's innovation is unsurpassed.

Bringing you.... Rayovac Rechargeable Mobile Device Charger! This beautiful, small and light-as-a-feather charger is awesome!! Now we can all charge up and increase our "Talk Time" to 6 Hours. Isn't that what it's all about anyway!

Got Power! No more stuck with a phone down. Rayovac PowerPack to the rescue! Here are the Features and Benefits:

•Rechargeable Mobile Device Charger

•800 MAh Lithium Ion Rechargeable Battery Charges in 3 Hours

•Recharge PS60 by USB or your device wall plug

•Includes adapters: Micro USB, Mini USB, and Plug for Apple Devices

•Charge Cell/Smart Phone for 6 hours of Talk Time

•Recharge MP3 Player and iPod Nano 3X

•Compatible with cell/smart phones, digital cameras, portable gaming

devices and MP3 players

•LED Battery Gauge Indicators

•Colored LEDs: Indicate Charging Status

Get more Information on the product at Rayovac and always get the inside on the Rayovac Facebook Page.

The Big News is it is Available at WalMart! With a WalMart price tag.

Warmly, Carolina Mama

*Rayovac sponsored post and product. Love of Rayovac is all Carolina Mama.

Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips - Would You Whiten?

Smiles say it all! What's in a smile... here's hoping White Teeth! :)

You know I have a Starbucks relationship. So yea, coffee, caffeine and the likes can be a challenge for white teeth! I recall a few years back, trying out the teeth whitening treatment my Dentist offered.

This was an extensive ordeal. I had to have a retainer made to fit my "current" bite and then fill it with the whitening gel.... And this left my teeth really sensitive.

Well, I am thrilled that Crest 3D White Whitestrips has invited me to their "White Would You Whiten Your Teeth For Campaign. :)

Crest 3D White 2-Hour Express Whitestrips

I'll tell you what I'll whiten for - a Women's Conference! This weekend, I'll be attending an awesome Women's retreat conference and I would and will whiten my teeth with the Crest 3D Whitestrips. They have to be great. I grew up on Crest! Crest is the Best as we used to say.

Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips sound perfect to whiten my teeth for the conference. Here is my Before picture.

Now, get ready for the after action. You can check them out at Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips What life event would you lighten your teeth for in just 2 hours with Crest 3D?

Warmly,Carolina Mama

*I am participating in the Crest 3D White 2 Hour Express Whitestrips campaign hosted by One2One Network. This post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

Women of Faith Charlotte 2011

Natalie Grant singing "It Is Well With My Soul!" and "Love Revolution!" Blessings indeed!

BJ's Wholesale Club FREE 60 Day Trial Membership

BJ's is a great place to shop! You save a lot of money in so many different ways on a lot of really awesome products. We're talking electronics to clothing, car services, travel club, the list goes on & on. One of our favorite ways to save money at BJ's is the grocery section. You save an amazing amount for some really great food.

Another favorite way you can save money at BJ's are the incredible coupons they actually send you every month. BJ's is the only wholesale club that accepts coupons. Not only do they have their own coupons, but they will also accept manufacturer's coupons. They have them online as well.
To really add up the savings, you can use both coupons for one purchase. All this for a very reasonable $50 a year.

Check out BJ's today! For Free!

BJ's also has their Free 60-Day Trial Membership just in time for National Coupon Month. It can be activated until December 31. The risk-free, trial membership includes full member benefits including savings and no surcharge.

We purchased Weight Watchers String Cheese for $1.75 off, Charmin Bathroom Tissue $3 off and remember the manufacturer's coupons take even more off of each item.

BJ's has always been a great experience for myself and my family, how about you?

Warmly, Carolina Mama

*BJ's Wholesale Club sponsored this post. We have been members previously on our for a while now and we love it.

Anniversary Time


Recently, we celebrated our Marriage! It was one fine day! God amazes me with the beautiful miracle that is our family! We want to glorify him in every little thing we do.  Family and Friends and my Boulder Mountain Man and me.  Every year I realized how blessed I am with such a Renaissance Man!

"What God hath joined together, let no man put asunder. "

My brother prayed this prayer over us after we were married. We have been blessed. Thankfully, this has been true.

"The Lord bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace."
Numbers 6:24-26

Hanes Pink Comfort Package

Today Hanes Pink launched its Hanes Pink Tab on Facebook helping support breast cancer awareness.

Join in: You can send a digital Comfort Care Package - in of course, Pink - to those in need of comfort.

For each Comfort Care Package sent, Hanes will donate an additional $1 to NBCF. This is awesome!

You can make a difference - share a Hanes Pink Comfort Package today.

And make someone you love feel courage and comfort.

Warmly,Carolina Mama

The All New SPLENDA ESSENTIALS-Now Even Healthier

Splenda replaces sugar cup for cup.  Ever since the "magic yellow" was introduced, we have loved it.  Splenda is a wonderful product that really replaces sugar well in most things.  Now, the motivation is even greater, and sweeter!

The SPLENDA ESSENTIALS.  Splenda has just come up with an even more superior product.  The SPLENDA ESSENTIALS are amazing.  Three brand new products that are not only sugar free and calorie free, but it also helps you with your daily dose of one of three different necessities your body needs.

Choose from these three awesome new products to help supplement your bodies daily needs:
SPLENDA ESSENTIALS with B Vitamins, SPLENDA ESSENTIALS with Antioxidants, or SLENDA ESSENTIALS  1 Gram of Fiber.  You could potentially use all 3 to help with your daily doses of healthiness.

These awesome products are now available in stores, all 3 can be purchased in a box of 80 packets for 4.29 per box.  The fiber is also available in a carton and a re-sealable bag in granulated form.

Here's some extra sweetness from Splenda: They are giving away a very nice giveaway package.
All you need to do is  "Like" the SPLENDA Sweetner Products Facebook page  and 

Comment on my blogpost.  Check out the photograph of all the wonderful items you can receive:

  • One SPLENDA ESSENTIALS No Calorie Sweetener with B Vitamins
  • One SPLENDA ESSENTIALS No Calorie Sweetener, 1 gram of Fiber packets
  • One SPLENDA ESSENTIALS No Calorie Sweetener, 1 gram of Fiber granulated
  • One SPLENDA ESSENTIALS No Calorie Sweetener to-go mug
  • One Splenda-yellow blender
  • Two Splenda-yellow bowls
  • One Splenda-yellow fruit juicer
Check out this extra extra sweetness for simply requesting a free sample and sharing feedback.  Visit the Splenda Brand Facebook page and click the new ESSENTIALS tab, you can request a free sample of the new SPLENDA ESSENTIALS product and share with other users what is "essential" to you.
When you do this you will be entered for a chance to win a  travel mug with a $25 Dunkin' Donuts gift card.  Ok, there goes the health, but you can use it for coffee, right? And use your new SPLENDA ESSENTIALS in the coffee!

Three lucky winners will be announced each day.  For every 10,00 sample requests the Splenda team will give away a $1,000 gift card!

You know I LOVE my Southern Sweet Tea! Here is one of my favorite ways to use Splenda and this Recipe is right from the Splenda website:

Southern Iced Tea INGREDIENTS

  • 5 cups water, divided
  • 2 family size tea bags
  • 1 cup SPLENDA® No Calorie Sweetener, Granulated
  • Optional Flavoring: ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Optional Garnish: mint sprigs, lemon slices.


  1. Bring 3 cups of the water to a boil. Pour over tea bags; cover and steep 10 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags, squeezing gently.
  2. Stir SPLENDA® Granulated Sweetener into tea; add remaining 2 cups water. Add lemon juice, if desired. Serve over crushed ice. Garnish, if desired.


Substitute three or four regular-size tea bags or 1 tablespoon loose tea for 1 family-size tea bag.

How about you?  Did you like Splenda before? Try it now, and let me know your thoughts on an even healthier product than before!

Warmly,  Carolina Mama

* Splenda compensated me for participation in this campaign.  However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

Shaun Groves - Third World Symphony

We loved meeting Shaun Groves and hearing him live at The Cove, Asheville, North Carolina.  His Concert was awesome.  His music and stories were amazing and the Spirit of the Lord was there. You read about it at  The Cove at the Billy Graham Training Center.  He is real and has a passion for God, his work and his kids - Compassion. 

Now,  his new CD has launched, Third World Symphony.  

We love all of his music.  Come By Here, Welcome Home, etc. Listen and be blessed.

Warmly,Carolina Mama

eBay Fashion APP - Fashion Friday FREE Fun

September 11th started with a lot of emotions.  The families who lost loved ones, our nation and more.  I had just returned from Orlando for the eBay Parent Panel kick off and eBay On Location.  Stellar events all the way.  The people, the passion and the products. It's going to be a fun year!

And I learned about eBay Fashion including the amazing eBay Fashion App for iPhone.  Life is great!  And it's a FREE App. 

Where you can find Shoes like this:

New CLARKS Abbess Dream BLUE PUMP Womens Shoe 6 M

Dresses like this BCBG Red Dress.  

*NEW BCBG New Red One-Shoulder Embellished Dress 12$248                       Take a Look at this Handbag. DESIGNER INSPIRED CROC LEATHER HANDBAG PURSE BAG KHAKI

Before I headed to the eBay On Location, I had the eBay Mobile App.  Now, I am ready to really put it into action!  So fun and convenient for buying and selling.  My iPhone is ready. 

Now you can see the eBay Couples Makeover on the eBay Fashion page. 

You can also find the Missoni Target Clothing (that is the rage right now) on eBay Fashion.  Check it out.  What do you have to buy?

"Like" the eBay Fashion Facebook Page for more great finds.

Warmly, Carolina Mama

*I am an eBay Parent Panel Ambassador.  The enthusiasm and interest in the eBay Fashion App is all my own.

Battery Education Rayovac - Resource Power Guide

As a Boy Mom, Batteries are Life!

There I said it!  Really though, we all know how "important" a great supply of long lasting Batteries are in every home especially that of Boy Moms! :)

It has been one Fun Year working with Rayovac!  The Battery King!  Seriously, I have learned so much about Batteries.

Now Rayovac brings you a lovely Power Guide of What Battery Goes In What Device!  I''m loving this simple Guide.  Consider this your Battery Boot Camp. 

Take at look at the Pictorial with Me:  (Can you tell I'm a Visual Learner!) :)

Each Battery Chemistry is formulated to perform optimally in specific devices.  I had no clue about this until I learned from Rayovac all of the different options. 

Heavy Duty:  Best for Low-Drain Devices such as your Remote Controls, portable Radios, Alarm Clocks - a Mom's essential - and small portable Flashlights.  My Kids Love These and check out the Shelf LIfe - 5 Year Shelf LIfe for AA Batteries. 

Alkaline:  These batteries are ideal for Medium Drain Devices. This is the #1 Selling Battery Chemistry today!  These work best with Battery Operated Toys, LED Flashlights,  and Medium Flashlights.  Shelf life up to 7 years.

Lithium. These batteries are ideal for high drain devices when charging is inconvenient.  Thing about CO2 Detectors, Smoke Alarms, Wireless Microphones and we have a Weather Radio Flashlight that uses these batteries.  Stores up to 10 year shelf life. That's awesome. 

NiMH Rechargeable. These are awesome for every day use on high drain devices. And they recharge 100 Times.  Worth their weight in gold. :)  Awesome for digital Cameras, Digital Video Cameras, Flip Cameras, MP3 Players, Wireless Gameboys, etc.  Possibilities are endless. Rayovac Rechargeable Batteries are ready to use out of the package.  So convenient.  No waiting! 

Now, you have a Resource Guide for your Battery Education by Rayovac.   Did this help make sense of all the battery options and how to best use them.  I loved learning all of this and better using them!

Rayovac powers my life and powers longer.  Just saying!

Warmly,  Carolina Mama

*Rayovac Power Blogger

Weight Watchers Magazine $4 Per Year Subscription

Fitness News Flash:  Get your Weight Watchers Magazine subscription for $4 per year.  Today Only!

Now, that is a bargain.  Go to Discount Mags and use the Code 5497

Thanks to Couponing for 4 we saw this deal and she has a Coupon Code for other magazines on the site if you want to chose another magazine option.  Go to Couponing for 4 for the code and you can get 20% OFF of your other purchases!

Warmly,  Carolina Mama

Austin-Lehman Adventures Challenge North Carolina

As a Travel Blogger here at Carolina Mama, I love sharing fun opportunities and finds for families.  So I was totally jazzed when - Colorado based (you knew it was coming!) - Austin-Lehman Adventures contacted me to join their:

Austin-Lehman Active Challenge!  Look what we did on our Austin-Lehman Adventure! :) ....

Oh, I digress... seriously, doesn't this adventure of theirs look awesome though!  Hey, let me tell you what we did!  Austin-Lehman Adventures sent us on our own Active Adventure right here in North Carolina.  So we got active right near home! 

We chose a day of Boogie Boarding off of the Wrightsville Beach Coast of North Carolina.  This was an incredibly active day for us.  We loved it and were in our element.

We arrived at Wrightsville Beach ...

at 7:00 am.... 

ahhh ...

the solitude. 

And the mighty Boogie Boarding! 

See Boulder Mountain Man kept up with the Tigers! 
And see how happy it was about it all. 

See the peace on this "boarder!" 

 There was a little relaxing too.  Right! 

Adventure with my Sweetie.  It's all good!  What a view! 

Then the day looked like this! The Sun came out!  Fun! 

Here we are after our day of adventure!  Heading to an awesome 
seafood lunch at The Oceanic.  Yumm. 

Well deserved after all that activity. 

We loved our Austin-Lehman Adventure NC and would like to try one of these!  

One of the many Family adventures

Or Active vacations like this one!  See the four of us white water rafting! :)  Work with me here.... I'm dreaming of an ALA vacation. I can totally see us doing this! 

And this Europe bike tours We bike all the time in NC so time to bike in the Rockies or Europe.  This would mesh with all of our studies of France!  and the French language. 

Let's just start with the Rocky Mountains!  Like Yellowstone and the Tetons!  

You can check out the ALA trips for yourself and see what kind of Family Europe vacations you can have. 

Warmly,   Carolina Mama

*Austin-Lehman Adventures invited us to join their ALA Active Challenge. We were happy to take the challenge.  We loved our adventure and all the ones I chose to list here.  Thank you ALA, let's do this again soon.  We'll come visit! :)