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December 2017

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Carolina Holidays for the Kids

Can a Kid ever see Santa too many times or have too many cookies or wear enough Christmas jammies?? Answer still up for grabs, but we got close.

If you’re like me, the Holidays were jammed packed for the month of December and went by way too fast!  I think I might have slightly over done it this season, but I have serious FOMO (which I blame from my dad) and I didn’t want my kids to miss one bit of action going on in NC!  Most of these events I had to start planning back in the Summer, because moms are all over it when it comes to Christmas activities around here in the south apparently :).  Mark your calendars for next summer because you are going to want to get tickets for these events next year!

Events around NC that sell out in advance typically:
-Pullen Park Holiday Express
-Polar Express Train- I know there are two locations in NC.
-Tea with Santa (Umstead)
-12 days of Christmas Carolina Inn
-1870 Farm santa/animal hayrides
-MapleView farm icecream santa hayrides
-Chetola, Blowing rock NC -Santa & Carriage Rides
-Tweetsie Christmas (this was the first year they opened this!)
-Disney on Ice- PNC arena
-Feel free to let me know if i need to add any more high demand ones!

Some photos from the holidays of these events are below, and ill remind everyone when these tickets go back on sale!

Chetola Santa:

12 Days of Christmas Carolina inn (We did brunch with Santa and Sugar Plum Fairy afternoon tea):

&& that’s a wrap on the events!


Bahama Mamas

All about the Bahamas!

We wanted a quick weekend trip with friends before the rush of the holidays (see christmas post on all those events) so our travel agent gave us the best options to get to an island from RDU airport by lunchtime on a friday, and we settled on Exuma, Bahamas!

  • Where we stayed: Sandals Emerald Bay (Adults only all inclusive) – If we go again, Highly suggest the VRBO’s online in georgetown, the entire island was very safe and those are cheaper options.  You also are able to go to off property restaurants to experience Georgetown.
  • We flew: American Airlines- connected Atlanta, which i don’t recommend if you have a short layover, we ended up RUNNING to our connection making it within 5 minutes because there is only one flight a day to Exuma.
  • Activities: 
    4C’s adventure– full day boat tour.  I think there is another option with a boat that goes faster, because it took us a full two hours to get from one side of the island to the other and we got caught in a storm on the way back.  We were able to see the Pigs, Sharks, Iguanas, Caves, Sandbar and the sunken plane..-Best Tip* Rent a boat from Minns Watersports and go to Chat & Chill.  We did this our last day, and wished we had done this everyday!  You can see the stingrays and go at your own pace.  The entire place is breathtaking.-Find the swings on Coco Plum Beach! See Pic below, I would recommend low tide because we almost drowned 😉
  • Outfits: My goto swimsuits were all LSpace, Accessories (Hat and skirt from Saltsuit)