Magnolia Roots Music Lounge--Date Night on White 2.0

Magnolia Roots Music Lounge--Date Night on White 2.0

Located on the basement level of the Sugar Magnolia Cafe & Emporium in the heart of White Street, Magnolia Roots Music lounge has been bringing original artists to downtown Wake Forest since August 2017.  It’s a word-of-mouth success with events like open-mic nights and The Wake Forest Listening Room Series.  

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Watching the Grandkids? Head to the Aloha Safari Zoo!

Watching the Grandkids? Head to the Aloha Safari Zoo!

When spring break morphed into a staycation complete with a visit from the grandparents, we headed to the Aloha Safari Zoo, a hidden gem I have heard about for years, located in Cameron, NC (near Sanford). I often overlooked this unique zoo opportunity since the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro is an easy day trip as well. However, finding an outing that held the interest and physical capabilities of three generations landed Aloha Safari Zoo at the top of our list.  

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Charter School Chat: A Parent Perspective of Envision Science Academy

Charter School Chat: A Parent Perspective of Envision Science Academy

It’s lottery season in Wake County. Not the megamillion kind, but the kind when thousands of parents apply for charter school placement for the upcoming school year. With just minimal information and a click of a button, your child’s academic trajectory is sent into the cyber-abyss for a chance to attend these unique public schools.

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Hosting Christmas? Keep. It. Simple. Santa.

Hosting Christmas? Keep. It. Simple. Santa.

Nothing winds me tighter than hosting family and friends for Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.  It has nothing to do with the company, and more to do with my love-hate relationship with perfectionism and details. I want to have a hot cocoa station for the kids and a gourmet coffee bar for the adults.  I want the food to look effortless but taste like skilled effort.  I want my tablescape to be noticed. I want to decorate guest rooms.  I want to create a memorable Christmas for my family.  But I also don’t want to spend a lot of time prepping and obsessing over details. Unfortunately, I spend the days and hours prior to Christmas Eve doing just that--and acting more like a Scrooge. 

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