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Things To Do In Charlotte: Duke Mansion Gardens

Are you looking for a date idea, things to do in Charlotte or a free event for the family? Check out the Duke Mansion Gardens. They have been on my date idea list for a while now. A reminder popped up on my calendar Friday night and we decided to give it a try first thing Saturday morning. visitor info The 4.5+ acres of Southern gardens are located at Duke Mansion, 400 Hermitage Road in Charlotte. They are open to the public for free during daylight hours. Just be sure to call the front desk ahead of time. There might be a private function and there won’t be access to the gardens. The number to call is 704-417-4000. I took my own advice and called the night before. Unfortunately, no one answered. We took our chances and arrived bright and early at 9AM. There was a bridal party in the…

Things To Do In Charlotte: UNC Botanical Gardens

One of our favorite things to do is to discover free local events and places in Charlotte, North Carolina. I have an ongoing list of date ideas. I place them sporadically on the calendar and am pleasantly surprised when they pop up. This past weekend, I had the Charlotte Botanical Gardens earmarked for Saturday morning. We had a few errands to run in the South End (Warby Parker), but had the morning open. The UNC Gardens open at 9AM and parking is free anywhere on campus on the weekends. The UNC Charlotte Gardens consist of 10 acres of land with wooded trails and gardens and a greenhouse with exotic plants.Β  It is a beautiful spot for a picnic and would be a great place to escape the heat during the summer months. Rhododendrons were in full bloom and the forest was popping with color. It was an overcast day, which…

Online Bra Shopping: Harper Wilde Review

Have you ever had that morning where you reached for your favorite bra but found it was in the laundry? You then had to change your entire outfit to accommodate that purple, lacy bralette you had sitting in the back of your lingerie drawer. Ugh! This was me every couple of days. It went on for months until I placed my first order with Harper Wilde. I don’t know why I waited so long to go bra shopping. Oh yes, I do! Who enjoys shopping for bras? The activity involves grabbing every style, color and size I can find and then spending way too much time in a poorly lit dressing room listening to the teen using Snapchat in the room beside me. *insert eye roll here* When I finally came to my senses, I sat down at my computer and looked for online bra shops. I had given this…

Updated: Best Travel Hair Dryer For Curly Hair

Are you a curly haired girl traveling for the holidays? Are you ripping out your curls trying to figure out how to pack your hair products and tools? I totally get it. I have two trips coming up for Thanksgiving and Christmas. A flight to Indiana and New Hampshire. Each one is an extended stay and will require a wash day. That means I’m going to need a travel hair dryer and diffuser. In the past I’ve traded in space and weight to bring my trusted BaBylissPRO Nano Titanium Portofino full size dryer. However, it weighs almost 2 pounds and makes packing awkward. I also worry about it breaking during transportation. With a $100+ price tag, I’m done with taking that risk! We like to travel. Whether it’s a road trip around the states or internationally. My goal was to find a mini hair dryer and diffuser that would give…