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New Christmas Traditions

Welcome back to reality, friends! It’s the first day back to work after the Christmas holiday and it feels like a “case of the Mondays”. Thank goodness it is Wednesday and only a few short days separate us from  another long weekend of celebrations. The 2017 Christmas was full of new traditions for us. Normally, we fly to  snowy New Hampshire to brave the cold temperatures and visit friends and family. This year, we stayed home and enjoyed our first Christmas in Charlotte. Christmas Eve Day we started with the church Christmas program and then drove into Uptown Charlotte. It was game day for the Panthers so the city was humming! We parked by the 7th Street Public Market, had gluten free pizza at Brixx Pizza (where they validated our parking for the day), shopped at CLT Find, found all the Christmas decorations in the city and stopped to watch…

Change of Plans: 6 AM Coffee Date

Well, we had one of those mornings… The alarm went off at 5:45 AM, we prepared ourselves for the gym and then never made it there. Well, we made it as far as the parking lot, took one look at the building and drove back down the street to Studio Coffee House. Some days, you just need to change it up a bit! Nick and I aren’t what you would call, spontaneous people. We plan everything down to its minutia. However, sometimes we break out of our shells and do something different. We are usually pleasantly surprised by the results; however, this doesn’t change our OCD behavior. As we both have entrepreneurial spirits, we believe in supporting small businesses. We also love to visit local coffee shops. So, it wasn’t too hard for us to put the car in reverse, drive South on Old Statesville Road and turn off when…

Where to Stay and Eat Gluten Free in Asheville North Carolina

Historically, September is a busy time for our family. This year was no different. Last week, Nick flew to Nashville for a work conference and I flew to Manchester, NH, to visit my family. When we returned home, we really wanted to reconnect and celebrate our upcoming engagement anniversary. We live only two hours from Asheville, NC, and thought a quick 24 hour road trip would be perfect! The goal of our getaway was to rest, eat and explore the downtown.  Here are 5 Places to Eat and Drink Gluten Free in Asheville, North Carolina. 10/26/2018 UPDATE: We revisited downtown Asheville and I’ve reviewed 5 Must-Visit Gluten Free Restaurants in Asheville, NC. 1. Over Easy Cafe With a full day of walking ahead of us, we started the day with a healthy breakfast at Over Easy Cafe. This small, eclectic restaurant featuring local artist’s work opens at 8 AM and fills…

A Few of Our Favorite Charlotte Things

This past Friday, Nick and I took a day off from life and spontaneously enjoyed everything we love about living near Charlotte, NC. We are coming up on our one year anniversary in North Carolina. What better way to celebrate than to take part in the places and things that made us pack up our lives and move to this area? Here are 4 places we recommend visiting. 1. Famous Toastery Dilworth Getting up at 5:30 AM on your day off might be the farthest thing from your mind, but when gluten free breakfast at the Famous Toastery of Dilworth is your destination, you jump out of bed! We discovered this restaurant on our first trip to Charlotte, when we were researching the area. On each of our four road trips from Virginia Beach, we would stop at the Famous Toastery, refuel and start on our list of things to…

3 Days in Charleston: Where to Stay and Play Gluten Free

Last March my husband, Nick, and I celebrated our six-year wedding anniversary. Every year we travel someplace fun. With our recent move and home purchase, we thought it best to find a place close to Charlotte. We chose Charleston, South Carolina. It is a quick four-hour road trip from the Queen City. Charleston Day 1 We arrived at our hotel in the heart of the city ready to see and do everything Charleston had to offer. King Charles Inn was the perfect location for walking to all the tourist spots and best restaurants. The staff welcomed us with an anniversary card, champagne and chocolates. With half the day left to sight see and eat, we chose to browse King Street, walk Historic Charleston City Market and have dinner at Sticky Fingers Ribhouse. They had an entire gluten free menu but my favorite item was the sticky potato skins! It was early…