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Weekend Round Up: September 19 – 21

Pools are closing and it's getting dark earlier, but that doesn't mean we can't try holding on to summer just a little bit longer!  I know in our family the biggest event is happening in Chapel Hill on Saturday - East Carolina Pirates against the UNC Tar Heels! But if you aren't into … [Read More...]

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Play-Doh Like You’ve Never Seen

September 16 is National Play-Doh Day! Who knew, right? Well, luckily I knew and I'm able to bring you a few pictures of some crazy Play-Doh creations. How about a little flashback to the hallways of Bayside High... Or maybe you're more of a Ferris Bueller fan. These are … [Read More...]

1st Class Mobile Detailing

1st Class Mobile Detailing – Doing Your Dirty Work

I have a bit of an obsession with having a clean car. Personally, it's an ongoing, and usually losing, battle because I drive a car with children. Not just that, but small children. But I fight the good fight and clean and clean the good clean... but you know what? Sometimes, you just … [Read More...]

Low Carb Stuffed Chicken Parm Recipe

Low Carb Stuffed Chicken Parm Recipe

I love Italian food. I mean, I love all food, but Italian is always a favorite. The problem is I noticed eating less carbs was a smart move for me in the health department. I'm not a no carb fan, but low carb seems to be a good thing. That said, I've been working to create recipes that … [Read More...]

Today's NC Ashley Shaffer

Weekend Round Up: September 12 – 14

You can definitely stay home and watch football if you want this weekend. After all, isn't that what this time of year is for? As always, there are things going on all around the area though, so you should check out these suggestions and work them in around the games. … [Read More...]


Great Shows This Fall at DPAC

I just happened to be scrolling through some local event calendars and was pretty impressed with what DPAC has to offer through the fall months. Whether you're a Broadway fan or into good music, DPAC has you covered. You should check out the DPAC Events Calendar for all of the details, … [Read More...]

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Stephenson’s Barbecue – Simply the Best

Barbecue is pretty much its own food group in here in North Carolina, especially when you're talking perfectly pulled, vinegar sauced, Eastern Carolina style. I've been raised with the understanding that vinegar based barbecue is the only barbecue and all others are inferior. I've … [Read More...]

Today's NC Ashley Shaffer

Weekend Round-Up: September 5 – 7

Did you get it all done this week? I spent most of the week not knowing what day it was. Funny how just one day off can mess you up like that! The good news is, no matter what day you think it is, the weekend is here and that means it's time for the Weekend Round Up from Today's … [Read More...]


GO ORANGE! September is Hunger Action Month

September is Hunger Action Month. What exactly does that mean? Across the country, people will work together to raise awareness for the 1 in 6 Americans who struggle with hunger every day. Sometimes it's hard to imagine not knowing where your next meal might come from. So what can we do … [Read More...]

Beef Shrimp Stir Fry

Beef and Shrimp Stir Fry Recipe

Trying to incorporate lots of fresh veggies into a meal can be a little tricky, especially when you're working with limited time. I often face that battle of wanting everything to be homemade but realizing that simply can't happen all the time. I know there are people who can do it, but … [Read More...]

Weekend Round Up: August 28 – September 1

Labor Day weekend... the official end to summer. So what can you do to celebrate and enjoy those last few days? You've come to the right place. The 30th Anniversary: Ghostbusters at Regal Theaters Friday August 29 (Times Vary) Regal Theaters If you're all alone, pick up the … [Read More...]


Common Grounds Coffee – The Perfect Local Coffee Shop

Someone prepares a drink for me while I wait. They're carefully constructing with the perfect combination of ingredients while listening to my celebrations and lamentations. I sit down at the bar, and sip slowly savoring the flavors and taking in the calm cozy surroundings, laugh with … [Read More...]

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Old Fashioned Zucchini Bread Recipe

This recipe comes straight from my Great Grandmother's kitchen. There's something special about making a recipe that's been in the family for so long. This Zucchini Bread Recipe is no exception. Since we're getting to the end of the zucchini harvest, it's a good time to get creative with … [Read More...]

Weekend Round-Up : August 22 – 24

Summer is almost over so it's time to get out there and enjoy what's left of it. It's not time for tailgating and football games just yet. As always, Today's NC is here with a few suggestions on what fun you can find out in the Triangle this weekend. Downtown Raleigh Restaurant … [Read More...]

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Helpful Hints for Hectic Homes

So many of us find ourselves returning to some sense of routine in the fall months. Maybe it's the back to school season, although with year round calendars, anytime can be back to school time... It's almost like September is New Year's without all the pressure of making resolutions. By … [Read More...]

Weekend Round-Up: August 15 – 17

While it has been feeling a little like football weather, rest assured summer is still in full swing. After all of the wet soggy days we've had recently, this will be the perfect weekend to get out and enjoy something!  Not sure what there is to do? Let us help you out. =) Free Friday … [Read More...]


Back in the Day Cafe – Little Diner, Big Character

I've heard mention of this little place called "Back in the Day Cafe" several times recently. Friends, family, and Facebook had been letting me know that this was a place to try. When I opened up our coupon mailer and saw a $5 off coupon, I figured it meant that the time had come. I set … [Read More...]

Weekend Round-Up: August 8-10

It's going to be a little tricky to make plans this weekend since we're supposed to get hit with some rain... again. That doesn't mean we shouldn't try though! There are some GREAT things going on this weekend. Here are a few of my favorites. Jamie Kennedy at Charlie … [Read More...]

Mosquito Wizard

Meet Art Church – The Mosquito Wizard Himself!

Picture this: you're ready to head outside and enjoy an evening in your backyard. Maybe you want to sit out on your patio as the sun sets and the cooler night air rolls in. Then you feel the itch of a fresh mosquito bite. Ugh! This summer I had the chance to test out a mosquito spray … [Read More...]