North Carolina

A Year and a Few Months Later…

Those of you who can blog while also working a full-time job are amazing. School got started last year, and I had zero time to do anything. This year has been even busier, but hopefully I can re-start my blogging and not go another year ignoring it.

Last weekend my little town got pretty torn up by Hurricane Matthew. None of us expected to be hit so hard (we’re 1.5 hours from the coast), but Lumberton and its people are really struggling. The power is still out in many places, water was restored in some areas yesterday with limited pressure and essentials-only use, and so many homes were destroyed. I wouldn’t have believed it if I hadn’t driven through it and saw the houses swallowed up by water.

The boyfriend got me tickets to the Virginia Tech/UNC game for my birthday, so we were in Chapel Hill the day the hurricane hit Lumberton so hard.


Leave it to my Hokies to thump a ranked team and then lose to a bad one. 

I thought it was a stupid decision, but it ended up being the best thing we could’ve done. And a trip to the Cheesecake Factory is never a bad choice (mac ‘n cheese burger? Yes, please!).


Yes, that’s a giant fried ball of mac ‘n cheese on that burger. #noregrets

Up next? A recap of my Disney World trip!




Weekend Getaway – Wilmington, NC (Part I)

Earlier in July, I went to Wilmington for the first time with my two best girlfriends. We’ve been friends since college, and I love these two so much. I’m really blessed to have them both in my life.

None of us had been to Wilmington, so we were really looking forward to the trip. We booked a little apartment above the stores downtown through Airbnb. It was a convenient place to stay, but I didn’t sleep much the first night because of all the downtown/bar noise.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t on my blog game and didn’t get very many pictures. But that doesn’t mean I can’t share my food suggestions!

If you visit Wilmington, I suggest an evening stroll on the riverwalk.

If you visit Wilmington, I suggest an evening stroll on the riverwalk.

Circa 1922 – We had dinner here on Friday, and it was really good! All three of us ordered a hot small plate (spring rolls, pork croquette, and stuffed piquillo peppers), and I highly recommend all of them. For my entree, I had the duck confit, another winner, and for dessert I talked them into splitting the croissant bread pudding (<– get that right now).

The Dixie Grill – We stopped here for breakfast before heading out to the beach, and all three of us were glad we did. I honestly don’t remember what the girls got because I was too focused on my sweet potato pancakes – I didn’t even care if I had pancake belly at the beach!

The Pilot House – Later that evening we wanted something to nibble on and some refreshing drinks, and luckily Wilmington has several options that include a beautiful river view. The Pilot House has a fantastic patio right on the river, so we munched on some Brie and carpaccio, watched the boats go by, and had a perfect sunset.


Food brings out the worst “I’m so excited about digging in” faces in me.

Our Crepes and More – Definitely two thumbs up! Like the name says, this restaurant focuses on crepes, both sweet and savory. I chose the Versailles crepe (strawberries, bananas, Nutella, whipped cream, strawberry syrup, and ICE CREAM). Add this place to your Wilmington list!


What are some of your suggestions for my next visit to Wilmington? It’s less than a two hour drive from me, so I’ll be frequenting this fun place!