3.29.2013

An Evening with #OurStateMagazine plus a Deviled Egg Recipe with a Little Twist

I like to joke and say that my blog is a mini version of "Our State" magazine when it comes to food and travel. The glossy, monthly publication is the king of magazines in North Carolina. It shares the best in food and travel, and puts the spotlight on North Carolina's people. 


I was honored to be invited to the April release party for the 2013 Food Issue at Crook's Corner in Chapel Hill, NC.  We certainly had Carolina blue skies on this night. 

Crook's Corner  has been a Chapel Hill landmark for 60 years. In 1982, Bill Smith opened at restaurant at
the location. 

We dined on cuisine and craft beers featured in the April Issue. 









































I loved meeting Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Hudson. She's a Southern girl, too, and enjoys good
food as much as I do.  


" Our State" Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Hudson

This year's issue centers around "Dinner on the Grounds," a tribute to the covered dish, the church picnic, the Wednesday night supper, and North Carolina's communal gatherings which embrace the spirit of faith, fellowship, and food. 

I don't know about you, but I always grab the fried chicken, squash casserole, and deviled eggs at a communal gathering. 


Bill Smith, cookbook author, and owner of Crook's Corner, an eclectic Southern restaurant where you can find shrimp and grits, banana pudding, and occasionally cold fried chicken on the menu,  is one of the main contributors in this issue.  He highlights the church supper from his childhood in New Bern, North Carolina.  He divided his time between St. Paul's Roman Catholic Church and the First Presbyterian Church.  The two churches look almost identical in the historic, Southern town, but the traditions and the food are very different. 

Bill shares his "Down-Home Deviled Eggs with a little Twist"  recipe.  It's not featured in this issue of the magazine, but you can get it here thanks to my relationship with "Our State" magazine. 

Down-Home Deviled Eggs with a Little Twist
By: Bill Smith, An Our State Magazine Exclusive Recipe

12 hardboiled eggs
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons yellow mustard
2 tablespoons dry mustard
1 tablespoon mayonnaise 
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 large jalapeno, seeded and minced
1 large rib of celery, minced
1/2 cup minced red onion
Paprika mixed with chili powder to dust the tops

Halve the eggs lengthwise and remove the yolks to a mixing bowl. If any whites breaks, add them to the yolks. Mash the yolks with a fork, then stir in the vinegar, mustards, mayonnaise, salt, and pepper. The filling will be dry. Bill says he likes the filling dry, but if you don't, add a little more mayonnaise. Fold in the minced vegetables. Refill the whites with this mixture. Dust with the paprika-chili powder blend. 

Enjoy! The April issue of "Our State" magazine will be on newsstands this month. 


Be sure to follow me on Instagram because I'll be taking you to Asheville and Highlands, NC for a few days soon.  I will be featuring the beautiful Old Edwards Inn and Spa in Highlands for an upcoming, "Pack Your Bags!" We decided to break up the six hour drive because traveling with two kids will drive us crazy. We'll be stopping over at the new "green" Hilton in the new Biltmore Park Town Square for one night.   It will be the perfect place for us to have a little luxury "layover" before we get to our vacation in Highlands. 

You will also see some changes next week to this site. I have had the pleasure of working with Laura Wyatt Designs, based in Charlotte, NC, on a new website design this month.  My current blog was never professionally designed, and I decided it was time to make a change.  I'll be taking a short break so she can begin the installation process. 

See you soon with a whole new look!








3.26.2013

Spring Showers, Jack Wills, and NC Beer Month!

The calendar says Spring, but it has been cold, and very rainy in Raleigh.  As I type this little blog update for you, Baby Diva has pinkeye, and a sinus infection. But, she still wants to play in the rain.

Spring Showers!




I have very little time to write this week with a child home with me. Beginning Thursday, our school system is on Spring Break for 10 days. That means two kids with me 24-hours a day.  Blog. What Blog?

I wanted to take a couple of minutes to ask you to vote for my Skimbaco colleague, Wes Holland, to help his quest to land the summer job of a lifetime with the British clothier, Jack Wills. Wes is a Business student in NYC, who wants to run a Fashion House one day.  He's quite talented, and I adore his preppy style.   I hate to admit  that I'm old enough to be his mom. However,  I tell him that with his passion for luxury travel, and his preppy style, he could be my child.  Here's the scoop on the internship with Jack Wills that he's trying to win, and how you can help. You can vote for Wes three times. Type in Wes Holland in the search, and his profile will pop up for voting. I'm secretly hoping that if Wes wins, and I took part in helping him get this internship then perhaps I'll have a never-ending supply of designer purses and shoes when he runs his Fashion House one day!  Right, Wes?



And finally, April is NC Beer Month.  How cool is that?  This is the first year for the month long celebration of North's Carolina's craft brew industry. The Tarheel State boasts the largest number of craft breweries in the American South, with more than 50 breweries and brewpubs. It is also the most decorated state in the South with more medals from the World Beer Cup® and the Great American Beer Festival than any of its neighboring states.

North Carolina will be celebrating with special craft beer dinners, festivals, and special travel packages. Visit http://www.ncbeermonth.com/ for an entire list of events.

April is NC Beer Month
You know I'll be filling my glass in April.  On  my way back from Highlands, NC and the Old Edwards Inn and Spa, I will be getting a first-hand glimpse of Heinzelmannchen Brewery in Sylva, NC.  This is interesting for me because I grew up near Sylva.  They certainly didn't have breweries in the town when I lived there. 

And for those of you who are parents and grandparents, you may like my TriangleMom2Mom post about sleeping with your kids on vacation.  Not fun, is it?  As I said in my column, Barbara Mandrell belted out in  '70s song "Sleeping Single in a Double Bed," as if it is a bad thing.  It's not!  Double beds have gotten so small. 


Talk soon!


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3.22.2013

$450 Men’s Lifestyle Product Giveaway with Skimbaco Man

AXE Face+Shave products, GPS, Digital Camera - Skimbaco MAN giveaway

This one is a Giveaway for the Skimbaco Man in your Life!

 (And you can keep, I mean borrow the Nikon Digital Camera )

I know you must have a Skimbaco man in your life, even if it is your own brother, or Dad. I'm so excited to host my first giveaway in partnership with Skimbaco Lifestyle. 

We are celebrating of 5 months of Skimbaco Man at the magazine.  If you haven't read  Wes Holland's weekly column Monsieur Curations you need to do so.  This column, focusing on sophisticated and trendy fashion and lifestyle tips curated for men, has been hugely successful for us. We have been delighted to welcome so many new gentleman readers to our online magazine, and offer a man's point of view for the ladies as well. As you  know, I take my own husband on most of my travels so he's a huge part of my Skimbaco column, Travel Insight, as we travel as a family.

Who is a Skimbaco Man? Adventurous, but not frivolous. Successful, but not cocky. Knows trends, but follows his own style. World traveler, global thinker. Lives life to the fullest.

$450 Lifestyle Product Pack Giveaway
While we  might have a taste for luxury travel, expensive sports gear or imported spirits on Skimbaco, there is still one thing for sure: we all have our secrets how to also save money so we can afford the finer things in life. One of those things for men can be daily grooming and getting shaving accessories that are good quality but don't cost much, like the new AXE Face+Shave collection only available at Walmart. AXE teamed up with Philips Norelco and Schick to create a line of everyday face + shave products and our eyes are on Wes who will put these products in test.

YOU have a chance to win an AXE Face+Shave products and to make it even sweeter prize, we added a Nikon digital camera and a Garmin GPS - perfect for the man on the go! Ladies, if you enter to win for the man in your life (and keep the camera!), we won't mind. It's quite simple to enter, visit the AXE Face+Shave page at walmart.com and check out the facial profile tool, and come back and comment which look did you get, and ladies, you can answer which look is the most appealing to you. Well, not for you, but for the man in your life! More ways to win and detailed instructions in the Rafflecopter widget. a Rafflecopter giveaway The entire prize pack includes close to $450 worth of lifestyle products for men: Axe Philips Norelco Shave & Groom Kit $49.97 Axe Philips Norelco Detail Styler $17.97 Axe Philips Norelco Stubble Trimmer $34.97 Axe Philips Norelco Bodygroomer $34.97 Axe Schick Power Razor Kit $8.97 Axe Chilled Cooling Face Hydrator & Post-Shave Gel $6.78 Axe Shield Sensitive Shave Gel $3.78 Axe Philips Norelco Shave & Groom Styler Head $19.97 Nikon COOLPIX S6300 16MP w/ 10x Optical Zoom Digital Camera Value Bundle with 4GB SD Card and Case $139 Garmin nuvi 50LM 5" Portable GPS w/Lifetime map updates $127.99

Giveaway rules & terms

This contest runs from March 22nd 2013 to April 12th, 2013. This giveaway is hosted at Skimbaco Lifestyle, Life Through Preppy Glasses and Hines Sight Blog. At the end of the contest one winner will be randomly drawn to win a the entire AXE Face+Shave prize pack. Entry is open to anyone over 18 years old in the USA. Unfortunately this prize can only be shipped within the USA. Upon drawing the winner, the winner will be contacted via e-mail. The winner has 48 hours to reply to claim their prize. If the winner does not reply within that time frame a new winner will be drawn. To enter the contest you must use the Rafflecopter options listed and verify your submission via Rafflecopter. The winner's entry method will be verified before being contacted. Failure to complete the entry option will result in being disqualified. This giveaway is solely sponsored by Lunchbox and Skimbaco Lifestyle and has not been endorsed or approved by AXE or its subsidiaries or affiliates. By entering, you agree to look solely to Lunchbox and Skimbaco Lifestyle for any claims in connections therewith, and not to AXE or its subsidiaries or affiliates.

Good luck!

If you are new to the Hines-Sight Blog, you can follow my posts via e-mail by entering your e-mail address on my right sidebar.  Every Friday on my Facebook page, I ask you to share some of your favorites that you have discovered on your travels or in your hometown.  Follow me around town in Raleigh and on my travels for Skimbaco Lifestyle on Instagram. You can always catch me on Twitter. Links to all my social media accounts are also on my sidebar. 


3.20.2013

Instagram Travel, March Madness and the Dancing Diva

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I wanted to take a few minutes to catch you up on life in North Carolina this week. Do you use Instagram? Katja, my editor, made this graphic for my "7 reasons why I travel with my Intel Tablet" post on Skimbaco Lifestyle. She's a wiz at making graphics, and at Instagram. She's writing an Instagram book, and was recently featured by Fodor's as a travel account to follow.


If you do follow me on Instagram, I have made a few changes to my feed so that it is more in line with the travel and leisure portion of my blog as well as my work for Skimbaco. This feed will now take you around my hometown, areas in North Carolina, and wherever my travels may take me outside the Tarheel state.  The feed will still feature things associated with this blog outside of travel, but if you want to see more photos like this one.....the zebra meets the Flamenco Dancer then you may want to follow me on my @LeighPHines account.

Family photos will be on the LeighPHines Instagram feed.

Family travel will still be part of my Hinessightblog Instagram feed, but as you know, I'm also a mom and I like to take photos on a whim. Since readers for the travel portion of my blog have grown, I felt I needed another feed that captured just the Hines, and the Southern parenting tales portion of my blog. This account was born last week.


And that new exotic little number that the Diva is wearing in the photo will be her dance recital costume this year.  Of course, she loves it!

I am a March Madness fan. Don't be surprised. I'll be writing less, and watching more basketball. Go Tarheels! Go NC State!

Yes, you read that right! I'm a Carolina graduate, but I also pull for the Wolfpack of NC State. It's Will's alma mater. I had the honor of spending some time with this furry guy at Amedeo's Italian Restaurant in Raleigh the other night for the NCAA selection show.  I was thrilled.  I love Mr. Wuf!

Mr. Wuf, the Team Mascot for NC State University

No doubt! I was in mascot heaven. I got a big plate of spaghetti and meatballs, and enjoyed some great family time. Mr. Wuf played video games with my kids, and even tried to eat our pizza.

Who's afraid of the Big Bad Wolf? Not us. He was welcome at our table at Amedeo's Italian Restaurant in Raleigh.

He's got great taste. Amedeo's has been serving NC State fans since 1963. The entire restaurant is a shrine to NC State athletics.  If you decide to go, order the cheese bread! I always get angel hair pasta with meatballs. I need to branch out, but I can't seem to resist that one dish.

Mr. Wuf even opened my car door for me when we left. I think he likes me. I hope Mrs.Wuf and Mr. Hines don't get too jealous.

I'll be back on Friday with a Skimbaco Lifestyle giveaway.  See you then.




3.18.2013

Win $100 Gift Certificate to Mia Francesca in North Hills

I have a surprise for my local followers today. I am giving away a $100 Gift Certificate to Mia Francesca Trattoria in North Hills.



I tried the Northern Italian restaurant for the first time a few weekends ago, and it was good. Of course, it is good, or else I wouldn't be giving away this great gift certificate.  I don't recommend a restaurant to anyone unless I would go back myself.  And truthfully, I can't wait to go back. I may go during brunch on the weekend for the Bloody Mary bar. 

Mia Francesca's started in the Chicago area.  The Raleigh location at North Hills is the first on the East Coast. Yes, folks, it is a chain, but it doesn't feel like a chain restaurant because the chef shops in his local farmer's market for the freshest ingredients.  It truly is a farm-to-table restaurant, and most of its ingredients come from North Carolina local farms, and our coastal regions.

I'm going to rave about the Insalata.  Loved it!  I will order it again.  I cleaned my plate. 

Insalata Caprese

North Hills in Raleigh is a great evening destination, and with a trendy, urban vibe, Mia Francesca is great for a date night, or a night out with the entire family.  I think the reasonable price point, and the kid's menu with complimentary gelato makes it family-friendly in my book.  We dined with another couple, and my two kids. We had salads, entrees, alcoholic drinks, desserts, and I even had a cappuccino. The total bill was $146.  That's pretty darn good for that many people. 


Great night at Mia Francesca's in Raleigh's North Hills. 

The $100 gift certificate I'm giving away should cover a great night out for you. 

Enjoy!  Next time I go, I'm getting this Napoletana pizza. 




Enter your name and e-mail in the rafflecopter box below, and one winner will be drawn at random by the system. Instructions on how to use Rafflecopter are below. This giveaway will end on March 27, 2013.  It does give you the option to sign in with Facebook, if you wish. 



If you are new to the Hines-Sight Blog, you can follow my posts via e-mail by entering your e-mail address on my right sidebar.  Every Friday on my Facebook page, I ask you to share some of your favorites that you have discovered on your travels or in your hometown.  Follow me around town in Raleigh and on my travels for Skimbaco Lifestyle on Instagram. You can always catch me on Twitter. Links to all my social media accounts are also on my sidebar. 

Want to Go:
Mia Francesca Italian Restaurant
4100 Main at North Hills
Raleigh, NC


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Disclosure: I also was given a gift certificate to dine at Mia Francesca.  Opinions about my experience are my own

3.14.2013

Easy St. Patrick's Day Treats

I did something really fun this week. Wilkinson Supply Company in Raleigh invited me to their kitchen showroom to make some St. Patrick's Day treats that they pinned for their Pinterest-to-Plate series. While there, they interviewed me about some of my favorite things to do in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.

Easy St. Patrick's Day Treats
At first, I was nervous about cooking in front of people, but luckily, I picked some very easy recipes, and the morning breezed by so quickly. It was a lot of fun, and the showroom kitchen was gorgeous.

We whipped up these great treats in less than half an hour. 


  I think I'm going to do them again with the kids. You also could change the sprinkle colors, and use them for a lot of different holidays.

This time change has killed me this week.  I'm taking tomorrow off to watch the ACC Tournament, and I'll be back next week with a $100 gift certificate for dinner at North Hill's Mia Francesca Trattoria.

Have a great St. Patrick's Day!

If you are new to the Hines-Sight Blog, you can follow my posts via e-mail by entering your e-mail address on my right sidebar.  Every Friday on my Facebook page, I ask you to share some of your favorites that you have discovered on your travels or in your hometown.  Follow me around town in Raleigh and on my travels for Skimbaco Lifestyle on Instagram. You can always catch me on Twitter. Links to all my social media accounts are also on my sidebar. 

3.10.2013

Asheville’s Biltmore Estate is a Must-See for “Downton Abbey” Fans

OK. I admit I’m slow. PBS’ popular series “Downton Abbey” just wrapped up its third season, and I just finished watching season one last week. I now cannot wait to get my hands on seasons two and three.  No spoilers, please! Good thing for me, I was in the middle of season one when I visited Asheville’s Biltmore Estate last month.

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, N.C. is America's "Downton Abbey."

Honestly, I think it made me even more captivated by the estate.

George Vanderbilt and his family lived on this estate during the same time period as the Crawley family portrayed in “Downton Abbey.”  As I went through the house, I could imagine the inner workings of the house just like I see on TV with the popular series.

George and Edith Vanderbilt welcomed guests from all over the world to their home, Biltmore.  Set on 8,000 acres and situated on the bank of Asheville’s meandering French Broad River, the 250-room French chateau is magnificent.  It would take guests one hour by carriage as soon as they went through the Estate’s gate to reach the front door.

Biltmore's main entrance
Can’t you imagine all the servants coming out to welcome guests on arrival just like on “Downton Abbey”?

George Vanderbilt provided a resort-like atmosphere for his guests.   There was horseback riding, shooting, bowling alleys, and even a 70,000-gallon, heated indoor swimming pool with underwater lighting. Guests could ring the servants for a pool-time snack.

The Biltmore's indoor swimming pool


Tea was served around 4 p.m., and a formal, white-tie dinner was served promptly at 8 p.m. in the banquet hall.  It was not uncommon for there to be nine to ten courses served each evening.  They were small portions, of course, but still I cannot even imagine a dinner so formal today.  The Vanderbilts would have a family breakfast in this lovely room. It is one of my favorite rooms in the home. 

The Breakfast Room in the Biltmore House. I love the fireplace. 


And get this. It was not uncommon for the Vanderbilts and their guests to change 10 times a day.  I’m serious.  There was an outfit for breakfast, riding, shooting, tennis, croquet, tea, swimming, fishing, boating, bowling, and dinner. No wonder they needed a valet. 

The servants were certainly kept busy. And here I thought I was busy as just a mom.  At least my children wear the same clothes most of the day.

The Biltmore kitchen.  The Biltmore Estate did not have a Mrs. Patmore though. The main chef was  male. His room was
near the bowling alley, and if guests kept him up late becauase of their bowling then they would know it the next morning by the mediocre breakfast they were served. 
Biltmore offers a special tour called “The Butler’s Tour” that takes guests into unrestored rooms and mechanical areas to see how the house functioned on a daily basis. Guests also learn about the work of the domestic servants who worked for the Vanderbilts.

The Vanderbilts provided living quarters for their staff.  Females stayed in the house, while male employees stayed in rooms above the stable. At Biltmore, each servant had a comfortably furnished, heated private room, and that was most uncommon for the time period.  As many as 30-35 servants had three meals a day in the servants’ dining room.

The servant's dining room.  Imagine the gossip.


They were allowed two hours off daily, but still on call. They received one afternoon and one evening off per week, and a half day every other Sunday.

I imagine George Vanderbilt to have been kind like Lord Grantham is portrayed on the series.  On the audio tour, it said that a girl in a role similar to Daisy on the series had to go up to the dining room, and she was so nervous that she dropped the dish on the floor.  It was revealed that Mr. Vanderbilt got up and helped her clean the mess off the floor. 

The Servant’s Domain area is a very interesting part of the tour.  I didn’t get a chance to take the extra “Butler’s Tour” because it would have been too much for my 3-year-old.  Getting her through the entire house was a little challenging, but, overall, she did well. 

Mr.  Vanderbilt's bedroom.  Today, the  Inn on the estate uses burgundy as an accent color in the rooms.


I will go into  more detail on Skimbaco Lifestyle this week about touring the Biltmore Estate with kids and, of course, lunch on the estate. 

We chose to stay on the estate at the Inn at Biltmore with the kids, and I’ll be telling you more about the Inn later this month for my "Pack Your Bags" feature.   As I’ve stated before on this blog, it is one of my favorite inns in North Carolina.  I like being there a little more without children, but it is certainly family-friendly, too.

My son acting like a Vanderbilt reading the morning paper. I threw this photo in to show you that we were really on the estate last month.  It was a record-cold day, too.  The high was 25 degrees. 
The Biltmore Estate will soon be welcoming spring with the Festival of Flowers season from March 21-May 31.  I certainly can imagine a spring garden party at Biltmore just like they had on season one of “Downton Abbey” when news of the war broke out.




I’ve really got to get my hands on season two, pronto. 

Visit the Biltmore Estate and Explore Asheville for your vacation planning tips. 

Photo credit: Inside photography is not allowed in the home. My thanks to the PR staff for working with me on this feature.  All photos in this post except for my son in the Inn are from the Biltmore Estate's image collection. 

If you are new to the Hines-Sight Blog, you can follow my posts via e-mail by entering your e-mail address on my right sidebar.  Every Friday on my Facebook page, I ask you to share some of your favorites that you have discovered on your travels or in your hometown.  Follow me around town in Raleigh and on my travels for Skimbaco Lifestyle on Instagram. You can always catch me on Twitter. Links to all my social media accounts are also on my sidebar. 

Disclosure: My admission to the Biltmore Estate was complimentary. 


3.08.2013

Free Wi-Fi and Spring Fashion: My Fabulous Friday Picks

Happy Friday! I am really looking forward to this weekend.  I'm trying a new restaurant in town on Saturday which anytime I have a dinner reservation penciled on my calendar, makes me a happy girl. It's Spring Break at NC State so we're taking our kids with us because our sitters are off enjoying life.  Honestly, it's more enjoyable when we dine sans kids, but Mia Francesca Trattoria at North Hills is casual enough to take my two little diners.  We're having an early dinner with another couple who just started dating, and hopefully, our outing with them will not scare them off about life with kids.  I just hope that I can stay out of the bathroom long enough to actually talk to the couple.  My children enjoy exploring public bathrooms much to my dismay.

I spent the morning at McDonald's in downtown Raleigh before volunteering at my son's school. I volunteer every other week in his classroom.  I want to publicly thank restaurants like McDonald's for providing free Wifi.  I had about 45 minutes before dropping off my son, and going back to volunteer at his school.  I took my Intel tablet with me, and actually accomplished a few things.  I felt more productive than just sitting there drinking a cup of coffee.

My ThinkPad 2 was great on the go at McDonald's
But, the best part was a little "pay-it-forward" I did while there.  I noticed several individuals sitting near the door. Two were senior citizens.  I am not going to say they were homeless because I don't know that for sure, but they appeared as if they could be having a hard time in life making ends meet.  I think one may have had a cup of coffee at the table, but certainly no food.

I happened to have a "Get a Free McDonald's Oatmeal" card in my purse. As I walked by them to leave, I smiled at the older gentleman and said, "I am not going to be using this today!" He smiled, and said, "Well, I might. Thank you!"

It wasn't much, but I felt good leaving that restaurant today. Hopefully, he redeemed it for a hot meal.

As much as I love Winter, it can leave now.  I'm ready for Spring fashion.  She is, too.

She loves the new dress I bought for her at Upscale Resale.
As a blog ambassador for Upscale Resale, I bought this little spring dress during the preview sale this week.   I thought it was sunny just like my daughter's personality. Just a reminder for my local friends, Upscale Resale will be having the "Thrills and Deals" sale beginning Saturday, March 9-11.  Believe it or not, I did not buy everything on the racks.  There are many good deals left to find.

Have a great weekend! I hope you are doing something fun.


3.05.2013

A Southern Parenting Tale: Keep Your Pants On!

I didn’t think I would have to add “Keep your pants on” when I addressed my daughter before she left my sight, but that was before last month.

My 3-year-old managed to pull her pants down in my son’s post-basketball practice team huddle.

Oh, yes!  And might I add underwear and all.

It’s our fault. We should not have allowed her to be part of the huddle, but it was just one of those times when it was easier to let her go be part of the huddle then watch her climb all over the chairs and try to inch herself in the huddle on her  own.

Last time she was allowed in the huddle, she behaved. 

This time, she apparently had an itch on her bottom. 

Blame it on dry skin season.  Who knows why, but to make matters worse, we were oblivious. 

Here she is at the Biltmore winery channeling her inner Marilyn Monroe.  She discovered
the air vent. 

We didn’t know she decided to expose her bottom.   We were talking, and even though she was less than 10 feet in front of us, she was not in our view.  They were all in a huddle on the floor.  We were in chairs, and someone was sitting in front of us.

All of a sudden, the assistant coach came over and whispered something in my husband’s ear. 

I heard a gasp, “Oh, no!” and he got up.

I thought perhaps she peed in her pants.  She’s newly potty-trained. That would have been bad, and, truthfully, I dreaded the mess that he was about to bring back to me.

He came back all red-faced and said, “She pulled down her pants in the huddle.”

She what?

You mean she just exposed herself in front of nine first- and second-grade boys?

Yep. Pretty much.

I was mortified.  Strangely, I put my hands over my face and laughed silently into them.

I mean, really.  She’s 3.

We need to teach her to keep her pants on, especially in church and in the company of boys.

From this point, I’ll be more cautious and on the lookout for flying underwear.


 *This post was originally written for my TriangleMom2Mom column with the News and Observer, but I thought it was humorous so I'm sharing it here, too since my parenting tales are my way of recording funny moments in our lives. 

If you are new to the Hines-Sight Blog, you can follow my posts via e-mail by entering your e-mail address on my right sidebar.  Every Friday on my Facebook page, I ask you to share some of your favorites that you have discovered on your travels or in your hometown.  Follow me around town and on my travels for Skimbaco Lifestyle on Instagram, and you can always catch me on Twitter.




3.04.2013

Kids, Give me Back my Intel Tablet! #TabletCrew

Are you saying that in your house if you own a tablet? We’re the owners of a new tablet courtesy of Intel, and for my work on Skimbaco.  I've not been able to get it away from my kids long enough for my own personal use very often. 


My kids using the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
We own the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, and it operates on a Windows 8 system.  It is powered by Intel. 

And that is about all the geek speak that I can tell you.  If I told you anymore then you would know I was pretending to be smarter than I am. 

Right now, my 7-year-old can operate the ThinkPad Tablet 2 better than I can.  As much as I wish I could, I simply cannot impress you with technical talk.  If you want to know its features or how it works, then you’ll have to Google it or visit the Intel tablet website

I am still in a learning curve and have been Googling things myself to learn how to use some of the features.  Some smart, technical person needs to get on that pronto for this 40-plus age set.   Unfortunately, it did not come with a big, fat manual to tell me the wonderful things it can do.



I have no idea if the Lenovo tablet is better or worse than other tablets. I did not have a tablet before owning this one.  But I do know that after a few short weeks of owning the Lenovo ThinkPad 2, I cannot imagine not having it.

That I can say with 100 percent certainty.

I also know that I like it. It's lightweight! It's very fast, and the battery power is fantastic. We've not taken the tablet on a trip yet, but we will for our Spring Break trip to Highlands, N.C.  

It’s a breeze for my kids to use it.  The Microsoft Windows system makes it easy for them to get to their apps as soon as they sign on.

She's only 3. She's already logging in, and using the Intel tablet with ease. 
I assigned each one of them a password and downloaded age-appropriate apps for them to use.  When I created their accounts, it asked if I wanted to enable Microsoft Family Safety to monitor their activity.  I now get a full report sent to my email account about their tablet use. 

I really love the stylus on the ThinkPad 2.

The stylus makes it so easy to use this tablet. My kids use it when they play games. 




I use it to type email. I like to keep it my hands at all times.  

And thanks to my friend, Google, I just learned about using the inking feature on the tablet. See, I told you I needed a manual. 

We’ve been drawing with the tablet through the Skitch app.  It provides a lot of entertainment, especially for my youngest child. 


Inking is a lot of fun. Look at those glasses. 
The other day, the tablet made it so easy for my son to do his homework.  I could be in the kitchen, and he was learning about George Washington on the tablet so he could write a report.  He was able to do it in the same room, while I could be right there multitasking, too. That was NICE!  It's also easy for us to change users quickly. 

I love checking email on the ThinkPad 2 while the kids eat breakfast. I can hit the email app and read emails from all of my gmail accounts.  There’s no logging in.  It’s the touch of one button. I also can do a quick social media check through the People app.  It has all my updates as well as everyone I follow. 
It's so easy to go from e-mail to social media.  That I love. 

We've also used the tablet for streaming a movie on Netflix.  And I'm using it in the kitchen while I cook.  No more squinting on my smartphone.  It is so easy to switch from one app to the other, too. 

 I still need to learn to use the camera better, make movies, or skype with my Skimbaco editor in Sweden, but I've got to get my hands on the tablet long enough to figure those things out. 




Kids, give me back my tablet!  This mama has some work to do. 

Disclosure: I was given the Lenovo ThinkPad 2 tablet by Intel to become more familiar with it.   My opinions about the tablet are all my own.

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