Shop Local, Eat Local, Read Local, Pamper Local

I should be packing a suitcase right now.  My mother-in-law (we'll see if she is reading this) is expecting us in Emerald Isle for our Thanksgiving holiday, and she made fun of us at Liza's Frozen Party last week because we take our Southern, sweet time when we leave for a trip.

Once again, I'm running late. I could not leave town without wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving! Without you, I could not follow my passion of writing. I am thankful and appreciate you taking time out of your busy life to read my posts.

Holidays in Raleigh (Scout and Molly's Holiday Window)

I wanted to blog today to have you remember one thing after the Thanksgiving holiday.  Please remember to shop local this holiday. Small Business Saturday is Nov. 29. Since I've been writing for Visit Raleigh, I've had the wonderful opportunity to visit many small businesses.

Cary's Paisley Boutique

From Apex to Garner to Cary to boutiques in Cameron Village and North Hills, remember to support your local merchants this holiday.

The same concept is true to eating local. Support our local restaurants, bakeries, coffeeshops, breweries,distilleries, and farmers. Remember, I do have a discount on the blog for Papa Spud's, a farm-to-fork delivery service using local farms. The discount expires on Nov. 30.

Tupelo Honey Cafe opens in Cameron Village. I've got that story on

You all know I'm a big advocate of North Carolina. I've joined the N.C. Blog Network, and it's connected me with some great reads from other bloggers in North Carolina. You'll see my sharing more of the content I find on Pinterest, Twitter, and all those other social media sites the coming year.

If you love to eat farm-to-table, I want to introduce you to my friend, Stacey from CookEatLife. She and I had coffee for two hours the other day after an event. She takes local ingredients and creates simple, delicious meals. She's taken local, N.C. ingredients and has created a wonderful recipe for fall entertaining.

And finally, pamper yourself locally. Go to the Washington Duke Inn for afternoon tea or Sip into the holiday season with bubblesEnjoy a drink and see the gingerbread display at the Carolina Inn. Indulge in a winter spa treatment at the Umstead Hotel and Spa. Pomegrante white tea, and fig will soothe your skin. Special winter treatments start Dec. 1 to Jan. 31, 2015. Take a wine class with Hai Tran there. Experience all that our area has to offer. You don't have to go on vacation to have a great time at a hotel.

Live life to the fullest....LOCALLY. 

Have a great holiday everyone!

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