About Leigh

Hi! I’m Leigh Powell Hines, based in Raleigh, N.C. and am a busy Mom of 2. As a former TV reporter and Communications Executive, I started the HinesSightBlog as a creative outlet/portfolio when I decided to trade in my briefcase for a diaper bag full-time when my second child was one. As someone who had to write about news for a living, I wanted my personal blog to around topics that were never handed to me when I was not my own boss. You know....restaurants, hotels, spa, and really good food.

Now that I’m coming up on my 7th year anniversary of being a blogger, my site has evolved to cover many topics, but I like to stick to my core roots: Travel, Hotels, Food, and Life, all with my Southern Spin. I believe a hotel is just as important as the destination itself. I adore afternoon tea and am in love with all things British.

Since leaving the office and the TV newsroom, I’ve written freelance for Forbes Magazine, Starwood, Travel sites, Visit Raleigh, and other publications. Now, I focus on my own sites as a content marketer.

Through my #OutaboutNC community on social media (we are currently 13,000 strong), I promote travel and tourism in North Carolina. We are in the top 10 as one of the most popular states to visit. You can find me around the Triangle and North Carolina with my Live OutaboutNC moments. I love getting back to my TV roots and learning about new businesses and people in my home state. With a middle schooler and a second grader, I don't get to travel as often as I would like for work because when Mama is gone no one is truly happy. Isn't it like that in your house, too?

We will get back to family travels soon and my main HinesSightBlog social media will cover all travel outside of North Carolina.

As my portfolio evolved so did I. I got more into natural beauty and a chemical-free lifestyle. I am the founder of the website, Living Young and Healthy, which is now managed by my stylish best friend/business partner who I met when our first children were babies. This site dips into style, beauty, and healthy living. My 49th birthday is at the end of this year and on that site, we believe that women can live a chic life, regardless of age.

All content on the HinesSightBlog is managed and written by me. So, when you are asking a question or leaving a comment. I read and answer it.

I feel blessed to have my community here and I thank you for being part of it.

My children are now 12 and 8. Will and I have been married for 15 years and we recently adopted a ten-year-old poodle rescue.

The 8-year-old family diva

The 12-year-old foodie

Our new adopted dog senior poodle.

My children have their own opinions about travel. You can find travel through their eyes on HinesSightBlogKids on Instagram. They are not allowed social media accounts and I approve all that is posted by them. 

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