The Importance of Being Reese

How to Create a Fire and Safety Plan for your Family

Having a safety plan in place could save your life, and the life of your loved one. Here's how to create a simple safety plan for your family

This topic has been on my mind quite a bit lately. I guess this is to be expected with the rise of popular television shows such as The Walking Dead and Revolution. As much as I wish I could say that this epiphany struck after an attending a conference about safety awareness, in all honestly, watching these shows is really what has spurred my thinking. What would we do if an emergency situation arose and we didn't have a way to contact each other? Where would we meet? Where would we go? How would we communicate?

By no means have I become so paranoid that I've begun making plans to install a fallout shelter in our backyard stocked with canned goods, but at the same time, I don't feel comfortable sitting around, patiently waiting for disaster to strike. I'm a big believer in being prepared, and although you can't prepare for everything, there are certain things that you can discuss that may come in handy one day. Here's a few safety tips that may very well save your life one day:

Charlotte Happenings: County Fair Open for the Season at Carowinds

A/N: I was given free entry into Carowinds and a food pass in exchange for sharing my recap with you all, but as always, all thoughts, opinions and photos belong to me unless stated otherwise. Enjoy!

Last weekend, Little J and I took to Carowinds to check out four thrilling new rides at the much anticipated Carowinds County Fair. Apparently, the wait was well worth it, because that particular section of Carowinds was packed all day. And after checking out this recap, you'll understand why.

We arrived at the park around 1:00 PM. Since we were a bit late arriving, we decided to stay until closing, which is pretty easy to do if you've ever visited Carowinds because there is plenty to do and eat. It truly is an all day affair.

The County Fair is located near the South Gate near Thunder Road. Right away I noticed that there were families of all ages having a blast. Our family is big on local fairs, so it's fun to have a "fair-like" section of the park to head to for some good, clean home-grown fun every once and a while. It doesn't hurt that the food is AMAZING.

The other benefit of staying at the park all day was the complete lack of guilt I felt indulging in all the goodies. In my mind, amusement park calories don't count since you spend so much time walking and screaming you basically burn everything off right away. At least that's how it works in my mind...

 As far as the thrills, there are four new rides that you don't want to miss out on.

The Do-Si-Do

As soon as we entered the County Fair, we headed straight to the Do-Si-Do. I was pretty surprised that Little J was up for riding, but my girl is a bit of a thrill seeker, so it's fitting that she wanted to start her day off on an adventurous note. And The Do-Si-Do is definitely for the adventurous. This fast paced ride soars into the air with three giant rotating arms that spin riders in different directions.

The Zephyr

A total throwback to my favorite fair ride, the swings. We rode the Zephyr next. It was the perfect opportunity to give Little J a bit of freedom and enjoy a ride to myself. Bonus: It's a GREAT way to see the sights around Carowinds.

The Electro Spin

At the time that we visited, the Electro Spin was still in the final stages of construction, so we didn't have the opportunity to ride it ourselves, but it looked amazing. Since we're "Fair-goers" we've seen this ride in action firsthand, and it's not something you want to miss.

The Rock N' Roller

Of all the fair rides I've ever ridden in my life (which have been many) The Rock N' Roller has probably been the most frequented. It's basically the true essence of any fair. It's just daring enough that you feel exhilarated having ridden it, but not so overwhelming that you get sick.

We finished up our day running from ride to ride and being silly at Carowinds.

If you're local, and have been to Carowinds a time or two before, this season, you're definitely going to want to add them to the top of your summer bucket list. Even if you've already been, The County Fair is something you're going to want to check out! If you've never been, this season is perfect opportunity to change that.

Feel free to check out my recent Carowinds posts for more information about the parks and events.

Band, Brews and BBQ's at Carowinds
Cirque Imagine at Carowinds

Be sure to follow Carowinds on Facebook, and Twitter for up-to-date park news and happenings!

Until next time!

16 Deliciously Simple Peanut Butter and Jelly Recipes

Easy peanut butter recipes

In my house, Peanut Butter and Jelly is basically a food group. Neatly sandwiched between vegetables and starch, Peanut Butter and Jelly is the best of both worlds. It's quick, and technically, since it involves peanuts and grapes, it's sorta healthy. Okay, so that last part is a bit of a stretch. But if your family is as big of a fan of the Almighty PB&J as mine, here are 16 deliciously simple Peanut Butter and Jelly recipes for you to try.


How to Road Trip with Kids, Without Going Crazy

Simple tips on how to road trip this season without losing your mind in the process

The days are getting longer. The weather is getting warmer. Summer is just around the corner. If you're anything like my family, that means the season of road-trips is rapidly approaching. Which means if you want to survive the summer with your sanity intact, it's time to get started planning your next family road trip now.

Living in North Carolina presents plenty of road-tripping opportunities. Between the beaches and the mountains, there's plenty to see, and we often try. During the summer months, we typically spend at least one weekend a month on the road. Still, no matter how many road trips we take, road-tripping with a kid, is considerably more difficult, than road tripping with adults. Which is why before we leave, I take extra measures to ensure that our road-trip doesn't deprive me of my sanity.

WeMo Mini Smart Plug by Belkin Review and Giveaway

It's week two of my Smart Moms, Smart Homes series, and today, we're talking about the WeMo Mini Smart Plug. Be sure to check out my review on YouTube for more information about this smart plug. This post is sponsored by Belkin, however all thoughts and opinions belong solely to me.

WeMo Mini Smart Plug

You know that feeling of annoyance you get when it's too warm and your A/C just isn't doing the trick, but you know your fan will get the job done. Only your fan is on the other side of the room, and you're in a comfy position on your couch? Turns out, there's a fix for that-- The WeMo Mini Smart Plug by Belkin.

This tiny little plug packs a powerful punch. With one flick of the button, or a simple voice command, you can control electronic devices throughout your home, even if you're on the other side of the world.

Moana Movie Viewing Party + Moana Inspired Snack Ideas

Thank you to Disney for providing us with some awesome Moana swag and a gift card to help make our movie viewing party extra special! 

Tips and treats for hosting a Moana styled party

8 is the number of times my daughter has watched Moana since our movie viewing party last weekend. Not that I'm upset, because Moana is so good we can literally watch it over and over again, and love it every single time.

If you keep up with me on Twitter, you know that last week we celebrated the upcoming release of Disney's Moana with a few pint-sized friends and tons of goodies. Since Mr. A was out of town, it was truly a ladies night, complete with some serious yummies, and a movie that introduces a new kind of Disney Princess. As the mother of a strong-willed daughter, I LOVE the tone that this Moana sets, which is why it was literally the perfect choice for a ladies night in. My family has a rich history of strong, independent women, so watching this movie with my daughter, was especially important.