Holiday Shopping – Local Edition

Holiday Shopping – Local Edition

In my opinion, you can never start shopping for the holidays too early; spread it out over a couple months and it makes it not so daunting! When you do your shopping this year, make sure to shop with local vendors and especially mom-owned businesses.  Vend Raleigh has a directory that lists local vendors by category:

Have fun looking around and hopefully doing some shopping!


Free Smash Cake

This will be a short post as I am getting everything ready for my first day back to work after 10 weeks of maternity leave!  It’s hard to believe the time has gone by so fast, but I am looking forward to getting in the swing of things back at work, and I know Jake will keep a good eye out on Tyler during the school day.  I have kept up with parties during my maternity leave, but I have not done much for my other job as a clinical research coordinator at Duke Medical Center, so I’m sure I’ll need a couple days to regroup and get back to “work normal”.

I came across this picture from Jake’s 1st birthday party over the weekend.  I didn’t know at the time of Jake’s birthday, but have since found out that Harris Teeter provides a free smash cake for your child’s first birthday.  This is such a great deal, especially considering all your child is going to do is destroy it!  You will need to provide them two weeks notice (atleast), and depending on the location (all that I’ve used have been wonderful) they will create a cake for your theme.  If you already have a baker or want to create a masterpiece yourself, atleast use the free cake for a fun family dessert for the child’s first birthday.  Who doesn’t love free cake?!




I hope that everyone has had a nice weekend and enjoyed the beautiful fall weather (at least down here in the south!).  We had a wonderful weekend filled with good eating, a visit from my sister, Auntie Lala, the farmer’s market and a great visit to the lake to walk and feed the ducks.  The weekends at our house always means yummy food and a special treat…..this weekend was frozen yogurt, a family favorite.  Tonight I want to give a shout out to my favorite cake/cupcake baker around here (in my opinion); Burton’s Bakery.  She has made amazing treats for my son’s birthday parties and she is our go-to for any occasion we need specialty desserts.  The bonus is that she’s a local business, and I’m a big believer in using small local business whenever possible.  Check her out for your next occasion!