Conversation Starters: 4 tips for starting a conversation when you’re stumped

Have you ever gotten stumped during a networking event or an average day in the office with a co-worker and not know what to say? Want to make small talk with the barista at your local coffee shop or even your neighbor that you see every morning but struggle with the right words? Here are four tips from local female professionals on figuring out the best way to get a great conversation started in any and all situations. Take a professional approach Lashundra Hicks, Director of Human Resources, a leading hotel and asset management company Maybe it is Hicks’ professional prowess but her

By |March 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|

How to: De-clutter and organize your home this year

Whether it is a messy playroom or an overflowing closet, organizing your home does not have to be a daunting task. Kayla Childress, Chief Organizing Officer for Mindful Spaces, a home and business organization company, shares ways you can dethrone disorder and transform your space into clutter-free zones. We go through a closet organization with her, find out how she started her business and ask her a few questions about the de-cluttering process. Why did Childress start Mindful Spaces? “My grandmother, who passed away from cancer at the end of 2015, inspired me to fulfill my dream of owning my own business

By |January 21st, 2017|Uncategorized|

4 favorite holiday recipes from Charlotte chefs

Local chefs are no strangers to delicious food. Here they share a few of their favorite holiday dishes that bring a bit of nostalgia for those that mean the most to them—family. Risotto Alla Pescatora by Chef Luca Annunziata, Passion8 Restaurant Chef Luca Annunziata says he creates the risotto alla pescatora dish because this time of year it really brings him back to his childhood home and time with family, enjoying the Feast of the Seven Fishes, which his restaurant serves every Christmas Eve. Ingredients 2 1/2 cups fish or vegetable stock 1/3 cup olive oil 1 small onion, minced (about 1/2

By |December 22nd, 2016|Uncategorized|

5 book recommendations that remind you to be thankful

Coming off Thanksgiving, this is the season to give thanks for the wonderful things we have in our lives. But sometimes we forget, letting a bad day in the office, a fashion mishap or getting caught in the rain overshadow what’s actually going right. If you are having a hard time showing gratitude and desire to change or need a pick-me-up, try a book, specifically one that exudes appreciation, cheerfulness and peace. Here are a few thankful-themed book recommendations from local librarians that can help you get back on the thankful train. Each of these books can be found (or ordered)

By |December 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|