Giftology: Shopping Plans for Mother’s Day Gifts

Mother's Day is coming up! According to the National Retail Federation, Mother's Day spending is set to reach a record-high of $23.6 billion dollars this year. See below for a few shopping trends and stats for the holiday. Americans expect to spend more than ever on Mother’s Day this year as they shower moms with everything from jewelry to special outings at favorite restaurants, according to NRF’s annual survey. Total spending is expected to reach $23.6 billion – the highest in the survey’s 14-year history, topping last year’s previous record of $21.4 billion. CELEBRATION PLANS How Americans plan to celebrate

By |May 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Simple gifts you can give yourself and others this Earth Day

In celebration of Earth Day on April 22, I am sharing a few local gift ideas and experiences that will help you support the environment in your own way, big or small. Don an eco-cuff from Green Market Girl. All pieces are uniquely designed by owner Susan J. Hilger and made with repurposed wood and low VOC stains and finishes. Get zen on the water for Earth Day at My Aloha Paddle and Surf in Lake Norman. The business will offer two types of classes on Earth Day: Aloha Flow, which includes standing and seated postures on the paddleboard, and

By |April 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Love app-tually: Plan out an entire date night with these apps

Neilsen, a global performance management company that provides a comprehensive understanding of what consumers watch and buy, found that smartphone users accessed 26.7 apps per month on average, and spent 37 hours and 28 minutes per month using apps. Knowing this information, we thought it would be a fun idea to plan a date—solely using apps. Love app-tually? Here’s how this new-ish technology could help you plan the perfect date. Step 1: What to do. Where to go. Whether your date prefers a casual Charlotte Knights baseball game, checking out the live music scene in the city or something in between,

By |April 1st, 2017|Uncategorized|

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|