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Social Media Moms Jersey Shore Trip for Social Good #jerseylove

I am beyond excited to head to New Jersey at the end of this week. I haven’t had much extra time on my hands to write a post on this, but if you’re following me on Facebook and Twitter, I’m sure you’ve seen my #jerseylove references.

On Thursday, I’ll be driving North with Lisa Frame of A Daily Pinch {wahoo!!} Once we get to New Jersey, we’ll be dropping our bags off at the beautiful, Cesar’s Palace Atlantic City and enjoying a great dinner at Mia’s with these awesome moms from Social Media Moms and NJ Digital Moms. {Can you find me??}

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I’m very excited to spend some time catching up with, and making new friends, but will be happy to lay my head down at the end of the night after what will be a long, but I’m sure fun, drive North.

Friday we’ll be beach bound, heading to Belmar Shore. I am excited about this trip, although I have not been in person I have the images of the damage done by hurricane Sandy engrained in my head, it will be nice to fill them with new images of a place that is restored, and while not completely back to it’s “old” self, rising from the destruction and reclaiming home.

I’m honored to be a part of a group who will be presenting the Mayor of Belmar, Matt Doherty a check for rebuilding the town and to help those still in need and suffering from the effects of this tragedy. I know too well, how much others help can lift you up when you live through a situation like this, and that is why this trip is tugging at my heartstrings.

It’ll be nice to also show off some amazing businesses that have rebuilt and are trying to get back on their feet, I can’t wait to Instagram and tweet about the triumphs they are experiencing too!

While we are at the beach, I’ll be making a fool of myself learning how to surfing and finding out more about D6 Sports, having lunch at D’Jais {gonna try to stick with the salad, but the menu looks boardwalk-tastic}. For those of you who are foodies, you can spot us at the Taste of Atlantic City at Harrah’s , where we’ll be celebrating our Ladies Night Out on Saturday as well. {I heard Joey Lawrence was just there…WHOA!!!} Wonder how many autographs I’ll have to sign…

As for earlier in the day on Saturday, I know Hubby, aka Coaster Critic is a little jealous that I get to head to the Steel Pier on without him, but I’ll be taking lots of pictures and video and sharing with him and you too!!

After brunch and goodbyes on Sunday, Ms. Frame and I will be heading back South to report to you all the amazing things we did, and saw, and I fully plan on being filled up with inspiration for my own life on the progress and hope that you will consider helping restore New Jersey in any ways that you are able to, whether it be to pray, serve, or donate.

In the meantime, if you are a twitter kind of person, join Social Media Moms and NJ Digital Moms as we party with @D6SurfSkimmer tomorrow night 9pm ET (6pm PT, figure it out), and give away some cool prizes, and talk about our trip! RSVP to join us and be eligible to win prizes here:

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***Thanks in advance to all of the hospitality our group will be receiving from the above mentioned companies and services!!

Harlem Globetrotters Charlotte – Wholesome Family Entertainment #globiefamily

If you have read any of my other family entertainment posts you know that DaddyB and I are very selective with the entertainment choices we make for our girls. {Who as a reminder are almost 3 and almost 6}. They don’t care for “scary” scenes in movies and are still pretty young. DaddyB and I both remember seeing things from our childhood that have stuck with us now as adults and while we have the chance to enjoy our children’s innocence we are going to do just that. We love having opportunities where they can not only enjoy entertainment, but also learn from it as well.

Family Entertainment

When I think about wholesome family entertainment the Harlem Globetrotters performance definitely comes to mind. The Globetrotters have been an institution since 1926, yes that’s right, more than 85 years! That’s an amazing history, with over 20,000 games. Can you imagine how many families have watched them in that many years??

We want our girls to live and see a healthy, active lifestyle and encourage them by putting them in classes where they can learn physical skill as well as other important life skills, play with them at home, and we also enjoy watching sports on television and explaining rules, training, skill, and everything it takes to put together a game. As the girls grow we want to take them to more sporting events, however we know that some events aren’t so family friendly, which is why we are very excited to take them to the Harlem Globetrotters performance here in Charlotte.

We know the girls will be able to see, first-hand, the fun of sports, the athleticism that the Globetrotters portray, cool displays of skill, and will be able to enjoy it in a wholesome setting where we don’t have to worry about some of the issues we might encounter at a typical sporting event.

If you’re in the Charlotte, North Carolina area come join us, and if not I know there are games all over the country, so check it out and see if there’s a performance coming your way!!

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The Harlem Globetrotters love seeing families laugh together during our games, and would love to see your family when we come to a city near you.  If you’re looking for an awesome event the whole family will enjoy, get your tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters “You Write the Rules” tour.  Your family’s smiles will start before you even get to the game because this year, your family can vote at harlemglobetrotters.com, and decide rules for the game like two balls in play at the same time that could affect the final outcome. After the game, Globetrotters will stay on court to sign autographs and take photographs with your kids.  The only thing better than finding an event the whole family will enjoy, is getting a great deal on it.  Save $7 per ticket* by using the promo code “TOGETHER“.  Get ready to experience a show your family will remember for a lifetime!  *Discount available on select ticket levels

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I received complimentary tickets to the show so I can tell you a little more about my family’s experience. This in no way effects my opinion, good or bad of the Globetrotters. Your opinions of the Harlem Globetrotters and their games may be different.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present: DRAGONS Review

All-Access PreShow Circus

Lions, Tigers, and……DRAGONS?!?! Oh my! Or rather Oh boy!! This morning we went to watch the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present: DRAGONS performance. After the All-Access Pre-Show {which I’ll tell you about a little later}, the show was started by an amazingly talented, and hilarious Ringmaster, Johnathan Lee Iverson. Iverson was the first African American and the youngest Ringmaster in the history of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® starting his career with them in 1999. In his first year he was named one of the ten most fascinating people of the year by Barbara Walters. Not surprisingly so, his voice and personality was a huge gift to the entire performance.

Here’s a peek at some of the amazing talent we were able to enjoy and revel at:

Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey Circus Review

We were in awe at the Cossacks, who rode beautiful horses, and performed tricks that we normally only see done on gymnastics equipment. We even saw one of the troupe members go from riding the horse as usual to under and back over the horse in a 360 circle while the horse was running.

One small thing that could be an issue for parents about this specific performance is that one of the riders pretended to fall off his horse and was dragged around the ring, {I told Miss A at the time, and before the performance that everything was practiced regularly and that it was unlikely that anyone would be harmed at the circus.}

As a parent, I think it’s important to open up communication lines between the kids who will be attending the show, {especially younger ones} to let them know there will be dangerous feats involved so they a.)don’t think anyone is in real danger, and b.) so they don’t try to imitate the acts at home.

Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey DRAGONS

Each and ever section of acrobatics performed, whether it was the Hair Hang Heroines, Russian Bar Renegades, Teeterboard Titans, were skilled and amazingly talented. We got to see graceful moves as acrobats performed in the air inside see-through globes which was so impressive, and when one of the Teeterboard Titans landed in a chair perched atop a one-story {I’m guessing} pole, my jaw dropped. The clowns were great for laughs and transitions to different acts, but also to lighten the mood of the room after some pretty intense performances.

We were cheering loudly for the Torres Family who conquered the Globe of Steel, with 8 members of their family riding motorcycles inside the globe, it was one of the coolest things I have seen to date, no joke! The crowd was engaged by the Shaolin Warriors, and were laughing, clapping, and nervous {all at the same time} when Alexander Lacey performed with his big cats, including one male lion, 4 female lions, and 4 tigers, all beautiful animals.

Speaking of animals, we enjoyed being able to see the big cats, as well as domestic cats and dogs perform. It was nice to see the performers “lovin’ on” {as they say here in the South} their animals, I saw frequent pats, rubs, and even some kisses going on throughout the show, as well as animal care attendants {I don’t know their exact titles} watching and standing by for the animals, just as they do for the human performers.

It was neat to see the tone of the crowd change when the Asian elephants made their way into the circus ring. Each and every child, and most parents were, “ooohing” and “ahhhing” at these amazing creatures. It was an honor to be able to see these beautiful animals closer than you would at the zoo, and also see a little bit more of their personality as they performed standing, held each other’s tails, and one elephant even stood on his front legs and trunk.

Miss A’s favorite part, very surprisingly to me, were the dragons featured throughout the show and the end dragon who appeared in a cloud of smoke and blew green fire out his mouth. I thought the dragons would be scarier from the commercials, however I think Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey did a great job of making that part of the show kid-friendly.

Overall this was an amazing show, and I would write a million more things if I could. The show was a great pace, well worth the money, and definitely a show that Miss A and other families that attended will savor memories from. We also were able to enjoy pre-show activities that were offered:

Ringling Bros. Presents: DRAGONS opens an hour before each performance for the All-Access Pre-Show, an interactive experience free with ticket purchase. Families can participate in activities such as learning juggling and balancing skills, getting performer autographs, seeing one of Ringling Bros. majestic Asian elephants paint a one-of-a-kind masterpiece and meeting the Ringling Bros.Clowns, whose side-splitting spoofs, absurd antics and comical parody are guaranteed to keep audiences roaring with laughter.  

All-Access PreShow Circus

If you’re looking for an amazing show, with talented performers {both with and without fur}, look no further, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present: DRAGONS will be in the North Carolina/South Carolina area through the rest of this weekend and then continue on their tour in other cities, maybe to an area near you if don’t live in one of the mentioned areas.

Tickets for all local performances of Ringling Bros. Presents DRAGONS are available at the Time Warner Cable Arena Box Office, at www.ticketmaster.com, at www.ringling.com, and by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information, tickets for shows in other cities, and for special offers and group ticket purchasing, visit www.ringling.com. Be sure to also check them out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube also.

MommyBKnowsBest.com Reviews Ringling Bros Barnum & Bailey DRAGONS

 

 

I received complimentary tickets in order to provide a review for this show. All opinions, and thoughts expressed in this post are my honest experiences, yours may vary. 

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Present: Dragons

Ringling Bros. and Barnum &  Bailey’s 90-city tour is coming to Charlotte January 30 – February 3rd. This show features one phenomenal Ringling Bros. circus act after another, from Shaolin Kung Fu Warriors, charging Cossack riders, magnificent Asian elephants, fierce tigers to the frenzied Globe of Steel featuring the Torres family, and more! Take a look:

Check out these awesome circus animal facts and share them with your kiddos:

Elephants respond to some 60 verbal commands, as well as recognize human and animal friends after years of separation.

Tigers are the largest living members of the cat family. A tiger typically grows to be 40 inches tall at the shoulder, nine feet long and 500 pounds in weight.

A female elephant is pregnant for 22 months. (I’m thankful I’m not an elephant right about now.)

Horses are social animals. They form strong associations with members of their herd and possess a keen ability to recognize subtle social cues.

Male goats, called bucks or billies, usually have a beard. Female goats are called does or nannies, and young goats are called kids.

Llamas are normally sheared every two years.

If you are an animal lover, which I know many of you are, you may appreciate the fact that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey fund and have created state-of-the-art centers for elephant conservation as well as a big cat conservation. Not only that, but the animals you see in the show are cared for by animal care professionals around the clock and are showcased to display their physical abilities, beauty, and distinct behaviors. For more information on the treatment and care of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey animals, I encourage you to check out these two links:

 Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Animal Care

Ringling Bros. and Barnumb & Bailey Animal Care FAQ

Circus Collage

The variety of acts and performers featured in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents: DRAGONS show is amazing. What do you think will be your family’s favorite part of the show??

Tickets for all nine performances of Ringling Bros. Presents DRAGONS are available at the
Time Warner Cable Arena Box Office, at www.ticketmaster.com (For discount kids tickets on select shows use the code KIDS *restrictions apply), at www.ringling.com, and by calling 1-800-745-3000. For more information and for special offers and group ticket purchasing, visit www.ringling.com. Make sure you check out the All-Access Preshow®, available to all ticket holders.

 

Stay tuned on Saturday February 3rd for my personal opinions on the show. Complimentary tickets to the show have been provided but in no way influence my opinions and thoughts of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey DRAGONS.

 

 

Party Planning Tips for The Little Gym

Little Gym of Huntersville & Lake Norman

CupcakeLil’ C’s birthday party planning has begun, and I’m thinking that some of you have probably started trying to figure out what your children’s birthday parties will look like this year. Will you have an intimate party at home? Do you like hosting the party at a fun kid’s spot and avoiding clean-up? Maybe you do both, {if so then wowzers!!}

In the B family, we’ve done a little bit of both, although often, a small party winds up being larger than expected. Much to my husband’s surprise though I’ve been able to get our guest lists down to around 8 children or so, which is good for me.

One of the most memorable birthday parties that we hosted was Miss A’s fourth birthday that we held at The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman. {Did you know that you don’t have to be a member or enrolled in classes at The Little Gym to host your party there???} Here are some posts from that party {so you can see why it was a blast.}

Miss A’s Birthday Bash

Little Gym Birthday Party

 

Instead of telling you the amazing reasons to book a party for your child at The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman, I figured I would give you tips for party planning at this very cool location.

Communicate – While most of the work is left to the amazing staff at The Little Gym, there are a few choices you will need to make when it comes to activities, cake, number of guests, and of course date selection. The more you communicate with TLG staff, the less stressful the party will be.

Party Food – This is one of the few aspects of the birthday party package that The Little Gym leaves in the hands of parents. Whether you want to order pizza or make your own, they are very flexible about what choice of food you’d like to offer your guests. It may be a good idea, {depending on what time your party is} to get a few small snacks for parents to munch on while the children enjoy the activities and then give children the main dish before cake.

To Theme or Not to Theme – With The Little Gym services, there’s no need to plan an elaborate theme for your party, after all, the main theme will be gymnastics and play. However, if you’re anything like me, you love a good party theme. For Miss A’s fourth birthday party we chose a rainbow theme, AND it went perfect with The Little Gym’s bright colors, THAT was a coincidence.

Room for Presents – Most parents who host a party at The Little Gym choose for their child to open presents in their own home. This allows more party time for everyone. When thinking about your child’s presents, as well as seating for everyone who’ll be traveling with you, that way you’re not struggling to make it all fit.

Plan Ahead – Just like any other venue, The Little Gym Birthday Party dates fill up quickly. If possible, try to plan your date 1 to 2 months prior depending on the time of year. If you’ve already told family and friends to save the date, call The Little Gym as soon as you have a date, better safe than sorry.

Are you ready to book your child’s birthday party at The Little Gym? At your convenience you can book your party online, email, or call The Little Gym to pick out your date, find out more about the services they provide, and get your party planning started.

 Little Gym of Huntersville & Lake Norman

For more information on The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman {which I highly recommend if you live in the Charlotte area}, head to their website www.thelittlegym.com, check out their phone listing, Facebook page and birthday party rates.

 

I am The Little Gym of Huntersville/Lake Norman Mombassador, and receive services in return for my work showcased here. The above opinions and thoughts expressed are mine and my family’s. 

Disney On Ice Present: Worlds of Fantasy Interview

Disney On Ice Charlotte

I had the unique opportunity to interview one of the amazing talents of Disney on Ice Presents: Worlds of Fantasy live show here in Charlotte, NC. 19 year-old Elizabeth Parsons has been ice skating since she was three years old, after she was influenced by watching her bigger sister and professional ice skaters.

And now at the age of 19, it’s still one of the best things she’s done in her life. I fully enjoyed speaking with Elizabeth, aka “Liz”, because, even through the phone, I could feel the passion and joy she has for her craft. This job has afforded her the opportunity to visit countries across the globe with her ice family and still be able to work on her degree by taking online classes.

Disney On Ice Charlotte

In the show, Disney on Ice Presents: Worlds of Fantasy, Liz is an Ensemble Skater who plays a seahorse, finale fairy and green army man. Liz says about the show,

“It’s a great show for boys and girls kids of all ages, with Tinkerbell coming into her own, Little Mermaid’s fun and exciting story, Cars 2 and of course the Toy Story 3 section there are so many characters that kids can identify with.”

Disney On Ice Collage

Through this show, and the others that Liz has taken part in, she has been able to live her dream and  enjoy what she calls, “the perfect job.” Because she knows a lot about living her own passion she also encourages children to do the same,

“Just to go for it and work hard, and really follow your dreams and it will get you to amazing places and get you to amazing things.”

I encourage you to go watch Liz and her fellow cast mates as they entertain your entire family, and who knows, maybe you could have a future ice skater on your hands!

Enjoy the fantasy of Disney on Ice and make some fantastic memories! Are you headed to a Disney On Ice performance this year?

received complimentary tickets in order to review Disney On Ice Presents: Worlds of Fantasy. The above words and opinions in this post are my own and that of my interviewee. 

Disney on Ice Presents Worlds of Fantasy Winner

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Today, one lucky reader won 4 tickets to opening night, click HERE to see who it is!

If you haven’t bought your tickets for the Charlotte performance, and aren’t a winner, there’s still time to get your tickets this week. Showtimes for the Time Warner Cable Arena are:

Wednesday, Oct. 10th at 7:00pm
Thursday, Oct. 11th at 7:00pm
Friday, Oct. 12th at 10:30am and 7:00pm
Saturday, Oct. 13th at 11:00am, 2:30pm and 6:30pm
Sunday, Oct. 14th at 12:00-noon and 4:00pm

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And whether you’re going or not, check out this fun coloring page that your kiddos will love. A perfect activity for any day! {Click to enlarge and print.}

Disney Coloring Sheet

I received complimentary tickets in order to post about this event. All opinions and words are my own, yours may vary.

Disney On Ice Presents: Worlds of Fantasy come to Charlotte {Giveaway – CLOSED}

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D29 Character Logo I remember the cool air and trying to contain my excitement as the music began and having one of the most memorable experiences of my childhood when I watched my very first children’s ice show.

At ages 5 and 2 my girls have not seen an ice show the size of Disney on Ice, so I’m extremely excited to take them to Disney On Ice Presents: Worlds of Fantasy when they come to Charlotte Wednesday, Oct. 10th through Sunday, Oct. 14th

“Rev up for non-stop fun with four of your favorite Disney stories at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy. Thrill to high-speed stunts as Lightning McQueen, Mater and the crew ofDisney·Pixar’s Cars race across the ice. Dive into The Little Mermaid’s enchanting undersea kingdom and enter the mystical world of Pixie Hollow with Tinker Bell and the Disney Fairies as they reveal the magic that lies within! The toys are back in town with heroic action when Buzz Lightyear, Woody, Jessie and the Toy Story gang escape from the rambunctious tots of Sunnyside Daycare and race for home, in their most daring adventure ever! From wheels to waves, playtime to pixie dust, your family’s favorite Disney moments come to life at Disney On Ice presents Worlds of Fantasy with dazzling skating, special effects and beloved characters certain to create a lifetime of memories.”

Ariel and Friends

I am always amazed at the amount of work that goes into making these shows seem so effortless. From the staging, lighting, and music, to production, crew, and the talent. I love seeing the great display of athleticism in these shows and really am impressed.

I look forward to my girls seeing their favorite Disney characters in action. I fully expect a lot of, “ooohs” and “ahhhs” to come from their little mouths and hoping that it will be as memorable a night for them as it was for me when I was their age.

Do you remember an ice show you went to when you were a child? Have you taken your children to an ice show??

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Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure Universal Studios

Red Fish Blue Fish MommyBKnowsBest

We are huge fans of Dr. Seuss, his books, and of course the new television show, Cat in the Hat on PBS Kids. So much so, in fact that when I asked Miss A what theme she wanted her 5th birthday to be she said, “Cat in the Hat.” And that’s exactly what we did. {I’ll post more on birthday party details another time.}

On our Spring Break trip to Florida in April, we got a Seuss-y treat when we arrived at Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure – Universal Studios. Not only did I get to do some research/gather party ideas, but we had a truffula-green-egg-and hammy-fish-splashing-whoobilee-sneetch-filled time!

Seuss Landing was magnificently themed, from the details of each ride, to street lamps, and signage. Here are some pictures from our fantastic few hours:

Seuss Landing MommyBKnowsBest

As you can see we enjoyed the Caro-Seuss-el, with it’s many Seussian creatures, but that wasn’t the only ride we had a great time on. Miss A and I really loved The High in the Sky Seuss Trolley Train Ride, and all the fun Sneetches we got to see along the way, warning, this one has a really, really, really, long queue, but totally worth it to be able to ride above Seuss Landing and through the Circus McGurkus Cafe Stoo-pendous, a very cool big top themed restaurant.

We also liked the One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish ride, well, all of us except Lil’ C, she wasn’t a fan of even the thought of getting wet, we ended the ride with a few tears, but Miss A loved making the fish car go up and down trying to avoid the water streams using the easy controls.

Red Fish Blue Fish MommyBKnowsBest

The only ride that really scared the kids was The Cat in the Hat indoor ride. We asked the ride attendee outside the entrance if the ride was “scary” or “very spin-y”. She told us that there were about 3 spins and they were mild. I guess we had a different definition of spin. For Lil’ C who is 2 and Miss A who was then not quite 5 years old, it was not a good ride. Both of them were a little scared from being spun around and all of the different pieces from The Cat in the Hat story moving or jumping out in front of us. I’m not sure what I would have thought if I was a kid, but it was a little intense for me. So just a warning if you have sensitive kiddos you may want to skip this one, but if you have daring, ride-anything children have at it!!

All in all, most of the rides in Seuss Landing were entertaining and enjoyable. We also loved the theming, play areas that were set up, and bush sculptures. Of course after watching The Lorax in theaters, we were very excited to also see parts of the book, {and movie accordingly} portrayed in Seuss Landing. Like the Lorax himself, the home of the Once-ler, truffula trees, and the, “Street of the Lifted Lorax Sign.” Miss A got super excited, because it’s one of the few movies she’s seen in the theater.

The Lorax MommyBKnowsBest

Honestly and truly, visiting Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure was like stepping into Dr. Seuss’ books, I only wish we had more time to enjoy more rides and details of this section of the park.

Don’t be a grinch!! Make sure you visit, and bring the kids to Seuss Landing when you come to Islands of Adventure Universal Studios, I promise you’ll have fun too!

And if you’ve been, we would love to hear your thoughts on Universal Studios Islands of Adventure as well. Leave a comment and make sure you visit my Facebook page http://facebook.com/mommybknowsbest for more pictures of our Seuss Landing at Islands of Adventure Universal Studios trip. For the roller coaster fans, check out DaddyB’s site for his review on Harry Potter & The Forbidden Journey, also at Universal Studios: http://www.thecoastercritic.com/2012/05/harry-potter-the-forbidden-journey-review.html

Thank you Islands of Adventure Universal Studios for having the B family visit. We loved our time visiting the park and the above opinions are my own honest words and thoughts. Your opinions may vary. 

Valentine’s Day in Charlotte – Weekend Away or Date Night?

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Living in Charlotte, North Carolina has it’s perks. I thoroughly enjoy raising my family here, have met some amazing people, and the city is just the right size, {for me}. Charlotte has so many different areas that appeal to many, and I hope my girls can grow up as Charlotteans.

DaddyB and I have not been on a date, with each other {meaning aside from our night’s out with friends}, in a very, very, very, very long time. And if I told you exactly how many years {yes years} it has been I know some of you would shout at me. So I’m keeping that info to myself. Needless to say, we have not ventured out on the dating scene here in Charlotte, however, my local site, TheCharlotteMoms.com affords me the opportunity to visit all kinds of great places here in Charlotte that I might not have seen otherwise. I’d love to tell you about two amazing places in and around Charlotte that I would highly suggest for a Valentine’s Day treat.

Harvest Moon GrilleIf you’re looking to stay in town, no matter the reason, and want great food I love Harvest Moon Grille. Not only do they tout, “Farm to fork” food, but their Executive Chef and Proprietor, Cassie Parsons puts her whole heart into her food, and you can tell. Named Restaurateur of the Year by Charlotte Magazine, Parsons not only manages the business side of things, but she’s also a local farmer and mom too. I was lucky enough to meet with her and enjoy some delicious dishes. Here’s some of the great food we tasted on our visit:

Harvest Moon Grille Collage

Make your reservations for Valentine’s Weekend or Valentine’s Day at Harvest Moon Grille here: http://opentable.com

GPI Valentine's DayIf you’re looking for something a little more romantic however, consider a weekend getaway without the kiddos. Asheville is close enough to have a great get away, but not too far from home and the kiddos. Asheville has a lot of great places that offer romantic settings, but I recommend Grove Park Inn. Grove Park Inn has a few Valentine’s Day packages that are already set up for you, but make sure you plan in advance, because spots book quickly.

Valentine’s Day Weekend events include their Starlight & Chocolate party, dinner at your choice of one of their fine restaurants, Valentine’s Dance with dance instruction, and “It Takes Two” cooking demonstration and a commemorative portrait to remember the weekend by. Also, add a special couple’s spa appointment to make it even more romantic.

Check out some of their package choices here: http://www.groveparkinn.com/Valentine and tell them you heard about them on MommyB Knows Best it’s definitely going to be a weekend you will remember.