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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Travel - Where to eat in the Outer Banks off-season, part 1

I've been home from our trip for two weeks now, and my heart still yearns for the beauty of the Outer Banks.  So to help, I'm revisiting our trip here on the blog!

Because we went during the off-season, a lot of places were closed.  But we were able to find some great places while we were there!

My son and I don't eat seafood, but my husband does.  I researched restaurants online before we went so that I could find places that would have food we would all enjoy!

Our first night, we planned to eat at Barefoot Bernie's.  They were PACKED!  So, we went across the street to a little place called Max's Pizza Co.  So glad we decided to try them out!  The owner was so friendly and told us everything is made homemade from scratch.  My husband ordered a calzone, I tried a club panini, and our son had pizza.  It was delicious! And we shared tiramisu for dessert.  Yum!!  Check them out:

The next day we were able to visit Barefoot Bernie's. Yay!! It was as good as the reviews I'd read promised!  We started out with a side of crispy onion tanglers. Delish!  For dinner, I had a Nashville Hot Chicken sandwich with fries, my son had a chicken sandwich and my husband had the El Chupacabra tacos. The food here was different and tasted fantastic! The menu has lots of fun offerings, sure to please everyone!

Click on pics to see larger image! 

You can find more about Barefoot Bernie's here! (Literally located right across the street from Max's Pizza Co!)  The vibe here was beachy and fun.  We really enjoyed it!

That's all for today - more later this week!  Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, April 15, 2019

Travel - The Outer Banks of North Carolina

We just returned home last week from what turned out to be one of my favorite trips ever!

For Spring Break, my husband, son and I drove from NE Georgia to the Outer Banks. It was about a 10 hour drive without stops, almost 13 for us with stops and a longer break for lunch with my Aunt in Wilson, NC.

We stayed in Kill Devil Hills, at the Days Inn Mariner.  It's an older motel, but right on the beach, and the two bedroom suite was wonderful for our family!  Great wifi and free hot breakfast every morning made this a great choice for us.  And those beach sunrises - ahhhh!

Over the next week or so, I'll share some of our favorite places we discovered.  It was an amazing trip and I cannot wait to go back again!!  I'll leave you with one of the best parts of our vacation - seeing the beautiful Inn at Rodanthe house from the movie Nights in Rodanthe.  It's spectacular in person, y'all!

**This trip was not sponsored in any way, I just loved the places I plan to share with y'all!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

The Restoration Series: Jonathan's Walk #FlyBy #TheRestorationSeries

Do you know someone in prison now, or who was a prisoner in the past?  If so, this might be something you will be interested in.

I was able to preview a really well-done documentary series about prisoners learning how to re-acclimate to the world outside of prison. They take part in something called the Prison Academy, and this story follows one prisoner as he is released from prison.

More about the series:
For years, Jonathan has been in prison. As a result, he has missed milestone
moments with his family. He wasn’t there for his daughter’s first day of school or a
thousand little experiences with his wife and as a father.   He is devastated to be
separated from those he loves most.

Jonathan has been looking forward to his release from prison for over a decade. So
many life events have been missed and he is now ready to be with his wife and kids
again. Of course, this transition isn't going to be easy. The odds are against him: with
over half of prisoners returning to prison within two years, Jonathan is aware of the
challenge set before him.

Still, he is determined to take the skills he has learned into the world outside of
incarceration and stay there, helping build the community that he is part of for years
to come.

Prison Fellowship presents The Restoration Series: Jonathan’s Walk, a 5-part
documentary film series following one man as he re-enters his community after 15
years in prison. It demonstrates in imagery, powerful storytelling and social
interaction what it means to be human and the shared need of all people to see
communities restored.

 Though America is home to only 4% of the world's population, we house more
than 20% of its prisoners. Recidivism–the tendency of a criminal to reoffend—is
out of control. The Restoration Series tells the story of men and women who have
experienced The Academy, a revolutionary in-prison program that is combatting
incarceration and recidivism head on.

This series ends on a very positive, hopeful note.  They also give an update on Jonathan and his family.  I hope and pray he is one of the lucky ones who makes it and never returns to prison.  He has so much to live for!  Check out the series and see what you think!

“Society says that most prisoners are coming back. But I know what’s inside of me, and I can confidently tell somebody, ‘I’m not coming back to prison.’ ” — Jonathan