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Summmaaa Timeee

“Summertime and the livin’s easy”……Well for most people.  For those of us involved in the homeowner’s association industry, pool season is in full effect. Be sure and make time for fun this summer! Take a dive into the many events going on and plunge into the incredible summer “hot” spots thatNorth Carolina has to offer!

Barbeques, fireworks and red, white and blue all come to mind when thinking of the 4th of July. Celebrating our day of independence is the epitome of summer and finding the perfect spot to watch fireworks is crucial. One of the most unique spots in NC is the 15th annual Battleship Blast, which can be viewed primarily in downtown Wilmington. Noted as Coastal Living’s 10 Spots to Celebrate the Fourth and recent recipient of Southeast Tourism Society’s award of Top 20 things to due in July, this fireworks show surely wont disappoint. Visit http://www.battleshipnc.com for details!

From the coast to the mountains there is always something happening around the state. Go share the fun at the 33rd annual Bele Chere Festival in downtown Asheville on July 29-31. Bele Chere is known as the largest free street festival in the southeast and is perfect for all ages.  Enjoy the beautiful mountain scenery while listening to live original music. Also be sure and stop by the numerous arts and craft vendors that travel from all over the country to bring their unique, one of kind pieces of art to take home and make your own. To find out more information about the Bele Chere Festival, visit www. http://www.belecherefestival.com.

Here’s some juicy news…The 26th annual Watermelon Festival which is held in Fair Bluff, NC is going to be taking place July 16-24! “Simple to grow. Simple to Buy. Simple to Eat. Watermelon” is their motto.  So, being there is just that simple!  All things watermelon is the theme, from the watermelon eating contest to spiting seed contest, this festival will be some sweet fun. The festival will include a parade, car show and also Teen Miss and Queen Pageants. It all began in 1986, when two best friends, Monroe Enzor, Sr. and A.J. Worley, wanted a new hobby and they picked growing watermelons. This festival has been going ever since! Visit http://www.ncwatermelonfestival.com for more information. Don’t miss this mouth-watering event!

On a sweltering summer day, we all need the perfect spot to cool off. Whether it is in a pool, lake or on the beach, by the water is where we all want to be! A remarkable place to be is on the Dan River in StokesCounty.  Float down the river in an inner tube, canoe or kayak, whichever you chose is surely to be a relaxing enjoyable ride. A fun and affordable adventure, floating the Dan Riveris the perfect way to unwind and cool down on Saturday after a long week in the office. Visit http://www.danriveradventures.com to find out directions and information.

With so many events and festivals going on in the summer in the incredible state of NC, there is sure to be something going on for every individual’s interest. Go to VistingNC.com for a complete listing of everything going on around the state as well as your hometown.

Good Morning Lauren!

Starting the day off right is crucial. You know that saying, ” I woke up on the wrong side of the bed”?  Its true. If you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, it usually leads to horrible event after event that leads to an unhappy day!  My key to waking up on the RIGHT side of the bed, is my ” Good Morning, Lauren!” Soundtrack.  Every morning, I immediately start to play my happy music that automatically puts me in a good mood. I’m dancing in the shower, singing into my toothbrush like it’s a microphone and smiling like it’s my job!

Here’s my playlist for this week:

1. Forget You- The GLEE version

2. Take me baby or Leave me -Rent

3. Best of my love- The emotions

4. September -Earth, Wind, Fire

5. Lean on me- Bill Withers

6. I wanna be your lover- Prince

7. Sparks Fly- Taylor Swift

8. You’re the Love I wanna be in- Jason Aldean

9. Always be my Baby- Mariah Carey

10. Little Lies- Dave Barnes

11. Biggest Part of Me- Ambrosia

Make your own good morning playlist and sing and dance around! It’s fun….Trust me.. I have experience! 😉

Puppies, Snowdays,Suprises..oh my!

There are certain things, certain memories, when I look back on my life that generally just bring a smile to my face and make me all giddy just when I even THINK about them. I love the word “giddy” by the way.

Here are 10 of them:

1. Puppy Kisses.

2. Hot chocolate with a LOT of marshmallows after sledding all day on a snow day.

3. Knowing all the words to every song at one of my favorite bands at their concert.

4. Laying on the beach with a frozen drink with one of those little umbrellas.

5. Laughing so hard with my friends that it hurts.

6. Driving with my windows down on a beautiful spring day, music blaring , of course.

7. Surprising friends or family with anything..I will never forget the looks on their faces.

8. Paddle boating.

9. Going upside down on a Roller Coaster.

10. The smell of a REAL christmas tree.

….More to come at some point later in time……

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