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College football season is upon us! In just a few short weeks, we’ll be knee deep in tailgating! Some of my favorite memories of college football seasons past are from the tailgating before and after the games. Nowadays, tailgating looks a little different than it did in college as us and all our friends have kids so our set-up has become much more family friendly! After a trip to Wal-Mart to stock up on some of our tailgating essentials in preparation for the start of college football, I thought I would I share some of our favorite family friendly grill-gating essentials!
A Charcoal Grill & Kingsford® Charcoal
There is nothing better than the way tailgate food tastes after being grilled over charcoal. We only use Kingsford® Charcoal. We tried a few other brands in the past and it was clear that Kingsford® was far superior. It lights up quickly and easily, and stays lit for a constant, even temperature. It’s perfect for cooking for your whole group at a tailgate!
Check out this site with a great video of Emmitt Smith sharing some grilling tips and recipes. He also has a challenge to share your grilling photos and experiences where your photo could end up on the Grill-gating website! Just make sure to use the hashtag #GrillGatingHero when you post!
Buffalo Chicken Dip
I love to make this dip ahead of time and bring it to our tailgate! It is always a crowdpleaser with both adults and children! For tailgates, I usually add a bit more Hidden Valley® Ranch dressing than the recipe calls for and load it up with mozzarella cheese to make it a bit less spicy for the kids. I serve it with RITZ crackers too. The kids will even enjoy these on their own so make sure you grab a family sized box!
- 1/2 cup of your favorite hot sauce (we love Texas Pete!)
- 1/2 cup of Hidden Valley® Ranch Dressing
- 8 ounces of cream cheese, room temperature
- 2 cups of shredded chicken
- Shredded mozzarella for sprinkling on top
- RITZ crackers for dipping
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Combine all ingredients except mozzarella cheese in medium sized mixing bowl
- Transfer to an an oven-safe casserole dish and sprinkle mozzarella cheese on top
- Bake for 20 minutes
- Serve with RITZ crackers and enjoy!
Cooler of Sodas
Our coolers used to be filled with something else years ago but now we never tailgate without a cooler full of sodas! We always grab at least a 12-pack of Dr Pepper® to include because it’s always a favorite! Make sure you bring along your favorite college football team coozies too!
Cornhole and Redneck Golf
One of our favorite things to do when tailgating is the games! Two games we always bring with us are our cornhole boards and our set of ladder golf (we call it redneck golf here in the south haha!). These are favorites with both the adults and kids! Sometimes we even get a little competitive!
As you get ready for college football season yourself, make sure you swing by Wal-Mart and stock up on Kingsford® Charcoal, RITZ and Dr Pepper! They are essential in throwing the perfect fall tailgate gathering, and when you pair them with our other essentials, it’s a recipe for TOUCHDOWN!
What are your favorite grill gating essentials? Anything we should add to our stash before college football season starts??
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company. The opinions and text are all mine. I’m partnering with Folgers® at Walmart through the Share A Cup & A Story campaign to create personal connections within my community
After serving as an assistant district attorney in Durham for over a decade, Shamieka Rhinehart set her sights on impacting Durham in a new way, as a district court judge. I’ve known Shamieka for many years now and am constantly inspired by her in many ways. She devotes so much of her time to the betterment of our community. There are groups of people that we know we should always thank – police officers, firefighters, military service members – but so many times we forget to thank the people doing the smaller, more mundane tasks, in the background of our communities.
In an effort to thank those around me more, I decided to put my thoughts into words about how thankful I am to have Shamieka as an inspiration in my life. After writing the letter below, I invited Shamieka over to share my words with her over dessert and a cup of Folgers coffee. It was truly an honor to get to spend this time with a dear friend who I admire so much. As always, she was truly an inspiration and I hope to work with her in the future to help her accomplish some dreams she has for the community!
Years ago, I was blessed to have you brought into my life through a great women’s organization for Durham & Orange counties. During one of our very first provisional meetings I was instantly drawn to your positivity and genuineness. I knew right then that you were going to make a powerful impact! Since that time, you have only continued to grow in your role within the Durham community and make a lasting impact in a community that so desperately needs a ray of sunshine like yourself. Even when things are hard, like they have been here in the past few weeks, your positivity is contagious and just being around you motivates me to make an impact too.
I love listening to you speak about absolutely anything – from speaking to young kids about staying in school, to your experiences as a public service in the criminal justice field, to your ideas and dreams. You have such a strong desire to help children in schools, especially young girls, to understand their worth, their potential and their strength. I can only hope that my own daughter grows up with you as a positive role model in her life! You volunteer countless hours each year in our community, but I think your biggest impact is felt in our community government.
You have dedicated your life to public service and I was so proud to vote for you this past November. I had no doubt in my mind that as a community government member, you would carry out my interests just as much as those that having differing views. You see someone’s potential and you are aware of how your decisions will impact others. You use the law to empower others and to effect real change in our community. You embody everything that our legal system should be. I know it is a tough job – in a highly emotionally charged environment, you have to put your emotions aside – but you do it with grace and strength.
Thank you for dedicating your life to this wonderful city of ours. It is an honor to know you and call you friend! Thank you for demonstrating strength in the face of adversity and for inspiring myself and others to strive for greatness always!
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There are just some nights that I do not feel like cooking. No matter how much I have prepped, or meal planned, or grocery shopped the weekend before, sometimes when friday (or even monday!) hits, there is just no way I am getting in the kitchen to cook. As I’m driving home from work on one of these nights, I do that mental game of weighing the effort it takes to cook with the mostly unhealthy or expensive options there are for a pre-prepared meal. I know that you mamas know what mental game I am talking about!
Whenever we do order pizza, I always order from Papa John’s. They really are my favorite pizza delivery option in the area! Now, Papa John’s has made pizza more guilt-free with it’s ancient grains crust option! This new crust is made of ancient grains, including Sorghum, Teff, Amaranth, and Quinoa, and is gluten free! It’s a healthier alternative to one of my favorite treats!
As Christopher and I prepare to go out of town for two weeks on our honeymoon (more on that later), we are working overtime during the week to get everything ready to go during some of our busiest months of the year! Last Friday, I was absolutely exhausted from another long week and even though I had planned to cook, it just was not going to happen. I ordered Papa John’s online and figured we would give the new ancient grains a try. I really could not tell much of a difference at all and Elliott gobbled it right up then asked for seconds, which is usually unheard of around here!
Check out Papa John’s and try it for yourself! I’d love to know what you think!
In our house, there is usually always a tv on or music playing. I can’t concentrate in the silence. I know that there is constantly talk about whether or not kids should watch tv. This isn’t a post to debate that. I am not one of those moms that never lets my child watch tv. Let’s be honest here, sometimes I need a break or need to get dressed or just want 5 minutes by myself to use the bathroom and scroll on my phone. I do try to find shows that are at least a little educational or will teach critical thinking that she will also actually like and pay attention to. When I first started putting programs on tv for her, I didn’t really know where to start with finding something for her to watch. I started with the big channels PBS and Disney and then started choosing some programs from there. Some she didn’t care for as much, others she loves! Before I knew it, she was following along, responding to questions the characters would ask and singing along to the songs. So I wanted to share our top children’s TV shows for the 12-18 month range.
1 // Sesame Street // this is such a classic! I love that my daughter can watch a show that I watched as a kid! It still teaches letters, counting and being nice to your friends, just like it did 30 years ago!
2 // Wild Kratts // a client of mine told me about this show and Elliott loves it! It is two friends who travel around the world teaching kids about animals and the environment. It is such a cute show and it is actually one that I don’t mind watching over and over again!
3 // Mickey Mouse Clubhouse // when I was a nanny, the kids I used to watch loved this show. It definitely hasn’t changed and Elliott loves it too! It’s such a fun show and teaches kids critical thinking, which I love. There is nothing better than when you kid starts answering the questions correctly too! There is something so classic about mickey and I’m a total Disney mom so this is a good one in our house!
4 // Puppy Dog Pals // this is a new one and we actually found it through an ad through our Roku (so your adverts are working Disney!). I’m such a huge disney mom so I definitely had to check it out! Plus, Elliott loves pets so we thought we’d try this one out and it has become a new favorite! Such a cute little show that keeps her entertained!
5 // Daniel Tiger // I love the adorable little life lessons that this show teaches. It’s another one of those shows that I don’t mind watching over and over. It has cute little sing-songy rhymes for each of the lessons which actually help me to remind Elliott of them, like remembering to wash your hands now that we are potty training!
6 // The Wiggles // Along with Sesame Street, this was one of the very first shows that Elliott watched. I have no idea how we found this show but its got some great songs and teaches basic counting and letters.
7 // Thomas the Train // Elliott has a cute little Thomas book that she loves so we tried out the show and it was another success! This one has great songs and teaches good lessons too!
8 // Little Baby Bum // This show is our secret weapon. Another mama friend of mine told me about it (thanks Catherine!) and it is seriously like baby crack. It is little animation to go along with nursery rhymes. Elliott knows so many of the songs and even knows which one is coming just from the first few notes. I save this show for when I really need her to be entertained and sit still, like when I have to get ready in the morning and Chris is already gone or when we are on a long car ride. If your little one hasn’t seen this yet, you have got to try it out!
So tell me, what shows does your little one like?
This post is sponsored by CBR®, but all opinions are my own.
Right before I got pregnant with Elliott, I had the privilege of being matched with a woman through the Be The Match program and was able to donate bone marrow to her for a transplant. This experience will always be held close to my heart so the topic of stem cell research is something that is extremely important to me.
If you are an expecting new mom, chances are you are positively overwhelmed with all the information, choices and decisions that are being thrown at you right now. Unfortunately that information, those choices and those decisions are just getting started. One of the things I wish I had done more research on was cord blood banking. It was one of those things that I thought I’d get to and then little miss arrived 13 days early and only 3 hours after arriving at the hospital. We had asked to speak to someone about cord blood banking when we were admitted but it all happened so fast, I just didn’t have time. That’s why even now, before we’re thinking about baby #2, I’ve started doing my research about cord blood banking so that we will be ready to make that decision, if and when the time comes. In honor of Cord Blood Awareness Month, here are 11 facts you should know as you begin your research.
- Your baby’s umbilical cord is made up of tissue and contains blood. Both that tissue and blood are rich sources of powerful stem cells.
- Why are these cells better? Cord blood stem cells are biologically younger and are more flexible compared to adult stem cells from other sources like bone marrow.
- Cord blood stem cells are currently used in transplant medicine to regenerate healthy blood and immune systems.
- Cord blood banking preserves these cells for potential treatment of 80 known diseases and disorders, including leukemia, certain other cancers and blood, immune and metabolic disorders as part of a stem cell transplant, and perhaps more as research continues into these cells’ ability to act like a body’s personal repair kit.
- Cord blood stem cells from family and public banks have already been used in more than 35,000 transplants worldwide.
- Your baby’s cord blood stem cells will always be a perfect match for him or her, but they aren’t the only one who may benefit from cord blood banking. Newborn stem cell preservation can potentially benefit siblings and parents, too. In many cord blood treatments, stem cells from a matched family member are preferred. Siblings of the same biological parents have a 25% chance of being a perfect match, and a 50% chance of being a partial match; biological parents will always be a partial match. Using a family member’s cord blood can have significant advantages in treatments, including fewer complications and improved medical outcomes
- You can choose BOTH delayed cord clamping and cord blood banking for your baby.
- Cord Blood Registry (CBR) is the world’s largest newborn stem cell company and stores samples for more than 500,000 children. CBR hopes families may have access to more options and future technologies as they may become available and in fact, offer cord tissue preservation in addition to cord blood. CBR preserves the cord tissue as a whole sample to help safeguard the variety of cord tissue cell types. Cord tissue research is still in its infancy, but there are many possibilities for what may be discovered in the future.
- Cord blood banking doesn’t have to be expensive. CBR’s Newborn Possibilities Program® has assisted over 6,000 families with a qualifying medical need by covering all costs for stem cell processing and storage for 5 years.
- Still not sure you want to bank your baby’s cord blood, you can still help research in this area! All families can participate in advancing stem cell research and potential treatments by completing a family health questionnaire, which collects data on the most common conditions affecting CBR families and helps us focus our stem cell research. 100,000+ participants and counting.
- Cord blood banking is actually very easy to arrange! Just contact the company you decide to go with to enroll. If you choose to go with CBR they will then send you a collection kit that you simply hand to the doctor when you arrive at the hospital to deliver your baby! You will definitely need simple when that time comes! Trust me!
Disclaimer: Cord tissue use is still in early research stages, and there is no guarantee that treatment using cord tissue will be available in the future. Should such use become available, cord tissue will require additional processing prior to use. CBR is currently evaluating the potential to isolate and prepare multiple cell types from cryopreserved cord tissue for potential future use.
Cbr Systems, Inc.’s activities for New York residents are limited to collection of umbilical cord tissue and long-term storage of umbilical cord-derived stem cells. Cbr Systems, Inc.’s possession of a New York State license for such collection and long-term storage does not indicate approval or endorsement of possible future uses or future suitability of these cells.
Have you decided to bank your baby’s cord blood and tissue after birth? Why or why not? I’d love to hear about your experience!
If there is anything that I have learned as a new mom, it is what to pack in your diaper bag! I can’t tell you how many times I have found myself out with Elliott and not had something that I needed! When I was pregnant and looking at diaper bags, they all seemed so huge to me. What could I possibly need all that space for??? And how could I possibly carry a bag that big along with a baby. So I registered for this Skip Hop bag which is on the smaller side. That means that I have to be very intentional with what I pack in my bag! I thought I would share the five things that I try to never leave the house without!
Diapers and Wipes
You would think this one would be kinda a no-brainer but it is probably the one I forget the most often! Isn’t that ironic?? (Alanis Morrisette anyone? No? Just me? Okay then…) I think it is because I grab them out of the bag so often and then I forget to restock them! I try to remember to do a double check every time I walk out the door.
These Similac Grow & Go pouches are PERFECT for keeping in the diaper bag! It is really hard to find pouches for toddlers so I love that Similac Grow & Go has a toddler option! I also love that they have OptiGRO, a brain- and eye-nourishing blend of DHA, Lutein, and Vitamin E in forms similar to common foods, and are organic and non-GMO. Elliott has become quite picky with the pouches she likes but she loves every flavor of these that she has tried! I never leave home without one of these in the bag because when Elliott melts down, I can guarantee it is because she is hungry. Having these on hand lets us get through our errands or adventures happily! Just last night these came to the rescue again when my no-nap child was about to have a melt-down!
Make sure you head over to SheSpeaks to enter the Similac Grow & Go Sweepstakes for a chance to win a $50 WalMart giftcard! You can find them at your local Wal-Mart and there is currently an Ibotta offer for $0.50 off each pouch. If you don’t already use Ibotta when you grocery shop, click here to sign up! I’ve already gotten over $50 back since signing up!
I try to leave a few books in the diaper bag at all times. Whenever I need a distraction, I can pull a book or two out to keep her attention for a little while. By keeping the same few in the diaper bag at all times, she only sees those books when we are out and about so they seem like a new toy each time! We have been getting a BookRoo subscription for her and they have been knocking it out of the park with unique books for her like this adorable book, Hopper and Wilson.
Change of Clothes
This one should be self-explanatory, like the diapers but hello mommy brain! I forget to restock these all the time as well! Don’t forget shoes and socks to go along with a change of clothes! Elliott just got this new pair of little baby Sperry’s and I’m obsessed. I need to get them in my size now!
It’s summer and it is HOT outside. I always try to put an extra empty water cup or two in the bag when I unload the dishwasher so that I always have one on hand! It is so much better than trying to use a plastic cup and a plastic lid. My kid is way too smart for that and she’ll have the whole cup dumped on herself in no time. All those parents with kids who sit nicely, holding their cup like an adult and drinking from a straw… HOWWWW??
So there you have it! The 5 things I always keep in my bag. What am I missing that you never leave the house without??
“This post was developed in partnership with Similac. All opinions are my own.”
Inspired by the new Disney/Pixar movie, Cars 3, Disney and Dole are teaming up for their biggest collaboration yet called “Fuel Up With Dole.” Disney + Dole have taken their collaboration to the road with a program centered around making healthier food and lifestyle choices during their summer vacations, family road trips, and beyond! Make sure you scroll all the way to the end of this post to see the Cars 3 trailer and then to enter for a chance to win some Cars 3 and Dole goodies!
The Dole nutrition experts teamed up to create two fruit and veggie smoothies inspired by the Cars 3 movie! I don’t know about you but smoothies are one of the easiest ways I can get my strong-willed and independent toddler to eat her fruits and veggies. I can’t wait to add these smoothies into our rotation!
Beginning on May 25 with National Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day, the program shifted into high gear with the “Fuel Up with Dole Ultimate Family Road Trip Contest”. By submitting your best healthy vacation photos, you are entered to win one of 21 amazing prizes including a customized 10-day RV road trip across the US and Canada! You better stop in North Carolina to visit if you win!**
- U.S. and Canadian residents who submit their best healthy vacation photo and caption between May 25 and July 19 will be eligible to receive one of 21 summer travel-themed prizes.
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- The prize includes use of a Cruise America RV with kitchen and bedding upgrades; a daily food, dining, gas and campground allowance; U.S. National Parks and Parks Canada annual passes; and one-way or round-trip airfare for four to the starting and/or ending city of their choice.
- Dole is also throwing in two “Fuel Up Day Packs,” consisting of a Fast Forward Cars backpack filled with vouchers for free DOLE fruits and vegetables, and other healthy surprises; and a copy of Dole-opoly, Dole’s own version of Hasbro’s MONOPOLY.
- Ten First and Second Prize winners, each, will receive “Fuel Up Day Packs” and family four-packs of movie tickets, respectively.
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*Official Sweepstakes Rules: By entering this sweepstakes, you are agreeing to the rules. Open to U.S. Residents over 18 years of age. Void where prohibited, no purchase necessary, one entry per person. Runs from 07/14/2017 to 07/21/2017. Winner will be announced on 07/21/2017 and notified via an email. To enter – use the entry form above and visit the official Dole and Cars 3 Facebook pages. The vouchers can be redeemed on select Dole fresh fruits and vegetables and the value will be included on each voucher provided. Prize will be shipped directly to the winner within 3 weeks of sweepstakes end date. Entrants may not use Disney/Pixar IP.
**Fuel Up with Dole Ultimate Family Road Trip Contest Rules: Contest is open to legal residents over 18 years of age in the U.S. and Canada between May 25 and July 19. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Void where prohibited. Entrants may not use Disney/Pixar IP. The entrants who submit the best photo and caption will be eligible to win one of 21 road-trip themed prizes. Limit one entry per household/individual/email address/family. The overall winner, as determined by a panel of judges at Dole, will create a personalized 10-day road trip for four people to any destination in the U.S. or Canada.
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Disclaimer: I received compensation in the form of Dole merchandise and fruit and vegetable vouchers in exchange for this post. However, all thoughts and opinions displayed here are my own.
Living in the South, pimento cheese is pretty much a staple in our house and is usually a part of just about every event we host. Last year for Elliott’s birthday, I whipped up these pimento cheese biscuits and they were devoured. I can’t even explain how quickly they flew off the table. I’m pretty sure I inhaled a good portion of them myself because they were so good!
I used to make my own pimento cheese but recently I found Price’s pimento cheese! I’ve definitely been taking the easy way out and just using Price’s because it is so good! It is the perfect combination of pimentos and cheese – not to much, not too little. Sometimes it is a little hard to find in the store. It wasn’t with the rest of the pimento cheese dips and hummus in the deli but was instead with the actual cheese in the cheese section. Imagine that! If you can’t find it, definitely ask! It is so worth it! I’m still on the hunt for the Price’s Zesty Jalapeno! My mouth is watering just thinking about it! You can find a $1.00 off coupon for Price’s here.
- For the Biscuits:
- 2 1/3 cups Whole Milk
- 3 tablespoons White Distilled Vinegar
- 6 cups Self-rising Flour, Plus More For Kneading
- 1-1/2 teaspoon Salt
- 3/4 cups Butter
- For the Glaze:
- 1 tablespoon spicy mustard
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 12 oz Prices Pimento Cheese
- 12 slices of ham
- Preheat the oven to 475 F.
- In a bowl, combine milk and vinegar. (You can substitute 2 1/2 cups of buttermilk for this milk/vinegar mixture). Stir together and set aside for 10 minutes.
- In another bowl sift together the flour and salt. Use a pastry cutter to cut in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, stirring gently with a fork or wooden spoon until it all comes together. Flour the counter, then turn out the dough and knead 10-15 times, adding a little flour so it's less sticky.
- Roll out dough to 1/3 to 1/2 inch thick and use a biscuit cutter to cut medium to small circles. If you don't have a biscuit cutter, you can use a cup that is about the right size around. Place on a baking sheet 1/2 inch apart and bake for approximately 10 minutes. You'll want to keep an eye on these as they bake. You definitely don't want want to fully bake them, instead pull them out when they are formed but not yet beginning to brown.
- While the biscuits are baking, make the glaze. Combine the mustard, honey and brown sugar until smooth.
- Remove biscuits from oven and let them cool slightly and use a sharp knife to slice in half. Set the tops aside. Layer a slice of ham on each biscuit, then place a dollop of Price's pimento cheese on top of the ham. Replace the biscuit top. Brush each top with a little glaze. Return to over for another 5-8 minutes until biscuits are golden brown and pimento cheese is starting to bubble.
- Remove from oven a brush tops with a little more glaze. Plate and Enjoy!
The great thing about these is if you are in a hurry, you can always cut out a few steps and use store-bought biscuits and leftover ham! That’s what I did this time because… toddlers. Either way, I promise these will be a hit!
I have lived in North Carolina for almost 8 years now and I have watched the city of Durham literally boom right before my eyes. Inspired by the rich history of the area, including the native american presence, tobacco mills, and the civil rights movement, Durham has been revitalized as a city full of personality and an energy you can only understand by experiencing it first hand. One my favorite things about Durham is how the city and it’s people embrace the history and use that to expand, develop and create. This city is home to world-renowned restaurants, breweries, hotels, arts, culture, sports, educations and more! I can’t wait to see what this city continues to come up with!
Recently we had the opportunity to spend a weekend in this amazing city. While a weekend is definitely not enough time to see everything this city has to offer, here are some of our favorite, can’t miss, spots that you definitely have to hit!
Where to Stay
One of my favorite hotels in Durham is The Durham Hotel. This beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of downtown not only has amazing food but also has a rooftop bar! Even if you aren’t staying in the hotel, you can take the elevator up to the rooftop to enjoy a drink and stunning views of the city. This hotel was voted one of the Best New Hotels in the South this year by CNN and it definitely does not disappoint!
Where to Eat
Y’all, there aren’t enough meals in a weekend to try all the delicious food the Durham has to offer. Durham was named Tastiest Town in the South by Southern Living and America’s Foodiest Small Town by Bonappetit! If you only do one thing when you visit Durham, you have to eat and drink your way through the city! So many restaurants have received top awards from seafood to pizza to tapas and more! There really is a delicious something for everyone!
Breakfast is probably my favorite meal of the day and I usually eat it more than once when I get to visit Durham because there is just so many places to choose from. True Flavors (in South Durham) and Dame’s Chicken and Waffles (in Downtown) are constantly pulling at my
heartstrings stomach for best chicken and waffles! Rise has the absolute best donuts you have ever tasted and Scratch has amazing coffee, pastries and pies!
Also try: Elmo’s Diner
One of our favorite family friendly restaurants for lunch or dinner is Tyler’s Taproom in the American Tobacco Campus. With an extensive list of craft beers on draft and great outdoor seating it is the perfect spot to grab lunch before walking across the street to the Durham Bulls stadium for a baseball game! I personally recommend the fried pickles and the fish tacos!
If you happen to visit Durham on a weekend when there is a food truck rodeo, you absolutely have to go! We love Durham food trucks so much we even had them cater our wedding! Make sure you stop by Cockadoodle Moo and Mac-Ur-Roni!
What to Do
There are so many family-friendly activities to choose from when you visit Durham. During our weekend there we spent some time at the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens. These gardens are huge and immaculately maintained! There is plenty of space for kids to run around as well as quiet places to sit and people watch if you want to take a break from strolling through the gardens. Duke Gardens is part of the Duke campus so it is also convenient to then pop on over to the Duke chapel to take a look around. It is a truly gorgeous building that you will not want to miss!
After visiting the Duke Gardens and Duke Chapel, we headed over to the American Tobacco Campus for lunch. After lunch, we walked around the campus a bit, enjoying the huge water feature, hammocks and big grassy areas. Then we walked across the street for a Durham Bulls game! I’m not normally someone who can sit through an entire baseball game but the staff makes each inning fun and interactive, plus the stadium has it’s own brewery! Make sure you stay until the Durham Bulls Ground Crew does their performance!
Another great family attraction in Durham is the Museum of Life & Sciences. From water, mist, and space to outdoor treehouses, animals and an amazing butterfly garden, you could easily spend an entire day there! It really is fun for all ages!
A weekend really isn’t enough to experience all that Durham has to offer and we will definitely be back to explore more! Make sure that you check out the video of our trip and visit the Durham Convention Bureau’s website to plan your trip to Durham today!