24 Hours In Fayetteville, NC

24 Hours In Fayetteville, NC

Drugstore Divas was hosted by the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for this sponsored post. Part of the trip was compensated; additional portions were paid for by Drugstore Divas. All of the things to do in Fayetteville, and thoughts and opinions, belong to and are recommended by Drugstore Divas.

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Pete and I work the local farmers’ market every Saturday, which makes it hard for us to really go out of town. We can’t leave after work on Friday and stay until Sunday. Instead, we have to head out after the market on Saturday. It’s a little sad to have short vacations, but I’d rather have short vacations than no vacations. Recently, we left the farmers’ market and took the two hour trip to Fayetteville, NC. It meant we missed the farmers’ market in Fayettville, which I hear is great. We did spent a solid 24 hours on our mini-vacation, though. We needed more time there because there are a ton of things to do in Fayetteville, NC. But, you gotta be a little picky if you’re only in town for a day.

24 Hours In Fayetteville, NC

We started our day at 4pm because that’s when we were able to get there.

4pm:
Check in to the TownePlace Suittes Marriott (1464 Skiba Road). Yes, we have a soft spot for this hotel since it’s the same chain we blocked for our wedding guests. And the room in Fayetteville looks identical to the one in Wilmington. Nostalgia always win. As does complementary coffee. Almost as soon as you walk in to the hotel, you’re greeted by coffee, tea, sugar, and creamers. Exactly what you need after a long drive.

You’ll also probably need a shower (well, if you’re like us and wake up at 5:45am on Saturday anyway). The trouble with that is many of Fayetteville’s attractions close at 5pm. So your options are relax in the hotel for a minute or rush out to try and squeeze an attraction in. Completely opposite choices. We picked to sit, sip our coffee, watch some TV, and shower.

Dinner:
We live in North Craftolina (a term I actually first heard when we were in Fayetteville), which is filled with local breweries making craft beer. We try to go to as many as we can. If you support local brew houses too, you’ll want to go The Mash House (4150 Sycamore Dairy Rd). We highly recommend the potato skins (with pulled pork!) and the root beer (as that was recommended to us). Ingredients are local and everything is made fresh, so if you have an allergy or request, the chefs may be able to accommodate you. I went with the Fried Green Tomato BLT (which tastes as tart as you would expect), and Pete had a burger. Keep in mind, if you ask for medium rare, the chef’s interpretation of that is pretty raw.

 

6pm:
Fayetteville has a really great downtown area. There are a few fun streets to walk around. There’s a ton of window shopping you can do, but the best windows are at the Fayetteville Area Local History And Transportation Museum (325 Franklin Street). This, like many of the attractions, closes at 5pm, but the windows are always open. In them, you can see old gas pumps, signs, and more. There are actually a ton of windows filled with antiques, plus a railroad track that’s outside, so even if you can’t make it inside the museum, you’ll get a good feel for it.

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8pm:
Stop into Blue Moon Cafe (310 Hay Street). It’s a really cute, quaint cafe with an always changing beer list. The cafe has a nice outdoor seating area, so you can enjoy the beautiful weather with your beverage. But you can’t beat the location. It’s in the heart of the downtown area, and it’s just beautiful to sit on the tree-lined streets and check out the passers-by.

And then head back to the grocery store … because you might still be hungry. Or maybe that was just Pete. He only ate part of his burger at dinner. So he picked up a box of macaroni and cheese at the grocery store, then used the cookware and stovetop in the hotel room (which is standard!) and made a tasty beef mac and cheese.

After your late night snack, rest up because tomorrow morning holds an adventure.

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Breakfast:
What’s great about the TownePlace Suites hotel is that breakfast comes with your stay. That’s a great way to save a little money. You can make waffles, have biscuits and gravy (or, if you’re me, an English muffin with gravy), oatmeal, cereal, and, of course, coffee and tea. Fill up because you won’t be eating for a while.

10am:
Zipquest (533 Carvers Falls Road). Oh my gosh, Zipquest. This was by far one of the best but one of the scariest experiences I’ve had in my adult life. It’s a two-hour zip lining tour with eight zip lines, three suspension bridges, and a few spiral staircases, most over a hidden waterfall. I don’t know why, but I really thought we would just be doing the bridges and staircases. I didn’t think we would be zip lining. Yes, I know. It’s in the name. Pete reminded me of this, but it still just didn’t cross my mind.

When we got to the first zip line, I was so scared. “I can’t do this,” I whispered to Pete and I tried to find an escape. I didn’t find one, so I held my breath, tried not to look scared out of my mind, and made sure to not scream. Even thinking about it now, my heart is racing just as it was.

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But, it was so beautiful to traverse the trees that way. The view is indescribable. And the quiet, the peace with nature, it’s second to none. It’s just beautiful — especially after you get over being scared. I would do this every single time we go to Fayetteville … if it didn’t take over two hours. Yes, it’s a long trip through the trees. You definitely get your money’s worth, but it does take up a lot of time, especially if you’re only in town for 24 hours. If you have time, go. This is always ranked as one of the best things to do in Fayetteville, and I can see why.

And it’s a lot less scary than I expected. You go in a group, which includes two guides. One guide is always ahead of the group and one is always behind. So one guide always sets you up on the zipline and tells you when to go, and the other helps you at the end and takes you off the line. You never do that yourself. That was something that worried me because god forbid I didn’t snap my carabiner right. I was glad to know I wasn’t doing it myself. All I had to worry about was enjoying the view.

And speaking of the view, if you scroll through the Instagram image below (there are five, so keep clicking right), the last one is a video of Pete on the zipline, so definitely check that out!!

 

1pm:
Head to the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens (536 N. Eastern Boulevard). They’re so beautiful. When we were there, we saw a bride and her bridesmaids taking photos, plus a separate couple taking engagement photos. It really was a beautiful backdrop for that. And it was just a great place to spend an afternoon. You can look at flowers, check out the herb garden, and tour an old farmhouse and general store that are on the grounds as well. There is a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs and drinks, but the general store in the gardens itself is just filled with old timey stuff like an antique cash register and, my favorite, a mustache drinking mug (which I just want to buy even though I’m mustache free, obviously).

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3pm:
We left after the garden, so it meant missing the Airborne and Special Operations Museum Foundation (100 Bragg Blvd). I was really sad to miss that because I hear it’s one of the best things to do in Fayetteville. Fayetteville is both a historical town (the first in the US named for American Revolutionary fighter Marquis de Lafayette) and a military town (it borders Fort Bragg, the largest military installation in the world). To be in a town where so many have served and so many are serving, it would be respectful of visitors to head to the free museum and understand, if only a little, the efforts and sacrifices of some of the men and women who call and have called the Fayetteville area home.

We’ll be heading there next time we’re in town … which will actually be next month. Fayetteville, you can’t get rid of us and we can’t get enough of you. When you’re in town, what are some of your favorite things to do in Fayetteville, NC? Be sure to leave them in the comments so we can check them out next time.

*If you’re planning a trip, be sure to click each location’s name to be brought to their website. You can find operating hours and more that way.

Mango Salsa

Mango Salsa

If you want the perfect summer salad, try this Mango Salsa from www.drugstoredivas.net. It goes with all your summer meals and is perfect for backyard BBQ's.It’s summer, which means I just want to eat everything light and fresh. And give me all the fruit. Well, not all of it because I’m allergic, but give me all the fruit I can eat. Like mango. Give me all the mango. I love it so much that I actually made a Mango Salsa as a side for our dinner the other night. It was so delicious. I would eat it every night.

Mango Salsa

If you want the perfect summer salad, try this Mango Salsa from www.drugstoredivas.net. It goes with all your summer meals and is perfect for backyard BBQ's.

What You’ll Need:

  • 2 mangoes
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 pear
  • 1/3 small red onion

What You’ll Do:

If you want the perfect summer salad, try this Mango Salsa from www.drugstoredivas.net. It goes with all your summer meals and is perfect for backyard BBQ's.

Dice the mango and put it in a bowl.

Cube the pear and add it to the mango.

Very finely slice the red onion and put it in the bowl.

Toss. Then squeeze half a lemon over it and toss again. Serve cold.

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Mango Banana Berry Detox Smoothie
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25 Boozy Drinks For Summer

25 Boozy Drinks For Summer

Looking for some summer cocktails? You'll love these 25 Boozy Drinks For Summer from www.drugstoredivas.net.Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer, which means you’re probably preparing for a ton of upcoming BBQ’s, pot lucks, and dinners outside too. We’re actually preparing for our Memorial Day BBQ right now. I’m putting together the guest list and the menu and, of course,  also planning drinks. Because it’s not a backyard BBQ at this house without boozy drinks for summer. I don’t even drink, but I still have them ready for our guests!

If you’re looking for new drink recipes, you’re in luck. I put together a great list of 25 summer cocktail recipes. Enjoy!

25 Boozy Drinks For Summer

  1. Mimosas
  2. Blood Orange Margaritas 
  3. Mint Melon Sangria
  4. Blueberry Mojito Recipe 
  5. Blue Bomb Drink 
  6. Blood Orange Martini 
  7. Sparkling Citrus Sangria
  8. Pama Lemonade Cocktail
  9. Sweet Sangria
  10. Vodka and Mint Lemonade Cocktail
  11. Summer Breeze Cocktail
  12. Cucumber Watermelon Spatini
  13. Classic Margaritas
  14. Frozen Strawberry Basil Margaritas
  15. Blood Orange Margaritas
  16. Mango Margarita
  17. Sweet Tea Vodka Lemonade Mojitos
  18. Sunset Passion Colada
  19. Minty Raspberry-Lemonade Cocktail
  20. Blood Orange Sangria
  21. Chamomile Honey and Whiskey Cocktail
  22. Blackberry Vodka Sangria
  23. Strawberry Mimosa
  24. Strawberry Basil Sangria
  25. Blood Orange Margaritas

Which of these recipes is your favorite? Be sure to let us know in the comments.

If you’re looking for more drink ideas, you can always find new recipes everywhere from Pinterest to Kindle books on Amazon. Plus, they can be pulled up on a smart phone while you’re already in the kitchen! Be sure to also pick up a cell phone holder so you don’t have to worry about holding a phone while you’re mixing — and you won’t worry about spilling booze on your phone!


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Urban Hymn Movie Review

Urban Hymn Movie Review

Drugstore Divas received a screener link for this Urban Hymn movie review. All thoughts and opinions belong to Drugstore Divas.

When I watch a movie, I need to be invested in the characters. I don’t need aliens in spaceships or buildings blowing up, but what I do need is someone to root for and, often, someone to root against. If you’re the bad guy, you can be redeemed along the way and I will accept that, but you can’t skate by untouched. You need to get in trouble. You need to be punished. And if you’re the good guy, you need a happy ending or, at least, an ending where I can imagine you’ll find your happy ending sometime after the movie has stopped.

These are the things I want — no, need — in order for a film to be successful. Without those themes, it feels unresolved. It feels like I invested my time in people who don’t deserve it.

And, unfortunately, that’s how I feel with Urban Hymn.

The British drama sounds cliched at best: an at-risk teen meets a do-good caseworker who discovers her talent for singing that can bring her out of her situation. I’m pretty sure if you replace the word “singing” with “writing,” this is also the plot of Precious (which, that sentence may make apparent, but I’ve never seen).

I’m okay with stories that follow the same plot. I watch Dateline every week and it’s always, “someone is murdered; find out who did it in two hours … maybe.” I still tune in. And if you tell me there’s a new romantic comedy with a meet-cute and a break up and a happy ending, I’m in. So find a formula and make it work. I’m good with that.

My trouble with this, honestly, is that I’m American. That’s what I’m blaming anyway. I’m used to thinks working out and movies ending with a big red bow. I need a resolution that I’m okay with. Urban Hymn doesn’t have that. It reminded me of J.K. Rowling’s The Casual Vacancy, which is also British. It was the story of a troubled teen, told with fantastic acting by the main and supporting characters who, unfortunately, don’t all make it out alive. 

Spoiler alert: Not all the characters in Urban Hymn make it out alive either.

In Urban Hymn, there’s Jamie (Letitia Wright), the at-risk teen, her bad-influence BFF Leanne (Harry Potter’s Isabella Laughland), and Kate, the caseworker (Shirley Henderson). Jamie really wants to listen to Kate and make a better life for herself, but that means distancing herself from Leanne. And Leanne is the only person who has been there for her, thick and thin, during the last six years. Leanne is the friend who not only has your back, but will beat up inmates with a sock filled with batteries to defend you, no questions asked. Sure, maybe she’s not a great influence, but loyalty is strong. Kate, not without her skeletons, is the person who takes you to choir and tells you to ditch Leanne without really understanding what loyalty is.

And when you’re watching, you want to agree with Kate. You want better for Jamie. But as you watch, you really end up wanting better for Leanne. She’s not supposed to be a good guy, but man if Laughland doesn’t carry this whole movie on your back and make you root for her. She’s the only character who you really feel like you know, no matter what. She’s honest and raw and there’s no guessing with her.

You’re supposed to root for  Jamie. She’s the one in all the movie posters. But she’s sort of … bland. The movie wants you to feel for her, but she’s just so flat that I couldn’t care either way. Make it, don’t make it, it’s all the same to me.

But Leanne. You just want someone to hug her, to invest in her, to help her the way Kate did for Jamie, but you don’t get that. That’s not the plot line. That’s not the story here. And that’s too bad because that is a movie I would like to invest two hours in. Not this one.

How To Keep Water From Boiling Out Of The Pot

How To Keep Water From Boiling Out Of The Pot

I work at home, which is a lot busier than you think it would be. People think, oh, you  work at home. You can do laundry and make dinner while you work. And you can whistle too. Sure, it seems like that’s all possible, but it’s really a lot of multitasking. Unloading the dishwasher while coffee is brewing; boiling eggs while I take a shower.

Yes to that last part. Very much yes.

It’s actually the perfect amount of time. Put eggs in water on the stove. Take a shower. Come back, eggs are ready.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. “Don’t you worry about the water boiling over?” No. Why? Because I have a trick.

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How To Keep Water From Boiling Out Of The Pot

This is easy and the best life hack I can give you.

When you put water in a pot on the stove, put a wooden spoon over the top. I use bamboo wooden spoons, but any sort of wood will work. Just place it on top and go about your day. The water will boil but when it hits the spoon, it will simmer back down. Seriously. All on its own. It’s kind of like magic.

Test it out today when you’re making pasta. Or eggs for egg salad. You’ll be amazed.

Do you have any other life hacks?

5 Ways To Save On Food When You’re On Vacation

5 Ways To Save On Food When You’re On Vacation

Vacations can get really expensive. You pay a bunch for airfare or gas to drive to your destination, and then more for a hotel. So the last thing you really want to do when you’re on vacation is open your wallet. You still have to eat, though. But it’s okay. There are tons of ways to save on food when you’re on vacation.

Before you head on vacation, be sure to check out these 5 Ways To Save On Food When You're On Vacation from www.drugstoredivas.net.

5 Ways To Save On Food When You’re On Vacation

1. Pack a cooler.
When I was growing up, we used to go camping every summer, and all the adults would pack coolers with meats to grill, drinks, stuff for breakfast, etc. It was so much easier than spending part of vacation finding a supermarket and going grocery shopping. Plus, you could buy what you need on sale instead of paying full price when you get on vacation.

And you can pack snacks too. I always pack them to travel with because it’s cheaper than buying something at a gas station or the airport.

2. Cook in the hotel.
Certain hotels, like one we stayed in earlier this month, had a full kitchen. Yes, full. There were pots and pans, a strainer, utensils, a stove top, and a dishwasher. If you find a hotel like that, you can bring your own ingredients and cook your meals at home. You can do this if you book an Airbnb too. What’s great about some Airbnb rentals is they will actually leave ingredients for you (that may or may not cost extra to use, so be sure to check that before you open any).

3. Bring your own beer.
Pack a cooler with drinks and beer. That way, you don’t have to buy those at a store, where they’re probably more expensive. And then you can stock the hotel’s fridge with your own beer instead of drinking from  the mini fridge or the hotel’s bar.

4. Breakfast at the hotel.
I’m a big fan of booking a hotel with a complementary breakfast. That way, you can have a meal without paying anything extra. When you’re booking, look for this under amenities. Some will offer a hot breakfast, some a continental, and some won’t offer one at all. If you head down late enough, you may also be able to turn breakfast into brunch. Couple that with an early dinner and you can completely skip lunch, saving you even more.

5. Purchase discount restaurant certificates.
If you’re in an area you don’t know, get restaurant recommendations from the front desk or a local friend. Then, head over to restaurant.com and see if there are any discount certificates for the recommendations. There might not be, but you might find additional suggestions.

Also, be sure to check out the restaurants’ websites to look for any specials that are day or date specific. Then, plan your dinner there for that day.