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Wedding Venue of the Week | The Hatch House- Old Waynesborough Park, Goldsboro, NC


Our park is located on the site of the former town of Waynesborough, the original seat of Wayne County from 1787 until 1847. The park consists of a village featuring nine historic buildings brought from across the county. These buildings, including a school, lawyer’s office, and Quaker meeting house, date from the 1860’s to the 1920’s. In addition to the village we have over 150 acres along the Neuse and Little Rivers with over four miles of walking trails through open spaces, forest, and cypress swamp. Our facilities are available for weddings, reunions, camping, and other special events.

The Hatch House is a modern building with heating and air, small kitchen, men’s and women’s bathrooms, and a front and back porch. It is ideal for wedding receptions, reunions, and other gatherings. Several of the features of the building, including the front porch, were taken from the 1840 Griswold-Hatch farmhouse, formerly located in the Mount Olive area.


Rental rates are:  

$100 for less than 2 hours or $200 for an all day rental.  A $100 refundable security deposit may be required. 

The inside venue holds 60 ppl, perfect for a small reception. 

*Check with venue for current pricing.

This venue is perfect for:  Southern, Rustic, Country or Historical themed weddings.

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Travel Tuesday: 13 Disney Princess Castles You Can Actually Stay In - Buzzfeed

1. Live Like Ariel in the Caribbean

Live Like Ariel in the Carribean
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

This seaside palace in Isla Mujeres is fit for the King of the Sea. See more here.

2. Stay in Prince Eric’s Castle in Turkey

Stay in Prince Eric's Castle in Turkey
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

This villa on the Lycean coast is strikingly similar to Prince Eric’s castle. Dotted with olive trees and shady terraces, this luxurious rental is the perfect place to test out your sea legs. See more here.

3. Visit the Cottage of the Seven Dwarfs

Visit the Cottage of the Seven Dwarfs
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

This enchanting retreat in the Irish countryside looks almost identical to the house of the seven dwarfs. And it even sleeps eight! Perfect for you and seven of your favorite companions. See more here.

4. Sleep in Snow White’s Castle

Sleep in Snow White's Castle
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

This actual castle in the French Pyrenees might just be the fairest in the land. It sleeps 19 people and has a pool and tennis courts to keep you busy. Check it out here.

5. Be (Their) Guest at this Catskills Retreat

Be (Their) Guest at this Catskills Retreat
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

It might not be France, but the dining room of this estate in New York looks mighty similar to the grand hall of Beauty and the Beast. See it here.

6. Sleep like Aurora in a Castle Apartment

Sleep like Aurora in a Castle Apartment
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

This stunning locale in the Scottish Highlands looks a whole lot like Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Just watch out for spindles. See it here.

7. Live Like Tiana in New Orleans

Live Like Tiana in New Orleans
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

This historic residence in the “Big Easy” sleeps 16 of your closest friends. Frogs should probably stay outside, though. See more here.

8. Stay in Cinderella’s Castle

Stay in Cinderella's Castle
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

This 76,000 square foot mansion is certainly big enough for you and all your step-sisters, evil or not. Book your stay here.

9. Spend a Night in a Yurt Like Pocahontas

Spend a Night in a Yurt Like Pocahontas
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

At this yurt in the Preseli Mountains of Wales you can visit rivers, go whale watching and even learn to make pottery. See more here.

10. Live like Mulan in this Balinese Villa

Live like Mulan in this Balinese Villa
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

When she wasn’t fighting for her family’s honor, Mulan spent her time at their gorgeous villa. For less than $300 a night, you can stay in this similar one with gardens and ocean-views. See more info here.

11. Get Tangled in this Spanish Tower

Get Tangled in this Spanish Tower
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

If you’re looking to recreate Rapunzel’s secluded experience, try staying here in the Aragon region of Spain. But don’t worry—this one has plenty of doors to escape. Book your stay here.

12. Experience Jasmine’s World in Morrocco

Experience Jasmine's World in Morrocco
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

This stunning villa in Marrakech is almost as beautiful as the palace in Agrabah. See more here.

13. Live like Anna and Elsa in Ft. Lauderdale

Live like Anna and Elsa in Ft. Lauderdale
Walt Disney Pictures / homeaway.com

This mansion could be mistaken for Arendelle, but instead of a mountain village it’s in sunny Florida, so you’ll never be truly frozen! Schedule your trip here.

(Source: BuzzFeed)

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Are You a Good Candidate to DIY Your Own Wedding Planning? 5 Things to Consider BEFORE You Make the Decision | Huffington Post


I’ve long been an advocate of hiring a wedding planner to make your big day go smoothly but the popularity of Do-It-Yourself everything now makes a lot of brides and grooms strongly consider taking on the role themselves. Some brides and groom CAN do it.

DIY doesn’t always spell disaster - I planned my own wedding and everybody had fun, except me. But there are a lot more wedding planning tools available now that weren’t around when I was wedding planning for myself more than 10 years ago.

Still, the kind of job you have, and the general support system behind your wedding, should play the biggest role in deciding whether or not you actually need to hire a wedding planner.

I’m not an advocate of hiring somebody for running things on “the day of” as so many planners advertise now. It’s a very bad idea for numerous reasons and I’ve blogged about it before. End of day, the vendors you’ve hired have no accountability to your “day of” wedding planner and if they violate their contracts or aren’t where they’re supposed to be, it’s unlikely that planner can do a damned thing about it. Hence the waste of money.

You probably can get away with planning your own wedding if you meet the following criteria (just be honest with yourself when you’re considering it):

1) Your job must give you the flexibility to do vendor conference calls during the day. My clients who are in medicine, teaching and the military struggle with this. While a wedding planner might be willing to talk with you and do the planning after normal business hours, your cake vendor, DJ, florist and everybody else keep normal business hours on regular weekdays. It’s not their problem if you have a job that doesn’t give you time to talk between 8 am and 5 pm. Most will not be available after 5 pm and it’s just plain dangerous to do all your planning via email. You will have to take some days off of work and you will struggle if you don’t have that kind of daytime flexibility.

2) You are extremely organized and detail-oriented. If you can’t even get your regular monthly bills paid on time, and you never have any clue what’s in your checking account, and you frequently have to dig for clean clothes for work because you didn’t make it to the drycleaners to pick everything up, you can’t plan your wedding. You just don’t have your shit together enough to make sure that everything comes together properly and you’ll end up with a disaster that nobody wants to attend.

3) You have a few friends or close family members who are actually willing to work hard to help you make it all come together the week of the wedding.
 When you DIY, you have to pick up a lot of things, make a lot of things and deliver a lot of things. There’s nobody to do it for you and if you don’t plan it out in advance, all hell will break loose and turn you into a Bridezilla at the 11th hour even if that’s not normally your personality. You’ll find yourself screaming at your fiancé about things that aren’t his or her fault if you don’t have everything planned and assigned ahead because when the chips are down, you’re going to expect your future spouse to bail you out. It’s his or her wedding too, right? But if you promised you could handle it all because your fiancé’s job doesn’t permit that kind of time commitment, dropping the ball in their lap the week of the wedding is totally unfair.2014-07-22-savannahgettingdressed.jpg

4) You are punctual and do (or have done) project management, at least on some level. Every detail of a wedding hinges on the schedule of events that has the tiniest details documented for the entire last week before the wedding. At our company, we create a Master Schedule for every wedding that the clients never see, although we’ve talked through every minute during the planning. My ex-cop husband says the only schedule he’s ever seen that had more details than my wedding schedule is the U.S. Secret Service on Inauguration Day. We give the vendors a schedule that doesn’t have the clients’ schedule on it (nobody needs to know when they’re coming and going from their accommodations - that’s a security risk) and a wedding party schedule for the bride and groom that only includes what they need to know about and be at on time. We give them enough copies for their families and all of their wedding party too. You should create the same sort of schedules if you’re planning your own wedding.

5) You have one single individual who will be involved in your planning and WILL TAKE RESPONSIBILITY ON THE BIG DAY. That’s the person who will give the boys a hard time if they’re not getting dressed and ready for pictures according to the schedule. It’s the person who will have your vendor list and check everybody off as they arrive and bring what they’re supposed to provide for your wedding. It’s also the person who will help run your wedding rehearsal and will tell everybody when to “go” when it’s time to walk down the aisle. It cannot be a bridesmaid or your mom - they will be busy on your wedding day. And if things blow up, you can’t expect this person to have backup vendors ready to save the day, nor can you give them the responsibility of confirming your vendors and sending out their schedule the week prior. You should do all of that yourself and know that friend is out there making sure everything is happening while you’re in your bridal suite getting hair, makeup and nails done for your wedding. 2014-07-22-LindsayandPatricksrehearsal3.JPG

Realize that when you decide to forego hiring a wedding planner and DIY, you run the risk of having your serene wedding day explode on you because you will be the one who has to triage things if somebody doesn’t show up or the venue drops the ball on something. Your point person on the day of won’t be able to do the yelling and threatening that must be done sometimes - and don’t play, that’s the reality of working in a business where there are no second strikes. You get one chance to get every detail of the wedding right and even the best vendors sometimes goof up.

I didn’t tackle whether you should try to plan a destination wedding without a wedding planner because that opens up the whole world of questions about how much you actually know about the destination you’ve chosen - a whole other blog. But if you’re getting married at home and you have the qualities and skillset and point person I’ve described above, you can probably get away without hiring a wedding planner and not have to live with regrets.

Until next time, happy wedding planning from Weddings in Vieques!

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Foodie Friday: Pink Lemonade No Bake Cheesecakes | Burning Down The Kitchen with The Messy Baker


Prep Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Pink Lemonade No Bake Cheesecakes | Burning Down The Kitchen with The Messy Baker

Super easy to make and absolutely scrumptious to devour. These will have you stealing them from your family members!


For the Crust:
  • 2 cups graham crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
For the Cheesecake Mixture:
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 package (8 ounces) of cream cheese, softened, and whipped smooth
  • 1 individual sized package (4.5 g) of Crystal Light Pink Lemonade Mix
  • Optional: pink food colouring, not necessary at all, personal choice
For the Optional Garnish:
  • Sprinkles
  • Whipped cream
  • Crushed cookies


For the Crust:
  • Pour graham crumbs into a bowl, add sugar and mix well.
  • Melt the butter in microwave or on stove top. Pour over graham crumbs. Mix with a fork until well combined.
  • Divide evenly amongst serving dishes and leave loose, no need to pack it down since you are not cooking it.
For the Cheesecake Mixture:
  • In a stand mixtures combine the heavy cream, confectioners’ sugar, and granulated sugar. Start mixer on low with the whisk attachment. Once it starts to thicken slightly you can increase speed until it’s on high. Whisk on high till the mixture is fluffy.
  • In a separate bowl whip the softened cream cheese with a mixer until it’s smooth and there are no chunky pieces, add the lemonade mix slowly and mix until combined.
  • Add the cream cheese mixture to the whipped cream mixture and whisk on medium speed until it’s smooth and combined.
  • Transfer to a piping bag if desired, or spoon into serving dishes.
  • Place in fridge for at least an hour.
For the Optional Garnish:
  • You can add sprinkles, whipped cream, crumbled graham crackers or anything else over top of these. We did ours plain this time around and just did the cheesecake mixture with some sprinkles.
  • Serve with a big old puckery smile!


Recipe adapted from The Messy Baker’s Gluten Free Lemonade Dip

You can use two packages if you like a ton of pucker but for us 1 package was plenty.

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Wedding Venue of the Week | Castillo San Felipe del Morro - San Juan - Puerto Rico


Lying on the northwestern-most point of the islet of Old San JuanCastillo San Felipe del Morro[3] is named in honor of King Philip II of Spain. The fortification, also referred to as el Morro or ‘the promontory,’ was designed to guard the entrance to the San Juan Bay, and defend the Spanish colonial port city of San Juan from seaborne enemies.

In 1983, the el Castillo was declared a World Heritage Site by the United Nations in conjunction with the San Juan National Historic Site. Over two million visitors a year explore the castillo, making it one of Puerto Rico’s leading tourist attractions. Facing the structure, on the opposite side of the bay, a smaller fortification known as El Cañuelo complemented the castillo’s defense of the entrance to the bay.



Rental Rates are : 

Application Fee $50.00

Administrative Fee $150.00

Other fees may apply.

*Check with venue for current pricing!


This venue is perfect for: Tropical, Historical, Spanish or Beach weddings.

(Source: nps.gov)

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Travel Tueday: Waikiki’s New Wave of Affordable Boutique Chains - Sherman’s Travel

Vive Hotel - Waikiki - Honolulu - Oahu - Hawaii - boutique - affordable - cheap 2 - 620Vive Hotel

Waikiki, the prime location choice for travelers to Oahu, was once dominated by large expensive hotels and budget bare-bones ones. But in recent years, several boutique chains have been upgrading the older, small properties – meaning travelers can enjoy more personal service as well as good value so long as they’re willing to pass up some frills like the spa, room service, or a lobby bar. If you appreciate a good boutique but don’t want to break the bank, consider these properties on your next visit. (Only one of them charges a resort fee — and all offer free wifi.)

1. Vive Hotel Waikiki
One of the coolest new hotels, Vive Hotel Waikiki is located just two blocks from the beach. It’s got a sophisticated vibe that’s ideal for cosmopolitan couples and singles. Complimentary perks include beach chairs, mats, and air mattresses that can be borrowed from the front desk. Continental breakfast with pastries and fresh tropical fruit, and round-the-clock coffee and tea in the huge lobby, are also included in your stay. From $153 in October.

JDV- Shoreline Hotel WaikikiCoconut Waikiki Hotel
2. Coconut Waikiki Hotel
This bright, colorful Joie De Vivre property is located along the Ala Wai canal, with views of the mountains, just three blocks from the beach. For those who want to take it easy, there’s a pool and outdoor grill right on property. Every room features balconies and both a mini fridge and a microwave oven. From $159 in October.

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3. The Modern Honolulu
Closer to Ala Moana beach park and shopping center, The Moden Honolulu is a hip luxury hotel with an arts focus. While not directly on the beach, it’s a 90-second walk to the lagoon, and the actual beach is just a few hundred yards further. You’ll find more amenities here, including a great bar, restaurant, and two pools, one of which is adults-only. Rates are closer to high-end hotels, but there are significant specials such as the “4th night free” promotion. From $269 in October.

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4. The Equus
For a thrifty but budget-conscious option, this family-owned property affiliated with Choice Hotels offers a welcoming, equestrian-themed  atmosphere right across the street from The Modern. The rooms here might not be as hip as others, but hotel does boast a small pool and patio area for relaxation. That’s not to mention the warm service and the Thursday mai tai meet-and-greets with the general manager, the third-generation family member in the business. From $103 in October.

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5. Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
If you want to be right on the beach but prefer to avoid the crowds, this property offers a quiet spot on the far end of Waikiki. While there is a resort fee of $25, it covers valet parking, beach cruiser bicycles rentals, outdoor yoga classes and mats, daily wine hour, shuttle service, and admission for up to two people per stay at the Honolulu Museum of Art. From $195 in October.

(Source: blog.shermanstravel.com)

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Foodie Friday: Blue Bunny Mini Ice Cream Pies | Blue Bunny


Submitted by Courtney Whitmore
These mini pies are made with Bunny Tracks Ice Cream and loaded with tasty flavors like chocolate and peanuts!
Difficulty: Easy
Equipment: 3-1/2 inch round cookie cutter 2 to 3 inch scalloped tart shell
Makes: 10 servings


  • 2 round pie crusts, thawed
  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • Blue Bunny Bunny Tracks Ice Cream
  • ½ cup chopped peanuts


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Roll out round pie crusts and use round cookie cutter (mine was 3-1/2 inch round) to cut out circles from pie dough. You want your round cookie cutter to be slightly larger than the top of your tart shell. I was able to cut out 5 rounds from 1 pie crust round.

Grease tart shells and place pie dough rounds down into tart shells, carefully pressing the dough into the scalloped edges and bottom of the tart shell. Pierce bottom of tart shell with a fork to prevent it from baking too high.
Bake tartlet shells for 8-9 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool before flipping out onto work surface.
Melt chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl or a double broiler. Carefully dip the scalloped edges of the tart shells into the chocolate and flip over to let cool.
Scoop mini balls of Bunny Tracks Ice Cream into the shells.

Top with a drizzle of warm chocolate and a garnish of chopped peanuts.

(Source: bluebunny.com)

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