Rebecca Lately

Friday, December 9, 2016

New Premiere Child Care in Chapel Hill

I was gifted four hours of free child care in exchange for this post.  All opinions are mine alone.





With the busy holiday season upon us, we are getting down to the wire for present shopping!  It's so hard to find time to shop without the kids, so I wanted to share a new business that's opened up on Chapel Hill.  The Triangle Area is perfect for holiday shopping.  You can literally find whatever you need or want as far as shops are concerned.  As a mom, just a few hours of kid-free shopping can be a huge sanity saver.  Courtney's Drop In Kids Care is a premiere child care center that is perfect for moms this holiday season!

What makes it even better is that they are partnering with UNC Children's Hospital.  A portion of their proceeds will be donated to this amazing medical center.  What better way to get your shopping done and also give back to your community?  I have some more info and Courtney's personal story as well:

Courtney’s Drop In Kids Care is opening in Chapel Hill this December, welcoming families to a unique, premiere experience. The center, which will be located off I-40 at highway 54, offers short-term on-demand childcare in which families pay an hourly rate and do not need reservations or memberships. Unlike other drop-in centers, Courtney’s is locally owned and founded with the firm belief in providing cleanliness above industry standards, being environmentally friendly, providing state-of-the-art security measures, and creating a fun, engaging and educationally based environment.

“I’ve worked in childcare setting for more than 20 years, but I’m also a mom,” said Heather Rudd, founder of Courtney’s Drop In Kids Care. “It was so important to me that we create a place that other mothers, fathers and grandparents would feel confident bringing their children. And, equally as important, that kids would want to come here – that they’d have fun and enjoy the time. We’re so proud of what we’ve done and cannot wait to share it with the Chapel Hill community!”

Some of the many activities offered at Courtney’s include:
·         Creative centers for dramatic play, such as:
o   Home center with a wooden play kitchen, baby dolls and huge wooden playhouse
o   Transportation center with trucks, race cars and track, and a train table
o   Wooden dollhouse and firehouse
o   Building centers with LEGOs, wooden blocks, magnetic tiles, tinker toys and Lincoln logs
o   Dress up and puppet theaters
·         Arts and crafts activities
·         Ball pit with germ-block anti-microbial balls
·         Foosball table, board games and a magnetic dart board
·         Quiet nook for reading and puzzles
·         Chalkboard walls
·         Kinetic sand tables
·         Plasma cars
·         Indoor ride on toys and bikes
·         Imagination playground foam blocks
·         Xbox, Wii and Blu-ray players

Courtney’s Drop In Kids Care is open to children ages 12 months through 12 years. It is truly a flexible option for parents; there are no enrollment fees, membership fees or commitments.

As part of the center’s opening celebrations, the ownership team will donate a portion of all proceeds from the month of December to UNC Children’s Hospital. As a top-tier academic medical center, UNC Children's upholds a four-tiered mission to "CARE," aligning clinical care, advocacy, research and education to deliver world-class family-centered care—always regardless of a family's ability to pay. The organization is a huge part of the Chapel Hill community and a cause close to Rudd’s heart. In addition to the financial contribution, Courtney’s will also provide complimentary childcare to siblings of children being treated at UNC Children’s on weekdays throughout December as space allows. Families can complete the contact form to inquiry about availability at www.dropinkidscare.com/contact/.

Courtney’s Drop In Kids Care officially opens Thursday, Dec. 1, and families can start taking advantage of the premiere childcare services beginning immediately. They are also invited to an open house event Sunday, Dec. 11, from 2 to 6 p.m.  to learn more and meet the team. For further information, visit www.dropinkidscare.com.

About the Company
Courtney’s Drop In Kids Care is family owned and operated in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The premiere childcare experience includes fun and educational activities for children from 12 months through 12 years at hourly rates and flexible on-demand hours without reservations or enrollment or membership fees. For further information, visit www.dropinkidscare.com.

Cleaning Up For The Holidays With Scotch-Brite®

This shop was compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone.  #ScrubSeason #CollectiveBias

I absolutely love the holiday season. This is my favorite time of year.  And I honestly love everything about it.  The hustle and bustle, the family time, the cooking, and literally everything else.  Isn't it so fun to have a huge group of people together and share a meal?  This is the time of year to pull out your recipes for large crowds, and I have the perfect casserole recipe for you.

This is actually a breakfast casserole.  If you're hosting a breakfast or brunch, this is definitely a crowd pleaser.  And the best thing is, it's so easy to make.  If you like to make things from scratch, you can definitely make some of the components from scratch.  However, if you like to keep things easy, all the ingredients can be purchased ready made.

As much as I love cooking and baking during the holiday season, I dislike the cleaning up just as much.  At the end, I'm going to share how I clean it all up with the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloths from Walmart.

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Easy Peasy Breakfast Casserole
You need:
1 can of refrigerated biscuits, each cut into 4 pieces
1 package of white peppered gravy, prepared per the instructions
1 pound of sausage, browned
6 eggs, beaten
1 cup of cheddar cheese

1.  Preheat the oven to 350°.
2.  Arrange the biscuits bits evenly in a 9x13 pan.
3.  Combine the browned sausage and peppered gravy.
4.  Pour the gravy mixture over the biscuits in the pan.
5.  Pour the beaten eggs over the mixture in the pan.  Tilt the pan a bit to insure the eggs reach all the edges of the pan.
6.  Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top.
7.  Bake for 30 minutes or until the cheddar cheese is bubbly.

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

This is one of our favorite breakfast casseroles, hands down!  Friday tends to be our night to have breakfast for dinner.  If I make this on Friday, we end up eating on it for a few days after.  So, if you're having a large group, you  might want to make two batches so everyone has enough.

Cleaning up this casserole is not as easy as making it, unless I use my Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth.  This cloth is so cool.  One side is soft and the other side has scrubbing dots that originated on their stay clean sponges.  The scrubbing dots are so efficient, and yet they don't scratch anything.  I've used this scrubbing cloth on all the surfaces in our kitchen, since it's so efficient.

In addition to being super tough with stuck-on food, these cloths are resilient.  They are washable, sturdy, and reusable.  I love that they last so long!

When you're at Walmart, make sure to use this coupon to save $1 on any two Scotch-Brite® products (Scrub Sponges, Lint Rollers, and Scrubbing Dish Cloths).

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

Rebecca Lately Breakfast Casserole Cleaning Up With Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Clothes

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Friday and Fabulous

This top was sent to me to style.  All opinions are mine alone.

Friends, I think there are two kinds of Fridays.  There are those Fridays that are energizing and you feel like dressing up and looking fabulous because, hello, it's the weekend.  And then there are Fridays where you can't believe you made it to the end of the week and all you want to do is curl up in your pajamas and watch Christmas movies all day ... but you have to go to work.  This is an outfit for the latter kind of Friday.  ;)

This week was so long yet dragged on, too.  I am just so glad it's time to relax and spend time at home.  This top is so comfy and looks great with leggings.  I tied in the warm tones from the buttons on the top with my cognac boots and my necklace.  This will definitely be a repeat outfit!

We have a church event this weekend to which we need to bring a dish or dessert.  I saw this gorgeous white chocolate cake recipe in Southern Living and just have to try it!  What are your plans for the weekend?

Rebecca Lately Dress Lily Asymmetric Blouse Loft Leggings Bare Traps Boots
Top: Dress Lily c/o // Leggings: Loft - thrifted // Boots: Bare Traps - via Belk
Necklace: Altar'd State

Rebecca Lately Dress Lily Asymmetric Blouse Loft Leggings Bare Traps Boots

Rebecca Lately Dress Lily Asymmetric Blouse Loft Leggings Bare Traps Boots

Rebecca Lately Dress Lily Asymmetric Blouse Loft Leggings Bare Traps Boots

Rebecca Lately Dress Lily Asymmetric Blouse Loft Leggings Bare Traps Boots

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Five Tips for Dealing With Migraines

This shop was compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #MoreMomentsWithExcedrin  #CollectiveBias


For the majority of my life, I've dealt with migraines.  When I was a teenager, I started having awful, horrible migraines.  The only thing I could do was to lay in a quiet room in the dark and wait for it to pass.  It was miserable.  I went through a few migraine medications before I found one that worked, but I still had to deal with the side effects from the medicine.  On top of feeling miserable from the migraine, the medicine made me sick to my stomach.

Not fun!

After my husband and I started having kids, my migraines miraculously got better.  I still get them from time to time, but I know how to manage them now.  There are a few things that help me from getting a migraine, so hopefully this will help someone suffering from them as well.  Consult your doctor if you think you are suffering from migraines.


Get Enough Sleep

This is a big one for me!  I am a night owl and an early bird. Basically, I don't ever want to miss anything.  Sometimes, I get in an unhealthy cycle of stay up late/wake up early.  Eventually, I crash with a migraine.  I make a conscious effort to get enough sleep each night.  There are many ways you can cultivate a good sleep habit, and I like to use an alarm to remind myself to get ready for bed each night.

Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can lead to headaches.  If I skimp on the H2O, a headache is not far behind, and it inevitably develops into a migraine.  I keep a bottle of water with me at all times!

Eat Well

My body will let me know when I am not eating well.  Not only do I break out on my face and feel tired, but the more I eat junk food the more I crave junk food.  There are many junk foods that can trigger migraines, and boy can I tell when it's time to get back on the healthy train!


Keep Excedrin® Migraine Stocked

Excedrin® Migraine has been a staple in our house for years.  I can't even tell you how many times Excedrin® Migraine has saved the day.  A couple months ago, my husband and I had a weekend vacation planned for our 10th wedding anniversary.  Unfortunately, a hurricane decided to blow through the coast that weekend and cancelled our trip.  I was stressed out so much about the weather, the kids, and our cancelled vacation that a full blown migraine came on.  

After I read the "Excedrin® Migraine Warnings of Usage," I used two Excedrin® Migraine as directed.  They made me feel so much better within 30 minutes, and it's #1 Neurologist recommended*.  My husband and I still had a kid-free (and migraine-free) day to spend with each other!


Take Time For Yourself

My migraines are also linked to stress.  Self-care is important even if you don't suffer from migraines. It's vital to decompress and rest your mind and body.  Even if you can only spare 15 minutes a day, you can read a book or magazine, make yourself a cup of tea, or sit down to watch a tv show.  I make sure to relax every day, no matter how little time I have to do so.  Sometimes I don't relax until I'm going to bed. If that happens, I spend a few moments to read before I go to sleep.

Ironically, a few weeks ago, we had another hurricane blow through our area.  It was pretty high stress around here for a week, and I used my very last Excedrin® Migraine while I was watching the water creep closer and closer to our house.  The very first day we could make a grocery store run, I stocked up on my Excedrin® products at Walmart, which are Excedrin® Migraine and Excedrin® PM Headache.

If you suffer from migraines, I'd love to hear some of your tips!
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*Among OTC medicine for migraines.  Symphony Health Solutions, 2014