Month: April 2018

I’m sooooooo looking forward to the Spring and Summer! 3 reasons to join me at Unscripted this Season.

I think I might have a little S.A.D (Seasonal Affective Disorder) during the winter season, or I’m truly a Spring baby, having been birthed in April. One good winter snow and Christmas celebration, and I’m good on the cold weather. I’m almost immediately ready for the longer days, warmth and sunshine of the Spring, and our recent time at Unscripted Hotel here in Durham gave us a quick taste of what’s to come once the warm weather hits. My birthday trip to Cabo in Mexico definitely has me ‘feening’ for warm days, sitting by the pool and cocktails. I’m sure Unscripted can scratch that itch at home 🙂 Here are 3 reasons why:


  1. The folks: Tabitha Rodriguez-manager extraordinaire of Unscripted- personally invited me and my husband to their chef tasting and “aphrodisiac” cocktail night, featuring Bedlam Vodka, on Valentine’s Day. It was a short-and-sweet preview of the food and cocktails that I’m looking forward to having more of on the rooftop near Unscripted’s pool and pool-side bar, once the sunshine hits.
  2. The food: For the VDay meal, we feasted on the first course of oyster pearls. Then, we were then given a variety of delectable cocktails, including ones with coffee and chocolate. My favorite that night was the bacon-wrapped asparagus. Although these aren’t offered on a daily basis (only on special occasions), the food there, in general, is great. Give the Impossible Burger a try, with some fries, next time you’re there.
  3. My bday: Most weekends, you can find your fave local DJs in the lobby and enjoy drinks on the comfy couches. It’s where I’ll be this Friday celebrating my 40th birthday. Come on out and celebrate with us as DJ Mic Check blesses us on the 1s and 2s.

Soooooo excited for the Spring and Summer!




Parenting While Traveling: Tips for the Kids


We literally just dropped our 2 kids off to stay with their grandparents for the week, as we prepare to travel to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. They’re not quite the ages yet where they could travel internationally comfortably. However, for those that are traveling abroad with their little ones, here are some medical and parenting tips for you:
1. Make sure their vaccines are updated. If traveling between now and May, flu is still a risk for very young children. Please make sure they’re vaccinated, along with Tdap and MMR, if needed. If you’re unsure, ask your medical provider to check their records.
2. Make sure you don’t need to purchase them their own ticket. If still in a carrier seat, you can likely hold them in your lap and check the seat. Check with each airline to see what the age cut off is for needing their own, individual seat.
3. Carry lots of snacks and sanitized wipes. The other passengers on the flight will love you for keeping your little ones content with snacks on the plane. But, please don’t forget the sanitizer and sanitized wipes, for obvious reasons.
4. Electronics are ok. There has been a lot of heated debate lately about how much screen time kids should be allowed and at what age. As a family doctor, I understand where the professionals and concerned parents are coming from. However, as a parent myself, I have allowed and do allow my children to watch TV and play with electronic tablets….after their homework has been completed. If they misbehave or their grades begin to slip, the screens are the first rewards to go away. With travel, screens have saved our lives. The flight and rides are much more calm and quiet if the iPads are brought along. We also tend to lean toward almost all educational programs for them to watch. Go with your gut.
5. Enjoy them. Try to relax and not be so stringent with the schedule and the rules that you forget to have fun. That’s true when traveling and when at home. Our time with our kids goes by so quickly and they grow up so fast. Don’t forget you’re making memories on your vacations. Be present and be safe out there.
Have fun!