April 18, 2016

Savor The Taste Of The Carolinas At Carowinds Before The Flavor Goes Away

North Carolina is a melting pot of different culinary style and flavor. To Truly experience the unique taste of the Carolinas, one needs to partake in a culinary feast to sample each flavor from the different regions of the state.  Now you don't need to travel across the state just to achieve this. Carowinds gathered the flavors together and put them in one location so you don't have to go too far at their Taste of The Carolinas Food Festival.

April 9, 2016

The Enchanting Allure of Lake Lure

"A quaint small town outfitted by nature with attractions fit for big fun", is the best description I discovered about Lake Lure. Visiting this popular tourist destination in the onset of Spring season takes on a rather quiet, idyllic facade that is in huge contrast to how this place is during the Summer. This lakefront beauty is surrounded by water flowing from Rocky Broad River - a feature that makes this little watering hole up in the high country, a well sought-after destination for those seeking reprieved from the heat of Summer. Thanks to their 3-acres Beach and Water Park located in the heart of town.

Beach and Water Park seen at a distance from Morse Park

April 7, 2016

Disney's "The BFG" Reminds Me That I have My Own BFG IRL

It is interesting to note that I can, in some way, relate to Ronald Dahl's best-selling children's book "The BFG". In the essence of the book's lead character; The BFG or The Big Friendly Giant - to which IRL (in real life) I have awarded this title to my husband who possess the quality of being a "giant" himself at almost 6'4 tall - and yes, friendly as well. This live action film directed by award-winning Steven Spielberg will hit theaters on July 1st and you get an exclusive sneak peek!

The latest trailer of The BFG features never-before scenes. Happy Watching!

April 5, 2016

Your Travel Guide to An Unforgettable First Visit to Chimney Rock

If you're thinking of visiting Chimney Rock Park on your next family vacation and have never been there before, check the guide we put together to get the most out of your first visit - from a first-timer to another first-timer, who will soon be a second-timer.

We visited Chimney Rock during Spring break which to my book is the perfect season to take a trek up to the mountain top. The weather is cool, can be a bit windy and tad chilly at the highest point of elevation, but I won't trade cool breeze and mild weather over hot, searing Summer heat.

April 4, 2016

Hop to the Music this Spring with Your Favorite Disney Music (Easter Basket Giveaway)

Disney Music Easter Basket / Photo: Disney
I bet my bottom dollar that whether you're going to admit or not, that you, have your very own favorite Disney music. I will confess, I love "A whole new world" and "Circle of Life". I don't think I'll ever get tired of them.  So, what's yours?

Before you tell me, I'll tell you that Disney Music Easter Basket offering this year contains four titles taken from their Hop to the Music collection. It includes: 
  • The Lion Guard
  • Zootopia soundtrack
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens 
  • Marvel Guardians of the Galaxy Cosmic Mix Vol. 1. 

The basket also includes a Kion plush toy (Courtesy of Disney Store) and "Meet The New Guard" (a lift-the-flap book) from Disney Junior's hit series, "The Lion Guard."

And what's cool about this? You're getting one! Disney Music is giving away to one lucky reader of Zensible Mama.

So, tell away!

April 2, 2016

A Breathtaking Climb On Top of Chimney Rock NC

Chimney Rock with US flag on half mast in solidarity with Brussels and in honor of the bombing victims.

Here's an awesome deal. If you want to test your endurance while taking in exhilarating views, dramatic scenery and panoramic sights as far as the eyes can see, then the Chimney Rock stairs challenge is for you! This 500 million year old towering monolith is accessible through a labyrinth of stairs totaling to 491 steps all the way to the top. And some more, if you include in your itinerary, the extra meandering steps leading to 5 different must-see overlooks or sub-rocks on your way up. A feat which easily makes the challenge, well,  more challenging!
We've never been to Chimney Rock. We have no clue what we were getting ourselves into. But like a true explorer with a sense of adventure, we came prepared for any possibility. We have our sneakers on, we were appropriately dressed for the occasion, we have umbrellas and hats and we have water and snacks. Oh yeah. It was game on! So, we thought...

March 5, 2016

The Fast Way to NOT Get Invited to the Disney Conference Inspired by Disney's Iconic Villains

Photo Disney world

And so the magic happened again. When the lovely Leanne Jakubowski O'Regan tweeted a "coded" tweet on a particular time of the year, everyone paid attention. You paid attention. Then your next move was to call on all the gods of Disney you may happen to know and fervently prayed that they'll bless you with a pixie dusted email. Beyond that point, you started to stalk your email. It was a feat to be patient. But you have no choice but to be. Afterall, there is only one Tinkerbell spreading all the pixie dusts. Also, navigating through the ethernet to make sure you get the magical invite does takes a bit of work. To the lucky ones, this is an auspicious time. A time for great celebration. It may even drive them bonkers with excitement, apprehension and delight.

I should know this. I've experienced this exhilarating emotions 3 times. It's the happiest kind of bonkers you'll ever feel.

However, there's always that flip side to every happy event. The Yang to the Yin. The dark side to the light. The evil Darth Vader to Anakin Skywalker. You get the picture. It simply brings the wickedness in others and all the crazies seem to come out of the woodwork all at once. The unlucky ones.
If you're vying (or dying) to get invited to the most coveted Disney conference, here's a nugget of wisdom for you. Don't be a sourpuss! 

March 4, 2016

Things I Never Knew About My Cup of Joe That You Should Know

I always had this suspicion. Did you know that the coffee you drink every morning - or afternoon, depending on your level of addiction - is one of the most addictive substance in the world yet socially acceptable? No surprise there at all. Imagine a morning without coffee. Tragic isn't it?

My favorite excuse for this coffee addiction is when your brain functionality is way below the standard level necessary to function like a normal human being - critically and absolutely crucial in the morning - and like an automatic defense mechanism, you simply utter "I haven't have my coffee yet!" and the world instantly (no pun intended) understands. Moreover, if you're delivering this spiel to a fellow coffeeholic, you get nothing but total sympathy. You might even get a free coffee out of the deal. Yes, the whole world is a coffee addict! Starbucks can't be any happier. Kaching!

But in all seriousness, why are we morbidly addicted to coffee?

February 29, 2016

Tofu Mushroom Soup For your Soul

Have you ever been sick to a point where soup is the only "food" you can digest, crave or want? If you do, have been or is, right now, then this simple, easy to make, 7-ingredient soup is for you! I don't say things lightly but this soup is so good, it's easily a food for your soul as well. It's packed with powerful healing properties and bold flavors it's enough to bring your "grace" back without trying! Ahem, supernatural reference to those who is not on the know.

Back to my soup, this is one of the soups that I created that sustained my household during the flu invasion that made my husband and I sick. And during those times when solid food don't seem appealing at all, this soup nourished us back to better health. It's also good for the vegetarian soul.

What are you waiting for? Hurry and grab the recipe!

February 27, 2016

Best Comfort Drink When You're Down with the Flu

The flu season this year is downright nasty that you wouldn't even wish it upon your enemy - unless of course, your enemy is the most vile - then go ahead, why don't you! With that said, I speak from experience - and as far as I know, it was not because it was wished upon me or... hmmm, now that I think about it - maybe it was?  You see...