Parents, have you ever had a big night planned without the kids, only to have your sitter canel? Or you can't find one you feel good about?

College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors is the savior of your sanity! 


Parents need to stay connected as a couple. Part of maintaining that connection might mean regular date nights. Maybe a family has a need for a nanny for the summer or their kids may need some help with school. The mission of College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors is to build stronger families. They achieve this by addressing the needs of individual families, throughout the life‐stages of their children.


College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors doesn’t have a bunch of independent contractors who are randomly linked to families. They are the largest employer of sitters and nannies, and every employee goes through a rigorous national background screening and interview process. They also go through an orientation and ongoing training where they learn creative play, crafts, games, meal ideas and even jokes! They see thousands of people each year. They interview people every day. If they can’t answer questions like, ‘what does a toddler eat for lunch?’ they won’t be working for College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors.

Families are supported by a full team of experts. Both the sitters and the role model managers make sure everyone is engaged. Their sitters will never just be sitting on the couch with earbuds on, texting friends. Their business model allows them to partner with families as their kids grow. It may start with a need for a nanny who provides full‐time care, but as schedules change ‐ maybe a sitter is a better fit. Then, as they transition further, they might discover the need for a tutor.

They’re unique in this area. No one else offers cradle to college support for families like they do. Their community is growing and changing very quickly right now. It’s tough for a lot of families because they are new to the area. Maybe Grandma used to watch the kids and now she’s too far away. They’re here to provide a trusted connection to a quality sitter.

Contact College Nannies+Sitters+Tutors and don't worry about anything again.




Monday, 01 July 2019 05:09

Wine and Art go together

DIY classes are all the rage. The most popular ones seem to involve wine. There's wine and painting on canvas, wine and crafting, even wine and woodshop. And don't forget you can get wine in almost every public event and business. 

It was inevitible that wine and personalizing wine glasses would come along. In WNC, Le Painted Grape is making quite the splash. Classes are usually held in a wine bar or other establishment that serves a good variety of wine. You'll be coached in bringing out your creativity to decorate you very own wine glass, you'll have a lot of fun with your friends, and make new friends along the way. It's affordable, fun, and there's wine! You can even host a private wine glass painting party.

Visit Le Painted Grape's events page to find out when, where, and how you can join in the fun.


Edible Arrangements has a daily offer for you. Happy Hour!

You already know Edible Arrangements - Asheville has great Fruit Bouquets, gift baskets, and their famous chocolate-dipped strawberries. Now you can get two for the price of one during Happy Hour!

Every day between 3:00 and 5:00 until July 10, it's BOGO time at Edible Arrangements - Asheville. Visit them at 5 Regent Park Blvd.

Friday, 28 June 2019 16:38

Support the arts in WNC!

WNC has a thriving arts community. Everywhere you turn, you'll find galleries, theater spaces, buskers, and sidewalk vendors. The Arts draws thousands of tourists to the area year-round.

Theatre fans have a lot to choose from in the area. Not only in Asheville, but everywhere from Flat Rock to Waynesville to Burnsville to Black Mountain. 

In Asheville this weekend, two plays are finishing their runs, and one is opening here and in Burnsville. There are more, of course, but this post will tell you about four.

Saturday in Burnsville, Parkway Playhouse opens A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder. When Monty Navarro discovers he is the not-so-distant heir to the D'Ysquith family fortune, he decides to jump the line of succession using a good bit of charm… and a little bit of murder. Along the journey of knocking off his eight unsuspecting relatives, Monty must juggle both matters of the heart and not landing behind bars. 

 The Montford Park Players might just be the best-kept Theatre secret in the area. They've been performing free "Shakespeare In The Park" in the Hazel Robinson Amphitheater for over 40 years. Opening this weekend is Robin Hood: Quest for Justice, an original play by locals Jeff Messer & Robert Akers. Performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights at 7:30. Bring a picnic, your favorite beverages and blankets and lawn chairs. Don't worry if you don't bring anything. You can purchase beer, wine, and various food items at the amphitheater.

 The How To Crew is back with Rules & How To Break Them. Shows have been selling out, but there mey be a ticket or two available for this final weekend of the run at the BeBe Theater. Produced by the Steven Samuels' Sublime Theater. Always fun, musical, and laugh-inducing, the How To shows never fail to deliver. If you don't get a chance to see this one, follow the Sublime Theater to keep up to date.


Closing this weekend at the Magnetic Theater, In The Assassins' Garden, writtn by local David Hopes, is a smoldering historical look at an America riven by partisan politics, flirting with socialism, and galvanized by a swiftly rising feminist movement. Seemingly contemporary, this historical play looks at the chaotic and frenzied wake of the assassination of William McKinley, the 25th President of the United States. See it this weekend or miss it entirely.

Next up at the Magnetic, More Crimes and Missed Demeanings. 

Supporting the Arts in WNC is simply the right thing to do. Buy Local!

Did you know that the services of Travel Agents are free? There is no reason not to plan your vacation through a travel agent. Your agent knows the best places to stay, fun places to go, and will work within your budget.

Joanne Craig, with Dancing Moon Travel, will help make treasured memories of your vacation. Call her at 828-406-4342 and let her deal with the details so you can truly enjoy your vacation. No matter where you want to go on this planet, Joanne can help.

Charlotte Sheppard loves helping clients find the perfect home or sell their current one so they can move on to and into their perfect home. 
Before becoming a REALTOR®, She spent almost 28 years in the U.S. military and then graduated from law school at the age of 48. She knows what it means to serve and to take on a challenge!
When Charlotte was in the military, she assisted families who had just been notified that their loved ones had passed away. She steered them through the minutiae of military red tape and assisted them in planning the perfect memorials or funerals for their loved ones and getting the benefits to which they were entitled. Charlotte says she always wanted them to know they weren’t alone. Now, she uses the experience of helping people through the worst times in their lives to help her clients through one of the most challenging times in their lives – home buying and selling! She assists clients through every step in the process and explains the details to them so they can find the perfect home for themselves or sell their current home and move into that perfect home.
Contact Charlotte Sheppard for your Real Estate needs.

Wednesday, 12 June 2019 15:29

Loving an addict is confusing and painful

For parents that are experiencing a loved one in addiction, you are probably feeling exhausted, isolated, scared, and ready just to throw your hands up because everytime you open your mouth and try to help your son/daughter, it's like talking to a brick wall. Every move you make seems to be the wrong one.


Your work life may even be suffering because even though you are physically present at work, mentally you are not. All your attention and focus is worrying about your child, and your performance at work suffers. People are noticing a change in you and not for the better. They may even be telling you open up and let people know what' going on, but when you do, you may experience feeling judged pushing you deeper into isolation and confusion.


When you try to Google and go to forums online researching what to do and how to fix it your child, you may be left feeling more confused than ever because one person says this, and another person says that and it all contradicts each other and you'e left just wanting to pull your hair out. It may seem like you haven't really slept in days or weeks and the exhaustion leaves you sitting in the car crying at stop lights and begging the higher powers that be to just tell you what to do to "fix your child".


Don't know what to do? Jen Maneely does. 



Jen helps families learn more in a few short months than what you can learn on your own in a lifetime. 

Jen helps you focus on:

  • Blind Spots you may have with your own child

  • Setting effective boundaries that get you results

  • Supporting them while setting the right conditions to get the help they need

  • Financially protecting them and you

  • Letting go of assumed obligations


Contact Maneely Consulting to get the help you need.



Craft Centric’s in-house brewery Fermented Nonsense, will be releasing two new beers in the coming week. Yass Kween Cherry Lime Wheat Beer will be released Tuesday June 11th in time for our Broad City Trivia night. Beauty in the Rains That I See Amber Ale will be released Tuesday June 18th in time for our The Office trivia night.

“Yas Kween” - Cherry Lime Wheat - 5.2% ABV - A perfect summer beer, this wheat beer was brewed with cherry juice and fresh lime zest. It’s easy drinking and with a refreshing slight tartness. You won’t be able to help letting out a “yas kween” after taking a sip.

“Beauty in the Rains That I See” - Amber Ale - 5.1% ABV - This beer was inspired by a Marcus King Band song called Autumn Rains. The fitting lyrics are: “'Cause they don't see the beauty in the rains that I see, amber ale, sweet bud and sunshine”. The beer was brewed with flaked wheat, premium 2-Row, crystal malt, and dry hopped with Cascade, Citra, and Mosaic hops.

“It’s hard to keep up with demand on our small system,” says owner Matt Vaughan, “so we are excited to have two new beers coming out in back to back weeks. Definitely come give them a try while you can!”

About Craft Centric:
Craft Centric Taproom & Bottleshop was voted best North Carolina beer bar by the Brewer’s Association in 2018 and 2019. They have 30 taps that include one cider, one ginger beer, and two wine options. They also carry packaged beer to drink on premise or to-go. Both draft and package selections include some of the best beer to be had both locally and internationally.

Craft Centric was founded in 2017 by Matt Vaughan who opened it as a place for the community to gather and appreciate beer. Both the geek & beer geek parts of Matt are apparent in the store with the Star Wars & Game of Thrones decor and the carefully curated beer selection. In August of 2018, Matt and brewer Josh Austin started Fermented Nonsense Brewing in the back office of Craft Centric. Although it’s Asheville’s smallest brewery, Fermented Nonsense focuses on making beer with big flavor as well as fun and interesting ingredients.


Thursday, 06 June 2019 07:07

Escape the heat

Now that warmer weather is here for the next few months, thoughts often turn tocooling off. There are many options for wet, cool fun in the mountains of WNC. Of course, there are the municipal pools, but we like to go out into nature for our relief. Here are the top 3 swimming holes in WNC. Grab your swim suits, towels, and a picnic lunch, and come join us in the mountains.

1.Sliding Rock - Located in the Pisgah National Forest, this is a popular spot for good reason. Slide down the 60-foot flat, sloping boulder and make a splash in an eight-foot deep pool, swim a few strokes to the shore, get in line, and do it all over again. Open 10:00 - 6:00 through Labor Day.

2. Skinny Dip Falls - A beautiful waterfall setting for any time of the year. A 3/4 mile hike down the trail at Looking Glass Overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 417 brings you to this swimming hole and soaking spot with several waterfalls and pools.

3. Hooker Falls - Head to the DuPont Forest for this wonderful pool with a 12-foot waterfall. A delightful setting for a day of cooling off.

Friday, 17 May 2019 10:41

Who's Watching Your Roost?

Home break-ins. It’s probably every homeowners biggest fear. Do you ever find yourself wondering if someone is watching?

According to Ooma, a home phone & security company, 16% of Americans have experienced a home break-in. Whether it’s pranks by neighborhood kids or a legit burglar, your home can be a target regardless of where you live. And there are a plethora of reasons why you could be targeted, but here are the top five listed in order of percent-cause of break-in.

1. Your Neighborhood - 24%

Nearly 1/4 of all American homes are at risk simply based on the neighborhood the home is in. It can even be the surrounding neighborhoods.

2. No Alarm System - 16%

Not having an alarm system is the second leading cause of break-ins. Even if you don’t have an alarm system, putting a sign by your door saying you do helps thwart would-be vandals. If you do have an alarm but no sign, get one.

3. Unlocked Doors - 14%

The bygone days of never locking your doors are, well, gone. While only 14% of Americans claim an unlocked door was the cause of their break-in, a whopping 42% leave doors unlocked. What?

4. Open Windows - 8%

Never, ever leave ground floor level windows unlocked when you are away or sleeping. If you do lock your door, then the next thing a burglar will try is the window.

5. Living in an Apartment Building - 7%

Multiple unit dwellings are often thought to be less of a target for burglary, however it turns out to be the opposite. With many people in and out of these dwellings, it’s hard to keep up with who should be there and who should not. They are an invitation for strangers to scope out. Try to find buildings with locked exterior doors to help up the security level.

A Tip from Roost Home Watch 

Even if you do have an alarm system, it’s a good idea to purchase timers for interior and exterior lights to cycle on and off periodically to give the sense the home is occupied. Using a home watch service while away from your home, like Roost Home Watch, provides a sense of security because of the inherent nature of the home watch visit. Picking up newspapers & mail, moving trash bins in & out, physically inspecting doors & windows, and much more default items in our service.


Call Roost Home Watch at 828-505-1003

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