Back to Basics – Feeding our Own

As we reflect on the spirit of giving, what we know for sure is this-there is always more room to give. At National, we remember some principle standards for which our company was built on; the power of hand-ups, not just handouts. When is a person apt to perform...

Wrap up for Winter

If you’ve followed along with me for any length of time, you know our family is a traveling one. We will venture almost anywhere on I-40 to visit with family. With the holidays around the corner, we’re gearing up for the big drive once more! We’re headed back up to...

Cuddling with Cuddl Duds®

‘Tis the season for cuddling up in Cuddl Duds®. This longtime favorite brand has been a staple at National for as long as I can remember! Each piece offers luxurious comfort and comes in a variety of colors, making it the perfect gift for anyone in your family....

A National Christmas Gathering

This week, our entire National family gathered to celebrate the start of the holiday season! This family has grown to include more than 200 of our closest friends, and the Christmas party remains one of my favorite traditions…because I get to see everyone with whom I...

Classic, Cozy, Comfort and Style

Last week, I shared a few of my favorite Thanksgiving lounge options. Admittedly, when writing to you, I was sitting in the moderate climate of Wilmington, NC. However, Blowing Rock received its first round of snow yesterday and my clothing requirements quickly...

Sockin’ it to You

As with all things warm and cozy, our toesies deserve the very best. I am a firm believer in styling from head-to-toe. I want the bottom view to look just as good as the whole ensemble. Wouldn’t you agree? During this season of warming up indoors, I am so eager...

Snuggled Up for the Holidays

This week, we are spending time with my husband’s family in the mountains of North Carolina. It will be a season of soaking up toddler spunk, sipping on hot chocolate, and resting comfortably by the fireplace. With temperatures below freezing, I am adding quite a few...

Holiday Red

This time of year, I get real bold and pull out my favorite shades of bright and cheerful lip color. Something about the crisp winter air, rich fall shades of orange and red among the trees, and cozy chunky sweaters bring out the festive colors in my makeup. Give me...

The Best Photo Gifts

Did you know my parents almost share a birthday? My mom celebrated her birthday on November 10th and my dad on November 14th. This year, our entire family gathered in Wilmington for a joint family celebration, and we surprised our parents with professional photos by...