If you’re like me, a mother, wife and employee then you at some point, if not daily share my sentiments of exhaustion, burn out, and/or fatigue. You look at the stove like it’s your arch enemy. The question “what’s for dinner?” sends you into a homicidal rage. The guy sitting in the cube next to you who thinks the workplace is the only place to clip his nails has finally sent you over the edge.

I have the answer to the stress, burnout and ultimate feeling of exhaustion. (Yes, daily devotions, wine and your supportive husbands are all wonderful things). But the ultimate solution is a Girls Trip. You know…the trip that you and your friends/sisters talk about doing but never put into action??

This past weekend me and 5 other friends left the annoying nail clippers, stove and diapers behind and ventured to Raleigh and Wilmington for a much needed getaway filled with gut wrenching laughter, lots of wine and fancy signature drinks and awesome restaurants where someone cooked for US! We even put on heels (ok I lied…I wore flats…I’m no longer about the high heel life) and went out to clubs and danced! We tanned at Wrightsville Beach and played in the gorgeous blue waves.

Girl’s trips are truly food for the soul, a recharging of the battery, and an awakening of the spirt. I mean sitting around with great friends in comfy pj’s and not talking about kids, bills, or husbands or boyfriends (ok sometime venting about your spouse IS necessary) or the dinner menu or the soccer schedule or school supplies was so….PEACEFUL.

But something even bigger happened this weekend. Sunday evening I returned to reality; recharged, renewed, awakened. I came back looking forward to seeing my family; eager to prepare dinner. Although I came home to a messy kitchen, I didn’t mind cleaning it!
Girls Trips are a requirement for us mothers. It can be something as simple as a trip to a local beach or as grand as a Caribbean vacation but a pause to your daily life is NEEDED. Time away from the kids, work and awesome husbands is NEEDED. Time with your sister friends is NEEDED. It doesn’t make us less of a mother, or wife or woman. It doesn’t negate our responsibilities to our families. In fact it does the opposite. It humanize’ s us. It allows us to let our hair down, be silly without structure and limitations, laugh until we cry. Vent to our sister fiends and then laugh and cry some more.

But it also tears away the dark clouds that we all feel at some point in our day to day lives. It breaks up the monotony. Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoy my family vacations to Disney and trips to the mountains and local zoo with the kids. I love date nights with my husband. And there is a place for those special moments. We must allow ourselves the reclusion of 2 to 3 weekends out of the 52 weeks in a year to spend with our girlfriends and sister friends for laughter and silliness and the peace that comes with being free of diapers, the stove and duties.

This past weekend marked our 3rd Girls Trip; all just very short but much needed getaways! I listed just a few of the places and activities below that we visited and would love to hear YOUR ideas!
Also, be on the lookout for a Pinstripe Strollers Mom’s retreat coming in 2016!!!!

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Raleigh/Wrightsville Beach/Wilmington

If you’re looking for a nice bar with great hip hop music ( I mean that old school gooooood hip hop), Clock Work was pretty cool! Especially if you’re lucky enough to sit next to the open window!

Noir was my favorite club/bar of the weekend! You know how you go out and they play a song that you don’t really care for in its ENTIRETY so your night is filled with getting up when your song comes on then sitting down for 5 minutes until the crappy song is over then getting up again 2 songs later when they play your jam?? (you get the pattern here). Well at Noir on Friday’s, be sure you wear your flats because the DJ was the TRUTH! He played everything from Frankie Beverley to Biggie and there was no sitting b/c everrrrything he played was the jam!

Dining in Wilmington was pretty cool too. We absolutely loved the vibe of eating on the waterfront and highly recommend The George  for dinner and Elijah’s  for brunch. If you love mussels then Caprise Bistro  has hands down the best mussels I’ve ever had in life!

Since it was 90 degrees (although it felt like 150), you can’t go wrong with a stop at Kilwins  Just be prepared for a long lines! The wait was most certainly worth it!

Marriot Courtyard was our home Saturday night and was perfect since it was the ½ way point between downtown Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach

Charlotte NC
On this particular Girls Weekend, friends from Massachusetts came to Charlotte and although I live here, it still made for an awesome time since I got to do things even I never did before after 8 years of living here!

We visited Painting With a Twist and  brought our own mimosas, had an AWESOME instructor and walk out with a piece of art that we have on our walls to this day as a reminder of our friendship.

Admittedly I’m not a shopper…and I was glad ½ of the crew wasn’t in the shopping mood or else we wouldn’t have stumbled across this little gem Paco’s Tacos and Tequila . Not only was the food fantastic but they offered flights of tequila that was guaranteed to be hangover free ☺

Washington DC
I’ll just say DC is one of my favorite places in the US and made for my very favorite girls trip yet!

I don’t think there is a day that goes by that I haven’t thought about Bus Boy’s and Poets (and it’s been over 500 day ☺) This place had some of the BEST food I ever had with a chill vibe perfect for a night with your girlfriends!

Howard Theater was also very cool! We got to see live neosoul concert that was simply amazing!

One of my favorite parts of the trip and something I suggest ALL Sisters Friends do is to have a photo-shoot done! We had the absolute pleasure of having Tosha from The Captured Life Photography  do a photoshoot of us in DC. If you’re in the DC area please check out this talented artist to book your session!

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Looking for a photographer in the Raleigh area to capture your sister girl shoot!? Check out my friend and Girls Trip travel Buddy Marie Cox at Phreckles Photography and in if you’re in the Charlotte area, check out Mary Morgan Photography!

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