Meet the Heart Behind Organ Donation

April is officially National Donate Life Month, a time to draw attention to the need for and importance of organ, eye, and tissue donation. In the United States, more than 100,000 people are waiting for lifesaving transplants, including more than 3,000 North Carolinians. HonorBridge, North Carolina’s largest Organ Procurement Organization (OPO), acts as a... Read More

The Gift of Time

Technology has done a lot of wonderful things for the human race: cars, medicine, the Slinky. But I would argue that one of the biggest technological impacts in the last 25 years has been the good old-fashioned digital calendar. I don’t know about you, but if it’s not on my calendar, it doesn’t happen. For... Read More

Pay it Forward: North Carolina Youth Outdoor Engagement Commission

When Joe Gray was a teen, he took a life-changing senior class trip to Aspen, Colorado. Gray, who is visually impaired, attended the Tennessee School for the Blind. He traveled with his classmates to Aspen to learn how to ski with the help of instructors and guides. “That ski trip helped me to be more... Read More

Food + Dining

Easter Eats

Easter Sunday will be here before you know it. Take the burden of meal shopping and prep off the table and focus on celebrating with your family by picking up a precooked Easter spread or visiting a local restaurant for Easter brunch. Book soon, as space is likely to fill up! Vidrio's elevated buffet... Read More

The Depot on First in Knightdale

A revitalized historic home turned restaurant now offers Southern hospitality with panache and precision. The Depot on First, a new farm-to-table eatery in downtown Knightdale, melds vintage architecture with modern accompaniments to provide an intriguing destination dining experience. Proprietor Christopher Critzer purchased the early 1900s Sears, Roebuck and Co. house several years ago after considering... Read More

Life + Style

Meet the Team: Jaime Nolan

Ever wonder about the people behind the pages of Wake Living? Sure, you can head over to our “about us” page and read our professional bios, but as a lifestyle magazine, we’d like to connect on a personal level. Jaime joined the team in 2023 and works as the styling coordinator for many of... Read More

Celebrating Women

International Women’s Day Expo Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This free expo presents inspiring speakers, informative workshops, and exhibitors showcasing products and services that support women's well-being and women-owned businesses. Discuss the science of marketing, how to acquire funding, and local women’s success stories. Music by Shelby Jordan at 4 p.m.... Read More

Home + Garden

Garden Adventurer: Dutch Treat: Keukenhof Gardens

When springtime arrives in all its visual glory, I occasionally cross The Big Pond to catch European gardens at their seasonal floral finest — and I’m rarely disappointed. Recently, I took a trip to the Netherlands, where flowering plants from fall-planted, spring-blooming bulbs are, simply put, national institutions. And in the Netherlands, the belle of... Read More

Garden Adventurer: The Other Magnolias

A southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) in full bloom on a hot, sultry summer day is quite a pleasant sight to see. But why wait until it gets steamy and sticky to see such a pretty display? There is a maverick band of magnolias that can’t even wait for the chilly air of a waning winter... Read More


Staunton: The Gem of the Shenandoah Valley

Staunton, Virginia — known as the Queen City of the Shenandoah Valley — can best be described as a Hallmark movie come to life. Surrounded by rolling hills and scenic farmland, this fantastically walkable town is known for its magnificently preserved architecture, idyllic main street, and proximity to the Blue Ridge Mountains. Over the years,... Read More

Road Tripping for Success

Since 2019, my husband George and I have logged over 50,000 fun miles traversing the beautiful continental United States. We have traveled in SUVs, rental cars, a 1982 Volkswagen Westfalia, and a 2020 Dodge Ram ProMaster conversion van. Getting out on the road is life-changing; each trip has rewards and challenges. You will realize how... Read More

On Trend

On Trend: Never Stop Exploring

It’s time to detach from your devices, quiet your mind, and embrace self-care by connecting with nature. Hiking isn’t just a walk in the park; it’s a journey to a healthier, stress-free lifestyle. So venture out on a trail, breathe in the fresh air, and savor the natural trails Western Wake County has to offer.... Read More

On Trend: Strengthening Your Body, Mind, and Social Crew

This year's fitness vibe is all about blending exercise with socializing, paving the way for a journey that amps up wellbeing, strength, and your social squad! I’d like to introduce you to the greatness of Barre-Up! Wrap your bands around your enthusiasm because this movement studio with a social dimension is the path to your... Read More