Y’all. This month, I had the opportunity to preview inventory for the Junior League of Birmingham’s Annual Bargain Bash and Carousel and lemme tell ya…you are not gonna want to miss these events!!

What is the Junior League of Birmingham?
The Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) is an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Its purpose is to improve the community by delivering services and
assistance to those in need through partnerships with community partner agencies.

JLB is one of the largest Junior League organizations in the world, with nearly 2,300 members. As one of the largest volunteer service organizations in Alabama, JLB has nearly 1,000 active volunteers, hailing from 50+ zip codes in four counties throughout the Birmingham metro area. These volunteers
contribute nearly $2,500,000 into the Birmingham community through a combination of approximately 55,000 hours of service and financial support.

Learn more about the Junior League of Birmingham by visiting or on social media: Facebook,; Twitter, @JLBirmingham; Instagram, @jlbirmingham or with the hashtags #EngageInspireLead and #JLBirmingham.

How does shopping at Bargain Carousel impact the community?
Bargain Carousel provides the local community with the opportunity to purchase gently used merchandise, including necessities like clothes, furniture, and large appliances, as well as children’s toys, infant items, kitchen items, linens, art, books, outdoor and home improvement equipment, and much more with the added benefit of raising money to fund JLB Programs. This is not your typical garage sale! JLB programs serve those in need in the metro area, including initiatives related to domestic violence, human trafficking, homelessness, juvenile crime, healthy living, job readiness, personal finances and education.

When you purchase a ticket to Bargain Bash and/or Bargain Carousel, when you purchase merchandise, or when you purchase Auction items at Bargain Bash, you are helping to fund the 38 community projects that the JLB supports, such as the JLB Diaper Bank, JLB Second Servings Program, JLB Essentials Pantry Program, Children in Crisis through our partnership with the YWCA, or Mobile Food Pantry through our partnership with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. Because the Junior League of Birmingham (JLB) provides both direct funding and trained volunteers to the community, your supports helps to double the JLB’s impact.


When you first walk in, you’re faced with the baby section. ADORABLENESS abounds. If you have babies, toddlers, or little kids, this section is for you. Clothing, toys, you name it – it is for sale.




The end of the school year is coming and doesn’t your child’s teacher need another coffee mug or water bottle to get them through the summer?? Of course they do! Pick up a few for less than $1 each in this section.



Bag lover like me? Eat your heart out, baby. Bargain Carousel’s got bags like you wouldn’t imagine!





The most exciting part, in my opinion, was the massive quantity of household items. You could literally furnish a home with all the amazing things they have available. Towels, rugs, kitchen ware, electronics, yard equipment, sports equipment…I mean, it’s endless! I left my heart with a super adorable and functional laundry sorter that retails for $40 and was selling for $4. It didn’t fit in my car y’all. UGH.




Now on to the important details…


  1. Wear comfortable clothes and shoes. You will be shopping in huge warehouse with tons of people. Think Black Friday crowds and better than Black Friday prices. Bring yo’ shopping GAME.
  2. Bring a large bag (or two) to throw the small stuff in. There will be shopping carts around, but if you don’t manage to grab one early on, you’ll want bags to carry your loot in.
  3. Make a list. It can be super overwhelming to walk in and see all the amazingness that is the Bargain Carousel inventory. SO, make a list of the things that you need at home, presents you need to buy (yes, they have BRAND NEW STUFF around), or things that your friends and family want/need.
  4. BRING A TRUCK, or large car. I mentioned earlier that there was a super cute laundry hamper that I really wanted but was unable to load in my car. If you can’t fit it in your car, you’re gonna lose out. Find a friend with a truck and buy them a ticket to shop with you in exchange for their truck and you’re golden.
  5. Arrive early! You’re gonna want to get the pick of the litter, so arrive early if you can.
  6. Buy Bargain Bash tickets! Can’t make it Saturday or Sunday?? No worries, get you a sitter, buy bargain bash tickets and do some shopping while sippin’ on champs and eating taco bites. Perfect girl’s night out and you get some shopping done. 🙂

Now on the the specifics. Tickets are officially on sale and will be at the door as well, so read the info below carefully to make sure you plan accordingly.

About Bargain Carousel

The Junior League of Birmingham proudly presents Bargain Carousel, a 1000-family garage sale, to the Birmingham community. Labeled the “largest garage sale in Birmingham”, JLB volunteers provide over 7,000 hours of service and over 100,000 items through member donations. Bargain Carousel provides the local community with the opportunity to purchase gently used merchandise, including many of life’s necessities, at very affordable prices, such as clothing, furniture, large appliances, children’s toys, infant items, kitchen items, linens, art, books, outdoor, home improvement equipment, and much, much more. You can shop with the added benefit of knowing that the money raised is returned directly to the Birmingham community to fund the 38 Community Projects the JLB supports. This is not your typical garage sale!

JLB programs serve those in need in the Birmingham metro area, including initiatives related to domestic violence, human trafficking, homelessness, juvenile crime, healthy living, job readiness, personal finances and education.

Every $40 purchase of merchandise at Bargain Carousel, provides necessities for 4 survivors of sexual violence through our partnership with The Crisis Center, 10 meals for homeless women and children through our partnership with Pathways, or diapers for one child in need for a month through the JLB Diaper Bank.

Because the JLB provides both direct funding and trained volunteers to the community, your supports helps to double the JLB’s impact.

Bargain Bash

Thursday, April 25

6 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Tickets $40

Please join the Junior League of Birmingham for an evening of early access to all of the merchandise that will be sold at Bargain Carousel. Enjoy fabulous food from local businesses, incredible auction items and early bird shopping at bargain prices. All Bargain Bash shoppers pay double the sticker price and sales tax will be added at the point of purchase on all merchandise. Bid numbers are issued with ticket purchase. Be a part of this wonderful night as we raise awareness and funds for our 38 community projects, which have made a positive impact on the Birmingham community for over 96 years.


Every $40 ticket purchased to Bargain Bash provides necessities for 4 survivors of sexual violence through our partnership with The Crisis Center, 10 meals for homeless women and children through our partnership with Pathways, or diapers for one child in need for a month through the JLB’s Diaper Bank.

All merchandise sells for double the ticket price during Bargain Bash. Sales tax will be added at the point of purchase for all merchandise.

Bargain Carousel

Saturday, April 27


Tickets for Saturday admission go on sale Friday, April 26, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the Bargain Carousel space (5201 Princeton Way, Hoover, Alabama 35226).

These are not available online as they are sold in order, allowing for shoppers to enter in ticket number order on Saturday morning.

  • Patrons can purchase up to 4 tickets/person.
  • Sale is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • The cost is $10 for Saturday entry between 8 a.m. and noon and $5 from noon to 5 p.m.
  • Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
  • Sales tax will be added at the point of purchase for all merchandise.

Join in on the fun with appearances by the Hoover Fire Department, face painting by Pink Fancy Face, and live music from Cordero King, as well as food trucks, such as Nothing Bundt Cakes, City Bowls, Heavenly
Donut Company, Eugene’s Hot Chicken, Cheezin’, Swamp Monster BBQ, iCantina, and Pazzo’s Big Slice Pizza.

Bargain Carousel

Sunday, April 28


Admission is free, and merchandise is half price. This year we are asking for donations of diapers and/or wipes to help support the JLB Diaper Bank. While not required for admission on Sunday, we would appreciate any donations you can provide.

Sales tax will be added at the point of purchase for all merchandise.
For more information, call 879-9861 or visit

I’ll be there Thursday, so I hope to see you there! Otherwise, let me know what goodies you end up with. I’ll share my finds on Instagram over the weekend. Happy shopping and for a good cause too!

yours truly, dr. b


This post was sponsored by Zoom Motorsports, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for helping me to support brands, retailers, and events I love!

Have you recovered from spring break and looking for new things to do in the coming weekends? I know we are. My family and I are super excited for the events happening this spring, including the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. My husband and I have been intentional about giving the kids more experiences locally and nationally, instead of gifting material things. They have loved the trips we have taken so far, but equally love the local events they get to experience as well.

Both my boys love race cars and competition, so I can’t wait to expose them to the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. It’s scheduled for this upcoming weekend, April 5-7, 2019. There are TONS of events happening, both for the kids and the adults.

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For the kids


Music, cornhole, giant bowling, ladder ball, kids inflatables, music and more! This will be located behind the Kamtek Public Grandstands. Coca-Cola Family Expo will be located in the Surgere Fan Zone behind the Kamtek Public Grandstands.

Gear Up Your Career features suppliers and community colleges in the state of Alabama that are looking to connect with students interested in workforce development. There will be tons of interactive STEM opportunities for kids throughout the area.

Ride the Bud’s Best Ferris Wheel to get a bird’s-eye view of the facility! $5 per ride – proceeds benefit United Ability.

Don’t miss your chance to get autographs from drivers of the NTT IndyCar Series!Friday, April 5 | 1pm- 2pm


The Kamtek Garage is the working area for the race teams and provides an excellent opportunity to get up close to the race cars and drivers … so bring your camera and autograph pen! Ages 15 and under receive complimentary Garage passes, courtesy of Alabama Power.


For the adults

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Join the party at the Park at one of our premier locations, Cocina at the Track. Located trackside in the heart of the Surgere Fan Zone, guests are guaranteed to have one of the best seats in the house. Cocina at the Track passes include a breakfast & lunch buffet, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, and a complimentary bar, courtesty of local favorite, Cocina Superior. Cocina at the Track passes also include Grounds Admission + Kamtek Garage Pass.

All children over the age of 3 must purchase a Cocina at the Track pass. Call 1.877.332.7804 or email to purchase Cocina at the Track Kids tickets.

For information regarding group or corporate ticket packages, contact Sandra Megerdigian at | 205-977-9350.



Experience the ultimate, trackside hospitality located on the 2nd floor of Race Control overlooking the start/finish line. Paddock Club passes include premium:

  • Access to 2nd and 3rd floor viewing patios
  • Panoramic views of the on-track action
  • VIP parking
  • Upscale breakfast, lunch, afternoon hors d’oeuvres, and bar service
  • Passes also include Grounds Admission + Kamtek Garage Pass

All children over the age of 3 must purchase a Paddock Club pass. Call 1.877.332.7804 or email to purchase Paddock Club kids tickets.



This unique 5K will be Friday, April 5th at the world-class Barber Motorsports Park during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama weekend. The course is 5K certified and will be chip-timed. It is the same route as the one that will challenge the world’s fastest drivers on Sunday, April 7th, during the deep south’s only IndyCar event. Numerous IndyCar drivers have already committed to run in this 5K. Participants will receive a unique finisher’s medal and can enjoy a post-race social hour. Register here.


Suppliers from Alabama Crown will be sampling and selling wine and craft beer in the  HAGERTY CAR CORRAL on Saturday and Sunday. Stop by and enjoy a variety of 100+ wine & craft beers. While enjoying your favorite beverage check out the artists that will be showcasing and selling handmade art, ceramics, paintings, jewelry and more at the Grand Art Festival. This new, art-driven feature at the race will showcase exhibition booths for up to 30 talented artists and makers from the region.

The entire event schedule is listed on the event website if you’re a planner like me and looking to fill gaps in your schedule this weekend or coordinate entire days at the race track.


That’s all great, but how much is it gonna cost me??

Y’all, this event is FREE FOR KIDS!! Otherwise, for adults, it is relatively inexpensive to attend. You can plan a nice playdate for both the kids and adults and have plenty for all to do. Prices for three-day or single day admission below:

Three-Day General Admission
The Best Value!
Three-day specific tickets.
Friday General Admission
Saturday General Admission
Sunday General Admission

That sounds awesome and within my budget, but you got freebies??

YES! You’re in luck! I’m giving away a four-pack of three-day passes to one lucky winner!! That means two adults, and two adult friends/family members, and an unlimited number of kids, can attend the event. Approximately a $500 value pack of fun!

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What do you need to do to enter?? Tag the friends/family you wish to take with you on my Facebook page. That’s it! The Honda Indy Grand Prix Event team will pick a winner and announce this coming Thursday so you can make plans accordingly.

I’ll be there with the fam at some point this weekend, so even if you don’t win a pair of tickets, I hope you’ll consider attending anyway to join in on the fun. See you at the race track!
Photo credit for all imagery in this post: Jennifer Hagler Photography
yours truly, dr. b


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This post was sponsored by Eyemart Express, however all opinions are my own. Thank you for helping me to support brands and retailers I love!

Two weeks ago I had the opportunity to visit my local Eyemart Express. I’ve owned my current pair of lenses for at least two years now, and while they’re great, I definitely needed a new pair. Specifically, a pair of prescription lens sunglasses. I spend a lot of time at the ballpark and I don’t love wearing makeup when I am there – hello, Alabama summer that melts all makeup away. However, to wear sunglasses I currently own, means I have to wear contacts because I’m blind as a bat without them. Not to mention the fact that none of my current lenses are UV polarized. So off I went!


The store was pleasant, filled with a variety of lenses. A number of sales associates buzzed around and laughed alongside their customers, as men and women tried on glasses and sunnies. I signed in, waited a little, until my name was called.






I perused all the collections online prior to arriving at the store, so I already knew what I wanted to try on: the High Street Collection London and LadyBird lenses.



Ms. Joan helped me try them both on, and I immediately fell in love with the Pearl version of the London eyeglasses.



With my prescription in hand, she quickly filled out paperwork on my behalf and sent me on my way! “Be back in an hour or so”, she said, “or, we will text you if your glasses are done before then.” UM WHAT? In an hour?? I had no idea my glasses would be done within the hour! I had some grocery shopping to do, so off to my Super Target I went. I browsed the clothing and home section, did my grocery shopping, and was loading groceries in the car when I got the text: my glasses were done. It turns out my eyeglasses were ready more quickly than my sunnies, but my sunnies were done by the time I got to the store and someone was able to help me. For someone who’s always in a hurry and often doesn’t have the time to “return 1-2 weeks later” to pick something up, being able to return within the hour, while having run other errands, was simply perfection.

Today, I ended up at the ballpark for the first time since the fall, and just as I had imagined, I was able to wear my sunnies without makeup and didn’t have to wear contact lenses. The day was cold, but sunny, and I was SHOCKED how well I was able to see through my sunglasses. Having never worn polarized lenses, I had no idea 1) how clearly one sees even when the sun is blasting rays in your face and 2) how awesome prescription sunglasses are given you are essentially getting a two-for-one deal…shade and sight!

Pictured below are the High Street LadyBird frames in black, with Polycarb SV (2 Lens), polarized lenses, and Platinum Pro Plus Poly. Not sure what the first and third things mean, but surely someone at Eyemart Express will. 🙂





My second pair, the High Street London pair, are so fun. I’ve never owned a lighter colored pair, but I’ve been inspired to branch out a bit more, so I did!

If you’re like me, then by now you’re probably wondering how much this all came to. Well, as seen above, each pair was $99.95. The add-on’s you get, will ultimately determine what your final price will be. I have a Vision Service Plan, or VSP, otherwise known as vision insurance. Each year, I am able to cover my eye exam and either contacts or glasses. Eyemart Express takes VSP and other types of insurance. This can help offset immediate costs, should that be a concern.

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Eyemart Express has locations all over the US, with three located in the Birmingham area. If you’re in the Hoover, AL area, be sure to stop and ask for Ms. Joan and Mr. Thom. Both helped me that day and were absolutely delightful to work with!


Feel free to email me if you have any questions about my experience or the glasses/sunnies I selected; otherwise, hope you enjoy an Eyemart Experience soon!

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