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Carrying on Traditions at Camp Hanes

Thursday, January 29, 2015

By Guest Blogger Jen de Ridder, Senior Program Director YMCA Camp Hanes

Friday evenings at YMCA Camp Hanes we host a closing picnic and ceremony for our families. We serve a tasty dinner, show a slide show and spend time sharing stories from the week. Some of our families are there to visit and learn about the amazing week, some families are there for a very important tradition; the five year paddle.  Read More

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Let's Teach Our Children To Give

Sunday, December 21, 2014

By Guest Blogger Parker White

As parents, we all want to raise thoughtful, well-rounded children. Yet, society tells us that what is important these days are looks, wealth and status. Are these the messages we want our children to learn? As a mother of two, I found what is most important to me is my child's character. I want to raise my children to be good people, to help those in need and realize how blessed they truly are. In a culture of more...more...more, I want my children to learn the phrase give...give...give.

So, are you with me? If so, your next question may be... how? What better way to instill values than to get your children involved with community service at a young age? You may say that your children are too young or that you don't have time and/or money. There are many SIMPLE ways for you to get even your 2 or 3 year old involved. Some are even FREE! Read More

New Giveaway, Special TMoM Events, Preschools and More!

Sunday, January 26, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

This week we have FOUR items to spotlight, and trust us - you'll want to be in the know on all of these:

~ New Giveaway from Gellar Law Group
~ Winner of the Greensboro Science Center Giveaway
~ Special TMoM events in the works
~ Use our Preschool directory to help find the perfect school

Keep reading to get all the scoop.... Read More

2014 Favorite Photographers Directory

Sunday, January 05, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

When it comes to finding a family photographer to fit your personal style, the process can be overwhelming.  TMoM is making it easy for you.  We've asked our readers for their favorite photographers and have compiled the following list below. Who better to give you a referral than another mom?

These photographers have been described by our readers as having expertise, quality products, professionalism, a knack for working with children, and often seem to be part of their client's family as they have watched them grow.

Each and every photographer has a unique style, so be sure to visit their websites and Facebook pages to see exactly what they are all about and find the perfect fit for you and your family.

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Take a Child Outdoors!

Friday, September 19, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kevin Redding

Our guest blogger, Kevin, grew up in Salisbury and spent many days exploring the forests, fields, and creeks. He and his wife, Lori, and their two children, now live in Greensboro. Kevin is the Executive Director of the Piedmont Land Conservancy.

September is one of the finest times of year to be outdoors. The nights are cool and days are crisp. Leaves are giving their first hint of the upcoming color show. Wildlife is active during daylight hours. This year there is another good reason to get outdoors this week, and not by yourself! The week of September 24-30 has been designated Take a Child Outdoors Week. Read More

Tips for Camping With Kids

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Considering the fact that I am usually quite the uncoordinated, not-so-athletic, indoor gal, it may be a surprise to my friends that I love to go camping! I love the fact that there are no electronics to distract our family time and I thoroughly enjoy watching my children explore nature and relish in imaginative play.

If you have yet to take your children camping, I would highly recommend doing so! Fall and spring are the best times of year to go.  You may choose a local campground, or if you are ready for a challenge, we have even “roughed it” in the woods with nothing but our tent and the sounds of the river next to us!

In addition to the basic camping essentials – tents, cooking supplies, lamps, etc. I have given you some ideas that will help the “camping with kids” experience go as smoothly as possible and also give you ideas for the types of items you may want to bring along on your camping excursion! Read More

Day Trip Idea: Hebron Rock Colony

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

With the leaves beginning to turn, it's the perfect time of year to consider this day trip idea to Hebron Rock Colony. This is a hidden gem in the NC mountains between Boone and Blowing Rock. I recommend this specific hike for families with kids ages four and up due to the fact that there can be a lot of climbing and rock jumping! (If you are familiar with this great escape in the NC mountains, pay close attention to my directions! They have changed due to towing being enforced!)

Most ASU grads that you ask will know about this haven. It is one of the most beautiful, serene spots around, and my children loved it. Depending on where you live in the Triad, expect this trip take between 1 1/2 to 2 hours. We left home at 9am and were back home in time for dinner.  Read More


Local School Options, Kindermusik Classes and An Organizing Giveaway

Sunday, January 18, 2015

By Rachel Hoeing

Happy Sunday! We hope you all are enjoying a fabulous weekend. Pull out these calendars and make note of these featured events! You can also get the link to our latest giveaway. Today's spotlight will have info on:

~ Redeemer School's 20th Year Celebration and Open Houses
~ Greensboro City Arts Kindermusik Classes
~ Our Latest Giveaway

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What Moms Love about "Back to School"

Monday, August 25, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

You've had a glorious summer with your children. Sun, fun, vacations, etc. But around early to mid August you started day-dreaming about those three words, "Back to School." We love our children, but sometimes I think school was invented to give us all the much needed break from each other that we deserve. :)

I asked local moms what they love most about Back to School time. I included answers from both working moms and stay-at-home moms below. See if you can relate and share your own comments at the end! Read More

10 TMoM Tips for Back to School

Friday, August 15, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Alright, we've put it off as long as we could, but it is time to face the music. Summer is about over and it is time for the kiddies to head back to school. If you are like me you start out the school year full-steam ahead with a plan for great success.  It lasts about a month and then you are back in the rut of arguing over homework, trying to figure out meals and lunches, running late for the bus, etc.

But alas, as always I will put my best foot forward and see how long it will last this time. We hope some of these ideas will start your year off right and we also encourage you to share some of your own tips by commenting below! Read More


Childhood Cancer: Awareness = Funding = Cures

Monday, September 09, 2013

By Guest Blogger Tamar Petty

This is the last picture taken of Leah (and myself) before our world was turned on end by childhood cancer on January 26, 2012. It was taken at a birthday party that was filled with fun activities, but not enjoyed by my daughter. She spent much of the party wanting to be held like this. That’s part of what prompted me to call the pediatrician the following morning. After another appointment of not “finding” anything wrong, the doctor recommended we draw some blood. Later, my pediatrician would tell me she had spun the blood five times, hoping that the result would change. It did not.

We were referred to Brenner Children’s Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic for more detailed blood work. Best case scenario: testing would confirm Leah had mono (which would account for her persistent tiredness); worst case: leukemia.  Read More

We're Not Just Being Overprotective

Monday, May 06, 2013

By Guest Blogger Megan Crisci

Have you ever been attending a social gathering revolving around children, such as a birthday party or school Christmas party and witnessed what some might categorize as a “helicopter” or “overprotective” mom meticulously monitoring every tiny piece of food that goes into her child’s mouth? Have you ever thought to yourself “Yikes, that woman needs to relax; this is a party after all?" Maybe you have or maybe you haven’t. Maybe “that” mom is a mom who simply wants healthier choices when it comes to the foods their child eats or maybe “that” mom is the mom of a child with a food allergy. Both types of moms are simply doing what they feel is the best way for their child to nourish their bodies but for the mom of a child with a food allergy it is more about keeping their child safe from food that will do nothing but bring their tiny bodies harm.

I am the mom of two daughters with newly diagnosed food allergies. My daughters are now living with Celiac Disease. They both suffer horribly when they ingest gluten. Maybe you have noticed all of the gluten free products and foods when you are making your way through the grocery store aisles and have wondered if this is just a new trendy way of eating or dieting. Maybe to some people that is exactly what gluten free eating is. A trend. But for people like my daughters and myself, eating gluten free is way of life. A way to keep from getting sick. A way to live “normally”. Yes, I have Celiac Disease too. Read More

What's Up with Molluscum?

Thursday, May 02, 2013

By Daniel Krowchuk, M.D., Pediatrician and Co-Director of Pediatric Dermatology, Brenner Children’s Hospital

One of the more vexing skin problems affecting children is molluscum contagiosum. What is it and what can be done about it?

Molluscum contagiosum (“molluscum”) is a viral infection of the skin. For reasons that are not known, molluscum is becoming more common. It is spread by close physical contact (skin-to-skin) or by contaminated objects, like a towel or wash cloth. Although very controversial, there is some evidence that molluscum may be spread via swimming pools. Any child may get molluscum but those who have eczema seem to be particularly prone. Read More


Recycle Your Holiday

Friday, December 26, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Sure, we all know by now how to recycle our Christmas trees. Here in the Triad it's as simple as hauling your tree to the curb (if you live within city limits) and wait for the city to pick it up. Just know it could take several weeks - but it's so worth it. If you are unsure if your tree will be picked up or if you should drop it off somewhere, Guilford residents (for both Greensboro and High Point) can call 641-3792 for recycling information, and Winston-Salem residents can call City Link at 727-8000 (City Link can also provide drop-off locations for those of us who live in apartments.).

But did you know we all create about 25% more trash than normal during this holiday time? Christmas trees are just one small part. There are lots of other things you might normally dispose of that can easily be recycled and/or used again next year. Here are some ideas on how you can recycle your holiday... Read More

Let's Teach Our Children To Give

Sunday, December 21, 2014

By Guest Blogger Parker White

As parents, we all want to raise thoughtful, well-rounded children. Yet, society tells us that what is important these days are looks, wealth and status. Are these the messages we want our children to learn? As a mother of two, I found what is most important to me is my child's character. I want to raise my children to be good people, to help those in need and realize how blessed they truly are. In a culture of more...more...more, I want my children to learn the phrase give...give...give.

So, are you with me? If so, your next question may be... how? What better way to instill values than to get your children involved with community service at a young age? You may say that your children are too young or that you don't have time and/or money. There are many SIMPLE ways for you to get even your 2 or 3 year old involved. Some are even FREE! Read More

FAQ: Hannukah Edition

Friday, December 19, 2014

By TMoM Team Member Dani Luft

Being Jewish and living in the North Carolina, I get A LOT of questions about being Jewish and especially around this time of year when it feels that we are separated from the rest of the world who celebrates Christmas. The truth is that Christmas and Hannukah are rooted in the same things—family, warmth, giving, and love. This year, Hannukah runs from December 17 - 24th. Here are some questions that I frequently get during this season. I welcome your own questions that aren’t answered here and I will try to respond.  Read More


Are You A “Sanctimommy?”

Sunday, January 04, 2015

By Guest Blogger, "Anonymous"

When I was working the other day, I needed to look up something in Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary. They often have fun, new, lingo popup ads, and I usually click on them. Today’s term was “Sanctimommy.” It means, “a mother who points out perceived faults in the parenting of others.”

Unfortunately, this definition conjured up a memory. Last summer, I brought flavored water pouches for all of the kids at a playground play date. My friend’s kids had never had them before, so I asked if it was OK to share them. She said something like, “I guess so. You see, we never have those. We just don’t need that kind of waste at our house.” Oh, snap. Read More

Who Still Does That?

Saturday, January 03, 2015

By Rachel Hoeing

There are many things in my life where I consider myself to be "old school."  I like to do things a certain way and am not always up for change.  But there are some things that I think are just making my life way too difficult and I need to step into 2015. 

For example, let's talk about calendars. I know it is so simple to sync calendars with family members by using an online app or google calendar, and I know it is super convenient to have it with you at all times on your smart phone, but for some reason I cannot veer from my paper desktop planner. It sits open in front of my computer at all times and I write in all of our activities and appointments. Yes, it is inconvenient when I am out and someone asks if I am available on such and such day, but it doesn't bother me to call them once I get back home and check my calendar. Anyone else do this? Read More

Triad Mom & Child Groups

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing and Sloan Wilson

When you are a new mom, it can be tough to find an outlet. And by outlet, we mean FRIENDS who can empathize, sympathize, cry with you, laugh with you, pray with you, or drink wine with you! Our goal with this newest directory is to list groups where it is easy for moms to meet other women and hopefully children of the same age as their own. This can be achieved through play groups that include both the mom and child (music, activities, etc) or groups that focus on the mom, but may still include children at the meetings (MOPS, church groups, exercise groups, etc). And don't worry DADS, we've got some choices for you below, too! (For this directory list we are focusing on groups that meet in person, not online forums or Facebook groups.)

Below you will find Playgroups and Mom-Focused Groups organized by city. If you have any additional groups to add, please email sloan.tmom@gmail.com at any time to have your group added to our list. Read More


Midtown Cafe & Dessertery - Delicious Dining For the Whole Family!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

Last week we ran a gift card giveaway to Midtown Cafe & Dessertery on our Facebook page and received numerous comments with praises sung from families all around the Triad! (You may find some freebies while reading today's blog, too!) Not only did the Facebook comments contain many positive remarks about the food at Midtown, but the staff and service as well. If you missed it, click here and scroll down our Facebook page to see the most recommended items from our readers!

Some of our TMoM team members and our children dined at Midtown Dessertery & Cafe for lunch last week and we wanted to share our experience with our readers. Whether Midtown has been a go-to place for your family for years, or if you have never dined here before, I can promise there will always be something new and delicious for you to try! Read More

We're Not Just Being Overprotective

Monday, May 06, 2013

By Guest Blogger Megan Crisci

Have you ever been attending a social gathering revolving around children, such as a birthday party or school Christmas party and witnessed what some might categorize as a “helicopter” or “overprotective” mom meticulously monitoring every tiny piece of food that goes into her child’s mouth? Have you ever thought to yourself “Yikes, that woman needs to relax; this is a party after all?" Maybe you have or maybe you haven’t. Maybe “that” mom is a mom who simply wants healthier choices when it comes to the foods their child eats or maybe “that” mom is the mom of a child with a food allergy. Both types of moms are simply doing what they feel is the best way for their child to nourish their bodies but for the mom of a child with a food allergy it is more about keeping their child safe from food that will do nothing but bring their tiny bodies harm.

I am the mom of two daughters with newly diagnosed food allergies. My daughters are now living with Celiac Disease. They both suffer horribly when they ingest gluten. Maybe you have noticed all of the gluten free products and foods when you are making your way through the grocery store aisles and have wondered if this is just a new trendy way of eating or dieting. Maybe to some people that is exactly what gluten free eating is. A trend. But for people like my daughters and myself, eating gluten free is way of life. A way to keep from getting sick. A way to live “normally”. Yes, I have Celiac Disease too. Read More

March Tasty Table ~ Welcome Spring!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

By Jenny Stauffer

Spring is finally here, albeit still cold and rainy as I type this!

Already in my kitchen, meals are lighter and fresher as we anticipate the warmer weather and the chance for outdoor dining! I have tried some new recipes this year that are now in our regular rotation of meals that will work either as a quick weeknight meal or just as well if you are entertaining this Spring.


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Are We Having Fun Yet?

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

By TMoM Team Member Allison Tobey

On average, two million people fly per day, so I am sure every one of these two million passengers has their own story to tell. I want to share one of my flying experiences, because at the very moment it was happening, I felt l was the only person having a rough day.  Read More

Day Trip Idea: Hanging Rock State Park

Friday, September 05, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Hanging Rock is one of my favorite places to be on a beautiful Fall or Spring Day. It is located in Danbury, NC, which is about 1 ½ hours from Greensboro and High Point, and less than an hour from Winston Salem. There is so much to do here and your activities can easily last an entire day if you have kids can last that long!

My favorite part of the park is the huge lake that hosts a variety of activities. There is a designated swimming area with a beach-type entry, diving boards, and lifeguards. Swimming is allowed during the summer from 10 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. most days. Although the swimming has closed for this season, it is still open for boating. Of course this lake area is also open to your little fishermen. We have been able to take our kids on the boats even when they were fairly young. Rental fee is minimal. There is a great grassy area next to the lake which is perfect to relax and people watch. It’s also a good spot for a picnic. There are paths along the lakeshore that lead to the dam. They have a bathhouse that includes restrooms, dressing rooms, a snack bar and a lounge area with a view of the lake. Read More

Tips for Camping With Kids

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Considering the fact that I am usually quite the uncoordinated, not-so-athletic, indoor gal, it may be a surprise to my friends that I love to go camping! I love the fact that there are no electronics to distract our family time and I thoroughly enjoy watching my children explore nature and relish in imaginative play.

If you have yet to take your children camping, I would highly recommend doing so! Fall and spring are the best times of year to go.  You may choose a local campground, or if you are ready for a challenge, we have even “roughed it” in the woods with nothing but our tent and the sounds of the river next to us!

In addition to the basic camping essentials – tents, cooking supplies, lamps, etc. I have given you some ideas that will help the “camping with kids” experience go as smoothly as possible and also give you ideas for the types of items you may want to bring along on your camping excursion! Read More


Wrapped or Unwrapped?

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

To wrap or not to wrap? That is the question. You know, Santa ... when he brings gifts to your children, are they wrapped or unwrapped? I never knew there was any discrepancy in this issue. Growing up, our Santa always left gifts under the tree for my sister and I, and they were always wrapped. Each of my gifts were labeled with a tag, reading "To Rachel, From Santa."

Our routine was to race downstairs, and first take a look at the note Santa left for us. It was usually sitting beside a half-eaten cookie and a glass with just a few drops of milk remaining. Even though we were about to crawl out of our skin to round that kitchen corner and see our presents, we always took time to read Santa’s note first and rejoice in the fact that we had been such perfect angels all year long and were able to receive the gifts we had requested.  Read More

Best Bets for Infant Car Seats and Strollers

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

Probably one of the most challenging aspects of becoming a new parent is finding the best car seat and stroller for your infant. It’s a daunting task. And for new parents this task got even more complicated with changes to the car seat rules. Click here to read Triangle Moms on Main’s take on the this topic, and how the 2014 regulations may affect you and your child.

But when it comes to finding a car seat and stroller, a simple shopping trip may leave you confused by all the several styles and brands from which to choose. So today, with the help of our friends at Babies R Us and our trusty Baby Bargains book, we’ll focus on a few highly rated infant car seats and strollers – all of which make sense for our lifestyles here in the Triad. If you are reading this post early, tune to Fox8 TV News at 9:30 am to watch me showcase a few of these models live, thanks to our friends at Babies R Us! Read More

Friendly Ave Christian Preschool to hold Spring & Summer Kids’ Consignment Sale

Saturday, March 09, 2013

By Guest Blogger Gail Vadia

Have your kids outgrown their spring and summer clothes? Are they bored of their toys? Are you looking for new or gently used clothes, toys, and other kids’ stuff at a deep discount off retail prices? If the answer is yes to all of these questions, then you won’t want to miss Friendly Avenue Christian Preschool’s 2013 Spring & Summer Kids’ Consignment Sale on March 15-16! The sale will be held at Friendly Avenue Baptist Church, 4800 West Friendly Avenue in Greensboro, in the church’s new gymnasium. Read More


Our Lady of Grace School Open House

January 27th at 9:30 a.m.
201 S. Chapman St.
Greensboro, N.C. 28403
336.275.1522
For over 60 years, Our Lady of Grace School has offered rigorous academics,opportunities to learn through service to others and a nurturing, faith-filled environment to Triad students. In the past 7 years, 8 different OLG graduates were valedictorians or salutatorians at area high schools. OLGstudents excel! Visit OLG and see how this school can help your child reach their full potential.  They offer a preschool program for children ages 3 and 4, and classes for students in kindergarten through 8th grade. 



 

Pajama Jam

Greensboro Science Center
4301 Lawndale Drive
Greensboro, NC
Saturday, January 24, 2015
6:00 - 9:00pm

Join the Greensboro Science Center and Chick-fil-A for a fun-filled, after-hours party designed especially for families with children ages 12 and younger. Put on your favorite jammies for Pajama Jam2015! The Science Center will turn down the lights and turn up the fun with live music, glow-in-the-dark games, tasty food and an awesome atmosphere. Enjoy laser shows in the OmniSphere Theater, get your own temporary tattoo and pose for photos with the Chick-fil-A Cows. Make your own musical instrument and dance to the sounds of a steel drum played by Tracy Thornton. Once you’ve worked - or danced - up an appetite, join Chick-fil-A for yummy food and drinks.

 

The GMS Open House


The Greensboro Montessori School
2856 Horse Pen Creek Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Sunday January 11, 2015
1-3pm

From toddlers through the 8th grade, students at GMS receive an educational foundation, which prepares them for a changing world.  The founders of Google attribute their success to their Montessori education. Visit the Open House to find out what it could mean for your child. For more details about the school, visit the website here.

 

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