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Main Street Moms on the Move ~ October 2014

Friday, October 24, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Today we feature a local pediatrican/mom/volunteer extraordinaire in Winston-Salem, a local mom in Kernersville who has started a FB group to bring Kville moms closer together, and three go-getters who are opening a new women's boutique in the Greensboro area.

Read more about this month's Main Street Moms on the Move below and be sure to email us if you would like to nominate a mom to be featured in an upcoming blog!    Read More

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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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Book Your Seasonal Sessions with The Portrait Gallery

Saturday, October 12, 2013

By Guest Blogger Claudia Page with The Portrait Gallery

For over 17 years, Claudia Page with The Portrait Gallery has been photographing newborns, children and families all around the Triad. Claudia’s talent and passion for photography, along with her special ability to connect with people, has not only blessed her with a loyal and an ever growing client base, but also with numerous awards in our area including being a two time winner of the Mom’s Choice Awards “Favorite Local Photographer”!

The Portrait Gallery will be extremely busy in the next couple months offering some wonderful promotions that include many seasonal sets.  This would be a great introduction to the studio and the creative and fun photography that Claudia offers.  Don’t delay…call today to book your seasonal session with The Portrait Gallery! Read More


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


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

20 Things to do with Your Preschooler This Winter

Saturday, February 01, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

With temperatures dropping extremely low, many moms find themselves stuck indoors with rambunctious toddlers and preschoolers. A little time outdoors is good, but little ones can only last so long in that cold weather. (And sometimes MOM can only last so long in that cold weather, too!)  If you are ready to get out of the house, this blog's for you!  Whether you are a stay-at-home mom looking for some entertainment during the week, or a working mom who needs reprieve on the weekend, we hope our list today will give you some ideas! 

As always, please add your ideas in the comment section 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


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

Did I Ask For Your Opinion?

Saturday, August 09, 2014

By Anonymous

With the start of school just around the corner, we thought we'd re-run this post from a few years ago that received quite a bit of comments. Let us know what you think!

It’s a conversation most parents have had a hundred times. You are at the playground and you start chatting with another parent, inevitably exchanging the basic facts about your kids- names, ages, siblings, and interests. I’m a mostly stay-at-home mom, so these little conversations were sometimes my only adult interactions in the course of a day. So, you can imagine my surprise when my daughter turned five in October and the mommy chitchat I used to happily partake in took an unexpected, and often ugly, turn. Read More

What I Did and What I Wished I Had Done ...

Sunday, July 06, 2014

By Lisa Lemieur, author of  http://picklesandcheeseblog.blogspot.com/

8 Things I Am Glad I Did When My Kids Were Little
1. I am glad I volunteered as much as I did in my kid’s classrooms.  When they were in elementary school I was there a lot.  Sometimes I was the “Room-Mom” but most of the time I was just a helper.   And I’d like to think my kids liked having me there.  Believe me, they won’t want you there when they are in high school.  Get it in while you can. 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

Why I Don’t Answer My Phone

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

I had been playing phone tag with a friend of mine for a while. Once we finally got in touch we enjoyed catching up and then she commented, “Well I had been trying to call forever, you but you didn’t answer your phone!” It was almost an underlying dig somehow insinuating that I was avoiding her call or purposely did not answer because I did not want to talk to her. I didn’t comment, but had one of those moments after we hung up where you think, “Awww man, I should have said …”

So today I will say what I should have said. This situation got me thinking about the fact that we have become WAY too accessible.(Email, texts, home phone, cell phone, etc) It irked me because there are about a thousand reasons why I may not answer my phone and none of them have to do with WHO is calling. Beware, much sarcasm ahead.

So what I should have said was, “Did you ever consider … Read More

Nana Would Be Appalled

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

By Rachel Hoeing

Have you ever wondered what your grandparents think about the way you raise your family?

I've written about my sweet grandmother previously. Although she passed away just five years ago, she suffered from Alzheimer's for quite some time and I don't think she realized how much the world had changed and what had become "acceptable." When she was in her prime I saw her give plenty of looks to women who wore shirts too tight and skirts too short. "Oh, that's terrible," she would murmur under her breath. I saw her "shoo" her hand at the TV when people would curse too much and roll her eyes when her husband had too many beers.

My Nana was a little Italian woman who was quiet, sensitive and the perfect lady. Most of the time! Every once in a while that hot Italian temper would surface, but she was usually very kind-hearted and easy-spirited. She spent her days cooking, cleaning, taking care of her kids, providing for her husband, praying the rosary, and talking on the phone to her sisters. She always wore a calf-length skirt and pantyhose. She never even wore a pair of slacks until she was well into her 70's when we finally talked her into it. She never got her driver's license and never seemed to care. The church was across the street, the grocery store was a block away, and since her husband and all her sisters drove, she could easily get wherever she needed to go.  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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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

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


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

Save the Date for Kids Exchange Consignment Event!

Friday, February 22, 2013

Sponsored by Kids Exchange

BUY SELL SERVE is the simple but important message of The Kids Exchange Consignment Event. For those that know the “mother sale” in Raleigh with 3,000 consignors, 700 workers and 30,000 buyers, you'll be please to know they're bringing this Bi-annual Community RE-cycle event to the Triad and Charlotte markets.

BUY gently used kids’ items at great prices, or SELL them and earn 2/3rds of your asking price. All unsold items are donated locally which SERVES our communities. Sales dates are March 6th-10th in Triad and March 13th-17th in Charlotte. Read More


Noble Academy's Fifth Annual Walk 'n Wag

5K Walk/Jog or 1.5 Mile Family Walk
Sunday, November 2, 2014
Bur-Mil Park - Wildlife Enrichment Center
2 to 5 pm

Walk 'n Wag is a service-learning project for Noble Academy's senior and junior high students. The project has been organized through Noble Academy's unique skill building program. Students are encouraged to support their own academic environment as well as another organization that makes a difference in the community. The students have chosen Red Dog Farm as the other non-profit organization to receive proceeds from Walk 'n Wag. 

 

The Greensboro Montessori School Open House

The Greensboro Montessori School

Sunday, November 9
1-3pm

Meet faculty, See the campus and Hear about the benefits of a Montessori education
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.



 

St. John's Annual Community Carnival

October 24, 2014
St. John's Lutheran School, Winston-Salem
5-7:30 pm

ALL are welcome to attend for food, games, a hayride and more. Admission is FREE - game tickets cost $.25.  Free parking at the school with overflow parking and shuttle at Twin City Baptist Church on Ebert Street. Get more details at www.stjohnsfalcons.org

 

Maize Adventure

Kersey Valley Rd in High Point
Saturdays & Sundays through November 2nd
Children 4 & Under (Corn Maze Only) FREE

Maize Adventure is fun for the entire family!  Treasure hunt through the corn maze, take a tram ride and pan for gems.  Pick out the perfect pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch.  Bring your pet and spend the afternoon at Kersey Valley.  Be sure to come hungry for lunch and take a bag of kettle corn home with you.  Just a short drive from anywhere in the Piedmont Triad, Maize Adventure is the family destination for adventure. Visit www.maizeadventure.com or call 336-431-1700 for more information.