Make it a Play Date!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

By Guest Blogger Stacy Leighton

“As soon as I saw you, I knew an adventure was going to happen.”
~ Winnie the Pooh

From the hallway I heard the boys launch the spinning top, it careened across the floor and promptly shattered against the wall. My son’s friend screamed, “You broke it!” Then it was silent. I peeked around the corner to see my boy’s small, still dimpled hands carefully gather the pieces and attempt to restore the toy. The friend continued to gripe and grumble. “It’s broken. You can’t fix it.” “I might,” my son whispered, his face contorted in concentration. “It’s never gonna work.” At long last my boy held it up in one hand and smiled. “It could.” And it did. Read More

New Giveaway with Midtown Cafe, Ice Skating Special, KMO, and YMCA Giveaway Winner!

Sunday, February 08, 2015

By Katie Moosbrugger

New giveaway and other announcements you don't want to miss in today's Sunday Spotlight:

~ Valentine's Promotion at Greensboro Ice House
~ Forsyth Family's February Kids Morning Out
~ Win a Comfort Dinner from Midtown Market at Midtown Cafe
~ Find Out Who Won the YMCA Giveaway Read More

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

Win $100 in New Member Credit to the YMCA Plus Other News!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

By Katie Moosbrugger

Lots of fun stuff to announce in today's Sunday Spotlight. Make you scan all the way to the end of the post to get the scoop on how you can....

~ Win $100 in New Member Credit to the YMCA of Northwest NC
~ Find Out Who Won the Organized with Jess Giveaway!
~ Learn More About Brenner FIT Classes
~ Take the Family to Piedmont Winterfest!
~ Register for the Next ArtVenture Day (No School Day)

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Choosing a Private School, Kids Morning Out, Kids Eat Free & NEW GIVEAWAY!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

By Katie Moosbrugger

Here's what we're featuring in today's Sunday Spotlight....

~ Greensboro Day School Open House & Be a Bengal Day
~ Forsyth Family Magazine's January Kids Morning Out
~ Updated Kids Eat Free Directory
~ New Giveaway with Organize with Jess
~ Winners of Piedmont Winterfest Giveaway

All this can be found below! Read More

Fun Idea: Sensory Bins

Friday, January 09, 2015

By Guest Blogger Kelly Gunzenhauser

When my kids were younger, I needed to keep them busy one day, so I dumped their big Legos into a water table and poured water over them. I set it outside the kitchen door where I could work but still keep an eye on them. It doesn’t sound like much, but to them it was fascinating! They built big towers and poured water over them for at least an hour.

I didn’t know it then, but I had created a sensory bin. Sensory bins and tables have always been a go-to for preschool teachers. They are usually filled with rice, beans, sand, or water, along with a few scoops for playing in the loose material. These days, sensory bins and tables are everywhere on the Internet, and they aren’t just for preschool any more. Just do a search for them on Pinterest. You’ll see what I mean.  Read More

Seven Fun Ways to Ring In the New Year With Kids!

Saturday, December 27, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

We all know planning a memorable New Years Eve can be tough, especially with kids! If you and your significant other are without "adult" plans this year you might want to consider ringing in the New Year with some of these kid-friendly ideas listed below. I also included two other experiences you should check out this holiday break before it's too late. Enjoy these last few remaining days of 2014! Read More

Santa and Holiday Balls: Christmas with a Toddler

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

By Guest Blogger Thea DeLoreto, author of the blog The Lint Trap 

As y'all may know, I feel a little bit of holiday induced insanity this year. (If you don't know then read Acute Holiday Anxiety and feel my pain.) Despite all that, I am enjoying the holidays by way of the wonder and excitement of a two year old. This year she understands about Santa Claus. Let me rephrase...she knows what he looks like and that he says "ho ho ho." She does not understand that he brings her presents and comes down the chimney. If she knew he was going to bring her treats (her word for what she thinks is a prize) then she may have been a smidge more friendly when we saw him Sunday night.  Read More

Holiday Shopping Deals, KMO + New Giveaway!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

It's the most wonderful time of the year! Here's what we're highlighting in today's Sunday Spotlight:

~ Holiday Open House at Kim Taylor & Co
~ Kids' Morning Out - Registration Required
~ Discount at Cloverdale Ace
~ Chance to Win with the Greensboro Ice House!
~ Winner of McDonald's Prize Pack

Keep reading for details... Read More

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day

Saturday, November 29, 2014

By Guest Blogger Brent Foreman

Tacky, ugly, horrible. What do all of these adjectives describe? Ugly Christmas sweaters. It’s that time of the year again, so dig out your old ugly Christmas sweaters and get ready to rock them for a great cause!

In the past, ugly Christmas sweaters have been a trend, just a way for friends and family to have fun during the holidays. But this year, the sweater connoisseurs behind National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day have partnered with the Save the Children Foundation for a brand new campaign called “Make the World Better with a Sweater”. You may be asking yourself, “what’s the connection?” Well, the masterminds behind the holiday believe in bringing out the best in people by putting them in their worst. Read More

Holiday Games = Happy Times

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Growing up in my home, holidays were big family nights. It was a time when grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins (and sometimes friends) came over, and after dinner, we'd play games until all hours. We still try to have holidays like these when we can, and no one ever grows tired - or too old - to play!

My husband, on the other hand, used to always go out on big holiday nights. Once he was old enough, he’d meet up with friends at a local bar or restaurant and they’d pack the place. I know nights like these can be big reunions for college-aged kids, but the idea of leaving a house full of family always sounded strange to me. Then again, my husband is the youngest of 10, so maybe getting out of the house wasn’t such a bad idea!

If you’re looking for some fun family games, I have a bunch listed below. And if you have additional ideas, please share in the comment section! Read More

These Are a Few of My Favorite Things!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

By Guest Blogger Nicole Gaboury, Nicole Gaboury, Greensboro Ice House Figure Skating Director and Master Rated Coach

We all know the song made famous by Julie Andrews in “The Sound of Music” and many of us love to sing along to those whimsical lyrics because they’re so reminiscent of holidays gone by. Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…”

The Greensboro Ice House offers countless opportunities to create memories that will live in our kids’ hearts for years to come. Read More

Holiday Card Ideas from Pinterest

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Put the Halloween candy away, it's time to focus on the next big season - holiday card season, that is! As always, I feel like we've "been there, done that" with different poses, backgrounds, and cards which is why I'm eager to try something new. (No, you won't see my family doing acrobatics like the family to the left. Click HERE to see more of this family's outrageous card ideas!)

I had so much fun scrolling through Pinterest to find clever ideas and wanted to share some of my favorites with you. Whether you photograph your family yourself or you hire a professional, hopefully you'll be inspired to try something new from today's post. I've also included pictures and links to help you create cute homemade holiday cards (ones in which you can add your family photo) as well as links to popular online card sites that create the cards for you.

Let's get inspired... Read More

Family Events, Holiday Photos, and Chance to Win $100 Visa Gift Card!

Sunday, November 02, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Lots of fun stuff happening around town on TMoM!  Here is what we are featuring in today's Sunday Spotlight:

~ Children's Museum's 10th Birthday Party
~ Holiday Photo Session with The Portrait Gallery
~ The 6th Annual Matthew Gfeller Memorial 5K Doughnut Run
~ Kids Morning Out at a Wake Forest Basketball game
~ New Giveaway Announced, and Winner Revealed from Last Giveaway

Enjoy... Read More

Creep it Real this Halloween

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

It's safe to say we've shared many ideas on TMoM over the past four years to help parents create a fun and festive Halloween. Today we're bringing many of these posts back to life in case you haven't been following us that long - or if just happened to miss one.

Today's post features Crafts & Decor, Recipes, Traditions & Fun Ideas, Things to Do, Random Stories, and What to Do With All That Candy (and where in the Triad you can earn cash for candy!). As you scroll through the post, simply click on the title of the post and it will bring up the full blog for you to read. Here's to a happy (and stomach-ache free) Halloween season! Read More

Fun Idea: At Home Spa Party

Friday, October 17, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

A couple of weeks ago, some friends and I attended a Nature Spa workshop. At first I envisioned all of us getting massages in the woods and I wasn’t too keen on the idea. But then I discovered it was a class designed to teach us how to create skin care products from whole foods – like vegetables, fruits, grains, and nuts - and how to incorporate essential oils for added effects.

Not only did I come away with naturally glowing skin and a list of inexpensive recipes, but I also gained a fabulous idea for my pre-teen daughter’s next birthday party (ideas work great for a Girls Night In too)! Today I’ll share the recipes we made in the Nature Spa workshop, as well as other pampering ideas I’ve found online! Have fun! Read More

Get Kids Running and Motivate Them to GO FAR

Monday, October 13, 2014

By Guest Blogger Karen Grossman

The starting line is abuzz. Energy surges upward from the soles of bouncy feet, mouths curl into anxious grins, and conversation flows with excitement. The kids behind the line know what to do. They run. They remember to pace, not to grip their hands into fists, to hydrate, and to have fun.

Twice a year in the Triad, more than 2,000 kids, families, and community members participate in the Go Out for a Run (GO FAR) 5K and Fun Run. The event culminates weeks of training at a school or afterschool program, but kids who don’t belong to a club can also participate in the event. It’s open to everyone. Read More

Creativity is intelligence having fun

Saturday, October 11, 2014

By Guest Blogger Flavia Nazareth, owner of Little Blank Canvas

“Creativity is intelligence having fun” – Albert Einstein

Within only 8 months since the Grand Opening, Little Blank Canvas won its first TMoM 2014 Winner Award for Favorite Enrichment Program in High Point. According to Flavia Nazareth, Founder of Little Blank Canvas, the studios’ unique approach is what makes Little Blank Canvas so successful. “Our approach is unique. We provide artistic freedom to stimulate creativity so students feel safe to make their own creative choices during our mixed media classes. There is no right or wrong. Students feel free to explore and learn. We start every class with our “wall of inspiration”, which consists of images and important information about our lesson. After 10 to 15 minutes through our inspirational wall, students are engaged and inspired to enjoy the art class.” After each class, parents receive a handout about the lesson to encourage conversation about what was covered in class. Read More

New Giveaway, Open Houses, Kids Morning Out & More!

Sunday, October 05, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Lots of news and events to share today, including a new giveaway! Keep reading for details regarding...

~ Greensboro Montessori School's Programs & Open House
~ Greensboro Day School PK - 4th Grade Open House
~ Forsyth Family's Kids Morning Out
~ New Giveaway from the YMCA of Northwest NC
~ Winner of the Home Free Luncheon Tickets
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Why We’re a Scout Family

Saturday, October 04, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kristi Johnson Marion

Family Tradition
Signing my young son up for Cub Scouts was a no-brainer. My husband and his brother grew up in an active troop, sticking with it through childhood and adolescence to eventually become Eagle Scouts. After college, he even went back to become a counselor for a summer at Raven Knob, a regional camp for Boy Scouts, where he taught canoeing, spelunking (caving) and rappelling to hundreds of boys from throughout the South.  We were fully aware of the many benefits of Scouting, as it helps build character and strengthen values having fun and adventures along the way. Read More

The Great Pumpkin Patch Search

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Our list grows every year, thanks to all the readers who continually send us their favorite Triad-area pumpkin patch suggestions! Whether you make your pumpkin patch visit a big family outing (complete with photo opportunities), or you're just looking for the closest patch to your home, consult our list below. Most of these patches have been added to our list because of a recommendation by a friend or reader - or because of our own personal experience.

If your favorite is not listed, please leave a comment telling us the name and location of the farm or email and we'll get it added. Always make sure you call the pumpkin patch before you go - you never know if one of these farms sells out early in the season.  Enjoy your search! Read More

Weekend Trip Idea: Cabin Camping

Saturday, September 27, 2014

By Guest Blogger: April Caudle

Want to take your family camping but aren't sure where to go or what to bring? You like the idea of "getting away" to camp but aren't excited about pitching a tent and sleeping on the ground?  How about a fun and affordable getaway that will allow your family to enjoy the cooler weather and beauty of the NC Mountains while still having the comforts of sleeping in a warm dry bed at night. Camping in a cabin can alleviate some of the stress and time that primitive tent camping adds. You can get away for the weekend with less to haul, less set up and more time to relax. You also don't have to worry about setting up or breaking down your tent in the rain!

A great location for families in the Triad is at Buck Hill Campground.  Read More

The Greensboro Ice House – Ice Skating Fun for the Entire Family

Thursday, September 25, 2014

By Guest Blogger Nicole Gaboury, Skating Director

The Greensboro Ice House packs an array of frozen fun at the Triad's only year-round, ice skating rink. Conveniently located near the Wendover Avenue exit off of 1-40, the Ice House offers an experience as unique as your family!

Public skating sessions are the perfect outing for families, groups (discounts available here) or couples looking for a one of a kind activity. Bundle up for a totally distinct way to chill with family and friends by enjoying extended weekend public skating hoursRead More

Calling ALL DADS: Consider Being a Room Parent

Saturday, September 20, 2014

By Guest Blogger and Dad Travis Finn

Class Room Parents - A.K.A Room Moms, Class coordinators, Liaison, Mediator, Communicator, Brown-noser, Teacher's Pet..Etc. Very rarely, and shamefully so, does the description include the word "DAD".

When I was looking for ideas on this subject, it took hours to find reference or guidance targeted towards Dads wanting be a room parent. Most everything I came across appeared to be designed for Moms. There are even websites completely dedicated to and titled "ROOM MOMS". The clear minority used my favorite term..."ROOM PARENT" - removing gender from the role and thus possibly encouraging more involvement from Dads. As a third year room parent, and this being my first year with 2 kids at the same school, so I am a Room Parent for 2 classes, I am glad I chose to take on this role and connect with my children's classes. Read More

Twin City Style: One of the Best Investments I Made

Thursday, September 18, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

I’m so excited to share a new service I discovered here in the Triad, and I’m pretty sure you’ll be delighted to learn about it. A few months ago a friend of mine suggested I hire Erin with Twin City Style to evaluate my wardrobe. I laughed out loud at the suggestion because – truth be told – I would have never called the clothes in my closet a “wardrobe.”

I am the that person who has items hanging in my closet from 20 years ago, as well as an embarrassing large collection of Target t-shirts, workout clothes, and even a couple pair of “mom jeans.” I tend to shop for new items only on special occasions, and therefore, I have a jumbled collection of new and old items – many of which were purchased without any thought as to how to coordinate together to grow an actual “wardrobe.” Read More

Let's Be Honest

Friday, September 12, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

How many times have you wondered whether your secret thoughts are shared by others? Or if you were crazy to make the decision that you did? Or if you are the only one who does some of the things you do?

We'll, we're here today to find out thanks to a fun little survey designed to measure our scruples - as moms, as wives, as friends, and as the good citizens we all know we are. Of course this is not a scientifically designed survey – it’s just a simple list of questions and scenarios - some of which may have come up in conversations you've had, while others you may have only seen on Lifetime TV! Read More

Consignment Sale, Special Events + A New Giveaway!

Sunday, September 07, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Make sure you have your calendars handy and a few seconds to register in our latest giveaway. You don't want to miss today's news. Here is what we are featuring....

~ Friendly Avenue Christian Preschool Fall & Winter Consignment Sale
~ Forsyth Family Magazine's Kids Morning Out
~ 17Days Festival in Greensboro
~ New Giveaway with TL Cleaning

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It's Apple Picking Season!

Friday, August 29, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

It seems this time every year, I hear friends and families talk about fun apple picking trips, and I've always wondered where these farms are - and which months are best to go. Recently I polled TMoM Facebook fans, and as it turns out, many of you wondered about the same things too! So I did a little research and came up with a list of pick-your-own apple farms (which also includes some reader favorites). I discovered two farms here in the Triad (Randolph County), with the majority of apple farms in the mountains (Henderson County). There are a few other farms in the Triad, but their crops were crippled from the frost, so I did not include them on my list. A local farmer also told me the bulk of North Carolina apple picking season starts at the end of July and runs through the month of October, and I found this chart online that maps out NC's fruit and vegetable seasons all year long!

Whether you have just an afternoon, a full day, or an entire weekend available for picking, you're sure to find a fun adventure for your family this fall. I called and confirmed all of the farms featured in today's blog are open for picking - or will be open within the week. However, like we say in our blueberry and strawberry posts, it's always a good idea to call before you go. Let us know if you've been to one of these farms or if you have another farm we should add to our list! Read More

Family Vacation Idea: Universal Studios

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger (with help from TMoM reader Amie Blanks)

By now you know we’ve featured several posts about visiting Disney World (we have an entire category dedicated to Disney HERE), but before now we haven’t covered other parks in Orlando. Quite simply, no other park in Orlando is as big and overwhelming as Disney World, but after a recent trip to Universal Studios, I discovered several tips and suggestions I thought I’d share if you’re considering this destination for a family vacation.

Several months before we left for Florida, I started researching Universal Studios and, to my surprise, discovered there are two completely different theme parks within Universal, and you need a separate ticket for each. I had no idea! So then I started polling friends about which park is better to visit, or if it was necessary to do them both – and again I was surprised to learn very few friends had visited Universal – or if they had – their responses were very different. At that point I decided a blog about Universal Studios might be a good idea. 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

Preschool Option, Family Night Out, New Giveaway & More!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

You don't want to miss today's news! Today we feature a fantastic preschool option, an event your whole family will enjoy, a new giveaway, and the winners from our last giveaway. Keep reading to get the scoop from these local businesses...

~ New Philadelphia Preschool
~ Forsyth Family magazine
~ The Shore Team with Allen Tate Realtors
~ Swim Gear
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TONS of Fun Family Ideas + A New Giveaway!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Don't miss out on these exciting family events and ideas, plus a Back-to-School shopping giveaway, compliments of Noble Academy! Today we're featuring...

~ Brenner Fit 5K Challenge
~ Winston-Salem Open & Brenner Kids' Day
~ Disney Junior Live on Tour
~ Arts for Life Family Event
~ Swim Fanatics Swim Club and Camps
~ A Chance to Win a $100 Back-to-School Shopping Spree
~ The Winner of YMCA Giveaway Revealed
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Celebrate Summer AND Register in Our New Giveaway!

Sunday, June 15, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

School is out so that makes summer official! To celebrate, we're showcasing several items you'll want to know about as you begin your summer vacation, including a brand new giveaway to spice up your summer! Keep reading to learn more about:

~ Summer Splash at Ruff Housing
~ Triad Farmers' Markets
~ 50 Activities for a Never Be Bored Summer
~ Win a $200 Gift Card to Wolfgang Puck Pizza Bar
~ The Winner of TMoM's $1,000+ Kick Off to Summer Giveaway
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Flywheel - Where Collaboration and Innovation Collide

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sponsored and Written by Flywheel, LLC

Co-working is a way for innovative people to work in a flexible, shared space within a collaborative community. It provides the ideal work environment for those in need of not only space—but also like-minded people to share it with while having access to information and resources that turn ideas into reality.

Enter Flywheel. Located in the heart of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem, Flywheel is our community’s 24/7 co-working innovation space, where people can come together to work on the fly, learn and share knowledge. At Flywheel, everything’s always on the move—be it people, spaces or ideas. With 10,000 square feet of both open and enclosed workspaces, we offer plenty of room for you and your ideas to gain energy and momentum through collaboration with fellow Flywheelers and our helpful Knowledge Concierge. We are big believers in innovation, collaboration and wide open spaces (enclosed ones, too!). But we are so much more than the space we provide. At Flywheel, the germ of the idea gets connected with the resources necessary to commercialize any product or service because Flywheel is a community of energetic, intense and driven entrepreneurs, innovators and start-ups, all here to experience the Innovation Quarter together like never before. Read More

Over 50 Activities For A "Never Be Bored" Summer In The Triad ~ 2014

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

By Guest Blogger Brittney Bray and TMoM

Two years ago we hit the jackpot when loyal reader Brittney emailed us and asked if we would like to see her "list of fun activities for summer" that she had created.  Whew, what a list, and she's updated it once again for Summer 2014!!!  Brittney not only has an abundance of ideas listed below, but included concise and easy to use info for each location.  TMoM added a few additional favorite places and came up with over 50 activities for your kids this summer!

Many of the venues are places we have blogged about previously on TMoM, so if you see a blog link, simply click it for more detailed info on the activity.  You will find many ideas in our Day Trips category.  You will also find some of these items & additional items on our Events Calendar.  (We do not include events that happen daily on this calendar, but special events, weekly story times, etc can be found on our calendar.)  One more place you will want to check for ideas is our Directory page.  This will list restaurants, parks, pools, etc.   Read More

Style Encore – It’s Here…Finally!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

When was the last time you bought a Kate Spade handbag or a stylish outfit for work without spending a fortune? Is that even possible?  

It is now, thanks to Style Encore, a new resale shop for women where you can find affordable, classic styles every day!  Located across from Thruway Shopping Center, Style Encore features gently used clothing and accessories that appeal to fashion-forward women.

Beginning TODAY Style Encore is celebrating its Grand Opening with three FULL days of fabulous finds, door prizes and special treats! Doors open today at 10 am, and the first 25 visitors will receive a $25 store gift card!  Read More

Special Events & Summertime Fun!

Sunday, May 04, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Sign up for summer camps at The Children's Museum of Winston-Salem. Attend an Emeraldalicious Tea Party. RSVP to the 4th Annual Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Carolinas Family Movie Night featuring Despicable Me 2. Make plans to attend a Mom's Morning Out (with in-store coupons and refreshments) this coming Wednesday. Enter to win a LexiLoops Hooded Towel Poncho - perfect for the beach and pool this summer.

All this PLUS more included in today's Sunday Spotlight feature.... Read More

Weekend Trip Idea: Maggie Valley, NC

Saturday, May 03, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kristen Bagwell

It's that time of year again when we feature many of our favorite day and weekend trips for families in the Triad. We have an entire category on our site dedicated to fun Day Trips here, as well as Family Vacation Ideas here, and Travel Tips here. Plus, don't forget to visit our Disney category here and our Favorite Beaches directory here. We're always looking for new places to review and we welcome guest blogs on places you'd recommend. Email with your ideas and suggestions. Enjoy ~ Katie

Maggie Valley is surrounded by mountain ranges in all directions, and the higher elevations mean cooler temperatures, spectacular views, and cleaner air.  Maggie Valley offers numerous festivals, bluegrass music, multiple concerts, dancing, clogging, much more all throughout the year. During the spring, summer and fall seasons you can enjoy  Wheels Trough Time Motorcycle Museum, and Cherokee's Santa's Land Theme Park and Zoo. Read More

Favorite Strawberry Picking Farms

Friday, May 02, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

It's strawberry season! And to kick off the season, the Piedmont Triad Farmer's Market is celebrating Strawberry Day today from 11 am to 1 pm with a strawberry recipe contest hosted by the NC Strawberry Growers Society. Come out and enjoy the event, and then get your buckets ready for picking at one or more of our readers' favorite strawberry farms listed below. There are so many pick-your-own farms right here in the Triad, and it makes for a wonderful outing for families and friends. Read More

Are Your Mommy Batteries Charged?

Saturday, April 19, 2014

By Guest Blogger Melisha Hartman Chamra

Each and every day of being a mom is a true blessing but as we all know being a mom can be busy. There are places to be, lunches to pack, hugs to give, games to play and laundry to wash. I know my mommy batteries need to be recharged even if my kids batteries don’t ever seem to need one!

One of the most important things that I have learned recently is the need for mommy time to recharge my batteries. In the past two years, I have made the transition from being a full time working mother of two children to staying at home with our children and taking on many new roles both at home and in the community. Mommy time has become even more important for me recently with this transition. The role of being a mom brings new adventures each and every day. Our mommy batteries need to be charged so we are ready for all those adventures. Read More

I Saw This on Pinterest—Nature Scavenger Hunt!

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

By Guest Blogger Kelly Guzenhauser

I have one of THOSE kids…one who hates the great outdoors. I have begged, threatened, pushed, fussed, and forced, but he would rather stay inside than go out on even the most beautiful day. Very little can entice him to stick his nose out the door. It stinks, because as a kid the only things that could keep me inside were lunch and books. I was out, all day, in every kind of weather.

Unfortunately, I have found that many parents besides me have this problem. Lots of us have fenced yards in urban environments that cause us to limit boundless exploring. So, I have been searching on Pinterest for ideas to get my kids outside, and I realized just today that I should write about one really successful idea that I tried a while back: the Nature Scavenger Hunt. My kids love any kind of treasure hunt: Easter eggs, geocaching, inside scavenger hunts, and more.  Read More

$100 Shopping Spree, Mom's Night Out, Full Time Summer Program, and More!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

A full-time summer program (great for working moms!). A mom's night out on the town. A $100 shopping spree. And the winner of our our last giveaway. All this can be found in today's Sunday Spotlight. Enjoy!

~ Greensboro Montessori offers Full Time Summer Program
~ Mom's Night Out!
~ New Giveaway with Rolly's Baby Boutique
~ Winner of the $200 American Girl Fashion Show Package Read More

9 Time Saving Healthy Tips for Moms

Saturday, March 15, 2014

By Guest Blogger Emily Saunders

Time is an issue for Moms… period! No matter how much planning we do or how much we multi-task there is never enough time in the day to check everything off of the list. Because of this just the thought of implementing healthier habits- starting an exercise routine, eating better, finding ways to de-stress seems overwhelming. I know- I’m right there with you!

To replace bad habits and implement new healthier habits we have to carefully consider the energy involved in doing so. For example, if I told a Mom who resorts to take-out 7 nights per week that she needs to start cooking full-course meals every single night- it’s not going to happen. It might work for one week and then she would likely throw her hands up in the air in frustration and exhaustion.

So how can we make it happen? How can we prioritize health, fitness and relaxation while keeping up with all of our work, family and household responsibilities? Here are my top 9 Tips: Read More

50 Ways to Have Fun this St. Patrick’s Day

Thursday, March 13, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

You may not realize, but there's a lot more to honoring Irish customs than just wearing green (although that is a basic requirement!). And with St. Patrick's Day just around the corner,  I've gathered a list of 50 fun ways you can start celebrating this holiday as early as tomorrow.

From parades to recipes to crafts and silly games, there's something for everyone on my list - whether you're Irish or not. While several of the festivities are adult-themed due to the popularity of green beer, there are also many opportunities for you to teach your children about the customs and culture of Ireland.

Have fun this St. Patrick's Day! If you have a fun idea to add to this list, please leave it as a comment below. Read More

Do You Need to Get Out More?

Friday, March 07, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

As moms, we’re a busy bunch. Some of us work full or part time, while others stay home keeping the house and family in order. Most of us have family calendars (sometimes color coded, creatively coordinated, and covered in sticky notes or scratch outs), while others rely on personal To Do lists that can easily rival those of fast-paced CEOs. On top of all this, we also wear the many hats of a chauffeur, chef, coach, teacher, nurse, maid, event planner, financial planner, and snuggle buddy, to name a few. So when it comes to a social life, who has the time? And how many of us make it a priority?

That is what today’s post is trying to uncover. Earlier this month, we took a survey  to determine where we fall on the social scale. This was just for fun, and of course it’s not meant to change your lifestyle. Then we randomly selected one respondent to win a $50 Village Tavern gift card. At the end of this post we reveal the results of the survey, an analysis of your score, and the winner of the gift card!  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

Win Tickets, Choose the Right Doctor, Private Schools & More!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

By Katie Moosbrugger

Welcome back to another edition of The Sunday Spotlight. Today we're featuring the following news:

~ Our Latest Giveaway
~ How to find the Right Doctor
~ Our Private School Directory
~ The Winner from our Last Giveaway

Keep reading to get the latest scoop from these local Triad businesses! Read More

A Little Science … A Little Santa … A Whole Lotta Fun!

Monday, December 09, 2013

By Guest Blogger Leigh Ann Woodruff

What happens when you mix science with Santa Claus? Why, it’s Festive Family Friday at SciWorks, of course!

Don’t miss this annual family event on December 13 from 4 to 8 p.m. The best part? Admission to Festive Family Friday is just $1; and SciWorks members are free!

“Festive Family Friday is one of the ways SciWorks gives back to the community,” says Paul Kortenaar, SciWorks’ Executive Director. “We hope everyone will come out this year and engage in everything from making ‘snow’ and animal ornaments to seeing Santa and exploring the ‘Take Flight’ exhibit.” Read More

The Sunday Spotlight ~ 12/1/13

Sunday, December 01, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

We are thrilled to introduce a new series of blogs on TMoM! The Sunday Spotlight will be a compilation of events, products and/or businesses in the Triad that are sure to be added to your personal "To Do" list. Each week we will feature a maximum of six listings. When we begin new giveaways on our Giveaway Page, these will be included as well, so keep an eye out each week for opportunities to WIN!

Our hope it that these Sunday Spotlights will be something our readers look forward to each week and will give each of you the opportunity to find out about the latest happenings in the Triad and support local businesses.  Read More

YMCA Mistletoe Run Celebrates 30 Years

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

By Aimee Williams, YMCA Mistletoe Race Director

For 30 years, the YMCA Mistletoe Fun Run, 5K, and Half Marathon has been a healthy, festive tradition in our community. We are lacing up for another great event on Saturday, December 7, presented by local law firm Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A.

Here are five of the top reasons to join us on race day: Read More

Ten Favorite Finds for You

Friday, November 22, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

Welcome back to another Favorite Finds feature! It's been a while since we've highlighted a list of products and services that have been suggested to us by friends and readers. This list has been growing in my files, and I'm excited to share these 10 items with you today. You can visit previous Favorite Finds posts here and here and here, plus our entire category of Favorite Finds here. And if you ever stumble across something that you think is brilliant and must be shared with other TMoM readers, please email me and I'll do my best to include in a future Favorite Finds post!

A few of the products and services below make for great holiday gifts too. Enjoy! Read More

Art & Soul Workshops

Monday, November 11, 2013

By Guest Bloggers Kathleen Kirk and Marybeth Barrett

Two very spirited and creative friends have come together to share their skills and knowledge to empower women to be their best selves.

Soccer, Homework, grocery shopping …oh my! Are you always running around and doing everything for everyone else? Do you feel like you need to recharge and re-invent yourself? It’s time to treat yourself like you are your own best friend. We are hosting six celebratory workshops on improving your quality of life. We will give you the tools and a creative outlet to renew your energy and feed your soul.

Please join us on the second Thursday of each month from January through June in Winston Salem. Every class will include thought provoking instruction combined with a relevant art project in a variety of mediums. If you can draw a stick figure, you are in! All artistic levels are welcome and supplies are included. Classes are $55.00 per class and space is limited. Register for one night or all six!  Read More

Taking Halloween to the Next Level

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

Whether you love it or hate it, I think we can all agree this holiday takes a lot of effort to make it a special and safe night for all involved. But if you're growing tired of the annual routine and want to spice things up, I have new ideas you can start using now all the way through to Halloween night.

You might remember this post I ran last year about our neighborhood's "Boo'ing" tradition. It's something we all look forward to every Halloween, and this year we discovered a way to bring it up a notch with Ghost-A-House. This activity kit lets you track your ghost online as it makes its way from door to door in your neighborhood. I am seriously so excited to try this out - and if you live near me - watch out because there is no excuse for not moving the ghost. I will "haunt" you down! From tasty treats to photo tips to sanity savers, below are more creative ideas to get you and your family in the Halloween spirit... Read More

The Great Pumpkin

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

By Kelly Hines, author of the blog Southern Fried Children

"Oh, for the love of Pete! Just give me the knife!" My mother, screaming at my dad; my brother, pumpkin guts smeared in his hair; me, picking shards of pumpkin seeds from between my teeth. 

Pumpkin carving always started with great expectations and enthusiasm. My mom would bring home a beast from the grocery store and spread out the Sunday paper on the kitchen table. She'd saw the top off with her biggest Ginsu, and my brother and I would attack the inside with soup spoons. 

"Pumpkin guts!", we'd moan and squish the flesh between our fingers. My mom would patiently pick out the seeds and wash off the newsprint in the big colander in the sink. Read More

Day Trip Idea: Junior Ride Alongs

Saturday, September 07, 2013

By Guest Blogger Eric Welder

Not long ago, my six-year-old son Bryce was able to do something few of us will ever get to do in our lifetime: go over 140 miles per hour in a car.  A race car.  On a NASCAR track.  How, you may ask? Through The Richard Petty Driving Experience Junior Ride-Along Experience, right here in North Carolina.

When we first arrived at the Charlotte Motor Speedway, two things immediately impressed Bryce: this place was big, and it was loud!  He had actually been there before, not for a race but for the Speedway Christmas holiday lights show they do each winter.   Bryce is not a huge racing fan, but has enjoyed playing in the racecar at the Greensboro Children's Museum and of course loves the movie Cars, so he was excited even if he wasn't sure what to expect.   Read More

New Children's Art Studio in the Heart of the Triad

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

By Guest Blogger Flavia Nazareth, founder and owner of Little Blank Canvas

Little Blank Canvas is about art, fun, messy projects, meeting friends. It's about discovering new solutions, ideas and different ways to express our imagination and creativity in a safe and engaging place.

We are a new Children’s Art Studio in the heart of the Triad offering unique art enrichment program for children 18 months to 14 years old. Our mission is to expose children to different medium and techniques while having fun and exploring new possibilities. We believe that there are no mistakes in art and we value creativity and self-expression. Read More

Craft Idea: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Felt Board

Monday, September 02, 2013

By Guest Blogger Kathryn Pepper

Happy Labor Day! Whether you're stuck inside this holiday due to the weather, or you're looking for fun projects to do with your young ones before preschool starts, today's craft idea is a perfect suggestion. More fun, crafty ideas like the one below - plus other felt boards (perfect for travel!) - can be found on Kathryn's blog Destination Craft! Enjoy! ~Katie

My son came home from preschool the other day with a new love for the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. And when I say new love, I mean he was able to recite to me the entire book! I was amazed!  And a little proud. 

So when I was thinking about what story ideas to use on my Travel Felt Boards, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was a no brainer. 

My son loves to recreate the whole story on the felt board: Read More

Mary Time: Music and Fun for your Little Ones

Thursday, August 29, 2013

By guest blogger, Mary Mollitt of Mary Time

Mark Twain once said, "The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why." I feel so lucky I know why. With certainty, it was the day I found out I was going to be a Mother. It was also the day my business cards greeted me at the mailbox. Mary Time, to you, could be a wonderful place to bring your child to develop their love and appreciation for music and movement. But, to me, it is why I am here. My name is Mary Mollitt. The children know me as Miss Mary.  Read More

Imagine all the Summer Fun at the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sponsored by the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem

Imagine all of the summer fun you’ll have at the Children’s Museum of Winston Salem, offering daily activities and so much more!

Amazing Summer Camps
There’s still time to enroll the kids for educational – and fun – Summer Camp at the Children’s Museum.  Limited spots are still available for Stand Up! Comedy Camp, Playing with Food Camp, Save the Day! Hero Camp and more.  See complete details.  Read More

Nature Saves the Day

Saturday, July 13, 2013

By Guest Blogger Lynne Dardanell

Like many of you, our family experienced the ups and downs of a holiday weekend caused by rain showers, constant teasing by the sun, more rain showers, then storms, then a glimpse of dry weather – only to be fooled again by more rain. No sooner did we wipe the water from our deck furniture in preparation for the evening’s activities on July 4th then the weather gods played a cruel trick on us and unleashed another deluge of rain. At one point when the sun came out, I almost felt it worthy of a Facebook post, or rather, plea … “Quick, go outside, grill a burger, set off a firework” … but I didn’t want to waste precious seconds doing so. Read More

How Do You Find a Safe Pen Pal?

Thursday, July 11, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

I ran this post last year and received a couple of requests for pen pals, as well as ideas for finding pen pals (see past comments below.) Thought it would be fun to re-run this post to see if anyone has connected or wants to add their email addresses to the pen pal request list.

When I was really young (like first or second grade), I remember my mom barging into my room with an envelope in her hand demanding to know why a grown man from Maryland was writing me a personal letter.

I was clueless and my mom was horrified. I don’t even think I knew where Maryland was at the time - let alone know someone from this mysterious place! After she opened the letter it all made sense.

Turns out he was responding to a short message I wrote weeks earlier – addressed to no one in particular – saying I was seeking a pen pal. I had stuffed the letter in a glass bottle, screwed on a top, and threw it in the Little Egg Harbor Bay behind my grandparents’ beach house in New Jersey. Read More

Blast from the Past

Thursday, July 04, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger and Rachel Hoeing

Remember the days when your mom would open the back door and say, “Go play outside and I don’t want to see you around for the next hour.” When I think of that, I crack up because I could not imagine saying those words today. But back then, I gladly left the house (as young as five years old) and would walk as far as a quarter mile to my best friend’s house down the street. Back then no one had fenced-in yards, hardly anyone had play sets (maybe a tree fort if they were lucky), our parents rarely signed us up for organized sports until we were at least middle school age, we never played video games (that is until my older brother got Atari – but then again he never let me play it anyhow).. and all the while I managed to have a pretty incredible childhood! Imagine that!

So before this summer is over, I thought it would be fun to relive the games we used to play growing up – games now that are considered “classic,” or “old-fashioned” and don’t involve electricity, activity fees, or hundreds of dollars at the local toy store! Read More

The Children’s Museum of Winston Salem unveils the KALEIDOSCAPE!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sponsored by the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem

Vibrant colors and rich textures engage children and inspire them to climb, swing and experience this innovative new playscape in the Children’s Museum’s outdoor patio. Similar art playscapes, created by award-winning artist Toshiko Horiuchi MacAdam, have been installed throughout Asia and Europe and the Children’s Museum is thrilled to receive the first MacAdam crocheted wonder in the United States. Celebrate the art and magic of the Kaleidoscape with your children!  Read More

Clever Ways to Get the Kids to Behave

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger 

It’s a crazy phenomenon. At the start of every summer my children transform from being (somewhat) well-behaved creatures who follow a regular routine to nutty little beings who want to defy schedules and rules of discipline. It’s like the end-of-school dismissal bell is an opening bell for an all-out, summer-long boxing match that takes place in my house, in the car, at the pool - and just about every where my kids seem to spend more than five minutes together.

I’m pretty sure this happens in other homes too, which is why I thought it would be fun to research creative ways to curb the quarreling. Here are some fun tactics I plan to try at home this summer: Read More

99 Ways to Reply to "I'm Bored"

Monday, June 03, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

By the end of next week, the majority of schools in the Triad will officially be out for summer! We know your kids are looking forward to camps, beach trips, days at the pool, and vacations. But what about the days in between those events? As moms, we love nothing more than a day with no agenda, but we all know that those days usually result in numerous "I'm bored" statements from your kiddos.

I think one of the best learning lessons is to allow your children to be bored. Boredom sparks creativity and ingenuity. But you all know as well as I do that the spark can die out quickly. Some kids just need a jump start to get the fun activities rolling.

That is where today's blog comes in. I asked moms and dads what their favorite summer memories were when they were younger. I asked for things that they did in or around the house. I have compiled the list below for you to keep on hand, print out, bookmark, whatever. The first time your children say, "I'm bored" or "I don't know what to do" you can give a suggestion off this list. Hopefully they will find something that sounds appealing, and if not, lucky for you - we've got our blog on "50 Activities for A Never Be Bored Summer in the Triad" which includes plenty of activities and explorations that you can enjoy AWAY from home! Read More

Save the Date for Kids' Morning Out

Friday, April 05, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

Make plans to visit the Children's Museum of Winston-Salem with the kids on Thursday, April 11 for a morning of fun at Forsyth Family Magazine's Kids Morning Out. Enjoy all of the museum's exhibits for FREE from 10 am to Noon, plus adults gets four tickets each to the fabulous prize board. More details below... Read More

Spring Cleaning Tips and Tricks

Thursday, April 04, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger and Rachel Hoeing's almost spring time! What is it about this time of year that makes me want to get my home spic-and-span clean? I don't get bit by the cleaning bug often, but when it gets warm enough to open my windows and let the fresh air in, I have a season-long urge to keep my house in order. So Rachel and I thought the timing was right to share tips and tricks we discovered from friends, family, local businesses - and TMoM readers - and compile them in today's blog to share with you. For any products listed below, please call ahead to the store to be sure they are still in stock. Happy Cleaning! ~ Katie Read More

Family Fun Over Spring Break

Friday, March 29, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

According to my research, it looks like a majority of our readers who have children in public and private schools are officially on Spring Break! Let's hope for gorgeous sunshine to wake us up each morning!

I hope many of you are using this break to take vacations & spend time with family. Don't forget about our Beach Directory and Day Trip Category if you are looking for a last minute escape! For those of you staying put, or those of you whose children may be with a nanny or sitter this week, I have come up with some ideas if you are looking for some fun around town! Many of these can also be terrific ideas for you to enjoy with out-of-town relatives and friends.  Read More

Changing the World - One Child, One Forward Roll at a Time

Sunday, March 10, 2013

By Richard Moore, managing partner, The Little Gym

“Welcome to The Little Gym!”  With that simple statement The Little Gym of Greensboro opened over 13 years ago in the Westridge Square Shopping Center off Battleground Avenue.  It was the best of times. Our simple goal? To change the world, one child, one forward roll at a time. We officially were promoting the healthy and successful physical and mental development of the children of the world. But we didn’t want to just promote healthy living and development....we wanted to start positively impacting the stories we heard every night on the 11 pm news and read every day in the newspaper.

As a society, we have the option of more video games and television shows available for our children, but if a child’s activity level remains low at a younger age, they are more likely to remain inactive as they get older.*  Read More

Results from "How Organized is Your Life?" Survey

Friday, March 08, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

A couple of weeks ago, I blogged about how I was on a kick to streamline my life. It seems the more I try to get organized, the more things keep piling up around me. At the end of the post, I included a survey to gauge how organized - or disorganized - other readers felt about themselves. Some of us can honestly pat ourselves on the back for a job very well done all the time. Others of us, well...not so much. To help those of us who are seeking ways to get the job done better and more efficiently, I asked readers to include suggestions or tips which we're calling the "Aha Moments." All of the suggestions and tips were fantastic, and I listed a few after each question below.

So take a break and catch up on the results listed below. If anything, the numbers should show that - no matter how crazy and in disarray your life may seem - we're all doing a pretty darn good job! And we've got tips to prove it! (If you have more "Aha Moments," please add them in the comments at the end of this post!)

Here are the results... Read More

Spring Is in the Air…Let’s Have a Toast to That!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

By Guest Blogger Cindy Caines

Raise your glass and support Brenner Children’s Hospital by attending the ninth annual Cheers! A toast to children’s health to be held on Friday, April 12, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Old Salem Visitor Center. And just so you’ll know, THIS EVENT IS ALWAYS A SELLOUT, so order your tickets now!

Cheers! is one of Winston-Salem’s favorite spring traditions. You’ll enjoy more than 150 wines from around the world (don’t taste them ALL!), a fun sampling of North Carolina brews, and creative cuisine from some of our best local restaurants and caterers, AND you’ll also benefit Brenner Children’s Hospital. Having fun for a great cause! Read More

Family Trip Idea: Babyland General

Thursday, February 21, 2013

By TMoM team member Dani Luft

Cabbage Patch Kids. Bring back memories of your childhood? My family was planning a trip to Atlanta to celebrate my Aunt’s 70th birthday party and decided to take a detour. Babyland General is located in Cleveland, Georgia and is the birthplace of the beloved Cabbage Patch dolls we all know and love. I visited Babyland General a long time ago and remember it being fun. I posted on Facebook to get opinions on whether or not it was worth the extra hour out of our way, and most friends, like me, had gone a long time ago but loved it then, too. Some said it was a money pit and to just be prepared. Some said that if we’re lucky enough to watch a doll being “born”, then it would be worth it. My husband and I decided to give it a shot. Admission is free, and if nothing else, we were just an hour away from our true destination. Read More

How Organized is Your Life?

Friday, February 15, 2013

By Katie Moosbrugger

I’m on a kick to streamline my life. It seems as much as I try to organize, I keep getting buried under paperwork, laundry piles, dishes, outdated or outgrown clothes, deadlines, and just plain junk. You’d think after doing this job called “Mom” for years and years, things would get easier but they continue to get more complicated. Read More

Ken Sykes Photography Announces its Model Search

Monday, February 04, 2013

Sponsored by Ken Sykes Photography

Ken Sykes Photography is  thrilled to announce a Model Search to kick off its Urban Kids promotion. Urban Kids Photo Shoots will be held in downtown Greensboro, February 21-23. Serving as a backdrop will be the "grunge" look of the cityscape...alley ways, street lights, graffiti-covered walls, railroad tracks and outdoor cafes, etc.

In addition to bragging rights, selected models will receive a free 8 x 10 portrait and a 15% off discount with print orders.  Read More

Tips for Working Moms

Monday, February 04, 2013

By Rachel Hoeing

A request we had on our recent survey was for more blogs for working moms.  I know so many moms who have a knack for balancing work and home life. Below are some of their best tips for other moms. I think these tips are terrific even for stay-at-home moms. We all need a few extra hours in our day, and these are some great ideas on how to make that happen.

If you have some of your own tips to share, please add them by commenting below! Read More

Show Your Support with a Brenner Children’s Hospital License Plate!

Monday, January 21, 2013

By Guest Blogger Nicole Witten, Development Events Coordinator for Brenner Children’s Hospital

We know you’ve seen North Carolina license plates displaying the Blue Ridge Parkway, state universities, military organizations, etc.

Now, Its Brenner Children’s Hospital’s time to shine, and your help is needed to make this happen! We are collecting applications for the Brenner license plate and need 300 applications by April 1, 2013, before the NC DMV will begin issuing our specialty license plate. We have received 70 applications as of January 2013 and only with your help can we achieve this goal!

This project started as a dream of one of our former patients, Emily Field, and she wanted to see this project through. Unfortunately, Emily passed away before we could reach our goal, but her family is motivated by her determination to complete this project. Your support can help the Field family in honoring their daughter and the legacy she left behind.  Read More

Team Blue, Pink, or Green?

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

By TMoM member Dani Luft

I am pregnant with baby #3 due in May. By the time you all read this, I will have found out if the baby growing inside me is a boy or a girl. Of course, I just want a healthy, happy baby, but the wait to find out what has me taking 100 trips to the bathroom at night, causing me heartburn, and making me smile as I start to feel the kicks and jabs, has been nagging at me!

I am a planner. I want to pick out the furniture, clothes, and names. Do I need to buy a whole new wardrobe for the little guy or can I take out my girls’ old clothes in the attic and start washing them with the delicious smell of baby detergent? I feel like I bond better with the growing fetus when I know the gender. But not everyone likes to know ahead of time and I respect that choice too. As my cousin says, “There are very few surprises in life and this is one of them!” I can get behind that, but to me it is just as much a surprise when the ultrasound tech tells you around 20 weeks as it is when the doctor tells you in the delivery room. We are lucky to live now when we have the technology to make that choice.

Wives tales are just for fun and while I know that, I can’t stop reading about them. It’s like a gossip magazine. Some of the articles may not be true, but it’s still fun to read! Here are some of my favorites... Read More

Ever Wonder When It's the Best Time?

Thursday, December 20, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

My husband came home with a book that I literally devoured in minutes. It’s called Buy Ketchup In May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That and Go There by Mark Di Vincenzo. If you’ve ever wondered about the best day of the week to buy groceries, go out to dinner or put your house on the market - or best time of day to pump gas, take a pregnancy test or eat carbohydrates – you’ll find it in this book. It’s chock full of life’s random events that will help you “get more for your money, maximize your time, take better care of your health and be savvier about your career – all by doing certain things at the right time.” And every tip is backed by research and interviews done with experts – or by best-time conclusions.

This would make a great last-minute holiday gift! Without giving away the book, here’s a sneak peak of some items straight from the book: Read More

Gifts That Make Memories

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

By Guest Blogger Cristin Whiting

Recently I was reminded that it is the simple things that count…

When it comes to giving and receiving gifts, I have always been partial to the gifts that make memories over those that are held in the hand. My kids have birthdays that are in close proximity and so every year we plan some kind of “experience” or trip to commemorate their entry into our family. We have taken exciting vacations to NYC, to Disney World, and for more times that I can even recount, to the kid-favorite, Great Wolfe Lodge. This year though, we opted for something simpler.

A couple of Saturdays ago, we piled into our car with our dog, Molly and our pet frog Skittles and drove to Cloud 9 Farm in the Great Smokey Mountains. Cloud 9 Farm is a beautiful place tucked off the beaten path in Fletcher, NC. In our less than twenty-four hour stay, my kids toured the farm, fed chickens and collect their eggs. They fed and cared for “Hamburger”, “Sir Loin”, and “Stew”, the three cows that were being raised for food. They harvested vegetables from the farm’s garden and together we climbed to the top of a barn piled high with hay bales. We built a bon fire, road bikes, and ate great meals together. Read More

DIY Holiday Photo Gifts

Sunday, December 16, 2012

By Guest Blogger Melanie East

Every year, I drool over the photo gifts from the popular online photo companies. I’m a complete sucker for a photo gift. I will totally be one of those grandmothers wearing the sweatshirt with the grandkids’ photos on it when I’m older. My photo gift obsession began when I had my daughter three years ago. Initially, I ordered photo books for myself and for her grandparent’s for every occasion. Then I realized that they may like a gift other than photo books, so I branched out into other gifts. I tried photo puzzles, photo mini-books, and a few other things, but I discovered that ordering anything other than photo books was just too expensive. The wheels in my head started turning on how to make my own photo gifts. Surely with a little crafty elbow grease I could create my own photo gifts at a fraction of the cost. Along the way, I found out that others had the same idea, too.

Today I’d like to share five of my favorite DIY photo gifts that include ones that I’ve made myself, as well as a few made by blogger friends of mine. These projects are all easily doable by Christmas, not to mention that your friends and family will be impressed with your mad craft skills. Click on each of the items' titles to find the tutorial for each one. Read More

Winston-Salem from A to Z

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

By Guest Blogger Nicole Witten, Brenner Children’s Hospital Office of Development, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

This year there’s an exciting new gift idea for Winston-Salem area families, and it’s one where the shopping helps a great cause! Brenner Children’s Hospital at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in partnership with Books by Kids Foundation, has published a children’s book about the city of Winston-Salem.

The colorful illustrations are creations by Brenner patients, and the book’s author is a local student. All net proceeds will benefit Brenner Children’s Hospital.

This spring, Brenner launched an author’s competition among local middle schools and homeschooled students.  Forsyth students in sixth, seventh, and eighth grades were invited to enter the Brenner Children’s Hospital Young Authors Contest.

Participants were asked to write their own versions of Winston-Salem from A to Z, an original story incorporating historical figures, landmarks and characteristics—one item for each letter of the alphabet. A panel of judges chose the winning author. Read More

Toys Toys Everywhere

Thursday, November 08, 2012

By TMoM Team Member Shannon Burghart

I have always considered myself an unorganized person and those who knew me in college would definitely tell you that neatness was not my strength. However, on a recent visit to my house, my mom commented on how organized I was and I realized that as I’ve gotten more responsibilities in life, I have picked up some pretty helpful organization tips—not out of any sort of brilliance, just necessity. If I was going to keep my sanity, my life could not be a pile of toys, clothes and paper. So, if you feel like you’re drowning in stuff, maybe this series of blogs about organization can help. Today we’ll talk about toys and next month we’ll figure out how to keep kids’ clothes organized.

Toys, toys and more toys ...

I hate toy bins. There I’ve said it. Toys bins are giant pits where everything gets thrown and nobody knows where anything is. It’s the early childhood teacher in me—I want my kids to be able to play effectively with all of their toys and hopefully become organized neat people earlier in life than I did.  Read More

Pure Barre: Transforming Bodies in Winston-Salem

Thursday, October 25, 2012

By Guest Blogger, Carolyn Hern, Owner of Pure Barre

There is a new barre in Winston-Salem, but it’s not the kind where you can order a glass of wine. Pure Barre has opened in Reynolda Village and offers ballet-inspired fitness classes 7 days a week at convenient times early in the morning, during the day and after work. Simply go online to or call the studio to check out our schedule and purchase a single class or package. *More about the new client special below!

The workout combines elements of yoga, Pilates and ballet. There is no jumping or jarring of your joints and each class is set to great music. If you don’t have prior dance experience—no need to worry because dance experience is not a requirement or necessary to benefit from a Pure Barre class. Regardless of whether you are an avid marathon runner or haven’t been to the gym in ages, you can expect to get an effective workout targeting key areas of your body that all women want to improve including thighs, seat, hips, abs and the back of the arms. Read More

More Fabulous Finds for You

Thursday, October 11, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

Here we go again...I love it when I stumble across something cool, or get an email from a friend or reader suggesting we share something fun and fabulous to the moms who read our site. We do this from time to time. You might remember Rachel's "What We're Loving Right Now" post this past summer, and my "10 Fun Finds for Moms" last spring. Today I feature 10 more finds that will tempt your palate and your love life, charm your inner entertaining goddess, prompt your desire to get organized and keep a clean home, challenge your lack of carpool space, and woo you to be more frugal!

If you have a fun and fabulous find you'd like for us to consider, please email me at Enjoy today's finds! Read More

We BOO...Do You?

Saturday, October 06, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

We share a special Halloween tradition in our neighborhood and perhaps you do too! A week or so before Halloween arrives, a growing number of houses start posting the sign "We've Been BOO-ed!" on their front doors. It starts our slow, but by the time Halloween arrives it seems like every other door is sporting this sign.

This tradition is also sometimes called "Ghosting" or "The Phantom," but BOO'ing is basically the Fall equivalent of "Secret Santa." This is a fun - and easy - activity to start in any neighborhood. You can even do this at work or with a select group of friends who don't necessarily live near one another. Read More

Here My Dear, Would You Like an Apple?

Friday, October 05, 2012

By Guest Blogger Kelly Melang of Forsyth Family Magazine (with contributions from TMoM)

The symbol of the apple has had different meanings through the ages, from the poisoned apple given to Snow White to the Apple Logo gracing every iPod and iPhone. The symbol of fall is the apple tree, branches weighed down with big juicy apples. A great family fall memory is apple picking, going to a local orchard and filling your bucket with your favorite treat, then coming home and deciding what to do with them.

Did you know that North Carolina ranks 7th in apple growers in the United States, producing over eight million bushels of the fruit a season? It’s the perfect timing for not just picking apples but enjoying the fall colors as well. And we’ve compiled a list of pick-your-own apple farms that make for a fun family day trip. As always, we recommend you call before you go to ensure these farms still have apples ready for picking. Read More

Halloween and Fall Pin-Ups!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

By Rachel Hoeing

It seems as if Autumn entered as soon as the month changed and I am more than ready! Time for sweatshirts, jeans, crock-pots, hot tea, afghans and boots! Yippee! I am making a deliberate attempt to ignore all things Christmas that I am already seeing in the retails stores and will focus solely on fall and Halloween for these next few weeks!

I've been perusing Pinterest lately in order to find some of the cutest and most unique crafts and decor for the season to share with all of you. In case you are not into Pinterest, I've just saved you a lot of time by condensing my favorites below! And if you are into Pinterest, follow us here!

Enjoy the "pin-ups" I have found below and please leave us a comment and/or link with any ideas you have found as well.  Read More

Top 10 Tips for Enjoying the Dixie Classic Fair

Friday, September 28, 2012

By Guest Blogger Elizabeth-Lee Lawley, account manager at Wildfire, the Dixie Classic Fair’s marketing agency

Today is opening day at the 130th Dixie Classic Fair which runs for 10 consecutive days (Friday, September 28 through Sunday, October 7) at the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds in Winston-Salem. Attending the Fair is like a rite of passage for any resident of the Triad. Averaging 325,000 visitors each year, the Fair features a world-class carnival with numerous rides and games, nationally known musical entertainment, fabulous“fair” food, exhibits for livestock, arts, crafts and more.

Navigating your way through the fair for the first time - or any time with kids in tow - can be daunting task, especially if you’re a mom looking out for convenience, cost, safety and easy-to-get-to entertainment. For more information, you can visit DCFair.comRead More

10 Uses for Pool Noodles

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

By Rachel Hoeing

Summer is officially over in our household, which means the pool bag, beach towels and rafts are going into storage until next summer. Many of you probably have oodles of noodles that you have stocked up on over the years so I thought it would be fun to come up with some creative ideas of how to use these colorful floats!

I researched online and found 10 uses for the pool noodles you have at home, or you may choose to buy new ones now that you will see them on sale at all the local stores.

Got a creative way to use your pool noodles? Please share it with us in the comment section below! Read More

The Mountains or the Beach?

Saturday, September 01, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

Let's daydream a little. If you had the opportunity to own a vacation home, where would you choose? Would you hightail it to a mountain chalet or lay low at a beach bungalow?

If you asked me this question last spring I would have quickly answered, "The beach!" But with summer behind us - and after hearing countless vacation stories from friends' mountain and beach trips – I'm beginning to wonder which makes for a better family vacation. Read More

Summer Craft Idea: Have Fun with Paint!

Monday, July 23, 2012

By Guest Blogger Jessica Simmons, author of the blog Very Pinteresting

With the heat wave this month, I’d love nothing more than to hibernate inside and enjoy the air conditioning, but my kids tend to balk at that suggestion. Now that my oldest son has left for sleep away camp, His Majesty-- my two year old-- is without his favorite playmate, and I’ve had to come up with new ways to entertain him that allow him to get some energy out, and take up some of our free time.

I figured that if nothing else, this heatwave is a great opportunity to combine two of his favorite activities: painting and playing in his splash pool. It’s a two fold benefit: he can paint outside, get as messy as he wants, and then I can strip him down to his diaper or his swim trunks and let him wash off-- and cool off-- in the water. After that, he comes in the house paint free, and exhausted and ready for his nap. My dad always told me that if you want kids to sleep well, “Put them in the water”, and I concur. Naps have been good with this little routine. Read More

‘Recess’- It's Not Just a Grade School Thing

Saturday, July 14, 2012

By Guest Blogger Leigh Anne Hunt

"Forty four percent of adults would participate in recess, if offered at their workplace." ~ Karla Walsh,

"Play is the highest form of research." ~ Albert Einstein

There’s something nostalgic about the word ‘Recess’. When I hear it, my mind immediately drifts to a classroom where all the kids start to inch towards the edge of their seats as the clock’s hand seems to creep towards that magic number that will produce a shrill andglorious bell. It seemed to signal that it was okay to run around like a wild child, to clump together with a group of girls and giggle, or to follow the boys to the soccer field like the tomboy I sometimes liked to be. It was a time to march to the beat of my own drum. ‘Recess’ was an exciting time of day that set me free from the rigid schedule of schoolwork that made my brain tired and my body anxious. Read More

Whatcha Think ~ Who's On Your List?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

By Rachel Hoeing

We've heard it before, "Oh, Brad Pitt ... he's on my list!' If you haven't heard it before, you should know that "the list" can have many meanings. To some married women, the list is the men who they would be able to enjoy a romantic evening, with no consequences from the spouse. The chances of this are probably slim to none, so most spouses have nothing to worry about. For others, the list is their top hotties in the entertainment industry. And still for others, the list is their dream men.

We'll let the list mean whatever you want today because all we are interested in is who is on it! In order to not be completely humiliated, the TMoM team has given our lists, but combined them together. (If you know any of us personally you may be able to figure it out!) OF COURSE our husbands were at the top of each list (ahem) but we left them off since none were celebrities.  

Please list your TOP 5 men (or women if that's your thing) in our comment section below! Read More

Sprouts is Now Enrolling AND Giving Away a $100 Prize!

Monday, July 09, 2012

Written by the friendly folks at Sprouts

Sprouts is now enrolling children ages 3-5 for their Preschool Program.  They have designed a curriculum and environment to foster a creative, hands on approach to learning. They are dedicated to providing a safe, supportive and nurturing environment.

Now is your chance to see Sprouts in action! Visit Sprouts on Saturday, July 21 at 10 am for its "Sneak Peek" into their preschool program where you and your preschoolers will participate in center activities while you learn about their curriculum, and enjoy refreshments. Registration fee will be applied to the first month of preschool for all those that attend and register! Bring a friend and receive a special gift!

And keep reading to find out how you can win $100 to put towards a Sprouts birthday party, summer camp session, or preschool enrollment! Read More

That Family

Friday, July 06, 2012

By Karyn Howard and Jennifer Greenholt, RayLen Vineyards & Winery

You know that family? That family? The one with the kids who are…well, they’re not awful, but they’re not saints, either. Every time one of them comes over to your house, something gets broken. They are just kids being kids, but still, something always gets broken. The parents are affable enough, but they never seem to have a real grip on discipline. They put up a good show and follow through on some small stuff. But, still, at the end of the night, you can’t help but comment on a few big loopholes in the discipline.

You know that family. Let’s face it—everyone with children has probably been that family at some point. Deep down, we all want to avoid being that family. Believe it or not, that family comes to visit us at RayLen Vineyards & Winery as well. Over the years we have accumulated some nuggets of wisdom about the subject. So here, direct from the RayLen archives, are three pointers to help you avoid that family status.  Read More

10 Cute Ways to Display Your Kids’ Art

Thursday, July 05, 2012

 By Katie Moosbrugger

Did this happen to you throughout the school year? Several times a week your child comes home with piles of art and other paperwork for you to adore, compliment, and select which pieces you’ll hang on the fridge. Later that evening, you sift through the entire mound of paper and decide which pieces make the cut for a future keepsake and which ones get tossed. You think you have it all figured out, and then the next morning your child discovers his masterpiece in the trash. Oops. You apologize profusely, dust off the coffee crumbs, smooth out the wrinkles, and add it to the last remaining spot on the fridge.

If this happened to you as much as it did me – and if your house is now overflowing with your child’s artwork – then keep reading. I discovered 10 really cute ways to keep and display your child’s art without cluttering your home.
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We're Growing in Greensboro!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

Triad Moms on Main is continuing to grow, which means we need more help keeping moms in the know...particularly in the Greensboro area! Therefore, we're hiring a new Greensboro Sales Representative!

This new sales rep must currently live in the Greensboro city limits, but does not need to have prior sales experience. The position requires 10-15 hours per week of website sales and ad management, but the majority of the time will be flexible hours that fit a mom's schedule. This way, you could be with your children when you need to, yet have this outlet for yourself as well! Read More

What We're Lovin' Right Now

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

By Rachel Hoeing

I've been paying close attention to the conversations I have with my girlfriends lately. I figure whatever we are talking about is what I should be blogging about!  TMoM has hit many of those topics lately with our Shades of Grey post, AG Testing Opinions, Summer Book Reads and "What the heck are we going to do with our kids all summer" blogs!

Today is one of my random blogs where I have thrown together 10 things that I've been chatting about with the gals lately. These are things that I am loving at the moment and figured I'd share the love!   Read More

Day Trip Idea: A Day on Lake Norman

Saturday, June 16, 2012

By Rachel Hoeing

Lake Norman is only 1 to 1 ½ hours from most areas of the Triad. It is a perfect day trip for the spring, summer, or even fall! If you own a boat, or know someone who does, it makes the day trip a little less expensive, although I’d like to share a fun idea that my family has done in the past. We rented a pontoon boat for the day. It is very easy to do and a perfect idea for any family with any age children. It’s also a great idea for a day with grandparents.

We rented our pontoon boat from Carolina Boat Rentals, and it was super-easy. We booked the boat ahead of time. When we arrived that day, they went over everything with us, and helped us get off and running. My kids were so excited! The nice thing about a pontoon boat is that even the queasiest of people don’t seem to get sea sick on them. A few other rental agencies I found online are listed below, but I have not used them. If you can send your seal-of-approval on any of the below, please comment at the end of this post! Read More

Fun Idea: My Favorite Things Party

Monday, May 28, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

I have a neighbor who loves to entertain, and just recently she hosted a "My Favorite Things" party. I thought the idea was so clever that I couldn't wait to share it with friends and TMoM readers. Yet little did I know, it's become quite the popular girls' night out alternative, and people are blogging about it like crazy with ideas and inspirations found on Pinterest.

The idea for the party actually originated from Oprah's popular My Favorite Things show, and it's a cute way to entertain with your friends, or as an alternative to the usual bunco, supper club or book club get-togethers. Here's how it works: Read More

Whatcha Think? ~ Time Magazine

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

By Rachel Hoeing

I am excited to start this new series of posts called "Whatcha Think" where I will present a topic (with no bias from myself) and let our readers do the rest! These blogs will only be successful if you comment (tips on this below), so please share your thoughts ... whether they are good, bad or indifferent. Feel free to share the link with others on your blogs, Facebook walls, or emails in order for us to gain as many different perspectives as possible.

My first topic is the one that started creating a lot of buzz last week. Time magazine came out with the cover issue on the left and it stirred quite a ruckus! Some people felt that the photo was perfectly normal, while others called it disgusting. There were a couple things that created the buzz: one was the actual photo with a three-year-old breastfeeding, the second was the headline "Are You Mom Enough?" which made some mothers feel that is was attack on mothers who don't breastfeed their child for that long of a period, the third was the article it introduced which discusses attachment parenting. Read More

10 Fun Finds for Moms

Monday, May 14, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

Moms are a clever bunch, and thanks to emails from fellow mom friends, family and readers, I was able to pull together a list of fun products that all moms should know about. You might remember my earlier post about Five Favorite Finds, and today I am featuring 10 more fabulous finds. I am always on the hunt for smart products and services for moms. If you have a favorite gadget or idea you want to share, please email me at and I'll include it in a future post. Thanks for all your ideas...keep them coming! Read More

A Mother's Love

Thursday, May 10, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

We all know there is nothing more powerful than a mother's love. This Mother's Day, let's make a special point to reflect on the love we've received  - and continue to receive - from our own mothers, stepmothers, mothers-in-law, grandmothers and great grandmothers. Without their devotion, support and life lessons, many of us would not be the mothers we are today.

On this Mother's Day, let's also not forget to pay tribute to mothers who may be coping with difficult situations. Or mothers-to-be who are eagerly awaiting the birth of a child. And let's remember to help our friends and neighbors honor their mothers who have passed away and cannot be with us this special day.

Below are fun and creative ideas to help us celebrate the mothers we love. If you have additional ideas or traditions you follow every Mother's Day, please share in the comments below! Read More

Day Trip Idea: Marbles Kids Museum

Saturday, May 05, 2012

By Guest Blogger Kelly Gunzenhauser

For my son’s birthday, we took our second trip to Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. On our last trip, my kids got stuck in one part of the museum (more on that later) so this day was to be a bit of a surprise. And, please know I am not going to do this place justice. There is so much to see and I was limited to what my two boys, ages five and seven, wanted to do. Please explore the website for a more definitive list of exhibits.

As you walk in on the first floor, there are all kinds of games, like giant chess and checker sets and also a large tiered seating area for hanging out and people watching. The rest of the first floor houses all kinds of environments that younger children will love: a fire truck, a house, a farm, a giant tree, a vet’s office, a train, an ambulance, and more. There are dress-up items, art materials, and building materials. If you have a little one that is “into” any of these specific things, be prepared to wait it out for a while! Read More

Party Like It’s Your Birthday

Monday, April 30, 2012

By Guest Blogger, Christine Murray

Why wait until your next birthday rolls around to celebrate? On Thursday, May 10th, from 6 to 8 p.m., Foster Friends of North Carolina is hosting a fun, family-friendly event that will have guests partying like it’s their birthday, all while helping local children in foster care celebrate their special days.

The “Ultimate Birthday Bash” will be held at Celebration Station, and guests will enjoy an unlimited pizza buffet and access to all rides in the park. All guests also will have the chance to vote for their favorite entry in the "Ultimate Birthday Bash Cake Decorating Contest" featuring local bakeries. Read More

Results of "How Tough is Your Love" Survey

Monday, April 30, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

The results are in! And it looks like the majority of us are middle-of-the-road when it comes to tough lovin'! The most popular responses are highlighted in bold. Most of us selected the middle answer, but there are some instances (with good reason!) where we all chose to take the toughest stand with our kids. There was one result , however, that surprised me. The majority of us are pretty soft on walking our preschooler into school versus using the designated drop-off line. I do a little bit of both, but I have to say my preschool drop-off line stays pretty busy!

Thanks for participating in this survey. Take a look at the results and let us know what you think. Do any of the results surprise you? Read More

Trending in the Triad

Thursday, April 19, 2012

By Guest Blogger Tammy Stang of Score More Sports Collectibles

A few months ago, I traveled to my home state of Rhode Island to visit my mother in the hospital. I stayed for a week and my father and I practically lived there. One take away I had from my time up there was a fascination with a brand of jewelry called Alex and Ani. These charmed bangles were worn by almost all of the nurses as well as my family members who came to visit that week. I decided to learn more about Alex and Ani during my visit to Rhode Island, as my curiosity peaked with the popularity of these bangles.  Read More

How Tough is Your Love?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

If you haven't noticed before, we like to survey our readers here at Triad Moms on Main. We think it's a great way to gauge how normal - or crazy - we all really are! And it helps us get a reality check on how we are doing as moms (even though the results show time and time again just how wonderful we truly are!). You might remember the results of our past surveys, like "How Much Do You Spend?", or "What Do You Think?", or "How Often Do You?". Well, today we have a new one to measure how tough our love really is. Read More

Day Trip Idea: All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm

Saturday, April 07, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

Voted best field trip by many local schools and churches, this trip will encourage you to spread your wings of imagination! All-A-Flutter Butterfly Farm is located in High Point, NC, and it opens for the season on Friday, April 13. I went with my daughter and our playgroup several years ago, and to this day she still talks about her experience.

The tour lasts approximately one hour, which includes a 20 minute presentation on the lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly (from egg to caterpillar to butterfly) along with a tour of the 20’ x 48’ flight house filled with live Monarch butterflies busy feeding, breeding and laying eggs. The children are able to observe butterflies up close and are encouraged to feed the butterflies by hand! Monarchs are very friendly – so be sure to wear bright clothing to encourage them to land on your shoulder!  Read More

Ideas from the Easter Bunny

Saturday, March 24, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger and Rachel Hoeing

Do you feel like the Easter bunny brings the same things every year? And are you tired of all the candy and plastic "junk" that's usually found inside your child's baskets? We feel the same way, so today we're sharing ideas on how to fill an Easter basket with items your child will actually use! Rachel and I took a little shopping trip to see what we could find  - and in doing so - we came up with the idea to "theme" our Easter baskets. Not only did we stuff our baskets with useful stuff, but we also did it all within budget -- and we think they turned out pretty cute! Read More

Be Inspired by Amy

Friday, March 23, 2012

By Guest Blogger Beth Mack

Creative. Unique. Original. These words describe the floral designs of Amy Lynne Originals. Located at 908 Burke Street in downtown Winston-Salem, Amy Lynne Originals is a colorful studio filled with inspiration.

Meet Amy – Owner Amy Dunlap began her work in floral design over 20 years ago. During that time, she worked for numerous florists, including the Walt Disney World Florist. There she arranged flowers for Disney weddings and conventions, as well as the floral displays for the prestigious Grand Floridian Hotel. Amy’s education includes a B.S. in Horticulture and a Masters in Agriculture. These degrees provide her with extended knowledge when it comes to variety selection, flower quality, and growing.

Spring is a great time to treat yourself and the ones you love to flowers! Amy Lynne Originals will be offering: Read More

We Have a New Baby!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

Well, sort of. I mean, she is a baby...but not a baby baby. But right now she's the baby in our house and we're doting on her as such. What am I talking about?

Remember when I blogged about longing for another baby? I wasn't kidding, but that plan is not realistic for our family. Instead we did the next best thing (at least for us)...we got a puppy baby! And I have to say, after mothering two human babies over the past eight years, I cannot believe the similarities with mothering a puppy. Of course to different degrees! Read More

Rainy Day Activities for Kids of All Ages

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

By Rachel Hoeing

This morning is our live segment with Shannon Smith on Fox 8 Morning News. Tune in at 9:30am to see TMoM present some of these ideas live on Mommy Matters. Although we haven't had too many rainy days, we know "April Showers" are on the way and thought you could use some ideas for indoor fun after the "jumping in puddles" fun is over!

Most of these are not new ideas, but just good reminders. I will give Pinterest a shout out for some of these ideas as well! (TMoM has a new Pinterest page you can see here!)  If you have some good indoor fun to share, please post your ideas in the comment section below. And remember that if you want to get out of the house, visit our Day Trip category here which includes some indoor fun destinations.  You can always get great craft ideas in our CRAFT category as well. Read More

More Apps for Kids. Just What They Need, Right?

Friday, March 02, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

You know you have a problem when your seven-year-old daughter gives up the Ipad for Lent. It was her decision and she's really proud of it. We would have been just as happy if she gave up candy or bickering with her brother. But no - her form of penitence is letting go of the addiction she has developed to the family Ipad (actually it was a birthday gift to me last year but who's counting?) - and the millions of little colorful apps that have exploded over the screen in the last few months. Read More

Apps for Busy Moms: How Did We Live Without?

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

By Katie Moosbrugger

It's true. There really is an app for that, for this, and for everything. You can now download apps that help you remember everything from the name of a mom you just met, to finding the latest sale prices, to accessing quick recipes, managing your baby's sleeping schedules, locating kid-friendly parks and playgrounds, hunting down the cleanest bathrooms on the road, and managing your household expenses. It's crazy, but it's also wonderful. How our own mothers ever survived is beyond me!

I recently polled our Facebook fans to find out what the hottest "mommy app" was, and the Cozi app won the most recommendations hands-down. I also discovered a bunch of other great apps we all need to try. More information on Cozi and other mom-friendly (actually they are all dad-friendly too!) is found below. Most of the apps listed below are free, however some do come with a small fee. Happy app shopping! Read More

Ten Ways to Say "I Love You" to Your Children

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

By Rachel Hoeing

Happy Valentine's Day!  We thought today would be a perfect opportunity to share some ideas with you on unique ways to show your children you love them.  You can try these ideas this week, but more importantly, keep them in mind for any time of the year!  Some of these ideas were sent to us by loyal readers.  Thank you to those of you who helped contribute! 

If you are up early, log on to Fox 8 Morning News to see TMoM present these ideas live on Mommy Matters at 9:30am! 

And as always, please share your own ideas at the end of today's post! Read More

Everybody Knows the Best Sandcastles Are Made in the OBX

Thursday, February 09, 2012

By Guest Blogger Erica Porter, a Twiddy customer

I was taught this in school…weren’t you?  During my first trip to Corolla on North Carolina's Outer Banks (OBX), I quickly learned that my sandcastle building skills don’t hold a candle to a 10-year-old with tools that rival a master sculptor.

I was able to hone my castle building skills when 10 of my closest friends, my dog, and I rented a vacation home through Twiddy so we could celebrate the 4th of July in style. Even though we are friends, we planned this trip as if we were one huge family unit. We went in with four requirements: private pool (because you can’t always be on the beach), beachfront, pet friendly, and a great kitchen to prepare our “family” meals.  Twiddy had so many options for us to choose from, and I think we settled on a great house.  We were located in a cul-de-sac with our own beach access point.  It was like our own little neighborhood that just happened to have the best landscape ever! We even got a Flip cam from Twiddy to document our week in the OBX. Read More

Making Your Bucket List a Reality

Friday, January 13, 2012

By Guest Blogger Shannon McGinnis Koontz

Like many of you with small children, New Year’s Eve was a quiet evening at home. My husband and I sipped wine and watched The Bucket List. The movie ended just before midnight, so we counted down to 2012, went upstairs to kiss the kids, and then watched the craziness in New York and L.A.continue to unfold on the television. But my mind was still on the movie, so I opened my laptop and revisited my bucket list.

Fifteen years ago, and long before Freeman and Nicholson took their whirlwind trip around the world, I created my own“bucket list.” I called it the not-so-catchy “Things I Want to Do in My Lifetime” list, but it was the same idea. I wrote down more than 50 things that included various adventures I wanted to experience, classics I wanted to read, and skills I wanted to learn. Read More

How Pinterest Can Work for YOU-- And the 10 Best Things I’ve Pinned

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

By Jessica SImmons, Author of Very Pinteresting

Have you heard of Pinterest? It seems that more and more of my friends are signing on everyday, saying goodbye to “bookmarking” pages full of great idea or recipes or home decor tips, and instead, pinning them to their own virtual pinboard. It’s truly amazing the ideas you can find, and many of them can serve as inspiration for your own life. Need ideas for decorating a nursery? Want to try a good recipe? What about ideas for how to organize your closet, or a good family photo pose, or how to make your own wall art? Yep, yep, and more yeps. You’ll find it all on Pinterest.

Here’s how it works. Read More

Announcing the Sex ...

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

By Rachel Hoeing

I figured if I put "sex" in the title I would grab your attention.  In this post, however, I am referring to "sex" as "gender", as in the gender of your baby.  (But if you really do want to read about sex, we've got some blogs here under our Couples & Marriage category!)

When I was pregnant with my children (almost nine and seven years ago), announcing the gender of the baby was not that big of a deal.  Most people who decided to find out the sex during their ultrasound simply called or emailed friends to tell them the exciting news of pink or blue.  Being the email junkie that I am, I am sure I sent an email to all my buddies with the subject line, "It's A ..."  and then revealed the gender in the text of the email.  Facebook was not around then, but I bet I would have chosen that route if it were! Read More

Has Your Elf Been Naughty or Nice? Vote for Your Favorite!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

By Katie Moosbrugger

What is up with the Elf-on-the-Shelf? He's certainly gotten himself into some silly situations this year! (We received the hilarious picture to the left from Tab Friese in Huntersville). It's impossible to log on to Facebook without seeing another crazy Elf pic. Not to mention, there's a bunch of different web sites illustrating even more creative ways to hide your Elf - plus one blogger who wants to punch all of these "over-achieving Elf-on-the-Shelf mommies" in the throat. Really?

Whether you love him or want to pitch him out the window, the Elf still does his magic with the kids - and that's what's important, right? And despite the fact that I'm pretty much brain-dead when it comes time to move my Elf to a new position each night, I think all you overachieving Elf-on-the-Shelf mommies are pretty clever to come up with the ideas you have. To honor you, we are giving away a $20 gift card to Paper Sassy Boutique in Kernersville to the reader with the most unique Elf. Keep reading for details. Read More

Holiday Craft Idea ~ Reindeer Handprint Art

Saturday, December 17, 2011

By Guest Blogger Jessica Simmons, author of the blog Very Pinteresting

For years I did the typical “themed” Christmas tree. Every ornament and adornment for our tree was red or gold, and I only used white lights. I thought it served the purpose of being both festive and elegant. However, it wasn’t “fun.” Enter my oldest son, Christopher, and his masterfully created ornaments. Over the years, he’s made everything from a reindeer out of shelled peanuts, light bulbs and puzzle pieces to snowflakes out of out of construction paper and glitter. A few years ago, my husband, jealous that none of the ornaments on the tree had his own special artistic touch, decided that all of us should paint a ceramic ornament. We had so much fun, that we did it the next year, and the next. And just like that, a tradition was born. Good bye elegant-but-boring themed tree, hello homemade holiday memories. Read More

Holiday Shopping Check List

Monday, December 05, 2011

Sponsored by RayLen Vineyards & Winery

It’s the busy season and we all have lists we’re checking twice. But which list would you rather check off? List One: 1) Going to the mall, 2) Putting gas in the car, 3) Hiring a sitter for the kids, 4) Navigating through traffic, 5) Finding a parking lot, 6) Standing in long lines. Or List Two: 1) Shopping with RayLen Vineyards, 2) Pouring a glass of wine, 3) Choosing a holiday sampler for just $29.99, 4) Having it shipped to a friend or yourself, and 5) Taking a quiet moment to savor it all? Read More

Seven Easy Ways to Dress Up a Plain Cake

Saturday, November 19, 2011

By Guest Blogger Tonya Steward

No matter the occasion - a special birthday, a wedding or baby shower, Mother's or Father's Day, a holiday, or just because - a homemade cake is not only fun to make but also means so much more to the person receiving it. Making the cake is one thing, but decorating it can be another. Knowing this, we called on crafty blogger Tonya to help us with some tips and tricks of the trade. Happy baking! ~ Katie

You have not yet learned the art of cake decorating? Well, you can still create stunning cakes for your family. Try these ideas using either a homemade or store bought cake... Read More

Haunting (and Hilarious) Halloween Party Ideas

Tuesday, October 04, 2011

By Katie Moosbrugger

If you are reading this prior to 9:30am, turn on Fox 8 Morning News and check us out live as we present some of these tips today! 

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays. If I had the time, an unlimited budget, and neighbors who wouldn't think I've gone mad, I'd decorate my house Clark Griswold-style with every creepy decoration imaginable. Since I'm not going to do that (promise!)  throwing an over-the-top Halloween party is a happy solution. And there are unlimited ideas for kids' Halloween parties. From silly decorations and games -  to gooey, yucky snacks and drinks - no matter what you provide will be a sure hit with the kids. Read More

How Much Money Do You Spend?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing
Sometimes I think of myself as a big ol' cheapskate, while other times I feel like friends think I am crazy for spending as much money as I do on certain things. A mixed drink when I am out for dinner - heck no! Who has $9 for that??? But a $7 piece of coconut cake ... bring it on!

There are a lot of items for the family and for the house that I sometimes wonder how much other people spend. Am I totally getting ripped off with my cell phone bill? (Don't answer that - I know the answer is yes.) Do other people have that much of a deductible on their insurance? Do I spend a lot more than others on my clothes? How much do my friends pay for their haircuts? I could go on and on.  Read More

How Do I Love Dream Dinners? Oh, Let Me Count the Many Ways….

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sponsored by Dream Dinners of Clemmons; Written by Guest Blogger and Loyal Dream Dinners Customer Tina Kneisel

As a working mom with four children, my desire to come up with new and creative meals - and my fatigue at the end of the day - tend to battle with one another. This death fight often ends with a trip to a restaurant or a drive-through.Dream Dinners has helped me think a little less at the end of the day.

Keep reading to learn about Tina's top reasons for using Dream Dinners. And then discover how Dream Dinners is offering $25 off  to the first 12 Triad Moms on Main readers who book a session in September or October! Details below! Read More

30 Fabulous Reuses & Repurposes for Old or Recalled Cribs

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Republished with permission from Consignment

With new crib regulations, the resale of cribs is going to be pretty non-existent for a while. But don't you worry!! You don't have to use that crib for autumn campfires! We've scoured the web for some cool tutorials and ideas for reusing old or recalled cribs! These repurposed crib projects are an awesome way to prevent your crib from going into a landfill, getting reused "inappropriately" or simply sitting in your basement collecting dust.

Just check out the photo to the left. What a great way to reuse a crib as a child's workstation! If you like this idea, keep reading. From craft closets and chalkboards to furniture and gardens, there's an idea for everyone. We all know how hard it can be to let go of that once-cherished crib. It's a milestone for any mom. But now we have ways for you to keep enjoying it for years to come! Read More

Five Favorite Finds!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

By Katie Moosbrugger

Every once in a while I'll stumble across something on a friend's Facebook page or in conversation, or a reader will email me a "Favorite Find." Well, for the past couple of months I've been holding on to a couple of items that not only qualify as "favorite finds," but are also pretty fantastic as well. And I've been bursting at the seams to share these with you all.

So here goes. Today's "Favorite Finds" run the gamut from food to fashion and from furniture to films. There's a find for everyone, and after reading about them, I'm guessing you'll be just as excited as I am. If you have a "Favorite Find" you'd like to share with other TMoM readers, email me at Just know that we don't feature EVERY find that is sent our way - just the fabulous ones! Read More

Day Trip Idea: Geocaching

Thursday, August 04, 2011

By Guest Blogger Ryan Leigh Runyon

A couple of years ago, some friends introduced me to geocaching. I’d read about it before, but hadn’t experienced it until they invited me to join them on a hunt. My oldest child went along, too, and we both had a great time. I was eager to share the experience with my husband, knowing it was an activity we could enjoy as a family. Pretty soon, I was creating an account on and we were purchasing a handheld GPS receiver.

If you’ve never heard of geocaching, I’m not surprised. Many folks that I encounter have never heard of it before, or if they have heard of it, they only have a vague idea of what it’s all about. Believe it or not, geocaching began ten years ago! The best description that I’ve found comes straight from www.geocaching.comRead More

Dream Dinners: Saving Time, Money, and My Sanity

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Written by Shannon McGinnis Koontz, a loyal Dream Dinners customer; sponsored by Dream Dinners of Clemmons, NC

I first heard about the “make-and-take meals” concept a couple of years ago, but had a few misgivings. Were the meals something my family would eat? How much time do I really save? And isn’t it expensive? After I was invited by friends to Dream Dinners, I was immediately hooked.

Read on to learn five reasons why Dream Dinners saved my sanity, and to hear about an upcoming "Ladies Night Out" - featuring discounts and a $50 gift card drawing - all so you can experience Dream Dinners for yourself.  Read More

Living An Artful Life

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sponsored and written by Marybeth Barrett of Addressing Spaces

I remember reading the quote “Live an artful life” many moons ago. I thought, “Hmm, how interesting...” and it just stuck with me. I guess I totally took it to heart and have made a career out of living an artful life. How lucky am I? I often pinch myself so if you hear a random “ouch” outburst come out of me, don’t be alarmed.

Bringing art into my life has completely changed my world for the better and I am here today to tell you a little bit about what I do. And, I will hopefully inspire you to live an artful life too. No, you don’t have to make a career out of it, but you can find many ways to bring art into your world. You can learn more about me on my website or follow me on Facebook. In the meantime, here is how art fits in my world… Read More

2011 Choice Winner:

Saturday, May 14, 2011

By Guest Blogger and TriadMommies member Elizabeth Schaaf

A few years ago, I was at the end of my rope.  My oldest had just started kindergarten, and I was staying home with a one year old.  I was craving interaction with other moms, but I wasn't sure how to do it.  I considered all kinds of things, including starting my own at home party business, but nothing seemed right.  One day, I saw a car magnet for TriadMommies, and I finally went over to the website and checked it out.  I knew almost immediately this was exactly what I needed.  I know I'm not the only one who has found a great home on TriadMommies, because TriadMommies has been voted the "Best Local Website" on Triad Moms on Main! Read More

Triad Area Playgroups: Babyhood and Beyond!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

By Guest Blogger Sarah Scott, author of The Great Scott Blog 

We (at Triad Moms on Main) often get asked if we organize public play groups, or if we can recommend such groups. Since we don't coordinate play dates like these, we were thrilled when Sarah offered to write a blog about all the different groups available to moms (and dads!) in the Triad, including a group she recently started. If you're looking for a play group, chances are good you'll find one from the information Sarah provides! If you know of other groups not listed below, please add them as a comment after this blog. Thanks! ~ Katie

Are you looking for an age-appropriate Triad area playgroup for your baby and/or toddler? There are some excellent playgroups in our area offering exciting opportunities for you to meet new friends and even exercise with your little one! Read More

Favorite Find:

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

By Katie Moosbrugger

It's the simple truth: I just don't spend a lot on my kids clothes. I wish I did, wish I could, but I just can't wrap my brain or wallet around spending a lot on clothes that will most likely end up stained, ripped, or outgrown in one season. We've been fortunate in that we still receive hand-me-downs that are in great shape as well as outfits every now and then from a Granny who loves to shop.  So my shopping is usually to fill in here and there.

Even with the little shopping I do, I  worry I will buy a size I think my child will be wearing, but when the season comes, lots of times it doesn't fit.  So when I found on Consignment Mommies I was thrilled to have a tool that helps me shop smart. I can even shop end-of-season sales without worry (something I never dared before!). Check out my new favorite find... Read More

Don't Miss "Mom's Morning Out" This Monday!

Friday, March 04, 2011

By Katie Moosbrugger

Forsyth Family magazine is hosting another one of its "Mom's Morning Out" events this Monday, March 7 from 10 am to Noon at BounceU, 5086 Styers Ferry Road in Lewisville.  I've attended a "Mom's Morning Out" and it was a lot of fun (for adults AND kids) - plus I came home with a great door prize! Can't beat that! Read More

Announcing the winners of our 2011 Choice Awards!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing

On January 3, 2011, we kicked off our first ever Triad Moms on Main "Choice Awards."  We asked our newsletter subscribers to send us nominations for their favorite businesses and people in 27 different categories. 

We then compiled the top five nominations in each category, and official voting began for all readers on January 17th.  Now, after a month of voting, we have our clear winners with the most votes in each category.

Our goal with this contest was to showcase some of Mom's Favorite Things all over the Triad area and then spotlight each winner in an article on our site.  If there are places below that you have never heard of before - that is great!  We love introducing you to something new!  Or if one of your favorite businesses won, tell us about it!  We are currently seeking guest bloggers to write about our Choice winners, or send us testimonials. We love reader input and our winners appreciate your seal of approval.  Please email if you want to submit a guest blog or testimonial. 

Congratulations to the 2011 Choice Awards winners ... Read More

Happy Valentine's Day from TMoM - "Show the Love"

Monday, February 14, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing

Ahhh ... Valentine's Day.  More often than not, you hear people exclaim, "I hate Valentine's Day" or "We don't celebrate Valentine's Day" or "It was invented by greeting card companies as a way to make money."  I say "Bah Humbug" to them and proclaim that this year, we should embrace Valentine's Day!  After all, it is a day to celebrate the ones you love, and everyone reading this blog today has one thing in common - we have children whom we adore.  Celebrate them, love them, kiss them, and embrace the gift that you have been given with those sweet children.  (Yes, I know they are not always sweet, but picture them when they are sleeping - that always helps to bring out the angelic side!) Read More

Discovery Concerts for Kids

Monday, January 24, 2011

By Rachel Hoeing
Last year, I was invited to attend the Winston-Salem Symphony for one of their Kicked-Back Classics concerts.  I had never been to the symphony previously and was a little hesitant on saying yes.  Within minutes of taking my seat for the concert, I knew I was in for a delightful surprise.  I enjoyed the evening immensely, and suggested the next kicked-back classics series to my supper club.  A large group of our friends attended, and all those present, men and women, had nothing but rave reviews.  So now what is the next step?  Introducing the symphony to my kids!

The Winston-Salem Symphony hosts Saturday afternoon one-hour concerts specifically designed for children.  The Discovery Concerts for Kids are the perfect length of time to keep your kids’ attention.  In addition, they are still fun for the “kid” in all of us.  Read More

How and Where to Donate Stuffed Animals

Saturday, January 15, 2011

By Katie Moosbrugger

A reader wrote to us the other day and asked if we knew of places throughout the Triad that would accept used stuffed animals, and if not, would we blog about it. She was cleaning out old toys to make room for all the new ones that arrived during the holiday season. I think I wrote back saying, “Sure, no problem. We’ll pull together and get it uploaded.” Well, little did I know how difficult it would be to find places that accept used and gently used stuffed animals!

The obvious places you’d choose for toy donations, like Goodwill, no longer accept them. And it has nothing to do with germs, but more to do with regulations regarding the fire retardancy of the materials inside. Who knew? Like many of us, the reader who wrote us has a million stuffed animals that have been hugged maybe once or twice, and then crammed into the “stuffed animal basket” never to be loved again.  Read More

Boredom Busters

Monday, December 27, 2010

By Guest Blogger Courtney Tucker, author of the blog A is for Beautiful

While we may all still be enjoying our holiday gifts and snow outside, we also know boredom can strike at any given moment this week. My kids have already played with all their gifts from Santa and we are now on round two. Yet thanks to Courtney, we can arm ourselves with new and creative ways to combat this pending boredom. Have fun! - KM

I don't know about you, but my kids get antsy when they are stuck inside and can't get all their extra energy out. I've been thinking a lot about this and so I compiled a list of some rainy (and snow) day ideas that we use to beat boredom at our house. Read More

The 4 Demands of Joy

Thursday, December 09, 2010

By Rachel Hoeing

A few months ago, I met Kim Williams at an event at the Ronald McDonald House.  Kim has his own website, blog, and is one of the "techy-est" people I know!  He is "linked in" all over!  Kim is also a public speaker.  He recently sent me details for an upcoming event and I thought our readers would definitely be interested in this.   Read More

Choose and Cut Tree Farm Experience

Thursday, December 02, 2010

By Guest Blogger Leigh Ann McDonald Woodruff

Despite the fact that I have lived in North Carolina (a state that leads in production of Christmas trees, particularly the popular Fraser fir) my whole life, I had never actually been to a Christmas tree farm for the “choose and cut” experience. Our Christmas tree selection process had never been more of an adventure than driving up Robinhood Road.

So in the interest of expanding my children’s minds and educating them about where Christmas trees come from, I said to my husband Kelly: “Let’s be a more gung-ho, experiential, educational family and go to a Christmas tree farm this year. Maybe we’ll even start a new family tradition!” He agreed, I think, so we headed up to the mountains for an after-Thanksgiving getaway. Read More

Stop Touching Me!!!!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

By Katie Moosbrugger

Ridiculous or brilliant? You decide. A reader first learned about these stroller signs after hearing about it on The Today Show, and asked if we'd share this story with you to get your reactions.

 Basically, a new mom came up with the idea of these stroller signs (see picture) after getting tired from asking friends and strangers to stop touching her newborn with (what she presumed) were dirty, germ-filled hands. At first she taped a "Please Wash" sign on her stroller. She said she got so many questions about her sign from other new moms sharing her same concern that she decided to get professional signs created. Thus My Tiny Hands was created. Read More

P90X - Love it or leave it?

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

By Rachel Hoeing

P90X - Also called the Extreme Home Fitness Program.  For some reason it you have yet to hear about P90X or try it for yourself, you can read more about it here

My girlfriend and I decided to give this program a whirl this past summer.  We did not follow the nutrition part of the program, only the exercise portion.  (I need baby steps here people.)  From June through July, we met at her house six mornings a week, rolled out our yoga mats, set up our weights, and popped P90X into the DVD player.   Read More

What Songs Do Your Kids Listen To?

Friday, November 05, 2010

By Katie Moosbrugger

This time last year my daughter (who was five) was belting out the words to “Connected” (from Barbie’s Diamond Castle soundtrack) and “Part of Your World” (from the Little Mermaid soundtrack), plus other similar tunes. She sang the lyrics ad nauseum. In the car, in her room, in the bathtub, on the playground, at the dinner table, and in her little brother’s ear much to his dismay. It was annoying, but in retrospect, it was funny, cute, and harmless, and I’d take those days back in a heartbeat. That’s because now, just one year later, I’m hearing her chant the not-so-innocent Katy Perry lyrics and question why a song would say “when we drink we do it right” (from "Like a G6"). Yikes! Read More

Couple Time

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

By Rachel Hoeing

After watching a talk show the other day about married couples and date nights, it made me start to think about “couple time” The time that my husband and I get to spend together seems to keep getting shorter and shorter. From talking to other friends, it seems we are not alone. We know we are all becoming great moms, but sometimes ”great wife” gets put on the back burner. Between kids, jobs, sports, meetings, appointments, etc, it often becomes difficult to fit in a date night.Not to mention that an official Date Night out of the house can get expensive once you have dinner or go to a movie and then pay a sitter on top of that.

So, what I would like to hear is creative ways that you have found to spend quality couple time with your spouse. I’ll start:  Read More

Saving Memories in a Snap

Monday, October 18, 2010

By Katie Moosbrugger

I am so embarrassed to admit this, but I have yet to create a photo album of my children (ages two and five). It's like I am photographically challenged. I own a nice digital camera, yet I am forever forgetting to bring it places! If it weren't for my husband, we would be seriously hurting in the photo department. Luckily, he reminds me often - and once I have my camera in hand - I actually enjoy snapping shots. So we do have a lot of pictures of our kids, thankfully.

And it's not just forgetting the camera. It's the downloading and printing that really stops me in my tracks. More than anything else, I think it has to do with finding the time to do it. I cringe at the thought of sitting down to download and organize photos. Therefore, I always have a million pictures stored on my camera at any given time. And when I do finally download, organize and print these pictures out, it's a JOB (which can get pricey too)! Thankfully, I've figured out a way - and a source - that helps me do it in a snap and for a relatively low price. My source: www.Snapfish.comRead More