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CentralFoothillsMommies.com is a free community for moms in Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba and Iredell Counties of NC. As a local chapter of The Mommies Network, CentralFoothillsMommies.com offers a simple way to connect with local moms for friendship, support and fun. Always free to join. Guest bloggers email leslie@centralfoothillsmommies.com for information.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

#MrsFieldsMoments Slow Down And Enjoy A Cookie With Someone You Love! #USO #cookies #family


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 Mrs. Fields Famous Brands ("Mrs. Fields") and Interbake Foods LLC ("Interbake Foods," the company responsible for the manufacture and sale of Mrs. Fields branded pre-packaged cookies sold at retailers throughout North America) today kicked off "Mrs. Fields Moments," a national campaign inspiring busy cookie lovers to slow down and enjoy a cookie moment with loved ones.
At a time when obligations leave precious little time for the ones that matter most, Mrs. Fields is encouraging a nationwide movement to dedicate Sunday night to cookie moments with family and friends. Mrs. Fields wants every cookie lover to embrace and share their #mrsfieldsmoments – from milk-and-cookies to bedtime treats – and has provided fun and useful tools for doing so at www.mrsfieldsmoments.com.
Mrs. Fields is a Proud Supporter of the United Service Organizations, Inc. (USO), and "Mrs. Fields Moments" builds on the Organization's "Every Moment Counts" campaign, which helps all families – military and otherwise – make the most of every moment together.

"When you buy Mrs. Fields cookies, you're not just buying a cookie: You're helping create moments that matter for troops enduring long deployments," said Kevin McDonough, President of Interbake Foods. "By buying a box of Mrs. Fields cookies, you help give a cookie moment for you and for them. It's a touch of home to those who need it most."
Visit MrsFieldsMoments.com for "Snacktivity" ideas, Conversation Starters, more information about the Mrs. Fields–USO partnership, or to find a grocery store with Mrs. Fields Cookies (look for the USO banner on the box!).


About Mrs. Fields Famous Brands The Company is a well-established franchiser in the premium snack food industry, featuring Mrs. Fields® and TCBY® as its core brands. Through its franchisees' retail stores; it is one of the largest retailers of freshly baked, on-premises specialty cookies and brownies in the world and the largest retailer of soft-serve frozen yogurt with live active cultures. Its franchise systems operate through a network of more than 950 franchised and licensed locations throughout the United States and in 23 foreign countries. In addition, it operates an internet and catalog gifting business, a branded retail business and has entered into licensing arrangements that leverage awareness of its core brands among its retail customer base. The Company is currently relocating their headquarters from Salt Lake City, Utah to Broomfield, Colorado.
About the USO The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. Our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.





About Interbake Foods Headquartered in Richmond, VA Interbake Foods LLC is a baked goods manufacturer with over 110 years of business experience. Interbake Foods is the North American cookie and cracker Division of Weston Foods.  This includes Interbake Foods in the USA and Colonial Cookies Limited in Canada.  Weston Foods' mission is to be recognized by its customers as providing the best bakery solutions in North America and Interbake is privileged to serve the marketplace with our award-winning products and services.  Interbake Foods consists of three distinct business segments: Retail Private Brands, Contract Manufacturing and Girl Scout cookies through our ABC Bakers Division. 

We would like to encourage you to spend a little extra time this Sunday with your family, here is a list of great "Snacktivities" to enjoy with the kids, from mix and watch movie night.....to a family costume contest, these ideas are so much fun. Turn off that TV and put down those devices for a little quality time.  Enter to win the trip of a lifetime for your family in the #MrsFieldsMoments contest HERE , just upload a fun photo of your cookie moment and you will be entered to win a trip to Washington DC. 
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Warning: Homework Crossing


Warning: Homework Crossing

Author: Adea (adeaneedscoffee) 
Re-blog: TriangleMommies  
The history spans years and generations. School homework in America has been a turbulent topic at best. Sometimes we Americans are all for it, and other times we hate it. Both scenarios have published points to support the cause.
This is not a history lesson on the merits or pitfalls of school homework for children. I remember doing my homework for hours, and I am sure our children will do the same. Today’s article is about the way some school homework sneaked up on me and what I did about it.
My son started first grade in the last several weeks, and we both knew it was coming. What I didn’t know was how hard it was going to be and how much of it we had to do in just a couple of nights.
Because of the Labor Day weekend, this week will be shorter than most, so I mistakenly thought the amount would be appropriate. The assignments included a math worksheet — at first glance, not too bad an assignment. Then a sheet of spelling words, also not terribly hard. I thought these two seemingly inconspicuous pieces of paper were not going to give me any problems, until I read them.
The math sheet had eight questions. They were simple word problems with some graphing on the last question. My son is already reading on a second grade level, so this would be easy! Um, no.
It seems that not only did my son not understand that you read the word problem for information, but that the data would be numbers. Then you had to answer the question (i.e., solve the problem) using the numbers you were given. Well, what first grader in the first few weeks of school would know this?
I looked at it and immediately said to myself, “Solve for ‘x.’ Easy!” Um, he is a first grader. First graders don’t solve for “x.” Hmm. How do I simplify this word problem for him using language he can understand?
I showed him first how to read to get the information — the numbers — and write them out to the side of the paper. Good. Then we counted on fingers, using both his hands and mine, to figure out the answer to the question. We solved the problem, and that was just the first question.
We continued to do each, one by one. It went quickly, amazingly enough! Now, the graphing question was tough. I had to explain a graph and show him how to record the information using one. And, as an extra bonus, I showed him how to read the graph for other information like which has the most and which has the least. Yay for me!
Yeah, OK, fine, you caught me. I had my child count on his fingers. Oh well. Sometimes I have to do that, too, and i didn't have any other ideas. I am not an elementary school teacher!
On to the spelling words! Luckily, my son can already spell them just by listening to me read them out loud. Of course, that isn't all there is to do according to the spelling worksheet.
The child has to write the spelling word three times each. Then they have to write a sentence for each of the words. And then, and only then, they can study the words. Does a first grader even know how to study? Boy, I think I am going to have to teach him how to do that, too. Well, at least I don’t right now, because he can already spell the words. But I know that day will come soon enough!
So, this is a friendly warning to all you parents out there. You know the homework is coming. You know your child will have no idea how to do it. Get your brains in gear now, while you still have time, and just realize that there is only so much an elementary teacher can teach at school. You will have to teach the rest.
Count on it.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

United We Stand, You Are Forever In Our Hearts 9/11/01 #America #freedom #9/11/01

We can never forget that fateful day 13 years ago when all of America was changed forever.
What were you doing at the moment the twin towers fell is a question I often hear asked on our forums, do you remember what you were doing? How has your life changed since then? We all have different answers, some good, some bad, some very sad. One thing we can say is that we still live in America, land of the free! United we stand! 
Forever the victims of September 11 will stay in our hearts along with all the many soldiers that have died fighting for our freedom since 9/11. 



United We Stand ~ You Are Forever In Our Hearts 
Dedicated to those lost in the September 11,2001 terrorist attacks 


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Leslie B

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Middle School Moms~~ Get Ready For A Book Club Just For You! #middleschoolmakeover #moms #teens #tweens



Middle School Moms, this one is just for you, a book club with topics that discuss your tweens and teens. Are you frustrated with the attitudes, questions about sex, social media problems, cell phones and secrecy? How about dating, friends , bullies and even more? 

Michelle Icard offers creative and constructive advice for navigating through these tough times in her book Middle School Makeover: 
Between funny yet informative stories and scientific facts about the changes a teen brain is undergoing, she imparts priceless wisdom on how to make the middle school experience the best it can be for both you and your child!

Here’s how this will work: every Thursday on The Mommies Network blog the book club hostess will be posting discussion questions, supplemental information, and other fun things relating to the reading for that week.

Here’s how you can participate: check back with the blog weekly and share all of your thoughts, comments, experiences and reactions. This is your club and we want to hear what you think!

Here’s the reading schedule:

Thursday, September 11: Introduction and Chapter 1 (pages 1-20)
Thursday, September 18: Chapter 2 (pages 21-36)
Thursday, September 25: Chapter 3 (pages 37-49)
Thursday, October 2: Chapter 4 (pages 50-62)
Thursday, October 9: Chapter 5 (pages 63-81)
Thursday, October 16: Social Media and Sex talks (pages 82-95)
Thursday, October 23: Friends, Fights, and Bullies (pages 97-114)
Thursday, October 30: Fashion, Trouble, and Cell Phones (pages 115-130)
Thursday, November 6: Dating and Independence (pages 131-150)
Thursday, November 13: Finishing Touches (pages 151-174)

We also hope to include some live chat sessions, stay tuned for those dates as we get further into the book. On behalf of The Mommies Network, Welcome to the book club!

Visit the Book Club here:
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Link to get your copy of the book or ebook for kindle app here--- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00I2ZW4DQ#









Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Crafty Kids: DIY Shaving Cream Paint Creations #crafts #kids



Crafty Kids: DIY Shaving Cream Paint Creations
Rheney Williams-Guest Blogger

For moms who grew up in the '80s like I did, you'll probably remember those spinning art toys that let you create splashes and spiral smears of paint. You know – there was a spinning platform with paper exposed underneath, you dropped dots of paint into the middle and the spinning motion and centrifugal force pulled the paint out to the edges of the circle and you were left with these crazy, tie-died-looking paintings? 

Although the toys have changed over the years, a kid's (and kids at heart!) basic desire to see swirls of paint and crazy combinations of colors hasn't. And an old-school product is making new spiral innovations possible: Shaving cream! All you need are a few basic supplies and you and your kids can have hours of creative and colorful fun with a beautiful piece of artwork to show for it at the end of the day. 


Gather the materials for your shaving cream paint projects. You'll need: 
  • Foam Shaving Cream (not the gel)
  • Paints in an assortment of colors
  • Heavy card stock or construction paper
  • Spatula or ruler
  • Skewer or little fingers!
  • Large cookie sheet or use smaller individual trays, one for each child

Tip: To make clean-up a breeze (and avoid having to buy a disposable tray), line the cookie sheet with aluminum foil first. Then all you have to do is remove the foil and you're done! 

 1. Spray a few lines of shaving cream onto the sheet and use the spatula or ruler to spread out the shaving cream flat and in a square or rectangle about the size of the paper. 
2. Add a few random dots of paint or food coloring around the shaving cream palette. 
Tip: If you have leftover paint samples from the last time you painted a room, this is a great way to use those and ensure whatever masterpiece your kids come up with coordinates with the space! 

 3. Use the skewer to make swirls with the paint in free-flowing circles or waves and if you have little kids, just let them go nuts with their fingers. 
4. Place the paper into the shaving cream with the right-side facing down so that when you pull the paper off, the paint is on the correct side. 

5. Gently push the paper into the shaving cream so that all surfaces touch and allow it to sit for about 10 seconds before carefully peeling the paper off of the shaving cream. 

6. Place the paper on a flat surface (in my case, I had another foil-lined sheet pan at the ready) and carefully scrape all of the shaving cream off of the paper to reveal the magical marbling below! 

7. Set the paper aside to dry thoroughly and if the edges start to curl, place a glass or other heavy object on the corners to keep them down during drying. 

From here, take some time to admire your work and see what imaginative images your kids can find! Can you spot the hidden smiley face that appeared in my swirls? In addition to your classic refrigerator pin-up, here are some other creative uses for your pint-sized Picasso's masterpiece: 
  • Make DIY bookmarks to give as Christmas gifts to the readers you love
  • Use the brown paper bags from the grocery store in your shaving cream paint project and have unique book covers for school next year
  • Frame it so you always have a custom piece of art in your office or work space
  • A DIY puzzle: Cut it into a bunch of different pieces that your kids can put back together and learn about how shapes and patterns relate to each other
What other cool things can you and your kids come up with for shaving cream paint creations? 

Rheney Williams is a prolific crafter with a background in theatre arts. Besides writing about projects for Home Depot, Rheney is currently putting her DIY expertise to work by remodeling her first home and experimenting with colors and textures in her home decor.
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Breast Milk A Life Giving Substance, Surprising Alternative Uses #breastfeeding #lactation


Surprising Alternative Uses For Breast Milk : 
Guest Writer/Blogger: Umm Lyla

Donation- You've heard of Blood and even sperm banks, but have what about a milk bank? Lactating women across the U.S and Canada are bottling and donating their breast milk to local milk banks, who sell it to hospitals and anyone with a physician’s prescription. From there it is given to premature infants in the NICU, providing high quality nutrition. It’s easy for their little tummies to digest and gives them immunities milk-based formula lacks. In order to donate women must have given birth in the last six months, be non-smokers, and drug-free.
Skin Moisturizer- If you suffer from pesky skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis or acne you could use a steroid cream to take care of it but that’s no fun. Instead, try rubbing a little breast milk on the troubled areas and let air dry. Antibodies found in breast milk keep your skin clean and destroy bacteria. Don’t limit yourself to just skin care though because this liquid gold also helps heal and soothe diaper rash, cradle cap, nasal congestion and pink eye. If you prefer using lotions, simply make your own using breast milk! Plenty of recipes for these homemade creams can be found with a simple Google search.

Jewelry- Sentimental mothers are taking baby keepsakes go the next level and forever immortalizing their nursing days into fashionable jewelry. Several Online shops offer this off-beat service, taking a few precious drops of your breast milk and returning it back to you in petrified, bead form. The milk beads are highly customizable and are offered in a variety of designs. Several shops will even inscribe your child's name on the adornments, or include a personalized message. Whether you're wearing your petrified body fluid on your neck or next to some gems as a bracelet, it will never go bad. Birth control- Women that are exclusively breastfeeding may not need to worry about birth control. Countless medical studies have shown that a lactating woman's menstruation is delayed for the first six months after childbirth, making pregnancy highly unlikely. Sound too good to be true? It's not. When a woman is breastfeeding, she does not release the hormones that signal her body to ovulate. Of course, nothing is fool proof and safe sex should always be practiced. Using a secondary form of birth control such as condoms is recommended.

Cancer patients- It's widely known that breast milk is best for infant nutrition, but did you know cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy consume this miracle milk to alleviate harsh side effects like nausea and irritable bowel?  Though not endorsed by medical professionals and considered an alternative treatment, breast milk is also highly effective in boosting the immune system and has been given to patients undergoing major life-threatening surgeries like organ transplants. As if soothing upset stomachs and strengthening immunities weren't enough, researchers in Sweden believe they have found a compound in breast milk that may kill cancerous cells and reduce tumors.


Visit www.themommiesnetwork.org for Breastfeeding Support and more information about breastfeeding, milk donation and other topics of interest.
Our local chapter here in  the North Carolina foothills has an active Breastfeeding support forum with many experienced moms who have breastfed their children and can offer answers to many questions or just a shoulder to cry on at 4am if you need it (there are posts to prove it) lol. Register for free today
CentralfoothillsMommies.com 

Thank you to our guest blogger Umm Lyla for an informative article about alternative uses for breast milk.


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Are you a Business Owner? Now Sponsorship is easier (and cheaper) than ever!!!!

Every day, moms across the country are logging into their chapter of The Mommies Network, thanks in part to the support that we get from our sponsors... and our moms are returning the favor by finding out more about those businesses that support their chapter.

That could be you!  Sponsorship is a really inexpensive option to marketing, and this week, it's even more affordable.

Now until July 23rd, we are offering 50% all Forum Sponsorship spots with a graphic and text.  For as little as $10-$125, your business can be in front of our members for a whole year!!!! 

And, we try to make it really easy for you.

Simply Click Here and select the 50% Forum Sponsorship Option.  From there, select your chapter and how many spots you want and fill out all of the other information and your discount is instantly applied.  Or, you can look around to see if one of our other options works better for you!

After submitting your sponsorship, you'll be taken to a secure PayPal page, and with that complete, we will have your sponsorship up and running within 24 hours!! 

An entire year of presentation to our members for as little as $10.... how can you NOT afford to! 

Click Here to order your sponsorship today.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Fourth Of July From Our House To Yours! #celebrate #freedom




We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
~ The Declaration of Independence July 4, 1776

America 

by Samuel Francis Smith 
My country, 'tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims' pride,
From every mountainside
Let freedom ring!

My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.

Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom's song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.

Our father's God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom's holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.

One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, One Nation evermore!
~ Oliver Wendell Holmes


Have a Blessed day with your family and friends! Be Safe







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Thursday, May 29, 2014

WANNA CHANGE YOUR USERNAME? NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!!!!!

We are in the last 48 hours of the Mommies Network May is for Mothers, and we are upping the perks for you to donate!!!



If you make a $25 donation before 11:59pm on May 31st, you can change your username by simply forwarding your donation receipt to heather@themommiesnetwork.org!

Yeah- it's really that easy!!!

Visit http://themommiesnetwork.causevox.com to make your donation right now!!! 

Friday, May 16, 2014

You Got This Momma! #GetSupportGiveSupportTMN


This week kicks off our $5 Challenge. Help our chapter win the prize... your $5 makes a difference. #GetSupportGiveSupportTMN http://themommiesnetwork.causevox.com/CentralFoothillsMommies 


Would you skip ONE latte for a year of Mommy-Myth-Busting support? Join the $5 Challenge! #GetSupportGiveSupportTMN http://themommiesnetwork.causevox.com/CentralFoothillsMommies 









Thursday, May 15, 2014

Can You Spare Just $5.00 This Week, We Challenge You To Give Just $5.00 #GetSupportGiveSupportTMN



Your support keeps us going. Please watch our video and read more about donations here #GetSupportGiveSupportTMN http://themommiesnetwork.causevox.com/CentralFoothillsMommies 

As part of The Mommies Network, CentralFoothillsMommies.com is a free community for moms in Alexander, Catawba, Burke ,Caldwell and Iredell Counties, North Carolina. We realize that all moms need local support -- and who can't use another friend? CentralFoothillsMommies.com offers a simple way to connect with local moms for friendship, support and fun. Members meet on our private discussion forums to share information on everything from where to get the best haircut to tips on transitioning to a "big kid" bed. Each month, we also offer many face-to-face events for our members, their children and their families. Register today to access our discussion forums, events calendar and more! It's free and we'll keep your info secure and private.

We are a friendly community of moms who would like to invite you to join us. We know we learn better when there are new people, fresh views, other opinions and sometimes just a friendly new face. We also know that parenting, or the journey there, is one of the hardest jobs in the world. We crave a space to talk about it without judgment. Sometimes we need advice, someone else's point of view or even just a shoulder to lean on. We want to give you that place to go to.


www.CentralfoothillsMommies.com has discussion forums for an incredible variety of moms: Single Moms, Foster and Adoptive Moms, Step-Moms, Moms of Multiples, New to the Area, Homeschooling moms, Moms who work OR stay at home (or a curious mixture of both), Expecting or First Time Moms, as well as those who are currently Trying To Conceive and hoping to be parents someday in the future. We have private forums also for Postpartum Depression and Mothers of Special Needs Children also, a valuable resource for many of our members.

We chat on private message boards, share recipes in our online recipe book, and plan local events! We would love your ideas, and to get to know you.
We are part of The Mommies Network, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and there are no fees for membership. More info here http://www.themommiesnetwork.org

Our community is invaluable to 5 counties in the foothills of North Carolina, our moms come from all walks of life. Many are stay at home moms or work outside the home because they financially have to. Unemployment in our area of NC is high and frugal living is a common topic of interest on our online forums. Your extra donations to support our chapter would be well used. Many of our members can not afford anything extra added to their weekly budgets.
If you are a business in our area or something that would interest mothers, we would love to talk sponsorships with you. Our sponsorship prices are some of the best around, email sponsors@themommiesnetwork.org for more information.



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Please, please consider your donation of just $5.00, it is tax deductible and helps support moms more than you will ever know! 


It doesn't take much to help. Each dollar counts. #GetSupportGiveSupportTMN http://themommiesnetwork.causevox.com/CentralFoothillsMommies