Mom Matters: How to Be a Media-Savvy Mom

Mom Matters: How to Be a Media-Savvy Mom

Friday, July 10, 2015  Asbury Park Grove, 9300 Bob Beatty Road, Charlotte, 11:30am-1:30pm If you are a mom in 2015, you are not going to want to miss this event! Disclosure: The following is a sponsored post. Although I was compensated by Charlotte Parent with a payment, product, or something else of value in exchange for writing this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own.  Food Advertising by It is challenging to be a parent in the digital age! Gone are the days of Facebook as the be-all and end-all for social-networking needs. Tumblr, Vine, Snapchat, Yik Yak. Everyday there’s some new program or app parents need to figure out. Understanding the programs’ capabilities and giving kids guidance and limits can be difficult. This Charlotte Parent Mom Matters* event will discuss strategies and approaches to help guide parents through this …

What’s in my Geocaching “Go Bag”?

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links to products or services I think are worth sharing. By making purchase through these links, I receive a tiny commission which helps to fund my margarita habit (and maybe an occasional date night). Thank you. After many, many geocaching trips, I have made a science of packing the perfect “go bag” (a smallish, drawstring backpack) so that when we get the urge to go geocaching we can just run out the door. Truthfully, the only thing you REALLY need to is a smartphone or a GPS unit and the coordinates to a cache. But I have found the items below that are extremely helpful to have when you go geocaching. Don’t know what geocaching is? Click Here! What’s in my Geocaching “Go Bag”? Hand …

Santa Claus is Coming to Portrait Innovations November 11-16th [giveaway]

This post is sponsored by Portrait Innovations. Compensation was received in exchange for sharing this promo and giveaway. Charlotte area fans… (everyone else skip down to the bottom of the page for a chance to win a FREE Portrait Session ($100 value) good at any Portrait Innovations location!) Skip the long lines at the mall & get a jump-start on holiday planning! Food Advertising by     Hurry! Don’t miss out!! Professional portrait sessions that include Santa Claus are available now through Sunday, November 16th during regular store hours at the newly renovated Portrait Innovations in the Promenade on Providence Shopping Center.In addition to getting creative family portraits with Santa Claus, Portrait Innovations is offering a 43 Holiday Portrait Package for only $19.99. Not only will you receive 43 printed photos of various sizes, but the …

Free Portraits, Movies on the Green and Trick ‘r Treat Family Event on October 24th at Promenade on Providence Shopping Center [Charlotte event & Giveaway]

This post is sponsored by Portrait Innovations. Compensation was received in exchange for sharing this promo and giveaway. Charlotte area fans… (everyone else skip down to the bottom of the page for a chance to win $100 Portrait Innovations Gift Certificate good at any Portrait Innovations location!) Join the fun on Friday, October 24th for a FREE event at Food Advertising by Promenade on Providence Shopping Center (10844 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28277) for a Halloween edition of Movies on the Green There will be Trick ‘r Treating with shopping center merchants from 4-7 pm and a showing of Monsters University beginning at 7 pm! Be sure to drop by Portrait Innovations (from 4 – 6 pm) in costume for your FREE professional portrait. Photo opportunities will be from 4-6pm; parents will receive a CD …

Adults Only! Discovery Place Opens it’s Doors for the Over 21 Set

I work from home AND had five kids at home this past summer break… This combination does not mix well! To keep my sanity I had to discover all the fun places to take the kids. The Discovery Place was a popular destination with my clan. There is so much to do and you can’t possibly see everything in one trip. We have the most fun running around playing with the exhibits. While I love bringing my kids to the Discovery Place, I’ve always secretly wanted to spend time at The Discovery Place without my kids (without ANY kids) so that I could really have some fun and not compete for space with the little ones. But a dream come true would be a night of fun at the Discovery Place with no kids, …

Don’t miss Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live! Free admission on September 27th at over 1000 Museums

My family and I love to attend local happenings. Events, festivals, parks, museums, aquariums… anything that we can do that is fun, interesting and inexpensive. With a family of 7 we can’t go just anywhere due to admission costs. I have to search out sales, Groupons, free days, etc., so that we can visit places that we normally wouldn’t be able to, like the Sea Life Charlotte/Concord Aquarium. Last year was the first year we participated in the Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day Live event. We lived in Huntsville at the time and decided to go to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center and had a blast at a venue that we normally wouldn’t have been able to attend (it’s $20 for those 13 and up and $15 for ages 5-10 so that trip would have cost …

The Color Run 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour

  Quick, you can register for the Color Run here at a discount, only $35! But hurry you have to purchase now and register by October 29th to receive the discounted registration. Food Advertising by The Color Run presents – The 2014 Kaleidoscope Tour! Amazing new participant gear, fresh music, and color crazy race attractions. This 5K Magic is coming to Charlotte on Saturday, November 1 and with this offer you can snag entry for one to this incredible fun run experience. Once you purchase the deal, head to The Color Run website to register your voucher number, then, don your brightest white T-shirt and make your way to Charlotte Motor Speedway on the day of the run for an 8:30 a.m. start time. Pay $35 ($45 value) for an …

Tasty Tuesday – Shrimp Tacos with Creamy Jalapeno Sauce

Last month I attended a meet and greet at Chuy’s with a group of area bloggers. We had the most fun tasting food, drinks, and spent a few hours chatting and laughing. The minute I read the description for the Baja Shrimp Tacos I knew I had to order them. “Baja Tacos – Freshly made flour tortillas with your choice of lightly battered and fried fish or shrimp, cilantro, red cabbage and Creamy Jalapeno sauce”. So simple, yet it appealed to me right away. My mouth watered when the plate was delivered. They looked so yummy! Food Advertising by   And didn’t disappoint! The tacos were excellent. I wanted to go back for lunch the next day, and the day after that and the day after that! But that wasn’t an …

Food, Friends and Fun at the Bonefish Grill #HelloNewMenu [review]

Last month Bonefish Grill came out with an amazing new menu. (Don’t panic, they didn’t change the Bang Bang Shrimp!) And to help get the word out they hosted a tasting for our little group of local bloggers at the Huntersville, NC location. (It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.) I’m a work from home mom with five kids on summer break, so anytime I can get out of the house AND get a free meal, I’m there! 😉 It was a bonus that I got to spend that time with some wonderful women, as well! OMGosh the food, glorious food! I am not exaggerating when I say this was probably the best meal of my entire life. I loved everything I tried and if you had to put a gun to …

Tasty Tuesday – Copycat Nan and Byron’s Train Wreck Fries

On Friday, I attended my monthly Moms’ Night Out Charlotte blogger meet and greet. This time it was at the ah-maz-ing Nan and Byron’s restaurant in Charlotte. I had such a wonderful evening visiting with friends, sampling the menu, and savoring a couple of their specialty libations. The Cadillac Jalapeno Margarita (Patron, Citrus Juices, muddled fresh jalapeno, topped with Grand Marnier-flavored Cadillac Foam and cayenne pepper) and the Farmhouse Lemonade (Bacardi Limon, Strawberry Vodka, Limoncello, citrus juices, muddled fresh strawberries and lemon) were two favorites. I REALLY wanted to try the G’Night Moon (Junior Johnson’s Midnight Moon Moonshine, soda water, Sprite, muddled mint and lime with a house made simple syrup) but I had to drive home later that night and knew if I had one more drink I’d be pushing …