|Painting by Nancy Marshburn (Pastel)|
Nancy Marshburn, a friend of MomAboutCharlotte.com, has submitted the painting above for a program in Charlotte called ArtPop. ArtPop helps to promote local artists and beautify Charlotte by presenting their work on available billboard space throughout the city. Twenty talented local artists are selected out of hundreds of entries to participate in this program.
Nancy's beautiful painting needs your votes, and it takes less than a minute! Visit http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/poll/detail/59, scroll down to view Nancy's painting and click the check box under her name. Scroll down to enter your name, email address and complete the captcha verification and you're done! You can vote to enter through 11:59 on 11/30/14.
We love to support our local artists at MomAboutCharlotte.com, stay tuned for the winner and enjoy their artwork around our lovely city. The Arts and Sciences Council (ASC) has partnered with Adams Outdoor Advertising to launch this program in January of 2015. Best of luck to all the participants!
The American Girl store has opened in Charlotte, check out our blog to enter to win your very own Samantha doll!
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Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Monday, October 20, 2014
With KidsLink I can privately add my closest friends and family - only those who would love to see five pictures a day of my kids and be updated on their adorable shenanigans privately and securely (even if it's just you and your partner). Another aspect I love about KidsLink, is how they are securely protecting what is shared with the app - so when my son is interviewing for a future job his boss can't find an image of his first potty victory online. They encourage you to think about what you post online and to #shareresponsibly.
I can add moments and milestones like losing a first tooth on my timeline to share with friends, and if I choose I can push it to facebook with a simple click. When we return from a doctor's visit I can picture and save all the papers in the vault, which is accessible by parents only. After soccer practice I can picture the schedule and save it to the vault for future reference. When I forget to schedule an annual well check (cause they're healthy why would I remember to make them a doctor's appointment??) KidsLink will remind me. I can also store insurance cards and report cards, and art work - oh soooo many pictures of precious scribbles!
For a limited time KidsLink is looking for readers of MomAboutCharlotte.com with iphones or ipads to download the invitation only app for free to see if it helps to organize your world. Signing up is easy and secure. From your iphone or ipad, click on mykidslink.com/install, click Join and enter the code: MOMCLT.
Check out the short video on how KidsLink can work for you (after the commercial of course)
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Brace yourself for the impact of Marvel comic superheros as they head to Charlotte's Time Warner Cable Arena November 14th- November 16th 2014 for an action packed stunt show.
After much anticipation, Feld Entertainment, Inc., the world's leading producer of touring live family entertainment, today revealed details about the most ambitious live show in its history - Marvel Universe LIVE! Featuring the most Marvel characters EVER assembled in one production. This high-caliber arena spectacular will put fans right in the middle of one of the most electrifying battles between good and evil ever conceived.
Check out the video below!
Sunday, October 12, 2014
My daughter, 6, and I had little idea what American Girl dolls were until Friday when were invited to a preview of the Charlotte American Girl store at the South Park Mall. I had done some preliminary searching and saw the pricing online, and I can't lie - I was skeptical. But, after our hour visit we both left swooning over the pink and purple girly-ness of it all.
The American Girl store is more than a store, it's an experience. Walking in the door I was impressed with the ambiance, it plays like a doll store and collectors museum in one. Groups of ornately dressed dolls are staged in glass cases, featuring the fashion and accessories of each time period. If you're not familiar with American Girl dolls, each of the BeForever collection dolls hail from a different era and feature books with stories about what it was like to live during that time, along with themes that connect these characters to the hopes and dreams of modern day girls.
I liked the wide range of features available for the dolls with many skin, eye and hair colors and hair textures. Girls are able to pick out a doll they relate to, and add features like freckles or braces. They offer matching clothes for girls and dolls and every accessory under the sun. The BeForever and My American Girl dolls are recommended for ages 8+. Bitty Baby dolls are also available with similar options for ages 3+, in addition to Bitty Twins and pets. They have a bookstore section full of books about the dolls, their adventures and workbooks and craft sets.
The American Girl store is a posh place for dolls, with a beauty and hair bar. Dolls sit atop styling chairs (strapped in - that made me smile) while their hair is restored and restyled to their out of box condition. They also pierce doll ears and create custom matching t-shirts. There is a lot to take in, so famished moms and girls might need a bite to eat between rows of dolls and accessories at the American Girl Bistro. They also host birthday parties with loaner dolls for guests attending.
Whether you’re looking to browse and learn about American Girl dolls or are an avid collector this addition is just another great reason to head to South Park Mall for a uniquely girl-fun experience. We have been reading the Samantha book at home, which allows the reader to make choices about how the story plays out. S absolutely loves this feature, and even though there are no pictures has been enthralled with the story and I’ve enjoyed reading them to her as well.
Join in on the American Girl fun and register to win a Samantha doll of your own below!
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MomAboutCharlotte.com Disclaimer: We received 2 books, a work book and a Samantha doll to facilitate a review of this brand, as well as a Samantha doll to give away to a reader. As always my opinion is my own, and I only share what I love with my readers.
Saturday, October 11, 2014
They were able to purchase their favorite beers to bring home and stored them in the van's cooler. Charlotte Brews Cruise provided waters and snacks during the tour. The tour was given four thumbs up by the guys and they look forward to their next tour. Public Saturday tours cost $49 per person, and private tours start at $54 per person. You can keep up to date on all things brews by following Charlotte Brews Cruise on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Friday, September 19, 2014
There are two ways you can support the CHS IVF Family Fund through the Hopebuilders 5K:
1. Join the family futures team by clicking here. Then click on the "Join Team" in the black bar above the list of team member names.
2. Donate to the "Family Futures" team, our team captain is Jenny Crow by clicking here. Select your donation and scroll down and you will see under "Honoree Information" that your gift will support Jenny Crow - this will support the entire "Family Futures" team and team goal.
Thank you for considering making a contribution to the CHS IVF Family Fund through the Hopebuilders 5K. For questions, please contact Carolinas HealthCare Foundation at(704) 355-4048 or emailCHFoundation@carolinas.org<mailto:CHFoundation@carolinas.org>.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
The fabulous minds that are bringing style back to Charlotte are giving our readers the chance to get their runway on for free! Just sign up below and the winner will be drawn on Sunday, 9/21/14. For more information check out CFG Style Week's website and stay connected with them on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.
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