Matching Holiday Family Pajamas

It's dorky, festive, snuggly fun - now Buy 1 get 1 50% off!

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Mother-Daughter Painting Night at Olive's Mud Puddle

Our kids are very well loved emotionally, but also spoiled with material items. Every Christmas, birthday and just because our home seems to adds about 10 square feet of new toys. Our playroom runneth over, and I end up having to picketh it all up...

So, for S's 7th birthday I tried to focus on getting her gifts that were experiences to create memories instead of things that would pile up on our floor. She's a fan of crafts and so I thought a painting class would be a fun activity to try together. 

We talked with Debbie at Olive's Mud Puddle in Fort Mill, she created an adorable holiday interactive painting to create for our Mother-Daughter night out. S really enjoyed the experience, so much so that she said, "This is the MOST FUN night I've had for a girls night out - like ever!"

 I really enjoyed myself too. Debbie took us step through step and I was impressed how S was able to focus her energy and go slowly as the painting developed. We used teamwork to build our "masterpiece" I created the outlines of the larger items and she colored them in. She chose the colors for each of the birds and ornaments and even decided to explore her artistic license and added eyelashes to our reindeer. 

It was a positive experience and all the girls and moms who attended seemed to enjoy the experience as well. In addition to painting Olive's offers family clay/pottery classes. We scheduled private class with our neighbors and friends and it cost $35 per mom/daughter duo. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

{Sneak Peek!} Baby+Company Boutique Birth Center

Calling all women, moms and parents-to-be! We've got a {sneak peek} of a luxurious addition to uptown Charlotte. Baby+Company, a boutique birth center, is excited to celebrate their grand opening this Saturday, November 21st from 12-4pm at 131 Providence Road.

Baby+Company's grand opening will be fun for the whole family with refreshments, kids activities, giveaways, tours and a chance to ask their certified nurse midwives questions about the Baby+Company birth experience. Discover more about the only deluxe birth center in the Queen City, and register to attend their event here.

I was lucky to get a preview tour of Baby+Company and they have taken birthing centers to a new level of bliss. Their reception area is inviting with plush couches for families to relax and connect on as they await the arrival of their new bundle of joy. The fully equipped kitchen with farmhouse sink is at the client's disposal during their stay. The birth suites - lets talk posh. During my tour I felt like I was walking through a four-star hotel instead of a birth center. The large beds appointed with lush linens are a far cry from the cold, uncomfortable hospital beds I gave birth on.

After having three babies and three long labors, I was drawn to their oversized showers and giant deep soaking tub where moms can labor and give birth with the comfort of hydro-therapy. All their medical equipment is tucked away behind the home-like facade. They work in collaboration with Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center which is just a block away, allowing Baby+Company to offer seamless care, whatever their client's needs.

Baby+Company is more than just an top-notch birth center, they also offer pre-natal care, well-woman care, fertility counseling and prenatal and early parenting education. Check out our Periscope tour of Baby+Company's birth center using the Periscope app by clicking here, and join Baby+Company for their grand opening on Saturday, November 21st!

This is a sponsored post, but as always all opinions are my own. My promise to my readers is that I won't promote anything that I wouldn't recommend to a friend or use myself.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Matching Holiday Pajamas for the Family

It's not even Thanksgiving yet, but Christmas has already arrived at every Target store near us. I was happily sipping on a controversial red cup of Starbucks the other day as little bits and I made our way though the aisles when I saw them. Matching holiday family pajamas! They had them in all sizes from infant to 2XL, they even had them in pet sizes for our imaginary dog.

I had searched online for this sort of dorky holiday happiness but the price tag was too high to justify. Target's prices ranged from $8.49 to $24.99, and they are buy 1 get 1 50% off now! Bullseye at Tar-jay my friends. The oldest two think it's hysterical to match Mom and Dad and have been asking that we wear our matching jammies every night. I'm going to enjoy the fact that they still think we're "cool" enough to match with.

You can see the full collection of matching family PJ's at Target here.

Monday, October 5, 2015

I've been Boo-ed!

It's nearly Halloween and ghosts and goblins are getting excited about the upcoming festivities. Our neighborhood has started the tradition of boo-ing one another, but in the best way possible. We pick two houses and drop off a bag/pumpkin etc. full of fun halloween items for each of the kids in the house along with one of these print-outs. Then they've been boo-ed and can continue the fun halloween excitement all throughout the neighborhood. My kids have always been so excited when they've gotten boo-ed, and they know it's someone in the neighborhood which makes it even more fun. They also love doing the boo-ing and choosing which house we will surprise.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

{Giveaway!!} Women of Faith "LOVED: The Farewell Tour"

Scroll to the bottom to enter to win 2 tickets to Women of Faith "LOVED: The Farewell Tour". Plus now save $20 off of select tickets* with code: Faith20.

Don't miss out on your final opportunity for this amazing experience. Thousands of women will gather in Charlotte at Time Warner Cable Arena for ‘Loved: The Farewell Tour’ on October 9-10 for a weekend of celebration, stories, humor, and hope. Popular speakers, powerful dramas, and award-winning music combine for an experience that will resonate with women who need the assurance they are loved. The beloved speakers and bestselling authors Patsy Clairmont, Shauna Niequist, Mary Graham, Marilyn Meberg, Luci Swindoll, Sheila Walsh, Sarah Jakes Roberts, Anna Trent, Thelma Wells, and many more are scheduled to headline the event along with GRAMMY award winner Sandi Patty—the most awarded female vocalist in contemporary Christian music history—and GRAMMY-nominated Building 429 will be in concert. This all-star lineup will grace the stage for a weekend full of love and inspiration!

Click here to purchase tickets now and be a part of an amazing weekend of faith, love and sisterhood. 

To enter to win 2 tickets (good for entry both days) simply share something on Mom About Charlotte's Facebook page, Instagram, Google+ or Twitter with the answer to "What has your faith helped you through?" with the hashtag #WOFLovedTour. Limit 1 entry per day per social media outlet (so you can get a total of 4 entries per day if you comment on each social media page each day). Winner will be drawn on October 4th 2015.

*Offer available for Premium ($109) and Standard ($99) level seating and is available through 10/9/2015 while supplies last. Offer cannot be combined or applied to previous purchases and is subject to change without notice. All prices in US Dollars and include applicable taxes. Service fee(s) will be added. No refunds/exchanges. Dates, location, times, and talent subject to change. Loved: The Farewell Tour is a production of Women of Faith, LLC.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

{Giveaway!} Disney on Ice - 100 Years of Magic

{Win 4 tickets at the bottom!}

Disney on Ice - 100 Years of Magic is coming to the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte from Wednesday, September 30th - Sunday, October 4th 2015. There are morning, afternoon and evening shows. You can grab your tickets to catch the Disney excitement here

Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the ultimate Disney experience at Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt! Be charmed by a cast of over 50, with Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and Disney Princesses including Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel, Snow White and Tiana. Relive the magic of Disney's Frozenwith Anna, Elsa and the hilarious Olaf as they discover that true love is the greatest magic of all. Sing-along to over 30 unforgettable songs including "Let It Go," "You've Got a Friend in Me," and "Hakuna Matata." Exciting moments from Disney•Pixar's Toy StoryFinding Nemo, Disney's The Lion KingBeauty and the BeastAladdin and more will leave the whole family with memories to last a lifetime. Show off your moves at the Disney Magic of Healthy Living dance-along pre-show inspired by the Disney Healthy Living commitment as the celebration of the century skates into your hometown!

Mom About Charlotte has 4 tickets to give away to their opening night show on Wednesday, September 30th at 7PM. To be entered to win, tag a friend that would love to check out Disney on Ice with you on our Facebook page and/or on our Instagram page. You can get up to 1 entry per day on each page when you tag a friend. Winner will be drawn at random on Sept 20th. 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Atherton Market in South End

Atherton Market is nestled in Atherton Mills in the quickly growing trend-tactic South End. So trendy it's right next to the newly opened Anthropologie. We went on a Saturday morning to check out the market and enjoy the energy of South End. 

Atherton hosts about 20 vendor booths. Their wares run the gamut - offering specialty coffee, organic produce, meats and fish, high end chocolate unique cheeses, hand poured soy candles and more. 

Several booths offer samples of their tasty fares, we enjoyed Carolina Artisan Bread's raisin walnut bread samples. The fam liked walking around and exploring the culture-forward options that you can't find at Wal-mart. 

Artists are also on the scene with unique terrariums, water color canvases and hand crafted jewelry. 

The price points for items run closer to that of a Whole Foods, so be prepared to pay a pretty penny if you plan to purchase their quality goods. 

Atherton market is family friendly, I suggest rocking the single stroller or baby wearing on busier days, a double stroller would be doable if you're patient. The market is open 9am-6pm Mon - Sat. More information at: 

There are also lunch/dinner options with tasty experiences like Luna's Living Kitchen and a BBQ restaurant in walking distance.