Atherton Market

Organic meats, produce and more at Atherton Market!

Charlotte Family Photographer - Photography By Larisa

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Saturday, September 26, 2015

{Giveaway!!} Super League Gaming - Six-Week Minecraft Fall League

Scroll to the bottom for info on how to enter to win two tickets for all six weeks of gameplay!

If your kids are bummed because they didn't get a chance to check out Super League's Minecraft event a few weeks ago in Ballantyne and play on the GIANT movie screen, you're in luck. Super League is rolling out an exciting, interactive, educational six-week fall league for fans of the popular pixelly-charactered game. Not only will your kids LOVE the experience, they can also qualify to win cash scholarships and cool prizes, including $5,000 and the coveted super bolt trophy!

Bring your kids armed with laptops as Super League challenges their minds and their mad Minecraft skills each Tuesday night at 4:30pm. Regal Cinemas at Stonecrest (Charlotte) becomes the back drop for jaw-dropping out-build, out-gaming competitions from October 6th - November 10th.

I can tell you're my kind of mom - so I've got a discount for you. If you register for the Minecraft six-week fall league by September 30th you'll pay only $80. After pre-registration the price goes up slightly to $100. Jump on board now and get the kids registered for this unique league. All players receive a Super League jersey because when you're creating, collaborating and competing you've got to look the part.

Know what else? The holidays are right around the corner and guess who can get ahead of their holiday shopping at the stores next door to the cinema while the kids are being entertained and educated? That's right. A Starbucks-toting, Target-deal-raking-in YOU. #MommyWin.

Click here to pre-register and click here to learn more about Super League Gaming. You can keep up to date with Super League and all things Minecraft by following them on Facebook, TwitterInstagram and You Tube.

This has been a sponsored post, but as always my opinions are my own and I only share what I love or think my readers would love.

{Giveaway!} It's easy to enter to win.
1.  Like Mom About Charlotte on Facebook by clicking on this link. (1 entry)
2. On Facebook comment on THIS POST with your kids favorite MOB. (1 entry)
3. Share THIS POST  publicly on Facebook (make sure your settings for the share are public so I can see!) (1 entry)
4 . Comment below on this blog post with your kids favorite MOB. (5 entries!)

Good luck - winner will be randomly drawn on Friday 10/2/15.

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. 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Moms: How I got 3 Hours of My Life Back Each Week

This is NOT an advertisement. This is my real-life experience that I want to share with fellow moms. 

Feeding my brood is a never-ending chore. Combing through the grocery store to stock nutritious, reasonably priced ingredients for 3 meals and several snacks a day takes a lot of time and energy - both of which are scarce these days. 

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I used to like grocery shopping, I'd linger in the wine aisle and peruse the cheese options - but now that I have kids it feels more like I'm competing on supermarket sweep. The inevitable 3 ring circus that ensues as I try to navigate the aisles with my three kids in tow is exhausting and SO stressful. I know I'm not alone, I see all you other mamas cajoling away toddler meltdowns with a cookie as you try to Jenga your groceries around your infant's carseat. You're my fellow soldiers in the grocery store trials - but I'm here to tell you there's a better, easier way - a way that allowed me to regain almost three hours a week of my life. 

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Nearly a year ago I joined Harris Teeter's Express Lane, their online shopping program. The first time I tried it I used their first shop free option, any new shopper can register and have their first $4.95 fee waived, which allows you to explore the service and see if it works for you. I've seen their website and iPhone app improve SO much over the last year, my shopping experience has continuously gotten easier and more intuitive. PLUS I can shop in my PJ's while I'm watching TV or if I just need a few quick items I can use my app while I'm on my lunch break. 

I was nervous that whomever was shopping my order wouldn't pick out the best produce or meats, but I've been consistently impressed by their produce prowess and meat magic - and if I'm not happy Harris Teeter will make it right. I've literally felt giddy over the time I save, and stress I avoid by using their service. I paid $99.95 to join for the whole year, which is about $8.33 per month, a steal for the service in my opinion. 

Using it is easy. I was already a e-vic member and registered online linking my card to my account. To start shopping you'll select the store you want to pick your groceries up at, you can add a note to any item you are searching for and you can also add a note for your home shopper if there is something you weren't able to find. I haven't had issues with not being able to find what I'm looking for. You can shop their weekly ad, shop by category, or type in the item you are looking for. When you're done shopping you review your cart and select your pick up date and time. 

TIP: If you want to pick up the same day you'll usually need to order by noon, and if you know you'll need specific things later in the week you can schedule your order in advance for pick up in the future. Plus before your order is complete a member of the home shop team will call and ask you if there is anything else you need and give you any other relevant info about your order. 

Not only has the Harris Teeter Express Lane saved me the time I once spent physically shopping in the grocery store, it also allows me to meal plan more seamlessly. I hop on Pinterest and decide which recipes we're going to try out, I check to see what I have in my kitchen and add anything I'm missing to my cart on the Express Lane. 

I also save money, because you can use coupons with Harris Teeter's Express Lane. After I've got my cart filled with what I need I go to and search for each item to see if there is a coupon available in my paper or on a printable format. Harris Teeter doubles coupons up to $.99 every day and up to $2 during their super doubles promotions. I just got a bunch of free things using my mad (EASY) couponing skills during their super doubles event. The amount you save in coupons is applied to your next order, so you do need to keep track of this. 

So that's how I went from a stressed out shopping mess, to a wine-sipping-while-shopping-pajama-wearing-ninja.  To pick up my groceries I simply pull up in my car (no hauling car seats, strollers, kids inside) to the designated home shop area, press the button and an employee brings my groceries out, checks me out and loads the bags in my car for me. Lickety split. That is how you ninja. 

Harris Teeter has paid me nothing to promote this service, I just like to share what I love with my readers. But who knows, maybe they'll see how much I love their service and co-promote a giveaway with me for my readers for a year of free Express Lane shopping? A ninja can dream right? 

Thursday, August 20, 2015

{Giveaway!} Children of America $500 Tuition Credit

Children of America, the #1 preschool in America, offers a warm, fun, environment placing your child's emotional, social, intellectual and physical development as their top priority - all in a beautiful and safe environment. You can register to win a $500 tuition credit by filling out the entry form here to schedule a tour of their childcare center, where their philosophy and goal is to bring the very best childcare experience to every family.

Just a quick peek around their website will tell you one thing - Children of America isn't any ordinary childcare center, it's a step above. Their infant designated room integrates baby signs, a specialized sign language program for little ones to encourage their growth, development and communication with their teachers and family at home. Toddlers build on their skills with Children of America's "I am" to "I can" philosophy which support little ones in their growth and success in learning about their world. Older children benefit from their cycle of Plan, Do, Review during their work time. They participate in small and large group activities during their daily schedule.

If you're missing your cutie while you're at work you're in luck - you can log onto their webcams and catch a glimpse of your sweet pea playing and learning with their secure web cams. Plus you'll get digital updates about your kids throughout your day - and nothing brightens up an inbox more than your kiddos smile! Children of America offers high security to keep your kids safe, starting at the door which require a special PIN code for parents to gain access.

Children of America's Mind & Body Matters Program benefit children and parents with their three core concepts:

  • COA's Just Read - teaching children to read early, and well. 
  • COA's Nutrition Program - registered dietitians implement nutritious meal plans & write a healthy recipe blog for parents
  • Presidential Fitness Program - when started early physical fitness can become an intricate part of children's lives. 
The Charlotte location of Children of America is located at 2102 Ben Craig Dr. Charlotte, NC 28262. But there are locations all across America, click here of more information. Register to win a $500 tuition credit by clicking here.

You can follow Children of America on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

This was a paid promotion blog from Children of America, but as always my opinions are my own.

Monday, August 17, 2015

DIY First Day of School Template (must have photoshop)

It's the first day of school and there's so much fun to be had! Check out this free template (you must have photoshop to edit it) for the first day of school template. 

Step 1: You must have photoshop.

Step 2: Download these free fonts from 

First Grade: Sketch Block Bold
August 17th 2015: DotNess Medium
I want to be a when I grow up: KG Somebody That I Used to Know
Gold Hill Elementary: Chalk-hand-lettering-shaded
49” tall, 48 lbs: appleberry Regular
Corn on the cob… Windsor Hand Regular
Food Color … Windsor Hand Regular
Years Old: Chalkboard Regular (already in photo shop)
6: American Typewriter Light (already in photo shop)

Step 3: Download my .psd (photoshop) file and edit your fields. It is set up as an 8.5x11 page. It's a large file, so it may take a little while to download. 

Step 4: Save as a jpg and print!