Scholarship Counseling

I still owe Johnson and Wales University. My son graduated debt free from college and  my husband will too next year. I have one daughter currently in college just this year and have been able to secure various money for college. Hopefully, my last two daughters will follow this legacy I’m trying to establish now that I know college money is available to each of them for so many different reasons.  There’s money for being left handed, a  U.S.Veteran or child of one, a basketball star, a nerd, tennis player, a vegan,  I could go on and on!

Trust me. There is nothing smart about paying for college when you know there’s money available to you. The resources are here! Go get this money! I have listed three amazing sources below!

This edition of Scholarship Saturday features 60 college scholarships and contests closing soon. There is a lot of scholarship money available – apply today!

via Scholarship Saturday – November 26, 2016 — JLV College Counseling   (click )

This book by Jamila Freelain is a must have for any  scholar!

 

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Scholarships are money Just For You! Applying for them is not easy. Because too many parents/ students won’t research, qualify, apply and follow up. But they are within your tsmreach. Start Early, Find Your passion, Be Proactive-Not Reactive. – The cost of attending college isn’t going down anytime soon here in the  U.S.. But the good news is there is a way to make college possible by winning scholarships. – Bernice Feaster, The Scholar Mom

– Bernice Feaster, The Scholar Mom

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Come on parents. Go get this money! Show your child how to get into college! They will appreciate you for it! I’m telling you what I know.🙂

 

Shop Black Friday The Smart Way

These days, you have to support your friends and favorite small business. This up coming weekend. I know there will be a lot of shopping going on within the next few weeks, and I have all most 50 local business owners to introduce you too.

Some times, I get really Big Ideas. I’m talking eye popping!  See the 6th Total Children’s Wellness Fair was last Saturday at KIPP Charlotte, Charlotte, NC. I kid you not, every last one of our vendors was handed picked yours truley, and absolutely adored by Queen City Stay At Home Moms. Because of that, I came up with a way to maximize thier participation from the fair! Now you tell me, what better way than than to share them with you? My most favorite people in the world?

With these businesses, you can mark everyone off your lst and have absolutely no shopping gulit.  Take a look at the “Let’s Explore” vendors for the 2016 Total Children’s Wellness Fair/ #TCWF2016 and shop your Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday  heart out!

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***Let’s do another GIVEAWAY!*** (since your are reading,why not right? )

The “Total Children’s Wellness Fair 2016” is offering HUNDREDS of dollars in prizes being given away!

HOW TO ENTER:
(1 entry) Go through and “like” each business page or “join” each group associated with a small business (all are linked on this post to make it easy). You must like/join/visit all business pages in order for your entry to count! Comment “done” when you’re finished.

(1 entry) Add five friends and TAG them in this post. Every five friends you add and tag equals one entry into the giveaway

EASY PEASY!

The giveaway ends at midnight on Friday November 25th and winners will be announced on Saturday November 26th. Each winner will be able to select their prize of choice based on which prizes are still available when their name is drawn.

PARTICIPATING SMALL BUSINESSES (like/join/visit for entry)

1. ETHNICBYALI
2. Fashion Owl Sewing
3. Encouraging Words College Prep

4.Kenley Drop-in (IG&FB)   https://www.facebook.com/ty.pen.3/videos/10157774143565298/

5. Market America          tcwf-pads

6. Greater Life Chiropractic
7. Proverbs 31 Heart Handmade Organic Ring Slings

8. Rodan+Fields cbristow

9. Three C’s Speech Therapy Services,

10. North Carolinians for Home Education

11. Suhailahs Best   
12. Dragon ForgedJewelry and Crystals

13. Babywearing International or Charlotte
14. Author S. Cheree
15. Jupiter Strong

16. Fantasy Bubbles   https://www.facebook.com/addulali357/videos/10202262675524043/

17. Scentsy
18. Thirty-One Gifts

19. Marion’s House

20. My Name In A Story

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“What an awesome event yesterday at the Total Children’s Wellness event in Raleigh. Lots of vendors, kids playing and dancing with a live DJ. Horse back riding with the horses, Popcorn machine. This family enjoyed their personalized book with their names in it purchased from Www.mynameinastory.com ” Brian Girard

21. Damsel In Defense

22. Aloha in a Bag LLC
23. Mary & Martha

24. Arbonne International   

25. TeddyRuxla

26. Cassie’s Sweetz

27. Phoenix Dwelling

28. The Males Place

29. Keith Clinic

30. KIPP Charlotte 

31. Dot Girl 1st Period Kit

32. Charlotte Mecklenburg County Health Department

33. Utz Chips  package-shot

34. Good Health Chips

35. Home Depot (South Blvd. Charlotte NC)

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37. Abdul Ali

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39.  Birthing Peace Within

40. Thank You Shauna Burns for the amazing event banner!  We are still standing sending up power for the safe return of Hailey!

41, Lula Roe

42. Mother Nuture via         MomsSelect

43. Golden Corral University

44. LH Education.Org

*No purchase necessary. Limit one prize per person. This giveaway is not sponsored by Facebook*

So GET UP! GET OUT and SHOP #TCWF2016 Small! Saturday

Charlotte’s Best Vendors: Family Events (#TCWF2016)

This Saturday is going to be AMAZING! The excitment is taking over me and fustrating my husband at the same time!

The 6th Total Children’s Wellness Fair is a parents dream come true for the Queen City!  There will be doulas, Babywearers Of Charlotte, live horseriding, Cooking With Kids Challenge with Chef Michael Bowling, a dance party with Smoothie Bar,The Scholar Mom, amazing vendors…and SO Much MORE!

If you know me, you know I beleive in teamwork and mutally rewarding relationships that  include respect,  good customer service and business integrity.  Every last vendor is smart, kind, resourceful and just real people want to see you live better. I just cant say enough about them.  But I can tell who each of them are!

Starting with our special guest:

 

Zianna Oliphant, the 9yr old superhero that spoke at the Charlotte City Council Meeting in September. She will be there for a special Meet and Greet.  I don’t know about you,but I love sharing inspirational people with my children. My hope is that it’s contagious!

 

 

Click Here to meet our 2016 Total Children’s Wellness Fair Vendors, Sponsor and Queen City Stay At Home Mom Team!

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We want a full house. Please share. Entry, and Parking is free for this family friendly event! You don’t even have to take my work for it….. these fine folks share this (without any envelopes under the table🙂 )

Location: KIPP Charlotte 931 Wilann Dr, Charlotte, NC 28215

Time 11am- 6pm

When: SATURDAY, 11.19.16

Friday Four-Reasons To Attend The 6th TCWF

One thing I love about Charlotte is the action! There is always something to do, somewhere to go. Where you are looking for casual entertainment or a little something more enriching, it’s here. On November 19th, come on down to KIPP Charlotte for an entire day of empowering family fun! It’s free, for the unnborn to the college student. You really shouldn’t miss it!

tcwfffThis is our 6th year, and every year we get better and larger. While staying true to our mission of keeping the focus on all seven branches of wellness ( Social, Spiritual, Enviromental. Educational, Physical, Social, and Financial)  This fair beagan in 2010 because I wanted to be the change I wanted to see. It just made since. Today more moms are helping to ensure it will always be a grand event for our diversefamilies to reflect our wonderful Queen City.  Here’s why you shouldn’t miss it!

Special Guest Appearance from:

zianna1Zianna Oliphant 9, year old that bravely spoke infron of the Charlotte City Counsil about BLM issues.

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Want To See Who Is Vending, Exhibiting, Sharing? Click HERE!

This fair is organized by Queen City Stay At Home Moms,but could never happen without the amazing vendors, sponsors and other fantastic supporters

1. Cooking With Kids Challenge- Hosted by Chef Michael Bowling. He will select the mini chefs from the crowd to compete in 30 yummy minutes of adrenaline pumping culinary action. 

2. The Re-Fashion Show- This part of the fair is a direct example for enviromental, social and finacial wellness. 

3. Family Dance Party w/Smothie Bar. Don’t hold back parents, go on and have a little fun with your child. Our live DJ will keep you  hyped while our teens staff keeps you hydrated with fresh locally sourced smoothies.

4. Pre-Holiday Shopping from some amazing vendors! This year, shop local. Support your local ecomoy. We have hand selected some of Charlotte’s best small business owners. Take your time to get to know them. Many of them are parents that have fallen in love with hier product service and cant wait to share it with you.  We gauarantee you that you find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. 

If you have never attended, let this year be the first one toinclude in your family pre holiday traditions.  We are the first one’s in Charlotte to bring you holistic and inclusive family fun, entertaiment and empowerment for the unborn to the college student under one roof. You will love itor your admission rate will be refunded imediatley.  (ok, so it’s fre

We are asking everyone that attends to use hashtag #TCWF2016 . That way other will experience a bit of the fun no matter where they are.

Family Early Voting Party And Parade To The Polls

Celebrate early voting with a superhero themed family voting party and parade!

Your child can vote in their Halloween costume! Cool right?

 

Election Day is less than 2 weeks away. Millions of American adults will enter voting booths and cast their votes for the next president of the United States. Most adults may have to wait until November 8 to choose, but Charlotte area children don’t. They can make their voices heard this Saturday at the Family Early Voting Party and Parade To The Poles!

The Queen City-honored mock election is for kids too young to go to the official booths. By casting their votes kids can have their say about who should be our next president.

Their votes may not be official, but the results are often very telling. In other polls  the results of the kids’ election have mirrored the national outcome all but two times: In 1948, more kids voted for Thomas E. Dewey than for Harry S. Truman, and in 1960, they selected Richard M. Nixon over John F. Kennedy.

You can use our facebook page to see what is going on in the city during the 2016 election before casting your vote.

 

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Here’s why you should come out THIS Saturday:

  • Voting Ballots for Kids
  • SuperHero Capes
  • Storytime
  • Snacks
  • Friends
  • To encourage citizenship

It will be at the Beatties Ford Regional Library

2412 Beatties Ford Rd. Charlotte, NC

November 05, 2016

10am – 12:30pm

All are welcome . Even if the parent has voted, not eligible to vote or still on the fence regarding voting. Our future voters, your kids are welcome!

Sponsored by: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Momsrising, and QC Supermom

Friday Four: The Best Group Costumes For Kids (EVER!)

The Best Group Costumes For Kids (EVER!)

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This is my favorite month of the year!  I love the colors, the seasonal aromas, the festive and fun dress up

Having 4-6 kids that actually like to dress up can be costly for us, so we must think outside the box. I have put together four super awesome group costume ideas, that will not break the bank! As a bonus, I have included a few videos to inspire you to try to create them yourself!

  1. flintstoneThe Flintstones- How sweet, affordable, and simple is this? This could be made in one evening! If only I had a little girl! 
  2. The minions- Another simple easy and cute idea! minionsHow cool for colder kids and college students as well. Another great thing about this idea is that you can wear everything again! <WIN-WIN> boys coustome swag
  3. Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids-  The parents of these boys dress their sons up every year in different…

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Disney On Ice,”Follow Your Heart” LIVE review (Zianna O., loved the show)

The last time 9 yr old Zianna was downtown, she was speaking to a room full of people.  She  didn’t intend to make them all cry, but sometimes the truth hurts, but must be spoken. So she did it. Her words transcended through their hearts . Her message was shared internationally. Yes, this little girl had adults checking themselves for racial injustice.

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First thing came to my mind is, “Who are her parents? ” I wanted to hug them. (Really tight.)  Everyone doesn’t take parenting seriously. It was clear that her parents did. I knew that as a mom,  when your child hurts, you hurt. The last thing you want is to have an emotionally scarred child for life.  As adults, we know that every high and low molds us into who we are, for better or for worse. This is most true of when we are young and our brain is rapidly developing. The power of everything from an unheard cry to an unmarked facial expression can have a heavy impact on a child’s evolving psyche.zoz-bmp

Charlotte has a long way to go, but Zianna’s childhood must be protected and thank goodness, over half of Charlotte agrees with that! Including the numerous news stations that have interviewed her and  especially the amazing staff of Time Warner Cable Arena.

So guess what, for 90 minutes, Zianna her brother, mom, and stepdad attended the Disney On Ice, “Follow Your Heart” Live show. Little Zianna was laughing, dancing, moderating the story lines and just being a child. It was indeed what she and her family needed.  Big thanks to Feld Entertainment, Time Warner Cable and her parents for making this happen.

 

To my girl,

I will let you be children. For as long as I can, I will let you be children. I will protect your childhood fiercely. I won’t pressure you to do things you are not ready for. I will let you play, for hours I will let you play. I will let you discover yourselves. I will let you really know yourselves before you are pushed out into the big wide world on your own. I will let you imagine, and dream, and laugh, whenever you want to. I won’t ever wish this magical time away. All too soon you will be all grown up. You will worry about grown up things. But not now. For now you are a child, your job is to play, and that is important to me.

I will protect your childhood.

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The show will be here until the 2nd of October. Regardless of what you feel about the police and Black Lives Movement, remember to protect your child.  Go see Disney On Ice Live “Follow Your Heart” before they leave town. It is absolutely the best thing you can do for your child (ren)

(Buy Your Tickets Here!)

Rosa Parks Farmers Market & Chef Kabui

Repeat After Me; “Cooking classes are for people that eat.” They aren’t just for free food samples and entertainment. Now, If you attend a really good one, that also has a farmer’s market on the property…you’ll really be sizzling!

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Each week the boys and I have been attending the Rosa Parks Farmers Market here at the Health Department on Beatties Ford Rd. They even had a chef out there offering free cooking classes. I give them an allowance and most times, they stay within their budget. Because the prices are very fair, the produce is organic and locally grown, it quickly became a highlight of our week. As a matter of fact, the baby boys learned their days of the week based on “Tuesday Market Day.”

My home-schooled boys love the Kids Zone too. It’s like their own little world of education and entertainment. Which is great as I shop and get the first sample of Chef Kabuhi’s dishes, on the days they don’t feel like sitting quietly and watching. As the chef cooks, he teaches, tells stories and pause for culinary photo opportunities every once in a while.  From him we’ve learned these things:

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  • imag0061It’s smarter to add salt as you go along. There is NO WAY of reducing it once it’s on your food.
  • God doesn’t bless you with good health when you choose to eat cheap food
  • Spice is a seed and herbs are plants
  • If you listen*, your food will talk to you.
  • Produce are mostly water. You don’t need any more to cook them.
  • The sign of a good chef includes just 3 Things – Temperature, Flavor and Moisture.
  • When we buy dead food , we not only disrespect our bodies, but also our local farmers, family,and your families local economy.
  • Your food is your mirror

He shared so much more,but I dare not tell you. You’ll have to go see him for yourself.

Today, I do take more time with each meal. I am empowered to try different combinations of food textures and understand the necessity to keep our garden up as much as we can, even in the winter months. Honestly, I think everyone should frequent farmers markets and take cooking classes. It empowers you to learn basic cooking skills, gives you awareness of food integrity, and teaches you how to speak with your food dollars!

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Lol! He said”Take a picture of this beauty!”

And I could not end without showing off my enhanced culinary skills that I did not get from Johnson and Wales University, (because I was a business major) I gathered some produce from our garden. Seasoned my oil with this mix I bought from the chef. Cooked my eggplants first, peppers/mixed greens last. WHY? Because the pepper/greens mix were the fastest to cook, so adding them near the end is best for the finished product (Thank you Chef Kabuhi) garden

I can only hope the kids at the upcoming Total Children’s Wellness Fair does this well and leave this big of an impression. I know my boys are requesting to make more cooking videos now.  Yes, Win Win Win!

We are going to miss our Tuesday Market Days’  It will always be our  summer spot for community chatting, fun shopping, organic produce, informative and wise chef place to buy real food and learn how to cook it.

Have you ever attended a farmers market that had a chef there? Do you like cooking classes? Tell me about your experience.

“This ensures that everyone has the opportunity to have fresh, affordable food.” We also believe that, just as Ms. Rosa Parks felt that people having access to public accommodations is a civil rights issue, we also believe that food sovereignty – people having fresh, affordable culturally appropriate food – is a human rights issue as well as a civil rights issue.” -Reggie Singleton,a health policy coordinator with the county

Wednesday Wow: Keep Those Icky Germs Away-Herbal Remedies

Phew! Can you believe we are headed into the winter season already? There is nothing more pitiful than to look in your child’s eyes and see pain, congestion and low energy. Over the years, I’ve put together some of my favorite herbal blends for my family. Because they don’t always like my culinary creations, I try to mix it up a bit with power herbs to reach the same goal of a high immune system.

 

Kombucha-A happy gut is a healthy body. The main part of your immune system is ingerm-2 your gut, so keeping it supplied with good bacteria will help make a stronger body. There are a few ways to do this but a good probiotic and/or fermented foods in your diet like kombucha  will help populate the good bacteria in your body.

Powdered herbs into blender shakes/Smoothies– ADD IN  cod liver oil, collagen/ food sources of vitamin C  with some berries, steamed greens and coconut water every day to make sure we are starting off on the right foot.

tea-tree-soapSoap -When flu prevention experts advise you to wash your hands, they don’t mean a light drizzle of water. As mama always said, use soap and warm water — and rub hands for 15 to 20 seconds. Sing the ‘Happy Birthday’ song twice while rubbing, to keep track of the time.

What You’ll Need

  • A natural bar soap of choice. Homemade bar soaps usually work well and my other favorites are Dr. Bronners, african black soap, and Kombucha soap (available here).
  • Distilled or filtered water
  • A dispenser: Reuse an old soap dispenser, use a glass one or metal one, or make one out of a mason jar by drilling a hole in the top and hot gluing on the top of a soap pump dispenser.

What You Need- to do is:

 

teaStrong Tea-Keep things moving by drinking water. This will help stimulate your immune system during an illness because it helps your body flush the germs. Making the water into a tea is a bonus.

Natural Mamma Immune Boosting Tea and Recipe

Recipe Type: Herbal Tea
Prep time: 5 mins    Cook time: 20 mins  Total time: 25 mins
Ingredients
  • 1 part Elderberry
  • 2 parts Rose Hips
  • 2 parts Echinacea puroporea
  • 2 parts Chamomile
  • 2 parts Astragalus
Instructions
  1. Combine herbs and use 1tsp of the mix per cup of boiling water. Let steep at least 20 minutes up to 8 hours for full medicinal effect. Drink 2-3 cups a day as needed to support immune function.
 Mouth Wash  (if you have a Doterra or Young Living connection, you’re good! )

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How To Make Homemade Mouthwash

  • 1 cup of Purified Water
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 5-10 drops of Thieves Essential Oil (depends on how strong you want it)
  • 4 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil
  • 2 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil
  • Optional: 1 tsp baking soda
  • Glass bottle (essential oils can degrade plastic)

Getting our herbs and spices from our garden and local farmer’s market is nice too. Being able to grab Western medicine is easy. But do you really want to be completely dependent on someone else for your healing. Let’s be like the ants and do more for ourselves. It works!

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This list, as simple as it titled, needs to be shared. – Hand Washing

Make your own laundry soap, and all-purpose cleaner . You’ll save money and provide healthier options for your family.

Check Out this HippyHomemakers tincture. It’s EASY to make AND she has a list of healing herbs.

Dynamite Herbal Infusions listed here.

Soap Making- Click here

 

In Total Wellness, Jabela