QC Supermom Clients: Well And Fitness-Nutrition and Fitness

Tractor tires, and yoga mats? Yup, that’s what you’ll get at Well & Fit; Nutrition and Fitness! Well and Fit in Charlotte If you drive too fast, you may miss it so look closely for the green curtains and privacy walls. Once you get inside, it’s like nowhere you have ever been! Well & Fit Nutrition in Charlotte Not only is this fitness boutique  center is well designed, it’s also support entrepreneurship. They have one of the best business plans I have ever seen in my client list. Each month they celebrate their clients and award the biggest loser with CASH…..prizes, and food. AND CASH!!!! Did you hear me? Saturday, they gave away over $100.  DSCI0045   javierr I was able to sit with the Spartan runner, US Army man, long enough to asked him how has his 3 year journey to this moment feel.” His response wasn’t a surprise. He said that it is the most rewarding, exciting, and biggest blessing he’s ever experience this far. The hard work is finally paying off! I think this business will win because it appeals to the customers that shun big gyms. You walk in there and you feel like “Norm” from Cheers!

We are focused on improving the over all well being of the Charlotte community through group runs, cardio /resistance training, one on one coaching and of course the Heart of Herbalife, its amazing products. Led by prior military and ACE certified personal trainer, Well and Fit is your one stop source to feel healthier, be stronger and look incredible has never been easier. ~Javier N Laura Grimaldo , WELL & FIT Nutrition and Fitness

train 3648x2736 In closing, I gotta add on how dedicated they are to their success. These two young amazing people just got married. Although I wasn’t a flower girl, I wish them many more prosperous years of wealth, health, and happiness. QC Supermom javier wed

Disney Side Valentines Day Party

hostI have an amazing group of mom friends in Charlotte. We have children ages newborn to 22 years old. Each week we have activities like story time, music, park play dates, holiday-themed parties, zoo field trips, and more! So when I have an opportunity to share fun times, I do it!

We were selected from thousands to host a Disney Side party. So in February, we hosted a Disney Side Valentines Day Party!  Our babies were excited but I knew we moms had to come up with a plan B for space. So we secured a local venue….. for free! (See everyone loves DISNEY!)

Olaf You!

It quickly became the buzz all throughout the city. We received so many requests for partnership but had to decline man of them because of budget and mom power restrictions. But we did accept two (2) invites. One from 20th Century Fox and the other from a local travel agency.

Disney Side Valentines Day PartyWhat an honor, if I do say so myself)

It’s not everyday you get to share great times, with great culturally diversified folks, cute Disney theme costumes, incredible entertainment, and clean food, but we did just that. We included clean food! Yes, the venue had great food and Cassie Sweetz donated her vegan  cup cakes and they were delicious!  We used everything that came in our gift box:

disney Side valentines day party

including invitations, decorations, themed plates, cups, napkins and a tablecloth. A Mickey Mouse cake pan, Duff Goldman Tie Dye cake mix, sprinkes to create an amazing cake (we ended up getting my daghter to make cupcakes), plus all sorts of goodies to use and giveaway… nail polish and nail files, games, word searches, puzzles, HP photo paper packs, Twinings Tea, plus luggage tags, Disney vacation planning DVDs and More!

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I have added a slide show below for you to see all of our little Disney friends that came dressed up, our fun Disney themed games, decor and yummy vegan treats!

(This could never be one of our parties..)

Although a lot went wrong. It was productive chaos. We had to switch venues the Day Before The Event and couldn’t bring in the DJ. That sucked HARD! Even Marisha, the travel agency lady was upset, because of the switch up, but the parents and children that stayed had a ball. frozen-let-it-go-meme

I was really looking forward to cutting the rug with my little ones to some Disney favorites, so we’re planning a summer party in the park! See it always works out!

Thinking back on this family party, I think it was the best family celebration we ever had other than our Total Children’s Wellness Fair. I can’t wait to do it again. Next time, I’m headed to Pinterest for explosive Disney inspiration!

See more here!


Have a great week ya’ll!

QC Supermom Custom gift bags

My DisneySide Collection of fun ideas.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary party kit thanks to Disney Parks and MomSelect. All opinions are my own.

Sheroes Speed Networking for FBLA

I tell ya, March is a ok month by me! It’s Women’s History Month, Doula Week, and it’s also the birth month of a very close mom friend, my dad, sister and niece.

That’s a lot, especially since we are just winding down from my son’s MEAC championship and Big Dance tickets in the NCAA! Pirates

Now the real fun begins. My daughter is in FBLA (Future Business Leaders Of America)

Right now, they are raising money for their conference next month and so am I.  In honor of Women’s History Month! Why, because, it’s my hope that she along with the other female members will be very soon.

Charlotte Speed networking

On Friday March 27,th 2015, we’re celebrating Women’s History Month Speed Networking event at Howl At The Moon on behalf of Kennedy Charter High School’s FBLA .

This is not your everyday meeting and we are so excited to do it for a good cause! There is no better way to put your elevator pitch to the test than to throw yourself into a speed-networking event.

THIS Friday, you will have the chance to meet more professionals faster! Within ten minutes  you can find your next partner, client, or new friend. Register today! sn

6:00pm – 6:30pm Check-in, Networking, FREE Buffet included

6:30pm – 9:30pm Speed Networking

When: This Friday  27th March from 5pm- 9:pm

Where: Howl At The Moon, EpiCentre, 210 E Trade St, Charlotte, NC 28202    Phone:(704) 936-4695

We are selling tickets and taking donations online. Click here!

Top Ten TIPS

1 Take 20 or more business cards
2 Have your elevator pitch ready
3 Listen as well as talk
4 The person you are speaking with may not directly relate, but may know someone who does
5 If you don’t know of the other person’s prior business or what it does, ask them to clarify – Otherwise you might miss an opportunity
6 Take notes about the speaker on the back of their business card – Don’t be offended if you see someone writing on the back of yours, this is good for jogging memory!
7 Exchange Business Cards with each network partner
8 Aim to network further with people you haven’t met before
9 If you know you want to speak to someone again, arrange to follow up with an email or call to ensure that they remember you
10 The cardinal rule is to follow up if you said you would

Let’s support our future business leaders of America! I hope to see you there!

QC Supermom


I was asked during a recent interview,“How do you handle being a doula when you have young kids?” My answer:I love what I do, I have an supportive family and a wonderful gym membership!” (read more on that here: )  Jabela the doula

I think most moms would do well at it! The truth is, giving birth is strikingly similar to mothering: It’s usually chaotic, sometimes stressful, rarely pretty, never easy. You might feel like you’re failing even when you’re not; sometimes, it will feel impossible. But you’ll press through anyway, because forward is the only option. When you do, your doula will be with you. Not just because she’s been there, but because she loves it and lives it!

For those who do not know what a dolua is I’ll explain. Benefits of a Doula

A doula is “a woman who serves” and is now used to refer to a trained and experienced professional who provides continuous physical, emotional and informational support to the mother before, during and just after birth; or who provides emotional and practical support during the postpartum period.

A Birth Doula  Ashley hired  doula Jabelaa

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

Research evidence shows that the quality services of a postpartum doula can ease the transition that comes with the addition of a baby to a family, improve parental satisfaction and reduce the risk of mood disorders.


A Postpartum Doula

  • Offers education, companionship and nonjudgmental support during the postpartum fourth trimester
  • Assists with newborn care, family adjustment, meal preparation and light household tidying
  • Offers evidence-based information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, infant soothing and coping skills for new parents and makes appropriate referrals when necessary

Postpartum doula

It’s World Doula Week -Mar ch 22-28th

The purpose of World Doula Week (“WDW”) is to empower doulas all over the world to improve the physiological, social, emotional, and psychological health of women, newborns and families in birth and in the postpartum period.

Here’s a little more information onAshley -with Jabela the  Doula


My doula service, The Pink Grasshopper is named after my oldest daughter.  I have great holistic mom /baby supplies over there.

I’m on Twitter too. Follow me over here also. I’ll start a few raffles soon once I get some traffic over there .

Check out my Pinterest Board!It’s LOADED with hard to find birthing information!

Need to increase your milk supply? Buy these awesome lactation treats! Cassie is a teen baker from Charlotte NC and makes all sorts of GMO, Vegan and Organic treats!  – Cassie Sweetz

Now Go Have A baby and call me in the morning,

QC Supermom

Friday Four: Let There Be Leprechauns: and Irish Kelle’s

My kids will freak out when they see this today!

My kids will freak out when they see this today!

It’s time to pull out the green ya’ll! The Leprechauns are coming!!!  .

And to all of you lucky Kelle’s’ out there, I know you’re having fun!  It’s our day. We were create for this day! Our name even says so!

In some cases it is derived from toponyms located in Ireland, Wales,Scotland and England, in other cases it is derived from patronyms in the Irish language. And just to let everyone else know, it’s pronounced ˈkɛli/ .

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We love fun holidays and although we don’t identify ourselves as Irish, we sure do love celebrating it! I’ve listed four (jokes and more) and you don’t have to be a Kelle’ to enjoy them either.

Clean Treats! 


kale juice extracted from my juicer. I only needed about 2 tsp of kale juice to get a very rich pastel green color.

Clean Green Jokes!

 Q. Why Do people Wear Shamrock On St. patrick’s Day?

A. Regular Rocks Are too heavy.

Q: What type of bow cannot be tied?  A: A rain-bow!

Q: Where can you always find gold? A: In the dictionary!

You can never go wrong with  few silly laughs right?

Clean Dancing:

“Aye! Time to capture some wee little leprechauns!” Now that I have a few accomplices, anything is possible!

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Okay, you’re all set. Go have some clean, green, St. Patty’s Day fun! Here’s more Irish goodies!

~QC Supermom

More On Kelly 

How to make a Celtic Knot

Irish Soda Bread Recipe

Sesame Street Live – Elmo’s Super Heroes in the QC review

We are planning on going again while they’re in the Queen City. We’ll let you know how it goes! YAY!!!!!

QC Supermom


Did you answer the call?

  We did.  

Super heroes from all over the QC showed up in wonderful and colorful attire to greet Super Grover and his Fabulous 5.

Poor Elmo lost his super-ness, and everyone was sad but the reminders the kiddos got today will help them remember the rules to being a super hero for a long time to come.



It was simply amazing to watch as my boys sat, dance, sung and cheered in acceptance of the messages of wellness. The fabulous friends sung,danced, hugged and shook hands with the kids while sharing fun lessons on healthy habits, exercising, resting, nutrition and good hygiene!  I’m so happy I was able to take my boys to see the show.  I think it will make my job a whole lot easier.  My 5 year old actually began explaining events in the show to me.  How cool is that? …

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Fundraising 101

FBLA Creed. I believe education is the right of every person. I believe the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions, as well as people around the world.

FBLA Creed. I believe education is the right of every person. I believe the future depends on mutual understanding and cooperation among business, industry, labor, religious, family, and educational institutions, as well as people around the world.

It’s Fun’Raising time!!!! The time where good causes meet earning money. I recall the days in high school when I sold $600.00 (six hundred dollars) worth of chocolate. I sold to everyone! Even my classmates parents! AND THEY WERE SELLING TOO!  It was then that I learned the value of working for what I believed in.

When I became a mother, I learned about alternative fundraising ideas with more nutrition, wellness, and usability. I also discovered many ideas that I liked and the things I loathed. I eventually decided what I would participate in and what I would avoid like a plaque.

This year, one of my daughters is raising money for her school. They are trying to take the entire group to a FBLA convention out of state, and I am very supportive of that endeavor.

When she asked for help, I knew just what I wanted to do to help.  It wouldn’t be doughnuts, candy bars, or silly trinkets. I envisioned fun, healthy, engaging projects.Good Food Force sa

Getting the kids off their bottoms and on the phone, articulating with their community, creating value in order to quickly raise their own money is the goal!  It also helps that most people are receiving their tax refund right about now too. This methodology serves as a life long lesson that will come in handy as they become adults. Below is a wild collection of really cool money attracting ideas! Take a look….


Coupon Books- Not the type that are limited to local stores or subscriptions, UT a collection of  the student can do for the buyer. 

Going Once, Going Twice – Seek out service and product donations. Hold an online or live silent auction

Rent-a-Worker – Volunteers commit to working for an afternoon doing any odd jobs sponsors “hire” them to do them .

It’s a Bust – Sell balloons for $10 each and insert a number in each that corresponds to a raffle ticket given to the purchaser. Pop a balloon for each available prize and read off the winning number.

Smoothie Stand – A healthy and yummy twist on the tired ol’ lemonade stand.

Text It – Use a service that allows your organization to receive donations of $5-10 by text messages.

Work of Art – The younger members in your organization create a drawing that is transferred onto note cards, t-shirts, mouse pads or coffee mugs for purchase.

Capital Campaign – Set a goal, make the direct ask, and avoid an endless slew of small fundraisers.

Social Media Call – Let potential donors know about your fundraising need through Facebook and Twitter.

Pump it Up – Coordinate with a local gas station to have volunteers serve as gas station attendants who pump gas and clean windshields for donations for a day.

Eat for a Cause – Ask a local restaurant to donate 10% of their profits on a designated night for your cause in exchange for encouraging supporters to eat there.

Matching Gift – Ask a corporation or individual to match any donations your organization collects in a specified amount of time. Then, contact potential donors about giving to match the gift.

Birthday Pledge – Ask for donations of givers age.
Spa Night – Offer to have female volunteers give manis, pedis and 5 minute massages at a Women’s Night Out for donations.

Selling Ads……on their shirt** Get bushiness to buy ad space or to have their coupons pout at a community event.

***Give a dollar – Organizations or clubs can sell paper Business License* for a dollar.

Karaoke Night – Event for students and adults. Admission is $3.00. Snacks are $1.00.

Singing telegrams are a method some other schools choose to raise funds. For a $1 charge, on someone’s birthday or another occasion, a group shows up in the celebrant’s classroom and sings “Happy Birthday” while carrying a hand-made sign and a crown that can be used to mark the occasion (and the celebrant).

Duct Tape the Principal or the Boss
Participants pay $1.00 per strip about a yard’s length to tape their principal or boss to a wall.

***Movie Fundraiser – The movie is free. The refreshments will be $2.00.

Enterprise Days***

Put on your Apprentice heads and come up with the marketing idea of the century! Create and sell the product you have designed or use our resources to design your own World Gift.

Film night

Create your own cinema and hold a film night for family and friends. Sell popcorn and drinks and charge an entry fee. Theme the night on your favorite type of film!

Green day

With everyone talking about climate change and the importance of looking after our world, why not organize a Green Day? Dress in green, hold an eco fashion show, litter pick and create a recycled materials art exhibition. Invite friends and family too. Remember to charge a fee to take part.

Fancy dress
Go crazy with the fashion ideas and create a zany masterpiece to wear for the day. Prizes for the most outrageous and colourful costumes.

Organise your own fundraising auction. Why not auction off your talents for the day or donate a percentage of funds raised through an EBay auction?

Bag packing at local supermarket
Ask your local supermarket if you can hold a bag packing day

Rent-an-Athlete or Rent-a-Student 
Your organization can offer to rent-an-athlete or rent-a-student to mow their lawns, do yard work, or walk their dogs for a given amount of time. This is a 100% profit fundraiser.

One-Day Vacation
Choose a popular destination within 2 or 3 hours of your hometown and organize several one-day outings to that location. Sell raffle tickets for a chance to win.


Pin the tail on the donkey
Challenge your friends to a pin the tail on the donkey, or a big nose on the teacher. Remember to blindfold them – and no cheating! Pay to play

Free style or Hip Hop Dancing Lessons

Put on those dancing shoes and find a partner! Collect donations to take part.

Spare Change* 

Whatever big fundraiser you are doing, put out a jar for donations of spare change at the market. When someone drops the money, students may offer to carry & load their groceries..

Who doesn’t love to rock in a rocking chair? Have contestants collect pledges for every hour they can rock. ( Let’s switch this up for dancing)

Get Social 
Plan a social media challenge. Pick a challenge idea, theme and a hashtag, then recruit a group of motivated and passionate social media gurus to get this one going. Will yours be the next viral sensation?

Enrichment Class   
Ask adult volunteers who are experts in their field to teach a class in cooking, yoga or dance. Charge participants a small donation to attend.

Blind Auction 
Wrap up valuable real items plus some duds in a variety of shapes and sizes of boxes. Bidders can examine the gift-wrapped boxes, and then auction the boxes off.Allow time for winning bidders to unwrap their boxes.

For organizations, holding a local restaurant fundraiser is awesome. Chipotle gives 50% of the profit which is one of the highest. Red Robin, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Applebees also offer such events.

 Also check out these funding links! 



 Village Fete or School Fair Idea – Buy an envelope

by Nicky (Orpington)

This is a great idea for a village or school fete or fair.

You have a whole load of envelopes. People pay to pick an envelope and in each one is a voucher for a prize.

This could be a range of small prizes and maybe a few larger ones.

But in half of the envelopes they win a voucher for a free go on another stall (a prize that doesn’t really cost you anything).

Kids love winning an instant prize but the thrill of a free go at something else is just as exciting. This also helps generate excitement around your other stalls.

Win – Win

Kidnap The DJ/ Teacher, Pastor,etc**

This was a great fundraiser at our church. It was lots of fun and raised a nice amount of cash.

We marched in during Sunday Service and took our preacher hostage! (We’d had a word beforehand and arranged for the associate pastor to do the sermon that week so he was ready to jump in!)

We ended up raising a lot of money from the congregation to get their “pastor out of jail”. It was very comical. We used it to raise money for the youth camp.

You could make this even funnier by having the preacher tied and gagged outside the church waiting for the congregation to exit. An extra chance to rattle a fundraising bucket also!

Ok, this should get us going! You like?

~QC Supermom

Friday Four: Drop The Food Dye and No One Gets Hurt!

By now you may know that we do not celebrate Easter. But we love to play with our food and for that  reason, we don’t have to wait for a holiday to do so. We have learned over time which plants and fruits to use to give us wonderful colors that the children LOVE! food col

FDA.gov: “Without color additives, colas wouldn’t be brown, margarine wouldn’t be yellow and mint ice cream wouldn’t be green. Color additives are now recognized as an important part of practically all processed foods we eat.”

Huffingtonpost.com: “These dyes have no purpose whatsoever other than to sell junk food.”

100 days of real food Lisa LeakeCSPInet.org: “These synthetic chemicals do absolutely nothing to improve the nutritional quality or safety of foods, but trigger behavior problems in children and, possibly, cancer in anybody. The Food and Drug Administration should ban dyes, which would force industry to color foods with real food ingredients, not toxic petrochemicals.” Lisa Leake Of 100Days Of Real Food

So what is a food color? It’s a food color, or color additive, is any dye, pigment or substance that imparts color when added or applied to a food, drug, cosmetic, or the human body.  There are two categories of food colors that are permitted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA): certified color additives and colors that are exempt from certification.   Forget all of that. The FDA  will allow questionable “food -like” things in our food. Take the initiative and make your own. It’s not that hard.

Here’s the top four to look out for:

RED- usually has Red 40, crushed bugs The primary reason is to make up for color losses in foods which occur when food is exposed to air, light, moisture,modified, and variations in temperature. (These popular colorants, which today are used to impart a deep red shade to fruit juices, gelatin’s, candies, shampoos, and more)  INSTEAD TRY:



  • Red cabbage, boiled or juiced
  • Strawberries
  • Cherries
  • Raspberries
  • Beets/beetroot (boiled or juiced)
  • Red bell pepper (roasted and pureed)
  • Paprika (add powder directly, or dissolve in water)

For purple/ blue- aka “FD&C Blue No. 1” This sucks because too much of these fun, and pretty food-like items will destroy your gastrointestinal system.  INSTEAD TRY:

Cake pops


  • Red cabbage, boiled or juiced
  • Eggplant/aubergine skin, boiled or juiced
  • Blueberries
  • Blackberries
  • Beets/beetroot (boiled or juiced)

Cassie Sweets make GMO treats of all sorts using plants as color bases*

Green- I know that you don’t want a bladder tumor, but it can happen with an overload of green food dye.     INSTEAD TRY:


  • Kale, boiled or juiced
  • Spinach, boiled or juiced
  • Water cress, boiled or juiced

Yellow/Orange – My young boys would grab this JUST because of the color! yellow-drink-bottle-120622

When you eat things with Yellow 5, you lose zinc through your urine and saliva. If you have ADHD, you lose it even faster than someone without ADHD (Ward 1990, 1997). Zinc, an essential trace mineral, is required by hundreds of your body’s enzymes involved with the metabolism of protein, carbohydrate, fat and alcohol. Zinc is also critical for wound healing, sense of taste and smell, immune system function, bone strength, thyroid function, blood clotting, cognitive functions, prenatal development, and sperm production. Even a mild deficiency can produce a wide range of physical and mental problems. INSTEAD TRY:

  • Carrots, boiled or juiced
  • Saffron (not our favourite choice as it tends to be expensive and imparts a fairly strong flavor)
  • Turmeric (either dissolve in water or add powder directly – it has a fairly mellow flavor that is easily masked)
  • Golden beets (they impart a very dark yellow color – almost brown!)

Tests on lab animals of Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6 showed signs of causing cancer or suffered from serious flaws, said the consumer group. Yellow 5 also caused mutations, an indication of possible carcinogenicity, in six of 11 tests.
These risks are just not worth my families health. The first thing you can do is become more food-label conscious. I guess it’s like they say when you know better, you do better!

Here’s more food Insight

Colors That Prevent Cancer: Foods of the Rainbow 

The Dangerous Impact of Food Coloring

Click here for even more scientific information on food dyes

Total Total Wellness,

~QC Supermom


Wednesday Wow: Free Range Chickens – (Children)

Police Investigate Family for Letting Their Kids Walk Miles Home Alone

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Have you heard about the 6 and 10 yr old kids that walks 2 miles to the park to play? The story goes as such: Parents Danielle and Alexander Meitiv are “free range” parents. They allow their children to explore the world in a large ” Ring Pass Not’.  Child protection service found out about their care -free parenting and opened a case of parental neglect on them.

 In a January 14 article in Slate News, Hanna Rosin wrote of the case on the Maryland couple about their decision to allow children to walk home unescorted.


The parents believe that children have to take calculated risks in order to learn to be self-reliant. Their kids usually carry a card that says: “I am not lost. I am a free-range kid.”I_Am_not_Lost_Free_Range_kids

They had carefully prepared their kids for that walk, letting them go first just around the block, then to a library a little farther away, and then the full mile.

There are enough examples in the family court system as well as the newspapers to remind us that common sense is not that common. Adults and parents continue to demonstrate a lack of understanding about child safety and their responsibilities as parents -Jean-QCSAHM,


As a little girl, in Hemingway, SC., my best friends and I roamed the neighborhood – making sure we were home by the time the streetlights came on.  It is a sad time now that our kids can’t do the same.  We didn’t have any problems when I was growing up. But it was a different day and time. A badge with such saying  looks like an invite to kidnap to me.

 Rosin is outraged at a society that doesn’t recognize the value of creating self-reliant children, and at a police state that dares to question parents about such innocuous behavior as walking home.

I already know what it’s like to loose a child. I stood and watch my child take her last breath. With that said, I just can’t do it with my kids.  I just can’t.  Part of me feels like I’m curbing their life learning, but other parts of me feel keeping them safe is my number one goal, they have their whole life to learn how big and bad the world can be.

So, there’s my take.  What do you think about free-range raising?

Here’s more on Free Range Children


Take Care of Each Other,

~QC Supermom


In celebration of Women’s History Month, Momsrising and Beatties Ford Road Public library is celebrating these NC women who rose up and challenged the unconventional limits of what females are restricted to do. On March 28th 2015 at Beatties Ford Library from 2- 4 pm come out to hear their story and ask them questions of your own. Find your inspired Woman below!

lpLain Consulting LLC

LaPronda is the Principal and Chief Visionary Architect of Lain Consulting LLC, a full service consulting firm specializing in nonprofit development, management consulting and government contracting.  Since 2004, LaPronda has been responsible for the successful procurement of over $1.475 million in grants and contracts from public and private foundations and local government for local and regional clients as well as Lain Consulting. In late 2012, LaPronda transitioned Lain Consulting LLC to a full-time consulting firm.

Lain Consulting LLC is certified as a Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE) with the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County; A Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) with the Statewide Uniform Certification Program of NC; Small Professional Services Firm (SPSF) with the NC DOT; and a Section 3 Business Concern with the Charlotte Housing Authority. Notable accomplishments of the company include:

  • A successful contract with the City of Charlotte to manage the Grants Selection Process for the Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS)
  • Securing over $750,000 in a multi-year award for a local afterschool and summer camp program;
  • The formation of a local nonprofit organization created to establish a $135 million multi-resource complex for veterans in Uptown Charlotte

In 2014, LaPronda was selected for the:

  • Count Me In for Women’s Economic Independence Business Accelerator Program Award
  • Charlotte Business Journal’s Women in Business Achievement Award

On May 1, 2014, Lain Consulting LLC was selected as the Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) of the Year by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County at its Crowns of Enterprise Awards Ceremony.

LaPronda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Johnson C. Smith University and a Master of Science degree in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. She is the mother of a teenage daughter, India and loves supporting women that are ambitious, driven and determined to advance and excel in their careers and in business.

Mrs Betty and MomsRising

Contact Betty by email  BFWicker01@aol.com

Betty F. Wicker

Betty Foust (Rankin) Wicker earned a B.S. in Business Administration from NC A&T State University in 1980, a Paralegal Certificate from the American Institute for Paralegal Studies in 1993 and finally training as a Senior Business Analyst from International Profit Associates in 2007.  Prior to relocating to Charlotte, she was employed by Volvo Parts, N.A.  Promoted three (3) times during her tenure with the last position being, Controller and Administration.  In this capacity she was responsible for an annual budget of $7.3 million supporting a staff of 50+ associates.  The greatest accomplishments during this period was delivering a break even budget by the end of the first year and by the end of her tenure, not only delivering a break even budget but added profit to the bottom line.

In her current position with National Gypsum(2007- Present), her greatest accomplishments include but not limited to reorganizing their Capital Equipment Master Listing to simplify input requirements and search efforts (simply put providing a tracking mechanism for all heavy and mobile equipment system wide). 

Prior to relocating to Charlotte, Betty was actively involved in a variety of civic and cultural organizations.  Of the many appointments by the Guilford County Board of Education she is most proud of her participation with a two year study of Gifted Education and the state mandated promotion standards.  As a result of this involvement, Gifted Education in Guilford County became more inclusive and diverse.  She served as Newsletter Chair, Education committee member and eventual Education Chair (6 years) for the Greensboro Branch NAACP as well as was a visible volunteer child advocate representing children from impacted communities during hearing officer proceedings as well as in the appeals process with the Board of Education.  She was a member of the Guilford County PSTA Executive Council, serving as an area representative and Awards Chair.  She was recognized for her work with impacted children and their families with the NAACP President’s Award in 2001 and Woman of the Year 2002.  She is a leader and unwavering advocate for education for all children.

Since relocating to Charlotte, Betty has joined the board of directors for Right Moves For Youth (an agency partnering with Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools to provide resources and guidance to help students graduate high school with a plan for their future success) and National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Queen City Metropolitan Chapter

Betty resides with her husband, Allan and dog, Toby in northeast Charlotte.  They are a blended family with three adult children. Outside of her professional interests, she enjoys traveling, reading, entertaining, music and her new “give back”, participating on a quarterly basis providing meals, clothing, etc. to the street homeless in Charlotte.  The Wicker Family is a member of New St. John Baptist Church.


camille edwards and MomsrisingCamille F.Edwards

Camille F. Edwards is a descendant of the famed herbalist and author, Nicholas Culpeper (circa 1600’s). Camille is also a certified Hypnotherapist and certified Clinical Herbalist. She has continuously updated her herbal education over the years to stay abreast of changes and education being offered throughout the herbal community. Camille has served as past president on the Board of The North Carolina Herb Association, a North Carolina commodity group. She is currently serving on the board as Vice President, and will be acting President beginning July 2015. She has written and taught classes on the implementation of new Federal Laws and current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) involving the natural product industry for the BioNetwork BioBusiness Center, a program of the NC Community College System. She is also a retired North Carolina Certified Paralegal. She is currently re-organizing her herbal life by incorporating growing techniques and education involving medicinal botanicals. She is currently learning the arts of permaculture, beekeeping, and bio-intensive farming for food production. She and her husband will be moving to Hays, NC in April of this year to start her small acreage farm.



Founder and Executive Director, The Black Girls’ Corner, Inc.™ (a 501c3 non-profit organization)

Vickie L. Hughes (affectionately known as “Miss Vickie”) is Founder and Executive Director of The Black Girls’ Corner, Inc.™ (“TBGC”), which empowers and mentors preteen/teen minority girls. She is known as a creative visionary, trailblazer, philanthropist, and community activist.

After obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (Minor: Biology) from prestigious Spelman College and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Psychology from Roosevelt University, Vickie secured corporate positions utilizing her management and human resources skills for 12 years. She then returned to school to pursue and obtain her Juris Doctor Degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

While in pursuit of a lucrative legal career, the tragic murder of a friend’s son changed her life and revealed her calling to help youth. To date, Vickie and her Volunteer Staff of TBGC work with girls, PARTNERING WITH AND INCLUDING MOTHERS (or other caregivers) in the girls’ positive youth development. Many single mothers (caregivers), as well as married ones, benefit from TBGC’s group mentoring and Parenting Support Circle and appreciate the “Village” concept created since TBGC’s inception.

Known for her straight-forward and down-to-earth approach, Vickie serves as a role model/mentor to young girls and women. She encourages creative, outside-the-box thinking! Vickie has served as a motivational speaker, workshop facilitator, radio commentator, roundtable participant, and panelist. Vickie often focuses on healthy self-esteem, past/present circumstances, and survival skills when addressing her audiences; and has been a passionate advocate addressing causes/societal ills that negatively affect girls and women (i.e. domestic violence, sex trafficking) for many years.

nadine and momsrisingE. Nadine Ford

“i am a 4th generation native Charlottean who inherited a love for good local food and a strong respect for the planet. In addition to managing the Little Sugar Creek Garden, I volunteer with Friendship Trays, Charlotte Green, and the Charlotte Food Policy Council. And I hate beets.”



Pilar Perez pilar perz and momsrisnig

My complete name is Rosa del Pilar Pérez and I am the Senior Director of Early Learning at the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. I’m originally from Puerto Rico and have been living in Charlotte, NC for about 9 years now. I have been working in the education field for 30 years. Before working with the Y, I worked as an elementary bilingual teacher in New Jersey and Puerto Rico. I am also the wife of Cándido Albino, Pastor with the United Methodist Church in the Western North Carolina Conference, mother of 3: Tana 27, Thamar 26 and Uzi 17 and Grandma of three: Adrian, Zoe and Noah. My motto is to keep the peace and to do anything possible to help a child learn and develop properly. My daily mantras are: live by faith, serve without mind’s limits or limitations, always learn something new and use the time wisely. I believe that God moves me around what he knows is just good for me and I also believe that there is something special in each person that is part of God’s promises for me. I will like to do a cruise, finish formal Theological Studies and buy a beach house in Puerto Rico.


avis fun key fitness and Momsrising Mrs.Avis Snead

Fun “Key” Fitness

Wife mom of 4 and of course a child of God. I begin my fitness journey almost 3 years ago. My husband who is a certified personal trainer encourage me to join him on this journey. I begin this journey wanting to get my athletic body back. I wanted to feel sexy and comfortable in my own skin. As I begin to educate myself I wanted to encourage other woman who wanted to feel and look sexy inside and out. This became bigger than me. Woman from all over looked for my husband I help to get fit. This journey has its ups and downs but it’s worth all the time and dedication. We begin Fun”KEY” Fitness which led into #getfunkeywithavis which we had over 50 ladies to join us on our first challenge. I also host Fun”KEY” Fitness class each Saturday. I’m so grateful that God choose me to reach out to others through my struggles.

Contact Alexia at: alexiafurlow@gmail.com

Contact Alexia at: alexiafurlow@gmail.com

Alexia Furlow

Alexia is a recent Charlotte transplant from Wilmington NC. She is a licensed North Carolina attorney.
Alexia obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice Administration and her Juris Doctor from Campbell University. While at Campbell Law School she served as the President and Community Outreach Coordinator of the Black Law Student Association and as a member of the Campbell Law Innocence Project.
In her last year of law school Alexia went to Cape Town, South Africa where she engaged in policy research at the South African Commission on Gender Equality.
Alexia is the owner of The Law Office of Alexia L. Furlow where she focuses her practice on Criminal Defense and Personal Injury.
Alexia actively mentors youth and volunteers at her old elementary school. She enjoys traveling, socializing, adventuring, and spending time with family and friends.
Alexia aspires to advance her career towards South African Post Apartheid Reconstruction with emphasis on Education and Housing.

The address for the award celebration and round-table is 2412 Beatties Ford Rd, Charlotte NC 28216. There will also be games, a “What I Want To Be When I Grow Up” photo booth and refreshments. Keep up with the pre gathering by joining us HERE! See you there!

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