Here’s how those in need can get a free Thanksgiving dinner

Thursday will be here in no time. Hopefully my mini van will be repaired soon. But for now, I’m in a rental for Thanksgiving. I plan to pick my car up first thing in the morning. Then get started on my hefty drink list for the family dinner. Yes, I’m in charge of drinks. We’re having kombucha, green tea, Jamaican hibiscus Sorrel, and bottled water. Not one soda will I purchase. My prayer for the last week is that everyone arrives safely and no one throws a dinner roll at me!   6 final_3

But just in case my Enterprise Car rental falls through for my family of —many. I am looking for dinner alternatives. Rush cooking has never been my thing. I figured that we would find a local place where we could both volunteer at and dine in.

So, here’s what I found online. Turns out there a quite a few places to dine, help and donate in the Charlotte area.

 

 

Food pantries, some of which also have a soup kitchen on site, may provide help in one of two ways. These tend to be “hyper” local in that they only serve people in a limited area and each center has their own application process, resources, and hours of operation.

  • Food banks may only give a Thanksgiving holiday turkey as well as the sides, such as cranberry, gravy, bread and other items, to an income qualified family and their children.
  • Soup kitchens may be located at some food banks. These sites will tend to serve an entire hot dinner to individuals, including the homeless.
  • Some of these charity run food pantries may give the client a gift certificate to redeem at a local supermarket. This will allow the family to buy their own turkey kkkkkk

    It is recommended to call or stop by a pantry to learn more on what they offer. Anyone that is seeking help at Thanksgiving (or really any holiday) should ask in advance what type of services are provided, and do not wait until November rolls around. Find how to get help from a food pantry.

    The homebound, disabled, and senior citizens that can’t make it to a feeding site should register for Thanksgiving assistance from a Meals on Wheels provider. These tend to be offered as year round services. Some of the administering agencies may charge the client, or “encourage” a donation. Other Meals on Wheels services are free, especially those offered from Agency on Aging Centers. and maybe other food items.

    Free Thanksgiving lunches or dinners may also be served by churches or other faith based groups. There will not be any discrimination based on age, religion, or race and anyone can drop in. Churches, such as St. Vincent de Paul or Catholic Charities do their best to feed the poor at Thanksgiving. The goal is to spread holiday joy to all, especially to children and the elderly.

    The meals served by a church depend on volunteers and donations. They rely on stores, restaurants, fund raisers, and other sources of money in an effort to offer these Thanksgiving programs. Anyone that uses a soup kitchen at a local church is always encouraged to also volunteer in an effort to give back to the needy.

Skyland Restaurant continues tradition of free Thanksgiving meal for people in need

 

And if you are a military family like mine, check this out!

Thanksgiving Resources for Veterans  kkk mil

Military veterans have so many benefits even after leaving the service and Thanksgiving is no exception. During the holiday season there are special events that include veterans’ and not just active duty, family members and government employees.

Read more: https://militarybenefits.info/thanksgiving-resources-veterans/#ixzz4z7hAl4SO

If none of that works out, I will get my daughter Cassie of Cassie’s Sweetz to create us a Sweet Potato Wonderland!

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Well friends, where ever you find yourself on Thursday, may the Joy of family, Gratefulness and Love find you there!

 

Notes:

I’m smart, because I know where to find good information. See my resources below:

http://www.needhelppayingbills.com/html/free_thanksgiving_dinner.html

http://www.operationhomefront.org/holidaymeals

https://patch.com/north-carolina/charlotte/veterans-day-free-meals-discounts-north-carolina

 

 

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Friday Four: Halloween Savings, Snacking and Satisfaction!

Halloween is supposed to be fun, mysterious, and yummy! I for one have seen a spectrum of Halloween scenarios and today, Ias I type I am a born again Halloween worshiper! LOL! No More white sheets and plastic pumpkin bowl filled with sugary Kiddie Crack! pppp

As a parent no one wants to go in the hole while celebrating this amazing holiday, there are a few ways you can get the kids looking great, save money on treats, and have loads of fun together as a family.

Okay, I kinda understand that not everyone gets excited about Halloween, but let’s just think for a minute…..with everything going on in today’s world, a light-hearted, healthy, progressive, fun, mental adventure here and there in a safe environment is a needed perk! Any chance you can give your child to enjoy childhood, go for it! It will only give them more fond memories of you and extend their childhood a little longer.  It also tells them, that they are special enough to you to make it happen. Why not?IMG_20171028_204910671.jpg

For those who do, allow me to give you a hand with this. Because, you know, October is “MY MONTH!” It’s the month I was given to our Earth.  I will be turning 24 years old! (Just flip those numbers around -okay)  (Cake below by vegan teen baker, Cassie, of Cassies Sweetz)cake

octHomeschooling parents, this is for you! Make it a Science Day! I have put together a few ideas here on Pinterest for you!  Everything is affordable, easy and not too messy to try! Follow THIS ONE other boards over there and thank me later!

2. For my children, I have gotten some really nice costumes from friends kids, thrift stores, my closet. Yes, I’ll go to a local department store but only after I luck out at these other options. Shopping early is never a bad thing either. I get some of my most favorite event wigs -BRAND new from outlet stores for dirt cheap! If you are hitting the bottom of the barrel with costume options, just click here for fresh ideas!

3. Do you really want to go door to door or to a boring party JUST to get candy and watch your child play? NO, you don’t. Skip it all and mark your calendar for the next BooBash! I The only thing scary about it the idea of you not voting! Yes, it a family-focused- free, Early Voting  Halloween parade and party! It’s sponsored by Momsrising, Queen City Stay At Home Moms and other amazing community partners. It’s on the lawn of Beatties Ford Road Regional Library. It nonpartisan and low candy. distribution. YES!!!! Find out more about Momsrising here. CLICK HERE. 🙂

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4.I have a friend that is a merchandiser for Family voteDollar. Right now all of their candy is buy 2 bags of candy and get 1 for free! While I’m NOT an advocate of any (non-chocolate)) candy, that is a pretty good deal.

Alternatively, offer clementines. They look JUST like tiny pumpkins and they have their very own packaging. IMG_20171025_131842610.jpg

 

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So my question to you is, are you ready for some not so scary good times?

 

In Total Wellness,

QC Supermom  – (Jabela)

Disney On Ice FROZEN 2017 – Ticket Contest

Disney On Ice is back! And I’m not sure who is more excited. The children or myself! It’s my opportunity to take the kids back to my childhood. A time of low stress and all fantasy!

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Enter a fantastical winter wonderland beyond all imagination at Disney On Ice presents Frozen.  The heartwarming Academy Award-winning tale you love is now LIVE and skating into your town. You’ll be magically whisked away into the wintry world of Arendelle, where you will be dazzled by amazing special effects and astonishing skating. Sing and dance along to inspiring songs, including “Let It Go.” Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa, the hilarious snowman Olaf, Kristoff, his loyal reindeer Sven and the mystical trolls as they journey to discover that true love is ultimately the most magical power of all! Hosted by Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, with special guest appearances by your most beloved Disney Princesses and characters from favorites like Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story, Finding Nemo and Disney’s The Lion King, this unforgettable celebration of love and friendship will leave your family with memories to last a lifetime.

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My children always focus on the colorful excitement, costumes, and funny lines, I take in the lyrics, perfect moves on ice and the light-hearted storylines. For 90 minutes, there is nothing but excitement, fun, and a carefree childhood! If you have gone before, you understand my excitement. If not, make plans to go this year!

Director Patty Vincent says, “Our goal is to showcase these heartwarming characters in a way that allows the audience to cheer and sing along throughout this emotional journey.” Here’s how to get your tickets. Buy them via the link below or win them!

I’m giving away four tickets for the opening night show on 

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Thursday, October 5 at 7:00pm. To win them, be sure to like us on Instagram and Facebook. Then tag me in your favorite Disney meme. Simple right? I posted one of my favorite Disney memes below.

 

The flower that blooms in adversity is the most rare and beautiful of them all; Mulan

 

Last year we invited Zianna Oliphant, she and her family had a ball!

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Bringing Beloved Disney Characters to Life on Ice.

Location:        Spectrum Center

Show Dates:   Oct 05, 2017 – Oct 08, 2017

Purchase Tickets Here

I’m All For Gun Safety

You know a lot of people don’t understand the importance of having a gun control laws but I do. When I was 17 a lot of you may not know this, but I was a really hip young lady. And I went to a party at a local Club and this young man asked me to dance with him and I refused him.

It happened in 1992, I went to a party at Club 261, local club back home to celebrate much anticipated ‘Summer -Sum-mer, Summer -time Season. I guess we weren’t the only ones, the place was crowded with folks.  Out of the blue, this young man asked me to dance with him and I refused him. gun

A Dangerous Trend: North Carolina Considers Weaker Gun Laws

Who knew that he would take it so hard? But then, I am Kelle! Lol, so going back to my fun time, I soon heard a loud, frustrated voice behind my head. It was the same guy, asking the same question, only to get the same answer. He was .”BIG MAD”  Minutes went by, and then the voice return it was like deja vu because everything happened again, but to my surprise, he came with a little package. Yes, a gun and he shot the gun towards my feet. Thank goodness no one was hurt. He lost all self-control. I went home that night and the next day we went to press charges on the guy. Come to find out he had no permit to carry. He failed the required testing to carry firearms. What if I was fatally shot? What if a bystander was fatally hit? and couldn’t return home that night? I know my parents love me. Other parents must love their child as well. What if This sick guy had no business with a gun.

It’s for these reasons we need real regulations and accountability for everyone that desires to carry a firearm. Even on the side of the state, there are perks to ponder. Can you imagine how much money there is to be made from people that just can’t pass the test?  If you feel the same way I need you to join Momsrising today. I’m with them.

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Moms vs. The NRA: The Force Awakens!

We, the moms, dads, family members, and leaders of the United States, pledge to continue to fight for gun safety reforms to protect our kids our familMomsrising Karen and QCSupermom kelleies, and our communities, including

  • Criminal background checks for all gun purchases, including at gun shows and on the Internet.
  • A ban on military-style assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
  • A federal anti-gun-trafficking statute with real penalties to crack down on straw purchases.

We also support funding for evidence-based community anti-violence programs that have proven to reduce the risk of gun violence in highly impacted communities. We support repealing Stand Your Ground Laws, common in many states, which facilitate racial profiling, casual gun culture, and are a huge step backwards for civil rights. We also call for federal, state and local reforms to curb police shootings of civilians with transparency and accountability. Beth NC Guns safety appeal

Here’s how with your help we can send an even louder voice saying we want our children and loved ones to be safe we want to be safe we want accountability to let’s do it together Take the PLEDGE here and read on…..

Dear blog readers, rise with me for families scarred by gun violence. Support commonsense gun reform with a gift of $5 or more to MomsRising.

Tax Deductions for Network Marketers

The 2016 tax deadline* is just days away! April 18th will be here in no time!

Are you ready? For some small business owners it’s a big nope! But I got you! No worries.

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Wearing many hats require me to know about as many tax deductions as possible. If you are in any MLM, Self Employed, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

 

Use this tax information as a Deduction Organizational Guide


Home Business Expenses

  Set aside a space in your home that is 100% business use.  Never used for anything else, and regularly used for business.  This is where you keep your business records, your business computer or laptop, make your sales calls from and meet clients.  The tax term is regular and exclusive business use.  If you do this, you deduct a percentage of the household expenses – rent, interest, taxes, utilities, insurance, repairs, etc, based on the square footage of the office ratioed to the home square footage.  Expenses directly related to the office, such as a dedicated phone line; do not have to be ratioed.  You can also take a small depreciation deduction for the home losing value.  -K.P. KP Tax Servive kptax.webs.com

  • Business cards
  • Brochures
  • flyers
  • stickers
  • cd’s
  • copying
  • printing
  • letterhead
  • advertising- Newspaper, magazine, radio, TV, internet
  • business checking account

Office Supplies

  • Envelopes
  • Postage
  • shipping
  • printer paper
  • printer ink
  • pencils , pens, markers, highlighters
  • notebooks
  • post-it notes

“The easiest mileage log is a notebook where you right the date, the trip purpose and the miles driven. ” K.P. -KPTax Service, kptax.webs.com Charlotte NC

Office Equipment

  • Computers and repairs
  • printers
  • fax
  • copy machine
  • answering machine
  • furniture
  • office space
  • file cabinets

Communication Expenses

  • Cell phone, phone bills
  • PDA
  • camera
  • video recorder
  • voice recorder

Travel Expenses

Go on trips that are going to increase your money-making potential.  Stay away from any others.  For legitimate travel, you get airfare, rental car, tips, taxis, laundry, internet and phone, as well as 50% of meals and any other reasonable and necessary expenses. K.P KP Tax Service  kptax.webs.com

  • Mileage- trains, subways, bus
  • toll , parking fees
  • airfare
  • lodging
  • meals
  • conferences
  • conventions
  • seminars
  • entertainment
  • Business gifts

Internet Expenses

  • Website hosting
  • domain names
  • web design
  • blogging expenses
  • podcasting – ipod, software
  • accounting software
  • tax software
  • internet service
  • classes
  • webinars
  • marketing

Business Related Education

  • literature- books, journals
  • magazine subscriptions
  • educational cd’s and dvd’s

Trade Show Expenses

  • booth fee
  • travel
  • meals

There are so many more to add to this list. I intended to give you a mental rolling start. . I’m a tax expert. Contact KPTax.webs.Com  to discuss your particular tax situation. Also get  more guidance. Please buy my book. It’s a easy read and loaded with tips for Direct Sales professionals. Message me —> QCSupermominfo@GMail.com

Wednesday Wow: Getting Married In N.C.

Getting married in North Carolina? It can be something aggravating. I know first hand. My sisters are still calling me Bridezilla’. As a non-denominational wedding officiant, I wanted to remain relative`, so I asked a few friends what has the hardest part of getting married and each of them responded pretty much the same, “finding a non-denominational wedding officiant”. Turns out, not everyone wants to get married in a church. I didn’t. The other top issues centered around selecting an affordable and compatible officiant. I can help with that.

What should be included:
  • Many officiants include a get-to-know-you meeting with the couple, followed by two or three planning sessions. Most officiants provide several options for ceremony wording and structure, as well as a choice of readings. On the wedding day, the officiant arrives early, has the witnesses sign the marriage license, and performs the ceremony. Afterward, the officiant mails the marriage license to the county so it can be officially recorded, and mails a copy to the couple.

Why does it cost so much for 20 – 30 minutes of work?
It is completely understandable for couples and their guests to assume officiants earn an unusually high amount of money for simply prompting the couple through their vows and pronouncing them husband and wife, but that is only part of the story the most visible part.

Competent officiants invest time before the wedding gathering the pieces together and ensuring the desired flow of the ceremony is there. Time may be spent helping the couple customize vows, decide between a unity candle or a sand ceremony, and/or writing the opening words, a blessing. Ceremony composition is far more time-consuming than the joyful occasion itself.

Officiants are often present well before the service to calm nerves or confer with a wedding consultant, the photographer, and other wedding vendors. We are usually asked to stay for a portrait after….sometimes waiting for a long receiving line to conclude or family portraits to be taken first.
Officiants in North Carolina are also responsible for ensuring accurate completion of the marriage license and submitting it to the appropriate county clerk recorders office and there are travel and/or postage expenses associated with this responsibility.Wedding officiating is a business with accompanying expenses. Officiants must advertise, maintain home offices, have internet access, make long-distance phone calls and travel to the ceremony among other costs.
Your officiant is a professional every bit as much as your caterer and your photographer.

I would love to share Jabela: Non-denominational marriage officiant and life celebrant with you. I have been marrying couples since 2007! See more about her here—> CLICK HERE! Here’s the Facebook page: CLICK HERE!

Here’s more information:

On-Line Marriage Application Form
On-Line Marriage Application Form Only valid for 10 Days.

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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

Friday Four: Homeschooling Shortcuts

I confess. I did NOT like  homeschooling at first.Even now, I do it out of necessity. We live in a unfavorable school zone and I refuse to send any of my  children to the designated schools. It would be five steps backwards, educationally, mentally, socially, and physically. Homeschooling has proven to be a asset for our super busy life and a way to give my children what I think they need in this world.learn.JPG

Oh, and it can be very expensive with four boys in four different grade levels. Thank goodness for short cuts and other resources to help us along the way. Maybe you can use a few.

Here’s 4 of my top online resources for home learning. Enjoy! 

1.Push them off on a smart friend. 

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My guys learned -HTML, CSS, and  RUBY in  5 WEEKS  for  FREE!

Kids Code is offered in 5 week stints, and occurs on Mondays or Tuesdays, depending on each location. Kids Code is from 4:00pm – 5:30pm, and doesn’t cost a thing!

2. ONLINE 

Khan Academy tutorials have revolutionized the way that people think about teaching and learning online. This non-profit educational website was started by MIT grad Salman Khan. He began using the internet as a way to tutor a young relative and people found his video tutorials so useful that he quit his job and began making educational resources full time. The site now provides more than 3,000 free educational videos on a range of topics including mathematics, economics, history, and computer science.

Duck Duck Moose is now part of Khan Academy – qcsupermominfo@gmail.com

We’re excited to announce that Duck Duck Moose, an award-winning developer of children’s learning apps, is now part of Khan Academy!

Since we believe every child should have access to the best learning resources, we’re making all 21 of Duck Duck Moose’s apps FREE.

Getting online is a part of our day! It allows me to homeschool four children at a time, clean the house and return business calls. We have just 2 laptops, 1 Ipad and 2 phones available for the kids. Including technology helps me stay organized and on track all day long!

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3. In The Community

We have:

lkDiscovery Place is a science and technology museum for visitors of all ages located in the Uptown area of Charlotte, Address: 301 N Tryon St, Charlotte, NC 28202 Phone: (704) 372-6261 Founded: 1981

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ImaginOn: The Joe and Joan Martin Center is a collaborative venture of the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County and the Children’s Theater of Charlotte. Address: 300 E 7th St, Charlotte, NC 28202  Phone: (704) 416-4600

IMG_3846The Charlotte Nature Museum features interactive nature exhibits and live animal displays, including a butterfly pavilion, and more. Address: 1658 Sterling Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209 Phone: (704) 372-6261

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Queen City Stay At Home Moms-  It’s what you get when you combine a group of moms from different backgrounds with the same common goal; to navigate through motherhood with amazing support.

We get together and share the joys, adventures, burden and unseen blessings  of mothering.  Some are former teachers, current students, grandparents, chefs, coaches……  and everything in between. Each of them have something to share with our children . .  Everyone brings their own strengths to the group for all to enjoy. It’s like having  the privilege to pick your family and selecting only the smartest, sweetest, most resourceful and creative members.

4. Local Stores

Lakeshore Learning– The BEST Spot EVER! They have EVERYTHING  for education.    SEE their YouTube Channel: Click here

They have been in the education game since 1954. They were also major gifters for our last Total children’s wellness Fair. We got to see so many of their awesome manipulatives and other incredible mental enhancers.

Five Below – If we are traveling and I have forgotten to bring their workbooks, I make one stop at my local Five Below and pick up just what I need for the trip. They never disappoint!
The Dollar Store is a great resource as well. 5 below

Homeschooling is an adventure you do not have to take alone. I hope this helps!

Breastfeeding Starter Kit

Yippee! It’s World Breast Feeding Week! This year,my daughter will be sharing her amazing Breastfeeding Starter Kit  with local mom at the BIG Latch On!

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Here’s how I celebrated it last week  (click here!) This year should be amazing!Here in Charlotte, it’s such a little community of like minded mamas here and it’s getting more and more connected with every event. I love it!!!-  shared byShelly Bloser Boyce

“CLC and runs the local normalize breastfeeding group here in Charlotte. Less impressive, but I’ve nursed my one child. It was really freaking hard and worth every tear”. Shelly

In spite of my husband saying “all you have to do is pop the tit out and give it to the baby. No complicated procedure there.” Thank God all men do not think like him.

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For those that really need help with increasing you milk supply keep reading.

Nursing Pads-When you begin nursing a baby you quickly figure out that you need nursing pads to protect your clothing (and pride!) from leaks. There are some good disposable ones, but most are scratchy and uncomfortable, and if you use them as much as I did with my first baby – you end up spending a fortune. The reusable fabric ones are therefore a Godsend

Here, try to make it your self. I found an excellent tutorial by DIY Materintiy

Lactation CookiesIt’s a sweet snack full of goodies thought to help breastfeeding mamas keep up their milk supply and produce more nutritious milk. Do they really work? Well I think so. I have used them  while nursing six of my nine babies and my daughter uses them for her clients. This recipe is a tried, true:

Lactation Cookie

Prep Time:15 Min Cook Time:35 Min Total Time:50 Min
Serves 20
Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter or coconut oil at room temp (coconut oil will make the cookies dairy free)
  • 1/2 cup flax seed meal
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 3 cups oat flour
  • 2 cups rolled gluten free oats
  • 1 bag dark chocolate chips (look for aa high cocoa percentage to keep the chips dairy & soy free)
  • 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast Flakes (or Brewers Yeast – type will dictate if it is gluten free or not)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 9 x 13 pan
Instructions
  • Preheat oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Mix flax seed meal in the water and set aside for 3-5 minutes.
  • Cream coconut oil (or butter) and sugar.
  • Add flax seed mixture and nutritional yeast flakes. Mix until light and fluffy.
  • Add coconut and oat flour and mix well.
  • Add baking soda, salt & rolled oats. Mix well.
  • Add chocolate chips and mix well.
  • If your mixture seems dry add in a little more water a tablespoon or two at a time.
  • Spread evenly in a 9×13 pan and bake at 325 for 30-40m minutes.
  • The edges should be golden brown and the middle should be set.
  • Let cool (if you can resist the urge to cut into them right away) and cut into bars.
  • Enjoy!

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Lactation Tea-It’s is a mild galactagogue (a substance that can be used to increase milk supply). Its main milk-boosting ingredient is fenugreek, an slightly bitter-tasting. Some moms find that sipping a few cups of this tea a day is an easy way to help their bodies make more milk. Some drink it hot, some drink it iced, and some mix it with milk or  apple juice. Another bonus is that the tea bad (if used is good for sore nipples- just insert your nursing pad to avoid staining your shirt.)  tea 2

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Guess What?  your milk will probably be just right for your baby regardless of what you eat. Your body knows exactly what nutrition your baby needs at every stage of development.But eating healthy  while nursing builds a stronger body and has incredible results long term.

Order your Lactation treats and tea from Cassie’s Sweetz.

Win a  vegan Smash Cake*here!

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If you are in Charlotte this weekend, visit Cassie’s Sweetz at the Big Latch On at Baby & Co. this Saturday from 10am- 1pm. She will have Breastfeeding Starter Kits available for sale.

Details? Click the image below. See You There!

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Lock It Down Tips & Tricks for a Dreadhead

Call me lazy, cultural or creating mini versions of my husband. We love our locks. To be more specific DREADLOCKS. This love of culture start way before I was here. As I learned dreads are dated from  1887 They have been worn for various reasons in each culture: as an expression of deep religious or spiritual convictions, ethnic pride, and as a political statement.

Today, I’m just share more information on how to grow and care for them. Note: I am NOT an expert. Just a mom that tries to save money and do as much as possible in house. I.E. to save money. Since there’s not too much free information on this topic and we are asked how we do our boys hair on the regular,, I figured I would share what I know.

No matter how you start locking many experts say you must avoid getting the hair wet from 4-6 weeks. Otherwise it will breakdown…and trust me, you don’t want that.

Traditionally, it was believed that in order to create dreadlocks, an individual had to refrain from brushing, combing or cutting. This method created dreadlocks that varied greatly in size, width, shape, length, and texture. Freeform locks are patterned to a degree, as the hair is separated in “chunks” (not parted as with a comb) into fairly determinate sections after washing.

rasA variety of other starter methods have been developed to offer greater control over the general appearance of dreadlocks. Together, these alternative techniques are more commonly referred to as “salon” or “manicured” dreadlocks.[20]

Using beeswax to make dreads can cause problems because it does not wash out, due to the high melting point of natural wax. Because wax is a hydrocarbon, water alone, no matter how hot, will not be able to remove wax.[21]

 

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My sons range from 4 to 24. Just 4 of them have locs.

 

As with the organic and freeform method, the salon methods rely on hair naturally matting over a period of months to gradually form dreadlocks. The difference is in the initial technique by which loose hair is encouraged to form a rope-like shape. Whereas freeform dreadlocks can be created by simply refraining from combing or brushing hair and occasionally separating matted sections, salon dreadlocks use tool techniques to form the basis of the starter, immature set of dreadlocks.

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For African hair types, salon dreadlocks can be formed by evenly sectioning and styling the loose hair into braids, coils, twists, or using a procedure called dread perming specifically used for straight hair. For European, Hispanic, Asian, and Indian hair types, Backcombing and Twist and Rip are some of the more popular methods of achieving starter dreadlocks.

 

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Regardless of hair type or texture and starter method used, dreadlocks require time before they are fully matured. So use light weight oils to condition your scalp and a little gloss if you choose for shine.  Do not use heavy greases, waxes and pomades while the process hair goes through as it develops into matured dreadlocks is continuous.

During this time, don’t let your lock become a magnet for lint. Wear a silk scarf or use a satin pillow case.

There is also the ability to adopt different types of fake dreadlocks that may make the hair look as real as possible. This process is called synthetic dreadlocks. There are two different types of synthetic dreadlocks. The first is dread extensions, in which other hair can be infused with the wearer’s own hair. The second is dreadfalls, in which one dread is tied into another with either elastic or lace. Both of these methods are used to make dreads look better and more appealing.

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Okay now, go get loc’d up!