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)

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NC SHEROES 2017 AWARDEES

It’s Woman History Month! Let’s celebrate the amazing contributions women make to our world and our future.

We are so fortunate to have several remarkable women from our community who are going to share their journey as we as answer any question you may have for them.

Come join  Momsrising THIS Saturday March 18th 2017   Beatties Ford Rd. Regional Library at 1pm; as we highlight and celebrate our selected SHEROES!

The award ceremony and roundtable includes a “Dress Up-Fantasy”  area for the children and a light reception following.This event is free! So come on! Ready to attend? Well it’ll be here  in no time. For now get to know more about each of them here.

Meet Chautauqua Ellison, NC SHERO

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Chautauqua Ellison, NC SHERO

Born February 24, 1973, on a Saturday evening to Glenda Graves (American) and Herman Morris (Guyanese). A product of both the foster care system and adoption system. Adopted at the age of 15 after going from one abusive foster family to another and having experienced abuse with the family she hoped to have finally found love and her place of belonging only to feel the cycle of being not wanted, she came to understand what she wanted part of her journey to be. She understood she wanted to help little brown girls like herself.
A graduate of Marlboro County High School in 1992 and immediately went off to college. She attended Morris College in Sumter, SC, Commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army, April 1997 and graduated May 10th, 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in English.
After graduating from college Chautauqua moves to Charlotte, NC and this is where she began her career in Early Education. Chautauqua has taught Early Education for 19 years. She is also a former HeadStart Educator.
Chautauqua became a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Queen Sheba #5 at the age of 21 and is still active with the Junior Eastern Stars affiliated with her chapter. At this time she began to have a full experience with SISTERHOOD.
Fast forward to the year 2010 and Chautauqua becomes involved with an amazing organization called I Am My Sister. She has facilitated evidence-based program pm Teen Pregnancy and Teen STDs/STI for 4 years for the organization. In 2013 Chautauqua started the first community-based club for the organization. In January of 2016, she became the Executive Director for I Am My Sister NC and SC chapter.
I Am My Sister is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides programs and resources centered around leadership development, healthy relationships, beauty and body image, career development, community service and support, entrepreneurship and workforce development, financial literacy, adolescent sexual health and teen parenting support, education and mentoring services for youth and their families.
I Am My Sister’s programs and services are available to youth and families in NC, SC, MD, NY, GA and CA.
I Am My Sister LOVES diversity! We’re PRO-YOUNG PEOPLE and don’t discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex or disability.
Along with being an active member of the OES (Order of Eastern Star), Chautauqua is also an active member of the Black Women Caucus of Mecklenburg , a member of the School Leadership Team at Lincoln Heights School (CMS) and a member of The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Chautauqua was also a nominee for the 2017 Mayor’s Mentor Alliance Award.
Chautauqua also lives by her personal motto: In order to teach life lessons, one must have lived the lesson beginning taught.

Meet Amanda Zullo, Founder + Owner

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Amanda Zullo is the Founder and Owner of Pop Up Produce

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Amanda Zullo is the Founder and Owner of Pop Up Produce and a 2016 Emerging City Champions grant recipient winner, sponsored by 8 80 Cities and the Knight Foundation. A designer, community engager and food enthusiast, she has a passion for health and wellness, sustainable living and fresh food. Amanda earned her Masters in Urban Design with a Post-Masters Certificate in Real Estate Development, a Bachelors of Architecture, and a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture with a Minor in Geography, all from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In both academic and professional realms, her focus has been to foster healthy communities through the built environment using design towards community activism. She has been involved in numerous local volunteer organizations, from educating the youth through various programs and work relating to community outreach.

 

Meet 2017 NC Shero: Nakisa Glover ng

She is a mom, native of Charlotte, NC and holds a biology degree from UNC-Charlotte.
She has built a track record as a community organizer, with years of experience in corporate, community and service-based work. She has a passion for advocacy and contributing positively to the community. She is the co-host of TheAgenda, a local think tank dedicated to creating space built on four pillars to Inform, Discuss, Network and take Action. As a strong collaborator, she brings her perspective to her current role with Hip Hop Caucus as National Climate Justice Organizer. She is the former national field coordinator for the Justice Action Mobilization Network (JAMN), a group dedicated to advancing climate change policy using a fusing social justice and climate justice. Her deep local and national networks mean that Ms. Glover has resources and contacts for dealing effectively with such critical issues as climate, social and economic justice. She was recently recognized as an Emerging Leader in the Climate Movement and is the recipient of the Clean Air Carolina the 2016 Airkeeper Award, joining NC Governor Roy Cooper, Dr. James Kenny, and other business leaders.

Meet NC Shero; Je’lah Singleton.

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D-Jé Boogie can be contacted via the following channels: Email – http://www.djeboogie00.com Instagram – @djeboogie00 Twitter- @djeboogie00 Facebook- D-Je’ Boogie Telephone – 980.202.3036

Jèlah Singleton, aka D-Jé Boogie, is a teenage female DJ who has presently been developing her craft for a little over a year. The idea of aspiring to become a DJ occurred when she realized how she could share her creativity and her love for music with others. D-Jé believes music has no boundaries or barriers. The art of being a DJ bridges gaps of age, ethnicity and various backgrounds.

 

Music has always been a huge part of D-Jé Boogie’s life. Sharing her craft allows her to share her love for the innocence and different moods of music. The variety of DJ engagements allows her to choose and ‘’play with” the appropriate genre of music for any occasion.

Becoming a DJ has required the investment in equipment, time and learning the art of the craft. She enrolled in classes, which enhanced her love for mixing and transitioning music. While attending the WTHands DJ Academy, D-Jé Boogie was selected to appear on WBTV for one their young DJ spots. That exposure improved her confidence to perform in front of crowds. Entrepreneurship has proven to be challenging and has also required discipline. However, entrepreneurship has also allowed D-Jé Boogie, as a teenager, to be her own boss. The God-given gift of her love for music will continue to reach people of all ages and allow her to share  their special moments.

Although DJ Boogie has been trained to provide the appropriate music for many occasions, she has been labeled as having an Old Soul. Her personal music of choice is different genres of music from the 1960s -1990s

 

Meet NC Shero; Flo Ward, We Chic’d It

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Flo is a creative environmentalist and DIYer. She used her prior experiences to start  We Chic’d It!, a furniture upcycling company based in North Carolina with the mission to help keep usable solid wood antique and vintage furniture from going into our landfills.
After completing her undergraduate work in Fine Arts, she worked as a graphic designer for several publishing/marketing companies, such as AutoTrader and Pilot Media Companies, until switching careers and going back to school to become an educator/trainer of technology within the school system. Now, several years later, she uses her knowledge of color, DIYing (do it yourself crafts), and education to teach others how to refinish, refurbish, reupholster, and repurpose their home furniture and decor items. Becoming the Queen DIYer/Upcycling Creationist that everyone knows her to be. Always thinking outside of the box, and generating ideas on Facebook, Pinterest, and HomeTalk. She is a married, mother of three and lives in the Lake Norman area, near Charlotte, North Carolina.

 

Meet NC Shero; Judith Wilson, – Foodie4Access

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Judith Wilson Burkes http://www.foodie4access.org http://www.sssmovement.com Facebook: #judielise #foodie4access #sssmoves #celebratec Twitter: @judielise, @sss_movement, Foodie4Accessclt

 

Judith Wilson Burkes is a nonprofit founder, author/blogger, internet radio host, community disability advocate and business owner.

Growing up in New York City, she developed a passion for the arts and all creativity. After attending an art high school against the wishes of her family, Judith tried to work for corporate America. She worked for various industries, usually finding a way to bring her love of creativity to the job, for more than 15 years, before her health made her leave the workforce in her mid-30s. She faced hardship in her relationships as well, as two marriages ended in divorce, leaving her to raise two sons on the autism spectrum virtually by herself. Despite her own health issues, Judith continued to work at home, first with her own graphic design company, and then virtually for technology-driven companies.

Moving from NY to MD, and now making Charlotte, NC her home, Judith formed her own nonprofit, Foodie4Access in 2016, to break down barriers of isolation faced by people and families touched by disability. Then, after meeting the founder of a local singles organization, Judith quickly saw the value of his idea to do for Christian singles what she was driven to do for people with disabilities.

With her two sons grown and independent, Judith now spends her time creating inclusive events that focus on changing lifestyles and mindsets.

Today, as President of The Single, Saved and Serious Movement and founder of Foodie4AccssCLT, she hopes to foster a sense of community among people who want to expand their social and entertainment horizons, while making a difference in local underserved communities, with small businesses and outreach organizations poised to make a difference.

 

“Do Not wait for someone else to come and speak for you. It’s you who can change the world”. -M.Y.

This gathering is in part sponsored by Momsrising. To RSVP and find out more information, visit our Facebook event at: https://goo.gl/NXoUDw   or follow along on Twitter with NCSheroes2017

 

 

Friday Four: Homeschooling Black History Month

Yay! This is my second favorite month of the year.

FEBRUARY 2, 2017 — Began Black History Month, the annual celebration dedicated to the study and celebration of centuries of African American contributions and experiences.

 

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Kelly C. Pressley Sr.    02/19/17- 1/23/09 One “One Heck Of A Man” 

 

We celebrate Black History Month by education, empowerment and expriements.  To dismiss the opportunity to reclaim our rich history is a diservice to not only my ancestor, myself but also my children and thier children.  The information is out there. The elder have stories just waiting for a silent ear to share their first hand stories with. Don’t rely on tv or typical school books to tell you your history.

My Black history begins with my grandfather, Mr Kelly Ceaser Pressley Sr. 

He suceeded at many things including fatherhood to 12 children, a husband, rail road staff, shop owner, barber, shoe maker, logger, Mason lodge #358,  farmer, “Honoray Police, and Reverend.”

 

(See, you can’t blame me for being such a busy body. It’s in my blood.  I sincerly look up to this man. Even with flaws that he proudly overcame.)

 

 

How much do you know about Black History Month? Take the quiz.

Every day provides a learning opportunity for black history. President Jimmy Carter added in 1978 that the celebration “provides for all Americans a chance to rejoice and express pride in a heritage that adds so much to our way of life.

This  year, President Trump issued a proclamation Thursday declaring February as National African American History Month. The text names Katherine Johnson, a mathematician and one of three black women whose roles in the space race were featured in the recent film “Hidden Figures.”

Let’s add our stories. Let’s create amazing history to share with our future seeds. Let’s make this Black History Month the beginning of something remarkable that our children will be proud of and will educate our cultural counterparts! black-history-month

This month at Kelle’s Higher learning Center, we will cover major four subjects:

  • Law: “If you don’t know your rights or the laws, how do you know if they’re being violated?  We will cover laws that were made to protect, hurt and empwer African Americans . We will also make up a few of our own. michelle-obama

Health: Total Wellness with a focus on holistic prevention, advances and discoveries.

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  • History:

    “[I]f a nation understands its history, it is a wonderful tool to help a nation figure out how they live their lives, how to understand the conditions they face,” Mr. Bunch told The Christian Science Monitor. “It is this tension between the joy of history and then using that as a weapon, as a tool, as a way to better understand who we are – to provide contextualization, and maybe on good days, a little healing and reconciliation.”

    This study will begin with our family. All four sides -paternal and maternal.  And it will include a visit to the Museum Of The New South .

  • Science & Technology: African American contributions and hands own experiments.t9qx2

List of homeschooling resources for Science and Technology. CLICK HERE! 

 

 

Are you excited about growing self knowledge this February? I sure am! Start where you are and grow from there.  We are incredible people. We should know and share it widely with our children.

 

 

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My daughter graduated from high school on the 02/01/17!  Yay February !

 

NOTES:

Why February? Why one month” Learn here— (CLICK HERE!)

I Am Not Your Negro
Based on James Baldwin’s final and unpublished manuscript, Remember this House, Raoul Peck’s compelling new documentary I Am Not Your Negro presents Baldwin’s reflections on the assassinations of Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King.
Streaming Webcast

(National Museum of African American History and Culture)

African American History Online

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

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

 

 

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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Friday Four: Parenting Kids As The Police Kills Blacks

Do you feel like you are in the Twilight Zone? Are you angry, confused, fearful, hopeless, ready to leave the United States of America? I am.Just yesterday, we celebrated The Fourth Of July; The Declaration Of Independence,  then BAM- today the police goes on a Black Man Purge!

I’ve had to come off my “GOD Box” to put my Facebook Lurkers in check, because they got too bold behind the computer screen. But I knew they were just speaking their truth and  I should really understand the underlying information they were sharing.  I received that they wanted power over us, our children and our livelihood. That, I just can’t allow. And neither should you parents.

I will not live in fear. I will not allow my children to live in fear. I will not rely on anyone for my food (completely) And I will not allow my loved ones to perish either. It’s a great feeling to know it’s not all whites that feel this way. I must add.Because I want my children to continue  to grow their love, appreciation and knowledge of all races.

It is said, “A generation that ignores their history  has no future.” The time is now to wake up and  and be present with our children’s  psychological needs. New sneakers won’t do it. There are four things I need you to do this weekend:

  1. Go plant a garden. Yes, start feeding yourself. As they say, the hand that feeds you -control you. It could soon become a batering tool, and it’s a great way to get in shape and get your mind of all of the brothers and sisters being murdered by the police. Today, my husband took the kids to play tennis and I took them with me this morning to shop for school and college supplies.
  2. Learn 4 “Prepper Strategies”. It’s time to work together. Look out for your neighbor, and protect each other. Be prepared to make sacrifices to help take care of others by learning ways, to build together.As anger increases, so does crime rates. As a parent, your job is to protect your seeds.
  3. Be mindful of what and how you communicate information about police, and other people of authority with your minors. I hate the officers that kill for no reason. I also know helpful officers that strive to keep peace in words and not violence.
  4. Back away from social media. It can be overwhelming and depressing. Moniter what your children are exsposed to also. Instead, celebrate, love, respect more!

Concrete Ways to Be an Actual Ally to Black People

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IF WE ONLY HAD IT this GOOD WITH POLICE OFFICERS—–

One good thing about is that the WORLD is the getting true story of American blacks. So many countries have been on social media connecting with black Americans.They want facts they know they will not get on the news. Thanks to social media, it is out.

 

Cornel West: Social Activist Says President Obama’s Response to Police Shootings Was ‘Weak’

Stay Safe Sound and Aware Good people! QCSM

How to Request Insurance Reimbursement for Doula Services

Continuing from my last post on

Wednesday Wow: Paying Your Doula .

Here’s how to file your paper work to get your doula fees paid.

The fact that their insurance company might reimburse at least some portion of the fee for your services might make you attractive to a group of potential clients who might not have been interested before. Getting reimbursement for doula services requires patience and persistence, but it can be done. If you are going to offer this as a possibility for your clients, you will also need to be willing to offer some guidance and, most likely, a fair amount of support, as they attempt to get reimbursed.

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How to Request Insurance Reimbursement for Doula Services

___     Pay your doula in full.

___     Get an invoice from her which includes the following information:

  1. The doula’s name and address
  2. Her social security number/taxpayer ID number or NPI number
  3. The date and location services were provided
  4. The CPT code for the services provided
  5. A diagnosis code
  6. The doula’s signature

___     Submit the invoice with a claim form to your insurance company.

___     Within four weeks, expect a letter telling you either that

  1. They need more information before they can process your claim.
  2. This is not a covered expense.

___     Ask your Doula to send you the following:

  1. A copy of her certification (if she is certified)
  2. Other credentials or relevant training
  3. A letter detailing her training and experience and what she did for you

___     If possible, ask your obstetrician or midwife for a letter explaining why a doula helped you, was necessary, or saved the insurance company money. (Did you have a high-risk pregnancy? Did the doula’s suggestions appear to prevent complications or help your labor to progress more quickly? Did the doula’s presence decrease your need for expensive pain medications?)

___     Write a letter explaining why you felt the need for a doula and how you believe the doula was beneficial to your health.

___     Submit to your insurance company: the doula’s letter and credentials the letter from the doctor your cover letter

___     If they refuse it, write a letter to Health Services requesting that they review the claim, as you feel it was a cost-cutting measure and they should cover the cost.

___     Follow up by telephone if necessary.

___      If they refuse, write a letter to the CEO explaining why you feel that doula care should be a covered expense. They may not pay your claim, but they will consider it for the future. (Kelli Way, ICCE, CD(DONA) 1998.

 

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If you are a doula, I suggest you click over and read the guide to getting a National Provider Number and helping your clients get reimbursed.

Also, here is a pdf from DONA with several FAQ’s on insurance reimbursement

And here’s how to contact me for my birthing services:

The Pink GrassHopper Birth

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FaceBook – Doula In Charlotte

 

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.

Need more? Click here!

Okay now, go get loc’d up!

 

Wednesday Wow: CHEAP Family Summer Fun List

Let’s jump right in here. This is a collection of things to do this summer that is not only cheap but educational too! It’s a string of conversations between myself and my online friends everywhere!  The great thing about their collection is that you can find most of the ideas in your town under a different name. Just search, ask and go. The summer you want is available. You do not have to sit in the house this summer.   Get out with your children and have fun! 
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K-Moments Photo from the Total Children’s Wellness Fair

Hikes through a wooded area, camping in the backyard/ living room turn all electronics off for the day. We just did this over the weekend and everyone had a great time. We set up games like a water balloon throwing contest, bean bag toss, kick ball, sack races and other fun things. Made a fake fire, and had a simple dinner of hot dogs and chips, lunch we had a picnic lunch at the local park and did some exploring of the trails

 Library programs. Swimming, fishing, and picnics at the lake. Free concerts at the park. Slumber parties or tenting in the back yard. Hot dogs on the grill.
Get active in your mom group. If you don’t have one find one like Queen City Stay At Home Moms. We do a lot of co operative adventures together! 
It doesn’t cost anything just being with friends and family is enough for me. Sitting visiting laughing playing board games card games or sitting around a fire in my back yard

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Both of my daughters (now in their 30’s and 40’s) remember the fun times we had loading up stuff from the pantry – crackers, tuna, peanut butter, jug of water and beach towels – and heading to the beach for the day. Most favorite memories =o)  

Free science museum Thursday afternoons, zoo passes, park, pool, and drop off at grandmas!

Oh, water SPRAY PADS!!!! Everywhere has at least one spray PAD!
Get a foam swim tube @ dollar store poke holes in it attach it to hose. Viola a sprinkler you can make it go upward or down like a shower!

VISIT a friend that live in an apartment with a pool- Grab some towels and go swimming! 

Make koolaid popsicles in ice cube tray. Make a tent in the backyard with old sheet or blanket or tarp. Catch fireflies at night. Look at the stars. Have a block party with neighbors. Potluck and play the radio. Teach kids how to tell ghost stories or read out loud to them from library books.

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welcome to my life right now. That is ok, some of the most fun things are free.

I set up obstacle courses for my kids then we take turns setting it up we use stuff we already have

Thank god there’s a site for free stuff to do in Chicago lol I’d be struck too often.
 Help your favorite holistic vendor get ready for a local community  fair like the Total Children’s Wellness Fair.in Charlotte NC
Dollar tree, five and below, sisters pool, beach and free library passes to Beardsley zoo. Woo hoo!

Did anyone mention the BEACH????  ( my sons below! #proud mom)boyss
My girls love it too. 1 missing-my girls
 Fishing, box of worms at wal-mart $3.50-4.00 ! Pack picnic lunch, sit on bank !
Definitely, we are using our $3 to go see the dollar movie 🙂

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NC by Train and Amtrak are offering a Summer 2016 Deal for kids ages 2-12! Up to two children can ride for $5 (per each full-fare paying adult) to any destination in NC Tuesday-Thursday, and Saturday (some blackout dates apply). Entry promo code V765 for the discount!

 Details below-
Seasonal: Summer
 Day: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday
 Through 8.31.2016
 Grades: Preschool, Elementary, Middle School
 Age: 2-12
 $5
Cont…….
Pack a picnic lunch and go to the park.

  Or better yet, grab a recipe from Kelle Cooking With Kids and create a healthy treat together!
That why we go to the dollar store!

Yes. Think we’ll go somewhere. Go set in pickup in are driveway for awhile. And not even move. Get out go back into house. Wow that was cool
Yup… well, there is always the imagination and that’s free! You can even run away with it. 3 bucks will get you some lemons, you probably some sugar just add water. lol Make the best of your day.
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Summer Bonus Perks:

You can even earn free coffee/ make an extra $200-$300 a month with no investment. by hosting Organo Gold House Parties with friends. (You can get more info on that —–right here!
RIGHT NOW I’m hooking up a family in need! I am giving away a week of media camp with Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Camp.
Haven’t heard about it yet?….I’ll update you.
At CYBC [Charlotte Youth Broadcasting Camp]. We have campers from various states, cities, and regions who come for the CYBC experience. Radio (June 20-24) & Sports Broadcasting (June 27th-July 1st) is still available register now atwww.Charlotteybc.com. Age groups 9-12 and 13-17.
All you have to do tell how you would spend the extra $300 you’ll save.
Post it below. I’ll notify the winner RIGHT here on next Friday!