Homeschooling with Hurricane Florence

First off, let me just say, “I survived Hugo”!Hurricane Hugo damage totals.

Hugo was scary. It was loud. It was confusing. And it was destructive.

I remember following it’s path. Noting what it was doing in each town it touched. My parents did everything they could, from boarding up the windows, getting tons of supplies, and even waiting in a gas line for 3 hours only to get 5 gallons. As it was the limit per car.  Then Hugo hit. We all slept together in our parent’s bed and oddly enough, we siblings fell asleep till the next day. That morning we woke up to many disasters. Starting with a big hole in the roof of our back porch and a fallen tree in the front yard. My dad wanted to go out to see what damages occurred in town.  And boy it was a mess!! Our little town of Hemingway is still recovering. From that experience, I’ve learned to be mindful but not fearful.

So when I heard about hurricane Florence, I knew what we needed to do, and what nonessentials to remiss

My husband purchased a generator months ago. That was the best investment yet. We purchased 2 cases of water, fruit, rice, beans and ordered pizza. We knew we wouldn’t get over a category 1 effects of Florence and that wasn’t enough for us to leave our home.    https://www.facebook.com/clt.stories/videos/729447094062156/

So it’s Sunday and Florence has done her damage, as she approaches Charlotte!!!!! Screenshot_20180916-102307.png

Florence weakens to a tropical depression but flash flooding is far from over

Although flooding is still possible, I can take the rain. Heck, I LOVE the rain and wind flow. No problem there. But the kids are a whole different story. Sure we could have just cuddled up and watch movie galore and played a few cards games but we’re extra. lol

  1. We did container gardens with our worn out Nike sneakers.
  2. Played card games.
  3. We cleaned up our closets
  4. Researched hurricanes. We learned what causes them, what it is, and how they end.

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My message is this, you control their world. Make it scary or make it empowered.  The difference is information and creativity. Neither of them are expensive. Okay, gotta go hide and take a nap. (((Hopefully)))

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Florence Notes:

After an emergency, you may need to survive on your own for several days. Being prepared means having your own food, water and other supplies to last for at least 72 hours. A disaster supplies kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency.

Check out these checklists while you have power/ WiFi -( click here! https://www.ready.gov/make-a-plan  )1537109464577_411.JPEG

 

And we have a little stupidity (opportunist) Just read it.

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Pirates Voyage Review

The best dinner and show family date EVER! Family dinner is important….but add in live entertainment with live animals and a fantastic story line-totally priceless!

 

 

I still can’t believe it. I grew up near Myrtle Beach and never went to a dinner and show! But that’s ok, I making up for it now. Being a parent has really allowed me to enjoy my childhood again!  Which brought us to  the Pirates Voyage!

We didn’t plan to go to the show, but our baby boy turned 6, my husband loves the beach, we got a unbeatable deal……so why not?

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The night started with a ice breaking pre-show. It was a mix of karaoke, trivia, and a mini meet & greet kinda thing. We even got to meet Salty, the sea-lion! Talk about one smart sea-lion, he can wave hello, stand on his fins, run, and even say goodbye!

(Of course we had a mini home-school lesson too. Turns out these animals can get up to  500 lbs and 6-7ft tall. Mother sea lions are pregnant for 12 months, and give birth on land.)

Then the show began. It was a fun filled – epic battle between the crimson and sapphire pirates that takes place inside of a large ship! (YES, it looked that authentic!)
The dinner and live show included a spectacular acrobatic competition, live animals and original music scores by the one and only Ms.Dolly Parton!
Psst, here, watch our family videos here on Youtube–>
(Warning- turn the volume down; I’m kinda loud)
Tip: Go to Myrtle Beach SC.. Stop at a Welcome Center (just about any of them will have the discount offer)! Arrive early for great pre-show seats. Enjoy!
Here’s some more information for you.
Dinner and Show Details–>   
  • Show Lasts Approximately 1.5 Hours
  • Pre-show, Dinner & Show Are All Included
  • Appropriate for All Ages
  • Handicap Accessible
  • Non-Flash Photography is Permitted
Address: 8907 N Kings Hwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572
Phone: (843) 497-9700
Reservations: piratesvoyage.com

 

They have a list of do’s and don’ts. here one below. See the rest at  show information 

  • Mate, for the safety of our live animals and pirates, we request that no video recording or flash photography be taken inside the facility.

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Have you registered for Imagination Station yet? Do it here.  Dolly Parton is doing great things for our tiny readers. Check it out here!

 

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Black Men Rock! Tickets Give Away

 

This event honors black men. 

It especially addresses how black men view themselves after centuries of negative imagery and drives the message that black men are in control of their own destiny and can transcend the limitations some want to put on them because of skin color.

Buy tickets here CLICK HERE

“We want fewer young men in jail; we want more of them in college. We want fewer young men on the streets; we want more in the boardrooms. We want everybody to have a chance to succeed in America. And it’s possible if we’ve got the kind of team that we set up today.” – President Barack Obama

Now, here’s how to win them. Be sure to like our other pages –> use QCSupermom on

Twitter,    Facebook,   Instagram  and Periscope. On one of the tag a friend and list your favorite song that uplifts the black man. That’s it! Easy right?

  1. Like /follow at least 2 of our social media pages.
  2. Tag a friend  (from our page)
  3. On our page, list your favorite song that uplifts the black man.

See you there!!

 

Friday Four: Seaside Memories

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My aunt summoned us early the previous week. She requested all the small kids to be at her house in Conway for dinner and a egg hunt. We accepted and started looking for our fancy church- like clothes.IMG_20180401_165150452.jpg

Our trip home began at  8am. It us three hours to get there. It sun was kissing our face in the sun roof of the Buick Encore. The closer we got the more I thought about the beach. Growing up, it was our family refugee from the busy work and school week.  It was almost like it was calling me, calling us all. Because the boys, one by one, began asking to go the Pawley’s Island before returning back to Charlotte. We made it through a plate or two of my cousins and eldest aunt dinner plates, catch up conversations with the aunts, impromptu haircuts from cousin Lamont and even the trash talking in the background from the men folks playing cards for quarters in the driveway. As we got ready to issue our so-longs, the requests began once again.

 

Awe shucks………. I knew there was no way I could be that close to the beach and not go. Sure the water wouldn’t be warm enough to go surfing but it was perfect to watch the boys play on the beautiful sand, sit and watch the ocean waves dance and even build sand castles.

And it’s just what we did. Of course we took pictures and chatted with the locals after our quick stop at the beach store for floats, sand pails, and salt water taffy.

 

We had a wonderful time and hope to return soon for more vitamin Sea.

I’m sharing all of this because in the next coming years, I do not know if we will have moments like this again. Under President Trump, the plan Aims to Open Up Almost All of America’s Coastline to Risky Offshore Drilling.

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Drilling for oil on our coast is risky. A spill/leak will happen as it has in every other occurrence. Here’s four reasons from a mom, homeschooling, business owners and beach lover’s point of view why you should say no to the Trump administration and pro-drilling members of Congress:

 

 

  1. There are other sources of energy available that would be less abrasive to retrieve and cheaper to use. I found 8 right here online.  Click HERE to see them.
  2. If we can’t go to the beach, why would we shop the local stores? Business would suffer.
  3. There’s something special about the ocean. You can’t get the peace of mind, wind, and freeness anywhere else.
  4. The beach is a huge classroom. There you can learn about the history and exploration of the ocean, geography, science, math and marine biology. Your children can learn to name the oceans and continents, learn bodies of water, know aquatic terms such as bay, peninsula, sea, marsh, pond, river. Study all living sea creatures and learn about ocean exploration. 

bbbbbbbeachAt this point, the plan is still preliminary; it won’t be finalized for a year or more. This offshore drilling proposal will be very real for many people who might not have been involved in politics before. They are getting involved now. The Trump administration may not have listened to state and local stakeholders yet, but soon the president won’t be able to ignore the chorus of voices demanding that he keep offshore drilling out of the Atlantic, Pacific and Arctic Oceans, and the eastern Gulf of Mexico.

Now is the time to take a stand and demand change. Add Your Voice, Click here to say NO Drill NC!

And it is an interesting biological fact that all of us have, in our veins the exact same percentage of salt in our blood that exists in the ocean, and, therefore, we have salt in our blood, in our sweat, in our tears. We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.  –John F. Kennedy

 

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)

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

Shopping List-

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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