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

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

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

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

Starting with our special guest:

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

Time 11am- 6pm

When: SATURDAY, 11.19.16

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Friday Four: Why I blog!

I love blogging! I am entering my third official year practicing the craft. 

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At least twice  week I sneak away and let my mind and fingers take control. They recall funny, sad, discoveries and just about anything else that comes to my vivid sphere of awareness.  However, once I tell people how many children I have, and the list of hats that I wear.  I usually get one of three  reactions.

A. “Wow!” How do you do it? How do you get your child to do, eat, wear, or learn this or that?

B. Ain’t no way! Not my body, my  money nor my time! Mama gots bills to pay &  a huge daycare bill isn’t one of them!

C. Beautiful, I wish I could have more……….But da- dah dah dah da!

Well, I can actually understand those reactions and would be a fibber if I said that I entered motherhood knowing all of the answers. If someone would have told me that at the age of  36, I would be married, working in the hospitality industry, I would’ve  said “Yeah, I can see that!”  On the other hand, if they’d add 8.5 children and a crazy husband, I would ask them if they had hit their head on a brick wall or something! What sane person does that in the 20th century? We don’t have a farm.  But I am a certified Fertile Myrtle on a mission, and that’s one reason they call me QC Supermom!

I earned the Supermom title years go from the Charlotte Mecklengburg County Health Department. They thought the way that I promote healthy habits in my family and community was impressive. After that, I sort of ran with it, adding QC to the Supermom title and picking up ideas of grander. I just knew that I could help more moms! Years later, after several community engagements; both private and public, blogging just felt like a natural thing to do. Here are my four reasons why I blog.

1.  It’ s my time- One thing I’ve learned is every mom that practices building her home must make time for herself. This is how I do it. I vent, share and hopefully inspire. Often times it’s through my “me time” that I rejuvenate and refresh.

2. I help others. I am a proactive mom, thoughtful wife, sister, open minded friend, a value shopper, organic gardener, a children’s chef instructor, educated play date organizer and at any given moment an attorney.  I have a lot of life experiences and solid common sense to support it. Children don’t come with instructions. I certainly don’t think all  moms are stupid. Some may indeed be ignorant (which is different) and may search for certain guidance and emotional/ educational stimulation.

My theory is simple, “They’re blind Kelle. They don’t know! You’re the one that’s been doing this with not only your 8.5 kids but many others, a husband and all within a structured budget. Help them girl!” I believe in offering gentle pushes, and if I’m lucky enough, I may learn something as well.

3.  I help my family As a ambassador of total children wellness. I believe wholeheartedly in all seven branches of wellness. It includes spiritual, social, educational, emotional, financial, nutritional, and physical. I cover them all and still secure quality time with each and everyone of my children! How you ask? They are my “lab rats”! My children age range from 19years old to 20 months. I always have something to talk about based on a current, past or future event. One thing that I love about blogging is the opportunities to attract like minded moms as well as sponsors that want me to participate in a review or other promotional opportunity that relates directly to a need. These opportunities usually saves my family money and allow me to share my experience with others. Are we smart or what? 🙂

 I think certain businesses, appreciate my approach to motherhood and the respect other moms have for my views on life. I LOVE to share. I have never meet a stranger and is always read to share ideas. It’s a great opportunity for me, the mom, and the right business owner/company. If it’s good, bad, ugly- I’m telling it!

4. I keep my professional skills current, competitive and highly in demand. Johnson and Wales was expensive!I didn’t receive a boat load of scholarships and honor money like my son had. Once I got my papers I was happy none the less! I LOVED working with Marriott! It has proven to be a priceless experience.I honestly think that Bill Marriott is a genius when it comes to interacting with people. His book, “In the spirit To Serve”,still sits as my life reference book, right beside Wayne Dryer’s The Power Of Intention and the No BS bible to Marketing. I often call myself a G.R.I.T.S. (girl raised in the south) …….Now just stop for a second and just think of that powerful combination. Recently I took a industry readiness class.My mission is to stay home with my children during their formative years, while assisting my husband in keeping up with our children and our home. My long term plans include building something very meaningful for moms long term in the line of a 501c(3).  I figured the better I prepare and maintain my skills, the more goodness and mercy shall follow me!