Before you Buy it! See why I Tried it!

I’m a product tester! That means I try things and places before during and after it has hit the market.As a work from home mom, it’s a perfect opportunity for me to try items/events before I buy them and help my mom friends save money and time by giving them my trusted advice. After all, when you have 9 children and a veteran husband, you tend to learn the value of money, time and quality discernment.

I have tried things from Disney On Ice, Sesame Street Live, Cirque Du Soleil QuidamChick Fil A, Credible CravingsKIND bars, Monster Jam, Disney Jr Live, Ringling Brothers, Monkey Joe’s, Sonic Care, New Balance, Huggies, Belly Bar   to DOVE! Not name dropping at all, but those are some remarkable brands. It was an honor to work with each of them. It takes a lot to be trusted with grand brands such as these.

I wanna share my latest  testing jobs with you and encourage you to try these products yourself. Luckily all of them are winners. TODAY, you are a winner too because I have a free gift for you at the end of this post. (assuming that you like good food and free stuff!)

HerbaLife– ( Once controversial but with research you too will find that it’s not only a great income opportunity but also has products you’ll love! Like the Green Tea and Metabolism Booster-which I think every college kid should get to over come that Freshman 15′)

Herbal Tea ConcentrateHerbal life Green Tea & Protein Shake contains caffeine which jump-starts your metabolism and provides a boost to help you feel revitalized. For optimum experience, mix a a little more than ½ teaspoon with 8 ounces of water. This refreshing, low-calorie tea is available in a variety of flavors.

Protein Smoothie-Formula 1 Instant Healthy Meal Nutritional Shake Mix. Satisfy your hunger and stay energized with the power of protein! Add Protein Drink Mix to your favorite Formula 1 shake to boost your protein intake to 24 g (without the addition of milk) or mix with water for a Herbal life Protein nutritious protein snack.

  • It includes antioxidant Vitamins C and E and mixes easily with water, making it ideal for a nutritious snack or protein boost on the go.
  • Take mid-morning and/or mid-afternoon to help satisfy your hunger cravings and to help meet your daily personal-protein requirements.

If you are local, you could even workout with a trainer indoors at JL Wellness and Fitness on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday at 7:30pm.  

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They are a delectable, light, and tasty treat, Artisanal Pasta Chips are truly the perfect chip. Whether straight from the bag, dipped, or topped & served, they are a great source of protein, are cholesterol-free, and contain 60% less fat than potato chips and 20% less fat than pita chips. Ya’ll gotta try this the code SKINNY30 and receive 30% off their order at  Pasta Chips.Com (They are really good ya’ll)

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Pasta Chips are delectable treat, Artisanal Pasta Chips are truly the perfect chip. Whether straight from the bag, dipped, or topped & served, they are a great source of protein, are cholesterol-free, and contain 60% less fat than potato chips and 20% less fat than pita chips. ‪#‎endlessPASTAbilities‬ Ya'll gotta try this the code SKINNY30 and receive 30% off their order at http://www.pastachips.com/! ) ‪#‎SponsorAd‬ (They are really good ya'll)Some of my jobs have questionnaires and one in particular I love to answer. Is the “why do you want to test our product?  My answer never waivers. I love sharing information and trying new things. In my family, we have some one from every age group  from under 5 to over 21. It makes for a fair, diverse and interesting product review. The reviews are always my own and it helps other families spend their money more wisely.  A win- win for everyone. Speaking of win – win, here’s your oodie. It’s a free box of GRAZE! Click here and use the code KELLEP6HP – It’s REALLY free! (No shipping cost or anything)

Enjoy them .Please purchases from these items will benefit my blog . Click the links with the product names. Thanks and enjoy!

Jabela

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Real Secrets to saving money and getting more

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learned about being a consumer. EVERYTHING! YES, you can avoid overspending and still live high on the hog. It’s NOT impossible.

As a working mother of nine, I can’t muster the willpower to give up anything that makes life a little easier — like our minivan, our weekly trip out to Monkey Joe’s, Mr Nigels Music and Earth Fare or my monthly networking gatherings. But guess what these thing together cost no more than $20 – $40 a week.

While I spend little, my husband saves more. yes, he’s that guy that grabs all your peppermints  from the welcome desk and the honey from your gas station. to his credit, he’s also the one that makes sure that the priorities are paid and in place.

Don’t let anyone tell you that you must spend a whole lot of money to have a high quality life! I’m gonna share my top secrets with you so you can do it too!

Cupcakes from Emma Southern Queen Cakes- YUM!

Cupcakes from Emma Southern Queen Cakes- YUM!

Barter- To trade goods or services without the exchange of money. Moms can do it. Can’t do hair but can make a mean pot of beans… Barter! Even small businesses can engage in this practice as a way to get some necessary task done without putting additional strain on the budget.  I’ve had wonderful parties and incredible yet useful goodies that I have acquired via bartering. Keyword: Bartering- NOT free stuff- my time,resources is always of equal valuable. 

We got coupons from the store. It gave us $7 to use as we choose. My husband got cash back. Which IS rare.

We got coupons from the grocery store. It gave us $7 to use as we choose. My husband got cash back. Which IS rare.

Growing your own food is easy. Start small.

Growing your own food is easy. Start small.

Cooperate /do it yourself-  These are actually 2 different things. I just wanted to keep my points at four. (get it Friday Four) When you co operate you work with others. Think community garden. That’s a great way to not only save money, but to ensure you’re eating GMO free food. You’ll learn a lot too. Seasoned farmers/gardeners love to give tips. When you learn to do things for yourself you gain POWER. For it is the essence of empowerment. I’m not saying go live off the grid, but being able to fix a tire, repair your own computer, even make your own bread is a major money saver. You can learn many skills FREE online.  I recently learned how to make my own kombucha. A friend taught me.

doula Jabelaa-001Sell Something- If you’re anything like me, most times I can fin something in the house to use as a gift. Giving is a GREAT thing but why not open an online store an sell it? You could even have a online yard sale or a make an offer theme.

Volunteer- Find a group online or locally that need your help. You’ll be surprised at the resources that will be opened up for you just by saying “Yes, I’ll help you.” We have gotten pounds of food for free by helping set up for events. This tip works great for fee based community events and other personal services.

There are people out here who believe that in life you must have money to live well  Truth is nothing is free. It will cost you time, money or both. But you and your family is worth it right?

See more shopping tricks here – Grocery Sale Cycles    money grow

Eaim’s Super Hero Birthday Party ( A Monkey Joe’s and Mr. Nigel Review)

mj mj I have officially declared myself the queen of birthday parties! This month I have already planned and hosted two awesome celebrations of life. The best of those was Sunday when the theme was “Super Hero Training”! My 7 year old was too thrilled. We held it at Monkey Joes on Park Rd. invited 8 of his closest pals and threw in live entertainment by Mr. Nigels Music. Mr. Nigel is a serious music entertainers on a mission. He was a treat for both parents and the little Super-Heros! I admire his energetic, wholesome and passion he consistently displays. He provides the type of music you want your child(ren) to listen to. AND he’s a male, how perfect for my sons party!

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Monkey Joe’s made the perfect setting. The property is full of bouncing, sliding, and safe jumping fun! With wall-to-wall inflatables, a variety of arcade games, full concession options and a dedicated party room, after we fed them, we were able to just sit back, relax and enjoy each other. It was a success! The kids were happy, and getting them into bed was hassle free. Awesome! 🙂

They offer a variety of party packages for birthdays, sports team outings and family reunions and can accommodate small and large groups.

Party packages include:

  • Invitations for your guests
  • Party time in your own private suite
  • Your own dedicated Monkey Joe’s party host
  • Drinks for the guests
  • Paper plates, cups, tablecloth & utensils
  • Gift for the birthday kid
  • Courtesy set-up and clean-up by Monkey Joe’s

Additional party add-ons** include:

  • Pizza
  • Balloons
  • Goodie bags
  • Ice cream

Instead of a birthday cake we brought in Super-hero cupcakes and they did the rest! Sweet right?Want a party there too, contact your local Monkey Joe’s for pricing.

Park Road –1601 E. Woodlawn Rd  Charlotte, NC 28209   (704) 714-1141 |  Pricing |  Get Directions |  Book A Party

– See more at: http://www.monkeyjoes.com/parties/book-a-party/#sthash.zKYBSnZK.dpuf

Blogger disclosure – Monkey Joes nor Mr.Nigel  paid me for my review.These thoughts are all mine and the participants. They did make their incredible services available to me to try/experience and then share with you. I recommend these two business 100% because they hands down safe, affordable, sanitary, family friendly and just wonderful! Check them out.

Friday Four: Monkey Joe’s and Eaim’s 7th Birthday

On Sunday, I will have a 20.8 year old, a 15 year old, 14 year old, 13 year old, and 7 year old, 4 year old,3 year old and a 19 month old.

My future 7 year old!

My future 7 year old!

Somehow that doesn’t seem like a lot to me. With Christmas coming up, many are asking already, “Have you started your shopping? What do the kids want this year?” I love replying with “Nothing.They aren’t getting anything for Christmas.

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The reason we don’t buy our children gifts during Christmas is because it’s not their birthday. We serve the community during that time.

We wait for their birthdays to lavish them with celebration, praise and admiration. Yes,birthdays are a big deal in our home!

On candles: Some Germans place a big candle in the center of the cake to symbolize the ‘light of life’ (Corwin, 1986). Others believed that the smoke from fires would take their wishes up to heaven.

Here’s why we do it:

1.Having a birthday is much better than the alternative.

2. Wisdom comes with age. (most times) As you get older, you can appreciate the journey.

3. Opportunity- Aging means you’ve had more time to love, be loved and more opportunities and people to love.

4.Ice cream and birthday cake is still one of the very best things about birthdays, no matter how many you’ve had.

“Many birthday traditions deal with luck. A good luck birthstone, good luck flower, and a good luck color have been assigned to each month of the year.”

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The plan so far:

The party will be in the jungle. Monkey Joes that is!

Monkey Joes has became our mom cave over the years. We have Mr. Nigel coming out to bellow out some of the most fun Sing A Long songs to get the kids jumping, laughing,and dancing. You should swing through for a few jumps!

Over the years, we have had many themed parties for our children. This year, I completely fizzled out. I couldn’t think of anything. After making a call for ideas, my friend suggested a Super Hero Training Camp theme. So we went to a couple of second hand stores and left out with some great things to get us on our way. Can’t wait to see how that turns out.

Why do we celebrate birthdays and when did it begin?

Should We Celebrate Birthdays?

Proud Mom~ QC Supermom

Labor Day 2013 was for the Monkeys!

Since 1882 families have been kicking their shoes up and sitting back to bid adieu to summer ‘s baring heat. How did you celebrate? We didn’t do anything too elaborate. No grill out. No yard party. No t.v. games at all. We just chilled and guess what? It was all good.

A few minutes more & MJ would've been trampled!

A few minutes more & MJ would’ve been trampled!

Labor Day is the first Monday in September. Many people mark Labor Day as a reminder to hide white shoes in the closet ( don’t ask me why, I wear mine all year round.) while others use the day as the last chance to surf the waves or host other outdoor events, and even to celebrate the beginning of football season.

Jump! Jump Jump! Burn ALL of that energy out before coming  back home!

Jump! Jump Jump! Burn ALL of that energy out before coming back home!

This year, we just hung out with a bunch of jumping monkeys! No worries, No stress, just happy and  content. We got lunch from the market, jumps from the happiest place on Earth & great company! What more could we ask for?

MJ himself came out to say hello!

MJ himself came out to say hello!

Can’t wait to see what the next few Labor Days will be like……

Sept 7 2015     Sept 5 2016     Sept 4 2017

Sept 3 2018     Sept 2 2019       Sept 7 2020

Till September 7, 2015 be blissfully laborious – QCSupermom

Friday Four: AWESOME summer fun tips for all!

It’s here!  SUMMERTIME!!!! Find something great to do with this comprehensive list of activities, playgrounds, museums and more. Yes, I have much more than 4 but I signify my top 4! Lucky you! Just bookmark it and come back as needed.

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1. Go see Cirque du Soliel’s ‘Quidam’ at the Time Warner Cable Arena July 3-7  Tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster.  Click Here to purchase!

Quidam had its world premiere in Montreal under the Big Top in April 1996. Since then, the production has toured on five continents and been experienced by millions of people. In December 2010, Quidam embarked on a new journey, performing the same captivating production, but now in arenas throughout North America. The international cast features 52 world-class acrobats, musicians, singers and characters.
Young Zoé is bored; her parents, distant and apathetic, ignore her. Her life has lost all meaning. Seeking to fill the void of her existence, she slides into an imaginary world—the world of Quidam—where she meets characters who encourage her to free her soul.  You’ll see contortionists, aerial acrobats, hand balancing and more! 
Show Schedule 

Wednesday, July 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday, July 5 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 6 at 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 7 at 1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

For more information visit timewarnercablearena.com
See a preview of the show here.

Here’s a bunch of recurring events.

2. Monkey Joe’s: It’s off Woodlawn and Park Rd.

Play time! Name Your Price Mondays is the best!

Play time! Name Your Price Mondays is the best!

 Let the kids jump and bounce on huge inflatables. Parents can take it easy and plug into the free wi-fi. www.monkeyjoes.com

Airport Overlook Park. Pack a lunch and come here to watch the planes take off and land at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport. Off Old Dowd Road near the intersection with Besser Drive.

3. UNC Botanical Gardens: Consists of the 7-acre Van Landingham Glen, 3-acre Harwood Garden and eight-room McMillan Greenhouse complex.Outdoor gardens open during daylight hours daily. Located on the UNCC campus, at the corner of Mary Alexander and Michael Craver Road. 704-687-2870.http://gardens.uncc.edu

flowerPlaza Fiesta: This giant, two-story play place near Carowinds — billed as the largest indoor play center in the southeast — has tons of slides, tunnels and other features for kids to climb, swing and crawl through. 3700 Avenue Of The Carolinas. www.plazafiestacarolinas.com/site/

Crowders Mountain State Park. About 25 miles west of Charlotte, this park will

challenge the experienced as well as the novice climber. It offers 12 miles of scenic, and somewhat strenuous, hiking trails with a view at the top that’s worth the climb. 522 Park Office Lane in Kings Mountain. 704-853-5375. www.ncparks.gov.

4.  Public spraygrounds. Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation’s five jcspraygrounds feature sprays, nozzles and spouts that spray water for children to run through and frolic under. Open seven days a week in the summer, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Several have playgrounds next door, making them a perfect place to spend hours. Locations: Nevin Park, 6000 Statesville Road; Cordelia Park, 2100 North Davidson Street; Latta Park, 601 East Park Avenue; Veterans Park , 2136 Central Avenue; and West Charlotte Recreation Center, 2400 Kendall Drive. (704) 336-3854. www.parkandrec.com.

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Charlotte Museum of History. The museum, which is always free on Sundays, offers a glimpse into colonial life and has rotating exhibits. 3500 Shamrock Drive. 704-568-1774. www.charlottemuseum.org.

The Energy Explorium at Lake Norman. Located at McGuire Nuclear Station, the Explorium features hands-on exhibits and interactive games designed to introduce kids to the wonders of electricity and nuclear power. They can even use the power of a treadmill to operate a TV. The explorium also offers a mile-long nature trail, a picnic area, and a large deck that overlooks Lake Norman, the Cowans Ford dam and two nuclear silos. No admission fee. 13339 Hagers Ferry Road in Huntersville. 704-875-5600. www.duke-energy.com

Northlake Mall kids’ play areas. At Northlake Mall’s Warner Bros. Looney Tunes Play Area (across from Dick’s Sporting Goods on the lower level), kids can climb, crawl and jump on their favorite Looney Tunes characters. The mall also has a kids’ activity area in the middle of its food court. They’ll have fun with distorted mirrors, tic-tac-toe and tabletop sand art while you relax at a nearby table. 6801 Northlake Mall Drive. 704-921-2005. www.shopnorthlake.com

Storytime at the library. Each branch of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg library has dozens of local programs, including weekly story times for different age groups and themed special events such as cooking with books programs, “Fancy Nancy” parties and more. www.plcmc.org/programs (Many libraries outside Mecklenburg have similar programming.) (Just don’t put anything down. Their lost and found is awful AND they are  ridiculous about accountability.

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Summer-time is calling! TeHun runs to the call of duty! Wheeeeeee!

Mecklenburg Park and Rec Programs. From fishing to birding, kayaking to outdoor movies, Mecklenburg’s Park and Recreation department has dozens of fun, free programs and festivals for kids and adults a like.www.parkandrec.com. Click on the “Get Going Guide.”

Art gallery crawls. NoDa holds free gallery crawls where you can hear live music and check out original works by artists in different stages of professional development the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month.www.noda.org.

See a free movie. Some are outside on the big screen; others play weekdays in commercial theaters. I’ll add the list here later.

Here’s a few more:

Levine Museum of the New South: This is an interactive history museum that provides the nation with the most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern society featuring men, women and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers who have shaped the South since the Civil War. 200 E Seventh St http://www.museumofthenewsouth.org/

Kids’ Workshops at Home Depot. Offered the first Saturday of each month between 9 HDa.m. and noon at most stores, kids will learn to hammer nails, turning screws and sanding wood while they build things such as bird houses and catamarans. Designed to teach kids do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while instilling a sense of accomplishment. No registration required. http://www.homedepot.com

Lowe’s Build and Grow Clinics. Held twice a month on the second and fourth Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., kids will build things such as a dune buggy, a picture frame and more. Different clinics target children of different ages. Registration is required but can be done online. www.lowesbuildandgrow.com

Davie Park: Fabulous playground, plus ball fields, horseshoe pits, hopscotch courses and a lake! 4635 Pineville-Matthews Road. 704-554-0402. www.parkandrec.com

Enjoy your summer! QCSupermom

I'm so ready for this summer!

I’m so ready for this summer!

Friday Four: CirQue Saving B’day Party Dollars!

1vonsI have alot of kids. If you have been reading my blogs you know that I have at least one in every age group from one to twenty. So maybe, just maybe, I can tell you a little something about saving money while having a birthday party.

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1. Think outside of the box- Maybe a water balloon fight, Cooking party or sleep over will work, or even a pizza and painting party. If your child is in her/his teens, think money. Big kids LOVE money! Just take a few of her/his friends to dinner and lace her/him with a few dollars.

Dig for Treasures:  Kids love to hunt for treasures (don’t we all?), and so it would be so much fun to bury them in sand and have a treasure hunt! If you don’t have a sand box, you could fill a plastic kiddie pool with sand. Treasures could be little action figures you can find at craft stores, containers of putty, coins, or you could go all out and do a pirate theme. You will need to provide each child with a bag of some sort to put their treasures in. (Get these things from the dollar store!)

2. Keep it simple- you don’t need a big menu, expensive decorations or 

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dozen kids! The kids won’t mind. Your backyard could be the best place ever to host your little one’s party. If you are lucky enough to live close a Monkey Joes, like I do. You could have the entire party there for $99*. Or you could take the entire family out for the evening to a special show like CirQue Du Soleil. (click the link to purchase tickets at discount)  It is gonna be awesome this year! ( Check out this quiz. Good luck!) that show alone is enough of a celebration. You can get a family four pack for $118.00. Click on the picture to purchase.If you’re feeling a little lucky, you have a chance to win them. I’ll have the details in Monday’s post!

I usually try to stick with a color theme instead of character theme. The local dollar tree usually has great deals on party supplies

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3. Do It your self- Come on, it’s your child and money! Borrow chairs, others people long, empty hands. Grab up close outs items at craft stores and Pinterest tips. Instead of hiring entertainment, play games.Emma Southern Cake Queen said to take a class and make your own birthday cake.

4. Party in twos- If your child has a classmate or sibling around the same age and birth date- go for it! The savings are incredible! t’s best to choose a friend who has a lot of overlap of friends with your child so that you don’t have to invite twice as many people. If they have five mutual friends and each invite another two or three friends, you’ll still have a manageable number.Makes sense right?

For my son’s party, we made a simple pinata. First, we blew up some balloons, and I had my son tape them into whatever shape he wanted. (It ended up as a giant bee.) Then, I made a paste from flour and water, dipped newspaper strips in the paste, and laid them over the balloons until I covered all but a small opening for the candy. It took about two to three days to completely dry. Then, we just popped the balloons and painted the outside of the “bee.” We filled the bee with a two-dollar bag of “Fun Mix” candy from THE STORE. It made a cute decoration for the party, but the important part was that my son got to tell everyone that he made it.

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Throwing a party should be a lot of fun and not a huge burden. These simple tricks are sure to lighten your workload and keep your party on budget!I

Till the next party, QC Supermom

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Cute ideas below-

See this one.  Pocket your dollars

Dollar Stretcher, always has great tips!

Friday Four: What to do in a playgroup

Play pretty! Stop that! Is that your sippy cup or mine? I said SHARE IT! Hush now, Wait a minute, I’m coming! …….. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.I say it all!

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One of the most powerful assets a mom can have is her playgroup. The power in playgroups lies in their ability to make friendships and provide support for it’s members. But finding one can be the most important thing you choose besides your mate. It’s got to work for you both (all).

When you find one attend more than one play date before deciding if the group will work out for you, as the saying goes you can’t judge a book by its cover. This applies to playgroups as well, each event will have different people participating so you may find people you click with the second or third time around.100_2793 (2)

If you haven’t gotten that far, let me give you a little help to get you started with my top four tips to navigate your way into a successful experience.  yoga1

1. Bring something to the table. Some play group do a lot of education based events. Offer to help. No one wants to do all of the work alone. Don’t be known as that mom that never shows up or never helps out. If you are to nervous to really make conversation with some of the others don’t let that deter you from participating.

Use this time out of corporate work for you. Use your pre-mom skills In the group. Find ways to bring value that will look great on your resume when/if you return back to work.

2. Think like a mom. Act like a woman. Most moms lead with emotion. All moms should respond with maturity. If you can’t control your emotions, it is unfair and unreasonable to expect your child to control his. It’s important to know that at some point,your baby will cross paths with another lil one. You should be able to know when to intervene or to sit back and watch it dissolve. Yes, I know it’s harder than it sounds when someone pushes, your little one in anger.

3. Know what to expect. There are a plethora of playgroups. Some are support groups.  You just have to be certain of what you need for you and your little one. You may like a highly structured group or a very open group.  Does the age of the other kids in the group really matter? Many groups meet up so during the week, that the need of a licensed pre-school is not useful. (Ponder these option too!)

4. Leave with class. Like my uncle used to say,”Every road has a stop sign.” Every play group organizer knows this. As a matter of fact,unless they become a baby making machine for the next 18-50 years, they won’t want to be in the group either. When you are ready to move on, do it with class. Don’t leave her and the group without a trace.

Here’s how to  leave- I didn’t know there were so many ways of saying goodbye, but I found a few good ones. THE MESSENGER ROUTE, THE SLOW WITHDRAWAL ROUTE,THE DIRECT ROUTE,THE EXPLANATION all of which is on American baby. Here‘s an actual statement from American Baby:  “You guys have been such a great source of support, but I’m finding it’s getting harder and harder to make meetings. I’m sure our paths will cross at birthday parties and preschool!”us

Well, I hope none of my moms are reading this with intentions to leave, but if she is,more power to her. I’d wish her the best. Till the nest play group, have fun!

QC Supermom

Wednesday Wow! Being a SAHM

pinn teachus-001I am a proud mother of 9. Yes, I said NINE. Three short of a nice round dozen. I have been a stay/work at home mom for over ten years now, and have learn to enjoy every minute of it! I love, love, love being with my children and watching them grow every step of the way and I am constantly amazed at the things they do and say-and how quickly they learn. They are like sponges -and constantly absorb the world around them. Yet,

being a stay at home mom is anything but easy. I don’t try to have a perfectly clean house, ironed shirts, or gourmet meals. Walk into my house between 8-noon,you will see my 2 year old writing(on walls) or in front of the TV watching PBS or Nick Jr. You’ll see my 4 year old on his laptop or study book, the 5 year old inside his study book or other manipulatives, the teen girls engaged in their self guided assignments or at the library doing research. By 3, it’s free time till 5:30 dinner and bedtime by 9pm.

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 I have been told you have your hands full more times than I would like to have been. Well I do. I go to the market daily. Twice a week we go to story time,Kid Yoga & UNC Charlotte Early Educator learning stations at the library. The 1st Saturday of each month, we go to the Kids Workshop at Home Depot, on Thursdays we eat dinner at Earth Fare (kids eat free*)  and on Mondays, we are at Monkey Joes. Since I also home school, we do a science project every 3 weeks and the remainder off the week are intensive study days. Sundays I’m day off. My husband take over.

Motherhood is a full- time job.  I think the key is making sure you get some grownup talk and support routinely. I am a founding member of Queen City Stay At Home Moms, and it’s wonderful if I do say so myself. Since everyone there was on single income, most of the activities are affordable. Try to find something that you can do that’s just for you, and do it with out the kids. And last but not least, don’t forget to squeeze in a date night with the hubby every once in a while! 😉

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Hopefully, I’ve alleviated some fears of  becoming a productive Stay At Home Mom.  At the end of the day, if given the choice, stay at home!  The financial aspects of it have never been easy, but so far it’s worth all the conservative spending, home made veggie pizza, and the millions of educated play dates we’ve attended. Ultimately, it’s up to each family to decide what is right for them. Just make sure you have a good support group of friends, and try to enjoy every minute with your little ones. They grow up way too fast!

If you know a SAHM or dad, forward them this blog post and consider it a round of 

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applause for all they do. You deserve it!  Well, till the next “boo-boo”, take care,  QC Supermom

We love Monkey Joes!

Amen LOVES Monkey Joe’s!  He should be their spokes person! Go ahead & strat making the call into their head quarters! 🙂GE DIGITAL CAMERA

That says alot for a lil fella that used to go crazy if I’m not with in eye shot of him. Monkey Joes help get him past that stage. I remember it as if it was yesterday.

Now, the minute we step into the play area, he is GONE! And I don’t  worry the least bit about him, here’s why?

1.  They tag each person upon entry. They can’t leave without me, and no one can take him. As attached as my lil Amen is, I wasn’t ever too worried about anyone taking him.

2. The staff ROCKS! They really like their job!!! What more can you ask for????? They will jump in a play with your lil one at the drop of a dime. On a higher level, they are very community connected. They arealways looking for ways to support charities and children!

3.  Monkey Joes is Super-De Duper  clean & safe. Hand sanitizing pods are all through there. The bathrooms have lowered toliet bowels and steps to help lil ones reach the sinks.  Every few minutes comes a pin stripped friend with a broom & stick tray to pick up behind the lil crumb droppers.

4. They always have something going on. Right now they are offering Name Your Price Monday. So here’s what that means. You can take your children. I took all 6 of mine. Think of what you can afford per child*. I  paid $3/child. Then enjoy yourself. We usually stay for 4 hours.  It helps get all of the play out of them. I love it!

Now that it’s cooler out, I plan on hanging out there EVERY Monday! Just can’t beat that with a stick! Well till next time; take care! – QC Supermom