Friday Four: QCSAHM 5th Of July Potluck ’13

DIGITAL CAMERADinner parties are expensive, everybody’s busy, and with good friends, or a great mom support group you’re not worried about impressing anyone. You just want to hang out and relax. RIGHT?  Potluck parties are one of the least stressful and most budget-friendly ways to throw a dinner party. But as with most communal efforts, they work best when everyone works together. We had our annual 5th Of July Potluck today. It wasn’t a large as a crowd we had last year, but for an rainy, day. We did fine with the 12 people that made it out.

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Moms love big savings! We love eating and we love other families.Here are 4 reasons to consider having or attending a potluck dinner with like minded families.

Queen City Stay At Home Moms annual potluck 5th of the year gathering

Queen City Stay At Home Moms annual potluck 5th of the year gathering

1. Know why you’re having it! If it a birthday celebration, everyone can chip in with a gift.  If its in the summer, do it at a park. If it’s cooler out, do it at a friends house.The key is to maximize the day! You could even make a fun play date out of it.

Don’t assume counter or prep space. Also if you’re hosting it, be prepared to provide the entree. Large items are typically difficult to transport and would be an inconvenience to one of your guests to bring to the meal.


2, Understand what to do. Who will bring what and how much? Where will you meet? Under the shed or by the play ground? Does everyone eat red meat? Any vegetarians?  What time?

Make a dish that is hardy enough to survive the trip to the party and can be served at room temperature.

3.Make sure you organize it. If you host it at a park, call the local Park& Rec center for permission. (If your circle is comprised off non cookers,except one & everyone wants quality food-pay that friend to cook dinner for ya’ll once a month. Surly, they are willing to chip in for a great meal with a awesome host (Hey chef, get your money in advance, use Zokos!) while its NOT a potluck any more, it’s still an organic option to enjoy food together with friends-affordability. )

4. Don’t forget to get them to label their food. A piece of painter’s tape and sharpie would  be fine–or someone might walk off with your plate/ bowl.Speaking of sporks, where will the tables and chairs come from?

You follow these 4 points and every potluck you plan from here on out will save you time, money, sanity and brain cells.

** Food Safety 2hr Rule

***Plan The Perfect potluck HERE!

* More tips and comments here!

“I suck at cooking” is not an excuse for premade food. Salads, punches, dips, etc. are all easy, readily available options that anyone can make.  Till the next oven baked turkey sandwich, QC Supermom

Friday Four: 2013 Tax Season Freebies for all

Free-Tax-Day-StuffThis April, 15th 2013 is your tax deadline. Need a freebie to celebrate. This list includes Tax Day Freebies 2013. Let it help make an otherwise dreary day a little bit brighter.  National chains and local businesses are offering a variety of offers such as free copying of taxes to discounts on your meal and even some free items. Be sure to check dates, times and participation with your location before heading out. If you have heard of any other, feel free to leave a comment for everyone.

Subway: Buy One Get One Free Breakfast Subs all April (until 9am)

Office Depot: FREE Shredding on April 16th (up to 5lbs) with Printable Coupon (exp. 5/1/13) and FREE Black & White Copy of your Tax Return with Printable Coupon (exp 5/1/13)

Panda Express: FREE Samurai Surf & Turf on April 17th with Printable Coupon (or show it on mobile phone)

Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill: FREE dessert on tax day. Just need to mention a “cheesy refund” and get an order of Creamy Vanilla Cheesecake Bites for FREE! 7pm – Midnight only.tax freebies

FREE 2013 Tax Calendar from the IRS

amc tax day

Head to an AMC Theater for any movie and receive a Free Small Popcorn with coupon between April 12 and 15, 2013.

Bruegger’s Bagels: Get a Big Bagel Bundle for $10.50 (Valid 4/12 – 4/15) You’ll find the coupon on Bruegger’s Facebook page starting on April 12.

Procrastinators with adjusted gross incomes of $57,000 or less can file their federal returns (and some state returns) for free by using the IRS’s Free File servicearbys tax day

Arby’s – Free Curly Fries or Potato Cakes on 4/15

Enter your email to print the coupon to participate in the “Arby’s 3rd Annual Tax Day Curly Fry Giveaway,” and receive Free Curly Fries or Potato Cakes. You can also enter to win Arby’s sweepstakes giving you a chance at one of ten $500 tax relief payouts.

Shutterfly.com

  • Shutterfly ~ Get 25% off any order sale with promo code TAXDAY
  • Maggie Moo’s – FREE Scoop of New Yogurt from 4-7pm – No Coupon Necessary, while supplies last.
  • Free Preview of Starz and Encore

    Tax Day Freebies 2013This tax day freebie will really help you relax and spend some time with the family.

    DirecTV, Verizon FIOS, Cox Communications, and AT&T U-Verse customers will be getting a free preview of HBO and Cinemax over tax day weekend – April 11 to April 15. Check with your provider for more details about this tax day freebie.

    Bookmark this page as we will continue to add all the tax day freebies to the list as they are released for Tax Day 2013!

4 Reasons I love Tax Day:

1. I get to relax. I moonlight as a preparer.

2. Time to celebrate with freebies, good company and great weather.

3. The next project is a  heartbeat away! I never rest for long, but I LOVE it this way! See you around!

4. Consultations are a whole lots happier….

Till the next

Wednesday Wow: When kids run the booth!

This by far was one of the best hands on home school lessons ever! I was invited to one of our most favorite places to eat in the QC’s Wellness Day. I figured it would be a great opportunity to quiz the kids on skills we have been grooming them on. I shared the plan with the kids and took the back seat. Like any back seat, I remained with in arms reach, yet observing them a distance.

I helped them select the theme. I bought the ingredients, and drove them safely to Earth-Fare Huntersville. Then my job was over. I sat back and watched my children become leaders, teachers, scientists, and engaging friends.ef At EarthFare’s Wellness Day.

They made edible play dough, and colored it with amazing fruit with local shoppers both tall and short!

It was a great day to share with the kids. I graded them too. Here’s what I expected to see from them. They were to show in store patrons:

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1. Nature provides fruits and veggies with the most beautiful, safest and  most perfect color.

2. Oatmeal play dough is FUN to play with,soft to the touch, toxin free and easy to make.

3.  Help parents & kids explore fruits and vegetables in a fun way.

4. Lead shoppers to affordable products in the store.ef0

So how did they do? Well let’s see, they cleared the entire section of baby food in the pouch and the fresh blueberries were flying off the shelf. Additionally, they learned about merchandising, sales, budgeting,and most of all crowd management. Pretty good for  bunch of home schooled knuckleheads huh? I guess they deserve their family night out at the circus next week. Wanna see more pictures? Click Here!

Oat Meal Play Dough Recipe ef2

Mix: 1 part Oatmeal, 1 part water and 2 part All purpose flour in a bowl.

Color with: boiled spinach,fresh  berries, turmeric and mangoes. The items made from this play dough recipe can be painted when they are dry.*

Knead with your hands and enjoy!  If the dough is a little too dry, add a touch more water.  If it’s too wet, add a bit more flour.OR purchase the baby fruit in the pouches. Like the Happy Family or Plum brand. This weeks’s Give A way is.- – – – – drum roll please! A gift basket from the wellness department at Earth Fare. To enter, leave a comment. Tell me if you have set up your Tomato Bank yet. One random person will be selected & pick up will be at EarthFare during Family Night. (February 7th -Thursday from 4p-8pm)  Simple right?

Till next time, QC Supermomef1

Friday Four: 5 secrets to teaching kids manners

I’ve got another secret to share: Working on baby’s table manners is a stealthy way to boost learning. Forks, spoons, and cups are tools to help keep baby involved. In the process, your family’s traditions of sharing and connecting at the table will be gobbled up, along with the yummy foods you serve. Studies show that regular family meals teach social lessons about turn-taking, patience, and listening, boost positive feelings about food, and actually build better language skills!

Five Mealtime Tips For Baby:

  1. The earlier the better. Set her bouncy seat nearby, or hold her as you eat. As soon as she can sit in a highchair, give her a regular spot at the table.
  2. Know what’s normal. Some babies quickly master using utensils, others struggle for months. Some can sit for 30 minutes or more – others are done after five. Keep offering utensils and let baby work on his skills at his own pace. Exposure to utensils is more important than accuracy. Encourage progress, but have realistic expectations. This is a marathon, not a sprint!
  3. Set limits. At about 9-10 months, baby will start to challenge mealtime rules. Intentionally throwing food and other disruptive or defiant behavior at the table means her mealtime is over. Don’t scold – just take her down and say that she’s done. Try again at the next regularly scheduled snack or mealtime.
  4. Build body cues. Offer small portions, and DON’T make your child “clean his plate.” Help baby learn when he’s hungry and when he’s full by watching him, and commenting on what you see. “Wow, you ate a lot, and now you’ve stopped. I think your tummy is full.” This helps baby learn how his own body works.
  5. Try different tools. Some prefer chubby spoons, others love toddler forks. Explore your child’s preferences to help her make progress. 

Happy eating!- QC SuperMom

Wednesday Wow:100 Days of Real Food

This Thursday Night in the Queen City will be TOTALLY AMAZING!  October alone is a great month in itself, but tomorrow is National Food Day, wow………it has taken my dear October to a whole ‘nother level! I’ll have to pick up my  massive sweep through at Earthfare later. Please tell me you’re signed up for their coupons? This week, they went crazy with their giveAways! I’ll list later in this blog.

Last week, we attended the 1st ever Fresh Expo, now Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension is bringing Lisa Leake from 100DaysofRealFood.com will share her experience in transitioning her family’s diet from processed to a healthy, unprocessed lifestyle.

They had research to indicate parents’ influence on their children’s diet is considerable and powerful. I can agree with that. I

Here’s what I expect to learn:  Real strategies that my family can realistically implement. I know she has 2 kids and is obviously bringing in a decent income along with her husband. But it may not reflect a fair percentage of stay at home moms. In our family,my time is spent a bit different. I can’t see us creating those yummy meals every day. Although we garden, use coupons, budget and take advantage of healthy offers like Family Night at Earth fare and having monthly potlucks with very close friends , I know that we can do better.( Then on weeks when our money is really funny we go 100% vegetarian-with beans and rice in a wheat wrap! :)) How can we eat well every day and stay within budget at the same time?

What would you like to find out?

Wanna go?

OCTOBER 18, 2012

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Doors open at 6:30 PM

Mecklenburg Cooperative Extension

Training Facility

1418 Armory Drive

Charlotte, NC 28204

I rsvp’d weeks ago with my mom’s group (Queen City SAHM’s). Here’s the link to rsvp.  See you there tonight!

Ooh, here are Earth Fare’s current goodies & I’ve attached a slideshow of our weekly field trip with the QC SAHM’s!

For $20.00 and your meal from there you can get the following:

Free Organic Candy

Free Apple Cider

Free kids Meal for 6 kids 12 & under

Make sure you text EAT to 71700 to get your  savings to to your phone & e-box!

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Till next time, be productive, Kelle P. QC Supermom

The FRESH Expo! The review

GMO stands for “genetically modified organisms,” and foods that contain  ingredients with GMOs are considered GMO foods.  GMOs are used in many crops,  including soybeans, corn, potatoes and canola. GMO is NOT Good For YOU or your loved ones! Give it to people you don’t like instead.Let them eat that garbage! 🙂

The Fresh Expo this Saturday did a great job in explaining it all!

For months I was hearing about the No GMO trade show & never really gave it much thought. I know someone on the planning team & I already knew that we would attend if for no other reason to support her. Although the idea of getting loads of goodies were enticing!  I really didn’t think it would be a big deal! At most, I expected to get enough samples to share with my sahm’s that did not make it out. Boy was I selling myself short! It was one of the best expos that I have ever attended. …..and I had all of my kids with me!

Just to back up & set the tone:        Just in case you don’t know who Iam. Let me tell you who I am.

I am the 37.85 year old  mother of 9 kids. 8 living. 1 one college, 1 passed from a AIH issue in ’05. 1 is a bit chunky. One of our son’s have an ugly kidney- it works  well though. My husband is semi veggie, the rest of us eat meat, but no red meat. We live off one income- I home school  somehow I find time to organize educated play dates for kids for Queen City Stay At Home Moms and I blog!  In 2005 I lost 78 lbs. , I eat at Earth Fare On Thursdays because I love the Family Night deal and I always ask why and love to figure it out myself.

Here’s what I expected: How can I & why should I care about GMO’s being in my families food. Lord knows there’s enough for me to worry about already with our diet. How much more of an expense will this be for my family? Will I realistically learn how to implement anything I learned there once I got home.

Here’s what I gained from being there: It’s all about education! GMO is a bad thing. It’s when food is tainted! Here’s is my husbands definition is;

When scientist alter/modify the dna/genes of a organism, i.e pants and even animals. for alternative motives.

  1. Increase profit
  2. Increase food supply
  3.  Decrease the number of farmers

High-Risk Crops -Click that link too- (in commercial production; ingredients derived from these must be tested every time prior to use in Non-GMO Project Verified products (as of December 2011):

  • Alfalfa (first planting 2011)
  • Canola (approx. 90% of U.S. crop)
  • Corn (approx. 88% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Cotton (approx. 90% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Papaya (most of Hawaiian crop; approximately 988 acres)
  • Soy (approx. 94% of U.S. crop in 2011)
  • Sugar Beets (approx. 95% of U.S. crop in 2010)
  • Zucchini and Yellow Summer Squash (approx. 25,000 acres)

ALSO high-risk: animal products (milk, meat, eggs, honey, etc.) because of contamination in feed.  It’s important to note that steering clear from these foods completely may be difficult, and you should merely try finding other sources than your big chain grocer. If produce is certified USDA-organic, it’s non-GMO (or supposed to be!) Also, seek out local farmers and booths at farmer’s markets where you can be ensured the crops aren’t GMO. Even better, if you are so inclined: Start organic gardening and grow them yourself. In other words, give processed foods the boot.

“Freedom, democracy, and choice is taken away. It’s taken away from the farmer by not allowing them to have their seed. It’s taken away from the consumer by not letting them have labeling to say what they’re eating. If there was labeling of GM foods, no one would eat it.”

Here are some links to help you begin your own research on the topic:

Say No TO GMO!

Genetically Modified Food Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

The Organic Report

Pregnant & nursing moms READ this link!

Don’t feed your own body cancer magnets!

And here’s news for the allergy suffers! I got that from off of Oprahs page!

GMO’s Are Poisonous.

 GMO Studies have proved GMO’s to develop cancer and die faster then rats who arn’t being fed GMO’s

My husband says that I am strait from the laboratory 😦  Yes , he was joking!

Here’s what I putting in action from today:  Reading and research more. Gardening pesticide free and sharing the information that I learned with as many moms as possible! Most of all making sure that any mom that I am in contact with knows the information that I now have which is simple Charlotte  is a great place to eat and here are the best place s to go! 

Check out this awesome slideshow of a few of my favorite vendors there! The photos were taken by the amazing Mimika Cooney of MiMika Cooney Photography   Thank you Cynthia, for inviting me, and everyone that engaged me in a few words and samples to share! Mom’s want to feed our families well. We want to know which products to stay away from. Because our dollars are limited, we need direction, clear direction & as long as I am Mrs. Kelle Pressley, QC Supermom, and there is someone that offers real life resources, I promise to spread the word. See you  all  soon!

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