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  • Viewfinder
    Whether you're exploring your own city or traveling to a new place this summer, travel blogger Sara Kendall has tips to make the most of traveling with your kids while getting in all the best sites. Happy travels!
  • Surrogacy
    Is it possible to carry a baby in your body and not become emotionally attached? Surrogate Stacey Ashe says the answer is not as simple as the question. Drawing on her three surrogacy experiences as well as her two personal pregnancies, Ashe explains how family relationships impacted her journey as a surrogate.
  • Photo from The Observer
    Local author, educator, and social leadership strategist, Michelle Icard disagrees with columnist John Rosemond's parenting approach and suggests that we close the door on the no-door policy' that Rosemond advocates. Taking on his recent advice about teenage attitudes, Icard explains why understanding and respect is a better strategy.
  • Fitness pic
    As summer rolls along and schedules go out the window, you don't have to abandon your fitness goals. Blogger Cathy Bortz shares her favorite workout for travel and days when getting to a class at the gym is impossible. Her three-two-one routine is flexible, fun, and fast, and doesn't require any special equipment.
  • Vitality Drink
    Dr. Sheila Kilbane takes on a challenge from 100 Days of Real Food and creates a healthier, more natural version of PediaSure for kids - Dr. Kilbane's Liquid Vitality. With an easy to follow recipe and nutritional information, Dr. Kilbane also provides details on how to get a picky eater to enjoy this great meal supplement.
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Budsies brings your child's drawings to life.

Mom of the Week

After founding their health coaching business, Spunky Avocado, moms Amy Taylor and Niki Hitch embarked on a personal challenge they hope will inspire others to live cleaner, healthier, clutter-free lives. Their Suburban Smackdown included a month-long purge, followed by 6 months of buying absolutely nothing new. Could your family survive, and maybe even thrive from a smackdown?

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  • Review: Budsies bring art to life!

    Blogger Michelle Lloyd and her budding artist daughter check out this creative site that takes children's drawings and turns them in to stuffed animals.

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  • STEM resources in Charlotte

    As STEM-based education is becoming more popular, the mandate for parents to be more involved in integrating STEM outside of school can be intimidating. But there are plenty of opportunities available to immerse your child in STEM-based learning at home. Writer Gi Hallmark looks at the resources available to local parents.

  • Summer movie fun!

    Cool off on a lazy summer day at the movie theater or grab a blanket and a picnic and watch a show on a hot summer night. Either way, this list of theaters includes free and $1 movies all summer long.

  • Building Your Home Library: 20 Great Chapter Books for Early Readers

    As your young reader becomes more independent, finding great series for them to experience is both necessary and easy with Gi Hallmark's guide to chapter books.

  • How to make the most of Harris Teeter's Super Double Coupon events

    The Deal Diva's tips to getting the best bargains when Harris Teeter holds their Super Double Coupon event. Start clipping & saving!

  • Exposing kids to art in Charlotte

    Whether they're creating it or admiring it, when children are exposed to art great things happen. Charlotte mom Gi Hallmark explores why art is crucial to child development and shares the best places to expose your children to art in the Queen City.

  • Kids eat free 2014

    Eating out doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check out these free -- or nearly free -- restaurant deals for kids.

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