Family Time on the New River

Family Time on the New River

Our most recent camping trip was at the New River State Park the weekend of the New River Canoe Race. We have owned a canoe for the past two years and have enjoyed introducing the kids to moving water. We joined two other families at 

Summer Learning Series – Part 2 – Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Summer Learning Series – Part 2 – Thunder Cake by Patricia Polacco

Today we’re continuing our Summer Learning Series, lessons I previously taught, based on The Heartwood Ethics Curriculum. One of our trademark Boone weather patterns is a good ole summer rain storm.  When these usually arrive after a “hot” day (hot being a relative term for 

$5 Or Less Rainy Day Summer Fun with Kids

$5 Or Less Rainy Day Summer Fun with Kids

What is a mom to do about all those days that it rains (maybe everyday these days but I would rather deal with a little storm each afternoon than extreme heat)?  There are several things you CAN do when it’s raining so get your galoshes 

Summer Learning Series – Part 1 – Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Summer Learning Series – Part 1 – Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

As a former school counselor, one of my favorite things about my job was going into the classrooms and teaching a guidance curriculum.  This included character education and I would love to share some fun little lessons that I have adapted from The Heartwood Ethics 

Are you a “Southern Saver”?

Are you a “Southern Saver”?

Southern Savers is hands down my favorite savings blog.  I had the opportunity to meet Jenny Martin, owner of the blog, a few years back when she came to the High Country to teach a couponing workshop.  Jenny is also a big supporter of Operation 

Serving Others with Your Children – Part 2

Serving Others with Your Children – Part 2

Last week we took a look at a few places where you might be able to serve our community with your children.  Here’s a peek into a few more: Green Street Catering – This catering ministry is housed at our church, Alliance Bible Fellowship.  I 

Serving Others with Your Children – Part 1

Serving Others with Your Children – Part 1

Some schools are still in session, you might be wondering how you’re going to fill some of those sun-filled days in the High Country.  We have many great opportunities to serve others right here in our area.  I believe it is important to teach children 

A Personal Guide to Thrifting

A Personal Guide to Thrifting

One of my favorite places to shop is at thrift stores.  Thrifting takes patience and time so if you’re not in a place in life right now where you can put forth those two things, that’s okay.  I’m not either, with a sweet little babe 

Understanding End of Grade Tests

Understanding End of Grade Tests

In a few weeks, many students throughout the High Country will take the North Carolina End of Grade Tests (EOG’s), which are often a source of stress amongst students, teachers and parents.  As a former school counselor, I spent thirty percent of my time coordinating 

Mom-friendly Businesses – Part 2

Mom-friendly Businesses – Part 2

I recently highlighted some Mom-friendly businesses that are part of our local high country community.  Here are some other locations where I’ve had recent positive experiences. Looking for great service for your vehicle?  Call Judd Huffman at Alray Tire & Auto, located on the Highway