Thursday, August 22, 2013
Invitation to free new website in Charlotte that helps moms better manage their kids’ group activities
8:00 AM | Posted by The Mommies Network | | Edit Post
Hello fellow Mommies,
I am a mom here in Charlotte and the creator of a new website called Podanize, which helps moms, dads and group leaders better organize their kids’ group activities (e.g. soccer, scouts, school classes, etc.)
Kids today are over scheduled, and keeping up is a challenge:
· What day did I volunteer at school to go read with the kids?
· Who is driving to the scout meeting?
· When am I signed up to bring the team’s snacks?
These are just a few of the many little details that busy parents have to keep straight. Try as we might, something inevitably falls through the cracks. We all need a little help to stay organized.
I’d like to invite you to join our brand new website, and we’re giving local moms the first opportunity. To join, just go to www.podanize.com. You can create a Pod if you’re a group leader or a group member. It’s quick, easy and free. Then “get your Pod going” by adding discussions or events, and inviting others to join your Pod. Podanize can also be accessed via a mobile browser, and our mobile app will be available in late 2013.
Our mission at Podanize is to help ease the stress that comes with keeping our kids active and involved. To this end, we welcome any feedback you have. Podanize is for you and is built to get better over time by adding your suggestions – I’d love to hear from you. Also, if you know of other moms (or dads) who might benefit from Podanize, please share this with them.
Podanize is ideal for all extra-curricular activities: soccer, little league, playgroups, scout troops, swim teams, theater groups, school classes, PTA, etc. The list is endless and includes anything with a need for ongoing communication and coordination.
Again, just go to www.podanize.com to get started.
Co-Founder of Podanize
Thursday, August 8, 2013
7:00 AM | Posted by The Mommies Network | | Edit Post
Animal Grossology: Turning "EWWW" into "WOW"
Many animals are dirty and stinky, but some take their grossness to a whole new level. Animal Grossology at Discovery Place in Charlotte hurls you into exploring the disgusting side of science where the grosser, the better.
Combining science and disgusting fun, Animal Grossology engages kids of all ages in real life lessons that are presented in a fun showcase oozing with science. This interactive exhibition sparks children's interest in science while learning about some of the slimiest and ickiest creatures on Earth.
Kids get to enjoy hands-on stations and games that feature tons of gross topics including "Dung Ball Rally," "Blood Sucker Blow-up," and "The Slime Game." These wacky games teach kids lessons such as why the waste of some animals actually helps others live, ways to avoid Lyme disease or West Nile virus, and the important purpose slime serves for animals and even humans.
Meet Sir Gus Flea and Helga the Hagfish as you become an expert on the science behind Animal Grossology. Many people think leeches are pretty gross but they're often used after some surgeries to aid in the healing process. Did you know that cows are one of the gassiest animals on Earth? They actually produce the greenhouse gas, methane.
You can also discover why the dung beetle is nature's living pooper-scooper and why scientists are studying slug and snail slime production for clues in treating cystic fibrosis.
Be sure to join us for a journey into the en-GROSS-ing world of animals. It's a great way to show kids that learning can be fun.
Animal Grossology is FREE with Museum admission.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
8:57 AM | Posted by It's a busy day in the neighborhood. | | Edit Post
Sheila, one of our Cabarrus/Western Stanly County Area Group moderators, is our April Moderator of the Month!
Check out the Mommy Forum for more fun information about her!
What is your favorite movie? It changes by the season. I love old school Disney, but am currently on a Jane Austen Kick - Emma and Pride and Prejudice.
What is your least favorite household chore? Lately, all of them. But generally laundry winds up being the most
tedious because I'm always chasing washer cycles and trying to make sure I don't dry (and shrink) things I shouldn't.
Who is your idol? Someone you look up to? My Great Aunt Gertrude. She passed away while I was in HS, but she was an amazing woman who taught me SO MUCH. She believed that a young lady should be able to take care of herself, but should also know how to be a lady.
What are your favorite television shows? I'm a total NCIS and Bones junkie. We're also very in to Castle here. I used to be big in to CSI too, but lost interest over the last couple seasons.
If we were to interview your best friend, how would she/he describe you? Crafty or Nerdy, depending on which of my 2 besties you asked. Oddly enough, both are English Majors... one is my crafting "enabler" and we're always getting in over our heads on some project or other... the other is my best pal from College and we just get in to dorky mischief, share books, and baffle our respective husbands.
What is something you are passionate about? As cliche as it is, I'm most passionate about being a mom. Everything boils down to taking the best care I can of my little guy. But we're also very into medieval reenactment as a family, and are talking about getting involved with the local SCA.
When you were younger, what did you want to be when you grew up? I was determined to be a doctor when I was growing up. I was going to be a neonatologist. Then around Junior year of High School I realized that since I got sick at the drop of a hat, working in a hospital with sick people was not the brightest of ideas. I thought about teaching biology, but my HS bf was headed that way, and my mom vetoed it because she thought I was just following him, so I went to school for Spanish instead. I still love science tho, and took as many classes as I could in college without changing my major.
Who was your movie/television star crush from your high school days: I really didn't have one. I joke that I hit puberty late... although I dated and everything in HS, I really wasn't real boy crazy until college, and even then never really crushed on people the way my sisters did. I also had NO CLUE that guys were interested in me... it's been kind of interesting as my friends and I have gotten older and started reminiscing about old-times, just how much I was clueless about.
What was your favorite subject in school I had my top 3: Science, Math, and Spanish. I was fortunate enough to have some really great teachers in all 3 subjects.
What is your favorite thing you do to pamper yourself I love to sink into a warm, lavender scented bubble bath. Unfortunately, so does my boyo, so it's a luxury I don't get to enjoy without interruption very often. In the summer I like to curl up on my porch with a good book though, and I can usually get away with that.
What is something you'd like to do but haven't? Travel. I would love to visit Ireland and Spain.
What is your favorite thing about being a mother? Snuggles. We're mostly AP, and Connor has always been a snuggler.
How did you come to join CPM? I'm a member of BuffaloMommies back home, so the first thing I did when we got the job offer and made the decision to move down here was check to see what the local TMN chapter was.
Thank you Shelia for all you do to support Cabbarus County moms! We appreciate you.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
7:00 AM | Posted by The Mommies Network | | Edit Post
As an activity that requires repeated quick bursts of movement, kickboxing promotes heart health by providing a cardiovascular workout. The kicks and punches that you learn during the 9Round workout make your body pump blood faster to the heart, especially when done in exercise stretches that last 30 minutes or longer. Over time, this increased heart rate results in a stronger, more efficient heart. By using resistance training as well as the traditional kickboxing punches and kicks, you maximize your time as well as your effort!
As with most total-body workouts, kickboxing requires increased physical activity that burns fat, tones and builds muscle and can lead to weight loss. Depending upon what type of kickboxing you perform, you could burn as many calories per hour with this sport as you would walking or jogging, according to a study performed by the American Council on Exercise. Conducted by a team of University of Mississippi researchers who were led by Len Kravitz, Ph.D., the July 1999 ACE study reveals that kickboxing participants typically burn 350 to 450 calories per hour. Results from the study indicate that you can expect to burn the most calories while blending a combination of upper-and lower-body kickboxing moves. Because of the non-stop movement and mix of resistance training, 9Round clients can achieve the same calorie burn in half the time.
Just as a ballerina who practices dance moves every day increases her agility, so also can you increase your body's flexibility and coordination with kickboxing. Most people lose flexibility and coordination as a natural part of the aging process, as well as from inactivity, but kickboxing can help to combat this loss of agility. Performing basic kickboxing moves requires you to twist your body and deliver multi-level, elevated kicks, which provides key flexibility training for your body. As you get better at executing these moves, your body becomes more flexible. Increased flexibility comes with many benefits, including improved posture, decreased muscle tension and less chance of injuries, according to the American Council on Exercise.
Regularly participating in a kickboxing regimen may be able to kick stress and boost your self-esteem. The controlled punching and kicking require a level of physical exertion and focus that allow you to let go of other stresses in your life. Getting better at executing difficult kickboxing moves, or learning to use one of the bags (speed bag or double end) better, inevitably improves self-confidence, particularly if you're able to easily perform moves that you could never do before. Kickboxing can also promote peace of mind, especially for women who may find themselves in a situation in which they'll need to practice self-defense techniques.
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