Saturday, December 3, 2011

Small Business: Custom Cords

The holiday season is in full gear. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed. So now your thinking you have to run out to those slammed pack full malls or go online to random websites to finish your shopping list. Why not do something different this year and buy your gifts from local small businesses. 

Founded in 2010 in Denton, North Carolina, Custom Cords  keeps it simple by focusing on one product to give you the best price and option of colors. This is something they enjoy doing and they enjoy making their customers happy! This started as a small hobby and they are enjoying it so much they decided to offer their bracelets and keychains to everyone instead of just family and friends.

Their mission is to provide quality products to satisfy the tastes of all their customers. Their paracord bracelets and keychains are made to order with your happiness in mind. They are a great product for men, women or children. Get one to show off your individual style or show off your favorite sports team colors!

Regular sized Bracelets are $6 each shipped to the 48 contiguous US states or $5 for local pickup in Rowan/Davidson counties

King Cobra Style Bracelets and Keychains are $12 each shipped to the 48 contiguous US states or $10 for local pickup in Rowan/Davidson counties

Bracelets come in small, medium and large or you can provide your measurement for correct fit

Small fits most kids 12 and under and are approx. 7.5 inches

Medium fits most women and are approx. 8.5 inches

Large fits most men and are approx. 9-10 inches

Keychains come with a keyring on one end and loop on other end-$5 shipped

Currently they are offering 2 bracelets for only $10 shipped! Why not grab up some bracelets and key chains to finish some of those christmas gifts that are still left on your list. And feel good knowing that you are giving handmade and local products.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway

My family and I went to opening night at Carolina Christmas at Charlotte Motor Speedway. We did not go last year (opening year), but heard great things about it, so thought we'd make the trip this year (the whole mile or so it is from our house).

We got there just as it started and were able to countdown with the crowd to the offical "lighting" of Carolina Christmas 2011. Addyson's favorite part was watching Santa parachute in from the North Pole. We then got back into our vehicle and entered in thru the Zmax Drag Strip and drove the "backroads" to the Speedway.

We went thru the 12 days of Christmas, and saw some "local" lights (Fox Charlotte Display/ Charlotte Bobcats Displays ect). It was pretty warm that night (like 70 degrees) so it kind of felt odd looking at Christmas lights with the windows down. Also, there were few vehicles which was nice on one hand, however we felt like we had to speed thru due to traffic behind us. We went thru the displays (which some of which did not work, however I'm sure they've worked the kinks out by now) and pulled out onto the Speedway!

There were very few lights "inside" the Speedway itself, but I thought it was really cool to be driving my own vehicle on the race track itself. We drove into the infield, which was very pretty with lights lineing the road and displays you actually drove thru. It was then time to park to see what was offered in the infield area. As we walked in we saw pony rides and a petting zoo. As we made our way thru there, Addyson saw the rides and so we were on our way over there.

She was able to ride some of the rides and then we headed indoors to see what was inside. There were various food vendors, along with some local vendors selling jewlery, purses, and other items. There was a Christmas Tree Display which was really cool. Different vendors/causes in our area decorated trees, which were all beautiful. Of course of all the trees, Addysons favorite tree was the Bojangles Tree.

We then went to the Lowes Build and Grow section where Addyson (and Matt) made some Christmas ornaments. Addyson also really enjoyed the free hot wheels cars which were given out from an elf from BJ's. There were also kid sized race cars, which Addyson loved sitting in. We also wrote a letter to Santa (sponsored by Great Wolf Lodge), and hope he will write back soon. As we headed out, we went thru the Live Nativity Scene which was beautiful. Addyson questioned everyone needing to know their names, including the Camel and wanted to know what they were doing..... Its pretty neat that something like this is in our area to do, where you don't have to travel too far with kiddos!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Snowman Craft

During December I plan to do fun activities with my daughter that involves the Christmas holiday. I want to make it entertaining and memorable for her. Today we did a simple snowman craft. I got a cookie sheet at the dollar store for one dollar. I already had felt sheets at home in our craft supplies.


1 cookie sheet
white felt - ( snowman body )
orange felt - ( nose )
black felt - ( eyes, hat, and buttons )
brown felt - (arms)
any additional color felt that you may want for clothes for the snowman

I gathered 3 cups that were different sizes to make the body of the snowman. You can use anything to form the circles or just free hand it.

I traced the circles on paper first to make sure they were the sizes I wanted. Then I cut out the paper circles to use as a template on the felt sheets. Once I cut the felt circles I taped them to the cookie sheet.

Next just free hand the hat, nose, eyes, mouth, hands, and buttons. You can also get creative and make a scarf, shirt, underwear, or anything you want.

The possibilities are endless and your kids will have a blast building their own snowman over and over. You can even do a Christmas tree or a Gingerman cookie. The felt will stick to other felt by itself.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sweet & Salty Treat

With the holiday season, comes holiday parties and get togethers. Here is a super easy and cheap treat to bring to any party. That is sure to make everyone happy. White Chocolate Cinnamon Pretzels is a perfect combination of sweet and salty. 


1 bag of pretzels (16-18 oz) I used the thatch ones because they would catch more chocolate

2/3 cup oil

1/3 cup sugar

1 ½ teaspoon cinnamon

½ cup cinnamon sugar for sprinkling

1 cup white chocolate chips

Whisk together oil, sugar, and cinnamon.

Pour pretzels into a microwave safe bowl and pour oil mixture in.  Stir until well coated. Microwave for 1 minute, remove and stir.  Microwave 45 seconds more. 

Spread pretzels evenly onto two cookie sheets covered in parchment paper. While still warm, sprinkle cinnamon sugar generously. 

Melt white chocolate (on low heat, be careful not to burn) and drizzle over cooled pretzels. I used a whisk to drizzle the chocolate over the pretzels. Once you are finished and have pulled yourself away from snacking store them in an airtight container.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Annual Holiday Breakfast

Monday, November 28, 2011

What's For Dinner?

I usually struggle each week to come up with a weekly menu plan for my family. I hate eating the same thing every week. I feel we tend to fall into a routine or comfort zone. We also have a bad habit of eating out a lot. So I have decided every Sunday I am going to sit down and write out a weekly menu plan. Each meal may not fall exactly on the day I assign, but at least I will have a game plan for the week.

I thought it would be fun for everyone to share their weekly menu plan. I know that one of my favorite posts on CentralPiedmont Mommies is the What's for Dinner. Usually each week in the Domestic Goddesses forum someone will start the thread. I get so many great ideas and advice by reading though what other moms are cooking. So please share your weekly menu plan down below in the comment section.

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