Author: Amanda Pagliarini Howard

Elf On The Shelf Is Back!

Last month, we asked readers for their feelings on Elf on the Shelf. 15% of you think it's fun, 34% find it fun for the first few days, and a whopping 52% of you consider it your holiday nightmare. So…

7 Things to Know About the 34th Annual Charlotte Turkey Trot

The 34th Annual Charlotte Turkey Trot has become a local family tradition, where friends, old classmates, neighbors, and families gather to kick off Thanksgiving Day. The Charlotte Turkey Trot was named #13 on the list of The 30 Best Thanksgiving…

Thanksgiving Takeout Options Around Charlotte

Angeline’s has Pumpkin, Bourbon Pecan, and Dutch Apple pies available for $30 each. For each pie sold, Angeline’s will make a $5 donation to No Kid Hungry Charlotte. Order online by November 18 for pickup on November 22 – 23. Babe & Butcher…

Ways to Give Back in Charlotte

Charlotte is home to so many local nonprofits that serve neighbors in need. Here are 10 ways your family can get into the spirit of giving this holiday season—and throughout the year. Thompson Child & Family Focus acts as a…

7 Things to Know About Creatif

Want a place for your kid to explore their creative side? Looking for a fun activity for both you and your child? Have a budding artist who needs some guidance to hone their skill? Looking for some arts and crafts…

PARENT TO KNOW: Patrice Gopo

Patrice Gopo is an award-winning essayist and author who often returns to themes of race, immigration, identity, and belonging. Her essay collection, All the Colors We Will See, was a Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers selection. Her debut picture book, All…

Why Teen Parents Should Know About B.R.A.K.E.S.

In January 2008, NHRA drag racing star Doug Herbert got the phone call every parent fears. His two sons, Jon and James, had been in a car accident. Neither survived. As Herbert fought his way through grief, he became resolute…

Where to go for your family photos this fall

Charlotte is full of talented photographers eager to help capture your family memories. We narrowed this list down to some of the best, most highly recommended photographers that are offering family portrait specials ahead of the holiday season.   Nest…

Books for Back to School

The Kissing Hand, by Audrey Penn (2007) Age group: preschool, early elementary It’s time for Chester Raccoon to start school, but he doesn’t want to go without his mom. Mrs. Raccoon soothes his worries with the Kissing Hand—a family secret…

Easy At-Home Arts & Crafts for the Non-Pinterest Parent

If you’re not a creative and crafty parent, fear not. We’ve pulled together five easy projects that are simple to execute, make minimal mess, and entertain your children. No arts degree required. Paper Plate Maracas Items needed: Paper plates Stapler…

PARENT TO KNOW: Neely Verano

Neely Verano’s lifelong passion for the arts led her to serve in various nonprofit leadership roles at the Mint Museum, McColl Center for Art + Innovation, and The Arts Empowerment Project. She’s also a co-founder of LaCa Projects, Charlotte’s contemporary…

The Cult of Mom Friends

My husband and I lived in our South Charlotte neighborhood for about a year before we had any meaningful interaction with our neighbors. Then one weekend, I showed up to the pool sporting 38 weeks of pregnancy. Suddenly I was…

PARENTS TO KNOW: Sarah and Gaurav Bharti

Since relocating from Tennessee in 2016, Drs. Sarah and Gaurav Bharti are relative newcomers to Charlotte, but you might already recognize them from around town. Gaurav, a board certified plastic surgeon, is the ‘B’ in H/K/B Cosmetic Surgery and has…

15 Kid-Friendly Summer Excursions Under $15

GET OUTSIDE Quest 6345 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078 Located at Latta Nature Preserve, Quest’s brand new 13,000-square foot facility offers endless opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Walk the Carolina Raptor Trail, hike alongside a naturalist, create a nature craft, kayak,…

PARENT TO KNOW: James Kopecky

James Kopecky recently completed his seventh season with Charlotte Ballet. In honor of Father’s Day this month, we caught up with the dancing dad to 3-year-old daughter, Hazel. James shares how he and wife Kate creatively avoid the word “no,”…

9 Father’s Day Experiences Dads Will Love

Charlotte City Brew Tour Send a group of beer-loving dads on a guided tour of Charlotte’s craft breweries. Choose the Original tour, or an abbreviated 3.5-hour version. In either tour, guests make at least three stops and sample more than…

Last Minute Charlotte Summer Camps: 2022

Many summer camps open for registration as early as January. But if you struggle to make summer plans while still in a winter coat, don’t panic. These camps still have some availability.   Arts+ Arts+ has half-day and full-day music…

CHARLOTTE MOMS WE LOVE

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CHARLOTTE MOM WE LOVE: Dr. Ana Maria Temple

Tell us about your family. How many children do you have and what are their ages? I have three children, Allie (21), Jake (19), and Evan (15). What are you most grateful for this Mother’s Day? I am most grateful…

CHARLOTTE MOM WE LOVE: Kimsioux Montgomery

Tell us about your family. How many children do you have and what are their ages? My family consists of my global son, Brock Montgomery (16) (he has friends all over the world); my intelligent beyond-her-years daughter, Charli Ana (14)…

CHARLOTTE MOM WE LOVE: Natalie Stewart

Tell us about your family. How many children do you have and what are their ages? I have two girls, Kaia Grey (5) and Nora Cole (16 months). What are you most grateful for this Mother’s Day? Our health and the…

Where to go for Mother’s Day Brunch in Charlotte: 2022

  The Ballantyne 10000 Ballantyne Commons Parkway Gallery Reservations Buffet Reservations Enjoy an a la carte brunch in the Gallery Restaurant from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. or a buffet brunch in the Ballroom from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.…