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PARENT TO KNOW: Tonya Graser Smith

As a board certified specialist in family law and founder of GraserSmith, PLLC, Tonya Graser Smith counsels clients through divorce, property division, and co-parenting. In her personal life, she’s happily married to Mecklenburg County District Court Judge Sean Smith and…

PARENT TO KNOW: Tonya Graser Smith

As a board certified specialist in family law and founder of GraserSmith, PLLC, Tonya Graser Smith counsels clients through divorce, property division, and co-parenting. In her personal life, she’s happily married to Mecklenburg County District Court Judge Sean Smith and…

THE MOM’S SPACE

  Coming off the holidays can be brutal for our self-worth. We often bask in negative self-talk, shame, and guilt from over-indulging or falling into old patterns with family members. It can be difficult to muster the motivation for a…

Kid-Friendly Coffee Shops

Parenting calls for early mornings, late nights, and an endless amount of energy. These 8 local java stops offer zip in a cup and perks to keep kids happy. The Hobbyist Located in Villa Heights, this NoDa hot spot is…

RECIPE: Tempeh Turkey Sloppy Joes

Make this plant-forward meat base for Sloppy Joes and freeze half of it for a future meal. Just reheat it with a tablespoon of Italian or Latin seasoning, and you have the makings for spaghetti or taco night. If anyone…

THE MOM'S SPACE: Finding joy during the holidays

Why is finding joy so hard during the holidays? Well, let’s see…there’s the increased pressure and expectations from family. Grief from loss. Pain from past trauma. Anxiety from worrying. Stress from the never-ending to-do list. Exhaustion from all of it.…

PARENT TO KNOW: Sarah Hayes Harkins

  Professional dancer Sarah Hayes Harkins is currently performing her 14th season in Charlotte Ballet’s Nutcracker. But this year’s preparation has been a bit tougher than others. She and her husband Payton welcomed daughter Frankie in July. We caught up…

ROOM WE LOVE: In the Pink

Crystal Nagel’s clients had a 2-year-old son and a baby girl on the way when they hired the designer to decorate their new build in Eastover. The homeowners wanted to convert the guest room into a nursery, but with supply…

THE MOM’S SPACE: Setting Boundaries

We’ve heard that boundaries allow us to love ourselves and others at the same time. Yet setting boundaries is arguably one of the hardest things to do, especially during the holidays. Pressures and expectations are at an all-time high, particularly…

PARENTS TO KNOW: Dawn and Joe Hewitt

As parents of four, Dawn and Joe Hewitt understand how hard it is to coordinate a myriad of activities and schedules. It’s why the Huntersville-based couple founded Groupeasy, an app to help busy parents streamline all of their email-based communication…

ROOM WE LOVE: Drop Zone

  Charlotte Lucas isn’t afraid to use bold colors and whimsical patterns, and that’s exactly why clients across the city hire the designer to add some pizzazz to their homes. When it came to her own midcentury modern house in…

THE MOM’S SPACE: The grieving mom’s island

Please be gentle with me. It’s a phrase that encompasses what many of us grieving moms want from others and need from ourselves. Yet too much gets in the way, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, paralyzed, and alone. Perhaps this is…

PARENT TO KNOW: Michelle Castelloe

Michelle Castelloe spent more than 20 years working corporate jobs before she opened Moxie Mercantile, the lifestyle boutique with locations in Plaza Midwood, Davidson, and Matthews. She fills her stores with apparel, jewelry, and home décor by local artisans, and…

Is Now the Right Time for a Baby?

When deciding the right time to have a baby, considerations like maternal age, finances, and ages of other children come into play. For more than a year, the pandemic has given couples even more reason to wonder, “Is now the…

ROOM WE LOVE: A Stylish Teen Lounge

Melissa Lee’s clients had lived in their SouthPark Tudor for close to 10 years when they hired her to transform the upstairs playroom. Their daughters, now 10 and 13, wanted a more mature lounge space where they could do schoolwork,…

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