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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Coffee Connection Tomorrow!

Come on out and join us for Coffee and fun tomorrow!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Try A Free Week At Stroller Strides!

From June 20-25, Stroller Strides of Midtown Raleigh & Stroller Strides of Raleigh would like to invite all local moms out to try our program for a full week at no charge!

•Monday, 6/20: North Hills Mall @ 9am & Crowder Park @ 9:30am

•Tuesday, 6/21: NC Museum of Art Park @ 9am & Lake Johnson @ 9:30am

•Wednesday, 6/22: North Hills Mall @ 9am & Crowder Park @ 9:30am
•Thursday, 6/23: NC Museum of Art Park @ 9am & Lake Johnson @ 9:30am
•Friday, 6/24: North Hills Mall @ 9am

•Saturday 6/25: Apex Community Park (Lake Pine) @ 9:30am


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Looking for Something to do This Weekend?

Lots of great things are going on in the Triangle this weekend, and Odile Fredricks of Carolina Parent Magazine has made it easy for you to see what’s happening! Check out her blog filled with tons of great information!

Bugs of Summer

Most will think first and foremost of the mighty mosquito! And, even though

they are the most popular of Summer Pests and ones that conjure up grand

discussions of what would be the best way to kill said Pest or avoid their bites,

I really wanted to chat about the other famous Southern bug: The June Bug.

Actually, June Bugs are not just found in the South. There seems to be a

whole host of bugs throughout the beetle (genus) world called “June Bugs”

and sometimes “May Beetles”. There are those in the South that are green

with brownish wings with bight green underbellies and heads. The ones out

West are locally called Figeaters. Then the not so fancy, light brown European

ones are called Chafers or Dorrs.

These beetles are considered “pests” because the young grubs are known to

feed on the roots of grasses and cereals, destroying both. The adults, maturing

in late Spring and early Summer, eat the foliage of trees and bushes. Some

even eat fruit!

So, then, what is so alluring about these pests? Their popularity can be found

throughout popular culture from the character named Mama Junebug Jones in

the popular book series about a little Siamese cat named Skippyjon Jones and

popular songs by the B-52’s and Sparklehorse.

And, while doing research on these bugs, I found out that June Bugs have

been known and studied for at least 400 years. Shakespeare has memorialized

them in this line from Macbeth: “the shard-borne beetle with his drowsy

hums”. (Macbeth, iii. 2, 42)

No one can say for sure why they are so popular. I have two guesses though.

The first being that the bug is so common that everyone knows which bug you

are referring to when speaking the name. And secondly, the name is just too

much fun to speak out loud! JUNE BUG. JUNE BUG. See how your mouth

wraps around the words like you are eating something juicy?

Now that you know a little more about these famous and popular pests, you

can wow your friends with your knowledge when gathered around the TV

watching NASCAR and rooting for Dale “June Bug” Earnhardt, Jr. and they

ask, “Hey, what’s a June Bug anyway?”


May (June) Bugs on go to

May Beetles on the Iowa State University go to

For cool news on the character Skippyjon Jones go to

For NASCAR news go to

All other inquiries hit up Google or Wikipedia or go to the library!


Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Vicariously Traveling?

I wish I could travel any and everywhere - don't you? Do you enjoy traveling? Do you wish you took more trips - day trips? Weekends away? Weeks at the beach or trips overseas?

I love to travel, at least I used to - we don't seem to do it as much with a child - but it doesn't stop me from dreaming!

But since we can't always do that I let the books take me where I'd love to go.

So here are a few titles I have already lived vicariously through this spring for my in-the-mind-travels

** A travel diary of three incredible women who left their lives in NYC to see the world. I'm still reading this one but I am loving it. It's an amazing journey seen through three sets of eyes. I think you'd love it, too!

** A great Southern story that was a light-enough read to qualify as a beach read, including a trip down South and a peek into Southern living. Not up there as my most favorite book I've ever read, but a quality read, nonetheless.

** A story of three sisters, their mother, aunt and grandmother who traveled to China to find themselves, their relationship and some secret history of their family. I enjoyed this book, although it was a bit lengthy. It's not quite a beach read, but the travel aspect is perfect for those looking for an escape from your everyday and a journey into much more.

Disclaimer: All images were obtained from the publicists of these books who have sent me the attached images via email to use for my review and discussion purposes. I also received complementary copies of these books, but my opinion and recommendations are completely my OWN. For more details check out BarnesandNoble - where you can find all of these books and more.

Happy Reading!

Monday, June 6, 2011

June 15th Family Event at North Hills


Come out to North Hills on June 15th from 9am-1pm for some family fun! Go Ask Mom a promoter of TriangleMommies is sponsoring an event for everyone in the Triangle. 

They will have free child IDs, Snacks, Crafts, North Hills Kids activities, and much more. Attend this free event and help Triangle Mommies show their support to one of our promoters in the community! 

What's Your Lunchbox?

One of the joys of having young children has been the packing of snacks. N and A enjoy picnic lunches, so I have got into the habit of bringing a snack and drink to the park. Any long trip mandates several snacks. And with N about to enter kindergarten soon, I have been giving serious thought to packing lunches for him.

We make conscious choices of eating healthy food with minimal or no processing, food free of artificial flavors and colors, refined sugars and starch, trans fat...but what about the container that holds the food? The environment-friendly approach is to pack reusable containers instead of the disposable baggies and boxes. Further, many plastics have been shown to leach chemicals into food under conditions of high heat (left in the car), or when in contact with acidic and alkaline liquids (juice, moist foods). The alternative seems to be food grade stainless steel. Or glass containers with plastic lids for reheating in the microwave.

N's school wont have the option of microwaveing their lunches and I can imagine twenty-three different ways in which N might break a glass box. So glass is definitely out, for the moment. Stainless steel seems to be the eco-friendly and health conscious choice for the new generation. Growing up in India, I carried my lunch to school in an unglamorous stainless steel "tiffin" box. The few that brought colorful plastic boxes were considered the cool kids. But as I asked around on trianglemommies and sat down with my favorite search engine, I was pleasantly surprised to find products like Lunchbots and Planetbox, jazzed up versions of the good ol' stainless steel box my mother packed for me. I also found BPA and pthalate free plastic lunchboxes like Goodbyn and Laptop Lunches. And with bento-ism seemingly sweeping America, packing cute, compartmentalized and appropriately-portioned lunches seems to be the way that cool mamas and kids are going.

Contributing Writer

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Join us for Coffee Tomorrow!!!!

Vivant.givesback Project - Help The Mommies Network!

Vivint is giving away $1.25 Million to charities. Help us win!

Help The Mommies Network with a simple "like" on Facebook!
Here's the lowdown:
The Vivint Gives Back Project is a program run by Vivint, Inc. It is an opportunity for Facebook users to help Vivint support charities that are doing good work in neighborhoods and communities across the United States. It is great opportunity for these local charities to be recognized by their supporters. This program is also designed to help direct Vivint's philanthropic dollars, which are donated by Vivint employees to eligible charities who are helping restore hope for families across North America. The charity that receives the most votes will receive $250,000, while the remaining top charity in each of the five regions will receive $100,000 each.

Nominations/endorsements for local charities will begin on April 25, 2011 and will run until 11:59:59 p.m. ET on June 11, 2011. Voting for the top local charity will begin on June 14, 2011 and go until 11:59:59 ET on August 27, 2011. The top 100 charities from Phase I, as well as the final six winners from Phase II will be determined once all of the endorsements and votes have been counted and it has been determined that each of the charities has satisfied all of the program eligibility requirements.

To vote for us, you can either visit our endorsement link HERE, or click the banner at the top or bottom of this post! You can vote for us once per day!
If you have any other questions about this project, check out the overview page of the Vivint.givesback Project website.
Thank you for your support!

Vivint is giving away $1.25 Million to charities. Help us win!