About Us

High Country Parent is a website/online magazine dedicated to moms, dads and families!Our contributors cover many aspects of life and parenting, and provide information and community.

Welcome Moms, Dads and Grandparents! We are committed to highlighting the best the NC High Country has to offer your family! We’ll share stories about our experiences shopping, dining and playing here in the mountains, and provide:
  • A schedule of “Kids Eat Free” restaurants, and the best kids menus in the area
  • Specials, sales, and coupons for retail stores
  • Contests and Giveaways
  • Great activities to do with the whole family
  • A listing of local parks, with special features of each
  • Businesses that love to serve moms, and go out of their way to make each experience pleasant for you and your kids.
  • Humorous and informative parenting articles
  • Opportunities for YOU (local moms and dads) to share your experiences and give feedback, as well.
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Jen SpinkI’m Jen Spink, editor of The High Country Parent. My husband Scott and I have two beautiful girls. My family was originated in Ashe County. My dad went to school at the one room school house at Todd General Store. Yes, I have heard many stories of how he had to walk to school in several inches of snow. I guess you can say I was born and raised as a mountain girl. We took permanent reigns in Boone, NC in 2005. I am currently serving as PTO President at my daughters’ elementary school.
My love of blogging started at my personal blog, One Moms World, back in 2005. As you can imagine, I was very excited to take the offer to come on as owner and editor of The High Country Parent in November 2012. If you ever have any comments or suggestions, please contact me by contact form or by leaving a comment.

Sarah PinnixI’m Sarah Pinnix, founder and former editor of The High Country Parent (formerly High Country Mom Squad). I’m a mother of three, who has lived in the High Country since coming to ASU in 1992. I’ve been a K-8 music teacher at Valle Crucis, Mabel, and Cove Creek, and I formerly taught private voice and piano lessons. I’ve served in leadership with our local MOPS, and have been a member of High Country Mommies.

After blogging at my personal blog, Real Life, for about a year, I began to have a vision for a website/blog providing area families with information, reviews, tips/ tricks, and a whole lot of fun. Basically, a central location for the best the High Country has to offer families. I hope you enjoy High Country Parent, and feel free to contact me with any questions or suggestions!


cindydyerCindy Dyer blogs from the perspective of a homeschooling mom.  She is a rookie homeschooling mom of 4 wonderful kids, ages 6 and under. Born and raised in Ashe County, you’ll never find anyone more proud to call herself a hillbilly. Cindy is wild about the High Country in general, and Boone in particular. A giveaway enthusiast and social media lover, you can find her most days on Twitter and atGet Along Home, where she blogs about motherhood, homeschooling, and (of course) giveaways.


Keri Hamrick writes the Weekend Events each Thursday, and covers other events here in the High Country

“I have been married for 13 years and between my husband and myself, have 5 children and 2 granddaughters. Our babies still at home are our 12 year old twin Tweens, Spencer and Marissa, just starting Middle School and oh so excited that they have Lockers this year! Terry and I have a Wooden Toy Business, Times Past Toys, along with Heavenly Creations Decor, my Home Decor business. Visit our website at www.timespasttoys.com.”


Former Contributors

Becky WebbBecky Webb is our green living expert, healthy living advocate and associate editor. Originally from the mid-west, Becky has been living in the High Country for close to a year and loves it! A mother of two little ones (3 and 1) and one on the way keeps her on her toes. You can often find her blogging about healthy, green living on her blog Our Peaceful Home or posting healthy frugal deals at Pennies and Blessings. Becky would love for you to stop by the local MOPS group where serves on the leadership team and say hi!

Becky also has a passion for supporting women in childbirth and helping them to have a satisfying birth experience as a labor doula. She loves educating women on their birth choices and aiding them in anyway that she can during pregnancy. You can find more about her business Endless Blessings Birth on her facebook page. (http://www.facebook.com/endlessblessingsbirth)


Barb Kelley is our Tasty Tuesday Columnist and food expert. Be sure to visit the yummy food blog she publishes with her sister, My Sister’s Kitchen.

“Welcome to My Sister’s Kitchen. My name is Barb Kelley and I’m a High Country mom of four sons ranging from 14 to 20 years old. Sarah invited me to open my kitchen each Tuesday and talk about cooking, recipes, and all things FOOD.

My sister, Laura, and I grew up in a culture where food was the language of love. Now that we each have our own kitchen in our own home (in our own state, I might add), we find we walk the ancient paths of women who nourish those we love. One of the delights of my life is teaching my own children how to create in the kitchen.” Click here to see all of Barb’s Yummy articles.