About Us

High Country Parent is a website/online magazine dedicated to moms, dads, and families! We 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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I’m Jen Spink, editor of The High Country Parent. My husband Scott and I have two beautiful girls. My family was originally from Ashe County. My dad went to school at the one-room schoolhouse 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 excitedly took over 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.

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!