Take A Stand For North Carolina Families and their Birth Choices

Imagine being nearly 40 weeks pregnant and the receiving a phone call that your midwife no longer has a supervising doctor to sign off on your birth.  Pretty much overnight it has become illegal for her to attend the homebirth of your newborn baby.  She is the only care provider that you have seen, the only care provider that you feel comfortable with, she is a Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM), has attended many homebirths and is extremely qualified to attend yours as well.

Just last week this very scenario happened to many North Carolina women.  Overseeing physicians of  at least 7 North Carolina Certified Nurse Midwives just dropped them without warning.  This has left many women with the major decision of who and where to transfer their care.  Not only is this event a violation of a right of these low-risk mothers to give birth with whom and where they choose, but it is a traumatic experience for a mom who is just about to have a baby and has her heart set on a homebirth.  It also puts a new mom in the care of a provider that doesn’t know the history of her or her baby.  And, in most cases each of these women will not be able to have a homebirth legally as they desire.

It seems, that without warning, the North Carolina Board of Medicine advised the supervising physicians of these homebirth CNMs that they were no longer allowed to oversee midwives that are outside of their practice.  North Carolina is only 1 of 5 states where Certified Nurse Midwives are required to get a signature of an overseeing physician to attend a homebirth.  There are other states such as Nebraska where CNMs are unable to attend homebirths at all.

Right now, there are no other legal options in North Carolina for families to choose homebirth. Certified Professional Midwives (CPM) are direct entry midwives that are trained specifically for homebirths and can not practice legally in North Carolina.  They can practice legally in 27 states, but North Carolina is not one of them.  The North Carolina Friends of Midwives (NCFOM) has been working for years to get CPMs a right to practice legally in the state of North Carolina.  And now that CNMs are being restricted from attending homebirths, families are in crisis as their birth choices are being restricted.

There are many studies that support homebirth as a safe option for low-risk moms, and there is really no good reason for the North Carolina Board of Medicine to restrict the rights of couples who choose to take the homebirth option.

You can help give women their rights to have a homebirth by taking these steps:

Sign the Petition – North Carolina Medical Board: Allow Physicians to continue supervising Homebirths in North Carolina

Visit the North Carolina Friends of Midwives website and contact local legislature to take action and support women in their right to give birth at home.

Here’s an update from Christie Fredenburg CPM, Holistic Doula, and Childbirth Educator who practices in Tennessee and Virginia, but is a resident of North Carolina:

Right now, our Midwifery Licensing Act (H522 and S662) is needing to be heard by the House Health Committee. Everyone can call Thom.Tillis@ncleg.net 919-733-3451 to urge Speaker Tillis to hear AND vote H522. We rang it off the hook today. Even my home born 6 year old got in on the act! This bill will offer licenses and autonomy of practice to CPMs and CNMs. That’s not to say we don’t need or want doctors! We are also seeking to make collaborative care between midwives and doctors easier and with clear lines of communication. Of course, this leaves each with responsibility for one’s own practice, and ideally, responsibility for choices lies with the parents as their chosen health care providers assist them with information to make those choices. Let’s provide opportunities for families to be truly free to choose where and with whom they birth.

And, you can sign a second petition here.

Thanks for making your voice heard and support families of North Carolina’s right to give birth at home!

Three Common Hospital Birth Procedures that Your Infant May or May Not Need

I’m a huge advocate of knowing your choices in anything really.  I’m an information junkie so when it comes to knowing lots of “stuff” you can count me in.  I like to be educated when making choices for myself because as I have walked through life I realized that I would much rather make them myself than have someone make them for me (even a trusted care giver).  Although, I am so thankful for specialized professions like doctors, lawyers, teachers, so on and so forth I also know that as human beings, no matter the specialized education often bring certain biases to the table and ways of living.  I believe that doing your own research for your choices and gathering all the information you need to make a decision is the most important step to discovering what is really right for you and your family.

Last Friday on May 25th we welcomed our third child into the world.  Sweet Piper Grace was born at 12:18am, weighed 9 pounds 6 ounces, and was 18 inches long.  During each and every birth I have changed my birth plan quite a bit as I have learned more and more about hospital procedures and what I feel is absolutely necessary for me and my family.  It doesn’t matter if you are having your first child or your third child I would like to challenge you to think through and research all the choices that you have when it comes to your infant after having birth in a hospital.  Much of the reason that I decided to become a childbirth doula was to help support women in know choices during their childbirth experiences.  I love it when women are empowered to know how to make confident choices towards their care.

Here are three common infant hospital procedures that you should be aware of and a few facts about them so that you can make an educated decision when having a hospital birth:

Hepatitis B shot – Vaccines are so controversial these days.  Hepatitis B is a disease of the liver, the ways to get it are to have unprotected sex with an infected person, to share needles, getting a tattoo when the needles haven’t been cleaned, or sharing personal items with an infected person.  In my understanding it is given routinely to infants just in case mom is infect or if mom might live or be around infected people.  I personally opt out because the chances that my infant will get Hep B are rare rare rare rare.  But, I encourage you to make the best choice for you and your infant.  

Vitamin K shot –  Did you know that all babies develop their own vitamin K eight days after birth?  Vitamin K is what helps the blood to clot.  Since infants may not make their own vitamin K right away this shot helps to prevent any problems with bleeding and clotting  Vitamin K might be important to give your infant boy if you plan to circumcise right awayThere are a few ways to give vitamin K, there is also an oral option that doesn’t include a needle.  But, if you want to go this route you might have to provide your own.  Your hospital may not provide it for you. 

Erythromycin drops –  These drops are given to infants to prevent infection during the trip down the birth canal.  They are an antibiotic for the eyes.  They are  not necessary if you have a Cesarian birth for any reason.  Typically, eye infections can cause blindness and are caused by gonorrhea and chlamydia.  These drops help to prevent these possible complications.

Remember, you have the option to accept or refuse any of these common infant procedures.  Make sure you research each one of them well so that you are confident in your decision.  Just because everyone is doing it doesn’t mean that you have to do it too. Make the decision that is best for you and your baby!


5 Ways to Boost Your Kid’s Intelligence

C’mon admit it.  You know that you want a smart kid.  All of us would love to say that our kid is one of the most intelligent around, especially at a very young age.  Here are a few ways to encourage smart thinking from birth so that your little one is ready to rock and roll once they are old enough for school.

1. Breastfeed – Don’t worry, you are mom enough.  I’m not advocating breastfeeding until age 4 or longer unless that is something that you and baby desires, but breastfeeding has been shown to increase IQ in children.  Just check out this article about a study from a professor at the University of Colorado Denver conducted in 2009.

2. Keep your TV Off – Commonly in many household’s the TV is on constantly.  Did you know that this can delay a child’s speech development?  Yep, a study conducted in 2005 shows just that.  If your child is having a hard time picking up words you might want to examine if you are one of those families with that TV being on whenever you are home.  You can check out this article on the reputable WebMD to read more about it.

3. Don’t Add Sugar to Your Child’s Diet – Most American’s consume WAY too much sugar.  I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that.  But, I am also frequently surprised at how much sugar moms and dad’s let their small children consume.  Many parents may be unaware that fruit snacks and granola bars contain corn syrup which is a very unhealthy form of sugar.  Poor memory, learning disorders and depression can all be linked to too much sugar in the diet.  You can read this article from Psychology Today if you want more information.  When children are young it is really simple to say no.  Don’t get caught in the trap thinking that you have to give your kids cookies, or even purchase cookies.

4. Supplement Your Child’s Diet with Omega 3 –  Omega 3’s are known to boost brain power.  This can be easily supplemented in your child’s diet.  Some of the best way to get these Omega 3s are the purchased pastured eggs from a local farmer, grass fed beef, and use quality cod liver oil supplements like Nordic Naturals or Green Pastures.

5. Read to Them – One of the biggest gifts you can give your children isthelove to read and gain knowledge (even if you don’t like to read).  Reading to them can increase cognitive development and send it through the roof!  Read to your children often.  There is a good chance that it will quickly increase their language skills as well as their awareness of their surroundings as they soak up concepts through books.

What are your thoughts?  Any more ideas to boost your kids intelligence?

Be Encouraged in your Journey as a Mom with Mother Letters

Raise your hand if you ever need encouragement as a mother. I would venture to guess that everyone that is reading this is raising their hands or at least feels like they need to raise their hands.  Being a mother is so incredibly rewarding and filled with much joy, but being a mother is often so messy too.

At times, being a mom is so hard.  We all need love, encouragement and someone to walk the path with us an cheer us  on along the way.  I know I often need it so badly.  And, I think it is ok to remind each other that it is normal to feel that way.  None of us can be perfect mothers.  I really love this ebook because it reminds me of that.  It reminds me that it’s ok to not be a perfect mom, and that I can’t always do everything flawlessly.  In fact, I can rarely do anything flawlessly.

I want to introduce to you this sweet e-book Mother LettersMother Letters is a collection of letters that you will laugh over, cry over, and just be reminded that you are not the only one.  This sweet collection will encourage your heart and just make it stronger so that you can grow to be a better mom.

Just in time for Mother’s Day you can purchase the Mother Letters ebook for only $6.99 now through May 1st.  After May 1st Mother Letters will go up to $9.99.

There are some great  Mother’s Day deals happening when you do purchase Mother Letters at $9.99 after May 1st and use coupon code: Buy1Give1 and have one copy for yourself and one to give to another mama who needs encouragement down the path of motherhood, or just use code ML25 and receive 25% off your purchase of Mother Letters.

Another lovely perk of purchasing Mother Letters is that a portion your purchase will go toward to help provide for the women of  The Mercy HouseThe Mercy House exists to provide housing, spiritual training, educational opportunities, and counseling for pregnant girls living in the streets of Nairobi, Kenya.  You can find out more by going to the Mother Letters website or clicking the banner below.


Homemade Pregnancy Tea

For many herbs use is safe and nutritious for a pregnant mama, just make sure you do your research as to which herbs are safe and not contraindicated during pregnancy.  The safest and most wonderful herbs to make teas out of on a regular basis are Red Raspberry leave and even Nettle leaves.

There is a time-tested tradition of making a tea out of organic cut Red Raspberry Leaves in order to strengthen the uterus, prevent morning sickness, and even enhance mood. During my own pregnancy I typically drink a cup of a blend containing Red Raspberry Leaves nightly and often make a whole gallon of iced tea to drink throughout the day. I would highly recommend adding a tea infusion of Red Raspberry Leaf to any pregnant diet. Not only does Red Raspberry tea add to ones nutritional intake for the day, but drinking tea on a regular basis can add to your fluid intake as well. In order to add even more nutrients into ones cup of tea you can try this herbal pregnancy tea blend.

Pregnancy Tea

In a mason jar or any container add

1 cup of cut dried Red Raspberry Leaves

1 cup of cut and dried Oat Straw

1/2 cup of cut dried Peppermint Leaves

Shake Well. This tea can be brewed hot and drank hot or brewed hot and drank cold. You can easily put loose tea in your cup and strain or purchase mesh tea balls for your loose tea.

Bulk Herbs can be grown in your own garden or easily purchased form either of my favorite quality sources like the Bulk Herb Store or Mountain Rose Herbs.

If you’d rather, you can also purchase Red Raspberry Leaf tea or other herbal Pregnancy Tea‘s in ready made tea bag form.


Does Colic Have a Cure?

What causes colic? The truth is experts don’t really know. Although most assume that it is a gastrointestinal problem this may or may not be so. Pediatricians also attribute colic to an underdeveloped nervous system, medication taken my mom, food allergies, environment, mom and babies emotional health and temperament. Research has shown that for 50% of babies it may be a mild acid reflux. And, for some there just is no telling. Apparently, I was a very colicky baby myself. My mom reminds me that for weeks I would scream for hours and the pediatrician attributed it all to colic. I don’t know if it was payback, but my daughter had quite a bit of colic during several hours a the day for at least the first few months of her life.

Colic is defined by uncontrolled crying in infants from about two weeks to three months old. For a baby to be considered truly colicky crying spells must last for three or more hours at least three times a week or more.

The good news is that colic appears to stop after 3 months of age. So, if you are struggling with a colicky baby there is hope!

It is important to note that smoking mothers are shown to have a 14% increase in colicky babies. Most commonly in my experience colic has been due to food allergies. Allergens that are transferred to baby in moms milk can easily upset babies stomach. Some of the more typical foods I’ve seen that bother baby are beans, onions, eggs, nuts, dairy, soy, and wheat. If your baby is having extreme colic and you suspect that it might be food related I highly recommend that you seek professional help from a lactation consultant or pediatrician. Mothers are able to continue nursing when baby is experiencing food allergies, but they may have to incorporate an exclusion diet into daily life in order to calm babies upset tummies.

Typically a pediatrician will suggest Mylicon for infant gas problems and often to try for colic. Mylicon’s active ingredient is simethicone. Although this medicine is considered relatively safe for infants, I highly recommend that you read the label carefully before administering it to your infant. There is a potential to overdose from the product so ask you pharmacist or pediatrician before administering any more than the suggested dosage.

Don’t get too distraught when I tell you that there may be no cure for your babies colic except to grow out of it especially when it may be a case of an underdeveloped nervous system or temperament. Bu,t as a student of natural health and natural remedies I highly recommend trying several natural remedies before picking up a bottle of Mylicon.

Here are a few natural suggestions, remember to always consultant your pediatrician before beginning a new remedy or medication:

  • Gripe Water– The main ingredients are ginger root, and fennel seed that are known to calm gastrointestinal upsets. Grip water is known to be a safe alternative to Mylicon drops. There are a number of brands out there.
  • Infant’s Blend Probiotic – Although most mother’s breast milk naturally contain probiotics a probiotic supplement may be helpful to cure infant colic. This is especially important to note if you have an infant that came into the world in result of a c-section. Giving birth naturally helps baby’s intestinal flora to begin functioning properly with good bacteria and in a c-section it is a little difficult to kick start this process. I highly recommend an infant blend probitoic if you have a c-section or a baby seems to been having tummy problems. I highly recommend Udo’s Choice as a reputable brand.
  • Homeopathic Remedies are also known to be helpful – Colocynthis, Cuprum metallicum, carbo vegetabilis are all known to be helpful remedies for colic. The good thing is when it comes to homeopathic remedies they are completely non-toxic so it is safe to re-administer them every 15 minutes to see if they are helpful.
  • Other herbal remedies may include chamomile and peppermint water given in low doses.


Tips For More Sleep During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be such a crazy time.  You know you need rest, and many times you find yourself fatigued, but if you have other children running around or if you work full time you can’t always find time to lay your head on the pillow.

Then, during nighttime when you do find time to lay your head on the pillow it is easy to be uncomfortable because of your big belly, or you have to use the bathroom several times a night.  Or, maybe you just have plain old insomnia.  You could be day dreaming about your new precious little one or just have so much on your mind to accomplish before that little bundle of joy enters the world that you can’t rest peacefully.

So, what do you do to get that much needed rest?  You know that during the first couple of months when that newborn comes you aren’t going to find yourself sleeping much.  Surely, there are some tips or tricks that might help you find that restful night sleep so that you don’t have to battle all that fatigue daily.

Get plenty of Calcium – Did you know that a calcium deficiency can cause insomnia?  Calcium and Magnesium work in partnership in the body to help you function properly, so if you find that you aren’t sleeping well try a calcium and magnesium supplement.  From my research, a calcium and magnesium citrate may be best since it contains acid which will also help your body absorb the minerals.

Minimize Stress – Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible to completely rid your body of stress, but it is best if you can find some ways to minimize it.  Aromatherapy like lavender oils on your pillow or in a relaxing bath could help.  Examine your life to make that you help reduce stressful relationships and situations if you can.  Feel the freedom to take a step back instead of pushing yourself too far and listen to your body.

Try Relaxing Herbs – Not all herbs are recommended for pregnancy, so make sure you do some further research if you aren’t sure.  However, herbs like chamomile can be put in teas or concentrated in glycerites in order to take the edge off.  You can even safely take a mixture of chamomile and lavender buds as a tea that can help calm your mind.

Exercise – Exercise is known to reduce stress hormones like cortisol.  Find a prenatal exercise class in your area, take long walks, or try prenatal yoga.  Exercising will also help your body prepare for a restful nights sleep.

Get Plenty of Sunshine – Getting sunshine during the day can help you sleep better at night.  When getting plenty of sunshine during the day it will increase your melatonin output at night.  Since that is the hormone that helps you go and stay asleep you will rest much better!

Get More Pillows- Make yourself nice and comfy at night. Prop a pillow in between your knees and under your belly to help you sleep better.  Made sure the parts of your body that may be vulnerable at night because of your loosening muscles are supported well.

Limit your water intake before bed – During pregnancy you are supposed to consume between 64 and 96 ounces of water a day.  That is a lot of water.  You might feel like you are going to float away.  But, it is really important so try to consume as much water as you can during the first half of the day, so at night you can limit your water intake an hour or so before bed time.  That way, you will have your daily needs met but you aren’t up all night using the bathroom.

You might want to pass this article on to any expecting friends that you know that are needing that quiet rest time!

Resurrection Eggs: teaching your kids about Easter

The store shelves are loaded with brightly colored Easter candy; it’s not surprising that children start to think that the whole point of Easter is chocolate! If you’re a parent who wants to teach your youngsters about the real meaning of Easter, there are some great tools out there for you. One of my favorite activities to prepare kids for Easter is using a box of Resurrection Eggs.

A box of Resurrection eggs contains 12 eggs, each containing an item that will help the parent or adult tell the Easter story. Kids love to discover what each egg holds and how that fits into the story of Easter. This activity requires some assembly ahead of time but it’s easy and fast.

Resurrection Eggs

Resurrection Eggs

What you’ll need:

  • 1 empty egg carton
  • 12 plastic eggs
  • 1 palm frond or a green leaf
  • a perfume sample or a cotton ball or bit of cloth sprayed with perfume
  • dimes or nickels
  • A little cracker or an individual plastic communion cup
  • a feather or a picture of a rooster
  • a piece of purple cloth or a small stick from a thorn bush
  • a cross made from two small sticks
  • a little piece of sponge soaked with vinegar
  • a scrap of white cloth
  • a few whole cloves, cinnamon or other spices
  • a small stone

If you don’t have the item on the list, you can substitute something that also reminds you of the verse associated with that particular egg. You can also switch out verses from the other Gospels. This particular set of verses does a great job of telling the story of the crucifixion and resurrection. (I got most of the ideas from the handout from AWANA clubs.)

Here are the Bible verses that correspond with the items in each egg:

1. Palm frond or other green leaf:

John 12:12-13 Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King

12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,


“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”[e]

“Blessed is the king of Israel!”


2. Perfume sample or cotton ball sprayed with perfume:

Matthew 26:6-7 Jesus Anointed at Bethany

6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.


3. Dimes, nickels, or other silver coins:

Matt. 26:14-16 Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus

14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.


4. Cracker or individual communion cup:

Matthew 26:26-28 Communion

26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”

27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the[b] covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.


5. Feather:

Matthew 26:3-34 Peter’s Betrayal

33 Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”

34 “Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”

6. Piece of purple cloth or small piece of thorny branch:

John 19:1-5 Jesus Sentenced to Be Crucified

1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged. 2 The soldiers twisted together a crown of thorns and put it on his head. They clothed him in a purple robe 3 and went up to him again and again, saying, “Hail, king of the Jews!” And they slapped him in the face.

4 Once more Pilate came out and said to the Jews gathered there, “Look, I am bringing him out to you to let you know that I find no basis for a charge against him.” 5 When Jesus came out wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe, Pilate said to them, “Here is the man!”


7. Cross (necklace or one made of small sticks):

John 19:16-18 The Crucifixion of Jesus

16 Finally Pilate handed him over to them to be crucified.

So the soldiers took charge of Jesus. 17 Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha). 18 There they crucified him, and with him two others—one on each side and Jesus in the middle.


8. Piece of sponge soaked in vinegar:

John 19:28-30 The Death of Jesus

28 Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.” 29 A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. 30When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.


9. Scrap of white cloth:

John 19:40-42 Jesus’ body wrapped for burial

40 Taking Jesus’ body, the two of them wrapped it, with the spices, in strips of linen. This was in accordance with Jewish burial customs. 41 At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had ever been laid. 42 Because it was the Jewish day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, they laid Jesus there.


10. Cloves, cinnamon, or other spices:

Mark 16:1-2 Jesus Has Risen

1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb


11. Small stone:

Mark 16:3-4 Stone is rolled away

3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?”

4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away.


12. This egg will be empty to symbolize the empty tomb!

Mark 16:5-6 The tomb is empty!

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed.

6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.


Hint: If you number the eggs with a sharpie, you won’t have to open every egg to find the particular egg you want to talk about.


You can buy sets of Resurrection eggs, all ready-made, online if you don’t have time to hunt down all the individual items. I imagine you can also pick up a carton of them from your local Christian bookstore.  If you google “Resurrection Eggs” you’ll come up with a LOT of results. This year, my favorite version of Resurrection Eggs comes from AWANA clubs.

Happy Easter!

Barb, writing for My Sister’s Kitchen


PS: I’m coming back to add a link to another cool idea: Resurrection Cookies. Go read about them! It’s a great idea for teaching kids.

For a fun activity to decorate Easter Eggs with your kids, check out how I use old silk ties and scarves to make gorgeous eggs on My Sister’s Kitchen.



March/April Weekend Events: Happy April Fool’s Day – Let’s Celebrate Spring! 03/30&31 – 04/01

What? They’re saying SNOW for next week??? Haha, April Fool’s! But really it could happen believe it or not! It did on my Honeymoon almost 16 years ago. We had snow part of the time and were wrapped up like Eskimo’s, and then the second half, I was in shorts. Go figure! I prefer to head straight into the nice weather we’ve been having, don’t you? Let’s not waste any time, let’s celebrate Spring and have a great weekend!

Here at High Country Parent, you will find fun and exciting things to do Friday through Sunday, from Big Consignment Sales, Film Festivals, Easter Happenings, to a Social Media Conference on Internet protection for our kids and youth. We would love to know what you’re doing this weekend, and feel free to add to the list! _______________________________________________________________________________________

This Weekend at Regal Cinema…

Now Showing:

  • Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax NEW! PG
  •  Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax 3D NEW! PG

Visit www.regmovies.com for more info or call 828-262-3330.


On Friday…


Don’t miss the Ashe Kid’s Market Spring & Summer Children’s Consignment Sale this Thursday through Saturday, March 29th – 31st from 10am-6pm on Thursday & Friday, and 8am-3pm on Saturday, which is the Half Price Sale. Located in the former Fleetwood School across from the Fleetwood Volunteer Fire Department on Hwy 221, you’ll find great bargains of Baby Clothing to Pre-teen Sizes, Toys, Kid’s Equipment, Furniture, Bedding, Easter Items, ASU gear, Costumes and Uniforms, Books, Videos, Maternity Items & Supplies, and much more. You can find almost anything you are looking for, and with all proceeds benefiting Ashe County Elementary Schools and other programs, you can’t go wrong! For more info check out their website at www.ashekidsmarket.com or call 336-877-8894.



Here’s another consignment sale you’ll want to attend! It’s the 7th annual Children’s Playhouse Baby Fair and Consignment Early Bird Sale & Sale this Friday and Saturday, March 30th-31st from 8:30am to 1pm. Held at the National Guard Armory in Boone, you’ll find lots of things you just can’t live without and want to buy for all your loved ones. Find Clothing, Food, a Free Car Seat Check, some awesome Samples, Parenting Info, Kid’s Activities and an Airwalk, with so much more! An Early Bird Sale will take place 12noon to 1pm. For more info call 263-0011 or visit the Playhouse website at http://www.goplayhouse.org .



It’s that time again…Time for the 16th annual Banff Mountain Film Festival, this Friday and Saturday, March 30th & 31st from 7:30pm – 11pm. Touted as an “Outdoor Program & High Country tradition”, the Banff Film Festival will be showing the “Best of the Festival” on their World Tour stop here in Boone at Farthing Auditorium. They will feature “the world’s best films on Mountain Adventure, Culture, and the Environment selected from hundreds of entries submitted from around the world, designed to Educate, Entertain, and Inspire”. Tickets are available through Farthing Auditorium, Footsloggers in the downtown Boone area, and online here at http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=21217.



On Saturday…


As the Easter holiday nears, Chick-Fil-A wants to be a part and is having an exciting Easter Egg-Stravaganza on Saturday, March 31st from 11am-2pm. Kids will have an absolute blast playing Games, making fabulous Crafts, and let’s not forget the Cotton Candy! Mini Moo will be there too for lots of pictures and hugs.



Get the Kids ready for a Super Fun Easter celebration at Blowing Rock’s annual Easter Egg Hunt this Saturday, March 31st hosted by the Blowing Rock Parks and Recreation center. Games and Prizes will start the event at 10 am at the Rec center, then the Easter Egg Hunt at 11am which will have separate age groups, and all Kids will take home treats! For more info call 828-295-5222 or visit their website at http://www.townofblowingrock.com .



If you’re heading into Boone, why not take the Kids and go on an adventurous hunt at Boone’s Easter Egg-Stravaganza sponsored by the DBDA, Jones House Community Center, Watauga County Public Library, and many local businesses. Starting at the Watauga Library at 1:30pm, Kids will enjoy Stories, Arts & Crafts , then they can participate in an Easter Parade to the Jones House Community Center for the Easter Egg Hunt. Kids 10 and under will get to hunt for Eggs filled with Candy and “Golden Eggs” with Prizes at local stores. If there is bad weather, contact the Watauga Library or for more info and to help with volunteering at 828-262-4532.



Love Horses? Here’s a way to grab some bargains and have some fun with the family as well at the 2nd annual Horse Helpers Chompin’ At The Bit New and Used Tack Auction this Saturday, March 31st from 9am – 5pm. Held at the Hayes Horse Boarding and Training, look for new and used Tack Auction and a Vaccination Clinic for Horses and Dogs.  Along with those events, starting off the day will be a 3K Walk/Run at 9am with an 8:30am Registration and a registration fee of $20 for adults and $15 for students. Following the Run, Kids and Parents alike can take in the Pony Rides, Face Painting, Food and various Information Booths (including Watauga & Ashe Humane Societies and local Equestrian teams). There is still a need for Volunteers, if interested please email  Amanda Moore at (mooreaa@appstate.edu), and also contact them if you are wanting to participate in the 3K. For more info about the auction or directions to Hayes, call 336-314-1538/828-297-1833 or visit their website at http://horsehelpersnc.org .\



On Sunday…


Do you know someone who is Consumed, Confused, or Concerned with the overwhelming dangers and risks of Social Media and the Internet with today’s Youth? Don’t miss The Tech Effect – A Social Media Conference for Students, Teens, Parents, Teachers, and Youth Leaders, this Sunday, April 1st at Watauga High School from 3-6pm. This FREE conference, sponsored by Boone Area Youth Ministries is about keeping our kids safe on the Internet and beyond. There will be speakers from the NCBSC to talk about the youth and media culture and from the State Bureau of Investigation, who will also talk about Internet safety and social media devices. Make sure to let your family, friends, neighbors, etc. know about this event!


Have a Fun and Safe Weekend!


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The Tech Effect – A Social Media Conference this Sunday! For Parents, Teachers, Students, and Community Leaders!

Do you know someone who is totally consumed with the internet? Do you know someone who is confused about all the texting they see going on, and what the lingo is about? Do you know someone who is concerned about these issues involving the internet and people they love?


You won’t want to miss the event this coming Sunday, April 1st, from 3 – 6 pm, that will bring education, information, and understanding called The Tech Effect, a conference explaining all of this and much more! It is for Students, Parents, Teachers, and Community Leaders and anyone else interested in attending. The conference is being held at Watauga High School in the Auditorium and a large crowd is expected to attend due to the increasing importance of the risks and dangers of internet abuse and bullying. Sponsored by local Youth Ministers and Leaders, Teachers, and concerned Citizens of Watauga County, The Tech Effect has a great line-up of speakers efficient in the concentrated areas of the internet and our youth.


Beginning the conference will be an open group session with Merrie Johnson, who is with the NCBSC Be Do Tell Ministry, and travels much of her time where she leads retreats and conferences bringing together information on youth and media issues for Parents, Students, and Community Leaders. The conference will then break out into 3 different sessions to choose from.


The first is geared towards Parents and Community Leaders and features Alan Flora, who is head of the NCSBI Internet Safety Investigations and travels throughout the state of North Carolina helping to educate and teach Students, Teachers, and Parents on issues of Internet Safety. As a trained professional, Mr. Flora investigates internet crimes and it’s predators.


The second session is about Girls and Texting, what is the meaning of Sexting, Social Media and Purity. Merrie Johnson shares relevant information in an age of easily being taken advantage of and harassed or abused, verbally and/or sexually across internet lines.



Then the third session is about Guys and the meaning and usage of Sexting, Pornography and how flagrant and accessible it is to our youth, Social Media and Purity. Chris Wilson, a Youth Leader who speaks extensively at Youth Events to Students in the areas of Character, Purity, and Spiritual Growth. Along with Chris, Adam Melancon, a fellow Youth Speaker, will also be speaking. Adam travels and writes for “The Silver Ring Thing”, curriculum and teaching on Character, Leadership, Respect, and Purity.


After a break and refreshments, the conference will close with bringing everyone back together for a group session with Merrie Johnson again and pulling the information that has been shared all together. It is The Tech Effect and it’s speakers hope that everyone leaves with a better understanding and knowledge of the internet and the risks associated with it.


Here is a schedule for The Tech Effect conference:


3:50-4:00       BREAK/REFRESHMENTS

4:00-5:00        BREAK OUT SESSIONS