March for Babies Kicks Off February 10th 2011!

Did you know that one in eight babies are born prematurely?  Many of you know that my first child was born at 34 weeks gestation. Fortunately, the complications were not that great, and we got to go home after 12 days at Watauga Medical Center.  This is why I am personally thankful for the March of Dimes, whose mission is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

The 2011 March for Babies Season is here! The  Starting a team is a great way to support healthy babies or to honor a family or friend who has been touched by the mission of the March of Dimes.  Anyone can start a team! You can gather your friends, co-workers or family to join the fundraising effort.

MArch for BabiesIf you are at all interested in forming a MOD team, be sure to attend the kickoff luncheon Thursday, February 10, 2011 at Kid Brewer Stadium’s 5th Floor, 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m.

At the kick off you can meet our local ambassador family the Hamptons and learn how to get your March for Babies team started. I am tentatively planning to have a Mom Squad Team again this year, and I’ll let you know more details about how you can be involved!

The High Country March for Babies event is Sunday, April 17, 2011, at Kidd Brewer Stadium at 2:00p.m.

For More information or to RSVP call 828-464-8905 or email kmoose@marchofdimes.com.

Give Back and Have Fun at Blowing Rock Winterfest!

Hi Mom Squad readers!  It’s been a long time… Some of you may not even remember a time when I posted frequently.  I’ve been a busy girl.  There’s something I would like to share with all of you that I believe really deserves everyone in the High Country’s time and attention.

This year I was made aware of a service in the Watauga County Schools, called the Food Pantries. You may already know about this, but I find a remarkable number of local parents are as unaware as I was.   Children are identified by need, and discreetly given bags of non-perishable food items to take home to be sure no one goes hungry over the weekend or in the evenings. This is my children’s second year as a part of High Country Dance Studio, and when the subject of our annual community fundraiser was raised this year, the choice was unanimous… we would do something to support this service that is so vital to the children of Watauga County.  We wanted to do more than collect food, though… we wanted to raise awareness for the cause, as well.

When we were asked to host the Blowing Rock Winterfest Kids’ Games, we thought this was the perfect opportunity to make the Food Drive public and get lots of folks, locals and tourists alike, involved in helping the youth of the High Country.   So, we are inviting you – the local families of the area – to choose a way to help and come out and join us for some fun, too.

Here’s what you can do…

  • Post a comment here if your business, club, or organization would like to collect non-perishable goods for the Food Drive from now until January 29th.  We will send you a sign to hang on your collection box describing the drive in detail.
  • Collect the boxes and cans of food that you have in your pantry but likely will not use soon and bring them with you to the Winterfest Kids’ Games.

Businesses, clubs, and families – COME OUT AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT!!!! (this is huge to generate awareness so that the community can band together to help this cause on a more regular basis)…. How do you do this?

Winterfest LogoJoin us on Saturday, January 29th at the Blowing Rock Winterfest Kids’ Games between 10am and 3:30 pm in the Parks and Recreation Room next to the tennis courts to play some games, or make some crafts. Bring your food or monetary donation for the Food Pantries, and prepare for our SNOWFLAKE MARCH for Awareness for the WCS Food Pantries.  Your kids will get to make their own snowflakes to carry in the march and learn some clogging steps from the High Country Cloggers.

They can also make a keepsake frame, play cornhole, play a bowling game, and play some fun dance games.  Local businesses will provide door prizes that we will give away throughout the day, and we will have a great spot for a winter family photo (photo sales will benefit the dancers at High Country Dance Studio).

To wrap up the day, have your kids meet us at 3:15 in the American Legion parking lot behind the park in downtown Blowing Rock to dance down the street with the High Country Cloggers, carrying their snowflakes! Businesses and organizations who have participated in the food drive can bring their collections to the Parks and Recreation Room and are also invited to carry a banner down the street.   Every participant should feel free to entertain in any way possible – dance, sing, or dress up in a costume to show your support!

If you have questions or would like to help, please contact me at amyforrester@bellsouth.net.

I know this is a cause that we, as a community of loving parents, can all get behind.  Please join us in taking care of our children.

Thanks!

Amy.

Portraits on the Parkway, with Jonathan Burton (GIVEAWAY!)

Jonathan Burton Photography is back again with another valuable giveaway, and their yearly charity event, Portraits on the Parkway. When he started Jonathan Burton Photography in 1992, Jonathan’s goal was to elevate his skills in photography and, in the process, create beautiful works of art.  By combining elegant, relaxed portraiture with spontaneous photojournalism, Jonathan truly captures “The Art of Life.”

Portraits on the Parkway is an annual event that is held on the grounds of Moses Cone Estate in Blowing Rock.  This year it will take place May 17th through the 20th, 2010 from 4:00-7:30 pm.

“Portraits on the Parkway” is specifically for school age children, ages 5-18 years old. Each session reservation is $75, plus tax and includes (1) 8×10, (2) 5×7’s and (8) Wallets.

Pre-registration is required and is available through the Jonathan Burton Photography website at www.settopop.com, under our “Events” section. We meet each family that has pre-registered at the Carriage house on the property at their specified time and photograph their child and/or siblings together. The Moses Cone Estate offers us many great backdrops for portraits including the Carriage house, the rose arbor, stone terracing, and the Moses Cone House front porch. This event gives families a great alternative to boring school portraits. A portion from every session is donated to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation.

This is a wonderful opportunity to get your creation session AND prints, with world-renown photographer Jonathan Burton, at a terrific price!

Click here to see the available dates and register for your session, or call 828.266.9889 For more information.

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GIVEAWAY!

Jonathan would also like to offer a complimentary Portraits on the Parkway Session to one Mom Squad reader, valued at $75!

Here is how to enter:

  • Visit Johnathan’s website at www.settopop.com, click on ‘Galleries’ and choose your favorite photo.
  • Leave a comment on this post, describing your favorite one.

Leave an extra comment for another chance to win if you:

This contest is open to anyone in the High Country Area or who is willing to travel here for a Portraits on the Parkway session.  Contest will run through Saturday, April 24, and a winner will be announced on our winners page, and by email.  You will have 72 hours to claim your prize before an alternate winner is chosen.

All photos are copyright of Jonathan Burton Photography..

Celebrity Serve 2010 Serves Up FUN and Funds for Watauga Education Foundation! (GIVEAWAY)

Celebrity Serve 2010 is a Community Fundraiser for local charities. This year Watauga Education Celebrity Serve 2010Foundation is the beneficiary.  Each Year, the WEF raises and donates thousands of dollars to the school system in Watauga County!  When I was a teacher, I received a generous grant from the WEF for my music classroom, and so has my husband.  They are huge supporters of the arts in our schools, as well!

Celebrity Serve will be held on Tuesday, April 20, and I’ll be at Glidewell’s in Blowing Rock for dinner!

Each restaurant will donate at least 10% of all sales plus their servers will donate 100% of all tips to WEF. Come out to one or all of the following restaurants on Tuesday April 20 to be served by local celebrities. You may even see a big celebrity such as ASU Head Football Coach Jerry Moore and ASU Head Basketball Coach Buzz Peterson.

… And me… I wouldn’t really call myself a celebrity, just a mom with a big mouth.  But nevertheless, I’m excited to be serving at Glidewell’s (y’all know that’s one of my favorite restaurants!)  I would LOVE it if you would come out and heckle me! I’ve heard through the grapevine that Patrick Sukow (principal of Blowing Rock School) and Cullie Tarleton (NC Congressman) will be at Glidewell’s too!

Be sure and purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win $3,000! Your own personal stimulus package! The WEF will use the money to fund Global Learning Technology at WCS and to bring Dolly Parton’s literacy initiative Imagination Library to Watauga County. Many of this year’s Celebrities are the teachers and principals from WCS schools. Make your dining dollars work harder and support the Watauga Education Foundation’s mission to help
each child reach their highest potential! Find out where your teacher is serving by visiting www.wefnc.org

To Celebrate Celebrity Serve 2010, I am giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to Glidewell’s so you can come! I know lots of us are struggling financially, but if you only eat out once a month, this is the day to do it! You can use it any time, but only on April 20th, will all the tips and 10% of profits be donated to the Watauga Education Foundation.  So I’m hoping you’ll grab lots of friends and come on over!

Here is how to enter the Contest:

  • Leave a comment on this post, saying your favorite project of the Watauga Edusation Foundation!  They do all kinds of things each year, including Shooting Stars Talent Showcase, Shooting Stars Golf Classic, Flapjack Flip. If you don’t know much about the WEF, share that too!

Get an EXTRA Entry when you do each of these things. LOTS of extra entries available! Leave a separate comment saying what you’ve done.

This contest will run through Friday, April 16, and the winner will be selected by random drawing at random.org.  Winner will be announced by email and our Winners Page.  High Country Residents or visitors 18 and older are eligible to win..

Freebie Friday: Don’t Hibernate… Celebrate!

This can be a dull time of year in the High Country – stuck in the house with too much television and too many video games; housework staring you in the face; tired of the same old routine. Well, this year take the time to appreciate your area through the eyes of a visitor.  Don’t hibernate… Celebrate – at Blowing Rock Winterfest – Fun for the whole family.

One of the best reasons to come out to Blowing Rock and enjoy the activities next weekend is that many of these events are to support local charities. In fact, you even have the opportunity to support a charity of your choosing by participating in the Polar Plunge into Chetola Lake, on Saturday, January 30th at 10:00am.  This event is free and one of the most heavily attended of Winterfest, and for good reason – all kinds of folks come out and dress up in wacky costumes to jump into the icy waters of the lake for charity.  Emceed by the charismatic Tracy Brown, everyone who attends will be laughing so hard they won’t notice the cold!  Interested in supporting your favorite charity?  The charity that raises the most money will receive a $250 bonus prize, and there is no minimum to the amount of sponsorship a Plunger can bring per jump.  Plus, if you wear the most outlandish outfit, you may receive the high honor of the “Golden Plunger” award!  Check out the sign-up forms at www.BlowingRockWinterfest.com.  Cinnamon Rolls, Hot Chocolate and other goodies will be available for purchase.Right after the Polar Plunge, head over to the Blowing Rock School Gymnasium for the Chili Challenge, happening from 11:00am-2:30pm on Saturday, January 30th. This CASI-sponsored event is a “real” chili cook-off, with chili cooks from all over the place, local restaurant chefs, and amateur chili cooks.  Providing some toe-tapping tunes are Upright & Breathin’ – a local Boone favorite.   Are you the best chili cook in town?  Sign up to participate!  Just love to eat it?  Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.  Proceeds go to charity. Keep reading for a chance to win a family 4 pack of tickets to the Chili Challenge!

Once your belly is full of chili, you don’t have to go far for the next family fun extravaganza… Ensemble Stage Company is putting on a super-fun version of the old “Match Game,” which will be a roaring good time for the whole family.  The excitement begins at 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 30th and tickets are available online at EnsembleStage.com or by calling 828.406.2884.  The Ensemble Stage Company has been kind enough to also donate a family 4 pack of tickets to the Match Game to one luck MomSquad winner!
Sunday morning, the 31st of January, come out to support Blowing Rock Fire and Rescue’s local efforts at the Pancake Breakfast, hosted by Knights on Main. The Pancake Breakfast will be in the Blowing Rock School Cafeteria from 8:00am-11:00am.

There are even more things to do at Blowing Rock Winterfest for the whole family, like FREE hayrides and kids’ events;  The Winter Paws Dog Show, benefiting the Watauga Humane Society ; Ice Carving Competitions; a Caricature Artist; and much more.

Plus – if you’re ready for some time out of the house without the kids, come out and try WinterFeast on Thursday, the 28th, where Blowing Rock’s finest restaurants provide a delicious meal to support local charities, the Charity Wine Tasting and Auction on Saturday the 30th which will support Wine To Water this year, or the raucous, fun “Grown-ups” Game Show presented by Ensemble Stage Company – the “Not So Newlywed Game,”  on Saturday, January the 30th.  You can even sign up to participate in the panel of contestants and win exciting prizes here.

Learn more about Blowing Rock Winterfest at www.BlowingRockWinterfest.com or by calling the Blowing Rock Chamber of Commerce at 828.295.7851.  Tickets to events are available on the website or at the Chamber of Commerce, but…

If you’d like to win Family 4 packs of tickets to the Chili Challenge, and the Match Game, follow the directions below:

See you at Blowing Rock Winterfest!

Amy

To enter to win the tickets, leave a comment below on this post, saying what your favorite event at Winterfest would be.  Click here for a listing of all events

Leave a separate comment for an EXTRA ENTRY if you:

Contest is open through Wednesday, January 27  for High Country residents and visitors 18 or older. Winner will be notified by email and on our Winners Page..

Flapjack Flip Pancake Breakfast to Benefit Watauga Education Foundation!

The Watauga Education Foundation is hosting its annual Flapjack Flip Pancake Breakfast on Saturday,WEF_flapjack_120 December 12, from 7:30AM-11:00AM.  $6 gets you all the Bald Guy Brew you can drink, all the pancakes and blueberry syrup, bacon and sausage you can eat. Plus WCS principals  will be there serving it up for tips!  Local schools will be selling crafts and goodies, Santa will be on hand for photos, and we will draw for the winners of our exclusive Limited Raffle.  Only 20 chances will be sold for some amazing prize packages.  Check them out below.   You can purchase your chances on line at www.wefnc.org, but when they are gone, they are gone.  Don’t miss your chance!

When I was a teacher, many colleagues and I received generous grants from the WEF for innovative projects in our classrooms!  Watauga Education Foundation is definitely a local cause worth supporting!

  1. Ultimate Foodie Fantasy $75

Dine out and take your friends with you!  This scrumptious package includes dinners for 4 to the best restaurants in the High Country:   The Gamekeeper, The Best Cellar, The Bistro, Crippens Country Inn and Restaurant, Bistro Roca, Story Street Grill, Reid’s, and Casa Rustica. Honey, let’s go out tonight!

  1. Steep and Deep  $100

Let it snow!  You’ve got 2009-2010 season passes at Appalachian Ski Resort for one adult and one junior, and 4 tickets for a day of tubing at Hawksnest .  You’ll look great in your new accessories from Farmer’s Ski Shop! Don’t forget your new Thermos filled with Hot Chocolate! Radical!!!

  1. Bow wow WOW $50

Pamper your pooch with a snuggly new $50 bed from The Pet Place, and $50 of chow from Kmart.   Plus, Animal Medical Center of Boone will give your best friend $50 toward his annual check-up.  And while you’re away, The Pet Prairie Kennel will keep little Fido for 2 nights.  That’s howlin’ good.

  1. A Little Cheese a Little Wine Part Deux $25

Back for a second year, this sellout package includes a bottle of wine a month for a year, and a delicious wedge of frommage from Harris Teeter, along with a monthly loaf of Stick Boy Bread. Merci Beau Coup!

  1. Baby Can You Dig It?  $40

Does your garden need a little TLC?  A Cut Above Nursery has $100 in perennials and annuals to spruce it up.  Of course $250 in new gardening tools from New River Building Supply will help you get them in the ground.  Then enjoy a manicure and paint your nails the same perfect shade as your Petunias!   Yard work has its rewards.

  1. Queen for a Day $50

Your sweetheart will thoroughly enjoy a date off the mountain to Charlotte.  This one includes tickets for 2 to the Aluminum Show at the new Knights Theater during the month of January, a $100 dinner at Maggianos Little Italy.  When the evening is over, fall into a Heavenly bed at the Hampton Inn Southpark.  Breakfast included!

  1. Zip-a-dee-do-dah $100

4 of you can fly on the original High Country Scream time Zipline.    Then take a crack at the Climbing Tower at Footsloggers in downtown Boone, and if you’ve still got energy, 2 of you can go rafting with High Country Expeditions. Take lots of photos because this package includes a digital camera. My-oh-my, what a wonderful day!

  1. Slow Food $35

You’ll enjoy a summer’s worth of fresh produce with this gift certificate for $10 a week for 12 weeks at the Watauga County Farmer’s Market.  Add that to $100 of locally raised beef from Rocksprings Farm and you are eatin’ local. Did we mention a beautiful quilted wall hanging and your exquisite mugs and plates for 4 from Doe Ridge Pottery?   Read your copy of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and get to know your food!

  1. ASU Basketball Experience  $45

What to know what it feels like to be in the locker room with Buzz and the boys?  You’ll find out with this package.  It includes 4 basketball season tickets to the 2009-2010 ASU Mens Basketball games, and a once in a lifetime chance to join the team post game behind the scenes.  Your autographed basketball makes this a slam dunk.

  1. Whee!  A Shopping Spree $75

Leave your credit cards at home!  $100 each from South’s, TJ Maxx, Gap/Old Navy & Sports Fanatic! $50 each from Rack Room Shoes; $25 each from Shannon’s, Boone Mall, Shoppes on the Parkway, Watsonnata; $20 from Dress Barn;$15 from Maurice’s. And a $100 Visa gift card.  That’s more than $650 of fun!

  1. Duffers Delight $100

Not one, not two, but three rounds of play for 4 at Hound Ears Golf Club, Boone Golf Club & Blowing Rock Country Club. Keep the Bearcat driver for yourself, but invite your friends to play a round!

  1. Soccer Mom Survival Kit $25

Because you are more than a chauffeur!   You have $50 in free gas from Kangaroo Express, $100 in gift cards, from Pizza Hut, KFC, Long John Silvers’ and Taco Bell, a $45 free carwash from Blue Ridge Car Care Company­­­, a case of Gatorade and 2 camp chairs from Kmart. Pile in team, and enjoy the ride.

  1. I Feel Pretty $40

Who wouldn’t after you indulge in a new $150 hairstyle from John Mena @ Haircut 101 , enjoy a $70 massage from Mind & Body Wellness, a $35 makeover from Lavender Fields, a $40 pedicure from Haircraft, a delicious fragrance basket from Belk, and the coup d’grace…a new $100 pair of shoes from Monkey’s in Blowing Rock.  Honey, did we buy a raffle ticket for the Ultimate Foodie Fantasy, ‘cause I’m ready to hit the town.

  1. Family Adventure Pak   $60

You will be the hero of your family if you win this:  4(four) tickets to an ASU Football Game, Carowinds, Dollywood, Tweetsie Railroad and a night at the Great Wolf Lodge.  What more is there to say except……YIPEEEEE!

  1. Baby Panache $75

Your little bundle of joy will feel like the heir to the throne!  For starters how about a session with photographer extraordinaire Jonathan Burton!  It’s the perfect place to wear a new pair of Robeez shoes.  Snuggle up close with your baby in an Ergo Baby Carrier, and when you get tired of doing the totin’, slip babykinz into your new $375 BOB Stroller.  You’ll be saying wee, wee, wee all the way home..

Don’t Miss the Bus! Help Children by Donating School Supplies

OASIS, Inc (Opposing Abuse with Service, Information and Shelter) is hosting the 5th annual Don’t Miss the Bus fundraiser to collect school supplies for children of OASIS clients. This event will help the children of OASIS clients go back to school with everything they need to succeed. OASIS, Inc has received an out pour of support from other community organizations that are making this event possible to raising school supplies, and to help raise awareness of domestic violence in the community.

In addition to setting out donation boxes at local businesses, the local moms’ group High Country Mommies is hosting a Back to School Bash Saturday, July 25th at Valle Curcis Park from 4-7pm. The bash will have various activities for kids of all ages, raffles, a bake sale, and a donation drop box for Don’t Miss the Bus. High Country Mommies has also coordinated donation drop off locations with local businesses.

The High Country Mommies and Happy Hearts Extension/Community Club are also helping out with the fundraiser dreamstime_6741348tremendously by raising school supplies, helping get the word out and assisting with donation boxes. The list of school supplies needed for this coming year includes

  • backpacks (gently used ones are being accepted this year)
  • notebooks (spiral, composition, wide ruled, college ruled)
  • folders (preferably the more sturdy variety)
  • calculators
  • index cards
  • 3-ring binders
  • dividers
  • #2 pencils
  • colored pencils
  • Clorox Wipes
  • hand held pencil sharpeners
  • scissors
  • tissues
  • glue sticks
  • erasers

With the help of ten local businesses, you can drop off school supplies to donate to children who are affected by domestic violence in your community through August 10th. The participated locations are

* High Country Mom Squad sponsors

Founded in 1978, OASIS, Inc. (Opposing Abuse with Services, Information, and Shelter) is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault in Watauga County, North Carolina. OASIS works toward this mission in three ways:

1. Providing comprehensive emergency services, transitional support, and a safe environment for survivors as they explore options for a violence-free life.
2. Providing education and skill development to encourage families in our community to create and maintain healthy peer and intimate partner relationships that are based on respect and equality.
3. Helping to create a community that supports survivors through advocacy and education.

For information about volunteering, click here.

Cayce Emanuel, Charitable Events Manager for HighCountryMommies, a local mom’s group that is free and open to all mothers. Cayce also makes many products to help you create a more sustainable home at www.SustainableHomestead.Etsy.com..

Fresh Lemonade Recipe & the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

dreamstime_767515 In the summer, when the grocery stores and produce stands turn yellow with lemons, my kids start to get so excited about fresh lemonade! I am not usually a huge lemonade fan, unless it is freshly squeezed and not more than 1 day old! We have perfected our method of making basic lemonade, and I have three very eager lemon squeezers in the house! Here is our basic recipe, which comes directly from the Sunkist website:

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Sunkist® lemon , unpeeled, cut in cartwheel slices (see recipe)
  • ice cubes

In a large pitcher, combine the lemon juice and sugar; stir to dissolve the sugar.
Add the remaining ingredients and blend well. It says to use honey as a substitute for the sugar, and I’m eager to try it.

On another note, I have started a Virtual Lemonade Stand to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. At my stand, I’m serving Rosemary Watermelon, Citrus, and Sparkling Ginger Lemonade with spring herbs. You can get the recipes for those gourmet lemonades here. I bought a glass of Ginger Lemonade from myself! – mmmmm… yummy!

Click here to buy a glass, and give to Ovarian Cancer Research.

Starting this month, you can visit electroluxappliances.com to design and open your own virtual lemonade stand and even pick the flavors of lemonade you want to feature at your stand, like Sparkling Ginger or Rosemary Watermelon.

For every stand opened, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF). In addition, you can help the cause even more by buying and sending virtual glasses of lemonade to your friends and family, with 100% of the proceeds benefiting OCRF. This is a great way to celebrate the beginning of summer, let friends know you’re thinking of them, and support a great cause.

Even better, just for opening your stand, and then again every day that you log in and visit your stand, you will be entered to win a new French Door Refrigerator from Electrolux – perfect for storing your own pitchers of lemonade. When others donate to your stand, they will also have a chance to win.

My dad has a refrigerator with the freezer on the bottom, and it is so cool! (no pun intended) It lakes sense since cool air sinks, and it is much more roomy. Plus, you don’t have to bend down to get the things you use most in the refrigerator..

Let Me Serve You, and Give to the Hospitality House

Two-dozen High Country eateries serve up food, fun and charity for Celebrity Serve 2009. Come let me serve you at Glidewell’s in Blowing Rock!

The annual Boone Celebrity Serve, which raised more than $50,000 last year, will benefit the Hospitality House’s Giving Hope a Hand Combined Campaign for building and operating a new homeless shelter for the High Country. They are the onlcelebrity_serve-featurey such shelter in a seven-county area.

The Celebrity Serve will be Tuesday, April 7, starting at 5:30.

In these tough times, it’s more important than ever that we pull together and help those in need.  And you can do that while having a really fun night out!  Glidewell’s has a relaxed atmosphere, while serving up delicious, chef created dishes.  We had the Mom Squad 1 year Birthday Party there and had a terrific time!  Click here to see pictures of the party!

I am really nervous, because the only waitress experience I’ve had was for a few months in college at the Dan’l Boone Inn!  I hope I don’t spill a drink on someone!  Will you come keep me company?

If you RSVP here, I’ll bring something to help entertain your kids while you wait for your food!

Charity Book Show: Help Start a Library in Uganda!

From Youth For Uganda Director, Tiffany Christian:

During this trip, one of our main projects will be starting a library in Kampala. One of my new friends in Uganda, Jon, sent me a moving blog entry that described the need for helping Ugandans develop a culture of reading. I had already dreamed of starting a library and Jon’s blog was just the confirmation I needed that this is indeed the time. As if that wasn’t enough, Sarah (founder of the Mom Squad) was thinking of having an Usborne Book party and we’ve joined forces to do a charity sale. Furthermore, our Usborne Books consultant, Jennifer Lawrence, has agreed to donate some books to the library.

Join us on March 24th for our Usborne Charity Book sale. It starts at 5:30 and will be held oasis-bookat Living Water Christian Fellowship in Boone (located across from the Wellness Center and beside the bowling alley). Bring in your gently used books and get free shipping on your order. Don’t forget, the one who bring the most books also gets a 10% discount.

To find out more out my budding nonprofit, Youth 4 Uganda, and to see a calendar of our upcoming fundraisers, go to www.youth4uganda.com

No Babysitter?  No problem!  Bring the kids!  We’ll have some activities for them to do!

If you can’t come, you can participate in the virtual book show by clicking here. Tiffany and I will be donating our hostess bonuses to the project so evry purchase increases what we will give as well!.