Watauga Education Foundation Flapjack Flip & Boone Service League Holiday Market Dec 6

watauga education foundation

The Watauga Education Foundation continues their yearly tradition on  Saturday, December 6 by holding the Flapjack Flip Pancake Breakfast (7:30am – 11:30am) at Watauga High School.

WEF Flapjack Breakfast

The event will be held at the Watauga High School. And, the Boone Service League will present their annual Holiday Market in Conjuction with the Flapjack Flip, for a one stop Breakfast and shopping experience.

Here is the scoop from the Watauga Education Foundation:

Join us for a morning of flapjacks, fun and fellowship and, of course, shopping! Back this year, your Principals serving up coffee and making “tips” which go directly to your school. The Boone Service League will be hosting its Holiday Market too, so there will be great gift ideas. It’s the perfect way to start your Holiday and to make a difference for the students of Watauga County.

There will be a raffle and a silent auction.

Photos With Santa

Come and tell Santa your Christmas wishes and have your photo made for just $15. Package includes:

* 1 – 8×10
* 2 – 5×7
* 4 – 4×6

Plus you keep the high resolution image to make more photos!

Boone Service League Holiday Market

This event is scheduled for December 6, 2014 at the Watauga High School. A wide variety of vendors will be set up to offer a potpourri of ideal gifts for anyone’s shopping list. There will be hand-crafted jewelry, ornaments, doggy boots, pottery, cards, paintings, hair accessories, Christmas wreaths, felted wool and cashmere items, luggage tags, embroidery, garden décor, tote bags, purses and much, much more. Enjoy a delicious breakfast and complete more of your holiday shopping all in one convenient location. By doing so, you will be supporting those in need in the High Country..

The Children’s Council of Watauga Needs Your Help

The Children’s Council of Watauga is the area branch of the North Carolina Smart Start Program.

What is Smart Start?

Smart Start was created in 1993 as an innovative solution to a problem: Children were coming to school unprepared to learn.

Policymakers recognized that progress would require tapping into the same innovative spirit that inspired private sector advances, and therefore, established Smart Start as a public/private partnership. Independent, private organizations work in all 100 North Carolina counties through The North Carolina Partnership for Children, Inc., and 77 Local Partnerships.

The power of Smart Start is that it delivers outcomes by giving communities local control to determine the best approach to achieving them.

According to the Children’s Council of Watauga’s program manager the program receives calls daily from parents that are in desperate need of diapers and wipes.  Most of them don’t have any at all and can’t afford them until payday.

Can you imagine being out of diapers for your little one for days on end?  I’m sure all of us have been in a pinch once in a while, but I am sure that there are few of us who wouldn’t be able to get a hold of some rather quickly.

The Children’s Council of Watauga is putting out a call to ask for help for any moms organizations, individuals, agencies or churches who would be willing to put together a diaper drive to help out needy moms in the area.  What about you?  Are you in the position to help in any way?

Check out this inspiring story from a student who put together a diaper drive for needy moms.

Meet the Princesses this Sunday in Boone!

Our family has been very blessed to be able to visit Walt Disney World in  Orlando to meet many of the princesses in person.  However… the first time we went, we did not get very many photos because we left my camera’s battery charger at home. Incidentally, this is the very reason I made sure my next camera takes regular batteries!

Well, you don’t have to travel 11 hours away to meet all your favorite princesses!


Ashley Harkins as Belle, 2010

Come to Studio K Dance Workshop for  Princess Tea Party!

WHEN: This Sunday, April 17, 2011 from 1:00-4:00 PM

WHO: Children, ages 2-12 (with adult supervision at all times)

WHERE: Studio K Dance Workshop, 289 Daniel Boone Drive (across from New Market Center)

COST: $5 per child

In one studio room, the kids will be treated to tea with Alice in Wonderland, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts and more.

In another studio room, The Princesses will be featured at stations for you to meet them and take pictures!  Wear your finest ball gown or princess attire, and on’t forget to bring your camera!  Here are just some of the princesses in attendance:

  • Cinderella
  • The Step-Sisters
  • Sleeping Beauty
  • Belle
  • Tiana
  • Mulan
  • Jasmine
  • Snow White (and the dwarfs)
  • Ariel

For more information, call 828-265-4111.

CPR and First Aid Classes in Boone

CPR and First Aid classes are coming up, at Watauga Medical Center. This training is always a good idea for moms and those that work with kids, as well as teenagers who babysit!

First Aid CPR

American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR and AED Course

When: March 1, 2011, 6-9 pm
Where: Watauga Medical Center Auditorium
Cost:  $30 CPR $40 CPR and AED training
Class size is limited. You must call to pre-register and prepay.
Candy Jones
ARHS Community Outreach
(828) 268-8960

Description: This course is designed for community members who want to learn CPR for adults, children, and infants; how to help a choking victim, and use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Upon completion of this course, participants will receive a certification card which is valid for 2 years.

American Heart Association BLS for HCP Part II- Skills Check

When: March 1, 2011, 5-6 pm Where: Watauga Medical Center Auditorium
Cost $15
Class size is limited. You must call to pre-register and prepay.
Candy Jones
ARHS Community Outreach
(828) 268-8960
Description: This course is for Healthcare Providers seeking an initial or renewal Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers Course completion card. Part I online (go online to AHA.org) can be completed in approximately 1-2 hours. You must bring your Part I completion certificate to the skills check. Part II – the skills check will take approximately 1 hour.

American Heart Association First Aid Course

When: March 8, 2011, 6-9 pm
Where: Watauga Medical Center – Adams Classroom
Cost: $30
Class size is limited. You must call to pre-register and prepay.
Candy Jones
ARHS Community Outreach
(828) 268-8960

Description: This course is designed for community members who want to learn basic first aid skills- how to recognize and respond to different emergencies- heart attack, stroke, choking, bleeding, seizures, diabetic reactions, breathing problems, shock, and environmental emergencies. Upon completion of this course, participants receive a card which is valid for 2 years.

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.

Chick-Fil-A Art Night This Friday!

If you have crafty kids, you won’t want to miss this Friday’s Family Night at Chick-Fil-A in Boone! From 5:30-7:30 PM, bring your kids out for Art Night! Create a masterpiece, eat some great food, play in the indoor playground!  Moms and Dads can thaw out from the snow with a Spicy Chicken Sandwich!

CFA Art Night January 2011


For Real Time Road and Weather Conditions, turn to Twitter and Facebook

With all the crazy weather we’ve been having around here, it’s hard for any one forecaster to stay on top of all the twists and turns, and variations by region. We are on Snow Day number 13 (I think? Someone correct me if I’m wrong). My kids are getting very creative with their time at home.  We are doing some enrichment work, My 5yo is teaching “Fitness Classes” including stretches, exercising, and practicing splits. We have a really good Lego house in the making, and my 7yo is designing her first shirt with the my scrap fabric and the dressform bust she got for Christmas.

The least amount of Snow Days we’ve had for Watauga County Schools is 4 in 1990-91.The top three years for the most Snow-Days were:

  • 1977-78: 39 Snow Days
  • 1976-77: 33 Snow Days
  • 2009-10: 26 Snow Days

Living on the East side of Boone, sometimes I am completely taken by surprise when my sunny drive up 421 turns into a blizzard while cresting the hill.  Because of our fluctuation in regional weather in the High Country, it helps to have a network across the area who share information before venturing out.

This is where social media comes in! With sites like Facebook and Twitter, we can get real-time Road and Weather updates (like, 2 seconds ago) from real people across the county. I find that regular people are pretty reliable for honest information.  Could someone lie? Well, yes, but on public social media, others will usually call them out on that!

Citizen Reports on Facebook

FAcebook Weather PageThere are a few Facebook pages that are specifically set up for citizens to share Road and Weather conditions. These are reports from people who are actually driving on these roads. (Please don’t text and drive, though.  Wait till you’re stopped!) You can post a report, or ask a question about the road you have to drive.

Experts on Facebook

Metorologists on Facebook also use the platform to provide up-to date reports, field questions, and share photos.

  • John L’heureux, a meteorology grad student, runs L’Heureux’s Weather on Facebook. He is on the Northwest Flow Snowfall research team, conducting research on Poga Mountain to analyze snow density, snow water equivalent, and snow depth.  He actively engages in discussion there and updates often.
  • Brad Panovich is chief metorologist for WCNC-TV in Charlotte. He forecasts weather as far as Northwestern NC, and is surprisingly accurate for a flatlander! (I couldn’t resist) Connect with him on his Facebook Page here.


If you are on Twitter, you will want to follow Brad Panovich (@wxbrad) or Kenneth Reese (@radiomediaguy) for up-to the minute reports.

Do you have any other sources for weather and road information?  Share them in the comments!.

Kick off the new year with a Spicy Chicken Biscuit, Starting today!

Last week, if you reserved a spot online, you may have received a free sneak peek of the new spicy chicken biscuit from Chick-Fil-A! I am really liking the Spicy Chicken Sandwich, so I expect nothing less for the biscuit! Have you tried it?Spicy Chicken Biscuit

Today is the first day the Spicy Biscuit will be available on the menu, so let us know how you like it.  Head over during breakfast hours from 6AM – 10AM.

There are lots of great events going on at CFA every month! This month, we may not be going to school much, but you can still go to School Spirit Nights from 5:30-7:30 PM!

  • Jan 11: Blowing Rock
  • Jan 13: WHS
  • Jan 18: Parkway
  • Jan 20: Mabel
  • Jan 25: Cove Creek
  • Jan 27: Valle Crucis

Stay tuned for information about Family Art Night on January 28! Text CFABOONE to 411247 to receive free offers and event details, or follow on Facebook and Twitter!

Chick-Fil-A of Boone is one of HCMS’s fab Sponsors!

Last Minute Gifts from Mom Squad Partners!

I almost have all my Christmas shopping done!  What about you? We only have a few more days to get everything bought, wrapped, and given, so we’re scrambling for those last few items!

Last Minute Christmas GiftsIf you have any last minute gift needs, consider supporting our High Country Mom Squad partners who invest in the Mom Community by making this site possible!  Here are some great last minute ideas, sometimes thinking outside the box, and the best thing is… it’s LOCAL, so no overnight shipping!

  1. For your health-conscious mom friends, pay the registration fee or one-month of a Wellness Center membership! (you could also ask for this from YOUR parents or significant other!
  2. Black Bear Books has all kinds of gifts for children and adults of ALL ages, ranging in price from a few bucks! Browse the books for the perfect one, get a gift certificate, OR buy a coffee gift card with a promise to a friend to have a girl-talk sometimes!
  3. The Chick-Fil-A Calendar is a great gift at just $6.  You can get a gift set with a Calendar, a Christmas Ornament, in a Nutcracker Gift Box for just $7.95.
  4. The Deer Valley Swim and Racquet Club has a pro-shop with great gifts for your tennis-enthusiast friends! Anyone can go over there and browse, or even get a gift certificate!
  5. At Reed Orthodontics, give your children or grandchildren the gift of healthy teeth! Schedule an initial office visit with Dr. R.R. “Kim” Reed for FREE! It won’t even cost you a penny!
  6. The gift of Dance can enrich a child’s life, and help with gross motor development, as well as social skills! Not to mention fun.  Call Studio K Dance Workshop at (828) 265-4111 to inquire about classes, starting in January!

We are so thankful to our sponsors for supporting us this year! We hope to continue these partnerships and develop more in 2011, to bring you more fun and informative content here at the Mom Squad!

High Country New Year’s Eve Festivities (continuously updated)

We’ve started to find information on New Years Eve Activities for families (and parents) around Boone and the High Country. We will be continually updating this post as we find more activities! If you know about something we missed, add it in the comments or contact us here.

New Year 2011

Yule Log Bonfire

DATE: Thursday, December 30th , 2010

TIME: 7:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Beech Mountain Town Hall Sled Hill Area

DESCRIPTION: Join us for good tidings and great joy as we welcome the New Year with a Yule Log bonfire, marshmallows and s’mores, hot cocoa, hot apple cider, winter carols and songs with a guitarist, and stories.

MORE INFORMATION: 828-387-3003

Rockin’ Family New Years Eve Bash

DATE: December 31st, 2010

TIME: 6:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

LOCATION: Buckeye Recreation Center

DESCRIPTION: Ring in the New Year with an early evening with your little ones at Buckeye Recreation Center. We will provide dinner, a bounce house, games, music and a good time for the whole family. All of the fun of New Years, just without the late bedtime!

MORE INFORMATION: 828.387.3003.