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Valentine’s Day STEM fun

As a homeschooling mom, I love hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) projects. The kids have fun and don’t even realize that they’re...

6 ways to sneak more veggies into your family’s diet

Healthy eating is a constant struggle at my house. Every night, I put a home cooked, healthy meal on the table and every night...

5 realistic New Year’s goals for parents

January is the time for resolutions. People make them every year promising to eat healthier, drink more water, exercise more. Sadly, very few actually...

5 ways to save on American Girl dolls and accessories

I have an eight year old little princess who is obsessed by all things American Girl. She pours over the American Girl catalogs that...

5 easy homemade Christmas ornaments for kids

This Black Friday, I scored a great deal on clear, plastic fillable ornaments. I bought two huge packs and the kids and I have...

Thanksgiving cooking with kids

In my opinion, Thanksgiving has to be the yummiest holiday. On Thanksgiving Day, my family and I enjoy a big lunch with our extended...

Surviving Daylight Saving Time with kids

Whoever invented Daylight Saving Time didn’t have children. I’m sure of it. No one with children would willingly wreak a little one’s natural rhythm...

10 no-carve pumpkin decorating ideas

Pumpkin picking is so much fun! My children love to visit our local pumpkin patch each year in the fall. They scour the field...

School lunch ideas for kids

We’re just five weeks into the back-to-school routine and, already, I’ve noticed my son’s lunch coming home uneaten. The daily PB&J with goldfish seems...

Indoor fun for rainy days

“The sun did not shine. It was too wet to play. So we sat in the house all that cold, cold wet day…So all...

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Family fun around town

Thursday, February 14 Valentine’s Day Family Story Time will be held at 11:15 a.m. at the Mint Hill Library. Saturday, February 16 In honor of Black History Month,...

Here’s why you don’t want your child using e-cigarettes

1 in 5 high school students and 1 in 20 middle school students currently use e-cigarettes By Kristen Barnhardt As e-cigarette use among teens hits epidemic proportions,...

Make a List

Social media, especially Facebook can be taxing on our mental health. One way to reduce that is by using the lists feature. Both Facebook and Twitter...

Mint Hill Police Department receives recognition award

A first year recognition award was presented to Chief Tim W. Ledford of the Mint Hill Police Department. The award was presented by Dale...

Local High School Basketball Roundup

Independence Patriots fall to Bulldogs at home 54-52.  The Patriots lost a tough basketball game on their home court on Tuesday night.  They defeated...

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Clear Cut Direction helps teen and tween girls to reach their potential

“Clear Cut Direction: Helping you grow.”  This is the name and mission of Mint Hill Mom Lea Oglesby’s teen and tween life coaching business. Oglesby’s...

Queen’s Grant Latin students eat like Romans

At the beginning of February, Queen’s Grant Latin teacher Ben Henkel undertook an unexpected lesson with his Latin students: they made fresh pasta together. If...

6 Tips from Doctors for a Healthier Heart

(StatePoint) February is American Heart Month, and an excellent reminder that there are many easy steps you can take to improve your heart health. Unfortunately,...

Matthews American Legion Post 235 Hosts Spaghetti Dinner

Matthews American Legion Post 235 hosted their first Spaghetti Dinner recently at the Masonic Lodge located in downtown Matthews.  The Post membership of veterans...

Wayback Burgers open in Mint Hill

On Friday, February 1, Wayback Burgers officially opened its doors to Mint Hill! The “fast casual” burger joint located in the new strip mall between...