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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...

Celebrate Grandparents Day this Sunday

Compared to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Grandparents Day gets very little attention. Although Grandparents Day may not be as commercialized as other holidays,...

Two destinations for an end of summer camping trip in the NC mountains

My children love to camp! A long-weekend camping trip in the NC mountains is one of the things on our summer bucket list that...

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Board of Commissioners approves budget and other town business

The big item on the agenda for the June 13th meeting of the Board of Commissioners was the decision to approve an 8.7% increase...

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Mint Hill Legion defeats Union County for first place with 3-2 win

On Friday night the long awaited match-up between the two top clubs in the division came to fruition. It was a well played ball...

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When you ask most people about Aflac, they will tell you about the commercial with the duck.  They understand that it has something to...

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This week’s question was fielded at a Lunch and Learn this week. Q. How much money do I need to have to buy a house? A....

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Aflac–Decoding the Duck

When you ask most people about Aflac, they will tell you about the commercial with the duck.  They understand that it has something to...

Mr. Appliance–A Commitment to Service

It’s easy to take convenience for granted.  We hardly think twice about running the dishwasher or throwing in a load of laundry.  When one...

Michael Smith Retires from Queens Grant High School

The board, faculty, administration and friends of Michael Smith enjoyed a retirement party at the Pine Lake Country Club on Saturday June 8th. Mr. Smith,...

The Gift Workshop–Celebrating Life’s Moments

There is no greater gift in life than family. At The Gift Workshop in Mint Hill, family connections are one of its core values....