Back to School, Back to You

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It’s been hot. It’s been long. It’s been noisy. It’s been fun. And now it’s gone.

Summer, the most duplicit time of the year. It’s when mothers rejoice in perspective of having hours of quality time with their offspring, passing on all that hard-learned wisdom and life-lessons that years of experience has instilled in her.

It’s when the lax schedules and warm weather bring endless opportunities for outdoor adventures and family bonding. It’s when sibling fights and heart-stopping screeches fill the ever-shrinking space of the minivan. It’s when “she’s looking at me”, and “he’s breathing my air” makes parents second guess the choice to drive to the beach instead of fly. It’s when spending the summer as a family means spending the summer as a family.

But now, for better or for worse, it’s over. Summers slipped away and the shorter days of autumn are upon us as. Kids are going back to school and for some moms that means more time for themselves. If you’re one of those mothers who is lucky enough to be able to eek out a little more “me” time now that the kids have returned to their books, you may be wondering just what you will do with the newly acquired freedom.

While I’m sure cleaning under the furniture and reorganizing sock drawers are high on your lists of desires, how about considering something a little more “inviting” during these peaceful moments. Some ideas for Tri-W area moms looking for something new.

Take A Class

Aerial CLT
With a location now at 311 South Polk St, Pineville, it’s easier than ever to try out your acrobatic skills at this awesome fitness and fun center. Aerial CLT offers classes to anyone from beginner to advanced in silks, lyra, and trapeze. These three choices of aerial apparatuses are a fantastic way to tone up while also indulging your wild side. Although it may look intimidating to learn, the instructors are accustomed to working with novices and can you imagine being able to show off your newly learned skills at the next Aerial CLT Student Showcase? Find more information on their website


The Spa at Ballantyne
Give yourself a day-cation with a trip to The Spa at Ballantyne. Located in the Ballantyne Hotel & Lodge, this luxurious spa offers guests the royal treatment without having to travel far from home. With choices like the Matcha Detox Massage, Aromatherapy Massage Journey, Sea Water Pearl Facial and Blueberry Detox Peel Facial, there is absolutely something for every taste in the relaxing and rejuvenating atmosphere of the day spa. This is a perfect activity for easing into the chaos of fall while soaking up the last moments of summer. Find your package at

Find your inner peace with yoga.  Yoga is a great way to bring health to both your body and your mind; focusing on increasing strength and flexibility while taking a moment to mindfully meditate. Yoga’s benefits reach beyond the time spent in the classroom. It helps practitioners to lead a more balanced and peaceful life; a practice that could in turn positively affect the entire family.


Spend some time helping animals find foster and forever homes by working with the Animal Adoption League. This organization is always in need of helping hands and has a variety of different tasks needing to be done. Their volunteers run the gamut from fostering pets to transporting animals and even planning social and fundraising events. If you have a skill, they have a need for you. More information at

Union County Hospice is looking for people with a warm heart who can assist them in their work with those in hospice care. These volunteers receive training to do very special jobs ranging from comforting those who are unwell to taking certified dogs to visit patients. Volunteers can also opt to work in the dog training program, where they work with future comfort dogs who are learning how to serve hospice patients. More information on this and other volunteer opportunities can be found at

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Emily Macchiavello
Emily has always had a passion for words. Although her career is in teaching, writing has never been far from her heart.
Emily is a mother of three who loves travel, fashion, yoga and generally making the most of what life has to offer. She finds happiness in raising her family in Charlotte, and takes pride in being a part of this friendly community.
Emily teaches English and Spanish at a K-8 Charter school in Charlotte, and holds a B.S in English Education and a M.A in Literature.