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by Natalie Lloyd

Apple picking

Apple picking is one of my family’s favorite fall activities. Every September, we spend a day at Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock, NC....

10 back to school lunch ideas

It’s Back to School time already! Time to get back into the routine of packing school lunches. If your kids are tired of the...

Homeschooling Pros and Cons (Part 2)

In last week’s column, I discussed the growing popularity of homeschooling, as well as some benefits and drawbacks of homeschooling from my perspective as...

Red, White and Blue Treats for the Fourth

It’s Independence Day! My family loves celebrating the Fourth of July. We love attending a parade and community celebration, cooking out with family, and...

20 summer boredom busters for kids

Summertime is lots of fun…until the kids get bored. Bored kids whine and fight and drive their parents crazy. At least that’s what my...

Pool Safety

School is out and summer is here! Summertime means pool time for my kids and me. When it’s too hot to do anything else,...

Old School Car Games for Kids

Summer is almost here and my family is looking forward to heading to the beach. Although I love beach vacations, I always dread the...

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...

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Masks Required on Mecklenburg County, Charlotte, and Matthews Properties

CHARLOTTE - Announced July 7, 2020, strict mask requirements are in effect for all of Mecklenburg County.  Masks are now required to be worn...

St. Jude’s Dream Home Tickets Now On Sale

WAXHAW, NC - The 2020 St. Jude Dream Home Giveaway ticket sales have started!  With each $100 ticket purchased, you have a chance to...

Where in the World is Phil- COVID, Part 6

2/ Many countries like France and the UK have elected to continue to limit entrance to a low number of visitors, from select countries,...

Pine Lake Golfer Gets Eleventh Career Hole In One

MINT HILL, NC - According to American Hole ‘n One, the odds of your average golfer getting a hole in one are about 12,500...

Chief Justice Cheri Beasley to Issue New Emergency Directives Related to COVID-19

Raleigh, NC - Chief Justice Cheri Beasley will issue new emergency directives related to COVID-19 during a press conference. WHO: Cheri Beasley, Chief Justice of the...