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Welcome to CentralFoothillsMommies!
As part of The Mommies Network, CentralFoothillsMommies.com is a free community for moms in Alexander, Catawba, Burke, Iredell, and Caldwell Counties, North Carolina. We realize that all moms need local support -- and who can't use another friend? CentralFoothillsMommies.com offers a simple way to connect with local moms for friendship, support and fun. Members meet on our private discussion forums to share information on everything from where to get the best haircut to tips on transitioning to a "big kid" bed. Each month, we also offer many face-to-face events for our members, their children and their families. Register today to access our discussion forums, events calendar and more! It's free and we'll keep your info secure and private.

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Wordly Wednesday : Looking For A Moms Group In Your Local Area? #nc #momsgroups
We Are Looking for New Members To Help our local Chapter Grow! join for FREE! never pay to join! 

Exciting Changes coming for 2015! New Websites, events, fun, outreach!

Need some support, help, a shoulder to cry on or just another mom friend to talk to! We are here! Our forums are open 24/7 , our moms are
moms from all walks of life, just like you! 

Have you been a member in the past? we really wish you would try us out again, many changes, new faces, coming soon a new website upgrade that you are going to absolutely love! 



As part of The Mommies Network, CentralFoothillsMommies.com is a free community for moms in Alexander, Catawba, Burke ,Caldwell and Iredell Counties, North Carolina. We realize that all moms need local support -- and who can't use another friend? CentralFoothillsMommies.com offers a simple way to connect with local moms for friendship, support and fun. Members meet on our private discussion forums to share information on everything from where to get the best haircut to tips on transitioning to a "big kid" bed. Each month, we also offer many face-to-face events for our members, their children and their families. Register today to access our discussion forums, events calendar and more! It's free and we'll keep your info secure and private.

Register here http://www.centralfoothillsmommies.com/mommies/registration.php

MISSION
To provide a safe, secure, FREE place for mothers to find support and encouragement from other mothers and to empower them to be better women, parents and community leaders.

But CentralFoothillsMommies is more than just a community of moms. It's moms in and for the community. Our members work full time, stay home full time, work part time, represent many races, are pregnant for the first time, are adoptive moms, were adopted themselves, recently moved to the area, have lived here all our lives, have twins, are happy with one, are single moms, are searching out schools and have watched their kids graduate. In other words, we are a reflection of mothers in the real world. And we help out our neighbors as much as ourselves through organized fundraisers and other charity events - specifically those focused on providing for mothers and their children. 



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Do you live in the counties of Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba or the Statesville/Iredell area?? We are looking for you, join today for free, just click the registration link below, safe, secure and private. Much safer than a Facebook group, we check all registrations to keep you safe and our site secure.






CFM Has Heart Project- Keeping Others Warm This Winter #coatsforkids

CentralfoothillsMommies, a chapter of The Mommies Network, is proud to offer another "CFM has Heart Project" this quarter by collecting items to keep the less fortunate warm this winter.

We are collecting new and gently used coats, jackets, scarves, gloves, mittens, hats etc. to be donate to local shelters in the 5 counties that our local "moms support group" serves.

So get to cleaning out those closets and basements, find any gently used items that your own family is not in need of any more. If you are out Christmas shopping and find some awesome deals on coats, go ahead and pick up some for the less fortunate also. We do have tax forms if you need on effort the end of the year's taxes. We are a 501(3)b nonprofit organization so your contribution is always tax deductible .

Please email me for more information leslie@centralfoothillsmommies.com or to arrange a pickup.

 

 

 

 



Christmas In Every Country, Celebrate The Magic
What a magical time of year, the holidays are upon us, a time to reflect and give thanks for all the blessings and people in our lives. 

Make somebody's day by ordering a letter or package from the Santa, delivered in time for Christmas.
#Christmas magic in the mail from the North Pole #Santa #mommiesnetwork, imagine the excitement on little faces, order your Letters from Santa Here

Ever wonder how other countries around the world celebrate Christmas? Here is a fun little infographic with several countries and their Christmas traditions related to Santa Claus


Christmas in Every Country
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Get on Santa?s Nice List early- order today, #TopSantaLetters to bring you unique creations by Santa's top elves!





Fall Fest Today! #family #events

Fun, Games,Bounce Houses, Costume Contest, join us today!

The Legends and The Estates Fall Fest!

Open to the public, bring a friend.

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A Safe Green Halloween

From HealthyStuff.org

If there is one thing no one wants with their Halloween costume, it?s toxic chemicals. But that may very well be the case according to the results of our new HealthyStuff.org study of 106 common Halloween related products purchased from retailers including CVS, Kroger, Party City, Target, Walmart, and Walgreens. The products were tested for chemicals based on their toxicity or tendency to build up in people and the environment. These chemicals include lead, bromine (brominated flame retardants), chlorine (vinyl/PVC plastic), phthalates, cadmium, arsenic, tin (organotins), and mercury.

The results showed that 33 of the 106 products contained vinyl (polyvinyl chloride, abbreviated PVC). Two items contained high levels of phthalates that were recently banned in children?s products, including a Walmart Toddler Batman Muscle Costume. Vinyl products were also twice as likely to contain tin?indicating the presence of organotin chemicals?as non-vinyl materials. Five of the 106 products were measured to have high levels of lead and an additional seven had lower lead levels.

Ten of the products, mostly decorations and party accessories, contained levels of bromine consistent with the presence of brominated flame retardants. These items included:

  • Kroger retailed Disney Cars Trick-or-Treat bag
  • Party City retailed Silver Princess Tiara
  • Kroger retailed Flicker Halloween Light String
  • Walgreens Living Solutions Orange Pumpkin Lights set
  • CVS retailed Spooky Village Halloween LED C3 Lights Set



Finally, almost one-third of the products contained antimony, which is used as a catalyst in synthetic fabric production and at higher levels, as a flame retardant.

The study also documented an ongoing shift away from phthalate plasticizers in many products. Fifteen of the vinyl items tested were plasticized with less-toxic DOTP, which we hope indicates that companies are becoming more chemically conscious.

So... to avoid unnecessary toxic chemicals, here are some tips for having a GreenHalloween!

Creative Costumes: Skip the store-bought plastic or vinyl costumes, especially masks. Vinyl may contain hormone-disrupting phthalates. Thirty-three of the 106 tested Halloween products contained vinyl, including two items containing phthalates that were recently banned in children?s products.
Instead:

  • Opt for costumes made with cloth.
  • Buy used costumes from a local theater troupe or dance studio.
  • Visit thrift stores or yard sales. Old prom dresses are perfect for princesses, brides, or scarier variations thereof.
  • Try ebay?be sure to filter your search to include only pre-owned items.
  • Raid your own (or your dad?s) closet. A red flannel shirt is like the Swiss-army knife of costumes, enabling you to choose from fisherman, lumberjack, construction worker, and more.
  • Reuse some otherwise less interesting household items for costumes:
    • Turn anything with a handle into a Grim Reaper scythe
    • Big cardboard boxes can become almost anything from a robot tolife-size legos to a samurai warrior
    • Some old, unwanted clothes can be torn and redesigned into scary ghouls, superheroes, cartoon characters and more.

Make up and Masks: Vinyl and other plastics are even worse when they cover your or your child?s face. Halloween make-up may contain heavy metals or ingredients linked to cancer and other health concerns. Instead:

Carving Pumpkins: Don?t let all those good pumpkin guts go to waste!

  • Make a Halloween snack: Rinse the seeds, pat dry, and coat with a little oil, or melted butter, and salt. Spice them up with chili powder, curry, or another favorite. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour at 250 degrees. The seeds are a great source of magnesium, iron, and protein.
  • The pulp can be steamed for half an hour, then served similarly to squash or used as a base for soups, muffins, quick breads, and pies.
  • Feed the garden, too! Add your pumpkin to your garden compost bin instead of disposing of it in the trash. It?s easy to start if you don?t already compost: break up the pumpkin and layer it with raked-up leaves and other yard waste in an outdoor area. Keep moist and turn regularly. Learn more

Trick or Treating: Ten percent of the products we tested contained levels of bromine consistent with brominated flame retardants, including two Disney-themed Trick-or-Treat bags. Leave potentially toxic bags and one-time use plastic buckets on the shelf.

Decorations: Decorating for Halloween shouldn?t bring unnecessary toxics into your home. Vinyl wall stickers can contain regulated phthalates, such as the Disney Wall Art set we tested which contained 16% regulated phthalates.

  • Cut and paint egg cartons to make bats and spiders or use toilet paper rolls to create a whole host of characters, like witches, scarecrows, and mummies.
  • Stuff old clothes with leaves and place them outside. You can make a paper mache face for it as well!
  • Use outdoor solar lanterns and old white sheets to create ghosts that seem to float in midair as they light up your walkway.
  • Reuse old decorations, preferably non-vinyl, from previous Halloweens.
  • Cut out construction paper bats or other shapes and tape them to a branch to make a decoration like a bat tree.


Be safe and have fun!

 



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