Benita, Lead Contributor

BenitaBenita is a North Carolina native, and has been settled in the Queen City for 14 years. She works full time as a Geographic Information Systems Analyst, but spends most of her time being a chauffeur, coach and counselor to an inquisitive six-year-old daughter, personal chef and snuggle buddy to a comedic two-year-old daughter, and a doting wife to her data-driven husband.   She loves good food, an amusing book, a hearty laugh, anything tech/sci-fi related and a well-executed getaway. Benita can be reached at [email protected]

Fostering Fit Families in the Queen City

Happy New Year!! We are one week in – it’s still cool for me to yell that and throw confetti, right? This is the time of the year when many people, myself included, make personal goals and resolutions to be more fit, lose weight or just be a healthier person...

Last-Minute Halloween Costume Ideas

Has a wonderful mix of unpreparedness, procrastination and the sheer desire to avoid spending more than $10 left you without any ideas on the kids’ Halloween costumes? No worries. We’ve got a few ideas.

Navigating this Election Season with Children

Unless you have been living under a rock or manage to live a media/technology free life you are fully aware that we are in the throes of an election season – a particularly controversial election season.   After being bombarded with a flurry of questions from my...

Visit to a Local Farm

One of the things that we truly get to benefit from being parents in the Charlotte Metropolitan area is the ability to be in a bustling urban environment at any moment and in less than thirty minutes be in the quiet secluded country. Any time we drive on a highway and...

3 ways to Enjoy a Spring Day in Charlotte for $15 or Less

Sprinter (Spring + Winter) should be just about over (seriously) here in the lovely Queen City – hopefully. Nonetheless, there will be days where the sun will be shining too bright, the sky will be too blue and the grass too green to ignore. On those days you will be...

Celebrate the Coming of Spring – Plant a Flower

March 12 is National Plant-A-Flower Day! While it isn’t quite spring yet, you can feel it in the air. What better way to get a head start on all the delicate beauty of spring than to plant flowers? I grew up in a home that was always full of plants and flowers. My...

4 ways to Take Black History Beyond 28 days

As we quickly approach the end of February, the month we also know as Black History Month, I want to pose a challenge to Charlotte Moms and mothers everywhere to take the stories, culture and contributions celebrated this month beyond 28 or 29 days. Our children spend...

LEGO Love

Charlotte has fallen in love! The whole metropolitan area is under some sort of LEGO love spell and for good reason. LEGO are fun, educational and everywhere.

Four Things this Charlotte Mom is Looking Forward to in 2016…

HAPPY NEW YEAR Charlotte moms! The beginning of the New Year always means a month of planning. A month of looking forward to all the possibilities that lie ahead. From the look of things, it definitely seems as though the Queen City does not plan to disappoint. There...

What Do You Do with ALL of the Photos You Took in 2015?

We are quickly approaching the end of another year. Another year full of precious, unforgettable, fleeting photogenic moments. Lucky for all of us, with the growing popularity of the smart phone and digital cameras, we are able to press a button and preserve those...

Gratitude for Charlotte

It’s that time of year again where we reflect on that which we are thankful for in our lives.  As mothers, our list is long, as we cannot help but to be thankful for the little ones that fill our hearts with love.  We cannot help but to express appreciation for...

Let’s Go To the Circus…but Which One?

Hey Charlotte Moms! Are you considering taking your kiddos to experience the magic of the circus? The UniverSoul Circus started its Big Top WonderFUN holiday show yesterday November 18th, and it runs until November 29th. The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey...

Tips for a Productive a Parent-Teacher Conference

For those of us with school-age children, October ushers in the end of the first quarter of the school year, which means it’s time for report cards, but more importantly – Parent Teacher Conferences! We all love our little ones and are looking forward to hearing...

Halloween on the Screen…

Halloween is kind of a big deal around our house.  We decorate the door, the outside of the house, the inside of the house, we glitterize (that’s a word, right?) pumpkins and we carve jack-o-lanterns, we make Halloween cookies….you get the idea. One of our...

Autumn = Apples

Pull out your corers, your peelers and your pie tins because IT’S APPLE SEASON!! Our family has already made our trip to Stepp’s Hillcrest Orchard in Hendersonville to pick our peck of Early Fuji, Gala and Mutsu Apples. We had a blast strolling through the...

5 Reasons You Should Go Glamping this Fall!

My kids have been asking to go camping for at least a year now. While I love the beauty of the outdoors and the escape from the hustle and bustle of the city it provides, it’s the part where we pretend that technology/electricity doesn’t exist and the...

Charlotte for Bird Lovers

If you stop and chat with my oldest daughter about her future, she will quickly tell you “I WANT TO BE AN ORNITHOLOGIST!” She wants to study birds. As a matter of fact, she is fascinated with flight and any animal, creature, and mythical beast that dons a...

Road Trip Tip – Mobile Story Time

Summer is in full swing and we are zipping all about here and there to keep busy and in search of good things to eat! But what that also means is that we are spending a good amount of time in the car.  While I love Taylor Swift like the best of them, I am pretty sure...

The Sweet Summer of 2015

Woo Hoo! Cue the confetti and air horns we are officially kicking off our SWEET SUMMER OF 2015!!! School is out, the sun is definitely out and soaking up the fun and celebrating is in.  This summer, my girls and I have decided to embark on a little bit of an...

It’s Strawberry Season!!

In case you missed it and didn’t get the memo – STRAWBERRY SEASON IS UPON US! It’s spring, the sun is shining and things are growing. There is no shortage of references and guides out there of where to get your goodies from, however, the North Carolina...

My Favorite Apps for Kids Right Now…

My girls LOVE technology pretty much like all kids these days. They are like little afro-puff wearing ninjas who swoop in and grab my iPhone and burn through 3 of my Candy Crush lives before I even notice, so, I have to pay attention to what they are consuming and...

A DAY IN THE LIFE: BY THE NUMBERS

Every now and then its nice to take a minute from the mayhem, that is the life of a mother, to reflect.   How does that saying go? ….”The days are long and the years are short…” or something like that. Well, it would seem the days are not long...

Library Love

February is the month where we get to openly express love. Just so happens, that coincidentally, it is also “LOVE OF READING” Month…sooooo……I want to here, right now, profess my love of reading and all that comes with it; the power of...

Pretty and Purposeful…

It’s a new year and there are so many new and wonderful mothers out there with stories waiting to be told.  This year I will continue to share more Charlotte Mom She-Roes with you. I will continue to share stories and experiences that we can all relate to,...

Shopping, Mommy-Style

There is nothing more satisfying than a little retail therapy:  The rush that you get from getting a pair of killer heels that you will probably only wear once to that wedding you will not remember thanks to the open bar; the thrill of feeling like a champion because...

Celebrating Diversity

Depending on where you live or in which community you reside in the Charlotte metropolitan area, you might be surrounded by a lot of people and families that look just like you and yours – but then again, you might not. But either way, as parents, we can only...

Why Have Kids?

It’s a little late for me to ask this question, since I have two kids already, but I’ll ask anyway – why have kids?  I recently read the book Why Have Kids?: A New Mom Explores the Truth about Parenting and Happiness written by Jessica Valenti and it prompted me...