Shannon, Founder & Lead Contributor

IMG_0105Shannon is the original founder of Charlotte Moms and today serves as a lead contributor. She lives in south Charlotte with her husband and their circus: a 4 1/2 year old boy, a 3 year old boy, a 16 month old girl, and baby # 4 due this summer (yes, 4 in 5 years!) When she’s not up to her elbows in cloth diapers, playing with cars and trains, or chasing after a runaway baby, she loves cheering for the Hokies, enjoying the outdoors, attempting to be crafty, sneaking away for a girls’ night out, and getting lost in a good book. Shannon can be reached via email at [email protected].

Spring Cleaning: Getting Rid of Household Clutter

It’s that time of the year again – after being shut up all winter, the windows can finally be opened and fresh, spring air can flow through the house (for a little while at least…unless you want that lovely yellow pollen dust to coat every surface)....

Spring Sensory Activities

We’ve been playing outside a lot lately, but have also been taking a few breaks and welcoming spring with some indoor fun too.  Some of our activities recently include: {{ Dissolving Easter Eggs }} Both boys have been having a lot of fun with our...

Bouncing Back from Baby

Hello World! Our newest baby is just over 12 weeks old, which means by now things are running smoothly in our house. We have a good daily routine down. The house is clean, dinner is made every night, and I end the day feeling like I’ve accomplished everything on...

Sun Safety

Well folks, it’s official: summer is here in North Carolina.  And with weather this gorgeous, it’s a crime (and OK, maybe a little impossible) to stay inside all day.  But, before you venture out with your little ones, make sure you’re staying safe...

Spring Bucket List

Spring is officially here, and that means Carolina blue skies, sunshine and lots of things to do in our great city! Before the weather gets too hot (you know what I’m talking about, hello humidity and 90 degrees), be sure to get out and enjoy what the Queen City has...

Tips for Traveling with Kids

Spring Break is nearly here, which means for many of you parents out there, the next big trip with your kids is right around the corner. Yay! Vacation time! Ok, let’s be real here – traveling with young kids isn’t the easiest thing to do (or,...

Spring Consignment Sales

Spring is fast approaching, and that means it’s almost time for another one of our favorite seasons – consignment season! Why shop consigned? Because who wants to pay a fortune for clothes your kids will only outgrow all-too-quickly!? Check out the...

Easter/Spring Events Around Charlotte

Can you believe Easter is less than three weeks away? There’s a lot of fun, family-friendly activities happening in and around Charlotte in the days and weeks leading up to it – so get out and enjoy this beautiful spring(ish) weather with your family and...

How to Get Your Morning Started Off Right

Mornings in our house are crazy. OK, who am I kidding – with three (soon to be four) kids under 5, our house is crazy. But mornings really set the tone for the entire day, and they can be completely nuts. I was constantly being woken up in the mornings by one...

Product Review :: The Tipsy Baby Sitting Mat

Learning to sit unassisted is a huge milestone for a baby – and for Mom and Dad too. No more having to wear a heavy, wriggling baby while running errands, or cram a massive car seat into the back of a shopping cart – baby can sit up in the front! Baby can...

Our Favorite Things :: For the Five Year Old

Somehow, despite our protests, our oldest is turning FIVE at the end of this month. Even though I have to admit my heart is breaking at the thought of losing him to Kindergarten this fall, this age is also really, really fun. He “gets” rules to games,...

Valentine’s Day Books for Kids

Looking for fun ways to get your little ones excited about Valentine’s Day?  There are tons of great books, and lots of awesome (and easy!) crafts you can do together. And be sure to check out the rest of our Celebrating Valentine’s Day in the Queen City series!...

Celebrating Valentine’s Day in Charlotte

Valentine’s Day is only four days away – have you figured out how you’re going to celebrate? If not – don’t worry! There is still plenty of time to plan, and loads of options here in Charlotte if you’re looking to head out for the evening. You can: Go out to dinner. ...

Taking Care of Those Baby Teeth

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. The ADA Website is full of information for taking care of your kids’ teeth – from what to do about various dental injuries, to the importance of mouth guards, to forming good habits when it comes to snacking. There...

The Facts about Cervical Cancer

More than 12,000 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with cervical cancer each year, and more than 4,000 of those women will die. Cervical cancer is the second most common type of cancer effecting women worldwide, but it is also one of the most preventable. Because...

10 Ways to Beat Winter Blues

Now that winter has officially made an appearance (has anyone else been absolutely freezing lately?), finding the motivation to get up and get out is harder and harder to find. But, there’s plenty of fun to be had in and around the city, so get out before the...

Day Trip :: Riverbanks Zoo & Garden ::

Looking for a fun, easy day trip with the family? Look no further than Columbia’s own Riverbanks Zoo & Garden! Located just a short drive from the Queen City, the Riverbanks Zoo is awesome: it’s a beautiful, well-maintained zoo with lots of great...

Our Favorite Things: Feltman Brothers

I struggle finding nice clothes for my kids. When my boys were younger, it was really hard to find nice, dressy clothing for them that fit well, was high quality, and didn’t prominently feature sports, construction trucks or farm equipment. With my daughter...

Avoiding Halloween Candy Overload

Halloween is still two days away and the flood of candy into our house has already begun. Getting overrun with Halloween candy is super easy – there are the leftovers from the stash you bought to give out, plus candy each of your kids collect from trick or...

Cold Season Survival Tips

Ah, fall. My favorite time of the year: time for cooler weather, changing leaves, pumpkin everything and…oh yeah, an endless parade of sick kids. Anyone else feel like their house has been a den of sickness since the school year began? We have had a couple of...

Halloween Fun for Parents

This time of year isn’t just for kids! There’s plenty of fun to be had if you’re a grown up too. Check out all of these fabulous fall events, perfect for a date night (or two!) Haunted Houses The Haunted Mill (Belmont, NC) – Voted the top...

Labor Day Events

Can you believe it’s Labor Day Weekend? Time to say goodbye to summer with these fantastic events, guaranteed to make this holiday weekend a fun one: Belk College Kickoff Game – September 3rd. Start the college football season off with a game at Bank of...

Ovarian Cancer Awareness | Know the Facts

An estimated 22,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year.  It’s the 11th most common cancer in women, but because so few cases are detected early, the survival rate is very low. As a result, ovarian cancer is the deadliest of all gynecological...

Consignment Season – Fall 2015

It’s that time of year again! Consignment season is upon us,  and just in time for some serious back-to-school shopping. But first, before you hit the sales, be sure to read our tips for shopping consigned: Consignment 101 Fall Into Savings: Consignment Style...

A Mom’s Guide to Breastfeeding

In honor of World Breastfeeding Week (August 1st – 7th), we’re bringing you posts all about – you guessed it! – breastfeeding. From the basics of nursing to identifying common issues, supplies you’ll want to stock up on to where to find support if needed, we’ve got...

The Produce Box

With three kids under four who are with me all day, every day, I’m pretty proud of the amount of errands I’m able to run with them in tow. We grocery shop. We go to the doctor’s office and swim lessons. We even manage to get out to the playground or...

Sea Life Aquarium | Updates

Sea Life Aquarium opened its doors last February at Concord Mills. With over 5,000 sea creatures covering 36,000 square feet of space, an interactive touch pool, a 180-degree tunnel filled with marine life, and lots of neat, nicely done displays, there really...

Our Summer Bucket List

Can you believe it’s already June? It may not officially be summer for a few more weeks, but with these temperatures, the open pools, and these long, sunny days, it sure feels like it. With the help of my boys, we’ve made up our Bucket List for this summer...

Surviving Nap Time Seclusion

When you have more than one child in your house who needs a nap, there’s a fun phase that occurs – a period when there’s seemingly always one person asleep (or who needs to be asleep) almost all day long. For instance, in our house, it goes:...

Room Sharing: Lessons We’re Learning

We’re almost through month number 6 of our boys sharing a bedroom, which means I’m totally an expert and fully qualified to tell you the ins and outs of how to make having two young children share a bedroom work. Ha. Not quite. Our boys (now 4 and almost 2...

Favorite Things for a Preschooler

We talk a lot about the things you’ll need for a baby (even those less glamorous things); but, we don’t typically mention things you’ll need as your kids get older. Today I’m sharing some of my four-year-olds favorite things – what are...

Spring in Charlotte

Spring is officially here and there is so much to see and do to make the most of these beautiful days! Be sure to check out our Parks & Playground series, which highlights our favorite local playgrounds (got one we need to check out? Let us know so we can share...