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Thursday, January 21, 2010

A Mural Artist

Lee Anne Edwards is a mural artist in the Piedmont Triad who charges $25.00/hour and is willing to lock in a quote before she even starts! Here is what Lee Anne has to say:

My family moved from the suburbs of Chicago about 3 years ago. It was there that I stumbled upon painting murals. I was painting my sons' room and decided to give it a shot. Well neighbors loved it and requested my services and word slowly spread. Just as I was getting pretty consistent work my husband was offered a job here in NC. Once we got settled I attempted to start spreading the word here. However since the triad area is so spread out it is has proven to be more difficult than I anticipated. I have always loved art and have always been very creative so I would love to be able to continue. I have and do paint other things; t-shirts, tennis shoes, wall art, etc. But my passion is children's rooms. To see their little faces light up when you have created and painted something just for them gives me such joy. Check out her beautiful work. http://youniquedesigns.carbonmade.com/

Tyler painted the nursery before our first was born and it was and still is so special to both our girls. The theme is “Under the Sea” and there is a pink whale and a lavender shark and so many other cute creatures that we have been saying “good morning” to daily for almost four years now! What a special thing it is to have your child’s room painted in something so memorable.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

LOVEPRINT by Camille Cesari

Keepsakes by Camille Cesari

This is my favorite gift for a mother or grandmother yet! Camille will preserve your child’s fingerprint in silver or gold for you to wear around your neck forever! I am so excited about this gift that I think I am going to have to order several for myself, both grandmothers and even a great grandmother! Camille has been kind enough to offer a 10% discount to the readers of Kidding Around in Town if you mention the site on your order form. Check out her web site for all the ordering details!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Angela Gallagher - Yoga Instructor

Angela Gallagher is a Yoga instructor for the Sara Lee Center for Women through Forsyth Medical Center. I heard about her from a friend of mine and the wonderful things she was saying about her made me want to see for myself. See I did. A few weeks ago I went to one of her “Mother Baby” yoga classes (Thursday mornings) and I have been excited to share what I have learned about her with you all since then!

Angela is an instructor who is unlike any other fitness instructor I have ever experienced myself or heard about from anyone else. The “Mother Baby” class I attended was amazing in so many ways. A class with babies one year old and younger is unpredictable at best. When the babies would fuss or cry during a certain maneuver instead of scowling at the mother or suggesting they take a break from the class she was so warm and would say something like “oh it looks like somebody doesn’t like this one, let’s try another move” which as we all know is so much more comforting. As the mother of a small baby you become so used to being viewed as a burden or a pain that it is nice to know that you can go somewhere and be fully at ease and focus on fun with your little angel instead of having to constantly apologize.

I also noticed that the mothers in attendance were so comfortable talking to Angela about various things. From a colicky baby to breastfeeding the women asked anything and she either had answers or said she would get them. It was obvious that I was not the only one who felt Angela was a long lost friend. What a wonderful place for a new mother to go to get out of the house, get some exercise, spend some QT with baby and get some encouragement from a person like Angela. This is a great start for a new mom.

Well, since I no longer have a baby who is under a year old I was hoping she would start some classes that I could participate in. She now has a “Traditional Yoga” class on Saturday mornings and a “Post Natal” yoga class on Wednesdays. Yay! You can buy a pass for just $68 and come to any combination of eight total classes. You can’t beat it!

Besides just being wonderful and sweet Angela has also traveled all around the world studying Yoga for over 25 years. She has been to India, Thailand and London to name a few places. Angela is certified to teach yoga and has some specific training like how to help cancer patients. When I asked her what it is she wants her students to walk away with she promptly replied “I want every person to feel good about who they are right now.” And believe me; she does a great job at this with every class.

I also wanted to mention that Angela is doing a “Yoga for Eating” seminar on 1/30 from 1pm-6pm at the Sara Lee Center for Women’s Health at Forsyth Hospital. The cost is only $25 and there are still a few spots left so hurry and sign up! I hope to have the sign up information posted here soon but if you are ready now then call the Sara Lee Center and they can take care of you. This promises to be a great class that you will remember for a lifetime.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

My Kids Art on Canvas

I ran across the coolest way to make your child’s art work last a lifetime! Now that my daughter is three and is drawing her first people, writing her first letters and actually making her first recognizable marks on paper I have been wanting to find a way to preserve these things. I got her to do a drawing with a little of everything in it for me to keep forever and I think this is the neatest way to preserve her work. Personally, I would even hang this up in my home because they are such cute not to mention original works of art!

My Kids Art on Canvas by Sabine Schoepke offers a way to make your child's art last forever by putting it on canvas. Sabine is offering a prize of a $50 gift certificate to someone who reads this blog post and leaves a comment. This is just about enough to get a FREE 8x10 canvas! The contest will last for one month and I will use random.org to generate a winner. All you have to do to win is leave a comment! I will draw a winner on February 10, 2010.

Here is what Sabine has to say about her work:
What parent does not have boxes full of their kid's artwork? And don't we all have a couple of favorite pieces we treasure? Here is a brand new fun way to display your kid’s art:
Preserve your kid's free-spirited artistry and display it like a true work of art. Twin mom Sabine Schoepke recently started http://www.mykidsartoncanvas.com/ . Here you can turn your child's artwork into a unique and sophisticated canvas art print. It personalizes a home and works as a decorative accent in even the most sophisticated setting – check out their Sample Gallery for some fun and creative ideas. It also is a great way to encourage little artists' creativity and boost their self-esteem. With many options (colors, frames, borders, personal captions, etc.) to choose from, it's a unique gift idea for grandma, mother’s day or simply great pops of color for any room. As a last minute gift-idea they also offer gift certificates and e-gift cards.