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Concord Mills Announces New Play Area

This is a sponsored post in partnership with Concord Mills Mall. I only work with brands that I myself would use or think worthy of promoting to others.

 

After several renovations both inside and out to Simon Mall’s North Carolina location, Concord Mills, upgrades are here and beautiful.

While there are new stores and restaurants in and surrounding the mall, some of the biggest changes come from within.

Among the changes, Concord Mills boasts updated bathrooms and new flooring that now make the mall much more attractive and pleasant to shop in, and for families one of the biggest attractions is the brand new mall play area.

Sponsored by Sea Life Aquariums located inside the mall, this new play area caters to a wider range of ages. The previous play area was mainly focused on crawlers through young children, but the new area has three distinct places for toddlers through young teens to play and learn.

 

  • Toddler Pod: Features sprout designs where little ones can climb and spin.

 

  • Elementary Pod: Features elements including climbing blocks and an electronic piano with touch sensitive pads featuring eight different musical notes.

 

  • Tween/Teen Pod: Features the light tower challenge and the interactive electronic game, which uses light and sound. Parents can get in on the fun here, too!

 

This new addition allows shoppers with different age children to play in the same general area at the same time.

As a busy blogging mom, one of my favorite features is the new soft seating area complete with charging stations that allows parents the opportunity to recharge as their children play. I also love the bold color choices for the play area and how open and inviting it is.

 

 

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the play area your kiddos will thank me. Whether you’re shopping for back-to-school supplies, or updating your closet for Fall, this fun area will keep your kids busy and give mom and dad a little break.

Check out Concord Mills website simon.com/mall/concord-mills for your favorite stores and don’t forget to stop by the new play area.

 

Comment: What would be your family’s favorite feature of the new play area??

 

 

Bouncing Around with Sky High Sports Charlotte

Before school started the B girls and I were invited to bounce our hearts out at Sky High Sports in Charlotte. I must admit this was our first time ever at a trampoline park and… we LOVED it. The girls had so much fun with the many activities within the building I secretly wish they had a location close to our house.

We not only had a great time but we think you should check it out too. Sky High Sports features a freestyle jump court, a foam pit with rope swings, laser tag, ropes course and more. The girls loved the freestyle court and foam pit and Miss A even got a chance to play some laser tag.

 

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As a mom I love the diversity of a place like Sky High Sports. It’s great for taking the kids for a day of play, perfect for bouncing away some energy on a rainy day, fun for a playdate with a group of friends, and they also offer birthday/event packages not to mention field trips and fundraising nights for your school or homeschool group.

Overall the staff at Sky High Sports was very well trained and attentive watching for safety among the kids who were bouncing and playing. I wasn’t worried about the girls playing in different areas of the facility in fact, Sky High offers an open lounge area with televisions to check in on your children if you’re chasing more than one around.

This local venue caters to families with children of all ages and even has Airobics classes for adults. We love that we can have friends of all ages come play with us and know that everyone will have a good time.

We can’t wait to go bounce at Sky High Sports again, maybe you can join us!!!

 

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Check out Sky High Sports’ Website –  clt.skyhighsports.com for hours and details.

 

This is a brand review, we received admission to check out Sky High Sports in order to give our opinion about their services. This post features honest thoughts and opinions about this venue.

MommyB and Me: Mom Groups

MommyB and MeA month after I had Little Miss A, Daddy B got a job in Charlotte, North Carolina and we moved into an apartment until we closed on our house a month later. So aside from a very stressful, last-minute move, I was also a brand new mom and didn’t have a support system here at all.

After a couple of months I started finding some great moms groups and began to “reinvent myself.” I didn’t want to be just a mom, but I knew I would never be my pre-mommy self again either. Having moms around me saved my life! I do not know where I would be to this day without great mom groups.

Having had the great support from other moms this time around, with the birth of Baby C, I think it’s helped me even more. I have had some wonderful mom friends, some of whom I’ve never even met, give food, cards, call, and just supporting me through words and kindness. I am beyond blessed by my mom’s groups.

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I highly suggest any mom or especially mom-to-be to seek out a moms group, even if you have friends that are moms. I know some people may think it’s weird to join a mom’s group if you’re not a mom yet, but if you’re expecting it is such an amazing help to have people routing for you and maybe even get some pregnancy and labor/delivery advice.

Here are a few resources to finding mom groups in your area. Each region varies.

Meetup.com a general meeting place for any groups, but depending on your area there may be few or many choices. I would tend to lean towards parent groups that allow no membership fee or one with a trial membership to make sure that the events fit your style, child’s age, and location.

The MommiesThe Mommies Network, I belong to Charlotte Mommies, but there are a number of Mommies groups in each state. The thing I love about the Mommies Network is their discussion board, I typically chat with other moms about pregnancy, babies and toddlers, plus there is a great section if you want to promote your business, find help, or even buy or sell items.

I don’t belong to these groups but, I stumbled across the MOMS (Moms Offering Moms Support) Club, it looks a lot like The Mommies Network from what I can read. There is also the more well known MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) that meet in a church but encourage any and all mommas and kids to join.

Although sometimes it’s hard to introduce ourselves to new people you’ll already have something in common with these women….you’re mothers! Try attending a play date at a park or public location before you attend something at a persons home, or if you want to get to know the parents before taking your child out, see if the group has mom’s nights out.

I strongly recommend if you don’t have a support system in place, get one, it helps me be a better mom, have great socialization for my children and myself, and I’ve made some pretty wonderful, lifelong friends because of my moms groups.

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Do you have any mom/parenting groups you’d like to share?