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Invitation to free new website in Charlotte that helps moms better manage their kids? group activities

Hello fellow Mommies, 

I am a mom here in Charlotte and the creator of a new website called Podanize, which helps moms, dads and group leaders better organize their kids? group activities (e.g. soccer, scouts, school classes, etc.)

Kids today are over scheduled, and keeping up is a challenge: 

         What day did I volunteer at school to go read with the kids?
         Who is driving to the scout meeting?
         When am I signed up to bring the team?s snacks? 

These are just a few of the many little details that busy parents have to keep straight.  Try as we might, something inevitably falls through the cracks.  We all need a little help to stay organized.

I?d like to invite you to join our brand new website, and we?re giving local moms the first opportunity.  To join, just go to and click Get Started to create a ?Pod? for any real-world group, or even just your family for now. You can create a Pod if you?re a group leader or a group member. It?s quick, easy and free.  Then ?get your Pod going? by adding discussions or events, and inviting others to join your Pod.  Podanize can also be accessed via a mobile browser, and our mobile app will be available in late 2013.

Our mission at Podanize is to help ease the stress that comes with keeping our kids active and involved.  To this end, we welcome any feedback you have.  Podanize is for you and is built to get better over time by adding your suggestions ? I?d love to hear from you. Also, if you know of other moms (or dads) who might benefit from Podanize, please share this with them.

Podanize is ideal for all extra-curricular activities: soccer, little league, playgroups, scout troops, swim teams, theater groups, school classes, PTA, etc. The list is endless and includes anything with a need for ongoing communication and coordination.

Again, just go to to get started.

Nikki Sacks
Co-Founder of Podanize

Sponsors Spot : Animal Grossology at Discovery Place
Animal Grossology: Turning "EWWW" into "WOW"

Slime, barf, and other smelly stuff - there's no denying it - kids are fascinated by some pretty gross things, especially when animals are involved.

Many animals are dirty and stinky, but some take their grossness to a whole new level.  Animal Grossology at Discovery Place in Charlotte hurls you into exploring the disgusting side of science where the grosser, the better.

Combining science and disgusting fun, Animal Grossology engages kids of all ages in real life lessons that are presented in a fun showcase oozing with science.  This interactive exhibition sparks children's interest in science while learning about some of the slimiest and ickiest creatures on Earth.

Kids get to enjoy hands-on stations and games that feature tons of gross topics including "Dung Ball Rally," "Blood Sucker Blow-up," and "The Slime Game."  These wacky games teach kids lessons such as why the waste of some animals actually helps others live, ways to avoid Lyme disease or West Nile virus, and the important purpose slime serves for animals and even humans.

Meet Sir Gus Flea and Helga the Hagfish as you become an expert on the science behind Animal Grossology.  Many people think leeches are pretty gross but they're often used after some surgeries to aid in the healing process.  Did you know that cows are one of the gassiest animals on Earth? They actually produce the greenhouse gas, methane.

You can also discover why the dung beetle is nature's living pooper-scooper and why scientists are studying slug and snail slime production for clues in treating cystic fibrosis.

Be sure to join us for a journey into the en-GROSS-ing world of animals.  It's a great way to show kids that learning can be fun.

Animal Grossology is FREE with Museum admission.

Oh What Fun We Had
      This weekend my niece and nephew were staying with us. I love them two dearly. Before I went back to work full time I was able to spend much more time with them. I'm not always confident as a mother but as Aunt Pammy I am awesome! Razz We decided to take the gang to CPM's Family Bowling Event. Getting there was a challenge. My moody preteen DD didn't want to go, my son couldn't find a clean shirt in that mess he calls a bedroom, and my niece dropped her phone in the toilet. The next obstacle was squeezing into the car. Our Impala seats 6 but not comfortably. This kid didn't want to sit next to that kid, He was touching her, etc. etc. etc. We were definitely going to be late! The question was how late?

Surprisingly we arrived 15 after 1pm. Not to shabby in my book! Laughing I didn't see anyone I knew. We decided to go ahead and get checked in. Everyone got some snazzy shoes and we headed to our lane. We had just began to bowl when a lady along with a couple small children arrived. Immediately my DS assumed she was a mommy and that I knew her. I explained that CPM is a rather large group and although I may know a lot of the mommies I didn't know them all. That is what makes these events so wonderful. They are an opportunity to put a face with a screen name.

Seconds later Grace (LittleSluijterFamily) along with several of her cutie pie siblings arrived. No Amelia (Grace's dd) but she did have some cute cookies in the shape of bowling pins and balls! After talking to Grace I learned the lady who entered seconds before her was a CPM momma after all!! It was our very own Sawyersmom also known as Jessica. I was very excited to finally meet her.

Everyone settled into their lanes and began to bowl. I would like to take a minute and apologize to all that were at Foxfire Lanes that day. My family was the loud and obnoxious group. Embarassed We were laughing our butts off picking on one another. We are not very good at bowling (the bumpers were evidence of that) but we are great at having fun even if it's at each others expense.

Our first game was moving along well. There was some intense competition between my niece Nikki and my DH. Suddendly I see what has to be one of the most cutest little red headed boys ever! It was hmchurchgirl's (Heather) little one Gabe! Little did Gabe know he would be blamed for my niece losing to her Uncle J. You see, this was Gabe's first time bowling and he was so much fun to watch. He gave his all pushing that ball and cheering it down the lane. When he would knock pins down his little face would light up with excitement. It really was a precious sight. Saying Gabe's cuteness was distracting her was a poor excuse at best and Uncle J didn't let her live it down the rest of the day.

The games came to an end and slowly everyone began to leave. Two games and zero wins for me. I still had a fantastic time. I was finally able to meet Jessica and was able to see some familiar faces too. The best was spending time with my family and watching all the little people have fun taking turns knocking pins down.

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