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Small Business Spotlight: Interview with Blogger Kimberly of Gravity Mom

 

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Can you tell me a little bit about how you got started blogging?

I started blogging 4 years ago when my son turned 1 and I realized how quickly the first year went by and that I wanted to document it somehow. It became not only a resource for myself but quickly grew to be a resource for other Moms as well. Ever since I have been writing and capturing all the fun (and not so fun) parents of Motherhood over the years! I just launched Gravity Mom in January of 2014 and it has been like birthing a baby! I have been so excited to focus on a more common sense approach in every day parenting topics! 

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What is Gravity Mom?

Gravity Mom is a very “down to earth” authentic blog where I write about real life Motherhood. It's not so much about how you can be the perfect parent, but more about coming together to realize that we can try and appreciate the joy in the chaos. It's about striving to be our best, not comparing ourselves to others and feeling confident that we are all Super Moms. 

What kinds of topics do you cover?

I love to do fun easy crafts that don't take a Master's Degree in graphic arts to complete. I love to share recipes that are kid approved and kid friendly in the kitchen. I write about the hard stressful moments in Motherhood like infertility, breast feeding, and what to do when you accidentally put a disposable diaper in your washing machine! I love to find really fun educational activities you can do at home with your kids and pinterest projects that are and are NOT worth your time. 

Who is your perfect reader?

My perfect reader is your every day, down to earth Mom who just wants to have fun with her kids and likes to do fun easy at home projects, crafts and delicious food.


Who or what inspires you?

My family. They remind me what it means to stay humble and authentic in everything I do. They keep my feet on the ground and support me in every new crazy adventure I take on! 

Do you have any exciting plans for Gravity Mom for the new year?

I have so many exciting plans for Gravity Mom this year! I am working with lots of local businesses to do more fun events for Moms locally (with and without kids!) along with some big giveaways, ebooks and family fun!

How can we follow Gravity Mom? 

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/GravityMom
Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/gravitymom/
Twitter - https://twitter.com/gravitymom
Instagram - http://instagram.com/gravity_mom
Google + - +GravityMom


Off the Shelf Book Review: Epic Rubber Band Crafts with special guest Angela Johnson

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    "The author of the best-selling book Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry is back with 15 more super-sweet projects for sensational rubber band jewelry! Packed with original ideas for both girls and boys, Epic Rubber Band Crafts shows how to use a Rainbow Loom®, Cra-Z-Loom™, or FunLoom™  to make stylish bracelets, necklaces, headbands, accessories, and action figures that will have everyone in school saying WOW!

Whether you have made rubber band loom accessories before, or are brand new to the craze, this book will be your ultimate guide to creating the coolest and most colorful gear around. Discover how to put two or more looms together for fabulous results on bigger projects. Kid-friendly step-by-step instructions, hundreds of color photos, and easy-to-follow numbered diagrams make it a snap to get great-looking results. Plenty of fun sidebars, tips, and tricks are provided to keep any loom enthusiast occupied for hours.”  – Epic Rubber Band Crafts official book description.

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    One of the toys of the season last Christmas (and probably toy of the year), was the Rainbow Loom. My 9 year old got one, and we gave a few as gifts. Had these been around when I was in my “pot holder looming” stage years ago, I am sure I would have begged for a rubber band loom. They are super fun! My son loves his, but he is stuck on the basic bracelet pattern. So, when we were given a chance to try out the new Epic Rubber Band Crafts Book by Colleen Dorsey, we were super excited.

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     After reviewing this book, I am sure it will make it to Amazon’s top 100 list. The variety of ideas was one of the first things I noticed. The book isn’t just pages of different ways to loom bracelets, but really unique ideas like hair accessories, zipper pulls, and actions figures. Ideas I haven’t seen anywhere else.

Some of the crafts even incorporated beads giving them a special touch . My son’s personal favorites were the penguins and cell phone (or in his case, ipod) cover. I liked both, but have to say, the penguins are just adorable!

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    Once we picked our favorites, we set out to create. I was a bit nervous on how this would go. When the loom was first opened on Christmas, much frustration followed. I couldn't even understand the directions, much less a child. My son ended up having to ask his older cousins to show him how to use the loom. They showed him how to make the basic bracelet, and that’s where we've been since.

If the basic design was that difficult, how would we ever figure out these more complicated ones? The creations are complete and he never asked for my help! The step by step directions are clearly shown through illustrations, photos and described in a way he easily understood. The end results really were “totally awesome” and I had a happy kid!

If you have a loomer in you house or on your gift list, this book would make the perfect gift!

 

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A special thank you to our special guest writer, Angela Johnson, owner and editor of Parenting In Northern Kentucky. The site is a NKY connection to all things family. 

 

Disclosure: All opinions expressed above are my own and are in no way influenced by companies or brands mentioned within. I received a copy of Epic Rubber Band Crafts in order to review. All images within the post are owned and copyrighted by Epic Rubber Band Crafts' author, publisher or other affiliation.

 


Northern Kentucky Summer Day Camp - Giveaway!

It's time to start thinking about summer camp! Where would you kiddos like to go? 

 

 

Northern Kentucky Summer Day Camp Giveaway

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Summer is finally on it’s way! It’s time for Northern Kentuckians to start packing up the snow shovels and start thinking: Summer Camp! We have so many wonderful programs in NKY and Parenting In Northern Kentucky has brought you a list to of them to reference. Not only that, we are giving away one full week of camp to one winner and $50 off a week of camp to another. Check out these great programs the winners are able to choose from: Dominach's Taekwondo Academy, Gary Williams' Martial Arts, Camp Wave @ The Newport Aquarium, Benton Farms, and SpringHill Camps. Click on over to Parenting In Northern Kentucky and check out the full list of area summer day camps.

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Northern Kentucky Area Websites: The Healthy Hen ~ Vintage Indie ~ It's Free At Last ~ Optimistic Mommy ~ Simply Sherryl ~ Adventure Mom ~ All In A Day's Work ~ Campfinder.co

And Other Great Websites: BloggieAway ~ Sweet Sensible Scents ~ Extreme8avings ~ Butterfly Hearts Boutique ~ Happy Green Baby ~ Something to fill the time ~ Coupon Clipping Moms ~ Rambling Redhead

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Good Luck!

   

Parenting In Northern Kentucky’s NKY Summer Day Camp Giveaway ends at midnight EST on May 1, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. If entry is able to be verified (ie, Facebook likes, etc) the winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. Vintage Indie is not responsible for prize fulfillment. This site, nor Parenting In Northern Kentucky received payment or compensation for this post. Camp programs chosen by winners are responsible for fulfilling prizes. Free week or $50 must be used toward the camp programs chosen during the 2014 summer. Prizes are non-transferable, have no cash value, and may not be used with any other promotions, discounts, or coupons. See specific camp for additional specifications.


Small Business Spotlight: Interview with Julie Newton, Customer Relations Mgr. Antiques Village Dayton, Ohio

 

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When did you open? Aug. 1, 2013

 

What kind of store is Antiques Village? Antiques Village is a community of Shop Owners with  300 Unique Antique and Collectible Shops. We have over 80,000 square feet of the very best in unique shopping experience in the Greater Dayton Area for Antique Enthusiast and Casual Shoppers.  We provide quality antique and vintage products to our Customers that will enhance their decorating needs for home or business.  We surprise our Customers with unique assortments that are antiques, vintage, historic, old fashion or nostalgic for personal use or gift giving.  We provide our Customers with additional choices such as new and used books, custom framing, framed art and more.  We value our Shop Owners and consider them partners in creating the very best shopping experience for our Customers.  We have the best Customer service with a dedicated staff that is passionate and enthused about our business.

What is your shop address?  Our address is 651 Lyons Rd., Dayton, OH 45459. We are located across from the Centerville-Washington Twp. Sam’s Club, next to Arrow Wine.

 

What are your hours? 10:00AM to 8:00PM Daily, we’re closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.

 

Do you hold any special events at your store?  We typically hold 2 promotions and/or events a month. Some past events include in-store discounts of 10-15%, Shop Owner Sales of 10-50% off, Vintage Fashion Shows, Holiday carolers/food drive, Raffle give-aways, and many other exciting promotions.

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Do you have openings for vendors? If so, how does one apply?  Currently our shop spaces are sold out with a waiting list of approximately 250 people. We have an application to join the waiting list on our website www.antiquesvillage.net or one can be picked up at Antiques Village. We encourage those that are interested in a shop at Antiques Village to visit our location and join our waiting list.

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Anything else you would like to add? Antiques Village has been open for seven months and has quickly become the talk of the town. We have the largest store and the best Shop Owners in the Area. Our marketing says it all….Antiques Village is the largest and best Antique Mall in the Greater Dayton Area.

 


Vintage Indie Hot Spots: April 5, 2014 - April 6, 2014

What's going on around your town this weekend? 

 

North Carolina 

Rock-Shop-2013

Saturday April 5th, 11-5pm
Durham Armory, Durham, NC

Website: RockandShopMarket.com

The Rock & Shop Market is a hip shopping event that features over 75 juried emerging artisans & makers from the Southeast and beyond. These artisans sell their wares alongside bands, djs and food trucks. The market, started in 2004, attracts thousands of shoppers per event, and was the first event of its kind in the Triangle area. 

Indiana 

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SEE YOU AT THE NEXT “IAVM”!
Saturday, April 5th, 2014, 9am-5pm
$5 Admission

Fountains Conference Center
502 E. Carmel Dr.
Carmel, IN 46032

Website: IndieArts&VintageMarketplace

 

United Kingdom ( I wish I could be here) 

Lady Magpie & Me Spring & Wedding Fair

Website: LadyMagpie & Me 

 

 

Want your event listed? Send your Submissions & Artwork to my EMAIL Gabreial Wyatt.