Raleigh Moms Blog is a community – online and off – of women raising kids in the Triangle area. We are a collaborative resource site written by and for local moms with daily posts on things to do around town, ways to get involved in the community, parenting solutions, ideas for family activities, personal essays from local moms, local business spotlights, giveaways, and more.
Raleigh Small Business Consulting
I founded Vend Raleigh out of a love and great passion for other women’s businesses. I’d love to share what I’ve learned with my three online business to get you as a business owner and your business to the next level!
No matter where you are in your business, haven’t started or been at it for years, I’d love to work one on one with your online business presence to increase engagement on your website, create a marketing plan for greater interaction on social media, get you power networking with other Raleigh small business women, begin to create a valuable email marketing list or whatever your needs are!
I have the experience and can give you clear direction for your business in these areas:
- Professional insight and feedback on your website and social media accounts
- Examine branding and marketing strategies
- Determine steps to become a legal business
- Find the real passion for your business
- Examine what business duties to outsource (and whom to hire)
- Create an email list and create an email marketing plan
- Pick 2 or 3 social media accounts that excite you and make a marketing plan for each
- Blogging for your business and gain visibility with guest blogging
- Connect you with specific business leaders (Mompreneurs) to grow successful with
Meeting with Cary was literally a God-send for me and for my business. I was truly struggling with the direction in which I would be moving our business for the future. Cary was able to understand those difficulties and ask the right questions to help me recognize the importance of knowing what I was really passionate about and how I could use that passion to grow the business. She took the time to look through my website and social media pages and offered great suggestions on how I could improve the look and feel of each one. I have already implemented many of her ideas and I am looking forward to implementing more on our newly updated website. Having started several businesses and Vend Raleigh, Cary has personal knowledge of how to connect to customers, subscribers and others in a truly relational way. If you are looking for someone to get a “fresh set of eyes” on your business, I would highly recommend Cary. Her perspective and advice have been invaluable to me. I am certain that she will bring that same enthusiasm to all her clients.
Michelle Miller, SonShine Wear
The consult was great and outside opinion was nice to hear. The write up of [Cary’s reviews were] very helpful in [allowing me to stay present in the consult and not having to take notes, giving me direction after our meeting.]
Former owner of Stay at Home Rock Star LLC and Social Butterflies NC.
Photos credits to Hanner Studios
Raleigh Handmade Jewelry and Gifts
Welcome to Beyond Words! My name is Dana Smith and I specialize in unique, handmade jewelry and gifts, many of which are made from repurposed materials such as scrabble tiles, dominoes and washers. While I specialize in jewelry, I also make magnets, bookmarks, compacts, pill boxes, purse hooks and ornaments. I began Beyond Words four years ago as a stress reliever and creative outlet after having my third child and becoming a stay at home mom. Being creative is my therapy. In addition to selling on Etsy, I also love participating in local festivals and craft shows in Raleigh/Cary/Apex. Check out my online store at http://www.beyondwords12.etsy.com or find my booth the next time you visit a festival or show in the area. My show schedule is always posted on the Beyond Words Facebook page.
THP offers on location photography in Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, and Raleigh for your special occasions and milestones or to capture the details of everyday life. I love to travel so if you are outside of this area contact me for a custom quote.
For all THP Sessions I strive to keep it as relaxed and fun as possible. I place the focus on the connection of joy and love between those in the session. Traci Huffman Photography incorporates lifestyle photography in each session. We often see photographs posed perfectly and people smiling at the camera which is absolutely beautiful, however that is not always reality. THP captures your life as it is including the emotions, and most importantly the personalities & real life. Often the favorite images are the ones I catch in between with real life moments. I always get the posed “look at the camera and smile” shot, but I focus on capturing the love, joy, and emotion and less on the formal posing.
To see examples of my work please click on the following gallery links:
Any Occasion Photography in Apex, NC and Surrounding Areas
A photograph is a visual journal, I take great pride in the penmanship of adding a page to your story. It is life experiences you have and how they make you feel. I love being part of your moments that turn into such great memories. I specialize in natural light portrait photography. Enjoying many realms of capturing of life and your perfect moments.
HAVE A CREATIVE SPARK?
Ignite your life through color.
You won’t find paint by number or still life here. Just adventures with abstract art!
Paint Your Story offers pop-up art studios where you can let lose with color on canvas. Grab a group of friends to celebrate, connect or commemorate a special occasion.
Leigh Powell Hines, a former TV Journalist/Communications Executive, combined motherhood and her journalism experience and started The Hines-Sight Blog, a lifestyle/travel blog to inspire parents to pack their bags for family travels in 2011. On her blog, hotels are just as important as the destination. As founder of#OutaboutNC, an online social media community, she guides visitors to the best places to see, eat, and stay in North Carolina. She loves simple food, hotels and wellness. Even though she has a soft spot for luxury vacations, she has to budget like everyone else and is always searching for that lux deal. As a source you can trust, Leigh is a travel affiliate with major hotel brands and travel booking sites. You can now book your hotel stay directly from the HinesSightBlog Book your Hotel Tab.
Latoya is a Licensed Professional Counselor currently located in Raleigh, NC. Latoya grew up as military dependent and has spent time in various locations but is proud to call Raleigh, NC home. Latoya received her Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree from North Carolina Central University. She has worked with adults, adolescents, couples, and families in various settings since 2007.
Latoya continues to provide counseling services to adults, adolescents (14-18), and couples within individual and group settings. Latoya sees clients in a traditional office setting and in-home as well. Latoya is able to accommodate your particular needs for treatment and tailor counseling specifically to you.
Latoya’s counseling approach is primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused with an emphasis on Mindfulness and holistic techniques to manage stress and anxiety. Latoya believes in the mind-body connection and creating joy are essential to building the life one desires and often encourages the use of yoga and meditation in addition to counseling. Latoya desires to help people conquer the challenges that are holding them back from living their authentic desired life.
As a mom of toddler twins, Latoya understands that after the birth of a child comes a chaotic, stressful, yet glorious time. Latoya works with mothers and fathers adjusting to new roles, postpartum adjustment, postpartum stress, postpartum depression, all the way to the “tween/teenage adjustment”. Latoya loves helping families learn to navigate their new roles and adjust to life at every stage. She is passionate about empowering women and helping them find their voice following divorce, separation, and while building a business. Mindfulness, gratitude and strength finding are infused in her work.
Call Latoya at 919-410-6707 to discuss how counseling can help you or visit http://www.LatoyaNelson.com to schedule an appointment.
Latoya’s office is located in the Cameron Village area at 801 Oberlin Rd in Raleigh NC.
Acupuncture Wellness Connection is a holistic healthcare clinic focused on educating, empowering, and engaging people in their healthcare. Integrative approaches are utilized to help people attain their health care goals and to live an energetic and vibrant life.
Dot Dot Smile offers the cutest dresses for kids sizes 6 months to 8/10. Known for their twirl, the dresses quickly become a favorite of any girl who puts them on! Proudly made in the U.S.A.!
Initial Decor is a Raleigh based monogram & handmade jewelry company. We are a retail/wholesale jewelry and decor company.
We might be best known for our Hook Back Bangle™, a hooking clasp bracelet with beads and monogram discs wire wrapped to the top. They come in several sizes which include adult and children.
We handmade our jewelry and decor in our studio/showroom on Leesville Road in Raleigh. We use our studio space to host Pop-Up events with clothing vendors and meet with our wholesalers.
Checkout our website!
We welcome all boutique owners to apply to carry our line in your store! Application can be found on the contact us page on our website.
Allison is an author, Bible study teacher and speaker at many women’s events. She shares what gets in the way of hearing God’s whisper and relevant and doable ways to incorporate God into all we think, do and say. Her desire is to give women courage and a thirst to open God’s written word and find Him there.
Beautycounter is one of the world’s most innovative retail brands. At the core of what we do are three key pillars: we educate about safer beauty, we provide solutions through our high performing products, and we advocate for more health protective laws for all.
Welcome to The Paisley Poppy Store, your source for handcrafted goods including (but never limited to!) reusable snack bags, burp cloths, wet bags, purses, totes, pillow cases, unpaper towels, aprons, and pouches.
Kristin Loy, a virtual assistant who enjoys working with business owners who are ready to take their business and dreams to the next level. She starts by taking the stress of everyday tasks like bookkeeping, blogging, proofreading, or other projects off your to-do list so that you can continue to build the vision you have for your business.
Blogging, Social Media, Proofreading, and Google Analytic’s can take up much of your time. Sharing this task with someone else can help you focus on what you enjoy doing.
Collecting data, requirements, and testing can be a chore. With 10 years of experience, Kristin can help create a positive project experience and she can speak on your behalf to your web developers.
Keeping up with clearing checks, invoicing, and other bookkeeping work can be such a hassle. Let Kristin take that heavy load off your to-do list.
Hi! I’m an Independent Raleigh LipSense Distributor for SeneGence International, the manufacturer of LipSense. A lot of people have heard the hype over LipSense and let me tell you, it’s all true. It’s color the lasts up to 18 hours and won’t dry out your lips. The great news is that Senegence offers loads of other great products too. A few of my favorites are the ShadowSense, Lip Volumizer and Collagen Night Pak. Please contact me to find out more or join my Facebook Group Lipzee.
Sarah photographs on location and serves Raleigh and the surrounding areas: Apex, Cary, Durham, Chapel Hill, Holly Springs, and Fuquay-Varina.
Sarah strives to capture the beauty of connection between you and your loved ones in candid style photography. These everyday moments only last a split second, but it is those moments that tell your story. As a hopeless romantic hippie, SJP loves photographing genuine love & emotion, laughs, snuggles, and all the moments in between in your family photos…the details you will want to remember for a lifetime. And I love capturing them along with sunlight, wind, and whatever natural elements we can incorporate to give your images an organic feel and make them truly beautiful. Say hello! I would love to tell your story!
We are a one-of-a kind boutique located in Raleigh, NC. We offer a variety of women’s fashion, accessories, gifts and more! We started in May 2016, and have been growing quickly! Our mission is to showcase the most sought after trends at a reasonable price. We only bring a few pieces of each style, making it exclusive in order to avoid duplicates among your friends.
Opening Koket Boutique has been a dream come true for me. Many thanks from our family to yours!
Hello and Welcome!
To begin with, thank you for visiting my page!
Samantha Canal photography offers a wide range of photography services, but primarily focuses on maternity, birth stories, newborn, and wedding services. Interested in something specific? Let me know!
There are a lot of photographers in the Raleigh-Durham area, so it means a lot that you’ve taken an interest in my work. I strive to give my clients the best, and I’m so excited to get the opportunity to do the same for you.
I love spontaneous, real sessions. Yes, I will pose you, lead you, and guide you, but I will also strive to let the real you shine during your session. I will get you giggling and playing with your family. Snuggling and holding your loved ones. Those are the shots you will love! You will see your true beauty, your gorgeous smile, and your eyes twinkling. Those moments of happiness and joy are the reason I do this. I’m here to capture your memories, your moments.
So, are you ready to talk? Let’s have a conversation (phone, email, text, in person, etc) and start planning your perfect session!
I love what I do, I love making my clients happy, and I can’t wait to meet you! Head on over to my website and send me a message!
Kim is an award winning photographer based out of Wake Forest, NC. She specializes in fine art portraiture of families, children and high school seniors.
From your toddler’s first steps to your teenager’s graduation, the milestones of family life are fleeting and precious. We don’t want to miss a moment. When it comes to getting professional photographs taken, though, you don’t want a posed and uncomfortable experience—you want your family to be seen in a beautifully authentic way.
Kim’s unique approach starts with getting to know you, and fostering a relaxed and enjoyable environment. She’s there to help with every step of the process, from location selection to wardrobe styling and gallery wall design. Each finished piece is more than just a photograph—they are fine art that will be cherished forever.
Wow! Change is good! August, 2017!!!
I am delighted to say I am taking my sewing business home!!! I look forward to focusing on my two passions; upcycling clothing, scarves and accessories and teaching beginner sewing. My current items are on consignment in My Girlfriends Closet in Historic Downtown Apex. I will continue to supply them each new season!!! I am very pleased with my accomplishment of having had a brick and mortar store for almost 8 years in Downtown Apex. I learned a lot, met lots of wonderful people and have no regrets. Here’s to new beginnings!!!
As a freelance website designer and developer, I developed TWTH Consulting with the goal to add a custom touch to each project I work on. I am a hard worker and trustworthy partner for your online presence and bring an edge of creativity & enthusiasm that will set your site apart from your competitors.
I like to first sit down with a company to learn more about their business and how it operates. I find that usually a project may extend beyond the need for just a website but perhaps for tools to also help streamline processes behind the scenes for the business. By taking the time to get to know you and your business better, I am best able to develop a site and tools for you with the thoughts of how the business will grow in the future in mind to make expanding your site easier as the company grows.
I have experience working remotely with clients all over the country and here locally in the Triangle. If you are looking for a website designer, please contact me today. I would love the opportunity to work with you on your project.
We are a family owned local travel agency specializing in luxury vacation planning all over the world! Our services are FREE, and our VIP treatment is always included. This means free upgrades, bonus amenities and more! Whether it is a family reunion, honeymoon, destination wedding or a kid free romantic getaway, leave it to us to save you time and money!
Mom. Wife. Wino. Entrepreneur.
Revolutionizing Wine Tastings, one Living Room at a Time. Hosting a Wine Tasting Event in your home is Fun and Fabulous. My tastings are the easiest party you will ever host. I bring 5 bottles of exclusive boutique wines, a 6th bottle as a gift for the host, and I even bring the glasses! Hosts can earn wine, half off wine club, and other spectacular goodies. If you want to host a quick get together, and you are tired of the same old direct sales parties, set up a tasting!
Let’s Get Sipping!
I am someone who is passionate about health and wellness. The most important piece to the puzzle is eliminating toxic chemical exposure from the foods we eat, and beauty products that go on our skin.
Your skin is your largest organ. It is important to keep our skin as healthy as possible. By utilizing products that are all natural and contain the vitamins and minerals our skin is lacking, we can create healthy, vibrant, young looking skin without the need for chemicals.
When I was introduced to Lemongrass Spa, I knew I had found the answer I was looking for. The products are amazing and I know you will love them as much as I do.
My mission is simple: Provide natural, non-toxic products that are clean and handmade fresh, right here in America
Lemongrass Spa Products offers a line of natural, chemical free, even GLUTEN-FREE body care products for the entire family.
CRB is an online fashion boutique aimed to provide trendy women, professionals, and moms access to unique and affordable clothing. We love fashion, and we know you do too. Our pieces are purchased in small quantities in order to keep our stock unique and fresh.
Carolina Roots Boutique owner, Kristy Blackwell, has always had a passion for fashion! She was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. After working 18 years in Corporate America, marrying her prince charming, and having two sweet boys, Kristy decided to pursue her dream of owning a trendy but affordable boutique. YOU are her inspiration – EVERY woman should feel like a trend-setter. You can be, with fashion from Carolina Roots Boutique!
Sweet. Southern. Style.
Welcome to Mary’s Floral: a unique place to get your home decor and gift needs. My name is Mary Munnings and I have been designing for over 35 years. I enjoy working with natural materials, cotton stems (bolls) and finding creative uses for found objects. My latest obsession is with cotton stems, nests and burlap. I just love the ‘farmhouse’ look. My designs incorporate many re-purposed items like glassware, frames and natural products. I create out of my home studio and my work can be found at SnickerDoodles, marysfloral.net, Etsy.com/shop/Marysfloral, Facebook.com/Marysfloral1, and at many area craft shows throughout the year.
Look for my space at the up in coming new home décor store Our Moments in Time in Holly Springs; a great place that showcases local artists.