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.
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:
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
Scentsy | Raleigh, NC
Hi! I am Shannon and I am a Scentsy ADDICT! I became a consultant because I wanted to share my love of Scentsy with everyone and to show off how amazing the product really is. I used to be addicted to candles and would have them burning 24/7 which was a MAJOR hazard, but luckily I don’t have to worry about that ever again! Not only do I not have to worry about a flame or the harsh pollutants that candles give off, but the scent lasts so much longer with Scentsy. I am so glad that I made the switch and I would love to help you all out 🙂
Hi, my name is Laurie Lilly. I offer hatha vinyasa style yoga classes customized for individual and/or group needs. Each practice helps students to reduce stress, gain strength and flexibility, feel more fit, and be more energetic! Whether you are looking for yoga in the workplace, yoga for your child, or a one time yoga get together with a group you are a part of, I can make it happen. Visit http://www.ZenInMyDen.com or like my Facebook page, http://www.Facebook.com/zeninmyden to get the latest schedules, specials and updates. Get creative, try something new, and make yoga part of your day. Hope to see you on your mat soon!
Blessings to you,
Transforming Hope strives to EDUCATE the general public on the issue of human trafficking, PREVENT exploitation from becoming a reality for children in the Triangle, and help to RESTORE the lives of children and their families who have already been affected by human trafficking.
Through education, we have trained more than 3,000 individuals on the issue of human trafficking, how to recognize it, and how to respond to a potential victim. Those educated include law enforcement, medical professionals, Wake County school nurses, W.I.C. workers, volunteer mentors in Durham County schools, teens, and the general public.
Through prevention, we’ve created a 45-minute workshop for middle and high school students to equip and empower them to value others and avoid being lured into human trafficking. In September, 2015, we also helped pass a law that states all middle and high schools in NC shall provide awareness and prevention of human trafficking to their students.
Through restoration, we are developing and building a wrap-around program. This program utilizes collaborations around the Triangle to “wrap around” a family in need of holistic care after experiencing the trauma of being exploited.
Visit our website or follow us on social media to learn more about how YOU can make a difference right here in the Triangle!
I’m a Mom and Wife committed to spreading the message of hope and healing! After 2 decades of health struggles with cancer, autoimmune diseases, insomnia, digestive issues, food allergies and more, I FINALLY found relief with the Plexus natural supplements. They got to the root of the issue and allowed my body to heal. Praise God! After my amazing health testimony, I decided to give up my 6-figure business mentoring biz to focus entirely on helping people feel well. I also LOVE helping my team grow a rewarding, flexible, financially abundant business with Plexus. It is the BEST business model and compensation plan that I’ve ever seen!
To learn more about the supplements and/or business, visit http://www.LearnAboutPlexus.com.
Honest Hazel is a refreshing new beauty brand, our initial product is an under-eye gel treatment that gives ‘tired eyes’ an instantly refreshed look, with powerful natural ingredients the quick treatment is simple yet significant.
Raleigh Custom Apparel Online Boutique
We want you to love your look! Our mission is to create unique, stylish apparel that is both comfortable and practical for every day or special occasions. Made in a wide range of sizes for the right fit for every body and proudly handmade right here in North Carolina.
Select Sitters is a local babysitting, pet sitting, and nanny agency. We offer qualified, experienced, reliable, and background checked nannies and babysitters to families all over the Triangle. Select Sitters offers the perfect solution for families who need occasional babysitters, part-time nannies, or full-time permanent nannies. We strive to make finding childcare as simple as possible for busy parents.
Make planning your Disney trip a pleasure with Kathleen Anckner and Polka Dot Bow Adventures, a fee-free agency that will help you explore, book, and plan the vacation that best suits the needs of your unique family. Our concierge-level services include personalized recommendations, a day-by-day itinerary, and complimentary touring plan resources to help you make the most of your time on vacation.
We can help you plan an amazing trip to many exciting Disney Destinations, including Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Disney Cruise Lines, Aulani – A Disney Resort & Spa (Hawaii), and Disney beach resorts in Vero Beach, FL and Hilton Head, SC.
To receive a custom quote, please contact me at email@example.com. If requesting information through our web site, be sure to mention Kathleen and this listing on Vend Raleigh!
Peak Safety Supply is your partner in safety. We supply businesses and workers with safety supplies and equipment. Everything from safety glasses, work gloves, welding aprons, gloves, helmets and jackets, ANSI classified hi visability apparel such as safety vests and jackets, hardhats, hearing protection, fall protection, respirators, dust masks, to first aid kits and more. All professional grade, name brands like 3M, ERB, Gateway Safety, Honeywell, MCR Safety, MSA, Weldas, Tilman. Cost efficient logo imprinted on hardhats and safety vests is available too. Project or job site in another location? No problem, we can ship supplies anywhere in the world. Call Terri at Peak Safety Supply to discuss your safety supply needs today – 919 368 3247. Visit http://www.PeakSafetySupply.com to learn more.
What sets Peak Safety Supply apart is our commitment to quality products, customer service and long-term relationships with customers. Some of our local customers have been with us for over 10 years! Consistently, Peak Safety Supply provides quality products at a fair price in a timely manner. We focus on a responsible procurement process. We don’t just buy the cheapest products – we research the manufacturers and when possible – we choose manufacturers who give back to their community or are distinguished in some other way. Our popular hard hats are not only made in the USA (Georgia) – for every wholesale order placed, the manufacturer donates to their local catastrophic care hospital. One of our safety eye wear manufacturers has their glasses independently tested by an independent third party (Underwriters Laboratory) to verify compliance to ANSI standards. When they say their glasses meet or exceed specific standards, they mean it.
Our online shop, http://www.charmandhammer.com specializes in professional grade safety gear for women worldwide. All professional grade, sized and designed for women and we ship internationally. Charm and Hammer has helped women and their employers find functionally fitting gear since 2003! Dental hygienists need safety glasses that do not slide down their nose when they are looking down treating a patient. Women welders need gloves and jackets that fit properly. We are on a mission to become the largest work gear supplier for hard working women.
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.!
Self protection for women – stun guns, pepper sprays
We have a children’s line! There are sooooo many things – and we teach you how to use them!
emergency road kits, portable door alarms, portable protection alarms, kubotans, and so much more! Affordable!
Baked By Billie was started because of my love and passion for baking. We provide homemade cakes, cupcakes, cookies, brownies, scones and so much more. We pride ourselves in custom made orders. We love being to add love, sunshine, smiles and sweetness to each person that enjoys something homemade from us.
Unique Raleigh Kids Birthday Parties
Serving Raleigh families with children’s birthday party planning.
HAPPY CAMPER creates a fun and innovative alternative to your next kid’s birthday party. Sleeping under the stars, sprinkled with a dose of whimsy and creative genius. Colorful tents set up on your lawn or play space, complete with lanterns, twinkle lights, and matching bed rolls. Add in the large screen projector with popcorn cart for movie time treats. For your next celebration give your little explorer the experience of the great outdoors even if you have to keep it inside! HAPPY CAMPER, a party adventure for the child in all of us! Call or text today for more info. 606-813-4302, Stephanie lead trail boss.
CraZBrain Science Track Out and Summer Camps let kids explore and experience when tracking out of year round schools in the Triangle. Our RTP-based camps provide a unique environment where science concepts are explored through hands-on experiences designing, building, problem solving, and re-creating. Engaging camp themes including 007 Spy Camp, Crazy Contraptions, Outdoor Survival Skills, and Cooking-Carnivals-Chemistry keep the campers motivated and energized all week long
If you have old draperies, out-dated valances or nothing at all on your windows, we can help. BG Custom Windows creates classic and modern drapery. We will collaborate with you to design guaranteed unique window coverings that coordinate perfectly with your home.
Our designer, Tammy, is an expert in custom draperies and oversees every step of your project from fabric selection to installation. Our process produces beautiful results and is why our business was built on customer referrals and repeat clients.
Our simple design process helps us narrow down the style, fabrics, and hardware from the thousands of options available. In short, it turns an overwhelming decision into a fun, transparent choice. There are thousands of options for your window coverings and it can be overwhelming to choose the right style, fabrics, trims and hardware.
We will walk you through every detail, listen to your input, address any of your questions and fine-tune the details so that the final product is completely customized to you.
Independent Wine Consultant – WineShop at Home
My name is Debra I’m a Director with WineShop. I have consultants across the U.S. and the largest team of active consultants in North Carolina, and yes… I officially get to drink on the job:-)
WineShop at home is a winery in Napa California that makes handcrafted limited production wines you can’t get anywhere else. Consultants bring 6 artisan wines into your home with 6-10 of your wine loving friends, and guide you through how to swirl, smell, sip and savor wines paired with chocolates, cheeses and fruit. Perfect for friends and family, holiday gatherings, or to invite clients and prospective clients to network.
- Taste amazing wines (most around $20) in the comfort of your home or office
- Try before you buy – don’t get stuck at the wine wall again!
- Have your own personal wine consultant to answer your questions
- It’s affordable – Get $120 worth of wine for just $29.95 (plus tax and shipping)
- Host a stress free party!
Like wine, host a tasting.
Love wine, join my team!
Torrey Hill Inc. offers handcrafted items for men, women, and home — made in North Carolina by me. Even though I strive to upcycled recycled repurposed, I will gladly use new materials to create your custom item. Just inquire!
I have been running an online business for over 17 years. I am active in social media, and have studied web and graphic design. I have a great deal of knowledge and experience to bring to Torrey Hill, Inc.; and want very much to offer quality, handcrafted creations to you.
What you can find in my shop (but not limited to): beaded crochet jewelry, kumihimo jewelry, messenger bags, cross body bags, wristlets, water bottle carriers; and coming soon – upcycled – recycled – repuposed clothing!
- Very cute will be great at my party. (DISNEY PRINCESSES Garland Book Bunting)
- Cute monkey for my Grandson. (plush sock monkey patriotic july 4th USA )
- One of favorite etsy purchases ever, thank you so much! (Upcycled Irish womens top PLUS SIZE)
- Beth designed a beautiful custom skirt for me which is now one of my very favorite possessions! She does professional and creative designs which I would sincerely recommend to anyone, particularly to someone interested in upcycling. Thanks Beth! (St Patricks Day SMALL upcycled skort skirt shorts)
- It’s so great. I wore it today when I went to visit my parents, and my mom fell instantly in love with it! Thanks so much. (crochet rose neckwarmer)
Located in Wake Forest, North Carolina, and also serving Wakefield, Youngsville, and North Raleigh, Body Bliss Salon and Spa is the only true FULL-SERVICE salon and spa in the Wake Forest area to offer you 2,400 square feet of pure pampering and relaxation.
Body Bliss is a “whole body experience” because we offer all the salon and spa services you will ever need all in one convenient location. Our services include: haircutting, coloring, keratin smoothing treatments, hair extensions, facial waxing, body waxing, facials, manicures, pedicures, shellac, spray tan and massage.
Oh, and let’s not forget body scrubs and body treatments, as Body Bliss Salon and Spa is the only salon and spa in Wake Forest to offer our clients the convenience and luxury of a warm shower after body treatments. While spending the day, you can even enjoy a spa lunch or snack in our relaxation lounge.
We’d love to be a part of your big day through our bridal division, Bridal Bliss, by doing your bridal hair and makeup. We travel all over the Triangle and beyond to make you look beautiful for your wedding day.
Come visit Body Bliss Salon and Spa for “A Whole Body Experience” from a business that is committed to our clients as well as our community.
Oh Lord Help Us encourages and teaches women who to be who they were created to be. Throughout our lives we have been bombarded with lies. We need to replace those lies with God’s truth.
Oh Lord Help Us gives writings, bible studies, speaking, and physical reminders to show women they are loved, pursued, redeemed, beautiful, and enough.
This is a program developed to guide teen girls to know who they are, strengthen who they are inside and out, so they can serve and lead their generation.
Ongoing mentorship programs. See more details at: http://sarahschall.net/inside-out-strong-mentorship-program/
Frustrated that good vintage style dresses are either extremely fragile, the wrong shape for today’s bodies or too expensive, I turned to creating my own designs.
I started making clothes for my daughters back in the 1980s. They’re all grown up now, very much into the Vintage scene and my youngest asked if I could make her a dress.
So I returned to college, studied garment construction, pattern drafting and tailoring techniques, developing the skills to make any women/child a beautiful bespoke dress, jacket or outfit for any special occasion.
It’s so lovely to return to exhibiting at craft and vintage fairs, meeting so many new people.
And now I’ve started passing my skills on through a series of sewing classes; from beginners taking their first steps in sewing, to giving intermediates the confidence and experience they desire to create their own garments and designs.
Specializing in handmade cookies and pies, Sugar & Spice Kitchen is run out of our home kitchen, which is fully licensed and inspected. The finest ingredients go into our made-from-scratch baked goods, and we take no shortcuts. The comment we hear most often is “the best cookie I ever had”.
Prep Communications builds, maintains and defends corporate reputations through strategic communications to meet client goals. We work with integrity and authenticity to earn client trust.
Prep primarily works with companies that desire to increase their level of communications readiness and mitigate business risk by communicating effectively with audiences that matter to them. We firmly believe that success – or failure – of any communications effort depends almost entirely on a company’s level of diligent preparation. If the proper groundwork is laid, flawless execution becomes a byproduct.
From strategy sessions to tactical outputs, we work with established, emerging, and even nonexistent public relations programs to develop winning communications strategies for all clients.
Prep is owned and operated by Stephanie Llorente, APR, whose depth of experience ranges from national brands to small businesses.
Amber Foster Smith Photography is a full-service boutique photography studio located in the heart of downtown Holly Springs, NC specializing in wedding and portrait photography. Servicing the Raleigh, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs, Morrisville, Durham and Chapel Hill area. We offer portraits both on-location and in our professional photography studio by appointment.
We are passionate about telling our client’s stories through beautiful imagery and creating heirloom pieces of artwork for families to cherish. Whether it is capturing your growing family, anxiously awaiting graduation with your high school senior, or celebrating an engagement while planning for your wedding day. We are there with you every step of the way. From planning out the perfect location for your session, to coordinating wardrobe selections and even arranging for hair and make-up. Our focus is to capture every moment as well as the moments in-between because those are the ones you truly never want to forget. You can expect to have a lot of fun while we capture a variety of candid moments as well as a few more comfortable but posed shots. Our goal at AFSP is to give you a variety of images, all of incredible quality.
“Amber is an incredible and gifted photographer. She works well under pressure in any circumstances! She was able to capture my family in a way no other photographer has ever. Every picture was perfect. She is a delight to work with and we will absolutely use her again!” – Cottingham Family
“Amber was awesome! …She made us feel relaxed and comfortable. She captured such wonderful memories that we will treasure for a life time! She is such a blessing to work with on your special day!” – Lewis Family
“I can look back on the day with so much joy because of the moments you captured for us. Working with you is like working with a close friend – which I love so much! ” – Harris Wedding featured on Wedding Gown Designer Maggie Sottero Designs’ Blog
Owner and photographer Amber is a sucker for true love, soulmates and a big believer of happily ever after! Amber is also the heart behind The Studio : A Coworking Space for Creatives where she focuses on empowering entrepreneurs and small business owners through education with a space to grow their business. As an educator she has a passion for teaching workshops and mentoring for photographers and other small business owners.
267 West Center Street Holly Springs, NC 27540
Lemongrass Spa wants to provide you and your family with natural, effective products that are both indulgent and purposeful as well as affordable. We carry products for every member of your family ages birth through adulthood! In addition to skincare products we offer mineral makeup, essential oils and body care products such as lotions, balms, deodorants, spritzes and soak…all gluten fee and made in America! We know that you will enjoy our handmade products that are 97%-100% natural and do not contain sodium laureth sulfate, lead, parabens, isopropyl alcohol, petroleum-based ingredients or phthalates.
I invite you to give us a try today! Contact me to learn more or to set up one on one consultation or a fun event with your family and friends!
Hey! I’m Christina Kirkey and I am the owner of Pinup Studio. Graduating high school early and heading straight to cosmetology school was always what I wanted to do. I have been in the industry for over seven years now and have been in business for three years, j continue to fall in love with my career time after time. Becoming my own boss and opening up my own doors three years ago let me run a studio I stand behind 100% from the customer service to the products I use and techniques I have learned and continue to learn so I can grow with the change in trends. I offer individual lash extensions, lash lifts, hair cuts and color services as well as Brazilian Blowouts.