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.
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
Hi, Woof, and Meow!
Does your pet have: low energy, picky eater, senior dog cognitive issues, bladder issues, hairballs, stiff joints, itching, itchy or smelly ears, red or irritated skin, bad gas, seasonal allergies, bad breath, excessive shedding dry skin, dull coat, sensitive stomach, or loose stool? Let’s talk about your pet’s nutrition.
I was drawn to pawTree because I have one dog that suffered with allergies. His allergies began when he was 1 year old. I did not want to keep him on steroids and antibiotics the rest of his life. Not to mention the damage those drugs could do to his system. You should see him now on the pawTree products – nothing but AMAZING!!! The natural and holistic solutions from pawTree are PAWSOME!
We have the only home delivery box that allows YOU to select the items (dog and cat) and change it up each delivery AND you select how often YOU want it delivered. My pawBox, My Way!!!
Did I mention the 90 day, 100% money back guarantee? Yes, try it and you too will see the difference.
Love pets? Of course, who doesn’t, right? You too can become a petPro and enjoy helping pets. Talk about rewarding, right? And who doesn’t like extra income and trips, right? You like to have fun, right? Our team is rocking – come share the great times with us at Team pawTastic.
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
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/
SoCharm Designs is locally made jewelry designed to fit every woman’s lifestyle through creating fun, versatile, and unique, yet classic pieces. It was born out of my two passions: making things with my hands and jewelry. My goal is to bring you pieces that give you confidence and add just right finishing touch to your wardrobe.
Follow SoCharm Designs on Facebook and Instagram to stay in the know of the latest designs, giveaways, and promotions!
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.
Beautycounter is a mission based company that launched in March of 2013. Beautycounter’s mission is to get “safer products into the hands of everyone.” You may be wondering what does that really mean. It means that Beautycounter is about educating and informing consumers on how to read their personal care labels. Beautycounter provides an option to choose safer products for you and your loved ones. Beautycounter has skincare, body care, kids and baby line and cosmetics.
The last federal law to regulate the ingredients in personal care products was in 1938. To date, the US have only banned 30 ingredients, whereas the European Union (EU) have banned 1400. Therefore, it is perfectly legal for personal care companies to include ingredients that are known to be harmful to our health. With that in mind, Beautycounter created a Never List that comprises over 1500 questionable or harmful ingredients that is prohibited when formulating their products. Beautycounter creates products with safety and performance in mind. When Beautycounter launched in 2013, there were 9 products; however now there are 90 products and more in the works.
I’ve been using Beautycounter for over 2 years and started as a consultant in July 2016. I decided to join as a consultant after my youngest daughter started Kindergarten. I wanted to find a job that would be super flexible so that I can still focus on being a stay-at-home Mom. I already loved using Beautycounter products, so I thought what better way to share the mission and help our family out financially.
If you’re interested in finding out more about Beautycounter, I’d love to chat with you. I also have products on hand for you to try. You may contact me through email email@example.com or phone 415.517.0112. Here’s my personal website for you to check out the products: beautycounter.com/dinasaiz Looking forward to meeting you!
Be True Baby is a natural light photography studio in Wake Forest, NC specializing in natural and organic newborn, maternity, and baby‘s first year. Established in 2009, we are dedicated to producing high quality, beautifully styled images and fine art products to document this important time in your family’s story. Our studio takes on limited photography sessions each month in order to focus plenty of time and attention crafting authentic, artistic images for our clients.
Owner and photographer Christy Johnson is a proud member of Professional Photographers of America, and she has several articles published in Lemonade and Lenses magazine. Her work has been featured on such websites as Clickin Moms, Learn Shoot Inspire, Evoking You, Inspire Me Baby, Vend Raleigh, Lemonade and Lenses, and more.
1780 Heritage Center Dr. Suite 201 Wake Forest, NC
Contact us to reserve your appointment.
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.
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.
Since 2010, Katiebug Bows, LLC has been specializing in handmade hair accessories and monogrammed gifts for ages 0-100! In addition to helping you find the perfect headband, hair bow, or ponytail streamer for a girl or her doll, we have created a wholesale spirit wear program for schools and teams. This allows schools to earn a profit while selling our custom designed hair accessories to their families for spirit wear or uniforms.
We have two online shops and you will find a different selection of items in each. Our Etsy Shop exclusively offers our hair accessories that are handmade right in Apex, NC. Our independent online store, KatiebugBows.com, offers hair accessories in addition to a selection of gifts that can be personalized. You’ll also find our wholesale items for schools and teams! We would love to add your school to our growing list!
In the 2016-2017 school year we have worked with the following schools:
Apex Elementary (Apex, NC)
- Apex Middle School’s Softball Team (Apex, NC)
Farmington Woods Elementary (Cary, NC)
Highcroft Drive Elementary (Cary, NC)
Mills Park Elementary (Cary, NC)
Olive Chapel Elementary (Apex, NC)
Scott’s Ridge Elementary (Apex, NC)
St Mary Magdalene Catholic School (Apex, NC)
- St Timothy’s Volleyball Team (Raleigh, NC)
Westpark Elementary (Texas)
Woods Charter School (Chapel Hill, NC)
Creative business owner and blogger, Jessica Watt has a love for inspiring and encouraging women to find their inner creativity. Jessica can be found hosting weekly Facebook live tutorials on easy and affordable DIY projects as well as coaching other creative business owners.
Jessica is now booking speaking engagements for entrepreneurs and for women’s groups.
I am a Senior Stylist with Stella and Dot. I am here for fashion, fun and a stylish way to live! I can help you host a fun little trunk show to show off the entire Stella and Dot line to your friends and get some amazing free Stella and Dot shopping, or if you are interested in becoming a stylist I would love to give you more information about that. Also, if you ever just wanted to place an order please let me know. I am here for you as your Stella and Dot stylist!
Principal ballerina Lara O’Brien’s Tutu School is a whimsical boutique ballet school providing a creative dance education experience for toddlers and children. A place that urges the exercise of big imaginations as well as little bodies and offers the most magical introduction to the enchanting world of ballet. Hosts packaged Birthday Parties as well.
Noa is an Inspirational Speaker, Certified professional Coach.
Clients: business leaders, Social leaders, Individuals and teams that go through change.
Noa lives in Raleigh area with her husband, three loud, hungry teens who teach her how to find her way to be the person (and parent) she wants to BE. As a giver, Noa loves hosting people and making a lot of food, especially healthy food. To nurture the Giver within Noa found that running outdoors is one of her outlets, it allows her to understand better the mental process during her runs that she believes impact other areas in her life and at the same time the opportunity during her runs to appreciating nature and connect with it. In 2017 Noa started the Facebook live “On the Run,” in this FB Live she shares her short and sweaty thoughts from her runs.
Since 2001 Noa coach individuals, business and social leaders to DARE. Daring is not about being courageous, it is about being mindful about the choices you make when you feel lost in the midst of a change. The DARE to BE model that Noa designed will help you:
With the help of the DARE model you will:
- Identify where you are on the path of change
- Identify what are your current habits and behaviors
- Bring new perspective to your current situation
- Create new habits around the change that will lead to new choices
- Learn how to sustain the energy that you can keep your new habits and keep moving forward
- Get meaningful results
Contact Noa to schedule a 20-30 minutes free consultation that will allow you design your work plan with her.
“Noa’s coaching led me to discover that I simply needed to give myself ‘permission’ to take the steps necessary to invest in myself more fully, take control of my day to day decisions/actions and focus on the important work and doing so with confidence.”
“Noa has a gift of knowing how to push and challenge when needed and pull back and hold the space in a nurturing way at other times. I still use many of the tools that Noa gave me today when I get stuck or feel overwhelmed with life. Noa is talented, creative and an incredible coach.”
Noa has a gift for totally engaging her audience through a variety of professional coaching techniques. She asks thought provoking questions that can’t be answered with a one-word response of” yes “or “no.”… She gave everyone a sense of ‘can do!’…I highly recommend Noa for groups who are looking to: build efficient and effective teams, audiences who want a solid motivational speaker who is able to deliver concrete suggestions based on real life scenarios, and organizations that need a fresh pair of eyes to help them better focus and redirect their mission if needed.
I’m a part-time executive paper pusher by day and a full-time wife and mom all day, every day!
A collection of my hand-crafted jewelry and small watercolor and oil paintings, The Painted Pearl is my creative passion project and side hustle once my kids to go bed.
Hello and WELCOME to Altered Aesthetics!
My name is Jen Santoro and I am the owner and senior artist at Altered Aesthetics. Growing up in Southern California I always had a passion for all things makeup and beauty. After getting my first tattoo, I found another passion, getting more tattoos! In 2013, when I moved to Raleigh I decided to take a different path in my career and found permanent makeup and microblading, which brought together my passion for makeup and tattoos.
I am huge advocate of continual education in this industry, and am continually refining and perfecting my skills through additional cosmetic tattoo and microblading courses. By learning new techniques I am able to bring new and exciting services to Altered Aesthetics.
Altered Aesthetics has been a woman owned Raleigh business for a year now! Big things are coming and we have added another artist Kelly Denhalter, who shares our passion with brows. The goal of the team at Altered Aesthetics is to provide clients with an amazing set of brows that they will love and be proud of.
Hello! My name is Pam Nogle. DO you want to improve your health? Do you wish to make any changes to your body? Most people have something they want to improve upon in their health.
Hang on~ this is a journey!
With any change comes excitement and a little fear- but change is good and change provides opportunity to embrace something new, exciting & fun. There is joy to be found in change and in life’s journey.
I wish to live a Happy, Balanced & Healthy Life! I am in charge of my health. I am in charge of most aspects of my health: exercise, diet, sleep, stress maintenance and joy. My quality of life is determined by these choices. I want you to know- you have these same choices and the ability to feel better.
It Works!Global plantbased, all natural products are a part of my daily choice. I want to be part of helping others know better , improved health. I also want to help you to look as good as you feel.
I am able to provide you with healthy all natural, botanical products & supplements that do what they say they do! They work internally to improve your health and your appearance.
Take a moment to review the products & let me know if you have any questions. Get excited! Better health is in your future!
Blessings to you for better health and balanced living.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If requesting information through our web site, be sure to mention Kathleen and this listing on Vend Raleigh!
Agnes & Dora is a women’s and girls clothing company made to fit every age and stage of a womans life. From adorable little girl’s clothing, to office wear, and clothing perfect for pregnancy and nursing. Please visit our facebook page or conntact us for parties!
Jewelry expresses your mood, your attitude, your personality. Jewelry places your signature on your outfit. Are you searching for a perfect gift? Jewelry is always appreciated and appropriate. Fashion-forward, unique, and exquisitely handcrafted, many Park Lane creations are inspired by world-renowned designers. Wear Park Lane jewelry with pride and you will sparkle with beauty and confidence everywhere you go!
About Park Lane Jewelry
Founded in Chicago in 1955 by Arthur and Shirley LeVin, Jewels by Park Lane defines `The American Dream`. As the world`s leading direct sales jewelry party plan company, Park Lane proudly offers exceptional quality jewelry that is backed by an unconditional lifetime guarantee.
My Park Lane Story
I was introduced to Park Lane Jewelry in 2013 by friend from church. She invited me to go to this thing called a ‘Quarter Auction’. Well – I won 2 pairs of earrings and saw some of the most beautiful jewelry I’d seen in ages. My friend introduced me to her sister – a Park Lane Fashion Director and I was hooked. I attended many more special events and purchased many more pieces outside of the events. I was – and still am- always amazed at how much I got for such a small amount of money.
In the second half of 2015 after having an expensive surgery, expensive kitchen water damage & repairs AND a shattered car window – none of which were fully covered by insurance, I knew I needed a way to make a little more income.
That same Fashion Director – now a Sr. Division Manager is still my ‘Park Lane Person’. I’ve been to many more quarter auctions and special events and even had a few of my own. She even helped me find the perfect jewelry ensemble for my daughter’s wedding!
She shared with me the unbeatable buying program for guests, the amazing & ridiculously generous hostess program and the outstanding Fashion Director`s income & perks – like free trips and a Mercedes! Add those to the jewelry I had to have and a really simple show demo and I knew I could do this – I could be a part of Park Lane! I was impressed with the company’s values and work ethic – and of course how they reward their customers, hosts and their representatives.
I love showing our beautiful jewelry to everyone. Whether you are classic, trendy, bold or traditional in your jewelry style, I’ve got something for you. I am so excited to be helping my clients and hostesses understand all they stand to gain by our programs in a fun, interactive way! Please contact me to host your very own, very fun ‘dress up party‘!
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.
Karatbars is an international gold money savings club based in Stuttgart, Germany. We are an Ecommerce company operating in 124 countries as of today. Our company allows for everyone to obtain small affordable quantities of 24k 999.9 pure financial grade gold bullion in 1 gram, 2.5 grams and 5 gram increments.
Not only can you save gold in your personal gold vault, but you can also choose from many collector, specialty, worldwide country cards and a spectacular gold coin, in which you can save for yourself, your children or they are great to give as gifts. Each one of these cards comes with a 1 gram 24k gold bullion embedded in it. Absolutely stunning cards to see.
If you are into fundraising for charities, churches, organizations or any entity you wish to raise money for, we have “Branding Cards” available, which can be personalized with the charity information on the front and back sides of the card. These branding cards are used by a lot of realtors and professionals who like to give gifts to their clients. These cards are designed with the realtor information just like a business card on the front and back as well. All of these include a 1 gram 24k gold bullion embedded in it. What a fantastic way to raise money and give something to your donators in return.
All Karatbar accounts are FREE to join AND there are NO monthly or annual fees to deal with. Note: They also offer an optional affiliate program for those interested in helping others save in gold which bears a one-time fee.
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.
Custom home furnishings provide the opportunity to create decor elements that are suited to your personality, your home, and your design aesthetics. Instead of wasting hours browsing through home decor stores, custom designed items come right to your door and are created to be the perfect piece for your room. Custom home decor elements from Indigo Interiors are high quality products that will hang better, look better, and feel better than anything you’ve had before.
Indigo Interiors is here to help you create custom home decor to suit any of your interior decorating needs. From valances to slipcovers, Indigo Interiors can handle it all! Indigo Interiors will assess your needs and be at your side as you find your style and fabric needs. Our services give you the unique opportunity to have your hand in choosing everything down to the thread color. Indigo Interiors is also available for interior design consultations to straighten out a room, or create a room from scratch to suit your needs.
Lead designer, fabricator and owner of Indigo Interiors has been sewing since the age of 13. With a family history of sewing and a deeply ingrained love of fabric, Elle creates high quality items with professional finesse and lots of love. As a current member of the Window Coverings Association of America, Elle is committed to creating window fashions of the highest caliber. With experience in education and fashion, Elle has a knack for identifying personalities and styles and truly turning houses into homes.
Indigo Interiors specializes in custom home decor, such as:
Window Treatments, Throw Pillows, Coverlets, Valances, Cornices, Cushions, Roman Shades, Fabrics and Trims, Outdoor Cushions, Outdoor Curtains, Cylindrical Pillows, Down Pillows, Specialty Fabrics, Sewing Classes, Sewing Parties
Located in Apex, NC[caption id="attachment_4953" align="alignnone" width="300"] Handmade pillows by Indigo Interiors[/caption]
As a doTERRA Wellness Advocate, I work with individuals and families to educate and empower them to use essential oils for their personal health and wellness. I chose dōTERRA because I knew I needed a way to keep my family healthy that didn’t cost me an arm and a leg. I found that option through the use of dōTERRA’s CPTG essential oils which are completely safe and 100% natural.
Take control of your health and wellness needs and become a Wellness Advocate yourself. I will personally help guide you through your own path of discovery. Together we will determine the absolute best approach to a more balanced lifestyle for you.
Find your balance naturally.