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Just Smile By the me you get this, Thanksgiving will have come and gone. You might be out fran cally shopping for Christmas gi s or other Holiday gi s. Maybe you are planning what you will be doing on New Year’s Eve. However, I ask one thing of you this Holiday Season. To really sit and think about what is important. Is it the utmost importance that “Johnny” has that purple sweater or is it important that Suzy down the street doesn’t have three meals a day? A Holiday Dinner? Suzy gets no such thing. I truly believe, that whatever you do to help someone out, whether opening the door for them, donating items to Gooodwill, dona ng food to a food bank, you will be rewarded for it. Maybe you catch that green light. Maybe you see the smile of the child in which you donated the toy. Aren’t those small things worth the me it took you to help someone? We hear it all the me. “I am too busy.” Believe me. I know. I think I say that sentence ten mes a day. But you are never too busy to smile. If that is the only thing you can give this Holiday Season, then by all means, give it out mul ple mes a day. A smile costs nothing. It doesn’t take any me. And it is worth its’ weight in gold to those that are looking for a smile. I know. I look for smiles. As I write this, we are approaching the one year mark that my Mom passed away from cancer, and I look for smiles to make my days brighter. When you slam that door in my face accidentally or cut me off in traffic, you make people like me, those that are hurting, hurt even more. So, I look for smiles. And when I get one, you can bet, in return, you will receive the greatest gi of all. A Smile. So when you think you have nothing to offer anyone or don’t have the money to help anyone, I am telling you, you are wrong. Use that pre y li le face of yours and smile at someone. It won’t cost you a penny or any of your me. Real Views. Real People. Real City. Katie Campbell Ka e@CityUnwrapped.com 704.719.0979 Disclaimer: City Unwrapped is published bi-monthly. The ar cles published in City Unwrapped do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the publisher. All ar cles are intended for informa onal purposes only, & none should serve as a subs tute for doctor’s advice & orders. Adver sers are solely responsible for the content & validity of informa on printed within their ads & are not necessarily endorsed by the publisher. Decepve or misleading adver sing is not knowingly accepted by the publisher. Adver sing is accepted with the understanding that all liability for copyright viola ons is the sole responsibility of the adver ser. All material submi ed for publica on is considered to be the sole property of the adver ser. City Unwrapped’s publishers, staff, and other persons involved in the crea on, produc on, or delivery of the newsle er (in any form) or it’s content, do not assume any liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any informa on provided in the magazine, nor shall they be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequen al, or puni ve damages arising out of the use of the publica on.

Table of Contents Seasonal

Home & Family

Winter Quotes About December & January Snowy Mason Jar Candle Cra

pg. 4 pg. 5 pg. 19

Other pg. 8 pg. 11 pg. 12

History Lesson - Civics 101 NC Fairs & Fes vals Holiday Events & Ac vi es

The Poinse a Top 5 Des na ons in Pigeon Forge Create a Strong and Pain Free Body Mimi’s Famous Chili & Farmer Deron’s Cornbread Kids Submi ed Coloring Page Coloring Page How Not to End Up in the ER With Your Pet Pet Proofing Your Home

pg. 7 pg. 14 pg. 16 pg. 21 pg. 22 pg. 23 pg. 26 pg. 27

Featured Businesses Audrey’s Holiday Decor pg. 9

Sandy Alvis Realty & ConsulƟng

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Art Glass Works

Audrey’s Fru Fru & Sassy BouƟque

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pg. 18

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“One kind word can warm three winter months.” ~ Japanese Proverb

“We grow great by dreams. All big men are dreamers. They see things in the so haze of a spring day or in the red fire of a long winter’s evening. Some of us let these great dreams die, but others nourish and protect them; nurse them through bad days ll they bring them to the sunshine and light which comes always to those who sincerely hope that their dreams will come true.” ~ Woodrow Wilson

“Winter is the season in which people try to keep the house as warm as it was in the summer, when they complained about the heat” ~ Unknown “Hot coffee and cold winter mornings are two of the best soul mates who ever did find each other.” ~Terri Guillemets

“Winter is the me of promise because there is so li le to do - or because you can now and then permit yourself the luxury of thinking so.” ~ Stanley Crawford

Brew me a cup for a winter’s night. For the wind howls loud and the furies fight; Spice it with love and s r it with care, And I’ll toast our bright eyes, my sweetheart fair.

Winter came down to our home one night Quietly piroue ng in on silvery-toed slippers of snow, And we, we were children once again.

~Minna Thomas Antrim

~ Bill Morgan, Jr.

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All About the Months of December and January December


Safe Toys and Gi s Month Opera on Santa Paws (1st - 24th) Christmas Bird Count (12/14 - 1/5)

Get Organized Month Bald Eagle Apprecia on Days No Name Calling Week (1/21 - 1/25)

December 1 - Rosa Parks Day December 7- National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day December 8 - National Chocolate Brownie Day December 9 - Hanukkah Begins December 16 - National Chocolate Covered Anything Day December 17 - National Underdog Day December 19 - National Re-Gifting Day December 20 - Go Caroling Day December 24 - National Egg Nog Day December 25 - Christmas December 26 - Kwanzaa Begins December 28 - National Card Playing Day December 31 - New Year’s Eve

January 1 - New Year’s Day January 5- National Bird Day January 8 - National English Toffee Day January 11 - Learn Your Name in Morse Code Day January 13 - Rubber Duckie Day January 14 - National Dress Up Your Pet Day January 16 - Appreciate a Dragon Day January 21 - Martin Luther King Day January 23 - National Pie Day January 27 - Holocaust Memorial Day January 28 - National Kazoo Day January 29 - Seeing Eye Dog Day January 31 - Inspire Your Heart With Art Day




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City Unwrapped would like to thank all those who stopped by our table at the Highland Creek Holiday Bazaar! It was great to meet some of our readers and even one of our Coloring Superstars, Sydney!

Special thanks goes to our sponsors: Paws & Perms and Happy Tails Pet Siƫng For dona ng two gi baskets for our raffle! Village Emporium For dona ng items to be included in our “Home” gi basket! We raffled off all three gi baskets a er the event and each basket was personally delivered!

Winner of the Cat Basket Carol - Concord, NC

Winner of the Home Basket Lavonne - CharloƩe, NC

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Winner of the Dog Basket Carey - CharloƩe, NC

The Poinsettia Nothing represents the holiday season quite like the beau ful Poinse a! With its rich, velvety bracts and vibrant green leaves, it is a bright reminder that winter has arrived. Here are a few facts and ps about the cheery flower..... FUN FACTS The Poinse a originated in Mexico, where it grows as a ten foot tall shrub. It was cul vated by the Aztecs, who made a reddish-purple dye out of the bracts and a medicine for fever. The Poinse a is named a er Joel Roberts Poinse a, first United States Ambassador to Mexico. The annual sales of Poinse as exceed the annual sales of all other po ed plants combined HOW TO CHOOSE & CARE FOR THE PERFECT FLOWER Choose a plant which has green foliage near the soil line. Look for plants with large bracts that extend over the lower green foliage. Select only plants with small ght green bu on-like flower parts in the center of the bracts. These li le bu ons will eventually develop into open flowers. Poinse as like room temperatures of between 68 - 70° F; posi on it carefully, away from droughts and heat sources. It’s important that you don’t overwater your plant or allow it to sit in standing water. Allow it to dry out slightly between watering. Mist your plant frequently during the blooming season to keep it happy. GOOD TO KNOW Contrary to popular belief, the Poinse a is not toxic to humans or your furry li le house pets. However, we recommend keeping the plants out of reach as they may cause stomach irrita on.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Winter Gardening • Add mulch. Laying two inches of organic mulch on top of the flower bed a er planting helps the ground stay moist, adds protec on against cold and weeds, and will help keep root temperatures stable. • Water in advance of a predicted freeze to help plants take up moisture before the ground is frozen. • Bring in houseplants. • Prune your shrubs and trees, paying close a en on to crossed or dead branches. • Fer lize. This is a me for garden plants to go dormant and rest. • Don’t forget to plant spring-blooming bulbs by the end of December! The soil temperature at this me of year is ideal for allowing the bulbs to develop a strong root structure through the winter.

WriƩen by Danielle Nicholson

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History Lesson - Civics 101 Part 2 We had such a good response from our readers in the last issue regarding Civics 101 we though it would be fun to give you a few more ques ons.

Ques ons 1. Who signs bills into law? 2. Who helped the Pilgrims in America? 3. What is the name of the ship that brought the Pilgrims to America? 4. Where does Congress meet? 5. What is the introduc on to the Cons tu on called? 6. Whose rights are guaranteed by the Cons tu on and the Bill of Rights? 7. Who is the Commander in Chief of the U.S. military? 8. Which President was the first Commander in Chief of the U.S. military? 9. In what month is the new President inaugurated? 10. What are the 13 original states of the U.S. called? 11. What did the Emancipa on Declara on do? 12. When was the Declara on of Independence adopted? 13. What is the basic belief of the Declara on of Independence? 14. What is the na onal anthem of the United States? 15. Who wrote the Star-Spangled Banner? 16. Where does freedom of speech come from? 17. What is a minimum vo ng age in the United States? 18. Who selects the Supreme Court jus ce? 19. How many Supreme Court jus ce are there? 20. Why did the Pilgrims come to America? 21. What is the head execu ve of a state government called? 22. What is the head execu ve of a city government called? 23. What holiday was celebrated for the first me by the Americans colonists? 24. What are the du es of the Supreme Court?

Answers 1. The President 2. The American-Indians (Na ve Americans) 3. The Mayflower 4. In the Capitol in Washington, D.C. 5. The Preamble 6. Everyone (ci zens and non-ci zens) living in U.S. 7. The President 8. George Washington 9. January 10. Colonies 11. Freed many slaves 12. July 4, 1776 13. That all men are created equal 14. The Star-Spangled Banner 15. Francis Sco Key 16. The Bill of Rights 17. Eighteen (18) 18. Appointed by the President 19. Nine (9) 20. For religious freedom 21. Governor 22. Mayor 23. Thanksgiving 24. To interpret laws





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No Time Like the Present.... There is no me like the present to buy a gi or two for your baby, your friends, your sister, your mother, or even yourself! Walk down Union Street in Concord, NC and you will get to walk by three shops where you will be able to find that perfect gi for everyone on your list, including a li le something for yourself and even your home. Audrey’s Once Upon a Time, Fru Fru & Sassy, and Holiday Decor have unique, eclec c items you won’t find anywhere else. The inventory is constantly changing and you will always be surprised at the great prices and friendly service. Shop locally!

Audrey’s Fru Fru and Sassy Boutique

Audrey’s Once Upon a Time Boutique

Audrey’s Holiday Décor

46 Union Street South Concord, NC 28025 704-786-7277

12 Union Street South Concord, NC 28025 704-723-4099

8 Union Street South Concord, NC 28025 704-782-0520

At Audrey’s Fru Fru and Sassy Bou que you will find one of most eclec c and unique gi shops around. Filled with whimsical gi ideas, home decor, jewelry, accessories, and so much more.

Audrey’s Once Upon a Time Bou que is a children’s bou que at its finest. Carrying brand names like Cache Cache and Oopsy Daisy Baby. This is the only children’s bou que you need.

You will never worry about where to shop for holiday décor a er visi ng Audrey’s Holiday Décor. From season to season, holiday to holiday, Audrey’s Holiday Décor has it all.

Around every turn, every corner, you will find something you didn’t expect, something out of the ordinary, something that just yells “Take me home!” Be prepared to spend a li le me in Audrey’s Fru Fru and Sassy Bou que. You will be surprised at the eclec c blend of home decor and furnishings, lamps, mirrors, wall decor, and pillows. Don’t forget to check out the large selec on of purses, accessories, shoes, and fun gi ideas!

In addi on to finding all the styles and sizes you are looking for, you will also find one of a kind pieces, whimsical and prac cal gi s, accessories, and necessi es like socks, shoes, diaper bags and more. Look for hand painted furniture, lamps, bedding, and unique floor coverings.

Audrey’s Holiday Décor is stocked with Christmas décor, Spring items, and garden items. Goblets, wreaths, jewelry, and Christmas items adorn Audrey’s Holiday Décor shop.

Audrey’s Once Upon a Time Bou que also offers the perfect Tea Birthday Par es for the li le princess in your life.

Christmas decor includes wreaths, stockings, na vity scenes, gingerbread houses and ornaments. Their selec on of ornaments includes fun, fanciful ornaments, blown polish glass ornaments, and more.

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Holiday Events and Activities Christmas at the Billy Graham Library

First Footin’Hike and Luncheon at Rural Hill

Where: Billy Graham Library When: December 1 - December 22, Hours vary Cost: Parking is 10.00 a er 3:00pm More informa on www.BillyGrahamLibrary.org Live Na vity scene, carriage rides, carolers, story telling, animals, shopping and more.

Where: Rural Hill When: January 1st, 2013 Cost: Free *While the event is free, bring something for the luncheon. More informa on www.RuralHill.net Fairly vigorous hike around the farm’s 5k trail network, stopping along the way to discuss history and folklore. If unable to do the walk, please come anyway. It’s a great me for fellowship around the farm.

Christmas Dinner Thursdays were added in 2012 (addi onal cost).

Make Your Home Green Space

An Afternoon of Holiday Cheer

Where: Where: Compost Central Raffaldini Vineyards When: When: January 12, 2013 9:00 am - 11:00 am Sunday December 16th 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Cost: Cost: Free, but only 20 spots available Free, but you need to RSVP at www.Raffaldini.com More informa on at www.charmeck.org/mecklenburg/county/SolidCarol along with the Raffaldini Chorus. Light refreshments, shopping, Waste/homecompos ng/Pages/Workshops.aspx and a 3PM visit from the Italian Christmas character, La Befana. This Learn to use natural alterna ves to toxic household cleaners (cleaners, mys cal woman will read her story fireside. pes cides, etc.). Par cipants take home a booklet on toxicity reduc on.

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Carolina Chocolate FesĆ&#x;val 2/2/2012 Morehead City, NC Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm Chocolate Vendors galore! Wall to wall chocolate cakes and tortes to chocolate bars and ice cream, the event oers more than a sampling of everything chocolate. Join in the fun of the hourly pudding ea ng contest! www.CarolinaChocolateFes val.com

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Colonial Christmas CelebraĆ&#x;on 12/29/2012 - 12/30/2012 Granite Quary, NC Tours of the Old Stone historic house and the reenactment of a colonial family’s Christmas celebra on in Rowan County will highlight the weekend. Guides in period costumes will be on site, and guests will enjoy learning about customs and par cipa ng in cra s, musket firing, woodworking (benches, bowls & spoons), weaving, candle making, open fire cooking with lots of samples, music, children’s games, blacksmithing, and more. www.rowanmuseum.org

Join us for a day of fun, fashion, food, and shopping!

Saturday Feb. 2nd 10:00am - 4:00pm

At University City United Methodist Church For Teens & Moms (Ages 11+) Doors open at 9:00am; Registration begins Nov. 1st With special guest:

Shari Braendel Conference speaker and author of Good Girls don’t have to Dress Bad. For more information about Shari visit: www.fashionmeetsfaith.com

Advance Tickets with lunch: $20 Groups of 20 or more $18

Contact Megan Leap, mleap@ucumc.org or 704-369-8014


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Greensboro Super Flea Market 12/15/2012 - 12/16/2012 Greensboro, NC The Super Flea Market abounds with New and Used Merchandise, Collec bles, An ques, Cra s, Vintage, Costume, An que, and New Jewelry, Primi ves, Home DÊcor, Glassware, Clothing, Furniture, Steins, Upscale AND Just Plain Stu. h p://www.superflea.com/

Handbags — Makeup Consultation — Hair Consultation — T-shirts —

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North Carolina Fairs & Festivals

The Italian Kitchen Cooking DemonstraĆ&#x;on 1/27/2013 Raaldini Winery Ronda, NC Learn the secrets of the Italian Kitchen! An a ernoon of food and wine as we invite local Whole Foods Chef Kevin Fisher as he prepares a tradi onal Italian Winter soup for you to sample! Take home a recipe card at the end of the day to recreate the experience at home! www.raaldini.com

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704 704-301-5161 sandyalvis@alvissighting.com www.alvissighting.com SMALL FIRM, BIG RESULTS We at Sandy Alvis Realty & Consulting concentrate on turn-key solutions for you that minimize your time, expense and hassles, rather than sales and volume. Our approach combines professional skills with a sincere passion for the service we provide and the community we represent. We are dedicated to provide you the highest standards of client care, aiming to make your realty experience a pleasant, peaceful and profitable one. Integrity is a core value of our company. This means doing what is right, and never compromising our relationship.

Unlock the Possibilities . . . “There are many adjectives you could use to describe Sandy Alvis. Our two favorites are professionalism and a good friend.� Gail and Jim Sandy Alvis Owner - Broker 704-301-5161 sandyalvis@alvissighting.com www.alvissighting.com www.CityUnwrapped.com | December 2012/January 2013 | Page 12

Phone: 704-301-5161 sandyalvis@alvissighƟng.com

SEASON’S GREETINGS Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Best Wishes for 2013! This is the season of hope and giving. We believe the true act of giving has no boundaries. Generosity is to give something outside of yourself whether it is convenient or not. Remember, everything we have is a gi .

If you are thinking about buying or selling in 2013, you may have many ques ons. We will meet face-to-face to review and understand your needs, address the market condi ons, provide answers to your quesons and develop a custom plan for you.

I have 16 years of experience in real estate of my 30 years in business, educa on and counseling. Together, we will build a truthful, respec ul, and professional rela onship.

Hope you will be “SOLD” on us in the new year!

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Top 5 “Do Not Miss” Locations in Pigeon Forge, TN “II ffound ound ou nd dP Pigeon ig geo eon Forge Forg Fo ge to t b bee tth the he p perf pe perfect erf rfec fec ectt co comb combination m inat mb inat in atio ion io n off eentertainment ntteerrtain nter tainme ta ment me n a nt and n rrelaxation: nd elax el axat atio ion: n b n: beeetwee tw twee een n th he q qu aiint nt ccabin ab bin in rrentals, en nta als ls, th thri rill ri ill llin ing in ng ro roll lller er ccoasters oastterrs off D olly ol ly ywo w od da nd dd in nn neer sh sshows how o s ow tween the quaint thrilling roller Dollywood and dinner offering amusement and mouth watering Pigeon has proven bee th offe of feri riing n a m se mu seme ment me ntt a nd dm ou uth hw atter ater erin in ing ng ea eats ts – P igeo ig igeo on Forge Fo F org ge ha as p pr rov ven n iitself tssel e f to t b the he p pe perfect rfec rf fec ectt fa fami family m ly mi yv vacation acat ac atio ion n de dest destination, stin inat atio at ion, n, n no o ma matt matter tter tt ter w what hat yo hat ha you’ you’re ou’ u’re re llooking oo okiing ng ffor!” o !” or !” Jenn Je nn Q Quillen, uill ui llen ll en,, Happ en H Ha HappyTravels.com app ppyT yT yTra Tra rave vels ve ls.c .com om

It’s that me of the year again! Snow birds heading south and families gathering for vaca ons and whirlwind holiday extravaganzas. While snow may fall in much of the U.S. all winter long, there is s ll plenty of me to take advantage of lots of things Pigeon Forge, Tennessee has to offer. Home of some of the nicest southern people you will ever meet and smack dab the middle of the Smokey Mountains. This past October I had an opportunity to head out to Pigeon Forge to enjoy one of the last “warmer” weekends of the year and truly get a sense of what this bright and budding community can offer year round. Out of all the vaca on des na ons I have had in my life, none could hold a candle to the natural beauty and amazing views si ng on the back porch of cabin nestled in the woods. With that in mind, here are some fantas c places to visit while heading out to experience one of the best places the U.S. has to offer. Titanic Museum Cabin Fever VacaƟons www.Ɵtanicpigeonforge.com www.cabinfevervaca ons.com A long me ago I started ren ng houses and condos on my beach vaca ons and will never look back to a one bedroom cell we call a hotel room. A vaca on is not a vaca on when you are a stones throw away from your two youngest children and keeping on the TV past 8 will make them unbearable in the morning. Cabin Fever Vaca ons has a variety of cabins that are nestled in some of the most spectacular views in the United States. Star ng with one bedroom roman c getaway cabins to full scale 8 bedroom and 34 sleeping “Bring the whole family” joints, Cabin Fever Vaca ons have them all. In addi on, you can rent by ameni es that include hot tubs, theaters and indoor pools. You would think that with all the extras the price would be incomparable to hotels, but that just isn’t the case. You can search the specials and specific cabin rates by heading to their website and inpu ng your visit mes, or giving them a call at 1-866-212-2246. www.CityUnwrapped.com | December 2012/January 2013 | Page 14

Museums are not always the first thought to visit, specifically on a vaca on des na on. It’s hard to not think of learning as something you do in school, but with a subject as interes ng as the Titanic tragedy combined with the a en on to detail and modern technology that make this par cular museum so unique, Pigeon Forge truly has something special to brag about. Walking through room a er room of original ar facts will not only blow your mind, but have you ques oning how en re plates and cups could survive the wreckage with not so much as a chip. Even more than that, the Titanic Museum manages to share story a er story with you and the specific fates of its passengers, drawing you into their lives for just a moment. Near the end of your journey you will have an opportunity to touch an iceberg and reach your hand into the same temperature water where so many perished that day. The lengths that this museum went to preserve such an important part of history is astounding and well worth the visit.

Dollywood www.dollywood.com I know what you are thinking. Why would I go all the way to Pigeon Forge to make a stop at a theme park? My answer is that it isn’t just a theme park. With its many shady spots, down home cooking, cra ing shops, and lively shows, you can see a true touch of Dolly herself in your day. And with the first ever winged roller coaster making its home at Dollywood, you can exchange your relaxing day to a full on thrill ride in a ma er of minutes. Thankfully the day doesn’t have to end when you leave Dollywood either. “Pigeon Forge is the absolute definition of southern hospitality.” Candace Reid, SerendipityMommy.com

Dixie Stampede, just minutes away, offers a fun and family dinner show sure to please adults and kids alike. The preshow will have you cracking up and tossing back orange drinks and popcorn, while the dinner show will surprise you with doing what mom would never let you do…eat with your hands! To visit Pigeon Forge and not visit Dollywood would be like going to New Orleans and skipping the beignet. Climb Works www.climbworks.com

You too can get a whole new view of Pigeon Forge by taking your feet off the ground and se ng your sites on the trees. What am I talking about? Ziplining of course! Before you shake your head with the “I don’t think I could do that,” I assure you that you can…and you should. The first me I went zip lining, and I am as safe as they come, I thought I would NEVER get up the pla orm to willingly jump. But I did manage to do just that (it was do it or face the laughter of the other people on my tour). Even though every single pla orm had me re-asking the guides “Are you SURE I am not going to die?”, I have went me and me again in different loca ons around the country. Every me I feel the same thrill of adventure and fear of the unknown and every me I get that full sense of accomplishment and excitement of a job well done. Ziplining is very safe and at Climb Works you get experienced guides that take you step by step through its 9 zips. They have packages for groups and you can even book out night zips! This is a DO NOT miss adventure.

“Many places offer family fun – but only Pigeon Forge delivers it with such amazing, heartfelt hospitality.” Kenda Smith, RemakingJuneCleaver.com Lumberjack Feud www.lumberjackfeud.com No ma er what you do in Pigeon Forge you will eventually need to eat. But ea ng does not mean your family fun has to stop. Make sure out of all the shows that are on the main strip through the town, that you take me to visit the burly lumberjack show that is not only impressive from an athletic standpoint, but provides mile a minute audience par cipa on and a few great belly laughs. Moms, think this show is not for you? Think again! Spirited compe on, dog tricks, and plenty of opportuni es for your kids to get involved in the show will make sure that you want to come back and recommend to everyone you know heading out to the area. ArƟcle WriƩen By: Trisha Haas Professional Mom Blogger at: www.MomDot.com

ArƟcle Photos From: Brandy Arnold Professional Photographer at: www.NotSoAverageMama.com www.CityUnwrapped.com | December 2012/January 2013 | Pg 15

Create a Pain Free and Strong Body Crys Roeder, Certified Pilates Instructor and Co-Owner of Dancing Moon Pilates

It seems that I run across people complaining of knee pain, shoulder pain, or neck and back pain more than ever these days. When I start to examine the cause it usually stems from improper alignment while doing exercises or day to day activities. My goal as a Pilates Instructor is to teach individuals how to correct and prevent pain or to keep it from happening at all.

Sitting Straight Does Make a Difference With all the time we spend on the computer, in our cars, sitting behind a desk, etc. we need to start paying attention to how our bodies are working while doing those routine tasks. I find most people slump over their computers or steering wheels and settle their bodies into a place that causes undue stress Incorrect Posture on the back, neck and shoulders. Just making a few adjustments to how we sit can help build a stronger foundation and take the pressure off these areas. While sitting in a chair take note where the torso aligns over the hips and sitz bones. If the tail bone is tucked under your body and the frame of the torso (back ribcage) is behind the hips you are putting too much stress on the lumbar spine and the internal organs. This pressure over time will cause a weakened core and create poor posture as well as low back pain. Just sitting up taller and opening the tail bone to the back of the chair will bring the torso more in line to sit on the frame of the pelvis and hips which creates more stability. Also don’t forget to activate the internal core muscles to help strengthen the back as well. Correct Posture When our mothers told us to stop slouching and sit up straight we should have listened!

Be Aware Of Your Shoulders Next, when sitting while working or eating we tend to slump over and round the shoulders and upper back which again will put undue pressure on the neck and upper back. This poor posture will literally be a pain in the neck if not corrected. Instead of rounding the upper body, sit tall with an open tail bone and hinge forward through the hip crease to lean towards the desk or table.

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Always think shoulders back and down (I know it sounds funny but I tell my clients “heavy armpits, shoulders loose” and it works!) Just being aware of where our bodies are sitting will make a huge difference in how we feel at the end of the day. At first this may be hard to remember but stick with it!

Proper Alignment During Exercise is Key Of course the way we exercise can cause just as many issues if we do not think about where our bodies are lined up. These days of the ‘extreme’ boot camps and fast paced routines we do not allow ourselves to make sure we align our neck, knees, and shoulders in the right place. One of the most common positions I see executed poorly is the all 4 balance and plank position. To set up properly in the all 4 position make sure that your wrists line up under your shoulders and knees line up under the hips. Have someone help spot you a few times so that you start to “feel” the Improper form - rounded back, correct position. Most wrong placement of knees and wrist, people line up where head is lowered. it is comfortable not necessarily in the correct place. Having the arms and knees in the proper place creates a strong base that will help to stabilize the body better when you balance or come into plank. Keep the head in line with the spine and soften through the shoulders and upper back. I see numerous people that round too much here and keep their head either too high or too low which puts too much pressure on the neck. If you can, have someone place a foam roller or yard stick lined up down your spine running from the Stronger Foundation back of the head to the tail bone making sure all parts of the back and head touch the roller. Once the body is positioned correctly you have created a strong base ready for anything!

Remember, take care of your body, it’s the only one you get!

Need A Little Individual Attention? Are you looking for help getting your fitness plan back on track? Not sure where to start? Come see us at Dancing Moon Pilates and we will put together a plan that fits your needs. Now is the perfect time to get started.

New Client Special! We are offering an introductory special of 3 private sessions for $90.00 (regularly $180.00) New clients only! Together we can develop a fitness routine that will help you reach your goal. Gift certificates are available. 704.641.0455 or 516.835.2560 15905 Brookway Drive, Suite 4210 Huntersville, NC 28078 www.dancingmoonpilates.com

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Unique Home Decor and Gift Items at Art Glass Works Traditional Stained Glass:

Glass Art Projects:

~ Windows ~ Doors ~ Glass Panels

~ Lamps ~ Sculptures ~ Candle boxes ~ Ornaments

Layered Glass Projects

Mosaic classes are also offered including: Mosaic Stepping Stone Mosaic on Clear Glass Mosaic on Wood Mosaic for Children

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Snowy Mason Jar Winter Candle CraŌ This is a super easy cra even for the non-cra y! Decorate your mason jar in any way you want. Be crea ve! What You Will Need: * Mason Jars * Glue Gun * Twine, Jute, or Ribbon * Sparkle Spray * Bells, Brads, S ckers, Rhinestones * Epsom Salt * Candles (real or ba ery operated) First, outside, spray the twine with Sparkle Spray to give it a “glistening” look. Then, wrap the twine around the mouth of the mason jar, gluing parts of it to the jar. Glue bells and s ckers and rhinestones (that can be found in the “scrapbooking” sec on of your local cra store) to the twine. You can use any decora ons you like to ‘fancify’ your mason jar! Once all the glue dries, add your snow (Epsom Salt) and candles. And Voila! You now have Snowy Mason Jar Candles!

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Great Finds in Concord, NC

Find unique gi items at Audrey’s Fru Fru & Sassy Bou que. Cute socks, scarves, jewelry, shoes, home decor and more. There is always something new around every corner. Unique gi s for men too!

Adorable children’s items at Audrey’s Once Upon a Time Bou que. New Baby gi s, shoes, clothing, decor, toys, games, and more. The cutest children’s winter hats around!

You will not find more holiday decor in any store! Audrey’s Holiday Decor Shop has hundreds of Christmas ornaments, Christmas decor, including wreaths, ribbon, dishware, and more. But it’s not just Christmas Decor! If it’s a holiday or season, that decor can be found here!

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Audrey’s Fru Fru and Sassy Boutique 46 Union Street South Concord, NC 28025 704-786-7277

Audrey’s Once Upon a Time Boutique 12 Union Street South Concord, NC 28025 704-723-4099

Audrey’s Holiday Décor 8 Union Street South Concord, NC 28025 704-782-0520

Mimi’s Famous Chili and Farmer Deron’s Cornbread Recipes Mimi’s Famous Chili Easy Chili Recipe, Tastes Great!


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1 - 1.5lbs Ground Chuck (2) Celery stalks, chopped (1) Small Onion Chopped (1) Can Rotel Diced Tomato’s with Green Chilis (2) Large Cans Bush’s Chili Beans (1) Small Can Pinto Beans, washed & drained (1) Small Can Tomato Sauce 1 - 1.5 TBS Chili Powder 2 TSP Cumin Dash or Two of Cayenne or Red Pepper Sauce - The more you add, the spicier it gets! DirecƟons 1. Brown Ground Beef, drain 2. Add seasonings - Cook on low to make sure the meat has absorbed them. 3. Add all ingredients to a large sauce pan or crock pot and cook un l warm. Serve!

Farmer Deron’s Cornbread Yummy Cornbread!

Gr Jal eat A ep en ltern o C at (1)box Jiffy cornbread mix orn ive bre to (2) TBSP bu er ad (1) bunch of green onions, finely chopped ! Ingredients

(1) egg, beaten (1/2) cup milk (1) cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese DirecƟons 1. Preheat oven to 400 2. Grease an 8x8 glass or metal dish. 3. In a small skillet, melt bu er and cook green onion un l tender. 4. Pour Jiffy mix into a large bowl, adding the milk and beaten egg. S r in the green onions and cheese. S r un l ba er is mixed well. 5. Place mixture into greased dish and put in oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Serve! Submi ed by Danielle N. of Charlo e

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Coloring Super Stars! Thank you for submitting your coloring pages from the October/November issue! We can’t wait to see your pictures from the December/January issue!

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Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow!

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Paws & Perms Pet Salon Maggie Sniffs out the Best Deals For the Fashion-Forward pup, there is never such a thing as too many sweaters and Maggie’s nose tells her to look for a great deal on sweaters! Maggie models the Purple Chenille Sweater and realizes she may need to cut down on the kibble, but at a 50% discount, this deal can’t be beat! For a more fes ve look, Maggie models the Light Green Colored Ball sweater as this season her social calendar is full of holiday par es. www.CityUnwrapped.com | December 2012/January 2013 | Page 24

You can find all these items and more at Paws & Perms Pet Salon! Stocked with clothing, accessories, jewelry, and even treats, don’t forget to shop for your favorite pet at Paws & Perms Pet Salon this Holiday Season and beyond! Paws & Perms 13010 Eas ield Rd. Huntersville, NC 28078 704.947.2263

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How Not to End Up in the ER with Your Pets I’ve spent the majority of my career as a veterinarian working in the ER, thereby making me somewhat of an expert on Holiday Mayhem involving pets. So lets take a tour of the Veterinary Hospital on a typical Holiday. Warning-you’re in for a long wait, there is only one doctor per shi ! Let’s start at the recep on desk, you’ll need to sign in. The lovely recep onist hands you paperwork while answering the phone “No, sir, one M&M will not cause your 100lb Labrador to seizure.” Lesson #1 Chocolate toxicity is related to how dark the chocolate is and how much the pet eats. So if your 5lb Chihuahua just ate a 1lb bar of dark chocolate, you can come on down… you are the next contestant on “Let’s make dogs vomit and monitor them for seizures”. While we are here let’s discuss other holiday toxins: Mistletoe, raisins and grapes, macadamia nuts, xylitol (found in sugar free gum), onions, human medica ons (Tylenol, in cats) and unbaked bread dough. Keep your vets number and the ASPCA poison control number (888) 426-4435 handy. There is a fee for the ASPCA call, but it is free if you pay your registra on on your Home Again Micro Chip. Lesson #2 Calling a veterinarian is free! There are many ques ons we can answer for you on the phone, especially if we are your regular veterinarian and know your pet. Beware of ‘Doctor Google,’ he has no creden als. Back at the ER, the next call comes in. Our recep onist answers the caller, ”Yes, if your cat is crying out in the li er box, it needs to come in now. “ Lesson #3 Cats that can’t pee are in pain, and if they are blocked, it will ruin their kidneys. Feline cys s is a condi on of the bladder that ranges from being painful to having crystals. It is triggered by stress. For more info on what stresses a cat go to ndoorpet.osu.edu. This is also not the me to switch your cat off the prescrip on diet. It is not nearly as expensive as a trip to the ER. Lesson #4 No ribbons, or nsel for the ki y’s! It wouldn’t be a celebra on at the ER without at least one “foreign body” which is anything in the intes nes that doesn’t belong there. String, ribbon, nsel and fabric are the worst! They anchor themselves in the stomach while the intes nes try to move the long part through. This causes the intes nes to bunch up like a hair scrunchie from the 90’s. If not found in me it results in mul ple lacera ons of the intes ne which can be fatal. I love to relive the list of everything I have recovered from intes nal surgery…but that children is another story. Lesson #5 Our pets are happy to have us home, they do not need extra treats. We will of course see plenty of vomi ng. Most o en due to dietary indiscre on that can range from Grandma giving a li le treat, to Max ea ng an en re Turkey ala Christmas story. Some of these friends just need an injec on for nausea, but some need to stay due to dehydra on. There are about a million causes of vomi ng that can also just come up during the holiday. But the most important lesson of all is we are very lucky to live in an area where there is always a veterinarian at your disposal. You can call you regular vet during office hours and the emergency clinic Carolina Veterinary Specialists if it is a er hours 704-949-1100.

WriƩen by Betsie Condon, owner and Veterinarian at Highlands Pet Hospital (704)464-4463 bcondon@highlandspethospital.com

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Pet Proofing Your Home for the Holidays You want to keep your en re family safe this holiday and that includes your cherished pets. Each holiday season, Americans buy approximately 70 million poinse as. Many pet owners would be surprised to learn, however, that poinse as may be dangerous to their pet’s health. To help you keep your pets safe this holiday season, Ramon & Dee Dee Constante, Charlo e owners of DoodyCalls, offers pet owners the following ps. Keep chocolate away from your pets. Many dogs are a racted to the taste and smell of chocolate. Unfortunately, chocolate is poisonous to dogs and can cause vomi ng, diarrhea, and even death. Just 4-5 ounces of chocolate can be toxic to dogs and cats. Use nsel and ribbons sparingly or not at all. While nsel no longer contains dangerous lead, it can s ll be hazardous to your pet’s health. If ingested, nsel and ribbons can cause severe intes nal blockages in dogs and cats. Some fruits and nuts may be dangerous. Macadamia nuts affect the diges ve, nervous, and muscle systems of dogs. Grapes and raisins are very high in iron and may overload your dog’s kidneys. Damage caused from ea ng raisins is permanent and may even be fatal. Holiday plants can be hazardous to your pet’s health. The same plants and flowers that bring holiday cheer to our homes may also present a health hazard to our pets. Holly leaves and berries may cause stomach problems and possibly death. Mistletoe may cause a heart a ack. Hibiscus may cause diarrhea and Poinse as may cause your pet’s mouth and stomach to blister. Make sure to keep these plants out of your dog’s reach.

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Holiday tree water may be toxic. Don’t let your dog drink the water that feeds your Christmas tree. Water mixed with pinesap is toxic for your pet to drink. Tree water may also contain addi ves, preserva ves and fer lizers that are hazardous to your pet’s health. Keep alcohol away from your pets. Place una ended alcoholic drinks out of the reach of pets. Animals that drink alcohol can become very weak and even die. Don’t hesitate to call for help. If you suspect that your pet has eaten something toxic, call your veterinarian and/or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center’s 24-hour emergency hotline at 1-888-4-ANI-HELP. “Pet Proofing Your Home for the Holidays,” is provided by DoodyCalls of Charlo e. DoodyCalls’ carefully selected pet waste removal specialists clean up a er many thousands of dogs each week. Pet owners may reach DoodyCalls online at www.DoodyCalls.com or by calling 1.800.DoodyCalls (366.3922) to reach the loca on nearest to them.

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