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Founder, Editor-in Chief of High Country Mom Squad

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10/16/10 Getting to the Pointe: Taking Adult Ballet Lessons

“How great would it be if I got back up on the stage, dancing the ballet with my daughters?” I thought. So I did it! I decided to get my feet wet in an adult tap class. It was fun and laid back. Perfect! Soon after, I joined the adult ballet and adult hip hop workout classes as well. Read More…

11-12/09  30 Days of Cozi

It never gets busier for families than the time between Thanksgiving and New Years. Before you’ve even finished cleaning up the turkey leftovers, there are endless lists to be made, gifts to be bought, invitations to be sent and replied to, meals to plan, and multiple obligations to keep track of. Read More…

9/30/09  Hubspot: Can Companies Engage Independent Bloggers

If you’re launching a new product — or even just putting new energy into an old product — the holy grail of marketing is a hearty endorsement from a popular independent blogger.  But how do you do that? What can you as a marketer do to get bloggers talking about your product?

In the video below, Sarah Pinnix (@RealLifeSarah on Twitter), a popular and prolific independent blogger based in Boone, NC, explains.  Read more and watch video…

2/9/09 My Wooden Spoon The Perfect Sweet Potato Fries
My favorite local restaurant serves the most incredible sweet potato fries! Since my husband and I have a hobby of trying to recreate our favorite restaurant meals, we did just that with the sweet potato fries. We sliced them up and threw them in the fryer, and the resulting culinary disaster ended with soggy orange stringy-things in the trash can of our kitchen.

1/20/09 Modern Media Mom
The Do’s and Don’ts of Connecting with your Teens on Facebook
A few weeks ago, I sat down with teenage techie Jordan Drake,19, who broadcasts a podcast on technology, as well as a live call-in radio show and website, called Digital Life Radio. Since Jordan scored his first job (and a Macbook Pro) from Rush Limbaugh when was 16, he’s been working professionally helping people make technology work for them.

2/13/09 Watauga Democrat Inaguration: A Teaching Moment
When Tiffany Christian’s son was in kindergarten four years ago, students were asked to dress up as what they wanted to be when they grew up. R.J., now 9, wanted to be the president at the time, so he wore a suit and went to school in all his presidential splendor.

11/08 explore… the appalachian mountains If the Weather Outside is Frightful
There is no shortage of outdoor winter activities here in the North Carolina High Country. But after your family has snow skied, snowboarded, sledded, and skated your hearts out, you may be ready for some nice, warm, indoor fun! So grab a cup of hot chocolate, shed your scarves and gloves, and come inside to enjoy a few moments of frost-free family bonding.

10/15/08 Moms in the Right A Conservative on Healthcare
In true Capitalist spirit, I wish I had a nickel for every time I heard this question, “If conservatives are so concerned about abortion, why don’t they care about poor children without health care and the chronically ill who will die without care?

High Country Mom Squad

5/04/09 Watauga Democrat: Mom’s Night Out Comes to Boone

Boone-area mothers are getting royal treatment as an advance on Mother’s Day.

A local event is planned for May 7 as part of a national celebration of motherhood, part of numerous Web sites, broadcasts, and activities in both the virtual and the real worlds to share the joys of motherhood.

Sarah Pinnix of Fleetwood is co-hosting the event at the Broyhill Inn & Convention Center. She is the founder of High Country Mom Squad, which is also connected to the “Mom’s Nite Out” celebration. Read More…

7/6/09 Watauga Democrat: Mom’s Groups Keep Growing

“I founded the mom squad community because the area lacked a central place to find information,” said creator and owner, Sarah Pinnix. “I wanted to create a central location for coupons, specials, contest and highlight the ‘best of’ the High Country for families and children.”

The Mom Squad has 12 regular writers, with some contributing weekly, others monthly.

The site is updated almost daily. The site features reviews of restaurants, special family events listings, recipes and product reviews. Visitors to the site are welcome to post comments. Read More…

1/12/09 Watauga Democrat: A Wii Bit of Exercise
Pinnix is one of four founders of Wii Fit Mommies, but what makes her workout group special is that her partners are scattered across the country: Julie Maloney in South Carolina, Cynthia Werry in California and Jenn Hethcoat in Kansas.

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