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Invitation to free new website that helps moms better manage their kids? group activities
Hello Mommies,

I am a fellow member of the Mommies Network and the creator of a new website called 

Podanize, which helps moms, dads and group leaders better organize their kids'

group activities (e.g. soccer, scouts, school classes, etc.)

Kids today are overscheduled, and keeping up is a challenge:  

? What day did I volunteer at school to go read with the kids? 

? Who is driving to the scout meeting? 

? When am I signed up to bring the team's snacks?  

These are just a few of the many little details that busy parents have to keep straight.  

Try as we might, something inevitably falls through the cracks.  We all need a little help 

to stay organized. 

I?d like to invite you to join our brand new website.  To join, just go to http:// and click Get Started to create a "Pod" for any real-world group, or 

even just your family for now. You can create a Pod if you?re a group leader or a group 

member. It?s quick, easy and free.  Then "get your Pod going" by adding discussions 

or events, and inviting others to join your Pod.  Podanize can also be accessed via a 

mobile browser, and our mobile app will be available in late 2013. 

Our mission at Podanize is to help ease the stress that comes with keeping our 

kids active and involved.  To this end, we welcome any feedback you have.  Podanize 

is for you and is built to get better over time by adding your suggestions ? I?d love 

to hear from you. Also, if you know of other moms (or dads) who might benefit from 

Podanize, please share this with them.

Podanize is ideal for all extra-curricular activities: soccer, little league, playgroups, scout 

troops, swim teams, theater groups, school classes, PTA, etc. The list is endless and 

includes anything with a need for ongoing communication and coordination.

Again, just go to to get started.


Nikki Sacks

Co-Founder of Podanize

Sponsors Spot : Laura Matthews Photography

The lifestyle session that really hits home.

Think of your favorite pictures as a child... which ones are they? Are they the posed portraits from the department store or the ones with you laughing in your parents arms or on your grandpa?s shoulders? Maybe the one playing pony on your dog's back? Mine are hands-down the later.

As a portrait photographer, I have learned to pose families or guide them into situations to create beautiful, genuine images. Photography is such a personal craft. It is not about the camera, or even the settings chosen, but the photographer's eye and decisions on what to shoot at the given moment. Capturing the most genuine moments of your life and IN your life makes any photographer swoon!

When I first started honing my craft, I was shooting my son and dogs in our home and would play with the natural light coming through the windows. Those images are natural, organic, and speak to me in a way no others do. I think that?s why I have come to adore the in-home family session. Parks and scenery are gorgeous, but nothing is more personal than allowing your photographer to capture your family in the comfortable surroundings of your home during a lifestyle session.

Lifestyle sessions are perfect for newborns and small children. New parents don't have to worry about packing up a newborn and coming to the studio. Photographers don't have to make children nervous with camera equipment, a strange place, or worry about the weather! We can interact with your child on their turf, in their rooms, playrooms, and family areas. In turn, you get a stress-free session!

In a few instances, some of my clients have been concerned about their homes and space. Not to worry, you don't have to have a huge abode or a decorator's retreat. Your family in YOUR element is what's important. As long as you have a few windows and doors to let the natural light in, a lifestyle session is totally do-able! The focus is on the love of your family and that in itself is a masterpiece.

There are a number of ways to make a lifestyle session uniquely you! Infusing your family's personality and hobbies into your session is perfect! If you have preschool-aged to older kids, pull out some board games and let's capture the fun! Like to cook? Get everyone involved in the kitchen. Or, we can make it simple and just play in the backyard with the family dog. Whatever you choose, you can rest assured the focus will be directly on what?s most important, the love of your family.

Laura Matthews is a lifestyle and wedding photographer serving the Glen Allen, VA and surrounding areas. To learn more about in-home lifestyle photography or to book a session with Laura, email

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Great for Kids..... Great for Pets...... Bad for Mosquitoes, Ticks, Spiders and Fleas!

No more bug repellent on the kids?

no more citronella torches or candles? just mosquito free outdoor living.

We start by identifying and treating the mosquito habitat around your home, dramatically reducing the population. Then, we locate the areas where mosquitoes hide as they wait for their next victim. We apply a light mist of a very mild insecticide formulated to repel mosquitoes for the next three weeks. We return once every three weeks throughout mosquito season to reapply our Barrier Spray Program solution.

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