Family Fun With Gold Mining in NC – Reed Mining

New series starting here at One Moms World. NC has so much to offer from the mountains of NC all the way to the beaches of NC. My family is going on location to different areas in NC to provide a real family fun review and recommend places that you can visit all across the beautiful State of NC. This week we take a trip to Visit Cabarrus County.

We loaded up the family and took a road trip to Cabarrus County which is where racing begins. Before heading to the big race of the year Coca Cola 600, we took a little side road and headed over to Midland, NC to visit the Reed Mine. It was time to get our hands dirty and find some gold. The girls kept asking lots of questions on the drive over, because they were just so confused why we would go hunt gold. I have realized, I must have sheltered my girls a little too much. Never fear, once I said we were going to look through all kinds of rocks, L’s ears perked up and she was counting down the minutes till we got there.

The girls did not realize, that you first get the opportunity to go underground before doing the actual mining. You see back in the 1700’s, a twelve year old boy named Conrad Reed made the first documented discovery of gold right there at the Reed Mine. For three years though, the 17 pound rock just served as a door step until they finally took the rock to a silversmith. The silversmith could not identify the rock and the Reed’s finally made it into the big city to a jeweler. The jeweler said name your price as they found out it was gold. $3.50 was the quoted price. The Reed’s were cheated as the gold was worth about $75,000 in today’s prices. The jeweler eventually did give the Reed’s $1,000 more. All of this is detailed in the great museum at Reed’s Mine and the Underground Tour. The girls were very hesitant at first to go into the underground area, but alas we had fun and was soon off to do a little mining to see if we could find gold.


Did we find gold? Watch and see what indeed we did find!

As you can see, it was a lot of fun for the whole family and let’s you escape to the yesteryears with your kids. Load up the family and go have fun mining. You just never know when you may find gold and get to retire ;).

Family Fun in NC – Greensboro NC Childrens Museum

New series starting here at One Moms World. NC has so much to offer from the mountains of NC all the way to the beaches of NC. My family is going on location to different areas in NC to provide a real family fun review and recommend places that you can visit all across the beautiful State of NC.

Our family travels took us over to Greensboro, NC to the Greensboro Children’s Museum. Oh my goodness, it was very hard to get the girls to leave the museum. I mean, they do close and the employees need to go home to see their families, so girls we really have to go. I promise we will be back. That is the conversation that we had to go over about 10 times, before the girls realized ok, we better go.

We were greeted at the front door by two wonderful ladies who are over marketing at the museum. They were very eager as the girls were as well to get the insider tour. Let me go ahead and tell you, you will need to map out more than 3 hours of your day, as there really is so much to do. As they note on their site:

The 37,000 square foot facility in downtown Greensboro includes over 20 permanent hands-on exhibits in “Our Town” and a new outdoor Edible Schoolyard that are designed to stimulate children’s imaginations and provide educational play experiences.

The “Our Town” was such a fun experience and really did show the girls what it is like for an adult in the day to day activities such as delivering the mail, going to the grocery store, preparing the weather, building a house, taking care of the babies in the nursery and on and on and on. Then in the state of the art, as this is the only one in NC, is their edible schoolyard. Yes, it is a garden where you can learn and plant, and then eat your own creations. Kids come after school and tend to the garden, harvest the crops and feed the animals. Let’s leave the talk alone right now, and come take a peek inside the video that we prepared from our fun visit.

See how fun? What are you waiting for, plan a weekend trip now to Greensboro and take in the fun at the Greensboro NC Children’s Museum and the Natural Science Center of Greensboro.

If you are still looking for a fun but educational camp experience for your child, then the children’s museum has you covered with all age groups. Check out all the fun camps they have planned for this summer.

Let’s start that planning. Have any questions? I will be happy to answer.

Raleigh NC Provides Fun Filled Moms Nite Out

NC is one amazing state from the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on the western side to the amazing Atlantic Beaches on the eastern side. Raleigh, NC is right in the the middle and has so much to offer for all families.

I was able to get a little taste of what Raleigh has to offer a couple weeks ago at the Moms Nite Out event showcased by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau and Go Mom Inc.

The fun entertainment was held at Solas Restaurant in Raleigh, NC. We had an amazing view the of the Raleigh skyline all evening long. All of the moms were able to have a taste sampler of some of the top appetizers that Solas has to offer.

As we were enjoying mingling with other moms, Primp Salon and Bar was there to pamper all of the moms. Each mom was able to choose services that they wanted to experience. I chose the eyebrow wax since it had been before the girls were born that I last had my eyebrows waxed. It really is amazing how having your eyebrows done can change your eyes. Also, I wanted to be pampered and have my hair curled.

I really did have almost tears in my eyes when I first saw my hair. It was beautiful and I just wish I could get my hair to do that every day ;).

Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau was on hand as well to give us more details about the area. Raleigh has it all for everyone from the creative genius to the lifelong learner. They actually even have a quiz on their site that will help you plan your trip and see what kind of visitor you would be.

Incredible museums are in Raleigh that the whole family would enjoy such as the Marbles Museum. Parks that are family friendly and will keep the family busy all day and have the children smiling ear to ear.

Take a day, a weekend, even a week and see what all you are missing in the Greater Raleigh, NC area. Have planning questions? Ask away. I will be happy to help.

Pillsbury Crescent Chicken Pot Pie Recipe


As everyone knows, I am a southern gal. Born and raised in the south with the southern accent to boot, that is what makes up me – Jen Houck. I could not imagine life any other way.

Ever since I was a small little girl, my brother and I would be in the kitchen to see what we could create to surprise our parents. My love of cooking has grown even stronger over the years and most evenings, you will still find me in the kitchen. This is why it is an honor to be asked to be a Crescent Cook Pillsbury Ambassador and share my easy and delicious recipes with all of you… busy parents!

Let’s back up here and tell you the time line of how this all took place. Back in June, I filled out an application about why my love for Pillsbury Crescent Rolls was so big. I did not have any expectations, so when I received a call to say I was in the top 100 out of 3600 applicants… there was lots of grinning ear to ear. I had to submit two recipes to see if I could make it to the next round and I DID! It was then telephone interview time, to my surprise, I was not nervous at all. More than likely, it was because I was speaking of a subject that was very dear to my heart. Cooking! I didn’t hear anything for a couple weeks and then the day of L’s surgery, I received the call that I was one of the 4 finalists. I wanted to scream from the roof tops, but I have had to keep it quiet till today. That was hard.

Now fast forward to the winning recipe.

So let’s take Comfort food + Pillsbury


and we have Pillsbury Crescent Chicken Pot Pie that will make your mouth water.


Now does that not look delicious?


* 1 bag (16 oz) frozen mixed vegetables or 1 large can of veg-all
* 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
* 1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed reduced-fat reduced-sodium cream of chicken soup
* 1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed reduced-fat reduced-sodium cream of mushroom soup
* 1 can (8 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated crescent dinner rolls


1. In large bowl, mix vegetables, chicken and soups. Pour into greased or sprayed 13×9-inch (3-quart) glass baking dish.

2. Unroll dough into 2 long rectangles; press perforations to seal. Place rectangles over chicken mixture; pinch center edges to seal. Press outside edges of dough to edges of baking dish.

3. Bake at 350°F 25 to 30 minutes or until top is golden brown.

As we all know, us southern ladies really do love our comfort food. Ok… go on… what are you waiting for? Let’s get to cooking 🙂

New Raleigh NC Mom Blogger

Stop the presses people, Jen has left her beloved mountains for the big city living in Raleigh, NC.

It is true my readers, I had to break off the relationship with the Blue Ridge Mountains. We just couldn’t take it any longer as I kept cheating and driving down to Raleigh throughout this year…. it became more apparent that Raleigh, NC would be our new hometown. Mountains, I still love you though and you are only 3 hours from me, so now I can cheat on Raleigh and visit YOU!

Here is to a new journey for our family. Better job opportunity for my husband, better school system for our girls and a better environment for L and her asthma. Also a better area for green and organic living. Trader Joes is definitely all that and a cup of fresh cheeries. We have already bonded tight!

So here we are… stay tuned on this new ride as I am sure we will have plenty of tales from a county girl living in a big city with a super thick southern accent. It’s all good!

Let’s get you all started on this journey with the girls’ first day of school. My babies are growing up. L started kindergarten and M started 2nd grade. L had a bit of anxiety but with some great pep talks from mom (more coming on that) she had a wonderful first day. M said everyone kept wanting to talk to her… maybe they are just enjoying her southern accent as well 🙂








Aren’t they just the cutest, stylish girls on the planet? Of course they are!

We did unfortunately already have our first ER trip and wasn’t even here a full 2 days. My precious L got spider bit. I of course naturally freaked out but all is well again and L’s foot is back to normal. It wasn’t looking so great when it first happened.


You would have had a panic attack too… or maybe I am just a overly worried mom. Yes… that’s what it is I am sure.

Here we go on the rest of our big city journey. Now let me go charge my GPS so I can find my way back to Trader Joes! They do have more than 2 stop lights here you know 😉

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