What to do with out-grown clothes?

Every Mom knows that children outgrow clothes and shoes very quickly. As a working mom of two boys, it is a constant struggle to make sure that both boys have clothes that fit!  I learned very quickly that children go through sizes so quickly that many clothes hardly get any wear before the are too small!  Since the clothes get very little wear, they still have lots of life and could be used by other children. With clothing costs on the rise, families must be cost conscious, which makes consigning clothes a great fit for busy moms. Rocket City is fortunate to have several seasonal children’s consignment sales.  These are great if you have time to prepare and tag the clothing for the specific sales.  Each sale has…

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Quality Programs

Sometimes we moms just need a break! We can get so much done without our littles in tow, and Madison has several excellent Mom’s Day Out programs. We live in a highly-educated town and hold our child care facilities to high standards.  Therefore, I believe our Rocket City child care programs are the best in our state!

Here is a list of 3 local Mom’s Day Out programs to get you started.  Even if the programs are full, you can always get on a wait list.  If you need a program in a hurry, the director will be glad  to make a recommendation for you.

Mother’s Morning Out (Madison Church of Christ)

I sent my daughter to this MMO from age 1-4. As a family studies/education major, I can tell you that this program rates high because of…

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Plenty of us appreciate a quick day trip to check out neighboring towns. If you’re thinking about it but haven’t been to Athens, I can vouch for my hometown’s charm. Home to almost 22,000 people, there’s more than you might think happening in one of the oldest incorporated cities in Alabama. At one time, Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers might have been the biggest name from Athens. Now, it’s inarguably the blockbuster-crossover-appealing East Limestone band Alabama Shakes. Home to its share of sports, music, and other history, Athens is worth an afternoon trip from the Rocket City for its quaint historic district and walkable downtown. Just a half hour’s drive from downtown Huntsville if traffic isn’t bad, Athens is home to Athens State…

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So, your boss tells you that there is a three-day training seminar that would put you in line for that big promotion. That’s awesome, right? Well, if you have a pet the awesome level is tempered by the anxiety of finding a place that will provide the best possible care for your pet while you are away. Last week the blog brought you some of the best veterinary services in the Huntsville area. We feel that a trustworthy pet-sitter is just as important as a trustworthy veterinarian. Below are some of the highest rated pet-sitting services in the Rocket City so whether your travel is business or pleasure, you can rest easy knowing your little loved one is being appropriately cared for.

In-Home Pet Care

Paws & Claws Pet Sitting | 256-859-7533


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On a recent visit to Athens to see my folks, dad suggested we get lunch. I said I’d recently heard of a newer place called Wildwood Deli, just off the square in downtown Athens, on 113 W Market Street. “The Original Downtown Deli”, Wildwood has been named #9 on a Best Things Alabama top ten list of best delis in the state. The Huntsville metro area may not be known for outstanding sandwiches, but Wildwood Deli is out to change that, one lunch at a time. Rhonda Fisher and her son Matthew, a graduate of Auburn’s Hotel and Restaurant degree program, took over Wildwood earlier this year from its previous owners, who moved in after the closing of Tortillas Blanco several years ago. Matthew has since  moved on to other culinary adventures, but Rhonda remains in…

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Bikes or Bust

It's the 15th Anniversary of Bikes or Bust, Huntsville bike drive for US Marines Toys for Tots. The bike drive benefits local Tennessee Valley children at Christmas. Radio personality Mo Jones from WZYP 104.3 goes to the top of a forty foot scissor lift and stays there for 104 hours. He hopes to bring more awareness to the drive. Donations come in the form of bikes being dropped off at the Huntsville Ashley Furniture location during the live event. Monetary donations are also being accepted for the cause.

15th Anniversary Bikes or Bust

Changing Lives

Mo Jones spoke in his live Facebook updates from the scissor lift, about how this program is more than giving a child a special Christmas. This program can have an impact not only on a child's Christmas, but can…

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If you’re looking for a traditional Italian feast in a modern contemporary setting with plenty of seats, try Bravo!

Bravo! at Bridge Street Town Centre

"Bravo!" is typically called out after a magnificent stage performance. In the case of the upscale Bridge Street Town Centre restaurant, the performance is the creation of delicious food. 

When I walked into Bravo! last Thursday, Misty Malinowski, Team Leader, gave me a friendly greeting and ushered me to my table.

Shortly after, General Manager Ken Tyrrell came over and gave me a bit of history of the restaurant. There are 115 Bravo Brio Restaurant Group restaurants in the U.S., and guess what Bridge Street has the only one in the state of Alabama.

Bravo! Restaurant Ravioli

So, what’s so special about Bravo at…

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Anyone who has a pet understands just how important it is to have a veterinarian that you can trust. Whether it’s a check-up or an emergency the Rocket City has you covered. There are so many choices of veterinarian in Huntsville that it makes it difficult to decide which one to use since it isn't feasible for me to list all possible options I’ve put my internet obsession to good use and have come up with a list of highly rated vets in the local area. 


Huntsville Animal Clinic Phone: 256-534-5581

The Huntsville Animal Clinic offers appointments, emergency and urgent care. The appointment service is ideal for when you just want to make sure your pet is in the best possible shape or when you have questions about something and would like for a vet…

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Southern Caboodle Boutique and Personalized Gifts is the best little shopping secret in the Huntsville area.  Located in charming Downtown Madison, you’ll benefit from personal service that only a small local shop affords. You’ll be able to put together an entire ensemble in just one store!

Ashley Howard is the shop owner and mother of two adorable children. Ashley began making things for her daughter as a hobby. Before long, she was selling the merchandise online, and her business has taken off from there!

Southern Caboodle - Children's Clothing

Unique and Trendy Clothing and Accessories

Southern Caboodle is known for its trendy women and children’s clothing, hats, shoes, and other chic accessories that Ashley is always updating. They carry tons of portrait-perfect ruffled tops…

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The Madison Chamber of Commerce held its annual small business awards celebration and dinner on October 24, 2017, at the Insanity Complex in Madison. This is an event that many small business members of the Madison Chamber look forward to each year!

Madison Chamber of Commerce Awards

Congratulations to all the winners and finalist!! This was an exceptional honor to be recognized by a group of your peers for exhibiting outstanding products and services, and customer care. As a past winner of 3 Madison Chamber Best in Business Awards, Matt Curtis, owner of Matt Curtis Real Estate was asked to present awards to the Home & Living Business of the Year, Excellence in Leadership & Service, and Best Business of the Year awards recipients. 

Congratulations also to all the businesses that…

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