Kids Eat Free!!

Summer is almost over... Kids are starting to get back to school...... and schedules are getting crazy! 

When I was little my mom would always say how much she loved summer because it meant that we were home and she got to spend extra time with us. Now as a mom myself I have to say that I understand what she was saying and most days agree with her.... most!  Then there are other days where it has just flat out been a difficult day and you start to look forward to school starting again. This year is a big deal in our house because we finally have one in elementary school!! With the dual schedules with kids in preschool and kindergarten, I can already tell, dinner might be a struggle some nights!! Can I get an amen??  

Who wouldn't want to cook every night for these three?? lol

Who wouldn't want to cook every night for these three?? lol

So in an effort to give us mom's a break every now and then here is a list of local restaurants in the Mooresville, Davidson, Cornelius, and Huntersville, NC area that offer discount or free meals for kids thought the week!! Please feel free to comment below with any I may have missed!! 

Subject to change! Please call and check that all these specials are still offered. 

 

EVERYDAY

Altons Kitchen - Cornelius, 4:30-6:30 Kids eat free with adult meal

Cici's Pizza - one free buffet for kids under 3 with each paying adult. Drinks $.99

 

MONDAY

Galway Hooker - Huntersville, 1 free kids meal with the purchase of an adult meal

Firestorm Pizza - Mooresville, Kid pizza free with the purchase of a 12" pizza

Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse - Mooresville, 1 free kids meal per $12 in adult purchases. Dine-in only, Limit 1 child per adult

Midtown Sundries - Denver, Kids eat free 

Fusion Bowl - Mooresville, $.99 kids meal

Hickory Tavern - Mooresville, This is for the regular menu, not kids! BOGO Burgers, 4PM to 10PM, order one burger and get a second one of equal or lesser value for free. All you need to do is purchase two beverages!

 

TUESDAY

Salsarita - Mooresville, 5:00-8:00pm 1 free kids meal (12 and under) with purchase of adult entree purchase. Dine-in Only

Pomodoro's Italian American Cafe - Mooresville, kids eat free with purchase of adult entree

Bob Even's - Huntersville, Kids 12 and under eat free from 4:00-8:00, 1 per adult entree

Denny's - Mooresville, Kids 12 and under eat free Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 4-10pm, up to 2 kids meals per adult entree purchase

Harvery's Bar & Grill - Huntersville & Cornelius, one free kids meal per adult meal purchase from 4-8pm

McAlister's Deli - Cornelius & Mooresville, kids eat free (12 and under) from 5-9pm, up to 2 per adult entree, includes a drink

Moe's - Huntersville, kids 12 and under eat free all day, one per adult entree

Sports Page - Denver, kids eat free from 5:00-10:30pm

Hawthorne's - Huntersville, Kids eat free all day

El Cerro Reyes - Mooresville, kids eat for $2.99 off the kids meal

 

WEDNESDAY

Everest Grill Restaurant - Denver, kids eat free with purchase of an adult meal

Sports Page - Denver, kids eat free from 5:00-10:30pm

The Vinyl Pi - Huntersville, kids eat free pizza with the purchase of an adult entree

Zaxby's - Denver, $.99 kids meal for up to 2 kids meals, with purchase of adult meal

Firehouse Subs - Mooresville & Huntersville, kids eat free after 4:00pm, 2 free kids meals per adult combo

 

THURSDAY

Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse - Mooresville, 1 free kids meal per $12 in adult purchases. Dine-in only, Limit 1 child per adult

Earthfare - Huntersville, kids eat free with an adult meal worth $5 or more from 4-8pm

 

FRIDAY

 

SATURDAY

Denny's - Mooresville, Kids 12 and under eat free Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 4-10pm, up to 2 kids meals per adult entree purchase

Stake 'n Shake - Mooresville, get one free kids meal for every $8 spent, dine-in only, no drinks included with kids meal 

IHOP - Huntersville, Kids eat free, 4-10pm, 2 per adult entree, ages 12 and under

 

SUNDAY

Peninsula China Bistro and Sushi Bar - Cornelius, kids eat free with adult purchase of any Chinese dish or the couples dinner for $35.

Stake 'n Shake - Mooresville, get one free kids meal for every $8 spent, dine-in only, no drinks included with kids meal

IHOP - Huntersville, Kids eat free, 4-10pm, 2 per adult entree, ages 12 and under

Duckworth's Grill & Taphouse - Mooresville, 1 free kids meal per $12 in adult purchases. Dine-in only, Limit 1 child per adult

Zapata's - Cornelius, kids eat free all day until 4:00pm

 

Additional lists at: https://hulafrog.com/lake-norman-nc/31-places-kids-eat-free-around-lkn943811/

 

Katy Short is a family photographer but does any and all things from engagements, to weddings, to newborns and family portraits with young and grown kids. She loves God, her Mr. Fix-it husband, three daughters, anything with chocolate. She is grew up in southern Louisiana but loves that she gets to call Mooresville, NC home and she secretly hopes to be able to move back so her daughter’s can experience all the unique things that make southern Louisiana so special. Please email Katy at kshortphoto@gmail.com for your next photography needs. 

Little Boys Leave Smudges on Your Heart!

Luke Farmer

It is always a special experience when you get to see a friend from your past. Erin and I have known each other all the way back to the high school days! We laugh at the similarities of our life and how our paths continue to cross even if just for a brief time (we both swam together, both went to LSU, both were a part of the same sorority, and now we are both in the Charlotte area). I was honored that Erin asked me to photograph their first child, Maddie Grace, a little over two years ago and was so happy for them when I heard they were having a little boy!! 

Charlotte Lifestyle Photography

Lucky for Erin, Luke made his grand entrance a few days early!! Yall, he might be one of the prettiest baby boys ever! Which is not surprising, I mean look at his parent, these kids hit the jackpot with the good looking genes!!! 

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These types of sessions are pretty laid back and we just follow the baby's needs. So while Luke was getting his belly full, Maddie Grace, her dad, Thomas, and I, went outside to get a few photos of them as well as play a little soccer! It was so fun to see Maddie Grace outside just having a good time and bonding with her dad! We were able to get a few candid shots that I think really show her personality!  Once Erin and Luke were ready, we captured some moments in the living room as well as the presence of a tickle monster to bring out some genuine smiles. 

Charlotte Lifestyle Photography
Charlotte Lifestyle Photography

Erin had asked that we take a few photos outside, which of course I was excited about!! So once we were done inside we captured some of my favorite images of the entire session outside in their amazing backyard! 

Charlotte Lifestyle Photography
Charlotte Lifestyle Photography
Charlotte Lifestyle Photography
Charlotte Lifestyle Photography

Erin and Thomas, thank you again for letting me into your home to capture your sweet family and beautiful children! Yall are amazing parents and your home is full of some much love! I hope its not another two years before we see each other again! 

 

 

Katy Short is a family photographer but does any and all things from engagements, to weddings, to newborns and family portraits with young and grown kids. She loves God, her Mr. Fix-it husband, three daughters, anything with chocolate. She is grew up in southern Louisiana but loves that she gets to call Mooresville, NC home and she secretly hopes to be able to move back so her daughter's can experience all the unique things that make southern Louisiana so special. Please email Katy at kshortphoto@gmail.com for your next photography needs. 

Family Photos..... What to Wear!!!

Its spring time and along with spring cleaning I know lots of people love to get their updated family photos with all the beautiful spring colors! So maybe you have booked a photo session and maybe you are overwhelmed with the thought of planning your family photo session in your backyard with your own camera, either way, these tips will help you and your family look their best!! 

So you have decided on a date for your family photos, now comes the hard part of figuring out what everyone is going to wear! As a mom of three daughters this is always a huge job!! So in an effort to make things easier for you, I have outlined a few tips on how to lay out the perfect coordinating outfits that will take your photos to the next level, justl like they came out of a magazine!!! 

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Lake Norman Family Photos

If your home has a signature color scheme try and figure out what that is and what colors compliment that space. If you know there is a certain place you want to hang that family portrait start in that space! Once you identify the colors of those rooms, see if one of those colors look good on you? If not, is there a color that you love to wear that would work well with the colors in that space? For example look at this photo from Pottery Barn. If this was your space and you had a family photo on the wall you may want to find outfits with a light blue, green, yellow, white and a shade of brown, with a cute ridding boot of course ;) - A photo with your family is those colors would compliment this space so much more than a family in orange, pink and purple (even though I doubt most families wouldn't have all those in one photos together lol). 

courtesy of  Pottery Barn

courtesy of Pottery Barn

Next tip and this is a BIG one!! Parents, always start with you!! I know its easy to put ourselves last and find the cute item for the kids but its actually so much harder to make you match the kids instead of the kids matching you! For me, if I like the way I look in the photo I am more likely to print it and keep it around the home, post it to Instagram and/or Facebook (and tag Katy Short Photography of course!). So start with those colors you found around your home and find a dress or top you love and feel confident in!! Then, if you have young kids this is easier to find items that they look good in because they always look cute and there are so many options for them!! If you have teenagers who are wanting to decide what they wear the next steps will help you give them guideline so they can find what they want while still giving them guidelines on color and pattern. The goal is that the family still looks like a cohesive unit and everyone is happy with what they are wearing!  But first, find something you love and feel GREAT in!! 

Photo courtesy of  Stylish Petite

Photo courtesy of Stylish Petite

Keep patterns to a minimum...... If everyone has a patten on the shirt (like check, flowers, polkadots, etc.) the eye doesn't know where to look once the photos are printed. I always say keep it to a 3:1 ratio, so if you have just started growing your family and have one child, its best to put them in a pattern bc they are usually front and center. If you have a family of 5-6 you can have 1-2 of them in a pattern and everyone else wears a solid color. So back to that teenager, you can now tell them that they need to wear something with blue, green or yellow and it can or can't have a pattern. Now that they have the guidelines and are still feeling like they are in control of what they wear, will hopefully makes for a happy and smooth process. 

An oldie but a goodie before we had our third!! 

An oldie but a goodie before we had our third!! 

Another great tips is, accent with a fun pop of color! If you have a little girl with yellow pants, then its fun to have mom wear a scarf that is the same color. Or if a little boy has a teal shirt under a navy blue vest then mom or dad could do a shirt in that teal color. But try to limit the bright pops of color to one or two items. Like in this example the twins are in a pattern with a little yellow so big sister got to pop in an all yellow dress! Nailed it! 

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Don't put everyone in one color! There was a huge trend in the 90's where everyone wore white and it needs to stay in the 90's lol! A few years ago we gifted my in-laws a photo session with a local photographer for Christmas (they LOVED it by the way! So if you have that person that is hard to buy for, contact me about gift cards!!). Well the second year we did it, my mother-in-law wanted all the boys in the family to be in blue and the women in pink. Everyone in their family (three boys) have blue eyes and the blue shirt makes their eyes pop.  This is great but the problem was that everyone wore all different shades of blue and pink. When this happens you are drawn to all the different shades and how the colors don't really flow, so when I see this I don't focus on everyone's faces in the photos instead I notice all the different blues. So whats interesting is by making everyone the same, it takes away from everyone's faces in the photo. I will say there is one exception to this and its if you have twins/triplets/ quadruplets..... in that case they are always cute when they are dressed the same! 

Photo Courtesy of  Melissa Butler Photography

Photo Courtesy of Melissa Butler Photography

I hope this helps you and your family look their best and take away some of the stress of having an upcoming family photo session! As always, when your a client on KSP I am here to help you from start to end to make your photos your best ones yet. Please don't hesitate to ask questions or send me your clothing laid out to see if it will all work together and in the space we planed your photo session. 

 

 

About the Author:

Katy Short started as a family photographer about 4 years ago but does any and all things from engagements, to weddings, to newborns and family portraits with young and grown kids. She loves God, her Mr. Fix-it husband, three daughters, anything with chocolate. She is grew up in southern Louisiana but loves that she gets to call Mooresville, NC home and she secretly hopes to be able to move back so her daughter’s can experience all the unique things that make Louisiana special.