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Greg_P_LLCC_LandscapingClassesLincoln Land Community Education offers a variety of “one and done” classes on a variety of topics to enrich your life no matter where your interest lies!  We highly recommend spending one hour with Greg Pierceall to learn how to make the most of your home decor inside and out!  Choose from ten different classes, just $19 and a three-hour investment of your time. Greg Pierceallis a registered landscape architect in Illinois and Indiana and a Professor Emeritus of

Purdue University Landscape Architecture. Having taught at Purdue for thirty years also taught

for the University of Illinois in Oak Brook and Urbana for three years. Greg while in Chicagoland

designed the Smart Garden and the Smart Home, Museum of Science and Industry 2007-2012 as well as a growing billboard (google “lettuce billboard”) across the street from Wrigley Field 2008. He is the author of numerous landscape and interiorscape books as well has written for many green industry publications. Greg was awarded the International Award of Distinction from the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in 2003 as well as awards from the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association for Service 2004 and Man of the Year 2008.

Greg is teaching more than ten one-time class that last 3 hours and are $19 each for ages 19 & over. Choose one or many: topics range from Fall Containers and plantings, landscaping, interior décor with plants and trees and pergolas.

Trees, Pergolas, & Arbors:

In this workshop you’ll learn the ins and outs of tree placement, proper selection, and other structural options.

Instructor: Greg Pierceall

Fee: $19

Date: Tues., 8/23/16

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Millennium Center, room 1104

Course Code: CEW 106-03 (ages 19 & over)

Landscape Design 

You’ll come away with practical inspiration from this introduction to home site planning.

Instructor: Greg Pierceall

Fee: $19

Date: Thurs., 9/8/16

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Millennium Center, room 1104

Course Code: CEW 106-04 (ages 19 & over)

Landscape Planning

Learn behind-the- scenes process that will help you lay out and plan your property’s design.

Instructor: Greg Pierceall

Fee: $19

Date: Thurs., 9/22/16

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Montgomery Hall, room 1144

Course Code: CEW 106-05 (ages 19 & over)

Landscape Plantings 

Solve the mysteries of trees, shrubs, and ground clovers in the class on home landscapes!

Instructor: Greg Pierceall

Fee: $19

Date: Thurs., 9/29/16

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Millennium Center, room 1104

Course Code: CEW 106-06 (ages 19 & over)

Fall Containers

Learn to make the best choice of fall annuals and accents for within your landscape.

Instructor: Greg Pierceall

Fee: $19

Date: Thurs., 10/6/16

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Montgomery Hall, room 1144

Course Code: CEW 106-07 (ages 19 & over)

Plants Indoors

Take care of your plants through every season- learn how to move them indoors and

maintain proper care!

Instructor: Greg Pierceall

Fee: $19

Date: Thurs., 10/13/16

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Millennium Center, room 1104

Course Code: CEW 106-08 (ages 19 & over)

Interior Decor w/ Plants

Gain design skills that will help you to design with plants, florals, and accents in your


Instructor: Greg Pierceall

Fee: $19

Date: Thurs., 10/20/16

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Millennium Center, room 1104

Course Code: CEW 106-09 (ages 19 & over)

Fall Planting

Increase you knowledge of the advantages to fall and dormant plantings in your


Instructor: Greg Pierceall

Fee: $19

Date: Thurs., 10/27/16

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Millennium Center, room 1104

Course Code: CEW 106-10 (ages 19 & over)

Landscape Workshop

Bring your home photos and work with an experienced instructor to develop design

ideas that suit your needs!

Instructor: Greg Pierceall

Fee: $19

Date: Thurs., 11/3/16

Time: 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Millennium Center, room 1104

Course Code: CEW 106-11 (ages 19 & over)

register nowPlease call 217-786-2432 Mondays-Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.or Register Online.

Aleman, Ortho 5Aleman, Ortho 3“It’s an experience, not a to-do item, my daughter and her friends talk about how much fun they make Ortho care” says the parent of a Tuthmvr patient as we visit their office on a busy Thursday morning. Take a Quick video tour of Aleman and Sternstein Orthodontics.

From the moment you walk in, their friendly, first-class staff will keep things moving along on the journey to a beautiful smile!

How do you make Orthodontic care FUN?  The Tuthmvr staff has figured this out. One of the patient favorites is earning your sweatshirt when you begin your care and celebrating with music, candy and popcorn when you get your braces off!

All Springfield Moms readers can request at complimentary consultation for kids or adults…book your tour today!

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imagesThis is a post I have wanted to take time to do for awhile. I feel like so much of our time as parents is spent rushing around driving from one activity to another.  Between work, cleaning and the endless extra curricular activities our kiddos are in, it seems that there is very little time to just enjoy each other.  That was why today, when it rained much of the morning I felt relieved. Time stood still and I didn’t feel like I had to rush the kids out the door to swim or go to the park.  I didn’t have to run an errand or clean the kitchen because the weather was slowing us all down today. IMG_4464 Today I played somewhere between 6 to 485,689 rounds of a card game today with my kids.  I mean I actually just sat there and played.  I didn’t think about what else I needed to do.  I didn’t check my phone.  I didn’t put on the TV in the background for noise.  I sat there and lived in the moment.

We all play with our kids and we all have times we tell our kids “In a minute.”  Being a parent is about the balance between both playing and working.  I know we are told “Enjoy every moment” or “The cleaning can be done later, enjoy them while they are young”  But the truth is we have to clean our house and not every moment is enjoyable. Sometimes the rainy days are just what we need to remind us that we can and should slow down.  In the grand scheme of things will my kids remember this small rainy day where we played the same card game one million times? I don’t know.  I do know I will.  I will remember their giggles, their snuggles, and watching them get better with each hand.  It’s a small memory.  One that may melt into the background but today that rainy day was just what I needed to feel like everything else could wait and I could just make a memory.


On a side note: Should you feel the need to play a marathon session of cards with your kiddos: might I suggest the game Sleeping Queens?  It is a lot of fun.  A game that was actually invented by a 6 year old but enjoyed just as much by adults.  Check it out here!  search


Screen Shot 2016-07-13 at 4.42.12 PMHouse a player!  The Springfield Junior Blues are seeking families who would like to provide a safe home to host an aspiring college athlete player.  It’s a wonderful tradition for our readers to get involved in!

Players are great role models for younger siblings.  Housing families receive season tickets and $300 monthly for expenses.  Contact us at

Learn More about becoming a billet family for the  2016-2017 season!

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JRE_bulletinboard JRE_groceryOur friends at Just Right Eating in Springfield are making it so easy to make healthier choices.  If you haven’t checked out the grab and go grocery, it’s a must stop!  Or enjoy the drive through and grab a smoothie, salad, pizza or wrap on the go!

For a comprehensive plan, choose to order online and pick-up in the drive-through or choose home delivery. There are more than 60 items to choose from each week! Some of our recent favorites from the online menu weekly orders:

  • Skinny Fries (sweet potato chips)
  • Egg Salad
  • Buffalo Chicken Wrap
  • Shrimp Fried Rice
  • Chocolate Crepe with Almond Butter- delicious cold, in the car on the way to work!
  • Vegetarian Hummus with Veggies (just the right amount of kick in the hummus)
  • Fresh Fruit with Raspberry Dip (loaded with protein powder so you get the right energy boost to sustain).

mini-couponsJRE_drive-thruDon’t miss their coupon Buy 10 Grab-n-Go and Get one Free!

Just Right Eating • 3047 Hedley Rd • Springfield, IL • (217) 993-4323


rotator-moms-pumpkins2-Your Marketing Dollars Can Reach Thousands Online & On the Go…DAILY!

Advertise your fall event on the area’s GO-TO resource. 2016 Fall Family Fun Guide to area pumpkin patches, apple orchards, corn mazes, fall festivals and Halloween events is jam-packed with things to do, and you will want to direct our readers to your business!


Area parents rely on our one-stop resource to help in planning their fall activities for the kids from the preschool set, to elementary age and teens/tweens. We’re your most affordable advertising venue and will help you reach your target audience.


Since 2004, Springfield Moms is an extensive online resource network for families with kids of all ages (from birth to college-bound) and serves as the areas go-to website for the latest events, timely resources, LOCAL coupons and much more!  We average more than 30,000 unique (that’s individual) page views and 11,000 unique visitors a month to the main website reaching up to a 60-mile radius.

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 7.59.11 PMOur Social Media presence is a regional leader in engagement!

Facebook: More than 9,165 follow our daily status updates, article link and event & registration reminders.

Email Updates:  3,650 + people receive our informative bi- monthly e-updates in their Inbox.

Twitter @springfieldmoms 1,690 + follow our status updates, tips, timely posts, coupon & event promos

Our content rich site averages 2.87 pages viewed per visit.  Averaging 2:27 minutes per guest


Choose an ad package that will work best for YOUR business during September-October or November.

  1. Special Event Home Banner with Social Media starts at $389

Be front and center on the home page during our busiest time of year!

$389 for 30 days;  $659 for 60 days:  You choose start/stop dates)

Must reserve dates and times and pre-pay before start date.

  • Banner size 330 X 100 pixels: placement center of home page.
  • Direct link to your website or to a post about your business on our page.
  • Mention in our e-updates during your post time.
  • Includes 2 social media posts .

Optional:  Add   $39 for an additional 2 social media posts for a total of 4.

  1. Social Media Package A la Carte starts at $269

Your best bet for reminding our readers over 21 days

  • Includes 3 social media promos (one per week) for your event.
  • Including up to 3 images  (email or text them to us).
  • Link to your website or social media page of your choice.
  • $269  21 days    $369 42 days
  1. Directory Ad with 1 photo and weblink $189

Provide your business description up to 250 words, a link to your website or social media page of choice and your phone number. Submit your logo or your favorite photo to accompany this directory ad. We will list this featured entry on the guide(s) that your business falls under:  Pumpkin Patch, Apple Orchards, Corn Mazes, Fall Festivals, & Halloween.

We look forward to working with you!

Contact Lauren at    cell: 773-744-6837

or Kim Leistner Root at  cell: 217-622-6966

Lincoln Land Community College is offering a bee series for people ages 16 and over. First, a one-night class on beeswax, and then a 3-session class on hive management on Wednesdays in August.

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Register for one or both sessions. Each class meets 6:30-8:30 p.m. at LLCC’s Millennium Center.

July 13: Cappings to Candles, Processing Beeswax
In the process of extracting honey from the hive, you are provided with another gift from the bees in the form of beeswax. Did you know that it takes 8 pounds of nectar to produce 1 pound of wax?  Once cleaned and rendered, you will have beautiful golden wax bars of pure beeswax that can be used in a variety of applications from candles to cosmetics to re-waxing plastic foundation that is re-used in hive.   From beeswax cappings to candles, learn the best methods for cleaning and processing your wax so it is ready to use. Instructor: Fred Gerberding, Fee: $15. Register for Course Code: CEW 301-05 (ages 19 & over), YES 301-05 (ages 16-18). In room 1104.

August 17-31 on Wednesdays: Bee Series: Fall Management 
Hive management during the fall is very important as the starting point for providing strong colonies for the upcoming years.  Learn best practices for tending to the strength of your colony and checking honey reserves, to providing appropriate ventilation and weather protection. Instructor: Fred Gerberding/ Stu Jacobson. Fee: $49. Register for Course Code: CEW 301-06 (ages 19 & over), YES 301-06 (ages 16-18). In room 1142.

register now

Register online


Congratulations to Christine Dunn of Springfield for her creative conversion of a recycled crib to a patriotic tree swing! This creative project took 2-3 days from start to finish.  Christine is the grand prize winner of our first annual DIY Contest and she won a  custom Bathroom Vanity top from Arizona Tile Company!
Here’s the How-to!

Crib- found Free roadside w
2 Crib mattresses- free (one came with the bed, the other a friend gave me)
White paint- Rust-Oleum- $10
2 American flags- free after rebate
Ribbon, Velcro, and thread- $5.00
Decorative pillow- $10
Chains- $20
4 Snap Hooks- $10
Crib sheets- $10
Total cost: $65
1. Cut the legs off the crib right at the base.
2. Sand, if needed. I had to sand because there was a lot of dents.
3. Paint. I chose the Rust-Oleum white(in a can) because it gave the crib a fresh look and it needed to be covered well to protect the elements. I painted all of the wood and some of the metal.
4. Repeat painting. I put three coats on mine.
5. While the paint was drying, I sewed the two flags together, leaving one end open. I slid the one crib mattress inside and sewed on velcro and ribbon to secure the edge.
6. I placed the crib sheet on the other and assembled the swing.
7. Hanging it was a challenge, but we figured out that if we hang one chain with a snap hook at the back of the crib, hung over a branch, and then secured it with another snap hook at the front of the crib it would hold it best.  Her daughter is testing out the swing in this picture!
We will run another DIY contest again and you can refer to our handy flier with 3 DIY Ideas to get started!

Thank you to all of our DIY entries and our featured entries are archived here on our Resource Index under DIY!.

There are several camps that have some new options for July and August!

SRFC_Camp_Kids bannerSRFC Kids Camp 330x100Kids Camp at the Springfield Racquet Club and Fitness Center has been a favorite for many years in the Springfield area.

Kids ages 5-12 enjoy swim and tennis lessons, indoor and outdoor sports and more.  There is also a counselor in training program for ages 13-14.

Call their office at 217-787-2460 or register online.

UIS Baseball Logo UIS Baseball 2016 Summer Camps  UIS Youth Baseball Summerat UIS Future Stars Youth Camp for ages 5 – 12 years old.

July 11th – 13th and August 8th – 10th

9am – 5pm (Registration starts at 8:30 am)

3 days for $150


For questions email Levi at

IMSA camp picIllinois Math and Science Academy registration is open till July 8th for sessions August 1-5th.

Register online at  

Riverside Stables Horse Camp: a unique offering has weekly options remaining   View the FULL Summer Camp Directory, and keep those kids active and learning new skills.


bonemarrow1You may have heard about bone marrow transplants, but do you know that it’s easy to join the registry? Patients needing bone marrow transplants are in serious, critical conditions. Joining the registry just takes a cheek swab, and in the 1 in 500 chance that you are a match, there are two ways that you could be asked to give.

Learn more from NPR Illinois’ Amanda Vinicky here: