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Giving Thanks in the Midst of Trials

Thanksgiving is a time where we reflect and remember to give thanks for the good things in life. I have been so blessed this past year. I’ve been given the opportunity to write for this amazing blog, I’ve met some incredible mama friends, my children are happy and healthy, and my husband spoils me. Things aren’t always perfect, but life overall […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events in Columbia 2015

There are more than enough activities in the Midlands to keep your family busy this holiday season. From light displays to visits with Santa, performances to family outings – you’ll find something to entertain you and your kiddos and keep everyone in the holiday spirit! Columbiana Centre Date: November 14 – December 24, 2015 Time: […]

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Deep Cleaning Made Easy … with CottageCare!

Note: This post is sponsored by CottageCare. I was given a complimentary house cleaning by CottageCare; however, all opinions are 100% my own.  I’ve never had my house cleaned by someone else… until today. It was definitely a first time experience and I am grateful to CottageCare for making it so pleasant. I admit that when […]

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How to Discuss a Natural Disaster with Children

I’ve never experienced a natural disaster until this past weekend. Hurricane Joaquin and other storms brought torrential downpours to the southeastern United States. It rained in Columbia and the surrounding areas for 12 days straight, causing massive floods and devastation to our area. I’ve always felt safe here. I live a little over 100 miles from the ocean, it rains enough that […]

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5 Ways To Be a Better Bonus Mom

I never thought that I would become a bonus mom. When my husband and I met I had a rambunctious 8-year-old little boy, my own apartment, a really awesome job at a local emergency care office, an Associate degree, my first brand new car (a Honda Civic), and was working on my Emergency Medical Technician certification. […]

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How 9/11 Changed My Childhood

In June of 2001 I flew from Charlotte, NC to Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts by myself to visit my uncle who lived in Watertown, Massachusetts. I was 12 years old. I wasn’t nervous at all. My parent’s saw me off at the airport and away I went. I remember flying over New York City and […]

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Grieving the Loss of a Sibling

“Because I have a sister I have a forever friend.” My little sister, Brittany and I are only 20 months apart in age. When we were little we fought like cats and dogs, but as we grew into teenagers we became best friends. Brittany played soccer in Greenville for Carolina Elite Soccer Association (CESA), so […]

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The Last Year of Elementary School

Since the beginning of the second week in July, my local Walmart has had the “Back to School” supplies out — front and center. I couldn’t believe it. I am sure some parents would have seen this debacle and sang Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus in their heads like I do most years… But this year was different. I was […]

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5 Things NOT to Say to Moms Who Don’t Breastfeed

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! The moms in our community have been attending breastfeeding events, playdates, and posting nursing photos all over social media. It’s a great way to promote how beneficial and important breastfeeding is, but it can also sting a little to those of us who weren’t able to breastfeed (or chose not to). […]

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5 Reasons Why My Child Won’t Be Attending Preschool

A new school year is upon us, and parents of toddlers and young children everywhere are visiting preschools, making decisions on where to attend, and putting their names on the best waiting lists. Except me. Don’t get me wrong. I think preschool offers lots of great benefits and I fully support those who make the […]

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