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A Flood of Love for my Daughter

I struggled with what to say to my daughter after the flooding in Columbia. She was nine months old when Hurricane Sandy ravaged Lindenhurst, NY, where we lived and were left without power for three weeks or clean water at our home. We stayed at my parents house then, because without power, we had no heat […]

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ten alternative treats for halloween - columbia sc moms blog

10 Alternative Treats for Halloween

As someone who has struggled with weight the past few years, the major candy holidays (Halloween, Christmas and Easter) are difficult for me. Therefore, I try to not keep a lot of candy in the house. If it’s not here, I can’t eat it. “What about the trick-or-treaters?” you ask. Well, I’m not a total scrooge! I give […]

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An apple a day a guide to picking and eating apples this fall

An Apple a Day :: A Guide to Picking and Eating Apples This Fall!

It seems almost cliché that I love apples so much, being a teacher and all, but I really do. I love eating them, cooking with them and even picking them. It makes me feel earthy and connected to the world around me to spend time picking the most wonderful of fruits and then preparing to […]

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beer tap

The Perfect Father’s Day Tour :: Columbia’s Best Breweries and Distilleries

When you’ve been married as long as I have and celebrated 17 years of Father’s Days, it can be difficult to come up with something different to celebrate how much you appreciate the man (and dad) in your family’s life. I thought long and hard about what my husband likes, what he would really enjoy […]

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oliver and hope

Why You Should Add “Oliver & Hope’s Superhero Saturday” to Your Child’s Bookshelf

If you are anything like me, you’re always on the lookout for good books to add to your child’s library — stories your little one will love for years to come with fun and colorful pages, exciting characters and adventurous tales that allow your child to use their imagination while teaching a valuable lesson. Growing […]

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How to Choose the Perfect Flowers for Any Occasion

Flowers are a simple and thoughtful gift for any occasion, but oftentimes it can be a challenge to figure out which arrangement best communicates your message. From welcoming new neighbors to expressing your condolences, knowing the symbolism and connotation of flower types and flower colors can help you in choosing just the right arrangement. Important […]

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beyond the cookie

Beyond the Cookie :: 4 Alternative Holiday Treats

December seems to be the month of the cookie — decorating, swapping, and gift giving every flavor from sugar to chocolate to peppermint. This year, why not go beyond the cookie? Here are four creative sweets that are easy to adapt to Christmas, Chanukah, or winter celebrations. Gingerbread Crisped Rice Treats Last year, I found a […]

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Gingerbread Man

Gift-Giving for Less :: Get Crafty and Creative with VarageSale Finds

The countdown to holiday gift-giving has begun. Your list is long, but your wallet is slim. There’s no way you’re going to be able to give all the gifts you want … or is there? Last month I told you about VarageSale, a new buy-and-sell site with the personal touch of your neighbor’s yard sale. […]

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