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Why We Spend Our Vacation at Home {and maybe you should too!}

stay·ca·tion ˌstāˈkāSHn/ noun informal noun: staycation; plural noun: staycations; noun: stay-cation; plural noun: stay-cations a vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. As a working mom, I’m often a bit jealous of the laid back, relaxing summers that families with a […]

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5 No-Cook Summer Dinners

With summer fully upon us, the heat of South Carolina has settled over the midlands like a wool blanket. While I am thrilled to have central air now, growing up in Minnesota, we didn’t have air conditioning. We closed windows during the day to keep the heat out and opened them to the cool breezes […]

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How to Handle Summertime Boredom

“I am bored.” “I don’t know what to play.” “When can we do something?” Sound familiar? Arguably, these are one of the most annoying sentences kids say to their parents during the seemingly long summer vacation. I used to get so frustrated when I heard the complaints, because I assumed I must solve the problem […]

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a guide to 4th of july celebrations around columbia 2015

2015 Guide to 4th of July Celebrations Around Columbia

Columbia 28th Annual Carolina Celebration of Liberty Date: Sunday, June 28, 2015 Time: 7:30 p.m. (only performance time with tickets still available) Location: First Baptist Church of Columbia, 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201 Cost: Free, but must reserve tickets in advance by calling (803) 256-4251 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets must be […]

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“Best of” Summer Activities to Keep Kids Occupied

Summertime is full of fun, sun, long afternoons … and lots of free time. After awhile, the kids become antsy (and let’s face it, so can mom). To help ward off summertime boredom, check out our “best of” ideas to keep your children entertained in (and out of) the capital city. Kid-Friendly Day Trips From […]

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Savoring Summer, AC and All

The trouble with being a writer is that all the stupid things you’ve ever said are out there in the ether, just waiting to embarrass you. Take a column I wrote in 2003, in which I bragged that I was too cool for air-conditioning. I considered it a barrier between me and authenticity (yes, I […]

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Summer Rewards for Moms

One of the first things we do when school ends and summer starts is sign up for the summer reading program at our local library. The kids get charts that they can fill out with colors or stickers for time spent reading. Even non-readers in our family get their own chart, and receive a sticker […]

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