Barbara Reggio

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Barbara Reggio is a wife, mother, and small business owner. She has been married to Jonathan since May 2011, and they are partners in parenting their two children, Lucie (January 2012) and Asher (April 2014). The Reggio family relocated to West Columbia from Long Island, NY in March 2013 when Jonathan accepted a job transfer. She has the best of both worlds working both outside the home at a Customs House Brokerage and running her home based business, Trendy Babywearing. She holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Maritime Studies from the State University of New York at Maritime College. When she is not working or writing articles for Columbia SC Moms Blog, Barbara enjoys walking at the Riverbanks Zoo with her family, babywearing, reading, singing along to the radio (loudly) in her car, loom knitting, documenting her children's lives with photography, and writing on her personal blog http://www.trendsettermom.com/. Barbara is currently working on her goal of becoming a lifetime member with Weight Watchers.

The PERFECT Dessert :: Grilled Peaches a la Mode

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My husband is a huge barbecue fan, and he loves to grill year round. He made this dessert of grilled peaches for me on our third date, and I've been in love with him (and...

10 Alternative Treats for Halloween

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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...

A Flood of Love for my Daughter

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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...

Host Mom :: What to Expect and Helpful Tips for Hosting an Exchange Student

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Two short weeks ago, a friend, Shena, who is a representative for the International Student Exchange, messaged me asking, "I have a weird question for you, but have you ever thought about being a...

How to Prepare Your Only Child for a New Sibling

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I'm the oldest of three children, and I don't really remember my mom ever telling me she was pregnant with my sister. I was 2 1/2 when she was born, and I just remember...

Blueberry Cheddar Fondue

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Summer is upon us, and it's berry season. The grocery stores and farmers markets have their shelves lined with fresh produce just waiting to be gobbled up by children and families alike. While berries...

How One Mom Deals With Having Bipolar Disorder

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Coming out and admitting publicly the diagnosis that has followed me since I was 19 is a bit scary: I have bipolar II disorder. There is a stigma attached to bipolar, a mental illness that was formerly...

5 Tips for Being Your Own Health Advocate

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As an adult who has a chronic illness, I am speaking from experience when I say that the best thing you can ever be for yourself and for your children in the case of an illness,...

10 Signs You Are Living with a Threenager

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My daughter, Lucie, can be the most adorable, loving, polite, and caring child I have ever met. Beware if you cross her, though -- you will face the wrath of an age that strikes...

National Siblings Day :: What Does Your Birth Order Say About You?

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Today is National Siblings Day. I learned only recently that this day existed; but it's fitting, because exactly one year ago, on this day, I gave my daughter her first and only sibling. In...

My 4th Trimester Body :: How Does My Husband See Me?

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I've had a lot of body image problems the past 15 years. During the time I was not being treated for my growth hormone deficiency, I put on 80 pounds and my muscles atrophied. I...

I Went Back to Work (and life is so much better)

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I really admire stay-at-home and work-at-home moms. I tried it myself, and I failed dismally. I'm a better mom when I work outside the home, because my time with my kids is quality time, versus...

Making the Most of a Southern Snow Day

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While the northern half of the United States has been blanketed with snow this winter, South Carolina keeps escaping unscathed. Some reports said we'd have snow flurries or freezing rain Wednesday afternoon, but the white...

Simple Cheddar and Swiss Fondue:: A Romantic Dinner You Can Make at Home

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I love any excuse I can use to share a romantic meal with my husband. Eating out often proves expensive, though, and we don't want to spend our Valentine's Day or other holidays waiting...