Caitlyn Jones

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Caitlyn is a Columbia native and a graduate of Richland County School District One. After high school she built a career as a nationally certified optician and contact lens technician. Caitlyn studied Mandarin Chinese as a part of a Christian Outreach Program which gave her the opportunity to complete missionary trips to San Francisco, New York, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Belize. The birth of her daughter in the Spring of 2020 inspired her to pursue her dream career of becoming a published author. Her daily struggles as a new mother with a chronic illness in the midst of a pandemic lead to the creation of her children’s book Some Days at the beginning of 2021. She then launched her own publishing company Artist Madrid Books with the goal to help other local aspiring authors accomplish their publishing goals. She loves spending time in nature with her husband, daughter, family, and friends. When not busy navigating motherhood, being a small business owner, entrepreneur, and student, she enjoys exploring her creative talents.

Tornado Preparedness With a Toddler

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I was sitting at home one evening when it happened: I got that blaring alert on my phone: "Attention: Tornado Warning." We had tracked the storm's activity all day and were aware that the storm...

Local Authors Speak :: Why Black Children’s Book Week Is Important

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With Black Children's Book Week happening around the globe from February 27 through March 5, 2022, I decided to ask a few local children's book authors about the importance of this inaugural event. Why is...

Moms to See in the 803 :: Tiffany Conyers

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Tiffany Conyers, LCSW, is a bilingual Licensed Clinical Social Worker and faculty member with Postpartum Support International (PSI). She is also the Volunteer Support Coordinator for the South Carolina Midlands PSI chapter (including...

Why I’m Canceling New Year’s Resolutions

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How did you do with your New Year's Resolutions for 2021? Does that question fill you with dread? Every December since I was a teenager, I would write down a long list of things I would...

A Go-Getters Guide to Being a Stay-At-Home Mom

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Many parents have decided to temporarily or permanently become stay-at-home parents due to the pandemic. This decision for many has been motivated by health safety, financial concerns, and/or childcare shortages. Some moms that I've...

Black Breastfeeding Week :: A Columbia Mom’s Story

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When I became pregnant there were a lot of unknowns, but I always had the goal of breastfeeding. At first, my goal was to breastfeed for six months. Then my goal became one year,...

Is My Child Ready for Contact Lenses?

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With back-to-school next month, many parents are scheduling eye exams for their children now to beat the rush. If your child has been asking about contact lenses, you may be wondering: Are they ready?...

How I Became a Mother :: My Subfertility Struggles and a “Surprise” Baby

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I have always been able to picture my future life. It is an ever-changing picture but I've always had a life plan. When I married my husband in 2017, having children was not a part...

6 Ways to Take the Stress Out of Video Chats With a Toddler

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  We are over a year into a global pandemic, and communicating through video calls is now a normal way of life for many. It can be fraught with technical difficulties, but we usually make...