Kate Rhea

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Kate is a self proclaimed news geek who has worked in radio, on the air and behind the scenes, for the last 17 years. She and her husband moved to Columbia in 2011 with the intent of staying just five years...but they never ended up leaving. Originally from upstate NY, Kate has also lived in Chattanooga and Los Angeles. (Notice the theme? She moved away from the snow and never wants to deal with it again.) Kate stays home with her three children and homeschools the oldest two. Her work from home gig includes editing audio for a radio program that airs worldwide. She is active in her church, is passionate about orphan care and will never turn down chocolate. When stressed, you can find her baking or crafting while singing along to the Hamilton soundtrack.

Two Great Spots to Go Mural Hunting With Your Kids in Columbia

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Columbia is home to many talented artists. Because of that, Columbia is also home to dozens of beautiful murals. There's something about vibrant murals that make a city interesting to me. They really showcase...

A Brush With Death During Childbirth :: Amniotic Fluid Embolism

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My family's lives changed in an instant exactly one week ago today. In Chicago, my brother Josh and his wife, Katie, went into the hospital to deliver their third child. Our family is spread out...

Friendship Is Worth Pursuing

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When I was a kid, it was so easy to make friends. Neighborhood kids were the best kind of friends because of proximity. Every day after school, we'd knock on each others' doors and...

Transitioning from One to Two Kids :: A Personal Story

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"What was the hardest thing about going from one kid to two," my sister-in-law asked while rubbing her six-month pregnant stomach. I glanced at her firstborn, just 13 months old, and thought back to when...

How Having Hobbies Helps Me

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There was once a time when I could barely keep my head above water. I had two children who were ages two and under, my husband was full-time in a PhD program, and I...

Purging and Organizing Inspiration

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I love decorating my house for Christmas. But the second Christmas is over, I hate the décor. It feels cluttery and adds to the chaos. I cannot wait to undecorate for Christmas. However, undecorating inevitably...

Celebrating the Little Things

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January is always a bit of a disappointing month for me. Christmas, and all the anticipation that comes with it, is over. It's usually cold and kind of blah outside. And there's not much...

I’m Not A Good Friend

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I'm not a good friend. And I'm not too proud to admit that. Before I had kids, I was a great friend. (If I do say so myself.) I was thoughtful and remembered birthdays. I...

What I’m Making For Dinner This Winter

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Anyone else in a dinner rut? Or is it just me? We've always been a family that primarily eats at home. But when COVID initially shut down restaurants this spring, I got very burned out...

It Won’t Last Forever

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This pandemic? It won't last forever. Homeschooling your kids? It won't last forever. Working full-time from home while overseeing insane virtual school schedules? It won't last forever. We're living in intense times. We -- moms especially -- are being stretched...

Where to Shop Local This Christmas

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When COVID-19 kicked into high gear back in March, Amazon's sales went through the roof. And for good reason: we were all told to stay home, and how else were we going to buy...

Always Listen To Your Body :: My Story of Hair Loss

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My hair started falling out by the fistful when my youngest was about eight months old. This wasn't the usual postpartum hair loss. That had already come and gone. And because it had happened...

Down Syndrome :: One Family’s Story of Friendship and Inclusion

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October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. So today we are giving you this special article from one of our writers on her experience with children with Down Syndrome. Let's celebrate these children this month,...

I Shouldn’t Have Waited, and Neither Should You

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Nearly a dozen years ago, I was at a California beach visiting my then boyfriend. After a picnic lunch, we went for a walk and he started telling me he couldn't imagine life without...