Lauren was born and raised in Columbia, South Carolina. She and her husband own a local upholstery shop called, Hot Rod's Upholstery. Lauren is a stay at home mama bear to two teenagers, a spunky little girl, and a toddler who is into everything. In a former life she was a single mom and yes her hair is naturally curly. Lauren loves binge watching Netflix and day trips to Charleston, South Carolina.

The Answer To Bedtime Stress!

Y'all, bedtime can be stressful with little children. You're tired. Your baby is tired. It's just not a fun time. Note I said it can be stressful. But, it doesn't have to be! For the first...
How to Tell if Your Child has a Pet Allergy | Columbia SC Moms Blog

How To Tell If Your Child Has A Pet Allergy

It is said that, "A dog is man's best friend." Except when it's not. Ever since I can remember I have felt miserable being around dogs. I have always envied people who have a special bond with...
National Random Acts of Kindness Day | Columbia SC Moms Blog

National Random Acts of Kindness Day

February 17 is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. I just love being surprised with random acts of kindness. Don't you?  The last time I experienced this was when my two oldest daughters cleaned our entire...
When Your Pap Smear is Abnormal :: My Cancer Scare | Columbia SC Moms Blog

When Your Pap Smear is Abnormal :: My Cancer Scare

Part of my New Year's resolution was to come out of my comfort zone and write about things that make me feel a little bit uneasy. I've got a story to tell that's hard...
Columbia Clutter Free Holiday Gift List | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Columbia Clutter Free Holiday Gift List!

My 13-year-old and I read the Marie Kondo book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up this past summer. The book was absolutely what it claimed to be - life changing and in the best...
5 Ways Kids Can Give Back This Holiday Season {2016} | Columbia SC Moms Blog

5 Ways Kids Can Give Back This Holiday Season {2016}

It's officially the holiday season! But just because Thanksgiving is in the past doesn't mean that we have to throw gratitude and thankfulness out the window. There is a popular saying, "The only time you should...

5 Things I Love About Living in Lexington

Ever since I was a teenager, I loved Lexington (or L-Town as the locals like to call it). I grew up in Columbia and West Columbia, but feel Lexington has always had my heart. I always...
ADHD 504 Plan Tips and Resources

ADHD 504 Plan :: Tips and Resources

My son was diagnosed with ADHD in kindergarten. I was one of those people who thought he would eventually grow out of it, because nothing was wrong with MY kid. It was only when...
Overcoming the "F" Word - Columbia SC Moms Blog

Overcoming the “F” Word

FAT. I am on a mission to become a better and healthier version of myself. When I topped the scale at over 220 pounds, I knew I had to do something. I felt disgusted with...
Why I Said No to Preteen Dating - Columbia SC Moms Blog

Why I Said No to Preteen Dating

Parents of preteens can be very naïve these days. I remember the days of my youth when I would lie to my parents about who I was talking to on the phone . . ....
Guide to Pumpkin Patches Around Columbia- Columbia SC Moms Blog

2016 Guide to Pumpkin Patches Around Columbia

Fall is my favorite time of year. I start thinking about all the things pumpkin spice as early as the end of July. This past August, I got a jump start on the season by making some...

Cell Phone Etiquette :: 14 Rules for Kids to Follow

In a world that is quickly losing the art of manners, it is important to teach your children how to handle themselves in all social situations, especially when it comes to phones and communication. When I was...

A Letter to My Son As He Starts Middle School

I have a very special bond with my son. I was a teenage mom - and a single mom - and for many years it was just the two of us. We relied on one another....

Life Is Short :: Enjoying My Kids While I Can

This past week I went to a resort in Myrtle Beach with two of my kids and my parents. One child was old enough to ride the waterslide but the other one was too little....