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 Last Year of Elementary School

Since the beginning of the second week in July, my local Walmart has had the "Back to School" supplies out -- front and center. I couldn't believe it. I am sure some parents would have seen...

5 Things NOT to Say to Moms Who Don’t Breastfeed

It's World Breastfeeding Week! The moms in our community have been attending breastfeeding events, playdates, and posting nursing photos all over social media. It's a great way to promote how beneficial and important breastfeeding...

5 Reasons Why My Child Won’t Be Attending Preschool

A new school year is upon us, and parents of toddlers and young children everywhere are visiting preschools, making decisions on where to attend, and putting their names on the best waiting lists. Except me. Don't...

Family-Friendly Fun! Lexington County Blowfish Baseball

My son and I recently attended our first Lexington County Blowfish Baseball game a few weeks ago. Up until last year, the games were played in downtown Columbia, but in 2014 they moved to...

How to Make Homemade Ice Cream {Recipes Included!}

I love love love ice cream. It is a staple in my household. Anytime you come over you will most likely find it in my freezer. It's truly a cure-all -- whether I'm happy, sad, bored...

Teen Mom :: My Story

May is Teen Pregnancy Awareness Month. Which is rather ironic to me, because in May 2004 I found out I was pregnant at the very young age of 15. Being a teenage parent is not...

Does This Dress Make Me Look Fat? Celebrating the Value of Honesty

"Hurt me with the truth but never comfort me with a lie." The truth can hurt, but lies are devastating. Who likes to be lied to? No one that I know. No one likes a...

Composting :: Turning Trash into Treasure

When you have a large family you have to buy a lot -- and you end up throwing away a lot. I started feeling terrible throwing everything into one garbage can, knowing it would...

40 Family-Friendly Things to do on Spring Break in the Midlands

The dogwood trees in my backyard are in full bloom! Aside from my allergies (achoo!), I love this time of year. And better yet, spring break is rapidly approaching! Break for Richland County and...