Leah Stuhler

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Leah grew up in Western New York, lived in Chicago for 11 years, and now resides in South Carolina. She's very happy for the change in weather! Leah is happily married, and is a proud boy mom. She is a full time Middle School Theatre teacher. When she's not spending time with her family or working, Leah enjoys baking and reading. She is the creator and host of the podcast YA Book Chat, where she and her guests have fun chatting about their favorite books. Leah loves being a part of the Columbia Mom team, both as a contributing writer and Editor.

Christmas in the Trenches :: One Mom’s Perspective on the Not So Perfect Holiday...

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It seems like this time of year all we see on social media are pictures of everyone else's "perfect" holiday season. There are the beautiful Christmas family portraits, the freshly baked and elegantly decorated...

When You Feel Like You Have Nothing Left to Give

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Motherhood is hard. Like, makes you feel exhausted and overwhelmed, hard. Add in a full-time or part-time job on top of that, and it can feel unbearable some days.  I'm a middle school theatre teacher,...

Exploring the Many Waterfalls of the South Carolina Upcountry

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I have always been an outdoors kind of person. When I was younger I enjoyed playing outside, no matter what time of year it was. I grew up going on camping trips, to the...

Happy National Ice Cream Day! Favorite Ice Cream Places Around Columbia (+ Freebies!)

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You may not realize this but July is National Ice Cream Month. A whole month to celebrate the cold drippy goodness that is ice cream!  In an effort to bring you, our valued readers, a...

Day Trips from Columbia :: Exploring Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum in Charleston

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My family LOVES going to Charleston. It is one of my favorite SC cities to explore! Since my husband is in the Air Force Reserves and goes to drill at Joint Base Charleston, my...

How to Support Those Around You With Asthma and Food Allergies

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May is National Asthma and Allergy Awareness month, with the week of May 8-14 being Food Allergy Awareness Week.  Asthma and allergies are serious chronic diseases that affect many adults and children throughout the country....

Teacher Appreciation Week :: Think Outside the Box

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It's the beginning of May, and that means Teacher Appreciation Week is upon us. It's a time to show our children's teachers how much we really appreciate what they do. And, with the events...

Celebrating the Month of the Military Child

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April is the Month of the Military Child. It’s a chance to celebrate children all across the nation who make daily sacrifices and overcome many challenges. Military children deal with deployments, moving every couple...

Columbia Mom EATS :: 929 Kitchen and Bar

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I don't know about you, but I LOVE Asian cuisine! It is one of my favorite types of food to eat. And, fortunately, here in Columbia, we have some fabulous Asian restaurants. Today, I'm...

I Went on Vacation by Myself, and I Loved Every Moment of It

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When I found out in 2019 that Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster were going to be in a Broadway musical together, I knew I HAD to travel to New York City to see it....

Why I Have My Children Watch the Olympics

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The 2022 Winter Olympics are upon us! From Feb. 4 - Feb. 20, some of the best athletes in the world will descend upon Beijing, China to compete for those elusive gold, silver, and...

Columbia Mom EATS :: Enzo’s Delicatessen

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I was born and raised in Western NY, and am as Italian as they come. In Rochester, where I grew up, there is a HUGE Italian community. There are plenty of Italian specialty stores,...

On Being Thankful

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Some days I'm thankful. Other days I am all too aware of my problems and shortcomings. There are all the "I wish" thoughts that flood into my head. I wish we didn't have to live...

No One Told Me How Much This Would Hurt

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When you're pregnant, people give you a lot of advice. They tell you what stroller to buy, which diapers are the best, tips and tricks for teething, and so on. But the one thing...