Lori Clarke

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Raised in the foothills of North Carolina, Lori found herself moving to Columbia for some boy almost 20 years ago. After finally saying yes, she and her husband, Donald began a family and put down roots right here in South Carolina. A two time graduate of the University of South Carolina, Lori holds an M.A.T. in Elementary Education and an M. Ed. in Educational Administration. She is a National Board Certified Teacher in Language and Literacy and teaches 5th grade in a local school district.

Discipline From Toddler to Teen :: What Worked For Us

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Some days I did not think I would survive my child maturing. Now, though, looking back on it, my teenager who will soon be heading off to college has not turned out so bad. Even though...

Preemies :: What It’s REALLY Like

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In honor of Prematurity Awareness Month, I thought I would share my own story of prematurity. Spoiler alert: It is not about my own child. It's me! Oh, and my brother. We were both preemies...

Why You Deserve a Girls Weekend

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Girls Weekend. It is a tradition I have kept for many years and it has kept me sane, no doubt about it. Here's why.... I need the time to relax, reflect and renew my sense of self. My...

How Can I Help?

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My Facebook feed has been full of pictures that really just break my heart. Yes, a tragedy is happening in Columbia and much of South Carolina. So many have lost everything -- homes, possessions and...

Why Your Child Should be in the Classroom as Much as Possible

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I am confident that most parents know that their 6, 12, or 15-year-old need to be in school. However, it is not always quite so clear as to why regular school attendance is so...

Facing the Empty Nest

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  I have been whining about my daughter going off to college for six months now. But maybe, just maybe, there is a little part of me that might be okay with it. Don’t judge, please. I...

From the Teacher’s Desk :: 3 Easy Tips to Prepare for a New School...

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The stores are full of school supplies, kids and parents are getting anxious, and teachers are already preparing their rooms. It's definitely time for back-to-school! As a teacher, I love this time of year! It’s...

Kitchen Basics for College Bound Kids {and Beyond} :: Dinner Edition

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Next year my daughter, Caroline, will be heading off to college (cue tears)! And while that may be 12 months away, the time will be here before I know it and I can't stop...

Everyday Ways to Keep Kids Learning This Summer

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It’s summertime and I’m a teacher. Now before you start berating me for having the summers off, let’s get one thing straight -- I am still working! I am using my time wisely to...

From the Blackberry Patch :: Lessons Learned + Jam and Cobbler

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Thorns, bugs, heat, and backbreaking manual labor … I love it! It’s blackberry time! This is usually my first project as soon as the school year is over and this year is no different. I have...

The Perfect Father’s Day Tour :: Columbia’s Best Breweries and Distilleries

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When you've been married as long as I have and celebrated 17 years of Father's Days, it can be difficult to come up with something different to celebrate how much you appreciate the man...

Look and Feel Your Best with Chi Esthetics Studio {Giveaway!}

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This post is sponsored by Chi Esthetics Studio. Although we did receive free services in exchange for a review, all thoughts and opinions are entirely our own. As busy moms, we often don't take...

What to Expect and How to Cope :: Perimenopause

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This may be a bit of a ways off for some of us, but I wish that someone would have warned me about some of the things I am experiencing as my childbearing years...

What REALLY Means the Most to Teachers

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I know it sounds cheesy at best and cliché at worst, but the simple fact of the matter is, as a teacher, the time I spend with your children is my gift. So, let this...