Marissa Evans

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Marissa was born in Charleston, South Carolina on Sept, 27, 1986 to James Sweat and the late Tracy Graham. She is the youngest girl of six, two sisters and three brothers. She grew up in Holly Hill, and graduated from Holly Hill Roberts High. Marissa furthered her education at Midlands Technical College, receiving a certificate in Early Childhood Education in 2017 and an associate degree in Early Childhood Education in 2018. She has been married for seven years to her husband Terence Evans. Together they have three children (Jaylen, Jada and Ny’Asia Evans). Her oldest and only boy, Jaylen, has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism. Marissa and her husband are also the founders of the movement #Dontstare which is to raise awareness to how rude staring can be.

Columbia Mom EATS :: Banana My Puddin’ Kings Bakery

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I recently came across a post on Facebook about a new dessert spot, Banana My Puddin' Kings Bakery. If you know me, you that sweets are my weakness. When I googled the address I...

Day Trips From Columbia :: Eudora Farms Drive-Thru Safari Park

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Eudora Farms is a drive-thru safari park located in Salley, South Carolina. It's actually the very first drive-thru safari park in SC! Eudora Farms allows you to observe and feed exotic animals from around...

Moms to See in the 803 :: Brittney Smalls

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We've all gone through tough times at some point in our lives. When those difficult circumstances arise, they can feel overwhelming. And, a lot of times, they can also make you feel alone and...

Celebrating Our Fathers and Husbands on Father’s Day

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Father's Day has always been special to me. Especially growing up a "daddy’s girl."  I’ve always been daddy's little girl. Growing up, my daddy always gave me his time. He wasn’t the perfect father, but...

Columbia Mom EATS :: Flava Filled Foods (Ghost Kitchen)

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Over the weekend I stopped by Flava Filled Foods. It’s a ghost kitchen inside of IndulgeNPTs on North Main. If you're wondering what a ghost kitchen is, it's food prep operations with no waiters, no...

See My Special Needs Child, but Don’t Ignore Me

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Being the parent of a child with special needs isn't easy. There are days we get up not feeling well ourselves but have to put how we are feeling aside in order to care...

My World vs. Today’s World

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The world today is so different from when we were children. I always tell people I don't know if my mom sheltered us or things have changed so drastically.  I remember growing up playing outside...

A Cozy Recipe to Keep You Warm This Winter :: Faye’s Soup

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My friend's mom, Faye Howard Frost, who was like a second mom to me, loved for me to make her soup and cornbread. Any time her daughter Tiffany would attempt to make it, Faye...

Talking to My Daughter About the Birds and the Bees

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When I became a parent there was one thing I never really thought about. You know, the part where we have to sit our children down and talk about the birds and the bees. Just...

Ways to Bond With Your Children as They Grow Older

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I find myself becoming more and more anxious as my children grow older. I don’t know why but I’m just having a hard time accepting the fact that they are growing up.  Since they’ve gotten...

Only in Our State! 3 Must-Visit Attractions in South Carolina

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I recently found out about a website called Only In Your State. This site tells you all you need to know about places to visit in your specific state.  Once you get on the website,...

A Tribute to the Moms Who Can’t Be With Us on Mother’s Day

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In February of 2009, my siblings and I lost our mother. Without her, our lives have definitely changed. And although they say time heals all wounds, visiting her grave seems to get harder and...

Why I Will Always Love My Mother-in-Law

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I often hear people say how they don’t get along with their mother-in-law. But I am so happy to say that my relationship with my mother-in-law was always great. I know a lot of mothers...

Love Those Who Love You

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A lot of people base their lives off of titles. Because a person has a title (or special place) in your life, you feel as though they should be there. When a title doesn’t mean...