“Protect the Earth, protect the children”. This is the motto Mary tries to live by. She loves her family, community, Christianity, math and science, and learning.

Ultimate Guide to Indoor Play Areas in Columbia

Summer in famously hot Columbia can offer a lot of opportunities -- from volunteering to water play to reading programs to travel, and everything in between! But what about those days when the temps are...
4 Must-See Small Parks in the Midlands - Columbia SC Moms Blog

4 Must-See Small Parks in the Midlands

The Midlands offer a wide variety of parks; small to large, bustling to peaceful, traditional to unique, urban, suburban, and rural/wooded. Below is a list of some of my personal favorite small, neighborhood parks (defined as...

Our Super Powers As Moms

Peels of laughter erupt at our monthly mother's night out as we debate over what superpowers would be most useful to a mom. "I'd like to be able to clone myself like Multiple Man," muses one...

The Wheel :: Balancing Motherhood in Today’s Society

As I grew up, TV and books typically depicted a perfect mom as having 2.5 kids, a dog, picket fence, big house in suburban sprawl, and lipstick that never smears. She has time to...

Six Months After the Flood :: A Survivor’s Tale

Wrapped in a blanket in the pitch black night, listening with trepidation to the torrent of never-ending rain crashing on the tin roof, as the creek swells close by... Looking out the back picture window...

A Story of Survival :: The Night Our Home Was Destroyed By the Flood

As the nighttime rain drenched us, we stood on our friend and neighbor's porch and watched in horror as the normally playful 3-inch-deep creek behind our house arose out of its six foot embankment and morphed...

Things You REALLY Need to Consider When Selecting a Preschool

One of the most daunting aspects of parenting is acquiring a good education for your child. And in today's world, this often begins with preschool. Although starting your child this early is not required,...

Why Target Hit the Mark :: Phasing Out Gender-Based Signage

I was pleased when I heard about Target's decision to reorganize their toy and bedding sections to be more logical. However, despite my reaction, it hardly made a blip on my radar. A momentary "good for...

Why You Should Let Children Be Bored

In this day and age, we have many electronics just begging to entertain us. With a flip of the button, we can be drawn into the magical blue light of a screen and escape...

Police Shootings In My Family– Anthony Hill

I used to be like most people. I thought the news reports about police shootings were sensationalism, trying to generate clickbait for profit. We thought we were immune, for no other reason than we watched...

Rock Your Return To Work: A SAHM’s Guide To Returning To A Career

For a variety of reasons, many of us become stay-at-home moms after birth. However, there comes a point when our sweet babies are in school, and then what? We can either transition to housewife (or...

A Columbia Mom’s Guide to Schools of Choice

We are blessed to receive tax-funded public education in the U.S. Literacy is a gift whose praises cannot be stressed enough. And in addition to the option of a family's zoned or neighborhood school,...

Getting Back to Basics :: 7 “Good Ol’ Days” Holiday Toy Suggestions

We all know these toys -- one press of a button and they entertain with flashing lights and music. But what about the imagination? More and more parents are choosing to limit flashy/beeping/screens to a...

“Food” For Thought :: Reducing Holiday Sugar Consumption

Starting from mid-October on, our shortened days and cold weather brings us many festivals and holidays. It seems like every month in traditional American households has its own major holiday. Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah, New Year's...