Paula Billingsley

Paula Billingsley
Originally from Columbia, Paula has also lived in NC, Florida, Alaska, and the UK before returning, after her husband’s deployment, to start USC School of Law. After passing the bar, working with education nonprofits, and going back for her Masters in English, she’s set aside being an active attorney for now to focus on her health, writing, and raising her baby girl, Evy. Paula knows life does not usually go as expected, like being diagnosed with an autoimmune disease, and sometimes it goes better, like eloping or adopting her best book review buddy, Evy! She binges on good tv, good books, good chocolate, good tea, and good conversation. She’s also a fan of winning, whether at board games or yoga. At home, she enjoys making art, music, stories, and tasty food with her family including two wild puppies, Poppy and Petra. Out and about, she enjoys being involved in theatre and music, like at Town Theatre, enjoying the outdoors and wildlife, attending Windsor United Methodist Church, shopping, volunteering, and traveling on the cheap! She does not enjoy laundry, social injustice, environmental destruction, the patriarchy, coffee, soda, kale, or pants. She’s excited and thankful to pursue her calling and bring her child up in this kid friendly town.

What I Did When My Toddler’s Cat Died

I guess I should have known better when we accidentally started rescuing cats, even though I’m allergic (another story for another time). Not every teeny tiny kitten is going to make it. After we got...

Why I Take Saturdays Off

Let me start by saying, I am a SAHM (stay-at-home mom). Sure, I'm an attorney, but I only do pro bono work. I'm a writer too, obviously, but when people ask, I have to...

If The Words “Open Adoption” Scare You, Read This

For a lot of people considering adoption, "open adoption" is a scary word. I understand. I've been there. Having both adopted and then given birth to a surprise baby, I have some perspective. I...

National Transgender Awareness Week and Your Kids

November includes National Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20), and for many that's a confusing thing. Maybe you'd rather not think about it, but as much as you attempt to...

Ways to Give as a Family This Thanksgiving

There are many ways to give as a family this Thanksgiving. Both giving and gratitude has been shown to raise happiness levels, and the best way to teach a value is make it a...

5 Steps to Being a More Mindful Mama

Recently, I've been trying to be a more mindful mama. If you don't know what I mean by this, mindfulness is the practice of bringing one's attention to experiences occurring in the present moment...

5 Ways Under $5 to Stay Cool in Columbia this Summer

Are you trying to stay cool and keep the kids busy? Let's face it, Columbia is famously hot! And parenting can be infamously expensive. So, here are five ways to stay cool this summer without...
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Messy Mom Tested Ways to Make Your Kid Infested Living Room Livable

Let's be real: kids can make a mess anywhere they go. And while there's no need to make sure everything is neat and tidy all the time, the threat of actual filth can become...
Sorry, Not Sorry :: I'm a Helicopter Mom | Columbia SC Moms Blog

Sorry, Not Sorry :: I’m a Helicopter Mom

I know, I know ... helicopter has become a bad word. No fair to helicopters either! I mean, all they do is rescue people, give us a heads up on traffic, let us see...
10 Nostaglic Baby Names Inspired by the 90s | Columbia SC Moms Blog

10 Nostaglic Baby Names Inspired by the 90s

With so many 90s kids having their own kids, we thought it would be fun to look back at names inspired by this generation. Thanks to pop culture, television, music, and more, these monikers...
Fun Things to Put in an Easter Basket that Aren't Candy - Columbia SC Moms Blog

Fun Things to Put in Easter Baskets That Aren’t Candy

Not a fan of sugar comas? Here are some alternative Easter basket ideas for kids of all ages!  Use an umbrella or rain boots instead of a basket. Include a game or two to...

How to Make Super Easy Easter Bunny Cake with Your Littles

Here's how to make a super easy bunny cake with your littles this Easter. This has been a tradition in our family for years. I used to make them with my mom, and now...
Ultimate Guide Easter Egg Hunts and Activities Around Columbia 2019 - Columbia SC Moms Blog

Ultimate Guide to Easter Egg Hunts & Activities in and Around Columbia 2019

Here comes Peter Cottontail! From Easter egg hunts to visits with the bunny, there's plenty of holiday fun happening around the Midlands! So grab your basket and go explore the best Columbia has to...
7 Ways to Celebrate Irish Heritage Month and St. Patrick's Day at Home

7 Ways to Celebrate Irish Heritage Month and St. Patrick’s Day at Home

It's Irish Heritage Month! Did you know about 1/10 of US citizens reported to have some Irish ancestry? That is a lot of influence for a country about the same size as our South...