Shacoya Jacobs

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Shacoya is a devoted wife, mother of an Âûsome son (‘16) and vivacious daughter (‘19), and caretaker of her loving mother. Columbia became her home after surviving sunburn and mosquito bites to meet and fall in love with her husband while they were working at the Riverbanks Zoo gift shop. Her love of writing began when she won the Young Author’s Award in the fourth grade and culminated in her writing a 50,000+ word novel in 30 days for the annual National Novel Writing Month challenge, NaNoWriMo, in 2019. Along with writing, Shacoya also enjoys the art of fake 'n bakin’ (making premade ingredients taste like homemade), developing the skill of actually using the pins on her Pinterest boards, fangirling Richland Library, window shopping on Etsy, and learning about ways to be a better human being.

NaNoWriMo Prep :: Get Ready to Write Your Novel

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Five years ago, I made my first attempt to write a novel during the National Novel Writing Month challenge and failed. I failed again the following year. The year that I least expected to...

Our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Journey

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As my little ones and I are finishing up our 1000 Books Before Kindergarten journey, my son's first day of kindergarten is fast approaching. He's going to be riding a new bus to a...

National Picnic Month :: Out of the Basket Picnic Ideas

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July is National Picnic Month. Storied to have been founded by the American Bakers Association in 1952, National Picnic Month invites us to enjoy the great outdoors, summer sunshine, and of course, picnics. In celebration...

4 Fun and Delicious Ways to Celebrate National Ice Cream Month

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July kicks off birthday season in my household. Four of the last six months of the year are filled with planning, surprises, and of course, cake and ice cream. It's almost kismet that July...

7 Ways to Celebrate Pollinator Week

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This year, in the early days of spring, I was greeted by the delightful sight of bumblebees bouncing from dandelion to dandelion all the way up to the flowers on the fruit trees in...

National Date Your Mate Month :: A Soda City Twist on Dinner and a...

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May is National Date Your Mate Month. While I couldn't find much history on it, I do know that May, with its warm weather and blooming flowers, can be a great month for rekindling...

3 Ways You Can Show Support for Autism Acceptance Month

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Many of you are probably familiar with Autism Awareness Month/Day, which occurs each April as a way to educate the public about Autism. While most people are aware Autism exists, the depiction of it...

5 Money-Saving Dinner Hacks

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It was no surprise when my husband and I recently reviewed our household budget and discovered that our grocery bill ate most of it. Now, I'll admit that I am terrible at meal planning,...

Valentine’s Night in :: 5 Ideas for a Cozy Night at Home

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Valentine's Day is on a Monday this year. That means it's at the beginning of the work week, and on a school night.  If you're not inclined to make elaborate plans for Valentine's Day this...

Dear New Mom, These Are the Things I’d Like You to Know

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Dear New Mom, So, I'm five years and two kids into motherhood. That's far enough removed from new motherhood to have learned a thing or two, but close enough to still feel like it was...

Merry Marriage :: A Christmas Reading List

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Christmastime is one of the most romantic times of the year. With very little effort, you can find hundreds of movies and books about newfound love and happily-ever-afters wrapped up in holiday glee. However,...

Ultimate Guide to Holiday Events Around Columbia

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While the weather outside is still trying to figure itself out, the holiday season in the Midlands is warming up. From holiday parades to tree lightings, craft fairs, magic shows, and more – expect...

Halloween Night In :: 8 Activities for a Hauntingly Good Time at Home

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Spooky season is in full swing! The Halloween sections in stores are set up and stocked with candy and costumes. Cable networks and streaming services are bringing the best (and worst) of horror movies...

12 Titles You Will Want to Check Out for a Read It/Watch It Movie...

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With the school year back in full swing and the days beginning to get shorter and cooler, movie nights make for a great way to relax and spend time with your family or enjoy...