“No, Mom! Not again! I’m so tired of virtual learning! When is the Coronavirus going to end?!” cried my 8-year-old when I received a positive COVID-19 test result two weeks after he finally returned to in-person classroom instruction. Prior to my...

The Power of Therapy

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I am a HUGE supporter of going to therapy. Like, I always suggest to someone to go to therapy if it seems like they need a listening ear. I have been attending therapy sessions for over 10 years (since...
I remember driving through downtown Lexington while pregnant with my second daughter, and seeing Mom+Me Strong. It was a fitness center with children's toys and gym equipment peeking through the large glass windows. I immediately searched for the website and...

The ADHD Family Life

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October is ADHD Awareness month. For our family, that doesn't mean awareness that ADHD exists, or that our family is finding ways to thrive with ADHD. ADHD Awareness is more about recognizing what it is - it's a difference...
With all that has occurred in the past year and a half with COVID, many people are struggling with mental health issues. And, understandably so. Life throws us so many curveballs already, that adding something like a global pandemic...
September is National Self-Care Awareness Month. And no one deserves more rest and relaxation than YOU! This is a month that reminds us to make some time for ourselves so that we can reset. The lingering pandemic has made...
An obstetrician-gynecologist (OB-GYN) is a physician who both delivers babies and treats diseases of the female reproductive organs. Finding an OB-GYN that aligns with my laundry list of requirements is always an interesting task. For me, this task is complicated...
In this era, we can’t go a week without hearing about COVID, and those of us parents with younger kids can’t seem to go that long without malady getting into our home. In this season of seemingly ceaseless sickness,...
I had severe preeclampsia with my son. It resulted in an emergency c-section, and my son being transferred by ambulance to a higher level NICU at a different hospital than I was at, for breathing issues. I didn’t even...
If you are a mom who has birthed children, chances are you have looked at your body after baby and not recognized who you were looking at in the mirror. I'd like to give you a few ideas as...
I weighed 110 pounds pre-pregnancy. My standard dumbbell curl was 20 to 25lbs. I could do eight to ten pull-ups without pause. I could run a mile in under seven minutes. A good day meant my six-pack abs were...
I have always had an issue with food. And I'm betting I'm not the only woman who does.  I cannot remember a time where food wasn’t at the center of my day. What I'm going to eat, what I can't...
Summer is here, and there is a particular summer smell that always takes me back to my childhood. The scent recalls vividly an early summer morning... My sister and I were in the driveway wearing our swimsuits while heckling our...
One, two, three, breathe. One, two, three, breathe.  I repeated the mantra to myself three times before I responded to my son. His anxiety was acting up, and he was inundating me with questions about the current situation worrying him....
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Columbia Parks & Playgrounds :: Felton C. Benton Park

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Springdale is a section of West Columbia located between downtown Columbia and the Columbia Metropolitan Airport. The area is home to many families and...

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