It seems like this time of year all we see on social media are pictures of everyone else's "perfect" holiday season. There are the beautiful Christmas family portraits, the freshly baked and elegantly decorated Christmas cookies, and the perfectly...
Recently, my family began celebrating Hanukkah with some new traditions. Full disclosure though, my desire to integrate more Hanukkah activities and observances into the holiday season didn't come until my son was born in 2020. Don't get me wrong,...
If you've got some special ladies in your life but you're stuck on what to get them, here are 20 ideas to show your love and appreciation. Whether it's your best mom friend, mother-in-law, grandma, or mother figure, you’ll...
I stopped preparing meat for my family in February 2020. After months of research and contemplation of the impact it could have on our health, finances, morals, and the environment, my husband and I decided to give it a...
Before becoming a SAHM I had a career in Store-line Retail Management. In fact, I worked 13 holiday seasons in retail; 10 of those in management. By Halloween, I would already attend several holiday planning sessions and put up in-store...
When I was a kid, I loved Thanksgiving. It was the first of what was like an annual two-part family reunion. Thanksgiving and Christmas were when my family came from all over the south to gather at my maternal...
There are a lot of ways to get information these days. While there is a surplus of information coming at us fast and furious through our screens, sometimes it is helpful to give our eyes a break. Podcasts are...
I grew up in the era of television. A lot of television. I am an avid reader now, but I admit that I still watch just as much TV. Reality TV, crime stories, whatever floats my mindless needs at...

When It’s Your Time

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I don’t like to talk about things like my weight. I don’t like to talk about things like my struggle with depression. I don’t like to talk about things like my anxiety attacks. But I am going to write about...
We all love a great deal, and with the economy the way it is right now, finding more ways to stretch the dollar is paramount. Here are some tips on how to make your money go further.  Take Advantage of...
I have been a stay-at-home mom for the last five and half years, and I’ve just reached a huge milestone: both of my kids are in school! I always told myself I would return to my career when my...
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 complete the challenge, because of...
It's a new year! Tons of school halls are now filled with brand new bookbags, fresh markers, new pencils, the newest Jordan shoe, and new clothes as the sounds of school bells ring. Most schools are back in full...

Remembering 9/11

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September 11, 2001. A day I will never forget. I was barely 18 years old and serving in the United States Army. I was terrified. I was a child. A child that had sworn to protect and defend this...
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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden Announces Opening Date of New Aquarium &...

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Riverbanks Zoo and Garden, a world-class recreational and educational attraction in Columbia, S.C., will open the much anticipated Darnall W. and Susan F. Boyd Aquarium...

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