My brain and heart are heavy and dark and jumbled and sad and angry, and I’m at a complete loss of how to handle it. And they’ve been that way for a minute now… This post is so very long...
  Thanks to the Richland County Library, I've been listening to parenting audiobooks for free! The great thing about audiobooks is that you are hands free and can multitask while you listen. Richland Library has three different stream and download services...
One of the most feared responsibilities in a parent’s life is being able to create a open bond with their children. When I had my first child, my thoughts were consumed with how I wanted to raise her. I...
Did you know September 8 was Grandparents Day? I no longer have my grandparents, but I reflect back on my life as a child, and the immense blessing I had having my grandmother so heavily involved in my life....
A few years ago, when my daughter was in preschool and my son was a few months old, I was making my usual morning drive to drop my little girl to school with her baby brother tucked away in...
I walked into the house and called out "hello" to my husband and children. As I made my way into the kitchen, I smelled dinner cooking. There were completed homework papers on the table, the dirty dishes had been...

Remembering 9/11

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...
I am not good with transition. Even though I am a forty-eight year old mom of three teenagers, once I settle into my happy place, it’s very hard for me to snap back into reality and follow a routine....
This time last year, we were already up to the "F" names for hurricanes as we all watched and waited for the arrival of Hurricane Florence, so I've been pretty relaxed up about the current hurricane season, seeing as...
We were at our friends' daughter's birthday party a few weeks ago and I was in the living room chatting with our friends when my husband and a few of the other “dads” were gathered around talking about a...
I remember the middle school years like they were yesterday. The cool, caustic burn of a Clearasil wipe straight from the little plastic tub. The thrill of an encouraging word from a favorite teacher at the top of a...
A couple of years ago, I happened to watch my then 14-year-old son Arjun carrying his 12-year-old brother Armaan on his shoulders. Armaan was clutching his brother’s hair with both hands and laughing and enjoying the ride. Arjun was running...
Our Milk Sharing Story There are a few different scenarios that might cause a family to seek out donor breast milk for their baby. A mother might have a medical condition that prevents her from breastfeeding or might keep her...
I'm in a bit of a slouch lately. I'm exhausted. I'm tired. I don't feel as though I am "mom enough." So, for all the moms out there, feeling the stress, the daily grind, the sleepless nights - this...
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In + Around Columbia

Where to See Santa Around Columbia

No holiday season is complete without a visit to the man in red! Below is a list of places you’ll be able to find...

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