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Happy Trails; Tips for a Successful Journey Into Nature With Kids

Nature and an unpredictable toddler can blaze a trail of impending doom, but that bold leaping, hopping, skipping running stroll into the forest is worth it. There is learning around every corner. There are endless sights, colors and opportunity for exploration. A hike through a child’s eyes makes every leaf, pine cone and squirrel much […]

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A Remix of the Original Me

In Virginia, a place that I used to call home, schools always began after Labor Day. The weather was getting cooler, tryouts for extracurricular activities were starting, and we were back at one of our favorite places, school. My friends and I loved school. For some reason, schoolwork never seemed very challenging, but it also wasn’t […]

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Rosemary’s Smile

A huge smile beamed across the room of our Babygarten library circle, and a gentle soul with blond hair looked up at me.  My friend Danielle introduced me to Rosemary, commenting that “she always has the best smile.”  She was right.  It was one of the brightest smiles that I had ever seen.  When she […]

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Homemade Fun for a Homebound Toddler

And just like that, my Macey decided that she wanted to potty train. She doesn’t have a huge vocabulary for a 22-month old, but it is now growing faster than her body.  This kind of decision takes major focus for anyone, much less someone who cannot stand to sit around.  I had a few Spoleto […]

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Making Memories in the Lowcountry

Whether you are a flip-flop mom changing sandy diapers or a Charleston Momma shopping on King, entertaining visitors with different agendas is exciting but exhausting. If you are a free-spirit soaking up the salty, natural surrounding or a veteran host looking for new savory dishes and cocktails, there might be a new addition to your […]

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Leave a Trail

 “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”–Emerson Glaring at Transcendentalist images of a wooded landscape and cabin surrounded by tiny printed words made me wish I could beam myself out of a stuffy high school desk and onto the beach. Little did I […]

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HotRide Bling

**Note:  Press play to hear the audio while reading this post.  It will make sense by the end, promise.  Drake. “Hotline Bling.” By Aubrey Graham, Paul Jeffries, and Timmy Thomas. Hotline Bling. Cash Money, 2015. Eighty-five degrees or forty-five degrees, popsicle or Hot Pocket, my daughter Macey and I are out the door. We have […]

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The Golden Board Book Awards

What could be more productive than watching Hollywood stars sparkle in the glitz and glam of the red carpet extravaganza? Anything! One might think the mom of a crazy toddler would be more selective. Yet time and time again, I still watch for the snazzy, scandalous dresses, heartfelt speeches, wildly inappropriate cracks, all with a […]

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