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I’m Unemployed… Now What?

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I've recently found myself in a place I never imagined I'd be - unemployed. The company I worked for went through a merger a few years ago. I survived the merger but ended up...

It’s Time to Stop Making Fun of Food Allergies

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Have you ever had to watch as your child almost died right in front of you? All you could do was stand there and feel absolutely helpless, praying that the medicine he was given...

When Conflict Arises Between Friends

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One year ago, right after Easter service at church, I told my husband that it would be a neat idea if next year we invited some friends over to celebrate Easter with us.  Since I...

How to Help Your Kids Eat Healthy AND a Delicious Recipe!

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In today's world of being busy and on the go, it is often difficult to balance the obligations of school, family and social gatherings. Therefore, having your family eat healthy is usually the first...

The Power of Holiday Traditions: Creating Magic and Memories with “Goodness of Glitter”

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I have always loved the magic and joy surrounding all holidays. The way the world seems to transform, even for just a moment, into a place filled with wonder and excitement. But there's one...

Setting Your High School Student up for Success: Education Options Beyond the Traditional Path

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Today, students have their own academic journeys and some face challenges that may take them off course, whether it’s having to work a day job to support their own families, fall short in earning...

6 Simple Ways Expecting Moms Can Avoid Food Poisoning This Summer

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As summer travel, family gatherings and temperatures ramp up in South Carolina, so does an increased risk for food borne illnesses. While anyone can get food poisoning, pregnant individuals are more likely to get...

Stories in Parenting :: The Pet Swap

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My son's fish recently died. Well, if I'm being completely honest, my husband killed it by accident (sorry, honey!).  You see, it all started when we realized that the water in the fish tank looked...

Keeping Our Children’s Mental Health in Check :: An Interview With Author Britt Sayler

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This year I came to the realization that I've spent more years of my life dealing with depression than I haven't. In grade school, I remember writing an essay and likening the absence of...

Mother’s Day :: Bittersweet Reflections

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I’m writing this on Mother’s Day. This is my fourth Mother’s Day as a mom, and my second without my mother. My mother is living, but no longer a part of our lives. Many...

Learning From Apraxia

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In honor of World Apraxia Day, I want to share my experience with this little-known speech disorder. When my son was diagnosed with Apraxia of Speech at 18 months, I had no idea what it...

Autism :: 3 Things I Wish I Had Known from the Start

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My husband and I recently attended our son's annual IEP (Individualized Educational Program) meeting. This is our fourth IEP meeting since he started 3K in 2019. The meeting went well, and it made me...

My Husband’s Vasectomy :: Why We Made the Decision and How It Went

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My husband and I have been married for ten years and have two amazing daughters. There was a time when we imagined more children, but we’ve now reached a point where we’re undoubtedly certain...

4 Creative Outdoor Activities for Kids of All Ages

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We've all had those days where they get tired of playing in the backyard or going to the same park. Here are a few tips you can pull out to make things interesting while...