Heather Blanton Burns

Heather Blanton Burns
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Heather Blanton Burns lives in Columbia with her husband and daughter. Natives of South Carolina, they love taking road trips to visit family, as well as spending time at the lakes, beaches and mountains nearby. Heather is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Certified Gentle Sleep Coach. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston and her doctoral degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. She cares for children of all ages at a small pediatric practice locally. She founded a small business, Cultivating Bright Futures, in 2020 to support mothers through education and provide encouragement for mothers at every step along their motherhood journey. When she’s not working, Heather enjoys reading, spending quality time with family and friends, staying involved in the community through Junior League, eating delicious food at local restaurants, checking out local events in Columbia and staying active through walking, yoga and barre.

Maternal Mental Health Awareness: What You Need to Know

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May is Mental Health Awareness Month. One of the main goals of this month of awareness is to shed light on how common mental health struggles are in the general population, as well as...

Cesarean Section Awareness and Appreciation

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April is Cesarean Awareness month. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), cesarean birth is the delivery of a baby through surgical incisions made in the abdomen and uterus.  Here in the...
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Spring Forward :: Tips for Surviving Daylight Savings Time

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The start of daylight saving time may be one of my favorite times of year. There is so much excitement in the spring, with the promise of longer days, warmer weather and the eventual...

American Heart Month :: A Focus on Heart Health

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February is American Heart Month. This month, women are encouraged to focus on our cardiovascular health and wellbeing. But it also provides a good opportunity for the whole family to focus on heart healthy...

Back to the Basics: Building a Firm Family Foundation

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As we find ourselves entering another new year, I’ve been thinking a lot about how we will navigate things as a family.  My girls got some building blocks for Christmas and needless to say, we’ve...

Accessing Joy This Holiday Season Through Practicing Gratitude

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Every year as the holiday season approaches, I feel a mixture of emotions. I feel both excited and overwhelmed as I look at my calendar, filled with all of the work, family, school and...

10 Must-Have Items for Cold and Flu Season

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As we enter another cold and flu season, it’s time to check in on your home sick-day supply kit. I know it can be overwhelming sometimes to navigate the cold and flu aisle at...

Falling Back Into Shorter Days :: Tips For Surviving Daylight Savings Time

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Before I had children, I was always a little sad about the end of Daylight Savings Time every fall. Going to work and leaving work in the dark always seemed a little depressing. Turns...

A Practical Guide to Prepare for Beginning Preschool or Daycare

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Parenting comes along with a multitude of decisions; big and small. One of the biggest decisions you’ll make as a working parent is deciding who will care for your child. Ask any parent what...

Bringing Home Baby :: A Practical Guide to Your first 30 Days at Home

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If you are reading this, you are likely expecting your first baby (congratulations!), or maybe you are in the midst of the newborn haze. As I write this, I am at the end of...
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Best Patio & Outdoor Dining Spots Around Columbia

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As springtime, longer days and warm weather approaches, I’ve been getting more excited about getting outside with family and friends. Restaurants with outdoor dining have always been my favorite. There’s something about being outdoors...

New Year, New You? Or Is It Ok to Be the Same You This...

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Each new year seems to bring a slew of marketing campaigns targeted at moms, or just parents in general, promising to help them address the sorts of problems that they are too busy, or...

Navigating Cold and Flu Season :: How to Boost Your Child’s Immune System

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As we find ourselves in the midst of an unprecedented cold and flu season, many parents are wondering, why is my child always sick? Is this normal? What can I do? To start, if you...

Columbia Parks & Playgrounds :: Sims Park

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One great thing about Columbia is the number of awesome parks and playgrounds our children have access to. As a mom to a very active toddler, parks are a great daily energy outlet for...