As a mom who works full time and has three children (15-year-old girl, 13-year-old boy and 7-year-old boy), if you were to ask me what my mom-related extracurricular activities are, I would most likely say Uber driver, ATM and...
As the new year begins, it's fun to come up with New Year’s resolutions. But before I focus on future me, I like to reflect on things I have learned over the past year. Here are five valuable lessons...
Hot chocolate, laughter, snuggles, and holiday cheer! The team at Columbia Mom is currently celebrating the season with their families and friends. From Dec. 24 – Jan. 2, we will not be posting new content on our site (with...
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 social obligations. There is this interesting...
The Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year and is observed on either December 21 or 22, depending on the earth's angle to the sun. Winter Solstice is most commonly known as the first day of winter....
As the holidays approach, one of the things that think about is what is coming next; what the new year will hold. With the new year quickly approaching, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on my minimalism...
It's the time of year when people ask each other "What do you want for Christmas?" - but how often do you mean what you say in response to that question? Many times, I have been asked the question, "Is...
Christmas was always a big deal in my house growing up. Our mom, the late Tracy Denise Graham, was a Christmas baby so she made sure we celebrated. I remember watching her favorite movie every year, It’s A Wonderful Life....
Growing up the holidays were a great time for my family and me. We enjoyed a delicious Thanksgiving and Christmas meal. Our home was filled with love, laughter, and the fragrance of pine or cinnamon sticks. As a child, I...
I love Read It/Watch It Nights. With winter on its way, and Christmas fast on its heels, it's a good time to get cozy with a mug of hot cocoa and a bowl of popcorn to enjoy some holiday...
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...
As we enter the holiday season, I find myself considering ways of giving that minimizes the shopping carts, credit cards, and transient material items. I am not diminishing the practice of traditional gift giving. There is nothing like watching...
I have started and erased so many paragraphs in this post. I thought it would be easy to write, being a veteran myself. But in fact, it's one of the hardest posts I've written. I honestly don't know how...
Several years ago, I was a kindergarten teacher. I spent my days imparting knowledge to 30 developing minds, practicing social skills and self-regulation, and instilling a love for learning. My free time was centered around planning, assessing, grading, and...
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The Midlands is home to a surprising number of family-friendly hiking trails. This fun, inexpensive, and educational hobby is a great way to wear...

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