So *someone* has a birthday this year. Well (God willing), we all will, but *someone* has a BIG birthday this year. Y’all. I turn FIFTY in May. The big 5-0. Whaaaaaat? This birthday has caused me to do some deep...
Thanksgiving is almost here. This holiday always brings to mind family time, delicious foods, and decorating our homes with festive cheer. It's also a great reminder to be thankful for what we have and to share our blessings with...
November includes National Transgender Awareness Week and Transgender Day of Remembrance (Nov. 20), and for many that's a confusing thing. Maybe you'd rather not think about it, but as much as you attempt to hide it, this is an...
When I moved to Columbia from sunny south Florida eight years ago, I’m not going to lie, I sort of arrived kicking and screaming. I loved my hometown, and in my mind the South seemed like a “whomp-whomp” place to...
When my children were younger Christmas was such fun because they were always excited. They would write Santa Claus letters and talk about all the things they wanted. We would take them to different places where Santa would be...
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...
Halloween is one of kids’ favorite holidays. It can be just scary enough to be fun but still keep health and safety in mind. The American Academy of Pediatrics has some well-chosen tips for parents of trick or treaters. Choose...
Many people have a story behind the day they were born. My story is that I was born on Super Bowl Sunday in 1976 and my dad was actually watching the game when I made my way into this...

The Magic of Christmas

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Do your children believe in Santa? I never told my daughter that Santa existed. What she knows, she learned from cartoons and other people. I never had a reason not to tell her that he exists. I just didn’t. Is...
It feels like every year the time between when we hang up our Halloween costumes and start holiday prep gets shorter and shorter. It's goodbye pumpkin spice and the crisp smell of fall leaves and hello to peppermint mocha and...
Every year at the start of the holiday season, it never fails that I cry the first time I hear The Christmas Song. You know the one. "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire, Jack Frost nipping at your nose..."...
I enjoy pretty much the entire holiday season from Halloween to New Years Day! I mean who doesn't love dressing up for Halloween and taking their kids trick-or-treating or the beautiful fall colors that surround the days leading up...
Holidays are hard when you are grieving the loss of a loved one. It seems that every tradition, every song, every festive event is a reminder of what could have, should have, would have been, if only things had been different. For...
The holidays are here and I don't know about you, but my Secret Santa list is getting longer and longer. Don't get me wrong … I love Secret Santa gift exchanges. Like weirdly love them, but sometimes it's hard...
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Exploring PlayMatters :: An Indoor Play Area in West Columbia

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Whether you are looking for a place to escape the rain or heat, or don’t feel like hosting another playdate in your own home,...

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