I live a charmed life – I know it and am the first to admit it. I had a happy childhood, a fun time in high school (for real), expanded my horizons in college, and have really had a...
A new month. A new year. A time for reflecting and goal setting. I've never really been one to make New Year's resolutions, but this year I do have some things I really want to work on.  Growing up my mom...
To be honest, I am not quite sure how to start this story, but here it goes... My mother and I have a complex relationship, to say the least. She is a great person and like many parents has made...
I was helping my grandmother clean out an old dresser when I was about ten years old. Under some old cards signed by the grandfather that I never met was his obituary. It stated he died "from gunshot wounds."...
When my husband and I were first married more than a decade ago, we lived near Los Angeles. He was in school full-time and I worked from home. Our home was an apartment not much larger than a postage stamp....
Owning a business isn't always easy. Often times the media portrays business owners as rich, driving fancy cars and going on lavish vacations. While this may be true for some folks, it can be far from the truth for...
My husband I are small business owners. The kind with the brick and mortar location and an array of personality types walking through our doors daily. We are always on the phone, on our computers, working, marketing, strategizing, teaching,...
Parents of preteens can be very naïve these days. I remember the days of my youth when I would lie to my parents about who I was talking to on the phone . . . and now as a mother...
In February of 2009, my siblings and I lost our mother. Without her, our lives have definitely changed. And although they say time heals all wounds, visiting her grave seems to get harder and harder as the years go...
I have been blessed to be married to my husband for almost 10 years and every year, without exception, we have made it a priority to take an anniversary trip. There have only been two years when we didn't...
Asking for help can be difficult for any number of reasons. Maybe you’re a people pleaser. Maybe you’re afraid you’ll owe someone a debt. Maybe you’ll think admitting you need help means you are failing. Here are some steps to...
It was an average Friday in our home. My husband had taken a few of the kids to school and I was at home getting the others dressed and fed. My phone dinged with a text from him asking me...
Times are different then they used to be, and as a parent I try to compromise as much as I can with my children. Growing up my mom kept us safe but she allowed us to do things she...
Whether you prefer Valentine's Day, Galentine's Day, or BOTH, it's that time of year again! For my hubby and I, we started a tradition years ago that on Feb. 14, we stay in, avoid the chaos, and cook an...
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Guide to Swim Lessons Around Columbia

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It's that season where people are thinking about summer and swim lessons are in demand! The weather is about to turn hot, the kids...

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