Ultimate Columbia Mom Giveaway! Meet Our IG Giveaway Partners & Enter to Win!


We here at Columbia Mom are so excited to announce this amazing giveaway! We have partnered with some local mom and woman-owned businesses to celebrate YOU! We all know how hard balancing mom life can be, but you all are out there every day just totally rockin’ it. Because of all the hard work, our local moms do our community grows better each and every day. 

Below are our amazing partners for this giveaway and we feel so lucky that they wanted to work with us to celebrate Columbia moms. If you want a chance to win some incredible gifts from these local ladies, just head over to our Instagram and enter there! 

Abundant Graze

We are Abundant Graze, a mother/daughter-owned business that brings people together around food. We curate charcuterie boxes, boards, tables, and more. Whether you would like a charcuterie delivery for a date night, to gift, or catering a party or event – we can put together a beautiful display that not only looks beautiful but tastes good as well. We choose artesian meats and specially selected cheeses with other fresh ingredients to bring you a beautiful and delicious graze.

Corporate Melanin Millenial

I’m Nikki. A corporate strategist, career & public speaking coach, planner of all things, writer, Netflix Binge Queen, wife, dog mom, and creator of Corporate Melanin Millennial.

What makes me, a 28-year-old mid-level employee qualified to give career or public speaking knowledge? I’m the “I don’t take no for an answer type of person.” I’ve reached out for every role I have. I’ve helped over 40 people in the last 12 months alone land jobs due to resume overhauls and LinkedIn overhauls. 89% of those people landed roles that resulted in an increase in income. Public speaking? I have multiple 1st place awards in an international public speaking organization. I love public Speaking and as I tell my clients and my students when you have a passion for something you do it better than anything else.

CMM was created to help other millennials find their passions. You spend almost 2,000 hours a year at work. You should be happy there. My goal through consultative career coaching, resume overhauls, LinkedIn, and one on ones is to help you blend your passion & your career.

Photo by: Henry Jones Photography (www.henryjonesphotography.com)


Femme x COLUMBIA is a cowork space + social club located in the historic Robert Mills District of Columbia. We curate progressive spaces that leverage the power of community for the advancement of all women. With 4 floors of cowork and lounge space, a cafe + bar, member-only and community events, business resources, social networking, and event space rentals, we fill a vital need for Columbia women. Our month-to-month memberships offer women the ability to not only meet one another, but gain support and affordable resources in every walk of life and field of work.

Fit Columbia

Fit Columbia is an AWARD WINNING studio offering a balanced approach to sustainable fitness & life enhancement through strength & mobility training, childlike play, and yoga.

  • 2017, 2019, 2020 BEST PILATES FREE TIMES

Hotel Trundle

Rita Patel is owner of Hotel Trundle, Columbia’s only independently owned boutique hotel and whose mantra is live joyfully and dream fearlessly. She grew up in Orangeburg, SC immersed in her parents’ hotel management company founded in 1990. She attended the University of Georgia for her undergraduate work in Interior Design and later the University of North Carolina Charlotte where she received her Master of Architecture degree.

After several years working in the commercial design and hospitality arenas, she and her husband, Marcus Munse, developed Hotel Trundle and opened its doors in 2018. Rita currently serves on the City Center Partnership Executive Committee and acts as its Marketing Committee Chair. She is an active member of the Prisma Health Foundation Board and was selected as a 2020 ExperienceSC Local Insider. Rita enjoys practicing mehndi art as a hobby and currently resides in downtown Columbia with her husband and two sons.

Mindful Steps

Hi! I’m Andrea Dorn and I’m a local mom, children’s book author, and mental health therapist, and my mission is to encourage healthy social emotional learning in every home through evidence-based, mindfulness-informed resources that support children, families, educators and other professionals.

My internationally sold children’s book series, The Mindful Steps Series, is made up of engaging teaching and learning how-to guides that take children through tricky transitions and skill development with concrete, step-wise explanations – so kids know what to expect and what is expected of them (which is what psychology tells us is important for effective learning!). This series is also designed to support caregivers and professionals through teaching these concepts with attachment building process questions and additional teaching tips in each book.

My newest book, Calm and Peaceful Mindful Me, is a gentle introduction into the important social emotional skill of mindfulness, but my ever-growing series also consists of a potty and a big brother/big sister how-to guide (and stay tuned for my newest book on child bereavement releasing early next year). Check out my website for mindfulness resources and my IG account for child development tips grounded in mindfulness, kindness, and connection. Happy reading!

The Plan by Lauren Truslow

My name is Lauren Truslow and I am a mom of four and a small business owner. My four kiddos are Peyton-9, Harper & Emma-5 and Gunner-4. Life is crazy with #Truslowpartyof6, but on top of being a mom and wife, I have five small businesses.

I started with barre3 Columbia, added on barre3 Lake Murray, founded The Nail barre downtown, followed by the Lake Murray location and now The Plan by Lauren Truslow.

All of my small businesses have women at the center of them and my main mission and passion is to instill confidence in them. I have been doing this through fitness, self-care at The Nail barre and now through a day planner that focuses on taking time out of every day for you. 

Seminole Candle Company

Hi! I’m Jenny Harrison, owner of Seminole Candle Company. I have always loved candles, and started my West Columbia based business in 2018 to share that love with my community.

My goal is to educate on the benefits of soy wax, and enhance your quality of life and relationships through the healthiest and highest quality candles possible. Our signature fragrances transport you to another time and place while facilitating new memories. Helen Keller says it best; “smell is a potent wizard that transports you across thousands of miles and all the years you have lived.”

Silver Spoon Bakeshop

Erin Nobles is the owner of Silver Spoon Bake Shop on Devine Street. A native South Carolinian, she attended USC then went on to train in French pastry in New York City.

After working in Charlotte and Charleston, Erin was ready to open her own bakery and Columbia’s Devine Street was a perfect location. Eight years later, Silver Spoon is Columbia’s neighborhood bakery. Covid has changed the bakery’s business model but Silver Spoon still offers a variety of baked goods for pick up on Friday afternoons. 

Steel Garden

Denise Shealy is the owner of Steel Garden. Steel Garden is a roaming plant truck that brings plants to downtown Columbia and its surrounding areas for easy shopping and even delivery.

Steel Garden also has several retail installations located throughout Columbia. Many of the plants available are easy to care for and Denise has a wealth of knowledge to help keep your plants alive and healthy!

A special thanks to all these amazing businesses for participating! Ready for your chance to win big? Head over to our Instagram and enter there! 

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Carey Shofner
Originally from Indiana, Carey moved to South Carolina in 2009. She and her husband, Brett, met during college at USC and now reside in Forest Acres. She is an elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom to two wonderful boys. After struggling with infertility for years, their son, Milo, joined their family in November of 2017 through domestic adoption. In March of 2020 baby River joined the family via embryo adoption. In addition to being a SAHM, Carey works in Social Media Management, is a babywearing educator, and a postpartum doula. She enjoys writing, iced coffee, road trips, and connecting with other mamas online. Her passions include adoption ethics and education, infertility, mental health advocacy, plus size life, and social justice issues. You can follow Carey’s motherhood journey and more on Instagram at MessyAsAMother.


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