Family-Friendly Races in WNC: Summer 2015

Summer 2015 Family friendly races

There is a huge runner community in Western North Carolina, and many of us have families and kids. If you’re like me, I love running races on my own. I love the training, the camaraderie and challenging myself to race a better time, but other times, I enjoy racing with my family or my children, […]

5 Reasons to Garden with Kids #gardening #giveaway

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Did you know that gardening offers a number of cognitive, social and emotional benefits to children? Even if you’re not a huge fan of gardening yourself, perhaps this is the year to get a little dirty planting a few plants. Check out these five top reasons to garden with kids. Encourages patience: Gardening teaches children […]

Miscellaneous Monday: Women on Fire, Cocktail Dresses and Squeezable Necks

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Wow, the past three days have been a whirlwind. My brain and body have been all over the place. I had a blogging conference all day Thursday night, Friday and Saturday. It was a Type-A summit event with a handful of bloggers. We worked in small groups and one-on-one sessions to set goals and make […]

Stream of Consciousness #SOC #writing #blogging

I am so tired. My eyes are literally burning. This entire week I have gone to bed at 10:30 or later and woken at 5:45. That is just not enough sleep in my book. My husband has been running on the same schedule, but he seems fine. I read one time that women require more […]

Hollywild Animal Park #FamilyFun #SouthCarolina


Have you ever heard of Hollywild Animal Park in Wellford, SC? A friend of mine took her family a couple of years ago and said they had an absolute blast. From what I’ve heard and read, it’s a very unique attraction. Hollywild is a combination of a zoo and a park and has been a […]

The Afterglow of Mother’s Day, 2nd ed.

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A couple of years ago I wrote a post called The Afterglow of Mother’s Day and I decided to bring it back this year. Are you feeling the afterglow? Or maybe it’s more like a hangover. I’m not sure what your day was like yesterday, so I hate to be overly optimistic. I’m definitely feeling […]

Stream of Consciousness #writing #blogging #SOC

Children are so interesting. Whether we put our three-year old to bed at 7:30 pm or 10:00 pm, he still wakes up at 6:45 almost on the dot. We went to Dollywood yesterday and didn’t get home until 9:30, so the boys went to bed much, much later than normal. I got up early to […]

Ode to Moms #MothersDay

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 She’s a nurse, a counselor, a friend, a cook, a teacher She wipes tears, bandages knees, gives hugs We call her Mom She worries that her children are sad, restless, unhappy She glows when they are proud, honored, confident We call her Mom She aches for days gone by but is hopeful for the future […]

My First Half Marathon #Running #SmallTownRaces

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I’ve only been a runner for a little over a year.  It’s not lost on me that I missed out on the prime health years of my life by waiting until the age of 34 before truly running, but it’s okay. Better late than never, right? I used to observe my runner friends, perplexed by […]