To Encourage Learning and Play, the Children's Museum is Hitting the Road

If you’ve ever watched children at play, you know they are doing real work. Whether it’s building with blocks, making up the rules of a game or inventing an intricate story, children are engaging in real cognitive, social and emotional work through play. This is particularly true of STEM or STEAM activities. STEM (short for science, technology, engineering and math) and STEAM (which adds art into the mix) play enable … Read More

3 Things to Know About a Military Funeral

Those who have served in the U.S. military are celebrated in life as heroes protecting freedom and democracy. In death, their service is also honored with a military funeral and can include in burial in a national cemetery. Family members may not realize all the options and services available as they plan a service for their loved one. Pre-planning is always a good idea, so decisions can be made with … Read More

New Homes in Park Circle Come with Neighborhood Amenities

The Park Circle area of North Charleston has emerged as one of the area’s most sought-after places to live. With affordable home prices and easy access to all the amenities of Charleston, homebuyers are eager to grab a little piece of this trendy neighborhood. Mixson is perfect for families, couples or individuals who want to live and play in the same space. Forget driving across town for dinner out or … Read More

WWII Veteran Shares Tales of the Storied Aircraft Carrier

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Visitors to Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum are encouraged to Walk in the Steps of Heroes. But what’s even more meaningful for visitors is the chance to walk alongside real live heroes – the veteran volunteers who share their personal stories of wartime heroics. Veteran Bill Watkinson is one of just four World War II veterans who volunteer aboard the USS Yorktown. He sits on his own personal bench … Read More

6 Tips for Talking to Your Kids About Death

There’s never an easy way to break the news about the loss of a loved one, a family friend or even a beloved pet. When it’s time to talk to kids about death, the conversation can be even more challenging. But death is unavoidable, so having an honest and age-appropriate conversation with your child about loss is important. It may be tempting to gloss over what’s happened, especially with smaller … Read More

Have a Free Weekend? Spend it Exploring the Lowcountry with Your Family

It’s not often families have a weekend free of soccer games, swim meets, homework or birthday parties. Those rare occasions when the calendar is clear are the perfect times to load up the family and go exploring in your own backyard. Whether your family loves to learn about history, discover the creatures that live in the ocean or spend time in nature, Charleston has something to satisfy even the most … Read More

Save Money and DIY This Year's Halloween Costume

In 2016, more than 171 million Americans celebrated Halloween, and they spent a lot of money to do so – $8.4 billion, in fact. Individually, people spent $82 on average, an increase from $74 in 2015 according to the National Retail Federation. With Thanksgiving and the holiday shopping season just around the corner, you don’t want to bust the budget on Halloween, why not get creative with your costume and … Read More

The Charleston Area's Best Active Adult Community

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Welcome to a one-of-a-kind community. The Ponds, in Summerville, has something to appeal to all ages and all walks of life. Nowhere else in the Charleston area can you live in a community that offers so many things to do within such a naturally beautiful setting. One of the most unique things about the community is its access to nature. With more than 1,100 acres of moss-draped oaks, ponds, lakes … Read More

Which Charleston Community Will You Call Home?

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Stonoview’s Model Home featuring the family room over the garage. There’s so much to love about living in Charleston – natural beauty, rich history, proximity to white sand beaches, local waterways, shopping and award-winning dining, art, theater, and live music – and so much more. With so much to love and so many great choices, finding the community that’s right for you can be challenging. To make choosing a little … Read More

Easygoing Elegance in the Lowcountry

CHARLESTON, S.C. – In anticipation of a Sept. 30 grand opening, CalAtlantic Homes is putting the finishing touches on Saint John’s Lake, its newest coastal community with a peaceful, laid back lifestyle just minutes from historic downtown Charleston. Located at 3348 Great Egret Drive on Johns Island, Saint John’s Lake is a unique community situated on a 63-acre recreational lake, with boat dock and designated launching areas, that residents can … Read More

Local Festival Celebrates Freedom, Diversity and Unity

Sponsored by: Lowcountry Freedom Reigns Festival Reading the Sunday newspaper after worshipping at the church of your choice. Voting for your favorite political candidate or peacefully protesting an injustice. Sharing your views on Facebook or simply reading the comments from others with an opposing opinion. These activities are commonplace for Americans who enjoy freedoms other countries can barely imagine. It’s that spirit of freedom that inspired a group of Charleston … Read More

5 Must-See Exhibits at Patriots Point

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Sponsored by: Patriots Point One of the Charleston area’s most diverse and successful attractions is Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Whether guests enjoy military history, want to pay their respects to those who have served or are eager to explore some two dozen aircraft, Patriots Point is the place to visit. Covering World War II, the Vietnam War and Cold War history, Patriots Point offers a full day of … Read More

5 Social Media Rules Following a Death

Sponsored by: Stuhr Funeral Home In today’s world, we live so much of our lives on social media that it only makes sense that death would find its way into our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds. But this is still relatively new territory, so it can difficult to navigate the etiquette of what to do and say about death on social media. When it comes to responding to a death … Read More

5 Things You Didn't Know About Fall Allergies

In the Lowcountry, those first signs of fall free us from the weight of summer’s heat and humidity. We’re eager to get outside, enjoying the sunny days and cooler temperatures. But for those with allergies, fall can mean a spike in symptoms. Here are five things you probably didn’t know about fall allergies: 1. Pollen isn’t just a springtime nuisance In the spring, yellow pollen is visible everywhere, covering cars … Read More

Use the Summer Break to Organize Important Documents

Sponsored by: Stuhr's Funeral Home There’s something about the summer that calls for a little cleaning and organizing. We have kids’ artwork and photos from the school year, family documents and a disheveled filing cabinet filled with “important papers” – but in an emergency situation, would anyone else be able to figure out your filing system? Whether it’s a hurricane, illness or a death, there are key documents that need … Read More

Living the Locals Life at Lowcountry Beaches

Sponsored by: Chslocals.com Feel like watching the sun rise over the ocean? Need to stick your toes in the sand and recharge after a tough week at work? Want to change up your usual running route to include beach views? When you live in the Charleston area, it’s easy. Most people are 30 minutes or less from getting their feet wet in the Atlantic. You can catch a Saturday sunset … Read More

One Smart Way to Improve Back-to-School Shopping

Sponsored by: Palmetto Goodwill Parents are starting to review those back-to-school supply lists and thinking about the clothing, shoes, backpacks and more their children will need to start a new school year. This year, parents are expected to spend $501 on back-to-school shopping with the majority of that ($284) going to clothing, according to a Deloitte survey. For families who have multiple children, back-to-school shopping can add up quickly. Parents … Read More

From Café to Parks, Amenities Abound in this Summerville Community

Sponsored by: Front Door Communities Some neighborhoods are simply a collection of houses. People come and go without really stopping to soak up their surroundings, make friends with their neighbors, or sit on the front porch with a glass of sweet tea. One Summerville neighborhood has transformed what it means to be a true community. Summers Corner is a place where neighbors sit a spell and children are playing games … Read More

Attention Graduates: Turn Your Passion into a Profession

Sponsored by: Charleston County Park & Recreation Commission As a middle schooler, Josh McFadden discovered a love of skateboarding. He was drawn to the freedom of the sport. "If you have your board, you can find somewhere to skate,” he says. “You can be as creative as you want. I fell in love with that and I’ve been hooked ever since." More than a decade ago, McFadden moved from his hometown … Read More

5 Ways to Guide Your Child Through the Loss of a Family Pet

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Sponsored by: Stuhr Funeral Home If you spend any time at all on Facebook, you’ll inevitably see a friend post about the passing of a beloved pet. Friends chime in with their condolences and their own stories of dealing with the death of a cat, dog, horse or even a lovable lizard. Pets are such a part of the family – they nap on the couch and sleep on the … Read More

How a Grief Support Group Can Help After a Loss

After losing a spouse, child or close family member, it’s hard not to just crawl into bed and ignore the chiming doorbell or ringing phone. Eating a meal or taking a shower can be incredibly challenging, so the idea of carrying on a conversation with others seems like a monumental task. And while some alone time to deal with the initial emotion and shock is part of the grieving process, … Read More

Locals Guide to 48 Hours in Charleston

As a Charleston area local, when was the last time you played tourist in your own town? Is it only when family comes to visit that you stroll on the beach, take in a show or dine at one of the area's culinary gems? It's time you remember exactly what drew you to the Lowcountry in the first place. So, block off a weekend or take a couple days off … Read More

4 Expert Answers to VA Home Loan Questions

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There are many options for financing a home purchase, but if you're a veteran, active military or reserve member, a Veterans Administration home loan can be one of the best benefits of a military career.The VA guarantees a portion of the mortgage, allowing private lenders to lend with greater confidence. The requirements and provisions of the VA home loan system are complex, and can confuse borrowers and lenders alike.So here … Read More

Get to Know Three Tall Ships from Charleston and Beyond

Photo provided by: Priscilla Parker Imagine life aboard a Tall Ship - the billowing sails, the creaking of timber, and the slap of the rigging as the magnificent vessel plows through the waves. Imagine the excitement of the crew when the words "Whales!" or "Land ho!" are shouted from the crow's nest by the lookout. Well, you don't have to just imagine. Experience it for yourself at the Tall Ships … Read More

Kick the Clutter with These Spring Cleaning Tips

The bees are buzzing and temperatures are rising - have you gotten the urge to start cleaning house yet? If you have the spring cleaning bug, you're not alone. In fact, a 2013 survey for the American Cleaning Institute found more than 70 percent of people engage in some form of spring cleaning each year. The top three rooms to get a spruce up are the bedroom, kitchen and bathrooms. … Read More

Marking the Death of a Loved One: 6 Ways to Celebrate Their Life

After a loved one passes away, everyday life takes on an entirely new tone. In particular, after the loss of a spouse or a child who has been with you day in and day out for years or even decades, simple tasks like morning coffee, grocery shopping and watching television are suddenly different. The loss becomes less profound as the days progress and time begins to ever so slightly heal … Read More

Perfect Mother's Day Ideas to Give Mom the Gift of You

What's the best thing you can give your mom for Mother's Day? Some quality time with her favorite child (shhh, don't tell your siblings). From Bluffton to Savannah, there are plenty of ways to treat your mom to a special day out or a full weekend of activities. Put the 39th annual Bluffton Village Festival - known to locals as Mayfest - on your calendar. This full-day festival on Saturday, … Read More

How One Museum is Breaking Down the Barriers to Play

The Children's Museum of the Lowcountry is a place where caregivers can let the kids burn off some energy: where children can zip from activity to activity - crafting a masterpiece in the Art Room or filling their pint-sized shopping carts with pretend fruits and vegetables. But these activities are more than just fun ways to spend the day. Play-based learning is a proven key to early childhood brain development, … Read More

Venus Williams' Top 10 Moments at the Volvo Car Open

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Venus Williams is tennis. Even people who don't play or watch tennis on a regular basis are familiar with Williams' powerhouse performances. She and younger sister Serena Williams have been winning matches and securing titles since their teens. Now in her mid-30s, Venus Williams remains a world-class tennis star with four Olympic gold medals and a host of other top tennis titles. Williams returns to the Volvo Car Open on … Read More

5 Special Places in Charleston to Host a Memorial Service

Charleston has so many beautiful places that it's not unusual for people to choose a non-traditional location for a memorial service. It can be a great way to honor someone's love of nature, a favorite local park or simply an opportunity to gather friends and family in a lovely setting where they can share treasured memories. Here are 5 beautiful spots around Charleston that would make a special setting for … Read More

5 ways families can have a spirit of gratitude

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As we enter into a season of giving it’s the perfect time to pause and insert a little more gratitude into our daily lives. For families, this is an excellent opportunity to help children grow in their gratitude, developing a lasting spirit of thanksgiving that will carry them into adulthood.

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