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Santa Mini Sessions in Lamar

November 13, 2020
Kimberly Patrick Photography is having a 2 day Santa Mini Studio Photo Sessions for $125 at her indoor studio. Each session is 15 minutes and includes 5-8 images with print release.

Theme:  North Pole Mailbox - All letters to Santa will be answered and delivered by UPS!
Dates: Saturday, Nov 21, 2020 between 12PM - 5PM & Sun, Nov 22, 2020 between 1PM - 5PM. 

They are covid-friendly and will be disinfecting all hard services, hand sanitizer, and using a UV room sanitizer between sessions. There is a $50 non-refundable fee due to reserve your session. Please message Kimberly Patrick Photography via Facebook to schedule your session. 

Address of Santa Mini Photo Sessions: 179 Lorans Dr, Lamar, SC 29069-8865

More about Kimberly Patrick Photography. Kimberly Patrick is a mommy. She is "a creative imagery portrait photographer and visual story teller, dedicated to capturing the interaction, personality, and beauty of people ", as quoted on Kimberly Patrick Photography's facebook page. If you don't have Facebook, she can also be contacted at (815) 600-4741 or

Tami Bachman, a Florence Mom, and her family will serve with Samaritan Foundation for a mission in Dominican Republic

July 27, 2020
Tami Bachman, her husband Skip and her children: Koa, age 7 and Ayla, age 4 are moving to Dominican Republic at the end of 2020 to serve as missionaries with an organization called The Samaritan Foundation. 

They will be sent from Church at Sandhurst (Florence, South Carolina). 

"Once we get there, Skip will help with the current construction projects on the north coast (a pediatric hospital, a school and homes for families in need) and Tami will serve in women's healthcare. We are excited to join in the amazing work being done in Sosua to show Jesus's incredible love and hope for all people by working against poverty, racism and modern day slavery."

If you are interested in partnering with the Bachmans by praying or investing in their mission work in the Dominican Republic, you can contact the Bachmans via their Facebook page: or visit their Mission Quest page:

Social Media handle for both Facebook & Instagram: @bachmanfam

Read the Bachman's August 2020 Newsletter(this will open to a PDF file) to see ways that you can help support them.

More about Samaritan Foundation
The Samaritan Foundation uses ALL of its funds for its building projects and to pay its local staff, providing up to 100 jobs for locals. We really respect this approach to boosting the local economy and promoting dignity by providing training and jobs for the local people, rather than paying foreigners to move there to work.

Best age to find a babysitter

February 24, 2020
When we moved to Florence, we were states away from my parents and mother-in-law so getting a break or finding a babysitter was a really big deal for us. We were always taking care of our own children since I'm a stay at home mom and I'd take them everywhere with us.

The very first time I was regularly away from my first born was when I placed my then 1.5 year old son at All Saints Parents Morning Out so that I could run errands like: grocery shopping, going to dentist and doctor visits for myself and completing chores while he got some social time with other kids. See my recommended preschool/mommy morning out list for Florence. It was a great program. Every morning for 4 hours, he would get to play and learn with other kids who were around his age. I started out with 3 days a week and then bumped up to 5 days a week. It was really affordable. 

It took us awhile until we found a local babysitter when we wanted to go out in the evenings. We didn't find a local babysitter until after our second child was born. My husband and I shared an extracurricular hobby and that was working out at the McLeod Fitness Center. Thankfully, they have a great nursery/childcare program that we could use up to 2 hours at a time. When we started using the MACK while we worked out, both of my sons were in the nursery together. My younger one started going there when he was 6 weeks old and because he was a very easy baby and rarely cried, it made it so easy for me to drop off both of them together without worrying. I would work out and take a shower (even blow dried my hair) and all of that took me less than 2 hours so it was perfect. It was a life saver for us, especially for me since my husband had a shift work schedule and there were many times where it felt like I was single parenting it.

Then, one day out of the blue, one of the nursery workers asked me what we had going on that weekend. She had never asked me that before but oddly, that very weekend happened to be our anniversary and I told her we're going out to eat to celebrate. She asked us if we have a babysitter and I said 'no' and that we were going to bring our kids with us. She said we shouldn't have to bring our kids with us to our anniversary dinner and offered to babysit! I couldn't believe our luck! She took care of my baby at least 3 times a week in the nursery at the MACK when I would work out and had taken care of my older son in the nursery for a good awhile now so they were both familiar with her. We knew she was capable of caring for them well and trusted her. Better yet, she only charged us $12 an hour. That anniversary dinner ended up becoming one of the most memorable dinners we've had and as worried as I was about being away from my two babies, it was good for our marriage. Read about our anniversary dinner and where we went. Anyway, this was several years ago but that was the very first time that we had a local babysitter (who was not family). My older son was only 2 years old and my baby was 5 months old when we started using her babysitting services.

I think the best age to find a babysitter depends on so many factors: whether you already know someone for awhile who just happened to babysit, how comfortable you are with being away from your child without breastfeeding, how attached your children are to you and how much you need a date night with your partner. For us, we didn't actively seek for one. One just fell on our lap! I've also heard of other parents who ended up hiring the preschool teachers who taught their kids at a preschool or morning out program to babysit as well.

I've also had an experience with hiring a babysitter from too. The initial idea that we were going to hire a complete stranger to come into our house and watch our kids was a bit scary but I looked into so many profiles and saw one that I thought might be okay. I met her in person first to interview for 15 minutes before I went ahead and hired her. She was someone in her 30s who had just recently divorced her husband and her inability to have a baby caused a strain on their marriage so I was really sad for her. She also worked full-time and poured her heart to me that the only way she could be around kids was nannying or babysitting. I decided after that talk for 15 minutes that we were going to hire her. It worked out very well for two outings and then she disappeared. She did work full-time and had mentioned briefly that her brother in Virginia had asked her to move in with him to help his family watch their two kids, rent-free. I think she went with that plan and never got back to me on my request for her to babysit again. Or maybe, she just didn't want to watch another family's kids anymore.

Now that my kids are older and my older son goes to elementary school, we've had a total of 4 different babysitters that we've tried out. One of them was a grandma (who had watched our kids at the nursery at the gym), one was a divorcee in her 30s (from and two were teenagers. The teenagers were related to people we already knew and that helped reassure us because we knew their families. We've moved around quite a bit so these two teenagers are from different towns from each other.

I know finding a babysitter for the first time to watch your precious kids is not an easy task. I think if you already know someone who happens to also babysit or hiring your kid's preschool teacher or childcare provider who already has your trust or getting personal references are all so helpful and better than hiring complete strangers. At least you'd already know that they're reliable from your own experience with them. The teenagers that I hired were both from religious families and one of them was even First aid/CPR certified. I think teenagers who you know are staying local for college are also great to consider compared to those who are planning on spending their 4 years of college far away. It helps ensure that you can get that same babysitter for a somewhat long period of time and won't have to stress out about finding a new babysitter as often.

I didn't have the best luck with I tried it and don't think I'll be doing that again. I hope all of this info is helpful for you.

Why Little Rock Should be Your Next Vacation Spot

October 22, 2019

Why Little Rock Should be Your Next Vacation Spot

You shouldn't overlook Little Rock, Arkansas, when you are making your vacation plans.  

This is a city rich in history with plenty of cool sight-seeing tours to keep you busy and enthralled during your trip. This is a great place to take a family vacation, and the kids will love the different activities they can try and the treats they can eat. There are even old school style ice cream and soda parlors to take a step back in time and enjoy a delicious treat.  

Here are a few things you should check out when visiting. And if you love it so much you want to stay, check out some Little Rock homes for sale that you might fall in love with.

Visit the Governor’s Mansion

No trip to Little Rock is complete without visiting the Governor's Mansion. The mansion has been home to Arkansas governors since the 1950s. If you are lucky enough to score a ticket, you can take a tour of the inside of the mansion.  

It has a fantastic antique and art collection. Another area that you can check out are the gardens. They offer specific garden tours that will delight the most seasoned arborist. 

Culinary Delights

Little Rock is known for its barbecue. It has some of the best sweet and tangy sauce in the country, and you must try it. When you do, make sure to dine at Sims Bar B Que. Sims has been around almost forever and is a favorite haunt of most locals.  

But aside from that, it is a celebrity hot spot. Celebs and food critics flock to Sims to indulge in their barbecue with the special sauce. Try it once you are hooked.


Try something different and visit the only purse museum in the country. The museum was started by a private collector to showcase her collection and grew into what it is today.  

The museum takes you through the history of purses and shows how styles and fashion have evolved over the years. If you can't get enough, visit their gift shop which has an excellent collection of vintage purses for sale.

Visit Downtown

Visit the Capital Hotel, which was built in the 1870s in downtown. The hotel has hosted many presidents over the years. And, it is known as the front porch of Little Rock by locals. If you can't stay there, you can at least drink there. Check out the bar and treat yourself to specialty mixes or try some of their signature cocktails. 


There is so much that Little Rock has to offer; it is impossible to squeeze it all into one trip. Aside from all the tourist destinations and tours, there is a whole lot of hidden gems that locals know about. Don't be afraid to ask for suggestions on places to eat and places to visit. I'm sure they would be happy to help!


Do You Know a Local Hero Who Deserves Recognition? Nominate them for a Holiday Award.

October 16, 2019

Do You Know a Local Hero Who Deserves Recognition? Nominate them for a Holiday Award

Do you know a person who has impacted your life for the better through an act of bravery or service? The holidays are the perfect time to make an effort to recognize the people in our lives who have made sacrifices to make things better for all of us.

With this in mind, The Joye Law Firm has founded an annual contest designed to recognize a few of South Carolina’s unsung heroes with a holiday award. The SC local hero contest will award three holiday cash prizes of $1,000 to local heroes in December 2020.

Any South Carolina citizen can nominate someone for one of the awards. The only eligibility requirement is that the person making the nomination and the nominee be South Carolina citizens. The nomination process involves submitting an essay explaining why the nominee deserves one of the prizes.

The nomination prompt is as follows:

"To nominate a local hero, the entrant should write an essay of 600 words introducing us to the person you consider a local hero. Explain why the individual should be recognized for his or her deeds. We are prepared to be overwhelmed because we have encountered a number of people over the years who deserved recognition for their selfless and heroic actions. We know that they are out there."

Entries are due on 11/01/2019, and the prizes will be awarded in December.

Nominations can be made through the contest's page:

The Joye Law Firm partners are excited to have a chance to read about and recognize some of South Carolina’s unrecognized this holiday season. They look forward to reading the stories of courage and service submitted by SC citizens from across the state.  


The lawyers at the Joye Law Firm believe that everyone should be involved in giving back to their community to the best of their ability. They give back to SC residents with their annual scholarship, their annual local hero contest, and by giving to many local charities, such as the Charleston Animal Society.

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About Me Originally from Southern California, we had moved here when my husband got out of the military and began his civilian work at the Duke Energy Power Plant in Hartsville. I had a hard time finding family-friendly resources online in Florence when we moved here in 2013 so I started writing and taking pictures of our adventures and places we've been. This website is a collection of several years of adventures. I hope this helps you as a transplant or new mom. I have two sons who were both born in Florence at the McLeod Hospital.
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