Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS)

March 27, 2019

Community involvement is an important activity to instill in our children as parents and community members. Encouraging younger generations to take pride in their local communities is a great way to showcase the importance of what it means to take care of one another. Whether it's volunteering, donating, or showing other forms of support, South Carolina is home to people who genuinely care about their local communities. You can find helpful ways to donate your time or resources to organizations such as the Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services (PAALS) featured here by another local business, The Jeffcoat Firm:


Pee Dee Baby & Family Expo

January 15, 2019

Join us for the Pee Dee Baby & Family Expo on Saturday, February 9th from 10:00-3:00 pm at the Florence Center! Presented by Absolute Total Care, the free Expo features dozens of local businesses showcasing the best products, services, and resources for expecting parents and families with children of all ages.
Free fun for moms includes a photo booth, airbrush tattoos, baby bump painting, and mommy makeovers. Kids can enjoy free bounce houses, face painting, special guests, and balloon animals. We’ll also have door prizes and informative classes.
Register on Eventbrite to reserve your free tickets! And be sure to follow the event on Facebook for special announcements, updates, and giveaways happening now! For more information or to feature your business at this great community event, e-mail


Paint & Sip at Addie's Baby in downtown Florence, South Carolina

December 9, 2018

We meet new people throughout our lifetime and some may only stay as acquaintances while others become an instant close connection. I find that having that great, trustworthy friend in this town takes effort and giving others a chance is not easy, but something's gotta give. It is, as we all know, like dating.

And what better way to go on a date or get to know your friend than doing a creative exercise together over a glass of wine? My favorite choice: going to a Paint & Sip in downtown Florence. There's an intimate art studio called Addie's Baby Studio in downtown that's owned by Winter Moore. If you haven't been there, you should. The name of the art studio is "Addie's Baby" because Addie is Winter's mother. It's creative and so touching and as a mom myself, it speaks volumes.
 (Owner & Artist, Winter Moore)

Tonight, my group of moms took a few hours of our busy Christmas season for a Paint & Sip class at Addie's Baby together. Tonight's theme was "Snowman in Paradise". 

Addie's Baby Studio provides the apron, paintbrushes, paint and canvas. You just need to show up with your beverage of choice that you've brought with you (BYOB). Our group decided that sharing a bottle (or 2) of Cabernet Sauvignon that someone brought from home was perfect. 

Sometimes the pressure of creating a perfect canvas can be what's holding you back from just enjoying the experience. For these Paint & Sip classes, no art experience is ever required. What you create on the canvas is yours. After you've completed your painting on your canvas, you get to bring it home to remember the memories of a certain season of your life when you created it. It's more than just painting to me. It's like a record of time of where I am and who I'm with at that given moment. And that is why I'm always eager to come back here to do another painting I've never done before. 

 (Inside of Addie's Baby Studio at a Paint & Sip class)

During the December month, there are many different Christmas themed paintings you can pick from. To see Addie's Baby Studio's calendar and upcoming paintings, go to: If you need to spend that quality time with your significant other, I highly suggest a Paint & Sip class here. If you both have never done it, it'll be a great bonding experience you'll never forget. 

(I forgot my carrot nose on my snowman but that's okay.)

No two paintings from a class will ever be the exact same so when you peek at your neighbor's painting, just remember that that's their painting. You have yours that you created with your own hands and left side of the brain. When I was peering over to see everybody else's canvas, I felt like my painting was missing something but I couldn't put my finger on what it was. I didn't realize until I got home that I forgot to add an orange carrot nose to my snowman! I may have missed a pretty important feature of his face but now I can say that my snowman is not "nosy" like that others. It has made this particular painting experience more memorable and for that, I am thankful. 

To call Addie's Baby Studio about booking a class for yourself or a group of people, you can call 843.229.5862. Studio Address: 290 W Evans St, Florence, South Carolina 29501

Addie's Baby Studio facebook page:

If you are new in town and would like to see a list of mom groups or playdates in Florence, go to: Moms Groups in Florence

For a list of ideas of fun things to do (including Paint & Sips and trivia nights) with your group of moms, go to: Mom Fun page. Every mom deserves a little break. 

Christmas Gift Ideas

November 28, 2018
For the Star Wars fan, this light saber mug is awesome. The light sabers come on when you pour hot liquid inside (like tea or coffee, etc) and there are 13 light sabers on this mug. It's one of the best Christmas gifts that won't break your budget. See short clip to see how it works.  The 13 Star Wars sabers on the mug belonged to: Qui-Gon Jinn, Kit Fisto, Darth Vader, Anakin/Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Maul, Luke Skywalker/Anakin (he had different ones so his name shows up again), Count Dooku, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Asaji Ventress, Mace Windu and Luke Skywalker. See more details on this Star Wars Light Saber Mug.

For the Color Street nail polish fan who doesn't know a distributor close by, they can also buy them online. This one is called Tokyo Lights

Veteran's Day Discounts and Free Things in Florence for Veterans (2018)

October 27, 2018
Veteran's Day this year is Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018! Here's a list of places that will offer veterans a free meal or freebie on this special day in Florence, SC! (Many are even for active-duty military men and women.) This holiday is always special to my family because my husband is a Navy veteran. Thank you all for your service!
  1. Shoney's is offering a free All You Can Eat breakfast to all past and present military from 6AM - 11AM. 
  2. Buffalo Wild Wings is offering a small order of wings and fries to veterans for dine-in on Veteran's Day. Must present acceptable proof of military service, which include: permanent or temporary US military ID cards, a DD 214 or veteran's card.
  3. Little Caesar's Pizza is offering a free $5 lunch combo for veterans and active military only between 11am - 2pm (lunch only). 
  4. Cracker Barrel is offering a free double chocolate fudge Coca Cola dessert to veterans. Dine in only. 
  5. Dunkin Donuts is offering one free donut to all active duty or retired military personnel all day long. Must show proof.
  6. IHOP is offering free red, white and blue pancakes for veterans and active-duty from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. 
  7. Great Clips: On November 11, veterans can get a free haircut, or present your military ID and get a coupon for a free haircut, which can be redeemed anytime before Dec. 31, 2018
  8. Red Lobster is offering active and past military members a free appetizer or dessert from a special menu. Offer will be valid on Sunday, November 11 and Monday, November 12.
  9. Ruby Tuesday is offering a free appetizer to past and present military. 
  10. Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach (1.5 hours from Florence, SC) usually offers a great special for veterans. Last year they offered Veterans $5 admission and their family members only paid 50% of regular tickets each. (Offer may change slightly year to year.) Babies under 2 are always free.
  11. Golden Corral also offers a free meal to Veterans but not on Veteran's Day. They will have their special free-all-you-can-eat buffet offer to veterans on Mon., Nov. 12th, 2018 from 5pm - 9pm. 
  12. Alligator Adventure in Myrtle Beach is offering retired and active military free entry from Nov. 9th - 12th, 2018 and families of veterans 50% off. 
  13. Starbucks Is Offering Free Coffee For Military 11/11. Veterans, Active Duty And Military Spouses, Enjoy A Free Tall (12 OZ) Hot Brewed Coffee On Veteran's Day.
  14. Chuck E. Cheese's is offering a free personal 1-topping pizza for active duty, national guard, retired and veterans with valid Military ID or proof of military service. 
Note: Tell your veteran to be prepared to show military ID or PROOF of military service to any of these places to get their freebie!!! Other websites may have outdated information from previous years that are not offered anymore so be careful. will continually add offers and freebies to this list for our veterans as they are announced.  Hope you and your family will have a great Veteran's Day!

In Florence, you can visit the Florence Veterans Park (601 Woody Jones Blvd.., Florence, SC 29501) located right next to the Florence Center. It is located behind their large parking lot.
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