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Summer Camps for Kids in Florence SC

June 8, 2019

Lynches River County Park Summer Camp
With fun indoor and outdoor activities like arts and crafts, field trips, games, activities, canoeing, splash pad and more for kids who like a real adventure, this is's #1 pick if you don't mind the longer drive. For kids ages from kindergarten through 5th grade. They start mid June through the beginning of Aug. Call 843-389-0550 to secure your child's spot. Address: 5094 County Park Rd., Coward, South Carolina 29530

YMCA Florence Summer Camp
The YMCA in Florence has separate groups for summer camp: preschool (3K and 4K) and the 5k - 6th grade. The grades that fill up first are usually between 5K - 3rd grade. Call 843-665-0226 to check and register your child's spot. Their summer camps here are fun with great long hours from 7AM - 6PM. This makes it helpful for parents who work full time jobs. They have weekly themes.
Address: 1700 Rutherford Dr., Florence, SC 29505

Addie's Baby Art Summer Camp
If your child is an artist or love art and doesn't need to be in a summer camp for a long period of time, Addie's Baby is a great option! Sometimes they run weekly and even daily themed projects for kids ages 7 and up! Snacks are included. The studio is located in downtown Florence so after dropping your artist off for some fun, take a mommy break around town. Call 843-229-5862 to see if they are running an upcoming camp for kids.
Address: 290 W Evans St., Florence, SC 29501

For summer camps for the little ones, go to the preschool favorites list for Florence, South Carolina


A Few Ways to Encourage Your Teen to Become a Safer Driver Today

May 16, 2019

No one likes to think about their child getting into a car accident. The thought can be terrifying, as we all know that car crashes can lead to injuries and even fatalities. However, it is important that parents of teens make sure that their children are doing everything they can to remain safe while learning to drive alone. The scary truth is that teenagers are three times more likely to get into a car accident than older drivers.

There are many reasons that teens are more likely to get into crashes, including distracted driving and driving under the influence. The good news is that most of these reasons are preventable, and parents can encourage their teens to take the actions to lower the risk of a crash. Here are a few steps that you can encourage your child to take as they learn to drive and after they get their license.

1) Encourage them to banish distractions.

Distracted driving is one of the top causes of car crashes among teens, mainly due to the rising use of smartphones and other portable technology. Make sure your teen is putting their phone away while driving. Sending that text just isn’t worth a potentially fatal accident. Additionally, talk to your teen about other common distractions. Many people are so concerned about smartphone use while driving that they fail to realize there are many other things that can cause distractions for a driver. Eating and drinking, applying makeup, talking to passengers, and even looking out the window at something can distract a driver enough to cause a crash.

2) Talk to your teen about driving under-the-influence.

Many crashes among teenage drivers are caused by the driver being under-the-influence of drugs or alcohol. Driving under the influence can cause deadly crashes, and should be avoided under all circumstances. Even if a crash doesn’t occur, getting a DUI can mean costly fines, loss of a license, and other consequences. Make sure your teen understands that driving while slightly “buzzed” is still drunk driving. Additionally, if your teen is taking any prescription drugs that cause drowsiness, make sure they understand that even though they are legal, these prescriptions could still cause a crash. Lastly, make sure that your teen knows to never get into a car if the driver is drunk, high, or otherwise incapacitated. Making the choice to find a different ride home could safe your child’s life.

3) Make sure your teen knows not to drive drowsy.

Drowsy driving doesn’t receive the amount of attention and press time that drunk driving does, but the scary truth is that it can be just as destructive. Exhausted drivers can have slowed reaction times and cognitive functions, similar to drunk drivers. In addition, if a driver is tired enough, he or she may fall asleep at the wheel, possibly causing a deadly crash. Make sure your teenager understands how important it is to be properly rested before getting behind the wheel.

4) Make sure your teen is following the rules of the road.

Things like speeding and failing to yield to red lights can not only cause your teen to end up with a costly ticket or points on their license, they can also cause deadly accidents. Make sure your teen knows the rules of the road well before allowing them to drive on their own. And make sure they understand how important it is to actually follow these rules. It’s better to be a little late somewhere than to get into a crash while speeding.

5) Make sure your teen understands basic car maintenance.

Getting your first car is an exciting part of anyone’s life. When your teen reaches this milestone, celebrate with them, but also make sure they know how to properly care for their new vehicle. Not performing the proper maintenance on a vehicle can lead to costly repairs down the road. And if a vehicle malfunctions due to improper maintenance, it can cause accidents. Make sure your teen is performing regular maintenance on his or her new car. Go with them to the appointments at first, and make sure they understand basic car maintenance tasks, such as how to change a tire.

These are just a few things you can remind your teenager about in order to keep them as safe as possible on the road. Heading off on that first drive alone is a huge milestone in anyone’s life, so celebrate with your teen, while also encouraging safe and careful driving practices.

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This article was provided by the partners at The Joye Law Firm, who believe in giving back to their community through charity work, scholarships for promising local students, and free educational resources, such as this article.


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

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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.
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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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