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Taken Root

One of my favorite areas of our property is our Charleston-style side garden with its lush greenery, native trees, colorful flowers and flowing fountain. It’s a wonderful place to relax with a book, visit with a friend or simply ‘be’. It’s also an area that needs frequent care: watering, misting, trimming, weeding, sweeping, etc. This

I Wonder Why…

As adults, we all have fond and emotional memories deep within us from our early childhood experiences. Most of us can recall intense relationships with other living things: favorite animals we had and loved, open fields, wild flowers growing on a mountain side, or perhaps the sound of a fresh water stream trickling down the

The Prepared Nest in the Spotlight

This past spring, I was contacted by Baan Dek Montessori school in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and invited to participate in their Spotlight Series (link below in green font). Surprisingly, I first discovered Baan Dek’s logo on a creative branding site called Fuzzco (a local Charleston, SC creative studio). I was intrigued and soon began

Children and Healthy Food Choices … Start Early!

There are countless articles about picky eaters, food battles and how to get children to eat healthy foods. Many parents resort to sneaking vegetables into cakes and bribing children with toys and trips to the park. Tears and tantrums can be sparked over a single green bean placed on a primarily white food plate. It

Rewarding Time With Your Grandchild

I’m sure Lesley Stahl’s peers are as she describes in The New York Times Opinion page today: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/13/opinion/sunday/grandbabies-the-great-reward-for-aging.html?ref=opinion. Most have plenty of money, time and interest in their grandkids. However, there’s a much larger percentage of grandparents that also love their grandchildren and are willing to help out as they can, but they do not

Inspiring Visions

In early March, I had the pleasure of hearing guest speaker and internationally acclaimed interior designer, Vern Yip, during the Art of Design luncheon at the Gibbes Museum of Art here in Charleston, SC. Vern shared some of his life stories, design information and creative guidance, most of which are included in his new design

Mighty Meltdowns

“Respect all reasonable forms of activity in which the child engages and try to understand them.” — Maria Montessori It’s a beautiful Saturday. Your son has spent the afternoon playing happily at his friend’s house and you’ve just arrived to collect him. From the look on your son’s face, you know he is not going