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The Climate Prediction Center has already forecasted that temperatures across the Lowcountry could be even hotter than normal in the coming summer months. In a state that regularly sees the mercury rise to the upper 90s in June, July and August, the prospect of even hotter temperatures leave…

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If you’re looking for affordable outings this summer, make plans to explore some Lowcountry parks. The area boasts a bounty of public parks, many of which offer free or low-cost entrance and a wide variety of amenities and activities.

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As summer settles on the South, it’s time to get your groove on. This month's calendar boasts so many ways to dance the night away under the summer sun. Here are a few of my favorites.

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Part of having your own family is establishing the traditions that you will hold dear for years to come. Whether it’s frying the Christmas turkey, lighting the menorah or watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” with the family, we look forward to these rituals every year. But while we welcome these…

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The last forkful of Thanksgiving turkey has been gobbled up, the cranberry sauce has been cleared and the green flag now drops to signal the start of the holiday decorating flurry. While interiors dripping with festive frills may warm the heart to see, installing all that frippery can leave …

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With the recent implementation of South Carolina’s Read to Succeed Act, children’s literacy has been making local headlines. Currently, four out of every five South Carolina fourth graders from low-income families cannot read at grade level. But years before this new legislation went into ef…

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As a parent, do you feel as if you’re constantly asking your child to do the same tasks over and over? Is bedtime a battle of wills you can’t seem to win? Or do you create elaborate chore charts and star systems you abandon after two weeks because it’s too much work?

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Each year 6-8 million animals end up in shelters, thousands of which find their way to the Charleston Animal Society in North Charleston. With October being National Adopt-a-Shelter Dog, month we reached out to Charleston Animal Society CEO Joe Elmore to learn more about the organization’s c…

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Kristin Varn of Mount Pleasant is passionate about kids. As a pediatric occupational therapist, she helps kids with developmental disorders and disabilities to develop life skills in both home health and school settings. By starting her own therapy company, Kristin is able to strike a work/l…

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When Jennifer Bilbro’s two kids got head lice for the first time, she definitely was grossed out. Now, with at least five instances of head lice under her belt, she shrugs it off. It’s an annoyance and an expense, Bilbro said, but certainly not that serious.

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If you have basil and tomatoes growing in your garden, make this. If you have a farmers' market near you, make this. And if you have leftover pesto hanging around, even store-bought, you can still make this.

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Check out your grocery store right about now because I'll bet you'll find gorgeous tomatoes everywhere. Roma tomatoes are a bargain this time of year, and they are ideal for cooking in all sorts of recipes. Full of vitamin C and A, as well as lycopene, tomatoes are a healthy buy, too.

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The Lowcountry's balmy summer nights beg for backyard celebrations with friends. But hosting an al fresco gathering takes some advance planning. For expert advice, we turned to Calder Clark, owner and creative director of Calder Clark, a full service consulting and design firm based in Charl…

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This berry trifle is everything you could ever want in a summer dessert — showing off the summer's fresh berries, layering strawberries and blueberries (or whatever you like best) with a sweet diplomat cream and tender yellow cake.

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We love these suits and we hope you do too! This post contains affiliate links, which means we may receive some part of the sales from the link.

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Mushroom and cheese burritos are a delicious vegetarian dish hearty enough to satisfy even the most die-hard carnivore in your family: a burrito stuffed with portobello mushrooms, chiles and cheese. It's perfect for Meatless Mondays and — bonus! — all the ingredients are cooked together in a…

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I know some readers of this column grill year-round. Some of you because you live in temperate climates, where winter just means putting on a light jacket to throw some burgers on, and some of you because you are die-hard grilling machines, who would chisel the ice off your charcoal briquett…

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Editor's Note: Teri Errico Griffis is a freelance writer for Lowcountry Parent. She and her husband, Kyle Griffis, are expecting their first child, a baby girl, in June.

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Since arriving on the Charleston fashion scene more than a decade ago, Andrea Serrano has made her mark as a style guru, and a valued cheerleader for local designers and boutiques. Besides her work as a stylist and fashion blogger under the moniker Charleston Shop Curator, she's host of "Fas…

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When you hear the word camping, you might think of tents, sleeping bags and cooking over an open fire, but today’s summer camps offer so much more. To fill the time between family vacations and the lack of homework, a few carefully selected day camps can give children new hobbies, an educati…

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This old-fashioned cherry cupcake is just the thing for Valentine's Day. I've updated a cake that my mother used to make for my sisters and me when we were children with all the flavors of a bourbon Old-Fashioned. The rosy pink color of the cake immediately brings to mind the Feast of Saint …

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The frantic pace of the holiday season is finally a memory of the not-so-distant past, which means you have 10 months or more before your life is ruled by unhealthy eating, erratic sleeping patterns and exercising only when a walk through your neighborhood or a session at the gym doesn’t int…

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After a month of holiday décor overtaking our homes, many of us are ecstatic for the New Year. Finally, the candles, tree lights and once-a-year serving platters can go back into storage. We set resolutions to have a perfectly decorated, clutter-free home.

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The New Year is a chance to start fresh, but there is nothing magical about Jan. 1. Since it takes 21 days to create a new habit, or to break one, why not start now? When January rolls around you’ll be ready to hit the ground running with established, healthy habits.

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Time to stock up on tissues. ‘Tis the season of scratchy throats and runny noses. For guidance on staying healthy during cold and flu season, we reached out to Dr. Meghan Ondo Geils of Coastal Pediatric Associates. Here, she offers advice on avoiding respiratory illnesses, and what to do if …

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Unlike many other working parents, when Ginny Overbeck drops off her 19-month-old son, Dawson, at daycare and heads to work, she doesn’t worry if she gets a call asking her to pick him up early due to an illness or another problem. That’s because her work environment is so family friendly, s…

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1. Hold a silly string battle with cans of blue or pink covered in decorative paper.

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Summertime and the living is easy. Dinners can be casual, thrown together at the last minute. But when the kids start heading back to school, it’s time to switch gears; dinner usually needs to be planned and punctual.

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The upcoming summer Olympics have me dreaming of a bucket-list trip to Brazil, and because my dreams usually feature food, I’m also hankering for some black beans made in my incredibly heavy stone bean pot a dear friend of mine lugged all the way back from his Brazilian vacation years ago.

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Keeping the lines of communication open between parents and teachers can be a challenge, especially in this era of crowded classrooms and time-crunched families. So many questions and issues go unspoken or unanswered.