Friday, September 28, 2012

Upick, they grow (Part II)

The pumpkins are coming to Boone Hall Farm...Monday! The best part of pumpkin picking is the serious looks of concentration on all the little faces as each child tries to choose the perfect one...and then using all their might to try and carry it!

The Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch
Opens Monday October 1, 2012

Hwy 17 Mt. Pleasant, SC - 1/2 mile north of Long Point Rd.
Mon- Sat 9am-6pm
Sunday 12pm-6pm
pumpkins are priced per pound
Admission: M,W,Th -$8 per person
Tuesday- Buy one child ticket, receive one adult ticket free
Fri, Sat, Sun- $10 per person
Children under 2 free

For more information on all the attractions and activites included, visit

Thursday, September 27, 2012

I don't speak Portuguese

This is Winston, and he doesn't seem to understand anything I say either. He is as wild as they come. He's a year old Portuguese Water dog and he is a counter-surfing, purse-invading, sock-snatching unmanageable mess, but we love him dearly.

He's clearly annoyed that he has not been included in this blog. Charleston is a great city of dog lovers and there are so many places for children and dogs to run free...together. We have decided to add a spot for Winston to comment on his favorite picks for dog-friendly entertainment in SC. If he digs it, he'll let you know.
For now, let's embrace this rare calm moment...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

UPick, they grow (Part I)

We picked the strawberries from Boone Hall Farm...

the blueberries from Ambrose farm...

and blackberries too...

Now's the time for big, ripe tomatoes grown in our rich local soil. Well, almost. The word on the vines at Boone Hall Upick Farm as of today is that they are very nearly ready, so check back here for more news as they ripen to pick in mid-October. You can also call the local area Upick farms for info on ground conditions and what's available to pick. Picking fruits and vegetables is fun with children and the results are very satisfying - there's nothing like filling a bucket full of goodies in 20 minutes! Besides, your little ones are just the right size to do all the picking. I even had an offer from a fellow picker to hire my twin boys as they make light work of a field of berries! Support your local farmers!
Coming soon to a field near you!

UPick local farms Pluff Mud Kids have tried and recommend:

Boone Hall Farm

2521 Hwy 17 N, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466
843-856-8154, or 843-856-5366
hours: Mon-Sat 9am-6pm, Sunday 12noon-6pm
free parking
pay per lb. - cash, Debit cards, Visa/Mastercard, Discover, AmEx

Ambrose Family Farm

2349 Black Pond Lane
Selkirk Plantation Rd off Liberia Rd
Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487
843-599-0988, 843-599-9999
hours- Mon-Sat 9am-5pm

Legare Farms

2620 Hanscombe Point Rd.
Johns Island, SC 29455

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Moon Rise

The Native Americans called September the month of the Full Corn Moon and the next one is this Saturday. Kids love the feeling of the beach in the evening and Sullivan's Island and the Isle of Palms are perfect places to wander in the surf and soak it in.

They think their Nanna hung the moon.

Capers Island, SC is special in the moonlight

Monday, September 24, 2012

A quirky little favorite

Have you wandered through Black Market Minerals on downtown Market St.? Break out your piggie banks - this is a pocket money treat! The shop is crammed full of well,...ROCKS! My boys have loved the "Rock Shop" ever since they were old enough to toddle inside with 2 quarters clutched tightly in their little fists. There are all sorts of fossils and gemstones to study and a vast array of natural and enhanced beads for jewelry making. Stay together and allow an hour to take it all in.

Black Market Minerals
77 S Market St.
Downtown Charleston, SC
hours - weekdays 10am-9pm, weekend 10am-10pm

Parking: I like to park in the Charleston Place hotel and walk through to Market St. There are two other parking garages nearby on Cumberland St. one block over.
Food and drinks/restrooms: cross the street to the market and enter at Church and Market for good coffee and refreshments at Caviar and Bananas.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

So long, farewell summer

Our beach days are fading fast but...gorgeous mornings are reason enough to pack a picnic and head to the beach. This moment was captured on the Isle of Palms, SC

These Mini Boden beach hoodies are great for taking the chill out of the early mornings

Oh Edisto! (Part II)

Did I mention the ultimate tree house?

These are the tree houses on the Edisto River. At $150 per person per night (second night and each thereafter are $75), this is not a cheap weekend, but how cool is this?! They are secluded and so tranquil. There is just something about pulling your canoe up curbside! Put it on your bucket list. It's on mine.

PMK tip- wait just a bit longer til the weather cools and the mosquitoes subside!
For More information on this blissful experience, visit

Oh Edisto! (Part I)

I grew up on a lake, and canoeing feels as natural as riding a bike. Even if you've never canoed before, I promise you will love this adventure and your kids will thank you for the experience. I've paddled this stretch of the Edisto River four times now, and it is always new and different and just challenging enough to keep things interesting. It's a 10 mile journey, and although that sounds daunting, stopping along the way to swim and picnic makes the time fly. It takes 3 - 4 hours depending on how often you stop to explore.

PMK tip- you can put two children in the mid section of the canoe, and an adult at the bow, but always put an adult with a bit of experience in the stern for the smoothest ride. Kids are certainly able to take a turn paddling too.

For more information:
Carolina Heritage Outfitters
Hwy 15, Canadys, SC

$30 per adult and $10 per child for a canoe and self-guided paddle trip. Life jackets, canoes, paddles, and transportation to launch site provided. Free parking. You are also provided with a map and a briefing on the ins and outs of canoeing at the launch site. Make sure you apply bug spray before you arrive at the launch site, but they won't bother you once you're out on the water.
What to wear: I recommend wearing a swim suit and taking a cover-up and a wide brimmed hat as well as sunscreen, bug spray, and lots of water. You may take a cooler and picnic along the way. A dry bag is a good idea for cameras and cell phones.
There is a public restroom at the initial check in site. You will end the 10 mile paddle back at this starting point where you will pick up your car.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Shem Creek Pier (Part II)

Ok, so we are fairly new to fishing and we have already lost one decent rod to the Atlantic, but fishing with kids is always a guaranteed laugh! I highly recommend this casting spot - it's oh so Charleston. I recommend Walmart for rods and bait. Now, there's a sentence I never thought I'd say!

PMK tip: For $2 at Walmart, we have found that using frozen squid as bait is great for fishing with kids. It cuts up easily and stays on the hook for a long time.

Parking: Enter the lot off Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant. It's well posted, you can't miss it. Free parking
Hours: 5am to midnight
Public restrooms on site, no food or drinks available

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Shem Creek Pier (Part I )

The new Shem Creek Pier is a great place to take in our beautiful marsh and you can't help but catch sight of dolphins here.

The distance to the end of the pier is a little deceiving. It's actually just under a mile from the parking lot to the end of the pier and back. A great walk with little ones!
Parking:  The site is well posted. Enter the lot off Coleman Blvd in Mt. Pleasant. Free parking.
Hours: 5am to midnight
Public restrooms on site, no food or drinks available