Sunday, May 31, 2015

Make It Monday: Summer Planning

This Monday, June 1, is the perfect moment to sit down with your children, print this calendar to stick to your fridge, and start a conversation about a summer hit list. Each year, our summer list of favorite places to get to is always repetitive as kids really love to revisit places full of memories. These top picks are on repeat on our family playlist each summer, just to name a few: the zoo, Kiawah Island, Capers Island, ice skating, waterskiing, and much more. Coordinating summer plans with friends? Email them this calendar and watch the dates fill in quickly! Scroll down to check out some more suggestions for June.

Click here for PDF version

Add these to your summer plans too:
  • Summer movie classics at the Terrace Theater (FREE for children under 10, $4 for older children). The best!
  • Second Sunday on King St. on June 14th
  • Grace Episcopal tea room is fantastic through June 5th - supporting local charities.
  • FREE admission to Magnolia Plantation's Audubon Swamp in honor of John James Audubon on June 13 and 14.
  • Magnolia Plantation's Lady Bug Release is July 25 (details here). 
As we approach the last days of our fifth grade year, we wish you and your family a joy-filled, unplugged summer to remember!

This post compiled to Palisades Park - Counting Crows (coming to Daniel Island's Family Circle Stadium in August!)

Friday, May 29, 2015

graze Charleston

Heading downtown to sample Spoleto this weekend? Here are a few PMK foodie favorites you may want to sample too!
  • St Alban - roasted carrot salad and the best coffee. All day.

  • Table and Tavern - This pecan pie with sea salt caramel icecream. You only live once, right?

And don't forget tomorrow is sand castle day on IOP beachfront, courtesy Spoleto!

*Check back here next week for reader recommended tips on banishing boredom and a few summer trip ideas.

This post compiled to Yo Yo Ma and Lil Buck - catch Lil Buck jookin' tomorrow at Spoleto.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In the Stacks: summer reading

"There are those who come to New York to try it on, to burn fast and furious in the workforce, deplete their need for the city and the city's need for them, and move on. And then there are those who have New York in them all along. I am one of those; I see New York in the mirror, and New York looks back at me."
-Rosanne Cash, singer/songwriter and daughter of Johnnie Cash

This book of short essays about New York City was recommended to me, from one NYC lover to another. If you've ever visited, lived there, or just long to go, this book will sit well with you and makes a perfect beach read because you can pick it up and put it down from one story to the next. I laughed out loud at the descriptive tales and loved reading about the city while gazing up at the crashing waves, reminding me why we all choose to live here in the first place. Never Can Say Goodbye - Writers on their unshakable love for New York. Edited by Sari Botton. I found this copy at Blue Bicycle Books.

Also, My City, My New York features tips by famous New Yorkers including everyone from Tina Fey to Bette Midler. For kids, try New York City With Kids - I love this Fodor's series.

  • For tweens and teens: Flatland by Edwin Abbott - a detailed review by American Scientist here. Do you preview books for your children? I am just skimming this one now. "In Flatland, the men are all polygons, and the women are lines. The fewer equal sides a person contains, the lower the class in society." Sci-Fi minds will love this!                                 

  • For Preschoolers: How Will We Get To The Beach by Briditte Luciani and Eve Tartlet is perfect for thinking about what it means to pack for a day at the beach.
    Charleston County Public Library summer reading program starts June 1, 2015 - start tallying your children's summer book picks and win prizes in the process.                                   

Monday, May 25, 2015

Memorial reflection

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall - Washington DC. Comprising more than 58,000 names of American soldiers who gave their lives in defense of our country. Photographed May 4, 2014.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Up and Coming: Memorial Weekend

 If there's one thing downtown Charleston wears well, it's Spoleto. It begins today! Details below with the addition of a few more top picks for family events around town...

  •  It's Summer Reading time again with Charleston County Public Libraries - an annual tradition for our family, how about yours? Starts this Monday, June 1.
  • On my mind: Destination SUP at Kiawah Island here. Put it on your summer bucket list!
  • Have you tried Shark Shallows yet? We are ready to check this out!
  • Another tradition... the annual Piccolo Spoleto sand sculpting contest on Isle of Palms (pictured below)

This post compiled to Dance Me To The End Of Love - Madeleine Peyroux. Find her at Spoleto here and watch her interviewed here on CBS Sunday Morning. Love her!

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The Zoo x 2: Zipline

*This past week, this page was silent. Usually, I have a host of pre-written posts and can tote my laptop anywhere (one of the things I like most about this blog format is that you can even post from an iphone ). However, there are times when circumstances arise that make writing about every day things seem somehow inappropriate. My extended family needed to "circle the wagons" this past week to care for one of our own and I can't think of a better reason for silence. I am happy to report we are all back on track and our family member is well on the road to recovery!

Did you know you can zipline at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC? We had to test it out and can confirm that it's not only 3 hours of fun, but it's also run by a very competent staff who love what they do. What's not to love? You will laugh til you cry as you move through the course - details below...

A few of our own videos to convince you - one adult perspective and one child's eye view!
click here to review all the zip line details! 

Linking with The Zoo x 2 Part I

This post compiled to Since you came along - Charleston's own The Lowhills

Thursday, May 14, 2015

sea turtle rescue and release

 Did you know that May 15 is Endangered Species Day? Of the six species of sea turtles found in US waters (there are seven species worldwide), all are endangered. Visit the link at the bottom of this post to learn more about impacting these turtles locally.

The SC Aquarium had another successful sea turtle release "party" at the beach today. My dear friend and quintessential beach girl Reagan Woods sent through this shot of the magical moment...

5/14/15 - As her students cheer her on, Sullivan's Island Elementary School teacher releases Bailey, a sea turtle rescued near Edisto and released through the SC Aquarium Rescue Program on the Isle of Palms today.

Read more about the SC Aquarium Sea Turtle Rescue Program

Linking with this PMK post on sea turtle release

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Zoo x 2: Climb Riverbanks Zoo

*Fair warning folks, I had to throw a cool snake picture into this story!

With kids, every trip to a zoo is a new experience... it's one of those special places that appeals to kids of every age, over and over again. The Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC is one of our favorites because they are constantly changing things up and offer outstanding programs and exhibits. As a parent, I love the fact that, apart from taking pictures, people in general are completely unplugged and engaged in enjoying their time with the animals - it's just one of those places where time with your family is all you have to think about. Love that!

 Our boys recommend the Sky-High Safari... try it on your next trip to the zoo! Check back this week for a look at the Riverbanks Zoo Zipline.

Sky-High Safari Rates: $7 per person/ general public; $5 Individual and Family members; $3 Explorer, Patron, and Gold level members. You must wear tennis shoes - no flip flops! 

Check out this video clip of the Sky-High Safari course at Riverbanks Zoo.

Linking with this original PMK story - click here for a closer look.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Make It Mother's Day, Any Day: Carolina Coastline

*I hesitated to post this idea for the weekend due to the tropical storm that swept by our coastline. Fortunately, today turned out to be a gorgeous, clear Lowcountry day. I hope you and your family enjoyed this mothering Sunday!

At 45, I think I'm like most moms on Mother's Day. Our desires are pretty basic really - hearkening back to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, they go something like this: a general sense of peace and calm tranquility, the love of our family, sleep, and the need for someone else to take the reins for just one day.  Breakfast in bed and a bag of Twizzlers don't hurt either!

A real treat for me on Mother's Day involves sunshine and some time spent on the waters of our beautiful coastline. Here's an idea for a favorite kayak put-in here in Mt. Pleasant. I'll let the pictures do the talking and I've listed the address for the public boat ramp at the bottom of the post as well as a few options for kayak rentals.

Harry Hallman Boat Ramp
Simmons Street and Mill Street
Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

FREE on-street parking

Located across from Charleston Paddler - rent and launch with ease from here!
Highly recommend Nature Adventure Outfitters too - located on Shem Creek.
We bought our kayaks pre-owned locally here in Mt. Pleasant. Keep your eye out for a deal - kayaking is addictive and your investment will quickly pay for itself. Half the battle is in sorting out the right gear to make the experience easier. We recommend HullyRollers roof rack for kayak transport.

Don't forget to cover up! We wear Alba for faces and Zinka for noses. I have loved these products since my boys were babies.

This post compiled to Silent Movies - Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear