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Lowcountry Mompreneurs 2022

Lowcountry Mompreneurs 2022

“When you have kids, making time to do what fulfills you, be it career or otherwise, is not selfish it’s self-care.” “I’ve learned that every working mom is Superwoman.” “Shout out to working moms. You’re doing your best, even when you think you’re at your worst.”

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Motherless on Mother’s Day

Motherless on Mother’s Day

It was a warm summer day in June, and I was high on wedding plans. With less than 48 hours until my walk down the aisle to say “I do” to the love of my life, I got the call that would shake the...

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Friendship: Love that Lasts

Friendship: Love that Lasts

Most adults have a broad circle of acquaintances and a much smaller circle of close friends—you know, the ones who would drop everything to drive us to the airport or the hospital; the ones who show...

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Motherly Love

Motherly Love

Years ago, I used to joke that I was no one’s mother except the cat’s. That statement is no joke in that I have not carried a child in my womb, although I now have two stepdaughters, four grandsons...

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Bachelors and Bachelorettes: Where are they now?

Bachelors and Bachelorettes: Where are they now?

As we hear up to bring back CH2’s Bachelor of the Year contest and party in 2022, our thoughts wandered to our past candidates. So, for this February month of LOVE, we figured we would check in on some of our former Bachelor & Bachelorettes, to see how they found “their lobster,” (this is a Friends reference for the pop-culture deficient) when they knew she was “the one,” and what they think they key to a happy marriage is.

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Bring Back That Loving Feeling: A guide to building intimacy

Bring Back That Loving Feeling: A guide to building intimacy

If you have been married or in a committed partnership longer than a minute, you know that coupledom isn’t all kisses and cuddles. Sometimes it is grocery lists, broken water pipes, mortgage payments, and knee replacements. Sharing life means sharing it all—joys, sorrows, challenges, heartaches, temptations, and the mundane.

But for most of us who are in long-term relationships, it’s not enough to simply survive. We want our partnerships to thrive, and to do so requires intimacy.

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Getting Back in Touch: The return of the hug

Getting Back in Touch: The return of the hug

On the Friday after Thanksgiving 2018 (pre-pandemic) my mother-in-law celebrated her ninety-seventh birthday. So, while most everyone else was out searching for Black Friday deals, our family gathered at a nursing home in Lyons, Georgia to honor her and show her some love.

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Merry & Bright: These local events and people are spreading Christmas cheer in the Lowcountry

Merry & Bright: These local events and people are spreading Christmas cheer in the Lowcountry

There isn’t a more festive time in the Lowcountry than right now. Immediately after Halloween, Hilton Head Island and Bluffton explode with festivals, parades and holiday happenings that are sure to melt even the coldest Grinch heart. On the following pages, we share a few of our favorite things to do this time of year and tip our hats to the people behind the festivities.

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Christmas Traditions

Christmas Traditions

If your thoughts fast-forward to Christmas right about the time the last trick or treater retreats, you are not alone. November 1 seems to be the universal go button for all things ho-ho-holiday. But it isn’t the 55 days of Christmas carols that make our spirits bright; it is the traditions passed down, from generation to generation, that warm our hearts like chestnuts roasting on an … well, you get it.

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Tailgate Cocktails

Tailgate Cocktails

Disclaimer: Other than being the proud owner of the “@ieatandrun” Instagram handle, I have no formal training in food or beverage, unless you count calories consumed and/or SEC tailgates attended. The latter, I have learned, does qualify you as a professional eater and drinker.

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Six Chefs, Six Journeys to Living a Dream

Six Chefs, Six Journeys to Living a Dream

They are the architects and maestros behind some of the most beloved eateries in the Lowcountry. They usually talk with their taste buds, but we got some of your favorite chefs to step out of the kitchen and tell the story of why they love what they do.

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Brunch Spots You May Never Think About… But You Should

Brunch Spots You May Never Think About… But You Should

Ask almost anybody about brunch and they’ll rave about the Stuffed French Toast at Palmetto Bay Sunrise Café, the Signature Quiche and espresso at the French Bakery, and the Benedicts or Crepes at Skillets Café & Grill. Oh, and if pancakes are your jam, then Stacks is your go-to, while others in the brunch game can’t resist the True Country Breakfast at Plantation Café and Deli. Some locals and tourists prefer a morning drive over to Old Town Bluffton for the coffee and baked goods at The Corner Perk or the Hangover Cure or omelets at the Squat ’n’ Gobble.

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Pretty Darn Gets “Casual”: Behind the scenes of a cinematic showcase of island talent

Pretty Darn Gets “Casual”: Behind the scenes of a cinematic showcase of island talent

Were it not for the cameras, it could be mistaken for any other night on Hilton Head Island. While locals and tourists milled about the long dock at the end of Simmons Road, drinks from Up the Creek Pub in hand, the first tendrils of sunset streaked pink against the sky’s lustrous orange tint. Broad Creek sparkled in its brilliance. A heron warily eyed the outgoing tide, preying on the minnows that darted between waves.

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Lowcountry Zen: Namaste Spa offers serenity, space, and specialized service

Lowcountry Zen: Namaste Spa offers serenity, space, and specialized service

Since they opened in 2015, Hilton Head’s locally owned and operated Namaste Spa, located at Marriott’s Barony Beach Club, has always been considered a luxurious retreat, offering clients a certain level of well-appointed service. Recently, however, the spa has undergone a complete makeover, and as one would expect from a boutique spa housed inside one of the island’s most prestigious resorts, the transformation is a huge success. Now, more than ever, locals and visitors alike are enjoying Namaste’s upgraded serenity, space, and specialized service.

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Harbourfest 2021:  The Return was Legendary

Harbourfest 2021: The Return was Legendary

It is a three-decade-long-and-running tradition, the most popular multi-week summer event on Hilton Head Island. Named a “Top 20 Event” by the Southeastern Tourism Society and a “Best of Southern Fests” by South Magazine, generations of families continue to plan vacations around it.

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The Journey I Could Never Have Scripted

The Journey I Could Never Have Scripted

I didn’t fit in much as a kid. I was as comfortable playing point guard as I was playing Dungeons and Dragons, and thusly, neither the jocks nor the nerds knew what to make of me. So, they both picked on me, and I was an easy mark because I let them see they got to me. 

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Over Yonder and Back Again: My life in Southern cities

Over Yonder and Back Again: My life in Southern cities

Growing up, my immediate family did not seem overwhelmingly Southern. We were Catholic, after all, and we never cooked traditional Southern food at home, preferring Lebanese, our ethnic cuisine. We also did not plant window boxes full of flowers or sit on the porch at twilight, drinking sweet tea with lemon slices. Being young and unaware for the most part about what “Southern” even meant, I had to rely on the stereotypes I gleaned from pop culture—that is, until the day I left South Carolina and lived in a few other cities in the South.

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Working from Home: What happens when you give an Interior  Designer a chance to create her own  home from the ground up? You get this Oldfield Masterpiece

Working from Home: What happens when you give an Interior Designer a chance to create her own home from the ground up? You get this Oldfield Masterpiece

As one of the principals of Blue Palm Interiors, Holly Blocker is no stranger to making a good home look great. Having moved down from Kentucky three years ago, she has quickly become an expert in the peccadillos of the traditional Lowcountry style: the subdued color palette, the natural textures, the clean lines.

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Editor’s Note: June 2021

Editor’s Note: June 2021

My dad called me last week to remind me that when I was little, I had a pet rock. His name was Carlos, and I adopted him on one of the many camping trips my family would take with an abundance of...

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Love the Skin You’re In: Vitality Med Spa offers full-service boutique skincare experience

Love the Skin You’re In: Vitality Med Spa offers full-service boutique skincare experience

Stepping out in faith, Tavia Osterstock, licensed esthetician, partnered in opening Vitality Med Spa in the heart of Bluffton. Originally renting a small room to see her clients in Bluffton Village, her passion for skincare and vision for what could be blossomed in May of 2018 when she opened Vitality Med Spa with Dr. Kristi Blessitt. Blessitt, a medical doctor who had taken some family time, was now ready to go back to work with a focus on hormone replacement therapy and aesthetic injectables. Shortly after, Joanie Vilcheck, RN, joined Osterstock and Blessitt in providing IV vitamin therapy to further complete their spa services.

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Nood Good Mood Food

Nood Good Mood Food

Forget peanut butter and jelly. Alex Vitto and Robbie Colson, the co-creators of Nood Good Mood Food, go together like Asian fries and ginger yuzu aioli. Like spam and gourmet cheese sauce. Like, well, every thoughtfully and creatively imagined dish they serve up at their “gourmet fast food” restaurant located in Coligny Plaza (under The Big Bamboo).

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Twin Blessings: Beaufort Memorial Physician Delivers Healthy Babies at the Height of Pademic.

Twin Blessings: Beaufort Memorial Physician Delivers Healthy Babies at the Height of Pademic.

As an OB-GYN with Beaufort Memorial Obstetrics and Gynecology Specialists, Dr. Tiffany Bersani has reassured her share of anxious expectant mothers. But it wasn’t until she was pregnant herself that she experienced first-hand the worry and concern that comes with carrying a baby—or two, in her case. Not only was Bersani pregnant with twins; they were due at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic last April.

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Love and Marriage (And Everything in Between)

Love and Marriage (And Everything in Between)

As Paul McCartney once co-wrote, “All you need is love.” Of course, he would later go on to write, “You’d think that people would have had enough of silly love songs.”

His wild swing in perspective here more than likely boils down to one thing: sometime between writing those two songs, he got married. Because marriage and love are two different things.

Love is a fleeting rush of dopamine, a temporary fluttering of butterflies, a silly infatuation. Marriage is something much stronger. Marriage is all that’s best about love—the selflessness, the devotion, the absolute inability to live without another person—but aged like wine.

If love is the block of marble, then marriage is the sculpture. And the couples on the following pages have created some beautiful works together.

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