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Cutest Baby in Columbia

How adorable is he??!! My clients sent me a picture of their new baby boy wearing his “I Love My Realtor” onesie! Heart melted!

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Looking for a Yoga Studio in Columbia??

About a month ago a good friend of mine invited me to attend a yoga class with her at Bikram Yoga on Forest Drive.  That was my first introduction to Bikram Yoga, also known as “hot yoga.” I have to admit I was somewhat nervous to take this class only having about one or two regular yoga classes my entire life and that was years ago. As my About Me section states, I have a background in dance, however I’m not in the shape I was in college and high school (but who is…right?). I asked my friend many questions, what do I wear??…how hard is it??….will I look like an idiot (compared to others in the class)??? She just tried to reassured me, “You’ll do fine.” I somewhat believed her LOL.

I forgot to mention she also wanted to go eat dinner afterwards, “Won’t I be a hot sweaty, stinky mess?” I could only imagine with the room at 105 degrees with 40 percent humidity, doing yoga for 90 minutes! “They have showers,” she responded. To wrap this up, my first Bikram yoga class went much better than I expected! I actually enjoyed it! Don’t get me wrong, it was intense, I never sweated so much in my life, and I was exhausted afterwards, but something in me said, I think I like this! Maybe it was the mental and physical challenge, the natural detox, the ability to zone the rest of the world out temporarily, or the good sleep I got that night! I was encouraged to come back, I was told, “it will change your life.” Now that’s a big statement to make! So far it’s been true! I sleep better, my flexibility has improved, I have more energy, and I feel better!

Unlock your next journey, click the link below and try Bikram Yoga!

http://bikramcolumbia.com/

 

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Indestructible Dog Mat????

He’s cute isn’t he??? Cute as he can be!!! And destructible as can be!! Mats don’t last long around Saint! Yep….his name is Saint! And all the nice expensive beds we bought, no longer exist!

Well I heard about this new Paw Mat that’s water and stain resistant. It’s meant to make messes easy to clean up and dries quickly. Sounds good so far. Chemically inactive? According to the website, that means is if a dog swallowed a piece of the mat, it would not be toxic. It states thermoplastics are so safe that they are used for medical equipment and children’s toys. Translation…so when Saint tries to eat the mat for lunch, it shouldn’t harm him, good to know. Another benefit of the Paw Mat, it is eco-friendly and biodegradable. Oh and did I mention the creators of the Paw Mat are locals!!!

Let’s give the mat a shot and see how Saint likes it, or rather how long it lasts!

https://www.pawmat.dog/

 

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Free and Inexpensive Things to Do In Columbia

Columbia Museum of Arthttps://www.columbiamuseum.org/

Free admission on second Sundays 12 pm to 5 pm sponsored by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina!

Their exciting national exhibitions cycle through every few months, so there’s always a new reason to visit the museum. (The CMA is undergoing extensive renovations to provide more galleries, more studios, more spaces for programs, and a new entrance on Main Street. To protect the art from construction, the upstairs collection galleries are closed through late 2018. In the meantime, they will remain open throughout the entire process with a full schedule of exhibitions and programs on the first floor. Have questions? Give them a call at 803-799-2810).

1515 Main Street | Columbia, SC 29201


Riverfront Parkhttp://www.columbiasc.net/parks-recreation/facilities/regional-parks

Free

The park, which separates the Historic Columbia Canal and the Congaree River, is approximately 167 acres and is just west of Huger Street. A popular jogging/walking trail runs two and one half miles along the linear park and offers wonderful views of the river.

312 Laurel Street| Columbia, SC 29201| (803) 917-5522 / 733-8613


Soda City Markethttp://sodacitysc.com/

Free

Soda City is every Saturday 9:00 am to 1:00 pm on Main Street composed of local and regional food, and craft vendors. Focused on your brain, body, and belly, the Soda City Market is a great way to spend time with friends and family. Pet are welcome, after all they are part of the family! 

Be sure to try to kettle corn popcorn!

1500 Main Street | Columbia, SC 29201


Sesquicentennial State Park (Sesqui Park) – http://southcarolinaparks.com/sesqui/sesqui-things.aspx

Admission: $5 adults; $3.25 SC seniors (age 65 & older); $3 children ages 6-15; ages 5 and under, free.

Days and Hours of Operation: 8am-6pm, daily (extended hours during Daylight Saving Time)

Spacious green getaway in the heart of the northeast area. 1,400 acres of pines, camping sites, and nature trails that offers rentals (fishing, paddle boating, and canoe/kayak).

9564 Two Notch RD | Columbia, SC 29223 | (803) 788-2706

 


Nickelodeon Movie Theater –  http://nickelodeon.org/

Matinee General Admission: $9.00 ; Military, Students, and Seniors $8.00

Evening General Admission: $11.00; Military, Students, and Seniors $10.00

Happy Hour at the Nick! The Nick offer a great selection of draft and can beers as well as wine! The Nick’s programming is comprised of a mix of first run independent films, special curated series, and one-off screenings of films inspired by the community. By creating an engaging film-going experience, the Nickelodeon often provides opportunities for conversation before and after screenings. Go experience the Nick!

1607 Main Street | Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 254-8234


Fireflies Baseball Gamehttp://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t3705

Tickets vary by game and seat location.

Take me out to the ball game! The Spirit Communications Park is home to the Columbia Fireflies. Check the website for the next home game or event held at the Spirit Communications Park like the Beer Festival!

1640 Freed Street | Columbia, SC 29201 | (803) 726-4487

 


Riverbanks Zoo & Gardenhttps://www.riverbanks.org/

Adults: $15.95; Children (2 -12): $13.50; Children under 2: Free; Military and Seniors: $14.95 (Save 15% by purchasing online)

Home to more than 2,000 fascinating animals and one of the nation’s top botanical gardens. The 170-acre site features dynamic natural habitat exhibits, scenic river views, and significant historic landmarks. Not to mention a rock wall, sky high safari, zip lining (not included in general admission ticket pricing)! Check out Boo at the Zoo October 20th– 30th.

500 Wildlife Parkway | Columbia, SC 29210 | (803) 779-8717


EdVenturehttp://www.edventure.org/

Children and Adults: $11.50; Military, Educators, and Seniors: $10.50; Children Under 2: Free

Explore 92,000 square feet of fun mixed with interactive exhibits and activities to excite your mind and spark your imagination! Having a mission to inspire children, and to experience the joy of learning as individuals, as families and as a community.

211 Gervais Street | Columbia, SC 29201 |(803) 779-3100