Alicia Hughes

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A New Jersey native who moved to Charleston in 1999. She met her husband, Rusty at Arts in 2001, got married at the Summerall Chapel at the Citadel and celebrated at Lowndes Grove Plantation in 2003. Moved to Daniel Island in 2007, where her son was born. Soon thereafter had a daughter and thought her family was complete (never say never!) Became a virtual educator in 2010 and then an administrator in 2013. In 2017, the family was blessed with another daughter, (surprise!) and have spent the last few years enjoying all that life with three kids in Charleston has to offer……..boating, beaching, eating, concert-ing, traveling, and celebrating the amazing Lowcountry!

Hoarding the Past

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My 13-year-old daughter recently decided to retheme her room to make it more teen and less little girl. I fully supported the endeavor because, y’all, there was A LOT of junk up in there. But...

Back to School Checklist (Directly From an Educator)

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I am sure you are all knee-deep in your back-to-school quests for all the things for all your kids. Finding the perfect first day of school outfit for that first day of school picture;...

Lowcountry Parks & Playgrounds: Daniel Island Playground Tour

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Welcome to our series: Lowcountry Parks & Playgrounds! Each article in this series focuses more on specific parks/playgrounds at locations all throughout the Lowcountry.  If you are looking for a day of touring new playgrounds, while taking...
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Seismic Shifts

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Do you measure your life in befores and afters? Like before marriage and after? Before kids and after? Or, the most recent, before COVID and after?  Some shifts are planned. You KNOW your life will...

Texas Tears (View from an Educator)

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This one hit the hardest, y’all. And I am not sure why. Because they are all just horrific. Maybe it is because there have been so many, and it is finally just beyond comprehension. Maybe...

What They Said

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"It’ll get easier," they said. "Just you wait," they said. "It will go fast," they said. "She will sleep through the night," they said. "But you will miss the middle-of-the-night wakeups -- just you wait,"...

Battles That Cannot Be Fought

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I consider myself a staunch opponent when something is not right. I will not shy away from a fight, even one that seems unwinnable. When we purchased a refrigerator, and the ice machine broke...

I’m a Mom AND a High School Principal

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Motherhood is a 24/7 job, and it’s totally normal to feel like your identity is defined around this one very important role. Our writers at Charleston Moms are a diverse group of women in...

Eighteen Years and Counting (Tips from the Marriage Trenches)

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My husband and I recently celebrated our 18th wedding anniversary. To me, this didn’t seem like a big number, when you know of couples celebrating 30 and 40 and 50 years. But when you...

More Joy, Less Must-Do’s

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New Year. New start. New you. If I was a betting girl, I would bet your resolution falls into one of the following categories: Weight loss Financial Savings Physical Fitness Yep. Me too. All of...