Brandy Wales

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Born and raised in Indiana, Brandy spent a decade as an elementary teacher and instructional technology specialist in Chicago. After marrying her husband, Chad, rescuing their beloved pup, Harper, and having two beautiful children, Emerson and Charlie, they traded in their snow boots for swimsuits and purchased a duplex in downtown Charleston. Brandy loves being outdoors, capturing memories in photographs, exploring new restaurants, blogging, and organizing anything and everything! From being landlords and Airbnb hosts to parents and travel enthusiasts, you can follow her family's adventures at www.thewalestales.com.

Lowcountry Parks & Playgrounds: Randolph Park

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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.  Next up, Randolph Park in West Ashley! Location: 1701 Pearlott Street, Charleston, SC 29407 Key Features: ...

What’s in My Costco Cart?

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"My three-year-old eats everything and meal prep is super easy," said no parent ever. Feeding toddlers is no small feat, especially when there are multiple conflicting opinions about every meal. Luckily for our family, we've...

Girls Weekend in Charleston (An Itinerary)

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If you are looking for a fun weekend getaway to celebrate life and friendship with your people, look no further. I’m here with an itinerary for eating and drinking your way through Charleston for...

Tips for International Travel With Toddlers

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Traveling with kids is EVERYTHING. It’s exhilarating. Humbling. Comical. Exhausting. Unforgettable. At times maddening. Always, always, worth it. My husband and I both love traveling. We’ve traveled internationally with friends, each other, our daughter when she...
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Favorite Rooftop Bars in Downtown Charleston

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When the sun is shining and the breeze is blowing, nothing sounds better to me than watching the world atop a beautiful Charleston roof. From views of the Ravenel Bridge to bustling King Street,...
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Lowcountry Parks & Playgrounds: Corrine Jones Park

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Welcome to our new series: Lowcountry Parks & Playgrounds! Each article in this series will focus on a specific park/playground at locations all throughout the Lowcountry. We will share with you what to expect,...

What Has Helped in Coping With My Second Miscarriage

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A few months ago, I wrote the article "How Did You Know Your Family Was 'Complete'?" With a healthy daughter and son, should I simply be content with our family of four or should...

Rainy Day Outings In and Around Charleston

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Puddles. Truly one of the simplest joys of childhood. On rainy days, my kids love to put on their rain boots and raincoats and take on the great outdoors. But unfortunately, puddle-jumping can’t last...

A Weekend Itinerary in Charleston (Sans Children)

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Are you planning a weekend getaway with your spouse or significant other? You’ve come to the right place! As parents of a one and three-year-old, my husband and I are always looking for new places...

From Presents to Presence – 5 Ways to Connect With Your Child Right Now

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If your family is anything like mine, December was an abundant month. There was no shortage of fun, friends, family, food, or...  PRESENTS. But with the holidays now behind us, we've settled back into...