Helen Ravenel Hammond

Cupid’s Chocolate Treats

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A friend of mine always made these yummy pretzel desserts and would bring a tray of them to parties. I couldn't help but take her recipe. They were delicious and not too difficult to...

Don’t Be a Stuffed Turkey This Thanksgiving

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Oh, wow, do we ever have so many things to be thankful for! And the chance to have a day off from work and school to celebrate with family and friends is a real...

Non-Candy Halloween Treats

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“Trick or treat!” they squeal. Their eyes grow wide when they look in that plastic pumpkin filled with treats. Skittles, Snickers, little bags of Candy Corn, Dum Dums, the list goes on. Hopefully they say...

Dear Big Sister

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This is a letter written to my three-year-old, Elizabeth, after the birth of her baby sister, Louise. --- Dear Elizabeth, Congratulations! You are officially a big sister! Baby Louise is safely here. I know this is a...

Grandparents’ Day Should Be Every Day

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"Nana, Gran, Mimi, Grandpa, Chief" - the grandparent names are endless. Whatever they are called, there are no such people quite like grandparents. Grandparents’ Day this year falls on Sunday, September 13. It always falls...

How To Survive Bed Rest

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It might actually sound pretty cool to be “put on bed rest” for a day or two. I once thought the same thing. But I promise, bed rest is not something you want your...

Back to School Picks {Clothes, Shoes, & Accessories}

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We are so fortunate in Charleston to have many local stores to choose from to outfit our kids. I personally think shopping for children is more fun than shopping for myself. Elizabeth (my almost...