Sydney Mcleod-Bryant Barnett

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Born in Boston, but raised in Mount Pleasant, Sydney left South Carolina to go to Lenior-Rhyne College (now University) where she met her husband and graduated with a degree in Political Science. She and her husband moved back to Mount Pleasant in 2012 and are currently living in the family house (zoo) with Audrey who is two, two dogs and two cats. Sydney loves re-familiarizing herself with the city through the eyes of a toddler, traveling, and listening to audiobooks.

The Myth of Mrs. Jones

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I often ask myself, why do I always look at other moms and try to compare myself to them? Why do I feel the need to keep up with the mysterious Mrs. Jones. Why...
Habari Gani; A Closer Look at the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

Habari Gani; A Closer Look at the 7 Principles of Kwanzaa

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Habari Gani? This is Swahilli for 'What's the news?', a greeting that is used during the week long celebration of Kwanzaa (December 26-January 1) and is answered by stating the day's principle. Kwanzaa celebrates,...
but being fat is easier

But Being Fat is Easier

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I have always been a skinny person.  Growing up, I was never more than 115 lbs. Everyone, including my mother, always brought my weight to my attention, asking if I ate, or worked out...

When Funny Mom Quotes Becomes Real Life

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My husband and I created my daughter, but I grew her in my stomach. I felt her kick first, and her first hiccups. I birthed her and held her first. She even looks like...
I’m an Average Mom…

I’m an Average Mom…

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...and I'm perfectly ok with that.  When I was pregnant, I knew I wanted to be THE. BEST. I envisioned having my daughter's room perfectly neat and tidy for when we brought her home. Clothes...
Why Didn’t She Come With Hair Care Instructions?

Why Didn’t She Come With Hair Care Instructions?

Congratulations, you just found out you are having a baby! If this is your first child, I am sure the emotions are running wild. Is it a boy or a girl? How will I...

Heart Explosion Moments: My Guide to All the Feels

When you are pregnant, people always tell you about the moments that you will remember the most. The moments that will make your heart burst with more love than you ever thought possible.  But...
Lions, Tigers and….Prairie Dogs?

Lions, Tigers and….Prairie Dogs?

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Zoos! Probably one of my favourite places to go, no matter what city, state, country. And now that I have a child, I have a great excuse to go! There may not be one...