The BEST of Charleston Moms :: Top 10 Articles of 2022


As 2022 comes to a close, our Charleston Moms team is taking a moment to reflect on all that this year has brought for us. We published 300 articles this year, held two amazing in-person events, and reached hundreds of thousands on social media and our website.

But more important than numbers and views, we’ve connected with more of YOU! You, our dear mamas, are what keeps our community going round. By showing up for yourselves, you’re showing up for each other, and what better example to set for our kiddos?

Wherever you are in your motherhood journey, thank you, from the bottoms of our hearts, for letting us share it with you. We hope the articles you read here inspire you, make you laugh, and most of all, let you know that you’re not alone.

See ya in 2023, mamas!

Picture this: It’s 4:00 p.m. on a Friday. The kids are home from school, your partner is exhausted from a full week of work, and you have the task of deciding what’s for dinner. Again.

Well, look no further than Famulari’s Pizzeria and Brewing Company. With seven different locations in Charleston, you are bound to be in a delivery area. But hey, if you aren’t, it’s absolutely worth a drive!”

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9. Lowcountry Parks & Playgrounds:
A Daniel Island Playground Tour by Alicia Hughes

If you are looking for a day of touring new playgrounds, while taking in the beauty of Lowcountry waterways, marshes, and eating some delicious food — then come on over to Daniel IslandFollow the map below for a perfect day of fun, food, and fitness. Keep in mind, the entire trek is over four miles, so plan accordingly!

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8. A Guide to Public Pools Around Charleston
by Alexandra Duncan

“There are tons of options for public pools in the Charleston area for those hot summer days.

We use the two YMCA pools near us for a more frugal option and have also been to several other public pools in the area. Here’s information about some great local options!”

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7. National Thrift Shop Day (My Favorites Around Charleston) by Amber Weakley

“I’ve always been a thrifty person. Thrifty in the sense of getting the best bang for my buck; always keeping my eye out for a good deal. I’m a sucker for buy one get one.

And this is where my love for thrifting comes into play. Not only can I go to a thrift store and buy gently used items that other people don’t need anymore, but I’m also supporting an organization that is using the funds for a good cause.

Here is a list of my favorite thrift stores around Charleston…”

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6. Santa Betrayed Me As a Kid So I'm Changing the Narrative by Farin Doran

It was the first day of school after the holidays that I lied the most. The teacher went around asking everyone what was their favorite thing they got for Christmas . . .

My stomach was turning . . . ALL of the kids got the most amazing gifts.

But all I could keep thinking while they went around the room, was WHY did Santa bring them all of these things? Why didn’t he bring me this stuff? Was it because I didn’t have a big house (or a house at all), or because only richer kids got nicer things?”

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5. Surface Level Friendships by Holly Ahnen

“To me, surface-level friendship is the standard. Friends you meet up with for a glass of wine to vent about your daily life. You might talk about something annoying your spouse did, how you lost your cool with your kids or the drama you are dealing with at work.

And these friendships are important. Not only important, but these friendships are also necessary. These should be your go-to people. The ones who keep you grounded, make you happy and let you be yourself.

But what if we are missing out on a key friendship.”

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4. Rainy Day Outings In & Around Charleston
by Brandy Wales

“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 all day, and in my house neither can peaceful playtime.

But, I come with good news: a crowdsourced list of kid-friendly places to explore during less favorable weather.”

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3. Charleston Moms EATS: Page's Okra Grill
by Amanda Gibson

“I first heard about Page’s when my husband, in-laws, and I visited Charleston to look for our first home. A family friend who frequents the Charleston area told us he always makes a point to eat at this restaurant whenever he visits! Since then, we’ve made sure all of our family members and many friends who visit us get a chance to taste Page’s delicious Southern cooking, whether for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or supper!”

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2. Favorite Rooftop Bars in Downtown Charleston by Brandy Wales

Stars Rooftop and Grill

“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, there is a little something for everyone in Charleston. And while there are many others not listed here, these are my six favorite downtown rooftops.”

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1. Explore SC: Lake Jocassee-A Hidden Gem Right Here in South Carolina by Cameron Dixon

“About seven years ago, my husband and I left home in the Lowcountry of South Carolina to have a short weekend getaway in the Upstate. We planned on exploring the large, manmade lake just above Keowee and on the North and South Carolina border: the gorgeous Lake Jocassee.”

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Here are just a few of our popular local resource guides (not included in this Top 10 list!)

Cheers to a wonderful New Year and we’ll see you in 2023!


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