Marie Shaurette

Marie is a freelance writer and homeschooling mom of four – three adult kids and an 11-year-old  – who, for the last 16 years has made the Lowcountry her home. While her family spends a large portion of the year traveling throughout the country, she's actually quite the homebody. When she's not writing – something she's been doing for almost 30 years– Marie loves getting out and about in Charleston, weaving local history into her youngest' homeschool lessons, and exploring the many resources, sites, museums, and landscapes SC has to offer. One of Marie's bucket list items is to visit/hike each of the 47 state parks. Will this be the year she completes the goal? Marie chronicles all of it on her homeschool blog and YouTube channel.
Large brick home with sheep eating grass in the foreground at Middleton Place

Go See Explore: Middleton Place

After you and your kids have visited the beaches, playgrounds, and kid-friendly restaurants in the Lowcountry, what’s next? For parents who have seemingly exhausted all options to keep their kids engaged and happy, look...
Magnolia house at Magnolia Plantation

Go See Explore: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Have you been to see Magnolia Plantation yet? If you’ve never heard the call of a peacock, it's here where you'll be able to knock one item off your “unusual bird calls” bucket list....
International Pirate Month

How to Celebrate International Pirate Month in Charleston

You may already be familiar with Talk Like a Pirate Day. It takes place every year on September 19th. Whenever possible, aspiring buccaneers are encouraged to sprinkle some pirate slang into their conversation or...
North Charleston

Guide to North Charleston Living

Located just a few miles north of downtown Charleston, North Charleston is a vibrant city you'll want to be a part of. This eclectic city is home to the Charleston International Airport; full of...
summer learning: kids exploring around a tree with a magnifying glass

Summer Learning: Simple Educational Activities for Kids

As we settle into the summer, and with the July 4th holiday behind us, the newness and excitement of the end of the school year have likely worn off. Chances are some child, somewhere,...
guided shark tooth hunting

Not a Fossil Expert? Take a Tour: Guided Shark Tooth Hunting in Charleston

If you've lived in Lowcountry for a time and have enjoyed our amazing beaches, there's a pretty good chance you've been shark tooth hunting in Charleston and have your favorite spots for finding fossilized...
Small boats on the water, with a small red and white striped lighthouse behind them, backdropped by a sunset.

Road Trips From Charleston SC: 6 Weekend Getaways the Whole Family Will Love

Living in Charleston can feel like a vacation most days, especially when roaming around at the Pineapple Fountain, cooling off at the many splash pads, or visiting one of the local Charleston area beaches....

Shark Tooth Hunting in Charleston: The Best Spots

There are many things I’d never considered prior to moving to Charleston from New England. There are foods and beverages I’d never had the opportunity to try, like shrimp and grits, boiled peanuts, and...
19 Valentine's Day Lunchbox Snack Ideas Charleston Moms

19 Valentine’s Day Lunchbox Snack Ideas

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching! Whether you’re celebrating with your partner, kids, or friends, you’re likely looking forward to the delicious treats that come with this romantic holiday. If you’re packing a lunchbox on Valentine’s...
My Child's Epilepsy Diagnosis Changed How I Parent

My Child’s Epilepsy Diagnosis Changed How I Parent

I didn’t expect to hear her diagnosis over the phone: “She has Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy. She needs to take Lamotrigine; you can pick it up at the pharmacy first thing in the morning.” Looking back...