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Safe Kids: ‘Tis the Season for Toy Safety

By Renée McCabe, RN, BSN Did you know that more than a third of all toy-related injuries happen to children age 4 and under? Toys and games provide loads of enjoyment and education for children, but you’ve got to play it safe when it comes to toys. Whether your kids are working on a puzzle, playing with building blocks, or even inventing their own games, here are some Safe Kids recommendations to promote safe play: Age matters: Consider your child’s age when purchasing a toy or game. Read the label: It’s worth your time to read the instructions and warning...

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Are We There Yet? Daufuskie Island

By Mary Ashton Mills If you want to get back to the basics and experience a trip that gives you that “off the grid” feeling while still close to civilization, check out Daufuskie Island.  Located between Hilton Head and Savannah, the island is easily accessible by ferry or private boat charter so it definitely takes some advance planning to pull off a trip here.  They say that Daufuskie is minutes away, but worlds apart and you’ll soon see why as the coastal breezes hit your face on the boat ride to the island.   Your sense of time and...

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Are We There Yet? Dahlonega, GA

By Mary Ashton Mills North Georgia is home to the largest gold deposit found east of the Mississippi River and a visit to Dahlonega’s many gold sights is worth its weight in gold!  In 1828 a deer hunter had no idea the craze he was about to ignite when he stumbled over a rock a few miles outside of Dahlonega.  Upon further investigation, he realized this rock contained gold, marking the beginning of the gold rush in Georgia.  Today, signs of this gold heritage are everywhere from the gold dome that crowns the state capital in Atlanta to the...

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Are We There Yet? Athens, Georgia

By Mary Ashton Mills   Nestled at the base of the Georgia foothills, Athens is the epitome of a college town with a cool vibe.  It is hard to experience Athens and not pay a visit to the campus of the University of Georgia so plan accordingly when you make your trip.  With football in the air in the fall, it is an ideal time to make an overnight or day trip. Arrive on a Friday and stop at the Bear Hollow Zoo where you can see rescued animals that are a sampling of Georgia’s native wildlife. Next hit...

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Are We There Yet? Highlands, North Carolina

By Mary Ashton Mills Dust off those hiking boots, grab your portable hammock and don’t forget the picnic! Highlands offers endless opportunities for outdoor recreation and the cool mountain temperature provides a nice reprieve from Augusta’s thick, hot August air.  Stop at Mountain Fresh Grocery for gourmet food, home-style breakfast food, picnic fare and more.  Just a stone’s throw from there, walk over to the Highland Hiker to grab information on trails in the area, pick up the latest hiking gear or book a guided fishing trip.  Next stop: Whiteside Mountain. Whiteside Mountain is over 400 million years old...

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