How Not to Drop Dead

Elizabeth Skenes Millen

A Q&A with Leading Cardiologist and Author, Eduardo Chapunoff, M.D.

Say goodbye to flip flops and floaties and hello to hoodies and hayrides. Start thinking about falling into a new season headfirst with a to-do list that puts you in the mood to renew your fashion spirit. Here’s a list to get you started on a new season:

The Style List

Sharon Mosley

Ten Things to Do After Summer

Say goodbye to flip flops and floaties and hello to hoodies and hayrides. Start thinking about falling into a new season headfirst with a to-do list that puts you in the mood to renew your fashion spirit. Here’s a list to get you started on a new season:

Explore the Outdoors

Rachel Rucker

A Beginner's Guide to South Carolina's State Parks

Going on vacation this fall? You'd better! But let me warn you, it's a jungle out there, even if you're headed to the beach, the mountains or the museums.

Temptation is everywhere, usually fried or coated in chocolate. Without an action plan in place, even the strongest of us will wind up with Pop-Tarts and margaritas for breakfast.

Traveling This Fall?

Marilynn Preston

7 Ways to Stay on the Path

Going on vacation this fall? You'd better! But let me warn you, it's a jungle out there, even if you're headed to the beach, the mountains or the museums.

Temptation is everywhere, usually fried or coated in chocolate. Without an action plan in place, even the strongest of us will wind up with Pop-Tarts and margaritas for breakfast.

Shopping Pays—Even for Healthcare

Patricia Shapiro, M.D.

Many women spend hours clipping coupons, going to multiple grocery stores or making sure they get the best price per gallon of gas. They would never fill up the tank of their car not knowing if they were spending $3 or $30 for a gallon of gas. Yet these same conscientious consumers have no idea what they are spending when one of their family members has a medical procedure, imaging test or surgery—even though the stakes are much higher!

Landlord-Friendly Ways to "Unlease" Your Imagination

Rose Bennett Gilbert

We are grad students renting a nondescript little house for a year, which means we can’t paint the walls—they’re all white—or do much else that’s decorative. I’ve always loved decorating, but my artsy hands are tied. Maybe you have some suggestions that won’t compromise our security deposit?

Before You Buy

Sharon Naylor

Making the Most of Your Test-Drive

When you first slide into the seat of the vehicle you’re thinking of buying, you might fall in love with the gleaming new dashboard, the high-tech navigation system that wasn’t even on your wish list and that new-car smell (if you’re test driving a new car and not a used car). At least that’s what the car salesperson would love.

Car Buying Fees

Sharon Naylor

Understanding Which Ones to Pay and Which to Avoid

When you're looking at the price of the car you'd like to buy, you're actually looking at a variety of additional fees blended into that price. While most of these fees are required by state law and by the manufacturer, some—like creative dealership fees—can be questioned, challenged and perhaps removed from the total amount you owe on signing. When you learn about the fees often attached to a car’s purchase price, you become a smarter consumer. Learn to ask the right questions and use your depth of knowledge of the car purchasing process for negotiations to go more smoothly, possibly saving you significant money.

The Sky is Falling!

Sharon Naylor

How to Remove Bird Droppings from Your Car

It never fails. As soon as you get your car cleaned, waxed and looking like new, a bird from overhead delivers an unwelcome splatter right on your hood. And that unwelcome splatter needs to be removed immediately. Otherwise it can eat into your vehicle's paint and cause damage, reducing your car's value.

Selling Your Car

Kristen Castillo

Prepping Your Car For Sale by Owner

Juli Klie sold her car for the asking price. The secret behind this car-for-sale-by-owner success? “Besides having been realistic about the price, I think the key was that the car was very, very clean,” she says, noting two would-be buyers commented on the car’s cleanliness.

10 Surprising Things that Trigger "Fight-or-Flight"

Lisa Rankin

10 Surprising Things That Trigger "Fight or Flight"

You know that when you’re getting chased by a tiger, you’re almost in a car accident, your “to do” list is overflowing, and you’re burning the candle at both ends, your body’s “fight-or-flight” stress responses are going to get triggered. But you might not know what else will trigger stress responses in your body, and it’s important that you do!

Tying One On

Sharon Mosley

Scarf Style Trends: 2014

There are more ways to get tied up this year than anything you’ll find in “Fifty Shades of Grey.” And since I consider myself the Imelda Marcos of the scarf world (I have a whole wall full of scarves hanging in my closet), I try to keep up with the latest ways to indulge in this timeless accessory that can be worn dozens of ways and can instantly transform a basic wardrobe. Plus, scarves are one of the most inexpensive ways to experiment with new fashion trends. Here are a few tips on wrapping it up this year with scarf style:

Jean Therapy

Sharon Mosley

Denim Keeps It Cool

There's one fashion trend that's always a classic every season—denim. Most of us have at least one, if not many pieces of these tried-and-true blue favorites in our wardrobes. But every year, these denim designs are updated and given a new twist. Let's face it: We all need a little jean therapy every now and then. So check out these latest trends:

Passion Test

NancyLee Honey Marsh

Are you passionate about your work? Do you look forward to each day and accomplishing a multitude of tasks in your job? Many people are happy in their chosen field, while others search endlessly for a job in which they can excel and feel fulfillment. If there is doubt in your present situation, there are answers!

High Heat Hits Home

Marilynn Preston

A True and Scary Story

High Heat Hits Home

You know me. I'm a tiger when it comes to persuading, cajoling and begging you to play outside, especially in the summertime. Jump on your bike, mow the lawn, paddle a canoe, do anything outdoors you like that gets your juices flowing and doesn't involve a cell phone.

But exercising hard in extreme heat is a no-no. Heat illness kills hundreds, maybe thousands of people every year. And even if it doesn't kill you, exercising in the heat can make you very sick.
I've long known that intellectually, but I'd never seen it up close and personal until a few weeks ago. It happened very quickly, and it scared the sunlight out of me.

Fashion: Sale into Summer

Sharon Mosley

What to Buy Now and Wear Later

Fashion: Sale into Summer

When ads for Black Friday deals start hitting your inbox in 95-degree temperatures, you know the summer sales are on. It’s time to take advantage of the bargains, whether it’s for back to school or back to the gym. Stock up on these fashion basics so you can buy now and wear later:

Perfectly Pink Pops

Judith Lawrenson

Yummy Frozen Treats for August

Perfectly Pink Pops

A recent column brought a flood of messages to my inbox, most of them with the same message that goes something like this: I want to save. I need to save. But I don’t have any money to save! How can I even get started when I am so close to the edge?

The Coolest Job in Town

Jane Kendall

Meet Your Baby

The Coolest Job in Town

Imagine being able to see your baby’s movements and detailed facial features long before she or he is born! Ultrasound with 2D technology has been used for decades to monitor fetal growth and health. Recently, 3D/4D technology has surfaced to offer expectant families a three-dimensional look at their beautiful “miracle” as the baby is developing. In 3D scanning, instead of the sound waves being sent straight down and reflected back, they are sent at different angles. The returning echoes are processed by the computer program to create a reconstructed, three-dimensional, volume image of the fetus' surface and internal organs. Distinct features, and even facial expressions, can usually be captured with this process. The 4D ultrasound is the most advanced method that captures moving, detailed, video images of the baby in utero.

 

 

Testing Children's App-titude

Kristen Castillo

The Most Useful Apps for Students

Testing Children's App-titude

These days, so much learning is done online, especially on smartphones and tablets. While educators and parents want to limit screen time, kids are going to be using these tech devices, so at least they can challenge themselves and learn in the process.

Conquering The Anxiety Monster

Sharon Naylor

10 ways to handle your child’s school anxieties

Conquering The Anxiety Monster

Children and teens often experience school-related stress and anxiety and some kids feel emotional discomfort more intensely than others.

The first day of school, especially the first day in a new school, can trigger anxiety symptoms such as headaches, stomachaches, sleeplessness and panic attacks. You might notice these symptoms in your child weeks prior to the first day of school, and you may also be tipped off to your child’s worries through the questions he asks: “Will any of my friends be in my class? What if the teacher is mean? Who will I sit with at lunch? What if I miss the bus?” Some of these worries you may remember from your own school days.

Bullying Stops this Year

Michael Sanz

Bullying Stops this Year

A ritual of the modern world begins again in a few weeks. Our children go back to school. As parents, we hope that this school year will be an amazing passage for our children. They will be challenged to think critically, solve problems, and ask questions. Winter approaches and our kids will come home tired every day. Stress, worry, and boredom won’t be the reason. It will be because nurturing, focused teachers set expectations that exhausted our kid’s brain cells. Spring’s flowers will bloom celebrating our children’s maturity as communicators. Their verbal expressions will brim with passion, persuasion, and clarity. They will write with creative fervor, and they will write right. On the final day of school you’ll pick up fatigued children waiting with a sparkle in their eye. They will burst into a smile and bolt into the car. They will look at you saying, “Mom, I’m beat but I’ve got so many ideas and plans that I want to share over summer break.”

Tailgating in the South

It's All Pink

Tailgating in the South

Tailgating in the South is nothing short of an art. Walk through any southern stadium parking area on game day and you’re sure to see anything and everything from custom grills to white tablecloths and sterling silver candelabras. What you may not recognize, however, are the long traditions behind each and every group’s tailgate. Some have had the same parking space for decades, passed down through generations of families. Others have tried-and-true game day recipes. For instance, I’ve never been to a South Carolina game without Bob and Janet Keen’s Lil’ Smokies pig-n-the-blankets. It just wouldn’t be the same.

Raising Awareness on Human Trafficking

Mary Hunt

Raising Awareness on Human Trafficking

When Janice Dyer talks about the topic of human trafficking, the words “public awareness” quickly enter into the conversation. Janice, a Hilton Head resident since 1985, is the founder of the Lowcountry Coalition Against Human Trafficking (LCAHT). The non-profit organization aims to raise awareness of human trafficking, which is the illegal trade of humans for the purpose of commercial sex exploitation, forced labor or domestic servitude.

 

Start Saving, Just Do It!

Mary Hunt

Everday Cheapskate

Start Saving, Just Do It!

A recent column brought a flood of messages to my inbox, most of them with the same message that goes something like this: I want to save. I need to save. But I don’t have any money to save! How can I even get started when I am so close to the edge?

Made in the Shade

Sharon Mosely

Sunglass Shapes to Fit Your Face

Made in the Shade

Sunglasses are no longer just a fashion statement; they're a necessity. But why not amp up the cool factor while at the same time protect your eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays? (Oh, and also cover up those puffy eyes from last night.)

Legal in Every State: How to Keep Your Joints Happy

By Marilynn Preston

Legal in Every State: How to  Keep Your Joints Happy

Healthy joints make for happy athletes. A bum knee, sore shoulder or painful wrist gets in the way of your best time—playing tennis, riding your bike, humiliating yourself at golf.

Research shows that more than 80 percent of all sports injuries involve joints. Ouch! The good news is that there’s a lot you can do, and Aleve cannot, to keep your joints strong and healthy all year long.