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Tina Smithers Peckham

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Originally from Kansas City, Tina relocated to Jacksonville, FL with her dear husband, feisty cat and sweet-natured corgi mix in 2016. After eight years working various gigs in New York City from magazine publishing to digital marketing, Tina joined the world of freelance, writing and reporting for a variety of publications and websites including MTV News, ET Online, Glamour, Us Weekly and more. Tina has also assisted with social media, editorial and content strategy for brands and personalities such as Britney Spears, Jordin Sparks, Beauty Brands, truTV and WE tv. When she’s not plugging away on her laptop, she can be found exploring the Jacksonville beaches, reading a good book or enjoying a local coffee shop with her cherub-cheeked little boys, Archer and Austin.
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How a Beloved Small Business Found Their ‘New Normal’

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A mere three weeks before the grand opening of Bay & Bee's new location, life completely changed as we knew it. School and work were put on pause. Social distancing, hand sanitizer, face masks,...
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How You Can Help Celestial Farms Animal Rescue

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Celestial Farms is in danger of shutting down due to budget cuts from the COVID-19 pandemic, which could leave hundreds of beloved rescue animals without a home. The non-profit animal rescue and educational center...

Your Family’s Health Matters: Introducing Baptist HealthPlace at Nocatee

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If you haven't checked out the new Baptist HealthPlace facility in Nocatee, it's absolutely a must! And what better time than during the new year when we're all craving a fresh start — especially...
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Santa Isn’t Quarantined: How to Talk to the Big Guy This Year

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Take it from us, Christmas isn't canceled. Yes, your littles can still talk to Santa Claus this year — whether from the comfort of your own home (you're welcome) or via a socially-distant visit...

The Men’s Holiday Gift Guide You Didn’t Know You Needed

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Men. They can be so simple — no disrespect meant, but emotionally, they're no female — yet so darn difficult to shop for. Why? I'm not sure. Maybe it's because many of our partners...
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Just Say Om: Your Unofficial Guide to Kids’ Yoga in Jacksonville

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In a world that's become increasingly stressful for adults and children alike (here's looking at you, 2020), it's more important now than ever to incorporate a little downward-facing dog and some deep breathing into...
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All the Feel-Goods: Motherhood and Its Tiny Joys

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You might not know it from reading all the recent quarantine posts or mommy memes — the ones that say all we want for Mother's Day this year is to be alone for crying...
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The Messy Truth About Motherhood

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This particular morning of all the Groundhog Days (cue the neverending quarantine) was tougher than the norm. The 3-year-old threw Epic Tantrum no. 1 because there were too many blueberries in his oatmeal. The...
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The Secret to Early Reading Success

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It's never too early to instill a love of reading in your child — in fact, the earlier, the better! And what greater chance than now, when you're spending more time with (a.k.a. nonstop...
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Kids and COVID-19: Your Commonly Asked Questions Answered

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As scary and stressful as the coronavirus is for all of us, worried parents can rest assured of at least one thing: Children currently do not appear to be at higher risk for COVID-19...
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When the Whole Family Gets Hit with the Sickies

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It was a sunny Friday in January when I awoke with chills and body aches — and not the kind that accompany a few too many lunges done the day prior. I've been here...
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Need a Caffeine Fix? Meet Our Favorite Local Coffee Shops in Jax

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Starbucks can be a much-needed pitstop when you're making a Target run, but sometimes, a mom needs a pick-me-up with a little more flavor. (And I'm not talking a grande PSL that packs a...