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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.
kindness

Give Back This Holiday: Weekly Acts of Kindness for Kids

We could all use a little more love and kindness in our lives, especially now more than ever. One of the best ways to teach kids how to be kind is to take action...
vietnam

Unfortunate Son: The Price He Paid for Vietnam

“But… what happened over there?” It was 1994, and we had just finished watching the feel-good flick Forrest Gump. My father had to wipe away tears during the Vietnam combat scene. I was 13...
fall trends

How to Make the Hottest Fall/Winter Fashion Trends Work For You

Stuck in a style rut? Welcome to mom life (for most of us), where athleisure reigns supreme and maxi dresses are oft reserved for that once-in-a-blue-moon date night or moms' night out. The good...

The Ultimate Jacksonville Brunch Bucket List

They (whoever they are) say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. What is failed to be mentioned is, that brunch actually is. (Go ahead and try to change our minds.)...
doughnut

Bring On the Sugar: Our Favorite Donuts in Jax

Donuts are delicious. There, we said it. Call them guilty pleasures, call them necessities of life, call them what you want (heck, spell them out how you want *cough* doughnut) — but have you...
speech therapy

5 Signs Your Child May Need Speech Therapy

Your baby's first word is often one of the most anticipated milestones for a parent. What on earth will they say... and when will they say it? And then to witness their vocabulary grow...
down syndrome

One (or Two!) In a Million: ‘Rare’ Twins Born With Down Syndrome

Savannah Combs knew her adorable twin girls — born in May 2021 — were something special, but she didn't quite know just how precious they were until a little later. Her daughters have since...
borowy tower

The Borowy Family Children’s Critical Care Tower Brings Even More Hope to Jacksonville

Northeast Florida is making even more strides to ensure that our youngest and most vulnerable patients and their families receive the best neonatal and pediatric intensive care imaginable. Meet the newest addition to the...
kindness calendar for kids

7th Annual Kindness Calendar for Kids

We could all use a little more love and kindness in our lives, especially now more than ever. One of the best ways to teach kids how to be kind is to take action...
divadance

The Outlet I Didn’t Know I (Desperately) Needed

Facts: I was painfully shy and awkward when I joined my high school dance team in 1996 — but I loved losing myself in the jock jam of the moment during drill team practice...

Free Britney (and Her Body): Nobody Should Be Robbed of Motherhood

It was a moment Britney Spears fans and Free Britney supporters have been waiting for, wondering if and when it would ever happen. For well over a decade, we have waited to hear her...
children's mental health

Start the Conversation: Prevent Children’s Mental Health Crisis

One in five children is living with a mental health illness. It could be a friend's child. It could be your child's classmate. It could be your child — and you might not even...