3 Reasons to Take on the Polar Bear Plunge

Chris Laskowski12/13/2016  |  Categories: Community; Events
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Each January, Lake Carolina rings in the new year with their Polar Bear Plunge. This annual event brings in approximately 200 “polar bears” who bravely take on icy waters as part of a fundraiser for the Children’s Charities of the Midlands. Here are three reasons to join them: 

1) Start 2017 with something daring.

Is your bucket list urging you to get more adventurous in the new year? Then the Polar Bear Plunge is right up your alley. For many, the thought of diving into freezing waves (especially amidst a cold winter) isn’t particularly appealing. Others, however, find it to be a thrilling adrenaline rush. Whether it spooks or excites you, it’s definitely a memorable (and fun) experience with friends and family! 

2) It’s for a great cause.
Three of Lake Carolina’s annual events raise money for the Children’s Charities of the Midlands. This nonprofit organization strives to improve the health and well-being of South Carolina’s youth. The Polar Bear Plunge continually raises thousands of dollars and one team, The Chippenwhales, even holds a benefit brunch to raise more donations before the plunge itself. 

3) Festive treats will be provided.
Don’t say no to free food...especially when it’s holiday-themed! To ensure “polar bears” (and other guests) are warm and toasty, hot cocoa, coffee and pizza will be available. Even if you're just staying dry, come out and support those who are taking on this challenge. It’s the perfect time to mix, mingle and give back to the greater community.

Are you willing to take the plunge and make a difference? Be on the lookout for more information on the 2017 Polar Bear Plunge via Lake Carolina’s Facebook page. To learn more about the community’s new homes in Columbia, click here.

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A Homeowner's Guide to December DIY Decor

Chris Laskowski12/1/2016  |  Categories: Other
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Looking to transform your home into a winter wonderland? Keep things merry and bright with some DIY decor. In an age that celebrates the ‘do it yourself’ craze, a number of ideas for sprucing up your living space are swirling around the web. At Lake Carolina, our residents are decking their halls this holiday season -- and we’re providing you a bit of inspiration:

Transform old sweaters into cozy displays

Buzzfeed is chalked full of seasonal DIY projects, but reusing old sweaters to up your interior design game is a new favorite for many home decor aficionados. These winter fabrics can easily wrap around vases or candle jars to give your rooms an extra-cozy atmosphere. Style Motivation even suggests creating pillow covers!

Build a flower pot snowman

MostCraft shows an artsy example of reusing terra cotta to make your own (unmeltable) Frosty! This adorable display can sit perfectly on your front porch, ready to greet family and friends who visit during this special time of year.

Express season’s greetings through festive word art
HGTV guides brave homeowners through the process of creating a crafty sign to hang outside your home. Choose a word like “Cheer” or “Joy” and use wire and greenery to make a decorative display. This unique project is sure to make your home the talk of the town.

Looking to decorate a brand new home? Check out Lake Carolina’s affordable, high-quality new construction homes in Columbia, South Carolina. 

Photo Credit: home depot and mostcraft

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