Local Charleston Children’s Book Author Helps Children and Moms Adjust to Babysitters

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Local Children’s Book Author Helps Children – and Moms – Adjust to Babysitters

CHARLESTON, S.C. – Every child has experienced the fear of a new babysitter arriving and wondering if mommy will return; every mother has felt a tug at her heart when leaving an upset child. To ease those fears, local author and West Ashley mom Teri Errico Griffis wrote “While Mommy Is Out,” a book designed to help children prepare for being left with a sitter or child care provider. The book was illustrated by Tami Boyce, a local graphic designer.

Inspired by true events from Griffis’ days as a nanny, the book follows Little One’s day as Mommy announces she will be heading out and leaving Little One with a babysitter for the first time. Little One faces his biggest fear – making a new friend – while discovering Mommy does indeed return home ready for hugs. “While Mommy is Out” is a narrative for children needing an introduction to the concept of a babysitter and why it’s not a scary situation, as well as reassurance mommy will always come back home to her little one in the end.

“It is common for both parents to work, and very important for mothers to take care of themselves,” Griffis said. “Children are experiencing babysitters more and more and it is natural for a child to be nervous, which makes it hard on everyone. This book really excites children because they will learn to see their time with a babysitter as a fun adventure with a new friend.”

“While Mommy Is Out” is available for $15 at www.WhileMommyIsOut.com and at Mr. K’s Used Books near Tanger Outlet.

About the author

Teri Errico Griffis began her career in the early 2000s when she first interned with the writing staff of ABC soap opera “All My Children” in New York City. From there, she reported for local newspapers and magazines before being recruited by the global company, WWE, to help launch their first children’s magazine. She also won a New England Press Association Award. She moved to Charleston in 2012 and spent years volunteering to improve children’s education through nonprofit work. Today she resides in West Ashley with her family where she writes and edits several successful publications. www.wordsbyteri.com

About the illustrator

Tami Boyce is a Charleston-based illustrator and graphic designer. Her work can be found at various establishments around Charleston, including Theatre 99, Early Bird Diner, Frothy Beard Brewery and ReForm Studios, as well as ZaPow! Gallery in Asheville, N.C. Boyce pulls inspiration from her humor and heart. Some of her illustrations are observations on life, memories, or just wishful thinking as to how animals might actually behave in the wild. tamiboyce.com


While Mommy Is Out

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Maxtrix Kids Rooms Flagship Showroom Opens in Mount Pleasant


Media Release:? MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. – The much-anticipated Maxtrix Kids Rooms
celebrated its opening today with a ribbon cutting and private shopping
event for customers eager to get a sneak peek at the company’s
revolutionary kids furniture system.

The showroom at 816 Johnnie Dodds Blvd. officially opens its door to the
public at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 1. This is the first retail showroom
for parent company, Maxwood Furniture Inc. Maxwood also moved its
headquarters into the building, a former restaurant that the company
owners renovated over the summer.

The Maxtrix Kid’s Furniture system is designed to grow up with your
child. Made to last from solid hardwood, Maxtrix beds can easily be
changed with simple conversion kits, so parents can optimize the space,
design and fun factor at every stage of their child’s development from
toddler through tween to teen.

Maxwood Furniture was founded in 2004 by Stephen Jensen, a Danish
furniture professional who relocated to the United States. His wife,
Anne, a former global marketing executive, joined the company as chief
marketing officer in 2014 when the couple and their two children
relocated to the Charleston area to further build their business.

“We’ve had several requests from customers to develop a store
concept for our Maxtrix brand,” said Anne Jensen, chief marketing
officer. “We fell in love with the area, and Mount Pleasant seemed
like the perfect place to open our very first kid-friendly showroom
where families can fully experience the Maxtrix line of products.”

Mount Pleasant Mayor Linda Page congratulated Maxtrix on its opening,
saying, “We’re delighted to have Maxtrix Kids Rooms flagship
showroom open in Mount Pleasant. Operating at the intersection of
innovation, quality and families, Matrix Kids Rooms is a reflection of
our town as a whole.”

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony


A family friendly grand opening celebration is planned for Saturday,
Nov. 12. Tour the new store and get inspired with unique kid’s and
teen room designs and ideas. Light refreshments will be served and kids
can enjoy fun activities. Also, the winner of a bunk bed giveaway will
be drawn at the end of the celebration. Sign up for the bunk bed
giveaway at www.maxtrixkidsroomscharleston.com.

Jen Poolaw of Mount Pleasant has been hired as the Maxtrix Kids Rooms
store manager. She has more than 13 years of experience providing home
furnishings to local families as well as working with corporations on
large scale projects. Poolaw’s knowledge of the furniture industry,
product construction and sense of design enables her to provide a
seamless service for all her clients.

Store hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Follow Matrix
Kids Rooms Charleston on Facebook at facebook.com/maxtrixkidsrooms
and on Instagram @maxtrixkidscharleston.

Maxtrix is the company’s flagship brand and the new showroom will
showcase multiple ideas and solutions from toddler beds to loft and bunk
beds plus matching furniture pieces like desks, chairs, dressers and
bookshelves. The company’s other brands – Craft and Jackpot – also
will be featured. Plus, the showroom will be used as an event space for
designers, bloggers and retailers, and become the backdrop for content
creation such as photo shoots for the company’s various websites and
social media accounts.

The Maxtrix Kids Rooms concept store will serve as a blueprint retail
concept that has already attracted several potential franchisees in
other major metropolitan areas in both the United States and Canada.


Maxwood Furniture, specializing in kids and youth furniture, offers four
brands that cover a wide selection of styles and price points. Family
owned and operated for more than 10 years, Maxwood specializes in
quality solid hardwood furniture, with a strong focus on safety. Maxwood
supplies independent retailers large and small all over the United
States, Canada and internationally, and maintains two direct to consumer
e-commerce sites. For more information, visit www.maxwoodfurniture.com

Charleston, SC Based Zubie debuts Teen App, offering peace of mind for parents, richer understanding of driving behavior for insurers

Media Release:? Zubie Teen App debuts, offering peace of mind for parents, richer understanding of driving behavior for insurers

CHARLESTON, S.C. September 6, 2016:? Zubie, a leading connected-car platform and telematics provider, has bolstered its suite of family-friendly consumer and usage-based insurance (UBI) solutions with the introduction of its Zubie Teen App. The Zubie Teen App helps keep young drivers safer on the road by proactively providing teens and their parents a personalized view of driving behavior insights combined with coaching tips, always-on location monitoring and a remote view of the operating health of the car.

For insurers, the new Teen App complements Zubie’s suite of rich consumer-facing apps, creating opportunities for them to better engage with their customers, whether through a usage-based insurance program or broader insurance retention strategies.

Zubie’s cellular-powered connected-car service has always resonated with parents who want peace of mind when it comes to their kids on the road. With the Zubie Teen App, parents “invite” their teen drivers into the app which then provides access to a driving scorecard and behavior trends, alerts about engine or battery problems, driving statistics and trip logs after each trip, and coaching with tips on how to be a safer and more efficient driver.

Because teens receive specific and relevant feedback after each trip, they can connect the dots between their driving behavior and the Zubie Score, which rates drivers on how safely and efficiently they are driving. Parents can view that and additional details so they are on the same page with their teen drivers.

The new Zubie Teen App – along with Zubie’s overall turnkey UBI solution – provides powerful and in-depth data for insurance underwriting and claims management purposes. Through the Zubie device inserted in the vehicle’s OBDII port, data is collected as frequently as every second, including various aspects of the car’s performance such as RPM, miles driven, battery voltage, engine diagnostics and other elements. Zubie aggregates this data and further augments it with information on location, speeding over the posted speed limit, harsh braking, and rapid accelerations. The combined data provides a more comprehensive understanding of teen driving behavior, and provides opportunities to proactively increase safety before there are incidents or accidents.

“Zubie and insurance providers share a commitment to family-centric apps that enhance safety and driving efficiency,” says Zubie vice president of business development, Craig Lozofsky. “We’re excited that our services resonate so well with Zubie families. Because the teens are ‘invited’ to access the data and it’s a simplified real-world picture of their car and driving detail, they’re more engaged and receptive to using the coaching tips and insights. Additionally it offers great insights to our insurance partners, helping them hone and enhance their family-centric UBI products.”

The Zubie Teen App comes free with Zubie service and is available for Android and iPhone. ?Zubie can be purchased at zubie.com, Amazon.com, or Best Buy. Visit Zubie.com/get-zubie-teen to learn more.

About Zubie
Zubie is a connected-car service focused on making driving safer and worry-free for business enterprises including automotive, insurance and mobile/telecom operators, as well as consumers and small businesses. The company was formed in 2012, and is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina, USA. Zubie was the winner of the “2015 Best Insurance Telematics Product” award from TU Automotive, and the 2016 Tech CARS award for “Best OBDII Device with Software and Services” from Auto Connected Car.

Visit Zubie.com for more information about Zubie.