IT’S HARD OUT THERE FOR A MOM. MAKE IT A LITTLE EASIER BY SHOWING HER AN AWESOME MOTHER’S DAY.

Mother’s Day ain’t what it used to be.

There was a time when you could get away with simply letting Mom know you loved her via your finest macaroni-based artwork, but those days are over. And let’s be honest, last year’s macaroni masterpiece was not only clearly phoned in, but you’re a grown adult now and it’s getting a little weird.

AN ARMY OF VOLUNTEERS FIGHT TO SAVE ENDANGERED MARINE REPTILES

At first glance, the rehab center for marine turtles at the South Carolina Aquarium on the Charleston Harbor appears to be a collection of large kiddie pools littering a basement storage room.

Look more closely, though, and one can see that inside each of the 12 or so blue fiberglass tanks is a sea turtle in different stages of rehabilitation. Most are wandering around the tank, going this way or that, and coming up for air every so often.

Growing up in Augusta, Georgia, Ginny Lovelace knew her dad loved history and his extensive coin collection, but she didn’t share those interests.

“He would be reading a book about the Civil War or what we called ‘playing’ with his coins, but I didn’t spend much time with my dad. I was concerned about my next date or something like that. We didn’t have a lot in common when I was growing up,” Lovelace said.

The people have spoken. The winner of Monthly’s 2017 Cutest Kid Contest is Lily Caroline Collins. This year’s contest took place on our Facebook page. We asked people to “like” our page and then “like” the photo they thought was the cutest. In just 15 days, more than 12,500 “likes” were cast. Lily racked up the most with more than 1,000 “likes.”

It may be hard to believe there are still wild spaces left in Beaufort County, what with Hilton Head Island’s resort polish, Bluffton’s up-and-coming downhome charms and the city of Beaufort’s historic structures. Even Daufuskie Island, defined by its isolation, has golf courses.

But just behind Daufuskie you’ll find a chain of nine islands whose untamed forests and 360-degree views of pure “uncivilization” let you breathe in the Sea Islands that once were.

It’s officially beach season — time to break out the beach chairs, load up the cooler and head down to the shore for some sun and fun. Reading is one of the most popular beach activities. Why not consider a book by a local author? Here are a few local reads worth checking out.

PLAN TO GET THE KIDS OUT OF YOUR HOUSE AND INVOLVED IN SOMETHING FUN

The countdown to summer vacation has begun, and with it the annual question faced by all parents: What are we going to do with the kids? Whether you’re looking to ship the kids off for a whole week, or just get them out of the house for a few hours so they don’t spend the whole day watching Netflix, there is a great selection of summer camps right here in the Lowcountry.

Sea cows making their spring trip to local waters

Most people think of manatees as lazily floating about the waterways of Florida. But each spring, these docile creatures get the urge to travel.

Their search for cooler waters brings them north, with many making Beaufort County rivers and estuaries their summer homes. Some migrate as far as Cape Cod, until fall and winter temperatures send them back to Florida’s warmer waters.

Photography Lisa and Mark Staff / Styling Roxanne Madere Gilleland / Models Katie Casey, Mike Casey, Kety Marquez, Mackenzie Hilton, Cheyenne Wright, Leslie Hughes, Jock Miller, Marianna Elizabeth Epps / Makeup Maria Noel Bagnulo of Head Makeup Artistry and Esthetics / Hair Rebecca Bianchi of Le Spa of Sea Pines / Special thanks Harbour Town Yacht Club and Mike Casey for use of his boat