Another year has come and gone. Where does the time go?

Excuse my reverie, but I'm still finding it hard to believe that we're already a week into 2014.

I don't know about you, but I've never really been one to make New Year's resolutions and stick to them; I usually mumble them half-heartedly when someone inevitably asks.

This year, however, there are a few resolutions and goals that I'm determined to follow through on. And a few of the events on our Dollar Days radar may just help me (and you) follow through on some of them.

Celebrating its 14th year, the Charleston Build, Remodel & Landscape Expo should offer a perfect opportunity for myself and other folks looking to make some changes at the ol' homestead.

Maybe your desires are drastic; maybe they're in line with mine and verge more on minor improvements. Either way, the Exchange Park Fairgrounds is the place to be this weekend.

Attendees will find "the latest innovations, offerings and ideas in the home building and remodeling industries" as some of the area's leading remodelers, builders and design professionals will be on site to help you make your dream a reality.

Friday through Sunday, learn about the latest in design trends and maintenance tips, and find information on kitchen and bath remodeling, roofing, flooring, home security, water conditioning, insulation, windows and exterior products, and more.

Show hours will be from 2- 8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for adults, with those under age 18 getting in free.

Exchange Park Fairgrounds are at 9850 U.S. Highway 78 in Ladson. For more information, go to

Yet another goal on the list is being better about exploring all the great restaurants downtown Charleston has to offer, as it seems there are new spots opening up every week.

While reading about all the openings is one thing, it's quite another to make the rounds and delve into the dishes yourself.

Though this goal doesn't exactly fall in line with the "save more, spend less" resolution, I'm going to say the benefits outweigh the detriments, especially when you can make a day of it and spend some quality time with friends and family.

Second Sunday on King Street offers just such an opportunity as you can spend the day strolling and shopping before dining (it helps work up an appetite).

With the streets closed off to vehicular traffic and King Street hailed as one of the best shopping spots in America, according to U.S. News and World Report, the monthly event offers the perfect opportunity to spend a day downtown.

Second Sunday runs 1-5 p.m. To print out a free parking voucher, go to

Another resolution on the list is to laugh more, and an upcoming show at the Tin Roof might just be the ticket.

Local stand-up comedians, musicians and actors will be performing authentic renditions of their favorite comics in this comedy cover show.

Hosted by "Rodney Dangerfield," the evening will kick off with comedy-based team trivia at 7 p.m. The two-dozen acts will start to take the stage at 8:30 p.m. for their 5 to 10 minutes. Admission is $5.

The Tin Roof is at 1117 Magnolia Road. Call 571-0775 for details.

And what kind of pet parent would I be if I didn't set a goal around my dog.

Aiming to take advantage of our pet-friendly city, I'm all about taking my dog to more events this year.

The first pet-friendly event on the new calendar is Saturday's Oysters on the Point at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina, 20 Patriots Point Road, in Mount Pleasant.

For just $5, spend an afternoon digging into steaming oysters, catching the NFL playoff action in the sports lounge, listening to live music from the Midnight City Band and more.

The event runs from 2-6 p.m. Call 284-7022 or go to for more info.