Events this weekend offer opportunities to meet 2015 goals

Charleston-area residents check out the offerings at a past Build, Remodel & Landscape Expo. This year's show at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds will run this weekend and next.

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 2015.

And with that transition from Dec. 31 to Jan. 1, the tradition of creating New Year's resolutions inevitably comes up.

I don't know about you, but I've never really been one to make New Year's resolutions; I usually mumble something half-heartedly when someone 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 the Dollar Days radar may just help me, and you, out.

Most of the members of my family are in transition right now: My parent's house is on the market, my brother just bought his first house, and my husband and I are on the lookout for a house with more square footage than what we're currently in. (Goal No. 1: Save!)

With the sale and purchase of a house, and even staying in the home you're already in, there's likely work that needs to be done, and the Charleston Build, Remodel & Landscape Expo will likely be able to help whatever the project you're looking to tackle. (Goal No. 2: Minor repairs at current house.)

Celebrating its 15th year, the expo will offer "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.

This weekend and next, attendees will be able to learn the latest trends in design trends, product offerings, maintenance tips, and more on everything to do with kitchen and bath remodeling, roofing, flooring, home security, water conditioning, insulation, windows and exterior products, and more.

The expo will run 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, and 2-8 p.m. Jan. 16, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 17 and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds, 9850 U.S. Highway 78 in Ladson. Tickets are $5 for adults, with those under age 18 getting in free. For more information, go to

Another goal (No. 3 if you're keeping count) of mine this year is to be more of a tourist in my own town.

While I feel I do an OK job of this already, I find I go back to the same places over and over again. As such, I want to explore places I haven't been to and/or revisit places I haven't been to since I moved here almost 10 years ago.

And Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, 3550 Ashley River Road, is offering the perfect opportunity for me to make good on the latter.

This month, Magnolia is offering a "buy one get one admission" discount. Available online, a printed "buy one get one" coupon must be redeemed at the ticket booth to participate. Coupons can be found at

Dubbed "America's oldest garden," Magnolia is celebrating the 338th anniversary of the founding of gardens, which have been named one of the 17 most beautiful gardens in the United States by Travel and Leisure Magazine.

For more, call 571-1266.