On an overcast morning in Gulf Shores, Alabama, we loaded the kids up in the car and set off without telling them where we were going. “Won’t you give us a hint?” my son pleaded. “Does it involve video games?” “Nope,” I said firmly. “Definitely not.” “Does it involve dessert?” my daughter asked hopefully. “Uh, […]

Travel, United States

October 18, 2018

You Won’t Believe What a Reclusive Billionaire Built Near Gulf Shores, Alabama

This post was written in partnership with prAna. All opinions are my own. I’ve discovered a new clothing brand that I LOVE and I seriously can’t wait to tell you about it. I was excited to have the opportunity to try out the prAna clothing line, because I could tell just by looking at the […]

Style

October 16, 2018

My New Clothing Obsession: prAna

Just a few minutes from Nashville, Rutherford County is filled with crumbling antebellum mansions, interesting historic buildings, and the site of one of the Civil War’s most important battles — So it’s not surprising that it is also home to a number of really amazing ghost stories and haunted places. I’m sharing some of my […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

October 15, 2018

10 Spectacularly Spooky Haunted Places in Rutherford County, Tennessee

My husband and I have this inside joke that’s not at all funny. Any time we find a new product that we REALLY like and are REALLY excited about, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it’s only a matter of time before it’s discontinued. It’s happened so often that we’ve almost managed […]

Fun, Humor, Style

October 11, 2018

Discontinued and It Feels So Bad

A few years ago, I started noticing the word YETI everywhere I turned  — plastered on the back windows of newer-model SUVs, printed across the chests of present, past, and future frat boys, and boldly emblazoned on the insulated coffee mugs of Hunter boot-wearing soccer moms. As far as I could tell, the YETI logo was […]

Fun, Humor, Style

October 10, 2018

YETI. Why?

This post was written in partnership with The Center for Parent and Teen Communication.     Then: I decided when you were very small to make sure you knew we valued kindness and compassion toward others even more than academic or athletic accomplishments. We cheered when you gave your allowance to the Humane Association. We […]

Fun

October 8, 2018

Some Things Change. Some Stay the Same.

As a family, we are ocean-obsessed. We take every opportunity we can to go to the beach and while we’re there, we waste no time on the sand — Instead, we’re in the ocean as much as possible. We boogie board if the waves are up, snorkel if it’s clear, play ocean games, look for […]

Global, Travel, United States

October 4, 2018

The Only Jellyfish Sting Remedy You’ll Ever Need to Know

  If you spend any time at all on Nashville’s park trails and greenways, you know they come with a major drawback: A whole lot of people who use them don’t think their dog needs to be on a leash. There are so many reasons why this is a bad idea, both for the off-leash […]

Fun, Humor

October 1, 2018

Should Your Dog Be On a Leash? This FAQ Will Help You Decide.

I’m excited to share this particular list with you, because I’ve read some really great books lately! Where the Crawdads Sing is my favorite book OF THE YEAR so far — I really, really loved it and didn’t want it to end. So many tears cried over this one. I believe Reese Witherspoon just chose […]

Books, Fun

September 28, 2018

Low Country Romance, Scientology, Long Winters, and Ladies’ Choirs: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately

  I was an 18-year-old sorority pledge on a game day date with a boy I barely knew. He brought me to a party at his frat house that night, insisted on staying until the very end of the event, and then refused to take me home. “You can just spend the night in my […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

September 26, 2018

A Different Kind of #MeToo Story