I got to try QuikFix free of charge. My opinions, as always, are my own.  I can’t count the number of times I’ve had odd jobs that would be perfect for a college kid in need of beer money cash to help pay off student loan debt. I have the numbers of several good handymen, but it […]

Fun

February 10, 2019

QuikFix Comes to Nashville: Hire a College Student to Help You Out for $25 an Hour.

Get ready for the ultimate Chattanooga family vacation. If there’s any city I feel completely knowledgeable about (besides Nashville), it’s Chattanooga, Tennessee. My oldest stepdaughter enrolled at UT Chattanooga in 2008, my younger stepdaughter followed her a few years later, and at least one of them has lived in Chattanooga ever since. We generally visit […]

Fun, Travel, United States

February 7, 2019

40 Things to Do with Kids in Chattanooga

I always get off to a slow reading start in January — I think it’s because I generally devote lots of time to reading in December, when everything shuts down for the holidays and the kids have time off and it just feels like the perfect time to curl up with a good book. By […]

Books, Fun

February 1, 2019

Feminists, Serial Killers, Centenarians, and Gossip Queens: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately

  Last weekend, my eleven-year-old son and I went to the zoo. It was a cold, snowy day and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We had fun watching the clouded leopards and Andean bears in their exhibits… But what we really enjoyed was the playground. The Nashville Zoo’s playground is massive– It’s […]

Family, Fun

January 24, 2019

And Now I am a Slayer of Tube Slides

Capriotti’s provided the food for this post.  There are so many new restaurants opening in Nashville lately that it’s hard to keep track, but I’ve been wanting to try Capriotti’s ever since reading about it in the Nashville Scene. As food writer Chris Chamberlain tells it, when he informed people who were familiar with Capriotti’s […]

Fun

January 18, 2019

Capriotti’s Subs and Meatballs are a Fantastic Super Bowl Party Option

It’s the time of year when most of us feel soul-shattering regret over our ‘choices’ during the holiday season, and we resolve to grit it out and Get In Shape. For many of us, this means spending an obscene amount of money on expensive workout gear — because it makes sense to assume a flashy […]

Fun, Humor, Style

January 15, 2019

Gwyneth Paltrow Thinks We Need a $16,000 Handbag for Our Workouts and Now I Can’t Go to the Gym

  2018 has come to a close and it has been a year my family will definitely never forget. A health crisis easily could have made this our worst year ever, and I’ve definitely had more than my share these last 12 months of hand-wringing, sleepless nights, and total, non-stop anxiety. Am I being too […]

Fun

January 11, 2019

2018: The Year in Review

It’s been a big year of books around here — This year, I set a goal of 60 books and ended the year having read 67. Yay! I have to admit, it feels good to have made a conscious effort to use my downtime more productively. And while most of the books I read this […]

Books, Fun

December 30, 2018

My 10 Favorite Books of 2018

Monster Jam is coming to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena January 5th and 6th and if you’ve been to one of these rip-roaring extravaganzas, trust me — You need to go! This event truly is fun for the whole family; I would never guess this about myself or my daughter, but we both LOVE Monster Jam almost […]

Fun

December 27, 2018

Win Tickets to Monster Jam in Nashville January 5th and 6th!

Okay, okay. I know I read a lot. Last year, I decided to make an effort to read and listen to books in my downtime, as opposed to mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or binge watching a just-okay Netflix series. And my efforts have paid off — I used to get through 15-20 books a year. […]

Books, Fun

December 15, 2018

Christmas Romances, Celebrity Memoirs, Dragons, and the Death Penalty: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately