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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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

I used to live in fear of the moment our fourth and final child would declare he no longer believed in Santa Claus. For my husband and me, it would mean an end to over a decade of Christmas Eve milk and cookies, present hiding, and late night stocking-stuffing. A major chapter in parenting would […]

Fun, Humor

December 12, 2018

The Shelf on the Elf: A New Christmas Tradition

This post was written in partnership with Amazon and contains an affiliate link. Are your kids as obsessed with Amazon Alexa as mine are? My son has led the way in Alexa innovation, figuring out the many capabilities of his Amazon Echo and helping the rest of us learn to use it in so many […]


November 30, 2018

Use Alexa to Donate to Toys for Tots This Christmas

Being a mother has changed the way I look at children — all children. I feel an overwhelming love for my kids and an intense desire to protect them at all costs and give them the best possible future. I count my blessings every single day that we have the means to give our children […]


November 27, 2018

Give to World Vision Today and Double Your Donation’s Impact!