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!

Marvel fans, get excited! Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming back to Bridgestone Arena December 6-9, and I’m giving away 4 tickets good for any one show to a lucky Suburban Turmoil reader! If your kids love Marvel characters as much as mine do, this show is a must-see. We’ve gone to this show before and […]


November 12, 2018

Enter to Win 4 Tickets to Marvel Universe LIVE in Nashville December 6-9!

It happened again at my last hair appointment. The stylist I’d chosen had a great reputation among my friends and rave reviews online. Her Instagram feed was filled with photos of women with long, lush hair coaxed into glorious waves and loose curls or artfully woven into thick braided updos. I could only imagine the […]

Fun, Style

November 9, 2018

Beware the Mom ‘Do

I think I will always remember 2018 for the arguing. People found a LOT to argue about this year, didn’t they? We argued about big topics like racism, immigration, gun control, politics, and sexual harassment. And we argued about little things, like whether Justin is still in love with Selena, Target’s Fall 2018 fashion choices, […]

Fun, Humor

November 5, 2018

Let’s Argue About Celebrating Christmas Before Thanksgiving! On Second Thought, Let’s Not.

There’s a lot to love — or at least, like — in this latest installment of what I’ve read lately, starting with one of my favorite books of the year. Check out my list and tell me in the comments what you’ve been reading lately!   Educated, Tara Westover (5/5 stars) Wow. I have so […]

Books, Fun

November 3, 2018

Mormons, Murderers, Husband Hunters, and Tale Tellers: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately