I have to admit something to you — I am a Nutcracker Nerd. I have been since I was a kid in Gainesville, Georgia. Watching our city ballet’s Nutcracker performance was an annual tradition for the whole town and certainly the main reason my friends and I were all enrolled in ballet classes from […]

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December 5, 2017

Nashville’s Nutcracker is a Holiday Must-See

There’s no better way to escape the Nashville crowds this Christmas season than with a trip to nearby Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This post was written in partnership with Ready Set Rutherford. We’ve spent a lot of time in Rutherford County and have hand-picked the items on this list just for you! With free parking across the […]

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November 20, 2017

20 Fun and Festive Things to Do in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County This Christmas

Les Misérables is the longest-running play in Broadway history and a favorite musical for many (including me!). But should you bring the kids when it comes to your town or leave them home with the sitter? Here’s what you need to know before you go. I saw Les Misérables for the first time on a French […]


November 15, 2017

Is Les Misérables for Kids?

Hidden away in a state park just outside Nashville, you’ll find a surprising treasure trove of early American history and breathtaking natural beauty. It’s all just an easy family hike away — Here’s what you need to know about Narrows of the Harpeth before you go. You can’t live in Nashville long without hearing the […]

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July 19, 2017

You Can’t Beat the Amazing Views on This Nashville Hike

Whether you’re a Nashvillian in search of a quick weekend day trip or getaway or a traveler looking for a place near Music City with small-town Southern charm, Rutherford County is calling your name. Located just 30 minutes from Nashville, Murfreesboro and the surrounding towns of Rutherford County have it all– from rich cultural history, exciting outdoor […]

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June 5, 2017

20 Amazing Reasons to Visit Rutherford County This Summer

Don’t let the summertime blues get you down  — There are plenty of things to do with kids in Nashville this summer! Here’s my annual list to get you started. I guarantee there’s something here for everyone, no matter your age.     Tell me this has happened to you, too — All year long, […]

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May 11, 2017

75 Things to Do with Kids in Nashville This Summer: 2017 Edition

This post was written in partnership with the Grand Ole Opry. Country music wouldn’t be what it is today without the Grand Ole Opry — The longest running music radio program in history is still going strong, with a range of performers that appeals to music lovers of all ages. But while I’ve been to see […]

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March 24, 2017

We Did the Grand Ole Opry Backstage Tour. Here’s What We Thought.

  If Christmas is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, then the week after has to be the Most Depressing Time of the Year. Taking down all those decorations leaves our once-cozy and festive house feeling cold and bare — just in time for months of icy weather and long, dark nights. A few […]

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December 6, 2016

Plan Your Post-Holiday Winter Wonderland Now!

  My family has been on the road a LOT this year– When my husband lost his job, I decided there was no time like the present to pursue more travel writing jobs — It’s the direction I’ve always wanted go with my professional writing. Consequently, we’ve found ourselves this year on beaches and prairies, […]

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December 2, 2016

This Cool Idea will Help Your Kids Remember All Your Family Travels

If Willie Wonka lived in Nashville and loved history instead of candy, he would have opened Tennessee’s State Museum–  an enormous and at times bizarre collection of local artifacts that spans thousands of years of local history. Here’s everything you need to know before you visit the Tennessee State Museum. I was a child in […]

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September 13, 2016

Why You Really Need to Visit The Tennessee State Museum