There’s nothing like visiting a town when it’s all dressed up for Christmas. We’ve been scheduling a Christmas weekend getaway each year for some time now and these trips have ended up being some of my all-time favorites — and it’s no surprise when I think about it… As fun as my own hometown’s holiday traditions […]

Travel, United States

December 7, 2018

A Christmas Weekend Getaway in Winston-Salem

There’s no lack of things to do this Christmas in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County! Here’s your complete guide to the 2018 holiday season. This post was written in partnership with Visit Rutherford County.  You want to enjoy Christmas this year without having to brave the massive Nashville crowds. Savor the season without a stampede of […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

November 14, 2018

30 Things to Do This Christmas in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County

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

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

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 I had to be reincarnated as an animal, you’d better believe I’d come back as a zoo baby. I mean, think about it… These little guys live in the lap of luxury, they get waited on hand and foot by the zookeepers, they don’t have to worry about predators or finding food, and they […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

September 19, 2018

Nashville’s Newest Zoo Babies will Melt Your Heart

There’s no getting around the fact that Nashville has seen a lot of changes over the last decade. As a Nashville parent, I miss the days when I could take the kids for ice cream on Lower Broad without paying $30 for a parking spot and worrying they’d see something that would scar them for […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

September 18, 2018

35 Awesome Things to Do with Kids in Murfreesboro, TN

Overcoming many terrible hardships, I braved the savagery of Mother Nature on a bird walk in the treacherous Alabama wilderness. This is my story. Shortly after our vacation in Gulf Shores, Alabama began last week, this happened…     It wasn’t the best start to our birdwatching venture, and I was tempted to call the […]

Travel

August 16, 2018

I’ve Seen a Black Bellied Whistling-Duck and Now I Can Die.

Whether you’re looking for in-town fun or an easy day or overnight trip, this list of things to do with kids in Nashville is tried, tested, and family approved! Between my two stepdaughters and my own two children, I’ve been finding things to do in Nashville with kids for a long, LONG time! We’ve tried […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

May 23, 2018

75 Things to Do with Kids in Nashville This Summer

  Looking for something new to do this summer? Give Smyrna a try!   If you live in Nashville, you might know Smyrna best as the town you pass through on your way to Murfreesboro. Trust me when I tell you there’s much more to this place than meets the eye. In a region exploding […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

May 14, 2018

15 Reasons to Visit Smyrna, TN This Summer