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

If you live within driving distance of the Great Smoky Mountains, visiting Dollywood is a rite of passage. Country legend Dolly Parton put her name on the theme park back in 1986 and since then, millions have flocked to the area, transforming sleepy Pigeon Forge, Tennessee into a bustling tourist town filled with hotels, restaurants, […]

Travel, United States

May 1, 2018

Dollywood: What to Do, What to Eat, and Where to Stay

Just 30 minutes from Asheville, Maggie Valley has all the ingredients for a fun-filled family vacation in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. Check out my tips for the perfect winter weekend vacation! This post was written in partnership with Visit North Carolina Smokies and Travel Mindset. I’m a sucker for a good winter vacation. I […]

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January 24, 2018

25 Reasons Maggie Valley is the Perfect Spot for Your Winter Family Vacation

Planning a Panama City Beach family vacation? Here are a few things you’ll want to know before you go! Unexpectedly, Panama City Beach has stolen my heart. I love it for its high-rise condominiums, which guarantee me a vacation filled with mornings waking to sounds of the surf and panoramic views of the Gulf of […]

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January 12, 2018

5 Ways to Make Your Panama City Beach Family Vacation Even More AWESOME!

From thrilling outdoor adventures to great restaurants, shopping, and children’s activities, St. George, Utah has all the ingredients for a memorable family vacation – and winter is a great time to beat the crowds! This post was written in partnership with Visit St. George.  To know my family is to know we love hiking and […]

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December 28, 2017

15 Reasons St. George, Utah is Perfect for Your Next Family Vacation

Knoxville, Tennessee is the perfect place for a holiday weekend getaway! As soon as we arrive in downtown Knoxville, fat flakes of snow begin drifting down from the sky as if on cue. It lends a decidedly festive feeling to this historic city, already festooned with Christmas lights, ribbons and greenery. We’ve decided to begin […]

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December 13, 2017

A Holiday Weekend Getaway in Knoxville, Tennessee

  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 […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

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 […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

November 20, 2017

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