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

Halloween is a strange holiday when you think about it. Young, innocent children are encouraged to douse themselves in fake blood, dress like monsters or tarts-in-training and take candy from strangers, while grown women run around in costumes only a prostitute could love. It’s definitely not the natural order of things. Typically, the cane wavers […]

Fun, Humor

October 30, 2018

Here’s Proof Halloween a Century Ago was Just as Freaky

My mother-in-law’s cooking is legendary in our family, and her pumpkin bread recipe is one of her greatest accomplishments. We love pretty much anything that has pumpkin in it, so I’ve tried several pumpkin bread recipes over the years. None have even come close to this one. Even better, I typically have on hand everything […]

Breads, Food, Kid Favorites

October 29, 2018

World’s Most Amazing Pumpkin Bread

Target isn’t my favorite place to shop for clothes, but it’s hard to resist checking out the women’s clothing section when I’m there. Sometimes, I’ll find something cute and on trend at a good price — but this season, things seem to have taken a turn. I knew something very strange was happening at Target […]

Fun, Humor, Style

October 25, 2018

Things Have Gotten Super Weird in the Target Women’s Department

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

This post was written in partnership with prAna. All opinions are my own. I’ve discovered a new clothing brand that I LOVE and I seriously can’t wait to tell you about it. I was excited to have the opportunity to try out the prAna clothing line, because I could tell just by looking at the […]

Style

October 16, 2018

My New Clothing Obsession: prAna

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

My husband and I have this inside joke that’s not at all funny. Any time we find a new product that we REALLY like and are REALLY excited about, we know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it’s only a matter of time before it’s discontinued. It’s happened so often that we’ve almost managed […]

Fun, Humor, Style

October 11, 2018

Discontinued and It Feels So Bad

A few years ago, I started noticing the word YETI everywhere I turned  — plastered on the back windows of newer-model SUVs, printed across the chests of present, past, and future frat boys, and boldly emblazoned on the insulated coffee mugs of Hunter boot-wearing soccer moms. As far as I could tell, the YETI logo was […]

Fun, Humor, Style

October 10, 2018

YETI. Why?

This post was written in partnership with The Center for Parent and Teen Communication.     Then: I decided when you were very small to make sure you knew we valued kindness and compassion toward others even more than academic or athletic accomplishments. We cheered when you gave your allowance to the Humane Association. We […]

Fun

October 8, 2018

Some Things Change. Some Stay the Same.