It’s strawberry picking time, y’all! At our house, this means it’s time to start making strawberry bread. Tennessee’s strawberry season is short and very, very sweet — and since it’s in May before school is out, it can be tough to find the time as a family to pick berries. This year, though, we did […]

Breads, Breakfast, Food, Kid Favorites

May 9, 2019

Delicious Strawberry Bread

For years now, I’ve been trying to plan a weekend getaway with my husband in Murfreesboro. Even thought it’s just 45 minutes from Nashville, we feel like we’re worlds away when we visit, transported to a place where history abounds, nature beckons, and plenty of shopping and restaurant opportunities await. Dennis and I finally got […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

May 7, 2019

30 Things to Do on a Date in Murfreesboro, TN

What a month it was for reading! I didn’t read a ton of books in April (The Stranger Beside Me seriously bogged me down, as you will see), but I did read some very memorable ones! Whether you’re looking for a light romance that’s actually readable or an AMAZING dystopian novel I’d put right up […]

Books, Fun

May 5, 2019

Smart Romance, Savage Murder, Scythes, and Shoemakers’ Wives: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately

Planning a move to Nashville? You’re not alone! I mean, you are really, really not alone! Thousands of people just like you are moving here every single month, and everyone has QUESTIONS — so many questions, in fact, that my Facebook feed is overrun with them every. Damn. Day. Well, I’ve got good news for […]

Fun, Humor

April 30, 2019

Planning a Move to Nashville? Here are the Answers to ALL Your Burning Questions!

  If you haven’t been to Clarksville, Tennessee lately, you’ll definitely want to schedule a visit. Just an hour’s drive from Nashville, this history-filled town has tons of outdoor activities, an increasingly sophisticated restaurant scene, and a newly-revitalized downtown that’ll have you dreaming of renovating a loft space and moving here ASAP. We spent an […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

April 25, 2019

20 Things to Do in Clarksville, Tennessee

  Oops. I wrote this post, then with all the excitement over Nashville’s cherry blossom trees, totally forgot to publish it. So today, I’m righting that wrong for the many tens of readers who come here FOR THE BOOK REVIEWS. I read some fantastic books last month, including a novel that just might end up […]

Books, Fun

April 8, 2019

Survival, Revenge, Hilarity and Dysfunction: Here’s What I Read Last Month

Maybe you want a great mural photo, but you don’t want to wait in an hour-long line to get it. Or perhaps you want beautiful, interesting backdrops for your photos that haven’t already been used by half of Nashville. I’ve got an easy solution — Head to Rutherford County! Just a quick drive from Nashville, […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

April 4, 2019

8 Great Instagram Spots Minutes From Nashville

Nashville was in an uproar over the weekend after the surprise announcement that 21 of our cherry blossom trees downtown would be removed and turned into mulch to make way for an NFL draft stage. The outcry over the planned removal of these trees was massive. A petition was created to save the trees, tens of […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

April 1, 2019

Nashville’s Cherry Blossom Tree Controversy is Part of a Bigger Problem

Spend a few days in Santa Barbara and it’s safe to say you’ll never want to leave. Nestled between the majestic Santa Ynez Mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara boasts an average 300 sunny days a year and temperatures that generally stay between the mid-60s and mid-70s. It’s just 90 miles north of LA […]

Travel, United States

March 29, 2019

30 Things to Do with Kids in Santa Barbara

Shelby Bottoms has some beautiful natural features you won’t find at any other park in Nashville — including several beaver dams! But with its close proximity to urban Nashville, you and your family might see a little more than you bargained for… We don’t get out to Nashville’s Shelby Bottoms Park all that often and […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

March 26, 2019

See Beavers and… More… at Nashville’s Shelby Bottoms Park