2018 has come to a close and it has been a year my family will definitely never forget. A health crisis easily could have made this our worst year ever, and I’ve definitely had more than my share these last 12 months of hand-wringing, sleepless nights, and total, non-stop anxiety. Am I being too […]


January 11, 2019

2018: The Year in Review

It’s been a big year of books around here — This year, I set a goal of 60 books and ended the year having read 67. Yay! I have to admit, it feels good to have made a conscious effort to use my downtime more productively. And while most of the books I read this […]

Books, Fun

December 30, 2018

My 10 Favorite Books of 2018

Monster Jam is coming to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena January 5th and 6th and if you’ve been to one of these rip-roaring extravaganzas, trust me — You need to go! This event truly is fun for the whole family; I would never guess this about myself or my daughter, but we both LOVE Monster Jam almost […]


December 27, 2018

Win Tickets to Monster Jam in Nashville January 5th and 6th!

We recently had one of my all-time favorite meals at The Mayan Cafe in Louisville. This cozy little restaurant in Louisville’s trendy NuLu neighborhood blends traditional Mayan recipes with locally-sourced ingredients, resulting in some of the most imaginative dishes I’ve ever tasted. And while we loved everything we  tried that night, it was the Sikil […]

Appetizers, Food

December 26, 2018

Sikil Pak: A Mayan Pumpkin Seed Dip That’s To Die For

Okay, okay. I know I read a lot. Last year, I decided to make an effort to read and listen to books in my downtime, as opposed to mindlessly scrolling through Facebook or binge watching a just-okay Netflix series. And my efforts have paid off — I used to get through 15-20 books a year. […]

Books, Fun

December 15, 2018

Christmas Romances, Celebrity Memoirs, Dragons, and the Death Penalty: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately

I used to live in fear of the moment our fourth and final child would declare he no longer believed in Santa Claus. For my husband and me, it would mean an end to over a decade of Christmas Eve milk and cookies, present hiding, and late night stocking-stuffing. A major chapter in parenting would […]

Fun, Humor

December 12, 2018

The Shelf on the Elf: A New Christmas Tradition

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

This post was written in partnership with Amazon and contains an affiliate link. Are your kids as obsessed with Amazon Alexa as mine are? My son has led the way in Alexa innovation, figuring out the many capabilities of his Amazon Echo and helping the rest of us learn to use it in so many […]


November 30, 2018

Use Alexa to Donate to Toys for Tots This Christmas

Being a mother has changed the way I look at children — all children. I feel an overwhelming love for my kids and an intense desire to protect them at all costs and give them the best possible future. I count my blessings every single day that we have the means to give our children […]


November 27, 2018

Give to World Vision Today and Double Your Donation’s Impact!

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