Last weekend, I took my daughter to the mall so that she could go shopping with her friends. I hadn’t been to a mall in a while, so I figured it would be a good time to check out the latest trends for fall before I decide what to buy this season. What happened next […]

Fun, Humor, Style

September 21, 2018

I Just Went Shopping at the Mall and Now I Am So Confused

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

  Life has been chaotic lately and I haven’t gotten around to sharing my latest reads with you. I’m so far behind, in fact, that I’m dividing up what I’ve read lately into two posts — I’ll share the rest in a week or two. I recommitted to reading more in March of last year […]

Books, Fun

September 10, 2018

Great Audiobooks, Questionable Memoirs, and Epic Literary Fiction: Here’s What I’ve Read Lately

  If you read this blog at all, you know we’re HUGE fans of Disney on Ice. These shows are pure Disney magic and like Disney’s theme parks, even though they’re designed to appeal to children, every age will love them. I mean it when I say that even when my kids are grown and […]


August 31, 2018

Win 4 Tickets to Disney on Ice’s Frozen! in Nashville Sept. 13-16

  Yesterday, I picked up my kids from school and headed over to Books-A-Million, where we often go for frozen hot chocolate and reading time. On the way over, I talked to them about a Facebook post I had read the day before — In that same shopping center parking lot, two men had approached […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

August 24, 2018

Scared, But Prepared

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 […]


August 16, 2018

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

  I still vividly remember that sizzling hot July day, even though it happened more than a decade ago. I had taken my stepdaughters and daughter to see a movie, leaving my 4-month-old son at home with my husband. The theater was in an urban neighborhood, so we parked in a nearby lot and walked […]

Deep Thoughts, Family, Fun

July 27, 2018

How Could a Parent Leave a Baby in the Backseat? It’s Easier Than You Think.

My son stands before the oversized screen of our television, cheeks flushed, eyes glassy, tongue barely protruding from a corner of his mouth. After one incredibly long, motionless moment, he suddenly begins jumping up and down in time with the tecka tecka tecka tecka of his thumbs on the game remote. “Mom, you won’t believe […]

Family, Fun

July 25, 2018

The Summer of My Fortnite-mare

This post was written in partnership with Safe RX.  You can’t read the news without coming across evidence of America’s opioid epidemic. So many crimes these days are committed either under the influence or in pursuit of these drugs, and their reach extends beyond the newspapers, right into our own lives. Most of us know […]


July 10, 2018

This Little Bottle Just Might Save Your Teen’s Life