A while back, I wrote about my favorite ‘secret’ hiking trail in Nashville — the Hidden Lake trail at Harpeth River State Park. It’s a gorgeous trail with a fascinating past, and most people who read the post were excited to find out about it. Notice I said MOST. ‘Well, I guess it’s not a […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

January 29, 2019

The Big East Fork Reserve Trail: A Beautiful Hike Minutes From Nashville

  Last weekend, my eleven-year-old son and I went to the zoo. It was a cold, snowy day and we pretty much had the place to ourselves. We had fun watching the clouded leopards and Andean bears in their exhibits… But what we really enjoyed was the playground. The Nashville Zoo’s playground is massive– It’s […]

Family, Fun

January 24, 2019

And Now I am a Slayer of Tube Slides

I’ve spent the last year completely overhauling my family’s diet in an effort to eat healthier meals without sacrificing taste. For us, this has meant buying organic, whole foods without added ingredients as often as possible and eliminating wheat and gluten whenever we can. Trying healthier recipes (I’m partial to Paleo recipes) has introduced me […]

Food, Main Courses

January 22, 2019

Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms Over Cauliflower Rice

Years ago, when I was a young reporter for the ABC affiliate in Columbia, South Carolina, I interviewed a minister who’d been a local leader in the Civil Rights Movement and had worked closely with Martin Luther King, Jr. The interview took place in his home, and before we arrived, he’d pulled out albums full […]

Travel, United States

January 21, 2019

Why Every Kid Needs to Visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

Capriotti’s provided the food for this post.  There are so many new restaurants opening in Nashville lately that it’s hard to keep track, but I’ve been wanting to try Capriotti’s ever since reading about it in the Nashville Scene. As food writer Chris Chamberlain tells it, when he informed people who were familiar with Capriotti’s […]


January 18, 2019

Capriotti’s Subs and Meatballs are a Fantastic Super Bowl Party Option

It’s the time of year when most of us feel soul-shattering regret over our ‘choices’ during the holiday season, and we resolve to grit it out and Get In Shape. For many of us, this means spending an obscene amount of money on expensive workout gear — because it makes sense to assume a flashy […]

Fun, Humor, Style

January 15, 2019

Gwyneth Paltrow Thinks We Need a $16,000 Handbag for Our Workouts and Now I Can’t Go to the Gym

  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