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

Monster Jam is coming to Nashville’s Nissan Stadium June 23rd and it’s definitely a great way to spend a summer night with your family. I’m hardly a Monster Jam kind of girl and I LOVE this show — especially when it’s held at Nissan Stadium! Monster Jam is like a big-truck circus — Just don’t […]


June 12, 2018

Win 4 Tickets to Monster Jam at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium June 23!

Whether you’re looking for in-town fun or an easy day or overnight trip, this list of things to do with kids in Nashville is tried, tested, and family approved! Between my two stepdaughters and my own two children, I’ve been finding things to do in Nashville with kids for a long, LONG time! We’ve tried […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

May 23, 2018

75 Things to Do with Kids in Nashville This Summer

As a blogger, I’ve gotten to try all kinds of cool products and services over the years — and I don’t think I’ve ever been more excited to write about one than I am now. I’m going to cut to the chase and tell you we had a Culligan Water Filtration System installed a few […]


May 21, 2018

How Culligan Water Has (SERIOUSLY!) Changed Our Lives

There are some elementary school moments I always want to remember. There are others I can’t wait to forget. I still remember my oldest stepdaughter’s final year of elementary school. Everything she did that year was treated in our family as a Major Milestone, requiring all of us to drop what we were doing and […]

Family, Fun, Humor

May 16, 2018

Goodbye, Elementary School. I Won’t Miss You.

  Looking for something new to do this summer? Give Smyrna a try!   If you live in Nashville, you might know Smyrna best as the town you pass through on your way to Murfreesboro. Trust me when I tell you there’s much more to this place than meets the eye. In a region exploding […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

May 14, 2018

15 Reasons to Visit Smyrna, TN This Summer

If you live within driving distance of the Great Smoky Mountains, visiting Dollywood is a rite of passage. Country legend Dolly Parton put her name on the theme park back in 1986 and since then, millions have flocked to the area, transforming sleepy Pigeon Forge, Tennessee into a bustling tourist town filled with hotels, restaurants, […]

Travel, United States

May 1, 2018

Dollywood: What to Do, What to Eat, and Where to Stay