Nashville is in total crisis mode right now. Our mayor, Megan Barry, recently admitted she’s been having an affair with the head of her police security detail for the last two years. After holding a press conference and answering questions, she apparently expected to go back to work as if nothing had happened. But this […]

Deep Thoughts, Fun

February 23, 2018

It’s Time for Megan Barry to Resign

This is a story about love. Not the kind of love you typically think of around Valentine’s Day — the frilly, frothy, butterflies-in-your-stomach love of pop songs and Hallmark cards. This story is about a love that’s messy and raw and, sometimes, unbearably painful.  It’s a story about a love that endures. When I met […]

Family, Fun

February 14, 2018

On Valentine’s Day, A Different Kind of Love Story

Just 30 minutes from Asheville, Maggie Valley has all the ingredients for a fun-filled family vacation in the North Carolina Smoky Mountains. Check out my tips for the perfect winter weekend vacation! This post was written in partnership with Visit North Carolina Smokies and Travel Mindset. I’m a sucker for a good winter vacation. I […]

Travel, United States

January 24, 2018

25 Reasons Maggie Valley is the Perfect Spot for Your Winter Family Vacation

Planning a Panama City Beach family vacation? Here are a few things you’ll want to know before you go! Unexpectedly, Panama City Beach has stolen my heart. I love it for its high-rise condominiums, which guarantee me a vacation filled with mornings waking to sounds of the surf and panoramic views of the Gulf of […]

Travel, United States

January 12, 2018

5 Ways to Make Your Panama City Beach Family Vacation Even More AWESOME!

From thrilling outdoor adventures to great restaurants, shopping, and children’s activities, St. George, Utah has all the ingredients for a memorable family vacation – and winter is a great time to beat the crowds! This post was written in partnership with Visit St. George.  To know my family is to know we love hiking and […]

Travel, United States

December 28, 2017

15 Reasons St. George, Utah is Perfect for Your Next Family Vacation

  Last month was a great reading month for me! I read some great books in a number of genres and listened to my favorite audiobook yet. Here’s the rundown…     Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal If you enjoy audiobooks, don’t miss this one! It’s easily the best I’ve listened […]

Books, Fun

December 26, 2017

Robbers, Child Stars, World Travelers, and Celebrity Chefs: Here’s What I Read Last Month

Knoxville, Tennessee is the perfect place for a holiday weekend getaway! As soon as we arrive in downtown Knoxville, fat flakes of snow begin drifting down from the sky as if on cue. It lends a decidedly festive feeling to this historic city, already festooned with Christmas lights, ribbons and greenery. We’ve decided to begin […]

Travel, United States

December 13, 2017

A Holiday Weekend Getaway in Knoxville, Tennessee

  I have to admit something to you — I am a Nutcracker Nerd. I have been since I was a kid in Gainesville, Georgia. Watching our city ballet’s Nutcracker performance was an annual tradition for the whole town and certainly the main reason my friends and I were all enrolled in ballet classes from […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

December 5, 2017

Nashville’s Nutcracker is a Holiday Must-See

I’m a little embarrassed to share this list with you, because… 12 BOOKS. I read 12 BOOKS last month and I don’t think I’ve ever that many books in one month in my entire life! It all makes sense, though, once you know that last month, I discovered audiobooks. My library has nearly every book […]

Books, Fun

November 27, 2017

Psychos, Ballers, Soldiers, and Victorian Villainesses: Here’s What I Read Last Month

There’s no better way to escape the Nashville crowds this Christmas season than with a trip to nearby Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This post was written in partnership with Ready Set Rutherford. We’ve spent a lot of time in Rutherford County and have hand-picked the items on this list just for you! With free parking across the […]

Nashville Guide, Travel

November 20, 2017

20 Fun and Festive Things to Do in Murfreesboro and Rutherford County This Christmas