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

Marvel fans, get excited! Marvel Universe LIVE! is coming back to Bridgestone Arena December 6-9, and I’m giving away 4 tickets good for any one show to a lucky Suburban Turmoil reader! If your kids love Marvel characters as much as mine do, this show is a must-see. We’ve gone to this show before and […]


November 12, 2018

Enter to Win 4 Tickets to Marvel Universe LIVE in Nashville December 6-9!

It happened again at my last hair appointment. The stylist I’d chosen had a great reputation among my friends and rave reviews online. Her Instagram feed was filled with photos of women with long, lush hair coaxed into glorious waves and loose curls or artfully woven into thick braided updos. I could only imagine the […]

Fun, Style

November 9, 2018

Beware the Mom ‘Do

I didn’t always love salmon like I do now, but then I learned that I was overcooking it (and so are most restaurant chefs). Try asking for your salmon to be cooked medium rare and you will notice a HUGE difference in taste. Reducing the cook time transforms salmon from a fairly ordinary fish to […]

Food, Main Courses

November 7, 2018

Roasted Salmon with Creamy Dijon

I think I will always remember 2018 for the arguing. People found a LOT to argue about this year, didn’t they? We argued about big topics like racism, immigration, gun control, politics, and sexual harassment. And we argued about little things, like whether Justin is still in love with Selena, Target’s Fall 2018 fashion choices, […]

Fun, Humor

November 5, 2018

Let’s Argue About Celebrating Christmas Before Thanksgiving! On Second Thought, Let’s Not.