Autumn Longmire

I live in La Follette, TN with my husband Luke and our 3 children: Amelia (8), Lincoln (3), and Arthur (newborn). I'm a kindergarten teacher in the public school system and I absolutely love what I do. I'm very passionate about education and the well-being of children all over the world. I like to write about my experiences as both a mother and a teacher. Balancing both is really tricky, and I'm still getting the hang of it. My husband, who I truly believe is the world's best father, is an auctioneer at his family business Longmire Realty & Auction Co. While we love our jobs, we value family time the most. We spend a lot of time outdoors and love to go camping all over the east coast.

Hey Girl, Stop Trying to Sell Me Stuff

I am so tired of being Hey girled.  I’m tired of my Facebook friends turning into salespeople and seeing me as a potential buyer, rather than as a friend. I miss the days when my social...

Camping on the Coast

It was my father who introduced me to the adventure and beauty of nature. Our family vacations were wonderful, but my favorite trips were with my dad. He opened up my heart and soul...

Two Kids Is No Joke: The Challenge of Going from 1 to 2

Someone said something to me once; it stuck with me because it hit me like a ton of bricks one day: Two kids is no joke. When Amelia was born, my world was turned upside...

A Letter from the Kindergarten Teacher

Dear Parents, Hi, I’m your child’s teacher. The one you’ve never met -- the one you’ve wondered about, the one you’ve prayed about, and the one you might be worried about.   I know you’re worried and...
SAHM: Legit Ways to Work From Home

SAHM: Legit Ways to Work From Home

"Does anyone know if any legit work-from-home jobs? I'm a stay-at-home-mom but we need some extra income. Anybody have any ideas?"  -- Every mom Facebook group ever. The truth is that there are legitimate work-from-home employers...

Out with the Old, In with the Bold: Swimwear

Moms, I’ll be honest: I dread swimsuit season after each child. After my first was born in May, I foolishly went to Target in search of a swimsuit just a size or two shy...

Spreading Love Without The Likes

What if I told you that you could give a homeless man one hundred dollars without posting about it on Facebook? What if I told you could help the disabled, feed the hungry, or...

You’re More Than a Test Score: A Letter to My Students

Dear Students, In a few weeks, you’ll be taking the TCAP. The assessment at the end of the year; the big test. I’ve tried to prepare you. We’ve done months of test-taking practice and discussed study...

Dad Bods and Double Standards

Gone are the days where women drool over a perfectly tanned 6-pack. Say hello to a new kind of attraction: happy, faithful, and likes to eat spaghetti. You know. Because his wife's a great...

The Life of a Teacher Mom: The Struggle is Real

I sat on the stairs with tears in my eyes as I listened to my daughter playing in her room with her dolls. My newborn baby boy was crying in his swing and all...
Instant Pot: A Mom's Best Friend

Instant Pot: A Mom’s Best Friend

What was initially an Amazon “Prime Day” impulse buy, eventually became my most loved cooking gadget. When it arrived, it sat in storage for a few months. I’ll admit, I was intimidated by this...

Reading with Preschoolers

My 4-year-old daughter loves stories. She wants me to tell her stories for every car ride, every quiet moment, and of course any time I sit down to have a cup of coffee or...