Christine Derr

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Hey, y'all! I'm an adventurous mama who has lived all over. I've lived in Florida (Go Noles!) and Alaska (yay snow!) and many places in between. My little family settled in Knoxville back in 2014, and we've been growing our roots here since. We love the wonderful family friendly activities Knoxville and the surrounding areas have to offer, and explore every chance we get. I'm obsessed with all things Disney, and you can often find me fan-girling about my obsession on my blog, Paw Prints in the Sink (www.pawprintsinthesink.blogspot.com). I'm a sleep-deprived mom to two boys, ages 18 months and almost 4 years. They keep me on my toes, and jump into hugging mode moments before I lose my mind from enduring their constant chaos. I'm a bibliophile, baking addict, pun-loving goofball. I can't wait to get to know you!

Low Stress Ways to Save Money While Shopping

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I love saving while shopping, but if it's a time investment of more than 10 minutes, there's a decent chance I won't keep up with it. Grocery shopping especially is difficult enough; even when...

Summer Reading Recommendations From a Book Blogger

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Ah, summer. Days full of sunshine, the ground warm under your feet, fireflies dancing at night and the time of year when list after list of the best books to read during these beautiful...

Easy Ways to Go Green for Earth Day

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If you’ve been thinking about trying to be greener and more eco-friendly, Earth Day is a great chance to get started and get inspired. I’ve always had a bit of an eco-conscience guiding me...
Pandemic Habits I’m Keeping

Pandemic Habits I’m Keeping

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During times of struggle and grief, it can be hard to find the light. There is nothing in this post that could diminish the hurt and grief that this pandemic has caused, nor is...

Date Night at Home

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When my kids were babies, they were stage five clingers. They wanted me or my husband, and only me or my husband. Add a tight budget to the mix, and date night in general...
If You Want to Stop Yelling, Sing a Song

If You Want to Stop Yelling, Sing a Song

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*Fade into Infomercial* Do you find yourself raising your voice when you'd rather not? Do you identify with the wah-wah-wah teacher from Charlie Brown more than the other characters? Are you invisible, without donning a cloak of...

Learning My Ancestor’s Language Changed My Life

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November is Native American Heritage Month. For as long as I can remember, my dad would reference our Cherokee heritage. From when his hair was completely black to when it was streaked with silver, he'd...
Halloween at Home: Trick or Treating Alternatives

Halloween at Home: Trick or Treating Alternatives

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Halloween 2020 is obviously going to look different, much like the rest of the year. From costumes to fun spooky activities, my fellow Knoxville Moms contributors have been sharing some super fun ideas. Since...
Books You'll Enjoy Reading with Your Children

Books You’ll Enjoy Reading with Your Children

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The importance of reading to our children is a well publicized fact. It helps them with phonemic awareness, exposes them to language, teaches empathy, and gives them words to help process how they're feeling....
Answering the 3 Questions Book Lovers are Always Asked

3 Questions Book Lovers are Always Asked

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I've always loved books. I don't remember learning to read, I just remember always having my nose stuck in a book. When I was in elementary school, I used to read while walking to...
How Far I’ll Go…Or Not

How Far I’ll Go…Or Not

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I always planned on giving my kids roots. One place they could recall in their memories as home, where they could return when they were grown and feel as safe and welcome as they...
Meal Planning Saves My Sanity

Meal Planning Saves My Sanity

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Life is hectic and full of decisions, and dinnertime only compounds that chaos. How can we simplify dinner and grocery shopping, all in one fell swoop? Meal planning solves both of these problems; it's a...