Christine Derr

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!
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...
Non-School Learning

Non-School Learning

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Confession: We have no quarantine school schedule. We aren't doing packets of worksheets. Oh, yeah, and I'm a former teacher. Yet there is no forced learning here. But that doesn't mean we aren't learning. I...
Keeping Connected: Tips and Apps to Hold the Community Together

Keeping Connected: Tips and Apps to Hold the Community Together

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A lifetime full of frequent moves has prepared me for this very moment in time: staying connected with friends and loved ones when you can't physically share the same space. Since Tennessee is my...
Spring Break in the Time of Coronavirus: How to Save Your Sanity

Spring Break in the Time of Coronavirus: How to Save Your Sanity

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As I imagined Spring Break in my mind's eye this year, I knew we wouldn't have toes in the sand or airplanes in our future. But I did imagine long Chick-fil-A lunches with friends,...
The Power of Parenting Cliches

The Power of Parenting Clichés

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Once upon a time I heard sweet songs on the radio about missing stages of childhood and babies being grown, and I smiled and moved on about my day. Now I hear that song...
Parenting Through Grief

Parenting Through Grief

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It's been eight years since my dad suddenly died, and seven since my firstborn made his arrival into this world. I never expected to raise my children without my dad being a part of...
Battling Entitlement

Battling Entitlement

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It was a gray, rainy day that came with one of those drastic weather changes. I was making dinner when I realized I'd scarcely sat down all day, and I could feel an impending...
A Handstand a Day

A Handstand a Day

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I once happened upon a video showing a young girl who was being bullied and picked last in PE. She decided to start doing pushups every day to build her strength, and got a...
A Love Letter to the Car Pick-Up Line

A Love Letter to the Car Pick-Up Line

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This may not be the most popular opinion, but through a flurry of perfect alignment, I've fallen in love with the school car pick-up line. I know, I sound crazy. Who likes sitting in...
I Walk the Line: Finding Balance as a Work from Home Mom

I Walk the Line: Finding Balance as a Work from Home Mom

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You give me cause for love that I can't hide For you I know I'd even try to turn the tide Because you're mine, I walk the line. So maybe Johnny Cash wasn't signing about motherhood, but...
Summer Bucket List

Summer Bucket List

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The awesomeness that was '90s summers is all over the internet lately. Articles with titles like "How to have a '90s summer," "Why '90s summers were the best," and more are filling my feed...