In March 2011 my life changed in the most dramatic and wonderful way possible: I became a mom to my vivacious, inquisitive, sweet, fun-loving, exuberant little man. A week after my son’s birth, my husband received a job offer we could not refuse from the University of Tennessee. And so, in July 2011, we said goodbye to the life we’d created in the coastal paradise of Santa Barbara, California, and began carving out a new bit of paradise for ourselves in Knoxville. In March 2013, just over two years after the birth of our son, we welcomed our beautiful and equally amazing daughter. Together with my loving and supportive husband, my children have taught me to slow down and enjoy the moments life gives us. It is with them and thanks to them, that I feel truly happy and at peace.

Brightening the Holidays: Knoxville’s Charitable Organizations

The holidays can be filled with bright and merry moments for those fortunate enough to be surrounded by family, health, and love. But for many of our neighbors, it can be a dark and...

10 Non-Candy Treats for Your Trick-or-Treaters & Join the Teal Pumpkin Project

Did you know that researchers estimate that up to 15 million Americans have food allergies? That means that roughly 1 out of the 13 children who will knock on your door this Halloween is...

Investing in Your Children’s Future {MNO Recap}

In September, KMB hosted a Mom’s Night Out at the Rothchild Catering and Conference Center. It was a lovely evening with a scrumptious dinner catered by Rothchild, and lively conversation with all the ladies....

8 Hours. 9 Months. 2 Years. A Lifetime.

My little man starts his second year of preschool tomorrow. I can hardly believe it. This summer has flown by; the fall leaves will soon start to color our yard, and before I know...

Love is Infinite: Giving My Baby a Sibling

Now that I am nearly 17 months into being a mom of two, I often find myself reflecting on how life has changed for my first-born since our second bundle of love, his sibling,...

DIY Mom’s Night Out with The Home Depot {MNO Recap}

Sometimes it's fun to throw on a pair of jeans, power up the circular saw, and hang out some of your girlfriends, right? That's just what we did in late June at our DIY...
Making Time For Mom

Making Time for Mom {Series} – Francesca’s Version

{Over the next few week, we will be running a series on how moms make time for themselves during their busy days, and what they do with that precious time. We hope you enjoy...

Brixx MNO {Recap with Photos}

KMB hosted a fun and relaxing MNO at the West Hills Brixx on May 1st. We had a great time sitting on the patio enjoying a scrumptious Brixx dinner and lovely conversations and company....

Knoxville’s Farmers’ Markets: From Farm to Table

Farmers’ markets. I just love them. They make me happy, they remind me of my childhood days shopping for produce with my mom at Rome’s open-air markets, and they make my kitchen bright with...

10 Tech-free Tips for Surviving Travel with Kids

Showing my children the world – near and far – is a parental aspiration I hold dear to my heart. However, traveling with young kids can make a family, even a small one, look...

KMB’s Inaugural Mom’s Night Out {Recap with Photos}

KMB’s very first MNO will go down in the history books as a total success! Last week, approximately 35 moms joined the Knoxville Moms Blog contributor team at Knoxville’s very own GemStore for an...

Gluten Free Yumminess: Banana Bread Balls

The fascination began when my then boyfriend, now husband, told me he was celiac. At the time I knew very little about celiac disease and even less about eating gluten-free (GF). As the years...