Haley McManigal

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Hi there, I’m Haley, a middle-aged-momma to Lukas, Laney, and wife to Dan. We live in northeast Knoxville with our boston terrier Ali and cat Maxi. I was born and raised in east Tennessee and I love Knoxville and the Smoky Mountains so much, I can’t imagine living anywhere else! I am happiest when I’m reading, writing, exploring, and making things. When I’m not here, you’ll find me sharing my thoughts about creativity and facing fear on my blog.

The Holidays I Never Had

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Picture it: 6:30am, Halloween morning, my son’s room.  I woke up early -- couldn’t sleep I was so excited. I’d been planning my 20-month-old son’s Halloween costume for weeks. He was going to be Luke...

Today I am Grateful

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As we enter into November and the season of Thanksgiving, there is always a sudden focus on gratitude. Everyone starts talking about what they’re thankful for and we become all warm and fuzzy when...

Play to Your Strengths

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Life is pretty crazy for me right now. I’m in a stage where I’m learning new things and facing brand new territory every single day. I’m entering the strange and wonderful world of toddlerhood...

Nailed It! Simple Steps for a DIY Kid’s Birthday Cake

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I taught the Wilton Method of cake decorating for many years, and on the first night of class, I always asked my students what they hoped to learn. Why were they taking the class?...

Kids and Creative Hobbies: Can We Have Both?

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My dining room table is where all my creative projects go to die. In a sudden burst of inspiration, I run to my special closet, drag out all of my art supplies, bring them into...

Handling the Hard Stuff

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Every now and then, life throws me something that I really don't want to deal with. It might be something that scares me a little, or intimidates me, or maybe it's something that I don't...
Simple Dinner Rotation

Simple Dinner Rotation

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I came home from work one day a couple months ago, frazzled and exhausted. I went through the motions of putting my stuff away, changing the baby's diaper, feeding the baby. I asked my...