Laura O'Brien

I am a mom of 3, wife, and kindergarten teacher. My husband and I are both UT grads. Go Vols! I'm an enneagram 9, so you probably won't find a lot of controversy here. I love all things Knoxville with my whole heart. In my free time, I sleep.

I Hate Being The Tooth Fairy

It's 10pm, and I need to go to bed. But I can't. Because I'm waiting for my daughter to be ALL the way asleep, so I can army crawl into her room and slide my whole...

What Can I Do To Get My Child Ready For Kindergarten?

"What can I do to help my child get ready for kindergarten?" This is the number one question teachers hear around this time of year. Kindergarten Round-Up is just around the corner. You knew it...

Dinner Shortcuts For Busy Nights

If dinner is a hot mess at your house, this is for you. Wouldn't it be nice to have a fresh, home cooked meal that was also healthy and featured all the major food groups?...

Let’s Talk About Bruno: An Encanto Deep Dive

First things first: this post is full of spoilers. If you haven't seen Disney's newest animated film Encanto yet, stop everything you're doing and immediately press play. Full disclosure: I am not a huge movie...

I Love You Enough to Say No

"She didn't want to do it so I didn't make her." "I didn't want him to go, but he really wanted to." These are just a few comments from parents that I hear more and more....

The Big List of Family Halloween Costume Ideas

Are Halloween costumes your personal Super Bowl? Family Halloween costumes take the holiday to a whole different level. Whether you already have a family costume tradition or are interested in trying it this year,...

“Read It Again, Mommy”

"Read it again, Mommy!" "We've read this book for five days in a row. Don't you want to pick a new one?" "No! I love this one!" Raise your hand if this exact conversation has happened in...