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.

“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...

To The Mom Planning Her Family’s Beach Vacation

Whew! I see you over there already a little exhausted, and the vacation hasn't even started. But for you, planning this vacation started months ago. You contacted travel agents and scrolled through hundreds of...

Let’s Hear It For Lactation Consultants

I was five days postpartum with my third baby. Even though I had breastfed my first two babies, something was very wrong. My milk was coming in, everything was swollen, baby couldn't latch, and I...

Decluttering Tips for People Who Hate Decluttering

"Mom, what are you writing about over there?" "Decluttering tips." "...really?" Busted by my seven-year-old. Maybe I'm not the most clutter-free person, but that's why I'm writing this. I aspire to be! I envy homes with clear countertops...

How To Use a Sticker Chart That Actually Works

"Sticker charts don't work for my kid." If you have said this, then this post is for you. Several years ago, I got my first teaching job right out of college in a preK/Head Start classroom....

Hey Mama, How You Doin’?

I imagine myself asking you that question like Joey from F.R.I.E.N.D.S because it might make you laugh and give us a chance to talk lightheartedly about anything but how we're really doing. But I really...

That Holiday Recipe Phone Call

I called to wish my grandmother a happy 86th birthday shortly before Thanksgiving. We both lamented that we would not be spending Thanksgiving together this year due to the pandemic. We always spend Thanksgiving...