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.

We’re Going to Be Okay

When I was a teenager, I played competitive travel softball. My team was unique in that we started playing together in 7th grade and stayed together until we graduated high school. We were more...

New Moms: Less Baby Registry, More Education

"Why didn't anyone warn me?!" "I had no idea that would happen!" "I wish I had known...." Show of hands if you said any or all of these after you welcomed your new baby home. Mom groups...

Beauty Hacks for Regular Moms

Hey there, moms. We're going to need to calibrate the room before we continue. If you have a morning skin care routine, a nighttime skin care routine, and have ever contoured your face, this...

I Don’t Hate Thumb Sucking

Show of hands: how many of you hoped for a thumb sucker? Probably not too many if I had to guess. We've all heard the horror stories of kids who are way too old still sucking...

The Kids Can Finally Play

I'm taking off my mom hat briefly and dusting off my old child development hat for this one. With a bachelor's degree in Child and Family Studies and a master's degree in Early Childhood...
I Shouldn't Have to Make You a Face Mask

I Shouldn’t Have to Make You a Face Mask

I shouldn't have to make you a face mask. I shouldn't be spending my time learning about micron particles and filtration, researching which materials might keep you safe. Might. My Amazon cart shouldn't be filled...

Quarantine Life: Bringing Back Pen Pals

My six-year-old daughter is a super social creature. A bit too extroverted for my introverted husband and myself at times. She can talk to anybody, any time, for extensive lengths of time. When she's...