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East Tennessee Swimming Hole Scavenger Hunt

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It is hotter than Hades outside! All I can think about is where can I go for the perfect swimming hole? Fortunately, swimming holes abound in East Tennessee. The trick is timing and finding...

Chasing Waterfalls in East Tennessee

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It is that time of year to get wet and wild! The heat is rising and summer is waning. To help you beat the heat, I have prepared a list of weekend waterfall trips...

Campfire Scares

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It’s the season for campfires, s'mores, and spooky spine chillers. My little one has been into ghosts lately and I want to figure out a way to share stories that won’t have him scared...

Half-Time Hors D’oeuvres

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Football is not my forte. I usually enter end of game to smack talk and provide comic relief when my husband's team is tanking. I know nothing of the rules -- college or NFL....
20 Questions for Your Kindergartner

20 Questions for Your Kindergartner

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Do you remember playing 20 Questions when you were younger? Did you also play this game in high school or college — maybe a R-rated version? The way 20 Questions works is that one...
Last Days of Summer Activity Calendar

Last Days of Summer Activity Calendar

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Summer officially starts on June 21 and I already feel like it is over. This year my kid starts kindergarten and I am awash with emotions. Because the days are longer, I am waking...

Note to Self: (A Poem for Unicorn Moms)

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Note to Self: (A poem for the Unicorn Moms)   No pressure. There is no pressure to be the best mom ever                         Be the best mom you can be (.) There is no pressure to have all the things...

Mummy Tummy

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Recently my husband said, "I know why you have that mamma gut." I gave him a sideways look that said, without saying, “What about your own daddy gut?” He cautiously elaborated, “No, I don’t...

30 Days of Self-Care

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"Close your eyes and imagine the best version of you possible. That's who you really are. Let go of any part that doesn't believe it." -- C. Assad Visualize that you have the perfect Rubenesque...

Make Mistakes: Mistaken Behavior Over Misbehavior

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My parenting style is pretty chill and I can roll with most things. Typically with my kid, I do not have to yell. In order to get his attention I use my “mom face”...

Make It Gross Mom!

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Fall is in the air. I can feel it creeping in the late afternoon. I see it prowling across the yard through the early morning fog. Soon Halloween will be here (the stores are...

Fourlosopher

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There are the “terrible twos” (aka the tantrum phase of the two-year-old). There is also the “Threenager,” a play on preschoolers having the stubborn attitude of a teenager. I am proposing that there is...