Mary Beth Unthank

Knoxville born and bred, my love for this area is deep and true! I'm a working-turned-stay-at-home mom to 4 kiddos from elementary to high school. My husband and I live in Knoxville where we both lead nonprofit organizations and are trying to become Love in our community. I love watching my kids learn something new, cooking for other people (but not for myself), and telling myself I'm a #fitmom when I go to the gym like once a month. I'm a bottle-feeding, disposable diapering, public-schooling (other than the time I homeschooled for a minute) mom with the stereotypical chill attitude of moms with large(r) broods. I love meeting new people, but I talk way too much and laugh when I'm uncomfortable. If you don't mind long stories and bad jokes, we are sure to be friends! Follow my family adventures on my blog Unthank You Very Much

The Hardest Thing I’ve Done As A Parent

Being a parent is all kinds of hard. Some of the challenges we anticipate, and we do our best to prepare. We go to birthing classes, weigh the pros and cons of cloth or disposable...

Do It Scared

“I’m just really overwhelmed,” I typed into my phone, the haptics of my tapping thumbs at odds with the pounding in my chest. In text form, I didn’t know how to convey the magnitude...

You’re Doing This All Wrong

Hello my lovelies! We are so glad you are here, and by we, I mean me, because it is just such a tremendous honor – and of course important duty – for me to...

Parenting Lessons From Therapy

Perhaps I’m showing my age here, but I remember a time when therapy was taboo. Maybe in some contexts this is still true, but by and large our society has come a long way over...

I Wouldn’t Be Me Without You

They say parenting changes you, and they’re right. For many people (but not all!) there is some instantaneous switch that flips when that wriggly little newborn is first placed in their arms, while others walk...
Back To School With Gratitude

Back To School With Gratitude

It’s the first day of school, and today, I am thankful: For the teachers who will be pouring into these kiddos every day;  For the school administrators and custodians and PTA parents who keep the place...
Family Movie Night

Retro Family Movie Night

I admit it: we are a movie-loving family. Mad respect to all you moms who don't let your kids watch television or even own a TV, but our family spends down time cuddled on the couch...