In mom world there is a common summer rhetoric: we must make the most out of this extra time with our kids. We must make it fun and memorable all summer long. We must treasure the time because we...
Being a new mom is hard.  There, I said it. Now once we get past that everyone-knows-it-but-sometimes-won't-admit-it statement, we can acknowledge that being a new mom is also joyful, wonderful, enlightening, and pretty dang awesome! Becoming a mother has simultaneously...
“He is going to watch both girls by himself?” is the response I hear most often when I tell someone that my husband will be watching our children. It’s always said with a mixture of shock and awe that...
The awesomeness that was '90s summers is all over the internet lately. Articles with titles like "How to have a '90s summer," "Why '90s summers were the best," and more are filling my feed with images of sprinklers and...
Hi, my name is Rachel and I am a Pinterest addict. I am guilty of spending hours upon hours scrolling and pinning projects that I have no real intention of ever completing (even though they are all SUPER SIMPLE...
I love to travel and I love my kids, but sometimes it's easier and less stressful to travel without them. Don't get me wrong; my husband and I take our kids lots of places. We took our son to...
You are my sunshine…do you know that? For years, I tried for you. I remember finding out Titi Lizzy was pregnant with Mariah and being so angry towards God. I wondered why I wasn’t capable of being a mother when...
Recently I read a really inspirational post about teaching our kids to have grit, to pick themselves up when they fall and keep pressing in to achieve something difficult. “Start them young,” the author said, because our kids will...
On the day that we came, you smiled at me. Your class filed into the gym in a neat row, hair neatly combed for pictures, all on their best behavior for the rows of parents sitting with cell phone...
My children did not share my enthusiasm when I announced we would be working on etiquette this summer. In fact, etiquette is probably the last thing they want to work on. The word “etiquette” may conjure up images of...
Growing up, I had a love/hate relationship with sleepovers. I remember feeling anxious thinking I was missing out on time with friends if I didn’t stay the night, because whether it was just girls or a late night with...
My two-year-old son said his first curse word recently. It was Easter Sunday and we were on our way to church, of all places, when he shouted out the S-word. My mom, his Mimi, was buckling him into his...

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Knoxville Family Events January 2020

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Hello 2020! With a new year comes a chance to try some new family-friendly activities around East Tennessee.  This January your little ones can...