Elf on the Shelf perched on top of a Christmas tree

There’s No Elf On Our Shelf

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I am the type of mom who loves themed play dates, kids’ birthday parties, coordinated outfits, festive food, Christmas trees in every room, family Christmas pajamas, and décor for every holiday. I have been accused of being a little...
Oh Christmas! It's so easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of the holidays and overcommit, overspend, and over stretch ourselves. Santa sessions, Christmas tree lightings, elf shenanigans, baking, shopping -- it seems everyone has their tried and...
So many things can bring a memory to mind: a scent, a song, a taste. And one time of year -- the most wonderful time of year -- brings back more memories than most: Christmas! Our favorite music, our...
Calling all Extroverted Introverts (you know who you are)! The season is upon us where we must embrace the crazy of busy shopping malls, numerous family gatherings, awkward Christmas parties, and over-excited kids. Walk that line with grace, my...
This will be my third year playing Mrs. Claus for my little ones. As the holiday season approaches, I find myself thinking of gift ideas for my kids and what traditions we want to start with them. Will we...
We all know how it goes; the season starts off strong with well-intentioned plans and oodles of energy. Then, come post-Thanksgiving, the omph is dwindling and the lists are piling up. Even in our house, where I strive ferociously to...
I have one Christmas memory from my early childhood. I've thought about that sentence all day. First, I tried to scan all the corners of my brain, lest I make a liar out of myself on social media to make...
‘Twas the month of December and all through the land, moms were making their perfect Christmas time plans. Plans for cute Santa pictures with no crying, gingerbread house making, and fabulous gift buying… Sound familiar? If you’re like me, it...
The scent of turkey filled the house while my stuffed belly moaned from pure pleasure and I sank into the couch with a pile of ads. With pen in hand and notebook beside me and my mother nearby, I...
The holiday season is upon us and I can’t think of a better way of living the true holiday spirit than helping those in need. We teach our kids about the importance of being thankful and showing others kindness...
Driving around town to find the best light display has always been one of my favorite Christmas traditions. My parents drove us around every year of my childhood and my husband and I have been doing the same with...

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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...