Nobody makes me feel seen or normalizes all the crap my body, life and marriage have gone through since having kids quite like the brilliant comedic minds at Scary Mommy. I recently saw an Instagram post from them on...
I can see clearly now, the 2010s are gone... Phew! This past decade has granted plenty of opportunity to see through fog, wade through murky waters, and basically spend countless days in the cloudy haze of survival. Literally, I can...
We’ve all had on days and off days, even on weeks and off weeks, but I am not used to having on years and off years. Maybe that’s because I haven’t had TOO many years as a mom --...
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Battling Entitlement

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It was a gray, rainy day that came with one of those drastic weather changes. I was making dinner when I realized I'd scarcely sat down all day, and I could feel an impending migraine growing. Dinner was in...
Not too long ago, I caught my five-year-old trying to rip up his All-About-Me poster due as a kindergarten assignment the following day. We had worked really hard on it together. Why would he do such a thing? When I...
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...

“I Hate Date Nights”

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Today, my daughter came home from school only to walk back out to spend the evening with my parents, just like she does every Friday night. On her way down the stairs, I told her what I was doing...
"You Better Watch Out You Better Not Pout You Better Not Cry I’m Telling You Why Santa Claus is Coming to Town..." Look at those lyrics. I mean really look at them. The lyrics are telling a child that they must hide their emotions;...
I’m an empath. Some say it’s a gift; sometimes I say it’s a curse. You see, I feel everything around me -- small things, big things. You name it, I feel it. Growing up, I was told I was...
Grief is so hard. It is a monster that catches you in your soul and tries to take you down. But living out of grief is like driving out of the fog: where you once couldn't see a foot...
My Thanksgiving table will have two more empty chairs this year. My Christmas festivities will never again include my Dad reading the Christmas story from his bible, turning paper-thin pages, worn from earnest study. My Mamaw won't be bringing...
The title of this blog post seems almost profane, doesn't it? Truly, I debated on even writing it. The holidays are supposed to be all about giving, being rosy cheeked and cheery, completely overcome with excitement, thinking less about...

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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...