"Why didn't anyone warn me?!" "I had no idea that would happen!" "I wish I had known...." Show of hands if you said any or all of these after you welcomed your new baby home. Mom groups are flooded with posts of...
I know a lot of people have resumed most of their daily routines, but we have a medically at risk child so we are still in the thick of always home all the time with very few exceptions. Because...
The clock is the peacekeeper in our house. It helps me decide what to do and when to do it. Naptime will be the hill I live and die on. If you contact me around the hours of 1-3pm,...
It's So Hard...

It’s So Hard…

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You just said, “That’s what she said,” in your head. Didn’t you. If you did, you’re my kind of people. It’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday. Not only in a classic R&B song way, but in how...
First of all, if you haven’t discovered Bluey on Disney+, just stop reading this blog post and go watch it right now. Seriously, right now. (And if you don’t have Disney+, I’m telling you, it’s worth the...
I come from a large family. My dad is one of nine siblings, and almost all of them still live within an hour of their childhood home. Even though I’m one who lives farther away, I have always been...
Parenting during a pandemic is not for the faint of heart. It's a strange mix of circumstances that no one was prepared for and practically NO ONE had a clue how to go about it. It was the Wild...
I was painfully shy growing up, so shy that it made life difficult. And on top of being shy and struggling to connect with others, was the SHAME that I carried with me because of my shyness. That’s what really...
When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted "to be" when I grew up, I always just said a wife and mother, but it seemed they always asked about what career I wanted. To me,...
Every once in a while, I take a day off work and I still send my kid to daycare. This probably only happens about twice a year, and since my son is only two, I only have two years...
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A Tale of Two Summers

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“This is the worst summer ever!” "This is the best summer ever!" Or at least that’s what my children told me. These two declarations happened within days of each other in the past few weeks. From their perspective, the worst is when...
You are loud and sassy. You're not afraid to take risks or make a scene. You have a lot of BIG emotions, and you wear your heart on your sleeve. You dance every time you hear music, and you sing at the...

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Knoxville Fall Fun Festivities and Events

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It’s starting to feel like fall in East Tennessee! You and your family can embrace the season thanks to the ultimate list of fall...