If You Want to Stop Yelling, Sing a Song

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms is up, and it's all about my latest parenting trick that's saving my sanity. If you feel invisible, like your kids don't listen or won't hear your requests unless you use your mean mom voice, try this trick. It's a game changer for us. You can read the [...]

Non-Fiction Book Recommendations for Fiction Fans

When you read a lot, you may find you receive judgement for the kinds of books you like. That's lame. The books you enjoy are worthy of your love, whether 'society' or anyone else deems them acceptable. I often get asked for non-fiction book recommendations. As a lifelong fiction fan, it took me awhile to [...]

2020 in Books

I've been participating in Goodread's Reading Challenge for the past few years. I don't view it as a competition, but as a goal I'm setting for myself. I also just love keeping track of what I've read, and the Year in Review is such a fun feature. You can view mine here. In summary, I [...]

Book Review: The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

While working as a bookseller over a decade ago, I stumbled across a beautiful cover that evoked childhood memories and tugged at my heart. Yes, I know; we aren't meant to judge books by their covers. But we all do, don't we? I knew I needed to give this book a home, so I tucked [...]

Baking Up Nostalgia

Some of my earliest memories take place in my childhood kitchen. I'm settled up on the countertop, feet swinging, as my dad rolls out the pie crust dough made from my great-grandmother's secret recipe. There's a chill in the air signaling it's Thanksgiving or Christmas, and everything feels a bit magical and special. Baking might [...]

DIY 3D Paper Snowflakes

Have y'all seen the TikTok tutorial on making 3D paper snowflakes using paper lunch bags? It's so fun! You can view the original video here, and keep reading for our tips and tricks for doing this fun Christmas craft with kids! Well, I had to try it. Since I was too impatient to dig out [...]

Learning My Ancestor’s Language Changed My Life

November is Native American Heritage Month Some of my fondest childhood memories are of my Dad, nestled into his green recliner, sharing the few Cherokee words and phrases he knew. The lamp cast a yellow glow over him, and his eyes would land on a random spot as he went back in time in his [...]

I Knelt in the Garden and Cried Today

When the election results came through last weekend, I was weeding the garden. This proved more metaphorical than I anticipated! I never considered myself political, but as prejudiced policies have erupted and hateful and vile sentiments have seeped into our nation's laws and policies, I've found I can't remain silent. It isn't so much about [...]

Book Review: Valencia and Valentine

I just discovered Canadian author Suzy Krause this year after reading Sorry I Missed You  as an Amazon Prime First Reads selection. I absolutely adored her writing, the wonderful characters she creates, and the quirky yet relatable plots she sets them in. When I saw another novel of hers, Valencia and Valentine, on Prime Reading [...]