Pandemic Habits I’m Keeping

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms is up, and it's all about the pandemic habits we've formed over the past year-- and which ones we're taking with us. During the past year at home, we’ve learned, grown, and adapted. We baked bread, grew our garden, cut our own hair, learned how to make our [...]

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 [...]

Halloween at Home

My latest post for the Knoxville Moms is about having a safe and fun Halloween at home, establishing new traditions to make the holiday feel special even if trick or treating is off the table. You can find it here! Happy Spooky Season! How are you celebrating Halloween this year?

Halloween 2020: Trick or Treating Alternatives

Much like the rest of 2020, Halloween is going to look different this year. I KNOW. I truly do. I get it. I hate it, too. But this is our reality, and we have to adapt. My kids look forward to trick or treating all year long, and usually start talking about Halloween costumes in [...]

ChipDrop Review

*This is NOT a sponsored post- I just wanted to share our experience with you!* Over the winter, I stared out the window to our backyard and imagined what I wanted it to look like. I'd seen an ad for ChipDrop, a service that connects arborists with people wanting wood chips. We have quite a [...]

How Far I’ll Go…Or Not

I always planned on giving my kids roots. One place they could recall in their memories as home, where they could return when they were grown and feel as safe and welcome as they do now. I wanted the house we currently live in to be the setting for all their favorite memories, not somewhere [...]

Non-School Learning

Our school district is closed until at least April 24 (the governor has requested the safer at home order be followed until the end of April, thus the 'at least'). Due to the size of our school system and guidelines I can't begin to understand, distance learning isn't an option. I'm fairly neutral on this [...]

Spring Break in the Time of Coronavirus: How to Save Your Sanity

With Spring Break here and social distancing fully in effect, my latest Knoxville Moms post is all about how to save your sanity while stuck at home. You can read it here. If you're looking for more information on indoor activities with your kids due to this rainy weather, check out this post.Stay safe and wash [...]

Disney Songs for Hand Washing

As flu season lingers and the coronavirus spreads, the CDC is reminding everyone to wash their hands for a good 20-30 seconds. Rather than just counting, singing a fun tune has been the hand washing trend as of late. But what Disney verses are in the recommended time range? Look no farther: I've made a [...]

Puns of Dollywood

Confession: I adore puns. I think they're punny. A good pun can always get a laugh out of me. I also tend to notice all the small details that go into making a theme park great, and Dollywood does not disappoint on either front. Here are some of my favorite puns at Dollywood! These two can [...]