Keeping Cool at Dollywood

While we're all in fall mode, Mother Nature has not taken the hint here in the South! My latest Dollywood Insiders post has all my top tips and strategies for keeping cool at Dollywood. What's your favorite way to cool off during the hot season?

Book Review: Dandelion Summer

As an avid reader and lifelong book nerd, I was overjoyed to discover one way to acquire new books prior to their release via the site LibraryThing. You can receive free books to review, and it's basically a bibliophile's best friend (in a lottery system sort of way, at least!). So far I've received two [...]

Costco’s Biggest Fan

Any given weekend, you can nearly guarantee we'll be visiting Costco. It's the one grocery store our kids always want to go to (thank you, samples!), and on special days we even spring for the $1.35 frozen yogurt in the food court. You're welcome, children. On a recent visit, we discovered our youngest child, who [...]

Where Should I Eat at Dollywood Today Quiz

Deciding which delicious eatery to enjoy on any given Dollywood day can be a serious conundrum- luckily, I've solved this dilemma with a fun quiz! You'll find it here, on the Dollywood Insiders blog! Remember, you can save with this coupon code *online only*

Behind the Scenes at Phoenix Pharmacy

Sometimes the stars align perfectly. For example, in 2017 we were in the totality path for the solar eclipse during the time period my eldest son wanted to be an astronaut and was truly and completely obsessed with all things space. The eclipse itself was magical, but seeing my son experience it during his space [...]

Hulu’s Veronica Mars Revival Review

Did you know I'm a total #MARShmallow?! If you're wondering where this is going, it's not a weird cult. Well, only a little. Marshmallows are fans of the hit and cult-classic show Veronica Mars. Originally airing back in 2004, the first there seasons captivated audiences. When the show was axed in 2007, after surviving one [...]

The Lion King 2019 Movie Review

I try to avoid spoilers as best as I can- but be aware that I reference well known plot points from the 1994 animated version. The Summer of Disney has its final release day today, July 19, with The Lion King premiering in theaters. Since I'm a total obsessive Disney super fan, and especially for Lion King, [...]

Knoxville’s Hidden Treasure: Beach Bums Shaved Ice Review

This post appeared on our original site a little over a year ago, but has since been updated. If you're longing to feel the sand in your toes but are bummed we're quite a few hours from any beach, just head down Oak Ridge Highway and you'll find a lovely compromise. Beach Bums serves flavored shaved [...]

Be Prepared: The Lion King 2019

I'm seeing Disney's new version of The Lion King in just a few short hours, and I'm trying terribly hard to not let my expectations get out of hand. So if you're in the same boat, or just planning on seeing it soon, here are some guidelines I've given myself to help keep myself in line. [...]

I Walk the Line: Finding Balance as a Work From Home Mom

My latest Knoxville Moms post is up, and is all about the balance of life as a work from home mom. Being a mom is hard work, whether you're staying at home full time, or working part time or full time inside or out of the home. My particular niche has its own ups and [...]