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 [...]

What to Watch Now (and Where to Find it)

Whether working from home or just staying in more due to the Coronavirus and ensuing shutdowns and social distancing (which I hope you're doing so we can all be done at some point!), relaxing with the family and watching something together or hiding in your closet on your phone trying to get a five minute [...]

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 [...]

Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe

It has been chilly and blustery here! This weather, combined with the grand entrance December makes and all the Christmas shopping/movies/wrapping/decorating essentially demands a delicious hot cocoa/hot chocolate recipe. Since I'd never made or had homemade hot chocolate before (thank you, Swiss Miss and Godiva, your packets have served me well!), I decided it was [...]

What to Pack for a Fall Day at Dollywood

Last week, we visited Dollywood for the first time this season to take in the Harvest Festival and Great Pumpkin LumiNights. While gathering all of our must haves for a great Dollywood day, my husband joked we should keep a Dollywood bug out bag so we can just grab and go next time. Ha. Little [...]

How to Make it Feel Like Fall

Or maybe a better title would be, "How to Make it Feel Like Fall, Even When You Live in the South and it's Still Insanely Hot"...hmm, might be a bit long for a title! But really, when you live in the South in the fall, the month of September is basically torture. It still feels [...]

Ratatouille Themed Family Movie Night

Tis the season for squash and zucchini! When I stumbled upon a multipack at Costco I just couldn't resist, and when the children lacked the palette to enjoy my simple prep method, I began brainstorming a way to trick them into eating it (I know, mom of the year, right?!) Up until a few days [...]

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 [...]

Boy’s Unicorn & Rainbow Birthday Party (with printables!)

How to throw a boy's unicorn and rainbow themed birthday party!

Behind the Scenes of the Kid Reviewed Dollywood Commercial

We had the exciting opportunity to participate in the making of the Kid Reviewed Dollywood commercial! Filming took place at Dollywood with the amazing Dolly Parton herself. We arrived, got a name tag for our kiddo, and then the producers asked him to say a line. After he said it, he got in line with [...]