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 [...]

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 [...]

Toy Story 4 Movie Review

Never fear, there are no spoilers here! Pixar's highly anticipated sequel, Toy Story 4, comes to theaters today! When I looked up showtimes last weekend, I discovered there were a few showings at select theaters the night before the release. So naturally I began plotting, set up a babysitter, and the hubs and I had a date [...]

Georgia Aquarium Review

Traveling isn't just about the destination, right? We're supposed to enjoy the journey too, but how do you go about that when two little monkeys in the back seat keep asking the dreaded, "are we there yet?" The key to enjoying the journey while traveling with kids is to plan fun activities into the travel [...]

Summer Bucket List

Did you know I also write for the Knoxville Moms Blog? My June post is all about having a magical summer. Well, magical in its ordinariness. How can you have a magical ordinary summer? Check off the items on this bucket list, of course! You can read the full post here! Wishing you a epic [...]

Summer at the Library

Why You Should Visit Your Local Library this SummerAh, summer. Days in the sunshine, water reflecting off of sparkling blue pools, leafy green trees dancing in the breeze. So fun. So relaxing. Until the kids get tired of all that and come to you, looking for entertainment. While I'm all for teaching kiddos the importance [...]

Why you should visit Anakeesta

Anakeesta is a mountaintop oasis in the Smoky Mountains. With a chondola (chair lift style) ride up and down, a canopy tree walk, a restaurant, zip lining, shops, and nature walk, visiting Anakeesta is an adventure from start to finish. Anakeesta is Cherokee for place of high ground. It's cost inclusive, with only zip lining, [...]

Summer Love it List

Summer is almost here! While I'm looking forward to a break from the insanely early wake up time set forth by elementary schools, I'm also a little nervous about my house turning into chaos. Here's what I'm loving now, what I can't wait to read, and what will hopefully save my sanity when the children [...]

A Simple Mario Themed Birthday Party

My kids have recently become totally and completely obsessed with all things Mario. It started with a couple of random Happy Meal toys, followed by winning a prize from the school treasure chest by completing a reading log that also resulted in a Mario toy, and then the Mario Run app segued into playing Super [...]

The Paw Prints in the Sink Zazzle Shop

Hey friends! I'm excited to announce I've started selling some cute items on Zazzle. You can find my shop here.I'm creating all sorts of fun and fun items, with aprons, tote bags, and more. From my goofy phrases (Put that in your pastry bag and pipe it) to the most appropriate adjectives used to describe [...]