Dose Urgent Care House Calls are a Nashville GAME CHANGER

This post is sponsored by Dose. I get dozens of e-mails each week about local businesses and events and products that might be of interest to my Nashville area readers, and I have to pass up the majority of them, either because I just don’t have the time to cover them, or because frankly, I don’t think you’d be all that interested. But a few days ago, I got an e-mail I just couldn’t pass up ....more

Tackling The Post-Thanksgiving Cleanup

This post is sponsored by Procter & Gamble. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays– My parents traditionally come for a visit, my two grown stepdaughters come back home for a few days, the house is full, and my tiny kitchen gets a major workout- The stove, oven, convection oven, and toaster oven are pretty much in use all day long. The only thing I don’t love about T-Day is the cleanup afterward ....more

25 Thanksgiving Pinterest Crafts I Will Never Make

Making holiday crafts with my children used to be at least somewhat relaxing and fun… and then Pinterest came along. Now, crafting has gone into overdrive, as mommies attempt to create Pin-worthy projects out of old blue jeans and toilet paper rolls, praying their crafterpieces will be shared and re-shared across the Internets. Some succeed magnificently ....more

I Don’t Speak Woman. And It Shows.

I was scrolling through my Facebook feed when I came to a list of suggested friends. At the top of the list was a woman we’ll call Maggie. “That’s weird,” I said when I saw her photo ....more

Take a Hike: Laurel Falls Trail, Smoky Mountains National Park

We took a weekend trip to Gatlinburg recently, and were fortunate to stay in a hotel right in the center of town. Most of what we wanted to do was in easy walking distance and...more

I Am a Christian Offended by the Starbucks Holiday Cup Controversy

I’ve tried very hard to avoid this whole ‘brew’ haha over the 2015 Starbucks holiday cups, but my Facebook feed is making it impossible. It is filled to overflowing with reactions to the teeming mass of Christians across the country who are apparently freaking out because Starbucks elected to leave traditional Christmas symbols- like snowflakes, reindeer, and candy canes- off of their cups this holiday season. YES ....more

Changing Up Your Morning Routine Can Change Your Kid’s Whole Day

This morning before the sun rose, I woke to the infernal buzz of my alarm clock, stumbled out of bed, and blearily began going through the many motions that it takes to get two kids packed and dressed and showered and fed and ready to head off to two different schools on time. And I was hardly alone in this ritual. Across the country, millions of moms were doing the very same thing, at the very same time ....more

What to Do When Your Child is Chased By a Man with a Chainsaw

After years of waiting, Dennis and I decided this year that our children, ages 11 and 8, were finally ready for their first haunted house. Some might find this decision at odds with our ban on PG-13 movies or anything on television with blood and gore. But it all made perfect sense to me…...more

Restoration Hardware Called and Wants Its Reclaimed Upcycled Meat Hook Back.

Yesterday, a new catalog arrived in the mail. It’s from a place called AWE, which bills itself as A Unique Place For Rustic & Recycled Home Decor (the capitals are supposed to Make It Official, I guess). Some might see this catalog as just another piece of junk mail, but I? ...more

Death and Coloring

You might have noticed by now that adult coloring books are a major trend. Okay… Wait. Now I’m getting a mental image of...more