Brenda Steffen

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I spent my twenties and a good chunk of my thirties living and working in various countries. I met and married a South African sailor and I was quite content to keep traveling without kids. We landed in Chattanooga in 2013 and our son arrived over the summer of 2014. We haven’t really slept since. Sometimes jet-lag gets the blame. Or Daylight Savings, or even a good book. Usually though, it’s the Peanut. You can often find me charged up on caffeine, chasing after my son at Coolidge Park, the zoo or the library. You can also find me online on my blog.
Out-of-Control Freak

Out-of-Control Freak

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If you’ve known me for any length of time, you’ll know that I have some control freak tendencies. They’re not over-the-top (in my head, anyway), and I’ve let go of a LOT over the...
Wistful Thinking Nostalgia BC2020

Wistful Thinking: Nostalgia BC2020

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Years ago, I had an elaborate trip planned for the summer. This was (and still is) not unusual for me. I’ve spent many summers overseas and it’s always a little odd for me to...
The Summer of ’89

The Summer of ’89

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If I’m being completely honest (and why wouldn’t I be?), I hardly remember the summer of ’89. I was 14 and we lived out in the boondocks, in an A-Frame house that wasn’t insulated,...

The Only Child

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The other day, my son proved particularly exasperating. I say that as if it was his fault...when in reality, this introverted mama was simply tired of hearing an endless stream of consciousness about stuffed...

Sewing, Socializing, Soccer and Other Scary Scenarios

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I knew a gal years ago who used to say you should do one scary thing each day. Her kind of scary sometimes verged on cheating death (there’s a backstory involving a photo shoot...

Flashbacks of a Poor Childhood: Hindsight is 2020

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If you’ve been anywhere on the planet these past few weeks, you’ll know that grocery shopping has now become a spin-off of the Hunger Games, perhaps in more ways than one. Also, if you’re...

Life Lessons Learned from Traveling

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I’ve always had a strange affinity for maps — as a child I stared at them in wide-eyed wonder. I desperately wanted to go somewhere. Anywhere. My family didn’t have a lot of money,...

Night Owl Routines to Help the Non-Morning Person

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I paid my way through college by working 20 hours a week, in addition to a full course load. My Freshman year, I was assigned the kitchen. At the time, food service appeared to...

Holiday FOMO

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I never knew what FOMO actually stood for until I moved to Chattanooga. Fear of Missing Out is a real thing here — there’s a LOT to do in this town. It’s nearly impossible to...

True Grit: How To Help Your Kids Fare In Fair Weather

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A funny thing happened when I moved south. Schools closed at the very threat of snow. Recess was cancelled when the weather got below 50 degrees Fahrenheit. And moms around the Chattanooga valley started...