Carrie Buddin

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Hi there! I’m Carrie. When I’m not chasing pups and 10-year olds, I’m the owner/designer of a small jewelry business based in Chattanooga. I enjoy leaving things on the stairs for my child to take to his room but never does, spending hours of my life in the school car line, and packing a lunchbox every Monday through Friday until the year 2030.

It’s Just Like Riding A Bike

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Isn’t that what they say? "It's just like riding a bike." Word on the cyclist-friendly street is that once you learn how, you never forget. Really? Because I'm not so sure. I’m pretty spectacular at...

“Alexa, Teach Us Manners, Please.”

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We live in a world of instant gratification. Let me be clear about something: I secretly love it. Whether it’s our phones or the little speakers and screens that live on our kitchen counters...

Little Minds Need Mental Health Days

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I am a grown up and as a grown up, I’m always encouraged to take these things called “mental health days.” Oh, you know what they are. Feeling perpetually run down or overwhelmed? Mental...

Being A Mother In Another Land

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Raising a toddler in the Land of Target and Starbucks and neighborhood play dates is hard enough. But, what if there are no Targets? What if the food and the language and the faces...
Christmas In July

Dreaming Of Christmas In July

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Mamas, I have a confession: I am not a fan of summer. Summer is a wild, lawless place. I look forward to summer for approximately one delusional, misguided month at the end of the...

It’s My Leap Year

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We want our kids to be fearless. Cautiously fearless. Fearless yet avoiding an ER visit. Fearless while also covered in bubble wrap with a syringe of Benadryl on hot stand-by and "9-1-" already dialed...

Big Feelings On Aisle 9

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Friends, it’s been a minute since I had a child of the “full-on breakdown in the middle of a store” age. He’s ten and while he will absolutely do his best “You’re ruining my...
4th Grade Is Basically College

4th Grade Is Basically College

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Friends, I don’t know what to say about this current school year that I’m barely living through. But I will say this. I was not ready for it. None of us living under this...
Farewell To A Race Car Bed

Farewell To A Race Car Bed

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Mamas. It is the end of an era. Today we reached a milestone. Today we got rid of the race car bed that my son has slept in since he left his crib seven...

Explaining Hard Things To Little Hearts

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I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve spent the last two years explaining hard things to my son. Why he can’t go to school and be with his friends. Why he...