Melissa Laseter

I am just an average mom – working full-time and raising two precious boys (ages 8 and 6) with the help of my partner in crime, the Urban Woodsman. I don’t do anything special, and I am aware of and grateful for my ordinary life. I love Chattanooga and what it has to offer. I love to read life lessons and “light bulb moments” from other people, and I hope to share some of my own along the way!

Chattanooga Easter Events Roundup

It’s springtime (a girl can dream, right?), and you know what that means! In addition to the allergies and the rain, springtime means it’s time to plan for Easter. Whether you do Easter baskets,...
Exhaustion of Noticing

The Exhaustion of Noticing

Picture it. It was Saturday morning, and snow was gently falling in the early morning light. I had just rolled over to drift back off to sleep when I heard the unmistakable sound of...

New Year, Same Me

I cannot count the number of times I’ve heard “New Year, New You” in the past month. It's marketing gold for sure, and I can see why. We’ve spent the better part of two...

Where To See Christmas Lights In Chattanooga

There's something special about Christmas lights. They transform ordinary places into something magical. I’m hard-pressed to find anyone, young or old, who doesn’t smile at their sparkle. Below I have listed places where you can visit...

Camping Spots Around Chattanooga

My family enjoys camping. We love the sounds, we love sitting around a fire, and we love escaping the busyness of life. We have an old pop-up camper that keeps us dry from the...
Chattanooga Fall Round-Up

Chattanooga Fall Round-Up

Although it is still hot, the bees and mosquitoes are still buzzing and college football fans are still hopeful and full of dreams, let’s think about fall, shall we? A fall where cardigans and...
Chattanooga Thrift Stores

Thrift Store Round-Up

I love thrift stores. I don't even really like shopping all that much, but I can rarely pass up a good thrift store. I can rarely pass up a bad thrift store. I think...

Camping with Kids

Picture it: September 2015. Two adults, a three-year-old and an almost five-year-old huddled in a tent. It was raining -- hard. My husband and I had both camped a decent amount in our younger...

Chattanooga Independence Day Round-up

If you’re like me, and are constantly looking ahead on your calendar, you know the next big holiday is July 4th. Whether you want shopping, live music, fireworks, or another way to enjoy the...

A Mom’s Summer Reading List

It’s just the beginning of summer, which means some of us (myself included) are still full of dreams. Dreams where we lounge by the pool, sit on the porch, or lay on the beach...