Family-Friendly Hikes Around Chattanooga

Whether you are visiting Chattanooga or are a local, there are so many beautiful hiking spots to enjoy! Along with breathtaking views of the mountains, the Tennessee River, and the city, hiking is an easy way to capture the beauty of Chattanooga. There are many family-friendly hiking spots along the way too — and what’s […]

8 Ways to Plug Into a New City

After three months of house hunting from an RV in Chattanooga, we made Signal Mountain home just a little over a year ago. I had left a small business and six years of friends behind in Georgia. While I was very eager to kick things off in Tennessee, I knew it would be hard to […]

The Summer of ’89

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, with no air conditioning. Every summer we managed to escape to a state park with a church group for an annual […]

Morning Sickness, Oh The Struggle


Morning sickness, the dreaded symptom of pregnancy. Now in my second pregnancy, I’ve heard many different stories of struggles with this delightful side effect. What you hear from the old wives’ tale isn’t true. Not everyone who is pregnant with a girl has morning sickness; my sister and best friend didn’t, and sometimes those pregnant […]

Beaching with Babies


Are you dying to get your toes in the sand this summer, but fear it’s not worth the trouble with little ones in tow? I’m here to tell you that it can be done! And it’s so worth it! My husband and I both grew up taking summer vacations to the beach every year. That […]

Rediscovering the Virtue of Kindness

Kindness is defined as “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” Mark Twain describes it best: “Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.” Unfortunately, modern society associates acts of kindness with naivety and weakness. It seems people have a “survival of the fittest” mentality. This mindset teaches […]

I Was an Ignorant Southern White Woman

I am not racist. I’ve never been racist. Not even a little bit.  But I have been astoundingly ignorant.  Growing up in the South, I probably seemed, at least to those close to me, almost progressive. I had black friends, went with them to their black churches; I sat at their tables and they sat […]

The Night Terror That Scared the Pants Off the Parents


It was a relatively normal night. Lillie fell asleep with her usual amount of fuss and fizzle before conking out. She was sandwiched between her daddy and me when it happened: our four-year-old had a night terror, one that caused me to grow at least two patches of gray hair. For those of you — […]

Llamacation: Getting Away in the Time of COVID

A few weeks ago, I asked my four kids to write a list of the things they wanted to do this summer. It feels like our options are so slim that I wanted to see what they would come up with. My 11-year-old daughter wrote a pretty good list that included cooking, reading, and art. […]

Father’s Day Gift Ideas


I’m a lucky lady to have great fathers around me. Between my dad, my husband, my father-in law, I have some great ones to celebrate. The dads I see are putting in the hard work. They are working long days, often with the weight of the world on their shoulders, and then coming home to […]

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Family-Friendly Hikes Around Chattanooga

Whether you are visiting Chattanooga or are a local, there are so many beautiful hiking spots to enjoy! Along with breathtaking views of the...