Over the past few months, my husband and I have been trying to find a bit of margin in our lives – to have time to read the fiction book, or bake that loaf of bread for a friend,...
If you're anything like me, you're constantly trying to find some new playground areas for your kids.  I'm featuring some of the favorites of my family, as well as the families of our contributors and readers. We asked for your...
As parents, we have many hopes and goals to build our kids up during their childhood. While college, a good driving record and fun birthday invites are all things I pray for, the ultimate project for my tiny humans,...
As you can imagine, as the proprietor of a math learning center, I spend a fair bit of time interacting with new students who are somewhat reluctant to think they could ever enjoy mathematics. Usually some ice breaking is...
I loathe all things plastic, and yet after having a kid, my house is full of the stuff. Ironically, my child’s favorite toys lately are made out of recyclable plastic. Never mind the toys, though. There’s plenty of other...
The annual Riverbend Festival begins today! Riverbend has been a summer staple in Chattanooga for over 35 years. Most Chattanoogans are familiar with the annual eight-day event, and while "family friendly" might not be the first thought to come...
I am fairly certain anyone who has met my four children would tell you they are a bit wild. I'm not sure where they acquired this gift, because my husband and I are both pretty quiet and mild-mannered. It...

Simplifying Easter

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In the last few months I've seen ads for both a "Peep on a Perch" and a "Leprechaun on the Ledge," created in the spirit of the infamous Christmas Elf on the Shelf. These toys that magically move around...
When a two-and-a-half-year-old runs the show, reading options tend to fall into mind-numbing categories. If I have to read Dog Wants to Play or The Berenstain Bears Go to the Movies one more time, I might join the dish...
On a recent rainy day, a male lion stood on Pride Rock with his regal head held high and his thoughtful eyes scanning the horizon. The vision was enthralling -- like an African safari. Was this a dream? Nope. Just...

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A Guide to Chattanooga Swimming Holes

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The weather is finally starting to warm up and if you are like my family and me, you enjoy cooling off in the beautiful,...