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2012 was a rough year for me. I faced cancer and inevitably the inability to have any more children. You can read more about here. I have two children of my own, one boy and one girl. I am blessed beyond measure that I have my children. Still, the ability to have more kiddos being […]
Life can be really rough, and it’s been rough for a lot of Americans in the past several weeks. First Hurricane Harvey hit Texas, and we were all still watching the devastation unfold there when Hurricane Irma came along threatening basically the entire state of Florida. Back to back big, scary, destructive hurricanes. The country […]
When they met almost 41 years ago at a laundromat near what is now World’s Fair Park, I’m sure my parents had no idea what the next 40 years would have in store. Five months after their first date, they said, “I do” on a boat floating down a lake in East Tennessee and started […]
What do pirates and donuts have in common? Apparently nothing this year. I came prepared to share that you, too, can enjoy donuts from Krispy Kreme if you talk and/or dress like a pirate on Tuesday, September 19, but unfortunately for this donut-loving mama, Krispy Kreme has decided not to participate this year. But wait! […]
If you had to engrave a piece of jewelry with a quick phrase, a reminder to yourself daily, what would it be? Throughout all the seasons of my life, I’ve picked a motto or some thought that I repeat to myself often. They’ve changed as the seasons have. Pre-kids, when I took up distance running, […]
This was never the plan. I can’t count the number of times I’ve said, “Oh, I could never do that. I could never be a stay-at-home mom.” Yet, here I am. I’m so thankful that I have the choice to stay home with my babies. Many of my dearest friends do not and desperately wish […]
Recently, we celebrated our esteemed leader and Knoxville Moms Blog owner, Natalie, by throwing her a surprise baby shower for her fourth little one! Baby shower locations are a bit trickier than some other venues, and thanks to her standing date night with her husband, it was easy for us to find a location since […]
Over the last several months, I’ve been able to do something that I haven’t done since having children…drum roll please…WORK OUT. Pre-children, I was a gym rat and loved indulging a few times a week in kickboxing, step or aerobics classes. As new moms, our priorities change and our children’s needs usually get put before […]
I’ve always loved reading, and even wrote about how it’s my self-care last month. I set yearly reading goals and share my progress over on Instagram. When a friend of a friend was new to Knoxville and looking for a new book club, a whole group of women raised their hands and said they wished […]
It’s football FOOD time in Tennessee! September is finally here and it brings football back to Knoxville, and our first WIN! #GoVols While I love to go to the games, we don’t get to go to them all. Instead, we like to throw big football game viewing parties, complete with a huge spread of food. […]
My husband travels for work…a lot, at least it seems like a lot to me. About a year ago, he accepted a new job at his company, working for a newly formed department. We knew this job would require travel “as needed,” and he gratefully accepted the new position. It didn’t seem that bad to […]