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When people talk about holiday birthdays, they usually refer to the most quintessential holiday for a birth: Christmas. I, however, am a holiday birthday baby, and my birthday falls on Halloween. If you, too, were born on Halloween or you have children who are Halloween babies, buckle in as I share a little about surviving […]
During a time when many of my memories are filtered through the hazy fog of sleepless nights with a small infant, the day I decided to become a co-sleeper is one that stands out with shameful clarity. We had been trying to transition my six-month-old daughter from a pack ‘n play near our bed to […]
Compliments after you enter motherhood include: You’re a great mom! Harper has a wonderful mom. Motherhood looks good on you! I wish I were as good a mom as you. I hope someday I’m as good a mom as you are. You are super mom! Yep. Thank you so much! Truly, honestly, thank you. Sometimes […]
Hey Lunchable. Hey… I see you, in the corner of the fridge, my sweet square-shaped meal time EpiPen, and I could kiss you on the mouth — assuming you had one in there somewhere. Someone once told me, “It doesn’t take a culinary genius to open a Lunchable.” And while that may be true, you […]
If you have visited Dollywood, you know they do the holidays right. This year they’ve added a fantastic new feature to the fall season with the Great Pumpkin LumiNights. This past weekend a few of us from Knoxville Moms Blog and Chattanooga Moms Blog were able to experience this great new spectacle, and we did […]
Listen up, ladies. I am here to give you the ultimate list of how to survive your 4th trimester. This is as honest as it’s going to get. (Why, yes, that feature image you see is my postpartum belly. There is not a baby in there. NOPE. That’s what my belly looks like 24 hours […]
The postpartum period is a weird time in general. It’s unpredictable, lasts way longer than most expect it to, and generally morphs from day to day into something as new and equally as confusing as it was the day before. After my first child I was overcome with an anxiety so intense it took almost […]
I’ve been a nurse for eight years. I’ve always taken care of pregnant women, and I’ve worked in labor and delivery for four years. I’ve seen countless births, and have witnessed almost every imaginable scenario in the hospital. When I became pregnant with my first child, all of those experiences led me to one belief: […]
So you want to know the secret to losing the baby weight? It’s actually pretty simple: Step 1: Have the baby. 👏 Congratulations, you’ve officially lost the baby weight! 👏 That’s it — if I wasn’t recommended to leave you with 300-600 words of wisdom, I would have cut it off after congratulating you. The truth […]
Ahhh, it’s finally fall. East Tennessee is beginning to turn those beautiful shades of orange, red, and yellow that are the envy of the nation. Pumpkins are popping up on every porch, and in my opinion, Knoxville looks quite lovely decked in orange. So why are you seeing teal pumpkins everywhere? I learned the answer […]
The first time I took my son to volunteer, he was just a few months old. We went with other moms and children to a local nursing home as part of a “Hug a Tot” program. The residents seemed to enjoy the children and the joy on their faces warmed my heart. Since then, I […]
Some of my earliest memories contain fingers coated in flour, sprinkles dancing away, and sitting on top of the counter to roll out pie dough. As a result, I’ve always loved baking. I’ve done my best to instill a love of baking with my kids, and my son’s goal to be an astronaut chef is […]