His pudgy fingers wrap themselves around my strands of hair, hold on tightly and pull. ...
It began with bad timing. I wasn’t looking for a dinner revolution any more than ...
Over three years ago I wrote a post about non-toy gifts. It was a *hint ...
I am so tired of being Hey girled. I’m tired of my Facebook friends turning ...
Dear Firstborn, I can’t believe in a few weeks you will become a big sibling. ...
I’m laying in bed at 4:30am when a paw scratches across my face. Our eight-month-old ...
My name is Jenna and I’m a self-proclaimed SCRUNCHY MAMA. I’m not crunchy enough to ...
It’s every working mom’s dream. It’s a right of passage. In truth, it’s an occasion ...
Easter is a holiday with so many sweet traditions. There are things my sister and I did as children that I still remember fondly to this day. I remember the egg hunts with freshly dyed eggs that the dog would try to eat before we found them, the pretty new dresses, the Easter brunches and family. […]
“They say life is sweeter, behind the telephoto lens of fame. But ‘round here you get just as much attention cheering at the high school football game…” Seymour, Tennessee in the late 1990s resembled more of an accident caused by Knoxville’s overgrowth than a planned town. When my mom and I moved there to re-join […]
The legendary Frank Zappa once said “So many books, so little time” and I couldn’t agree more. Growing up, my sisters and I could always be found with our nose in a book. Something I miss the most from my “past life” (pre-kids) was spending hours at the pool, on the porch or in the […]
These White Chocolate-Dipped Lucky Charms Treats are the perfect snack to make with help from kids for St. Patrick’s Day and it only takes four ingredients to make them! It’s almost St. Patrick’s Day! My family doesn’t really celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, but I do like to make themed treats for holidays. My mom always […]
I am exhausted. My son turned five this weekend and we had two birthday parties to attend. I have talked to twenty-two people in two days between the parties we attended. Tomorrow is my son’s actual birthday, which also marks the start of t-ball and conveniently spring break without childcare. (Although I had that […]
Does your family enjoy eating out? Knoxville certainly has no shortage of great places to dine. For families with children, eating at a restaurant can be an expensive outing though. Below are some Knoxville restaurants that are helping make dining out more affordable for families. You’ll find dozens of locations that offer discounted and even free meals for kids. […]
“Your hands are full.” Sometimes it’s said with a sneer or a side-eye; on more rare occasions, with a nostalgic smile at my (potentially misbehaving) small boys. It tends to pop up when I’m feeling overwhelmed, and never do I feel more murderous than when someone cuts into my path as I struggle with strollers […]
Do you ever feel like you’re just doing TOO DARN MUCH? School runs, play dates, errands, full-time jobs, medical appointments, self-care, spousal care, homework and/or homeschooling, quality time, down time, alone time…kill me. Just kidding. Kind of. Really though, is there anyone here who can honestly, hand on heart say that they’ve never felt put […]
The way I see it, there are two types of travelers: the journey people and the destination people. Also known as the non-planners and the planners. However, a trip to Disney tends to bring out a whole new slew of characters. Are you a princess who likes everything perfect and beautiful, Goofy who is just in […]
As a mom who works outside the home, I seriously admire moms who stay home with their children. After my 12-week maternity leave was over, I knew I would be going back to work and it has continued to be the right choice for our family. I understand there are lots of reasons why women […]
It was a hurried Monday morning after a long weekend with errands, family commitments, and simply time to rest. We woke up to the startling realization that my first grader had not completed his “turkey project,” which was simply a color page of a turkey that the students were supposed to “disguise” so that humans […]
The first time I entered into the heavenly oasis of tropical shirt-clad angels (otherwise known as Trader Joe’s) was in middle school. My family lived in Colorado Springs at the time (military family) and I am not embellishing when I say that wandering the aisles, choosing random grocery oddities to try was a favored Friday […]