Author Archive | Mary Beth Unthank

Story Lines

Story Lines

“Your face is the first thing people see about you. Shouldn’t you take care of it?” This was a post about a skincare regimen one of my Facebook friends was selling. Her products sounded magical: they promised to make skin softer and younger looking, remove dark spots and blemishes, and treat fine lines and wrinkles. […]

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A Better Way Than Valentine's Day

A Better Way Than Valentine’s Day

Listen. Valentine’s Day is dumb, and you know it. You know this holiday is a giant marketing scheme. You know it’s emotional manipulation toward loneliness-avoidance and therapeutic spending. You know prices are jacked up on everything pink or red or sparkly. And you know this holiday is directly targeted to spoil women, and not in […]

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VFL Vol For Life

#VFL: Vol For Life

We’re all Vol in this house. Growing up in Knoxville, my family always rooted for Tennessee. It wasn’t hard in the ’90s; we had Phillip Fulmer, Peyton Manning, Pat Summit, Chamique Holdsclaw, and Todd Helton, just to name a few Tennessee legends. My parents volunteered with the Red Cross for home football games, which meant […]

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On the Outskirts of Town

Out the Outskirts of Town: Exploring the Fun Surrounding Knox County in Oak Ridge {Series}

No doubt about it, Knoxville is one of the best places in the U.S. to raise a family. We have great schools, tons of activities, outdoor adventure, festivals, parks, and so much more to keep you and your littles active all year ’round.  But don’t let all that fun in Knoxville proper keep you from […]

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Our Last Day

Our Last Day

My Sweet Baby Carrot, Today was our last day together. This weekend your older siblings will be home with us, and the next time they go to school, you will go too. You’re finally entering the world of full-time kindergarten, and you could not be more excited! Me, on the other hand… When you were […]

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Mommy Needs a Time Out

Mommy Needs a Time Out!

Deep breath. Alarm off. Eyes still shut. Inhale, exhale. I’m gonna do this, you think. Today is going to be a good day. Happy thoughts. Good vibes. Only love today. And, if you’re like most moms, I’m not going to yell today. Somehow I don’t think my kids’ days start with such positive affirmations. They often wake up […]

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Stop Wasting Your Life at the Grocery Store

Stop Wasting Your Life at the Grocery Store: Why Grocery PickUp is the Best Thing Ever

Once upon a time, I was a young mother with three little bitties who planned her life around grocery shopping. Each week, I would scour Pinterest and allrecipies.com as I made out my meal plan and the Almighty List. Then, on whatever day I could muster up the energy, I would pack the diaper bag with […]

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