50 Pool Snack Ideas

50 Pool Snack ideas to keep you going all summer.

I found a compromise with the kids when it comes to pool snacks. I want them to eat healthy, but I also enjoy treats at the pool as much as anybody else. We found a way to pick foods that keep us satisfied and happy without feeling like we’re missing out on treats. What’s in … Read more

8 Ways The Drive-In Is Still Awesome

The Hiway 50 Drive In movie theater in Lewisburg, TN.

I don’t remember a single movie I ever saw at the drive-in movie theater when I was a kid, but I’ll always remember going. There was so much to love about it. Like running around in the grass underneath the big screen, playing with other kids as we waited for it to turn dark. We … Read more

Repeating First Grade: An Update, 3 Years Later

School retention can be a difficult and painful decision to make, but it was the best thing we could have done for our child.

In 2014, we decided to hold our son back in school to repeat his first grade year. We’ve just completed third grade in 2017, this is an update on our overall experience in school retention. Once upon a time there was a boy. He was as handsome and sweet as the day is long, and … Read more

Bare Feet in a Waterfall

Jackson Falls waterfall and river bed just off Natchez Trace Parkway in TN.

Go Go Power Rangers… Don’t. you. ever. stop. Have you ever had this song in your head for 10 hours? My husband and I have. I never know what I want to do for Mother’s Day every year that I’m asked. All I knew this year was that I wanted to get out of the … Read more

Write Your Story

I share my testimony every year around Easter because I think that’s an excellent time to tell stories of redemption. When I first had the idea to write my testimony a few years ago I thought yes, this could really help people. And then I almost immediately talked myself out of it. I thought, no … Read more

Making Memories When You Can’t Afford a Big Vacation

Big theme park vacations are not the norm for us, so visiting Legoland and Disney World this year is something we’ll always remember. I do recommend making memories on a big splurge at least once in a lifetime if you can. But the fact of the matter is, big vacations are not always possible. Spring … Read more

Kids These Days…

Ellie's 10th birthday party at the nursing home to celebrate with her grandmother

For every negative article out there that talks about “kids these days” there should be an equal and opposite article that highlights how awesome they are. There will always be generational growing pains, and there will also always be a whole slew of kids out there doing something good. We should highlight more of that. … Read more

Why I Was Never Really Much of a Disney Fan as a Kid

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I was never really much of a Disney fan as a kid. That may widen some eyeballs and spurn a few gasps, but I really wasn’t. I know I enjoyed more than my fair share of Disney Movies on VHS growing up. But a Disney vacation was something that just wasn’t within the reach of … Read more

Let God Close Doors

As much as I love chasing dreams and being a go-getter when it comes to finding opportunity, there is one important lesson I have learned in a big way and that is to let God close doors. ThisĀ can be applied to so many things in life. The writing world is ripe with rejection and failed … Read more

How to Avoid Guilt Over Holiday Eating

Post may contain affiliate links, please see my Disclosure and Policy statement for details. I just enjoyed a lot of junk food over the course of a holiday week and I don’t feel guilty about it at all, despite my recent weight loss. I enjoyed an early Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings, homemade enchiladas … Read more

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