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Why I Love Dolly Parton

I just love Dolly Parton.  Beyond her performing talents, I like that she is a self-made business woman who gives back. In 1996, she created a literacy program called the Imagination Library through which children under age 5 are sent one book per month to encourage reading. What an inspired idea! Here’s how it all began…Dolly […]

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Splash Country

The kids are in bed and a millimeter of sunscreen has been scraped from my body, so I can now sit and reflect on our day at Dollywood’s Splash Country. Reeeewind to prep time at the house: Money’s tight, so we planned to pack drinks and snacks and sandwiches. Technically, you aren’t allowed to bring your own food, but […]

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Rules to Live By (and a Request for a Cat)

I’m tired of being the only one doing the clean up. My kids are more and more capable every day, so I decided to come up with a few rules that will teach the kids how to help out around the house. I didn’t want to do too many, so I just picked five to start with. […]

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Cell Phone Etiquette

I like people-watching. My son and I had lunch outside at Panera today. It was a great day to be outside and a great day for people-watching. I saw two (20-something) girlfriends having lunch.  And then the phone rang and was answered. One of the ladies had a fight with her boyfriend (dropping f-bombs 10 […]

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Its Earth Day (and Trash Day)

Looking at two ginormous garbage bins makes me think about our lifestyle and the waste we discard. Actually, I am proud to say that one of those ginormous bins is a recycling bin. It’s a sign of progress that we have equality in recycle and garbage bins. However, I can guarantee you there is more […]

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Making a Memory into an Apron

Ruby Alexander (my grandmother) was one-of-a-kind. She played the jitter bug on the piano by ear and she danced even when she was so old that all she could do was sit and flail her arms and legs to the music. I am fortunate to have her blood in my veins and her table in my diningroom.  I’ve […]

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And Give Us This Day, Our Daily Wound

It’s spring break, so my husband took the day off of work and we decided to take the kids to see Rock City in Lookout Mountain, Ga. Here are a few pictures. The swinging bridge. We even ran into the Easter Bunny. (My kids now think the Easter Bunny lives at Rock City.) A good time […]

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An Unintended Benefit

Holy cow do I make my share of bad decisions as a mom, but every now and again I do something right. I wrote a post around Valentine’s Day (The Card Is In the Mail – P.S. I Love You) about getting my kids little mailboxes and writing them notes so they get some “mail.” By doing […]

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The Hangover: A Re-enactment

Last night, my husband and I were watching The Hangover downstairs in the living room. About half way through, I heard a thud on the stairs. I hopped up worried my sleepy toddler (who we recently moved from a crib to a bed) might stumble down the stairs. Instead I found this. (This is the re-enactment). The thud […]

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Indoor Fun – Make Your Own Treasure Hunt

Next time you are cooped up with your kiddos, consider creating a treasure hunt around the house. There are several ways to do this.  Here’s how I did it: On index cards, I wrote out clues that led my children from one location to the next. For example, in our hunt, the first clue said “Go to the big red star.” […]

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