• Parenting

    Why My Kids Have Never Had an Easter Basket

    A couple of years ago I posted on Facebook that my girls had never had an Easter basket. I was pleasantly surprised at all the responses I got stating “Same!” But of course there were others who didn’t quite get why I deprive my children the joy of chocolate bunnies and multicolor eggs for Sunday …

  • Education

    How Lego Is Teaching Adult to Learn Through Play

    In April 2019 Olivia, Alexandra, and I attended the first ever Live Justice Summit. It was a full weekend of empowerment and inspiration for the members of their Girls With Heart Ambassador program. While the girls were learning what makes them unstoppable, the parents had a few workshops as well. One of the parent workshops …

  • Travel

    How I Convinced My Family to Hike to Grotto Falls

    During our family #LateSummerVacay trip to Pigeon Forge, we ventured out into the Great Smoky Mountains. We are not the outdoorsy type, but thankfully the Roaring Fork Nature Motor Trail helped ease our introduction into mountain hiking. And off the driving trail is the start of Trillium Gap Trail. This novice to medium difficulty trail …

  • Travel

    9 Midwestern Zoos to Visit with Your Family

    Ever since The Boy was young we have enjoyed visiting the zoo. We’ve done our fair share of zoo-hopping. In fact, we visited so often, I purchased a membership when I discovered that we could visit zoos all across the country for free through the reciprocal admission program offered by AZA. So now, where ever …

  • Travel

    Old Mill Square: The Heart of Pigeon Forge

    Each year for the past several years we take a family vacation over the Labor Day weekend. We have deemed it our #LateSummerVacay because travel during the summer track season is nearly impossible. We always choose places that are drivable from Kentucky and have a variety of activities and attractions. A family favorite is Pigeon …