5 Surprisingly Affordable Cities for a Destination Wedding

5 Top Surprisingly Affordable Cities to Plan a Destination Wedding

Find out what venues offer the most bang for your buck in popular destination wedding locations including Nashville, Chicago, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte. Some of my favorite cities in the world also have some of the most beautiful and affordable places to get married. These cities make great destination wedding locations because of their accessibility, … Read more

Top 10 Things to Buy at Dirt Cheap


Have you guys heard about Dirt Cheap? A friend of mine told me about this weekend, and I’ve been twice already. Locally, Dirt Cheap went in the location of the former Big Lots in Madison off Gallatin Rd. (1142 Gallatin Pike S, Madison, TN 37115 – open Mon-Sat 9am-8pm, closed Sunday). It began in Mississippi, … Read more

East Nashville / Inglewood VBS Calendar

East Nashville VBS CALENDAR

I was curious as to what area churches are offering VBS programs this summer. I live in Inglewood, so these VBS programs are ones I’ve found in the area of East Nashville, Inglewood and a little beyond but still convenient (Madison, Donelson). Know of one we’re missing? Please leave details in the comments. I’ll update … Read more

12 Top Free Nashville Festivals for Young Families

12 TOP FREE nashville festivals

Nashville is such a great place to raise a young family, and there’s always something to do. When the weather’s nice, you’ll find a plethora of free festivals to check out. Since these are free, plan to spend a morning or afternoon there, so little ones don’t melt down at nap-time. Here are some of … Read more

10 Cheap Chicago Wedding Venues

10 cheap chicago wedding venues

Looking for cheap Chicago wedding venues? Here’s a list of 10 area rentals ranging from $300-$3,000, including The Carleton Hotel, Ivy Room, Lacuna, and more. Looking for more suggestions? Download this longer, more comprehensive list. It’s 25+ Cheap Chicago Wedding Venues — an easy-to-use, sortable spreadsheet! Download: Top 25 Cheap Chicago Wedding Venues Guide For details … Read more

Affordable Wedding Photography: What to Ask For

Beth Rose Photography

I reached out to area photographer Beth Rose to talk about affordable wedding photography. My goal is to save people time and money and to give photographers connections to couples who need the services they provide but simply don’t have the budget for the normal type of services wedding photographers provide. Included in this post … Read more

Cheap Ways to Enjoy Gourmet Coffee Drinks from Home

make a latte iced coffee home

I have spent an embarrassing fortune on gourmet coffee drinks. Now I’m not completely beating myself up over this. There are a few reasons why: Splurging on gourmet coffee drinks is my #1 vice. I don’t get manicures and pedicures and I don’t often buy clothes. We eat out occasionally, but for the most part, … Read more

The Cheap Family’s Guide to Mammoth Cave in a Day

mammoth cave

Since we moved back to Nashville four years ago, I’ve been wanting to take the family on a day trip to Mammoth Cave. I remember going as a kid and it being so cool. We packed a lunch and headed up on a Sunday with perfect spring weather. Family Day Trip to Mammoth Cave There are … Read more

66 Free Things to Do in Nashville Year-Round


There are so many things to do in Nashville. On any given day there’s a top-name music act playing, a festival of some sort and a plethora of family-friendly activities going on around the city. It’s hard to keep up, and it’s easy to spent too much money. Thankfully, there are so many fun free things to … Read more