5 Non-Annoying Ways to Craft with Your Kids


Looking for ways to spend quality time with your kids but hate crafting? Or do you want find ways to engage your kid with technology without them spacing out in front of a screen? Below are 5 activities that will help you create memories without the mess of traditional crafts and without the isolation of … Read more

A Thanksgiving Prayer for Kids


I was flipping through a Berenstain Bears’ anthology with my kids the other night. In one of the stories toward the end, there’s a beautiful and simple Thanksgiving prayer. I took a screenshot of it so I could remember it. I made up a little graphic for it and plan to frame it for the Thanksgiving dinner table and to … Read more

6 Parenting Approaches for the Free-Spirited Child


I wish I had taken a picture of my daughter Sunday. She’s 9. She was wearing a long mint green maxi dress with spaghetti straps and an elastic waist. She looked like a Greek goddess. She’s magnificent. She’s a true free-spirited child. She has all the characteristics of a free-wheeling, creative, loving bohemian artist. And she … Read more

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

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