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Great Smoky Mountains Recovering from Historic Wildfires

It was an unusual drive into the nation’s most-visited national park in January.  Light green, winter rye grass was growing along the edges of the parkway entrances, as if hastily sown by the developer of a budget-priced subdivision.  Instead, this grass was holding together the frail edges where, in some steeper places where deeply-rooted trees […]

Continue Reading By on February 11, 2017 in biodiversity, East Tennessee, mountains, outdoors, outing, Smoky Mountains

Summer Family Travel Ideas

  Enter my giveaway of squeaky clean & safe sunscreen & bath supplies from Beautycounter! Bring on the vacation days, the long, unstructured family time together, the wanderlust!  Where will your family be headed this summer?  Are you looking for adventure, relaxation, an appreciation for American history, or just a chance for Dad to act […]

Continue Reading By on May 25, 2015 in family, outdoors, outing, travel, vacation

Baby, We’re Concerned about Toxins Harming Your Brain

Baby, you know your mama loves you.  She quit smoking just for you.  She’s following all of her doctor’s advice and ate well during her pregnancy.  It’s not her fault that you were born with toxic chemicals in your cord blood.  It’s the new normal for babies.  Yes, your mama loves you no matter what. […]

Continue Reading By on February 24, 2014 in Arkansas, baby, bees, outing, Safe Chemicals Act, thrifty

Smoky Mountain Ranch Offers Family Fun

*This is a sponsored post full of fun information for your family that may include affiliate links, thanks to EnjoyTheCity.com! The bright lights lure families to all sorts of fun activities around the Great Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee.  But did you know that little more than a couple of miles off the main road […]

Continue Reading By on November 27, 2013 in family, outdoors, outing, ranch, Smoky Mountains, Uncategorized

Family Outing to Biltmore Estate with Kids

*Thanks Biltmore Estate for hosting us! It’s easy to picture weddings, anniversaries and other elegant couples getaways at Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Adults regularly enjoy the home that George Vanderbilt first opened in 1895. What about the kids?  Biltmore recently gifted me a chance to visit and experience a visit through my children’s eyes. […]

Continue Reading By on October 25, 2013 in children, family, outing, Uncategorized, vacation