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Top 10 Reasons Christmas Will Never Be The Same After Baby

*May include affiliate or sponsored links. Thanks to Hip Baby Wrap for help with our photo shoot.  Congratulations if you’re the proud new parent of your first baby who’ll be experiencing the Christmas holiday for the first time this year! No doubt you’re excited about the novelty of everything surrounding your baby’s first Christmas!  While […]

Continue Reading By on December 21, 2014 in baby, Christmas, family, holidays, pregnancy

Hurray for the Pumpkin Pie!

Hurray for the pumpkin pie!  Isn’t that the way one of the season’s songs ends?  No matter how sacredly you may treat this Christian holiday or whether you only take part in the secular waiting for Santa Claus, you’re probably partaking in plenty of food. The United States Department of Agriculture’s My Plate program reminds […]

Continue Reading By on December 23, 2013 in agriculture, Christmas, family, food

Why this Mom’s Not Always So Cheerful for the Holidays

*This is a sponsored post full of fun information for your family that may include affiliate links, thanks to! “Mom, will you make me a tote bag?”  asked my oldest recently.  That was music to my ears, since I’d been guiltily delaying new Christmas sewing projects, while fabric fit for princess dresses lays folded in […]

Continue Reading By on December 17, 2013 in chidren, Christmas, holidays, Uncategorized

Lighting Up Winter Nights in the Great Smoky Mountains

*Winter holidays sponsorship post for Enjoy the City. Festive, illuminated, family fun is spilling from every corner of communities near the Great Smoky Mountains this time of year!  No matter how cold, or wet, or frozen the winter may get, they’re ready for a Smoky Mountain Christmas plus New Year’s and general holiday revelry.  A […]

Continue Reading By on December 11, 2013 in Appalachia, Christmas, family, holidays, Uncategorized

Green Your Christmas

*This page contains affiliate links. Just like your consumer choices the rest of the year, your seasonal choices can add up to a greener Christmas that’s better for you and the planet.  Yes, a real tree is the greener choice.  Analysts in Canada examined the life cycle of both real and artificial trees, and concluded […]

Continue Reading By on December 7, 2013 in Christmas, green, safer chemicals, sustainable

Illuminating & Greening Your Christmas

Do you deck the halls and outdo the neighbors with your light display or barely manage to install a tree in your living room?  Wherever you are on the Christmas-decorating spectrum, there’s something for you this Saturday on The Housing Hour.  Hosts Kevin Rhea and Mark Griffith are featuring a professional light installer who can […]

Continue Reading By on December 6, 2013 in energy, environmental, home

Frozen Winter Fun at Ober Gatlinburg near Great Smoky Mountains

The temps are low enough, the snow machines have been blowing, and skiers have run the slopes at Ober Gatlinburg even before December.  The South’s popular ski resort and amusement park opened its ski slopes on the Friday after Thanksgiving, announcing that it’s been 20 years since skiing began so early in Gatlinburg.  Snow tubing […]

Continue Reading By on December 2, 2013 in Appalachia, family, fitness, Great Smoky Mountains, mountains, outdoors, Uncategorized