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scientists at American Museum of Science and Energy

Volunteering at American Museum of Science and Energy

Get my FREE newsletter here! Where can your family have a hair-raising experience doing safe science experiments, meet world-famous scientists and explore a secret city?  All this and more is available to discover at the American Museum of Science and Energy in East Tennessee! It may be one of the Knoxville area’s best-kept secrets. I’ve […]

Continue Reading By on February 8, 2016 in Appalachia, East Tennessee, education, energy, science, volunteer
Museum of Appalachia, a Smithsonian Affiliate

Museum of Appalachia Invites Families to Explore Year-Around

The spectacularly blue October sky stretched high above the green fields and weather-worn barns where people had gathered to celebrate the season.  Music sounded from the stage hung with a red, white and blue flag, as well as from a cantilever barn turned into another stage.  My daughters sought out ice cream and apple cider […]

Continue Reading By on October 20, 2015 in antique, Appalachia, education, families, family, farm

What You Need to Know about Parenting

God-given blessing, life-changing experience, source of stress.  It’s fair to say that most people have described parenting in this range of ways at one time or another.  No need to feel guilty about it.  No, parenting is not always the bliss-filled state of emotion you feel when you welcome a newborn or newly adopted child. […]

Continue Reading By on November 10, 2014 in child development, children, health, Healthy Families, parenting

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families offers FREE Resources at Knoxville Natural Parenting Expo

Becoming a parent for the first time? Getting involved as a grandparent? Confused about how to keep a non-toxic home for baby? The upcoming Knoxville Natural Parenting Expo is your one-stop event for everything you need to know! The popular nationwide coalition Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is proud to support this growing Parenting Expo for […]

Continue Reading By on April 19, 2014 in babies, cloth diapering, parenting, pregnancy, toxic

So Many Blogs, So Little Time

So you’ve just met 400 other bloggers at a conference, attended four classes and discovered a dozen brands that want to work with bloggers.  Where do you begin? So many blogs, so little time. I read a detailed interview years ago with a prominent pop culture blogger who was asked how many other blogs he […]

Continue Reading By on February 14, 2014 in blogging, family

Blogging Conference Comparisons

New to the blogging world and wondering which blog conference to attend?  I’ve had the opportunity to attend three different blogging conferences over the past few months, so I’d be glad to share some perspectives with you.  I was fortunate to experience a range from the biggest to the newest in events for bloggers.  Here’s […]

Continue Reading By on February 13, 2014 in blogging, Uncategorized

What I Learned about Blogging at the Build Your Blog Conference

Blogging as life and blogging as business were central subtext amid smiling faces and door prize giveaways at the second Build Your Blog Conference in Salt Lake City. Watching established blogger and former television producer Jill Nystul encourage a room full of aspiring bloggers reinforced the notion that we indeed live in a time of […]

Continue Reading By on February 12, 2014 in blogging, BlogHer, Build Your Blog Conference, education, food

Heading to Build Your Blog Conference Thanks to Stonyfield

*The following is a sponsored post for Stonyfield Organic. Parenting, blogging and balancing it all are often powered at this house by great tasting Stonyfield Greek! Stonyfield’s “You Gotta Try This” theme was perfect for sharing their scrumptious  flavors with my friends recently after our karate class.  Now, Stonyfield insists that I try the next step […]

Continue Reading By on February 5, 2014 in conference, food, organic, Yo-Getters, yogurt

Historic Marker Honors African American Band Leader

Back in the day, you hadn’t seen a proper parade in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee until you’d seen the sharply dressed band leader and his proud students who were typically at the end of the line. “The band looked good, the band looked sharp!” described Daniel Brown, remembering the days of St. Clair Cobb. Knox County […]

Continue Reading By on January 20, 2014 in civil rights, education, South, Uncategorized