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Iron Mountain Hot Springs

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If the grind of a daily routine has you pining for a slower lifestyle, and the thought of soaking your cares away sounds delightful, then Iron Mountain Hot Springs is the ideal place to turn that desire into a reality. This wellness destination is s... Read full article

DIY Valentine's Day Treat Bags

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Pandemic Perfect on Paper But a Mess in Real Life

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“Does your house always look like this? Like, so messy?” My daughter’s friend asked innocently enough. I’ve pondered this question in the months since it was asked during that one-and-only sleepover we hosted. I was knee-jerk offended in the moment,... Read full article

Cringe-worthy Christmas

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San Antonio, Texas

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Louisville, Kentucky

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Most people know Louisville as the home of the Kentucky Derby, but there’s a lot more to this city of 750,000 residents than the yearly Run for the Roses. Founded in 1798 and named for King Louis XVI of France, the Derby City has the world’s largest ... Read full article

Sleepaway for Mama: Leaving My Daughters Overnight for the First Time

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In more than seven and a half years of parenting, I had never left my children overnight until recently. Other than her recent trip to pony camp, the only time I was away from my older daughter was when my younger daughter was born. I stayed in the h... Read full article

The Island in Pigeon Forge

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The Island in Pigeon Forge is a massive family fun center and entertainment complex. It offers popular restaurants, retail shops, live music and tons of rides and attractions. The Island is open year round, so let’s kick off our boots, put on our fli... Read full article

Mamas Never Get Vacation, Not Even at the Beach!

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Packing up and hitting a beach somewhere along the Gulf seems to be an annual event for most middle- and upper-class families in our area, at least according to my Facebook feed. This year, we decided to join the fray, meeting my in-laws from Virgini... Read full article

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