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Nashville’s Nutcracker Youth Cast Dancer Behind the Scenes Interview

Nutcracker Ticket Giveaway

Nashville’s Nutcracker Youth Cast Dancer Behind the Scenes Interview This year, my daughter once again joined the Nashville Ballet Youth Cast for Nashville’s Nutcracker as a garden fairy. Two years ago, I chronicled the behind the scenes life of a parent of a youth cast dancer, videoing everything from rehearsals to costume fittings and even back stage before their performance ... Read More »

Girls Indian Costume Homemade by Daddy

Girls Indian Costume

I just had to share this girls Indian costume that was homemade by her daddy for her school’s colonial days this week. When we saw the emails about needing colonial costumes for our kids, I immediately panicked. I’m not exactly what you’d call “crafty”, so to be honest, I ignored it initially. But after constant questions from my type-A first ... Read More »

Veteran Money Advice {from my Favorite Veteran}

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Memorial Day and Veterans Days are times to remember and thank veterans who have served our country so that we could have freedom. In a day and age where we want what we want and we want it now, it’s very rare that we take time to not only reflect on the past, but also learn from it. My father was ... Read More »

Weekend Update in pictures: November 2, 2014

October 31 Family in Bed

We went NONSTOP this past weekend and I wanted to share some special glimpses through pictures. The kids decided on new costumes about an hour before Trick or Treating. Kariss was Mavis from Hotel Transylvania and Britton was Hawlucha from Pokemon. The weather was SO cold, that we ended up heading indoors to Cool Springs Mall for Trick or Treating ... Read More »

The Dreaded “B” Word

Kariss-smile-invisalign

My oldest child is now officially ten years old: not yet a teenager, but definitely out of single digits. While she’ll always be my baby, I can’t deny how quickly she’s growing up. As a fifth grader, I’m thankful she still shows us signs of sweetness and even humors her little brother every now and then. And luckily, she’s shown ... Read More »

How to Deal with Bullying: My son’s story

how to deal with bullying

While there are many rights of passage for a child – learning to walk, losing a tooth, breaking a bone – I’m not sure if any strikes as much fear in a mom as letting their child ride the bus for the first time. Since my kids went to private school until this year, riding the bus was never an ... Read More »

3 Easy No-Sew Costume Ideas

pokemon no sew costume

On Talk of the Town today, I shared 3 easy no-sew costume ideas that anyone can make use of in time for this Halloween, or even anytime your kids need a costume, whether for a school event or just dress up at home! 3 Easy No-Sew Costume Ideas Look in your closet Find clothes you or your kids already have ... Read More »

Weekend Update in Pictures: October 19, 2014

fountain picture

This weekend was equally exciting in the Cone Home, not to mention, we experienced some gorgeous weather after a week of some pretty bad storms and constant rain. I’m taking a little editorial liberty by including a picture from Friday as well, but I figured you guys would humor me… Weekend Update in Pictures: October 19, 2014 On Friday, I ... Read More »

Weekend Update in Pictures: October 12, 2014

Kids tshirt fabric markers

Me and the kids had a beautifully simple weekend where we got to stay home (for the most part) and do some things we’ve been wanting to do for a while, including baking, organizing and even some crafting. We made so many great memories and captured some special images, so I wanted to share them here with you. If you ... Read More »

College Safety Tips and Reminders

College Safety Tips and Reminders

  I have seen recent headlines from universities across the country and several incidents at local institutions in the last two weeks reveal some alarming trends on campuses.  Being on a college campus two days a week, this really hits home.  I want to make sure my students stay safe. Everyone plays a role in creating a safe and secure ... Read More »