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Monday, August 21, 2017

6 Hands-On History Museums to Visit in Anderson County, TN

These 6 Hands-On History Museums in Anderson County, Tennessee really bring the history of this southern Appalachian region & its people to life...
These 6 Hands-On History Museums in Anderson County, Tennessee really bring the history of this southern Appalachian region & its people to life.
This post was created in partnership with Adventure Anderson County. As always, all opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.

The Anderson County area in eastern Tennessee is a region with a rich & diverse local history. From the early days of Appalachian living to the coal mining disasters & wars to it's place in history as one of only 3 secretive & heavily guarded locations of the Manhattan Project during World War II, Anderson County is a history buff's dream come true. Drawing on its role as a pivotal player in the country's & the region's history, this area is home to many amazing museums & historical locations.

During our visit to Tennessee earlier this summer, my family & I got to experience 6 hands-on history museums that really brought the history of Anderson County & its people to life. These museums encouraged its patrons to touch, to explore, to ask questions, & to really immerse themselves in the historical narrative of eastern Tennessee. I firmly believe that now more than ever it is important for families to visit places of historical significance and to explore our nation's past & to have these pivotal conversations about where we have been as a country, where we are as a country, & in which direction we would like to head in as a nation now.

Friday, August 18, 2017

How to Create an Instagram-worthy Hummus & Veggie Board

Forget that boring store bought veggie tray! You can create an Instagram-worthy Hummus & Veggie Board in just 7 simple steps... 
Forget that boring store bought veggie tray! You can create an Instagram-worthy Hummus & Veggie Board in just 7 simple steps.

This post was sponsored, but all thoughts and opinions are my own.


Have you ever been scrolling through your Instagram feed and just stopped & gawked when you saw a pic of a gorgeous veggie tray that someone had made for a summer party or backyard BBQ? Maybe you thought that person had to have a ton of extra time on their hands because most of us just pick up that pre-made (& not so Instagram-worthy) vegetable tray in the produce section of the grocery store. Maybe you even found yourself feeling a little bit intimidated and thought there was no way you would be able to pull something like that off yourself. 

But guess what? You can ditch that store bought veggie tray because putting together an Instagram-worthy veggie board is much easier than you may think! Especially when you have a little help from Sabra hummus and fresh, seasonal produce from your local Walmart! :)

Monday, August 14, 2017

10 Dorm Room Must-Haves

From organization to comfort to space saving, these are the 10 must-haves for every college dorm room...
From organization to comfort to space saving, these are the 10 must-haves for every college dorm room.

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Okay, okay... I will admit it. I may be freaking out just a little over the fact that my son, my oldest "baby" is moving into his dorm & getting ready to start his college career this coming weekend. While I know I will most definitely worry about him & the house will for sure feel a little emptier, I am also excited for him. Excited for him to test out the waters of being on his own for the first time. Excited for him to start discovering who he really is as his own person. And excited for the path he is pursuing with the start of his college education in computer science.

We have been pretty busy over the past few weeks gathering together all of the essentials he will need for the dorm room he will be sharing with a roommate. These essentials will not only help his dorm room become his home away from home, but will also provide him with a little of his own space within his less than spacious accommodations for the next year. ;) From organization to comfort to space saving, this is our list of 10 Dorm Room Must-Haves...

Friday, August 11, 2017

3 Simple Steps for Creating Summer "Me Time"

It is easy to create quality time for yourself with these 3 Simple Steps for Creating Summer "Me Time"...
It is easy to create quality time for yourself with these 3 Simple Steps for Creating Summer "Me Time".
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of PEOPLE®, Real Simple®, and Southern Living®. The opinions and text are all mine.


While I definitely look forward to the kiddos' summer break each year, it also means that I have to be more creative with sneaking in little moments of "me time" each week. During the school year, I get at least 6 hours of full blown "me time" at least four days a week. But summers get trickier with my youngest being at home with me 24/7 every day but one day out of the week.

Giving up my "me time" during the summer months is definitely not an option. We all need to create a little time for ourselves each week to get re-centered, focused, & motivated. It's essential to my sanity and to my role as a mother, wife, homemaker, and full time food & travel blogger that also happens to work at home. It can be difficult to "get away" and recharge when you are always "clocked in" mentally. 

So how do I find quality "me time" during the non-stop busyness of the summer months? It doesn't have to be elaborate or time consuming or require hiring a sitter. I keep it easy with these 3 simple steps...

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Banana Split Greek Yogurt Pancakes

These tasty & filling Banana Split Greek Yogurt Pancakes are chock full of low fat Greek yogurt & milk...
These tasty & filling Banana Split Greek Yogurt Pancakes are chock full of low fat Greek yogurt & milk.
This dairy packed recipe was created in partnership with the ADA Mideast. As always, all thoughts & opinions expressed below are 100% my own.

I am finding it hard to believe that it is that time of the year again- back to school! Backpacks have been picked out & purchased. The school supply list has been checked off. And we are starting to ease back into that school year routine. Another way I am getting ready for the start of the school year is to start compiling a rotation of healthy breakfast recipes with staying power. The easiest way to do that? Making sure that each of these recipes are packed with protein powered dairy like these Banana Split Greek Yogurt Pancakes I am sharing with you all today.

Not only are dairy foods a quick & budget friendly way to keep your kiddos fueled and ready to go throughout the day, but each serving also happens to contain 9 essential nutrients & 8 grams of high quality protein. Experts recommend that we get in at least 3 servings of low fat or fat-free dairy (think a glass of milk, a yogurt cup, a cheese stick, etc.) every day, but most of us need an extra serving each day to meet the daily nutritional recommendations. 

Friday, August 4, 2017

Easy Chicken Puttanesca Penne

You only need 30 minutes & 5 simple ingredients to whip up this family-pleasing Easy Chicken Puttanesca Sauce on a busy weeknight...
You only need 30 minutes & 5 simple ingredients to whip up this family-pleasing Easy Chicken Puttanesca Sauce on a busy weeknight.
This recipe was created in partnership with Barilla, Walmart, & No Kid Hungry. All opinions & thoughts expressed below are 100% my own.

Is anyone else's head spinning from the fact that back to school is just a few short weeks away? And for some of you all, the first day of school has already come and gone! (<<My mind is still blown over that one.) 

While I am definitely looking forward to reclaiming my 6 hours of kid-free time on the weekdays, I am also a little sad that summer break is almost over. We had all these grand plans for this summer, but a few things (like that promised weekend camping trip in a tent) didn't get crossed off the family checklist this time around. That seems to happen just about every summer, right?

But now I am getting ready to switch gears from a summer break bucket list to all of those checklists that come with the beginning of a new school year. The school supply list, checking off all that required paperwork that has been signed in and turned in for kindergarten registration, shopping for the necessary back to school clothes, dorm room essentials, and last but certainly not least- weeknight meal planning

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles

These Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles are perfectly crisp & crunchy with an amazing garlic flavor and just a little hint of heat...
These Refrigerator Baby Garlic Dill Pickles are perfectly crisp & crunchy with an amazing garlic flavor and just a little hint of heat.

One thing that my family & I just love is a good, crunchy dill pickle. We love them even better when they are garlicky with a little kick of heat. While we can always go for a jar of store bought kosher dills, I have been trying for over two summers now to come up with the perfect homemade dill pickle recipe. Last summer, I failed. This summer, I finally achieved crunchy success! :)

I have tested many the dill pickle recipe- from spears to slices- but none of them were ever quite what I was looking for. Last month I came across this recipe for Quick & Easy Dill Pickles from Once Upon A Chef. I made a few minor tweaks to the recipe to adapt it for whole baby cucumbers and to bump up the garlic factor, but other than that I didn't make too many changes to the original recipe. (If you are more into pickle spears, then definitely click over to get her recipe.)