6 Tips to Surviving Thanksgiving with Little Kids

Six tips to surviving thanksgiving with little kids

Since having children, I’ve had a change of heart regarding the day meant for loading up on turkey and watching a lot of football. Thanksgiving, the quiet holiday that humbly resides between trick-or-treating and gift buying, has become bitter-sweet for me. Thanksgiving is truly is a peaceful time. It involves less chaos and madness than […]

Stream of Consciousness #SOCSaturday #blogging #writing

I’m usually that person who’s huffing and puffing when people are posting Christmas tree pictures early in November, or when I turn on the radio and Have a Holly Jolly Christmas rings out. I used to have this rule that I wouldn’t listen to Christmas music or do anything festive (other than buy a few […]

Macy’s Heart of Haiti #thankful #artists

Heart of Haiti

I am so honored to be part of the Macy’s Heart of Haiti campaign. This campaign is very near and dear to my heart as it simultaneously celebrates artists and helps those in need. This one-of-a-kind campaign began after the earthquake of January 12, 2010. Despite the devastation, the folks at Macy’s realized there was […]

Christmas at Biltmore #giveaway!

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As they say, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! Typically, I like to wait until around Thanksgiving to get in the full-blown spirit of the season, but for some reason, I’m feeling festive especially festive this year. I know I am lucky to live near such a beautiful place as The Biltmore Estate, […]

Stream of Consciousness #soc #blogging #writing

Do you ever get in those melancholy moods that are just hard to shake? That’s how I am feeling these days. It seems like even when great things are happening externally, I focus on the sadness, family members being sick, anxiety over getting everything done, guilt over not giving enough time to people in my […]

The Holidays are at Biltmore! #biltmoretreeraising

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With temperatures dropping lately, it feels like the holidays are truly on the horizon. I was asked to attend the annual tree raising event at the Biltmore Estate. Four bloggers from the region were given media passes and allowed to take photos to share on our blogs and social media sites. It was a really […]

Chiquita Cooking Lab Contest: Win $4,000!


Do you like to cook? Do you like bananas? Do you like to cook recipes with bananas? If  you answered yes to any of these questions, then you must hear about the Chiquita Cooking Lab Recipe Contest! It’s a fun and creative banana-oriented cooking competition. One winner will be chosen each week to win $4,000 […]

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ | Great Smoky Mountains Railroad #giveaway

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Halloween is over, and it’s time to think about Thanksgiving and Christmas! We awoke two days ago to two inches of snow on the ground, so it’s already feeling like the holiday season around here. Even though there are still a couple of months until Christmas, we all know how quickly that time flies. Before […]