Our Favorite Posts from 2011!

Crazy to realize that it’s this time again! Happy New Year, blog friends!

We’ll be taking Monday off to celebrate the holiday with family and friends. But we’ll be back on Wednesday, Jan. 4 with a whole new year of blog posts. Don’t miss it!

For today, I thought I’d look back at my favorite blog posts from 2011 (one for each month). Enjoy!

Our favorite blog posts of 2011:

  1. Hot Tub Rash: What it is & How to Avoid it. I like this post because it’s informative and useful. I mean, really, who wants itchy red bumps on vacation?
  2. Everything You Need for a Family Cabin Vacation. From what to do in the cabin to what to do out of the cabin to ideas for what to eat in the cabin to what to pack for your trip, it’s all here. Seriously one of the most comprehensive posts I’ve ever written.
  3. Everyone Needs a Vacation Sometimes. This is just plain and simply from this mom’s heart. A sad look at children growing up.
  4. 11 Books about the Smoky Mountains. This was a fun post to write. I love to read to my kids about an area before we travel there. Here’s how you can do the same for your kids (and yourself!).
  5. Where to Celebrate a Birthday in the Smokies. For this post, I contacted tons of restaurants in the Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Sevierville area to see what they do special for visitors with a birthday. Here’s what I found.
  6. Family Travel Tips: From a Dad. I love this post because my husband wrote it. And I think it’s got some really practical tips!
  7. Best Apps for Traveling to the Mountains. This one was fun to write, too! I discovered all kinds of helpful (and really weird) apps. Hope it’s as helpful to you as it was to me!
  8. Smoky Mountain High. My husband’s family is nuts. We wrote, performed, and recorded an original song about the Smoky Mountains. What do you think?
  9. Dick’s Last Resort in Gatlinburg. We had sure a crazy, fun time at this unique restaurant in Gatlinburg. The blog wrote itself.
  10. Hiking the Appalachian Trail. Let’s be honest: I have no desire to do it myself. But I’m sure in awe of those that do. Here are some great stories from the AT.
  11. Sword Swallowers to Perform in Gatlinburg. I’m so glad I ran across this gem. Crazy things do happen in the Smokies.
  12. 10 Ways to Keep Kids Happy on a Car Trip. Since this post, I’ve used several of these myself. And they work!
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