Happy Halloween!

We’re taking the holiday off to be with family. But we’ll be back on Friday with more Smoky Mountain news. Enjoy the candy corn, hot apple cider, and spooks!

Your Halloween Music Playlist — 12 Songs to Include


I love celebrating holidays with my kids! I plan to make this Halloween Playlist tonight to put on during our little pumpkin carving party tomorrow night. And, of course, to listen to on Halloween. So, I chose several classics, and sprinkled in a few newer songs. PS — These are all kid-friendly songs. Here they […]

5 Kid-Friendly Halloween Recipes


I love holidays! What’s better than making Halloween traditions for your kids? Here are five easy-pleasy recipes for you to make with your kids in celebration of the upcoming holiday: Ghastly Ghost Grins Recipe from: Kraft Foods Yield: 8 servings Ingredients: 1 pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened 1/2 cup packed brown sugar 1/2 tsp. […]

6 Gatlinburg Shops You Shouldn’t Miss

Sauced Up -- one of my all-time favorite Gatlinburg shops!

Sevierville has the Tanger Outlets, which I love. But if I’m looking for gifts or unusual things, I love the Gatlinburg shops the best. Here are my 6 favorites: All Sauced Up. Where it is: 646 Parkway, Gatlinburg What it is: This fun shop specializes in gourmet foods and kitchen gadgets. Why I love it: […]

Watch a Movie While in Pigeon Forge

The Forge Cinema in Pigeon Forge, TN.

So, you’ve been out all day hiking. You’re tired. You’re ready to just plain relax. Feel like a movie? There are several ways to accomplish this. Here are two: Go to a movie theater — hurray! There is one in Pigeon Forge! Rent one from Redbox — this only works if you have a DVD […]

Parenting Perils: Teaching Responsibility


I’m so bad at this. I’m pretty sure that if no one held me in check, I’d still be picking up after Jaybin (my messy son) when he was in high school. But, as moms know, it’s so much easier to just pick up the coat off the floor than deal with a getting a […]

The (Smoky) Mountains are Calling


Tonight, I’m sitting here and thinking about the beautiful Smoky Mountains. They’re calling to me. We really need to find time to run down there again. Are they calling to you? Since I’m longing for the mountains tonight, here are some great quotes about them. Hope you enjoy them — they helped me take a […]

Plan ahead for 15 Smoky Mountain Christmas Events

Santa visits my niece, Jessalyn, on the Polar Express.

Right now, it’s all about pumpkins and ghosts. But, before we know it, it’ll be turkeys and pilgrims. And then, right on the tails of those pilgrims, come the elves and Christmas trees. Yes, indeed, friends, Christmas is just around the corner. I couldn’t be more thrilled. In fact, I’ve been begging my husband to […]

Visit Wears Valley for Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest in Wears Valley will be held on Oct. 19-21.

Well, yes. I did just write about an Oktoberfest. The one at Ober Gatlinburg that lasts all month. But this is a different Oktoberfest. Just so we’re clear on that. And as I’ve said before, one thing the Smoky Mountain area does well is festivals. This Oktoberfest takes place in Wears Valley on Oct. 19-21. […]

5 Smoky-Mountain-Area Pumpkin Patches


Oh yes, I sure do love a good pumpkin patch! I love drinking apple cider. I love climbing on hay bales. I love bumpy hayrides and scarecrows and picking the perfect pumpkin out of a patch. Here are five pumpkin patches to visit on your Smoky Mountain vacation. What better way to celebrate fall? 1. […]