Tips for a Digital Detox

Did you know that this week is Screen Free Week? (It was formerly known as “TV Turn Off Week” during simpler times.) If the articles being shared on my Facebook feed are any indication, parents today have a complex and confusing relationship with the technology in our life. But regardless of how much, what kind, or […]

{One Mom’s Opinion} When is your family complete?

Some decisions in life are clear and straightforward. They usually come with a choice between A and B and can be made without a whole lot of effort. However, when it comes to major life decisions about things like health, family, money, and work, those conversations become intensely complicated. And sometimes the decision just never […]

Alternative Learning Philosophies

I think I’m figuring out I’m an alternative kind of person. I never really knew this until I had children. I didn’t know I was an attachment parent (with “alternative parenting choices”) until my daughter was almost a year old, and even as an educator I never realized how far from the norm my educational […]

Gluten Free Living in Smyrna

When most people find out that I’m gluten intolerant, their response is, “Wow…what can you eat? Isn’t gluten in, like, everything?” Yes and no. Meat, vegetables, fruit, most dairy, and other grains like quinoa (a big favorite in our household!), rice and corn are naturally gluten free. Your body doesn’t need much else. But when […]

Moms for School Choice

In the few short months that Smyrna Parent has been around, I’ve been able to meet several local moms who are doing some pretty great things for our community. One of the first women that I met was Kimberly Cochran who co-founded the Moms for School Choice non-profit to encourage freedom of choice and more […]

Organizing Your Finances

    Last week we talked about organizing your toy area. But after the holidays, your financial situation is probably in need of a little organizing as well. I was talking with my brother-in-law, an Edward Jones financial advisor, about this blog topic, and while he cannot give blanket advice via a blog like this, […]

Decluttering the Toy Room

  One day I imagine that I’ll be rocking on my front porch, sipping a beverage while contemplating whether our current home is too large for empty nesters. But that day is not here yet. For now, we are living in our townhome – the one that we were supposed to have upgraded from four […]

Mom Confessions

  My friend, Jenn, read a pretty awesome blog post, The Mom Confession, and was inspired to post her own mom confessions daily. That (hilarious) bit of honesty and vulnerability struck a chord and my Facebook timeline has been full of mom confessions since then. I laughed, I cried, I realized I needed to share […]

{Smyrna Voices} The Road to Adoption

It is easy to say that I am thankful for so many blessings this holiday season – the blessings I try to thank God for every day. I am thankful that I am married to my very best friend who I am more over the moon for today than any other day of my life. […]

Truth in Advertising: Facebook Edition

My friend shared an article today, We Need to Quit Telling Lies on Facebook. I smiled and nodded my way through it, and then I remembered the photo I took a little bit before which was just awaiting the perfect filter so it could be slapped up on Facebook. Look! A frolicking fall day with […]