Scratch Pizza in Johnson City, TN

Don’t drive by.

Just, don’t.

I know what it looks like.  I know what you expect.  Trust me on this.  You NEED Scratch pizza[Read more…]

Tri-Cities Escape Game in Bristol, TN

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Looking for a fun activity to do as a family, double date, or birthday celebration?  Find your nearest Escape Game!  This trend is taking hold all over the country. Our local version is called the Tri-Cities Escape Game, located in Bristol, TN.  We took the kids for a fun adventure in the Twister Room!   [Read more…]

Fall Break getaway — Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

Fall Getaway - Biltmore Estate Asheville, NC

This summer when my grandmother and cousin visited, we had a little time on our hands. We spent most of it watching the entire Downton Abbey series.  Of course, that warranted a trip to the Biltmore Estate!  It was the closest thing we have to the Abbey, after all.  [Read more…]

Battle at Bristol fans – stop by Blackbird Bakery in Bristol, TN

Heading to Bristol, TN this weekend for the Battle at Bristol?  Be sure to stop by the Blackbird Bakery downtown.  You won’t be disappointed!  It’s right off State Street, but the parking isn’t easy to find so take what you can get.  When you enter, you’ll see the beautifully restored building that houses the bakery.  You’ll probably have to stand in line, but it’s totally worth the wait.  Let me indulge you for a moment.

Blackbird Bakery - key lime cheesecake!

Key lime cheesecake, my friends.

Here’s where you can get it ……  [Read more…]

WonderWorks in Pigeon Forge, TN – review and recommendations

We’re lucky to live within driving distance of Pigeon Forge, TN. In the Sevierville and Gatlinburg area, there are so many family-friendly activities to enjoy. We got word that May was Teacher Appreciation Month at WonderWorks, so we headed down there one Saturday. My kids call this “The Upside Down House.”

WonderWorks Pigeon Forge, TN - review and recommendations

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An Appalachian transplant’s list of books

Disclosure: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

If you’ve visited Appalachia, you know the way that the mountains whisper. The mist steals into your soul, and won’t let go until you return. I moved to this area in 1993 and it became my home. My babies were born here; they’re Tennessee natives now. On weekends we enjoy hiking in the hills, and playing in the creeks that abound in this beautiful countryside. The local sights of nature are incredible. For example, one spring evening I saw this triple rainbow above the mountains — it was spectacular, and my cell phone photo does not do it justice!

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Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee review

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When you travel, what’s your favorite souvenir to buy? Whenever we visit a new city, I look for a book on haunted history for that area. It’s a good way to know the places where history and local legend meet. That’s why I was so excited to find this title at our local used bookstore a few weeks ago.
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Aside from the supernatural stuff in these pages, it’s just fascinating to read the stories of the past. Each chapter is dedicated to a different landmark, such as East Tennessee State University or various hotels. I’m always intrigued by the ghost stories of old places, so it was fun to learn about these sites that are so close to home. If you’re interested in this type of book, I highly recommend Ghosts and Haunts of Tennessee.

What books are on your wish list? If you’re lucky, you might win a $10 Amazon gift code to help you get that book! The giveaway is open to INT readers ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Good luck!

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Get slow cooked baby back ribs and fried chicken at Ryan’s

There are a few things in life that brighten my hubby’s eyes. Spending a relaxing day with the family makes him smile. Other happy moments include spoiling the dog with a good belly rub….taking a drive to look at the autumn leaves….and a big plate of BBQ ribs. When I told him that Ryan’s is bringing back Slow Roasted Baby Back Ribs (through October 25), his eyes lit right up!  In fact, he wants to head there tonight for dinner (at our Ryan’s, the ribs are available after 3:30 PM).  Ryan’s is sending me meal vouchers to try the delicious dinners, and one lucky reader will also win 2 meal vouchers!  Head to the Ryan’s website to find a location near you.  You’ll be eating well!

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Public Service Announcement for Northeast Tennessee: GoCart at Food City could change your life!

Food City shoppers - this trunk could change your life!

Upon first glance, this trunk might look like a disaster.  Backpacks, band instruments, and bags strewn about don’t exactly equal a life-changing experience.  There’s more than meets the eye here, though!  The beauty of this scene is that I came home with a trunk full of groceries that

a)  I didn’t shop for, and

b)  I didn’t have to load into my car.

You read that right.   These days, I have a professional grocery shopper.  The best news is that YOU CAN, TOO, if you live in Northeast Tennessee!!  How much would you pay to get 2 hours of your life back each week?  I did, and only paid $4.99.  Great deal, right?  [Read more…]

Beat the Summer Heat at Ryan’s Jungle Family Night

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Whenever we go to Ryan’s, my kids check out the family room to see if there’s something going on. That’s because every Thursday is Family Night at Ryan’s. They’ve got a real treat for the kids this summer. Starting July 2, 2015 and continuing weekly until August 31, 2015, the restaurants will offer an assortment of fun props for Family Night. These include tiger headbands, elephant and other Jungle-inspired headpieces that will transform families into their favorite wildlife creatures. The Go Wild! Jungle Fun Dress-Up accessories will be available for use every Thursday night from 5 to 8 p.m. at participating restaurants. Dinner guests can take pictures of their jungle-dressed kids and make quality, precious memories that they can keep forever. We’re receiving a party pack to try out, and Ryan’s is giving one lucky reader the same pack!   Ryan’s®, HomeTown® Buffet, and Old Country Buffet® are inviting families to explore a new adventure on Thursday Family Nights through August 31, 2015.  [Read more…]