Baileyton RV Park & Cabins near Greeneville TN

If you’re traveling on I-81 on the Northeast Tennessee side, and you need a place to stop, consider Baileyton RV & Cabins. We had the pleasure of staying in this campground for one week in July.  It was the first time we’d stayed at a campground without seeing it firsthand, so I was a little wary.  The TripAdvisor reviews were good and they had a high rank with Good Sam. I convinced my husband to give it a try!

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Beauty and the Beast at Real to Reel Theater in Johnson City, TN

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When I tell people I’m a teacher, they often say, “Oh, you’re so lucky to have the summers off.”  YES, I am!  Teaching is mentally and physically exhausting, and the summer months really do help me to unwind.  During the summer, I become a real person again. The working mom side of me doesn’t dominate.  I get to have fun with my own children, read books I craved all year, and go without makeup for days on end.  Now that it’s the end of summer and time to get back to school, the race is on! I have to do all the things!  We’d been planning to see the new Beauty and the Beast, but didn’t get a chance until last week.  We went to the $3 movie theater in Johnson City, TN. 

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Scratch Pizza in Johnson City, TN

Don’t drive by.

Just, don’t.

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We’re saying Cheers in 2017 with an Ovation Brands giveaway

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Remember America’s most lovable bear in a coat?  He’s being featured in the new “Beary Great” Family Night promotion from the Ovation Brands® portfolio of restaurants- Ryan’s®, HomeTown® Buffet, Old Country Buffet®, Country Buffet®– and Furr’s Fresh Buffet® . The New Years promotion is centered on teddy bears and adventure. We’ve always been impressed with the interactive activities provided during Family Night.  Be sure to visit your local Ovation Brand restaurant every Thursday from 4p.m. to close, with activities taking place from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. [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…]

The Bagel Exchange is a delight! Kingsport, TN

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It’s been a while since I shared a great restaurant with you. Let me introduce you to The Bagel Exchange! This hidden gem is located in downtown Kingsport, TN.  It’s sure to become a family favorite!  [Read more…]

Fall Break getaway — Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC

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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.

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Key lime cheesecake, my friends.

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

Amelia Bedelia birthday party theme

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A few days ago, my kids asked if we could go to Ryan’s soon. It’s one of their favorite restaurants; the rolls, mashed potatoes, and dessert bar rank among the top of their wishlists! We ended up going for breakfast this morning (Sunday), and it was delicious as always. We plan to go back for our favorite – Family Night – and see the Amelia Bedelia party! That’s right, the beloved children’s book character is celebrating at Ryan’s!  Created by American author Peggy Parish in the early 1960’s, Amelia Bedelia is known for her literal takes on figurative language.  This wonderful family promotion can be found at the Ovation Brands’ portfolio of restaurants, including Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, and Country Buffet from March 17th through May 12th. One lucky winner gets to celebrate the promotion as well as with this special prize pack, which includes an Amelia Bedelia sticker pack, bonnet pack, poster, brochure, and 4 paperback books: Amelia Bedelia’s First Apple Pie, Amelia Bedelia Makes a Friend, Amelia Bedelia, Amelia Bedelia Means Business. [Read more…]

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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Have you ever read a book about local ghosts? 

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