THE DONUT FRIAR

THE DONUT FRIAR

I’ve said this before but I like to consider myself somewhat of a donut connoisseur. I’m constantly on the hunt for the new greatest donut of my life. In Gatlinburg, there is no better place than The Donut Friar. Located in The Village this shop is a  donut hole in the wall. Once you enter The Village from the parkway just go straight back. Look for the sign with a friar holding a piled high plate of perfection and get in there! Continue reading “THE DONUT FRIAR”

BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM

BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM

Happy Monday everyone! I’m enjoying my day at home since the clinic is closed in observance of MLK Day. I hope you’re all staying warm and getting your Vitamin C. Our area of Tennessee has been frigidly cold this month but that doesn’t mean your only choice is to stay inside. Not that I have anything against snuggling up under a fuzzy blanket in my favorite sweatpants. That’s what we did all weekend until we decided we should take showers and rejoin humanity. We ended up at The Birthplace of Country Music Museum in downtown Bristol and learned a lot about this city’s heritage. Continue reading “BIRTHPLACE OF COUNTRY MUSIC MUSEUM”

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE BILTMORE ESTATE

THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE BILTMORE ESTATE

While the colder months might seem like a dead period for some, I see it as an opportunity to take advantage of “touristy” places being less crowded. Even better, I look to see if they are less expensive to visit. Case and point: The Biltmore Estate. Built by George and Edith Vanderbilt during the Guilded Age in Asheville, North Carolina, this mansion holds the title of the largest privately owned home in the United States. With great title comes great ticket price, so touring the colossal Biltmore Estate is undoubtedly more affordable during the month of January. Self-guided tours (with information via headset) can be as little as $40 which saves you anywhere from $10-$45 depending on the season. Continue reading “THE BEST TIME TO VISIT THE BILTMORE ESTATE”

TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

Making resolutions is easy to do in the moment. The hard part is sticking with them long term. I think introspection is something to be applauded. I think examining what you want out of life is always a good idea. I also think that if we’re being honest with ourselves, most of us just want to be happy. Dumbledore said, “Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” Two things come to mind when I read this quote. It’s one of my favorites so I reflect on it fairly often. Happiness can be found but you have to know what your version of happiness entails. Maybe being healthier would make you happy or maybe it’s getting more organized. You know yourself best. Secondly, turning on the light is much harder for some than others. I wish you only best with the part about light. I have good days and bad days myself. I can, however, give you some tips to help you hit those resolutions hard and get you one step closer to your happy place.  Continue reading “TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS”

WEDDING PHOTOS: THE CEREMONY

WEDDING PHOTOS: THE CEREMONY

Well I have officially put all the Christmas decorations back in the basement except the tree. That one always seems to be the hardest. I got most of my presents put away and I usually take this opportunity to reorganize everything. Anyone else? Right now my biggest task is going through our wedding photos and trying to choose my favorites to print. It’s so hard! I wanted to break the wedding photo posts up instead of doing a whole week of them. I hope that’s alright with everyone. I think I’ve looked at these a hundred times by now. Here are the ones from the ceremony. Enjoy! You can click on the photos to enlarge them. Continue reading “WEDDING PHOTOS: THE CEREMONY”

A GIVEAWAY TO START THE NEW YEAR (NOW CLOSED)

A GIVEAWAY TO START THE NEW YEAR (NOW CLOSED)

I hope everyone had a wonderful celebration this weekend! We went to Ohio to be with Christopher’s family since we didn’t make it there for Christmas. On the drive up, I started noticing LOTS of snow. Once we got to West Virginia the roads were terrible. There were no salt trucks or scrapers in sight. At one point we were going 30 miles an hour on the interstate. Continue reading “A GIVEAWAY TO START THE NEW YEAR (NOW CLOSED)”