Author Archive | Karenza

birthday parties

How to Throw the Perfect Birthday Party

My daughter Karin just celebrated her 8th birthday; her request was to have a sleepover. I am a sucker when it comes to birthdays — I have a hard time saying no. The planning and preparation begin immediately and I tend to go overboard, trying way too hard to make everything perfect. When you have […]

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Rock star moms

We are Rock Stars!

I was talking with my husband about whether he thought I was a rock star mom. I assumed I knew his answer because I don’t think of myself as a rock star, but he surprised me. He said there is a rock star in everyone, you just have to choose to see it. This made […]

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I belong to Me

I Belong to Me

I recently read a book by one of my favorite authors, Brené Brown. The first chapter resonated with me deeply. It was about wanting to belong, having the feeling of belonging, and then experiencing the pain of loss upon realizing that we don’t in fact belong. The chapter also describes adjusting whom we are in […]

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Kitchenremodel

The 5 Dos and Don’ts of a Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is normally the most expensive room in the home. It’s where most of your appliances reside and where people tend to spend a lot of time. A kitchen remodel is an investment in your home. I have lived through my own personal kitchen remodel, countless kitchen remodels working at Woodtryst, and as a […]

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Screen Free Kids

Screen Free Kids

Screen free: I know it’s unheard of with screens even at gas station to entertain us while we pump gas. Screens are everywhere! Over a year ago we significantly cut down our daughter’s screen time. We have weaned it down to practically zero. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it. She was like […]

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Give in to wanderlust

For the Chatta-Newbie

Families are moving to Chattanooga at a rapid pace because our city is beautiful, small but big, and we have the fastest internet in the world! For mamas new to town though, it’s not easy. You don’t know anyone, you don’t have a built-in support; it can be lonely and isolating. You have to choose […]

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Parenting

This Parenting Stuff is Harder than I Thought

I imagined holding hands, wearing matching sundresses and frolicking through a meadow…motherhood. What a cold splash of water to my daydreams. My daughter wears skirts over dresses, cuts her own bangs, thinks I have no style, and doesn’t frolic. My mini me decided she was her own person. How dare she? Doesn’t she know I […]

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