Do Just 4 Things

As restaurants, retail establishments and other businesses continue to flood the area, parking is at a premium. It's hard to find a spot these days, and many places are turning to valet services. Here are some suggested tips to make your valet experience easy and amiable:

How to Set Your Kids Up for Success

 Rebecca Frizzell  + Co-owner of Primrose School of Cool Springs   + Mom 

What Are You Working On?

There it is again. That empty spot on the wall that you pass every day. Remaining empty because deciding on a piece of wall art that is tasteful and meaningful can be daunting work. Many locals with this same problem are finding a solution with Angela Powers Fine Art. Angela Powers is a Nashville native who has been painting for as long as…

Are You Ready to Retire Comfortably?

1. Social Security Benefits Social Security income is widely considered to be the foundation to one’s retirement income. Statistics show that on average, SS benefits account for 40 percent of income in retirement to the average earner. The timing of when to turn on lifetime benefits is more complex than most people realize. There are currently 81 age combinations and more than…

Get Your ‘Green’ Drink On

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations are synonymous with a tepid lager dyed a shockingly bright color green that takes forever to get at an overcrowded bar. If you pass on the beer, your options are most likely wickedly sweet mixed drinks or an overly minted cocktail option with liquor probably left over from Christmas. If you are throwing your own soiree…


Holiday travel can often be stressful, but it should be fun too. Planning and proper car care can take much of the stress out of a holiday road trip, leaving you free to enjoy the ride.

Music Fans Make Their Franklin Pilgrimage

The Pilgrimage Music and Cultural Festival took over The Park at Harlinsdale near downtown Franklin, September 23-24. Once again, the two-day, family-friendly festival was sold out, thanks to a stellar lineup that featured headliners Justin Timberlake and Eddie Vedder - and more food trucks and arts & crafts vendors than you could count.

Demystifying the College Application Process

A new school year is well underway and for students who plan on going to college, now is the time to set those plans in motion. Jamie Kennedy, managing director of Bluebell Academic Consulting, has a unique role in helping students, and their families, do just that.

Ladies Only

Cassie Kelley wears many hats: wife, mom, entrepreneur, and creative soul. It’s that creative hat that has played a role and continues to inspire her throughout her life and career choices. She says, ”Growing up here, my mother was a stylist in the music business, so I definitely grew up around the whole creative community. To see that grow and…

A Back To School Nightmare

Every year about a week before we have to report back to school I have the same back-to-school dream. Scratch that, nightmare! The start of school is filled with all kinds of emotions for a teacher. I am so excited about the start of a new year, but I am always nervous about the first day. I’m so excited to…

Craft & Cocktail

Add a half cup of cucumber slices and 2 tablespoons of basil ribbons to 1 cup of gin.
Refrigerate overnight. 
Strain the gin and reserve 4 ounces. 
Divide ice between two tall glasses. 
Add gin and divide the grapefruit juice 
between glasses. 
Top with ginger beer and garnish with grapefruit wedges, cucumber slices and thinly sliced basil ribbons. 
Enjoy. Cheers!

Happy Fathers Day! 
Now, go do your chores.

Fathers Day at my house begins around 6 a.m. with a gentle nudge and heartfelt greeting from my adoring son, Sam: “Ed?” (That's right; we’re on a first-name basis.) “Can I have the iPad?”

Spring Fever with Cool Concepts for Organizing your Home!

There’s nothing like a fresh new start and, at this time of year, a good spring-cleaning is all it takes to get your house in order. It’s also a perfect time to discard those winter items that are old or that you didn’t use this season. A local charity would be happy to accept them.

Health, Wellness & Beauty Guide

Middle Tennessee is the source of many products and services that can help you look and feel your best, every day. Franklin resident Jamie Atlas has found a few that you might want to try.

Locally Brewed Lovin’

She was a Franklin native working at The Perch, and he was a Vanderbilt engineering student looking for a quiet spot to do his homework. She was the bubbly “coffee girl” with a contagious smile, and he was contemplative and methodical.