Book Review: Whiskey Surprises

Whiskey Surprises

by Jaqueline Snowe (Classic Curves #1)

Publication date: June 18th 2019 Genres: Adult, Contemporary,

Romance Description:

Five days of crazy no-strings sex. That was the deal. But when feelings sneak in, the risks are too high…

Fern Laughlin prefers two things to help deal with stress—whiskey or sex. The mysterious, handsome stranger at the hotel bar is the perfect combination and the best distraction before the night of her big event. After all, her job’s at stake—she has to raise revenue by five percent or she’s out of a career.

Rylan Cirula despises events like Silvas car shows but his late father’s wish was to get his ’67 Meridian certified in every category. Rylan follows through and is surprised to learn his amazing hookup was the vice-president of the company—and she’s not happy when he pursues her the next day.

She can’t afford any distractions during the show, but Rylan can’t get her out of his mind. She doesn’t care about his money and he doesn’t care about her aversion to relationships. Five days of crazy no-strings-attached sex. That’s the deal they strike.

But neither is prepared for feelings to find their way into the bedroom…

My Review:

Once I read what this book was going to be about. I started it right away and didn’t stop until I finished it. It only took me two days to finish. There was days of hot steamy sex, car shows, and maybe even a love story. Will Ryland and Fern just have 5 days of sex and no strings attacked? I was surprised to find out that the location of the book is right here in St. Louis where I LIVE! I knew exactly where the author was talking about on some of locations in the book. I enjoy books that you can use your imagination and picture everything that is happening. It was even better since I knew some of the locations that the author was talking about. Whiskey Surprises is a 5 star review for me. OH my did you see the cover.. nothing more screams sex. Not just sex, but HOT, Steamy sex.

Thanks for reading my review and I hope you enjoy the book too!

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73 Question Blog Tag

I was nominated for this one by Melissa with Disabled Disney and I love reading her blogs! This one is about answering 73 questions!!! Apparently this one was inspired by Vogue Magazine and asks you these questions to really get to know you! Then you nominate 12 people!!!!

73 Questions

1.What is your usual Starbucks order? Mocha with a shot of hazelnut. I will take it hot or cold! Hot in the winter, cold in the summer! YUUMMMMY! Might need to go today.

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2. What does your workstation look like?At my full time job it is organized! It includes a calendar, photos, and a 3 drawer area that is also organized with files and pens, highlighters and cards.

3. Favorite food? My favorite food is steak.

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4. Favorite Author? Oh my! This is a hard questions! I am going to go with who is my current favorite author. Her name is Marla Machado. She has two books that really enjoyed reading. The Road Back and The Road to Forever


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5. What do you think of open relationships? I would not personally have an open relationship. Those that have one, its cool, whatever floats your boat.

6. Favorite video game? Mario Kart 8 on the switch. OR I just started a new game with cruise ships where you can build your own ship. I am really liking that one too!

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7. Guilty pleasure treat? ICE CREAM!

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8. Favorite movie? 27 Dress’s

9. Favorite book? One of my favorite book is An Unexpected Turn by TJ Fox.

10. Twitter or Instagram? Instagram.

11. Desktop or laptop? Desktop at work, Laptop at home.

12. Best advice I’ve ever received? To not care what others think. FOR real! IT DOES NOT MATTER! Be you, no one else is better qualified!

13. What project are you working on right now? Building my blog.

14. Favorite color? Pink

15. Did you get good grades in school? Yes.

16. Dream job? Can I just not have a job, please. HAHA!

17. Play any sports? Currently, no. Swimming.

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18. Do you have a degree? Yup.

19. Nationality?American

20. What is your favorite kind of blog post? Travel.

21. What do you like to collect? Magnets.

22. Describe yourself in 3 words… fucking awesome, duh.

23. If you were a rapper what would your stage name be? MRS. FRO

24. Who was the last person you DM? FB- Melissa. Instagram- Randy.

25. Whats on top of your wish list right now? Paying off debt currently. Then a vacation to the smokey mountains!

26. Sorting house? what?

27. How many tattoos? 0

28. What are you most grateful for this year? Family.

29. What has been the best thing that happened to you this month? I got a raise!

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30. What is the best thing that happened to you today? Waking up and enjoying the nice weather at lunch time!

31. What’s the best thing ever? LOVE

32. Favorite season? Summer

33. Favorite Holiday? Christmas.

34. What fictional character do you relate most to? None, because I am me!

35. Do you like surprises? Sure, why not!

36. Whats the biggest surprise you’ve ever had? Justin Timberlake tickets!

37. Which surprise made you cry? Not sure.

38. What’s the best surprise you’ve given to someone else? MAYBE… a hotel for Chicago for my husbands birthday. Be sure to check out my blog on it!

39. Do you like muffins?Yes! Blueberry please.

40. Do you cook often? Nope.

41. What’s your favorite dessert? Ice cream.

42. Is there a dessert you don’t like? Don’t think so.

43. Cake or pie? Cake.

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44. What’s your least favorite food? Yams.

45. What’s your favorite condiment? Mustard.

46. It’s 4 am on a random Saturday, what are you eating? First off, why am I awake? If I am truly up it must be because I took a nap so I need a good snack. Ice cream it is!

47. If you could teach a college class what would it be called? RESPECT!

48. Best Animated Film? Little Mermaid

49. What has a guy said or done to impress you? My proposal was the BEST!

50. Best thing to do on a first date? Can’t date— husband and I went shopping and to Red Lobster on our first date.

51. Worst thing to do on a first date? sky diving. What if you are scared!

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52. Whats the funniest pick up line a guy/girl could use? No idea!

53. Best comic book character? Archie?

54. Name 3 things that can always be found in your purse? Debt card. License. phone.

55. Favorite drink? Dr. Pepper

56. If you could play a historical character in a movie who would it be? Littler Mermaid

57. Kittens or puppies? PUPPIES!

58. Favorite Sushi roll? California Roll.

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59. What lipstick do you use? gloss, please.

60. What foundation do you use? None.

61. Blow dry or air dry? Winter- blow dry. Summer- air dry.

62. Who is your fashion icon? none.

63. Favorite Disney Character? Littler Mermaid.

64. What are you doing tomorrow? Working. Then dinner out with family.

65. Movie you laughed the hardest through? Mean Girls maybe?

66. Movie that made you cry? A Walk to Remember.

67. If you could sing a duet with anybody who would you choose? Can’t Sing. BUT if I could… Reba Mcentire

68. If your life was a song what would the title be? MRS. Fro Rocks!

69. What is your favorite animal? My dog, Oreo.

70. Favorite Illustrator? No idea.

71. The person you want to have coffee with? anyone and everyone!

72. What country would you like to visit? Japan.

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73. Best way to decompress? TV show, Movie, or game.

Thank you for reading all of my 73 answers!

I plan on nominating my blogger friends from Instagram, so please feel free to add any of us to your Instagram!

My Nominees are:
1- Tamara @thegutzlife
2- Gabbie @gemusiclover
3- Jessica @midwestjesofficial
4- Jackie @jackie_of_all_trades_blog
5- Gabriela @thebig6lifemom
6- Catie @lifewithcaitie
7- Olya @notbasicblonde_

8- Jill @fab_fit_flawed_mom 9- Lea Bella @leabellablogs 10- Laura @travelingtck 11- Carly @carlybloggs

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Nicotine and Napalm Book Review and Giveaway

Nicotine and Napalm Book Review

About the book and Emily:
Emily Priest’s first compilation, Nicotine and Napalm, is a raw and unflinching exploration of love and loss. This collection of prose and poetry is one woman’s account of growing up in the modern world and her own discovery of sexuality, strength and weakness. Find out more about Emily on her website: http://emilythewriter.co.uk Or on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook: @EmilytheWriter


MY REVIEW: I read this book twice and I do recommended that do you that. You will feel and appreciate the writing more each time you read her book. It is raw and full of emotion. The book is a short quick read and easy to follow. Poetry is not for everyone, but if you like poetry then you should check this book out!OH, did you see the cover? It is BEAITUIFUL! I love the feel of the book in my hands.

This is my favorite part!


GIVEAWAY:When I get gifted a book I like to pass it along to those that might also like it. My only requirement is that you write your name or location in the book and share it once you are finished with it. It is my goal to read, review, give and see how far the book goes. To enter just comment and share! Winner will be chosen on July 2, 2019.

Thank you for taking the time and reading!

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An Unexpected Turn Book Review and Giveaway

An Unexpected Turn Book Review

What the book is about:

“When I take a good look at my reflection, I’m surprised that the face looking back at me in the mirror doesn’t look different than the one I’ve seen staring back at me for the last 27 years. I see the same brown hair and brown eyes, the same heart-shaped face, the same upturned nose. I feel like I should look different. That my face should show the upheaval and the weight of the last day, that it should somehow show how much has happened, how the course of my life has changed, but everything is still the same.”

Life is rarely ever predictable. It is rarely even kind. But… sometimes… just sometimes, those unexpected turns that throw you into the chaos and upheaval of loss lead you to the exact place you need to be.

This is a story about love, but it isn’t a romance. It is about holding on when it would be easier to let go, about fighting for those that can’t fight for themselves. It is about finding and creating family through the unpredictable, beautiful mess that is life.

My Review

I love everything about this book. It was written very well and it held my interest. I read it in a weekend! There were unexpected twist and turns. I needed to know what was going to happen next! This is a true love story that is very real and unpredictable. I personally even felt connected to characters in this novel that I needed to know what was going to happen next.

I do recommended reading this book. I think even if you are not into love stories this one will keep your interest and make you wonder what you would do in the same situation. This book can and might make you feel emotional, but isn’t that what we want!

Biography

TJ is a slightly sane artist, amateur photographer, book addict, wife and mom who has more hobbies than she can count, so it is beyond shocking that she manages to find time to do any of them, let alone most of them and still have time to do anything else. Of all the talents she claims, writing wasn’t one of them until her muse dropped the idea for a book on her head.

Giveaway

TJ gifted this book to, so I plan on gifting it to a reader! Thank you for reading and please comment and share this post to be entered!

The only thing I ask is that you share it after you read it also and update me with photo’s of who has read the book. Please sign the inside with your name and/or anything else you might want to add to it.

This will run from May 31,2019- June 30,2019.

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THANK YOU FOR READING!

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The Blogger Recognition Award

I have been nominated for The Blogger Recognition Award! It is a blogger supporting blogger’s award. This means so much to me that other blogger’s are recognizing my work and the work of other bloggers! I am so humbled and awed.

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I was nominated by Melissa with Disabled Disney make sure you check out her blogger! Thank you so much for nominating me. Blogging has become such a lifeline for me!

Disabled Disney is a family blog and vlog. They know everything about traveling while being disabled and they will tell you their tips!

My favorite quote is on there About the Blog and it says: “Life is not over just because you do things differently then able bodied people.”

How I started my Blog:

When I first started my blog it was because I was in direct sales and it was to help me with getting sales.

Now I write for practice and because I like to. I enjoy connecting with others so at times I will do guest blog series. I write book reviews, about family outings, and series.

My advice to new bloggers is:

  • Blogging is not always easy. You have to promote yourself! Stick with it even when you think you don’t want to any more.
  • Be YOU! Always, no matter what be you! You are your own person! Some people will tell you that if you are going to blog you should only have a blog for books or travel and so on, but I believe that you can write about whatever you want. I write about travel, I write series, I write about what my family is doing, I write book reviews. Basically I do what I want with my blog and I believe that you should too.

 

The Rules of the Blogger Recognition Award:

Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award.

Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.

Give a brief story of how your blog started.

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers. Nominate 10-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.

I nominate:

1. TJ Fox

2.  Jackie

3. Alexa

4.  Bri

5. Em

6. Leslie

7.  Ashli

8.  Jess

9. Anna

10. Emily

Make sure you check out all of these great bloggers by clicking on their names! Leave a comment.

The Road to Forever Book Review, Author Interview and Giveaway

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What the Book is About:

Hannah Gomez has been in love with Ian Salerno since she was sixteen. When her assertive flirtations with him at Sawyer and Karina Bank’s wedding leads to a drunken romp in the bedroom, Hannah is mortified, embarrassed, and no longer a virgin. Determined to put the biggest mistake of her life behind her before he awakens, Hannah escapes with whatever pride she has left.

Ian, Hannah’s late brother-in-law’s best friend, has sworn off relationships forever. Hannah has always been in the background-and someone he has never really noticed much-until now. But after he realizes it was her who shared a passionate rendezvous with him at the wedding, Ian finds he is unable to resist her. But there’s only one problem: he is battling more personal demons than he would like to admit. Now only time will tell if fate has made a mistake by throwing them together or if they will somehow manage to overcome their challenges and find true love.

The Road to Forever is a tale of a young couple’s journey together through obstacles and personal demons after their destinies are intertwined at a wedding.

My Review:

The Road to Forever is the second book in the series (Road Series)! I already felt like I knew most of the characters and I was even more excited to get to know more of the characters in a more in depth love story.  After reading the first book I was so excited to get the second that I read it in a weekend and then I let my mom barrow it to read. We both loved it and do recommend reading it. I was happy to read that this book takes place right after the first, so it was like reading in real life. In this book there were twist and turns that I did not see coming that kept me interested. It go steamy hot, sadness, fights, disagreements, and something that everyone loves, LOVE!

Author Interview: Marla Machado

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When did you decide to start write this book?  I didn’t so much decide to start writing a book as it picked me.  I was going through some stuff in my life at the time when I started The Road Back and for me reading has always been my escape, one night after maybe a smidge too much wine, Karina and Sawyer started talking to me.  Most people would seek help with that sort of thing, I decided to write them down.
Did you know what your book was going to be able before you started writing or what was that process like?  Not a clue.  I just started writing and scenarios just started coming to me little by little.
What do you like to read about?  I love a happy ending so I tend to choose mostly romances, but I’ll pick up a non fiction book if the topic interests me, most recently I read the book The Operator by Robert O’Neill, the Navy Seal that killed Osama Bin Laden, and when it comes out I’m going to read Howard Stern’s new book, I’m a huge fan of his and this is a book of mostly his interviews I’m really looking forward to it I love history so my first romances were historicals. I also read recently the book James Patterson wrote about Aaron Hernandez.
How did you decide on your cover?  I didn’t want your typical naked chest on the cover, I know it sells books, as one blogger told me, but I’ve always prided myself on deviating from the pack, and since my book is called The Road Back, I wanted something that would show a road, I saw this picture and just fell in love.  For the Road to Forever, there’s a scene where they’re at a lake so I wanted to portray that in the cover and I just again fell in love with this cover.
When writing did you write on paper first or the computer?  iPad actually, then my computer.  I had a blog for a little while where I would review novels and then recommend a wine to pair with that book, I put the first two very raw chapters up on that blog until a friend told me to put this to a word program and flesh it out because she really felt I had something here.
What is your writing process?  I just write.  Then I take a break and go back and flesh out what I’ve written, then write more then flesh that out … etc.
How many unpublished or half written books do you have?  I have one novella i’m writing that is going to be spin off of my Road Series but that’s it right now, I started book 3 but it’s in it’s very infancy right now.
Did you do any research before you wrote your book? No even a little.
Do you plan on writing a 3rd book and any juicy details you would like to share about it?  I do!  Book 3 is going to be about Emily, Karina’s best friend.  She’s not what you think she is and she’s got some serious baggage … 🙂
Do you plan on writing another series after this one? I do – I have an idea about a set of quadruplets that could not be more different from one another if they tried.
What is your favorite part of your book and what part did you have the most difficulty with?  My favorite is always the happy ending – life can get so serious sometimes and it’s not always fun – but in my books I can totally control the outcome.  I guess the most difficult is knowing when to let go.  I always think to my self “hmm totally could have made that way better”.
What do you like to do for fun?  Reading of course, we live in a lake town so going out on the lake is always fun, going out and having a nice dinner with my husband, hiking, watching movies and spending time with friends.
You can find this book on amazonBarnes and Nobel and Kobo ,
Marla was kind enough to give this book to me for a review, so I will be doing a giveaway! The only requirement I have once you get it is that you have to sign the book and send a photo over so I can update the photo. and keep it going!
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Please Comment, Share and I will pick a winner at the end of the month!
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The Random Generator Challenge

Thank you Gabrielle for the tag! Please go check out her questions and answers, here.

RULES OF THE CHALLENGE

1. Accept the challenge.
2. Go to https://www.tagquestions.net/get-to-know-me-tag/
3. Ask your virtual assistant (Siri, Google Assistant, Alexa) to choose a number one to 371.
4. Answer 22 questions.
5. Tag 3 people to do this challenge after you!I’m sure someone’s done something similar to this, but this particular one is my creation! If you wouldn’t mind tagging me in all of your posts so I can read them to, that would be great!

1. What is your biggest fear?
Dying. Sad, but true. I don’t want to not be alive and live everyday with my family.
2. What is your best physical feature?
My eyes!!
3. What is your favorite color?
Pink!
4. What is your favorite ice-cream flavor?

Vanilla with mini chocolate chips! Yummy!!

5. What is your favorite physical activity? 
Swimming.

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6. What was your favorite TV show when you were a child?  
Full House or Saved by the Bell!
7. Are you more likely to avoid conflict or engage it head-on?
I hate conflict! I don’t like not getting along with people and it makes me frustrated when other engage or do it for fun!
8. What is good about how you are living your life right now?
Everything is good. I am living life right now. I know who I am. I will not change for anyone. My family is my world and I am happy and looking forward to whatever the future might hold for us.
9. Who is the first person you call when something exciting happens?
My husband.
10. What is at the top of your bucket list?
Hawaii!!

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11. How difficult is it for you to forgive someone who refuses to apologize?
I don’t forgive easily. I actually HATE the saying forgive and forget because you never forget.
11. Where would you want to retire to?
On a beach!
12. What is the first thing you do when you get home?
Take off my shoes!! BYYYEEEEEE

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13. What is the first app you check when you wake up in the morning?
Weather!
14. What is the last thing you watched on TV?
Teen Mom.
15. What is the hardest part of your job?
Generally it’s not hard, but sometimes people get frustrated and angry at you for no reasons when you are only trying to help them. In those cases I have to remind myself that not everyone has the knowledge to know what they need to do. That person just doesn’t know why they need to do whatever it is they need to do.
16. What did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was in first grade I wanted to be a waitress. Then wanted to be a grade school teacher.

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17. If you had 1 year left to live, what would you do for you?
Travel the world with my family.

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18.If you inherited $100,000 right now, how would you spend it?
I would pay of my debt and then go on a vacation.
19. If you became a multi-millionaire overnight, what would you buy?
Beach house.
20. If you could go anywhere in the world on vacation where would you go?
Hawaii
21. When was the last time you got in a fist fight?
I have never gotten into a fist fight, but one time I hit someone on top of the head and scratched right below their eye because they were picking on my sister. I was in 2nd or 3rd grade. They called my sister a name and I wasn’t takin it!
22. Would you rather have a live-in massage therapist or a live-in chef?

I think I will take the chef because my husband can massage pretty good! 😉

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The Very Best of Tennessee

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If you’re looking to plan a trip to the Nashville area, I’ve got you covered with some cool stuff you can do.

Just a quick note, I won’t be talking about any of the country music stuff because that’s what most people associate Nashville with and there’s way more to it than that. Also, I’m trying to talk about locations that people from out of state or across the state may not know about, or maybe have heard but have never experienced. I will, for the most part, avoid talking about tourist destinations.

I will also be showing you around my hometown, Murfreesboro! It is about 35 minutes south of Nashville, and is growing rapidly. It has a lot of its own fun places but with a more suburban feel.

All information is current as of March 2019. All times listed are in Central Time. All photos were taken by Jackie of The Vibrant Dreamer unless otherwise stated.

Getting Here!

Nashville only has one airport, BNA. It is located between all three major interstates in Tennessee. I would recommend renting a car or taking your own car.

Both Nashville and Murfreesboro have a bus transit system, but I’d still recommend driving yourself. The public transit system is… basically, not great unless you’re just going around downtown Nashville, in which case you can utilize the free Music City Circuit.

There are several lots in downtown Nashville that you can choose from; if you’re planning on visiting several different spots in a day I’d recommend figuring out which lot is best for you based on proximity to your hotel/AirBNB. Or, it may be cheaper for you to take an Uber. It’s really going to depend on what works for you. I am the type of person who prefers to just park once and be done with it, but I am also able-bodied and don’t have children.

Murfreesboro is a more suburban area, so most of the places that aren’t in the heart of downtown will have their own lots. If you are visiting the public square, most of the parking is free for 1-2 hours only. You can park for free all day in the public library parking garage located on Sevier Street, and there is also a parking garage at the Judicial Center located at 225 N. Maple Street.

Fun Activities in Nashville & Murfreesboro

Adventure Science Center – Nashville

(Open every day from 10am-5pm, except for some events)

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The Adventure Science Center is a multi-level, interactive science and technology museum. They feature various science/technology exhibits and also several activities for all ages. Some events are adult-only but most of them are for all age groups.

They also feature a planetarium with a variety of its own events and showings. The planetarium has a separate event list that can be viewed here. Also, on Monday mornings before they officially open, they have an Early Explorers event geared towards children 6 and under! For more information and the event schedule, click here.

You can plan on spending a long time there, as there’s a lot to do and see! It’s possible to spend several hours there and still not see everything, so this is definitely not something you’d want to rush. They do have a Subway restaurant inside, and you are permitted to leave the center and come back, as long as you keep your ticket receipt for re-entry.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere – Nashville

(Open 9am-6pm: March 8, 2019 – October 10, 2019

Open 9am-4pm: October 11, 2019 – March 2020)

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I know zoos are not everyone’s cup of tea, but if you and your family enjoy them the Nashville one is a good experience.

The food at the zoo is tasty, but it’s expensive. If you are on a budget, I recommend bringing your own food– there are plenty of tables/benches to sit at to eat. Save your money for something from the gift shop if you are looking to spend money at the zoo.

A must-see exhibit is the Kangaroo Kickabout! It’s a quite popular exhibit, but absolutely worth it. You can go through the exhibit on a path where the kangaroos are just out, so you get to be closer to them than you normally would (but you still have to stay on the path). There are usually crowds, and last time I went there was a line… but it’s worth the wait.

They recently added a cool thing called the Veterinary Center… that I haven’t even been to yet, that’s how new it is! You can see how the animals are taken care of at the zoo, and learn about animal conservation and care as well.

It usually takes around 2-3 hours to see everything, but possibly longer with children.

Mewsic Kitty Cafe – Nashville

(Open Thursday-Sunday from 11am-6pm)

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Nashville’s first cat cafe!!! If you aren’t familiar with cat cafes, basically they are a place where you can get some coffee/tea/pastries and play with some cute cats who are available for adoption. You can get some much-needed cat therapy!

They will only accept walk-ins if there is space, so if you need a specific time slot a reservation is your best bet. You can book online up to three months in advance. The cafe does recommend that you arrive approximately ten minutes before your appointment.

Cheekwood Estate & Gardens – Nashville

(open Tuesday-Sunday from 9am-5pm; hours may vary by event and season)

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A gorgeous 1930s estate that now serves Nashville as a botanical garden and art museum.

They feature 55 acres of gardens for your viewing pleasure. Cheekwood also hosts several events throughout the year; their calendar is here in case you want to see if any of them coincide with your visit!

Honestly my favorite thing to do here is just… walk around and be in nature. This might be a good chance for you and your family / significant other to just unplug from technology and be outside.

Go USA Fun Park – Murfreesboro

(Open Sunday-Thursday 10am-10pm; Friday 10am-1am; Saturday 9am-1am)

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There’s something here for everyone– Go karts, mini golf, driving range, batting cages, and a pretty big arcade. You can easily spend hourshere, and if you have kids they probably won’t want to leave… that’s how I was when I was a kid, anyway.

Insider Tip: Take the entrance from Robert Rose Drive to avoid a traffic nightmare!

Stones River Battlefield – Murfreesboro

(open 8am-5pm)

One of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War occurred here in 1862. Today, it showcases several walking trails, guided tours (May-October) and a visitor’s center. They do also offer self-guided audio tours year round. Across the street from the visitor’s center is the Stones River National Cemetery, where over 6,000 soldiers rest.

You can also visit the remnants of Fortress Rosecrans, which was the largest fortification built during the Civil War. There are walking trails there that are also connected to Murfreesboro’s public walkway system, called the Greenway. The Battlefield itself also has some trails you can walk.

Cannonsburgh Village – Murfreesboro

(official hours vary by season; typically 9am-4pm Tuesday-Saturday)

Cannonsburgh is a historic village that represents what life was like in Tennessee in the 19th and early 20th Century. You can go on a self-guided tour for free and purchase souvenirs for your trip (such as post cards and t-shirts) in the on-site gift shop.

The official season is May-November; you can still visit the grounds in the off season but some of the buildings aren’t open. The grounds are occasionally rented out for private events, so if you’re concerned about that you may want to call ahead to be sure it’s available.

The Best Shopping & Entertainment Destinations in Nashville & Murfreesboro

Printer’s Alley – Nashville

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Historic Printer’s Alley is one of Nashville’s smaller entertainment districts with a more relaxed nightlife/bar vibe. The nightlife isn’t as “bustling” as the more touristy areas; it’s more of an area where the city is trying to preserve history, but you still get a slice of the old-school Nashville culture.

If you prefer a more energetic vibe, head a few blocks over to Broadway!

12South – Nashville

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Home to some trendy places and some iconic Nashville Murals. This is probably one of my favorite parts of Nashville. Plenty of great places to grab a meal (honestly… there’s enough options here for all three meals!), amazing coffee, cookies, and take pictures. It’s also the home of Reese Witherspoon’s clothing boutique, Draper James.

The Gulch – Nashville

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Super trendy neighborhood with a more urban feel. Home of the infamous “What Lifts You” mural… which, by the way, people wait in line to take pictures with! There is A LOT to see and do in The Gulch; from breweries to shopping… there’s something for everyone!

McKay Media – Nashville West

(Open Monday-Thursday 9am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 9am-10pm; Sunday 11am-7pm)

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You can literally spend HOURS in here. They sell all kinds of used media and entertainment ranging from books to comics to video games to CDs to instruments to games to… basically anything of that nature you can think of. It’s two levels and there is SO much to see. If you’re a lover of books and entertainment, you should absolutely check it out.

Public Square – Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro’s public square and the surrounding streets have quite a few fun little shops, boutiques, bakeries, and restaurants. You could probably spend a couple hours looking around here. If you like theatre, check out what’s showing at the Centre for the Arts; they also have a gallery featuring local artists that changes each month.

Quinn’s Mercantile – Murfreesboro

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The best place to shop for unique gifts to take home to your friends and family, so they can have a slice of your trip as well! It’s near the public square, but slightly away from it so if you don’t know it’s there you might miss it! Don’t forget to pick something up for yourself, too.

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Jackie is a mental health and lifestyle blogger who wants to inspire others and help break the stigma around mental health. She currently lives in Murfreesboro, TN with her boyfriend and two cats.

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Jackie Tennessee sounds like an amazing place to visit! I like that you put so much in here that does not have much to do with country! While I do like country you are right everyone knows that there is country there. I totally want to go to the Kangaroo kickabout and cat café!

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The Very Best of Florida

Why I Became an Instant Floridian

(after relocating from the Midwest)

Oooo, another exciting assignment from Jessica. This time, I get to share about the state I currently reside in- Florida.  

I’m not from here.  I grew up in the New England state of Connecticut. And then, after college, I lived in the Midwestern state of Ohio for some time.  Ohio, also known as the Buckeye State, is where a lot of my extended family live. It’s where I still have a lot of friends, where I met and married my husband, and where my son was born.

But Florida is where I am now, and hopefully where I will stay. I love it here.

Having been here for four years, or most of my son’s elementary school career, I pretty much consider myself a local now.  So, why do I love this state so much?

Vacation Destination

Let’s face it- I live where pretty much everyone else wants to go for vacation.

Florida is the number one vacation destination in the world, and Families flock here from all over the globe.  This is in part thanks to Universal and Walt Disney World. But we are also the home to the Kennedy Space Center, Lego Land, South Beach, Busch Gardens, and Key West.

Oh, and did you by chance hear about our beaches? Clearwater Beach is continuously rated as one of the top ten in the World, and that’s just one of them. There’s also St Pete Beach, Longboat Key, Siesta Key, Amelia Island, Panama City, and because it’s more than just a hot spot for nightlife, South Beach.

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Tampa has Bayshore Boulevard. It’s the longest connected sidewalk in the world (4 & 1/2 miles) and has its own Wikepedia page.

Sporting Events

With no less than three major tv markets (Miami, Tampa and Orlando), and one decent midsize one (Jacksonville), we have no shortage of professional sports here.  

In Tampa alone, we have the Lightning (NHL), the Buccaneers (NFL), and the Rays (MLB). An hour’s drive to Orlando, and you’ve got the Magic (NBA). We’re also home to spring training to many other major league baseball teams (Yankees, Pirates, Phillies, Blue Jays), and several minor league teams.

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Tampa is also host to two College Football Bowl games a year (Gasparilla and Outback), and frequently hosts the College Football Championship game. We’re also getting ready to host the Super Bowl again in 2021.

Is Auto racing your thing? Tampa hosts the St. Petersburg Grand Prix every year, and we are only a few hours away from the Daytona 500 and Sebring.

Regular Family Life

I’m a working Mom, so my life involves a lot more than beaches and sporting events. Actually, one of the main reasons we moved down here to Florida was because of a job opportunity. Tampa, Orlando, and Miami are all bustling metros, with lots of different industries.  Finance, Construction, Medical, Education are just some of the areas you can find lots of open positions in, on top of all the work available in hospitality.

Florida is also a good place to raise a family. One of the reasons I specifically like Tampa is that it feels a lot like the Midwest to me (not weather-wise of course). It probably has a little to do with the fact that there’s a lot of transplants from the Midwest here, but it’s just a friendly place to live.

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And we have a lot of the family-oriented things that you would want in your city, such as Scouts, a vibrant YMCA, great parent-teacher organizations, and lots of parks.

The Downsides

If you ever want to move to Florida, there are some things you should probably know. First, it’s hot and humid during the extra-long summer, and the Mosquitos are relentless year-round.   

Traffic is insane no matter which one of our major cities that you live close to.  There are never any shortcuts, and everything is a toll road. If you’re lucky enough to live near water, like we are, your rush hour commute may have the extra bonus of needing to cross the only bridge that can get you and everyone else to where you’re going.  

There are no income taxes in Florida, yay!  So, they make up for it in everything else, Nooo!

License plate renewal fees, sales taxes, property taxes, they get you everywhere. Which is probably part of the reason why the cost of living is a little higher here than in the Midwest.   

Oh, and we also have hurricanes and alligators.  And did I mention the &%#@ mosquitos.

I love it here

Yes, we have bugs, but here are some things we don’t have- snow, ice, sleet, slush, polar vortexes, short summers, freezing winters.

We have jobs, sports, beaches, amusement parks.

And we have water.  As I get stuck on the bridge in rush hour traffic, I stare off into the big, beautiful Tampa Bay waters, and all of my troubles just seem to float away.

I realize how lucky I am to live here. I may be from New England, and maybe turned into a little bit of a midwestern girl during my time in Ohio. But I’m in Florida now, and I love it here.

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Candace is a working Mom. She’s learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work. Sometimes the hard way. Both she and her husband work full time, while raising a relatively normal, if not rambunctious young boy.  It’s tough being a working Mom, but she gets it done

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Thank you so much for telling us about Florida! I hope to someday live there as well!

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The Very Best Of The US

Hello everyone! Starting tomorrow night we start my guest post series of “The Very Best of the US.” Each day I will have a guest blogger posting about a different state. You will learn what they feel like is the best of their state and what they would recommend you to do in their state. Each post will go live every day at 7pm CST.

All of my guest bloggers and myself are looking forward to this series and we hope that you will want to visit the states soon! Please share with us which state you are looking foward to hearing about?

I do still have some states that I do not have bloggers for and would greatly appreciate a re-blog, tweet, share anything you can do to help me find someone to blog from the states that I do not have someone for.

STILL NEED LIST:

Alaska

Delaware

Illinois

Kansas

Louisiana

Montana

Nebraska

Nevada

New Mexico

South Carolina

South Dakota

Wisconsin

Wyoming

Thank you for reading and leave a comment below with which state you are looking forward to hearing about!

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