Theresa Laurence

Theresa is a Nashville native (seriously!) and a semi-pioneer of East Nashville, circa 2003 (post-tornado, but pre-It City). She studied journalism at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, then spent a brief stint in Washington, D.C. before returning to Nashville and getting married to her college sweetheart, Peter. Theresa is a writer and photographer for the Tennessee Register newspaper and a freelance contributor to the East Nashvillian magazine. She loves to read the good, old-fashioned printed word—novels, newspapers, maps, menus, cereal boxes, and whatever else she can lay hands on. Theresa lives with her husband and three children (Rosalie, 7; Elliott, 4.5; and Miriam, born 3/31/15), and their 10-year-old Border Collie in their little cottage, where they enjoy music, reading, gardening, cooking, and eating—especially with friends. Their family also enjoys camping in Middle Tennessee and exploring all Nashville has to offer.

9 Tennessee Waterfalls, Swimming Holes, & Sandy Beaches

Fellow water-loving Middle Tennesseans, let me tell you—if you’re looking to beat the heat while surrounded by gorgeous scenery, you are in luck! Drive just an hour or two away, and you can experience...
Rolling Down Highway 43 (Lawrence County, TN)

Family Trip to Amish Country on Highway 43 (Lawrence County, TN)

Whether you’re feeling a bit harried by busy schedules and too much screen time these days or experiencing a bout of claustrophobia in the city, it’s time to unplug and unwind for a day...

Things Dads Don’t Do

You might be thinking,  what does she mean "things dads don't do"?! For the most part, dads these days are a lot more involved in their kids’ lives than the dads of yesteryear. Many...

To Drink or Not to Drink—While Pregnant

Selfish. Reckless. Alcoholic. Unfit mother. These are some of the names you can expect to be called in most corners of the internet if you admit to having a drink while pregnant. Well, get...

Surviving Home Renovations—Without Ruining Your Marriage

If you’ve decided to undertake a home renovation, you might want to budget in a session with a marriage counselor— along with that general contractor—because it's likely to be a bumpy (and stressful) ride....

No-Tech Road Trip Games :: Your Key to Surviving the Family Road Trip

Planning a road trip over the Christmas holidays? Don’t want your kids staring at a screen for the entire 8+ hour drive? Well, I am back from the trenches of spending a total of...

Tag—You’re It! The Fine Art of Tag Team Parenting

Sometimes, when I am navigating Costco alone, trying to load a 55 pound bag of dog food into my precariously overflowing shopping cart, I think, “I must be doing this wrong.” I see a...

Shop Small, Shop Local This Holiday Season, Nashville!

Fall is in the air, so that means the American public will soon be bombarded by advertisements for holiday gifts. Department stores and big box retailers will stuff your mailbox and usurp your television...

Participation Trophies: Harmless Token or Detriment to Society?

It’s one of the great parenting conundrums of our time: to proudly display your child’s participation trophy on the shelf or to scornfully toss it into the trash? The internet was recently ablaze over Pittsburgh...

No. I’m Not Pregnant. But Thanks for Asking…Jerk

If there’s one thing you never, never EVER ask a woman of childbearing age, it’s, “Are you pregnant?” Because—here’s a newsflash: Not everyone with a little bump in their belly is pregnant. Maybe they were at...