So often when we think of Mother's Day we think of ordering from bigger online vendors but these vendors local to Chattanooga mean you can get your gifts quickly while supporting your community, how amazing is that!
Want a beautiful presentation that mom will love? Then choose one of these Mother's Day beauties for Mom from Divine Goods! These beautiful boxes are a Mother’s Day collaboration with Kaki Wakefield Designs and Divine Goods. Including candles, flowers, essential oils, mugs and more!
Pre Order by May 9 at www.divine-goods.com to receive for Mother's Day!
Shipping of this box is not available. Only local delivery in the Chattanooga area. Call 423-240-6046 for substitutions. Boxes range from $85-$219
Celebrate Mom with a limited edition taste of spring in our DOVE® Signature Strawberry Caramel Truffle. 9-piece box for only $18. Also, our Chocolate Library makes a great present to all of the chocolate lovers in you life! 5 gourmet bars for only $25.
Order by May 10th to receive for Mother's Day at mytcesite.com/ReneePiercy
Barn Door Boutique in Cambridge Square, Ooltewah carries women's clothing, shoes, Kendra Scott, Nora Fleming, gifts and home decor. Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/barndoorboutiquetn/ or shop online at https://barndoorboutiquetn.com/
Use code HOUSEWIVES from April 15th - May 15th for 20% OFF any item on our website!
Mother's Day gift don't have to be pricey or crazy to get like waiting on holiday gifts to arrive from Amazon, supporting your local community, shops and vendors is an amazing gift in itself and the mom in your life will get a one of a kind gift that she will love!
What mom doesn't love jewelry? Especially when it's been hand picked by her favorite people. Tracie Sutton with Premier Designs Jewelry is running a Mother's Day special of BUY ONE, GET ONE 50% OFF! Stop by her website to order gorgeous pieces for your favorite lady!
We'd love to know if you ordered something for the mom in your life from our blog or awesome local vendors! Happy Mother's Day shopping everyone!
I can't tell you what photographs mean to me. Whether printed, canvased or digital, I love photographs of my family, my children, my friends and my world. It's an amazing capture of time, I can look at a photograph from 10 years ago and still remember that moment, those feelings, those people and what they meant to me at that time, even if that has changed now.
I've tried to do an amazing job photographing our family annually or more recently for our blog(s) on a bi-monthly schedule. Since we've moved so much recently it's a wonderful way to share our time, our moments and our happiness with family and friends near and far. Plus, I get to have these amazing images to look back at over the years.
Mother's Day is no exception to this rule, every Mother wants pictures with her family, with her children. Too often Mother's are the ones behind the camera and rarely in front of it. I once took photos for a Mother who literally had no pictures other than a selfie with her daughter, the joy and tears from her after seeing those images was amazing and made me so happy inside to give her that gift.
Give your wife, your mother, your sister, your aunt, even your grandmother that amazing gift this year. I've teamed up with LeighAnne Ables Photography to provide the Mother's in the Chattanooga Area "Mommy & Me" Sessions for $50! You'll receive five (5) digital images from your session and LeighAnne is so easy to work with, it will feel so easy. LeighAnne will be offering these sessions through Mother's Day and we hope they bring joy to the eyes of the mother(s) in your life.
**Mommy & Me Sessions are for MOMS and CHILDREN or MOMS and MOMS. This rate does not apply to family, maternity, birth or other sessions other than Mommy & Me style. Locations may vary.**
Dear Pre-Kid Self:
Shut up! Wow, I’m so annoying. I had no idea when I said things like “I’ll only breast feed” or” I’ll never have a c-section” as a pre-kid mom that those would be some of the easiest decisions I’d have to make against myself. My c-sections saved my kids and so what, I couldn’t breast feed, but the kiddos are perfectly healthy formula babies. Or when I thought “No candy for my kids”, girl! You know you bribe those kiddos with sour patch kids every chance you get, cause it works, right? Right!
Moments when I find my “pre-kid” mind talking to my current mind with things like “Man, why can’t we have our pre-kid body back”? Guess what lady, you had kids, you made a decision to forever birth children from your uterus. There’s no going back to your pre-kid body, it doesn’t exist anymore (either does your gall bladder for that sake!), but still, give yourself a break. You did a miracle! You’re going to have stretch marks, you might have a bigger belly but either work it off or go get a tummy tuck. Yeah, I’m an adult, you’re an adult and we can do those things if we want.
Trust me, my pre-kid self wasn’t as cool as the post-kid(s) self. Sure, I might be a little more tired but I take solace in knowing that in about 6-8 years I can start jumping on their beds at 4 AM to wake them up for school. Or, even cooler, my girls will be old enough to do manicure/pedicures with me and actually hold a conversation. We give our pre-kid self-such this idealistic fantasy that we want to go back to it. I don’t. I remember what pre-kid was like! No husband, a job I didn’t love, I felt alone and like I didn’t have a place, and don’t get me started on dating. Seriously, yeah, maybe there were some good nights but not half as good or even as close to good as they are now. Snuggling, watching a movie with my kids and husband or having an amazing family day of travel is about as good as it will ever get in my book.
So to my pre-kid self, shut up! Seriously, you’ve got no idea what’s in store for you and it’s AMAZING!
Red Sauce is a family restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Located in Chattanooga's North Shore district, Red Sauce is a family owned and operated restaurant and offers multiple parking options for the area, plus the ambience, food and service are beyond wonderful. First, the portions are huge, there is no sparing here. The calamari comes with 6-7 large shrimp on the side, battered and cooked to the perfect consistency. The Caesar salad came with copious amounts of Parmesan cheese (who doesn't love that?), and the meatballs were the size of my fist!
What they’re aiming for is good, solid, comfortable food. At their best, dishes reveal a classic Italian respect for good, staple products. The lineup is traditional: chicken, pork, beef, veal, seafood, pasta.
You’ll likely be stuffed by the time dessert rolls around, which isn’t necessarily a bummer. If you manage to bust through the huge slices of cheesecake, you’ll be rewarded with wonderful wines and champagne. The service was attentive and the timing for the meal couldn’t have been arranged better. There were no lags, nor were we rushed. From the music to the classic dishes to the thank-you-for-dining email from the owner, I love Red Sauce and will be dining there many, many times in the future!
MEET CHANNING MULLER - DCM COMMUNICATIONS, LLC
Channing Muller is the principal and founder of DCM Communications, a marketing consulting firm based out of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She works with event professionals and business owners to grow and scale their businesses with refined marketing strategies developed through 1-1 and group coaching. She has more than a 15 years of experience in the communications industry serving in top roles within marketing, magazine & web editorial, advertising, and business development.
Prior to launching DCM she has served in a top international marketing position for Cision where she led marketing projects and initiatives for North America, including the successful redesign of 10 websites in 10 months across seven countries. She has also led and advertising campaign design and execution for more than 300 campaigns simultaneously while at Bisnow Media, and held the position of Miami Bureau Chief for BizBash, the leading media company for the live events industry. She continued on with BizBash as a Contributing Editor for seven years after moving from Miami to Washington D.C. These roles have honed her expertise in advertising, reporting, editing, marketing, social media and public relations.
A Southerner through and through, this New Orleans native lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her two rescues: Gracie Cat and Sully the Chocolate Lab. She’s an avid runner, lover of spin classes, good food, delicious drinks, and an advocate for the American Heart Association.
Describe yourself in three words?
Determined. Balanced. Fun.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
When I redesigned ten (10) websites in ten (10) months in seven (7) different languages! WHOA!
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
This is a big year for DCM. I've got a new eCommerce aspect about to launch on my website that will provide me with the passive income that allows me to take on more clients because I can truly help them, even if they can't pay my normal fees.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Spinning instructor. I got into indoor cycling almost 7 years ago and worked part-time at a studio in Washington DC before moving to Chattanooga. I 100% LOVED IT! The emotional, mental and physical benefits are just amazing. To be able to share that love and the proven benefits (while having fun!) with someone else is just awesome.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
3 big things:
1. I have desk-days on Monday and Friday. No meetings, no phone calls (unless urgent) and just days to get stuff done.
2. I exercise. Like 4-5 times a week in order to give myself a mental break.
3. Unless I'm on deadline for a project, I don't work on the weekends. It's a hard line and I'm very clear with my clients about when they can expect to hear from me.
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
In the spring/fall/summer, that answer is easy: outside! Chattanooga is the Scenic City for a reason and I love to do anything outside (when the weather is nice of course) including: white water rafting on the Ocoee (So much fun!!), runs with my dog through downtown or at Volkswagon nature park, music festivals downtown or simply floating on the river. Oh, and let' snot forget about Play. Wash. Pint. Sully (my chocolate lab) and I LOVE to go here. Play for him, and socializing for me: win win!
In the winter, I tend to stay indoors. (Southerner through and through, the cold and I do not agree.) There are so many great local restaurants and bars but a few of my favorites: Heaven and Ale, Taco Mamacita (and not only only Taco Tuesdays), The Flying Squirrel, Basecamp, Brewhaus, and Track 29.
What is your goal for retirement?
Travel, time with my (future) husband, more runs with my dog, volunteering more often and NOT worrying about money. I've traveled a lot in my life but there is still so much more I want to see. I want to be able to not only visit new places (and my family, which is spread out all over the country) but to do it right without worrying about every dollar I spend. I want the experience.
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Do it! But first, do some serious self reflection and research. There's a lot of fun that comes with owning your business and doing what you love, but there's also a lot doing all the other tasks you may not love that are required when you are the boss. Think taxes, accounting, contracts, sales, seemingly endless emails, health insurance plans, etc. If you can handle that, then do 100% do it. Even on my the hardest days I am still SO much happier running my company than if I worked for someone else.
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Okay moms. I know there are some of you out there who have minimal time for makeup. I totally feel you. Today I’m sharing a simple 5 Minute Mom Makeup Tips with you guys for those days you have all of 2 minutes to get yourself ready and want to look a little less like you just rolled out of bed.
IT ALL STARTS WITH SKINCARE
This is where most of your "glowing face" comes from. Make the investment of time and a little money to Sephora and talk to them about your skincare. I personally use a light exfoliate, anti-aging creme wash, a toner followed by eye creme, hyraluronic acid serum and moisturizing face creme. Every night and morning I wash, tone and apply my skincare, it's amazing that those little steps make my skin look better immediately!
CONCEALER IS EVERYTHING
Don't like foundation? That's great, don't need it! Get a couple different shades of concealer. One can be a peachy tone for covering the undereye darkness, something a shade or two lighter for under eye brightness and 2-3 shades darker to tap in as a cream bronzer.
EYEBROWS, EYEBROWS, EYEBROWS!
Eyebrows frame the face, especially if you wear glasses like I do. Eyebrows can fully finish and transform your face. Not sure what shape works best for you? Snag some eyebrow stencils, Anastasia Beverly Hills makes a pack and try them out. I have a set and they are awesome for days when I don't want to put effort into my brows, just trace the stencil, fill in and DONE!
MASCARA - GET ONE, AN AMAZING ONE!
Again, it's worth the investment at Sephora to find one. My personal favs? L'Oreal Telescopic or Lash Paradise or the Mr. Big by Lancome is amazing. Or pull a me and get eyelash extensions, I need to get mine done again!
GLOSS IT UP!
Keep those lips looking hydrated and plump with gloss. It can be clear or have a tint but it does make a huge difference. I currently use the LipSense Glossy Gloss or Orchid Gloss (I am a rep) or you can get a simple one like Wet n' Wild, they all kind of do the same thing, just make sure it hydrates!
That's it! It's that simple, a couple minutes and investment on your skin and you'll have the glow up you've always wanted. What are some of your staple beauty products or do you have any questions about beauty that I can answer?
There are a lot of reasons why self-care is important, but here are a few of the main ones:
Although you can practice self-care at any time, it works best if you make it part of your daily routine.
Here are a couple strategies to help you make self-care an essential part of your daily life:
We reached out to the Chattanooga community to find the FIVE BEST restaurants to celebrate Valentine's Day with your significant other. Sometimes deciding on where to eat for Valentine's Day or date night can be a little stressful (if you're anything like us, it usually takes a while to decide!) Hopefully this list will make your planning a little easier!
BANGBANG SHRIMP AND COCKTAILS AT BONEFISH GRILL (GUNBARRELL ROAD, CHATTANOOGA)
I'm a HUGE fan of the Winter White Cosmo, so this is kind of a no brainer for us. I'm also a pescatarian (meaning I only eat seafood, no other meat) so a seafood-ish venue is something that's a must on our Valentine's Day menu checklist.
STEAKS AT CANYON GRILL (LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN)
My husband is a huge steak fan so a great one can be hard to find, not at Canyon Grill. Always yummy, always beautiful. The scenery is worth the trip alone, and I've heard the lamb chops are to die for!
RUTH CHRIS STEAKHOUSE (HAMILTON PLACE)
Sometimes you want to be casual for Valentine's Day, sometimes you want to be all dolled up and taken out. Ruth Chris is the perfect place for this. We love the ambience and the aromas when you walk in, it smells like heaven! The cocktails are amazing as well.
SIDETRACK (RED BANK)
Custom signature drinks with a twist, leather tufted booths and wood fired everything on the menu makes SideTrack a wonderful addition to our list. The wedge salad has blue cheese but with a creamy undertone. The steak, salads and pizza come out of a wood fired grill and the Adult Smore is about my favorite dessert in Chattanooga so far.
CASUAL ROMANCE (MELLOW MUSHROOM, BROAD ST. & HAMILTON PLACE)
Sometimes you are both working late or maybe he planned a romantic meal that he cooked at home but it failed. This is where casual romance comes in. It's quick, it's easy and it's yummy while you laugh over the mess in the kitchen. Mellow Mushroom is great for this! Who doesn't love pizza and beer, the atmosphere is casual, fun and light, the perfect no-muss, no-fuss night with your favorite person!
Have a fantastic Valentine's Day!! Let me know in the comments what your fave go to's are!!
I am a Virginia Native, who has recently moved to the Chattanooga Area with my handsome husband and 3 gorgeous children. I am a movie lover, a motherhood advocate, an absolute introvert…but if you get the chance to know me well, I am an absolute nutcase. I am slightly OCD and love organization to the fullest extent. My planner is almost as important as my family.
I have been a self-taught Photographer and Makeup Artist for 5 years and I specialize in Lifestyle & Maternal Photography. The Blogging Industry is flooded with information, but through my site, I hope to inspire beauty, encourage easy routines, give tips and tricks that anyone can use them and share all the things I love.