4 ways to celebrate the coming of spring in nashville

4 ways to celebrate the coming of spring in nashville

Happy March! I am super excited because this month brings spring, and I love spring. With spring comes fresh blooms, sunshine, longer days, and my birthday! Plus, I am a teacher so we are nearing the end of the school year, in which the kids have come so far, and we can celebrate their accomplishments. All runs pretty smoothly this time of year, and the general mood of the world feels joyful.

I am sharing 4 ways to celebrate the coming of spring this month in Nashville. These are things that I do every year, and I want to share them with you! If you live here or if you’re planning a spring trip, I recommend these activities and events:

Cheekwood in Bloom

The most beautiful time to visit Cheekwood, in my opinion, is spring. I love viewing their over 150,000 blooms and soaking in all the bright colors and scents. Plus, they host themed weekends like the Spring Art Hop on March 31, a perfect outing for families. And every Saturday during Cheekwood in Bloom, which runs from March 17 – April 15 this year, the Beer Garden hosts food trucks, live music, seasonal beers, and craft cocktails.

Bunnies at Phillips Toy Mart

Every year, a few weeks before Easter and through the holiday, Phillips Toy Mart brings in a group of floppy-eared bunnies to hop around an adorable (and elaborately designed) pen in the store. When I was young – and for generations before me – rabbits were brought into the old department store McClure’s every spring, and it was such a treat! I love that Phillips has continued this longstanding Nashville tradition, and I continue to go see the bunnies even as an adult.

Afternoon Tea at the Cafe at Thistle Farms

Afternoon tea is served daily at the Cafe at Thistle Farms daily from 1 – 3 pm by reservation, and I think it makes the perfect spring outing. Spend an afternoon sipping seasonal hot or iced tea and munching on savories and sweets. Plus, Thistle Farms empowers and employs women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

Nashville Predators Games

Y’all know I love the Preds, and really any time of the year is fun to go to Predators hockey games, but now is especially important as we are nearing the playoffs! There are amazing games throughout the month, so check them out and go!

Have a lovely March, everyone!

Love, Bee

6 Valentine’s Outings in Nashville

6 Valentine’s Outings in Nashville

We are a little less than 3 weeks away from Valentine’s Day, and restaurants in Nashville have booked up fast for February 14. If you are looking for something fun and different to do with your valentine or your galentines, I have compiled a list of 5 different outings:

1. Take a Salud! Cooking School class at Whole Foods

The cooking school at Whole Foods in Green Hills offers tons of fun hands-on classes, demonstrations, and tastings. Choose from having a Wine and Chocolate night with your girlfriends (Feb. 8 & 9), a Valentine dinner for couples (Feb. 14), a Wine 101 – Italy class (Feb. 23) and much more! Sign up online.

2. Create a floral arrangement at Salt & Vine

Salt & Vine and Alice’s Table offer a wine-cocktail demonstration and a workshop for you to craft a floral arrangement (Feb. 13). Get your ticket here.

3. Nashville Lifestyles’ Single in the City

Gather your galentines for Single in the City at ACME Feed & Seed on Feb. 28! Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, live music, and the eligible bachelors and bachelorettes featured in the February issue of Nashville Lifestyles. Buy your ticket here.

4. Music City Masquerade

Get fancy and formal at the First Annual Music City Masquerade hosted at Ed Nash Studio. Spot celebrities, dance, and enjoy the silent auction benefiting Caring Hearts Ministry. Tickets and info here.

5. Diana Krall at the Nashville Symphony

Feeling romantic? Get dressed up and take your valentine to the symphony! Shows on Feb. 13 & 14. Get tickets here.

6. Go to a Predators game

Not into Valentine’s Day? Just head to a hockey game! There are great home games on Feb. 13, 15, & 17. Take your pick here.

Are you celebrating with your valentine/galentines? Let me know in the comments!

Love, Bee


Best Local Gifts for Everyone on Your List

Best Local Gifts for Everyone on Your List

If you’ve been procrastinating Christmas shopping (as I do every year…) look no further. Last week, I shared 10 Spots to Shop Local this Holiday Season. Today, I’ve gathered some of the best go-to Nashville gifts that you can easily order online. Voila: Your shopping made simple while still benefiting local businesses! Make sure to order ASAP so these arrive by Christmas!


For the Southerner:

1. Nashville Unisex T-Shirt from the Simple South

2. Southern Charm is the Sweetest Tea Unisex T-Shirt from the Simple South

3. Southern Living: A Southern Gentleman’s Kitchen from Batch


For the Jewelry Lover:

1. Trust Dahlia Crystal Bullet Necklace from Castilleja

2. Herkimer Diamond Nugget Earrings from Judith Bright

3. Modern Hoop from Portmanteau


For the Beauty Lover:

1. Hand Care Duo from Thistle Farms

2. Spa Day Gift Batch from Batch

3. Activated Charcoal Detox Scrub from Little Seed Farm


For the Hostess:

1. Welcome Home Nashville Gift Batch from Batch

2. Sunday Morning Pancake Mix


For the Dapper Man:

1. Handmade Bow Tie from Otis James

2. Dogwood Dots Bandana in Fern from Otis James

3. Stratton Wallet in Buck Brown from Lockeland Leatherworks


For the Rugged Man:

1. Watch Cap Beanie from Oil and Lumber

2. Patagonia – M’s Reversible Bivy Down Vest from Cumberland Transit


Hope this helps! Happy (online) shopping!

Love, Bee


5 Ways to Find Your Holiday Spirit

5 Ways to Find Your Holiday Spirit

I love the holiday season, but as an adult with a full-time job and responsibilities, I feel unable to naturally unleash my Christmas cheer like I did as a child. I have to try harder to be aware of and fully experience this time of year.

In order words, I have to be intentional about feeling festive, which is unlike Christmastime during childhood. This is probably due to the stress and busyness that can come at this time of year. And so, I think now is one of the best times to practice being present in activities that can bring joy.

Children are experts at being in the moment and exuding merriment. Here are 5 suggestions I have to seize and embrace the holiday spirit with the gusto of a child:

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Decorate like Buddy the Elf

It is impossible not to feel a touch of glee when you come home and plug in strands of string lights. If you’re feeling particularly grinchy this year, don’t be afraid to go over the top. I live in a studio apartment and have 7 strands of lights lining the walls, 3 mini Christmas trees, plus lights and a tree on my balcony. When I come home from work, I don’t need any lights on except my Christmas lights. The vibes are warm and cozy. Next step: paper snowflakes.

Watch Your Favorite Holiday Flick

If you haven’t watched any holiday movies yet, it’s time. Turn one on, and turn your phone off. Dedicate your night to the viewing and focus on the film. Suggestions: Elf, Christmas Vacation, Holiday Inn, Meet Me in St. Louis, White Christmas, Love Actually, Christmas in Connecticut, Charlie Brown Christmas. I would say It’s a Wonderful Life, but I save that one for Christmas Eve. Preferably watch your choice with a cup of hot cocoa or cider in hand.

Indulge in a Christmas Activity

If you’re in Nashville, go to Cheekwood Holiday Lights where you can stay warm with a festive cocktail and stroll through their gorgeous display. Or perhaps their Holiday Afternoon Tea suits you, in which you can sip wintertime teas and munch on tasty treats provided by Crumb de la Crumb Bakery.

Go to a Festive Show

My three top picks are the It’s a Wonderful Life viewings at the BelcourtHome Alone in concert at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, and Nashville’s Nutcracker at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Get your tickets for these shows now because they are all likely to sell out! Each one is sure to get you in the Christmas mood.

Take a Drive

When I was little, my dad used to drive me around to look at Christmas lights. These days, I forget to do this – I never just “go for a drive,” but am always driving from point A to point B. Go out one night with the simple goal of viewing holiday decorations. It’s an experience that’s sure to stir up some childhood memories and Christmas nostalgia.


How’s your holiday spirit? Hopefully these tips get you feeling a little more like post-Clarence George Bailey. And if you didn’t catch that reference, go watch It’s a Wonderful Life right now.

Love, Bee


10 Spots to Shop Local This Holiday Season

10 Spots to Shop Local This Holiday Season

The Beveled Edge

It can be so easy to do all your Christmas shopping online, but it’s so much more meaningful to shop local. You’re supporting small businesses. You get help picking out items. And you find more original, meaningful gifts that not everyone will have! I have a hard time getting motivated to go out and shop during the Christmas season, but I never regret the experience when I go local.

Here are my top picks for your Nashville holiday shopping outings:


For Decor & Hostess Gifts

The Beveled Edge – Located on White Bridge Rd., this shop has some of my favorite holiday decor (like gold trees) as well as cute candles, dishes, napkins, mugs and more. Note: They also offer custom frames if you’re gifting a piece of art or photograph.

Thrive – Find artisan & handmade items – from essential oils to beeswax candles – at this store on Fatherland in East Nashville. Also find handmade jewelry, bags, and much more. This is the place to shop for your friend with good taste.

For Apparel, Jewelry, & Eclectic Gifts

Pangaea – Perfect for your friend with bohemian taste, there are so many gems in Pangaea. Located in Hillsboro Village, this store has some of my favorite earrings, pillows, candles, dresses, books, and more.

Fabu – Find essentially everything in this store on Charlotte. With 10 different rooms, you could shop for nearly everyone on your list here. Find great clothing brands and jewelry, home decor, baby gifts, man-cave items – you name it.

Castilleja – I love this shop in Edgehill Village. Castilleja has curated an appealing collection of clothing, accessories, baby, home, and kitchen items. They have pretty candles, pillows, mugs, and more.

For Lovers of Print

Parnassus – Our local independent bookstore in Hillsboro Plaza Shopping Center is the best place to buy a book for anyone on your list. Their collection is beautifully laid out and navigable, and their staff is knowledgable. As an elementary school teacher, I especially love their thoughtful children’s collection!

Her Bookshop – This local bookstore recently opened in East Nashville. I haven’t gotten a chance to check it out yet, but I’ve heard it’s a cozy, welcoming space with a one-of-a-kind selection. I can’t wait to visit!

For Beauty, Body, & Mind

The Lotus Room – Give someone who needs a little relaxation a gift card to the Lotus Room on 18th Ave. S. They offer a variety of massages, body therapies, sleep therapy, and much more.

Thistle Farms – Not only does Thistle Farms make my favorite lotion of all time, but they carry many great bath + body products, apparel, and more. I love all their natural home and body products, and each is handmade by women survivors of trafficking, prostitution, and addiction.

For the Arts

What better gift for the one who loves the arts than tickets to a show? I recommend checking out performances at the Nashville Symphony, TPAC, the Nashville Ballet, or the Nashville Repertory Theatre.


Happy shopping/supporting your local businesses!

Love, Bee

Nashville Local: Thread Co.

Nashville Local: Thread Co.

Yesterday, I popped by Thread Co. with a few friends for their Holiday Sip & Shop. Nestled on the second floor between The Dress Theory and Tempered Cafe & Chocolate in Germantown, it is a bright, cozy space filled with comfortable, high-quality basics. I fell in love as soon as I laid my eyes on their collection and felt how soft and well-made each piece is.

I felt instantly as though their clothing was made for me. I love versatile basics, and just by looking at them, I could tell their clothes would fit like a glove on anyone. I grabbed two items (a warm pink dress and peplum top) within the first minute of walking in and knew I would buy them. I tried them on simply for fun, and was right. They fit amazingly well and were incredibly comfortable to wear.

I felt we had stumbled into someplace truly special. We spoke with co-founders Katie and Gracie who were friendly, kind, humble, and grateful. These are obviously two very talented women. My girls and I were obsessed with everything in the store and each bought several items (it’s affordable, too!).

One of the coolest parts? They can design a custom tee for you! All you need to do is make an appointment.

If you’re a Nashville local, you simply must pop in here ASAP. If you’re not, just shop online! It’s the perfect place to shop for holiday gifts – or just to treat yourself (as we did)!

Love, Bee

Thread Co. | 1201 5th Ave. N Unit 202, Nashville, TN 37208 | info@thread-co.com