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

prep for spring

prep for spring

Guys, I am so excited, because this week, March happens! I don’t know about you, but I have been embracing these warmer temperatures in Nashville. I am fully ready to say goodbye to February and hello to spring.

And so, here are some easy ways to prep for a season switch:


1. Put the winter decor away.

I know, it’s technically still winter. But when it’s March, my mind thinks spring. I have already stored away all snowflake-scented candles and wintry decor. I have floral candles back out and placed fresh blooms on countertops. I finally stripped away the rest of the Christmas lights (yes, I did have some strands still out…just white lights!) Refreshing your home means refreshing your mind.

2. Switch out your closet.

I still have sweaters and coats at the forefront of my closet. But with temperatures rising, I need my warm-weather clothes! I will keep some sweaters out for cold spells, but I am ready for my springy tees and dresses to be back and prominent.

3. Do a deep clean.

Spring cleaning means literally cleaning, guys. I get a little lazier about my home in the wintertime (I blame the weather). I have been cleaning, sure, but lightly. Sometimes just vacuuming but not mopping, for instance. Now is the time to take it up a few notches. I mean clean out all those crevices you normally avoid. Clear away all the dust (this will help with allergies, too). Scrub the tub. Wipe down the refrigerator. Do what you don’t want to do, and then feel awesome that you did it. I personally prefer to take a morning and do it all at once while playing some favorite music to keep me moving, but do what works for you.

4. Declutter and donate.

Whatever you did not wear or use this past winter season, say goodbye. Don’t just store it away, once again, if you aren’t really utilizing it (whatever it may be). Declutter, let go, and breathe a sigh of relief!

5. Refresh your bedding.

I love to have separate winter and summer bedding. It feels so nice to switch out thick blankets or comforters for lighter ones.


Making these changes feels good because it signals to your brain that spring is coming, and spring just makes people happy! Enjoy switching it up, and spread that spring fever!

Love, Bee

published poem

published poem

The anthology is here, and I am so thrilled! I had a poem published in Tennessee’s Best Emerging Poets. The poem in this book is one I actually wrote a few years ago, when I moved back to Nashville, my hometown, after being away for college.

I have been writing poetry since I was very young and was an English and Creative Writing major in college. My thesis was a collection of poems. Throughout my whole life,  I find that I always return to poetry at certain periods. Sometimes I am not reading or writing poetry at all, and then something happens, some event, that inspires me to write again.

Now, I feel so grateful to see my work in print. If you have any interest in poetry, if you are a southerner yourself, or if you simply want to read something that might inspire you or make you think, I would encourage you to get a copy of this lovely little collection. Topics range from life and memories to love and heartbreak to nature and the outdoors. There is something for everyone, and I truly feel you might find something meaningful to relate to in this book.

You can find it here. Read and write on, my friends.

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


3 Easy Ways to Share a Slow Moment

3 Easy Ways to Share a Slow Moment

Omni Hotel, Nashville

Christmas is almost here, and amidst all the hustle and bustle, I would encourage you to slow down and soak in time spent with loved ones. I am highlighting 3 easy ways to share a slow moment (as we are just 3 days away from Christmas Day!):

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1. Find a cozy space, preferably one with a fireplace, to spend an afternoon or an evening with friends or family. Drink hot cider and reflect on the past year. Try to focus on what’s important at this point in the year – sharing time together – and consider it an opportunity to stop, listen, and focus. {My recommendation: The Omni Hotel, pictured above}


2. Brave the cold and go out for a festive cocktail with good company and conversation. It can be easy to hibernate during winter months, but leaving the house for a while will refresh you and keep you engaged with the world during this blur of a time. {My recommendation: Rosemary & Beauty Queen, pictured above}

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3. Bake with friends or family. This can feel like work, but the act of creating is meaningful and satisfying. Plus, cookies make great gifts! {My recommendation: gingerbread cookies}

I hope you are able to slow down a little and enjoy this time!

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