Category Archives: Nashville

Our Trip To Chicago

Happy Friday, everyone. So glad the weekend is just around the corner.

I wanted to share a few more photos from our recent trip to Chicago. Two of my three kids and I drove from Nashville to Chicago. This happened during their fall break. The drive there was a lot slower than the drive home. We made it back in seven hours. We arrived in Chicago on a Friday evening and left on Monday morning.

Our two dogs had to stay at a kennel since my daughter’s apartment doesn’t allow pets. This was their first time away from us and we were all sad ( and worried) to leave them. Luckily, they had each other and we were told they did just fine.

Although all my kids were born and raised in Los Angeles, Chicago was the first “true big city” my son had ever visited. And even though Los Angeles is the second largest city in the country, it doesn’t have that big city feel as everything is so spread out. My son loved Chicago along with the energy and hustle of a big city.

Two years ago, I moved my daughter to Chicago to attend law school. She is in her final stretch, getting ready to take the bar next August. We’re so proud of all her hard work. I know she’ll make a great lawyer.

We ate lunch at the famous Giordano’s on Rush Street. Their pie is huge and we ordered half sausage/ half veggies. I’ve never seen so much cheese in one dish. My son, the cheese lover, was in heaven.


Chicago is a beautiful city. Every time I visit, I’m amazed at how clean and attractive this city is.

His first time on a subway.

Chicago Marathon

On Sunday, our friends, Jalei and Nikolai, ran the Chicago Marathon. They did great – we’re so proud of them! Jalei’s family came all the way from California. It was so much fun seeing everyone and cheering with them. After the race, Nikolai said he was “numb from the waist down”. Ouch!

On our last day, my daughter took me to her apartment rooftop to witness this beautiful sunrise. Thank you Chicago for a wonderful visit.

Ladies’ Night Out

Renewal House provides Nashville’s first, largest and most comprehensive residential recovery program for addicted women and their children — allowing families to restore, renew, and recover their lives together. Since opening its doors in 1996, more than 650 mothers and their children have experienced new beginnings.

Women come to Renewal House with a substance-use addiction and other interlocking issues, such as co-occurring mental health disorders, homelessness, unemployment, limited formal education, a history of trauma, and entanglements with legal and child welfare systems.

On April 25th, Renewal House is having a red carpet fundraising event at The Reserve at Fat Bottom Brewing in West Nashville. Every mom needs a night out with her girls. This event is a great way to combine a special night for themselves with an organization that’s helping other moms in the community.


3rd Annual Ladies’ Night Out
Join Renewal House during our 3rd Annual Ladies’ Night Out for a much-deserved evening of pampering and fun at Fat Bottom Brewing’s new space in The Nations!

         Come walk the red carpet, enjoy live entertainment, bid on unique auction items, and             shop the latest trends from local vendors. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments,                                    including a selection of wine and beer, will be served.


Tuesday, April 25, 2017
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
The Reserve at Fat Bottom Brewing

800 44th Avenue North  |  Nashville, Tennessee  37209

                                            Chic Attire  |  Complimentary Valet Parking
*This is a 21+ Event – All attendees must show a valid photo ID at the door to enter
                               Refunds will not be issued for anyone without an ID at the door. 


                                                                 PURCHASE TICKETS

Individual Ticket – $75
Ladies’ Party 6 Pack – $390

 6 Tickets @ $65 ea.  |  Must be purchased as part of Ladies’ Party 6 Pack
Purchase Tickets Online HERE – OR – Call (615) 255-5222 ext. 120
*Tickets are non-refundable.



Rayna & Deacon Together Forever at Madame Tussauds Nashville

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I cannot believe Rayna James died. I kept waiting for a “dream sequence”, it didn’t come. I was shocked to see her death as tears kept flowing and flowing.  Sad to see such a great love story die #Deyna. The show “Nashville” won’t be same without her.

“Nashville” premiered just three months after the kids and I moved to Nashville, and I have watched it since. I liked Rayna’s strong character and what she represented. RIP Rayna.

On the bright side, Rayna James and Deacon Claybourne from CMT’s “Nashville” will be in the Nashville Madame Tussauds when it opens this spring. The couple will be immortalized forever in wax outside a replica of the famous Bluebird Café within the incoming attraction. I can’t wait to check it out.

Rayna’s figure will be wearing an outfit donated from the show that she wore in season three while performing on “Good Morning America.” Deacon’s figure will be outfitted with his favorite Martin D-28 Marquis Sunburst guitar, a re-creation of his signature guitar pick and leather strap donning his name and clothes donated from the show.

Each Madame Tussauds figure is truly a work of art, involving teams of professional artists and sculptors who spend months on extensive research to recreate world-famous icons, to achieve the kind of astonishing realism that has been at the heart of the 250-year Madame Tussauds legacy.

Additional figures hitting the stage at Madame Tussauds Nashville include Carrie Underwood, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Minnie Pearl, Johnny Cash, Keith Urban and Little Jimmy Dickens. More figures will be added to the bill within the coming weeks.

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Tune in to CMT on Thursdays at 9/8c to catch the latest episodes of “Nashville.”