Pigeon Forge/Great Smoky Mountains Trip, Part 3: Laurel Falls, Gatlinburg, Cades Cove, etc.

The last full day of our trip was was Ari’s 14th birthday. And mostly what 14 year olds want to do for their birthdays is hike to waterfalls. So that’s what we did to start the day. I’d read that the Laurel Falls trail was a good one for kids; it’s pretty short, at around 2 1/2 miles round trip … Continue reading

One Crazy Summer and EVEN MORE Bathroom Teasing

What’s that you say? You can’t stand to go through another weekend without seeing just a little more of our in-progress-since-the-beginning-of-time master bathroom? Right. Well, this post is for you, then! I always feel a weird explaining/apologizing about projects taking (much) longer than I expected. Because, I mean, I don’t think most people are losing sleep over our master bathroom … Continue reading

Titanic Museum: Pigeon Forge/Great Smoky Mountains Trip, Part 2

When we left off, we had just had dinner in Pigeon Forge and were about to head off to the Titanic Museum, billed as “the world’s largest Titanic museum attraction,” to finish the evening. I was very curious about this place. Nearly all the blog reports I could find were from people who got comp tickets. Not that there’s anything … Continue reading

Abe’s Big Kid Room Take 2: National Parks/ Colorful Western Room

Post contains affiliate links: if you buy something from Amazon from one of my links, Boxy Colonial gets a few cents, but you don’t pay anything extra. Thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! When I posted about a potential “Adventure room” for Abe a few months ago, I said I was planning to do a series of mood boards throughout the … Continue reading

Hiking With Toddlers (and Older Kids) Plus Filtered Water EVERYWHERE!

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Brita, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #BritaOnTheGo http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV”   I’ve mentioned before that we’ve been making it a priority to take Abe on a lot of hikes and walks these days, partially to toughen him up for our big road trip … Continue reading

Mulching Tales, or Cheap Landscaping Redux

Post contains affiliate links; thanks for supporting Boxy Colonial! Two years ago I posted about how we mulched the front of our house with a truckload of free mulch that we got a tree company to dump in front of our house. Over time, here and on Pinterest, a lot of people have expressed concern about using mulch (either at … Continue reading