My kids and I exploring the Jeff Kuss USMC Memorial at Lee Victory Recreation Park

Murfreesboro Mama: 7 Ways to Explore Rutherford County

Jan 15, 2021 at 10:00 am by Laura Beth Payne

"What's there to do here?" It's a question I get asked often by friends, whether they've just moved back to Rutherford County from living out of state, or more often.... Read More

Murfreesboro Mama: 10 Mistakes I Made in 2020

Jan 02, 2021 at 11:09 am by Laura Beth Payne 1

OK, let's just go ahead and say it: Hindsight is 2020.  There. I feel better now.  As I came to January 1, I wasn't sure what to write. Sure, there's the general.... Read More

Murfreesboro Mama: 9 Smart Spots for Last-Minute Gifts

Dec 18, 2020 at 09:02 am by Laura Beth Payne

My brother and I used to have a joke around this time of year. It went something like this: One of us would say,"Hey, what do you want for Christmas?" And the other would repl.... Read More
Cannonsburg lights by City of Murfreesboro

Murfreesboro Mama: A Local Christmas Bucket List

Dec 11, 2020 at 10:30 am by Laura Beth Payne

It seems to happen every year: Just when my husband and I are pretty sure we've got the holidays on lock and our plans made, something crops up to throw us into a busier-than-.... Read More
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Murfreesboro Mama: 3 Reasons to Dine with The Curious Kitchen

Dec 04, 2020 at 08:00 am by Laura Beth Payne

What's more magical than the delicious food we find at Christmas? Chocolates! Cookies! Carbs! It's a special time, then for a place like The Curious Kitchen, a combination o.... Read More

Murfreesboro Mama: 5 Ways to Celebrate Advent

Nov 28, 2020 at 01:11 pm by Laura Beth Payne

I love Christmas. I adore Christmas. I look all year for red bows, twinkling lights, and the opportunity to bake myself into oblivion when thick jeans and lumpy sweaters cover.... Read More

Murfreesboro Mama: 6 Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving During Covid-19

Nov 20, 2020 at 01:40 pm by Laura Beth Payne

What a year 2020 has been! I won't lie and say I wasn't hoping that Covid-19 would be behind us by now (says everyone!). I remember thinking at Easter how excited I would be t.... Read More
Sinking Creek Farm

Murfreesboro Mama: Where to Take Santa Photos and Family Christmas Pics Around Town

Nov 13, 2020 at 09:49 am by Laura Beth Payne

If you're like me, you look forward to Christmas all year and then after Halloween you're thinking, "Whoa! Here already?" Christmas does come (thank goodness!), and while it'.... Read More

Murfreesboro Mama: 4 Things to See Downtown this Weekend

Nov 06, 2020 at 08:18 am by Laura Beth Payne

It's true that 2020 continues to shake up our normal, but I am so grateful that THIS community is where my family gets to spend this crazy year. From creative family events to.... Read More
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Murfreesboro Mama and her littles

Murfreesboro Mama: 6 Reasons to Visit Sugarbush Farm

Nov 03, 2020 at 09:17 am by Laura Beth Payne

Urban homesteading has been a part of my life since I was little. I guess it has something to do with reading Little House on the Prairie so often while growing up, and having.... Read More