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Wine Down Main Street ticket price goes up $10 at midnight next Sunday

Tickets to the Wine Down Main Street event are a hot commodity every year, not only for the good cause they support, but because of the good value they offer. The event, in its 18th

BODY BALANCE WITH V: My experience with intermittent fasting

By Vanessa Hampton If you know me, then you know that the last three years have been an extensive journey in digestion issues for me. I have cycled through many different theories, tests, trials, medications and


You never know what might hit a nerve with folks. And no I’m not talking about all the drama with the nominee to the Supreme Court. (You may yet hear from me on that, but right

RAMON PRESSON: Free bad advice for husbands

Post-It, Don’t Boast It A New York Times columnist recently asked, "Why do so many husbands feel the need to boast about completing simple household chores?" Perhaps many husbands are guilty of that but I'm proud

As fall makeup takes on darker hues, here are some natural choices

By ALEXANDRA MATZKO It's officially fall, and I am neck-deep into the school year and trying not to let it get the best of me. Obviously, it's a shock to go from the blissful calm


Last week I gave you an overview of my non-scientific analysis of podcast advertisers, including the companies that send food to your door for you to prepare, and/or provide grocery lists and meal plans for the week.

BODY BALANCE WITH V: How Do We Manage Our Stress?

The Stress Conversation-Part 2 By VANESSA HAMPTON Last time I wrote about recognizing stress in “Do You See Yourself as Stressed?” After reading it, you may have begun to see that you are under more stress

Coax the Fall Weather Out of Hiding with These Pumpkin Recipes

By ALLIE MYSZKA With the rain and high humidity -- albeit slightly lower temperatures -- many are still waiting for the crisp, clear weather that defines fall. Pumpkin Dip Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream But maybe,

RAMON PRESSON: The lost art of driving a stick

Stick-shift. Manual transmission. 5-speed. Did you know that these automotive mainstays for the past century are now disappearing from the American landscape faster than a Pontiac with an installed cassette player from Radio Shack? It’s true. In

JAROD TANKSLEY: Four home upgrades to avoid

Thanks to 24-hour cable channels that focus on home improvements, it should be no surprise that Americans reportedly spent $180 billion in upgrades on their homes in the last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

5 Reasons to Take Your Pooch to BarkPark

(All photos via BarkPark on Facebook and Instagram) By ALLIE MYSZKA Dog parks are everywhere these days: inside city parks, in apartment complexes, and even on top of high-rise buildings. But you’ve never met a dog

Moon Milk: Could it be the secret to better sleep?

Featured image via @findingmyelement on Instagram By ALLIE MYSZKA Do you ever find yourself lying awake at night, wishing you could sleep but unwilling to take a medicinal sleep aid? We’ve all been there at some

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Do you see yourself as stressed?

Do You See Yourself as Stressed? -by Vanessa Hampton Stress has been at the forefront of my mind recently for several reasons. One of those reasons is that next week I am giving a big presentation

Chocolate lovers, rejoice: Nashville’s best spots for a cocoa fix

ABOVE: Featured image via @oliveandsinclair on Instagram   By Allie Myszka I strive to eat healthy most of the time. I get in my fruits and veggies, limit my sugar intake, and drink water like it’s

Labor Day in Nashville: 4 Staycation Ideas

Featured image via @nashvilletn on Instagram By ALLIE MYSZKA No exciting travel plans for Labor Day weekend? No worries! Nashville may not give you a beach to catch those last few summer waves, but it does

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Refuse to be a victim inside your body

By VANESSA HAMPTON Recently, I was having a conversation with a friend who was telling me about her achievements with healthy habits. She is someone like many of us who has had her fair share

4 reasons to trade nighttime television for a good book

By Allie Myszka From network nighttime dramas to decades of archival episodes on Netflix, Americans have never had more television shows at their fingertips than they do right now. While this can be great some of

Body Balance with V: The importance of fat in our diet

By VANESSA HAMPTON If you are like me and grew up during, or lived through, the “Fat-Free Food Boom,” as described in an article on, you were lead to believe that healthy eating meant

New school year, new (helpful!) habits

By ALLIE MYSZKA With the start of a new school year comes the return of a structured routine for most of us. The carefree days of summer are great, but having a (mostly) predictable schedule when

RAMON PRESSON: Church Shopping 101

Ramon: I’m here with Joshua Josiah Jacob Meyers, the lead teaching pastor of Catalyst Thrive Renovate Elevate Ignite Ascend Community Fellowship, one of the newest and fastest-growing churches in the Nashville area. Josh, tell us

Ryan Weaver, Patriotic Voice of the PBR, has a personal story like no other

ABOVE: Photo by Robyn McIsaac   By TRESA HALBROOKS & KATIE BROOKS BOONE Ryan Weaver is a high-energy, all-American, rockin’ country music artist who proudly served as an active duty Black Hawk helicopter aviator as a

Career profile: PEDIGREE Foundation director lives her passion at work

ABOVE: Deb Fair. // Photo by Mandy Whitley Photography By TRESA HALBROOKS Deb Fair is the Executive Director of PEDIGREE Foundation, a 501(c)3 grant-making organization dedicated to helping dogs in need find their forever homes. She is

Body Balance with V: Change the conversation

By Vanessa Hampton Imagine this scenario. Several years ago, while working out at the gym, I noticed a woman doing her own workout. She appeared to be almost in tears and looked very frustrated. Then

RAMON PRESSON: The dangers of secondhand luggage

As a public service to my readers, let me urge you to carefully check all the pockets of any piece of luggage before donating it to a thrift store. I’ll explain in a moment. Last

Big Red Bow campaign aims to recruit more organ and tissue donors

TENNESSEE DONOR SERVICES Tennessee Donor Services, the state’s non-profit, federally designated, organ procurement organization (OPO), this week has launched a campaign to potentially save a life -- or lives -- by recruiting people to register as an organ