Are you overwhelmed by work and home responsibilities?
Do feelings of mom-guilt, comparison and frustration impact you?
Is managing your home a struggle?
Do you lack time for important relationships in your life?
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I know how hard it can be juggling life’s many responsibilities – kids, marriage, home, work, self, etc. But living content amidst the chaos is possible.
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Living in Music City means we are spoiled by great entertainment. This weekend my Mom was visiting from Wisconsin, which was the perfect opportunity to accept an invitation to visit the iconic Grand Ole Opry for a backstage tour and show. It was so fun being a tourist in my town!
I have been to the Opry one other time (many years ago), but never did the backstage tour. My kids and mom had never experienced it all, so it was a big treat.
Whenever people ask what they should do when the come to Nashville, I always say go to The Grand Ole Opry. It’s one of the most “Nashville” things you can do and it lives up to the hype every time.
The Grand Ole Opry Tour: What to Expect
60 people were a part of our Saturday afternoon, one-hour tour. After going through security, we watched a short video hosted by Blake Shelton about the history of the Grand Ole Opry. I’m generally not a fan of these types of videos, but this one was really well done and helped set the stage to the history we were going to encounter. It was really great for my Mom and kids, who had no idea how amazing the Opry is. It really is the most respected country music venue in the world. Here’s a short clip from the video:
We were then taken to the backstage entrance where all the artists enter the Opry. My favorite part is that on the entrance is a fountain that was donated by Minnie Pearl’s family after she passed away. The fountain was given to her by her husband, and she wanted it give to the Opry so that she would still greet guests even after she was gone. So sweet.
Upon entering artists are greeted and given their mail from the Grand Ole Opry post office. Yes, you can write a letter to any Opry member and they are given the mail when they visit. Isn’t that fun?! We were told that the artists LOVE receiving mail at the Opry.
We then had the opportunity to see all the amazing themed dressing rooms that artists use when they visit. Every room is gorgeous. Some of the themes include “Into the Circle” (reserved for artists making their Opry debut), “Stars & Stripes” (a tribute to America’s service men and women), “Now That’s Funny” (comedy), “It Takes Two” (duets), “Welcome to the Family” (an Opry membership celebration), “Glitz and Glamour,” “Honky Tonk Angels,” “The Cowboy Way” and more.
The rooms are built in a circle around a big room called “the family room.” This is where the artists connect with one another before and during the show. My favorite part is the mural on the wall, painted by former Hee Haw star Archie Campbell Mural. If you look closely, you can see the water line from when the Opry flooded in 2010, and the Opry has thrilled that it was not destroyed.
One of the last stops is the opportunity to step on the stage and stand where every performer has ever stood – in the circle of wood taken from the Ryman, where the Opry House used to be located. It was an incredibly moving moment to stand there where legends have stood for decades and look out into the show house.
A staff photographer will take your group’s photo, but we also managed to get a few of our own (wait til the end of the line for photos if you want to get extras). Adeline’s current aspirations are to be an artist and a singer, so we took a special picture of her with the microphone.
Tour tickets are $26 for adults and $21 for children. The stage photo is $20, which includes a 6×9 and two 4x6s.
The Grand Ole Opry Show: What to Expect
We went back to the Opry that night to see one of its incredible shows. The Grand Ole Opry features a dynamic line-up of new stars, superstars, and legends of country music.
The shows are every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night. On Saturday nights, the Opry Square Dancers also perform. Unlike a typical concert, the Opry presents eight or more artists on each show, giving the audience a sample of each artist’s musical style.
Some of the acts we saw included:
- John Contee
- Carly Pearce
- Mike Snider
- Jeannie Seely
- Seth Ennis
- Chondra Pierce
- Riders in the Sky
- Charles Esten
We had an absolute blast, especially my Mom. She couldn’t get over how amazing the show was and that in 13 years of me living in Nashville that we had never gone.
Adeline several times twirled in the aisle during the music, captivated by the melodies and artistry. I love watching her experience life. Seeing her twirl was something I will always remember about our Opry visit.
During the second act, I stepped out of my seat to take a photo from the aisle. One of the kind ushers came to me and said you are allowed to go right to the stage to take a photo, as long as you squat down. I was able to then get some great photos of Charles Esten when he performed.
Show tickets range in price based on where you sit and who is performing, but generally are in the $38-$100 range.
I highly recommend experiencing The Grand Ole Opry on your next visit to Nashville. It truly will be an unforgettable experience.
Disclosure: Thank you to The Grand Ole Opry for sponsoring this post and providing tickets for our experience. All Opry love our own!
Holy smokes, it has been nearly two weeks since I posted here. I’m so sorry. I didn’t mean to be quiet. Life has been really crazy and I haven’t had much bandwidth for writing. Here are a few of the reasons why:
We celebrated Ezra’s 2nd birthday April 8, so the beginning of the month I spent every waking minute making Sesame Street decorations – including a life-sized Elmo’s World. A post is coming soon, and yes, if you are keeping track, this was the third Sesame Street party I’ve thrown. (He turned 2 on Dec. 31, but because of my surgery, I wasn’t up for party planning.)
For Easter weekend, my Mom flew in and we had a wonderful visit. A big highlight was visiting The Grand Ole Opry, which is a must-visit in Nashville. I am also planning to write soon about that experience.
In between those things, I’ve been preparing for a big re-launch of my course, Stretched Too Thin: 10 Days to Overcoming the Hustle and Thriving as a Working Mom. If you missed it last time, sign up here to be notified when it is live. It might be the only time I open it in 2017.
This coming weekend, I am traveling to the blogging conference Snap to speak on Saturday and then am headed for a quick overnight with friends in Austin on Sunday. I have A LOT to do to prep for this weekend, but next week I should be back to regular posting. I’m hoping for a few posts this week, but am not making promises. 🙂
As you can see, lots of trips and special moments on top of the daily work and kids grind. WHEW!
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Today, I am writing this sponsored post with Tide PODS plus Downy, available at Walmart, to share an easy laundry regimen to keep your clothes smelling and looking great.
Laundry is the bane of my existence. Seriously, I am never caught up. With three kids, two of whom are in sports, it is endless. Even if the baskets do all get empty, one is easily full again within a day or two and that’s not counting towels, sheets, rugs, etc. If you came by my house on any given day, you would likely see a laundry basket (or two or three) in the hallway outside my laundry closet.
One of the small satisfactions I get in doing all this laundry is knowing that I am using products that work well.
The laundry aisle has a crazy amount of products available and it can be overwhelming deciding what to use. Liquid detergent, powder or PODS? What about the extras like scent boosters? Do they work?
If you are overwhelmed by the products that are available or are interested in if some of the newish products on the market, I’ve got three products that will turn “just another day of laundry” into a “new school” laundry regimen this spring:
I was a skeptic about Tide PODS at first – afterall, how could that little pac clean as well as my liquid detergent? What I learned is that pacs like the new Tide PODS plus Downy combine the best qualities of both liquid and powdered detergent, making them a great solution for everyday dirt, grime and odors.
Plus, PODS don’t require measuring, meaning you get just the right amount of detergent every time and no mess!
We store our PODS high above the washing machine so that no little hands can get at them. I also appreciate that the container has a snap lid.
When I want my laundry to smell extra awesome, I’ll also add in a half cap of Downy Unstopables scent boosting beads. They are amazing if you are one of those people that love that fresh laundry scent, which I totally am. The scent lasts for weeks. I especially like using these on sheets, towels and pajamas. They complement Tide PODS plus Downy well.
I simply throw a POD and the scent boosting beads in the drum of our washing machine before I add clothes and let them do their magic.
Once the wash load is done, I pop it in the dryer with a Bounce dryer sheet and it’s good to go. As we know, dryer sheets control static, prevent wrinkles, soften and freshen clothes in the dryer. If a load is extra-large, I usually use two sheets.
There you have it – three products to step up your new school laundry game this spring. Now, if a laundry fairy could come and get all the clean clothes folded and put away! For now, Elias and Adeline will do.
Free Sample Event
If you are in the Middle Tennessee area, stop by one of the following Walmart stores on Saturday, April 8 from 1-6 p.m. to get samples, high value coupons and new school laundry tips. I will be at the Franklin store Saturday afternoon!
Walmart Supercenter on 3035 Hamilton Church Rd in Antioch
Walmart Supercenter on 3600 Mallory Lane in Franklin
Walmart Supercenter on 204 N Anderson Lane in Hendersonville
Walmart Supercenter on 615 S Cumberland St in Lebanon
Walmart Supercenter on 2200 Brookmeade Dr in Columbia
Walmart Supercenter on 175 Beasley Dr in Dickson
Walmart Supercenter on 3360 Tom Austin Hwy in Springfield
Walmart Supercenter on 2518 Hillsboro Blvd in Manchester
Walmart Supercenter on 570 Enon Springs Rd E in Smyrna
Walmart Supercenter on 768 S Jefferson Ave in Cookeville
Walmart Supercenter on 589 W Main St in Cookeville
Walmart Supercenter on 915 N Chancery St in McMinnville
Walmart Supercenter on 3050 Wilma Rudolph Blvd in Clarksville
Walmart Supercenter on 1680 Fort Campbell Blvd in Clarksville
Walmart Supercenter on 2315 Madison St in Clarksville
Walmart Supercenter on 1112 Nashville Pike in Gallatin
Walmart Supercenter on 2000 Old Fort Pkwy in Murfreesboro
Walmart Supercenter on 2130 N Locust Ave in Lawrenceburg
More than 1,000 Walmart stores in nearly every state are hosting the New School Laundry team so be on the lookout in your local store!
Win A Year’s Worth of Laundry Supplies
I am SOOOO excited to offer this incredible giveaway of a year’s supply of Tide, Downy and Bounce laundry regimen products from Walmart. One lucky winner will receive 5 boxes of pods, 6 scent boosters, 6 boxes of dryer sheets and a $50 Walmart gift card – a $250 value.
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