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It’s that time of year again when the summer break has come to an end and families are gearing up for the beginning of the school year. Whether your children will be attending school in person, online, or home school, preparing your house is one of the best ways to set your child up for success. Here are our top 6 favorite ways to prepare your home for your students to have the best school year yet!

1. Message board/family calendar

Between your work schedule, appointments, sports, and after-school activities keeping up with everybody’s schedule can be chaotic and overwhelming. The best way to organize your week is with a family message center. Keeping a family calendar will help keep up with everybody’s events and also make sure you don’t have…

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, August 5th to Friday, August 12th

August 5th-7th

2022 Light Up TN Balloon Glow

When: 6:30-9:00pm
Where: Camp Jordan, 323 Camp Jordan Pkwy
Cost: $20-$50

Grab your chairs and blankets and get ready to light up the night! The 2022 Light Up TN Balloon Glow is happening all weekend and you will not want to miss it! Starting Friday evening, hot air balloons will light up the sky with fun colors, shapes, and characters for a beautiful display. There will be plenty of vendors and awesome music for a night full of family fun. Admission is charged by the vehicle and prices will increase at the gate. If you can't make it Friday night, don't fret! The good news is the…

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, July 29th to Friday, August 5th.

Friday, July 29th

Nigthfall: Call Me Spinster, Drew Sterchi & The Blues Tribe

When: 6:00pm
Where: Miller Plaza, 850 Market St.
Cost: Free

We may be a bit partial to this event, but we know you will not be disappointed! Drew Sterchi (Anna's uncle) & The Blues Tribe will be performing along with Call Me Spinster at Nightfall tonight! The night will start off with Call Me Spinster with their "soulful sisterly harmonies." The 3 Chattanooga native sisters will be sharing their unique sounds as they meld familial harmony and old-timey sensibilities with pop sounds, reviving classics of doo-wop, 80’s art pop, and 90’s boy band…

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In the recent months, the real estate market has begun to shift. What does that mean for you as a buyer? Should you wait for rates to go back down? Should you wait for house prices to drop? Here is what we are seeing in this market shift and why it is a good time to buy. 

1. Housing prices are starting to balance

You may have noticed some homes sitting on the market longer than 48 hours or sellers are dropping their prices in order to sell. This does not mean that the value of the home is decreasing. It means that we have reached the peak of this crazy, rapidly climbing market. Over the past few years, housing prices have increased faster than we've ever seen before. House values were increasing tens of thousands of dollars if not more in just a…

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, July 22nd to Friday, July 28th.

Saturday, July 23rd

Sour + Bitter Fest

When: 4:00-8:00pm
Where: The Daily Ration, 1220 Dartmouth St.
Cost: Free to attend, Beer for purchase

These past few years have been quite a doozy! How about an afternoon sampling ice-cold beers and delicious bites? The Bitter Alibi is hosting The Sour + Bitter Beer Fest this Saturday, July 23rd. Sample some pales and sours from a wide selection of local and regional brewers, most of which you won’t find in just any tap room. The festival is open to the public to come and hang out. Beer tickets will be available at the event to enjoy some delicious sampling. They will also be taking…

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, July 15th to Friday, July 22nd.

July 15th - July 31st

Christmas in July Toy Drive

When: At your convenience
Where: Children's Hospital at Erlanger, 975 E. Third St.
Cost: Cost of item donated

Children’s Hospital at Erlanger is hosting a Christmas in July Toy Drive throughout the entire month of July. When a child has to stay at the hospital, it can be scary and overwhelming. The Child Life Specialist’s job is to help comfort and ease your child as best possible while they receive care. This can include music, ipad, bubbles, and toys to play with. Our Marketing & Administration Assistant, Anna, knows first hand how important a Child Life Specialist’s role…

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Summer time is the perfect time to plant a beautiful garden, entertain family and friends, or just relax outside. Our front porch is the first thing we see when we home and truly sets the tone for guests entering our house. Updating your curb appeal with a few simple fixes can make all of the difference to your house. Here are our top 5 tips for updating your front porch. 

1. Define Your Focal Point

Chattanooga is lucky enough to have a lot of unique styles of houses throughout. From historic to modern homes, the exterior of each home will have a different focal point. For example, if you have a beautiful staircase leading directly up to your front door, your focal point will most likely be your stairs or front door. Or maybe your front porch…

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, July 8th to Friday, July 15th.

Sunday, July 10th

Peach Festival

When: 11:00am-4:00pm
Where: First Horizon Pavillion, 1826 Reggie White Blvd
Cost: Free

This week, the Chattanooga Market will be just PEACHY! The Peach Festival will begin at 11am and offer not just delicious, fresh picked peaches, but will challenge each vendor to incorporate this week's theme into their craft. From yummy peach treats like cobblers, salsas, jams, & jellies, to peach scented candles, lotions, and scrubs. See how each vendor creates their own peach themed craft as well as enjoy the regular food trucks and market to shop local vendors. What better treat to enjoy the hot…

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Check out our list of upcoming Chattanooga area events happening locally from Friday, July 1st to Friday, July 8th.

Saturday, July 2nd

Pops On The River

When: 5:30pm
Where: Coolidge Park
Cost: Free

Pops on the River is back! Grab your chairs, blankets and coolers to spread out on the lawn and enjoy some amazing music and a fantastic fireworks show. The evening will start at 5:30pm with a performance by Love, Peace, & Happiness Band followed by The Chattanooga Symphony and Opera, who will start their patriotic performance at 8:00pm. While listening to great live music from the main stage, be sure to enjoy the food trucks and local artist vendors. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) will be available for purchase as well. Be sure to stick…

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The hot summer days are in full swing in Chattanooga! With the high temperatures and rainy summer days, Chattanooga has a lot of options to stay busy! Check out our top 25 indoor things to do around town to beat the heat and stay dry!

  1. NOOGA Splash - Take your average day at the lake and kick it up a notch with a fun, inflatable obstacle course directly on the water! Located at Chester Frost Park, this aqua park will keep your family entertained for hours.

  2. SOAKYA Water Park - SOAKYA Water Park is the perfect way to stay cool while having a blast! As an extension of the well-known Lake Winnepesaukah, SOAKYA offers rides and attractions for all ages. 

  3. Chattanooga Selfie Museum - Located in the heart of the city, the Chattanooga…

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