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5 Things to Consider When Moving

Earlier this year, my husband and I purchased our first home here in Kentucky! But since we started visiting Tennessee regularly, we have been looking into some options and planning for our future if we were to ever move to Tennessee. I have learned quite a lot when we first moved into our home and wanted to share some moving tips with you all! For this blog post, imagine you’re looking into Williamson County (Franklin), Tennessee.

1. Crime Rate & Cost of Living

First and foremost we must do our research and look at the crime rates of the places we’re interested in! For Franklin, TN I found that this website gave Franklin a B- rating and it stated that that meant it is safer than the average U.S city! But don’t just count on one website, really take time and research! Now, make sure you research the cost of living; in Kentucky, our sales tax is 6% while in Tennessee it is 7%. There is also a website I found that will do a comparison for you! It stated that Where I want to be was 12% higher than where I am when it comes to housing costs. That may not sound like much but it is a big change when you think about it. Nerd Wallet (the website) can also calculate/predict more than just the housing costs. For instance, it also stated that Healthcare is also 14% higher… On the bright side, transportation costs are 6% less!

2. Job Opportunities

Make sure you look into job opportunities in this area! When I searched LinkedIn gave me over one hundred hits on job offers. For me, I would look for a job in writing or journalism so I searched on Indeed.com and found at least 15 writing/journalism jobs on the first two pages that looked legit. Take into account the population which when recorded in 2019 stated, 238,412 people, resided in Williamson County.

3. Moving Service

When moving, there are quite a lot of moving services out there, but only a few stand out. Why may you need a moving service, you ask? Sometimes it just relieves the stress off of you. One of the most stressful events in one’s life is moving. Movers, take part of that stress away! I know of a good moving company in the Nashville area, Moving Solutions.

Let’s talk about Moving Solutions!

Moving Solutions is such a great business and their team is honest and quite hard-working. Moving Solutions provides residential and commercial moving services in Nashville, TN, Nashville Metropolitan Area, and surrounding areas. Franklin TN, being one of the areas. They also give FREE ESTIMATES which are also a stress relief! Get the price before you choose and pay.

They also have a long list of various services that could be helpful to you, such as, office moving, labor only, local moves, packing services, long-distance, senior moving, delivery services, piano, and pool table moving. They are also hot tub movers in Nashville, TN!

The fact that they do long-distance moving has me sold! Especially in this scenario, I have in this blog post! But to seal the deal for you, just give them a call at 866-923-2145.

When I saw that they donated 10% to local businesses that are or have been affected by the pandemic, I just had to share! Great people, amazing business! Check them out by clicking here!

4. Weather/Climate

Compare the weather/climate! See if you’d even be happy with the climate before moving so it doesn’t cause disappointment. Kentucky and Tennessee are very similar in their climates and both have very strange weather that likes to change in the blink of an eye so it would not be an issue for me or my husband!

5. “Is This Place a Good Fit For Me?”

Finally, this is where you’ll finish research the area to see if it’s ‘a a match’! Look into the restaurants, schools, shopping centers, things to do, subdivisions and housing areas, etc. to see if you’d be happy there! You’d be amazed at how many people move, only to be disappointed with the area and their surroundings. For example, let’s say I’m a partier and want to move to Nashville cause it fits my personality. Instead of doing extensive research, I decided to move there just off my knowledge of it being a popular city for tourists and great for parting in general… But I move to find out that it’s crowded, too noisy and I ended up spending all my savings because of that one thing that interested me. So then I start messing up on work, school, etc. This is why research is so important and why you want to look at more than just what there is to do and the cost of living. MAKE A T-CHART! For example, Franklin Tennessee would be a great fit for me and my husband because we both love cute subtle towns with things to do and beautiful scenery! There would be plenty of job opportunities for us both and the cost of living isn’t too bad. On the other hand, it will cost a ton starting out living there compared to just moving in the current state we already reside in. And it’s much more crowded than our quaint little town here in central Kentucky. Make sure you write all the pros, and all the cons. 

Final Thoughts

Those are the tips! If they have helped you in any way or if you have followed similar tips like these let me know down below how they worked for you! Don’t forget to check out Moving Solutions, I’ll be using them if I ever need to!


This blog post was sponsored by Moving Solutions but all my opinions are my own.

Anakeesta in Gatlinburg, TN

You may have stumbled upon this blog either out of curiosity or because you’re planning on going and want to know what all there is to do there! First of all, Anakeesta is a huge outdoor adventure hub located in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Fair warning, if you have a phobia of heights this may not be the place for you to visit… however, my husband who is scared of heights enjoyed himself! I’ll tell you how and why below. In this blog I will go over everything you may need to know (that I know) about Anakeesta before going, and how our trip went, and what all there is to do there! So buckle up and enjoy the ride!

What is There to Do at Anakeesta?

There are many things to do at Anakeesta, there is practically fun for the whole family! There is zip-lining, mountain coasters, gem mining, the treetop skywalk, challenge courses, and play areas! Me and my family done the treetop skywalk and had an absolute blast – though some of my party was a little scared, we went through with courage! It was so fun. Below you can find some of the skywalk pictured so you can get an idea! There are also restaurants, snack stations, gift shops, and much more sight-seeing opportunities such as the AnaVista tower which is also Gatlinburg’s highest point!

More About the AnaVista Tower:

There are at least 80 steps to climb up but they’re worth it when you arrive at the top! You can even see mountains as far as Kentucky (my home state)! I was the only one from my party to go up it, but once I was up there I felt so accomplished and the sights I saw were so beautiful, even in the rain! Below you can see pictured what I’m talking about!

Bathroom Access?

There are quite a few bathrooms with many stalls available throughout the villages! So you don’t need to worry!

Vista Gardens:

The Vista Gardens were so beautiful! You can view the photos below.

Many Photo-Ops Available!

Throughout you will see beautiful setups for photo opportunities! As you can see below, they’re all so creative and beautiful!

“I’m Scared of Heights, Can I still Go?”

There are three ways to get up the mountain! If you’re afraid of heights, sharp curves, etc. you may want to think long and hard about going. I’m talking like if you have a very strong phobia of heights. Because My husband who has a fear of heights handled the skywalk very well, but he doesn’t have a phobia; he just has a fear. What helped him was that the ropes on the skywalk were very sturdy and the bridges were quite safe! We also took the Ridge Rumbler (bus-type vehicle) up the mountain, so that is your best bet. For those not afraid of heights you can take an enclosed chondola or just plain open sky-lift up!


So keep in mind, you’ll get two things of pictures if you take the sky-lift, if not don’t worry they will take one before you choose your preferred method of transportation up the mountain. Just be sure you’re not wearing a green shirt as my husband did! (LOL)…

Other Info:

They offer live music, arts & crafts, and more! For their event calendar, click here!

Final Thoughts

I rate my experience at Anakeesta a 10/10! I enjoyed everything that we did and I made myself some pretty awesome memories. I would go again! Thanks so much for reading this blog, if it has helped you made any decisions on visiting please let me know by leaving a comment below, tell me your favourite thing about Anakeesta if you’ve been! If you liked this blog post please consider subscribing to my blog so you can receive an email every time I post, I will be posting more content like this in the short future! Please also consider following me on Instagram by clicking here! For more information about Anakeesta, please click here!

Things We Did In Central Tennessee | Things to do in Nashville and Franklin Tn

If you’re reading this that must mean you are interested in taking a trip to good ‘ole Tennessee! Well buckle up and keep your feet in the ride at all times. Keep reading to find some awesome activities that me and my husband can give honest feedback on. Nothing in this blog is sponsored, or an ad. Purely honest information. Enjoy!

Let’s talk about where we stayed…

We ended up staying in a hotel in Franklin Tn. The hotel was, Days Inn by Wyndham – Franklin. Below is a gallery of photos that I took inside the room. Our room that I reserved via Booking.com, was a non-smoking king room. It had a stench, but most hotels do in my opinion. I made sure I checked everything even the couch and under the bed in the seams and it was clean. No bugs, thank the universe! The microwave was odd, and we burnt popcorn the first two times unfortunately, but we got the hang of it by the third bag. The fridge kept things cool, and the TV was fuzzy but alright. The ‘walk-in’ shower was pretty sweet, the water was always hot, and never “ran out”. Having one sink was annoying though because my husband would hog it for no good reason, but it was tolerable. I will say, I am not a fan of hotel beds and pillows. Our necks were stiff and our backs ached for our own bed at home the entire time. Breakfast at the hotel was from 6 a.m until 9 a.m which was very inconvenient, but understandable. There food was’t really hot by the 8:00 a.m mark which was disappointing. The pool was pretty nice though. I would give this hotel, a 7/10 honestly. They were great employees with awesome manners.

Let’s talk about Day One…

Taken at the Williamson County Fair August 2nd 2019

The ride from Nicholasville Ky, to Franklin Tn was about four hours that day which was a Friday so understandable, and tolerable though I’m pretty sure I annoyed Jake with all the rock music I blared and sang to. Once we got there, we were early and couldn’t check in to our hotel yet so we went and had a late lunch over at Nashville Pizza Co. In Nashville Tn. Below is a picture of the pizza, and bread sticks we got. I told y’all I was going to be honest, and I am sorry if this hurts feelings, but here was my take on the place:

“Nashville Pizza Co. – It was trash. We ate there for under $25 however, the bread sticks weren’t garlicky enough and not many alcoholic options other than beer selections. The pizza was flat crust, and it’s not my style. 5/10.”

Let me add, this was right after I was dissatisfied, I will definitely let y’all know they had amazing service and very polite employees and a decent crowd that day for 2 p.m so don’t just take my word for it! This was just my opinion.

We finally checked into the hotel at around 3 p.m and we sat and chilled until the Williamson County Fair started which was about 6 p.m!

The county fair in Franklin Tn. – It was awesome, but so expensive! Like, in Jessamine Co. Kentucky and other surrounding areas you just pay one fee and you get unlimited rides. The fee is anywhere between 10 to 20. No admission fee either. In Franklin Tn, the admission fee was $9. But to ride unlimited rides it then costed $25 more. I think that was a little excessive for a county fair however, I can’t complain too much considering the fair was a blast! It was so fun! I paid like $10 for henna on my wrist and that was pretty chill. We played balloon darts and Jake played the basketball games. Unfortunately, they milked more money out of us that way, but I
now have three super cute stuffed animals! Sadly near the end, we had to leave cause everything was being moved inside due to lighting and a storm. Oh did I mention, no refunds? Williamson Co. Fair: 9/10!

I got henna done at one of the booths too as well as some lemonade from a cute lemonade vendor! Oh, and BMX TRICKS! It was a blast. We also went to the fair on our day 3 to have some more fun. On day 3 at the fair, we seen a dinosaur show meant for kids, and we walked inside a butterfly garden! So much fun!

Later that night after the fair we ate at a local Steak’n’shake!

Steak’n’Shake in Franklin off of Carother’s pkwy – Super great service! And super cheap but yummy food! 11/10.

Day Two…

We went out into the Music City, of Nashville Tennessee! And had an even more awesome time! It was super crowded though which made it intolerable, especially with the heat at 90 degrees Fahrenheit! We walked into Tootsies, and could barely breathe with all of the people, it was so overwhelming and too crowded for my liking so we went for a drink at Jason Aldean’s Kitchen and Bar instead! A day in Nashville or even a couple hours? I give it a 7/10. Just because the bars overcharge for drinks, but I get it!

Prior to the bar hopping, we went to an historical site in Franklin Tn! I wish I could say it was a very fantastic time, but we do plan on trying again next year.

The Carnton 1864 battle site – it wasn’t that great of an experience for me, so you will have to take my review with a grain of salt. I got sick and was about to faint and had to step out after the tour guide finally after what felt like twenty minutes explained how the family was caught in shock and their home turned into a hospital within a few minutes of the battle. She said she’d keep the door unlocked but after I got a bottle of water and was feeling better, I couldn’t go back in because the door wasn’t unlocked and basically the $36 I spent on our tickets were wasted. I was beyond angry and wanted to cry at that point. We left. But if you are a fan of history especially civil war history, I suggest you visit this place. It is really interesting and the property was just beautiful. I give this place 7/10 stars just because I didn’t get to enjoy myself to the fullest. Yes, I get that’s my body’s fault… but it would have been nice if tickets weren’t so expensive and i didn’t get locked out. Just saying!

Day Three…

We went to the fair once again, but we also went and visited downtown Franklin, and had a great time eating lunch at 55 South on their main street! Parking wasn’t that bad, but waiting at the cross walks were!

55 South – Crowded, but right in the historical downtown district of Franklin Tn! It was so much fun, and the drink I had was called the Category 5 which was very bourbon-y. It wasn’t my favourite, but as far as day drinking goes, I would recommend it! I had their friend chicken salad which was spicy, but it was definitely yummy and hit the spot at brunch. My husband got a burger and fries, which their fries are sooo bomb! 8/10.

After brunch, we went to the Farmer’s Market in Franklin! And I found a T-shirt from a local artist. I did pay $25 for the shirt, but I had to have something that proved I was there, right?

Pic from Instagram Stories

Let’s Talk About the Last Day now!

We left, but before we did we had to visit the Nashville Parthenon! It was a fun sight, gave me an excuse to say I was in Greece, but not really. 10/10.

It was a decent trip, and we had a lot of fun!