Eat, Drink and Be Healthy

Americans gain one to two pounds during the holiday season. Though it doesn’t sound like much, research shows that this weight gain tends to stick and accumulate over the years. However, it can be avoided with mindful eating and moderation.

Insta-Inspire: Sarah McAffry

 Article Jennie Treadway-Miller | Photography Provided  Sarah McAffry has zero professional training with a camera, a fact she readily admits when remembering the shift she made from high school English teacher to full-time photographer. With a desire to take good photos, she taught herself the basics and honed her eye for the trade. When it came time to pull the…

Knoxville’s Best Patios

 Article West Knoxville Lifestyle staff | Photography Chad Hernandez  Whether for a romantic night out or a midday drink with friends, Knoxville has plenty of patios to catch a little sun and watch the passersby.   Calhoun's on the River  400 Neyland Drive, Knoxville, Tennessee, 865.673.3355,

John and Dustin Burnett

 Photography Jennie Treadway-Miller  Season tickets to UT sports  Vintage WWF collectibles


Our city is known for its craftspeople. Whether they do their best work in a brick-and-mortar store, a studio or a home office, they continually inspire us. Their Instagram photos tickle our taste buds and set us dreaming of beautiful accessories and custom clothing. But where do they get their inspiration? Three local makers share their Insta-inspiration.

Tonja + T’Anna

 Photography Jennie Treadway-Miller  Favorite Film: "Phantom of the Opera"  Favorite Food: Hot wings

Prevent Progress Paralysis 

Nearly everyone agrees: the more choices, the better. From restaurants to shops to home furnishings, people relish having lots of options. But, too many choices can also lead to decision fatigue, indecision and procrastination, especially concerning personal finances. The noise emanating from financial companies, who try to convince you their product is better than all the rest and is the missing piece…

Confession Time

The person who pushes you to do your best is more than just a trainer: they have a lifetime of experiences that have shaped how they guide you to reach your goals. Dragonfly Aerial Arts Studio is a unique fitness experience, offering aerial and conditioning classes. They’ll help you become your best self, and learn some cool new skills too.…

Cheers to the Holidays

“My family always does the downtown thing—looking at window decorations, going to the Fantasy of Trees, the Christmas lighting ceremony and ice skating and watching 'It’s a Wonderful Life' at the Tennessee Theater. Downtown’s always a fun time during the holidays. It’s festive, and it’s just a fun vibe.” —Michele Hummel, director of Downtown Knoxville Central Business Improvement District

Thanksgiving Traditions

“My favorite Thanksgiving tradition is passing a penny around the Thanksgiving dinner table and letting each person hold it and tell what they are thankful for that past year," Angela says.