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'Dining with Doc' receives rave reviews

Wilson Living Magazine

A few months ago we were pleased to announce that Dr. John Gallaher had joined the Wilson Living team as our resident food connoisseur. And since that date, Doc has been enticing our readers with reviews of some of the best restaurants in the area.

In this last issue, Doc wrote about Tom’s Blue Moon Bar-B-Que located at 711 Park Avenue in Lebanon. Knowing Doc is never wrong about his reviews, on Friday night, a few of the ladies of WL tried out this new restaurant. And Doc was right!

1000 Plus Fans and Growing!

By Angel Kane 

We did it! This week Wilson Living Magazine hit 1000 plus fans on FACEBOOK!!

As many of you are aware, Facebook is the popular internet site that connects friends, families and communities. We, at WLM, started a fan page a few months back so that we could connect with all our readers and BOY have we connected! We love hearing from our fans who regularly post their comments on our page and we frequently post our own juicy tidbits about upcoming stories.

2011 Holiday Expo Vendors Announced!
The Wilson LivingHoliday Expo starts tomorrow Thursday, Nov. 17 with the Pre-Gala Preview Party, from 6 to 8:30 p.m., at The Mill located at 300 N. Maple Street in Lebanon.

Complimentary food and beverages will be served, and those in attendance will get to meet Aaron Kelly from American Idol. Be the first in the door the night before! Bring your friends and come enjoy a fun ladies night while you shop all our amazing vendors. Tickets are available on-line at and at all the Wilson Bank & Trust locations. Tickets will also be available at the door on Thursday evening.

The event remains FREE to the public Friday and Saturday. On Friday, the shopping event begins at noon and ends at 7 p.m. On Saturday, we will open our doors at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m. The first one thousand people through the doors will receive complimentary Wilson Living Holiday Shopping Bags.

Santa will be on hand both Friday and Saturday for photos with the kids by professional photographer Ken Griffith.

On Saturday, The Art Mill will be painting holiday paintings with the kids, while mom and dad shop!

There remain only a few tickets left for the Breakfast with Santa that will be held on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 8 to 10 a.m.. Children in attendance will get to meet and mingle with Santa while they enjoy a gourmet breakfast prepared by Wildberry Catering. Tickets can be purchased at Painturos in Lebanon and Mt. Juliet.

Both Friday and Saturday Two Fat Men will be serving warm, delicious treats to all those in attendance so come hungry!

Its the kick-off to the holiday season, and we hope to see you all there! For more information call 969-6751 or 443-6901 or go to

Vendors in attendance include:

31 Handbags, Advance Signs, All About Holidays, Amy Rich Photography,

Asante, Atmosphere Generation, Avon, Baubles N Bling, Beauty Boutique

Ben Brantley & Co., Body Kneads, Claudia Designs, Cumberland University,

Dazzling Divas, Dixie Homecrafters, Dreams Boutique, Embelish, Fired Up,

Gardens on Main, GG's Gifts and Jewelry, Grace Silver Company,

Gravity, Green Glow Candles, Gutter Gutter, Hartmann Luggage,

Hat Creek Embroidery, Hello Dollie, Heritage Silver, It Works, Jana Marie Design,

Judy's Fashion, Just Jewelry, Karen's Kloset, Lizzie Lou Lou Designs,

LuLu's Clothing Company, Lynn Porter/African Art, MC Spinal Care,

McClain Christian Academy, Miche Handbags, Nature-skin and Body Food,

Music City Wellness, NuSkin, Pampered Chef, Plexis Slim, Premiere Jewelry,

Salon Django, Sara Vena Life, Scentsy, Silpada, Silver Ridge Pottery,

Sole Unique Shoe Boutique, Sparkling Tiara, Superior Construction and Design,

The Art Mill, The Crystal Couture, The Jewelers, The Paper Mill,

Total Family Physicians, Unique Specialty Gift Baskets, University Medical Center,

Vaden Pools, Vintage Couture, Walker Creek Toffee, Wilson County Chiropractic,

Wilson Living Telling Tales, Wine Shop at Home, Wubdoras Chop Shop, Glitz and Glamour, Xocai Healthy Chocolate, DeStress Express, Encore Theatre Company,

The Pink Giraffe.and a few more are in the works!!

by Angel Kane

2nd Annual Blushing Bridal Expo Set for March

2nd Annual Blushing Bridal Expo Set for March

have been hard at work the last few weeks on our big Bridal and Bachelor Issue. Thank you for all the emails suggesting the top bachelors in Wilson County. It is so much fun going through all the photos and submissions. We cant wait to share our top picks with you. But, we havent made our final selections just yet, so please continue to email us at Let us know in 100 words or less who you think is a Wilson County Bachelor we should feature. A picture would be great as well. Final decisions will be made the first week of February.

A Day of Friendship & Chocolate
By Angel Kane  

Summer is in full swing and the ladies of Wilson Living Magazine are staying very busy this summer.   

This past Saturday, Becky and I were honored to be the featured speakers at the Al Menah Shriner’s 2010 Ladies Luncheon hosted by Kathy Wantland of Lebanon.

Kathy’s husband, David Wantaland is the Pontentate of the Nashville Shriner’s organization and as the Pontentate’s wife, Kathy was in charge of this year’s women’s luncheon.
A Defining Week

Wilson Living Magazine

If you were to look in Websters Dictionary for the definition of the word despondent you would find the following:

Des-pon-dent (adjective) - a feeling or showing of extreme discouragement, dejection or depression.

If you were to look even closer, under the word, you would also find a picture of Brody.

It started innocently on Monday morning when we were all rushing out the door to work and school. And we heard him call out,Has anybody seen my phone?

A Visit to the Culinary Center At Cumberland University

The Art of Food Preparation Cumberland University is fortunate to be part of an exciting new business venture in Wilson County. Thanks to many local advocates including State Representative, Stratton Bone, Linda Shelton of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and Sue Sykes, President of Tennessee Gourmet, Lebanon has been chosen to be the home of the new Cumberland Culinary Center.

Cumberland University is the principle local business sponsor of the Tennessee Department of Agriculture program that will be located at 411 Tennessee Boulevard at a site near the Lebanon Vocational Center on the Lebanon High School campus.

An exciting week!

Wilson Living Today

What an exciting week for everyone! You can feel the spirit of the season in the air as kids, young and old, anticipate the arrival of Santa on Saturday. The Wilson Living Doppler shows that Santa should arrive in Wilson County by 5 a.m.

While everyone unwraps  gifts and indulges in homemade goodies, the next issue of Wilson Living Magazine will be getting ready to hit your doorstep on December 31st. This issue is packed full of information on health, style, food, business and a very special interview with Wilson County resident and country music great, Whispering Bill Anderson.

Also featured in the next issue is information on the much anticipated, Blushing Bridal Show brought to you by Wilson Living Magazine, The Mill at Lebanon and Party Providers. The show will take place on Sunday, February 20th from 1-5pm.

Vendors from all over the Middle Tennessee area have started reserving booth space so they can bring brides and grooms the very best. Tickets will go on sale in January. Wilson Living will also be giving away tickets too so stay up to date by becoming our fan on

Wilson Living would like to wish you and yours a very blessed and safe Christmas. We would also like to thank our readers and advertisers for giving us the best gift of all, your support and your stories.

Until next time, Keep Reading!

And then there were two

Wilson Living Magazine

So as many of our regular readers know, last summer, I issued a mandate that each of my children partake in a summer project. We have three children so there were three separate mandates. And as I sit here today, I cant even recall what two of them were.

So much for my mandates.

And the only reason I remember Zoes project is because as I sit here on my back porch typing this article, mandates number three are staring right at me.

Zoe was to raise chickens.

Zoe didnt want to raise chickens.

Zoe wanted a rabbit.

Another ends and so it begins...

Wilson Living Magazine

Its the end of another school year and that means my children (and probably yours) will repeat the same 4 phrases throughout the summer.

Im bored. Can we have a sleepover? I didnt do it. Theres nothing to do around here!

And we parents will find ourselves also repeating the same chain of responses to our brood.

Clean your room or mow the lawn. Someday when you get older and have children of your own, youll realize sleepovers are stupid. This usually occurs to you when your oldest child is 9 or 10. Give me your phone, iPod, DS etc. Maybe youll think before you talk back next time. I cant wait for school to start.

Of course by preparing myself for the summer with the kids I often forget to relish these days. Eventually school will start and they will grow another year and well be lost in the day to day of academia and fall sports. It wont be long before well all be thinking, I cant wait until fall break, Christmas break, spring break.

Attentions Brides and Grooms; its almost here.

The inaugural Blushing Bridal Show is less than two weeks away and the buzz around it is louder than ever. It has a lot to do with our celebrity guest, Monte Durham, flying in to give personal advice to local brides. Monte is one of the stars of the TLC hit show, “Say Yes to the Dress-Atlanta.” He is one of the top bridal stylists in the world. He even had a special role in the upcoming nuptials of the future Princess of England, Kate Middleton. How cool is that?

Save the date and plan for nothing but fun, food and fashion on Feb. 20 from 1-5p.m. at The Mill at Lebanon. We still have a few spaces left for vendors. If you are interested in reserving a booth contact Becky at 969-6751 or Erin Brown at 519-0379.

Bathing suit seasons here! Time to start praying

Wilson Living Magazine

I love shopping for bathing suits. I love it like a cat loves a bath, like a 2 year old loves naptime or like my husband loves complete strangers giving him hugs. The very process of finding that perfect suit is poetic. There are many things to consider before purchasing a piece of material so small even the larger ones would be considered indecent in some countries. Theres the print, the color, the amount of medication you will need to feel comfortable wearing that thing in public.

Not only does it cling, its tiny too. Im not talking about just the bikini. Those became a thing of the past after having my first child. Since then my tummy has more closely resembled a deflated balloon with a sad face for a belly button. And this is why I opt for a one piece, but even those dont hide the parts I think they should.

Carolina Rain Calls Wilson County Home

Many young men and women come from all over the country to “music city” in order to pursue their dreams of making it big in country music. Unfortunately very few ever realize their dreams and many end up returning home to pursue different dreams. Luckily for us, three such men are not only on their way to realizing those big dreams but they are doing so while raising their families and putting down roots here in Wilson County.

Christmas is in the air

The holidays are in full swing! From colorful light displays to holiday décor to Christmas music being played all day-everyday, it’s definitely Christmas in the county and Wilson Living Magazine couldn’t be happier about it.

The ladies of Wilson Living love every minute of the Christmas season and plan to be at many of the local holiday events sharing the season with our fellow neighbors.

Christmas officially "on the clock'

Can you hear that? Its the sound of a ticking clock. Time is running out to finish holiday shopping, mail Christmas cards and plan last minute dinner parties. Time is also running out to get the special holiday rate gift subscription to Wilson Living Magazine. It makes a great gift for anyone who lives in Wilson County or locals who have moved away and want to keep up with whats going on in the area. Until December 31, 2011 you can get a 1 year subscription for just $10 (additional charges apply for out of county and out of state subscribers).You better hurry though, this special pricing wont last.

December is a busy month for most of us. There is one more event youll want to add to your calendar this month. On December 13th The Crystal Couture Store will host a, Holiday How Do You Do Party. Beginning at 5:30pm guests can take advantage of special discounts, prizes, beverages and hors devours. The ladies of Wilson Living will be there. So join us to take care of your last minute shopping list or just visit Wilson Countys very own Sparkle Store.

This time of year usually brings on a lot of stress. And sometimes the things we stress about arent really that important in the grand scheme of things. Theres no better way to put things into perspective than donating time to help others. 2011 was a tumultuous year for the economy. Job loss, rising interest rates on home loans and health issues left some unemployed or in worse cases, homeless. There are many foundations that need extra help this holiday season. To find where you can put your skills to work log on to Or call any nursing home or assisted living facility and find out if you can visit an elderly resident. You might be surprised at how a simple visit can brighten their day and yours.

Weve got big things planned for 2012 and we cant wait to share it all with you! Keep up with whats going on in Wilson County and maybe win a cool prize, become a fan on Facebook!

Home and Garden is a very popular section and this issue we are happy to showcase the home of Wilson County residents, Mike and Judy Cox in the January/February issue. Their home is breathtaking, especially this time of year. If you havent seen their home all lit up for Christmas, you must drive by sometime before the end of the year. Their display will get anyone in the mood for Christmas.

Be safe this holiday season! Send us your family pictures of your family enjoying the holiday season. You might see them pop up on our Facebook page!

Until next time, Keep Reading!

Clip & save with Wilson Living coupons


If you are like the ladies at Wilson Living, the next two weeks are “go time” as we all run around town picking up last minute Christmas gifts for family and friends.  But before you head to the stores, make sure to clip and use your SHOP WILSON LIVING COUPONS courtesy of Wilson Living and various local merchants.

The coupons can be found on either Page 37 of your December Wilson Living Magazine or log on to and click SHOP WILSON.


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There were seven beeps then nothing. When I tried rebooting, the same seven beeps and blank screen. Thats how a device that weighs less than a newborn, has no conscience or sense of urgency turned my life completely upside down for SEVEN FULL DAYS!

When I took my tech baby to the doctor, I got the standard battery of questions. If theres anything that will make you feel more inept as a human being its being questioned by an IT Specialist, Programmer, System Administrator or any other computer person title you can think of that means, You are a complete moron and a disgrace to

Silicon Valley


By the grace of Steve Jobs I found a guy that is cool with me not worshipping at the altar of Apple to fix my super inefficient Windows-operating laptop without using inside words like PITA to describe me. (LOOK IT UP)

Heres how the conversation went:

Did you notice your processor overheating?

Whats a processor?

Its the brain of your computer; the memory, everything. When it overheats for an extended amount of time, it will completely shut down and take everything with it.

He acted like it was no big deal, so I really didnt think there was a reason to worry. I felt super smart. We were getting each other. For a moment, I felt technically superior, even thinking that I may adopt all hoodie/flip flop wardrobe and listening to continuous loop of dub step. But then, he continued.

Since everybody backs up these days, its not that big of a deal to lose your information.

Right. Wait, what? What do you mean? Ive lost everything on my computer?

Probably, but as long as you saved it on your external hard drive, dont worry about it.

My what? Is that another name for a thumb drive?

He looked over the top of his reading glasses as if he was trying to decide if I was joking or a complete moron. Thats when he realized that, yes, I am a complete moron and not really that funny. In fact, it was just a few months ago I learned that Google is considered a verb.

This is probably where his story and my story will differ.

He might say I got emotional and tried talking him out of giving up so easy. He might even say that I blamed this whole fiasco on my children, my husband, the Harlem Shake or the fact that I was a Jehovahs Witness as a child.

I would like to say this is NOT how it happened. But, because this person recovered all of that very valuable information, Im not going to call him a liar. Im not even going to blame it on PMS. I will just say this: I may be an idiot. I may not know the difference between MB and RAM. I may have outdated software, still use Internet Explorer, and prefer Facebook to Twitter. HOWEVER, I do know the computer I just ordered is already obsolete, techie people are 21st century mechanics spouting off a dialect mere mortals cant understand, and the next time someone asks about backing up, Ill know they are not talking about a persons driving abilities.

Email any comments to because luckily she knows how to check email.

Coupons, coupons and more coupons

Easter is fast approaching, so now is the perfect time to turn to page 55 of Wilson Living Magazine and use all of your Shop Wilson Living Coupons before they expire.

The first stop on your agenda this week must be Honey Baked Ham Company and Café located on West Main Street in Lebanon. There, as always, you will find owners, Ron and Mary Flesch, who are staying busy this Easter week preparing scrumptious hams for Easter tables throughout Wilson County. With your Wilson Living Coupon you can get $5 off a Whole Ham or Half Bone-in Ham. Hurry though as they are staying very busy this Easter season, so make sure to call 443-HAMS and reserve your ham today!

Darn...he noticed

Wilson Living Magazine

A few months back, I convinced my husband to embark on a small remodeling project.

And actually, remodel is too strong a word. It was really an organizational project.

We are a family of clutter. At any given time there are trails of tennis balls, footballs, baseballs, cleats, shin guards, backpacks, dog leashes, bathing suits, goggles, purses, and files leading the way through our house.

I just want to put in some built-ins for all this clutter. Maybe bump out the laundry room. Thats all - promise. were the words that came out of my mouth.

And yet as I sit here writing this afternoon, Im staring into a huge hole on the side of my house.

Designer Labels

Wilson Living Magazine

While my favorite places to shop are thrift stores, vintage clothing stores and goodwill, I love browsing the designer section of department stores. No, Im not in the market for a $700 blouse. Not long ago I was in designer apparel when a new sales girl approached. The reason I know she was new is because most of the folks who work at this particular store know its a complete waste of time to try and sell me anything. Before I could say, No. Not looking for anything specific. Just browsing She started the pitch.

Isnt this classic? The lines are amazing. I could totally see you in this. Everyone needs to have 2 Cs in their closet.

It is beautiful. I keep my college transcripts in my closet so I have WAY more than 2 Cs.

She looked at me like I was an idiot. I started to believe she was right. Sure there is no way I could afford this frock but she didnt know that for a fact. I could be the big sale shed been hoping for all week. Whos to say I couldnt buy it to prove a point then return it the next day pending shes off work.

Im kidding. What were you saying about the dress? I do love it but not sure where I could wear it.

Are you kidding? You could wear this anywhere; a date with your husband, girls night out, wedding, work, church. The possibilities are endless.

Family, Fireworks and FUN and the latest issue of Wilson Living Magazine!
Looking for something to do this weekend to celebrate July 4? You don’t need to travel far. Wilson County has plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained.  Whether you’d like to take in one of the spectacular fireworks shows in Mt. Juliet, Watertown or Nashville or you prefer staying at home and cooking up some excellent outdoor fare, Wilson Living has done the research so you don’t have to.

In Watertown, spectators can enjoy the 4th of July parade and keep cool by participating in a squirt gun battle. The parade begins at 6 p.m. Fireworks to follow at dusk at Three Forks Park. For more information call 237-0270.
FCS 8th graders visit Washington, D.C

By ANGEL KANE, Wilson Living Magazine 
The 8th grade class of Friendship Christian School in Lebanon recently returned from their annual trip to Washington, D.C.. The five day trip was a whirlwind tour of all the best D.C. has to offer.

The students spent their first day at the home of Thomas Jefferson in Monticello and spent the afternoon touring the famous estate and garden.

Founders Favorites

Now is the time to enter to win all the Founder’s Favorites found in our May/June Issue. Entry is free! Just go to to participate.

This issue we have featured three Founders’ Favorites perfect for Spring.

Freeman Memorial Walking Horse Show Returns to the Fair


This Friday, August 13, the Wilson County Fair returns! From food to contests to rides to beauty queens, every day from the 13th through the 21st, the fair offers fun-filled entertainment for the whole family.

This year, brings the return of the third annual Betty B. Freeman Memorial Walking Horse show. Betty Freeman was a long-time Wilson County resident who had a passion for horses. Originally from Lewisburg, Betty moved to town when she married John Freeman and in the 1970’s, Betty turned her passion for horses into a breeding business known as Freeman Foals.

Green Green Grass of Curley Putman's Home

In a hillside mansion somewhere between Lebanon and Gladeville tunesmith Curly Putman bends an ear toward a speaker in his music room listening to one of his babies.

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