TheDollyDeLong: Family Vacation in Gatlinburg, TN (June 2017)

TheDollyDeLong: Family Vacation in Gatlinburg, TN (June 2017)

Hey, guess what? I am FINALLY getting around to posting about the DeLong Family Vacation in Gatlinburg, TN (June 2017)! (My excuse is that I started a new job….and because of that it set me back several months because training ruled my life….is that a good excuse?!?!????) 

Anyway, it was my VERY FIRST vacation as a DELONG!!!! (YAYAYAYAY!) SO, every other year, my in-law’s (Duke + Molly DeLong) plan a HUGE 3-4 day family vacation for all their children (Darci, Abby + Ty) + their spouses (Josh, Jared, & now Me) + their kids (Brax, Brody, Trevi, Everleigh, Joah, Marielle + Akaius) (OH YEAH…and Bella came too since she is the grand-kitty).

When I first heard that the family vacation was in Gatlinburg, TN I immediately was dreading it mostly because of all the years I had to go to Gatlinburg for Winterfest with my previous job (every single year during Valentine’s day weekend for 6 years). I imagined family vacation was going to be in gross downtown Gatlinburg with thousands of teenagers around me eating fudge, pancakes, or any triple fried greasy item. (Yeah, I’m not a fan of downtown Gatlinburg, it kind of reminds me of the place that Pinocchio was sent to with all the other disrespectful boys in that weird Disney movie).  I mean, even my 8-year-old niece (Trevi) was like “Ummmm Aunt Dolly is NOT going to like Family vacation because she HATES Gatlinburg!” 

Thankfully my husband (Ty) is a very patient man, and told me to give Gatlinburg a chance…mostly b/c family vacation is always awesome with his family…and because he knows I can be pretty dramatic about things I don’t like…gosh that man sometimes knows me too well. Goodness, he was RIGHT and I was wrong about Gatlinburg (GASP)! When you actually step outside of that nasty downtown strip, and you go outside the city, it’s really very pretty! My in-laws had rented this beautiful (ginormous) cabin that fit everyone (literally EVERYONE-even the cat) comfortably and perfectly. Molly (Or Momo as everyone calls her) had daily activities planned out for the family. We went hiking, horse-back riding, & went to my namesake’s theme-park “Dollywood” (okay okay, Dolly Parton is NOT my namesake…but my mom did pick up some English thanks to Dolly Parton when she first moved to America in 1984. She listened to ALOT of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers and picked up on some American Lingo from their songs-LOL)!  Anyway….I judged Gatlinburg too hard, and I have decided not to hate on it too much from here on out.

Overall, I had a BLAST hanging out with my new family. I told Ty by the end of family vacation that I LOVED hanging out with the entire family, and this was such a fun + positive experience for me (because I did not grow up going on massive family vacations since I’m an only child). PLUS-ADDED BONUS: My nieces and nephews are hysterical and I am convinced that they are the coolest little humans I have ever met.

Thank you Ty for agreeing to marry me so that I can hang out with your family (and now they are my family)! And I’m thankful  I (finally) had a fun experience in Gatlinburg! I told Ty I would agree to go back happily next time 🙂 

Here are several photos from family vacation! Enjoy!


P.S. If anyone was wondering…Bella hated family vacation.

DollybyDesign Essential Oil Stories: {Featuring} Susan M. from Nashville, TN

DollybyDesign Essential Oil Stories: {Featuring} Susan M. from Nashville, TN

I (Dolly) have been using Essential Oils for the past year (Since July 2014) and ever since then, I have significantly noticed a change in my overall health, AND I have been noting change in my loved ones lives as well (friends/family who are using them). Recently, I thought it would be cool to share a personal story (at least once or twice a month) from a certain friend or family member to highlight certain oils, or just to openly share about the real benefits of how Essential oils are helping change their overall health. I really hope that these personal testimonies not only encourage you (the reader), but they also help challenge you to research and figure out what is best for your health and your overall wellness! It may not be using Essential Oils, it may be joining a gym, or changing your diet, or changing your surroundings. But my prayer for you is for you to fight for yourself, and to really enjoy the blessing of Life that God has given/granted you!

Susan’s Essential Oils Story

“I started using essential oils because I got tired of experiencing side effects of traditional medicine. I also believe many of the answers to our health questions can be found in nature. I have only started trying oils, but so far the best ones for me have been peppermint, oregano, digestive blend for stomach issues, soothing blend, and joyful blend, which has been great for uplifting my mood.  My whole family has benefited from using Essential Oils and I look forward to trying all of what they have to offer, including the Vitality Supplements.”

DollybyDesign: Dress for LESS (October/November 2014)

DollybyDesign: Dress for LESS (October/November 2014)

Thank you Allison Gibson (Nashville, TN) for being the October/November feature for DollybyDesign’s Dress for Less blog! Your finds are very beautiful//practical//& incredibly comfy looking!

(I, (Dolly), always enjoy hearing more about each month’s featured model, so I wanted to share some thoughts from Allison, and why she chose these specific pieces and how she is planning on using it in her everyday wardrobe) (read below)

“I am fortunate enough to work in an office where our dress is very much business casual. As a therapist, however, there is the occasional need for professional attire, so I try to pick pieces that have multiple purposes. Many pieces can also transition from the workday into nighttime and weekend wearing as well. Fall is my favorite of all the seasons, so I welcome any opportunity to add pieces to my wardrobe that allow me to layer and carry lighter items into the cooler months. I have worn at least 10 different outfits using these pieces and am excited about discovering many more” (Allison Gibson) 

Here were Allison’s finds (which she paired with other staple items/clothes to make some great combinations!)

Blazer – Target $24.48
Dress – Ross $17.99
V-neck Shirt – Target $13.98
Vest – Ross $14.99
Black & White top – Wal-Mart $7.44
Brown Sweater – Ross $16.98