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16 Festivals to Help You Celebrate Fall in Tennessee

Looking for ideas to celebrate fall? Check out some of our favorite October festivals across Tennessee. From blues music to local markets and traditions to fall produce and crafts, the state has plenty of activities perfect for the whole family. East Tennessee 10/6 – 10/7—3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival | Chattanooga, TN Enjoy some rich southern bluegrass in the Scenic City at the 3 Sisters Bluegrass Festival. Featuring more than 10 performances in two days, it’s no wonder this festival was recently named one of the Top Five Bluegrass Festivals by Great American Country. And admission is free! 10/6-10/7—Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival | Erwin, TN Located just south of Johnson City, downtown Erwin is host to the Annual Unicoi County Apple Festival. The event boasts over 350 arts and crafts vendors from around the county including painting, photography, wood-turning, sculpture, metal, jewelry, glass and more. You and your family can get your fill at one of three food courts while you enjoy live music, children’s rides, activities, tournaments and more. 10/6 – 10/21—RiverRocks Festival | Chattanooga, …

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4 Free Meditation Apps to Help You Relax

Could your phone be the key to calm? Some people believe you need to get far away from the beeping and buzzing to reap the benefits of meditation, but with the help of free meditation apps, I think technology can be helpful in your quest for a little rest and relaxation. Meditation apps make it possible to slow down and check in with yourself anytime, anywhere. They’re easy to use, even if you’re a beginner. Here are four popular picks I’ve tried, that I think are worth trying. Stop, Breathe & Think If you’re new to meditation, this might be the app for you. Stop, Breath & Think teaches you about how stress impacts your body and mind, what mindfulness meditation is and how it can help you feel better. Once you’ve got the basics down, you can choose from 30 short meditations. Mark each one as you try it to track your progress and stay motivated. Stop, Breathe & Think is available for iPhone® and Android® at stopbreathethink.com. Aura Aura’s offerings are short, sweet …

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Family Activities in Tennessee to Enjoy After School Starts

The kids may be heading back to school soon, but that doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. There are many opportunities to spend time together well after summer ends and the first school bell rings. Here are some ideas for late summer family activities in Tennessee. Outdoor Adventures Tennessee is full of places to get outside and enjoy nature as a family. Pack a picnic and head to one of a dozen state parks, where you’ll find plenty of inspiration to go hiking, fishing, canoeing, horseback riding and even swimming. Interpretive centers and outdoor educational opportunities — like Bays Mountain Park in Kingsport, the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge or Discovery Park of America in Union City — also offer families the chance to spend an afternoon learning about the science of local nature. Historic Day Trips It’s fairly easy to get across the state, so consider taking a weekend trip to learn about Tennessee’s rich history — after the kids finish their homework, of course. In East Tennessee alone, you’ll …

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A Lupus Diet That Can Ease Your Symptoms and Improve Your Health

I was diagnosed with lupus when I was 11 years old and have been coping with it for the past 29 years. As a teen, I believed that my health depended solely on my prescribed medications. I didn’t realize the foods I put in my body could also have a significant effect. It also didn’t dawn on me that my daily consumption of junk food was terrible — and I had no idea there was such a thing as a “lupus diet.” I first learned about this diet in college. I had been feeling terrible, so my best friend suggested I eat less pizza, tacos and Chinese food, and instead consume more fruits, veggies and lean meats. I took her advice and adopted a lupus diet. With practice, I learned which foods triggered a “lupus flare,” and which ones made me feel 100 times better. Lupus and Lupus Diets Lupus is an autoimmune condition that affects the skin, tissues, joints and organs. When you have lupus, your immune system can’t tell the difference between harmful …