Sunday, March 24, 2019

Wanna Dress Up? Your Guide To Nashville-Inspired Halloween Costumes

Wanna Dress Up?

All Hallows Eve. It means different things to different people. Parking it in front of the TV for the millionth viewing of Hocus Pocus since October 1 (it really WILL cast a spell on you). You-tubing the classic episode of Boy Meets World (“we’ll always remember he was that tall”). Going to your local five and dime to pick up the best candy money has to offer, because you WILL be the most popular house on the block. Planning a way to hide from trick-or-treaters.

Whatever you’re doing, the Wannado team urges you to go all out and dress up this year. What other holiday allows you to transform into literally anything you want? We also know that you probably want to wear that Nashville pride on your sleeve this Halloween, so we’ve got you covered. Here’s your Wannado guide to the best Nashville-inspired costumes to:

Strike While The Iron Is Hot:

A Character From Nashville


But let’s be real, Connie Britton will never stop being relevant.


Halloween is the unofficial test of being up-to-date on pop culture. However, Nashville keeps it classy. Instead of donning your best Miley-Cyrus-twerking-at-the-VMAs get-up (which, honestly, you could just pick up some nude colored latex to wrap yourself in from Lowe’s but DON’T let us give you any ideas on that), try paying homage to the show that’s putting us on the map. Bonus: they’re all ridiculously attractive, so you won’t have to ugly it up if your end game is to find some romance this October 31st. You probably have most of the elements in your closet, because you’re Nashville-fashionable on a daily basis, you handsome devils.


Ladies: Take a cue from both Rayna and Juliette – if you have some extensions, now is the time to give that Southern hair a little oomph. Check out our Pinterest board for Nashville-inspired beauty. You could even check out the place where Juliette got her corset made for the music video she filmed in Buddy Killen Traffic Circle – the corsets are for rent at Ani & Ari. If there is a time to wear a bedazzled corset, it’s Halloween.

Fellas: Don’t shave for a day, pick out a flannel, and put on your Imogene + Willies. Because you’re all Deacon, you studs (minus the alcoholism and self-loathing, we hope). Carry around a guitar for effect…we’re pretty sure you’ll be able to find one on short notice.

Be A Walking Inside Joke:

A Local Celebrity


No one gets us like the Bang This twins.


Yes, Nashville is notoriously friendly and welcoming. We’ve heard of someone at the airport who sneezed and a chorus of Nashvillian’s sang out “bless you” at the same time. We know how to be inclusive. BUT, there’s nothing wrong with a little “you-had-to-be-there” every once in awhile. If you’re a local, odds are you’ve heard of the Bang This Twins. These dudes go around downtown Nashville spreading super weird cheer, dancing and taking pictures with tourists and locals alike (and being each other’s ultimate wingman). Walk into a party as a local celebrity, and you’ll be able to identify your fellow Nashville lovers by the look of recognition on their faces.


To be the Bang This Twins, just go get some simple blue T-shirts, visors, and some fabric paint. Make sure you have some courage, too, because if people don’t get this costume right off the bat, things can be awkward for a minute (trust us).

Make Your Outfit A Game:

Hipster Band Member or A Guy From Duck Dynasty?


Keep em’ guessing, Jack.


This works best in a group. Gather your bros (or your ladies, if you gals don’t mind sporting some luscious fake beards). Have half of you dressed as members of some toe-tappin’, barefoot, beard-and-harmonica-clad rag tag indie group. Preferably the guys from Old Crow Medicine Show, Iron & Wine…you get the idea. Have the other half dress up as Louisiana’s favorite redneck entrepreneurs. You’d be surprised at the similarities. Do the big reveal at the end of the night and see if your fellow Halloween party-goers could tell the difference. Oh, you and your whimsical costume and social commentary about the similarities of seemingly different subcultures! Well done.


Anything from Bass Pro, Goodwill, or a trash can. Not too hard, y’all. As far as grooming, you should have stopped shaving 5 years ago.

Be Clever & Show Some Local Love:

Local Business Puns

bonBecause OMG you might get retweeted by your favorite coffee shop.


We’ve got local pride for days. We also have an aching desire to showcase our biting wit – such is the nature of mankind. Embrace it for the night and give your favorite local biz some love! What do we mean? Well, are you a fan of Bongo Java? Dress as a cup of coffee and borrow a bongo drum from your free-spirited, noisy neighbor. Presto! You’re a genius. Love the sandwiches from The Silly Goose? Paper mache a beak of some sort, tie a string around it, and tell jokes all night, you silly goose!


BONGO JAVA: Wear all brown (whatever shade represents how you take your cup of joe). Put on a white hat and get a red pipe cleaner coming out of the top like a straw. Hold a bongo drum. Play it until you get kicked out of the party.
FROTHY MONKEY: This one could get weird, but we think you should go for it. Dress up as a monkey and foam at the mouth with the help of some toothpaste and baking soda. Looks more like a rabid monkey, but locals will get the joke.
SILLY GOOSE: Find some sort of cone to spray paint gray and attach it to your nose. Wear all white. Tell jokes all night long, and behave in a silly manner. It’s that easy.
WILD COW: Personify the East Nash vegan restaurant by Sharpie-ing a cheap white shirt/pants with cow spots. Then get wild. We suggest Mardi Gras beads.
THIRD MAN: Find two dudes who are too lame to dress up. Follow them around & carry a tape recorder, recording all the spooky Halloween party sounds. THIRD MAN RECORDS. Ba-dum-ch!
MAD DONNA’S: Dress up as Donna Summer (any jumpsuit with sequins). Act really angry.
THE SMILING ELEPHANT: Wear head to toe gray, fashion some elephant ears/a trunk out of pipe cleaner/fabric, and smile all night long. THERE! You are pleasant AND you’re reppin’ everyone’s favorite Thai Restaurant.

Stick With A Classic:
A Country Legend

Because in the wise words of Dolly Parton, “It takes a lot of money to look this cheap.” Bonus points if you dress up your baby like Willie Nelson.


Music City’s got the richest musical history in the south. Why not play it up? Halloween can let you transform into a Nashville great – if you do it right you might even get a double-take from some tourists and sign a few autographs!


You can go so many directions with this one! Whether you want to be Dolly, Reba, Faith, Merle, Willie, Hank…you can do it! We suggest dropping by Katy K’s for some down-south vintage glamour. Also, you’re going to want to walk through the new Omni Hotel in downtown Nashville – they have country star’s wardrobes from yesteryear on display, and it will give you a world of ideas to recreate in time for this Thursday!

Bring out the big guns, Nashville, and don’t be afraid to get a little festive. Tag us in your Halloween snapshots at @wannadolocal so we can see what you end up wearing! Because you’re better than “I’m a mouse…duh.” Grab the Wannado app to plan all your Halloween festivities and get local tips!

– Your local guide.

Laura Lea Balanced: Rawnola!

Chef Laura Lea is a Certified Holistic Chef and food writer based in Nashville, Tennessee. Her company, LL Balanced, provides you with easy, nutritious and family-friendly recipes that will make healthy eating a pleasure and restore balance to your life!

You can learn more about Chef Laura Lea and LL Balanced here. You can also purchase a copy of her cookbook, The Laura Lea Balanced Cookbook, here which contains 120+ delicious and healthy recipes!



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Top 3 Porch Plants for Spring!

It’s official. Spring has sprung! Everything is getting greener and that includes our porches! This week, we stopped by Yarrow Acres on Main Street in downtown Franklin to find out the Top 3 Porch Plants for 2019!

Shopping for plants can be overwhelming. So many choices.. and which ones can we keep actually keep alive?! Lindsey Carmichael, daughter of owner Sheri Gramer, showed us the three plants that love porches as much as we love them.


Fiddle-Leaf Fig

It’s no surprise fiddle-leaf figs are on a list of favorites because these Pinterest-worthy plants have been all the rage for the last few years (and they’re not going anywhere). These guys are a bit of an investment but the return is high.. they’re the perfect accessory to any (and every) room in your home. Lindsay told us they require a lot of light and prefer to be watered only once a week (usually about two cups depending on the size of the plant). Fiddle-Leaf figs are known indoor plants but they also really love life on the porch.


Split Leaf Monstera

Okay, these guys are cool. For one, the Split Leaf Monsteras are (almost) impossible to kill. Secondly, they’re beautiful. And third, they do this unique thing where they “split” or get holes in them as they grow. Not holes like they’re diseased or being eaten by bugs, but unique marks that provide character. They prefer bright, indirect light and a good watering once they’re dry. For this plant, a porch is pretty much paradise.



Oh, dieffenbachia. These beautiful plants are a self-esteem boost for those of us without green thumbs. They’re one of the easiest plants to grow and they come in so many amazing varieties! On the top row, from left to right, the plant names are Aglaonema Silver Bay and the Dieffenbachia Snow variety. On the bottom row, from left to right, we’ve got the Panther and the Algaonema Juliet. Dieffenbachia also prefers indirect light and moist (but drained) soil. These plants love to show off with their large size and splashy patterns. A perfect addition to your porch this spring and summer.

If you’re interested in learning more about plants, Yarrow Acres hosts a variety of make-and-take classes! For a class schedule and details, check out their Facebook page here.

How You Can Help Seniors to Build and Maintain Healthy Habits

from Caregivers by WholeCare

Caregivers can help seniors create healthy habits that will maintain overall health by learning more about proper nutrition for seniors, safe senior exercise routines, and lifestyle habits.

Nutrition After Fifty
It is critical for seniors to practice proper nutrition. Poor nutrition affects the body, as well as the mind, energy levels, and can lead to other health issues. The more caregivers know about nutrition for seniors, the better they will be able to care for them. Professional caregivers know that while older adults typically need fewer calories, they need MORE of certain nutrients because their bodies are less efficient at making or absorbing certain vitamins and minerals. Here are a few tips to help caregivers promote healthy habits around mealtimes.

Tips for Caregivers to make mealtimes easier:

  • If the person has a hard time using a knife and fork, serve finger foods.
  • Try bite-sized pieces of sandwich, meat, or cut-up fruit or veggies.
  • Serve one or two foods at a time. Too many choices can be overwhelming.
  • If chewing or swallowing is a problem, mash, puree, or moisten foods with broth, sauce, or milk. Add flavor to meals with spices and herbs.
  • Put out bowls of nuts and fruit to encourage snacking.
  • Serve nutritional supplement drinks or smoothies with protein powder and fruits.

healthy eating after 50Vitamins/Supplements
As a person ages, some nutrients become more important:
• Fiber to stay regular
• Potassium for blood pressure and to help avoid fatigue and depression
• Healthy fats to lower chances of heart disease
• Vitamin B12 for energy and brain function
• Vitamin D and Calcium for bone health

Benefits of exercise in older age
Did you know that one of the many vital services Caregivers can provide for seniors is as a workout partner? Caregivers are a vital part of helping seniors build and maintain healthy habits as they age and staying active as a senior has many benefits! Here are a few:

Increases mental capacity
Research links physical activity with slower mental decline. Exercise increases blood flow to all parts of the body, including our brain.

Prevents disease
Exercise is beneficial in preventing dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and can also delay or prevent many diseases associated with aging, such as diabetes, colon cancer, heart disease, stroke, and more.

Improves healing
Injuries can take longer to heal as people age. Regular exercise may speed up the wound-healing process by as much as 25 percent.

Increases balance
Exercise can help improve balance, which can help prevent falls. Falls are a significant cause of broken hips and other injuries that often lead to disability and hospitalization in older adults.

How caregivers can help seniors become more active:

  • Find something they enjoy doing.
  • Make sure it is geared to their fitness level.
  • Start slowly, at a level they can manage, and work their way up.
  • Do exercises at home with them. You can rent videos at the library and modify as necessary.

According to the AARP, 40% of people between 45 and 64 are considered sedentary. At age 64 and older, that number jumps to 60%.

weekly exercise routine for seniors







In Tennessee, Nearly 70,000 Grandparents are Raising Grandkids

In Tennessee, nearly 70,000 grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren living with them. Nationwide, more than 2.6 million people are raising grandkids. This number is increasing rapidly as more parents become addicted to opioids and are jailed, forced into treatment centers or die from overdose.

“Regardless of the situation, there is limited information and resources available to assist grandparents as they become the primary caregiver for their grandchildren,” said Grace Smith, executive director of the Council on Aging of Middle Tennessee.

The role of grandparents can range from full custody to caring for children after school while parents work. Issues from custody arrangements, financial support and raising children in the technology age need to be discussed. “Grandparents often lack key information about the range of support services, resources, programs, benefits, laws and policies available to help them successfully fulfill their caregiving role,” said Smith.

To address these issues and more, COA created Empowering Grandparents: A Guide for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren©. Topics include children with special needs, working with schools, legal and financial matters and age specific information.

Print copies are available at no charge at COA’s office located at 95 White Bridge Rd., Ste. 250, Nashville, TN 37205. The online version is also available through the generous funding of Cigna HealthSpring. COA also provides in-person and over the phone consultations. Visit for more information.

Get Musically Inceptioned at OZ Arts with A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet

A Thousand Thoughts: A Live Documentary by Sam Green and Kronos Quartet

OZ Arts

Friday, March 22 at 8pm

Saturday, March 23 at 7pm



Maybe the last time you watched a documentary was when you were stuck at your Nana’s house for the holidays and she only has six channels. Or maybe you just finished watching The Office for the 17thtime, and Netflix suggested you try something new for once, so you tuned into some creepy documentary about true crime. We don’t know you.

BUT we do know that OZ Arts is hosting a documentary experience like you’ve never seen. A Thousand Thoughts is a live documentary. Not sure what that means? We can help.

While you view a film featuring a retrospective on music’s influence on our lives and memories, the filmmaker narrates, and the film’s subjects, the Kronos Quartet, provide live accompaniment to bring to life the influence their music has had on not just string quartets, but composition, arrangement and performance in general.

Seriously, this experience will amaze you – Am I watching a film? A live performance? Who are these world-class artists and how did we all get here? This performance will inspire you and pull you into the music and history with its immersive beauty.


Who is Kronos?

A string quartet (Violinists David Harrington and John Sherba, violist Hank Dutt and cellist Sunny Yang) whose body of work has garnered praise worldwide and earned more than 40 awards for their trailblazing approach to their music. They’ve played everywhere from prestigious concert halls to our personal favorite, Sesame Street. Their music is wide-ranging, from classical to classic rock (Jimi Hendrix tunes, anyone?)

Who is Sam Green?

An innovative documentarian with a couple of immersive films under his belt, Green approached Kronos about being featured in this unusual way. But the four musicians have a well-established sense of adventure, so they said “Sure, that sounds fun.”

Put those two together, add an incredible film backdrop in a beautiful setting and you’ve got an unforgettable experience with iconic artists.

Don’t miss this incredible experience, GET TICKETS NOW!!


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