Live To Learn And You Will Learn To Live!
Hi! I’m Amanda and I am so happy you dropped in to get to know me better.
I’m a small town girl with itchy feet for adventure and exploration which I satisfy by exploring the beautiful Appalachian mountains in which I reside. I also enjoy extended USA road trips with my family.
We currently reside in upper Northeast Tennessee. I’ve lived, played, and worked in Tennessee my entire life most of which was spent right here in the Appalachian mountains.
I spent a few short years in Memphis, TN while attending Pharmacy school and loved it, but our love for the outdoors brought us home to the Appalachian and Smoky Mountains.
I am married to my high school sweetheart, Mark. He is an amazing husband, father, and local optometrist to our small community in Blountville, TN. (Shameless plug, but yes, it’s true…just read all his great reviews. He’s the real deal!)
He is also my photographer, my ATV driver, and my marathon road trip partner. We are best friends and have a great time exploring God’s creation.
I homeschool with the Charlotte Masonish method which means we read a lot of living books and utilize the outdoors and a lot of our travel time to enhance what we learn. You can read more about that on our Homeschool page.
Because my children are almost always with me and share my daily life, they know way too much about marketing and blogging, but they help me keep this house humming so that I can write and plan our adventures. They are a blessing and I adore them.
VeraVise Outdoor Living has the mission of helping families travel more now while their kids are still at home, to use travel as education, and create lasting memories through travel and the great outdoors.
Outdoor living encompasses so much, but for us, it means getting outdoors to hike, ride ATV’s, and travel..lots and lots of travel.
We want to inspire you to live life with your kids now while they are still at home rather than putting off travel until you are retired and they are grown up.
We also want to give you the tools to homeschool your children with joy by incorporating living books, living ideas, and a life filled with experiences to create a holistic living education.
In fact, the name VeraVise was inspired by my Charlotte Mason journey. In several places throughout her writings, Charlotte speaks of the term Veracity and how if we are to be honest and train our children to be honest persons, then we must have veracity and teach our children to have veracity as well.
VeraVise was derived from the idea that I will always strive to be as honest as possible in the homeschool and travel advice that I offer on this site.
Veracity: habitual observance of truth in speech or statement; truthfulness: He was not noted for his veracity. conformity to truth or fact; accuracy: to question the veracity of his account.
Advise: offer suggestions about the best course of action to someone. To inform of, notify about/of, give notice of, apprise of, inform (someone) about a fact or situation, typically in a formal or official way.
I will always strive to offer the honest and helpful advice that inspires you to seek a life well lived in your homeschool, in the outdoors, and on the road.
I define outdoor living as a lifestyle that seeks to enjoy the great outdoors in whatever fashion best suits you or your current circumstances. If you are traveling, it might mean incorporating outdoor exploration of national and state parks or finding a new ATV trail to explore.
If you are at home, it might mean finding a way to create an outdoor space that invites you and your family to get outside more or enjoying some great outdoor camping or cooking outdoors.
It almost always means hiking and nature walks.
Outdoor living can be so many different things, but the one thing they have in common is an appreciation for God’s creation and getting outdoors as often as you can even if it’s just for a back road ride to take in the scenery.
On VeraVise Outdoor Living You will find content on thes main topics:
- Best Places to Travel In The US
- US National Parks[with kids]
- The Smoky Mountains
- ATV Riding
- RV Living
- Homeschooling Outside & On The Road
- Smoky Mountains