Ellie Talley's First Column

To me, summertime is all the things. I’m a mama and a teacher, so this two-month break gives me much-needed time to make stronger connections with my family and invest in things that matter the most.  Growing up, my parents planned summer vacations for us to take every year. As a kid, these vacations were truly the highlight of my childhood. From swimming in the Gulf of Mexico and eating

Cancer Update

Tonight I was at a meeting and we were talking about the fall magazine (deep breaths) and breast cancer awareness and I realized I had not updated everyone as I had promised on my breast cancer. First, I no longer have cancer.  I am cancer free and have been so since the end of December.  I found out moments before getting on a plane and heading to South Africa with

What is Happening at Growing Up Maury

Hey Friends! Long time, no talk to.  Sorry about that. We have been incredibly busy getting the first magazine ready. We are so very excited for you to see it. We have gotten the press proof back and it is so pretty.  Several people have asked us some questions about the magazine so I wanted to answer a few of those for you here today. When is the magazine available? April 24,

Maury County Kids Are Amazing: Agathos' Win

Growing Up Maury loves to hear about the accomplishments of the wonderful young people here in Maury County.  This weekend the Mock Trial Team from Agathos proved themselves to be quite the formidable opponent for the other teams competing in the District 11 Mock Trial. Top Attorney Winners: Luke Worsham First Place, Ella Seago Third Place Agathos has had a mock trial team for 3 years. Winning the regional title

Black History Month for the Rest of the Year

As Black History Month draws to a close, the Growing Up Maury Team would like to share some of our favorite books to share the accomplishments, endeavors and impacts of people of color.  We are choosing to share this at the end of the month so that you can continue to explore these stories and the lives of these individuals throughout the year. Special thanks to Kelly Bellamy for compiling

We Are Moving.  Actually, We Are Moving In.

Friends, I am not going to lie.  Putting together this magazine is hard work.  Much harder than I thought it was going to be.  And also so much more fun.  I cannot tell you how much we have loved getting to know the so many business owners in this community.  I also cannot tell you how much your support has meant to us. So far we have worked virtually.  Our

Eight Ways You Can Choose Joy Every Day

Having traveled all over this wonderful planet of ours I have encountered a great many people.  Through the relationships I have made with people, especially with people who are less fortunate that I am in almost every way, I have come believe that JOY is a choice.  I believe it so much I have it tattooed on my wrist just to remind me no what circumstance I find myself in,

Peace, Freedom and Equality.

I am sucker for a good advertisement. A few years ago there was a fantastic ad celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day.  I believe it was from McDonalds.   The words of the song we this:   If we could light a candle for everything he’s done, for every life he’s bettered for every victory won that light would shine so brightly that all the world could see what he did for peace and

How to Avoid Getting Sick During this Season

Avoid close contact with people who are sick. If you around people that are sick wear a mask. Stay home when you are sick. And keep your children home from school when they are sick. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Clean your hands. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Especially when are in public places. Clean the handles of shopping carts at the grocery

Happy Holidays

The Growing Up Maury team wants to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Happy Hanukkah and a very Happy New Year.  As a family and children based website and magazine, we believe spending time with family is so incredibly important.  For the next two weeks we will be spending the holiday season with our families.  We will still be updating the calendar and will be monitor