Holiday memories: Kevin La Freniere

Born and raised in a Baptist household in Texas, Kevin La Freniere moved to Nashville earlier this year to pursue his songwriting and modeling career.

Christmas? It’s already here again?!

This year is going to be my first Tennessee Christmas. Usually Christmases take place in Texas where I was born and raised by my Baptist preacher father and homemaker mother. Every year Christmas came with having to read the Christmas story from the Bible, which drove me insane, because it’s the same story every year! It also came with mentally adding up my gifts to my sister’s gifts, to see if my parents spent equal amount of money on us. I was always wondering how much money I could make by taking back all the gifts without receipts after the sales ended.

I started out the annoying kid who wanted to decorate everything with blue lights and icicles, and then I turned into the teen that played sick so I could avoid church Christmas parties and family gatherings to watch porn and chat online. However, I always did enjoy myself either way!

Now that I’m grown and have moved away from home, I’m starting to miss my mom’s annoying reminders about clothing choices and location spots for the Christmas card photos, wondering if my backwoods side of the family is going to bring Boone's Farm or spam casserole to the table this year, and who really is wanting to break the other preacher's nose when Grandma has to decide which of the two minister son-in-laws she is going to ask to pray before we break bread.

This year is going to be a little different since I know a total of two people in Nashville. It’s just going to be me and my dog listening to Dolly’s “Hard Candy Christmas” and sitting in front of a make-believe fire, eating cereal, and writing songs that hopefully will make next year’s Christmas a whole different story. Merry Christmas, Nashville!

National Margarita Day

A lot of us have really picked up an interest in tequila and it's no wonder. Its popularity is soaring in the U.S. and doesn't look like it'll be slowing down any time soon. The only contender would probably be whiskey. Meh, but they have their own day. Now, it's National Margarita Day and we put together some of the best margarita recipes around so you can pick one or maybe even all of them to try.

We have a few surprises in there too. Maybe it's not all about tequila but it certainly has a theme going on. Take a look at some of these great tequila brands and start making some amazing margaritas today!

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For many students, attending university is a profound, often life-changing, transition. It is often the student’s first time living on their own without parental supervision. This lifestyle is also accompanied by a period of self-discovery, of defining and redefining a sense of personal identity largely independent of the influence of family and friends from home.

For students who are members of the LGBTQ+ community, this rite of passage can also be a deeply empowering one. Indeed, attending university may be the student’s first real opportunity to explore their gender identity in a safe, comfortable, and accepting college.

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José Cuervo's Reserva de la Familia agave fields

Disclaimer: My trip was provided courtesy of a press trip but all opinions about the trip and events are my own. Please note there are affiliate links and at no additional cost to you, I may earn a commission if you make a purchase.

I had the opportunity to visit Mexico for an event José Cuervo was putting on, the unveiling of their premium tequila brand, Reserva de la Familia. The trip was all about tequila, how to drink it properly, how to pair it with food, and of course, visiting various points of interest in Guadalajara while tasting tequila along the way.

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