Dana Hof

Dana is a mother to Rowan (high school), Arden (middle school), and Pierson (preschool). Although she is an Arkansas native, she has been a seasonal resident of the Gulf Coast, since age nine, when her mother moved to Destin; she’s been a Pensacola resident for the last 11 years. Dana attributes her Mayberry-esque childhood in Warren, Arkansas, as enormously influential in honing her definitely Southern style of storytelling. A degree in Journalism from the University of Arkansas (Woo Pig Sooie!) developed it further. In addition to writing, she loves photography, doodling, and painting. She is always up for a new adventure, especially in the great outdoors. She can’t live without Jesus, Diet Coke, funny memes, flair pens, or mascara, and loves personality tests (she’s a 1w9 and an I/ENFJ, ambivert). Her life is dictated by what she whispers to herself every morning, “You’ve only got this one precious life.”
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It’s Crawfish Season!

Who dat talkin’ bout a crawfish boil? If you live in this part of the Gulf Coast and have never hosted a crawfish boil for your family, friends, or neighbors, it’s about that time!...

We Quit: The Great and Glorious Middle-Aged Mom Give-Up

Let me set the scene. You just paid $139 for a movie ticket and $876,000 on popcorn and Coke. No one told you? It’s second-mortgage night at the movies. Whatever. You haven’t been to...

Hang On, Mom Zombies

Mom conference! What are we doing? More specifically, what am I doing? Who am I? I don’t even know what my purpose is anymore. What month is it? January? STILL??? The New York Post in December (like...

Be Brave, Mothers of Strong-Willed Children!

I swear every time I took my daughter to the park, the chorus to Private Eyes by Hall & Oates would echo in my mind: Private eyesThey’re watching youThey see your every move. I couldn't escape...

A Family’s Peace of Mind: Pediatric Surgery and Intensive Care at Studer Family Children’s...

There’s a little secret understood by parents who have experienced a medical emergency with their children: we always need to know where the nearest pediatric hospital is located. Since 2010, I’ve noted a pediatric...

Adulting Merit Badge: Seeing a Therapist

I’ve been a writer for years. I usually write about things that are sentimental and heartwarming, and mostly in a way that is humorous. I generally see the good, or at least a silver...

A Love Letter Life

  My great-grandmother's “R’s” melted and fell like home churned butter on her oversized yeast rolls. After growing up in Arkansas, she didn’t drop them completely, as I’m guessing her people from South Georgia did,...

Homeschool Barbie Didn’t Prepare Me For This

Dear everyone who is freaking out, This is a letter from your friend, Dana. If you hear the words home or virtual school and need to self-medicate with a trip to Bubba’s Sweet Spot...

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