on our seventh valentine's day together, we celebrated it just as we did our first. only a little more grown up. he still cooked a delicious meal; bacon wrapped filets with grilled asparagus. we still danced around a kitchen. this time, ours. we exchanged long, love letters. i still cried. but this year, we dressed up. we sipped red wine out of beautifully engraved glasses, gifts from our wedding. and we loved much deeper. seven years of it. and as much as i can understand how many do not care for valentine's day. for us two saps who have more cheese than we know what to do with, we will continue to celebrate. because that's our life secret, celebrate everything. 



after spending christmas in knoxville with carter's family, we drove to nashville to celebrate my birthday and ring in the new year with mine. i'm not sure about you, but for us, each visit home means a week of eating, drinking, and celebrating something so you better hope you packed your favorite yoga pants because that's really all you will wear! of course, this visit was no different.

we made sure to stop by burger up because to this day, it's my favorite burger and the truffle fries just can't be beat. i had to have an acai bowl from franklin juice co because it felt more like summer than it did winter. we made plenty of coffee runs to frothy monkey and high brow brew. and we finally got to check out the flipside - they have a 20$ bloody mary that is a meal! we chose a basic one.

i spent a few extra days at home to make a doctor's appointment i'd waited six months for. i was able to stop by one of my favorite shops, imogene + willie, and pick up a few new records at grimey's. the best part was that i got to spend some quality time with my family and our new dog, gracie. being home is always so good for my soul. 



today i am celebrating another year. surrounded by my love, my family, and truffle fries. i couldn't be more grateful. and thank you dear husband, for these amazing balloons that will no doubt still be around come spring. 

cheers to twenty eight and all of the adventures that it will bring! 



this year we are spending the holidays with my husband's family. this is my first christmas away from home and that''s tough. thankfully, whenever we are here, we are so busy running around town, chasing our nephews, and eating and drinking our way through the city that there is never much time to feel down. this year i am learning all about the miller family traditions and i could not be more excited. we will be baking cookies, constructing gingerbread villages, and creating christmas themed cocktails. it's kind of a running joke around here that everything revolves around food. but hey, i'm not complaining!

this holiday season, harry and david invites us to share how we taste the holidays. for us, it's all about creating fun treats that we can share and then enjoy throughout the week. opening that gold pear on christmas morning as if it's another gift under tree and passing around truffles for all to enjoy.

join the sweepstakes by sharing how you #tastetheholidays. four winners will receive a 1000$ gift card to harry and david! 

this post was sponsored by harry and david. all opinions are my own. 



a few photos from an afternoon running around freezing in a field of christmas trees. in search of that most perfectly, imperfect tree. just waiting to come home with us. with fluffy snowflakes falling from the sky. and the wind, so cold, that hot chocolate was a must. we found that perfectly, imperfect tree and brought her home. with charlie brown playing on tv, we adorned her with ornaments we've collected over the past six years. from different cities and many different seasons of life. each one so special to us. the way they will remain for all the years to come.