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. 


just a few iphone photos from our thanksgiving holiday in nashville. 

we spent thanksgiving this year with my family in nashville. instead of flying back to kansas city after the funeral, i stayed behind to save the money and spend a few extra days at home. once carter arrived, we packed in as much excitement as we could. we wandered up and down main street, brunched at grey's, did a little christmas shopping, watched movies, and ate our weight in turkey. 

on friday, we drove over to knoxville to surprise carter's sister for her thirtieth birthday. after a celebratory dinner, we enjoyed a night out at one of our favorite bars in the old city with friends and family. the next two days were spent lounging, packing, and soaking up as much of home as we could before heading back to the midwest for a few weeks. 

hope you all had a happy thanksgiving with the ones you love. i have so much to be thankful for. 


a few days ago we travelled home to tennessee after carter's grandfather passed away. we spent a long weekend surrounded by family and trying to be of comfort to his grandmother. he had suffered the last couple of months from an undiagnosed illness, that left him in pain most days. thankfully, that last week was a good one, and from what we were told, he was his usual, joyful self. there was no other man more excited to meet his father in heaven and there is a lot of peace in that. 

we decided to build a bonfire in the backyard one afternoon. we walked through the woods collecting sticks and gathering up piles of leaves. our nephews enjoyed jumping around and throwing said leaves all over me and in return, i enjoyed listening to their silly laughs as they disappeared underneath the piles. when the sun went down, we ate dinner by the fire and roasted "shmarsh-shmellows" (cuteness overload courteousy of miles flynn.)

a few photos above and hopefully soon, a video, too.


today my friends and i over at scout media collective are taking part in the share-a-bration of the beloved pocky snack. our friends over at pocky generously sent us all of their flavors to try and needless to say, we are obsessed.

with the cold winter season approaching, carter and i decided to invite our new neighbors over for a bonfire and s'mores - complete with hot chocolate and pocky sticks. we passed around the basket and took turns trying new flavors while telling stories around the fire.

pocky's week long share-a-bration sweepstakes is all about sharing happiness and what better way to do that than to share our new favorite snack with our new friends!

are you a pocky fan? let me know what you're favorite flavor is in the comments. (mine is currently the cookies + creme) and share your photos with the hashtag #sharehappiness.

to get involved in the celebration and enter for a chance to win some great prizes, make sure to check out pocky here.


on our last full day in colorado, we headed west to check out breckenridge and a few surrounding towns. we took our time driving over, stopping a few times in dillon and silverthorne to admire the views. once we made it to breckenridge, we wandered up and down main street. the only photo carter wanted was next to that welcome sign! i couldn't get over the aspen trees lining the streets and the leaves covering the ground. after enjoying lunch at motherloaded tavern, we met up again with rob who decided to camp with us that night.

we ended up finding an open campsite in frisco where a kind older man/park ranger warned us about a cold front blowing in. by the time we set up our tents and got a fire started, the temperature had hit freezing. we bundled up by the fire, made dinner, and listened to music until we couldn't take the cold anymore. we slept in layers and with hand warmers throughout our bags but still woke up with frost in our hair. to warm up, we made a fire burning the rest of our wood. we packed our site up at record speed and snapped a few photos before heading back to denver to drop rob off.

the ten hour drive back to missouri was long. i was trying to prepare myself mentally and emotionally for the next few weeks. but those few days in the mountains were just what my soul needed. i know it isn't the same for everyone, but i highly recommend relieving your stress in the great outdoors.