For me, spring in Wisconsin is the most challenging time of year to photograph. It’s that span of time where everything’s brown, nothing is blooming yet, and things just seem plain old ugly. Here are my tried and true spring photography tips for making the Midwest look pretty this time of year.
I love finding Instagram accounts with that “northern” vibe to them. Today, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite northern Instagrammers as of late. These are people who I’ve followed for awhile now and whose feeds inspire me on a daily basis.
This winter, I was determined to try this whole boiling water trick out for myself. So early one morning, Sean and I got the water ready, grabbed the camera, and headed out to the lake. Here are some tips on how you can turn boiling water into snow (and photograph it).
I’m itching for summer to get here and I can’t wait to spend a lot of time on the lake this year! One of my goals this summer is to explore more lakes by canoe.
Rib Mountain is one of my favorite spots in the Wausau area. No matter the season, there’s always something to do. Discover more about this park with my Rib Mountain State Park Guide!
Hey, Wausau friends! Looking for some ideas on things to do around the area? Here I’ve listed five things to do in Wausau, Wisconsin this spring in 2018.
Even though it so doesn’t feel like spring here in Wisconsin, I’m beginning to get our garden plans in order. I had the opportunity to work with RISE to bring awareness to their #ANDnotOR campaign.
Anyone who has ever experienced a Wisconsin winter can attest to how cold it gets. To help you battle these frigid months, here are some of my tips for surviving a Wisconsin winter.
I love finding unique and beautiful locations around the Midwest. After going through my Instagram feed, I’ve come up with a few of my favorites! So here are 10 Instagrammable Spots in Wisconsin!
It sure doesn’t look like spring here in Wisconsin, but that’s not going to stop me from creating my Spring Goals 2018!
After booking our first 2018 camping trip a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about all of the camping that we did last summer. There are three spots that jump out at me right away! Here are three of my favorite Wisconsin campgrounds!
I’ve been using the Divi Theme for about five months now and I LOVE it. So today, I created a super simple guide about How to Install the Divi Theme on Your Website with 12 easy steps!
Read all about my visit to this historic and whimsical place in southeastern Wisconsin: Camp Wandawega.
Here are 9 Wisconsin and Minnesota Brands that you should definitely check out!
Who else is excited for summer this year?! I’m extra excited now because our first camping trip of the year is booked! And today, I’m sharing my master camping list!
Snowshoeing can be a super fun winter activity. Here is my ultimate guide for snowshoeing in Wisconsin!
When we started planning for our Iceland trip, we knew going to the Blue Lagoon was a must. It’s a geothermal spa right in the middle of a lava field and one of the most well-known attractions in the country.
I recently traveled out to San Diego and spent a day at the Algodones Sand Dunes. Here are my suggestions for visiting there.
Door County, Wisconsin is one of my all-time favorite places in the Midwest. With summer quickly approaching, I’ve put together the Ultimate Door County Travel Guide!
I’ll continue to add and update this list as I come across them but for now, here are five Wisconsin coffee table books that you might enjoy checking out!
I recently partnered with TRESemmé to check out their new line of Compressed Micro-Mist Hair Sprays and yesterday was the perfect day to try it out on a simple braid in one of my favorite locations: the woods.
Start your day off right with these five easy early morning habits!
Seeing the northern lights is one of the coolest life experiences out there. Here are my tips on how to photograph the northern lights.
One of my favorite things is photographing animals. Here are five tips for capturing your furry friends!
I love setting goals and aspirations at the beginning of the year. Here are a few of my 2018 goals!
ISO is one of the three main pillars of photography. I’ve created guides for aperture and shutter speed, so now check out my beginner’s guide to ISO!
I thought I’d give you an inside look at my beginner photography workshops with a few photos I took during the last one!
There are three main components in order to achieve proper exposure: Aperture, Shutter Speed, and ISO. In this beginner’s guide, I will go over shutter speed!
Check out my super simple beginner’s guide to aperture!
Capturing sun flares is actually fairly simple. Keeping reading for tips and tricks!
Tucked away in the middle of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, sits an 800-acre gem that you need to see to believe. After reading this, Palmquist Farm will be your next Midwestern getaway.
It’s that time of year. Snowy trails, iced-over lakes, and bitter cold temperatures. Here are five tips for photographing this season.
It has been a busy year for me! Here’s a fun 2017 recap of what I got up to this past year.
I want to help you find your camera! I’ve compiled a list of the best cameras for every budget.
Depth of field can be a tricky thing to wrap your mind around. Here I’ve laid out five tips to help understand it further.
Why not make these cold, blustery months about coziness and adventure? Here I have six Midwestern things you should try this winter.
With winter here in Wisconsin, it can be hard to come up with fun date night ideas. Here’s a list of 20 ideas for Wausau, WI.
My goodness, it’s been a busy few weeks! I’ve been pushing my blog posts off to the side but now I’m back in action!
One of my biggest pet peeves in the winter is having to deal with dry, staticky hair. Here are three things that I’m currently using
I’ve been eyeing up a few bed and breakfasts in Door County ever since Sean and I took our first trip there earlier this summer.
Every six months or so, my friend Elissa and I meet up for a fun little girls trip.
I’m someone who needs a fun way to workout. I’ve tried making myself enjoy the treadmill or lifting weights but I finally said enough is enough.
The weather has been gorgeous lately here in Wisconsin! It’s that awesome in between weather where it’s cool enough to feel like fall yet warm enough to not wear a coat. Prime sweater weather!
As the days start getting shorter and the air starts getting cooler, it’s a reminder that the holidays are just around the bend.
I made it a point this year to see as much of the state as possible this fall. Here are four of my favorite places to see fall colors in Wisconsin.
Blogging can be such a daunting task. There are so many things to know and sometimes you just don’t even know where to start!
If you’re thinking about getting Invisalign, here are 15 things you should know first!
Fall is such a wonderful time of year – there are so many things to do and see! This year I created a fall bucket list to try and accomplish for 2017!
My family and I went on a fall adventure to a local apple orchard!
My mom and I have been slowly working on a home office space so I thought I’d give a little update!
. This three ingredient smoothie recipe is to die for. It's so easy and SO delicious! That's all you need is: 1) Fruit 2) Yogurt 3) Orange Juice . .. . Simply blend them all up and enjoy! I use...
eering over to the other side of the road, I spotted it immediately. The hidden trail. It was narrow and overgrown, the entrance only obvious to those who know it's there. We parked the truck on the side of the road and started down the meandering...
My family has been making this mediterranean-style, fresh salsa recipe for years. Besides the fact that it's delicious, I love this recipe because 1) it's insanely easy to make and 2) it's so good for you! Basically, it's chopping up a handful of vegetables, mixing in...
I have a very distinct memory of when I tried a scone for the first time. I was staying at a hostel in Galway, Ireland, having breakfast with my travel partner Emily. It was a nice hostel, clean and airy, unlike some of the previous ones we had stayed in. Early...
September always feels like the unofficial start of a new year. Maybe it's because the leaves are turning colors or the air starts having that crispness to it. Or maybe it's the memories of starting a new school year; grasping onto a handful of shiny new notebooks...
Every Tuesday night, Sean and I have date night. It makes the 50 miles of long distance a little bit easier. For this weeks date night, Sean thought we could go blackberry picking since it's prime season here in Wisconsin (and he knows how much I've gotten into berry...
I've always been a sucker for blue and white dishes - there's something so classic about them. There have been so many times where I've been in a vintage shop or a home goods store and have had to use every ounce of will power to not come home with a new set of...
Nine Acres of Heaven A couple of weeks ago, I got a text from my boyfriend with a link to a place called Pope Farm Conservancy. When I clicked on it, I saw a title that read, "Sunflower Days, August 12-20 2017". Sunflower Days?! No need to...
Since I had had such a great time berry picking at Lakeview Berry Farm a few weeks ago, my next plan was to go blueberry picking. Blueberry season was in full swing and luckily my mom knew of just the right spot. With our blueberry basket in tow, we headed up north to...
A few weeks ago, my family and I celebrated my mom's birthday. Since summer is sadly coming to an end (nooooo), I thought a back porch dinner would be just what the doctor ordered. My mom and I went down in the basement and lugged up one of the big white folding...
I get intimidated pretty easily walking into a gym so when I can do workouts at home, I prefer it. At the bottom of this post, I've listed my top four favorite ab workout moves that seem to work for me every time and can be done in the comfort of your home. . [gallery...
There's nothing more summery than berry picking on a hot day. This past weekend my Saturday was spent at Lakeview Berry Farm, a family-owned farm just south of Mosinee, WI. It's an absolutely gorgeous location and I was delighted that they even let me wander in their...
I've been wanting to get more into food photography lately so I started making a list of potential items to photograph. One of the things on my list was an angel food cake; a classic crowd pleaser. A few weeks later, I just happened to come across an angel...
Last weekend, Sean and I went on a camping trip to Door County, Wisconsin. We were lucky enough to secure a campsite at Peninsula State Park (thanks to Sean’s master booking skills!), so we spent three days and two nights exploring the area.
We traveled to the driftless area in Wisconsin to go camping at Perrot State Park. This area of Wisconsin is one of the prettiest areas I’ve ever seen!
This year is going to be my second summer living back in Wisconsin and I gotta say, I'm pretty excited for some Midwest adventures! Growing up here, I never really appreciated the beauty of this state. But after traveling around for the last few years, I've come to...
I love to travel and when I do, I like to have a properly packed carry on. Here are my carry on bag essentials!
As we pulled it out of the closet, my mom recognized it instantly – it was the dress her sister wore when she was maid-of-honor in my mom’s wedding back in 1986.
Last weekend, we hosted our Easter dinner here in Wisconsin. It ended up being a beautiful day – a nice dinner, an Easter egg hunt for my nephews, and Skyping with one of my brothers who couldn’t make it.
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Hello from Florida! We've been exploring the Gulf Coast for the last two weeks and unfortunately are heading back to Wisconsin tomorrow. We had amazing weather for almost the entire trip which meant I could finally wear those dresses that have been collecting dust in...
1. Black Sand Beach She dreams more often than she sleeps A post shared by Kristen (@kristenelizacarlson) on Jan 23, 2017 at 8:17pm PST 2. Standing about 10 feet away from a waterfall as powerful as Skogafoss will do two things to a person. 1) soak you completely to...
. Serves 2 -3 6 ounces frozen orange juice concentrate 1 cup milk 1 cup water 1⁄4 cup sugar 1-2 tsp. vanilla 1 cup ice...
1. I start by removing my makeup using Pond's Original makeup towelettes. 2. Then I use Aveeno Positively Radiant Daily Scrub. 3. Afterwards, I use an Olay Night Cream moisturizer. 4. Finally, instead of normal chapstick, I use Aquaphor. And that's it! Nice and...
Booking flights can be stressful. There are hundreds of sites to choose from; Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz.... it's hard to decide which one is best. For me, my go-to flight search tool is Google Flights. I absolutely love the simplicity of it. Now, I'm not saying this is...
We kicked off the trip with two days exploring Edinburgh, Scotland. We explored the streets, visited some pubs, saw the famous Edinburgh Castle, had a pastry in a cute Scottish cafe, and even found the street that JK Rowling used as inspiration for Diagon Alley.
Happy Monday, friends! So much has been happening lately and I haven't gotten to post anything in over a week! With everything being so hectic, I decided to have a calm, quiet day to myself yesterday. I cozied up indoors, threw on a pot of coffee, and baked a vanilla...
One of my favorites spots to go is the library. I love meandering through the stacks of books, trying to find the perfect one to take home. My favorite book of 2016 was definitely The Girl on the Train. I tend to go for thrillers or mysteries and this one really...
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Mine was really lovely. One of my brothers who lives in Denver came home for the holidays. He hasn't been home in about two years so it was great to celebrate as a whole family. He brought his puppy too! On the morning of...
"Stop the car!" My face was pressed up against the passenger window looking out towards an open field. The ponies were a multicolored blur as we sped past and my heart jumped. Icelandic horses. It was our first day on the ring road and we were heading south. I had...
The Struan Inn was just meant to be a stopping point on our way from Portree to Stirling; a place to rest our heads after a long day of driving so we could get back on the road refreshed the next day. To our surprise, it ended up being our favorite evening throughout...
So it's Tuesday night and here I am writing Mondays blog post.... I was doing so well with this whole Monday/Wednesday post schedule too! Oh well. Yesterday just got away from me and I wasn't able to get anything up. But better late than never, in my book. This last...
Here are my four favorite makeup products of 2016!
Now that the temperatures have plummeted, it’s time to break out the winter coats. I went and scrounged around for my jackets and found this one. It’s rare that I’ll find a peacoat I like so when I ordered it a few years back, I was pleasantly surprised.
To me, there’s nothing more classic than a little black dress. The trick is finding one that makes you feel good the minute you put it on. This one does it for me.
After 26 days traveling around the UK and Iceland, our trip definitely ended on a high note.
Last Tuesday, a friend and I went out to this place called Red Door Family Farm. Here are a few photos I shot while visiting.
My mom and I went on an afternoon hike, took some photos, and just enjoyed the warm weather.
Where better to stay in the Scottish highlands than in a hotel that looks like a castle? Welcome to the Ballachulish Hotel, situated right on the bank of Loch Leven.
One of my favorite memories as a kid was waking up early in our old farmhouse and discovering that my mom had made my favorite breakfast dish: oven pancakes.
One of our stops while traveling through England was Castleton; a village in the Peak District. For two nights, we stayed at a darling little B&B called the Causeway House.
This undiscovered fishing village is a gem in the bustling country of England.
My mom and I traveled around the UK and Iceland back in September 2016. Here is our Iceland Itinerary!
My mom and I traveled around the UK and Iceland back in September 2016. Here is our UK Itinerary!
One of the biggest highlights from my trip to the UK was hiking Snowdonia. Here are a few photos from this awesome adventure!
This was our itinerary for our 2016 trip to Iceland and the UK!