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How to Start a Blog in 2018

Blogging is a really fun way to share your thoughts, talk about a passion of yours, or help other people. But it certainly can be intimidating when you’re first starting out! Today, I want to talk about how to start a blog in 2018!

A Few of My Favorite Northern Instagrammers

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.

How to Turn Boiling Water into Snow

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).

Rib Mountain State Park Guide

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!

Our Garden Plans

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.

Spring Goals 2018

It sure doesn’t look like spring here in Wisconsin, but that’s not going to stop me from creating my Spring Goals 2018!

Three of My Favorite Wisconsin Campgrounds

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!

Camp Wandawega

Read all about my visit to this historic and whimsical place in southeastern Wisconsin: Camp Wandawega.

Master Camping List

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!

Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

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.

A Simple Braid for the Outdoorsy Girl

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.

Beginner’s Guide to ISO

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!

Palmquist Farm

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.

2017 Recap!

It has been a busy year for me! Here’s a fun 2017 recap of what I got up to this past year.

Sweater Weather

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!

My Fall Bucket List

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!

Three Ingredient Smoothie Recipe

. 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...

Our Most Romantic Late Summer Date Night

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...

The Mediterranean Dish You Should Be Eating

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...

Blackberry Lemon Scones

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...

My Goals for This Fall

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...

When Blackberry Picking is Far From Perfect

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...

Quick Read: My Latest Find

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...

Sunflowers at Sunrise

  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...

Blueberry Picking

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...

Back Porch Birthday Dinner

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...

4 Super Easy Moves to Get Killer Abs

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...

Berry Picking

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...

The Greatest Homemade Angel Food Cake

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...

Our First Door County Trip

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.

11 Airbnbs in Wisconsin You Need to Book This Summer

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...


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.

Our Easter Dinner

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.

The Yellow Dress

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...

Five of My Favorite Shots from Iceland

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...

Orange Julius Copycat Recipe!

  . 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...

My Nighty Skin Care Routine

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...

My #1 Tool for Booking Flights

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...

Two Days Exploring Edinburgh

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.

A Cozy Sunday

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...

The Library

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...

A Snowy Christmas Eve

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...

Icelandic Horses

"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...

A Scottish Inn

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...

A Winter Peacoat

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.

The Little Black Dress

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.

An Afternoon Hike

My mom and I went on an afternoon hike, took some photos, and just enjoyed the warm weather. 

Two Days in the Peak District

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. 

Our Iceland Itinerary

My mom and I traveled around the UK and Iceland back in September 2016. Here is our Iceland Itinerary!

Our UK Itinerary

My mom and I traveled around the UK and Iceland back in September 2016. Here is our UK Itinerary!

Hiking Snowdonia

One of the biggest highlights from my trip to the UK was hiking Snowdonia. Here are a few photos from this awesome adventure!



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