A Weekend Adventure in the Porcupine Mountains

In early August, Sean and I headed north for a weekend adventure in the Porcupine Mountains! Based in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, this Midwestern mountain range is made up of gentle slopes, old-growth forests, and cascading waterfalls.

Olbrich Botanical Gardens in Madison, Wisconsin

Located just a few miles from downtown Madison is Olbrich Botanical Gardens, a 16-acre property bursting with colorful flowers, small ponds, and an ornate Thai Pavillion. We spent a couple of hours here one afternoon and had such a wonderful time!The outdoor gardens...

Sylvania Wilderness | Clark Lake, Michigan

Just across Wisconsin’s northern border in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is an area called Sylvania Wilderness. Located entirely within the Ottawa National Forest, Sylvania offers 18,000 acres of pristine lakes and old-growth forests. It was a beautiful summer...

Sunset Dinner at Helene’s Hilltop Orchard

Last week, Helene’s Hilltop Orchard hosted their first-ever Thursday Night Sunset Dinner. It was an elegant, farm-to-table, culinary experience complete with four courses, wine pairings, and good conversation. Set amongst the beauty of central Wisconsin farmland, this...

Strawberry Picking at Engelberry Farm

This morning, my mom and I met in Merrill to go strawberry picking at Engelberry Farm! It was a beautiful, sunny morning and a little on the cooler side - perfect berry picking conditions! Last year when we went strawberry picking, it was about 90 degrees out with no...

Northwoods Beach Day

I live for these long summer days where the sun doesn't set until 9 and the air is warm and sticky. Where afternoons are spent lounging on sandy shores and jumping headfirst into cold lake water. It's days like these that make the winter months worth it. And last...

Vegetable Garden Update

Its been a while since I've shared a vegetable garden update! Overall, I'm really happy with how its been going. Gardening has become one of my new favorite hobbies and each day, I look forward to walking outside and admiring the plants.The peas and green beans have...

Sunflower Fields in Wisconsin

Nothing says summer like a sprawling sunflower field. These bright yellow blooms always put a smile on my face and I love searching for new farms to visit each year. Since their season is quickly approaching, here are three sunflower fields in Wisconsin that you...

Corrigan’s Lookout

This might be my new favorite hidden gem in northern Wisconsin! Corrigan's Lookout is located in Iron County and offers some spectacular panoramic views of Wisconsin's landscape. A short, quarter-mile hike will lead you to a rock outcropping that overlooks Upson...

No Churn Strawberry Ice Cream

Okay, I'm officially obsessed with this homemade ice cream. I've never made ice cream before - I've always assumed I'd need a special machine. But this no-churn recipe blew me away! I honestly was expecting it to have very little flavor given how few ingredients there...

Sunrise Kayak on Lake Nokomis

Getting up for sunrise at this time of year isn't the easiest but the early morning views usually make up for it. It was about 5:15 am when I unloaded my kayak on Lake Nokomis, a popular lake near Tomahawk, Wisconsin.The lake is in both Oneida and Lincoln counties; a...

A Seasonal Berry Guide for Wisconsin

Berry picking is one of my favorite things to do in the summer. There’s something so satisfying about having a pail full of berries, carefully hand-picked and ready to eat. In this seasonal berry guide, you’ll find ripening dates, top-rated farms, and past berry-related posts.

A Weekend Guide to Sister Bay, Wisconsin

In early June, I spent the weekend in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. This charming, lakeside village is located on the northern end of the Door County Peninsula and has a lively, coastal feel to it. As we entered Sister Bay that Friday afternoon, we made our way down the...

Our Flowering Backyard

For the past couple of weeks, our backyard was a sea of color. Delicate apple blossoms covered our two apple trees, bright pink flowers bloomed on our crabapple, and the three purple lilacs bushes produced a surprising amount of flowers.I loved being able to walk...

Partnering with Eddyline Kayaks

I’m so excited to announce my partnership with Eddyline Kayaks, a manufacturer of premier touring kayaks and paddles! As their Midwest brand ambassador, I’ll be sharing a lot of kayaking blog posts and photos over the course of the summer and fall. I can't wait to get...

Midwest Gardening Tips

This is the second post sponsored by RISE. All content and opinions are my own. Check out the first post here!I'm so eager to start planting some flowers and vegetables in my garden! But due to the chilly spring we’ve been having up here in Wisconsin, I probably won't...

Sunset on the Lakeshore

I think one of my favorite things about where we live is that we're so close to the lake. There's this big bay just down the road and at sunset, the trees light up a beautiful golden color. Geese, ducks, eagles, and loons are frequent visitors making it a great spot...

Fishing with Instagrammer Kaitlin Woodward

If you scroll through Kaitlin Woodward's Instagram page, you'll notice that she's quite the skilled fisherwoman. Her feed is filled with photos of her and her husband, Josh, smiling at the camera and holding up some impressively-sized fish. We had been following each...

A Solo Hike in the Northwoods

I got the urge to go exploring the other day so I packed up my things and started driving. I ended up at this little lake in northern Wisconsin which I've been to a few times before. It's one of my go-to places because it's usually quiet and there's nobody ever there....

Finding Swans at Spring Creek State Wildlife Area

Earlier this spring when I was researching good spots to go birdwatching, I came across Spring Creek State Wildlife Area. The WI DNR website states that trumpeter swans are common inhabitants of this 1,000-acre property so I just had to go check it out myself! It was...

My Upper Midwest Gardening Plans

There are two spots that I’m focusing on this year – the front flower gardens and the raised vegetable bed in the backyard. I’m so excited to be partnering with RISE (Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment) for the second year in a row to help bring these projects to life!

An Early Morning Paddle

I've been checking the weather nearly every day, waiting for the right conditions to head out in the canoe for the first time this year. Yesterday morning was it. Full sun, no wind, ice-free, and the loons had returned... There was no way anything was stopping me. So...

April’s Full Pink Moon

The frost-covered grass crunched under my boots as I walked out towards the field. I had my tripod slung over one shoulder, my backpack on, my camera in one hand, and my coffee in the other. I was on an early morning mission to capture April's full pink moon and it...

Making Maple Syrup: Part 2

Read Part 1 here!Over the last few weeks, Sean and I have been hard at work making maple syrup from scratch. The process started in late March and ended in mid-April. Every other day, we would head into the woods to check on the maple trees that we had tapped. When...

10 Instagrammable Spots in Wisconsin

I love finding unique and beautiful locations around Wisconsin. After going through my Instagram feed, I’ve come up with a few of my favorites! Check out these 10 Instagrammable Spots in Wisconsin!

Wisconsin Spring Photography Tips

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.

First Impressions of the Sigma 150-600mm Telephoto Lens

After much deliberation and research, I finally decided to order the Sigma 150-600mm telephoto lens. I'm really excited about it because I've been wanting to get more into wildlife photography especially now that I'm living in northern Wisconsin. There are so many...

Making Maple Syrup: Part 1

Let me preface this post by saying Sean and I are complete beginners when it comes to making maple syrup. Neither of us has done this before so we've just been researching everything. This is something we decided to do on a whim and thought it'd be a fun little...

A Manitowish Waters Getaway at Alderwood Resort

Nestled in the heart of northern Wisconsin sits The Brick House – a beautifully immaculate colonial-style rental home on the shores of Alder Lake, part of Manitowish Waters Chain of 10 Lakes. It’s a large and spacious place complete with five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths, two living rooms (each with their own fireplaces!), and a big three-season room.

WinMan Trails

I've been wanting to check out the WinMan Trails for a while now and this weekend I finally got around to it! This 1,300-acre silent sport destination is located between Winchester and Manitowish Waters, hence the shortened name, WinMan :)5 miles of snowshoe trails,...

A-Frame Cabin Rentals in Wisconsin

There’s something so charming and alluring about A-frames. If you’re looking for a little Wisconsin getaway, I’ve found 7 absolutely STUNNING A-frame cabin rentals in Wisconsin that you can book right now! Time to start packing!

The Ultimate Guide to Stargazing in the Northwoods

The Northwoods of Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan offer some of the most astounding stargazing opportunities in the Midwest. The cold winter nights, the smaller towns, and the sprawling forests provide dark skies excellent for stargazing.

4 Major Gardening Mistakes I Made Last Year

One time in college, my mom gave me one of her spider plants. As I hesitantly accepted the plant, she looked at me and said, “don’t worry, it’s really hard to kill a spider plant”. Fast forward about two months, and the thing looked like I had doused it in gasoline....

This Public Land in Northern Wisconsin is Filled with Hemlocks

I'm always on the hunt for public land that I can explore. Especially land that's still somewhat undiscovered. That's why I was so stoked to come across the Germain Hemlocks State Natural Area. Eighty-eight acres of towering hemlocks and rolling hills make it an...

House and Move Update

In mid-February, Sean and I moved in together! I’m now officially living in northern Wisconsin, and today I thought I’d share a little bit about it! Ever since I met Sean about two years ago, he’s been diligently remodeling his 1970s house. From tearing up the green...

Starting Seeds Indoors

Even though we have snow up to our eyeballs over here, it’s time to start planning my garden! Which means, it’s time to plant some seeds indoors! Sean and I went a little overboard at Menards the other week and I now have thirteen different vegetables to plant; plus...

Gear Review: Pansel Snowshoes

One of my favorite purchases this winter have been my new snowshoes! I bought them off of Amazon a few weeks ago (I went with the 25-inch pair) and have been testing them out ever since. So today, I thought I'd do a short review on them! Overall, I really like these...

Snowshoeing Fallison Lake Trail

If you’re looking for a picturesque spot to snowshoe in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, I’ve got just the place: Fallison Lake Trail. Located just 13 miles northeast of Minocqua, Fallison Lake Trail will not only get your heart rate up, but it will also offer stunning views and a peaceful, outdoor experience.

Three Bear Sled Dog Race in Land O’ Lakes

Last Saturday, Sean and I drove north to watch the 39th Annual Three Bear Sled Dog Race in Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin. Every year, the race occurs over two days with six dog, four dog, two dog, juniors and skijoring events. It was a fun way to spend a February afternoon...

Mineral Point Wisconsin

If someone were to have dropped me off in the middle of Mineral Point, Wisconsin without any clue as to where I was, my first guess might've been an English village. With its charming architecture and streets that come together at odd angles, I felt like I had stepped...

This Super Secret Natural Area Turns into a Winter Wonderland

It's been quite the unusual winter this year in Wisconsin. Usually, at this point, we have a few feet of snow on the ground but right now, the front yard has just a dusting. So the other day, when southern Wisconsin was calling for a snowstorm with up to a foot of...

My 2019 Travel Goals

It’s that time of the year again where I start putting together my travel plans. Here are four travel goals that I’d like to accomplish in 2019!

Top Places to Visit Along Minnesota’s North Shore

The North Shore is a spectacular place to visit and explore. From quaint towns to outdoor adventures, this area of Minnesota has a little something for everyone. Here are my top places to visit along Minnesota’s North Shore!

Grand Marais, Minnesota

Grand Marais is a must-see town on Minnesota’s North Shore. It has a population of just 1,400 people, it’s built on the shores of Lake Superior, and has a thriving artist community. I can’t wait to visit here again soon!

Top 4 Photo Editing Apps

This has been my main photo app from the start. I've had it for years and it's still the one I use the most! It's easy to navigate and I really like the look of their filters. I use VSCO mainly for my Instagram stories. I'll take a photo on my phone and then open it...

A Nature Inspired Wreath

I was feeling festive this past weekend so I decided to make a natured inspired wreath out of some trees from the backyard. Here’s what I used to make it!

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).

Our First Flight with the Mavic Air

Last Tuesday, Sean surprised me with a DJI Mavic Air for my 27th birthday! I was so excited and couldn’t wait to play around with it so this past weekend, we had our first flight!

Nordic Inspired Gifts

I’m going to start creating some more Nordic-inspired blog posts on Miss Northerner as a way to explore my heritage a bit more. So for today I scoured the internet and collected eight Nordic inspired gifts!

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls

My mom has been making this cinnamon roll recipe since I can remember. It's such a comforting pastry and always reminds me of wintertime. The original recipe can be found on the side of the Pillsbury Hot Roll Mix box but I tweaked it a little bit today. I cut down the...

Wisconsin Winter Date Night Ideas, Part 2

Last winter, I wrote a blog post on 20 Winter Date Night Ideas in Wausau, Wisconsin. People seemed to really like that post so today, I thought I’d make a Part 2!

Thanksgiving 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Mine was spent at my parent’s house with my oldest brother, my sister-in-law, my two nephews, and Sean.

Beef Stroganoff Soup

Usually when you think of beef stroganoff, you don’t think of it as a soup. But this recipe from the blog, Belly Full, turned this classic homecooked entree into a light and brothy soup! It was super easy to throw together because it all goes in just one pot!

My Classic Christmas Playlist

Winter came a bit early this year in Wisconsin! It’s not even December yet and we’ve had frigid temperatures and a significant amount of snowfall already. One of the ways I’m embracing this preemptive wintry weather is with my classic Christmas playlist!

A Wintry Weekend in the Northwoods

Even though I currently live in central Wisconsin, most of my weekends are spent up in the northern part of the state where Sean lives. One of my favorite things about northern Wisconsin is that within minutes, we can be either on the lake or in the woods.

24 Hours in Door County

Early last week, I opened my planner and realized that I didn't have any plans for the upcoming weekend. So in the spur of the moment, I asked Sean if he wanted to take an overnight trip to Door County and within an hour, I had the hotel booked! We hadn't been to Door...

A Decorative Fall-Themed Pie

I've been searching for some mini leaf-shaped cookie cutters and a few weeks ago, I finally found some at a vintage shop! So just for fun, I decided to try making one of those fancy pies you always see on Pinterest. Even though it looks quite complicated, it's...

The Quaint Town of Stockholm Wisconsin

With a population of just 64, Stockholm, Wisconsin might sound like just another sleepy little town. But with its historic buildings and unique shops, it's actually a delightful and bustling little community. I drove through this village on my way to Maiden Rock...

Together Farms

If you're looking for a fun date night next summer, consider heading over to Together Farms for their fun and festive Burger Night! Located in western Wisconsin, just 30 minutes south of Eau Claire, Together Farms is the perfect spot to grab dinner while being...

Maiden Rock Bluff

On the western edge of Wisconsin, just an hour south of Hudson is a 400-foot limestone cliff called Maiden Rock Bluff. When standing on Maiden Rock Bluff, you'll have a stunning panoramic view of Wisconsin's Great River Road and the Mississippi River. It's a beautiful...

Lands’ End Heritage Tour Recap

From the sweeping valleys of the Driftless Area to a quaint little village on the banks of the St. Croix, these last few weeks on the Lands’ End Heritage Tour have been a whirlwind of adventure!

A Drive Through Wisconsin’s Fall Foliage

The arrival of fall is one of the most anticipated moments throughout the year. Everyone seems to eagerly await for the hillsides to be painted in shades of yellows, oranges, and reds; transforming the landscape into a sea of color. The air becomes cool and crisp and...

Can’t-Miss Shops & Restaurants in Boulder Junction

I recently traveled to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin to discover the best things to do and see. This is the last of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Read the first post here and the second post here. SHOPS This store is literally my...

A Cozy Stay at Cabin Fever | Wildcat Cabins

The whole property radiated coziness and it felt like the epitome of a northern Wisconsin cabin. And for the next three days, Cabin Fever was my home away from home.

8 Fun Things To Do in Boulder Junction Wisconsin

I recently traveled to Boulder Junction, Wisconsin to discover the best things to do and see. This is the first of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Just ten minutes south of Boulder Junction, you'll find Fallison Lake - a cute little...

Lands’ End Heritage Tour

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve partnered with classic American retailer Lands’ End, and will be traveling for 3 weeks on the Lands’ End Heritage Tour!

White Birch Village

I made my way slowly down the main driveway of White Birch Village, noting each dark brown cabin tucked away in the trees. After pulling up to the main lodge and meeting the managers, John and Sue, they brought us to our cabin called Eagle’s Nest.

Best Restaurants and Shops in Sayner-Star Lake

This past Labor Day weekend, I traveled to the Sayner-Star Lake area to discover the best things to do and see. This is the second of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. Read the first post here. RESTAURANTS This historic supper club...

Best Outdoor Adventures in Sayner-Star Lake

This past Labor Day weekend, I traveled to the Sayner-Star Lake area to discover the best things to do and see. This is the first of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. What better way to take in the beauty of the Northwoods than from...

Burr Oak Winery

A few months ago, I visited Castle Rock Lake, a 17,000-acre lake just 30 minutes north of Wisconsin Dells. While exploring the area, I decided to stop at Burr Oak Winery to go wine tasting with my mom. Everything about Burr Oak is just stunning! The exterior of the...

Exciting News!

It has always been a dream of mine to be published in a magazine and I'm excited to announce that that dream has finally come true! In just a few days, I'll be published in Northerly Mag - a print journal for life in the north. With a strong focus on aesthetics and...

Wisconsin Pizza Farms

When I first heard about this whole pizza farm thing, my first thought was, sign me up! It's such a cool and unique idea and it's getting more and more popular here in Wisconsin. I experienced one for the first time last summer when Sean and I went to Stoney Acres....

Pickup Truck Movie Night

I've been trying to think of some unique date night ideas for Sean and me lately. I wanted something different than just going out to dinner or having a cocktail at a bar. That's when I came up with the pickup truck movie night idea! With a fully-charged laptop in...

A Flower Farm Near Wausau, Wisconsin

Sylvia Green's backyard is bursting with color. Flowers I never even knew existed stretch out in rows, filling up every inch of her 3/4 acre property. She took me up and down each row, describing every variety of flower with astounding ease. Her cat Brynn danced...

Sunset Boat Ride

I can't believe it's already August! How did that happen?! July was a super busy month for me which probably made it go by faster than I would've liked. From the Fourth of July week up in Minnesota to helping shoot some weddings to working on Sean's house, it's been a...

This Wisconsin Resort and Restaurant is Straight Out Of A Storybook

In early October of last year, I was on my way to Timm's Hill for the first time when I came across a place that looked like something out of a storybook - quaint little cottages with scalloped white trim, plopped down in the middle of the forest. Across the quiet...

Lakeside Date Night

Last fall, Sean and I went on a very romantic date to a secret beach in Wisconsin. It was one of our favorite memories from last year so we couldn't wait to recreate it! This beach is still so hidden, that there's hardly anyone ever on it. There's an easy-to-miss...

Exploring Gibraltar Rock

Gibraltar Rock is a 200-foot cliff that overlooks the rural landscape of southern Wisconsin. Patched with fields and farms, this stunning, panoramic view is a beautiful spot to visit. Sean and I spent a couple hours exploring the Gibraltar Rock State Natural Area the...

Wild Blueberry Picking in Northern Wisconsin

Wild blueberry patches are finally starting to ripen around here in Wisconsin so today, my mom and I drove up near Boulder Junction where we've gone picking before. It's a secret patch we found, right off of a random dirt road. I've been on the hunt for an old, wooden...

Fourth of July Week in Northern Minnesota!

Another Fourth of July has come and gone! Here are a few snapshots from my week in northern Minnesota...   . Sean and I hauled our canoe up north and explored some of the lakes nearby. This evening was so nice and calm! We went on a country drive around the Iron...

Sprucing Up The Front Garden

I just realized that it has been a really long time since I shared anything about the house that Sean and I are working on together. I'd really love to start posting more about it so I thought today I'd give an update on the front flower gardens! Sean has had this...

4 Can’t-Miss Wisconsin Festivals

Watch as vibrantly-colored hot air balloons inflate and light up from within, creating an illuminated show like you've never seen before! You'll also enjoy many rib vendors, live music, and fireworks during the festival. What better way to kick off autumn than with...

A Secret Waterfowl Refuge in Weston, Wisconsin

I stumbled upon this little place a few months ago on one of my country drives. I was heading back home and just so happened to see a wooden sign tucked into the foliage off of Weston Avenue. Curiosity got the best of me so I went to investigate, turning off of Weston...

Biking the Green Circle Trail in Stevens Point Wisconsin

The Green Circle Trail is located in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. It’s a 27-mile long biking and hiking trail that circles around the Stevens Point area. It winds through various landscapes, from piney woods to grassy marshlands to city streets.

Lakeview Berry Farm

Of all the summer activities, berry picking is one of my favorites. Check out this delightful berry farm just south of Wausau, WI!

Fishing on the Lake

Last week, I stopped in at the local Ace Hardware and bought my first ever fishing license! Then Sean and I headed out to the lake for some fun!

Midwest Travel Destinations

I’d love to begin traveling beyond Wisconsin and into other states, where I can share my experiences and travel advice with you. So here are six Midwest travel destinations now on my bucket list!

Calm Waters and Loon Calls

The other night, we went for a canoe ride. The lake was like glass and the weather was warm. Dragonflies darted about and a loon decided to make a visit.

My 3 Favorite Wausau Parks

I love finding cute, local parks to spend time in. The other day, I visited three of my favorite Wausau parks. Keep on reading to find out what they are!

3 Reasons Why Your Photos Aren’t Sharp

Every photographer wants nice, sharp images. But sometimes, for beginner’s, that doesn’t always happen. Here are three reasons why your photos aren’t sharp (and how to fix them).

Finally Planting Our Garden

Last weekend was spent planting our garden and doing lots of yard work at Sean’s house. He’s in the middle of a major remodel and the yard has been a little neglected lately. There was lots of cleaning up to do and a ton of weeds to be pulled, so we put on our work gloves and started tackling it!

Photographing Holy Hill

Perched atop 435 acres in southeast Wisconsin, you’ll find Holy Hill, a church that looks like it’s been shipped in from Europe. It’s a unique and beautiful place to visit and photograph and I finally got the chance to go there yesterday. Here are a few of my tips for photographing Holy Hill.

A Sunset Drive through the Driftless Area

When Sean and I went camping in the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, we decided to go on a sunset country drive. Here is a collection of photographs I took along the way.

Canoeing the Kickapoo River

Sean and I had quite the adventure on the Kickapoo River this past Memorial Day weekend. So today, I’m sharing our experience and what we did and didn’t like about it.

Memorial Day Photography Tips

Memorial Day is this weekend! It’s time to enjoy the weather, spend time with loved ones, and capture the memories for years to come. Here are three Memorial Day photography tips to give you some ideas on what to photograph this weekend.

Lilac Season

One of my favorite things about the beginning of summer is when the lilacs start blooming. Pastel flowers brighten lawns and roadsides, the sweet scent wafting lazily through the air. It’s finally lilac season here in Wisconsin and I’m making sure that I take full advantage of it.

The First Canoe Ride

Canoeing has always been a pretty big part of my life. My parents have had their kevlar canoe for as long as I can remember – taking it on backwoods canoe trips or quiet rides around the lake. When I was really little, I’d sit in the middle, sometimes trailing my hand through the cool water.

Behind the Scenes with Miss Northerner

Today, we’re going to go behind the scenes to last nights photo shoot. I want to show you the ones that didn’t make the cut and how we ended up getting the shot above.

Wisconsin Photography Bucket List

There are so many awesome places around this state to photograph so I’ve come up a few ideas that’ll hopefully inspire you to grab your camera and go. Here is my Wisconsin photography bucket list!

Wisconsin Summer Bucket List

This weather has got me dreaming up some fun summer plans. Here is my 2018 Wisconsin summer bucket list!

My Most Used Camera Settings

For this post, I filtered through about 2,000 photos in my Lightroom catalog and determined that these are my most used camera settings.

Rib Mountain Greenhouse

It was a rainy and gloomy afternoon when my mom and I pulled up to Rib Mountain Greenhouse. A dark storm cloud threatened overhead and the wind was starting to pick up.

Our Garden Plans, Part 2

Just the other day, Sean and I were able to get our raised garden bed set up in the backyard. We probably won’t plant anything outside until late May (once the threat of frost is gone), but until then we’re pretty much all ready to go! Here’s an update on our garden plans…

Here Are A Few Things I’m Looking Forward To This Summer

I have lists upon lists of local travel destinations and about a thousand adventure ideas to accomplish. It’ll be my first summer working for myself so you can bet there’s going to be a lot of blog posts coming your way. For now, here are a few things I’m looking forward to this summer!

Exploring the George Mead Wildlife Area

I never knew this place even existed until about two weeks ago. I was looking at a map, eagerly searching for new places to explore, when I saw this huge span of green just south of Wausau. Looking closer, I saw that it was the George Mead Wildlife Area, so I wrote it down as a future spot to explore.

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

Mother’s Day is right around the corner on Sunday, May 16th. To help you with finding the perfect gift for her, I’ve put together a little Mother’s Day gift guide this year. From gardening to traveling to cooking to style, I’ve got you covered!

A Snowy Lakeside Campfire + GIVEAWAY

My parents and I went up to a lake in northern Wisconsin to have a campfire on the sandy shoreline. But when we arrived at the lake, we were in for a surprise!

The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

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!

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.

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.

10 Tips for Surviving a Wisconsin Winter

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.

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!

How to Install the Divi Theme on Your Website

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!

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!

Wisconsin Snowshoeing Guide

Snowshoeing can be a super fun winter activity. Here is my ultimate guide for snowshoeing in Wisconsin!

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.

5 Wisconsin Coffee Table Books

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!

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.

How to Photograph the Northern Lights

Seeing the northern lights is one of the coolest life experiences out there. Here are my tips on how to photograph the northern lights.

A Few of My 2018 Goals

I love setting goals and aspirations at the beginning of the year. Here are a few of my 2018 goals!

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!

My Beginner Photography Workshops

I thought I’d give you an inside look at my beginner photography workshops with a few photos I took during the last one!

Beginner’s Guide to Shutter Speed

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!

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.

5 Tips for Winter Photography

It’s that time of year. Snowy trails, iced-over lakes, and bitter cold temperatures. Here are five tips for photographing this season.

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.

A Guide to Depth of Field

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.

My Stay at the Foxglove Inn

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.

My New Favorite Way to Workout at Home

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.

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!

Rock Ridge Apple Orchard

The leaves have just started to change here in Wisconsin! I truly love this time of year. It’s as if the whole countryside turns into one giant watercolor painting. Reds, oranges, and yellows blur together, lining the roads and up the hillsides. As I mentioned before...

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...

Pope Farm Conservancy

2019 UPDATE: The sunflowers are back! The Town of Middleton Sunflower Days are July 26th - August 4th, 2019. Learn more here. A couple of weeks ago, Sean texted me a link to a place called Pope Farm Conservancy. When I clicked on it, I saw a title that read,...

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...

The Greatest Homemade Angel Food Cake

Angel Food Cake is one of my all-time favorite desserts! I had found this recipe on Genius Kitchen and after trying it out, it's the only one I'll ever use from now on! It's the perfect density and has just the right amount of sweetness. Just add some whipped cream...

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.

The Driftless Area, Wisconsin

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!

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...

My Carry On Bag Essentials

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.

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...

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.

Our Final Stay in Iceland

After 26 days traveling around the UK and Iceland, our trip definitely ended on a high note.

Staying in a Castle in the Scottish Highlands

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.

The Breakfast Dish You’ve Never Heard Of

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.

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!