Life in the Northwoods

Sharing my life in northern Wisconsin.

Here’s What It’s Like Living Up North as a 20-Something

Here’s What It’s Like Living Up North as a 20-Something

I moved up north in February 2019. For those of you who may not be familiar with Wisconsin, "up north" typically refers to the northern counties of Lincoln, Oneida, Vilas, Langlade, and/or Forest. Whether you're a young professional who's considering moving or you're...

At Home with Lands’ End

At Home with Lands’ End

For today’s post, I’ve teamed up with Lands’ End in order to share some seasonal, at-home inspiration and to share how I’ve been spending my time lately!

Wisconsin Spring Date Ideas (At Home)

Wisconsin Spring Date Ideas (At Home)

Some classic ones are cribbage, sheepshead, and euchre. Sean and I also love to play the dice game called Farkle. That's all you need are six dice, a dice cup, and something to keep track of the score. Here the official Farkle rules.Try your hand at crafting the...

All About Luna

All About Luna

For those of you who follow my Instagram and blog, you may know that I adopted a cat last fall! Today I thought I'd share a bit more about her. I adopted her from Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue, a Midwest-based nonprofit organization that specializes in finding homes...

Choosing Our Christmas Tree

Choosing Our Christmas Tree

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is going to a local tree farm to pick out a Christmas tree. So a couple of weeks ago one afternoon, Sean and I headed to Highland Trees in Wausau, WI. A big winter storm had just gone through the night before so everything was...

UPRIGHT GO 2 Review

UPRIGHT GO 2 Review

This post is sponsored by UPRIGHT. All thoughts and opinions are my own!When I started working from home, my posture became terrible. I was constantly slouching and finding myself hunched over my laptop. If I happened to realize it, I’d straighten up only to be back...

I Adopted a Cat!

I Adopted a Cat!

Meet Luna. I adopted her last Wednesday and she's already stolen my heart! She was extremely neglected at her previous home and was taken into a shelter. Her coat was completely matted, her teeth were in rough shape, and her claws had grown into her paw pads so she...

Northwoods Beach Day

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...

Our Flowering Backyard

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...

Sunset on the Lakeshore

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...

A Solo Hike in the Northwoods

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....

April’s Full Pink Moon

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...

House and Move Update

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...

My 2019 Travel Goals

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!

A Nature Inspired Wreath

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

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).

Nordic Inspired Gifts

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!

Wisconsin Winter Date Night Ideas, Part 2

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

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.

My Classic Christmas Playlist

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

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.

A Drive Through Wisconsin’s Fall Foliage

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...

Exciting News!

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...

Pickup Truck Movie Night

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...

Sunset Boat Ride

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...

Lakeside Date Night

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...

Fishing on the Lake

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!

Calm Waters and Loon Calls

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.

Lilac Season

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.

Wisconsin Summer 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!

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

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!

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

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 Few of My Favorite Northern Instagrammers

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.

10 Tips for Surviving a Wisconsin Winter

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

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!

5 Wisconsin Coffee Table Books

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

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.

A Few of My 2018 Goals

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!

2017 Recap!

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.

My Fall Bucket List

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!

Quick Read: Home Office Update

Quick Read: Home Office Update

My mom and I have been slowly working on a home office space so I thought I’d give a little update!

Our Most Romantic Late Summer Date Night

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...

My Goals for This Fall

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...

Quick Read: My Latest Find

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...

Back Porch Birthday Dinner

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

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...

Our Easter Dinner

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.

Twenty-Five

Twenty-Five

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...