Why work when you can travel

hello- braden here! I exist, Lisa isn’t the only one who blogs. 

I started a recent hobby called never being home. I’m currently in a budget moving truck somewhere in the middle of South Dakota. Headed to Chicago. I have to be there in 12 hours. It’s 11 pm. GPS says I am 13 hours away. Who needs sleep anyway?
My journey started Friday. 

This morning was obviously super rough. Our plan to leave Friday and drive straight to Chicago (28 hours) ended in Montana at 3 am


Today we were stoked to visit Mount Rushmore…

Nature had other plans. I’m sticking to google for my monument seeing from now on. 

Let’s hope Chicago is more fun!



I know, I know. I’m a 22 year old girl posting pictures for “throwback Thursday”…how predictable. BUT it’s a totally necessary throwback to right before Christmas, when the beautiful and talented Christie Jo Ray was brave enough to deal with the cold and our crazyness and take our pictures. The shoot included myself, my fellow failed adult Braden, and our semi-successful friend Bailey C. As someone who is not at all photogenic (proof can be found in every single photo I have posted to this blog so far) I was beyond impressed with the pictures that she was able to get! I also have this great quality where I become extremely awkward as soon as a camera comes my way, yet somehow Christie was able to get me to act like a normal person for a few hours, and it was a really great time. If you are in Washington state and looking for a portrait photographer, I highly recommend you check her out!
Do you have any fun #tbt memories? Share them with me in the comments!
xo, Lisa

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Motivational Monday

I saw this picture while doing my morning scroll on Instagram and it really spoke to me today.
I have made a lot of grown up decisions lately and I’m still waiting (//hoping!) to see the benefits. As much as I wish that I could just snap my fingers and get what I want, life doesn’t work that way. And I would probably find something to complain about even if that was the case.
Plus, I really do believe that the harder you work for something, the more value it holds.

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The truth about Alzheimer’s

This is a topic I have wanted to write about for a long time but I haven’t been able to. I will probably have some texts or phone calls after this is posted, telling me to take it down. Asking why I am telling the world about something that we have been whispering about. I will probably have some people be mad at me. But this is something that I don’t want to hide anymore. And my hope is that maybe, just maybe, one person reading this might be struggling the same way that I am. I want that person to know that they aren’t alone. I don’t want anyone to have to feel the way that I feel. So it’s time to talk about Alzheimer’s.

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Hoppy Easter | rants + recipes |

No, that’s not a typo. I definitely just titled this hoppy Easter because I am a child. Also I am really upset that my mom didn’t get me a bunny this year šŸ˜’šŸ°
I hope that however you celebrated it was the best day ever. We had a family dinner with my mom, dad, sista, aunt, and grandma. We even snuck my pretend grandpa (long story, just go with it) out from rehab where he is recovering from heart surgery. Besides a bit of family drama–and it wouldn’t be a holiday without family drama, amiright, it was a pretty good day!
For the first time in 22 years we didn’t dye eggs, which was kind of weird. But I hate the smell of vinegar and always spill the dye so I’m not too upset about it. Also for the first time in 22 years, I made Easter dinner. Yep, little failed adult Lisa cooked a solid meal. And it wasn’t half bad. IMG_2762.JPG
Honey apricot glazed ham, twice baked potatoes, garlic salt green beans, Hawaiian rolls, and of course my trusty diet coke in my Lilly Pulitzer koozie. *side note, LP has a mini collection coming to target at the end of April. I am dead. Bye bye all my money.*

what you need: 1 5 pound ham, 1/2 cup honey, 3oz thawed orange juice concentrate, 3 tbs soy sauce, 3 tbs apricot jam, 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/8 tsp ground cloves
what you do: cover ham with foil and put in oven heated to 325, for 30 minutes. while ham is cooking, mix together remaining ingredients. after 30 min, spoodle (spoon, pour, whatever I just like the word spoodle ā˜ŗļø) the glaze over the ham and put back in the oven for another 30 minutes. Done!
This recipe slightly adjusted from this book.

what you need: an awesome chef for an aunt.
what you do: tell her to make her famous twice baked potatoes.
p.s. I’m working on getting the secret recipe for these. I’ll update when I can!

what you need: for the cake: box of cake mix, cute little carrots or other Easter decoration because we’re fancy like that. for the whipped cream: 1-2 cartons of heavy whipping cream, depending on the size of the carton and how much you like whip cream, dash of vanilla extract, 2 1/2ish spoonfuls of powdered sugar. for the not pictured strawberries: strawberries, sugar.
what you do: mix cake according to the box. serious note..the box has very specific instructions on the size of your pan, trust them. While the cake is baking, mix all of the whip cream stuffs into a bowl and blend until fluffy or your arm hurts. Cut up the strawberries and mix them with sugar.

What did you guys have for Easter dinner? Let me know in the comments!
xo, Lisa

Here is a bonus picture just for fun. My aunt thought that my eastern sweater said Easter, and then my mom wanted to take a picture of me standing proudly in front of my first ham. Excuse the fact that I look like I haven’t showered or slept in 8 years.