• If I had to choose one brand of clothing to wear for the rest of my life, it would hands down be Free People and they are having a huge SALE over the weekend so I had to let you guys know! I’m so obsessed with everything Free People – clothes, shoes,  handbags; even their pajamas are to die for. If you don’t own any Free People items, right now is a great opportunity for you to j

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  • I mean who doesn't love a recipe that is healthy AND delicious? Check out this healthy baked oatmeal recipe. It's one of our faves.

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  • One of our most pinned, most shared, and most liked projects of all time is our master bedroom’s modern home decor design and I think it’s because people are obsessed with our canopy bed.  I get so many questions about our bed so I thought it was time that I wrote a post about our master bedroom and about canopy beds in general.  Canopy beds are a gorgeous design element in my opinion.

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  • Have you guys heard of Ediblend Cafe and their 3 day cleanse?  Because if not, you are missing out.  I’m pretty much obsessed with Ediblend as a whole.  I love their kale and hummus salad; I love their bean salad; I love their juices and their acai bowls.  Everything they have is delicious and oh so healthy. I decided to take the 3 Day Cleanse Challenge from Ediblend and I wanted to share th

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  • A new year has begun and we are so excited for what 2017 will bring, but first, I thought it would be fun to look back at CC and Mike’s Top 10 Lifestyle Blog Posts of 2016. 1. A Letter of Forgiveness to the Man Who Tried to Murder My Mom – On Sept. 16th, 2016, I sat down and in 30 minutes —with a lot of tears shed—, I wrote a letter of forgiveness to the man who tried to murder my moth

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  • OK so I know that everyone just got done buying Christmas gifts but there are some amazing sales going on at the Nordstrom Half  Yearly Sale—especially on shoes and boots—that are just too good not to mention.  There are so many unbelievable options for shoes at incredible prices including OTK (over the knee) boots, Booties, Lace up and Buckle Sandals which are going to be oh so hot for Spring, an

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  • Last Christmas was our first Christmas in our new house and our game room was sadly so, SO unChristmasified (yes that’s a word by the way because I just made it one)…BUT this year is a total different story thanks to Hayneedle.  If you haven’t heard of Hayneedle, you are missing out and you should head on over there ASAP.  They have a plethora of home goods that will rock your wo

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  • Little Momma and I have been hard at work dressing up the house for the Holidays and she even did some modern home decor in her bedroom for Christmas, so we thought it was only fitting to give you guys a little tour.   If you’d like to see the full tour of her girls bedroom you can view that here but for now we will just be showing you some Holiday touches that we added which of course inclu

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  • If you are looking for the best Christmas dessert recipes, you are going to want to give this Italian Coconut Cream Cake a try.  It’s my mother-in-law’s quick and easy recipe and it is so yummy AND if you dress it up for Christmas with some greenery and pomegranate seeds, it doubles for a gorgeous centerpiece for your holiday table as you will see below.  OK, I’m not going to lie

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  • Hello from CC and Mike and welcome to the Deck the Halls Christmas Tour! We are so glad that you’re here.  You might be heading our direction from the fabulous lifestyle blog of Shabby FuFu.  How amazing was her kitchen tour?!  I am so honored to be among such amazingly talented women on this tour including A Thoughtful Place who is after me on the tour.  Make sure you stop by her blog when

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  • Hello and Welcome to the Deck the Halls Christmas Tour.  We are CC and Mike, a husband and wife creative team from Tulsa, who designs, builds, and flips houses together.  We’ve even been known to flip the occasional RV and drive it cross country to Yellowstone with our crazy crew.  Thank you for coming to visit our little corner of the world for the Deck the Halls Christmas Tour! Welcome if

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  • In case there are any other last minute shoppers out there like me, I thought I would do one more gift guide to give Christmas Gift Ideas for Women.  On this list, I’m including all of my personal favorite things and items that are on my own personal wish list.  OK, OK…so maybe I’m going to tell Emmy to tell Mike Miller that he can just shop for me from this blog post, but hey, m

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  • We hosted our first Holiday Party this weekend and I had so much fun dressing up my Christmas Dining Room Table.  We don’t eat in our formal dining room on a weekly basis—I guess we’re more of a sit at the kitchen bar or breakfast nook kind of family—so when I get to set my table and have all of my friends and family gather around it to eat, it makes my heart happy. Ok so first things

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  • If you’re still searching for holiday gifts for that special man in your life, I’ve got you covered with this Ultimate Guide to Holiday Gifts for Men. Some of these are already tried and true items that I’ve already given Michael and some are on his wish list. Either way you can’t go wrong with anything on this list! I bought Mike Miller this Phantom Drone for his birthday

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  • If you're looking for an amazing recipe to feed a larger group of people over the holidays, this easy oven brisket recipe will be perfect.

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  • OK you guys, I’ve rounded up some Cyber Monday home decor sales from the store that rocks everybody’s world—TARGET of course. You know, that store you go into for a bar of soap and $300 later you leave with two carts full of home goods?  Yep, Target has it all for home decor and they definitely did not disappoint for Cyber Monday either. I think I could decorate a whole house with all

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  • So here’s the deal…this Ultimate Gift Guide—Christmas Gifts for Kids—is your new best friend because now you can shop for your kid’s Christmas from the comfort of your home without having to brave that horrific traffic and those awful checkout lines.  So grab a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and get ready to knock out some Christmas shopping because here are my favorite picks f

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  • 1. Anthropologie Initial ornament  2. Buffalo Check Scarf  3. Bauble Bar earrings  4. Monogrammed wine stopper 5.  Mantra bracelets  6. Kate Spade earrings . 7. Agate Cheese board  8. Naughty/Nice wine glasses  9. white and gold cheese board tools  10. Anthropologie Agate coasters   11. Gold Post earrings.  12. Personalized Ornament  13. white, gold, and marble cheese tray  14. Pottery Barn fur wi

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  • Anthropologie is having a sale on tops right now and I had to let you guys know because it’s a great time to pick up a cute top for your next holiday party, or snag a gift for a sister or a best friend, or maybe even pick up something for yourself! If you told me I had to choose only one store to shop at for the rest of my life for clothes, I would say—without hesitation—Anthropologie.  I ab

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  • I had to give you guys a little sneak peek into Miller Christmas Decor 2016 because although I’m not even close to being done with holiday decorating yet, there are tons of Thanksgiving sales going on that make it a great time to stock up on Christmas decor.   FUR throws are 30 percent off for today only at Pottery barn AND they are  also offering 20 percent off your entire order with the co

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  • If you’re looking for cute Holiday Outfit ideas, I have to tell you that I’m a big fan of Over the Knee boots paired with plaid dresses right now.  The pair of Dolce Vita OTK boots I’m wearing in this picture are on sale right now and you guys, I’m obsessed with them!  They are no longer available in black but they ARE available in the most gorgeous chestnut color and they

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  • Looking for a quick and easy dessert recipe to take to your Thanksgiving get together? This pumpkin sheet cake is THE BEST EVER. Trust me!

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  • It’s funny how life works.  I signed us up for the One Room Challenge to teach Mike Miller a lesson (just keeping it real) but it was me who needed to learn the lesson; and I did just that throughout the course of this One Room Challenge. To catch you up if you are finding our lifestyle blog for the first time, we build our own houses and move constantly and do the occasional home and RV fli

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  • OK so it’s a big day.  I get it.  I’m sure we will all be inundated with nothing but doomsday Election Day coverage in our news feeds and I don’t know about you, but I just need a break from all the seriousness.  So, I give you “Miller Musings,” a random collection of crappy iphone photos I’ve been taking along with stories I’ve been jotting down in my pho

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  • I am seriously over fall decor right now and am fighting the urge on a daily basis to put out Christmas decorations, BUT I just got super excited about fall when I saw all the amazing deals going on during the Fall Clearance sale at Nordstrom.   There are so many great sales right now and it is definitely time to buy some Over the Knee boots (OTK boots), plaid shirt dresses, booties, cute accessor

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  • So Week 5 of the One Room Challenge—Breakfast Nook on a Budget—was not very productive for the Miller’s being that it was Halloween week and our daughter’s 10th birthday.  My plan was to have my beach wall art printed and reframed in the gold bamboo frames I found at a thrift store and complete my chinoiserie plate collage wall.  Neither are done.  Hopefully we have a very productive w

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  • Alright girls, the word on the street is that everyone is in the market for cute fall and Thanksgiving outfit ideas so I'm sharing one of my faves right now - cold shoulder shirts paired with vests.  I'm loving this layered look right now AND this shirt from Nordstrom Rack

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  • In the last two houses we’ve built, we have used brass and silver sconces in the bathrooms to give a clean, modern look to our bathrooms and I love it so much that I wanted to share this modern home decor idea with you guys today.  Lighting is one of my all-time favorite things to choose when we are building a house and it can also be extremely frustrating if you don’t know where to lo

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  • Did you happen to read my blog post on Halloween Mom Insanity?   Well, I’ll have you know that I was right on point with Reason #10 that Halloween drives moms to lose their minds.  Per the norm, my kids—especially Emmy—have already started talking about their costumes for next year.  Seriously?  Do we really have to talk about something that is 364 days away?  Emmy wants to be a “bride

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  • Oh teen and tween boy bedroom design and finding the right decor and art...it can be a hard one because they are at that age where they have a VERY strong opinion of what they want.

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  • There is a modern home decor sale going on through the end of the weekend that I just had to let you know about!!! If someone put me on the spot and asked me, “If you could only shop at one home store for the rest of your life, what would it be?” I’m pretty sure I would say Lulu & Georgia without hesitation.  I heart Lulu & Georgia AND they are celebrating their 4th anniv

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  • First of all, I wasn’t allowed to hold the nail gun one time and I’m still ticked off about it. Welcome to WEEK 4 of cc+mike do the One Room Challenge – Breakfast Nook on a Budget Style.  As you will see, this week was all about staining and recovering the chairs for our breakfast nook area.  In case you are here for the first time, you are probably going to want to check out Wee

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  • Without a doubt, one of the most important—if not the most important—item you can choose for your dining or breakfast nook area is the lighting.  Whether you like brass, beaded, silver, or crystal, I have rounded up some statement chandeliers for you from Anthropologie, West Elm, Horchow, and William Sonoma that will make your dining or breakfast nook area look fabulous.  Lighting is by far my fav

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  • Ah Halloween.  That blessed time of the year when kids get to dress up like Batman, or Cinderella, or a freaky skeleton, or a zombie from zombie apocalypse, while running around neighborhoods terrorizing houses, ringing doorbells 537 times and screaming “TRICK OR TREAT” to get candy that will hype them up and make them act like absolute lunatics.  Doesn’t it just sound heavenly?

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  • Celebrating the weekend by sharing my weekend picks – plaid vests, blanket scarves, comfortable but trendy tennis shoes, and tons of Home Goods!! While we were in San Francisco, I wore the heck out of this plaid vest.  I have it listed for you below from Nordstrom but also a more affordable option that is on sale from Old Navy!  It is so versatile and I love that you can dress it up or dress

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  • What’s that you ask? But I thought this was a One Room Challenge-Breakfast Nook on a Budget post?  Well yes, yes it is.  So why is there a picture of Mike Miller and I in San Francisco to start this post?  Well….because Mike Miller and I fully committed to the One Room Challenge this week by booking a 5 day getaway to San Francisco on less than 48 hours notice.  So basically, what I

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  • So I'm still recovering from our San Francisco getaway and by recovering I mean that I have 72 loads of laundry that are locked in my laundry room while I'm in here writing this blog about a sausage rice casserole recipe, trying to pretend like that laundry doesn't exist.

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  • Shop the look of my One Room Challenge design here. So it’s update time on cc+mike do the One Room Challenge – Breakfast Nook on a Budget Style.  Mike Miller is SO excited to be participating in this and by participating in this I mean he has no clue what is going on and we are getting on a plane to San Francisco in 24 hours.  We are going to be away from our kids for the longest perio

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  • I photographed a wedding two weeks ago and as I spent hours editing pictures last week, I realized something - I have photographed nearly fifty weddings. Now I'm not saying that being a wedding photographer makes me an expert on marriage, but I am saying that the almost 14 years of marriage I have lived and fought through have afforded me the right to at least speak on the subject matter;

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  • I get asked  A LOT about what I recommend for framing art and prints.  Well, that is an easy answer.  I recommend Framebridge.  I absolutely love partnering with Framebridge for framing my print art because their selection of custom frames is absolutely amazing, they are easy to work with, you can do any custom size of framing, AND they are extremely affordable for custom framing.  Their custom fr

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  • You should have seen Mike Miller’s face when I told him that I wanted to do white walls and black windows when we were in the design process for this house. “White walls and black windows?  ARE YOU SURE?” he would ask, repeatedly. Seriously though.  If only I had a dollar for every time that I heard that question from my husband during the building process.  But I knew what I wan

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  • First of all, be honest…how many of you thought our big announcement was that we were having another baby?  Um, NO.  If you’ve met Coco Miller, our youngest, than you know why we decided to stop at three. BUT our actual big announcement might be just as hard as having a fourth child.  We will let you know when the six weeks is up because we have decided to tackle the ONE ROOM CHALLENGE

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  • WOW.  I mean, 9 months ago I told Michael that it was time for me to redo my website.  I knew the website I had built by myself for my photography business 7 years ago, was no longer cutting it.  Not to mention, for months, or perhaps maybe even years if I’m being honest, I had been feeling a prompting—a little voice inside my head—telling me it was time for change.  I knew that it was time

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  • So I’ve been spending a lot of time in my modern home office that I finished months ago which means it’s pretty much a mess all the time.  BUT….I’ve been moving some things around in preparation for a big announcement that will be coming tomorrow and this over dyed rug from West Elm made it’s way into my office.  I think I’m loving it here and it’s going t

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  • First of all, HAPPY FRIDAY everyone.  I just got an email from Target that all their outerwear is on sale through tomorrow with the code FALL30.  You guys they have some awesome vests and jackets right now and I’m also still crushing on my DV booties that I bought last week.  I’m lining up some of my favorites to make this sale easy shopping for you guys.  I’m also including the

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  • Today I wanted to share with you guys some of my favorite brass lighting and more specifically, brass kitchen pendants. Because in case you haven’t heard, BRASS IS TOTALLY BACK. I recently read a design quote that said “Your lighting is the jewelry of your home.”  I loved that because it’s oh so true.  Every time we are doing a building project, I always live for the day th

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  • Ok well it might be 90 degrees out but I’m pretending like it’s fall by sharing a quick and easy recipe for our family favorite potato soup.  This one is a must try and it’s a crowd pleaser for sure.  I’m not going to pretend that it’s easy on the thighs because let’s be honest….it has an entire stick of Velveeta in it AND it’s served in a bread bowl

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  • Well hello there everyone! I know many of you have just been at the gorgeous home of Emily from Eleven Gables. Welcome to our little corner of the world now! We are cc+mike—high school sweethearts,

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  • To the man who tried to murder my mom, on Sept. 16, 1990, I was ten years old in this picture. That was the last birthday I had before you impacted my life, forever.

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  • So one night when we were very first married, Mike Miller wanted cookies. I was out of butter and chocolate chips. Not good.

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  • Target is having a huge rug sale for the next 3 days. 30 percent off all areas rugs which is huge when you are buying a big rug.

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  • Ok so I said I was trying to get back on the eating and meal planning bandwagon and I'm sticking to it with these pork carnitas. My sister in law told me about this recipe a year or so ago and it has become a go to favorite. It's healthy, its easy, and it feeds a ton of people.

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  • It's that time of year again - FALL FAMILY PICTURES. I have created a link on sign up genius where you can sign up for me to take your fall family pictures

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  • It's time for another round of Friday Favorites - fall edition. This is a random assortment of things I've seen throughout the week that I'm loving which means shopping made easy for you guys!

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  • Who is ready for football, chili and fall weather because I know I am! You know what else I'm ready for? FALL CLOTHES and specifically fall shoes. I love these next three months when you can wear fall transition shoes. What are fall transition shoes you ask?

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  • Wait.   What just happened? All the sudden my social media is full of sweet 1st Day Of School pics and I’m wondering, “Where did the summer go?” NYC public schools don’t start for another 2 weeks. Don’t hate. We didn’t get out until June 28th. The freewheeling, stay up ‘til midnight days are winding down, evidenced by forms in my mailbox and an inbox stuffed with information about school events, a

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  • First of all let's get something out of the way. I definitely haven't been winning any Martha Stewart awards around here lately. To be honest I'm SO OVER COOKING lately. And grocery story trips. And laundry. And just adulating in general. Ugly truth moment...I totally lost it on Mike Miller this week and told him he needed to be in charge of two dinners a week.

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  • BACKGROUND STORY: I was raised in McAlester, Oklahoma and I went to a small - and by small I mean absolutely tiny - Christian school associated with my dad's church from pre-K to 8th grade. My 8th grade graduating class had 8 people in it. Yes, you read that right I said 8 people, as in EIGHT.

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  • You can't go wrong with black, white, and gold.  It just never goes out of style.  That's right.  I said never because that is truly how I feel.

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  • I'm all about hunter green and navy right now, as evidenced by my latest shoe purchase - these navy Jeffrey Campbell booties.

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  • BACK TO SCHOOL - This is that time of year where I feel like I could, quite possibly, have a mental breakdown at any second.

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  • I know some of you guys have seen little momma's full room reveal but I wanted to do another post and share how you can shop this room look. If I'm being honest, Emmy's room might be my favorite room in the whole house.

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  • So this study...I LOVE the modern farmhouse style and I definitely am a little partial to that horse print OBVIOUSLY (it's available in our cc&mike print shop in case you haven't been over there before). My friends Molly and Amy knocked it out of the park decorating this room and if you love this look, today is your lucky day.

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  • Just thought I would share some of my favorites and steals and deals that I saw throughout the week. First of all, I'm obsessed with my new Rebel lipstick from Mac.

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  • To say that I am excited to launch my new Rosemary Beach collection would be an understatement.  You guys...I'm a jewel tone girl.  And you know how I feel about navy; add in some black, white, and gold, and I'm in absolute heaven.  These beach prints are going to hit on all of the aforementioned beauties that make my heart go pitter patter.

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  • Ok first of all.  I'm cracking up that Oscar's (our dog) stuff animal is in this picture over in the corner of our entryway.

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  • You guys. I am SO EXCITED to share this adorable little girl's room. This right here is what happens when two of my insanely talented girlfriends collaborate on a project - Brady Barber Designs (you must go follow her on insta) and Betsy Little of Little Design Co.

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  • The thing about growth is, you have to first plant a seed. Then you have to wait. It can be a discouraging process, at times, waiting for growth.

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  • Oh that navy and pink. Who else loves it? Well if you do, today is your lucky day because I've rounded up lots of options from One Kings Lane, Lulu and Georgia, and Overstock that are very similar to the navy chairs I have in my living room as well as a rug, coffee table, lamps, even couches and end tables that are similar to mine.

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  • You guys I'm obsessed with these wood watches for Jord and I just had to share! I mean, how could is a totally WOODEN watch?! I love how organic and natural they look but then the gold accents and bright, colorful face watches give it a hip, modernized look.

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  • I've had so many people ask me about this master bedroom so I thought it would be fun to do a post since the rug in this bedroom is on sale right now. You can click directly on the link below and buy the rug and some of the pillows in this picture,

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  • Parenting is hard. Lately I’ve been inundated on social media with pictures of all these gorgeous, skinny moms with long flowy hair holding their picture perfect babies.

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  • My pool loungers are one mega sale over at Target! Tis the time of year that everyone is getting rid of their patio and outdoor living furniture and it's a great time to take advantage of sales. I once had someone ask me if all my patio furniture was from Restoration Hardware.

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  • So I was chatting with one of my bestie from college a few days ago and she's heading to Vegas soon. We were talking about her hitting that off the shoulder/cold shoulder trend that is so hot right now with some gladiators.

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  • Well Happy Monday everyone! I have been asked to share Tips for Brightening your home by my sweet friend Summer from She Leaves A Little Sparkle.

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  • The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale starts today. What does that mean? Great time to get your fall shoe fix at a discount of the price! I'm making it easy for you and making a stoppable page

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  • First things first. Guess what? It's Nordstrom Anniversary Sale week. The sale already started for cardholders and will be open to the public tomorrow AND I just found out that I was accepted into the Reward Style program.

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  • Oh family vacation. It reminds me of that Charles Dickens quote: "It was the best of times. It was the worst of times."

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  • So I have to tell a funny story about this house before we start this home tour. I follow a builder called CBC builds in Tulsa.

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  • It's the peak of peach season. Porter peaches is only a drive away. Do yourself a favor and jump in the car, grab some of their peaches,

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  • Thank you so much to Deedra Determan of D2 Branding for recommending her friend Sarah Coonce, owner of the Inviting Place, for our next Tulsa Home Tour.

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  • I'm obsessed with that midcentury modern style, as you will no doubt see when I post pictures of our latest house that we built. What is midcentury modern you ask?

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  • Life is easier when you make fun of yourself. I'm 100% convinced of this. We are smack dab in the middle of the summer now people and I'm going to be honest...I have A LOT to make fun of myself for right about now because my life is a hot mess on a daily basis.

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  • I was a total tomboy. I'm talking, I played basketball on the regular; my best friend when I was a little kid was a boy; I loved to fish for crawdads and get dirty and climb trees. I definitely didn't have a girly girl bedroom.

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  • Well apparently, our before and after pictures of the RV flip didn't make it over from the old website. Which is totally fine BECAUSE...since those pictures were taken, Mike Miller ripped out the carpet and tile in the RV and put in engineered wood floors. SO...we were due for some new pictures anyway.

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  • This is an oldie but a goodie.  And by an oldie I mean that I grew up on this taco salad and it was always on my “best recipes that my mom made” list.  You know what is REALLY awesome?  When you become a mom yourself and realize that one of your favorite meals that your mom used to make is a super quick and easy recipe AND it’s always a crowd pleaser.  I love to serve this taco s

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  • I'm writing this as I drive my daughter to camp. Well, Mike Miller is driving and I'm feverishly typing away on my computer because that is how I deal when I'm working something through. I write. I've already cried and I can tell I'm not done. This is hard. I'm worried about her.

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  • These easy bread machine calzones are one of the top three things my kids, and my friend's kids, ask me to make. If you don't have a bread maker, well, that's gonna be a problem.

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  • If you are a baseball fan, then you've heard of OMAHA. Omaha, Nebraska - the mecca of college baseball. It is the ultimate goal for every college baseball team.

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  • I thought it might be fun to share a post with our original print art from the SHOP used in various different stagings. I have had so many people tell me they are thinking about buying a piece of art from our shop. I get it. You aren't quite sure what to get. You have to think about it; plan your space; decide what size to get. Well, if you are like me, you are a visual person so I thought I

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  • 'm not picture perfect. Not even close. Those who know me best would be more than happy to tell you that, but I'm more concerned about those who might be reading this blog that don't know me best. I'm thinking about those people who stop by and see beautiful pictures - guess what, they are staged - and yummy recipes, and immaculate homes, and maybe when they see those pictures, they leave feeli

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  • So I’m currently obsessed with my cast iron skillet.  I’m talking, I want to use it for every single thing all the time because it is so amazing to only have to dirty one dish.  Ain’t nobody got time for all those dishes.  And you know what’s even more amazing?  Apparently, according to my mom, you aren’t even supposed to really scrub and clean a cast iron skillet.  Y

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  • So last week I had the most brilliant idea. I was heading over to my friends Robby and Taylor Merrick's house to take pictures of some of my original print art that she had used in her home - my longhorn print, some cows from the Camo farm collection, and of course - my horse in the burl wood frame. So I thought to myself...why in the world would I just take a few boring pictures of my art work o

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  • I’m just gonna leave this right here and you can thank me later. I mean, you know that anything that has a 1/2 pound of Havarti cheese in it is just going to be darn delicious and trust me, this dip does not disappoint.  My sister in law gave this quick and easy recipe to me back in 2009 and it has been a go to for me ever since – great for making when you are going to a party or havin

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  • If you are looking for one of those lists of 100 fun things to do with your kids this summer, you've come to the WRONG place. However, if you are already feeling a bit, or perhaps even a lot, overwhelmed about running crazyville this summer and you want to feel better about yourself - pull up a chair, grab a cup of coffee, and stay awhile.

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  • So you’ve seen the Empire State Building and once in Times Square is enough. Or maybe you’re staying long enough that you’d like to visit something a bit off the beaten path. Today is for you! We're talking about some of the best spots in NYC for kids.

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  • This is my third post on visiting New York City with children.  We’ve been to Central Park, walked the Brooklyn Bridge and the Williamsburg Bridge. It’s time to address the elephant in the room: Times Square.  Just as I will shout my love for Central Park from the rooftops, I make little effort to hide my ambivalence about the human zoo that is Times Square.  Imagine your town/city on

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  • This is one of my best dessert recipes for two reasons: 1. It's oh so easy 2. It's ALWAYS a crowd pleaser. Trust me, you can make this easy homemade cookie cake for a kid's birthday party, a girl's night at your house, or an adult BBQ, and everyone will love it. This cookie cake just always does the trick.

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  • This weekend, I was at a party and someone asked me "So what exactly is cc&mike?" I laughed and then I pondered. The truth is, I don't know exactly what it is yet, and that's ok. Only time will tell. But for now...It's our little creative corner of the world; it's a place to enjoy shared interests with my sisters and others; it's a place to grab a recipe or read a story; it's a place to perhap

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  • “I’d like to visit New York City, but I can’t imagine living there.” The fact that I’m raising my kids in NYC comes as a bit of a surprise to me, too! It's as far from small town Oklahoma as you can get. Here’s the thing, though. NYC is a great place for kids! Lots of families are raising their kids here. Over 1 MILLION children are the public school system. That means there are many, many k

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  • So I am really excited to do our first official room reveal from our new house and for some reason I'm cracking up that it's the kid's art room. I had so much fun designing this room when we were building the house and the funniest part about it is that it is the room I tried to get the architect to scrap when we were in the design stages. Mike Miller, you were right and I was wrong. I'll say i

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  • Meet one of my big sisters - Rhesa Storms. She's pretty amazing. She has a laugh that will light up a room. She is intelligent and witty and beautiful and extremely talented. I've been telling her for years that she needs to sell her photographs and thank goodness, I finally convinced her to join me on this journey of selling our pictures as print art for home design. Rhesa lives in NYC with

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  • While getting ready for this business launch, I've been thinking a lot about the word START. So I looked up the definition: START: 1. To begin or set out, as on a journey.

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  • Several years ago, a friend of mine brought the best feta bean dip I had ever had on the boat with us when we went to the lake. Ever since then, it has been a summer staple around our house and I'm not afraid to make it throughout the year either. For some reason, it is especially good on a hot Oklahoma summer day, when you're sitting in the boat listening to Zack Brown Band sing "Toes" and sipp

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  • My sister gave me this enchilada recipe years ago and it's one of my absolute faves. Yes they have goat cheese in them which sounds weird but just trust me on this one. They are absolutely amazing.

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  • These brownies once sold for $200 at a church auction, thus the name C.C.'s $200 brownies. I highly recommend partaking in these while warm, preferably with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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  • So it turns out that 18 hours in an rv means plenty of time for blogging. I've had a lot of people ask me about our rv expeditions with our kiddos and if I would recommend it or not. Here's the deal. If you are thinking about renting an RV or buying one and taking the fam on some cross country road trips: DO IT. You will undoubtedly make the most amazing family memories that you and your kids

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  • I’m a mean mom and that’s perfectly fine with me. I’m not here to be my child’s best friend. It’s not my job to make their life easy or perfect or pain free. It’s my job to prepare them for life and then when the time comes, to let them go so they can live their life. I hope and pray that when the time comes for them to spread their wings and fly, they will be prepared for it. Part of that pr

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  • I took little momma out for an impromptu 8 year old photo session for her birthday. Everyday I look at her and can't believe she's mine. I don't deserve her... no seriously, I don't. But I'm so thankful she's mine. She's the perfect blend of sweet but sassy. She cares about others more than herself. Her nickname perfectly suits her - little momma, because she's always mothering. She takes c

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  • I’ve been thinking about the space between a lot lately and thinking about the space between has made me think about Indiana Jones.   Yes, Indiana Jones. (Quick side note -the above picture has absolutely nothing to do with the space between or Indiana Jones.  It’s just the view I was looking at when I wrote this post a few months ago on our beach trip that we took and being that I am

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  • This is baby Jack.  I’m allowed to use his name publicly on my blog because I can.   His mother and I go way back.  And by way back, I mean we were roommates in college.  And by roommates in college, I mean we shared a room the size of a small closet.  And by room the size of a small closet, I mean that my dad had to hand build bunk beds to go in said “room” and there was barely

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  • I was wrong. I thought that when it was time for us to pack up and leave from our little cross country excursion to Yellowstone, I would be thrilled.  I thought that after nearly two weeks of being together every waking moment and being on top of each other in the RV, I would be dying to get home.  So imagine my surprise when we pulled out and started putting Yellowstone, beautiful Montana, Wyomin

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  • I’m glad I said “Yes to Yellowstone.”  Not because it’s been perfect because it hasn’t been.  There is no such thing as perfect and there is definitely no such thing as perfect when traveling the country in a motorhome with a family of five.  Nope.  There have been tired kids and ear infections and frustrated parents and Cohen crying after the second full day of drivi

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  • We are the Miller’s and we have a Recreational Vehicle.  That’s right – we roll Cousin Eddy style. There is a long story behind our R.V. that involves Michael’s dad who we lost to cancer 4 1/2 years ago but that is a different post altogether.  For now, I just wanted to share our “Flip that R.V.” story.   Let me sum it up like this, Michael has been asking me to

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  • This wedding.   It’s an all-time favorite of mine.  Sure, the venues – The Skirvin Hotel and OKC Public Farmer’s Market were unbelievably amazing.  Yes, the wedding party was fun and fabulous.  However, it was the couple that made it so special.  Their love for each other, their ability to make each other laugh, the way the look at each other, the way the laugh together…it

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  • I absolutely loved photographing this wedding.  Where do I even begin?  Let’s start with the fact that the couple met when they were 15 years old and there were pictures all over the place of them together as young teenagers.  There is just nothing quite like young love.  The ceremony took place at one of my all-time favorite locations…Five Oaks Ranch.  I love the beauty of the outdoor

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  • Tonight is the last night that I will sleep in the house that has been our home for the past 3 years and 9 months.  Sure I should be packing right now but instead I am writing this blog because I guess in a way, it’s my way of saying goodbye. We have moved a lot.  This will be our ninth move in eleven years of marriage to be exact.  However, there are three places that always stand out more

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  • I want to be more like my nine year old. Easton Wade Miller.  He’s oh so far away from that 6 pound 12 ounce little baby that I held in my arms on the evening of March 15, 2005.  He is almost 5 feet tall and weighs nearly 100 pounds now.  He wears a size twelve.  Yes he is a big boy, but what amazes me most is how big his heart is. A few weeks ago I was talking to a mother of one of Easton&#

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  • Five years.  I can’t say “OMG I can’t believe it!” because I can.  For some reason, I feel like I am a world away from that twenty-nine year old girl who brought her third child home from the hospital and thought that life would go on as usual.  There is nothing usual about life and there is DEFINITELY nothing usual about Cohen {aka Coco} Miller.  I could write all day abou

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  • Words can’t do justice to how amazingly beautiful this wedding was.  So I’ll just keep quiet (which those of you who know me know how VERY challenging that is for C.C.) and let the pictures do all the talking.  Big thanks to Ashley Farthing of Farthing Events for planning yet another gorgeous event and for recommending me to your bride.  Always such an honor working with you girl. Flor

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  • So I’ve decided it’s time for me to start doing some blog posts again!  I had convinced myself for quite some time that Facebook albums were the way to go because more people saw the pictures that way.  But there is just something about the blog posts and the story that it tells that I love.  I can’t even tell you how excited I am for this couple’s wedding at the Mayo Tulsa

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  • A long time ago I read a blog post about how “mothers are the memory keepers for their families.”  It inspired me.  I realized that if I didn’t write down our memories, if I didn’t record them, no one would.  They would be forgotten, as if they never even happened.  So I started the tradition of making a yearly book of all of our memories throughout the year.  Without a dou

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  • First of all, I would like to publicly admit that I should be doing laundry instead of writing this post.  No, seriously.  We got back from our trip to the Cotton Bowl on Saturday and I still am not unpacked and my laundry room is a disaster zone.  But that can wait…. I would much rather write this blog post that was just inspired when I read my friend Holly’s blog post on her “WHYR

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  • I’ve changed. There.  I said it. The peace and freedom I feel in accepting that is so beautiful that I want others to experience the same thing.  I want others to realize what it took me years to work through… CHANGE IS NOT A DIRTY WORD. This is my little family four years ago (photos by the amazing Alayna Benefield – www.rubyjewelstudio.com).  I look at my children and I realize how I expec

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  • We rocked a skate party for little momma’s 7th bday at Route 66 Rollerdome.  It was rowdy.   It was fun.  It was a PARTY that I think she won’t soon forget.  This little momma is loved by many and we all definitely had a blast celebrating her!!!Can I just take this opportunity to say that I’m obsessed with Cookiedoodle in Jenks.  Check out these party favor cookies they made!!!  

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  • LITTLE MOMMA. It seems like just yesterday you were this precious little girl.  The one with the ridiculously cute brown curls and the pink Baby Bambini glasses.  You talked in the sweetest little high-pitched nasal voice and liked to dress up in little mermaid costumes and sing that Ariel song everywhere you went.  You were precious then. And you are absolutely precious now.  More grown up.  Even

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  • So a few weeks ago, my oldest “baby” turned 8 years old.  I can hardly believe it.  This kid changed my world.  He made my life complete the first time I held him in my arms.  He made me a mother.  I was so happy, so proud on that day eight years ago.  And eight years later, he is still making me so happy and so very, very proud.  I look at him and I see the young man that he is and th

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  • OH COHEN CROSBY MILLER.  Better known as Coco.  Also Coke Daddy.  Big Stuff.  Biggy Bigs.  But most importantly, my baby boy.  I look back at four years ago today and I feel like I don’t even know who I was without you in my life.  You have taught me so much about myself.  You are so full of life, of energy, of emotion!  You are my SPICE.  For some reason, everything seems so boring before y

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  • We went to the Livesay Orchard this fall with Cohen’s Preschool to play and pick apples.  It was definitely a fun trip and I’m not gonna lie…the cobbler we made with the apples was legit! We went with Cohen’s best buddies…Brooks and Blaire.  Never a dull moment with this crew, that’s for sure!The sign before entering the hay maze….Thinking about hay maze s

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  • We decided to get out of town this year with Michael’s family and head to Big Cedar Lodge for Thanksgiving.  It was an absolute blast!!  We spent the night before Thanksgiving at Silver Dollar City and the kids had such a great time with their cousins.  This picture is probably my all-time fave and I’m thinking I need to get a big one printed STAT.  Look at those happy babies and all o

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  • It’s that time of year…..January.  The time when I frantically go back and try to get caught up on all my blog posts from the previous year so that I can make my blog to book. So this post is taking us all the way back to October when we took a total last minute trip to Silver Dollar City over Fall Break.  The kids had never been and we wanted to get outta town so we just packed up and

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  • So this Christmas is going to be brought to you primarily by the iphone and ig.  Why?  Well, because sometimes it just isn’t workin’ to get out the huge camera and make a big deal of it.  Especially when 3 out of 5 members of the family are diagnosed with the flu and you spend Christmas eve running around like crazy searching all over Tulsa for Tamiflu.  That’s right.  The Miller

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  • So it’s been a little intense around here lately, and by here, I mean our country.  Election 2012 was bout to stress me out.  I took these pictures of Coco the other day and just felt the need to lighten the mood.  This kid.  He is something else.  I couldn’t find him the other day and immediately headed to the door because when I can’t find him, chances are he has gone outside w

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  • So having kiddos changes everything.  Including our tailgating schedule.  But we still made it up to almost all the home games, even if it meant we had to throw the kiddos in the car and head up right after back to back soccer games.  We were only able to take the rv up once to stay the entire weekend but we sure had a blast when we did.  Hanging out with friends, dance parties in the rv, and of c

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  • Three years ago almost to the day, our little family of 5 packed up and headed to a Halloween party  that we had been invited to in the neighborhood that my parents lived in at the time.  I do believe the word “party” was an understatement for what went down that night.  As we pulled out of the neighborhood that night, my husband casually said…”I think we will move here.

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  • Still getting caught up on the family blog.  Coco FINALLY got to play baseball this summer!!!  He’s been waiting for his turn for 3 LONG years.  And this summer he finally got it.  Clearly he was ALL.  SMILES.  about it.Getting ready for the games is always interesting with Coco.  He is so excited to play you can barely get him to hold still long enough to get him dressed.  Exhibit A….

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  • Well hello there.  My name is Carissa and I use to be a blogger.  I use to take lots of pictures of my kids and post them to said blog.  That was before computer hackers and lice.  Yes, that’s right.  I said computer hackers and lice. I do believe the last blog I wrote was in April.  After that blog I started getting numerous emails from friends, clients, and family saying that their compute

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  • We packed up the rv and headed up to Bartlesville this summer with some friends to try out the Kiddie Park.  We had never been before and were excited about giving it a try.  It was definitely a blast and I took WAAAAY to many pictures!!!No I did not dress my kid like this to go to the park.  Of course he had to have an accident as we were walking in so he had to wear pajama bottoms the entire tim

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  • My family loves going to the Gilcrease Museum.  Usually we go for the Mother’s Day Brunch but this year we decided to hit it up on Easter too.  My sister and her family came into town and we headed out to Gilcrease after church for a little Easter egg hunt on the property.  Here’s my 3 kiddos on Easter 2012…bout to get their Easter egg hunt on.You will have to pardon me.  There a

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  • Coco’s getting a lot of blog time lately.  What can I say?  There are just LOTS of camera moments with Coco.  One happened this weekend at Emmy’s soccer game.  I had an 8 am session.  Followed by a 9 am soccer game.  Followed by 10:30 am and 1:30 pm baseball games.  Just living the dream.  Taking Coco to sporting events over the last three years has been, well, let’s just say 

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  • He was playing outside nicely so I walked back to my bedroom for a second.  When I came back out I found him like this.  Stripped down to nothing but a shirt and underwear and helping himself to the kitchen sink. Guess he needed to brush his teeth with a dirty paintbrush….Guess he needed a drink of water…Guess he needed a BIGGER drink of water….That’s my Coco.  He doesnR

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  • Yep.  This happened.  4 adults.  2 adjoining hotel rooms.  8 kids under the age of 7.  One awesome weekend in Bricktown for a Thunder game and a VERY special birthday celebration for some very special boys.  Yep.  It happened.  And it was awesome.Quite a long time ago, my friend Emily and I were talking about the big boy’s birthdays and how we could NOT believe they were going to be seven.  

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  • I was on a bit of a blogging slump for quite awhile for some reason.  OK so maybe I know the reason and it may have had something to do with the ridiculous amount of time I spent making my blog to book from 2010 and 2011.  Guess I just needed a well-deserved break after all that work on our family books.  But I’m back now and I’m trying to catch up on some of the family stuff I’v

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  • It’s been awhile since I’ve blogged a quick and easy recipe so I figured I better get back in the game if I ever want to get all my family recipes blogged!  That is the plan…blog all my family favorite recipes then turn the blogs into a recipe book.  OK, so it might be 10 years from now before I get this done at this rate but at least I’m keeping the dream alive.   Sadly, s

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  • Born to be wild.  That’s my little man.  The night before his birthday I was picking out his clothes and there was really no option other than his “BORN TO BE WILD” shirt of course.  We had a little last minute birthday celebration for the birthday boy and you know, sometimes last minute and simple is just the best.  We headed out to the park with friends, cupcakes, and BUBBLES o

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  • That’s my birthday boy.  Three years old today.  I love those blonde curls and those baby blue eyes.  That laugh.  That smile.  That ornery twinkle in those baby blues. I had big plans.  Big plans to bust out the camera and do a special little 3 year old birthday shoot this weekend.  Then have all those pictures edited in order to do a photo montage for the birthday boy.  But instead, I spen

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  • They arrived in the mail.  They are beautiful.  Finally.  All those hours I spent were worth it.  All those hours I spent designing books while I drank too much coffee…ok, ok, any maybe some wine too.  And maybe it also required some desperate phone calls to my bestie, Bethany, who had to talk me down from the ledge and tell me that it would all be worth it.  Thanks Bethany.  And just like a

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  • And I’m back to blogging.  I guess after all that blogging and finishing of my 2010 and 2011 blog to books, I needed a little…ok a LONG break.  But leave it to some basketball to get me back in the mood to crank out a blog.  I love me some basketball.  I LOVE me some basketball.  And I love that my little man is lovin’ him some basketball.  It is amazing to see how much these boy

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  • This baby boy. And those blue eyes….. And that drool-filled little grin. So I know it is not ok to have favorites.  I love all my kids with the same unbelievable love…that kind of love that actually hurts when you look at them because you love them SO much.  That indescribable kind of love.  It is absolutely ok though to have FAVORITE AGES.  There is a big distinction between favorites

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  • So I just had to show the side by side comparison of my two boys in their first Halloween costumes.  They both wore the same lion costume for their first Halloween and were both exactly 8 months old.  Can you tell which Miller boy is Easton and which one is Cohen?  (OK, I know this will be obvious for some of you but even if it is, you can’t deny how much they look alike!)

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  • I headed out to Woodward park this evening with the Alford family to get some family pictures. The weather was gorgeous and despite a few mishaps (i.e. losing/getting my camera bag stolen AND losing a diamond earring while at the park) we were able to get some great pictures. As you can see, they are a gorgeous family and they made my job pretty easy! Lori, thanks for asking me to take your pictur

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  •   My friend Kassidy asked me to take 3 month pictures of her son, Cash. He is absolutely adorable as you will see from the pictures. Don’t you just want to pinch those chubby cheeks? He may only be three months old but he is definitely a BIG boy! He was so good during our photo shoot and I think we got some really good shots! I love these two pictures of him with his momma…she is

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  • My baby girl turned three this past weekend. I can hardly believe that it has already been three years ago that she came into this world. What a blessing she has been to our lives. I was one of those moms who never thought they wanted or needed a little girl. Give me sports, fights, and dirtiness anyday over drama, dress-up, and PMS’ing. That’s the way I thought. I always said I wanted

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  • A few months ago I read my kids “The Wizard of Oz” chapterbook and then we watched the movie. They LOVED it and so we decided to dress up as The Wizard of Oz characters for Halloween. It was an awesome day and we really had alot of fun. We went to a little Halloween get together at The Schwerdtfeger’s house for lunch (see pictures of adorable party guests below) then went to my p

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  • Meet my amazing and beautiful big sister….Alyssa. You know….no matter how old I get, I will still always be the little sister who looks up to her beautiful and talented big sisters and wants to be just like them. My sister is as gorgeous on the inside as she is on the out….and as you can see from these pictures, that is pretty stinkin’ gorgeous! 🙂 She brought her husband an

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  • Look at this precious little guy! My friend Sarah drove down from Edmond today to let me take some pictures of her adorable son Braden. Her husband was able to come down with her so we were also able to get some family pictures. Sarah, thanks so much for coming to T-town…it was so good to see you and meet Braden. He is SO cute! Hope you like the pictures….

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  • So I realize that to some people, getting a new dog only two days after we lost our beloved Jake seems a bit soon. So….to our critics out there I pose this question, “Could YOU say no to this?” Or how about this? Look at those eyes….could you say NO to that? Well….we couldn’t. So meet our new dog. Nash Miller. He is precious. Already a part of the family. He is

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  • So here is our exciting news…..I am going to pick up our new puppy tonight! His name is NASH. He is 6 months old and he is SO perfect! I know what you are thinking….THAT WAS FAST! We just lost Jake on Sunday night. YES, it is fast. NO, no dog will EVER replace Jake in our hearts. And NO, we weren’t planning to get a new dog that fast, but it happened. I believe that all things ha

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  • This is our first ever baby…Jake Miller. He was a college graduation present from my family to Michael….his first dog. Our first dog together. He was more than a dog to us. He was a friend. A protector. An encourager. A confidante. A playmate to our kids. He was family. We found out two months ago that he had cancer and last night, Michael had to make the decision to let him go so that

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  • I was able to finish editing the rest of the pictures I took for the Compton’s. Here are some more of my favorites….Jaime, Chad, I enjoyed taking your pictures. Hope you like them!

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  • I had a family photo session with the Compton’s this evening. I met Jaime and her two precious daughters a few years ago when Easton started preschool and he was in the same class as her oldest daughter, Emma. Here is a sneak peak of the pictures. I have a lot more editing to do but so far, these are my favorites. Thanks for letting me take pictures of your precious family Jaime!

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  • Meet Adeline McAdams. Isn’t she the most beautiful thing you have ever seen?!?! She is my friend Tiffany’s daughter. Tiffany asked me to take some 6 month pictures of her precious little girl. These are just a few of my MANY favorites! Tiffany, thanks for letting me take pics of your beautiful girls. It was fun! Meet Harper McAdams (aka “big sister”). This precious girl may

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  • Gotta Love Family Fair Day! Love this picture….daddy and his sweetheart takin’ off in the bumblebee while she waves at the ground below. Easton driving the tractor Easton and Michael on the kites. Easton was barely tall enough for this ride…lucky for him, he is a four-year old that is the size of a 6 year old. He absolutely LOVED the ride and wasn’t scared at all. Our littl

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  • I celebrated my 30th birthday this weekend….the theme of the night, “GIRLS JUST WANNA HAVE FUN!” I had the most amazing night with 23 of my girlfriends at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. It was so amazing to have ALL of my girls there….people that I have known since I was 4 years old (love you Sarah!) to people I just met 4 months ago (love you too Molly)….friends f

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  • Here’s a story I had to share…. Easton and I were baking cookies for Michael this afternoon. It was just so much fun….one of my favorite things to do with him. He puts on his little apron and he’s my little helper in the kitchen. I started feeling sad thinking about him growing up and not wanting to be my little helper anymore and I got a little sentimental so here’s

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  •   So it’s time for another edition of A Day in the Life of….One mom’s way of finding the humor out of life with three small kids. We have been stuck in the house ALL week because I have been sick. Now all you moms out there know what this is like….after a few days of not getting out, no school, and no playdates, the kids become like wild, caged animals….just chom

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  • So I have had several requests for my quick and easy recipe for Artichoke Dip recipe and Tortilla Soup. Since I was going to type them up to share with friends, I thought I would go ahead and share them with everyone. No, I don’t have any awesome pictures to accompany the recipes so get over it. I have been sick all week and I have NOT been cooking. Here are the recipes….if you make th

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  • So today I turn thirty. I am not going to lie…..I have been dreading this a little bit. My friend Kassidy says, “Our thirties are going to be the best years of our lives. We’re done having kids. We can get our bodies back! We can start doing things for ourselves again.” I have spent the last 5 years of my life either pregnant or breastfeeding. With Easton and Emmy, I was pr

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  • My friend Jade asked me to take some pictures for her new business. It is called Lil’ Sprouts. She is making absolutely adorable costumes for little girls. You can get a full Halloween costume for your little princess for only $30. That includes a tutu, hair bow, and set of wings. The bows that you see in the pictures start at $3. I think “a picture is worth a thousand words” so

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  • My bestfriend from high school, Keri, and her beautiful 10 week old daughter, Elliana, were in town and came over to spend the afternoon with us today. It was such an amazing time….we have one of those friendships that just “works.” No matter how long it has been since we have seen each other or talked, we pick up right where we left off. Keri just gets me…and spending time

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  • So it’s time for another edition of “A DAY IN THE LIFE OF”….one mom’s way of finding the humor out of life with three young kids rather than going crazy, which definitely would have been an option today. I only had one goal for today. To go to Walgreens and pick up my pictures so that I could scrapbook this evening. Sounds easy enough, right? WRONG! Here is how it wen

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  • So I started blogging a couple of months ago and it has definitely been a lot of fun. I had no idea how much I would enjoy it! There is one thing I have had to learn though….NOT to check other peoples blogs who make me feel inadequate and like an utter failure as a mother. Not long after I started blogging, someone told me that I had to go check out “The Pioneer Woman.” Maybe som

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  • Michael’s parents let us take their motor home to the OSU versus Georgia game to tailgate with friends. Our friends Daniel and Emily took his parents motor home as well. The 10 of us (that’s right, TEN of us – they also have three kids ages 4 and under) loaded up and headed up to Stillwater Friday at noon. We got an awesome parking spot and set-up quite the tailgating area comple

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  • Cohen will turn 6 months old on Saturday (September 5th). We will be in Stillwater all weekend for the football game (GO POKES!) so I thought I’d go ahead and do his 6 month post before we left. This is my first attempt at doing my kid’s pictures myself….Easton and Emerson had their pictures taken professionally as newborns and again at 3 months, 6 months, 9 months and 12 months.

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  • We packed a picnic and went to the park last night to enjoy the beautiful fall weather. Tyson and Kenna met us and of course we couldn’t resist taking some pictures of Little Miss Kate in yet another one of her fancy outfits. I remember Kenna getting this tutu and “high heels” for Kate when she was still pregnant. It seems like just yesterday and yet here she is wearing them and

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  • I got a new lens for my camera today. When I was at the camera shop, I went outside and snapped this picture of Easton. I am pretty excited to start practicing with it and I will be taking Cohen’s 6 month pictures all by myself! And on a side note….I have to issue my husband this apology…Michael, you were right and I was wrong. Thank you for my camera that you bought me 4 years a

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  • Grandma Elane came over for a visit tonight. We sat outside and enjoyed the weather…swinging, playing, and reading. It was a wonderful time! Here are some pictures….

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  • My friend Kenna was over with her daughter Kate this morning and we couldn’t resist a little impromptu “photo session.” The lighting in my front room was just too perfect and Little Miss Kate was just TOO CUTE (as you can see)! Here are some of my favorites….

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  • We have had a big week of firsts….(first trip to the lake for the kids – pictures to come, first day of school for Easton, and the first day of Baby Ballet at Jenks Dance Academy for Emmy). This means lots of pictures since I am psycho about practicing with my camera now, which means lots of blog postings….it truly is the easiest way to share the pictures with friends and family.

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  • Here’s my “baby” boy ready to head out for his first day of school. He started the pre-K program at Jenks West this year so he will be going 5 days a week for 2 hours. He is loving it already and I got an email from his teacher saying that “Easton had a great first day!” And since I know all of you are wondering if you read my previous post about Meet The Teacher̷

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  • Easton is my cuddler. He can never get enough “lovin’s from momma” as he calls it. This means snuggling and hugging. Anytime he wants to cuddle, he says, “Mom, I need some lovin’s.” Little did I know this term of endearment would have an ugly backfire this week when we went to Easton’s “Meet the Teacher” day at school. It started out early in t

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  • OK, so the hood isn’t red but I thought this was pretty cute anyways. Here’s a few pics I snapped today of Emmy in her swimsuit cover-up. We have had swim lessons everyday for the past two weeks and she insists on wearing her hood everywhere we go when she is wearing her cover-up. I thought she looked pretty adorable with those curls coming out the sides of her “hood.” Is i

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  • It cracks me up how my kids use the word COUSINS. They never use a referent such as “my cousins” or “the cousins.” It is always just COUSINS….because that word in and of itself is all that is required. Everytime they say it you can almost here the trumpets sounding. They LOVE their cousins. All that to say….COUSINS came to stay with us this weekend so my kids ha

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  • Michael and I were having this discussion last night about Emmy getting “the shaft” because not only is she our middle child, she is also our least demanding child. She is so sweet and content to just go with the flow and play whatever Easton wants or do whatever is needing to be done for Cohen at the time. I have been wanting to get some special time with just her and today I got that

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  • I was practicing with my camera this morning and here are some pictures I took of the kids. Those eyes are looking bluer everyday. PLEASE…let him get his daddy’s blue eyes!!! That little curl right around her face absolutely melts my heart.

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  • My son is obsessed with Star Wars. I think in order to truly grasp what that means, we need to consider the definition of obsessed: “To have the mind excessively preoccupied with a single emotion or topic.” That pretty much sums it up, people. His mind is excessively preoccupied with STAR WARS. He wakes up (at 6 am, I might add) thinking about Star Wars and incessantly asking when he c

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  • **Disclaimer….don’t read if you have a weak stomach. Today we went to Target which was an uneventful trip for the most part, especially compared to how our last trip went (see previous post). However, at the end of our trip Easton decided that he needed to talk to the “man” who was checking us out. Here’s how the conversation went: E: (speaking very loudly….real

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  • Easton and Emmy found cowboy boots in Easton’s closet and put them on. They were so cute, I had to take some pictures of them wearing their boots. They walked around ALL night wearing them and playing together. Also, I took a photography class from my dear friend Holly (check out her blog) and have been practicing with my camera. Hopefully you will notice that my pictures are getting better

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  • My friend Cheri, check out her website, took Cohen’s 3 months pictures for us. Yes, they are a month late since he is already 4 months old now, but they still give a good idea of what the little guy is looking like now. He is absolutely precious. Definitely a little handful but I am cherishing every minute. I find myself very emotional at times. It is amazing how much he has already grown in

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  • There seems to be some confusion in my house about what an accident is. Of course this all began with the eldest child who suddenly realized that he could claim that anything he did was an “accident” in an effort to try to get out of being punished. For example…. Easton hitting his sister repeatedly and definitely on purpose with the light saber. Me: Easton you are losing your St

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  • So quite often I get asked these two questions about the life of a stay-at-home mom: 1. What do you do all day? This question usually comes from people who do not yet have kids. I do not begrudge them for asking this question as I am sure I would have wondered the same thing myself at one point. I mean, how hard can it really be staying at home and taking care of kids all day, right??? 2. What is

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  • So Easton thinks every day is Mother’s Day. For the past 2 weeks, he has been telling me “Happy Mother’s day!!!” about twenty times a day. At first I thought it was just a phase and it would stop, but now it is just getting more intense. He is now telling every random person that he sees “Happy Mother’s Day.” In fact, I don’t think being a mother is

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  • We had a great 4th of July weekend! Our friend’s Aaron and Natalie invited us to their parent’s lake house on July 3rd. Notice there are no pictures of the kids with us. That would be because we got a babysitter for the entire day so that we could take an “adult-only” trip. We had SO much fun hanging out with friends and playing on the lake. Thanks Aaron and Natalie for the

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