My kids don't have social media and I'm ready to talk about why. Now first of all, let me get something out of the way. This is a zero judgment post. You go ahead and raise your kids the way you want to and I'll do the same. I do, however, look around and find myself in the minority these days and sometimes, it can feel a little lonely. You can start to question yourself, and think maybe you're crazy or there's something wrong with you if you don't let your kids have their own phone and social media. It's isolating,...

So if you didn’t see our last post, CC and Mike just got back from our first overseas trip—Paris and then to Southern France and the French Riviera! After exploring Paris for 4 days, we jumped on the fast train (pause to point out how lacking it is that we do not have these amazing trains in America!) and made our way down to the French Riviera. Here are our Travel Tips for you if you're planning to visit the French Riviera! 1. Stay in Old Town, Nice – Our apartment was in Old Town and it was an amazing location.  We...

Paris was never on my top 10 list of places to visit. Just keeping it real. So why did we end up in the City of Light for our first ever overseas trip? Well, when you have a 21 year old niece who decides to move to France for a semester, Paris and France suddenly catapult themselves to the #1 list, that’s why. So, Mike Miller and I packed up and left the kids—with a ten page print out of school and activities and practices and baseball games for the grandmas—and we headed to Paris! Here are all our Paris Travel...

This week Grammy J came over to have a special day with little momma and teach her how to make Grammy J's famous Homemade Banana Pudding recipe. Now let me just say that I'm not a fan of banana desserts in general, but when I tried Grammy J's banana pudding—well, let's just say it changed my life. Now I'm a huge banana pudding fan, but only if it's Grammy J's homemade banana pudding. She has ruined me for life I tell you. I can't even eat Banana Pudding at Red Rock—our favorite restaurant—because it doesn't compare to Grammy J's banana pudding. This...

Last Friday, one of my best girls and I shrugged off all our responsibilities — you know, like seven kids between the two of us and a million job responsibilities and without a doubt, a ridiculous amount of unfolded laundry we should've been attending to — and headed to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, for a much needed Girl's Trip to the Pioneer Woman Mercantile. Yes, it was worth the drive and no, it wasn't just because of that chocolate cake. OK, the chocolate cake didn't hurt, nor did the chicken fried steak. Oh my heavens I'm still dreaming about that gravy.  Maybe I gained a...

I've been thinking a lot about fairytales lately. More specifically, I've been thinking about how there's really no such thing as a fairytale, if there's not a villain.  Cinderella had the wicked stepmother and evil sisters who made her life a living hell;  Sleeping Beauty had Maleficent to contend with; Snow White had the wicked queen trying to murder her because of jealousy; Rapunzel had her kidnapper brainwashing her and keeping her captive for her own selfish gain. Villains are what make a fairytale a fairytale. How boring would it be if the story went like this...

If only I had a dollar for every time someone asked me this—What camera and lens should I buy? — so,  I decided it was officially time to write CC's Beginner's Guide to Photography Equipment.  Obviously, photography is something near and dear to my heart.  Photography changed my life if I'm being honest.  When I picked up a camera and looked through the lens, an entirely different world opened up to me.  Photography made me realize that I'm creative. Photography has been a gift both to my own life, and a gift I have been able to give to others.  Photography is...

I remember the first time I met Mandy Ferguson Kraft as if it was yesterday. But then again, I imagine anyone who has ever met her would say the exact same thing. Mandy was someone you noticed.  Sure, she was gorgeous with her dark skin and dark hair and those long, dark eyelashes that she perfectly manicured with her safety pin and Q-tips, but it wasn't just that.  There was something about Mandy that drew you to her.  Her smile lit up a room.  Her laugh made you happy.  Just being in Mandy's presence, was a gift. I remember in college when Mandy met Brian,...

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 mother on Sept. 16, 1990.  To this day, it is the most read and most shared blog post that I've ever written....