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{Travel} Summer in Wisconsin

Yikes! It’s been a while- what a crazy month this has been. My parents are moving out of my childhood home this week {to Nashville!}, so Grant and I made the trip up to Wisconsin before the house has new owners! We had a wonderful long vacation, full of friends, family, good eats, new adventures, many memories, and even more “see you laters” {I don’t believe in goodbyes}. Since we’ve been back, I’ve been getting ready for my new school {nursing no longer!} and new job {at Vanderbilt’s Career Center} to start!

A few of my most favorite Wisconsin vacation moments {sorry for so many!}…

Summer Sounds – Cedarburg

Madison Farmer’s Market

A day of boating on Green Lake

Found all of my 1st grade lunch notes from my wonderful Mom while packing!

Lambeau Field – Go Packers!

Hello, Aaron Rodgers

Milwaukee Lakefront


Navy Pier Ferris Wheel


Happy Sunday!




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{Party} Impromptu Memorial Day Celebration

After a long weekend in Chattanooga, I decided there was no better way to end a great weekend than with a little Memorial Day get together! I tried a bunch of new recipes (Pinterest inspired, of course), and with a few celebratory red-white-blue decorations, I think it was a big success…

On The Menu:

Dad’s Famous “Palm Island Potato Salad

Caprese Salad Skewers

Fruit Salad

Oreo Chocolate Cheesecake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bars (aka heaven in a nut shell)


And, I did make macaroni bites, but they were eaten so quickly I didn’t have time to snap a pic!

Happy start of summer! I think its going to be a great one 🙂


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{Home} Happy Spring!

Happy Spring, Ya’ll!

Today marks the first day of my favorite season (tied with fall)! I decided that while I was in the spring cleaning mode this past weekend, I would spruce up the place with some springtime touches… Can’t go wrong with fresh tulips, new spring pillows, paper bunting, and a festive buffet!


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Home Sweet Wisconsin

I absolutely love coming home. I think the perks of living far away make coming home that much more sweet- and sweet it is, literally. My mom owns a chocolate store, so goodness, do I get more than my share of treats when I’m here- and I don’t have to make any of them! I also get pillow chocolates, just like at hotels, except these are actually made with love. So yes, I enjoy coming home, and the benefits that come with it. I also like coming home for the holidays because we have a family tradition of getting our Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. We either go down the street to a Christmas tree farm, or drive up north to my grandparents to chop down our own (see below).

Schaefer Family Tree- fresh from the forest

Naturally, I thought we would be doing the same this year- BUT NO, my parents “surprised” me and got a FAKE TREE, pre-lit, no less, that is currently in a BOX in the garage! Like we actually have to put it together and “fluff” it. You shouldn’t have to assemble a tree. I can’t believe it. It could have something to do with the fact that I had a severe allergic reaction to the pine sap last year and they were being thoughtful and didn’t want a repeat of that… but nonetheless, I think there is something so special and “Wisconsin-ish” in having a real tree that was probably chopped down less than a mile from our house!

So anyways, its really great to be home, fake tree and all, and can’t wait for a full 2 days of cooking for Thanksgiving. Oh and that little football game… Packers vs. Lions. What an excellent way to kick off turkey day!


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{Craft} Holiday Paper Bunting

Fun, festive paper bunting can add so much to a room. Its usually used for parties, but why not decorate with it? I’ve been wanting to make paper bunting for the longest time, I just haven’t had the patience or time to do it.

Supplies: Ribbon, 2 sheets of 3 types of paper (I used 12 x 12 scrapbook paper), double sided tape, paper cutter, hot glue gun

1. Cut the 12 x 12 squares in half- into 6 x 12 strips. Fold these in half so you have 6 x 6 squares. With the folded side at the top, make a pencil mark in the middle of the bottom at 3 inches.

2. Use the paper cutter to make triangles out of each 6 x 6 square. Line the middle pencil mark and the corner of the creased side up and cut- you’ll have one side of the triangle. Repeat on the other side and you’ll have a perfect triangle.

Step 2 (a)

Step 2 (b)

3. You can use double sided tape or hot glue, I found hot glue works best- glue the ribbon right under the fold of the triangle, and then glue the entire triangle shut. Leave enough ribbon before you start so you can tie or attach it to wherever you plan to. (Trust me its a hassle if you don’t leave enough… like I did). Repeat this as many times as needed until you have enough triangles for the length needed for your bunting.

Step 3

A festive touch in minutes!

Next project… How to make a mini tree skirt. Considering I don’t know how to sew, this should be interesting!


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{Craft} Paper Snowflakes

To continue with my weekend of crafting, I decided to spruce up my windows with some snowflakes, considering paper snow is probably the only kind I’ll be seeing in Nashville. I knew I wanted something 3D, but wasn’t sure what.. then I remembered a craft I made in middle school math class- super cool paper snowflakes. A perfect project to make (its very tedious) while watching college football all day Saturday- football + crafting + holidays = perfection!

Supplies: 6 pieces of 12 x 12 paper (I used white scrapbook paper… but any size square paper works), double sided tape, ruler, pencil, Exacto knife, cutting board, stapler, hole punch, clear fishing line-type string, suction cups for windows.

1. Fold the squares in half diagonally. With the folded side toward you, use a ruler and pencil to make lines where you’ll cut (see below). Don’t cut all the way to the fold, otherwise the paper won’t stick together.

Step 1

2. Cut on the lines and unfold the paper so you have your square again. Starting in the middle, curl the sides together one way and stick together with double sided tape, and work outwards folding in alternating directions. This makes 1/6 of your snowflake. Repeat 5 more times with the rest of your paper.

Step 2 (a)

Step 2 (b)

3. Staple the sides of your 6 pieces together as well as the middle when they’re all completed. Hole punch the tip of one part, and hang on a window with clear string! A blizzard in an instant!

Step 3 (a)

Finished Snowflake!

I made 6 snowflakes, 2 using 12 x 12 paper, 2 using 8.5 x 8.5 squares, and 2 using 7 x 7 squares. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas here in Nashville (at least at my house)!

Happy Holidays Ya’ll!


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{Craft} Gilttery Pinecones

I just LOVE the holiday season! From Thanksgiving to January 1, it is my most favorite time of the year. I so enjoy time spent with family and friends during this magical time, but I also am excited to decorate and bake for all of the wonderful occasions! Today marks my first day of Thanksgiving break, and I have spent every minute looking for decorating ideas and making Target/Michael’s trips for supplies. I am headed back to the frozen tundra (Wisconsin) that I call home on Monday, so my plan is to finish all of my decorating before I leave!

First project- Glittery Pinecones. I think pinecones are a fabulous touch for the holidays, and you can’t go wrong with a little (or a lot) of glitter! I saw this idea on Pinterest, of course, but I put my own spin on it.

Supplies: 2 bags of pinecones (found mine at Michael’s), tacky glue, glitter (gold or silver works, I picked gold to match my other decorations), and some fun ribbon (I used 3 types).


I glittered about 15 pinecones by using my finger to spread glue all over them, and then sprinkle glitter on them. What worked best for me was to dump the glitter into a bowl, and then dip the whole pinecone into it- worked much easier and they turned out much more sparkly. For the remaining pinecones, I used my different ribbons and weaved them through the pinecones for a pop of color.


I let my glittered pincones dry, and then arranged all of them in a pretty triangle bowl and placed it on the bar in the kitchen. Absolutely love this festive holiday touch!


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