How we got a seat at The Pioneer Woman Mercantile’s first ever whole hog dinner

Now empty nesters, the last several years we’ve spent Valentine’s Day at home and enjoyed cooking a nice meal together. The menu has stayed pretty...

Celebrating New Year’s Eve at Coast in Gulf Shores

We celebrated a lovely New Year's Eve at Coast Restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama this year. It was a great place to stop and spend the holiday...

How we spent our Valentine’s Day

We love being home together on Valentine's Day. Typically, we spend the evening cooking together while listening 80's love songs and then enjoy a...

Finally home for the Fourth of July

After having spent the Fourth of July out of the country three of the past four years, we're excited to be home this year to celebrate our country's...

Celebrating Christmas at sea

Christmas has always been a really important time for me. I love preparing for and celebrating the birth of my Savior, giving and receiving gifts,...

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Good things come in small packages

I love giving people gifts. I truly enjoy picking out just the right things, wrapping them in color-coordinated paper, and tying them up with fancy bows and name tags. I couldn't imagine Christmas morning without the joy of watching my family unwrap presents. So,...

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A look back at 2016

After traveling in the Caribbean for 10 days over Christmas, Steve and I returned to our home in Crete, Nebraska, about 15 seconds before the clock struck midnight Saturday night and just in time for a New Year's kiss to ring in 2017. Before we delve into our travel...

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Happy New Year!

On this last day of 2015, it has been nice to reminisce about our year, where we've been and where we'd still love to go someday. Our travels began when we welcomed in 2015 with a New Year's celebration with our parents in the Florida Keys and took us to Estes Park...

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To the Ends of the Earth

When you live in America, it can be easy to forget that there are children all over the world who have never heard the story of Jesus' birth, or received a Christmas gift. As Americans, we tend to get pretty wrapped up  this time of year with Black Friday shopping,...

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  • Petit fours from our whole hog Valentine’s dinner at @pwmercantile. They came at the end of the meal in a decorative box with a piece of edible rice paper that listed each candy. The box included a bacon truffle, passion fruit truffle, clementine pate de fruit, lychee pate de fruit, pear salted caramels, and a rosemary brown bitter sable in the shape of a pig. 🐖 So sweet! #wholehog #pawhuska #mercantile #thepioneerwoman @ccandmikecreative @thespoiledhome @mollyann
  • This restaurant in Gulf Shores, Alabama, gives you a piece of duck tape when you arrive so you can make your mark. Such a fun place to eat lunch and on top of that, they have great food. #alabama #gulfshores #postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #travelblogger #travel #albeaches #tackyjacks #visitalabama #ducttape #rolltide
  • Is it spring yet? #postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #travelblogger #travel #clearlakeiowa #travelblog #travelphoto #thisisiowa #visitiowa #traveliowa #igtravel #traveler #mytravelgram
  • Somehow we resisted the temptation to go in to Voodoo Doughnuts at Universal City Walk in Orlando. They must be good -- the line was long. #universal #orlando #orlandoflorida #postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #travelblogger #travel #voodoodoughnuts #doughnuts #orlandobound #traveler #travelwriter #orlandofl
  • Have you been to the Georgia Aquarium? We stopped on our tour through the South last month and were blown away by this place. We saw, firsthand, why it is consistently rated one of the very best aquariums in the world. #aquarium #georgia #atlanta #fishlover #whaleshark #aquascape #coral #exploregeorgia #instafish #reeftank #atl
  • Remembering a great leader today. #mlk #drking #drmartinlutherkingjr #postcardjar #civilrights #leadership #atlanta
  • Clear Lake is one of our favorite midwest destinations and there are lots of things to see and do there, even in the off season. We have a new post on the blog today all about it. ⁣
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#postcardjar #midlifetravel #emptynesttravel #travelblogger #travel #clearlakeiowa #myclearlake #visitiowa #thisisiowa #surfballroom #buddyholly #starboardmarket #MWtravel #midwest #tourism #traveler #ilovetravel #iowa #midwestisbest #midwestlakes #lake
  • Water under the bridge. #celebrityedge #celebritycruises #cruise #cruiselife  #postcardjar #travel #cruiseships

Making the most of midlife.