A little birdie told me that August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day. I knew I had to celebrate in a big way because, come on, who doesn’t love a good chocolate chip cookie? Well, I went all out and instead of just doing cookies, I made a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich with...Read More


I love working on this blog and the work I do every day outside of it, but every once in a while, you really just need to take a break. Well I took a two-week break. Honestly, it was almost too long, but I don’t regret a minute of it. Trevor and I both really needed to spend the time together and recharge...Read More


You’ve probably seen culottes everywhere by now and might still be thinking, “oh God, please don’t let those come back into style.” That’s exactly what I was thinking when I started seeing this look on some of my favorite bloggers. It brought me back to seventh grade and wearing gauchos. I’m not sure what the difference is, or if there is one, but one thing is for sure — I love this trend...Read More


As most of you know, Trevor and I just got back from a two-week long camping trip. It was insanely fun, but also full of lessons. We are not avid campers and really went into this experience not knowing what to expect. Well, boy oh boy did we learn a few things. It’s the middle of summer, so I figured there’s got to be lots of other non- campers out there about to embark on a trip they might not be ready for...Read More


Lincoln and Omaha are Nebraska’s two largest metropolitan areas and although I live in Lincoln, I’ve actually spent quite a bit of time in Omaha. Like a lot people, though, I haven’t taken the time to actually explore a lot of what the city has to offer.

I feel like people are constantly comparing Lincoln and Omaha — which one has better shopping, restaurants, businesses — everything. Well, I don’t necessarily want to compare them, I just want to know what each city has to offer so if I ever have a free weekend or guests from out of town, I can head to the coolest new spot or make quality suggestions to friends and family...


I wasn’t going to make a post out of my recent trip to Colorado, but then it dawned on me that the reason why I took the trip might be something others would like to start a discussion about — mental health.

Mental health can have several definitions depending who you speak with, and this isn’t meant to be a heavy post, but as someone who has experience with depression and battles anxiety every single day, I think it’s important to talk about the struggles as much as the wins...Read More


I’ve got some super exciting news and I thought this would be the perfect post to share it! The Basics is now going to have a ‘Style” section! Yay! Yay for style! I’m incredibly excited about throwing a few of these posts out there every now and then so I can continue to share even more of my life with all of you...Read More


I love our house so much, but I’ll be real, it’s builder grade and complete with all the basic built-in-2000 finishes. This means lots of orange-y oak trim and cheap brass door knobs. In a fantasy life I’d overhaul everything immediately, but this isn’t a fantasy and I’m a girl on a budget...Read More