living life

meet kristen

a la mode!

well. hey there. it's me. kristen. a mama to three rascally boys. trying to figure this beautifully messy life out one day at a time. i hope to inspire you to find the fun in every day. find the yum in every bite. and find the ca-ute in every outfit. it will be authentic. it will be full of love. and full of laughs. and maybe even a few shed tears. but most of all it will be like coming home. like sitting down to coffee with your very best friend. i am so thrilled that you are here. now cozy up & let's have some fun.

kristen brett mills

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gang!  you need this snack guide!

these snacks will have have you wanting more! and you definitely don't want to miss this! in this guide we will learn all top tips for having all the yummy snacks on hand all day every day. whether you are keeping the kids happy all summer or headed to the fields for games. . . these are perfect for grab and go!

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snacking simplified

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simple snack guide

after years of people asking me where i got that cute tee shirt. or how to make the fluffiest pancakes. or where i purchased my bazillion throw pillows. or how to keep a tidy home with three rascals running wild. or how I find the courage to forge a new path after divorce. i figured this would be the perfect little spot for us besties to all come together. sharing our love for food. fashion. family. and fun. all while finding your truest & most honest self. but hey. full disclosure. i do not know all the answers. nor am i the greatest fashionista. and hello spoiler alert. i am not even a real chef. but here we can pretend that we are all those things together. we can admit that we most certainly do not have it all together. but we are most certainly in this life together. and i am glad that you are here with me. you're my people.

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you are my people

this berry and avocado summer salad is on repeat all summer long. it is fresh. it is crisp. every bite is literally bursting with summer flavor. from the tangy blackberries, to the creamy avocado, to the peppery arugula. its down right delicious and screams summer menu. I love to serve this as a lunch salad, […]

if I could enjoy all my meals outdoors, I certainly would. there is something that I just enjoy so greatly about being outside with good food & good company. dining alfresco . . . its a simple joy. when my dad and I built our little picnic table, I wanted to make sure it was […]

this was such a fun do-it-yourself project. partly because I did it with my dad . . . and he is the epitome of FUN. but also because I know that my little family will get so much use out of this picnic table. gosh, the memories we will create gathered around it. they will […]

I used to love going to the gym. spending half my time workout out. half my time socializing. it was a part of my everyday routine. and I loved it. but the reality is . . . this was during a time in my life when I had plenty of time to spare. free time […]

oh Lordy. these crispy strips of goodness are highly addicting. consider yourself warned. the sweet salty combo is just so dang good. I can almost promise that you cannot eat just one piece. you just wait . . . as if bacon isn’t good enough on its own. add in some toasty pecans & caramelized […]

this is a super simple but hugely delicious side dish. the bites are salty & crispy, loaded with parmesan & topped with scallion sour cream. just really, really yummy. I love that these could work beautifully for a brunch dish or paired with a filet for dinner. super versatile & sure to become a favorite […]

if I could enjoy all my meals outdoors, I certainly would. there is something that I just enjoy so greatly about being outside with good food & good company. dining alfresco . . . its a simple joy. when my dad and I built our little picnic table, I wanted to make sure it was […]

this was such a fun do-it-yourself project. partly because I did it with my dad . . . and he is the epitome of FUN. but also because I know that my little family will get so much use out of this picnic table. gosh, the memories we will create gathered around it. they will […]

I used to love going to the gym. spending half my time workout out. half my time socializing. it was a part of my everyday routine. and I loved it. but the reality is . . . this was during a time in my life when I had plenty of time to spare. free time […]

oh Lordy. these crispy strips of goodness are highly addicting. consider yourself warned. the sweet salty combo is just so dang good. I can almost promise that you cannot eat just one piece. you just wait . . . as if bacon isn’t good enough on its own. add in some toasty pecans & caramelized […]

this is a super simple but hugely delicious side dish. the bites are salty & crispy, loaded with parmesan & topped with scallion sour cream. just really, really yummy. I love that these could work beautifully for a brunch dish or paired with a filet for dinner. super versatile & sure to become a favorite […]

I kid you not. When I assembled this dish. I immediately ate the entire plate full. With my fingers. Standing up. Without stopping for one little breathe of air. It is THAT delicious. It is so light & fresh. Literally bursting with springtime flavors. If I didn’t think that I would turn into one big […]

this may be one of my all time favorite summer recipes. it is loaded with seasonal veggies. bursting with flavor. its light enough for a hot & balmy summer evening. but substantial enough to leave you satisfied. not sure what my favorite part of this dish is. its a three way tie between the crispy […]

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