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Hot Springs, Arkansas

ARRIVALThis place is so cute! We are staying in Hot Springs Village, a 26,000 square mile master planned community about 15 miles north of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Basically it’s a retirement community but it’s awesome! There are 9 golf courses, 13 tennis courts (real...

Tri Fort Worth

Five months ago I began training for Tri Fort Worth. Tri Fort Worth is Fort Worth's very first Ironman and Half Ironman distance triathlons. After completing two Sprint Tri's in 2016, I decided to take a stab at a Half. The Sprint Tri's consist of a .5 mile swim, 12.4...

Fort Worth Botanical Garden

For my birthday Nathan and I went to the Fort Worth Botanical Garden. The weather was gorgeous and here are a few of my favorite images! If you haven't had a chance yet to visit the gardens, it's really a great way to enjoy an afternoon in...

Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Last weekend Nathan and I ventured to Scarborough to the Renaissance Festival. He was a first-timer, so I was really excited to see what he thought. Mom and Dad used to take J4 and I every couple of years growing up. I always remember thinking it was funny to see...

Skiing in Ruidoso, NM

For this year's second annual ski trip to Ruidoso, New Mexico, we stayed at Andrea's house (a friend to Nathan's parents). She has a wonderful home in the mountains that has a beautiful view. Below is the view from her back porch after a light snow. How gorgeous!We...

Christmas and New Years

This year for Christmas everyone made their way up to Kalamazoo, MI to spend some time with Grandma Mary... Mother Mary... or Mary Weezie as I like to call her. I was lucky enough to arrive a day before everyone else, so it only seem natural to take advantage of our...

Chai Spiced Apple Clafoutis

If you are looking for a really good dessert for fall, check out the Chai Spiced Apple Clafoutis featuring unique spices from Raw Spice Bar. INGREDIENTS RawSpiceBar’s Peppercorn Chai 3 eggs 1 cup milk or heavy cream 12 tbsp. butter 1 tsp. vanilla extract 2⁄3 cup...

Thanksgiving in Kingwood

This year we decided to spend Thanksgiving in Kingwood, TX at John 4's new home. He and Clare were the best hosts and everything was just so lovely.  Here are some of my favorite moments from our fun week!For the first time ever in Cochran history, we participated in...

Vadouvan Butternut Squash Soup

Recently I decided to give Raw Spice Bar a chance. I've had great experiences with Blue Apron and Hello Fresh as far as the meal delivery services go. Raw Spice Bar is similar in that it's a monthly subscription, but instead of sending you entire meals, it focuses on...

Project H

As many of you know, I've always been coming up with ideas... lots of ideas. Custom-painted shoes in high school, cake decorating, jewelry made from dollhouse miniatures, Fat Ass Plates: The Honest Choice in Dinnerware, Snitches Get Stitches Greeting Cards, etc. I'm...

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