i’m buying a new car!

this post is sponsored by Auto Trader; however, all thoughts and opinions are my own

easy car shopping with auto trader app

one of the biggest purchases of my adult life so far was buying my car at 22. oh, how i’ve loved my audi a4! i named her audrey hepburn and i’ve put over 100,000 miles on her….we’ve had so much freaking fun together out west.  isn’t it funny how we can be so emotional tied to our cars? it’s so crazy but i’m definitely one of those people who gets super attached to my cars, i mean that’s a lot of mileage together!

easy car shopping with auto trader app

after 10 glorious years with my girl aud, it’s time to say goodbye.  i’m ready for a new ride! car buying can be really intimidating, especially for a girl who knows nothing about cars, and tends to get overwhelmed easily.  add in the stress of everything that’s going on during the holidays and i needed the extra help. Autotrader has been an absolute godsend! they have a new tool that can accelerate the process and in less than 30 minutes, no joke, in the comfort of my own home, i was on the phone with a dealer in my area about a new car that fit every single box i checked.

i was so ready for the car shopping process to be a whole thing, but it truly was so easy with the accelerate process on the Auto Trader app.  just click on everything you want from make, model, price, to any of the bells and whistles your heart desires, and all of the options come up in your selected area.  in wyoming, i put a larger radius because you know….we live in the middle of nowhere, but still so many options came up for the specific model/make that i want! i was pleasantly surprised.  i’m also able to create a private listing to sell my car on there so miss audrey hepburn can find a new home! they help with pricing so i know her worth base on the Kelley Blue Book value and i feel confident about selling her.

easy car shopping with auto trader app

the entire process was so, so easy and such a time saver with Autotrader.  i honestly did the search in between online shopping and now i have an appointment lined up with a dealer to take my future car for a spin. now I can get back to all my other holiday to-do’s with this major task checked off the list. wham, bam, thank you mam!



photos by ashley merritt photography

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cook with a private chef anywhere in the world

Private Cooking Class with Chefs all over the world with The Chef & The Dishyou all know how much i love to travel!  the top two most amazing things about traveling are trying new foods and engaging with the Locals.  for me, this is the way to a true authentic travel experience no matter where in the world i go!  but what if you want to bring that experience home?  in your own house?  with your besties?!  well my friends, i’m happy to report that now you can.Private Cooking Class with Chefs all over the world with The Chef & The DishPrivate Cooking Class with Chefs all over the world with The Chef & The DishPrivate Cooking Class with Chefs all over the world with The Chef & The DishPrivate Cooking Class with Chefs all over the world with The Chef & The Dish. Italian BruschettaPrivate Cooking Class with Chefs all over the world with The Chef & The DishPrivate Cooking Class with Chefs all over the world with The Chef & The DishPrivate Cooking Class with Chefs all over the world with The Chef & The DishPrivate Cooking Class with Chefs all over the world with The Chef & The Dish. Poached Pears Italian StyleThe Chef and The Dish is the next best thing to teleportation.  y’all, i’m not kidding when i say i felt like this incredible Italian Chef was IN OUR KITCHEN. WITH US…..COOKING!  i still can’t get over the fact that my girlfriends and i whipped up this incredible Italian feast, ourselves, while learning from a private chef over a live video chat.  i mean, what?!  it felt so futuristic in all the best ways…especially when we got to actually eat the dishes.

here’s how it works….. pick a class, any class, or a region of the world you want to try out in the kitchen.  feeling Asian cuisine?  perfect, take a virtual trip to Japan or Singapore.  want to up your Turkish Kebab game?  no problem, there’s a chef in any area of the world waiting to cook with you!  how freaking cool is this concept?!  we chose to cook with a private chef in Italy, this darling girl named Paola who cooked alongside us in her magical Italian kitchen.

at first i was a little nervous, like how is this going to work?  we aren’t the best cooks in the kitchen and this nice Italian lady is gonna catch on real quick. the jig is up!  man, i was so wrong.  with the help of Paola, our private chef, she walked us through the recipes step by step, and also cooked alongside us in her kitchen in Italy so we could watch her and ask questions.  she would ask us to tip the computer screen this way or that so she could check out our food’s progress and critique our form.  i caught myself many times during the cooking class, tasting incredible food, looking at my friends and saying, “whoa, WE made this!”  we chose the Parmigiano Reggiano Italian cooking class and made strawberry risotto. (sounds weird but it’s actually a traditional dish to Paolo’s hometown and SO damn good, and pink!)Skype with a Private Chef anywhere in the worldPrivate Cooking Class with Chefs all over the world with The Chef & The Dish. Strawberry Risotto

the next best thing to actually going to Italy, was bringing Paola into our home wirelessly. while we waited for a few things to cook in the oven, we both took our laptops outside to show each other where we lived, check out each other’s homes, and get to know one another.  after 2 hours with her, i truly feel like i have a new friend in Italy!  and the best part was plopping our computer on the end of the kitchen table when we finished so we could all eat our meal together.  seriously, how fun is that?

the Holidays are coming up and i fully plan on gifting these classes to family and friends.  the perfect gift for a wedding gift or even a group of friends!  visit The Chef & The Dish for a full list of classes and try it out yourself – it was truly one of the cooler cooking experiences i’ve ever done.

thank you to The Chef & The Dish for sponsoring this post – we had so much fun!
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jamaica mission trip.

growing up, every day after school, i used to watch oprah with my mom. it was our thing if we realized it was a thing or not. (and i’m all for #OprahForPres if anyone is asking.) i remember watching an episode about oprah in africa, on a mission trip, a special i believe, and my mom and i just cried and cried and cried watching the work they were doing to help people who had absolutely nothing. my mom probably doesn’t remember this, but we told each other we’d go on a mission trip together one day.

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living in levi’s.

Levi's Cropped Wedgie Jackson Hole Bloggeralright people, let’s chat all things denim. in true Western fashion, denim truly is the ultimate in my mountain style and something i can’t live without.  i’m so pumped Western Range Clothing Co. recently opened a local shop to find all of my classic meets western needs!

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how i deal with anxiety.

Mental Health Blogger Anxiety Relief Tips Jackson Holei’ve been dealing with anxiety for as long as i can remember, even as a little kid, before i knew what it was.  it’s how i’m wired, the genes i’ve inherited, and something i’ve devoted my adult life to understanding and kicking directly in the face.

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