Harvest in Southern Illinois

Hello friends, I hope you’re having a good week! Angie here, and I wanted to share some photos I took about a week or so ago. A fellow blogger friend of mine encouraged me to find the beauty in my current surroundings during the pandemic. See, I had hoped Chris – the hubs – and I would have been in North Carolina by now, but I guess we were meant to spend a little bit more time in southern Illinois. I am always encouraged when I see people like my friend Derek – who is an amazing photographer, you should check him out here – sharing beautiful photos from around their town and all I have are boring farm fields…lol. Don’t get me wrong I love the country, but where I live is usually just wheat fields and food chains, not much to shout about. Yet despite this, I was encouraged to find the beauty in where I currently reside, even if it’s the local wally world and sub shop, or the local farmers store and restaurant.

Eckert’s Family Farm

Keep reading to see more pictures from my time at Eckerts.

Down On The Farm

A few weeks ago the hubs and I decided to go pumpkin picking – well it became more of pumpkin shopping, but we will get to that in a minute – at the local family farm and restaurant in town. Eckerts Family Farms is both a place to get home grown fruits & veggies, frozen custard, they have a restaurant, and pre-covid there were classes, events, and live bands that would come and play on the weekends and some nights during the week. Basically, it’s a great place to go to have fun either by yourself, as a couple, or with your family for a few hours. I personally like the restaurant and the annual hayride/bonfire events they have each year. Since it’s the time of year I begin getting my pumpkins for my cookie recipe I make around Thanksgiving and Christmas, I decided to go to Eckerts and maybe grab a few photos while I’m there. When we got there we ate some breakfast – sorry no photos to share -, and thought we would stop by the store to pick up some yummy apple butter. There was a bit of an issue online – user error – about whether we could pick pumpkins as well as the apple picking they were advertising, so I thought I would just buy it at the store. When we tried to find out about catching a ride on the wagon to the fields to get a few pictures however, we noticed they booked up fast and wouldn’t have another ride over until 4 pm later that afternoon! So, I didn’t get to go pumpkin pickin’ as we say down here, but I was able to snag a few photos. I hope you enjoy the pictures and who knows, maybe I will get another chance to take some photos next weekend and share them with yall.

Happy Harvest!

~ Angie

Isolation: The killer to intimacy

Hello everyone, I hope you are doing good today and staying safe and healthy. I have been pretty productive with our Twitch channel, getting some things done around the house, and I even picked up my paintbrushes on Monday for the first time in a while. Look forward to sharing a few pictures from the stream that night – mind you I have only painted a handful, if that, of times in my life so it doesn’t look the greatest. LOL Today I would like to share a topic that is on everyone’s mind, isolation. We may be performing physical distancing and separation during this time, but that doesn’t mean we should isolate ourselves from people socially and “go dark” in a sense – or completely shut ourselves off from the world around us. So join me today as we discuss the killer of intimacy, Isolation.

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Isolation РWhat is it? 

When you think of isolation what is the first thing that comes to your mind? For me, I think of someone who has cut themselves off from the world and is a bit of a recluse. Webster Dictionary defines Isolate as: “To set apart from others; an individual socially withdrawn or removed from society.” The word that sticks out to me the most in this is withdrawn. I feel that during this time most people are prone to withdraw from everyone and everything – especially if they are not working right now and don’t have children. I asked a few people on our Twitch channel what they thought Isolation meant to them and one person responded with; “I feel it is synonymous with loneliness.” I believe now more than ever technology should be used to our advantage. I mean think about it. I joined a class for Spanish to brush up on the subject, and hopefully become fluent, and it is a class that is normally designed for people living in Colorado! How amazing is that? I think America – and even the world – is more connected now than we have ever been. Yet I feel we shouldn’t base our worth or value on how many people we are connected or not connecting with during this time and to be wise with how we spend our time online. I feel that using social media and the internet can be a great tool to fight against isolation. Which brings me to our next topic; intimacy, what is and how can we learn to become intimate with those we care about most.

Intimacy: how to cultivate it, and why it goes beyond the bedroom.

In our culture today, I have noticed a coloration between intimacy and sex. No without getting into the nitty gritty of it all, I want to make a mention that intimacy can lead to sex when you are talking about intimacy with your partner. However, that isn’t the kind of intimacy I am talking about here. Before I continue however, I want to again go back and see what Webster had to say about it. The dictionary defines intimacy as: the state of being intimate; familiarity.” A few synonyms for intimacy are; closeness, belonging, and nearness. In other words, when you are intimate with someone, you are sharing a piece of your heart with them, or sharing details and a side of yourself that most people don’t get to see. Again I asked my followers on Twitch and the response was pretty much the same. However you think of the word, it all boils down to opening yourself up to a handful of people and letting them see the real you.

So we’ve looked at what both words mean, but how can isolation be the killer of intimacy? I fully believe if you found someone – whether romantically or otherwise – that you can become intimate with, any shred of isolation will diminish because you want to share your heart with them and be around them more often. The walls you have previously had up towards people, and judgements you may have rendered toward even that person you are becoming intimate with, suddenly disappear when you get to know them and allow yourself to become vulnerable as the relationship deepens.

I hope during this time you’re not only able to strengthen those intimate relationships with your immediate family such as your parents, in-laws, spouse and kids, as well as your close friends. I also hope you find ways to connect with those in your community and are able to spread love and joy to others from all around the world; because at the end of the day we are all in this together and each one of us are feeling the affect of this virus and quarantine.

I hope you enjoyed today’s topic, if so then make sure to share this with your friends, and don’t forget subscribe to the blog so you can receive a notification when I write a new article on the blog.

Happy Trails,


Countdown to our first livestream!

March Reboot 1


¬† Wow! Can you believe March is here already? That’s insane! You know what I (Angie) also can’t believe? Two weeks from this past Sunday we will be doing our FIRST EVER LIVESTREAM!!!! Man, I don’t know about you but Chris and I are pretty excited! Who knows, if we hit 50 subs I might give something away from my makeup sub box or a book from one of my favorite authors! Anywho, I am getting side-tracked. Our first stream on Twitch will be March 15, 2020, at 1pm CST. We decided to get our feet wet by doing our Sit Down Sunday stream two times this month. Then once April rolls around, we plan on doing two Saturday streams and two Sunday streams. You can expect them to be in the mornings on Saturdays and afternoons on Sundays.


What about YouTube?? Well, I have decided to make the Ambiance videos and lives on Thursdays and will be uploading them on Tuesdays. Along with this, you can expect the videos Chris and I did live on Sundays to be there as well. This way I am focusing most of my energy on creating content for the blogs, coming up with content for YouTube and Twitch, and still having time for my personal life.

Join the community


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Here is where you come in. Chris and I need our followers on here, and our friends and family to join us on this journey and get the word out. The way that looks is you follow us on YouTube and Twitch; decide if you are financially able to support us each month – all we will have starting off is two tiers of $5 or $15 a month -; and then make sure to share share share. The more traffic we get to our blog, YouTube, and especially our Twitch – the most important one – the better.

Why subscribers?

We could easily start out just asking for follows and likes and such, however by subscribing it does the following:

  • Better Quality Streams/Videos: Streaming can get expensive. In order to reach more people and have a consistent flow of traffic, we need to make sure we have good lighting, good sound, and good picture quality – which all comes over time, but we need the help of others to get them¬† – in order to produce better quality streams and videos.
  • ¬†New Content: Chris and I don’t want the same videos or streams each time, that can get boring real quick! So in order to keep things fresh and lively, we need the finances to be able to travel to that local mom and pop shop and try their amazing burger or get that game/book our viewers have been recommending and check it out so we can discuss it with our community.
  • ¬†All the things: We know we wouldn’t be able to do any of this without the love and support of you, so that is why we will have giveaways and prizes for those who subscribe to our Twitch channel. When you subscribe at the various levels you will get some amazing gifts from both of us. Then every three months we will randomly choose one of our subscribers and one of our active followers to win a pretty sweet prize pack. We have so much more in store than this, but we will discuss all of that later on down the road.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† If you can’t support us, we get it, we’ve been there! However, if you’re able to, and you want to partner with us to spread love and joy to others, then please reach out to us and we will discuss a plan of action.

Well, that is all for us today. Again, we appreciate each and every one of you. Thank you to those who comment, like our posts/videos, etc. and we look forward to chatting with you again soon!

Happy Trails,

Chris and Angie




We at TNR need your help! We are currently looking for people who will sponsor us, and allow us to show off their products on our YouTube and Twitch channel!

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How does that look? Well, as of right now we are looking for around 5 to 10 businesses that would be willing to allow us to use their product in our videos/stream or be willing to sponsor our videos. Here are some of the things we would like to do:

  • Play Your Game: We enjoy worker-placement, RPG, and various board/card games. If you have a game you think we would like, please feel free to contact us.
  • ¬†Review Your Product: We enjoy things like Audiobooks, physical books, I (Angie) enjoy makeup – to an extent -, coffee and tea, we enjoy good food, local mom and pop shops, and even comics. If you want us to review your product live or on a video we want to hear from you.
  • ¬†Products for every day/practical use: By this, we simply mean things such as everyday household items, clothes, or items people use on a regular basis – at a reasonable price.
  • Help us make better content: These are things we use to stream and help make better content for our viewers and those who join our community. This would be the equipment we use, the chairs we sit in, etc. If you think we would enjoy it, would help facilitate a better outcome for our viewers, then we want to talk to you!

Last but not least, we need others to join our community and support us financially. Whether it is five dollars – less than a cup of coffee – or more, we need a group of people who will join the Twitch fam and subscribe each month to help us reach as many people as possible and share the love and joy we hope to foster in the world around us. We will have various levels you can subscribe at, and through each one, you will be able to get the following goodies:

  • Help create content – within reason – for our YouTube and Twitch channel
  • At the end of our stream/video, we will give you a shoutout!
  • You might get to do a collab with us or we will host and highlight your own channel!
  • ¬†Every quarter we will have a giveaway!

And these are just a few of the things we have planned for our channel. Look forward to linking arms with you on this journey!

Happy Trails,

Chris and Angie Frantz

Nashville, TN

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Last week my hubs, Chris, and I took some vacation time and went to one of our favorite places – Nashville, TN. Today I decided to write about our trip, and some of our favorite places to go when we are in Tennessee. Hope you enjoy, and don’t forget to subscribe to the blog so you can be notified anytime I create a new post.

First, I should say it has been about four years since the hubs and I have gone to Nashville, five if you include actually spending time outside of camping near Percy lake. Chris has gone down to Nashville off and on for over ten years before he met me. When we met, he mentioned how he plays an online game called, “World of Warcraft,” and that he had met some friends on there that live in Nashville, Tenn. To make a long story short, he mentioned there was a huge Renaissance Festival that happens throughout the month of May, and he would plan to go every Memorial weekend to hang out with his friends and check out the various activities. Then, when we got engaged we went down so I can meet them and we could check out the famous Castle that resides across from the festival. I loved the festival and Nashville so much that I kept wanting to go back, so after we got married we planned on coming back twice a year….well, four years later, lol. At any rate, we love Nashville, and the surrounding areas so much that I thought I would make a list of the top ten things I love best about Nashville Metro, from least to greatest.


10. Franklin Factory and outlet Shops –

Number ten would probably be the shops and factory in Franklin, Tenn. The Factory in Franklin was an old depression era factory that has since been converted in to various shops within the factory warehouse. There are so many rustic looking shops and classes that you can take – such as painting, potter, etc. – , and the last time we were down there, they had a few sculptures made out of medal. Plus if you like some of the big box stores, they are just a few minutes further. (1)

9. Lebanon Square –¬†

Another great place to check out is Lebanon Square, about northeast of Nashville. There is not much shops within the square per say, but the ones they have are amazing. We went down there this last time, and they have a few boutiques now, along with a great bar and grill type of restaurant that serves burgers, fish, and your all around American food. I highly recommend this to anyone who is going down to visit the outer parts of Nashville, and looking for some local shops and restaurants. (2)

8. Hermitage Winery –¬†

So I have to confess I haven’t actually been here. However, our friends and a few others we met down there said it is both relaxing and a sight to behold. There is multiple acres of land that has vineyards on the property, and a wine tasting event that happens often. Another great thing about this place, with it being summer and all, is there are various bands and such who come out to play and there are family – friendly activities going on – and the best part is it is free! I hope the hubs and I are able to check it out when we visit in September. (3)

7.¬† The back roads between Lebanon and Antioch –¬†

The reason I listen this was because Chris and I often find ourselves driving the back roads either between Nashville and Lebanon, or Lebanon and Antioch. It is relaxing to see all the animals, farm lands, and check out the amazing houses that have been built in these areas. If you enjoy hoping in the car and just going for a drive gazing at the scenery around you, this is definitely something you have to do when going down to Tennessee.

6. The OPRY MILLS Resort –¬†

For number six I listen Opry Mills because it is enormous, beautiful, and will make you stand in awe. We have never stayed here, but when Chris and I were engaged he took me in here for the first time. Now, you will have to check the site before going, because I am not sure if they allow outsiders anymore. However, if you are able to I would take a walk around the inside of the resort, and enjoy the many waterfalls and the beautiful scenery. Unfortunately you cannot use the waterpark unless you get a room there, but it is definitely on my bucket list to stay – even if it is to just attend the waterpark and see what the hotel rooms look like. (4)

5. The Grand Ole Opry –¬†

If you have never been to the Opry and did a backstage tour, it is definitely worth checking out. Chris took me when we were dating and I was like a kid in a candy store, I was grinning so hard that day my cheeks hurt the next morning. LOL There is so much to see here, and you even get a picture standing in front of the mic on stage. It is an experience that is a must when going to Nashville. (5)

4. The Bluebird Caf√© –¬†

I have been trying since Chris and I were engaged to attend a show at this place. The problem we always had with it however, was that it is in downtown Nashville, and the traffic is horrible – to put it mildly. Don’t get me wrong, I love Nashville, and I been once to the downtown area, but the traffic is such a pain nine out of ten times if you want to do anything in the downtown area, you will be waiting in traffic for at least an hour – if not more. In saying that, this place is amazing and there has been so many local and well known artists come through their doors. This is a must if you are going to Nashville, and why it is my top 4 spot. (6)

3. The Local Eats –¬†

Now, there are various places to eat in Nashville, but my three favorites are the reason why they are in my top 3 spot. If you ever make it out to Nashville, you have to check out La Casa Fiesta, Shipley’s Do-nuts, and McNamara’s Irish Pub. Let me break each one down for you:

La Casa Fiesta – The food is delicious, the service is amazing, and I have never had a problem with waiting forever for our food or to get a refill. The only down side is the parking, but once you step inside, it is totally worth it. (7)

Shipley’s Do-nuts – Not only is their donuts made fresh every morning, but they have amazing coffee. Ever since Chris and I found them five or so years ago, I have been in love with this local company. You have to check this place out when you come into town. (8)

McNamara’s Irish Pub – If you like authentic Irish food – Shephard’s Pie, corn beef and cabbage, etc. – then you will love McNamara’s. Not only does it give that authentic feel, and is local to the community, but the food is delicious, the staff is amazing, and I believe they have a local band either every night, or on the weekends. There is a reason why this is in my top 3! (9)

2. Opry Mills Mall –¬†

I was debating whether this should be my first or my second favorite because I love everything about this place – and most times I don’t even buy anything when I am here! Even though there are a lot of big box store shops within the Mills Mall, I love the atmosphere there, as well as the fact they have an amazing Johnny Rockets! There is a store Chris and I found at the mall that used to be at the one in Franklin about five years ago, and it is operated by local artists within Nashville. We tried looking for it in Franklin this time around – since it has been a while that we were down there -, but couldn’t find it and thought they might have went out of business. Much to our surprise, it was a little smaller, yet still functioning within the Mills Mall. Also, another great thing they added over the last three or so years, was Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. This is a fun little museum which showcases various country, blues, and now 1960s artist among a few others. Plus you get to dress up and get your pictures taken towards the end of the museum and take it home as a momentum to your visit. I absolutely love this shop and the rest of the Mills, and it is my top 2. (10)

1. Percy Priest Lake Trail

My all – time favorite, and the one place we visit whether we are driving through Nashville or actually vacationing here, is the Percy Priest Lake & Trail. I love this area because it is both beautiful and a great place to get a little exercise. Plus, now that they have finished the construction, you can now walk or ride your bike/scooter/etc. from the dam all the way down to Opry Mills which is about 20 miles – I think. I also love to smell the honeysuckle down the trail in the summer time! This is my favorite place in Nashville, and this is my top ten list! (11)

See anything on the list you liked? Have your own list? Tell me below, and share the post with a friend! Have a great Tuesday everyone!




  1. https://visitfranklin.com/see-and-do/factory-at-franklin
  2. https://www.facebook.com/downtownlebanontn/
  3. https://thehermitage.com/
  4. https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/bnago-gaylord-opryland-resort-and-convention-center
  5. https://www.opry.com/
  6. https://bluebirdcafe.com/
  7. https://www.casafiestabellrd.com/
  8. https://www.shipleydonuts.com/
  9. https://www.mcnamarasirishpub.com/
  10. A) https://www.simon.com/mall/opry-mills   B) https://www.madametussauds.com/nashville/en/
  11. http://www.percypriestlake.org/




A Christmas without You – Mourning those we love.

I know I have stated this in the past, but in case you forgot or are new here I just want to reiterate it. I created this blog and the site to be a place where I can share issues that are real and matter to all of you. My hope is by being real and sharing my heart I can help someone in need and maybe save a life. There is so much bullying going on now days, way more than when I was a kid, and my prayer is just to let people know I care and I get it. So in this post today I want to share what has been on my heart lately. My grandma and best friend passed away three years ago – almost five months to the day -, and so every Christmas is a challenge. However, this Christmas is especially hard because my husband and I have been married a year and we are thinking about children. Anyone who tells you that the pain gets easier over the years has never lost anyone. I am here to tell you that there will be good days and bad days, and during the holidays the only thing to focus on is the good relationships you still have on earth and that Jesus is truly the only one that understands. Without Him, I can honestly say I wouldn’t be able to get up in the morning.

The song that has been resonating in my heart the past few weeks is the song, “Hallelujah”specifically the one by the Cloverton band. Check it out here.¬†I love it because it is simple, talks about how Jesus understands our pain, and how it is ok to cry for those we love! In a time where everyone is joyful and celebrating, just know that it is ok to have a good time, even if you have moments where you breakdown. If you are having a hard time this season, just think of how awesome it is that your loved one gets to celebrate with the one we are celebrating! Check out these videos and in the comment below tell me a memory you have of the one you lost and how you celebrated Christmas.

Son of God¬†,¬†Comfort and Joy¬†, and also because this song truly represents a mother’s heart; A Baby Changes Everything .

Merry Christmas & Praying you have a wonderful New Years,


Our virtual coffee date


In today’s everyday inspiration the topic is about writing as if you are having a virtual coffee date with a friend. After reviewing a few blogs, I came acrossed Amber’s page, “girlwiththeredhair”. She wrote as if she was sitting with an old friend and catching up on life since the last time she had seen them. So today, we will have a virtual coffee date, ready?

If we were having coffee today,¬†I¬†would introduce myself, and get to know a little about you. I would mention that we also visited a historic village in New Salem, IL where there were people dressed in Amish clothing and explained what it was like to live in that day and age. It was interesting to see some of the homes of Abraham Lincoln’s friends. Also, I am trying out this whole 30 again, but i have incorporated some greens and a few wraps from a friend of mine who is a consultant with “IT WORKS.” What would you want to discuss if we were together? Tell me a little about yourself in the comments below.


As I open up my life, I hope you feel comfortable to share a little bit of yours, as well as the little nuggets of wisdom you have learned along the way. Please remember this is a place of love and respect, and just because we disagree with others doesn’t mean we become disagreeable. Each one of us has a right to our own opinion, God created us unique and with the ability to compliment one another not to compare. In saying that, I look forward to getting to know all of you and doing life together!!