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A Fitger’s Affair

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This past weekend Ken and I stopped in at Fitger’s while in Duluth for an obligatory (ha!) growler exchange at the Brewhouse. (Have you tried their Apricot Wheat Beer? It’s crazy good.) On our way out of the complex, we passed through the courtyard where we held our wedding reception 2 years prior and saw there was another wedding reception underway that evening. It brought back such fun memories of that night, so I thought I’d post a few photos and share our experience in case anyone is considering tying the knot in Duluth. Continue Reading →

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5 Ideas for Throwing an Al Fresco Dinner Party

Summer is fleeting us. And it’s about this time every summer that I start to freak out a little. Fall is just around the corner, yet it feels like summer just got here, and it becomes painfully clear there are tons of things I still want to do before it turns cold. Anyone else feel the same?

Relishing summer nights with good friends over good food is one of those things I can never quite get enough of. So I thought I’d share a few ideas and inspiration to throw one last al fresco dinner party this summer, whether it’s in your backyard or a pop up party in a park. Let’s make the most of these last few weeks. Cheers! Continue Reading →

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2 Years Wed

erin-ken-wedding-428 “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn, is to love and be loved in return. [Unforgettable]” – Nat King Cole 2 years. And oh have they flown. Happy 2nd anniversary to KenFrancois, my partner, my rock, my comic relief, and my love in this crazy life. Cheers to relishing each moment together! Continue Reading →

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Seize the Summer: Drive-in Movies

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When Ken suggested we go to a drive-in movie last Friday night, my initial thought was no short of nostalgic. What lept to mind were rows of Cadillacs, girls in poodle skirts with dainty scarves adorning their pony tails, silhouetted soda-pop bottles and buttered popcorn for days. My second thought was, ‘Do we even have one around here?’ The last time I’d heard anything about a drive-in movie theater was a few years ago when many of them seemed to be closing their doors: a by-gone chapter in America’s history it had seemed.  Continue Reading →

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How to Take Spectacular Long Exposure Sparkler Photos

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Happy 4th of July everybody! If you plan to celebrate with sparklers tonight, bring your camera along and capture some long exposure graphic sparkler shots while making memories all at the same time! It’s easier than you might think, and One Good Thing by Jillee breaks it down for us. Thanks Jillee!

Have fun and be safe!

Photo via One Good Thing by Jillee.

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Anchor(age) Away!

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Uffda, it’s been a busy week! Tonight Ken and I fly through the night to Anchorage, Alaska, to celebrate my cousin Julie and her husband John recently tying the knot! And while we’re at it, we plan to also celebrate the 4th of July with family and explore America’s last frontier–we’re going whale watching!

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Picnic Season

Though spring is really taking its sweet time getting here, it hasn’t stopped me from ogling all the fantastic picnic gear that’s out there right now. Packing a lunch, hopping on our bikes and having a picnic by one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes on a Saturday afternoon is one of my favorite things to do when the weather warms up. Here are a few picnic accessories I hope to incorporate into our Saturday afternoon repertoire this season!

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Birthday Sparkler Source

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A few people have inquired where I scored these crazy sparkler birthday candles for Ken’s birthday, so I thought I’d share! I had to do a bit of research to find these, because I wasn’t quite sure what they were actually called. I’d really only heard of them being served atop desserts in french restaurants for birthday celebrations, and wasn’t even sure they were sold in the US. In the end, I was happy to find them at Custom Sparx, a Florida company that specializes in custom sparklers. They’re available in a ton of colors, and I stocked up on a few extra gold ones for my party stash, so they’d be versatile for any event we wanted to use them for in the future. Continue Reading →


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