All posts tagged Minnesota

Goodbye Baseball


For this year at least.  Of course, the playoffs will proceed without us, but it’s not quite the same when your team has been out of it for awhile now.  It was a rough season for our beloved Twins to say the least.  Back on opening day, we had so much hope after last year, but it wasn’t meant to be as we slowly saw the season slip away.  And then it just got ugly.  But that didn’t stop us from heading out to the game last night for closing day.  We mostly went because we didn’t want to waste our tickets (that we bought back in April sure that we’d be in the playoff hunt come September), but it was still fun to say goodbye to the season in person. Continue reading →

A Mini Minnesota Just for You


In case you haven’t noticed, we are pretty enamored with our state.  So much that we like to display our Minnesota love.  Dain made me a mini Minnesota painting on canvas months ago because he knows that I am a sucker for all things teeny tiny.  And for glitter.  He nailed it when he made mine pink with a white glittery Minnesota on it.  Now we are adding them to our store so that you can bring your very own mini Minnesota to a home near you. Don’t worry, we do have other colors for those who fail to appreciate the glitter factor.  And we’re sharing how we do it in case you want to make your own or make one with a different state since we hear there are 49 others that may also be art-worthy.

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Rediscovering the Library


I’ve obviously known about the library for a long time.  My mom used to take me to the Rochester Public Library when I was kid, and we would go to the little library at our elementary school beginning in kindergarten.  But it really wasn’t until this past year that I rediscovered how incredible the library truly is and how lucky we are in Minnesota to have a large, sophisticated public library system.  Everyone is so caught up these days with their iPads and Kindles and Netflix subscriptions that we seem to have forgotten what a true treasure the library is.  And it is completely free, which is a rarity in this world.

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The Heart Shop is Open for Business


Finally.  And we apologize for the delay.  The whole at-home screen printing thing has been a little more difficult than we thought.  But we have finally mastered it.  And we’re rolling out our new shirts so that everyone can enjoy them as much as we do.  Dain’s been wanting to try his hand at screen-printing for awhile now because he loves graphic tees and figured he could make ones that are just as cool as the ones he buys.  So when he found an at-home setup for sale on Craigslist this spring, he pulled the trigger and started the learning process.  And now we can say that we make our own t-shirts (not the actual shirt….but you know what I mean).

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Escape the Heat at Bluefin Bay


We were planning an awesome house post for today, but low and behold, our power went out last night for the first time since we’ve lived here.  Apparently our local grid couldn’t handle everyone’s air conditioners working overtime.  It was a scorching 103 degrees in the Twin Cities yesterday.  It hasn’t been that hot since 1988.  Did it stop us from moving our big pile of dirt into our yard?  No.  Did it make us turn on our air conditioning?  No, because we are cheap like that.  Did we drive to three places in search of Icees after our power went out?  It’s a distinct possibility.  But do we still have a great place for a getaway to share?  We sure do.  And we’re a little partial to it since we got married there.  Bluefin Bay Resort in Tofte, MN on the shores of Lake Superior.

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Duluth-A Weekend Getaway Destination


Duluth is a Northern Minnesota town close to our hearts.  Both of us have siblings who went to school at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and we have both participated in Grandma’s Marathon.  My older brother even married a Duluth native, and my first niece was born there so it is a sentimental spot for us.  But it is also insanely cool for anyone who hasn’t been there yet (and those who have because it seems like we find ourselves coming back for more).  Located about 150 miles from Minneapolis, Duluth is situated on the shores of Lake Superior.  It is the largest port (by volume) on the Great Lakes, and it is known for the Aerial Lift Bridge that lets some 1,000 freighters enter the harbor every year.

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Land of 10,000 Adirondacks


Minnesota is known for its 10,000 plus lakes, but there’s something else all over the state: adirondack chairs.  They are EVERYWHERE.  At least in our neighborhood.  Maybe they’ve always been everywhere, and we just didn’t notice since we were apartment dwellers for so long.  Most apartment balconies do not have room for anything as big as an adirondack, let alone two of them.  And two seems to be the popular amount.  We’re not sure if they are purely decorative for some people, but we live in the land of houses with adirondack chairs out front.  And we’re starting to feel a little peer pressure since we just have to plop ourselves in the yard when we want to sit in front of our house.  Which is approximately never.  But that’s about to change.

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“Up North” in Grand Marais


If you’ve never been this far “Up North” in Minnesota, you should make it a point to check it out.  Grand Marais is a picturesque town along the shores of Lake Superior 110 miles Northeast of Duluth and only 40 miles from the Canadian border.  Situated on scenic Highway 61, it is a historic harbor town that began as a Native American village before falling under the flags of France, Great Britain, and finally, the United States.  It was a fur trading post and a commercial fishing outpost, but now it is a lot more about the visitors.  With plenty of outdoor activities, kitschy gift shops, and amazing spots to grab a bite to eat, Grand Marais is a classic Minnesota destination in and of itself.

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Worth the Drive….the New Scenic Café


Located on scenic Highway 61 along the shores of Lake Superior, the New Scenic Café is an unexpected delight offering contemporary American cuisine in a relaxed setting.  The picturesque restaurant provides a tranquil view of the lake and is located just 10 miles outside of Duluth.

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Pedal Pub Crawl


In celebration of my 28th birthday (and the last official entrance into my….sigh….late twenties), we decided to invite some friends and family members on a bicycle built for 16.  Advertised as “slow fun,” which describes more and more of the things you start to do upon entering the late twenties, the Pedal Pub is a truly unique experience that lets you get your drink on and exercise at the same time.  What could be more Minnesotan than that?  Ice fishing while eating hotdish……maybe.

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