Are you starting to tire of all the talk of fall? Because I am here. for. it. This is my favorite time of year (for the weather, the clothing, the cozy layers!), but even more so at our Tree House. All the leaves surrounding our home turn the most vibrant yellow, and a simple drive through a tunnel of golden trees makes any trip to the grocery store – or let’s be honest, the hardware store! – more exciting.
But while we wait for the passing of the torch, we’re treasuring the remaining days of summer and planning for the projects ahead. We’re making the time for more rides on our tandem, one more run on the beach to watch the sun go down (see exhibit A: Warren Dunes, above). We’re letting Lucy stay up for just a little longer, for one more book, one more kiss, one more squeeze. It’s at this time of year that I begin to feel really nostalgic and look to surround myself with creature comforts – a hot cup of coffee to warm my hands. A fuzzy blanket on my lap. A lazy Saturday morning making pancakes. A good playlist.
Fall, we’re ready for you!
Your Minneapolis Recommendations, Please!
The Vargo family is heading to Minneapolis next week! This will be the first time that Scott and I take our annual trip and bring along our sweet Lucy. (Last year, we celebrated our 10 year wedding anniversary in Malibu without her, and we promised each other that we would travel with her in 2019. We missed her so!) Our goal was to spend time in a city that we hadn’t spent much time in – Scott some, me none – but the kicker? We wanted to stay within driving distance of Chicago.
We kicked around the idea of Minneapolis for a few weeks (Nashville was a close contender), and after devouring this city guide and all of Melissa’s favorite places to eat, we were all in! We booked this adorable guest house in Kenwood, below, after spotting a free week in mid-September, and now we’re down to two more sleeps before we hit the road!
Minneapolis friends, where do you recommend we spend time in your city? Where else should we eat? Shop? What are your favorite things to do as a family? We’ll have our car, bicycles and – my favorite part – an open schedule. We’re taking in all your suggestions!
Jack and CC got a new dog bed, and everyone wanted to know what it was! We splurged on this nesting bed (in tan), and we love it so much, we got another for Tree House. Our digging, scratching, brute pups are no match for this fabric! But the kicker is tossing this faux fur throw on top. It’s already held up to countless washings!
Wild One keeps popping up in my feed, and I cannot get over how pretty these poop bag holders are. There, I said it.
Are you a city person or a country person? I’ll always, always, always be city.
I still get angry when I think about Avatar and its use of the Papyrus font, and it’s been a running joke between me and Scott for the last 10 years. I mean, I didn’t love the movie in the first place, but when those subtitles popped up on the screen, I wondered, how does something like that get through rounds and rounds of approvals?! It somehow came up in conversation with our friends this week, and they said, you must have loved the Ryan Gosling SNL skit! To which I shockingly let them know I hadn’t seen. So we dropped everything and watched it, and I can’t even remember the last time I laughed/cried this hard! It’s an older skit, but I’ve been watching it on repeat all week long:
Deuce Cities Henhouse has been sharing 10 years of before and afters, and I can’t get enough.
Target’s fall collection is kill-ing-it, and I’m still wondering if I can pull off this bronze-y velvet quilt? So beautiful! I can’t get enough of all the fall colors: rust, gold and creams. Here are more of my favorites:
Just picked up these candles in iced coffee and toasted pumpkin. (Can you tell I’m ready for fall?)
Every last thing at Girlfriend Collective is 15% off right now, which, like, never happens. My favorites are the compressive high rise leggings with the 23 3/4″ inseam. (I have black, smoke and plum.)
Lastly, we completed a huge window makeover for our friends in the neighborhood! You can see the full article here, including a sweet short video (spoiler: handsome Pittie alert!).
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!
Even though we’ll be OOO next week, we still have posts lined up that we can’t wait to share. We’ll also be taking you along with us on our Minneapolis adventures through Stories! xx