almost a big sister

Last night I had a wonderful maternity session where the couple brought their *amazing* dog, Hudson. She was the sweetest, best-behaved girl, and I had so much fun working with her. I mean, her parents were great as well, but we all know my heart belongs to the dogs. Also? I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a dog with a coat this shiny. It was stunning.

For your internet shares of the day:

+ This piece, telling the stories of clothing from New York, sucked me in. Probably because it starts with a story from King Ad Rock, himself!

+ This cake sounds amazing for the holidays.

+ A dictionary explaining all the Ikea names! 

nearing peak

I’m out shooting tons of families this week, and we are soaking up the color. Just look at that lake shore!

It’s hard to be away from home each night when Ezra gets home from school, but I can’t argue that all of the photos this week (and next) have the absolute best backdrops. Also? If you want next year’s family photos in this color? Get at me. There’s no limit on how far ahead you can book your shoots!

For your internet shares of the day:

+ Confession: I am a Minnesotan, and I’ve never made Chicken Wild Rice Soup. Maybe I should start here?

+ Art made out of cassette tapes. Wow.

+ Did you know you can buy pre-fab homes on Amazon? Me neither!

enjoying the season

This weekend was busy, but with all the good things an October weekend should have.

There was a birthday party, some decorating for Halloween, roasting of vegetables, cooking of soup, coffee with friends, fires in the fireplace, gathering provisions (grocery shopping) and a little yard work. We also had swim lessons, a few photo shoots and a lot of laundry — those are not the most glamorous, but still necessary.

The next 3 weeks are crazy busy for both Jamie and I on the work fronts, and then I feel like we can take a breath and settle in for winter. But even as we’re slammed with work, we’re doing our best to slow down at night, enjoy some soup and spend a few minutes as a family in front of the fire. I hope you all are able to take a few moments for yourselves as well!

For your internet shares of the day:

+ I’m starting to think about Thanksgiving and the table decor. Ezra loves blowing out candles, so I pondered this and this, but then realized he also knocks things over left and right. So maybe this or this? Oh, and look what I found at Target! Thoughts?

+ Weird animal facts that made me laugh. I had no idea any creature could reproduce without sex.

+ In case you missed this story, this couple survived the California fires by submerging themselves in a pool for 6 hours. This is an amazing story.

best coffee on the north shore

In case you haven’t noticed, I go to the North Shore a lot.

It is my happy place, and I want to share it with the world. Well… not literally. I like that it’s quiet and not very crowded and still relatively cheap, so maybe I don’t want to share it with anyone. Nevermind. Move a long.

Just kidding.

But anyway, I get a lot of questions from people about what to see and where to eat and where to stay when they visit. I’ve been extremely pushy when it comes to telling people about Scenic Cafe, as you know. (Sidenote, when I was there last week I ate brioche toast with soft bleu cheese spread on it and then figs and toasted walnuts on top and then drizzled in brown butter maple sauce. NOW do you see why you need to visit?)

And I’m thrilled to report that I’ve found another must visit spot, and it’s called fika. It is a divine coffee shop¬† just north of Lutsen. I found this spot on a trip last fall, and kept telling Jamie about it. Then this time I brought him there and he, too, is preaching the gospel.

The beans are delicious, the mochas are unrivaled and the staff is super friendly and chill. And the pastries…. there is not a huge variety, but I promise you will love whatever you decide on.

And for those of you with small children? They have a fantastic basket with wonderful toys that will occupy the kid for about an hour. When your child wakes up in the morning and is asking you to please go to the coffee shop, you know you are winning at life.

They are open year round, so if you’re heading up to Lutsen this winter, drive just 1 mile further north past the mountain and enjoy this amazing spot. And if you’re not going to the north shore soon (what is wrong with you?), then you can order their coffee and such online.

I need to promise you that I’m not being paid in any way or form for this post, I just wanted to share the info with you because if this spot doesn’t thrive and stay in business for all of my visits I will be VERY upset. Now go forth and enjoy good coffee.

For your internet shares of the day:

+ I might need a pair of pink velvet converse high tops…

+ Women are sexually harassed ALL THE TIME. I can think of 3 horrifying instances off the very top of my head that affected me, the first at age 7 or 8. The only thing that surprises me about this Weinstein mess is that anyone is even surprised.

+ These ariel photographs are lovely.

my new religion

Lake Superior at sunrise is about the most gorgeous thing ever. It is one of the few things that still gives me faith in the universe. And it is one thing I will forever thank dear Ezra for, because without this spawn waking me up at the crack of dawn every day, I wouldn’t get to see so many of them.

This was my favorite sunrise of our trip last week (yes, it was all just from one morning). Enjoy!

Now for your internet shares of the day:

+ This made me smile. Photoshop is amazing.

+ Logos drawn from memory. The designer in me cannot get enough.

+ Amazing advice for artists. I want to reread this every day.