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3/2/2016
In February, sunsets and sunrises colored winter landscapes and caught the eyes of our Instagram photographers. The five most-liked photos of the month:  1) @justinrogers captures a peaceful sunset in central Iowa near Ogden. 2) Sunrise at Hollow Rock on Lake Superior in Minnesota's North Shore region by @traunfoto. 3) Sunset near McGregor, North Dakota,... More
1/4/2016
Snow and holiday lights dazzled our Instagram fans in the weeks leading up to Christmas. The five most-liked photos of December: 1) A wintry scene in Sycamore, Illinois, by @bookbabym (https://www.instagram.com/p/_FsN_wmzco/).  2) "Winter wonderland" in Cushing, Minnesota, by @laceydobo (https://www.instagram.com/p/_PCwJumzbI/).  3) Rural sunrise near... More
9/1/2015
Colors swirl in the summer sky above the rural landcapes captured by our Instagram followers in August. The five most popular photos of the month: 1) @kirby_124 (https://instagram.com/p/510CvcmzWi/) photographed a weathered barn in Morrow County, Ohio. "I have an absolute passion" for barns, says the photographer. "I have photographed hundreds of them, a... More
8/18/2015
Looking for a simple weekend decorating or garden project? Here are three DIY ideas from Midwest bloggers that should take only an hour or two to complete. 1. Book planter Recycling a castoff book into an indoor planter makes for an interesting plot twist. Jennifer Zuri (town-n-country-living.com) cut a rectangle-shape pit in the pages of a book using a craft knife.... More
6/11/2015
Is it just me, or is there a definite shift in the air come summer? Without fail, it makes me want to shake things up a bit. My white walls beg for color and texture. And as a mom to three young kiddos (and one big kid out on his own), the kick-off to summer has all of us pining for a little adventure. With that playful spirit in mind, I spent time this week tossing some unexpected fun... More
5/1/2015
Spring blooms and peaceful lake scenes captured the imagination of our Instagram followers in April. The five most-liked photos of the month:  1) A serene sunset over Clear Lake, Wisconsin, by @ahgilly (https://instagram.com/p/18CDKKGzZP/).  2) "Beautiful garden of tulips about to burst" in Geneva, Illinois, by @michelefairall (https://instagram.com/p/1v_sSaGzQI... More
4/28/2015
Take a cue from these Midwestern bloggers on how to decorate your home for spring. 1. Serene scene Play with color in a sweet and simple way. Cobalt glasses pop on Kelly Rinzema's (thelilypadcottage.com) all-white mantel. Vintage window frames and a chalkboard add architectural interest. Wildflowers complete the serene setting. 2. Engaging tablescape... More
4/17/2015
My mom loved the the flourish of blooms that herald spring. Every year, the minute her magnolia bush flowered, I got a call. She would ooh and aah over the sculptural soft pink flowers and sweet scent. But I don’t think she ever cut a branch to take inside and enjoy. Pity. Don’t overlook the blooming branches in your yard. A few simple cuttings bring the color... More
4/8/2015
I love adding pops of spring in my home. This year I wanted to create a happy spring arrangement to welcome both our guests and the new season. I decided to do a hanging basket instead of a traditional wreath to change things up. This project was truly so simple, and it would evenbe fun to do with little ones. Here is what you’ll need: Supplies - Four faux pussy willow... More
4/3/2015
Looking for a fuss-free perennial that’s attractive, dependable, deer-resistant, multiseasonal and extremely long-lived? Meet baptisia—a prairie native whose beautiful spires are reminiscent of the beloved lupine, minus the maintenance. Baptisia (also called false indigo) provides showy 10- to 12-inch spikes of pealike blossoms in late spring and early summer followed by 2- to 3-inch... More