FALLelujah! FALLelujah! Admit it. You’re singing the song in your head right now. How can you not? Monday marks the official start of autumn and I, for one, am ready. Fall is my favorite time of year. Brightly colored leaves, crisp morning air and hot apple cider usher in the season. But to me, nothing marks the transition from summer to fall more than changing out the decor on a home’s entrance. Here are three ways to decorate outside for fall right now—along with easy changes to add a touch of Halloween flair in October.
In the last full month of summer, Instagram photographers captured the bright colors of the season in Midwest fields, flowers, sunsets and lakes. Here are our five most-liked Instagram photos for August:
I agree completely with North Dakota’s designation as the happiest state in the United States. As a fifth-generation North Dakotan, I wouldn't live anywhere else. There's a history as rich as the railroad is long (we're celebrating 125 years of statehood this year) and a future as bright as a sunflower field.
The start of football season and shorter summer days have me hankering for a classic picnic in the park before the chill of fall hits. When I was a kid, that meant heading to Arbuckle Acres park in Brownsburg, Indiana, with my parents and brother for grilled hot dogs and time on the playground.
We know Midwesterners love their pets, so when we stumbled across this adorable Instagram feed of a Wisconsin border collie named Cricket, we just had to share. Cricket's owner Jennifer Luedtke, who works for her family's logging business, says the 2-year-old dog is a natural ham. Jennifer takes her camera—and Cricket—on everyday adventures around rural Amery, Wisconsin (60 miles northeast of Minneapolis, Minnesota).
The summer sun—filtered through the forest, hovering just on the edge of the horizon or lighting a soft afternoon sky—captivated our Instagram fans in July. Here are the five most-liked photos for the month:
#1: “Beauty in the silence” by @littlecoal (http://instagram.com/p/q2YXoGGzWx/), taken at Sidecut Park in Maumee, Ohio.
Fueled by a local craft brew and an overflowing gyro from a food stand, I wandered from tent to art-filled tent at the downtown 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival. Pastel paintings of gorgous florals, curvy glass-blown vases and, yes, even sculptures of copper wire rabbits on bikes caught my attention as I weaved through the laid-back crowd. (I could picture the painting and vase in my living room; the wire rabbit—not so much.) But like works in a museum, they were all fun to see.
Stormy skies and fog formed the backdrop for our most popular Instagram photos in June. Here are the five most-liked photos last month:
#1: Clouds building over Lawrence, Kansas, photographed by @joshuaholland (http://instagram.com/p/pZpbW8GzY8/).
Have a blast this Fourth of July decorating your table using either of these easy, patriotic tabletop ideas. If you’re like me and are a member of the ultimate procrastinators club, you will love how quickly either table can be pulled together.
Who would you rank as Hollywood’s greatest best-friend pairings? Butch & Sundance? Thelma & Louise? It doesn’t take long to reach Woody & Buzz. Pixar’s Toy Story franchise has now enchanted a couple of generations with the angsty cowboy and his idealistic astronaut pal. And it turns out that the Grammy-winning musical soundtrack to their partnership springs from a handful of Midwest kids whose own big imaginations rode off in a cowboy direction right on the shores of the Great Lakes.