'Tis the season for photos of pumpkin spice lattes, thick sweaters, changing leaves and bear rugs by fireplaces. Fall is like an Instagram feeding frenzy. And I've gladly added to it.
I think Mother Nature does her best work in fall—painting the outdoors in a wash of golden hues that I could look at for hours. I love the autumnal color show so much that I’m always looking for ways to decorate my house so I can enjoy the season inside as well as out. See how I took one mantel and decorated it three ways in celebration of fall.
The days are getting shorter, which means I'm up before the sun peeks over the North Dakota prairie. My morning routine involves sipping coffee and scurrying around the house to help our kids get ready for school. But when I catch a sunbeam darting through the window, I embrace the interruption.
I stop for sunrises.
It’s that time of year when pumpkins pile up on hay bales outside grocery stores and overflow at orchards across the Midwest. Instead of searching for the biggest pumpkin in the patch, I have my eye on mini pumpkins this autumn. They’re cheap (50 cents to a couple bucks apiece), lightweight, and come in a variety of colors and shapes.
Golden mums and bronzy foliage might be taking over garden centers these days, but my mind is on frilly daffodils and dainty tulips. Though it may seem odd to focus on spring when Halloween is around the corner, now is the time to get those spring-blooming bulbs in the ground. Rosie Lerner, extension consumer horticulture specialist at Purdue University, explains why and offers her top bulb picks for those who are new to these spring stunners.
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).