The Lady’s Slipper Loop

IMG_1308Mike, Nikki, and I have been running every morning this week at Kab. We have a favorite 5-mile loop and on Monday I noticed bunches of lady’s slippers on the loop! I’ve never seen bunches like that before.

IMG_1299 IMG_1303Mike didn’t realize this was such a rarity, but it is! Lady’s slippers are a very rare orchid, the state flower of Minnesota. And it is illegal to pick them.

I’ll be enjoying them every morning this week…relishing their rare beauty. They make me smile.

Today we are golfing at the Falls Country Club and then meeting more family at Sha Sha. Briana and Abby will have fun feeding the chipmunks like we did when we were kids. The adults will be indulging in Sha Sha’s infamous Long Island teas and nachos…something we look forward to all year long. Yum.

I’ll try to get some fun pics for tomorrow’s post!

xoxo Dina

{I took the photos with Mikey’s iPhone. I’m finally breaking out the new Sony RX100 III today!}

Platypus GravityWorks

IMG_4559What a whirlwind of a week: Returned from the BWCA, unpacked, cleaned gear, touched base at the office, and then packed again.

Hello Lake Kabetogama!

So far our time has been spent running, cooking, laughing and playing with family. The weather has been so-so, but we are enjoying the time in the cabin too; reading this book with Mike, knitting, and relaxing a lot. I’m a little surprised that we have a wireless connection in the cabin too. Times have changed.

It’s a little silly, but I wish that I would have brought our new Platypus water filter to Kab. I’d seriously hook it up to our cabin faucet. Before we left for the Boundary Waters, our friend Missy recommended that we get one. (We found ours at Trailfitters.) It is spectacular! In just a few minutes we had 4 liters of really clean lake water for drinking and cooking. No more pumping and hoarding clean water at camp.

All you campers and recreation lovers out there would love it, especially if you like to drink as much water as we do. And it looks like they make a wine contraption as well. Huh.

xo dina

P.S. Special thanks to Missy and Tiffany for loaning us great gear last week. We appreciate it!

{Image courtesy of our niece Megan…our beautiful BWCA campsite.}

Grandma’s Marathon and Every Mother Counts

411337_323779877670101_354110966_oOne woman dies every 2 minutes from complications during pregnancy and childbirth. 98% of these deaths are preventable.

Every Mother Counts is dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for everyone by informing, engaging, and mobilizing new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal child health programs around the world.  Continue reading

The J.Crew men’s undershirt

Undershirt-400-menswear1What is it about men and their undershirts?

Yesterday I transferred an entire load of white undershirts from the washer to the dryer, and this morning Mike was online ordering more! J.Crew is his fave.

So it made me ponder why this piece is so pivotal in men’s wardrobes. I came across this fun and interesting post and yep, it parallels Mike’s reasons for stocking up on ’em.

When I asked my sweetie why he prefers J.Crew he said, “They keep their shape over time, they are soft and fitting. I will sort through other brands in order to find the J.Crew ones. I know it is silly, and maybe a little Don Draper-ish, but it feels like at least the day will start out okay if I start with a quality one.”

Ha ha. You are too cute Mikey…love the Draper reference. Clearly we are relishing our nightly Mad Men episodes. Only two more to go. I don’t want it to end! :(

xoxo Dina

P.S. Good news for J.Crew!

{Image courtesy of The Art of Manliness.}

Avocado madness

avocadosFor the past several months I have been completely and obsessively addicted to avocados. Seriously, my day is not complete if I haven’t had at least 1/2 of one. I’m either adding them to a dish, enjoying solo with a drizzle of olive oil and sea salt, or whipping up my favorite guacamole recipeContinue reading