Peru-tiful!

Back in February, I took a trip to Peru for two weeks with a friend to visit a couple of our besties that are currently living there. It was the first big trip I've taken and it was FUN. 

We hit up the cat park in Lima where there are, for real, cats everywhere. We spent some time at a beach town called Mejia. We bought big hats and went to the horse track. We wore ponchos and drank pisco on a rooftop.

We hiked down into Colca Canyon with a super cool guide to a little oasis of bungalows. We learned about native plants and creatures. We got up at 4:30am to hike out of the canyon (uff!).

We ate a ton of Peruvian food: new fruits, chocolate, potatoes! We thoroughly explored Arequipa.  We hugged a lot. We laughed. What a blast!

If you can make it happen, take a trip somewhere! Adventure is calling!

All photos below by the lovely Jenna Rae (except for the first one with the cats): 

Happy February! Let's get mushy.

I just noticed that one of my favorite adventures is back up on Groupon at a steal of a deal so I must share! 

Last winter, my sister and I took a trip up to Ely, MN to go dogsledding at  White Wilderness Sled Dog Adventures. It was AHHH-MAZING! Probably the coolest thing we've ever experienced. 

There are plenty of options for lodging in Ely. We stayed at the Grand Ely Lodge to take advantage of their sauna and swimming pool.

 Pro tips: 
-Unless you're certain that your winter gear is top notch, rent from White Wilderness. It's reasonably priced and it will keep you warm. 
-Bring extra socks with you on the sled trip. Wool or cashmere is nice!
-Hit the sauna when you get back if you stay at the lodge. It will warm you back up in no time!

What to expect: You'll arrive to the kennels in the morning, get suited up with winter gear and then head out to the kennels to get your dogs and hook them up to your sled. And when I say you, I really mean YOU. This is a hands-on day!

Once your dogs are hooked up, you can paper, rock, scissors with whoever you suckered into coming with you to see who gets to drive the sled first and who gets to ride. You'll trade off during your ride through the gorgeous trails of the Superior National Forest.

Midway through the day, you'll stop to warm up and have lunch. The guides will make a fire and get the food going for you. This is a good time to snuggle your dogs, grab some photos and maybe also change into fresh warm socks.

After lunch, you're back on the trails for the rest of the day. These photos really don't do the trip justice. It was legit, the coolest thing ever.

Goodnight, pups! Until next time!

Happy fall, y'all.

Today is the autumn equinox. As Minnesotans, this means that we need to prioritize spending time outside before it's too late. The season-that-shall-not-be-named is coming. Here are a few ideas for fun in the fall. 

1. Get yourself to the Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun immediately. You've only got weeks left to get a fish taco before they close up shop for the winter. 

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2. Canoe the St. Croix River. This will be especially wonderful when the leaves change within the next few weeks. I've used Eric's Canoe Rental for canoe rental (duh). They offer a 10-mile or 30-mile trip.  

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3. If you can get out on a warm day, scoot over to The Wedge or The Wedge Table for a cone of their coconut soft serve. Walk around outside. Experience happiness. I swoon over the twist combo of both chocolate and vanilla.

4. Check out Franconia Sculpture Park, a big, outdoor park with an awesome variety of sculptures, sure to provide you with at least a couple of good instagram pics. If you pass through Lindstrom on your way to Franconia (via Hwy 8), stop at the Lindstrom Bakery for a doughnut. 

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5. Visit the Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard for an apple wine tasting, sunflower maze, petting zoo and hayride. Then swing over to Minnesota's Largest Candy Store for any kind of candy you have ever wanted. 

6. Spend a night rooftop hopping in Uptown. Lynlake Brewery and Moto-i are my favorites, but to make a night of it, you could also check out LibertineUptown Tavern and Rooftop, Stella's Fish Cafe, Amore Victoria, and dare I say it, Cowboy Slims (when it re-opens). 

7. Go jump in the corn pit at Sever's Corn Maze. You will find kernels of corn around your home for days afterwards, but it's worth it. 

8. If you want to stay in the city but still get in the water, check in with the team at Above the Falls Sports for a guided kayaking tour. 

9. Take a bike ride to a few breweries. Sociable Cider Werks has an outdoor bocce ball court and Bauhaus Brew Labs has a killer patio with bags/cornhole. 

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10. Have a little fire in your backyard and drink hot tea. Maybe listen to some Dashboard Confessional? It seems simple, but I can't get enough of it.

Let's take advantage of when it still feels good to be outside! Have fun!

If you like it, then you should put a wig on it

I can say from experience that wearing wigs out with your friends is fun. REALLY FUN. 

It was our dear friend Mandy's birthday and we decided to go on a bike adventure like we often do, but added wigs to the occasion for extra birthday flair. 

Here are some photos from our day to inspire your own wig adventure, taken by our favorite photographer, Jenna Rae. More photos on her blog here.  

Stop 1: Bingo at 1029 Bar
PRO TIP: Bring cash, preferably $1 bills. You'll need it to buy into bingo. 

Stop 2: Ferris Wheel ride at Betty Danger's Country Club
PRO TIP: Try the Prickly Pear Frozen Margarita. They're deliciously dangerous and perfect for a hot day.

Stop 3: Local brews at Bauhaus Brewlabs
PRO TIP: Grab Shut the Box from the game shelf and get some friendly competition going. 

Shoot me an email if you're like some suggestions for your own adventure. Always remember to bike responsibly and be safe! Party on, friends!

About those other hijinks...

Quite some time ago, I created a little thing called Adventure Club with my friends. It is a group of people that you can propose a crazy idea to, and know that they'll most likely say yes. I'll be sharing those adventures with you from time to time, all in the name of fun. Maybe it'll inspire a really great date idea for you, and then when you fall in love and get married, you can contact me for help with your wedding. ;)

The inaugural adventure of this club was to Carlson's Lovable Llamas. I had heard that if you set up an appointment here and gave a small donation to the farm for their 4H club, you could take a llama for a walk. So obviously we had to go. 

Here are some photos from our day, taken by my favorite lady behind a lense, Jenna Rae. More photos up on her blog post here

If you're interested in visiting the ranch, they're having an open house on October 4th from 11am-4pm. Beware that you'll bring the sweet scent of llamas home with you, so best to factor in a quick shower before you move on to your next event.

THE F WORD

My friends and family would tell you that it is: FINALLY

I've finally listened. After a couple years of gentle nudges from loved ones, ecstatic shouts from the voice in my own heart and countless signs and symbols all around me, I've turned in the towel at my day job, and transitioned into full-time wedding coordination [and other hijinks].

I have been lovingly nurturing this passion of mine over the last few years, and am so thrilled that it has grown as I had hoped. My cubicle is now my favorite Minneapolis coffee shop. My co-workers are now anyone ready to collaborate. My heart is full and I'm about to explode with excitement. 

My good friend and very talented photographer Jenna Rae and I grabbed some giant balloons and did a mini photo shoot to celebrate. We found ourselves with a very windy day and some unruly balloons, but found friends willing to help us wrangle them... at least until the 'F' blew away. 

The rest of 2015 will be filled with wedding weekends and several surprises in between. More good news to share, especially regarding those other hijinks, coming soon!

XO!