About a month ago, we welcomed a new baby girl into our family. After the first couple weeks of adjusting to our new normal as a family of four, we realized we were getting pretty antsy just sitting around the house all day. Not to mention, our two year old was bouncing off the walls...
Working at The Outfitter is never boring. Whether it's going across the bay to rescue kayaks left abandoned due to high winds or trying to successfully carry multiple, much-needed ice cream cones from Kilwins back to the store on national ice cream day, things are always busy...
Summer is in full swing. The sun rises early and stays up late, new flowers bloom daily, and mosquitoes swarm around me at dusk. It’s been a long year, we’ve waited patiently, and finally we’re getting a taste of the good weather we dreamed about all Winter long...
Empanada.  From the Spanish verb ‘empanar’; meaning to wrap in dough The seed for Laurita’s was planted back in 2005, when I lived in the south of Chile during college, but I didn’t know it yet. I lived in the lakes region of Chile, a gorgeous area of forests, lakes, rivers, mountains and ocean...
During uncertain times, people look to normalcy. Offield Family Working Forest Preserve became a normal for me. A beautiful, easy-access, natural resource right outside your door — Offield Nature Preserve. A place for all activities for all ages...
This summer has certainly been a unique one. It is hard to remember what day-to-day life looked like before the pandemic hit. One of the few positives to come from this time of crisis is the number of people that have either picked up or returned to running. To this end I thought I would share a couple tips, routes, and otherwise useful information for running in the Harbor Springs area...
Nothing beats a beautiful Northern Michigan sunset. While many things have been restricted this quarantine, this great hobby of mine thankfully has not. There’s just something about the sun slowly sinking behind the waters of Little Traverse Bay that will let you forget about all the stresses and worries in our lives...
About two summers ago my brother and I started to build a pump track in our meadow. A pump track is a track in a loop for bikes but you don't pedal, there are rollers that you pump to carry momentum. We would work on it every day for about two weeks until it was finished. We had so much fun on it and I progressed a lot in my riding...
My kitchen table is covered in plants. They’re waiting to be planted in the garden outside. However, looking out the window towards the garden, all I can see is snow clinging to the grass. The cold temperatures and snow flurries are a sign of the stubborn Michigan winter refusing to give up...
Running through the woods right now is about as good as it gets! The bugs are still sleeping, the trout lily, trillium and spring beauties are popping up and you can see forever. The trails are pretty much dry and the leaves are soft - you can hear everything...
Today we set out to re-find what used to be one of our favorite springtime outings–hunting for leeks. So, we dialed it back ten years and re-traced our steps to a low-lying, soggy part of the woods out back...
Like many other quarantined people, I’ve taken up some new hobbies. Broadening my interests from painstaking embroidery to delicious bread-baking, the new activity I’m most excited for is beekeeping...
With all of this extra time on my hands, I felt added pressure to be a “good mom” (like Instagram/Joanna Gaines good). In my head, this meant stuff like cooking beautiful meals from scratch, never turning on the TV, and structured arts and crafts time. It also seemed like the time to foster my daughter’s love for the outdoors...
Hourglass meets lava lamp. That image captures how I've been experiencing the world these past few weeks. According to google, nobody has invented such a contraption, yet. But imagine the hourglass inside the lamp–see the grains of sand streaming down as iridescent blobs burble around?!
Sunny days in March are extraordinary. The warm, shining sun is a promise of the Spring weather to come and an invitation to explore the landscapes uncovered by melting snow. In Northern Michigan, we are finally experiencing the Spring weather that we deserve. But in my family, the first of the sunny, somewhat warm days means something special: syrup...
If you’re a parent trying to wrangle your ‘littles’ with the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, I get it. And I’m here to help with a fun way to divert some time today. My ‘littles’ aren’t so little anymore (three teens), but I’m wrestling with the same stuff just on a different scale.  Yesterday’s divert-and-distract tally included a not-so-small kitchen fire. Today we’re headed to the backyard...
I woke up Tuesday to blue sky and sunshine, a perfect combination for a quiet hike and some fresh air. One of my favorite Little Traverse Conservancy properties is the Hoogland Family Nature Preserve.  For me, its proximity to home and 1.5 mile loop make it perfect before or after work hike...