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Summer always turns my mind to far off places with my wardrobe following right along.
I haven’t been on a boat in years but that doesn’t stop me from rocking nautical stripes.
Or maybe you’re more of a city girl…
And remember that wherever you wander and how far you roam there’s no place like home…
3 Ways to Feed the Travel Bug from Home
1. Usually drive? Get out the bikes or walk your neighborhood. Life is friendlier on foot. People wave at you and call out friendly greetings. Yield to pedestrians is real- and empowering.
2. Create a summer bucket list. One year our family tried a different ice cream shop each week! There are so many places just a hop and a skip away that we’ve never been too. Who says wanderlust has to include an epic journey. This year’s list includes Beech Creek gardens in Alliance, checking out the eagle’s nest at Walborn Reservoir, and tracking down a cannoli from Retz’s Laconi’s II Restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls (A daughter of one of the Ninni’s is co-owner and the craving for their pastry is real).
Northeast Ohio Family Fun is a great site for events but also ongoing activities
3. Read about it. I know it sounds cliche but you really can explore the world through books. Plus curling up with a good read is a great activity for a rainy day. Did you know 21 out of the 30 days in June had rain? Yikes!
Anyone see Jimmy Fallon’s Jerry Seinfeld impression on the Tonight Show this week? He was talking about Uber and getting into a stranger’s car—was an exact repeat of me during our Chicago trip this past weekend. We used Airbnb to rent an apartment and used Uber to get around the city— “make me sleep in a stranger’s house and ride in a stranger’s car”. I warmed up to the apartment idea. How couldn’t I with this city retreat in the backyard.
Plus it was a great way to spend time with family as this was an Ohio-Iowa midway Chicago meet up weekend. Sometimes you just need a relaxing night at “home” enjoying each other’s company.
Em, mom, and I also picked out some great accessories for the shop while we were there!
And for a family photo update- Pictures are back!
We made a quick trip to Chicago last weekend to see Charles. He’s doing great in his new house and is loving his new recliner. We picked up Candy Days packets while we were there. Be sure to stop by the shop this month. We’ll swap your spare change for a sweet treat from Jelly Belly. All proceeds benefit the 600+ children and adults that are served by Misericordia!
We also brought home some stunning accessories for spring, including some of the prettiest scarves we’ve ever had in the shop.
The rest of our time in the Windy City was spent eating. Emily and Matt met us there from Iowa and we decided that instead of picking one place for dinner we would just jump into restaurants as we passed them and grab small bites! What a way to explore Lincoln Park/Lakeview.
Emily found this restaurant a few weeks ago while we were planning our trip and we knew it was going to be the first stop. So good. I’m requesting one of these in Hartville ASAP.
Aside from tasting awesome the empanadas gave us a bit of a game to play. Each of the 5 flavors we ordered was crimped shut differently. In order to figure out which was which, we had to hold them up to the menu. A puzzle with delicious food= perfect!
Pizza and Gelato
I think there’s a rule that if you pass a gelato place you must go in plus it’s a yummy way to cleanse the palette between courses! We tried 5 different flavors and the passion fruit was my fave.
The by the slice wording on Renaldi’s Pizza Pub sign drew us in. Excellent thin crust pizza and in place of bar peanuts they had nuggets of crust covered in powdered sugar. Would definitely go back and try their Chicago style pizza.
We brought pastry for Charles to share with his housemates and staff. La Baguette is a Mexican bakery in Andersonville. What a treat! You are given a large tray and tongs and walk around the shop selecting pastry. So many choices and they had beautiful cakes too! The pink one and the turtle shaped one were favorites in Charles’ house. I tried the half moon shaped one on the bottom left side of the tray. It was filled with a Boston Cream type of filling and was awesome. Frugal girls out there will love that this entire tray + a couple more small pastries added was under $10!
Farm to Table
We stopped for lunch before heading home at one of our favorite Wrigleyville spots- Uncommon Ground. Everything I’ve tried here has been wonderful. They are all about supporting local farms, the community, and the arts.
Mom and dad both had a burger. You know when dad describes his meal as “rather extraordinary” it’s a winner. Mom chose a salad as her side, beautiful greens with the lightest dressing. We think it was oil/lemon juice/garlic and will definitely be mimicked as soon as the lettuce in our garden is ready.
Emily opted for the spicy black bean burger. There are lots of vegan/vegetarian options on the menu! Matt had pollock tacos and topped them with a locally made hot sauce. I took advantage of the breakfast menu being served all afternoon and tried the breakfast burrito with their housemade chorizo.
Uncommon Ground also has a coffee bar (excellent hot cocoa!), serves local craft beers (see pic below), has live music in the evenings, and walls filled with art exhibits. It’s a great foil to the sports bars surrounding Wrigley Field and highly recommend!
We traveled over the river (the Mississippi that is) for Thanksgiving to visit my sister. When we tell people Em moved to Iowa the automatic response is “What’s in Iowa?”. We spent the day exploring Des Moines and had a great time!
Here’s what we found…
FUN SHOPS in the HISTORIC EAST VILLAGE
Small Business Saturday was the perfect day to visit some of the 85 small shops in this area downtown. www.eastvillagedesmoines.com
“DEVASTATINGLY GOOD TACOS” at TACOPOCALYPSE
A SCULPTURE GARDEN that makes you say hmmm...
BLOWING GLASS ORNAMENTS at FUZZISHU
People don’t give the midwest enough credit. Like Iowa, Ohio has so many towns with great attractions big and small. We love finding those one of a kind places wherever we travel and strive to bring a bit of that fun to our shop in Hartville.
Thanks for the fun visit Des Moines. Expectations far exceeded 😉
What perfect weather for spending a day at the World’s Largest Yard Sale!
Mom and I put on our sneakers and headed west on Route 224 to Seville, Ohio. This small town reminds us so much of Hartville- cute shops, friendly people, and a community that has blended the old with the new.
The newspaper article I read on this event last year said they had 30,000 people over the course of two days. Walking around though the crowds this morning, I believe it. But the village is very organized and everything runs smoothly. Kudos to mom and her awesome parallel parking skills 🙂
We scored some great yard sale finds and visited many of the local shops.
The historical Seville Inn is being turned into an artist co-op called Peace by Piece this summer. Sounds like a good reason to visit again!
Popped into some fun downtown shops: Funky Junk Boutique, Vintage Corner, Along Memory Lane Antiques (expanding this July), and Seville Flower and Gift.
Upcoming Downtown Events:
- The World’s Largest Yards Sale continues tomorrow (June 15th). Sales start around 9am and will finish up in the afternoon.
- Downtown Seville Antique Show:
Saturday, July 20th 9am-4pm
- Art on the Walk:
Saturday, August 17th 9am-4pm
- Girls Night Out Shopping:
July 11th and August 8th
For more event info check out
Downtown Seville, Ohio on Facebook.
Looking for inexpensive ways to entertain your kids this summer? Tracy from Hall of Fame Moms has put together a great resource.
The Ohio Family Fun Summer Survival Guide is available to her blog subscribers and “likers” of her 1000 Things to Do Stark County Facebook page. Click here to visit her page and download the guide from the “Only Likers” tab.
This online guide includes links to area attractions, tips, reviews, discounts, and stay at home activities. You’ll even find a spotlight on our BBT Tips Blog and a link to our weekend road trips.
To kick off the Guide she is giving away 4 waterpark passes to Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark Resort!
What are your Ohio summer exploration plans?
Apple picking is a yearly event in our family. We knew with such a hot summer that the crop would be early. We typically pick late September/Early October. This season picking started late August and most orchards will finish up this weekend.
Like many orchards in the area, our regular pick your own (PYO) spot, Horseshoe Orchards, was closed due to frost. We knew finding an orchard that offered PYO was going to be a tricky task. Luckily, Find Time For Fun, a great local blog, compiled a list of Northeast Ohio orchards .
This list includes PYO status, hours, and contact information for over 20 orchards in the area. It saved me a ton of time and research. Prices per half bushel for many of the locations could be found on either their website or Facebook pages.
Last Saturday, we made a short drive to Rittman to pick at Rittman Orchards. Even though it was a chilly, cloudy morning the view was quite spectacular.
A half bushel of PYO apples was $13 (20-24 pounds). We picked Melrose and Jonagold. The PYO trees were around 6′ tall with most of the fruit at a child level. Picking is available on weekends AND during the week.
They also had over 20 varieties of apples in their market for $17/ half bushel, some I’ve never heard of. There was also cider, doughnuts, coffee, and more available.
So hurry out and get your apples this early fall. And if you miss apple picking season, Rittman’s pick your own pumpkin patch opened September 22nd!
We were so excited that this month’s trip to Chicago coincided with the Renegade Craft Fair.
As many of you know, when we reopen we plan on expanding our selection of handmade items (Submission form here).
This weekend was an awesome opportunity to scope out some fantastic artists and very unique products.
Because this was Renegade’s 10th anniversary, The Vintage Bazaar also set up a pop-up market within the fair.
The Renegade Craft Fair was held in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, an area of the city we have yet to explore. There were so many interesting looking shops and restaurants. We can’t wait to go back.
It’s a beautiful day for strawberry picking!
We had a great time out in the strawberry fields this morning. Here’s our haul:
Three 8 quart baskets of beautiful berries. The plants were so chock full of fruit, picking took no time (30 minutes)! Even these cuties were getting in on the fun. “Only pick the red ones.”
An 8 qt pick your own basket costs $13.50 (4 qt pre-picked berries are also available for $13.50)
Our three baskets weighed a total of 34.5lbs!
Can’t beat $1.17/pound for strawberries plus the fun of getting out and enjoying the pick 🙂
Walnut Drive Gardens
2129 Randolph Rd
Mogadore, Oh 44260
Hours today (Sunday) are 9-1, Memorial Day 8-12, and Tuesday-Friday 8-7
Check their facebook page for additional hours and to see what else is ready to pick: Walnut Drive Gardens
Don’t wait, strawberries are in season for only a couple short weeks!
Yesterday was a beautiful day to jump in the car and take a drive through the country. Our destination was Mt. Vernon, a quaint and historic city in Knox County Ohio.
The downtown is full of fabulous, historic buildings.
The main feature of our day was the Rural Society Antique and Garden Show at Warwick Farms. You know you’re in the country when you turn onto a dirt road and your GPS no longer knows where you are.
But around the bend…
And it just kept getting better.
The displays of home and garden decor set up by the vendors were drool-worthy.
The farm and it’s gardens were beautiful
Be sure to check out the Rural Society Blog for more photos, upcoming events, and other happenings on the farm.