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Journey Jots #28

By Rachel

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Welcome to Journey Jots #28!

In each weekly recap, I’ll share some of my most recent posts, favorite finds or things I’m currently shopping for, and an assemblage of home decor tips and encouraging content from other creators. Settle in and join me for Journey Jots #28!

Spring Tulips for journey jots #28

Journey Jots #28

Hello, guys! Hope you are well.

The leaves are finally starting to pop out on the trees and the flowering crabapples are in full bloom…they smell heavenly! It’s fair to say that Spring has finally sprung here in the Northland!

Life Lately

It was a shorter, less busy week as hubby and I were on a much needed long weekend out in the country. We rented the most amazing AirBNB on a farm with stunning views of the driftless valley and surrounding woods.

a blue cottage on a farm

Each morning, we awoke to the sound of the river flowing, birds chirping, roosters, and the most peaceful views. It’s truly heaven on Earth in that part of Minnesota.

farm life in the driftless area of Minnesota

We were in the heart of Amish country, as well. We passed many Amish buggies while driving on the hilly roads. That culture is SO intriguing to me, you know?!

Amish buggy

It rained a lot but that was totally okay with us! We need the rain so badly and it was a super nice, gentle soaking rain, perfect for trout fishing.

And BOY howdy did that river deliver! We had the most epic three days of fishing that we’ve EVER had.

Truly, Minnesota has the same, if not better, trout fishing rivers than many of the more popular areas such as Montana or Wyoming. Our state is a hidden gem and I am so grateful to live here!

fly fishing in the rain

Any vacation wouldn’t be complete without some antique shopping and there was plenty to behold! I spent over an hour wandering around my very favorite antique mall.

For me, antiquing is like getting a massage. It’s one of a few activities that brings me immense peace. Each time, I leave feel completely at ease and relaxed.

New Generations of Harmony antique mall

I knew I needed a vacation but didn’t know bad. Both of us have been working non-stop for many, many months.

It was truly a healing getaway for mind, body, and spirit. Our hearts love that area of the state and, someday soon, hope to find a property down there that we can call home.

foggy morning in the country

Favorite Weekly Shopping Finds

On the Blog-Journey Jots #28

Last week on Tuesday, I shared an updated post all about how to decorate for Spring using a thrifted basket! If you are looking for budget-friendly and minimal decor ideas, this one’s for you!

a decorative basket used in a Spring vignette

On Thursday, I wrote a brand new post giving you 10 easy tips for styling vintage decor in any room!

These ideas work for any size home and can be done on a budget.

10 easy vintage decorating ideas for any room

Lastly, if your outdoor space is in need of a refresh for the upcoming Summer months, these simple tips for updating a small outdoor area will hopefully give you some thrifty ideas.

a pink Begonia flower with Coleus plants planted in a terra cotta pot next to a black lantern on a small patio.

Coming Up on The Antiqued Journey

This coming week I’ll be sharing a new post on how to be intentional while thrift shopping. Then, in a few weeks, I’ll show you a few simple ways for styling a thrifted basket.

Lots of super fun content coming your way. Be sure you are subscribed to my e-mail so you are the first to know about new posts and merchandise updates!

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Each purchase means the world to me and helps me to continue writing weekly content. I do hope you will check it out!

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Closing Tidbits for Journey Jots #28

Thank you so much for being here and joining me for journey jots #28! I love sharing a little bit of my daily life with you.

Sustainable Living Tip of the Week: Try making the switch from liquid soap in a plastic container to bar soap that comes wrapped in paper. Bar soap lasts a lot longer and is much more eco-friendly!

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  • It looks like you guys had the best time, Rachel! I’m so excited for you. Plus, it looks like the fishing was awesome. I can’t wait to hear what you found at the antique store. I never thought of it being like a massage, but you’re right, it’s such a relaxing way to spend the day. Big hugs, CoCo PS: I also have a magnetic calendar on the side of our refrigerator and it is a game changer. We use it every day!

    • Rachel Granholm
      May 7, 2024 11:00 am

      Hi!! Thank you!! Yes..it was AMAZING! I never would have thought that a magnetic calendar would be so life-changing but here we are 🙂

  • So glad you had a relaxing vacation and were able to fish in the rain!! I can’t wait to see what treasures you discovered at the antique store!


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