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Mellow Roaster.

Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Mellow Rooster.
opinions and thoughts are always mine.

Did you know I used to hate coffee?

My entire family was obsessed with coffee growing up. Our cabinet was full of different brands and my parents and siblings consumed coffee every day. But here was little Erik, hating the taste and never wanting to get a headache from not having it. Nonetheless, later in life I started to drink coffee because I love the flavor. I’m careful on my own consumption. So that I do not get headaches or feel a need for coffee. Caffeine is a major negative to the need and effects of coffee. Thankfully I’ve found a healthier solution. Mellow Roaster.

Mellow Roaster is a phenomenal solution for those who love the taste of coffee but can’t have it or who are looking for a healthier choice than regular coffee. Mellow has successfully created a 100% organic herbal blend. What’s in it? The ingredients of Mellow’s original blend includes: roasted figs, chicory root, dandelion root, lemon peel, orange peel, carob, and ashwagandha.

Now let us get to the authentic opinion - does it actually taste like coffee?

I have grown to love the taste of coffee and I have to be honest - Mellow Rooster tastes like coffee! I was shocked just as much as any other person. Now I wouldn’t say it is the exact same taste as real coffee but a close second. Heck, it’s way better than decaf coffee. Screw decaf. Never been about that life. Now with Mellow I am excited to drink coffee later in the afternoon. I used to stay clear of coffee in the evenings, but with this blend I’m not afraid to do it.

So if you are considering a healthier lifestyle or wanting coffee without the downfalls of caffeine - Mellow Rooster is the option I highly recommend.


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HOME for the Holidays.

Erik Engstrom

this article was sponsored by Oxford Pennant.
opinions and thoughts are always mine.

The Christmas tree is up, stockings are hung over the fireplace, mistletoe is ready, & Justin Bieber’s Christmas album is on repeat.

I can’t believe I’ve lived in Illinois for almost 4 months now. I wrapped up my first semester of seminary, got to travel for some photo work, and have enjoyed Chicagoland food. I forgot how good restaurants in Chicago are!

It’s crazy to think that now that I’m back in Illinois, the phrase ‘home for the holidays’ really has a new meaning. Traveling hours to see family isn’t really a thought anymore. I’m home. Family is here. Memories are here. And it’s just the beginning. While I’ve been out of the state for so long, I’m learning how to make this place feel like home again.

This winter, I teamed up Oxford Pennant. They design retro designed pennants that make you feel like you’re in Animal House. They’re American made, so you know that I appreciate that! The product truly is quality. I’m a little obsessed with the elegant yet vintage aesthetic of the brand. The vibes are real.

All honesty, I’m not fully unpacked from the move and not yet fully organized. But hanging the pennant in my new room next to my Sanborn paddles may give me motivation to finish the job.

Thanks Oxford for helping me make Chicago my home again.


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Photography: Destiny Bowman

Camp Wandawega.

Erik Engstrom

The Great Outdoors either barfed all over me or I spent the weekend at Camp Wandawega. You decide.

Amongst the woods of Elkhorn, Wisconsin, there’s a plot of land that seems trapped decades ago. Camp Wandawega. A cultural hotspot for hipsters and photographers alike to come and experience the time capsule that is the Camp.

This past weekend I had the pleasure to venture to Wisconsin with a group of good friends. While we were there for business, it’s too hard not to play. Hatches were thrown, coffee was made, canoes were put into the water, and I almost got frostbite. Or I think I almost did.

During our time at Wandawega, nostalgic memories of summer camp infiltrated my mind: fishing off the dock, campfires & s’mores, and sneaking out late to kiss a girl. Don’t tell my parents I did that.

David & Tereasa (innkeepers/owners) have captured vignettes of yesteryears that satisfies all generations. My grandparents would host 'Cousins Camp’ at their cabin in northern Minnesota and their aesthetic was just as appealing and delightful as Wandawega. They’d be proud to see this camp. But also, those young twenty-some, city-living hipsters are happy to leave the skylines for this bright, Wes Anderson-like vibe. It’s no wonder why this is an Instagrammer’s dream.

While at Camp, I couldn’t help but feel the overwhelming sense of ‘cozy.’ It could be the reminders of my childhood or the fact that the Camp made me feel like a kid again. I felt alive and myself. Animated to have fun and energetic all day long. Just like summer camp.

I was sad to say toodles to the precious camp, but happy I left my pillow behind. Fortunately, I could spend an hour chatting with David & Tereasa. They shared more treasures about the property. My weekend just scratched at the surface of what Wandawega has. I’ll have to come back.

Sign me up for next summer!


let all you do be done in love.