01.15.2015 § Leave a comment

Some days I work from home.

Some days Bennington offers to help.

Well, today is not one of those days.

Dogs wearing glasses. Bennington the rescue dog. (@BenningtonTheGreat on Insta) #natepk

Dogs wearing glasses.

Follow Bennington on Instagram: @BenningtonTheGreat


01.10.2015 § Leave a comment

This past fall we began looking into the idea of adopting a dog. We kept our eyes open and even put in a few applications that were unfortunately just minutes too late. Luckily, those misses all resulted in the pups still going home with a great family … and meant that we would be open to meet Bennington.

Bennington is a rescue dog (who was known as “Rusty” during his several weeks ​with a foster fam) that we stumbled across a few days before New Year’s Eve. We put in our application right after we finished reading his profile, and by the weekend had our house visit and got the approval to meet our dog.

We picked him up in Madison that ​​day, and the rest will be history.

If you’d like to follow that history, he’s on Instagram and you can find him at @BenningtonTheGreat.

And if you’re considering getting a dog in the future, consider a rescue.


12.23.2014 § Leave a comment

This November we took a long weekend to explore a new city: Montreal. Was amazing, and here are some tips for you to make it amazing as well.

1) Go back in the summer. We LOVED the city, but definitely felt a trip when it was warm would be better.
2) Find the biggest leaf you can, and hide your face behind it.

Big leaves in Canada
3) Eat maple-flavored anything whenever you can.
4) Learn a few French phrases. Like, “I would like that in maple.”

You’re welcome.


12.07.2014 § Leave a comment

This year we said goodbye to Grandpa Jones. He was my sister’s and my last grandparent, so the holidays have felt a little different this time around.

So while over the past couple of seasons I’ve DIY’ed a new Christmas tree theme, this year we went with the theme of “Classic Christmas.” Instead of paper birds that have been stapled, folded and glued to perfection the tree this year is adorned with ornaments that have been touched, hung and admired for so many years.

It’s a different, purer type of perfection. A classic perfection.

A Classic Christmas.


11.05.2014 § Leave a comment

Writing out one of my favorite quotes for my favorite boy.

When I saw you I fell in love, and you smiled because you knew. - William Shakespeare quote

When I saw you I feel in love, and you smiled because you knew.

-William Shakespeare


10.23.2014 § Leave a comment

What happens when it’s DIY caramel apple day at work?
Caramel apple topping, fall snacks
Extra caramel. Extra toppings. And definitely the need for extra miles to be tacked on for the evening’s run!


10.13.2014 § Leave a comment

If you love fall and love to do fall things, or have already had more than a dozen PSL’s (or actually use the acronym PSL), then this fall pumpkin patching guide is perfect for you.

Step 1:  Get some plaid.

Step 2:  Get a puffy vest

Step 3:  Find a pumpkin that’s light enough for you to hold with one hand, giving the appearance of brute strength and stamina Fall, pumpkin patch, plaid Step 4:  Enjoy fall at its finest.

Step 5:  Finish planning this year’s Christmas tree’s theme.

via @npk412 on instagram


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