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Dodge County Farmer’s Market + Madison Brewery Adventures

Dodge County Farmers Market • Madison, WI

This summer has been such a whirlwind, and between all of my fun design projects and planning a wedding, things have been a bit crazy! The time is really flying, and while I absolutely love fall, I’m trying to enjoy every last minute of summer that remains. Luckily Aaron and I had some much needed down time this weekend and escaped to the North for a mini getaway.

I busted out my camera for the first time ages to snag a few photos (since I’ve admittedly been neglecting it for some time now). I often forget how much fun it can be to just put life on pause for a moment and simply capture once around me. Perhaps I’ll get back to shooting more photos in the near future :)

Dodge County Farmers Market • Madison, WI

Anyway, Aaron spent the weekend in Madison, Wisconsin (along with a few other destinations) with our dear friends Emily and Kevin who just the most wonderful hosts. On Saturday, we headed to the Dodge County Farmer’s Market—a favorite activity of mine that I’ve missed dearly since moving to Illinois. Sure, we have farmer’s markets here, but there’s nothing quite like this one! If you’re fortunate enough to live in the midwest (or you just happen to be passing through), but sure to carve out some time to check it out—you won’t be disappointed!

Dodge County Farmers Market • Madison, WI

There’s just nothing quite like the smell of fresh produce and flowers, the quiet buzz of the people, and the warm summer vibes on Madison’s square during the farmer’s market. We took our time exploring each booth and oogling over all of the delicious food and beautiful flowers. We collectively bought tons of goodies like sweet corn, hot peppers, donut peaches from Door County, and Stella’s spicy cheesy bread amongst other treats.

Dodge County Farmers Market • Madison, WI

It was so hard not to give in to my impulse to buy every carton of berries I came across. They looked so good, but I  knew we’d have to drive several hours home and would risk spoiling all those sweet, sweet berries.

Afterward, we headed to Wisconsin Brewing Company to cool down from the hot August heat with some delicious beers. There are few things better than catching up with old friends over ice cold beers. Afterward, we headed to the farm house for some good ol’ fashioned BBQ and corn on the cob. The simple pleasures in life really are the best…especially when they involved food. Food is my favorite :P

One Barrel Brewing Company • Madison, WI

Before heading home on Sunday, Aaron and I headed to One Barrel Brewing Company to sample some of their beers, shown in the photo above. Having previous read that they have a beer-drinking penguin as a mascot, I knew we had to stop (especially after Aaron’s adorable proposal). We even grabbed a growler to go with that cute little penguin on it, and I’m hoping to sneak that sucker into the wedding decor somehow (which shouldn’t be hard considering the beer-themed nature of the event—more on this later, I promise!).

What more could a girl ask for in a single weekend?



As it Stands

As it Stands - July 26, 2013

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This week I’ve been listening to Dan Croll quite a bit. I stumbled upon his EP, From Nowhere, on Spotify, and I’ve had it on repeat quite a bit. His upbeat music is perfect for those sunny afternoons you spend with the highway wind in your air. Definitely take some time to check him his EP, and be sure to look the full-length album which is to be released

September 24th.


I absolutely adore The Pixel Painter, the heart-melting story of a 97 year old retiree who uses MSPaint to create art. His story is beautiful, and it definitely inspires me to continue doing design work for the love it. If you’re looking for a feel-good video this Friday, give this video a watch.


This weekend I’ll be going to Germanfest (more on that in a second), and I’ve been trying to get in the spirit. When I stumbled across the video “How German Sounds Compared To Other Languages,“ I couldn’t help but chuckle. While I don’t approve of the grossly stereotypical portrayals of these nationalities, I had to laugh because when I first found myself at various German events in Milwaukee, I definitely felt like German sounded hilariously brash.


When I moved to the greater Milwaukee area years ago, I never would have imagined falling in with a group of people so dedicated to all things German. Since then, I’ve found myself at events where strangers dressed as trolls coo in your face and pour mysterious libations into your mouth (No, seriously. That actually happened to me), dinner tables are lifted and swung above heads while singing in German, and playing hammerschlagen is the norm. Despite how crazy it all once seemed, I’ve come to love it. This weekend I will spend time with my amazing German-obsessed friends at Germanfest, and for the first time, I will be wearing a dirndl. It’s going to be a riot, and I absolutely cannot wait.




Frank Turner Concert

When I found out Frank Turner was coming to Milwaukee, I knew in that moment that I had no choice but to go. The concert last night was so lovely in a way that I have not experienced at any other concert thanks to Frank Turner.

Frank Turner. Turner Ballroom, Milwaukee.

The concert started with an acoustic opening set from Beans On Toast which was colorful to say the least. From forgetting the words to most of his own songs to stopping the crowd from clapping along because it inhibited his ability to play the song correctly, the crowd was left laughing with their heads cocked in confusion.

Beans on Toast & Architects. Turner Ballroom, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Next up was Architects (the US band). I had never heard these guys before, but their songs punched you in the face with hard-hitting guitar, moving basslines, and raw vocals in a way that left you asking for more.

The Turner Ballroom is quite a large venue yet Frank made it feel like an intimate coffee house show where he shared stories of travels and sang his heart out with the voice we’d all grown to love.

From the heart wrenching songs that gave us goosebumps to the songs where we passionately screamed in an overwhelming unison, Frank Turner captured our attention and hearts in a way that left everyone feeling as if he was an old friend of ours.

As if the experience hadn’t already been completely wonderful, he wrapped up the set by calling a young boy to the stage to sing the chorus of Photosynthesis with him (shown in the image above).

It was a miraculous show, and if you’re Frank Turner fan, I summon you to make EVERY effort possible to go see him live. Seriously. Print this blog and show it to your boss. I’m sure he or she will understand.




It's Summertime


As I stood in line this weekend waiting for my butterscotch sundae at Leon’s Custard, I realized that it’s finally summertime around here. The weather here has been just beautiful lately, and I’m very excited for a season of sunny bike rides, smokey BBQs, creamy custard, and vacations galore!

Since these last few weeks have been a blur, I’ll give a quick recap of things going on in my life:

  • I presented the keynote presentation at the annual Wisconsin Learning Assistance Network conference.
  • I completed my thesis and graduated with my Masters in Education with an emphasis in Adult and Continuing Education.
  • I’ve been picking up new design projects left and right (more on this later).
  • I started planning my summer vacation to (drumroll)…Denver, CO!

The start of 2013 was a bit hectic, but I’m very excited for the upcoming months. I have some very fun projects that I’ve been working on, and I can’t wait to see what the rest of summer has in store for me!