20140701_NorthernMichigan_0026-blogAs drawn by cousin, Maggie!



Happy 1st Birthday to our furbaby, Sofie!  This 55 lb. chocolate nugget has brought so much joy into our little home!  We couldn’t have asked for a better dog —  she is so happy-go-lucky and well-mannered.  (All thanks to James’ amazing training efforts!)

Thank you to all our friends and family for putting up with all the photos I’ve shoved in your faces and stories I’ve forced you to listen to over the past months.  Special thanks goes out Frances of Puddleduck Retrievers for this special girl!

I’m not really sure where the month of February has gone but I do know it’s been an eventful one!  My BFF from back home came to visit a couple of weeks ago.  Lauren had never been to NYC before so we had a lot to do in a few days!  We ate a lot, walked a lot and laughed A LOT.  It was so good to spend time with one of my oldest and dearest friends!

walking over the brooklyn bridgeAfter visiting the WTC memorial, we walked over the Brooklyn Bridge

photo-2The infamous Nathan’s Hot Dog in Coney Island

This past Sunday, I woke up to James asking me if I wanted to go skiing in New Hampshire.  I had the following two days off for President’s Day and there wasn’t really anything keeping us in town so… we packed up the car and the 3 of us were headed out on the road!  We were lucky enough to be staying with friends — one of who works at Crotched Mountain in Bennington.  It’s a great resort off the beaten path and we couldn’t have asked for better weather while we were there.  Monday was sunny and beautiful and Tuesday featured a snowstorm that filled the slopes with 5 inches of new snow (at least in the amount of time we were there!).  The storm wasn’t fun to drive through but it made for an amazing day on the mountain!

photo-3At the top of Crotched Mountain

photo-4Playing with Sofie in the snowstorm!

I know it’s a bit late but Happy New Year to everyone! We spent the Christmas holiday with James’ parents on Crooked Lake.  Sofie was extremely excited by all the snow but shocked to see that her treasured water had completely frozen over.  But that certainly didn’t stop her from walking out on the ice!

James & I rang in the New Year in Marquette, Michigan with our amazing and fun friends, Elly & Bill.  It was cold, cold, cold (if I remember correctly the windchill was -20) but that didn’t stop us from having a good time.  James inadvertently turned into the designated driver that night.  He watched the rest of us slowly consume too many drinks.  On New Year’s Day, James kept reminding us how wonderful he felt while the three of us nursed our hangovers.

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-1Sofie made some friends when we stopped at the Cabela’s in Dundee, MI

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-2sign at the Oden State Fish Hatchery where we walked with the dogs almost every day!

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-3Nellie really wanted to join in on our card game!

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-4Christmas Day on Crooked Lake

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-5Sofie showing off her snow beard

sarah-bonk-michigan-travels-photo-6fitting in a nap before we head back home to NYC

It’s always hard for James & I to get back into the groove of things after the holidays.  Our anniversary is in the middle of January which is followed closely by my birthday.  Our anniversary has passed (YAY! 6 years!) and now that I’m officially 29, I can (attempt to) get back into the swing of things.  I’m hoping to make this year the best and most productive one yet.  Here are a few things I’m hoping to accomplish this year:

  • WRITE more — keeping a journal is something I’ve done on and off since I was in 2nd grade.  Since moving to NYC, it’s been hard to find the free time to sit down and write.  At the suggestion of a good friend, I picked up a 5-year Q&A a day journal.  Each morning, I’ll flip to the day’s date, read the question and write down my answer before I go to bed.  It’s 5 minutes that I can easily commit to!
  • FINISH the Stitching the States project — or least give it a better attempt than last year.  I started the project a little over a year ago and in that time, I was only able to complete 9 states.  Only 41 more to go!
  • BEAT this damn candida infection — yup, it’s come back with a vengeance but I’m the only one to blame for it.  I succeeded in getting rid of the pesky thing about 2 years ago and felt absolutely amazing.  Once I felt better though, I went right back to eating the same things that got me into this predicament in the first place!  Lesson learned.

So… Yay for 29!  I’m excited to see what this year brings!

Also, if you happen to be near a newsstand or waiting in line at the grocery store, look for the February 2014 issue of Fitness Magazine and look for Sofie (and my backside! HA) on page 30.


I had every intention of posting this last weekend but then I got sick… I even took a sick day last Friday which I haven’t done in my entire tenure at Hearst.  Streak broken!  A week later and all that’s left is a slightly odd sounding voice, a half stuffed-up nose and a nagging feeling to cough every time I breathe in.  Take your Vitamin C and drink lots of water, folks!

Two weekends ago, I flew down to New Orleans to celebrate the wedding of my friends, Cara & Matt.  It was an extremely quick trip but was a ton of fun hanging out with the girls while getting the bride all dolled up on her big day.  The wedding itself was unbelievably gorgeous.  The ceremony was held under the Tree of Life in Audubon Park.  The weather couldn’t have been any more beautiful that day.  The reception was held at a family member’s house and was just stunning.  Cara & Matt put together a spectacular wedding in such a small amount of time!  (With the help of our wonderful friend and amazing wedding planner, Monica, of course!)


Walking around New Orleans


Reception flowers hanging out underneath a painting


Toasting the bride, the day of!


The ceremony under the Tree of Life

Many congrats to you, Cara & Matt!  Thank you for letting me be a part of your beautiful day!

In other news, I’ve added four new states to my Etsy shop — Idaho, Maine, New Hampshire and Texas!  This newest update took a little longer than I anticipated.  I’m hoping the next update won’t be too far off.

Also, Sofie made her magazine debut in the October issue of Women’s Running.  She can be seen inside the pages of the magazine snuggling up to Aviva Drescher of The Real Housewives of New York City.  Disclaimer: Sofie was still a small pup when those photos were taken this past summer.  She is much bigger and can barely fit into my arms now!