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In T minus 24 hours (there I go again!) our episode of The Nate Show will be airing across the country.  We can’t believe it’s almost here.  Since we’re only 1 day from Go Time, we thought a behind the scenes play-by-play was a must.  We love our blog readers and we’re excited to share this crazy experience with you!
Get ready, it’s a lot of pictures.  We couldn’t take all of you with us, but we want you to feel like you were right there too!
Backstage Pass
Me, Jess, Eric & Kevin (our hubs) were picked up in a fancy-pants car at 6am to head to The Big Apple!
It was an amazingly beautiful day in NYC
We arrived a few minutes late (darn NY traffic) and were escorted all VIP-like up to our green room.  We were laughing just saying things like “green room.”  Usually our days are filled with words like “pull-ups” and “snack time” so it was pretty crazy!
We snapped a few pics as soon as we arrived.
After getting dressed we were wisked away to hair and make-up. The hair woman was insisting that my hair looked “just great” as it was, but you and I both know that she was completely thinking, “That mess needs more than a touch up!”  My hair is always a little crazy.
I love this picture of Jess and Kev.  Just a normal day getting makeup done in NYC.
Yes, the men needed make up too!
Jess’ make up lady (and yes, I’m probably offending half of the world by calling her that) was amazing.  Jess’ make up came out awesome.
Then we were back waiting in the green room.  Waiting.  Waiting.  Waiting..
So… since I’m not one for sitting around thinking about being on National TV, I grabbed the little ole’ camera and started having some fun!
Kev managed to ignore all my shenanigans and just chill watching some TV.  Guys have it so easy!
We really are dorks and loved every second of it.  I mean, if you’re in a Green Room once in your life, you might as well enjoy it!
Then, it was time to get down to business.  Producers were coming in and out and explaining the segments and what questions Nate would ask us.  We ran through some responses and botched them royally.  We’re pretty good on the fly, but man, we stink at acting. It ended up being fine, because Nate went rogue on the planned questions and pretty much did his own thing.  I guess you can do that when you’re Nate Berkus.
Before we knew it, it was time.  Guess what?  We weren’t nervous at all! Can you believe it?  We totally couldn’t.  We thought we would be, but the nerves never came.  Perhaps it was the fancy makeup or something??  Off we went to the set.
Sound room backstage.  Let me tell you this…  some men would say sound guys have a pretty good job… We learned during our 2 day taping that all modesty and embarrassment goes out the window pretty quickly when someone is running wires down your shirt.  Thankfully, we knew this and were cool as cucumbers as we got all wired up.  Thankfully we weren’t awkward because Peter Greenburg (travel guru) was there with us getting mic’d up and we acted like we do this all the time too! Fake it till you make it right?
Approximately 5 seconds after getting mic’d and doing a “testing, testing, 5,4,3,2,1” we were through the doors and taking our spots on stage.  HERE GOES…
I couldn’t bring the camera on the set… weird right? lol  but in 1 day you’ll be able to see it all!!
About an hour later, we were back in the green room.  We were totally in one of those, “is it really over? Wow! That was awesome!”
We hung out with our favorite Nate Show producer Ed C. for a bit (talkin’ about the Biz… haha! Kidding, we don’t know a thing about The Biz, but we did have a great time catching up with Ed)
Then, we were off to take the rest of NYC by storm (and by that I mean walk 20 extra blocks because we never knew exactly where we needed to be heading)
Times Square
We were so excited to have lots of our friends join us for the show and we had an awesome afternoon and evening in the city.  We’re both so blessed to have these amazing women in our lives.
Well duh, what would a day in NYC be without some Naked Cowboy?  My 9 year old accidental saw this picture and just couldn’t wrap her mind around it.  Don’t worry Kenz, I can’t either!
So, there you have it… our fabulous whirlwind of a day.  Tonight Jess said other than having 2 beautiful kids and marrying Kev, The Nate Show was her favorite thing ever.
and here’s where it all started… 2 girls squished into a wooden crate, ready to do some design!
Also, a BIG welcome to our newests sponsors, Stuff Closeout & Consignment and JET Upholstery! Check out our Sweet Sponsors Page for more info on their awesomeness.
So, Go double check your DVR, make sure everything’s set for Thursday and then, let us know what you think once you see it! Thanks for your support!
P.S.  We took all 28 of our friends and family to Carmine’s Restaurant in the Theatre District.  It was so good! If you’re in town, check it out.

The comments +

  1. WOW! Congrats! That is so amazing! I’m over here from Sew Dang Cute Crafts- congrats on that as well 🙂

  2. The Nagle's says:

    Wow! That post did make me feel like I was along on your crazy ride. So excited for you both. Congrats and great job!

  3. Great pictures! thanks for sharing. I’m counting down to 10 am tomorrow! So excited!

  4. Incredible!

    The dvr is set and I can’t wait to see what you’ve come up with now!

    gertie @ The Old Block House

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