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Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I often joke around on how it is acceptable to be grumpy once your a retired old person and that Brian is very excited to let loose and be able to do that. Yesterday he sent over this awesome comic by Wes & Tony from Amazing Super Powers that I could not stop laughing at because it is so a Brian moment to be.


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jO9v67o - Copy - CopyThey are coming out with a book filled with awesome strips like this. What do you think?

And an addition to Brian’s grumpy faces (with some Charlie love) below to hopefully add an extra smile to your week 🙂



Hannah Sheflyand

We had our anniversary over the weekend, neither of us are big romantics and with the holiday season in full swing, we both found it best to stay home, hang out and just enjoy each others company.

Since we also just spent a lot of our money on holidays gifts for each other and for our family and friends we agreed no big gifts and instead something cute, cheap and simple. Brian got me a beautiful bouquet of flowers and a sweet card which was perfect. Being that I could not gift Brian a bouquet of flowers I went searching for a gift that would show how much I appreciate him but still stay on budget.


I got him a bagful of yummy goodies with little messages written on them such as “I am Stuck on you” on the gum, “I am Nuts about you” on the peanut m&ms and “There are a million Reese’s why I love you” on the Reese’s cups. I also filled it with some scratch off cards with “I won the Lotto when I met you” and then some beef jerky and salt taffys just because those are Brian’s favorite goodies. I was afraid over all the whole thing was a little too cheezy but I think he loved it more because of that.

We both ended up enjoying the gift while watching movies all day in bed 🙂

What do you like doing for special occasions like anniversaries? Do you prefer to go all out or do something smaller and more intimate?

Hannah Sheflyand

After spending our first few days in Rome, we headed down south. Many suggested that we do Naples and Pompeii all in one day but we wanted to take our time in both places.

We started by taking a bullet train to Naples and then a local commuter train (which I highly recommend to not take if you have luggage, the train is super packed and its about an hour commute) to Pompeii.

Pompeii was gorgeous, and a great place to visit, but if you don’t have a lot of time on your trip, I would skip Pompeii and head straight to Naples. The ruins of Pompeii are just that, ruins, and most of the notable artwork has been moved to the Archaeological Museum in Naples.



SONY DSCIf you have the time to visit Pompeii then make sure you make the time to go up to Mt. Vesuvius. We went through the company Busvia del Vesuvio and loved it! The ride up was in a cross between a bus and a monster truck, super bumpy, yet scenic and well worthwhile. The best part was making it up to the top, viewing the city below, and enjoying being in the clouds.


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Hannah Sheflyand

Before my family and I moved to New York from Russia, we lived in Italy for about a year, in a small beach town outside of Rome called Passo Oscuro. Once we moved to New York I never had the opportunity to return up until a month ago, for my 25th birthday, where my mom gave me the awesome gift of taking me back to Rome.

We spent half our time in Rome, then day trips in Pompeii and Naples, and the rest of our time in the Sorrento area. It was an amazing experience and by the end of our trip we were well fed, with heavier bags and with a camera filled with thousands of pictures.

Since there is so much to tell about our vacation I figured I would split it into a couple of posts in the next few days.

Rome is a crazy busy city filled with a lot of tourists and since it was my first visit I tried to pack in as much of the popular tourist sites as possible so our days were super packed and we were exhausted by the end of each day.

We took an overnight flight from NY to Rome so we started our day pretty tired but wanted to get a jump start, so we grabbed our bags and headed to our hotel, and after getting lost wandering around for an hour and lugging our bags up 5 flights of stairs (note: always make sure you find a hotel with an elevator), we finally made it out of the hotel, bagless and ready to start being tourists!

SONY DSCOur hotel was in the perfect location, just a 10 minute walk from the Colosseum and also a 10 minute walk from Termini Station. We decided to start our first day with the Colosseum, since it was so close, the Roman Forum, and the Palatine Hill.


The Colosseum was gorgeous but super crowded and our tired bodies were pretty happy that we bought the Roma Pass and were able to skip most of the long lines.



As you can tell by the silly photo above, by the time we made it to the Roman Forum, we reached a point of exhaustion but thought it best we keep it going to combat  jet lag.

SONY DSCWe finally headed back to the hotel and zonked out. We woke up, well rested, and off to another busy day out in Rome.

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Hannah Sheflyand

I love how this comic perfectly makes fun of dogs while still accurately portraying what every dog owner is thinking.


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The above are my favorite parts but the full comic can be seen on TheOatmeal. He has also turned it into a fun read through book.

Sometimes the pictures and words are a little vulgar, but in the end still very funny. Have you read through his comics before? Another favorite is his Bobcats series.

Hannah Sheflyand

Have you come across 20×200 ‘s website? I wish I had more wall space in our tiny apartment just so I can buy more of the gorgeous work featured through this company every month. All the art is original, in limited edition and when you sign up for emails, once a month you get to be teased all over again. The best part is its super affordable!

Today I was enticed by William Wegmans photography. Take a look…




Animal photography gets me every time. Charlie might be a little jealous if I bring one of these pieces home.

What do you think?

Hannah Sheflyand

Have you ever heard or seen such a thing? I first heard about this art type in a TED talk. The photos below are all micro sculptures made by Willard Wigan. Each one of these pieces either sits within the eye of a needle, on a pin head or pencil and is only visible through a microscope. Willard Wigan stated that he can only work at night by getting himself into a meditative state where his heartbeat is slowed, he works in between heart beats to reduce movement.

These are almost unbelievable!




Hannah Sheflyand

When I think museum, I usually think a collection of artwork or other collectible artifacts in a well lit, well organized almost hospital feel kind of space. At least until I saw Alabama’s Museum of Wonder, a five hundred square foot log cabin filled top to bottom with an obscure assortment of artifacts and original artwork. Butch Anthony started collecting items at the age of 10 years old and has never stopped, he will often wake up in the morning with a collection of random object at his doorstep that others will think he will find some use for.



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Hannah Sheflyand

Getting back to work after spending 4 days at home is tough. I am missing my Charlie and just want to be back at home cuddling up with her again. To make myself feel better I started searching through Etsy for some more Great Dane memorabilia. How cute is this stuff? I am running out of wall space…








(1st photo- PopDoggie; 2nd GreenNest; 3rd BlackInkArtz; Last 3 BarkArtPortraits)

Hannah Sheflyand

We live in a pretty small studio apartment and the walls are almost all covered in artwork and photos but the kitchen space seemed to be the one location we really didnt know how to spice up. For Brian’s birthday we went out to dinner at Momofuku Ko (which we highly recommend) and saw a pig carved with something very similar to the picture above. It inspired us to look for artwork similar in style.

I decided to try searching through Etsy where I found the KitchenBathPrints store. They have such a variety of design prints but we fell in love with their animal butcher diagrams.

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We went with the choice of picking 9 different prints– which also includes a rabbit, duck and even a deer. Now just waiting anxiously for it to arrive.

How did you decorate your kitchen to make it your own?