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Hannah Sheflyand

Today is the autumn equinox which makes summer officially over. I am excited for the chilly evenings perfect for hot tea and cozy sweaters but will be sad that days at the beach are over for now. Brian and I had a great last beach day Saturday at Sandy Hook and were excited to take the dogs along.

Here is a few photos from our trip that I would love to share with you:


Charlie loves running around off leash. She gets super excited the second she hears the click and the leash falls off. Right away a big smile appears.

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Charlie and me mid kiss 🙂

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Charlie kept trying to get Brian to run with her. She would nibble at his fingers and go running, then she would turn around and if Brian wasn’t after her, she would run back and try again.


Brian got a little peace and quiet… it didn’t last long.

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Selfie time!

What did you do with your last weekend of summer? What are you looking forward to this fall?

P.S.- Some more photos of the gorgeous Charlie running around off leash- here, here & here. I also made sure to bring this along with us.


1 Last Picture: Moose (the foster dog) was so pooped out after the beach trip he didn’t even have the energy to pick between the dog beds.

Hannah Sheflyand

Even though I feel like it was just yesterday that we were swimming in lakes and basking in nice 80 degree summer weather, fall has arrived (technically on the 22nd). I will not be giving up on keeping summer around even if the temperature outside is finally dropping. Brian and I will be heading to the beach on Saturday and the perk of summer season being over is that we can take the dogs along with us. This will be an interesting adventure as Charlie and the foster dog Moose have not spent more then 10 minutes in the car together, and tomorrow the drive will be about 80 minutes. Wish us luck!

We will then be spending the evening at a Cave Singers concert!

What do you have planned for the weekend?

My cover photo for a post a few weeks ago was for an adorable dog underwater from the book Underwater Dogs. Little did I know at the time, the author/photographer, Seth Casteel has released a new book called Underwater Puppies. This took the cuteness level of a coffee table book sky high! There is a nice short interview of him on NPR describing what got Seth into photographing dogs and the tricky process for getting these photos, which includes teaching some of these puppies how to swim. Some of the photos from the book are below:




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slide_368464_4224366_freeDoes this not make your heart yearn for a puppy in your life? It makes me want to throw Charlie in the water and see how she reacts (just kidding) 🙂

Any good books you have recently read or seen nice photography books that you would like to add to your collection?

Hannah Sheflyand

After I broke my toe, and especially after my surgery, my right foot was very sensitive to the type of shoes I wore. I mostly switched back and forth between a pair of Toms and Birkenstocks. Miraculously one day my toe went from super sore to feeling all good, and even though heels are still out of the questions, I wanted to get myself a pretty pair of shoes that would get me through the rest of summer and into fall without hurting my toe again.

I fell in love with the comfiest cutest pair of shoes and wanted to share. I found them in Nordstrom, called BP Tara Wedge. What do you think?


What is your routine for cleaning out your closet? Since we have very little closet space I have started my own policy where every time I bring something new into the closet I donate something else. Which in this case means I will be getting rid of a pair of shoes, now I just need to choose one. What about you?

Hannah Sheflyand

Its been a very busy week for Brian and I. He started back at school and I have been running around with Charlie and the new foster dog Moose! Brian is also officially moving out of his apartment this weekend so we have been going crazy trying to sell the last of his stuff (if anyone needs some furniture) that is not fitting in our little studio. I wish this would be a nice relaxing weekend but it wont be with everything going on, hopefully next weekend though 🙂

On the up side, this week I have been receiving tons of news and videos filled with Great Dane stories. Have you heard about the Great Dane from Oregon who ate a huge amount of socks and survived? I felt it was a perfect mix between Charlie and my last dog Maggie (who ate everything when left alone). There have also been some very cute pool party videos… I hope watching some will lift your already happy Friday spirits.

Do you have any videos of your dog or kid or whoever swimming? Charlie is deadly afraid of the water so I doubt we will get her into a pool or the beach water for quiet a while.

Have a great weekend everyone!

P.S.- The picture at the top of the post is from a hilarious photo book called Underwater Dogs.

Hannah Sheflyand

Even though I wish to be doing this….

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Or this…. over the weekend,

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We have had a very busy summer filled with classes and small weekend adventures (some here & here), so we will most likely be spending the weekend at home, organizing, hanging out with Charlie and the foster dog (picture below) and just relaxing.


How are you spending your long weekend? Any fun adventures planned?

Hannah Sheflyand

We got our certification over the weekend! Now we just need to find some sailing buddies so we can get the opportunity to go out on the water more. We spent Sunday evening looking and admiring the different style and size sail boats and watching different videos of these boats out on the water.

I learned Brian and I have very different expectations for what we want when it comes to the ideal sailing day out on the water. Brian wants the experience of strong wind in his face, water hiting the deck and the thrill of the boat heeling over (turning to its side). He loved watching the racing videos (example above) and wants to go that extreme!

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Yikes, Im happy I have a strong stomach to handle it all.

I, on the other hand, imagine the perfect day out on a sailbout is to relax on the deck with a nice drink and the sun setting behind me.

This would be ideal for me...

This would be ideal for me…

Luckily we both enjoy each others company enough that we will probably compromise and spend our future sailing days indulging in both of our imagined perfect days out on a boat.

How about you? Whats your perfect relaxing day outdoors, near the water or up in the mountains? Or somewhere completely different?

Hannah Sheflyand

Yesterday was our first sailing class! It was definitely an overload on new terminology but I have no doubt that some prep work and studying will do the trick. This weekend we will get to spend time out on the water on a 24ft sailboat and then hopefully be certified to sail on our own by Sunday evening.

The first thing we learned in class is that our wardrobes need a little boost when it comes to sailing. This week Brian and I will be on the lookout for a good amount of items we need before we hit sail.

Regulars shoes or going barefoot is really not preferable. Deck shoes have razor cut soles, which are special slits that open as the foot flexes and allows the shoe to grip on a wet deck, and keeps you from busting your ass. Most shoes also have dark soles that can mark the deck which is a no-no. I thought it would be pretty easy to find but I think both Brian and I are pickier then we thought.

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Henri Lloyd shoes look great and they have sizes for both men and women. These Valencia Leather shoes are my favorite and are highly rated.


Another great variety that steps away from the typical deck shoe look is the Octoskins. I like them because they are a little more feminine then the shoes I was considering before.

Both Brian and I wear glasses and see pretty poorly without them but on the boat there is a fear of having them fall off, so as dorky as they look, we will both be wearing glass keepers on all our future sails.


Chums makes a very simple and cheap glasses keeper and it comes in a variety of colors which I think is a perk to such a goofy look.


I think Brian will prefer a pair of Croakies since they look a little more macho. Which do you think will look better on us?

Most of your time on the sailboat is spent looking up at the sails which also means looking up into the sun. Hats unfortunately are not flattering on me or Brian, but it is a must when you are out on the water.


I don’t think Brian will agree to wearing a visor, but I love the Gil Visor, especially with the little cord to hold the glasses keeper.

And last but not least are sailing gloves. The sailing classes list these as optional, but with my little frail hands I am not even considering going without them. Brian thinks the opposite of me regarding the gloves and is going to go without them for the first weekend and just see how he feels.


There are companies that offer more feminine version with pink or purple, but every sailing blog out there has mentioned how amazing the Gil Deckhand Gloves are and I will be picking the perfect fit later today.

I feel once we have these items figured out, and I pick the outfit and the shoes (or these shoes), we will be ready to go.

We are both very excited and cant wait to share our adventures, as long as we pass :)!!!

Hannah Sheflyand

I have been inspired after our short vacation to Vermont to write about some great weekend getaways. I always believed that for me to feel refreshed and count a getaway as a vacation I needed to travel far and exotically. Yes vacations far away are great, but I have thoroughly enjoyed the little weekend getaways Brian and I have taken and they have been a refreshing change of pace to our everyday hectic lives and I thought it would be great to share some of our favorites and the great things that await when you get there.

First up is Woodstock, NY up in the Catskill mountains. This is a perfect weekend retreat in the summer if you want to get away from the extreme heat of New York and is a great romantic getaway in the fall with all the color changes and fall scenery. Woodstock is about a 2-3 hour drive from NYC and the same for a bus ride from Port Authority ($56.00 Round-trip).

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Once you get up there, there are many accommodation options, just understand there are no 5 star hotels, but my favorite is definitely the Woodstock Inn on the Mainstream.

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The prices for rooms are great, there is plenty of gorgeous views from the inn and the biggest perk is that the inn is still very close to everything in town.


Before Brian and I book anything, we first look for the places we will be able to eat in town. The #1 must stop place in Woodstock is the Garden Cafe on the Green. All the food is local, organic, freshly prepared and most importantly, DELICIOUS!


Even though breakfast is provided at the inn, a great spot for something warm, comforting and yummy, Bread Alone is great to take a break and grab a loaf or pastry. Bread Alone now is sold all around New York State, but there is nothing compared to grabbing a fresh warm slice of bread from the direct source.


There are many great cafes all over town, and all in waking distance, but if your still stuck on where to go, my other favorites are Yum Yum Noodle Bar and Oriole9. The Noodle Bar is a romantic little shop with a great menu that changes daily depending on the fresh ingredients available. There is now a Yum Yum food truck and many more shops opening all over NY state. Oriole 9 is a great healthy restaurant, operated by a sweet couple who strive to keep all their ingredients local and organic, and have only delicious food leaving the kitchen. Have you noticed the pattern here with food?


If you want to just have a relaxing weekend without many plans then you will be more then satisfied with just hanging out near the inn or checking out the little shops in town and just relax. If you want something a little more intense then I would highly suggest hiking up Overlook Mountain. It starts at the Buddhist Temple which is also a great little stop, but continues up the mountain for about 2.5 miles until you hit the top where there is an abandoned hotel and a fun water tower to climb and an amazingly beautiful view.


Whether you go on the hike or not, there is always an excuse to spend a few hours at the spa and River Rock Spa is the place to stop at. This spa is not very big but it is intimate and super comfortable with many options for spa packages.

It is so hard to fit all of Woodstock into one weekend, I have now been multiple times and still cant get enough. I am hoping that Brian and I will go spend a weekend there in September and enjoy the fall weather at its best.

What do you think of Woodstock, NY? Have you been before, if not would you consider spending a day or two there?

Hannah Sheflyand

Brian and I are off on a family vacation to Woodstock, Vermont! I have actually never been to Vermont and am very excited to visit a new state. Brian spent many summers there with family and we will be joining his parents and his older sister and husband up in a house they rented for a week.

I am excited for a few days of quiet relaxation, and time with Brian and his family, but I am also looking forward for the long drives there and back. Its 5 hours each way and the perfect time to catch up with Brian, listen to podcasts/music and enjoy the scenic sites out the window. I also feel like it gives the perfect time to just unwind from all the stress and actually arrive at our destination relaxed and ready to enjoy the vacation.


The picture at the top of the post and this one above are of the the house we are staying at and the property surrounding it. It is the Fern Brook House located on Birch Hill Farm right outside of town.


The property is gorgeous and I hope to spend most of my free time exploring,unfortunately Charlie does not get to join us this time.


The girls are planning on a spa day at the Woodstock Inn & Spa… I cant wait for my body wrap and relaxing massage. With us being preoccupied, the boys are planning on spending the day outdoors at a shooting range.

We plan on mostly cooking at the house since it comes with a beautifully equipped large kitchen. However we did make reservations for two restaurants that offer farm to table dining experience, Simon Pearce & Cloudland Farm.

We plan on mostly cooking at the house since it comes with a beautifully equipped large kitchen. However, it is a vacation and sometimes its good to have a break from the kitchen, so we did make reservations for two restaurants that offer a farm to table dining experience, Simon Pearce & Cloudland Farm.

The rest of our time will probably consist of lounging around reading and relaxing and at the lake swimming and kayaking.

I don’t think we will have easily accessible internet access and I promised Brian I would stay away from the computer as much as possible, so I will not be updating on the blog the rest of the week. If you have some time, I hope you browse through some of our earlier posts, and I will be back at it again next Monday with a week full of posts on great choices to spend a weekend away from NYC.

Charlie The Dane

Hannah’s foot is finally healed up and we can now go out and explore. Its been a long few months where we couldn’t go hiking which means my exercise was mostly at the dog park and running with Brian. As long as I am exercised every day I am a happy puppy but I especially love running off leash out in the wild. We had the opportunity to spend last weekend up in the Catskills and had a good time just relaxing and enjoying the outdoors.

Hannah took a lot of photos and I wanted to share them, especially the many she took of me. Hope you enjoy!




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