I Blame the Baby

on the run

So….I didn’t get around to post anything yesterday.

I blame the baby.

I also didn’t get to finish {or start?} the Friday Favorites post I had planned for today.

I blame the baby.

I also have come down with a cold that the little man had earlier this week.

I blame the baby.

It’s a good thing he’s cute, or he would be on my list!

littlest sir

So in the essence of time, sanity and my {sort of} sickness – as I am currently resting up for my first weekend away from said baby {!!!!}, more on that later -> I wanted to give a few shout outs for some happenings I wanted to spread the love about on the blog. It will be a different sort of Friday Favorites, if you will.

First Up -> Don’t forget to enter my Stella & Dot Giveaway. Lots of pretty, sparkly things to be had from here. You don’t want to miss out! BUT if you do miss out, the word on the street is that there MAY be another Stella & Dot giveaway coming up again very soon..stay tuned!

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Next on the agenda -> Philly Friends!  On Sunday, October 5th, the lovely folks at Philly Magazine are hosting their second-annual Philly Mag Shops, which is a huge, one-day-only warehouse-like shopping event. It’s the  best of Philly’s shopping scene, all gathered in one place. This year they have rounded up thirty of the best and local designers, and they’ll all be selling their in-season merchandise at huge discounts: ALL apparel will be 40% off, all jewelry is 25% off, and everything else (shoes, bags, scarves, belts, gift items) is 30% off. Plus, lunch, drinks and free beauty treatments.

You can buy tickets here (and get more info on which shops are participating!) -> I’ll be there & would love to see you too!


Fellow Runners! I signed up for another race! The RUN10 FEED10 charity race series is making it’s way across the United States!  The concept is simple: run a 10k and feed 10 people in your community.

The RUN10 FEED10 event series started off last weekend with a bang in  New York City where thousands of participants ran down the West Side Highway for the timed 10K race.  RUN10 FEED10 will also host timed races at Chicago’s Diversey Harbor (10/19) and across the famed Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco (10/26) and many more (full list below). Each will include post-race wellness festivals featuring yoga sessions, nutrition and beauty consultations and great giveaways.  Included in your registration is your race entry, your donation of 10 meals, and a limited-edition FEED bag.

 Plus, if you don’t live in one of the official cities, you can still run on your own and get all the benefits by feeding those in your community and a limited edition FEED bag. -> Which is what I am doing! BUT I still think there totally should have been a race in Philly! Maybe next year!

 If you are interested in signing up use this code ->  (R10F10PR) for $5 off your entry fee!  

RUN10 Cities Include:



So yes, I am leaving my little man for the first time this weekend. I came down to my parents house in VA earlier this week and am heading down to Charlottesville later today for a weekend away. I’m excited for a fun weekend {and to SLEEP!} but I know I am going to miss him like crazy.

So if you have any tips/advice/words of wisdom on your first night away from your little one, please share!

ALSO – If you have any recommendations of things to do, places to go, etc in the Charlottesville, Virginia area – please share that as well! We will be down there all weekend!

Follow me on Instagram for weekend updates!

little one


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Stella & Dot Giveaway

I’m so excited for this week’s giveaway for a while now!

I’ve partnered with a fellow bizzy mama {Hi Missy!} to bring you a very special {Stella & Dot} Giveaway today!

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If you aren’t familiar with the fantastic jewelry line that is Stella & Dot, now please consider yourself warned. This stuff it all sorts of awesome and sort of addicting – once you pop {and get your first piece}, you can’t stop {buying it ALL!}. I have been a Stella & Dot fan for a while now – I got my first pair of earrings a few years ago and I’ve picked up a few things along the way, always being so impressed with the quality, the price point and the over-all style.

Let me start off by saying that when I think Stella & Dot, I think STATEMENT!

All the gorgeous statement necklaces are some of the most widely recognized Stella & Dot pieces. I love how S&D is constantly creating unique and fun pieces that pack a serious punch to any look.

Here are a few of my favorite Stella & Dot statement necklaces:


To go along with the giveaway {more information on that below} I wanted to share with you some of my favorite pieces {and current hot trend} for Fall that Stella & Dot is highlighting at the moment ->  All.Things.Personalized.

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I personally am loving all the personalized, customized, engravable pieces currently being featured in the Stella & Dot Fall line. Personalized pieces are all the craze right now and adding a charm to a engraved piece of jewelry is a fun way to create your own combination of sparkle.

 My favorite are the special date necklaces {which remind me of my push present} – it’s a great way to cherish that special wedding day, birthday or any other memory you want to keep close to your heart.

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So now the fun part -> my fellow bizzy mama friend, Missy is a Stella & Dot stylist. She has offered up a $50 gift card Stella & Dot to one lucky And Her Little Dog Reader. There are SO MANY pretty things you can get to enhance your Fall wardrobe or pick out the perfect piece to compliment any look with a $50 Stella & Dot gift card.

To enter the giveaway leave a comment below on what YOU would put on a personalized piece {1-8 letters, numbers or characters} OR share your favorite Stella & Dot statement necklace!

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Giveaway ends Sunday, September 28th / Winner will be notified via email
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Stitch Fix #13 – September 2014

I have been on a Stitch Fix ROLL Lately! I’ve seriously been all about it!

I think it’s because for most of last year, I put the Fixes on pause due to my baby belly and now that I am back into the swing of things {and the majority of my old clothes} it’s been so much fun to get a little treat for me in the mail. Shopping in general with a little one is rough, so I am appreciating my monthly fixes more and more each time they arrive.

 Having fun clothes delivered to my door > Shopping with a 7 month old baby

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Here’s what came in this month’s Fix – Lucky #13 baby!

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Market and Spruce Sam Hi-Low Short Sleeve Tee in Light Grey {$44}

Market and Spruce Sam Hi Low Short Sleeve Tee

At first I was a little unimpressed by this top. But then I touched it and it was all over.

It’s literally the softest thing ever. Also, Market & Spruce is my jam since I’m obsessed with the jacket from that brand that was sent to me in my last fix. It’s super comfortable, unbelievably soft and I love the longer length of the back of the top too.

Did I mention that grey is my favorite color?

Sam Hi Low Short Sleeve Tee


Renee C Ellen Mixed Print Soft Pant in Off White {$48}

Renee C Ellen Mixed Print Soft Pant

I know that these “dressy pajama pants” are very trendy right now, but I also seem to think they are really cute. These bad boys are super lightweight, very comfortable and {I think} fun to wear.

I think the print is a little hard to see in the photos of me wearing them below, you can see more of the detail in the above photos, which show that the pants are more darker in real life than they appear in some pictures.

Renee Soft Pant

These pants were fun to wear because they are different than anything I have. I paired them with a fun black sweater and then a black shirt & jean jacket and I think they give the pants a bit of a different look – I think they could also look cute with black booties too!

Ellen Mixed Soft Pant

What are your thoughts on the soft pant craze?

Ellen Mixed Print Pant


Papermoon Crissy Graphic Print Cross Back Tee in Black {$44}

Papermoon Crissy Graphic Print Cross Back Tee

This shirt is sort of like my love story with the grey hi-low top above – it’s super soft and unbelievably comfortable. I think these photos make the top look great, but I think it’s even more beautiful in real life. I love the colors and the pattern along with the fun cross detail in the back.

This top makes me happy.

Crissy Graphic Print Cross Back Tee Papermoon Cross Back Tee

Market and Spruce Trina Crochet Detail Tab-Sleeve Shirt in Navy {$48}

Market and Spruce Trina Crochet Detail Tab Sleeve Shirt

More Market & Spruce!

Have I told you lately that I love navy? I’m sort of obsessing over it at the moment. Not sure why, but the navy color in this top was hard to take pictures of yesterday, but try your best to imagine a pretty blue – ok? I realize it looks like three different colors of tops, but it’s most like the photo below here.

Trina Crochet Tab Sleeve

I like the hi-low aspect of this top – in these photos i’m not sure if it’s a little too blousey on me, but I like the idea of a looser top paired with skinny jeans/pants.

Trina Tab Shirt

Everything is better with my favorite vest. If you follow me on Instagram, you know I pretty much pair this bad boy with everything.

{check out the newer version of this vest here}



Emperia Clarita Messenger Bag in Brown {$58}

Emperia Clarita Messenger Bag

Ok. I think I need an intervention.

I officially have a Stitch Fix bag problem.

Problem #1 / Problem #2

 This might be Problem #3

Clarita Bag

Sure, I don’t need this bag. Ok, I already own bags {yes, plural} this color.

BUT I don’t have this bag.

This does happen to be a smaller, maybe wider, potentially more narrow version of a bag I own – but I sort of enjoy the slightly more compact size.

Also, how cute is the black and white chevron inside?!

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Just call me the crazy bag lady.

I’m fine with it.

Clarita Messenger Bag


Now I need your input – What do you think I should keep?

I really like things about each piece but then I go back and forth about a few of them. I think pregnancy has officially made me unable to make a decision – anyone else have that problem?

Help! What should I keep!?

What Should I Keep?

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What to Keep


If you want to try Stitch Fix out for yourself, please use my referral link to sign up!


Don’t forget to catch up on my past Fixes by checking out my Stitch Fix page!

And just incase you aren’t Stitch Fix obsessed {like I am, duh!} – here’s some information on how you can try Stitch Fix out for yourself – Feel free to let you know if you have any questions!




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Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary

This weekend, we kicked off Fall {and the start of the Halloween season!} with a little visit to the Eastern State Penitentiary’s very own Terror Behind the Walls.

Terror Behind the Wall is is a massive haunted house in a real prison. 

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A little about the prison -> Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, but stands today in ruin, a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world’s first true “penitentiary,” a prison designed to inspire penitence, or true regret, in the hearts of convicts. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America’s most notorious criminals, including bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and Al Capone.

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Living in the Fairmount neighborhood of Philadelphia, literally steps away from this massive landmark we are frequent visitors to the prison. As a neighbor that lives around the corner from the prison, the wonderful folks at Eastern State provide us {and all other local neighbors} with free yearly membership passes, along with free passes to Terror Behind the Walls. I think they do that as a “thank you” for us putting up with the crazy crowds the 6 weeks around Halloween!

It’s a pretty awesome deal, I love walking around the prison during the day – they have great tours all the time and if Brooks is fighting a nap I will strap him on and we will take a walk around the inside of the prison – it’s a beautiful space inside the city & a great place to check out if you are in the area for the daytime tours alone!


Since we were provided complimentary neighbor tickets to the haunted house, there were select nights we could choose from to go and this weekend happened to work out best for us – so we asked Charles’ parents to babysit and we enjoyed a little date night out on the town {or in the prison!}.

This is the third time Charles & I have been to the Terror Behind the Walls haunted house and let me just tell you – it’s all sorts of awesome. The people working this event do a tremendous job with the attractions, with the costuming & make-up and the acting in general.


Each year they add new attractions and excitement within the haunted house, so even though we have been before, this time was very different than the last.

This year we signed up for the “interactive” experience – which means we got a glow stick necklace & “blood” markings on our face – this made us stand out to the cast & meant that we could be grabbed, held back, sent into hidden passageways, removed from our group, and even occasionally incorporated into the show. 


The interactive experience was so much fun. Charles & I got separated, pulled into secret passageways and were “picked on” more by the cast. At one point, I had to run down an entire cellblock, with all sorts of “inmates” on the loose, all alone! Charles got pulled into a special ramp and went down a slide!

I should add that this sort of stuff doesn’t really scare me {it did in previous years, but since then I’ve given birth and nothing is scarier than that!} so this was just really fun for me ->But it IS scary if you are into {or not into?} that sort of thing. I highly recommend it, it’s an awesome experience and the people of Eastern State do an awesome job with it!


Brooks looking skeptical

and my MIL slightly scared

during the daylight 


I think its fun to be scared & do “scary” things this time of year. It’s fun to get into the halloween holiday spirit and have a little fun with the season. The prison is such an eerie place during the day, because it’s abandoned/preserved ruins – turn off the lights and dress some people up in scary costumes and it’s definitely a good time.


I honestly can’t say enough good things about it, they do such a good job with the show and you get your money’s worth – we were inside the “attraction” part of the haunted house for over an hour! It was a long experience, but in a good & fun way! There were six different themed areas within the prison walls that we visit – the newest attraction this year was the Machine Shop & that was a good time with scares galore!

I think the cool part is that tickets for this event are sold in all 50 states and 26+ foreign countries – people literally come from all over the world just to experience Terror Behind the Walls {see why we were given free tickets – they want to keep the people that live here year round happy with all the extra crazy crowds!} It’s so fun to live next to such an awesome landmark.

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Is it wrong to tell Brooks when he’s older that he better be good or we are going to send him here??

juuuuust kidding! 


From the ESP website -> IS IT REALLY HAUNTED?

Many people believe that Eastern State Penitentiary is haunted. As early as the 1940s, officers and inmates reported mysterious visions and eerie experiences in the ancient prison. With the growing interest in paranormal investigations, Eastern State Penitentiary may now be the most carefully studied building in the United States. Nearly 60 paranormal investigation teams explore the site each year, capturing extensive evidence of ghosts within the penitentiary walls.

Eastern State Penitentiary has been featured on SyFy’s Ghost Hunters; the Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, Paranormal Challenge, and Most Haunted Live; Fox Television’s World’s Scariest Places; TLC’s America’s Ghost Hunters; and MTV’s FEAR. Our website features extensive clips that document real investigations inside the nearly 200-year-old prison.


I’ve said it before, but I will say it again – the Terror Behind the Walls {and Eastern State in general} is an awesome experience. If you live in Philly or are nearby, come and have fun being scared! It’s a very memorable experience – you will be glad you did it!

And do the interactive experience! Be Brave!



Are YOU afraid of haunted houses?

What’s the scariest {Halloween-inspired} attraction you’ve experienced?


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