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Friday Favorites: Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary, Conshochoken Brewing Company + More

Hello and Happy Friday!

We made it through another week! This was a jam packed one for us, I can’t wait to share it with you!

First off, I’m excited to say that I’m 100% in the Halloween spirit after my visit to Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary last night. I live in the neighborhood and they give all the neighbors free tickets every year, which is awesome – I think this is my 7th year in attendance!

For those that aren’t familiar it’s a haunted house inside a real 189 year old prison. So it’s immediately got the spooky vibe built in.

They put on an amazing show and it’s a lot of fun. My neighbor and I went together as a little girls night. Can’t say enough good things about it, if you are looking for some Halloween fun!

Pro Tip: Be sure to opt in for the interactive experience – you get grabbed, held back, sent into hidden passageways, and even temporarily removed from your group. It makes the experience SO MUCH FUN!

Before Terror Behind the Walls, we had dinner at my FAVORITE sushi spot in Philadelphia – a BYO in Fairmount, UMAI UMAI – If you love sushi in the city, check this place out. It’s the BEST.

Side Note: If you think 5 sushi rolls is too much for two ladies, you are WRONG.

My favorite Amazon Fashion Find of the week is something worth sharing too – This button down roll up sleeve top is one of my favorite new things! I love that it’s a classic piece I can wear anywhere and everywhere but my favorite detail is those gorgeous buttons.

// top / sunglasses / jeans /

BONUS: Use code ”herlittledogtoo15” for $15 off ANY MVMT purchase if you pick up any sunglasses or watches! I also have this watch and it’s BEAUTIFUL.

Another great find of the week – Conshohocken Brewing Company. I lived in Conshohocken after college for a few years and I wish this was around back then. We stopped here for a flight on our way home the other day and it was awesome. Great little space and I was totally impressed with the beers.

The kids also had a great time because they had games – Brooks’ new favorite thing is UNO. If you have a 4 year old, do yourself a favorite and grab a pack of UNO cards – great game with colors and numbers.

Highly recommend.

Also its just nice to have in your pocket to play at restaurants or what not. Quiet entertainment for the win!

And finally my last favorite of this week is THIS BAG.

Seriously, all the heart eyes for this braided zip hobo. It’s super cool because it has a zipper on the bottom that can expand the bag if you need a little more room.

Plus it’s just BEAUTIFUL.

And for those that didn’t know, I’m a Stella & Dot stylist on the side. I’ve got a FB group where I’m always sharing new styles, tips, inspiration and sample sales! If you are into that be sure to check out my group and join the fun!

Cheers to a great weekend! Be sure to follow along on IG to see what we are up to!

Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland – Trick or Treat Fun in Lancaster, PA

Last weekend we had some super fun Halloween activities planned for the kids. On Saturday we took the boys to Brick or Treat at LEGOLAND  and on Sunday we made our way over to Dutch Wonderland for our first Happy Hauntings!

We LOVE Dutch Wonderland! We’ve been there a few times over the past few years:

A Day at Dutch Wonderland / Dutch Winter Wonderland  / Our Favorite Rides + Shows at DW

This was our first experience at the Happy Hauntings event – and we had an absolute blast! The boys loved every minute of their visit and I can’t wait to share it with you!

Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland is a fun, fall family event featuring themed rides, special entertainment, tasty treats, and the Trick-or-Treat Trail: a safe, interactive trick-or-treating experience included in your admission – Saturdays + Sundays through October 28th.

As you can see, the castle was decked out for the occasion.

I love coming back here each season and seeing how much the boys have grown – Brooks is now a Amber and Graham is an Emerald. This shows which rides they are able to go on with the color codes.

This was such a fun visit because EVERYTHING at DW was changed for the season – the names of the rides were different, halloween/fall decor was everywhere and even Duke the Dragon had on his Halloween finest.

The boys did a quick change into their favorite PJ Masks costumes and we were ready to go on some rides and do some trick or treating! During Happy Hauntings the times for Dutch Wonderland is a little different – on Sunday they are open 2-8, which is perfect for the kiddos to do lots of Halloween fun activities before it gets too late, while being able to stay out when it starts to get dark to see all the lights!

The boys did ride a few rides first, but lets chat about the Trick or Treat trail first, because it was AWESOME!

The Trick-or-Treat Trail on Exploration Island is included with your ticket and you get to  Trick-or-treat with over 20 lifelike dinosaurs! And the dinosaurs are all dressed up!

Check it out: The Incredibles!

A T-Rex Archaeologist

Marshmallow Man {from Ghostbusters!}

Where’s Waldo?

The Very Hungary Caterpillar {I found this one hilarious}

Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and Eeyore

The kids got candy along the way at each Dino and they even gave the adults tickets to get a free treat. I picked the best Trick or Treat candy of all time, ever.

Take 5.

The boys and their loot.

There were also lots of cute photo spots along the way throughout all of Dutch Wonderland, which I obviously loved. Just another example of the great job they do putting it all together!

Here are some snaps of a few of the 30+ rides open for the kiddos at Dutch Wonderland during this event. It’s a great excuse to get outside and have some fun with the kids during this time of year – and while there were lots of people there, we didn’t wait for any rides, which was awesome!

When your brother is tall enough to ride the Flying Trapeze and you aren’t. 

This was also Brooks’ second visit where he rode Merlin’s Mayhem – a suspended coaster – this time he got to ride it with his dad, I think they went 3 or 4 times on it! He LOVED it!

Check out my video of the ride + Brooks on it here.

I’m still surprised 1) Graham was tall enough for this and 2) He wanted to go on it!

G never ceases to surprise me.

As you can see, we had an absolute blast. It was the perfect way to spend a afternoon together as a family, the boys loved every minute! For a look at all the fun Dutch Wonderland has to offer, be sure to check out my video of our fun there, or check back the posts I linked at the beginning of this blog to see our visits over the years!

We love Dutch Wonderland so much and love each and every time we get to visit! Thanks so much to our friends at DW for having us, we hope to be back again soon – hopefully for Winter Wonderland!

That Little Dog Too – A Jackson Update + Oral Care for Dogs

It all started with a little dog.

And Her Little Dog Too.

That little dog too is – Jackson! He’s the whole reason I started this blog 12+ years ago! Can you belive it’s been that long?! I sure can’t! I started this blog after I got Jackson in Philadelphia and then moved to DC for a job. My then boyfriend, now husband was still in Philadelphia and I used this blog as a way to post photos of Jackson each day for him to see.

From there the blog sort of morphed into every aspect of my life over the past decade – getting engaged, married, pregancies, kids, travel, life, everything and my little dog too.

It’s all there on my little corner of the internet. And while Jackson may not be the main feature of the blog these days – let’s be real,  the kids keep me pretty busy – but he’s still here and we still love him.

Today I thought it would be fun to do a little Jackson update – because it’s been a while and this little pup is still full of energy and pep.

I love seeing him play with the boys – they are like a trio of three brothers, its so funny to see. They play together, lay around together and when Brooks and Graham are taking a picture, they often ask to include Jackson too.

The littlest band of brothers.

I love it.

So it was a bit of a scare a few weeks ago when Jackson had to go in for a few procedures. He had a lump on his neck that needed to be removed, which was rough for a 12 year old little pup, and he had to also go in for a few teeth extractions and a deep cleaning as well.

Not fun when you are a Senior Dog.

He has recovered perfectly and took the surgery/procedures like a champ. But it was a definate scare and a rough few weeks for my little dog too.

So this opportunity to partner with Espree® Oral Care Gel came at the PERFECT time, since Jackson was fresh out of his surgery and we knew we needed to focus more on his oral health.

As you can imagine, brushing your dogs teeth at 12 years old is not an easy feat. But Jacksons vet said it was necessary since he doesn’t have the best teeth. Literally I got an email THAT DAY from my new friends at Espree seeing if we could work together.

Talk about perfect timing.

A little background – Espree is the #1 trusted brand in the pet grooming category as a Natural, Wholesome Pet Care brand. Espree just launched a new line of Pet Natural Oral Care proven to show results in 14-30 days with no brushing required.

No brushing? Sign me up!

Jackson was sent the Espree Natural Oral Care Gel and Oral Care Spray – both in peppermint {it also comes in peanut butter!}. This gel is meant to remove tartar & plaque all without a toothbrush. It has a natural blend of peppermint oil, graprefuit seed extract, grapeseed extract, thyme oil and neem oil, which helps freshen bad breath and support healthy gums.

We’ve been working with Jackson using the spray and the gel for the past few weeks, and I am so excited for our next vet visit to see his results. At first it was a little hard getting Jackson used to the spray, but the gel is super easy because you just put on their lips, which the dog licks off and it still works.

Bad breath is more than simply bad breath – it’s typically a sign of a more serious oral health issue which impacts the overall health and well-being of a pet. Taking care of a pet’s teeth will help the pet live a longer, healthier and happier life – which is why this has been so important to us – we want Jackson to be around as long as possible!

Espree is available for dogs and cats – so if your furry friend is in need of a little oral care, be sure to try this out! We love it and I’m pretty sure Jackson does too!

This post was created in partnership with Espree® Oral Care Gel. I received complimentary products and compensation to facilitate my review, but all opinions within are my own.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center Brick or Treat Weekends – Philadelphia, PA

This past weekend the boys suited up for a fun Brick or Treat event at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Plymouth Meeting, PA.

We have been to LEGOLAND a few times before that I’ve shared on the blog, check them out here:

Our First Visit / VLOG: LegoLand’s First Birthday

This was our SECOND Brick or Treat experience, so the boys were pumped up and ready to go!

As Darth Vadar + his StormTrooper, of course

#DarkSide

The boys LOVE LEGOLAND SO MUCH.

Anytime we get invited to one of their events, they are always so happy and excited – and Brick or Treat is one of their FAVORITE Halloween events to attend!

Brick or Treat is awesome because you get to dress up, duh.

You also get to experience LEGOLAND and it’s seasonal theming throughout the Center, take part in the brick-or-treat scavenger hunt to create your very own LEGO creation, add a build to the LEGO pumpkin patch, enjoy giveaways and more!

It is taking place every weekend in October, so if this is on your radar, there is still lots of time left to go!

We got there right before it opened on Saturday morning at 10am and we were first in line. The boys were pretty pumped to get on the Imagination Express first and be the first ones inside the Discovery Center.

I LOVED all the decor and the seasonal items created with LEGOs, of course throughout the center.

How sweet is this lil pumpkin?

The boys played a little game of Pin the Nose on the Witch, again – all with LEGOs.

And then they made their way into the Pirate Ship soft play area, which I’m pretty sure they dream about mosts nights, they love it so much. On Saturday, we were at LEGOLAND for over 4 hours and I’m pretty sure they were in this Pirate Ship running around like crazy for about 3 of those hours.

Check out my last VIDEO of their fun in this play area {and all of LEGOLAND!}

The boys brought their Trick or Treat bags for all the Trick or Treat fun. They had to do really cool LEGO challenges to earn the candy, which I thought was a great idea!

Like build a pumpkin in the LEGO pumpkin patch!

There were also different scavenger hunts around MINILAND, which was also decked out for Halloween.

We also enjoyed two of the three 4D LEGO Movies – we saw The LEGO 4D Movie: A New Adventure and LEGO Nexo Knights! Still need to come back again to LEGO Ninjago: Master of the 4th Dimension – Next time!

As you can see, the boys had an ABSOLUTE BLAST at LEGOLAND for Brick or Treat. There was so much going on, so many fun things to do, and of course everything is better when you are dressed up in your Star Wars finest.

If you have a LEGOLAND location by you, be sure to stop by the Brick or Treat events happening all October long! They are so much fun and as you can see, the kids have a blast! It’s a place we love and highly recommend visiting, no matter the season!

Thanks so much to my friends at LEGOLAND for having us!

We can’t wait to come back again soon!

 

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