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Gift Guide for the Dog Lover

I'm so excited to bring you guys today's holiday gift guide. This one is for all of the #dogmoms out there (and #dogdads). My husband and I have a German Shepherd named Emma (who is currently in a time out for pooping inside...again), but just like our other kids, we still love her. We'd also really love it if she'd quit going potty inside, but that is beside the point. The point is there is no shame in spoiling your sweet fur baby, especially during the holidays!! And while some of these gifts are items for your dog, some are great gift ideas for the dog lover in your life too.


The Dogist 2018 Wall Calendar by Elias Weiss Friedman author of The Dogist, for example, is the perfect Christmas gift for someone who loves dogs.



These super cute Christmas Plaid Dog Collars by Mr. Bow Tie Boutique would be the perfect holiday gift for doggies and dog owners alike! Whether you have family holiday photos coming up, or you simply want your furry friend to look festive for those…

A Day Trip to Downtown Gettysburg & Gettysburg National Military Park


Over Labor Day weekend I took my girls to Gettysburg, PA. We live about half an hour away, so we've been there many times. I love going to the Visitor's Center museum and the Soldier's National Cemetery. This time we spent a lot of time strolling downtown for some shopping and sightseeing. The downtown shopping area is interspersed with historical buildings and monuments and is just down the street from the far side of the cemetery.


Shopping in downtown Gettysburg consists of numerous gift shops as well as unique independently-owned boutiques, like The Crystal Wand - as it's name suggests, is a metaphysical shop with herbs and spell supplies. The girls love going in to get pretty gemstones.


Ghost tours make up a huge portion of the tourist attractions in Gettysburg. This time we went into the bookshop of the Gettysburg Paranormal Association which offers ghost tours so my daughter Kylie could get a book about haunted Gettysburg. She chose one that turned out to be written by a very kind woman behind the counter - Johlene "Spooky" Riley" - the founder of the Gettysburg Paranormal Association and lead investigator. She signed Kylie's book for her and told us all about her very first encounter with the paranormal.


The Dobbin House w/restaurant and gift shop (Gettysburg's oldest and most historic home) is one of my favorite stops downtown, mostly because the gift shop sells the most delicious old-fashioned candies. I'm still thinking about the huckleberry caramel I had yesterday (and kicking myself for just buying one piece). The entire Dobbin House experience includes the gift shop, tavern, colonial style dining, and the Gettystown Inn Bed and Breakfast. It's hard to find a historic bed and breakfast up here that will allow children under 12, but the Gettystown Inn at Dobbin House allows "well-mannered" children over the age of five.


Though this statue isn't the largest or the most impressive at Gettysburg, I find it fascinating. It's a memorial to Jennie Wade - the only civilian to die during the Civil War, hit by a stray bullet. The statue marks the actual spot where she died. She is holding a loaf of bread because she was kneading bread dough  for Union soldiers when she was killed.

After shopping downtown we parked near the cemetery and walked in the other direction through the battlefields that lead from Soldier's National Cemetery to the large state of Pennsylvania monument. Along that stretch you can see all kinds of memorials, cannons, and battlefield fencing.








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  1. Amazing pics, Krisztina.

    It isn't surprising that a place like Gettysburg would have ghost stories...

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    1. Thanks.:) Yeah, I'm hoping to finally get around to going on a ghost tour this fall. They do them here in Frederick too but I'd love to go on one in Gettysburg.

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  2. These are gorgeous photos. Looks like a great trip!

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo

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  3. Great photos, Krisztina! We went south to see some of the Lincoln historic places. Have to get back down there, it was really interesting to see.

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