2016 Pittsburgh Guest Blogger Event! #PghGBE


Today’s post comes from Kimberly of Yes, Wear That!, and is part of a special day of shenanigans from other Pittsburgh Bloggers. You can see my post over on Glam and Graffiti, where I talk about some of my current beauty faves! And now on with the show!

Lessons I Learned from my Dog
To say I am a dog and animal lover, would probably be the biggest understatement of the year. My dog Manny is a five year old mix who could be mistaken for a black lab if not for the patch of white on his chest and gray under his chin. I got him from a woman who takes in dogs in need of rescuing…in this case she had taken in his entire litter. When I went to pick my pup, I carefully held each one and watched as they played with one another and wrestled in the newspaper that was laid down for them. I’m fairly certain I would have been happy with any in the litter, but I instantly knew that Manny was my guy. While each of the other pups nestled softly in my arms, Manny’s demeanor changed when I held him. A big puppy “grin” spread across his face and his tail wagged back and forth. I knew this was my guy. A crazy dog mom was born.  


Any dog owner knows there are a million lessons and gifts that your dog will bestow upon you throughout the years…loyalty, companionship, unconditional love. That feeling when you walk in the door after a long day and your four-legged best friend is anxiously waiting for you with a sock or some treasure from the trash can. The weight of the world is instantly lifted away. For Manny and I, it has always been those things and more. In the quiet moments when we are snuggled together, my face pressed into his soft fur, I know he was sent to me for a reason. When I think of my weaknesses, my vulnerabilities, and my flaws, Manny seems to reflect the exact opposite of those things back to me.  

Here are the lessons I have learned from my dog:

➢ There is always a reason to be happy. Manny’s tail literally never stops wagging. While I am often full of worry and anxiety, Manny is the eternal optimist. He doesn’t get down, he doesn’t dwell on things that don’t matter or focus on the things he doesn’t have. He has no time for envy or feeling bad for himself. Give him a frisbee or an old tennis ball and he will be the happiest guy on the planet.

➢ Seize each day! While I am often afraid to try new things, Manny is always plowing forward…ready for any and everything. When we are on his walks, he pulls me the entire way anxiously smelling each new blade of grass and chasing every unsuspecting squirrel. He doesn’t hold back. While I am always waiting to do things…for the perfect time…the perfect situation…the perfect scenario that never comes…Manny seizes every moment. He takes nothing for granted. If there’s a stick, he will make a game of fetch out of it and if there’s a dam he will jump in and go for a swim. He’s not waiting to live his life…he’s living it now.  

➢ Don’t be afraid to be the dreamer. He’s a beautiful combination of dreamer and realist. He makes you believe that anything is possible, but reminds you that you shouldn’t save up all your good days for the future. He approaches everyone and instantly loves everyone…and wholeheartedly believes that everyone loves him back in return.  

➢ Being a partner means unconditional love, loyalty, and commitment. Manny shows me everyday what it means to be a partner. He’s always there…whether I’m happy or sad…having a good day or bad. He doesn’t love me any less or walk away when things are rough. He stays next to me…offering what he can…a warm nose, a tennis ball…and doesn’t ask for a thing in return. Only for my happiness.  


Despite several weeks of obedience training, he doesn’t always have impeccable manners. He will jump up on you and pull you on his leash, but I find it all to be part of his charm and his unquenchable thirst for life and love. While I often struggle with why I was put on this earth…what my purpose is in all of this…Manny is steadfast and content. He was put here to love, to play, and to show me what this life can truly be when we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We all have guardian angels and I think mine came down to run next to me for a little while….and for that I am eternally grateful.  

I don’t even know Manny but I totally love him. Look at that sweet face! Now blow off that TPS report and check out the rest of the participants below! 

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PghGBE: Wedding Stationery

In the sprit of trying new things, today’s post comes from the Erin of Great Scott!, and is part of a special day of shenanigans from other Pittsburgh Bloggers. You can see my post over on Glitzburgh, where I review La Casa Narcisi Winery. 

Choosing a stationery suite for your wedding can be a perplexing task. What type of paper do you choose? Letterpress or thermography? Separate reception card or no?

Don’t feel drowned by the decisions, but do understand the importance of your choices.  An invitation sets the tone for your celebration, whether you’re having a fancy cocktail party or a casual farm fete, so make sure your pick is an accurate representation of your celebration.

Luckily, here in Pittsburgh there are several local stationers who can help you design a suite and make sure your etiquette is as sound as Emily Post’s.

For custom invites:

Purple Wagon Designs will create a whimsical, current, or traditional design especially for your nuptials. They also offer calligraphy services.

Hello Beautiful features delightful vintage images in perfectly packaged suites.

For the bride who wants to hold a fancy, bling-laden affair, Anne Lehman Design will certainly be able to create something with the perfect sense of occasion. She offers flat printing, letterpress, thermography, and embossing.

From national catalogues:

RSVP Greensburg carries William Arthur, Embossed Graphics, Checkerboard, and other major designers.

Scribe Fine Papers is tucked into a small shop off of Walnut Street and carries brands including Rifle Paper Co. and Checkerboard. They also offer calligraphy services.

You might also look at online stationery services such as minted.com and weddingpaperdivas.com for flat and letterpress suites.

After planning my wedding, I would say to start trying to find a stationer well in advance of the big day. There are so many choices, it will be easy to get overwhelmed and/or reconcile your ideas for the paper with your fellow planners’. Make sure you’ve made your choices in time to get the invites out at least six weeks before your celebration or two months before if you didn’t send save-the-dates.

Mostly, enjoy the hunt! Building a relationship with a stationer can be of great benefit during your life. Just think about thank you notes, party invites, and maybe even baby announcements you might need in the future.


Thanks, Erin! I could seriously look at wedding stationery all day. (And have.) And am no closer to making any sort of decision.

If you click on either the link to Erin’s blog or the link to my post on Glitzburgh, you can hop around and check out other lovely Burgh blogs!