My Newest Adventure With Brookdog Fishing Co.

{our ride for the evening}

I don’t know if this happens to anyone else, but sometimes you meet people and instantly become inspired by them and their story. That’s what happened to me a couple of weeks ago when I went on a fishing trip with Ryan Shea from Brookdog Fishing Co.

{water views}

A trip that was planned for February, but mother nature had other plans took place in June. I met Ryan at the Sheridan Boat Launch and was really excited for this. I have only fished one other time and I really don’t consider it fishing. It was when I was in junior high and it was on a family vacation to Chautauqua Lake, I hooked my Mom’s knee and that was it, so yea I don’t consider that real fishing.

{the bait}

{Ryan hooking the bait for me}

Anyways, as soon as I met Ryan I loved his down to earth personality and the passion he has for what he does. Going on a fishing charter I had no idea what to expect, all I knew is that I was looking forward to this new adventure. When we left the boat launch we were off to see a different side of Buffalo I wasn’t familiar with and it was a great experience.

{we caught some fish!}

Ryan started Brookdog Fishing Co. in June of 2016. He was introduced to fishing by his Grandfather and continued his passion with close friend Nate. While we were on the water we fished, a lot {it was the most fishing I’ve done my whole life} and I learned a lot. Not only about the type of fish that are in the water, but also learned about anglers, how to cast, what the difference is between fly fishing and regular fishing and much more. I even caught my first fish ever which was pretty cool!

{just fishing}

Not only is Ryan knowledgeable on the waterways, the fish habitat and Western New York, but he also is very hospitable. He preps for every charter he has, and offers guests breakfast on morning charters, light snacks and refreshments on day and evening charters. He also teaches those {like me} who have no fishing experience and provides all of the equipment for a day on the water.

Brookdog Fishing is a year round company that offers one of a kind charters. So whether you are a Western New York Native or visiting from out of town, if you’re looking for something fun and different to do this is an activity I highly recommend.

{definitely on the top of my list for awesome things I’ve done in my life}

I can’t say enough great things about my experience and there is not enough thank you’s to send to Ryan for taking the time out to share his story with me and to teach me something new. I can’t wait to get back out there! Thank you!

-B 

Handwritten Notes

Did you know that the average person only receives 6 handwritten notes a year? Call me old school, but I love {love!} receiving and sending handwritten letters in the mail. There is something that is more personal and more meaningful to a handwritten note than an email or a text message in my opinion.

The great people at Shari’s Berries reached out to me to tell me about their “Open When Letters.” They have created over 280 open when letters that range from when you want to laugh to when you need to escape and everything in between. This is great for those people {like me} who like to send notes and want to add something special to it. They also have printable templates that you can use too.

If you’re like me and you like to send a note, definitely check out Shari’s Berries collection – click this link to see some photos from their Flickr account.

Happy writing!

-B 

 

BNBA Brewers Festival

Angelica Tea Room

I’ve been following the Angelica Tea Room on Instagram for the past couple of months and I finally made a stop in to check it out a few weeks ago and then again on Friday for happy hour.

It is one of my favorite spots to go to in Buffalo. I love the decor, the atmosphere, the staff and the drinks – everything there just puts me in a good mood. I highly suggest paying a visit when you can.

-B 

{Just a Blonde in Buffalo photos}

 

 

 

Harlie Girl

{the real queen of the house}

Its been a while since I posted an update on my best friend little Miss Harlie girl. Harlie is now about a year and a half old and she is has gained a personality that is truly one of a kind. When she wants something she makes you know, when I have a busy work week she lets me know she isn’t happy with me and when she’s tired she nestles up next to me.

I’m looking forward to these warmer months when I can get her out of the house and take her on long walks to new places. Each day is a new adventure with her and with that my love for her grows stronger. It really is true, a dog is your best friend she knows when I’m sad and when I’m happy and she knows how to cheer me up. Below are some pictures of her over the last few weeks. Once of the best things as of recent is the ability for me to take her to work with me. Not only do I love it, but I think she enjoys all the attention from my co-workers.

Until next time.

-B 

A Special Shout out…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we enter the weekend, I want to send a special shout out to two coworkers who have become good friends of mine. Not only do they make my work day more enjoyable, but they are really good people who I am lucky to call my friends. So Kelsey and Brad, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope your birthday’s are filled with lots of laughs, love and fun memories.

-Beth

Hound Fresh

If you’re a dog owner some of you may have a dog that has allergies. Dealing with something like this, can cause a lot of stress not only on you and your pet, but the time you take to go to the vet, the money you spend to find the right dog food, etc. can all equal up to a stressful situation. Margaret from Hound Fresh is all to familiar with this and has gone through what you may be going through. She is a dog owner to Conrad who has allergies.

So she decided to look into cooking food with the right nutrients at home and opened her own business. You can find her selling her homemade dog food that is made fresh every Monday and delivered to her clients that afternoon and to Animal Outfitters on Elmwood Ave. and Seneca Street. During the winter months she is at Horsefeathers Market. She uses the freshest nutrients and does custom orders {pre- portioned for the size of your dog}. The food lasts for one {1} week and you as the owner of your beloved pooch know where everything is coming from.

Some upcoming events that Margaret will be at are: Bark in the Park in Clarence, Bark Bash at Knox Farms, Kenmore Dog Days of Summer, K9 Connection Art of Adoption and Wine and Wags at the SPCA

A little bit about Margaret – she was born in Buffalo and moved back 3 years ago. She recently left her “full time job” to pursue Hound Fresh full time. She said its the hardest but most rewarding thing she’s done. I ask everyone I interview what they love about Buffalo, well because I’m curious their answer{s} to the question. Margaret’s response was the people and the great community {the sense of community in this area}, their is always something to do and the food of course!

If you have a dog with a food allergy and you’re looking to something to try, contact Margaret, you and your pet will be thankful you did! Thank you Margaret for meeting with me and sharing your story!

-B 

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