Posts Written On May 2014

Don’t Leave Your Dogs in the Car!

Sitting in a hot car can pose a serious threat to canines’ health. To help raise awareness of this issue, Pets Best Insurance Services, LLC is offering a photo and blog article containing a useful breakdown of how hot a vehicle’s interior can become in specific amounts of time.


If a car is sitting outside and not running when it is 68 degrees, the temperature of the car’s interior can jump to 81 degrees within 10 minutes. The temperature can reach up to 115 degrees in an hour.

If a car is sitting outdoors when it is 90 degrees, the interior can reach up to 136 degrees within an hour.

Additional details about high temperatures inside vehicles are available in the informative photo from Pets Best that is attached and pasted belowMore information is also available in this Pets Best blog article:

If a dog is left inside a hot car that isn’t running, the animal is vulnerable to heat stroke. This can lead to damage to the brain and other organs.



@FjallRavenUSA Fall/Winter 2014 Collection Media Preview


Check out some of  our favourite pieces from the Fjällräven Fall/Winter 2014 Collection Media Preview that we attended last week.

“In the 1950’s, 14 year-old Åke Nordin from Örnsköldsvik in Northern Sweden spent more time outdoors than indoors. After many long treks in the mountains, Åke decided the backpacks at the time were unsatisfactory and took matters into his own hands by building a wooden frame. This evenly distributed weight across his back so the pack did not end up uneven, pear-shaped, and uncomfortable. It also meant he could carry more weight with ease. Åke’s innovation quickly caught on and in 1960 Fjällräven became the first to commercially make and distribute framed backpacks.”


“Fjällräven means Arctic Fox in Swedish, honoring the small and highly adaptable predator that lives in the Swedish mountains under the harshest conditions. From the small town of Örnsköldsvik, Fjällräven has now expanded to every corner in the world. The fundamental ideas remain the same; provide functional, durable, and timeless equipment to make the outdoors more enjoyable for all. We continue to find smart, innovative solutions to make every adventure an unforgettable one.”

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Juice Inspired Beauty Boosters by @AmarteSkincare

Ginkgo Nut
Traditionally used to treat of respiratory ailments, gingko nut is a small piece inside the ginkgo fruit that possesses concentrated antioxidant activity, rich in Vitamins C and E. The extract has probable anti-inflammatory properties and aids fibroblast production of collagen and elastin. Amarte Ultra Veil® ($45, uses ginkgo nut extract along with other extracts serve to protect and condition skin while offering antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help promote positive collagen and elastin balance.image014


Cucumber is widely known as a soothing, cooling and healing agent. With vital fatty acids and anti-oxidants, such as Vitamin E and Zinc, cucumber oil protects the skin and aids in healing. Proteolytic enzymes refine the skin and help keep pores clean and clear. Amarte Aqua Veil® Pure Hydration Serum ($57, is a deeply hydrating formula that incorporates cucumber to optimize skin’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. A visible magic-water veil is formed immediately upon application with resultant coolness and softness.

image010Aloe Vera
Known for its anti-inflammatory, soothing, and healing properties, aloe vera’s active provide antimicrobial activity to alleviate skin irritations and infections. Amarte Natural Finish BB Cream ($55, uses aloe to brighten, hydrate, and heal the skin – while it softens and smoothes for a natural look.


Grapefruit contains high amounts of Vitamin A and C, minerals and anti-oxidants and stimulates the production of skin collagen to bring smoothness and elasticity to the skin. Grapefruit has a retinol antioxidant that gives your skin softness and, renews damaged skin and treats skin pigmentation—also helps to smooth wrinkles and age spots and protects against UV rays. Amarte Wonder Cream ($97, uses grapefruit extract to revitalize the skin and protect against external factors such as UV rays, irritation, and environmental toxins.image002


Most Comfortable Sandals @ChacoUSA

Every summer, the thing I love the most is wearing sandals and the thing I hate the most is the blisters that come along with it! All winter, with feet in socks and boots, it is crazy to start walking around town in sandals. Or is it ?  I wore my Reversi Chacos Sandals last weekend and walked around with not problems at all!  No sore balls of the feet, not blisters and no discomfort at all.

The ReversiFlip™, featuring interchangeable and reversible webbing straps, so you can pick the pattern to match your style.

• Removable webbing straps let you swap for different colors and patterns (strap sets sold separately)
• Synthetic leather straps with comfortable webbing toe post

• Cushioned LUVSEAT™ PU footbed

• Non-marking EcoTread™ outsole with 25%-recycled rubber
• 2.5mm lug depth

Start your summer right and pick up a pair of versatile and comfy Chacos sandals!  They are made for city walking and all day comfort in fun switchable colors! I love the colors and the black ones are great for everyday.

From the Feet Up! #Girlboss


Bitty Style: FIFA World Cup Brasil @ChildrensPlace

Our household is gearing up for something that occurs every 4 years, World Cup! We are so excited to introduce soccer to our bitty! We bought the official sticker album, something any toddler + would enjoy. Secretly, I got it for myself since D is just 4 months. 😉


I had to have the soccer bodysuit and hat for her I found at The Children’s Place, they make a whole line of sports balls bodysuits. Since our home is divided- Mexico vs. Colombia- she will have to be the ball until she can choose to follow the right team (*ahem MEXICO) World Cup is a great way to get kids excited about soccer and learn about the world around them. Look up the list of matches here, together with your bitty pick out a few you would like to watch, and learn about the countries playing.

Food is a great way to learn about cultures- see what snacks they eat and try to recreate them. You can make a poster of the food they eat, language they speak, and some random fun facts. On game day set up the poster board and watch the match! Hopefully this will motivate you and your family to get out there and kick the ball around together. For now we will dress up our bitty as the ball and watch her attempt to roll.

*World Cup starts on June 12th, Brazil vs. Croatia!

– Adalhi

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Spring Hiking Gear Review @Smartwool @Sportiva

It is that time of year again in NYC!  Yvonne, Selina Chan (visiting us Toronto), myself and two dogs Jacob and Tamu set out for Tuxedo Park to do a little hiking!  We try to get out of town and hike as much as possible even though renting a car and the whole rigamarole to get out of the city with dogs can be tiring, it is worth it once you get to the Great Outdoors!  Yvonne and I received some great new gear for the Spring from some amazing brands that I want to share with you.  Outdoor gear can be tough to purchase as it is never cheap and there are a lot of options.

Below is a grid of some of the items we received.


Tuxedo Park is a great day hike and something Jacob and Tamu always look forward to. They are able to be “dogs” and get off of the leash and out of the city.  From the moment they jump out of the car they are ready to go!



Klean Kanteen is a brand that we love!  Their products are always minimal in design and can take a beating.  Also, something you might want to invest in while hiking around the US is Trimble Outdoors Maps.  They are maps that can be downloaded to your smartphone that highlight trails with category options for State, National Park or County throughout the US.  The coolest thing is you can download the map to your smartphone and only need the GPS function so if you do not have great service you can still use the map!  You can plan a trip on the map or print out your trip onto paper as well!


We used our new Eddie Bauer backpacks to keep our essentials in while hiking.  This is my second Eddie Bauer hiking pack of this size and I love it!  There are a few pockets inside and net pockets to keep your water in.  On a side note these smaller hiking packs make great gym bags!  They are just big enough to fit shoes and your workout gear in. They fit in any gym locker and force you to not pack too much.


Smartwool is a brand that creates high performance merino wool products for all types of outdoor activities year round.  All of the items are made of merino wool which makes them Breathable and stink free.  The great thing about items such as their socks and tops is when it is cool they keep you warm and when it is hot the sweat is wicked away.  This allows their products to work for your activities year round and allow you to be prepared for any situation that you can run into.  Earlier on the hike it was breezy and I was still warm and when the sun came out near the end of the hike I was cool as it wicked my sweat away very quickly, it definitely works!  The shirt I wore was a base layer, however I wore it as my only layer.

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La Sportiva is based out of Italy and create top notch hiking gear.  The majority of their products are handmade and posses superior materials.  The shoes that Yvonne and I wore are from their Bushido line, made for trail running.  We didn’t necessarily run the trails, however the shoes were super comfortable on a leisure hike and great for warm weather.  I was blown away at the way they handled the trail.  There are guards to protect your toes on sharp rocks etc.  They have a speed lace system to quickly tighten or loosen your shoes for any adjustments during your hike or take your shoe off quickly to remove a pebble etc.  The material allowed my foot to breathe very well, it was noticeable which was surprising.  In addition, the sole has special rubber for gripping to rock that really worked!  I felt comfortable and confident in them during the entire hike.

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Hiking is always a good time, looking forward to the next city escape!

Thanks for joining us Selina, she is an amazing photographer and has more pictures of our hike at

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