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"Yappy Hour" with Canine to Five @ Diamondback Brewery in Locust Point - Baltimore, Maryland

It's Friday night. You want to go out and cheers to the weekend with a few friends and grab a beer so you gather your things and grab your coat. As you put it on and pick up your keys, you look down to say goodbye to your pup... They look up at you with their big loving eyes, so sad you're leaving - again! - and basically beg you to bring them along while wagging their tail and cocking their head at you just longing to be with you after a long week at home alone. 

Dang it! Is there anywhere I can do both - enjoy a couple drinks and bring my pup along?? Well yes, actually, there is...

Diamondback Brewery! You can bring your dog along, chill in the tap room or hang out under the cafe lights on the patio after you've ordered a beer. 

Chrissy Wohltmann, owner of Canine to Five, a premium dog care company in the Baltimore area, sponsored their "Yappy Hour" and came with a dog bar for the pups with treats and delicious morsels for them to enjoy. Everyone who came was able to make a little baggie for their dogs! It was so cute. The girls of Canine to Five offer dog walking, pet-sitting, training, and more!

I really enjoyed spending time with Chrissy and her team and capturing the night. The atmosphere was laid back and the beer was delicious - I tried the Baltic Porter. :) Hope you enjoy a little recap of the event!

Little Miss Millie's Valentine's Day Tradition | Kirsten Smith Photography - Holiday Traditions Sessions

I remember meeting with Ashley and Coty over coffee while we went over details for their cozy fall wedding day in West Virginia years ago, and then visiting their home and documenting as they doted on and cared for their precious new little baby girl. Fast forward a couple years and Millie's all grown up! Well, almost. She is just hilarious! Her many faces and expressions crack me up and I love being around her! She's so spunky and fun and full of personality. She loves nature, bugs, hikes with her mommy and daddy, and playing "school" with her stuffed animals which I remember doing when I was little too. 

The afternoon began with reading Hulk a Valentine's Day story in Mommy and Daddy's bed... Millie decided she'd rather Mommy read it to them, so Ashley came in and read to us!

Every year since she could color, Millie's made a Valentine's Day card for her daddy. Ashley cuts out little paper hearts for her to glue and draw on to construction paper, and Millie goes to town with her beautiful creation of love! 

So after reading time, Millie was ready and excited to work on her masterpiece...

She also wanted to paint something for me! I accidentally forgot to take it with me when I left, so Millie asked her mommy to mail it to me, so I have it on display on the fridge! :) SO cute... 

And what better way to end a Valentine's Day afternoon than with a perfectly sweet treat?? Ashley surprised Millie with a delicious Strawberry Shortcake with whipped cream and sprinkles! Yummy! Afterwards, she took a mini power-nap on the bench. Creating art and enjoying desserts are hard work!

Ashley and I finished the afternoon catching up and talking about essential oils, Yoga, and other wonderful things we love while Millie and Hulk played in the living room. It was such a fun time with them! Coty is going to love his card from his little girl and hopefully the pictures to capture their sweet little tradition too!

New York, New York

Like many others who visit, I was so inspired by New York City when my friend Mary graciously took me along with her last winter. She was teaching a photography course at B&H Photo so we took some time to adventure while we were there for the day. We had a few hours before and after the class to walk around a bit and lately I've been missing it so much so I decided to repost my images from our day together there. I can't wait to go back, and hopefully soon!