15 Under $15: Stocking Stuffers From Your Local Favorites

  1. Little Blue Striped Pitcher|Paper Trail|Rhinebeck, NY|$8.00


Image from Paper Trail’s website

2. Lavender White Tea Signature Travel Candle| Cold Spring Apothecary

Cold Spring, NY|$12.00

Image from Cold Spring Apothecary’s website

3. Mint Pac Facial Scrub| Jean Turmo|Woodstock|$12.99


Image from Jean Turmo’s website

4. Round Slate Cheese Board with Rope Handles| Hammertown|HV Locations: Rhinebeck & Pine Plains|$10.00


Image from Hammertown’s website

5. Salt Caramels| Lucky Chocolates|Saugerties|$12.00


Image from Lucky Chocolates’ website

6. Lend A Hand Flour Sack Towel|Light House Style|Saugerties|$7.50

7. Chocolate Golf Set|Krause’s Chocolate|Saugerties, New Paltz, Rhinebeck|$11.90Chocolate Golf Set
Image from Krause’s Chocolate’s website
8.Cast Iron Bird Bottle Opener|Pretty Funny Vintage|Sleepy Hollow|$10.00 Bottle Opener - Cast Iron Bird Bottle Opener
Image from Pretty Funny Vintage’s website

9. Heal: Lip Balm-Vanilla + Rose|fig & bella|Hudson|$12.00

Image from fig & bella’s website

10. Pewter Sleepy Hollow Spoon|Sleepy Hollow Gifts|Sleepy Hollow|$8.95

Image from Sleepy Hollow Gifts’ website

 11. Crochet Needle Bracelet|Maglyn’s Dream|New Paltz|$10.00Capture

Image from Maglyn’s Dream’s website

12. Mohonk Path Room & Linen Spray|Mohonk Mountain House|New Paltz|$7.95

Image from Mohonk Mountain House’s website

13. Donate items to UCSPCA (or other local SPCA) on their behalf|

Ulster County SPCA |$15 or under

Items Needed:

Canned/Dry Kitten and Cat food (9 Lives, Friskies, Fancy Feast, Purina, etc.)
Cat Scratching Posts, Beds and Toys
Cat Trees
Pellet Litter
Feral Cat traps (preferred TruTrap)
Cats Beds
Small Paper Plates
Good hay
Clean straw bales
Double-wheel wheelbarrow
Rubber food bowls
Hay holders
a trailer for rescues.
Nail Clippers
Oral Syringes (3cc with caps)
Oral Syringes (1cc with caps)
Syringes with Needles (3cc)
Disposable Isolation Gowns
Medical Gloves (all sizes)
Heating pads (large)
Computer Paper
Gift Cards (Home Depot, Lowes, etc.)
Manila folders, 3rd cut tabs
Small Paper Plates
Canned/Dry Puppy and Dog food (Alpo, Purina, Pedigree, Iams, etc.)
Peanut Butter
Dog Toys/Treats
Large Dog Beds
Harnesses (any size)
Slip Leads
Dog Bones (Femur Bones, Deer Antlers)
Durable Spray Bottle
Duct Tape
Laundry Detergent
Paper Towels
Large Heavy Duty Garbage Bags
Small Kitchen Garbage Bags
Hand Sanitizer
Dish Detergent
Mop Heads
Latex Free Gloves (any size)
Lightweight Blankets


(Please note, you can also donate directly through their Amazon site)

Information from Ulster County SPCA’s website

14. Almond Butter Chunk Granola|Healing Home Foods|Pound Ridge|$10.00


Image from Healing Home Foods’ website

15. Manny’s Art Supplies Gift Card|Manny’s Art Supplies|New Paltz|$15.00

Image from Manny’s Art Supplies’ website

Paper Goods

I am a huge fan of beautiful paper and discovering pieces that are uniquely designed. Not only is it visually appealing, it is also incredibly versatile. Decorated paper can be used for gift wrapping, invitations, decoupage projects, scrapbooking or even framed for a unique wall hanging.

A terrific attribute of the Hudson Valley is how art flows throughout the area. As a result, there are lots of great places to obtain craft supplies, such as fine papers. I have found many wonderful pieces in both locally owned shops as well as chain stores located in and around the Hudson Valley. Below are a few of the great places & pieces available. Please comment on any other favorite places to obtain such paper products.

Manny’s Art Supplies

New Paltz, NY

Manny’s is one of my all time favorite stores. They have wonderful art supplies and whimsical items at great prices. Below is a sampling of some of the textured types of paper they have. In store, they have a larger variety of textured and printed paper. They also have an awesome assortment of envelopes which pair nicely with their paper for notes or projects.

(image from: http://www.mannysart.com/paper.html)

Paper Trail

Rhinebeck, NY

This store is a paper and fine goods enthusiast’s paradise. They have fantastic paper posters, table runners, and placemats (see image below) that can be used for their intended purpose or for any other paper crafting ideas. Some of their items can be purchased online, however, I also recommend a trip to the store as they always have such fabulous finds!


(image from: http://papertrailrhinebeck.com/detail.htm?altsearch=paper&params=57)

Paper Source

Scarsdale, NY

I first stumbled upon Paper Source several years ago while walking around Manhattan. A few years later, I was delighted when one opened up in Scarsdale, NY (note, they also have a location in Nanuet, NY). The store has a wonderful array of fine paper as well as lots of quirky office supplies, fun gifts, and stationary products and they hold in-store workshops as well.  While the store is fun to peruse, they also have a full online store if you are unable to get to one of their locations.


(image from: http://www.papersource.com/item/Copper-Swirls-on-Marbled-Fine-Paper/103432.html)


Bronxville, NY

While many associate Papyrus with their awesome card assortment, the store also sells individual wrapping sheets which are great for wrapping or crafting. One of my favorite Papyrus locations is in Bronxville, NY where it sits among many other quaint shops such as Womrath Books and Candy Rox. How nice would this print be framed in a kitchen?

Close-up view of gift wrap sheet

(image from: https://www.papyrusonline.com/flower-and-fruit-labels-gift-wrap-sheet)




Antiquing in Tarrytown


Now that Spring is slowly approaching, the weather is getting slightly warmer making it more enticing to explore new places. While I have been to Tarrytown numerous times, I had previously only checked out one of the consignment shops. Today, my Mother-In-Law and I strolled around the town and visited many of the antique & thrift shops that frequent this quaint riverside town. Our first stop was Pretty Funny Vintage which I had been wanting to check out for awhile. I didn’t make any purchases, however, I adored the store. The beautiful wrap around porch of the store overlooks the picturesque Hudson River & is equally pleasing to the eyes once inside. From the structures of the house to the large collection of pearls, books, & housewares, there are many beautiful elements to take in. Our next stop was The Cherry Door thrift shop on Main Street. They had a nice array of goods from books to dressers and records, all at reasonable prices. We peeked in Carol Master Antiques next. The music selection combined with the eccentric collection of furniture made me feel like I walked into 1970s LA–in a good way. There was a wide variety of eras represented through the furniture & decor, but I thoroughly enjoyed the 70s vibe I was getting. This shop is highly recommended if you are looking for a special piece to make your home complete. We headed around the corner to the side street Kaldenberg Place next and got a two for one deal in the refurbished firehouse which houses Hank’s Alley & The Thrifty Squirrel. Both places had excellent prices. My Mother-In-Law acquired some great house goods from Hank’s Alley & I purchased a beautiful scarf and two pairs of earrings from The Thrifty Squirrel. The Thrifty Squirrel was one of my favorite shops of all of them. The shop owner was extremely friendly, passionate about her job, and created a welcoming space in her store & the deals were great! I look forward to seeing what more comes to the store. We ended our excursion with delicious coffees from Coffee Labs Roasters, a terrific way to end the day. Now that it is getting warmer out, I highly recommend a day trip to Tarrytown to enjoy the antique & thrift shops, as well as all of the other charming places Tarrytown has to offer.


Pretty Funny Vintage porch

View of the porch at Pretty Funny Vintage


Pretty Funny Vintage typewriter

Beautiful vintage typewriter at Pretty Funny Vintage


A Nu Toy Store

Awesome K’Nex Ferris Wheel at A Nu Toy Store


Tarrytown Music Hall

Front View of Tarrytown Music Hall


Tarrytown Music Hall 2

View of Tarrytown Music Lab from the benches in front of Coffee Labs Roasters


The Thrifty Squirrel

My awesome finds from The Thrifty Squirrel






Oktoberfest Celebrations in the Hudson Valley

The leaves are changing, the air is cooling, and the beer is brewing…it’s October! And what better way to celebrate the month than by attending one of the Oktoberfests in the Hudson Valley?! Check out one of these great Oktoberfest celebrations this weekend:

Bear Mountain

Bear Mountain is throwing its annual Oktoberfest celebrations this weekend (plus Columbus Day) & every weekend through October 26, 2014. Admission is free and it only costs $8.00 for parking…so bring your appetite, grab your stein and get ready to drink, eat, and dance along to the entertainers at this year’s festival. Further details can be found on the brochure from their website here.

White Plains

The city of White Plains will be celebrating their 6th annual OktoberFest this Sunday, October 12, 2014 from 2-7 p.m. It will be held on Mamaroneck Avenue between Maple Avenue and East Post Road. Wristbands to enter only cost $5.00! Enjoy music, drinks, and food from your local favorites such as Black Bear Saloon & Brazen Fox! Further details can be found on the White Plains Business Improvement District here.

Happy Oktoberfest, readers!



A Day at DuBois Farm

         One of the greatest aspects of living in the Hudson Valley is the amount of beautiful farms that fill the area. No matter the season, Hudson Valley farms are wonderful to visit. Now that it is fall time the, farms are extra busy as the trees are plentiful with apples waiting to be picked.

        I have visited many farms in the area and just recently discovered Dubois Farm in Highland, NY this past weekend. The farm was spacious yet filled with visitors picking apples, pears, peppers, grapes and pumpkins to name a few. The grounds of the farm were beautifully maintained and the staff was extremely knowledgeable and friendly…and most importantly, they had delicious apple cider donuts, which are a staple for farms in the fall. 😉

      We filled our wagon with lots of goodies which we hand-picked ourselves. Not only did we have a great time picking the fruit and vegetables but we were also delighted at what a great deal the produce was per pound.

     Although we didn’t participate, there was a hayride, horse rides, and other activities to partake in on a beautiful fall day. They also served a variety of hot foods to enjoy amidst the picking and activities.

     If you’re planning to visit a farm soon, I highly recommend Dubois Farm. Below are some pictures from our visit there. For more information, check out their website: http://www.duboisfarms.com.

     Been to this farm? Tell us about your experience in the comments below. Also feel free to recommend other great farms in the area!

View of Dubois Farm


Apples & pears & grapes…oh my! 🙂

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hello again!

Wow! I can’t believe I haven’t posted since February… As much as I love writing, it is easy to overlook sitting in front of the computer while trying to enjoy all of the great aspects of the Hudson Valley, especially now that it is warm out!

From beauty bar days in Rhinebeck …


…to open drum in Woodstock


…or simply enjoying a book outside of a local library


… there are so many things to write about!

Whether you prefer the indoors or outdoors, or a combination of both, there are many great times and adventures to be found for all personalities in the Hudson Valley! Looking forward to getting back into the swing of writing. In the meantime, check out my Twitter page where you can find more updates:




Hudson “Valley-tines” Day!


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and there are plenty of great restaurants offering delicious prix fixe dinners!

Here are a list of some of some romantic places to spend your Valentine’s Day:

*Click on the restaurant name for links to the menus

Albany Post Roadhouse

Rhinebeck, NY

Terrapin Restaurant

Rhinebeck, NY


Woodstock, NY


Yonkers, NY

Harvest on Hudson

Hastings, NY

Half Moon

Dobbs Ferry, NY

Stone Soup Food Company

*enjoy a savory take out dinner

Kingston, NY

Fig & Olive

Scarsdale, NY

Park 143 Bistro

Bronxville, NY

Mima Vinoteca

Irvington, NY

Shadows on the Hudson

Poughkeepsie, NY

Torches On the Hudson

Newburgh, NY

…Check  out more great restaurants for Valentine’s Day here!

…If you are looking for other things to do for Valentine’s Day, check out some of these happenings:

Admire artwork at the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art at SUNY New Paltz in New Paltz, NY.

  See Next To Normal playing at The Center for Performing Arts at Rhinebeck in Rhinebeck, NY.

Rock out to Galactic JJ Grey & Mofro at the Capitol Theatre in Portchester, NY.

Enjoy a concert by Robert Randolph and the Family Band at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY.

Enjoy a day at Yonker’s Raceway in Yonkers, NY. Visit their promotions site to see their special Valentine’s Day Jewelry Promotion.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


10 Under $10: Stocking Stuffers from Your Local Favorites

If you are looking for stocking stuffer ideas, this is a great time to buy local!

Here is a list of 10 Stocking Stuffers all under
$10 from some local businesses in the Hudson Valley:

1. Beeswax Taper Candles from Paper Trail in Rhinebeck, NY

$4.50 each


Image from Paper Trail’s Website

2. Treats from Krause’s Chocolates (in Saugerties & New Paltz),

like this chocolate tool set for $10.00.

This  makes a great stocking stuffer for the men in your life!


Image from Krause’s Website

3. Gingerbread Men from Chantilly Patisserie in Bronxville, NY

Stack of 4 for $10.00

*No image available

4. White Glass Sleepy Hollow Ornament from Sleepy Hollow Gifts in

Sleepy Hollow, NY


Image from Sleepy Hollow Gift’s website

5. $10.00 Gift Certificate for Oblong Books in Rhinebeck, NY

*No image available

6. Seasonal Sliced Soap from Jean Turmo in Woodstock, NY


Primal Sliced Soap

Image from Jean Turmo’s Website

7. Urban Spa Moisturizing Gloves from Winter Sun Summer Moon in Rhinebeck, NY


Urban Spa Moisturizing Gloves

Image from Winter Sun Summer Moon’s website

8. Branch Pencils from Lili and Loo in Hudson, NY

Bunch of 5 pencils for $6, Bunch of 7 pencils for $10

Image from Lili and Loo’s Website

9. Sparkle Earrings from Bop To Tottom Kingston, NY

$8 a pair

Image from Bop To Tottom

Image from Bop To Tottom’s website

10. Mohonk Tea

Box of 100 for $6.95


Image from Mohonk Mountain House’s Website

I hope you enjoyed these ideas! Post any other suggestions you may have in the comments.

Merry Christmas!

xoxo, Jessi