Friday Fave Five – 11/21

Welcome to the Friday Fave Five weekly post and blog hop.

Each Friday I highlight five of my favorite things from the past week, and link up with Mom’s Got Mail!

fridayfavefivebloghop-300x300Favorite in fashion -

Someone hide my credit card asap. Michael Kors is on Rue La La.

Favorite in food -

Panera Bread is right next to my work and they have perfect warm comfort food! Soups, turkey sandwiches with real roasted turkey instead of deli meat, and flatbreads that are really good! I do like that you can do the whole “pick 2″ deal and have half a sandwich and a soup or small salad but for some reason my stomach ends up hurting (tmi?) so I just stick to one thing!

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Sandwich

Favorite in shopping-

It wouldn’t be a Friday favorites without a couple purchases from Zulily!

For me…a dress!

For the fiance…a t-shirt! You gotta love Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused!

Favorite in entertainment -

We started watching a funny sitcom – Marry Me! It’s on Tuesdays at 9pm on NBC! Really cute and silly show!


Favorite for my small biz -

The graphic designer I have worked with all year on the re-branding of my company has done it again and created a graphic advertising a discount for Baby Bump Blog readers for the holiday season. How cute is this? She is the best! She is also doing my holiday cards for the customers and creating a FB cover page and I am so excited to complete those with her as well.

That’s all for now! TGIF! Share any favorites of yours from the week in the comments! I am sure EVERYONE is getting pumped for Thanksgiving, am I right?

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Nine Naked Cakes

Have you guys heard about the naked cakes trend? I have seen it all over the web and blogosphere and I am starting to warm up to it. It is basically what it sounds. A layer cake without the outer layer of frosting. There is absolutely no way the fiance will be on board for this for our wedding or anything (he is VERY traditional) but I came across it on a kid’s b-day party blog post and really was impressed! Here are a few that also caught my eye….

Top Row  1 / 2 / 3

Middle Row 1 / 2 / 3

Bottom Row 1 / 2 /

Naked cakes are neat, am I right?

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Target + TOMS

I LOVE TOMS not only because each product purchased helps a person in need but because they are SO freakin comfy! I wear them to and from work and bring along heels or flats for the office and they are my go-to on weekends. I of course couldn’t wait to see what was in store when tarjay teamed up with TOMS for a collection this holiday season. Target + Toms trademark. One for one registered, for all. For every Target + Toms gift you buy, we're giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TomsForTarget

Here are a few of my favorites!

Target and Toms Collection

1. TOMS for Target  – Acrylic fringe grey throw  // 2. TOMS for Target- Womens Crewneck Sweatshirt Gray

3. TOMS for Target Reusable Arrow Tote Bag // 4. TOMS for Target- Women’s Shoes (with Drawstring Bag)

5. TOMS for Target- Women’s Ruana/Poncho in Cream // 6. TOMS for Target- Women’s Knit Beanie Marled in Black/White

7. TOMS for Target- Arrow Tech Wallet // 8. TOMS for Target- Knit Infinity Scarf Marled Black/White

What do you think about this collab??

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10 Winning Holiday Wine Bags

One of the best (and sometimes most convenient) thing to bring to a party, holiday dinner, or any celebration is wine! But to make it more special, the wine bag can completely amp it up. You can go the sophisticated route or keep it silly, depending on who you are giving it to! Here are a few of my favorite wine bags that would make a memorable cover for wine for the host/hostess or guests of honor this holiday season.

1. Christmas Wine Bag – Set of 3

2. Light Green Felt – Christmas Wine Tote

Wine Tote - Light Green Felt - Christmas Tree

3. Burlap Natural Christmas Wine Bag


Burlap Natural Christmas Wine Bag Happy Holidays 13

4. Wreath Wine Bags


Wreath Wine Bags

5. Faux Fur Wine Bags,%20Set%20of%202

6. Elf Pants Wine Bag


7. Eat, Drink, Be Merry Bottle Bag

Eat, Drink, Be Merry Bottle Bag

8. Cheers Fabric Wine Bag

Cheers Fabric Wine Bag

9. Santa Wine Bottle Gift Bags

10. Cheers Bottle Bag


Cheers Bottle Bag

Which is your favorite? What is your go-to hostess/party gift to bring?

Also check out these past posts-

The Mishaps of Thanksgiving’s Past

10 Gifts for the Hostess: Thanksgiving edition!

Three hostess gifts to bring this Thanksgiving

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Friday Fave Five – 11/14

Welcome to the Friday Fave Five weekly post and blog hop.

Each Friday I highlight five of my favorite things from the past week, and link up with Mom’s Got Mail!


1. Favorite in food-

Last weekend we went out for the fiance Sal’s b-day! A group of us kept it local and went into Malden center for snacks and drinks at Mystic Station.

I got the fish tacos and those raw jalapenos you see on top? They made it extra spicy and delish!


2. Favorite in shopping –

I have yet another Zulily order on the way! I got a couple of random things for my closet and the kitchen and these items below too (total of the whole order ony $60 but free because of referral credits!

I got this dress….

Nifty roll up shoes to keep in my purse for dancing at a wedding we are going to in December!

And a blue sweater.

3. Favorite in subscription boxes -

I got a $10 first box from urthbox on Rue La La, and am giving that a try this month! We shall see what the box comes with but it is “A Monthly Box of Healthy Full-Size Snacks Delivered to Your Door.”

4. Favorite in entertainment-

I have had this song in my head! It is kind of depressing (its about cheating) but the singing is flawless and I like the beat.

5. Favorite in baby-

I am so excited about the Christmas BabyBundle my small biz is selling for the season. It has an ornament, pacifier, baby leggings, baby body wash, a onesie and a “my first Christmas” sticker. Plus a couple of samples.

 TGIF friends! What’s up with you? What are this weeks favorites?

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October Love With Food Subscription Box 2014

Here is a peek at what was in the October 2014 Love With Food subscription box! My November box is on the way and they are already releasing spoilers of what is in the December box. More on that later…. Anyways the theme was Monster Mash.

October 2014 Tasting Box

What’s in the box?

Buttery Shortbread Squares by Clairesquares
Organic Falafel Chips by Flamous
Cinnamon and Sugar Bananinha Banana Bar by Nutryvitta
Jelly Beans by Surf Sweets
Honey Almond Butter by Justin’s
Chocolate Almond Butter by Justin’s
Original Cheese Straws by J&M Foods
Harvest Snapea Crisps by Calbee

My thoughts?

I have had the jelly beans and the almond butter and know I love those. I have also  had the snapea’s, when I won this giveaway!

But I am most excited to try the banana bar! I am curious about the texture and taste. Another item I am looking forward to trying are the falafel chips- which are something I have never heard of!  Shortbread cookies are (I am sure) tasty and cheese straws will be a good snack at work or something. Definitely a good mix but I am not sure it screams “monster mash” or Halloween to me! I would have imagined something pumpkin flavored or a chocolate treat or something. Oh well!

They are still doing an awesome promotion. GET YOUR FIRST BOX FREE. (beside $2 shipping), when you sign up. It’s $10 a month after that, and for every box they sell, a meal is donated to someone in need! It really is win win.

Oh and back to those December spoilers! Everyone will get: sweet & salty kettle corn

Kettle Corn Original

And…Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels

What do you think – yay or nay on the October box?

Check out past boxes:

Love With Food subscription Box – September 2014

Love With Food August 2014


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Fall 2014 fabfitfun VIP Box

I am the slowest at posting my subscription boxes but I wanted to show off what’s in the fall vip box from fff! If you aren’t familiar, you subscribe to get one box per season! It is $50 per quarter/season and features a mix of food, fashion, beauty, home, or really anything ladies will love, curated by Giuliana Rancic! With the holidays coming up, it makes a great gift or treat for yourself.

What’s in the box?


~Beauty for Real Lip Gloss

~Dermalogica’s Skin Hydrating Booster

~CHI 44 Iron Guard

~The Honest Co. Hydrating Shea Butter Cleansing Bar

~LaNatura Travel Size Body Butter


~Jessie Steele Apron

~Great Soles Pink Ribbon Ballet Barre Socks


~Gramr Gratitude Co. Thank You Card Set / Gramr Gratitude Sealing Wax / Wax Press


FitFusion 3-Month Digital Subscription


~Mary’s Gone Crackers

~Numi Organic Tea

My thoughts?

I already told you how much I loved the lip gloss here, because it has a mirror and even a light on it! Soap and body butter always come in handy but the skin booster might end up gifted. The hair product should be useful for all the straightening I do in the winter, but I need to remember to use it; I usually use no products beside a shine spray at the end.

The apron is very cute but to be honest the fiance does all the cooking around here! It would be nice to wear when we actually have a house and company over. I will definitely get use of the socks! And the thank you card with the wax seals I can use for holiday thank you’s maybe!

I also appreciate a snack and drink sample but the fitness subscription, will probably go to waste. I like to actually go to the gym and get out of the house otherwise use free workouts on TV. It might be a good addition to a giveaway I do soon, for someone who might put it to use? I dunno. Anyways as usual it is a nice mix of products and there are items I immediately use and others that will slowly but surely make their way in my rotation or gifted out.

What do you think – would you be happy with the box? If you want to get in the fun, use NEW5 to Save $5 Instantly at!

You can also take a look at past boxes here:

FabFitFun Spring VIP Box 2014

FFF VIP Summer Edition Box 2014


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Friday Fave Five – 11/7

Welcome to the Friday Fave Five weekly post and blog hop! Each Friday I highlight five of my favorite things from the past week, and link up with Mom’s Got Mail!


1. Favorite wedding pics from the weekend:

We went to a friends wedding last weekend and it was so fun! An awesome band, good food, and you gotta love the fall foliage outside and indoors, these simple centerpieces. Some of the tables had fall colored flower arrangements but ours had pumpkins, leaves, and a candle. And check out the cake below! There were mr and mrs tags on miniature wooden adirondack beach chairs.



2, Favorite in food:

On a cold evening, there is nothing better then Chinese food delivery, eaten on the couch with a cozy blanket! I love a bowl of wonton soup, like this one we got from Asian Taste.


3. Favorite in fashion:

I took the plunge and I signed up for Stich Fix. Just for one shipment, not automatically every month, until I give it a looksy and decide how often I might like to use it! If you are not familiar, you pay $20 and you get five pieces sent to you by a stylist. The $20 goes towards any item that you keep or if you keep the whole “fix” you get a further discount. I thought it would be fun since I feel like my cold weather outfits consist of just black and grey and I could use some help finding fun outfits for the busy holiday season! There is a wait list, so it looks like my first shipment won’t arrive for at least a month! If you want to sign up with my referral link (pretty please?) do so here.

4. Favorite in entertainment:

Another one of my guilty pleasures, a reality show called Vanderpump Rules, is back on! Bring on the drama!


5. Favorite in beauty:

I still have to share the contents of my fall Fab Fit Fun VIP box! Anyways I got a nifty lip gloss in it, that has not only a mirror on the side but a light on it! It is by “”

Light thing

What about you- what are this weeks faves?


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A Few Favorites from the Nordstrom 40 % Sale

If you are in the mood for spoiling yourself or are already in full fledge Christmas shopping mode, there are SO many goodies at a discount on the Norstrom site, I just couldn’t resist sharing! Here are a few things that caught my eye….

BCBGeneration ‘Tassel Tease’ Infinity Scarf

Regular: $32.00
Sale: $21.44

Rebecca Minkoff Cutout Stud Earrings

Regular: $28.00
Sale: $16.80

Cutout Stud Earrings

MICHAEL Michael Kors ‘Small Jet Set’ Travel Tote

Regular: $248.00
Sale: $148.80

Tory Burch ‘Eloise’ Ballet Flat (Women)

Regular: $265.00
Sale: $158.98

Vince Dolman Boatneck Sweater

Regular: $225.00
Sale: $135.00
Dolman Boatneck Sweater
Are you a fan of Nordstrom? Have you started x-mas shopping yet or do you wait until the last minute like me?
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Friday Fave Five – 10/31

Welcome to the Friday Fave Five weekly post and blog hop! Each Friday I highlight five of my favorite things from the past week, and link up with Mom’s Got Mail!

fridayfavefivebloghop-300x3001. Favorite for Halloween-

So we are not dressing up or going to a party or anything Halloween-esque this year! We are going to a wedding instead! But I came across this post: Wickedly Good Halloween Appetizers with some really fun and yummy options for Halloween grub!

Ghostly Pizza

2. Favorite in food -

For my future SIL’s b-day, we went to Gloucester to Causeway Restaurant, and per the usual it was ridiculously good. It was a seafood feast with everything from clams casino to octopus salad to grilled shrimp. My personal favorites? Oysters rockefeller and I ordered the chicken parm dinner.

3. Favorite place -

Sal won tickets to the Revolution soccer game, so we went last weekend and had amazing seats plus they won! Traffic was rough and I had a bit of a headache but we definitely made the most of it!

4. Favorite in fashion -

I bought the most versatile dress ever at Old Navy recently. I have already worn it out dressed up for my b-day with a statement necklace and heels and dressed down with a cardigan and tights and flats to work! It is really comfy and best of all, it is a LBD for only $30!

5. Favorite for kids / giveaway -

If you or any of your friends, family, co-workers, etc have a new baby, I joined up for a group giveaway and have the cutest stickers up for grabs, that say all the holidays, for great photo props for baby’s firsts!


Have a Happy Halloween!

What about you – what are this weeks favorites? Don’t be shy – I am SURE you have a costume you or your fam are wearing, treats you baked up, or something fun!


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