7 Super Bowl Sunday Recipes, from Pinterest!

Super Bowl Recipes

1. Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups // 2. Amazing Guacamole Recipe // 3. Mini BBQ Pork Sliders

4.  Kale & Artichoke Dip  // 5. Pizza Dip // 6. Creamy Hot Reuben Sandwich Party Dip //  7.  Best Ever French Onion Dip

Also check out:

Sip this for Super Bowl: Gronk Monster & Brady Punch

Stats in what you’re sipping for Super Bowl + M64 Michelada cocktail recipe!

Happy Super Bowl Sunday

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5 on Friday – Favorites – 1/23/15

I am linking up with these lovely sites, for this weeks 5 on Friday:

 

1. Favorite meal at home - 

How lucky am I! I came home from work to this…homemade pasta being prepared by the fiance!

We started off with salads and then he made a homemade pesto and prepared some turkey cutlets and it came out so good!

2. Favorite take-out-

Pretty much Dipietro’s is in our regular delivery rotation. I went with the chef salad and I love how they make pinwheels of the meat and cheese!

3. Favorite freebie - 

I love finding out about new brands. Enter Scentbird, where you get a 30-Day Supply of a Designer Fragrance
Every Month for Just $14.95!

I got a free month and I chose a sample of Marc Jacobs, Daisy, which is normally $94 for a whole bottle!

I love the idea of this monthly subscription because you can try all different perfumes without commiting to a huge designer bottle with a high price tag. It comes with a pouch, in a handy travel size bottle too.

And it is even on sale on Rue La La today! The perfume is light, flowery, and really feminine! I am glad I chose it!

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4. Favorite on TV - 

Girls is back in full swing and I seriously laughed out loud, hysterically at the college party, dancing scene on Sunday’s episode. Anyone else watch?

5. Favorite in shopping - 

Daily Look is having a winter sale! They have jewelry as low as $3! And this necklace is only $8.

DAILYLOOK Antiqued Floral Gem Necklace in Mint

What about you – what are this weeks 5 standout things?

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Bruegger’s Behind the Taste Giveaway – 5 Winners!

Thanks to all that entered the Bruegger’s Behind the Taste Giveaway!

There are five winners, all who have been notified by email!

Using random.org, to choose numbers from the comments, here are our winners!

Brueggers Winners

 There will be plenty more giveaways coming up so stay tuned!

 

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5 on Friday – Favorites from the week – 1/16/15

I am linking up again with this weeks five favorites:

1. Favorite food photo

We hit up Wholefoods for ingredients for dinner and the fiance made quite a colorful meal. Purple mashed sweet potatoes, spinach, and salmon.

2. Favorite from subscription boxes

I finally dug into the Love With Food box from December and my favorite snack in it so far is the chocolate covered coconut!

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3. Favorite from my small biz 

I am very excited because this week I roll out my first blogger curated bundle! It is a baby girl themed gift box with high end products picked by mommy blogger Ruthie. So I spent all week getting the last minute things ready for that launch!
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4. Favorite in entertainment

Does anyone else love Millionaire Matchmaker? This week Stephanie from the Hills  was on the show and it was great to see her go on a romantic and fun date with a nice guy, when she says she usually goes for bad boys.
5. Wedding Planning mania
Wedding planning has commenced! The bad news is, a lot of the places on the list of venues we wanted to see for a potential wedding this year are booked for Saturdays all the way through Halloween already! We are thinking summer is the ideal time, mostly since it is easiest for the Italy relatives to get here. There is one venue with SOME availability high on my list right now though! Hopefully we can see this spot soon. How gorgeous???
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 Whats up with you guys this week? What are this weeks favorites or 5 standout things going on?

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5 Valentine’s Day Desserts, Thanks to Pinterest!

One month until Valentine’s Day! We always celebrate v-day with flowers, chocolates or dessert, and delicious food, but actually don’t do much in terms of gifts beside little things. (see last years v-day here  and see 2013 here). I think since December is our anniversary and x-mas, that is when the big ticket items are exchanged with v-day more just fun and a good time to exchange cards and have a yummy dinner. Anyways, I was perusing Pinterest and wanted to share some of my favorite v-day dessert ideas!

White Chocolate Bark Bites with M&M’s

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strawberry brownie kabobs

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Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies

Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies by sallysbakingaddiction.com Easy, no-fuss and quick!

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Valentine Red Velvet Brownies

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Strawberry Heart Mini Cheesecake Bites

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I also have a TON of past articles on heart day you may want to peruse:

What do you think about Valentine’s….Hallmark holiday you would rather skip or day to show your loved ones you care for them?

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Stitch Fix #2

You guys! Stitch Fix is so much fun! If you are unfamiliar, you fill out a style profile and each month, you are sent 5 items for you to potentially purchase, for the cost of $20 styling fee  (you can see my first order here). Then if you keep at least one item, the fee goes towards your purchase or if you keep ALL the items you get a discount. It is not the cheapest I will admit (each item is from $25 to $100), when it comes to cost per item, but I think if I treat myself to one or two things each Fix, it makes it worth it for awhile. Hey, you know it is 20 degrees right now, what else do I have to look forward to, ha? Anywho, here is my roundup about what my stylist picked for me, what I returned, and what I kept!

Stitch Fix

Item #1 – Cuff bracelet, $28

Item #2, Black and white shift dress, $88

Item #3, Printed top, $58

Item #4, Red top with funky back, $38

Item #5, Black and grey sweater, $48

Ok so can you guess what I kept….

Two of the five items….

Alright, I kept the black and grey top and the cuff bracelet! I have nothing like either of them so I figured why not. The dress didn’t fit my curves well and the red shirt was not my style. The other printed top would actually have been nice but I am on somewhat of a budget, so I refrained! So back those items went and into my rotation the new items will go.

What do you think – what item did you like best?

(PS if you want to find out more about Stitch Fix or sign up, pretty please use my affiliate link to sign up here).

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5 on Friday – 1/9/15

I am linking up with these lovely sites, for this weeks 5 on Friday:

 

1. Favorite food - 
I cannot get enough of sushi lately! I got takeout (from here) to eat at my desk the other day at work and boy was it delish!
2. Favorite in fashion - 
It is so freakin cold this week! Snowy and brisk and making the commute miserable. I ordered fake Uggs on Zulily and am hoping they come asap!
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3. Favorite purchase - 
I took initiative (probably like a million other people), to drop some LB’s this year and signed up for the WW app! It is actually really easy to track – you can take photos of the bar code of popular boxed/packaged foods and it will automatically calculate the points of something otherwise veggies and fruits are mostly all allowed and you just weigh your proteins and put that in manually. It is a way to get me more aware of what I am eating and portion sizes and all that. And in a routine of weighing myself each week! It has only been a few days but I will keep you posted on my weight loss progress (if you want of course)!
4. Favorite photos - 
I finally took the time to take a few new pictures of the bundles! I was using the same photo of the BabyBundle gift box I offer for newborns for three different price points and sizes – $30, $50, and $75, and the fiance finally helped me have an impromtu photoshoot of the $30 and $50 bundles to replace the $75 picture! It looks way better now.
5. Favorite on TV - 
One of my guilty pleasure shows is back for another season! Bachelor!  Bring on the hook-ups, cat fights, make-out sessions, tears, and all the other things that make this show the “most dramatic ever.”
What about you? Any favorites this week? 
PS Dont forget to enter the Bruggers gift card giveaway!
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Bruegger’s Behind the Taste campaign & giveaway!

 Bruegger’s Bagels is launching its new “Behind the Taste” campaign, a video series that celebrates traditional bakeries and the restaurant’s commitment to the true process of bringing fresh ingredients from the farm, field and ocean to its bakeries. Check out these videos: the campaign launch video and the first vignette, showing how Bruegger’s keeps tradition alive with its New York-style bagels.

Exciting stuff! Bruegger’s Bagels has also sponsored a giveaway! 5 winners will receive $10 gift cards!

To enter, simply watch the videos and let us know what you think, in a comment below.

You may also comment letting me know you:

  • Followed me on instagram @mlev15
  • Followed on Facebook
  • Followed the blog by email (top right of the home page)
  • Shared this giveaway on your social media sites (if so where did you share?)
  • Followed one or more of Bruegger’s Bagels social media sites - if so where did you follow?

Brueggers social media:

https://twitter.com/Brueggers

http://instagram.com/Brueggers

https://www.facebook.com/Brueggers

The giveaway is for US readers only, and the winner will be chosen on 1/21/14! Good luck!

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My 5 on Friday Favorites – 1/2/15

My first five favorites of the new year! Hope everyone is having a great holiday week. It has been a good balance of being productive but at the same time, so lazy and relaxed. Anyways I usually link up with my “Friday Fave Five” but Mom’s Got Mail hasn’t hosted in a bit so I am linking up with these lovely sites:

1. Favorite in Shopping:
I went on a mini online shopping spree on Zulily thanks to both store credit for referals and my generous boss at my “day job” giving me a gift card! Here is what was in my shopping cart:
  • Purple Beaded Yoke Dress
    Purple Beaded Yoke Dress
  • Black & Gray Stripe Drawstring Shift Dress
    Black & Gray Stripe Drawstring Shift Dress
  • Black Flower Double Chain Bib Necklace
    Black Flower Double Chain Bib Necklace
  • Black & White Zebra Infinity Scarf
    Black & White Zebra Infinity Scarf
    2. Favorite of my Subscription Boxes:
So I only did one month of Urthbox with a coupon from Rue La La, but I am actually really liking this box. Blue cheese popcorn? Best idea ever! And I had the pomegranate berry nut clusters for breakfast the other day and they are tasty and crunchy and delish.
3. Favorite Restaurant:
Last weekend, after a visit with my future SIL at the hospital, we ate at Antonio’s in Beacon Hill with the fam. Of all the things on the menu, I had a craving for good old salad and spaghetti and meatballs! We also got mussels for the table and an artichoke appetizer. And I was jealous of Sals moms dinner….lobster ravioli! We of course didn’t NEED dessert but shared a piece of mousse cake. Excuse the blurry phone pics!
4. Favorite Freebie:
I received a free box of goodies in the Influenster #frostyvoxbox to review and check out. In the box is:

1. Fruit Vines  a yummy fruit, licorice snack. #SweetSide.

2. EcoTools Hair Brush  a round brush perfect for straightening, curling, or just after the shower to get out tangles. #LoveMyEcoHairBrush.

3. Boot’s No7 Protect & Perfect Intense ADVANCED Serum  for smoothing deep lines and wrinkles. #GetADVANCED.

4. NYC Expert Last Lip Color in Sugar Plum a perfect winter colored lipstick. #SugarPlum

5. Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner a waterproof eyeliner. #Rimmel.

6. McCormick Gourmet Thyme a dry spice for soups, stews, stuffings and more!  #McCormickGourmet.

7. Celestial Seasoning Candy Cane Lane Decaf Green Tea a tea with a combo of peppermint and green tea #CelestialTea.

8. Rimmel Gentle Eye Makeup Remover to gently remove makeup without leaving any oily residue. #Rimmel.

5. Favorite Food:
I am a lucky lady because the fiance loves cooking and makes the most delicious dinners! Here is a pic of one of his recent creations – chicken marsala! (Similar recipe here)

Quick shout out and congrats to Jennifer A. who won the Renew Essentials Collection Giveaway! Enjoy! And stay tuned…next week I have another sponsored giveaway – with gift cards to Bruegger’s bagels up for grabs!

What are the favorites in your world this week?

 

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Review of 2014

2014 really was jam packed with happenings!

The year began getting settled in last winter at my “day job” in the heart of the Back Bay, doing marketing at a rercruitment company that focuses on placing professionals in fundraising jobs.

A huge success was the rebranding of my small biz..from this logo and packaging….

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To these logos and this packaging ! And launched a brand new design on the website too. I also got used to working on my own, since my co-founder decided to focus her efforts on mom life and left our biz in my hands.

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My shopping addiction was through the roof and I got way too many subscription boxes! But I am happy to report the ONLY monthly shipment I am getting right now is Stitch Fix!

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I went to charity events, concerts, parties, had fun date nights, drinks out with friends, and blogger food/drink events. Took a few road trips and got to see my best friends from growing up. Celebrated all the holidays with the fiance and his family and helped him make beer, cook, bake, and do plenty of gardening. We went to baseball and soccer games and hosted lots of visitors like his cousins from Ohio and my sisters too.

And I got to see one of my bestie’s who moved to New Zealand when she came home a couple of times. I continued to try to find time to write here, CBS, Examiner, and even got into purging my stuff on ebay for extra cash. But a BIG happening was the unthinkable – this city girl moved out of the North End in downtown Boston to a few miles outside of the city. From a studio apartment to a two bedroom pad with Sal with a white pickett fence, there were definitely high and low’s this spring/summer getting used to all the changes on the horizon. From being able to walk everywhere to needing a car, it was quite an adjustment but we are finally settled in.

2014 also included the closing of the fiances family pizza place which was sad because it was the end of an era but exciting for what is to come for both Sal, as he moves onto find a new job in 2015 and his dad, who gets to kick back and live a retired life!

Sal was also the best man at his long time friends wedding and we got to attend TWO weddings in celebration. One in MA and one in NY.

We had fun b-day nights out for both our birthdays and also went to a beautiful fall wedding of another of Sals good friends.

And ANOTHER wedding of the fiances buddys…where we got to spend time with this gorgeous gal (my future SIL) who kicked cancers butt this year.

I cannot wait to see what 2015 will bring! We were lacking on travelling so I hope to get in a few trips this year, and we already have a few weddings in our calendars, showers, and who knows….if all goes well, we will get some full fledge wedding planning done of our own.

Happy New Year!

What about you – looking back on 2014, any standout happenings?

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