Finish This – Link-Up – #16

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Linking up with Three 31   /  The Coastal Chicster / The Java Mama and The Arizona Russums!

My favorite makeup item is …

Stila – Lip Glaze! I have tons of it as you can see here. I love the “nifty click pen” applicator, the colors, the subtle taste, the shine…it’s my favorite for sure.

Stila Lip Glaze

The best book I’ve ever read was _because …

This is really hard because a. I haven’t read anything new in ages and b. there are tons of books I have read that I enjoyed! But for the sake of today’s post, I am going to pick two that got me thinkin’. The first is called “Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, by Lori Gottlieb. I thought this book was very eye opening because women tend to have never ending lists of what the perfect man will be, when in actuality you need to make sure your list is filled with the IMPORTANT things!

Also I have mentioned I have anxiety issues and at a very hard time for me, I read “From Panic to Power: Proven Techniques to Calm Your Anxieties, Conquer Your Fears, and Put You in Control of Your Life” and it seriously made me feel so much better and like there are A LOT of people who are dealing with what I did and still do deal with!

My favorite TV show is …

I hate to admit it but I watch a lot of TV at night while I am plugging away at my computer. Bachelor/Bachelorette is a guilty pleasure, the Real Housewive’s from just about everywhere….and singing competitions like The Voice usually catch my attention as do cooking shows on Food Network! And I am hooked on Shark Tank!

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The most spontaneous thing I’ve ever done is …

I will have to go with starting a business! The idea came to us the beginning of the summer and by the end of the summer 2012 it seems like we were officially an LLC and scrambling to get a website and inventory and all the necessities. Crazy! Now it’s just me since my co-founder moved on but it is going well and I am so glad we took the plunge!

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I prefer DOGS/CATS because …

I want a dog soooo bad! Growing up we had two dogs! A German Shepherd and a rescue pup and then a new German Shepherd puppy that grew up with us. Now my parents have a different dog they love lots. Me and the fiance have talked about it tons and he wants a busy, active dog like a terrier and I want a wrinkly cute lazy dog like a bull dog.lol. Guess we will see what we end up doing in the near future!

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I met my significant other …

I met the fiance in the North End for our first date for a walk around the neighborhood to the market and coffee shop and for a relaxing stroll. I will be the first tell you I was getting a friends vibe our first few dates and then it totally took a turn!

OK Your Turn!!!

Let’s hear how you would answer these questions…..

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April 2014 Bestowed Box Review + A Discount for you!

April Bestowed box has arrived!

Bestowed April 2014If you are new around these parts, it is a monthly food subscription box for healthy snacks. You can also order from their shop too if you don’t want to commit to the monthly subscription but want some of the items you see in the box! This box is Bestowed’s Earth Day Box – April 2014!

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So what was in the box?

  • Nature’s Path Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla Cereal Sample

Nature's Path Sunrise Crunchy Vanilla Cereal, 6-boxes (10.6 oz ea)

  • Lucini Premium Select EVOO samples

Limited Reserve® Premium Select Extra Virgin Olive Oil 100% Organic

  • 1 – 3B Bags Reusable Mesh Produce Bag

3B Bags Resuable Product Bags, 3-bags

  • Tiny Fruits Strawberry! Mango!

Little Duck Organics Tiny Fruits Strawberry & Mango

  • Luna Protein – Lemon Vanilla & Chocolate Coconut Almond

Luna Bar Protein Chocolate Coconut Almond, 12 bars (1.6 oz ea)

  • Torie & Howard organic candy

Torie & Howard Blood Orange & Honey Organic Hard Candy, 8-tins (2 oz ea)

  • Glories Sea Salt Potato Chips

Good Health Glories Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips, 12 bags (5 oz ea)

  • Numi Organics Savory Tea

Numi Tea Tomato Mint Savory Tea, 6-boxes (12 bags ea)

What do I think? Well I am very happy about protein snack bars, organic candy and fruit snacks, crunchy vanilla cereal, and even olive oil! And you know I love chips! It is earth day and all so reusable bags are a nice compliment to the box. Tomato mint tea sounds kind of random though but perhaps I will give it a go- or sip for that matter?

April Bestowed

Good news!

You can use code HELLOYUM73 to get YOUR first Bestowed box for $10 (normally $19) (expires on 5/15).

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Alex and Ani “Boston Strong” bangle set

Today on ruelala.com, you’ll find a limited-edition Alex and Ani “Boston Strong” bangle set. And 100% of the net proceeds from the sale of this bracelet set will go directly to The One Fund Boston. What a great way to support the Boston Marathon – I just had to share!

Boston Alex and Ani BraceletHead to http://www.ruelala.com and it is under the “women” category!

And for my Boston friends, have a great marathon day and Patriot’s Day.

Boston Marathon

Also check out a few posts from a year ago:

Time is on my side; yes it is

Seven ways to assist Boston during the marathon tragedy

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Scenes from my Easter 2014

Easter 2014

Octopus salad, pasta al forno, asparagus, grilled zucchini and squash, lamb chops, ham, rice, salad, bread….TONS of food for today’s Easter dinner! Cannoli’s, cupcakes, lemon chocolate cookies, fruit salad, chocolate marshmallow bars…and who know’s what else – with plenty of wine to drink!

Hope you had a tasty day too and a happy Easter!

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What’d you eat today?

Also check out:

Scenes from my Easter 2013

8 Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas

8 Easter Dessert Recipe Ideas

8 Eggscellent Easter Decorations

Five Ingredient Easter cookies: Chocolate Chip and Coconut Cookies with Coconut M&M’s

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April Love With Food 2014

Love With Food AprilApril Love With Food has arrived!

What’s in this Box?

  • Orchard Blend Dried Fruit by Sensible Foods
  • heart-tee by Wild Hibiscus Flower Co.
  • Creamed Honey with Chocolate Mint by Vintage Bee
  • Almonds with Cranberries, Honey + Sea Salt by Sahale Snacks
  • Popcorn by Crave Canyon – Aged White Cheddar & Hatch Green Chile
  • Honey Waffle by Meli
  • Fiordifrutta Organic Fruit Spread by Rigoni Di Asiago
  • Organic Energy Bar by BumbleBar

The theme of this months food subscription box is Flower Power! “After a long winter, spring is finally in sight. Let’s all take a moment to stop and smell the roses – and enjoy the spring thaw with these flower inspired treats.”

Fun right? I dug right into the popcorn and loved the spicy kick of the chile’s! I also toasted up some wheat bread to eat the fruit spread. It was in a packet and was sort of watery which I guess is from the added apple juice but it did have good flavor from the blueberries! I am excited about the nuts and the tea! And then I am sure the energy bar will be one of the last things to eat and the honey waffle. As usual, it is all brands I am not familiar with, which makes it a fun box to try new healthy snacks.

April Love With Food BoxWhat do you think – look tasty to you?

PS If you want to sign up, here’s the button!

Love With Food - Snack Smart. Do Good.

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Friday Fave Five & Blog Hop

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 to Mom’s Got Mail. 

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Favorite For Kids:

Pastel Toys Rabbit

Pastel Toys Rabbit on Bumblebean

It’s Easter weekend so I of course have to choose something some-bunny would love! I can totally picture this rabbit hanging out on a shelf as part of the decor of a soft pastel themed nursery but what fun baby will have when they are learning to walk and the rabbit will move along with them! It would make a fun Easter gift or Easter basket goodie too.

Favorite in Beauty:

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V. Sachar, MD, Lip Gloss in Brick Road

I am so excited to have added a new pregnancy safe, non-toxic product line to Baby Bump Bundle, my small biz. Pregnant or not, the make-up and beauty products were created by a doctor and they are great for any women to look great with glossy lips, without any sketchy ingredients!

Favorite in Food:

Sushi

Lunch combo at Samurai Express

I can’t get enough of sushi lately! Spicy tuna roll, salmon avocado roll, crab salad.. you name, I’ll take it!

Favorite in Entertainment:

GREY'S ANATOMY - ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" stars Sandra Oh as Dr. Cristina Yang. (ABC/Bob D'Amico)If I am not out for thirsty Thursday drinks, you will find me watching Grey’s Anatomy and I am SO curious how they will depict Christina’s departure from the show! It is next week! Ahhhh!

Favorite Sale:

If you like sales, deals, and discounts, you NEED to sign up for Ebates!

They have 25 % off Wen Hair products, 15 % off ordering flowers, 15 % off sunglasses at Glasses USA, 12 % at ebags (including the tote below)…the list goes on! Sign up, shop, save!

Tiganello Tote BagLet’s hear it…what are your favorites this week friends?

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Finish This – Link-Up

http://nicoleandkevin.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/finishthis-small.jpg?w=611Linking up with Three 31   /  The Coastal Chicster / The Java Mama and The Arizona Russums!

Here is how I would finish the following questions!

1. My favorite vacation spot is …

For regular visits Florida to see my sisters and parents but one of the best vacations I had was in Nice, France and I would love to go back. It’s gorgeous. It has everything – beach, good food, shopping, history, and most importantly is where my father is from and his immediate family!
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2. If I won a million dollars I would …
This is a tough one because there are a million ways I wouldn’t mind spending a million bucks. But a house, dog, dream wedding, and car would be a nice place to start! This one here is just about a million. Wowza.

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3. If I could go on a date with ONE celebrity, it would be …
I’ll go with Ryan Reynolds on this one. I mean, seriously how funny was he in The Proposal or Just Friends!

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4. If I found a genie in a bottle, my three wishes would be …
To wake up in-shape/skinny (like the gals below), to be less stressed/anxious, and to be able to get married and have kids and live happily ever after with my fiance sooner then later.

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5. My favorite clothing item is …
Duh. Dresses. Dresses. and more Dresses!

 Dress

Milly- Leather-trimmed stretch-silk dress

What about you…how would you finish any of the above questions?

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Five Spring Fashion Trends I Doubt I’ll Try

1. Jumpsuits are all the rage. But I am pretty self conscious about my curves. So although the model looks adorable, this is definitely going to be a no for me this season!

AE Soft Floral Jumpsuit

Floral Jumpsuit2. Ear Cuffs that cover your whole ear are edgy and fun but I really don’t think I can pull it off!

Shay Accessories – Crystal Clip On Ear Cuffs

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3. Cropped tops are totally back in! I saw tons this past weekend now that the weather is finally better around these parts and spring has sprung. But really you need washboard abs or a 6-pack!

Kirra – Solid Band Cropped Tee

Cropped Top

4. I use to LOVE overalls! I remember wearing them in high school and definitely at some points in college. But right now, I think I would look quite ridiculous because I am short (5′ 2) and I think these are best on tall and slim gals!

Citizens of Humanity -’Drama Quincey’ Overalls

Overalls5. Another thing I personally don’t think I look great in, that is back in style with a bang ? Palazzo pants!

American Rag Paisley-Print Palazzo Pants

Palazzo pants

Any trends you are trying (or not) giving a go this season?

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8 Easter Dessert Recipe Ideas

Easter is quickly approaching (one week!). I have posted about 8 Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas and for dessert Five Ingredient Easter cookies: Chocolate Chip and Coconut Cookies with Coconut M&M’s. For those who want to send an Easter treat or skip the baking and buy sweets for the big day, I posted Easter treats for cheap at Edible Gifts Plus. And I even posted about 8 Eggscellent Easter Decorations! But today I want to focus on more Easter desserts, so here’s 8 of ‘em you’ll love!

8 Easter Dessert Ideas

1. Bunny Cookies

Bunny Cookies2. Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes Printable3. Bunny Pops

Bunny Pops4. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Chocolate PB Easter Eggs5. Hatching Chicks Cake Pops

Egg Cake Recipe6. Carrot Cake Bars

Easy Carrot Cake Bars7. Coconut Easter Bunny Cake

Easter Bunny Cake8. Easter Peeps Cake

Easter Peeps Cake

What is your favorite Easter dessert?

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Friday Fave Five & Blog Hop

fridayfavefivebloghopLinking up with my favorites from this week again, via Moms Got Mail!

Favorite in Kid’s:

DressWhoa! This is awesome! It’s a cutesy girly dress but it also has a pocket that detaches and converts into a handbag. Genius and fashion forward for little ones!

Favorite in Beauty:

Glossy-Box

This is an easy one. The Glossybox rocked last month! Just a tad bit psyched about the Alex + Ani appearance! If only I could have all of these, I would:)

Favorite in Food:

I have been getting the salad bar at Souper Salad for lunch most days and I like to get a small scoop of their Carrot Salad! It has cranberries, shredded carrots, and feta too. Here is a similar recipe from Food Network.

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Favorite in Fashion:

I have been shopping up a storm on zulily again! It is sort of hit or miss and you can’t return anything but I am still a big fan because they give awesome referral rewards which equal MORE shopping for me!

I kept and LOVE these items:

Color Block DressStriped DressFedoraAnd then these two items don’t fit so I am selling them on ebay:

Blue and Green Dress

Herezu8898608_main_tm1395366730And here

Favorite in Sales:

Loft - 40 % off with code Treat

Loft DressPetite Eyelet Stripe Dress

Victoria’s Secret – (hello new bikini’s!) $15 off $100 plus a free umbrella !

Bikini TopPINK – NEW! Caged Bandeau Top

What are your favorites this week?

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