5 on Friday – Favorites – 8/28/15

I am linking up for this weeks 5 on Friday –

five on friday
A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

1. Favorite in fashion –

My September Stitch Fix came really quick! I have to admit, it is not my favorite mix of items compared to past boxes.

But as long as I keep one item, I am happy. Otherwise you lose the $20 styling fee. I almost kept this….

But instead went with this…

September Stitch Fix

2. Favorite in take-out – 

I am obsessed with this veggie burger wrap sandwich at Back Bay Sandwich in Boston. It is a veggie burger with hummus, feta, roasted red peppers, lettuce, and tomato plus olive oil and oregano on a wheat wrap. The picture does not do it justice!

3. Favorite food at home – 

Sal made me one of my favorites this week – turkey, lemon, and thyme!

4. Favorite in cocktails – 

New-to-me drink option on the market! LVP Sangria! Lisa Vanderpump, one of my favorite Real Housewives, came out with a sangria with her daughter. You just pour, add ice, and then toss in some fruit, and have fruity, all natural sangria. It’s only $15 at local liquor stores.

LVP Red Sangria

5. Favorite in giveaways – 

Coming soon, I have an exciting giveaway for you guys here BUT for now, I want to share a giveaway I am doing for the small biz over on cupcakemag!

Feeling Lucky_

TGIF! Hope you had a good week!

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Men’s Restroom: DIY Wedding Bathroom Basket Part 2

I shared what was in the women’s wedding bathroom basket here, but now onto the guys!

I used the same materials/supplies as the women’s baskets:

What you need:

  • Basket – (mine was from Christmas Tree Shop for $3.99- called the stacked storage basket by Nantucket distributing )
  • Sign – “If your skin feels dry … I purchased mine here.
  • Ribbon
  • Tissue paper
  • Tape

Whats in it / shopping list:

  1. spray deodorant
  2. mouthwash
  3. cups
  4. Tylenol
  5. tums
  6. Gold bond powder
  7. Axe cologne spray
  8. Hair spray
  9. Lotion
  10. Tide pen
  11. Lint brush
  12. Q-tips
  13. Sewing kit
  14. Flossers
  15. Chapstick
  16. Comb set


Your guests are sure to appreciate the special touches at the wedding like these baskets!

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Women’s Restroom: DIY Wedding Bathroom Basket Part 1

You know those handy dandy baskets of goodies in the bathroom at the last wedding you went to? The bride, family members, or friends took the time to put that together to add an extra special touch to the big day for the wedding guests! Yes, it is optional and not something you HAVE to take the time to offer, but I wanted to do one for each bathroom for guests.

Here is what went in my wedding – women’s restroom basket (for other wedding planning bride-to-be’s):

What you need:

  • Basket – (mine was from Christmas Tree Shop for $3.99- called the stacked storage basket by Nantucket distributing )
  • Sign – “If your skin feels dry … I purchased mine here.
  • Ribbon
  • Tissue paper
  • Tape

Whats in it / shopping list:

  1. tampons
  2. pads
  3. mouth wash
  4. small cups (for mouth wash)
  5. hair spray
  6. bobby pins
  7. brush
  8. elastics
  9. first aid kit
  10. sewing kit
  11. tums
  12. aspirin
  13. q-tips
  14. tide stain stick/pen
  15. chapstick
  16. lotion
  17. body spray / perfume
  18. nail file
  19. gold bond powder
  20. deodorant
  21. teeth flossers

I went to the dollar store, Christmas Tree Shop, and CVS and stocked up on all these goodies for my guests. I used the ribbon and tape to display the sign propped up around the basket and put tissue on the bottom to cushion all the products.

We got lots of compliments and I even had a moment to use the hairspray, file, and a few other items. And the leftovers came home with us at the end of the night!

Happy wedding planning!

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5 on Friday – Favorites – 8/21/15

I am linking up for this weeks 5 on Friday –

five on friday
A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

1. Favorite in dining out –

The Cheesecake Factory lettuce wraps are one of my favorite things there. We went to the mall last night and went there for dinner. If you have not tried them, you are missing out. You get a platter with lettuce, satay chicken strips, carrots, cucumbers, bean sprouts, and coconut curry noodles served up with three delicious sauces – peanut, sweet red chili and tamarind-cashew.

2. Favorite in dining in –

If you follow my Instagram @mlev15, you know the garden has been off the charts this summer, bursting to the brims with tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, onions, carrots…the list goes on and on.

Every single meal at home has included some veggies from the garden.

3. Favorite in subscription boxes – 

I signed up with a blogger discount for August’s bestowed box (you can use code LOVEHEALTHY for 10% off!). Just a reminder, it’s a monthly delivery of healthy food and snacks. I am most excited to try the eboost drinks mix. The insert letter said there was also going to be a soft snickerdoodle cookie and there was not so I wrote asking and they said it was a misprint! Boo! Ha.

4. Favorite in fashion – 

My August Stitch Fix came right on time! Can you guess which item I kept….

The blue dress! So cute and something I would not pick out for myself but that was flattering and fun for the end of the summer!

5. Favorite date with the husband – 

We went on a last minute beach trip Wednesday!

It is less than a half an hour to get to Nahant Beach so we went there for a few hours.

TGIF! What about you – any favorites to share?

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What I Gave My Girls: Bridesmaid Gift Ideas

I had lots of fun putting together gift bags for the bridesmaids / maid of honor / matron of honor to thank them for being by my side on the wedding day (and throughout the whole planning process). I treated them all to make-up and hair, on me, on the big day. And then here is what they also got / some inspiration for any other brides on the hunt for the perfect gifts.

Bridesmaids Gift Ideas1. Bangle Bracelet – I loved the idea of having a bangle bracelet, that matches the dresses and the wedding theme, handmade. I went with grey druzy silver ones from Wrenn Jewelry, but these also look great.

2. Foldable Flip Flops – I originally was going to do foldable ballet flats but in the middle of summer flip-flops that fold up and go in your purse worked great. After wearing heels all day, I knew the girls would need a foot break!

3. Portable Phone Charger – I absolutely hate when my phone dies because I am obviously obsessed with taking photos for this here blog. SO a portable phone charger for the girls made it so they wouldn’t miss a text, pic opp, call, or whatever, when we were out and busy from the minute we woke up to bed time.

4. Personalized Bridesmaid Tumblers – my sister actually treated me and the girls to tumblers (like these) with our names and we sipped mimosas out of them the morning of the wedding! But the bride could also grab some to include for her maids.

5. Stud Earrings – My wedding was all about the sparkle, so stud earrings were a no-brainer.

And a nice addition to the gifts….

6. Bubbly – Champagne…wine…beer..I knew something to drink had to go in the gift bags. I am lucky enough to have a husband who makes homemade beer! Each girl got a couple to enjoy of his strawberry wheat! He made the labels and everything.

If you don’t have homemade beer, the next best thing is slapping a personalized label onto beers you buy, like these!

Wedding Beer Label Downloadable PDF-

What did you give your bridesmaids or what was the best gift you received from the bride?

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Fla-Ver Candies Kickstarter Campaign

Just popping in to pass along some info on a Kickstarter campaign for a candy company called Fla-Ver. They are so close to meeting their goal of $10,000 and have a unique product they want to release to the massses, but they need your help.
What they do is create candy dispensers …
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And candy flavors like Mint, Lime Chipotle, and Cherry.
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Fla-Ver Dispensers and Fla-Ver Candies are: “artisan-designed candy dispensers filled with mouth-watering Fla-Ver candies and are like nothing else out there! Each Fla-Ver candy is a treat for your senses with a satisfying texture that is just the right amount of crunch, and delicious natural flavors that are sure to give your mouth a burst with only a few calories! Foodies rejoice—these are the candies your palette has been craving! The natural flavors paired with fun colors make Fla-Ver Candies the grownup’s choice for a flavorful treat.”
Find out more info and consider contributing to their campaign here:
I am most excited to try cherry or the pineapple jalapeno!
Good luck to Fla-Ver! 
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5 on Friday – Favorites – 8/7/15

I am linking up for this weeks 5 on Friday –

five on friday
A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

It’s my first friday favorites, as a married lady! Since we just got back from our honeymoon, I am going to focus this post on the Aruba trip.

1. Favorite in food – Aruba edition –

There were two meals that really stuck out during our honeymoon in Aruba. One was steak dinner at El Gaucho, which is an Argentinian steakhouse, recommended and paid for as a wedding gift from my BIL/SIL.

The other was at Hopi Bon Grill. Rewind to last Thursday when we went deep sea fishing as a honeymoon excursion. I was really sea sick so I admit I didn’t get too involved with the fishing, but Sal caught three nice sized Mahi Mahi, which were brought over to the restaurant by our captain, to prepare for us by their chef for lunch!

They prepared it two ways: with teriyaki sauce and sweet + sour sauce, and then served it with plantains, mushrooms and peapods, and rice. It doesn’t get any fresher then that! Two hours after the fish was caught, a lunch feast for us!

2. Favorite in drinks –

Our honeymoon package was all inclusive and we couldn’t get enough of the mojitos at the hotel!

3. Favorite photo – 

Our hotel room at the Riu had stunning views. Every night we caught the sunset from our balcony and I love this picture I took with my phone that captures the beauty of the hotel pool and beach too.

4. Favorite honeymoon outing –

Definitely out of my comfort zone was an excursion where we did an ATV tour around the island. Sal was the driver and we got to stop at the beach, an old gold mine, a lighthouse, and a historical church while soaking up the sun, sand, and navigating around Aruba. It was so fun and I got plenty of pics.

5. Favorite part of the honeymoon –

Relaxing at the pool and beach with my new husband, and finally lounging around after 6 months of constant wedding planning was the best part of the vaca!

TGIF! What about you – what are this weeks favorites? Have you been to Aruba?

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Wedding Day Photo Sneak Peek! 7-24-15

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me and sal


I laughed, I cried. I ate, danced, and drank. I chatted with friends and family from near and far. There were surprises and things that didn’t go as planned while other things exceeded my expectations, but most importantly I married my love and am officially a Mrs.! More photos and details to come after the honeymoon!

Hope you had a good weekend too! Ciao for now.

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5 on Friday – Favorites – 7/17/15

I am linking up for this weeks 5 on Friday –

five on friday
A. Liz Adventures
Carolina Charm
Hello! Happiness
The Good Life

1. Favorite from July 4th –

What a perfect festive fruit salad a friend brought to share at the 4th of July celebration. I love the red (strawberries) white (banana) and blue (blueberries) theme and the star shaped watermelon!

2. Favorite night out –

Sal and I have made it a point to take a break from wedding planning mania and have date nights…including a Mexican meal complete with fajitas and margaritas on the patio of Mexico Lindo and a Mariachi band.

3. Favorite food – 

I cannot get enough sushi lately! It is the perfect food that is light and fresh and perfect for hot weather.

Sushi at Yoki

Sushi at All Seasons Table

4. Favorite pastime – gardening

The garden is flourishing right now! If you follow me on instagram @mlev15  you have already seen some of these pics…but the Zucchini is insane right now.

5. Favorite in wedding – 

We applied for our marriage license and pick it up Tuesday and by Friday, it will be signed, sealed, delivered, and I will be a Mrs! We went out to celebrate at Not Your Average Joe’s for lunch and had lettuce wraps to share and then I got the ahi tuna and for the fiance, steak tips, green beans, and mashed potatoes.

I can’t believe my next Friday Favorites will include wedding favorites! Ahhhh! Anyways, what is new – what are this weeks favorites for you?

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Bridal Shower Gift DIY to Try: A Basket of “Firsts” for the Bride and Groom

I already gave you a sneak peek at one of my favorite bridal shower gift ideas here, but I want to break it down further and share how to make one yourself, for a lucky bride-to-be. It is such a fun off-the-registry gift to stock up the new happy couples wine rack.

How to make a Firsts Bride-to-be gift basket:

What You Need:

  • cooler / tub
  • tissue paper
  • paper shopping bags
  • ribbon
  • notecard or greeting card
  • tags
  • wine (see below for wine suggestions)

1. Start off with a large stainless steel beverage tub (tons of options at Target or Wayfair)

Occasionally Made 2 Piece Happily Ever After Beverage Tub Set

2. Crumple /rip the shopping bags to create a base layer.

3. Crumple tissue to create your top base to cushion the wine bottles.

4. Take each tag and match up with your appropriate bottle, and tie with ribbon, in a bow.

*For the tags: There are tons of tag options on Etsy – including this one – or you can of course make your own –

DIGITAL FILE: Bridal Shower Wine Tags with Poems for Wedding Shower or Bachelorette Wine Gift Basket - Set of 8 (Customized)

5. Fill your beverage tub up with all the wine bottles.

6. Top off with a notecard or greeting card with the message “quenching your thirst through all of your firsts.” Bring to the bridal shower and get ready to wow the bride!

Wine Suggestions:

The key is to match up the theme of the tag with the type of wine!

Wedding Night – Monogomy

First Fight – Clean Slate

First New Year’s Eve – champagne of course – Veuve Clicquot

First Valentine’s DayTerra Valentine

First AnniversaryBetter Half 

First House – House Wine

First Dinner Party – Bread & Butter

First Baby – Barefoot Bubbly

Additional add-on ideas – wine glasses, wine carafe, and wine opener! You could even have friends chip in for a new wine rack. The options are endless!

A big thank you to Court and Meg for this amazing gift, that inspired this post! 

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