Friday Fave Five – 9/19

Welcome to the 24th 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 & 2 – Favorite in food and drink -

Last weekend, Sal and I made it into a new restaurant at the Burlington Mall called Besito. It was seriously so good and we had leftovers to take home too!

We started with the shrimp taquitos. Then I got the “mixtos” which featured an iron skillet filled with cheese and meats, to create your own tacos alongside sauces and tortillas! It was soooo freakin good – so much flavor, cooked well, good portions, great chips and salsa with the meal, and I even got a watermelon margarita to go along with it. They also give you a worry doll to take home and a small bag with a churro for each person! Sal ordered the pineapple and pork tacos but I didn’t snap a shot. How good does this look?

Shrimp Tauitos at BesitoBesito Mexican Restaurant Mixtos Tacos watermelon margarita

3 Favorite in shopping -

Rue la la hooked me up with $25 credit in my account! I have my eye on gorjana jewelry – I can’t decide between these items!

4 Favorite body product -

I pretty much only use hand soaps from Bath & Body Works. I went to stock up and noticed a new kind and I am a big fan!

5 Favorite find for baby/kids -

I just partnered up with a new brand for Baby Bump Bundle and I couldn’t resist sharing a product I ordered/added to our site – baby closet dividers!

Little Lady Closet Divider Set

Ok lets hear it – what are YOUR favorites this week?

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Helene in Between Blog Auction

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You guys! I am trying something new! A live blog auction over on Helene in Between. Up for grabs, from Baby Bump Bundle, I have earrings for sale (current bid is $11), and from this blog, I have a sidebar ad for two months (starting bid price is just $5), so if you want to showcase an event, product, company, blog, social media page, or anything else you want to link to on my sidebar, this is for you!
Good luck!
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Friday Fave Five – 9/12

Welcome to the 23rd 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:

I went out with some of my girl friends last night and had sangria, appetizers, and got a chance to do lots of catching up! I loved the bbq chicken flatbread pizza with pickles at Granary Tavern in Boston again.

BBQ chicken pizza

I also had a taste of my friends order of deviled eggs and it was pretty tasty. I didn’t get a pic of the dip and cheese plate we also got which had gouda, olive tapenade, hummus, and other goodies to eat with toasted baguette!

Deviled eggs

2. Favorite photos:

This morning we took a ride to Smolak Farms  and before apple and raspberry picking took a peek at the animal cages. I was a tad bit too psyched about the peacocks of course.

Animals at Smolak Farms

3. Favorite thing to do:

As a continuation to the above animal pic, the apple and raspberry picking was so fun. The weather was 70 degrees and sunny. There was barely anyone out apple picking yet since it is early in the season and I felt like it was just us and the trees for miles!


Apples Dahlias Pumpkins
Raspberries Tractor

4. Favorite drink:

Last weekend, Sal and I went to Exchange Bistro and I tried an amazing martini with passion-fruit juice and vodka. So yummy!

Passionfruit Martini

5. Favorite in shopping:

Check out my Tom’s that I got on sale on Zulily! I am so excited for them to arrive. Tom’s are the most comfortable shoes ever!

Ok let’s hear it! What are this weeks faves for you??

P.S. I found two more Friday link ups too :)

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Finish This #36

IT’S WEEK 36 OF FINISH THIS …and I am linking up with:

LISA (COASTLINED), JEN (The Arizona Russums), BECKY (The Java Mama) and NICOLE (Three 31)


All you do is finish the prompts provided the way you would answer them. Let me know what you would say…and here is what my first thoughts are!

I am serious about….

I am serious about my work. I am kind of a workaholic, I will admit. If you are new around here, I am quite the multi-tasker. I write for CBS, Examiner, and this blog. I also contribute to Bumblebean and write the Baby Bump Bundle Blog too! I work as a marketing associate at a recruiting company part time and I own a small business, geared towards gifts for mom-to-be, new moms, and baby.

I am most relaxed when

I am most relaxed when I have a movie on, my feet up in the recliner, sitting next to my love Sal, sharing some special cocktails like mojitos with mint from our garden!

Two Mojito Cocktails with Mint Garnish and Straws, White Background

There’s no place like….

There is no place like Boston! You have the perfect mix of excitement from the city, shops and restaurants in the suburbs, plus it is close to the beaches and a quick drive to the mountains for hikes and outdoorsy stuff too. There is always something going on whether it is a free concert or an art festival, seasonal activities, shopping, spa going, theater….really something for everyone!

Ok your turn! What are your answers to the three questions?

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Special Edition – PopSugar Must Have Fall Style Box

I got my first PopSugar Box in the mail today!

I am not a monthly subscriber but I bought my best friend a 3 month subscription and was impressed with what she has gotten so far. So when I saw the special one time delivery of a fall box I figured I would splurge for myself.

Check out what is in the box!

For $100, the box contained the following 6 items:

Joie Knit Cap ($98 value)
Marchesa Voyage for Shopstyle Scarf ($140 value)
MAKE Slik Cream Lipstick($25 value)
Indie Lee Brightening Face Cleanser($32 value)
Byway Capsule Parfums ($38 value)
Sugarpova Chic Gummy Candy ($5.99 value)

Fall Style Box by PopSugar

That is a total of $338.99! Whoa!

The scarf is so soft and I love the colors. The hat is soft as well and will be perfect for winter. I LOVE gummy candy so that is of course a win. I haven’t tried the beauty/body products yet but a good cleanser, lipstick, and perfume is always good to have! All really high quality brands and items that will come in handy!

What do you think of  PopSugar / Must Have’s? Did you receive this box or do you see anything that stands out?


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August Bestowed Box + One Month FREE For You!

I am back on the Bestowed wagon! I skipped June and July but after getting an offer for a blogger discount, I couldn’t resist getting my monthly box of healthy snacks!  The August 2014 Back to School Box featured healthy snacks and products for people of all ages.


The nine items in the box included:

1. Ocean’s Halo Seaweed Chip

Ocean's Halo Seaweed Chip, Sea Salt, 24-pack (1 oz ea)

2.  Orgain Healthy Kids Nutritional Shake

Orgain Healthy Kids Nutritional Shake, 12-pack (8.25 oz ea)

3./4. Two kinds of Funley’s Super Crackers


5. Good Greens Chocolate Mint Bar

6. Plum Berry Squeezable Fruit

7. Peeled Apple Clusters

8. Unburn Sun Burn Relief

9. Meyers Dish Soap


I think this box has a nice mix of products! Favorites are definitely the Funley’s crackers and the chocolate mint bar! I tried the apple snack and it was an interesting texture – it is dried apples put into small balls you can pop into your mouth. It is dry at first like granola but then softens up in your mouth. Really healthy and pure but I was surprised it wasn’t as sweet as I would expect.

I have to admit I am not as gungho to try the seaweed chips – they look a little bit scary to me even though I love seaweed salad and sushi. Dish soap is always useful to have on hand and with all the sunny weather in Boston lately, so is the sun burn relief! I still will try the shake even though it is made for kids and the fruit puree too. All and all a good mix of products, geared towards moms / families / back to school. But even though I am not a mom, I still found enough things I like to snack on and use!

Good news! You too can discover the best healthy food and snacks with monthly deliveries from Bestowed! Sign up by 9/15 and get your first month FREE. For more info or to sign up, visit the website here. To get your first month free, use the code FIRST at checkout. Code valid for 3 and 6 month memberships. Happy snacking!

What do you think? Any favorites in the box?

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Friday Fave Five & Blog Hop – 9/5

Welcome to the 22nd 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 drink:

Ok so I dont have a photo of our version but the fiance made up a cocktail concoction last night that was amazing! It was spiked frozen strawberry lemonade. He took lemonade, lime juice, fresh strawberries, rum, and ice and tossed it in the blender! I found a yummy similar Martha recipe here, but without the alcohol. Favorite in food:

Another recipe we kind of tossed together was cheese (cream cheese and shredded chedder cheese) stuffed jalapenos (from the garden!) wrapped in bacon, put on skewers, and grilled! Whoa. Best idea ever! Similar recipe found here.

Jalapenos wrapped in bacon

3. Favorite fashion freebie:

Have you guys signed up for or heard of influenster? I was lucky enough to be a #VSSportTester and I received a sports bra and work out pants complimentary for testing purposes! If you want to join, give me your email and I can send you the invite! Also if you want me to mail you a coupon for Victoria’s Secret active wear, they sent coupons and I can pop that in the mail! Anyways back to the bra and pants….

VSI will spare you a pic of me in the outfit but I love the shape and fit of the bra and that is is smooth under a shirt. It has a clasp to loosen and tighten on the back. And I of course love the full coverage and the color combo of black and grey that I received.

Incredible by Victoria’s Secret Sport Bra

Knockout by Victoria's Secret TightThe pants aren’t quite my style because i like more of a bootcut for pants and only like a tighter bottom on work out pants when they are capris since I have wider hips but I will keep them on hand for when I feel more confident about my lower half!

4. Favorite in entertainment:

OMG. Did anyone else see the movie Houdini on the History channel! We watched the first part last night and will hopefully watch the rest this evening! SO good. Favorite place I went this week:

The beach! I never seem to get the fiance Sal to want to go and today was a victory! We stayed for only three hours but hey – I will take it!

What about you – what are this weeks faves?

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Friday Fave Five & Blog Hop – 8/29

Welcome to the 21st 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 video:

As you know, I am engaged and so seriously this video/article cracked me up. It is pretty on point as to how crazy the wedding planning process can be. We really haven’t even dived in yet but maybe this really is partly why!

2. Favorite in Food:

Sal’s (the fiance) brother turned 30 this week! We went to his birthday party with friends he and his wife threw at Rosa Mexicano last weekend and then his family dinner was Pasta Market this week.

Highlights from Rosa Mexicano:


MargaritaFrozen Margarita

Chicken TacosChicken tacos

EnchiladasEnchiladas – which sadly looked better then they tasted in my opinion

Churros with dipping sauces ChurrosChurros with dipping sauces for dessert!

And my meal from Pasta Market….good old chicken parm.

Chicken Parm Dinner

3. Favorite in Shopping:

I hope this – m elizabeth – Silver Triple Triangle Necklace ($19.99), I ordered from Zulily is as cute in person! I wanted a more delicate necklace to wear to work / during the day instead of always wearing long necklaces or statement necklaces as I tend to lean towards. It says it won’t be here for a couple of weeks so we shall see!

Triangle Necklace4. Favorite in Entertainment:

Are you guys Simpsons fans? I used to watch it all the time and then not at all. But Sal loves it and they are doing a marathon right now where they are playing #everysimpsonsever on FXX so we have watched a few funny episodes this week!

5.  Favorite for kids:

I love adding new products to my bundles and when I was contacted by Olives & Pickles, I couldn’t resist getting some new items including this:

Olives & Pickles Elephant Teether

What about you? What are this weeks faves?

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Friday Fave Five & Blog Hop – 8/22

Welcome to the 20th 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 in Food:

Don’t you just love mini desserts! I love how D’Amici’s in Melrose makes little cakes like this mini carrot cake the fiance and I shared!

Carrot Cake

2. Favorite Song:

If anyone needs a new work out, cleaning, dancing, or really music for anywhere that you want to listen to something up-beat, I am loving: Enrique Iglesias – Bailando ft. Sean Paul, Descemer Bueno, Gente De Zon!

3. Favorite in Fashion:

I am loving Jo Jo Love’s You bling earrings, especially this week because I got a whole bunch of colors back in stock! So pretty and sparkly!

JoJo Loves You Earrings

4. Favorite Accessory:

Scarf season is around the corner! I seriously wear a scarf daily and I feel like I am itching for a new one! Perhaps this one?

Teal scarf

5. Favorite Giveaway:

My baby biz teamed up with Kate Aspen to give away a $50 gift card. If you aren’t familiar with them, they have a wide range of decor and party favor options for everything from gender reveals, to a wedding, to baby showers, or even a birthday party. I am the host so I obviously can’t enter here, but if I had $50 to spend there, I would get these personalized bubbles for my future wedding:

Kate Aspen BubblesWhat about you – whats new and notable this week?

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Six of My Guilty Pleasures – Total Social

This month’s topic for Total Social is Guilty Pleasures, so I decided to link up and play along.

Helene in Between
1. Cheeseburgers
OMG – why do cheeseburgers have to be SO bad for you, but taste so darn good? This was a really tasty burger I had the other day at Burger Dive, in Somerville, MA, at Assembly Row.
Burger Dive
2. Fruity Beer
What goes perfect with a burger? Beer! The scale is never going to budge if I don’t stop drinking full calorie fruit beer. Blueberry, raspberry, watermelon….I love it all!
Watermelon Beer
3. Shopping
As you know, I started up my own business and I am living off only a part-time marketing associate salary. I am not doing so well at saving for the wedding, a house some day, etc because I always end up shopping for clothes (who am I kidding – just my uniform of dresses), food subscription boxes, beauty products, and who knows what else. I just love new things; what can I say (insert sigh here).
Loft Dress
4. Reality TV
Geez – I should really spend my free time doing something a bit more worthwhile then watching ladies cat-fight it up on Bravo channel, in one of the many Real Housewives shows I am addicted too but love oh so much!
5. Pop Music
Really I don’t know if there are any rules about who should listen to what, but is it lame I know all the words to teeny bopper / tween favorites like Miley Cyrus, Katie Perry, and Demi Lovato? Definitely a guilty pleasure of mine!
Demi Lovato - Ed Sheeran Wiki
6. Gossip Mags
When the magazine rack at the gym or in the waiting room of an appointment has gossip magazines, I seriously get giddy! What did Kim Kardashian wear….who is John Meyer dating now….did Dean cheat on Tori again? …how did Kirstie Alley lose weight yet again? I love it all and NEED to know asap even if it is really all crappy and mostly made up! Ha.
10 Photoshop-Free Ads and Magazine Covers - theFashionSpot
The point of Total Social is a way to connect across all social media platforms: blogging, pinterest, facebook, twitter, instagram, etc. So use the hashtag: #GuiltyTotalSocial if you want to follow along too!

What are your guilty pleasures?
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