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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September 2014 Fall Forward Box From Bestowed + Last Day to Save on Gift Subscriptions!

 I know I am a bit late on this one, but I realized I had not shared my details on the September Bestowed box, and now we are already well into  October (well, basically November!)! I wanted to pop in and let you know that they had offered a deal where you can get all Bestowed Gifts for 15% off (ends today!) by clicking here.

Make someone happy & healthy with a Bestowed gift membership


So here is what was in the September box!

Natural Calm Drink Mix
Supereats Kale + Chia Chips, Chili Lime 
Balance Bare Energy Bar, Sea Salt Caramel Nut 
Justin’s Chocolate Almond Butter 
Qure Water 
Bitsy’s Brainfood Smart Cookies, Orange Chocolate Beet 
Hello Fresh coupon

My take on it all?


  • The anti-stress drink comes at a great time but who knows if it really works or helps?! I feel like this time of year when the weather starts to get blah and cold and running a retail biz gets busy, something for anti-stress is always welcome.
  • I love snacks especially salty ones, so chips are a welcome box addition. I haven’t dug in yet but chili lime flavored kale chips do sound delish!
  • Another snack that is always a favorite  for me are bars, so the bare bar will be a good breakfast or snack.
  • I have had Justin’s plenty of times and I absolutely love it. It is great on toast, apple slices, graham crackers, or really just plain!
  • Qure water sounds like vitamin water or smart water or one of those amped up waters that I will keep in the fridge for pre or post work outs.
  • And the beet cookies I have had and enjoyed, awhile back in a Boxtera box!
  • I am not sure if I will jump on the coupon – Hello Fresh looks like it sends along fresh food and veggies but we usually have our own garden goodies and we never know what we are in the mood to eat until that day!

That’s all folks! What do you think – does it sound like a good box? Don’t forget to jump on the sale today!


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Friday Fave Five – 10/24

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./2. Favorite in Fashion:

My bff got me these beauties for my b-day! She also got me a dress but it hasn’t arrived just yet. But I love these funky Ann Taylor shoes because of the color and pattern and it is a style I have never worn!

Hazel Exotic Embossed Leather Ankle Strap Heels fun gifts I got included a sparkly necklace from my college/Boston friend and  a fringe necklace and a scarf from Loft, from my buddy Sar. How cute will this look with a jean jacket on a crisp fall day!

Loft scarf

3. Favorite in Food:

I already shared pics from my birthday lunch last week, but I also went out for dinner at a new-to-me restaurant Saturday night with some friends, Bostonia.

Check out these appetizers…chips with onion dip and tater tots poutine! I shared a few other things with two of my friends including a salad, mussels, and lobster mac and cheese as our entrees, but I used the fiances camera so those will have to be shared soon!

For dessert, they brought out the “Bostonia Cream Pie” featuring vanilla custard, chocolate ganache, and an almond sponge cake crumble with a candle. When we were done sharing it, another one came out! Not sure of they commonly do two since it was a big group or if that was a mistake but we gladly dug into that one as well!

4. Favorite in freebies:

The Sephora free birthday gift for Beauty Insider’s is a lipstick and mascara combo! Make sure to sign up if you have not already to get your treat in your birthday month.

5. Favorite in entertainment:

Somehow I didn’t even realize Nashville was back on until my future MIL mentioned it at family dinner Tuesday! So I of course had a marathon of episodes this week and am all caught up and hooked again!

What about you – what are this weeks favorites?

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Friday Fave Five – 10/17

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:

It was my birthday Wednesday! I am the big 3-4. Wowza I am getting old ha! Sal (the fiance) and I went to Burlington, MA to go to Del Frisco’s Grille and it was SO delish. We got a brussel sprouts and bacon flatbread for an appetizer. Then I asked what the restaurant favorite is and the bartender said the burger, so I went with her pick! And to drink, the white wine sangria. I think one of my favorite things about the dish was a mini ketchup you get with it. It was cooked perfectly and the fries were good too. I would definitely go back!

2. Favorite activity:

My sister visited from Florida! We went to Nashoba Valley Winery and did a wine tasting and some apple picking.

3. Favorite drink:

I love a good bloody mary on a weekend! The sister, fiance, and I went to Hugh Oneils and I got one and it totally hit the spot!

4. Favorite in fashion:

My future SIL and BIL and got me a very nice b-day gift! And so did my future MIL! They know me oh-so-well and went the jewelry route.

From the SIL/BIL – Kate Spade Studs!

And from the future MIL, a Pandora bracelet and another handmade bracelet.

5. Favorite place:

While the sister was here, we made soaps at the shop in Legacy Place, Make Meaning.

Here are my soaps before….


And after….my sister and my soaps ready to go!

What about you – how was your week? Any favorites?

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Friday Fave Five – 10/10

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 shopping:

You know I love me some Zulily. Now that the weather is chilly around here, I ordered slippers and boots! It was technically $40, but it was free for me, using referal credits! I can’t wait for them to arrive!

2. Favorite freebie:

Prince Pasta hooked up Boston locals with free dinner kits.  I received one in the mail to check out for myself and I am loving the spoon, the Italian seasoning, and of course the spaghetti!

3. Favorite new-to-me recipe:

We finally finished our apples from our apple picking trip, and one of the goodies that got baked were Martha Stewart apple brownies! I subbed homemade applesauce for the one egg  and used a smaller pan, which made the inside a bit gooey but they still were really tasty.

4. Favorite in fashion:

My favorite Jewel Kade consultant aka my sister Karen, gave me bracelets for my birthday coming up in a few days. I love them so much! They have so many different options for personalized jewelry too like lockets, if you need gift ideas for the upcoming holidays. She is here this weekend from Florida and we will do all her fall favorites!

Jewl Kade Nautical Bracelet Set

5. Favorite from subscription boxes:

I recently reviewed the Love With Food box from last month and finally dug through most of it. My favorite was by the far the Way Better Snacks chips. I found it interesting how they are made and they were REALLY flavorful too. “The grains & seeds in these chips are sprouted, which increases their nutrients and allows your body to better absorb them. Every serving has a whopping 420mg of healthy Omega 3 essential fatty acids to help keep your cells happy….a serving of these chips contains at least 17 grams of whole grains.”

Simply So Sweet Chili Corn Tortilla Chips

What about you…what are this weeks favorites??


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Love With Food Subscrition Box – September 2014

Did I tell you Love With Food is doing a promotion where you get your first box free?? Just to recap, you get 8-10 snacks delivered to your door once a month for $12. Every box they send out, they also donate a meal to a food bank! Anyways, September’s box, the theme was Spice Up Your Life.

What’s in this box?

  • Simply So Sweet Chili Tortilla Chips by Way Better Snacks
  • Lemon Rosemary Seasoning by Fogg City Spice Co.
  • Hemp Rules Roasted Hempseeds by Ziggy Marley Organics
  • Green SuperFood by Amazing Grass
  • Five-Spice Caramels by Shotwell Candy Co.
  • Maruso Ghost Soy Sauce by Maruso Soy Sauce
  • Rich Chocolate Cookie Thins by Mandy’s
  • Churro Kettle Corn by Love With Food

One of the first items I used was the lemon rosemary spice mix! We seasoned up some chicken breasts with it, grilled the chicken, and we made homemade pesto with basil from the garden and had it with fettucine. So good!

I am not that into hemp seeds or protein powders so those will be given away but I really enjoyed the popcorn – a good portion and the good old sweet and salty combo. The cookie thins were sort of like eating Oreo’s but without the cream in the middle, so a bit plain. On deck to try is the spicy soy sauce, tortilla chips, and the caramels. I love trying new things and literally every item is new-to-me.

What about you – did you get the box? Or see anything that stands out in the Love With Food box?

Also check out:
Love With Food August 2014
Love With Food July 2014
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Friday Fave Five – 10/3

Welcome to the 26th 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:

The fiance got us a bag of Pepperidge Farms special edition: Pumpkin Cheesecake soft cookies at Stop & Shop! Really delicious. They feature white chocolate chips, pumpkin, and spices and were a good fall treat. 

2. Favorite drink:

Speaking of pumpkin…have you had the Starbucks pumpkin spice latte? I got the iced version on the ride back from the wedding last weekend and boy did it hit the spot!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

3. Favorite in shopping:

I accrued more Zulily credit! They have the best referral program ever. You get $15 credit when a friend signs up and makes a purchase.  I ordered:

Silver Western Stud Earrings Set

Betsey Johnson – Pink Chain Link Digital Rose Infinity Scarf

And because fall is here and leggings are a must in my book….RiV -  Black Terry Leggings

4. Favorite freebie:

Have you heard of the new Keurig 2.0? I was one of the lucky bloggers to receive one to review through their #HelloKeurig campaign via Influenster, and it is really cool! What it does is combine the fun of having a variety of drinks available to make one cup at a time with the K-Cups and adds the ability to make a pot of coffee, tea, or any of their drinks, with their K-Carafes (over 250 kinds). The carafe makes 4 cups, so it is perfect for Sunday brunch, family gatherings, or even to make a pot and save some for later!

5. Favorite in giveaways:

I have two going on now! Win a gorgeous set of hand carved serving spoons here and win a little baby package with a first Halloween sticker and onesie, album, and e-gift card, here.

What about you- what are this weeks favorites?

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Gifts for a Good Cause with World Vision – Five of My Favorites & A Giveaway

It’s October and it’s my birthday month! And my sisters too. With b-day gifts on my mind and chatter of Christmas shopping already spreading (83 days til x-mas), I was happy to hear from World Vision about their gift options, for a good cause. What they do is “provide emergency assistance to children and families affected by natural disasters and civil conflict, work with communities to develop long-term solutions to alleviate poverty, and advocate for justice on behalf of the poor.”

They have a range of ways you can donate including Child Sponsorship, Matching Gifts, Planned Giving, Church Giving, and
Corporate Giving. Another thing they do is actually sell gifts, with proceeds going towards their cause. The 2014 World Vision Gift Catalog features more than 250 items, ranging in price from $10 to $39K. Definitely keep it in mind for upcoming birthday gifts, treats for yourself, and coming soon, holiday gift shopping! Here are five of my favorite gift ideas from the list of handcrafted options they offer!

1.  Silver Vines Cuff


2.  India Bangle Bracelets

3. Balinese Multi-strand Necklace

4.  Royal Silk Scarf

5.  Hand-Carved Serving Spoons

They were kind enough to provide the serving spoons to me for my review ( I cannot even wait to use them for a big salad this fall when we have guests eating over). And they were also kind enough to sponsor a set of the spoons for YOU! How perfect would these be as a housewarming, birthday, or Christmas gift, or for yourself to use with salads at your next dinner party.

The Hand-Carved Serving Spoons are valued at $65. The proceeds “provide for the unique needs of children and families worldwide. They are hand-carved olivewood serving spoons delivered in a gift bag of African fabric hand-sewn by local women. The serving spoons are made to benefit orphans of the Kamba tribe in Kenya. Each one is unique – just like the children they help.”

Good luck!


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Crazy for Kale! 8 Kale Recipes, Thanks to Pinterest!

Happy kale day! Don’t you just love random food holidays? To commemorate the occasion, I took to pinterest to find some kale-centric recipes to try!

1. Kale and cheese stuffed mushroom

Kale and cheese stuffed mushroom

2.  Mushroom Kale Lasagna Rolls

Mushroom Kale Lasagna Rolls | Skinnytaste

3.  Arugula-Basil-Kale Pesto

arugala kale pesto


4. Two-Bean Soup with Kale



Two-Bean Soup with Kale Recipe


5. Basic Sauteed Kale

Basic Sauteed Kale Recipe


Healthy Spinach and Kale Greek Yogurt Dip copycat recipe from Trader Joe's

7. Strawberry-Kale Smoothie

Strawberry-Kale-Banana Smoothie. I tried it this morning and it is YUMMY. Very easy way to get your greens and one of the few palatable ways I know of to eat kale.


Kale Caesar Salad

What about you – do you like kale? What is your favorite way to eat it? 


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Friday Fave Five – 9/26

Welcome to the 25th 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-300x300I just got back from a road trip to Rochester, NY for Sal’s (the fiance) best friends wedding! So ALL my favorites are from the trip – it was so fun!

1. Favorite coffee shop:

Have you heard of or been to a Spot Coffee? It is a chain coffee shop that we stumbled upon, just steps from the Inn we were staying at, and we loved it. High ceilings, old fashioned decor, comfy couches, floor to ceiling windows, and plenty of table seating. And best of all, good food and coffee.

For him….Chocolate Croissant and a Macchiato

Spot Coffee

For her….the breakfast wrap featuring eggs, salsa, and cheese and not shown here, a vanilla flavored iced coffee.

Spot Coffee Breakfast Wrap

2. Favorite in shopping:

The day of the wedding, we had some time to spare and went to venture around town after breakfast. We found an olive oil and vinegar shop called F. Oliver’s. The minute we walked in, we were greeted and we quickly learned that all the oils and vinegars are made in small batches and that they sell a wide variety of infused options. We were offered an impromptu tasting and were instantly hooked!

Our purchases were the Tuscan Garden olive oil featuring: oregano, rosemary, sage, and garlic and the Bright Basil oil. We also got the Lemon Bouquet  vinegar featuring sweet Sicilian Lemons balanced with crisp aged White Balsamic.  I can’t wait to experiment in the kitchen with the three of these. They will be great to dress up salads, veggies, meats, fish….the options are endless!

3. Favorite place to stay:

If you are ever in Rochester, you need to check out the Inn on Broadway. There are only 25 guest rooms, each different then the next. Our room had a gorgeous chandelier and antique touches. The Inn was originally founded in 1909 as a social club and you can just feel the history the minute you walk through the doors!

The wedding was also held here and it was so convenient to just stroll down the stairs to the wedding venue.

4. Favorite photo I took of the happy couple:

5. Favorite road trip detour:

Sal really wanted to make a stop on the way back at the Boxing Hall of Fame.

It actually was quite interesting and they have a large collection of photos, old equipment, robes, and memorabilia. I especially liked the sculptures/casting of the hands/fists of some of the boxing greats.

Boxing hall of fame Boxing Sugar Ray Robes

What about you – what are this weeks favorites?

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