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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.
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.
What about you – what are this weeks 5 standout things?
I am linking up again with this weeks five favorites:
1. Favorite food photo
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!
3. Favorite from my small biz
4. Favorite in entertainment
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
strawberry brownie kabobs
Strawberry Chocolate Chip Cookies
Valentine Red Velvet Brownies
Strawberry Heart Mini Cheesecake Bites
I also have a TON of past articles on heart day you may want to peruse:
- Ten Totally Last Minute V-Day Ideas
- 5 Anti–Valentine’s Day Gifts
- Valentine’s Day Gifts Ladies Will Love
- V-Day Gifts for the Guys: Beer Edition
- V-Day Gifts for the Guys
- DIY to try: make your own Edible Arrangement
- 7 heart shaped savory ways to celebrate Saint Valentine’ s Day
- Sixteen treats for your sweetheart
- Six ways to wear your heart on your sleeve this V-Day
- 8 nail art ideas for Valentine’s Day
- 10 ways to decorate for Valentine’s Day
What do you think about Valentine’s….Hallmark holiday you would rather skip or day to show your loved ones you care for them?
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!
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?
I am linking up with these lovely sites, for this weeks 5 on Friday:
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?)
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The giveaway is for US readers only, and the winner will be chosen on 1/21/14! Good luck!
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. 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.
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?
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….
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.
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?