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.

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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:

GuacamoleGuacamole

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.

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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).
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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!
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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!
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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.
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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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Love With Food August 2014

Love With Food has arrived! The theme is “Fun at the County Fair.”

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What’s in this box?

  • Pineapple + Coconut Fruit Ice by Smooze!
  • Montreal Steak Spice Seasoning Potato Chips by Covered Bridge
  • Cinnamon Grahams by Skeeter Nut Free
  • Salty Peanut Salt Water Taffy by Salty Road
  • Salty Caramel Apple Salt Water Taffy by Salty Road
  • Lollipops by YumEarth
  • Crispy Cheddar Crackers by Back to Nature
  • Kettle Sweet Peanuts by Love With Food
  • Nutty Rice Bites with Blueberries by 180 Snacks

August Love With FoodWhat a great mix of sweet and salty snacks. Crackers, nuts, and chips for an afternoon pick me up and for dessert or a sweet treat – lollipops, taffy, and other goodies! Starting at $10 a month, I am still thinking this subscription is a good deal for trying new brands and having a variety of snacks on hand for work, your car, home, your kids lunches, or whatever! And it’s win win since they donate a meal to a hungry child for every box sent out.

What do you think? Look like a good mix of products?

 

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Friday Fave Five & Blog Hop 8/15

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 in Shopping:

I made another Old Navy purchase this week! A perfect comfy but work appropriate dress: the Women’s Cross-Front Tank Dress for only $30.

Cross Front Polka Dot Dress from Old Navy

 

2. Favorite in Entertainment:

I am addicted to a new show – Married at First Sight! It is very interesting because it is a reality show about couples who are willing to dive right into an arranged marriage with someone who they meet right up at the alter at their wedding! I am so curious to see if at the end of the season the couples stay together or get divorced. It actually seems like all three couples have potential to work out!

Married at First Sight

3. Favorite in Beauty:

I have been loving my elf lip glosses lately! I have a few different colors from my future MIL and I love how shiny they are and the colors they come in.

e.l.f. Super Glossy Super Glossy Lip Shine SPF 15

4. Favorite in Food:

How amazing does this recipe look? It’s a Spinach-ricotta stuffed shells recipe fromBaked by Rachel.

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5. Favorite Giveaways:

I have contacted the winner of the food sampler box: Nancy D! Congrats lady! I am also sponsoring a few other ones: a Breastfeeding Giveaway…

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And a DSLR camera giveaway!

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What about you – what are this weeks faves?

 

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What I Ate Wednesday #186

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

 I am linking up again for #WIAW  with some stand out eats from the past few days!

Sunday Sal (the fiance) and I took a drive to Salem, MA to walk around and get some lunch. We stopped at a restaurant called the Village Tavern, which was hosting Jazz Brunch!

Village Tavern Salem

The burgers on the menu sounded so delicious, so I got a mushroom and swiss burger and although it was set up a little bit messy, it was so darn good!

Burger at Village Tavern

On the side, this happened…

Fries at Village Tavern Salem

Cheesy Bacon Pub Fries - Smothered in homemade nacho cheese, sprinkled with smoked bacon bits.

And to drink, a Bloody Mary!

Bloody Mary in Salem

The good thing is we walked around tons popping in and out of the Salem shops, so at least we burned SOME of the many calories walking, ha.

On a healthier note, we definitely made tons of use of the grill the past few nights for our protein and veggies including lots of garden goodies!

Garden

Sooo good!

Grilled corn and zucchini

Lime margarita marinated shrimp and grilled asparagus plus rice, a la Sal!

Grilled Shrimp and Asparagus Shrimp Rice and Asparagus

Sal also made fresh watermelon margaritas with a lime salt rim!

Watermelon MargaritaAnd he even put in some Pacman ice cubes – ha.  He is the best!

Pacman Ice Cubes

What about you – any good eats today or this past week?

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Friday Fave Five & Blog Hop – 8/8/14

Welcome to the 18th Friday Fave Five weekly post and blog hop where 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 Entertainment:

The fiance (Sal) and I have been cruising through episodes of the HBO series Silicon Valley and loving it! Basically it is about a group of guys trying to make it big in California by creating a start-up, and all the hardships they face. It is a comedy that sort of reminds of Office Space meets a geeky version of Entourage.

Silicon Valley

2. Favorite in Food:

Sal’s grandpa is a sweetheart and though he is 93 and couldn’t come out to lunch in the Back Bay with Sal, me, and Sal’s mom, he offered to treat us! The three of us went to Atlantic Fish and chowed down on oysters rockefeller and calamari to start.

Oysters

Then for lunch, I chose the goat cheese and beet salad and the appetizer portion of the lobster ravioli!

Goat Cheese SaladLobster RavioliWe really did not have room for dessert but the waiter said dessert was on him! Under one condition. That we could answer a trivia question. We chose the category music where he would sing a line of a song and we have to continue on with the lyrics. He then proceeded to sing “Once upon a time I was falling in love. Now I’m only falling apart” and I of course chimed in with “There’s nothing I can do. A total eclipse of the heart.” And he responded “you have the voice of an angel” which obviously made my day, lol! So key lime pie with blueberry sauce was our pick for our freebie dessert!

Key Lime Pie

3. Favorite Drink:

We made it back to my old neighborhood (the North End) for one of the many festivals (or as we call them feasts) last weekend.  Although it was a smaller one and not that exciting, we did hit up our favorite spot after, Caffe Paradiso, for sangria and limoncello!

Caffe Paradiso

4. Favorite purchase:

I took the plunge and ordered the PopSugar Must Have box for fall! I know, I am supposed to be cutting back on boxes and spending because I spent a bunch this summer moving and getting a car. But I couldn’t resist and I figure, I have a bunch of stuff for sale on ebay, so I can use that money.

PopSugar Must Have

5. Favorite sale:

You know how I recently blogged about Zulily’s big sales lately? I ended up ordering a few items (using my store credit from referrals) including:

Zad Black Druzy Necklace:

Druzy NecklaceMaxi-Matic USA – Mini Chopper

ChopperWaverly -  Sand Lovely Lattice Toilet Brush

Toilet Brush

It came out to around $38 total with shipping, but was free for me!

What are you loving this week? Don’t forget to enter the latest giveaway!

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What I Ate Wednesday Link Up #185

Happy What I Ate Wednesday!

 I haven’t linked up in a bit with #WIAW and figured I would do so today!

 I slept in so I skipped breakfast. I know, not good but what can you do! I did have an iced coffee at home using the Keurig featuring Green Mountain: Wild Mountain Blueberry!

Wild Mountain Blueberry

For lunch, I had wheat toast with yellow mustard, tomatoes from the garden, and a veggie cheeseburger (with an American Cheese slice)! I tried a new-to-me kind: Franklin Farms chili bean fresh veggie burger, which you can keep in your refrigerator or freezer!

It is my kind of lunch because it is healthy and it literally took five minutes to put together!

Veggie cheeseburger

On the side, I dug into the lentil crackers from the July Love With Food Box and had one tablespoon of Stop & Shop artichoke and spinach hummus.

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A perfect snack alongside the sandwich!

Lentil chips and hummusI was lucky enough to get some samples of new Garden Lites Muffins for an article on Examiner, so I tried the banana chocolate chip one for my late afternoon snack, and I am a new fan!

banana muffinFor dinner, I was riding solo because the fiance has a fishing meeting. I went to the grocery store and picked up a rotisserie chicken and a bag of Dole chopped salad kit and voila! Easy, healthy dinner!

Dole BBQ RanchThe salad kit comes with: chopped Green Cabbage, Red Cabbage, Romaine, Kale, Carrots, and Green Onions and then packaged separately within the bag is White Cheddar Cheese, Cheddar Tortilla Strips and a packet of DOLE’s Chipotle Ranch Dressing! I sliced the breast off the rotisserie chicken for the top of the salad and it really was good! I need quick meals on Wednesdays because I try to do CBS articles, Examiner, squeeze in a collection on Bumblebean, mail out bundles, try to cruise through emails, and lots of errands, and productive stuff, and this meal was a good one for a quickie meal!

Chopped Salad with Chicken and RanchThat’s all folks! If hunger strikes later, I bought some bananas and grapes or if a sweet tooth really takes over, I’ve got some Weight Watchers sundaes on hand!

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What about you- what were your eats today? Anything standout?

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Mid Summer Garden Update 2014

I haven’t posted in a bit about the garden so I figured I would share some pics. If you are new around here, my fiance Sal has a huge garden in his families yard that I help out with and then him and I also have our share of plants growing in pots on our little deck at our place. Here are some highlights from the garden!

One of the first things that we grew and picked at the beginning of June were radishes!

RadishesAnd the herbs were growing like crazy including chives…

ChivesWe also had a few green pepper plants to pick in June too!

Green Peppers

 Sal is all about peppers this year and has tons of pots filled with everything from super spicy ones like ghost peppers to milder ones like these Italian sweet peppers.

Italian Peppers

Next up…Sal’s favorite snack – snap peas!

Snap Peas

I can’t wait to chow down on the kale soon. It has grown tons since this pic.

KaleNext up, check out the before and after of the corn! We are so close to picking some and having a big New England classic meal – lobster, corn, and potatoes!

Then…

Corn

And now!

Corn on the vine

I honestly think my favorite thing in the garden are tomatoes!

Before…

TomatoesAnd after….

Picked Tomato

Another thing that is going great are the okra!

Okra

I spy zucchini blossoms spouting up!

Zucchini Blossoms

Not pictured above are tons of flowers, herbs, cucumbers, brussel sprouts, carrots, onions, green beans, raspberries, strawberries, and eggplant, we are also growing (or grew, picked, and enjoyed)!

What about you; do you have a garden outdoors, on a deck or patio, or even inside?

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Love With Food July 2014

I have downsized on how many boxes I receive but one I have kept is Love With Food!

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July’s theme was camping and as they said, “the mountains, woods, and lakes are calling. Pack up your snacks and strike out for adventure.”

Love with Food {Giveaway} – CLOSED — Dandy Giveaway

What’s in this box?

  • Bar by 2 Degrees
  • Sea Salt Lentil Crackers by Mediterranean Snacks
  • South Asian Snacks by Zouq
  • Butter Crisp Love Minis by ginnybakes
  • Kids’ Organic Mixed Berry Chews by Honey Stinger
  • Dutch Cocoa by Somersaults
  • Chocolate Chip Fluff by Madyson’s Marshmallows
  • White Cheddar Puffs by Beanitos

Love With Food JulyMy thoughts? As usual, I am very happy with the selection! 2 Degrees is a brand I know well since I put samples of their bars in my bundles!I immediately tried the White Cheddar Puffs by Beanitos, which are just like a healthier version of cheetos or cheese puffs. The other thing I tried right away were the Butter Crisp Love Minis by ginnybakes which if you like simple hard butter cookies, you will love these. And another favorite were the Kids’ Organic Mixed Berry Chews by Honey Stinger since I like anything gummy and always love fruit snacks.

I still have quite a few things to try including the lentil crackers and Asian snacks and then sweet options including the marshmallow and  cocoa! This box is perfect for me since you get to try new brands and the snacks are all healthy plus they donate a meal to a hungry child with every box they ship out, so it is win win! Prices start at $10 a month up to $25 a month. Be sure to sign up here if it interests you!

What do you think of this box?

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