Finish This – Link-Up

http://nicoleandkevin.files.wordpress.com/2013/11/finishthis-small.jpg?w=611Linking up with Three 31   /  The Coastal Chicster / The Java Mama and The Arizona Russums!

Here is how I would finish the following questions!

1. My favorite vacation spot is …

For regular visits Florida to see my sisters and parents but one of the best vacations I had was in Nice, France and I would love to go back. It’s gorgeous. It has everything – beach, good food, shopping, history, and most importantly is where my father is from and his immediate family!
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2. If I won a million dollars I would …
This is a tough one because there are a million ways I wouldn’t mind spending a million bucks. But a house, dog, dream wedding, and car would be a nice place to start! This one here is just about a million. Wowza.

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3. If I could go on a date with ONE celebrity, it would be …
I’ll go with Ryan Reynolds on this one. I mean, seriously how funny was he in The Proposal or Just Friends!

Ryan-Reynolds

4. If I found a genie in a bottle, my three wishes would be …
To wake up in-shape/skinny (like the gals below), to be less stressed/anxious, and to be able to get married and have kids and live happily ever after with my fiance sooner then later.

Toned Up

5. My favorite clothing item is …
Duh. Dresses. Dresses. and more Dresses!

 Dress

Milly- Leather-trimmed stretch-silk dress

What about you…how would you finish any of the above questions?

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Five Spring Fashion Trends I Doubt I’ll Try

1. Jumpsuits are all the rage. But I am pretty self conscious about my curves. So although the model looks adorable, this is definitely going to be a no for me this season!

AE Soft Floral Jumpsuit

Floral Jumpsuit2. Ear Cuffs that cover your whole ear are edgy and fun but I really don’t think I can pull it off!

Shay Accessories – Crystal Clip On Ear Cuffs

Ear cuffs

3. Cropped tops are totally back in! I saw tons this past weekend now that the weather is finally better around these parts and spring has sprung. But really you need washboard abs or a 6-pack!

Kirra – Solid Band Cropped Tee

Cropped Top

4. I use to LOVE overalls! I remember wearing them in high school and definitely at some points in college. But right now, I think I would look quite ridiculous because I am short (5′ 2) and I think these are best on tall and slim gals!

Citizens of Humanity -’Drama Quincey’ Overalls

Overalls5. Another thing I personally don’t think I look great in, that is back in style with a bang ? Palazzo pants!

American Rag Paisley-Print Palazzo Pants

Palazzo pants

Any trends you are trying (or not) giving a go this season?

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8 Easter Dessert Recipe Ideas

Easter is quickly approaching (one week!). I have posted about 8 Easter Dinner Recipe Ideas and for dessert Five Ingredient Easter cookies: Chocolate Chip and Coconut Cookies with Coconut M&M’s. For those who want to send an Easter treat or skip the baking and buy sweets for the big day, I posted Easter treats for cheap at Edible Gifts Plus. And I even posted about 8 Eggscellent Easter Decorations! But today I want to focus on more Easter desserts, so here’s 8 of ‘em you’ll love!

8 Easter Dessert Ideas

1. Bunny Cookies

Bunny Cookies2. Easter Bunny Cupcakes

Easter Bunny Cupcakes Printable3. Bunny Pops

Bunny Pops4. Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Easter Eggs

Chocolate PB Easter Eggs5. Hatching Chicks Cake Pops

Egg Cake Recipe6. Carrot Cake Bars

Easy Carrot Cake Bars7. Coconut Easter Bunny Cake

Easter Bunny Cake8. Easter Peeps Cake

Easter Peeps Cake

What is your favorite Easter dessert?

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Friday Fave Five & Blog Hop

fridayfavefivebloghopLinking up with my favorites from this week again, via Moms Got Mail!

Favorite in Kid’s:

DressWhoa! This is awesome! It’s a cutesy girly dress but it also has a pocket that detaches and converts into a handbag. Genius and fashion forward for little ones!

Favorite in Beauty:

Glossy-Box

This is an easy one. The Glossybox rocked last month! Just a tad bit psyched about the Alex + Ani appearance! If only I could have all of these, I would:)

Favorite in Food:

I have been getting the salad bar at Souper Salad for lunch most days and I like to get a small scoop of their Carrot Salad! It has cranberries, shredded carrots, and feta too. Here is a similar recipe from Food Network.

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Favorite in Fashion:

I have been shopping up a storm on zulily again! It is sort of hit or miss and you can’t return anything but I am still a big fan because they give awesome referral rewards which equal MORE shopping for me!

I kept and LOVE these items:

Color Block DressStriped DressFedoraAnd then these two items don’t fit so I am selling them on ebay:

Blue and Green Dress

Herezu8898608_main_tm1395366730And here

Favorite in Sales:

Loft - 40 % off with code Treat

Loft DressPetite Eyelet Stripe Dress

Victoria’s Secret – (hello new bikini’s!) $15 off $100 plus a free umbrella !

Bikini TopPINK – NEW! Caged Bandeau Top

What are your favorites this week?

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Finish This – Link Up

I am linking up again for “Finish This” with:

NICOLE (Three 31)

LISA (Coastlined)

JEN (The Arizona Russums)

BECKY (The Java Mama)

FinishThis--SMALL1. On Saturday morning, I usually…

Saturday’s I go to the post office before it closes at 2pm to drop off bundles! You also might find me checking out the produce at Haymarket, hitting up the gym, or having a coffee and checking my never ending email box.

BabyBundleBabyBundle Gift Box via Baby Bump Bundle

2. I feel beautiful when…
I feel beautiful when I am wearing a dress, make-up, and my hair straight!

MichelleMe at a friends wedding in Boston

3. I wake up every morning…
I wake up around 8 am / 8:30 am, which is probably pretty late to some? Anyways I always have an iced coffee and at the very least, after washing up, put on Bare Minerals make-up (see below to shop their collection) and lip gloss along with leggings and a tunic if it’s a day off or a dress and cardigan along with opaque tights if it’s a work day and then I am off to the train to get to work by 9:30 am! Lately I have been rocking my hair in a bun way too often because I have been slacking at straightening it!

4. A happy home…

When I think of a happy home, it is filled with fun, love, communication, creativity, good food and drinks, friends, and family! I am excited to start a new chapter in a month and a half when I live with my fiance in a bigger place, because living alone for two years in a studio, my home was more a place for me to work, sleep, eat, watch TV, and generally boring things and not as much for entertaining friends or making new memories! And it was pretty small for having family stay with me too, so it will be much better when there is a guest room! I can’t wait to get a big cozy couch and watch movies and cook meals with Sal without squishing on a loveseat or the fire alarm going off from cooking like now!

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5. When I have down time, I…

Down time? What’s that? ha. Working downtown, blogging, owning a small biz, plus a fiance, friends, and trying to organize my tiny apartment to fit everything, freelance writing, working at my marketing job, and working out, doesn’t leave much time but my guilty pleasures are reading trashy gossip magazines like US weekly or watching Lifetime or Hallmark movies on TV. Oh and let’s not forget about wedding shows! Sushi take-out and those make for one happy gal.

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What about you? Fill me in on how you might answer some (or all!) of the questions above!

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March 2014 Glossybox

My March Glossybox seemed to come after everyone else! But it is here and it is a GOOD one for sure!
You might remember I had a gift subscription October through December and then March I took the plunge and signed up for myself because I couldn’t resist the spoiler showing Alex and Ani!

Glossy BoxWhat was in the box? I got 7 items, including the bonus item I got for using the March freebie coupon code, which was GBfresh for the Fresh Youth Preserve Face Cream!

April’s bonus item code is:

 Anyways, the box contents included:

March Glossy BoxA-MAZE-ING.

Seriously this box rocks. I am a bit iffy about the cobalt blue polish because I am more of a pink or red (or grey) type gal but maybe I will try it? Hand cream is a must since I wash my hands a billion times a day. Of course I cant wait to add the bracelet to my wrist and the shine spray is great for when I straighten my hair. The only thing I will probably pass along to someone else is the Sisley face cream mask because sometimes my face is sensitive and gets red and it says it “plumps and brightens” which makes it sound strong?

 Glossy Box MarchDid you get this box? What do you think?

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Friday Fave Five Blog Hop

My friend over at Mom’s Got Mail started a new weekly post:the Friday Fave Five Blog Hop! She shared some fun questions/categories on her site today, so I am going to stick to her format! See below!

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1. Favorite For Kids:

Easter is around the corner and I created a kids collection featuring bunnies on Bumblebean plus Easter outfit ideas too!

Easter Bunny at Bumblebean

2. Favorite in Makeup:

I am turning into a make-up beauty product addict! I bought the Target beauty box and got some fun goodies!

Target Beauty Box

      • TONI&GUY Casual Sea Salt Texturising Spray
      • L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara
      • Herbal Essences Naked Dry Shampoo
      • COVERGIRL Smoochies Sizzle Gloss
      • Jergens BB Cream Light

3. Favorite in Food:

Anything from Wholefood’s! I went on Wednesday and I got jalapeno chips, fruit leather strips, hummus, granola bars, and other healthy snacks to keep hanging around the apt, and hit up the salad bar.

Wholefoods Market Salad Bar

4. Favorite in Entertainment:

So I have not had the chance to watch it yet, but I am SO excited to watch the How I Met Your Mother series finale after reading this recap. Add that to my to-do list this weekend!

HIMYM

5. Favorite Sale Today:

I am loving all the discounted turquoise jewelry and bright fun, spring colored clothes on Zulily today! How cute is this cardigan?

Turquoise CardiganAnd this necklace!

Turquoise NecklaceWhat are your faves lately?

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Finish This (A Link Up)

Today I am linking up for “Finish This!” 

The lovely hosts are: Nicole via Three 31   / Lisa via The Coastal Chicster / Becky via The Java Mama and Jen via  The Arizona Russums! Here is how I would finish the following questions!

1. I don’t get enough…

I don’t get enough time with my family! My sisters and parents are in Florida and I literally talk to them daily but I haven’t seen them in person at the same time in a year! Ugh! That needs to change asap.

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2. My favorite indulgence…

My favorite indulgence is a cheeseburger and fries, hands down (like this one from Hillstone!! With a beer of course.

Hillstone Cheeseburger

3. I made a major change in my life when…

I made a major change in my life this Monday when I told my landlord I would be moving out of the North End and in with my fiance to the Malden area this summer when my lease ends. Yay for living with him – boo for no more city life :( Bye bye studio apartment!

Kitchen4. You should read…

You should read Daily Worth if you are like me and need motivation about money, business, and other related topics. And How Sweet It Is if you like tons of fun food pics and excellent recipes. I could go on and on about other blogs to read. No books right now though – working a few jobs doesn’t leave much time for that.

5. ____ is my secret ingredient in

Laughing Cow cheese is my secret ingredient in (or on) everything. Duh. Haven’t you seen my recipe for stuffed mushrooms!?

Garlic and Cheese Stuffed MushroomsWhat about you? How would you answer the questions?

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I Signed Up for the 1800MinuteChallenge

Did you see the title? I did it ! I signed up for the #1800MinuteChallenge. Basically for two months aka 60 days, you have to do 30 minutes a day or you could do a few days of one hour so you can take a break other days too. I need something to keep me accountable and motivated to get moving!

#1800MinuteChallengeIt starts April 1st through May 31st! There is also a handy printable to cross off each 30 minute work out as you go and keep motivated! The ladies leading the pack are: @livinginyellow, @alissamcircle, @thefreckledfox and @alyciagrayce who will be sharing workout ideas,  playlists, and extra tips + tricks on how to get your 1800 minutes in and are the hosts for the event!

PS I also decided to take it a step further and signed up for Jillian’s Rippedin30 Challenge on DietBet for April! AHHHH April is going to be a good one!

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FabFitFun Spring VIP Box 2014

A new box has arrived at my door: the FabFitFun VIP Box!

FabfitFun

Basically each season/quarter you get a box of goodies picked by celeb Giuliana Rancic and her crew for 50 bucks. There is a combo of fitness, beauty, fashion, body products, and snacks too! I tried to avoid spoilers from other bloggers so I would be genuinely surprised.

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Here is what was in the box (with the costs if you were to buy each item retail, on it’s own):

Info Card for FFF

FFF Spring VIP Box

As you can see there is a lot of variety, there were a lot of new-to-me brands, and you get a lot of bang for your buck considering these items retail for over 200 dollars but you pay only $50! The low down is that I immediately used the dry shampoo. It did add volume but it didn’t work as well at making my roots look less greasy/shiny on my unwashed hair.

I of course am psyched about the chips to snack on and am looking forward to the primer with spf since I have had skin/sun problems/damage but I am curious if the color will match? I need to look into the shower bombs – like can you use them in the shower and not a bath – because I don’t really have a bathtub to soak in and I have never used a exfoliating mitt so I might give this away. Perfume is always welcome to me but I am not sure how often the ball and DVD will get used and the turban is cute but will I really wear it? SO I guess I have mixed feelings but am still excited about enough of the items to make it worth it!

What did you think – look like a good FabFitFun box?

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