Scenes from the weekend – 12/14/14

What a fun weekend, filled with food, drinks, and a tiny bit of being productive for my small biz. As I mentioned in my favorites from the week, yesterday was our anniversary (5 years of dating!). Dinner out included going to a Beacon Hill restaurant Antonios. We were lucky enough to be gifted $100 (a year ago for our engagement) which went a long way here. We ordered a bottle of red wine, caesar salad to share, and Artichokes Margarita. For this dish, they lightly fry artichokes and serve them with a lemon, butter, and wine sauce.

Sal got the Ciopino (seafood over pasta with red sauce) and I went with their daily special which was bowtie pasta with shrimp and scallops in a pink/vodka sauce. I must say it was a big portion! I took home half for the next days lunch. We really enjoyed the restaurant and were thrilled by the prices since the gift card covered everything except tip. The restaurant itself is small and cozy and the waiter was helpful, BUT it is also super loud and busy.

So truth be told, I was VERY tired and although Sal wanted to stay out after dinner and do coffee and dessert somewhere or cocktails I needed to go home which sadly led to a bit of a tiff. Eh, what can you do. Come morning we were back to our usual happy selves. Onto Saturday night! Wedding time! The fiance’s friends brother got hitched at the Sheraton in Framingham.  They will never forget what their anniversary is….

How pretty are all the chandeliers?

And the centerpieces – SO simple but elegant.

The menu was rolls, wedding soup, and caesar salad.

Chicken was the main course and for dessert, which I have no pics of, there was wedding cake and a make your own sundae bar – which you will be surprised to hear I didn’t have! Too many wine spritzers I guess!

Here is me on the right with my future SIL on the way left and in the middle her SIL!

Matt and Shannons Wedding

How was your weekend? 

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Friday Fave Five – 12/12

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!

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1. Favorite in fashion:

Guess what today is? My 5 year anniversary! Wowza. Time flies! My gift from the honey is this gorgeous watch.

I got him a set of crystal glasses from Wayfair and am getting him a bottle of his choice of liquor.

Found it at Wayfair - Rock Old Fashioned Glass (Set of 6)http://www.wayfair.com/daily-sales/p/Best-Selling-Drinkware-Blowout-Rock-Old-Fashioned-Glass~TVS1023~E15171.html?refid=SBP.rBAZEVN48kVSOQ5YMCZUAngXJlxAb03NvXYuoz98jao

2. Favorite in food:

Yesterday was my work holiday party at Davio’s!

Check out this amazing meal. Arugula and shaved parmesan salad with fresh ground pepper.

Salmon with spinach and eggplant caponata.

And a trio of desserts!

3. Favorite in gifts:

Speaking of the holiday party, we did secret santa AND white elephant exchange. Plus the boss gave us a very thoughtful gift.

My secret santa got me this book…

It's 5 O'Clock Somewhere: The Global Guide to Fabulous Cocktails

I took home this from white elephant…

Pour your favorite drink in the cup & add your favorite snacks to the snack holder

And the boss got us all one of these

National Geographic ''My Town'' Map Clock

4. Favorite in shopping:

I ordered this Steve Madden -  Black Faux Fur Infinity Scarf from Zulily - I hope it is as cozy and fashionable in person!

5. Favorite in freebies-

Listen to this. There is a company making alcool infused ice cream for adults. We recently had some samples sent over for review and are so excited to eat our way through the flavors. These would make a great gift idea for any foodie friends or cocktail aficianados!  Or a treat for yourself of course. Flavors include The Buzz Cafe: Coffee ice cream with Irish cream; Blitzed Berry: Strawberry ice cream with rum; and Citrus Berry Drop: Raspberry lemon drop sorbet and lemon vodka.

What about you – what are this weeks favorites? 

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6 Subscription Boxes To Gift This Holiday Season

1. Glossybox

THE BEAUTY BOX

5 luxury Beauty Products, starting at $21 a month

2. Bestowed

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Buy your loved ones the gift of health this holiday season with Bestowed Gifts and Gift Cards.

10% off any Bestowed Membership by clicking here

3. Love With Food

November 2014 Deluxe Box

Love With Food helps you discover new organic or all-natural snacks, delivered to your door every month for as low as $10/month. Orders made this month receive a $15 coupon to soap.com!

4. POPSUGAR Must Have 

Hand-selected items in beauty, fashion, home, fitness and food.

5. Stitch Fix

How Stitch Fix Works – You fill out an online style profile and receive a box of five-hand picked items from personal stylists based on your unique preferences. Plus you get styling tips for each piece. You keep and pay for only what you like and send back everything else in a prepaid envelope. My first order is coming this week and I cannot even wait to see what they picked and do a review!

6. Baby Bump Bundle: Pregnancy Subscription

Baby Bump Bundle

Gifts by trimester for mom-to-be. (you didnt think I could do a subscription box post without showcasing my own biz right? :) )

You can also check out some of my past subscription box reviews here:

Bestowed

Love With Food 

POPSUGAR

GlossyBox

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Holiday Gift Picks for Women: Six Accessories ($75 and under)

1. Boxed Glitter Stud Earrings

 

kate spade new york boxed glitter stud earrings | Nordstrom

2.  Luxe Leather Tassel Keyring 

Luxe Leather Tassel Keyring (Silver), Key Ring, Key Chain, Gift for Mom, Womens Gift, Keyfob, Bridesmaid Gift, Best Friend

3.   PAVÉ PEARL 360 STUDS

Pavé Pearl 360 Studs Earring | BaubleBar

4. MICHAEL Michael Kors - ‘Beobob’ Tiger Print Infinity Scarf

'Beobob' Tiger Print Infinity Scarf

5.  Kendra Scott -  Arden Bracelet with Platinum-Tone Druzy Tips

6. Neiman Marcus- Chantelle Studded Zip Leather Wallet

What is on your wish list for the holidays?

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Scenes from Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Here are a few quick pics I took yesterday for turkey day!

Always a fabulous host, my future MIL put out snacks including crackers with cheese and meat plus spinach and artichoke dip with chips. She also had out olive tapenade hummus, which was REALLY good.

A true Italian family always starts off with a pasta course! Homemade Spinach Ravioli from Bob’s with homemade marinara sauce and freshly grated cheese. Yummmm.

Next up, the fiance deep fried a turkey in peanut oil, in the garage. See the herb packets tucked into the skin? So good!

Dinner included all the classics: sweet potatoes, green beans, brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, fresh bread, stuffing, and the turkey.

Dessert, we left to the experts over at Modern Pastry! Cookies, cannolis, pumpkin caramel cheesecake, fruit and cream cups in chocolate shells, and there was a pumpkin pie and ricotta pie. I don’t have pics of it all but here are a couple….

Happy Black Friday and TGIF! Hope you had a great and delicious Thanksgiving too! What was your favorite dish? 

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Friday Fave Five – 11/21

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-300x300Favorite in fashion -

Someone hide my credit card asap. Michael Kors is on Rue La La.

Favorite in food -

Panera Bread is right next to my work and they have perfect warm comfort food! Soups, turkey sandwiches with real roasted turkey instead of deli meat, and flatbreads that are really good! I do like that you can do the whole “pick 2″ deal and have half a sandwich and a soup or small salad but for some reason my stomach ends up hurting (tmi?) so I just stick to one thing!

BBQ Chicken Flatbread Sandwich

Favorite in shopping-

It wouldn’t be a Friday favorites without a couple purchases from Zulily!

For me…a dress!

For the fiance…a t-shirt! You gotta love Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused!

Favorite in entertainment -

We started watching a funny sitcom – Marry Me! It’s on Tuesdays at 9pm on NBC! Really cute and silly show!

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Favorite for my small biz -

The graphic designer I have worked with all year on the re-branding of my company has done it again and created a graphic advertising a discount for Baby Bump Blog readers for the holiday season. How cute is this? She is the best! She is also doing my holiday cards for the customers and creating a FB cover page and I am so excited to complete those with her as well.

That’s all for now! TGIF! Share any favorites of yours from the week in the comments! I am sure EVERYONE is getting pumped for Thanksgiving, am I right?

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Nine Naked Cakes

Have you guys heard about the naked cakes trend? I have seen it all over the web and blogosphere and I am starting to warm up to it. It is basically what it sounds. A layer cake without the outer layer of frosting. There is absolutely no way the fiance will be on board for this for our wedding or anything (he is VERY traditional) but I came across it on a kid’s b-day party blog post and really was impressed! Here are a few that also caught my eye….

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Middle Row 1 / 2 / 3

Bottom Row 1 / 2 /

Naked cakes are neat, am I right?

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Target + TOMS

I LOVE TOMS not only because each product purchased helps a person in need but because they are SO freakin comfy! I wear them to and from work and bring along heels or flats for the office and they are my go-to on weekends. I of course couldn’t wait to see what was in store when tarjay teamed up with TOMS for a collection this holiday season. Target + Toms trademark. One for one registered, for all. For every Target + Toms gift you buy, we're giving shoes, a blanket or meals to those in need. #TomsForTarget

Here are a few of my favorites!

Target and Toms Collection

1. TOMS for Target  – Acrylic fringe grey throw  // 2. TOMS for Target- Womens Crewneck Sweatshirt Gray

3. TOMS for Target Reusable Arrow Tote Bag // 4. TOMS for Target- Women’s Shoes (with Drawstring Bag)

5. TOMS for Target- Women’s Ruana/Poncho in Cream // 6. TOMS for Target- Women’s Knit Beanie Marled in Black/White

7. TOMS for Target- Arrow Tech Wallet // 8. TOMS for Target- Knit Infinity Scarf Marled Black/White

What do you think about this collab??

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10 Winning Holiday Wine Bags

One of the best (and sometimes most convenient) thing to bring to a party, holiday dinner, or any celebration is wine! But to make it more special, the wine bag can completely amp it up. You can go the sophisticated route or keep it silly, depending on who you are giving it to! Here are a few of my favorite wine bags that would make a memorable cover for wine for the host/hostess or guests of honor this holiday season.

1. Christmas Wine Bag – Set of 3

2. Light Green Felt – Christmas Wine Tote

Wine Tote - Light Green Felt - Christmas Tree

3. Burlap Natural Christmas Wine Bag

 

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4. Wreath Wine Bags

 

Wreath Wine Bags

5. Faux Fur Wine Bags

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6. Elf Pants Wine Bag

 

7. Eat, Drink, Be Merry Bottle Bag

Eat, Drink, Be Merry Bottle Bag

8. Cheers Fabric Wine Bag

Cheers Fabric Wine Bag

9. Santa Wine Bottle Gift Bags

10. Cheers Bottle Bag

 

Cheers Bottle Bag

Which is your favorite? What is your go-to hostess/party gift to bring?

Also check out these past posts-

The Mishaps of Thanksgiving’s Past

10 Gifts for the Hostess: Thanksgiving edition!

Three hostess gifts to bring this Thanksgiving

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Friday Fave Five – 11/14

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!

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1. Favorite in food-

Last weekend we went out for the fiance Sal’s b-day! A group of us kept it local and went into Malden center for snacks and drinks at Mystic Station.

I got the fish tacos and those raw jalapenos you see on top? They made it extra spicy and delish!

 

2. Favorite in shopping –

I have yet another Zulily order on the way! I got a couple of random things for my closet and the kitchen and these items below too (total of the whole order ony $60 but free because of referral credits!

I got this dress….

Nifty roll up shoes to keep in my purse for dancing at a wedding we are going to in December!

And a blue sweater.

3. Favorite in subscription boxes -

I got a $10 first box from urthbox on Rue La La, and am giving that a try this month! We shall see what the box comes with but it is “A Monthly Box of Healthy Full-Size Snacks Delivered to Your Door.”

4. Favorite in entertainment-

I have had this song in my head! It is kind of depressing (its about cheating) but the singing is flawless and I like the beat.


5. Favorite in baby-

I am so excited about the Christmas BabyBundle my small biz is selling for the season. It has an ornament, pacifier, baby leggings, baby body wash, a onesie and a “my first Christmas” sticker. Plus a couple of samples.

 TGIF friends! What’s up with you? What are this weeks favorites?

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