Boston

Michaels Stores Get a New Look in Boston!

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of joining a group of Boston based bloggers at the newly reimagined Michaels in Saugus, MA. The store is just one of 27 Boston-area stores that are unveiling a new look this weekend.

In the past, I found Michaels to be a little crowded and confusing- they had so much great stuff, but it was often hard to find. The folks at Michaels must have felt that way to, because the new layout is more open and the aisles are wider. Plus, there's colorful signage throughout the store to help you navigate your way. Can't find what you're looking for on your own? All  Michaels employees will now be wearing red, so they're easier to spot.

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Boston

Introducing... {hub}Links!

I'm excited to announce that Amy and I have started a new project for Blog Better Boston called {hub}LINKS! Basically, it's a bi-weekly roundup of posts submitted by Boston area bloggers and edited either by myself and Amy or a guest editor. Each edition will have a specific theme. This time, it was holiday! Hope you enjoy and definitely sign up to get the newsletter, and think about submitting your posts for the next round. It's a great way to discover new blogs, as well as share your own content with a larger audience. 

These local bloggers were chosen to represent the best of the best holiday themed blog posts in Boston via Blog Better Boston's new {hub}LINKS. They wrote about holiday fashion, cocktails, entertaining, gift guides, and more!

Show these blogs some love:

  • Kneadle + Bread tackles the task of finding the perfect hostess gifts.
  • Mon Petit Chou Chou shows us how to make a delicious holiday cocktail.
  • FiveToNine finds the perfect gifts for our four legged friends.
  • MOPA stays warm during the snowy winter weather by baking with her family.
  • A Daily Dose of Vitamin D puts together a festive outfit for holiday gatherings.
  • Shell Chic'd decorates her bar cart for holiday entertaining.
  • Cobbs Hill introduces us to beauty products to help you shine all season long.
  • HollyDolly demonstrates how to create a simple DIY Holly pin for your hair.

Want to be featured in the next edition? Sign up for the {hub}LINKS newsletter and submit your posts!

Boston

Chicks Dig Bigs

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a party celebrating the launch of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay's newest campaign, Chicks Dig Bigs, targeted at women. Did you know that there are over 800 boys currently waiting for a "big brother" in the Massachusetts Bay area? Apparently, marketing to men specifically to become big brothers isn't working fast enough, so the organization and their awesome agency decided to go to the real decision makers: women.

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Boston

A Blogger Shopping Date with Georgina!

This past weekend, I had the pleasure of taking a shopping trip with the fabulous Georgina of Notes on Lifestyle by Georgina.  Though we'd met briefly in the past and chatted via email and Twitter, we had yet to actually spend a ton of time together. The Trip to Wrentham Village Premium Outlets is about 45 minutes to an hour, so I figured a long car trip would be the perfect time to get to know each other.

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Boston

The Sperry Store gets a Makeover!

Last week, I had the opportunity to attend a pre-opening press event at the new Sperry Topsider store at the Natick Mall. If you haven't heard of Sperry, it's a New England- based brand best known for their preppy boat shoes.

Though I've lived in Massachusetts for almost 6 years (wow, has it really been that long?), I actually don't own a pair, so it was really fun to tour the store and get a little background on the brand. 

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Boston Food

Local Eats: Harvard Sweet Boutique

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I was contacted by Harvard Sweet Boutique a few weeks ago, initially because they wanted to share a recipe for Low-Carb Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies. Of course, if you're a long time reader, you know I'm allergic to nuts of all kinds, so I wasn't about to share a recipe for a food that, as my mom says, "offends me".

Instead, they sent over a bunch of goodies for me to try. My initial reaction? The packaging is so cute! My selection of nut-free goodies, came in a cute green polka dotted box with pink tissue. The package contained an assortment of brownies (salted caramel, mint chocolate fudge, to name a few) and cookies (oatmeal raisin, ginger molasses, etc).

I attempted to snap a few shots, but without opening the individually wrapped baked goods, I couldn't really get across how yummy they looked...so I'm using their shots instead.

Overall, I found the brownies a little too rich for my taste and was disappointed, because they were the desserts I was most excited about. The cookies, on the other hand- they were yummy! The Ginger molasses was definitely my favorite, with the oatmeal raisin coming in at a close second.

I'd give these goodies 3 out of 5 stars. If you're looking to send someone a beautifully packaged gift, Harvard Sweet Boutique is a great option, especially if you're looking for  gluten free or low carb treats. Some baked goods do contain nuts, so if you have a severe allergy, they recommend you don't buy their treats.


About Harvard Sweet Boutique:

"Harvard Sweet Boutique was founded by Harvard, Mass. resident Sue George in 2007 and gained in popularity as an online retailer accepting orders through its catalog and website. This past November, Harvard Sweet Boutique opened its doors for its first brick-and-mortar store located in Hudson, Mass. The storefront acts as a test kitchen, where treats like homemade pop-tarts, fresh granola, whoopee pies and chocolate covered strawberries are offered! The store front is located at 25 South Street, Hudson, MA 01749."