Friday, August 29, 2014

The Friday Five Hop and 5 Subscription Boxes Worth Considering

Welcome to the Friday Five Hop! We invite you to link up your Friday Five post with us below! Friday Five post can be about anything- as long as it's a list of five! Today's guest Friday Five comes from Bethany who is the voice behind Twenty Something Plus. Today Bethany is sharing 5 subscription boxes she loves with us!  

5 Subscription Boxes Worth Considering

I am a huge believer in trying before buying. In my experience you don't like it in the store, you won't like it when you get it home. But how can you know this if you aren't able to try it in the store? Subscription boxes. Think magazines but samples of products you get to try and can later purchase if you like them. I have tried tons of boxes, and have found some that I think are great, and others that aren't for me, but you may love. I want to share my favorites for different types of subscription boxes.

1. Birchbox This was my first ever subscription box, and I absolutely adore it. While there are many other beauty/grooming boxes like Birchbox, the community and fun that comes with it is incomparable. I also really like that there is also a men's version of the box. I gifted it to my partner (aka "the manfriend") for his birthday last year and while it wasn't his cup of tea, he did admit that there were a few cool products that he now uses regularly and would never have hear of had it not been for Birchbox Man.

2. Julep I enjoy doing my own nails, but buying nail polish isn't very fun when you're indecisive. Julep makes it easy, you fill out a quiz and get two colors and a beauty product sent to you each month. What I like most about Julep is that you have the option to skip a month if you want.

3. Scratch This is also a nail box, but instead of nail polish, you get nail wraps. I wish I was creative or talented enough to create little master pieces of nail art when I do my own mani, but I'm not. Nail wraps are an easy way to get funky nails and every box includes a fun surprise!

4. Loot Crate The manfriend asked for this one. It's heaven in a box for geeks, and I would know. This past box was hero themed and included a few Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle goodies, which ended up in my possession. Usually there is a tee with the theme that alone makes up for the monthly cost.

5. Whimsey Box Confession: I don't currently subscribe to this subscription box. However, I love the diy projects that they share on their blog. There is also the opportunity to purchase kits for projects you like instead.

These are just some of the different boxes you can try, but they literally have them for just about anything! Boxes for your pet, for natural food lovers, for fitness buffs, you name it! I often share what I get in my subscriptions on my blog, so if you're curious to see some examples feel free to check out my blog!

Thanks Bethany!  And now it's your turn!  Do you have a Friday Five post to share?  Link up below, and then please be sure to visit others in the hop!

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Road Trip Theme Ideas!

Today Kelly of A Lovely Life, Indeed, is sharing some tips with us for some great road trips!  Summer might be almost over but these ideas would be great in the fall as well!

We love road trips. Armed with snacks, coffee or tea and a good play list, we can go for days. 

If you're one of those folks, like us, who loves the open road, here are some theme ideas for your summer travels that may take you someplace unexpected.
1. State park tour. 
Make a goal to visit your state parks. Start here, at America's State Parks or google your own state's parks. Use apps and gps tours to access the best that your state has to offer.

2. Museum tour
If you're a Bank of America card holder, you can get into more than 150 museums in 92 cities in 31 states for FREE on the 1st weekend of every month through the Museums on Us program. This is a great way to see touring exhibits, as well as permanent collections that your favorite museums have curated. 

If you're not a Bank of America card holder, check with your local library for museum passes. This is a lower-cost option and you may discover someplace new. A win-win. 

3. Foodie are some ideas for seeking out samples of the best in your area and crown your own personal champion.

  • lobster rolls
  • barbecue
  • ice cream 
4. Get your kicks on route 66
Or any other route that works for you. Pick a starting point of any in-state route and follow it from end to end. Or, if you have more time, pick an interstate. Stay off the beaten path and discover main streets and back roads, country stores and roadside attractions. You can always get on the freeway, but you may discover a way from here to there worth revisiting. And if you have a lot of time, consider US-1, from Maine to Key West, Florida.

5. Flagship pilgrimage
Many beloved companies have flagship stores that are well worth the visit. They may offer tours and outlets where you can find bargains on your favorite products. 

Here in New England, we have

And I have always wanted to visit Bronner's Christmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth, Michigan to add to our ornament collection and tradition
What are your favorite road trip themes?
 Want even more road trip ideas?  Check out the rest of Kelly's ideas over at her original post here!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog of the Week: Marcie's Nook

This week we are interviewing fellow Northeast Blogger Marcie as our blog of the week!  Marcie writes the blog Marcie's Nook.  Meet Marcie!

Tell us a little about you:  I am Marcie I write on the blog I am a child care teacher by day and blog writer by night. I live in New Jersey and love to write.

What is your blog about?  My blog is a show case of the things I have created. Some of my creations are words,photos and paintings.
What is your favorite spot to visit in the Northeast? 
I love the beach
What do you love most about blogging?     Meeting new people
What is your favorite form of social media?  My favorite is pinterest. I love looking at all the crafts it gives me a lot of project ideas.
Where do you live and what do you love about it?  
I live in New Jersey. What I love is that I am not far from family and friends. 

Thanks Marcie!  To learn more head over to check out her blog this week

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