Friday, May 30, 2014

Friday Five & 5 Snapshots from Newport, RI!

Welcome to the Friday Five link up!  As usual, you can write about anything you want for the Friday Five, as long as it's a list of 5 things!  Today's guest Friday Five comes from Meg!

Hi all, Meg here, one of the Connecticut state reps.  A couple of weeks ago, I was back in my home state, Rhode Island for a best friend's bachelorette in Newport.  Here are five of my favorite snapshots from the weekend:
The Red Parrot and red trolley

St. Mary's where JFK and Jackie were married in 1953

Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth

A little gift for our bride

Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge

If you want to see more from our fun weekend, head over to my blog, Borrowed Heaven!

Thanks for sharing these great pics Meg!
And now it's your turn!  Do you have a Friday Five to share this week?  Link up below!
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Blog of the Week: A Sensible Momma

This week's blog of the week is A Sensible Momma, written by Anna!  Meet Anna:

At first glance, my blog’s title might make you think I’m a seasoned mom with years of experience in raising children, but upon further look, you’ll see something entirely different. I’m a 20-something mom raising two toddlers, and everything I have knowledge about, whether about parenting, running a household, cooking, etc., is through research and trial and error. If I don’t know something, I make it a point to learn about it. I do this with everything in my life and anything worth sharing, I do so here. I think a lot of moms are like that, because we are the glue of our families who always need to be a step ahead and have all the answers. To me, that’s just small part of what being A Sensible Momma is about.

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

May Pinterest Hop!

Welcome!  This Tuesdays social media hop is Pinterest!  Please link up directly to your pinterest profile, not your blog or other social media sites! Don't forget to follow Northeast Bloggers on Pinterest while your at it!

Be sure to follow 3-5 others in the hop and just for fun go ahead repin a few of their pins!

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Friday Five Hop & 5 No-Cook Date Night Ideas!

Welcome to the Friday Five link up! This link up challenges you to come up with a list of 5 things to post about! Do you have five favorite spots to visit in your city? Five best makeup tips? Five TV shows you love? Or just five pictures of your week? Then you have a Friday Five post ready to go! This week's guest Friday Five comes to us from Kelly who writes the blog A Lovely Life, Indeed. Kelly is sharing 5 ways to enjoy a no-cook date night this spring! 

5 Components of a Perfect, At-Home, No-Cook, Date Night Dinner Al Fresco
When the weather warms, the living gets a bit easier. There is no equivalent for a lovely night outside, under the stars with someone you love. If you want an easy, no-cook dinner, here's 5 things to gather for your party. 

1. Start with a cocktail or a cocktail. 
In the morning, before work, prepare a pitcher of my famous sangria. It is not too sweet and it is a crowd-pleaser, even with a romantic crowd of two. 

2. Build a charcuterie plate. 
Use a big wooden cutting board and assemble your favorite creamy cheeses and savory meats for the beginnings of a charcuterie board that you can make your own. Here's what we put on ours:

  • Manchego cheese from Spain
  • Local smoked gouda or aged Vermont cheddar
  • A creamy goat cheese infused with honey or fig, or coated with blueberries or cranberries and cinnamon.
  • Prosciutto
  • Jamon Serrano, if we can find it, or Spanish Chorizo 
  • French baguette
  • Gherkins for a sweet bite or dill or half-sour pickles
  • Assorted dried fruits, like figs, dates, or apricots. 
  • A sprinkling of nuts, or olives.
  • Add whatever you like...make it yours. 
And if charcuterie's not your thing, bring home a pizza and share it on a blanket under the stars with a bottle of wine or your beverage of choice.

3. Mood music. 
Our go-to Pandora station is Diana Krall, but consider a station featuring Sade, or Chris Botti or Miles Davis...or a station that's relevant to you and your love. Bluetooth wireless speakers make it so easy to stream music these days. Have a favorite playlist ready to go? Enjoy!

4. Candles/tiki torches/fire bowl
Here in Massachusetts, may flies take pride in their name. They arrive en masse and at times, overstay their welcome...perhaps waiting for their cousins, the mosquitoes. Regardless of these unwelcome visitors, stay safe and create a romantic barrier of light with candles, tiki torches or a fire bowl so the only nibbles you get come from your love. 

5. Dessert
If you have a fire pit, s'mores seem like the go-to dessert. But with a couple of minutes in the microwave tempering chocolate, you can have chocolate-covered strawberries, or cherries, or whatever is in season. 

Or, if you're not a chocolate person, try this with strawberries...dip them in sour cream and then in brown sugar. I know it sounds crazy, but it's divine 

And of course, if you're lucky enough to live to a farm close by, ice cream stands are a hot bed of romance. After all, it was here that I met my own husband. 

Two spoons, one ice, that's romantic. 

Or better yet, one get the idea.

So we're here. Por fin!  We have waited a loooonnnggg time for this weather. Enjoy it. Soak up every last second and savor these nights you wish would last forever. 

It's spring time, and the living's easy. Or, if the not the least the loving. Enjoy!

Inspire me...what's your perfect outdoor date night?

Thanks Kelly!  

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Thursday, May 22, 2014

May Photography Challenge: Flowers!

Welcome to our Photography Challenge!  This is a once a month challenge to take a photo that fits into the theme for that month.  This months theme is: FLOWERS.  The link up will remain open the rest of the month so everyone has a chance to show off their photos!

Please be sure to visit other blogs on this hop if you link up and leave a comment on their photo!
Remember you can link up to a post with the photo you want to show off, or to your instagram photo that fits the monthly theme.  Please do not link up to your blogs main page, this link up is for the photography challenge only! 

Be sure to join us for the June challenge next month!  June's theme is: YELLOW!  The link up with take place on June 19th.
Do you have a SPRING photo from this month to link up?  Share below!

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Blog of the Week: More Awesomer

Welcome to Blog of the Week!  This week we are featured Lindsey who writes the blog More Awesomer!  Meet Lindsey:

I’m Lindsey. It’s nice to meet you.  More Awesomer is my stomping ground where I think and write (hopefully after I think, but let’sbehonest, not usually) and share with you some weird things that happen on the Internet. I also love to give unsolicited advice, so get ready for lots of that.
In no particular order, here are some things about me:
  • I love coffee dates and God and walks in the city.
  • I play the ukulele.
  • Among most important things are surrounding yourself with good people, good music, and good food (And all at the same time? Be still my heart.)
  • I think people are hilarious and amazing and do pretty great things, hence Thursday Tidbits.
  • I consider Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop-Tarts a food group.
If you just got here, check out a few popular posts:
How to Manage Money Abroad
Avoid the Last Week Freak-Out: How to Prepare for a Semester Abroad
How to Pack Light for a Weekend Trip
On Stick Shifts & Growing Vegetables // A 15 Before 30 List
Finding Your Golden Hour and Other Tips for Writing

Thanks for sharing Lindsey!  Be sure to check out her blog this week and say hi!  Just click the links above to see some of her popular posts!

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

May Instagram Hop!

Welcome to our Tuesday social media link up!  This week's link up is for Instagram!  Link up below to your instagram account and then go follow some other Northeast bloggers on instagram!  Be sure to like some of their photos and leave a few comments around!
Don't forget- our May Photography Challenge link up is this Thursday!  This months theme is: flowers!  You can link up to a photo on your instagram or to a blog post with your photo, it's up to you!

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Guest Post: Candid Camera!

Today's guest post is all about taking photos and we are loving these "everyday life" photos from our guest blogger Farin!  Farin is sharing photos from her commute to work on the NYC subway.

Some people travel to and from work and never look up from their iPhone. Today I'm posting all the photos I've taken on the NYC Subway, that you might've missed otherwise.

I have a long commute, so grab a coffee and get comfy.

Want to see more of Farin's candid camera photos?  

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