It's a "Merry" Life

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It’s a Merry Life, Weekly Edition
#1: Etsy.com - Typically I purchase birthday cards for my friends and family at Papyrus because their cards are the BEST. However, I’ve decided from now on to purchase cards from Etsy because the cards on Etsy are unique, handmade, and promote small businesses. I purchased some birthday cards from these shops: DeLuce Design, Jason Burian, Rachael And Sarina, and GGgreetings.
#2: Martha Stewart Home Office - I needed a binder to store my teachers edition of Kaplan’s SAT Prep so I strolled into Staples. On a mission to find something preppy and colorful I was disappointed in the available selection. But on my way out of the store a display of the Martha Stewart Home Office collection caught my eye with their lovely shade of blue. After a closer look I realized the binder was of really high quality, so I purchased it. Hopefully my volunteers and students enjoy my new binder as much as I do.
#3: Nashville - Turns out not only do I enjoy listening to country music but I may enjoy watching a new drama dedicated entirely to country music. One of the main characters, Juliette Barnes, is played Hayden Panettiere from Heroes. The first episode looked to be promising so I added it as a favorite on my Hulu account. Watch Nashville Wednesdays on ABC at 10PM.
#4: Oyster Bay Oyster Festival - This is something that my friend Jon, his mom, and I look forward to every year. There are countless food vendors with all of the seafood you can imagine, not to mention raw oysters! You’ll also find live entertainment and a variety of arts and crafts vendors. For more details visit here.
#5: Coffee Meets Bagel - You’re thinking “omg yet another dating website!” Me too… Except this one is easy and convenient. It links with your Facebook profile to match you with your friends friends. Each day you’re given a new coffee or bagel and some details about that person. You then decide to “like” or “pass:. If you both “pass”, no worries but if you both “like” then you’ll be provided with the others contact information to set up a date. Easy-Peasy-Lemon-Squeezy! Disclaimer: I have yet to like a profile so I’m not sure how well the last part works. If you’re interested in Coffee Meets Bagel and need an invite just message me.
xoxo, Samantha View high resolution

It’s a Merry Life, Weekly Edition

#1: Etsy.com - Typically I purchase birthday cards for my friends and family at Papyrus because their cards are the BEST. However, I’ve decided from now on to purchase cards from Etsy because the cards on Etsy are unique, handmade, and promote small businesses. I purchased some birthday cards from these shops: DeLuce Design, Jason Burian, Rachael And Sarina, and GGgreetings.

#2: Martha Stewart Home Office - I needed a binder to store my teachers edition of Kaplan’s SAT Prep so I strolled into Staples. On a mission to find something preppy and colorful I was disappointed in the available selection. But on my way out of the store a display of the Martha Stewart Home Office collection caught my eye with their lovely shade of blue. After a closer look I realized the binder was of really high quality, so I purchased it. Hopefully my volunteers and students enjoy my new binder as much as I do.

#3: Nashville - Turns out not only do I enjoy listening to country music but I may enjoy watching a new drama dedicated entirely to country music. One of the main characters, Juliette Barnes, is played Hayden Panettiere from Heroes. The first episode looked to be promising so I added it as a favorite on my Hulu account. Watch Nashville Wednesdays on ABC at 10PM.

#4: Oyster Bay Oyster Festival - This is something that my friend Jon, his mom, and I look forward to every year. There are countless food vendors with all of the seafood you can imagine, not to mention raw oysters! You’ll also find live entertainment and a variety of arts and crafts vendors. For more details visit here.

#5: Coffee Meets Bagel - You’re thinking “omg yet another dating website!” Me too… Except this one is easy and convenient. It links with your Facebook profile to match you with your friends friends. Each day you’re given a new coffee or bagel and some details about that person. You then decide to “like” or “pass:. If you both “pass”, no worries but if you both “like” then you’ll be provided with the others contact information to set up a date. Easy-Peasy-Lemon-Squeezy! Disclaimer: I have yet to like a profile so I’m not sure how well the last part works. If you’re interested in Coffee Meets Bagel and need an invite just message me.

xoxo, Samantha

It’s a Merry Life Epic Fail of the Week
In an effort to incorporate more “clean” foods into my diet I purchased some Annie’s Homegrown Organic Chocolate Chipper Granola Bars. I chose them because they boasted no artificial ingredients, preservatives, or high-fructose corn syrup and I was really excited, at least until I got home and tried them.
I’m not going to say they are the worst thing I’ve ever eaten but they’re no where near the best. The flavor just wasn’t there and I didn’t recognize anything close to a chocolate chip in the bar. These also had a “stale” taste and texture. I offered them to my roommate who equally as unimpressed. I think I’ll just stick to my Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies, Mmm! View high resolution

It’s a Merry Life Epic Fail of the Week

In an effort to incorporate more “clean” foods into my diet I purchased some Annie’s Homegrown Organic Chocolate Chipper Granola Bars. I chose them because they boasted no artificial ingredients, preservatives, or high-fructose corn syrup and I was really excited, at least until I got home and tried them.

I’m not going to say they are the worst thing I’ve ever eaten but they’re no where near the best. The flavor just wasn’t there and I didn’t recognize anything close to a chocolate chip in the bar. These also had a “stale” taste and texture. I offered them to my roommate who equally as unimpressed. I think I’ll just stick to my Annie’s Homegrown Cheddar Bunnies, Mmm!

Last week I found this delicious recipe on Pinterest for a Banana Oatmeal Smoothie. Only problem is that I don’t own a blender. I found the following three on Bedbathandbeyond.com (I have a 20% off coupon :)) and just don’t know which one to buy.
Does anyone have any experience with blenders and have one they would recommend? 
1 - Vitamix® TurboBlend 4500 Blender, $379
2 - Omega B2400 64-Ounce 2-HP Variable Speed Blender, $349
3 - Blendtec® Tabletop Total Blender - Black, $399
Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe
2 Whole Bananas
2 Cups Ice
1/3 Cup Yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt flavored with honey)
1/2 Cup Cooked Oatmeal
1/2 Cup Almonds
Blend for 30 seconds. 380 Calories.

Last week I found this delicious recipe on Pinterest for a Banana Oatmeal Smoothie. Only problem is that I don’t own a blender. I found the following three on Bedbathandbeyond.com (I have a 20% off coupon :)) and just don’t know which one to buy.

Does anyone have any experience with blenders and have one they would recommend? 

1 - Vitamix® TurboBlend 4500 Blender, $379

2 - Omega B2400 64-Ounce 2-HP Variable Speed Blender, $349

3 - Blendtec® Tabletop Total Blender - Black, $399

Banana Oatmeal Smoothie Recipe

2 Whole Bananas

2 Cups Ice

1/3 Cup Yogurt (preferably Greek yogurt flavored with honey)

1/2 Cup Cooked Oatmeal

1/2 Cup Almonds

Blend for 30 seconds. 380 Calories.

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Guilty as charged, I’ve been known to doodle during client meetings. Mostly to avoid dozing off but looks as though there are some other benefits. Whoo, yay for doodling!

Field Trip to the Intrepid!

A few months back many NYer’s flocked to the Hudson to witness a truly rare event, the Space Shuttle Enterprise fly around our wonderful island before making it’s home at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum. I was one of those NYer’s standing along the Hudson on that cool windy day and have been planning to visit ever since. Check out these amazing photos my best friend Jen and I took this morning on the Intrepid.

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