4 Essential Winter Jackets

Surprise! Winter is still here. While we fight temperatures in the low 20s and brutal snowstorms I figured I’d round up some stylish, yet warm winter jackets to get you through the season.

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MACKPAGE Trish Fur Hooded Down Coat

Looking for a classy jacket to stay stylish and warm all winter long? Then this is the jacket for you! This knee length parka with fur v-neck trim is a classic winter coat making the perfect staple piece. The parka offers storm cuffs and hidden toggle at the hood to provide extra warmth.

Patagonia Tres 3-in1 Parka

A popular brand among millennials, Patagonia not only does a great job targeting 20 – 30 somethings in the northern region of America; but also boast positive reviews in their well-crafted jackets. The Patagonia Tres 3-in-1 parka is the jacket you need for wet, cold climates. With its waterproof exterior and insulated interior, this jacket will defiantly keep you dry and warm.

North Face Gotham Parka

If you walk into any New Englanders closet theirs a ninety-nine percent chance you will see a North Face jacket in their closet; as its wallet-friendly and durable (I had mine for five years!). Ranked best for warmth by North Face, the Gotham parka is crafted with two insulations, goose down and ample synthetic; perfect for cold conditions.

Canadian Goose Rossclair Parka Black

A popular household name in New England, Canadian Goose jacket’s are a must-have coat for any northerner. This mid-length parka is designed with Arctic-Tech fabric perfectly crafted for harsh winters. This is one of my personal favorites for its sophistic look and A-line silhouette.

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Say ‘Yes’ to Zucchini Noodles!

If you know me you know I love veggies (especially zucchini). At a young age, I would beg my parents to make zucchini with cheese and tomatoes (which I still do when I go visit) fast-forward years later I’m still obsessed.

Since I love zucchini and make it a lot I often try new recipes to keep the simple taste pleasing without getting bored!

Recently, I’ve been enjoying zucchini noodles it’s fairly easy to make and leaves room to be creative and make it your own. Below find my perfect date night zucchini noodle recipe.

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  • 1 box zucchini noodles
  • 3 tablespoons of EVOO
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder or garlic
  • 1 cup of diced onions
  • 1 large tomato (1/2 can of diced tomatoes if wish)
  • 1 had full of mushrooms
  • 2 chicken breast cut up
  • Salt & pepper
  • 1 cup of parmesan cheese

Prep time 10 min   –  Cook time 10 min

  1. Add EVOO to frying pan cook onions, mushrooms, and chicken until brown.
  2. Add tomatoes, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Mix together.
  3. Add zucchini noodles and let simmer on low for 3 minutes.
  4. Add 1 cup of parmesan cheese and let sit for 1 minute then carefully mix together.

 

Fitbit Review

Is it weird to say I feel naked without my Fitbit? I’ve been actively counting my steps for almost a year now and have become very aware of my daily physical activity.

When I first acquired my Fitbit as a gift last Christmas I never thought it would become part of my daily life. Keep reading to see what I love about my daily fitness accessory!

Tells time: Fitbit has become a popular way to tell time at a flick of a wrist. No need to keep pulling out the cell phone!

Counts steps: I have a set goal of 8,000 steps per day. I know that’s not a lot but I have a desk job (7am -6pm) and I don’t move around as much as I like. Since having the Fitbit I am more aware of my activity throughout the day.

Challenges: If you’re a competitive person then Fitbit is for you! I frequently challenge friends and family through the week or on weekends making both myself and my challenger aware of our daily activity while acting as a coach to keep each other active.

App: I sync my Fitbit to the Fitbit app daily it’s a great way to visually see your progress throughout the week, view milestones and be rewarded by Fitbit for moving and grooving.

What are you waiting for get up and get stepping!

 

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Tired of Same Old Meals? Try a Cooking Class

Tired of “Taco Tuesday,” every Tuesday? Then head over to your local Sur la Table to learn a new dish to wow friends and family! Sur la Table offers a variety of classes from pastries to pasta and beyond in 20+ states across the US.

In each of Sur la Table’s unique classes “students” (18 and older) work with other students in a fun, hands-on environment led by a professional chef. Each class runs about two hours (unless noted otherwise) and allows each individual a generous sample of their dish! In addition, each student will receive a coupon good for 10% off in-store purchases on the day of the class.

Keep scrolling down for a sneak peek into a Sur la Table cooking class!

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Grab a Glass of Milk!

Over eight years of perfecting and keeping this recipe a secret, I think it’s about time I share with everyone how to make my famous oatmeal chocolate chip cookies or as my friends call them “Tina’s Famous Cookies!” either way, keep reading to learn how to make this delectable treat!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup shortening

1 tbsp butter

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1 tsp vanilla

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup flour

1 cup oatmeal

1/2 cup chocolate chips (or more if you please!)

First blend together the shortening, butter, granulated sugar and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl. Next, add the egg and vanilla; be sure to mix well!

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Then add the flour, salt, baking powder, and baking soda. Mix enough so all dry ingredients are moist. Finally, mix in your oatmeal and chocolate chips!

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Here’s where it gets fun! Roll the dough into 1-inch balls and place on a greased cookie sheet (wax paper works well).

Bake at 350 for 8-11 minutes. (Makes 30 cookies!)

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Bon Appetit 🙂

 

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Caffe Nero Opens Another Location in Boston

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London based Caffe Nero has opened yet another location in Boston just in time for college students to cozy up with a coffee and their laptop for the fall semester.

Gerry Ford, founder of Caffe Nero had the vision to create a place that served high-quality coffee and acted as a meeting place for the neighborhood. Since then the iconic blue coffee cup has made its way to the New England area with 10 locations in Boston.

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Their newest location at 1047 Commonwealth Ave. is located right on the Boston University campus and was carefully designed to fit the surrounding neighborhood of Allston-Brighton. With its rustic finishes, cozy atmosphere and beautiful light fixtures this coffee shop without a doubt makes for the perfect study spot. The layout is perfectly designed for large study sessions, an afternoon pick -me -up with a friend or an even spent tackling that English paper due at midnight.

From espressos to lattes to vegan to gluten free; Caffe Nero has everyone in mind with their extensive food & beverage menu. Whether you like your coffee hot or iced this Italian inspired cafe is sure to have student’s acing exams!

Not a student? No worries, stop on by for a cup of freshly brewed coffee on your way to work or enjoy a book and pot of tea during the weekend.

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After recently trying Caffe Nero, myself, I give this British owned coffee shop a 4.5/5. The coffee was fresh and the muffin was the perfect mix of filling but not too sweet! Be prepared to start seeing more blue cups around the Boston area.

Open daily Monday through Friday 6:30 am to midnight and Saturday and Sunday 7:30 am to midnight.

Guide to NYC Rooftop Bars

Summer may be winding down, but the New York City bar scene is still in full swing! Below I’ve rounded up some of my favorite rooftop bars that are a must try before the end of the summer.

Mr. Purple: Situated on the 15th floor of the Hotel Indigo located on the Lower East Side; twenty somethings are calling Mr. Purple the “IT” spot for drinks and killer views of Manhattan! This swanky rooftop spot is blowing up Instagram with its roof top pool, drinks, lounges, and view (Don’t lie you’d go for the ‘Insta pic,’ too). Not into their extensive cocktail menu or craft beer list? Mr. Purple also serves up coffee and pressed juice. 180 Orchard St., 15th Floor, New York, NY 10002

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Le BainHands down my favorite rooftop in New York City! Located in the Meatpacking District, Le Bain at The Standard, Highline does an incredible job portraying a picnic like atmosphere 13 floors above the concrete jungle. The pink decor, turf grass, and crepe stand make you feel like you entered an exclusive party in The Hamptons. Kick-back and enjoy one of their signature drinks and breath taking views of Lower Manhattan. Looking to get your groove on? The lower level serves as a night club hosting some of the worlds most popular DJs. 848 Washington St., New York, NY 10014 

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230 Fifth Rooftop BarLooking for drop dead views of Midtown and the rooftop bar experience all year round? Then head to 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar located on 5th Ave. At New York City’s largest rooftop garden and bar, guest will find palm trees, stellar views, tents to keep cool during hot summer days and heated igloos in the winter. Pro Tip: try the Raspberry Mojito (you’ll thank me later)! 230 Fifth Ave. (Corner of 27th) Manhattan, NY 10001

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Upstairs at the KimberlyWhether you’re a guest at the Kimberly Hotel or looking for a lively bar atmosphere, Upstairs at the Kimberly is situated in the heart of Midtown with European like vibes open 365 days a year. Upstairs at the Kimberly makes the list for its decor, location, and remarkable views of the Chrysler Building. 145 E 50th St., New York, NY 10022

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