Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My 2012 To Do List

I have decided that I'm not doing New Year's resolutions this year. Instead I am creating a list of things I want to do during 2012.Some of these items were left over from last years list.
  1. Visit the Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Worcester, MA Done 9/2/12 with the in-laws :)
  2. Go on a Harpoon brewery tour with my hubby Done 6/24/12. Great time!
  3. Go on a Redhook brewery tour with my hubby
  4. Visit the Charlton Orchards Farm and Winery  in Charlton, MA
  5. Visit the Turtle Creek Winery in Lincoln, MA
  6. Visit the Alfalfa Farm Winery in Topsfield, MA
  7. Visit the Still River Winery in Harvard, MA
  8. Check out the Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery in Westport, MA
  9. Make seitan from scratch
  10. Eat at Revitalive Cafe in Newburyport, MA
  11. Eat at WooDaddy Waffles in Worcester, MA Done 1/15/12. Josh was not a fan :(
  12. Eat at Tortilla Sam's in Worcester, MA Done 8/3/12.
  13. Eat at Masao's Kitchen in Waltham, MA Done 6/29/12. The apple strudel was super yummy!
  14. Eat at Susty's Cafe in Northwood, NH
  15. Eat at The Wholesome Cafe in Ayer, MA
  16. Eat at My Thai Vegan Cafe in Boston, MA
  17. Eat at the Clover Food Truck in Cambridge, MA Done 7/29/12.
  18. Eat at Veggie Galaxy in Cambridge, MA Done 3/26/12. My mom and I loved it!
  19. Eat at the Allston Diner in Allston, MA
  20. Eat and drink at Dado Tea + Coffee in Cambridge, MA
  21. Go to The Tea Leaf in Waltham, MA
  22. Go to Eat at Jumbo's in Sommerville, MA Done 2/24/12. OMG, the tofu tenders are AMAZING!!!!
  23. Boston Public Library's Art and Architecture Tour
  24. Ride in a hot air balloon
  25. Do a corn maze
  26. Go hiking
So, that is all I have so far. I like that it is very attainable, not too intimidating.
I'm going to continue to add more things and adjust the list throughout the year.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

So Many Places to See!

 

I decided I should make a list of all the places I want to visit someday so I can begin to cross them off! Here they are:
  1. Africa
  2. Amsterdam
  3. Arizona
  4. Aruba
  5. Austin, TX
  6. Australia
  7. Bahamas
  8. Bermuda
  9. Bora Bora
  10. Florida Keys
  11. Germany
  12. Grand Canyon 
  13. Greece
  14. Hershey, PA
  15. India
  16. Italy
  17. Japan
  18. London, England (Going 2016)
  19. Miami, FL
  20. Nashville, TN
  21. New Orleans, LA
  22. New Zealand
  23. Nova Scotia (Prince Edward Island)
  24. Paris, France (Going 2016)
  25. Philadelphia, PA 
  26. Portugal 
  27. Puerto Rico 
  28. San Diego, CA
  29. San Francisco, CA
  30. Scotland
  31. Seattle, WA 
  32. Taiwan
Where else should I go?

Here are the places I have already been to:
  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Atlantic City, NJ
  3. Azores
  4. Boston, MA 
  5. Cancun, Mexico
  6. Chicago, IL
  7. Colonial Williamsburg, VA 
  8. Dominican Republic 
  9. Hawaii 
  10. Ireland 
  11. Jamaica 
  12. Los Angeles, CA
  13. Los Vegas, NV
  14. Playa Del Carmen, Mexico
  15. Martha's Vineyard, MA
  16. Montpelier, VT
  17. Montreal, Canada
  18. Mystic, CT
  19. Nantucket, MA
  20. Newport, RI
  21. New York City, NY 
  22. Orlando, FL
  23. Portland, ME
  24. Portland, OR
  25. Provincetown, MA
  26. Quebec, Canada
  27. Raleigh, North Carolina
  28. Reno, NV
  29. Spain
  30. Tampa, FL
  31. Virginia Beach, VA
  32. Washington DC
  33. Williamsburg, VA

Thursday, July 28, 2011

New Arrivals + Discount at Ecolissa!

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Big Summer Sale - Save 40% at Ecolissa.com!

Just enter Coupon Code "40percent" at Checkout!
Valid Sunday 7/10/11 - Saturday 7/16/11

Monday, July 11, 2011

SpinGym Review

I was recently sent a complimentary SpinGym to test out and review. I have really enjoyed trying out this product!



From the SpinGym website:
The secret to sexy, toned arms is SpinGym®’s unique “Gyrotronic Resistance Training” (GRT), developed by health and fitness expert Forbes Riley. SpinGym®’s GRT engages all your upper body and core muscles, instantly. SpinGym® is engineered to tone up, not bulk up. Wave goodbye to flabby arms with just 5 minutes a day!

Overall Wellness and Health

  • improves muscle tone, coordination, muscle definition
  • stimulates cardio systems which assists in blood oxygenation and release of endorphins
  • increases mind/body connection
  • reduces stress
  • amps metabolism, burns calories (even while sitting!)
  • warms ups shoulder, arm and back muscles prior to workouts
  • improves stamina

Posture

  • improves postural alignment
  • works core muscles
  • stimulates smaller stabilizing muscles (especially in and around the shoulders)
  • works to integrate core into upper body movement
  • improves agility
The SpinGym sells for $29 + s/h.
    I've been using the SpinGym for the last 3 days and I've had a lot of fun. It's too early to see physical results, but my arms are definitely tired after 5 minutes. I think it is perfect for travel and I plan to take mine with me to NYC this weekend!

     If you would like to learn more check out BuySpinGym.com!

    Friday, July 1, 2011

    Happy 4th of July Sale!


    Take 30% OFF everything at Ecolissa.com
    (including sale items)! 

    Just enter Coupon Code   July4th   at checkout.
    Valid Friday 7/1/11 - Tuesday 7/5/11

    Friday, June 3, 2011

    BostonEco Organic Wine Tasting



    BostonEco invites you to an evening of organic wine tasting and networking. Meet eco-minded professionals who are passionate about healthy, sustainable living while enjoying tastes of organic and biodynamic wines. Come find out what’s happening in the Boston and global green scene, and learn about organic winemaking. And sample local artisan foods from Boston area producers.  

    Get your taste buds ready and join us on Tuesday, June 14th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at The Bocoup Loft at 355 Congress Street (2nd floor), Boston in the Innovation District. For directions, parking, and a walking map from South Station, click here.

    Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for networking and food sampling.

    Wine tasting & presentation starts at 7:00 p.m. 

    Help us get the word out.
    The more the merrier. Please share this page link  http://bit.ly/BostonEcoWine. Twitter hashtag #BostonEco.

    About BostonEco
    BostonEco is on a mission to further healthy, sustainable ideas and initiatives in Boston and beyond. Our events are an opportunity to connect with others who are passionate about eco-living including natural/local foodies, mission-driven entrepreneurs, healthy living experts, green businesses/organizations, and sustainability leaders. BostonEco is the place to be inspired, discover new ideas, and find collaborators.

    In June 2009, Janet Morgenstern Passani, founder of Jute Marketing, launched BostonEco to create a fun networking community for eco-minded professionals in the Boston area.

    They are on Twitter @BostonEco and Facebook.

    Be a BostonEco Sponsor
    If you would like to be a sponsor, or are a local food company interested in sampling at this event, contact Janet Morgenstern Passani via email at Janet[at]JuteMarketing[dot]com.

    Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Tuesday, April 12, 2011

    Metrowest, MA Craft Beer Meetup - April 2011

    
    Description
    The Metrowest craft beer tweet-up is a FREE social networking event intended for anyone who loves beer. The event will be casual. Come, drink, talk beer, make friends.
    People new to the craft-beer scene should not hesitate to join us; you won't find anything intimidating about the event...folks with all levels of beer-knowledge will be represented.

    Special Guest

    Jon Cadoux, Head Brewer - Founder & President of Peak Organic will be in attendance. Jon will be talking about Peak's offerings, will be mingling with the crowd, and will be available to answer questions.

    This is the beer meetup you don't want to miss, as Jon will also be bringing some "secret special goodies" from the brewery!

    Hashtag
    If you're on twitter, when tweeting about the event, please use the #LIBAbeerup hash tag. Search on the #LIBAbeerup hashtag to see what other people are saying about the event!

    Location
    British Beer Company - Framingham, MA

    Since 1997, the British Beer Company Restaurant and Pub has delivered a uniquely American take on the role of the British pub in local community life. By serving as the traditional hub of the communities in which it does business, the British Beer Company provides a place for friends and families to refresh, refuel and reconnect in an unhurried and welcoming atmosphere....read more.

    Time/Date
    Saturday April 30th. 2pm - 5pm.
    Door prizes drawing at 4:00.

    Directions and Parking
    Get directions from Google Maps.
    Ample free parking available.

    Door Prizes
    Bring your business card for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Blank cards will be made available for folks without business cards.

    Drawing will be held at 4:00. Must be present to win!

    Sponsors
    Below are the sponsors who have donated the door prizes or are helping cover expenses for the event. Please take a moment to check out our sponsor's websites!

    To sponsor this event, contact Josh - jd@lostinthebeeraisle.com.

    Mystery Door Prize

    Lost in the Beer Aisle (your host) will be donating to the door prizes as usual. If you haven't checked out Lost in the Beer Aisle, the site is all about being laid back and enjoying beer. The writing style is unintimidating and is welcoming to people with all different levels of beer knowledge.

    Two Gift Certificates


    Julio's Gift Basket

    At Julio's Liquors we offer 17,000 sq. ft. of spectacular shopping in downtown Westborough, MA. With a wide variety of fine wines, spirits, beer, and tobacco, we also have many other unique items that set us apart from the average liquor store.

    Our wine department carries over 3000 labels from 16 different countries. Our Beer department contains one of the largest selections of microbrews, domestics, imports, Belgians and Trappist beers, totaling over 1000 beers in stock! Our Spirits department carries many hard-to-find items from single malt scotches to high-end vodkas and gins. We also house the Vigilant Smoke Shop, a state-of-the-art, full-service smoke shop with a knowledgeable, well trained friendly staff to cater to all of your tobacco needs.

    Tuesday, March 15, 2011

    Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet!

    Petfinder Adopt-the-Internet Day

    What It's All About
    In honor of Petfinder's 15th birthday, they are asking people everywhere to pledge to spread the word online about adoptable pets today, March 15, 2011.

    What You Can Do Now
    •Add a badge to your Web site to show your support.

    •Take the pledge that you will tell one person about pet adoption. By pledging, you'll enter for a chance to win one of 10 Pet Hair Eraser® Vacuums from BISSELL.

    •Donate your Facebook status and photo to an adoptable Petfinder pet. Simply replace your photo with one from the Adopt-the-Internet All-Stars gallery and post one of these messages:
                ◦More than 320,000 pets are waiting for homes on Petfinder.com. Help Petfinder Adopt the Internet today and find forever homes for as many as possible!
                ◦I adopted my pet from Petfinder and now I want to help get this pet adopted! If you want to help pets in need of forever homes, please repost this!

    •Share an adoptable Petfinder pet on Twitter with the hashtag #adopttheinternet.

    •Add a link to your blog, Facebook or Twitter post to this page!

    Thursday, March 3, 2011

    Ecolissa Charity Fashion Show at Dru-Mais Salon


    Description
    Please join us for a wonderful afternoon that includes a fashion show by ecolissa.com and raffle to raise money for Dress for Success Worcester! This is a free event. Take a tour of the brand new Dru-Mais Salon and enjoy some light appetizers and drinks!

    Time/Date
    Sunday March 27th from 1 PM - 4PM.

    Donations


    The mission of Dress for Success Worcester is to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

    ***We will be accepting monetary donations and clothing donations for Dress for Success Worcester. They accept gently used business attire, shoes, handbags and jewelry. Remember that all clothes must be clean and on hangers, and ready to wear to an interview.***

    All clothes should be:
    •Clean, ready-to-wear, preferably on hangers
    •Something that you would wear to a professional job interview
    •Contemporary (ideally less than 5 years old) and in excellent condition
    •In season

    What they need...
    •Business suits: pants & skirts
    •Dress shirts & blouses
    •Pants & skirts
    •Blazers
    •Handbags & purses
    •Dress shoes
    •Jewelry & scarves
    Please note that they do not need overcoats, dresses, linen items, sandals, open toed shoes or sweaters at this time.

    Location
    Dru-Mais Hair Salon
    31 Springhill Ave.
    Marlborough, MA 01752

    Raffle Prizes
    •Gift certificates for Ecolissa.com
    •Gift certificates for Dru-Mais Salon
    •and many more!

    Sponsors



    Ecolissa.com carries only fashionable eco friendly and vegan clothing and accessories made of sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, soy, modal, and tencel.

     
    If you are interested in donating a gift certificate or helping to sponsor this event please contact:

    Melissa Dion
    603.548.6239

    Wednesday, March 2, 2011

    LIBA Boston Craft Beer Meetup - March 19th 2011


    Description

    The craft beer meet-up is a FREE social networking event intended for anyone who loves beer. You do not need a twitter account to attend. The event will be casual. No agenda. Come, drink, talk beer, make friends.

    People new to the craft-beer scene should not hesitate to join us; you won't find anything intimidating about the event...folks with all levels of beer-knowledge will be represented.

    Hashtag

    When tweeting about the event, please use the #LIBAbeerup hash tag.

    Location
    Cambridge Brewing Company

    10-12 self-brewed beers on tap at all times. An excellent selection. A bar/lunch menu will be available as well. http://www.cambrew.com/

    "Founded in 1989 the Cambridge Brewing Company is the oldest brewery-restaurant in the Boston area and one of the nations first. As pioneers of new American beer styles we offer our patrons a wide array of hand crafted original beers as well as our interpretation of classic world styles and experimental beers. Over the years our beers and our brewers have received numerous awards locally, nationally, and internationally."

    Time/Date
    Saturday March 19th. 1pm - 5pm.

    Directions & Parking
    Street parking around the brewery is limited. We recommend parking in the Kendall Square Cinema parking garage located at "1 Kendall Square". You can plug this address into Mapquest/Google Maps, or your GPS and get good directions. You can also check out the link below which includes public transit details.
    http://cambridgebrewing.com/about/directions/

    NOTE: The Kendall Square Cinema parking garage costs ~$15 and they take cash only. Get your parking validated at the Brewing Company and the fee is only $5.

    Exiting from the garage will put you right onto Kendall Square where the Brewery is located. Multiple directory/maps can be found in Kendall Square, which will help if you're having trouble finding your way.

    Door Prizes
    Bring your business card for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Blank cards will be made available for folks without business cards.

    Drawing will be held at 3:00. Must be present to win!
    Sponsors
    Below are the sponsors who have donated the door prizes or are helping cover expenses for the event. Please take a moment to check out our sponsor's websites!

    To sponsor this event, contact Josh - jd@lostinthebeeraisle.com

    Mystery Door Prize


    Lost in the Beer Aisle will be donating to the door prizes as usual. If you haven't checked out Lost in the Beer Aisle, the site is all about being laid back and enjoying beer. The writing style is unintimidating and is welcoming to people with all different levels of beer knowledge.

    Two $25 Gift Certificates

    The CBC has graciosuly donated two gift certificates toward the door prizes.

    Tuesday, March 1, 2011

    Stylish Blogger Award


    I would like to sincerely thank Vegan Fueled Athletic Mom for this award! I really appreciate it!

    The rules for this award are:
    1. Make a post & link back to the person who awarded you this award.
    2. Share 7 things about yourself.
    3. Award 10 recently discovered great bloggers.
    4. Contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won!

    Here are my 7 random things:
    1. I hate talking on the phone. I avoid it whenever possible. My poor family has to email me or call my husband to pass info along to me.
    2. I have a HUGE cookbook collection, but I rarely cook from them. I just really enjoy reading them.
    3. I'm super clumsy. I fall all the time. In fact, I fell down the stairs just this morning. Thank God I didn't break anything this time.
    4. I can't work in silence. I need music playing or the tv on in order to concentrate.
    5. 6 months ago today I launched ecolissa.com which carries eco friendly and vegan clothing and accessories.
    6. I have never and will never live more than an hour away from my family.
    7. I'm a night owl and often stay up until 2 or 3 am before going to bed.
    I am passing along this award to the following 10 blogs:

    Friday, February 18, 2011

    Winner of the $45 CSNstores.com Gift Certificate!

    And the winner is....





    Congrats Anne-Marie T! Please check your email inbox, I have already sent you the gift certificate code!

    Tuesday, February 1, 2011

    $45 Gift Certificate to CSNStores.com Giveaway!

    If you are not already familiar with CSNStores you really need to check them out. They have over 200 stores where you can buy almost anything. For example, you should check out the amazing modern office furniture at allmodern.com!


    The Giveaway:

    One lucky reader will win a $45 gift certificate for CSNStores.com!

    To Enter:

    Follow on Google Friend Connect publicly! (leave a comment letting me know you do)

    Extra Entries:

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    -Tweet the following: "I want to win a CSNStores.com $45 Gift Cert Giveaway from @mgonyeo http://bit.ly/dJChZ5" (Worth 1 additional entry per day - please leave me the url)

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    Giveaway ends Tuesday February 15th @11:59PM PST. US & Canada only. Please note that there may be shipping charges or, in the case of Canadian addresses, international fees for certain products. Winner will be picked via Random.org, posted here, and contacted via email. Please respond within 48 hours, or a new winner will be chosen. Good luck!



    This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own may vary from others. Thank you to CSNStores.com who supplied the gift certificate for the giveaway.

    Friday, January 21, 2011

    My 2011 To Do List


    I have decided that I'm not doing New Year's resolutions this year. Instead I am creating a list of things I want to do during 2011.
    1. Run a 5K  Done 9/17/11. Ran it in 30 mins 45 sec. Already signed up for a second one!
    2. Sing kareoke in public  Done 1/26/11. It was very scary.
    3. Visit the Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Worcester, MA
    4. Go on a Harpoon brewery tour with my hubby
    5. Go on a Redhook brewery tour with my hubby
    6. Visit the Charlton Orchards Farm and Winery  in Charlton, MA
    7. Visit the Turtle Creek Winery in Lincoln, MA
    8. Visit the Alfalfa Farm Winery in Topsfield, MA
    9. Visit the Still River Winery in Harvard, MA
    10. Check out the Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery in Westport, MA
    11. Go shopping at Sudo Shoes in Cambridge, MA  Done 5/7/11. Bought hubby a wallet.
    12. Check out the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston Done 5/28/11. Really cool art, but smaller than I expected.
    13. Go on a Taza Chocolate Factory tour Done 6/11/11. Fun and informative. We bought a ton of chocolate from the gift shop!
    14. Make baba ganoush Done 12/14/11. Yummy and easy to make!
    15. Make seitan
    16. Eat at Prana in Newton, MA  Done 3/12/11. Delicious!
    17. Eat at True Bistro in Somerville, MA  Done 1/30/11. Loved it!
    18. Eat at The Pulse Cafe in Somerville, MA  Done 5/7/11. Had the "Philly Cheese Steak". AMAZING!
    19. Eat at Red Lentil in Watertown, MA  Done 4/28/11. Ate WAY too much + took home carrot cake!
    20. Eat at Revitalive Cafe in Newburyport, MA
    So, that is all I have so far. I like that it is very attainable, not too intimidating.
    I'm going to continue to add more things and adjust the list throughout the year.

    Thursday, January 6, 2011

    Join me at the Metrowest MA Craft Beer Tweetup!


    Metrowest Craft Beer Tweetup - February 2010
    Brought to you by LostintheBeerAisle.com


    Description
    The Metrowest craft beer tweet-up is a FREE social networking event intended for anyone who loves beer. Many of the attendees will be from the local area beer blogging community as well as beer-lovers from Twitter and Facebook. The event will be casual. No agenda. Come, drink, talk beer, make friends.

    People new to the craft-beer scene should not hesitate to join us; you won't find anything intimidating about the event...folks with all levels of beer-knowledge will be represented.

    If traveling by car, please consider bringing a designated driver.

    Hashtag
    When tweeting about the event, please use the #LIBAbeerup hash tag.

    Location

    Horeshoe Pub - Hudson, MA.
    Metrowest's premier spot for craft beer. With roughly 80 beers on tap, how could you go wrong?

    The Horseshoe Pub building was built by F. D. Brigham in 1832, and occupied the lot next to Town Hall, on Main Street in the charming little burg we call Hudson, MA. The building was moved before 1880 to its present location on South Street, to make way for the construction of Jeff's Block. It became part of the property of H. H. Mawhinney and Company, later Logan Shoe Company, and was the home of one of the foremen and his family.
    In 1980, the building was taken over by the Horseshoe Pub and Restaurant. The restaurant's name originated from the relationship with a partner who was in the Harness Horse Racing business. In 1984, the Pizzimento family bought out their partner, and the Horseshoe is presently run by Al Pizzimento and family. In September of 2004, renovations were completed to what the building is today.
    For more information, visit the Horseshoe website: http://www.horseshoepub.com/

    Time/Date
    Saturday February 5th. 1pm - 5pm.
    Door prizes drawing at 3:00.

    Directions & Parking
    Directions from points North, South, East and West can be found on the Horseshoe website.
    Ample free parking available.

    Door Prizes
    Bring your business card for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Blank cards will be made available for folks without business cards.
    Drawing will be held at 3:00. Must be present to win!