Maggie’s Birth Video + the winner of two tickets to MommyCon Boston

Mother and Daughter, Self Portrait

Last night I received an amazing surprise…the link to Maggie’s birth video from our amazing and incredibly talented friend Lisa with Next Level Films. Lisa filmed Colin and I prepping for Maggie’s birth a few days before Maggie was born, then came to the hospital to film the big event, and then came to our house to film us with Maggie at home about a month after she was born. After getting so much footage, it was real cool to see how Lisa put it all together and told our story. Lisa truly is a beautiful person inside and out, and I am lucky to count her as a friend. I could never thank her enough for this gift.

In regards to filming Maggie’s birth, I was unsure at first. But after seeing my nephew Brian’s birth video Lisa shot from last July, I was SOLD. Lisa has the ability to capture such raw, real emotion and to have that documented for the rest of our lives is priceless to me. Even thinking about showing this to Maggie when she is older brings me to tears. [To read more about Maggie's birth, read my birth story blog here].

Watching our video was awesome, and crazy! Yes, I was there experiencing all of this, but watching it as an observer was WILD. I often think back to the day Maggie was born six months ago, and I miss that day. I don’t always miss the contractions or back discomfort (let’s be real here), but I miss that insane rush of of pure joy and exhilaration. I wish I could relive the moment I pulled Maggie onto my chest (which I can now thanks to our video!). Maggie brings us joy every day, and we are thoroughly enjoying life as new parents. She is an amazing little lady, and we are blessed to have her in our lives.

Thank you again Lisa!

Hope you enjoy the show: Maggie’s birth video. :)

Now, onto the contest. By using Random.org I have chosen a winner for the two General Admission tickets to MommyCon Boston this Saturday. The winner is………..

Winner

Congratulations Nicole! Hope to see you there! All I need is your email address and I can get you your tickets. Please email me at dailycraic@gmail.com.

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Win two free tickets to MommyCon Boston!

Mommy Con Boston FreeThere are so many reasons why I’m excited for this MommyCon weekend.

1. There will be amazing sponsors there with incredible products I want to know more about and see in person.

2. There will be fabulous bloggers there that I follow and want to meet.

3. I’m going to the comedy show with some of my friends Friday night sans child (no offense, Mags).

4. Maggie will be with me for all other MommyCon related events, and I think she’s going to have some fun.

5. My sister works for Acelleron, the host sponsor, and her + Suzy + their team + the MommyCon team have been working really hard to put this event together. I’m very proud of them.

Lastly, it seems like there is going to be a wonderful community of mothers (and fathers!) together in one hotel learning, discussing, connecting, and supporting each other. We can all use that sort of environment every now and again, can’t we?

If you’re already going, awesome — hope to see you there. :)

If you don’t have tickets, but would like to attend Saturday’s events — enter to win two general admission Saturday tickets here! [total $80 value] All you have to do is like MommyCon on Facebook, Acelleron Maternal Health and Wellness on Facebook, mama’s daily craic on Facebook, and comment here with anything having to do with MommyCon. I will randomly choose a winner tomorrow, Thursday July 31st by 5:00 p.m. EST. [All I will need is your email address in order to get you your tickets].

Thanks, and good luck!

MommyCon Boston!

It’s funny how things change as you get older and welcome new experiences. I’m not sure I ever realized my going-to-a-parenting-convention excitement would be equal to my going-to-a-Beyoncé-concert excitement pre-baby. But alas, here I am, a mama who seriously cannot wait for MommyCon Boston this Friday and Saturday (August 1st and 2nd)!

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“What is MommyCon Boston?”

MommyCon is a boutique style natural parenting convention focused on bringing modern families together to discuss, learn and grow together. A day at MommyCon features over a dozen speakers, workshops, shopping and more!”

There will be a variety of seminars and workshops offered this weekend by amazing speakers (learn more about some of them here). Not to mention there will be $10,000 worth of giveaways and a fabulous gift bag from MommyCon sponsors at the end of the day (some sponsors are ergobaby, Beco, Motherlove, joovy, BOB, Britax, Arm’s Reach Concepts, Happy Family, Nuroo, Babyganics, The Dairy Fairy, the bump, Red Tricycle, Magic Beans, etc. FULL LIST HERE).

The host sponsor of this event is Acelleron Health and Wellness, which provides home medical equipment to families including breast pumps to new and expectant mothers (fill out your request form for a free *next day, shipping included* breast pump here). They are also expanding more of their “wellness” side very soon with childbirth education classes, prenatal and postpartum fitness classes, mommy meet up groups, breastfeeding support groups, lactation consultants on hand, make your own baby food classes, etc. They offer a great deal of support for new and expectant mothers and fathers and they are truly an invaluable resource for us north of Boston (a post to come on this very soon). My sister Megan works for Acelleron, so I can tell you that I personally know how excited they are to bring MommyCon to Boston, and how AWESOME it’s going to be!

Some of the seminars and workshops offered at MommyCon are:

  • Babywearing
  • Birth
  • Breastfeeding
  • Cloth Diapering
  • Car Seat Safety
  • Natural Health and Medicine
  • Baby Gear
  • Childproofing

MommyCon Boston will take place at the Revere Hotel (near the Theatre District) which looks gorgeous. This two-day event will kick off with a half-day VIP experience on Friday. You can choose from four different VIP sessions: Mighty Afternoon with Plum Organics and The Honest Toddler, New and Expectant Parent VIP with Jamie Grayson, Babywearing with Beco Baby Carrier and Ergobaby VIP, Motherlove VIP with The Leaky Boob’s, Jessica Martin-Weber. I will be attending each session, and can’t wait to share with you all what I learn. Most of these are sold out already, but I believe there is still room in the New and Expectant Parent VIP with Jamie Grayson (who is awesome and I can’t wait to meet!).

Friday night there is a comedy show called “The Pump and Dump: A Parentally Incorrect Comedy Show and Night Out, For Once”. It sounds hilarious; “This mother-created show is designed to let breeders throw a few back, have some laughs, and remind themselves who they once were.”

PumpandDumpGraphicSign me up, baby! Tickets are $20; doors open at 7:30 and the show starts at 8:00. All events, including this show, take place at the Revere Hotel.

Check out a preview of the show:

Saturday will kick off with a breastfeeding and breast pumping world record to help bring awareness to the benefits of human milk for babies as well as to continue to work towards normalizing breastfeeding. Maggie and I are lovers of breastfeeding, so we are really looking forward to that!

Throughout the day on Saturday many different sessions are offered from 9:00 a.m. until 5:30 pm.

Here is the lineup:

PreviewSchedule1Tips and tidbits:

  • This is a very family friendly event! Maggie will be with me. She’s excited too.
  • Food can be brought in, and Happy Family will provide snacks for the little ones.
  • Here is an event planner for the day to help keep you organized.
  • You are able to bring a stroller, but there is limited stroller parking, and of course neither MommyCon nor the Revere Hotel is responsible for your personal items. It is suggested if possible to bring a carrier for your baby.
  • Nursing rooms and changing rooms will be available for you and your baby.
  • There is a parking garage on site and it is $17 a day; tickets will be validated.

Are you going and want to get the inside scoop? Join the MommyCon Boston Facebook group. Also, check them out on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to stay connected.

Will you be there? Let me know! Hope to see you. :)

Taste of the Nation

I haven’t blogged in a while; I wish I had more time for it these days. Unfortunately I don’t though, and I just have to accept that for now. But when I hear about something or someone SO GOOD — I want to shout it from the rooftops. Thus, right now I am writing about the Taste of the Nation event instead of writing my Life Science kindergarten lesson plan for grad school. Eh, what can ya do?

Taste of the Nation is an amazing (and delicious) event that raises critical funds needed to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which is dedicated to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015. Get ready for this: ONE HUNDRED PERCENT OF TICKETS SALES GOES TO THIS CAUSE.

What an admirable way to spend your money.

Taste of the Nation

Taste of the Nation

No Kid Hungry

No Kid Hungry

As an Early Childhood Education graduate student and someone who works in a public kindergarten classroom, I see students who come to school hungry; they haven’t been fed at home. Thankfully, they are able to enjoy breakfast first thing when they get to school in the cafeteria. But, I must say — it is heartbreaking to think about what happens at home for some of these children; what they eat for each meal, if they are eating healthy, etc.

A quote from the No Kid Hungry website:

According to Hunger in Our Schools: Share Our Strength’s Teachers Report, 62% of America’s teachers regularly see kids who come to school hungry because they aren’t getting enough to eat at home.

Let’s work together to put an end to this!

Details for the Taste of the Nation event:

Where: Cruiseport Boston at Black Falcon Pier (amazing views of the Harbor)

1 Black Falcon Avenue

Boston

When: Thursday, April 18th

Time: VIP admission, 6:00pm — 9:30pm

General admission, 7:00pm — 9:30pm

Cost: VIP, $150

General admission, $95

Discount Info: From 3/10 — 3/17 use LUCKYBOSTON for 17% off

From 3/21 — 3/29 use EATOUTBOSTON for 15% off

Buy: Purchase tickets here, ce.strength.org/boston or call 1-877-26-TASTE.

Who/What?:

More than 55 of the city’s finest chefs and restaurants will participate alongside the event’s five Honorary Chef Chairs: Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley’s Bistro; Andy Husbands of Tremont 647; Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade; Tony Maws of Craigie on Main; Joanne Chang of Flour Bakery and Myers + Chang. Attendees will also be able to sample more than 100 varietal wines, fine craft beer from the Boston’s most talented brewers and a variety of cocktails prepared by some of Boston’s premier mixologists.

Organizations that will benefit from this event include The Greater Boston Food Bank, Project Bread, and Cooking Matters. Please check out the event on Twitter @ShareStrengthMA (#TONBoston) and Facebook at Share Our Strength Boston.

I hope to see you there!

The {Amazing} Museum of Science

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again — the Museum of Science is one of my favorite places in Boston. It’s just such a great place to visit — for all ages. Seriously, where else can adults visit with children (even babies) and be just as entertained as them? Not many places. It’s also so massive that there can be a ton of people there but you don’t feel squished, overwhelmed, or annoyed (like you can at other tourist attraction in Boston…sorry, but it’s true!). I recently visited the museum with two of my sisters, Megan and Molly, along with my nephew Declan. Declan is one year old (he just celebrated his birthday on September 8th!) and he loved it. We walked all over, saw a live animal show, and visited the toddler room. He really enjoyed roaming around in that! (He also really enjoyed our visit to the Cheesecake Factory beforehand :)).

Loving the Cheesecake Factory's bread!

Loving the Cheesecake Factory’s bread!

Hugs at the Museum

Hugs at the Museum

Another awesome thing about the Museum of Science is the IMAX Theatre. I LOVE it! They always have interesting movies playing. Colin and I saw one about Tornadoes there — Tornado Alley it was called.There was also a surfing film playing (last summer I think) that I really wanted to see and never got to. Such a bummer!

What’s playing at the Museum of Science right now?

Another awesome thing about the museum? The Planetarium. Check that out when you go!

What exhibits are currently at the museum? (Find out more specifics here.)

  • A Bird’s World
  • Bees
  • Beyond the X-Ray
  • Bradford Washburn: The Man Behind The Lens
  • Butterfly Garden
  • Cahners Computer Place
  • Catching The Wind
  • Colossal Fossil: Triceratops Cliff
  • Cosmic Light
  • Dinosaurs: Modeling the Mesozoic
  • Discovery Center
  • Energized!
  • Gordon Current Science & Technology Center
  • Innovative Engineers
  • Investigate!
  • Live Animal Exhibit
  • Making Models
  • Mapping The World Around Us
  • Math Moves! Experiencing Ratio And Proportion
  • Mathematica
  • Museum of Science: Then And Now
  • Nanotechnology
  • Natural Mysteries
  • New England Habitats
  • Science In The Park
  • Seeing Is Deceiving
  • Sun Power
  • Take A Closer Look
  • The Colby Gun And Trophy Room
  • The Draper Prize
  • The Light House
  • The Rock Garden
  • To The Moon
  • Weatherwise
  • Weems Animal Sculptures

Prices?

Exhibit Halls — Adult (12+), $22. Senior (60+), $20. Child (3-11), $19.

Omni IMAX and Planetarium — Adult, $10. Senior, $9. Child, $8.

Visit the Museum of Science on Twitter and Facebook.

This is what you’ll look like after a fun-filled day at the museum:

Meg and Dec at the Museum of Science

Meg and Dec at the Museum of Science

The kind folks at the Museum of Science recently gave me complimentary tickets to visit, but as always my opinions are honest, and my own. I really, truly do LOVE the museum!

A must visit — Casa B

When you discover something amazing, it’s tempting to do one of three things:

  1. Keep it to yourself — a secret that only a few other people can know about.
  2. If you’re the first among your group of friends to find out about this ‘something amazing’, it’s tempting to be known as the ‘one who discovered ____’ (ya know, show how ‘in the know’ you are).
  3. Or, shout it from the rooftops! Literally tell everyone and anyone about it because it’s so wonderful you just can’t keep it to yourself.

With Casa B — an absolutely amazing Spanish Caribbean tapas restaurant in Somerville (hours and directions here) — I’ve opted for número tres. I have told so many people about this restaurant via word of mouth, it’s about damn time I blogged about it!

Colin and I were first exposed to the genius of Casa B owners, Alberto Cabré (he is from from San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Angelina Jockovich (she is from Barranquilla, Colombia) a couple of years ago. Colin’s work Christmas party was held at Alberto and Angelina’s home (aka their test kitchen) and they served us one delicious dish after the other. We were SO impressed with everything, when they told us their plans to open up their restaurant, we were pumped!

From the moment you walk in the restaurant, you feel as if you’re in another world — a cool, sexy, perfectly lit world. This is a great place to take someone on a date, or a fun choice for a girls night dinner. When everything tastes like it fell straight from heaven, you can’t go wrong with any food or drink choice. Side note — don’t be afraid to ask for suggestions from the staff, they are really friendly!

If I may, my personal favorites from the menu are definitely the Sandwich de Bistec (beef tenderloin, sautéed onions, crispy shallots), Pollo a la Parrilla con Salsa de Aceitunas (grilled chicken, rustic green olive tapenade), and Yuca a la Brava (yucca with spanish paprika sauce). They are all F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S.

If you’re looking for a new restaurant to try, this is it. Whether you live near Somerville or not, with the combination of delicious food, amazing drinks, a fun atmosphere and genuinely nice people who own the place, it truly is worth the trip.

Find them on Facebook, or Twitter — and see what everyone else is saying too.

Check out some photos from our visit. :)

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St. Patrick’s Day!

St. Patrick’s Day weekend is upon us! What are you doing to celebrate? Southie? Pub crawl?

Colin and I are heading home to Long Island for the weekend for my dress fitting, to pay a visit to my sister Kelly’s salon (I am in desperate need of some highlights!), and to hang with the family. We’ll be celebrating good ol’ St. Patrick at one of our favorite restaurants, the Irish Coffee Pub. Looking forward to it. :)

Some fun events going on around Boston:

*And if you need more suggestions, feel free to take a look at my CBS Boston post.

Sólás Irish Pub is the third top-selling Guinness location in MA, in the coziest nook on Boylston Street. Sólás never charges a cover and opens at 10 a.m.  Irish Specialties include corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, chicken curry, fish and chips and beef stew — yum!

Slàinte!

Slàinte!

MJ O’Connor’s Park Plaza has been serving corned beef and cabbage since March 9th and it will continue through March 18th. They’ll also have Irish breakfast, Guinness stout onion soup, Irish whiskey bread (sounds pretty amazing) and Kilkenny steak tips. Not to mention the Irish step dancing at 3:30 p.m. (I used to be an Irish step dancer — see embarrassing photo below) and live acoustic music from Martin Macatee at 4 p.m. Also, MJ O’Connor’s Westin Waterfront will have a live Broadcast with WROL, as well as acoustic music, Irish step dancers and Irish specialties served all day.

Dancing away!

Dancing away!

Ned Devine’s party starts early — tomorrow, March 16th. Toucher and Rich will be joined by Guinness, Bushmills and 650 party people. There will be live music from Bareknuckle Boxers (12 p.m.) and Galway Guild (5 p.m.) — both from Philly. Their St. Patrick’s Day menu will include corned beef egg rolls, Irish breakfast sausage sandwich, and corned beef sliders on Irish soda bread. Best of all? They are giving away a trip to Ireland!

Ah, the homeland!

Ah, the homeland!

The Harp opens at 10 a.m.! There will be lots of great live music, plus plenty of Black and Golds (Guinness and Harp) before and after the Bruins game at 1 p.m.

Friendship, loyalty, and love

Friendship, loyalty, and love

Anthem Kitchen + Bar will become Anthem Irish Pub at 9 a.m.! They’ll be serving brunch and Irish specialties from Chef Ben Hennemuth. Live music will play from 2-6 p.m. (Cherry Orchard) and 8-10 p.m. (Brandon).

The Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel

The Green Briar will be showing all 6 Nations Rugby games, starting at 8:30 a.m. They will also be showing live GAA Hurling (love hurling!) and live GAA Football. Irish step dancers will go on at 12 p.m.  as well as live Irish music from Lake Shore Drive from 12-8 p.m. and then a DJ from 9 p.m.-close. Irish specialties and Irish breakfast will be served all day!

A hundred thousand welcomes

A hundred thousand welcomes

Happy (and safe!) St. Patrick’s Day everyone!

Have fun!

Have fun!

The 5th Annual TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala

Getting ready for another Friday night curled up on the couch with a glass of wine watching reruns of How I Met Your Mother? (Oh, that’s just me? Awkward…)

Well, if the holidays were mostly dedicated to ‘family time’, and if your big New Year’s Eve party was a bust (there’s always too much pressure on NYE!), then you’re in need of a guaranteed fun night out. Lucky for you, I have just the event for you. The 5th Annual TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala (presented by Dadgar Insurance), which will be featuring over 30 of the finest restaurants and vendors in the New England area. They’ll be putting their best plate forward, while you’ll be sipping cocktails, mingling with local celebrities and dancing the night away courtesy of the Hip Pocket Orchestra. Keep in mind; this will all be taking place at the elegant and luxurious Seaport Boston Hotel – talk about a swanky night out on the town!

TV Diner Gala - Photo credit, NECN

You’re Invited:

When: Friday, January 20th from 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Where: Commonwealth Hall at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center

1 Seaport Lane Boston, MA 02210 (617) 385-4000

Tickets: You can grab yours here

Restaurants / Vendors: Find out more about them here

Do you watch TV Diner? If you do, cheers! If you don’t, you should! It’s wonderful show – my go-to source for learning more about local restaurants that I inevitably want to try. I even got to see the taping of an episode last year, which was fantastic. :)

Along with the great recommendations, you’ll also get plenty of entertainment from the show; hosts Jenny Johnson and Billy Costa make a really fun and charming duo.

So from spots like the new Atlantic Wharf Smith and Wollensky, to Vlora, the Back Bay’s hip Mediterranean spot – Jenny and Billy visit all kinds of places in Boston, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and beyond! Check them out on NECN weeknights at 7:30 p.m., or Saturdays / Sunday’s at either 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. And don’t forget about their Facebook and Twitter pages.

Lucky enough, I got to catch up with the fabulous Jenny Johnson recently about this year’s TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala – the culinary event of the year. Check out all the details below, and I hope to see you at the Gala!

Jenny Johnson - Photo credit, NECN

CM: This is the 5th annual Platinum Plate Gala. How long have you been with TV Diner?

JJ: I’ve been with TV Diner for over 6 years. I started as an Associate Producer, became Executive Producer and on air talent one year later – expanding my role on air with Billy.

CM:  Speaking of Billy Costa, he seems great! What’s the best part about working with him?

JJ: Billy is amazing – the finest of entertainers, one of the most hilarious human beings you will ever meet as well as the most dedicated to his work. There is never a dull moment when working with Billy!

CM: How many restaurants will be present at the Gala?

JJ: Over 40 participants – there are 30+ actual restaurants, some specialty vendors like Piantedosi Bread, Cedars etc. and featured spirit brands.

CM: What has been your favorite part of the Gala in the past?

JJ: The Gala really is the culinary event of the year – it is the ultimate night for foodies. My favorite part is seeing TV Diner Nation all gussied up – ready to eat, drink and dance the night away!

CM: What is the attire?

JJ: I always say that it’s Black-tie Optional, but a very small majority of men wear tuxes. Women I say – go all out – if you have that dress that you’ve been dying to wear, this is the night to wear it!

CM: Is it a sit down dinner, or more of a mingling type event? What’s the atmosphere like?

JJ: No sit down – there are some tables, but this is a tasting so in between eating people are mostly dancing to the 15+ person Hip Pocket Orchestra.

CM: The auction at the Gala will benefit Horizons for Homeless Children – a great charity. How did you guys get involved with them?

JJ: Horizon’s and Comcast have a wonderful relationship – NECN/CSN/Comcast has a long-term relationship with the non-profit and we are dedicated to bringing awareness throughout New England.

CM: What’s your favorite restaurant in Boston?

JJ: My favorite restaurant…that is so hard!…What am I eating? I always have a great meal at BarLola in the Back Bay – but I usually need a dish and I can give a better answer. Love Sorellina, Taranta, Taberno de Haro…it’s too hard, we are so spoiled with great restaurants!

CM: Outside of Boston?

JJ: Outside of Boston? Arrows or MC in Maine – love the owners, love the atmosphere love the food.

CM: What’s your New Year’s resolution for 2012? (If you have one!)

JJ: New Year’s resolution – yoga 3x a week – EVERY WEEK WITHOUT FAIL – I need to remember to breathe! {Tell me about it!}

Thanks so much Jenny!

Buffalo Exchange!

“This green is so pretty, but it looks terrible on me! Oh well, I’ll probably need it for St. Patrick’s Day or something.”

“Aw, I got this t-shirt from the kids I worked with in Chicago. Too bad it’s so big! Oh well, I’ll probably wear it to the gym at some point.”

“I love these pants. They are so tight, but will fit me when I start working out more. I’ll save them!”

“This dress was such a good deal – why don’t I ever wear it?”

“I’ve had this sweatshirt forever! I never want to part with it!”

Can you relate to any of this? I know I can.

I am SUCH a clothes hoarder it’s unbelievable – I could literally make an excuse for every piece of clothing I own. Whether I hold on to something real tight (I’m talking death grip here, people) because I say I’ll wear something during a specific month, on a specific day, a couple of years down the line, or because I convince myself that having hundreds of t-shirts is actually a good thing (I need them all for the gym, duh!), or for sentimental reasons like the basketball sweatshirt I have from when we won the CYO championship in 5th grade, or things I keep for pure bragging rights on scoring great deals (I know no one cares about the $50 BCBG heels I got at a sample sale in the Hamptons but I just can’t bear the thought of getting rid of them). My list of excuses could go on and on. I’ve been lost in a sea of clothes I forget I even have, shoes I never wear and bags that don’t stand a chance – for years. And now Colin has to put up with it – the poor guy needs more room, I get it!

…..Buffalo Exchange to the rescue!

I’ve heard about Buffalo Exchange before and it sounded really cool, but I never visited. A couple of weekends ago, Colin was up in Vermont and I was home alone for the weekend. I could do whatever I wanted, because I was a free woman! So, what did I decide to do? Well, since I really like to live my life on the edge…I cleaned out my closet, went through my dressers and then debated internally with myself for a couple of hours (what to keep/what to get rid of…what to keep/what to get rid of) before heading to Davis Square (there are two MA locations – Allston and Davis Square) to try out BE.

Davis Square location

Inside Davis Square location

Upon arrival, I was greeted by a super-friendly, very cool looking girl (I totally forget her name now unfortunately, but she was really great!) and she asked me, “Are you selling today?” (She didn’t mean drugs, she meant my clothes, FYI). “Yes, I am. It’s my first time!” (She smiled, but secretly probably thought I was a wacko). “Great, there’s just one person in front of you but I’ll be with you as soon as possible.” I was glad someone was in front of me.

I was glad because, for one – I wasn’t in a rush at all. Secondly – it gave me a chance to watch the process with two seasoned pro’s (the buyer – the super-friendly, cool looking girl, and the seller – she looked like she had sold clothes there before). Lastly, it let me see what type of clothes they would take (I was nervous of ‘clothes judging’ – I didn’t want them to think all of my clothes were lame!).

After the seller-pro in front of me was all set, it was my turn! The super-friendly, cool looking buyer looked through my big bag of clothes examining each piece and deciding if they would work for their shop or not. If they worked she would put a tag on the item, enter it into their system and toss it into a bin. If it didn’t work she quietly placed them aside and then I put them back into my bag. Turns out, they wanted most of the stuff I brought with me which meant that I could get either $45 bucks or $90 in store credit. I shopped around for a bit and decided to take the store credit! (Come on, I need more shit!) Actually, I proudly walked away with only two valuable investments (won’t crowd the closet too bad) – a nice wrap sweater from Banana Republic and a beautiful, black dress from Anne Klein (with the tags still on!) that I’m hoping to wear around the holidays. Not too shabby!

I liked my experience at the Buffalo Exchange so much, I went back the next day with more stuff – and brought Meg (and her excess crap) with me! The incentive of getting money back for good quality clothes I don’t want anymore, or just don’t have room for anymore really motivated me to clean out my closet (who doesn’t need a little extra cash around the holidays?). Plus, the fact that I could leave things there to be donated was such a great added bonus! I highly suggest giving the Buffalo Exchange a try – it was very interesting (and helpful). I will definitely be back. :)

Find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Things I learned:

  • Your clothes don’t have to have a designer label – I sold some Forever 21, Old Navy, Target (etc.) stuff so don’t be scared about that (what do you have to lose?)
  • You can sell clothes, shoes, jewelry, bags, etc. – feel free to give the shop a call before you go in to see if they are looking for anything specific at the moment
  • You can leave your stuff at the store that they don’t want and you don’t want – and then will donate them
  • You can receive cash (a lower percentage) or store credit (a higher percentage) for your items on the spot
  • Once you sell for your first time and register, the next time you go in all you have to do is give them your phone number and show your ID and you’re good to go
  • They are mostly looking for things that are in season (that people are looking to buy), so since it’s almost December, you can keep your fabulous, fancy flip flops at home until the weather warms up
  • They buy and sell both men and women’s clothing (and accessories)
  • It’s really fun! Plus you get money, or store credit for new things so it’s also quite exciting!

Breakfast for dinner is the best!

There’s something about having breakfast for dinner that feels really comforting. It’s like being transported back to my youth — like I’m getting a treat ’cause Mom decided to make bacon and eggs for dinner or Dad got home early from work and decided to cook up some pancakes or French toast. While it’s not something I’d want every single day, it is a lovely change of pace every now and then.

Fairly recently I visited the (charming) Friendly Toast in Cambridge with a couple of girlfriends and really enjoyed it. They have a delicious selection of breakfast choices, sandwiches, wraps, apps, smoothies, and lots more! I ordered my usual go-to option for places that serve breakfast; two eggs over easy with home fries and whole wheat toast (with coffee of course — even though it was nighttime — I’m such a rebel.)

I briefly looked at the delicious ‘sandwiches, burritos and more’ portion of the menu and easily could have gone with a loveable BLT or equally loveable grilled cheese. However, the thought of breakfast for dinner really warmed my heart, so I went with that.

The Friendly Toast is a quirky little spot with old school decorations on the walls and a “classic diner” vibe (with a funky twist) in its soul. They have two locations — Cambridge, MA and Portsmouth, NH. I would love to visit the Portsmouth location as well (Portsmouth is great!), so hopefully I’ll be back to try more of their breakfast options or to dive into the ‘sandwiches, burritos and more’ section!

PS: Little special surprise — they serve beer!