We have a winner!

Thank you so much for everyone who entered my CSN giveaway, I appreciate it!

(Drum roll, please……..)

The winner is……..


Megan Johnson! Congrats! Please shoot me an email at dailycraic@gmail.com and I’ll hook a sista up.

PS: Colin and I got engaged last night! Blog post to come of course…….

Let’s start the week right…with a giveaway!

Personally, I think one of the most fun parts about home decor are duvet covers. Is that lame? If it is, I don’t care! When you’re in need of change in your bedroom, all you have to do is search for a bright, new duvet. You know who has fabulously modern duvet covers? CSN! And you know what I’m giving away today? A $45 CSN gift card to use on anything you’d like. :)

A couple of my favorites:

Very pretty

Love the colors!

To enter, all you have to do is:

1. Comment below letting me know how you spruce up your home or apartment when you’re in need of a decorating change.

Extra entries?

Please follow @thedailycraic on Twitter and also, feel free to tweet about this giveaway (don’t forget to include @thedailycraic and a link to this post!).
Winner will be announced at the end of the week (Friday afternoon). Thank you and good luck!

Lady picks a winner!

Thank you SO much to everyone who entered my CSN giveaway!!! I received the most comments ever on a blog post with this giveaway, I’m pumped! I really appreciate it. :)

Now…time for the winner!

How did I pick the winner? I figured I would get creative with this one. Thankfully, I had little Lady to help me out. I wrote everyone’s name on a piece of paper and spread them out on the ground. Then I let Lady loose and she poked around for a bit before picking up a winner…


The setup

She picked a winner!!

Who is it?!

Lady, show us who it is!

Congratulations Georgia!!!

Today is your lucky day Georgia! Please send an email to dailycraic@gmail.com with your email address so you can get your gift card. Enjoy!


My mom and Aunt Maureen are visiting for the weekend, so we’re off to enjoy the day – it is BEAUTIFUL out. I hope you all have a great Saturday!

A great hump day giveaway!

Surprise! I have a great giveaway for my craic-ers from CSN stores:

CSN stores carry everything from coffee tables, kitchen appliances, baking/cooking supplies, outdoor furniture, bed linens and so much more. You literally could spend all day poking around their site finding one great thing after another. And now you can enter to win a gift certificate to use on anything you want from any CSN store.

  • PRIZE: One $45 gift certificate to use at any of the CSN online stores – woopwoop!
  • TO ENTER: Leave a comment here. Bonus entry if you tweet about this giveaway, another bonus entry if you blog about it!
  • WINNER: Winner will be announced on Friday, 10/8 at 8pm

Thanks and good luck! :)

The 28th Annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl!

Ice cream is one of my favorite things in the world. I think many people would agree.

Donating money to a great cause is another one of my favorite things in the world. I also think people would agree with this.

Outdoor summer activities, yep, they’re another one of my favorite things. I’m going with the fact that you’re nodding your head right now.

80’s cover band, might be my TOP favorite thing. I’m going to assume it’s yours too.

Free things are also on the list of favorites. Bet they’re on yours too.

Close your eyes. Imagine all of these wonderful things together in one place. No you’re not in heaven, but you’re close. Open your eyes. Get in your car or hop on the T and head to City Hall Plaza. Pay your way and enter into the world of happiness, ice cream and 80s tunes. Come together and join the community in order to benefit the Jimmy Fund at their 28th annual Scooper Bowl. All proceeds go towards cancer care and research for adults and children at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Tell your friends and family! Bring everyone! Try over 30 flavors, like I aim to! (and yes, my sister’s wedding is in a month…I like to live my life on the edge…) Check the Jimmy Fund/Scooper Bowl out on Facebook and on Twitter.

Tickets sold online as well as at the door. $8 – ages 10 and up, $4 – ages 3 to 9, FREE 3 and under. $15 for a Scooper Pass, enter up to 3 times during the event. The Scooper Bowl goes from Tuesday, June 8th – Thursday, June 10th from 12pm – 8pm.

Tomorrow, Wednesday – the AMAZING 80’s cover band, Fast Times will be performing at the Scooper Bowl from 5:30 to 8:00pm (thanks Nicole!!) Another GREAT reason to go. :)

But for one lucky craic reader, you and a guest are going FOR FREE!!! All you have to do is follow @thedailycraic and @TheJimmyFund on Twitter and comment on this post letting me know why you’d like to go to the Scooper Bowl. Or you could follow both of us and tweet about why you’d like to go (don’t forget to include @thedailycraic and @TheJimmyFund in your tweets please) Winner announced this evening, so get moving folks!

Good luck!

Fashion Sunday – SATC2 & CitySlips!

Tonight we’re going to see Sex and the City 2. I am so beyond excited, I can hardly even type! I know it hasn’t gotten great reviews, but I also know I’m going to love it no matter what. I was a dedicated fan of the show and I really liked the first movie (and Aidan is BACK!) so I’m fairly confident I’ll like this one as well. I mean, I don’t think SJP will have to prepare an Oscar speech or anything, but she will continue to inspire us SATC lovers to be our most fashionable, inventive, loveable, passionate selves one well-heeled day after the next. :)

In honor of the fashion forward SATC divas, I’m giving one lucky ‘craic’ reader a pair of CitySlips! I’m in New York this weekend and am seeing the movie tonight so it only makes sense to feature CitySlips and their fashionable co-founders today. :)

Katie Shea and Susie Levitt might be small in height (both 5’2″) but they’re big in ideas. As internships, parties, and the daily fabulousness of New York City called, so did sky-high heels and unfortunately aching, callused feet.

Let me break it down for you,  heels + bouncing around the city + hopping on and off the subway = PAIN.

Solution? Foldable, portable ballet flats. Carry CitySlips in your handbag while you’re wearing heels. When your dogs are barking, no problem! Switch from said heels to your ‘double-soled’ structured flats for a mix of comfort and fashion.

These self-proclaimed ‘sole-sisters,’ developed the idea of CitySlips during their senior year at NYU. And with the help of family, friends, classmates, professors, the fashionistas on the streets of NY, etc. they were able to turn their idea into a reality.

CitySlips fit into most handbags and also come with a carrying case which expands in order to accommodate your heels. They come in black, gold or silver and are a budget-friendly $24.95. Choose from small (sizes 5-6), medium (7-8) or large (9-10.)

Here’s how it works from www.CitySlips.com:

I first saw these at Shecky’s Girls Night Out in March and I remember I was (or should I say am!) SO impressed with these two young women. They came up with an amazing idea and they made it happen. They didn’t just sit around and say what a good idea it was and how they wish they could do it. They actually did it. I’d say this is an acceptable situation to say ‘you go giiiirl(s)!’

I got to ask Katie and Susie a few questions –

CM: How did you two come up with this idea?

KS & SL: CitySlips is the brainchild of serious dorm room collaboration. We were simply at ends with high heels, constantly trekking all over NYC in our power women pumps at the command of internships, parties, and in hopes of elevating our 5’2” statuses. Somewhere in the midst of our mutual complaining over cocktails, a positive sole-ution emerged and our excited young entrepreneurial minds ran with this functional-fashion concept. No more juggling multiple pairs of shoes, committing the white-sneaker-commuter faux pas, or feeling down or dowdy. Once we got talking about the need for portable, compact, backup footwear, the ideas just poured out and CitySlips had unknowingly taken their first steps.

CM: What was it like seeing your idea turn into a reality? (having people actually buy your idea…)

KS & SL: The both of us coming from entrepreneurial backgrounds, we must’ve had a hankering for our own experience. We were determined to have our product manufactured—which we did with the help of Alibaba.com—but we hadn’t expected quite the buzz generated by the concept. We were absolutely thrilled to see people appreciating and relating to our little sole-savers. And we simply loved envisioning the foreseeable future of chic women strutting along in comfortable flats, escaping the crippling effects of the stiletto.

CM: Right now you have black, gold and silver options. Are you looking to incorporate new colors?

KS & SL: We consider the black, gold, and silver to be our CitySlips original sophisticate selections, but of course flashes of different patterns, colors, textures, and designs cross our minds. We’re hoping to sift through these ideas in the near future, perhaps presenting a few fresh looks as we enter our second year in business (It’ll be one year this June!)

CM: Please explain the perfect scenario for using City Slips (what you both envisioned people using these for…)

KS & SL: CitySlips ideally come to the rescue as the clicks of painful stilettos against hard cement mock limping women, already weighed down with laptops, files, binders, yoga mats, and gym bags. With so many things in tow, CitySlips can at least accommodate the aching arches, provide adequate storage for the heels, and even allow for some condensing of carryings—why not throw those folders in your CitySlips bag as well?

The on-the-go gal tends to be our prime CitySlips beneficiary. Whether she’s the career woman, jet-setter, or the young intern, we like to think our flats console women’s feet of all different pursuits, ages, and sizes.

CM: What is your favorite New York City hangout?

KS & SL: NYC Hangout: Well, you might think it’s our Herald Square office, as it seems we’ve pretty much taken up residence here, but in reality we prefer a bit of a more laid back setting. The two of us enjoy kicking back at Susie’s Union Square apartment—right around our old NYU stomping ground—or taking a walk around the block for a homey, American bite at The Smith. Admittedly, we indulge in the lower-key NYC scenes, engaging in the time-old pastimes of people watching and the like. Perhaps our observations—reading the faces of unhappy women on the street while dining—subconsciously fed our CitySlips concept!

CM: Three fashion staples you just couldn’t live without?


Flats, a colorful pashmina, and your absolute favorite pair of best fitting jeans.

CM: Fashion icons?

KS & SL: Fashion icons! Our CitySlips wearers are the icons. The women that are doing it all: work, school, the social, and the fashion scenes.

CM: What color do each of you sport?

KS & SL: The Katie Classic is black. So practical, our black pair serves me well, whatever the circumstance. Whether it be in-office, or a night out, the trusty black pair is the safest fall-back.

Meanwhile, the Susie sole-ution tends towards either of the metallics, gold or silver. They just add that bit of playfulness to any outfit; that’s the Susie way!

SO, I’m giving away a pair of CitySlips! WOOPWOOP! You can enter two different ways:

1. Email contact@cityslips.com to be included on CitySlips mailing list and then comment on this post to let me know.


2. Follow @thedailycraic and @CitySlips on Twitter then tweet about this giveaway (and don’t forget to include @thedailycraic along with @CitySlips in your tweet!)

Thank you and good luck to my fashionistas!

Happy Graduationbirthday!

Last weekend Colin’s wonderfully impressive sister Liz graduated from Merrimack and celebrated her 22nd birthday on the same day, so congratulations and HAPPY BIRTHDAY! She’s off to start a new chapter in her life – such an exciting/nerve-wracking time. I remember when my college chapter was coming to a close… I was ready to move on  but I definitely had feelings of anxiety towards the future. I was all signed up for my volunteer year (and very excited!) but sad to leave my friends, apprehensive to be living all the way in Chicago (so far from home) and nervous about being away from my family as well as Colin – I didn’t know how I would deal. Luckily, I survived. Then after my volunteer year I didn’t know where I was going to live – New York or Boston? I didn’t have a job lined up and it wasn’t necessarily the best time to be looking for a job (last July.) What the hell was I going to do? I had a big plan to move up to Boston, get an apartment, live near Colin and get a great job. I had my doubts about making my whole plan happen, but deep down I always knew I could do it, I could make it happen. And you know what? I did. I’ve been up in Boston for about a year now and I’m at my second apartment and onto my second job. I really love where I’m living so far (and I’m finally unpacked – such a great feeling!) and I’m loving my new job. I feel as though I’m going to be a good addition to the team and I also feel like I want to be here. I’ve realized I’m happy. And let me tell you, it’s a nice feeling.

Even though growing up seems to be filled with anxiety and  uncertainty, it’s also filled with excitement and adventure. You might find yourself feeling overwhelmed, often thinking, ‘is this really going to work out?‘ You can plan all you want, but know now that nothing ever goes according to plan (for the most part!) I haven’t figured it all out just yet, but I’ve learned a thing or two. The best advice I can give is this: if you’re proactively working towards reaching your goals and fulfilling your dreams (whatever they may be) you need to trust that you’re doing your best and the path you’re on is meant for you. Prayers couldn’t hurt either. And remember what Garth Brooks once said (that wise country man), ‘sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers’ – because just cause you pray for something and wish really hard for something to happen, doesn’t mean it always should.

Anyway – last weekend in pictures –


The proud graduate!

Liz and Mr. Whelly (Colin's awesome grandpa)

The Temp's with Fr. Jim

MSJ-ers to Merrimack-ers

Liz and James!

Old babysitter, current/graduating babysitter...

Old babysitter, AMAZING employer, current/graduating babysitter. How will you ever find replacements Kathleen?!

Not a great picture, but... this is the beautiful labyrinth Fr. Jim put in on campus

Liz and I

Kelly, Liz and Casey!

After graduation on Sunday we all went out to a lovely lunch. Colin and I were stuffed, tired and in Andover so we headed over to my old stomping grounds to visit the ol’ roomies.

Not very clear, but Lady and I in front of my old apartment!

Lady exploring on our walk

Well, I have an exciting night tonight – a floral arrangement class at our friend Lisa’s house! I’m headed over now and am REALLY EXCITED! I’ll take lots of pictures and will report back.
*Also, FYI, the daily craic will be doing an exciting giveaway at the end of the week! Stay tuned…