Save Money and Energy with the New Cree LED Bulb at Great American Bulb Swap in Boston

This information is brought to you by Cree. Today through Sunday, thousands of new Cree LED Bulbs will be distributed for free in Boston in exchange for Mercury-Laden CFLs and energy inefficient incandescent light bulbs.

If you haven’t switched to LED bulbs, this might just be the perfect opportunity. The Boston stop of the Great American Bulb Swap is this weekend at Reader’s Park in Downtown Crossing. Just bring in any CFL or incandescent bulb and trade it for a New Cree LED Bulb for free. The New Cree LED Bulb is up to 85 percent more energy efficient compared to energy-hogging incandescent bulbs – and it pays for itself in a year or less!

Cree LED Bulbs last up to 22 years. Did you catch that? 22 YEARS. So not only do you save money and energy, but also the hassle of the change. Cree LED Bulbs are also mercury-free and provide superior light quality, unlike those squiggly compact fluorescent (CFL) bulbs.

Bring the kids for photos with the Cree LED Bulb mascot & costumed character, “Bulby.”

If you go:

Readers Park in Downtown Crossing
Corner of School and Washington Street
Near Walgreen’s
Boston, MA

11:00 AM- 2:00 PM, Friday, November 21st
9:00 AM- 5:00 PM, Saturday-Sunday, November 22nd and 23rd

Here’s a picture of Bulby getting ready for the big weekend!
Energy Efficient Cree Light Bulb

Disclosure: This is a compensated post in partnership with Cree. All opinions are, of course, my own. 22 YEARS, people! YEARS!


Erin Condren Life Planner Now At Staples!

Note: This is not in all Staples stores. Please read the post below for more info.

I’m a big Erin Condren fan. That’s probably an understatement. This is the third year I’ve used the Life Planner to help me in planning my days. While I can’t manage without my trusty Google calendar, I don’t want to manage without my old-school paper planner to help me sketch out my weeks.

For those of you who don’t know, Erin Condren sells a product called a “Life Planner.” At it’s base, it’s just a calendar. But there’s more too. And it’s bright and happy. And I love it. (And I’m not the only one — rabid fans is a term that comes to mind.)

It’s made of quality paper bound together with a reinforced coil — one of the best I’ve ever used in the strength department. Part of the fun of the life planner is that you can choose your design AND personalize it with your name or a photo or both. This year, customers can also easily change out the front and back covers so that multiple designs can be enjoyed through the year.

I’m finishing up my current life planner, and I’ve been thinking about when I need to order one to make sure it gets here before the new year. So imagine my surprise when I walked in Staples this past Sunday to this:

Erin Condren Life Planner at Staples

Can you hear the angels singing? It’s not personalized, but you can take it home right. now. Which I totally did. Cost is around $40 and is available now at a small number of Staples stores. (Be sure to check to see if there are any Staples coupons this week.) I bought this one at the Needham, Massachusetts store.

Erin Condren Life Planner at Staples

They also have a lot of accessories for sale separately including additional cover design options.

Erin Condren Cover Design Options at Staples

And notepads plus the big deskpads and weekly schedule pads.

Erin Condren at Staples

There were also notebooks with the same coil and cover designs with cute writing paper on the inside.

All of the products ranged from $10 to $40. For the non-personalized options, the prices in Staples are comparable to buying them direct from Erin Condren. The personalized option direct from is a bit more expensive (Create a free account and you’ll get an email that will include a $10 discount for (affiliate link)

Then the dilemma. Do I buy the one in front of me at Staples? Or do I wait and order the customized one from Of COURSE, I bought it. The instant gratification was right up my alley. And the differences were just a few.

As far as I can tell, the only thing that the non-personalized life planners at Staples does not include, outside of the personalization, is the Perpetual Calendar and Contacts Book. But that is available online through Erin Condren.

Erin Condren In Store

Photos of Erin Condren Life Planner

Here is a video photo tour.

And here is a gallery of more images from the inside of the Life Planner.

Head out to Staples to get your very own Life Planner. Or if you really want a personalized life planner, sign up for a free Erin Condren account to get a discount on your first order! (affiliate link)


Menotomy Grill and Tavern in Arlington, MA

Menotomy Grille Entrance

Menotomowhat? That might be your first thought when you hear about the Menotomy Grill and Tavern located in Arlington just over the Cambridge line. I was invited to a blogger lunch recently to sample some of the menu, and it might just be one of my new favorites.

First, let’s get the name thing out of the way. It’s a name that honors the history of Arlington, formally known during the time of the Revolutionary War as Menotomy Village. Menotomy was an Algonquin word meaning “swift, running water.”

The name might be a throwback to the colonial era, but the building is newly renovated. It used to be a Hollywood Video. For real. And you would never know it. I immediately fell in love with the atmosphere. The restaurant is gorgeous with high ceilings, lots of wood, and a wonderful working fireplace. This place feels great all year around, I’m sure, but I can’t help but think that it might just be the perfect place to grab a plate of comfort food on a cold day when the snow is coming down. There are also a few perfectly placed televisions, so it would be a great place to have a meal on game day.

Here’s a peek of what it looks like inside:

Menotomy Grill Bar

Menotomy Grill Photo

Menotomy Grille Inside

Menotomy Grille Arlington

But gorgeous surroundings are only half the battle. What about the food?

First, you should know that this is a from-scratch kitchen. Even the items on the kids menu (which range from $6 to $10).

Do yourself a favor and start with the fried dill pickles. I was skeptical, but they were delicious with a very light breading and a great spicy remoulade served on the side.

Menotomy Grill Fried Pickles

My favorite, I think, was the burger. There’s nothing better to me than a great burger with a nice cold pint of cider. (Bantam cider is on tap at Menotomy.) This cheeseburger did not disappoint. It’s served with a spicy tomato jam and an optional fried egg. The burger comes with a choice of fries – herbed parmesan or sweet potato. You won’t go wrong with either, but if I had to pick… the sweet potato fries were spot on.

Menotomy Grill Burger

Menotomy Grill North Cambridge Restaurant

Menotomy Grill Sweet Potato Fries

Actually, while we’re talking about sides… There are a lot of awesome ones to choose from at the Menotomy Grill including Mustard House Baked Beans, Edna’s Potato Sausage Stuffing (a recipe nod to the owner’s mother), and these beautiful Brussel Sprouts.

Menotomy Grill Brussel Sprouts in Boston

I also enjoyed the special sandwich of the day – a Ham and Swiss Club Sandwich that had a really tasty honey mustard sauce and was served with house made potato chips.

Menotomy Grille

Other highlights of the menu include a gorgeous wedge salad and a grilled hangar steak with smoked tomatillo salsa verde.

Menotomy Grill Hangar Steak

Menotomy Grill Arlington Mass AveIf you go:
Menotomy Grill & Tavern
25 Massachusetts Avenue
Arlington, MA
781-648-1775 Call ahead for updated hours and reservations.

Monday and Tuesday
4:30PM to Midnight

Wednesday – Sunday
12PM to Midnight

Live Music on Thursdays at 9:30 PM

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How To Create A Facebook Say Thanks Video For Your Friends

4 Easy Steps to Make a Say Thanks Video on Facebook

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Choose a friend.

Step 3: Facebook will generate a preview of the Thanks Video. You can customize the video by selecting a different theme with different words and music (Old Friends or Friends) or editing photos and posts that represent your friendship. All of this is below the preview screen. Click a photo to include it in the video or click it again to de-select the photo. Looks like a max of 15 photos are allowed.

Step 4: Click Share. You can add a personalized message before posting. Video will post to both your timeline and your friend will be tagged. So the video will also show up on the friend’s timeline as well.

You can do an unlimited number of these videos so have fun. BUT remember that each one will be posted on your feed so give your friends a break!


Thanksgiving Take Out in Greater Boston

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Now is the time to start planning especially if you want to order a specialty turkey, sides, or the whole meal! I’ve put together a list of places where you can pick up all sorts of yummy to add to your Thanksgiving table from the whole meal to a pie.

Is one of your favorites not on this list? Add it in the comments!

Turkeys and Full Meals

Thanksgiving Menu « Rochebros

Thanksgiving Menu « Rochebros

It’s time to talk turkey with our Creative Entertaining associates. Click below to view our full Thanksgiving menu, and call or stop by to place your holiday orders!
Misty Knoll Turkeys | Formaggio Kitchen - Cambridge

Misty Knoll Turkeys | Formaggio Kitchen – Cambridge

Every year, we order free-range turkeys from Misty Knoll Farms on behalf of customers.
The Menus at Gerard Farm - Marshfield, MA

The Menus at Gerard Farm – Marshfield, MA

Years later, the third generation of Gerards are always on premises. Son, Mark, is now the owner and manages the kitchen, working 6 days a week. Daughters Susan and Lisa spent their teenage years working at Gerard Farm; now they help out whenever and wherever needed. Even the fourth generation (Arnie and Connie’s grandchildren) can often be found in the store, especially during the holidays!

Although turkeys are no longer raised on-site, the Gerard family is still committed to the quality of their homemade products and constantly strive to keep a balance of time-tested recipes and innovative food trends.

Summer Shack Restaurant

Summer Shack Restaurant

Thanksgiving Menu – Turkey Roasted or Fried!
Bakers' Best Catering Holiday Menu

Bakers’ Best Catering Holiday Menu

Season Inspired Menus
Neillios Gourmet Kitchen - Holiday Specials

Neillios Gourmet Kitchen – Holiday Specials

Neillios Gourmet Kitchen, a Best Of Boston winner, has been providing holiday gourmet catering for events and corporate catering in the Boston area since 1978. They are famous for their Holiday Specials, meals to go, take-out meals dinners.
Bread & Chocolate Bakery Cafe Newton Highlands MA

Bread & Chocolate Bakery Cafe Newton Highlands MA

Located at 4 Hartford Street and 108 Madison Avenue, the bakery café features European and American inspired pastries, tarts and cakes along with buttery croissants, tender scones, sweet and savory muffins, rich coffee cakes and aromatic cinnamon buns.
Thanksgiving | Flour Bakery

Thanksgiving | Flour Bakery

Trimmings, sides, and treats!
Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Menu | Whole Foods Market

Classic Thanksgiving Dinner Menu | Whole Foods Market

You’ve got the party. We’ve got the menu.
Welcome to Russo's - Watertown, MA

Welcome to Russo’s – Watertown, MA

Thanksgiving Menu | Water Fresh Farm

Thanksgiving Menu | Water Fresh Farm

Welcome to Water Fresh Farm…
a place that tightly integrates growing vegetables with the cooking and eating of that fresh food. Hopkinton, MA

Pies, Cakes, and Baked Goods

Thanksgiving 2014 | Petsi Pies

Thanksgiving 2014 | Petsi Pies

Thanksgiving is just around the corner.
Clear Flour Bread

Clear Flour Bread

Clear Flour Bread specializes in making the authentic breads of Italy and France. Using simple ingredients – flour, water, salt and yeast – we scratch mix and hand shape long fermented doughs for stone hearth baking.

All of our flours are unbleached and unbromated. Our rye, whole wheat, buckwheat, and 7-grain blend are organic and stone ground. No dough conditioners, preservatives or improvers of any kind are added.

Our delicious baguettes and boules, batards and loaves are made fresh daily by a highly skilled staff committed to preserving the art and craft of traditional bread making. We hope you will love eating our breads as much as we love making them

Thanksgiving Holiday Cake Catalog from Party Favors Brookline

Thanksgiving Holiday Cake Catalog from Party Favors Brookline

Brookline’s headquarters for custom designed cakes, pastries and baked goods, as well as party supplies, invitations and favors.
Georgetown Cupcake | DC Cupcakes | Menu

Georgetown Cupcake | DC Cupcakes | Menu

Thanksgiving Maple Chocolate Chip
Thanksgiving Pie Orders from Royal Sonesta Hotel

Thanksgiving Pie Orders from Royal Sonesta Hotel

Let us do the baking this year! Our brand new coffee shop Studio is offering pecan, apple, and pumpkin pies, made in-house by our pastry chef! Order by November 25 for pickup on November 26 between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m.