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Binge watching on Verizon Fios

We have had Verizon Fios since forever – okay, 11 years. I remember when we got it because during one particularity sad technology week here, we had only one antenna for two TVs. So when my oldest asked for the rabbit ears so they could watch PBS downstairs, I laughed, gave them to her, and went out that day for another set. And then I called Verizon.

Really. When we renovated our house – mostly the kitchen – all my husband wanted was a comfy chair and some sports channels. And we definitely have that covered with Fios.  Me and the kids? We like movies and some long running shows; binge watching is kind of a thing in our the family. How about you? Ever finish a show and wonder what to watch next? Me, too. But then I talk to some friends (or the kids) for suggestions. yes, I will share.

This Is Us

If you aren’t already watching this (no, you’re crying) then catch up here.  I promise not to talk about the upcoming episode until you do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jane the Virgin has been a family favorite for a while but we can’t talk about it – we’re all in different places – No spoilers!

Also a huge fans of Crazy Ex Girlfriend – trust me, dark, witty, funny, sweet and with musical numbers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I haven’t gotten into Big Little Lies but I think it’s only a matter of time. Or Game of Thrones. That’s on my list. Definitely caught up and enjoying this season of Girls.

Need to watch those Oscar nominated movies you missed? Start with these available now on Fios.

And we have a family movie night planned to watch this:

Check to see if Verizon Fios is in your area here. Locally, Fios is rolling out in newly wired areas: Dorchester, West Roxbury, Roxbury and Roslindale.

And there’s a new way to get Fios, too.

 

Disclosure: I am working with a Verizon Fios team of bloggers to help get the word out about Fios coming to Boston. While I am being compensated for sharing, all opinions are, as always, my own. And yes, yes I do, watch a lot of tv. No judgement.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What a Treat – Muji on Newbury Street

When visiting NYC, I stumbled upon the Muji Store in Times Square and I was transfixed. The quiet, tidy and calm interior was in such stark contrast to the street outside. And everything was so well curated – all super practical, yet beautiful items. Household goods, clothing, no brand names. Just gorgeous, functional items. I was smitten. And I’m not alone. There are legions of loyal Muji fans, and luckily for us, they just opened a shop on Newbury Street in Boston. So whether you already love Muji or have never heard of it, check it out.

Photos courtesy of Sharon Schindler (@SchindlerPhotos), who I talked into going to the opening, and who takes much better photos than I do. Thanks, Sharon!

 

Muji Website

Sharon Schindler Photography

 

 

Gather Chocolate – A delicious and sustainable treat

Gather Chocolate from Harbor Sweets

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Harbor Sweets, a local chocolate maker, is introducing a small batch chocolate line called Gather that not only features honey but helps to protect honeybees. I recently was sent a sample and have to say I was really impressed. And I know chocolate. So, dark chocolate with a note of local wildflower honey…yum.  Almost better than eating these delectable bites is knowing that a portion of sales will be donated to the Pollinator Partnership, a 501c3 NGO that educates and advocates best beekeeping practices for honeybee protection.
What did I sample? Well, as you can imagine, I did have to share, but managed to secure a fair number for myself. Inside the sweet honeycomb shaped box were three truffles: Caramelized Honey, Pomegranate Molasses, and Sour Cherry, with three covered dark chocolates: Cashew Caramel, Coconut Cluster and Sesame Crunch.
Reports from the chocolate sharing family – you are welcome, family – Delicious and where can we get more?
Lucky for me, two of my favorite shops in Newton carry them – Just Next Door and Marty’s Liquors – hey, they have food, too, you know. There is even a handy store locator on the Harbor Sweets site. Can’t get to the store? That’s okay, it’s easy to order online. These delish Gather chocolates are my new go-to hostess gift. Thanks Harbor Sweets!Gather shot (2)
About Harbor Sweets® – An American chocolate tradition since 1973, Harbor Sweets produces handcrafted artisan chocolates from its original historic red brick building in Salem, Massachusetts. It uses only the finest and freshest ingredients to make its delicious chocolates including its iconic Sweet Sloops®, first created by Founder Ben Strohecker.  It has been recognized for years as one of the top women led businesses in Massachusetts.
From Harbor Sweets:
Gather’s launch with its purpose-driven mission comes on the heels of a USDA Report in which pesticides and parasites are cited as causing an alarming 44% loss of honeybee colonization in just one year. This is the second highest annual loss reported in the past 10 years worldwide. Honeybee pollinators add more than $15 billion to America’s agricultural economy and are critical to the entire agricultural eco-system. 

So, check out a local company making a great product and doing good at the same time.
Harbor Sweets
Twitter: @harborsweets
Facebook: HarborSweets
Instagram: HarborSweetsHandmadeChocolates
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I did not receive compensation for this post but did receive a sample of the chocolates to facilitate this review.

Bike and Roll it Forward

Spring is finally here and spring cleaning is next so when you put away your snow shovels and dust off the bikes, check and see if there are any you aren’t using and give them to someone who can use them. Sounds good, right? But how?

Well, the City of Boston has a program called Boston Bikes. Check out their website here. And Boston Bikes runs a bike donation program that gets your old bike into the hands of someone who could really use it with their Roll It Forward Program.

Roll It Forward began as a project of Boston Bikes and the Boston Public Health Commission. Originally funded by a stimulus grant from the National Institutes of Health, the program seeks to make cycling a more accessible transportation option for low-income communities. Roll It Forward collects, repairs, and distributes bikes to low-income Boston residents who might not otherwise have access to a bike. By distributing bicycles and providing bike safety education, the Roll it Forward program promotes a healthier lifestyle of increased physical activity and fewer trips by car. The bikes from the program serve as a family’s first step in adopting cycling as an ongoing activity for health and convenience.

As of January 2015, the program has distributed more than 3,800 bicycles, with a goal of distributing 1,000 total in 2015!

Check out the site for safety tips, a fun quiz and most importantly, how to get your old, unused bikes to someone who could really use them. Roll It Forward partners with local bike shops to refurbish the bikes. Learn more about the process here.

Donate to Roll it Forward

You probably have an old bike in the basement or a few bikes your kids have outgrown. Put them to good use! After you donate your bike, Roll It Forward will repair it and match it up with someone who can use it.

Here’s how:

1. First, check this page to make sure you’re giving us something we can use.

2. Then, choose where to bring the bike. Find the donation collection location nearest you.

  • Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) (offer 20% off one full-price item OR 20% off any bike service!)

Boston/Allston: 1041 Commonwealth Avenue, (617) 254‑4250
Cambridge: Harvard Square, 1 Brattle Square, (617) 864‑2061
Newton: 300 Needham Street, (617) 559‑1575

  • Belmont Wheelworks : 480 Trapelo Road, Belmont (617) 489‑3577
  • Dedham Bike: 403 Washington St, Dedham Square, (781) 326‑1531
  • Giant Cycling World-Boston/The Fenway: 11 Kilmarnock, (617) 424‑6400
  • Back Bay Bicycles — Boston/Back Bay: 366 Commonwealth Ave (corner of Mass Ave), (617) 247‑2336
  • JRA Cycles — Medford: 229 Salem St, Medford, (781) 391‑3636
  • Seaside Cycles — Manchester-by-the-Sea: 23 Elm St, Manchester, (978)526‑1200
  • Sudbury Residents: You can take your bike directly to the town recycling center and request that it be donated to our program. Sudbury Recycling and Refuse Center, 20 Boston Post Road, Sudbury MA 01776, (978) 443‑2209 x 1221

3. Optionally, request a reward claim form: While supplies last, Boston Bikes will send you a jersey/t-shirt (size dependent) OR a Perfect Fuel Chocolate Gift Pack in thanks for your donation. To be eligible, request a claim form by contacting rollitforward@gmail.com and bring the claim form with you to the drop off location so they can sign it.

4. Bring your bike in to any of the above locations and let them know it is for Roll it Forward. They’ll receive it and some shops even offer customers a thank-you coupon for bike donations.

Feel like you can do more? Great.

Volunteers needed! Help us strip bikes of viable parts for our Roll it Forward program on Wednesday, March 9 from 4-8p in Dorchester. We need folks who are mechanically inclined. Learn more and sign up here: http://bit.ly/1QPknH7

Or don’t have any old bikes but think you know people who do? Run a bike drive.

To learn more and to find some helpful tools:

Guide to Organizing a Bike Drive

Bike Drive Flyer Template (customize for your event!)

Find Boston Bikes of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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