This Elf is for Health AND Shopping!

by agirlandhermutt on December 10, 2012

Hello friends! I’m happy to report that I am officially done with my Christmas shopping. I’ve been a little quite on the blog for the last few days because I have been a busy little elf shopping, buying and wrapping. I don’t have that many people that I buy for (small families FTW!), but I still love the whole Christmas present shopping process.

Speaking of being a little elf…I just joined the Elf for Health Challenge started by Elle of Nutrionella and Lindsay of The Lean Green Bean.


This is a 6-week challenge that started the Monday after Thanksgiving and goes into the first January. I missed signing up for the first round by a few days so I got on board for Round 2. There is a daily tasks calendar, prizes, weekly newsletters, and my favorite part…you are paired with another “elf” to serve as support buddies for the challenge!

Today starts the first day of the challenge and our task is to track our water intake. Easy peasy for me. I’m a real liquids kind of gal and drink a ton of water throughout the day. I use a fun little app called “Eight Glasses a Day” to track how much I have downed each day.
Although Round 2 sign-ups have closed, you can still follow along and also sign up for Round 3. Check it out here!

After I was finished being an elf for my loved ones, I did a little shopping for myself. Heh. Figures.

This weekend was the SOWA Holiday Market and this is a can not miss event for me each year. I picked up a few goodies for friends, but I also managed to find a few things that I enjoyed.

Earrings from Leetie Lovendale <—Greatest name ever!  These earrings are all made out of vintage lucite.

I also snagged up a pair of arm warmers, one of my favorite winter accessories, from I Heart Arm Warmers. They have appeared on the blog before. All of the arm warmers are made out of not-worn-any-longer sweaters. The pic on the right is the actual color.   

They are also doing more accessories now so I picked up this super cute clutch.

Just like the SOWA Market each weekend, this event was packed. They were playing Christmas music and had festive decorations so I didn’t mind the crowd too much.

I have a few holiday parties coming up in the next few weeks so I figured while I was out I would pick up a few items to complete the looks I am planning on.

One of the dresses that I have I plan on wearing to two events. One party is in December and the other in January, for two totally different groups. No one will know. 😉

I am going for two different looks by changing up my jewelry.

From Forever 21 I picked up this great bejeweled necklace and found matching earrings. I have sparkly black flats and a clutch to tie it all together!

I also picked up this amazing peachy floral necklace at Forever 21. It paired perfectly with a pair of jeweled earrings that I found at Call It Spring. I’m wearing a pair of patent leather nude heels with this combo and adding a rose gold clutch that I also got at Call It Spring.

My shopping is done. My outfits are ready to go. The Elf for Health Challenge is on its way. This is going to be a great week!


Tonight I’m heading out to have dinner with a bunch of my girlfriends for our annual Girls Holiday Dinner. I’m so excited! Have a great day!

Have you finished your holiday shopping?  


Surprises, New Hair, and SOWA!

by agirlandhermutt on May 7, 2012

Hello friends! I had a busy weekend so lets skip all the shenanigans and get right into it, shall we?!


Friday Night
The Scientist said he has a surprise for me and asked me to meet him at Rock Bottom in the Theater District for dinner. We had dinner and as we were leaving I looked up and saw a sign on a local theater that said “The Shins” were coming to play. I got so excited and told The Scientist that we had to get tickets to see them. Then I looked back and realized that they were playing that same night. I looked back and The Scientist and he had two tickets for us! I was surprised with concert tickets!

The concert took place in the Wang Theater which is just gorgeous on the inside.


Such a fun night and a total surprise!

Fun Fact: Rock Bottom was the first restaurant that The Scientist and I ate at together just by ourselves and The Shins was one of the first things we talked about the night we met. 🙂


I woke up bright and early to hit the salon and get my hair all changed up for the summer.

Before & After

I love my dark hair, but it is fun to try something different for the summer.

Since it was Cinco de Mayo I met up with The Scientist a little later in the day to grab a margarita and celebrate. Having a plethora of Mexican restaurants in the neighborhood is a nice bonus on May 5th!

We finished up our drinks and headed out to the most exciting part of the day…to see The Avengers! I love all of those super hero type movies (although Thor was not my fave) and was just as excited to see this movie as my nerdy comic book loving Scientist.

I loved the movie! The change of Mark Ruffalo as hulk was perfect and I didn’t hate ScarJo like I had thought I would. Oh, and who doesn’t love a good Robert Downey Jr moment?!

Fun Fact: To see this movie 3D digital cost $35 for 2 tickets through Fandango. SERIOUSLY! I kept my glasses. That was the least they could do for me.


Sunday=Shopping! It was the return of the SOWA market for the season and I could not have been more excited.

My pal, Meg, and I enjoyed a day of outdoor shopping and dog watching. Come on…how cute is that pup?! I wanted to sneak up and steal him.


Lunch was from the BonMe food truck. Mmm…

While I was gobbling up my sandwich I couldn’t help but laugh when I caught this sign out of the corner of my eye on a rib food truck next door. Technically…they are right! 😉

 Final Results of Shopping…

Pickled Grapes from Grillos Pickles.

Nothing but goodness in these bad boys!

Myer Lemon and Sea Salt Popcorn from Quinn Popcorn.


LOVE tshirt in Sign Language & Hindi from Zamforia. Love the cute potato chip bag packaging!



Reusable Snack Bags from Edie & Fin


The rest of the night was spent with this guy just hanging out and looking out the window.

No grapes for you buddy!

Fun Fact: The SOWA Market is a MUST visit if you are in town throughout the summer!


The whole weekend was just what I needed after a busy work week! I hope you all had a good few days.

Check back tomorrow for a fun new giveaway!

Did you see The Avengers? What did you think? Who is your favorite character?


Weekend Recap: Enjoying Boston and SOWA Market

by agirlandhermutt on October 25, 2011

Hello friends! It is absolutely a gorgeous day in Boston and I’m going to spend it doing the thing I know best…working. 😉 Eh, a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do.

Fortunately, this weekend was a much needed break from a hectic life and I enjoyed it thoroughly. Don’t you ever have those weekends where you don’t make any plans just because you need to not have to be on the go? <—Confusing much?  Well this was that weekend for me.


There were some walks to enjoy the changing of the leaves.

A few of the walks included the Mutt so he could stretch those cute little pup legs. Stretching his legs typically involves me telling The Scientist to run around with him while I run the opposite way. Then we let Kork turn around to run back to me. Ahh…life of a dog on a leash. 😉



I cleaned my house, made some yummy meals for the week, and rewarded myself with a trip to the SOWA Market. I know I’ve talked about this market several times in the past, but each time I go I am blown away by the amount of creativity that people have.

This Sunday my obsession was with It’s Sew You by Kristin. Her use of color combined with patterns and textures really made her products unique.

Although I was loving all her fabric items, I was crushing hardcore on these fantastic brooches. Each one was a weird combo of colors that just screamed “BUY ME!” I ended up going home with one of these suckers and I am stoked to wear it.

Keeping with my funky pattern purchases I always was sucked in by a new vendor to me called I Heart Arm Warmers. For some reason any time someone writes “I heart” or “I <3” they are immediately in my good graces. Is it my hidden 12 year old dying to come out?!

I completely forgot to take a picture of all her goodies. I think I was a little overwhelmed with all of the choices. All of the armwarmers are handmade out of recycled sweaters and each pair is unique.  I ended up with a pair of brown cashmere with leopard hearts and a pair of red & white herringbone. They both kind of look like these.


I’m wearing mine today and let me tell you that I’m on the verge of looking just like this girl. Heh. Ok, maybe not.

My time at the market wasn’t all ca-ching! ca-ching! I also picked up some pretty delicious eats. Including an amazing veggie taco from the BBQ Smith food truck. You never know where you are going to find great veggie options!

The taco included sautéed greens, black beans, some other veggies and a nice dollop of goat cheese.

My final purchase from the market was from Samira’s Homemade, straight out of Belmont, Ma. Supportin’ the Locals!

Spicy Stuffed Grape Leaves = Amazing Little Nuggets.


 Their hummus is out of this world and I have been thinking about these stuffed grape leaves for days. They had to come home with me! Do any of you make these at home? I need to learn how to do this.


I hope you all had a great weekend! On the agenda for this week is trying out a few new recipes, dinnah with friends, and the start of Halloween. SPOOOKKKKY!

Are you a crafty person? What can you make with your hands?

Have a great day!

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