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Boston Highlight- Coolidge Corner

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One of my absolute favorite spots close to me is Coolidge Corner. You’ll find this delightful corner off the C line of the Green Line (the stop is called Coolidge Corner). This delightful place has a Trader Joe’s, approved Panera, ailment an awesome bookstore called Brookline Booksmith, and lots of other really fun shops. And as a fun side note, Yogurt Land (this great frozen place) is apparently moving in! But by far my favorite place in Coolidge Corner is Paris Creperie. This delightful cafe is tucked away and even though it’s on the main road, it’s a little hard to find because it’s really small. But oh my goodness it has the best crepes!

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I went to Paris Creperie for the first time in November or December. I walked in and saw one of my co-workers there with her family and she said these words: You just missed Emma Watson! Oh my gosh! Emma Watson dates a guy who goes to my school and they had been in Paris Creperie! It was tragic that I missed her but I sat in her chair while I was there, so basically I was her for a little while ;)

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This past week my sister came and visited me and I knew I had to take her to Paris Creperie. That’s her in the picture above drinking Nutella Raspberry Hot Chocolate. So delicious! Paris Creperie loves Nutella just as much as I do, and that’s saying something!

Celina Boston Trip-1We got two crepes to split. The first one is a Nutella Chocolate Crepe with Strawberries and the second one is a Smores Nutella Crepe. They were both amazing! I have also gotten their Nutella Canoli crepe before which is amazing, but it’s a little too rich for an actual meal :)

Celina Boston Trip-2Paris Creperie also has a wide selection of savory crepes that look awesome, as well as more sweet crepes. They have a large selection of drinks as well including more hot chocolate, coffee, lattes, and smoothies.

Price-wise Paris Creperie isn’t too bad either. My sister and I got two crepes and two hot chocolates for $24. Their crepes average from around $6-$8.

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My Favorite Apps and iPod Product Review

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I mentioned in this post that for Christmas this year I got the new iPod and I LOVE it! Oh my goodness it’s so awesome. It does pretty much everything the iPhone does, check except it doesn’t have 3G, meaning I have to have it on a wireless network to access the internet. To me, that drawback is worth not having to pay $30/month extra on the phone bill :) So what can my iPod do? Well let me tell you! These are the built-in apps it has:

-Face Time- This is really fun because while I’m walking around the college campus, I can talk to my dad who has an iPhone!

-Calendar- This calendar syncs with the one on my laptop. I love it- it’s simple and helps me keep track of my life.

-Weather- I have to check the weather when I’m getting dressed in the morning when I’m at college because it may look sunny outside, but I would have no idea that it’s negative 13 degrees without checking the weather! Here’s a lovely illustration: (and fyi, that’s 5 degrees without windchill).

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-Mail- Get it connected with your email account and be able to check it every second of the day. Not that I do that.

-Maps- This isn’t going to be very helpful for me because even though I constantly get lost, I can’t look up directions without wireless.

Plus it’s super cute and snazzy :) It comes with several more built-in apps but these are the ones I use most often!

Now here’s my favorite part…all the extra apps I downloaded and use! Woohoo!

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-Collect- This is definitely one of my favorite apps- it is helping me keep track of my Project 365! Collect is basically a calendar with each month of the year, and on each day you can put your picture of the day! It also has a place for you to write about your day, which means I get a place to keep a mini journal about each day, which not only helps me remember but is something that I can include in the scrapbook I make with all my Project 365 photos at the end of the year :)

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-Snapchat- I still don’t fully understand the concept of snapchat, but I have it and it’s fun! You take a photo (generally a photo of yourself making an awkward face) and set a time (up t0 10 seconds) and send the photo to your friends! This is an example of something I could snapchat…but if I were doing it for real, I would have been making a weird face ;)

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-Instagram- This is pretty much the #1 reason I wanted an iPhone/iPod. Oh. My. Gosh. I love instagram! I take photos all the time and instagram makes them look all fun and cool. I’ve found that the best thing to do is take a photo through the normal camera and then instagram it. Here’s the instagram I took of my Valentine’s day package from my family :)

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Other Photo Apps: Frame Swagg (has different templates to make collages with your photos), Travelgram (puts the time, date, and location on your photos), and Squaready (helps you instagram photos by allowing you to add a border to your photos that don’t work well in the square crop). This collage is one I made with Frame Swagg. After you finish your collage, you can save the picture to your camera roll, upload it to facebook & twitter, or pull it up in instagram.

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-Duolingo- This app has activities and vocabulary to learn for different languages. I used it to practice my spanish!

-Twitter- I’ve gotten back into tweeting! Follow me @justeverydayme

-Facebook- Of course I have to have the facebook app! It’s pretty good- it’s easy to comment, like, share photos, etc.

-Google- So Siri is fun and all, but she usually can’t answer my questions. So the Google app is basically just Google, but you can verbally ask it things and it will give you an answer based on search results. It works really well! And for those of you who want to know, Google says that brunch is 10am.

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-Spotify- I love spotify! I’m thinking about actually paying for Premium ($9-10/month) because that would mean that I could get any song I want, ad-free, anytime I want. So cool!

-Shazam- Is there a song playing that you like but don’t know the title of? Shazam will listen to the song and tell you what it is! It works great, although I have found that it often doesn’t know Christian songs. And I tried singing to it and it didn’t know what I was singing. Lame. But this is still a cool app :)

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-Pinterest- Woohoo! I can pin things on the go! Side note: this pin is SO true.

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-Apps gone free- This app comes out with a new list every day about apps that have recently become free. I’ve gotten some really fun apps using this.

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-PaperlessLite- This app is great for To-Do lists! It helps me organize my life which I absolutely love! I can create To-Do lists for separate days, or I can make a “To buy at the store” list…pretty much whatever I want!

photo (8)And, the nerd in me rejoices for the next one! Easy Bib! This app lets you scan the barcode straight off the book you need to cite and it creates the citation!

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My favorite games are: Tetris, SongPop Free (this is a facebook game and the app is great!), Siege Hero (similar to Angry Birds) and Flow Free (my whole family has become obsessed with this one.

Another awesome thing I can do is mobile banking! I can even deposit checks which is super convenient. If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you should see if your bank has a mobile baking app!

Whew! So there it is :) My most favoritest apps. So what do you think? Did some of your favorites make the list? What are some of your favorite apps that aren’t on this list?

Have a great week!

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Petit Amuse | Product Review

A few weeks ago, buy I was contacted by the founder of Petit Amuse, a San Francisco based company that “helps food lovers discover delicious artisan treats made by small, specialty producers across the country, and even the globe.  For only $10/mo. customers can subscribe to receive a different box of 3-4 samples of specialty foods each month.”

So if you sign up for the low price of $10/month, you get a box of really neat food each month! I was sent a sample box of some of Petit Amuse’s products to review. I thought this was such a neat and fun idea and I’m excited to give my review today! I love getting fun packages, so imagine getting something like this every month.

Side note: the first thing I thought of when I heard of this company was this scene from Friends when Monica is serving little appetizers (petit amuse or amuse bouche, as she calls them) and Chandler says “this amuse bouche is amusing!” or something like that. ;)

The first thing I tried were these cookies. I didn’t think they were going to be that good (I like my cookies big, soft, and chewy). But they were both incredibly good! The one on the left is a spicy, chocolate cookie. I loved the deep chocolate flavor, and there really was a spicy aftertaste.  The one on the right is a rosemary cookie with sea salt. My mom and I both thought the taste was so familiar- it reminded me of an Indian dessert I have had before. Both of the cookies were big hits with me and my mom. I would definitely buy these off Petit Amuse’s website.

The next thing I tried was this Garukabar. It’s hand made with real Vermont honey and has peanuts and dried cranberries in it. My parents and I both really liked this bar. It was chewy, not hard and crunchy like a lot of granola bars, which we liked. I could see this being great as a quick breakfast or a hiking food.

Petit Amuse has quite a few interesting popcorn flavors that they send out. I didn’t think I would like it very much because I prefer my popcorn sweet instead of savory. But this was actually pretty good! If you’re into more savory flavors, I think you would love this popcorn.

Check out the experimental macro photo! I might post a tutorial of how to take macro photos like this without a macro lens.

And we’re back to normal! This last item I found really strange. I didn’t know what Wine Jelly was. My parents and I all tried it- it was not my thing at all, and my dad said he thought it tasted like bleach. But my mom really liked it! I think this is something you would put on crackers with cheese.

I liked almost all of the items I got in my Petit Amuse box, but the best part was trying out some new things I never would have gotten to taste if not for this great opportunity! For only $10/month, you can get unique, fun food items delivered to your door. This would actually make a really fun gift to someone for their birthday or Christmas! I’d love to know if you check out the company or order a sample box- I’m excited to check out more of their food items on their Marketplace!

*I was given a Petit Amuse sample box free of charge for this review, but my opinions are my own*

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