Wednesday, September 26, 2012


I recently had the opportunity to sample several of the water flavors from Metromint. Metromint is a flavored water company that uses fresh mint in combination with a variety of other natural flavors. All of their gourmet flavors were delicious and refreshing but the two that stood out the most to me were the spearmint and the lemon mint flavors. I would definitely recommend trying Metromint! It was a super easy to stay hydrated because the water was so delicious!
Check out this video of their bottling plant:

(The Metromint water was provided to me free of charge as a product sample)

Monday, September 10, 2012

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

After a few cloudy and cooler days I decided to embrace the signs of fall and make up some yummy soup! I absolutely love the lemon chicken orzo soup from Panera and so I decided to recreate it at home. It was delicious! A perfect light soup to be paired with a salad or a piece of yummy bread for a nice light meal. 

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

8 cups light chicken broth
2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts 
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
1 medium celery stalk, diced
1 medium onion
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
1 cup orzo
Juice of 1 medium lemon

Combine all ingredients except the chicken, orzo, and lemon juice in a 4-quart pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes.

Heat two tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet and cook chicken thoroughly on both sides (about 6 minutes each side). Add chicken to soup.

Cook orzo according to package. Add to soup.

Serve soup with a sliver of lemon.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


              My go-to store for anything from clothes to accessories is Nordstrom. Mainly for two reasons. The first being that I would buy the entire store if I could. Every item tends to be well-made and beautiful but also greatly range in price. The second reason and I believe the more important reason, is their exceptional customer service. Every employee is more than happy to answer any questions you might have or help you find the perfect dress for a special occasion.
              Last September, my sister and I decided to use their complimentary personal stylist service. Our experience was so amazing that we decided to go back again this year. Our stylist was Amy Swartz at Natick Mall. Prior to our appointment we both filled out a questionnaire which had questions asking what our favorite colors and fabrics are, what our sizes are, what is our biggest fashion difficulty, etc. 
             When we arrived for our appointment Amy led us to our dressing room, which was enormous and split into three areas. One for my sister, one for me, and one for shoes and accessories. Both of our rooms had outfits laid out complete with accessories to go as well. The most incredible part of the entire experience was how well Amy was able to interpret our style through just a series of questions. When we walked into the dressing rooms we could easily tell whose room was whose. The outfits were so unique and many of them were pieces that I wouldn't have thought to put together or a trend that I really wanted to try but just wasn't sure how to wear it. We had so much fun shopping with Amy and I don't think I have ever had such a successful and pain free shopping trip! 
              For more information regarding the personal stylist experience check it out on the Nordstrom webpage here. To get in touch with Amy Swartz, email me ( for her email address!