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Chappy Wrap

I love supporting local, woman owned businesses and this year Chappy Wrap really captured my heart! This mother-daughter founded company is dedicated to their mission of providing comfort. I love their origin story, they had an old blanket in their family that was loved by everyone and an integral part of their home. When the blanket was well loved and they looked to replace it they couldn’t find one of the same quality and comfort. So they began making their own blankets, made from natural cotton blends and high quality fibers.

Today I own two Chappy Wrap blankets, I love their nautical designs! They’re perfect for keeping me warm in the winter and bringing to the beach in the summer. Chappy Wrap just launched a whole fleet of new designs, including this one, Fair Winds in Turquoise. It’s reversible and will be traveling with me all summer! Thank you to Chappy Wrap for my new blanket!

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Late Night Snacks with New England Finest

This month I am super excited to be partnering with New England Finest! They are a fantastic company that does gift and or subscription boxes full of locally made goodies. I am a big fan of shopping local and NE Finest is a great way to discover to brands right here in New England. Shopping local not only supports family owned businesses but it is better for the environment. There is so much waste, food loss, and fuel used shipping products across the country. Buying local is just one small way you can do your part. IMG_2693img_2694.jpg

NE Finest is also giving back to children getting treated at Boston Children’s Hospital. For every 12 boxes purchased they donate one to a family who is currently getting treatment from Boston Children’s Hospital. My mom is an ICU nurse at Boston Children’s and I know how much the little things can make a difference. I love that NE Finest is working so hard to be a catalyst for good in our region!

Last week they sent me the Late Night Snack box which is full of delicious goodies! My favorite was the Jarva Cakes’ Dark Chocolate Velvet Lava Cake from Maine. It was the perfect treat after a long day at work! My other favorite in the box was the Popzup’s Popcorn and Microwave Popper! I love popcorn but those microwavable bags are so bad for you, they are filled with chemicals and they are also really bad for the environment. Popzup’s was super easy to make a so good, I melted some butter on top of mine and I used the Popzup’s Vermont Maple Popcorn Seasoning that was included in the box.

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There are so many subscription boxes or gift box options out there now a days it can be hard to distinguish between all of them. But I was really impressed with New England Finest. Not only was everything in my box amazing but they are supporting local businesses and family’s at Boston Children’s Hospital. If you are looking to buy a fun subscription box or looking to get a gift box for someone special in your life I highly recommend checking out New England Finest!

 

New England Finest gifted me a box in exchange for this post but as always all opinions are my own.

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Tips for visiting Wicked Tulips

If you have been on social media at all in the past couple weeks I am sure you have seen people posting about Wicked Tulips! It is a gorgeous tulip farm in Johnston Rhode Island. It is gorgeous and well worth the drive!! It is the Colby Farm of spring! The season ended this week which means if you didn’t make it it’s time to start planning for next year! Here are a few tips to make your trip as enjoyable as possible!

1. You need a ticket

In order to get in you need a ticket, your ticket comes with 10 tulips along with your entrance. They do sell out, even on weekdays, so be sure to get your ticket ahead of time. Join the Wicked Tulips email list so you can get alerts on ticket sales. They did a pre-sale this year before the fields opened.

2. Go early

This is a two for one tip. Go early in the season and go early in the day! I unfortunately had a final the day we went so we couldn’t get down there until mid afternoon. But I would try to get there right when they open, there are tons of people. Some are taking photos, some have kinds and strollers with them, and tons are just enjoying the tulips! The earlier in the day you get there the less people. Try and go in the first week! The field only lasts for about 3 weeks and is very dependent on weather so get in that email list and get tickets for one of the first two weekends!

3. Start in the show garden

Wicked Tulips planned really well, they had a show garden and a picking garden. Start in the show garden all the flowers are labeled so you can know exactly what type of tulip it is. Take a look at all the different varieties and then head over to the picking field knowing exactly what you want!

4. Respect

Everyone is there to have fun, be patient. That being said if you are there to take photos don’t be too extra. Respect the people around you who are just there to enjoy the beautiful fields of tulips. Respect that Wicked Tulips is a family owned farm. They sell their tulips so if you pick one you’re buying it do not pick and then discard, I saw so my tulips just left on the ground after being picked! And should be common sense but do not walk through the tulip beds, stay on the paths.

5. Bring water

I had a fairly long drive home and my tulips got a little droopy and wilted on the ride. Bring some water so you can immediately put your tulips in them. If you forget a cup wet some paper towels or napkins and wrap them around the stems!

I had so much fun at Wicked Tulips! I can’t wait to go back next year. I went with my mom and aunt Mary and we had a blast! So sad the season is over but that means summer is right around the corner! Whats your favorite spring/summer place to visit? Any tips?