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Love is in the air …

Only three weeks until Valentine's Day! Get your Valentine something stylish and special at KIST Boutique!

Enjoy 15% off EVERYTHING for the next TWO WEEKS (Now through Feb. 7,2011)!

Make sure you "Like" KIST Boutique on Facebook to receive the discount.

CATEGORIES: Holiday, KIST Boutique

Giveaway: Greenbelt Events

Liv with brother James TaylorWoo – it’s been some time since we’ve done a giveaway! To kick off the year 2011, Greenbelt Events has generously donated two tickets to the Livingston Taylor concert at The Gallery at The Abbey Bar on Feb. 4.

If you’re a James Taylor fan, you’ll want to catch his brother, Liv, in this intimate setting in ABC’s new Gallery venue.

Tickets are $22 and can be purchased online here.

From the website:

Presented in association with Point Entertainment From top-forty hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running,” to “I Can Dream of You” and “Boatman” both recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads. Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, touring with major artists such as Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule of over eighty shows a year. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway.

To enter to win a free pair of tickets to see Liv Taylor, leave a comment below.

For extra entries (you must leave a separate comment for each extra entry in order for each to count), you can:

Enter early and often. A winner will be selected at random on Friday.

CATEGORIES: Giveaway, Music

I’m back!

IMG_0297 Okay, I've been back in the country since very very late Monday night/Tuesday morning, but it's been a rough week for me. I'm having trouble adapting to deadlines and well, work. But I'm giving it a shot!

In the near future, you can expect to see the reinstatement of weekly giveaways (teaser: one on Monday from Greenbelt Events!), weekend roundups and even my "Out with Sara" column. I also plan to provide semi-detailed vendor reviews about the fantastic people and local companies who helped make our wedding an event to remember. Those will come sporadically throughout the next month or so.

In the meantime, if you haven't already spied via Twitter or Facebook, click through for the eye candy you've been waiting for – wedding and honeymoon pictures!

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CATEGORIES: Sara Bozich, Travel, Wedding

HBG 4 KIDS at Ceoltas Jan. 22

Hbg4Kids

The following is a scheduled post while I’m on my honeymoon.

If you need something new to do this weekend, please consider the latest event to benefit the Four Diamonds Fund of Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital — HBG4KIDS.

The party happens from 7 p.m.to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 22.

Ceoltas’ Raffety Room, if you haven’t been, is worth the visit.

Your $25 ticket includes admission and a t-shirt. Cash bar, good music.

For tickets, e-mail hbg4kids@gmail.com.

CATEGORIES: Fundraiser, Harrisburg

SIN Night at Arooga’s 11 & 22

Aroogas Attention east and west shore bartenders and servers: To start the new year, Arooga’s 11 and Arooga’s 22 has launched Service Industry Night (S.I.N.) for area servers and bartenders.

Every Sunday between 10 p.m. and midnight, service industry folks can score $3 mixed drinks and $2 domestic drafts. Arooga’s kitchen will be open all night and will feature $1 slices of pizza and $1 mini bolis.

At both Arooga’s locations, customers will have the opportunity to win a vacation to Aruba, Las Vegas, Jamaica or a cruise to the Bahamas during happy hour. Every weekend will feature a different tournament or contest in order to win.

Plus, both locations with have a live DJ all night Sunday.

CATEGORIES: Food/Drink, Harrisburg

Wedding Inspiration and Planning

While my wedding story is coming to a close, I want to congratulate the many couples who got engaged over the winter holidays and share with you some of the resources that helped me plan my wedding over the last year-plus. After I return, I'll also post a list of the vendors I used.

  • My Wedding Workbook helped keep all of my data stored in one, easy place. There are a few bugs, but overall, this site was a lifesaver when it came to tracking my guests, vendors and even gifts. I simply used the free version; also their help center was useful when addressing the aforementioned bugs. 
  • theknot.com – trite, but true. I didn't go full-on into knotland, but I did find their checklist helpful, as well as their vast galleries for hair, dress and color inspiration. Fun to play around on, but don't get too sucked in.
  • Regardless of how you feel about Martha (I love her), she knows weddings. I found her wedding magazine the most helpful, and Darcy's Idea of the Day from the Martha Stewart Weddings e-newsletter offered usable and often affordable ideas. 
  • For affordable DIY materials, vases and so much more, I found save-on-crafts.com to be a big help.
  • Style Me Pretty is like the In Style magazine of wedding blogs. Gorgeous and awe-inspiring, but I can't afford anything in it. Can be a bit overwhelming at times, but the beautiful weddingscapes are worth a weekly perusal.If you're looking for wedding eye candy, this is your blog.
  • Project Wedding's weekly newsletter was helpful and relevant. I entered my wedding date, and they sent weekly e-mails with timely topics for each stage of planning. Not every article was one to be bookmarked, but it did help answer etiquette questions I had along the way.
  • Ruffled is really great for wedding eye candy and inspiration as well. 

There were many more blogs and magazines I referenced along the way, to which at one point it became overwhelming and I began to unsubscribe to some of the blogs – there are just so many out there now. I didn't start with a very clear vision, but rather pieces of things I thought I wanted. Once I was able to hone that "vision," I knew which blogs would continue to offer advice and ideas and which were less relevant to our event. I guess we're yet to see just how it turns out. Stay tuned, and enjoy your January!

CATEGORIES: Wedding

Happy New Year 2011

IMG_3403 Hello, and welcome to 2011! It’s amazing how time speeds by anymore, but I’m excited for this new year and all it could bring.

In one week from now, I will be getting married. It’s been a crazy adventure, and we can’t wait to celebrate with our friends and family — and then to depart for our weeklong Caribbean honeymoon.

While my column will be on a brief hiatus, I’ve scheduled a few posts on here to keep you sated, I hope. The Weekend Roundup and weekly giveaways will resume at the end of January for the new year, and you’re likely to see a big wedding recap at some point.

In the meantime, don’t forget to check out my list of Local Bloggers. And, if you started a blog as part of your New Year’s Resolutions, please send me your url, and I’ll add it to the listing.

If you resolved to try some new local establishments this year, you can find something new to you on my Restaurants page.

The “Links” page features local businesses and groups of interest. If yours isn’t listed, e-mail me!

Click through for some other ideas to keep you busy:

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New Year’s Resolutions 2011

I’m constantly creating little goals in attempts to better myself, but as with many more formal resolutions, they often get shoved aside to make room for real life (and laziness?). I am not the most self-disciplined person, and I recognize that. In the past, the kinds of resolutions that worked for me were more in the tone of monthly goals I set up to last the whole year through.

Last year, I neglected to make any formal declarations, but I did accomplish a few things. I got back to the gym (and I’m digging it), drastically increased my blogging production, finally started painting the inside of our house (very slowly, but we did start), and we did really well at staying in and saving cash, cooking more and learning to love On Demand (and Harry Potter).

This year, I’m ready to tackle more goals, and I think these are it:

  1. I'm not allowed to tape anymore. Experiment more with cooking, breaking into some more advanced recipes.
  2. Try RPM, the cycling class at the gym.
  3. Get more sleep. I regularly stay up much too late and then get up at 6 a.m. to start writing. It’s bad for me. My friends call me a vampire.
  4. Read more. I’ve always been a reader, but with all those late nights, books lose priority for precious minutes of sleep. In 2011, I want to get back to reading before bed – and still get a decent night’s sleep.
  5. Completely quit smoking. Ugh – I hate even admitting I still do, but putting it out here holds me more accountable.
  6. Paint more of the house, most notably the living room, dining room and bedroom.
  7. Attempt more gardening. I suceeded big with container tomatoes last year and my herbs were pretty decent too. This year, I’d like to plant something in our side bed that doesn’t wilt in the crazy high sun it gets, plus I’d like to try a few more vegetables in the backyard.

CATEGORIES: Holiday, Resolutions

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