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Weekend roundup 2/10

Love is in the air. Can we call this Valentine's Day weekend? I mean, we don't have Monday off, but hopefully some of us will be going out for dinner one or more of these nights.

And for you lovebirds, Polished Spa & Salon is giving away a free couples massage to a lucky reader (and his/her significant other). Don't forget to enter today!

My weekend includes dinner with my dad, a trip to the Eastern Sports & Outdoor Show, "Truffles for Couples" at The Hershey Story, and if I can squeeze it in, a mini girls' night out for a friend's birthday. 

Tomorrow's column has a letter to my new husband with some ideas for him – and all of you – on how you can celebrate Valentine's Day with your squeeze. I have a ton more ideas below on how to spend the weekend. How are you spending Valentine's Day?


Giveaway: Polished Spa & Salon

**Congrats to Katy H. and her sweetheart for winning the couples massage from Polished! Happy Valentine’s Day!**

Banner1Polished Spa & Salon is located in the State Street Plaza in Lemoyne and offers a variety of services, from hair treatments in their newly redesigned salon to spa manis and pedis and body treatments in their spa.

This month, you don’t want to miss their Valentine-themed specials. For tired feet, enjoy your choice of chocolate raspberry or champagne and roses pedicure. Sip on a chocolate raspberry martini or a glass of champagne while your toes are tended to. This treatment is just $50 in February (and it makes a great Valentine’s Day gift – hint, hint, husbands and boyfriends).

Snag that deal on Monday or Tuesday and get a free manicure, too (excludes Feb. 14).

If you’re in a romantic mood, you’re in luck. All couples massages are $10 off in February — and ech comes with a glass of wine or champagne, cheese and crackers, strawberries and chocolates.

In fact, Polished wants to help make this happen for you. You can enter to win a free couples massage from Polished Spa & Salon. Simply tell us in the comment section below why your guy or gal is the perfect Valentine.

As always, there’s extra credit. 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 this weekend.

CATEGORIES: Giveaway, Spa

Weekend roundup 2/3

IMG_1578 What a weekend we have ahead of us! Hershey’s Chocolate-Covered February is in full force, and the Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Green Bay Packers this Sunday for Super Bowl XLV.

And — my social life is back in full swing. Tonight, meeting some ladies for vino at Red Door, then tomorrow night, the husband and I are meeting some also-newlywed friends for sushi. Saturday, it’s the gym, shopping, soup – and a trip to The Hotel Hershey for the chocolate dessert buffet. Sunday, we break out the black and gold (or yellow).

There’s still some time to enter to win your $25 gift card and travel mug from Cornerstone Coffeehouse. It’s easy!

But now, let’s get to the event gold:


Super Bowl Party Trends

With the Super Bowl this Sunday, it's time to prep. Are you going out to the bars? (If so, stay tuned – The Patriot-News Go! section, plus my Friday column will have the rundown on where to go). Or, are you hosting a party or going to a party?

Today's feature in The Patriot has a breakdown on tips for what to buy to stay on theme. Below, breaks down what Super Bowl parties mean for retailers – and your wallet. Personal Finances

CATEGORIES: Food/Drink, Sports

Giveaway: Cornerstone Coffeehouse

Outside**Congrats to Miss Jessica Bair, winner of the Cornerstone Coffeehouse gift card and travel mug. Enjoy, Jess!**

Unless you’re an area newbie (and if so, welcome! Please stop and say hi below), the chances are good that you already know and love the Cornerstone Coffeehouse in Camp Hill.

One of the area’s best independently owned coffeeshops, Cornerstone is a local favorite and regular stop for much of the Camp Hill area. Coffee lovers can enjoy a variety of java-related choices, from your basic cup of joe to frappes, lattes and more. They also serve ice cream (their Espresso Milkshake is a MUST TRY and a personal favorite of my husband), all kinds of fresh-baked goodies, plus a modest breakfast and lunch menu to balance all that caffeine.

They have wifi, of course, and a comfortable hang-out zone, including an outdoor deck overlooking Market Street in Camp Hill.

In addition to these classic (and beyond) coffeehouse staples, the Cornerstone Coffeehouse also has an in-house culinary kitchen, wherein you can learn how to prepare anything from fancy fondant cakes to a special event dinner. Plus, the room also is available for rent (something to consider for the next shower or meeting you have to host).

This week, Cornerstone owner, the lovely Sue Pera is giving away one $25 gift card and a Cornerstone Coffeehouse travel mug to one lucky reader of this blog.

To enter to win, 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.


Weekend roundup 1/27

As you know, I'm back, married, and finally starting to get my bearings with this whole "working" thing. It looks like a snowy weekend, so I plan to hunker down on some home projects and thank you cards, and of course some drinks with friends.

I gotta say, you guys aren't showing much love to my boy, Jersey Mike of Greenbelt Events, who is generously giving away two tickets to see Livingston Taylor, brother of famed James, at The Gallery at the Abbey Bar on Feb. 4. Please get over there and enter to win.

In tomorrow's column, I cover Firkin Friday at Brewhouse Grille, a Ned Smith presentation of Chili & Blues and Roundtop's Cardboard Derby on Sunday.

This weekend there are lots of live music options, plus some other fun events for whatever you may be in to. You'll want to start perusing the menu of activities for Chocolate-Covered February, too, since that is just around the corner. I'll be popping into a few events next month to tell you about them.

Let's get to the meat of this thing. Here's what's happening:


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!


CATEGORIES: Sara Bozich, Travel, Wedding

HBG 4 KIDS at Ceoltas Jan. 22


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 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

CATEGORIES: Fundraiser, Harrisburg

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