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Review: Exec Cleaning & Coupon Code for $40 Off

5/29/2013 08:47:00 PM 0 Responses
The folks over at Exec Cleaning contacted me recently and asked if I'd be willing to check out their new cleaning service.  My apartment, always in some state between "sorta dirty" and "filthy", needed a cleaning, so I readily agreed to give it a whirl. 
The signup process was simple, the website was clean and easy to navigate, and I enjoyed the convenience of being able to schedule the cleaning using their online calendar.  My cleaning was schedule for this past Sunday morning at 9am.  Here's a play by play
At 8:15am, I received a text message saying that the cleaners were on the way.
At 8:50am, I received a call from an Exec employee saying that one of the two cleaners was going to be a little late.  And that they may have to stay longer than originally scheduled.  I said that was fine. 
At 9:00am. one of the cleaners arrived.  She was professional and apologized that the other person was going to be late.  I didn't mind too much, it just meant more work for the first person.
At 10:30am, the second cleaner arrived.  She apologized profusely for being late and got to work.  Again, it didn't really bother me that much; it wasn't me doing the cleaning
At noon, they both told me that they needed to leave for their next job, but had not yet finished cleaning my apartment.  There were still two bathrooms that had not been cleaned yet.  They assured me, though, that they would come back afterwards to finish. 
I appreciated their commitment, but was a little bit annoyed because I had plans in the afternoon that I had to cancel so that I could be back in the afternoon to let them in again. 
At 4pm, they returned and finished the job. 
Overall, they were professional and courteous and did a good job cleaning the apartment.  Obviously, the timing thing was a bit of a pain - but I'm sure it was an isolated incident.  In comparing them to my usual cleaners, I think they did just as good of a job cleaning.  A few things weren't done, like the windows, but those are mostly details that I don't really care that much about.  In terms of cost, my usual cleaners charge $150 and Exec was $177.  Disclaimer:  they comped this cleaning for me as part of the review.  I think Exec has a great service.  I particularly like that they've brought cleaning into the 21st century with an easy and convenient online scheduling system. 
Click (here) to check out Exec and see if they're right for you. 

PS.  They gave me a coupon code for $40 off for you guys, coupon code: beantown

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1000 Words: Ben & Jerry’s and Samuel Adams Tasting

5/27/2013 08:31:00 PM 0 Responses
From 5/22.  Two of New England’s cherished companies – Ben & Jerry’s and Samuel Adams – came together for a tasting event that featured wicked good pint pairings, including icy cold Beer Floats.

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Burger Bash @ Watertown Friendly's - 6/2

5/27/2013 12:26:00 PM 0 Responses
Friendly’s in Watertown to Host ‘Burger Bash’
Enjoy Music, Face Painting, Balloon Artists and Burger Samples as Local Celebrity Judges Choose the Winner of Friendly’s Build Your Own Burger Contest

WHO: A panel of local celebrity judges including Bridget Blythe, Co-Anchor of NECN’s “The Morning Show,” Kirk Minihane, Co-Host of WEEI’s “Dennis and Callahan,” and Scott Kearnan, Writer for; three burger contestants, who will be competing to be named the winner of the Burger Bash, and hundreds of local residents.

WHAT: On Sunday, June 2, Friendly’s on Arsenal Street in Watertown, MA, will host a Burger Bash where three pre-selected contestants will present their own burger creation to a panel of local celebrity judges, while competing to win a $100 gift card to Friendly’s and the opportunity to have their burger creation featured as a limited time offering at their local Friendly’s restaurant.

During the month of May, National Hamburger Month, Friendly’s hosted an online “Build Your Own Burger,” contest where fans of Friendly’s were encouraged to submit an original burger creation by selecting their preferred bread, protein, cheeses and toppings from an approved list of ingredients and accompaniments. Friendly’s chose their three favorite contestant creations to participate in the official Burger Bash, where they will make their burger for a panel of judges. The winning burger will be determined on the judging criteria of creativity, taste, and presentation.

Friendly’s invites local residents to attend the Burger Bash and enjoy complimentary mini burgers (during the first hour of the event), face painting, balloon artists and music from a live DJ, as they watch the three contestants prepare their burger creations for the judges.

WHEN: Friendly’s Burger Bash, Sunday, June 2, 2PM-4PM
**Complimentary mini burgers will only be served from 2PM-3PM**

WHERE: 560 Arsenal Street, Watertown, MA 02472

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16th Annual Chefs in Shorts - 6/14

5/21/2013 10:52:00 PM 0 Responses
16th Annual Chefs in Shorts event
Friday, June 14, 2013
$70 per person

The 16th annual Chefs In Shorts event brings together a group of the area’s leading chefs who will fire up the grills and create their favorite dishes during this outdoor, summer-in-the-city barbecue.  Join some of the city’s most talented chefs for a night of grill-offs and fun.

This year’s confirmed chefs include the following:

Paul Wahlberg
Robert Tobin
Tim Cuniff
Jay Silva
Joshua Smith
Mark Sapienza
Nicholas Calias
William Kovel
Jonathan Gilman
Justin Winters
Rodney Murillo
Derek Barragan
Corey Johnson & Jeffrey Stevens
Eric Campbell
Sara Ross
Andy LaVallee
Luke Beardslee
Ranveer Brar
Philip Rotondo
Karen Hodsdon
Richard Rayment
Jose Duarte
Mark Porcaro
Adie Sprague
Andy Husbands
Keenan Langlo

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1st Annual Taste of Faneuil Hall - 5/23

5/20/2013 09:13:00 PM 0 Responses

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30% Off at Puma - 5/23

5/19/2013 08:05:00 PM 0 Responses

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1000 Words: StyleFixx 2013

5/19/2013 08:02:00 PM 0 Responses
Bloggery media rep MG swung by the Stylefixx (here) event earlier this month.  Here's what she had to say:  

Upon arriving at Cyclorama for the StyleFixx event, my girlfriends and I were immediately blown away by the amazing atmosphere. With great music and complimentary cocktails, this event puts the party in shopping. After grabbing a glass of champagne from the bar, we picked up our Swag bags filled with fun goodies and headed to explore all the featured boutiques, brands and designers. There was plenty to see and try! We found some cute summer dresses and tasted desserts from Finale. There were also vendors offering free makeovers, manicures, and massages. StyleFIXX was the perfect way to spend an evening. Definitely worth checking out with your girlfriends! 

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Elaine and Jerome Rosenfeld Concerts in the Courtyard Summer Series 2013

5/13/2013 09:14:00 PM 0 Responses
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA) has opened ticket sales for its 2013 Elaine and Jerome Rosenfeld Concerts in the Courtyard Summer Series.  The series of outdoor, evening concerts offers an exciting range of music from local favorites to bands with international roots.  All concerts take place outside in the MFA’s Calderwood Courtyard on evenings as listed from June 26–August 28, 2013 (if it rains, concerts are moved inside to Remis Auditorium). Bravo Restaurant also opens their outdoor balcony for premium seating. 

June 26: Orfeas
July 3: Emeline Michel
July 10: Yemen Blues
July 17: Fatoumata Diawara
July 31: Patty Larkin
August 7: Peter Yarrow
August 14: C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band
August 15: Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge
August 21: La Santa Cecilia
August 28: Juanito Pascual

Tickets are $24 for members, seniors, and students and $30 for nonmembers.

More information here.

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Taste of Somerville - 5/21

5/12/2013 04:28:00 PM 0 Responses
The Somerville Chamber of Commerce’s Dining & Nightlife Group has announced that part of the proceeds from the annual Taste of Somerville will benefit RESPOND, Inc., the nation’s second oldest domestic violence agency. The event will be held on Tuesday, May 21st at the Holiday Inn in Somerville. It features more than 30 area restaurants that provide samples of appetizers, entrees, pastries, desserts, wine and beer. 

“As a nonprofit that’s been a part of Somerville since 1974, we love taking part in an event that allows people to experience the incredible flavors and cultures offered by this city’s dining scene while also supporting our mission to end domestic violence,” says RESPOND, Inc. Executive Director Jessica Brayden. “The Taste of Somerville is the perfect way to support both the important work that RESPOND does and the local restaurants that make this city a dining destination.”

“We are pleased to produce this event to benefit RESPOND, Inc. this year,” says Dave Flanagan co-owner of Foundry on Elm and Saloon, and Chair of the Somerville Chamber Dining & Nightlife Group. “The Taste of Somerville is a true community event. The restaurants serve amazing food, beers, and wines, and every ticket purchased benefits an important nonprofit that has served Somerville and its surrounding area for 39 years.”

Event Information
Tuesday, May 21st, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
The Holiday Inn Somerville, 30 Washington St., Somerville

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Free: MFA Memorial Day Community Weekend

5/09/2013 09:00:00 PM 0 Responses

10 am–4:45 pm
Free all three days.

Join us for the MFA's Memorial Day Community Weekend to celebrate "Boston I Love." The MFA opens its doors—free of charge—to visitors from Boston and beyond for three days, May 25 to 27. Enjoy special exhibitions—including three paintings on loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art—art making, gallery tours, family activities, and a community art project. All on-site contributions this weekend will be donated to The One Fund Boston.

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United Way's 6th Annual Spring Gala - 5/18

5/08/2013 09:22:00 PM 0 Responses

Greater Boston’s highly anticipated emerging professionals event goes Old Hollywood and honors
Emerging Leaders Ambassador and New England Patriot Steve Gregory

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley and its Emerging Leaders Steve Gregory, New England Patriots Player, United Way Emerging Leaders Ambassador and Honorary Event Chair
Rich DiMare, DJ, KISS 108 FM personality and event emcee

 Space 57 at the Revere Hotel
200 Stuart Street, Boston

Saturday, May 18, 2013, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.

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$100 single; $90 for two (each); $85 for group purchase of 6 or more

Old Hollywood (1920s-1950s) formal wear encouraged, but not required. It's time to evoke Hollywood glamour by stepping out in your best formal wear! United Way Emerging Leaders and Honorary Event Chairs, New England Patriots player Steve Gregory and his wife, Rosanne, are inviting civic-minded young professionals from Greater Boston and the Merrimack Valley to join the Emerging Leaders on Saturday, May 18th, at The Revere Hotel’s Space 57 -- a grand event venue that will host more than 400 of Boston's most fabulous young philanthropists.

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Ministry of Supply Sample Sale - 5/11

5/07/2013 10:32:00 PM 0 Responses
Just found out that Ministry of Supply is a menswear company out of MIT and you guys all know how much I love MIT and local business.  So if you're around this weekend, check out their sample sale. 

PS.  To my unborn children, you're all going to attend MIT. 

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