Archives for March 2012

Birchbox who doesn’t like Surprises?


Review by: Lesley Nosal

There is one day each month that I just can’t wait to get home and open my mailbox—Birchbox Day!   Jus imagine how much fun it is to open your mailbox and instead of a pile of bills and solicitations for a basement makeover, you find a beautiful fuchsia box, brimming with a trove of little treasures—a little gift just for you!   Seriously, I don’t make it up the driveway half the time because I can’t wait to open it up and see what’s inside!


So what’s the buzz?  Each month, the Birchbox arrives with 4-6 deluxe beauty samples that are personally curated based on a profile you create online. Sometimes the products are new and trendy (neon orange nail polish!), some cult favorites–but always fabulous!   Some examples of products include Benefit cosmetics new Poreless Refiner, Joeur Luminizing Moisture Tint, Kate Spade perfume…so it’s the perfect way to try new products that are suited to you.  Not to mention, they are the ideal size for travel or throwing in your purse…and also so much fun to “play with” when and if you finally do get up the driveway and into the house!


Birchbox is $10 each month (including shipping) and is automatically charged to your card.  It can also be given as a gift, and they frequently have special editions for holidays or for the man in your life.  Perhaps best of all-you can buy all of the featured products on their website and earn points for extra gifts and products.


Fabulous CT Find: Civitello Biscotti

Civitello Biscotti

Reviewed By: Lesley Nosal

Sometimes Fabulous Finds literally fly in the door—or in this case, sit next to me on an airplane!  Through happenstance I learned about this fabulous product and company, based right here in Connecticut!   Sue and Tony started Civitello Biscotti with the goal to provide healthy, tasty and easy to make biscotti using a generations-old family recipe…and after trying these insanely addictive cookies—may I say Missione Compiuta!

Civitello Biscotti currently offers 12 flavors, including some more traditional flavors like orange almond anise and espresso chocolate chip hazelnut, to some unique combinations including cherry chocolate coconut pecan, banana chocolate chip, lemon ginger, and my personal fave, fig walnut.   The mixes use natural and organic dried fruits and nuts, along with white whole wheat flour, and are free of preservatives, artificial additives, colorings or high fructose corn syrup.   One of the most fabulous features of the biscotti mix is that all of the ingredients are pre-measured and individually packaged and labeled, making the process and clean-up a snap!   In fact,  Civitello Biscotti recently swept—that’s right–1st, 2nd, 3rd place—for the CT Specialty Food Association 2012 awards in their category!

The cookie mixes range from $7.95 to $10.95 per package, with each box yielding about 14 cookies.  They can be purchased directly from or through specialty food stores.

To introduce Civitello Biscotti to our Fabulous Friends, they are giving away (2) sets of 6 popular packages of the mix.  Stay tuned for details on how to enter next week!

Pringles Blog Tour…CLOSED!


WOW! new Flavors and you get to vote…

  • Attention Fabulous Finds readers to vote for your favorite videos go to:
  • Also Fab Finds Followers if you have Twitter please send out a  Tweet using #TournamentofFlavors to help  spread the love and Discuss your favorite videos and current winners
  • Below click on the Video link and Take a peek for yourself  at the flavor video battle for Screaming Dill Pickle.
  • videos are part of the tournament of flavors video contest, a bracket style voting game where voters win prizes, too make sure to go to their Facebook page and join the fun!

The Pringles Tournament


So as a Huge THANK YOU! Pringles would like to give one of my Fabulous Followers a $50 Amex Gift Card…

Rules: Please follow and complete the above fun tasks I highlighted then come back here and let me know your favorite video. I will be picking a winner by tomorrow 3/23/2012 at 5:00 EST


disclosure: Pringles provided me with the gift cards to share with my viewers for participating in this Tour

Farm Fresh and Local Win,Win


CT Farm Fresh is truly a Fabulous Find, located in East Haddam,CT they deliver locally grown, mostly organic, fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy products, meat, baked goods, maple syrup, local honey, and much more directly from local farms and producers right to your door. Whether it’s a home or a restaurant that wants to serve local, fresh food, we are here to provide it for you.

Many can’t get away from work or are just too busy to get to all the wonderful regional farmer’s markets that spring up each week here and there, so we do it for you. We run this service all year long, as long as we can find CT grown and manufactured products, we will be out there gathering it for you. They are the missing link between you and the farms of Connecticut, your personal shopper. This is a company that is passionate about supporting local, and I am very happy to support them and hope you will too.

Farm Fresh Express LLC, 860.873.8760, Email
Delivering Locally Grown Connecticut (CT) Farm Fresh Products

Salmon Barn a Fabulous Etsy/CT Find!

Tina Mckim has created an amazing company called “Salmon Barn” hand silk screened canvas bags, pillows, wine totes and accessories. All the printing is done in a barn in Colchester,CT. The designs, which are all original have a “beachy” theme – fish, crabs, starfish, sandollars, shells. The mixing of different colors and patterns create unique limited editions and even some “one of a kind” designs. Salmon Barn creates custom orders – “design your own” where you can choose the colors and patterns. Tina’s creations make Great gifts, wedding favors, bridesmaids and destination weddings.
Visit Tina’s shop on Etsy

Wine Tote


Large Tote