Yotel Hotel – My first NYC Stay!

Where do I even begin? I can’t even explain how I’m 31 and have never been to New York City! But, I had an amazing first time and I don’t think it could have gone any better. Not only did I get to meet my blogger bestie Adaleta (click HERE for her Instagram) for the first time in person, we also got to stay at Yotel Hotel! Yotel Hotel is thee cutest hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Below I will share with you why I truly LOVED my stay and was so blessed to have them host us!

The first thing you notice when you pull up is this YOTEL sign lit up in purple, at night you can see if from every corner of the block. (Thank goodness — I couldn’t get lost “follow the purple lights”) Soon as you walk in the hotel front lobby is gorgeous! It’s CLEAN ( Being in NY, I have no idea how they keep it so spotless) and there are computer to check into if you haven’t used their app already. (I plan ahead and used their app! It’s called Yotel in the app store.)

Customer Service is ON point!

There are friendly faces greeting you when you first walk in, asking if you need any assistance. Youssef was someone Adaleta and I had the pleasure to speak with a few times, he was amazing. Always had a smile on his face, helped us with our bags and kept them for us the day we checked out while we went and grabbed lunch.

I appreciate no matter how many questions I asked the staff, they were always willing to help and always had a smile on their face. They could of been slammed with people but they kept their cool, and to me, thats everything!

Every time I grabbed the elevator for level 4, which is their main lobby and when the doors opened, I was in love…with every piece of decor. (Please feel free to ship to my home!)  Just look at this!!! 

Everything had such flair, it’s own special place and they mixed and matched different styles. It was done beautifully. I still want this daisy stool for my office!!

Adaleta and myself had a few meals at the hotel when we needed something quick and didn’t feel like putting real clothes on. Below you’ll find their outdoor patio and how we got down and grubbed.

Yes, I know what you’re thinking — That IS a beer pong table! haha This outdoor space is a HIT. People who don’t even stay here come to hangout when the night life starts. They have a full bar outside as well as a food menu. I had tried their burger/fries and also their brunch — both were delicious! I’m such a foodie and was very pleased with everything. You’re welcome for adding a food photo & nowwww you’re hungry!

Our room/cabins were so cute and had the best view! I can’t complain waking up the hustle and bustle of NYC. Not only is it gorgeous, its so motivating. The floor to ceiling windows and the bed was motorized where you can lay flat or sit up straight. I also need one of those sent home too. haha!

I stayed on the 20th floor and Adaleta was above me on the 22nd. We both had gorgeous views!!! You can view mine below, and yes…Rocking my Steeler slippers like a champ.

I must admit, I kept my windows open every night so I could see the city lit up at night. I feel asleep to it and woke up to it. I fell so in love with NYC in the week I stayed and I’m counting down the days until I can go back to Yotel and visit where I’ve always belonged!

I adore how this is downtown Manhattan but NOT in the middle of Times Square. Every place that Adaleta and myself needed to be was 15-20 mins in one direction or another. It was easy for us to get around and theres a bunch of places within walking distance. Chase Bank, Dry Bar, Fed Ex, a lot of different restaurants and coffees shops. (There is a coffee shop inside the hotel on level 4. They have everything you’d want and small treats!) Location is key when choosing a hotel and we were both very pleased with their location.

Let’s get back to how much fun Adaleta and I had together here at Yotel. We had brunch Sunday morning together before our photoshoot! We even had a mimosa, well she did and mine…actually she knocked mine over. haha

Our brunch was delicious! She went for the burger after I told her how amazing mine was earlier in the week and I got the steak and eggs! I know just uploading this photo made my mouth water. Yotel, please send some to VA! K, thanks!

If you’re looking for a new place to stay for your next New York City trip, I highly recommend you check out Yotel Hotel and enjoy every aspect they have for you. It’s more than a hotel, it truly feels like a home away from home. Couldn’t be happier with my 6 days there. Yotel also has hotels all over the US and internationally as well. Where’s you next vacation? Take a look HERE and see if Yotel is there! I promise, you’ll have a blast and won’t be let down. Hotels need to feel more than just a room to stay in, Yotel created an atmosphere you’ll want to spend time in. This makes all the difference!

Thank you Yotel Hotel in NYC for letting Adaleta and I have the time of our lives here in New York for Fashion Week. It was a vacation we will never forget. 

 xx, Tonya Michelle

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Snacking The Summer Away With Sabra!

I teamed up today with Walmart and Sambra to bring you a great way to snack away Summer and even enter a contest to win the following: prize is (1) Dyna-Glo Grill, Grill Cover and Utensil Set and (3) $100 Walmart Gift Cards!!! Amazing right? Well scroll down to find out the perfect way to snack and how to enter that sweepstakes!

Summer is here and in full effect! What does that mean? Grilling and Entertaining. We recently just completed our patio so we through a little get together with our friends.Which means a trip to Walmart for our new grill, food and snacks to help us entertain!! I was able to put together a little snack tray which was perfect until our food was ready from the grill.

It was a quick shopping trip to Walmart, straight to the fresh veggie section and Samba had their different flavors to choose from. I purchased the original and red pepper, our favorites. If you head into Walmart they are currently having live demos, you can find them from 6/22-6/27!  I served the humus with some rosemary crackers, red peppers, broccoli, cherry tomatoes, carrots and snap peas. I loved being able to give my friends something fresh and delicious to snack on, easy way to entertain. Also, i’s the perfect way to get everyone to eat their veggies, haha.

Don’t forget to enter to win:  (1) Dyna-Glo Grill, Grill Cover and Utensil Set and (3) $100 Walmart Gift Cards!!!  Go to www.SummerGrilled.com to enter! Good luck.

 NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of US.DC. 18 years of age or older. Begins at 12:00:01 a.m. EDT on 6/10/17 and ends at 11:59:59 p.m. EDT on 7/21/17. Official Rules Sponsors: Sabra Dipping Co., LLC, Dallas, TX

Thank you Walmart & Samba for letting us have another fun evening!

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Two Quick Summer Appetizers in Less Than 10 mins!

Summer is my favorite season! It’s all about fun in the sun, making new memories, maybe even traveling with friends and family. What else do I love about summer? All the fun cookouts and picnics!! I found two of my favorite quick treats to make and you don’t have to go anywhere near a stove.  Oh, did I mention they take less than 10 mins to make?! Woo hoo! You’re taste buds are about to party. Below you will find the recipes for Melon Caprese Skewers  & Shrimp and Corn Tostadas! Both of these appetizers were found in my June magazine of Women’s Health!

Melon Caprese Skewers

(Per serving 90 cal, 6g fat, 5g carbs, 4g sugar, 146 mh sodium, 0g fiber and 5g protein)

What you will need:

Mini Mozzarella

Fresh Basil (We got ours from the garden!)

Wooden Skewers

Proscuitto

Different types of Melon (I used only cantaloupe)

Fresh Ground Pepper

Make ‘Em:

On each skewer put the following: A mini mozzarella ball wrapped in a basil left,  a square of the prosciutto meat, a melon ball & repeat! When you are finished ground some fresh pepper on top!

Shrimp & Corn Tostadas

(Per serving: 42 cal, 3g fat, 4g carbs, 1g sugar, 46 mg sodium, 1g fiber, 2g protein)

What you will need:

1 Avocado

Torilla Chips

Shrimp

Corn

Cilantro

Lime Wedges

1 Chopped Chili

Make ‘Em:

Mash 1 avocado with juice of half a lime; spread on 12 round tortilla chips, and top each with 1 shrimp. Then sprinkle on your desired amount of corn, 1 seeded chopped chili, and 1/2 cup of cilantro leaves used  to finish! Now Serve! Try not to eat all of them before you share!

Thanks to Women’s Health magazine for these great ideas, there was another page full of more yummy and quick fun apps! I will be sharing some more next week. Stay tuned.

xx, Tonya Michelle

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Yummy Dunkin’ Donuts® Coffee Recipes

We all know that for the majority of us, coffee is a major part of our day. It’s how we kick things off in the morning, relax with friends in the afternoon, or wind down at the end of our day. However you enjoy yours, I’m going to give you some fun ways to enjoy your Dunkin’ Donuts®  Coffee – maybe you will try mine! I’m sharing with you how I “spice” up my coffee (my sweet tooth is coming out) , below is two of my my simple and easy recipes, just think chocolate and cool whip. I shopped at Publix for mine and below is a coupon for those who shop there too!! Woo Hoo. Let’s dive in!

You can find Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee in so many different shapes, sizes and flavors. I love how they cater to everyones taste buds and travel needs! I have to add milk and extra sweetness to mine cause again, my sweet tooth is my weakness. We all have one!!

Just some of their fun options:

K-Cup (10 ct.) 

Grounds (11oz, 20oz, 24oz,)

Whole Bean (18.4oz) 

Iced Coffee Drinks as well!!!

For my first fun recipe I use my Keurig Cups:

1 Dunkin’ Donuts Keurig Hot K Cup in “Original Blend”

6 ice cubes

2 Tablespoons of Milk (you can add more if you’d like)

Add chocolate syrup around the rim and in the bottom off your glass! 

Enjoy!! Simple, Sweet and Delicious!!!

For my second fun recipe I used Dunkin’ Donuts “Caramel Coffee Cake” ground coffee:

I poured a tablespoon of caramel into the bottom of my mug

Poured in my coffee

Added a scoop of cool whip on top!

Again, I keep it simple yet FUN.

Um, can we say DELICIOUS?!

Also you can take advantage of $1.00 off any ONE (1) Dunkin’ Donuts varieties now through 5/6/17 at your local Publix, while supplies last.

I would love to hear below how you like to drink your coffee! I hope you try one of my little favorites, if not maybe I’ll try one of yours. Have a great Monday everyone. xo

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group®  and The J.M. Smucker Company, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DunkinDonutsPublix  http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV

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My first Hello Fresh box & Discount code for YOU!

Hello Everyone, There is a huge disclaimer I must first let you all know: Reading this post will make you hungry and your mouth water. haha Also, don’t miss out on how you can save $35 off your first box! Discount code will be at the bottom!

I finally was able to try Hello Fresh and HELLO– It’s amazing. I will be describing my entire experience and also I’ll be sharing one of the meals I cooked up! ( I’m now craving it as I write this, haha not cool.) Below is the box that my meals from Hello Fresh came in. The box itself is heavy because it’s packed with a couple huge blocks of ice. I recommend when you receive your box to empty out all of the meat and ingredients and properly store them in the fridge and freezer.

I tried three meals for my first box and wish I would of gotten five. Hands down the best service out there and I’ll tell you why after! The three meals I got to cook were: Crispy Sole, Beefed-up Bolognese and Spanish One-Pan Chicken. My favorite was hard to choose, it was a tie between the Beefed-up Bolognese and the Spanish One-Pan Chicken. I had seconds of both! The Crispy Sole was a hit with my better half, I’m just not a big white fish eater. Below I will be showing you my step by step process making the Spanish One-Pan Chicken.

Prep time: 10 mins – Total: 35 mins (Nut Free and Gluten Free)

Starting Strong: 

(Tip) Use the widest pan you’ve got in steps 2 through . It’ll help ensure that the rice cooks evenly and gets that perfect al dente texture throughout.

Bust Out:

Large Pan & Oil (1sp | 2tsp)

1.Prep: Wash and dry all the produce. Core, seed and thinly slice bell pepper. Halve, peel and dice the onion. Mince or grate the garlic. Slice chorizo into 1/4 inch thick rounds. (I personally didn’t do the chorizo part, I kept it on the side.)

2.Cook Chorizo: Heat a large pan over medium heat. Add chorizo to pan and cook until it crisps and releases some of its oils, 1-2 minutes per side. Set aside, leaving oil in pan.

3.Cook Chicken: Season chicken on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat the same pan over medium heat. (Tip: If pan seems dry, add a drizzle of oil.) Add chicken and sear until browned and cooked through, 5-6 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside.

4.Cook vegetables and start rice: Add onion, garlic, bell peppers, and a drizzle of oil to same pan over medium heat. Stir until just softened, 3-4 minutes. Add rice and stir to coat. Stir in 1 cup of water, a pinch of salt and stock concentrate. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer until die is tender, 15-20 mins.

5. Prep remaining ingredients: Meanwhile, cut lemon into wedges. Finely chop parsley. Tip: While you wait for rice to finish, try practicing this Spanish phrase: Con pan y wino se and a el camino (life is better with food and wine). (Amen right?)

6. Finish and serve: Fluff rice with a fork and season generously with salt and pepper. Place chicken on top and sprinkle with crispy chorizo. Remove pan from heat and sprinkle parsley and a few squeezes of lemon.

The hardest part of this entire process was not eating my food until after I was able to get a good photo. Then, I had two plates. Ha- It was delicious!!!

I will be doing other posts coming up, sharing my favorite meals and recipes with you. If you’d like to try Hello Fresh for the first time and save $35 off your first box:

use coupon code: tonyamichelle35

After trying my first Hello Fresh box I will be signing up for the weekly deliveries. I realized how much time and money I spend weekly at the grocery store on things we don’t even need simply because I go there trying to find what I will be having for dinner. Not only the money, but the time we spend saying “What do you want for dinner” – “I dunno, what do you want?” It’s like a back and forth thing. I love being able to come home and theres everything I need waiting for me and we have the choices in front of us to choose from. The meals you can chose from are great, they give you also the choice to do family sizes or you can do dinner for two. They also have Veggie Plan, Family Plan or Classic Plan.

You can also get free recipes on their website, visit their website for more info:

www.hellofresh.com

Don’t forget to use your coupon code: tonyamichelle35 for $35 off your first box.

I’d love to hear below if you tried Hello Fresh yet and your thoughts!

 

 

 

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Farm-to-Table x Copperwood Tavern

If there is one thing I love more than good food; it’s a business that supports other businesses. I was lucky enough to attend a press event for Copperwood Tavern at their new location in One Loudoun. They really do bring the “farm-to-table”! You might be wondering what that means. Well, Copperwood Tavern works with local farms, bringing in fresh produce, meat and seafood. They truly believe in supporting local farmers and this gives you the chance to really understand how fresh and local food can make the dish taste better.

A few of us lucky ladies got to taste some of their best dishes, drinks and desserts. Sounds like a good time doesn’t it? I promise they didn’t have to pull my leg to go! Now let’s get you hungry…

Deviled Eggs (smoked bacon, chives & espelette)

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Spaghetti Squash (Heirloom tomatoes, grilled green onion, red peppers and grant padano)

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Rock Fish (Sautéed local rockfish, romesco, grilled lemon, local herbs)

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Duck Breast (pan roasted with black mission figs, parsnip puree, and port wine reduction)

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Short Ribs (Ancho Chili braised short ribs over creamy grits)

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Chocolate Trio (Flourless chocolate cake, raspberry, milk chocolate mousse with raspberry coulis & white chocolate ice cream) Yes, This is AMAZING.

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Now that I have your mouth watering, I would love to also let you know that Copperwood Tavern offers brunch! It’s so hard to find places in Ashburn that serve brunch on the weekends. (*Gluten FREE menus as well… So no one is left out!!) They also have a gorgeous patio, it’s dog friendly and the atmosphere is my favorite. Can’t you just picture yourself curled up here in front of their fireplace when it’s snowing and having a spiked coffee in your hand? Don’t forget that marshmallow below is homemade. (I could of ate 5 of them alone)

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Hats off the skilled team of professionals behind Copperwood Tavern. Executive Chef James Duke, Jody Hessler and Chef Brandon Blomquist are the culinary experience you don’t want miss out on.

A big thank you to Cassidy Ricalde for putting together this event. It was a pleasure meeting you and sharing this experience with the other women.

Thank you Andrea Khoury (founder of Khoury Public Relations and Media Group) for inviting me to this press event. Appreciate you and all that you do. (housewivesinthecity.com & khourypr.com

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For more info on Copperwood Tavern please visit their Facebook page linked here.

Copperwood Tavern

One Loudoun

20465 Exchange Street, Ashburn VA 20147

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Share a Coke, a Song and a recipe.

This Shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and The Coca-Cola Company. All opinions are mine alone. #ShareMemories #CollectiveBias

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Summer is around the corner and so is our house warming party. This year’s party is special, however, and I’m finding it difficult to contain my excitement. Why you might ask? It’s the one-year anniversary of our first home purchase! While shopping at my local CVS store to pick up party necessities and my favorite Coca-Cola™ products, I couldn’t have been happier. Coca-Cola now has “Share a Coke and a Song” printed on them! Which one did I pick up? “We are family!” (Insert me singing it to my better half). We laughed out loud and realized how excited we are to share our home with our friends for this party. It brought me back to wonderful memories of the first night in our new home – playing music and dancing around, celebrating our accomplishments together.

 

We grabbed our Coca-Cola products and headed home to make our favorite buffalo chicken dip to serve to our guests. Once in the car, my fiancé used one of our favorite apps called Shazam to download “We are family”, and played it on our way home. We sang and laughed! It’s truly funny how one Coca-Cola bottle can bring us into a sing fest. I highly recommend checking it out. (Shazam is available on iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android and other devices to get your Coca-Cola Share a Song.) And…. because I’m feeling so happy, I decided to share my favorite buffalo chicken dip recipe, it’s your lucky day!

 

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Spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Makes: 4 cups dip

Prep Time: 5 min

Cook Time: 20 min

Ingredients

2 cups shredded cooked chicken

1 (8 oz. pkg.) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup Hot Buffalo Wings Sauce

1/2 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing

1/2 cup crumbled bleu cheese or your favorite shredded cheese

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 350°F.

COMBINE all ingredients and spoon into shallow 1-quart baking dish.

BAKE 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through; stir. Garnish with chopped green onions if desired. Serve with tortilla chips & enjoy!

Now “You’ve got a friend in me” and a great recipe!

PREP

You can check out the Best Summer Ever Deals at your local CVS just like I did!

Buy 2 20oz bottles of Coca-Cola products for $3 or you can do 3/$10 (12 packs).

Below is a photo of my local CVS set up for the promotion that I found as well, In case you want the cans! You can learn more by clicking here!!!
 

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Now that I’ve shared a great memory with you, one of my favorite recipes and how Coca-Cola has enabled me to “Share a Song” I ask you to do the same. There’s nothing like reminiscing about an old memory while you create new ones.

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What’s a great memory you have that is sparked by a song title?

xx TONYA MICHELLE

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Bentgo Lunch Boxes on the GO!

So I’m officially obsessed with my lunch box from @bentgolunch … I’m always on the run and this little guy has everything in its own compartments! It’s nice to be able to pack my salad or lunch, be organized and I don’t have to think about whether or not I packed a fork!

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This is the salad container that I used today and one of my favorite parts of this is how there is a salad dressing holder, separate!! No more soggy salad or carrying around a full size bottle in my purse. (We have all been there!)

I was running late today so didn’t get to add much besides my croutons haha but they make lunch boxes for kids as well and honestly are affordable & dish washer safe! Thought maybe all the busy bees like me / moms would like these or anything else they have for kids!!! 🙂It’s easy on the wallet too!! Right now they are on sale for under $15.00 +  10% coupon “STYLEMETHRIFTED10” til the 15th too! #sponsored #ad

www.bentgo.com

 

Enjoy! xx

Tonya Michelle

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