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Being a Boston food and travel blogger as well as  a publicist/social media consultant has always been an interesting combo for me. It’s definitely helped me to grow my circle of blogger friends and contacts, allowed me to stay in the loop on local media and events, and it’s helped me craft how I want to interact with (and how I DON’T want to interact) other bloggers.

It’s always fun when the two come together in one place, and on Monday that’s exactly what happened. A bunch of Boston bloggers came together at the Olive Connection Brookline ( client of mine since summer 2015) to taste Nautical Gin cocktails and an array of wines that a colleague of mine works with.

Olive Connection Brookline

The event was a casual get-together that allowed bloggers to check out the beautiful gift items that the Olive Connection has for the holidays and to mingle in a festive setting. It was fun!

cheese and charcuterie

Olive Connection is a beautiful store offering so many different artisan food items like charcuterie, pastas, sauces, coffee, tea, and of course olives, olive oil, and vinegar,

rainbow pasta gift  

pasta and sauce They put out a delicious spread of snacks that featured ingredients from the store such as bruschetta, shrimp with amazing artisan cocktail sauce, crudite with a beet horseradish dip, and more.

holiday food spread

And my favorite, brownies made with their blood orange olive oil.

blood orange olive oil brownies

Nautical Gin was on hand with their beautiful bottles of craft American gin, making their signature Gimlet cocktail as well as a festive Gin and Jam cocktail made with local Doves and Figs jam.

For the cocktail recipe, visit the Nautical Gin Instagram page.

 

gin and jam Nautical Gin cocktail

Nautical Gin makes a great holiday gift! Find it in a store near you: http://www.nauticalgin.com/where-to-buy.html

 

Nautical Gin cocktails

All of the wines we tasted were delicious and perfect for holiday entertaining.

Don Melchor

Trivento Golden Reserve

Bila-Haut Occultum Lapidem

Peter Zemmer Pinot Noir

St Urbans-Hof Wiltinger

Ferraton Pere et Fils Samorens White

Peter Zemmer Pinot Grigio

Trivento Amado Sur Torrontes

Gran Reserva Serie Riberas Sauvignon Blanc

Grazing on small bites, cocktails, and sips of wine while mingling with really interesting and fun bloggers was a wonderful way to spend a chilly December evening!

Thank you to all of the Boston bloggers who attended and to our hosts the Olive Connection, the wineries, and of course Nautical Gin for the cocktail gin-spiration.

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Yes, yes, I know it’s #WineWednesday, but what comes before wine? Work, of course! The last time I was working in consulting, I was less busy than I am now, and as a result had a lot of time to prospect and pitch new business as well as to blog about the roller coaster journey of someone who works independently of a company.

This time around, things have been insanely busy, which I am grateful for. That busy time is winding down though, and I am once again taking on some new projects, starting right now. I have been called a Communications department of one in the past; I have worn many hats in Marketing, Public Relations, Social Media, Blogging, and Event Planning, and since variety is the spice of life, I am interested in projects in any of those areas. If you know of anything, please feel free to check out and share my lengthy LinkedIN profile.

For past posts on career, check out the below:

Advice for Recent College Grads

Social Media: The Twitter Effect

A Day in the Life (2011 version)

My First Interview

Job Hunting Nightmares

The Freelance Rollercoaster

PR and Working with Bloggers

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A Day in the Life

Lately I have been loving when bloggers share a snapshot into their daily lives. It’s not vacation or some fabulous event; it’s just the every day real side that is really interesting to me. We all know social media puts pressure on us every once in awhile, so a straightforward “day in the life” can be refreshing,

So to give you a break in my Sonoma posts (which WOULD be my every day if I had my wish), here’s a day in my life this week. I’m a Communications and Media Relations Manager for a high end hotel, and I love it. My days vary, but here’s a little peek. I would love it if you let me know what your every day looks like in the comments!

6:30 a.m. Rise and shine. . . when I work out after work I take a shower then, so that cuts a few morning minutes. I am trying to make myself get up earlier to exercise, but man is it dark out these days!

7:00 a.m. Mix up a spinach smoothie, pack our lunches and snacks, give the cats treats and get ready to hustle out the door.

7:20 a.m. Give the cats kisses and hop in the car with my husband for our commute together. Do makeup in the car, make fun Spotify playlists to wake us up and get us pumped for the day. As tired as we often are, I try to remember how lucky we are just to be going to meaningful work from a home we love.

7:55 a.m. Arrive at work. Change from flip flops to real shoes, put on my nametag, and grab a cup of coffee.

8:15 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.   Check our Tripadvisor reviews and social media channels. As a Social Media Manager, I am pretty much always on call to check our channels, so there usually isn’t a ton first thing, unless we had people engaging while I was sleeping. We love engagement!

9:00 a.m.  On Thursdays I join a team meeting where I share a report. Other mornings I am usually working on my to-do list. I am HUGE on paper calendars and checklists, and making them helps me to organize and prioritize.

10:00 a.m. On this particular day I have a phone call about a TV shoot. Media relations is one of my favorite things, so I am always thrilled to have calls with press!

11:00 a.m.  Check social media channels and respond. Spend some time seeking out engaged community members and bloggers to follow.

12:00 p.m. Draft a press release

12:30 p.m.  Respond to more emails

1:00 p.m. Lunch in the cafeteria and a quick walk along the Charles. In my earlier career days, I thought that NOT taking a break was so badass. Now I know I work better with a little sunshine and good food and levity.

1:30 p.m. Prepare a PowerPoint deck for my boss to review, work with our ad agency on creative direction and copy for upcoming ad

2:00 p.m. Prepare for our team meeting by pulling social media stats and writing a report of Marketing initiatives. Though I work with everyone on a daily basis, it’s always great to have  an official time to sit down and to share what’s going on. It’s a busy time of year with a lot of events coming up. We don’t want anyone to miss out!

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Team meeting

4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m. Work on website updates, write new copy, check emails, check in on social media channels, cross things off list, prepare a report for the next day.

5:00 p.m. Change into running clothes and run 3-4 miles. I took a long break from running, and it feels SO good to be back. Time off always leaves me with fresh legs and a desire to move!

6:15 p.m.  Arrive home, check work email and social channels, stretch

6:45 p.m. Start on dinner while reading blogs, usually having a dance party in the kitchen

7:30 p.m.  Eat a quick dinner, usually while checking work email or social stuff, pack dinner leftovers for the husband’s lunch

8:30 p.m.  Shower

8:45 p.m.  Sit down to blog, mayyyyyybe have a glass of wine Smile

9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Hang out with my husband when he’s not working, catch up on reality TV most of the time

11:15 p.m.  Take a melatonin, prep clothes for the next day, set alarm, and head to bed

I should note that I also eat ALL day long. I am always uncomfortably hungry so yogurt, almonds, fruit, string cheese etc make appearances all over.  Nobody wants a hungry Meghan.

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