Capital One: Taking Boston by Storm AND Investing in the Community

Thank you Capital One for sponsoring this post.

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It’s hard to believe that I opened my very first bank account back in 1998! Since then, I’ve switched banks multiple times as my needs and family grew and expanded. Here in Boston, there are a ton of options for your various banking needs, and when I was searching for a new bank a couple of years ago, I spent a ton of time researching and comparing benefits – however one bank stood out to me: Capital One. I’ve been a satisfied customer for two years now, and continue to encourage friends and family to switch their banking to Capital One because of my experience with the company. In addition to the array of services online and a great mobile app, I have also been incredibly impressed with Capital One’s philosophy on philanthropy, community focus, employee empowerment and giving back.

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As someone who is drawn to community service and believes we are all responsible for the success and failure of our communities, I appreciate companies that prioritize corporate social responsibility (CSR) and weave it into their business practices. In celebration of Giving Tuesday, Capital One hosted a panel discussion at their Back Bay Café focused on “Investing and Impacting the Community for Good.” Panelists included leaders at the Capital One Foundation, the Red Sox Foundation and Harpoon Brewery, and the conversation was moderated by TODAY Show correspondent Mario Armstrong. There are several ways companies can invest in CSR, and panelists shared the unique ways that their companies invest in the communities that their employees live and work in, underscoring how it not only boosts employee morale, but has alos been an important learning opportunity about employee empowerment. Be sure to view a full recording of the talk here.

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Impact can take on many meanings, but one thing is for sure. It takes action. And it can often start with one person.

Don’t know much about Capital One? Good thing I’m here! Rhe company brought their Café concept to the area a couple of years ago and have since opened five locations and will soon be expanding their local presence. My local Café is in Harvard Square and it’s such a fun untraditional bank-like atmosphere. Complete with brand ambassadors ready and willing to answer all your questions, an ATM, and local Peets coffee, it’s a great place to hang out and bank. It’s all part of how Capital One is redesigning the banking experience to empower their customers to feel confident about their relationship with money. No standing in a long silent line and no huge barriers between you and a teller. It’s kind of like hanging out with an old friend. Another benefit? Money workshops within the Cafés that offer 1:1 coaching sessions for f-r-e-e, which is an industry first.

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As a Capital One customer I can go on and on about the services and benefits there are, but I truly believe you’ve got to fully experience the range of services to be a true believer.


So, what are you waiting for?



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Big News: Xfinity and Netflix Integration!

This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Comcast New England. I received an Amazon gift card. All opinions, as always, are my own.

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I have a confession. I am dramatic-movie-obsessed, especially now that I’m pregnant. I just watched Into The Woods and Selma – amazing! I spent a considerable amount of time switching between my Comcast Xfinity and Netflix apps trying to find the right movie or show to engage me for a couple of hours. I have another confession. Switching between apps is exhausting. With baby #2 making his/her arrival in just a few months I’m on a journey to live a more minimalist life. This will hopefully mean a more zen home with less stuff and that goes for technology as well. Less is more as far as I’m concerned!

Earlier this fall I wrote a post about how Comcast, the nation’s largest video, high-speed and Internet and phone provider, is working tirelessly to make their customers experiences user friendly, convenient and seamless. And their newest announcement is a great addition to their goal. Want a more seamless viewing experience? Tired of switching between remotes (when you can find them)? Get excited because Comcast Xfinity and Netflix are now BFFs!

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Comcast Xfinity and Netflix sitting in a tree…..why is this collaboration so amazing? “We are excited to add Netflix to X1 and give our customers access to all the content they love in a way that has never been done before” said Neil Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Comcast Cable. This news is incredibly exciting for me, a loyal Comcast Xfinity and Netflix customer because it means I have even more options in one place than ever, which makes me very happy.

Available on Xfinity On Demand, X1 Voice Remote or Netflix app customers can seamlessly browse an extensive catalog of shows and movies alongside live and on demand programming. During the week leading up to Halloween I indulged in the Halloween series on Xfinity live and it was awesome! I always seem to move towards On Demand and the live option offers another layer of options sure to fulfill whatever content you’re looking for.

If you are an existing Netflix customer it’s super easy to integrate the two apps. Simply sign-in Netflix service on X1 for the first time. Don’t have Netflix yet? I have three amazing reasons to join:

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My favorite shows EVAH!

So to recap – this integration is AMAZING! Why?

  1. If you have a X1 voice remote simply say (or sing) “Netflix” in your remote to launch the Netflix app
  2. Search for your favorite shows, actors or movies across both Xfinity and Netflix (I’ve been on a Rachel Weisz kick and recently found this feature super amazing)
  3. Don’t get left out while your friends watch current shows. Easily watch the new shows from the first season all in one place
  4. Browse without switching apps

Signing up for Netflix is super easy and additionally Netflix customers can choose to add their Netflix service added to their existing Comcast bill. E-A-S-Y.

In the words of my soul sister Gwen Stefani…..

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What you waiting for!? Take advantage of this amazing feature today!



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Celebrate the Holiday Season with OshKosh and $50 Giveaway!

This post is sponsored by Everywhere Agency on behalf of OshKosh B’gosh; however, all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.

It’s official…it’s the most wonderful time of the y-e-a-r! As much as the holidays bring me a little more stress than usual, our family loves the holiday season. There is kindness in the air and beautiful lights and usually lots of baking in our house. Here in Boston the winter gets pretty cold pretty fast and local meteorologists are predicting a rough winter! Which inevitably means my daughter’s fashion will have to adjust to the colder more blustery days ahead. We feel fully prepared for anything this New England weather has in store thanks to the various styles at OshKosh!

Winter takes on different meaning based on where you live. I’ve lived in Massachusetts my whole life so am unfortunately used to cold and snowy winters where we pile on layers to keep warm. I love the layered comfy look but my 11 year old daughter doesn’t love it as much – unless she is playing in the snow or tubing. She often finds the layered look uncomfortable, hot and feels unable to show her changing fashion and style during the cold and holiday season. Her winter fashion style is colorful and able to move with her whether in Girl Scouts, doing splits on the living room floor or cartwheels at the bus stop! Our favorite tops and bottoms from this year’s OshKosh Kids line are below:

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It can be hard to keep up with my daughter’s fashion style – this week her favorite colors are teal and purple however that could change. At any minute! OshKosh provides stylish, age-appropriate and FUN holiday outfits, separates and accessories perfect for any stylish kid at a price parents will love!

From now until December 16th, jump on social media and share your kids’ personal holiday style and flair as part of the #BgoshBelieve campaign! Strike a pose and share your children’s favorite winter OshKosh kids and Baby B’gosh styles based on how your family prepares for winter wherever you are. To help put together the perfect winter outfit use the coupon below to save 25% until December 31, 2016:

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Since it’s the season of giving, I’m hosting a giveaway for one $50 OshKosh Kids giftcard! Hooray to the holidays! Entering is simple, follow me on Instagram @MsAlexandracomment on one of my photos and come back here and comment :) It’s official, giving is more fun than receiving!

Happy Shopping!!



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