UPDATE: Shop Til You Drop 2017 on May 18th

I hope to see you there! Come check out my chocolate olives!


The North Andover Women’s Club is hosting their 2nd annual Shop Til You Drop Event on Thursday, May 18th 2017 at The Stevens Estate, 723 Osgood St., North Andover, MA from 5-9pm. Cost of admission is only $5 and the evening will feature over 50 artisans, craftspeople and local businesses.  Join us for a fun night of shopping to benefit North Andover Veterans Services and the North Andover Women’s Club Scholarship Fund.

Please enjoy today’s repost of the good times and great wares from last year’s event.

Shop Til You Drop 2016

Beth Daigle for 3 Olives & a Twist at shop til you drop event


Last night I took part in my first event showcasing 3 Olives & a Twist. The North Andover Women’s Club put on a spectacular Shop Til You Drop night at The Stevens Estate that buzzed with over 60 vendors and hundreds of eager shoppers.

It was so much fun! The energy in the historic mansion was electric. Conversation flowed while information was shared and wares sold.

Representing 3 Olives & a Twist at Shop Til You Drop

My goal was to spread the word about 3 Olives & a Twist and with my oversized poster, iPad, flyers, business cards, and yes; color-coordinated outfit, I did just that. Guests were intrigued with the blog, but my jumbo martini glass filled with olive candy also caught a lot of attention. I encouraged guests to try and while some wished they were real olives, most were pleased with the chocolate covered almonds disguised as my favorite martini garnish. I promised to share my olive candy source – drum roll please…Oh! Nuts, purveyor of quality nuts, dried fruit, candy and chocolate delivered on my surprise, sweet treat. Note: Shop local – Dottie’s Delights in North Andover would be happy to procure these for anyone interested.

Along with candy olives, I shared the point of my lifestyle blog which is to let readers in on some of the cool, fun and fabulous people, places and experiences I’ve had the good fortune to come across. I love nothing more than to talk up a good thing. With that in mind, I hope you’ll enjoy this photo essay of just a few of the fine businesses I encountered at last night’s Shop Til You Drop extravaganza…I wish I had room for them all.

A look at the evening…


Art by Chongson Scott (603) 912-5108, ScottsinNH@Comcast.net
Art by Chongson Scott (603) 912-5108, ScottsinNH@Comcast.net


Artist, Chongson Scott - Shop til You Drop vendor
Artist, Chongson Scott – Colors of Strength (603) 912-5108, ScottsinNH@Comcast.net


Dragonfly art by Beth Jensen - Fine Art Paintings & Prints
Dragonfly art by Beth Jensen – Fine Art Paintings & Prints. beth_e_jensen@yahoo.com (978) 604-7642


Artist Beth Jensen - Fine Art Paintings & Prints
Artist, Beth Jensen – Fine Art Paintings & Prints. Beth_e_jensen@yahoo.com (978) 604-7642


Handcrafted leather bracelets by Dan Jacavanco - Jacavanco Studios
Handcrafted leather bracelets by Dan Jacavanco -JacavancoStudios.com, Lawrence, MA. (978) 238-1555.


Handcrafted leather belts by Dan Jacavanco - Jacavanco Studios
Handcrafted leather belts with a pop of turquoise by Dan Jacavanco – JacavancoStudios.com, Lawrence, MA. (978) 238-1555.


Floral display by Piccirillo Design
Floral display by Piccirillo Design, Interior Design, Wilmington, MA gpiccirillo217@comcast.net, (978) 761-0823


Kim Mollica, Arbonne Consultant
The lovely Kim Mollica, Arbonne Consultant and NAWC member – Find her on Facebook.


Others who attended Shop Til You Drop: Rose & Dove Gifts, Gunther’s Goodies!, Vintage Vault and Peach.

Thank You!

To all who came out for Shop Til You Drop,  thank you for your support and a wonderful night. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Congratulations North Andover Women’s Club – the night was a huge success!

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Print is Dead? If so, Barnes and Noble Didn’t Get the Memo!

magazines at barnes and noble challenging the print is dead philosophy
I didn’t pick it up, but I’m curious what Purple Fashion (top right) is all about.

The other day, I stopped in to Barnes and Noble in Salem, NH to peruse their magazine section.  To be honest, I wondered if they still had a decent selection. It had been quite a while since I was last inside a book store.  Much to my surprise, and total satisfaction, they had racks and racks of magazines. Just look at the featured photo and here is another partial section.

magazines at barnes and Noble challenging that print is dead
Look closely – Entire magazines dedicated to log homes and brunch. And I think the very bottom right is all about beer!


These were just two out of maybe a dozen racks. I was thrilled to be standing amid so many options and felt a weird giddiness as my eyes darted from one publication to the next. I found magazines on the most obscure subjects. For example, Bead & Jewellry Magazine (yes, Jewellry is spelled correctly!) and Cardmaking & Papercraft Magazine. These and many others got me thinking, they print magazines for that? Clearly I’m not a crafty type. And I wondered, how in the heck do these publications stay afloat?

However they do it, I’m glad they do.  I absolutely love flipping through a good magazine. Having so many choices all around me affirmed my longstanding belief that no matter how many reports say print is dead, I say it isn’t. Yes, the audience for these fabulous paper products may have substantially diminished in size, but an audience still exists – of that I am sure.

We all know the folks who talk about the joy of holding a book in their hands and feeling the texture of the paper as they flip the pages. I’m one of those people and I know many more just like me. I also know many people, both young and old, who read exclusively online. Some may be reading this right now. While they may be contributing to the print is dead belief system, I do understand their choice. Kindles, Nooks, iPads or whatever digital device tickles their fancy are convenient, less bulky and likely offer more choices. But my tired eyes need a break now and then. A good old printed magazine, book or catalog is just the thing I enjoy when my screen time has reached its max.

After my latest stop in to Barnes and Noble, the old brick and mortar book store may have found themselves a new regular customer. I truly enjoyed taking my time sifting through the magazine racks looking for what I needed and more of what I didn’t.

What’s your opinion? Do you think print is dead?

Thanks for reading and, yes, I’m aware that by blogging I’m contributing to the demise of print media. Sorry beloved books and magazines, but I do still love you.

The blog will be on break next week. See you back on Tuesday, April 25th when I start a new post schedule of every Tuesday & Thursday.

For those of you doing something fun during April break, Enjoy! And Happy Easter, Passover and Christos Anesti to all of those celebrating.

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Giveaway Winners & Helen Thomas Andover Event Update



Thank you to everyone who participated in my first giveaway.

Storm Stella may have knocked out power, but it hasn’t knocked out our Irish Spirit.

The party must go on…

The previously scheduled St. Patrick’s Day Party at Helen Thomas Andover is happening tonight from 6-9pm. If you are local, be sure to swing in and enjoy the festivities.

Time:               6:00-9:00pm
Where:            Helen Thomas, 90 Main St. #2, Andover, MA 01810
What:              Irish Specialty Items, book signing by Ellen Alden, Irish Music and refreshments.

Despite the event delay, we went ahead and ran the blog giveaway contest as originally scheduled, last night at 8pm.

Blog giveaway shamrock wine glass, kiss me I'm Irish socks, Your Faithfully novel

The lucky winner of the trio of Irish themed gifts is: Meghan Londergan


And the winner of the beautiful Lola Celtic necklace is: Patricia Donahue

Congratulations and enjoy your wonderful items.

Please contact me directly at bethdaigle13@gmail.com to arrange receipt of your prize.

I wish you all a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day tomorrow and a special thank you to Lisa Schiavone, owner of Helen Thomas Andover, for collaborating with me on this giveaway.




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Blog Giveaway & Helen Thomas Andover St. Paddy’s Day Event

Blog giveaway shamrock wine glass, kiss me I'm Irish socks, Your Faithfully novel


I am excited to run my first blog giveaway here at 3 Olives & a Twist. Together with Helen Thomas of Andover and local author, Ellen Alden, I have two great prizes to give away.

For Anyone

First, I have a trio of great Irish themed gifts.

♣ A cute pair of “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” message socks, designed by Heather Jacobs, are just the thing to wear when you’re ready to kick up and pucker up.

♣ This Lucky Shamrock wine glass, designed by Heather Jacobs,  is sure to bring luck with every sip.

♣ Enjoy this copy of Yours Faithfully, Florence Burke by Andover author, Ellen Alden. While in her attic, Ellen discovered nineteen Civil War letters written by her great, great grandfather to his wife and children. That discovery set Ellen on the path to tell their compelling story.

To win this great bundle, subscribe for my blog (check box in comments section) or Like my 3 Olives & a Twist Facebook page.  When you’ve done that, add a comment below saying Three’s a Charm!

For Local Friends

(or anyone who can attend Wednesday’s event)

Blog giveaway Lola Celtic knot necklace


Enter a chance to win this beautiful Lola Celtic Knot necklace, valued at $85. To win, subscribe for my blog or Like my 3Olives & a Twist Facebook page. Then add a comment below saying Lola!

Be sure to show up to the Helen Thomas on Wednesday night when winners will be chosen at 8pm.  To win the Lola necklace, attendance is required.

So, what’s happening on Wednesday?  Here are the details…

Date:               Wednesday, March 15th
Time:               6:00-9:00pm
Where:            Helen Thomas, 90 Main St. #2, Andover, MA 01810
What:              Irish Specialty Items, book signing by Ellen Alden, Irish Music, Irish refreshments & blog giveaway!

Come join us in the spirit of the Irish and dress in your most festive lad and lass garb to add to the fun. Thank you for participating in my first blog giveaway!

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3 Olives & a Twist Turns 0ne!

3 Olives & a Twist logo
Cocktail Conversations–A Lifestyle Blog


The Blog

One year ago yesterday, I launched this blog.  I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone by and what a fun ride it has been.

3 Olives & a Twist started out as a place to build excitement for my book, Musing Mediterranean.  Somewhere along the way, it took on a life of its own and afforded me the pleasure of posting about some fantastic subjects and experiences.

The Book

As far as the book goes, Musing Mediterranean is done. It is edited, proofed and currently being pitched to literary agents. Wish me luck in landing a good one!


Beth is currently working on her first book.
Musing Mediterranean is done!


I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the blog as much as I have enjoyed writing it. I am excited to see what year two brings.  What I already know is that more collaborations are under way, with great people and great businesses.

Coming soon – my first blog giveaway. Stay tuned!

What About You?

I’d love your opinion. What do you want to hear about going forward and what can I do differently?

Tell me your suggestions. Would you like more product reviews? Should posts be shorter? Would you like to see more guest bloggers? Anyone in particular?

Talk to me and let me know what you think.

I’d like to continue to spread the word about 3 Olives & a Twist as well as share more stories about the great people, places, businesses and experiences in our area.

My goal is to reach more readers and I’d love your help. If you like a post, please share it. If there’s a topic I should write about please let me know. If you think the blog provides valuable information, please let your friends know about it and suggest they follow along by subscribing or liking my Facebook page.

As always, thank you so much for reading. Have a fabulous day and weekend!

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