On Wednesday, we were invited to join other bloggers for the #PlaySkoolPlaydate at Top of the Town in Arlington.
It was a fun-filled day for families featuring hands-on, kid friendly activities and toys from beloved Playskool brands like Sesame Street, Mr. Potato Head, Transformers Rescue Bots, and more.
B spent most of his time playing with the Transformers and Spider Man mobile toys with my friend Mindy's kids. Eventually he put a superhero cape on and really got into character. He was hooked on the pre-school aged toys that shoot balls and hung out with Ashley's son, Conner, for the rest of the playdate.
I got a chance to hang out with my blogger friends Maria, Angelica, Nikki and Tonia while the kids carried on. The best part of the playdate? Not having to clean up afterwards :) Thanks to Hasbro for letting us be your guests!
Floor & Decor will mark the opening of it's latest store in Potomac Mills this Saturday, July 12th with a Grand Opening celebration. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities like face-painting, complimentary icy treats and a Nascar Race Car Simulator. Also starting at noon that day, the first 200 people to register will have a chance to play a dice game that could result in one lucky player leaving with $500,000, additional prizes will also be given out throughout the day. The location marks the retail chain’s 42nd store nationwide, and second store in Virginia.
Saturday, July 12: Grand Opening Day Events
11am – 6pm: NASCAR Simulator
11am-2pm: Face painting and Cruise-In with Prince William Cruisers
11:30am: Wounded Warriors Donation Check Presentation
1:30pm- 4:30pm: Treats for customers from Kona Ice
Noon - 2pm: Roll the Dice for a chance to win $500,000
For more information, check out Floor & Decor on Facebook!
Last week, Lansdowne Aesthetic Center celebrated their grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony! "When you look good, you feel good.” That's the unofficial motto of Dr. Yaqub Baraki and his staff at Loudoun's newest cosmetic surgery practice.
Naturally, I had a few questions for Dr. Baraki and his team...
What experience do you bring to Loudoun?
While Dr. Baraki is new to the area, he’s a seasoned physician. Dr. Baraki finished medical school in 2002. Over the past twelve years, he's completed his medical residency at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, a fellowship in Facial Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery at the University of Chicago, a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Surgery at INOVA Fairfax, and nearly four years of private practice in Maryland. He brings that breadth of experience to his new solo practice in Loudoun, a location he selected because of the close-knit community. “(Loudoun) is a busy area but has a small town feel, which allows me to develop deeper relationships with my patients. I take the time to listen to my patients, address their concerns, provide advice, and seek the best outcomes. I tailor all procedures according to what's best for that specific individual.”
What made you decide to start your own practice?
Dr. Baraki ventured out on his own so that he would be able to concentrate more on the things he enjoyed in medicine and provide more choices for his patients. “I wanted to bring things to the area that others are not specializing in.” While facial plastics, specifically upper and lower eye-lid rejuvenation, are Dr. Baraki's specialty, his service offerings are extensive and include both surgical and non-surgical procedures like botox, fillers, and laser rejuvenation.
What is your most popular service for women?
Botox and fillers are quite popular, but Dr. Baraki warns that they are not for everyone and that a doctor is best suited to make that assessment. “The potential for complications is always there and (these services) should be performed by someone well trained and versed in anatomy. Proper positioning and depth of injection is important to achieve the best results and to limit the risk of serious complications.”
I hear this a lot... so tell me, what is a "mommy makeover"?
”A “mommy makeover” is a grouping of procedures to correct “cosmetic issues that arrive as the result of pregnancy and childbirth.” For Dr. Baraki's patients, that may involve correcting complexion issues like malasma (“mask of pregnancy”), breast sag and volume loss, stretch marks, loss of tone of the abdominal wall muscle, snd weight gain in the outer hips. Dr. Baraki resolves these issues with a variety of procedures including broadband light therapy (BBL) for hyperpigmentation (I've had this a few times and LOVE it!), breast lift and augmentation, laser-assisted liposuction, and abdominalplasty (“tummy tuck”).
While some people are not good candidates for certain procedures or should not have multiple procedures performed at once, there is one giant benefit to the mommy makeover”: the down time. “Moms have busy schedules. For those who are able (to have multiple procedures performed at once), they only have to undergo one anesthesia and one down period.”
Lansdowne Aesthetic Center is located at 44084 Riverside Parkway, Suite 230, in Lansdowne, Virginia. You can schedule an appointment online or call 703-687-3158.
For more information, visit lansdowneaestheticcenter.com
Gifford’s Famous Ice Cream, award-winning ice cream from a small town in Maine, is launching its line of creamy, delicious vintage-made ice cream into greater Washington, D.C. with a summer-long Good Times Ice Cream Tour - and on Sunday night, I was lucky enough to host the kickoff party for local bloggers and social media influencers!
Gifford's arrived at Dulles Golf & Sports Park to greet 50 bloggers and their families in a colorful, state-of-the art ice cream truck, equipped with freezers and loads of award-winning ice cream. Guests met with Lindsay Gifford-Skilling, Gifford's GM and fifth generation ice cream maker, and her brother JC.
The kids lined up and enjoyed sampling the flavors and creating their own sundaes! The ice cream was DELICIOUS! I got the last dish of French Vanilla and I only needed one bite to realize that this is real, old fashioned ice cream. It was so good, I didn't want to add any of the hot fudge, whipped cream or sprinkles :) Afterwards, we all got to enjoy access to the driving range, mini golf course, batting cages, and mining for gems.
The Gifford's Ice Cream truck is scheduled to appear at more than 70 events in the Washington D.C. area giving away FREE ice cream throughout the summer. Fans of delicious, creamy ice cream are invited to follow the truck @GiffordsMaine on Twitter to find out where it will be next! If you want the truck to come to your neck of the woods, you can tweet the truck using hashtag #FreeGiffordsIceCream and your city!
Where can you find this super creamy treat? Gifford’s is now at Whole Foods Markets, Balducci’s, and Wawas in the Washington D.C. area.
True Story: My mom and dad's first date 30+ years ago was at a WWE (then, WWF) wrestling match. So last week, when I was invited to check out WWE Monday Night Raw at the Verizon Center with my family, I had to accept!
We first made a pit stop at The Italian Store for dinner before heading downtown on Monday night. I have to admit, I wasn't sure what exactly to expect when we pulled into Chinatown. We found street parking about 3 blocks away, and once we got out, we walked behind a group of teenagers wearing purple and silver spandex pants, cutoff shirts, and laced up black boots... I was a little worried about what I had gotten myself into.
We picked up out tickets and made it to our seats just as the show started. B absolutely loved the action and acrobatics. Even though everyone says it's "fake" -- yes, the actual violence is fake -- but the athletics were not. I was so impressed. I was worried it'd be too rough for B, but I was wrong. In fact, all of WWE's programming is kid-friendly and rated PG. The storylines, however, were pretty dramatic, kinda like watching a Spanish soap opera.
It's also worth noting that WWE is dedicated to giving back to the community and setting examples for their younger fans through various campaigns, most notably, ‘Be A STAR' (WWE’s anti-bullying campaign) & the WrestleMania Reading Challenge.
As the night ended, we walked pasted the merchandise table and B really wanted a wrestling belt so that he could be a "champion" too. Too cute! Had a great night out! Thanks, WWE, for the invite :)
Today, I dusted off the golf clubs (which I borrowed) and hit up Virginia Oaks Golf Club in Gainesville for the 16th Annual DECA Marketing Advisory Board Golf Tournament. The tournament raises scholarship money for students through the marketing programs.
I got to play with my friend, Ed, from Fair Oaks Mall and his team. So fun! We played "best ball" and surprisingly, we actually didn't do TOO horribly and finished in second to last place. Oh well, it sure was fun for my first time out on the course!
I had so much fun hosting our first ever mini-meet up in Gainesville at Grafton Street! Check out the full event album on our Facebook page -- and don't forget to tag yourselves! xo
Last week, we hosted a Summer Block Party with one of our favorite brands: South Moon Under @ Mosaic District. We had a DJ spinning all night, cupcakes and beverages, and best of all -- 20% off the entire store! I snagged myself 4 new pairs of shoes... with a deal like that, who could resist!? Check out the pics below. To see the full album, visit our Facebook page!
I've been known to host RHNOVA Girls Night Out & Meet Ups in Fairfax and Loudoun... but last night we hosted our first Girls Night Out in Woodbridge! We took over the entire outdoor patio at Not Your Averages Joe's at Stonebridge Potomac Town Center. It was a gorgeous setting for a beautiful patio party! Plus, we offered complimentary apps all night and happy hour specials. There were so many new faces that came out -- and we'll definitely be back!
Next week, we're back in Prince William County as we co-host a Girls Night Out with PWC Moms at Grafton Street in Gainesville's Virginia Gateway. You can RSVP and snag your ticket here. You can see the full photo album on our Facebook page -- feel free to tag yourselves!