Sunday night, I swooped into the Hilton McLean in Tysons to hang out with Elite Yelpers and specially chosen guests for the super swanky Yelp Fire and Ice Ball. The event raised money for the SPCA and offered tons of freebies, great bites, and non-stop entertainment. Some of my favorite local spots participated, including Ruth's Chris, Harth, True Food Kitchen at Mosaic District, and Chasin' Tails. Gretchen threw a great event - and you can follow all the fun by checking out #YELPfireiceball on Instagram.
Sometimes I wake up and I think "is this really my life?" Miller and Smith is one of the most premiere home builders in the DC area - and they connected with me to throw a VIP happy in Brambleton for my friends in one of their gorgeous homes! I absolutely jumped on that invite and rounded up some girlfriends to hang out on Friday night before we went out for Valentine's Day.
We met up in the Brambleton Skyview model - which was quite impressive. I was ready to sign on the dotted line and purchase within 10 minutes of entering the property. I loved the open floor plans, top chef kitchens perfect for gathering friends and entertaining, gorgeous fireplaces, and a year-round covered deck. In the great room, there is a "wall of glass" that offers an unobstructed view to the outdoors. Really really fell in love with this home - and it totally slipped my mind that I was in a 3400 sqft townhome, not a single family!
When I said I was ready to sign on the dotted line... I mean really really I could have done it. Right now, Miller and Smith is offering a "THINK ZERO" promotion for homebuyers: Zero Down, Zero Closing Costs, Zero Reasons to Wait! Plus, "Freemium" upgrades and only $2500 cash moves you in. Pretty sweet deal!
You can check out more photos of the Miller and Smith Brambleton homes and watch a video of the home tour on their website.
*special thanks to Miller and Smith for inviting us to host the event and providing sponsored content.
I was invited by Chevrolet and SheBuysCars to join them for the Washington Auto Show. As a woman who has owned 7 vehicles since I began driving 13 years ago, I'd have to guess that I'm into car-buying slightly more than the average consumer. I was thrilled to be included in such a neat experience!
We checked in at the Grand Hyatt DC and had dinner with some GM execs at Cuba Libre. It was a very intimate roundtable of about bloggers (including my friend Jessica McFadden from A Parent in Silver Spring!) and GM execs who shared their philosophies and allowed us to get to know the brand, their target consumer, their BIG ideas for the future - and how they connect those ideas with a car buyer.
The next morning, we started off Press Day early at the Washington Auto Show with breakfast and a keynote with Cadillac and the President of Cadillac. More bloggers joined us for a full day of events!
James Bell, the Head of Consumer Affairs at General Motors gave us a personal tour of the Washington Auto Show. The tour was followed by an Innovation Panel, Chevy Volt Walkaround, and a Women in Automotive Panel. It was amazing to see how much influence women have in the auto industry. One of the most impressive speakers of the day was Pamela Fletcher, Chief Executive Engineer of Electrified Vehicles at General Motors.
Thanks to SheBuysCars for inviting me to play at the Washington Auto Show for a day with some of my favorite bloggers!
*sponsored content provided by SheBuysCars and Chevrolet.
Tuesday night I was invited to the "Unveiling" of the new ballrooms at the Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes. I LOVE the team over at the Hyatt -- they are so great to work with for all of my Girls Night Out events.
They put on a fabulous party with gorgeous lighting, Mark making custom drinks at the bar, a photobooth, and of course, delicious food. Check out the pics below!
We'll be back at the Hyatt next Friday for our BLOGIVERSARY event to benefit Autism Speaks! (AND, it's my birthday!) Don't forget to RSVP!
We had a wonderful time on Thursday night at our Girls Night Out & Meet Up at Hyatt Fairfax in Fair Lakes! Check the pictures below -- and you can see the full album on our Facebook page. Be sure to tag yourselves and go ahead and RSVP for our next upcoming events! We have a book club meet up at The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner and also our annual charity event in November -- this year benefitting Autism Speaks.
Yesterday, I was invited to be on a "Sip and Share" panel at A Baby Affair at The Hill Center in DC. I was a guest - and the moderator (I kinda felt like Whoopi Goldberg on The View) - alongside Elizabeth Thorp, founder of Poshbrood and Editor in Chief of Capitol File Magazine, Danni Star, co-host of The Kane Show on Hot 99.5, and Nikki Johnson, founder and blogger of Super NOVA mom.
We had fun talking about being moms, living the busy DC area lifestyle, and sharing our favorite local resources and date night hot spots.
It was great to connect with other local moms in the audience and hear their questions too... ciao until next year! xo
Motherhood meets high style at D.C.’s original luxury event for moms and moms-to-be. On Sunday, September 28th, A Baby Affair comes to the District, presenting a carefully selected range of stylish essentials for the modern mom. Throughout the afternoon, current and expectant mothers can browse goods and services from exhibitors offering everything from nursery design and newborn-photography services to car seat jackets and nutrition
counseling. This intimate setting brings new moms and moms-to-be together through a carefully curated collection with the modern, discerning, and savvy mom in mind.
On September 28th from 11 to 3 at The Capitol Hill Center on Capitol Hill, A Baby Affair will be taking place, presenting a carefully selected range of stylish essentials for the modern mom. A Baby Affair is a one of a kind
consumer experience. It’s not designed to be the biggest show it's designed to be the BEST. This event is far from your typical consumer show! A Baby Affair is an intimate day, designed to inspire attendees, with an emphasis on quality and creativity. Attendees peruse carefully chosen exhibitors, view products, are treated to luxurious pampering and can’t miss information sessions and mini-classes. Attendees will sample delicious fare for parents and baby and receive creative and inspiring tips on a myriad of topics while celebrating the gift of parenthood. All of this plus attendees will hear a frank and fabulous conversation on modern parenting from Expert Moms at the Sip & Share Panel. This year’s Expert Panel can’t be missed as it includes me, Andrea Khoury blogger of Real Housewives of NOVA, Danni Star co-host of The Kane Show on Hot 99.5, Elizabeth Thorp founder of Poshbrood and Editor and Chief of Capitol File Magazine, and Nikki Johnson founder and blogger of Super Nova Mom. These outstanding experts will shed light on what it means to be a mom in this modern day. This years Baby Affair will deliver modern moms tools, tips, tricks and trends to help enjoy the ride, showcasing the best of the best area and national resources for one of the most challenging and exciting periods in their
lives. Get your tickets at ababyaffaironline.com and don’t leave Dad at home A Baby Affair has a “Dads Only”
Join hundreds of health enthusiasts for two days of informational seminars, whole foods and super food demonstrations, our favorite healthy exhibitors and product giveaways.
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November 1-2, 2014
Saturday 8am - 5pm | Sunday 8am - 1pm
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Featured Speakers include:
Stacy Toth of Paleo Parents, blogger, cookbook author
Sarah Ballantyne, Ph. D., The Paleo Mom, blogger and author
Alexis Baden-Mayer, Political Director for the Organic Consumers Association
Susan Blasko, DC Liason for Polyface Farms
Teresa Fuller, MD, PhD, Integrative Pediatrics Doctor
Robin Shirley, Take Back Your Health Founder
Chas Gant, MD, PhD, Functional Medicine Doctor
And many more...
- Learn how to move into a healthy and happy lifestyle even after a recent diagnosis.
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