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.
I flew in Sunday afternoon from St. Louis and even though my flight was quite delayed -- I headed straight to the waterfront to spend the gorgeous day with my sweet B. Climbing the rocks and hanging out on the dock is one of his favorite things to do - and I just love this picture of us and how sweet he is holding my fingers. I'm the luckiest!
I went to an 8am breakfast with the Washington Business Journal.... and when it was over I stayed and mingled with a few guests at the bar. Never too early for a spicy Bloody Mary @FoundingFarmers! #FFtysons
My BFF from college, Anne, is getting married! She hosted her Bachelorette weekend her hometown of St. Louis - so I flew in for a super quick weekend jam-packed with rooftop bars, casino pit stops, and a fancy little winery tour. We had the best time together and I am so excited for the gorgeous bride. LOVE YOU ANNE! xo
I went to the Washington Auto Show a few weeks ago as a guest of GM and got a chance to preview the new vehicles coming out in 2015. Because just seeing these vehicles in the convention center isn't the best way to get to know them, I was offered a chance to take home a GMC Canyon for a week. Can't turn that down during the winter blast that we were getting!
I never really pictured myself as a pick up truck kind of girl, but I really liked the ride - and all the looks I got while I was behind the wheel! This bad boy was a beast in the snow - and the interior didn't lack any of the luxuries that I'm used to. There was plenty of room in the back seats for B and his snow boots. Also, I'm addicted to the remote start in my Chevy Tahoe (perfect for drop off at 7:30am SACC) - and the GMC Canyon came with that option as well.
Thanks to GM and Drive the District for hooking me up!
I'm always looking for a new great date night spot in Northern Virginia or Washington DC -- and since it's been more than a year since I've posted a date night idea guide, I thought that another round of ideas was just what's needed on Valentine's Day weekend!
I crowd-sourced the readers on my Facebook page to share their favorite date night ideas in Northern Virginia "FOR HER". Check out 30+ date night ideas below!
Catching a performance at the Kennedy Center and eating at their terrace restaurant. – Michelle H.
Wolf trap, with a fun dinner packed and eating on the lawn! – Laurie D.
Walk around the small shops in Vienna followed by dinner at Bazin’s on Church. – Jany F.
Dinner at Zaytinya in DC followed by a walk from Roosevelt Memorial around the tittle basin to the Lincoln Memorial. Trust me the Roosevelt Memorial at night is amazing. - Stacy M.
Lost Rhino Brewery, live bluegrass bands and awesome beers! – Shauna W.
Wine tasting in Purcellville and dinner at Magnolias at the Mill. – Courtney P.
We love going to Wine Kitchen for dinner and a wine tasting. – Catherine H.
Stay at the Ritz Carlton in Pentagon City, have a nice steak dinner, and then to CoCo Sala for dessert. –Diane A.
Pasta, Prosecco & Privacy –Kelli P.
Portrait Gallery Museum, food from a country I've never been, gelato and espresso!
Old Brogue for beers and live music or happy hour at mon ami in Reston Town Center. – Mary P.
Mikes for dinner and the Alamo Drafthouse for a movie or comedy show. – Tanika M.
My husband taking ice skating in the town center and he doesn't know to skate but he knows I wanted to try it!!!!! I love that man! – MW
We love going for tea at the Ritz! – Kara K.
Idylwood Grill and Wine Bar in Falls Church/Tysons. – Natalie L.
We love grabbing breakfast while the kids are in school. – Stefanie W.
We sit at Hard Times Cafe Alexandria's Bar and watch Hockey & eat chili & drink Shiner. It's fantastic. – Jeanie C.
Chez François in Great Falls...amaaaaazing food and a very quaint atmosphere with pleasant staff. – Laura W.
Dinner at the sushi counter at Flying Fish in Old Town followed by some karaoke in their bar downstairs. Oh, hell, anything with karaoke. – Sunee C.
Drinks at the National Harbor, then taking the ferry to Old Town for dinner. – Shannon L.
Restaurant Eve! - Lauren H.
Mokomandy in Sterling (DEELISH!) with a movie from Red Box afterwards. Carmen F.
Katerina's in Old Town Manassas and a walk around on a warm evening! - Meagan S.
Angelika Theater at Mosaic District! – Adrienne K.
Our new favorite place is the Secret Garden in Occoquan - it's small, so I almost don't want anyone else to know how good it is, because it'll be packed! But the food and service are absolutely amazing. We're going back for Valentine’s Day! – Laura E.
We like to sit at the bar at Gypsy Soul. The open kitchen atmosphere is fun. – Angie K.
Dinner at Indigo Landing, then enjoying the panoramic view from the George Washington Masonic Memorial. – Carol J.
Dinner at Bilbo Baggins then walk along Potomac in old town. – Amy D.
Mount Vernon wine festival! – Katie G.
Cocktails at the W in DC then dinner at Oyamel. – Jennifer T.
Poplar Springs Inn! just had dinner there with my Real Housewives gift card from the Girls Night Out swag bag and it was amazing! – Shauna W.
Hitting some balls at Top Golf and having food and drinks. The fresh air is nice, and it's fun to get a little competitive and tipsy, just the two of us! – Jennifer T.
We love going to Burke Lake and watching the sunset and then going out to Coastal Flats in Fairfax Corner!!! – Nicole H.
Trummer's on Main in Clifton! – Megan L.
Mon Ami Gabi in Reston. Delish steak tartar and dirty martinis! – Matos F.
Do you have a date night idea to add to the list? Leave it in the comments below!
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
Links I Love
A Little Nosh
Let Mommy Sleep
Tiny Steps Mommy
Very Busy Mama
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A Parent in Silver Spring
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