Last minute, we decided to head to Landover to blindly support our beloved Redskins as they played the Monday Night Football game against the Seahawks. Of course we lost. On the bright site, we had Suite seats, so it's hard to complain even when we lose.
Last week, I had a chance to meet Dr. Charlie Coulter who just opened a new pediatric dental practice, Dentistry for Children of Northern Virginia, at Worldgate Centre on Oct. 1, 2014. If you've ever had to fight with your child or had anxiety over actually getting to the dentist - I am confident that Dr. Charlie's office can make your kids fall in love with going to the dentist.
The pediatric patients will be swept away with a harbors-around-the-world themed lobby area which has been hand painted by a husband and wife team out of Atlanta. The artwork is absolutely amazing! The front office is complete with arcade games, a hidden play area with a movie room, and a cruise ship play structure. Oh, and to make mom happy, there's a homework bar and a Keurig station! The movies continue back to the treatment rooms where each child has a personalized screen to continue watching. (The Lion King was playing while I was there!)
After receiving care, patients can visit the nail bar and get their fingers painted - or the boys can get temporary tattoos.
It shouldn't go without noting that his front office staff was super friendly and welcoming (Dr. Charlie said the best place to find employees is at a restaurant - when you find a good waiter with great people skills, hire him/her!). Liz, one of Dr. Charlie's assistants, said she absolutely loves kids and going into the elementary school classrooms to read to the kids and share how to care for your teeth. Naturally, I signed her up to come into my son's class!
By the end of the tour, I wished Dr. Charlie was my dentist!
During our chat, I discovered that Dr. Charlie recently relocated to the DC area to be closer to family after practicing dentistry in Atlanta for 9 years. Since I had the chance, I went ahead and asked Dr. Charlie some questions to get to know more about him outside of the practice:
Favorite drink and where can you find it?
Captain and coke -- and I actually love Seacrets in Ocean City, MD. (Who doesn't!?)
What is your favorite day trip - 100 miles or less from Northern Virginia?
I could spend all day in DC at the monuments and museums - or on the Potomac kayaking Great Falls... or a road trip to The Franklin Inn in Richmond.
When you're not working in the dental office, where could we find you?
Reading, golfing or telling jokes. It used to be me doing my best karaoke performance at Nevin's in Baltimore until they closed down! I also love to travel.
Best vacation you ever took?
Snorkeling in Guadalupe -- I swam with Great White sharks while in a steel cage!
About Dr. Charlie Coulter:
Dr. Charlie grew up in the Metropolitan Washington DC area and attended college, dental school and completed his pediatric dental training at the University of Maryland. He received a BA in neurophysiology and biology from the College Park campus and his dental and pediatric dental training from the Baltimore campus. Dr. Charlie has 9 years of experience caring for the oral health of children. His fun loving personality and ability to relate to children of all ages will help even the most anxious child to have a positive dental experience. For the latest news and updates become a Facebook fan at www.facebook.com/Dentistry4ChildrenVA.
For questions or to make an appointment, call 703-662-5265 and/or visit the website: www.Dentistry4ChildrenVA.com.
Growing up, Michele Cornejo knew that she wanted to be a Realtor as her family had always invested in realty. While raising her family, Michele started out working for the Federal Government and the World Bank. After 22 years, she decided that it was time to pursue her lifetime dream and become a Realtor full time. Michele has had her DC license and VA license for 18 years. "I love every minute of my job, really, it doesn't even feel like a job because I am doing what I love. Helping people with their dream of moving to a new home for the happy enjoyment of owning a home."
Describe yourself in three words:
Professional, Caring, Down to Earth
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Working for the Federal Government for 10 years while raising a family and becoming a Paralegal. Then continuing my career with the World Bank for 12 years and ending my career there as the Executive Secretary for the Department of Institutional Integrity.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Continue my education in the real estate world obtaining professional acreditations.
How does your company stay connected through social media?
We are on YouTube!
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I'd like to try event planning/management.
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Having a good foundation of the basics for the day, month and year. And working in all of the rest with logic and strategy.
What websites do you visit every day?
RHNOVA, Facebook, CNN
What is your favorite drink – and where can you find it in Northern Virginia?
What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things in Northern Virginia?
Redskins - They're my team! Good or bad, they really do try and that is why I'm a fan!
George Mason University - for the events and the education
Occoquan - for the Key West feel in NOVA!
What is your goal for retirement?
To never retire, but to enjoy working, traveling nationally and internationally and being with my family.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
You can do it! Just your faith within yourself is strong enough to compel you to do it. Having your family or loved one being supportive will give you the strength to go forward. Have a plan, even if it is a few years long and do the preliminary work started now for day one. Always have a rainy day plan too.
Connect with Michele Cornejo, Realtor at Sotheby’s:
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
Last week, we made a reservation at the Maggiano's in Tysons Corner to do a tasting of their "Lighter Take" menu. I've got Italian in my blood -- so you know I'm all about trying to find a way to eat pasta without consuming 2000 calories in one sitting.
The Lighter Take menu at Maggiano's takes 11 of their classis dishes and cuts the calories up to 50% by doing things such as using lemon zest instead of lemon butter, pan searing instead of deep frying, and serving fresh, hand cut fettuccini that uses less oil. But, unlike other restaurants that lessen the portion size to give you the caloric discount -- the portions at Maggiano's Lighter Take menu are the same size portions as their regular menu, so you don't feel like you're cheating yourself!
Available at Lunch and dinner, you can enjoy Maggiano's "lighter take" on 11 classic dishes:
Lighter Take Baked Ziti – 33 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Chicken Francese – 48 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Chicken Parmesan – 52 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Chicken Piccata – 51 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Chicken Marsala – 47 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Chicken Saltimbocca – 52 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Fettuccine Alfredo – 46 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Veal Marsala – 37 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Veal Parmesan – 37 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Veal Piccata – 41 percent fewer calories
Lighter Take Shrimp Fra Diavolo – 50 percent fewer calories
special thanks to the Maggiano's team for inviting us in for a complimentary tasting!
I left work early today to meet my mom for a pumpkin spice facial at Astoria Laser Clinic and Med Spa in Tysons. It was WONDERFUL! We're giving away a pumpkin spice facial on our facebook page today so you can experience the treatment too!
Sunday afternoon, I took B and a friend to check out the Big Apple Circus out near Dulles Town Center. We had a great time. Tip: Make sure you get there early because parking isn't easy and you may have to take a shuttle from the mall to the circus tent.