My love affair with Costco's pizza has abruptly ended now that they started posting nutritional info!
Spring is in the air -- and you know what that means, Mother's Day is just around the corner! We're traveling to Mexico on Mother's Day weekend, so I went shopping for my own mama a little early this week! I popped into Whole Foods Market in Fair Lakes to put together a gift basket of my top picks for mom.
Whole Foods Market is a one-stop-shop for all your mother’s day needs and celebrations. I particularly love shopping for specialty items at Whole Foods -- and I could browse their luxe lotions and soaps for hours!
So, after about an hour perusing the store, what ended up in my moms gift basket?
If you're trying to find a new recipe to celebrate mom, you can stop in Whole Foods Market any Saturday in the month of May from 12pm-4pm to experience Taste of Whole Foods Market. These free tasting events are sure to stir your appetite and inspire your creativity in the kitchen! You can share your creations using #TasteofWFM! My personal favorite spring recipe is for Strawberry-Lemon Soda, complete with organic strawberries, hand-squeezed lemonade, and fresh mint!
Whatever May brings your family, Whole Foods Market has you fully covered with good eats, treats and sweets!
Find a list of all the Northern Virginia Whole Foods stores here and follow Whole Foods Market NOVA on Facebook or Twitter as well.
Special thanks to Whole Foods Market for sponsoring this post!
Wednesday night, I went to a happy hour at Matchbox One Loudoun to celebrate the announcement of their seasonal event line up and learn more about what is offered for children and families this year. First, before even sharing about the event... can you please take a look at these mini burgers? I bet you can't eat just one! We had a fabulous time at Matchbox -- they were a lovely host for the event!
Starting next Saturday, May 7, the One Loudoun event season kicks off with the opening of the Farmer's Market followed by Downtown Fest. Downtown Fest is free and open to the public -- and includes 2 music stages, kids corner and crafts, and tons of entertainment. Also on the schedule for 2016: Acoustic Wednesdays on the plaza, free kids summer concert series on the plaza, Youth Fest, and the Jolly Carnival. You can see a full calendar of events on the One Loudoun site and RSVP for Downtown Fest on Facebook.
Decided to go a little lighter for the summer season and Diane at First Impressions in Fairfax went to work. Absolutely LOVE how it turned out!
Betsey Bishop is a Senior Executive Director with Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski. She’s a leader of Swarovski's fastest growing division worldwide, and focuses on fun home parties and a high-quality jewelry line with 50% under $50. Betsey came from a catering and special events background, most recently with Marriott. When her son was born, she decided to stay home, and then welcomed a daughter two years later. “When they were 4 and 6, I joined a direct selling company to do home parties, because I wanted to talk to someone besides Barney and Bob the Builder, and to have a little fun money!”
Seven years later, Betsey learned that Swarovski was opening its own party company. “I figured THIS was a company that would get it right and grow it big. We are now 5 years old officially and we are exploding nationally - it has been a fantastic professional and personal journey. My personal passion is helping women learn what they're gifted in and how special they are, by showing them how to start their own small (or big) business. I love to encourage and mentor - watching women succeed is my truest reward. I keep a positive outlook by always looking at the big picture! We all have setbacks - the question is will I allow it to derail me? Or is my dream bigger than that?”
Describe yourself in three words:
Cheerful, Persistent, Optimistic
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
I’ve reached the top level in my company by helping many wonderful women reach their own goals. It felt fantastic and it still does every single day. What got me to that level is what I still do every single day, and it lights me up.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
To intentionally grow Swarovski's new brand in Loudoun and Fairfax Counties by doing home parties and by finding new consultants there who want to start and quickly build their own simple businesses.
How does your company stay connected through social media?
Touchstone Crystal by Swarovski has a Facebook, Twitter and Instagram presence. I sometimes grab their terrific posts and share them! I have the same outlets and generally create my own content for myself on my Facebook Page: Betsey's Bling.
What profession other than yours would you like to attempt?
I wish I could have 9 lives! Minister, veterinarian, US Senator, TV news anchor, figure skater.....now I'm getting silly!
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Everyday is different. With my children both in college, I don't have the 2:30pm work deadline any longer. At 52 I go easy on myself sometimes - getting up after 7am, for example, and taking a little nap late in the afternoon - those things ensure I have peak energy. Plus I do Pilates and Barre Sculpte, something new for me, and that allows me to turn everything off in my brain for an hour at a time!
What websites do you visit every day?
I'm a news junkie so I'm all over the place online especially with this fascinating election season we're in. I read www.shereadstruth.com most days for some inspiration. And Facebook, of course. It has changed our lives, hasn't it?
What is your favorite drink – and where can you find it in Northern Virginia?
1. My cup of coffee with cream as soon as my eyes open in the morning.....from my Keurig..... and another one after a quick nap in the afternoon :)
2. ʺTickled Pinkʺ - sort of a Sangria from BJ's Brewhouse Restaurant - just tried that last weekend and loved loved loved it.
What are your top 3 favorite people/places/things in Northern Virginia?
1. I love the winery focus that has developed in Northern Virginia over the last ten years - it's very entrepreneurial and social. It brings people together in a fun way. And I don't really even drink wine!
2. SHOPPING - Dulles, Tysons, Fair Oaks.... small downtowns like Warrenton and Leesburg.
3. All the great families who are doing such a good job raising their children with values and family customs. This is a terrific place to raise a family.
What is your goal for retirement?
Island living, fresh seafood, family, friends, ministry to teens or college students.
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
I have a four-part mantra that I coach my team with:
1. Consistency - do something every single day for your business that's income-producing
2. Persistence - your feelings are not a good litmus test for how well you're doing in your business, so don't let a bad hour, day or week derail you. Just don't give up.
3. Training - learn everything you can from reputable sources, distill what you're learning into actionable items....and DO THEM.
4. Time - the farmer doesn't plant a seed and two hours later wonder why he hasn't produced a crop. Give it the length of time it needs to see progress and success.
Zig Ziglar said "We can get everything we want in life if we help enough others get what they want, too." It's a great philosophy for living. My life isn't about me - it's about others. When I can apply that to business too, it's a win-win!
Last night, I was invited to Blue Duck Tavern at the Park Hyatt DC to check out the new seasonal menu. Chef de Cuisine Brad Deboy and Executive Chef Franck Loquet celebrated the season's freshest ingredients from regional artisans and producers. Prepared on the terrace were Elysian Fields Rack of Lamb, Strawberry Salad, and Strawberry and Rhubarb Shortcake.
Blue Duck Tavern is located at 24 & M Streets, Northwest,Washington D.C. 20037.
You can see the full seasonal menu + seasonal drinks here.
my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced doubleshots at 5pm.
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