Sport and Health at Pike and Rose: Best Montgomery County Gym, Best Personal Training #PikeFit

I have been working out for the last five years at a small, outdated gym near my home. It has the bare basics: old cardio machines, group exercise classes, '90's style spinning and a basement weight room without windows. Nothing to write (er, blog) home about.So imagine my delight at an invitation to a month's review at the new and state of the art Pike & Rose Sport&Health in North Bethesda. This brand new Sport&Health gym is gorgeous. Swanky yet warm. All of the equipment Read more...

Best Hair Salons in Montgomery County: Hypnotic Salons Olney and Damascus

Few things can help one's self esteem more than a completely rocking haircut and fresh color.Having a bad day? Week? Month? Get thee to a salon.I have been going to Hypnotic Salon and Spas' two locations in Olney and Damascus for the past five years. Salon founder and owner Chrissy Mayo is my go-to stylist for women's hair care services, primarily cut and color, but I have had the pleasure of working with several other members of the Hypnotic team as well.Below you can see me and Read more...

Family Photography Sessions with Marian Lozano

If you are pondering taking a professional family photo, you must contact Marian Lozano of Marian Lozano Photography. I have no idea how I became so lucky as to work with Marian eons ago and now be able to count the Washington, DC area’s best family, newborn, expectant mother and children’s photographer as our dear friend and family photographer. Now lest you think me totally biased, Marian Lozano is at the top of every awards list in this town for family photographers.Marian has Read more...

Best Pre-Vacation Salon Service: Eyelash Tinting (Just $25!) by Skincando at Emerald Door

It's not often this 40 year old woman posts a #nomakeupselfie on the Web ... unless she has had her eyelashes eco-tinted by Sara Damelio of Skincando and Emerald Door Salon in Silver Spring.  So there I am, above, in all my post-vacation, sun-damaged, aging and chapped lip glory. No, this is not one of those middle class mom memes in the #SoBrave vein. It's much more shallow...and hopefully useful. It's to reveal how it looks to have your eyelashes dyed by Sara.If you are in possession Read more...

Best Party Decor: SimplyGenie Designer Parties in a Box

SimplyGenie: Designer Parties in a Box will make your event burst with personality & awesome  I had the honor of receiving an offer from the artistic mastery of Valerie Biaggi and Andrea Walker of SimplyGenie: Designer Parties in a Box to provide décor kits for an event. What an amazing chance to see a locally-based business shine! SimplyGenie provides Parties in a Box so that we parents can order to make our children's birthdays and celebrations special and spectacular. They provide both Read more...

Facials with Friends at Center for Plastic Surgery + Discount

What is better than a facial that completely refreshes your mug? Getting that facial with friends!Center for Plastic Surgery in Chevy Chase (there is an Annandale location, too) invited me and my dear friends Sandie Angulo Chen of The DC Moms, Leticia Barr of TechSavvyMama and Amy Mascott of TeachMama to review customized, medical-grade facial treatments.The Chevy Chase Village location is beautiful and serves as both a doctors' office and spa. My friends and I met for a tour and then Read more...

Clear + Brilliant at Ruff Plastic Surgery DC: Perfect Treatment to Refresh My Skin

I found someone awesome and safe to improve my face ... no small feat!  My 40th birthday is looming and I want to look better.I do not want major surgery but I have been hankering for ways to improve my skin and face. I am aging and looking tired. I have sun damage and eye hollows and dark circles and acne and scars and big pores. I keep on getting facials and using good products, but what I also find is myself using more and more makeup, more special brushes and products to spackle and Read more...

Best Hair Salon in Damascus: Hypnotic Hair Salon, Saturday Open House

Hypnotic Salon in Damascus is Open and Fabulous  My favorite local salon, Hypnotic Salon in Olney, has expanded with a second Upper County location, Hypnotic Salon Damascus! Owner Chrissy Mayo not only cuts and highlights hair with extraordinary artistry and on-point style, she is also an amazing entrepreneur. In order to serve more clients with her and her team of stylists' mad skills, she has opened a new location on Main Street in Damascus, right near the Jimmy Cone.I have never Read more...

uberFAMILY DC Tablets and Carseats

Cool family transpo tip: Now when you request an uberFAMILY DC car the driver will not only have carseats for your kids, it will also have a Fuhu’s nabi 2 tablet.These tablets are packed with console-quality HD learning games and child-centric entertainment. Now an uber ride in the DC Metro with kids in tow is even more enjoyable!Alice and I tried out a ride in an uberFAMILY car with a tablet last week. She enjoyed having me sit next to her in the back seat, trying out a new five-point Read more...