Voice Lessons at Guitar Center Review

Charlie and Eve's voice lessons at Guitar Center have being going great!As I wrote about earlier, my two oldest children children are participating in summer musicals and so we have turned to Guitar Center's voice lesson offerings. (This is thanks to an opportunity with The Motherhood Inc. to write about Guitar Center's lesson offerings.)Charlie and Eve have both been receiving individual half-hour voice lessons at the downtown Silver Spring Guitar Center location. Until hearing from Read more...

Cleanse Your Closet (and Learn How to Consign!) Wed. January 24

Cleanse Your Closet with Rachel Rosenthal of Rachel and Company and The RealReal Wednesday, January 24 7-9pm BUREAU1800 Wyoming Avenue NWWashington, DC 20009Is one of your New Year’s resolutions to get more organized? Join my favorite local organizing expert Rachel Rosenthal for an intimate workshop where she'll provide her tried-and-true organizing tips, with an emphasis on clearing out your closet to live your best-looking, most fashionable life.You will not only Read more...

Best Resolution for 2018: Family Photography Session with Marian Lozano

Having professional family photos taken is one of the best gifts you can give yourself, and Marian Lozano Photography is the best DC-area family photographer to book. In just one session she will capture dozens of gorgeous photos of your family! I have had a lot of lucky moments in this town, but one of the luckiest was the chance to work side-by-side with with Marian Lozano of Marian Lozano Photography when we were both in our early twenties. Marian is the Washington, DC area’s Read more...

Skincando Services, Skin Care and Sale!

Sara Damelio of Skincando has a new out of this world treatment and a once-a-year only sale that I just had to tell you about! I am a massive fan of Sara Damelio, the creator of Skincando, and eco-aesthetician of green beauty treatments at the Emerald Door Spa (located right on the Silver Spring/Chevy Chase/NW DC border). Sara is one of the country’s first eco-facialists and has been practicing and studying natural skincare for over 15 years.Sara's facials have done wonders to Read more...

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I have been working out for the last five years at a small, outdated gym near my home.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...