Enter to WIN a Pair of Tickets To The Washington Ballet’s PETER PAN at the Kennedy Center April 16-27th

Win a Pair of Tickets to 2014 The Washington Ballet's PETER PAN

Win a Pair of Tickets to 2014 The Washington Ballet’s PETER PAN

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Eisenhower Theater

Take a high-flying adventure to Neverland with the The Washington Ballet’s NEW Production of Septime Webre’s dazzling Peter Pan. A swashbuckling coming of age tale that pits Peter and the Lost Boys against Captain Hook and his outrageous band of pirates, this whimsical adventure is told through vibrant dance. Peter Pan is a story about growing up that never seems to grow old.

Peter Pan
Choreography by Septime Webre
Music by Carmon DeLeone

Performance dates and times:

Wednesday April 16, 2014 at 7:30PM (Preview Night)
Thursday April 17, 2014 at 7:30PM (Opening Night)
Friday April 18, 2014 at 7:30PM
Saturday April 19, 2014 at 1:30PM & 7:30PM
Sunday April 20, 2014 at 6:30PM
Saturday April 26, 2014 at 1:30PM & 7:30PM
Sunday April 27, 2014 at 1:30PM & 6:30PM

The Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater
2700 F St. NW, Washington, DC 20566


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Contest has ended. Congratulations to the winner: Roxana V.

Lululemon Launches “&Go” Line of Gym to Happy Hour Apparel


Introducing “&GO” by Lululemon.com



Introducing "&Go" at Lululemon.com

Introducing “&Go” at Lululemon.com

Lululemon "& Go".

Lululemon “& Go”.

Lululemon has launched a brand new line of casual clothes for outside the yoga studio that includes sundresses, pants and tank tops. The line, called “&Go,” targets women who are “out the door at daybreak and moving until midnight,” Lululemon says. The ad resonates with women, ”You don’t have time for a wardrobe that keeps forcing you to change. You’re busy living. We get it.”  &Go, which is being sold online and in stores, launched last week. Six of the 12 products that were part of the debut sold out in a matter of hours, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Camilo Lyon.

The line’s shorts retail at $54, tops for $58, dresses for $198 and pants cost between $108 and $118. Lyon says the new line is proof that Lululemon “is still very much relevant and not fading,” despite a recent glitch in a recalled line of yoga pants.

“In our opinion, it is the most progressive, fashion-forward line the company has brought to market in quite some time,” Lyon said in a note to clients  last week. And the line looks pretty hip to a busy mom like me! What do you think about the multiple purpose line of clothes?

#FoodLionSale & $50 Food Lion Gift Card Giveaway!

#FoodLionSale & $50 Food Lion Gift Card Giveaway

#FoodLionSale & $50 Food Lion Gift Card Giveaway


March is the most exciting month of college basketball games and Food Lion is kicking it off with an awesome sale on General Mills products!

Buy 10 General Mills Products In One Visit & Get $5 Off Your Next Visit When You Use Your Food Lion MVP Card.

And there’s even more awesomeness!  


General Mills has over 150 participating products to choose from, so finding 10 items to purchase at the same time is really easy! Food Lion® is your one-stop-shop for everything ranging from cereal, to snacks, to meals, to frozen biscuits and veggies!

The Food Lion® sale and $5 coupon deal is available from March 3rd – March16th. You’ll receive the printed $5 coupon at the register, and then you have until March 30th to use it!

Be sure to share your savings by tweeting @FoodLion using the hashtag #FoodLionSale and also by following Food Lion® on Facebook!






As if the March basketball games weren’t exciting enough, I’m hosting a giveaway to help one lucky reader with their next Food Lion® shopping trip!

One winner will receive a $50 Food Lion® Gift Card! Burst Media will be responsible for prize fulfilment. Enter below by March 28th, 2014 for your chance to win!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of General Mills® via Burst Media. The opinions and text are mine.

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Gwen Stefani Launches Affordable Line of Handbags & Shoes with ShoeDazzle.com


Introducing gx by Gwen Stefani. Photo courtesy of ShoeDazzle.com



gx by Gwen Stefani Handbag Collection. Photo Courtesy of ShoeDazzle.com

gx by Gwen Stefani. Photo Courtesy of ShoeDazzle.com

gx by Gwen Stefani. Photo Courtesy of ShoeDazzle.com

Congratulations to Gwen Stefani on her new handbag and shoe collection with ShoeDazzle.com as well as giving birth to her new son over the weekend, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale! Gwen Stefani has designed a budget line of shoes that promises to deliver on comfort as well as style.  On her design:‘I am trying to make the perfect shoe that you can wear all day long.’

The 44 year-old mother certainly knows a thing or two about stomping around in sky high heels.

Priced at a budget between $69.95 and $110.95.The gx by Gwen Stefani collection consists of seven handbags and 24 pairs of shoes and is currently available on ShoeDazzle.com.


The Old Post Office Pavilion: Real Mom Style





Pennsylvania Avenue NW isn’t just home to the White House. It’s home to the Old Post Office Pavilion, a historical building that is one of the most popular tourists destinations in Washington DC. This iconic building is currently being renovated to become The Trump International Hotel, the DC installment for The Trump Hotel Collection. I have to admit, I love every hotel Donald Trump builds.  I can’t wait until the opening  of the DC Trump International Hotel and looking forward to my first family staycation there. I even packed a carry-on duffel on this day, a day I decided to take pictures of the beautiful architectural style of the building.

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You’re Invited: #PrettyGlamazonOscarsViewingParty Sunday, March 2 at 6PM


Join Hosts Makeda Saggau-Sackey of GlamazonDiaries.com & Lara Eurdolian of PrettyConnected.com for a DC Oscars Celebration at The Four Seasons Eno Wine Bar

The 86th Annual Academy Awards is this Sunday and you know what that means.  Red carpet critique! What will your favorite stars be wearing? More importantly, what will Lupita N’yongo be wearing? And will Jared Leto rock another man bun on the red carpet? Lara Eurdolian of Pretty Connected and Makeda Saggau-Sackey of Glamazon Diaries have partnered together to present an Oscars viewing party in Washington, DC and you’re invited to join in on all the fun!

On Sunday, March 2nd, from 5-6pm be sure to follow @PrettyConnected, @GlamazonDiaries and use the hashtag #PRETTYGLAMAZONoscars.

They will also be doing  a demo on all the must-haves and also offering giveaways throughout the weekend from their getting glam arsenal including products from Mario Badescu, Aveda, Knock Out nail polish, Olay, Secret, LeSportsac, Borghese, Skyn Icleland TIGI, Skin Pro and more!

And since it’s never fun to watch the awards show and red carpet alone, at 6pm they will turning on the big screen at Eno Wine Bar at the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown and inviting  you to join in on the fun! There will be wine specials and lots of prizes throughout the night. If you’re not DC based, tweet along as they chat about all the looks coming down the red carpet.

Tweet and let everyone know  you’re attending using #PrettyGlamazonOscars and #ENOscars in your tweets.  For more information, please click here.

Your Guide to a Kick Ass Oscars Party (DIY)



2014 Printable Oscar Ballot. Photo courtesy of Studiodiy.com

Oscars Viewing Party Ideas

Tuxedo Confetti Poppers. Photo courtesy of KristiMurphy.com

The Oscars will air this Sunday March 2nd on ABC at 7 PM/EST and will be hosted by Ellen Degeneres.

The Academy Awards has been my favorite awards show since I dreamed of becoming an actress at 10 years old. That’s some time ago! Before marriage and kids, I would dream of the day that I would make it to the Oscars in an ensemble cast for a film that was nominated or even possibly as a “seat filler“. (Side Note: Let’s face it, I didn’t have any grandiose ideas that I’d be nominated as an actress, but just about anyone with a good headshot could work as a seat filler).

That dream eventually faded. I got married, had two kids and settled on attending a handful of  local Academy Awards Viewing Parties in Washington, D.C. Those days are over too. And instead, this weekend, I will patiently try to put my kids to bed before the E! Live From the Red Carpet Oscars ends and the Oscars Award Show begins. Wish me luck with that one!

After the kiddies are tucked in safe and sound and I’m confident they’re asleep, my babysitter will arrive so my husband and I can finally escape to our neighbor’s house, where we’ve all collaborated to throw a “Kick Ass Oscar’s Party”. And you can too! Here’s our plan:

THE INVITATIONS : Oscar Party Printables | While They Snooze

DÉCOR: Faux Marquee Letters | Lisa Storms

THE MENU: Free Oscar Party Invitation Printable | Paper Muse Press

THE  FOOD & DRINK: Glitter Champagne Bottle | Celebrations at Home

Tuxedo Hot Dogs | Better Homes & Gardens

Oscars Cookies | Bakerella

Popcorn Bar | Celebrations at Home

Film Reel Cupcakes | Make Life Lovely


Free Printable 2014 Oscar Ballot | Studio DIY

Oscar Party Bingo | How About Orange


Faux Marquee Letters | Lisa Storms


Tuxedo Confetti Poppers | Kristi Murphy

Faux Marquee Letters | Lisa Storms

Will you be attending a party or throwing one of your own? Please let me know if you have any tips or DIY crafts you’d like to suggest. Or feel free to share your predictions for the winners!

Sarah Jessica Parker Launches “SJP” Shoe Line at Nordstrom, Friday February 28th


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Have you ever imagined being the character Carrie Bradshaw in “Sex and the City” or at least day dreamed about what it would be like to have her shoe collection in your closet? Well, now you can.  Parker worked with the CEO of Manolo Blahnik, George Malkemus, on the new collection.

Sarah Jessica Parker has designed a collection of shoes, handbags and a trench coat for Nordstrom that launches Friday, February 28th. The SJP Collection aims to make shoe-aholics swoon with pumps and flirty, strappy stilettos in a variety of colors such as mint, purple and mauve. They’re made in Italy and named after Ms. Parker’s fashion influences, including a pair dubbed “Carrie” and another called “Maud” for renowned fashion designer Maud Frizon.

“I’ve taken inspiration from things in my life such as the grosgrain ribbons I tied in my hair as a girl to the flower accents from the ‘Sex and the City’ wardrobe to references to classic styles from the late ’70s and early ’80s,” Ms. Parker said in a statement.

Handbags were named after some of Sarah Jessica Parker’s favorite spots in New York City. One of my favorites, the “Waverly” cross-body bag and the “Beekman” clutch are just two examples. The “Manhattan” trench comes in navy or natural colors and is designed to flatter with an A-line fit and skirted silhouette.

“I’m a firm believer in quality and timelessness and have created this collection with the hopes that women will love wearing it for years to come,” she said.

Priced affordably, shoes will range from $195 to $500, and handbags will be from $245-$375. The trench will retail for $495. The line launches on Friday, February 28th in select Nordstrom stores including a public reception and launch at the Nordstrom in Pentagon City in Arlington, Virginia from 6 PM to 9 PM. SJP shoes will also be available online at www.nordstrom.com.

Kendall & Kylie Jenner Launch Madden Girl Shoe Line with Steve Madden

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Kris Jenner, the matriarch of all things Kardashian and Jenner will not stop until every single one of her kids and her grandchildren are self-sufficient multi-millionaires. And why shouldn’t she? As a mother, I completely idolize Kris Jenner’s ability to help her children become successful in just about every endeavor they attempt.

Kendall and Kylie Jenner are the youngest of the Kardashian family. At ages 16 and 18 years old, they have collaborated with Steve Madden to create a new shoe and handbag collection for Madden Girl.

The line includes a collection of sandals, platforms, gladiators and cage heels priced from $49 to $79.

Over the weekend, they officially launched their line at Nordstrom in Glendale, California which includes a collection of sandals, platforms, gladiators and cage heels priced from $49 to $79.

Kendall (the elder sister) rocked a chic lace top by For Love & Lemons with a high-waisted skater skirt with a pair of strappy heels from their line. These gladiator inspired heels are so my style and have been promptly added to the list of my “Spring Must Haves”. Kylie wore a cute strapless navy romper with a peplum accent at the waist. She paired her outfit with caged nude sandals, also from the new collection and on my “Must Have” List.

Will you be buying? Let me know in the comments below.

From Across The Playground: Real Mom Style






The winter weather seems to be wrapping up. And after about a half dozen snow days (aka school closings), I’m over the cold and ready for spring! I’m already boxing up all my winter clothes to put in storage and making my shopping list for spring. A medium weight sweater, a scarf and faux leather leggings is what I throw on for a comfy and casual look to jet the kids to and from school, go grocery shopping and treat the kids to a few hours on the playground.

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