The 5 Best Apps For Busy Moms (Let’s Talk Live|WJLA|ABC)

 

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It’s no secret that moms are incredibly busy. And during the back-to-school season, they have to kick it into high gear to get everyone ready for the new year!
So, moms need all the help we can get! I stopped by Let’s Talk Live to chat about my favorite apps and websites to help moms stay on top of everything they juggle day-to-day.

Click on the link below to see the segment:

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Angelica’s Wardrobe Consideration Courtesy of: The Jennifer Lopez Collection at Kohl’s

Language Stars Back To School Open House & One Month of Free Classes Giveaway

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Check out programs at a Back to School Open House at Language Stars now through August 16th. Language Stars is a play-driven foreign language class for kids between the ages of 1 and 10 years old.

Activities during the Open House include a free trial class, an ice cream social, a webinar, and more. You can also learn about FunImmersion®, their high-energy method of instruction, in which students learn a foreign language through games, art projects, music and more. There are many locations throughout the VA/DC/MD area.

Language Stars is hosting a giveaway for one month of free classes

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Gillette Launches Blade Refill Subscription, Perfect for Back to School Season #Shaving Rebuilt

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Many of you have sons that will be leaving the nest soon to begin college. And I’ve got some exciting news to share to help to simplify your life and make it easy to cross off an item from your Back To School To-Do List. 

Gillette offers a blade refill subscription service that is a practical, hassle-free option that delivers Gillette’s blades directly to your son’s door. This service provides busy moms like us one less thing to think about, making it easy for college aged sons to look handsome and clean cut or their facial hair perfectly groomed.

Gillette’s blades are very affordable too—only about $1 a week for most guys.

College kids have enough to think about. With Gillette’s blade refill subscription they can spend more time “studying.”

Now if this is your son’s first year shaving, here are a few tips:

  • Select the proper razor: The Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology is the perfect razor for beginners as well as experienced shavers. It is the first razor of its kind, with a new handle that adjusts and pivots to respond to the contours of a man’s face for fewer missed hairs. Using existing Fusion ProGlide cartridges, the new handle lets the cartridge move in three dimensions for maximum contact. The result is #ShavingRebuilt for an entirely new shave experience.
  • Use a moisturizing shaving cream to protect your sensitive skin
  • Shave with the grain of the hair
  • Rinse your razor often while shaving
  • Use an aftershave suitable for your skin type to repair and protect your skin

Gillette’s blade refill subscription is the perfect back to school gift for your son, your brother, your husband, your father and every man in your life.

{Disclaimer:  Compensation was provided by Gillette via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Gillette or MomTrends}

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24 Hours in Montreal With Kids

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Logan & Ella at Parc du Mont Royal (Montreal)

24 Hours In Montreal With Kids

Montreal is Canada’s second largest city and considered by many to be “the cultural-capital of Canada.” It was recently named the UNESCO city of design and is a huge economic and cultural center. Montreal is the second largest French-speaking city in the world. (Paris is the largest.)

Earlier this summer, my family and I took a road trip from Ottawa to Montreal, where we stayed for 24 hours. While I personally recommend spending a minimum of 3 to 5 days visiting Montreal, you can pack a ton of fun within 24 hours. Here’s an itinerary to show you how.

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Enjoying the living room of our Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Junior Suite

 

 

©ClarendonMoms/Angelica Talan Logan & Ella relaxing in our Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Junior Suite

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Logan & Ella relaxing in our Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Junior Suite

 

STAY

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel: At the heart of romantic and cosmopolitan Montréal where French and English meet, Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth offers guests outstanding comfort and attentive service. Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth has a central location downtown near some of the best tourist attractions, and is a very kid-friendly (and dog-friendly) hotel. Kid-friendly features include an amazing salt water kiddie pool, a lending service for bicycles, babysitting services and kids’ programs during holidays. The suites are very spacious and plush with great amenities and luxurious bath products. A cool piece of trivia: The hotel reached worldwide fame when John Lennon and Yoko Ono, who had been refused entry into the United States, conducted their Bed-In in Room 1742 at the hotel between May 26 and June 2, 1969.The song “Give Peace a Chance” was actually recorded in this room on June 1, 1969 by André Perry. This song is the first solo single released by John Lennon, and became an anthem of the American anti-war movement during the 1970s.

EAT

Breakfast

Eggspectation: One of the things I really enjoy while on vacation is to talk to the locals and find out where they enjoy dining. I really like to have a “where the locals dine experience” for at least one of our daily meals. And the most popular place recommended was Eggspectation. There are five outlets in Montreal, this restaurant takes a simple egg and creates an entire menu around it. It offers delicious drinks and an ambience suitable for everyone.

Lunch

Au Pied de Cochon: Founded by Chef Martin Picard, this restaurant is located at 536 Duluth Street East in the borough of Le Plateau-Mont-Royal and is considered one of the Top Restaurants in Montreal by Eater Magazine.

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Logan didn’t realize a sunset dinner was a good idea until after this picture was taken

Dinner

Toqué!  Hailed as one of the BEST French-Canadia chefs by several culinary publications, Chef Normand Laprise is one of mine and my husband’s favorite chefs in the world (along side of Thomas Keller, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Daniel Boulod). We love Toqué! because of it’s amazing 7 course Tasting Menu—which believe it or not—we absolutely considered having with our kids. Thank-God we came to our senses and instead enjoyed a 3 course meal instead. I’m positive our kids would not have enjoyed sitting for a 3 hour, 7 course tasting menu very happily. However, if your young ones are with a babysitter or you have older kids, this is a delectable gastronomic experience for the entire family.

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Logan & Ella in front of the Montreal Science Center waiting for Canada Day Fireworks

SIGHT SEEING

  • Notre Dame Basilica: Built between 1824 and 1829, the Gothic Revival Notre-Dame Basilica captivates hundreds of thousands of admirers every year. Paintings, sculptures, glittering gold leaf and dazzling stained-glass windows illustrate biblical passages. Coolest thing for kids might be the evening’s sound and light show that tells the story of Montréal and the creation of the church.
  • Parc du Mont-Royal: Frederick Law Olmsted, the designer behind New York City’s Central Park, was the brains behind this 200-hectare park. This is a great place to hike, mountain bike, toss a Frisbee or rent a paddleboat and explore Beaver Lake. This park even has beautiful panoramic views from the observatory overlook and a little café. This place is an outdoor lover’s dream and a fantastic place for your kids to explore and burn off all that youthful energy.
  • Insectarium Those without bug phobias can examine 160,000 living and naturalized insects: see an ant farm, beehives and other homes for creepy crawlers. Entomologists are on site to answer questions.
  • Montreal Science Center: This is located in a fantastic neighborhood and along Lake Ontario. So much to see and do in and around this awesome site!
  • Parc Jean-Drapeau: I couldn’t believe it, but Montreal actually has a beach! And if your kids are anything like mine—all they care about is sand and water during the warm months. This beach is sure to impress your little ones.

Some Tips:

  • Known as the city of festivals, Montreal hosts a different one each month of the year, including a world-renowned jazz festival in the summer.
  • Montreal is a predominantly French speaking city and you will find that the street signs and menus that are mostly in French. However, the street signs have pictures and it’s pretty simple to figure out. And most of the waiters and waitresses speak perfect English and can translate the menu.
  • Make sure to have some Canadian cash.
  • Montreal is a very metropolitan city. Dress up a little.

Happy Traveling!

If you have any questions or tips about Montreal that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

{Editor’s Note: Thank-you to Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth for sponsoring our accommodations. All opinions are my own.}

 

Summer Beach Essentials For Your Family (Let’s Talk Live|WJLA|ABC)

Summer is the perfect time to pack up the car and head to the beach! But with sweltering temperatures and the kids in tow, a day at the beach isn’t always easy.

I stopped by Let’s Talk Live to share my favorite products that will help make your next beach trip simple, safe and fun!

Products featured on the segment:

Angelica’s Wardrobe Consideration courtesy: The Pink Armoire

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UberFAMILY: For Parents On The Go Available Now In Washington DC

Starting today, Uber is making life easier for parents in the DC metro area with the launch of uberFAMILY, their new on-demand car seat option. With the touch of a button and a $10 surcharge, parents can easily request a ride that’s equipped with a car seat.

To develop uberFAMILY, Uber DC teamed up with The Car Seat Lady’s Dr. Alisa Baer, who trained the service’s highest-rated partner drivers on how to safely secure the seats — which were all manufactured specifically for Uber by IMMI.

In celebration of the launch, Uber DC is kicking things off with a surcharge-free week brought to you by Care.com, the world’s largest online destination for finding and managing family care.

To learn more about UberFAMILY, including how to request UberFAMILY on your Uber app and safety details, head to: http://bit.ly/1vXbOjz

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uberFAMILY: For parents on the go

Getting around with your child just got easier with Uber’s new on-demand car seat option.

 1) Use promo code ClarendonMoms25 for $25 off your first Uber ride!

2) Download the App and enter the code.

3) Request uberFAMILY and be connected to a highly rated driver with a car seat.

WHAT IS UBER? Uber is an app that connects you with a driver at the tap of a button. Request a ride and have a driver curbside in minutes. There’s no need to carry cash. When you reach your destination, your fare is automatically billed to your card on file, no need to tip. Good for one ride, up to $25, new riders only. Expires 11/1/14. Excludes uberTAXI.

Already have Uber? Simply toggle to your vehicle option at the very bottom of the screen (uberFAMILY is available on both uberX and UberBLACK), and tap the ‘FAMILY’ button above the slider.

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{Disclosure: This post was sponsored by UBER.}

Floor & Decor Grand Opening Saturday, July 12th and Floor & Decor $50 Gift Card Giveaway

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My parents have flipped houses for years. They’re what you call “Do-it-yourselfers”. When my husband and I purchased our latest home, my parents told me about this amazing store called Floor and Decor. They said it was a “remodeler’s dream store” offering family friendly environment, easy to navigate aisles, a knowledgable staff, had very low prices and focused on hard surface flooring options. Best of all, they were able to find the most beautiful tile at a huge discount. That was great for them since the store they were talking about was close to them in Ohio.

I’m happy to announce that Floor & Decor is currently open and will be hosting a Grand Opening this Saturday, July 12th  in Woodbridge, Virginia. The festivities will feature a variety of family-friendly activities like face-painting, complimentary icy treats and a Nascar Race Car Simulator. Also starting at noon that day, the first 200 people to register will have a chance to play a dice game that could result in one lucky player leaving with $500,000, additional prizes will also be given out throughout the day.

Saturday, July 12: Grand Opening Day

11am – 6pm: NASCAR Simulator
11am-2pm: Face painting and Cruise-In with Prince William Cruisers
11:30am: Wounded Warriors Donation Check Presentation
1:30pm- 4:30pm: Treats for customers from Kona Ice
Noon – 2pm: Roll the Dice for a chance to win $500,000
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14041 Worth Ave Woodbridge, VA 22192

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Floor & Decor is a fantastic place for DIYers. They have an incredibly large selection, the best prices in town because of their relationships with distributors and have an in-house design team to which customers have access.

{Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. I was compensated by Floor & Decor to help spread the word about its new Potomac Mills location including a true story of my own.}

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Discover Ottawa, Canada This Summer!

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My husband, our kids and I couldn’t wait for summer break. We decided to take a road trip up to Ottawa, Canada’s capital city from Arlington/Washington DC. For those who haven’t considered visiting Ottawa before—now is a good time! There are so many great things to love about Ottawa.

Ottawa is an amazing picturesque city packed with a ton of  on-going festivals and fun stuff to explore with the kids! It’s also a very easy city to drive in and ride bikes. It’s very clean, safe, walkable, bilingual (English and French are spoken here), laid back weekend city with a great dining scene. We spent an entire week in Ottawa this summer and I’d like to share with you some of my favorite places that we explored that I think makes for a fantastic family vacation.

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STAY: Setting up a home base away from home  is essential to creating a comfortable stay for your family. Albert At Bay is without a doubt, the best place in the entire city of Ottawa to stay with your family. They have bedroom suites hailed as the largest suite sized rooms in Ottawa for the same price as a standard hotel. The suite is complete with a large living room, dining room, a full size kitchen, a full bath and one or two bedrooms, each with two queen sized beds. For all practical purposes, this is a luxury sized apartment rental for the same price as the other hotels that are fancier in name only. They offer free wi-fi for up to 10 devices, free local calls (I don’t know of any other hotel that offers that anywhere), and there’s even a balcony! This place is truly amazing! There’s a full sized Laundromat, full sized fitness center with a gorgeous rooftop and there’s a 24 hour convenient mart right next door. Best of all, it’s tucked away from the hustle and bustle of all things touristy, yet within walking distance of all of the main attractions.

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EXPLORE

  • The Rideau Canal is a chain of beautiful lakes, rivers and canals winding 202 km from Kingston, at the head of Lake Ontario, to Ottawa, Canada’s capital city. One of Canada’s historic canals, the Rideau is maintained and operated by Parks Canada to preserve and present the canal’s natural and historic features, as well as to provide a navigable channel for boaters. It is absolutely gorgeous and offers so much nature and tranquility.
  • Paul’s Boat Lines for a tour of The Ottawa River or The Rideau Canal Cruise from May to October. Paul’s Boat Lines have been around since 1936 and include:
    • Parliament Buildings • Supreme Court • Museum of Civilization • National Art Gallery • Rideau Falls • Residence of the Prime Minister • and much more.
    • All cruises come with a bilingual and live commentary.
    • The tour duration is approximately 1.5 hours from the Ottawa dock and 2 hours from the Hull dock.
  • Take a Free Tour of Parliament: Discover the history, functions and art of Canada’s Parliament with a guided tour of Centre Block. This iconic building is home to the Senate, House of Commons and Library of Parliament. Free tours are available daily.
  • Changing the Guard: Every morning at 10am, Parliament Hill offers a free Changing the Guard ceremony (similar to the one performed at Buckingham Palace).
  • Yoga on Parliament Hill: Every Wednesday at 12noon (weather permitting), there is a free yoga class on the lawn in front of the Parliament Buildings. This is a fun photo opportunity, as literally hundreds of people show up. Very colorful.
  • Explore the bike pathsRentABike can get you kitted out and provide great suggestions for routes, whether you want to explore the Rideau Canal (Ontario’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site) or ride along the Ottawa River or explore some great neighborhoods.
  • Thursday night free museums: Many national museums including the Canadian Museum of History (formerly known as The Museum of Civilization), Canadian War Museum, National Gallery of Canada, Canadian Museum of Nature and more offer free admission on Thursday nights, either as of 4pm or 5pm.
  • Calypso Theme Waterpark: If you have access to a vehicle and your kids like the water, visit Canada’s largest waterpark, Calypso, located just about 25 minutes’ drive east of the downtown
  • Soft-adventure whitewater rafting: Also on the water is a brand new rafting option. You’ll go through three sets of fairly mild rapids, but you’ll have the option to swim in the Ottawa River and hear stories about the logging industry, voyageur fur traders and First Nations people. Minimum weight: 50lbs This trip departs from Britannia Park, about 15 minutes west of downtown (and accessible from public transit)
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EAT

Ottawa has a very eclectic dining scene. There is literally something for everyone here.

Restaurants

  • Murray Street: Chef Steve Mitton is a master in all things charcuterie. My husband and I dined at this fine establishment twice while on vacation. The restaurant is romantic, chic and offers some of the freshest farm to table food in all of Ottawa. The staff adds a hip and cool vibe to an already awesome venue. Perfect for a date night or dinner with friends and colleagues. Our absolute favorite restaurant in all of Ottawa.
  • Town: Definitely make a reservation in order to get a good table during prime hours here.
  • The Green Door Restaurant is Ottawa’s oldest and best known vegetarian restaurant, having served many thousands over the last 25 years.  They specialize in high quality foods and baked goods made from ingredients that are organic and locally grown and produced. They are buffet, cafeteria style.
  • Tuckers Marketplace Restaurant offers an award-winning buffet serving unsurpassed quality of food, with almost everything made from scratch using only the finest, freshest and most authentic ingredients possible. Everything from breads warm from the oven, pick-your-own salads and hearty soups to made-to-order pastas, stir fries, hand-carved roast beef and tantalizing desserts. All at one all-inclusive price.
  • Poutine Parlour is located a short drive from Ottawa in a town called Orleans. It is hailed by some locals as the “best poutine in the Ottawa area”. Not having had poutine before, I was thoroughly impressed with this local food truck. I have even considered franchising it and bringing it to the DC area–I like it that much. There is something for everyone here.
  • Dunn’s Market Deli Established in 1927, this restaurant has a huge menu offering dozens of sandwiches, all day breakfast, burgers, steak and the local favorite, poutine.
  • Cora is an amazing place to take the kids for breakfast, lunch, dinner or simply dessert. It’s like IHOP on steroids–bright, fun, energetic and really good comfort food.
  • The Black Thorne Cafe is proudly located in a National Capital Commission building. This was once the home of Albert Thibert and his family. Monsieur Thibert was a nineteenth century carriage master (the mechanic of the day) who lived upstairs and operated his business on the main floor. The menu has a ton of fresh seafood and salads on the menu, including a menu for kids pizza.
  • Black Cat Bistro offers modern French Bistro fare within an awesomely trendy setting. There’s also a prefix menu offered Tuesday thru Thursday that changes weekly.
  • El Camino is the perfect tacos, tequila and raw bar for any night of the week.
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SHOP

PLAY

Here’s a list of Ottawa parks and playgrounds

TIPS

Ottawa is one of the most walkable cities in the world. Another good way to get around is to rent a bike.

WHAT TO PACK

Ottawa is a very relaxed, casual and outdoorsy city.  Plan on packing as if you’re going on a backpacking/hiking vacation with perhaps one or two “nicer, upscale outfits” for dinner. Comfortable, outdoor fitness gear with comfortable and water resistant shoes make for an idea “vacation uniform.” Be prepared for all types of weather. Depending on what season you travel, you could experience all four seasons within one trip. I’m not kidding. Be sure to pack sunscreen,insect repellent (in summer), sunglasses, plenty of layers and possibly a small backpack or fanny pack. I’m sure I don’t have to remind you, but a camera is important to capture those awesome landscapes and those precious moments with your family.

Happy Traveling!

If you have any comments, questions or tips about Ottawa that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below! 

 

Review: Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus Saves Me Hours of Precious Time

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Laundry is the bane of my existence! And ironing, forget about it! But, I’m about to let you in on a little secret I discovered. It’s called Downy Wrinkle Releaser and it works! There’s just three steps to using this magical product:

  • spray the garment or fabric
  • tug & smooth the wrinkles out
  • hang to dry

And voila!

I took a bottle of Downy Wrinkle Releaser with me on our two week summer vacation and used it on just about every outfit I packed for myself, my husband and our two kids. We even used it on our beach towels and beach blanket–just to test it out. It worked. I found that Downy Wrinkle Releaser worked best on 100% cotton clothes and fabrics–which is fantastic because I try to buy clothes that are mostly cotton. There is a warning on the label that says that it’s prone to leave “water spots” on fabrics that are silk and rayon. The bad news: I neglected to take a read the label until after I had sprayed the product on my white silk summer dress.  The good news: I’m happy and relieved to share the great news that the spray did not damage my silk sun dress or leave any type of stains on my dress. It worked very well on my favorite white silk summer sun dress, which was moderately creased and wrinkled in at least a dozen other areas. Downy Wrinkle Releaser even worked on my husband’s work trousers (a polyester, rayon and nylon blend) and on all of his cotton business button down shirts. My husband was surprised when he noticed all of his clothes hanging in our hotel closet were wrinkle free the following morning after unpacking our tightly packed luggage. He asked me if I had ironed everything or if I had taken everything to the dry cleaners. I laughed and reminded him he should know better than that. Then, I showed him the Downy Wrinkle Releaser spray bottle and he couldn’t believe it! It’s so easy that now my own husband is even using the product! This product has not only saved me hours of my precious time, but my husband is in on the fun of spraying our family’s clothes with the Downy Wrinkle Releaser. Up next, teaching the kid how to help Mommy with the de-wrinkling game.

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is sold at Walmart, Target, Walgreens, Kroger, Publix and many other grocery, drug, and mass retailers.

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus is sold in a 1-liter bottle for $6.99 and a 500 mL bottle for $4.19. It is also available in a travel-friendly 3-ounce size for $1.99. For more information, click here

{Disclosure: I received samples of this product to review. All opinions are authentic and are my own.}

Smashbox Cosmetics Party

 

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Last week, my friend Angelica of Clarendon Moms and I partnered with Smashbox for an exciting event at the Pentagon City Nordstrom, where our invited guests learned how to make the perfect cat-eye. We had such a fun time and we even got the chance to play along and test out all of the great Smashbox make-up. I have to say a super thank you to Rene, the head Smashbox make-up artist, who did an awesome job of explaining how to use all of the different products. It was a great night and the event was a super success!!
I want to say a big thanks to all of our readers and friends who came out to support us!! It really means a lot to us…and thank you to Smashbox and Nordstrom for giving us the opportunity to give our readers a chance to learn a little more about the Smashbox brand!! Thanks guys and have a wonderful weekend!!***   ***
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Baroque Embossed Sleeveless Dress c/o Chicwish, Cobalt Blue Pumps from Schutz, Color Blocking Clutch (similar here and here), Miu Miu Sunglasses via Sunglass Hut, Neckalce from TJ Maxx.
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