Hello Happy: HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5

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I often ask my kids to tell me 5 things that happened during the day that made them happy. I often write them in my daily journal and also in some of the photo books that I’ve begun creating for gifts to my parents. In honor of the sweet and simple ingredients in HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup and the sweet and simple memories that it inspires, Hershey’s wants people to share the sweetness in everyday moments. So, I’ve asked my husband and our kids, Ella and Logan, to take a moment to “stop and smell the chocolate” and share their #Simply5 – a five word recount of what makes their day sweet. Summing up their joy using five words add a nice unique twist to my every day request.

Hershey’s Chocolate makes me happy” was my husband’s #Simply5. Ella and Logan decided together that “Spending the summer climbing trees” made for their #Simply5. And my #Simply5 is: “Time spent with my family”—5 simple words, but so true.

Last week, I posted the recipe for our family’s Sunday sundaes. If you haven’t had a chance to try it, check out the recipe here. The main topping for the sundaes features HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup, which has no high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors or flavors, and is made from non-GMO ingredients.

HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup is simply delicious, with only 5 ingredients. You can find it in 21.8 ounce sizes at grocery stores nationwide and in 48 ounce sizes at Costco. For more information on HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 and be sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter for all the delicious scoop on their yummy products.

What’s your #Simply5? Share on social media using the hashtag #Simply5.

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hershey’s via Mom Trends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hershey’s or MomTrends.}

Keen UNEEK: Must-Have Kids Shoes for Summer & The Outdoors

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Hiking, camping and biking are as much a part of summer as hot dogs, baseball, s’mores and beach getaways. This is my favorite time of the year because I get to spend as much time as I want with my kids enjoying the outdoors. When I was growing up, all of the kids in my neighborhood would run around barefoot—going on hikes, riding bicycles and walking to the river to go tubing. And now, most of us adults know better. We try to protect our kids from broken bottles, splinters, blisters, cracked heels and etc. a little bit more than our parents did “back in the day.”

Taking care of your feet while hiking, biking and camping is very important. That may sound like a “no-brainer”, but there are a few things to be concerned about. Comfort is key. But, you also need a shoe that is safe, lightweight and waterproof for those hikes and camping trips.

I’m a huge fan of Keen Footwear. They’ve been our family’s go-to summer shoes for a while. They’re comfortable, offer amazing support, are lightweight and are actually quite stylish. Much to my excitement, Keen has just released the UNEEK style for Kids!  

Ella and Logan love their new UNEEK shoes. They have great traction, are waterproof—so they’re perfect for those stream crossings. UNEEK adapts to your feet for the perfect fit, with innovative two-cord construction and a free-moving cord junction that provides freedom of movement, security and structure. The lightweight midsole delivers durability and comfort, while the high-traction rubber outsole keeps your step secure.

Fun colors and free-moving construction make this shoe a must-have. It supports like a sneaker and feels like a sandal. Interlocking cords form to kids’ feet for a just-right fit, and a hook-and-loop strap on the side is easy for little hands to adjust. It’s comfy enough for a full day of play, and the eye-catching design stands out in a crowd. They are breathable to prevent less odor and are durable enough to last.

For more information, visit www.keenfootwear.com and be sure to follow Keen on social media: Twitter, Instagram and Facebook

{Special Thank-you to Keen for partnering on this post!}

New Hershey’s Simply 5 Syrup is Yummy and Simple


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Just a squeeze of HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup, brings back cherished childhood memories and makes a bowl of ice cream feel extra special. It’s an easy way to share a sweet and simple moment with your family.

In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, making time for traditions can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Some of the best moments are the simplest ones.

After every Sunday dinner, I prepare waffle bowl sundaes for my family. It’s a simple recipe providing a happy ending to the weekend and  a very sweet way to begin the new week ahead.

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Ice Cream Waffle Bowls and Cones
Yield: 12 bowls
Ingredients
2 whole eggs
2 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 1/4 cup all purpose flour
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Directions

Preheat your waffle cone maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
In a mixing bowl, mix together egg, egg white and salt on low speed just until well blended. Beat in the sugar on medium speed until the egg has lightened in color, about 1 minute. Add the flour and mix on low speed until blended and smooth, about 30 seconds. Add the melted butter and vanilla and mix on low speed just until blended, about 20 seconds.
Pour 3 tablespoons batter in the center of the iron. Close the lid and cook for 1 minute. Continue cooking until the desired color is reached.
Quickly remove the waffle from the iron onto a clean dish towel. Use the dish towel to help lift and roll the waffle around a bowl form. Hold the bowl for a few seconds to set the shape. Place on a wire rack to cool.

The Sundaes

Ingredients

1 – 2 tablespoons HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 chocolate syrup
1 – 2 tablespoons Hershey’s Caramel ice cream topping
2 giant waffle ice-cream cones or bowls or 4 regular waffle cones
1 scoop of french vanilla ice cream, 1 scoop of chocolate ice cream, 1 scoop of strawberry ice-cream or any of your favorite ice cream flavors
1/2 cup sliced banana and quartered strawberries
2 tablespoons chopped peanuts, cherries and a dollop of whip cream

Directions

Scoop ice cream into cones. Top with banana and strawberry slices. Drizzle with caramel and HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 syrup. Top with chopped peanuts, cherries and whip cream. Enjoy!

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This month, The Hershey Company is introducing new HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup; a sweet and simple take on the Hershey’s classic, now made with five simple ingredients. The new HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup has no high-fructose corn syrup or artificial preservatives and flavors, and is made from non-GMO ingredients. HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup is available in 21.8oz bottles at mass and grocery retailers and 48oz bottles at Costco starting this month.This is the perfect treat for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and all of those summer occasions.

Inspired by the sweet and simple ingredients in HERSHEY’S SIMPLY 5 Syrup, the brand is encouraging people to share what they are grateful for on social media.

To learn more, visit: www.hersheys.com

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What are some of the ways your family makes sweet memories together?

Share in the comments or tweet them using the hashtag #Simply5.

{Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hershey’s via MomTrends. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hershey’s or MomTrends.}

Terra’s Kitchen Meal Delivery Review + $50 Coupon for Clarendon Moms Readers!


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Southwest Steak Bowl

Service: Terra’s Kitchen

Price: $74.99 for three meals serving two people each, four dinners for two people ($99.99), or two dinners for four people ($99.99). I opted for two dinners for four people.

Overall Impression: Great for busy weeknight meals and great for weekend dinner parties. My husband and children were impressed and enjoyed the meals.

I spend every day working and focusing on keeping healthy and doing things for my family. By dinnertime, I’m exhausted and don’t always have the energy or the brain power to think about what to prepare. I don’t want to bore my kids with preparing the same ole “go to dinner” either and I’m not one to go thru a drive-thru or fast food restaurant. I want our family to have healthy, nutritious, delicious meals at home without all the time it takes to go to the grocery store, chop up all the ingredients and select recipes from a variety of cookbooks for each appetizer, main course and dessert. I want to take all the “what should I cook” and the time consuming labor out of cooking. I wondered if there was a service that offered an alternative.

Introducing Terra’s Kitchen

I received a few referrals from friends and fellow moms and tried other meal delivery services. I was offered an opportunity to try Terra’s Kitchen, a pre-portioned, pre-chopped, ready to cook, meal service designed with your health in mind. I looked at the website and became excited to learn that the meals were nutrient dense, plant-strong, with options for those following vegetarian, paleo and gluten free diets. And what really caught my attention, was the fact that everything was pre-chopped and only took 30 minutes from kitchen to dinner table.

Terra’s Kitchen is a meal delivery service that sends you a box of pre-portioned and pre-chopped meal ingredients, with recipes you can make in approximately 30 minutes. They currently service Washington DC, Northern Virginia and Richmond Virginia. I was curious whether this service would save me time, money and assist me by providing something new, different, delicious and nutritious for my family.

The Review

The kit contained all the ingredients needed to cook three complete meals, each feeding 2 to 4 people, including recipes with step-by-step photos. Terra’s Kitchen also offers vegetarian, paleo and gluten free options. Delivery times are very consistent and really fit in to my busy daily routine.

We received 4 servings of both the Southwestern Steak and Sweet Potato Bowls ($15.99 for a 2 person serving) and Grilled Chicken Tacos with Avocado Goat Cheese Spread ($12.99 for a 2 person serving) that provided dinner on two different nights. Our total for a 4 person meal was $31.98 for the Southwestern Steak and Sweet Potato Bowls and $25.98 for Grilled Chicken Tacos with Avocado Goat Cheese Spread.

With a food philosophy of “feed others the way you want to be fed,” Terra’s Kitchen gets the gold star. Not only is Terra’s Kitchen committed to providing high quality food through their farm-to-front door delivery of meal kits, they’re also committed to finding sustainable food sources when creating menus that highlight fresh, seasonal ingredients. It’s really delicious, nutritious food you can make fast thanks to meal kits that contain pre -prepped ingredients that come ready to be used in chef-designed recipes that can be cooked in 30 minutes or less. You don’t need a sous-chef, when you’ve got Terra’s Kitchen.

Watch the Video Review

I’m excited to announce that Terra’s Kitchen delivers to Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, and Richmond. Meals for two start at $9.99 and you can get $50 off your first order from Terra’s Kitchen with the code CLARENDONMOMS.

For more information, please visit www.terraskitchen.com and be sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Terra’s Kitchen. The opinions and text are all mine.

Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to The Wizard of Oz (Opening Night) at National Theatre

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“We’re off to see…”

The most magical adventure of them all.

This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage.
Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar® – winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.

The Wizard of Oz is showing at National Theatre May 3-15. Show time is 2 hours, 18 minutes with a 20-minute intermission. The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

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3 Quick Home Repairs & Tips for Super Moms

 

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The secret to being a supermom is preparation: being ready for anything, anywhere, any time. That’s why your handbag can double as a first aid kit, foot locker and food truck. It’s why your phone is packed with numbers of doctors, teachers, parents and pizza places. It’s why you can speak knowledgeably about the most accurate apps for directions, best-in-class mid-size SUVs and the sneakiest ways to limit your kids’ screen time.

When things go haywire at home, a supermom knows how to step up and get the problem solved. Here are a few solutions to common problems around the house, with info about what you should — and shouldn’t — do yourself.

A Quick Fix for a Leaky Drain

A supermom should always keep a tube of all-purpose, clear silicone caulking on hand. It costs less than $5, and can take care of a leaky drain in minutes. You don’t even need a caulking gun.

All you have to do is clean and dry the leaky drain (it’s ideal if you can avoid using that drain for a few days), apply caulk to the area, and let it dry according to the directions on the product. This will seal the leak until you can have the drain properly repaired by a plumber.

How to Stop that Running Toilet

Ever have one of your kids make a last-second stop in the bathroom and then you stand at the front door, keys in hand, children ready to go bananas, while you wait for the toilet to stop running? And it just keeps on filling, and filling, and filling? So frustrating.

Here’s how to pull the plug on that problem:

  1. Remove the lid from the toilet tank, and see if anything is obviously in need of repair.
  2. If the chain is getting caught in the flap, re-hook the chain so that the flap can close.
  3. If the water is filling, but not filling to the line, you can fill an empty plastic bottle with water, cap it and place it inside the tank. This should raise the water level enough to shut of the water (this is also a great way to save water on an older, less efficient unit!).

If these tips don’t work, then turn the water off at the shutoff valve underneath the toilet and call a plumber who can help you make the needed repairs.

How to Stop a Leaky Faucet

This is the kind of thing that will keep you up all night. Drip…drip…drip…into the sink until it echoes throughout the entire house (or so it seems). It can be maddening!

To get a good night’s sleep until a repair can be made, simply turn off the water at the valves under the sink. The next morning, you can attack the problem on your own. Leaky faucets can usually be fixed by replacing the “seat” in the faucet. You will need some old towels, and some basic tools like a screwdriver, wrench, and pliers to make this fix.

If you pop the cap off the handle of your faucet, you should be able to take out the handle screw, remove the handle itself and then take out the packing nut (you’ll need a crescent wrench for this step). There should be a seat washer held down by a brass screw. Replace that seat washer and there’s a good chance that the problem is solved.

Try calling the manufacturer for a free replacement part, or you can pick up a washer at your local hardware store for a minimal fee. If you don’t have the time or inclination to tackle this task or the simple fix didn’t solve the problem, a plumber can make this repair in short order.

The Importance of a Sump Pump

Spring showers may bring beautiful flowers to your garden, but rain can sometimes deliver flooding, too. Even if you’ve never had water in your basement before, new cracks in your foundation or changes to the geography of your region can unexpectedly fill your home with water.

A sump pump will quickly pump the water out of flooded areas to help minimize damage from flooding. Manual sump pumps are effective, but an automatic sump pump will pump water out on demand. Even if you aren’t home and there is flooding, you can rest assured that your sump pump is keeping your home protected.

Some home situations overwhelm even the most super of moms, John C. Flood can help. With over 100 years of experience, John C. Flood will take care of your home repairs so you can spend more time being mom.

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{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post courtesy of John C. Flood.}

Drybar Opens In Tysons Corner

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After much anticipation, and as a result of the popularity of its DC shops in Georgetown, Bethesda and Dupont Circle and Penn Quarter, Drybar has opened its fifth DC area location in Tysons Corner on Thursday, March 10th. Drybar’s refreshingly simple concept: “No cuts. No color. Just blowouts” has captivated a legion of loyal clients across the country. Now Drybar is heading to one of the most dynamic shopping destinations in the region. With additional openings on the horizon in NYC, Seattle, Miami, Toronto and Los Angeles, the brand is on track to have over 75 locations by the end of 2016.

“We’re so happy to be heading to Tysons,” said Alli Webb, founder of Drybar. “Our clients have been anxiously awaiting a location in Northern Virginia and we’re so excited to finally make it a reality.” Drybar will be conveniently located next to Macy’s and Bloomingdales.

My friend Amelia had the opportunity to pop by Drybar on opening day last week for a blow out. Amelia described Drybar as being very vibrant and exuberant and the staff very efficient and friendly.
Drybar provides professional blowouts at a flat price of just $45, regardless of hair length or thickness (wash included!). The list of styles reads like a cocktail menu: the Cosmo (lots of loose curls), the Straight Up (straight with a little body), the Southern Comfort (big hair, lots of volume), the Mai Tai (messy and beachy), the Manhattan (sleek and smooth) the Dirty Martini (tousled and textured) and for the little ladies, the Shirley Temple at $28.
Drybar was founded by Alli Webb. Before becoming owner/founder of Drybar and a full time mom to Grant, 9, and Kit, 7, Webb had a career in public relations working with clients such as Paul McCartney, Faith Hill and Keith Urban. She’s a professional hair stylist, trained by Toni & Guy, and spent several years working under John Sahag in New York. In 2008 she began a side business called Straight-at-Home, which provided in home blow-outs, strictly on a referral basis in Los Angeles. Drybar is now the “go-to blow out bar” for many celebrities including:  Julia Roberts, Cindy Crawford, Jennifer Garner, Chrissy Teigen, Zooey Deschanel, Emma Roberts, Lana Del Rey, Renee Zellweger, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Rita Ora, Rose McGowan, Molly Sims, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Hilary Duff, Miley Cyrus, Nina Garcia, Katherine Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver—just to name a few!

Named one of the top “100 Brilliant Ideas of 2010” by Entrepreneur magazine and New York Magazine’s Boom Brands of 2013, Drybar is based on the simple concept of focusing on one thing and being the best at it.

Alli Webb has been recognized as a leader in her profession and has received many awards including: 2014 CEW Achiever Award, Fortune’s “40 under 40,” Marie Claire’s “16 Most Fascinating Women,” Cosmopolitan’s “2013 Power List” and Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business.”
Appointments can be booked online at www.thedrybar.com, through the Drybar iPhone app or by calling (877) 379-2279.

Drybar Tysons Corner: Tysons Corner Center (between Macy’s and Bloomingdales, outside near Parking Lot A);
1961 Chain Bridge Road, Tysons Corner, VA 22102
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Workout Review: Barre3 DC

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Barre3 is a very powerful workout consisting of light weights (2 to 5 pounds), isometric holds and plies and so much more! Every barre studio offers it’s own unique style sure to attract just the right audience. I really love the sense of community that boutique fitness studios tend to foster.

I recently had the pleasure of hosting The Rock Recovery Barre and Body Image Event (in honor of National Eating Disorders Awareness Week) at Barre 3 Union Station in Washington DC.

I took my place at the barre, accompanied by a partially inflated ball (called a core ball) and a pair of three-pound weights. Within the first 5 minutes, I realized that my long sleeved activewear top, long yoga pants and full foot gripper socks were way too hot in the 72 degree heated room. I had already broken into a sweat that left me longing to run thru a water fountain and possibly jumping outside into the 47 degree chilly air. My back, shoulders and triceps were beginning to experience the burn of my muscles slowly getting stronger. In fact, Barre 3 exposed muscles that I didn’t realize I even had. The tiny movements helped me realize just how many muscles are actually in my body and reminded me that I need to work on those too.

Barre 3 offers a specific three-step formula of first holding the body in an isometric hold, then layering small range of motion, high-repetition movement, followed by full-range functional movement. This formula can help a traditional weight training routine because it helps clients to learn good alignment and balances the body by creating equal strength and flexibility. It also works some of the deeper, postural muscles required for heavy lifting. This is perfect for those who enjoy weight training and if you’re also a mom like me who still lifts kids and heavy bags of groceries.

Barre3 is defined as where ballet barre meets yoga and pilates. It is one of the most effective ways for women to build their athleticism—especially their glutes! I think it is a perfect complement as part of a fitness regime to develop your core strength, mobility and flexibility.

One of the best things about Barre3 DC-Union Station is that it offers childcare! Try it! You’ll be happy you did!

For more information visit www.barre3.com.

Motivation Monday: Join The TWC Challenge for only $39

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Living a healthy lifestyle can be challenging! Especially during the snowy, winter season and after the long holidays.

I’m excited to introduce you to Ginny Wright’s program Total Wellness Challenge (TWC). Ginny is a certified personal trainer and wellness coach and founder of the award-winning Arlington based outdoor fitness company Body by Ginny (BbG) Fitness. For over a decade, Ginny and her staff of fellow fitness experts/trainers have hosted early morning boot camp style classes six days a week, outdoors, in all types of weather. The classes take place at various recreational parks and locations in Northern Virginia.

Upon meeting Ginny, the woman behind many success stories, you immediately notice that she looks 20 years younger than she actually is. Her strong, lean, petite frame is proof of her dedication to her career in fitness. Her passion for her life changing talent shines brightly in her beautiful youthful face and in her sweet, but authoritative voice. This is a woman who motivates others to achieve the results they’re seeking! Ginny’s approach is innovative. Her company is devoted to offering a carefully crafted, common sense, effective fitness and nutrition results oriented plan.

Have you ever watched The Biggest Loser or interviews of famous celebrities talking about their post-baby weight loss plans and wished you had the opportunity to hire someone just like that to give you your “mommy makeover”? I’m happy to tell you that your goals are within reach! And you don’t have to go on a reality show or be a famous actress to do it!

Ginny is launching a brand new online program, February 22. The Total Wellness Challenge (TWC) is a daily weight-loss and fitness plan with real solutions for people who want to lose weight and keep it off and for those who want to maintain a very healthy lifestyle. Get straight talk, no gimmicks, and all the tools and friendly advice to help you succeed.

The TWC is a 30 day program providing you access to a growing community of support, motivational accountability, resources, recipes, and workouts at the click of a mouse. Are you ready to join me? Join today for only $39! Click here to get started!

Be sure to share your weight loss goals and your journey by following and tagging Ginny on social media!FacebookTwitter and Instagram and use the hashtag #TWCFit to share your journey and see some of my favorite DC/Northern Virginia area’s bloggers sharing their journeys as well!

{Thank-you to Ginny Wright, BbG & TWC for partnering on this post!}

Get a Couples Massage For Valentine’s Day From Zeel

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Experiences have replaced material items as gifts. And a stress relieving massage will do the body more good than a box of chocolates or a candlelit dinner.

Zeel is available in the DC/Northern Virginia area and is offering an amazing holiday special for both of the holidays this February!  Zeel massage therapists come to you and provide the service in the comfort of your own home or in your hotel. And best of all– you don’t need to book ahead of time. You can schedule your Zeel Valentine’s Day massage for two as little as one hour ahead, at a time that works best for you. Therapists come to you with the massage tables, soothing tunes and massage supplies – it’s the complete massage package, on demand. Booking is as simple as logging onto your home computer or by simply downloading the Zeel app on your iPad, Tablet or Android.

Here are the specials available in the DC/Arlington area in the month of February:

Valentine’s Day
$30 off a couples massage pre-booked between 2/1 and 2/11 and taken during Valentine’s Day Weekend (Friday, 2/12through Monday, 2/15). Use code VDAY2016.
Zeel loves their customers and are offering 10 Couples to win a free couples massages. Everyday, 2/1-2/11, those who book couples massages for the V-day weekend (2/12-2/15) are entered for a chance to win. One winner a day.
President’s Day Weekend
Saturday 2/13 through Monday, 2/15: Enjoy a relaxing long weekend: $25 off all massages for new customers with code PRES2016 ; $15 off for existing customers with code PDW2016

Happy Valentine’s Day!

{Disclosure: Thank-you Zeel for partnering on this post!}