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.

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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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{Disclosure: This post and giveaway was sponsored by The National Theatre.}

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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!}

Visiting Baltimore with Kids

 

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Baltimore is an amazing city to visit with kids! It’s less than a one hour drive from DC, making it the perfect one day road trip destination and even a weekend staycation!

Baltimore is absolutely one of my family’s favorite places to enjoy quality time with our kids. love the walkability of the beautiful Inner Harbor. The water-focused neighborhood offers a ton of fantastic kid-oriented museums, transportation themed museums, family friendly restaurants, boat rides and other attractions! I absolutely LOVE this city!

The transportation doesn’t begin at the museums. From arriving by Amtrak train to catching a water taxi to light rail to regular taxi cabs, your entire weekend could be a glorious car-free trip!

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Light City: A Festival of Light, Music & Innovation (March 28 – April 6, 2016)

Premiering in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. Light City Baltimore will feature 28 original innovative art installations from local, national and international artists placed along a 1.5 mile waterfront art walk, 50 concerts and 100 live performances, all complimentary. Light City’s large-scale light displays will illuminate Baltimore in a spectacular display — as a celebration unlike anything the country has seen before, it’s a not-to-miss event for those looking to feed their creativity. In addition to art displays, live performances highlighting an array of artistic expression including poetry, puppetry, music, dance and theater, another element of Light City is Light City U. This ticketed one-of-a-kind innovation conference will provide an opportunity to interact with influencers and visionaries who power social change.

The Maryland Zoo in Baltimore: The Maryland Zoo is where the wild things snore! Join other zoo-loving folks for one of the upcoming family sleepovers being held at the Zoo in 2016.  Sleepover guests will explore the Zoo in the dark with expert staff guides to learn about African penguins, polar bears, African reptiles and mammals, and some of the native nocturnal animals that roam Druid Hill Park. Families with children ages 6 and up are welcome to join in the fun!

The National Aquarium: One of Inner Harbor’s most popular attractions, the National Aquarium features an incredible 20,000 animals in award-winning habitats. Explore a tropical rainforest, the animals of the Australian Outback, an Atlantic coral reef, hundreds of jellyfish, 4D immersion films and their newest exhibit the “Living Seashore”. Special add-on tours give you a behind-the-scenes look at life in the aquarium. Care to toe a catwalk just inches from swimming sharks? Or perhaps you’re dreaming of a sleepover with dolphins. You’ll need several hours to peruse this Baltimore aquarium, and you’ll love every minute of it.

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Tips

In Baltimore, you’ll want to stroll through the Inner Harbor and Harbor East, and historic neighborhoods like Fells Point, Federal Hill and Little Italy. Pack your most comfortable walking shoes. While Baltimore is both casual and fancy, there’s a really cool hipster vibe. Dress in layers like a tank, long sleeve top, jeans, scarf and a beanie or wear a nice v-neck, a dressy jacket and jeans with really trendy boots. For kids, anything goes. In the summer, you’ll want to remember sunscreen and in winter, you’ll definitely want to make sure everyone’s nice and bundled!

Happy Traveling!
If you have any questions or tips about Baltimore that you’d like to share, I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!
{Editor’s Note: Thank-you to Baltimore.org and Hampton Inn/Inner Harbor for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own.}

 

Gift Them Something To Talk About: A LivingSocial Giveaway

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I absolutely LOVE gift giving. It’s my love language! And one of my favorite gifts is to provide my loved ones with experiences. LivingSocial is the go-to destination for experiential gifting, this holiday season and all-year round. Most LivingSocial deals can be gifted – just look for the gift icon on the purchase page. Whether you want to give the gift immediately or schedule it for a future date, the LivingSocial digital delivery options make “wrapping” a cinch.

This year, think outside of the box – literally – by giving the unexpected and extraordinary. From heart-racing activities such as jet skiing, jet flight simulation and racecar driving to the more cerebral such as cooking or photography lessons, you can easily gift them something to talk about with LivingSocial.

Finding the perfect gift, or the perfect deal for you, is easy. You can search by interest, price, type of deal and more. This makes narrowing down choices much easier.

Have someone in your life that “has it all?” Having a challenging time finding the perfect gift? Visit LivingSocial and check out the once in a lifetime experiences, events, gifts and more. The official website is www.LivingSocial.com.

In addition you can follow LivingSocial on social media – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+.

See what others have to say about the fabulous deals and gifts and share your holiday finds from LivingSocial using the hashtag #Gift2TalkAbout on social media.

And guess what? LivingSocial is gifting ONE lucky Clarendon Moms reader $50 LivingSocial Deal Bucks Gift Code (to be used on LivingSocial.com)

It’s a Flash Giveaway! You only have now til 12 Midnight, December 24th to Enter! So, act fast! Leave your name & all of your handles in the Comment Section and be sure to Tweet about the Giveaway for additional entries!  It’s that simple! Happy Holidays and Good Luck!

The Rafflecopter Giveaway will begin tonight at midnight and end at midnight on Thursday, December 24th! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on December 24, 2015. The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

{Disclosure: Thank-you LivingSocial for partnering on this post. All opinions are my own.}

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Gaylord National Harbor ICE! Santa Claus is Comin’ To Town

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Visiting Washington DC this holiday? Take your family to the Gaylord National Resort at National Harbor to celebrate Christmas on the Potomac’s 45th anniversary! Explore the season’s indoor winter wonderland, featuring a retelling of the classic television special: Santa Clause is Comin’ to Town. This interactive exhibit tells the story of how Santa began giving toys to good boys and girls. There are seven chilly rooms (9 degrees to be exact), filled with two million pounds of hand-carved, colorful ice sculpture depictions of all your families’ favorite scenes! It also features five ice-slides for everyone to enjoy (adults included), as well as The Frostbite Factory – a live carving exhibit where you and your family can watch the sculptures come to life before your eyes.
The ICE! Exhibit will be open from November 21, 2015 to January 3, 2016 and is located on the Orchard Terrace of the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center is located at 201 Waterfront St., National Harbor, MD. Click HERE to learn more and pre-purchase tickets.

{This post is sponsored by Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. All opinions are my own.}