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.


Ice Cream Waffle Bowls and Cones
Yield: 12 bowls
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

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


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


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!


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.

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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 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.

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, 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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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!}

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.}

You’re Invited: The Best of SnobSwap Thursday, November 5th


I’m happy to announce that I will be partnering with SnobSwap on The Best of SnobSwap event in DC next month!

SnobSwap was recently named one of the best consignment websites by Harper’s Bazaar and is my absolute favorite place to shop for luxury brands including: Celine, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin and more.


  • Click HERE to purchase your tickets! $20 Early Bird/$30 at the Door. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Operation Turbo’s mission to send care packages to deployed sailors, marines and other service members.
  • Join me as I’ll be offering FREE styling tips!
  • Shop high end designers like Balenciaga, Burberry, Christian Dior, Gucci, Kate Spade New York, Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch and more for up to 80% off from Chic to Chic, Ella Rue, Reddz, Fillmore & 5th, N’Used and more!
  • Enjoy amazing food and beverages from DC’s most talented and newest innovative chefs.
  • First 50 guests to arrive get a free swag bag
  • $20 credit for new Lyft riders. Use Code: SNOBSWAP
  • Chance to win a $500 SnobSwap shopping spree

SnobSwap is offering a generous 20% discount (up to $100) right now thru November 30th. Use the code: ClarendonSXSS (Valid on Boutique Purchases only.)

I can’t wait to see you all there!!


Wash Club DC: Clean Your Clothes With a Tap of an App!

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Attention all moms, dads, college students and time strapped professionals, I have a solution to your laundry and dry cleaning woes. It’s called Wash Club DC!

Wash Club DC picks up your dirty laundry and dry cleaning with a mere tap of an app! This service is as easy to use as UBER is to grab a cab. Wash Club DC offers professional and prompt door to door service at a very affordable price! Your clothes are picked up directly from your home, office, school or business. Then they’re taken to the Wash Club facility where they are sorted and colors are separated from whites. Laundry attendants wash and dry your clothes in separate machines for each customer and according to the preferences that you setup on their website or app. Next, your clothes are neatly folded, socks are matched and the clothes are neatly wrapped up nice and tidy like a present. Your clothes are delivered directly to your door cleaned, neatly folded and smelling fresh in a cute laundry bag! What I enjoy most about this service is the folding element of it. Washing and drying are easy for some, but it’s the folding aspect of doing laundry that is the most time consuming and my least favorite chore. All you have to do upon receiving your laundry from Wash Club DC is put the clothes away, easy peezy!

Wash DC offers state-of-the art laundry facilities that can accommodate large, soiled loads. Their ultramodern machines ensure that your laundry comes back to your home or business spotless and ready for use.

Their dedicated WashClub DC staff is focused on YOUR CUSTOMER SATISFACTON.

  • Highly skilled laundry attendants are trained to wash commercial loads sullied by heavy lotions and oils.
  • Specialized laundry attendants to track and monitor large individual wash and fold loads from schools and institutions.
  • Proprietary folding techniques are used to ensure loads and clothes remain unwrinkled upon delivery.
  • On call staff available 24/7 to answer your questions or help you throughout the processing of your order.
  • Prompt, professional, courteous WashClub DC drivers to deliver your loads on time when you need them.
  • WashClub DC will professionally and expertly take care of all your laundry needs so you can focus on the more important aspects of your life.
  • You can set up your personal or business account on a regular service and delivery schedule or on an as-needed basis. They offer pick and delivery service Monday through Friday from 6:00AM to 6:00PM. Weekend service is available upon request.

In addition to their amazing laundry service, Wash Club DC offers impeccable dry cleaning service. Laundry has a turn around time of 24 hours, Dry Cleaning Service has a turn around time of 48 hours.

For more information, visit

{Thank-you for sponsoring this post.}

Ecoverde Maids: Get Your Home Professionally Cleaned & Be Happy




Cleaning is the most tedious, time-consuming chore on my plate. I am not embarrassed or ashamed to admit that I hire professionals to handle the dirt, the grime and the dust on a regular basis! Outsourcing this task frees up my time to spend with family.

Hiring a service to clean your home has never been easier. With a computer, a smart phone, the internet and just a few clicks—you can schedule a maid service to do most of the chores around your house at a budget you can afford.

Ecoverde Maids was established in March 2012 to serve the Washington, DC metro area. Through competitive pricing, attractive service plans and friendly customer service, Ecoverde Maids has created a strong residential and commercial client base serving DC, Maryland and Virginia.

I had an opportunity to try out Ecoverde Solutions home cleaning service earlier this week and I was very impressed with how fresh and clean my house was after they left. The floors gleamed, the air was dust free and the bathrooms and kitchen absolutely sparkled.

My cleaning crew was punctual, warm and friendly and passionate about cleaning. I have hired other home cleaning services in the past, but I have never seen a happier group of professionals so eager to make my home sparkle!

Making life simpler for Washington, DC residents Ecoverde Maids recently announced the launch of their new website complete with an instant online booking feature. Dedicated to providing convenient service for residents of the nation’s capital, as well as its surrounding vicinities, the newly designed website is easy to navigate and even easier to use. The online booking feature can be used by simply clicking the “Book Now” button at the bottom right of the site’s screen and filling in simplistic details. Once booked, an email confirmation is sent and a team of two professionals will arrive on the scheduled date and time with supplies in hand leaving one to ask, “What could be simpler?”

Carolina Rodriguez, CEO of Ecoverde Maids said of the new website with the online booking option, “Ultimately purveyors of convenience. With that in mind, we want to assure that our clients need not have to think about the cleanliness of their homes for longer than it takes to book our cleaning service. And now, because of the Ecoverde Maids booking online feature, they will only have to think about it for about 30 seconds.” That said, the new website’s flat fee rates and online payment option via credit card are a substantial added perk as well.

About Ecoverde Maids

Ecoverde Maids is based in Washington, DC and provides optimum cleaning services to areas in and around the city. Embodying convenience, Ecoverde Maids offers an online booking and payment option that is available 24/7 as well as a live chat option for any incidental need.

For more information & to book your first cleaning, please visit and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post courtesy of Ecoverde Solutions. However, all opinions are my own.}

{SPECIAL OFFER Exclusive to Clarendon Moms Readers: Use the promo code: CLOVEN for a FREE Oven Cleaning when you book your first cleaning with Ecoverde.}



Share A Haircut at Hair Cuttery August 1-15th


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Hair Cuttery “Share-A-Haircut”  is an amazing program where your child’s back-to-school haircut provides a FREE haircut to a child in need.

I have been going to Hair Cuttery for over a decade. It truly is one of the most family friendly salons in America. And one of the reasons I’m such a big fan of their salons is because of a program they’ve created called “Share-A-Haircut”. I love  businesses that really give back to their communities! From August 1-15, for every child up to age 18 who purchases a haircut at one of Hair Cuttery’s almost 900 salons, one free Hair Cuttery haircut certificate will be donated to an underprivileged child in that same community. That’s right, in the same community!

The Hair Cuttery Share-a-Haircut program was created to give free haircuts to underprivileged community members, specifically kids in need as they head back-to-school. Since the program’s inception sixteen years ago, the Hair Cuttery Share-A-Haircut program has reached more than 925,000 children with haircut certificate donations, valued at $16.65 million.


“Share-A-Haircut allows us to give back in a way that is simple, but meaningful,” said Dennis Ratner, Founder and CEO of Hair Cuttery. “On the first day of school everyone deserves to look and feel their best, and our stylists love nothing more than being able to give children in their community a much deserved boost of confidence.”

Children will receive their free haircuts in each market from gift certificates that are distributed with the help of more than 100 local government and non-profit organizations that are closely tied to each community.

You can find your closet Hair Cuttery by clicking here!

Keep up with Hair Cuttery on Facebook and Twitter at @HairCuttery.

Follow the conversation: #ShareAHaircut


Hair Cuttery is the largest family owned and operated chain of hair salons in the country, with nearly 900 company-owned locations on the East Coast, and in New England and the Midwest. A full-service, value-priced salon, Hair Cuttery offers a full complement of cuts and styling, coloring, waxing and texturizing services with no appointment necessary, as well as a full line of professional hair care products.

{Disclosure: I was given promotional consideration to partner on this post.}

Google Express Equals One Less Errand



I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I have been doing all my household shopping the old school way. I drive to the supermarket, big box department store and the local mall. My primary reason is because I enjoy instant gratification. I don’t have the patience to wait a week to receive an order. I hadn’t really crossed over into buying everything online—that is, until now!

All of that old school stuff is over! No more fighting traffic, no more worrying about how little time I have to go from store to store while the kids are in school or even worse—bringing my kids with me on my shopping journeys (because let’s be honest, it’s more than a journey—it’s horrible and time consuming!) No more forgetting my shopping list and thinking about coupons. Who has time to cut or print out coupons? I haven’t cut a coupon in over 20 years! But, I can easily find a code online and punch it in for internet orders.

Google Express has finally arrived in DC! The service, allows smart phone, tablet and desktop users to order items from a variety of stores including: Giant Food, Costco, Walgreens, Sports Authority, Staples, Babies “R” Us, Barnes & Noble, L’Occitane and Guitar Center and offer same day service, provided they are within a certain designated area.

I ordered my son Logan’s new “big boy” bedding set as his back to school present this year. We ordered a Star Wars comforter, sheet set and beach towels from Kohl’s thru Google Express. Signing up for my Google Express account was easy and fast. It took less than five minutes to set up, click on the items and check out. My husband’s office is located in DC and since we live in Arlington, I had it delivered to his work. I was impressed there was a choice to have the package left or signed delivery confirmation with no extra fee. My package was available to be delivered to its designated location within 6 hours of being processed. No waiting up to a week for delivery? This is truly life changing. Online shopping and Google Express is the way to go!

I’d love for you to give Google Express a try! Use the code EXPRESSDC to get $25 off your first order. This is only good for the first 2,500 shoppers to redeem it and expires August 5th, so be sure to use it asap! It is a perfect time to order all of your back-to-school items! The first three months of service is currently available for free, after that it’s $10/month. Also very important to note: they only deliver to Washington DC addresses. So if you don’t live in the District of Columbia, feel free to use yours or your spouse’s DC work address or a DC friend’s address for delivery.

As a busy mom, words can’t express how happy I am that Google Express is available in our area! One less errand and one happy mom!

{Special Thanks to The Google Express Team for collaborating on this post!}