Google Express Equals One Less Errand

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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!}

 

 

Questlove Headlines VinoFest DC This Saturday, May 9th

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Did you know that Washington DC residents drink more wine than any other city in the United States? That’s according to VinoFest.  Now thanks to Vinolovers, the District has a chance to show its stripes at the second annual VinoFest DC on May 9th at Storey Park.

Here’s the rundown

  • WINE: Sip and share. The general admission ticket grants you the chance to taste a variety of wines, including local vintages made in neighboring Virginia, classic wines from regions like France and California, and few lesser known places, like Romania.
  • MUSIC: Get your dance on. VinoFest DC will be a full day of live music, headlined by QuestLove—the official Vinofest DJ. Other artists: White Ford Bronco, Black Masala, Trouble Funk, Alison Carney, DJ Adrian Loving, DJ Neekola, and DJ Hazzard.
  • FOOD: Get ready for fab. Local chefs will be showing off their small bites, and it wouldn’t be a DC event without a few choice food trucks! Graze among the likes of Dirty South Deli, Swizzler, Red Hook Lobster Pound DC, Slate Wine Bar + Bistro, Straw Stick & Brick Delicatessen, Snocream Company, Gouter, Puddin’, Timber Pizza, MilkCult and Chaia Farm to Taco. Can’t handle wine all day? No worries–you can also pair your dishes with a hand-crafted cocktail.
  • CHARITY: Drink up, feel good. Proceeds from VinoFest DC benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation Mid-Atlantic, DC Central Kitchen, and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship. So cheers to you, do-gooder!
  • GET SOCIAL: Follow the fun with the hashtag #VinoFestDC on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to see photos, videos and updates of the event.

#FOMO yet? Get your tickets now–general admission, VIP tickets (think two more hours to party, more wine, more food), and specially-priced options for designated drivers are still available.

{This is a sponsored post in collaboration with VinofestDC.  I’m a huge fan of this event and will be in attendance! Please join us!}

 

Giveaway: Ringling Bros Presents LEGENDS (DC/Nova) March & April 2015

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Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey are bringing The Greatest Show on Earth to the DC-area this Spring! This March and April, you and your family can enjoy their fabulous show, which unites iconic circus stars with mythological creatures in a celebration of the LEGENDS that have captured imaginations for centuries. Experience magnificent Asian elephants, a twenty-acrobat troupe perched atop only a pair of bicycles, and a never-before-seen double-wide, high-flying trapeze act.

LEGENDS  will come to life at two arenas in the Washington, D.C. area. The show will be at the Verizon Center from March 19 – 22, and the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va. from April 8 – 19. LEGENDS will also perform at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore, Md. from March 25 – April 5.

An hour before show time, families can come to the arena floor and participate in an interactive, up-close circus experience, the All-Access Pre-show. Free to all ticketholders, the All Access Pre-show allows circus fans to learn juggling and balancing skills, meet the performers, get autographs, take photos and enter to win a one-of-a-kind Pachyderm Painting.

WASHINGTON, DC SHOW
The Verizon Center | March 19 – 22, 2015
Show times:
· Thursday, March 19 | 7:30 pm
· Friday, March 20 | 10:30 am, 7:30 pm
· Saturday, March 21 | 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
· Sunday, March 22 | 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm

FAIRFAX, VA SHOW
The Patriot Center | April 8 – April 19, 2015
Show times:
· Wednesday, April 8 | 7:00 pm
· Thursday, April 9 | 7:00 pm
· Friday, April 10 | 7:30 pm
· Saturday, April 11 | 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
· Sunday, April 12 | 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm
· Thursday, April 16 | 7:00 pm
· Friday, April 17 | 10:30 am, 7:30 pm
· Saturday, April 18 | 11:30 am, 3:30 pm, 7:30 pm
· Sunday, April 19 | 1:00 pm, 5:00 pm

Ticket Information: All seats are reserved. Tickets can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets, by phone at 800-745-3000, via www.ticketmaster.com, and the Verizon Center or Patriot Center box office. For group rates and information, call 202-661-5061. Prices: $75 Front Row, $55 VIP, $35.00 (Verizon Center only), $30.00, $20.00 & $15.00

DISCOUNT: Use your SmarTrip Card to SAVE $8 on Tickets. Visit the box office and show your SmarTrip card at the venue box office. Offer expires April 3, 2015. Savings coupon valid for up to six (6) tickets.

I’m giving away a family FOUR pack of tickets to the opening night of Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Presents LEGENDS. The winner’s tickets will be at Will Call at the Verizon Center on Thursday, March 19th before the 7:30 PM showing. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form! I’ll select the winner on March 15, 2015 via Random.org, and they will have 24 hours to respond to my email, letting them know they won.on Wednesday, April 8th, before the 7:30 PM showing. To enter, just fill out the Rafflecopter form! I’ll select the winner on March 15, 2015 via Random.org, and they will have 24 hours to respond to my email notification.

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uberFAMILY DC now offers Fahu Nabi 2 Tablets

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I have always been a huge fan of uberFAMILY and now uberFAMILY in the Washington DC area just got even better! In addition to offering car seats for our little ones, UberFAMILY will be equipped with Fuhu’s  nabi 2 tablets. No more lugging around the kids tablets or offering up your smart phone. Children can access “console-quality” games and entertainment that lends a hand “developing fine motor skills and encouraging independent play.”

Last week Ella, Logan and I had an opportunity to test the nabi 2 tablet during a round-trip from Arlington to Bethesda. For the first time in ages, I was able to actually sit back and enjoy the ride while Ella and Logan enjoyed playing educational games on the new nabi 2 tablet.

uberFAMILY is the only way my family taxis, especially to and from the airport. It is the best car transportation service available in the DC area. I appreciate the simplicity. You can request a safe, reliable, affordable ride within minutes from the Uber App. For first time users of uberFAMILY, sign up with the promo code NABITABLET for a free ride up to $20.

{Disclosure: I was given Uber credit as a token of appreciation for testing their new service.}

Enterprise CarShare Now Available in DC & Northern Virginia at a Rate You Don’t Want to Miss!

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Enterprise CarShare Location, Ballston Park in Arlington Virginia

Owning a car in the Washington D.C. area is expensive when you consider the cost of loan or lease payments, insurance premiums, fuel and parking. But it’s hard to give up the freedoms of having a car because mass transit has its limits. Enterprise CarShare is a unique car-sharing program in our community that allows you to reserve a car from an hour to a day to a week for one, all-inclusive price. This means all fuel, damage/liability protection and around-the-clock member service is covered under one price. Enterprise CarShare offers a wide selection of vehicles – from pickup trucks to hybrids—so whatever your needs, they’ll have the right car for you, 24/7. When you need a car, making a reservation is easy and can be done from your computer or mobile phone.

Enterprise reached out to me a few weeks ago and offered me an opportunity to test out CarShare for a day of holiday shopping. My destination from Arlington Virginia? The Mosaic District in Fairfax. It was a great chance for me to hit the highway and really enjoy myself.

Enterprise Car Share is available to anyone 18 years or older with a valid driver’s license. Vehicles can be reserved by the hour, the day, or even overnight for one, all-inclusive rate, and are parked conveniently on campus.

  • Click the “Join Now” button on the link below to become a member today and Enterprise CarShare will waive your $40 Annual Membership and Application fee. And rates per hour begin at only $5 and only $76/day.

Membership includes:
· One low, hourly rate includes all fuel costs and physical damage/liability protection to keep your mind at ease!
· Online access to vehicle reservations
· Vehicles available 24-hours a day, 7 days a week
· Access to vehicles in convenient, designated parking spots

For more information, visit: www.EnterpriseCarShare.com

{Disclosure: Enterprise CarShare compensated me to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.}

 

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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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
Location:

14041 Worth Ave Woodbridge, VA 22192

Follow them on Facebook to get Tuesday Tips, Thursday Trends, Love or Leave it polls or Sustainable Sunday ideas. You can also follow them on Twitter @FloorandDecor.

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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6 Ways To Protect Your Eyes This Summer – eye2eye Optometry Corner in Del Ray/Alexandria

Summer is the season for fun in the sun – we all know to wear sunscreen and hats to protect our skin, but what about our eyes? Protecting eyes from UV radiation is essential to life long healthy vision. Because ultraviolet radiation from the sun can cause age-related eye problems like cataracts and macular degeneration, protecting your children’s eyes is vital to their long-term eye health (and yours too!). The more exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays during your lifetime, the more at risk you are to develop sight-threatening conditions.Children tend to spend lots of time outdoors in the summer sun. Because of that, some experts say nearly half of a person’s lifetime exposure to UV radiation can take place by age 18. Fortunately kid’s exposure to UV can be limited with comfortable and durable sunglasses – and Mom’s exposure can be limited with a pair of stylish summer shades. At eye2eye Optometry Corner in Del Ray Alexandria – we offer a wide selection of the best brands for kids and adults. Here are Dr. Adamopoulos’s six tips for summer sun protection:

  • For kids, be sure the lenses are impact resistant & the frames made of a durable material.
  •  Pick a large, close-fitting frame. These are best to help protect children’s eyes during play.
  •  The most important time of day to make sure you wearing sunglasses is between 10am-2pm, when the suns rays are the strongest.
  • Beware of cheap sunglasses. They can pose safety hazards when made of cheap materials and low quality paints. Always purchase high quality acetate frames.
  • Know the percentage of UVA & UVB rays being block by the sun – be wary of the phrase “blocks UV rays”. You want a lens that blocks out 100% of UVA & UVB rays.
  • Wear sunscreen around the eye area to protect your eyelids from burning.

Schedule a an eye exam for you or your little one at eye2eye this summer, they’ll establish your existing vision health as well as get you and your little one fitted for new sunglasses.

About Dr. Adamopoulos:
Dr. Adamopoulos, OD owns eye2eye Optometry Corner in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria. Dr. A is a wife and mother and knows first hand the sometimes crazy balancing act of raising little ones and being a full time business owner. Dr. A has been practicing optometry since 1998 and opened eye2eye Optometry Corner in 2008. She’s an avid supporter of small business and loves her community of Northern Virginia.

For more information about eye2eye Optometry and to schedule an appointment, click here. To follow them on Facebook, click here.

{Disclosure: All content in this post is sponsored by eye2eye Optometry Corner.}