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.}

Xtend Barre Grand Opening Tomorrow, June 14th in Old Town Alexandria

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“Meet Us At the Barre, We Will Be Waiting For You”. Xtend Barre is Pilates and Dance…Amplified!

Featured in FITNESS, SHAPE and SELF magazines, Xtend Barre is a high-energy total body workout that combines serious sculpting exercises done at the ballet barre with lively music and cardio where clients can have fun while achieving very serious results in under an hour. Created by former dancer/choreographer and Pilates expert Andrea Rogers, Xtend Barre workout doesn’t stop at pirouettes. Its’a dynamic, no-holds barre (get it?), low-impact/high performance workout packed with isometric exercises that make your guns, buns, abs – and everything else – scream with delight. Exercises at a professional ballet barre with precise concentrated movements and light weight training target small muscle groups while wide reaching motion is designed to lengthen your physique. An array of props like resistance balls, weights, stretch bands and more also keep you on your toes. The result? A strong, sculpted, coveted “dancer-like body” without the unwanted bulk, and increased stamina and flexibility.

I had the most amazing opportunity to attend the fun (yet challenging) sneak preview of Xtend Barre Studio earlier this week where I  met the beautifully sculpted mother of two, my new fitness icon Andrea Rogers and studio owner Natalie Strahorn, who is also beautifully sculpted and inspiring. The Barre workout is phenomenal! I loved everything about it: the stretching, the sculpting, the breathing, the weights, the band, the barre… I especially enjoyed how I felt hours following the workout. I literally glowed and could feel my body improving.  It was so much fun.

Andrea Rogers is full of exhilarating high energy motivating everyone to do their best. The studio itself is brand new, bright, fresh, clean and minimalistic zen. Studio owner Natalie Strahorn discovered Barre while working in Fashion in New York City and decided to bring it to Old Town. I’m so happy she did! The class left me so invigorated I felt like picking up Andrea Rogers after the class. I was pumped up and feeling great! Xtend Barre is the perfect place to get in shape for the summer!

What makes them even more unique is that they offer more than just barre class! Beginning next month, they will be introducing Barrecamp, a hybrid of barre class with added cardio sequences and HIIT (high intensity interval training), which helps to get your heart rate up for extra calorie burning. For all the fabulous mamas out there, they also will be offering Babies on Board, where moms can wear their babies in their carrier while working out at the barre. Share the excitement!

Xtend Barre Old Town Grand Opening is Saturday, June 14th. Classes are at: 8:30 AM, 10 AM and 11:30 AM. Open House from 12:30 PM to 2 PM.Enjoy healthy bites and drinks courtesy of Whole Foods, Flat Iron Steak & Saloon, Barre Protein Bars, Yogurtini and South Block Juice Company.