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!}



Questlove Headlines VinoFest DC This Saturday, May 9th




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



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.

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

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, 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, 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, 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!



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:

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