‘Tis the Season with Holiday Cards from Minted.com

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Minted.com has always been my “go to” for all things festive: holiday cards, baby shower invitations, birthday invitations, etc.  I can’t wait to order our Christmas cards this year! They offer so many selections to choose from that I think I will order at least a dozen of several different cards.  What I’m most excited about this year is ‘The Minted Envelope!” Now we can save precious time with FREE recipient addressing from Minted, only for a limited time. I’m on target this year to finally get our cards ordered, stamped and in the mailbox. Minted makes doing so beautiful and easy, and it’s always a great way to kick off the holiday season!

{This is a Sponsored Post courtesy of Minted.com. All opinions are my own.}

Hickory Farms Gift Box Giveaway

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Hickory Farms Party PlannerWhen I was a little girl growing up in Napoleon Ohio, Hickory Farms products represented something very special. It represented a high quality line of cheeses and sausages sold by a local entrepreneur named Richard Ransom. My mom was somewhat of a pioneer in the sense that she always tried to support locally owned businesses and would shop at the local farm markets. My mother would also proudly host every party with a delicious arrangement of smoked gouda cheese along with beef summer sausage and golden toasted crackers, sweet hot mustard and roasted nuts that she proudly purchased at the Maumee Ohio Hickory Farms store. We celebrated every single occasion with our closest family and our best friends around this assortment of savory and sweet treats.

My mom would especially get giddy when someone would gift her with a Hickory Farms gift basket, especially during Christmas time. She created a family tradition back in the 1970s and it’s a tradition that has continued with me to this day.

For more than 60 years Hickory Farms gifts have been a classic holiday tradition that brings family and friends together. Many Americans have a distinct memory of Hickory Farms at their holiday gatherings; Hickory Farms is very proud to be a part of those nostalgic moments and continues to focus on and celebrate its long heritage of tradition and authentic holiday memories.

Hickory Farms not only embraces passing down traditions through generations of families, but also creating new traditions and sharing them with loved ones. For more information or to purchase Hickory Farm products, visit www.HickoryFarms.com

I’d like to spread the holiday cheer that only a Hickory Farms Gift Basket can provide! Enter to Win the “Party Planner Gift Box” below. Contest ends on Friday, December 5th at 5 PM. The gift will be shipped before December 24th—just in time for Christmas!

{Disclosure: Compensation and products for review were provided by Hickory Farms via MomTrends. I received a free sample of the product for the purpose of this review and to facilitate a giveaway. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions of Hickory Farms.}

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#OTBloggerCrawl

 

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Anchyi Wei, Angelica Talan, Tammy Preston & Krystin Harlow 529 Kids Consign/OTBlogger Crawl Photography: Julien

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Whitney Stringer, Angelica Talan & Owner Megan Podolsky at 529 Kids Consign Photography: Julien

Photography by Julien

Photography by Julien

Old Town Alexandria has always been one of my favorite places to shop. The allure of the cobblestone streets and gorgeously autumn colored leaves on the trees framing the Boutique District brings me back to Old Town more times than any other shopping area in Northern Virginia. The Old Town Boutique District offers everything including children’s apparel, home decor, specialty gifts, unique fashion designer clothing, lingerie, beauty, jewelry and shoes.

I was invited to be part of the first annual Old Town Blogger Crawl this year. This event was the first of it’s kind on so many levels. It was like “trick or treating” for fashionistas! Our exclusive group of bloggers went from boutique to boutique sipping sparkly beverages and nibbling on sugary treats while shopping, instagramming and tweeting about their purchases. Each participating blogger was linked with a boutique that related to their brand.  I was very honored to be a brand ambassador for my favorite kids consignment boutique in the entire DC area, 529 Kids Consign.

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© Clarendon Moms/Angelica Talan

As brand ambassador, I received these two awesome Sugar Booger Lunch Bags by ORE Originals for Ella and Logan in addition to a few other awesome items customized especially for the kids. Follow me on Instagram for more pics of the event (#OTBloggerCrawl).

529 Kids Consign is an upscale children’s and maternity consignment and gift boutique nestled in the heart of charming Old Town on bustling South Royal Street. This quaint store will surprise and delight you. They specialize in the latest designer trends for mom, baby, and children up to size 10. Quality and style are highly important to them, which is why they are particular about the brands we choose for consignment. This is the absolute best boutique to consign all of your children’s gently worn seasonal clothes! They not only offer consigned items but also the freshest and most trendy must-haves for hip moms and cool kids!

{Special Thanks to Carlis Sanchez of Spicy Candy DC & Jessica Hoy of NeuProfile & Ink Blot Army for inviting me to be part of this awesome event! In Store/OT Blogger Crawl Pics courtesy of Julien.}

The 5 Best Apps For Busy Moms (Let’s Talk Live|WJLA|ABC)

 

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It’s no secret that moms are incredibly busy. And during the back-to-school season, they have to kick it into high gear to get everyone ready for the new year!
So, moms need all the help we can get! I stopped by Let’s Talk Live to chat about my favorite apps and websites to help moms stay on top of everything they juggle day-to-day.

Click on the link below to see the segment:

Let’s Talk Live | WJLA.com.

Apps & Products Featured On The Segment: 

Angelica’s Wardrobe Consideration Courtesy of: The Jennifer Lopez Collection at Kohl’s

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}

{Photography courtesy of Tell Chronicles. Model: Devin Felli}

Summer Beach Essentials For Your Family (Let’s Talk Live|WJLA|ABC)

Summer is the perfect time to pack up the car and head to the beach! But with sweltering temperatures and the kids in tow, a day at the beach isn’t always easy.

I stopped by Let’s Talk Live to share my favorite products that will help make your next beach trip simple, safe and fun!

Products featured on the segment:

Angelica’s Wardrobe Consideration courtesy: The Pink Armoire

Smashbox Cosmetics Party

 

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Last week, my friend Angelica of Clarendon Moms and I partnered with Smashbox for an exciting event at the Pentagon City Nordstrom, where our invited guests learned how to make the perfect cat-eye. We had such a fun time and we even got the chance to play along and test out all of the great Smashbox make-up. I have to say a super thank you to Rene, the head Smashbox make-up artist, who did an awesome job of explaining how to use all of the different products. It was a great night and the event was a super success!!
I want to say a big thanks to all of our readers and friends who came out to support us!! It really means a lot to us…and thank you to Smashbox and Nordstrom for giving us the opportunity to give our readers a chance to learn a little more about the Smashbox brand!! Thanks guys and have a wonderful weekend!!***   ***
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Baroque Embossed Sleeveless Dress c/o Chicwish, Cobalt Blue Pumps from Schutz, Color Blocking Clutch (similar here and here), Miu Miu Sunglasses via Sunglass Hut, Neckalce from TJ Maxx.
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Father’s Day Gift Spotlight: Seaplane Shirts for Men & Young Boys

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It’s time to celebrate the dads in your life: your husband, your father, your brother…FATHER’S DAY.

Buying a gift is easy! Why not purchase a soft, fun, fashionable, comfortable shirt for the fathers in your life and maybe even the sons in your life?

Seaplane Shirts are the perfect gift for the men in your life, especially for Father’s Day.

  • Made in the USA
  • 100% Cotton
  • Short & Long Sleeve Collared Shirts perfect for Dressy and Casual Occasions
  • Pre-shrunk and pre-laundered
  • Machine washable

{Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Seaplane Shirts, but the love of this shirt is all our own!}

{Photography courtesy of Kathryn Wirtz}

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.