Giveaway: Win a Pair of Tickets to The Wizard of Oz (Opening Night) at National Theatre


“We’re off to see…”

The most magical adventure of them all.

This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage.
Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar® – winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family.

The Wizard of Oz is showing at National Theatre May 3-15. Show time is 2 hours, 18 minutes with a 20-minute intermission. The National Theatre is located at 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

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{Disclosure: This post and giveaway was sponsored by The National Theatre.}

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Get a Couples Massage For Valentine’s Day From Zeel

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Experiences have replaced material items as gifts. And a stress relieving massage will do the body more good than a box of chocolates or a candlelit dinner.

Zeel is available in the DC/Northern Virginia area and is offering an amazing holiday special for both of the holidays this February!  Zeel massage therapists come to you and provide the service in the comfort of your own home or in your hotel. And best of all– you don’t need to book ahead of time. You can schedule your Zeel Valentine’s Day massage for two as little as one hour ahead, at a time that works best for you. Therapists come to you with the massage tables, soothing tunes and massage supplies – it’s the complete massage package, on demand. Booking is as simple as logging onto your home computer or by simply downloading the Zeel app on your iPad, Tablet or Android.

Here are the specials available in the DC/Arlington area in the month of February:

Valentine’s Day
$30 off a couples massage pre-booked between 2/1 and 2/11 and taken during Valentine’s Day Weekend (Friday, 2/12through Monday, 2/15). Use code VDAY2016.
Zeel loves their customers and are offering 10 Couples to win a free couples massages. Everyday, 2/1-2/11, those who book couples massages for the V-day weekend (2/12-2/15) are entered for a chance to win. One winner a day.
President’s Day Weekend
Saturday 2/13 through Monday, 2/15: Enjoy a relaxing long weekend: $25 off all massages for new customers with code PRES2016 ; $15 off for existing customers with code PDW2016

Happy Valentine’s Day!

{Disclosure: Thank-you Zeel 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.}

Back To School Shopping at Hanna Andersson


Ask my kids what their favorite place is for back to school shopping and prepare yourself for the look of excitement to fill their sweet little faces as an elevated shrill in their voices bolts out: “Hanna Andersson“. It makes me even happier to hear them exclaim the words Hanna Andersson because we finally have a store just a short driving distance away from Clarendon, in Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax Virginia. On this very happy back to school shopping day, we had the pleasure of meeting an amazing sales associate extraordinaire named Morgan that really listened to what the kids preferences were and helped me pick out an amazing assortment of back to school items including backpacks, pajamas, undies and socks for Ella and Logan plus a few items in between. I felt like I had my own personal shopper. She made our trip even more fun and enjoyable!

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The kids couldn’t wait to wear their pajamas and socks. Hanna Andersson really makes the softest, most comfortable pajamas my kids have ever known. Not only are their clothes soft, stylish and comfortable, they last forever! Be my guest and see for yourself everything there is to love about Hanna Andersson and you too will be loving your Hanna’s just as much as my family and I do! Here’s a coupon worth 15% OFF your entire purchase! Print it off and redeem from now until October 18th. To locate a Hanna Andersson nearest you, click HERE and for up to the minute style tips, be sure to follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!



{Disclosure: Special Thanks to Hanna Andersson for partnering on this post! And a Happy Hannas shout out to our Sales Associate Morgan for your wonderful style selections and your amazing assistance!}



Weekend Pick: Peter Pan 360 in Tyson’s Corner


For parents and kids and grown-ups who are just kids at heart, Peter Pan 360 is a timeless classic that is as visually thrilling as it is theatrically enchanting. The entire cast consisted of a few of the most extraordinary actors I’ve seen on stage. Their performances were awe inspiring and engaging. Ella and Logan were completely mesmerized!

There’s still time to catch Peter Pan 360 before it flies to the next city. The show is in town until Sunday, August 23rd, extending it’s run for one more glorious week! For tickets and more information, visit: 

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Amsterdam Falafelshop in Clarendon: You’ve Gotta Try This Place





Last week Dave, Ella, Logan and I were invited by Amsterdam Falafelshop for dinner. The kids had their first taste of falafel in Paris and loved it, so I knew they would be happy to find out they could get falafel right here in our neighborhood. Upon entering the restaurant, we were greeted by the co-founder of Amsterdam Falafelshop, Scott Bennett. He was so chill and down to earth as he sat down with our family and shared how he decided to open up the first restaurant.

We really liked the restaurant’s set up. You’re served your falafel sandwich or bowl and then you have a toppings station where you sprinkle or mound toppings to your hearts desire. Ella and Logan had fun selecting their toppings and adding them to their sandwiches. The menu includes: falafel sandwiches, French fries (deep-fried twice– the European style), sodas and “virgin” brownies, a bit of a shout out in reference to the Amsterdam coffee shops that sell marijuana-laced brownies. We ordered fries to accompany our sandwiches and they were outstanding! They really were some of the best fries ever! The falafel is crunchy and delicious and when “smashed”, a ton of toppings can be added. The ambiance is casual and cool. The location is across the street from the Clarendon Metro and close to all of the nightly hangouts. It’s a perfect place for families during the day and an awesome restaurant for late night dining for the college kids and club goers.

Click here for my Tastemade City Guide DC recap of Amsterdam Falafelshop. And for more information, visit


Day Designer by Whitney English For Blue Sky Available Exclusively at Target & Giveaway

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I am super excited that Day Designer by Whitney English For Blue Sky will be available at Target beginning this Sunday, July 12th.

I was searching for a new planner for moms for only a few days when my friend Morgan Fykes of DC Funemployment whipped out her Day Designer at the CARE Conference a couple months ago. She passionately described each amazing feature and how it kept her organized while inspiring her to reach her daily, weekly and monthly goals. I knew I had found my new planner. Not only is Whitney English’s Day Designer perfect for moms, it’s perfect for creative entrepreneurs like bloggers too!

When my kids were born, I stopped using my manual (aka “paper”) planner and began using my Iphone as a schedule organizer for our family’s activities. I thought getting into the “digital age” was better because of the alerts I could set on my phone. And that everything would be best kept in one place—my IPhone. However, I became less organized and very frustrated keeping track of normal daily and weekly tasks and schedules for a family of four all on a phone calendar that was just filled with a bunch of dots at a glance. And every time I was asked to recall when we did something or what date an event was on, I literally had to click on each dot to find out what happened in the not so distant past. I couldn’t wait to get back to planner that had worked for me since college.

The Day Designer is an academic year calendar (from July 2015-June 2016) making it easy for busy moms, teachers, bloggers and other creatives to stay on top of everything during the school year.

The Day Designer is a lot larger than most other planners, but it’s easily transportable in a durable tote because of its very sturdy design. There are several designs featured in the Day Designer for Blue Sky Target Collection: a very polished black and white striped hard cover, a glamorous gold and white striped hard cover, a floral hard cover and two soft faux leather covers in a baby blue and a bubble gum pink. Each planner has high quality interior pages created with soy based ink and printed on 50% PCW recycled paper.

The first few pages of the planner are worksheets designed to inspire you to formulate your core values and goals to guide your business and life over the next year. As a very social mom and blogger, these features are incredibly helpful and truly inspiring.

Each month has an overall month calendar that you can eye at a glance, with spaces on the sides to write out important life goals for that particular month intended to inspire you to pursue your passions and values. I love how Whitney English’s design has a focus on helping you do things intentionally and with purpose—inspiring a purpose driven life.

My absolute favorite part of the planner and daily agenda is that it includes spaces to write out your daily schedule, daily to-do list, the top three things you want to accomplish, as well as smaller sections to help you organize your evening activities (like restaurant openings, birthday parties, get togethers and other events). And there’s even a box to include something that you’re grateful for—a small way to cultivate a life of thankfulness.

I am so happy I was introduced to the original Day Designer, the strategic planner & daily agenda for living a WELL-DESIGNED LIFE. And I’m super excited to introduce you to the collection available at Target!

I’d like to introduce you to it too by offering you a chance to win one! Enter the Rafflecopter Giveaway Below. One winner will be announced on Friday, July 10th!

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Cheers to Independence Day & Shopping at Hagerstown Premium Outlets



I am a self proclaimed shopaholic. And when I think of Independence Day, I take time out to appreciate being an American and anticipate the backyard barbecues and fireworks.  But, I also think about all the amazing end of the season and pre-season retail sales! I had the pleasure of partnering with Hagerstown Premium Outlets, a Simon Center yesterday to check out all the weekend sales they’re having and share my shopping experience live on Twitter, Periscope and SnapChat (Angelica Talan).


Photography by Lani Furbank. Kate Spade New York Tote Bag 60% Off at Hagerstown Premium Outlets.


Photography by Lani Furbank. Kate Spade New York Tote Bag.

Most of the stores are offering 50% off their already significantly reduced merchandise. My two favorite stores Coach and Kate Spade New York are offering 70% off of all handbags! These are deals you can’t beat! I found this amazing carry-all tote bag originally retailed at $495 for less than $100!




The kids corner is offering amazing door busters at Gymboree and Janie and Jack and sales such as buy 2 get one free deals at Carter’s.



Photography by Lani Furbank. This Ann Taylor necklace is 70% off and the Banana Republic Dress is 50% Off at Hagerstown Premium Outlets.


Every store at Hagerstown Premium Outlets is offering plenty of discounted items for their summer clearance sales! There is something for everyone in your family here! From the athlete to the cook to the fashionista to the kids, you don’t want to miss! Check out my Tastemade City Guide Video Recap here and to plan your trip and learn more about Hagerstown Premium Outlet, visit their website by clicking here. Stay up to the minute by following them on Facebook and Twitter. Have a wonderful Fourth of July and Happy Shopping!

{This is a sponsored post in collaboration with Hagerstown Premium Outlets, a Simon Center.}

6 Tips for Shopping & Saving at Hagerstown Premium Outlet


Summer is officially here! The Fourth of July weekend is just a few days ahead, now is the perfect time to rack up some amazing end of the season bargains and save a few bucks on a few upcoming seasonal pieces. Hagerstown Premium Outlets is my favorite retail outlet in the DC area and this Thursday, I’ll be headed there to get some amazing deals!

Here are 6 Tips For Shopping Outlets and Getting the Best Bang For Your Buck: 

1. Make a List. Take a really good look at your closet and write down your top must have items. Have a look at clothes that you no longer enjoy wearing. Consider donating them or hosting a clothing swap for those items so that you clear space for your new finds.

2. Create a Budget. You can really save yourself a lot of money by having a budget and sticking to it. I find it helpful to appoint an approximate price tag to every item on my list.

3. Wear comfortable clothes and stylish, but comfortable shoes. Wear clothes that are easy to put on and take off so that trying on clothes is fun and relaxing. Wear comfortable yet stylish shoes to compliment the look of every outfit you try on.

4. Don’t Rush. Take your time. Really enjoy the shopping experience. Set enough time aside to try on each item and to think about how it fits into your current wardrobe.

5. Snap pictures of yourself in the outfits that you like. Consider using Snapchat and invite your friends to vote on the items you’re considering.

6. Shop the perimeters of the outlet mall first. Just like shopping for groceries, most of the best finds are on the outside corners of the outlets. High end designer brands and some of the highest quality items are located there.

Please join me this Thursday, July 2nd between 12 Noon and 4 PM as I shop Hagerstown Premium Outlets and takeover their social media channels. I’ll be reporting LIVE on Periscope and Snapchat (Angelica Talan) as well as live tweeting on both my Twitter account and the Hagerstown Premium Outlets account. Be sure to LIKE us on Facebook by clicking here and here. I’m so excited to host this social media takeover!  Check back on Friday, July 3rd for a Recap of all the fun and deals available at Hagerstown Premium Outlet!

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!}