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.}

Hoppity Easter Weekend at Fair Oaks Mall







Hop into Bunnyville at Fair Oaks Mall

Next weekend, March 28 & 29 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Bunnyville will be having an “eggciting” Family Event! Take the entire family to Bunnyville, a charming, three-dimensional Bunny town featuring the Kid Junction Home of the Ultimate Party Experience, Hare Salon, and 24 Carrot Bank. The last stop in Bunnyville is a professional photo with the Easter Bunny in front of his Bunny House. Customers will receive a $10 or $20 card from Shutterfly with the purchase of select photo packages ($22-44), and all children receive a small gift from the Bunny just for visiting!
Locally presented by Kid Junction. enjoy FREE face painting, balloon creations, spring crafts, and more in Fair Oaks Mall’s Grand Court West. For more information about this event and Fair Oaks Mall, click here.

Fabulous Holiday Gift Ideas From Dawn Price Baby


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Christmas will be here in less than a week. And if you need a present in a pinch, I have a few last minute gift ideas exclusively from Dawn Price Baby. They have locations in Georgetown, Capitol Hill, the Mosaic District and Reston and they offer gift wrapping and shipping.

Dawn Price Baby has a Baby Registry on their website allowing guests to register for the holidays, as well as baby showers, baptisms and birthday parties. My husband and I recently took our kids into the Georgetown location to check out the latest and hottest gift ideas for kids. Here is a list of awesome gifts that are sure to wow the kids and entertain them for years to come.

  • Goldie Blox and the Builder’s Survival Kit
  • Magna-Tiles
  • The Original Spirograph
  • Sands Alive Sea Life Adventure
  • Intro to Engineering Kit
  • Think Fun Math Dice
  • Aquabeads
  • Jaq Jaq Chalk-A-Doodle Book
  • Green Toys Dump Truck
  • Spring Ring

{Disclosure: This is a sponsored post courtesy of Dawn Price Baby. We were provided a sample product in exchange for post. All opinions are my own.}

‘Tis the Season with Holiday Cards from


Minted 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 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

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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Happy National Play-Doh Day!

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September 16th is National Play-Doh Day, a day to enjoy the fun colorful modeling compound in an effort to rediscover the creativity we all had as small children. Hasbro’s Play-Doh, which is composed of flour, water, salt, boric acid, and silicone oil, was originally manufactured as a putty-like wallpaper cleaner in the 1930s. Two decades later when it was discovered that a teacher was using the non-toxic, non-staining substance for arts and crafts projects the compound was reworked and sold to schools in Cincinnati. With great marketing campaigns and a natural appeal, Play-Doh quickly became a popular children’s toy. Over two billion cans were sold between 1955 and 2005 in over 75 countries around the world.

My favorite way to celebrate Play-Doh Day is to sit down with my husband, kids and a few of our kid’s friends and create Play-Doh Sculptures. The Play-Doh Sculptures you see above are in honor of the 2013 Emmy Awards. Since I have an actor’s background (wish me luck on my “House of Cards” audition today), I thought I’d share them with you all! I’d also like to share some tips on  how to create a Play-Doh Sculpture sure to last a long time. These sculptures make a perfect gift for the holidays.

Allow your Play-Doh sculpture to air dry slowly. It may take several weeks for sculptures to dry fully–even longer for larger sculptures.

Choose a base on which to display the sculpture. This can be as simple as a piece of cardboard or paper plate, or you can choose something more elegant like a piece of wood or a glass candle holder.

Thin white craft glue in a cup with a little water, in a ratio of about two parts glue to one part water. Use the paintbrush to coat the bottom of the sculpture with glue. Set the Play-Doh sculpture on top of base, then continue to coat the sculpture with glue until it is completely covered. Try not to use more glue than is necessary or spill excess glue on the base.

Allow sculpture to air dry, then display. To keep the sculpture in good condition longer, avoid getting it wet, as the glue is water-soluble.

Do you have any memories about Play-Doh from your childhood or that you share with your children? Please share them in the Comments Below!

White House Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery Begins Thursday, February 21st


White House Easter Egg Roll Ticket Lottery Begins Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tickets are distributed free of charge via an online lottery system, allowing guests from across the United States to participate. All attendees must have a ticket. The 2013 lottery opens on Thursday, February 21, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. EST and closes on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. EST. To apply, visit Lottery winners will be contacted on March 1, 2013.

Signing up for the 2013 White House Easter Egg Roll lottery is free. The deadline for lottery entries is at 10 a.m. Feb. 25. Lottery results will be available on March 1.

You will need to create a free account at to be able to enter the lottery when it opens.

The White House Easter Egg Roll is an annual family event to hunt for and race Easter Eggs on the White House Lawn while enjoying storytelling and a visit with the Easter Bunny. The holiday tradition has a long history dating back to 1878 when President Rutherford B. Hayes officially opened the White House grounds to local children for egg rolling on Easter Monday. Successive Presidents have continued the tradition of inviting children to the White House Lawn for egg rolling and other activities and entertainment.

The White House will open the South Lawn to children age twelve and under, along with their families, to enjoy sports, cooking classes, live musical performances, storytelling and the traditional White House Easter Egg Roll. The 2012 event featured the theme of “Get Up and Go!” promoting health and wellness with activities that encourage children to lead healthy and active lives and follow the First Lady’s ‘Let’s Move!’ initiative. The 2013 theme will be announced soon.

Date of the White House Easter Egg Roll: April 1, 2013, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

LocationWhite House,1600 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Washington, DC (202) 456-7041. All guests will enter the event from the Ellipse and will go through a security screening process.

All attendees will be required to go through a security screening process. No food or beverages are allowed on the grounds. Duffel Bags, suitcases and backpacks are not allowed. Strollers, diaper bags, baby formula, and baby bottles are permitted.
More information about the event is available at