Monday, December 15, 2014

Sijang Tacos #NomNom

Sijang Tacos
*I was monetarily compensated. All words and thoughts are my own.
Sijang Crowdfunding<>Sijang Facebook<>Sijang Twitter

Sijang needs your help! Their Crowdfunding campaign is LIVE! They need support and funds to make their dreams a reality. Please share with your family and friends. Thank you for supporting local Northern Virginia businesses!

My mouth is watering at the anticipation of eating one of Sijang's culinary creations! Chris Fitzer(pictured above) is the Chef and mastermind behind Sijang located right here in Northern Virginia. Sijang is what I would consider Fusion Cuisine. Chris combines Mexican, Korean, and Vietnamese influences. This next point is particularly important to all you foodies: Chris states that it is very important to him to respect the cultural influences these creative dishes are coming from. As you can imagine, the end results are some mighty interesting and tasty dishes. Drooling yet? Stay with me.

Sijang Pho Dog
The Sijang "Pho Dog".

Nom nom nom nom nom....Okay, I am back:) The Sijang "Pho Dog" is the dish I am coveting the most. I cannot wait to eat the Pho Dog! Get in my belly now. The pho dogs are served on a lightly 
toasted bun, the inside of the bun is brushed with hoisin sauce, topped with thai basil, bean sprouts, 
 and a ginger-sesame based slaw. 

Sijang Tacos
 The Sijang " Korean-Mexican Taco".

The Korean-Mexican inspired taco from Sijang also looks incredible! Where are you? I want to eat you. Again, in my belly. They are served on two warm corn tortillas with beef marinated in soy, sesame, and honey(traditional Korean BBQ style) topped with a napa cabbage slaw. A soy, sesame, and ginger vinaigrette is served on top with cilantro and red onion. Limes are served on the side.


Chris and Sijang care deeply about the community of Northern Virginia and about "giving back". Chris recently had a food drive for the Woodbridge Homeless Outreach Association. He also plans on donating a portion of his profits from Sijang to local homeless shelters. So every time you eat a Sijang dish, you can feel good inside and out knowing your belly is full and that you are helping someone else have a full belly too! Now pat your head and belly simultaneously, while visiting Sijang's Crowdfunding page! Good Luck Sijang! We are cheering for you all the way.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Well & Good Shopping Gift Guide #WellGoodHoliday

*I was monetarily compensated for this post. All words are mine. Well & Good is located at 118 South Street SE, Leesburg, VA 20175 in Market Station. wellandgoodstudio.com

Well & Good is a piece of Eco beauty heaven right here in Loudoun County, Virginia! They offer top shelf Organic beauty products and holistic care consulting sessions with the owner Lauri Bosserman(whom is a Registered Nurse and holistic health coach). According to Lauri, “I have taken the time to carefully review the ingredients in each product to ensure they are clean, healthy, and effective. Understanding every ingredient is essential to your overall health and the performance of the product. If I refuse to put something in my body; I don’t want to put it on my skin either. Our skin is our largest organ, and what we put on it, is absorbed into our body".

Lauri founded the boutique following her sister's diagnosis with breast cancer. Her mission is to educate men and women on the importance of clean beauty products for their health internally and externally.Among the top brands at Well & Good are RMS beauty, May Lindstrom, Josh Rosebrook Skin and Haircare, Ilia Beauty, and Earth Tu Face.

Well and Good are also huge small business supporters and have located the best local area artisans to include: Skincando, Waxing Kara, Karmalades, Oh So Good Organics, Sydney Hale Co., and Eco Bathhouse. Lauri Bosserman wants to share with you her top holiday gift picks at the Well & Good studio! Without further adieu, I give you The Well & Good Holiday Shopping Guide!!!

One Love Organics
The Jet Setter 
One Love Organics has the perfect Organic skincare gift for the avid traveler. Whether you are traveling for pleasure or work this gift set full of "love" will not let you down. Inside your will find:Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser, Brand New Day Microderma Scrub & Masque, Skin Savior Waterless Multi Balm, and My New Best Friend Skin Shammy. Stroll into your new destination with "face aglow" confidence!

RMS Beauty
Photo by +Second Ave Photography at Well & Good Studio in Leesburg, VA
Waxing Kara Honey Lolipop
 Photo by +Second Ave Photography at Well & Good Studio in Leesburg, VA
Stuff that Stocking
RMS beauty is the Organic make up standard. Well & Good Studio carries RMS beauty and those little pots fit perfectly into a stocking*wink wink*. The living luminizer, Beloved Lip2Cheek, and Sacred Lip Shine are Lauri's personal recommendations! Another thumbs up from Lauri, goes to Amber Blue Anti-aging serum. Amber Blue's little blue bottle chocked full of 16 skin nourishing Organic oils will fit nicely into any young ladies stocking;-) Looking for another quick and sweet treat for the stocking? How about a Waxing Kara Honey Lollipop? Delicious straight up or in a nice spot of tea!

Well & Good Studio
 Photo by +Second Ave Photography at Well & Good Studio in Leesburg, VA
Sydney Hale Co.
 Photo by +Second Ave Photography at Well & Good Studio in Leesburg, VA
Oh Ladies!
May Lindstrom is one of my all-time favorites and she made Lauri's list too! The Good Stuff body oil rejuvenates, hydrates, and leaves your skin glowing! I heard it smells fabulous too with a mixture of cocoa, rose, lavender, and ylang-ylang. Sign me up! Another great gift for the ladies is the natural soy candles from Sydney Hale Co. These local and natural soy candles will impress even the most difficult ladies to please and purchase for! Lauri(and I for that matter) highly recommend this next brand: Earth Tu Face.

Lauri recommends that you grab the Dead Sea Salt Scrub to exfoliate and moisturize those winter skin woes away! Another Earth Tu Face honorable mention is the Jasmine Body Lotion. This magnificent sounding body lotion contains three types of Jasmine flowers as well as Aloe Leaf Juice, Organic Olive Oil, and Vitamin E to protect and nourish your skin These gifts are great for the girlfriends who already have everything!

Well & Good Studio
 Photo by +Second Ave Photography at Well & Good Studio in Leesburg, VA
Something for the Boys!
Inside this cabinet lies the skincare miracle of Skincando! They have skincare for THE entire family. The Combat-Ready Balm, however, is the balm that can do it all! It helps with eczema, chaffes, minor burns, scrapes, bug bites, severe dryness, jock itch, you name the ailment and it probably does something;-) My kids call it the "boo boo cream". Whenever they get a minor scratch they call for it by name! Ahhhh...Instant relief.

As you can see, Well & Good Studio has something Merry, Organic, Beautiful, and Ethically made for the entire family! So give your loved ones the gift of Organic Beauty & Wellness this holiday season. Have a very Happy Holiday season from our family to yours!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

American Cancer Society Event #loudouncounty

The American Cancer Society invites you to help the Relay For Life right here in Loudoun County. Come out Wednesday, December 10th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM to help in the fight against cancer. A portion of the night's proceeds at MacDowell Brew Kitchen will go directly in support of the American Cancer Society. We have all been affected by cancer either personally or indirectly with someone that we love. Come out to dinner and support the Relay for Life.

Also, feel free to partake in the delicious cookie exchange and get ready for some giveaways! The Virginia Bloggers Club, MacDowell Brew Kitchen, and the American Cancer Society look forward to seeing you and your family in December!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Top Blogger series on YouTube

Top Blogger In our new YouTube series Top Blogger, Carin Kilby Clark of Memoirs of a Clueless Woman and I are exploring every detail of what it take to become a Top Blogger. No longer do you have to wander "the Google" searching for the answers you seek. Follow along during our YouTube and *coming soon*Podcast series to see if you have what it takes to climb the mountain to influential stardom.

Why are we starting the Top Blogger series? To help young aspiring bloggers and to bring attention to the NEW Virginia Bloggers Club. Carin and I want to help connect local and national brands with the perfect dedicated blogger for their campaign. Also, we want to bring awareness to blogger equality. Some small businesses will attempt to pay bloggers with paperclips and sticks of bubble gum. That is not okay. Likewise, bloggers must insist on being compensated(as any trained professional should be) for their time and efforts.

The Virginia Bloggers Club is helping to connect businesses that know the value that bloggers bring to their businesses, products, and services. Bloggers have an established audience of online friends that trust their opinions and feedback. Most bloggers(even when paid) speak honestly without a filter when reviewing a product and/or service. They cherish the bond they have with their audience. The Virginia Bloggers Club is getting quality and motivated DMV bloggers the financial compensation they deserve and small businesses are getting high-end promotions as a result.


Stay Tuned as Top Blogger picks up speed for tips and tricks of the trade. Also, please leave us questions and feedback. We will be doing special Q&A sessions with your questions and feedback. Thank you for joining us and good luck on your blog endeavors! Cheers to the influencers of the world!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Trunk Show with Herban Lifestyle! #SmallBizSaturday

Herban Lifestyle Soap Giftset

Do you know any soap lovers??! Of course you do! Herban Lifestyle is among the many talented artisans that will be at the trunk show on Saturday, November 29th. The founder, Miss Mary Kearns, creates bath and body products containing only the purest ingredients to include: essential oils, pure oils, ethically wild crafted, and/or Fair Trade. Eco beautiful beneficial ingredients for your skin. Skin happy ingredients....even for your pooch*tail wags of approval*(peep below).

Dog Shampoo Bar
 Sniff Sniff...Beatifur shampoo bar for your pup with a blend of peppermint, tea tree, and eucalyptus essential oils.
Small businesses make a difference. Shop local. Shop small. Spend a day to shop with small business owners that make a difference in their community and local economy. You are sure to find a beautiful, handcrafted, artisan, and 100% local item for every special person on your gift list this holiday season!  

In addition to all of Herban Lifestyle products, there will be blown glass objects d'art by Beth Hess of WunderAround and a variety of Etsy artisan products by: EHL Creations, Healing Touch Pottery, Herban Luxe, Karmalades, Naked Botanicals, Pine Branch Designs, Sarah Winter Clothwork, Sprout Bottle, Vita Pulita.


Did I mention the Herban Lifestyle Trunk Show is FREE?! Be sure to view the event details below and RSVP...It's FREE!!:)

Who: Herban Lifestyle Trunk Show
When: Saturday November 29th from 11-4
What: Start the holidays off right with free Herban Lifestyle product samples, delicious food, exquisite glass art, a build-your-own terrarium demo, giveaways, vegan soap, natural bath and body gifts and much more!  Plus, receive 10% off your purchase in celebration of Small Business Saturday!
RSVP: http://bit.ly/1sCvMxQ
Where: Herban Lifestyle Shop located @ 2931-C Eskridge Road, Merrifield, VA 22031—adjacent to the Mosaic District


See you there.


Heather Paulding
Founder of The Virginia Blogger's Club







Monday, November 10, 2014

Invisible Wound and High Heeled Happy Hour #VeteransDay

Saluting our Veterans and thanking them on this special day is very nice, but supporting them first hand at a local event is an even greater "Thank You". Tomorrow is a very special High Heeled happy hour with special guest Gale Warren Paige, whom is the founder of Invisible Wound right here in our backyard of Leesburg, Va. Proceeds will also go to benefit Hope Lives There.

No one should have to go it alone or feel alone, especially not those who have given so much. Invisible Wound has programs dedicated to helping our warriors returning home from active duty who are now fighting a very different battle: PTSD. Go to highheeledhappyhour.com for more information on how you can attend tomorrow's very special High Heeled Veteran's Day Happy Hour.

A heartfelt thank you of extraordinary gratitude to these extraordinary men, women, and families who served the United States of America. Because of you, we rest soundly at night. 



Sunday, November 2, 2014

Local Food Drive with Lashes by Ricky Vox #NoVa

Food Drive Northern Virginia November
This Wednesday, Please join lashes by Ricky Vox and The Virginia Bloggers Club for a night of charity, giving, and networking for Loudoun Interfaith Relief. Bring all your canned foods(keeping Thanksgiving and Christmas in mind) to O'Faolain's on Wednesday, November 5th from 6 pm to 8 pm.

The holiday season is a time of reflection and to be thankful for all the blessings in your life. It is also a time for giving. A time to come together as a community and help our fellow man. Please join us! We look forward to seeing you there. XO.