Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to Preschool Style with CPL

Back to Preschool Style with CPL
Back to school and yes, back to preschool! The Cooperative Preschool of Loudoun has been our preschool for going on three years now. We are a community and a family. There is no other preschool in Loudoun county that gives you the opportunity to be involved in your child's early education. A few times a week, I get to be in the classroom and assist the teacher. I get to see my child interact with his peers and learn. It has been an invaluable experience for me and I hope it has been an enriching one for my boys. They do so look forward to their "special days" and that is when I am in the classroom. It is their special time with me. I cherish it. Back to school means: shopping!! It also means the kids are going back to school.*happy parents dance*

Back to Preschool Style with CPL
When you are shopping for your back to school necessities, I encourage you to shop local! One of my favorite local businesses for back to school is Little B Love Designs. Owner Brandi Thomasson creates shirts for both mama and child that are unique and totally adorable! My favorite design by far has to be the "Hangry" tee. Everyone can relate to the "Hangry" monster. My boys absolutely adore the "Too Cool for School" tee! They feel ready for school and cannot wait to wear this shirt for their 1st day back to school! When you purchase a tee from Little B Love you are supporting a local Loudoun county mama too! What could be better than that?

Back to Preschool Style with CPL
Back to school shopping advice? Buy local and supplement with a thrifty main stream store, such as Old Navy. Old Navy holds up to little boy abuse, is trendy, and is relatively inexpensive. I also patronage local thrift stores during the months leading up to school. You would be incredibly surprised what is thrown away to the thrift stores our well-to-do area. I find brand new clothes and shoes with the tags still on them! I shop weekly at Resourceful Women and Blossom and Bloom in Leesburg. The best part? Most of the funds go to charity. Remember to shop local and if you are looking for the best preschool in Loudoun county, look no further than CPL! Have a great 2015-2016 school year kids!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Best of Suburbia Winner: Market Wealth Management

Best of Suburbia Winner: Market Wealth Management
Market Wealth Management, LLC, and President Peter J. Market, CFS, are well known within the local Northern Virginia community as financial advisors with that personal "small town" touch.  I did some research and found that Peter and his team have a reputation for going the extra mile to best serve each of their clients. They understand that their clients need flexible financial planning and if you cannot come to them, they will come to you! Market Wealth Management takes a personal approach with their clients and believes that the first step to success is educating their clients about their current financial situation. Education, strategy, and focused financial planning at your convenience - that is the Market Wealth Management way. Their team will keep you focused on your financial goals and get you to your dream financial destination.
Best of Suburbia Winner: Market Wealth Management
Market Wealth Management was recently awarded the Best of Suburbia winner for the "Financial Advisor" category - 2015 by PoshSEVEN Magazine. Peter is a well known insurance and investment planner whom has served the Washington Metropolitan area for over a decade. In speaking with Peter, I found him to be caring, detailed oriented, and very focused on his clients' success. He hosts a wide variety of clients, but his special area of interest is women in transition. More specifically, women that are going through a major life change such as divorce, loss of a spouse, a change in employment, or retirement.
A team of professional financial advisors is awaiting you at Market Wealth Management! You do not have to go it alone. Call them toll free today at 844-627-5896 for your complimentary consultation.





Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Sweet Clover "Back to Style" Event

Sweet Clover "Back to Style" Event
Join us for the "Back to Style" event at Sweet Clover  the weekend of September 5th and 6th from 10 am to 5 pm each day. Summer is over and it is time to reclaim your space! Their picturesque two story barn and dairy cottage is filled with vintage finds and home decor to inspire your personal decorating spirit. They will have a variety of LIVE demonstrations that weekend including: painting demos, style mixing demos, paper flower making demos, and much more!

Be sure to check out Sweet Clover's website for their 2015 sale dates, because they are typically only open once a month. The owners Cassie Bustamante and Sarah Zullo are constantly working to house a variety of unique and stylish vendors, so you are sure to find exactly what you need for your vintage-modern inspired home. The gorgeous landscape paired with Sweet Clover's eclectic vintage home decor will leave you feeling inspired and ready to create your perfect space.

Sweet Clover hosts a variety of vintage home furnishings and stylized pieces that include industrial, cottage chic, mid century, and many other eclectic vintage styles. So what are you waiting for?! Mark your calendars and get "back to style" while the kids are getting back to school. Sounds good doesn't it? Visit Sweet Clover's website to sign up for e-mails so you never miss a sale!

Wait one minute! Do you love to DIY? Sweet Clover has recently stocked it's shelves with General Finishes milk paint, gel stains, and glazes. See you at the barn!

Monday, August 3, 2015

Dog friendly places in DC and Northern Virginia

Dog friendly places in DC and Northern Virginia
Hi Hey Kerri Blog readers! I'm Alanna and I blog over at Alanna & Company, where I write about dogs, food, and all things in and surrounding D.C.

Summer is a great time to get out and do things outdoors. And with so many things to do in and around the District and Northern Virginia, why should you leave your four-legged family member at home? I've been trying to find as many places as possible that I can bring Starla and we have located many "fur friendly" spots!

Go to the Shirlington Dog Park. If you have not been here you are missing out! The park is huge and even has a river that your dog can cool off in. It is Starla's favorite place to go. It's kind of tricky to find, but there's parking off of Four Mile Run Drive. 

Dog friendly places in DC and Northern Virginia
Grab a drink at Hotel Monaco in Alexandria. They host a doggy “Yappy Hour” in the hotel’s courtyard every Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April through October. You can enjoy a refreshing drink while your dog can enjoy some social time, doggy treats, and fresh water. 

I also just discovered Cantina Marina on the Southwest waterfront. The whole downstairs is an open air bar that you can bring your pup in. When I was there, we met three other doggy friends. Careful, their margaritas are strong!
Dog friendly places in DC and Northern Virginia
Wineries are also another great option. I haven't been to a winery yet that doesn't allow dogs. My favorite one to go to with Starla is 868 Winery in Purcellville, about an hour out of the city.

Take a Potomac river evening cruise with your canine. Sailing out from Alexandria, the cruise is an hour long and free for your dog. $15 for you. Enjoy seeing all the sights of the city with your pup. 

Of course, there's always Pups in the Park at Nationals Park. What better thing to do than enjoy America's favorite past time with man's best friend? You're out in section 143 in the outfield and it is $26 for you and $10 for your pup. Their $10 ticket goes to the Washington Humane Society.

Barktober Fest is coming up in October for it's second annual beer festival. It is $35 for general admission(free for your pup) and it includes unlimited beer tastings and a tasting glass. There's also food trucks, a doggy costume contest, an agility park for your dog, and much more.

After all your drinking fun with your dog, you definitely do not want to be driving. Red Top Cab of Arlington and Diamond Cab in DC happily take dogs in their cabs for an additional $1 surcharge. I'm sure there are more cabs that will take dogs, but these are the two that I've found so far. 

Lastly, dogs are great running partners. You can take your pup along Mt. Vernon trail or even the W&OD trail, but keep make sure it's not too hot for your dog and that you keep them well hydrated!

Where are your favorite places in DC and Northern Virginia to take your pup? What should Starla and I do next next?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

National Capital Lyme + Colour Bar Charity Event

National Capital Lyme + Colour Bar Charity Event
National Capital Lyme has a chapter right here in Loudoun County! Their mission is to build support, increase awareness, and find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne related diseases. Next week, you have the opportunity to get a beautiful haircut at the Colour Bar Studio in Vienna for $100 and have 100% of the proceeds go towards National Capital Lyme! Call Colour Bar Studio at (703) 848-2000 to make your appointment for Sunday, July 19th from 11 am to 4 pm.


Wanna learn more about Lyme disease from the experts? During the National Capital Lyme and Colour Bar Studio event, join special guests Susan Greenberg, FNP-BC, and Debbie McCabe, Holistic Practitioner, whom will be discussing prevention and treatment of Lyme disease.

Can't make it to the big event? No worries! You can still make a donation to National Capital Lyme and help them to continue their important work. Donations can be made on their website. 

Many prizes will also be raffled during the course of the event courtesy of Lynx, Modern Luxury DC, Nostos, NIHA, Tamjidi Skin Institute, and of course National Capital Lyme!

National Capital Lyme + Colour Bar Charity Event



Thursday, July 2, 2015

High Heeled Happy Hour with National Capital Lyme

High Heeled Happy Hour is a Northern Virginia staple for charity and networking events held in collaboration with small business owners. July is a very special networking month with the local Loudoun county National Capital Lyme Association. The Virginia Bloggers Club is proud to co-host this event with one of our very own bloggers and lyme disease warrior Amy Pop Fitzgerald of Twingles Mom.

This event will be held Tuesday, July 14th from 6 to 8 pm at the picturesque venue of Clyde's Willow Creek Farm in Ashburn. There will be appetizers and many local vendors. 10% of any purchases you make from the vendors that evening will go to the National Capital Lyme Association. Be sure to register today and save your spot. Ticket prices are lower online and I am told this is typically a sold-out event, so don't wait! Wear your most fabulous heels ladies and you could be entered into one of many door prizes that evening.

The best part? Helping a local charity that is doing good in our community. You also have the opportunity to network and rub elbows with some of the best of the best in Loudoun county. Carin and I hope to see you there!


Thursday, June 25, 2015

#BikiniChallenge1073 Recap with Sarah Fraser

#BikiniChallenge1073 Recap with Sarah Fraser
It is the summer of the bikini challenge, at least it is for DC's 107.3 Sarah Fraser. For the first time in 33 years, Sarah Fraser(literally showed the world) that she is not afraid to wear a bikini and more importantly she is now openly accepting of her body and all that is "Sarah Fraser". Read more about Sarah's body image struggles on her personal blog.

As I write this, it reminds me of a wonderful local blogger María José of a Very Busy Mama that is cheering for the same "self love" amongst herself and her peers. She has no idea that I am doing this, but I also wanted to share her post and her story, because it fits so well right here.

We scrutinize over our looks and as Sarah Fraser put it, "The bikini controlled my summer". Or used too! Free of her chains, I am stoked to see Sarah Fraser - in a bikini - spreads her message of body positiv - DC News FOX 5 DC WTTG video(the recap of Sarah on Good Day DC from yesterday) and to hear how she personally feels about the experience herself. Maybe she'll call me to chat or have me on her show...a gal can dream can't she? The smile on her face tells me she is happy to be standing in DuPont Circle wearing a bikini. Kudos Sarah, you rocked it!