Saturday, April 12, 2014

Heaven & Elle Haute Beauty Bar in Ashburn, VA

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Does your hair ever need a "pick me up" during the week, your lunch break, or even on the weekend before a big night out? If so, look no further then Heaven & Elle Haute Beauty Bar in Ashburn, VA. They are located on George Washington Blvd. off route 7 and Loudoun County Pkwy. Find them. Go now. The pictorial results speak for themselves. I am completely hooked! My hair has never looked better.

Let me walk you through it. They washed my hair, handed me a glass of Prosecco, and proceeded to blow me out{make my hair look fabulous}! My stylist was "They call me Jersey" find her on instagram! Do note she has a name, but that is what I call her;-) She was phenomenal and knows how to do big, sexy hair.

Afterwards, Cindy the gorgeous owner helped apply magnificent Beyonce-esque eyelashes and touched up my make up. Did I feel like a million bucks? You bet. I was surprised to know they also offer spray tanning services! This is wedding and prom central. If you live in Northern Virginia and you are getting married or prom bound this is your one stop spot!

I did not even mention the atmosphere! Fresh, hip, and young. A youthful feel for the young or young at heart{ahem me}. Be prepared, because the Heaven & Elle Beauty Bar also has a new cosmetics line called "House of Sin"! What are you waiting for?!

See you Sunday at the Virginia Bloggers Club meet up at Heaven & Elle Haute Beauty Bar!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Second Ave Photography {Family}

Blaire is the talented photographer for Second Ave Photography here in Northern Virginia. We have formed a partnership and she graciously helps me with my Eco fashion photography for Spunky Real Deals{which my husband is certainly grateful}. We were enjoying a nice vino after a fashion photography session{above} when I flipped the camera around on her! Evidently, photographers do not like having their pictures taken. I asked Blaire what she felt her niche was? Then I remember back to a session we had last year with my boys. They were not going to cooperate under any circumstances, but as you can see below....

Blaire has a fantastic way with children and even if they are not ready for their close up she manages to get the best shots anyway! She loves newborn sessions and capturing your babes in a candid moment. Blaire is also know for beautiful family portraits! As I have found, Blaire also has an eye for fashion photography.

Second Ave Photography is the place to go in Northern Virginia to capture those intimate family moments. Fashion photographers are in short supply in the NoVa area and I would highly recommend that you approach her if you are in the market for one.

Thank you for being here,

Heather P.
Writer at Spunky Real Deals
Founder of the Virginia Bloggers Club

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Alimond Photography & The VA Bloggers Club 1st meet up!

The historic town of Leesburg harbors a savvy and creative photographer named Aliyah Dastour. She is the owner and chief photographer of Alimond Photography. If you run a local business here in Northern Virginia then you need to lend me your ear for 2 minutes. Aliyah is the entrepreneur's marketer for photography and will provide you with a head shot that everyone{not just mother} would be proud of.

Aliyah takes a creative, yet very professional head shot. So, if you are looking for a fresh head shot to go with your business then look no further than Alimond Photography. Gosh, I got so wrapped up in how wonderful Aliyah is I almost forgot she is taking photos for our 1st Virginia Bloggers Club meet up Sunday, April 13th at Heaven and Elle Haute Beauty Bar in Ashburn, VA!!!

The talented Aliyah even does business videos to help bring more to your business! Aliyah...Hello?! I love this idea and we need to talk. I LOVE love the video she did below, because it speaks to mothers everywhere. We as mothers still want to feel sexy no matter how many children we have{or especially how many children we have}.

Thank you for being here,

Heather P.
Founder of The Virginia Bloggers Club
Writer at Spunky Real Deals, LLC

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Bumble & Co. {Bee good to your skin}

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In the Shenandoah Valley of Northern Virginia lies a hidden gem within the crevices: Bumble and Company artisan skincare. Their products remind me of I long for it! Lavender emanates from every product. Calming, soothing, restoration.  I remember the first time I tried the Lavender & Eucalyptus Body Butter...It was in April at the Leesburg Flower and Garden Festival. You might think I am being silly, but the moment was that memorable. The Bee and I have been best buds ever since.

Bumble & Company is doing super fantastic and busy like a bee expanding their Virginian roots all the way to the heart of Nashville, TN. You can now find their internationally known artisan skincare at the Haute Salon and Spa located in Hillsboro Village! Whether you are in good ol' Tennessee or a local here in Northern Virginia you can be sure the Bee is close by. Trying is BEE-lieving!


Heather Paulding
Founder of The Virginia Bloggers Club
Writer at Spunky Real Deals

Growing up around a successful family owned business, Founder and CEO Julie Diers' entrepreneurial spirit found a calling in the breathtaking beauty of the Shenandoah Valley in Northern Virginia. Bumble & Co. is an expression of Julie’s passion for nature’s beauty and its ability to renew, rejuvenate, and heal the skin.

In 2009 Bumble products were included in the Emmy Swag Bags. The following year she was invited to attend the Academy Award Gift Suite in Hollywood, the American Music Awards, and the Cannes Film Festival. Bumble was also featured in American Salon, The Piedmont Virginian, Bedrooms & Bathrooms, and Flavor magazines.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Graphic Designs by Natalie Made It

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Natalie Made It! She did. Take a look around ye'olde blog and you will notice a fresh faced look on the Virginia Bloggers Club! One of our very own Natalie Summers took it upon herself to clean the place up and it looks absolutely stupendous. We were looking a little like the Ringling Bros. around here, but thanks to Natalie we now have a clean modern feel! Natalie toned down those circus colors and made the blog look like the professional club that it is!

I love the red color and the post dividers featuring the state of Virginia. You can see her incredible work before you, but the other tell tell signs that she is a great graphic designer is her work ethic and reliability. I told Natalie what I was looking for and she ran with it. She is quick and efficient. I have worked with many graphic designers and snail pace just doesn't cut it when you are trying to update your bloggy space! Also, on a similar note it is hard to know who you can trust to go into your blog{your baby} and make changes. Natalie is my go-to graphic designer from now on. I give her my full approval. She did a 5 out of 5 stars job!

Natalie Made It has all your graphic design needs! Blogger, wordpress, customs, heck just e-mail her and I bet she can do it!

Thanks for stopping by,

Heather P.
Spunky Real Deals, LLC
Proud Founder of The Virginia Bloggers Club

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Congratulations are in order!

Our very own Mimi Green is being featured on FOX5 NEWS! From Mi To You is her amazing hand-blinged shoe business. I was in love at first glare:) Believe me you want to check out her handcrafted wares and tune into FOX5 NEWS to see what all the hubbub is about. Congratulations on the big feature Mimi!

Another Virginia Blogger's Club sky rocketing star is Vidya Sukumaran. She has been scoped out by Apartment Therapy and they are holding a contest for The annual Homies Awards for best blog in Home Projects & DIY as well as Home Designs & Inspiration categories. Vidya's blog is What's Ur Home Story and believe me after one glance you will run over to Apartment Therapy and vote for her. Be warned....her site is addictive:) Congratulations on the amazing exposure Vidya!

Vote for What's Ur Home Story here and here at Apartment Therapy now!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

DIY Salt Dough Ornaments

 Basic Salt Dough Recipe from
1 cup salt
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup luke warm water

This is a simple and fantastic Valentine's Day gift idea for all family members! When the weather is freezy it is also a great indoor activity. Combine all the ingredients listed above and bake a 200 F until dry. Let air dry overnight and paint in the AM. I do not like painting my salt dough ornaments with acrylic paint, but rather watercolors. The watercolors allow you to lightly stain the hand print. Staining Vs. Painting brings out all the little details.You do not want to cover up that beautiful hand print with thick acrylic paint! You could also use a bit of food coloring if you want to live on the edge:)  Happy Valentine's Day my little love bugs!

I have an announcement to make! The Cooperative Preschool of Loudoun{CPL} is having an Open House Saturday, February 8, 2014 from 11am to 2pm! "Cooperative" means the parents are directly involved. Each child has a special day in the classroom{at least twice a month} where the parents comes to class with their child to assist the teacher for the day. The parent is responsible for bringing a snack on their child's special day as well. It is really fun to see your child in the classroom and they love showing off their Mom or Dad to the other children.

A cooperative preschool is wonderful for those parents who are looking for an increased level of involvement in their child's early education. After a year at CPL, I can say without reservation that the teachers are top notch. They are utterly invested in giving our children the best possible start to their early education. Next year, I will have both my boys at CPL. The Open House is a great way to see if a cooperative preschool is right for you and your babes.

Applications are available at OR call 703-724-0496

Thank you for being here,

Heather Paulding
Spunky Real Deals, LLC
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