Saturday night, I got a chance to check out my first "Broadway" musical... even if it wasn't on Broadway. We got tickets to Bring It On on tour at Strathmore Music Center in Rockville.
I thought it was cute; my lovebun liked the short skirts, high heels, and cheerleading uniforms; and Brennan liked the tumbling, flips, and "flying" pyramids.
The only thing I would warn is that there was quite a bit of profanity. I should have known, but I didn't. Everything is in song, so I couldn't help but be amused when at one point they were belting out "BEOTCHHHH!" Great cast & set. Go check it out!
Also, no pics allowed. So B & I took a selfie before the show :)
Last week, I hosted my monthly meet up at the Hyatt Fairfax in Fair Lakes. This was a larger than normal monthly meet up with more than 400 guests! We celebrating reaching 10k likes on Facebook with a fun night out, swag bags, raffles, giveaways, and networking at its best. Thank you to everyone who came out!
RSVP today for our next meet up at Bungalow Lakehouse in Sterling! (We meet on the last Thursday of every month, so mark your calendars now!)
The party was great, but best of all -- YOU ALL were super generous in bringing in donations for Comfort Cases which helps children transitioning into emergency Foster Care placements in our area. HUNDREDS of items including new pajamas, back packs, coloring books, socks, underwear, toys were donated!! THANK YOU!
You can find all the photos from Thursday night in our Facebook albums!
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Special thanks to Aliyah, Deanne, and Kristie for capturing the night!
Today we were finally able to enjoy some sunshine at the first baseball practice of the season! I am hoping baseball is going to work out better than soccer did. B was thrilled to get his own baseball hat and is so excited to play for the "Bulls"!
Naturally, when you travel to the most beautiful city in the Middle East your first stop should be for Pho.
We ate on the hotel property the first night at their Southeast Asian restaurant, Lao, and ordered the beef pho and beef short ribs. The service and restaurants at the property were delicious. We tried just about everything except Social by Heinz Beck.
Afterwards, we took a stroll around the property to see how beautiful the beachfront was lit up at night.
On Saturday, we caught a taxi to Dubai and checked into the luxurious Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeriah. The hotel is brand new and just opened to the public at the end of December. Our room was super clean, very modern and included a private outdoor patio with a water view and the Burj Al Arab in the distance. Check out the pics of our accommodations below.
The first stop on our trip to United Arab Emirates was in the capital city of Abu Dhabi to stay with our friends Vanessa & Martin. Vanessa suggested that I make reservations for "Bubbalicious Brunch" at The Westin Abu Dhabi Golf Resort for a "Friday brunch like you've never seen". She wasn't kidding.
The brunch was all inclusive with everything from whole roasted lamb, fresh sushi, imported fresh shucked oysters from France, jumbo king crab legs, and all the bubbly and beverages you can drink for FOUR HOURS.
Friday in Abu Dhabi is the first day of the weekend -- so everyone was out to celebrate and enjoy the gorgeous weather. After brunch ended at 4, the party was moved to the Fairway and we enjoyed beverages and Cohibas on the golf course.
Guest Post By Patty Pierleonardi
Mold is the four letter word that no one wants to hear. It is not to be confused with Mole, which can be a growth on your body when your skin cells grow in a cluster instead of spread throughout the skin, or the furry little mammal with tiny ears and eyes that have powerful paws for tunneling and digging for earthworms. The word, mold, is not a pretty word. I feel like my skin is turning green just saying it! It does rhyme with the word “gold” though, which is beautiful, shiny and makes me think of Dubai, Paris and the Buckingham Palace when I say it. I think of fungus, wet basements and my 8th grade science project when I say the word “mold”. Big difference!
Mold is unpleasant in every form. Have you ever pulled the bread out of the breadbox to make a sandwich, so hungry for PB&J, just to find mold on it? It’s so disappointing! Have you ever stepped into a shower in a hotel or at a friend’s house (sorry friends!) and there is mildew growing on the tiles and ceiling? The whole reason for taking the shower is to get clean, yet you are surrounded by nasty mold and mildew. Kind of counter-productive, right? Have you ever walked down the steps of a basement and got smacked in the face by the smell of moisture and mildew? It is unpleasant, to say the least. All of these examples are the results of moisture in your home, which is the number one reason mold spores grow.
Mold spores are everywhere. They are part of the natural environment. Outdoors, mold plays a part in nature by breaking down dead organic matter, like fallen leaves and dead trees. We like that and appreciate that. Thank you, mold! But indoors, mold growth should be avoided! When mold spores land on wet surfaces, they may begin growing. Molds have the potential to cause serious health problems. They produce allergens, irritants and in some cases, potentially toxic substances (mycotoxins). Inhaling or touching mold or mold spores may cause allergic reactions in sensitive people, or people with low immune systems, lung disease or asthma. The reactions can be immediate or delayed. I have had customers living in homes where mold is growing, thinking they are prone to colds and flu because of the constant sneezing, runny nose, red eyes and rashes, when really the symptoms are due to the mold. Once the mold was exterminated, the symptoms disappeared.
So, what is the next step to treatment once you see visible signs of mold in your home? The first thing to do is consider the area infected. Is there a moisture problem? Always fix the existing moisture problem first and install a dehumidifier. Once the moisture problem is controlled you can tackle the mold issue. Over the years, people have told me the various ways they know to get rid of mold. The most popular product is bleach. Girlfriends, please do not use bleach on your mold surface! Bleach does not kill mold. It will only remove the stain. And, did you know that bleach is toxic and classified the same as gasoline? You are doing more harm than good when using bleach. When putting bleach on sheetrock, it will omit toxic gas for up to 3 weeks. When putting bleach on wood, it will push the mold deep into the wood and it will come back with a vengeance! Bleach, my friends, is to make your whites whiter, not to kill mold!
Another method used frequently is remediation. This is a very costly and intrusive method of ridding your home of mold. But, does it work? Remediation is the possible tearing down and replacing the drywall, carpet and repainting any rooms infected. Hmmmm – what happens to the mold spores when you start tearing down the walls? The answer is that they are now being disturbed and airbourne, spreading throughout your home. You just paid to have the mold spores relocated to another part of your house. Great! Another remedy being used is Bora Care. This is the most cost effective method, but it does not contain the mold and keep it from coming back. So, now what?
Well, Pest Management Services, Inc. was introduced to a product about three years ago called SMTS. It is designed to be applied to surfaces such as walls, patios, furniture and roofs. It was invented by Dr. Leonard Pinchuk, the same man who invented the angioplasty catheters and the polymer system used in heart stents. This product, in a nutshell, controls the bacteria, fungus and mold be cleaning, killing and preventing its return. It also kills a wide range of bacteria and viruses, such as E Coli, MRSA, Salmonella, RSV and Hepititis B and C. This product is so unbelievable that it has been used on door handles and wrestling mats at high schools, in college dorms, hospitals, doctors offices and daycare facilities.
We at PMSI, have treated hundreds of residential homes with the SMTS, having wonderful results. Please check out our website at www.mypmsi.com to view the entire SMTS brochure.
Whether you choose the SMTS way to treat your mold issue or one of the other methods available, please understand that mold is everywhere. Do not let it in your home or in your lungs! Breathe well!
Hi! my name is Andrea and I'm a not-so-average Northern Virginia blogger, mom, and transplant from the Midwest. I host Girls Night Out events, meet ups, and write about events and my adventures in the DC area. I love to travel, brunch, and drink wine with my neighbors! I'm known to live on the wild side and order Venti iced double shots at 5pm.
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