Ten years ago I am betting that you never thought you would be worried about Instagram algorithms or that you would obsess over getting that perfect picture of your letter board next to a cup of coffee. But here we are and we all know that running a business on social media is HARD and the competition is fierce. With all of that being said, I was thrilled to find out that Content and Connection was coming to Richmond. I went to the first meet up and I am happy to say it lived up to the hype!
What is Content and Connection?
A community of like-minded entrepreneurs there to help you create social media content through an online group, monthly meetups, expert training, and tips throughout the month.
What did we do at the monthly meet up?
We met up at the super cute Quirk Hotel and had time to network ( my personal favorite, I'm a talker). Then we split into groups and set out across the city to take pictures with some beautiful backdrops. When you get people with different skill sets and businesses together, magic happens and everyone ends up inspired.
You all know that I love having a community and I am thrilled that we have this new one here in Richmond. To learn more about how you can join, head to Content and Connection!
I knew from the moment that I walked into the AR Workshop for the first time that I would love this place (and it's wonderful owner, Rebecca) . I have continued to love it at each visit and last Thursday night was no exception. A huge thank you goes to the AR Workshop for hosting us in their beautiful space and for creating adorable spring projects for our attendees to make. We had 11 amazing businesses at our Pop Up and I want to take the time to highlight them so that you can connect with and support them.
Lyla Taylor Boutique
Lyla Taylor Boutique is a local online boutique that offers fashionable, boutique style clothing without the boutique cost. All of the pieces are hand picked by a local mama to be fashion forward and comfortable.
Created by local sisters, L&M Company creates women's leggings. We all love wearing leggings, but as we all know leggings are not always the most flattering. L&M has created the most flattering pair of leggings, so you will feel both put together and comfortable while you wear them.
All About The Beverage
Are you a wine lover? Of course you are! All About The Beverage creates fun drink themed accessories and barware perfect for gifts.
My Nourishing Kitchen
I was so thrilled to have My Nourishing Kitchen provide food for our Pop Up Shop and everyone LOVED everything that Karen prepared. My Nourishing Kitchen provides whole food, plant based meal prep workshops. You leave the workshops with healthy meals that take the guess work out of the rest of the week.
Tiny Bees Kids Shop
Are you tired of constantly seeing ugly, dysfunctional teethers? Tiny Bees Kids Shop creates beautiful handmade teething accessories and pacifiers clips, including teething necklaces that you won't even mind wearing.
We all love to dress up our little misses and misters. Haberdash creates beautiful, handcrafted bows and bow ties in a variety of colors and prints. No outfit is complete without one!
Founded here in Richmond, Liberatus Jewelry creates modern yet timeless pieces for women and men. All pieces are handcrafted in sterling silver, brass, and cooper.
Are you constantly finding yourself searching for meaningful gifts, but end up just spending a lot of money on something that you don't love? Worry no more because Gifted RVA specializes in the art of gifting! The owner, Noelle, creates gift boxes full of beautiful and local items that will make your family and friends wonder how you found such a thoughtful gift.
When the owners of Cache District noticed that they could not find high quality sheets at an affordable price, they sought out to create it themselves. Cache District creates beautiful, luxurious organic cotton sheets and throw blankets in a variety of timeless designs.
Ayla James is an online children's boutique that offers boutique quality clothes and accessories for your little cuties at a reasonable price. They have also recently begun offering Kindness Dolls!
Stella & Dot with Pamela
Stella & Dot is a favorite for everyone! They perfectly master the timeless yet modern look. Our beautiful stylist, Pamela, will be donating all proceeds from our Pop Up Shop to the local Down Syndrome Association in honor of World Down Syndrome Day. If you saw an item that you are still thinking about, head to her website above!
Feedmore is on a mission to stop hunger in Central Virginia. They collect, prepare, and distribute food to those in need across 34 counties and cities. To learn more about what you can do to help, head to their Facebook page.
Emily Mandeville Photography
Emily has had a long standing passion for photography and it clearly shows in her work. Winner of the Thumbtack Top Pro Award, Emily Mandeville Photography is able to assist you with all of your photography needs from portraits to kids' parties.
To see all of the photos from our Pop Up Shop, click here.
Thank you all so much for supporting RVA Housewives and our amazing vendors! See you at The Wine Loft on April 23rd !
oday is World Down Syndrome Day, which is observed to raise awareness about what Down Syndrome is and celebrate those who have Down Syndrome. Why is Down Syndrome celebrated on the date 3/21? Down Syndrome occurs when there are 3 copies of the 21st chromosome.
As most of you know, my three-year-old daughter, Charlotte, has Down Syndrome. It’s one of those things that I often forget about in our day to day, even though it is such a big part of our lives. To us, she is just Charlotte- who happens to have Down Syndrome…and more sassiness than a three-year-old should ever have. On days like this one, I remember a time when I didn’t know anything about Down Syndrome.
When I first found out that my sweet, unborn daughter had Down Syndrome, I quite simply lost it. I thought every single moment of my family’s days would be devoted to caring for Charlotte. There would be no vacations, no parties, we would go into bankruptcy, etc. I’m not dramatic at all. Well, this obviously could not be farther from the truth and we feel quite lucky every single day to have this extra special part of our life. In my quest to raise awareness about what Down Syndrome truly is and is not, I want to share with you twenty-one (get it? Twenty-one facts for twenty-one chromosomes) facts about Down Syndrome.
1. Down Syndrome does not just occur in pregnancies of older women- in fact, 80% of all babies born with Down Syndrome are born to women younger than 35.
2. Down Syndrome is very rarely hereditary. When it is, that is called Translocation Trisomy 21, and this only occurs about %4 of the time.
3. It is called Down Syndrome not Down’s Syndrome. Complete honesty- it is like nails on a chalkboard when people say Down’s Syndrome.
4. A high percentage of babies with Down Syndrome are born with a congenital heart defect, often requiring surgery.
5. People with Down Syndrome contribute to society in so many ways and want to live independent lives, just like the rest of us.
6. Everyone that has Down Syndrome has a cognitive delay, most often this ranges from mild to moderate.
7. People who have Down Syndrome are NOT always happy. While this is a sweet sentiment, it is very untrue. If you don’t believe me, stop by my house when I’m brushing Charlotte’s hair- you’ll see.
8. Children that have Down Syndrome often have low muscle tone. This do not mean that they are weak, rather that the typical muscle tension is not there. My favorite non-medical term for it is “floppy” because it describes it %100 accurately. Best thing about low muscle tone- the hugs.
9. Speaking of muscle tone…. most people that have Down Syndrome will need a few types of therapies (most often physical, occupational, and speech) often starting from infancy.
10. Life expectancy has increased drastically from being just 25 in the 1980’s to now being well over 60. This is thought to be largely due to better medical care and to decreased rates of institutionalization.
11. While children that have Down Syndrome do often share common features (almost shaped eyes, small stature, sweet round faces), they more closely resemble members of their family.
12. Unfortunately, people that have Down Syndrome are more prone to certain medical conditions: childhood leukemia, Alzheimer’s, Autism, and seizures.
13. The divorce rates among parents of children that have Down Syndrome is lower than the national average.
14. Inclusion in school systems has been shown to be beneficial for both the children that have special needs and their typically developing peers.
15. People that have Down Syndrome have all different kinds of hobbies and interest, just like everyone else.
16. A growing number of adults with Down Syndrome are now living independently with assistance from family or community.
17. A study showed that 99% of adults that had Down Syndrome were happy with their lives. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3740159/
18. 1 in 700 babies are born with Down Syndrome
19. Adults that have Down Syndrome can go to college! An increasing number of colleges are creating programs for those with intellectual disabilities.
20. Kayla McKeon is the first registered lobbyist to have Down Syndrome!
21. A small, but growing, number of people that have Down Syndrome have drivers’ licenses (including Kayla McKeon!)
With all that being said, I hope that what you take away is that we are all really more alike than different. However, as a good friend of mine said recently, the differences are really where the magic occurs.
Happy World Down Syndrome Day everyone!!!
St. Patrick's Day is this Sunday and there is no shortage of fun ways to celebrate. I've shared some of the fun events in and around Richmond this Saturday(family friendly events are noted with **), so go wear your green and find your pot of gold!
The first time I ever used a housecleaning service, I was pregnant with my third and had twin toddlers running around and yet, I still felt a little lazy. I think that some people have a hard time justifying it, especially when they are at stay at home moms ( which I am). However, over the last few years I have adopted a new mantra: You can do anything, but not everything. Which brings me back to Five Star Maids, who recently visited my house for a housecleaning service. Because I have enjoyed them so much, I chatted with them last week and I wanted to share some of their recommendations and tips with you!
I think people often think of housecleaning services as a luxury. How do you think your service benefits families?
If there is one thing we don't have enough of, it is TIME. A cleaning service can help you get back some precious time with your friends and family. Imagine spending your weekends having fun instead of cleaning your bathrooms and floors! As moms, we are busy enough. Let Five Star Maids take "cleaning" off your must-do list.
What does Five Star Maids clean every time they come to your house?
Our crew works in a precise manner to clean every room (and floor!) in your house. We also make the beds and change linens. We offer oven and fridge cleaning as well for an add-on cost.
How should you prepare your house before a cleaning service comes?
Just a basic pick up of any clutter that needs to be moved out of the way. If you have any pets that you don't want to be disturbed, some clients put them in another room or outside. For the most part, you just need to sit back and relax!
Do you need to be home during scheduled cleanings?
No. We have many clients that have their homes cleaned while they are at work and some that choose to run errands while the crew is at their house. You can choose to leave a key at our office, provide us a garage code, or remotely unlock the door yourself.
To schedule your cleaning head to Five Star Maids and let them know that RVA Housewives in The City referred you!
While it may not feel like it right now, Summer is right around the corner! We all love Summer, but after the novelty wears off we often hear every mom's most dreaded phrase: " Mom, I'm bored!". I've shared with you my favorite camps to keep you and your kiddos happy this summer!
Henricus Historical Park
HISTORY, SCIENCE & MORE DAY CAMPS
Located in Chester, Virginia on the James River
Hands-on, interactive and immersive camps for your kids!
Spring Break Camps: April 1 – 5 -- 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Ages 8 – 12)
April 1 – Archaeology at Henricus
April 2 – Science in the 17th Century
April 3 – Follow That Fish: the James River Environment
April 4 – Sir Thomas Dale’s Colony
April 5 – Indian Summer
Camp Pocahontas: June 24 – 28 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Ages 6-10)
One-hour After Care available each day.
Join in Powhatan cooking, farming, archery, music and dancing, engineering, canoe scraping, fish net weaving, pottery of Indian life in the 1600’s and meet the English colonists.
James River Camp: August 6 – 8 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Ages 9-12)
Paddle a kayak on the James River and identify how the plants and animals of the river were hunted, gathered, and used throughout history. Field trip to a water sanitation plant – how to keep the James clean!
Discovery Day Family Camps 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.(Ages 3–12 + adult)
Three-hour Family Camps (adults and children). Lots of indoor and outdoor age-appropriate, hands-on activities, make-&-takes and FUN!
July 12 Summertime in the 17th Century
July 26 Water, Water Everywhere
August 1 Flora & Fauna
August 22 Food, Food, Food in the 1600’s
Call for more information, prices and to register your children!
Core Kids Academy
Looking for a fun way to beat the heat this summer? With the option to choose between our themed camp, gymnastics camp, and ninja camp, there is something for everyone to enjoy at CORE this summer!
CORE Kids Academy is an unique gymnastics-based fitness program for children. Our mission is to instill and develop confidence, fitness, and life skills through gymnastics or ninja training. Our goal is to provide a fun, friendly environment where our students can build strength, improve coordination, and let their self-confidence flourish. Our summer camps are for pre-school and school-age campers and are suitable for any skill level, for beginners to advanced!
Our Themed Camp is for campers 2 years and older and incorporates gymnastics, games and fitness for a fun-filled three hours! Each week, we offer an unique, exciting theme, such as princesses, animals and superheroes, with certain weeks including a visit from a theme-appropriate special guests. With our Gymnastics Camp, it doesn't matter whether your child has been a CORE gymnast for years or is just starting out in the sport, they'll receive the immersive gymnastics experience they've been looking for! Using our specialized equipment and thoughtfully crafted skill progressions, CORE campers will work on a variety of skills, including cartwheels, aerials, pullovers, flyaways, back walkovers, and back tucks. So no matter what skill your child wants to learn, this camp is for gymnasts of all levels, ages 5 and older!
If your child wants to try something different, why not train like a Ninja this summer? Our Ninja Camp consists of six hours of action-packed, high-intensity Ninja training, that combines obstacle training, martial arts, gymnastics and freestyle movement. Ninja campers will utilize our specialized Ninja equipment to learn a variety of skills, including Ninja rolls, flips, vaults, window escapes, palm spins and ricochets!
Our summer camps are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 9 am-12 pm or 1-4 pm. Our Themed and Gymnastics Camp begins the week of May 28th and our Ninja Camp will begin the week of June 18th.
For more info on prices or to register your child:
Miracles in Motion
Miracles in Motion is a non-profit organization that offers quality dance instruction to those with special needs. Here all people can participate no matter their ability!
They are offering two summer camp options for ages 5+ so your little ones can keep grooving over the summer:
Week 1: July 8-10 1:00-4:00 pm
Week 2: July 15-17 1:00-4:00 pm
Both camps will be full of dance, music, crafts and more! Families can sign up for one or both weeks.
To learn more about prices or to register:
Miracles in Motion
YMCA of Greater Richmond
The YMCA has a camp for everyone from your toddlers to teenagers. Their types of camps are endless: drama, sports, wizarding (seriously), art, etc. The YMCA summer camps are also very parent friendly due to camp selections throughout the summer and there being multiple locations throughout Richmond and surrounding areas.
To learn more about prices and types of camps: or to register your child:
What an amazing time we had at our February Girl's Night Out at Atlas 42! During the event someone said to me," I have met so many positive, amazing women tonight." and this has been true for every single month. For me, the very best part of joining Housewives in The City has been to meet all of you!
Every month, we take a moment to highlight the businesses who participate in our events as featured vendors. Below you will find their information to connect and support them. We appreciate you taking the time to like and follow these Richmond businesses!
Lady Sapphire Travels
Independent travel agent Jennifer Lyanda is the owner of Lady Sapphire Travels, here to help you with all of your traveling needs. She really brought the excitement this week with her getaway giveaways!
All About The Beverage
Website: All About The Beverage
Do you love wine? You NEED to head here! All About The Beverage has every drink themed accessory that you could dream of, including beautiful tumblers.
Paparazzi by Felicia
Felicia Moore was our Paparazzi consultant for our February Girl's Night Out. Paparazzi makes jewelry fun, fashionable, and affordable! Also , they truly have something for everyone!
PastryBase creates all natural, gluten free, and vegan baking kits and mixes. Their baking kits come complete with all natural dessert and frosting mixes, chemical-free sprinkles and decorations, and baking tools to get the job done- perfect for girl's night or for baking with your kids. And let me tell you, everyone LOVED the samples this week.
We all know that vinegar heals all right? MOTHER Shrub, winner of the 2019 Good Food award, creates vinegar drink mixes perfect for cocktails, mocktails, and cooking - all made with unfiltered organic apple cider vinegar. Pick from different flavors, including grapefruit, black cherry, and ginger.
Mary Kay with Takita
Mary Kay has been empowering women through skincare for more than 50 years. Whether you are looking for a skincare regimen or makeup, Mary Kay has become the brand that we all know and love.
Stella & Dot with Lauren
Lauren was our Stella & Dot stylist for February and she brought so many beautiful things! Stella & Dot offers clothing, jewelry, and bags. Their pieces have been featured in magazines such as In Style and Vogue for a reason- they are beautiful!
Lyla Taylor Boutique
Kelli brought Lyla Taylor Boutique to us this month and we were so excited! Lyla Taylor is local, home based boutique that features quality pieces at an affordable price. She offers clothing, shoes, and accessories that will make you feel comfortable and beautiful!
The Hot Yoga Barre
Meet Richmond's premiere hot yoga studio! Scared to try a hot class? Don't be- they are open to everyone and the staff is so understanding! They offer barre, yoga, and BURN ( a cardio interval training class) all in a beautiful studio with their state of the art heating system.
Alysa Dillaman, Massage Therapist
Alysa provided free chair massages for our guests and everyone absolutely loved it! She is such a delightful person and specializes in many areas: deep tissue, Swedish, Prenatal, Sports, Aromatherapy, Cupping, and Reflexology.
Rodan + Fields with Holly
Specially created by Dermatologists, Rodan + Fields offers a skincare regimen for EVERYONE whether you are battling wrinkles, acne, or redness. They also have so many enhancement, like their famous Lash Boost and Hydration serums. Contact Holly to help you feel good in your skin!
This month we also had some very special businesses with us that made the evening even more special. Below you will find their information.
Personalized by Kara
Personalized by Kara hosted a Monogram Paint Party for the housewives! She hosts events every month in and around Richmond as well as private parties upon request. Her parties are so fun and you leave with a beautiful personalize piece! Head to her Facebook page to schedule yours!
Joy hosted a fun kid's yoga class at our event and the kids absolutely raved about it! She teaches classes throughout the week in different locations around Richmond as well as private birthday parties. Head to her website to find out how you can attend one.
Capital City Childcare
Capital City Childcare provided free childcare for our attendees so that they didn't have to worry about what to do with the kids. They are Richmond's premier on call sitting and nanny placement agency. Because of their 12 tier screening process, you KNOW that a sitter that you get through them is safe and qualified to watch your most precious possessions- your little ones.
One of the best things about our Girl's Night Out nights are those amazing swag bags!!! This month in our swag bags, we had several treats from our amazing vendors, but we also had items contributed by Five Star Maids and Dulce Num Nums . If you weren't able to get one of our bags this month, make sure you arrive early to secure yours next month!
Join us Next Month!
We will be at the AR Workshop for our March Girl's Night Out on March 21st. Find out all of the details and invite your friends on our Facebook event page !
My family is always on the lookout for local fun things to do so recently we decided it was time to try out Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg. One thing that has changed since having children is how far we really want to go to have fun. Pre kids we didn't mind driving to Florida,but post kids sometimes the 15 minutes to Target feels like a longgg drive. With that being said, I love that Great Wolf Lodge is only a little over an hour away which makes it perfect for a fun weekend away. My family and I LOVED our experience, so I wanted to share some tips if you are looking for a quick, fun getaway.
What To Do
When you aren't at the water park, there are scheduled activities throughout the day. This includes kids yoga, character appearances, craft time, and even a science show.
The rooms at Great Wolf Lodge are not just your average hotel rooms. You have the option of doing a themed or non themed room. My recommendation is to do the themed room- it's a part of what makes it special and your kids will go nuts. Their largest suite will accommodate up to 8 people for larger families.
Tips For Your Stay
- Invest in the meal plan. It seems like an unnecessary expense, but trust me, you won't want to leave to eat out and the meal plan will end up saving you in the long run.
- Look at the event calendar before you go so you don't miss out on the fun!
- Look for the deals! Great Wolf Lodge often offers discounts for booking early and you can usually find them on Groupon as well.
- Even though check in time isn't until 4 pm, you has access to the water park anytime after 1 pm so head there early and take advantage of that time. Also, check out is at 10 am, but you do have the option of paying a fee for a later check out OR you can just carry a bag and stay at the water park until you are ready to leave.
- Don't overpack. They offer free towels and life jackets at the water park.
- Have so much fun and take pictures !
Our January Girl's Night Out was hosted by the wonderful Rock Bottom Brewery . If you have never had the chance to visit them, they have a great Sports Bar and a beautiful covered patio overlooking the mall. They offer daily happy hour specials and have a fun Trivia night on Wednesdays.
We feature some pretty amazing businesses every month and this month was no exception!
Painting With A Twist
Zyia Activewear with Allyson and Leslie
Be sure to check out our events page on Facebook so that you can come visit us!
Hi there! I'm Courtney . I am a mom of three ,a group fitness instructor, and a blogger. My favorite thing to do is to explore new fun things in the Richmond area with my family. I look forward to connecting with you through our Girl's Night Out events and social media.