Hello and thank you for finding your way here! I am Courtney and I am so excited to relaunch the Housewives In The City and our Girl's Night Outs here in Richmond. I'm a Southside Virginia native who transplanted here and is now I'm a RVA lifer.
I'm a momma of 5 year old twin boys and a 3 year old little girl. My day to day favorite activities include questioning all of my parenting choices, finding new fun things to do, and wondering where on earth I put my diet coke(which I can't live without).
I love meeting new women and find that no matter our backgrounds, we all have so much more in common than we think. I hope to create a wonderful network of women who love to have fun at our events!
Stay tuned as I explore our beautiful city and come enjoy our first event in November!
INTERIOR DESIGNER VERN YIP OF TLC'S "TRADING SPACES" HEADLINES THE 2018 SOUTHERN WOMEN'S SHOW IN RICHMOND
***The Premiere Shopping Event for Southern Women Returns March 16 – 18***
Richmond, Va. - Nationally known designer, author and TV host Vern Yip, best known from HGTV and for his four seasons on TLC’s popular design-swap reality show, “Trading Spaces,” is the featured headliner at the 2018 Southern Women’s Show in Richmond. “Trading Spaces” aired from 2000 to 2008, and now the show is being revived for a spring 2018 return to TLC, featuring Yip and many of the original cast of designers.
Yip has also appeared on NBC’s “Home Intervention” and is one of HGTV’s most recognizable designers, most notably as host of “Deserving Design,” “Urban Oasis,” and “Live in Vern’s House,’ and as a judge on “Design Star.” He is the author “Vern Yip's Design Wise: Your Smart Guide to a Beautiful Home.”
Yip will appear on the Fashion & Entertainment Stage Saturday, March 17 at 1:00PM at the Richmond Raceway Complex, and share design advice, home décor tips, and stylish living inspiration, and offer a glimpse into what viewers can expect from the new season of “Trading Spaces.”
Other guest celebrities and personalities appearing at the 2018 Southern Women’s Show in Richmond include:
• Richmond nonprofit Dress for Success Central Virginia will present a fashion show curated by popular local fashion stylist Jonathan Copeland on March 17, featuring professional and stylish looks with the donated attire they receive. DFS’s mission is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life. (centralvirginia.dressforsuccess.org)
• Claire Hollingsworth, the 12-year-old Powhatan County, Va.-based food scientist, STEAM advocate and founder of Claire’s Cooking Lab, will showcase her love of science and cooking with natural foods as well as her new patent pending invention, “No Fear Oven Mitt Sleeves.” At age nine, Claire became Food Network’s youngest “Chopped Junior” champion. (clairescookinglab.com)
• The show will host two super-hot Firefighter Fashion Shows, one on March 16 and one on March 17, featuring the Virginia State Firefighters Association. Bring your friends and watch these hotties strut the Fashion & Entertainment Stage in their bunker gear! Don’t be shy – it’s all for a good cause. All donations go to support their Scholarship fund. (vsfa.org)
• Author Dwayna Litz will offer relatable insights from her book, "Happiness, No Man Required: 50 Tips for Single Women to be Happy ...With or Without a Man." Dwayna stresses why it’s important for women to realize that being single or married doesn't have to hold you back from pursuing your dreams or discovering inner happiness. She'll dispense inspiring tips for shifting the quest of finding romance to first discovering how to become at peace from within and lead a fulfilling life. (dwaynalitz.com)
• Evidential psychic medium Tamara Caulder Richardson, a.k.a. the “Southern Belle Medium,” will offer select attendees healing messages from loved ones who have crossed over. A respected mental, physical and trance medium and highly developed clairvoyant, she will perform live medium demonstrations on our Fashion & Entertainment Stage, and she can be found at Booth #229. (southernbellemedium.com)
• Last, but certainly not least, the show features SHOPPING GALORE. More than 300 exhibitors, vendors and boutiques will be on hand, from the Dillard’s Pavilion, Food Lion Cooking Stage, and Virginia’s Finest Pavilion, to local specialty merchants like Let’s Talk Towels (Peshtamel Turkish towels, robes, blankets), ABC PetWear (pet accessories), Virginia Soaps & Scents, Bungalow Décor, fashion designer Nashona (African clothing, accessories), Keep It Simple Syrup, Color Street Nail Art, JJ King's Secret Sauce, and LOTS MORE.
• Also returning is Girls Night Out (March 16), when admission is only $5 after 5pm, Mother-Daughter Day (March 17), and Teacher Appreciation Days (March 16-18), when educators and staff who present valid ID at the box office get free admission for THE ENTIRE SHOW! We are also Saluting Women Veterans by offering FREE admission throughout the show with military ID at the box office. Starting February 15, advance discount tickets to the show may be purchased at local Walgreens’ stores.
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN WOMEN'S SHOW - RICHMOND
Shop, sample and share the fun at Richmond’s favorite event for women – the Southern Women's Show. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, health and beauty, and so much more. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs, and celebrity guests. Bring your mom, sister, and best friend and spend the day doing everything you love! Happening March 16-18, 2018 at the Richmond Raceway Complex. 2018 show sponsors are Chevrolet, Food Lion, Walgreens and Richmond Times-Dispatch. Visit southernshows.com/wri or facebook.com/SouthernWomensShowRichmond for show updates.
What: 27th Annual Southern Women's Show - Richmond
When: Friday, March 16, 2018 – Sunday, March 18, 2018
Where: Richmond Raceway Complex, 600 East Laburnum Ave, Richmond, VA 23222
Adults: $12.00 at the door; $15 for a Three-Day Pass
Youth (6-12): $6.00 at the door (children under age six FREE with paying adult)
Walgreen's Advance: Discount tickets available at Walgreens - $8.00 for Adults / $6.00 Youth (Ages 6-12)
Online Advance: $10.00 each / Youth: $6.00 each
Group: (10 or more; advance ONLY) $8.00 each
Re-Admission: Tickets for 2nd day admission can be purchased for $6.00 during your initial visit (with your ticket stub) at the Show Office.
$5 After 5:00pm: Attendees enjoy $5 admission Friday, March 16 after 5pm.
Friday: 10am - 8pm
Public Contact: 800-849-0248 / www.southernshows.com/wri
Tish Atkins, Executive Show Manager
1-800-849-0248 Ext. 110
Jennifer Pullinger, Publicist
More than 150 home improvement experts including 40+ new vendors, Tiny Home Village, Pub Shed, Homegrown Virginia marketplace, Hero Day, and so much more.
Calling all homeowners, DIYers, greenthumbs, and honey-do list tacklers! The Virginia Home Show Presented by Trane (vahomeshow.com) returns January 27-28, 2018 at the Farm Bureau Center at Meadow Event Park.
This exciting two-day event offers attendees a convenient chance to shop, compare, and save with hundreds of experts in remodeling, kitchen and bath, flooring, and more all gathered under one roof.
Tickets are available online (vahomeshow.com/buy-tickets) and at the door on the days of the show. Adult admission is $5 and attendees 16 and younger get free entry. Parking is free.
Features of the show:
Virginia Home Show Presented by Trane
Saturday, January 27, 2018 | 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Sunday, January 28, 2018 | 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Farm Bureau Center at Meadow Event Park
13048 Dawn Blvd.
Doswell, VA 23047
Tell us about your business:
LipSense provides so many options for individually expressing oneself through makeup, from lip color to eye shadows. SeneGence, the company, offers chemical-free products that are less damaging to various skin types. It offers such a great way to be your best, unique self.
Jamberry offers people the opportunity to express themselves through nail art/fashion, which is amazing... and the products are 8-free meaning they're helping strengthen your nails at the same time.
Describe yourself in three words:
Empowering, Humble, Motivated
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
I already have it in my full-time occupation - I get to work with homeless Veterans (and the staff supporting them) in the employment realm.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
Not giving up, pushing through negative thinking, keeping motivated even when goals aren't met (I'm super hard on myself)
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
Stepping out of my comfort zone to start a small business (I'm an introvert by nature)
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
It's challenging. I have to remain constantly aware of how I'm organizing my time, which is difficult because I'm a worrier. I tend to wake up thinking of how I could've done something differently of planning my to-do list.
What websites do you visit every day?
Etsy, Facebook, Jamberry, LipSense
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
Visit at the local eateries like Millie's Diner, The Egg & I, The Roosevelt, and Dot's Back Inn.
What is your goal for retirement?
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Take a deep breath and be accepting of the idea that success doesn't happen overnight, but in time and with planning, tears, successes, and some failures. It's all about learning and growing. Know that you ARE strong enough!
Any final comments?
Enjoy the experience, ask questions, be your unique self (it's beautiful), and thank you for supporting my small business!
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/pg/rockinjamberrywithsam/about/?ref=page_internal (FB business group) / https://www.facebook.com/groups/676415312556378/ (Jamberry VIP group)
NEW Terror Lurks at Kings Dominion’s Halloween Haunt, Fright-Free Family Fun Returns with The Great Pumpkin Fest
Fall events begin at the park Saturday, September 23
Doswell, VA — Kings Dominion will debut three gruesome new experiences as the dreadful fun of Halloween Haunt returns for its 17th frightful season on Saturday, September 23, 2017. The Great Pumpkin Fest also returns on September 23 with family-friendly Halloween fun in Planet Snoopy.
Adding to an already macabre lineup of mazes, monsters and live entertainment, the new Halloween Haunt highlights include a bayou-themed maze and two new roving performances.
· NEW MAZE: Blood on the Bayou
The park’s newest maze is themed after a haunted bayou where the swamps once ran red with blood, with whispers of curses and unnamed voodoo priests. Guests will wind their way through a swamp, past a half-sunken ship where the evil that lies in wait hungers for new visitors.
· NEW SHOW: The Grave Walkers
Take a stroll with these twisted interactive street performers as they bring the best of the French Quarter to the Commonwealth. Listen for the blare of an approaching trumpet or the blast of a tuba as they take to the streets with a Halloween party like no other.
· NEW SHOW: The Coven
In this roaming performance, a troupe of witches are wreaking havoc on the midways with their bizarre rituals. Beware because they are looking for their next victim as they prepare for the coming solstice.
In total, those who dare can brave eight mazes, five scare zones and a variety of live shows during Halloween Haunt, which features the largest scare force in the region with hundreds of monsters roaming the midways. During the nighttime event, guests can also get their adrenaline fix on more than 20 rides, including Intimidator™ 305 and Dominator, as fog and darkness blanket the park.
Test your limits and experience fear beyond your worst nightmares with all-new Skeleton Key rooms. Guests face extra terror as they unlock exclusive chambers and complete sinister tasks in order to escape. Skeleton Key is exclusive to Fright Lane, a premium feature that gives guests front-of-the-line access to mazes and rides. Haunt is held select nights September 23 through October 29; entry tickets plus Fright Lane passes can be purchased online. Monsters descend upon the park at 7 p.m. during the Overlord’s Resurrection as he calls forth all of his minions and sends them out into the night.
For daytime Halloween fun with no fear, The Great Pumpkin Fest in Planet Snoopy features surprises around every corner, from a petting zoo to a pumpkin painting patch. The little ones can take part in educational and interactive shows such as Mad Science: Halloween Edition.
The Great Pumpkin Fest has activities for the whole family to enjoy together; as an added benefit, children three to five years of age are eligible for FREE admission when their parent or guardian registers and activates their 2018 Pre-K Pass. The Great Pumpkin Fest is held select Saturdays and Sundays from September 23 through October 29 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
For the most up-to-date hours of operation, visit www.kingsdominion.com. The Great Pumpkin Fest and Halloween Haunt are both included with park admission. To get a FREE visit to Kings Dominion during Halloween Haunt, guests can purchase a 2018 Gold Season Pass.
About Kings Dominion and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company
Kings Dominion, located in central Virginia, is the region’s premier amusement park featuring thrill rides, live entertainment, an all-inclusive water park and 14-acre children’s area. Kings Dominion is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN), a publicly traded partnership and one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world. The Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks, two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. For more information, see www.cedarfair.com.
Our family visits OBX each year for vacation and we are super excited for our family trip this year because H2OBX opened for their first season! They have 30 rides, slides and other fun water related attractions as well as resort-style amenities. My kids LOVE water parks so we surprised them this year and spent our first day at at H2OBX!
I love that H2OBX has a plethora of chairs throughout the park. It makes it a lot easier to keep an eye out on the kids and soak up some sun at the same time! To make your trip even more relaxing, they offer private cabanas(either the standard cabana that fits up to 8 people or the deluxe which can fit up to 12 people) as an add on as well as lockers that you can rent at several locations throughout the park!
Of course both of my kids loved the wave pool. I dont know what it is about those things, but they could swim in it all day! Another favorite of theirs is the lazy river. H2OBX's lazy river is known as Teach's Tides Adventure River Relax and is 1,000 feet of a relaxing ride while floating over a gentle current.
Kaleigh is my daredevil so of course she had to ride the Paradise PlungeGo! It is a 9-story free-fall slide where she was dropped from the launch capsule, 90 feet up, and she did a near free-fall before being launched into a 360-degree horizontal translucent enclosed loop! Whew!!
We always enjoying riding together as a family so the Rogue WaveCatch was our favorite raft ride of the day!
What I love about H2OBX is the variety of food options they have! From wraps, pizzas, BBQ and burgers to chicken tenders, sandwiches, nachos and fish tacos, they have something for everyone! And lets not forget the amazing desserts including funnel cakes, icecream and shakes as well as draft beers(12 on tap including local craft brews!) wine and specialty drinks! We settled on chicken tenders with fries, nachos and icecream! :)
Below is a map of the park to give you a better idea on what they have! We had such a fun time and I think it may become another thing we add to the bucket list for our yearly vacation at OBX!
Ready to purchase tickets??! Head on over:
8526 Caratoke Hwy
Powells Point, NC 27966
Phone (252) 491-3000
Wood and steel intertwine into twisting barrel roll drops, dynamic inversions and gravity-defying weightlessness on Kings Dominion’s newest hybrid roller coaster – Twisted Timbers – slated to open in the spring of 2018.
Twisted Timbers is an innovative hybrid coaster that uses the latest technology to combine wood supports with a steel track to give riders an exhilarating experience with maneuvers previously unimaginable on a traditional wooden coaster. The coaster is designed by Rocky Mountain Construction of Idaho, a company renowned for reimagining wooden coasters. Features of the ride include:
Twisted Timbers will be located in the Candy Apple Grove section of the park and is themed to an abandoned apple orchard on the edge of town. The story behind the coaster is that an unknown force – supernatural or natural– destroyed the harvest years ago and froze the orchard in time; now the strictly “off-limits” orchard has reopened for tours, with the twisted ride as its highlight.
Also new in 2018 is WinterFest, an immersive holiday experience in which the park will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with uniquely themed areas, multitudes of Christmas trees, millions of lights, ice-skating, entertainment, food, crafts and hands-on activities. A nightly tree lighting ceremony will kick off each evening of the imaginative holiday event. The park’s fountain on International Street will be transformed into Snowflake Lake, an area where guests can enjoy ice skating in the shadow of the iconic Eiffel Tower; the tower will be converted into a 300-foot Christmas tree complete with a state-of-the-art light show as snow falls over the midway.
Winterfest visitors will be able to enjoy holiday-themed live entertainment in more than a dozen shows like Cool Yule Christmas, Jingle Jazz, and a special production of Snoopy’s Ice Show. Classic Peanuts™ characters along with special Winterfest entertainers like Jack Frost, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Candy Cane will meet and interact with guests. Kids can help elves mail letters to Santa at the North Pole Post Office, and decorate cookies in Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen. Shoppers may select unique holiday gifts at Crafter’s Corner, featuring handmade goods from some of Virginia’s best crafters. Throughout the event, guests will be able to enjoy dozens of the park’s rides and attractions.
“2018 is going to be an amazing year for our guests,” said Gary Chadwick, vice president and general manager, Kings Dominion. “Twisted Timbers raises the bar for Kings Dominion’s high thrill level, and adrenaline junkies everywhere will crave experiencing its astonishing twists and revolutions over and over again. This, added to the immersive Winterfest seasonal event, will let our guests experience the park in an entirely different way, creating new family traditions. These investments demonstrate our continued commitment to position Kings Dominion as a dynamic world class destination.”
Guests may enjoy unlimited rides on Twisted Timbers as well as admission to WinterFest with the purchase of a 2018 Gold Season Pass, available now at the lowest price of the season, or a free Kings Dominion Pre-K Pass that provides children between three and five years of age with complimentary admission all season long. Gold season passholders receive unlimited access to Kings Dominion and its Soak City water park; entry to special events like Halloween Haunt, The Great Pumpkin Fest and Winterfest; free parking and exclusive discounts; and one free visit to the park in 2017. Special pricing ends October 29, 2017.
We visited Water Country in Williamsburg a couple of weeks ago and the kids had a BLAST!! We spent 7 hours there and I honestly think they could have stayed 7 more! We don't have passes to theme parks so this was a treat for them this summer! We went for the first time last year and I knew we would be back...I'm not sure if that is because Jay and I had such a good time or the kids...it took us bribing them with ice cream to get out of the lazy river(which they had probably been in for close to an hour!) Ha!
The first ride you see when you walk into the park is the Colossal Curl. This ride is my favorite by far! I can't remember the last time I got butterflies, but this definitely did it for me! It was also slightly scary watching how high we went up in the funnel and hoping my kids were holding on tight(that's the mom in me!)
I love that they have several water playgrounds for little ones and plenty of places to relax!(See above photo.) My son Carter and his friend wanted to play in the kiddie area for a bit and although they are probably a bit big for that play place, they had fun nonetheless!
During our 7 hour adventure, we were able to ride every single ride! The lines move relatively fast and most of the time you are wet from the last ride so it's never really hot!
They have several places to snack or eat a meal at throughout the park. My kiddos ate a burger and chicken strips with fries and I got a made-to-order Tex-Mex salad bowl! They also have subs, wraps, pizza, hot dogs, icecream, funnel cakes, nachos, a candy shop, you name it! And an added bonus.....wine and draft beer! To make things easier, we did the Quick Pay cashless wristband which lets you make purchases without having to carry your purse around!
My kids love the wave so that occupied them for a while so I could enjoy some sunshine! And if sunbathing isnt your thing, they offer private cabanas! Seating was a bit hard to find at the wave pool, so it may be wise to reserve either a lounger or a cabana for the day!
I think the best thing about Water Country is that it is just three miles from Busch Gardens and they do offer passes/tickets for both parks! AND they are close to Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and Jamestown so you can make a whole weekend out of it if you would like or just go for the day...the hour drive is not bad at all!
They have an abundance of water slides and it is fun for kids of all ages! Below is a map of the park to give you a better idea on
To learn more, visit their website:
Our family took a long weekend trip to VA Beach a couple of weeks ago and did so many fun things while we were there! Of course, we were at the beach so the sand and water were our main attractions and we did a lot of packed lunches and snacks....BUT we knew that we wanted to have one really nice meal while we were there and while researching for great restaurants, I found 11th Street Taphouse Bar & Grille. They currently have one restaurant that opened in 2010(the VA Beach location) and have since then opened three additional restaurants in Maryland.
It also is conveniently located inside of the Hampton Inn hotel! Had we stayed at this particular hotel, we probably would have eaten here every meal! The restaurant itself is very relaxed...it is a perfect spot for either a date night or family outing. I love that they have acoustic music each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and the patio outside was perfect for our dinner that evening. We were next to the ocean so the breeze felt amazing and the live music made for a such a wonderful dinner. They even had giant jenga which kept our kiddos occupied while waiting for our entrees! Their menu has a nice variety of food options.....they have something for everyone with seafood being the star dishes! Their draft list includes about 32 taps, most of which they try to keep local. If you know anything about me, you know that I LOVE a good beer, so of course we ordered a couple of beers local to VA Beach!
We started with the Beach Lobster Dip which had lobster, artichoke, ale and cheese and served with blue corn chips. It was so tasty! Just the right amount of lobster, cheese and artichoke...it was creamy, not runny like a lot of restaurants make "dip." My daughter is an extremely picky eater and I was surprised when she decided to try it! Well, I am happy to say that she loved it!
Next up were the main entrees! I got the Shrimp and Crab Boat which had three cheese cream, parmesan cheese, garlic herb potatoes and buttered green beans. It was so tasty and being that seafood is my favorite choice of food, I was in heaven! I wanted to make sure I tried a little of every dish, and I am so glad I did!
Carter ordered the Crabcakes which had a cucumber dill aoli and served with herb potatoes and buttered green beans. He said they were delicious and had a lot of flavor! I thought they had just the right amount of breading to crab ratio and the aoli went so well! Carter felt so special and grown up ordering from the adult menu and he LOVES crabcakes so he was as happy as a lark!
Jay got the Tuna which had a honey sriracha glaze, mandarin crab peanut slaw, jasmine rice and buttered green beans. The tuna was seared perfectly, had a lot of flavor, and all paired so well together! It had a little spice to it, but not overbearing!
And finally, Kaleigh's dish! The Surf and Turf was probably my favorite dish of the night. It was a 6 ounce filet mignon topped with sauteed shrimp in a buttery sauce with roasted potatoes and wilted spinach. The steak was perfectly cooked and was bursting with flavor in every bite! The shrimp paired so well and the buttery sauce was simply amazing!
Onto desserts! All of the desserts are made in house and although we were full from dinner, we just had to try them! Jay and I shared the Carrot Cake which was to DIE for!! It was incredibly moist and oh so good! Jay doesn't even like carrot cake and he LOVED every bite! I didn't get the chance to try the S'mores Fudge Brownie that the kids ordered because the devoured it in .2 seconds! Haha! But I am assuming it was delicious as well!
Our server, Amanda, was so sweet and took great care of us! She was able to answer any questions we had about the menu and make suggestions for us! We spoke with Amy, the general manager, who said that the restaurant's goal is have happy customers 100% of the time. They strive to build community within their restaurant and love when people choose to make 11th Street their "regular" hangout spot. The aim to have quick service but don't rush to get you out the door. They want you to enjoy your visit. They also encourage large group outings and try to create an atmosphere that is both casual enough to to be on a date or out with your family. Having the restaurant in the hotel makes it especially convenient for those there for vacation, business trips, etc and it allows the restaurant to remain open year round!
We enjoyed our dining experience and definitely recommend 11th Street Taphouse as a go-to spot for when you visit VA Beach! Below is more information!
Sunday - Thursday 11:30AM-11PM
Friday & Saturday 11:30AM-1:30AM
Sunday-Friday from 3-6pm.
$2 Off Selected Beers, Wines by the Glass and Well Drinks.
Address: 1011 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone Number: (757) 321-8354
Hello there! My name is Ashley and I am a wedding and portrait photographer based in Richmond, Virginia. I am also a wife and mother and LOVE event planning! I enjoy discovering new restaurants, visiting local breweries and exploring RVA while hosting monthly Girls Night Out events. You can usually catch me with my laptop and a cup of coffee!