Who noticed that MOCO Housewives skipped right over “Nurse’s Week” and without even a mention of it? In my Michelle Tanner voice “How rude!” [totally showing my age here…]. There are so many professions that I respect and care to honor and nursing is definitely one of them. This omission was not intentional and I knew that I would find the time to circle back later in this busy month of May, amongst Teacher Appreciation Week and Mothers’ Day, to show some Nurse Appreciation!
Nurses pour so much their patients’ care. Whether you are a nurse in a hospital, a medical office or private practice, a school or University nurse, a home nurse, an Assisted Living nurse or any other type of nurse: this note of appreciation is for you: Albeit late, THANK YOU!
A Prized Profession
For this special occasion, MOCO Housewives is doing a giveaway for a brand new, beautiful Edie Shoulder Bag in Deep Coral polished pebble leather; by Coach ($350).
A friend of mine, Roxane Burkett, and local Mary Kay consultant decided to sweeten the pot by adding in one of Mary Kay’s newest products: their Clear Proof Deep-Cleansing Charcoal Mask ($24). One lucky Montgomery County, Maryland nurse will win this beautiful prize!
Nursing is not for the faint of heart
The profession of nursing is hard work and long hours; requiring a specific expertise, a big heart and a life of service. I’ve watched numerous friends through the nursing program; many of them locally. They worked so hard to achieve their dream of being a nurse and it happen without long nights studying and much dedication. I even got to experience the graduation ceremonies of two extremely close friends as they proudly walked across the stage; beaming with joy at what their hard work produced.
I can tell you first-hand about how much I value a nurse’s care. At the very end of April (this very year), I had a myomectomy; the removal of a very stubborn fibroid. Upon arrival at the Shady Grove Hospital, Rockville campus, I was cared for by some amazing nurses. That care didn’t end until I was wheeled out by a nurse a few days later when I was discharged. They helped me when I was at my very worst; unable to get out of the bed independently and struggling just to walk. C-section aside, the worst part hit when I began having allergic reactions to several medications; resulting in severe side effects. They jumped into action to quickly address the source of the allergic reactions and they were always there when I needed them; checking in quite frequently. There’s no bonus received for cleaning up vomit, staying with a patient until the fever breaks or consoling a patient with tears of pain. I can’t tell you how thankful that I am for the care I experienced. I wish I remember every name but I don’t.
However, this wasn’t my first time at the rodeo. Over the course of my life, there have been quite a few hospital trips specifically and many nurses consoling, comforting and caring for me. I wish I could remember each name during each trip so that I could circle back to say THANK YOU. At times, being a nurse can seem thankless and/or daunting, but one thing I would like to leave you with is that nurses (and other care-based services) make much more of an impression and impact on the lives they touch daily than one might ever realize. Work with pride; knowing that you make a difference each day!
--In the name of my late grandmother, Betty Elizabeth Starr; a most caring and generous nurse
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Thank you to all of the guests who were able to join us for our last event; especially the teachers (It was National Teachers’ Day!). We celebrated our last Networking Happy Hour up-county at Pazzo Pomodoro, Clarksburg! Ciro, the imported, 100% Italian marble pig (crafted in Italy), greeted each of our guests upon arrival and made for some great photo opportunities! The restaurant staff and management (especially Javier and Mark) were especially accommodating to our event guests and I’m sure the bartender prepared a record number of Bellini’s for our group!
Nestled in the swag bags were PBJ treats and coupons from Whole Foods, specially wrapped, truffle treats and hot beverage rewards cards from the Lindt Chocolate, Montgomery Magazines, coupons to return to Pazzo and more! Make sure to put those coupons to good use!
I’m excited at this point because we have a FULL calendar of fun networking events on the calendar for the rest of the year… and you might just see some surprises pop up here and there (like giveaways and exclusive events), so be sure you are tuning in! All you have to do is LIKE and follow our page! You can even follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @mocohousewives. Finally, please help our network to grow by inviting your friends to LIKE & follow along with our page for local events, outings and giveaways. Trust me, they will thank you www.facebook.com/PazzoPomodoroClarksburg/later!
If you missed our May 9 event, I can’t promise you more Lindt chocolate, but you will find a full listing of our businesses below. This is a great opportunity to connect with those vendors that you might have missed networking with at the event. I also encourage you all to like each other's pages to keep the love going; as we all grow together! Oh, and don't forget to keep them in mind for your shopping needs.
Pazzo Pomodoro, Clarksburg, MD LIKE | Website
Pazzo Pomodoro is an authentic Italian restaurant that you can find up-county in Clarksburg. They have a very special “oven” where they make some of the best pizzas around; in addition to a full array of Italian dishes. Ciro (the marble Italian pig) greets each guests and they have a staff that will make sure they meet all of your needs!
Our Photographer: naviimpressions LIKE | Website
Current New Customer Promo: 15% off Photo Sessions.
Navjeet Saggu, of naviimpressions, has once again provided her beautiful photographs from our event. Navjeet takes amazing photos for any occasion, but specializes in family photography, professional headshots, boudoir photo shoots… and anything else a client might need!
NON-PROFIT PARTNER: One Love 4 Kids LIKE & MESSAGE
ONE LOVE 4 KIDS' mission is to improve educational, economic, and health outcomes for impoverished children and families. Shernet and her lovely daughter Bri were onsite collecting black shoes for school children in impoverished areas of Jamaica. Their goal is to collect 1,500 pair and there is still time to participate. You can contact them to coordinate your donations of black shoes.
Shoes in need: Size preference (due to the greatest need), is for children BLACK shoes: Size 1-adult 10. *Girls' common sizes: size 4 & larger *Boys: size 7-10. Condition: New or lightly used shoes are preferred. While we would love for each child to receive a NEW pair of shoes, we understand that might be possible. We do ask that they be lightly used, since these children will likely own these shoes for a long period of time.
LipSense by SeneGence Join the Group!| Product Questions?
Crystal Payton of Black Dress Red Lips offers the sexy, waterproof, smudge-proof, vibrant lip colors called LipSense! Want more sexy? Check out their skincare line. There’s nothing sexier than sassy, smudge-free lips and feeling beautiful in your own skin! Ask Crystal about her portfolio of vibrant lip colors!
LulaRoe with Perks! LIKE | Join the Group! | Rewards Program!
LulaRoe with Kristen Rabs offers flattering, comfortable dresses and t’s as well as soft, buttery leggings with all aesthetics in mind. Join Kristen’s group today for free styling, to take advantage of her new rewards program and check out the new Spring line!
Comcast xfinity #xfinity1 LIKE | Rockville xfinity | Blog Feature
If you missed us on April 3, you missed the X1 Platform demos and deals offered by local Comcast XFinity Sales Professionals. Their new platform offers so much in #smarttechnology from advanced entertainment features to total home protection.
Contact them today for more info and feel free to read about them in our MOCO Blog Feature (click "Blog Feature" above).
Pure Romance with Ms. Kacee Shop & Host a Party
Ms. Kacee represents a leading bedroom and body product line that we all know and love: Pure Romance. Kacee is available for parties for you and your girlfriends that demonstrate the "softer side" of Pure Romance, as well as products that can help you get your Fifty Shades Darker on! ;)
Rodan & Fields with Dani & Team Shop | Email
Dani & team are super dedicated to the Rodan & Fields' brand that has made such an impact on the confidence of so many women; from beautiful skin to now luscious, thick lashes; courtesy of Lash Boost.
Touchstone by Swarovski by Stacy LIKE | Shop
Stacy Sparkles and with half of the Touchstone by Swarovski, high quality product line costing less than $50, you can too! Every woman deserves a little sparkle in her life!
Mary Kay with Roxane Shop | Email Roxane today!
Roxane showcased an amazing array of fresh, Spring products like their yummy glosses and fresh scents! High quality makeup; as seen on America's Next Top Model!
Stephanie with Noonday Collection Shop
Stephanie from Noonday Collection displayed a collection of jewelry and accessories for the stylish, globally-conscious woman. Check out her amazing line of products online via the “Shop” link.
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PLAN YOUR CARLUCCIO'S EXPERIENCE!
My visit to Carluccio's was completely divine; the perfect oasis for a delicious breakfast, a business lunch, a fun Girls' Night Out Happy Hour, an intimate date night and that SPECIAL Mother's Day Celebration! [hint, hint... Mother's Day is THIS Sunday! Celebrate with reservations at Carluccio's!]. Yes, they are open for breakfast, brunch on the weekends, lunch and dinner daily; with happy hour in between!
Some of you may remember Carluccio's from our MOCO Networking event in September 2016. Carluccio's, Pike & Rose is most definitely my favorite down-county authentic Italian restaurant in terms of ambiance, menu and service! If you haven't been there yet, I invite you to see for yourself this Mother's Day (Sunday, May 14), for our next public MOCO Girls' Night Out on June 7, 2017 and anytime in between. Treat yourself to the very best in Italian charm at Pike & Rose's Carluccio's!
OUR INTIMATE LADIES' NIGHT
I was recently invited to Carluccio's to dine with friends while sampling some preliminary cocktails; designed by the N.Bethesda GM Welton "Logan". Just four lovely ladies out on the town for the quintessential "Girls' Night Out" and Carluccio's did not disappoint. We basked in the glory of the meticulously decorated restaurant; boasting ornate Milanese ambiance with trendy touches.
Perched upon comfy bar stools at a high top dining table; the four of us went from chit chat and laughter to immediate silence to hear the mouth-watering details about drink recommendations, restaurant specials, menu recommendations and more. Carluccio's features classic Italian with its use of clean, fresh ingredients. Our host Logan, assured me that they "keep it simple", yet I'm not convinced I could ever replicate any of this at my home. It was clear that the Carluccio's staff knew "good [authentic] Italian food" and they were dedicated to perfect execution; from preparation to seamlessly pairing ingredients and finally; their spot-on presentation! Unlike me, my three friends were new to this restaurant. By the time that we left, they understood why Carluccio's was indeed the right place for any of our future "Sex in the City"-style Girls' Night Outs, that perfect date night or any family affair!
You've heard me tease enough, so now let's get into the details... From cocktails and mocktails to tantalizing appetizers, delicious main plates and mouth-watering desserts, we were most definitely in heaven!
LIQUID ESSENTIALS: COCKTAILS & MOCKTAILS
With half of our party not consuming alcohol, it was a perfect opportunity for Carluccio's to showcase their delicious cocktails as well as their "mocktails" [mock, alcohol-free cocktails]. Most establishments limit their "non-drinking" guests to a standard soda fountain, ice tea or glass of water, but Carluccio's went above and beyond to accommodate our guests with a selection of mocktails that packed a punch of flavor and creativity; sans spirits. Our timing was impeccable; as Logan just piloted his latest batch of Spring-time beverages; playfully integrating fresh ingredients without losing sight of the restaurant's Italian roots. Bravo on the following new beverage selection:
*Basil Mojito - give mint a rest & allow basil to bring out the savory side of your Mojito!
*Mi Mulo - Tito's Moscow Mike with Amaro with a fresh Tarragon garnish. Rivals any Moscow Mule you've ever tasted. I loved this as a cocktail and a mocktail!
*Peach Margarita (Chili/Salt/Sugar Rim) - Speaks for itself since I've never met a Margarita I didn't like. The peach was perfectly integrated without it being too sweet!
*Cardinal Rickey - Hendrick's and Campari
*Campari Summer Punch was by far the most fascinating beverage to me and one of my favorites! Amongst the muddled watermelon and strawberry were cherry tomatoes; all blending seamlessly and topped with Prosecco. I only knew there were tomatoes incorporated because I was told they were there. Otherwise, I wouldn't have understood how they could pair so perfectly with the melon & berries!
*Cherry Smash - Maker's Mark + Organic Cherry Juice
*Honey it's Thyme - Bulleit Rye + Thyme Honey Syrup
APPETIZERS, MAIN PLATES & DESSERTS, OH MY!
We started our Tour of Italy with two scrumptious "sharing boards": the Deluxe and Formaggi. We also couldn't resist trying the Calamari Fritti. The boards were perfect for sharing, but I could have eaten the whole Deluxe as a meal! My absolute favorite part was the roasted peppers filled with pesto and the fresh, creamy buffalo mozzarella paired with their delicious bruschetta. The calamari was prepared perfectly; drenched in a light batter, fried to a perfect crisp and served with an aioli.
Let's just say that when it came to main dishes, there were plenty to go around (and share) and all were happy. A unanimous favorite dish at our table was one of the most humble dishes on the menu; the Agnolotti. There's no meat or even seafood in this pasta dish; yet its far from being plain Jane. This homemade pasta is shaped like a half moon and filled with an herbed super creamy burrata cheese filling. It was topped with a rich, buttery cream sauce and crushed walnuts. I have never tasted a pasta dish so flavorful and decadent! The sauce was so good that the dish was absolutely dry when it left the table. We ended up dipping EVERYTHING into it. In addition to their lemon-infused olive oil, it was also a great addition to their yummy focaccia. I even topped my Bistecca Bavette with a dab of it. My Bistecca was perfectly prepared to the medium-rare that I requested and the perfectly prepared sautéed mushroom variety on top spoke to my soul. There was so much flavor; and an extra plus is that the steak was antibiotic free; from a grass-fed cow. I can appreciate that Carluccio's uses the very best ingredients to feed their guests. Also presented to our table was the Linguine Ai Frutti Di Mare, Saltimbocca Di Pollo and the Milanese Di Pollo. Our resident vegetarian vegetarian selected the Penne Giardiniera; a pasta tossed in a Parmesan garlic sauce and topped with meat(less) balls made of zucchini, chili and spinach and then fried to perfection. All of the pasta, chicken and seafood in the remaining dishes were cooked to perfection and each dish received rave reviews!
Though I didn't know if there was room for dessert, when I saw it, there was no questioning whether I would force it or not. I definitely have a sweet tooth and Carluccio's delivered on sweet tooth satisfaction! For dessert, were presented a sharing board of sweet decadence so that we could experience a variety of their delicious desserts. Carluccio's has a delicious home-made tiramisu (a classic Italian staple), but their Pistachio Ricotta Cheesecake was a total crowd pleaser; as were their variety of Gelatos and Sorbets : Vanilla, Chocolate, Amarena Cherry - Lemon, and Blood Orange. When you make your next trip to Carluccio's, I strongly recommend saving just a smidge of extra space to at least try one of their desserts!
A special thank you is owed to our gracious host, Logan, for making a big menu seem super small and intimate. Another special thanks to Sebastiano for his hard work and dedication to making sure both US Carluccio's parallel the same quality and care as the many dozens of European Carluccio's! Cheers to these two men and their amazing Carluccio's US staff!
FOUNDER OF CARLUCCIO'S:
"Who is Antonio Carluccio?
Acclaimed European cook. Award-winning writer. TV personality. Our founder, Antonio Carluccio, has been celebrated by his nation receiving a Commendatore OMRI (the equivalent of a British knighthood) by the President of Italy for services to Italian gastronomy and was also awarded an honorary OBE from Queen Elizabeth II. Not bad for a boy from Salerno, Italy. His lifelong passion for authentic food and drink has established him as the Godfather of Italian cooking, and has helped us export our love of Italian cuisine." - CarlucciosUSA.com
Give Mom a Break this Year & Get Mothers Day Delivered!
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Dad Deserves the Rest in This Household!
I know Mother's Day is right around the corner, but it's something a bit different in the Coppock household today.... Shhhh! Im getting a little grocery shopping done to surprise hubs! His kind soul has been holding down our entire household for over a week during my surgery and recovery (going above and beyond sans complaints) and I want to give him a break!
I’m Laura – wife, mommy and coffee lover! Im so excited to be the new face of MoCo Housewives and connect with you.
Im a Southern California transplant living life in the greater DC area and love meeting and connecting with new people like you.