On Wednesday night we hit up the AMC @ Tysons Corner to catch a pre-screening of Disney's new prequel Monsters University. I ended up running into some of my blogger girlfriends JJ, Maria, Micaela, and Jen (who was covering for PWC Moms) - and all our kids sat together at the other end of our row. It was a win-win all around.
The movie was so much fun! I have to admit that I was completely exhausted from the longest day EVER at work. And, being the highly organized professional that I am, I forgot to add the screening to my calendar - so when Micaela texted me at 2pm asking if I would be at Tysons later that night, my response was "for what?" HA!
I wore high heels to work all day, I was emotionally and physically exhausted, but I pulled through for my sweet little B. Luckily for me, the movie was in 3D and within 2 minutes I was thrown into the fun and forgot about my awful day. Funny how Disney can do that to you, eh?
So, since I'm not a movie critic, I'm going to give you my TOP THREE REASONS you'll enjoy the movie:
1. You will have flashbacks of college. And if you were greek like me, you'll be reminded of your sleepless nights through greek week aka THE SCARE GAMES.
2. The 3D is pretty darn cool.
3. Your kiddos will love it - and you will get 2 hours of summer enjoyment in the AC.
Disney's Monsters University is in theaters TODAY.
*Disney provided me with complimentary tickets to see the movie. All opinions are my own
You might not know (and might not be surprised to hear) that I have had my motorcycle license for a few years. And, I have owned two sport bikes. Well, that was true until I had to sell them to go to grad school (womp womp). I like to go fast, I like the wind in my hair, I like the adventure -- but most of all, I like to come home safely and in one piece. I was chatting with my insurance company and since it is motorcycle/powersport season -- I thought it'd be a good time to share some safety tips. 5 THINGS YOUR TEEN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT POWERSPORTS AND SAFETYThe teenage years have a reputation for uncovering thrill-seeking, invincible superheroes, particularly among young men. As a parent, it’s a delicate balance between letting your teen live out this persona and keeping him safe. Powersports are a popular activity for teenagers, and a cause for concern for many parents.
To help you keep your teen out of harm’s way, here are five safety tips you should discuss. These tips apply across a variety of powersports including motorcycling, dirt biking, snowmobiling and ATVing:
1.Education is key The best way to teach your teen powersport safety is to let the professionals help out by finding an accredited class. Like driver’s ed, these classes will teach your teen the ins-and-outs of safely operating and maintaining powersport equipment.
2. Always wear protective gear Even the most experienced powersport athletes wear protective gear. Take your teenager to a local powersport retailer for recommendations on the correct protective gear and demonstrations on how to wear it properly.
3. Make sure all equipment is properly set up Any setup or maintenance to an ATV, dirt bike, snowmobile or any other powersport equipment should either be performed or checked by a certified technician. Also ask the technician to show your teen how to do a quick pre-ride safety inspection of the equipment.
4. Maintain control at all times As an adult, it might sound obvious, but it’s worth reminding your teen to always maintain control of the powersport vehicle. Speeding, especially on rough terrain, can quickly cause them to lose control, especially if they’re a novice.
5. Know local and state laws and abide by them Finally, make sure your teen is aware of any laws relating to powersport operation and safety in your city and state. Keep an eye out for laws about where you can and cannot operate powersport vehicles and if driving an uninsured vehicle is illegal.
While reviewing powersport safety tips with your teen, it’s also a good idea to make sure they understand their insurance coverage and policy details. Insurance companies offer coverage for a variety of powersports including motorcycle coverage and snowmobile insurance. You can start right now by discussing the different types of snowmobile insurance coverage.
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While there is plenty of shoreline in Virginia to enjoy, sometimes it's nice to get away to explore new beaches. And, since we were meeting family from Pennsylvania, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware was our destination of choice last week. Unfortunately, we "lost" two days of our trip to bad weather and chilly temperatures. But you probably know that when family and cousins come together, no weather is going to hold us back on having fun.
We stayed at The Bellmoor Inn and Spa. The decor was absolutely beautiful and the service was fantastic. We arrived just as the front of the derecho was hitting Rehoboth and we sat in the hotel's study and watched the clouds roll over us. Yes, we can make an event out of changes in the weather forecast. For some reason, weather REALLY excites my family. (I can vividly remember sitting in my grandparents' living room in Lamar, Pennsylvania listening to the weather band radio as a child -- This could have very easily been the highlight of my Gram's trip.)
We checked in with 4 kids in tow -- and knowing that we couldn't leave the hotel, a nice man working the front desk, Drew, offered to provide us entertainment in the conference room. He set up a projector showing Madagascar and brought us a poker set and Scattegories. It was brilliant on his part -- it kept my jovial family out of the study and well-occupied for the rest of the night.
A hot breakfast buffet is served each morning until 10:30 with menu items for both kids and adults to enjoy. On Saturday and Sunday morning, there was an omelet station with two chefs working their magic. Coffee was available around the clock, and fresh baked cookies and tea were served from 3-4 daily. Also, The Bellmoor offers two pools: one adult only and one family pool. One gripe I had was that some adults were not very happy with the kids jumping and splashing and playing in the pool because it interrupted their reading. Two ladies (who were not traveling with kids) even got snotty with B and his cousin. REALLY? Isn't that what the adult pool is for? UGH.
The beach was beautiful and the boardwalk was CLEAN and full of families. Sometimes, when staying at Virginia Beach... I just don't get a great vibe on a Saturday night on the boardwalk. I felt completely comfortable walking around alone with B until we met up with my uncle and his kids later in the night. I had no qualms with Rehoboth and we stayed out and played in the arcade until almost 11pm.
The foodie highlight of the Delaware trip was my stop at the Henlopen City Oyster House which was less than a block from our hotel. OH EM GEE. This place was a gem! They had a sign out front that boasted a happy hour from 3-5 so my uncle and I decided to check it out. This place was not a tourist trap at all -- and I'm pretty sure that there were even locals hanging out and enjoying the salty goodness of the raw bar. If you go, you must treat yourself to a mason jar of the house punch (or two, or three or four). Go here. You will love it.
With the input from local experts, here's a pocket style dining guide if you decide to venture out to Rehoboth:
For family-oriented foodies:
Fractured Prune is a fun, funky donut shop worth checking out.
Grotto Pizza is a Delaware tradition, and the best place to get it is on the boardwalk.
Dolle’s for salt-water taffy – right on the boardwalk at the end of the main drag (Rehoboth Ave.)
Nicola Pizza is famous among families for their “Nic-o-bolis,” sort of a folded up pizza.Gourmet Dining Options:
- Henlopen City Oyster House
- Salt Air
While out and about, be sure to check out Penny Lane, a quaint little shopping street just off Rehoboth Avenue. We found some really artsy and one of a kind boutiques there. For more travel information, you can check out downtownrehoboth.com.
If you have a favorite spot that I missed above, feel free to leave your suggestions in the comment section. We had a great time and will definitely be back :)
After scoring a pretty good deal through Certifikid, my neighbor and I took our kids to check out Atlantis Waterpark and see what all the fuss was about. I couldn't believe that I live SO close and had never been before. The kids absolutely loved it. I felt very comfortable (aka safe) letting B play in the sprayground area and kids pool. He was not tall enough to ride the large slides (I think 48inches) - maybe next year.
When we got in the large activity pool -- the lifeguard immediately asked me to put a life jacket on B. They offer life jackets to everyone who enters and they don't mess around -- for good reason. Within an hour of being there, the life guards had to pull two kids from the pool who had snuck out of the spray ground and into the large activity pool. On a positive note, there are several smaller slides in the activity pools that kids can play on if they don't meet the height requirement for the large water slides.
I would definitely go back. There is a snack bar, sand play area fenced in with the baby pool, picnic tables, and tons of great shade! Note: It gets very busy - not a place for mommy to bring a magazine while the kids play.
Insider tip: Visit after 4pm any weekday (non-holiday) for $5 per person!
Cascade Services, Gainesville-based pressure washing / carpet cleaning company and RHNOVA sponsor, received the 2013 Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award presented by Talk of the Town News and Celebration Media U.S. (CMUS).
The Talk of the Town Awards honor companies and professionals that provide excellent customer service, as reported by their customers through user-review websites, blogs, business-rating services, social media, and industry accolades. This data is analyzed by a team of researchers who calculate each company's star rating. Only those that receive a 4-star to 5-star rating receive the Talk of the Town Customer Satisfaction Award. Cascade Services was honored with this award in the “Contractors” and “Home Improvement and Remodeling” category.
Gainesville, VA pressure washing and carpet cleaning company Cascade Services has served more than 2000 customers since it was established in 2008 by Randy Buswell. The family owned and operated business serves both residential and commercial customers throughout the Northern Virginia area covering Prince William County, Loudoun County, Fairfax County, and more.
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After sharing a bottle of wine at the Vintage Virginia Wine Festival, we were in the mood for Lebanese food. Being half Lebanese myself, I am not the easiest to impress when it comes to trying out a new spot. However, I read on the Yelp reviews that Nora Taste of Lebanon is one of the best places to go for authentic Lenanese food. We made the trek from Fairfax to Gainesville, in the rain, just so that I could get my hands on some crispy falafel. The food was the absolute best that I've had - so good, that I actually think I'll take my dad there to get his opinion on it.
Whenever it's my birthday, Christmas or Mother's Day and someone asks me "What do you want?" I never, EVER have a good answer. And when I do give an answer, it's usually not something that I actually want. I almost feel hopeless when I go on the search for Father's Day gifts. If I can't think of something that I want to gift to myself - my ideas to gift others are pretty much hopeless. I do way better at finding things to do rather than things to give.
While browsing the internet for gift ideas, I was recently introduced to the "Discover Button" on the Sweet Relish web site. By clicking the Discover Button, Sweet Relish will help you find easy gift ideas to add to your shopping list. In one click, you can learn about a new company, brand, and product and then click the Discover button and a new brand will appear.
I found some really neat products that I probably would have never discovered before (pun intended). What's really cool is that I acutally found things that were not Made in China - like this Baberaham Lincoln beer/beverage insulator from Freaker.
Made in the Freakin' USA and shipped with a personalized love note - who can beat that? Plus, I'm a sucker for clever marketing.
Check out the Discover button and let me know what you find. You might find something for him - but even better, for yourself! :)
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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