I couldn’t quite decide when to do my spotlight on this fabulous ‘Local’, NoVA store. However, with Ladyburg getting ready to open a second location I thought this would be the perfect time to do a little spotlight. Not only do I love this store in general – the atmosphere and the product, but I love the owners. They truly believe in the product they are making and selling. Yes, making! Almost all of the products sold in the Ladyburg store are made in the Ladyburg store. Natural products, lots of vegan options, essential oils, local…I mean, it really doesn’t get better than that. I wouldn’t call myself all-natural or crunchy by any stretch of the imagination. However, I see the value and their place in the world. As my children get older, and frankly, as I get older and wiser the value becomes higher. The biggest selling point for me though was the price point. You can satisfy all your natural needs and desires for a reasonable price. That is truly unique. So lets take a look at some of the products.
3. Geocaching is one of our newest discoveries. We haven’t been doing it for very long but it is a lot of fun, and Mr. Air Force is really good at it. You can do this basically anywhere, so even if you don’t live in DC, you are good to go. We even did it while on vacation. Apple has an app, and I’m sure other carriers as well. The free membership is perfectly suitable for anyone, but you can upgrade to the premium version for a small subscription fee.
There are tons of events held in different embassies all across the city. If you wanted to see the inside of some of these places, now’s your chance!
Have you ever heard of sittercitty? If you haven’t you’re missing out! I’ve been using them since my oldest was little. It has saved us when we were somewhere without family or friends to help us out. I love the program, I love the background checks that are included in the free membership. The people at Sittercity are amazing as well. They are always looking for ways to improve this program and it is just so cool. Use it!
All that being said, I wanted to also encourage you to rely on your friends, especially when you are in a place without friends or family. I remember my parents doing that and its always been a part of who I am. It creates a better community and encourages relationships that are deeper and more amazing. I whole heartedly encourage you to do that!
**update, Sittercity is no longer free for military, but both Sittercity and Care.com offer great military discounts, as well as having a USAA member discount.
I’m a little partial to this up and coming company, 1) because its right here in my own backyard and 2) one of the people behind this amazing concept is someone I call friend. When I first heard of it I thought it was genius. The One-for-One model is very common concept, made famous by TOMS, and copied by many. While many companies send the other “one” out to the world, Eastern Drift chooses to bless those that live right here. That is something I love and can get behind.
There’s so potential and room for growth with an idea like that. It could be and do so many things and I’m definitely excited to see where this company goes in the future.
If you happen to be local to the Northern Virginia area Eastern Drift is one of the 2014 Sponsors of Foxfield Races. I’m pretty excited to go this year (although that is still in the works). Ever since I found a ton of Kentucky Derby Mint Julep glasses in my Grandparent’s basement I’ve kind of been obsessed with the whole horse race thing. Seriously, the pictures alone make me want to check it out. Boys in pink shirts and mint green bow ties, the hats, the whole deal! I want it!!!
It seems as though every day I’m discovering something new about the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia). There is so much to see here that I just can’t keep up. I’ve got two posts after this one of great places to see while here; and if you check the tab up top you can see all the posts so far about our adventures here.
I’m particularly excited about this one because, honestly, who doesn’t love a circus. Telling you about this one is also fun because I get to pass on a great discount for all my military peeps out there (There is also a similar student discount!).
Here’s the 411 on the discount:
Where: Dulles Town Center, 45630 Dulles Center Blvd.
Tickets are on sale now for select shows at a discounted rate of $30, $24.50, $18.50, or $12.50 for active duty military and veterans with the promotional code: Military.
Purchase tickets online now at
The Big Top is completely wheelchair accessible.
Hurry and grab your tickets, and stay tuned for my post about our Circus adventure later on.