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  • Keeping Your Health a Priority

    03.23.2016 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    By Deanna Jefferson, CPT

    In our fast-paced and busy lives, health and fitness can often be put on the back burner of priorities. But just as a car without routine maintenance doesn’t ride as efficiently, people without routine health practices don’t function and think as well. As mothers, wives, workers, and business owners, we need our bodies and minds to run as efficiently and effectively as possible. We can't take the best care of our families if we are not 'well-oiled'.

    One advantage of being extremely busy is that we don’t have time for non-essentials. We ... Read More

  • Benefits of Biking

    03.30.2016 / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    The temperatures are warming up and exercising outside will soon be an option! Put the pedal to the pavement and start biking! There are so many great benefits to hopping on your bike, your body will thank you!

    Biking is lower impact on your body than many other forms of cardiovascular exercise such as running or jogging. It is not weight-bearing so many people can bike well into their 70’s and even 80’s; it is a form of exercise for all ages. Also, biking can increase your energy levels and decrease fatigue. One study found that your body ... Read More

  • How to Make Paper Tulips

    03.22.2016 / Blog Posts

    Craft and image by: Michelle - Crafty Morning

     

    Spring is finally here! As part of National Craft Month, we are posting a fun and easy craft each week in March! This week’s DIY project is making cute paper tulips. What better way to welcome spring than with some flowers to brighten up your house! 

     

    Materials you will need:

    -Scissors

    -Glue (stick or bottle)

    -Pieces of colored paper (green for the stem, any bright color for the petals!)

     

    Instructions:

    Start by cutting out three tear drop shapes with the colored paper you are using for the petals. Make sure they are ... Read More

  • Free Agency Update: Welcome New Washington Redskins LB Terence Garvin

    / Blog Posts Redskins

    The Washington Redskins continue to pad their defensive and special teams depth, signing linebacker Terence Garvin on Friday. Read More

    Some Quick Facts:

    • Terence Garvin spent the first three years of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers after going undrafted in 2013.
    • During Garvin's three-season stint with the Steelers, Garvin totaled 36 tackles, including a career-high 16 during the 2014 season.
    • He recorded his first career tackle on Sept. 22 against the Chicago Bears and his first start on Dec. 22 against the Green Bay Packers.
    • Despite recording only one defensive start, Garvin was an asset to the Steelers’ special teams ...
  • 7 Shortcuts Anyone Can Take to Become a Better Writer

    03.21.2016 / Blog Posts Career Corner

    By Aja Frost ,The Muse

    Have you ever met someone who’s a great speaker—but a horrible writer? During meetings and face-to-face conversations, he’s incredibly clear, engaging, and persuasive. Yet, when he’s writing an email or drafting a report, his power of communication seem to vanish completely.

    If you suspect this applies to you, even a little, I have good news: I rounded up seven easy-to-follow tips for instantly making your writing abilities just as strong as your speaking skills. Maybe even better!

     

    1. Get Rid of Big Words

    You’ve probably heard that using big words ... Read More

  • Alleviate Seasonal Allergies

    / Blog Posts Health and Wellness

    The trees are budding and the grass is getting greener, the birds are chirping and the weather is warmer.  What a wonderful time of the year, unless you suffer from seasonal allergies.  When I moved to the DC area in 1999, my seasonal allergies were way worse than they were back in New York.  My nose was stuffy, I was constantly sneezing, my eyes were watery, and overall I just felt tired. 

    When you have seasonal allergies life is miserable.  Your body is in constant alert mode.  You have histamines flowing through you as if you are under attack, and ... Read More

  • Free Agency Update: Welcome New Washington Redskins S David Bruton, Jr.

    / Blog Posts Redskins

    The Washington Redskins announced Tuesday that they have signed unrestricted free agent safety and special teams ace David Bruton, Jr. Read More

    Some Quick Facts:

    • David Bruton, Jr., at 6-2 and 217 lbs., entered the league as a fourth-round pick (114th overall) of the Denver Broncos in the 2009 NFL Draft.
    • During Bruton's  seven-season stint with the Broncos, he played in 104 career regular season games with eight starts, compiling 114 tackles (92 solo), 16 passes defensed, five forced fumbles, three interceptions, three fumbles recovered and one sack.
    • He has also played in seven career postseason contests, including Super Bowl ...
  • Shamrock Shake

    03.17.2016 / Blog Posts Recipes

    Recipe by: Annemarie Rossi, Real Food Real Deals 

    Instead of using green food dye to make a special St. Patrick’s Day treat this year, here is a healthy shake that doesn’t require any artificial coloring – it’s naturally green & lean! It makes for a scrumptious mid-day snack or post work-out fix!

     

    Ingredients:

    ¾ cup plain yogurt

    1¼ cups whole milk

    1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach

    4 fresh mint leaves

    1 large, very ripe banana

    ½ tsp. vanilla extract

    1 to 2 tbs. maple syrup (or to taste)

    Freshly whipped cream and chocolate shavings for garnish, optional

     

    Instructions: Read More

    1. Place the ...
  • Cherry Blossom Watch

    03.16.2016 / Blog Posts

    Every year, the beautiful cherry blossoms line the Tidal Basin in Washington D.C. Usually people flock to the nation’s capital towards the end of March/early April to see the spectacular sight, however this year it doesn’t look like we’ll have to wait that long. Due to the warmer temperatures, the trees are already starting to bloom. According to the Washington Post, they are now predicting that the trees will be in full blossom from March 18th through March 23rd. That is two weeks earlier than the dates they had originally predicted.

    The annual ... Read More

  • Lemon & Earl Grey Tart

    03.14.2016 / Blog Posts Recipes

    Photo by: Mat Lo Photography

    Recipe by: Megan Voigt – Hint Of Vanilla

     

    In honor of today being Pi Day (3.14), we wanted to share this delicious lemon & earl grey tart recipe with you! The best part about it - it’s burgundy and gold! Fun fact, although a pie and tart are not the exact same thing, they are in the same family of desserts! The French word tarte can be translated to mean either pie or tart. Treat yourself today!

     

    Pate Sucrée

    150 g unsalted butter, at room temperature

    112 g icing sugar

    1 g salt

    50 g ... Read More

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