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Posted by on Feb 13, 2014 | 0 comments

Cool Design and Musical DIY at ROAM

Cool Design and Musical DIY at ROAM

I take my girls every week to Rock of Ages Music (ROAM) in Del Ray for piano lessons where I sit patiently with other parents and siblings to a backdrop of squeaks and clangs and strumming coming from the practice rooms. Children and adults alike come to ROAM to learn piano, drums, guitar, woodwinds, and more. Founded by John Patrick (J.P.) in 2011, ROAM has been expanding their music center over the past year significantly, taking in more students, and renovating the rooms little by little. The space is starting to look really fantastic – unique and hip – with musically themed DIY elements in the interior design that co-owner John Patrick (J.P) and his wife Ellen Hunt, a real estate associate with Bobi Bomar’s Homes of Alexandria and certified stager, created together. The initial wow factor comes from the DIY mosaic of old cassettes that at first seem randomly arranged, but when you step back reveal each letter in the word R-O-A-M. The other obvious sign that you’re in a...

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Posted by on Jan 28, 2014 | 2 comments

Decluttering and Bargain Shopping with the MV Big Flea

Decluttering and Bargain Shopping with the MV Big Flea

When we posted about the MV Big Flea last November, the showroom was pretty sparse. Now, after a few Shop ‘N Drops, the Flea is bustling with treasure. But let’s step back for a moment. In case you aren’t familiar, the MV Big Flea is a HUGE fundraiser for Mount Vernon Community School in Del Ray. The main event happens in the Spring (this year on April 26, 2014), but starting in the Fall, there are monthly Shop ‘N Drops at the temporary showroom where you can drop off household items you no longer want or need and purchase anything that has already been donated. Not only is this a great way to get rid of household clutter, but you can also snag some pretty good deals. Leslie and I both volunteer for the Flea, so we have the inside scoop on the latest merchandise. Here’s a few things we saw at the last Shop ‘N Drop — if you see something you want, email me and I can...

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Posted by on Jan 10, 2014 | 2 comments

Cleansing Your Body and Mind: Marybeth’s Whole Foods Detox

Cleansing Your Body and Mind: Marybeth’s Whole Foods Detox

Many of us start the New Year with resolutions, diets, exercise regimens and plans to live healthier. According to Marybeth Walsh, holistic health coach and owner of My Whole Self, it’s best to start the year with a clean slate. I first met Marybeth when she wrote a post for us about how to spark romance in your life through Feng Shui. She also shared ways to create a serene and peaceful home. Marybeth invited me over to see her prep work for the whole foods detox she’s leading this week. It was a frigid, bleak morning, temps below zero, yet Marybeth’s kitchen felt like an oasis of warmth and vitality. The whole foods detox is a way to remove harmful toxins found in everyday life from your body. Toxicity and inflammation are the underlying causes of disease and obesity and are at the root of many chronic health complaints. Not only will detoxing improve your overall health and immune and digestive functions, it can help you lose weight,...

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Posted by on Jan 7, 2014 | 0 comments

Building a Better Men’s Dress Sock

Building a Better Men’s Dress Sock

Most of our blog posts deal with home improvement, decorating and crafts, but this is our first, but probably not our last, sock improvement post. Wait, what’s sock improvement? And how is this DIY? Men’s dress socks are typically plain-colored, thin, and not very comfortable. After years of coming home from a long day at the office with aching feet, Del Ray resident Justin Schachner set a goal to build a better dress sock and bring comfort back to men’s work attire. We met with Justin, a consultant and avid runner with an entrepreneurial spirit, late last year to find out how he’s making this happen. Justin modeled his socks after performance running socks — the ones with increased arch support, padding and mesh to let the foot breathe — but with a more business-appropriate design. They have enough support you could even wear them during a post-work workout. Next, Justin presented his research and plans to fashion designers in NYC to help design the socks and located a...

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Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 | 0 comments

Teaching Kids to Relax: Tips from Local Therapist

Teaching Kids to Relax: Tips from Local Therapist

We met Sarah Cook when she and her husband Scott shared their kitchen remodel project with us, and how they made way for a cheerful and engaging playroom for their son Tabor. Recently, we learned about her work as a licensed clinical social worker and the ways she counsels children. Our conversation led to an invitation to see her space on the Ave. and try out some of her tools and techniques with Katie’s 4-year-old, Calvin, and my 5-year-old, Nadja. Nadja and Calvin are the perfect candidates for trying out Sarah’s methods. Typical high-energy kids, they run everywhere they go. Sarah’s office is smack in the middle of Mt. Vernon Ave. in the building that houses The Greener Cleaner. She has a small, well-lighted, and comfortable space with enough floor room for kids who wiggle and fidget during sessions (like Calvin and Nadja), and space for her various props and tools. During our visit, Sarah showed us a few of her techniques for encouraging kids to relax through emotional regulation...

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