This weekend, i've been invited to hang out at the Mocha Moms Mid-Atlantic Powerhouse Moms retreat in northern Virginia. I get to hang out a bit and share the good stuff going on. In a cozy boutique hotel with a light agenda of activities and workshops (Six Marriage Strategies for a Hot Sex Life, anybody?), its a reminder for moms to take some time to refresh and relax. I'm not doing the full experience - including sleeping in a comfy hotel room in a bed that I don't have to make in the morning and wandering leisurely to morning yoga - because I've got mommy stuff to do in the middle of all the activities, but I'm going to enjoy what I can. Starting with the Pretty in Pink Dessert Party & Marketplace last night.
|My girlfriend Shawn came along with me for the evening|
There were about a dozen vendors around the room, with a buffet of sweets - including a chocolate fountain. If you're going to relax, you might as well throw in a chocolate fountain, right?
As I mentioned on FaceBook - I'm blogging this weekend as a Mocha Moms Rep for McDonald's of the DMV. Was I a little excited about that selection? Uh, yeah. It's McDonald's!
Nicole Nicholas, Maryland/DC Mocha Moms State Coordinator, spinning the wheel for healthy menu options
I was excited about JustDiva. This is a new daily lifestyle email publication that delivers an engaging message highlighting a product, service, or experience to enhance your life. Topics will rotate between a wide variety of areas such as beauty, fashion, food, home decor, health, and technology. Their target market is today's African-American woman who is "more educated, more professionally accomplished and more socially conscious than she has ever been." I took a peek at their archived tidbits and found recommendations for a company that does unique family tree designs (yet, another sometime hobby of mine), a baking company that makes vegetarian potpies, and a Christian jewelry shop. Go ahead, take a look and tell me what you find - www.justdivadaily.com.
|Martine Foreman, Editor and Co-Founder of JustDiva|
Unfortunately, I was not dressed appropriately to straddle the seated massage chair and let one of the guys from JustOneTouch massage out a couple of knots, but what a great service. Here's a mom who was ready - strapless top, free and accessible shoulders. Yeah, I was a bit jealous.
|Mom, Meeka, enjoys a massage - oh, to be able to do this more often!|
I also stopped by Pink Papaya, a natural body products shop. And now that I'm settled and putting my feet up, I'm realizing I was distracted by that chocolate fountain and forgot to get a jar of body butter (I love body butter). Good thing I'll be back later this afternoon.
Keep up with me at the Mocha Moms Retreat - follow along on my FaceBook page, Just Piddlin with Frances, and on Twitter #PowerHouse!