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LuLaRoe: Cute, Comfy Clothes for Women & Kids (+Giveaway!)

Cute & comfy for kids, too!

Cute & comfy for kids, too!



If you’ve had a chance to check out this year’s Holiday Gift Guide, then you’ve likely seen among the recommendations LuLaRoe clothing from local seller Jill O’Hanlon. And I’m highlighting it once again to provide a little more background on fashion line — and because Jill is giving away a $100 gift certificate to shop her store to one lucky KFDC reader!

As noted in the gift guide, you’re likely already aware of LuLaRoe, as it’s been popping up all over social media in recent months. That was how I’d heard about it, too, but it was Jill who really introduced me to the clothes when we met for coffee and she brought along a whole rack of items for me to try on. I ended up leaving with a bunch because I liked them so much — a couple of dresses, leggings, a shirt, and some fun pieces for Sasha, too.

The maxi dress comes in many prints

The maxi dress comes in many prints

The clothes are as comfortable as they are flattering. They’re all made of really soft material that fits well, clinging to or hanging right on all sizes and shapes. There are several standard styles that come in a variety of prints and colors. Because they’re so popular, the leggings could be called their signature piece, buttery soft (so, so comfy… I think they’re actually called “Butter Leggings”) and in lots of fun patterns.

Softest leggings ever

Softest leggings ever

The interesting thing about LuLaRoe is how it’s sold. The clothes are available through independent business owners at pop-up boutiques, online in private shopping groups, and at other events.

As a consultant for LuLaRoe, Jill has an inventory of over 1,000 pieces of clothing that she brings with her to pop-up boutiques. Anyone can host a pop-up and earn free clothing for themselves when they invite their friends and family over to shop the inventory. Unlike the typical “home party,” there are no speeches, pitches, or ordering from a catalog. Customers get to try on all the clothes and go home with them the same day. LuLaRoe has also allowed consultants to sell via Facebook Groups and on Periscope.

The swing dress an Julia dress

The swing dress and Julia dress



Want to get in on it? Join Jill’s Facebook Group or contact her at lularoejillohanlon@gmail.com to arrange a pop-up boutique event of your own. But first, enter the giveaway for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to spend in her shop!

Giveaway: For a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to use in Jill O’Hanlon’s LuLaRoe shop, simply leave a comment below. To be eligible, you must join Jill’s Facebook Group and like KidFriendly DC on Facebook, too. This giveaway will run through next Wednesday, December 7, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

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More about LuLaRoe and Jill…
LuLaRoe began just 3.5 years ago by Deanne Stidham. Deanne was a single mother of seven children and was trying to find a way to be at home, be a mom, and provide for her children at the same time. She began sewing maxi skirts for her daughters and then their friends, soon hosting parties for friends and selling hundreds of skirts at a time.

Since then, Deanne has developed her business to give other women (and even some men) the opportunity to sell her clothing in the same manner — to get out and make connections, meet other women, and share with them the love of LuLaRoe. Despite its short past, LuLaRoe is currently the fastest growing company in the United States. Lularoe is an ethical, environmentally conscious clothing company that until recently produced everything in its factory and warehouse in California. Due to high demand, LuLaRoe is now manufacturing in China, Mexico, and Guatamala, to name a few places, but follows strict guidelines for ethical working conditions and fair wages.

Jill has been a stay-at-home mom for the last five years, raising her girls Emerson (5) and Marigold (3), and she’s been married to her husband for 14 years. They live in College Park, MD, in a little bungalow, trying to make it all work like other families aiming for work/life balance. LuLaRoe allows her to work on her own time, so she can be available to her girls when they need her, yet cultivate a career and contribute to the financial well-being of their family. She would love for you to join her Facebook Group or arrange a pop-up boutique event of your own!


Disclosure: I received several LuLaRoe items complimentary of Jill O’Hanlon, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own, and I only promote products and services that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Giveaway! Brighten Up the Holidays at Brookside’s Garden of Lights

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Dazzling light shows are a staple of the holiday season, and one of my very favorites in the area is Brookside Gardens’ walk-through exhibit, Garden of Lights. The gardens are transformed into a magical winter wonderland illuminated by more than one million twinkling colorful lights handwoven into original works depicting animals, flowers, and other natural elements. It will all be on view for visitors every night from November 25 through January 1 (with the exceptions of December 24 and 25). And I have two admission passes (admission is per car/van) to give away to a couple of lucky KFDC readers.

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Stroll from garden to garden to enjoy long-time favorite displays, including Nessie the Serpent, flying geese, and butterflies. The gardens’ trees and hardscapes such as the Children’s Garden Treehouse and Wedding Gazebo are bedecked in a rainbow of colorful glimmering lights. It is a light display unlike any other. (Get a glimpse of it all in this post about one of our visits there.)

Inside the Conservatory, enjoy the sights and sounds of model trains as they wind their way through seasonal greenery and miniature reproductions of local landmarks such as the RedDoor Store in Sandy Spring, the Kensington MARC railway station, Glen Echo Park complete with Bumper Car Pavilion and 1921 Dentzel Carousel, and even Brookside Gardens’ Conservatories.

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A new fire pit on the South Terrace is the latest addition to Garden of Lights, where refreshments — think S’mores kits and hot cocoa — will be available for purchase. And nightly musical performances take place inside the Visitors Center.

Garden of Lights is located in Brookside Gardens at 1800 Glenallan Avenue in Wheaton, MD. It runs November 25, 2016 – January 1, 2017 (closed December 24 & 25). Hours are 5:30-9:30pm Sunday – Thursday, and 5:30-10:30pm Friday & Saturday. Admission is $25 per car/van Sunday – Thursday, and $30 per car/van Friday & Saturday.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win one of the two admission passes to Brookside’s Garden of Lights, simply leave a comment below or enter through the KFDC Facebook page or on Instagram. The passes can be used on any date the exhibit is open. This giveaway will run through November 23, 2016, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Montgomery Parks, however, I only promote events, places, and programs that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Adventure Theatre Presents “The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe” this Holiday Season (+Giveaway!)

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Halloween might be over, but not all of the witches have gone away. At least one is still lurking about, awaiting your arrival in Narnia. A land located (this holiday season, anyway) right in the heart Glen Echo Park.

This December, Adventure Theatre is bringing the beloved children’s classic The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to life in a two-actor show. And from what I hear, it promises to be a beautiful and magical experience. I’ve also got a Family 4-Pack of tickets to give away to one lucky KFDC reader!

Recommended for all ages, this one-hour version of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe follows Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy as they are sent to live in the countryside home of professor Digory Kirke. As Lucy explores the house, she discovers a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. With an evil White Witch ruling the kingdom, can Lucy, her new friend Mr. Tumnus, and her family band together to save Narnia?

Find out at Adventure Theatre from December 2-31! Tickets are $19.50 and can be purchased online or at the Box Office (I always recommend getting them in advance). Of course, you can also try winning them through the giveaway.

Giveaway: For a chance to win the Family 4-Pack of Tickets to see The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe at Adventure Theatre, simply leave a comment below or on the KFDC Facebook page (but you must “like” it first!) letting me know which performance — date and time — you would prefer to see the show. This giveaway will run through Wednesday, November 16, 2016, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Adventure Theatre, however, I only promote programs, places, and events that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.

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Enter to Win Tickets to “Primary Blues: Blues 101 for Families” at Strathmore!

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As autumn hues color the landscape, add some vibrant tones to your family’s seasonal entertainment: The blues! On Thursday, October 27, Strathmore presents Primary Blues: Blues 101 for Families. And I have a Family 4-Pack of tickets for the show to give away to one lucky KFDC reader!

With audience members of all ages in mind, this is a performance that is both entertaining and educational. The 45-minute, multimedia concert features alumni of Strathmore’s Artist in Residence program. These top flight musicians showcase their talent and teach the basics of the full-hearted, foot-tapping music we call the blues. Where did it come from, how did it evolve, and what’s it all about? Get the lowdown on call and response; 12-bar blues chord progression, lyric structure, and improvisation. This music lesson brings the blues and its iconic artists to life.

The show begins at 7:30pm, but you can go early to witness the area’s Piedmont blues tradition live, as Strathmore presents the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation musicians in the Lockheed Martin Lobby prior to Shades of Blues performances. Strathmore is located at 5301 Tuckerman Lane in North Besthesda, MD.

Tickets for Primary Blues: Blues 101 for Families are just $5-14 and are available for purchase online. Of course, you can also try to win the Family 4-Pack through the giveaway below.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to see Primary Blues: Blues 101 for Families at Strathmore on October 27 at 7:30pm, simply leave a comment below and/or on the KidFriendly DC Facebook page — bonus entry for commenting on both! This giveaway will run through Sunday, October 23, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Good luck!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Strathmore, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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Join a Minecraft League & Play with a Team on the Big Screen (+ Giveaway!)

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It was just over a week ago that I first introduced Super League Gaming, the nation-wide program that lets children experience Minecraft in the most exciting way possible: In a movie theater! That’s right, participants can play their favorite game on the big screen alongside other Minecraft enthusiasts — and now they can do so as a team in a 4-week gaming season and they can play for a chance to share a $15,000 college scholarship with their team!

The Minecraft Metropolis Madness season begins on October 19 in the DC area at iPic Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, running weekly from 4:30pm-6pm. It will also be held at Carmike Apple Blossom 12 in Winchester and many theaters around the country.

Tickets are $80 for the 4-week season and can be purchased on the Super League Gaming website. Save $20 with promo code: KIDFRIENDLY. I also have two season tickets up for grabs — you can try to win one of them in the giveaway below!

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Giveaway: For a chance to win one of the two season tickets for Super League Gaming’s Minecraft Madness Metropolis series, simply leave a comment below or on the KidFriendly DC Facebook page. This giveaway will run through October 15, then two winners will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter. Tickets will be emailed, so you will have them in time for the event. Good luck!

This post is sponsored by Super League Gaming, however, I only promote events, programs, and places that I genuinely believe in and think will appeal to KFDC readers.


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