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Get Ready for the Giant BBQ Battle with a Great Giveaway from BrightFarms!



Images of fresh produce may not be what you’d pair with mention of a Barbeque Battle, but when there’s a great giveaway hosted by a produce company that will be offering tastings of their products at the event, it makes perfect sense. Besides, a fresh salad is a perfect complement to a meaty barbeque dish!

The 25th Annual Giant National Capitol Barbeque Battle is returning to DC this weekend, June 24-25, for two days of food and fun for all ages. It’s one of the largest and most popular culinary festivals in the country, welcoming over 100,000 visitors each year to enjoy festivities ranging from cooking demos to live entertainment to celebrity appearances to food tastings and, of course, the competition to distinguish the best barbeque around.

BrightFarms will be among the booths in the Local Flavors Tent showcasing their products and offering samples of their fresh produce. The company uses sustainable greenhouse farming to supply grocery stores with fresh lettuce greens, tomatoes, and herbs year-round to meet the growing demand for local produce. Here in the Maryland, DC, and Virginia area, they work solely with Giant grocery stores to deliver produce — farm to shelf within 24 hours — from their greenhouse facility located in Culpeper, VA. This conserves nutrients, keeping items fresh. Taste and freshness go hand-in-hand; fresher will taste better! And BrightFarms is not just proud to be local, but also non-GMO and pesticide-free.

​If you plan on attending the Barbeque Battle, be sure to stop by the BrightFarms booth and mention KidFriendly DC — they will provide you with a package of their locally grown salad to take home! In the meantime, you can enter their giveaway below for a chance to win tickets to the event this weekend along with a other great prizes.

As for the rest of the Barbeque Battle, non-stop entertainment will include 30 bands on three stages, plus appearances from celebrity chefs, TV cooking personalities and cookbook authors, representatives from the Washington Wizards, Capitals, Mystics, Nationals, D.C. United and the Washington and Baltimore arena football teams, Valor and Brigade. Attendees can also enjoy return of the popular Nathan’s Hotdog Eating Contest and fan-favorite Joey Chestnut, who broke the world record by eating 73 and a half hotdogs in 10 minutes at last year’s event.

The 25th Annual Giant National Capitol Barbeque Battle takes place on Pennsylvania Avenue NW, between 3rd & 7th Streets. Hours are Saturday, June 24, 11am – 9pm and Sunday, June 25, 11am – 9pm. Tickets start at $12/adult for one-day admission ($20 for two-day), kids 12 and under are free.

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Giveaway: For a chance to win 4 Tickets to the 25th Annual Giant National Capitol Barbeque Battle from BrightFarms simply leave a comment below telling me your favorite barbeque dish. Get an extra entry by commenting on the KidFriendly DC Facebook Page as well. This giveaway will run through 8pm on Thursday, June 22, 2017, then a winner will be drawn at random and notified shortly thereafter.

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


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Create Custom Cards for the Holidays and Beyond with BasicInvite.com

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You swore this would be the year that you would finally do your holiday card right. You know, capture the perfect photo, pick out just the right design, and have them all signed, sealed, and delivered to greet friends and family just as the season hits full swing. But, then, life happened. And it’s just days before Christmas, and you still haven’t even gotten to step two.

But all hope is not lost! There’s no rule that says holiday cards have to arrive before the actual holidays. Seasonal greetings are always appreciated, and there’s plenty of time to wish friends and family a Happy New Year. You just need a little extra something to make yours stand out, so it doesn’t get lost in the shuffle of cards that came before it.

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Enter Basic Invite. The online stationary company goes beyond the usual offerings for online holiday cards. When you create stationary through their website, you can Customize Everything, putting your personal touch on cards through colors and designs as much as the words on them.

Basic Invite is one of the few greeting card websites that allows customers almost unlimited color options with instant previews online. Once you choose a design — from a fantastic, creative selection, no less — you can change the color of each element on the card to over 180 different color options so you can make sure the card is exactly how you want it down to the littlest detail.

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Envelope options are just as colorful as cards. You can choose from over 40 different colors, so that your mailing will stand out even before it is opened. Bonus: All of their envelopes are peel and seal, so they can be quickly and securely closed without licking a single one. They also just introduced an address capturing service, letting you simply share a link on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or any other form of social media to request addresses which will be stored in your account and selected during the design process. And during the 2016 season, you can get address printing at no extra cost!

For even more incentive to get those holiday season cards done, right now Basic Invite is offering 30% off with coupon code HOLI30.

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Of course, if you’re holiday cards are already done, there are plenty of other occasions you can mark with the help of Basic Invite. From Baby Showers to Birth Announcements to First Birthday Invitations, you can get the word out with ease, flair, and your personal style.

Ready to create your custom card? Visit Basic Invite to get started!


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


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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 the 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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