Follow Friday: Gena Roma Photography


I’m so excited to share with you some pictures from a recent project I did with Gena. She welcomed me into her studio, which happen to have a cute kitchen, and lots of natural light (her favorite lighting situation). I made butternut squash soup, and pumpkin creme brulee for the photoshoot.


Gena makes you feel very comfortable, and aside from a few set up shots that require timing, you hardly notice that shes there photographing you at all. Did I mention I love, LOVE her studio?


Love. Haha.


I decided to use these shots to update the site, since it is now 3 years old. What a good way to freshen something up with new photos?

Her work isn’t limited to the studio portraits. She can capture you cooking your favorite recipes for a cookbook or even go onsite and capture that special event. If you want portraits of your beloved canine companion, she’s got experience doing that! She does a Canine & Coffee event in Old Town Alexandria, as well as volunteer for the local animal shelter. If you want a more private session she also does PhoDOGraphy!

If you are looking to update your headshots, family portraits, your blog or even get special occasion work done, I definitely recommend Gena Roma Photography!



Calvert Rejuvenations


Located past some winding road through trees (just kidding it wasn’t that dramatic) my sis Ashley and Tu went to have a spa day. We got Herbology Retexturizing Body Treatment. Which is basically an herbal scrub. The outside looked like a small medical office building, but inside was a lavendar little fairy land.

We were moved to a nice oasis room, where we were given tea and forms to fill out while our therapists were getting ready. Each of us were ushered into our own rooms. Here you can pick out your own aromatherapy scent. I chose peppermint.

Most of my body scrubs have been done on vacation as a treat yourself, but this place is really nice, and did a great job, so I might get another one at the start of spring! She was very good, and I love that the crystallized herbs soak into your skin so you don’t have to shower off the scrub before the moisturizing massage. It was a much needed “treat yo self” place.

Calvert Rejuvenations

Tuesday 10: Middle School Memories


I was thinking about how I grew up the other day. Kids now a days have their own cell phones, tablets, personal computers. There is a lot of technology going on there. I wonder what would life would be like if I had all this at that age. So that of course made me flash back to my middle school days. And makes me want to see if you guys can relate/remember this stuff!

1. Do kids still write handwritten notes and fold them in cutesy shapes and pass them to each other in the hall/in each other’s locker? Or do you just text?

2. I remember waiting for dial up, and trying to sneak on at night and the LOUD noise it’d make.

3. My own phone line in my room with clear light up phone.

4. Xanga and LiveJournal…which isn’t very different from what I am doing now!

5. Pagers, and using pager codes, 823, 143 anyone?

6. AOL Instant Messenger was the old Google Chat

7. Walkmans, rewinding and fast forwarding to the song you wanted. The struggle.

8. Sanrio. There was more than just Hello Kitty.

9. Do kids still play M.A.S.H? No one wanted to live in a shack, but now I’m rethinking the simplicity of it all.

10. Are there still book fairs? Or do we just use Amazon now?


Life with Bawse: Hiking


Okay, lets be honest. I don’t feel like what we did was really hiking, more like taking a stroll on rugged terrain. We were planning on going to the Shenandoahs this weekend but it was scheduled to rain. We still wanted to get out so we too the pup to Great Falls, VA.


Bawse got a new backpack and we wanted to test it out. It’s perfect. He can carry his own water, bowl, treats, food, and poop bags now yay! And he walks pretty normal with it. We got him the Kurgo Wander Dog Pack and it’s perfect for our pitbull.


Bawse was so excited, he basically pulled the whole time. Not fun for his daddy. For the most part he was good at ignoring the other dogs, unless he was allowed to meet them. He met a girl pitbull and he was totally smitten he didn’t wanna leave her to continue our walk.


There was one weird guy with a labradoodle that kind of annoyed me though. We saw them coming, so we stepped off trail, and had Bawse sit and focus on me. He was doing really well, and all would have been fine if they guy kept walking past. But no, he just stopped in front of us with his dog.


Like. Really bro, wtf. Keep it moving. He didn’t say anything he just stood in front of us. Bawse must have felt uncomfortable because after sitting for a little while and them not moving on Bawse went towards the other dog, who then tensed up and they lunged at each other. We decided to just start walking. That was weird. And annoying.


Other than that he did pretty good, he just needs practice and desensitize from all the excitement of the sights (which I doubt will ever happen because nature is too exciting)!


The best part is a worn out puppy afterwards!

Thunder Beast Root Beer


I don’t drink anymore, so when I found out there was a brewery, that focuses on ROOT BEER, I was intrigued to know more. At the recent Yelp event, I got to meet Stephen Norborg and taste Thunder Beast root beer. Oh. My. Goodness. It was like nothing I’ve tasted before. Its smooth, with a hint of maple to start, sweet but not cloyingly so, and ends with a note of butterscotch. I’m not talking yellow wrapped grandma butterscotch candy, but like a smooth buttery one like a Werthers.


It’s a small, locally operated company, which is fine by me, because I think that’s what makes it so great. After talking to him you can tell he’s got a great passion for his craft, and you can taste the love he puts into his product. Currently they only have their root beer by the bottle, but I hear there’s a delicious ginger beer that shows up at farmers markets and trade shows. I gotta figure out how to get my hands on one!

According to their site:

Our root brewskis of freedom are:

  • Caffeine Free
  • Corn Syrup Free
  • Gluten Free
  • Crafted With Passion and Care
  • Drank Heavily by Us
  • A Suspected Love Potion
  • Made With real American Thunder

I’m going to definitely need a keg of this in the near future. Maybe Mardi Gras!

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