Guest Blogger: Lauren @ One of Five

Hello lovelies~

First of all, happy almost September! I’m absolutely thrilled to be writing for you guys today– I’m Lauren, the girl behind One of Five. I’m a proud Charlottesville/Fredericksburg blogger, sister to four younger brothers, and student at the University of Mary Washington. With a big family, school (classes start today, eee!), and a busy schedule, I have chosen blogging and a couple little other odds and ends as my outlet to help me stay sane.
I started truly blogging at the end of last year, and have grown to really love it. I’ve always enjoyed writing, but attempted journaling in the past was too much pressure. How is one supposed to address a notebook? Are you supposed to sign your name at the end of every entry? If I’m the only one who’s reading it, am I going to suddenly forget who wrote it and have to check the bottom of the page to realize, ‘Oh, silly me, its signed Lauren! I must have wrote this!” Yeah, no. As you can see I tend to over think things, so add that with a little bit of indecisiveness, and boom: oodles of empty journals and oodles of ripped out pages in the trash can. Sad.
I’ve also loved taking pictures. Of any and everything. Even if they’re bad quality, they’re captured memories. I wanted to share my photographs and adventures with a larger audience, hence the blog.

1. I have an ongoing list of words and phrases on my phone of words that sound good together. Have you ever caught something that someone said, or read something some where and just thought, “man, that was beautiful.” Only me? Oh. Well it helps me remember the prettiness and delicacy of our sometimes not-so-pretty language. Maybe thats weird. I’m not too concerned though.
2. I’m somewhat of a hoarder of all things cute and useless. Not a you-need-to-be-on-a-tv-show-right-now hoarder, but rather a “I’m gonna set this riiiight here so every time I look at it I feel a little ping of happiness,” hoarder. And please, please tell me, who doesn’t like an unexpected ping of happiness?
3. I believe that any bad day can be cured with a little bit of dark chocolate & dancing. Just dance it out and eat some chocolate. Myy motto, mmm. ūüėČ There was actually a time last year where my roomie & I just kinda flailed around our dorm for a good 30 minutes to relieve some pre-finals stress.
4. And as you can tell from how this post is being written, I love lists. Like actually though. I have a notebook specific for list making and everything.

What do you all do to maintain a busy schedule, ahem… calmly, sanely, happily (insert appropriate word here)? :) Comment below, or feel free to visit my page & contact me here. Thanks for reading! xo

Lauren @ One of Five


P.S. The Fashion Bloggers Meet Up has been moved to Saturday, Sept 8th, at 1pm! More info on the Events page!

Event Annoucement: RVAFB Meet Up THIS MONDAY!

Hi all!

We have an important announcement for all the fashion bloggers out there!

RVA Fashion Bloggers is holding a meet up this Monday night @ 7pm, at Tastebuds American Bistro

4019 MacArthur Avenue, Richmond VA 23227 (it is in the Northside of Richmond, off of Laburnum Ave. in Bellevue).
You can read a recap of the last RVAFB Meet Up here, and I’m sure this one is going to be fantastic as well!

Just a few of the beautiful people from the June meet up!

You can check out all the details on their blog here. And while you’re there, check out some of the fashion blogs!

Guest Blogger: Lindsay @ Neat As You Please

Hi bloggers!

My name is Lindsay and I write a small little blog called Neat As You Please. It’s in its baby stages, but it’s probably my favorite blog yet. I’ve had two other blogs in the past, but this one really hits on my passion: organizing.

HOW in the world can someone be so in love with organizing, you ask? I’m still figuring that one out. What I have realized, though, is that cleaning your best friend’s room for six hours as her birthday present in 8th grade is not something normal kids do.

After much debate, I’ve finally started to blog about my projects. I’ve learned that before and after pictures can be pretty rewarding! My future plans include joining the National Association of Professional Organizers and helping people that aren’t in my circle of family and friends! :-)

Helping Liz from iheartvegetables was my favorite project yet! Check out how we did it here.

In the organizing world, most people have a niche, something they’re really good at, so that they can get lots of clients wanting the same kind of organizing. As I build my portfolio, I’ll be doing all sorts of different rooms and spaces. My goal right now is to become as experienced as possible before going into my niche market.

A small digression:

One of my blogs, Over on 66, talks about the funny things that happened while I was living with my grandparents. What I don’t talk about too often over there is my grandma’s worsening Alzheimer’s/dementia. It was hard, and the amount of work caretakers have to do everyday to keep the other happy is astounding (especially when the caretaker is 88!).

IN conclusion, you can probably guess who I want to help: families dealing with a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. I must say, I’ve always been a fantastic labeler (*brushes shoulder off) and with these patients, everything needs to have a safe place.

So, there you have it! I wasn’t planning on giving you a complete history of why I’m passionate about organizing but it happened!

Love for organizing + sick grandparent= my new goal in life.

If you’d like to be one of the people that helps build my portfolio, or you just want some organizing tips and tricks, head over to my blog Neat As You Please and look around! I post something new every Monday.

Lindsay @  Neat As You Please 

Richmond Jazz Festival & Wine Tasting

Saturday afternoon, Brittany and Lindsay and I walked over to Maymont to check out the Richmond Jazz Festival. We all had press passes for the event from Chateau Ste. Michelle, a Washington state winery that was sampling three of their Rieslings at the event. I’m a sweet-wine lover, so Riesling is usually what I go for, which made this tasting especially fun!

We tasted them in order of sweetness:

  • First off was the Dry Riesling. Since I’m a sweet wine lover, this was as little dry for me, but still something I would enjoy drinking, especially with a meal.
  • Second, we tried the Columbia Valley Riesling. This one would probably be what I would be most likely to purchase, because it was sweet, but not so sweet that it wouldn’t appeal to the dry wine drinkers ūüėČ
  • The last one we tasted was probably my favorite. The Harvest Select Sweet Riesling was sweet, and I would love this after a light summer dinner. If you don’t like super sweet wines, you might want to stick with the first two, but I loved this one!

Even if you’re not a “fancy” wine drinker, you should definitelygive these a try! All of these sell for $10.00 or less (which is totally my kind of wine…) They are available online, but I think you can also find them in some Virginia grocery stores.
Despite the crazy temperatures, we enjoyed walking around the festival, listening to music, and of course, taking pictures!

(Photo courtesy of Brittany)

Don’t we look so official with our badges and cameras? I loved the #ReasonForRiesling slogan that was used throughout the tasting. It was a really fun experience!

Did anyone else check out the Jazz Festival this weekend? I know Marc was there, taking some really awesome pictures!

Photo courtesy of: The Cheats Movement

Photo credit: The Cheats Movement

P.S. If you haven’t already checked out Marc’s Blog, he has some great coverage of Richmond people & events!

What festivals have you been enjoying lately?

Guest Blogger: Caught On A Whim

Hi! ¬†My name is Erica and I blog over at¬†Caught On A Whim. ¬†In my blog I share my adventures in puppy raising, crafting, travels, recipes and more. ¬†Here is one of our recent adventures in Virginia…

My husband and I decided to spend some of our time off this year on a staycation at home. ¬†Maybe that doesn’t sound too exciting offhand,¬†but a staycation doesn’t have to be a ‘bore’cation. ¬†You just have to spice it up by being creative. ¬†We decided to be local tourists by visiting local attractions, trying new¬†restaurants and seeing Virginia with fresh new eyes. ¬†One of our favorite day trips was to the Chateau Morrisette Winery.

The winery itself is a magnificent building which was built completely from reclaimed wood.  The architecture is stunning.
The views are nothing short of ahhhmazing!¬† Who doesn’t love the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains?¬† We also ate at the winery’s restaurant, which has tasty gourmet food and¬†even more breathtaking views on the expansive patio.¬†¬†Plus, there is no shortage¬†events and festivals to attend throughout the year.
Now, this is where the magic (aka wine tasting) happens.  It was fun to have the chance to taste multiple wines in a row.  I never get to do that on my own, because opening 10 bottles of wine at home is just a wee bit too expensive.
It was also fun to take a tour the winery.¬†¬†On the tour we got a chance to learn the history and to also see how the wine was made.¬† Who doesn’t love a good wine with a paw print stamp of approval?
And of course, don’t go home empty handed.¬† Be sure to take home a few of your favorite bottles of wine from the tasting and check out the gift shop for fun trinkets like this buzzy wine stopper that I couldn’t resist bringing home.

Even the ride out to the winery is worth the trip.¬†¬†All you have to do to get there is go for a little joyride on the Blue Ridge Parkway.¬† You might even make it to the winery eventually, after you are able to pull yourself away from the views you’ll encounter on the drive to get there…

Have you guys been to Chateau Morrisette? Care to share any other¬†wineries in Virginia (or beyond) you’ve enjoyed visiting?¬†¬†
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