The Scout Guide Launch Party

If you haven’t met the lovely ladies behind The Scout Guide Richmond, then you’re missing out. Not only does The Scout Guide provide a gorgeous visual representation of some awesome local businesses, but the ladies themselves are totally inspiring! If you’re in Richmond or Charlottesville, you may have seen these classy little guides around town, and they just released the latest edition!

the scout guideLook for these guides all across town at some of your favorite local businesses!

Of course, I ran into lots of bloggers, which made the evening even better!

Christina even snapped some great photos of the business owners, featured inside the guide!

The Scout Guide blogs (for Richmond and Charlotesville) are on our blog roll, so be sure to check them out!

Now go explore the city!


Flames 231 Meet Up Recap

We had a great turn out at the meet up on Saturday! Thank you to everyone that came out, and a special thanks to Flames 231 for accommodating our group! It was so awesome meeting new faces and having such a diverse mix of food, lifestyle, fashion, and fitness bloggers!


Clockwise from left: Kaytee, Ashley & Jeri, Liz, Conor, Jonna, Valerie, Eric, Ellen, Ann, Carrie, Gabby, Sarah, Kate, Shannon, Brian and Sydney!

It was great seeing so many bloggers, and meeting some for the first time!flames 231

The food and the service was great (especially their homemade hummus!) and it was so much fun connecting with local bloggers from around the state. I’d highly recommend the food here, (gluten free pizza crust, vegan cheese, so many options!) and I’ll definitely be going back soon.

For more recaps on the event, check out some of these great bloggers!

Shannon from Thirsty Richmond

Valerie from Pursuit of Sweetness

Jonna from Naturally Glam

Conor from Dogs of Richmond

Kaytee from Kaytee Lauren

Ashley & Jeri from Fashion Junkies United

If I missed any recaps, let me know!

Thank you all for coming, and thanks to Flames 231 and The Firestarter Group for hosting our event!

Virginia LOVE,

Liz @ I Heart Vegetables

Next Virginia Bloggers Meet Up- Oct 20th

Hello friends!

There have been tons of events and activities going on around the state, so hopefully you’re all enjoy the season now that fall is underway! We’re excited to announce the next “official” Virginia Bloggers Meet Up!

What: Virginia Blogger Meet Up (ALL bloggers welcome! Lifestyle, fashion, food, fitness, DIY, etc.)

When: Saturday, Oct. 20th @ 1pm

Where: Flames 231 – a new local pizza place located in downtown Richmond (click here for directions)

And just in case you’re not totally convinced…

The pizza is delicious!

We love meeting new people, so even if you’ve never come to an event before, we’d love to have you!

Please RSVP by Oct. 15th, by e-mailing us at

Event Announcement: Taste of Virginia @ Monticello

Today’s guest blogger, Katy, is sharing an event announcement for this weekend that sounds like an amazing way to send your Saturday! If you find yourself near Monticello, be sure to stop by this event!

As a University of Virginia student, I have a natural affinity for the public figure Thomas Jefferson.  I am expected to know general facts about the founder of my school and the strides he made for our country.  However, it was not until this past summer when I became an intern at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello that I started to appreciate and almost cherish the private man Jefferson actually was.  He introduced new varieties of plants to Virginia and to the United States.  Jefferson may have even introduced the tomato, a plant previously thought of as harmful, to the United States after observing its wide acceptance in Italy.  Today, tomatoes are a staple of the American pallet.

Jefferson even attempted to grow wine grapes to make wine at Monticello.  Although he was not successful, many Virginians today attribute the Commonwealth’s flourishing wine industry to Thomas Jefferson.  Another man who comes to mind is Monticello’s Director of Garden & Grounds, Gabriele Rausse.  Called the “Father of the Virginia Wine Industry”, Rausse continues Jefferson’s legacy in the gardens of Monticello and at his own vineyard, Gabriele Rausse Winey.  I guess we can call Jefferson the grandfather of Virginian wines.

Today, Charlottesville can boast about our love for local foods and beautiful wine country with its rolling hills and luscious landscapes.  Last year, Forbes Magazine called Charlottesville the “locavore capital of the world” and Wine Enthusiast Magazine named Virginia as one of the 10 best wine travel destinations for 2012.

To celebrate Virginia, Monticello is hosting its first ever “Taste of Virginia” on Saturday, September 29 from 12 pm to 4 pm, in the Monticello Museum Shop.  The event will showcase local foods and beverages such as Oakencroft Grape Juice, Gabriele Rausse wine, Starr Hill craft beer, Graves Mountain Preserves, and Virginia Chutney.  There will be a historic chocolate demonstration presented by American Heritage Chocolate and an educational presentation from the Center for Historic Plant about fall vegetables and forcing bulbs.  If you were not able to make it out for the Heritage Harvest Festival a few weeks ago, then this is your chance to visit Monticello and taste a little bit of our local flavor.  And don’t forget, it is FREE!

For more information, please visit

Event Annoucement: Charlottesville Meet Up!

Hi friends!

We are having our next Virginia Bloggers meet up in Charlottesville on Sunday September 2nd, at 1:00pm.

We will be meeting at Cafe Cubano, for a late lunch/brunch, so hopefully you can stop by for some food, or even just a cup of coffee! Feel free to bring along a significant other or friend!

(Photo from Cafe Cubano)

We realize this is Labor Day weekend and lots of folks will be out of town, but if you happen to find yourself near Charlottesville, we’d love to see your faces!

Virginia LOVE,
Liz & Sarah