We love a good book - whether it’s poetry, fiction or non-fiction, books have a way to create a world delving into a writer’s mind and escaping our own reality. This Saturday, the Library of Congress is celebrating the 17th Annual National Book Festival. More than 100 award-winning authors, illustrators and poets will be attending to speak and sign their books! There will also be panel discussions, children’s activities and movie-screenings. There really is something for everyone! When: Saturday, September 2 - 9 AM - 730 PM Where: Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place, NW Washington, DC Take a look here for the list of authors in attendance and the day of events.

Labor Day Weekend Music Fest

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents Labor Day Weekend Music Festival! Get your fix of local artists performing in various genres including jazz, pop, rock and more! When: September 1 -3, 2017 @ 7:00 pm Where: Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW Check out the full list of performing artists here!

3 Ways To Boost Your Curb Appeal

With your home, first impressions are everything. Most homeowners think about decor within the house, but don’t skip out on boosting your outdoor curb appeal! Pressure wash the walkway, driveway, porch (basically everything!) to instantly give your house a . You can easily rent one form your local home improvement store. Photo courtesy of Get creative with planters. We like the idea of having colorful planters or flowers for an instant lift! Photo courtesy of Upgrade your lighting fixtures. You want your entryway to be bright and inviting at night and the fixture itself to match the theme of your home inside. Photo courtesy of

Hotel Escape

Itching for a quick, relaxing getaway? Consider a staycation in the District! Our current favorite hotel getaway - Avenue Suites. In the heart of Georgetown, the hotel itself offers luxury, contemporary suites, complimentary Saturday morning yoga classes and *bonus* they allow pets! Surrounding the hotel, you can take a quick walk to the National Mall for some leisurely shopping or take in the breathtaking views of the Potomac Waterfront. Whatever your needs may be, a staycation in the Nation’s Capital will cure the travel itch- for now, anyway!

Rainy Day Book Guide

Stuck inside because of the rain? Check out our guide of 3 books that will get you out of the rainy day slump and give you some inspiration as well! Positive Intelligence by Shirzad Chamine This book aims to identify the roadblocks in your mind preventing you from achieving top positive intelligence. After identifying these saboteurs, Shirzad Chamine provides energizing brain teasers to improve your positive intelligence score. Photo Courtesy of Amazon Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Dr. Robert B. Cialdini Dr. Cialdini details the six principles of persuasion and how you can implement this knowledge into your personal and professional goals. Persuasion is essentially the greatest

Montgomery County Agricultural Fair

The annual agricultural fair begins today at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center! The fair spans 62 acres and in over 50 buildings. Entertainment includes carnival rides for adults and kids alike, arts and crafts exhibits, family-fun contests, and more. Oh, and there’s also going to be 5,000+ animals at the fair! When: August 11-19 Where: Montgomery County Agricultural Center 501 Perry Parkway Gaithersburg, MD 20877 Fair Schedule & Information

Closet Coordination

Okay listen, no one likes a stuffed and cluttered closet. Get creative and coordinated with some of our favorite organizers! Photo courtesy of The Container Store Shoe addiction? No problem! Store your shoes in clear, stackable containers. Tape a polaroid image of your shoes for an added personal touch! Photo courtesy of The Container Store If you’re trying to save on space, grab some tiered hangers. They’re perfect for bottoms and blouses and ensure a clutter-free closet. Photo courtesy of The Container Store Shelf dividers are a must to keep your knits in order! Photo courtesy of All Modern Add a sleek, full-length mirror to get your own dressing room feel! Furthermore… Stock up on matchin

The Adventures of Alice

Check out the live action musical version of Alice in Wonderland at the Imagination Stage! The guitar-toting characters come to life and bring a rock n’ roll spin to the classic adventures of Alice. The show ends August 13, so be sure to get tickets here & check out the show with the whole family!

What To Look For In A Real Estate Agent

When you’re buying a home, your top priorities are getting the best deal and having the process be as pain-free as possible. That’s why it’s important to find a real estate agent that you’re in sync with. Referrals from people you trust is always a great start. They are a better way to vet agents, than online reviewers. Second, you want to narrow down your search as much as possible. That means get specific with which region/neighborhoods you’re interested in purchasing a home. That way you can choose an agent who knows the ins and outs of the area. Most importantly, do your research on specific agents. Look at their website and listings to vet their experience. Are they thorough, clear and

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