Posts Tagged ‘tips’

Avoid Flight Delays and Cancellations

When bad weather hits.. we often say call your airline ahead of time to check on your flight.. but what does that really mean.

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There are things you should ask and tools you can use to avoid being a victim of cancellations and delays.
FlightAware.com, a website that tracks airline traffic unvelied its “misery map.” Hub airports like Chicago’s O’Hare, Denver and DC showed the most red for misery on the map Monday– after 600 flights were canceled.
When you call ahead.. don’t ask simply if your flight is delayed.
You need to have your flight number and ask the attendant for the aircraft number assigned to your flight. Then ask where that tail number is right now. That is the best indicator of whether you’re gonna be delayed or even canceled.
A couple websites to help you out.
Flightcaster.com predicts flight delays..sometimes hours before airlines figure it out.
Nextflight.com lists upcoming flights in case yours gets cancelled.
And there’s APPS like flightstats or flighttrack pro which track your flight in real time.

Potty training tips?

I’m very active on social media and include my daughter ever so often but I do my best not overshare when it comes to certain stuff. I am gonna ask you about potty training though. At 22 months I know she knows what a potty is for and she’s actually gone a couple times. For the most part she tells me she has to go by signaling with a pat on her bum or waistline. By the time I get her there it’s always too late. I found this Potty Training Doll that eats and pees. I figured the more she saw how it works the more she’d be inspired. The only problem is… she’s now obsessed with feeding the doll ALL DAY and it’s becoming a big wet mess all over the place and now I wanna put a real diaper on this doll!  Tips appreciated.

Healthy teeth tips and spots to avoid

Dr. Alex Naini stopped by News4 to talk about the importance of brushing, flossing and avoiding cavity causing culprits! Dr. Alex says if you can’t brush after a meal.. chew gum. She also suggest parents buy water with fluoride for the kids. It’s often hidden at the store.. but she says it’s there. Check out more great tips to keep the mouths happy in our interview below. You can follow Dr. Alex on twitter too.

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How to grow your business in DC

Tech insider Evan Burfield,  Synteractive.com Founder joined me in studio to share tips on getting your startup business off the ground. Evan talked about ways to build a high growth company and offered some great resources available to people right here.

Tickets: entreprelooza.com

DC has a big startup community and networking opportunities like the upcoming Entreprelooza 2012 will be a big deal.  The event will include the east coast premiere of startup documentary CTRL, ALT .. .Compete and a date auction where DC’s biggest tech geeks will be up for grabs. The event benefits NFTE.

Entreprelooza 2012
March 6, 2012
18th & L Street, NW DC

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Increase your following on Facebook, Twitter

Social media strategist Peter Corbett joined me in studio to talk Social Media Week and how to grow your following for your brand whatever it is online. See our interview below. Get more tips from Peter here at NBCWashington.com. Don’t forget to join us for Social Media Week DC February 13- 17th!

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Gingerbread Houses To-Go

For the cooking challenged like me… this is holiday gold! The Ritz-Carlton is offering Gingerbread Houses-to-Go. Head pastry chef Daniel Mangione along with my star decorators 9 year olds Claire and Audrey joined me in studio to show how EASY this really is. For $65 you get a plain gourmet gingerbread house… three tubes of delicious icing and sugar galore!Get your kit to go at the Ritz-Carlton 1150 22nd Street, N.W. Or email Audrey at audrey.slade@ritzcarlton.com

Can’t leave without mentioning the chocolate buffet going on every Saturday through December at the Ritz:
Chocolate Decadence
Saturdays, December 10, 17, 24, 2011 8-11PM
Enjoy a buffet of sumptuous chocolate and candy desserts, including a Candy Cane Bar and Champagne cocktails from the Champagne Sommelier in the Lobby Café & Bar.

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Clothes Purging: Tips to let go

Here’s round #3 of my great closet clean-out. Today it was about tackling the blazers. Here’s my latest stack that includes a black leather jacket. I’ve decided to send this stack to Dress for Success DC…. since they give interview appropriate clothes to women in need applying for jobs.

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I found this article helpful in finding ways to part with my stuff. Below are some questions you can ask yourself if you feel inspired to purge your clothes in time for Fall!

Org Junkie’s Tips for Parting With Your Clothes

1.  If you haven’t worn something in a year then out it goes regardless of condition, price or size.  Why a year?  Because you cover every season in that period of time.  If you haven’t worn it during the year, you probably never will.

2.  If you have a piece of clothing that you wear but are annoyed with it every time you do, seriously stop it.

3.  If it’s waiting to be mended and it’s been waiting for a long time then enough is enough already.

4.  If you hate to iron and your ironing pile sits there totally neglected while you wear all your favorite clothing over and over again, why do you still have an ironing pile?

5.  I’m not opposed to keeping your “skinny” clothes (and I know we all do it) but for goodness sakes you don’t need to keep all of it.  Styles change, your tastes change, your body shape changes so chances are good that when you get back to that size you’re going to want new stuff anyway.

6.  If you absolutely love a shirt but never wear it because you have nothing to wear it with, well guess what, a mate isn’t going to magically appear in the night.  Follow the one year rule.

7.  Sentimental clothes that you aren’t wearing shouldn’t reside in your closet.   Either take a picture of it and preserve the memory or limit yourself to one tote of “clothes to show my kids so they can laugh their heads off at me someday”.

8.  Don’t hang onto something that is “just alright” because you don’t have something better yet to replace it.  Let it go now unless it means you go naked, that wouldn’t be right.

9.  You don’t have to do it all at once.  Like I did try it in stages and be motivated by your success.  One day you could do shirts, the next day shorts, etc..

10.  Try everything on.  This one I can’t stress enough.  Do not hold something up and say oh this is so beautiful I’m going to keep it.  That’s too easy and what you might not remember is that, although it’s beautiful, the buttons gape at the front showing off your woman parts.  Nope we don’t want that now do we.  Get rid of it.

11.  You only have the space that you do.  Jamming your clothes into the closet and fighting with them every single day to find what you need won’t make your closet grow in the night.  It will only make you grumpy…every single day.  It’s not worth it.

Steve Case gives DC Startups Pep talk

AOL co-founder and billionaire Steve Case dropped by Tech Cocktail Startup Mixology Conference as guest speaker. Case motivated the crowd and gave a pep talk to DC’s startup and early stage companies, sharing insight and personal experience on reaching success with a new business.

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Case spoke, ‘I’m motivated by helping entrepreneurs build their dreams and create a company help change the world.’

Mixology Conference on WUSA9 Below

 

Spring into Fashion with Tara

DC Stylist and owner of Tara Styles DC Tara Luizzi dropped by J.Crew in Georgetown to talk about the latest Spring trends and tips on how to wear them. Women from the Young Professional’s Forum appreciated Tara’s expert advice on dressing for body types and even which staple pieces are worth the investment. This season makes a statement with vibrant neons, romantic florals and bold stripes. I like! At the forum, Tara’s shared tips like:
*Wearing a beautiful floral blouse under a suit
*Pairing a striped top with a pair of white pants for the weekend
*Accessorizing with a bright color bag or shoe
*Investing in a bold dress

For more on Tara click HERE.

Meet Georgetown 'Cupcake Dreams' Creator in DC

Ah! keeping the TLC reality show about the Georgetown Cupcake girls a secret was so tough when one of your BFF’s is the creator and executive producer of it.  But with the show in the bag and launching this summer I’ve got no problem spilling the beans now on where you can track  down the man behind the batter series yourself.

On June 15th, you have the chance to pick the creative brain of Terence Noonan who is also a 4-Time Emmy Award winning TV producer (up for a 5th) and the Supervising Producer of The Dr. Oz Show.

Terence is going to be a guest speaker for the National Association for Catering Executives on the topic of building a brand and establishing your expertise.  If you’re a caterer or event professional trying to achieve that ‘expert’ status in the Washington area this is a must attend event.

Terence lays out a clear step-by-step strategy to get your personality, special knowledge, idea, product, or company out in the public eye and even on TV. Noonan will teach you how to create a PLATFORM for yourself and your MESSAGE to bolster your EXPERTISE and uniqueness as well as build your BRAND into one that everyone trusts and wants to use. Noonan’s program describes how little things you do to get your brand into the media world can give you a big break in your business, BUILD CLIENTELE, and put your brand at the top of your industry.

  • Discover how branding is used to build consumer recognition and move your brand to the top of the catering world list with potential clients
  • Find out how to expand your brand to gain more positive publicity and clients
  • Learn the steps to pitching your brand to a producer and getting on TV
  • How to become an expert guest on network TV and build your brand into one everyone recognizes and wants to hire within the catering industry

EVENT INFO: Building a Brand 7 Establishing Your Expertise

June 15th from 5:30- 8:30PM

The House of Sweden at 2900 K Street, NW DC

$40 Members, $50 Guests, $10 late fee after June 14th

 

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