The Zoe Report’s Summer 2017 Box of Style Summer Unboxing

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It seems like everyone is getting into the fashion subscription business. However, one of the more successful boxes has been one curated by our Bellyitch Bumpwatch alum Rachel Zoes style brand, The Zoe Report Box of Style. 

For about $349.99 for the year, or $99.99 per quarter,  subscribers are delighted with items hand-picked by celebrity stylist, designer and talk show host, Rachel Zoë.


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The plus about her box is that there is an item in each box valued at $100 minimum.  Friends at The Zoe Report sent me one complimentary box, its Summer 2017, to check out and I must say, it was quite exciting to receive the box in the mail.

As a regular reader and subscriber to The Zoe Report, I am aware of the great regular style and trend advice the editors dispensed, so I was prepared to be wowed by the items in the box. As anticipated, the each of the items I pulled out of the box met my standards and expectations.

Inside was an amazing box valued at over $400!!! Wow! So it really is worth the value.  The box contained:

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‪A cool woven straw Panama Hat from Sole Society with whimsical poms on the brim, valued at about $30 retail.  This hat stylishly shades your face from the sun. Looks stunning over tousled hair, and styled with off-duty outfits.

‪California brand Raen‘s contributed an exclusive pair of tortoise shell Durante sunglasses  (valued at $150). They come in jet black as well for Box of Style subscribers .

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‪A soft, lightweight floral Helena Quinn Kimono  (valued at around $165) that can be worn on the beach at the pool, casually with cutoffs on the weekend or over trousers and a light blouse at work. Love! Love!!

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‪BeautyContour protect sunscreen stick, a lightweight, water-resistant sunscreen is formulated with non-nano zinc oxide to blend seamlessly into skin without leaving white streaks, protecting you against both UVA and UVB rays.  It goes on sheer‬. (valued at $32)

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Also by ‪BeautyCounter, the Color Pinch Cream B lusher that can be worn on the lip or cheeks. (valued at $37). It brightens cheeks with natural, dewy color. Jojoba ester and carnauba wax condition and hydrate skin, making the smooth, non-sticky formula easy to apply on the go.

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‪The Brave Collection‘ s 14K gold plate compass necklace, with the proceeds going towards helping stop human trafficking. The sterling silver or gold vermeil version cost $115)

Fab! I love it all! What a great deal for such amazing and quality products and I couldn’t help but put them ALL on at the same time! Look!

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Check out my official unboxing and I plan to add photos from wearing these items this week to this post later.

This is Why You Crave Eating Dirt While Pregnant

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The desire to eat dirt during your pregnancy is by no means strange, even if it makes you feel like you’ve finally hit maximum pregnancy brain. In fact, the craving to eat dirt (this craving is commonly referred to as pica), specifically geophagy (literally “earth eating” in Latin), is seen all over the world, in every community you can think of, according to Archivos Latinoamericanos de Nutricion. From women living and working in the African plains to a soccer mom in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, craving dirt during pregnancy isn’t new.

It’s so common in some parts of the world, that there are areas that sell clay-rich dirt at health foods and exotic goods stores, according to Science Daily, even if the current recommendation is to definitely not eat the clay. However, the recommendation by the researchers noted in the Science Daily article made this decree for a reason that might surprise you. You may be thinking “because it’s dirt, and you shouldn’t eat dirt,” but that’s not all of it.


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Naturi Naughton is Stylishly Cruising Into The Homestretch

img_7523POWER’s Naturi Naughton has been looking fabulous while promoting this Sunday, June 25th premier of the 4th season of her hit Starz show.

And in a recent interview with Monarch magazine, the first-time mom-to-be express s excitement about welcoming her first child in July.img_7524

“I’m a little past half. I’m in the last stretch of this but I feel so purposeful,” she said about the journey. “I feel really, really beautiful and blessed and honored to be taking on such a responsibility and opportunity to bring a life into the world, and motherhood. It’s rewarding thus far.”

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At the premier of Power in a THEIA couture dress, Irinia Karandrikas jewels and a purple clutch by S’uvimol in DC at the Newseum. 


The gorgeous petite powerhouse also shared gratitude over the support she has been getting from her long time beau Ben, her parents and castmates.

“I feel like at this stage in my life it’s really all coming together,” the former 3LW girl band member added. “At this age, I still feel young but I’m also not too young. I feel like I’ve matured a lot and I can teach this child so much. I know I want to be just as good of a mother as my mother was to me. I feel really excited to step into this next phase of life. I’m really excited for the new journey.”

We are in love with her style choices as she ran through press junkets slating hard.   img_7527

Like here, killing them softly in an orange Ralph Lauren pleat dress, Haus of Topper earrings and rings by Lairucci.img_7528

Yellow looks fab on Naughton, posing up with co star Lela Loren, in an Aisha Mcshaw dress.

more fabulosity…

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This Mom’s Hilarious Breakdown of the Typical Swim Meet is Perfectly True!

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Blogger and Public Health professor and author Julianna Miner from Rants from Mommyland penned a hilarious blog post she recently republished on TODAY about what happens at your average swim meet.

As a “swim mom” who, like Miner, also has three kids who swim on a team each summer, I can totally relate to her well-written hilarious blog post.


With permission, Miner’s fun take is reposted below for the edification of all those who want a good chuckle at what we go through.

And if you’re a swim mom (or dad), I’m sure you’ll relate as well!  Enjoy!

I have three kids and they all swim on a swim team every summer. I decided to capture my experience at a morning swim meet, for those of you not in the water cult.

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6:00am: Wake up, drink coffee. Wake up grouchy children.

6:45am: Arrive at the pool. Parking lot is already full. Let the kids out and park far away. Carry/drag chairs, bags and a cooler as if I were large pack animal. It occurs to me suddenly that as mother of three there is no denying that I am a large pack animal.

6:58am: Small miracle occurs. I find a great place to set up chairs, etc. Next to friends. With a good view of the pool. In full shade. Wish I’d brought a sweatshirt actually, is kind of chilly.

7:00 am: Kids jump into the freezing cold pool for warm ups and exchange looks with each other like – WHY DO WE DO THIS AGAIN?

7:30am: Children begin harassing me for money for the snack bar. I try to hand them something healthy from the cooler. Suddenly every other kid at the swim meet is eating large, chocolate-frosted donuts.

8:00am: A 10th grader is now singing the National Anthem. She is really good. Why do I get slightly (and embarrassingly) choked up by this, yet again? And why is it a surprise every time when it does? I am dumb.

8:05am: Child #1 swims and makes it across the pool without a near-fatal drowning accident occurring. Success!

8:25am: Children 2 & 3 have raced and I screamed my head off to KICK! KICK! KICK! even though I know perfectly well that they can’t hear me underwater and so it’s pointless. I don’t want to yell KICK! KICK! KICK! But it just comes out.

8:30am: Give in and take kids to the snack bar for donuts (as I am out of coffee anyway).

8:55am: Child #2 runs over to me, dripping wet and beaming. “Did you see that, Mommy?! Did you see that?!” I blink twice and answer: “Yes! That was awesome! Here have a dollar! Go get another donut!” The moms sitting next to me giggle.

9:00am: Still cursing myself for participating in a sport where if you get distracted for literally 30 seconds you miss the whole thing.

9:20am: Child #3 swims her best time ever and is so happy she can’t stand it. It might be the best feeling in the world.

9:40am: Feel momentary surge of guilt for not volunteering today. Then remember that husband is traveling and I’m on my own with the kiddos. And also how I stayed until 10:30pm to move chairs around on the pool deck and take out trash at the night meet last week.

10:05am: At some point, the kids drag the cooler of healthy snacks over to the picnic area. I go to retrieve it and observe that all of the food in it appears to have been consumed by wolves.

10:15am: Get to see lots of familiar faces and families from last year, which is great. Why do all these kids keep growing so much? Dear GOD – that one has a mustache. Last year he was playing with Pokemon.

10:20: Child #2 has apparently forgotten how to do the backstroke and gets disqualified. He is devastated for five minutes and then says: “I’m hungry! Can I have a donut?”

10:30am: A kid is swimming breaststroke for the first time. He is tiny and can barely make it across the pool. All the other swimmers in the race have finished and are hanging onto the wall, watching him. He looks around and sees he’s dead last. He starts to sag in the water. Parents who don’t even know the kid begin to cheer their hearts out. KICK! KICK! KICK! Teenage coaches from the other team start clapping for him and running up and down the side of the pool. He touches the wall and the whole place goes nuts for him. The swimmers in the lanes on either side of him shake his hand and pat him on the back.

10:40am: Still thinking about how happy I am for participating in a sport where a kid who comes in last still walks away feeling awesome.

10:45am: My chair is now in full sun and it’s hot as balls.

10:49am: The timers are switching to the other side of the pool and “Gagnam Style” starts to play over the speakers. A horde of small children start to boogie down. Some of them know all the moves and it quickly becomes a dance battle for the ages.

10:55am: Child #3 swims her hardest and gets crushed by the kids who train all winter. She’s still smiling because she beat her best time.

10:59am: Child #2 wanders over and says: “I’M HUNGRY”.

11:05am: Misplace my youngest child, age 5. Find her sitting with John Ross, a 15 year old boy she adores, who is very patiently discussing Spiderman with her. I ask her to come back to our chairs. She glares at me and says: “WE ARE TALKING. ABOUT SPIDERMAN.”

11:30am: The crowd has thinned and the meet is winding down. Watching the teenagers swim Butterfly now. It’s kind of beautiful. I make a comment about this to my kids, in the hopes that they’ll watch and really observe how it’s done when it’s done well. The big kids glance at the race for a second then go back to playing Uno in a towel fort with their friends. The little one is asleep in a lounge chair with a ring pop dangling off one finger.

Noon: Arrive home. Face sunburned to a bright red. Want to collapse into the dark, air conditioned living room and not move ever again.

12:05pm: Child #3 wanders into the living room and says: “I’m bored. Can we go to the pool?”

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Follow Julianna’s blog at Rants From Mommyland and on Facebook HERE!

Also, be on the look out for her upcoming book, “Text Me When You Get There” to be published in August 2018 by Tarcher Perigree/Penguin Random House.

‘All Eyez On Me’ star Hill Harper Belongs to 3% Adoptive Single Dad Club

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All Eyez on Me actor Hill Harper recently joined the only 3% of US single men who have adopted a child.

A year and a half ago, in 2015, the CSI:NY star was convinced by a friend to explore parenthood even before he got settled and married.


After discussing it with an adoption counselor, Harper got a call close to Thanksgiving with news that a woman was then the due to give birth  in three weeks decided to give her son up for adoption.

An anxious but tepid Harper eventually agreed to adopt the baby and was actually in the delivery room when his son entered the world.

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The rest is history, as they say.

A week ago, on the anniversary of the birth of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, who the Eyez biopic is about, Harper and his now 1-year old son Pierce Hill Harper visited the Good Morning America studios to share his journey.

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The best Pool and Beach Vacay Hair for Girls

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Some of the blog staff are heading to the beach this week and I am in search of hairstyles that are perfect for repeated heat, sun and salt water exposure.

Ideally, braids, pigtails and ponytails are perfect beach hair for girls and women. Or even if you have a son with long hair, cornrows or a man bun would keep his hair coiffed and away from his face and eyes. They are also pretty low maintenance styles.


While looking for hairstyles on Pinterest, Tumblr and YouTube, I came across a few styles. Also, our previously featured pal Jill Ehat has great inspirational styles featured on her Instagram account as well.

For maintenance, in between trips to the pool and beach, the natural hair experts suggest applying a generous amount of moisturizer or leave in conditioner to coat the hair follicle or act as a sealant to protect from harsh Pool chemicals or salt water.

Anyway, because I love to share my finds, I’m posting my fave styles below, courtesy of the sources tagged on my Pinterest account. Enjoy!

 

To Raise Good Kids, Don’t Let Them Do These 5 Things

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These days, parents  are often blamed for the behavior of their children.

Granted it is our jobs as parents to raise children to be good conscientious kids into responsible adults, so we have to make sure we instill certain rules and limitations on them from the beginning.

Here are 5 things we and our partners think you ought think twice about letting your kids do as they grow up:


1. Break the rules. Do you let your 12-year-old order off the kid’s menu even if it says it for children under 10? What about Facebook? Does your preteen have an account with Facebook even though their terms of use say he shouldn’t? When you let your children break these types of rules, you’re sending the message that the rules that apply to everyone else do not apply to them. Children who grow up thinking they are above the rules may grow up with an indifference to authority and perhaps even a blatant disrespect for it.

2. Get away with bad behavior. Find it hard to hold back the giggles when your toddler drops the F-bomb? Too tired to consistently enforce behavioral rules? Will you let your child do almost anything as long as you get five minutes of peace and quiet? When you let your child get away with bad behavior you’re reinforcing that the behavior is acceptable, especially if he knows you notice it. Behavior’s that are cute now won’t necessarily be cute when your little one grows up.

3. Be rude to others. While you may not think it’s a big deal if your child constantly interrupts you while you’re on the phone or refuses to look someone in the eye when they’re speaking, it is. This lack of manners, otherwise called social skills, will impact how your growing child will get along with others as an adolescent and adult. They are absolutely necessary skill to have to do well in school, work and life in general.

4. Think you’re their friend. When it comes to the parent and child relationship, you shouldn’t be your child’s friend, or let her think that you are. Friends are confidants and those who have similar ideas and outlooks on life. Parents shouldn’t confide in their children as children aren’t emotionally able to handle playing the role of confidant. Plus, children and parents often see things differently, like when it’s time to go home from the playground. Setting limits and guiding behavior is an important and functional part of parenting.

5. Develop a sense of entitlement. Children who have a sense of entitlement feel that everyone owes them everything. They tend to be selfish and think whenever something doesn’t go their way it’s not fair. As they grow up, these children expect people to do what they say and get what they want when they say it and when they want it. If this distorted sense isn’t corrected, it can be problematic in the children’s relationships and interactions with others. To deflate this sense of entitlement, parents can teach their children the value of hard work and giving back to others and by setting limits on what they give their kids.

While there are many things you can and should do as parents, these are some of the things you shouldn’t. If you keep your kids from doing these five things, you’re definitely heading down the right parenting path.

Hey Serena Williams, We Found Your Perfect Maternity Photographer

img_7368We are yet to see Serena Williams‘ maternity photo shoot and are not sure if she will have some taken.

But just in case the tennis champ is considering joining the millions of first-time moms-to-be who came before her and who opted to memorialize her pregnancy, we would like to nominate Los Angeles, California transplant to Louisiana-based photographer Sasha Matthews of Green Tangerine Photography.

Self-taught Professional Photographer Sasha Matthews, owner of Green Tangerine Photography

Self-taught Professional Photographer Sasha Matthews, owner of Green Tangerine Photography

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Sasha Matthews- Green Tangerine Photography

The self-taught photographer started off shooting her son with a DSLR camera that was gifted to her and eventually, people took notice and started asking her to photograph their kids.

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Matthews wanted to go into Social work and had no plans to be a professional photographer until she realized that she truly has a gift.

In 2014, she took her side gig and passion full time and hasn’t looked back.

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Sasha Matthews – Green Tangerine Photography

Today, Matthews focuses on family photography and the motherhood and parenthood journey from maternity, starting around 30 weeks to infant photography and beyond.

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Sasha Matthews – Green Tangerine Photography

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Sasha Matthews – Green Tangerine Photography

In a recent interview about her work in an outlet called Cassius, Matthews says she focuses on families of all races and color because growing up, she rarely saw black, brown and other families that look like her featured in magazines or in the media, generally.

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Sasha Matthews – Green Tangerine Photography

“It’s so much deeper than just taking portraits for me,” says Matthews, who  says she was shamed and not supported when she was first expecting her son. “It’s changing the narrative of what Black motherhood looks like and what reproductive justice looks like. We need to feel valued and we need to feel important and that’s part of what I like to do here.”

The Baton Rouge area photographer manages to capture her subjects quite regally and authentically, judging from the images on her website.

Her prices are reasonable starting at $495. She even rents out some of the clothing that women can wear on the shoots to help take some of the cost out of investing in a garment or garments for one shoot.

And it’s not just maternity but senior portraits, family and siblings photos as well with her work. She also offers PhotoTherapy Mentoring and professional consultation.

Take a look at the amazing work:

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Sasha Matthews – Green Tangerine Photography

 

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Sasha Matthews – Green Tangerine Photography

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Sasha Matthews – Green Tangerine Photography

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Sasha Matthews – Green Tangerine Photography

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Sasha Matthews – Green Tangerine Photography

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Sasha Matthews – Green Tangerine Photography

 To book a session or buy a gift card for someone you know, start HERE and tell her Bellyitch sent you!

 

Accessing Your Free, Insurance-Covered Breast Pump Has Never Been Easier

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As a new mom, who was surprised at how expensive breast bumps are?

And how do you know which one is the best for you and your little one? When you’re pregnant, the last thing you want to worry about is filling out confusing paperwork to get your insurance to cover the cost of your breast pump.

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could just click a button and have your free, insurance-covered breast pump delivered right to your door? Bump Benefits does just that; they’re focused on helping new and expecting mother’s access free breast pumps. Bump Benefits offers many different kinds of breast pump options along with all the necessary information to help mothers make a decision. As a bonus, shipping is free!


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Any new or expectant mother that is covered by insurance in the US is qualified. And if you’ve already purchased a breast pump, you can still qualify for a second, free pump through your insurance.

How does it work? It’s an easy 3-step process. Visit Bump Benefits, and do the following:

  1. Fill out our form to see if your insurance will cover the cost of a breast pump for you.
  2. Decide which pump you’d like. There are several 100% free options, and some higher-end options for which you have to pay a small fee because insurance won’t cover the entire cost.
  3. Click “submit” and wait for your breast pump to arrive at your door!

Bump Benefits will work with your insurance company on your behalf, doing all the miserable paperwork for you. Once you submit the necessary paperwork

Potomac, MD’s Big Annual Fun Family Socialite Golf Event is Coming (WIN 4 VIP Tix)

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I love living near the Nation’s capital because every weekend there is a smorgasbord of fun, family-friendly, engaging things to do! Because this town is all about the philanthropy too, a lot of times your weekend fun also benefits those more in need.

For example, coming up, we can look forward to another fab TPC Potomac event, the Quicken Loans Nationals this June 26 to July 2, 2017!


This annual must-attend sporting event is a staple to the Washington, DC scene. And speaking of “seen”, the week is a great place to be seen and to hob nob with some of the town’s political and social elite, if you’re down with that sort of thing.

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At this premier PGA Tour tournament, expect to see 120 of the top professionals from around the globe competing. It really is a perfect offices Launch of Summer event to attend.

No really.

Imagine the excitement of being up close and personal at a live professional sport event while you get the flexibility to come and go as you please all week.

Like, you can schedule out your day depending on your own personal preference. If you know your fave golfer will be hanging out at one of the open to the public viewing destinations, you can make it a point to put that in your “to-do” item.  For example, Rickie Fowler is committed to play in the tournament along with defending champion and Navy graduate Billy Hurley III.

BETHESDA, MD - JUNE 25: Rickie Fowler tees off on the second hole as fans watch during the third round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club (Blue) on June 25, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

BETHESDA, MD – JUNE 25: Rickie Fowler tees off on the second hole as fans watch during the third round of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club (Blue) on June 25, 2016 in Bethesda, Maryland. (Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR)

You really can have it your way! Get your tickets here!

Here is a list of other public spectator experience destinations available during the event. The following come FREE with your price of admission:

  • Quicken Loans Shot for Heroes – located at the driving range, fans take their best swing to raise money for military charities and win cash and other prizes for themselves.
  • The Yard – the National’s central location for fun in the sun featuring lawn games, amazing BBQ, cocktails, beer and more. Visit the Rocket Mortgage Madness Vault for your chance to win prizes from Quicken Loans. Don’t want to miss any of the golf action? Keep up with everything on course at The Yard with live action on the giant video board or find a spot on the public viewing platforms overlooking 18 fairway and green.
  • The Michelob ULTRA Grove – near 3 tee features an array of beer options and a full menu perfect for picnic style dining.
  • Public viewing areas – public bleachers on 17 green and the natural grass amphitheater setting around 9, 16, 17 & 18 greens gives spectators the perfect perch to catch all the action live and in-person.
  •  No other sport allows fans to get so close to the action. With the golfers only a rope away. Watch the pro’s warm up on the range and the practice green or walk side-by-side with your favorites seeing their every move.
  • The Michelob ULTRA Grove – All guests are able to enjoy this VIP lounge on the 17th hole featuring signature cocktails and luxury amenities.

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No matter what, the Quicken Loans National provides a perfect opportunity for you to spend a day with friends and family on the gorgeous grounds of TPC Potomac.

With your general admission grounds ticket, you can pick the day you want to come. Of course, you ballers out there get the option to upgrade to one of the Premium packages such as the Quicken Loans Rocket Mortgage MadHouse and Deltek Capital Club.

With those, you get a posh upgraded hospitality experience.

Round 3 of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD on Saturday June 25, 2016.

Round 3 of the Quicken Loans National at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, MD on Saturday June 25, 2016.

About the social good part of your fun: all proceeds from the Quicken Loans National benefit the college access programs of the Tiger Woods Foundation, supporting youth education through the TGR Learning Lab and Earl Woods Scholar Program. In addition, TGR Live and the Quicken Loans National have been leaders in the community in military appreciation, offering numerous programs and activities which support military members and their families.

This post was sponsored by Quicken Loans National but irrespective of this fact,I really am aware of this fabu event, have friends who have attended in the past and have seen how much fun it is through their social media posts so if you opt to go, you’re really almost guaranteed to have a most amazing and glorious time!

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If you do, please tag us in pics so we can feature you and hey, might see you out there one of the days!

And here’s one more perk: The Quicken Loans National is giving away one four pack of tickets to the Rocket Mortgage MadHouse to one lucky winner.

The MadHouse gives guests great views of the 17th tee and premier, indoor lounge style amenities. Just follow the directions on the entry form below to enter. Giveaway ends on 06/26/2017 at 11:59pm EDT. It is open for U.S. residents only.

Good Luck!

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