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white house tour, georgetown & cupcakes

Day 2 of our Washington DC trip featured a private tour of the White House (including the kitchen, bakery and flower shop!!) and a trip to Georgetown for some shopping and eating.  definitely a fun day!

The White House (shown here at night) was all decorated for the holidays.

We headed through the gates…

…and down the quiet path to the White House.

Each year, the White House has a different decorating theme.  This year, it was Simple Gifts.  Everything was made out of simple things…and transformed into elaborate Christmas Trees and decorations.

A peek inside…

The decorated rooms led us right into the flower shop.

And, the kitchen and bakery, where we enjoyed on a chocolate truffle mouse!

It was a fabulous tour!

After the tour, we hopped in a taxi and headed straight to Georgetown.

We walked around and enjoyed the shops, then found some lunch…and a delicious cupcake shop!

There was a line out the door when we spotted the shop…who knew that cupcakes could cause this much chaos!

Chocolate PB Chip for me…and White Chocolate Peppermint for mom.

Hands down the best cupcakes I have ever had!  The chocolate cupcake was filled with PB chips, and the frosting was pure PB…delicious. 🙂

What a day! 🙂


white house tree lighting, 2010

Happy Holidays!  Can you believe that Christmas is next weekend?  I love the holiday season!

Check out my guest post on the Living Harvest website where I talk about Staying Healthy, Active and Motivated All Winter Long!

New Years is the time for resolutions, but my tips will help you keep it up throughout the year. 🙂


Late last week, I was lucky enough to fly down to Washington DC to attend the National Christmas Tree Lighting!

The tree was lit on Thursday night, so we flew down that morning and were seated by 4:00pm for the lighting.  Before heading to the airport, I made up a smoothie for breakfast (and packed up some snacks).

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 6-8 frozen strawberries
  • 2 tbsp flaxseed
  • 4 tbsp hemp protein powder
  • 1-1.5 cups milk

Topped with a little granola for garnish.

We were very close to the stage and the tree for the lighting!

Our family friends really hooked us up!

It was freezing cold!  So, we bundled up and sat close together for some warmth.  It was definitely worth it, though!

Once President Obama and the first family arrived at the lighting, the party was ready to start.

Ready, set…


Apparently, this is the most energy efficient Christmas tree ever!  I’m not really sure how it can be with all of those lights…

After the lighting, Maroon 5 and other singers performed before Santa made his way on stage.

It was a gorgeous night!