All Blog Entries by Justin Paulhamus

Found 15 blog entries published by Justin Paulhamus.

It's that time of year when the DC area gets a little bit spookier, and Halloween fun is lurking around every corner! Are you looking for a festive neighborhood to take your kids trick-or-treating? Or are you looking for a creepy costume party where you can do the monster mash? We have something for everyone!

If you're looking for the best neighborhoods for trick-or-treating, then head over to Kensington, Capitol Hill, Georgetown, Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria. These areas are known to have the most festive decor and lots of little ghouls and goblins running from house to house. Embassy Row also participates in the Halloween fun, and many open their doors to offer a cultural experience. 

If trick-or-treating isn't your thing, then head over to the

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Sweater weather, pumpkin spice everything, warm side of the color wheel. That’s right, Fall has arrived and we couldn’t be more excited! The DC metro area has plenty to offer for those of us longing to wave goodbye to those hot summer days and say hello to crisp Autumn offerings. Check out our list of activities that are sure to keep you entertained all season long.


1) Visit Shenandoah National Park

Whether you’re looking for great fall color or a hiker’s paradise, Shenandoah has you covered. Nestled just 75 miles away from Washington, D.C., this park boats over 500 miles of hiking trails, 105 which are part of the Appalachian Trail. Hiking not your thing? Travel along Skyline Drive to view some of the most spectacular seasonal leaves

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As summer draws to a close, families are wrapping up their summer breaks, and sending their kids back to school. DC Public Schools, for example, start back on August 26th, just a couple short weeks away. Every year, about 94% of public school teachers nationwide spend their own money on supplies for the school year, without reimbursement. The average amount spent is $479, which is no small amount for educators on a historically small budget. Fortunately, there are ways for you to help create a successful learning environment for all children, no matter where you live! 

As you may have seen, there is a new social media campaign this summer that is gaining speed, called #clearthelists. This campaign currently has thousands of posts and counting. When you

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It's BBQ Season!  

Summertime is the perfect time for BBQ's! Whether you're hosting a party, or just grilling a quick bite, here are some helpful tips to make every BBQ perfect.

Give the grill enough time to warm up. Depending on your grill, it can take up to 30 minutes for the grill to get to a cookable temperature. Gas grills are a little bit faster, only taking about 10-15 minutes to heat up.  

Invest in a digital thermometer. No one likes biting into a raw steak. Investing in a digital thermometer will help you determine when your food is safe and ready to eat.

Making kabobs? Soak the skewers. Soak your wood skewers before assembling your kabobs, and tossing them on the grill.  

Clean off the grill before and after you cook. Clean the inside by

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Let's get a little controversial here and talk about painting a brick home. There are two mindsets around this. Once is 100% gung-ho, enthusiastically eager to paint the brick. The other is all about the natural brick look, and preserving the workmanship. If you take a loop around any quadrant in DC, you'll notice that a lot of people are choosing to paint their brick homes and row homes to give it a completely different look, and personalize their new investment. This is not an easy task. So how do you get started? Should you hire a professional? Is this something that you can DIY? Long-term, maintenance-free painted brick requires careful planning, so let's break it down and discuss the details.

Can you do it yourself?  Absolutely! Painting brick is

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Spring is just 24 days away, and, like it or not, the cold air is still here to stay for a while. If you are looking to get out of the house and see what the city has to offer, here are a couple suggestions for you. 

 Intersections Festival at Atlas Performing Arts - From February 21st through March 3rd, experience DC's thriving performance are scene by attending a concert or show featuring a local artist! "INTERSECTIONS is about presenting excellent art that inspires a connected community, engaged artists and audiences alike, and creates a vibrant neighborhood, city, and world."

Julii - Right outside DC, in North Bethesda, is a bustling little corner called Pike and Rose. Julii, the newest culinary addition to the neighborhood, is a cozy,

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