Sam Beckett’s Celtic Festival Tomorrow!!

Join your neighbors for an afternoon of food and fun! Samuel Beckett's Irish Gastro Pub will be hosting a Celtic Festival from noon to 7 PM tomorrow. There will be Irish music and dancers, traditional food and drinks, and arts and crafts. The weather should be beautiful, so get out and enjoy your neighborhood activities!

4 Health Benefits of Napping

Sure, everyone loves napping, but did you know that it might actually improve your health? Your favorite rainy afternoon activity could be just as beneficial for your body as eating your vegetables, and that’s something that we can really get on board with.

  1. It improves your mental state. Although you probably know this based on personal experience, napping has a number of psychological benefits. It improves your mood, decreases anxiety, and makes you feel happier overall.
  2. It improves performance. Studies have shown that napping for just 40 minutes can improve your performance by 34% and your alertness but an impressive 100%. The next time you feel like you simply can’t concentrate, try taking a short nap.
  3. It improves your memory. Naps improve your brain’s performance when it comes to long-term memory and working memory. Your brain transfers recent memories to the neocortex while you sleep, which stores long-term memories and helps you to recall them.
  4. It improves your physical health. While napping is very good for your mind, it’s beneficial for your physical health as well. Sleep deprivation causes added stress from too much of the hormone cortisol, and it leads to abdominal fat, weakened muscles, and a shoddy immune system. Napping encourages the production of growth hormone, the natural antidote to cortisol.

How to Power Nap – And Why You Should [Real Simple]
Napping [National Sleep Foundation]
Unleash the Power of the Nap [The Art of Manliness]

Cassatt’s: An Artful Arlington Cafe

A bistro-style restaurant serving tasty dishes in a cozy environment, Cassatt's is a cafe and gallery well worth a visit. Named after impressionist painter Mary Cassatt, it embraces artists from the community and always has work on display. The food is presented in an equally artful way.

The Flat White coffee here is a big hit, with numerous visitors saying it's among the best that they've ever had. Gourmet sandwiches and salads make up the bulk of the lunch menu. If you're visiting for dinner, you'll be able to choose from composed dishes ranging from sea scallops with a corn and black bean cake to a succulent lamb steak in a marsala and fig sauce.

Cassatt's
4536 Lee Highway
Arlington, VA 22207
(703) 527-3330
http://www.yelp.com/biz/cassatts-cafe-and-gallery-arlington

Need Weekend Plans? How About Wine Tasting at Bull Run in Centreville!

If you're looking for something new to do this weekend, you should consider wine tasting at Bull Run in Centreville. On Saturday, September 20th they will be hosting the Taste of Eastern Europe Food Truck. While you are enjoying some Bulgarian food and sipping wine you can listen to a live performance from Tony Bernardo.

For more details visit the website at wineryatbullrun.com.

Address: 15950 Lee Hwy, Centreville, VA 20120
Phone: (703) 815-2233
Hours: Open 11am- 7pm daily
Thursday until 8pm
Friday until 10pm

The Most Popular Dog Breeds In Washington D.C.

Have you ever wondered what's the most popular dog in D.C.? We have the top five breeds along with the average cost and local breeders. Can you guess #1?

1. Labrador Retriever
Average Cost: $2,000
Local breeders: Blackamoor Labradors in Mason Neck, VA

2. Yorkshire Terrier
Average Cost: $1200
Local breeders: Preston Country Club for Pets in Columbia

3. Poodle (Standard or Miniature)
Average Cost: $1500
Local breeders: Luminary Standard Poodles in Fredericksburg

4. Boxer
Average Cost: $1000
Local breeder: Amity Hall Boxers in Stevensville, MD

5. Golden Retriever
Average Cost: $1500
Local breeder: Goldridge Golden Retrievers in Street, MD

For more fun facts visit Washingtonian.com.

Curious Grape Event

Join IO Piazza for Happy Hour at the Curious Grape!
Where: 2900 S. Quincy Street (across from the bus station)
When: Wednesday, September 10th from 5-7pm

For more information about The Curious Grape, please visit their website at curiousgrape.com

Natural Cafe: An Arlington Deli

A grocer and deli serving up high quality goods, Natural Cafe is a friendly and convenient place for food. These gourmet goods range from fruit and produce to high end treats like gelato and specialty teas. There's also a really impressive selection of beer, with a number of craft and microbrews available.

Many people, however, come here exclusively for the sandwiches. These tasty creations are stacked high with Boar's Head meat and customizable with any number of delicious ingredients. The panini here also get a lot of praise, cooked so that the exterior is nice and crispy and the inside is warm and tender. The friendly staff round out the experience at this Arlington deli.

Visit Natural Cafe's website to find out more!

Natural Cafe
850 North Randolph Street
Arlington, VA 22203
(703) 528-2223
http://www.yelp.com/biz/natural-cafe-arlington

Happy Labor Day!

We hope everyone has a happy and safe Labor Day!

Streamline Your Shopping With These 5 Helpful Apps

With our busy lives, sometimes even a trip to the mall is too hard to fit into the schedule. Thanks to our smartphones and the internet, we don't even need to leave our homes to find the best discounts on all our needs. Here are five of our favorite shopping apps:

Wanelo
Members post items (dresses, furniture, handbags, etc.) on the website. Users can search through item after item and purchase what they want. Each picture will take you the actual item so you can buy it. Buy items on the spot or save them for later. Search through everything or follow users and stores you like. Available for iOS and Android.

Favado
No time to cut coupons? This handy app helps you find the best price on items you need. Just type in what you're looking for and stores in your area with the best prices will pop up. The app will even alert you when your favorite items are on sale. Available for iOS and Android.

Amazon
Amazon is great for buying just about anything you need, from books and technology to apparel and household essentials. Comparison shopping? The mobile app, available for Android and iOS, lets you scan a barcode to see if you can find it for a better price on Amazon.

ShopSavvy
This app does all the work of bargain shopping for you. Just scan the barcode of a product you want and ShopSavvy will show you the best prices in the area and online along with user reviews of the product. Available for iOS and Android.

Shopkick
Earn rewards for shopping. The app recognizes your location and gives you rewards for visiting stores like Old Navy, Target, Macy's, and even gas stations like Exxon and Mobil. Save up your rewards to earn free coffee or coupons for items you need like jeans and sneakers. Available for iOS and Android.

Wags ‘N’ Whiskers Tomorrow!

Bring your favorite four legged friend out to the Village tomorrow for the 6th annual Wags 'N' Whiskers!! Wags ‘N’ Whiskers is a community-oriented event for animal loving shoppers of all ages to spend an afternoon at The Village at Shirlington with their pet. The event will feature demonstrations, exhibitions, pet portrait photos, children’s activities, live music, and more along with Village at Shirlington merchant specials and free giveaways.