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.

Final Week of Shirlala Tonight!

Enjoy a night out on the town with the final installment of Shirlala! Tonight from 6:30-8:30 the Dan Haas Trio (Pop Rock) will be playing a free concert out front of the Shirlington Library. Glasses of wine will be available for $5 with all proceeds going to AFAC.

Rustico: More than 400 Beer Selections to Enjoy

Robust cooking and amazing beer selections are what keep customers coming back to Rustico, a restaurant and bar in Arlington that has a modern atmosphere that is both warm and unpretentious.

Start by ordering on of the more than 400 beers available to you. From delicate fruit offerings to old ales, you will find a beer to fit any pallet or meal. If you get stuck with all of that choice, the friendly staff will gladly come to your assistance. You just may find a new beer to love.

In addition to the two beer menus (bottle and draft), Rustico offers four different food menus: brunch, lunch, dinner, and desert. Food favorites include a variety of items from each menu: the salmon BLT, donuts made with ricotta cheese, carrot hummus, Tuscan kale salad, traditional pizza, and the gnocchi.

Rustico
4075 Wilson Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203
(571) 384-1820
www.rusticorestaurant.com
www.yelp.com/biz/rustico-arlington

DC United vs. Colorado Rapids

On August 17th at 8:00pm, D.C. United will face the Colorado Rapids.

To check out more fun upcoming D.C. events go to eventsdc.com

Shirlala Tonight!

Enjoy a night out on the town with the second installment of Shirlala! Tonight from 6:30-8:30 80's & 90's cover band Lloyd Dobler Effect will be playing a free concert out front of the Shirlington Library. Glasses of wine will be available for $5 with all proceeds going to AFAC.

How and What to Pack for a Sightseeing Trip

After months of saving, you finally booked that sightseeing trip that you’ve always dreamed of. Whether you’re backpacking across Europe or taking a car trip through South America, you’ll need to know what to pack before you go. Packing these four items will help you be prepared for your sightseeing adventure.

  1. A sturdy backpack. This is an essential for long days of sightseeing as it enables you to tote your belongings around without straining your arms. Choose one with a large main pocket for clothing and supplies and smaller inner pockets to stow away money, your passport, and other essential items.
  2. Maps and guides. Maps are important in areas where you don’t have reliable cell phone service, and they cut down on the time you spend asking for directions. If you’re traveling to an area where you don’t speak the language, it’s also smart to bring along a foreign language dictionary.
  3. Proper clothes. Bring a rain jacket if you’re traveling to rainy London, and wear layers that you can easily remove if you’re in steamy Vietnam. Be sure to look up the climate beforehand to avoid clothing discomfort.
  4. A camera. Although a camera isn’t exactly an essential item, you’ll surely want to remember your trip for years to come!

Travel Tips and Packing Lists [Eagle Creek]
15 Things to Pack for Sightseeing [Sue’s Travel Tips]
How to Pack for a Sightseeing Vacation [Independent Traveler]

The Drink of the Summer

Cucumber-Lemonade Chiller

3 large cucumbers
1 Tbsp chopped fresh rosemary, plus 4 sprigs for garnish
1 cup water
6 oz (3/4 cup) gin
½ cup lemon juice
3 Tbsp agave syrup

If you are looking for more delicious drink recipes click here.

Shirlala Tonight!

Enjoy a night out on the town with the second installment of Shirlala! Tonight, from 6:30-8:30pm, Paul Pfau (Pop, Rock & Blues) will be playing a free concert out front of the Shirlington Library. Glasses of wine will be available for $5 with all proceeds going to AFAC.