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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Mrs. Maryland and Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant

On Sunday May 24th I attended the Mrs. Maryland and Mrs. Pennsylvania Pageant in Harrsiburg, PA. This pageant is directed by Moore Pageant Productions which is the same company that puts on the Mrs. Virginia and Mrs. Delaware United States Pageants. The always lovely Siouxzan Nalley Moore did another amazing job and is photographed above with the winners.

Congrats to all of the lovely ladies, the new Queens and their court!

Mrs. PA United States 2009 - Kate Cohen
1st runner up: Kimberly Meehan
2nd runner up: Erin Bailey

Mrs. MD United States 2009: Ginny Meerman
1st Runner Up: Melissa Sayles
2nd Runner Up: Cynthia Wood

Building a Wall

Steve and I have always thought our front yard needed some landscaping help. The first row was the most difficult because each stone has to be level.

The next row was a bit easier.
Luckily we only had to break one of the stones in half. Our neighbor gave us a great tip about putting a small stone underneath to make it easier to break.
We had to fill in with dirt after each level was complete. Lucky for us we saved the dirt we dug out to make room for the first row.
Almost there!

Finally the wall is built. We still need to finish filling it in and add some landscaping.
We got it filled in and added some flowers. We still need to add more flowers. Stay tuned to see the final product!

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Diamonds in the Ruff

Join Barkley Square, Karing by Kristina,, Fido Journalism, Chios Grooming and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria for Diamonds in the Ruff.

This event is being held in conjunction with Del Ray, Alexandria's First Thursday. First Thursday is a monthly event where all of the businesses along Mt Vernon Ave participate in one central theme and keep their doors open until 9pm. The theme for June is Dog Days of Del Ray.

Learn more here

Spotlight on People Animals Love (PAL)

Have you heard about People Animals Love?

PAL is a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization that brings people and animals together, brightening the lives of the lonely, easing the pain of the sick and enriching the world of at-risk children.

They are currently in need of volunteers and they are hosting Doggie Happy Hours to spread the word... Learn more here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

New addition to Alexandria Waterfront Festival

This year I have the honor of being the committee chair for Daisy Mae's Dog Zone, a new addition to the Alexandria Waterfront Festival.

I am currently working to promote this new addition as well as bring on dog friendly businesses to be vendors and sponsors.

If you know anyone who would like to participate please have them email me at

To read my examiner article about the event click here and my article on
To see what we have planned visit the Waterfront Festival Website!

DC Week for the Animals

DC Week for the Animals, presented by Animal World USA, is a week long event beginning May 30th and running through June 7th.

Numerous local businesses rescues and shelters are having great events during this week.

To learn more visit the my exminer article.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Gone Green: Garden Update

Our garden is already starting to grow! Luckily, we have had a lot of rain which has helped move things along. This is a photo of the sugar snap peas.

The dogs are a little sad to have lost some of their potty space, but they are adjusting nicely to only using one side of the yard.

Stay tuned to see how this attempt at growing our own fruits and veggies turns out.

This week I added some basil, cilantro, rosemary and jalapeno peppers!

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Adoptable pet of the week

I would like you to meet Robert Frost. He is a 1 year old Domestic Short Hair.

To learn more about Frost click here.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Go Green!

For my on-stage question in the Mrs. Virginia United States 2009 pageant I was asked "President Obama has just finished his first 100 days in office. What advice do you have for him?" My response was to "Go Green. If we create an industry around wind and solar power we can create millions of jobs and reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

This question has had me thinking about what I can do to Go Green. My husband and I recently began bringing canvas bags with us to the grocery store for packaging our groceries (which we found out actually gets you a refund at some stores), we change our air filter regularly and turn off lights when we leave the room. This weekend we decided to start our own fruit and veggie garden! I will be photographing the process along the way to share the fruits :) of our labor.

Our garden (pictured above) has a few tomato plants and the rest is starting from seeds. We planted watermelon, cantaloupe, cucumbers, snap peas, green beans, bell peppers and spinach.

White House Correspondents Dinner Parties

Last night was my favorite event of the year, the White House Correspondents Dinner Parties. It is so much fun to see Hollywood descend on the Potomac to mix and mingle with Politicos and Pundits. This year my husband Steve and I were guests of Congressional Quarterly.
To read more about the evening check out my Localkicks Article!

Me and Rachel Leigh Cook
(Who wins my award for friendliest celeb of the night. She was a real sweetheart)

With Dana Delaney and Tim Daly
Steve with Richard Belzer
Steve with former Secretary of State Madeline Albright

Me and Dana Delaney

With Jason Bateman

Me and The Rock
Eva Longoria
(She was having a great time and I captured her mid- laugh)
Gordon Ramsey

The always fierce Tyra Banks

Friday, May 8, 2009

New Blog Address

I have changed my blog address to it is shorter and easier to remember!

Monday, May 4, 2009

Congrats to Rachel Naugle McCarville the new Mrs. Virginia

The new queen and her court!

Opening Number

Fitness Competition (I placed Second!)

Evening Gown Competition (I placed Second!)

On Stage Question (I triple tied for First!)
I was asked "Now that President Obama has finished his first 100 days in office what advice would you have for him?" My answer "I would advise him to go Green! If we create an idustry around wind and solar power we will create millions of jobs and reduce our dependency on foreign oil"

Awaiting the Results

I came in as second runner up and I won the Community Service Award! The Mrs. Virginia United States Pageant was an amazing experience. (I think I am going to enter again for 2010!) All of the contestants were amazing women and I hope to see them all again soon.

A huge thank you to my family for traveling far and wide to support me at the pageant.
Another big thank you to all of my sponsors, without them none of this would have been possible.
My journey as Mrs. Alexandria will continue and I hope everyone will continue to follow me on my journey as I try to save the world one pet adoption at a time :)

Check out more scoop and photos at Pageant Cast News Desk