My Top 3 Groupon Picks for the New Year!

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Groupon.com is a gatherer of great deals, and we all can raise our hands in guilt at the question “Who has spent too much money on the internet buying things they don’t really need?” So what should we be spending our hard on dollars we will end up spending on Groupon.com anyways?  Here are some suggestions coming up on the new year!

1) Fitness Classes!

We all want to be different next year, we make resolutions to start our new years off fresh and accomplished- why not start with a fitness class?  Groupon offers a variety of classes for all levels- both motivation levels and pocket money levels!  The top three that I saw when surfing the website were as follows:

For those in Maryland who really want to kick off the New Year, check this out:

Warrior Fitness & MMA Bootcamp – Multiple Locations

Four- or Eight-Week Boot Camp Class at Warrior Fitness & MMA Bootcamp (Up to 83% Off) $19 for $100!

For those in DC, check out this big deal:

Buddha B Yoga – U Street – Cardozo

10 or 20 Yoga Classes, or Three Months of Unlimited Classes at Buddha B Yoga (Up to 77% Off) From $35 For $148!

And for the Virginians reading, this is a can’t miss deal:

CrossFit North Vienna – Vienna

$99 for One Month of Unlimited CrossFit Classes and Four Fundamentals Classes at CrossFit North Vienna ($350 Value)

2) A New Look!

The other important thing to kick off our new years, is a new look!  To REENERGIZE sometimes all you need is a new haircut, to go with your new outlook!  Here are some of the top Groupon deals by region for men and women!

a) For those in Virginia, this is a great option with great Yelp reviews:

Gilda’s Beauty – Dunn Loring

Haircut and Style with Option for Partial Highlights, or a Keratin Treatment at Gilda’s Beauty (Up to 57% Off)

b) For our Washingtonians. check these guys out:

Bravo Salon/Spa – Washington

Men’s or Women’s Haircut with Shampoo and Style at Bravo Salon/Spa (Up to 52% Off) $12 for 25

c) For our Marylanders, this stylist gets props for promotion:

Berry HairStylist at Drake’s Place/Salon World – Temple Hills

Weave, Starter Locs, Loc Maintenance, or Corn Rows with Berry HairStylist at Drake’s Place/Salon World (Up to 54% Off)

3) Home and Garden Improvements!

There were so many different improvements, and this is so specific, my third and final Groupon pick Home and Garden Improvements will be left open to your imagination!  But everyone this new year should invest in their homes, because our homes are our sanctuaries!  They also need a little TLC from time to time!

I hope you enjoyed this little list of Groupons to spend your money on coming up on the New Year!  Take these tips and tricks and look forward to a fabulous new year!!

~Li’el

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Spotlight On: VA Local Musician Brandon Jarod!

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Brandon Jarod

Here at the Staccato Beat we had the awesome opportunity to interview VA blues-rock artist Brandon Jarod, prior to the release of his now debuted album Age of Zero! We are bringing to you the rhythm and soul, thoughts and feelings of Brandon Jarod, right here on Li’el in a Staccato Beat Magazine!  Take a look:

Li’el: How long have you been working at your craft, and what words would you use to define your style of music?

Brandon Jarod: About 8 years now!  Freestyle.  I’ll say it’s heavily blues based- a modern blues, bluesy-rock.

Li’el: How would you define your message?

Jarod: The main thing I’m trying to express is the message of my demographic, 20s-30s.  XYZ may be true but you can do what you want to do.  Unity and self-expression.  Honesty with oneself, for oneself, and between each other.

Li’el: How do you want to leave an impact on the music community you cater to?

Jarod: I would like to open people’s minds to possibilities.  People come to the show and leave there with something they have not experienced before.

Li’el: If you could do a collaboration with anyone who would it be, a male and female?

Jarod: It would have to be James Black.  And Amy Winehouse – I just love her music.  People say she stole that 50 girl group sound.  But if anyone ever heard her live she is that.  Blues is music.  It belongs to nobody.

James Black is the same way.  He’s like a white electronic DiAngelo.  Taking that old style of music is what I do with blues.

Li’el: What has been the hardest part of your journey?  What’s the most rewarding part?

Jarod: The hardest part of it has been the balance of your real life and your dream life.  Kinda like Clark Kent and Superman.  You think about everybody around you and supporting you.  You are trying to be something great.  To be great at one thing you have to suck at the other.  The most rewarding part is to see how you can affect a perfect stranger.  When you walk off the stage and they rush up to you and they say they understand.

Li’el: What words of advice do you have for those seeking to follow the same path?

Jarod: I would say work every day.  Every minute of every day.  Be selective in who you reach out to for help.  Do your thing and the right people will reach out.  Look at the glass half full.  appreciate what you do have!

Li’el: How do you define love?  How do you define art?

Jarod: I would define love as a feeling, as a color.  I feel like words do not do love justice.  Music is synonymous with love.  A color is a vibe/a feeling.  You have to know when you are in the presence of love.  If you have a passion for something, you know it is love.

Norva50Li’el: If you could leave your audience with one thought, phrase, or lyric, and they not take away anything else from this interview, what would it be?

Jarod: I am all that I need and all that I wanted to be.

Meaning you are the architect of your own destiny.  You are who you are meant to be at the time but that’s ok.  You can be who you want to be.

We at Li’el in a Staccato Beat Magazine want to thank Brandon Jarod for how he touches and serves people through his art, his craft, his music!  Go on iTunes at http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/brandonjarod/id409270682 to check out his new album Age of Zero or look it up on Amazon.  Either way, support positive art and music welling from our community!

~Li’el

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