Archives for July 2013

GIVEAWAY: Mosaic District Shopping Spree! {review}

Mosaic District in Merrifield/Fairfax invited my family and me to come #DiscoverMosaic with a gift card, and they are also generously offering one to a lucky reader!  No additional compensation was received. All opinions are my own.  The Mosaic District in Merrifield/Fairfax is a new outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment area that bills itself as Washington DC's most innovative retail experience, and I am inclined to agree.  After several visits to this beautifully curated selection Read more...

Guest Post: Inventors, Mad Scientists and Explorers Keep Your Kids Creative Through August

The following guest post is by Marissa Long, an artist and Director of Make/Believe Creative Programs for Kids. Make/Believe provides the Art Brains after-school program in elementary schools in the DC, Maryland, and Northern VA areas. Summer loves no man like it loves a kid. Hours spent relaxing and vegging out are valuable, but summer is also a key time for cultivating kids’ creative initiative-taking, independent discovery, play and memory making. All kids are brimming with creative energy Read more...

Custom Cupcakes in DC: Partycake Partycake

Partycake Partycake Offers Custom Cupcakes and Party Planning for Kids I have baked cupcakes for my children's birthday celebrations with family, schoolmates and friends...usually at 1 a.m. in an I Don't Know How She Does It fog of exhaustion and martyrdom. Sometimes the cupcakes tasted good, but I am all thumbs with decorating so they usually sported sticky royal icing in bizarre colors. Other times they had a Betty Crock-box chemical aftertaste, but most of the time my kitchen cupcakes were Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Organizing Manifesto Poster from Kacy Paide (as seen on Young House Love)

Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide of The Inspired Office loves to organize offices and paper. I will just let that sink in for a minute.Kacy finds joy in doing what gives most of us a low-grade panic attack. Tackling projects big and small, she works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office.  She says that she "loves a good mess and wants to fix yours." A Professional Organizer since 2001, I met Kacy in 2011 and was immediately blown away Read more...

Join Me at the Moms + Tweens + Social Good Summit on Saturday August 3rd

Moms + Tweens + Social Good Saturday August 3, 2013 8:30am - Noon Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Register: Nominal fee of $10 per mom/child pair My son Charlie and I are participating in a nearly free, interactive and hands on half-day workshop to learn more about what we can do to make this world a better place. Designed for kids ages 8-12 and their moms, we will be participating in discussions and learning the importance of using the power of our voices to help others. Topics that will Read more...

{sponsored} Hunger Doesn’t Take a Summer Vacation

In Montgomery County Maryland, a free summer lunch program is available at 115 education sites. Children age 18 and younger can also simply go to any of these eight walk-in sites Monday through Friday and receive a free lunch, no appointment or summer school enrollment necessary.These weekday lunches are made possible through federal grants, championed by local leaders such as Montgomery County Councilmember Valerie Ervin (D-Dist 5) of Silver Spring. Organizations such as ConAgra Foods Foundation Read more...

Outdoor Concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion Rock My World

I <3Outdoor Concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion My husband Chris and my biggest date night splurges this summer have been on tickets to our favorite venue, Merriweather Post Pavilion. We spring for seats for the spectacular view of the bands but love idling around the lawn before the show, sipping brews and people watching.This is not only my favorite place to catch a concert, it is simply my favorite evening haunt in the DC area. My happiness sensors start going haywire as we walk Read more...