Archives for August 2013

GIVEAWAY: 10-Year Battery Smoke Alarm + New Law in Maryland

Disclosure: I received a Kidde Worry-Free 10-year battery smoke alarm for review and a gift card as thanks for publishing this public service announcement. A new smoke alarm law applies to Maryland families and is an important safety measure for all homes: All battery-only operated smoke alarms or alarms over 10 years old must be replaced with units powered by sealed-in, long-life batteries.Not surprisingly, the update to Maryland's Smoke Alarm Law passed unanimously in both the State Senate Read more...

End of Summer Family Fun Ideas from the Got Plans? Chat

Planning outings with the kids those first weeks of summer is easy, right? You have energy, enthusiasm and the summer is your oyster. You are full of ideas...the zoo! the pool! the sprayground! $1 movies! camps!But after nine weeks of ideas, are you ready for some new ones?That's where the Washington Post Going Out Guide's Got Plans? chat comes in. Yesterday I was invited to join the Going Out Gurus and Weekend assignment editor Amy Joyce for a live discussion of what to do in the DC Read more...

What to Do With Kids The Last Days of Summer: Washington Post Going Out Guide Chat Today 1pm

I am honored to be a guest on today's Going Out Guide "Got Plans?" Thursday chat at the Washington Post. Weekend and Going Out Guide assignment editor Amy Joyce and I will be discussing what to do with kids these last two weekends and week before area schools start.Amy is a mother of two young boys, as well as the journalist of the family-fun-in-the-DC area beat. Combined with my blogging and get-out-of-the-housing with my three kids, I hope we can provide for you some cool ideas on how to make Read more...

{sponsored} Best of Back to School Shopping in DC: Westfield Montgomery

This weekend my family and I had a blast back to school shopping. This was the first time Charlie, Eve and Alice really got into selecting clothing and shoes to wear during their upcoming school years. I take that as a sign they are growing up, caring about styles and taking interest in creating their own individual looks. But I also feel this is due to the totally enjoyable and entertaining shopping experiences Westfield shopping centers, especially Westfield Montgomery in Bethesda, have Read more...

UPDATED: GIVEAWAYS for Back to School on MomTV TUESDAY NIGHT 9pm

UPDATE: The show has moved to Tuesday 8/13 at 9pm due to technical difficulties today. Thank you! This Tuesday night August 13 on my next MomTV show it is all about Back to School deals, trends, cool stuff and giveaways! Prizes from Handbag Handcuff, momAgenda, The Children's Place and Burlington Coat Factory. Join in and win prizes from 9-9:30pm on Monday night!  Real Life Style” with Jessica McFadden – The Back to School Show! This Tuesday night August 13 9-9:30pm ET Watch live at Read more...

Activity Options for Families Friday August 9 – Saturday August 17

FRIDAY AUGUST 9 - SATURDAY AUGUST 17Montgomery County Fair (Family Days Monday and Wednesday!)16 Chestnut Street, Gaithersburg, MD 20877. Directions.The adorable farm animals, the concession stand food, the midway rides, the carnival game goldfish that dies in two days – they typify the classic American childhood experience. Demolition Derby, Monster Trucks, Tractor Pull, Stilt Walker, pig, duck & goat races, musical entertainment, community performances, KidZone, remote Read more...