Archives for June 2016

#StaplesForStudents Helps Teachers, Students Can Win Scholarship and Meet Katy Perry!

Teachers rock! As the daughter of an elementary school teacher and the parent of three school-aged children who are tirelessly served by incredible educators, teachers are our family’s superheroes.Not only have teachers dedicated their careers to expanding the minds of our kids, they selflessly put their own, (under-paid, IMHO) earnings right back into their classrooms. It is estimated that 99.5 percent of all public school teachers use their own money to equip their classrooms, frequently Read more...

Best of Hersheypark A-Z and Ticket GIVEAWAY!

This summer you have to head to Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania. This amazing amusement park has thrilling rides, a water park and zoo included in your single admission, and more incredible family fun. Read on for the reasons A-Z that this getaway for East Coast families rocks, and at the end of the post enter to win 4 free tickets to Hersheypark for 2016! App - The official Hersheypark app is like having a Hersheypark staff member guide in your pocket when you are on-site at the park. Read more...

SUMMER FUN WITH KIDS IN DC: 101 Wonder-Full Outings and Ideas

101 DC Summer Outings, Activities and Day Trips: Your Summer Plan for Fun!  OUTDOOR ADVENTURES1. Admire the butterflies in the Wings of Fancy exhibit at Brookside Gardens.2. Go for a dip in a refreshing local outdoor pool: Montgomery County outdoor pools, Rockville Swim Center, District outdoor pools, Prince Georges County Aqua Access, Northern Virginia Magazine's public pools guide.3. Set sail with the Urban Pirates of National Harbor.4. Play in a sprayground or splash park.5. Read more...

Munchery Meal Delivery Service, Exclusive Discount

Munchery has landed in DC, giving DMV families fresh, healthy meal delivery! Now you can dinner delivered that is not pizza or Chinese! My family and I had the chance to try Munchery. This popular NYC and California meal delivery service  is now available in the District, Bethesda, Arlington and more local zip codes.Munchery chefs create fresh, delicious dishes of all sorts -- including meat, poultry, seafood and vegetarian dishes -- and then deliver them to your door, ready to warm and Read more...

Best Butterfly Garden in DC: Wings of Fancy at Brookside Gardens

Wings of Fancy is back at Brookside Gardens! The family favorite Wings of Fancy Live Butterfly and Caterpillar Exhibit has returned to Brookside Gardens at Wheaton Regional Park in Wheaton, Maryland.  I took our first child Charlie to see the seasonal display of hundreds of live butterflies when he was an infant in the Baby Bjorn, and we have visited nearly every year since. (Check out my old post from 2009 to see pictures of Eve and Charlie as littles!)Here you and your children will be Read more...

Massage Envy Rockville Review

Rockville Pike is not just a location where you can find bathroom tile, swim suits, coconut oil and yet another kids birthday gift.It's also a place where you can grab some rare moments of relaxation and therapeutic body work, thanks to Massage Envy Rockville.This outpost of the popular Massage Envy spas offers a range of services:Deep tissue massage Swedish massage Hot Stone Envy massage Murad Healthy Skin facials Cranial sacral massage AromatherapyI had the Read more...

New Comcast XFINITY for Families

Back in 2001, when we were first engaged and dreaming about our future family, Chris and I mused about having a TV-free household.Fast forward to 2016, and me calling down to 12-year-old Charlie watching Brain Games in our home's designated TV room to please DVR the Tonys for me because he does a better job.The reason we were formerly anti-TV for our kids is because it used to be something we remembered from our 1980's childhoods as being so outside of our parents' control, and that Read more...

Easy Kid-Crafted Father’s Day Gifts (for the Craft-Challenged!)

There’s nothing as special as a handmade gift from a child…especially for Father’s Day. But what if the other parent is arts-and-crafts-challenged?I myself do not have a crafting room, a crafting closet or even a plastic bin full of wasabi? washi tape, rick-rack and acrylic paints. Although I love admiring all the beautiful projects on Pinterest, in my real life I am a crafting mama failure.So when it is truly necessary to provide some hands-on art experiences for the kids, I Read more...

Teach Kids to #MimicMommy and Apply Sunscreen [Giveaway!]

Kristen Bell has inspired me to have "The Talk" with my three children. Especially my older two, Charlie and Eve, who are getting older and can handle more responsibility for their own health.Of course, we are not referring to the birds and the bees talk, but the talk on the importance of applying sunscreen early and often.In fact, after watching Kristen's hilarious and important video for Neutrogena, my older kids and I made our own.I know, I know: Kristen Bell's video? Read more...