Diaper Need, Diaper Drives and How We Can Help

All compensation I receive from this sponsored post will be donated by me to DC Diaper Bank. The post is sponsored by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)’s Healthy Mom&Baby through a partnership with Mom It Forward. Two weeks ago during Diaper Need Awareness Week, an amazing group of DMV social media women leaders joined me for a Lunch and Learn Diaper Drive at DC Diaper Bank with Executive Director Corinne Cannon. We came together to learn Read more...

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Box Concerts for Families in Downtown Silver Spring: Next Show February 27

A Review and Guest Post by Ashley Tuck Thanks so much to Ashley and her friends for attending December's Music Box Concert by the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in Downtown Silver Spring. These parents and babies had a great time. Read on for the full scoop on the experience, and be sure to get your tickets for the Saturday, February 27th Music Box shows! Boy, it was it a great day to be a friend of Jessica McFadden! Thanks to Jessica, two of my close friends and I were gifted tickets to attend Read more...

Best Baby and Maternity Photographer in DC: Marian Lozano Photography

I have written before of how highly I recommend Marian Lozano for family photography. I love her style and the gorgeous way in which she uses both natural and studio lights.And her way with newborn babies and expectant mothers is an art form.Marian will come to your home to photograph your baby in his or her comfortable, familiar setting. When Alice was just weeks old Marian came to our house with beautiful props, lights, and outfits and captured Alice's precious first photos.Marian Read more...

Holiday Concert for Families in Downtown Silver Spring Dec. 12 : Baltimore Symphony Orchestra’s Sleigh Ride

Holiday concerts are a (wonderful) dime a dozen this time of year.But musical, seasonal events designed especially for babies, toddlers and preschoolers? Now that is a true Christmas miracle.The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is bringing their Music Box Series to downtown Silver Spring's Civic Building on Saturday, December 12 for two morning little-kid-centric concerts. At both 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., an ensemble of BSO musicians will perform classical holiday songs for children age 0-3 Read more...

Smithsonian Children’s Programs with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC)

Cynthia Raso is a fellow parent in Silver Spring of two girls who is a museum educator and is the manager of community engagement for the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center. She shares with us her passion for new arts learning programs offered for families of all ages. Almost four years ago, I took the plunge and went back to work. The transition was more than just a job though, it was a culmination of all that I had experienced as a new mom with young children. Staying at home with my Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Mother of All Baby Shower VIP Tickets for You and a Friend (and Exclusive Coupon Code)

Moms' night out! Free spa treatments! Treats! Exciting expos! Big prizes! The DC Mother of All Baby Showers is an adults-only parents' event taking place at Great Beginnings' new Northern Virginia location in Chantilly, Virginia on April 25th from 5-9pm. The event features over 50 amazing products and services for expectant and new parents, free spa treatments and tasty treats from local businesses, top notch educational sessions, and the fabulous Heidi Murkoff, author of the What to Expect Read more...

Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center Classes for Families

I am enormously proud to be working with the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC) as a blogger consultant to this incredible non-profit that serves local families, children and museums throughout the country. The best perk of my helping out a bit is the chance to check out their offerings for families with my own children! This past weekend, my almost-three-year-old Alice and I had the chance to experience a sample SEEC class.My kids and I are veterans of the kids' class circuits. Music Read more...

Kids’ Workshops at the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center

Admit it: Before you had your first child in the Washington, DC area, you imagined yourself at the National Gallery or Hirschhorn, staring at an incredible piece of art while wearing your baby in a carrier.In my own mental picture, my baby was facing out of his BabyBjörn (hey, it was 2003...we didn't have Ergo yet) and gazing at the painting as I held his little hands in mine. His baby brow was intelligently furrowed as he absorbed the genius before him into his own cells. (Oh, and in my Read more...

UrbanSitter for Great DC-Area Childcare Help {sponsored}

Yes, you need a babysitter. And yes, you can find an awesome one on the Internet. I used UrbanSitter and the experience was great. When I had my first child in 2003, I knew few other parents. My family lived in California. None of my close friends had children yet and most of them lived in other states. I did not have many options for childcare help. It was really, really tough.Fast forward ten years to three kids and a phone packed with babysitters and parent friends whom I can ask for their Read more...