Cool Back to School Gear

I always have a great time visiting Great Day Washington with Markette Sheppard, Chris Leary, Meaghan Mooney and Darrell Green. This morning they had me on because they know that back to school shopping is a big deal for kids … and for us parents seeking to make life easier in the school year ahead. Here are some of the newest or most innovative items to hit the back to school shelves for 2016.Check out the clip and get more information on the recommended products, and also check out Read more...

DC Schools Served by Surprise Donation from STAPLES

I love the DC Metro area.I love our local schools.I love surprises.So I am totally in love with the amazing announcement that Staples made this morning. Staples has made a surprise donation of more than $117,000 to local classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org All literacy projects and all career and college prep projects that were posted on DonorsChoose.org by teachers in the DC metro area received full funding this morning as part of Staples’ $1 million donation to DonorsChoose.org!With Read more...

Hair Cuttery Back to School Haircuts for Good: #ShareAHaircut

Getting ready for back to school in our house always means shopping for springy tennis shoes, sharpening a bushel of new non-chewed-on pencils, and heading out for fresh haircuts. New tees, jeans and school folders are nice, sure. But as long as you have comfy new shoes, bright yellow pencils and a reflection in the mirror that makes you smile, you're ready to face a brand new grade.We all may know of a few local and national back to school programs that connect kids in need with necessary Read more...

#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...

Rio Washingtonian Share the Love Family Outings (You could WIN!)

Squeeze the last bit of fun out of summer at RIO Washingtonian in Gaithersburg with your family. There are so many options for family fun! And you can WIN an amazing day .... In one blissful afternoon, my children and I celebrated the beginning of the new school year together at RIO Washingtonian.The kids liked walking around the lakefront on The Lakeside Path to Wellness boardwalk and viewing and feeding the massive fish in the lake from the gazebo. Bring quarters for fish food!The kids Read more...

Sunday Free Workshop for Parents and Teachers from We Teach

What are you doing this Sunday morning, September 15, from 10am-noon?If your schedule is open, join WeTeach and TeachMama.com's Amy Mascott, me and more local parents and teachers for a fabulous workshop at  Lilly Magilly's Cup Cakery in Gaithersburg.  The #WeTeach DC workshop will be all about technology, tips and tricks to make the back to school season better for parents' households and teachers' classrooms. The two hour, totally free learning session will be jam packed with 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...