Let’s #ProtectPE!

This post is in partnership with  Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. All opinions expressed are my own.My three kids eagerly look forward to the days that their middle and elementary school schedules include physical education (P.E.). Both Eve’s fifth grade class and Alice’s kindergarten crew typically have a weekly hour of instruction with their schools’ designated gym teachers, in addition to daily Read more...

Best Buddies PROM: Join me for this party with a purpose

Two parties. One purpose. A dynamic twist on the DC gala! On Friday, April 28th, Best Buddies Capital Region will host its fourth annual PROM at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center presented by Trade Center Management Associates in downtown DC. Tommy McFly of 94.7 Fresh's The Tommy Show is encouraging all of us fabulous DC party people to book our sitters and enjoy this amazing night out with him. My husband Chris and I are going, and the even with our VIP tickets the cost Read more...

Silver Spring Family Run April 1st: Ben’s Run to Benefit Children’s National and Pediatric Cancer Research

Ben's Run on April 1st in Silver Spring - Great Time, Great CauseEach year my family and I run for Ben Goldfogle, a boy in our neighborhood who we sadly did not get the honor of meeting. Ben bravely fought leukemia under the care of Children’s National for six and a half years, until he passed away from an infection in September 2009 after his second bone marrow transplant. He was just one month from his 12th birthday. This race honors Ben’s amazing spirit and the many other children 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...

#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...

Pajama Glam for Moms and Daughters June 18

Fabulous and fun way to bond with and educate your daughter...and benefit this important breast cancer foundation. If you have daughter in elementary through high school, sign up to attend the 4th Annual Pajama Glam with them on Saturday, June 18th. At this event women and girls dress in their favorite pajamas and celebrate their fabulosity, while learning about health, wellness and prevention.  Activities including a fashion show, yoga, zumba, dancing, pamper stations, glam stations, delicious Read more...

How to Recycle Your Breast Pump and Donate Breast Pumps #MedelaRecycles

Joanna Eddy of Holistic Mothering and Mindful Healthy Life, me, Lindsay Maines of Rock and Roll Mama, Julia Beck of It's Working Project and Forty Weeks, MaríaJosé Ovalle of Very Busy Mamá and Tammy Preston of A Loyal Love. Last month fellow local parenting bloggers and I had the chance to be a part of something special. As ambassadors for the Medela Recycles program, we learned how parents can keep their Medela single-use electric breast pumps out of landfills and help place new, hospital Read more...

GIVEAWAY: 2 Tickets to Runway Moms for a Cause Fashion Event Friday, May 8

  The best, and most awesomely fun, fashion gala event in the DC area is Runway Moms for a Cause.  This fashion fundraising event features 20 philanthropic “Power Moms” to promote the year's cause and grace the runway, adorned in one of- a- kind pieces by L~Shandi Designs designer and Runway Moms for a Cause event founder Lara Akinsanya.The 2015 cause is the Tigerlily Foundation, which works to educate young women about breast health and improve the quality of life of women Read more...

Non-Profits and Schools Can Receive Garden Grants

Do you know of an organization that would like to fund or expand a community garden, urban farm or famers market in an underserved neighborhood?Urge them to apply for an Aetna Foundation Local Roots: Supporting Community Gardens, Urban Farms and Farmers Markets grant!RFPs are due May 6, 2015 at 5 p.m. ET. Review the RFP for program details.This incredible grant program will make more fresh fruits and vegetables locally available, accessible and affordable to families. A total of Read more...