YMCA Summer Food Program

This guest post is provided by and sponsored by the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. As summer tourists flood the local DC area, it seems like life is good. Individuals from all over come to our nation’s capital each year, and spend 1.71 billion on food and beverage alone!The sad reality is that millions of DC area children and families suffer from food insecurity and food hardship. Twelve percent of District of Columbia households report having limited or uncertain amounts of food, Read more...

Build-A-Bear Huggable Heroes & USO Event on Thursday May 15 at Westfield Montgomery

I know I have written about this before, but my kids are HUGE Build-A-Bear Workshop groupies. My three children all adore the build-your-own snuggly animal experience. Charlie and Eve regularly ask for Build-A-Bear gift cards for Christmas and birthdays because they love how a trip there is a special day, complete with a hands-on animal making and technology AND a top-notch, customized toy.But now I have fallen in love with this concept kids store all over again, due to Build-A-Bear's efforts Read more...

Friday May 9: Runway Moms for the Cause – Support Needed

Date Night ~ Girls Night Out ~ Great Cause! An event close to my heart which I passionately recommend to families is happening this spring, Runway Moms for the Cause. Runway Moms for a Cause (RMFC) is a fashion show and gala which raises funds for non-profit organizations.  The beneficiary of the Friday May 9, 2014 show is Kidsave International, which finds loving homes for forgotten older children worldwide living in orphanages and in need of parents.Kidsave International. Kidsave has Read more...

Potomac River Watershed Clean-Up: Saturday April 5th Family Fun

Your family can get a jump on environmental activism (and fun!) before Earth Day by participating Saturday April 5th in the largest effort to clean both the Anacostia and Potomac watersheds, the annual Potomac River Watershed Clean-Up. This area-wide Clean-Up offers many local sites where families can help clean litter from along streams and river banks. From Sligo Creek to Rock Creek Park to Northwest Branch, you can find a local clean-up site that is close to your home and close to your Read more...

Runway Moms for the Cause May 8 – Interview with Founder and Designer Lara Akinsaya

An event close to my heart which I passionately recommend to families is happening this spring, Runway Moms for the Cause. Runway Moms for a Cause (RMFC) is a fashion show and gala which raises funds for non-profit organizations.  The beneficiary of the May 8, 2014 show is Kidsave International, which finds loving homes for forgotten older children worldwide living in orphanages and in need of parents.Lara Akinsanya is the founder of RMFC and the face behind internationally acclaimed ready-to-wear Read more...

#GivingTuesday 2013: Easy Ways We Can Help

This post is sponsored by #GivingTuesday and TheMotherhood. Funds received go to support the charities mentioned. All words and opinions are mine. Although I am a professed consumerist, I don't put much stock into Black Friday or Cyber Monday. I look for great deals all year online, and I have no patience for crazy crowds. I would much rather spend the time off with my loved ones.I can get behind Small Business Saturday and especially #GivingTuesday. #GivingTuesday is a campaign to Read more...

Mini Maker Faire in Silver Spring 9/29 – FREE

Free family festival demonstrates creative and unusual projects  to encourage kids to explore their own curiosities and to make something new and different.  The Silver Spring Mini Maker Faire is happening Sunday, September 29th at Veteran’s Plaza and the Silver Spring Civic Building in from12:00-5:00p.m. The Mini Maker Faire features free family activities and innovative projects created by inventors, scientists, tech enthusiasts, crafters, homesteaders, hackers, artists, and do-it-yourselfers Read more...

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...

Join Me at the Moms + Tweens + Social Good Summit on Saturday August 3rd

Moms + Tweens + Social Good Saturday August 3, 2013 8:30am - Noon Hilton McLean Tysons Corner Register: Nominal fee of $10 per mom/child pair My son Charlie and I are participating in a nearly free, interactive and hands on half-day workshop to learn more about what we can do to make this world a better place. Designed for kids ages 8-12 and their moms, we will be participating in discussions and learning the importance of using the power of our voices to help others. Topics that will Read more...