Best Getaway: Salamander Resort and Spa

My husband Chris and I have never been away together for a weekend...without the kids. We have had a handful of overnights together (one of which was when Chris stayed the night in Holy Cross Hospital with me after Alice was born) and solo trips to see friends, family or do work. But this was the first time we spent two consecutive nights away without kids since December 2003...when our oldest child was born.We are not martyrs. We are not helicopters. We just had not yet had the opportunity, Read more...

7 Marvel Universe LIVE! Surprises

My kids and I had a blast at the opening night of Marvel Universe LIVE! at the Verizon Center. The show was packed with surprises. But this post contains NO SPOILERS. There were many twists and unexpected thrills that I will not give away, because you should truly take your kids to see it.  Here are simply the cool factor surprises that made this arena show stand out in live family entertainment.7. Pyrotechnics - There were more blasts of light, fire and seemingly-real explosions in the Read more...

Light the Night Walks in the DC Area

My family and friends' lives have been changed by cancer, including leukemia and blood cancers, as I know so many of your lives have been, too. We feel helpless. We call for more research. We donate to funds and participate in events that raise money for patient services and the search for a cure. We yearn for a world in which cancer does not take lives before they have been fully lived.The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's (LLS) the Light the Night Walk is one way that we can work to end Read more...

GIVEAWAY: FROZEN Disney on Ice in Fairfax, VA

Disney on Ice Brings FROZEN to the Rink We are big, huge, massive fans of Disney on Ice at our house. We are also in the midst of a full-blown, unbelievable Frozen obsession (it has been going strong since Thanksgiving.) I know we are not alone.So it is pretty exciting that Disney on Ice is bringing Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Sven and the gang to the Patriot Center in Fairfax October 22 - 27.Here is a video sneak peek.Tickets are on sale now for all 12 shows.Date and Time Read more...

7 Best Things About Busch Gardens Williamsburg

Have you taken your family to Busch Gardens Williamsburg? I applied to serve as a Busch Gardens Williamsburg blog ambassador, and was selected to review the experience with my family during the 2014 season. We just returned from our visit to this massive, marvelous, seriously beautiful amusement park. Our day at the park was full of spectacular summer memories. Here were my family's 7 favorite aspects of Busch Gardens Williamsburg.  1. The Rides for FamiliesOur family ages from early Read more...

Northern Virginia Pumpkin Patch: Wayside Farm (with Angry Birds!)

Wayside Farm off of Route 7 in Berryville, Virginia has animals, hayrides, a big pumpkin field and yummy food. They also have an Angry Bird-themed corn maze and an live Angry Bird launch coming up! The 10-acre Angry Bird corn maze is full of twists, turns and dead ends. Use your imagination to see the Angry Bird being "launched" at Wayside farm with a superhero-like slingshot and land at Dan-D Farms in Knoxville, Iowa. It's the first-ever multi-state corn maze!There are also pig Read more...

Best Washington DC Area Pumpkin Patches: My Piece in Washington Post Weekend

11 Pumpkin Patch Family Favorites in Maryland and Virginia I was honored to contribute to the Going Out Guide and The Washington Post Weekend a directory for DC-area parents of some Great Pumpkin places. Have a read and happy orange squash season!Pick your perfect pumpkin at one of these area patches By Jessica McFadden for The Washington PostFinally, the 90 degree days are over, and between the weekend soccer games, birthday parties and other obligations, it's time to kidnap your Read more...

Preschool Fair Saturday October 5

Searching for a preschool for your child for this year or next? I think preschool fairs are one of the best ways to get a sense of the early childhood education options in our area, and on Saturday October 5th the Sandy Spring Friends School and the Olney Moms Group are co-hosting one! Sandy Friends School & Olney Moms Group Preschool Fair Saturday, October 05, 20139:00AM - 12:00PMSandy Spring Friends School16923 Norwood RoadSandy Spring, Maryland 20860Follow the signs 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...