Listen to Your Mother Weekend Shows

Listen to Your Mother Baltimore on Saturday April 26 at 6pm Listen to Your Mother DC on Sunday May 4 at 2pm Listen to Your Mother is live readings by local writers on the beauty, the beast and the barely-rested life of mothers. In celebration of Mothers Day, women writers in each city will read their personal stories about the humor and the heartbreak that go hand in hand with motherhood. The DC show is produced by Kate Coveny Hood and directed by Stephanie Stearns Dulli and the Baltimore Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Aimee Mann + Ted Leo: The Both at 930 Club

  My heart belongs to Merriweather, but the indoor IMP venues 930 Club  and the new The Lincoln Theatre have my kidneys and lungs. These awesome venues are hosting some incredible artists this spring and providing fabulous date night and ladies' nights for us. Aimee Mann is my ultimate girl crush, and her concert with husband Michael Penn at The Birchmere was the first concert my now-husband and I ever saw together. This year she is touring with Ted Leo, and their collaboration is called 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...

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...

GIVEAWAY: Two Tickets to G. Love at 9:30 Club (TWO WINNERS)

The ultimate date night, in my book, is not hours spent sitting at a restaurant. It is a night on your feet, listening to amazing music LIVE. In 2013, my husband and I resolved to book sitters and catch as many concerts as possible. We scrimped and saved to see E./The Eels, Of Monsters and Men, FUN., the Lumineers and Imagine Dragons, and were invited to see One Republic (thanks GM!) These were the best dates of our lives. (Not bad for 14 years together, right?) The folks at the 9:30 Club 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...

The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner: Washington, DC Getaway Luxury {sponsored}

My husband Chris and I have not been away together, without the children, for an overnight date since 2010.  Alice was born in 2011.  But now we have had the most luxurious, romantic getaway date ever, thanks to the The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner.  I was connected to The Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner by the talented and connected Andrea Khoury of the NOVA Housewives and Socially Infused. And of course the experience was made possible by a generous aunt and uncle who took our three kids Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Fiona Apple Tickets + Upcoming Concerts

Win two tickets to see Fiona Apple and Blake Mills. Join my husband and me in our concert-going obsession. Three babies, two jobs, nearly 80 years between us and this crazy-crazy DC pace has done this to us. We live for new music. We spend way too much on various radio subscriptions and mp3s. Our entire date night budget and all gifts to each other are tickets. All because my husband Chris and I have realized that there is no better night out (without the kids) than seeing a quality Read more...

Outdoor Concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion Rock My World

I <3Outdoor Concerts at Merriweather Post Pavilion My husband Chris and my biggest date night splurges this summer have been on tickets to our favorite venue, Merriweather Post Pavilion. We spring for seats for the spectacular view of the bands but love idling around the lawn before the show, sipping brews and people watching. This is not only my favorite place to catch a concert, it is simply my favorite evening haunt in the DC area. My happiness sensors start going haywire as we walk Read more...