Giveaway: Massage Envy of Olney 1-Hour Customized Massage

I had a massage at Massage Envy of Olney on a Wednesday morning. I was not on vacation. I was not using a Mother's Day gift certificate. I went in there on a weekday to take care of my bod.After dropping Alice at preschool, I sauntered in for a customized massage to review for the blog, as well as the chance to offer another customized 1-hour massage as a giveaway for a lucky reader.Located in the space where a beer and wine store used to be, Massage Envy of Olney has transformed this Read more...

Harris Teeter Online Ordering for an Easier Summer

Organic milk, fresh brown eggs, cheese, butter, almond milk, coffee, fruit, organic tortilla chips and other healthy crunchy snacks. In my house of three hungry kids, these grocery staples constantly need to be replenished. Lately I have been choosing Harris Teeter as my regular grocery store due to its More Lower Prices campaign. The fresh and organic items that I buy the most are always on sale.I like saving money. But I often feel like the constant trips to the grocery store are my Sisyphean Read more...

Sprayground Fun with CLIF Kid #OutToPlay

OUTSIDE. That's the name of the game in our house this summer. Less screen time, more play time. Less video game characters, more playdates with friends. Less virtual running from Koopas and Doom Raiders, more real running around with Joe and Owen and Lauren and Cora.So when the CLIF Kid crew contacted me and my fellow DC-area social media moms Stacey Ferguson of Justice Fergie and BeBlogalicious and Amy Mascott of TeachMama to host a big ol' outdoor playdate with our kids' friends, Read more...

How to Find a Pediatrician in the DC Area with Children’s National

The number one question I receive via reader e-mails is "How do I find a preschool/daycare?"And the second-most received request I get: "Help me find a pediatrician!" These are crucial decisions we as parents make for our kids. And even as someone who spends a ton of time on the Internet, I still find myself confounded when searching for new health care providers.I know that when I was searching for my first pediatrician when expecting Charlie in 2003, I was most concerned with where Read more...

Mudderella DC is Saturday, July 25, 2015: Join me?

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Mudderella. I received complimentary admission to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.I love spending time with my women friends.About once a month I get together with my gals for an evening of great conversation, food and wine. It feeds my soul.Sometimes we organize something beyond the bar or kitchen table kvetch session.We paint (shout out to Jeep Momma Read more...

GIVEAWAY: The Still Point at Haven on the Lake Half Day Spa Package

SPA WELLNESS IS FOR EVERYONE ... REALLY The older I get (almost 40, gah!), the more I realize that if I take care of myself, I am much better at taking care of my kids Charlie, Eve, Alice, and even my husband Chris.Items I used to view as extras, such as time by myself to exercise, are now daily necessities.Experiences I used to regard as extreme luxuries, like wellness treatments, are now simply extras. I work to carve out the time and budget for the extras a few times a year.A Read more...

DC Personal Trainer Hector Vargas of Via-Wellness.com

Washington, DC-area personal trainer Hector Vargas of Via-Wellness provides group fitness programs When I learned from friends that Hector Vargas of Via-Wellness.com was offering a morning boot camp workout for women in my Silver Spring neighborhood, how could I say no? I read his bio and was intrigued.My fitness level and weight loss had plateaued. I was doing the same sort-of frequent easy workouts (the elliptical, yoga classes, the odd group weight training class or slow, short run.) My Read more...

Blue Heron Wellness: Drop Your Kids at Yoga, Take a Class Next Door

Indoor exercise for all ages while the cold blows outside. Seeking to warm up and tire out the kids during this week of indoor recesses? AND grab some fitness and inner peace for you? Then sign up for Kids' Yoga at Blue Heron Wellness Silver Spring. This Wednesday afternoon January 8 from 4:30-5:30pm, kids age 5-10 will enjoy an introductory, kid-oriented yoga class. Kids will stretch, relax, breathe and have fun. (My Charlie and Eve love these classes at Blue Heron!)The cost is simply $5/child Read more...

Shalom Kosher Market Silver Spring: Healthy, Affordable Foods for Everyone {sponsored}

Shalom Kosher Market in Silver Spring Celebrates 40th Anniversary! Locally-owned market through three generations offers area families low prices on healthy foods. Feeding my family the healthiest, highest-quality foods is extremely important to me, but so is staying within our means. While certain organic markets in our area are exceedingly pricey, they are not our only option.Personally, I do a good deal of my shopping at Shalom Kosher Market in Silver Spring, located in the Kemp Mill Read more...