Teach Kids to #MimicMommy and Apply Sunscreen [Giveaway!]

Kristen Bell has inspired me to have "The Talk" with my three children. Especially my older two, Charlie and Eve, who are getting older and can handle more responsibility for their own health.Of course, we are not referring to the birds and the bees talk, but the talk on the importance of applying sunscreen early and often.In fact, after watching Kristen's hilarious and important video for Neutrogena, my older kids and I made our own.I know, I know: Kristen Bell's video? Read more...

DC-Area Kids Need Sunscreen #ChooseSkinHealth

What do DC United soccer players and our kids have in common? Major League Soccer (MLS) and Neutrogena have teamed up to make sure that DMV families are choosing skin safety this summer!When you attend a DC United game in May you will notice Skin Cancer Awareness Month is an important theme. The color of bright orange will be featured prominently to signify the campaign, from banners to the players' sweatbands. Official match balls will bear the decal, and the MLS ball kids are wearing special Read more...

Great Face: Eco-Facial by Skincando’s Sara Damelio at Emerald Door Silver Spring

Give yourself the gift of a better complexion and younger looking skin with a luxurious organic facial.Last month I headed to The Emerald Door Eco-Chic Spa in Silver Spring to visit Sara Damelio, creator of the celebrated Skincando skincare products (which I have raved about).There I received an Eco-Luxe Facial, and I am still debating which benefit I enjoyed the most.The pampering and relaxation during the treatment?The big improvement in my skin clarity and texture?The recommended Read more...

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...