Playseum Bethesda UPSTAIRS for Kids 8-14

Tween and Teen Play and Party Space: The Playseum UPSTAIRS My family and I are longtime fans of The Playseum locations, which are wonderful toddler-preschooler-young elementary play spaces. But I just had the chance to check out The Playseum UPSTAIRS, which is big kid heaven!On Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, older kids can drop in and experience all the fun UPSTAIRS has to offer for a mere $10 a kid entry fee. If you bring a friend, the price drops to $7 each. This is a fabulous solution Read more...

Best Family Photographer in Washington DC: Marian Lozano

I have had many lucky breaks in my life, but few as fortunate as working on the Hill with the amazing Marian Lozano of Marian Lozano Photography. Thanks to our 15 years of friendship, I am beyond blessed to have the Washington, DC area's best family, newborn, expectant mother and children's photographer document our family every year. Although I am totally biased, Marian Lozano is at the top of every awards list in this town for family photographers.Although Marian has before photographed our Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Organizing Manifesto Poster from Kacy Paide (as seen on Young House Love)

Office Organizing Expert Kacy Paide of The Inspired Office loves to organize offices and paper. I will just let that sink in for a minute.Kacy finds joy in doing what gives most of us a low-grade panic attack. Tackling projects big and small, she works with folks who are desperate for a more functional, more beautiful, more inspiring office.  She says that she "loves a good mess and wants to fix yours." A Professional Organizer since 2001, I met Kacy in 2011 and was immediately blown away Read more...

Woman of the Week: Anne Moriarty of Heart-Minder

I had the wonderful opportunity to interview local child development expert and workshop provider Anne Moriarty of Heart-Minder. Moriarty is a trained teacher of Conscious Discipline, a compassionate discipline philosophy that seeks to provide parents and teachers with the conscious awareness and skills needed to create safe, connected, problem-solving homes and classrooms. Moriarty offers a range of services: classes, workshops, parent discussion groups and guided children's playgroups.Read Read more...

Washington DC With Kids: Activities from A to Z

Washington, DC Things to Do with Kids from A-Z In honor of the end of the school year, I thought I would compile for you a list of suggested summer activities in the style of those bulletin board alphabets teachers staple above the chalkboard. I hope you and your family enjoy these 26+ outings as much as my family and I have!AMF Free Summer Bowling and Regal Cinema $1 Movies -- Summer is a great time for freebies from kid-oriented businesses, such as AMF's program of two free games per Read more...

Mocha Moms: A Mother’s Group That Rocks!

Mocha Moms, Inc. is a support group for mothers of color who have chosen not to work full-time outside of the home in order to devote more time to their families and communities. Mocha Moms serves as an advocate for those mothers and encourages the spirit of community activism within its membership. The following is my post about the Silver Spring chapter, which is actually comprised of members who live in Silver Spring, Burtonsville, Laurel and Columbia.Other Washington, DC-area Mocha Moms Read more...

Great Websites for Parent Volunteers

I believe the biggest pitfall of parent volunteering for schools or clubs is the reading of lengthy reply-all e-mails. I have lost days off my life slogging through those massive missives and the replies from fellow parents. And even after reading through, signing up for duties and saving them to a personal calendar, those beasts rear their ugly heads when a child gets sick and a parent needs to swap or change.Once in a while an industrious parent will recommend an online organizational website Read more...

The Still Point: My First Acupuncture Session Changed My Life

The Still Point in Takoma Park is My New Favorite PlaceAt The Still Point I experienced acupuncture, massage, an eco-makeup application and a facial that was equal parts natural and high tech.I have never felt so awesome after spa or holistic treatments.And believe you me, I am not the kind of gal who forgets to treat herself. Oh no. This princess believes paying others to perform services on her person is the all-time best way to spend a few hours. The Still Point is a women-owned small Read more...

How to Find a Babysitter in Washington DC: Plum District and SeekingSitters DC

My family and I are hoping to find a part-time sitter we love as much as Gloribel and our other adored weekend date night sitters we lose to college! Hands down, the number one  question I receive from readers is for help finding a nanny, babysitter or child care provider in the Washington, DC area. And while I have a list of resources I pass along to readers, I always admit that as a part-time working and largely stay-at-home mom, I do not have much firsthand experience finding a regular sitter.Now Read more...