Hershey Family Getaway

My family and I had always wanted to visit Hershey, Pennsylvania, "The Sweetest Place on Earth," and experience all of the chocolately family fun. This summer we did it! We rode the rides at Hersheypark, talked to the animals at ZooAmerica, explored Hershey's Chocolate World, learned how the Hershey biz began at The Hershey Story, and stayed and played at Hershey Lodge. Read on for our recommendations for your own family trip to Hershey and opportunities to save. Hershey Park  Hershey Read more...

Free lecture on benefits of single sex education

Conservative or liberal, suburban or urban, religious or secular, many of us parents are considering the pros and cons of single sex education for our children. This Thursday evening July 16th, guest lecturer and child development expert Dr. Leonard Sax, M.D. will present a free talk, "The Case for Single Sex Schools: Why Gender Matters." The author of Why Gender Matters, Boys Adrift, and Girls on the Edge and other titles, Dr. Sax will address single sex schooling in today’s world Read more...

Facials with Friends at Center for Plastic Surgery + Discount

What is better than a facial that completely refreshes your mug? Getting that facial with friends! Center for Plastic Surgery in Chevy Chase (there is an Annandale location, too) invited me and my dear friends Sandie Angulo Chen of The DC Moms, Leticia Barr of TechSavvyMama and Amy Mascott of TeachMama to review customized, medical-grade facial treatments. The Chevy Chase Village location is beautiful and serves as both a doctors' office and spa. My friends and I met for a tour and then 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...

Heritage Montgomery Days This Weekend

My family and I recently visited the Oakley Cabin in Brookeville, MD  18th Annual Montgomery County Heritage Days This Weekend, June 27 & 28 Although storms are predicted for this weekend, rain cannot keep our area's history down! Each year, Heritage Montgomery hosts the annual Heritage Days Celebration on the last weekend in June. This countywide festival offers us families the chance to explore and learn all over Maryland's Montgomery County. Learn about local history as it applies Read more...

Giveaway: Mr. Gabe’s New CD, 2 Winners!

Happy Father's Day to all the DC-area dads out there, and the people who love them! Mr. Gabe is at it again, making marvelous music for his family fans.  On his new CD, Metro Train, Mr. Gabe features a hilarious, original song that my family and I listened to on Father's Day called Good Daddy/Bad Daddy. It's all about the daily tasks of daddom that make kids groan and parents will appreciate. More songs that deal with themes your family will find familiar are Date Night ("Mom and Dad are Read more...

Best of Dublin: DC to Ireland Travel Series, Part 1

7 days 6 nights 0 kids 24 miles walked 700 kilometers driven 10 churches 7 museums 4 castle ruins 2 stately homes 19 Megalithic passage tombs 50,000 cows 1 flat tire 40 pints of Guinness Countless laughs, joyful experiences and beautiful views As I shared on social media and on A Parent in America, my husband Chris and I took our very first week-long kids-free vacation. We chose Ireland, a country where my husband spent 12 years of his childhood and I had never before visited. By Read more...

GIVEAWAY: Newsies at The National Theatre

June 9-21, Disney’s Newsies will be playing at The National Theatre. You can win TWO tickets! "They delivered the papers, until they made the headlines…." The Broadway musical hit NEWSIES is hitting DC's newstands and The National Theatre this June. The smash-hit, crowd-pleasing musical is the winner of the 2012 Tony Awards for Best Score and Best Choreography. The New York Times calls it "A musical worth singing about!" Filled with one heart-pounding song and dance number after another, Read more...