Miller and Smith Homes at Poplar Run in Silver Spring

Have you ever lived in a brand new home? I have not. The two homes my husband and I have bought in Silver Spring have been oldies - 1955 and 1970 - both purchased from the original owners. We have become experts at wallpaper removal and hardwood refinishing. The opportunities for purchasing a newly-built home, customized to your specifications, are few in the fabulous S.S. But there is an area of new construction that is stunning, and my friends and I had the chance to experience these Read more...

The Mansion on O Street: Exploration and Imagination for Kids

The Mansion on O Street is a unique experience, unlike any other outing my family and I have encountered in our years of DC area adventures. Mystery and history abound, and kids are warmly welcomed, at the super cool massive art house exploration offered at The Mansion on O Street. Children can wander halls, discover thousands of interesting artifacts and objects, open hidden doors, and complete scavenger hunts. My children loved the controlled independence they found meandering around the Read more...

EVENT CANCELED: Saturday Night Snow Day FUN: PopUp Play Zone Bounce Night Par-Tay! (Italian Ice on Me)

UPDATE: Event was canceled due to incoming storm.  Your Last Chance to Play at PopUp Play Zone Before They Close for the Season!  After being snowed in tomorrow during the day, head to PopUp Play Zone from 6-9pm for a fabulous family bounce night! The February 21st Saturday Night Bounce & Play Party at PopUp Play Zone is happening, no matter the weather. Get the kids out of the house for some cozy, crazy indoor play! Enjoy the best family night out in the DC area at the PopUp Play Zone 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...

Winter Break Indoor Play Area for Washington, DC Kids in Silver Spring: Pop Up PlayZone

Pop Up PlayZone Open All Throughout Winter Break!  Inflatables - Special Events - Edutainment - Games - Music Andy's Parties and the former Great Kids Village play spaces saved my family on many a cold winter weekend. Thanks to their amazing indoor offerings, my jumping-off-the-walls kids have played, bounced, made crafts, made friends....and my husband and I have retained our sanities. Lucky us, because Andy has done it again...this time partnering with The Great Zucchini! They have launched Pop Read more...

Favorite Washington-Area Holiday Fun (with Target Gift Card Giveaway!)

I have had Southern California Christmases with tumbleweed trees and pink cactus lights, San Francisco Christmases with gingerbread Victorian houses and mens chorus performances so beautiful you could cry. My family and I have even spent the winter holidays in Austin, complete with food truck dinners and trips to the Zilker Holiday Tree. But my favorite Christmas is a Washington, DC Christmas. Here are ways that my family and I are planning to celebrate this spectacular season. I hope this Read more...

Make a Gingerbread House at Make Meaning Bethesda Row (less than $10!)

I participated in this sponsored campaign on behalf of One2One Network. All opinions stated are my own. Many places in the DC area offer gingerbread house making experiences for kids. Usually the prices drive us to Michael's for one of those sad looking kits or compel us to make crime scene messes in our kitchens with graham crackers and canned frosting. However, one local business, Make Meaning Bethesda Row, is cutting through the crazy with the coolest holiday deal ever: Make Meaning Read more...

Washington Winter Getaway: Gaylord National Harbor

Kids are not the only members of the family who can have a holiday dream of a time at the Gaylord National Harbor. Although we have before enjoyed wonderful experiences staying overnight at the Gaylord National Harbor with the kids, this time Chris and I left the kids with Grandma for quick weekend "couplecation." We found the year-round amenities at the Gaylord, as well as the seasonal Christmas on the Potomac offerings, were an ideal way to spend a weekend together. Gaylord Overnight Stay Read more...

GIVEAWAY + Discount: Pippin at The National Theatre

Pippin, the Broadway hit, is coming to the National December 16 – January 4 This four-time Tony Award-winning musical is full of extraordinary acrobatics, Fosse-inspired choreography and songs from the composer of Wicked. What a fabulous holiday treat! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9U2Ji5-MebA I am excited to offer you a 10 percent discount on the ticket price. Just enter the password CELEBRATION when purchasing online.  Show Times for entire run: Tuesday Evening 7:30 PM Wednesday Read more...