Best Hair Salons in Montgomery County: Hypnotic Salons Olney and Damascus

Few things can help one's self esteem more than a completely rocking haircut and fresh color.Having a bad day? Week? Month? Get thee to a salon.I have been going to Hypnotic Salon and Spas' two locations in Olney and Damascus for the past five years. Salon founder and owner Chrissy Mayo is my go-to stylist for women's hair care services, primarily cut and color, but I have had the pleasure of working with several other members of the Hypnotic team as well.Below you can see me and 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...

Jeep Momma: Best New Blog

One of my best friends and best mothers I know, Tammy Forsyth, has launched my favorite new blog, Jeep Momma. You have to read it.Jeep Momma is about a mother who views the trading of her wagon for a Jeep Wrangler Sahara  a metaphor for her forties and the second phase of parenting. She has put away the car seats, pulled out the exercise togs and camping gear and is ready for adventure. Tammy kindly allowed me to interview her about the Jeep Momma spirit.What has been your favorite Read more...

Woman of the Week: Jessica Cox (and Handicap International-US)

Through fellow parents in Silver Spring and the DC area (you!), I learn of the most incredible individuals. My friend Mica Bevington works with Handicap International-US, an organization which works alongside people with disabilities to improve their living conditions and fundamental rights worldwide. One night at a cocktail party Mica told me of the amazing Jessica Cox.Jessica was born without arms, but that has not stopped her from writing, dressing herself, driving a car, graduating 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 Area Cake Pop Bakery: BB Sweets

BB Sweets specializes in custom cake pops, cupcakes, and plated desserts, and has just launched a Cake Pop of the Month club!  The founder of BB Sweets is Emily Limarzi, a Silver Spring baker who founded her business on her love of making others happy through delicious desserts (sweet policy!).My family and I had the good luck to try a sampling of her heavenly cake pops and we are in love! If, like me, you have tried to make cake pops on your own with disastrous results, BB Sweets are the Read more...

Free Workshop Monday Hosted by Takoma Women’s Business Network

Guest Post: A Parent in the West Bank Values Classroom Diversity

Donna Stefano is project director at the Cooperative Housing Foundation—known simply as CHF International— which serves more than 20 million people each year around the world. CHF International's headquarters are based in Silver Spring, Maryland, but staff members worldwide assist low- and moderate-income communities improve their social, economic and environmental conditions. Based in the West Bank, Stefano is a single, American mother with a nine year old son. He was born in Maryland, and when Read more...

LympheDIVAs & Crickett’s Answer Donations: Thank You Everyone!

A huge thanks to everyone who commented on this post in order to contribute to the $1 per comment fundraiser for the Crickett's AnswerLympheDIVAs partnership. Your comments raised $84, which I am happily rounding up to an even $100, the cost of a full LympheDIVA sleeve and gauntlet set for a breast cancer patient or survivor who cannot afford one.Read on for Susan (aka WhyMommy) of Toddler Planet's full post on the importance of these compression sleeve sets that many health insurance companies Read more...