Amanda Holliday

Amanda Holliday
Amanda loves supporting young children and their families through her work as a Parenting Coordinator with a DC non-profit almost as much as she loves learning as a doctoral student studying Infant and Early Childhood Development specializing in Infant Mental Health. Years of working with young children and prenatal/postnatal mamas have given her hours of material that she is excited to share in her blog posts. (She had her half-Jamaican son born during a blizzard and traveled to the hospital in Uber. Just one of the fun stories she has to tell!) When they aren't exploring every playground in Silver Spring, her family loves discovering new ways to have fun together around town. Likes: NY Pizza, Chocolate everything, Trapeze, Aerial yoga, Dislikes: Calories, Snow

Christmas Tree Farm Guide

Last year, for the first time ever, we cut down our own Christmas tree at a local tree farm. I still don't know who had more fun—myself, my husband, or our kid! While the...

2020 Holiday Light Display Guide

This holiday season will be merry and bright in a very different way. While some holiday light displays are still scheduled to happen at the time of this guide's publishing, things change quickly. Please...

4 Quick and Easy Meals That Answer Question, “What’s for Dinner?”

Ok, mamas, if you’re like me, I cannot stand the, “What’s for dinner?” question. It floods me with stress to try to throw something together based on random ingredients still lingering in the fridge....

Silver Spring, MD Neighborhood Guide

We are grateful for the sponsor of this guide: Vassar Broermann Group. This is an expert realtor group for this area. Please be sure to check out thorough details about their practice below. We are thankful for...

Schedule Some Sanity: 4 Tips to Make Your Life Calm and Organized

Does it ever seem like life can only get busier and crazier? I find myself thinking, “Ok, next week will be nuts, but after that, it will calm back down.” But then it doesn’t?!?...

Takoma Park, MD Neighborhood Guide

We are grateful for the sponsor of this guide: Kelly Kelley with Compass Real Estate. Kelly Kelley is an expert for this area. Please be sure to check out thorough details about her practice below. We are...

30+ Ideas For Non-Sleepers At Rest Time

So your little one is refusing to sleep, and you’re not ready to give up nap time? There is a happy medium: Rest Time! What’s the big difference? Rest time has no expectation of sleep....

15 Best Holiday Toys and Gifts for 3-Year-Old Boys and Girls in 2020

In this strange time of staying home and buying everything imaginable online, it’s such a relief to have a site that narrows the field of children’s toys. Wicked Uncle has a fantastic collection of...
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“On Your Left”: 9 Tips For A New Road Biker

Bike riding was my favorite way to get around as a kid, just hop on and pedal. Besides being one of my only options (pre-driver’s license), the fact it was free was unbeatable. When...

Letting Out the Anger Like a 4-Year-Old

As we stood on the edge of a small section of beautiful Sligo Creek, my son could be heard angrily shouting as loud as he could while throwing rocks at the water. "I hate the corona." "I...

3 Games To Play With Any Aged Kid!

Ok mamas, some of us have been training for an extended time at home with kids for years—just check out the Pinterest boards of super cute, fun activities that we've saved! But then you...

How To Survive Unexpected Income Loss (Again)

I resisted writing this post the first time I survived an unexpected income loss because I didn't think anyone would read it. But now finding myself surrounded by others who are experiencing an unexpected...

Loving Our “First Musical” Class at Levine Music!

Recently my son and I had the opportunity to check out the “First Musical” class at Levine Music. He LOVED every minute of this class. The "First Musical" class is designed for 3-to-6-year olds...

“I don’t see color, I see my son.” “Then, you don’t see me, Dad.”

Those two well-crafted lines from This Is Us summed up a huge culture shift for me since becoming a mama to my mixed-race son. While most weeks I’m sobbing from the show’s powerful emotional...