Amanda Holliday

Amanda loves supporting young children and their families as a doctoral student studying Infant and Early Childhood Development specializing in Infant Mental Health and Developmental Differences and through her work as a Judy Center Specialist here in Maryland. 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 on their bikes. Likes: NY Pizza, Chocolate Everything, Trapeze, Aerial Yoga Dislikes: Calories, Snow
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10 Ways to Pass the Time While Waiting In a Carpool Line

If back to school (aka back to carpool line) has you dreading the longest part of the day, you’re not alone. For me, using every minute effectively counts during our busy days. This means...
What is Geocaching

Geocaching 101: Free, Outdoor, Treasure Hunts

OK, not going to lie. I have no idea how our family has been stuck in the house for the past 15 months and only recently found out about geocaching. I had heard that...
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14 Really Cool Local Places to Fulfill Your Pinball Passion in the DMV Area

Was anyone else waiting for a vaccine to get back to their true love of pinball? No? Just me? Pinball is one of those things that I just can’t get enough of even as...

Dear Drunk Driver

Dear Drunk Driver, There are very few individuals who have caused such a significant effect on my life like you have. Your choices that epic night led up to an event that would connect us...

9 Indoor Activities That Tire Out Energetic and Active Kids

Our household believes in the phrase, “There isn’t bad weather, only bad clothing” when it comes to outdoor play. But some days, between work meetings and endless Zoom calls, we need options to get...

525,600 Minutes of Quarantine: From Loss to Love

“Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear.” - Rent, “Seasons of Love” lyrics How do you measure a year like no other? It would literally be impossible to...

Resolutions are Silly: Here’s What I’m Doing Instead

Every year we try to make ourselves better people just because of the calendar restarting. There are tons of promises, goals, and resolutions made, most without ways to actually follow-through. And then you’re faced...

4 Awesome Screen-Based Learning Activities for 4-Year Olds

Once upon a time, my son had no idea how a TV or iPad worked. His days were filled with hands-on play, reading books, singing songs, freely exploring the world around him, and zero screen-based...

Yay for Potty Training!

So, it’s time to pee pee in the potty and you have no idea where to begin? Welcome to the world of potty training! Anecdotally, I’ve heard from tons of parents who are exhausted and...

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?!?...