Amanda Holliday

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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

Takoma Park, MD Neighborhood Guide

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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)

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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!

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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.”

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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...

10 Empowering Mom Support Groups in the DC Area

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Making a baby can sometimes be easier than making mom friends. Getting out of the house may seem impossible while surviving the newborn sleepless stage, fluctuating hormones, an ever-evolving schedule, and finding clothes that...

Breastfeeding and Cows: How Similar Mamas Really Are

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Just before my son was born, I was teaching a group of inquisitive 3- and 4- year olds in an emergent curriculum classroom. Emergent curriculum means following the children’s interests in whatever topics of...

Darci Lynne & Friends Fresh Out of the Box Tour in DC

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Singer/ventriloquist Darci Lynne, Season 12 winner of “America’s Got Talent,” is bringing her Fresh Out of The Box tour to DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. On Sunday, October 20th at 3 pm.      Winning NBC’s...

Volunteering Opportunities for Kids in the DMV

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What could be a better way to teach big concepts like gratitude, empathy, and caring for others than by volunteering? There are tons of ways to be involved as an adult, but it can...

Resources for Dealing With Death

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As a parent, we want to make sure our kid’s lives are hearts, stars, and rainbows every day. We want them to see the beauty in the world around them and have new discoveries...