Rebecca Ballard

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Rebecca is passionate about market-based social change, values-based consumptive behavior, and ending homelessness. She founded the DC-based sustainable fashion company Maven Women (www.mavenwomen.com) to create a socially conscious option for elegant, flattering women's attire and "move the needle" in the global garment industry. Rebecca has two children, Nathan (2017) and Lily (2019). Her parenting passions include social justice and minimalist parenting, (re)claiming her authentic self in her journey, and hyper-local child-raising. Likes: vegetarian street food, sunning & swimming, long city walks, sleeping late, old Hollywood fashion. Dislikes: mushrooms, driving, the saying "everything happens for a reason", being told something is impossible.

7 Tips for Raising Non-Picky Eaters

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My friends encouraged me to write on how I get our kids to eat like we do, so here are some tips for raising non-picky eaters. I am not a nutritionist or doctor, although...

Teaching Young Children About Racial Justice

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As a white parent of a white son, I feel a strong responsibility to teach my child about racial justice. I believe the last thing this country needs is another entitled white man. In...

My Birth Story: Finding Resilience With My Second Childbirth

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When I struggle with an area of my life I often want a “redo,” I take the time to assess what I learned from that experience and then try something very similar again. I...

How the Death Penalty Shaped My View on Anti-Racist Parenting

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A beautiful baby with an uncertain future I held a tiny baby for the first time fifteen years ago. At that time, becoming a mother wasn’t on my radar—I hadn’t even met my husband. Yet...

Dupont Circle/ Logan/ Kalorama Neighborhood Guide

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We are grateful for the sponsors of this guide: Dominika Sillery with Long & Foster, Hagen Bergstrom, and Kelly Kelley Each of these teams are expert for this area. Please be sure to check out...

LASIK for Moms: My Rationale & LASIK Experience

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When I was in middle school I learned I needed glasses, which was no surprise as everyone in my family had them. In high school I was thrilled to get contacts for my fifteenth...

Treating Clothing As An Investment: Why and How

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The fashion industry is a women’s industry through and through, as women make up the majority of its producers and consumers. Over seventy percent of American consumer spending is driven by women. This spending...

Thank you, Emily Oster, for Empowering Me As A Parent

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Before I became pregnant with my first child I went to my gynecologist with a long list of pre-pregnancy questions. One was, “Can I have ibuprofen as needed”? As part of his response he...

Me & My Uterine Septum: Wisdom From Surviving A High-Risk Pregnancy & Traumatic Birth

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When I was pregnant with my firstborn I hated being asked my due date. “Spring” was what we would say, which prompted puzzled expressions and sometimes a flurry of questions. However, making it to...

Why Parents Need Non-Parent Friends

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There are many articles on the importance of friendships with fellow moms. These friendships are special and needed. I could write that article, but it’s already been written many times over. A lesser discussed, yet...

Five Tips for Minimalist Parenting of Young Children

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Many people in this region of the country are minimalists like myself. It’s often driven by multiple factors including necessity, with the high cost of living and smaller living spaces, as well as eco-consciousness....

Conscious Fashion Consumption and Motherhood

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Although contours of our lives may look different, there is something uniting about being mothers no matter where we may live in our world. Fashion Is A Women's Industry, From Producers to Consumers The fashion industry...

My Surprising (and Bittersweet) End to Breastfeeding

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Is Breastfeeding Really A Choice? When I was pregnant I was regularly asked if I would breastfeed. My reply of “I’m going to try” left many people confused and prompted a few insensitive remarks. My...

Five (or Six) Tips For Your First “Momcation”

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It is better to be wanted than needed. - one of my mottos What is a momcation? It’s a vacation free of all caretaking responsibilities. This includes not just responsibilities to your children but the other key...