Stephanie Shipman

Stephanie and her husband moved to the DC area from St. Pete, Florida (but hail from the Midwest) with their French Bulldog Reggie in 2018 for her husband's job. A few weeks after arriving, she discovered she was pregnant. Carson was born later that year, and with no family around, had to create her own village of mom friends. The family of four live in Mclean, Virginia. A former journalist, she recently rejoined the client success industry after being laid off at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. She enjoys activities with both Carson and Reggie, including walks around the neighborhood and visiting dog-friendly parks and monuments in the DMV area.
Introducing your dog to your new baby

Introducing Your Dog to Your New Baby

When we found out we were pregnant, I didn't know how our dog would handle it. At the time, our then two-year-old French Bulldog Reggie was our only "child," and he definitely got all of...

Fox Pest Control to the Rescue

Summer means pool days, ice cream, running through the sprinkler and soaking up the sun before it's time to go back to school. And even though fall is right around the corner, both summer...
DC Staycation

Tips for Planning a DC Staycation

Have you considered a DC staycation? I'm sure many of you can relate to this: my husband and I were in desperate need of a change of scenery. But compared to what seemed like...

Outdoor Color Match Games For Summer (And Some Indoor Options for Rainy Days)

Summer is here! Time to soak up the sunshine and play outside. If you're looking for outside play that is relatively educational, and you have young children learning their colors, try these color match...

How My Dog Made Me Doubt My Parenting Abilities

Thoughts of a first-time mom As a first-time mom, there is always anxiety that creeps in. The constant paranoia: am I doing enough? Is this right? Will my kid need therapy later? Several of these insecurities...

“Forced” into Being a Stay-At-Home Mom

You could say I was "forced" into being a stay-at-home mom, but I wouldn't change a thing. I've been laid off twice now, and I've become a full-time, stay-at-home mom. The first time was...

What To Do If You’re Laid Off While Pregnant

Two months before I was due to give birth in 2018, I was laid off from my company. It is tough to get laid off to begin with, but add the stress of having...

Zoom Fatigue: What it’s Like With Kids’ Therapies

I know that with every baby, toddler, and childhood stage, there will be a challenge. I was prepared to deal with potential challenges, I just wasn't anticipating a pandemic to coincide with dealing with...

This Pandemic Poses Challenges for Every Family

It is very hard not to look at someone else's seemingly perfect life and be jealous, and that's never been more true in this pandemic. It's been a challenge for every family, even the...