As a mom of three and a fellow traveler on this journey of parenthood, I am well-acquainted with the extra pressures that mothers place on themselves. In a world where everyone’s brightest moments are loudly broadcasted on social media,...
Once upon a time, before I had my son, I had a lot of opinions on parenting. I said some adorable things before having a baby that now makes me laugh. Becoming a parent is humbling.  Here is just a...
Getting through the first trimester of pregnancy can be tough! If you're one of the lucky ones with little to no symptoms, we are all jealous! I am a stay-at-home mom to a toddler, so I was nervous about...
The DC area has several great options for road trips! Beaches in four different states are a four-hour drive away or less. Just west, the Shenandoah has amazing hiking, camping, or glam camping. Historic American cities such as Philadelphia,...
About the Epidural Procedure Epidurals are a very common pain reliever during vaginal delivery. Approximately 60% of women get an epidural in the US. I had a great epidural experience! The process of receiving an epidural is simple: When you are...
With longer days, warmer weather, and the school year coming to an end, one thing is on a lot of mom’s minds….packing for camp. The thought of packing for four, six or even seven weeks can be daunting, but...
I’ve always been afraid of pregnancy. It wasn’t just childbirth that scared me (and boy did it scare me!), but also what pregnancy would do to my body long-term. Would I experience aches and pains indefinitely? Would I pee...
Have you ever wondered why it's easy for you to accomplish some things in life while others seem forever out of reach? As a mindful eating coach,  I talk to moms every day about what it takes to live...
When you think of foster care, what is your gut response? Maybe you’ve heard inspirational stories of kids beating “the system,” families who’ve fostered 10-30 kids, or children finding their forever homes and living happily ever after. Maybe you have...
At around 2 pm each day, I start to pry my 2.5-year-old from whatever activity she’s doing and head to the car. It’s still an hour before school pick-up for her older sister. But this is the only window...
Looking for ways to plan and manage your fertility and family size naturally? For our part, we have chosen natural family planning (NFP). We don’t use hormonal or barrier methods; instead, we track my cycles and plan our sex life accordingly. Every...
The Bright Sun is Out (and so is it's harmful rays)! I grew up in Houston, Texas, where the sun was pretty much out year round. As long as I can remember I loved being out in the sun, playing...
I started my motherhood journey with two beautiful, tiny babies — and I had to ask permission from someone else at the hospital to hold them.  When I was discharged from Sibley Memorial Hospital, and my newborn twins were...
You're a new dad. You’ve been scouring the internet. You've been asking your colleagues. Now that you’re a parent, what do you get your wife for Mother’s Day? Here’s the answer: your share of the mental workload. Your kids’ mom...

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Conrad Washington, DC: Our Much Needed Staycation Destination

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Recently my husband and I snuck away for a luxurious Conrad staycation in Washington, DC. We were instantly reminded of how magical and beautiful downtown DC...